- Elizabeth Smart's father has always struck me as odd. (She testified yesterday regarding her abduction years ago.) And I'm still not sure she's not in a state of zombie shock. (My own trademarked medical term.)
- Maybe I'm getting old, but I watched more of the National Parks special last night on PBS. Great stuff.
- The Fort Worth Weekly has its 2009 "Best Of" edition out this week. But I don't know where to find a hard copy of it anymore.
- I love any "Best Of" edition.
- Had an impromptu picture taken last week. The person holding the camera told me to "suck in your gut."
- The Olympic location for 2016 will be announced today (Obama is overseas working his magic on behalf of Chicago.) I think it's cool when the head of the Olympic committee makes his announcement and the screen is divided with a camera on the crowds in each of the finalist cities. (If that makes sense.)
- I've said it before: Those Bill Curtis commercials for AT&T Internet services are weirdly uncomfortable.
- Fox 4's Dan Godwin is really beginning to get on my nerves.
- Michael Jackson's autopsy revealed he was 5'9".
- Holdout Michael Crabtree has now proven that he's the dumbest man of America. I don't ever remember a drafted NFL player not signing and then going back into the following year's draft. Who would touch him next year?
- I ran across four goth kids while jogging yesterday. One was an angry female teenager with jet black hair, black eye shadow, and a I-Hate-The-World attitude.
- This week I met what might be the hottest 40 something in the history of ever.
- MzChief's comparison of the FBI's stopping of the teenager from "blowing up" a building in Dallas to cops stopping a guy from killing me didn't make sense. (It's in the comments under yesterday's Random Thoughts.) That hypothetical arrestee could actually do what he planned. The Dallas teenager could not.
- Fell asleep last night to Sarah McLaughlin singing live on Austin City Limits. Nice.
- Just released: Unemployment is now at 9.8%. That's up from last month. This Recession isn't over yet.
A voter-approved state constitutional amendment and the Texas Family Code prohibit same-sex marriages or civil unions. And the Texas attorney general had intervened in the two men’s divorce case, arguing that since a gay marriage isn’t recognized in Texas, a Texas court can’t dissolve one through divorce.
But Dallas state District Judge Tena Callahan ruled Thursday that the state's bans on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law.Story. Edit: Here's a bombshell: Bud Kennedy reported that the judge represented the two men as their attorney in 1999 in this case.
- After watching the Cowboys on Monday night, I was reminded how much ESPN's Chris Berman sucks the life force out of me.
- Walked by a pharmacy in a grocery store last night and saw the longest line ever.
- I've never had a flu shot.
- GM's Saturn line was going to be sold to Penske, but not anymore. That line of car is officially dead.
- I like the words "strong cold front."
- I'm surprised we haven't broken out into a crazed Swine Flu Panic.
- Sarah Palin's new book is #1 on pre-orders on Amazon? Do we need to know anything else about the state of America?
- I've stopped watching DVDs.
- This blog got mentioned in jury selection on Tuesday by a potential juror in the Wise County Court at Law. That also got the person struck off the panel by one of the lawyers. (I wasn't there.)
- Some people start off everyday with a Facebook update of, "Everyone make it a great day!!!" I'm not one of those kind of people.
- Did you know Marion Barber left the stadium on Monday night after he was told he wouldn't play due to injury. Then Wade Phillips lied to the media about it on Tuesday.
- I'm still amazed everyone thinks the arrest of the 19 year old "terrorist" in Dallas is a huge victory on the War on Terror. Don't you think if the Feds dedicated a krillion dollars to monitoring white supremacy chat rooms they could at least find one teenage idiot who, after weeks and weeks of coaxing, would agree to park a free fake car bomb at, say, a Grambling State game?
- Ken Burns has a new series on PBS about our National Parks. I blew by it last night and got sucked in for about 45 minutes. Now I'm mad at myself for not visiting even more of America.
- If you like high school football screw ups, I've got a doozy for you: Fast forward to around 1:20 if you don't want a big set up. Man, oh man.
- China had a military parade yesterday. Wow, they are impressive. And I think Vegas would make them the favorite in a war with us.
- There's pressure to send in more troops to Afghanistan, but that situation has "Vietnam" written all over. The British couldn't win there. The mighty USSR couldn't win there. And Obama is smart enough to have learned from LBJ's mistakes.
- With possibly thousands of Americans lives at stake, idiots like Sean Hannity scream to the masses, "Why can't he make a decision?"
- After being sick for a day I amazingly felt great enough to jog outside last evening. I went a little slower simply to enjoy my ability to do so.
- The DOW bottomed out at 4,600 but has risen 49% since then. This despite 1 in 8 homes being in foreclosure, unemployment at 9.7%, and a federal deficit of $7.46 trillion. (See how I sound smart when I watch ABC's World News Tonight?) Edit: A commentor pointed out that my math (from ABC) seems wrong at 49%. The story probably said that it has risen 49% from the point it lost 777 from one year ago yesterday. In any event, the "smart" thing is out the window.
