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- Patsy Ewing Chance, who was in the Update obits yesterday, is Greg "The Hammer" Williams' mom.
- Colton Moore, the 18 year old who allegedly killed the Garland 7-11 clerk, posted on Fox 4's Facebook page about the shooting before his arrest.
- Last night, Colton Moore of Krum won a gold medal in the X-games one year after his brother was killed competing in the same event.
- Yep, same name.
- I watched the documentary The Imposter last night (on CNN of all places.) It's "the story of a Frenchman who impersonated a Texas child, Nicholas Barclay, who went missing in 1994" and it's fantastic.
- The Family Cat has now decided to spend the majority of her days and nights on the stop stair of the staircase. Weirdest thing ever.
- Greg Abbott was on Megyn Kelly's show last night and she accused him of dodging a question when he wouldn't directly answer whether he "stood by" an earlier press release where he had said if you can't trust Wendy Davis to tell her life story correctly then "how can you trust her to lead?" Why he didn't just say "Yes, I stand by it" is beyond me.
- I hate this time of year.
- Saw lots of people throwing down some righteous indignation online yesterday by proclaiming that Justin Bieber was not "drag racing" because that's an organized sport but was instead "street racing." Ummkay.
- "AUSTIN (AP) — The Houston-based Mulva Foundation is making a $60 million pledge to the business and engineering schools at the University of Texas." I just had a Seinfeld flashback.
- Today is the 20th Anniversary of The Ticket and they'll celebrate with their annual Ticketstock convention this weekend. Wild Guess: The Hardline's Mike Rhyner announces his retirement.
- A college goalie gave up a 200' goal because he was off to the side chit chatting with some fans/friends. Video.
- There was just the craziest noise on the Decatur square and then the power went out.
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Dr. Michael Noyes director of adult probation testified there are 34 people on probation now in Dallas Co. for intoxication manslaughter.
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) January 23, 2014
I was first curious as to how this was even admissible. I mean, what is the relevance of what happened to other people in other cases?
But the defense angle, I believe, is that the probation department has a specialized program of treatment for Intoxication Manslaughter cases. How effective that program is would certainly depend on the number of people undergoing that treatment. If the number is one, a second person would certainly get specialized treatment. If there were 2,000, not so much. Bottom line: The number is relevant.
Practically speaking, a juror can now argue in the jury room that 34 other people have received probation so why shouldn't Josh Brent.
And from earlier . . .
The Josh Brent jury is made up of mostly minority jurors. The first witness in sentencing is a trooper from Illinois.
— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) January 23, 2014
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- The prior DWI is really going to hurt Josh Brent during the punishment phase of his Intoxication Manslaughter case. I'd guess a 20% chance of probation, a 60% chance of a sentence in the 2 to 10 year range, and a 20% chance of 11 to 20 years. (But if you've ever tried to predict jury sentencing, you know there's nothing more unpredictable.)
- You'll hear "probation" and "parole" used interchangeably today. That's wrong. Probation is what you receive instead of prison. Parole is what you are on when you go to prison and are released early.
- Because the jury in Brent's case found he used a "deadly weapon", he will have to serve at least one-half of any prison sentence before being eligible for parole. (There's an obscure provision in Texas law that actually says he will have to serve a minimum of two years even if sentenced to two or three years, but you won't hear about that.)
- "Fox News' Sean Hannity to attend State of the Union with Rep. Gohmert, may run for office in Texas." Gohmert's a nutcase so it's understandable that Hannity is attracted to him. Edit: Source.
- The Captain & Tennille are divorcing after 39 years of marriage. Why? If you can survive performing Muskrat Love all that time, can't you handle each other? (And I had forgotten that their first hit is now the ironically titled Love Will Keep Us Together.)
- My family had Captain & Tennille's first album on eight track and my mom's new car was one of the first one's to have an eight track tape player in it. I'm forever mentally scarred by how much I was forced to listen to that album as a kid.
- Yesterday we had a motorcycle death in Benbrook and a wrong way driver in Dallas. It had been a while.
- If there is ever a case that shatters stereotypes, the arrest of eighteen year old, clean cut, and very white Colten Jon Moore in the murder of the Garland 7-11 clerk from Ethiopia is certainly going to do it. That was one cold-hearted killing.
