The Campaign For DA

12.31.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • The Dallas Morning News is calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. Finally, these times they are a changin'.(Although they sure did bury it within a list of priorities.)
  • The Big 12 sure isn't showing up in the Bowl Games this week: Baylor lost, Kansas State lost (on a salute in the end zone), and Nebraska shockingly lost to Washington. 
  • The UConn women's team lost last night which means #2 Baylor could move to #1 (which really doesn't seem fair because UConn squeaked by Baylor earlier this year.) And I admit that it's sad I have to resort to women's basketball.
  • I use Ctrl + z a lot. Edit: Holding down the Crtl key and clicking on the z key creates an "undo". Whether it be in a Word document or on a blog, if you delete something accidentally and then immediately hit Ctl+z, your mistake will be "undone". 
  • Jarhead had a pretty touching "year in review" post yesterday. 
  • Saw on Fox 4 this morning that Triple A will offer to pick you up and tow your car tonight for free if you are within a 10 mile radius of your home.  A little odd. 
  • Dallas DA Craig Watkins fired seven prosecutors. Some wonder if it is because they lean Republican. With that guy, I wouldn't doubt it. 
  • Mrs. LL discovered "The Real Housewives of [Whatever]" last night. Uh oh. 
  • And the 7th Grader has discovered "Toddlers & Tiaras".
  • The fact that the New Mexico governor is on TV even talking about potentially pardoning Billy the Kid is more proof of Idiocracy.
  • The Star-Telegram has an article on Bridgeport graduate and TCU Safety Colin Jones today.
  • I caught a couple of minutes of the Jay Leno monologue last night -- I hadn't watched him in over a year. Those jokes are absolutely awful
  • I got a good report on the new Mexican restaurant off the square in Decatur.
  • There was some type of photo-shoot going on in an abandoned lot near my office yesterday. There was a crew of about 10 and they kept carrying saddles in and out of there. It might have had something to do with a western wear catalog shoot. (Sorry, no hot models.)
  • Just heard on Fox 4: "One prosecutor I talked to said he can't remember anyone being killed on a No Refusal Weekend." Huh? Even without the mandatory blood draw, all of those people would have still been arrested. No Refusal has nothing to do with it.







12.30.2010

My Eyes!


I watched the end of the UConn women's 90 game winning streak come to an end tonight despite being inundated with camera shots of these two.

Condi? Who you hanging out with?

"Don't Take My Kodachrome Away" - Paul Simon (1973)


The above  headline made a Paul Simon song from 1973 get stuck in my head. After all these years, it has finally been taken away.

Guys, Listen Up!



Now I find this guy! I've struggled through relationships all my life and all along Mr. Answer Man was right here. If only I had known!!!

(No one tell Mrs. LL about this guy, or it'll be a lonely 2011 for me.)

Fox 4 Has Lost Its Mind (Edit: Or Maybe Its Readers Have)


Today their web site lists the Top 10 Local Stories of the year here.

10. Trooper Charged for Excessive Force [for slamming girl into tollway wall]
9. Shots Fired outside McKinney Police Department 
8. Southwest Kicks Thin Woman off Flight 
7. Texas Stadium Implosion 
6. State Fair Discounts 
5. Tollway Crash Video Released 
4. School Suspends Boy for Bloodshot Eyes 
3. Finger in Butt Crack Sparks Knife Fight 
2. UT Campus Shooting 
1. Towne East Mall Shoppers Maced at Chaotic Sneaker Sale 
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All right, #6 borders on the bizarre and #3 has to be there for Jerry Springer shock value only, but are they serious?

Help me out here. What are they missing? Things that come to mind:

  • The Dallas PD Chief's son who murdered the guy in Lancaster
  • The Texas Rangers midnight auction
  • The Rangers in World Series
  • The convictions of Dallas City Council members for some kind of federal wrongdoing
  • Coppell mayor suicide and her bizarre living-in-denial life
  • Record snowstorm in February
Edit: The site now (?) says it was based on what stories generated the most traffic. Even with that standard, it doesn't make sense (although it would somewhat explain the State Fair coupon story.)  How does the Coppell mayor story not make the list? If the people want salaciousness, that was salacious.

