It's Midnight. Might I Suggest You All Begin To Plan Your Exit Strategy.

Those Mayans Don't Mess Around

Liberally Lean Bus Trip?

The rest of you guys can wait for Pink Floyd to get back together.  We're gonna party!

From Mavs Game Last Night

The audio on the clip  is poor but it's funny: "Oh my gosh! Did he take a bullet? Did it come flying down from the rafters? Is there a sniper?"

Look Out!

You get to see the crash landing at the 45 second mark. That could have hurt.

And From The Liberally Lean Traffic Center

This post would be better if I had a picture (or maybe it wouldn't).  We took I-35 up from San Antonio yesterday abandoning our plan to drive 281. What a beating.  Traffic was very slow to leave San Antonio and going into Austin was a nightmare. (I suppose that tollway around the city would have been a better idea, huh?)

Mrs. LL was soundly asleep (even through a gas stop) as we approached Waco. Finally, we were making good time despite thick traffic.  As I got to the crown in the road I was greeted by a ton of red taillights and smoke. I had time to stop, but it wouldn't be gentle. I even went onto the shoulder in anticipation of the person behind me not hitting the brakes in time. Safely executed.

That smoke I had seen had only been the remnants of an 18 wheeler locking up its wheels to avoid the suddenly stopped traffic. That wasn't the reason for the standstill, and no damage had occurred because of it. As we slowly began to move (and after Mrs. LL and I got into a minor skirmish because of my refusal to ever cross over a grassy median to avoid traffic), we finally made it up to the accident scene.

Oh, my.

I'll do my best here to describe it. It was in the inside lane and, if I had to be recreated, picture what would happen if there were seven cars and SUVs in a narrow tunnel traveling 70 mph bumper to bumper when the first in line slammed on its brakes. That's exactly what it looked like. They were perfectly lined up and vehicle after vehicle was crushed. There was one smaller car in the middle that had to have been reduced to 75% of its original length.

It was hard to tell, but I don't think anyone died. But the number of people out of their cars in addition to the police and medical personnel made up quite the crowd.  Up about 200 yards from the accident site there were two to three other damaged vehicles in the right shoulder which I suspect got damaged by cars dodging the pileup but still getting damaged. It was quite the scene.

I don't have any big moral to the story other than to think that if I had been up the road by a couple of minutes, I would have been right there in the middle of it. Good thing I had to go to the bathroom when I stopped to get gas.

(For the life of me, I can't find a new story on the crash. It was around Belton and occurred in the middle of the afternoon on Friday. Shoot me a link if you find one.)

Messenger Above The Fold

They didn't rank the top stories, but it's not a bad issue compiling the news of the year. They even had a "fun with numbers section." Did you know Wise County had 11 marriages occurring on 11/11/11? And if they only had "Random Girls" think what the number would be here . . .


Yep. Random Thoughtless. (Edit: Well, some Alamo Bowl thoughts)

  • That was really fun last night. Insane. But fun. 67-56 was the final. 
  • I'm in lobby that offers free breakfast. I had no idea that the Batton Death March crew was staying here. Long line. Everyone scarfing up stuff like they are starving.
  • It's a nice hotel, but they allow dogs?
  • The Riverwalk at Christmas is beautiful.
  • I thought I saw Baylor's women's coach Kim Mulkey eating lunch yesterday. She glared at me for staring at her. Definitely could have been her. I made Mrs. LL go back and get a picture. I'll post it later. Edit: Here it is. Honestly, I think that lady maybe younger than Mulkey.
  • We ate inside on the Riverwalk for lunch? Really. I pouted.
  • The Aggies behind us last night were very funny. Young guys. Having fun. Their bit was to do a loud "growl" sound whenever Baylor did something well.
  • That was like an Arena league game last night. I'm not sure I'm that proud to win it because I don't think football was meant to be played that way.
  • But I'm still happy. 
  • The drive down was traffic free. Amazing.
  • I think I'll take 281 home since it's a Friday. 
  • There's basically no police presence on the Riverwalk but everyone is well behaved. You'd think there would be incident after incident (how could you not push someone in the river during a fight?)
  • Mrs. LL has never seen the Alamo. Amazing. We're going to run by it before we leave. Funny thought: Wouldn't it be a perfect reflection on government if they charged for it? No way.
  • With Baylor being in town, I bet this is the most Caucasian the Riverwalk has ever been.
There were 17 touchdowns scored in this game. That's one touchdown for every 3 minutes and 31 seconds of game time. Baylor and Washington combined for 123 points (2.05 points per minute) and 1,397 yards of total offense. Robert Griffin had 350 total yards and 2 touchdowns and he wasn't even the best quarterback in San Antonio as Washington's Keith Price went for 477 total yards and 7 touchdowns. And his team lost! Then there was Baylor's Terrance Ganaway, who rushed for 200 yards and 5 touchdowns (as a team Baylor rushed for 482 yards). Of the 17 touchdown drives in this game, 11 took less than 3 minutes off of the clock.


