at 5:25 PM
. . . and so does the Supreme Court who agreed to hear this case today. Quick facts: The Olympic torch was to pass in front of a school in Alaska. The school released the kids from class to watch the event, and one kid, a trouble maker after my own heart, decides to unfurl a "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner on the other side of the street - land that is off of school property. He is suspended (and this is the critical fact) because of the content of the banner (and for no other reason). To make matters worse, the school principal actually crossed the street and crumpled up the banner. He sues. The Supreme Court has now decided to determine whether his free speech rights were violated. Here's an interesting note: The school district is being represented for free by Kenneth Starr, the nutcase who was in charge of the Clinton impeachment. At least we now have a little insight into the man who was willing to waste millions of your tax dollars. Edit: A "cooling off" period has been declared for the comments. And, folks, can we tone down the language? (And, no, it's not censorship since I'm not a governmental entity.) Play nice.
at 6:08 PM
. . . is a company that produces huge wall art of various professional athletes that you can . . . uh . . . put on your wall. So far, they have been limited to players. But now they have struck a deal which allows them to do the same with three Dallas Cowboys' Cheerleaders. You can get Becca, Andrea or Nicole here. I just found my eighth, ninth, and tenth wives. And they will be very low maintenance.
at 4:53 PM
I saw four guys dressed in some all black commando style outfits in a Jacksboro convenience store this morning. (Complete with black "Gilligan" style hats.) They had an insignia that read S.O.R.T. on their shoulder patches, and I got close enough to read "Special Operations Response Team." One of them had what looked like an ID card with the letters "CC" on it. They didn't look military. They didn't look like cops. Anybody want to clue me in?
at 11:35 AM
I hate watching sports injuries. I think I'd rather experience it than watch it. But someone has collected the Top Ten Leg and Arm Injuries on YouTube.com and put them all in one place. I haven't watched a single one. But I know my audience, and you guys can't help but click on this link. Ignore the background.
at 9:09 PM
High Sheriff David Walker tells me that the WCSO teamed up with DPS for accident assistance today. Being prepared for the equivalent of a Hindenburg disaster, they were called out on only seven minor accidents (and two of those turned out to not be accidents at all.) No injuries were reported.
at 5:16 PM
Have you seen [the Southwest Kia commercials]? Bill Dickason is walking through the dealership, talking about his good deals on Kias, when he's inexplicably interrupted by a short clip of a kitten playing or two deer nuzzling or a baby getting a bath. Then Dickason returns to the screen and doesn't address the interruption at all. The first time I saw one of these, I thought I was losing my mind. I finally saw one of the commercials. Bizarre. But it's the only way in the world I'd mention a Kia dealership so I guess it's effective.
at 12:26 PM
This might be a dicey proposition if things freeze over during the day. Getting everybody home in the ice (if that happens) is dangerous. Edit: It's slick out there! Edit: I saw that Alvord ISD and Slidell ISD are shut down. I have a very unconfirmed report that Decatur ISD will shut down at 10:00. Edit: Bridgeport ISD closing at 11:00 a.m. Edit: Paradise ISD closing at noon.
at 7:43 AM
My thermostat in my Lamborghini read 78 degrees at lunch today. If this cold front comes through like I think it will, this may be the most dramatic change in weather I've ever seen. Oddly, there's a tornado watch this afternoon followed by a winter storm warning which begins at midnight. Good times.
at 1:01 PM
"Wanda in Runaway Bay" just called the Mark Davis Show on WBAP to talk about the dangers of meth. She mentioned that all of her three daughters had tried it - one "blew a blood vein in her spleen" and "one of 'em did it with her boss in Rhome." Then she ended the call with the proclamation that methamphetamine is "just like cigarettes in the 1960s - everybody wanted to smoke!" That confused me. That confused Mark Davis.
at 10:40 AM
Get ready for the following on the local news: a reporter standing by a highway, trucks being loaded with sand, trucks spreading sand, interviews with the guy in charge of the trucks with sand, driving tips, being told to steer into the direction of the skid 500 times, "it feels like [x] degrees if you factor in the wind chill", the homeless, the danger of space heaters, checking on the elderly, school closing, school delays, the difference between sleet, snow and freezing rain, footage of past car wrecks, the footage of an actual wreck taking place, the effect on home heating bills, the importance of wearing "layers of clothes", "don't venture out unless you have to," the use of the phrase "essential personnel", a reporter in Parker County, a reporter in Decatur, Troy Dungan and Pete Delkes holding each other to keep warm, footage of kids playing in the snow, a close up of a tire spinning, the phrase "bridges and overpasses" . . . .
at 9:51 AM
I rarely suggest anyone buy anything, but if you even remotely relate to my sense of humor I want you to buy, and I am not kidding, a 1971 made for TV movie called "Evil Roy Slade." I know what your thinking but trust me. It may be the funniest movie I've ever seen. There are people in this world that "get it" and there are those that don't. This movie, even with age, is the litmus test. The most amazing thing is that you can find out if your child, assuming he/she is over ten years of age, falls in the "gets it" category. It's now on DVD.
at 10:41 PM
I posted this about a year ago, but today's proclamation by the Rev. Jesse Jackson (that all black entertainers, including comedians and rap artists, should abandon the use of the "n word") made me think of it. The news report starts a tad bit slow but when the white guy starts explaining, with the aid of handmade graphics, why he used the word "nigga" it becomes 100% gold.
at 5:10 PM
It looks like a small county in Florida has just erected the 10 Commandments on the courthouse steps. Last January, when the decision was made to install the monument, the county attorney promised to represent the county for free if any legal challenges were filed. Although he no longer is the county attorney, he promises to keep his word. He better get ready. Story here.
at 4:09 PM
The Dallas Morning News yesterday had a story in the sports section about some CPA (yep, a CPA) who had killed some defenseless huge mule deer in Colorado. Like that suddenly makes him a man's man. And the above quote got my attention. It speaks of why he stayed an extra day after seeing the deer very late one afternoon some four miles away. He decided to spend the night and go after Darth Bambi the next day. Buddy, that "very important business meeting" couldn't have been that important, the fact that you didn't want to "waste time" going to find cell service that night indicates you are inconsiderate, and "owning you own business" isn't gonna work out for long if you simply stand up people who expect to meet you.
at 8:48 PM
The Messenger made reference this weekend about my running in the Turkey Trot and also referenced Sheriff David Walker running in a similar event in Fort Worth. I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the Assistant Wise County Attorney, Thomas Aaberg, ran the 8 mile race in Dallas and finished in 59:05.05 - a very brisk 7:23 per mile pace.
In 1994, the greatest high school football game in the history of ever was played at Texas Stadium. Plano East trailed Tyler John Tyler 41-13 with just under three minutes to go. What happened next was simply unbelievable. The clip above is four minutes long. Check it out.
at 6:15 PM