- Breaking this morning: The unemployment rate fell to 8.3%. President Obama's only problem now is that November can't get here soon enough.
- (1) Why would anyone care that Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney? (2) Why in the world did Romney show up by his side to accept the endorsement yesterday? They just handed the Democrats a photo-op with the caption: "They both are rich and they both like firing people."
- The news broke last night that Josh Hamilton had a "relapse" because he drank at Sherlock's in Dallas. It wouldn't surprise me if the Rangers heard there were pictures about to be released so they leaked the story to get in front of it. Last time Deadspin knocked them senseless with the photos of Josh going full throttle during spring training.
- And what in the world is he doing in a bar much less drinking in a bar? You'd think that he'd grab a bottle of liquor and check into a hotel.
- I wonder if abstinence is the best way to handle his problem.
- I've gone basically 100% Healthy Choice dinners and salad for the last three weeks. And I haven't stepped on the scale -- I'm going by the feel of clothes.
- Something that I care absolutely nothing about: Who anyone's Super Bowl pick is.
- Have you seen the story of the group of high school girls who have all suddenly exhibiting symptoms of those with Tourette's syndrome? I can't tell you enough how much I think they are faking it.
- Someone asked yesterday if I was on the "court appointed lawyer gravy train." No, I'm not. And if it's a gravy train, I was never able to find the station.
- It's not fun paying for a vacation months in advance. It is fun taking a vacation realizing you've already paid for it.
- Heck, even I'm surprised that the Susan G. Komen Foundation is taking such heat for no longer funding Planned Parenthood.
- One time high school football power Stephenville dropped to 3A yesterday.
- A neighbor girl ate dinner with us last night while dressed in a ballerina outfit. I think that's a first for me. Unless Mrs. LL did it once that I don't remember.
at 8:29 AM
Drug problem in Fort Worth solved! Everyone sleep with your doors open tonight! Public demand for drugs also mysteriously disappears!
Man, they sure are working that new PR gal who is being paid with taxpayer money.
at 3:01 PM
As the Super Bowl halftime performer, Madonna is obligated to hold a press conference in front of a bunch of sports writers, radio guys, and broadcasters. She walked out on stage shortly after 1:00 p.m. today (one of The Ticket boys twitpic'd it)
There's no way she doesn't get mad at some point.
at 1:14 PM
- There was a meteor over North Texas last night and one of the strangest pictures of it was sent into WFAA by Tully Hannah of Bridgeport.
- The best photo of it (if real) is here. (Facebook.)
- American Airlines is shedding jobs while BNSF Railroad will spend almost $4 billion on capital improvements in 2012 alone. This is 2012, isn't it?
- Had a report that a Boyd student held up a "Got Meth?" sign at the Boyd/Paradise basketball game on Tuesday night. He was allegedly kicked out.
- Rick Perry's buddy and fired Aggie gets a "newly created" position at DPS for a salary of $147,500. Who do I report this crime to?
- "Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!"
- Rich guy adopts 42 year old hot girlfriend as his daughter so she can get 1/3 of the money from a trust fund set up for his children because he's being sued for killing a guy while driving drunk and the lawsuit can't touch the trust fund. Got that?
- From the Update this morning regarding Northwest High students signing scholarships yesterday: "Allen Young will head to Truman State to play football. Christian Davila inked with Friends University and Dominic Stewart with Southern Nazarene University for football." I don't think I've heard of any of those schools.
- I heard Madonna's Borderline this morning. Nothing wrong with that.
- $10,000 bets. He likes firing people. He's not concerned about the very poor. When Mitt Romney spends all of his time saying his words were "taken out of context," he might want to spend some time thinking before speaking.
- On Twitter this morning: "Over 100 die in Papua New Guinea on a sunken ferry last night and there is barely a news blip. Sixteen died on the Concordia cruise ship and we can't look away."
- I think I saw the Decatur guy who was involved in the fatality accident in Rhome running on the shoulder after the wreck yesterday. I feel sorry for him. People pull out in front of traffic on 287 all the time.
at 8:34 AM
It has to do with a soccer game. Edit: Heard the number was now over 70.
(In unrelated economic blood bath news, American Airlines just announced massive layoffs. Edit: And they are closing the maintenance facility at Alliance Airport?)
at 1:20 PM
Unfortunately, he was conservative but wasn't crazy. (Oh, and here's a list of the 342 people who have officially filed for the office of President.)
Edit: Just saw some Wise County guy on Facebook that the media "doesn't want you to know about" this man. Really? What about the other 300+ people on the list?
