I noticed in the Morning News today that Denton High School had three "co-valedictorians" and and four "co-salutatorians". Denton Ryan High School had four "co-valedictorians". Can we please carry out the grades to the 1000th of a point so we can have a winner?
at 11:14 PM
I almost spit out my grilled chicken last night when this Fox 4 news clip told me that a Dallas grand jury had declined to indict James Roberson "posthumously". What? A grand jury considered indicting a dead man? I thought they had to have their facts wrong. Until the Dallas Morning News confirmed it. The only thing I can think of is that it was to do with "clearing" him so that he can be buried in a VA cemetery. Still, that is odd.
at 8:23 PM
Starting yesterday, the World Cup began (that's soccer matches amongst countries) which will take the world by storm - except in the U.S. Despite the fact that every guy and girl in America under 35 grew up playing soccer, it just cannot catch on as a spectator sport. Can't say I blame us. From ABC News last night: The World Cup will be viewed by 32 billion people - 300 times more than the Super Bowl. [Edit: I commentor questioned how 32 billion could watch the World Cup when that number exceeds the world's population. Good question. But that's what ABC said: 10 second video is here. And if you think he says "million" - nope - he says that the number is 300 times more than the number that watch the Super Bowl which would get you to 32 billion.]
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. . . fly to the other side of the globe to meet a guy they met on MySpace. Incredible.
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I just walked past the new Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes on the square. I am sad to announce that the restaurant has installed outdoor speakers and from those speakers came . . . . . . . . Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys
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Gordon Keith on a fictional news conference involving dueling Dallas and Miami mayors. The Onion's story of "Mavericks To Incorporate Machetes Into Hack-A-Shaq Defense"
at 11:38 AM
Okay, hang on. I'm not sure Channel 8's decision to broadcast the news live from the AAC [after the Maverick's game] was the smartest. Gloria: "The Veterans Administration has denied a request to bury James Roberson in the National Cemetery. Roberson murdered his wife in a mercy killing. He had terminal brain cancer." Background Mavs fans: "WHOOOAAA! YEAHHH! JASON TERRY! WEEEAAARRLLL!"
at 8:53 AM
The restaurant in Decatur named Snooky's (which used to be Roly Poly's but confusingly continued to serve the same food as Roly Poly's) has mysteriously been closed. (Despite a note promising to re-open). If so, that would be the second restaurant to go out of business at the location that used to house Grandys.
Al Gore was on The Tonight Show last more promoting his new movie about global warming. On his new found "hollywood" status, Jay Leno asked him what it was like. Gore: "Well, you know, it's kinda tough. I'm in this big feud with Lindsay Lohan right now." Leno: "Really. What's it about?" Gore: "Well . . . she knows what she did."
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For those two or three people out there who care (thanks, Mom), the lack of postings today are due primarily to the host of The Blog being "down". It's a service provided by Google. It's free. Who would complain? Me. As smart and as rich as those boys are at Google, the Blogger hosting service is a little more than they can apparently handle.
at 10:47 PM
One of my many nerdy qualities is to look at all the new Texas cases handed down by the Texas appellate courts. Of course, I'm interested in criminal cases but every now and then a civil case will get my attention. Like today. The second paragraph of Johnson v. Baylor University, 188 S.W.3d 298 (Tex.App. - Waco 2006) reads: "Johnson, a pilot for Baylor in the [early 1990's], was fired for chronic obesity and poor grammar and diction, which Baylor believe diminished its image to people who flew on Baylor's aircraft." WWJD?
The Tennessee Titans have traded starting quarterback Steve McNair. That leaves #3 pick in the draft, Vince Young, as the starter. Prediction: He'll be awful - not because he will be an NFL failure (who knows) - because being a rookie QB makes even the best athletes look awful. Ask Troy Aikman and Payton Manning.
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From the Update: "FORMER SHERIFF DIES — Former Wise County Sheriff Leroy Burch died in Fort Worth last night, according to Mike Bement, the county’s former fire marshal. No other details were available." It is so odd I posted this a few days ago. I hadn't thought about the former sheriff in years.
at 8:35 AM
So odd. Ex-Van Halen leader David Lee Roth is part of a new album called "Strumming With The Devil" which is composed of most of the group's greatest hits put to blue grass music. Apparently, there are some big time blue grass musicians behind it. He performed "Jump" on the Tonight Show two nights ago - blue grass style. (YouTube clip here). I can't believe I'm saying this: Not bad.
