In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting today in Connecticut, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson spoke out about gun violence, particularly a way he believes it can be curbed.
From the Chronicle:
“The common denominator for the school shootings in Aurora, Columbine and Virginia Tech is that we have a target-rich environment,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “You have a shooter that is completely free to go about his sick fantasy. We need to do what it takes to change that.”
One game changer, Patterson said, would be to arm more police officers, security guards and responsible citizens on campuses to confront a mass shooter.
“Had there been (armed security guard and citizens) in Colorado, at Virginia Tech or now in Connecticut – someone that could have changed the dynamic and to do so by having a firearm – there would be fewer lives lost.”
I’m just gonna leave this here; I’m sure someone will have something to say.
Tomorrow night, the Dallas Sidekicks play the Texas Strikers in Allen. I mention this because a few weeks ago Brad and I went up to Allen, to watch a Sidekicks game. I also got the chance to talk with Tatu and new owner Ronnie Davis.
I should say: I grew up here watching the Sidekicks, going to Tatu’s camps, hoping more than anything that one day I would catch one of the jerseys he threw into the crowd after he scored a goal. (I never did.) I had the programs, watched the away games on TV, and knew the name, position, and hometown of every player on the team. I have a lot of the Never Say Die documentary memorized. (I am a nerd and I played soccer, so…) Brad had never attended a professional indoor soccer game before. He claims he played indoor soccer when he was younger, and was aware professional indoor soccer existed.
Here are some thoughts about the experience: (more…)
From Perry’s press office:
“The horrific event that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is as profoundly disturbing as it is impossible
to fully understand. The fact that so many victims were children weighs heavily upon the hearts and souls of each Texan and every American. Anita and I send our personal condolences to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy, pray for the quick healing of those injured, and extend our hopes that time will help ease the suffering of those who lost loved ones.”
I kept waiting for Second Amendment Rick to come out, but he didn’t. Good for him.
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Grieder says supporters shouldn’t hold their breath:
If you were just polling elected officeholders, however, I bet you could easily find a 75% majority against gay marriage, and probably against civil unions for that matter. The usual reasons apply: years of Republican hegemony and Democratic torpor have created a situation in which the Republican primary is, in many cases, more important than the general election. The political battles are therefore being fought between the right and the far right. And both camps have reason to oppose gay marriage. The latter because they’re against it, and the former because–even if they’re not philosophically opposed to gay rights– public displays of moderation, or even disinterest, bring them nothing but trouble.
Former Dallas Maverick Bubba Wells is known for one thing: fouling out of an NBA game faster than anyone in league history. Three minutes was all it took on Dec. 29, 1997, fouling Dennis Rodman six times in an effort to send the poor-shooting Worm to the line. Wells only played 39 games in the NBA, all in the 1997-98 season.
The sale at retail locations turned out not to be as awesome as we’d hoped. Today is the first day of the warehouse sale. FrontBurnervian Justin B. tells us:
I stopped by there [10410 Finnell Street, Dallas] at 10:15, 15 minutes after it opened, and the place was already a zoo. Tons of wine and various bottles of liquor scattered throughout the cramped aisles. It appeared that there were only two cashiers setup, so I decided to skip the hour-ish checkout line. The deals are nice, but to me they weren’t worth the searching and waiting in line.
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In honor of my maternal grandmother, a Hanukkah treat. Today’s game is “Hanukkah Candles,” and it’s basically Bejewled, but with Hanukkah candles. It’s very easy; just unhook your eyes, like a Magic Eye poster.
And what better way to celebrate Hanukkah than some Cohen, right?
Happy Hobbit Day. I’ll probably be seeing that again this weekend, but for those you uninterested in wizards riding a sled powered by rabbits, there’s all this other stuff.
Our Matt Shelley is killing me with these Craft & Growler photos. He makes me want to go there immediately after work, order whatever they recommend, and sit forever. It’s all decorated for the holidays, too. This plan actually might be good for you, if you’re trying to rush On the Eve, theÂ new musical happening in the tiny Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park. It’s completely sold out, so your chances of getting a seat are slim.
Craft & Growler is there to catch you when you fall, though. Or since you can get growlers to go, it might just prepare you for the BYOB madness of Ash Fridays, since the Green Bandanda Group is throwing yet another party at their Fair Park studio. As always with them, there’s art, hijinks, and free drinks.
For a decent dose of holiday cheer this evening, husband-and-wife country duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are taking the Wyly Theatre stage for a concert of their Christmas hits. Austin folk singer BettySoo supports.
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As for the Cowboys: “I have no idea why I root for them. No clue. It’s all drama, all drama…I love ‘em, but I hate ‘em at the same time.”
And there you have it. where can i buy cialis onlinelank”>In 2005, Lance Armstrong appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly wearing a Livestrong halo. Now he appears as the state’s biggest twit of 2012. Here’s editor Jake Silverstein’s introduction to the annual issue, in which he outlines Armstrong’s spectacular fall.
Now for a little magazine dorkery. A couple years ago, I explained why we stopped doing our annual wrap-up, which we called Best & Worst. Short version: Esquire invented the genre with its Dubious Achievement Awards. As the editor of that magazine, David Granger, explained when they stopped doing it in 2008, the round-up of wacky news items has been made obsolete by imitators and social media. Obsolescence and newsstand sales are two different things, though. Seeing this TexMo cover (which I rather like) made me wonder how their recent Bum Steer covers have performed. Here come some data.
See for yourselves.
(h/t Politico, viaÂ Ryan Rusak)
Rangers in Midst of “Worst Off-season in the History of Off-seasons”: Presumably this is because they must’ve removed the two-foot melted cheese and jalapenos buy cialis online uk
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TSA Claims Girl in Wheelchair Is a Terrorist: Or at least a bomber. Or – in her 12 years – sometimes dabbled with the cleansing power of explosives. Actually, the literal karmic opposite of that is true: “Shelbi Walser was traveling with her mother on Sunday for a trip that’s become routine. The seventh grader lives with a genetic bone disorder and was on her way to Florida for another rare medical treatment.” TSA responded to the false alarm: “We are sensitive to the concerns of passengers who were not satisfied with their screening experience and we invite those individuals to provide feedback to TSA through a variety of channels.” Fox 4 is apparently not one of those channels.
Mansfield Neighbors Stick it to Vandals By Not Decorating For Christmas: I have an inside baseball question about this one. How did the reporter find the story? The gist of it is that, since the neighborhood’s Christmas decorations have been clobbered in the past, the neighbors went dark, no decorations. So someone must’ve called the reporter, right? There’s no way CBS’s Arezow Doost was driving around Mansfield, saw a block with no lights, and started asking around. Seems calling a news reporter, being interviewed on camera, and saying things like “I had a blue stream that used to run in my front yard because the deer would be drinking from it” sort of invites the kind of trouble they’re trying to avoid, no?