Not Texas Girls
at 4:03 PM
- From the email bag: "Hwy 114 between Boyd and hwy 51 is shut down. Roll over at 8:00 am"
- The high school coach who was run over by a golf cart at Cowboys Stadium has sued Jerry and Company for $1 million and cites "embarrassment" as part of his injuries. Hey, you PI lawyers: (1) Isn't it still unethical to make a claim for a specific dollar amount in the Original Petition, and (2) is "embarrassment" compensable in a negligence case?
- That was a horrible bus accident in Irving yesterday, but I've never understood the relative lack of media coverage when 24 nursing home patients died after a bus caught on fire South of Dallas during the evacuation for Hurricane Rita. Yeah, it was covered that day, but its rarely mentioned despite being (and I'm guessing here) a top five death event in the metroplex?
- I hate Facebook, but can't help blowing through it about once a day. I did it last night. Uh, based upon the number of pictures posted, was everyone in Wise County at the Jon Bon Jovi concert?
- Obscure sports note: Chris Davis used to play for the Rangers and had a more than frustrating experience. He'd catch on fire in the minors and then be sent up to the majors only to not be able to buy a hit. Near the end of his Rangers experience, I had an interview with him which actually had me think, "What a great guy." Well he has a little redemption: After nine games this season with the Orioles, he has a .400 average, and leads the majors in RBIs (19) and home runs (6).
- Big sports note: A brawl (video) between the Dodgers/Padres last night left Dodger starting pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collar bone. Greinke, who gets paid regardless of how long he is out, will receive $19 million this year.
- If you understand Bitcoin, you are smarter than me. But it sounds like something I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.
- I'm a little worried about my Natalie Merchant concert tonight. I didn't realize her most recent album was comprised of 26 songs "adapted from 19th and 20th century British and American poetry about childhood." And she told the Star-Telegram that the album is a "majority of the concert." Oh, my.
- I finally started using an online password manager. Verdict: What took me so long?
- Odd note from the Update: "Amigos of Wise County will have a comedy night for adults 18 and older from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Bridgeport Stage." What's "Amigos for Wise County"?
- Something I do all the time now: Take a photo of a piece of paper if it has something on it I need to remember.
- "Morgan Freeman Nuzzling RG3". What a funny photo. And, man, RG3 has such and Eddie Murphy smile.
- Why the high tone Augusta National Country Club (do I need to say "site of the Masters"?) might not be so bad after all: They'll kick you out for yelling, "Get in the hole!" after a tee shot. (Unrelated side note: Did you know the theme of the great music associated with The Masters has lyrics?)
- That Jodi Arias trial may never end.
at 8:31 AM
- Fox 4 had a segment last night about how $4,000 was raised to bring a dog bag from Afghanistan. That prompted Mrs. LL to yell, "And those people on the blog claim I'm running a puppy mill! Why don't the gripe about that." I just told her that she ought to be mad that a Muslim dog was adopted when we have so many red-blooded American dogs that need homes.
- The Mavs were officially eliminated from the playoff last night. Check back in a decade.
- The Thanksgiving game between UT and Texas Tech will be shown on Fox Sports 1 -- a network that doesn't exist yet.
- Stolen line: "The Masters golf tournament starts today in Augusta, Georgia. It's like Burning Man for the 1%."
- Agree with this line I heard: I hate it when I watch a DVR'd program, forget it is DVR'd, and then start watching the show after the one I recorded only to be quickly interrupted with "Would you like to delete the recording?"
- I'm going to Memphis in the fall. Never been there.
- There was a comment yesterday supporting Accidental Racist. I've seen everything now.
- "Finally, TABC has an app to tell you when you're drunk." The spokesperson for TABC was on the radio this morning and she sounded sooooo beaten down and defensive about this silliness.
- I've heard people rant and rave about the upcoming technology of the 3D printer (which sounds more like a computerized machinist tool than a printer, but I haven't seen a video of it yet.) I've been recording some program called Vice because I was told they had a fascinating segment on it but no such luck so far.
- A story yesterday proclaimed "PC Sales Plummeting". I believe it. Tablets have to curtail the market, and it seems, at least to me, PCs built in the last two years seem more reliable and less subject to being bogged down.
- That new Baby Pup will be cuter won't it? Say once it does something, like, get up and walk!?
