Friday, December 30, 2005

Keep this in mind while celebrating

While celebrating New Years this year, remember: Alcohol preserves everything except secrets.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

This guys running for governor?!

Larry Kilgore has officially filed for the office of governor in Texas.
Even as a Christian I think I'm getting scared for my life.
Kinky's looking better and better everyday.
As I reported earlier, Kilgore and Rhett Smith are the only two candidates who have filed to run against Rick Perry in the Republican primary.
James Werner has filed for the Libertarian Party (but doesn't have a website yet).
And Chris Bell and Bob Gammage have filed for the Democratic Party.

Blogging keeps changing our view of the world

A friend and I talked a year or so ago about building websites for missionaries or ministries at a basic flat rate that would let them choose from one or two templates to keep their families, friends, donors and others informed in what's going on.
Now blogging has made that much easier for everyone. has started collecting blog posts from missionaries around the world. It's a good place to spend time staying abreast on what's going on around the world.

Sydney Skaggs

B sent me some pics of his daughter Sydney. I think she's three years old now. She's so big. But in reality, shes just three months old. Congrats again to the proud parents.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

This week's column: The Unknown Celebrities

This week I spent time working on a feature identifying some of the "celebrities" who died this year.
Each one was recognized for their different achievements, but I must admit, a number of them were unknown to me.
Take for instance, Peter Benenson.
At an early age, the young British boy lost his father and was tutored privately by W. H. Auden, an influential poet and writer, before moving to King's College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor for further schooling.
He attended school at Oxford before World War II interrupted his studies. After the war he went to work as a lawyer before joining the Labour Party and taking an unsuccessful shot at politics.
In 1957 he founded JUSTICE, a British human rights and law reform organization.
In 1958 he converted to from Judaism to Roman Catholicism and the next year he moved to Italy to heal from a fall.
In 1961, he was shocked and angered by a newspaper report of two Portuguese students from Coirmbra who were sentenced to seven years in prison for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom.
In May of 1961, The Observer, a liberal and social newspaper in the United Kingdom, published a letter by Benenson, "The Forgotten Prisoners."
The letter encouraged readers to write letters showing support for the students. Benenson then met with five other men and founded Amnesty International in Luxemboug that July to continue their efforts.
Within a year, AI groups were forming around the world, including West Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, United States and numerous others.
Benenson was appointed general secretary of AI before he step down due to poor health.
Today AI is an international organization with the stated purpose of promoting all human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The group also works to free all prisoners of conscience and ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners.
Amnesty International won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for their work.
Benenson died in Oxford, England, Feb. 25, 2005.
We can all be thankful to Maurice Hilleman, who developed eight of the 14 recommended vaccines we take today.
He developed vaccines for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningits, pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae.
Hilleman was born on a farm near Miles City, Montana. His mother and twin sister died at his birth.
He credited much of his later success to working with chickens on the farm as a boy.
In the eighth grade he discovered Charles Darwin and was caught reading "The Origin of Species" in church.
He almost missed attending college before his older brother stepped in and helped him secure a scholarship to Montana State University.
He then won a fellowship to the University of Chicago where he received a doctorate degree in microbiology in 1941.
He quickly went to work with E.R. Squibb & Sons and developed a vaccine against Japenese B encephalitis, a disease threatening American troops fighting in the Pacific during World War II.
After an outbreak of flu in Hong Kong, Hilleman worked nine 14-hour days with a partner to develop a vaccine to kill the new flu strain. Forty million vaccines were prepared and distributed to stop the pandemic that had already killed 69,000.
In 1963, after his daughter, Jeryl Lynn, developed mumps, he went to work to develop the Jeryl-Lynn strain of mumps vaccine, that is still used today.
He was later elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 1988 he was presented with the National Medal of Science.
Hilleman died in Philadelphia, April 11, 2005.
Other likely unknowns who passed away in 2005 were:
o Bob Hunter, 63, was a Canadian journalist who founded Greenpeace in 1971, an international environmental organization. Died Toronto, May 2, 2005.
o Elizabeth Janeway, 91, was a writer who was an influential force in the women’s movement. She wrote the best-selling novel, The Walsh Girls. Died Rye, NY, Jan. 15, 2005.
o John Johnson, 85, was born the grandson of slaves. As an entrepreneur Johnson started his business in 1942 with a $500 loan. He built a publishing empire that includes Ebony and Jet magazines. Ebony has a circulation of 1.6 million. Died Chicago, Aug. 8, 2005.
o Georgeanna Jones, 92, was a scientist who established the country’s first in vitro fertilization program and created the first "test-tube baby," which was born in Dec. 1981. Died Norfolk, Va., March 26, 2005.
o George Kennan, 101, diplomat and historian who devised the U.S. policy of containment to deal with the Soviet Union during the cold war. He believed that instead of declaring all-out war against communist countries, the U.S. should keep the countries in their current state and prevent them from growing more powerful. Died Princeton, NJ, March 17, 2005.
o Jack Kilby, 81, was a Nobel Prize winner for his work in developing the integrated circuit, or microchip. His invention helped usher in the electronic age. Died Dallas, June 20, 2005.
o Peter Malkin, 77, was a former Israeli intelligence agent who captured Adolf Eichmann, a lead architect of the Holocaust in 1960. Died Manhattan, March 1, 2005.
And all cooks everywhere should be thankful to David Dalquist, who invented the Bundt pan in 1950. Dalquist died in Edina, Minn., Jan. 2, 2005.
But as impressive as these and other accomplishments may have been, I’m sure they’re nowhere as important as the actual lives of these individuals to their friends and loved ones.
My sister was a nobody to the rest of the world, but to our family she meant the world.
And while she never invented anything or discovered a cure for cancer, she touched everyone she came in contact with.
So in her memory and the memory of others who have gone before us, I look to 2006 with a hope to make my life count for something and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around me.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

