Bag of Randomness for Monday, February, 27, 2017

  • Wow, that just became the most memorable Oscars moment EVER. People think the power could never go out at a Super Bowl, a wrong Miss Universe gets crowned, a Trump presidency, or the Academy Award for Best Picture could be a mistake – anything can happen.
  • This is what I liked about how the mistake was handled, it was corrected right away. The “officials” came on stage and straightened it out, the La La Land folks humbly and graciously admitted there was a mistake, displayed the card for all to see, and invited the Moonlight cast on stage, and Warren Beatty made sure it was known he wasn’t clowning around and was taking his role as presenter seriously, which avoided an even crazier press conference and rumors that he’s not mentally well.
  • But we all know La La Land won the popular vote even though Moonlight won the Electoral College. I blame all the undocumented Academy voters. But seriously, they handled it with poise and class.
  • A bit of irony with Beatty & Dunaway there as a way to celebrate their movie about a heist movie only for a great heist to occur live.
  • I fear Beatty is going to get most of the blame but clearly, it wasn’t his fault. The envelope wasn’t correct and Dunaway announced it.
  • Remember when a lot of folks thought Jack Palance mistakenly said Marissa Tomey’s name?
  • No telling how many people turned off their TV not knowing who the real winner was. All La La Land needed to do was make a “football move” after the reception.
  • Life Pro Tip – Don’t have Price Waterhouse Coopers preparing your tax returns this year.
  • Imagine if you were in Las Vegas and put money down on Best Picture.
  • If Sean Spicer was making the correction, he’d say, “Moonlight won Best Picture. Period.”
  • Listen to the end of this clip, they realized it said “Emma Stone”.

  • Next year, the Oscars will include a living person in the “in memorium” segment.
  • Emma Stone was fantastic in La La Land but I still think Anna Kendrick would have been a better choice for the role. But I liked her speech in which stated the statuette was just a symbol for her to seek to become better.
  • Ladies think Ryan Gosling can pull off anything, but I didn’t think he could pull off the 70’s style ruffled shirt tux last night.
  • Ben and Casey Affleck’s actual last name is “Affleck-Boldt”. At least Wikipedia tells me so.
  • I expected the Oscars to be more political. Not that I wanted it to be, I just expected to be.
  • Local critic Ed Bark sure was cranky last night on Twitter.
  • I had a streak of 39-day with 10,000 steps break because I threw my back out, but the painkillers have been nice. And by “nice” I mean a godsend.
  • Troy Aikman put together a Cowboys reunion. Joe Buck was supposed to emcee the event but had a scheduling conflict, so George Dunham of the TICKET filled in. Here’s (video) part of a bit he did with Joe Buck where he does the Fake Michael Irvin.
  • When I first heard of Fort Worth native Bill Paxton’s death, I was reminded of an interview he did with Kidd Kraddick. The first question of the interview led Paxton to describe how people often confuse him with Bill Pullman. As soon as the interviewed ended, Kidd admitted going into it thinking it he was Pullman he was about to interview and that’s why he didn’t have a lot of questions lined up, they were all in reference to Pullman movies.
  • No “Heisman contender” should ever get run down by a cop, but I think scouts have mentioned his limited escapability outside the pocket – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield arrested in Arkansas
    • He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, according to the Washington County (Arkansas) sheriff’s office.
    • According to the report, when the officer asked Mayfield to come over, he began to walk away. When the officer told him to stop, Mayfield sprinted away, which forced the officer to chase him and tackle him to the ground.
  • All 240 Family Christian Stores Are ClosingMore than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation of one of the world’s largest Christian retailers.
    • More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all of its stores after 85 years in business.
  • For any of you trying to guess my contribution to the ad I’ve been referencing, think Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia.
  • Bush daughter headlines Planned Parenthood fundraiserBarbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ annual Fort Worth luncheon.
  • Tesla wants to sell future cars with insurance and maintenance included in the price
  • Medicine-carrying drone made of cardboard and built as a single-use delivery vehicle for emergency scenarios
  • I found this interesting. Last Saturday, February 18, Major Garrett of CBS News tweeted Navy Secretary nominee Phillip Biden was likely to withdraw. Later that day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied to his tweet basically telling Garrett he was wrong. Last night when all eyes were on the Oscars, Phillip Biden released a statement he was withdrawing.
  • Baylor’s Kim Mulkey was out of line with her comments on Saturday
    • “If somebody’s around you and they ever say, ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face.”
    • “The problems that we have at Baylor are no different than the problems at any other school in America. Period. Move on. Find another story to write.”
      • It’s totally understandable she’s proud of her university and frustrated with the stigma, and it’s obvious she was using a figure of speech, but those are poorly chosen and insensitive words considering Baylor leadership is accused of turning a blind eye towards women who reported violence. It’s further evidence the leadership and culture at Baylor is toxic and those who cheer on this university are doing nothing but enabling. I’m understanding toward those who love the school, but it doesn’t live up to the standards of what it was in the past or what it sets itself to be. Sometimes when you love something you should walk away and only come back once there is repentance and see a change for the better.
      • Baylor seems like the new Trump administration. They will do and say what they want and nothing really seems to stick and there’s a lack of accountability. But Trump has respected women more than Baylor. And Mulkey comes across like Sean Spicer or Kellyanne Conway blaming the media. Yes, other schools share the same problems of sexual assault, but other schools haven’t tried to cover them up to the extent of that Christian university.
  • Mom carrying baby without brain to term – to donate the organs
    • “It would just be irresponsible to take the gifts that Eva has and not share them with others.”
  • And to think I recently posted a bit he did with Carson and Letterman. With that in mind, Hugh Hefner is on deck. – Joseph Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97
  • Here’s your Monday morning inspirational GIF of the day
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8 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, February, 27, 2017

