The Campaign For DA

6.11.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • The ex-McKinney cop's lawyer made a statement yesterday and, regardless of substance, that didn't make sense to me from a PR standpoint. Back in the day, you would see a guy in his position get caught on camera and say "No comment." Then we all figured out that really comes off badly. But having your lawyer do PR work isn't much better.  There is an immediate level of public distrust and this particularly lawyer wasn't even very good at PR. 
  • Substantively, the lawyer said Officer Casebolt had consoled a widow after her husband shot himself by a pool in front of his family. He took pictures of the body. He had also helped talk down a 14-year-old girl threatening to jump off her parents’ roof to kill herself. That's another layer to the story, and I'm guessing that's not your average day for a McKinney police officer. 
  • I always love looking up the background of the lawyer in these situations. This one is a University of Arkansas law school graduate in 1993 and has spent her whole career representing police associations. She's been in the news before in police misconduct cases but not a whole lot.
  • The boys on The Hardline suggested that the Yellow Bikini Teenager has a heck of a lawsuit against the City of McKinney. "Get out the checkbook and start writing zeros," one of them said. Nope.  Establishing liability for a civil rights violation was certainly bolstered by the chief of police throwing the Casebolt under the bus, but there's that issue of damages. She didn't even suffer a scratch. It's kind of like finding a dead mouse in a bag of potato chips. It's horrifying to see but if you didn't eat it and didn't get sick, that's not much of a lawsuit. 
  • I've never called 911.
  • Nine players on Mineral Wells upcoming varsity football team have quit in protest because the coach has effectively named his son as starting quarterback.  Oh, the social injustice that kids have to suffer in this country!
  • Fox 4's Becky Oliver is retiring. Her crazy sensationalist style was before its time. It wouldn't surprise me if Fox 4 doesn't find someone younger who is more over the top (if that is possible.)  Sidenote: The grumpiest man on Twitter, Ed Bark, got mad yesterday when he reported that "story" first and later didn't get credit by the Dallas Morning News.  Hey, Ed, I beat you to the blockbuster story of Lari Barager leaving Fox 4 and you didn't credit me!!!! I want reparations!!!
  • I haven't mentioned it but fascinated by it: The New York prison break. They planned it so well to get out they probably planned what they would do once they got out. That probably explains why they are still on the loose. 


39 comments:

Anonymous said...

MW football: WAAAAAA WAAAAAA! Get over yourselves.

Anonymous said...

So let's sum up the REAL McKinney story. Cops were not called "to a pool party", but instead to deal with a frighteningly aggressive MOB who were trespassing/harassing/threatening people who were trying to mind their own business in having a pool party. So it was the MOB the officers were trying to deal with. Hmmm--so that basically makes the officer's actions a case of ABSOLUTELY NO STORY OR "SCANDAL"--AT ALL!!! C'mon folks, when our stupidly biased media started showing us the "Viral Video", weren't you even WONDERING what the context of the situation was, over and above a brief reference to a "pool party"? Well, I did, because I no longer trust ANY media--they all lie and do whatever to pump up ratings. And idiots even have the gall to stand up in front of cameras and moan about civil rights violations! Enough to make you puke.

Anonymous said...

Mineral Wells football team thinking they are gonna get their way and get their boy or (choice) in there for at least a tryout at QB. Guess what boys? You don't get your way just cause that's the way you want it. Get in their and earn your spots back, learn a little discipline. That's what HS football is all about, life lessons. If they really love the game itself, I'm betting that some or most of them come back to the team, but they better hurry. Already missing out on 7-7 and they will be lucky if the coach lets em come back.

Triple Fake... said...

"...you didn't credit me!!!! I want reparations!!!"
Simmer down now, you're starting to sound like the spokesperson for a 15 year old girl
#multipleexclamationpoints=caucasianbloggerlivesmatter!!!!



"They planned it so well to get out they probably planned what they would do once they got out. That probably explains why they are still on the loose."

That is some wonderful composing of the composition of the sentence words made by getting the cooperation of your keyboard typing device and its partner the electrical web viewing machine, with some coordination from your hand fingers.
You were the star of my Creative Writing course. But your check bounced.

Triple Fake Ribby Paultz

Anonymous said...

Last September the Obama administration produced an FBI report that said mass shooting attacks and deaths were up sharply — by an average annual rate of about 16% between 2000 and 2013. Moreover, the problem was worsening. “The findings establish an increasing frequency of incidents,” said the authors. “During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last 7 years of the study, that average increased to 16.4 incidents annually.”

The White House could not possibly have been more pleased with the media reaction to these findings, which were prominently featured by the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Washington Post and other major outlets. The FBI report landed six weeks before the midterm elections, and the administration was hoping that the gun-control issue would help drive Democratic turnout.

But late last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that “our data is imperfect.” They said that the news media “got it wrong” last year when they “mistakenly reported mass shootings were on the rise.”

