Barbara Dooley in defense of her Tennessee cub

Slightly off topic, but it’s Thursday, the Georgia-Tennessee game is just over 48 hours away, and I need a short break from Herman Cain’s new book.

So there was Tim Bryant this morning – the morning host for WGAU (1340AM) talk radio in Athens – gabbing with two Knoxville reporters, Andrew Gribble and Dave Hooker. One of them utters the deadly phrase that “the jury is still out” on Tennessee coach Derek Dooley.

The next thing Bryant knows, Barbara Dooley – she and Vince live around the corner — crashes through his studio doors and grabs a set of headphones in defense of her cub:

A partial transcript:

Dooley: Back when I was in coaching with my husband, the press was our best friends. Now all y’all want to do is beat the coaches to hell and back.

Hooker: That’s not me. That’s Andrew.

Gribble: That’s not me at all.

Dooley: Listen to me. I want you to listen about my baby. First of all —

Bryant: We’ve got to make it fast, because we’ve got a congressman standing by.

Dooley: Well, he can just wait. Football is important.

Note to Tom Graves: Nothing personal, but this is why you were on hold for so long.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
- Photo by Hyosub Shin/AJC

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October 6th, 2011
4:30 pm

Galloway, we “can’t wait” for you to get back to Cain’s book so you can cherry pick some quotes to bash him some more.

Maybe you could have covered today’s AJC article about how the metro area must be a sanctuary for ILLEGAL immigrants as reported the school systems didn’t see a predicted drop, yet south Georgia farmers were all over yesterday’s paper about how they have lost so many ILLEGAL workers.


October 6th, 2011
4:50 pm

And here is a sad state of affairs – a vivid example at how our U.S. “Justice” Department simply views justice through politically colored lenses:

AJC article – State sues for approval of new legislative maps

“With a Democratic president, Georgia Republicans’ decision to go first to court is not a surprise. It’s also not the first time the state choose that route. In 2001, then-ruling Democrats also bypassed the Republican-led Justice Department, although the move may not have helped much. The courts tossed out much of the Democrats’ plan as being unconstitutional.”


October 6th, 2011
4:53 pm

I’m with the Republicans on this one. The reason for the media attacks on the coaches is simple, socialism doesn’t work. The government can’t do anything right. Socialized football is wrong. The government should not be in the football business. If word gets out that socialized football is so successful the liberals will want to socialize less important things like health care.

This creates a entitlement mentality with our youth. Our kids dream of being a coddled college football player instead of becoming doctors, of course only a precious few will ever get to the pros. Our state is brainwashing our children into believing they have a future in basketball.

The free market pros should run a free market minor league system, not the government.

Just say NO to Big Government, socialized football. Privatize.

History will Teach Us if We Will Learn

October 6th, 2011
4:56 pm

Centrist, You are evidently a bright guy, so you should understand when someone encourages you to give it a rest on illegal immigrants. They have not personally harmed you, you cant show that any tax dollars you paid actually went to benefit an immigrant, and even the Secretary of State office has no credible evidence of mass voter fraud by illegal immigrants. In fact take a vacation! Go to Mexico spend some money on the local economy and help Juan earn pesos serving gringos so that he doesnt have to come to the USA to find a job to feed his family. Oh and take td with you.


October 6th, 2011
5:34 pm

Haha! Awesome! Sassy Auburn alum sets ‘em straight!


It sounds like you need to just write your own blog. That way you won’t have to whine about Mr. Galloway’s writing anymore.


October 6th, 2011
5:38 pm

@ History will Teach Us if We Will Learn -

History will teach us if we learn, so I am going to CONTINUE to give the history of the problems associated with ILLEGAL immigration. I do plenty of vacations in and out of the country every year (including Cancun, Acapulco, and Cabo San Lucus), and even sometimes post my comments from the airplane or beside the pool. Feel free to skip over to only read your fellow liberal’s viewpoints.

P.S. Thanks for thinking I might be a bright guy, and being concerned about my vacation needs.

now, what

October 6th, 2011
5:43 pm

Centrist would enjoy the 1957 GA legislature’s resolution against congress. Part is here. Will Georgia’s Legislature ever rise above it?
“Whereas, the so-called 19th Congress, which proposed to the Legislatures of the several States an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, known as the 14th Amendment, and the so-called 19th Congress, which proposed an amendment known as the 15th Amendment, were without lawful power to propose any amendment whatsoever to the Constitution; and
Whereas, two-thirds of the Members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate, as they should have been constituted, failed to vote for the submission of these amendments; and
Whereas, all proceedings subsequently flowing from these invalid proposals, purporting to establish the so-called 14th and 15th Amendments as valid parts of the Constitution, were null and void and of no effect from the beginning.”

