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While most people will want to focus on what caused gramps to go ape crazy on the photographers (background here), as you know, I see the world in a different light. So . . . what is with that sissy photographer at the end of the clip? One second, the old man has an arm around you and you're looking all nonchalant, and the next second you're grabbing your chest like you're Fred Sandford about to go see Elizabeth*. Sheesh. Man Up, buddy.
*Note to my younger readers: In the 1970s comedy series, Sanford and Son, Red Foxx played junkman Fred Sanford who would often fake a heart attack for a variety of reasons. When doing so, he'd always grab his chest, look up into the sky, and yell, "I'm coming to see ya, Elizabeth!" - a reference to his deceased wife.
Yep, even Texas DPS has a Twitter feed and this gem (above) just got posted. I can't find a single news story about it, so that's all I know. But if the government is going to try and take a quarter of a million dollars from someone, I'd kind of like to see a reason as to why.
Figures are for "Annual Salary", "Annual Allowance" and "Longevity"
As you probably read in the Messenger, Wise County's constables wanted a pay raise. Specifically, "Precinct 1 constable Tom Bishop and Precinct 2 constable Leonard Denney requested their salaries be increased from $32,000 to between $45,000 and $48,000." Precinct 4 constable Kevin Huffman and Precinct 3 constable Doug Parr also wanted a raise but the article is silent as to how much. According to the Update, those requests have been denied.
But I'm hearing a very uncomfirmed report that, in light of the decision denying the raise, one or more of the constables have removed the "official striping" from their cars. Once again, this is triple uncomfirmed, but if anyone can provide any information, do so.
(And try to avoid personal attacks on the elected officials. I'm feeling nice today.)
Denny Crane reported last night that the Decatur school board voted 4 to 3 to not install artificial turf at the football stadium.
Man, you guys were acting crazy yesterday in the comments. Wore me out.
Remind me to focus on more "Afternoon Pick Me Ups." That tends to bring us together as one. I'm a uniter, not a divider.
The craziest story yesterday (and all over the news this morning) of a 29 year old lady discovered after having gone missing since she was kidnapped at age 11. If you haven't read the story in the link, you'll be stunned. And the nut job abductor had a blog.
I've always been moved from by a scene in Midnight Express where one incarcerated character talks about how some people are simply defective. "You see we all come from a factory. Sometimes the factory makes bad machines that don't work. They put them here. The bad machines don't know they're bad machines . . . ."
I was Jonesin' for football last night so much that I tried to find the only game being broadcast: Abilene Christian. Did you know ACU has a freshman player enrolled from Boyd who is listed at 5'9" and 260 pounds?
Isn't it wild how Google has become one of the biggest companies in the world without, the best I can tell, spending a dime on advertising?
Yesterday, USC announced that an 18 year old freshman will start at quarterback (pic). At 18, I couldn't have quarterbacked at Chico if I had been a "held back" senior. And if I could have, I would have been scared to death. But this kid is in charge of one of the most storied programs in the country.
There was a wrong way driving in Fort Worth last night on 121/Airport Freeway. The driver, and no one else, is dead of death.
My "This Guy Is A Spare Dallas Cowboy" proclamation: WR Roy Williams.
George Bush is a forgotten man.
No matter who you are, after your funeral you'll only be remembered by a handful of people.
My "front room/back room" post about Mattie's and the O.J. Simpson verdict gave rise to some interesting comments. But I still want to be in the back room. Nothing makes my heart race as much as real "breaking news" that will become part of history.
The courthouse flag remained at full staff yesterday. About five years ago, the Sheriff's office lowered its flags to half staff when its drug-sniffing dog died.
I really don't know anything about this guy other than he wrote a bunch of books I've never read. But I do know he was obsessed with the first O.J. Simpson trial, and he's always been famous to me as the guy who was in the audience after the verdict was announced -- mouth wide open the entire time. (He's the one above with, uh, his mouth open.)
Uh, oh, ADHD has kicked in: The day the Simpson verdict was to be announced, I went to lunch at the now defunct Mattie's in Decatur. The place was basically two sections in one big room. In the back section was a big screen TV and all of us in that section anxiously awaited the verdict to be read. You could have heard a pin drop. But I remember being astonished that the front section of the restaurant was packed with folks who could not have cared less about verdict. They just sat up there with their chicken fried steaks and sweet teas. I decided that day there are two different kind of people in this in this world, and I was glad I was part of the back room crowd.
