The lead singer of Boston, on such hits as "More than a Feeling", "Long Time" and "Peace Of Mind" has died. That, my friends, makes me sad.
Boston was the first band I ever saw in concert. I was a sophomore in high school and traveled to the Tarrant County Convention Center to see them.
("More Than A Feeling" on YouTube here.)
It's been two weeks since the Great Windstorm of 2007, and Decatur still struggles to rebuild. Signs of the damage remain as residents wonder when FEMA will make good on the promises that now seem as empty and stale as an Allsup's burrito shelf at midnight. "We will rebuild into a Chocolate City, only whiter," said one high ranking official.
This was pretty big news a couple of years ago: A mom allegedly abandoned her 22 month old twins in a median in Lake Worth. If I remember correctly, it would have been on "Jacksboro Highway" right before you get to Loop 820. That place is busy.
Anyway, she had fled the country after being released on bond. And, oddly, she was apprehended over the last few days with the help of INTERPOL, the agency which, until now, I thought was mostly responsible for busting into your house for illegally copying a DVD. (Or, at least that's what the warning at the front of every movie tells me.)
From the Star-Telegram: Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht wants the state to pay $340,000 he spent in legal fees defending his right to speak out for his friend, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.
Hecht said Thursday that he asked state Rep. Tony Goolsby, R-Dallas, to sponsor a bill that would allow a judge who wins an appeal of a sanction by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to recover reasonable attorney's fees, litigation expenses and other costs.
The bill, which Goolsby filed Tuesday, would apply only to successful appeals between Jan. 1, 2006, and Jan. 1, 2008. Hecht's high-profile appeal before a special tribunal in Fort Worth is the only case so far that would qualify for reimbursement.You gotta be kidding me? You get falsely accused of something (that wasn't even a criminal accusation) and you want the State to reimburse you for your ridiculous legal bill? And you want to do it by creating a special law that only applies to you? What are you? Freakin' royalty? What an arrogant &^%$&.
Hoss, I'll give you a long list of people who were accused of crimes who were found not guilty or had their case dismissed. Do you care about reimbursing them?
WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
"The honest answer is yes," Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. "There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There's certainly times when I've fallen short of God's standards."(Yahoo News Story.)
Crazy story about how LSU's women's basketball coach (who had a heck of a record) has abruptly resigned amidst rumors that she had a relationship with a "former player."
Now rumors swirl that LSU will come calling for Baylor's National-Championship-Head-Coach Kim Mulkey. Lesbianism, for the moment, has become very offensive to me.
I was looking at the new NBC Today Show site when I saw that Meredith Vieira had a blog. Since I wanted to be certain that I'd be bored to death by it, I clicked on it. On the second entry I learned something I didn't expect: She peed outside last weekend.
I didn't even do that.
. . . of Texas when a black man was dragged to death behind a truck in Jasper, Texas? It's good to know that it can't happen again . . . oh, my!
Edit: I didn't know this would be the lead story on Fox 4. They've got the soft talking Jeff Crilley on the case. (Must be big news.)
The Morning News has been printing various stories of sexual abuse by guards at TYC (The "Texas Youth Commission" which equals "Juvenile Prison").
I couldn't help but think of the move Sleepers today when I saw the story. (And, yep, I heard the boys on The Ticket make the same observation after I thought about it. It probably jumps out at anybody that has seen the movie.)
The flame that sometimes fires off out at the Devon plant along 380 between Bridgeport and Runaway Bay was in full force this morning. I'm sure it has something to do with burning off excess something, I just don't know what.
But it reminded me of when my brother convinced his girlfriend in high school that it was a memorial of an "eternal flame" for JFK, "just like the one they have at his grave."
A buddy of mine from Abilene sent this series of pics from me. He said they were taken in Mason, TX last January during a snowstorm.
Edit: Kudos to a Commentor for discovering these pics are from Wyoming and not Texas. My friend in Abilene is a big fat liar. Or, in this case, as gullible as me.
. . . but Tim Russert made one of his many appearances today on The Today Show in connection with the Scooter Libby verdict (a verdict that the public really doesn't care too much about because it gives everyone Tired Head).
Man, that guy is so full of himself.
. . . that Texas was part of the mega-millions lotto. I think the news just told me that the jackpot is like $35 Krillion tonight or something like that.
I actually was thinking about buying a ticket but, I talked to a buddy this afternoon that started talking about "mega-pliers" or something like that. I decided I couldn't handle the pressure at the convenience store counter so I passed on the purchase.
Edit: One winner in New Jersey. One winner in Georgia.
Edit 2: I was reminded of the meanest prank in the history of ever (warning: extreme - and I mean extreme - language warning.)
This legislature (currently in session) is obsessed with raising the penalty range for almost every crime. Note to elected officials: That doesn't make you tough on crime - it makes you a pandering-to-the-masses fool.
Take for instance a proposed bill (that looks like it will pass) that will raise the penalty for the offense of Intoxication Manslaughter from 2 to 20 years to 5 to 99 years if the person killed was a public official. Hey, I like most of the cops I deal with, but is their life worth more than the guy who works for Devon?
If you had a stationary camera which was pointed it at the western sky and you took a picture every twelve days at 5:30 p.m., this is what the sun would look like in each of the photos. (This frequency and time is actually my best guess from looking at the photo, but I know the photo was taken at the exact time of day on several days throughout one year.) I knew the sun would be higher in the sky in summer and lower in the sky in winter but that figure eight kinda surprises me. (Source as found here.)
. . . this part of the front page Messenger story regarding the Texas First Lady's visit to Bridgeport. Some say it was a shot at Bridgeport by the "Decatur paper." What's missing is the actual quote from Ms. Perry. It's hard to get a sense of what happened without it.
Crazy story this weekend about a married couple in two BMWs driving in a less than sober state. One bumps the other and a road worker ends up dead.
I'm not sure, but this might he her myspace page and this might be his. The names and ages match, but I don't know if it is them. (Language warning.)