- Dallas Stars Ice Girls promotional video which includes girls in bikinis on ice with one uttering the always popular phrase, "Where's my pants?"
- A couple had a little "happy time" in one of the bathrooms in the new Cowboys Stadium. (Uh, this link is not safe for work.) The funny part is that they are both wearing Michael Irvin jerseys -- that makes it a tender moment on, uh, the bathroom floor.
- The former associate pastor of the mega Prestonwood Baptist Church has been sentenced to 7 years in prison as part of a plea deal. He pled guilty to soliciting a minor online who was not actually a minor but only the government pretending to be someone they are not. There sure is a lot of government pretending that these days to create crime.
- The privates are going to be the downfall of society.
- The lawyer gold mine in the 1980s were personal injury suits. Today, it's huge firms representing companies or individuals in patent infringement suits -- with most of them in a federal court in East Texas.
- One guy on the list of The 100 Most Expensive Homes in Dallas, Erich Spangenber, got rich by simply buying patents that he never intended to use and then suing companies once they infringe on them.
- News all over the place yesterday of the tsunami in Samoa where "dozens were killed." I don't think we'll ever comprehend the massive tsunami of 2004 in the Indian Ocean where 230,000 were killed.
- Just saw a lady cry in front of her attorney in the courthouse hallway. His response, "Get it together."
- No one wanted to hang around at the court docket with me because the thought I was sick. Or maybe they just didn't want to hang around me.
- I think there's a DWI trial going on in the County Court at Law. I'll check it out this afternoon since I always monitor those things.
- I got offered a "BC Powder" for my headache.
- Heard a rumor that the DA's office may be close to making a decision on whether to seek the death penalty in the Stephen York case.
- Just got back from the final pre-trial docket. Some Defendant's have the attitude of being scared to death. Others are like, "Screw it, they can't convict me of anything."
- The news is reporting a 5th Swine Flu death in Dallas County, but he had "underlying medical conditions."
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers raided another massive marijuana-growing operation early Monday in northern Navarro County.
The marijuana plants, some up to 10 feet tall, were growing on the top of levees along Chambers Creek, Chief Deputy Mike Cox of the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Service and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration also participated in the raid.
Please make note, in 2009 we still have local cops, DPS, and the DEA all get excited about weed. (Navarro County surrounds Corsicana by the way.
They cops estimated the dope (along with other nearby marijuana busts) as being valued at $31.4 million. Subjected it to a 6% sales tax and you'd have $1.884 million dollars.
- Nothing makes you value good health like being sick.
- I don't know when I started it, but I've got this crazy belief that apple juice will cure me. So no matter how bad I feel when I get sick, I crawl to the grocery store to buy a ton of it.
- I feel guilty staying home even when I'm sick.
- The feeling of "I've got to lie down" when you're trying to eat anything is not-a-good.
- The Iranians launch another test missile. Cocky little son-of-a-guns.
- I had the craziest dreams last night. They included flying over a mountain lake with only a boat sail, stumbling on the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah in the basement of the Tarrant County Convention Center (basement?), and struggling for 30 minutes trying to type of a broken keyboard.
- Those pictures of people floating up to their necks in the Philippines' flooding are pretty shocking.
- The Cowboys look like an 8-8 team. And Tony Romo looks beaten down.
- If you like neck tattoos on girls (and who doesn't?), Denton Police have one for you.
- Did a Decatur man die over the weekend while working on a A/C unit?
- Crazy metroplex story yesterday: A sport utility vehicle slammed into the side of a day care van loaded with 20 children. The van had a capacity of 15, the driver was 20 years old and without a driver's license, and the SUV driver didn't have a license either.
- The new ESPNDallas.com (which debuted yesterday) has stolen at least three writers from the Dallas Morning News. They are dropping like flies over there. Edit: Just saw they fired back by re-hiring baseball guru Evan Grant.
- Did the 14 year old girl in Tarrant County die of swine flu at Cook's or was it pneumonia? They are still deciding. But it was sad to see the dad agonize over her death showing frustration at not being able to help. "That's my job."
- And her symptoms seemed just like the run on the mill flu. Scary.
- Ticket Talk this morning: The new Cowboys Stadium is built east to west -- isn't that going to cause an issue with player vision with the setting sun on late afternoon games?
- I don't feel too confident in seeing news footage of school maintenance workers scrubbing down desks and counters with one rag.
- Captain "Sully" hasn't flown since landing the plane in the Hudson?
- I kind of cock an eyebrow at anyone who refers to Muslims as "those Muslims."
- I'll have more. I just don't feel very well.
- It's always a bad sign when a co-worker asks you if you're OK.
- Decatur now has a sign entering the city which proclaims it the "Home of Trevor Brazile."
- I saw a Massarati this morning.
- I forgot to mention that after Baylor's quarterback tore his ACL early in the first quarter, he played the rest of the half.
- Trouble in Tech Land.
- A Montague County deputy was involved in a shooting over the weekend and he used to work for Wise County. I'll find a link.
- If Glenn Beck drives you crazy, you'll get a kick out of this.