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From Baylor’s Sickening Silence to Nation’s Two-Party Puppet Show, IT’S TIME TO DEMAND CHANGES

As many of you are fully aware, Baylor University (along with the dark, evil leaders of the school’s twisted police department) continues to stand in silence when it’s comes to it’s Art Briles-blaming and manipulative mishandling of numerous rape cases on the Christian campus in Waco, Texas.

To be blunt, a heavy portion of the propaganda and blame both begins and ends with the University’s controlling, deceiving, and power-hungry Baylor Police Department (although the disturbing, dishonest Board of Regents also play a vital role in the ongoing silence stance).

And to continue on this cruise down honesty lane, this country’s educational “institutions” sicken me nearly as much as our nation’s organized religious “institutions.”

Both claim to stand by high morals and values, but in truth fall far short of anything close to even basic beliefs such as honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

Sadly but true, both are merely pawns of prey craving control of our lives and our minds.

And the leaders of such institutions MUST be held accountable for their evil and deceiving lies and actions.

It’s time to speak up and take a stand.

It’s time to demand answers, as united we stand.

And it’s time to put those puppet leaders ON THE STAND.

From Baylor University’s rape case incompetence to America’s corrupt two-party politics, the time to loudly stand and demand major change is HERE and NOW.

Who else will stand by my side in this love-based truth revolution?

 
Denton Ramsey may be reached at drpragency@gmail.com.

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Open-Letter Request to Baylor University

A Heartfelt, Open-Letter Plea to Baylor University: For Justice, Transparency, and TRUTH
Commentary by Denton Ramsey, drpragency@gmail.com

 
I say this with all the love in my heart, but I refuse to sit idly by and quietly any longer.

I cannot, WE CANNOT, ALLOW the ongoing INJUSTICE to continue in silence at Baylor University.

Despite the awful tragedy and the resulting firings — along with corresponding “campus corrections” following review of the University’s mishaps and mishandlings that none of us need to relive — I am begging for brutal honesty and JUSTICE for all parties involved.

Columnists and writers from Houston to Dallas to halfway across the world were quick to judge and dismiss Art Briles as a liar and a con.

Well, today I quit sitting in silence — and I loudly and proudly stand in Coach Briles’ corner.

The irritating injustice in the entire handling of the Briles situation — and in using him as a scapegoat to the deeper issues in play — most notably by the Baylor police department and their complete mishandling of those rape cases, MUST be re-evaluated.

What irks me the most — bearing the reason behind cover-up speculations by many loyal Baylor supporters — is the FAILURES (and almost apparent sworn secrecy) for a single law enforcement official to be held accountable for any misdoings, especially now that Coach Briles has been terminated.

This University, so selfishly “proud” of their IMAGE, their football team, and their state-of-the-art facilities, would not even HAVE such luxuries if not for the VERY MAN THEY USED — yes, USED — as a doormat for denial and a forced-blame firing; the firing of a man who fully embodies not only the morals and values, such as honesty and integrity, that Baylor “claims” to embrace, but Briles also truly LIVES BY EXAMPLE.

And THAT, justice seekers, speaks louder than words — and portrays the love-centered lessons of Jesus Christ better than any member of this sorry board of regents and hypocritical higher-up officials and administrators could ever DARE TO DREAM of resembling.

The silence by this University — and the zipped-lips stance by authorities and officials who refuse to be held accountable for their utter disregard for TRUTH — is sickening.

And their silence screams of a guilty conscience that embodies evil, not love.

Enough is enough; it’s time for answers.

Baylor fans, students, and alumni deserve better.

They deserve to know the TRUTH.

And in a heartfelt plea, as a former Baylor student, a die-hard fan, and a passionate writer seeking justice, I ask that the University stop their silence and answer the avoided questions.

Release the truth, the FULL TRUTH — regardless of how appalling it may be, and likely is.

And give your team, your students, your faculty, your alumni, your city, your conference, and your school’s questioned-character the answers so desperately needed, desired, and deserved for full and honest closure in this awful chain of events that occurred on this campus.
 
Denton Ramsey, the creator, columnist, and host for the show “Channeling Changes: The Power of Positivity,” may be reached via email at drpragency@gmail.com or ChannelingChanges@gmail.com. Subscribe to the Channeling Changes podcast on iTunes and YouTube, and follow the show on SoundCloud at http://SoundCloud.com/ChannelingChanges. The official site for the show may be found at ChannelingChanges.wordpress.com.

BAYLOR VS. KENT STATE RECAP: Freshman Florence Near Flawless, Bears Beat Golden Flashes 31-15

BAYLOR VS. KENT STATE RECAP: Freshman Florence Near Flawless, Bears Beat Golden Flashes 31-15

By Denton Ramsey, Bleacher Report Featured Columnist

WACO, Texas — Baylor true freshman Nick Florence, along with an unbreakable defense and special teams, helped lead the Bears (3-1) to a 31-15 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-3) on Saturday evening at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Despite the downpours and an early 7-0 deficit, Florence — the Bears third-string quarterback — went 20-of-27 in the passing department for 216 yards while also compiling 60 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns in his first career start.

