The Campaign For DA

8.26.2015

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Donald Trump was all over the news last night when he told one of the most prominent members of Univision to "Go back to Univision" during a press conference in Iowa.  The reporter was out of line but Trump certainly came across as saying the equivalent of, "Go back to Mexico."  You think that will hurt him? Not a chance. Those who love him now love him more. As for everyone else, not so much.  I'll say it for the millionth time: The GOP has no idea the self implosion they are causing. Get your popcorn ready, indeed. 
  • There are new signs in Decatur directing people to places like downtown and the high school football stadium. They look good, and that was a great idea for visitors since they normally come to see downtown or a football game.
  • Art Briles full vindication?: The narrative had been that the player got kicked off the Boise State team for abuse and then the coach Chris Peterson called Briles (odd in itself) about Baylor taking the player. Peterson would claim last week that  "I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam's disciplinary record and dismissal." Everyone assumed, as I did, that he meant he told Briles about the abuse. Briles denied knowing anything about the abuse. Now this bombshell press release from Boise State last night: “The incidents and factors that contributed to Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from the Boise State football team had nothing to do with accusations of any sexual assaults or with accusations that he physically assaulted any women."  Boom. Baylor may or may not have screwed up later on, but the accusations that "Briles knew he was a bad guy all along" is now libelous to even say since "reckless disregard for the truth" is the standard. 
  • The Ticket's Hardline went off on Baylor again with Corby Davidson saying "I think Briles knew what a bad guy [Ukwuachu] was" and said this could blow up into a Bill Cosby-like situation. Mike Rhyner speculated that Briles wouldn't survive.  They then ended the segment with an attempt of trying to be sincere by asking the question of "What's anyone done for that girl" involved in the sexual assault case in Waco? Both said no one ever cares about the victim. That was a very sensitive moment about women for them. They then went to a commercial for Thursday's Fight Night with audio from last year's arranged boxing match between two women with Corby doing play by play and saying, "Oh! She's intimidating her! She's saying 'you don't want any of this, bitch!'" (That promo is here at the 2:31:38 mark.) 
  • Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling was suspended by ESPN yesterday for retweeting an ominous meme basically saying that even though only a small percentage of Muslims are "extremists" those of that faith could eventually explode into the equivalent of Nazi Germany. He later apologized. Radio guy Mark Davis defended him saying that he "did not compare Islamists to Nazis". 
  • I got called an idiot yesterday for believing there were news segments disguised as ads, and got called and idiot for not realizing it has been going on for years. 
  • I'm torn on Susan Hawk who yesterday announced she needed four weeks off from her job as Dallas DA because of depression. First, we all know it is more than just depression. If there is some type of addiction going on, you have my sympathy. But if you knew you had issues, and you have admitted it, why did you run for DA? What did I say the other day? The first job of being a public servant is just showing up. 

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Susan Hawk in rehab is still infinitely better than Craig Watkins conscious.

Anonymous said...

Baylor basher said...

Well this is an interesting new twist. Looks like Briles will slither out of this tight spot.

Oh that's right, ole Sam still assaulted that poor girl...collateral damage is to be expected.

Baylor's reckoning has just been delayed.

Anonymous said...

Boom. Baylor may or may not have screwed up later on, but the accusations that "Briles knew he was a bad guy all along" is now libelous to even say since "reckless disregard for the truth" is the standard.

Absolutely not true.

First, Baylor should have investigated the guy on their own.

Second, just because they say they told him about the reasons for his dismissal does not mean they didn't or shouldn't know about this assault.

Third, look at Briles history of recruiting and keeping athletes with records. It was posted here just yesterday. To say that he's a nice little football coach who doesn't know the types of players he wants is not naive, it's dishonest.

Anonymous said...

No mention of the "self implosion" taking place within the Democratic Party currently? Me thinks someone is obviously biased...

Anonymous said...

Yes! Watching Donald Trump is fun indeed but what about the Hillary Clinton situation? Not a whisper from Barry about that. Come on, man, are you so completely in the bag you can't say the same about the Democrats as you say about the Republicans? We have grand theater from both parties and all you can do is continue to bang the same tired old drum. I get it, you hate Republicans, but why not condemn ALL corruption? You, my little friend, are far too selective.

Ernest T said...

I am not completely convinced that Trump is not a plant by the Clintons to try to help Hillary get elected. He is threatening to do a third party run if he doesn't get the Republican nomination, which would only split the Republican vote and give the election to Democrats, just like Ross Perot did.

This man is the last person that we need in the White House. His temperament, shown lately with his attacks on Megyn Kelly and others who dare speak against him, shows that he doesn't need the office.

I keep expecting him to come out and admit that this is all for a reality show.

Anonymous said...

If there is some type of addiction going on, you have my sympathy.


You have my sympathy for your addiction of posting tatted skanks 92% of the time.

Anonymous said...

Is that the worst elected official in the history of ever?
AK

Anonymous said...

Political correctness at work--suspending someone who supports the idea that Islam extremists are turning into a Nazi Germany--when in fact, Islam extremeists ARE turning their activities into that of Nazi Germany!! :-) Wonder what he did that was wrong? OH YEAH! He actually had the GALL to speak the TRUTH! QUICK!! CALL THE MEDIA!! STONE HIM! STONE HIM!

Anonymous said...

It's not the equivalent as "go back to Mexico", you need to watch it again...

DF Dick Seigel said...

"I got called an idiot yesterday for believing there were news segments disguised as ads, and got called and idiot for not realizing it has been going on for years. "

Paul Harvey did it for 40 years.... Good Day!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, when Barry makes an about face on the Ticket, they must have really struck a nerve.
Having said that, the Ticket is dead wrong. There is no evidence that Peterson knew that he assaulted his girlfriend at Boise. Therefore, Peterson would not have told Briles about any assault on a woman.

