The Campaign For DA

3.07.2018

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • What a crazy election night: 
    • The Wise County turnout was embarrassing. 
    • The Messenger's website was great last night for returns (although it did get overloaded at one point.)
    • Look how close these Wise County races were. 
    • In the JP#4 race, I'll give Todd Bailey credit. He actually knocked on my dad's door during the campaign. 
    • Pat Fallon crushed, and I mean crushed, Craig Estes as our state senator. I didn't think you could beat an incumbent that badly. But he threw out red meat and it worked.
    • The Waco DA got beat.  How's that ridiculous Let's-Indict-Every-Biker-At-Twin-Peaks work out for ya?
    • The "propositions" on the Republican ballot were either written by a child, an intern for Fox News, or Trump.
    • How on God's green earth does Dan Patrick get 76% of the vote in the Republican primary? Isn't there a better option?
    • Meet who will be almost certainly be the next Dallas County D.A. Look at that platform. These times, they are a changing. Edit: I screwed this up. She lost, once the late returns came in, by about 500 votes.
    • Former WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp failed to make the runoff for Congress.
    • Former KXAS anchorman Mike ("I Love You, Jane") Snyder did make the runoff for Tax Accessor-Collector in Tarrant County.
  • "It's always been about the program. Never about winning." - TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson in defense of the lawsuit by a player. It's never about winning?
  • If you have allergies, get ready. 
  • Trump is now a book promoter at the crack of dawn? 
  • Another member of Trump's inner circle quit last night. His economic adviser decided it's time to jump ship because of Trump's tariff threat.
  • BBQ talk whips me to no end.
  • Mark Cuban is having the worst year ever. And it is just March. 
  • Fox 4 had a segment on how Park Place Lexus held a party for an army reserve before he is deployed. Isn't that amazing that the camera just happen to be there to film it? #PaidAd

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

The ballots that couldn't be scanned; why did the early voting ballot board count the ballots finalizing the returns. So is the board going to reconvene today to hand count; are they waiting to repair equipment? Happened before, hand counted, didn't wait until next day. We need answers.

wordkyle said...

I don't understand your opinion on the Republican propositions. That you reflexively oppose anything they'd say, of course. But did you make your observation simply out of pique?

I'm not any sort of political insider, but it's pretty clear that the propositions were presented for a few different reasons -- actual polling to determine how popular their ideas are; reinforce a lot of the platform (it's a free ad); energize Republican voters about certain issues. There's probably more.

Why would you say all this was done by a child?

Anonymous said...

I think when there is a job such as JP for example that it should not be an appointment. This practice is really getting bad in Wise County. There should be a special election and not just appoint someone until election time. Twice this has happened in pct 2. Burns is good at putting his friends and relatives in these kind of vacancies.

Anonymous said...

BBQ is a trigger for me. I’ve been good at avoiding it, but have unfortunately stooped to it a couple times lately and I regret it. It makes you feel dirty, like talking to Wordkyle does. Eww.

DF Lefty Frizzell, proud Great grandpa

Anonymous said...

What were the Democrat’s “propositions”?

Anonymous said...

Barry - you said "Pat Fallon crushed, and I mean crushed, Craig Estes as our state senator. I didn't think you could beat an incumbent that badly. But he threw out red meat and it worked."

Pat Fallon didn't need to throw out any red meat. All he had to do is remind everyone that Craig Estes was solely responsible for delaying the Article V, Convention of States, in the TX Legislature.

Anonymous said...

God bless President Trump.

Anonymous said...

Voters Recuse Reyna.. It's funny because Reyna would file a motion to recuse every time a judge denied a continuance. In fact, defendants stopped filing them, because the judges were getting more and more fed u with Reyna. Guy's a boob. Too bad it took this mess and millions of dollars for more than 50% of Waco to figure it out.

Guinjames said...

I know this wasn't brought up today but I'd like to bring up something. The problem isn't AR 15 it is the round it uses. The Geneva Convention does not allow expanding bullets requiring "hard ball". The intent being wound rather than kill where possible thus taking the actor out of the fight. The 5.56 mm or 223 round was designed to tumble on impact to increase its destruction capabilities to circumvent the Convention. A semi-automatic with large clip capacity increases this problem. It was a round invented to use in war.
ER doctors will tell you the
round is so devastating that it would be difficult to save a person shot with this round if it happened in a sugical ward much less in a school, mall or concert etc.
So I believe the problem lies with the ballistics of the 5.56 mm round coupled with high capacity clips.