- There's a hearing tomorrow in Fort Worth on whether Marlise Muñoz, brain dead and pregnant, can be taken off life support. I'm guessing the district judge, first appointed by Gov. Perry to fill a vacancy, won't do it. And I can't see an expedited appeal to the Fort Worth Court of Appeals changing anything. The wording of the applicable law will probably play a very small role in everyone's decision.
- Justin Bieber was arrested at 4:00 a.m. last night for drag racing (in a rented Lamborghini) and DUI in Miami. And that's the most I'll think about it for the rest of the year.
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I'm not sure how everyone didn't die.
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First the site of the Super Bowl:
And news and notes about the not-for-profit (!!!!!) NFL:
Here’s what the home of Super Bowl XLVIII looked like yesterday. More photos: http://t.co/u87OJlzLMJ pic.twitter.com/dGM9Pd32MF
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 22, 2014
And news and notes about the not-for-profit (!!!!!) NFL:
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- I'm really surprised there wasn't a verdict in the Josh Brent case yesterday. (And I swear I dreamed I was on that jury last night -- In it, I fell asleep in the jury room during deliberations only to awake to find my 11 fellow jurors all gone.)
- I received a few comments yesterday that a young man in Bridgeport had died from the flu. If that's true, that brings the county's number up to two deaths, but I'm not sure we have anyone who officially makes such a report.
- Mark Davis lambasted Wendy Davis yesterday for not staying with her husband because they had children together. He doesn't come to that argument with clean hands, does he?
- A huge outlet mall is coming to north Fort Worth. I'm not sure I've ever been in an outlet mall.
- The much troubled Prime Prep Academy received about $600,000 in "federal start-up grants" and now over 100 computers are missing.
- A Houston area "And Another" has received a year in jail.
- Those who traveled to Austin yesterday, including a handfull from Wise County, in order to have the Texas Railroad Commission "stop the operation of injection wells temporarily to see if the earthquakes stop" don't know the Texas Railroad Commission.
- Ricky Gervais in 1983 looked like he could be a member of the Backstreet Boys.
- Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman has been calling himself the only one in the race who is a "proven prosecutor." That caused someone to research the claim and discovered he was with a D.A.s office for only 15 months and had only 20 jury trials -- losing nine of them.
- And David Dewhurst, not thinking about whether teachers vote, said during a debate on Monday that they are paid a "very fair salary".
- "I'm a little skeptical of those Wendy Davis ads where she boasts of going to community college and then, with the 'help' of some scholarships, she went on to TCU and Harvard Law School." - Me on October 11, 2012.
- Sean Hannity had a "round table" discussion last night after the First Lady made positive comments about Jane Fonda. One graphic on the screen read, "Hanoi Jane." Good grief. That was 42 years ago.
- A federal appellate court has ruled that someone can't be removed from a jury panel by a lawyer solely because the potential juror is gay. (The same rule has applied based upon race or sex for years.)
- Uncle Nate (the Johnny Football hanger-on) is selling a Rolex via twitter? Later on he said he had been "moving watches" as a "hobby" for about three years.
- The propeller fell off a single engine plane yesterday afternoon and the pilot was still able to land it near Weatherford.
- Steve Stockman, the Tea Party "challenger" (and I use that term very loosely) to Sen. John Cornyn. is basically missing in action (at least when he's not unveiling a website with a photoshopped Cornyn shaking hands with the President.)
- Great PR stunt announced yesterday: Warren Buffett offers $1 billion for anyone who can pick every game in this year's March Madness tournament. (The odds are astronomical at 9,200,000,000,000,000,000 to 1.) But, wait. It's actually Quicken which is offering the money. No, wait. Buffett is acting as an insurance company for Quiken in case someone wins the prize. Source.
- Texas beat K-State last night on a crazy three pointer at the buzzer, but the reaction of shooter/junior forward Jonathan Holmes really oozes "I'm too cool to celebrate". That is what Charlie Strong wants to exorcise from the football program.
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HOUSTON – Two Texas lawmakers vow to re-introduce marijuana legislation as many times as it takes to move the Lone Star state closer to Colorado and Washington state-style pot regulations.