Riverwalk at night

San Antonio Bound

From Last Night

If I have a chance, I'll fire off an I-35 traffic report this morning. I've got the Family Sedan rolling down the highway. I ain't stoppin. If Mrs. LL dies along the way, I'm put her on the top of the car like Aunt Edna. It's all about making good time. 

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Politics: Ron Santorumis is on the rise a week before the Iowa Caucus according to a new CNN poll? It's musical chairs in the GOP. Musical chairs played to the Benny Hill theme.
  • Politics #2: The Drudge Report pointed to a column last night suggesting an Obama/Clinton ticket could be a genius move for next year's election. Boy, is it. I could see Hillary doing it because it sets her up perfectly for her run at the Presidency for 2016.
  • Overnight: Two teens died in Springtown when a truck they were in smashed into a mobile home which was followed by flames and explosions. 
  • Regular salt sprinkled onto tomato juice sinks. Garlic salt does not. 
  • Fox 4 had a story this morning of how a family donated five goats to Newark to maintain grass and weeds on city property. The city accepted. 
  • UT struggle for a while with California last night? On August 31, 2003, I was driving away from my girlfriend's apartment and turned on the radio to catch the fourth quarter of Baylor at California, the first game of the year. Optimistically, I waited for the score only to hear that California was up 70-15. Yep, 70!
  • So don't blame me if the posting is a little slow today as I'm off to San Antonio to watch the Bears in the Alamo Bowl tonight. It's not a National Championship game, not a BCS game, not even a New Years Dayish kinda game. But we're going to enjoy ourselves, stay along the Riverwalk, and enjoy what should be a great day. 
  • This is being posted automatically because if we aren't on the road already, something has gone horribly wrong.  
  • I promised Mrs. LL breakfast at Sonic if we could get on the road at a certain time. That's how a high roller like me works. 
  • The releasing of white big balloons at dusk in the memorial service depicted in the photo below was pretty touching when I saw the video of it. 


Gun Planted By Shooter?


Wow. One Of The Most Shameful Things They've Ever Done.

The Tarrant County DA's office has "jumped the shark".  Once known for its professionalism and even handed fairness, it is now is trying to become the Sheriff Joe of North Texas. Or maybe the National Enquirer.

When did all the metroplex DAs go crazy?

RIP Tim Curry.  You would have never allowed this. (Curry is the former long time DA of Tarrant County who died in 2009).

Edit: Someone pointed out that I post "And Another" pics of individuals who have not been convicted. Yeah, but they are hot women. That's obviously acceptable. Law school 101.

"Your story is not believable."

I just gave a passing glance to the story that Citibank was suing Dallas DA Craig Watson for $15,000 in credit card debt. Yep, credit card. Then I saw Watkins explanation on the Dallas Observer website.

Before Watkins became district attorney in 2007, his private law practice, bail bond company and real estate title company jointly ensured that his wallet was padded. His paycheck was relatively large, he says, and his lifestyle included proportional luxuries. He and his wife invested heavily in real estate. The $15,000 he owes Citibank was pocket change back then, he says, but things changed when he was elected district attorney.
 His salary was slashed, and the real estate market took a nose-dive faster than his and his family's lifestyle could adjust. "I had three strings of income which are gone," Watkins says. "My lifestyle at the time correlated with those strings of income."