Mind you, the authors did not issue this mea culpa in the major news outlets that supposedly misreported the original findings. Instead, the authors published it in ACJS Today, an academic journal published by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. “Because official data did not contain the information we needed, we had to develop our own,” wrote Messrs. Blair and Martaindale. “This required choices between various options with various strengths and weaknesses.” You don’t say.

John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center—who has studied FBI crime data for three decades—told me in an interview that the FBI report is better understood as a political document than as a work of serious social science. For example, the authors chose the year 2000 as their starting point “even though anyone who has studied these trends knows that 2000 and 2001 were unusually quiet and had few mass shootings.” Data going back to the mid-1970s is readily available but was ignored. How come? Over the past 40 years, there has been no statistically significant increase in mass shootings in the U.S.

Another problem with the study: The data used seemed selectively chosen to achieve certain results. The researchers somehow “missed 20 mass-shooting cases,” Mr. Lott said. “There’s one case where nine people were murdered. You just don’t miss that.” Also, the omissions helped create an “upward trend, because they were primarily missed at the beginning of the period.” This, he said, “is disturbing.”

Anonymous said...

Mineral Wells Football Boo Hoo Hoo. Next they will be protesting at 2-a-Days, then rioting, haa...Quit watching TV boys and get in the weightroom. Dang BG one post about football and you start firing up the masses. Forget about politics and real world problems, this is Texas by God where football rules. Whatever you do don't mention artificial playing surfaces.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm surprised you haven't posted this yet.

http://www.mandatory.com/2015/06/11/green-haired-unibrow-witness-gives-most-fabulous-local-news-inte/

Anonymous said...

"Never called 911"? You might try moving out out of you upscale white neighborhood. There is a reason that you see more cops in African American neighborhoods. It is because of crime rates and the number of 911 calls they generate. That is also the same reason that blacks are stopped more often then whites. It has nothing to do with racism but the number of 911 calls from blacks and/or their neighborhoods.

If you were living in South Oak Cliff you would be a frequent caller to 911. And every day when you were leaving for the office there would be a discussion about locked doors and security for the wife and daughters. "And no, you cannot go and play in the park." That is not racism, just survival.

Anonymous said...

What was the point of the woman from the National Bar Association (side note: wtf is that?) "demonstrating" what happened to bikini girl? We literally have it on video, from multiple angles.

Oh, grandstanding. I get it.

Anonymous said...

The boys on The Hardline suggested that the Yellow Bikini Teenager has a heck of a lawsuit against the City of McKinney. "Get out the checkbook and start writing zeros," one of them said. Nope. Establishing liability for a civil rights violation was certainly bolstered by the chief of police throwing the Casebolt under the bus, but there's that issue of damages. She didn't even suffer a scratch.

Hey, how about that? I agree with you. The Hardline guys - in this opinion anyway - are idiots, nattering nabobs if you will, mindlessly parroting the vox populi ethos of the day that suggests that there's a pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow for anyone who's been slighted in the least.

Yellow bikini chick is simply the latest circus parade contestant to step up to play the victim lottery. In the burgeoning victimhood industry, it matters not if there is any real damage, only that the alleged victim perceives he/she has been 'disrespected'. Oh, the humanity!

Unfortunately, this action will further bolster the widening perception of her ilk as opportunistic gold-diggers, for which we will all suffer.

Anonymous said...

Poll:

Who sounds more like a well-adjusted adult? The boys who spoke at the MW school board meeting, or 9:01?

Anonymous said...

I thought the lawyer representing the officer did a great job. She is a TMPA lawyer, so I don't know why its note-worthy to say she only represents cops. I think she did excellent. You are just jealous or something. You cant seem to restrain yourself when it comes to anyone other than yourself having the best opinion.

So basically, you are just like Mark Davis.

Anonymous said...

I've never called 911.

Good job, Tom Cruise. I am glad you were there to save humanity without dialing those 3 numbers.

Anonymous said...

NWA

N's
Win
Again

Anonymous said...

Hummm, Let's see:

lawyer using excuses to change public perception of her client = politics

public listening to news and voicing opinion = democracy

mothering adult children or horses = pointless

You should self delete yourself at this point if you are upset with people generating attention for themselves and or looking to fault others for their choice to participate in the grand scheme.

If those assholes don't get to have opinions then neither do you.

Anonymous said...

Academics at Texas State University?
LMFAO

DF Bevo

Anonymous said...

Right this down! Police are going to stop being proactive and making arrest and start passing by and looking the other way. Officers are not paid more by the number of arrest they make and are taking a risk to their selves and their lively hood every time someone is arrested.

The arrest rates will plummet in this country and violent crime will skyrocket. People have no clue what it takes to keep these people at bay. Throughout history the only thing that deters an aggressor is fear of the reprisal. No one fears prison but they do fear the confrontation of the police! These politically correct feel sorry for the oppressed are going to get exactly what they are asking for and the result will cost hundreds of lives!

Anonymous said...

