- Saw the footage of parking lot cam of an old white man walking by (before his beaten to death for $10) only to see two black guys walk in front of the camera shortly thereafter. The cops aren't saying they did it, they just want to talk to them. I cringe if they did it, and I cringe for the damage to race relations if they did not.
- This Toyota recall is just weird. They seem disorganized, not 100% sure of exactly if there is a problem or how to fix it, or what cars are impacted.
- Mike Leach and Tech are ordered to enter into mediation to try and resolve their spat. Chances of resolution: Zero.
- Bridgeport having budget issues? Saw some pretty big cost cuts mentioned in the paper.
- The Baptists trying to smuggle the Haitian kids out the country are in big trouble. Big trouble.
- The Tea Party folks are mad that Sarah Palin is endorsing Rick Perry.
- I think I'm getting to the point where I don't like looking at the local obituaries because there are too many names I recognize. Today was my favorite little league baseball coach.
- Speaking of Palin, her outrage over the use of the word "retarded" seems manufactured.
- Newspaper trouble: I went to a Dallas Morning News rack in Decatur before 8:00 a.m. this morning and found only two papers in it. And I bet that's not because the others had already been purchased. I bet it's because of expected demand.
- It's kind of hard to explain, but I've got a fake laughing monkey in my office this morning.
- Edit: Ugh. Forgot to mention the lady in the metroplex who is flying the U.S. Flag upside down because she thinks we got us an Obama emergency going on. Hey, Tommy Lee Jones already did that in the Valley Of Elah because of our screwed up war decisions.
- Edit #2: We've got 31 more dead in Iraq.
- David Cassidy and Davey Jones are performing at the Nokia music place (official name) in Grand Prairie on Saturday. I wonder how many people they can draw? And I wonder how many people have no idea who they are?
- Facebook was launched six years ago today. Mafia Wars will whip us for the next six.
- It's funny when someone writes that "Today's Random Thoughts were boring." Hoss, they are always boring.
- Kay Bailey having Nolan Ryan in a commercial is probably the smartest thing she has done. And that's kind of odd since his claim to fame is that he can throw a baseball.
- The federal government will buy a 30 second Super Bowl ad to remind people about the Census. No wonder our deficit is a krillion dollars.
- Longtime Bridgeport residents couldn't help but notice the passing of Martha Selz this week. She was the longtime wife of Dr. Leo Selz who died just a few weeks ago. Good people. Married forever. Leaving this world at about the same time.
- I saw Larry the Cable Guy on Fox and Friends last week. Ultimate beating. (And is Steve Doocy gay?)
- Another high profile suicide: A 26 year old whose last name was synonymous with Dallas pizza. What in the heck is going on out there?
- I guess we'll start seeing plants bloom in about 30 to 40 days. That said, the next 30 to 40 days are the most depressing days of the year.
- Yeah, I didn't do The Spin this week, and I'm thinking about discontinuing it. Other than upsetting a grumpy "Cold War Veteran", it really serves no purpose.
- It was National Signing Day yesterday. It's also the day where the phrase, "We had one of our best classes ever" is uttered every five seconds across the nation.
- Has Wise County ever had a football player sign with a Big 12 school? I know we've had SMU and TCU signings, but what about one of the big ones? Edit: I always forget about Billy Joe Tolliver (Texas Tech.)
- I would have hated to have been offered a scholarship to some spare school like Southeastern Baptist Oklahoma (made up name.) Do you turn down a free ride to a place you don't want to go to?
- There was a news out of San Antonio yesterday of a mother stabbing to death her two very young children (1 and 3) and then calling the cops on herself. After the rash of mothers-gone-crazy stories over the years, does that story not even warrant headlines anymore?
- Is the recession finally breaking?: Yesterday GM, Ford, and locally based D.R. Horton reported last quarter profits for the first time in a long time.
- On at least three occasions over the years I've heard radio talk show hosts refer to Jay Novacek as being less than pleasant off the field. But I've heard none of that over the last couple of days. Maybe he's a good guy after all.
- House fires are disturbing to watch. It makes you feel like you are at a funeral.
- Watched some of Lost last night. I've got friends that love it, but I think that show is downright silly.
- I've got an episode of Modern Family recorded. Gonna give it a try.
- Who would have thought Rick Perry would be trouncing Kay Bailey like he is doing?
- A group of musicians re-recorded We Are The World to benefit Haiti? Why make the rest of us suffer through that song again?
- 10 Sexiest Super Bowl Commercials of all time.
