The Campaign For DA

11.25.2014

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • I have no idea whether the Ferguson cop should have been indicted, but that DA is mentally challenged. He holds a press conference to announce the decision at 8:00 p.m. at night with all sorts of notice? The only thing he didn't do was send out RSVP cards to potential rioters.
  • And a grand jury isn't like a regular jury. This isn't a situation of "they've reached a verdict -- time to announce it."  He controls everything about them. What we saw last night was a grasp at 15 minutes of fame.
  • And I actually agree with Michelle Malkin: "St Louis Prosecutor McCulloch criticizes media/social media at press conference timed for maximum media/social media coverage."
  • Did you hear him say that he didn't present any evidence to the grand jury but that he left the process up to his two assistance? Good lord. That's as crazy as Kenneth Starr's admission that he never interviewed or spoke to Monica Lewinsky. 
  • The DA also said his office didn't make a recommendation to the grand jury. He's lying. I ran the Wise County grand jury for eight years. I worked in grand jury section of the Tarrant County DA's office as well. Prosecutors always make a recommendation. And even if they didn't, you cannot present a case without inserting your opinion. Heck, grand jurors want to know your opinion. 
  • With the reputation of prosecutors being at an all time low right now due to withholding evidence and unethical conduct, that guy was the last thing they needed last night. 
  • And his "sympathies for the cops run deep. His father was a St. Louis policeman killed in the line of duty by a black man when McCulloch was 12. His brother, nephew and cousin all served with the St. Louis police. His mother worked as a clerk for the force for 20 years. McCulloch would have joined the force too, but he lost a leg in high school due to cancer. 'I couldn’t become a policeman, so being county prosecutor is the next best thing,' he once said."  Good grief.
  • "Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to 'indict a ham sandwich.' The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them." Source. (Yes, I know the Ferguson grand jury was a state grand jury, but the data would be the same.) 
  • Bottom line: There was never a chance in the world there would be an indictment. (And I said that at the courthouse last week.)
  • "This is the biggest indictment of all: The Jets' special teams are worse than the offense." -- Sports Illustrated's goofy Peter King's tweet at the moment the Ferguson indictment news was being released. He later apologized saying he wasn't aware of the news (which means he didn't engage in dark humor but instead is oblivious in general.) 
  • I came home last night and everyone in the house was wearing glasses. New. Prescription. Glasses. 
  • Today, BagOfNothing discusses my "how can you care about who wins in professional sports?" point from yesterday. I know I'm in the minority on this. However, the ultimate defining moment for me was when a Dallas Cowboy, after losing a critical last season game of the year, yelled "Free agency, baby!" as he entered the locker room. (Someone help me out and find out who that was. I can't locate it. It wasn't Pacman Jones, but it was around the same time.) 
  • TCU/Texas on Thanksgiving night is fascinating. At first I wanted TCU to lose since it would cause Baylor to jump them in the rankings. But if you are of the belief that Baylor, if they win out,  will jump TCU regardless (which should be true), Baylor should want TCU to win.  I have Sports Confusion. 


65 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last nite was surreal--what with the CIC, exec order master on one side of the tv screen and an episode from that new remake of the "Planet of the Apes".
Thought someone might have slipped a hypnotic drug into my Ron Zacapa.

Anonymous said...

Our ancestors never should have brought black people over here as slaves!

The descendants are now paying the price for the sins of the father!

Katy Anders said...

Yeah, the DA spent 45 minutes doing what sounded like a prosecutorial closing argument against Michael Brown. Seems like it would have been easier and less incendiary to simply announce the decision.

Not sure that would have saved the Ferguson Little Caesar's, but at least something good came out of the tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Gee Barry -- In all your rantings about the SL Prosecutor, (I can't figure out if you're jealous of him or just mad that the Grand Jury didn't come back with an indictment) you failed to mention (possibly intentionally) that he is a DEMOCRAT. Can't imagine that would have been omitted if he was Republican.

Anonymous said...

You're not alone in your thoughts on professional sports. I'm getting close to 40, and I've never cared less about pro sports (or sports in general, for that matter). I could play with my kids, I could spend time with my wife, I could watch well-written TV or movies, or I could watch grown men play a game. Not a tough call.

