- Saw a shot this morning of the inside of the Cowboys Stadium with the football field on it. Cool.
- Inglourious Basterds opens today. It looks like something I'd be interested in but, then again, I get sucked in by anything Tarantino does.
- Someone else's kindness is impacting my selfishness.
- Did ya see where that Bolt guy ran a world record 19.19 second 200 meter yesterday? And he doesn't even look like he tries. Breaking news: He's fast.
- Ok, this is the most tense video to watch in the history of ever. It's called "Drunk Girl vs. Glass Table." (And it contains a couple of F bombs so be warned.) But after you recover from the 1:20 seconds of stress, you'll realize you've learned a new dance: "Percolating."
- I've practiced criminal law for almost 20 years and I've never heard a cop, prosecutor, or anyone connected with the system refer to someone as a "perp."
- On reports of school supplies this mornings, I heard a reference to "trapper" something on two different channels. Have no idea what they are talking about. Edit: Yep, "Trapper Keeper". I think I'm the only person in the world that had no idea what it was.
- I was in a convenience store this morning that was extremely inconvenient. And, not that it's that big of a deal, but the clerk never spoke.
- The Update this morning has news that Decatur ISD has a new touchy-feely "commencement walk across the stage but don't graduate" policy.
- The Lockerbie Bomber who was released yesterday sure did return to a hero's welcome. You would think that Libya, which has made efforts to be in our good graces over the last few years, would have throttled that back a bit.
- Before conservative commenters Wordkyle, Jarhead, and Denny Crane were here, there was a guy name ReaganRIP. He got mad one day when someone impersonated him, and he never came back.
- Favorite overnight email: "Are the commentors on your blog acting more crazy lately?"
- After Pudge Rodriquez got a hit at his first at bat last night since his return to the Rangers, play by play man Josh Lewin said, "3 hits out of his last 3 at bats for Texas over a span of 7 years."
- Pudge went on to make it 5 for 5.
- But my predicted Rangers fade might be beginning. (They've blown leads of 5 and 4 runs over the last two days.)
- Re: The lady at the Barney Frank's town hall meeting speaking at the podium while holding a picture of Obama with a Hitler mustache which prompted Frank to say, "What planet are you from?" When the nutcases can make Frank like good, they might wish to rethink their strategy. Edit: Here's the video.
- A caller to KLIF this morning called Obama a Muslim.
- I'm already tired of the Perry v. Hutchison governor's race and it's just started. But, man, she's looking frumpy at all of her appearances.
- Wow. The attendance last night at the McCartney concert was 38,000 because they didn't sell seats in the upper deck at the Cowboys Stadium. [Edit: Source was Fox 4 News this morning.] What's up with that? And the big high def screen wasn't in use either.
- Here's a twitpic of the stage setup.
- I would think it would be "Cowboys' Stadium" but it's just "Cowboys Stadium."
- This is one fast woman. Or a man. Or a woman.
- I almost got ran over in my office parking lot this morning by a woman driving a small silver car.
- Storms this evening? Yay!!
- There was a suicide in Decatur over the weekend.
- My crazy laundry lady is still there. Now she's commenting on my mannerism (where I stand, if I play with the phone, how I dress for work.) Stop it.
- I roll my eyes whenever a psychiatrist testifies at a criminal trial about whether a defendant is a "sociopath" or has any other mental condition.
- I thought that oil prices and natural gas prices, the latter which is important to Wise County, pretty much shadowed one another. Apparently that's not true as natural gas hit its lowest price since 2002 yesterday.
- Stay with me here: The Star-Telegram's Randy Galloway reported yesterday that MLB is now basically running the Texas Rangers due to owner Tom Hicks financial woes. (It had earlier been reported that MLB had loaned the Rangers money.) An interesting aspect of the story is that this "news" was buried in Galloway's "opinion column." Why? The Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News, in a cost cutting measure, have an agreement to share sports news stories. But they don't agree to share opinion pieces. See what they did there?
- Galloway on the radio is painful to listen to.
- Why don't we consider health care to be a civil right?
- Getting kids set up for the start of school seems like a beating. And running around looking for a particular color of a particular type of spiral notebook would put me over the edge.
Oct. 24: Marc Broussard and special guest Caitlin Crosby - Never heard of them.
Nov. 2: Doobie Brothers - Without Michael McDonald? No way
Nov. 3: Chanticleer - Never heard of them. Cool name.
Nov. 14: Rufus Wainwright with Police Woman - Never heard of them. Cooler name.
Nov. 17: ABBA Mania - Probably an ABBA cover band. My mind is mush from hearing "Mamma Mia" on cable for the last six months.
Nov. 24-25: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band - I can't name a single song he sings.
Dec. 14: Michael Martin Murphey’s "Cowboy Christmas" - I was out at "Cowboy"
Dec. 15: Wynonna: A Classic Christmas - 1/2 of the Judds is 1/2 of the Christmas
Dec. 30: Robert Earl Keen - Wise County Night at Bass Hall
Feb. 22: The Band of the Irish Guards and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland - I bet, of all the shows, this is pretty good.
Feb. 23: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons - Also known as "Ears Bleeding Night".
Feb. 24: TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming - I wouldn't mind seeing this.
Mar. 2-4: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - That's just too high tone for me.
Mar. 22: Los Lobos and Leo Kottke - I know one song! I know one song!