Baloney. Your lifestyle was disproportionate to your income. That's how you ended up with $15,000 in credit card debt.

Watkins was a spare defense lawyer in Dallas when he ran for DA on the Democratic ticket in 2006.  In still one of the most shocking elections of all time, every incumbent Republican in Dallas County was thrown out of their county wide office and every Democrat won.  For example, there were 41 county judicial races that all became Democrat. The DAs race was no different. Watson was no Super Lawyer with a big political machine behind him. It was demographics.

And, of course, he wouldn't have thrown his hat in the ring for his now paltry salary of ..........wait for it.......$187,666 a year (before perks.)  And how's he supposed to pay off $15,000 after he has been in office for five years?

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Fox 4 rolled tape the morning on a TxDot camera that had locked onto a vehicle stalled on I-30 because the producer expected they would capture video of a wreck taking place. He got it. Oh, my.
  • Gov. Rick Perry announced he had changed his position yesterday on abortion by now declaring it is unacceptable even in the case of rape, incest, or even if the life of the mother is in medical danger. I don't know how you can be pro-life and not have that position. Every life is precious.
  • Texas only ended thirteen lives this year by lethal injection. That's the lowest number in a decade and a half. Only eight people were added to death row. 
  • You would have thought the Messenger would have a least written a short feature on the death of Paul Geiser -- long time Wise County DPS Trooper and, later, Sheriff's office employee. 
  • The NFL Pro Bowl selections were made yesterday. What a joke. By the time those selected decline to play because of "injury" or other reasons, at least 30 replacements will be named "pro bowlers" as well. That always increases the number by well over 50%.
  • The Family Cat did the put-a-Christmas-ball-in-water-bowl trick again last night. It's a huge water bowl which makes it look like she wants to put a beach ball in a hot tub. The cat's a playa. 
  • There's a huge generation gap on this Peggy Railey story. If you listened to the radio this morning, you could tell who was too young to remember it -- and they seem dumbfounded on how it was such a huge story in DFW. 
  • I had forgotten that Walker Railey took the stand in his own defense at his trial. I'm a fan of that. 
  • Railey was defended by Doug Mulder who had once been a prosecutor under the now infamous Dallas DA Henry Wade. Between Peggy Railey's death and Walker Railey's trial, he would become the focus of criticism for his wrongful prosecution of Randall Adams as documented in The Thin Blue Line.
  • The DA's race in Williamson County is getting tense.
  • The Aggies learn what their SEC football schedule will be at 10:00 a.m. today. The move to that conference may not seem like a good idea at 10:01 a.m.  Edit: Oops. That was eastern time. Here's the schedule.
  • Came home yesterday and saw Mrs. LL watching Oliver Stone's JFK.  Later in the night, she was reading Stephen King's new book, 11/12/63.  It's going to be a long conspiracy year.
  • Hi-Toneness or quality entertainment?: There's a ton of buzz and positive reviews about The Artist -- a new silent movie filmed in black and white. There is already Oscar talk. 
  • Is it time for post-Christmas depression yet?
  • An Arlington police officer was convicted of child sexual abuse a few years back and was given probation. When it was shown this week that his probation had violated, he was sentenced to prison. His violation? He failed to do all of his community service. If you think it is incredible that someone on probation wouldn't do his community service when he knows he can end up in prison for failing to do so, go to your local courthouse. 
  • It is absolutely shocking the number of people on Facebook that explain away the Grapevine Massacre by simply saying, "The killer was a Muslim." 


Messenger Above The Fold

If The Name Peggy Railey Rings A Bell, You'll Want To Know She Has Passed Away

Photo from nursing home in Tyler years ago
Texas Monthly graphic when it ran a story

In 1987, the wife of the Walker Railey, the minister of The First Methodist Church of Dallas at the time, was strangled in her own Lake Highlands home.  After almost 25 years in a vegetative state due to the attack, she has died.  The only evidence implicating her husband was, if I recall correctly, was a lie about his location when he left a message* on his home answering machine from his cell phone on the night she was attacked. Yep, that man had a cell phone in 1987, and the police tried to use radio towers and triangulation to put him in the area of where he was when he made the call. (*Edit: That link also contains the suicide note he wrote for himself that I had forgotten about.)

