Skattershooting The Body
Skattershooting while pondering
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
I read in Newsweek that when
MSNBC called Florida for Al Gore at 7:30 p.m. not all of the Florida polls
were closed. That is, election precincts in Western Florida were still
Another Newsweek zinger:
Will it be the "Ruthless Prince" (Gore) or the "Accidental President" (Bush)?
Two days before the election, I
proclaimed in my office that we would all know who the next President would
be at 9:05 p.m. on election night - A time that I calculated to be five
minutes after California closed its polling doors. I missed it by a little
For you talk radio junkies, WBAP's
new 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. guy, Gary McNamara, is not a rocket scientist.
On the other hand, WBAP's Mark Davis, despite his right wing slant, is
still a joy to listen to.
Al Gore jogs like a girl and plays
football like a girl.
After we've witnessed the effect
of Ross Perot and Ralph Nadar, there is no question that any third party
candidate with name identification can absolutely determine who
holds the presidency.
In any other nation, there would
be tanks in the streets as the recounting of votes is ongoing. In America,
however, we are more intrigued about the possibility that shortstop Alex
Rodriguez will earn $20 million a year from whichever team that signs him.
I find myself strangely attracted
to Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris.
I would have paid big money to have
heard Al Gore call George W. Bush "snippy" when he retracted his earlier
concession telephone call.
There were two county wide races
in Wise County during the election and both were decided by a greater margin
than Bush's current lead over Gore in Florida. We don't realize how
amazingly close the Florida vote is.
Talking sports for a second . .
. would someone try to convince me that any NFL game this year was
half as entertaining as the Oklahoma-A&M match up.
When the Fox network called Florida
for Bush at 1:15 a.m., Bush campaign advisor Karl Rowe said, "It's just
Fox". Once again, credit Newsweek.
Changing subjects again. In the
November 17th edition of the Dallas Morning News, eighteen year
old Melissa Marsac wrote a letter to the editor criticizing credit card
companies for making their product available to people her age. "Most [of
the kids in my position] are too busy with school to earn the money to
pay for the extensive amounts of debt their credit cards can accumulate."
This argument always drives me crazy. It's as if the card got in car and
drove down to The Gap all by itself.
I've now turned on Dennis Miller
on Monday Night Football. I'm all for bringing in someone funny to trick
up the broadcast, but he is ill-suited for the job. To make matters worse,
the broadcast team promotes Britannica.com's "Dennis
Miller Annotated". It's like calling yourself witty and intelligent.
It's OK for someone else to do it, but don't say it yourself.
I went and saw Charlie's Angels
and, ashamedly, I think I enjoyed it.
Maverick's owner Mark Cuban was
described to me as "the equivalent of a monkey with a hand grenade".
Here's my prediction: George W.
will be sworn in as President in January of 2001. (Update as of 8:58 p.m.
on the night I first wrote this: The Florida Supreme Court will allow manual
recounts. All bets are off).
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