. . . on this one, but it was pretty good stuff when Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was called on the carpet during a public speaking engagement on Thursday. This site has the audio clip as well as some supporting documentation. Two interesting facts: (1) the guy hammering on Rumsfeld was being escorted out but Rumsfeld stopped that and allowed him to stay, (2) the guy quoted Rumsfeld about saying he knew where weapons of mass destruction were, but Rumsfeld denied ever making that statement. The link above has Rumsfled statements from 2003 on This Week With George Stephanopoulos where he in fact did say it. A little Tired Head worthy, but good stuff.
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A British military helicopter crashed in Basra on Saturday [probably killing four], and Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to three armored vehicles that rushed to the scene. Clashes broke out between British troops and Shiite militias, police and witnesses said . . . . British forces backed by armored vehicles rushed to the area but were met by a hail of stones from the crowd of at least 250 people, who jumped for joy and raised their fists as a plume of thick smoke rose into the air from the crash site. The crowd set three British armored vehicles on fire, apparently with gasoline bombs and a rocket-propelled grenade, but the soldiers inside escaped unhurt, witnesses said. Yahoo Source
As I was going to St Ives I met a man with seven wives And every wife had seven sacks And every sack had seven cats And every cat had seven kits Kits, cats, sacks, wives How many were going to St Ives? I never knew there were so many possible answers.
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The gossip page that is Page Six has a brief article on Mark Cuban clubbing in Manhatten. Check out the sentence near the end of the article where Cuban makes a very odd reference to the relationship of his billions to his ....er...."unit." Edit: The link has already changed but here's one that describes it. Edit: And I moved the period inside the " - a sin I am constantly guilty of.
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This conversation came up at the courthouse, and it's not a hypothetical. Is it gay for a guy to have two watches, one with a black leather band and the other with a brown leather band, and for him to decide which one he wears based upon the color of his shoes? Edit: Comment that made me laugh out loud: "It's only gay if you coordinate your watch band with the shoes of the man you're having sex with. "
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- I wonder why the CIA director, Porter Goss, just announced his resignation. - I wonder why the lady in front of me at Quizno's got so frustrated with her purse that she had to exclaim "fiddlesticks!!!" - I wonder why I giggled at the term "fiddlesticks" - Didn't a lot of high school girls softball teams play a game in the playoffs last night? I wonder why I haven't heard the scores. - House Rep. Patrick Kennedy may or may not have been drunk two nights ago in Washington, but I'm amazed we can all look at the police report in less than 48 hours. - I hate the sound of Harley's (but here's a funny Harley v. Honda page). - Time Waste: Drive a car on the autobahn. Change lanes by using the forward/backward arrow keys on your keyboard. Hiliarity ensues.
Of all the hubbub about the jury giving a life sentence to Zacarias Moussaoui, I haven't seen a single story about an incident that was all over the news three months ago. As you may recall, government lawyer Carla Martin emailed trial transcripts to potential witnesses in violation of the trial judge orders. "To repair the damage, [Judge] Brinkema excluded six witnesses from the trial and barred testimony about aviation security, virtually gutting half of the prosecution's case," as CNN put it. I don't know if those witnesses would have impacted the jury's decision, but it's worth discussing. Or not.
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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have signed a 40 million dollar pre-nuptial agreement, clearing the way for their rumored wedding in July. The deal breaks down roughly like this: a 15 million dollar trust has already been set up for Holmes, whether she marries Cruise or not. If they marry and later divorce, Holmes will receive an additional 25 million from Cruise, who is said to be worth over 460 million dollars. This all comes as some comfort to Katie's family. (Source)
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As I watch my nemeses Lari Barager of Fox 4 News tonight, I noted she attempted to pronounce the plural of Texas. This has always confused me. In referring, for example, to the beaches of Texas . . . - If you spell it, I think it would be "Texas' beaches" and not "Texas's beaches." I feel pretty comfortable in thinking I'm right about that one. - If I pronounce it, do I say "Texas beaches" or "Texsuses beaches" (as Lari Barager did tonight)? I think you just simply say "Texas beaches." But I'm not sure. (Oh, how I so need a certain Blog loving Decatur English teacher to come through right now).