What a compliment

Virginia Mayo
84, played the unfaithful wife of World War II veteran Dana Andrews in The Best Years of Our Lives. Her beauty prompted the sultan of Morocco to write that she was "tangible proof of the existence of God." Died Thousand Oaks, Calif. Jan. 17, 2005.

2005 deaths

I'm working on a year-end review special and covering all the "celebrity" deaths in 2005.
Here's a preview of A-F:

Don Adams
82, played secret agent Maxwell Smart on Get Smart, which ran on television from 1969 to 1970. Died Los Angeles, Sept. 25, 2005.

Eddie Albert
99, best known for his role as a city lawyer who moves to the country with his wife in TV’s Green Acres. Died Los Angeles, May 26, 2005.

Shana Alexander
79, a journalist and commentator who engaged in heated debates with James Kilpatrick on 60 Minutes. Also wrote for Newsweek and Life magazines. Died Hermosa Beach, Calif. June 23, 2005.

Jack Anderson
83, investigative journalist whose columns ran in more than 1,000 newspapers. Anderson broke stories on the CIA’s plot to kill Fiedel Castro and the savings and loan scandal. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner for his reporting on the roll of the United States I the Pakistan and India war. Died Dec. 17, 2005.

Victoria de los Angelos
81, Spanish soprano who performed with the Metropolitan Opera from 1951 to 1961. Died Barcelona, Jan. 15, 2005.

Anne Bancroft
73, Accademy and Tony Award winner who played Mrs. Robinson in the film The Graduate. Also appeared in The Turning Point and Agnes of God. She was married to comedic actor and director Mel Brooks. Died Manhattan, June 6, 2005.

Barbara Bel Geddes
82, Emmy Award winner who played the Ewing matriarch on TV’s Dallas. Her film credits included Vertigo and I Remember Mamma. She also appeared in the original stage version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Died Northeast Harbor, Maine, Aug. 8, 2005.

Charles Bell
44, former president and chief executive of McDonald’s restaurant. He held the post for seven months. He was the company’s second leader to die in less than a year. Died Sydney, Australia, Jan. 16, 2005.

Saul Bellow
89, Nobel Prize for Literature winner for his portrayals of Jewish American life among disillusioned modern city-dwellers. Died Brookline, Mass. April 5, 2005.

Peter Benenson
83, British lawyer who created Amnesty International in 1961, to fight for human rights and "prisoners of conscience." Amnesty International won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Died Oxford, England, Feb. 25, 2005.

Obie Benson
68, one of the founding members of musical group, Four Tops. He also wrote the popular anti-war song, "What’s Going On." Died Detroit, July 1, 2005.

Stan Berenstain
82, co-author and co-illustrator of the Berenstain Bears series of children’s books. He created over 250 books with his wife Jan, selling more than 300 million copies. Died Doylestown, Pa., Nov. 26, 2005.

George Best
59, Irish soccer player who earned fame and pop-star status for his image on and off the field. He led Manchester United to its first European Cut win in 1968. Died London, England, Nov. 25, 2005.

Hans Bethe,
98, a leading physicist in the development of the atom bomb for the U.S. government’s Manhatten Project. He championed the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes during the 1980s and 1990s. He won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967 for his discovery on how the stars and Sun continue to burn. Died Ithaca, NY, March 6, 2005.

Oscar Brown
78, singer, songwriter and playwright. His work often celebrated African American culture and denounced racism. He appeared on TV’s Brewster Place. Died Chicago, May 29, 2005.

Fernando Bujones
60, a male ballet dancer who began training at the age of 8 at the school of Alicia Alonso, a famous Cuban ballerina. He was one of the youngest principal dancers in the world in 1974 with the American Ballet Theatre. Died Miami, Nov. 10, 2005.

Lord James Callaghan
92, British prime minister from 1976 to 1979. His administration was plagued by a series of trade union strikes, known as the "Winter of Discontent." Died East Sussex, England, March 26, 2005.