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(Some) JP Courts and Municipal Courts drive me nuts. Whenever you get a traffic ticket, a pre-set "fine" will be printed on the back. What a travesty!! Every traffic ticket carries with it a "range" of punishment which is normally from $1 to $200. Legally, there is no "set" fine. For a ticket to tell you that you "automatically" owe X amount of dollars for speeding is simply an outright lie. A little known fact: For every traffic ticket, you are entitled to have a jury assess your fine. If that jury wants to give you a $10 fine, they can. (Not to mention that you have the right for the jury to determine whether you were guilty in the first place.)
at 9:24 PM
I've been seeing a lot of commercials supporting the repeal of the Wright Amendment (bought by Southwest) and against the repeal (bought by American). Question: Why the commercials? We don't vote on the issue. Come to think of it, when is Congress ever going to vote on it. It gives me Confused Head.
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Despite the President's urging this week, the Senate failed to pass the no-gay-marriage constitutional amendment. In fact, it didn't even get a majority (it needed 2/3 to pass). But, never fear, the two Texas senators voted in favor of the sanctity of marriage, including the once divorced Kay Bailey Hutchison. ------------ "Marriage is not in trouble because of 50% of marriages ending in gayness." --Jon Stewart
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Well, score a victory for small-minded bureaucracy and a huge loss for common sense and decency. Veterans Affairs has decided that James Roberson is not worthy of being buried in the local VA cemetery. In an act of mercy, Mr. Roberson shot his elderly, incapacitated wife rather than see her go to a nursing home after his impending death. I guess his distinguished military service was not enough. (Source)
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. . . I heard: "We're here tonight cause we got immigration problems spiralling out ofcontrol . . . . Mexicans flocking into this place like some giant %$#& pinata was shattered . . . It's tragic. On the Statue of Liberty it says 'Give me your tired, your hungry, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.' It does not say give me your shiftless, your greedy, your indolent, your criminals, looking for a free ticket. We're here tonight to show the government how we feel about minorities taking over our country.The treat us like criminals while they reward them with jobs and *&^% welfare checks. And it's only getting worse." CNN? Fox News? Nope. It was uttered in the movie American History X by the skin head played by Ed Norton.
at 10:29 AM
An "ozone action day" simply means there will be little wind. I hate it when mayors of say, Miami and Dallas, make a "bet" in connection with a sporting event. I started watching Gone With the Wind for the first time last night. I had no idea the term "white trash" was used back then. And, from what I can tell, I really like Scarlett.
. . . is an 18 year old kid from Alabama who has just become the Texas Rangers #1 pick in the MLB draft. Interestingly, one of his buddies has this myspace.com graduation farewell to him: "Kasey Kiker / DAMN LOOPER J/K J/K YOU KNOW I DO THAT TO MAKE YOU ANGRY LOL. DUDE YOUR THE QB OF THE BASEBALL TEAM.. SO0O BLUE 42 HUTT HUTT LOL DANG MAN WHERE DO I START ATM? ME STAYING THE NIGHT AT YOUR HOUSE 06' SPRING BREAK JEEZ DUDE YOU COULD BE POSSIBLE THE CRUNKEST NIGGUH FROM THE KICK OFF.CAMPIN IN THE WOODS BEHIND MY HOUSE. I ENJOYED PLAYIN BALL WITH YOU MAIN. YOU KNOW IM HERE IF YOU NEED ME MAIN. TRIPOD DUDE LOL COLD CUT TRIO HAHA.FISH FRY AT BOBS. FIGHT WITH CORY. DUDE GONE GET DRAFTED 12TH PICK OVER ALL OKAY!! LOVE YA DUDE, YOU MY BRO. " I need an interpreter.
