(This is a wedding pic released this week - that would be her fifth marriage. I plan on being hubby #6)
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Yesterday all news sources were reporting that an Israeli ship was hit by Hezbollah with an unmanned drone packed with explosives. An unmanned drone? I thought, "An unmanned drone? They've got that? And its accurate enough to hit a ship?" This morning a report in Forbes magazine said this: "A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday . . . . But the army's investigation showed that Hezbollah had fired an Iranian-made missile at the vessel from the shores of Lebanon, said Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan. 'We can confirm that it was hit by an Iranian-made missile launched by Hezbollah. We see this as very profound fingerprint of Iranian involvement in Hezbollah,' Nehushtan said in an interview with The Associated Press." I'd rather they have unmanned drones.
KNOR, 93.7 on your radio dial, was my favorite station for R&B and Hip-Hop (with more emphasis on the R&B than the hippity hop). It was kind of a hip hop station for white people. Well, I punched on it yesterday morning and was overcome with mexican music. Not even reggaeton music, I'm talking hard core cheap mexican restaurant kind of music. The Star-Telegram explained: "The party's over at hip-hop radio station KNOR/93.7 FM "Party 93.7" - which is now "La Raza 93.7." Station owner Liberman Broadcasting quietly made the switch Thursday. Calls to Liberman's California offices and to 93.7 were unreturned. According to the Web site for Liberman's Houston stations, the La Raza format plays artists such as Intocable, Banda el Recodo and Diana Reyes." We've got to do something about immigration.
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Per Richie Whitt of the Dallas Observer (he actually ranks the Top 50). And I quote: 10. Troy Aikman. Hall of Famer still carries considerable weight via TV analysis and NASCAR ownership with Staubach. 9. Laura Miller. Thanks to the lame-duck mayor, the Cowboys are leaving and Texas-OU is staying. 8. Byron Nelson. Nothing helps area children more than Lord Byron's golf tournament. 7. Bill Parcells. His majesty's daily circle jerks with media are broadcast live. 6. Tom Hicks. Owns two teams. But zero clues. 5. Jon Heidtke. Wouldn't recognize him on the street, but the FOX Sports Net Southwest senior vice president makes the decisions about Mavs, Rangers and Stars you recognize nightly on TV. 4. Hank Haney. Is there a better, easier job on this planet than Tiger Woods' swing coach? Next up: Scarlett Johansson's plastic surgeon. 3. Jerry Jones. His every move remains monumental, but Cuban's rants have rendered his sideline sojourns passé. 2. Mark Cuban. Has the mind, money and moxie to create something priceless--hope. 1. Terrell Owens. Generating a deafening buzz before his first catch in Cowboys pads.
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There is the oddest/smartest billboard between Rhome and (what I still call) "Jeterville". It is simply the word "Hungerectomy" in a font that is associated with Snickers. The background, not surprisingly, is the brown color associated with a Snicker's wrapper. There's nothing else to it. But it sure did get my attention. I'll try and find a pic.
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Things are getting a bit crazy in the Middle East as Israel rolled into parts of Lebanon today after two of its soldiers were kidnapped. Watch out for the reaction of Syria and Iran, both of which would love to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth. I'll say what I've said before: The Iraq war would look like a fire drill if the battle between Israel and the Palestinians spirals out of control.
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"When Northwest ISD leaders set their starting teacher salary at $44,159, they touched off a statewide bidding war for new teachers. The district north of Fort Worth set the bar high for the upcoming school year with what may be the state's highest salary for new teachers." (Dallas Morning News story).
The Ticket played some of a just released Johnny Cash album called American V: A Hundred Highways. It has been described as "captur[ing] a legend of American music reflecting on what he knew and understood was an inevitable death with dignity, sadness, and hope. " And it gave rise to a great discussion: Why does our society want a person to hide when he is no longer on the top of game? Athletes should retire, singers should stop singing, etc. We value youth and energy, it seems, but not old age. And that's wrong.
"The House passed legislation Tuesday that would prevent gamblers from using credit cards to bet online and could block access to gambling Web sites. "The legislation would clarify and update current law to spell out that most gambling is illegal online. But there would be exceptions — for state-run lotteries and horse racing — and passage isn't a safe bet in the Senate, where Republican leaders have not considered the measure a high priority." (more) It's our money. We earned it. We should be able to do with it whatever we so desire. And it is no business of government to tell us otherwise.
