A while back I caught all sorts
of grief for writing
that the lowering of the blood alcohol limit to .08 for DWI would do more
harm than good in this state. (I even made the great Bud Kennedy's column).
In a nutshell, I said that the change would simply clog the courts with
"marginal" DWI cases. Based upon the new numbers, I may have been
right. The Department of Public Safety reports that in the first 9 months
after the law changed, DWI arrests increased
by 2,700 - that's a 14% increase.
I support ABC's decision to put
Dennis Miller in the booth for Monday Night Football. I don't need an ex-jock
to tell me what I just saw.
Speaking of Monday Night Football,
new sideline reporter Melissa Stark is hot.
What irrelevant subject was being
babbled about by John Madden and Pat Summerall as Joey Galloway lay on
the turf after suffering an obvious knee injury during the Cowboys-Eagle
From the "Department of Huh?": Troy
Aikman had been taken to the locker room after getting his head rattled
and the Cowboys were set to receive their first kickoff since that injury.
So what was new QB Randall Cunningham doing at that moment in preparation
for his debut? Sitting on the bench looking like a deer in headlights.
The University of Texas will rue
the day they put Chris Simms ahead of Major Applewhite for the QB job.
I don't care if Simms looks like Charles Atlas and Applewhite looks like
Opie. Applewhite has the ability to simply win. Just ask Texas A&M
fans to reminisce about Bucky Richardson.
Is there any greater waste of time
than listening to someone, and I mean anyone, predict the exact
score of a football game? To quote Slate magazine, “The odds against
predicting a final score are quite high, and even if you're right, it's
a fluke, and then so what?”
Moving away from football, the current
problem that Firestone is facing because of their faulty tires is more
than simply a problem. It might kill the company.
After a water main was cut by a
fiber optics company, the basement parking garage of the Santa Fe Lofts
in downtown Dallas was flooded on 9/4/00. On Channel 8 that night, one
resident was interviewed and said, “People were crying. There were Jaguars
and Lexuses down there.” Oh, the humanity.
Speaking of materialism, I
always joke with my buddies that God has a Power Point presentation waiting
for us on the day of our death. As we walk up to the Pearly Gates, He fires
up one slide showing the wealth we've accumulated and then, after a moment,
shows a different slide of a starving Ethiopian boy. At that point the
lights come up and He turns to us and says, “Now, explain to me what I
The network's coverage of George
Bush blunders is puzzling. None of the major networks so much as mentioned
the release (on www.thesmokinggun.com)
of the wedding videotape showing a possibly drunken Bush. However, when
he inadvertently utters the "A" word into a live microphone, you couldn't
turn the TV on without seeing it.
Space prevents full coverage here,
but there is a fascinating story ongoing regarding former assistant United
States Attorney Bill Johnson. He made headlines in February when he resigned
his position as AUSA because he believed high-ranking Justice Department
officials had failed to inform Janet Reno of critical evidence pertaining
to the 1993 Branch Davidian raid. The feds were not happy about him breaking
ranks. Texas Monthly magazine was so impressed that it selected
him as one of twenty "most impressive, intriguing and influential Texans
of 2000". (September 2000 edition, page 155). Now, according to a September
1, 2000 story in the Dallas Morning News, he is facing prosecution
by the federal government for allegedly failing to disclose evidence to
his superiors. Smells fishy.
Barry Green is the District Attorney
for the 271st Judicial District.
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