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The Most Random Tweet Ever For Halloween

I have no idea how I came across this, but the fact that Tarrant County has a hold on a guy named Fester Uncle Addams on Halloween must be be posted.

Let's pretend this is the book-in photo:

Halloween Cheerleaders Taking You Into The Weekend

Index This Week: Snakes Running For Election?

Parenting 201

Parenting 101

Index - 8/8/74

  • A quick draw competition?
  • Another pageant
  • Meet the Teacher but leave your kids at home. 

It'll Make You Smile

Kid has to make a layup, a free throw, a three pointer, and a half court shot to win a $10,000 scholarship.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • How in the world did any adult approve that Arlington Martin football t-shirt.
  • Regarding the crooked Pink Stripe on the Decatur Square that I mentioned yesterday, I got called out by email: "The line is painted, not by a machine, but by the hands of women in our community, each taking a turn and is an emotional and empowering opportunity for each of them.  I have attached a picture so that you can see the faces of the women we celebrate: the moms, aunts, grandmas and friends, for enduring such a difficult time."  Duly noted. 
  • I've received a couple of complaints about Wise County on the Web being down. It's not. It's a local computer issue. A few years back I suddenly couldn't get CNN.com or The Drudge Report despite the fact they were up and running. I had to tinker in a way I wasn't comfortable with.  This discussion is similar to something I used, but if any of you have any simple solutions, post away.
  • Nightcrawler is getting great reviews.
  • Funny bit I found out about last night while watching the Florida State/Louisville game. When your fans are so distraught that they put both hands on their heads, they are in the "Surrender Cobra" position. 
  • I think we had a real live Doomsday Prepper in the comments yesterday. 
  • The Crazy Homophobic at the DFW Airport was said to be charged with Class C Assault - Offensive Touching (punishable by fine only) as opposed to Assault Bodily Injury - Causing Pain (which carries jail time.)  I don't understand that. 
  • Bridgeport's Colin Jones got a sack of Drew Brees last night in the Carolina/New Orleans game. Photo
  • From the Update: "Rabbi Marty Cohen of Bedford will bring ancient Old Testament manuscripts to the 10 a.m. service at the Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay Sunday." What exactly are these "ancient Old Testament manuscripts"? I'm guessing he's not driving around with the Dead Sea Scrolls in his trunk. 
  • Are we never going to hear what really happened to Ron Washington? 
  • Random thing found on the web: "Douglas Patrick of Bridgeport, Texas, says his ’49 Willys CJ-3A has provided counseling during and after his divorce. His 'Beast on a Budget' build has a ’58 Hurricane F-134 engine, the original T-90 transmission, a Dana 18 transfer case, a Dana 25 front axle, and a Dana 44 rear axle." I certainly understood all of that. 
  • And in today's "There's No Racism In America" news . . . 


Last Thing From The Index Below

The Index would also print the Bridgeport High School student newspaper. In it, there was an advice column called "From The Bull Pen ".   This is the complete answer to a freshman boy's question.


Bridgeport Had A Liquor Election In 1971

Those opposing it in a two page ad in the Index in 1971:

During jury selection on DWI cases in Wise County, I normally bring up the old heated wet/dry elections to point out what a hot button issue alcohol can be for some people. But as time goes by, I'm beginning to get looks of "There you to be heated elections about that?" 

Ad in the same paper: 

A pro-wet ad (that could have used some jazzing up.)

And two pieces of gold on this page (one just for me). Check out the Chamber of Commerce "report". They don't take an "official position" but could they be any more obvious?  And I never knew my dad took out an anti-drunk driving ad back then.  (And, as I always say in jury selection, "No one is in favor of drunk driving.") 

Chevy Guy Almost Went Full Chris Farley Last Night

"Technology and stuff"

And people do comedy:

And Chevy immediately embraced it:

