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10.24.2014

Above The Fold

Homophobic Redneck Gets Taken Down By Crowd At DFW Airport



Language warning. Big time.

Well, that was insane. Not something you see at an airport every day.

"This is America!" he says. Sheesh. Second only to "Same reason you get to walk and breathe while black. You know what I'm talkin' about."

(And I bet that guy in the pink shirt broke his ankle. You can hear it.)

This is a Hall of Fame video. I bet it makes it to the local news stations by today or tomorrow.

TCU Taking You Into The Weekend





Uh, Oh! Some Guy Just Went All Moses On The Ten Commandments In Oklahoma!


"The suspect said Satan told him to do it, Secret Service officials said. He also reportedly said he would kill President Obama and spit on a photo of Obama."

Story.

Read more: http://www.koco.com/news/ten-commandments-monument-smashed-to-pieces-near-state-capitol/29316430#ixzz3H5JFQp5G

Wise County Sheriff's Office 1974


I would love to know if the allegations were true (if so, Andy would never have done that in Mayberry).  I'd also love to know the resolution of the lawsuit.

Edit: One of you fine commenters found the answer . . .


Look What Ebola Can Do To You In The U.S.!


I apologize for the graphic nature of this photo.


Ted Cruz's Chief Of Staff Last Night


But, technically, you can't call him a liar. A nut, perhaps. But not a liar.

Story.

At Least Elections Look More Fun In Austin


Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • The Highland Park guy who has the Ebola themed Halloween decorations seems a bit off. When the cameras show up and he goes outside in a hazmat suit to get on camera, we aren't dealing with a normal guy. And I don't mind bits, but that one seems to be lacking clever execution. 
  • Someone pointed out that I incorrectly referred to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the NFL Hall of Fame. Interesting. For all intents and purposes it is the NFL Hall of Fame or folks like Herschel Walker, who had gaudy USFL numbers, would be in it. 
  • Typical of Dallas DA Craig Watkins: Seize a Porsche, tell commissioners it will be used in undercover drug buys, let it sit on  the roof of the courthouse parking garage for month, it gets towed, and then some snooty assistant DA threatens the towing company with a grand jury investigation. 
  • 90 degrees on Saturday? Oh, come on. 
  • Sports: (1) Notre Dame isn't going to put up with one of its freshmen wide receiver taking an in-bed selfie with a porn star will they? (2) I watched the one hour replay of OU/KSU on Fox Sports Southwest. I heard OU should have won but I had no idea it was that crazy. (3) The NBA starts next week. Eight. Long. Boring. Months. (4) Yeah, sure, NFL players get rich. There are 256 players on practice squads. If they are lucky enough to stay on it all year, the earn $102,000. That salary can be covered if one in every eight persons buys one beer at Cowboys Stadium during one home game. ($8.50 x 12,000)
  • There is a fantastic "political cartoon" concerning the shooting of the Canadian soldier who was guarding Ottawa's National War Memorial on Wednesday. 
  • That new Northwest Eaton High School along 287 is going to be huge. 
  • I've been trying to figure out the new design of the 287/Business 287 exchange south of Decatur. I think I finally know. That's a heck of a project that is ongoing. (And, man, the cops have been making a killing off enforcing the 55 mph construction zone.)
  • For the record, I said a year ago that there is no way Wendy Davis can win. Even her margin of defeat might be misleading as an indicator of the GOP/Dem gap in Texas because she is such a lightning rod. 
  • I can always tell when Mrs. LL uses my toothpaste because she squeezes it in the middle. 
  • Ebola and the New York tabloids were made for each other . . .


10.23.2014

Car vs. Gate: Who Ya Got?



I have no idea what is going on here, but there's a heck of a payoff at the end.

Drive under the gate = easy.  Backing up under the gate = just the opposite.

Maze Has Gone Missing?


Honestly, I wasn't that familiar with Get Lost Maze but apparently it was pretty popular. But it won't be here this year.