From "15 Ridiculoulsy Hard Interview Questions"


I have no idea.

Source.

A Second Ago On The Radio

A guy from Decatur (Jake?) called WBAP to answer the question of "What would you say to President Obama if you were in an elevator with him?"

He formed a construction company three years ago with his brother and has grown from six employees to 100? And he's mad?

And you can't believe some of the other responses. Wow. Then again, maybe you would.

Audio link. (Only about a minute of it because the guest host took over.)

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Brett Favre's silly $50,000 fine in the Jenn Sterger case for "not cooperating" amounts to 3 minutes of football based upon his pro-rated salary. And that was a convenient way for the NFL to punish him without finding him guilty of sexting. 
  • Funny line from Dale Hansen in the Pony Excess documentary: "Some parents say they don't believe in corporeal punishment. Yeah, well, that's why you got a mouthy kid."
  • News today of some hospitals considering the banning of video in the delivery room due to the potential documentation of malpractice. I've always wondered why they have allowed it. 
  • Monkey Bread is pretty good. 
  • I wonder if Dick Clark will struggle through New Year's Eve again?
  • I like the NYE scene in When Harry Met Sally where Billy Crystal is running through New York to get to Meg Ryan. 
  • That Baylor game didn't go to well -- but a slow start and three turnovers will do that to you. And that running back I was worried about? 181 yards and three TDs. Once again, I'm a sports genius. 
  • [Only for people that watched the game: The official box score has Baylor with two turnovers. But there were three, right?: The backwards pass on the first drive, the screwed up hand-off between Griffin and Finley, and then Griffin dropping the ball when he tried to scramble.]
  • My sinus problem continues but is almost gone. Then just when I think that, it fires back up again.
  • I won't use a shopping cart with a jacked up wheel.
  • There was an "expert" lawyer on WBAP talking about "the cost of DWI" and, after saying his firm doesn't handle DWI cases, said that the average legal fee for defense is "$10,000 on the low end and $25,000" on the high end. I promise you, everyone of my lawyer friends just spit out their coffee. 
  • That double murder/single suicide that cost the life of the young Arlington officer got more horrific yesterday: There was an 11 year old girl in the apartment. 
  • I saw that an Assistant DA was indicted yesterday in Collin County for Tampering With A Governmental Record. If you've been following the situation over there, it is easy to conclude that one of the most conservative counties in Texas is being run by a bunch of nuts. 
  • Troy Aikman uttered the words "Tired Head" while doing his broadcast gig for the NFL on Sunday. 
  • I've never Skyped, but that's not surprising since I never talk on the phone.



12.29.2010

Wise County Girl Running For "Miss Facebook 2011"



Link (includes chance to vote and gallery.)

Edit: Please comment the nice and sweet Wise County way.

Edit: Ok, fail.

Baylor v. Illinois: At Least We'll Win One Aspect Of The Game

 vs.

Kid Stuck With iPod - Can't Get Tan



I'm with ya, hoss. This time last year I was all ratcheted up to go to Costa Rica. Now, I'm stuck in front of this computer with a back that is as white as Wise County.  I feel your pain.