But even with no real evidence, the Dallas DAs office (no stranger to convicting people with insufficient evidence) tried him for attempted murder. They never stood a chance and he was acquitted.

This case is so old that when the Dallas Observer did a 10 year anniversary story, the author was Laura Miller. (She has since come and gone as Dallas mayor.)

I last referenced Walker Railey in 2006 when he was spotted in some newsletter in California (and I said at the time I thought I spotted former Messenger's publisher Roy Eaton was in the photo as well. I was kidding, but it looks like him.)

Edit: This 1989 account of the crime is really good. It includes the full text of the mobile phone calls (and, man, I wish I could find the audio of them.)

Awww. Cute Baby and The President.

And the comments degenerate in three . . . two  . . .

New Picture Of Some Of Grapevine Shooter's Victims

Sahra Zarei, 22, her father Hossein Zarei, 59, and his wife and the shooter's sister-in law Zohreh Rahmaty, 58.

The picture from Channel 8 accompanied a story entitled "Gunman In Grapevine Murder Suicide Had Past With Police."  As you get to the bottom of the article, which basically is a rehash of the story, you come to this: . "The Grapevine Police Department said they are working with other area departments who 'had dealings' with the gunman. Details of that history were not released." Well, thanks. (But the story does have some pics)

As for the picture, I think that's the Gaylord Texan in the background.

More Proof Of Global Warming

It's even warm on ski slopes as this group of Oklahoma State Cheerleaders demonstrates. (More.)

Lawrence v. Texas - The Plaintiff Is Dead But The Law Tries To Look Like It Is Still Alive

Full story (with lots of background) on the man who challenged Texas' anti-homosexual conduct law.   Interestingly, he first challenged the charges that he had engaged in any act and claimed he was sitting 15 feet across the room from another man when police entered. It sounds like it was his lawyer who came up with the idea to challenge the statute on constitutional grounds.

And you know what? The law, § 21.06, is still in the Texas Penal Code because the Republican majority never wants to go on record of having voted for its repeal (even though it is no longer enforceable.)

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Fort Worth PD went a while without having one of its own arrested for DWI but that ended over the weekend. Throw in a little firearm play as well and they may be trying to ratchet it up.
  • I'm struggling with a cold but it's the kind that Advil Cold and Sinus can keep at bay. I can feel the second that that stuff wears off. 
  • You've got to be a huge tech fan to know who Leo Laporte is, but a technical malfunction in October on one of his webcasts revealed an affair that Gawker finally outed last week.
  • I'm not sure where I read it, but I subscribe to The Love Bank theory (with units both being deposited and withdrawn) when it comes to a relationship. 
  • I watched the Hot Tub Time Machine over the weekend. Made me laugh more than I expected (but I wasn't expecting much.)
  • The biography of Steve Jobs should be the bestseller of 2011 if the three new copies of it I saw at one gathering on Christmas is any indication. 
  • Katy Perry in a Christmas bikini. Hey, now. 
  • WBAP newsman Brian Estridge referred to President Obama as "Barry" this morning while reporting on his Hawaiian vacation. Man, at least hide your political disgust. 
  • Whenever I see someone make a video call over a cell phone I think of The Jetsons. Then I think if technology is like that now, what's it going to be in 50 years? Hologram calls?
  • That horrific Christmas day massacre in Grapevine is being referred to as "the worst murder in the city's history." Duh. That mass killing matches even the Dallas record of six who were shot during the Nightclub Murders of 1984. I wonder what the Texas record is?
  • Watched an old episode of Six Feet Under yesterday and was surprised to see Pam from The Office have a bit role. 
  • NFL notes: (1) Here's more proof positive that Dez Bryant is as dumb as a box of rocks; (2) Jerry Jones got criticized for confronting Jason Garrett in the first quarter of the Eagles game, but if Garrett was goofy enough to want to send Romo back in the game, someone needed to do that; (3) Jerry yesterday on The Ticket: "That was Jason's decision but he didn't need to be making it by himself" -- that's some unintentional comedy; (4) How would you like to have spent all that money for tickets to that Christmas Eve Cowboy game only to learn it was meaningless because of the Giants' win?; (5) No way Dallas wins this weekend; and (6) Current color commentary guy Jon Gruden spares me to death. 
  • Skeptic in me: Want to have a merry Christmas? Fake a burglary, call the cops, call the media, put a crying kid on camera, and then wait for the sympathy replacement gifts to start rolling in. (Start watching for it on local news: It's a recurring theme.)


