- The Polyphonic Spree shows up on local television every now and then. They are a huge "meh" to me.
- This Fiscal Cliff is pure silliness and politics. And John Boehner is no match for the President in this deal. (For you actually following the situation, Boehner couldn't even get "Plan B" passed in the House last night).
- Watch Ocean's 11 last night. I've seen it a couple of times, and I still think I need someone to explain it to me.
- When I tried to bring the family up to date that Carl Reiner's character was playing an American who was acting as a German the Freshman-In-The-House said, "Does he get found out when he holds up three fingers the wrong way?" My mouth dropped. If you get the reference, your's might too. (She claims she hadn't seen the Tarantino movie but that only "a friend told me about it.")
- Lake Worth ISD has cancelled classes today because students needed time to "cope" with the events at Newtown. Is that the biggest give up ever?
- Christmas falling on a Tuesday may be the perfect day for the longest of long weekends.
- Whenever I walk out of the office on long weekends I always stop and think, "Remember this feeling."
- I think "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is my favorite holiday song. And the James Taylor version may be at the top of the list (although I learned a second ago it was originally recorded by Judy Garland.)
- A Judy Garland concert was the first ever event at the Astrodome. (A little random trivia for you.)
- Mrs. LL and I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with a bizarre and rare case of duel insomnia. We watched the last half of an obscure movie from 2003 called The Shape of Things with Paul Rudd. I never went back to sleep.
- Mrs. LL also walked around the house all evening singing R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of the World As We Know It."
- I flipped over last night to Fox Sports Southwest to see the last minute victory of Stamford over Mart in a Class A Texas high school championship game at Jerry World. I'll take that over the NFL any day.
- I came home yesterday to watch all the Females-In-The-House watching a Glee concert on cable. The main theme of the show was acceptance and love. Kind of hard to argue with that.
- If you are a fan of Talladega Nights and heard any of the Josh Hamilton and Wife press conference last weekend, you'll giggle at this. Very funny.
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Well, I've got this one configured to go up at one minute after midnight on 12/21/12. (Because we all know the Mayan's were referring to Central Standard Time.)
Either we just met the business end of a doomsday proclamation, or I've got to wake up in a few hours and start thinking about Christmas shopping.
I haven't been this nervous since the early 1980s!
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Facebook description is: School bus accident on 2264 several people being taken away by ambulance...bad scene!
FM 2264 is the road that connects to 287 south of Decatur near Landmark Industries. That looks like Landmark in the background. Maybe.
Edit: Update from photographer - "About two miles from 287 by the plastic pipe manufacturer. Took a few kids off the bus on stretchers, awaiting another ambulance . . . . Another ambulance just arrived, putting two children on it, still have two more to transport. Can't tell how severe the injuries but think they may be minor...hoping!"
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- Now that was some serious wind last night. But I'm surprised I haven't seen more damage than I have (which is basically none.)
- It's the day before the Apocalpyse. Longtime readers will remember the commenter 12/21/12 guy from way back. Three years when he first appeared? Four years? The first few times he showed up we had no idea what he was talking about.
- I was looking at Time's Top Ten fiction books and I'm not sure I had heard of any of them. But one that jumped out at me was Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
- Miss USA was crowned Miss Universe last night. But when the pageant is held in America (last night it was in Las Vegas) and Miss USA wins, it seems so rigged.
- The Fourth Grader In The House while watching the swimsuit competition: "This seems weird."
- I got slammed in the comments yesterday for my "thought" that it was always boys who commit school shootings and not boys. Some guy said I was attacking men who raise their sons to be responsible hunters. Buddy, you think way more about my thoughts than I do.
- Our Elf On The Shelf was in our decorative bowl on the formal dining room table this morning. The contents of that bowl had been strewn around the floor. Creepy.
- I like Bud Kennedy but I think he was partially wrong yesterday in his column (asserting Texas teachers can already carry guns in schools). In his defense, Texas guns laws are far more complicated than one would think. (A teacher without a CHL could not carry a handgun into a school even if the school authorized it. But that authorization allowing her to carry a firearm would allow her to carry a rifle or shotgun.)
- Seventy-four new troopers graduated in Austin yesterday. One was a former Bridgeport Police Officer.
- Fox and Friends brought in Santa Claus this morning to discuss the "war on Christmas." With his concept of the free distribution of wealth, I wouldn't have thought he was a Republican.
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- All the news organizations were all over the female trooper search story last night. I've seen crazier things happen during traffic stops over the last 25 years.
- I said I didn't think that lawsuit was going anywhere for this reason: Once the officer claims to smell the odor of marijuana he can search anywhere that the marijuana could reasonably be found. And it doesn't matter if he believes there is a misdemeanor or felony amount present. And, most importantly, it doesn't matter that he turns out to be wrong.
- You think the police don't have ridiculous power? Remember the Supreme Court case where they sanctioned the arrest of a Texas woman for the minor offense of not wearing a seatbelt?
