The Campaign For DA

6.12.2015

Random Friday Morning Thoughts




  • Yep, the teacher near Lubbock got fired over her Facebook post about the McKinney Pool Incident. I still don't understand how she can be fired. She was fired over speech. She was fired because the government (the ISD) didn't like the content of her speech. Someone commented yesterday that free speech doesn't apply if you are an at-will employee. It does if your employer is the government. The basic law is you can't be fired because of speaking about something of "public concern". Great summary of the Supreme Court's struggle with this issue here.
  • Edit: Some people have pointed out the school policy was the reason she was fired. Hey, I'm no First Amendment lawyer but I don't think the local government gets to trump the Free Speech Clause by a local policy. It certainly couldn't say, "We can fire you for anything you say whether on or off the job." Now if that were in a contract, things would get interesting.
  • The head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane has been pretending to be black. (Great photo evidence in there.)  This story may go from weird to funny to disturbing as her history is explored. 
  • It still seems amazing that Robert Downy junior was allowed to play a white actor dressed up as a black actor in Tropic Thunder. (He and the movie were very funny.)
  • Te murder case being tried in Wise County is expected to go into next week. That's one of the longer trials in the county I've seen. 
  • What a horrible wreck Wednesday afternoon on I-20 which killed a former Aledo ISD superintendent and his grandson. He went into the median, through a metal protective fence, and into oncoming traffic. No knows why yet.
  • I'm all for renewing the Aggie/Longhorn football game, but the new cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football is horrible
  • I guess it's legit, but I came across this Twitter account of a guy who has fired off 100s of tweets in recent hours to the media, reporters, celebrities and almost anyone else which reads: "My 13 month old son was diagnosed w/ inoperable stage 3 #Neuroblastoma #Cancer please RT #HenryStrong http://www.gofundme.com/pleasehelpmyboy "  He's raised $3,000 of his goal of $20,000. 
  • There's a salt mine on the other side of Dallas that will on rare occasions give tours? . . . 

34 comments:

wordkyle said...

The Lubbock teacher suffered the wrath of the modern lynch mob. Intelligently, if unjustly, the school decided that the trouble they'd suffer for trampling her free speech rights was less than if they offended the mob.

Anonymous said...

Poor old leftist Barry is just now discovering that his side will destroy anyone who differs with them.

Anonymous said...

I agree free speech shouldn't be a firable offense. How about stupidity? How is that teacher going to face students/parents of color in her classroom? Her effectiveness is shot.

Facebook is called "social media" for a reason. A place to socialize for God's sake..........not moralize or politicize.

I unfriend anyone who violates this.

Anonymous said...

Link about the NAACP pres. doesn't work--but easy enough to do a search and find it.
Why is that any worse than self indentifying one's gender?

Katy Anders said...

The teacher probably has an employment contract that says she can only be terminated for cause, right? Don't they do contracts for public school teachers? I had thought there was a whole administrative process they had to go through before they could toss someone.

Anonymous said...

The teacher should have taken out her frustrations anonymously on this website.

I believe there are a few people from Lubbock who post on here.

Anonymous said...

From TEA:
Sec. 21.104. DISCHARGE DURING YEAR OR SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY UNDER PROBATIONARY CONTRACT. (a) A teacher employed under a probationary contract may be discharged at any time for good cause as determined by the board of trustees, good cause being the failure to meet the accepted standards of conduct for the profession as generally recognized and applied in similarly situated school districts in this state.

Triple Fake... said...

"Robert Downy junior was allowed to play a white actor dressed up as a black actor"

What d'you mean "was allowed to...?"
Like I need a permission slip from the NAACP, or sumthin'?


You do realize that he actually IS a white actor, and he was playing the part of a white actor dressed up as a black actor? Sounds like spot-on casting to me. Would it make more sense to you if it was a black actor playing a white actor?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the fired teacher, her speech is cause for dismissal if "the statements were of the sort to cause a substantial interference with the ability of the employee to continue to do her job". In this case I think that burden was easily met when she chose to make racist comments in a public forum. I wouldn't want her teaching my kids, whether they be white, black or brown. The classroom is no place for racism. We have enough of it in the real world.