Mar. 23: Joe Bonamassa - A question mark just formed over my head.
Mar. 25: What It Is! Featuring Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and JJ Grey - I almost bought tickets when I thought it read Booker T and the MG's.
- At least 75 are dead in Baghdad this morning. "Mission Accomplished" was when?
- Pudge Rodriguez has lost a lot of weight. But I think we all know why.
- I suppose that the civil unrest felt in this country is similar to what was felt in the Sixties except now the public is too fat and lazy to get out an protest.
- For a hurricane that will never touch land, Bill sure is getting a lot of attention.
- The Wise County Commissioners are setting the current budget. During my first year as DA, I voluntarily cut $10,000 (or was it $5,000?) due to a line item that read "Outside Appellate Attorney" that I didn't need. I bet I am the only elected official in this county in the last 50 years to cut their budget on their own. And I was elected as a Democrat.
- I just bragged a little bit. I apologize.
- What hotel do you think Paul McCartney is staying in tonight?
- Someone wrote me and said this Explorer patch for Wise County has some unusual markings on it. I don't know enough about history to understand. Edit: Patch in context on county web site.
- I've got a live Fantasy Football draft in Paradise this weekend. The draft is probably more fun than the season is.
- I bet un-re-re-retired and now Minnesota Viking Brett Favre doesn't even start for the last half of season. His skills have diminished, he's a year older, he's coming off shoulder surgery, and he has a torn rotator cuff. Maybe we'll get to see a mid-season tearful re-re-re-retirement.
- Caller to KLIF this morning on the issue of whether we should be spending or saving, "If it don't go 'bang' and I can't reload it, I ain't buying it right now." Good grief.
- There was tremendous outrage when Texas appellate judge Sharon Keller allegedly shut down the Court of Criminal Appeals preventing a last minute appeal of a death row inmate. Over the last two days, her ethics hearing has been going on and you hardly have heard a peep about it.
- I've heard for years that most money in the U.S. has cocaine residue on it, and yesterday there was a new report putting that number at 90%. I don't believe that. At all.
- It's extremely rare to even see a cocaine criminal case these days.
- KXAS's Jane McGarry said last night at 6:00 that Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison officially "threw her name in the hat" for Texas Governor. Uh, isn't that "threw her hat in the ring?"
- Frequent commenter Denny Crane says if he wants to call our President a "nigger", he will. Good lord, man. Throttle back! Throttle back!
- Over at the Morning News web site this morning, they had a "Live Blog" covering something called Plano ISD's Convocation (which sounds like a pep rally for all of the teachers.) It started at 7:00 or so and included school board members being led in by cheerleaders. That would power me down.
- And that live blog posted this thrilling poll: "Are you ready for the 2009-2010 school year to begin?" After it had been up for over an hour, no one had responded.
- Outliers, which I promote constantly, made the case for year round schools.
- Watched a bit of Hard Knocks on HBO (the documentary about preseason training camps, this time with the Cincinnati Bengals.) Former Cowboy Roy Williams was schooled in a drill getting knocked on his back but, after the fact, wasn't even embarrassed by it. Good riddance.
- Woodstock looked like it would have been a beating. I don't do crowds. I don't do mud. I don't do bad music.
- Y.E. Yang, who bested Tiger Woods this weekend and who lives in Southlake, speaks no English.
- Ticket Fans only.
- Yesterday we had Britney in a pink bikini, today we've got a new color. Love that girl.
- Did the ol' slice the thumb with a knife in the kitchen trick last night. But it wasn't too bad.
- Last night was the deadline to sign players from this year's Major League Baseball draft. The first pick signed for a record $15 million. The Rangers failed to sign their high school pick who now heads to TCU. To paraphrase Dale Hansen from many years ago, "The kid needs an education."
- Reader's Digest filed for bankruptcy reorganization. I liked it as a kid, but haven't read it since then (unless I was stuck at a doctor's office.)
- The Obama kids always look like they are having the time of their lives
- New candidates for Dancing With The Stars have been announced this morning. It includes a former Texas Congressman and a former Dallas Cowboy.
- Ranger Ian Kinsler almost got killed with a fastball to the head on Saturday night. (Great quality video here.)
- A lot of people tell me to watch Mad Men but I really don't know anything about it.
- We've still got a five year wait until Southwest can fly out of Love Field and not first stop in a neighboring state.
- Seventy-seven banks have failed this year, but no one seems to care. This country is so odd because no matter what happens, there's this "everything will be all right" attitude.
- I've stopped buying a daily paper.
- Britney in a pink bikini this weekend. Hey, now.
- For some reason those Bill Kurtis AT&T ads really bug me.
- Former Red Raider Michael Crabtree has yet to sign with the Oakland Raiders. I don't think that guy is very smart. Edit: Apparently I'm not very smart since I said "Raiders" instead of 49ers.
- Funny protest sign.
- My back pain went away over the week. That's good. Really good.
- I stayed out too late on Saturday. It used to not impact me on Sunday. I think those days are gone.
- Weekend sports shockers: Rangers lead in Wild Card (it's all about pitching), Tiger blows a fourth round lead in a major (way to let a South Korean beat us), and we have a new 100 meters world record (but you can't really use that skill anywhere else, can you?).
- Looks like the "public option" for health care is dying a slow death.
- I've never really thought much about "falling rocks" signs, but this horrible incident in Colorado makes me rethink that.