“He’s very confident, intelligent, poised, and aware and those are all qualities of a good quarterback,” Baylor Head Coach Art Briles said. “He’s not afraid to get dirty, dive around and create something. He did exactly what we thought he’d do. He was very efficient and intelligent and that’s exactly what he did.

“The way he handled himself the last two days, you could tell he was really grasping everything and understanding and was delivering the ball well. I felt if it was drier a little earlier we could have done a few more things because Nick is very accurate with the football, but we were still able to make a couple of runs and we got the win so that’s all we were concerned with tonight.”

For Florence, sophomore receiver Kendall Wright was again a key target for the Bears offense — racking up 125 yards on nine catches.

“It [getting the win] is awesome,” Florence said. “It is a great feeling. It is what we needed to do. There was no question in my mind whether we were going to win that game. We were going to do whatever it takes. It was sloppy at times and a lot of that is my inexperience and making mistakes. Our defense made plays and our offensive line made plays and our running backs and receivers made plays. That is what you do to get a win.”

Defensively, Baylor picked up two key interceptions and caused three Kent State fumbles (recovering one) in a strong secondary; while special teams played a large part as well with two blocked field goals (both by senior defensive lineman Jason Lamb) and a blocked extra point (junior defensive tackle Phil Taylor).

“We [the defense] could have done a lot better,” Lamb said. “I don’t know the final stats at all, but I know we gave up too many yards. The good thing from that is when it really came time to buckle down and prevent them from scoring, we were able to do that. We really gave up more yards than we wanted to and that is something we are going to have to work on this week.”

Sophomore running back Jared Salubi also has a solid outing for the Bears, garnering 64 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown en route to a 16-point Baylor win on a stormy Saturday in Waco.

“We know how to keep people there through the game,” Briles said. “We weren’t going to let them go home early. It was a good, tough win. I was really proud of our guys, I thought they showed a whole lot of character and were very resilient and really tough minded. I thought they battled, relieved and overcame. From that standpoint it was a big win and I learned many years ago that there is no such thing as a bad win, they’re all great.

“It’s a big win for Baylor; I thought they did a good job making a statement about our program and our effort and our attitude, and we have to continue to get better as a team. We have a long way to go but we are taking steps forward, not backward and that’s the encouraging part.”

Briles’ Bears return to the gridiron for Big 12 play on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Norman, Oklahoma — as Baylor faces the Sooners (2-2) in a televised game (locally on ABC) slated to kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

“Like I said last week, it’s hard to define confidence,” Briles said. “I’m not worried about confidence quite honestly, I’m worried about production. What we’ve got to do is give them a good plan and go out and perform and produce and with that maybe some confidence will come. But if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. As soon as you step on the field you should be confident and if you don’t, you shouldn’t be out there.”

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

BAYLOR VS. KENT STATE PREVIEW: Bears aim to bounce back after key injuries, host Golden Flashes Saturday on FSN

BAYLOR VS. KENT STATE PREVIEW: Bears aim to bounce back after key injuries, host Golden Flashes Saturday on FSN

By Denton Ramsey, Big 12 Fans Baylor Correspondent

WACO, Texas — The Baylor Bears (2-1) return to action on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Floyd Casey Stadium to host the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-2) in a game slated to kickoff at 6 p.m.; the match-up is also scheduled to be televised regionally on FSN-Southwest.

With a wave of injuries occurring last weekend against Northwestern State (quarterback Robert Griffin, defensive back Mikail Baker, and former-backup QB Blake Szymanski — who has been named the starter in Griffin’s absence), Coach Art Briles and the Bears must now battle back.

“First and foremost, our concerns go to them and their families,” Briles said. “Then you break it down from a football standpoint and the good thing about Robert and Mikail is that they’ll get an extra year back because their injuries were early enough in the season.”

For Griffin and Baker, that means one more year of eligibility.

“In Mikail’s case, he’ll have a sixth year and Robert, this will be his redshirt and he’ll have three more after this,” Briles said. “You look at the picture and figure out if you want to look at it good or bad and that’s the good side of it. Syzmanski hurt his shoulder trying to score in the third quarter and he’s day-to-day. He’s better today than he was yesterday and he was better yesterday than he was Sunday. If he gets in a little bit of work this week, he’ll be ready to go Saturday.”

One thing remains certain — these Bears are not about to give up and will fight until the very end.

“The way we look at it is that we’ve had a couple of family members that have been side-tracked for a little bit but what we’ll do is we’ll rally up, we’ll fight and we’ll compete — because that’s what you do as a player, it’s what you do as a coach and it’s what you do as a program,“ Briles said. “And we’ve got a job to do and we’re going to do our job.

“Our guys, they’ll adjust. And they’ll fight. We’re going to dial it up, we’re going to fight hard, for Robert, for Mikail, for A.B. [Antareis Bryan, who is out with broken foot] and then for the rest of these guys on this football team and for this University — that’s what we’re going to do.”

