12.20.2011

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • What a weird deal at the Denton Airport this morning: A man if found wandering on the grounds, dazed and confused he tells of a plane crash maybe a mile away, and hours later the Cessna is found. Inside, one is dead and one is alive. No names yet.
  • I can't say I've been to Northside in many, many years, but in looking over a slideshow of the Pat Green concert at Billy Bob's, I had this question: Are the days of the cowboy hat gone? 
  • We had a very belated Family Photo Session last night. No one died despite the Family Unit's insistence that the Family Cat be in some of the photos. 
  • Man, was that an overrated storm prediction for yesterday afternoon? How long did that line of storms last? Five minutes?
  • The Messenger continues to blast the jury for the probation verdict in the case last week where the guy allegedly touched the teenager for only a second or two. That's really surprising considering the authors have seen enough trials to know exactly why that punishment was handed down.
  • The Rangers have won the bidding war (over $50 million) for simply the right to try and sign some pitcher from Japan. They say it could take at least another $50 million to get him under contract. So why didn't they just sign Cliff Lee last year (who went to the Phillies for $120 million)?
  • Not a single Democrat filed for office in Wise County by the end of yesterday's deadline. I think the same thing happened two years ago, so that that means that now every office in the County has defaulted to Republican without a fight.  Considering President Obama won't have a Democratic opponent, how lonely will our Democratic voting precincts be during the April primary? 
  • Ticket fans only: I'm a huge Gordon Keith fan but the way he has kicked around special co-host Mike Doocy the last two mornings just isn't funny.
  • Bob Vela Vila must read this blog based upon how I was blasted for calling a breaker box a fuse box yesterday. (Uh, and it tripped again last night when the electric garage door was opened. I switched up the cords after that.)
  • To see the lights go out at Candlestick Park (or whatever) in San Francisco last night during the 49ers/Steelers game was bizarre. And I many have missed it, but the announcers had to have made a "When the lights go down in the city" reference.  Edit: Here's the blimp video of the transformer blowing. Cool. 
  • On Sunday night in his annual "Thank God For Kids Address", Channel 8's Dale Hansen revealed he was the victim of attempted sexual abuse at age 10. I wonder how many people watch his show because no one really talked about it until this morning.
  • And I like Hansen, but he sure does some dramatic things in those Christmas "sign the screen" monologues. He's talked about his failed marriage, his estranged relationship with his kids, and now this. 
  • The girl from the Crazy Couple, Courtney Stodden, has released some Christmas photos that Santa will not be pleased with. (You're on your own.)
  • My nemesis and former Channel 5 reporter Kim Fischer fell for the "Jon Bon Jovi" is dead rumor yesterday  (which seems to pop up every month.)  By the way, she's working for an ABC affiliate in Utah now.  
  • You've guys have me torn on Interlochen. 



39 comments:

Anonymous said...

You did realize that is her husband in the Santa costume, right?

Anonymous said...

Its Bob Villa but we still get it.

Anonymous said...

You have no chance of beating straight line voting, so you join them. The Republican Primary becomes our only chance to choose.

Sad but reality. Of course what is more sad are the uncontested races in the primary considering the state of law enforcement,judiciary in Wise Co.

I'm a Democrat, but may switch myself just to have a chance to vote against a real SOB in one of the races.

Anonymous said...

When are you going to get it that just about EVERYONE disagrees with your opinions on child molesters. Quit your whining about it and go take some more money from a kiddy diddler.

Anonymous said...

Just look at some youtube videos of the interlochen lights, then decide. Go to Southlake Town Square instead, get a max Xmas vibe going, plus you can get some coffee, hot chocolate, then drive down through Timarron or a few other of the high end neighborhoods just near there....see some pretty lights. No need to go all the way to Arlington and wait in long lines...

Anonymous said...

Cliff Lee took less money and fewer years to sign with the Phillies because he wanted to pitch there. And he's 8 years older than Yu Darvish.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:54 Arlington is the pits!

William Howard said...

She might be your nemisis, but she is still smoking hot... Long live Kim!

Anonymous said...

OK folks, so here's the deal on the sexual assault case. You have a couple of hold outs that want to give prison time. Everyone else votes probation. This deadlock last SEVERAL hours. So, what would all of you F. Lee Bailey wannabes prefer---maximum probation and fine or mis-trial due to hung jury and he walks scott free? You know it all's need to sit on the jury before you start mouthing off!

Jack Daniels said...

Looks like Pat Green is a goober magnet.

Anonymous said...

He's talked about his failed marriage, his estranged relationship with his kids, and now this

Hansen is all about bringing attention to himself.

One year before his Thank God For Kids segment he blubbered over the death of a kid he knew. Dallas talk radio then praised Hansen for his courage in showing his emotions.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2076268/Courtney-Stodden-wears-bikini-straddles-Santa-aka-Doug-Hutchison-snow.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Triple Fake... said...

the light problem at Candlestick wasn't the transformer. Probably just a blown fuse, right, Green?


