8.30.2014

I Went To College Game Day


And you can send the Pulitzer for The Best Photo Taken With An iPad  to my home address.  

I'm replacing Joe Duty at the Messenger on Monday. 

Edit: Come on! A momma holding an infant and doing the tomahawk chop.  A bubba with a Florida shirt. Cheerleaders. The borderline famous mural in the background representing Fort Worth on national TV. This is art people!  You guys who don't understand make me want to cut my, ear off!

8.29.2014

Above The Fold

And Another - Louisiana


2014 better step up its game.

Story.

College Station Furniture Store Offered Refunds If Aggies Won By More Than 10


Wait a second. A chain furniture store sold over $1 million in furniture in 11 days? To paraphrase a line from JFK, "Sir, I find your story simply unbelievable."

Tarrant County DA's Office Gets Into Death Prediction Game




Good grief.

Get Me This Lamb!!!

Index Ads: TV and Politics


Concerning the TV: Man, $209 was a fortune back then. And all you got was a crappy 23 inches and over the air channels (four of them if you were lucky). That has to be a black and white TV, right? They didn't have color yet.

Love the George Bush for Senate ad. Even funnier because they didn't spell his opponent's name correctly. I had to look him up on Wikipedia. Fantastic stuff:

Yarborough rode in the Dallas motorcade in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. He was in a convertible with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson (who sat between Yarborough and Johnson) . . . . 

In 1964, Yarborough again won the primary without a runoff and went on to general election victory with 56.2 percent in LBJ's 1964 Democratic landslide. His Republican Party (GOP) opponent was future president George Herbert Walker Bush, who attacked Yarborough as a left-wing demagogue and for his vote in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yarborough denounced Bush as an extremist to the right of that year's GOP nominee for president Barry M. Goldwater and as a rich easterner and a carpetbagger trying to buy a Senate seat . . . . 


Say What?


Dallas media is abuzz this morning about this vehicle which was "caught between" two trains. Get this: They guy survived.

Fox 4 story.

Index - 5/22/64



  • Shootin' Blind will make your jaw drop. (Once again, it was a different time.)
  • I may sponsor a Liberally Lean "Hootenanny".
  • There's an odd item about a sick person in the bottom right corner. Everyone is scrambling to Arizona but no mention of what the connection is with Bridgeport or the type of illness.
  • I want to party with the Jacksboro Quartet.
  • Just glancing through issues around this time frame, there seems to be an incredible amount of tension between the city council and the mayor. Here the council took action to take more responsibility in "assisting the Mayor in operating City business." 



Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • The former Tarrant County judge and Wise County (short time) lawyer was finally mentioned in the Star-Telegram
  • Those old Index posts are good stuff right? I get some online criticism but most people I talk to love them. 
  • "Thank you" and "I'm sorry" are powerful words. 
  • Sports radio has blown up about this Jerry Jones article. I haven't read it yet but they say it is insane. Since I'm not a fan of the NFL, I'd rather have a crazy and entertaining owner than a winning football team. 
  • Aggie thoughts on the win against #8 South Carolina: (1) Wow. (2) As a Baylor fan, I know what a fantastic offense looks like. That was a frighteningly good offense. (3) And that wasn't against Stephen F. Austin. That was South Carolina. At home. (4) South Carolina had won 18 consecutive home games. (5) South Carolina had won their season opener for the last 14 seasons. (6) QB Kenny Hill broke Johnny Football's all time Aggie passing yardage record. (7) There was no greater proof of how the Aggie offense could do whatever they wanted to more than that last drive. With 9:30 on the clock and at their own 19, the Aggie's decided to run down some clock since they had the game won. They went on an 18 play drive which ended with 40 seconds on the clock. Holy, cow.
  • Some conservative radio hosts yell, "We must eliminate ISIS!!"  How naive.  Like the poor, they will "always be with us."
  • If I were Jerry Jones, I'd make the last preseason game free. Just tell the season ticket holders that the game isn't included in the package (they won't care) and then just open up the gates. He'd  make a fortune in beer sales and parking alone. 
  • Speaking of, the chairman of the Republican party of Dallas County angrily proclaimed on twitter last night that there was no reason that parking should cost $60 at Cowboys Stadium. Two things: (1) Uh, capitalism and free market? and (2) He actually spent his time last night going to that game!
  • I have a stranger who emails me from time to time, and I have no doubt that it is law enforcement trying to bait me into having contact with a fake underage girl. And it's not generic. The emailer started the contact by referencing people I know in Wise County ("she" likes someone in the probation department). After I wasn't particularly chatty, "she" sent me a very inappropriate photo and then quickly followed up with, "I'm so sorry, I sent that to you by accident. Please delete it."  I ignored it. Yesterday, after months of inactivity, I received an email from that account with no text but  just a face pic of two females. One who is probably 20 and the other who is ambiguously younger. 
  • Woke up during the pouring rain storm last night. Loved it. I tried to stay awake just to listen but there's no way. 
  • I caught myself talking into the mirror last night and then thought, "Holy crap, I've turned into Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver!"
  • Aledo and Cedar Park play a high school football game at Baylor's new stadium tonight. I'm thinking about going. 
  • In the last five days, if you had owned Radio Shack stock, you would have doubled your money. It's gone from 70 cents to over $1.40. (Their are rumors someone is about to come in and bail the company out.) 
  • Several years ago I told a Jacksboro friend that there would be nothing more entertaining than to give up my felony docket and start a second blog that did nothing but focus on the Wise County DA's office, it's prosecutors, and how they handle their cases. If defense lawyers thought they had a case they were getting screwed on, they could tell me about it and I could do a post on that particular case. I still think about that. 


