UPDATE: Sen. Cornyn says 60 people remain missing after fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday night in West, TX.Edit: He might have been a little careless.
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) April 19, 2013
McLennan Co. Commissioner says list of unaccounted for hasn't been compared with list of hospitalized bit.ly/11K3BSU h/t @wacotrib
— Nick Dean (@bynickdean) April 19, 2013
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Think someone could get a DWI conviction for driving a golf cart at the Texas Motor Speedway? An opinion released today demonstrates that it happened.
Although the DWI statutes require a person to be driving a "motor vehicle", the definition is so broad that the State "offered a horse and buggy as an example [during jury selection] and elicited from the jury panel other examples, including a bicycle, a skateboard, a moped, a golf cart, and a tractor."
"Motor vehicle" is defined as “a device in, on, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a highway.” See Texas Penal Code Ann. § 32.34(a)(1)
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- Dead Boston bomber's photo gallery named "Will Box For Passport".
- "Boston Bombing Suspect Posted Video on Al Qaeda Prophecy on YouTube."
- Those guys are Caucasians from Chechnya but they'll be remembered for being Islamic.
- Google map of the area where the cops think the Bomber-On-The-Run is located right now. (Although it is sounding like he may not be there.)
- What a weird society: Someone has created a fake twitter account for the bomber.
- And the surviving bomber is 19 years old and has been in the U.S. for almost a decade?
- This guy claims to be right next door to the house the police are surrounding, he's posting pics, and it seems authentic.
- Stolen from Twitter: "So far the least interesting news story this week is an Elvis impersonator trying to poison the President." And that's absolutely true.
- The Uncle of the Bombers was told about the death of his nephew on live TV.
- Man, CNN's John King is taking a ton of heat, as he should, about reporting an arrest of a "dark skin man" two days ago.
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And I love it how someone had to slip him a note.
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I'm so confused. The numbers don't make sense. A drunk teen has about the same risk of being murdered as dying in a car wreck? And the study was conducted by MADD which you would think would skew the numbers towards the opposite conclusion.
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- The prevalent headline when I woke up regarding the explosion in West was "5 to 15 confirmed dead." Huh? They could say they "confirm at least five dead" but you can't "confirm" a range of absolutes.
- And if "West EMS Director Dr. George Smith" actually said "as many as 60 or 70 people died" last night, he might need to be stripped of that position.
- I really like Fox 4's Heather Hays but she gets really excited during breaking news and talks a million miles an hour. (And Steve Eager accidentally referred to a retirement home as an "old folks home" last night.)
- There are already conspiracy nuts comparing the explosion last night to the Branch Davidian Fire. you know: Close to Waco. Involves fire. Obviously a link.
- What a crazy week. Boston. West. An arrest of the JP's wife in the Kaufman murders.
- There seems to be an incredible similarity about the tweets from public officials last night after news of the West explosion happened. They all seem to say that their "hearts and prayers" go out and there was also a reference to "first responders." It's like they have the same PR person running their twitter feeds.
- Dennis Prager quote yesterday: "I don't know a single friend of mine who cares about race. The only people who care about race are on the Left." That's either naive or a very Rush Limbaugh wannabee comment.
- Saw a tweet from a couple of nights ago complaining about Ron Washington "almost blowing the game against the Cubs" when "doing so as a manager is so hard to do in the first place." I agree.
- I do screw up the past tense of "ran" all the time.
- From the Update: "The Wal-Mart Warriors Walking For a Cure Relay For Life team will sell chili cheese hotdog lunch plates 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday." Cancer bad. Clogged arteries good?
- Fox News is all bent out of shape about their own report that the "Saudi National" who wasn't, after all, a person of interest after the Boston Bombing is being "deported." They smell conspiracy between the U.S. and Saudi Arabi based upon a Reuters report of "President Barack Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday, noting 'the meeting was not on Obama’s public schedule.'” Someone needs to write a book about this. Maybe call it something like House Of Bush. House of Saud.
- Dallas Morning News from April 17th in 1947:
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"This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort isn’t over." #Obama
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 17, 2013
BREAKING: Obama says gun lobby and its allies 'willfully lied' about background check bill
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 17, 2013
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Texas, by statute, allows the government to take a person's blood without a search warrant in these situations after a DWI arrest:
The Supreme Court this morning now possibly calls that statute into question. But for some crazy reason the State in this morning's case didn't argue that there were "exigent circumstances" but instead tried to convince the Court that a blood draw should be legal in every case. Even the right wingers (except J. Thomas) weren't buying that.
Edit: Some agencies are already making policy changes to get a warrant and not rely upon Texas' "mandatory blood draw" law.