  1. WG11 says:

    Are you aware there was a mistake in this years "in memorium”? They posted the wrong picture of Janet Patterson Costume Designer and instead posted a picture of Jan Chapman who is alive and was Janet Pattersons life long friend. Crazy night!!!

    • Geeding says:

      I saw that this morning, that's super crazy. I sent you an email about a month back but I have a feeling it went to your spam folder.

  2. df of ll says:

    I actually expect you to NOT post this….and I'm perfectly fine with that.

    RE: Hanks and Loggia

    So you are referring to……"The Schwartz"…. .

    RE: Baylor

    Dude….time to put the Baylor bit to bed, so to speak. If you think Baylor is the only place things like this happen, you haven't spent a lot of time with the seeder people in life, like myself, who could tell you many stories from our past. The difference between my wheelhouse, which was the 70's and 80's, and current times is we didn't have cell phones and the internet. That prevented certain events from being recorded and distributed, thus providing proof that they happened or didn't happen, for both the accused and the victim.

    For example, there was a young lady at Baylor, who openly admitted, many times to many people, that before she graduated, she would have uh…..well…..experienced?…..every member of a certain fraternity, of which I was a member(no pun intended). She was a big time party girl and did not hesitate to share that info and display that behavior whenever possible, including showing up unannounced at your front door. I personally witnessed her making these comments at least 3 times on 3 separate occasions spanning over a year. I can also tell you she had at least 1 empty slot on her dance card because I couldn't stand her.

    I'm not saying or implying that people that have been proven guilty at Baylor get a pass. I'm saying, there is another side to the story, and sometimes it is the victim that is looking for they perceive to be the prize.

    • Geeding says:

      I always appreciate you taking the time to comment and you've given me many laughs through the years. In regards to the Baylor bit, a "bit" implies there is an attempt at humor, and I find nothing about the cover up of sexual assault humorous. As I stated in my original comment, sexual assault isn't unique to Baylor, but their cover up is what makes it unique, and them being a Christian university makes it even worst. It feels like they are getting a free pass, for the most part, by the NCAA. They get credit for getting rid of Starr, Briles, and others, but keeping the entire coaching staff who came up with the whole "Truth Don't Lie" campaign showed no remorse for the victims. The #CAB campaign by a vocal segment of fans and alumni added to it. The BOR have displayed a lack of morals, and Mulkey's comments were insensitive showing it's still a toxic atmosphere. I have a feeling when you referenced "bit" you weren't trying to say there's any humor but just saying you are tired of my Baylor rants, and I can understand that. However, I don't like the idea that Baylor is getting a free pass by the NCAA or they now have this "us against them" attitude as if their leadership wasn't in the wrong. If Baylor actually made a commitment about righting these wrongs about sexual assault I wouldn't have any opportunity to comment/rant. I look forward to the day they don't give me anything negative to comment about.

