The Campaign For DA

4.10.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • I mentioned Barry University the other day but I had no idea conservative radio was after the school right now because of its reaction to a stunt promoted by that goofy James O’Keefe.
  • WBAP's Hal Jay this morning to begin a segment: "Eric Snowden gave an interview to some guy named John Oliver for some show call Last Week Tonight which has to be some overseas show." 
  • I worried about the weather for Texas Motor Speedway yesterday but should've known that it would be bad because the Main Street Arts Festival is going on. But now it looks like this weekend might get very little rain after all.
  • Hey Shockwave add-on for my Chrome browser, why don't you just crash immediately and get it over with?
  • Over a year ago, the Star-Telegram notified its home subscribers during an ice storm that they could access the paper for free on its iPad app. Although not a subscriber, I went to it and got to see the paper for free because it was free to everyone. Great app by the way (Messenger, I'm looking at you.) Anyway, they never got around to blocking my access until last week.  
  • It dawned on me that after two years of my rants of "the cops sure do kill a lot of people" that the South Caroline Killing Cop finally exposed what I thought has happened for years. And even the most right wing person won't try to defend him. 
  • I went to the Rangers opening day once and it was glorious. If I remember correctly, it was A-Rod's first game as a Ranger. Didn't he commit an error on a missed throw to first base?
  • There's nothing funnier or weirder than when all three Females In The House do an impromptu chicken dance from Arrested Development. (One was prompted last night when I simply asked, "You guys cooking chicken?")
  • Most people think Tiger Woods chip in on the 16th at the 2005 Masters was his greatest moment ever.  This moment on the 15th yesterday might be better
  • Some UNT students are protesting Gov. Greg Abbott being invited as the commencement speaker. He was scheduled to talk about it on the Mark Davis Show this morning but cancelled at the last moment and sent a "statement" I haven't seen yet. He's scared to go on a show which supports him? Edit: I got this completely wrong.
  • Speaking of the Mark Davis Show, I was listening to it a little bit yesterday when an older gentleman called in to talk about the South Carolina Cop Killer. He (confusingly) attributed it to the younger generation because "even good Christian church going kids today are showing sympathy to gays and minorities."  Davis did a very timid "woah" and then took over the call to try to weave it into something sensible. 
  • UT coach Charlie Strong couldn't remember his quarterback's first name in a deposition. "I -- done went blank on me."
  • Does Fox News hate Rand Paul? They have been critical over the last two days about how he gets angry during "main stream media" interviews which is the exact opposite position you think they would take. 
  • BagOfNothing pointed out a long Grantland piece on Dale Hansen. I glanced at it and saw this: “He’s the last of a breed,” said [Ed] Bark, the former Morning News TV critic. “Once he goes, there won’t be anybody that will have the freedom to do what he does.”  I don't know what I think about that quote. As we spiral towards Idiocracy, I think we'll see crazy stuff on local news/sports broadcasts. But, perhaps, it will all be dictated and scripted by producers instead of individual anchors. 



47 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always thought that South Carolina cop would have been indicted even without a video, just going by the deceased's autopsy alone (entrance wounds in the back).

This is a totally different situation than Ferguson, as Michael Brown was coming headfirst toward the officer.

Anonymous said...

The John Oliver/Snowden interview was fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you need to defend that claim that you are a Libertarian

Anonymous said...

It was the group objecting to Abbott coming that Davis had a scheduled interview with and they cancelled. Get it right.

Anonymous said...

I read the Mark Davis tweet as saying the UNT student(s) were going to appear, and backed out - not Abbott. I don't like him, but unless I'm reading it wrong, he's not the "coward" here.

Anonymous said...

"even the most right wing person won't try to defend him."

Wrong. They'll say he should not have run. They are ok with government employees murdering people for somwe reason. I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

James O'Keefe has done more for good, honest journalism than anybody else I can think of. He got ACORN shut down and proved that voter fraud indeed exists when he successfully passed himself off as Attorney General Eric Holder at Holder's polling station.

