Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 7, 2016

  • I think I made this stupid mistake before and frustrated I didn’t learn from it the first time. I made an appointment in the early morning with the ophthalmologist to get it “out of the way” for the day only to come back to work and realize I can’t work because my eyes are dilated and I can’t make out a thing on my computer screen.
  • The Austin American-Statesman – Data: Find Texas teachers accused of impropriety with a student
    • You can search by either district or name, but here are a few some overall stats.
  • The BaD Radio guys brought up the topic of water towers yesterday and humbly admitted they didn’t understand how they worked. I’ll be honest, a few months ago I wondered the same thing as I saw a nearby water tower get repainted. I ran across this useful Mental_Floss article, but it also has a nice video of a Fort Worth water tower being cleaned from the inside. I had no idea someone actually puts on a scuba gear and goes inside.
  • I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Baylor deserves the death penalty and any supporters of the program are just enablers. Here’s the latest from The Dallas Morning News:
    • Baylor fires strength coach Brandon Washington after arrest on prostitution charge
      • Baylor strength coach Brandon Washington was arrested early Saturday morning as part of a prostitution sting, according to a report from The Waco Tribune.
        • Washington was a member of the strength training staff at Temple University in 2016. New Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule was hired away from Temple in December.
    • So Baylor had a rape scandal and fires their head football coach as an act of integrity but kept all the assistant coaches. Baylor hired a new head football coach, a son of a preacher. He later played ball at Penn State during that whole Sandusky mess, and when he decided to leave Temple for Baylor, he decides to bring along Brandon Washington, who was just arrested on prostitution charges? While at Temple, I’m certain Rhule knew his strength coach and surely had to know something seedy was going on, but still decides to bring him to Waco – a man who can endanger the lives of young women on campus?   The school tried to whipe everything clean and bring in all new coaches and the first practice hasn’t even happened yet and this happens.
  • I’m absolutely convinced the Cowboys could have beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  I’m even more convinced Jason Garrett would have made a logistical game time error that would have doom a secured victory.
  • I think the only legitimate argument one could make about Tom Brady not being the best quarterback of all time is the changes in rules over the past fifteen or so years to protect the quarterback. However, I shall concede is the best quarterback of this era.
  • Hater, the app that lets you find love based on what you hate
  • Wired – Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat—And Casinos Have No Fix
  • Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employeesFrom three to a max of 10 employees
  • A bit of presidential trivia from the book I’m reading – While out of office, Herbert Hoover actually had his taxes audited by the IRS.
  • The Atlantic – Red State, Blue CityThe United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?
  • The reminds me of an Empirical AT-AT from Star Wars is falling.

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, February 7, 2016

  1. Bryan says:

    I can't believe I'm going to issue a half-ass defense of Baylor for something, but here it goes: I'm willing to give Rhule the benefit of the doubt and assume that there was nothing in Washington's past to indicate this would happen, look at this arrest separate of the scandal, and say they've done the right thing. Reason: Let's imagine the same thing happening down the road in Austin. If one of Tom Herman's newly hired assistants were arrested on similar charges and immediately fired, it would barely make the news. Or take your pick of other schools not going through a sexual assault scandal and apply the same story there. The context of the scandal in Waco puts this arrest in a different light than if it happened anywhere else.

    • Geeding says:

      I think you make some very good points, Bryan, and I think a lot of my comments were less of a response with forethought and much more reactionary. I appreciate the grace you gave me with your wording and tone. Rhule and Baylor did the right thing without any foot dragging. The only that still bugs is that Rhule has worked with this guy, and I suspect he knows the guy well enough that he has an idea about his moral character and if he is worth bringing to a Christian campus trying to rebuild and re-image itself that it respects women and their safety. But then again, sometime we think we know someone and then they surprise us with something like this.

      • Bryan says:

        I would hope that Rhule knew the character of his assistant, but I would also say that nobody shows a pattern of any kind of behavior until they do it the first time and I haven't (yet) seen anything saying that he had been in trouble before. And like you and I have both said, the context of the school's affiliation and the scandal make it much worse.

        I'll go ahead and note this as well: I have no dog in this hunt and I have so association with Baylor. The actions of the school and some of its employees and students are indefensible. Any punishment they get is well deserved and probably insufficient. I went to North Texas and the day football matters enough at that school to get caught up in a scandal is the day I grow an antler out of my forehead.

        • Dude says:

          I guess it's unfortunate that the FIRST time that Washington solicited for prostitution, he did so with an undercover police officer.

          • dude says:

            It's the first time he's been CAUGHT soliciting for prostitution. He may have never solicited for prostitution before or may have solicited for prostitution numerous times, we don't know. But we do know for sure he has at least solicited one time and it just happened to be an undercover cop. Either way, it's unfortunate. But maybe not for the cop who might have a quota to meet.

  2. John Mackovic says:

    Empirical AT-ATs are more imposing than the theoretical ones.

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