But at least you have a ticket.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • Did you know there was a thing called a "marshmallow gun" for kids? Boy, after last night, I do.
  • Wow: Last night a domestic disturbance in Arlington leaves three dead, one of whom was a female police officer who responded to the initial call.
  • Edit: Cop's ID now released.
  • As dangerous as a domestic disturbance calls can be, I'm not sure I recall a cop being killed responding to one.
  • Baylor plays in a bowl game late this afternoon against Illinois. The only thing I've read is that Illinois has the Big 10's best running back and the only thing I know is that Baylor's defense can't stop the run. I don't have a good feeling about this. At all. 
  • Former Cowboy Randy White sure does promote a lot of crap. 
  • I worked on a appellate brief all day yesterday -- I could do that all the time.
  • Years ago I was doing an oral argument in front of the Fort Worth Court of Appeals when Justice Dauphinot suddenly interrupted me and tersely asked, "Who wrote this brief?" I paused and meekly said, "I did." She paused, too, before saying, "Thank you. It will be very helpful." She was just screwing with me.
  • "Hey, baby, let's say we engage in a little fantasy role play with this gun and ............OH, NO!!!!"
  • Someone in the office just walked in and told me she brought some "monkey bread." I said, "Great!" (Hey, what the heck is "monkey bread"?)
  • I heard there will be a bunch of Bridgeport women in the crowd today outside of the studios of Good Morning America. 
  • The state prosecutor organization, TDCAA, provides all the forms a prosecutor needs to create a Vampire Weekend program -- including press releases and "talking points".  Hello, big brother.
  • Lots of New Yorkers are whining about the condition of the streets and the airports after the snowstorm. Hey, goofballs: You have a record snowfall on Sunday night and you want everything back to normal by Tuesday?  
  • And I heard there was a New Jersey mayor going out and digging cars out and "delivering diapers" while tweeting about it all the while. That's a shameless political stunt that the Fox and Friends crew fell for this morning as they described him as having a "defining moment of leadership." Puhleeeze.




12.28.2010

And Another

Source.

This comes on the heels of another Fort Worth officer arrested for DWI on December 23rd, and the Fort Worth officer that was convicted this year for Intoxication Manslaughter for an offense in December, 2009. (And there was this one in 2008.)

And I think I'm forgetting about another.

The wheels are off the Fort Worth PD.

Breaking: Northwest ISD Member Found Dead

Possible suicide.

Maybe found at Blocker's Camp, north end of Lake Bridgeport, in Wise County.

Developing . . .

Barry (from iPhone)

OK, One Word

Ok, you hardcore followers (who I love as much as I love myself) are aware of the current situation between AnObiter and MzChief. Or maybe not.

I've kept out this (and will continue to keep out of it), but I'm getting killed with comments so I at least wanted to acknowledge the situation.

Currently, AnObiter's "High Tone Blog"* (over there on the side) responds to the situation and, I might add, has posted a photo which will lead you to MzChief's creation that explains how all of this got started. MzChief has that same link on her profile.

I've got my opinion on this whole scene but you'll never see them here. I'm out. No comments will be allowed here and, as far as I'm concerned, "let us never speak of this again." And if either one of the two want me to take this down, I will.
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* The "high tone" reference is mine and mine alone. It is a running joke that I've had with her for years.

Edit: AnObiter late this afternoon moved her blog to Invite Mode Only.  It's over. Don't comment dogging either one of them --- I'm out of this.



I'm Insane Now

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • There was an obituary for a 16 year old boy from Bridgeport yesterday and today in the Update. Any one know what happened?
  • The 2nd Grader in The House To Me: "You know the best thing about Christmas? All these presents are free!"
  • I'm always suspicious that gas shooting up to $3.00 and beyond is just the oil companies screwing us for a few months before they come down again.
  • The Bridgeport Index put the story of the death of Josh Wood on the front page. I don't think it was in the Messenger other than by an obituary.
  • My cold/sinuses/whatever have bugged me for a week. It's just enough to be a major irritation.
  • Remember Adam James - the player on Texas Tech whose daddy, Craig, got Mike Leach fired? Well, he stayed on the team and contributed to the 2010 season by catching 2 passes for 26 yards and 0 touchdowns.
  • And I continue to think Leach may not be hireable. Not because he's not a great coach, but because every school is scared he'll sue them if things go downhill.  As someone said, "He doesn't have a coaching problem, he has a Human Resources problem."
  • Saw most of Couples Retreat the other day.  Formalistic and forced.
  • I'm staying home on New Year's Eve and have no problem with that.
  • Finally finished up the documentary about SMU Football: Pony Excess. Fantastic. And I had forgotten how involved (and dirty) former Gov. Bill Clements was. (Speaking of Clements, check out the article in this month's Texas Monthly, p. 66 about the murder of Clements' son who was found buried on the property of a crazy neighbor this year.)
  • Jarhead mentioned how he went to a contemporary Christmas church service last weekend and astutely pointed out that he saw a lot of "trendy young people with $200 jeans and leather jackets."  Also during this Christmas season, eight homeless people died in an abandoned building last night in New Orleans due to a fire.
  • Air Force started its bowl game last night in Shreveport by releasing a trained falcon to fly across the stadium to its handler. It decided to go downtown instead and flew out of the stadium
  • Did Miles Austin really trade jerseys with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald on the field after last Saturday's game? Really? I've said for the last 10 years: I quit caring about the NFL when it dawned on me I cared more than the players did.
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12.27.2010