Lei Ann Peace said...

I am very proud of and congratulate my friend of 30+ years, Kim Redman.

Anonymous said...

I thought that Mark Cuban was gay?

Anonymous said...

If you knew anything about Coach P at all you would know that he focuses on building character and getting players to the next level and has said that winning is a perk. You have a coach like that, you want to win for him.

Anonymous said...

Re:
1) Pat Fallon crushed, and I mean crushed, Craig Estes as our state senator...
and our public schools and educators will be crushed, too. Empower Texas has VERY DEEP pockets.
2) The "propositions" on the Republican ballot were either written by a child, an intern for Fox News, or Trump...
Yep, and every Democratic proposition (Bill of Rights, 2018) began with "Should every Texan have the right..." except two. I actually agree with Democratic Prop 5, a national jobs program. Unfortunately, I think it would be very poorly handled and lead to more welfare than jobs.
3) How on God's green earth does Dan Patrick get 76% of the vote in the Republican primary?
God only knows! Again, Empower Texas has very deep pockets.
3b) Isn't there a better option?
I thought there was...

Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight ... the Hispanic guy that Anglicized his nickname is mocking the Irish guy who has a Hispanic derivative nickname?

For those of you who haven't heard the radio commercial yet, Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is mocking Robert "Beto" O’Rourke.

This is only the day after the primary ... it can only get more entertaining from here on out.

Dallas AFLCIO said...

Judge Frizell lost to Judge John Creuzot by 516 votes. The BIG shock of the night was the Democratic Texas House District 104 Roberto Alonzo loosing to new comerJessica Gonzalez. Dems just lost a VERY powerful senior position on the Texas legislature calendar committee.

Anonymous said...

If only Lu^pe Valdez would only call a presser and announce that she has consulted for gender reassignment- then she could probably stand a doable chance against Abbot.
She is already sporting the underclass, much sought after Democratic requirements for elected office.
Gay
Latino
Woman

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

It will be very tough for Frizell to be the next Dallas DA, since Creuzot won the Dem primary.

Why Guy said...

Near perfection!!

Anonymous said...

The GOP ballot propositions were standard party pap, skillfully written to get the answers they wanted by ignoring any inconvenient realities. The same is true of the Democrat propositions, which are a bunch of pollyanna "everyone should have the right" to a bunch of crap while ignoring that real life doesn't work that way.

Anonymous said...

I blame Carol Donovan

Anonymous said...

All of your Patterson talk screams whataboutism from a Baylor fan who knows they are back in the cellar for a decade. Patterson isn't any harsher or meaner than Saban. But neither of them appear to serially cover the tracks of rapists like your boy Briles.

Anonymous said...

How can you say the Messenger web site was "great" last night?

1. It crashed
2. "Early" & "Current" - Reader does not know if "Current" includes "Early" votes
3. No % of votes provided
4. Small line showing precincts might as well have been in Russian made no sense whatsoever.
5. Wait, thats it, The Russians Did It!

TRUMP!!!

Anonymous said...

"The same is true of the Democrat propositions, which are a bunch of pollyanna "everyone should have the right" to a bunch of crap while ignoring that real life doesn't work that way."

You forgot to sign your post, Chief Justice Taney


The Democratic ballot initiatives are OK. I would have voted against some, because I know what "fair taxation" means for people in my income bracket; just like in the GOP primary, I know what they mean when they say they want to keep bathrooms "safe"--it's bullshit, and yes, childish. I believe there are exactly ZERO reported assaults by transgender folks in restrooms. If they're so worried about their kids, they should do something about school shootings.

As for the "enforce existing laws" crowd on guns--yes, the Sutherland Springs shooter could have been prevented from buying that particular gun from that particular store had the feds done their job. But he would have just gone to the next gun show or looked in the greensheets and bought from someone who wasn't required to provide a background check. What law could be enforced that would have prevented him from doing that?

None. And you're all lying SOB's to act like the existing laws will stop even the most impaired shooter. There will always be a seller for enough cash, and nothing will stop them except required background checks by every seller, backed up by jail time if they don't do it. I mean, if all you want to do is keep insane people from getting guns, and you're OK with background checks generally, why is that such a bad idea?

