Every major news source is reporting "Breaking News" that three men have been arrested in a "plot" to blow up fuel lines at JFK Airport in New York.
The FBI held a "major news conference" and described the group as a "
But, if you listen closely, al-Qaida was not involved and, more importantly, "Homeland Security sources said the airport is not under threat and that the attack as planned was 'not technically feasible.'"
Once a year (flashback), the Administration has to remind us to be afraid. Kind of hard to justify the billions on the "War on Terror" without it.
Edit: Boy, was I dead on about the "Google Earth" reference. This "shocking detail" was released on Monday.
I took the excerpt above (click to enlarge) from this Star-Telegram story today about the lady who hung herself and four children (one survived) in Parker County this week. The story is about poverty, and documented that she made $20,400 a year (which includes $400 a month in food stamps.) Of course, that's no reason to kill your kids. But it would be a stress level that would be unimaginable.
The excerpt shows the guidelines for what is considered "poverty" in America. And over one in 10 qualify in this country under those standards. That's insane. And I wonder if that figure includes illegal aliens?
And I never think about poverty without thinking about George Will's rules for avoiding it: "Graduate from high school, don't have a baby until you are married, don't marry while you are a teenager. Among people who obey those rules, poverty is minimal."
- Hardly anyone dresses up any more. Heck, I even brought a blue blazer that I left in the car once I saw the crowd.
- The ceremony was long but it was streamlined about as well as it could be
- Dr. Newbury told the same story that he did in my high school graduation 27 years ago (about doing an experiment with his car lights.)
- Graduating from high school is kinda scary. It's a feeling of, "it's all up to you, now."
- It's an odd feeling when you were present at the hospital for someone's birth AND are present for their high school graduation
- A krillion pics have been uploaded here, but looking at them might cure insomnia. Even a bad case of insomnia. (I've even taken out my family pics - a family who would officially disown me if the pics were posted.)
I'm heading back to my alma mater tonight to watch my nephew graduate from Bridgeport High School. (Hopefully, I'll get some good material to write about.) But I noticed that the speaker will be Dr Don Newbury. That's weird. He was the commencement speaker at my high school graduation.
And the ceremony has been moved indoors to the gym. I predict overcrowding.
I didn't watch it, but it's all the sports boys are talking about today. Last night, in double OT, Lebron James scored 48 points. Here's the amazing part: He scored the last 25 Cleveland points in the game. I've never heard of such a thing.
The kid is 22 years old.
Last year's earnings: $30,828,089. Holy crap.
Crazy docket in Jack County this morning. It seemed to be of a record size: 30 defendants.
What are "my guys" accused of doing?
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance, > 4 grams < 200 grams (female)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance, > 4 grams < 200 grams (female)
- DWI - Third (male)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance, > 4 grams < 200 grams (female, and a no show)
- Indecency With A Child (male)
- Injury To A Child (male)
- DWI- Third Offense (male)
And it occurs to me how "bad" some of the titles sound until you actually see what the facts are.
I was watching this story on Fox 4 News last night, and apparantly the undercover cops had struck a deal with this guy to sell the (fake) child for $2,000. He didn't have the money so they agreed to payments of $100. I'll swear I saw an investigator say, "It was a rent-to-own situation." I grab the TIVO remote control and hit replay on moments like that.
If you have any passing interest in baseball, what happened yesterday was fascinating. Yankees/Blue Jays. Pop up to Blue Jays third baseman. A-Rod running from second to third. A-Rod yells "mine" as he goes behind the third baseman causing the third baseman to give up on the ball. Ball hits ground. Cheater?
The definitive shot is about halfway through this youtube.com clip.
- I paid over $50 for a tank of gas on Monday. The first time ever.
- I've never seen a case in the last 15 years where the allegation was "the defendant sold drugs to kids."
- Whenever the police seize some drugs, I'm always skeptical when I hear the "street value was over $[insert ridiculous amount]"
- Potential Republican candidate Fred Thompson is extremely overrated - but is probably the only one who understands politics in this new age.
- President Bush will go down as the worst president in our lifetime. Moderates and liberals see him as a simpleton. Hard line conservatives shake their heads on the issues of immigration and the expanding federal budget. That leaves very few people left that respect him.
- I think dining at a restaurant is the biggest waste of money on the planet.
- I had a credit card when I was 18 years old. My dad told me not to be stupid. Not once did I get in over my head as a kid.