Channel 8 Story On Vandalized Wise County Cemetery



Text of report.

Media Gals

Kim Fischer, Annie Potasznik, Fiona, Natalie Solis

That Police Chase In Wise County On Christmas Is Getting Famous

One guy was the driver, the other the passenger. Not sure who is who.

At least for tech people.

Seems like an iPhone left in the stolen car helped police track it down:

Pretty amazing Christmas Story! Early this morning my 2005 Land Rover was stolen from the Marriott in Wichita Falls TX. The local police put me on hold, transferred me around and did nothing. My iPhone was in the car in between the seats and turned on. I tracked it using MobileMe Find My Phone to HWY 287 on the way to Decatur. When they exited the highway and headed on a Farm road for Justin TX a few miles away, I contacted the Justin Police and with the help of a very savvy operator we pinpointed the car at a Sonic. While I was on the phone with her, she said the officer sees your car and is going to make the arrest. A few minutes later she frantically calls me to start tracking the car again. The officer had handcuffed the suspects, sat one down on the curb while putting the other in the back seat. When he got back, the guy had Houdini’d the cuffs from behind his back to the front, fought with the officer and jumped in my car, dragged him and ran over him. I followed the car on the iPhone and directed the Highway Patrol to where he was – high speed chase ending with him flipping the Land Rover several times. The policeman is going to be fine – he is at the hospital with multiple bruises etc. The screenshot is where the car thieves ran over the policeman and escaped. I am just so thankful the policeman was not seriously hurt – I could care less about the car or the crook.


Gizmodo has picked up the story -- a popular tech blog. With all the DFW news stations looking for content after a couple of days off, I bet this story picks up steam. 


(Thanks to a commenter for pointing it out to me.)


Puppies For Christmas



Monday is no way to start off a week. Feel a little love.

Someone Commented That My Random Pic Girl Was A Retread


I honor of the Northeastern snow storm, I shall make amends.

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • Preparing for Christmas may be better than the actual Christmas. And I mean that in a positive way. 
  • Saw a bunch of articles predicting an "Android smart phone explosion" this year as prices will fall below $100. I bet that's right.  What Microsoft was to Apple in the computer world is equal to what Google will be to Apple in the area of mobile phone computing. 
  • My crazy dreams were so strong last night that they continued through two hits of the snooze alarm. (And, once again, they had to do with missing school and work.) 
  • I have this vague memory of my mom making me "snow ice cream" when it actually snowed. 
  • Hugh Hefner, 84, is getting married again. Attaboy. 
  • I got a Roku for Christmas that allows you to stream Netflix movies (and other content) directly to your TV over a wireless connection. I'll be dang if the thing doesn't work like a charm. 
  • I'm gonna kill the Family Cat.
  • If you search for "twitpic" and "snow" on Twitter this morning (here), you can get some fascinating photos because of the snow storm in the Northeast. (Scroll down from the "Top Tweets.")
  • One television weatherman referred to the storm as a "Burr-icane." Kinda funny. 
  • Hey, you old guys, remember Tina Marie who sang "Lovergirl"? Well, she's dead
  • Hey, Baylor fans, Mike Singletary got fired last night as coach of the 49ers with one game to go.
  • Our household took in (for a night), a little bitty relative last night. I forgot to ask how old she is, but she can barely talk and kind of toddles while she walks. And then she woke up in the middle of the night with a loud cry which made me, Mrs. LL, the dog, and the cat all sit up in our bed and look towards the sound in the middle of the night. That would have been a funny picture.
  • Have no idea why the cat was on our covers.
  • Mrs. LL made me watch The Notebook on Christmas Eve. I understand why chicks love that movie - it was very moving - but I thought the last scene was a little over the top and unnecessary to prove its point. 
  • The staff of WBAP was going down a list of people that had their "15 Minutes of Fame" this year and not a single one of them knew who Antoine Dodson was. 
  • A Hurst lawmaker has filed a bill which would allow for deferred adjudication for first time DWI cases. That's a type of probation that allows for there to be no conviction if the probation is successfully completed. That would be a welcomed change but for the provision that says a second arrest could be filed as a DWI-Second (with enhanced penalties) even if the first arrest led to a successful deferred probation. 
  • Everyone says good things about The Fighter. And to a lesser extent, True Grit.
  • I was always suspicious of former Evil Empire player Sergio Kindle who fell down a flight of stairs three days before his first pro camp and ended up missing this season. (And maybe more.) Coach Mack Brown suggested narcolepsy may have caused the fall which made me cock an eyebrow since at UT he had been suspended for a DWI charge. I mention all this because he got arrested for DWI again over the weekend. Are you trying to throw your career away?
  • Fill in female host on Fox and Friends this morning: "There's nothing like a big blizzard to renew the debate of Global Warming." Really? I mean really?