His tactics may be unusual, but they are a response to a powerful mainstream media in this country that is hostile to conservatives.

Bob Schieffer, who is Roy Eaton's good friend, and is retiring from CBS, is a prime example of the kind of mainstream media reporter I'm talking about. A liberal hack who asks loaded questions meant to demean people who believe in limited government while praising liberal progressives.

Anonymous said...

And even the most right wing person won't try to defend him.

That is a very disappointing statement Barry. I know you are a liberal, but not every conservative is out to get black people anymore than every liberal is out to hang cops.

Grow up.

John said...

Whoever Hal Jay is, he seems to be an idiot...

Anonymous said...

Barry proves that he doesn't understand conservatism.

John said...

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a fantastic show and the interview with Snowden was one of the best!

Anonymous said...

Walter Scott was stopped for a broken tail light on a Mercedes but he ran because he feared being jailed since he owed child support. Maybe he should have paid the child support first.

I'm not condoning being shot in the back however........don't run & stay in your car; no personal responsibility & someone else's fault.

wordkyle said...

Add me to the list of people who think your statement "And even the most right wing person won't try to defend him" is. uh, disappointing. (h/t 909)

You imply that a right wing position supports the police killing citizens. Do you not think that's over the line? I know the buffoons will chime in with stupid comments, but hey -- you're the host.

Anonymous said...

I think Tiger's greatest moment ever was when his ex wife took a 9 iron to his Escalade.

Anonymous said...

"Does Fox News hate Rand Paul?"

No Barry. You've just had your head up the mainstream medias butt so long you can't recognize 'Fair & Balanced' reporting. Thanks for proving the point as to why Fox is the most trusted news in the country.

Anonymous said...

Edit. You seem to get a lot of things wrong.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing funnier or weirder than when all three Females In The House do an impromptu chicken dance from Arrested Development. (One was prompted last night when I simply asked, "You guys cooking chicken?")


Raising some fine future liberals. Good Job!

Anonymous said...

9:01 you're an idiot!

Even stupid people like you know you don't run from a cop. I'm not defending the cop. He was wrong and should burn for what he did. But to insult the right that they will say he should not run just shows how left wing you are.

Anonymous said...

Why does today's RTG think it is sexy to sit in a swamp?

Bleccchhh. Gives new meaning to the term swamp butt.

Anonymous said...

Being the only male, and I use that term lightly, in the house with 3 females doing the chicken dance explains your views and outlook on life completely.

Anonymous said...

Cops gone wild. The worst I have ever seen.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

Jerry Oar - Yeah I can spell said...

I will always remember Dale Hansen's blubbering. Funny funny funny stuff. Did I mention that Hansen's blubbering was funny?

Anonymous said...

Wish u would quit mentioning mark Davis and Hal jay. Gives me tired head.
I just skip over those 'thoughts' .

Anonymous said...

Don't try to grab a taser from a cop and then run. If your hands are grabbing at a cop's equipment then you can work him up into fear and he might shoot you before his brain settles down. Anytime you resist you can expect the other person's adrenalin to go up and that dump of chemicals does not carry an immediate on/off switch.

I watched the encounter on Channel 4 news and they cut the brief struggle out of the video.

Anonymous said...

I agree that you shouldn't run from a police officer. I also think that if you do, that crime isn't punishable by death.

Based on similar stories, it would appear that some officers need to learn to leave their weapon holstered more and seek non-lethal ways to de-escalate a situation. This officer will get what he deserves because it was caught on video. Many others have gotten away with murder because there was no video. These are conversations worth having.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't the cop just walk up to the side window of the car and and open fire, then? Look, this was clearly one of the worst, most uncalled for uses of force I've ever seen. But it didn't start out that way. I wish the guy would have stayed in the car.

Anonymous said...

