Skattershooting as I realize I'll be mowing
my lawn from now until October . . .
- At what age do we stop "growing" and begin
"aging"? 19 years old? 21? 23?
- The death of the Pope was a big deal, but
did you realize they didn't embalm him after his death? And he was
available for public viewing for a very, very long time.
- In 2000 Joseph
Ratzinger, the new Pope, initiated the end of
German Catholic counseling for pregnant women who are in doubt about
whether to give birth.
- And with all
due respect to the new Pope, he has some very bad teeth.
- Last month the
FDA lifted the ban regarding silicon breast
implants. Question: Considering the past manufacturers were sued into
oblivion by women (for complaints both real and imagined), who in the
world would want to manufacture them now?
- "Jim, you think
he's with Jesus now? We only have 30 seconds." -
Larry King interviewing James Caviezel, who played Jesus Christ in the
film The Passion of the Christ,
about the Pope's death.
- "Pfizer, the
company that makes Viagra, reported that profits
went down 6% last year. Afterward Pfizer said 'I'm sorry. This has
never happened before.'" - Conan O'Brien
- "We've got
Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon
international law, not the Constitution of the United States. That's
just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does
his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."
- Tom Delay
- The right wing
in Austin decided to trick up the CPS reform bill
by adding an amendment that would prevent gay couples from being foster
parents. State Senator Jane Nelson (who amazingly is against the
amendment) said on WBAP on 4/22/05 that of the
16,000 kids in Foster Care some 6,000 were in the care of Lesbians/Gay
couples. I simply find that hard to believe. But facts have never
been important to her.
- What's all this
outcry over activists judges all of a sudden?
- The Republicans
are complaining about the Democrats use of the filibuster to block six
of Bush's federal judicial nominees - a move that they call
"unprecedented". Well, they are technically correct. But what they
don't tell you is that during the Clinton Administration the
Republicans were able to block 40(!!!!) of Clinton's nominees by simply
keeping the nominations bottled up in committee. They didn't even have
to use the filibuster.
- "WASHINGTON -
Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week
between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation's prisons and jails held 2.1
million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government
reported Sunday." Amazing.
- Call me crazy.
Call me liberal. But we have got to stop putting people in cages for
using drugs. And I promise that 50 or 100 years from now society will
look back on us as barbarians for doing so.
- I don't know if
we are set to have another high tech stock bust,
but the Google stock
price would make me nervous if I was a shareholder.
happened to NBC news anchor Jack Ford?
- Tom Cruise, 42,
is dating Katie Holmes, 26. Which one is getting the better
- Why is bra
singular and panties plural?
- I was listening
to PBS the other day and they teased an upcoming
interview from a professor on the topic of "The High Cost of Free
Parking". Ok, boring, I'm thinking. And then I learned that the guy had
a 600 page book on the topic and it was available on Amazon
$59.95. What a bizarre world we live in.
- The President
wants to reform Social Security. I wonder why he
hasn't suggested repealing the law that allows no social security tax
to be collected on anyone's income once they exceed $90,000 a year?
- The History
Channel had a documentary the other night on the
final hour of Flight 11 (the first plane to hit the Twin Towers on
9/11). Did you know they have the actual recordings of phone calls made
by the flight
attendants? Did you know they have audio of the hijackers trying to
tell the passengers to stay calm but the transmission was accidentally
sent out over
the air waves for the air traffic controllers to hear? Did you know
that same transmission was heard by the pilots of the second plane to
be hijacked before it was actually hijacked? I heard them all. I
had no idea that audio existed.
- You upset about
high gas prices? Exxon-Mobil's first quarter
profits were $7.7 billion - a 44 percent increase from last year.
- NBC's Joey (the Friends spin off) is 40th in the
is the lowest NBC show in history to have a broadcast time of the
highly coveted 7:00 p.m. Thursday time slot.
- I am not making
this up: Two Fridays ago the Dallas
movie section had a preview of "Beautiful Boxer" the "true story of a
Thai man who finances a sex change through kick boxing." And the gave
it a B grade!!
- "The United
States announced a plan to tighten all borders by the
year 2008. Unfortunately, Mexico announced a plan to have all their
people here by 2007." - Jay Leno
- The "runaway
bride", 32-year old Jennifer Wilbanks, didn't really get me upset or
mad at all. We should all know by now, as I so often say, "people are
- I loved this
quote from Fox News Bill O'Reilly which he uttered the day before
Wilbanks was discovered safe and sound: "The epidemic of crimes against
women and children in America continues with the disappearance of
32-year old Jennifer Wilbanks from an Atlanta suburb." Moments later he
said: "It's got to be a crime. A woman like that with a long history of
responsibility. She had a steady job...She just wouldn't bolt and not
- And a quote
from my-most-despised-women-in-America, Nancy Grace: "I just don't
believe it's a case of cold feet."
- And by the way,
doesn't Wilbanks have eyes like she's been on a three day crank
binge? And those eyes are the same in every single photo.
- You may have
missed that Wilbanks bought her bus ticket to get out of town a full
week before she bolted. So much for a split decision to bolt.
- But I loved
this quote from Wilbanks fiance in defense of his maybe-someday-bride:
"Ain't we all messed up?" Yes, we have.
- Former Dallas
Mayor Ron Kirk chose to be a Democrat at the worst possible time.
- Not many of you
care about the Strong Mayor vote coming up in Dallas but I knew Beth
Ann Blackwood in law school at Baylor and she was smokin' hot back
- From reading
the Spring football notes from Texas Tech, I didn't see anything about
former Bridgeport great Phillip
Daugherty. From reading the Spring football notes from SMU, I
didn't see anything about former Decatur great Andrew
McKinney. But both of those guys are still young.
- I had forgotten
that when I played baseball in my backyard with too few players that we
would use a "ghost runner".
- ESPN has won
the bidding war to put Monday Night Football on its station beginning
in 2006. Did you see the price tag that the all sports station is
paying for this? That would be $8.8 billion. That's with a "b".
- And NFL
franchises still need public money to build new stadiums?
- I didn't watch
many movies last month. Spring means good weather which means I'm
jogging outside instead of front of a DVD player.
- In an effort to
demonstrate the dangers of methamphetamine, the following alleged
series of photos taken over a number of years is showing up in all
sorts of publications. One thing bugs me about it: I have yet to see
anyone identify who this lady is or the jail that she was booked into.
In a the most recent issue of "The Texas Prosecutor", the pictures were
only described as "an anonymous meth addict". I wonder if this isn't a
modern day case of Reefer Madness? Whatever the case, I can't
stop looking at her.
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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