12.26.2010

Random Twitpic I Found From A New York Search


But cancelling the NFL game in Philadelphia just seems weird.

Oh, and I came across this one:


12.24.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • There's no Update today, but I'm here. 
  • I'll summarize what it probably says: Car wreck, County offices are closed, Church service somewhere, Funeral, Funeral, Funeral, Funeral. 
  • Went to the Gaylord Texan yesterday. You know, it's beautiful but they really need to change some stuff from year to year.
  • Ate at the Riverwalk mexican restaurant in the Gaylord and was given the worst table in the place. That seems to be a recurring them lately no matter where I go, so I (politely) asked to be moved.
  • The construction on 114 through Grapevine is a beating and I can't imagine what it is like during rush hour.
  • We were supposed to meet some friends yesterday and were actually stood up.
  • I bought a leather jacket last year and love the heck out of it. I had no idea how warm those things are.
  • Still kind of sick.
  • I caught a little bit of the game show called "Money Drop" (or something like that) last nigh. It's Idiocracy but not bad at all. 
  • Forgot a name on my list of Most Despised People: Chris Berman. 
  • President Obama is vacationing in his home state of Hawaii. (Countdown to the first comment in three, two, one . . . . )
  • Paris Hilton is there in a bikini. Hey, now
  • The Today Show just told me that women's fingerless gloves are a big selling item this year. Kinda hawt. 
  • I'll try to find the video of it, but there was an insane fist fight between two Mississippi State basketball players while they sat in the stands during a tournament. I mean they were going to town on each other. 
  • Somebody buy Mrs. LL's ex-home
  • I've got to run to the mall today -- I love the crazy Christmas Eve mall run.
  • Fox 4's Mike Doocey is filling in on The Ticket during the holidays. That guy is really, really funny.
  • This is a paper from Norway:


12.23.2010

Nothing Says "Merry Christmas" Like A Face Full Of Mace



I know what you're thinking: That dumpy mall in Mesquite tries to get all uppity by putting an "e" at the end of "Town".

Story. (Which includes a youtube video with a "graphic language" warning --- Oh, those Americans and their sneakers.)

Worst Suicide Attempt Ever



BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romania's government survived a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Thursday in a session overshadowed by a man who flung himself from the chamber's balcony, apparently in protest over the government austerity measures. His injuries were not life-threatening. 


Now you Tea Partiers don't be getting any crazy ideas. (But that had to smart a little bit.)