Today's pic: I'm not even gonna comment on the elephant in that room. But, on the subject of Red Bull - saw an ad on TV the other day for a product that aerates tap water to make soda when you add flavoring. Here are the testimonials from folks who tried it:
"Tastes just like Diet Coke!"
"Tastes like Sprite!"
"Tastes like Red Bull!"
What?! If you could replicate the taste of any drink, why would you go for Red Bull? That stuff is nasty and has a really bitter aftertaste. Would anybody drink that if it didn't give you wiiiiiings?

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
Left
4.8 out of 5 She is so hot

Right
3 out of 5
Just ok

Gary the Graboid said...

9:00 answered the Cliff Lee question dead on.

By all indications, Darvish is a pretty good pitcher. At $100 mil+, though, I fear he is Dice-K 2.0. JD's rep as a baseball magician is set to take a serious hit.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 9:24, nice try but a mistrial on punishment results in a new jury to assess punishment. The guilty verdict stands and he gets a new round of whining about probation with a new jury. He does not "walk scott free."

ratherbesailin' said...

You don't get it LL.
Hansen's point was that IF he had given an outcry about the abuse the perpetrator could not have been free to attack other children. He regrets he didn't.
We don't have any proof that the perp did go on to abuse others but we do know that the odds of one of them stopping before apprehension are slim and none and slim left town.

Anonymous said...

9:59 - Too bad that didn't happen. Maybe more brilliant legal scholars as your self might have ended up on the jury and all would have worked out perfectly.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Or maybe the jury believed the facts that were presented in the case and thought the punishment was fitting? Unless someone from the jury weighs in, all this is just conjecture. I'm pretty sure trials by a Jury of our Peers is a right we need to hold on to.

I don't know the facts of the case but it sounded like a drunken bad decision. People sometimes DO simply make one bad decision. God help them if they do it in this County.

Re: Gordon Keith... said it for years. His schtick is great. For about 15 mins. After that he is like the pre-teen little brother who doesn't know when to shut up.

Yup, the coolness factor of the Cowboy Hat is gone. Sad that it is replaced with the flat brimmed baseball cap worn askew.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused here by 9:58's comment. How can a new jury assess punishment without hearing the facts which to my little pea brain means new trial?

Any true legal scholars out there that can answer that?

Anonymous said...

10:33, a hung jury on punishment under Texas law results in a new trial on punishment only. The new jury would hear the same case as the jury that hung. It's a complete do-over except that the guilty verdict remains intact.

Anonymous said...

RE: Yup, the coolness factor of the Cowboy Hat is gone. Sad that it is replaced with the flat brimmed baseball cap worn askew.


Perhaps the demographic has changed?

Anonymous said...

It is the season to give thanks. I am thankful for the blessed little miracle on the left. I am so thankful, so very thankful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 10:47.

Anonymous said...

Keith Gordon is not funny and too nasal.

Anonymous said...

Bob V-I-L-L-A

Common Bubear, you should be up on hispanic surnames.

Anonymous said...

You know Barry, it doesn't bother me at all that there are no Democrats running for these local offices that should be non paritsan anyway. What bothers me is that we have no Democrat better than Obama to run for the Democratic party. That is mortifying to me.

Anonymous said...

What is that smudge on the belly thing? Or the smudge thing on the belly?
Take a bath!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the one on the right has an oil leak.

Anonymous said...

I'm told the young man from Japan is a real......whirling Darvish.

Rock me.

Double Fake Skip Bayless

Triple Fake... said...
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Triple Fake... said...

@11:59 -
well, you're right about the hispanic name - Bob Vila is of Cuban heritage. But his name is spelt with only one L..Lama style!


I'm the punisher, not just a warner
go join 8:43 in the corner
solamente con aqua y tortilla
cuz you're thinking of Pancho Villa

Triple Fake Ogden Nash

Anonymous said...

Some of us have plenty to say about this "give probation" jury. How do we really KNOW what all went on in that room? Maybe some folks argued for a harsher sentence and got beat down.

It is an awesome responsibility to serve on a jury. I doubt that any person on the panel would be thrilled to hold a person's future in their hands.

John Holmes' Ghost said...

Tan lines are great... Man, I love tan lines...

Anonymous said...

don't waste your time going to interlochen...went last night. lights were pretty spare.

Anonymous said...

The reason there are no out front Dems in wise co is Ken their main spokesman.How would you like to trapped on a bus with that nut.

Anonymous said...

What kind of coward believes a child molester should go to prison and lets him or herself get "beat down" to the point of granting probation. If you believe you are right stand your ground. What probably happened is the jurors were getting impatient ... it was 6:30 pm after all ... and had more important things to do - like Christmas shopping or watching Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer for the 45th time. Most of the time jurys care and get it right. Now and then you get one that just doesn't much give a shit. It's the nature of the game.

Anonymous said...

So true 9:08. We will probably never know how many jurors wanted tougher sentences imposed on the child molester, but the "others" just wanted to get the thing over with and go home. SO WRONG.

But there are the ones who really care, stay the course and DO the right thing for that child.

I've sat on a jury involving child sexual abuse. It was one of the most gut grinding experiences of my life. For the rest of my life, I will see the face of that little nine year old girl and remember what happened to her.

Forever.

Anonymous said...

At least the Republican's responding to Ken's letters do not sound like nuts. Sane and reserved, just like conservatives should be.