It could only be because you're a bunch of dishonest assholes, who think a background check is an infringement upon your rights, but a bunch of dead kids is just the rice of freedom.


Rage

Anonymous said...

The JP office should come with a minimum requirement of a criminal justice degree (preferably law degree) and shouldn't be an elected office.

Anonymous said...

I'm convinced 10:59 AM is blind to the irony of his "whataboutism" comment.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for Kim Redman. She is truely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She ran a very positive campaign and to me that shows true character. Congrats Kim.

Anonymous said...

Awwww. Is 11:23 a sour little Bear too?

Anonymous said...

1147 have you actually ever met her or are you "her"? Positive and Redman do not go together at all. How many times did they bounce their poor children around the county to different schools because he should have been the starting this or that coach was mean to him?? This is not someone that should be in a leadership role at all!! Just my opinion but the rest can be looked up and verified

Anonymous said...

Dilly - Dilly, vote for Willie

Anonymous said...

11:12

FOLLOW THE MONEY

TF DJT

Anonymous said...

If one of the JP2 candidates had not posted on a friends social media post that she should possibly be hanging out watching who comes out of one of Decatur's newest drinking establishments she might have received a few more votes

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, now even the crack of Dawn is not safe around Trump!

Anonymous said...

You know Rage, I read your comments on almost a daily basis and observe that there is a common, you could say, linear thread that ties in all your thoughtful musings together like some kind of political super glue; and that is your brain has been programmed to believe that government has the answer to all of human endeavor. The individual in your psyche- is much too weak and faulty to ever set forth and be fruitful without a true democratic, heavy handed directional mechanism to dominate all of our day to day lives and society in general with the macro. John Stossel, I believe it was, once wrote a piece wherein he took a person who woke up one morning to commute to work by car and ran through the actions of said person till midnight - and showed where he unknowingly broke 113 laws, regulations, edicts, and codes- three of which were felonies. The point I am making is that you stupidly perceive government as being our "partner" wherein a majority (barely) of the population still believe it to be detrimental. Those laws-regs.... I spoke of above came about by mob rule mentality; i.e. Democracy vs Republic governance. All of our turning points throughout our existence can be shown to be degraded on that level during Democratic administrations... IRS-1913 - formation of the Federal Reserve- Woodrow Wilson
New Deal- Supreme Court malfeasance- FDR
The New Society- LBJ
I could go on....
The end result of where a country ends up after the mob rule and societal norms start being determined by government - is always the same.
So no. There will always be those of us that don't buy into your recipe of some kind of Utopian masterpiece being created from substandard ingredients. Funny you brought up the observations about the Waco series- and I know where you were going with it- those people were not harming anyone- they might have been weird and outside of the societal norms- but once again they were at odds against a governement that saw them as a threat simply because they showed no reliance on government- and that could not be allowed to go forward and persevere- same as Randy Weaver.
We will Never lay down our weapons willingly- and leave ourselves defenselesss against your passive- aggressive ideas/ideals of how we determine to go forward with our benign pursuits and lives.

Not Sam
III%

Anonymous said...

Turn in your guns then we will talk!

Anonymous said...

2:04...Great post! The linear thread I see is Rage's inability to present an idea without name calling. By his definition, anyone who disagrees with him is stupid, racist or a liar. When he makes a salient point, he ruins it with petulance.

Anonymous said...

"The end result of where a country ends up after the mob rule and societal norms start being determined by government - is always the same."

Look. I know I'm talking to an idiot, but I just can't help it.

The notion that laws = mob rule and will tear the country apart is beyond stupid. In fact, from the first of your examples, at a time when the rest of the world was turning to communism or farther toward socialism, FDR's programs kept this country from doing so. I know you can't understand this, but FDR was the most conservative world leader at the time, and those "mob rule" programs are what kept this country from having another revolution when revolutions and autocratic takeovers were occurring all over the globe. Indeed, they kept the mob from taking over.

And so, given your complete absence of education and historical context, I realize that saying "hey, maybe we should do something to keep people from shooting kids in school" may sound like I am fomenting a massive overtaking by the mob, but in fact, I am asking for the exact opposite. I am asking that we have a framework of laws that does a better job, not a perfect job, and not an absolute job, but a better job, of preventing people from being able to shoot kids in schools.