8.28.2014

New "Heisman House" Commercial Featuring Roger Staubach and Johnny Football

"That's A Bold Statement"


Kid Not Happy Mom Is Pregnant



Preach on, little man.

Index 10/9/64


  • Huge steer!
  • John Tower was in Jacksboro? (With a Goldwater reference)
  • I'm not sure what the product liability laws were back then, but Elmer Gober probably had a decent lawsuit on his hands.
  • The Bridgeport football game story seems as if it was written by a PR guy on Bridgeport's staff. 

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • A Texas jury acquitted the guy of murdering a drunk driver who killed his two sons. I questioned the legal defense of "I didn't do it" the other day. That was dumb on my part. When I finally looked into it, the prosecution had basically no proof. (Then again, a jury is much more inclined to find a "reasonable doubt" when they don't care that much about the alleged crime.)
  • Probably my weirdest nemesis is the Josh-Gordon-Is-Not-The-Best-Receiver-In-The-NFL nemesis. Dude
  • I'm pretty sure I saw a fire truck with lights on turn down the Decatur high school entryway this morning. 
  • I finally went through the traffic roundabout they put in at Harmon and 287 (Harmon is the last exit before you hit I-35 going into Fort Worth.)  Who came up with that idea? We aren't smart enough to handle that. 
  • Traffic was shut down on I-30 and Beach east of downtown Fort Worth yesterday afternoon after someone jumped off the bridge into traffic. This morning we learned it was a 17 year old high school girl. Good lord. 
  • While talking to the Wise County DA yesterday he tells me, "By the way, we've got our online Fantasy Football draft at seven o'clock tomorrow." Sheesh! Short notice!  Just another example of the government pushing the common man around. 
  • You probably have to be weird to listen to this (I did), but if you want to listen to a moderately conservative appellate judge (Reagan appointee Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit) absolutely brutalize Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson on Tuesday during oral arguments about Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, listen to this. I was cringing. (From a legal background, all you need to know is that the "Loving case" is a reference to the Supreme Court case striking down a ban on interracial marriage.) Note to future legal advocates of a ban on same sex marriage, if a judge asks you why it is justified, do not say, "Tradition."
  • I got sucked into the Abilene Christian/Georgia State game last night on ESPNU which was wildly entertaining. And Bridgeport's Jace Hudson had a touchdown catch (video).
  • Me in January of 2009: "I don't buy the 'President Bush has kept us safe since 9/11' line. If some terrorist wanted to cross the Mexican border and set off a bomb in a Las Vegas casino, it could be done tomorrow." Fox News headline today: "Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas".
  • I'm insane now: A picture of a covered RG3 statute statue [edit: I use "statute" way too much] posted by the twitter account of Baylor Stadium (yep, a stadium has its own twitter account) who throws down some pretty funny comedy. 
  • The Star-Telegram has a big story today of how a barge has been brought in to suck water out of Lake Bridgeport. (Complete with photos and a video.)  It's located just south of Twin Hills. 


8.27.2014

If This Is The Same Mr. Baldridge, This Is Amazing

I'm guessing that "healthy" is a nice way to say something else.
 And then this news note appears in the next edition a week later:

Index - 9/4/64



  • Shootin' Blind responds to the courthouse crowd that believes he implied they must be drinking. And then takes a shot at the courthouse. 
  • Rook Ramsey reference!
  • Somebody tell me what's going on with that "Monster Invades Paradise Alley" story. I scrolled up expecting the date to be April Fool's Day, but it wasn't even close. 
  • TXI employees vote against forming a union, 32-31. Any chance that vote was fair and square?
  • Kathy Burgin, love your hair!

Astro Fan Tries To Kill Ground With Ceremonial First Pitch



The reaction of the mascot is probably the best part.

(MLB owns the rights to the video so the force the 15 second commercial on you.)