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10.01.2005

Thorn In The Side

Abilene-Wylie is a long way out there. Abilene-Wylie and Decatur don't mix.

And I remember when the Star-Telegram would always at least run a two story paragraph about the Eagles or Bulls. Not any more. And with email readily available to transfer information, that seems incredible.

I'm Insane Now

The Subservient Chicken.

And It Gives Me A Reason To Post The Pic

I have a passing interest in baseball, but I can't help but notice that the Yankees and Red Sox, after playing 160 games this year, are tied at the top of the AL East Division. To make it fun, there are only two games to play and they are facing each other. And today, Randy Johnson pitches for the Yankees. Good stuff.

It Won A Webby . . .

. . . for the oddest web site. If hot girls who have their cars stuck in mud is something you dream about, this site is for you.

Oh, The Irony

O.J. Simpson appeared at a horror movie convention and signed autographs (for a fee, of course). Can you believe it was October 3, 1995 that the jury came back with a "not guilty" verdict?

9.30.2005

OK, OK, I'll Replace Him

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who died of lung cancer in August, left an estate valued at more than $50 million, most of which was willed to his fourth wife and to two children from a previous marriage. " And I bet he would have left more than $50 million but for the three previous wives. (The gal in the pic was not one of his wives - although I may make her one of mine.)

A Thought

John Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court this week after no one could find anything in his past that would make him "unfit" for the job. And in this day and time, the slightest misstep in his past would have killed his nomination. That got me to thinking. Have you really lived if you have made no mistake, committed no sin, or expressed no view that would be sufficient to prevent you from holding a national public office?

Super Bowl Arrestee

Timmy Smith had the oddest NFL career. The running back played only three years and gained only 602 yards combined. (He actually played for Dallas one year). And then there was that odd Super Bowl in 1988. After gaining only 407 yards over 14 games that seaason, he gained 204 yards in the Super Bowl to lead the Redskins to the championship. It was his three hours of fame - never to be repeated. Well, at least good fame. Today he was arrested by the Feds for "conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine".

The money pit known as the War on Drugs continues.

Copyright Laws . . .

. . . must mean nothing to the creator of this site which has a collection of music videos to make your head spin.

Don't Speed, Kids

James Dean died 50 years ago today. That's about all I know about him.

Not Sure

The lady in the pic below comes from this series of book-in photos that prosecutors swear are authentic. I've yet to verify who the lady is or if the photos are legitmate.

"I'll Take an 8 Ball and That Book on C++"

According to the USA Today: "SAN FRANCISCO — Methamphetamine addicts are using the Internet to commit identity theft . . . . Meth addicts — already adept at stealing personal information from mailboxes to finance drug habits — now are hacking PCs to steal information." Trust me, I know a bunch of meth addicts. Computer hacking is not on their list of skills.

The Daily Show

Jon Stewart last night discussing the complicated criminal charge against Texas congressman Tom Delay: "The relationship between corporate money and political influence is entrenched and complexed. And violations of the law are a little less obvious than say . . . (pause) . . . a dead hooker in a trunk."

Heck, Even I'm Almost Scared To Comment On It

Former U.S. education secretary William J. Bennett created a firestorm over the last couple of days on his radio talk show. The former U.S. education secretary-turned-talk show host said Wednesday that "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Bennett quickly added that such an idea would be "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do." But, he said, "your crime rate would go down." Uh oh. Frankly, if you aborted every white baby right now, crime, statistically, speaking would go down. (That's simple - less people - less crime). But you throw in the term "black baby" and the comment becomes a nuclear bomb that no one can rationally discuss.

9.29.2005

I Love It When Someone Makes Me Think

Sociologist Andrew Cherlin (I have no idea who he is) made this statement in last week's Newsweek that focused on poverty: "We have a moral obligation to provide every American with a decent life."

Texas Judge Orders Teen Barred From Sex

The order was a (very odd) condition of probation. The story is here. This conservative judiciary doesn't play games. (Actual picture of the judge being sworn in).

Philip Seymour Hoffman

I think this guy is a tremendous actor although he is so low profile that I still had to search for his name. He's appeared in some of the oddest films: Boogie Nights (sexually confused microphone guy), Happiness (stalker telephone caller), Love Liza (gas sniffer) and then a bunch of mainstream stuff: Along Came Polly (washed up child actor), Cold Mountian (a preacher), The Talented Mr. Ripley (high tone friend). So.....uh.....good job, Mr. Hoffman.

Funny? Not Funny?

I can't decide if Mike Castellucci, Channel 8's "Why Guy" on their early morning broadcast is funny, weird, nerdy or a combination [edit for spelling - sheesh] of all three.