President Obama has ordered the flags lowered on all federal buildings but there is conflicting evidence as to whether Gov. Perry has done the same. As of 11:30 a.m. this morning, the courthouse in Decatur looks like this.
NBC Philadelphia- Shame can be a powerful punishment. Just ask the guy who had to stand on the corner in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday morning.You know, the guy wearing the sign that said, “I CHEATED. THIS IS MY PUNISHMENT.”He told a passerby that he cheated on his wife and she found evidence on his cell phone. So the wife doled out a rather creative punishment: He had to stand at the intersection during morning rush, wearing the handmade sign. People reported seeing him as early as 9 a.m., and his presence was discussed on several of Washington D.C.’s morning radio shows. A little before 11 a.m., his wife texted him to let him know he’d been out there long enough. He removed the sign and skedaddled.
What is this world coming to? If I ever get caught cheating on Mrs. Green #9, I'm certainly not putting on a sign and standing out in front of Walmart in Decatur because my child bride demands it as punishment. No sir. I've got way too much scene control for that. Now she might burn my house down, throw my iPhone into Lake Bridgeport, and be awarded sole custody of my 2005 GM Family Truckster, but I'm keeping my manhood.
The far right embarrassed itself with attacks on Ted Kennedy yesterday. Twenty-four hours of respect doesn't seem like too much to ask for, right? You guys are beginning to scare us.
At the height of conservatism, Kennedy was smart enough not to say a word during the "high tech lynching" of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas even though he sat on the Judiciary Committee.
I heard from a very reliable source that the Bridgeport girls caught in the awning collapse were not jogging by the building but instead had been dropped off in front of it. Not that that's a big deal.
Fox 4 News, which treats Wise County better than any other station, dropped the ball on Tuesday when they failed to cover the teenager's death on its 5 or 6 o'clock news. It made up for it last night with a retrospect.
And Channel 8 interviewed the buildings owner Norris and Joyce Cheeves. The station also covered a preliminary memorial service and I'm pretty sure I heard a song from Rent in the background.
A longtime Bridgeport resident was convicted of misdemeanor assault in the courthouse yesterday. I don't think he helped his cause when he testified that he was the one who was actually assaulted but didn't call the cops because, "I don't like cops. Cops are stupid."
I got a tip that Messenger sports reporter Robert Morgan is no longer with the paper. That would be shocking and even more shocking on the eve of football season.
A buddy emailed me the AP Texas Top 10 Football Preseason Poll the other day. I didn't see the name of a single Wise County school. (I'm sure the link is out there somewhere - just trust me on this one.)
Uh, oh. I found thisTexasHSFootball.com poll that lists Decatur at #38 but fails to list Bridgeport.
And the same web site believes Boyd as the 8th best team in the State.
The Swine Flu number at TCU is up to 80? (I swore I heard that on WBAP this morning.) Edit: It's actually 88.
I thought I had a pretty funny line a couple of weeks ago when I said I wanted to be on one of those "death panels" because "I'm a pretty good decision maker." But I got nothing.
I'm guessing that Texas will be of a Democrat majority in, oh, nine years. I've preached it for years: It's not about politics, it's about demographics.
You can't believe some of the comments I don't post, and I can't believe the number of cowards that send me anonymous attack emails via the comments. Come on, send me an email with your name on it.
He can handle moose ears, the tongue next to he ear, the glasses, the half hug, anything! Once I go big time, he may be the first reporter I hire for Liberally Lean (and that language he's speaking will come in handy with my Wise County Hispanic friends -- if that's Spanish he's speaking*.)
But can you imagine Fox 4's Lari Barager putting up with that? No way. She'd have one of those guys in a headlock in a New York Minute.
* Edit: What I meant to say is that he would come in handy with my Wise County Czechoslovakian friends. I regret this slight typographical error.
Man, I've got to start watching the Little League World Series. First, this kid wants to hit the batter (hmmm, I wonder if his coach has allowed that in the pat?). Then, when told he can't, he doesn't want to pitch anymore. Then, he wants to come out of the game.
Ladies and gentleman, I submit to you the future of America: We're doomed. (Unless this is not an American team in which case we'll be OK.)