Students can be such fools. Abbott is trying, right now, to push the legislature to spend hundreds of millions to help UNT and a few others be able to expand and grow.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Charlie didn't know who called the offensive pplay when they got curb stomped by Arky, either. What a s*** show this guy is. He couldn't have happened to a more entitled program. Please keep him as long as possible.

Anonymous said...

Wordy wantsBarry to moderate right wing comments now. LOL

wordkyle said...

1053 - How do you figure that?

Anonymous said...

10:53, That's not what Word said at all. No wonder you're a flaming liberal weenie.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to why the UT coach is being deposed and why the name of his quarterback is relevant.

Anonymous said...

9:24

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Anonymous said...

The Koch brothers are using Fox News employees as campaigners.

"At least 15 Fox News hosts and contributors have recently campaigned with two political organizations created and heavily funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch."

"Tucker Carlson spoke at Koch events in Montana and North Carolina. Greg Gutfield spoke at a Koch event in Florida. Dana Parino, who spoke at a Koch event in Arkansas, called a Koch-funded ad “devastating” during an on-air appearance, and even promoted Americans for Prosperity’s list of things conservatives can do to celebrate Earth Day."

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/koch_fox_mm

Anonymous said...

Why Rand Paul Bombed At A Koch Brothers Gathering.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/why-rand-paul-bombed-at-a_n_6603846.html?

Sam Brows said...

Say what you will about Hansen, but he is typically well informed and gets his point across, which is more than I can say for most sportscasters. He also gets points, in my book, for being honest enough about his opinions to get himself fired by the Vince McMahon of the NFL, Jerry Jones. When he does hang it up, there will be someone willing to take his place for less money who will tell us less of the truth.

Anonymous said...

They should change their name from Fox News to Fox Lies, or Faux News.

Anonymous said...

The conservatives are restless. Cops caught red handed killing unarmed men, FOX News starting to eat their own. Gots get that spin cycle in overdrive.

Anonymous said...

@12:53
Those names were clever and original in about 2003.

Good job though!

DF Rupert Murdoch

CT said...

Love Dale Hansen! Tells it like it is, with no care in the world of ramifications, especially those from JJ..! His stance on domestic violence, Michael Sams, etc..fantastic! Kepp comin' with the Unplugged!

Will be a sad day when he retires.

Anonymous said...

12:49, Could you enlighten us on how George Soros runs the democratic party and all other news organizations with his money and influence?

Anonymous said...

Good to see some officers following my style of policing.

DF Sheriff Leroy Burch

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked and disgusted at how many of my conservative brethren are defending the cop in South Carolina shooting. We need to weed out and publicly shame our extremists. Kudos to Barry for pointing out just how crazy you would have to be to defend the cop in this instance. And no, I don't need to see what happened before he shot a man in the back 8 times!

Anonymous said...

Most, if not all, conservatives I know believe the South Caroliia murder to be just that: murder. This one does, too. No qualifiers.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what the cop was thinking, other than to kill the black guy.

Hell, he didn't even have to run after him. The cop had the guy's car and information! Just impound the car. Black dude will come around some day.

Or someone could figure out how to sell it to cover the child support.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame everyone always wants to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in:( Really, does it matter if the two were black or white, men or women?? If you really got the averages on killings, might be surprised of the black on black killings... Yea, never mind that...
Barry, are you the only person on earth that likes Mark Davis? I liked him when he showed off new cars on morning news. Now he seems to think he seems to think he knows everything about all things. It's not pleasant thing to listen too...

Anonymous said...

2:17 - Indeed. That is the point. The ultra-rich are the majority of the problem. They create scenarios/war in the selfish pursuit of power and wealth. They promote conflict in the world by childishness division via the media (If they think like me, they are good, if they think unlike me, they are evil.

The answer is simple: The golden rule.

They are very intelligent, no doubt, but ALL OF US, the collective intelligence are more.