I don't even believe in love anymore.
Something crazy is going down at LAX. People running everywhere. We just got evacuated. pic.twitter.com/pSdaB8VmsD
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) November 1, 2013
And one of the Mythbuster guys was there. TSA agent shot. Others believed hit.
@AlienGurudeva: Inside LAX terminal, possibly the gun used laying on ground in front of guard. #Terminal3 pic.twitter.com/gv5A9aBhnr
— Alien Guru Deva (@AlienGurudeva) November 1, 2013
at 12:20 PM
Because of how he negotiated his contract, Kobe Bryant gets most of his salary in one payment. Today, he'll make a cool $24.4 million.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2013
at 9:48 AM
- There seemed to be a huge drop off in the number of trick or treaters compared to the last couple of years.
- So I had my full Art Briles costume: Baylor gold polo shirt, long sleeve under shirt, khakis, tennis shoes, Baylor cap, and a pair of headphones around my neck. The neighbor kid saw me and said: "You're a McDonald's worker!" (The Fake Art Briles had Slumped Shoulders at that point.)
- One kid showed up at the door without a costume. "Who are you dressed up as?" I asked. He had the saddest expression as he said, "Myself." I felt awful -- I'm not sure it was his decision not to have a costume.
- After Sunday's NASCAR race, there will be 100 to 120 race related aircraft depart from Alliance Airport in two to three hours. I thought that was a sport for the common man.
- Autopsy reports show that the elderly and innocent homeowner in Fort Worth was shot by police seven times last May. Good grief.
- Odds of seeing a Duck Dynasty costume yesterday: 100%
- The Fifth Circuit reinstated the new Texas abortion law late yesterday. The Fifth Circuit is the Pat Robertson of federal appellate courts.
- There was a funny ESPN commercial once which simply had various Alabama fans going through their lives using the phrase "Roll tide" at otherwise normal moments. It happened in real life this week as a teacher met reporters after being accused of going to school high on heroin. (I worry about you if you can't watch both of those clips and not laugh).
- "This bus has wifi, plugs, big tvs with surround sound.We're watching World War Z." - An email from Mrs. LL who is on a high school band trip this morning.
- Big win for North Texas over a good Rice team to become bowl eligible.
- Completely forgot about: Jodi Arias had a hung jury during the penalty phase of her capital murder trial in May. She still hasn't been retried. And now she wants her lead lawyer removed because, in part, he has an "utter poverty of people skills."
- The Star-Telegram refers to the shooting of a man by a Wise County deputy this week as "possible suicide by cop."
- Go over to BagOfNothing's blog and see his kid dressed up as a Dallas Cowboy sitting on the porch with that Dallas Cowboy (who just happens to be his neighbor.)
- Wow: Wise County deputy shot a man last night who was allegedly pointing a BB gun at him. From the Update: "The deputy told him to drop it, and he kept walking toward the car and refused to drop the gun, pointing it at the officer." The man is in critical condition.
- Wise County records show no criminal history for the man who was shot.
- I can't recall the last time we had a deputy related shooting. (Besides the fleeing Colorado man from earlier this year.)
- There were 43 baseball "experts" for ESPN making preseason predictions. None of them had the Red Sox or the Cardinals in the World Series.
- From the "History In Pictures" twitter feed: "The remains of Vladimir Komarov, a man who fell from space. pic.twitter.com/ekzveNWAF3". (Graphic.) I'll Google it later, but I have no idea what that story is about.
- There has been a tarp since 2004 over the South end zone of Baylor's stadium because the stadium never sold out. It will be removed for the Oklahoma game a week from today. I wonder if it's nasty under that thing. (If they cut the tarp up and sold it, I'd buy a piece of it.)
- The kids decorated the front yard yesterday for Halloween. They should have used a theme based upon the lack of fear of procrastination. (And the Fifth Grader in the House thought we should transform the garage into a Haunted House at about 7:00 p.m. Umm, no.)
