Yes, it was incredibly windy last night. Fiddle around with this website (screencaptured above) and you can see how, a day later, Dallas is still the windiest city in America right now.
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Iverson has likewise resisted the Legends’ overtures so far this season — as well as a similar offer last season — but sources say that the Legends are trying again now because they’ve moved back to the top of the list in the D-League’s waiver line, meaning they’d have an unobstructed path to signing Iverson if he could be convinced to put his name in the D-League’s player pool.
The Legends’ pitch to Iverson centers around the fact they’ve just convinced NBA veterans Delonte West andÂ Rashad McCantsÂ to join their team with similar intentions, after the Legends signed another 37-year-old earlier this month — point guardÂ Mike JamesÂ – and wound up putting James in position to earn a 10-day callup to the Mavericks that turned into a guaranteed contract after James completed his second 10-day deal Sunday.
Just imagine Delonte and Iverson playing on the same team. Quick list of things that would be better than that: ______. Nothing. Nothing would be better than that. This random Twitter user channels similar excitement:
OH MY GOD IF ALLEN IVERSON COMES BACK IM GOING TO KILL SOMETHING OUT OF SHEER EXCITEMENT
— perrin moore (@perrinmoore96) January 28, 2013
A Richardson man is being sued for his role in the website Texxxan.com, a “revenge porn” site that allows users to upload photos and videos of their ex-lovers in an attempt toÂ embarrassÂ and, in some cases, extort. The man, Kris Kronowski, is listed in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in Orange County; he is listed along with GoDaddy.com, the host for the site. The case is filed on behalf of two dozen women whose photos were included on the website, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.
Users can submit photos and videos, and subscribe for content. The women are broken down by region: North Texas, Southeast Texas, West and Central Texas, and South Central Texas. Most photos are accompanied by a first name, a last initial, and the woman’s hometown, making nearly every photo instantly identifiable by community members. It wouldn’t be hard to, say, recognize Serena Q. from Garland, if you knew Serena G. from Garland. (That name is made up.)
John Morgan, the attorney representing the class, is seeking unspecified damages from not just from the site’s owners and host, but the individuals who posted content. (Read the whole suit below.) He is also seeking an injunction to shut down the website; on Tuesday evening the site varied between being a live, active site and one featuring only an error message. When it was live, it featured a strange poll, seen below:
It’s from David Roth and Jeff Johnson’s story about attending the Washington Redskins’ home playoff game, as part of their Physically Unable To Perform column for GQ. Roth supplies the bit about Jerreh:
I don’t find Snyder charismatic enough to poke at in the way I do with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. You know Jerry Jones reads everything written about Jerry Jones. He knows that I have repeatedly said that I think he looks like the puppet inÂ Saw. He probably likes it. “That puppet gets results.”
ESPN’s currently in the midst of one of their click-hungry “Best of” lists, this time focused on the “Hall of 100,” a ranking of the top 100 baseball players of all time. (There’s also a 25-man honorable mention list, to show you just how click-rabid the editors were.)
Notable Rangers in the mix:
Ivan Rodriguez (71)
Began his career with Texas at the age of 19. He was a 14-time All-Star and a 13-time Gold Glove winner. Played 21 seasons in the majors and finished with a 46 percent caught-stealing rate.
“Pudge” played parts of 13 seasons with the Rangers but won a World Series while a member of the 2003 Marlins.
Nolan Ryan (35)
The Ryan Express fastball made him baseball’s all-time record-holder in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven). Ryan led his league in strikeouts 11 times on his way to 324 career wins.
Former player Dick Sharon once said, “He’s baseball’s exorcist, scares the devil out of you.”
Rafael Palmeiro came in at #108, (but everyone hates him, right?) and one-time Ranger Sammy Sosa was #95 on the list. The top 25 players will be announced tomorrow.
After the Oregon Supreme Court forced the Boy Scouts of America to turn over decades’ worth of “perversion files” earlier this fall, theÂ 4th Texas Court of Appeals yesterday allowed the group to keep recent files private.
The Oregon ruling forced the Irving-based BSA to release files kept from 1959 to 1985. A San Antonio judge recently ordered the group to release records from 1985 to 2011, but the appeals court stayed that decision, the Associated Press reports.Â The reports were being sought by a former scout.
A BSA spokesman told the AP it keeps the files private “to encourage reporting of abuse,” which is BS.
Dallas Trucker Released After Seven Months in Mexican Jail: A simple wrong turn turned truck driver Jabin Bogan’s life on its head. While hauling ammunition meant for a Phoenix gun shop, he mistakenly crossed into Mexico, where he was arrested and thrown in jail for arms struggling. After seven months, Bogan was released this past weekend.
Did Officer Use Excessive Force While Arresting 17-year-old? You can decide for yourself by watching this raw footage that shows a Hurst police officer kneeing the suspect in the head and then repeatedly threatening him (warning: strong language). The suspect’s mother wants the officer involved suspended, and the department says it is investigating the incident.
R.I.P. Larry Hagman: As you likely heard, Larry Hagman, aka J.R. Ewing, died Friday. Here’s the New York Times obituary, and here’s a piece in the Dallas Morning News which asks the inevitable question, can the new Dallas series survive without its best character? And from our cover story on Hagman from June 2012, which is worth revisiting: “J.R. will always be with us.”
