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10.27.2012

Above The Fold


Friday Night Lights


Decatur   21
Bridgeport  28

Ponder   28
Boyd  48

Alvord 14  
Jacksboro  40

Collinsville 48
Chico 14

Paradise 18
Callisburg 44

10.26.2012

Halloween Taking You Into The Weekend


Ominous Note For Decatur For The Big Sandy Battle



The NFL Channel this week has been running a documentary on the old video football game called "Techno Bowl". Since I never played (I think it was actually after my time), I only casually watched the first couple of minutes. But lo and behold, the name of former Bridgeport, TCU, and NY Jet great Kyle Clifton popped up on the screen in the first few minutes.

And Another: Salado, TX


Link.

She's 48. That might be a record.

What's Going On? Oh.


Speaking Of Police Restraint


With police shootings in the news, I thought I'd be fair and balanced and show some police restraint by college cops. Note to kid: I wouldn't try this out in the real world.  Your face would end up on the pavement as the officer prepares to write, "Suspect approached in confrontational manner and officer felt threatened." (Language warning.)

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Weird case in a north Fort Worth neighborhood yesterday afternoon where a cop "ride along" got out of the cop car to chase burglary suspects only to have a neighbor come to his aid and shoot the suspects.  The police spokesman said, "What we have here is a mess." Yeah, you sure do. 
  • Not far away, over on 377 in Keller, a cop was fatally shooting a shoplifting suspect in, of all places, Kohl's. 
  • "McAllen, Texas (AP) - Three people were found wounded, two fatally, in a vehicle that was fired upon by a Texas state trooper in a helicopter." Whoa!!! How is this story not at the top of the news?
  • What's with all the trigger happy police this year?
  • I don't know if it is the "perfect storm" but to name it "Frankenstorm," as it is predicted to hit the northeast on Halloween week, is pretty clever. 
  • Had the Neighbor Cat bust through a window screen to try and get at the Family Cat yesterday evening. Chaos ensued. 
  • Saw a guy yell at a lady for cutting him off at a gas pump at 287/51 in Decatur. I doubt if I'd ever get that worked up over a couple of minutes. 
  • The Battle of the Big Sandy doesn't feel like much of a battle this year. 
  • I wonder if there are any time capsules buried in Wise County that were supposed to be dug up by now but were simply forgotten about.
  • I've got to go back to the doctor today to confirm my high blood sugar. Some type of glucose test? I'm not sure I like the way this is sounding. 
  • But I'm having to "fast". It's not exactly 40 days and 40 nights, but I don't like it. 
  • Dallas is only a 1.5 point underdog against the Giants? That's a lock bet for the Giants, isn't it?



10.25.2012

Very, Very Bad Cop Of The Day


Story.

A Gift From God


I don't think anyone wants to touch this.

Republican Richard Mourdock, candidate for Indiana's US Senate seat said Tuesday during a debate that when a woman is impregnated during a rape, 'it's something God intended.' He was asked during the final minutes of the debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

To be fair, he's saying that the life was intended by God, not the assault. Nevertheless, I figured the guy would get pummeled for the remarks. Then radio commentator Mark Davis said the guy was absolutely right and had the courage to say it.  I thought there would be a fairly big firestorm after that, but everyone pretty much has let it go.  I think it just makes everyone uncomfortable.

What Is That Thing?




Seen in Kentucky by quite a few people over the weekend.  Story.