Johnny Carson
79, legendary comedian who hosted The Tonight Show on NBC from 1962 to 1992. Carson began his career as a magician and went on to write sketches for radio and hosted a daytime television quiz show. Died Malibu, Calif. Jan. 23, 2005.

Shirley Chisholm
80, the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. She served seven terms in the House. Died Ormond Beach, Fla. Jan. 1, 2005.

Kenneth Clark
90, civil rights leader whose report on detrimental effects of segregation on children was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1954 ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. The decision stated that "separate but equal" schools were unconstitutional. Died Hasints-on-Hudson, NY, May 1, 2005.

Johnnie Cochran, Jr.
67, trail lawyer best known for defending O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial. Died Los Angeles, March 29, 2005.

Frank Conroy
69, headed the prestigious Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa for 18 years. His memoir Stop-Time about his troubled, lonely adolescence brought him celebrity and acclaim. Died Iowa City, April 6, 2005.

Robin Clark
59, served as British foreign secretary in the Blair Administration before he resigned in 2003 in protest with Britain’s participation in the war in Iraq. Died Scotland, Aug. 6, 2005.

Robert Creely
78, poet, essayist, short-story writer who was a leading member of the Black Mountain school of poetry. In 1999 he won the Bollingen Prize, poetry’s highest honor. Died Odessa, Texas, March 30, 2005.

Lloyd Cutler
87, attorney and mediator who served as White House council to presidents Carter and Clinton. He also served as a member of Sept. 11 investigation commissioned by President Bush. Died Washington, D.C., May 8, 2005.

H. David Dalquist
86, entrepreneur who invented the Bundt pan in 1950. Died Edina, Minn., Jan. 2, 2005.

Ossie Davis
87, wrote the Broadway play Purlie Victorious and appeared in Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. Davis eulogized Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X. Died Miami, Fla. Feb 4, 2005.

Sandra Dee
62, played innocent tomboys in several teeny-bopper films including Gidget and A Summer Place in the late 1950s. Was married to singer Bobby Darin from 1960 to 1967. Died Thousand Oaks, Calif, Feb. 20, 2005.

John DeLorean
80, left his high-level position at General Motors to start his own automotive company in Northern Ireland. His DeLorean sports car was featured in the Back to the Future movies. Died Summit, N.J., March 19, 2005.

Bob Denver
70, actor who played Gilligan on TVs Gilligan’s Island. He also played beatnick Maynard Krebs on The Many Lives of Doby Gillis. Died Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 2, 2005.

Richard Doll
92, British scientist who was among the first to link smoking with lung cancer and emphysema. Also showed that radiation and asbestos can cause cancer. Died Oxford, England, July 24, 2005.

James Doohan
85, actor who portrayed Scotty, the chief engineer of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek. Died Redmond, Wash., July 20, 2005.

Peter Drucker
95, political economist who is best known for establishing management as its own discipline. Several theories are widely practiced today in the business world. Died Claremont, Calf. Nov. 11, 2005.

Spencer Dryden
66, drummer for the rock band Jefferson Airplane. Died Petaluma, Calif., Jan. 10, 2005.

Ralph Edwards
92, a radio and television pioneer who created This is Your Life and Truth or Consequences. Often called "the godfather of reality programming." Also developed Name That Tune and The People’s Court. Died Los Angeles, Nov. 16, 2005.

Will Eisner
87, comic-book artist who created Spirit, the superhero who lacked supernatural powers. Died Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan 3, 2005.

Dana Elcar
77, appeared on TVs MacGyver and Baa, Baa Black Sheep. He went blind during the run of MacGyver and his condition was written into the script. Died Ventura, Calif. June 6, 2005.

Fahd ibn Adul Aziz
84, pro-Western king of Suadi Arabia who worked to modernize the Islamic country. He courted the U.S., broadened women’s rights and expanded the economy. King Fahd passed authority to Crown Prince Abdullah in 1995, after a series of strokes. Died Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 1, 2005.

John Flelder
80, best known for providing the voice to Piglet in the Winnie-the-Pooh movies. He also appeared in Broadway’s A Raisin in the Sun and the film Twelve Angry Men. Died Englewood, N.J., June 25, 2005.

Dennis Flanagan
85, editor of Scientific American for 37 years. Saw the magazine’s circulation increase from 40,000 to 600,000. Died Manhatten, Jan. 14, 2005.

Arthur Fletcher
80, known as the "father of affirmative action," he was a civil rights activist who served as an advisor to Nixon, Ford and Reagan. He also lead the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during the George H.W. Bush administration. Died Washington, D.C., July 12, 2005.

Shelby Foote
88, civil war historian who wrote a three-volume history on the war and provided commentary to Ken Burns’ 1990 Civil War documentary on PBS. Died Mephis, Tenn., June 27, 2005.

Tillie Fowler
62, Republican who served four terms in Congress. Known as the "steel magnolia," she was once the highest-ranking woman in Congress. She served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference. Died Jacksonville, Fla., March 2, 2005.