- Dennis Prager is still a nut to me. And his stance against public education (or any type of "secular" college or university) makes him sound like the preacher out of Footloose. And a couple of days ago he said, "I can tell when one of my callers has been home-schooled." Realizing what he said could be taken two ways, he quickly had to stammer out the words "because they are more polite and more intelligent."
- The other day I saw a recent report created by the Secret Service after they did a forensic analysis on a cell phone. Think about every text, every phone call number incoming or outgoing, your contacts, any photo, and more being printed out.
at 8:41 AM
In 2007, a shocking 24% of all patent infringement suits were filed by "patent trolls." That is, entities that don't make anything with the patent -- they just acquire patents in order to sue those companies who may infringe upon it. Sound like a bad system? Well, in a study just released, in 2012 that number jumped to over 50% of all patent lawsuits.
How bad is it? Of the top ten patent infringement filers, nine of them were patent trolls.
I've mentioned this before, but one of the Top 50 valued houses in Dallas is owned by a guy who does nothing but buy patents and sues. (I'm too lazy to find the link.) And I saw one of my old Insurance Defense Firm co-workers a few years back at the Decatur courthouse and he told me he was going into "patent law". I was confused about that then. I'm not now.
at 3:17 PM
I hope Pete Delkus is in hiding today because those "severe thunderstorms" and "hail as big as your head" simply did not materialize. Get me all ramped up for a thunderstorm and not delivering is no longer acceptable.
Oh, I loved how they said the high would be in the mid-50s today. That's all well and good if you would have told me that would occur at midnight! It's in the 30s out there right now. I'm surprised they don't have the sand trucks fired up.
(And remember kids. Rangers' first pitch is at 1:05 p.m.)
at 11:06 AM
- I'm not sure I understand the pro-gun folks mockingly say "Ban knives!" in light of yesterday's stabbings at the community college near Houston. Don't they realize there's a little difference of no one dying in that attack?
- There was a bill presented to the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee yesterday afternoon which would legalize switchblades. That's some very bad timing.
- Accidental Racist by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J may be the worst song in the history of ever. Its race relations lyrics are beyond childish and simple, and the combination of Paisley's "country" and LL Cool J's rap is a train wreck. However, I can see how Paisley thought it was a good idea, but what in the heck was LL Cool J thinking? If he was still relevant in the rap community, he might get banned.
- I've got a friend who had a Double Fake DEA agent call her yesterday and demand $1,800 in cash as a "fine" to be paid immediately via wire transfer. I heard the initial message and the boldness was shocking.
- Funny tweet from Steve Martin yesterday about North Korea: "When I was 12, I wanted to fire a missile, too."
- The Dallas Morning News Local Broadcaster Bracket is genius in its simplicity. All those guys will talk about it driving web traffic.
- The Navy's Blue Angels have been shut down in light of the Sequester. But at a cost of $25 million a year, is that a bad thing?
- Latest stat: "About 22 percent of births for Texas girls ages 15-19 were repeat births. The U.S. rate is 18.3 percent." Mind-boggling.
- The Fourth Grader In The House has a new bit. For some reason she tends to hear the last half of a brief comment or conversation between others in the house and then is obsessed in knowing the whole story. "What did ya'll say? What? What was that?"
- Mrs. LL says she has the Baby Pup sold. After counting the vet bills and breeding fees, I pray we break even.
- I don't know who Jacqueline and Maxwell Anderson are, but their split is apparently big news in Dallas. And D Magazine went so far as to link to a couple of "Hey, Now" pics of her. Edit: Link fixed.
- When I have to pick my year of birth from a drop down list on the web when signing up for something, it seems like I'm having to scroll pretty far down these days.
- I was going to write "What ever happened to Congressman Gary Condit?" Then I went on his wikipedia page and got sidetracked by learning that a guy was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 2011 for Chandra Levy's murder. No one got knocked off the front pages by 9/11 than Condit.
at 8:35 AM
Spike Albrecht, a freshman backup for Michigan, was little known to most of America until last night. But then . . .
Then Spike learns that Kate Upton was at the game.
Spike knows opportunity.
Then Spike learns that Kate Upton was at the game.
Spike knows opportunity.
@kateupton hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for coming out! Hope to see you again 😉
— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) April 9, 2013
at 11:32 AM
Here is his bracket. Man, it is all about picking the winner. The Top 49 chose Louisville.
