The Campaign For DA

4.28.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Hey, I don't understand the riots in Baltimore or the concept of rioting in general, but I did take note of this yesterday from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter: "My father's quote, 'A riot is the language of the unheard,' in no way supports violence. However, it does implore us to pay attention."
  • And a riot does grab a little more attention than, say, a town hall meeting. 
  • The mayor of Baltimore is catching heat for revealing that on Saturday that she had asked the Baltimore Police Department to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”  OK, saying that on Saturday was probably stupid.  But, you know, if she had said that yesterday after the riots had started and the situation had been assesseed, I might support her.  Stay with me here. (Let's all agree the rioters are in the wrong for the sake of this hypothetical.)  But let's also assume there are thousands and thousands of rioters and they have the willingness to go into a full scale war mode against the police if things escalate when confronted. I'm not talking about just throwing rocks. I'm talking about attacking police and taking their weapons and going on the offensive and killing police in a manner that we've never seen. (Think of those two ISIS guys in France in the Charlie Hebdo incident multiplied by 4,000). If that had happened in Baltimore yesterday, I'm not sure the rioters wouldn't have won.  The police commissioner even said last night the rioters "outnumbered us and outflanked us." The number of dead on both sides would have been staggering. Sure, the cops, with the help of the National Guard or the military. would eventually have taken control, but for one day it could have been insane.  To avoid that scenario, I'd give the rioters a place to destroy. It would almost be like setting a backfire to stop a wildfire. I thought that was crazy the first time I heard of that concept, too. 
  • Edit: I'm getting immediate blowback on that bullet point.  I guess the question is this: Would you let your house be destroyed to save 100 homes? What if it would save the life of a policeman? Double Edit: But it does get more complicated when the government makes that decision for you by not offering protection. (And if you want to really trick it up, that decision to allow it by government might be the equivalent of eminent domain where you are entitled to compensation.)
  • But, all that being said, she made the statement on Saturday so I won't defend her.  (And she didn't help herself by absolutely denying she ever made that admission when there is video of her making the admission.)
  • And I'm an expert on all things Baltimore because I watched three seasons of The Wire.
  • Changing gears . . . 
  • The Rangers introduced Josh Hamilton yesterday at a press conference.  He might be the dumbest baseball player ever. 
  • I've never understood the advertising of the sale of house by using the word, "Reduced!" It almost implies, "It has been either overpriced or no one wants it."
  • I'll tell you about it when appropriate, but I've spent more time inside a hospital over the last week than I have in my entire life. 
  • During the storms a couple a couple of nights ago, some local weathermen referred to Rio Vista as RYE-o-vista instead of REE-o-vista. I'll be dang, both could be right. Older residents say RYE-o-vista.  I guess it would be like Alvord being pronounced Alvoid back in the day. (Which is admittedly harder to understand.) 
  • Oral arguments are today at the Supreme Court on same sex marriage. The audio will be released later and I'll probably listen to it. 
  • We will finally get the video of the Grapevine officer shooting the motorist on May 6th or immediately thereafter. 
  • You can buy the old Cow Camp Steakhouse north of Decatur at foreclosure


47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe those who own the property that we "give" to be destroyed have a different opinion. They might prefer you offer up something of yours to be destroyed, not theirs.

Anonymous said...

"My father's quote, 'A riot is the language of the unheard,' in no way supports violence. However, it does implore us to pay attention."

My father's quote. "The language of the rioter is unheard due to the absurd destruction of property and human life. To allow such lawlessness further silences the language unheard and the innocent citizen is punished."

Silence Dogood

Anonymous said...

Alvoid back in the day??? Nearly everyone I know still pronounces it this way.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what good the police do by just standing around in lines with their plastic shields and doing nothing. If they are not going to do anything then they may as well not have any presence at all and be safe in their own homes. What ever happened to rubber bullets? I'd like to see the police blasting away with rubber bullets, they will get your attention.