Peter Foy
79, innovator who used wires, harnesses and pulleys to send theater actors aloft. His Broadway credits include Peter Pan, Angels in America and The Lion King. Died Las Vegas, Feb. 17, 2005.

Christopher Fy
97, author of the Ben-Hur script. Died Chichester, England, June 30, 2005.

Christmas joys

Well, it's Dec. 26 and now its time to focus on another Holiday. What to do for New Year's and New Year's Eve?
But before I move to far into the future, I thought I'd throw out a recap of our Christmas weekend. If you're not interested in the recap - feel free to scroll to the moral of the story at the botttom of this post.
The holiday weekend started with a Feliz Navidad party at work.
Fajitas, chips, tacos and more were enjoyed by all.
We then went right back to work on our Sunday (Christmas Day) issue of the paper.
Despite the dateline, Sunday's paper was written and went to press Friday night. Sorry if you were looking for the latest news. I guess that's why we only run local stories and don't spend much time or money on AP stories.
After leaving work around 5 p.m., I made the treck to my grandparents were we enjoyed food, fellowship and an odd twist on our normal White Elephant gift.
I'm not sure where or why the change came about, but despite the slack I gave my aunt for it, it was fun (if for nothing more than poking fun at my aunt for coming up with the changes.)
I came home with an AMC Theater gift card. I've gotten a number of gift cards this year, which I don't mind, but I need to start spending them because they're making my wallet that much thicker.
I drove back to the 'Chie Saturday night and enjoyed a movie before going to bed.
Saturday was a great chance to sleep in before working to finish up a couple gifts.
Saturday evening we went to the Christmas Eve service at my parent's church and then enjoyed a party at their house with the Lehmanns.
Lots of noise and fun with all the younger Lehmann girls (and boy). We had a good time and discovered that no matter how much money you spend on younger children, a whoopie cushion will be there favorite gift.
Sunday morning our family enjoyed opening gifts. The gifts seem to get fewer and fewer each year, but mean more and more.
We then enjoyed the Christmas Day service with the pastor telling the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, dressed as Joseph. It was a nice twist to the normal Christmas Day sermon.
We returned home to a Christmas Day dinner with grandparents and then I believe everyone passed out somewhere in the house for a good portion of the afternoon.
We wrapped the day up with a game of 10-9-8 and Rumicube before I returned home late Sunday night.
And I shared all of that to say that despite the heartache of losing Amy this year, it was wonderful to know that the Christmas spirit was still alive and well with our family and the Lehmann family.
As my mom said, "Without Christmas and Christ coming to earth, it takes away all our hope that Amy's in a better place. It's because of Christmas that we can celebrate Amy's homegoing and not mourn our loss."
And Christmas is always enjoyed more through the eyes of a child.
Even if its laughing as Wilson tries to blow out candles at the Christmas Eve candlelight service, or Amelia, Wilson and Hannah enjoying a whoopie cushion on their granddads lap, their innocence and joy is contagious.
So I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, Festivus, Hannukah and Kwanza and have a blessed new year.

Odd smells lurking about

There's an odd smell lurking about my cubicle this morning. I may be the only one who's noticed it.
I think there are funny colored fumes seeping out of the air vents.
I don't know what it is, but I keep getting whiffs of a dirty diaper and Lysol spray.
It's getting to be a little weird.
Do office politics/ethics restrict me from mentioning it to my co-workers in fear of embarasing someone?
Oh the joy.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Dover votes God out

Look out Dover, PA, according to Pat Robertson, you've voted God right out of your city.

Perry has two primary opponents

According to, Gov. Perry has two opponents in the primaries.
Neither of which is Carol Strayhorn -- yet.
The filing deadline is Jan 2 and Strayhorn has not yet filed.
Rhett Smith and Larry Kilgore couldn't be further apart in their reasons for running.
Smith says Perry is too religious and letting conservative Christians run the state.
Kilgore says Perry is not religious enough and protecting bi and homosexuals as a special class.
Gotta love religion getting in the midst of elections.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Pro-wrestlng in the olympics?

Slate makes the argument that pro-wrestling should be allowed in the olympics.

Slate looks at other ways to clean up Pro-Wreslting

Slate says that before WWE gets tough on steriods, they need to clean up other areas first.
How many times have you yelled in frustration at a distracted referee who failed to notice a guy getting double-teamed in the corner? Imagine how much more fair the sport would be if each wrestler's valet could throw two challenge flags per match. We have the technology. It's time to deploy it.

Merry Festivus - a holiday for the rest of us...

