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6.23.2006

It Got Ugly

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For Some Important News

Britney has dyed her hair.

Simpson Update

The Star-Telegram has posted an update. Odd: It said that Rebecca Simpson began testifying moments after the guilty verdict. Since the State always goes forward first in the punishment phase, did they not put on any punishment evidence? And it's good to know that she was once married to, yes, you guessed it, "a prominent Wise County attorney." The Star Telegram must remind us of that in every freakin' story. Edit & Commentary: She better start taking some responsibility or this could get ugly.

Aye Carumba

Various girls of the World Cup are here.

The Scariest Film In The History Of Ever

"Matthew McConaughey has signed on to film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past for a 2007 release. The plan . . . is for McConaughey to play a bachelor who goes to his younger brother's wedding and gets visited by the ghosts of his past girlfriends."

Guilty

The Messenger reports that Rebecca Simpson was found guilty by a jury at 9:45 a.m. this morning. Here is what happens next: The case will begin with a punishment phase (the jury doesn't get to go home, they have more work to do). The State is allowed to present evidence of any past convictions or probations, "extraneous offenses" (that is, crimes that could have led to convictions but have not), and any "bad acts" that Simpson has committed in the past. (The "bad acts" law went into effect around 1993, but it normally isn't a very big player.) Sometimes the State has a lot of evidence. Sometimes the State has none. The defense can put on any witness that will persuade the jury that a lesser punishment is appropriate. The defense, in order to have the probation option available to the jury, must put on a witness to prove Simpson has never before been convicted of a felony. The jury will get a verdict form that tells them to pick a sentence between 5 and 99 years/life. The jury (if it picks a number of 10 years or less), will have the option to recommend to the judge that they wish for the sentence to be probated. The judge is bound by the jury's recommendation of probation (if there is one). If there is a prison sentence without probation, is the Defendant immediately taken to jail to begin the sentence? That's a good question. A person can normally post bond pending an appeal if the sentence is 10 years or less. But this case is different. I am of the opinion that the solicitation of capital murder is a type of crime that is excluded from that rule. Thus, any prison sentence will prevent an appeal bond. (I could be wrong, but I feel pretty good about this.) If there is a probated sentence, does that prevent the defendant from serving any jail time? Nope. The judge can impose a 180 day sentence in the local jail as a condition of probation.

Outfit Of The Day: Sienna Miller

Finally, The Internet Has A Purpose

You can now play Pac Man.

Digging To China

Ever wondered where would you end up if you dug a hole and kept on digging? Here’s your answer. (Drag the map, not the red pins) It's kinda hard not to end up under water. (Source).

I'm Not Mature Enough To Watch The News

I was watching the Today Show this morning about the news of seven Black Muslims being arrested in Miami for pretty much thinking about blowing up the Sears Tower in Chicago. Matt Lauer said, "It's a group that calls themselves the Moars." My mind suddenly thought of George Costanza telling the Bubble Boy, "Oh nooooo. That would be the Moops."

6.22.2006

I Finally Found A Face Pic Of These Two

"Jurors deliberating in murder-for-hire case"

Star-Telegram story, posted at 6:30 p.m. [S]he’s a woman who always gets exactly what she wants, who tried to have another woman killed because of something as simple as a negative article in the local newspaper, prosecutor Kim D’Avignon said. “It’s a crazy motive,” D’Avignon said. “A normal person doesn’t think your name in the paper equals trying to have someone killed, but to Rebecca Simpson that made perfect sense. Think about what kind of person that makes sense to.” I'm trying to make sense of that that sentence.

Our Representative's District

I kind have thought of Kay Granger as the Fort Worth Congresswoman whose district just happens to include Wise County. The map looks more like she's a representative of Wise County and Parker County and a portion of Fort Worth. Unfortunately for us, that's the big money side of Fort Worth. That's why I never run into her at Casa Torres.

Nike Ad Of English Soccer Player Wayne Rooney

Caught My Eye

Viv Originally uploaded by Mareen Fischinger.

