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.