- I don't have a costume for trick or treaters tonight but I do have a pair of khakis, a long sleeve Baylor shirt, and a Baylor cap. If I can find a headset . . . . Hello, Art Briles costume.
- My streak of not watching a single minute of a Dallas Mavericks' game has begun.
- Of the three assistant DAs in Wise County, one is going into private practice and the other is running for a district judgeship in Tarrant County.
- Over the last year I have monitored my emotions. You know, whether it be in moments of anger, anxiety, love, or disdain -- stopping in the moment and clinically thinking about why I'm feeling what I'm feeling. It's really fascinating.
- Government spending doesn't drive me nuts like it once did. I wrote two years ago how our economy depends on it.
- The Family Pup wakes up with me when the alarm goes off. She'll look inquisitively at me and waits. If I hit the snooze button, she lays back down and goes back to sleep. If I rise up, she leaps off the bed because it's time to go outside. Makes my day start off with a giggle.
Happened this morning. Before you go crazy about "liberal judges" (especially when the ruling was unanimous from the notorious conservative and 100% Republican Texas Court of Criminal Appeals), calm down. This is the specific part of the statute which was struck down:
A person who is 17 years of age or older commits an offense if, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, intentionally: (1) communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor; or (2) distributes sexually explicit material to a minor.
What's wrong with that you say? Sounds reasonable. Shouldn't be doing any dirty talking with a minor or sending seedy photos.
What if I told you that "minor" was defined in the statute as "(A) an individual who represents himself or herself to be younger than 17 years of age; or (B) an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 17 years of age." Notice the "or"? That's a big deal. That statute makes it a felony, when read literally, for two adults to communicate in a sexually explicit manner with one another so long as one adult says he's/she's younger than 17 even if the other person doesn't believe it or knows for a fact it's not true. Think about that.
Truly, if I were to say "I'm 16" then from now on Wordkyle would be committing a felony every time he sends me one of those scantily clad pics of women via email.* I've represented myself to be under 17 and that's all that is required under that statute.
All that being said, the Court didn't specifically rule on that argument in knocking down the statute (even though it was argued by the Defendant.) Instead it ruled that the definition used of "sexually explicit material" was so ridiculously broad that it violated the First Amendment right of Free Speech.
(Shout out to lawyer Mark Bennett of Houston who won the case.)
*Note: This factual scenario is a joke. Wordkyle has never done such a thing. Oh, and I'm not 16. Although I know a dog pile was coming on that aspect of said joke.
at 4:02 PM
- I watched the 30 for 30 documentary on Jimmy Connors last night. Really, really good. But, man, they painted him as a unbelievable soulless jerk in the last two minutes -- even more so than we thought he was. I love those documentaries.
- I watched it in the bedroom because Mrs. LL had three ladies over to play some strange card game. And they brought their kids. Pardon me while I retreat.
- With the "lame stream media" (sorry, I just channeled Sarah Palin) jumping on the story that Americans might not be able to keep their current insurance coverage as promised, the Republicans need to likewise jump on that. But they'll just blame the President (who isn't running again) instead of the Democrats as a whole (who will always be running.) They need a better playbook.
- Man, you guys were really worked up yesterday.
- Appropriately strong words from acting Wise County judge and current commissioner Kevin Burns regarding filling the judge's position: “I’d consider anybody who hasn’t talked to me in the last two weeks,” he said. “It was just almost inappropriate the way folks were offering themselves [following McElhaney's death].” (via Update)
- "Fort Worth officer lectures local bikers". That was just odd.
- How long is that giraffe thing on Facebook gonna go on? By the way, there ain't no giraffes on Twitter.
- The general manager of the Dallas Mavericks resigns one day before the season starts. Mark Cuban has that team running like a well oiled machine. Craig Miller on The Ticket asked Cuban this morning, "What happened there?" Cuban's response: "[Pause.] That's a good question." Sheesh.
