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2.04.2006

Worlds Collide

Lindsey Lohan and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas (who I think have a new song out that is based on theme to Pulp Fiction).

Super Bowl

I think something called the Super Bowl is being played tomorrow. The Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback is some guy named Ben Roethlisberger. I want to hang out with him.

Tiger and Me

I noticed that after winning the Buick Open last week in San Diego, Tiger Woods is playing a tournament in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. (And he received a $3 million appearance fee to do so). For the record, I had a driver's license hearing in Fort Worth on Monday, and I was in Jacksboro on Friday for a docket call. Scoreboard.

When I'm Bored, I Jump Over Bulls

Broken Flowers

I kinda liked this odd Bill Murray movie that no one has seen.

It's about a 50 something year old guy who gets an anonymous letter from an old girlfriend that tells him he has an 18 year old son. And, surprise, he has just hit the road to look for his father. Murray then goes on an odyssey to visit every possible old girlfriend to find out which old girlfriend is the mother. Confusing, but he just shows up on their doorsteps. Pretty good stuff.

Rachel McAdams

Hall Of Fame

Troy Aikman made it to pro football's Hall of Fame today. (Michael Irvin missed the cut). I think Aikman may be the most boring speaker on the face of the planet, but I'll give him credit for spending most of his time today thanking those that helped get him there. And he made a special effort to thank Jerry Jones. For all of you that criticize Jerry, I don't understand it. Jones wants to win and spends a ton of money to get there. You couldn't ask for anything more.

Hold Me

At the end of the State of the Union message, Bush gently grasped the face of Henry Cuellar who happens to be a Democratic Representative from Texas. Then the pic circulates around the Internet making Democrats less that pleased. The result: In the days following the loving interaction between the two, Ciro Rodriguez' (his Democratic political opponent) received 263 cyber contributions totaling nearly $12,000.

Bad Aggie

Eyebrows were raised when Texas A&M recruit Terrence McCoy made the following statement to a Midland reporter: "They take care of you down there," McCoy said. "I know from my brother they keep your pockets full, give you plenty of money, keep feeding you meals. Besides that all the help they give you with football. They keep you on your grades with private tutoring. Just good all-around." The funny thing is how buried that quote was in a run of the mill article in Midland-Reporter Telegram

So Long, Grandpa

Grandpa Munster has died. (But wasn't that an odd concept for a show? Especially back then).

Hmmmmm

I wonder if Pamela Anderson is celebrating Chinese New Year some where? Oh, my.

My 2 Seconds of Fame

Speaking of odd, I was quoted in the Dallas Morning News today in an article about former KZEW DJ John Rody. The quote seems so out of place. My friends will have a huge question mark form over their heads if they read it (which they probably won't). (If you want to know how I ended up in the story, the Morning News reporter called me because I wrote this a few years ago).

I Hate Blogger

Six posts were deleted by this stupid website that I pay nothing for. Edit: I can't believe I said "stupid website"

2.03.2006

I Wonder . . .

. . . if there is an Italian Lingerie fashion show going on? Oh, my.

The World Is Safe Again

The Stokes guy who was on the run (see the post below with the book-in photos) has turned himself in according to our High Sheriff.

2.02.2006

MySpace.com . . .

. . . the high school web site of choice is safe, right?

Katie Holmes

The Sheriff's Office Is Bent Out Of Shape Over This Guy

From a Press Release (And it made the news on WBAP): "Wise County Sex Offender registrar Sgt. Bo Wright is working with Wise County Adult Probation in locating missing convicted sex offender JASON ALLEN STOKES. STOKES information is as follows: DOB: 04.13.1983 6' 01" 210lbs brown eyes blonde / brown hair STOKES is currently on probation through Wise County for two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Both charges involved children ages 8 and 10. STOKES has cut off his electronic monitoring device at his listed address of 359 PR 4786 in the Boyd area. Sgt Debbie Denney is in the process of notifying all Wise County Schools, and is aggressively working with Adult Probation in locating STOKES. STOKES is believed to be driving the following vehicle: 1998 Honda Civic 2 door Dark Green Tx LP# C19-WZJ " Edit: Comments temporarily suspended (I'll explain later)