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Photo of Granbury woman who set record for breast milk donation. 
  • I never been in an HOV lane.
  • Police are at again -- shooting a man in Lewisville last night.
  • Jane Roe, of Roe v. Wade, has cut a commercial saying "Do not vote for Barack Obama. He murders babies." There's nothing like a well reasoned and thoughtful opinion to sway the masses. 
  • What a crazy motorcycle death in Decatur this morning -- but the motorcyclist survived. 
  • I kept seeing some commercial which would ends with a gal singing "This girl is on fiiiiiirrrrreeee."  I just realized that's Alicia Keys
  • I predict the cold front will hit at 3:15 p.m. 
  • Texas' "Rainy Day Fund" now has $8.1 billion in it. To me, that means Texans are overtaxed. 
  • Mrs. LL is going to be out of town this weekend and asked me what I was going to do. I broke out into the "Wobble" dance in response. I don't think she was amused. 
  • BagOfNothing posted a video of a "bounce pass" in football (a lateral that looks like a pass but which bounces once before it gets to the receiver.) You old timers help me out. I remember that play being run in a game in the Cotton Bowl one time. It was the exact same line up, but when the receiver "caught" it, he stomped three yards back in disgust like it was an incomplete pass before turning and hurling it down the field. Anyone? 
  • Lots of talk of a homeless man body-slamming a guy "on PCP" who was attacking a cop. Channel 11 had the story but there seems something suspicious about the video. There are several seconds missing and the cop doesn't look to be in that much distress when we finally see the homeless guy finally with his hands on the attacker. 
  • The only way I knew the World Series was on last night was when I switched over to Fox 4 to watch the news. 
  • Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama. 



10.24.2012

And Another: Michigan


She's a coach. Or was a coach. Story. Looks like 2012 decided to trick things up a bit.

Afternoon Pick Me Up


Arkansas cheerleader with artificial leg. (Once again, Liberally Lean stomping out discrimination at every turn.)

Campaign's Final Days



Love that kid in the back. Figures he has the perfect cover with the President in the room to distract the masses while he makes his move on Pebbles.  He just forgot about the leering press.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • The government doesn't create jobs? Really? Take out all the government jobs in Wise County and the number of private sector jobs drops dramatically. Those government workers spend money. 
  • From Time this week: "If Obama can win either Virginia or Ohio, he is virtually assured of four more years."
  • Now I've got to go back to the doctor due to possible high blood sugar. I'm falling apart, I tell ya. Falling apart!
  • Donald Trump plans to announce a bombshell against the President today. Speculation is that it is a draft of divorce papers of the Obamas from 12 years ago that were never filed.  If that it is true, Trump cements himself as the most despicable person in America.
  • The fastest road in America (85 mph) opens in Texas today. I've got to go to San Antonio next month and it'll be like NASCAR (without the beer and cussing.)
  • If Sean Lee is indeed out for the year, you Cowboy fans might want to adopt a different team. They're done. 
  • Saw someone on Facebook from Wise County last night say she was going to "research" that "accusation" that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. 
  • I'm about worn out on this "Gangnam Style".
  • Wise County  might be setting records with early voting. I don't want to discourage anyone from doing so, but you realize there's nothing to really vote on, right? We can all stay how and Romney still gets all of Texas' delegates.
  • "Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape are part of God's plan, tearfully explaining that he only supports abortions when a mother's life is in danger."  Is he right? 
  • Not to be callous, but I was surprised to learn that Jerry Jones' mother was alive. (She passed away yesterday.)
  • "Did you hear about the funeral for Big Tex? It cost 16 coupons to be admitted." (Insert Hal Jay wheeze laugh)


10.23.2012

High Tone and High Times In Trophy Club


Story.

This Is Cool. You Should Watch It.

Swimming Deer. Big Deer.


This was posted two hours ago on the Saginaw, Texas facebook page with the caption that it is a pic of deer swimming across Eagle Mountain Lake.

Got A Mystery



A girl who went missing three years ago was found this week in a shallow grave in Wichita Falls.  Facebook background here.  Sounds like the family suspects her ex who committed suicide after she went missing.


Just Being Reflective



One of his last articles for ESPN.com

May not catch a lot of attention, but word came down this morning that former long term Dallas Morning News sports columnist Frank Luksa has died.  With the print industry spiraling out of control and sports becoming more and more corporate, that is the passing of a man from an era which I miss.