I fully recognize and am in awe of their athletic ability, but that doesn't mean I care to sit and watch it for hours, and I'm certainly not going to spend hundreds of dollars for the "privilege" of seeing it live. Everyone has their own preferred form of entertainment. Sports isn't mine anymore. In my mind, getting emotionally invested in a team's winning/losing makes about as much sense as getting emotionally invested in the next American Idol winner.

Anonymous said...

Apparently witness A,B,C, and D couldn't even come close to what they each said they saw. I can understand that, it's a normal occurrence in witnesses. One thing they did agree on was that he was charging at the policeman. Then the physical evidence ie. blood in the policeman's car and his statements all matched up. So should we indict just because people want them to? There are no winners in this situation. A family lost a son, yes he was in the wrong, I have empathy with them for that. A policeman's life will never be the same either. Not every person in law enforcement is bad, aggressive, and racist. They do it because that is their calling, to serve and protect. The sad thing is what this so called protesters did to this town. They aren't protesting they are looting, burning, and stealing from the people working hard in that community. They had weeks to prepare for this and just sat back and let it burn. The question is what have we learned from this?

Anonymous said...

The DA also said his office didn't make a recommendation to the grand jury. He's lying.

As an experieced Grand jury person...is lying standard operating procedure?

Anonymous said...

This is one of your better RTG pics, BG.

I want the one on the far right!

Ernest T said...

Unfortunately, these thugs (and that is the nicest word that I can call them) were going to do all of this no matter what time the announcement was made. Al Sharpton has done a good job of getting all of them bussed in to make sure that this happened.

These people could have cared less about Michael Brown. They were more interested in the free phones and liquor that they could get. I wouldn't blame these businesses that got burned at all if they chose not to rebuild in the area.

Anonymous said...

I think it was quite respectful that the grand jury recommendation was held to the evening hours so those who felt compelled to express themselves, could. They were able to not miss work from their careers and the all so important supporting their own families.

How progressive

The new America

Anonymous said...

Guess those under-reported, black un-employment numbers are pretty reliable considering the numbers I saw that was out in the middle of the night. I had to call it a night at around midnight and go to sleep so I could get up and support their boorish behavior.

Anonymous said...

The country has no intentions on holding Brown accountable for anything.

How embarrassing for all who defend that behavior.

"Let us steal, rob, and assault policemen! And if you try and stop me we will riot and blame the white folks."

My biggest fear is that the folks burning down the buildings were too tired to make it in to work this morning.
Sure hope they set their alarm.

Anonymous said...

I wish we could all be as smart as Barry thinks he is. What has created all these Narcissistic, egotistical, experts? I'm no expert, but I think social media has magnified this it.

Anonymous said...

I am a ROBOT.....

Anonymous said...

So if you are an idiot of a prosecutor.....you can always be the president of Baylor. Isn't America the land of opportunity?

Anonymous said...

9:00 AM

"This is one of your better RTG pics, BG.
I want the one on the far right!"

In the spirit of friendly discourse, I must cast my vote for yesterdays RTG offering. Classic, fresh, ample.

Although this is a fine offering as well!

Anonymous said...

Why would Kenneth Starr interview Monica about the Whitewater investigation? It's not like she knew that the Rose Law firms billing records were in Hillary's top dresser drawer.

Anonymous said...

Just nigs being nigs. Some things never change.

Anonymous said...

Take those damn glasses off those kids. At age 45 I went to have my eyes tested because I needed reading glasses. I could pass all legal requirements for vision as it relates to driving. I had no idea that I needed any other vision correction. However the eye doctor showed me on his equipment how he could improve my vision at other distances. The rest is history. Every year I went to have my eyes tested they continued to give me stronger and stronger glasses until I was totally dependent on them. Hell yes they can put devices on anyone to improve your vision but it weakens the natural process of your brain and muscles around your eyes. I came from a large family and other members of my family who are older still do not need glasses for objects at distance. A friend of mine who is a medical doctor gave me two books on the subject of weakening human eyes with prescription glasses. If you can legally see, do not swallow the industry fraud.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Juan Williams. Where is the black leadership? I think I know the answer to this one. He's in the White House making it legal for untold millions of illegal latinos to become American citizens.

Anonymous said...

9:32 -

Thanks for the laugh - with so much bitter division in these comments, it's nice to have someone come along and share a little humor!

Anonymous said...

Whatever you say, your opinion would not be the same if the man (not boy) who attacked the officer where white. The blood inside the police car and the black witness who said he saw a black man reaching in the car and that he also saw the same man duck his head and charge the cop like a football player going to make a tackle is enough to persuade all but race baiters that the officer was justified in defending himself. The police officer is a hero, not a criminal.