Anonymous said...

Baltimore needs Chris Kyle types to take a bit of fun out of anarchy..

Anonymous said...

Barry is a racist and he holds minorities to a lower standard.

Anonymous said...

9:01 AM

Only because thats where they belong.

Anonymous said...

I say let the roiters tear up their own neighborhoods and then refuse any support to rebuild. Maybe just build a wall and let them take care of themselves without hand outs for a while and see what humanity it brings. Possibly a reality show?

Anonymous said...

I'll donate my house---and stand at the door armed and ready for anyone who even attempts! Let the asses burn down their own shit. I bet they don't burn the post office--then they couldn't get their gov't checks.
Most working people sleep at night because they've worked all day. Hmmmm. What's that tell you?

Anonymous said...

Would you let your house be destroyed to save 100 homes? What if it would save the life of a policeman?

AK-47, War is not easy and it is not gentle.

Anonymous said...

J-HAM is an embarrassment to mankind.

AK

Anonymous said...

The best thing that could happen would be a full scale race war nationwide. This shit would get ironed out once and for all and we could move on.

Added bonus: We won't even have to buy uniforms for this war. Your skin will work just fine as an identifier of your allegiance

Katy Anders said...

I'll be listening to the audio of the Supreme Court arguments tonight. You can't always tell how things are going to go by oral arguments, but often you can.

Twelve years ago when they heard the sodomy case, the Harris County DA thought he was up to the task of arguing the case himself. Scalia OFFERED him better arguments during oral and he didn't pick up on them. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen...

That probably won't happen this time out. But it might!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm from "back in the day", and I've always called Alvord "Alvord", not "Alvoyd". I've always contended that if you call Alvord "Alvoyd", you should call Boyd "Bord"! :-)

Anonymous said...

Katy is preoccupied. It makes her seem small.

Anonymous said...

"He might be the dumbest baseball player ever." Skippy, ever heard of Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd?

Anonymous said...

And a riot does grab a little more attention than, say, a town hall meeting.

Sounds like you have an idea for getting Obammy care reversed!

Anonymous said...

I think the riots in Baltimore are for gay marriage in all states, correct? I mean, that is such an important issue in all that is going on in this world.

If we could just legalize gay marriage, this country could finally move on and move forward.

Anonymous said...

Alvord is still Alvoid.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anyone agreeing with the premise of giving rioters a place to destroy. What if that were your home or business? That is a stupid thing to consider.

Anonymous said...

Distraction osteogenesis would help today's RTG. I hate short fat legs.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the mayor of Baltimore. If Mammy Obammy had a sister.....

Anonymous said...

I guess it was just luck that all those people had the day off from work so they could go riot.

Anonymous said...

"We will finally get the video of the Grapevine officer shooting the motorist on May 6th or immediately thereafter."

Uh, it's been pretty widely reported that the shooting happened off camera.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe all the attention Bruceless Jenner is getting! In India and other third world countries, Eunuchs have done their thing for centuries!

Anonymous said...

Cow Camp is being foreclosed???

Anonymous said...

I lived near Rio Vista in the 70's and 80's and remember it being pronounced both "Rye-oh" and "Ree-oh."

Back then, my family banked at the Cow Pasture Bank (real name) in Rio Vista. There was a grass runway out back so you could fly in to do your banking. (I have no idea how often that was used. I can't imagine it was very often.)

Anonymous said...

Haha BG it's so funny how you get all the radical retards stirred up every morning! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Why don't white people like the founding fathers today? The tree of liberty is just being refreshed...

Rage

Anonymous said...

10:18
Those are not short fat legs. Those are firm tone legs dummy!

Anonymous said...

I used to know this Messkin gal who was once married to a Black Jewish cop. They had a kid,too- what exactly would you call that mutt?!?!

Anonymous said...

11:05 AM

Not for long.

Anonymous said...


