4.24.2014

This Is Insane



A man with as IQ in 50s is convicted of murder in 1977 and goes off to prison.  He appealed the decision and it was overturned in 1980 and a new trial ordered. Now get this: The defense lawyers and the prosecutors pretty much forgot about him.  He was never retried, but he remained in prison. It wasn't until 2006 that a fellow inmate was looking into his case and came to the conclusion, "Something ain't quite right here."

And he's still in prison.

(There's been a ton of press about this over the last couple of years, but I had never heard of it.)

Gettin' Your Drink On

Story.  Edit: A legal eagle out there points out this case for the proposition that the charge should probably be "Leaving Child in Vehicle" instead of "Endangering a Child." 


Based upon my crack research skills, the bar is probably the Grayson County Line on FM 730. Further research reveals they have entertainment from time to time:



Is There Anyone More On An Alarmist Than Delkus?


This is for Saturday evening.

Someone needs to tell him there's a difference between predicting the likely weather and screaming about the worst case scenario.

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • This is a couple of days old, but a U.S. Marshal shot and killed a defendant in court after he "lunged" at a witness with a pen. But was a weird line from the story: "A mistrial was declared after the shooting."
  • An upcoming contestant on The Bachelorette has been killed. Edit: I've been called out on this. You have to be murdered in order to have been "killed"? I don't think so.  
  • Mrs. LL is still hard at with the kitchen repainting project. I think everyone in the house doubting her in the beginning has turned her into Mrs. Bob Vila. 
  • Sports: (1) Mavs fans need to settle down. This won't end well. (2) Another marijuana arrest of a TCU football player. (3) Oh, come on. Yesterday Martin Perez goes nine innings and gives up three hits and no runs. Maybe my nemesis has some devil powers or something. (4) The Cowboys will not be playing on Sunday afternoon in six of their sixteen games this fall.  (5) The Boston Marathon winner wore Skechers. Skechers. (6) Hey, to the guy who thinks I'm not a great sports predictor. Who picked Yu Darvish to finish second in the Cy Young Award last year? Who said bet the house that the Cowboys would win less than 8.5 games? Who amazingly predicted the Mavs to lose to the Heat in the the 2006 Championship after the Mavs were up 2-0? This guy. 
  • I'll never understand the fluctuation in gasoline prices. 
  • I'll never understand an upcoming documentary called Fight Church. It's about a church and it's MMA program 
  • The clemency program in the news involves primarily non-violent drug offenders who have already spent over ten years in federal prison. Think about that. Ten real years for drugs. That's insane. The Land of the Free has been in  love with putting people in cages. 
  • Mrs. LL mentioned that she was saving for a "Sweet Sixteen" party. That kind of made my brain short circuit. 
  • That great American right wing patriot Cliven Bundy has some thoughts on "the Negro."
  • I think Facebook, which used to be a slight beating, is now a major beating. 


4.23.2014

Above The Fold

Uh, Oh. Fox 4 Is Going After A Deputy Who Murdered A Dog





This is in Rains County. (Although I'm not sure how the vet could determine that the dog was shot while retreating.)

Facebook Support Page

News story. (Not Fox 4's.)

Random Photo


Wreck In Twin Hills



"Everyone Gets a Trophy" Mentality Coming to Denton Schools?



DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The Denton Independent School District is throwing traditional grading methods right out the window, shifting to a new way of assessing their students. The change is going to happen for kids from 6th to 12th grade beginning next year. Teachers will still be handing out letter grades, but the means of calculating those scores will be different than just about any other school district in North Texas.

Hand in your homework late? You won’t get a zero.

Want a higher grade on a test? Just take it again.

Grades will no longer be reduced for failure to meet deadlines. Zeroes will not be used for missing work. Students will be able to retake all exams and use the higher score. The idea is to hand out grades that show what the kids actually know, not how well they behave. More

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Jon Stewart's lambasting of Fox's Sean Hannity's position on the Bundy Ranch was perfect.
  • We are sending troops into Eastern Europe. Really? Do we have to get involved in everything?
  • The Fifth Grader in the House used the term "life hack" the other day. 
  • Fort Worth motorcycle death
  • The Ticket did a segment on this Cadillac commercial this morning calling it the most controversial one on TV.  Ugly American? The 1%-ers? They doing a bit? 
  • This has been going around recently: "When I think of ten years ago, I think of the 1990s and not the 2000s." I seriously have to catch myself all the time. This happened to someone on the radio during the Masters when they said it had been 10 years since Tiger had missed the tournament. Nope, it was 20 years. 
  • Mrs. LL sheepishly told me last night that she went to a different pet food store and bought cat food, dog food, and turtle food and was shocked by the bill. This has to bad if she's fessing up.
  • Sports: (1) Ranger Nick Martinez went five innings and gave up six four runs but only two of them earned. Advantage nemesis. (2) That was so odd for UT's Charlie Strong to say the Longhorns wouldn't be playing in the national championship game this season. He made the statement during a  promotional tour through DFW. There was no reason to say it. (3) The NFL schedule will be released on ESPN tonight at 7:00 going head to head with the Mavs game. I wonder if it's the NFL paying back Cuban for his "implode in ten years" comment. (4) Local sports talk radio was full of Stars bandwagoners yesterday. (5) The new commercials for the SEC Network are fantastic. 
  • I just heard someone mention that it was Administrative Assistants Day.  Uh, oh. Panic. 
  • I caught a little bit of O'Reilly last night with some lady on there commenting about the Supreme Court decision allowing Michigan voters to decide that race should not be considered a factor in college admissions. She said something along the lines of "the Court was correct because there is no constitutional provision to overturn state elections." Huh? Have a state election to establish a religion and see how that works out. 
  • That $3 million fracking verdict will be hard to hang on to. 
  • Oklahoma court confusion: It's highest criminal court refuses to stop an execution, then the highest civil court stays the execution, and then the Governor says I'll give everyone seven days to figure out who has jurisdiction. 