UIL Realignment

DISTRICT 8-3A Argyle Bowie Bridgeport Decatur Gainesville Sanger District 9-2A Alvord Chico Henrietta Holliday Jacksboro Nocona Olney Wichita Falls City View (basketball only) District 10-2A Boyd Brock (basketball only) Cisco Eastland Godley Millsap Paradise Peaster (basketball only) Ok, Ok, And Finally An Update on the Favorite School of the Messenger: District 5-5A Colleyville Heritage Grapevine Haltom City Haltom Justin Northwest Keller Keller Central N Richland Hills Richland Southlake Carroll <------- Uh oh

Please Don't Be My Court Appointed Client

Photo (Warning: F Bomb)

Funny Bits

Brokeback Mountain meets Back to The Future. (Video) Brokeback Mountain meets Top Gun (Video)

Burning Down The House

"BEWLEY GIVEN PROBATION IN ARSON — A Wise County jury yesterday morning sentenced Taz Thomas Bewley, 38, to 10 years of probation a day after he pleaded guilty to arson." - From the Update I watched a little bit of the trial and, thank God, the jury gave the guy probation. He is severely physically scarred from setting himself on fire, had no criminal history, and clearly did not intend to harm anyone. (He pretty much set himself and his car on fire - a fire which moved over to a trailer home after about 15 minutes). It was more of a suicide attempt than anything else.

I'm Beaten Down . . .

. . . by stories of Punxsutawney Phil this morning. And I always feel sorry for that overgrown rat.

2.01.2006

I Loves Me Some Christina Aguilera

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Caught . . .

. . .Cyndi Lauper on VH Classic tonight with a replay of a concert from last year. The lead singer from Train played a big part of it. I still think "Time After Time" is a great song. (Although that goes against my basic tenant of never listening to Classic Rock).

Jordan?

I've never heard of this girl, but she is everywhere on the Internet. And she is soooo smart that she can even write a book. (But that is one weird skirt).

One More Free Speech Rant

The Washington Post ran this cartoon recently. Offensive to the pro-war crowd? Probably. But what is absolutely incredible is that the Pentagon sent this letter (pdf format) to the newspaper yesterday chastising them for running it. Citizens can complain all they want to. America embraces the discourse. But the government should never try to stifle protected free speech. I don't think the Bush Administration understands that at all.

Stolen From Another Blog, I Wish I Had Thought Of It

As many of you know, war protestor Cindy Sheehan was arrested in your national capitol building last night because she wore a T-Shirt that read, "2,245 Dead — How Many More??". For that, she was arrested by your capitol police. Here's the stolen part: Did you know that in 1971, the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to arrest a man who wore a "F--- the Draft" T-shirt into the courthouse? (Cohen v. California, you can look it up.) So now Alito's on the court for 45 minutes and your civil liberties are already going down the toilet. You were warned.

Source

WOW

I do not remember this ever happening in Tarrant County. A "not guity" verdict in a capital murder case (although the State was not seeking the death penalty). And it's a high profile one, too, since it involved the death of a child in Haltom City.

So Wrong. So Confusing.

Pic From The State of The Union Last Night

I wonder what the dog was thinking? "I wonder what Barney and Miss Beazley are doing later?" "These people creep me out." "I think I'm better looking than Hillary." "I feel like I'm being used."

Uni-Sex Bathroom

There is a letter to the editor today in the Messenger complaining of a uni-sex bathroom in the new Lowe's in Decatur. Didn't quite understand it. I don't think guys and gals are supposed to be in there at the same time, nor does the thought sound particularly enticing.

Messenger Forum

The Messenger has opened up a public forum on its web site with the first question posed being one of "Should the DHS campus be closed for lunch." So far it looks like they aren't censoring the posts (I can't imagine that being true for too long). And so far it has deteriorated into name calling (there's even one commentor calling another one "gay"). And I have yet to see one hot girl posted.

