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Rick Perry Rolls Over…Again

In Are you kidding me?, Local News, news, Politics, Texas Politics on August 31, 2007 at 6:54 am

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Governor G.Q. Rick Perry has once again ticked off Texans…

Perry has commuted the execution of an inmate that was scheduled to die today. Kenneth Foster had faced execution tonight in Huntsville for being the getaway driver in an attempted robbery and murder of Michael LaHood in San Antonio in 1996.

Perry said he believes “the right and just decision is to commute Foster’s sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment.”

From the Houston Chronicle:

For only the third time since he’s been in office, Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday commuted the death sentence of a Texas inmate to life imprisonment following a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The move by the governor came about an hour after the equally rare recommendation, on the same day that Kenneth Foster Jr., 30, was scheduled to die for the 1996 slaying of Michael LaHood Jr., 25, the son of a San Antonio attorney.

Now I understand that Foster was the “get-away driver” but was he not an accomplice in this crime? Did he not have a choice to take part in this crime? I heard the victim’s brother on 740 KTRHyesterday – check out what he has to say about this dirt bag’s past and the crimes (yes plural) that he committed on the same day as the murder. Yes, maybe Foster should not have been tried together with the actual man that committed the murder but I still stand my ground when I say that Foster played an active role in the crime and being the driver makes him just as guilty as pulling the trigger.

For a more complete story, read the Dallas News.

Will Fred Announce Today?

In Election 2008, news, Politics on August 30, 2007 at 2:17 pm

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Come on Fred…make it official already!

From the Jonathan Martin at the Politico:

Sources: Thompson to announce Sept. 6th

Fred Thompson’s campaign-in-waiting will hold a 4 p.m. conference call today with supporters to brief them on plans for the former Tennessee senator’s presidential announcement next week, according to an e-mail obtained by Politico.com. Randy Enwright, Thompson’s political director, said in the message that they will “discuss the next steps as we move forward as an organization.” A Thompson aide confirms that they’ll share the news about the long-awaited formal launch. “By the end of the day, we’ll have more clarity,” the aide said, declining to reveal which day the announcement would take place.

UPDATE: Still no official confirmation from the campaign, but Thompson sources now confirm that he will announce his candidacy next Thursday, Sept. 6. The launch will include a tour of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. As expected, Thompson will not appear at the GOP debate in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Sept. 5.  

A Thompson campaign official says that they’ll hold a 4:30 p.m. conference call with the media after briefing supporters about their plans. 

5-Year-Old Drives Drunk Mom Home

In Are you kidding me?, Just News, news on August 30, 2007 at 2:13 pm

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This story appauls me.

Are you kidding me? Not only should this child get a reward for not killing himself, his brother, and his mother, but he needs some counseling about his mother’s behavior.

Holly Schnobrich was arrested Tuesday for letting her child drive her home while she was blazingly drunk and high on pills. A neighbor saw the woman’s car rip around the corner and saw that the woman’s 5-year-old son was behind the wheel. When the neighbor questioned the intoxicated woman about the child driving, the drunk responded, “He’s a good driver.” For the love of God…

When the police questioned the woman, she said that she was driving a friend home and insisted the person was in the car. No such person was – only the 5-year-old and his 3-year-old brother.

I only hope that the welfare of the children is being closer examined by the state.

For the story and Affidavit of Probable Cause, read here.

Republicans Stepping Back From Sen. Craig

In Congress, Just News, news, Politics on August 29, 2007 at 9:00 am

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Sounds like Republicans are getting as far away as possible from Sen. Larry Craig and the hoopla about his arrest. Craig was arrested back in June at a Minneapolis airport for supposedly soliciting sex in the airport bathroom. The arrest came as a result of a sting by police to catch would-be solicitors. Craig has denied that he was doing anything wrong and has maintained that he is not gay and is innocent; although he initially pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Presidential contenders John McCain and Mitt Romney are both speaking out againts Craig. Craig had been a part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign but has since stepped down because of the arrest. Romeny has said. “”He’s disappointed the American people.”

I’m not so sure about all of Craig’s assurances that he is completely innocent. I find it very hard to believe that an intelligent senator would accept a guilty plea, keep the arrest from his family, and try to handle the whole situation on his own. As a strong supporter of gay marriage and gay rights, he is very adamant that he is not gay. Guess time will tell.

For the full story from CNN click here.