Anonymous said...

Former Aledo sup was my high school principal. Such a tragic loss!

Anonymous said...

Hey all of you liberal weenies that think the sky is falling because of global warmism. Check out the drudgereport story today about a program ABC aired back in 2009 about how in 2015 New York would be under water, Las Vegas would be a ghost town and Miami would be destroyed. Gas and milk prices would be through the roof. They even had "your" so called global warmism scientists on to back it up. Would you please admit that this is all a hoax and scheme to make a certain few people rich(Al Gore)? Your welcome.

Anonymous said...

If the teacher breached her contract, then she has no leg to stand on. Being racist is not a good trait for a teacher either.

Anonymous said...

Grand Saline is famous for their salt mind...Morton salt comes from there.

Anonymous said...

They talk about the autopsy report for the driver of the Nissan..I would be also want to check out a defect on the vehicle..maybe the gas pedal stuck or something. However, I'm thinking a medical condition. If it was a heart attack they will know by checking his blood.

Anonymous said...

I really think somebody murdered her..but don't see how they can prove he did it. He should not have run off if he didn't. I think he will be convicted.

Anonymous said...

What Nobody else will say about the McKinney cop situation.
Not about race. Its a front against authority. Period.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPo4c6CDbX0

Anonymous said...

Are you sick of racism as an excuse to divide the country yet?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: As long as there are different races, there will be racism. Furthermore, the entire matter has gotten worse under the Obama administration.

Anonymous said...

If a man can identify as a woman, why can't a white woman identify as a black woman?

Freedom has some limits. Everything doesn't have to be a choice. What is wrong with learning to deal with the hand that nature dealt us?

Anonymous said...

Former press secretary to Obammy, Robert Gibbs has been hired by McDonalds. Don't be surprised the next time you order a burger from there if you are asked if you want lies with that.

Anonymous said...

Even though the teacher had every right to voice her opinion and beliefs, the fact that she stated it on Facebook and that it was definitely a racially biased opinion shows that she was not too bright. Many teachers have opinions that can be interpreted as discriminating, but the smart ones know to keep their mouths shut if they want to keep their job.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, did you see this story:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2015/06/santa_ana_cops_caught_on_camera_eating_pot_candy_joking_about_kicking_amputee_patient_in_her_nub.php

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Aledo school superintendent wreck, maybe the nose knows.

Anonymous said...



9:02 - I thought you grammar appeared stupid and you opinion baseless.
I officially unfriend you. Now, go sit down

Anonymous said...

This lady better run and hide. The mob is coming to get her. Black people do not allow someone black to say whitey is not holding them down.

Anonymous said...

Beware of the cyber mob when making comments on face book as the Lubbock teacher has learned! The the are not good at fact check and you will face their wrath when comments go viral. When a george soros paid professional activist comes after you no employer is going to stand up for you.The social justice cyber mob scored big time over the Mckinney pool incident. If I were a homeowners association I would close the pool for this summer and drain all the water!

Anonymous said...

Barry, you of all folks should know that schools do some funky stuff out of step with most private business or government agency employment practices. Want to discuss why many schools still require the swearing and signature of a Loyalty Oath as a condition of employment? Quakers (who don't do oaths) might have an issue with that.

DF Old School Guy

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:13:

I wholeheartedly agree! Well said! The teacher simply suffers from "dummy"disease!

gern blansten

Anonymous said...

Spokane Nutcase Classic line: We're all from Africa.

DF Malcolm X

Anonymous said...

Where was all this outrage over “free speech” issues earlier in the week when we saw bikini girl arrested for mouthing off to the cop?

Bear said...

That is why I don't Facebook. If I want someone to know my thoughts, I tell "them". Not the whole world.

Anonymous said...

Black leaders across the U.S. are also calling for segregation saying their rights will not be violated by racist cops if they can just be left alone.

Anonymous said...

2:14 I don't think bikini chick was arrested. She was detained. There was only one arrest in the whole incident, and it was an 18 year old male, not bikini chick.

There's a difference. Try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

Wigger by munchhausen.

Anonymous said...

You can be fired over speech. What fool thinks you can't be?