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at 2:45 PM
The mental health system is woefully inadequate. A running joke around the courthouse is "If someone is crazy, send them to Vernon - they'll cure 'em." (Vernon is where one of the state mental health facilities is located.) That's based upon the experience that no matter how many people are found incompetent prior to trial, they will magically be found competent after a few weeks of treatment some state expert.
Story. Man, there are some long term prosecutors that got the axe (by letter, no less.) I have always refused to take cases out of Denton County because its simply a horrible place to work. Prosecutors, with a Nazi attitude, didn't seem to have any discretion , while the courts seemed to enjoy making you show up every two or three weeks for another docket call. And you want a jury trial? Get ready for your jury panel to look like a Republican Party meeting. No thanks.
at 4:10 PM
In light of the ongoing success of the Borat movie, MTV has been replaying old episodes of "Da Ali G Show". I watched a couple of them two nights ago - I had never seen one before - and I (literally) laughed out loud. If you like uncomfortable humor, you'll love it. This week's issue of Newsweek has a very short article on the actor behind Borat, a guy named Sacha Baron Cohen. I learned that he is engaged to Isla Fisher who was the very hot love interest of Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers. It is nice. I like.
at 9:13 PM
Amazingly, the Democrats took Virginia tonight (or at least the AP says so) and now will control both houses of Congress. I know George W. is a lame duck but, man, the Republicans are sooooo going to blame him for this disaster. He might as well have leprosy because no one will want to be near him. It's been a long fall from grabbing that bullhorn shortly after 9/11.
at 9:06 PM
. . . let's not forget this moment in history.
at 4:18 PM
Thanks to a prompt return phone call from County Clerk Sherry Parker-Lemon, here are the "straight ticket" votes for Wise County: Republican: 3,228 (25.7% of all votes cast) Democrat: 1,571 (12.5% of all votes case) Libertarian: 112 Total votes cast: 12,541 Percentage of all votes cast that were straight ticket: 39.1% (That's my math, not Sherry's, in case I'm wrong.)
at 11:06 AM
Dallas County looks like it has officially turned Democratic. Results here. If you look at the gazillion of county wide judicial elections, the margin of victory in race after race is 50.5% (Democrat) to 49.5% (Republican). It is an absolute Republican Judge Blood Bath. Edit: It changed to 52% to 48% when all votes were counted. This is truly the big news tonight. (Although the local media spends most of its time on the Governor's race which was never a race at all).
at 10:05 PM
Are here on the Messenger's site. Write this down: Since Wise County runs about 15 years behind the times politically, JP Mark Autry has pulled off the amazing feat of winning as a Democrat. As more and more newcomers move into the county who do not know who they are voting for, that may be the last contested Democratic win we will ever see in the foreseeable future. And I like Mark, I just think it's crazy to run as a Democrat in this crazy county. Incumbent JP Kay Swaim lost for one reason: She ran as a Democrat.
at 7:57 PM
If you voted in Dallas today, you would be faced (by my count) with 41 contested judicial races at the local level and 8 more at the state level. So you would get to ask yourself, "Who is the better judge for this court?" a whopping 49 times. Do you think anyone can cast an educated vote in such a situation?
at 1:09 PM
There's a chance that Decatur might make an appearance in the Borat movie that is getting rave reviews. Over a year ago, I mentioned that the Dallas Morning News had reported that "Ali G" (Borat's alter ego) was seen "trying to hitch a ride to Decatur". A commenter today claimed to have seen the movie and that Borat was holding a sign that had "Decatur" on it. I hope so. I found this tiny picture from the movie, but it doesn't look like Decatur is on the sign (although it's hard to tell.)
at 10:32 PM
Some neighbors of the prosecutor, Bill Conradt, that killed himself, instead of being exposed for being caught in an Internet Sting operation, snapped the top photo shortly before it happened. If I had to guess, that looks like Chris Hansen of Dateline NBC's "To Catch A Predator" in the first picture in the black shirt and brown pants. (That's him in the second photo from the show.) And the final picture is of a man who probably would be alive today if the police had simply gone to his office and said, "we need to talk to you." Fox 4 reported that the cops and Dateline only went to the prosecutor's house after he failed to show up at the bait house in Murphy, Texas. Nice. Edit: And the Murphy Police Department issues a press release regarding the sting operation and, while pounding its collective chests, lists the name of all of those implicated. So how do they handle the delicate issue of the suicide? They put Conradt's name on the list without any reference to his needless death. Once again, nice.
at 9:32 PM
. . . I saw that Brooks & Dunn won for "best country duo." Uh, you might want to breath some new life into country music there, buddy. I haven't listed to C&W in the past 15 years and when I last left it, Brooks & Dunn was the big act. (And, as a side note, they are playing that John Mellencamp commercial again. Losing . . . life . . . force . . . . )
at 8:47 PM