The Real Reason Vick Pleaded Guilty

In Football, Just News, news, Sports on August 22, 2007 at 10:35 am

Just take a look at who his jury would be…

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It seems that Vick could still be facing more charges. For the story from the Houston Chronicle, click here.

Friday Fun: Schoolhouse Rocks!

In Congress, Constitutional Rights, Culture, Economy, Fun Stuff, Politics on August 9, 2007 at 11:37 pm

Here are some classic Schoolhouse Rocks! videos. You can check out the lyrics here.

I’m off on a 10 day vacation to Orlando so until I return, enjoy!!!

“I’m Just A Bill”

“Preamble”

“Where The Money Goes”

“Fireworks”

Jihad-The Musical

In Are you kidding me?, Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Politics, War in Iraq on August 8, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Oh dear God…I’m totally speechless.

I swear, I’m not making this up. Check out the “sensational new comedy” Jihad – The Musical.

Here is the song, “I Wanna Be Like Osama.” No really…

I think it will be quite a while before we see this production on American soil. :-)

News Flash: President Bush Has Cooties

In Health, news, Politics on August 8, 2007 at 10:34 pm

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Ok, maybe he doesn’t have Cooties but today the White House officially announced that President Bush went through successful treatment of Lyme Disease last summer. Apparently Bush had noticed a rash in the form of a bullseye, a common sign of the disease. Ticks, specifically deer ticks, are the source of Lyme Disease. Ticks can carry other diseases as well. Have you ever heard of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Anyway, I’m sure the President didn’t share his bullseye target rash with the VP for fear he might be shot at ;-)

Now I have been working in veterinary medicine for almost 10 years and I can tell you, ticks are creepier than fleas and many other bugs. Ticks are out in woodsy and mountainous areas. Ticks will attach themselves to animals or humans for a blood meal. This blood meal may last quite a while and it is absolutely disgusting to see how the tick swells as it is engorged. Your dog should be vaccinated yearly for Lyme Disease if your live in high risk areas or you take your dog hunting or camping.

More about Lyme Disease from the CDC:

Within 1 to 2 weeks of being infected, people may have a “bull’s-eye” rash with fever, headache, and muscle or joint pain. Some people have Lyme disease and do not have any early symptoms. Other people have a fever and other “flu-like” symptoms without a rash.

After several days or weeks, the bacteria may spread throughout the body of an infected person. These people can get symptoms such as rashes in other parts of the body, pain that seems to move from joint to joint, and signs of inflammation of the heart or nerves. If the disease is not treated, a few patients can get additional symptoms, such as swelling and pain in major joints or mental changes, months after getting infected.

Seek medical attention immediately…

As for El Presidente, I challenge him to a good old game of Cootie. This was one of my favorite games as a kiddo. If you have children and are not familiar with the game, you can purchase it online from the Hasbro or Amazon.

Cootie by Hasbro

If you would like to read more about President Bush and his treatment, click here.

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Fred Thompson’s Non-Campaign Campaign Is Up And Running

In Election 2008, Internet, news, Politics, Technology on August 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm

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For a man who has not officially declared his run for the white house, everything seems to be in order…

From the CNN Political Ticker today:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign may not be fully up and running, but his Web site certainly is.

Thompson’s non-campaign campaign Web site re-launched Tuesday with a host of new interactive features, a significant upgrade from the site’s sleek but stripped-down predecessor.

Along with “Fred Cast” Web video, Thompson’s “Fred File” blog, and a variety of volunteer tools, ImWithFred.com features a fundraising solicitation that acknowledges the campaign’s delayed entry into the presidential horserace.

“We are doing things a bit differently so we are off to a late start,” the site reads. “Help us hit the ground running by contributing today.”

Thompson’s exploratory committee raised $3.4 million in June, a figure that disappointed some political observers.

So, does the new-look Web site mean Thompson is ready to officially announce his candidacy?

“I think you should be reading into the Web site that we are trying to provide an interactive space for supporters to communicate with the senator, to learn more about what he’s up to and what he’s thinking,” Thompson spokesperson Linda Rozett told CNN.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

 

Run Fred, Run!!!

 

Yao: A Bachelor No More

In Basketball, China, Fun Stuff, Houston, Houston Rockets, Just News, Local News, news, Sports on August 7, 2007 at 3:15 pm

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Houston Rockets and NBA All-Star player Yao Ming finally married his long time girlfriend Ye Li. Not only is Ye beautiful, but TALL! Have you seen this woman? Their kids are going to be ginormous. :-D

Read about the wedding in the Houston Chronicle.

Congratulations to both!

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