Skattershooting after one very, very long
- Did you see that the winner of the
Bassmasters Classic was Takahiro Omori. Do you think that played
well in Alabama?
- Since almost all my predictions are
woefully wrong, I am pleased to announce that in August of
2001 I wrote that Quincy Carter "will not be in the league five
years from now" and in September
of 2002 I said that "Quincy Carter will never make it in the
NFL". He's hanging on for dear life as a back-up in New
York. This makes me a certified football genius. Maybe not.
- President Bush came to Dallas on
8.3.04 to speak to the Knights of Columbus and it was reported that he
first made a stop for a fundraiser at "the private home of a software
entrepreneur". That man, I found out, was Larry Lacerte. In case,
you were wondering, in 1998, Lacerte sold
his company to Intuit for $400 million. That kind of money
apparently will get you a lot of attention.
- Speaking of Quincy Carter, we forget
that he was a second round pick and had a signing bonus of "only" $1.6
million. (I'm obsessed with Quincy).
- Can anyone explain why certain things
are exempt from taxes on Tax Free Day and others are not? (i.e.
pajamas are tax free and but backpacks are taxed). The complete crazy
list is here.
- Martha Stewart is in prison and I feel
so much safer.
- Ken Jennings won 30 straight "Jeopardy"
episodes and then, and only then, did he crack the $1 million in
winnings barrier. (He might want to consider "Who Wants to Be A
Millionaire" next time).
- There was probably no one more happy
with Quincy Carter's release than Vinny Testaverde. Expected to
be a backup when the Cowboys signed him, his contract has a clause that
allows him to make $3 million more if he is involved in 80% of the
Cowboy's offensive plays and the team is at least 8-8.
- Testaverde is 41. Troy Aikman is
currently 37. I wonder .......
- Rick James died two weeks ago. His big
hit, Super Freak, never got higher than 16 on the Billboard charts
- President Bush misspoke the other day
and said "Our enemies are
innovative and resourceful,
and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our
country and our people, and neither do we." What is impressive is that
the White House web site, which chronicles every official word the
President says, put the text
of his remarks on the web - mistakes and all.
- From a letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News after yet
another truck full of smuggled immigrants was discovered: "How safe are
we? Illegals are being trucked into Texas every day - that could be a
truck full of explosives."
- Random news article: Robert Howard
competed in track and field events for the Arkansas Razorbacks from
1994-98. He was also on the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic team, and was an
11-time All-American, a 10-time NCAA champion, and an eight-time
Southeastern Conference champion. Howard took last year off from
medical school in an unsuccessful bid to make the Olympic team. He then
killed his wife and jumped from a 10th floor window.
- Yahoo's Most
Emailed photos seem to be obsessed with women's bodies and animals.
I'm not sure what that means.
- Fahrenheit 9/11 will be on DVD in
October before the election. Coincidence? Not a chance.
- "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried
by 6" - quote from an Ellis County man on Fox 4 news who put up a sign
that he would use "extreme deadly force" against anyone who burglarizes
- Former Kansas City Chief Derrick Thomas
died in an auto crash in 2000. Some of his family members sued General
Motors afterwards for wrongful death. They lost. Tell me what catches
your eye from the following blurb from an AP story about the matter:
"Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, his seven children and their five
mothers sued GM, seeking at least $73 million dollars".
- While preparing Gorton's Grilled Fillets
frozen dinner (I do a lot of that these days), these were the microwave
instructions: "Microwave on high as directed below. 1 fillet: 3 1/2 to
6 minutes." Is that range just a bit too large?
- Lawrence Phillips was a great running
back for the University of Nebraska when the school won the National
Championship a few years back. He was also the 6th overall selection in
the 1996 draft. And then things went south. He recently sold his Big 12
Championship ring in a Las Vegas pawn shop for $20.
- University of Texas football coach Mack
Brown received a $1.6 million bonus
this year for staying with the University as long as he has. That is in
addition to his base salary of $2 million.
- Love, Actually is a
very good movie.
- The movie's beginning dialogue has Hugh
Grant saying, as we watch scenes of people reuniting at an airport,
"General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a word of
hatred and greed. But I don't see that. It seems to me that love is
everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy.
Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives,
boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin
towers as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on
board were messages of hate or revenge. They were all messages of love.
If you look for it I've got a sneaky feeling that you'll actually find
that Love Actually Is All Around"
- Sliding Doors is great
about demonstrating my firm belief that even the smallest of events
(i.e. a second delay in catching a subway) can change one's life
- Donnie Darko is a bit
freaky but has become a cult classic
- I looked at the baseball standings on
8/28 to see how Texas was doing against division and/or wildcard
opponents Boston, Anaheim, and Oakland. I noted that Texas had a streak
of 7-2. Good enough I thought. Then I noticed that each of the other
three teams had streaks of 9-1!
- Pudge Rodriguez has has only thrown out
14 of 50 base stealers.
- During 1969 and 1970, UT football was on
television a total of five times. (And they won the National
Championship both years). In the last year, they have been on TV 25
times. ESPN will televise 112 regular season college football games
- Didn't Israel and Egypt used to shoot at
each other? At least they did when I was a kid. What happened?
- The movie about the 1980 U.S. Olympic
hockey team's story was presented in the movie Miracle. I was underwhelmed by
the movie (but not the actual event). Did you know that just 13 days
before the Olympics, the U.S. team played the Russians at Madison
Square Garden and lost 10-3? Another great note was coach Herb
Brook's warm up speech before the actual Olympic game against the
Russians: "If we played them
ten times, they might win nine, but not this game. Not tonight."
- Want to hear
your computer talk to you?
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. and is Board Certified in Criminal Law.
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