Halloween Tip: Instant Geisha Makeup

Crazy Book In Photo From Last Night


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • If you wanted to listen to oral arguments at the Fort Worth Court of Appeals in Terry Ross v. Lane Akin, you could do so here. Edit: Link fixed. Edit: Well, it's on this page.  Edit: Sheesh. The link is there but it is inoperable on the court's website. I suppose they will update it. 
  • Jeffrey Fowle, the American released by North Korea, returned to the U.S. yesterday. I thought it was odd that when he landed in Ohio he pulled his luggage on the tarmac like a tourist before being reunited with his family.
  • Four members of Blackwater were convicted of murder and/or manslaughter yesterday. There's no telling what else that out of control organization did in Iraq.
  • Cowboys' Demarco Murray bought iMacs for his five starting offensive lineman but left out Jermey Parnell who replaced injured Doug Free last week and will continue to do so for at least the next two weeks.
  • How did I miss this movie last year?!: Chupacabra vs. The Alamo starring Erik Estrada.
  • A guy imprisoned for over 25 years, but who received a new trial,  had a crazy development yesterday during jury deliberations in Waco. He pled guilty to killing his two adopted sons in exchange for a 60 year sentence. From this article, it sounds like the defense knew that the 1980s parole laws, which applied to the case, mandated his release as soon as the paperwork is processed, but the DA didn't know this. Wise County connection: "One of Graf’s attorneys, Michelle Tuegel [formerly Michelle Simpson of Bridgeport], said her co-counsel, Walter M. Reaves Jr., consulted with [a parole expert] on Tuesday to verify that [the defendant] is eligible for mandatory release. She said the matter was not discussed with . . . prosecutors."
  • A handful of NFL players get rich, but most are simply exploited. And the reason is their playing careers are so short that they can't form a strong union.  Baseball players, which can easily play for 15 years, can absolutely strike for two years yet make it up once the owners cave. A kid out of college in the NFL knows he's got an average of five years, if he's lucky, to make as much as he can. You think he's willing to strike for even one year? 
  • Ummkaaay: "The future of TLC’s hit reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is up in the air after reports surfaced that June Shannon, aka “Mama June,” is dating a convicted sex offender who served time for child molestation. TMZ reports that Shannon has rekindled her romance with Mark McDaniel, who reportedly went to jail for molesting a child in Shannon’s family when they were dating years earlier."
  • I've always thought that most of the abuse of criminal defendants occurs in JP and municipal courts. (No where else does a court case start with the illegal presumption that you owe a bill to the government.)  Texas has 817 Justice Courts and 926 Municipal Courts. 
  • If you're in a media crisis, no matter how bad, just ride it out (i.e. Bill Clinton or Roger Goodell.)  I bet Nixon would have survived as well if he had refused to resign. 


10.22.2014

Site Maintenance Question

I promise I still have it turned off!


I've seen a couple of comments about something being different about the comment process. Word verification? I haven't changed a thing. I did a "test" comment and didn't see anything different.

What are you guys seeing? I'll put my well armed Liberally Lean Tech Support Department on it immediately if there's an issue.

And Another - Texas


Story.

Normally Peaceful Canada Was Like America This Morning




Story.

Fatality

DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner)
Wise County Accident *Update - Medic 1 launching Air Evac 68 to the fatal 18 wheeler rollover vs. vehicle at FM 51 &FM 455. FM 51 shut down.

Barry

Florida State Band Just Breaking Out Into A Beyonce Dance Like Nobody's Business

My Head Exploded Last Night When I Saw This


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts


  • There's someone being prosecuted for the unauthorized practice of law in Tarrant County. At first, I thought it was odd since it seems like a case which should be able to be resolved without a trial. Then I learned the defendant is a disbarred Dallas municipal judge who has gone to jail before for stealing clients' money. 
  • The only people that have contracted Ebola on U.S. soil are the two nurses and they are going to survive. What was all the fuss about?
  • If you're a fan of the C.J. Wilson brag, you've got to read what he had to say about picking up a new car in Dallas. 
  • The Star-Telegram has a story of a Keller girl who died "after taking Ecstasy" at the Austin City Limits Festival last month.  Yet toxicology tests are still pending. Big prediction: MDMA didn't kill her. Pure MDMA isn't going to kill anyone. There will be something else found to be in that pill. 
  • Texas mega-lawyer and Aggie Tom Buzbee claims he was defrauded out of an investment of $1.5 million in a "dance film" which was to star either Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling. The article reads like he was told the total cost of the film would be $3 million. If that's the representation that was made and he believed it, the man may be a great lawyer but he is clueless about what it costs to make a movie. 
  • The Brian King who eluded deputies yesterday in Chico is listed on the Wise County Sheriff's Office website as being 5'9" and 200 pounds. 
  • The radio told me this morning that the nine lowest rated World Series have been the last nine. Baseball will survive into the future but I don't understand how. 
  • If the Renee Zellweger story interested you yesterday, look at this comparison.
  • New Family Pup #2 is horrified by loud noises. Blender. Vacuum cleaner. Anything like that. It makes her take off and shake like there's no tomorrow. Any idea what could be in her past that causes a reaction like that or is that just natural for some dogs?
  • "All Around Cowboy" current standings: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $259,262. 2. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $158,537. 3. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah $88,683. I don't know why Decatur doesn't market itself as the "Cowboy Capitol of America." 
  • I heard on the radio yesterday that the very spare Florida Georgia Line band cancelled a fan "meet and greet" in Dallas because of Ebola. I can't find anything about that online.
  • For some reason, Baylor's school newspaper allowed a sports columnist to write about Muslims. Many were not pleased with his anti-Muslim generalization. 
  • "Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report." - And that's breaking news from Fox News.


10.21.2014

Above The Fold

Bridgeport Index 9/13/1973


This may be the greatest picture in the history of ever.

(And they are still around!)

Edit: Inspiration for the girls of the B-52's?


Killer Bees!!!!


Edit: From Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine:




What Do The Masses Know About This?


Pop Culture Emergency! What Happened To Renee Zellweger!!??


Hey, I've mentioned before how Zellweger jazzes me. Even when she was a plump Bridget Jones, still loved her. This is her . . .



Or at least it used to be. Here are some recent pictures of her. Any chance ISIS has abducted her and snuck in a plant to infiltrate liberal Hollywood?



