Skattershooting as fast as I can . . .
- From a pretty good movie, One
Photo: "People take pictures of the happy moments in their
lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we
had led a joyous, leisurely existence...free of tragedy. No one ever
takes a photograph of something they want to forget."
- Do you think Troy Aikman has the highest winning percentage of
any Cowboy quarterback? Nope. He is in fifth place behind Roger
Staubach (.746), Danny White (.674). Don
Meredith (.595) and even Craig Morton (.699). Aikman came in at .570
(94 wins and 71 losses).
- Business talk: Did you see that Tommy Hilfiger is in discussion
with Dillards to “explore cutting distribution to the department store
chain”. The company considers itself “overdistributed and is looking to
reduce distribution to balance supply and demand." Translation:
Make us cool again.
- Doesn't it seem like every day someone is being arrested for
possession of child porn?
- I was happy to see that the comic strip "Opus" had debuted. I
hate all comic strips with the exception of the strip where Opus got
his birth: "Bloom County".
- Apple's I-Pod, the tiny MP3 player, costs around $275. When Newsweek asked Apple founder Steve
Jobs if he thought it cost too much, he replied "No, of course I don’t
think it’s too costly. Fifty million homes have DVD players that cost
that kind of money. For music lovers, I don’t think it’s a hurdle at
all." Where is he buying his DVD players?
- Elton John has signed a three-year, $50 million deal to perform
75 shows at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas beginning in February 2004
- As much as the National
Enquirer gets dogged for being a tabloid, it sure is right
sometimes (i.e. Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction)
- I don't understand why we call Jessica Lynch a hero.
- I don't understand why Elizabeth Smart's parents place money over
their daughter's privacy.
- I saw Kill Bill the
other day. Very cool. Very dark. Very bloody.
- The Florida Marlins have been in existence for nine years. In two
of those years they won the World Series. In the other seven, they did
not even break .500.
Dent, a local columnist and author of The Junction Boys and other books,
was sentenced to eight years in prison for violating his felony DWI
probation. The DWI probation included a few month in jail as a
condition. On the day he was released, he received a new DWI in
Oklahoma which ultimately led to his eight year prison sentence.
- Michael Irvin says that the baseball player's union is far and
away better than the NFL player's union. Case in point: Each baseball
player receives $125,000 annually due to the sale of merchandise and
other liscensced products. NFL players, on the other hand, average only
$5,000 from NFL products.
- How often does this occur on the day after Thanksgiving: "How was
your Thanksgiving?" "Good, except I ate way too much."
- A couple of weeks ago, TCU beat the University of Houston in
football by a crazy score of 62-55. Last year the two teams met in
basketball and the final score was 61-56.
- University of Texas players Cedric Benson and Matt Nordgren were
both arrested recently. Benson was accused of breaking in an apartment
to retrieve his stolen "plasma television set". Nordgren was arrested
for criminal mischief which began after he "got out of his Lexus SUV".
(Star Telegram 10.29.03, page 7D). Those are pretty pricey
possessions for a couple of college kids.
- I always thought Odessa Permian was a legendary powerhouse high
school football team. Did you know they haven't made the playoffs in
five years? (And it isn't that hard to make the playoffs these days).
- Southlake (that used to kick Decatur around when it was at the 3A
level) has won 28 straight games at the 5A level.
- The Hummer 2 commercial with the kids in the soap box derby race
going down the hill beats me down to no end.
- In preseason college basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters are
playing real games. So far
they have beaten
Michigan State and Syracuse.
- Emmitt Smith made headlines earlier in the year when he
proclaimed that he was like a "diamond surrounded by trash" last year
while in Dallas. Well, if you wish to hear what has to be the
craziest Emmitt quote ever, listen
to this audio clip. Emmitt was talking about how he felt like a
diamond during the early 1990s with the Cowboys when he was surrounded
by . . . . well . . . . you just have to listen.
- Friday's Front Row Grill at the Ballpark in Arlington has closed
- You think the U.S. has received causalities in Iraq? On November
12th, there were nineteen Italians killed which is the worse military
loss of that country since World War II.
- Don't you think it is time that people who hate Ted Kennedy quit
mentioning Chappaquidick ?
- As I was thumbing threw some new recent legal cases the other
day, I came across one where a lawyer and doctor were convicted of
engaging in organized crime by "staging" car accidents and then making
fraudulent insurance claims. An undercover officer got involved and
documented them receiving over $200,000 because of their scheme. See
Gemoets v. State, 115 S.W.3d 59. There is sorriness everywhere.
- I do not
believe in a conspiracy
- I do not
believe there had to be a "magic bullet"
- I traveled down
to the site of the shooting on the afternoon of the 40th anniversary
with a digital camera. There were a ton
of people there including some nut
cases. My brush with greatness came when Jessie Ventura walked
towards me and then got really
- Since the City
of Dallas refuses to hold any official program to commemorative the
anniversary, the conspiracy theory groups simply take over the scene,
- At one point,
the crowd began chanting "We want the truth! We want the truth!"
- The Zapruder
film is the most important film footage in United States' history
- Zapruder sold
the film to Life Magazine for $250,000 which was a huge chuck of change
in 1964. Heck, it is a lot of money today.
- If the Zapruder
film did not exist, how many more conspiracies would there be?
- I still have
difficulty watching the Zapruder film at the moment of the "head shot".
- Want to see the
type of camera
that Zapruder was using?
- Can you imagine
a more horrifying experience than what Jackie Kennedy went through?
- An amazing
still from the Zapruder film right before the fatal shot is here. This is
known as frame #312.
- An amazing web
site that documents every single frame of the Zapruder file is here.
- On the Saturday
of the anniversary, WBAP reran 6 1/2 hours, unedited, of the
actual radio tapes that were broadcast on the day of the shooting. It
was fascinating stuff.
- The first
witness on the radio was a female who claimed she heard the shots
coming from a grassy hill near the overpass. (One awkward moment came
when the radio reporter asked "What type of car was it?" which prompted
the lady to respond in a condescending voice, "What kind of car was it?
It was the president's limosine!")
- There were
reports that vice-president LBJ had been hit.
- Edwin Newman
was anchoring the NBC national broadcast that WBAP would patch into on
occasion. He mentioned a couple of times that a "negro woman carrying a
baby with blood on him" had entered Parkland Hospital after Kennedy had
been taken there. They speculated that the child had been hit by a
- About an hour
after the shooting. a person was arrested in Fort Worth on Belknap
Street who was believed to be involved in the assassination.
- It's amazing
that Kennedy's was shot at 12:30 p.m. and his body was back in
Washington that evening.
- After my
Thanksgiving lunch, I was rummaging around old papers that my parents
had kept over the years. There were several from the days around the
assassination. One interesting issue was the one that had the big
headline that Oswald had been killed by Jack Ruby. On the sports page
of that issue was a story that Baylor University had voted to integrate
all of its sports programs.
- Oswald is
buried in Fort Worth. For obvious reasons, the burial plots beside him
were not in high demand. A few years back, a radio DJ and/or comedian
purchased the plot next to Oswald and placed the very odd headstone on
it bearing the name "Nick Beef".
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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