Celebrity Homes

Although some of the photos on this site seem outdated.

1.31.2006

AskMen.com's Most Desirable Woman . . .

. . . is. (I personally am disgusted by the poll).

More State of The Union Speech Excerpts

If the following is true, thats-a-good. It probably has nothing to do with government, but good nonetheless: "In recent years, America has become a more hopeful Nation. Violent crime rates have fallen to their lowest levels since the 1970s. Welfare cases have dropped by more than half over the past decade. Drug use among youth is down 19 percent since 2001. There are fewer abortions in America than at any point in the last three decades, and the number of children born to teenage mothers has been falling for a dozen years in a row."

Incredible

Speaking of the State of the Union, our beloved President, who has in the past admitted there is no connection between Iraq and 9/11 begins his speech tonight with this: "Abroad, our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal – we seek the end of tyranny in our world. Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, the future security of America depends on it. On September 11th, 2001, we found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state seven thousand miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction. Democracies replace resentment with hope, respect the rights of their citizens and their neighbors, and join the fight against terror. Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer, and so we will act boldly in freedom’s cause. " Absolutely incredible. I don't know how he gets away with it.

Newborn

I Wonder How Many Fighters Are In The Air?

At the risk of getting my phone tapped without a warrant, this very innocent thought occurred to me: As the State of the Union begins (yawn), at no other time are members of our federal government all in the same place at the same time. All Senators, all Representatives, the President's cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Vice President and the President himself. What chaos it would be if there was a terrorist attack.

Sesquicentennial?

My law partner just showed me a 1956 issue of the Wise County Messenger. This is my favorite tidbit about the old Decatur Baptist College: "The first [football] game that the Decatur Baptist College team played was with Bowie High School. The victor of the game was the Bowie High School with a score of seventy-six to nothing. The Decatur Team was a stout team."

The Winner Of The Hottest Oscar Nominee Goes To . . .

. . . Keira Knightley.

You Know . . .

. . . we haven't heard many stories of a postal worker or former postal worker going crazy in quite some time . . . . wait. . . uh oh.

This Does Not Help My Post Christmas Depression

Link.

Portia de Rossi is 33 Today

And The Oscar Will Go To . . .

. . . nominees announced this morning.

1.30.2006

Indiana Jones Has Long Since Died

I've been beaten down recently by ads for Harrison Ford's new movie Firewall. You know the drill, he has this concerned look on his face as he says something corny and then some explosion occurs. I used to think the guy was great, but ever since he uttered "Get off my plane!" in Air Force One, I've tuned out.

Father's Trust

Father's Trust Originally uploaded by azem.

Wish I Could Find The Clip

There was a story on the news this morning of a baby found floating in a trash bag in Brazil. I can't remember if I was watching Good Morning America or the Today show, but one of the shows had the actual amateur videotape of a guy fishing the bag out of the lake and opening up to see this crying baby. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I'm looking for the video. Edit: I found a photo. Edit #2: And another.

As Most Struggle To Pay Gas And Heating Bills . . .

. . . "NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Monday reported a quarterly profit of $10.7 billion, capping a year of record earnings dominated by surging oil and gas prices."

Remind Me Not To Make Her . . .

. . . the future Mrs. Green. Edit: The first comment makes reference to the wheels off closing argument of the prosecutor. A picture of it is here.

1.29.2006

Dakota Fanning

This 11 year old child actor normally beats me down, but her presentation to Shirley Temple tonight on the SAG Awards (yeah, I know you didn't see it - it was on TNT) was simply amazing. She may be the closest thing to Shirley Temple we've ever seen. Which reminds me, whatever happened to Haley Joel Osment of the Sixth Sense? (A great movie, by the way).

Hey!

Petite And Blonde

Ever wonder what commentor Comment4U looks like? Here ya go.

The Downfall Of Society

And the #1 movie at the box office this weekend is .....(link).

Wanna Feel Old?

Baby Jessica got married.