Random Wreck That Rocked Bridgeport Back In The Day


Story from the next week:



 Also on the same page:

State of the Wise County Sheriff's Office in 1973


And another:


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • Greg Abbott says as a state AG his job is to defend any challenge to any law passed by the legislature. So someone asked him if he would have defended an interracial marriage ban back in the day. He dodged the question. That's interesting. I suppose he does have to defend any law regardless of whether it is idiotic. 
  • Speaking of idiotic, Abbott is also encouraging straight ticket voting. 
  • "iPad sales are down but it's because they are too good." That's true. I bought mine two and a half years ago and it still runs flawlessly. It is difficult to justify an upgrade. 
  • The phrase "this was a wake up call" to describe a life changing event is becoming an outdated term since I doubt wake up calls in hotels happen very often anymore. People trust the alarm on their phones to wake them up. 
  • I'm seeing more residential Halloween lights. (Like Christmas lights, but orange.) 
  • Whatever happened to the "border crisis"? 
  • The City of Decatur "moving" Halloween made USA Today.
  • Last week: "Moody's Investors Service said it has downgraded to A2 from A1 the rating on the city of Decatur, Texas' tax and waterworks and sewer system surplus revenue certificates of obligation." Someone explain the impact, if any. 
  • Sports: (1) I'd bet on TCU to win the Big 12. They've got the easiest schedule the rest of the way (Kansas State at home is dangerous and be very careful about that trip to Morgantown). Win out and it is there's because there's no way Baylor will win out. (2) Hey, I won't dodge my prediction that the Cowboys would only win seven or less. I was wrong. And it doesn't help that everyone else was wrong either. (3) I probably won't watch any of the World Series. (4) I don't see DeMarco Murray staying healthy all year. (5) For those who have an interest in whether that was a correct call at the end of the Notre Dame/FSU game, this video came out yesterday. Notre Dame may have been robbed. (6) aTm and Florida are perfect examples of how things can go downhill in a hurry. 
  • That cop that shot that dog in Cleburne needs to be fired. He is a danger to society. 
  • Fox 4 had a story of a Spirit Airlines flight to DFW from Fort Lauderdale had to turn back after hitting a plane. Sean Hannity, assuming he isn't lying, posted a crazy picture of the damage. 
  • Mayor Rawlings has stopped Ebola in its tracks and "Earth cooking up record temperatures" . . . 


10.20.2014

One Defendant Had The First Name Of "Rocksan"




Ironically, I'm betting her mother was a fan of The Police. Not a very good speller but a nice taste in music.

So Ridiculous. So Funny.

The Keene State Pumpkinfest In New Hampshire Looks Fun





Edit: Hey, we have a little comedy with a Sean Hannity wannabee . . .

Random Monday Morning Thoughts



  • The other day I pointed out that a JP in Montgomery County was holding a "prayer breakfast." I thought it odd. Now I thinks it is even odder: "A Texas judge, under fire for opening court proceedings with a Bible reading followed by a prayer, has scheduled a prayer breakfast next week where he claims he will address the issue." Even you hardliners don't believe that it is OK for a court to open with a Bible reading, do you? 
  • I don't know where I heard it, but I heard someone say that, in case of a power outage, his home is on a "one hour maximum" outage list because he has a handicapped child who requires electrical medical equipment at times. Are there designated homes like this which will have power restored quickly? And how is that possible?  
  • Well it looks like it took one weekend to end the Ebola Will Kill Us All In Texas Scare. 
  • Ed Bark tweet last night: "Latest NFL history made at 8:42 p.m. CT. Peyton Manning now all-time career leader in TD passes with 509." Little bit of an oversell there? Bark acted like he was Cronkite announcing JFK's death. 
  • Tweet from Wendy Davis over the weekend about the ruling to let Texas' new voter ID law to go into in effect: "The disappointing decision by the Supreme Court is 1 more reason it's so important all Texans exercise their right to vote starting Monday." That's really confusing. I hope she saying that your votes for the Texas legislature impact the kind of laws that are enacted. But it comes across as she is saying Supreme Court seats are up for election next month. 
  • As I flipped around the radio dial this morning, both WBAP and The Ticket were talking about the announcement that Pitbull would perform at the Cowboys' game on Thanksgiving. Both acted like this was novel.  Uh, this is a return performance for him since he performed at the the game in 2011.
  • At the exit of DFW airport, there are about six unmanned gates with the word "CREDIT" over each. I watched cars pull through and they just waited for the gate to open. They didn't roll down a window, insert a card, or anything. I'm guessing those are Toll Tag lanes but why are they labeled "CREDIT"? Edit: What if I pull in there because I have a credit card which seems like lots of people would do. Are they screwed?
  • At the automated check in at American Airlines to get your boarding pass, you have to confirm that you are not carrying any prohibited items. What's the purpose of that? 
  • Oh, to the commenter who told me to eat at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh: I did it. I actually ate a sandwich that was topped off with cole slaw and french fries in the sandwich. (Well, I ate half a sandwich.) It was featured on Man vs. Food
  • Mrs. LL saw Gone Girl over the weekend and then last night just blurted out the ending to me.