Two Cowboys coaches are suing the firms behind the design and construction of the Cowboys practice facility that collapsed last May. Their lawyer, famous PI lawyer Frank Branson, said "the jury might want to send a message to corporate America that you can't put profit over safety." Good grief, that's a tired old line.
Most of my friends don't understand why I'm so anti-lawsuit. I think it's just that I have a problem with anyone, whether it be the State in a criminal case, a Plaintiff in a civil case, or the man on the street pointing a finger and telling someone else they are a "bad person." I always want to see the sins of the guy pointing the finger first.
If you saw the Ranger's win over the Yankees last night (10-9), you were certain they were going to blow it. (In the 9th inning they gave up 4 runs and were looking at runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.)
Ted Kennedy died last night. Will the haters show a little respect and not mention "Chappaquiddick" today? Not a chance.
We grew tired of the Swine Flu in a hurry. If we had heard news last Spring that ten TCU students had contracted the disease, we would have shut down all of North Texas.
Why are former Evil Empire players so weird?: Roy Williams, Vince Young, Cedric Benson, Ricky Williams? Edit: Add Colt McCoy to the list. He has a porn star mustache!
The tragedy in Bridgeport happened at the worst time for the Messenger which certainly had their Wednesday paper finalized and ready to be printed. But they scrambled and managed to get the news on today's front page.
Speaking of the tragedy, it helps confirm my belief that things simply "happen" on Earth and that everything is not pre-determined by God. Certainly God didn't decide to take that child home like that, did He?
And that event is certainly going to rock Bridgeport High School. And considering the death of Officer White earlier this year, hasn't Bridgeport had a horrific 2009?
KXAS allows you to "rate your emotions" in connection with news stories. (Sheesh.) The leaders for the Bridgeport story? 86% for "sad" and 14% for "angry."
Edit -- From the comments at 5:15 pm: I just walked over to Halsell Street in Bridgeport, one block from my office and apparently an awning fell on two teenage girls that were doing cross training and both were trapped and one unfortunately did not make it. I will issue more updates as I... find out more information. Debris was scattered half way across the street and part of the building actually came off as well. There was a burgundy SUV trapped under the debris also. I have my camera with me at work, but didn't take it, but I'll be walking back over there in just a couple of minutes and I will see if I can get some photos for all my wise county friends. You will not believe it when you see it. It is bad, please pray for the families and friends of those involved in this horrific accident.
Edit: The two girls were cross country training running downtown.
Edit -- From the comments: "A grisly scene unfolded in downtown Bridgeport today as an awning collapsed on two high school seniors walking down the sidewalk. The impact killed one of the girls. The other girl sustained serious injuries and was transported to John Peter Smith in... Fort Worth. The freak tragedy occurred in front of Club Barbell on Halsell Street. A spokesperson with the city of Bridgeport said they don’t know why the awning fell."
-Wise County Messenger (WCMessenger site is down currently due to issues with the webhost)
Any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like Kimberly Lynn Patterson, who was indicted in March, just agreed to a 10 year prison sentence to the offense of Manslaughter in the death of Bobina Begley in April of last year in Wise County. (Messenger background story here and more background here). I didn't see it, but I'm told the courtroom scene was "tense" when the agreement was approved this morning.
It also appears that she had a dope probation revoked in what might be the worst performance by a probationer ever. The records indicate she pled guilty and received probation on October 27, 2008 with a Motion to Revoke the probation filed three days later when she didn't show up at the probation department.
I bought tickets to the Cowboys' preseason game on Saturday --- found them on Stubhub for about $30. I probably won't even sit in them since I just want to walk around that place and take it all in. I'll be gone by halftime.
Can you believe all the Swine Flu stuff on TV. Half the population to be infected? Up to 90,000 deaths? Is the CDC the biggest fear-monger on the planet?
Tony Romo seems troubled.
Movie Ridiculousness: The bus jump over the uncompleted freeway in Speed.
When I was a kid, all of us had to get some type of vaccinations that would scab over and cause a dime size scar that would last for 20 or 30 years. What was that?
If you have HBO you must, and I mean must, watch the current edition or Real Sports which documents this gut wrenching event. Four athletes in the water after their boat overturns, and 46 hours later only one remained. He now talks about it.