For the Baylor Nation, the quest to be bowl-bound still remains — and the Bears will get a chance to showcase their talent to the nation this Saturday against Kent State on FSN.

“We’re not going to come walking out of the dressing room Saturday, we’re going to come charging out,” Briles said. “We’ll be coming out with an intent to make a statement.”

With Griffin looking on from the press box [a precaution to prevent the injured QB from getting hit] and Briles taking care of business on the sidelines, look for the Bears to do just that — as Baylor aims to bounce back with a big win before Big 12 play begins next weekend in Norman, Oklahoma.

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

SPORTS ADDICT: Griffin through 2012, or return in ‘09?

SPORTS ADDICT: Griffin through 2012, or return in ‘09?

By Denton Ramsey

Believe it or not, Superman could return sooner than expected.

It’s only a slight possibility, but it’s better than nothing.

Robert Griffin continues to amaze me, regardless of whether he returns this season or remains in Green & Gold through 2012.

Just a day after being told he’d be out all season, it looks as though there’s a slim chance that Griffin could return later this season.

According to a story published in Tuesday’s Waco Tribune-Herald, Griffin may postpone surgery until after the season ends — leaving the door open for an early return to Baylor’s football team.

Coach Art Briles told the Waco newspaper that Griffin’s rehabilitation will be monitored over the next two weeks prior to a decision being made to have surgery at that time or postpone it until after the season.

At the very least, Griffin should be able to obtain a redshirt season under the NCAA’s current “medical hardship” guidelines — which states that players are eligible for a medical hardship if they haven’t played in more than 30-percent of a team’s games.

Should Superman push for a return in 2009, or have the surgery and stay on board through the 2012 season?

Regardless of Griffin’s decision in a couple weeks, he’s a Baylor Bear for life — and I believe he’ll bounce back without a problem.

Many in Waco may be praying for a BU miracle and a Griffin return to the gridiron in ‘09, but it may truly be best for Griffin to just redshirt this season and help guide the Green & Gold team through 2012.

In addition, the timing of Mikail Baker’s injury will also allow the senior kick-return specialist to return next season as part of Baylor’s 2010 squad — give the defensive back one more year to don a BU jersey.

Only time will tell, but Briles and the Bears are planning on moving forward without Baylor’s star quarterback — naming Blake Szymanski the new starter, with the coaching staff being hopeful the senior QB can play this weekend at home against Kent State.

We’ve got a special team and a special coach.

And we’re only going to be getting better…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

SPORTS ADDICT: Northwestern State plays dirty and it shows…

SPORTS ADDICT: Northwestern State plays dirty and it shows…

By Denton Ramsey

Dear Northwestern State, y’all aren’t welcome in Waco, Texas.

The Demons are 0-4 and talk a lot of trash being winless.

They play dirty and it shows.

Northwestern State injured two of our key players, including taking down Superman, and left a third in questionable condition for this weekend’s game against Kent State.

I wish they had never set foot in Floyd Casey Stadium.

Not only can the Demons not PLAY the game of football, they resort to seeking hard and season-ending hits.

No wonder the flags kept flying the past weekend in Waco.

Helmet-to-helmet contact, there’s another 15-yards…

Northwestern State sucks, no doubt about it. I wish we’d never played them; the Demons are nothing more than dirty trash-talkers that don’t deserve the time of day.

But don’t worry; Robert Griffin WILL be back next year — and he’ll be back with a vengeance.

I guarantee it.

This latest blow hurts; but Northwestern State is a worthless team.

We’ll bounce back, though.

And even playing on one good knee, Griffin and the Green & Gold team still destroyed the Demons in just one half of play. Sic ‘Em Bears!

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

SPORTS ADDICT: Bears backs are against the wall, but they can still reach their goal…

SPORTS ADDICT: Bears backs are against the wall, but they can still reach their goal…

By Denton Ramsey

The Baylor Bears might be down a couple guys, but football is still a team sport and they can and must bounce back from the latest breaking news.

Yes, Robert Griffin and Mikail Baker are both out for the season.

Yes, it will hurt. And yes, they’ll both be in our prayers.

But our season isn’t completely down the drain.

This is where true champions show what they are made of — like the Houston Rockets without Yao Ming or Tracy McGrady and a young and energetic bunch of guys forcing seven games against Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers.

The Baylor Bears have both team chemistry and a great coach — two essentials for a situation like the one at hand.

Let me say it again — we can and must bounce back.

Griffin and Baker wouldn’t have it any other way; trust me.

Baylor Football is more than just Art Briles; they are more than just Griffin and company; they ARE the Baylor Bears — a real team from top to bottom.

Now, it’s time to show the world what we’re made of.

We may be down for the count, but it won’t be long ‘til we’re back up and swinging.

These Baylor Bears are special. And I hope and pray that nothing can stand in their way.

It’s going to be an uphill climb, but I believe that THESE Bears are up for the task…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com