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- I was right: Sheriff Joe was in full Publicity Mode within 24 hours of the "bomb" being sent to him last week. Fox News provided him a forum.
- I don't know much about Alex Jones other than he's a nut. Yesterday, there was a video clip of The Family Guy on his website which, along with voice over commentary, purported that the show had a segment about bombs being exploded at the Boston Marathon by the main character via a cellphone The only problem was that the cartoon was seriously doctored. They are trying to backtrack now.
- None of the runners on the course in the Boston Marathon were seriously injured, were they?
- The 80 year old man in the minor accident in Decatur yesterday is on the
frontsecond page of the Messenger. Near the back, his picture is also featured as he was honored on Sunday for his volunteering on the Decatur High School football sideline crew.
- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the "threat of the Obama Administration" is "far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened." Heaven help us.
- My first memories of Pat Summerall is hist hosting of a one hour NFL highlights show on Saturday afternoons, This Week In Pro Football, with Tom Brookshier. It was the only place to get those highlights (other than about five minutes at halftime with Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.)
- Sumerall caught a little bit of flak 10 years ago when he got a liver transplant after years of battling alcoholism. It gave rise to the ethical question of whether he should get priority for the transplant over someone suffering from liver disease via natural causes.
- The Ticket's morning show is in Alpine, Texas this morning. They sound really excited about that place.
- Did Google satellite view catch a guy dragging a body into a small lake near Amsterdam?
- Arrested this morning but we don't know why yet: The wife of the Justice of the Peace in Kaufman (the JP is the subject of speculation in the DA's death). Edit: Some reports are now saying it is on capital murder charges. Oh, my.
- For everyone saying the "main stream media" is ignoring the trial of abortion doctor Dr. Kermit Gosnell, I don't know what you're talking about. I see multiple stories about it every day.
- I'll get off Dennis Prager one day (I promise), but on Monday he introduced Ann Coulter as one of "the greatest thinkers of our time" and then defended her "joke" about the desired death of the daughter of Sen. John McCain. (If “Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats’ gun proposals” they should “start with Meghan McCain.”)
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A "computer glitch" with the reservation system as American Airlines shut down nationwide until late this afternoon. And it looks like things just got worse.
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- If you haven't seen the photo of the marathon participant in the wheel chair with a missing lower leg, I don't know whether to tell you to look it up (to understand the nature of the tragedy) or to avoid it (because it is heartbreaking.)
- Fox 4's Clarice Tinsley said on the 9:00 p.m. broadcast last night that there were "five" unexploded devices discovered in Boston. Where did she get that figure?
- And speaking of making things up, how in the world does the New York Post get away with announcing 12 were dead?
- And what's up with this "Saudi National" who was a vague "person of interest." Wasn't there similar speculation after Oklahoma City? Do we not learn?
- There were widespread reports after the bombing that the authorities had taken down the cell phone service to prevent a possible remote bomb activation. Others are now saying the system went down simply because it was overloaded with calls.
- Within an hour after the explosions I sent a text to Thomas Aaberg who had ran the race. I appreciated the miracle of technology as a transmission came back from the depths of Boston during the chaos which read, "Yes, a little scared but in my hotel room."
- I've ran in eleven half-marathons. Not once did I think about a bomb.
- Lots of folks throw out the "what's the big deal" mantra pointing out that more people died yesterday in drunk driving crashes, gun violence, or cancer than because of the bombing. That mindset is amazing to me. If you don't understand the shocking nature of a bomb on a U.S. street, no one will be able to explain it to you.
- April is a crazy month for America. Yesterday's Boston Marathon. Columbine High School. Oklahoma City and the Virginia Tech shooting.
- Changing gears here, yesterday Greg "The Hammer" Williams, Richie Whitt, and Sybil Summers were fired from 105.3 The Fan. I could see Williams getting the axe because of missing work laterly, but I didn't see the other firings coming. And CBS Radio is a little callous as they began Williams' termination letter with "Dear Greggo:".
- Local radio, TV, and print is a brutal business.
- I saw an emergency vehicle going down 287 this morning. At least I think it was. Despite having the traditional red and blue emergency lights on the hood, it looked more like a pickup with a camper on the back. Anyone?
- What's that huge building being built at the Tarrant County line on the east side of 287 at Avondale/Haslet road across from the Saginaw cutoff? Grocery store or a school?
- Big oops from the Update: "CORRECTION – The substitute in Saturday’s story, 'Substitute dismissed after gym attack,' was misidentified. Billy Garvin, 44, of Bridgeport was not involved in the incident. The substitute teacher under investigation is Billy Garvin Sr., 66, of Bowie. The Messenger deeply regrets the error."
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