Skattershooting As I See
the Finish Line (9/22/00)
Skattershooting (any of the links
below could go bad at any time):
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
It seems that one political appearance
on Oprah is worth 3,000 of those personal appearances where the candidate
stands in front of hundreds of people that are going to vote for him anyway.
NBC's five minute story on swimmer
Eric Moussambani from Equatorial Guinea is worth buying if I can find the
tape. Because of disqualifications of other swimmers, he found himself
swimming alone in the 100 meter preliminaries. One problem, though, was
that he had only learned to swim three months ago. His struggle
to simply complete the event and the crowd's reaction resulted in simply
a priceless moment.
The "no tolerance" policy of most
schools seems to be the equivalent of a "we don't like making tough decisions
based upon fact specific scenarios" policy. Case in chief: The Colleyville
cheerleaders being suspended for admitting drinking a sip of Zima at a
private residence before attending a cheerleading function.
Such a zero tolerance has collateral
implications. For example, when Highland Park police recently came upon
about 100 kids drinking within the city, the students scrambled like mad
with some taking shelter in the homes of some of the parents. When police
asked to enter the homes to interview the kids, several of the parents
balked. Considering the fact that the students would be sent to an "alternative"
school and forever labeled, such a reaction is no longer surprising.
Anna Nicole Smith goes to court
in Houston to scramble for the millions left by her elderly dead husband,
J. Howard Marshall II . I'll vote with Anna on this one. It's
the equivalent of him wishing to spend millions of dollars to be in the
company of stripper in his last months on earth. Listen, it was his
money. If that's the way he wanted to spend it, so be it.
As the jury is deliberating in the
Richard Lee Franks case in which he is accused of kidnapping Opal Jennings,
I'm predicting a conviction. The last trial resulted in a hung jury.
This fall the Supreme Court will
it is legal for police to arrest an individual for a traffic violation.
Although you would think this rarely happens, it is a common police tactic
used against those suspected of carrying drugs. Why? The arrest allows
the police to search the arrestee and his car. The Supreme Court will no
review this questionable practice.
Did you see where a Tarrant County
grand jury refused
to indict a police officer for possession of a controlled substance?
After being stopped for a possible DWI, a small package of cocaine, weighing
.7 grams, was found in his wallet. "Mr. Rodriguez's attorney, Richard
Carrizales, said the drugs had come from an undercover buy a week earlier."
Did you also see that one-third
of Texans could
not name even one right guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Get this: Congress, despite its
desire, does not have the authority to enact an anti open container law
to fight drunk driving. Why? Such laws can only be passed by the states.
So how do our federal representatives accomplish what they legally cannot
do? They tell the states what specific laws they wish to be enacted and,
if they fail to do so, the states lose federal highway funds. Texas balked
at the open container provision and, as a consequence, will not receive
$50 million dollars from feds. Although The Dallas Morning News wrote an
criticizing the Texas legislature ("Highway Robbery", 9/17/2000), I think
a greater concern is the federal government dictating what state laws should
The University of Texas Longhorns
and the Washington Redskins will not be playing a football game in January
Rick Lazio forcefully walking over
to Hillary Clinton during their debate and asking her to sign a campaign
finance pledge will cost him the election. He looked like a punk and a
The Whitewater investigation has
finally ended after seven years and $52 million dollars. Can you think
of a greater waste of our money?
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