The Morning News has a couple fun stories on Festivus and Christmakuh.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Festivus isn't just for Seinfield
Interfaith struggles
Christmakah is around the corner
So Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Boxing Day, and Happy Kwanza

Thursday, December 22, 2005

What pastors need to know

What Pastors Need to Know About the Internet

Rick Warren's covers some important ground with 8 Things Pastors Need to Know About eMinistry, written by Terrell Sanders of MinistryCom:

1. Your target audience for church growth is Internet-savvy.
2. Your Web site will be your "first impression" for many people.
3. If you're not on the Web, you don't exist to many people.
4. Seekers will visit your Web site before attending your services.
5. A whole generation exists that will seek "religion" online.
6. The Web site is too critical to be run by a volunteer.
7. You can't afford a cheap site.
8. People are viewing your current Web site right now.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas Scrooge

So much for not wanting anything for Christmas, I think half the office has given me something. From candy, to cards, to Christmas Ornament, to Hot Sauce from Comfort Foods of Waxahachie.
And I haven't gotten anything for anyone here. Doh.

ABC covers Ultimate Christian Wrestling

abc news covered Ultimate Christian Wrestling last night on World News Tonight.


Tomorrow is Amy's birthday. Boy do I miss her.

Terry Taylor says he'll never go back to WWE

Terry Taylor talks about TNA and the fresh air Christian has brought to the new company. He also talks about Sting joining the company and the company starting to tour.

This Week's Column: Reader's Mail

Reader’s Mail

Over the last few weeks I’ve looked at a number of Christmas traditions and I hope they have been very educational. I’ve also received a number of e-mail responses, so I thought I’d respond to them in this week’s column. If this keeps up I may just change the name of my column to “Answer Man.” But with out further ado, I give you Reader’s Mail, Vol. I, Issue 2.

- I enjoyed your piece on “Getting Cross at Christmas.” I thought it was interesting to find out where X-Mas really came from. But to combat the constant war on Christmas that liberals in this country have begun, I’ve start writing Merry C-Mas on my greeting cards and letters. I think it will make people think more about the real meaning of Christmas.
Morgan’s Point Resort
Josh, thanks for your comments, but I must say, I’m offended that you’ve started a new campaign to keep “hrist” out of Christmas now.

- I really enjoyed your column on O Holy Night. What are the rest of the stanzas? I never knew there were others besides the first two.
Debbie, for lack of space, I won’t print the entire text of John Sullivan Dwight’ translation of O Holy Night here, but you can find the entire song at

- What is Boxing Day and why are Canadians the only ones to celebrate it?
I asked around and being that this is America, no one knows. The holiday is not only celebrated in Canada, but in European countries as well. It is often called St. Stephen’s Day or the Second Day of Christmas. The common story of its origin is that servants and tradesmen received Christmas gifts from employers on the first Monday following the Christmas holiday. These gifts were commonly called, “Christmas boxes.” And you’re more than welcome to come over Dec. 26 and celebrate Boxing Day with me and my roommate as we watch wrestling.

- Was Jesus really born on Dec. 25?
Maybe -- but probably not. Historians don’t really know when Jesus Christ was. Scripture tells us in Luke 2 that it was during the Roman rule of Caesar Augustus and Quirinius was governor of Syria. All citizens were to report to their hometown for a census, which is why Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem that blessed night. The first mention of celebrating Dec. 25 as the birth of Jesus is found in Latin, written by Theophilus of Antioch (171 – 183). As early as AD 354, Roman Christians celebrated Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25. It is suggested that the date was chosen to take advantage of the Roman holiday celebrating the birth of the Sun god, Mithras. An interesting side note -- many scholars believe that Jesus was not in fact born in AD 1, but likely in 6 BC. A mistake was made during the estimation of King Herod’s death and the new calendar (Before Christ and Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of the Lord”) was off by several years.

- Where can I find some good last minute Christmas gifts for under $10?
Chris, I’d love to say I know, but I don’t. I’d have to point you to Mandy Bourgeois’ column for more information. She is the queen of shopping information.

- Where did Santa’s 12 reindeer come from?
Cedar Hill
Why the North Pole of course! But the reindeer are first found in literature in Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, “The Night Before Christmas” (also known as “A Visit From St. Nicholas”). The poem was first published in the Troy, New York Sentinel in 1823, which makes for some old reindeer. Reindeer number 13 and Donner’s son, Rudolph, didn’t join the gang until 1939 when Montgomery Wards gave away a promotional story book, written by Robert L. May about the red-nosed reindeer.

Well that about wraps it up for this week. Keep sending your questions and comments, maybe you’re will show up in Reader’s Mail Vol. II. Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

John Spencer Remembered

A West Wing news blog has a lot of rememberences posted on John Spencer.
According to the site, five episodes upcoming episodes have been taped with Spencer.
No direction has been announced for a replacement to Spencer's character or how the storyline will continue.
The likely scenario will have the Santos campaign scrambling to find a replacement for Spencer's character, Vice-Presidential Nominee and former White House Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry.
The series has not been guaranteed an eigth season next year by NBC and many have feared this might be the last season of the Emmy award winning show.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Newspaper circulation continues to decline

The Texas Press Association reports that newspaper circulation continues to decline.
Weekly papers have seen the least decline and daily papers have seen the most with recent drops in The Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle.