- Standing in front of a jury is both exhausting, painful, and exhilarating.
- Spanish will be the dominate language in Texas fifty years from now.
- I really haven't been married seven times.
- For the life of me, I cannot understand anyone who eats a meal by themselves without having something to read.
- I don't know anyone who reads editorial columns in major daily newspapers.
- I'd rather be a writer in seclusion than a lawyer.
- I think a lot of people miss the old "Skattershooting."
At the end of jury selection today, a prospective juror raised her hand and said, "I've observed something going on this morning that I'd like to talk privately with the judge and the lawyers about it."
That, my friends, is a Stop Down Moment.
As the rest of all the potential jurors were excused, I spoke briefly with Assistant County Attorney Thomas Aaberg about what it could possibly be. "Other than your fly being open, I'm not sure," he said. That, of course, was a joke that was even funnier when I impulsively glanced down at my groin area. All was secure.
Once in front of the judge, the potential juror (who was as sweet and honest as the day is long - as well as a former out-of-county prosecution employee) said that she felt that I had mischaracterized the prosecution and put them at a disadvantage. What had I done? I had stressed that the prosecution was, in fact, "the government", and since so many people thought negatively of the government, the rest of the jury panel had probably made the prosecution's job more difficult.
That was a new one for me. I cannot thank her enough for being honest and expressing her opinion (By the way, I used one of my free three strikes to make sure she didn't end up on the jury - I was fairly sure she hated me.) But I think she had a hard time understanding that even though County Attorney Greg Lowery is a "good ol' Paradise boy", he is, in fact, The State Of Texas when he prosecutes someone for an alleged crime. Simply put, when he goes to work, he becomes "The Government."
Sidenote #1: Everyone at the courthouse jokes about how I drop the "n" when I pronounce "government".
Sidenote #2: The picture is from my jury selection Powerpoint presentation.
The Colonial golf tourney looked like it was a beating. Constant rain. No big names. Small crowds.
But one guy confirmed it was business as usual: "It's happy hour out here at Colonial, which means it's high time for me to sample the famed Colonial Margarita. At 7 bucks a pop, they're perty [sic] potent. And you can add a shot of tequila for $2. I passed on 'the floater,' but most people don't said the gals pulling the lever on the frozen concoctions. About 75 percent of Colonial customers Super Size their Margaritas . . . " (Source.)
Rosie talks via a webcam. (And clicking on the image won't play it.) Link is here.
I can't concentrate on what she is saying because I'm distracted by the whole crazy scene going on around her. It's just bizarre to see a celebrity look like she just got back from the dollar store.
(Star Telegram photo.)
Just heard a story on WBAP about three children and a woman being found dead in a Parker County home this morning. I also heard something about a noose.
As soon as I find a link, I'll post it.
Edit: The DMN beats the Star Telegram with the first story. And one sentence in that short story is shocking (in a story that is already shocking.)
Edit 2: The Star-Telegram wasn't far behind. (And it has this quote: "We got a mess.’’)
Edit 3: The Star-Telegram with some relevant info:
NBC 5 television reported that the bodies were those of a 23-year-old mother and her three daughters, ages 5, 3 and 2. The station reported that the mother’s sister discovered the bodies, which were hanging in a closet. The station reported that authorities had contact the woman's ex-husband.Edit 4: It's now being called a "Triple Murder Suicide."
I normally like the Metro Cinema in Colleyville, but this was my first time yesterday in the "upstairs" theater. You would think seeing a movie that has been out for a couple of months would not be a cause for concern when it comes to the issue of seating.
Especially when the theater seats about 50 people (and I'm not kidding.) Here is a pic with my camera phone from my seat on the front row. Talk about the life force being sucked out of me.
The previews for this flick have been running in theaters for months and it looked pretty good. It turned out to be, uh, ok. I'm willing to suspend belief as much as the next guy to enjoy a movie but this thing asked too much of me. Simply not believable. And, for those that have seen it, the basic legal premise that wraps the movie up in a tight little bow is, in my opinion, wrong.
And I had two power down moments when the hero uttered "I hate to lose" and "I'll see you in court" within 15 minutes of each other.
What does today's Indy 500 winner have in common with Ashley Judd? He's married to her. (Just learned that on Dale Hansen's Sport's Special.)
Edit: Someone has commented that this is not a picture of Ashley Judd. It's not? I just grabbed it off the first page of an Ashley Judd google image search.