And the one thing I suggested that evidently triggered you and sent you to your safe space was universal background checks. I didn't suggest banning the Assault Rifle-15, or taking guns away from anyone at all. I didn't suggest registration of current weapons. All I suggested was that in the future, from here on out, before someone could buy a gun from an individual or gun show, they undergo the same check they would undergo if they try to buy a gun from a store. That's it.

I'm so sorry to have alarmed you so with this revolutionary talk, and I hope you will be able to sleep at night. At the very least, I hope your safe space is well provisioned, and that you can work remotely so that you don't lose your job and have to be on one of those mob-inducing government programs that the rest of your white trash trailer park family is on and has to supplement with meth sales.

Rage

Anonymous said...

"Funny you brought up the observations about the Waco series- and I know where you were going with it- those people were not harming anyone- they might have been weird and outside of the societal norms- but once again they were at odds against a governement that saw them as a threat simply because they showed no reliance on government- and that could not be allowed to go forward and persevere- same as Randy Weaver."

I was so distracted by your other silliness that I forgot to comment on this--

I'm not sure I commented on Waco like you said, except maybe I mentioned a few days ago that I was in Waco and saw the smoke and know the history of the Davidians. But yes, they were hurting people. Koresh was molesting children on a regular basis. The gun-grab was a pretext, and improper, but he was raping little girls.

Never pegged you for being ok with child molestation, but I guess you are.

Rage

Anonymous said...

3:11

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE!

TF DAN SAVAGE

Anonymous said...

Oh Rage, please....
I am in, as is most of my family, one of those much maligned and despised tax brackets you "progressives" seem to use as fodder and throw out as red meat to the entitlement mob that salivates at covertly redistributing in the name of "fairness" and equality. Equality seems to be the catchword of the day for your ilk.
As far as Waco goes- riddle me this? As you saw it fit to throw some mud against the wall - and run counter to how we conservatives feel towards pedophiles and sexual deviants.
Why did CPS make no less than 8 trips out there on investigations - along with the McLennan county sheriff? Yet neither found any reason to bring any actions other than a hardy laugh and eye roll?
I believe most all our readers know stories about how aggressive CPS is- and find it hard to believe that the alphabet soup agency of the ATF was really concerned about child welfare as we were told as a cover for another hardlined Democratic administration concerning guns.
No you see Rage- your reasoning is what gives us pause when you rationalize that another set of laws and bylaws will temper the porridge to just the right temperature.
I would not have a problem for a deeper background check for firearms purchases- what does give me pause is your kinds calling on who would make the determinations of whom may makes the cuts.
Yes Sutherland Springs shooter fell thru the cracks- his disalllowment did not get caught- but that is not the problem of the average Loes firearms that hurt no one. May be the Background system internally needs to be revamped- but we all know what you are calling for would not work without true registration- and therein lies the problem- we are back to that pesky problem of relying on governments to be benign and honest....
I think most people see the problem from there forward.
History is replete with examples of the rest of that story.....

Not Sam

Bear said...

Rage believes in "word for word responses.

Cant out verbose her.

Anonymous said...

Sam gets dumber by the day.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your screwup isn't a screwup, yet. Frizell is refusing to concede the DA's primary race at this point.

Anonymous said...

I think Rage needs more 'splaining....

Anonymous said...

Yeah, if people want to gather by the dozens in a murderous spirit, heavily armed, looking for trouble and then open fire and kill each other...we just need to let that go, apparently. Nothing to see here, folks, no danger to the public. Unless, of course, you're shot in the head by a stray bullet fired by one of these innocent bikers.

Anonymous said...

9:09, which Democrat are you asking about? Be specific please. You're clearly asking about a particular Democrat, and expect us to read your mind?

jon spencer said...

9:17 read this,
"The main text of the Geneva Convention treaties does not include any specific mention of prohibited ammunition, and neither do the supplementary protocols.
In any case, the Geneva Convention does not apply to domestic weapon use, said Dan Joyner, a professor of law at the University of Alabama. Only wartime.
"No source of international law prohibits the sale or use within a country of any particular kind of ammunition," Joyner said."

Anonymous said...

Wtf???

Anonymous said...

Note to commenters that write more than a few sentences: No one reads your comment. Keep it short!

Anonymous said...

The "propositions" on the Republican ballot were either written by a child, an intern for Fox News, or Trump.

You forgot...or a lawyer.