@9:29am

It wasn't a mob, it was kids playing. I realize you can't fathom that black kids might like to play and yell and scream and have fun like other races, but they do.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry, check out this article on Faux News:

http://www.salon.com/2014/02/27/i_lost_my_dad_to_fox_news_how_a_generation_was_captured_by_thrashing_hysteria/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Ernest T said...

Sad to see what has happened to this country...

When I was a kid, if you had taken over this pool with a mob and the police asked you to leave, you would have left. If you had gotten beligerent with the officers, then you would have had your parents all over you. They would not have been supporting your actions over the officers.

Also, if you care to watch the video carefully, the officer only pulls his gun out when two young men run up behind him. One of them has his hand behind his back in an action resembling him pulling out a weapon. Guess that the officer could have just stood there and let it be a real gun and get shot then?

Anonymous said...

"It's kind of like finding a dead mouse in a bag of potato chips. It's horrifying to see but if you didn't eat it and didn't get sick, that's not much of a lawsuit."

Okay, learned something here...find mouse in potato chip bag; important to eat mouse first then go for damages

Anonymous said...

Does Ed Bark do a comprehensive search of the Internet on every fact he every posts, just to make sure he can give credit to the "original" author? Seems like that would take quite a long time.

Ernest T said...

10:45 -

Not sure just what you have read about this, but this was a mob. You had a DJ out front playing loud vulgar music. They had kids from all over the area jumping the fence to get into the pool. The kids using this pool were not from the neighborhood.

The security guard asks them to leave and they refuse to do so. When the police are called, they continue to refuse to leave.

Anonymous said...

Waaa! Waaa! Not fair! We are high school kids & we should be deciding who should play where on our team. What do coaches know? Gee, if our boy were only black, we could be using the racist card also! Not fair! We demand to have our way! Don't tell us 'life is not fair', after all, we are teenagers and we know more than anyone over the age of 19. Waaa! We demand our way!

Df Mineral Wells football players

And by the way, we refuse to do 2 a days! Not fair, why should we sweat.

Anonymous said...

10:45, So you call trespassing, playing loud profanity laced music around children, vandalizing, and smoking weed openly as just kids having fun? When are you hosting a party next at your house?

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a mob, it was kids playing. I realize you can't fathom that black kids might like to play and yell and scream and have fun like other races, but they do.

10:45 - You're an idiot. Sugarcoating the facts doesn't change the reality.

Cops arrived because there was a disturbance call. Many have criticized that there were a dozen cops, but in the moment, it was not known how many people were arguing/fighting, or how many more might be arriving at any time.

The true headline should read "20 year old incites mass trespass by throwing unauthorized rave", but instead we have a made-in-social-media-heaven narrative of a white cop "disparaging/disenfranchising" a person of color. What a bunch of BS. Never mind that no one was injured. As Sonny Bono said - The Beat Goes On..

Take off your damn rose-colored hippie glasses.

Anonymous said...

High school coaches show partiality to their sons all the time. Heck, Bridgeport's much heralded former coach was the poster boy for showing partiality and promoting his own sons over much more deserving players...

Anonymous said...

9:01/9:32/9:49/11:39 - The high school football thing exposed an old wound in you, didn't it? It's okay, Buddy. It's kids. It's a game. Everyone will survive.

Ernest T said...

The part about the coach showing favoritism to his sons happened a couple of years ago in Springtown. The coach started his son over more-talented QB. The other QB transferred over to Liberty Christian and is now starting with Kansas State.

As for the Coach's son, well he did a semester at SMU playing, but transferred to a directional school in Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the MW kids did it the right way. You sometime have to stand up, even when people tell you it is a losing cause.

DF Rudy

Anonymous said...

10:45 = idiot troll

now you are going to need an attorney to represent you for your stoopid comments!

Wurdkyle said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=30&v=xyjftfEr5dg


Ted Cruz' theme song. You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Those gates in lily white Ft Worth will not keep you safe; neither will your hot sports opinions

Anonymous said...

Ernest T - directional school in Oklahoma? I like your snark. Keep them coming.

DF Rodney Dangerfield

Anonymous said...

The two RTGs today are obviously librarians on holiday. Good job Barry.

DF The Dewey Decimal System

Guinjames said...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/10/1392082/-Woman-Involved-in-Starting-McKinney-Pool-Fight-Placed-on-Administrative-Leave-by-CoreLogic-Inc. This is one of the white woman fighting in the McKinney incdent.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Barry about not calling 911. Obama is going to put free housing in all areas soon, so we can all mesh. You may get your chance!!

Anonymous said...

The that lady started the fight was white and spewing racist banter. The guy that called 911 is an animal abusing redneck. How dare those black kids go near their pool. Why anyone would support Officer Barrel Roll is beyond me. Even his chief said he was indefensible. There were 12 officers there. 11 of them weren't going berserk.

The Last Sane Man in Wise County

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3121061/Local-NAACP-leader-professor-African-studies-outed-WHITE-parents-convincing-community-black-years.html


ha ha ha ha ha