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • People are driving like nuts these days -- especially people just drifting into my lane.
  • Last night I dreamed I was late to a court hearing and late to help out a friend who was running laps around a pool. Weird. 
  • Still struggling with an irritating sickness. It's not a big deal, but I just have to keep Advil Cold & Sinus on hand or I'm doomed. It's the only thing that's ever worked, and I've bought enough of it over the years to have a pretty good size meth lab going. 
  • Jon Stewart dedicated a show to 9/11 rescue workers who were seeking compensation for their injuries after a bill providing that coverage had languished in Congress for years. Call me skeptical, but everyone sure does assume that every single health problem those guys have are directly attributable to 9/11 smoke, dust and debris.
  • Then less than a week after that show, the bill passed Congress yesterday with the House voting at the last minute for the bill, 206-60. (Notice that's barely half of the 435 members present.)
  • I woke up before 5:00 feeling like I had been shot with caffeine.
  • The Jet's Coach Foot Fetish Controversy that I led with yesterday is a major story on the Today Show this morning. That's why I'm the most trusted news source west of the Decatur square and east of McDonalds.
  • As Gordon Keith wrote last week, there really are two Christmases most Americans acknowledge - the commercial one and the religious one. And they are completely separate.
  • Told Mrs. LL we should skip lunch today and have a late breakfast at the Paris Coffee Shop. She had never heard of it. Then again, that menu doesn't look too healthy.
  • Update on Mrs. LL's wrists: Surgery is a coming. (There sure were a lot of Worker's Comp hoops to jump through in order to get there.) 
  • When our Sheriff's office released the book-in photo of the "Chico Flasher" yesterday, it instantly became news to the metroplex television stations and newspapers.
  • Funny moment on the national Fox and Friends show this morning when they were doing a story about a guy that drove onto President Bush's front lawn last night. "And the guy that did that was Saul Garza . . . . " as they screwed up the transition to local Fox 4 reporter Saul Garza for a live spot. But they all laughed about the error once they caught it. 
  • Our office is closed, yet I'm here for you.



12.22.2010

Fire

Spider Maaaaaaawoahhhhhhh



I heard this yesterday -- that Spiderman's rope (or whatever) broke during a performance of the play on Broadway by the same name. The guy is said to be seriously injured. And the play is said to be a disaster.

But I've got a question? What was that strap made of? It snapped like a piece of frozen taffy.

My Christmas Gift


Since I'm a known Wise County high roller, I'm always getting emails of people trying to separate me from my billions. But I was scratching my head on this one trying to figure out what the heck I was being offered. (Click to enlarge).

Am I being offered to rent one of those planes for the number of "hours left?"  If so, I'd appreciate you readers pooling your money and getting me that Gulfstream for 25 hours. Sweet. And a new Pimp Daddy suit would be a nice stocking stuffer as well.

Come on. I've given you hours of entertainment and the only thing I ask for is a little quarter of a million dollar token of your appreciation.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • NY Jets coach and wife in a foot fetish dating site"scandal" complete with homemade video? I feel pretty, pretty normal right now.  (Follow the Deadspin link within the story for full over-the-top coverage.)
  • With all the promiscuity on TV, how in the world did the U.S. teenage birth rate reach a "record low" last year (meaning the lowest rate in 70 years of record keeping)? Amazing.
  • I refuse to acknowledged the Dallas Mavericks. You guys go ahead and get sucked in. You have been warned (again and again and again.)
  • Bad text from the Mrs. LL: "The bottom of the car sounds like it's about to fall off."
  • USA Today releases its college football coach salary database. And to think Florida's Urban Meyer resigned because of "stress". Man, I could put up with a lot of stress for that bag of cash. 
  • I also dream about my teeth falling out. 
  • The alleged "Chico Flasher" has been caught. Hey should have gone with the more traditional foot fetish. Edit: Photo.
  • Still on my Most Irritating List: George Lopez, Rudy Giuliani, Ann Curry, Peanuts cartoon strip, every host of Fox and Friends.
  • People who I know personally and really don't like don't know that I don't like them. Make sense?
  • Jogged by some kid yesterday who asked, "What's your name?" I just asked back, "What's yours?" and didn't wait for an answer. 
  • I've got a headache and sore throat this morning. Please, please, please don't get worse.
  • I see quite a few people mention that they "have two weeks off." What kind of job gives you two weeks off for Christmas?
  • That male coach for the can't-be-beat-UConn-women's-team is extremely cocky, but for some reason I think I like him.
  • I kind of want to take the Misses somewhere tonight to at least feel Christmasy. Downtown Fort Worth? Gaylord Texan? Southlake Square? Tater Junction?
  • Hands down, WBAP's Mark Davis has the nerdiest picture on Twitter.
  • Yay for cooler weather. Boo for 70% chance of rain on Friday. But at least we aren't in Southern California which might slide off into the ocean today due to a torrential downpour. 
  • A must read Wheels Off story about a couple in Denton. Trust me, just when you think the guy was crazy . . . . 