County seats give Waxhahachie adivce

I don't know if this will be published elsewhere or not, but thought I'd post it here either way.
I've been waiting on callbacks from other people and missed the deadline today and tomorrow it might not be relevant anymore.
But it's here fo your reading enjoyment.
County seats offer advice for Waxahachie

Jonathan Blundell
Staff writer

With the Waxahachie City Council considering its position on the future of downtown and Ellis County facilities Monday night, what advice do other county seats have to give?
According to a memo from Waxahachie Downtown Manager Pamela Cowan to Assistant City Manager Paul Stevens, contacts were recently made in five different county seats.
Each contact seems to express a similar sentiment, "Do everything you can to keep them downtown."
Main Street Program and Convention and Visitors Bureau directors in Georgetown, Denton, Gilmer, Sequin and McKinney were all contacted.
Georgetown has recently relocated county offices to make room for restoration of the county courthouse.
"According to Shelly Hargrove, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau director, this has created no small confusion as to ‘Where do we go for this or that now?’" wrote Cowan. "People are looking for the records office, or where to get their car tags, etc. In just the few months since these changes took place, the downtown merchants can already see a drop in business."
But according to Georgetown City Manager Paul E. Brandenburg, there are different opinions on the downtown district.
"Everyone sees the change in a different light," Brandenburg said. "We’ve had businesses close, but the buildings are almost immediately filled again with other businesses."
In Denton, Julie Glover with the Main Street Program told Cowan that the relocation of county courts and offices outside of the downtown core has negatively impacted the restaurants downtown and many closed within a year of the move.
Gilmer Main Street and Civic Center Manager Bridget Fowler told Cowan that instead of restoring the old courthouse, a town in Arizona reused the facility by housing an art gallery, shops and a playhouse with stage.
"As she put it, ‘Anything to bring more retail, fun and family experiences to town.’" Cowan wrote.
MaryJo Filip in Sequin told Cowan to that after several county offices relocated over the years, the downtown had survived, but barely.
Ty Lake in McKinney told Cowan that plans were under way to move some county offices a few blocks off the immediate square.
"She is thankful that the city leaders had the foresight to keep all city and county offices near downtown when they went through their renovation period," Cowan wrote. "They took into consideration the restaurants that serve week day lunch, as well as the average merchant when it came to making these long term decisions. To quote her, ‘Do whatever it takes to keep your city and county offices near the downtown area.’"
In Hunt County, county commissioners are just a few steps in front of Ellis County.
The commissioners recently voted to approve the construction of a new justice center outside the downtown square, nearly a mile from the historic county courthouse.
Hood County Judge Andy Rash said available space and proximity to the county jail helped the county make the decision to move.
"We’re still within the core downtown district but just not in the square," Rash said. "Merchants on the square have been opposed to this for years. But downtown Granbury is basically a tourist destination, including the first designated historic courthouse in the state. With all the county offices on the square, there’s not enough parking."
The county originally planned to build less than two blocks from the square, but parking and room for growth remained an issue.
"The theory of people is that their business is from jurors," Rash said. "But a survey run by Tarleton University that said, ‘Yes, by taking jurors away there will be a minor impact, but that will be more than offset by the opportunity for more people coming to shop.’"
The new justice center will be directly across the street from the county jail, which was moved to its current site in 1978 and was replaced in 1995.
The new center will be 50,500 square feet, with enough room to expand horizontally and vertically on 32 acres. The building will cost between $8-million and $10-million.
But even with the new building, not all county offices and courts will leave the downtown square.
"Our deed records, county court, vital statistics and the core of the county government will remain in the historic county courthouse," Rash said. "But we’ll move our district court, county court at law and clerks for both courts to the new justice center."
The city of Belton and Bell County have also taken a leap-of-faith to construct a new justice center nearly three miles from the downtown square.
The city council approved the county’s decision to begin construction on the new center last year after nearly a year of public debate and two failed general obligation bond elections.
"Initially, without any real thought or study, I thought that expanding downtown was what we would be doing," Bell County Judge Jon Burrows said. "But, upon review by the architects and our own investigation, it became apparent that expansion downtown was not feasible. There was not enough land space to have an adequate size facility. The cost of "putting a square peg in a round hole," or making it fit downtown, was significantly higher than building outside of downtown on an open tract of land. Further, there would be absolutely no space for expansion in the future and no room for the additional parking that an expansion of the building would bring."