Anonymous said...

Tank Johnson was the one walking off the field after the eagles loss saying, "I'm a free agent, baby."

Anonymous said...

I have one question on the Niggers action last night? Why didn't somebody just shoot one or two of them and a lot of that BS would have stopped. We had the FBI, National Guard and State police and not a one put a bullet in their ass.

Anonymous said...

Thke one thing the prosecutor's long speech DID do, however, is to make it TOTALLY clear--that whoever riots after the announcment are the STUPIDEST and most RACIST (yes, blacks--RACIST) people EVER. And they rioted. Case closed.

Best definition of a racist is someone who "pulls the race card" in trying to explain situations/people, right? Then that makes the black minority the most racist, because you see them doing precisely that to this day, more than ANYONE else!

Anonymous said...

Fear the Frog!

Anonymous said...

The prosecutor made the mistake of believing that blacks are intelligent enough to reach the same conclusion that any grand jury would reach when provided overwhelming factual evidence that the cop was under attack. Yes the prosecutor knew what really happened but took the route of dodging his responsibility of announcing, months ago, that the evidence did not support charging the officer. In effect, all it did was delay the riot a few months.

Anonymous said...

Don't let Barry fool you. He loves to watch it burn.

Anonymous said...

First Trayvon now Michael Brown. Why are our innocent young black men being targeted by the whites.... Shame on you!!

Sam Brows said...

9:49 PREACH!

I'd like a show of hands: how many people out there in the blog-o-sphere watched the presser last night and at some point said, either to yourself, or outloud: O.K., O.K., we get it, you performed a thorough investigation. What's the end result?

One paw raised in admission, right here.

Anonymous said...

Being on the left means that you have to lie, but you never have to apologize.

Anonymous said...

Officer Wilson should have put out a statement that said he is half white and half black and then they would have voted for him for President.

Anonymous said...

"Why would Kenneth Starr interview Monica about the Whitewater investigation? It's not like she knew that the Rose Law firms billing records were in Hillary's top dresser drawer."

Maybe Bill screamed out potential evidence during that all important moment...with Monica?

Ya know...the moment>?

Anonymous said...

Here is one for you Barry.

http://www.prageruniversity.com/Political-Science/Who-Are-the-Racists-Conservatives-or-Liberals.html#.VHSv9DTF-So

Anonymous said...

In seemingly-related news: What ever happened to the band Quiet Riot?

Anonymous said...

10:41-Not sure about Quiet Riot, but we did get a Jan Michael Vincent update a couple of weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

10:41 - The lead singer died.

Anonymous said...

If the cop had been black and the kid white, would we have even heard anything about the shooting? Would we know where Ferguson MO. is? I think not.

Anonymous said...

Why cant we all just get along



DF Jack Nicholson's robot

Anonymous said...

What Ferguson needs is a good old community organizer. Know where we could get one?

Anonymous said...

whats with this stupid facebook crap?!!

Anonymous said...

I for one appreciated the thorough job the DA did in explaining how/why the decision was reached.

Anonymous said...

Here is the Smoking Gun's description of the grand jury testimony:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/darren-wilson/witnesss-said-brown-charged-wilson-897043

whisky O said...

Did they loot any tools or work boots?
Oh, never mind.

Anonymous said...

I love how Al Sharpton was complaining this morning that, "Ferguson was allowed to burn to the ground, by the city". What? Are you kidding me?

When will blacks quit being the victim?

Also, why didn't Pressy Obamma go down there to Ferguson, and swagger along the streets with his sheep following closely behind him, behaving themselves? They would have followed him like sheep cause they love him so.
I think Pressy could have controlled this situation just with his overwhelming popularity, good looks, and suave personality - so I blame Pressy for the total destruction of Ferguson.

df Fabio

Ernest T said...

df Fabio:

Sharpton has to keep these guys riled up. That is how he makes his money, although paying taxes on his money is apparently "racist!"

I keep hoping that someone most of the African Americans will see through Sharpton and the Democrats and realize that they only want to keep them down and don't want them to have the opportunity to succeed.

Anonymous said...

The day blacks realize the fraud that has been perpetrated on them by democrats, the democratic party will cease to exist.

Anonymous said...

agree with 0900....the one on the right!

Anonymous said...