What is so hard about living together in harmony?


October 6th, 2011
5:44 pm

@ GaBlue – I prefer to tag onto THIS blog, and show where Galloway and AJC articles/ PolitiFact are so grossly slanted left. If it appears to be a “whine” to you, suggest you take the above advice I gave to your fellow liberal, and just skip over comments under my Centrist monicker.


October 6th, 2011
5:46 pm

“Note to Tom Graves: Nothing personal, but this is why you were on hold for so long.”

Hey Centrist, I hear Tom Graves spent more time on hold than he did waiting for approval of his 2 million dollar signature loan. Graves must be livid. Centrist what is the official “centrist” view of the Graves holding charge?

Fun socialist football fact, Republican governors have not been responsible for a single college national championship in this state. All of Georgia and Georgia Tech’s championships were produced by Democrats.

For sale, Georgia Bulldogs and Ga Tech Yellow Jackets. Government sale. Privatizing.


October 6th, 2011
5:58 pm

“Dooley: Well, he can just wait. Football is important.”

Gotta love that. A gutsy, spunky Southern woman not afraid to speak her mind. So refreshing compared to all the New Age wussies who only want to be politically correct.


October 6th, 2011
5:59 pm

Ahhh, my bad. Alleged Centrist explains that he is here on mission, because being an alleged centrist means pointing out all things “leftist” and “liberal” every day. I can’t wait to see what forum he parks on to fulfill the other half of his alleged centrist mission by pointing out all the pointy-headed “rightie” slants on there. If we’re really lucky, maybe he’ll reveal that well-kept secret. GOSH, could we ever BE so fortunate?


October 6th, 2011
6:11 pm

@ GaBlue – Point me toward a local blog that advocates the right wing stances of overturning Roe v Wade, fusing the Christian religion with government (as at least Perry and Bachmann seem to want), and objection to a millionaire surtax (other than tied to a baloney jobs bill) – and I’ll post under my same screen name.


October 6th, 2011
6:27 pm

@ Centrist — So, you haven’t been doing that already? I see. I just assumed by what you said that you spend half your day doing just that. Wait, you’re asking ME to “point you” somewhere in order to do the other half of the “centrist” thing? Your mission is lopsided and it’s MY fault? Oh, good grief!


October 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

@ GaBlue – My “mission” as a centrist is only to point out the gross leftist bias of the media, which has way too much influence on the part of the electorate that makes voting decisions based upon sound bites, headlines, and campaign slogans.

In conversations and emails with Republicans friends and family who offer right wing ideology, I let them know where I disagree.

I’d like to see a moderate third party. David Brooks who has an Op/Ed column for the liberal New York Times seems to seek the same. Blue Dog Democrats, RINOs, and Libertarians could be the base. Not to say I agree with each and every one – but I’d have a much wider field to choose from than either the Democrat party represented by the AJC in Georgia, or the Republican party represented by all three branches of government here.


October 6th, 2011
7:35 pm

“My “mission” as a centrist is only to point out the gross leftist bias of the media,”

Mission??? Lol. You just have a case of liberal media envy. Lots of conservatives suffer from it.

Liberals aren’t trying to barge into the conservative media. Does the 700 club ever present the liberal side? Would anyone want to watch a conservative program?

Supply and demand. Nobody wants to watch “Up With People” or the “King Family.” Nobody seems to want to buy conservative papers. Murdoch had a chance to put a conservative nightly news on his Fox network and took a pass, not profitable enough.

Conservatives just want to sponge off the liberal media like it was some sort of entitlement.

Enough of the liberal media envy.


October 6th, 2011
7:54 pm

Regardless of your interest in the Herman Cain book or lack thereof. Earlier today we had the Governor finally poke his head up to blame the feds for what is shaping up to be one of the biggest local political faux pas in recent history this afternoon. Instead we get Barbara Dooley?


October 6th, 2011
8:20 pm

Centrist is a legend in his own mind; how else to explain his having a mission mis-quoting facts?


October 6th, 2011
9:18 pm

DannyX October 6th, 2011 4:53 pm socialism doesn’t work. The government can’t do anything right. Socialized football is wrong.

Don’t know where that rant came from but I did notice you wrote that socialism doesn’t work but fell short of saying that socialized football doesn’t work. If you want to see a great example of socialism working just look at the NFL. It’s a model of socialism and they seem to be doing ok.

Frederick Douglass

October 6th, 2011
9:56 pm

Since Barbara Dooley’s an Arab (Lebanese), I hope she’s made to show her passport, and birth certificate when she bursts into radio stations unannounced.