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"1,400 Iraqi civilians died in a wave of targeted killings in Baghdad last month." (Story)
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I didn't know that possessing a "small amount" of marijuana in Alaska had been legal due to a 30 year old Alaska Supreme Court decision holding that the right of privacy trumps the government's need to outlaw pot. I also didn't know that a new law has been passed in Alaska re-criminalizing pot possession of any amount. (How a new law can overrule a court decision based upon constitutional grounds is beyond me, but I leave that alone). And why Alaska is going back in time is beyond me as well. In Texas: Under 2 oz. is a Class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in jail) 2 to 4 oz. is a Class A misdemeanor (up to one year in jail) 4 oz. to 5 lbs. is a State Jail Felony (up to two years in a "state jail")
Ann Coulter's new book (released today) has this passage on some widows of 9-11: "These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing bush was part of the closure process. These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much." She is slowly catching Nancy Grace on my all-time-most-hated female list.
at 11:02 AM
As violence in Iraq escalates to an all time high, gas prices continue to rise, Iran rattles its sabers more loudly than ever about nuclear weapons, and immigration issues remain unresolved . . . it's so comforting to know that your President spends his time today urging for a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. A proposition that, everyone agrees, stands absolutely no chance of passing the House or the Senate. Smart Republicans should be insulted.
at 11:07 PM
This will probably interest only a handful of you, but here's an interesting short blog over why some people charged with misdemeanors would rather choose jail over probation. Wise County is different in a very odd respect. In Tarrant and Dallas County, an inmate sentenced to the county jail for a misdemeanor receives 3 for 1 credit. That is, a 90 day sentence becomes 30 "real" days. This is automatic and is applied to every single inmate. In Wise County, a person can receive 2 for 1 credit after 30 days if they become a "Trusty". (Don't laugh, that term, instead of "Trustee" is common in the justice system - just Google "trusty" and "inmate".) An oddity of Texas law: It is completely within the discretion of the Sheriff whether an inmate receives 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 credit. The sentencing judge doesn't control it nor does the prosecutor. I really wish we had 3 for 1 credit in Wise County. It gives those charged with misdemeanors a real taste of jail, but would prevent us from pouring millions into the facility to meet jail population standards.
at 9:57 PM
The Dallas Morning News' web site has had, on its home page, a story about how doctors have finally "defined road rage" and that 16 million Americans may suffer from it. (I refuse to link to it because I don't want you to die of pop up ads.) Uh, it's called being a hot head who gets easily pissed off. (I'd like to pick up my doctorate as soon as possible.) The funny thing is that the story is just some generic Associated Press story. It's not even home grown. Belo needs some guidance. Fast.
at 9:36 PM
I constantly steal from BagOfNothing.com (I only feel right in giving him credit). And, if any of you have ever been curious about a vasectomy, you might want to check out this blog entry of his. (Note: I'm not posting directly to the pictures. I'm linking to his blog that links to the pictures. Thus, you have to work to see pics that you want to yell at me about.) I've got to go sit on a bag of ice.
The Dallas Morning News has run a couple of stories on the 10 year anniversary of the killing of Darlie Routier's two boys. Some have said the Rowlett PD rushed to judgment in the case. Well, this new quote from one of the stories doesn't help quiet those concerns: "She got released from the hospital that Saturday, and when she came by [the police station], she was laughing and joking," Lt. Nabors said. "At this point, I already knew she did it. So I got a little graphic describing the boys to see what kind of response I could get out of her. She said, 'I know this must be hard on y'all.' She never shed a tear. At all." More than you ever wanted to know about the case, from a slightly biased point of view, can be found at www.fordarlieroutier.org/ including the complete 911 tape.
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Remember the crazy story of the mix-up of the identites of two girls - one that died and one that survived? The Blog of the family of the girl they thought had survived is here. The May 31st entry is the one where they acknowledge the mistake. The entries before that track the condition of the girl they thought was alive.
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Denton County DA Bruce Isaacks has had a bad year. First he loses his job in the election primary, and now there is news that his 18 year old son has been arrested (for the third time) for stealing beer from a convenience store in Carrollton. (The story doesn't mention it, but the charge could have actually been robbery.) I love this part: He was arrested on May 24th and as of June 3rd, he remained in the Dallas County Jail "in lieu of a $500 bond."
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