The question isn't "How do we handle this?" but "How did it get to this?".

If you are at all interested in solutions to these problems, do not offer bumper sticker platitudes.

Anonymous said...

REE-o-Grande - you know that river we got down south.......

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Re: Riots - So you have a problem with the Police? Then go riot and burn down the Police Station, City Hall, etc. Burning down, destroying, and stealing from your own neighborhood/innocent neighborhood just reinforces the stereotypes.

And I agree... if you want to permit some homes to be razed to prevent others, feel free to volunteer yours first. Start with the Mayor's.

Ghandi figured out the right way to do this years ago.

Re: "Alvoid" - the sad, mispronunciation of yokels county-wide. Everywhere except Alvord.

Re: "reduced!" - That's exactly what it means. Someone valued it higher than anyone would pay. So they had to come back and drop their price. Its not really nefarious.

Re: Josh Hamilton - So, let me get this straight now; now that Josh is back with the Rangers, Jon Daniels was able to...

>Pick up an average player for average money
>Stick a division rival with $68M of captive payroll
>add another bat to a club that has a .213 average. (If JH hits anything better than .235 he would be 3rd best in the lineup.)

So if this was such a bad deal to bring him back, does that mean we can acknowledge Jon Daniels made a great deal two years ago to not sign him and let him go to the Angels?

DF Tom Hicks

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

...by the way, if my house or business was destroyed by rioters in Baltimore, wouldn't you have one great case to sue the city after her comments?

Anonymous said...

If you remember the 1992 Rodney King riots in L. A., you know we already used the "give ground to save the rest" strategy. Ruined several neighborhoods, but did contain the violence till it ran out of steam. Ugly, but it works.

DF Chief Daryl Gates

Anonymous said...

A few strategic fires around town could improve Baltimore. Just saying.

DF Frequent East Coast Visitor

Anonymous said...

Honcho, what happened to people who "figured it out years ago" by protesting peacefully? MLK and Jesus were both murdered. You volunteer yourself to protest peacefully and get murdered first, only to have nothing change since the 1968 riots, and earlier...

Anonymous said...

"Older residents say RYE-o-vista"... Older residents? soooooo the people who have lived there.... not the people who have moved there and didn't grow up in the town?

Anonymous said...

Interesting Barry you have connections to Bag of Nothing.

Barry your Bag of Nothing is bigger than his

Anonymous said...

And Mr. Non-Violence, Gandhi, was assassinated by a radical. So much for love your brother.

DF Brother Cain

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

2:44PM What happened was Ghandi and India won.

If you want to use riot and force to change the situation, you only win by toppling the current authority. A bunch of rioters and looters will never be able to win that battle.

MLK? The Civil Rights movement won many battles.

Jesus? Umm, Christianity became a World Changer?

Anonymous said...

Solving the problem of inner city issues.

Baltimore has a 50% unemployment rate. Obviously, a lot of folks living on the government teat.

Simple steps...Stop allowing millions of new workers across the border. While they seem to have no problem finding jobs, many poor, already here, seem to not have the same headhunter contacts.

Deport as many of the newly arrived as possible.

Stop government largess for those who are not even trying to be productive citizens.

Severely reduce other government programs, forcing the unemployed to find jobs. Worked for Bill, "end welfare as we know it", Clinton.

Nothing like a job to keep folk out of trouble.

Anonymous said...

Funny how we have millions of people risking their lives to get here, just for job opportunities.

Then some already here, want to burn down their cities, because they say they have no opportunities.

The first group generally cannot even speak English, yet many, if not most, thrive.

The second group have been offered much, including free education.

Time for the second group to look in the mirror, and find what they can do for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Well I hear we have one less PBR bull contractor in Decatur????

Anonymous said...

Those who pronounce it as "rhy-o" and "Alvoid" were not taught to read and pronounce back "in the day" before reading wasn't mandatory.
Alvord.....NO i in it.
Rio- Like the river......