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Leading Off (10/17/13)

Ted Cruz: Now Disliked By Everyone. So there was one positive result of the government shutdown.

Code Name: Fried Chicken. That was the name Texas Scenic and SRO Productions used to keep their work on Big Tex secret. Still a secret: who provides Big Tex’s voice. Not a secret, but barely registering: how much I care.

Minor Earthquake Hits Near Cedar Hill. It registered 2.4 on the Richter scale. Ted Cruz blamed the earthquake on Senate Republicans not supporting House Republicans.

Abilene Man Sues Top Golf After Fall. Carlos Palomo says his career in the Air Force is over after falling from the second level. The story I linked to includes the following passage: “Top Golf promotes itself as a golf entertainment and hangout venue. The company‚Äôs website shows video of customers hitting golf balls, dancing, drinking and having fun.” I guess I don’t follow. What should Top Golf promote itself as? A place where you definitely will not fall and hurt yourself? Sure, I guess, maybe. How about a grain silo filled with store-brand soft drinks? A monkey sanctuary? A haunted mansion? A discount office furniture outlet? A city magazine?

Sixth Floor Museum Attacked By — Gasp — Graffiti Vandals. Look, I don’t condone what happened. Not at all. And it sucks. You spend a stack of cash refurbishing, getting ready for the JFK assassination anniversary, and then someone tags your benches. But come on. Not a news story. Don’t clutch your pearls over this. Just blame it on Obama, and move on.