- And remember the Supreme Court case which sanctions the strip searching of anyone arrested regardless of how minor the offense? Yep, he could have arrested both women for littering and they legally could have been
stripedstrip searched at the jail.
- A lawyer on Fox 4 last night said it will be "up to the jury" to determine if the search was reasonable. I doubt a judge will ever let it get that far.
- How has police power come to this? Because you have elected "law and order" judges in Texas, and Presidents who haven't formed a Supreme Court that has valued civil rights since the 1960s. To use a quote that the Hard Right is familiar with: "America's chickens are coming home to roost."
- Changing gears, I never dreamed that Cheaper Than Dirt would suspend online gun sales.
- None of these school shootings are committed by little girls. Always boys.
- Our "elf on the shelf" was sitting on the kitchen counter this morning in front of what appeared to an elf made snow
angleangel made in flowerflour. [Edit: One of my greatest sentences apparently.]
- It's too long to post here, but I got an email from a lady yesterday who was upset with the law enforcement response she got in Wise County when she reported a dead and malnourished horse.
- A Football Life on the NFL Channel is really good. Tonight they are doing an hour on The Immaculate Reception.
- Few people remember that that playoff game occurred on a Saturday and was preceded by a famous Cowboys win over the 49ers where the Cowboys scored 17 points under Staubach in the fourth quarter to win 30-28. As a kid I remember my family picking my grandparents up for a Christmas dinner and my grandfather saying, "I think I just watched two of the most exciting games ever today." I had no idea what he was talking about.
- President Obama was named as Time's Man Of The Year this morning. Yeah, I know. That ol' liberal media.
- The Decatur home invasion guy will be charged with "burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a sexual offense." Unless there is more to the story, that's a reach.
- Mark Cuban passed a kidney stone last night and tweeted about it. Good grief.
- Went to a high school band concert last night and noticed a uniformed officer standing by me in the back of the auditorium. I quickly learned he wasn't there for security but only to see his daughter perform.
- Judge Robert Bork passed away this morning. (For those that don't remember, he was the first Supreme Court nominee to go through a confirmation process that looked like an MMA fight. He didn't get confirmed.)
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I didn't see the last Batman movie (because I can never understand a word Batman is saying) , but apparently the plot involved some villain named Bane. Now someone has noticed that there was a scene in the movie where "Sandy Hook" (a fictional place within "Gotham City") was the first "Strike Zone" of Bane.
Add to it that the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting occurred during this Batman movie by a guy who had orange hair like The Joker and this becomes kind of weird.
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- Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended semi-automatic rifle sales. Wow.
- The NRA took down their Facebook page yesterday. Courageous or cowardly?
- Prediction: New Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles will be gone within 12 months. His inability to follow the rules and his arrogance once called out will be his downfall.
- The home invasion in Decatur yesterday (see Update) sounds fishy.
- It's the great Christina Aguilera's birthday.
- That's the best picture of Adam Lanza?
- Josh Hamilton might be slightly smarter than Dez Bryant but no one will ever question Bryant's effort. (And after Saturday's press conference, Hamilton needs to get some scene control over his wife.)
- In the 70s tomorrow with wind gusts up to 40. It is not beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
- The Stepkids In The House may be stepkids but they are good stepkids. Respectful and sweet. I kept waiting for an explosion that never came (knock on wood.)
- Prediction: The Dallas Cowboys will not make the playoffs.
- Great pro-gun caller on the Mark Davis show today: The Second Amendment is there to protect the citizenry from the government. All of the Bill of Rights are there not to protect us from each other but to protect us from government intrusion and over-reaching.
- "School Lockdown (Haltom City) Multiple PD officers are responding Code 3 to Birdville Elementary at 3126 Bewley for a reported person with a gun." Thirty minutes ago.
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- There was a discussion this morning about shielding elementary school children from the news of the Connecticut shooting. Really? There's no way they wouldn't hear about it. Right?
- But there was no reference to the incident at the elementary school choir performance I went to on Friday night. I would think a vague reference followed by Silent Night would have been a nice touch. (They had time for it -- it lasted over an hour and a half.)
- After I wrote the above, I learned Saturday Night Live opened up with a children's choir singing Silent Night.
- And adults shouldn't at least talk about gun control? If not now, when?
- Will "Sandy Hook" have the same meaning as "Columbine"? I'm guessing the answer is yes.
- My favorite place in the world is my chair at home with the Family Pup beside me.
- I'm into Season Four of Breaking Bad. I think I end ever episode by saying, "This show is so well done."
- The Cowboys game was really entertaining. But why was Josh Brent on the sideline?
- Did you see the Danny Amendola's spike yesterday that almost blinded an old guy?
- Warmest December ever?
- Mrs. LL and I were sleeping bums on Saturday and it was fantastic.
- From the Update today: "Fiery Sunday". Why is "fiery" not spelled "firey"?
- The "Elf on the Shelf" bit is pretty cute. Still a little weird, but very cute.
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