12.21.2010

Fox 4 Weatherman Ron Jackson: Then and Now

(Another Facebook discovery.)

But this isn't near as great as the Shaun Rabb discovery.

Wise County Crime Reports: It Was A Slow Week

Source.

Listen Up Class



The Census Bureau just announced there are 308,745,538 in the United States. (Think they missed anyone?)

Texas will gain four Congressional seats giving us 36 total due to a population increase to  25,145,561. (And the district lines will certainly be redrawn to make sure as many as possible are Republican. See chart showing how Texas keeps gaining seats over the years.)

Go and impress your friends with your new knowledge.

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • I'll give credit to the Denton County lady who was kidnapped last week and driven to New Mexico. She's so thankful to be alive that she doesn't have the slightest desire to give a TV interview. 
  • I was disappointed with the MNF game in Minnesota last night. It was cold but with very little snow.
  • The only thing more annoying than Brett Favre being a Drama Queen (he went from "out" to "starting" last night -- something that has happened only 20 of 4,633 times since 2001) is Jon Gruden's fawning over him. Sheesh, get a room. 
  • I've got a timer on my Christmas lights which may be the greatest invention in the history or ever. 
  • I've said for years that picking out one single day to argue "for" or "against" global warming is dumb. (Global warming concerns an increase in the average temperature by 1 degree for every hundred years.)  So yesterday the Limbaugh followers around here were suggesting Al Gore flip the coin at the Minnesota game last night since it was being played in single digit temperatures. And they did so as North Texas set a temperature record for December 20th. Idiocracy.
  • The Baylor women played in front of 10,000 in Waco last week, but the box score from their game at Clemson last night shows attendance of 335. I presume school is out at Clemson. Edit: Ooops. The game was played somewhere in the Bahamas (for some crazy reason.)
  • TCU's baseball team leads off at #1 in the nation according to the "Collegiate Baseball's" preseason poll. (Whoever they are.) 
  • I woke Mrs. LL up for a hair appointment this morning only to be informed that it is scheduled for this afternoon. And then she laughed. 
  • Funny Sarah Palin interview, due to what is in the background, about killing animals.
  • I've seen pics this morning of the lunar eclipse. Meh. 
  • I never have a fun or pleasant dream, and I dream every night. It's always some crisis that typically deals with running late. Seriously, the number of times I've woken up and thought, "Thank goodness it was only a dream" is staggering. 
  • Remember to gather the family around the TV tonight for an important Christmas tradition: It's the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
  • Every news story about airport temporary shut down has to include an interview with one passenger who is very angry followed by another interview with someone who has a "what are you going to do?" attitude. (But did you see that Colorado is expected to get eight feet of snow over the next couple of days.)
  • I looked at that University of Minnesota webcam (below) several times yesterday. I don't know why I think stuff like that is so cool. 
  • Weird: Fox 4 ran a big story last night of a missing 13 year old girl and then she shows up this morning on her family's doorstep. 



12.20.2010

Lunar Eclipse: Dumb Guy Question


I don't care about the lunar eclipse tonight, but maybe because I'm not smart enough to appreciate it. This is what happens: The Earth blocks out the sun hitting the moon so it will seem as if the moon disappears.  Isn't that the same thing as a New Moon (the opposite of a full moon)? I think I know the answer is "no", but I have no idea why.