- And can I rail on Shark Tank? That is so horribly staged and pre-planned that it makes Duck Dynasty look authentic.
- I'm not sure it was worthy of an arrest, but some juvenile has been arrested for harassing via text a handicapped girl in Plano. "The suspect is a female student who was close" to the victim. Well, you wouldn't expect the person to be a stranger.
- 40 Hottest Cowboy Fans ranked by a girl. And a familiar Wise County gal pops up in there.
It's a MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle -- A $600,000 rolling piece of metal that was to be used for the War On Terror but had been collecting dust at Fort Hood. If I'm reading the article correctly, the military had more than 20,000 of them and is now just giving them away to certain law enforcement agencies.
But get this: This one never went overseas. It stayed in America and was used for training despite being fully operational. Any chance any money gets wasted in the military?
at 1:54 PM
I'm very confused by this because it's a little hard to see the long term plan. I mean, if you are a diver, you might dive at pool on vacation or in the home pool. Runner? You can always run. Billiards? You can clean up at the local pool hall. Heck, even piano. You could go all Bill Murray like in a bar ala Groundhog Day.
But jumping rope? I guess you could get a gig entertaining at kids' birthday parties, but that's about it.
Then again, it's a tough job market. Maybe she can pull out the rope during an Industrial Design interview to get a call back.
at 1:08 PM
Lifehacker.com is a pretty good site. For years, it provided primarily technology and productivity tips which were really cool. I even bought their first book.
But there is only so much technological advice that can be given so the site began to branch out into other areas whether it be health, money, and relationships. But this new entry "How to Find and Apply For Government Benefits" got my attention. I immediately thought of the Liberally Lean readership and their reaction.
at 10:55 AM
- Cowboys: (1) Yesterday everyone was sure second guessing the three runs and a field goal on the Cowboys last possession. If Garrett had ordered Romo to take a knee three times and then punted as everyone seems to want in retrospect, he would have been torched for not trying, (2) So audio comes out of Dez Bryant being "positive" on the sideline early in the game during a rant with Tony Romo and everyone says he is owed an apology? Don't care. I want to know what happened between him and Witten, (3) Breaking: Jerry Jones just said on KRLD that Linebacker Brian Waters is probably out for the year, (4) Fox 4 had a graphic this morning where they referred to DeMarcus Ware as the Cowboy's "punt returner."
- The lawyer for former Cowboy Josh Brent, who is facing trial for Intoxication Manslaughter, was upset that the district clerk didn't immediately issue a subpoena. So what did he do? He filed a motion entitled "Motion to Compel District Clerk to Play Fair, Be Polite, and Do Their Job."
- You think Governor wannabe Greg Abbott was happy that most of the Texas anti-abortion law was struck down? Absolutely. Now he gets his free press as he appeals the decision.
- Here's a picture of the Texas judge who was forced to resigned after she was caught texting advice to a prosecutor during a trial.
- What a crazy killing spree of five in Terrell last night.
- A caller to Mark Davis this morning said that Wendy Davis is the poster child for "looking at her kids every morning and saying I wish I never had you." To his credit, Davis put him in his place for crossing the line.
- My annual rant: Candy Corn is nasty.
- Wonder Woman bathing suit "Hey, Now".
- So George Will's intellectual opponent on his new Fox News gig will be Juan Williams? Aledo vs. Western Hills was more competitive.
- There was a story on at least two of the local news stations who claims to have been "twice struck by lightning" at the Redneck's With Paychecks event over the weekend. Based upon his lack of injuries, I question the use of the term "struck".
- It's probably not a good sign for the syndication of Kidd Kraddick In The Morning that the show has been dropped in Fargo, North Dakota.
BREAKING: Federal judge declares Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional, blocks enforcement.And for those who want to read the twenty-six page Order you can do so here.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 28, 2013
at 2:12 PM
- I had to mow the lawn again on Saturday. I'm not sure I've ever had to mow it this late in the year. Stop growing!!