As A Kid on Sunday Night . . .

. . . nothing was better than watching wrestling on TV from the Sportatorium in Dallas. This month's Texas Monthly has an article entitled "The Last Von Erich" - retelling the story of the Lake Dallas family that has had more than it share of tragedy (four sons, three of whom have died).

Hey Kids, Tricks And Motorcycles Don't Mix

(Video)

Maybe I Would Be A Good Parent After All

Not much of an explanation to this pic.

An Actual Legal Point

There is the strangest thing in the Tom Delay indictment. The crime he is accused of had a three year statute of limitations. The State missed the deadline which normally means the charge would be dismissed. But the indictment has the following paragraph (the likes of which I have not seen in over 15 years of practicing criminal law): "The Grand Jury further presents that, with the advise and consent of counsel, the defendent, Thomas Dale DeLay, did heretofore knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waive application of Articles 12.01 and 12.02 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure [those are the statute of limitation statutes] to the indictment presented herein. In particular, the Grand Jury present that with the advice and consent of counsel, the defendent, Thomas Dale DeLay, did knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waive the requirement that an indictment for the felony offense . . . be presented within three years from the date of commission of the offense . . . ." Huh? I've never told a DA to take his/her time to indict my client and we won't assert the statute of limitations as a defense. Something is going on.

Random Lunch Thought

With the State Fair of Texas opening, a thought occurs to me: Is the fair a beating to go to? Has time passed it by? Do we really need hundreds of people walking along with turkey legs? Is a Fletcher's corny dog any better than a high school football game corny dog? Should Big Tex be replaced with Cowboy Troy?

Nervous Weatherman

A video clip of a college newscast. (Clip is here and it takes a while to download - but funny stuff).

He Looks Like He Might Be On Steroids

Photo Actual picture of the ceremonial first pitch prior to a game between the Boston and Toronto at Fenway Park last night.

9.28.2005

David Finfrock . . .

. . . just told me that it was 104 degrees today - the hottest day of the year. When I wake up tomorrow (Thursday), I expect a very nice surprise. I can't take much more of this Texas summer.

He Can Wash Away Your Sins

Bush granted pardons to fourteen people today. Check out the list (bottom of this page). Most are for crimes that occurred quite a while back and for which the sentence has come and gone. I have no idea how these cases managed to gain the President's attention.

Random Thought

I was reading a book tonight that referenced Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp. That made me recall that Tripp had recorded many phone calls with Lewinsky without Lewinsky's knowledge. Isn't that one of the largest betrayals you can imagine? To have your friend record your private phone call and broadcast them to the world? Like I said, a random thought.

Gay?

Look Closely. What's Wrong With This Picture?

Hey, Didn't I Date You Once?

"A protester from PETA , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals crouches in a cage outside the Zoo in Barcelona, Spain Sunday Sept. 25, 2005. The protest was to highlight the plight of wild animals kept in cages in zoos, whom activists say are deprived of their natural envirioment. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) "

We Should All Take That Route

M. Scott Peck, who wrote The Road Less Traveled, has died.

And To Think It Involves Money

"A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader. " (Source) Heck, even Bill Clinton was never indicted.

Jenny Craig Is Easier

Edit: Based upon one of the Comments, a funnier caption would have been "Jane, stop this crazy thing!"

This Will Be Testy

Governor Kathleen Blanco (D-LA) will appear before a Senate committee, Tuesday, to answer [former FEMA head] Michael Brown’s statement: 'My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday that Louisiana was dysfunctional.' I don't think she will perform very well under the lights, cameras and questioning. Expect some great soundbites tonight.

Waking Up

George Costanza of Seinfeld always said that if he was a porn star, he would call himself “Buck Naked”. Not bad (although I think that was also the name of a band that played in Boyd ten years ago). Someone told me once that you can determine you "porn name" by combining your first pet's name with your mother’s maiden name. I’m proud of mine: “Prince Davis”. Any other good ones out there?

9.27.2005

So Should She Be Locked Up?

Please tell me you don't think so. The amazing story: "ATLANTA - Ashley Smith, the woman who says she persuaded suspected [Atlanta] courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to release her by talking about her faith, discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal." She also brought a great deal of light on the book, The Purpose Driven Life. There is rarely black and white. Only shades of gray.

I've Never Had A Client (Exactly) Like Her

Anna Nicole's scramble for the billions is actually going to be heard by the Supreme Court (it concerns some complicated jurisdictional issue). The thought of her in the same room with Scalia is mind boggling.