What A Depressing Christmas


That Was Insane Yesterday

And there were hardly any details available because it happened on Christmas Day when newsrooms were vacant. 

The twist today is that the shooter was, they say, dressed up as Santa. I'm wondering how much of that is shock value. 

Edit: Best I can tell, Channel 8 was the first to name names. Fox 4 obviously knew who the gunman was in time for the 5:00 pm broadcast (they showed his house), but didn't name him for some reason. 

Bad Santa

At Mav's game yesterday. (A game which also indicated that a season can both be "abbreviated" and "long" at the same time.)



Taking You Into The Weekend

I Think I've Found The Long Lost Sibling Of The Family Cat

It's not hard to guess which one it is.  And don't love the cat's reaction after the damage is done. Does he make a break for it? Nope. Just sits there and admires his handiwork.

LeAnn Rimes Celebrating Christmas Not Like Us

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • A senior Aggie football player was killed yesterday in a traffic accident. Earlier in the day, Joey Villavisencio and other teammates had handed out gifts to families in need at Twin City Mission in Bryan. He then headed home for Christmas.
  • That made me tear up just to type it. 
  • We had to have the Family Christmas early this year and it was last night.  I'm now not as against that concept as I thought I would be. 
  • I looked at the iPod section in a Best Buy yesterday. If the store had been looted in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there would have been more stuff still on the shelves. 
  • Someone commented yesterday that I had a double standard for being critical of the Palo Pinto Sheriff for killing the 21 year old but I hadn't said a word about President Obama authorizing the killing of a U.S. citizen in Yemen in October as part of the War On Terror. Oh, but I did (and got criticized by someone suggesting I was defending a "towel head".)
  • Not to say I don't have double standards. I do. 
  • I was in a car last weekend with someone who used OnStar to find a fast food restaurant. Those OnStar operators have to have a 100% "always be professional no matter what the question is" policy. 
  • There's no way I would have done that. 
  • Bush The First endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday. I think that entire Bush family cannot stand the Perry clan. 
  • First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress is one the cover of D Magazine this month and that's one great cover. (The first pic is the one they went with.) 
  • I've got to go to the jail today to visit a couple of people. They need a little encouragement at this time of year. 
  • Things I don't understand from this week: (1)The mass of people who showed up at Dallas City Hall to see Khloe Kardashian, (2)  and the "thousands" who lined up in the metroplex last night to buy $195 Air Jordans.
  • A handful of potential NFL first round picks are deciding whether to enter the draft or return to college for their senior year. At that age, I would have gone pro in a New York minute if faced with that decision. However, knowing what I know now, I would absolutely return for my Senior year. (And I bet Vince Young would agree with me.)
  • WBAP's Hal Jay said this morning that USC's Matt Barkley, who said yesterday he was returning to USC for his final year despite being projected as a top five pick, had made a "stupid decision" and was "getting bad advice." Think I was banging the dash with my fist at that point?
  • The sound of nothing is more Christmassee than the sound of Christsmas songs.
  • There is no Update today.  But there are Random Thoughts. And to think they won their own contest for "Best Wise County Blog" when I'm the hardest working man in show business. I may go Occupy the sidewalk outside their office. 


Messenger Above The Fold (Early Edition)

Made Me Smile

I filed a Motion for Continuance in a driver's license hearing case and honestly admitted that the reason for the motion was that I wanted to instead go to the Alamo Bowl and, being a Baylor fan, there's not a lot of chances to go to bowl games. I just received the judge's order.