M. L:. Brookins

October 6th, 2011
10:18 pm

First she is a Mother…and if you are a smart dude you won’t cross her…remember Mama ain’t happy no one is happy..Second she is right…he is a great Coach…wonder why???


October 6th, 2011
10:39 pm

T-SPLOST supporters trying to save the planned unpopular added tax – from the AJC:

Regional rail plan scaled back as list deadline nears

Suburban commuters who hoped a regional transportation vote could finally build rail lines outside Fulton and DeKalb counties received a deep blow in negotiations Thursday. A project that could have built a rail line from MARTA’s Arts Center station to the Cumberland area of Cobb County lost $167.5 million in regional funding from the proposed project list. Instead, that money would go to road projects — such as an interchange at I-75 and Windy Hill Road.

“We responded to public input,” said Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

[Note that Lee was going to be challenged for re-election by former Cobb County Commission Chairman Bill Burns if that boondoggle rail line remained on the list.]


October 6th, 2011
11:19 pm

Hey, I am blogging on the “Political Insider” that thinks Barbara Dooley is politically important. In keeping with my “mission” of exposing liberal bias in the media:

Congress has debated this year whether taxpayers should provide a half-billion dollars for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which in turn, funds PBS and NPR). House Republicans proposed on September 29 that the federal funding for CPB should end. Fiscally, it’s an obviously non-essential expense in an era of trillion-dollar deficits. PBS and NPR programmers lurch hard to the left which pleases liberal Democrats and radical-left activists. Ron Schiller, NPR Foundation’s senior vice president for fundraising, was recorded secretly on Feb. 22 when he met with fictitious Muslim Action Education Center. Among Schiller’s comments: Tea Partiers are “Xenophobic, I mean basically they are; they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.” Schiller also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding.” Other examples:

1. PBS host Tavis Smiley insists America has a terrible Christian terrorist problem. In 2010, he told an author that Christians blow up people “every day” in the United States.

2. The narrator of a PBS series on Africa praises Moammar Qaddafi. In his 1986 series The Africans, Muslim professor/activist Ali Mazrui insisted Qaddafi offered “supreme ideals” to make Africans and Arabs “masters of their own destinies” against the West.

3. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg wishes Jesse Helms death from AIDS. When Helms insisted in 1995 that AIDS drew a disproportionate amount of federal funding, Totenberg was disproportionately mean-spirited.

4. PBS regular Julianne Malveaux hopes Clarence Thomas dies young of heart disease. On the talk show To the Contrary in 1994, panelist Malveaux proclaimed, “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.”

5. NPR’s foreign editor vows to “smoke out” American troop locations in Afghanistan. Weeks after 9/11, Loren Jenkins told the Chicago Tribune he had no desire to aid a lying Pentagon. He represented “history.”

6. Andrei Codrescu wishes evangelical Christians would disappear. Days before Christmas in 1995, the NPR commentator read a pamphlet on the Rapture and said “The evaporation of four million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place.”

7. Longtime PBS host Bill Moyers proclaims GOP officials wearing flag pins after 9/11 remind him of communist China. On his weekly show Now in 2003, Moyers ranted, “When I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I think of the time in China when I saw Mao’s Little Red Book.”

8. Bill Moyers insists the Nicaraguan dictators were better Christians than their American critics. In a 1987 program, Moyers proclaimed that in a child’s painting, the “black birds” represented America, and the “white birds” were the Sandinistas who revered freedom, George Washington, and Jesus Christ.

9. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg tries to destroy the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas by breaking the story of Anita Hill’s unproven sexual-harassment claims. Totenberg later downplayed or ignored sexual-assault claims by Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick against Bill Clinton.

10. PBS airs NEA-funded “Tongues Untied” documentary celebrates black gay sex with explicitly pornographic talk and anti-religious overtones. In 1991, the documentary series P.O.V. championed the advocacy of conservative-bashing Marlon Riggs.

Unlike NPR’s unceremonious firing of Juan Williams last year, none of these offenses ever resulted in punishment. Defunding CPB would not stop liberal bias, but it would stop the outrage of conservatives (and Americans in general) being forced to fund fervent attacks on them with their own taxpayer dollars.

Ol' Timer

October 7th, 2011
2:45 am

@Centrist: Regarding your diatribe on CPB, NPR and PBS: I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell my dear wife of Fifty Years when we’re about the have a little disaggreement — please keep in within the last twenty years — don’t go dredging up stuff I did 40 or 50 years ago because I can’t defend what I can’t remember.