Speaking Of Birthdays

[Edit: Moved this to the top of The Blog for this afternoon. I expect a raid by Sheriff's deputies any moment because of it] It is Sheriff David Walker's birthday today. Not sure how old he is. 25? And if some kind person would only send me a photo. (Ex-girlfriends are encouraged).

A Question Mark Just Formed Over My Head

KLIF (AM-570) has come to its senses and booted Dr. Laura off the station. But get this: Her show will now be heard on KWRD "The Word", a Christian station on FM-100.7. Uhhhhh. Isn't Dr. Laura a Jewish gal?

Half Way There

It's the second day of summer . . . so.

And I Had Been On My Couch Holding My U.S. Pennant

Ghana just eliminated the United States in the World Cup. I blame the refs. Impress your friends by pointing out Ghana on a map.

That Would Get You Out Of Jury Duty

Our courthouse is doing better than this Colorado County, Texas' courtroom this week.

Good News For Me . . .

. . . Cameron Diaz is back on the market.

Flashbacks and Regrets

The Arcadia Theater burned to the ground yesterday afternoon, and I regret never having gone in there. But Greenville Avenue is a beating these days. I hung out one night last year and it had a crazy feel to it (once I found a place to park - I think I threw some money at that problem to make it go away). Then again, you're talking to a guy who used to go to "Confetti" on Greenville Avenue. Good times with a polo shirt coller turned up. Edit: One of the bars that burned wasy SynBar. Now that is a tragedy.

I'm Tired of Me

Get a new random indentity here. All of the info appears to be real except the credit card number.

Simpson Trial: Day Something

The Star Telegram slightly added to its story it posted mid-day yesterday. The Messenger says both sides have rested with closing arguments today. That means a verdict will probably come in the afternoon. If there is a guilty verdict, the trial will begin again with a punishment phase.

6.21.2006

Jon Stewart On Congressional Debate Over Video Games

Other people are funny so I don't have to be. Jon Stewart tonight had a bit on Congress discussing that violent video games might effect poor kids but not rich kids.

Very Random Thought

If one of my many ex-wives does something crazy, I hope the media refers to her as a "the former wife of a prominent Wise County attorney." Otherwise, my feelings would be hurt.

I Lied. I Actually Went To The Beach This Morning

The T-Shirt Gives A Clue As To When This Was Taken

Maybe that explains the loss. (Source).

Simpson Trial

Star Telegram does a mid day update on the Simpson trial (but not a whole lot of new information).

Happy 33rd To The Oddly Hot Juliette Lewis

Two Piece of News Today

- I see that the Ritz Carlton will build a second condo project in Uptown with condos priced from $700,000 to $8 million. (DMN p. 1D) - The Republican controlled Senate today rejected an attempt by Democrats to raise the minimum wage. It will remain fixed at $5.15 an hour as it has been since 1997. So now people can clean $8 million condos for $5.15 an hour. Incredible.

I'm Brain Dead

After spending four hours in a meeting.

Ugghh

If I could get the Star Telegram web site to load, I'd link to Day 6 of the Rebecca Simpson trial.

Depressing

"(AP) WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has notified about 21,000 Army soldiers and Marines that they are scheduled to be sent to Iraq late this year as part of the latest deployment rotation. "

6.20.2006

Final Mavs Thoughts

1. Incredible. 2. I hate basketball for this reason: Every time down the court a foul can be called. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't. There is no rhyme or reason to it. That makes the sport unpredictable and hardly a sport at all. 3. If you want to watch the final shot via youtube.com, you can do so here. 4. Was there a foul on the final shot? Youtube.com clip is here. 5. In football, 98% of the time only the most obvious fouls are called. Let's bring on September. 6. All that being said, the Heat were simply better. 7. Oh, yeah, I am a basketball genius.

Explore For Hours

One of the greatest movie sites on the web is www.filmsite.org. Trust me, you can spend hours there if you like or love movies. A second ago I got hooked on the 100 Most Scary Moments in alphabetical order. Warning: If you don't have a Pop Up Blocker, you'll be beaten down upon entry.

World Cup Analysis

After breaking down game film, I'm torn between Germany and Brazil.

Avery Johnson Sorriness After Game 5: "Don't Stutter"

Very Shocking But Very Funny

Just Another Boring News Day

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has activated its ground-based interceptor missile-defense system amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. "

EEK!

The Veronicas

I've never heard a single one of their songs but I bet they are really good. Buy their albums so these sweet girls can have money.

Free Mav Tickets To Game 7 (If Necessary)

500 pair will be given away. Info here. (Not surprisingly, there are some server problems.) And if you want to see a youtube.com video of the infamous "time out" the other night, you can check it out here. The neat thing about it is that it was taken by a fan from the upper deck with a regular video camera. It makes it very "real".

Gone With The Wind

I finally finished it over the weekend. Thoughts: - I'm not sure Scarlett had any redeeming qualities. I mean, she ends up alone on the stairs. Happy life to her. - I haven't heard the name "Tara" so much since .... well.....a while back. - Clark Gable was pretty good although I can't name another movie he was in. - It was too long, but I guess epics are required to be too long. - The movie went nuts in the last hour. In a 15 minute period there was a miscarriage, a death of a child from a horse riding incident, and the death of another character from exhaustion. And I thought the Civil War was brutal. - I finally understand the "wear a curtain" Carol Burnett joke.

Al Qaeda Hates Coors Light

From the Update: "THREATS TO CAMPAIGN — Bridgeport Police Department reported Monday that terroristic threats have been made to Jennifer Walker, who is involved with a campaign to call an election for the legalized sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption in Bridgeport. Walker has received two letters and vandalism to her home. Police said they plan to interview a couple of people in the case. " (Actually, "terroristic threat" is so widely defined under the Texas Penal Code that it is hard for some people to get in an argument without committing an offense.)

Don't Mess . . . .

. . . with Miami airport police.

Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy

When did he get so hip? She's crude, but has always sort of jazzed me.

Mavericks' Strategy For Game 6

6.19.2006

My Very Rare No Comment Policy

Ok, let me explain. For the three of you that follow The Blog closely, you know that I normally let comments go uncensored. 98% of the time, you guys are funny, crazy, odd, insightful, or suffer from various mental disorders. I love 'em all. So.... (1) Why don't I allow comments about prosecutions at the courthouse? Hey, I generally like everyone up there, but I'll be honest: I have to work with those guys. If somebody on here bashes DA Jana Jones, CA Greg Lowery, Judge Cude or Judge Fostel, do you think I look forward to trying to negotiate a plea deal or arguing a motion? No!!!!! I've been there. I know how hard those jobs are. They don't need any more stress than what the system puts upon them on a daily basis. But do I have financial motivations by keeping people from bashing them at will? You bet. I won't deny that. (2) Why don't I allow comments on the Simpson trial? This is a tougher call for me. Basically, Ross Simpson and Mike Simpson have been my friends for over twenty years. It's the first time I've let friendship interfere with The Blog, but when I saw the comments rolling in, it just didn't feel right. (Quite frankly, I've come to appreciate the Messenger and the Index that sometimes have to write unflattering stories about folks that pay money to advertise in their papers.) (3) Why don't I delete comments about me? Because after years of having a thin skin, it's become somewhat thick of late. On this Blog I've been called short, lazy, gay, obsessed with women under thirty, perverted, stupid and a "dumb ass". All of which, with the exception of one, are true. :) Is this policy hypocritical? Probably. But I have my faults. I do this for fun. Ten years ago I thought I would get rich off "Wise County on the Web". Maybe one day I might actually make a buck. But for now, bear with me as I struggle to make this fun on a forum that sometimes makes me shake my head in amazement.

I Finally Found The Cuban F Bomb Video (Bleeped, Of Course)

Simpson Trial - Day 5

Star-Telegram story.