Unrelated, I came across this. Not my cat. But I want that snowman.

Edit: As to the UT judge showing compassion, a faithful reader sent me this pic which just "went up about a mile north of the UT campus."  Heck, he may revoke the Order if he sees that!!

Random Pet Thought

If I had seen this video before we got the Family Cat, there would not be a Family Cat.

This thing has more personality that most people I know.

(Belated) Messenger Above The Fold

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • TCU won last night in the Poinsettia Bowl but the game recorded its smallest crowd in its seven year history: 24,607. I don't blame anyone for that. If it is not a BCS bowl, the game better be in driving distance.
  • The placement of the traffic signal by the Sheriff's office on 380 is dumb. Any traffic signal erected on a highway is there because people in the past is due to a driver not being  patient at a stop sign on an adjoining road. (In Paradise and at Tater Junction restaurant on 114; Pleasant View road on 380.) 
  • "If you don't learn from the past, it could come back to bite you." - WBAP's Steve Lamb this morning. (Dumbing down a famous saying.)
  • Sounds like they are backing off the "White Christmas" forecast.  But I've noticed that the National Weather Service is beginning to act like Pete Delkus in its early alarmist forecasts. 
  • Man, I've got to say this about the comments in the Palo Pinto Sheriff post below: If you hold the the belief that it is fine for your government to kill a citizen simply because he is committing a crime, you are 100% nuts.
  • Baylor cheerleader gallery.Kind of disappointing. 
  • I've always liked December 23rd and 24th more than Christmas Day.
  • Magazine opinion: Over the past two years, Time has become immeasurable better than Newsweek. (And I actually subscribe to both.)
  • Legal folks: Do you think this question posted on a Texas criminal defense lawyer message board made me slap my forehead?: "Has anyone had success in suppressing the results of a mandatory blood draw? Do you have a motion you could share?"  (For the non-legal folks, that's kind of like asking, "Does anyone have a good generic closing argument to get a not guilty verdict? Could you share it?")
  • I'm always the first to get up in my quiet house in the mornings, and I could have sworn I heard the faint sounds of "Silent Night" this morning coming from a clock radio. I stopped and looked at the Christmas tree for a moment. Nice moment.
  • Then I saw a Christmas ball on the other side of living room -- presumably due to The Family Cat who does not acknowledge the concept of a silent night. 
  • WBAP question of the day: "If the world did end one year from today, how would you spend that year?" That's not a novel question, but it occurred to me that no matter what you did you would have in the back of your mind:  "This will all end soon."
  • At least sixty dead in Iraq this morning due to 14 bombs detonating. That has to be just the beginning. He may be a good man, but that invasion and mess that was left behind in Iraq will be George W. Bush's legacy.
  • Remember how I said the Tarrant County DA's office new press relations gal (former Star-Telegram employee) was a genius hire? She tweeted this morning: "DA's office warns of door-to-door scams. See Star-Telegram article today: http://bit.ly/w0FFSB"  Any bets on whether she basically wrote the article for the newspaper?
  • If I were forced to place a bet in Vegas right now on the winner of the next presidential election, I'd take Obama. And, if they were honest, I think most Republicans would make the same bet.
  • I listened to a podcast yesterday that explained that Christmas in America as we know it basically started in the 1820s. Regardless of the subject, we are all guilty of believing that "now" represents how "it" has always been. 

That's A Slight Tantrum By The Weatherman . . .

. . . but we get to see former Fox 4 morning gal Megan Henderson!

(Thanks, Keith).


Breaking: "I'd dreaming of a [subject I'm too scared to mention because I don't want to jinx it]"

If the National Weather Service doesn't have a twenty page Power Point presentation to the Wise County Sheriff's Office tomorrow morning, heads will roll!!!!

Meet Kevin

Did This Man Have To Die?

21 year old Keith Thompson
The Gunman & Sheriff

Unarmed, but fleeing from police in a stolen automobile last Sunday, Keith Thompson was shot and killed by the Sheriff of Palo Pinto County, Ira Mercer,  north of Santo on FM 4.  Justified? Or do they have an expedited justice system to the west of us which includes capital punishment at he hands of a one person jury for offenses that normally would just get you locked up for a little bit.