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I've had about five days to think about the movie. New conclusion: I may put it in my Top 10 of all time. There's just something so different about it. WBAP's Mark Davis put it quite well in his column in the Morning News: There is no . . . Hollywood star to be found in the cockpit or in any passenger seat. There is no hokey back story taking us to the night before as some passenger feeds his dog or jogs in Central Park. The brilliance of United 93 is that we as viewers don't know any more about these passengers than if we had been on the plane with them . . . . We are in the cabin when four hijackers – portrayed not as the cartoonish villains Hollywood usually fashions, but as nervous yet committed warriors for terror – storm the cockpit, killing the pilot and co-pilot. Go see it.
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There was a spare story in the Morning News today of a guy, currently a professor at two Christian colleges, who is currently running for the Dallas ISD board. When I saw that he'd pled no contest to shoplifting in 1997, my initial thought was "give the guy a break". Then I saw what he stole: Walter Lewis Price, president of the Dallas Council of PTAs, pleaded no contest to stealing four pairs of women's thong underwear and three bras from Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center on Dec. 24, 1997, according to Dallas County court documents. Then I thought, "come on, give the guy a huge break!"
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McMINNVILLE, Tenn. -- The former Warren County teacher who went to jail last year after a scandal involving sex with a 13-year-old student has sent naked photos and sexually explicit videos of herself to her victim via a cellphone, authorities said today. Pamela Rogers, 28, was arrested again on Monday on charges that she violated the terms of her probation by contacting the boy. She is being held without bail in McMinnville today following a court appearance. Various news organizations have posted one of the videos on their web sites with one of them saying: "[We've posted it] so you can understand what she's accused of, but we should warn you it may be too graphic for some. In the video, Rogers dances suggestively and is wearing little more than a thong-bikini outfit. " If they can post it, I wouln't get in trouble for posting it here, would I? People Are Crazy.
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"A 17-year-old girl remains in serious condition in a St. Louis hospital after lying semi-conscious in pouring rain in some woods for 30 hours with a broken neck . . . . The St. Clair County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department is holding an acquaintance of the girl, 26-year-old driver's ed teacher Samson Shelton, who's charged with kidnapping and attempted murder . . . .Auhorities say Shelton is a wannabe pro wrestler and country line dancer at night." (Source).
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So you are a 30 something year old woman who decides to have sex with your 14 year old stepson. Let's complicate matters and have the woman get pregnant and give birth. With all of the "hot teachers" in the news these days, what type of sentence do you think she would get in Tyler, Texas? The range is a maximum of 20 years and a minimum of probation. Let's have her represented by famous East Texas lawyer "Scrappy" Holmes. Answer.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Jurors in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui completed their sixth day of deliberations Tuesday without deciding whether the Sept. 11 conspirator should be executed or sentenced to life in prison. Even if you are pro-death penalty, I think this is a hard choice. The guy is a nut and, due to his many outbursts in the courtroom and outrageous testimony, he clearly wants to get the death penalty in order to be a martyr. I'd sentence him to life because it's exactly what he doesn't want. (Not to mention the fact that his execution would certainly fire up the radical Islamic faction).
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I like LL Cool J's (with J Lo) new song "Control Myself" primarily because it has an underlying beat that sounds like a club song from 15 years ago. But some things I don't understand: On MSN's music download page, you can't buy it individually - you have to buy the whole album for $9.99. What gives? (And there might be some suggestive pics of J Lo here. Don't look.)
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If you like popular music, you can find out what song best describes the year 2005 for you by taking a 30 second quiz here: Mine was:
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The Business Section of the Dallas Morning News today had a story over the crazy prices for high rise condos in the Uptown section of Dallas. Most start at $500,000. For a condo!!!! The cover picture had this caption: "Attorney Michael Sandlin bought luxury condos in [two high rises] when faced with choosing between them." I went to law school with that guy. And I had better grades. Something has gone terribly wrong in the universe.
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