Skattershooting again . . . .
Wasn't the China crisis a bit overblown?
I'm a talk radio junkie, and I was stunned to
hear the number of brain dead callers that suggested we go to war with
China over the incident. That just tells me there are millions of Americans
that have never gone through one.
What would have America's response been if one
of our fighters came in contact with a China spy plane 60 miles off the
coast of Florida and it was forced to land in Miami? Do you think we would
have demanded an apology? Would we have quickly turned tbe plane back over
to the Chinese?
Did anyone else at least crack a smile over the
(presumably dead) Chinese pilot being named Wong Wei?
Did you see that the Greenpeace organization unveiled
off the Crawford, Texas water tower that read: "Bush the Toxic Texan"?
Stuff like that used get my "dander up" but now any tricked up protest
is pretty darn funny.
Why does Bush always return to his Crawford ranch
when he could go to Camp David instead? His access to the ranch will always
be available. However, his access to Camp David will be limited in eight
years....or, perhaps, four.
Did you notice that the Troy Aikman press conference
announcing his retirement ran one hour and forty-five minutes long? I was
also confused by his contradicting statements of "I just can't do it anymore"
and "I'm not a washed up . . . quarterback."
The President and Vice-President released their
tax returns this week: Bush made $894,880 in 2000, and Dick Cheney made
$36.1 million. Let no child be left behind.
Anyone checked the gasoline prices this week?
Cheapest I could find (and I used a half a tank driving around so that
I could save $2.00) was $1.59.90. (Sidenote: Why are gas prices listed
in 9/10ths of a cent?)
I am not a baseball fan in particular, but I saw
this note in today's Morning News. The Oakland A's will start Barry
Zito against the Rangers tonight. "Zito, a left-hander, was the Rangers'
third round selection in the 1998 draft, but the sides squabbled over $150,000
and he never came to an agreement." Last year he was 7-4 with a 2.72 ERA.
I hear that the Rangers are in need pitching and they were willing to pay
A-Rod $25 million a year.
All heck fire (it is Easter weekend) is breaking
out in Cincinatti after a young black man was shot to death by police a
few days ago - the fifteenth young black man killed by Cincy police since
1995. In a largely ignored press conference on Friday, Keith Fangman,
president of the Fraternal Order of Police in the city, announced that
the Chief of Police doesn't represent the officers and then proceeded
to hand out information on all of the shootings which was basically
served as a "they deserved to die" brochure.
Mark Cuban may be a genius but he is also lucky.
His former company, Broadcast.com, was purchased by Yahoo "We Sell Porn
. . . Oh, Wait No We Don't" Incorporated for bags full of Yahoo stock.
He announced last week that he is all "in cash" now and holds no shares
of stock. Very good timing considering the bottom fell out of Yahoo's stock
price after the deal was completed.
I saw that rapper Puff Daddy was dropping the
name in order to symbolize his "new start" in life. I would like to take
this opportunity to formally claim the name. Nothing would be funnier than
to appear in front of a Wise County jury and utter the phrase "Ladies and
Gentleman, my name is Puff Daddy and I represent the John Smith."
I have no idea why David Spade has a job, and
you would have to drag me screaming to see his new movie, Joe Dirt.
Why does the Wise County Messenger distribute
the "American Profile" magazine? There is no local advertising contained
in it so does the Messenger get paid for distributing it?
I know nothing about foreign affairs, but it sure
looks like Israel and the Palestinians are headed towards a major conflict.
No joke: I am haunted by a dream that I am back
at school and, having failed to attend classes during the semester, am
horrified to learn that final exams are on the horizon. I have the dream
at least once a month, and the school can be high school, college or law
school. I never recognize the campus, however.
I went out to Lone Star Park the other night,
and have come to the conclusion that there is no stranger mix of people
that at the horse races. Everyone from the high tone suite owners to the
disturbing sight of the smoking mother holding her baby while she clinches
her ticket for race #4.
Barry 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.
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