Please Tell Me The Postmark Did Not Have A Zip Code That Began with "76"

"NEW YORK · Yankees star Derek Jeter received a threatening letter that reportedly warned he'd be 'shot or set on fire' if he didn't stop dating white women."

You're Pregnant!

Donald Trump, unfortunately, is to become a father again.

I Am A Decent Fellow

"DEAR ABBY: I am 76, my wife is 65. Our neighbor 'Roy is retired, but probably less than 60 years old. The fence between Roy's property and ours is 6 feet tall, but the wood has shrunk and there are gaps of about half an inch or more between the boards. Abby, Roy likes to work nude in his back yard and has told my wife he does this. Otherwise, he seems like a decent fellow. . . . . "

More Late Night Humor

"Forbes this week came out with a list of the 400 richest Americans, or as we call it, the Bush Cabinet." --Jay Leno "In a speech today about Hurricane Rita, President Bush declared, quote, 'This is a big storm.' In related news, the White House announced earlier today that the president is writing his own speeches." --Conan O'Brien "Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that she has decided to vote against the nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court. She said it was a matter of conscience. And when she explained this to her husband Bill he said, 'A matter of what?'" --Jay Leno "Bush is keeping track of Hurricane Rita as it hits his home state of Texas. That's Bush's worst nightmare -- an electric chair with no power." --Jay Leno

Crazy First Name, But I Like Her

Soledad O'Brien of CNN. I first discovered her on some computer show on MSNBC shortly after I created the Internet from my basement in Chico.

9.26.2005

Funniest Lines From "The Daily Show"

  • Hurricane Rita proved the point that sequels always disappoint. Rita was the Ghostbusters 2 of hurricanes.
  • After viewing multiple clips of the President saying "What I will do is observe the relationship between state and federal government because I need to understand how it works", Jon Stewart (the host) said "And this is coming from the man who used to be the governor of Texas."
  • Followed by Stewart saying "I'm thinking about looking into that three branches of government thing."
  • After viewing Fox News' Shephard Smith fall down during the winds of the hurricane, Stewart said "He may be fair, but I don't believed he is very balanced."

Post Hurricane Rita Thoughts

  • Houston will never evacuate like that again.
  • The most "hurricane related" deaths were the 24 people killed on the bus headed towards Dallas - but the media seems to ingnore that.
  • We love talking more about an incoming hurricane than the aftermath of a hurricane.
  • Rick Perry is no fool - he knew not to make the mistakes of Louisiana.
  • If a major bomb went off in a major metroplitian U.S. city, the chaos on trying to get out would be incredible.
  • I have no idea what the grief would be like to see you home destroyed.
  • The college mascot of the "Miami Hurricanes" seems kinda odd right now.

Penny For Your Thoughts

Although we will one day go to electronic money (paper bills and coins will become obsolete), I had this random thought tonight: We should do away with the penny. Let's round everything up or down to the nearest 5 cent - our lives would be better. And then let's melt every penny in existence and . . . I don't know. . . make some sculpture of Abraham Lincoln's head or something.

Hey, How About A Little Something For, You Know, The Effort?

"PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Dalai Lama told 36,000 people at Rutgers Stadium that the concept of war was outdated and young people have a responsibility to make this century one of peace. " (Do you think the Dalai Lama knows he was mentioned in one of the greatest movies of all time?)

Fake Punt. Good? Not Good?

I think it's gutsy to go for a 4th and 1 by a fake punt (perhaps silly and gutsy). But to do it from a formation where everyone knows it will be fake (send the punter out as a receiver and have someone come up behind center to receive the ball) is dumb.

Boston Legal. Good? Not Good?

Ellie Mae . . .

. . . turned 72 today.

I Don't Know About Agent 99

Don Adams, of "Get Smart" and the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo, has died. (There will be quite a few people read this and say "who?")

There Was An Anti-War Rally This Weekend

"Last weekend, Karl Rove said that I was a clown and the antiwar movement was 'non-existent.' I wonder if the hundreds of thousands of people who showed up today to protest this war and George's failed policies know that they don't exist. It is also so incredible to me that Karl thinks that he can wish us away by saying we aren't real. Well, Karl and Co., we are real, we do exist and we are not going away until this illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq is over and you are sent back to the depths of whatever slimy, dark, and loathsome place you came from. I may be a clown Karl, but you are about to be indicted. You also preside over one of the biggest three ring, malevolent circuses of all time: the Bush administration." - Cindy Sheehan (At least it isn't personal).

9.25.2005

My Head Is Spinning

The Gross National Debt

She's Been Punk'd

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were married on Saturday, capping their celebrated two-year-long older woman, younger man relationship, two celebrity magazines reported on Sunday.