You guys help me with last year's winner. Here is the Virtual Wall of Fame:
2013- Tad Billmire (Wins $50)
2012 - I can't find his name
2011 - Wise County Attorney James Stainton*
2010 - Nine year old Blake Cooper (son of former Decatur stationed DPS Trooper Scott Cooper)
*I continue to contest this and have asked the FBI to launch an investigation on multiple occasions.
at 8:42 AM
- There's a bill in the Texas legislature making it a capital crime to kill a prosecutor. Doesnt' that discussion entail an uncomfortable valuing of lives?
- I heard on PBS yesterday evening that Annette Funicello had not made a "TV appearance" since 1986. That doesn't sound right at all.
- I don't know if the cop needed to shoot and kill the lady in Richardson yesterday who was fleeing from a traffic stop. According to at least one witness, the officer placed himself in front of her car and drew his weapon. When she fled, he fired through her driver's window killing her. The phrase "he feared for his life" should mean something and not just used as a cliche after every police shooting.
- And I'd like to know her back story. She worked part time for a law firm, went to high school at the Catholic girl's school of Ursuline Academy of Dallas (tuition $17,500 a year), and had a soccer scholarship to Florida State.
- There's a special meeting of the Chico school board tonight with the sole purpose being the reading of a complaint by a Principal against the Superintendent? That's odd. Very odd.
- Mrs. LL and I are going to see Natalie Merchant (formerly of the 10,000 Maniacs) with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at the Bass Hall on Friday. I've always loved her performance on MTV's Unplugged when she sang "Because The Night" with the small orchestra .
- First drones, and now lasers. NBC News last night had video of the Navy using a new laser gun to knock a drone out of the sky. This isn't science fiction, this is real. And they expect it the technology to go into widespread use next year. (One interesting fact: Instead of the cost of a missile, each laser blast will cost less than a dollar. So once you sink the cost into one of those things, it doesn't cost a lot to blast away.)
- Edit: I just went over to BagOfNothing and noted he had an identical bullet point as the one above. I didn't steal it. Promise.
- The Rangers won on a final called strike last night that everyone believes was a ball. Video. And in this age of information, this website has broken it down in shocking detail.
- I kept half of an eye on the National Championship game last night, and it looked entertaining. (But with all the accolades of Louisville coach Rich Pitino, I haven't heard much this week of the extortion attempt he experienced after having an "affair" in a restaurant.)
- But watch him duck at the end of a game after a celebratory cannon went off. We're nearing Celebration Idiocracy.
at 8:32 AM
- While you were sleeping: Margaret Thatcher has passed away. (I actually blew by The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep on cable this weekend but didn't have much of an inclination to stay on the channel.)
- The only description for the above photo is "Texas Heat Wave 1995." In a different picture she looked like she was signing autographs at an auto show. Anyone?
- Oddest story in the Update: A guy's plane begins to stall so he begins to make an emergency landing in Wise County only to change his mind when the "plane began operating normally again." He ended up in a ditch anyway.
- That great theologian Rick Perry spoke at the First Baptist Church at Dallas. I should have expected that.
- And as I continue to rail on FBC Dallas for that construction project, this is all you need to know: "The church's planning and development committee surprised Pastor Robert Jeffress with news the outdoor focal point, a massive fountain plaza, is now named after him." So we've already gone from honoring God to honoring a pastor?
- Josh Hamilton on Friday after he was booed at The Ballpark In Arlington. "Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown.” Putting aside the Jesus comparison for a moment (and the phrase "got-after"), is that even Biblically correct?
- Another reason professional sports is off-putting: After Josh Hamilton got a double last night, Elvis Andrus covered his mouth with his glove and said something to Hamilton which made them both crack up. I understand a solemn "good hit" coming from Andrus, but that came across as two big money guys laughing all the way to the bank.
- Did the crowd actually do the wave last night?
- We had Sheriff's deputies actually walk around the courthouse for beefed up security in Decatur last week.
- The New Family Puppy is alive and well. So far he (I think its a he) is about as active as a sock.
- By the way, the Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that if someone negligently kills your dog, you are entitled only to the fair market value of the animal --- not compensation for the sentimental value. Hey, to have ruled otherwise would have been wrought with fraud.
- Luke Bryan won Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards last night. Uh, who?
- A UT receiver was arrested this weekend for DWI.
- Love this photo: A guy is grabbed by security in Toronto as he tries to scale a fence to get off the field.
- The Mormons can pack a convention center . . .
at 8:33 AM