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This girl, Playboy model Robin Arcuri, will be galavanting about Pegasus Plaza, at the corner of Akard and Main streets [in downtown Dallas] from noon till 1 p.m. today. She will be out in the city streets protesting Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is pitching its tent at the American Airlines Center July 26 to August 6. According to a release sent out by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (that’s PETA to you), Arcuri will be clad in "nothing but shackles and covered in ’scars’ as a result of violent ‘beatings’–an everyday reality for animals in circuses.” You go girl. (Source)
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Thanks to a commenter for pointing out that today is the First Anniversary of The Blog. I completely missed it. Scary fact: This makes the 2,616 post. Heck, I think I'll go back to Skattershooting on The Muse.
(And I have no idea why I like this pic. It's from the movie Collateral - specifically from a "shoot em up" club scene where the song "Ready, Steady, Go" is playing. I like it for a reason I can't explain.)
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I woke up this weekend right before the crack of dawn . . . got oriented . . . went to the bathroom . . . headed back to bed in silence . . . heard a soft, constant, and barely audible noise . . . and then realized I left a sprinkler in the front yard on all night. Not-a-good.
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...and their "hit" Comin' To Your City drives me insane. And I'm being haunted because it shows up on my television screen all the time: - I had to listen to it every Saturday morning last fall as ESPN's College Game Day adopted it as its theme song - They sang it on the Today Show last Saturday - They just sang it before ESPN's Home Run Derby Do those guys know any other song? (And, as a side note, would someone please kidnap Chris Berman so that I never have to listen to him again. That "back, back, back" is like fingernails on a chalkboard.)
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And he is Vernon Robinson (who is running for Congress in North Carolina.) One of his recent ads: ANNOUNCER: If you‘re a conservative Republican, watching the news these days can make you feel as though you are in the twilight zone. Americans are under attack from Islamic extremists in every corner of the world. Homosexuals are mocking holy matrimony, and the lesbians and feminists are attacking everything sacred. Liberal judges have completely rewritten the Constitution. You can burn the American flag and kill a million babies a year, but can‘t post the 10 Commandments or say “God” in public. Seven out of every 10 black children are born out of wedlock, and Jackson and Sharpton claim the answer is racial quotas. And the aliens are here, but they didn‘t come in a spaceship. They came across our unguarded Mexican border by the millions. VERNON ROBINSON: I‘m Vernon Robinson. If you send me to Congress, I‘ll send that back to the twilight zone. I approve of this message and of traditional American values. See this television ad here (And you have to see the last five seconds).
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This is Ms. Texarkana. This weekend the Star-Telegram published a story regarding the unusual circumstances of her parent's marriage. Here's a hint: At the time of the marriage, her future dad was a 47 year old ex-POW and her future mother was 15! And the Star-Telegram headline: "Contestant's parents had fairytale courtship"
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From The Update: FATALITY ACCIDENT — A two-vehicle accident Saturday claimed the life of Tony Kempf, 47, formerly of Chico. (more) From The Messenger Archives: A Chico man arrested for murder has been released from jail. On Monday, Tony Kempf, 46, of Chico was released from the Wise County Jail . . . . (more)
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- It's good to see Jeff Gordon win in NASCAR (and Matt Kenseth needs to learn to get out of the way) - The murder of the McKinney real estate agent (pictured), who was stabbed 27 times, was shocking (but something in the back of my mind makes me think the murder is eerily similiar to one that occurred in Castle Hills - I'm looking for it) - That was one violent head butt in the World Cup (but that was the most exciting moment of a sport that is simply unwatchable).
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Why I Watched It: I'm trying to catch up on all the "classic" movies I'm supposed to see The Plot: The story of Jake LaMotta, a middleweight boxing champ. Initial Reaction: Two Italian brothers from New York yell, scream, and curse at each other a lot. Boxing Thought: Boxing movies are generally ridiculous and this is no exception. The best I can tell, any real boxing match does not involve one fighter, with his hands to his sides, taking five to ten unemcumbered blows to the head. It's just silly. Left Out: That Jake LaMotta testified before Congress that he fixed a fight. Left Out #2: That after beating Marcel Cerdan for the championship, a rematch was scheduled. But as Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, he was killed in a plane crash. Why I Feel Guilty: I'm supposed to love this movie because all the critics tell me I'm suppossed to. I didn't love it. I'm not sure I like it. I'll take Cinderella Man any day.
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