      • DF of LL says:

        I hear what you are saying, and here is another example.

        One of my good friends was as a fairly large party off campus at Baylor. There was drinking, music, dancing, 3 of the deadly sins per the Baylor administration.

        One young lady(different from the one I described earlier) was all over one of my best friends, as in, all over him, pretty much in front of everyone with 20/400 vision or better.

        I'll spare you the specific details, but the next day I learned that my friend came to know this young lad as Adam came to know Eve.

        5 days later, I get a call from the Waco PD. My friend has been arrested for sexual assault and his accuser is the young lady I mentioned previously.

        This same young lady, to me directly, expressed, how should I say….my friend had completed her with his attention to detail when getting to know her only 2 days before the Waco cops called me.

        My friend was eventually acquitted when the victim kept changing her story and several other witnesses at the party described the same events.

        I have other stories from Baylor, and from a friend that was on the Southern Mississippi baseball team and another friend that tried out with the NY Giants and made it to the last cut.

        I can also tell you stories about events at UNT, TCU, TWU and SMU that I am personally aware of, as in witness aware of, but I'll pass. They never made the papers or ESPN or even the local news. Apparently they were not exciting enough to report on, or, someone was able to keep it all quiet.

        My point is, events being described at BU over the last few years were happening 40 years ago. They were also happening at Texas Tech(Gabe Rivera 'Senor sack' stalked my wife while she was there), UT at the Fiji house, the starting QB at Marshall Univ. that was in town for a Mavericks game and tried to basically abduct my date. Heck, A&M used to take their recruits to a house of ill repute known as the Chicken Ranch outside of La Grange, TX.(Listen to ZZ Topp, La Grange)

        • Ben W. says:

          Your first example contains a woman who was acting with consent, so I can't figure out how it applies.

          Your second example contains a worst-case scenario for a man – a woman acting with consent who later cries "assault." In your example, it seems that the claim was heard, investigated, and the correct result was reached. It created enormous problems for your friend, I am certain, but ultimately the right answer was found.

          It seems like you're wanting to paint these two situations in the same light as the current allegations, using broad generalizations that are borderline victim shaming (e.g., "never trust a woman claiming assault, because women lie about that sort of thing to cause problems"). The examples you gave are entirely dissimilar to what is alleged now, at least in my understanding. First, the woman who was consensually promiscuous has nothing to do with what's going on now.

          In your second anecdotal scenario, a woman falsely claimed victimhood and the truth was eventually discovered. But what had to happen in order for that to occur? The administration had to hear her allegations, properly investigate them, and reach (ultimately, it seems, the right) conclusion. This woman tried to falsely claim to be a victim, and that's wrong. But are you implying that all women who allege assault on a college campus are bringing false accusations?

          But here's what happened now, as I understand it. Multiple women brought allegations of assault, and rather than having those allegations be investigated (as happened in your scenario), the allegations were discounted, minimized, or even flatly ignored by the administration, up to the highest levels. There was seemingly a systemic discounting or dismissal of complaints, especially if those complaints were lodged against athletes.

          In your friend's case, the administrative system worked. In the current scenario, there was an utter and complete breakdown. This breakdown appears to have elevated the status of the athlete over the claims of the alleged victims. Is it possible that some of these victims were lying? Absolutely. Is it possible some of them weren't? Absolutely. And that's why it is imperative that the administration treat every single claim with respect, reverence, and diligence, so that the validity of the claims can be properly assessed and dealt with. That's what happened for your friend. It's what should happen now.

          Now I'm not so naive as to think these things don't happen at other universities. I know they happen on every single campus, and I don't think that a single person is saying the only place these things happen is at Baylor. But the difference is – how does that university handle those claims? Do they investigate and resolve them? Or do they minimize and ignore them, especially for "high-profile" alleged perpetrators? To me, that's the underlying issue that is (rightly, IMO) being investigated, and should continue to be investigated: did Baylor systematically ignore assault complaints from victims against athletes (and others)?

          Why do I care so much? Because I have a daughter who is a high-school junior. She won't be applying to Baylor. God forbid something should happen to her while she's in college – but I know that it can, regardless of where she goes. And if that tragedy does happen, I want her to be at a university where she'll be heard, and her claims will at least be investigated. I don't trust that Baylor will do that.

  3. ALEC666 says:

    That girl did that by choice

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