A lawyer friend of mine in Decatur who I refuse to name (Allen Williamson) sent me this video clip from youtube.com. It appears to involve a deposition of an expert witness being conducted by the very famous Texas lawyer named Joe Jamail (you can see his name on one end of the UT football field - which you, too, can get if you'll donate a ton of cash. But, based upon the photo, you won't have anything left over to buy some new shoes). But back to the video: If you thought civil law was more civil than criminal law, guess again. Hello, WWF. This is great stuff. And I hate guys like Jamail.
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Fun fact: Bush has publicly threatened to veto legislation 134 times. He has never followed through.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Three suicide bombers -- two of whom were disguised as Shiite women -- struck a Baghdad mosque affiliated with a major Shiite political party Friday, killing at least 74 people, according to the Iraqi Health Ministry. (Full story) That's a civil war to you and me. They are no longer interested in blowing up U.S. Troops - They are focused on blowing up each other.
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I think things like this are amazing: There is a 1700 year old document which is believed to be a handwritten copy of the original "Gospel of Judas". It's text was released today (the copy was found 30 years ago in the Egyptian desert and scholars have spent the last five years translating it). That "gospel" did in fact exist in that it was first acknowledged in another document that was written in the year 180 A.D. No one knows who, whether Judas or someone else, wrote the gospel. It quotes Jesus as saying to Judas, "You will exceed all of them (the other disciples) for you will sacrifice the man who clothes me." That is, Judas understood Christ's purpose. (National Geographic is all over the story).
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As I had the Ranger game on in the background, I just saw two very odd things: (1) Ranger pitcher R.A. Dickey was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up SIX home runs (that's what happens when a knuckle ball doesn't knuckle). (2) He was replaced by some first time major league pitcher Fabio Castro. Fabio (I wish I had that name) is 5'7" and 160 pounds. I've never seen a pitcher that small. And get this: He was born in 1985.
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Not really. But I bet they feel like it. Story: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided against buying more advertisements in local newspapers after a test in two states showed the expense is not justified, the world's largest retailer said Wednesday.
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Sun., Sept. 10 at Jacksonville Sun., Sept. 17 vs. Washington Sun., Sept. 24 Bye week Sun., Oct. 1 at Tennessee Sun., Oct. 8 at Philadelphia Sun., Oct. 15 vs. Houston Mon., Oct. 23 vs. NY Giants Sun., Oct. 29 at Carolina Sun., Nov. 5 at Washington Sun., Nov. 12 at Arizona Sun., Nov. 19 vs. Indianapolis Thu., Nov. 23 vs. Tampa Bay Sun., Dec. 3 at NY Giants Sun., Dec. 10 vs. New Orleans Sat., Dec. 16 at Atlanta Mon., Dec. 25 vs. Philadelphia Sun., Dec. 31 vs. Detroit Edit: Times and network (and an easier to read schedule is here)
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A guy just got an 8 year prison sentence from a Wise County jury for Felony DWI. Kinda odd: He had been riding a motorcycle. It looks like he had two prior DWI convictions out of Wise County and three prior DWI arrests (out of other counties) that were reduced to something else. He also had a prior prison sentence for Burglary of a Habitation back in the 1980s when he was a teen. The range of punishment was 2 to 20 years. [No comments for now. You guys go crazy on criminal justice]
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So I go through the McDonald's drive through at lunch to get a salad. (Yep, a salad). When I finally make it to the speaker I hear, "I'm sorry for the inconvience, but my manager has informed me that I can no longer take any orders. A bus has just arrived and we have to clear up all those orders first. I'm sorry." What the . . . ? I ain't lovin' it!
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From the Update: FINALIST PULLS OUT — The lone finalist for the Bridgeport school superintendent post has withdrawn his name for the job. Steve Williams, assistant superintendent for human resources/student services at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district, withdrew his name Monday because he did not think he had the full backing of the board. He wanted the job. The board voted unanimously to give him the job (with one board member absent). And now he's gone?
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Katie Couric will announce tomorrow that she is leaving the Today Show to become anchor of the CBS Evening News. Random Thoughts: (1) The only person that watches any of the network evening news shows anymore is me because I, in my own nerd sort of way, TIVO one of them. (2) That's a lot of cash. (3) Whenever she does a "hard news" interview on the Today Show, she reads the questions like she has no idea what she is asking. (4) She is still hot. (5) I still feel sorry for her due to her husband dying several years ago. (6) I will switch to Good Morning America if Ann Curry takes her spot.
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The proposed route of the Trans-Texas Corridor toll road has been released. For now, it will swing up from Waco around the east side of Dallas. However, the first alternative route cuts right through southeast Wise County. A pdf map is here. The blue route is the proposed route. The light grey one is the alternative.
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Somebody at the courthouse told me a 14 year old boy shot and killed a 17 year old girl in Jack County last night. Like I said, unconfirmed. Edit: The Wichita Falls paper has a story on it. (If you have to login, use "firstname.lastname@example.org" as an email and "nada" as a password)
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Finished another movie while jogging tonight. The name: Derailed Star Factor: Huge (Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston) Plot: Starts off like Unfaithful and then gets freaky and campy. Clive and Jennifer have an affair but get interrupted by a mugger who breaks into their hotel room. He keeps haunting Clive for $$$ because Clive can't go to the police because he doesn't want to reveal the affair. Need to suspend disbelief: Absolutely (the police aren't very smart in this movie). Enjoyable: Yeah, it was. Most Shocking Moment: Jennifer Aniston saying, "I want you to [deleted because it's wrong to say certain words] me." Random Thought: I don't remember this being in the theaters at all despite the fact it was released last year.
In case you missed it, Channel 8 did a small piece on the Confederate Flag being displayed in the Wise County Courthouse. Commissioner Robert Rankin made an appearance as did attorney Bill Burdock. The clip is here. (My obsession with uploading to YouTube.com continues).
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A streaker interrupted some on the spot reporting on Channel 8 last night. YouTube has the video here. Wait. There's a reporter up at the courthouse right now! I have a great idea! Be right back. Edit: The Dallas Morning News, on its web site, is asking the question: "Are you offended when something like this happens on live TV?" The results when I last checked were 699 voting "No" and 29 voting "Yes".
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It looks like a reporter and camera man are hanging around the courthouse looking for "man on the street" interviews. The subject: The fact that the confederate flag is on display in the courthouse beginning this morning. I think it's Jeff Crilley of Fox 4 News, but I'm not sure. (I didn't want to become one of the interviewees).
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I really don't know much about that group, but they have produced some really cool anti-meth ads that can be viewed here. Although they have a little bit of a "Reefer Madness" feel to them, they are pretty powerful. Remember kids, don't do drugs. Although locking people up is the wrong way for government to accomplish that end.
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