Shootings by police are quickly excused all the time, but things are heating up out there.  It sounds like the local DA will have the grand jury review the case, but (get this) the Sheriff served as the DA Investigator prior to becoming Sheriff in 2005.  A different DA is in office now, but he's asking for trouble if he doesn't bring someone else in.

Star-Telegram story.
Mineral Wells story (with comments)

Edit: Hey, I didn't give an opinion one way or another. I don't know enough of the facts. If the kid is driving at the Sheriff, no problem.  If the Sheriff killed him just to end the chase as the kid was driving away, big problem.

Remember That Goofy Knox City Guy?

Now he's taking on President Obama and his war on Christmas. Or, chrithmath. Not sure.

Remember Those DPS Gun Boats?

I bet I know where they got the money. Look below to see how much the evil big federal government has handed law enforcement in We-Love-State's-Rights-Texas in 2011 alone. And if you read the description of those grants, you just know that money is being wasted left and right. Here's an interactive map where you can see what each state's law enforcement has received since 2002. Texas has received $2.2 billion.


In slow motion it looks like a WWE wrestling move.

And for complete news coverage like no other, here's her family photo:

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Hey, it's one year until 12/21/12 and the end of the world!
  • A Texas jury has awarded $150,000,000,000 in a personal injury case. Never mind that the defendant didn't show up for trial, is in prison, and the judgment will never be collected. But the lawyer is already bragging about the verdict on his web site. 
  • I have to go to the in-laws tonight. 
  • I mentioned George "Machine Gun" Kelly being buried in Wise County, but I had forgotten about a kidnapping case where his victim was held in Paradise and led to a federal trial with national media coverage.
  • This is unusual: An American soldier commits suicide so eight of his fellow soldiers are charged in connection with the death for teasing him. We've come a long way from the invasion of Normandy.
  • Interlochen got voted down.
  • The Family Unit has instituted a "no dirty dishes will ever be left in the sink" policy. Day five, and it's still working. (But check with me when 2012 rolls around.)
  • I didn't realize that only one NFL game will be played on Sunday. All the other ones are scheduled for Saturday. 
  • I was in a metroplex subway this week and noticed a bunch of irritating teenage boys loudly eating at a nearby table. It was only minutes until one of the chairs tipped over backwards and one of the kids goes sprawling because they were screwing around. As much as they were yuking it up, that kid took a pretty good blow to the head. I was almost concerned about him. 
  • For those who know or have heard of Williamson County DA John Bradley, you might be surprised to know he shoots me a very kind email about once a year. And I've never met him. Edit: To the non-posted commenter -- yeah, I know all that has gone all year. But with all the bad press, I thought it was noteworthy that he takes the time to be, at least to me, a nice guy. 
  • The Tarrant County DA's office hired a Star-Telegram reporter a couple of months ago as its press representative. Since then, that office is a PR machine with the Star-Telegram pretty much reprinting its press releases. 
  • News of the Newark settlement in the Update reminded me of the 2008 story of Ralph Hardy that was eventually featured on Fox 4 News.
  • Bud Kennedy will be on WBAP's Mark Davis show this morning to discuss the chances of Craig James winning a U.S. Senate seat.  Hey, Bud, remind him of that appearance James made earlier this year on Davis' show when he just got roasted. 


Shut Down Christmas!!! I've Found The True Meaning!!!

Lady gets her Christmas lights stolen so she fires back with a sign full of Christmas spirit. (By the way, I had that exact same message on my Christmas cards last year. Huge crowd pleaser.)

But I'm kind of confused about the "stereotype" line.  I didn't see any mention of race or ethnicity in the story so I guess she means that it's true that thieves possesses the stereotype of a thief. Can't argue with that logic. I'm guessing she's an FBI profiler during the day.

Now if they'll own revise the Charlie Brown Christmas Special to have Linus read that sign at the end. There wouldn't be a dry eye in the country. Peace on Earth. Good will towards men.