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was sentenced to life in prison today in Amarillo, for the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, the Associated Press reports.
Prosecutors say Aldawsari had collected bomb-making materials and researched possible targets, including former President George W. Bush’s Preston Hollow home. He was convicted of the crime in June.
Investigators say Aldawsari’s goal was to carry out jihad, though his attorneys claimed he was a harmless failure who never came close to attacking anyone.
When your own attorneys are sonning you, it’s probably time to find a new calling.
New Children’s Medical Center Dallas Report: Health Care Picture Bleak for Suburban Children: Eight percent of children in the United States don’t have health insurance. In Texas, that number increases to 14 percent uninsured. But according to a report released today by Children’s Medical Center DallasÂ (sub. req.), in five suburban North Texas counties, including Collin, Denton, Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson, that number doubles to 23.9 percent of children who have no medical insurance. Compounding the problem for children seeking healthcare is the fact that now only 31 percent of Texas physicians accept Medicaid patients.
Squatter Could Get Life Imprisonment: David Cooper isn’t just the latest squatter trying to take control of a home by citing an obscure Texas law that protects people who move into abandoned properties but perform upkeep and pay taxes. No, Cooper moved into the home of a man who had vacated temporarily because he was receiving cancer treatment. That makes Cooper, who is being charged with theft of over $200 thousand, very uncool.
Four Years After Throwing Kids Off Overpass, Mother Walks Free: In 2008, Khandi Busby threw her 6- and 9-year-old boys off an overpass and then jumped herself (in her mind, she was being chased by Satan and the military). Remarkably everyone survived. Perhaps even more remarkably, Busby, who was diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder, will walk free today, moving from a mental institution to a boarding house. She is forbidden to have contact with her children.
Cowboys Season “Saved:” Yes, now that the ‘Boys defense beat a pitiful Eagles offense, we actually have to keep paying attention to the Cowboys’ season.
Kenneth Sheets, Republican for state rep: 21
Robert Miklos, Democrat for state rep: 15
Tincy Miller, for state board of education: 5
Dan Branch, Republican for state rep: 1
“Vote Yes” for the Dallas bond: 16
Pete Sessions, for Congress: 11
John Carona, for state senate: 3
Kirk Launius, for county sheriff: 20
Generic “Vote Republican”: 2
Douglas Lang, for 5th District court of appeals: 7
Romney/Ryan, for world domination: 1
“Kill mosquitos, drain standing water”: 2
Using fail-proof, double-checked mathematics, this means dead mosquitos would defeat the Romney/Ryan ticket in Lakewood by a whopping 2-1 margin.
Voters were less sure of those numbers.
“We’re spending too much,” said Gary, who wore the rare thermal-shirt-with-dress-shirt-underneath combination. “I think Romney will spend less. And if he doesn’t, I’ll vote him out in four years.”
Gary “Come With Me If You Want to Live” Nolastname, I like your moxie.
A high-schooler leaving the school was not swayed by the 16 bond-election signs: “I voted against all the money crap.”
The most interesting character was a nameless woman in an orange sweater. I’m sure she has a name, but for these purposes let’s call her…Margaret Thatcher.
“I just, I just, I don’t want to say anything, because I voted for Obama” Thatcher said. “My friends, they get kind of violent.”
She then covered her head with her hands, faced the cloudless sky, screamed, “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT,” and headed for her car.
Tonight at 8 p.m. CST it begins. Join us at The Texas Theatre for the only Dallas watching party taking place in a theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. How’s that for a Dallas identity wormhole?
In the meantime, head over to FrontRow whereÂ we have a rundown ofÂ what early reviews are saying about the show — and the city. And meet Terry Linwood, the Jeopardy! champ and long-time Dallas fan who will be recapping the show for us each week. Be sure to check back early tomorrow morning for his take on the debut.
And to pump you up for tonight, a little flashback:
The AJC, founded in 1906 to combat pogroms against Russian Jews, has a long and honorable history of combatting anti-Semitism and discrimination in all its forms. On March 29, it will hold an event at the Ritz-Carlton to bestow a Human Relations Award on local creative genius Phil Romano. It sounds like a wonderful idea, until one considers how the AJC will use $3,000-$10,000 per table it will collect.
The modern AJC has turned itself into a propaganda arm of Israel’sÂ Likud Party, trying to push America into yet another Mideast pre-emptive debacle, this time against Iran.
Meanwhile, I do have to compliment AJC for developing a nice fundraising ploy to supplement its Jewish support. It regularly holds these events honoring popular non-Jewish business leaders in cities around the country so that friends and admirers feel compelled to write large checks to attend. And with Phil Romano, they picked a good one.
Phil, you deserve the honor. But the AJC does not deserve anybody’s contribution, unless you want to help ignite a humanitarian and financial disaster that will make Iraq and Afghanistan look like walks in the park.
Tim Cowlishaw has a column in today’s Morning News [reg. req.] about the continuing NBA lockout. His thesis statement:
There is only one set of “bad guys,” and those are the owners represented by Commissioner David Stern. I don’t see the players as bad guys in this deal. There’s another word for it.
I believe it’s called “idiots.”