Faithful reader Justin emailed me to tell me he live is Cairo, Egypt and sent along this pic to prove that the Evil Empire even stretches to that land.
Saw a phenomenon on Facebook yesterday: Every momma was posting a pic of their kid(s) as they headed off to the first day of school.
Remember when no one knew how to upload a picture?
Kids: Is the Cost vs. Benefit ratio really worth it?
I think it's silly that a medical examiner, whose sole duty is to examine a body and determine the cause of death, can label his findings as "Homicide." I understand his conclusion of death by "bullet to the head" or "knife wound through the heart" (paraphrased) but to conclude another person did it "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" seems a little far fetched in most cases.
Sometimes this blog is hard to write. Sometimes it's not. I can't tell you how entertaining it would be if I could tell you everything.
OMAHA, Neb. – A Nebraska man who stole a painting of the Virgin Mary to finance an abortion for a teen he was accused of raping has been convicted of first-degree sexual assault and felony theft.
I normally wouldn't dedicate a post to some crime in Nebraska, but it's been quite a while since the first sentence in a news story stopped me down like that. I understand all the Christian theology about salvation but, man, if this guy didn't punch his ticket to the Underworld with that series of crimes, then I don't know what would.
But the story does have a positive side. If any of you out there have been feeling a little guilty about some big sin you've been engaged in, this guy has to make you feel a little better about yourself. Right?
Dirk Nowitzki's ex sentenced to 5 years in the hoosegow
Some guy earned himself 3 days in the Wise County Jail this morning for not following through with the terms of a divorce decree. (He represented himself and seemed well prepared. Didn't change the facts, but well prepared nonetheless.) Edit: I really don't have any details since I only caught the end of the hearing.
Steven York had a second court appearance today. Looks like a second lawyer is involved in the case and it might be Larry Moore out of Fort Worth (but I'm not sure.)
Apparently this chick won the title on Saturday night but, I was thinking, isn't the title of Miss Universe just a bit cocky? I mean, I'm pretty sure there are a couple of girls in Cottondale that live in the backwoods which are unknown to civilization. For all we know, one of them may be hotter than this girl. And if we can't rule out other gals from the good ol' USA that haven't been discovered yet, how can we rule out hot alien life forms?
Or, as Kip Dynamite would say, "Like anyone could possibly know that."
They tell me this is the first day of school. They also tell me there are young mothers of First Graders everywhere crying this morning.
Saw some Decatur High Schoolers driving up to DHS this morning. Trust me kids, it's not the best time of your lives.
I think mandatory school uniforms would be a good idea.
Two motorcycle deaths yesterday and one on Saturday.
I didn't know Texas has had "death panels" since 1999 and that Gov. Bush signed it into law. (Hat tip to Bud Kennedy.)
MzChief and Anobiter argue over whether life should be lived "for another".
For the craziest of reasons, I discovered "Screaming Bridge" between Paradise and Decatur on Friday night.
My sources tell me that heard on the police scanner in Wise County last night, at around 9:30, law enforcement was dispatched to a "possum in a bedroom."
The craziest story of the weekend was about the "Reality TV Star" from VH1's "Megan Wants a Millionarie" who killed model Jasmine Fiore, stuffed her body in a suitcase in a dumpster after removing her fingers and teeth, and then was found dead on Sunday of suicide in a Canadian hotel room.
Sports Point: Lots of talk about the Cowboys video screen being hit by a punt on Friday night. Since the rule is that the play is simply a "do over", I would think most coaches would tell their punter "don't hit the scoreboard" since a false start by the coverage team would wear them out in a hurry.
I'm excited about my Baylor Bears which may have the best team in years. But, sheesh, they play in the Big 12 South where THREE of the six teams are in the AP Top 10 (Texas, OU, Oklahoma State.) The best team in the Big 12 North? Kansas at 25.
Janeane Garofalo standup, "The shortest 10 minutes in the world: After hitting the snooze button. The longest: On the Stairmaster."
Did you see that those crazy Mexicans in Mexico legalized drug possession for personal use?
Sports Point #2: What in the world has happened to Vince Young? And did you know that before Chris Simms and Young, the Evil Empire never had a quarterback go on to start an NFL game. Edit: Ugh. The link refers only to the "modern era" which, for some reason, begins in 1966.