All autopsies confirmed the same thing. NOT shot in the back. And the thug had just robbed a store, too. Prez Obammy has literally made all conditions WORSE by all of his RACIAL comments! He is doing his best to divide and conquer our country before he leaves in 2 years!!!

Anonymous said...

ASSISTANTS

Anonymous said...

Here is a transcript of Wilson's testimony:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2848666/In-unedited-officer-Darren-Wilson-s-account-happened-day-shot-dead-Michael-Brown.html

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your spelling assistance, 3:35.

Anonymous said...

I very seldom get "riled" enough to post on here, but you have riled me Mr. Green. You have again dubbed yourself judge and jury as so many in this country have concerning the most recent shameful example of our current society! The only ones who know exactly what happened in Ferguson was Officer Darren Wilson, Punk-Ass now dead Criminal Michael Brown, and God! Even the evidence does not persuade those too ignorant to open their eyes, and put aside their prejudices. Barry, for as long as I have known you, you have been prejudice against law enforcement, even as District Attorney. You sympathize with criminals and frankly you would not survive 5 minutes behind a badge! I appreciate the St. Louis District Attorney attempting to explain to the American people how a Grand Jury works, and about the evidence presented to the Grand Jury in this case. Every prosecutor I have worked with is different, some better & some like you, the very worst! Each presents cases to their Grand Jury in a different way. Each prosecutes cases in a different way, if they bother to prosecute! I have stood behind the badge many years in many different ways and I have also served on a Grand Jury. Have you? Do you realize what our society would be like without law enforcement to protect your skinny asses? It would look just like Ferguson did last night! When parents won't accept responsibility for raising punk-ass Criminals, when our society uses any excuse to break the law, when the media is not reporting news anymore but speculating and are nothing but gossip-mongers, Where clowns like Al Sharpton have an audience, and even our black President uses it as a format for Race, what hope do we have? If this situation had been about a black cop and a white suspect, we would not have heard a word about it! The majority of this incident has looked like a full blown circus and the black people are being perceived on TV as wild monkeys, all in the name of justice and truth! Truth? Truth? In the famous words of Jack Nicholson, they can't handle the Truth and neither can you!

Anonymous said...

6:07, well said. Thank you.

Anonymous said...


I'm a little surprised BG let that comment through, 6:07. Thank you for your point of view. We have all seen here the anti-law enforcement attitude our host brings. I'm just going to assume he doesn't have a clue what life is really like outside of his upper-middle class existence

unit 709 out

Anonymous said...

6:07 - Try breaking your writing up into paragraphs.

Anonymous said...

Katy is pretty good at paragraphs.

Wordkyle is pretty good with paragraphs.

I want to be like Wordkyle and Katy.

I miss CTM.

Anonymous said...

Why couldn't the business owners in there hire a few (good ole boys to protect their property). the federal government should reimburse every one of them. Been a good time for the Boston bomber to have used up a few more pressure cookers. They should have put signs on the doors warning that their property was booby trapped.

Anonymous said...

9:32AM. I agree. I'm near-sighted. I only need glasses to drive. I quit wearing them in the house and my vision has improved immensely. Even the optometrist was surprised. My prescription is from 2008, and they are too strong.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what is happening to real estate values in Ferguson and if any of the looters/demonstrators, or their parents are property owners. I would hate to be trying to sell a home there.

Anonymous said...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH FERGUSON, MO:

In the 2010 Census there were 8,192 households of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.6% were married couples living together, 31.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.12.

And property values are falling faster than a snowball headed for hell. Check this out on Zillow. I guess the demographics and falling property values are the white cop's fault. Or his ancestors.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:02 - go back to reading Tip and Mitten. It's closer to your reading comprehension. Freakin loser!


gern blansten

Anonymous said...

A most beautiful song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63miJiYQBxU

Anonymous said...

I am thug Brown..be like a thug clown!!

Anonymous said...

"(Yes, I know the Ferguson grand jury was a state grand jury, but the data would be the same.)"

Incorrect. The rate of True Bills is FAR higher in federal grand juries, as is the rate of convictions.

Which you would know if you had researched the issue, rather than popped off about it with the assumption that your gut feeling on the issue was correct, because you are a the possessor of a juris doctor degree, and are thus rly rly smart. I would tell you to stay in your lane, but ostensibly, this is your lane. (Except for the fact that you have virtually no experience with federal law.)