I don't understand the moon. The sun? Now that I get. I understand why days get shorter in the winter and longer in the summer.  I remember demonstrating the science with a cantaloupe and a girlfriend in my kitchen once. (She was not impressed. Should have used different fruit.)  And I understand that a solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between the Earth and the sun (we had a cool one when I was in high school.)

But the moon I don't understand. When, say, half of the moon isn't visible once a month, what's causing that if it is not the Earth? In fact, what causes the shadows on all of those images above? To quote Antoine Dodson, I "must be really, really dumb."

Yeah, I could look it up, but I have you.

Monday Night Football -- Baby, It's Cold Outside


Even if you're not a football fan, you might want to check out Monday Night Football because the Vikings and Bears will be playing outside at the University of Minnesota's stadium due to the roof collapse at the Metrodome last weekend.  Four to six inches of snow is supposed to fall today and through the evening.

The above image was captured from a very cool University of Minnesota webcam a few seconds ago. Edit: Oops. Forgot to post the very cool link.

Hey, Now


Just had a long time reader email me from a California hotel pointing out a hot weather gal they've got out there.

And for that, sir, we thank you.

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • An officer was struck by a drunk driver in Garland over the weekend. I swear that's the fourth or fifth time that's happened this year.
  • Had three boys show up at the door yesterday asking if the 7th grader was home. Say what?
  • I'm a fan on the Sunday afternoon nap.
  • There's was a guy in an armed standoff with cops at a downtown Dallas restaurant this morning. It got even odder when it was learned that it was the same guy that stole a cop car while handcuffed last week..
  • The doctor that delivered me, Dr. Huddleston in Bridgeport, died over the weekend.  I remember that he even made a house call for me when I hit my noggin' on a brick wall on Christmas Day. 
  • Made the misses watch Boogie Nights last night. I'd forgotten how shocking that thing is.
  • Dan Godwin is one awkward anchor man when he fills in on Fox 4.
  • I think it would be pretty hard to get hit by a car on 287 like that lady did in Rhome this weekend. 
  • Saw parts of I Love You, Man over the weekend. Pretty funny. 
  • Also saw some of Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. It was really good as well but I hate it when he does bits like trying to make a citizens arrest or, as in earlier documentaries, reads the Patriot Act over a loudspeaker around Washington or takes a boat of people to Guantanamo Bay to get health care. 
  • So we've had the 70s, 80s, 90s, etc. but what are we going to call the decade that is coming to a close. (Or did it come to a close last year?)  I just don't think "the Aughts" will catch on. 
  • Video that keeps popping up over the last few days: U of Hawaii's band forming a stick figured football player who then kicks a ball.
  • I didn't turn on the Cowboy game yesterday, but I did hear they have given up 30 or more points for four straight games -- something they haven't done since they went 1-15. 
  • And another.
  • Megan Fox wore a bikini yesterday but I was distracted by the writing on the side of her rib cage.
  • I'm going to kill the Family Cat. What exactly is the purpose of that thing?
  • A Methodist Church bus from Denton wrecked in the mountains of Colorado this weekend as it was carrying a group for a ski trip. One 11 year old girl was seriously injured. Why's a church involved in a ski trip anyway? Especially the week before Christmas.
  • There was a story in the Star-Telegram this weekend about Tarrant County government, bonds, and the Doctor's Hospital in Bridgeport. I'd comment if I could understand a single word of it. 


12.19.2010

“I did a terrible thing as honorably as I could.”

Noticed this wedding announcement story in the New York Times is getting a lot of buzz today.

Edit: This update shares some of the firestorm that erupted.

I Don't Post Many NFL Clips But This Is Worthy



Punt return for game winning TD. I'm not sure I've ever seen that.

And this is the same guy that hit the brakes at the one against the Cowboys last week and then fell backwards into the end zone.

12.18.2010

Hay Bale Snowman In Chico


The guy that sent this to me said it was 20' and wanted a little "blog love."  Heck, it's Christmas so here ya go.