Geez — do you remember all that stuff or did you just GOOGLE up all the criticisms of CPB while you were sitting around the pool at the Motel Six in Panama City?

Buckhead Boy

October 7th, 2011
4:45 am

Centrist, I fear that your life is anything but centered. Have a little fun with this, if you must. But, as Ol’ Timer suggests, “Geez”. Adopt a mission that actually helps someone. Why not get out tonight and observe the kids at the Occupy Wall Street rally? You might find their selflessness and a real spontaneous, grassroots rising refreshing. You might even come to admit with me that as soon as they push our self-centered generation from the scene, the better; and its time that we went softly into the good night. Softly, Centrist, softly.


October 7th, 2011
6:14 am

Bucktooth boy: do you skip when you walk?


October 7th, 2011
8:00 am

I hope today the topic includes dropping the I-85 toll rates.
This boondoggle took a lane away from two person car pools; it had previously took a foot of width from every lane and reduced the inside shoulder to an unsafe width; and it was going to lose over a million a year.
Someone please remove every individual at the DOT; every elected/appointed government official; along with indicting the contractors for fraud, that wasted what little funds we had for this money pit.


October 7th, 2011
8:45 am

I find it appallling that Mrs. Dooley burst in and took over an operating radion station because she didn’t like the opinions expressed about “her baby.” Should the spouses of every political representative in the state be permitted to comandeer discussion, cut off other people’s opinions and rant on the public airwaves when they don’t like what it said? This blog would light up like a Christmas tree if Michelle Obama suddenly swooped into CBS and took over the Evening News.

Mrs. Dooley apparently feels that the priviledge she demanded when her husband was failing to graduate hundreds of Georgia students in the holy name of football extends to their final, thankful irrelevance. His tenure at Georgia was an embarassment and from her behavior it appears that she is continuing that particular family tradition.

Oh, and for many, many, many of us, football is not at all important.

Bleedin Orange!

October 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Go Barbara!! Greatest coach in the counrty no doubt!! Y’all are gonna know the Vol’s are back! Give Dooley a minute to mature those freshmen!! GO VOLS!!


October 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Shut up Shar!


October 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Ah, yet ANOTHER hand wringing article today by the AJC concerning the (very popular) anti-ILLEGAL immigration bill:

“Immigration law could snarl routine business”


October 7th, 2011
8:52 am

Rep. Tom, “we’ll leave the light on for you.”


October 7th, 2011
8:55 am

Very popular? Segregation was popular among an element, too. I suggest many are for immigration reform who don’t like HB87


October 7th, 2011
8:57 am

Barbara Dooley is very charming, and a great American Lady!


October 7th, 2011
9:11 am

Funny AJC headline: “Summer ends with hiring burst”

What would this headline have been under Bush?


Unemployment remains @ 9.1% because these jobs only keep up with the rising population.

Half of the gains are from 45,000+ returning VERIZON strikers.


October 7th, 2011
9:33 am

Gotta love Southern women.


October 7th, 2011
9:36 am

More “Political Insider” stuff while Galloway is reading Cain’s book:

Senate Majority Leader Reid used the so called “nuclear option” (which I agree with) last night to limit some follow-on filibusters. It may come back to bite Democrats if/when the Republicans win back the Senate.


October 7th, 2011
10:19 am

Centrist, you apparently missed when the republican’s used it during their reign of terror to pass two tax cuts that added a trillion to the debt.
What part of the immigration article is incorrect; the part where it is an inconvenient set of facts to your one sided rants?


October 7th, 2011
1:23 pm

@Really! What compelling ideas you offer! What forceful rationale! How respectful and open to the opinions of others!

The slavish adoration of the UGA football program on the part of a minority of the state’s residents is am embarassment. The behavior of this woman’s husband in failing to graduate the students he was supposed to mentor and teach is unaceptable and should havve been grounds for dismissal a long time ago. Mrs. Dooley’s arrogance in usurping, uninvited, the radio program would have resulted in arrest – and should have – had it been anyone less fatuously famous as the perpetrator.

The program is a business, and clearly does not ascribe to the University’s educational purpose. It does not deserve taxpayer funding in the form of tax exemptions.

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Yvonne Mason

October 7th, 2011
5:33 pm

Go Barbara, Remember when you piss off a southern Momma you have stepped in it up to your eyeballs. We might be genteel, polite and sweet, but we become bulldogs when you talk bad about our children.

Barbara Dooley Defends “Precious”

October 7th, 2011
5:55 pm

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October 7th, 2011
6:36 pm

You go Barbara……man I would like to shake you hand……there is nothing worse than to make a southern Mom angry…..Give em O(*Y^%r