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7.15.2006

Poster Fun

I haven't researched this movie to figure out if it is new or old, but I could stare at the poster for quite some time. (And if it doesn't jump out at you, the tennis shoes are the teeth.)

Shopping Bag Creativity

This Has Been Emailed Around Due To The Logo On The Back Of The Truck

Made Me Laugh

Happy 43rd To The Very Wheels Off Brigitte Nielsen

(This is a wedding pic released this week - that would be her fifth marriage. I plan on being hubby #6)

Hot Teacher Update

This story goes with this picture. My previous post about her is here. I'm too lazy to regurgitate it all.

Comforting

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.

Kurt Cobain Just Rolled Over In His Grave

Youtube video here.

7.14.2006

Close The Borders. NOW!!!

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.

Decatur and Bridgeport Cheerleader Rumble

This was probably from around 2001 or 2002. I can't remember. Enjoy this piece of Wise County love, brotherhood, and history. (Comments disabled. For some reason, I don't trust you guys on this one.)

Gwen Stefani’s Pony-Balls

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Most Powerful People In DFW Sports

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.

Channel 8's Wheels Flying Off

Boring Baseball Stat

Mark Teixeira hit a grand total of 9 home runs during the first half of the season. Then last night, in the first game after the All Star break, he hits 3. That's 3 in one game. Baseball is odd. Still boring. But odd.

Don't Mess With Israel

It's A Christina Friday

Poor Guys

Link.

7.13.2006

On My Journey Through Movies I Need To Watch

I'm now watching Apocalypse Now. I'm an hour and half into it and so far: True Greatness. And it was cool to see a very brief appearance by a very young Harrison Ford (pictured).

This Looks Awful - And It Will Make A Trainload of Cash

Time Flies

As someone pointed out to me a couple of weeks ago (and People magazine confirmed), this gal is the same little girl that appeared in The Sixth Sense under a sheet with Haley Joel Osment. That would be Mischa Barton.

This Guy Visited Decatur Today - Big Oil Was Very Sceeered

World Cup Head Butt Giggle

One Two

I Have No Idea

Crazy Arabs Have Cool Names

Hezbollah Hamas Al Queda We've got nothing like that.

Slow

I think the world has slowed to a crawl today. Not much happening. Other than my secretary is on vacation. And that makes me depressed and grumpy. (At least more depressed and grumpy compared to every day.)

Ann Curry Wisdom

After another story on the infamous "head butt" at the World Cup, the Today's Show Ann Curry (filling in as co-host) exclaimed, "This trash talking has to stop!" I miss you Katie. I love you. Come back.

7.12.2006

Hungerectomy

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.

A McSunDial Billboard. Genius.

I Didn't . . .

. . . have much to say about Texas Ranger Michael Young winning the MVP in the All Star game last night. The guy, although a great player, bores me to death like most baseball players do. But this is a cool pic.

One More Global Instability Thought

I'm not sure I've ever seen things this tense. We have: - The war in Iraq - The U.S. military presence in Afghanistan - North Korea firing off missiles - Iran doing its own saber rattling - Israel and the Palestinians in conflict

Hold Your Breath

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.

Heidi Klum: Hottest Pregnant Women In The History Of Ever

It's Good To Be A Parent. Right?

Explanation. I guess.

Party Girl?

I Wonder If Any Wise County Teachers Consider Teaching At Northwest

"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).

I Hate Thinking In The Mornings

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.

A Dot Com For Everything

I heard and read reports that slain real estate agent Sarah Anne Walker was a member of www.millionairematch.com. I didn't know there was such a site.

I Think I'll Go Out This Way

7.11.2006

Rocky Balboa / Rocky VI Trailer

Ya know, it doesn't look bad at all.

This Is Just Dumb

"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.

Let's Head To Dallas

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)

Baseball Nugget

There are 18 starting players in tonight's all-star game. Ex-Rangers account for 22.22% of the combined NL and AL starters (4 out of 18): Kenny Rogers, Alex Rodriquez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano.

Kate Hudson

Although I'm not sure about that new "You, Me, and Dupree" movie.

Bomb Blasts and Name Changes

A bunch of bombs went off in India today killing quite a few. Oddity: Did you know that Bombay is no longer called Bombay. It's now "Mumbai". Some media outlets didn't get the memo. Here's a news search for Mumbai and here's one for Bombay.

7.10.2006

ESPN's Top Two Goals of the 2006 World Cup

Trust me on this. Yeah, soccer is boring but you have to check out these two goals. If you think catching a ball with your chest and then kicking it before it hits the ground is easy, then think again.

I Had No Idea

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.)

Vernon Robinson For Congress (From Earlier Post)

I had a post below about the Vernon Robinson campaign ad. This is the youtube.com version of it (which makes it quick loading.)

Water Conservation

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.

Fox 4 . . . . . News

Fox 4 News has been promoting its new web site, www.myfoxdfw.com . Ya know, it's not bad.

Big and Rich

...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.)

Normally, My Dates Do This To Me After About 30 Minutes

I've Found The Perfect Wise County Candidate

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).

Doesn't This Normally Get You Thrown In The Hoosegow?

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"

Separated At Birth

Real guy's profile is here.

Gary Matthews, Jr. robs a HR from Mike Lamb

This made ESPN's "Best Plays Of The First Half Of The Season" coming in at #2

Halliburton Stock Since 9/11

Putting 2 and 2 Together

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)

I Know You Were Wondering . . .

. . . what Oksana Baiul looked liked these days.

Eyebrow Raisers From Yesterday

- 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).

7.09.2006

PostSecret.Com This Week

Courtney Love Is 42 Today

And that's a hard 42.

Sunday Newspaper Thought

Once you throw away all the filler from the Sunday newspaper, it's not much bigger than the weekday edition.

Raging Bull

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.

A Winner That Just Happens To Be Black

This is your new Miss Texas 2006. Face shots of all the contestants are here.