But experts in drug policy predict anywhere from five to 10 years before lawmakers in Austin might consider being swayed to change Texas marijuana laws.
But the President weighed in on the issue over the weekend:
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- The Fifth Grader and I stumbled upon The Game Channel yesterday and shortly thereafter she proclaimed shows like Password and the $100,000 Pyramid are "rigged". And the more I watched the more I tended to agree with her.
- Mark Davis went on a huge rant this morning about Richard Sherman's post game comments from Sunday. And the Ticket won't stop talking about it. Why? I don't understand all the controversy. When I first saw it, I replayed it about five times and laughed the entire time.
- And Mrs. LL can't hear Michael Crabtree's name without referring him to Michael Trabtree (a Ticket reference.)
- The Josh Brent case goes to the jury today. I'm guessing "guilty" before noon and then the punishment phase fires up.
- Everyone is beating up on Wendy Davis but she had to have known that was coming.
- The Paradise City Council has declared 2014 as "The Year of the Bible". The Muslim population of the town will not be pleased.
- Random Paradise model pic.
- Dallas jury awards woman $800,000 for a wrongful arrest by detective. That's pretty rare.
- There's a 25 year old Bridgeport man listed in the Update's death listings. What happened?
- "Garland police are investigating the death of a 7-Eleven clerk found behind the counter early Tuesday morning." That has to be a nerve racking job. I'd be fearful of every customer who walked through the door.
- Odd: The hamburger at One Stop in Runaway Bay made the "Burgerpalooza" slide show about burgers in Dallas on the Dallas Observer website. (Credit emailer).
- Playboy's Miss February 2006 found dead at friend's house. Hey, now?
- In Comal County indigent, incarcerated defendants get to choose their court appointed lawyer: Among other concerns according to the Texas Lawyer, "[I]ndigent defendants might call five or six lawyers and spend an hour interviewing each one before making a choice. But the county pays just $250 to $300 for each appointment, so it could be 'cost inefficient' for lawyers to spend time on such interviews." Really?
- Random discovery over the weekend: Maybe the most right wing nutcase in the Texas legislature is some young guy named Jonathan Strickland who describes himself as "a Conservative Christian Republican". (Voting record.) He also appears to be in favor of cheeseburgers.
- I think my dream job would be being the camera man for Aerial America.
- I finally watched the 30 for 30 documentary of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. It was fantastic. But I'm surprised Kerrigan wouldn't be interviewed for the project. If I were her, I'd cut a deal where I gave ESPN two sentences, at her choosing, to be aired at the end of the film.
- "This is one of the rare times where I'm going to rely upon input from the listeners rather than my own insight." - Dennis Prager before his ironically depressing "Happiness Hour" on Friday. I can't begin to tell you how much disdain I have for that guy.
- The Fifth Grader in the House asked me if I knew the preamble to the Constitution. I then proceeded to bust out in the song I learned from School House Rock. I leaned that decades ago and have never forgotten it. (Any chance that's a secret of education?)
- The Wendy Davis story, as highlighted in the Dallas Morning News, is fascinating. I feel for her husband who paid for her TCU and Harvard education, but at the same time she's a poster child of the "The American dream" without help doesn't exist anymore.
- 1970's Elton John was really, really good. (That was prompted by the Colin Kaepernick Beats commercial which always confuses me because the song starts off as "You can tell everybody . . . ")
- Inappropriately dressed Modern Family girl at awards show?
- I really like new Fox 4 gal Jenny Anchondo.
- Dallas DA Craig Watkins: “To be realistic, this may be a 30-, 40-year career for me here as Dallas County D.A. I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and I think once we get through this election cycle, then the politics of it all will settle down.” Sadly, he might be right.
- The Kids in the House asked me questions about Martin Luther King Sr. just to be trouble makers.
- There was a crazy story on ESPN this weekend about Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin. He has one eye -- I don't think the public knew that. I sure didn't.
- Random tweet I saw: "If Al Qaeda had poisoned 300K people in WV, Sunday shows would be there. But when corporations are responsible, not a peep."
- Richard Sherman's post game interview was beyond entertaining.
- Not sure about the attempted comedy of "but salsa was spilled" in the first item in the Update. (And why in the world do they give free press to the "Overpasses for America" goofballs?)
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