I love Saturday mornings in the fall with ESPN's College Game Day. The three man crew normally broadcasts from a college campus with a bunch of crazy college kids yelling in the background - many who hold up signs. The signs have become nuttier and more confusing over the years. But this morning gave rise to new level of oddness. I saw a kid from the University of Pittsburg holdking a sign that read: "WADE BOGGS IMITATES WIZARD OF OZ CHARACTERS".
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Three nuggets from the Dallas Morning News: - The City of Denton turned down Dallas' request for refugee help "because they don't have the resources or personnel to run such an emergency shelter, city spokesman John Cabrales said." - "Collin County has asked its five largest cities to take in at least 2,000 evacuees. Plano, Frisco and Wylie were considering setting up shelters." - And Mayor Laura Miller said this: "I'm amazed at the lack of help we're getting," the mayor said. "The state has done zero to help us, the governor has done zero to help us – besides coming here for a photo op."
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I've heard of Chinese Finger Cuffs but this thing creates far more questions in my brain than answers. (Warning: A tad bit sensative). Edit: I don't know if it will remain there, but the initial advertisement under the photo was for Yahoo Personals. A bit ironic.
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The head of FEMA, Michael Brown, has appeared on TV around the clock it seems to answer questions about the government's slow response to Katrina. I don't necessarily agree with him, but I'll give him huge credit for his willingness to step up to the plate and take a verbal pounding.
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How would you like to be 21 years old and a minor league baseball player? Let's add the fact that you are called up yesterday to the big leagues by your boss, the Florida Marlins. You don't start the game but sit on the bench. You are happy to be there. Then you are called into the game as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded (the Marlins are far, far behind so its not the perfect fantasy). That's what happened to Jeremy Hermida. Anyway, you guessed it, in his first major league at bat he hits a grand slam. That hasn't happened since 1898.
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When I first saw that quote today, my initial reaction was (1) uh, thanks, I was going to buy a little extra just for fun and (2) I think I know what the guy means (don't use gas unless it is a necessity) but figured it was just another inartful Bushism that he is known for. Then I checked the official White House site and learned it was part of a prepared text. Edit: The first comment (inside) is proof that spam can even reach a blog. Sheeesh.
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There is a great article in Slate that discusses the phenomenon of how the New Orleans crisis seems to have victims that are 99% black yet no TV broadcaster will so much as mention the subject. He writes: "Race remains largely untouchable for TV because broadcasters sense that they can't make an error without destroying careers. That's a true pity. If the subject were a little less taboo, one of last night's anchors could have asked a reporter, 'Can you explain to our viewers, who by now have surely noticed, why 99 percent of the New Orleans evacuees we're seeing are African-American? I suppose our viewers have noticed, too, that the provocative looting footage we're airing and re-airing seems to depict mostly African-Americans.'"
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At the Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. assisted the Roanoke Police Department in training for high speed chases.
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If I get another email asking me (and presumably millions of others) to "Participatie in 1-day boycott of gasoline" in September so oil companies will "choke on their stockpiles and bring down the price of gasoline", I might go crazy.
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As I watched the Hurricane Katrina devastation (and thought about those girls who just happened to be named "Katrina"), I had these thoughts about God: (1) God created and caused the disaster to occur (but why?), (2) God watches the world and intervenes when he wants to but chose not to stop Katrina, (3) God has no control over the world and simply watches Katrina do her stuff, or (4) There is no ...[An alternative that has been censored in the Bible Belt]
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AP - New Orleans - The mayor said Wednesday that Katrina probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans — an estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm by far the nation's deadliest hurricane in more than a century. "We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," and other people dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands." And it looks like New Orleans is completely under water. Today, people are being told to "abandon" the city.
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"President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/ABC News, Martha Raddatz) "
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Video clip: Ok, here are two guys re-enacting William Tell (the guy that shot the apple off a guy's head with a bow and arrow). Except they decide to use a handgun and a beer bottle. Caution: (1) Multiple F Bombs will be dropped and (2) The first time you see it you will cringe when the gun comes into view.
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Hot topics: Gays, the confederate flag, "Sissies", and teenage heat exhaustion. I've learned that there are some "commentors" that have a heck of a sense of humor and some that scare me a bit. I'm surprised by the number of people that read this. And I feel and odd pressure to post something every day even when I'm really busy or simply don't want to. I still hear from people that are mad that I haven't updated "The Muse" in a while. I've finally developed a thick skin (after years of having an onion thick skin).
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I just watched ABC's World News Tonight (without Peter Jennings) - I record it every day. Anyway, I finally saw the "day after" effects of Hurricane Katrina. The damage is astonishing. New Orleans is under water and the coastal portion of Mississipi has been blown away.
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The University of North Texas' opening football game again national powerhouse LSU has been postponed due to Katrina.
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. . . But this guy did. (Video: Warning, it looks painful).
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"CRAWFORD, Texas - Cindy Sheehan hasn‘t achieved a meeting with the president during her three-week war protest, but she met a man who plays one on TV. Martin Sheen, who portrays the president on NBC‘s "The West Wing," visited Sheehan‘s makeshift campsite Sunday. "
And Al Sharpton was there as well.
I always cringe when I hear some high school kid talk about how he expects to play in the NFL. It's a tough climb. Take for example Taylor Stubblefield. He is 6'1" and was recruited by Purdue who is known for its passing offense. During the three seasons at the school, he catches 165 passes. No one, and I mean no one, has ever caught that many passes at the highest level of college football. He's the all time record holder. So, unlike your regular high school kid, you would expect him to play in the NFL. Right? Think again. Last April, not a single team drafted him. So he signs as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers. Last weekend, he was cut.
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I always get a kick out of the "Cheers & Jeers" section of the Star Telegram every Saturday although I admit to skimming over the Cheers in order to read every Jeer. (For some reason they are more fun). But I noted that Wise County Commissioner Mike Richardson received a Cheer this Saturday from Woody and Joyce Reynolds of Decatur for "doing a fine job of paving our road".
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I hate how much the Messenger dedicates itself to Northwest ISD (althoughI understand why), and here I am doing the same thing. I noticed that in the Texans 48-21 win over Granbury on Friday that sophomore Drew Ashley rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.
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This weekend marked the 85th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. 85th? It constantly amazes me how much this country has progressed/and how back-woods we were. 85 years ago? That's it? There are women alive today that at one time could not vote in the United States.
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