- While you were sleeping: 20 killed in Iraq. Let freedom reign. (I know I harp on this all the time, but I was in the minority in the very beginning thinking the Iraqi war was a huge mistake.)
- I've got a very close friend whose wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. And the initial diagnosis and treatment sounds excruciating -- mentally and physically. It's difficult to come up with the right words of comfort.
- For some reason I dreamed/dreamt last night that I was running away from a date through a forest on a college campus. And I mean I was hauling arse like that guy in Apocalypto. And, in reality, I only went out with her once during my junior year in college.
- But I showed up for our date in a robe. Not a Hugh Hefner robe. Just an old bath robe. I have no idea.
- I blew through the TIVO'd Grammy's last night. Pink is hot in a trashy way (and has no fear), I don't know what I think about Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas are freaks you can't take your eyes off of, Stevie Nicks still has it, and I'm embarrassingly unfamiliar with Zac Brown.
- The actual Ground Hog celebration beats me down. The Ground Hog movie does not.
- I should have mentioned that Baylor's men's basketball be the Empire on Saturday in overtime. I slept through it. Basketball just doesn't do it for me.
- I think it would be tough on a kid to raise a steer for the Stock Show only to know it's going to the slaughter house. That would have freaked me out. Heck, it would freak me out now.
- Somebody in Katy, TX won $144 million from the Texas lottery. I deserved that.
- Why in the world would you kill yourself in your mother's house? (Jay Novacek wife story)
- Had someone tell me yesterday that I'm old enough to go crazy now. "If you had done it in your thirties, everyone would think you were weird. Now you'd just be eccentric." Good point.
- If Liberally Lean readers invaded the old "People to People" swap-your-stuff local radio show it would be like this. (Language warning.)
- "Avatar" - Need to see it
- "The Hurt Locker" - Want to see it
- "Up in the Air" - Not sure what the big deal is
- "The Blind Side" - Have no desire to see it. A new Texas Monthly article, not online, explained why.
- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" - Probably not bad
- "District 9" - No desire to see it but I've heard good things
- "Up" - I bet this is pretty good
- "A Serious Man" - I can't even remember hearing about this one
- "Inglourious Basterds" - Not bad. Not bad at all.
- "An Education" - What?
Class 3A Football and Basketball District 7-3A Bridgeport Decatur Fort Worth Castleberry Lake Worth Mineral Wells
[Isn't that odd to have just five district teams? Or maybe that's always true.]
Class 2A Football Division I 2A District 5-2A Boyd Callisburg Howe Paradise Ponder Pottsboro
- The killings in Juarez went to a shocking level over the weekend. And I do mean shocking.
- And in other uplifting news, 41 died in Iraq while you were sleeping. Sheesh. It wasn't this bad when Saddam was in power.
- I had a surprise not-really-your-birthday party this weekend. Good times. I don't spend enough time with friends. (But did we really debate the age of Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates?)
- Former football color commentator Pat Brookshier died over the weekend. Before John Madden, he was Pat Summerall's right hand man. And us old timers can remember both of them hosting the hour long program "This Week in the NFL" at a time when it was next to impossible to see NFL highlights.
- ESPN's Winter X-Games, which will probably be more popular than the Olympics in 50 years, can be mildly entertaining. At least the crashes can be. That snowboarder that looks like Carrot Top really smashed his face this weekend.
- I TIVO'd the Grammys but haven't watched them yet. But it sounds like I can look at a picture of Beyonce and Taylor Swift and pretty much get the idea.
- The governor debate on Friday evening was pretty entertaining. But it was tense when the panel began asking Jeopardy-like questions to the three candidates. (i.e. Who was the first governor of Texas? What is the average salary of a Texas teacher?)
- And Kay Bailey Hutchison pretending to be pro-life while supporting Roe v. Wade is just silly.
- As is Rick Perry pretending to be tough on border security but supporting same tuition rates for illegal immigrants to attend Texas colleges.
- Is there anything more confusing than waking up from a weekend nap and momentarily thinking you've overslept on Monday?
- Jarhead is going underground again. (Although we really haven't heard much from him lately.)
- Avatar won the box office again for the weekend. Sheesh. I'm going to have to see it.
- I've always considered Joe Montana the greatest quarterback ever, but I think Peyton Manning has overtaken him.
- For some reason, I don't consider the Lord of the Rings series or Harry Potter series to be "movies" at all. And I really don't have an explanation for that at all.
- Over the weekend Miss America was crowned. She wasn't from Texas. And she wasn't white.
- On ESPN last night, one of the hosts issued the line "Barney Rubble! What an actor!" I wonder how many people got the movie reference?