The kid was a depressed mess and may have had violent tendencies.
The latter is a sought after trait in fb.

For the record, I am not a Baylor supporter. Waco gives me the creeps.

What college football team does not have numerous players with checkered pasts?
This is a non story as it relates to any culpability of Briles.

Anonymous said...

You sympathize with addiction but not a mental illness like depression? If you had any knowledge on either issue you would realize she was likely self medicating because of the depression! You can't treat the addiction without treating the underlying causes.

It is sad to me that in this day and age these types of mental illnesses are so taboo to discuss and we continually denigrate those suffering to the point most never seek help in fear of being outed. We applaud Caitlin Jenner for courage and then we ridicule Susan Hawk as a junkie coward!

Maybe she did the wrong thing by running but she was elected and I think it is high time as a society we stick by our fellow citizens who are suffering so they can get help without judgment. What message are we sending to the millions of Americans suffering silently when we discount public figures who admit to their struggle. I may not like her but I am proud she came forward because that did take courage!

Barry, you are smarter than that (finger wagging)!

Anonymous said...

Come on, man, are you so completely in the bag you can't say the same about the Democrats as you say about the Republicans?

Yes, in this one strong the KooLL-Aid is.

- DF Yoda

Anonymous said...

What planet are you on? "Reckless disregard for the truth" is now the absolute, fully implemented communications standard in America.

Anonymous said...

1--Trump: truthful, but brash and ourspoken
2--Hilary: lying, above the law, and shameless

I'll take #1

Anonymous said...

The Donald Trump phenomenon is simply this: we have all dreamed what it would be like to be so rich our actions largely didn't matter! Trump is that childlike thought in all of us; our inner Richie Rich unfolding before our eyes! Sprankle in the political climate, the media and the outright dumbassery of most voters either side of the aisle and we have ourselves one delicious train wreck.

Sadly, somehow we have just realized that the clown has stolen the show, not because he's that good, the other performer's in the circus are just that dreadful. Trump is perfect for this election, we can all have a laugh and maybe, just maybe reflect a bit and in 2020 and beyond have a chance that the climate not be so virulent that some Shakespearean character is needed for us to realize that if we don't come together to some degree we will be forever shackled to the lunatic fringe of candidates! Or maybe that is what we deserve.

Anonymous said...

Sweet baby barry you are not an idiot. Your a sweet little innocent bu who is perfect in every way. You don't worry your pretty head about those mean people calling you hurtful names.

Anonymous said...

Can we send the city council of Rhome to rehab like Susan Hawk?

Anonymous said...

Easy Barry...don't dump all of the blame on the GOP for Trump...you well know he does whatever he pleases...there are a lot of us democrats that like him too.....we are sick and weary of the do nothing idiots that our party has put up for candidates.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Donald Trump, don't stop now! I love that someone is actually saying what we are thinking! "Go back to Univision". What's wrong with that? Guy was out of line and Trump called him out. Guy can be an ass and you're ok with that. But Trump tells the guy to step down and he's the bad guy??? Double standard much???

wordkyle said...

Frank Luntz expressed perhaps the most accurate description of the Trump phenomenon: "Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn’t listening to their grassroots."

Anonymous said...

Love the way the liberal left squashes free speech. What Curt Schilling posted about Muslims and Nazi's should be offensive to no one, including Nazi's and Muslims (OK maybe Muslim extremists). I enjoy watching and reading national and network women news reporters, gay men network news reporters, politicians and liberal corporations such as ESPN defend the Muslim extremist. Then those same groups will let someone go on a rant about Christians or Jews (I'm Neither) and say nothing. It is funny to me because Muslims have little tolerance for women, gays or American politicians.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, I totally agree with Luntz' assessment and he certainly said as much or more than I in one sentence, the only problem is our "grassroots" folks are bat shit crazy. Kinda puts us up shit creek right now. You either got the megalomaniac, the establishment or the crazies.

11:46

John Holmes' Ghost said...

RTG mother-daughter combo... Hell Yeah!

Anonymous said...

I'll go so far as giving Briles a complete pass on knowing why the player was kicked off the Boise State team. Still begs the question of why a player indicted for rape , set for trial was allowed to remain of team. I understand the not guilty till proven otherwise but an indictment is the point which you as least suspend a player till a verdict comes in. Then the so-called investigation and treatment of the victim is unexcuseible and warrants so punishment and a drastic change of policy. Maybe no firing Briles but fine , suspension or censoring something is in order for coach and program.

wordkyle said...

404/1146 - "...our "grassroots" folks are bat shit crazy." Please explain. I want to see the reasoning behind such a statement.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again Barry for your concern and expert political opinion. We know you just want what's best for the GOP

Anonymous said...

Why would Boise State tell all to the Florida head coach but not to the Baylor head coach?

Anonymous said...

Yes, in this one strong the KooLL-Aid is.

- DF Yoda

That's just stupid, pal. The point is, while there is a circus among the Republican candidates that Barry loves to talk about, we hear nary a peep from our webmaster about the Democrat implosion. Yes, I suspect it is because Barry is totally immersed; entirely in the bag and sees justice only through the rose-colored glasses of party prejudice. Barry looks at politics the same way he roots for his favorite football teams.

Anonymous said...

8:29 you correct. Go to WK'S blog for what you seek. He will have the views you want to read about there.

Anonymous said...

8:29 - Was I too nuanced with the KooLL-Aid reference for you to discern that I was describing the blog's host?

Anonymous said...

10:12 -- yes, I took it as an attack. The last time I had Kool-aid was some fifty-odd years ago. I prefer to work for peace and understanding within the constraints of reality, the search for truth, and actual fairness -- not the one-sided loopy opinions I find coming from the Left.