Photos of the casket in the boat soon found their way to a popular Wise County blog — Liberally Lean from the Land of Dairy Queen — with the headline "How you bury a Baptist deacon who loved fishing." Curious folks wanted to know the story behind the photos.
Here it is.
(And the paper credits local attorney Mark Howell for one photo.)
- Around 10:30 p.m. last night, my front door made the sound as if someone had walked quickly to it from the outside, pushed the handle trigger, and then hit the door hard with their shoulder like they were surprised it didn't open.
- That scared the crap out of me. After ducking for cover, I looked out the window and didn't see a thing.
- I own a shotgun.
- Firing a shotgun in a house would make a mess.
- The history behind the "coffin in a boat" blog entry will become a feature story in Saturday's Star-Telegram. I talked to an editor yesterday who is pretty excited about it.
- I've been naive about this: If a political party were responsible for granting immunity to every illegal alien, the children of those aliens - born on American soil and thereby American citizens - would become a voting block that would be unbeatable.
- My family truckster, which is on its last legs, is burning oil like nobody's business. Dumb question: If I don't have a leak, where does the oil go?
- Heard often: "Man, you've got some crazy people that read that blog of yours."
- I had a childhood friend who lived on my street contact me yesterday on Facebook. I had not seen her since we were teens. Facebook is cool.
- There's a petition floating around Rhome requesting a council person resign. Seems easier just to find a candidate to run against her.
- Got behind the dreaded slow-self-checker-grocery-lady last night. You know: Pick up product. Hold it in front of you and slowly look for bar code. Slowly slide bar code over scanner. Take a step to grocery bag. Slowly place item in bag. Repeat.
- I rarely open up .wmv files that people send me via email. I figure if it's not on youtube or some other flash video site, it's probably not worth looking at.
- Women are excited about Sam Moon's opening this weekend in North Fort Worth. I have no idea what a Sam Moon is.
- It sounds like the end is near for Farrah Fawcett. And is sounds like she has suffered horribly over the last couple of years.
- I'm supposed to have an 8:00 a.m. appointment. Hadn't heard from the guy yet.
- On yesterday's ABC's World News Tonight, Charlie Gibson said, "We can't put troops in Pakistan" while discussing the rising Taliban tension with a correspondent. We can't? Really?
- Obama pronounces Pakistan as PAWK-i-stan.
- Fox 4 had a story last night of some very old nude photos of a former public official being found in Krum's City Hall -- it was the most confusing story in the history of ever. But, whatever the point of the story, I couldn't get past every person in Krum being interviewed pronouncing "picture" as "pitcher."
- One of the best lawyer's I've ever seen does that.
- One of my 100 ex-girlfriend's does that.
- It drives me insane.
- I think "composite drawings" of a suspect border on being silly. They always look like aliens.
- Crazy news: Dirk Nowitzki has a crazy girlfriend who was arrested at his house. Crazier news: She's not hot at all.
- I got chewed out by someone from Fox 4 on Monday via email. Well, maybe I got a "stern talking to."
- Everyone yells at me for typos and grammar mistakes. First, I type this thing at 100 miles an hour at the crack of dawn. Secondly, I'm not that smart.
- I'm currently reading books about the Bible from a historical perspective. That is: when they were written, who wrote them, what was going on in the world at the time they were written, and how we might misinterpret the scriptures because of those factors. As a guy who grew up being able to quote scripture and verse, they are fascinating.
- The more I look at the "boat funeral" pictures below, the more I want to tell people about them.
- The top one deserves to be in a magazine. It borders on art. Heck, it is art. The golden field in the background. The clouded sky. The guy in the background with a cap on but a flower pinned to his shirt. The beaten down boat. The guys' respectful attitudes. It is sooo Texas Monthly material. (Here it is if you're too lazy to scroll down.)
- I went to the dentist yesterday and, after explaining the x-rays to me, he said, "I need to write all this down." I told him that was a very bad sign. He didn't laugh.
- The sound of the dentist's drill has to be one of the worst sounds in the world.
- A couple times a month I'll say in public (about someone who has struck me as a tad bit off), "That guy is a little odd." Without fail, someone always says, "Look who's talking."
- Hal Jay this morning: "The 15-12 Texas Rangers are not 3 games above .500. A .500 average after 27 games would be 13 1/2 - 13 1/2, so they are 2 1/2 games above .500."
- First, she doesn't back down from Perez Hilton at the Miss USA Pageant by declaring that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
- Edge: Family Values
- Then we find out that she has implants and that the California pageant had paid for them.
- Edge: All men, everywhere.
- Then this picture shows up all over the place on the Inkernets with the dirty liberals claiming this shows she's not so "family value" oriented after all. The conservatives claim that it's just a smear job by the pro-gay marriage crowd.
- Edge: I don't know. My head just exploded.
- Whatever happened to Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld) after his nightclub debacle?
- The weathermen aren't doing a very good job lately.
- Is it me, or is there a commercial proliferation onslaught on the radio these days?
- A lawyer out of Houston was "twittering" about a prostitution case he was watching in a courtroom yesterday. You'll have to scroll down quite a bit, but it was here.
- We still prosecute people for prostitution? (The case involved an undercover officer going into a massage parlor. I noted that he testified he got neekid and laid on the table because "they won't talk to you unless you take your clothes off.")
- Joe Shannon is apparently going to be appointed to replace recently deceased Tarrant County DA Tim Curry. I'm pretty sure Shannon played a pretty big role in the Cullen Davis prosecutions.
