Skattershooting as fast as I can . . .
On Martha Stewart: I've never been a fan
of this woman, but the Feds sure like they are screwing her over. As usual,
the federal prosecutor held a "Look At Me" press conference and claimed
that she was not being prosecuted because she is a celebrity. Baloney.
Note that she isn't being charged criminally for insider trading but for
lying to investigators. How often does that happen?
On Sammy Sosa: What a bonehead. How anyone could
damage such a legacy is beyond me. He's guilty and he knew he was guilty.
One funny line I heard was "That Harold Baines for Sammy Sosa trade doesn't
look so bad right now." (The Texas Rangers made that infamous trade in
the early 1980s).
On criminal bail bonds: The girl that dumps her
two kids in the median of Jacksboro highway makes a $40,000 bond. The two
ladies who left the toddler in the back of the day care van have bond set
at $1,000,000. One act was intentional, the other was negligent.
Trust me, there is no more unjust system than that of the setting of bonds.
I'm not sure Scott Peterson killed Laci Peterson.
I do have my doubts about Peterson's media hungry
lawyer, Mark Geragos. He is the same lawyer that represented Winona Ryder
in her shoplifting case - a case which reportedly could have been quickly
plea bargained for a misdemeanor. By insisting on a much publicized jury
trial, his client ended up with a felony conviction.
I'll go crazy if I have to listen too much to
Nancy Grace, the commentator who always appears on Larry King Live.
To her, a person is guilty if the cops say your guilty. (And she's a former
Movie review: Secretary with James Spader
The documentary, Murder On A Sunday Morning,
is a must see for anyone who thinks all cops are good and pure. It is excellent.
Jennifer Aniston's little known flick, The
Good Girl, was good.
I rented, for the sake of nostalgia, Fast Times
at Ridgemont High. Verdict: Highly Overrated. Phoebe Cates, however,
could never be. (By the way, Nicholas Cage is in the movie but (1) he never
says a word and (2) he is listed in the credits as Nicolas Coppola.)
Catch Me If You Can is very good.
Hillary Clinton is out promoting her new book.
Nothing invokes the fire of the right wing like the Clintons.
The book, by the way, set a "Barnes & Noble
sales record for nonfiction books on its first day on store shelves," the
company said Tuesday.
The AP calculates
the number of civilian deaths in the Iraq war at 3,240. How many people
died on 9/11?
Did anyone see the performance
of t.A.T.u. on the MTV Movie Awards? Hey, the 100 background dancers dressed
like school girls who then strip down to the undies and then kiss one another
even shocked me.
Also, rapper 50 Cent performed on the show wearing
a bullet proof vest. Think he's trying to capitalize on his claim that
he has been shot nine times?
Pop up Internet ads are about to drive me crazy.
Junk email has already driven me crazy.
The legislature almost cut all the funding for
every "narcotics task force" that is in the state. Speaking from experience,
that would be money well saved.
The legislature, by the way, passed 1,300 new
laws. If they met year round, instead of once every two years, maybe there
would not be this mentality to "get something done".
Decatur Superintendent J.D. Kennedy appears to
be on his way to a new job. I was impressed a few weeks back when I attended
Decatur's kindergarten graduation (yes, you read that right) and saw Kennedy
on stage to shake the hand of each little graduate.
I can reason better with an angry prosecutor than
I can a two year old girl.
There sure is a lot of advertising (billboard
and radio) for some new development north of Decatur called Silver Lakes
Ranch. Not sure how that's going to go over.
I saw the Dixie Chicks in concert the other day
on PBS. I thought they were good to begin with but this really sealed
How long do you think it will be before we allow
others, at our choice, to track us based upon global positioning satellite
technology. What excuse would you give your spouse for NOT wanting that
type of technology?
There are still 680 detainees in Guantanamo classified
as unlawful combatants.
Signs of Very Strange Days: The top golfer is
black, the top rapper is white, the tallest player in the NBA is from China,
and Germany doesn't want to go to war.
Donald Regan, who was the chief of staff to Ronald
Reagan, died on June 10, 2003. I learned about it when NPR spent 30 seconds
summarizing his life. Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?. You can rise
all the way to chief of staff, be president of Merrill Lynch, have to resign
because of Iran-Contra, and all you get is 30 seconds. What's that say
for the rest of us?
Did you think you would ever see the day when
traffic at 287 and I-35 north of Fort Worth would be backed up on a regular
The Texas Legislature passed a bill requiring
a moment of silence every morning in our public schools. It's the
closest they could get to mandating school prayer without actually mandating
school prayer. (Amazingly, on Senator Craig Estes web site, he summarizes
the bill with this title:
"Mandatory Prayer and Pledge in Schools".)
VH-1's top 50 songs of the last 25 years begins
like this: 1 . Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; 2. Michael Jackson,
"Billie Jean"; 3. Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine"; 4. Eminem, "Lose
Yourself"; 5. U2, "One", 6. Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way"; 7. Prince, "When
Doves Cry"; 8. Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"; 9. The Police,
"Every Breath You Take"; 10. Madonna, "Like a Virgin". I'm
sure everyone will agree.
State Senator Craig Estes has supported medical
malpractice legislative reform by urging caps on damages for pain and suffering.
Hey, I've gripped about personal injury lawsuits for years (I spent five
years in the insurance defense business), but I have trouble with the following
line he uses: "[A study] found that . . . about 85 percent of all malpractice
lawsuits are closed without a finding for the plaintiff." If he is implying
that 85% of all lawsuits are frivolous, he is misleading you. Most of the
legitimate cases are settled out of court with the defendant admitting
no liability (which is another way of saying "no finding for the plaintiff").
A bill before the Governor will change Southwest
Texas State University to Texas State University. That should be vetoed.
Green served as District Attorney for Wise and Jack Counties from 1993
through 2000. He is now a partner in the Decatur law firm of Smith
& Green, P.C.
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