Over the last three months, more U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq than in any other three month span. That number: 329.
Let's get out of there. A civil war is inevitable. The fact that the land will become more unstable than before Saddam is inevitable. The fact that oil prices will skyrocket is inevitable.
There is no way to end this war which is really not a war at all. Who, exactly, would sign the Declaration of Surrender?
Thank you, President Bush. The only one that doesn't realize all of this is you.
This blog is pretty interesting. He's an old school bible guy who is non-too-pleased with the "progressiveness" of some of today's churches.
And he did not like the Victory Family Church of Decatur billboard campaign. Here's a sample of what he said if you don't want to click on that link: "Victory Family Church has wandered off into Seeker-Sensitive La-La Land. They don't preach and teach sound doctrine, or Jesus Christ Crucified for Sinners. They exist to make 'dream families' instead of disciples grounded in the words of scripture and sound doctrine. They preach about man instead of Christ."
So I'm sitting around in my Hugh Hefner robe on Saturday morning and saw that the super hot Maria Sharapova was playing at Wimbledon. So I stop down to check her out for a little bit. Well, there was a disputed call so they went to the "official replay." I had heard about the new replay system, but had not seen it. I'm not doing it justice with the screen shot, but the crowd, players and TV audience get to simultaneously see a computer re-creation of the last shot. In slow motion, we see the ball with a yellow trajectory to tell us whether it's in or out.
Now back to Maria.
Looks like the cops down in Red Oak have seen too many Die Hard movies.
For about four hours today, the FBI and every cop in the Southwest Proper surrounded a bank in Red Oak due to a hostage crisis. Turns out there were was no crisis. Yeah, a guy had robbed the bank earlier, but he had been caught away from the scene.
For some reason, the cops thought there was a hostage crisis going on inside. So one by one the employees of the bank walked out with their hands up.
Yeah, I understand everyone being cautious. But you would think that some time during the four hours there would have been enough phone calls made to convince everyone that everything was OK.
You'll see an uproar today and tomorrow over the Supreme Court decision today that "restricted the ability of public school districts to use race in assigning students to schools." No one out there will have time to read and understand what the heck is going on so let me, humbly, try to explain.
Here is what the case would look like if it originated in Wise County (and I'm not doing schtick here, I'm being serious for once):
Decatur has two elementary schools: Carson and Rann. For each entering first grade class, students (through their parents) are allowed to choose which school they want to attend. If one school is more popular, a decision needs to be made as to which students get their wish and which ones don't. The Decatur ISD School Board decides to create a tie-breaker system to make that decision. The first "tie-breaker" is whether the incoming student has a brother or sister at that school. If so, he's in. Next, the student's race is considered. Here's where things get interesting. Let's say that the Decatur population as a whole is 70% white and 30% non-white. The school board has decided that it would be wise to make sure that both Rann and Carson have that same racial makeup. So if Carson had become 80% white (i.e. "too white") then the non-white soon-to-be First Grade students who had selected Carson as their first choice would get preference. In the Supreme Court case decided today, one of the parents of a white kid who wanted to get into Carson, but was denied because non-whites were given preference, sued.
He won. The majority ruled that consideration of race in the application process was unconstitutional.
That decision is a direct result of the Bush Administration. Had a Democrat been in office Alito and Roberts would have been replaced with more liberal justices. Somehow, the Constitution is read differently based upon who is President. Isn't that weird?
You can read all of it yourself here.
I've written before about how amazing it is that Wikipedia ("the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit") will be updated within moments of an event happening. For example, when Anna Nicole died, her entry on the site was updated with the news within minutes.
But, in a story that seems a little bit chilling, police are looking into how the entry for a famous wrestler revealed the death of his wife before the police even discovered the body.
(Chris Benoit, the subject of the story, is the wrestler who killed his wife, son and then himself last weekend. By the way, I had never heard of the guy.)
(Thanks for the tip.)
"ABC news has a great report on the continuing growth of America's prison population. Here are the stats about Prison, USA- 1. America has 5% of the world's population, and 25% of the world's prison population. 2. 5% of ALL black males are in prison. 3. One out of every 133 Americans in in prison. 4. The American prison population is greater than the population of New Mexico. The drug war is to blame for this mess. Prisons are not full because of a surge in violent offenders. Violent crime is down dramatically since 1993. Federal prosecutions for violent crimes are at the same level as 1980. Drug prosecutions are up over 400% over the same period."
For the first time ever, a majority of Americans believe that gays can't be changed into non-gays. I've always believed that. One of my first bosses in the legal field (who was as conservative as the day is long) always preached this based upon his premise of: "Why in the world would someone be that way, subject themselves to all that ridicule, if they couldn't help themselves?"
Source: TxSharon sent me this.
At the moment of this posting, Lake Bridgeport has just become officially full. I would have bet a krillion dollars four months ago that this would never happen. Eighteen feet low. A barren wasteland. And now this. (Link.)
Edit: The Update says it is the "first time in over a year" that the lake has been back to this letter. Over a year? How about over five years. I'm pretty sure it got close to 836 in 2001. Maybe.
I like presidential candidate John Edwards but I don't believe him. At least the other night.
He was on Jay Leno's show and both he and his wife claimed they had not seen Hillary's Soprano-esque video announcing her campaign song. "We've got great stuff on our web site though," both of them said.
Huh? You're watching everything Hillary does and you didn't see the one video that everyone was talking about? I don't buy that.
I've been seeing this shocking video all night on TV. Everything you need to know is here. (And even though you have to sit through a 15 second commercial and a four minute video, it's 100% riveting.)
Edit: It's not real clear in the story how the cop killer was himself killed. However, it's my understanding that an "ex-marine" witnessed the shooting, grabbed the dead officers gun, and killed the shooter.
I'm watching Fox 4 News on a TIVO'd replay and I see that a part of Six Flags is under water. Heather Hays has twice told me that the river that runs by the amusement park is out of its banks but there is "no flooding yet." She even told me that as we had a helicopter shot of, uh, flooding at Six Flags.
Hey Heather, you see all that brown stuff? That's water where it is not supposed to be.
That purplish thing has been moving slowly over the watershed (or what I think is the watershed) for the last hour or so. Is it out of the question to think that we might have flooding at Lake Bridgeport after it was 18 feet low just a few months ago? When is the last time it flooded? 1982?
It now sits at one foot low and rising. Fast. Monitor it here.
Edit: I've been reminded of around 1991 when the bridge at Runaway Bay was under water.
A fence gets knocked down in the Brookhollow area in Decatur!
Man describes how a street was underwater.
She said, "It looked like an ocean"
And fence destruction was not limited to Decatur. This fence met its maker in Rhome.
By the way, 3.32 inches of rain in Decatur this afternoon.
The pavement got wet around Eagle Drive in Decatur:
This lady's front yard was flooded in Paradise but I found out that she has a Hummer in her driveway.
FM 3259 got flooded which probably inconvenienced 25 people.