Pete Delkus Homeless


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • A Hurst attorney claims her office was the target of firebombs. Probably unrelated, but she filed a whistleblower claim against the Texas Attorney General at one time. 
  • I half-heartedly watched the debate last night.  I kind of thought the President's "we also have less horses and bayonets" line was kind of funny but it seems most thought it was "snarky."
  • How could anyone be an "undecided" voter at this point?
  • Bridgeport lawyer Mike Simpson's daughter is involved in a high profile capital murder case in Waco.
  • On Sunday they found the body of the 51 year old boat captain of the vessel which oddly sank in Eagle Mountain lake because of a "large wave." For some reason, we still haven't heard the name. I also didn't see any news stories last week of anxious friends and family members waiting for the recovery. 
  • Slow motion of a ball hitting the bat three times during one swing at last night's NLSC game. 
  • It is amazing Krum has put together an undefeated football team after only recently starting a program. How long ago has it been that they were only a basketball school? 
  • A few years back, some Decatur kids shot some Bridgeport kids (cheerleaders?) with a paintball gun during the Battle of the Big Sandy week.  That was funny back then. Everyone has gone so nuts these days that charges would probably be filed. 
  • I completely missed this last week: Wyoming's head coach accused the Air Force coach of faking a player's injuries and gives him a good cussing out as they left the field -- on Military Appreciation Day no less.  He was suspended for a week and fined $50,000 yesterday. (And I bet he'll feel that fine.)
  • Motorcycle death in Stephenville (and the guy had his teenage daughter on the back who was seriously injured.)
  • There is a trick to get behind the Star-Telegram paywall, but you have to be quick. 
  • If I'm reading this correctly, Decatur becomes a 4A school in 2014.  Don't panic. Every 3A school becomes a 4A school as the UIL voted to create a "6A" division Monday and do some renaming. 



10.22.2012

And Another: Iowa


2012. A year for the ages.

Link.

Florida Fan's Freaky Stare



Deadspin does a funny. Link.

Drudge being neutral before tonight's debate?

Afternoon Pick Me Up


Obviously there to see the worst defense in the nation.

Headline To Make You Groan


This Was During "God Bless America" Last Night?


Sign At Local Lowe's


Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • Dickies would have paid to have Big Tex burned down. Talk about free publicity.
  • Late Friday, Madonna announced she was cancelling her Saturday show at American Airlines Center. I wonder how many people showed up who didn't get the word?
  • Mrs. LL fears the Halloween clown.
  • In Tarrant County, 66.16 percent of general election voters chose the straight party option in 2010, compared with 61.76 percent in 2008, 49.2 percent in 2006. Incredible. 
  • How much does the NFL make? Enough to pay former commissioner Paul Tagliabu $8.58 million last year.
  • Looking at the sample ballot for Wise County, there's really not much to consider. You have to assume the Republicans will win every contested state wide race (which is an easy bet.) I guess the only interesting thing in Wise County is whether to abolish the position of "county surveyor."
  • Six of the ten Big 12 teams scored 50 or more points this weekend. College football is getting weird.
  • Did I hear something about a "Moment of Silence" for Big Tex during the TCU/Tech game? Maybe I imagined that. 
  • Oh, and my blood pressure has been high for quite a while. That wasn't just a one time reading. 
  • About two dozen people got stranded 200 feet in the air on a ride at the State Fair on Friday.  Picture.
  • The Decatur Chamber's "Citizen of the Year" was awarded posthumously over the weekend. Nice touch. 
  • A fan ran onto the field during a play at the Miami/Florida State game on Saturday.
  • Paranormal Activity 4 led the box office with $30 million over the weekend. To steal a quote, "The fact is, if you point a camera at something for 30 seconds, and at the end of that 30 seconds something JUMPS out of the side of the frame, I'm gonna leap out of my seat."


Messenger Above The Fold


10.21.2012

Pre-Packaged Obituaries



Former presidential candidate George McGovern died last night. Today's New York Times obituary of him was written by a guy who died six years ago.