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • The Junior in The House is always looking at, and typing on, her phone but I rarely see her talk on it. 
  • World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner's series stats: An amazing 21 innings pitched, 2 wins, 1 save, and an .042 ERA. His current salary: $3.75 million which is a steal for the Giants. 
  • The game was in the sixth inning last night, and Mrs. LL wanted to watch a recorded episode of Survivor. My reaction? "Go ahead. I'm really not interested in this." And I was 100% sincere.
  • I watched the 30 for 30 episode on Brian Bosworth. For a documentary series which is great, there was nothing more cheesy than Bosworth and his son going through old memorabilia that his father allegedly kept in a storage shed. It was beyond scripted -- which was easy to tell when there's a camera from inside the shed filming them opening the door. And the goofy son kept smiling and laughing because he knew it was so silly to see his dad go into actor mode.  Other than that, it was great. And I loved watching all that old footage with Keith Jackson and Frank Broyles doing the call.  (Edit: The Ticket's Musers said pretty much the same thing at 8:25 a.m. this morning but I promise I wrote this before I heard it.)
  • Chris Christie has to think it is endearing to tell a heckler to "Sit down and shut up." Outside of New Jersey, he has no future.
  • So I make an unfunny joke involving J.D. Clark and some of you goofballs think I'm making fun of him? Hey, he got his name and picture on this blog days before an election. He probably would have paid for that. And his opponent will probably demand equal (unfunny) time. Lighten up. 
  • There was some type of "Pink Out" last week on the courthouse square for breast cancer awareness. It happens every year and a huge pink stripe is painted down the street on the south side of the courthouse. I've got to get a picture: This year the stripe looks like it was painted by someone who was drunk. 
  • Update on the number of people who have died after contracting Ebola in the U.S.: Still zero. 
  • I never really understood the Wall Street pit where traders are yelling buy and sell orders. The volume alone makes that method impossible.  And do they still exist today? 
  • BagOfNothing wrote today that he had never heard of the phrase, "As the crow flies . . . ." I find that amazing. Then again, I can't tell you the last time I heard someone say that. 
  • I missed one of the announcers in the Cowboy game referring to Decatur as "a small town" not far from there who had "cancelled Halloween" because of a high school football game. 
  • "If it turns out to be just the pain tolerance, I will play,’’ Tony Romo said. Isn't that the equivalent of saying "There is no amount of pain which can keep me from playing" -- a statement which has to be patently false. 


We Had A Bank Robbery In Rhome By A Guy Wearing A Texas Longhorn T-Shirt


Not to be confused with . . .

Separated At Birth? New York City Guy and Chico Guy

Want To See A Kid Who Will Suffer Flashbacks All His Life?

Fast forward to 46:30.

What if I told you that there was a high school quarterback who believes that once the clock ticks down to 0:00 the game is over -- even in the middle of a play.

Halloween Party Mugshot For The Win

Side note: She was arrested for DWI and released and arrested again for DWI that same night?  Something doesn't seem right.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Heck of a unmanned rocket explosion last night as it was set to provide supplies to the Space Station. (1) That rocket was the product of a private contract which kind of hurts the "private sector is always better than the public sector" argument. (2) What exactly is the purpose of the Space Station?
  • Three boxes and a bag of unopened mail, some two years old, were found in a Dallas district court judge's office. "It included letters from defendants about their cases and some checks to pay fines and court costs."  Hey, is some defendant was told to pay a fine through the judge instead of the district clerk and/or probation, there's a bigger problem here.  
  • The Family Cat peed on New Family Pup. I agree with you guys: Something is going on. Now I just have to find a Cat Counselor who deals in Cat Depression Syndrome and acting out. 
  • Re me almost getting ripped off yesterday: Channel 8 had a story last night of some lady who got scammed in Rockwall when she got a call from a fake court official saying she owed a fine for missing jury duty. How did they want her to pay it? A MoneyPak Green Dot card -- just like my scammer. 
  • Thanks to all of you who called the scammer yesterday to jack with him.  The number probably won't last long but, once again, it is 442-237-1781 and will be answered by the Fake Escondido Police Department. Ask for Eric Matthews.  If you can mimic a voice right out of The Sopranos or The Wire, double thanks. 
  • The Rhome mayor resigned last night.  You know, for years Newark was considered the red headed stepchild of Wise County but Rhome has claimed that title going away. They have to get their act together. 
  • The release of the Top 25 by the College Football Playoff Committee was refreshingly great on ESPN last night. The show was only thirty minutes long and they got right to it. (Hey, TCU, did you see the high in Morgantown this weekend will be in the low 40s?) 
  • The video of the homophobic guy at DFW Airport getting restrained finally made it to the local news this week. At least a little. Man, it's true that if you want news buried with the best chance for the least traction possible, release it on Friday afternoon.
  • Man, I saw the Frontline episode on ISIS last night and they didn't censor some of the mass executions.  Good lord.  And their rise can be traced to the incompetence of Republicans and Democrats at the national level. We had no idea what we were about to do, have done, and are doing. (And Frontline may be one of the best under the radar shows there is.)
  • BagOfNothing posted video of the lady who walked around New York for 10 hours and recording the "catcalls" she received. That's the worst thing that happened to her? Lighten up lady. (Loved the guy who said, "You should say 'thank you' more.")
  • Offensive cop who might need a vacation. (Language warning.)
  • A Texas kid gets suspended from school for creating a 3D courtroom setting project for her criminal justice class which included photos of administrators and school board members? There has to be more to that. 
  • An "Oh. my" from the Update: "FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St. in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence."

Bonus Random Thought Girl sent to me by emailer: