Andre Whyte, left, father of Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Whyte helps hold up Annette Whyte, center, as she places a flower on her son's casket during a burial ceremony at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y., Friday, June 30, 2006. Whyte, 21, of Brooklyn, died June 21 after being hit by sniper fire while on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq.(Yahoo photo)
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Flying Wise County Built Motorcycle
This appeared on Channel 8 a few weeks back. It looks both cool and frightening.
This appeared on Channel 8 a few weeks back. It looks both cool and frightening.
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CNN Breaking News: "The confession of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford isn't admissible in court, but the discovery of her body can be used as evidence, a judge ruled today. John Evander Couey, a 47-year-old convicted sex offender, gave the confession to detectives, but also told them that he wanted to consult a lawyer. He wasn't given the opportunity to do so."
I would go into a "rules have to be followed" or "the 5th amendment is there to protect us", but I suspect 99% of you don't want to hear that right now.
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Sunday Bloody Sunday by Bush
Clever. Very clever.
Clever. Very clever.
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There was a weird Amber Alert this morning concerning kids that had allegedly been abducted by their dad in Missouri and headed for Texas. Mom, dad, and the kids were all headed for a family law hearing in Tarrant County. I'm sure the judge had no idea that she was going to be on the news. ("overly emphatic" comes to mind.)
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Just got word that the County Attorney's office won a DWI case today with a blood test of .05 (the legal limit is .08). Read that sentence again - yep, you read it right. But I heard that the videotape was great for the State which explains the verdict somewhat. They've tried four cases in two weeks (three this week) and went 3 - 1. I am way too humble to reveal who the defense verdict belongs to. (Once again, no comments. You people go crazy on courthouse posts).
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This is kinda long and complicated, but if you want to hear how Dallas Can Academy ended up suing Channel 8's Dale Hansen, here it is. (It involves a golf tournament, a rich oil guy, Hansen's son, Fossil Creek golf course, and Dennis Miller rejecting a private jet. Like I said, it's complicated)
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Many of you probably saw this in the Star Telegram: Two girls, both 17, are on vacation at the beach. They see the Girls Gone Wild video crew, flash their ta-ta's (that's a legal term), tell the video guys that they are of legal age, and then sign a consent. Girls Gone Wild then produces a DVD where the 17 year olds' ta-ta's (I think the term has a Latin origin) are shown. So what happens? The girls sue. Even in conservative Denton County (where the mere utterance ot the word ta-ta's will get you arrested), a jury decided the girls didn't deserve a dime. Go Denton! Go Girls Gone Wild! Go ta........uh, nevermind.
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The baby drowing Andrea Yates is on trial again (her first conviction was reversed after a government witness made up some crazy story about how Yates was pretty much following a plot she learned on Law and Order.). I can think of three women who have recently been successful using the insanity defense. Being too lazy at this moment to research their names, there was (1) the kill my kids in the rock garden lady in East Texas, (2) the cut off my baby's arms lady in Collin County, and (3) I'm pretty sure there was a young hispanic lady, also in Collin County, that killed her three year with a knife. Yates (before the conviction was reveresed), was the only high profile defendant I can think of to have that defense rejected. Her lawyer was George Parnham the first time. She's using him again. Let me begin a George Parnham rant . . . I think he is one odd (and full of himself) guy. Check out his web site - it has this touchy feely music in the background and when you first enter, up pops a quote from Abraham Lincoln, then one from the Magna Carta, and then one from . . . omg . . . George Parnham! Lincoln, the Magna Carta and Parnham? And then a second quote pops up from Parnham: "If we do our jobs correctly, an innocent person may be spared punishment he doesn't deserve." What the hell? You might be able to get an innocent person off? That's your selling point? And then click on his list of "clients". His first one is Andrea Yates (that's not going too well) and then the second one is Clara Harris! You might remember that Harris ran over her sorry husband with a vehicle in a hotel parking lot after she caught him having an affair. She got 20 years in prison! (Ok, I'm done. I think something took over my body for a second.)
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An Update item: "VOICE FOR CHOICE — Bridgeport residents will have a chance to sign the alcohol petition tomorrow and Friday at Bridgeport City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The petition drive is being held to seek an election which would determine if alcoholic beverages should be sold in the city. For more information, call (940) 393-6392." Isn't that more like an ad than a news item?
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- The country should have a one week holiday declared every year. We would all be on vacation at the same time without guilt. (Except hotel, food and entertainment employees would have to work.) - I started watching the Godfather for the first time ever. I had to put the subtitles on. But so far, so good. - I haven't been in the Decatur Lowe's yet - The headline in the Messenger today that read "Silence of the Stands" was very clever (it was about the fireworks ban) - Every morning I eat one low fat eggroll with skim milk - Jeff Crilley of Fox 4 News has the most dramatic silent voice in the history of ever - I have no idea who the girls in this photo to right are - I don't believe you can ever learn anything meaningful if you eat lunch with more than three people at one time - Tazers are a great idea. In a person to person stand off, no one has to die - At every Dallas City Council meeting, there is a sign interpreter for the deaf. I bet 99% of the time there is not a deaf person in the audience - The Supreme Court opinion today about Texas redistricting was over 100 pages long. - My favorite moment of the day is when I crawl into bed - I watch HBO's Entourage but that's about it (as far as regular entertainment programs are concerned) - I don't understand anyone who eats alone that doesn't have a magazine or newspaper to read - I know of three Dallas Morning News newstands in Decatur. (And the one across from the Messenger is oftentimes empty by noon). - I read the sports page first, the editorial/op-ed page next, then the metro section, and then the business section. (And I generally skim all of it in the matter of 15 minutes) - There should be a standardized concept to the "home menu" of every DVD. - I receive Newsweek and People at my home. - I never buy the USA Today but it is by far the best newspaper in America - The first time I saw the Internet was in 1996. A buddy of mine showed me a weather satellite photo that had been taken 15 minutes earlier. I couldn't believe that could be delivered on demand into your home. I rambled on and on about the Internet for the next couple of months and people looked at me like I was crazy. - I had a jonesin' for Elaine in the first three years of Seinfeld. After that, didn't care for her too much. - One of these days I'm just going to walk away from it all
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The Surgeon General issued a report on second hand smoke yesterday that was over the top. Yeah, being locked in a room of smoke for a week might cause a problem, but the extremes to which the report went were silly: "There is no safe level of secondhand smoke, and even brief exposure can cause harm," the report concluded. He made it sound as if walking by someone who is smoking may make you fall dead of cancer within the next 10 steps. Somebody's got an agenda to ban smoking from every building, public or private, in the nation. Heaven forbid for the market place to decide where smoking is allowed.
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Channel 5 just told me that Wise County Crime Stoppers would pay up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest (and conviction?) of anyone using fireworks over the July 4th holidays. Question: I know that every person who ends up on a misdemeanor probation (and that is a ton of people) pays $50 to the Crime Stoppers fund. I seriously doubt that the fund ever pays out many rewards. I wonder how much money is sitting in the Wise County Crime Stoppers Fund. (If anybody at the Treasurer's Office or Sheriff's Office emails me with the answer, I'll tell you.)
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As I say time and time again, I'm an idiot on foreign relations. But the news today that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by the Palestinians which prompted the Israelis to roll tanks into the Gaza Strip is big news. Make no mistake about it: If any Arab country ever attacks Israel, the U.S. will commit billions of dollars and every last soldier to protect them. Hold your breath. Iraq would look like High Tea.
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This is David Cassidy's daughter, Katie, who has beaten out Jessica Simpson and Kristin Cavallari for the role of Lucy Ewing in the big screen version of 'Dallas'. The movie will start production in October and star John Travolta as J.R. Ewing and Jennifer Lopez as Sue Ellen.
The Partridge Family seems like a long, long time ago.
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"Almost a week after a 2-year-old Irving boy disappeared from a city park, utility workers are monitoring sewer lines in case the toddler fell into a sinkhole, a police spokesman said Tuesday." Have you guys seen the news coverage of this? Mom is chit chatting (or whatever) with her boyfriend in a truck and the two year old wanders off in the park. The police, for some crazy reason, think he was abducted. Then yesterday the news shows us this HUGE sinkhole by the park. Uh. I'd check the sinkhole.
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If you have the normal urge to avoid your family and wish it were football season, you can watch this on the NFL Channel on Sunday: 1:00 PM CT: In Their Own Words: Emmitt Smith 2:00 PM CT: NFL Network Game of the Week: 2005, Week 14 -- Chiefs/Cowboys 3:00 PM CT: NFL Network Game of the Week: 2005, Week 10 -- Cowboys/Eagles 4:00 PM CT: Greatest Moments in Dallas Cowboys History 5:00 PM CT: Wizard: The Jimmy Johnson Story 6:00 PM CT: Emmitt Smith: Run with History 7:00 PM CT: NFL Network Game of the Week: 2005, Week 14 -- Chiefs/Cowboys 8:00 PM CT: NFL Network Game of the Week: 2005, Week 10 -- Cowboys/Eagles 9:00 PM CT: 1971 Dallas Cowboys Team Highlight 9:30 PM CT: Super Bowl VI Highlight 10:00 PM CT: 1977 Dallas Cowboys Team Highlight 10:30 PM CT: Super Bowl XII Highlight 11:00 PM CT: 1992 Dallas Cowboys Team Highlight 11:30 PM CT: Super Bowl XXVII Highlight 12:00 AM CT: 1993 Dallas Cowboys Team Highlight 12:30 AM CT: Super Bowl XXVIII Highlight 1:00 AM CT: 1995 Dallas Cowboys Team Highlight 1:30 AM CT: Super Bowl XXX Highlight
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"A bill becomes the rule of the land when Congress passes it and the president signs it into law, right? "Not necessarily, according to the White House. A law is not binding when a president issues a separate statement saying he reserves the right to revise, interpret or disregard it on national security and constitutional grounds. "That's the argument a Bush administration official is expected to make Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who has demanded a hearing on a practice he considers an example of the administration's abuse of power." (Story) We live in Bizarro world. But at least we now know what we all suspected: This Administration does whatever it wants, whenever it wants.
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"LONDON (Reuters) - Children's author J.K. Rowling has revealed that at least two characters will die in the seventh and final installment of her bestselling Harry Potter series, but was careful not to say who." (Story) Considering her crazy fan base, she might want to read or watch Stephen King's Misery first.
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. . . unless you are a mean spirited hypocrite: WEST PALM BEACH - Sources have confirmed to CBS4 News that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs Monday evening. Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when officials found the drugs, among them Viagra. Limbaugh entered a plea deal back in April in a previous case where his charge of fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions was dropped under the condition he continue undergoing treatment for addiction. Limbaugh had admitted to being addicted to pain killers on his radio program and had entered a rehabilitation program prior to that arrest. (Source)
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Being a wiseguy on a standard questionnaire for potential jurors earned a man a night in jail this week. Asked if had ever fired a weapon, Benjamin Ratliffe wrote, "Yes. I killed someone with it, of course. Right." Any serious health problems? "I’ve got a bad jonesin’ for heroin. Really I do," he wrote. "Massive amounts of lithium are needed for me to focus. That and Coke." (Story) "I got a bad jonesin'" may become my new catch phrase.
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A jury is deliberating in Dallas in a case where a SMU fraternity pledge was "pressured" into drinking a ton of water. The guy doing the pressuring - some how, some way - was convicted of aggravated assault last week. Sheesh. (The victim spent 10 days in a hospital but is fine now.) Any way, he is probation eligible but the Morning News reported this morning that he is currently on "six probations". The prosecutors are trying to send him to the pen. I don't know anything about his current probations other than they are either misdemeanors or deferred adjudication felonies - he wouldn't be eligible for probation otherwise. Despite his history, this doesn't sound like a case worth sending a guy to the pen for. Edit & Update: Probation it is.
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Minor League, Major Meltdown
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I was listening to a recording of NPR's This American Life this weekend which involved a story about an interracial couple in the 1960s in the South and the difficulties they faced. As I was driving along, the narrator said that a state statute prevented the couple from getting married because the Supreme Court didn't declare such laws unconstitutional until 1967. 1967! You gotta be kidding me. I looked it up. It's true. Here's the text of the statute: "If any white person intermarry with a colored person, or any colored person intermarry with a white person, he shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary for not lass than one nor more than five years."
at 9:24 AM
You probably saw that Patsy Ramsey, the mother of JonBenet Ramsey, died this weekend of cancer. She was 49. A great line this morning on the news: "Her death is probably the only way she would ever find peace - both from the grief over her daughter and from the accusations that she was involved in the murder."
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But Fox 4 News just had the most moving feature on the American Child Photographers Charity Guild. The basics: It is an organization which allows for professional photographers to donate their talents for the purpose of taking photographs of terminally ill children and their families. Its web site doesn't do it justice either. The photographs that were shown on the news were so touching and tender. I'm frustrated that I can't describe it more effectively.
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On Saturday night I had dinner at Sam and Harry's in the Worthington Hotel. (Fancy restaurants, in general, violate my "restaurants are the worst bang for the buck" policy - but I digress). Anyway, I had the joy of seeing a lady at the table next to mine be subjected to the Heimlich Maneuver in the middle of dinner. (And that was performed by the waiter). Then, to my amazement, the lady goes right back to her steak and wine. A real trooper. We need more women like that.
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It was 6:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. I, for some unexplained reason, always sleep with the TV on. I awake, groggily, and look at the screen to see Channel 8's Debbie Denmon (live) interviewing former Olympic Star Mary Lou Retton. Sweet Mary Lou was about to go to some "Race for the Cure" or something. But what's the real reason she was on TV at the break of dawn? Mary Lou is a new spokesman for a Pfizer product to assist those that constantly go to the bathroom. “I used to have to go to the bathroom constantly, sometimes more than 25 times a day,” I heard her say. I don't know why that moment was so surreal to me. But I did have to go to the bathroom at that point.
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I saw Lewis Black (contributer to Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show") at the Bass Hall last night in downtown Fort Worth. That was the first time I'd ever been to the Bass Hall. It's great. And I was stunned to see the place sold out for a left leaning comedian in the heart of Texas.
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This is kinda entertaining (one F bomb warning), but the production value is very impressive.
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