- I watched the Cowboy game with about an hour delay so I could fast forward through the commercials.
- After my comment about ghosts on Friday, someone told me a Decatur courthouse square ghost story that kind of creeped me out. A spiritual medium was even brought in (like that little lady in Poltergeist.)
- The World Series game ended with a pick off last night? Were the Rangers secretly running the bases?
- I went to a high school football game on Friday and was reminded how annoying a pack of junior high kids can be.
- It's not unusual to see Dez Bryant yelling on the sideline but normally it is incredibly funny how everyone just acts like he isn't there. I'd love to know what he said to get Jason Witten so mad. (Of course, we'll never know. He was just being "passionate".)
- When Vince Young was at UT, he tried that reach over the goal line for a score against the Aggies and it backfired.
- Is it taking later for the leaves to fall this year?
- Syria is still having a civil war, right? We were on the verge of dropping bombs and then it's completely out of the news.
- I've not watched Ted from start to finish but I normally laugh at it when its on and then feel guilty about doing so.
- Halloween costume "Hey, now."
- Baylor's Student Senate is recommending dropping the phrase "homosexual acts" from the relevant portion of the student code and replacing it with "non-marital consensual deviate sexual intercourse." Ummkay.
- Decatur put up 651 total yards on Bridgeport on Friday in route to its 52-7 win.
- Strange world: There was a shooting this morning at an Arlington apartment and Arlington Police have already released a youtube video about it.
at 8:42 AM
- Good grief. A three hour lightning delay at the TCU/Texas game? You see delays more and more these days but weren't they rare "back in the day"?
- I once went to a TCU/OU game in a rainstorm wearing full rain gear. (I just looked it up: 1998).
- Texas Tech and OU was a great game. Tech made it a heck of a fight. Their record is no fluke.
- But Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury needs to throttle his "rock star status" back a bit. ESPN had him give fashion tips to journalists and he went along with it.
- I've always believed in the goal line halfback pass which no one ever uses, and I used to tell that to an OU buddy of mine years ago. Even he had to have smiled when Tech pulled that off yesterday.
- There is no way Tech should have allowed that busted reverse by OU.
- And the Evil Empire may be back.
- As much as I consume Baylor football, I had been convinced all year that they needed to get to 7-0 before they would face four games against four good teams. I realized yesterday it is five games and five good teams. I worry about my mental health.
- Baylor is better than all five (TCU, OSU, UT, OU, Tech) but there is not way they get through that unbeaten. Baylor should put 30+ up on all of them. If they don't, there's trouble.
- But Baylor has won 11 straight games.
- Last night during the Baylor game, the camera kept cutting to despondent Kansas fans in the crowd. They've lost a ton of games over the last three years. I empathize with them. Truly. No one has suffered more than a Baylor fan. That's why I use the Walter White machine-gun-in-the-trunk analogy. I want to treat those last five teams on the schedules like modern day Nazis. There are some scores to settle.
- Last year, after the Cotton Bowl, I remarked on how fantastic Johnny Manziel was. Someone dogged me that I had "jumped on the bandwagon." That still bugs me. "Jumping on the bandwagon" means you have become a "fan" of a team/person and desire them to continue to win. I think the guy is great, but I don't care if he succeeds in the future.
- Another buried college football beef: I once wrote that RG3 would never have won the Heisman had not the great last second TD pass against OU occurred. Someone told me I was completely wrong. You, sir, are an idiot.
- Place your bets on Miami/Florida State next week. I'll take Florida State. I haven't looked at the line but I'm guessing Florida State -6. Edit: Holy cow. It's Florida State by 21.
- Urban Meyer is insufferable.
- Charlie Weis has stolen a lot of money. And had a lot of cheeseburgers.
- Nebraska's Bo Pelini won't be around for long.
- Mrs. LL is disturbed by the slurring speech of Lou Holtz.
- The ESPN feature on the "puntrooskie" is fantastic.
at 11:18 AM