4.22.2014

Shark News. Yep, Shark News.


I'm still skeptical about the stowaway kid who hitched a ride to Hawaii, and earlier today I learned yesterday's story of the guy who got "carried across the finish line" at the Boston Marathon didn't really happen.

And now I'm supposed to believe a guy fishing from land caught an 800 pound shark? Well, maybe. Video and Houston Chronicle story.

Supreme Court Infringes On Your Freedom Again This Morning


An anonymous 911 caller can tell dispatch that he saw you commit a traffic violation and, he says, is of the belief that you are drunk. That, without more, now allows the cops to stop you.

I only wish First, Second and Tenth Amendment lovers cared as much about the Fourth.

From the dissent.

Drunken driving is a serious matter, but so is the loss of our freedom to come and go as we please without police interference. To prevent and detect murder we do not allow searches without probable cause . . . . . We should not do so for drunken driving either. After today’s opinion all of us on the road . . . . are at risk of having our freedom of movement curtailed on suspicion of drunkenness, based upon a phone tip, true or false, of a single instance of careless driving.

And that was Scalia!

Link.

Edit: Good grief people. The two keys are (1) anonymous call reporting (2) one incident of bad driving. 

Those Big Power Lines In Wise County Are In The News

 Story.

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • Burned ponies recovering in Decatur per WFAA.
  • Prosecutors used to make a small fortune on collecting on hot checks and receiving a fee for their efforts. With checks going the way of the dinosaur, those days are over. (And that "fee" always seemed seedy to me.)
  • Earlier this month: The lawyer who has hired Bon Jovi, Sting, and Miley Cyrus to play at his Christmas parties won a verdict of over $9 billion. Idiocracy reigns. 
  • Someone commented last night that the Star-Telegram will make a major announcement this week. I have no idea if that is true. But if it is, you heard it hear first.
  • Troy Aikman's new girlfriend. Hey, now. (I learned that from Busted Coverage but I hate that site because it makes my computer grind to a halt.)
  • That David Dewhurst attack ad on Dan Patrick isn't bad. Back in the debate, Patrick's bankruptcy came up and I thought then that would be an issue with the Hard Right.  (Because, after all, you just have to work hard and money will coming flooding in. Right?) 
  • Mrs. LL is repainting the kitchen. Right now it looks like Hiroshima in 1945.
  • Sports: (1) No nemesis update. We both agree on Yu Darvish. (2) "Colts place [former Cowboy] Phil Costa on 'Reserve/Retired' list. Signed 2-yr, $2.75M contract on March 14 that included $450k in guaranteed money." I don't know if he gets any of that money. (3) "Baylor sucks" - Texas Linebacker. (3A) "We will not be in the national championship game.” - UT Head Coach Charlie Strong (4) That shot by Kevin Durant last night was insane. (5) Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is a miserable human being. Last week he was being interviewed by the Musers when George Dunham asked him a harmless questions about him playing the piano. "What does that have to do with playoff basketball?" Carlisle said. Jerk. (9:50 mark.)
  • Mrs. LL is concerned that she's older than Bubba Watson. I'm concerned she's older than Emma Watson. (That's a joke. Baby? Honey?)
  • Hey civil lawyers: How is that Dallas fracking lawsuit filed in a county court at law when they are "asking for more than $9 million" in damages?
  • That teen stowaway story may be true? There's footage of him getting in the wheel well in San Jose. I still can't believe it.
  • Pat Tillman died ten years ago today. His brother's remarks at his funeral are still as shocking as when they were uttered -- grieving or not. (I've read Tillman's mom' book but, somehow, not Jon Krakauer's book.)
  • How do we have a baseball playoff for second place with Bridgeport and Decatur playing each other and the winner then having to beat Krum twice
  • I began watching the 30 for 30 episode on the Hillsborough soccer tragedy. It was great. But I had to turn it off after Mrs. LL yelled at me for watching it with the Fifth Grader in he House. 


4.21.2014

Boston Marathon Photo




As a guy with at least some half marathon experience, the last thing I want is to be carried.

How Many Dallas Police Does It Take To Arrest Someone?


The guy in front might be wanted by the cops. Maybe. Just maybe.

Live link.

Edit: The guy is dead. Cops shot him for some reason.

And Another -- Collin County


Story.

Edit:


Personal Foul. Tripping. Fifteen Yards On The PO-leece



Dallas – After the dramatic penalty-kick shootout victory by Austin Vandergrift over Trophy Club Byron Nelson in the 4A girls soccer title game Saturday, students from the school jumped down from the stands and ran on to the field to celebrate. Just before they did, the public-address announcer reminded all fans that they were not to go on the field after the match. But seeing all the fans along the rails in front of the stands, I knew they were headed to the field. Sure enough, after the win was secured, kids ran on to the field and celebrated. They were back off the field in less than five minutes. No harm done, right? Not by the students, anyway. But check out the actions of the Georgetown police officer in this video as the students run on the field. Tripping one, trying to trip another, pushing another. I’m not sure what measures he was told to take if fans came on to the field, but this did not look good.