Edit: Uh. Oh. Just how excited are the Republicans about their candidates? Four years ago, 1.94 million voted in Florida's primary. Yesterday they pulled in just 1.66 million.
at 11:00 AM
- Big wreck on 287 in Rhome this morning. Car on its side. Pickup with front end damage. I saw two cops at the scene and then (count 'em . . . ) three ambulances, two firetrucks, and two cop cars heading that direction. I know
one person wastwo people were transported to Harris and the other to Cook's. (On the scanner I also heard "we'll need JPS at this location." It didn't sound like "JP" which means Justice of the Peace which means there's a death.) Edit: There is a death.
- And good luck getting to downtown Fort Worth in a hurry at 7:45 in the morning. Ain't gonna happen.
- During the middle of it, the scanner also called for an ambulance to got to Newark due to a medical emergency. Some 37 year old lady had called 911 due to an "infected tooth." Lady, don't call 911. Call a dentist.
- Big win for Romney in Florida last night with almost half the vote. However, if Florida is a cross-section of America, America wants nothing to do with a conservative. But of all people to send to battle the President, they choose a white rich man who is a "former liberal."
- Mrs. LL spent five minutes telling me about how she made a free throw at the gym. (Now believes she is Britney Griner.)
- Muscled Georgia cheerleader doesn't do it for me.
- Bridgeport's Danny Henson interviewed but came in second for the Denton High head coaching job. Is that the first time we've ever officially confirmed he was job hunting?
- It's the nerdiest day in college football today: National Signing Day. I still remember over 20 years ago when some Dallas Carter kid announced which school he was attending at a new conference from a hot tub.
- I'll admit that I looked up at the TV during Glee last night when a Michael Jackson performance was ongoing. But how could they not do "the lean" during Smooth Criminal? (And I realize I just complained about the choreography on Glee.)
- Belated comment: I agree with Jon Stewart on Michelle Obama's in-the-gallery-reaction to the President's failed "spilled milk" joke during the State of the Union. She had a look of, "I tried to tell you that wasn't funny."
- If you use Pfizer birth control pills, you might want to know that the company just issued a recall because a huge batch might cause "unintended pregnancy". Oh, my.
- Weather talk is boring but, man, these temperatures are bizarre.
- They finally put down the dogs that mauled the little boy in Fort Worth earlier this week. I'm not sure why it took 36 hours.
at 8:22 AM
There's a story in tomorrow's Messenger about three twenty-somethings being stopped in Rhome and found to be in possession of marijuana. ("Oh, the humanity!!!!).
If that blurb above is correct, every single one of them should walk away free. You don't have to signal when exiting a highway. An illegal stop means all evidence found as a result of the stop can't be used against them.
But this reminds me of an interesting conversation with a Wise County prosecutor I had a few years back. The law is clear in this case. It's an illegal stop. No question about it. Once the file comes across a prosecutor's desk, should he kill the case or should he file it and hope the defendant comes in without a lawyer and is willing to accept a plea bargain? I think it's a no brainer: He should kill it. After all, that's what a conservative would do who honors the constitution.
Edit: The court case I relied upon is this one. But the commenters are correct in that I assumed the boys were westbound on 114. (The turn they would have made if eastbound on 114 is a slight loop but probably would require a turn signal.) But I bet they were westbound since the Rhome cops love that area more.
Edit: Hmmm. It does say southbound access road so they have to be eastbound. Dang it. But that leaves us with two situations. One (as mentioned above) is the right hand turn at the 114 bridge/287 which puts you on the service road for about 25 yards and then dumps you onto southbound 287 (which is also 114 for about a quarter of a mile.) Or the Messenger could be talking about the boys being on 287 at that point and then exiting to the right at the "Dallas 114" sign. The first one (probably) requires a turn signal. The second does not.
at 8:59 PM
- In reporting a horrible story of a dog attack of a toddler, Fox 4 had some TV gold last night of family members going after the reporter and neighbors. It truly is a must see. (And a shout out to Lari Barager for ducking . . . twice.)
- I haven't been there in a while but 8.0 in downtown Fort Worth is shutting down and The Flying Saucer is moving into that location after Mayfest. Would-be hipsters are in mourning.
- A Jenny Craig needing cheerleader bails on a backflip.There's no way that girl could execute that.
- Watched a lawyer in a hearing yesterday start off by asking the judge what the State had to prove. How is that possible?
- If anyone remembers the singer JoJo ("Leave. Get out."), well, she's all growns up.
- Had a buddy tell me yesterday that I need to re-evaluate my "n word policy" in that I've proven my point regarding the existence of racism. He may be right.