Cuban Is Cracking

Mark Cuban defends his use of the F bomb last night here. Here's a sample which is perfect for the day after Father's day: Now anyone in America can get a rise out of people by using most of Carlin’s 7 Dirty Words. I know I get a rise out of my wife. I cant think of anything funnier than a 3 year old cursing. I mean come on, does it really matter if we say Poo Poo or shit ? Of course not. Unless of course your married and your wife tells you it matters. She doesnt want to be the one who gets phone calls from teachers and other parents getting blamed for all the 3 year olds in the little gym class screaming “Kiss My Ass you Mo Fo”... Me, i couldnt think of anything i would rather see and hear. but thats me. Nice. (And that's Cuban's home according to this site.)

Grape Stomp - Classic Pain Humor

My Date And I From The Weekend

(Stolen from here.)

Mexia and Juneteenth: 25th Anniversary

It was 1981 (and I was still a teenager - barely) when the news came out that three young black men (ages 19, 19 and 18) had died in Lake Mexia after they had been arrested. For some crazy reason they were put in a boat to be transported across the lake, but the boat overturned and the three men (but none of the cops) drowned. I had always believed the three black men were handcuffed. The Morning News tells me today that a "hearing officer" (whatever the heck that is) determined they were not. But I didn't know this: The three men had been taken into custody because the police believed they were "smoking marijuana." Sheesh.

Here We Go Again

As of this morning (according to a divided Supreme Court), if you are on parole you can be searched by the police for no reason at all.

Nor surprisingly, recent appointees Alito and Roberts were in the majority.

I'm trying to find out when the Fourth Amendment was repealed.

Mavs Dog Pile

The great Richie Witt of the Dallas Observer, wrote this early last week: With the way Nowitzki has turned into Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal has turned into Greg Kite and the Mavs have turned the Finals against the Miami Heat into a ridiculous rout, there's nothing left but to start planning the parade. After Sunday's laugher in front of Governor Rick Perry, Dr. Phil and a heartbroken TV viewer named Michael Finley, only a couple questions remain: How can a Heat team that's lost six in a row and 12 of 14 to the Mavs possibly beat Dallas four out of five? When did Shaq become Shakira? And where do you buy ticker tape anyway? Queen Latifah hasn't officially begun crooning, but this one's over. Not since 1977 has a team won the Finals after trailing 0-2. The Mavericks are deeper, quicker and better, seemingly playing Harlem Globetrotters to Miami's Washington Generals. By the time the Mavs owner returns from his stint as the most famous Cuban running around Miami since Elian Gonzalez, he'll be hugging the NBA's Larry O'Brien championship trophy.

Most (Kinda) Shocking Story We Didn't Hear About

Lets just say it involves Mavs, groupies, Game 3, and a shower. Nice security.

Funny Caption I Saw

"Christina Aguiliar is 18 inches tall."

Sometimes I'm Not Very Smwwart

Today's Headline: President Bush will become the first sitting president to address a graduating class at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Off the top of my head, I have no idea who the "merchant marines" are or what they do.

North Korea Saber Rattling

The news was a buzz over the weekend about North Korea planning to test a missile that could reach the U.S. CNN just reported: "Bush administration official says North Korea has finished fueling a long-range ballistic missile that could reach the U.S., a sign the country could soon test the weapon, The Associated Press reports." I don't like it, but I sure understand it. In his 2002 State of the Union speech, Bush referred to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an "axis of evil." Since then, we have invaded Iraq and threatened Iran if it goes forward with nuclear weapons. If I'm in charge of North Korea, a sovereign nation, I think I would build up my defense systems as well.

Mark Cuban Remains Cool

I'm so mad I couldn't upload the video clip of Mark Cuban responding to the question of "Is this your worse loss ever". Answer: "No, when I lost a game when I was three years old playing in the pee wee league, it was worse. Now ask a f*&^%& real question." That's paraphrased a bit, but the F bomb is a quote.

Screech Needs Your Help

He was on the Howard Stern show last week saying this is for real.

Dwyane Wade . . .

. . . has single handedly cancelled the Mavs victory parade previously scheduled for Tuesday. (And Dirk turns 28 today.)