- I saw he was in New Orleans for a legal conference yesterday. The taxpayers probably don't need to be sending an assistant DA to a conference in New Orleans.
- I'm feeling more and more that people have no idea what I mean when I talk about Cullen Davis.
- We live in a politics of fear kind of world: The Swine Flu, Bush: "they'll follow us home" from Iraq, Obama: "the economy is going to collapse", Pete Delkus over-the-top weather warnings, incoming hurricanes being a "possible Category 5", and the list goes on.
- Speaking of fear: The Taliban appears to be in the process of taking over large portions of Pakistan. Last time I checked, Pakistan hand nukes. Yet another reason to quit jacking around in Iraq and focus on what's important.
- I get stopped pretty often by someone who wants to congratulate me or berate me for the quality of the Random Girl pic.
- Normally it is to berate.
- Never a big fan of Dom Deluise.
- Fox 4 had a segment on Ninja motorcycle crashes last night captured by DOT traffic cameras. Oh, my.
- I took one of those silly "What Kind Of Crime Are You?" web quizzes yesterday. The results scared me because the answer seemed to know me better than any real person.
- At docket at the County Court at Law yesterday, I saw a cute young gal (holding a baby) who seemed to be crying. Later I learned she was sentenced to 180 days in jail for a violation of probation. As I began to give the prosecutor the business on his successful efforts to jail her, I found out she had had several chances to get her act together.
- Always feel odd stringing the "had had" together in a sentence.
- Saw this a few weeks ago: Click a button and chat with a stranger. The politics of fear have me too scared to click the button.
- The CDC now says that closing schools is not necessary (so reports the New York Times this morning) and that the swine flu is no more severe than seasonal flu. Bottom line: The next time the CDC says the sky is falling, we'll tend not to believe them.
- Decatur ISD officials will meet at 10:00 a.m. this morning to decide whether to extend the school closings. I bet they open them back up --- Decatur ISD has been the most sensible district in this time of double fake crisis.
- How Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin, who is the most ridiculous of conservative talk show hosts (hard at 5:00 p.m. on KLIF), is #1 on the New York Times best seller list is beyond me.
- Someone asked me yesterday why I follow/listen to public figures that irritate me to no end (i.e. Sean Hannity, Ann Curry, etc.) I don't know why, but I enjoy getting irritated.
- In the first sentence above, does the period go inside the ")" or out? Or did I need an extra period outside the closing parenthesis?
- The Fox 4 videographer who was inside the collapsing Cowboys' training facility is the same guy (Larry Rodriguez) that sued former Ranger's pitcher Kenny Rogers for "attacking" him before a game. He also sued the Rangers over the incident.
- I had no idea that the Cowboys' staff member had a "severed spine" before I made a comment yesterday that it was premature to say he was "permanently paralyzed." I felt bad about that all day.
- When I look at wedding announcements in the paper, I tend to study the picture and predict whether or not I think they will last.
- I keep hearing rumors of a Wise County school scandal -- but that's all I know.
- I wouldn't watch it anyway, but the NBA is doing itself no favors by starting the Denver/Dallas playoff game at 9:30 p.m. Central Time.
- The S&P 500 is now up for the year. I told you Obama would bring changey change change.
- This opening sentence doesn't make you feel too confident about the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office: "FORT WORTH — A 66-year-old Houston area man whose death had been ruled the result of a Fort Worth auto accident was determined to be a homicide victim after a Houston funeral home found part of a bullet jacket lodged in the man’s cheek, the Tarrant County medical examiner said."
- Fox 4's Chip Wagner might want to reconsider the sweater vest look.
- Drives me insane: The U.S. Army will pay Stewart-Haas Racing $11.6 million to sponsor Ryan Newman's car for 23 races this season
- The Swine Flu is a worldwide story, but only little Wise County, Texas has decided that every school needs to be closed today.
- My complaint with the school closures over the Swine Flu is that catching the disease appears to be only an inconvenience - and a minor one at that.
- And there are so many single moms and two parent working families that the closing of a school creates a true crisis.I think school officials are
incentiveinsensitive to that. Edit: Ugh. It's Monday.
- Do teachers get paid for this off time? What about hourly support staff?
- My lawn has never been greener.
- My neighbor needs to understand that weeds are not his friend.
- Random movie thought: I watched a portion of the updated version of the The Hitcher last night and I noted the lead cop told the psycho killer, "In the great state of New Mexico, we do have the death penalty." Not anymore, I recalled.
- Also watched part of Dirty Dancing and thought about how bad Patrick Swayze is looking these days. (At least based upon some picture on a tabloid in the checkout line I saw the other day.)
- And in that movie, one spare character tells Baby that "Some people matter and some people don't" as he hands her a copy of The Fountainhead - a novel I declared last year to be one of the most ridiculous books ever written. (I had never noticed that scene until this time around.)
- Isn't it a little early to describe the injured Cowboys' coach from the roof collapse this weekend as being "permanently" paralyzed? Both the Morning News and Star Telegram used that term.
- In addition to my dream of being back in school, unprepared, with finals bearing down upon me, I also have a reoccurring dream of being on a high school sports team but can't find all my equipment while the team is taking the field/court.
- That Wolverine movie took in $87 million over the weekend? I've got no interest.
- America's Funniest home videos is edging closure to Idiocracy.
- Edit: And another.