- I don't think I've ever seen the Republican party go from 100% sure they would capture the White House to 100% doubt in a little over a three month period. It truly is incredible. And Mitt Romney, if the nominee, will get crushed for one reason: The Christian Right is not going to turn out in enthusiastic masses to vote for a Mormon. I think they'll stay home and protest the choices they were given instead.
- Whenever I see someone weave in and out of traffic, I'm convinced they have a low IQ. And that makes me fear their driving even more.
- I've been put on notice that the Michael Jackson themed Glee will be the Family TV tonight. I'm livin' large.
- "Why couldn't we have this weather last year?" - Dallas Super Bowl Committee
- I woke up to everyone talking about this dunk by Blake Griffin last night.
- I think I've detected a rivalry between two Wise County girls who try to "out hot" each other by posting pics of themselves on Twitter. One criticizes the other's body while the other questions the morals of her competitor. It's better than TV.
- Ron Washington got a two year extension as manager of the Texas Rangers. Of the team's 19 playoff wins in its history, 18 of them have come under Washington.
- I've never watched Flip This House but there's a radio commercial now playing where the host is looking for "20 people to train" in a free seminar on how to make money, well, flipping houses. Scam. Scam. Scam.
at 8:31 AM
I'm not exactly sure what I'm seeing, but it looks like we had a double technical on the Springtown coach at the 1:30 mark. I don't know if the yelling is worthy of being "T'd up", but it is 100% annoying.
at 8:58 PM
I heard them talking about this on The Ticket this morning and two-thirds of the hosts said, "I can see how that could happen." Really? You can understand how someone can mistake a boat ramp for a road and then not use something called "a brake pedal" before you end up in the drink? Sheesh.
I also figured it was going to be an overblown news story of "a hero" but, after watching it, I bet those gals would have drown if it wasn't for the deputy. If they'll drive into a lake, I'm not betting on them to have the sense to open a door, roll down a window, or break out the glass. Speaking of. What was that little glass-breaking-doo-hickey the cop had? I want one.
Edit: Uncut video at youtube.
at 3:18 PM
The school board voted to have teachers add 45 minutes to their work day without a salary increase. None to happy, they began to organize a protest to call in sick. Kind of like acting like a union when you're not a union.
But this lead organizer appeared on TV in a silhouette because he feared retaliation from district officials. However, his voice was not altered at all. Call me crazy, but I think the chances of him being identified are about 100%. Can't you identify anyone you come in contact with on a regular basis by voice? The silhouette picture is just bonus information.
at 12:25 PM
- Iowa woman gives birth to a 13 pounder. Fox 4's Lauren Pryzbyl this morning commented with an "ouch" which led co-host Tim Ryan to stare silently off to the side.
- The Boyd ISD held a meeting to get citizen input on what the wanted in a new head football coach. Most said they wanted a "godly" man. That sounds nice, but it also would be illegal discrimination based upon religion, wouldn't it?
- I somehow got sucked into watching the "Winter X Games" on ESPN last night. Watching a guy attempt a double back flip on a snowmobile is 100% Idiocracy. And, if interested, it did not go well.
- I got an AARP card in the mail. An authentic AARP card. I qualify. I depressed.
- A guy in Dallas killed three family members last Friday and almost every media report noted that he was captured after going through Taco Bueno and ordering a "breakfast sausage burritto "
- The "military's deadliest sniper" was on WBAP today hawking his book. I don't why that guy bugs me so much, but he really does.
- I'm tired of hearing about Betty White.
- Horrible accident near Texas Tech over the weekend when a vehicle driven by a twenty-something jumped a curb, killed a bicyclist, and then rolled the vehicle killing his two passengers. Yep, alcohol is suspected.
- The Colts would have to pay Peyton Manning $28 million to keep him on the roster next year? That's a no brainer. Cut him.
- The grandmother from Happy Gilmore and the old man neighbor from Home Alone died last year. For some reason, people were mentioning it this weekend. By the way, I think Home Alone is a horrible movie. Edit: Now news comes that Elaine's boss on Seinfeld, Mr. Pitt, has died. It character actor catastrophe.
- I can tell when some people are having an emotional break down by just following them on Twitter.
- People are calling Wise County residents (per the Update) and posing as DEA agents and wanting a fine paid because they know they had purchased drugs over the Internet. Which means that there are a lot of people purchasing drugs over the Internet if that scam works.
- The Machine Gun Kelley shotgun auctioned over the weekend (another Update reference) has a weird history. It first ended up in the hands of Las Vegas mogul Benny Binion who for unknown reasons gave it to the owner of Billy Bob's Texas who for unknown reasons gave it to a "prominent Las Vegas business man."
- Edit: I had this whole thing typed out and "bam" it got deleted 10 minutes before deadline. The above was a mad scramble.
at 8:35 AM