- I'm still battling sickness, but I think I may have turned the corner. Note to self: Don't try to run a Turkey Trot when you are sick. It will not end well.
- I'm probably not as sick as Tony Romo is this morning.
- I went and saw a doctor a couple of days ago who just happens to be African American and who has the attitude Wanda Sykes. We actually had a mini-war between the two of us and she said at least twice, "Don't you cut your eyes at me!" as I looked at her with slight disdain. (Even though she did tell me to, "Walk down the hallway past those people and turn around and come back" in which I told her "No, I will not." She replied with an angry voice of a black woman, "Oh, yes, you WILL." I did it.) I love that woman.
- There is one person in this world who thinks I'm faking this illness. I don't know how that is possible. And, as someone can confirm, you do not want to be in my figurative cross-hairs.
- If you camp out for Black Friday, you aren't very smart.
- The floors in my house are a mess and haven't been replaced in 15 years. We had an independent contractor come over to give us an estimate to replace them and he was fascinating. Somehow we ended up talking about Costa Rica and I learned he had been to the same small village Mrs. LL and I stayed in years ago. He was an older an unusual guy and obviously a former hippie. I had a bizarre "feeling" and actually asked him if he was part of the book "In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road." He denied it but I'm not sure I believe him because he paused a little too long. The "end of the road" part of the title refers to the obscure village.
- Georgia Sheriff is catching some heat:
- The Texas Tech/Texas game was beyond fantastic. And the little-guy-hiding-behind-the-line play that Tech used to seal the game may have been one of the most fantastic things I've ever seen. (And watching Coach Bro celebrate made me smile.)
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- I just tortured you: I want you to have the above image embedded in your head all day while you also hear Dixie playing in the background. (But kind of hot?)
- The Taiwanese Student In The House thinks I'm funny. My life is now complete.
- The mistaken-clock-bomb student, Ahmed Mohamed, now has lawyers who are demanding a combined $15 million form the City of Irving and Irving ISD. Note to the lawyers: You appear as morons to the public. And, in my opinion, you are morons.
- Donald Trump said he "saw" people cheering in New Jersey during the 9/11 attacks. Ben Carson said he saw the same thing. (This guy is a brain surgeon?). Chris Christie said it might have happened but he might have forgotten it. Can the Republican race get any more insane?
- If you want more proof that football will be dead in 50 years, look no further than the way St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was treated after being knocked senseless. That is simply horrifying.
- The Dallas Morning News has finally called out "pastor" Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. How the deacons of that church have not fired him is beyond comprehension.
- Game Change and Double Down are great books about politics. It explains how some people never see what is coming.
- Sports: When the pre-season AP poll came out there were six SEC teams included in it which are no longer even ranked in the most current poll.
- An incredible photo of a Russian plane being shot down over Turkey this morning.
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- The Chinese exchange student is now in the house and, once she arrived, I learned she was actually from Taiwan. That caused me to do some quick research which only led me to great confusion since Taiwan is part of China. Does that make her Chinese?
- She is a sweet and respectful girl. But you know the first thing she wanted to know? Our wifi key. And she spends most of her time staring at her phone. She's basically an American. And she speaks English better than most of the people I know -- including me.
- Wait a second. No, she's not like an American! She can speak a different language! She is of a different religion! She doesn't look like me! She doesn't think like me! She has penetrated our borders! She might be a terrorist!!!!! Someone call Homeland Security!!!
- I'm going to beat her down with so many questions over the next week. If she doesn't eventually turn to the Two Girls In The House and ask, "What's that guy's deal?", I'll be very disappointed.
- I watched five of the six episodes of Fargo's Season Two this weekend. It may be the greatest TV show I've ever seen. And I will have to got back and watch it again because I know I'm missing so much.
- I also watched the first episode of Amazon Prime's show The Man In The High Castle. I was enthralled. The premise is that the U.S. lost World War II. Now, in 1962, the West Coast of the U.S. is controlled by the Japanese and the East Coast is controlled by the Germans. The middle of the country is a "neutral zone" which is occupied by minorities and Jews. Throw in the fact that there is a revolutionary group trying to distribute an 8 mm news reel that shows that the Allies actually won the war and my head almost exploded. I have no idea what is going on. (Oh, and the Japanese fear the Germans will drop an A-bomb on them once the peace loving Hitler dies. Yep, he is alive.) And that was just the first episode.
- I mentioned last week that I was going to file the craziest Motion in the history of ever (and it would reference Bonfire of the Vanities and the Salami Theory in footnotes.) I did it, and here it is. It will probably only interest some Wise County lawyers, the Wise County Sheriff's Office, some Tarrant County prosecutors, lawyers and judges (especially once they see the name of the prosecutor). Oh, and maybe the Wise County Messenger or Star-Telegram if they need some content on this holiday week. What? Someone is fighting against the dismissal of a criminal case? Edit: I forgot to mention that I'm not being paid a dime for that Motion or for anything else that occurs in this case in the future.
- But what do I know?
- I also watched Lucy this weekend. It is a movie about what happens if humans could access all of their brain capacity. It was a little hokey but the concept was fascinating.
- "Romans 13 teaches that Government's role is different than man's duty: it is to protect citizens & ensure justice. Texas will abide." - Greg Abbott tweet yesterday. I take great comfort in that. "The Dude [also] abides." (Man, I miss Rick Perry.)
- Sports: (1) I said there was no way Baylor would beat OSU and they did with their third string quarterback, (2) I said there was no way TCU would beat OU and they would have if the two point conversion pass had been six inches higher, (3) TCU coach Gary Patterson always implies Baylor's Art Briles has players that are thugs but that cheap shot hit by TCU's Ty Summers on OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was borderline criminal, (4) I had a buddy place a $100 bet in Vegas for me in August on the over/under for TCU's total wins this season. If Baylor beats TCU on Friday, I win. And Baylor is only a 1.5 favorite based upon the Vegas' opening line.
- The M&M comparison on the Syrian Refugees is beyond dumb. The attempted analogy is this: We don't need to take in Syrian Refugees because one in a hundred might be a terrorists. So the simpletons make this analogy: If you had one hundred M&Ms in front of you and one of them might be poisonous, would you eat any of them? Sheesh. This isn't about candy. Let's put it this way: What if you had one hundred scared and homeless individuals in front of you and all they wanted to do is live in the United States? Would you turn all those tortured souls away because one of them might be a terrorist?
- You had more of a risk to your safety by getting into your car this morning than from a possible Syrian refugee terrorists.
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