After a petition was filed to force the bond elections, the county put together two task forces to oversee the site selection and planning for the new building.
Despite the recommendations of the task force to build the new facility outside of downtown Belton, voters voted to deny the sale of GO bonds to fund the new facility.
Faced with continued overcrowding, a new district court and a district courts building that would soon be out of code, the commissioners voted to begin construction on 75.96 acres south of town with certificates of obligation bonds, which do not require voter approval.
According to the commissioners, the CO bonds were issued without an increase in property tax rates for the county.
"Some towns have dead downtowns and I think that is the worst thing that can happen to a downtown," Belton City Manager Sam Listi said. "Belton has a vital downtown. It is busy and alive. It is not, however, particularly relevant to the residents of Belton. Initially, there was concern that a removal of county facilities might create a void that could potentially grow if other related businesses and enterprises follow. Although, after some consideration, it began to present itself more as an opportunity for change in the downtown and with that opportunity comes the possibility of making the downtown more relevant to the folks who live in Belton and hopefully to potential tourists."
With the construction of the new center, the county will move the district courts, the district clerk and the district attorney.
Remaining downtown will be everyone currently in the recently restored historic courthouse including, the county judge, commissioners, auditor, treasurer, personnel, payroll, justice of the peace and the constable. Also the county jail, sheriff’s office, child protective services court, the child support court, information systems, county engineer, and museum will remain downtown.
But with overcrowding in the county jail, the commissioners have already begun discussing moving or expanding the jail to the site south of town. The new justice center was designed with future jail expansion in mind.
Listi said he is aware that the transition period could be difficult for Belton.
"The transition could be difficult," Listi said. "We can prepare and offer incentives downtown but we can’t say with any certainty that vacancies created by relocating attorneys and bail bondsmen will be filled with anything more desirable or anything at all."
But Listi said there are also a number of opportunities now for the downtown district.
"There is an opportunity for vacancies downtown that could be filled by businesses more relevant to the residents of Belton and to tourism," Listi said. "There is also opportunity for continued development of areas west of I-35 to support the new county facilities and a redirection of court traffic away from Central Avenue and towards roads better suited for more traffic."
To help prepare the downtown district for the transition, the city of Belton adopted several new policies to encourage private investments.
"The city recently adopted a tax abatement policy for the downtown area offering 100 percent tax abatement for increased valuation for five years. It is a very generous policy and the hope is that, when those vacancies occur, it will be utilized," Listi said. "The city is also committed to continued restoration and preservation downtown and has worked to establish a façade improvement grant fund, a tax increment reinvestment zone allocation, and has an active Visionaries in Preservation Committee."
Since construction on the new center began, five new businesses have opened in the downtown district. But not everyone is pleased with the new developments.
"I have seen many under-capitalized businesses move in, which means that rents have tumbled in the area," Belton Councilwoman Carrol Wallace said. "This is a predictable and really sad scenario that usually ends up with lots of empty, deteriorating buildings as these businesses fail, one, by one. Belton has moved quickly to deal with this problem. I just wish I could convince folks that we need to get a fairly large historic overlay in place. Anyone who invests in our downtown is going to be taking a large risk and I think they deserve the protection of an overlay to ensure that businesses around them have the same architectural style. Belton’s historic overlay ordinance is well written and not too restrictive. All we need to do is to put it in place."
Wallace said the key to keeping downtown Belton vibrant is to reinvent the area.
"Business property must pay its own way. When it cannot, property values decline and maintenance suffers," Wallace said. "We could easily lose the historic core of Belton if we cannot reinvent downtown fairly quickly. And that is perhaps the most challenging thing about this situation. If we cannot attract several good investors, downtown Belton will never be destination, and if we cannot create a destination, no new businesses will move in; a very grim catch-22 that I've seen played out several times in my travels."
Wallace said after the initial announcement she was in disbelief, but has since worked to help protect the downtown area once the district courts are moved away.
"My initial reaction to the county moving was one of disbelief and exasperation," Wallace said. "The downtown area had already become less and less relevant to most of the citizens of Belton, but it was still alive with activity related to county business. I knew when the county moved, a lot of business would move with it. Now I have accepted that the county is moving and that Belton now needs to respond promptly to avoid a downward spiral of blight."

Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates Time Persons of the Year

Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates received Time Magazines top honor this year for their humanitarian efforts.
The magazine said 2005 was a year of extraordinary charity in which people donated record amounts in response to extreme natural disasters, such as the tsunami in South Asia and Hurricane Katrina.
"Natural disasters are terrible things, but there is a different kind of ongoing calamity in poverty, and nobody is doing a better job in addressing it in different ways than Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono," said Jim Kelly, Time's managing editor.
The issue hits newstands today.

Friday, December 16, 2005

John Spencer dead at 58

John Spencer, 58, who plays Vice-Presidential candidate Leo McGarry on the West Wing died today of an apparent heart attack.
I will miss him on the West Wing for sure.

Writers block

Not gonna lie, I've hit writers block.
I've been trying to get phone calls back from folks that I hoped would help me deepen one of my stories, but they haven't called back and so now I'm at a standstill on a story that I'd really like to get published Sunday.
I have about 20 hours to finish it. We'll see how it goes.

Mapping Hidden Acres

I spent a lot of time at Hidden Acres Camp Ground in Kaufman, Texas. I could map out another 30 spots, but I'll just give you an initial 10 for now.

Here's Mapping my college career

Here's a quick look at my college career, some of the finer and not-so-finer moments.

Mapping my childhood

Microsoft has updated their Live Local site. It's super cool. Depending on the area you can get good arial photos of areas. I've mapped out some of the memories of my childhood if you click the link. I'll have to do numerous more to get everything, but this is a fun start.
Lots of fun. What would you map out? Give it a try.

iraqi voting

So iraqis went and voted yesterday and its estimated that 70 percent of the country voted.
We can't get 20 percent to vote if its cloudy -- let alone bombs flying everywhere.
We're a bunch of pansies

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

(psst - don't tell)

I may go watch a Disney movie with a Baptist on Friday.
But don't tell. They could get in trouble. :-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

This week's column: Getting cross at Xmas

Getting cross about Christmas

Turn on a television or radio anywhere these days and you’re sure to hear a debate or comments being made about an active conspiracy to take Christ out of Christmas.
Suddenly even President Bush has joined the rank and file of the liberal-left, according to members of the ultra-right, using the phrase "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" on his yearly Christmas cards.
And every year we hear people scream and shout about people who use Xmas in advertising or Christmas cards.
But what’s really behind the abbreviation? Does X mark the spot of anti-Christianity?
Many think Xmas is a recent invention of liberal Hollywood or leftist New Yorkers.
But use of Xmas can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1551, 50 years before the first English colonists arrived in the New World and 60 years before the completion of the King James Version of the Bible.
At that time Xian and Xianity were both common abbreviations as well.
It’s been suggested that the X is simply an indication of the cross Jesus was crucified upon, but that is unlikely. The shape of the cross Jesus died upon is traditionally believed to have been the shape of a "t" rather than an "X".
The X can however be traced back to Christ and the early Greek church.
The Greek transliteration for Christ is Christos, which begins with the Greek X, pronounced "Chi."
During the Roman rule of Jerusalem and much of the known world, Christians would identify themselves with several symbols including the Greek X, the Chi-Ro or XP (the first two letters of Christos, the XC (first and last letters) or IC (last two letters).
The Christians used the symbols to identify each other in a time when they were commonly fed to lions and killed for their faith.
An interesting side story is a dream the Roman Emperor Constantine I had in October 312, involving the Chi-Ro. After his dream, he emblazoned the Christian symbol on all the military shields and armor before they marched to a great victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. After his victory, he legalized Christianity and accepted the new faith.
With the legalization of Christianity, the religion continued to spread across the world through oral and written tradition.
As Christianity spread, the abbreviation continued on manuscripts, charts and tables to save space.
And with the advent of the printing press, the church used the abbreviation even more during a time when font sizes were limited and type was set by hand.
But now the abbreviation has come 180 degrees as the phrase is now viewed as sacrilegious and boycotts are threatened for businesses who use it.
And thus the conspiracy continues.

Blog or column idea

Someone should start a blog - or write a column about all the random things people say during a day.
Sometime just sit and listen in a crowded room and enjoy the random conversations.

Monday, December 12, 2005


There are people in my office talking about boycotting local businesses because they have signs that say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
Who cares?!
There are a number of "Christian sub-culture" issues that just blow me away.
Like refusing to celebrate with Santa Clause (based upon an actual St. Nicholas), refusing to shop at stores that say, "Holiday tree" or "Happy Holidays."
I watched a debate on TV with people who were flamin' mad because President Bush sent out a "holiday" card that said, "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
There are more than one holidays between Thanksgiving and New Years. Can't we celebrate them all?
The whole issue of having manger scenes and the 10 Commandments on public property bugs me too. I don't believe either is constitutional. But people who claim they're faith is so strong, feel they have to have things like this to remind them of their faith in the public square.
If you want a manager scene, or 10 commandments, put them on your church property or your own house.
When was the last time you saw a church with the 10 commandments posted? Or a house with a large sculpture with the 10 commandments?
Come on. Don't expect the rest of the world to do something you wont.
I hope all the baptists that flocked to see The Chronicles of Narnia, didn't forget the boycott they had against Disney for so many years.
I'm quite sure Disney hasn't changed their stance on anything, but because they produce a movie that was based on a Christian's writing, its OK to be a Disney fan now. Geeze.
Maybe I'm missing the point here, but its really bugging me and I think something should be said.
So there. I said it.

on a mexican radio

I'll be on the air again today around 9:05ish - although last time it ended up being more like 9:20ish...
Anyways, if you're in the area, its 1390 AM KBEC.

Genesis 39

God does not demand success - just obedience.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Future of newspapers

More on the future of newspapers and today's youth...

FCC Petition

John Lockridge sent me a petition to the FCC on indecency on television.
I asked him if he would sign a similar petition by Howard Stern or someone else if he asked the FCC to ban Christianity from television.
Here's his response and my thoughts. What do you think?
Good question. I think there is an obligation of broadcasters to use the public airwaves responsibly. I think I still would sign the petition in spite of Stern's hypothetical petition. Of course, if I perceived a real risk to wholesome endeavors such as proclamation of the Good News, then I would be slower to take such a course.
Some would argue that this issue should be left for the "free market" to decide. I agree that many things should best be addressed that way. However, I think the use of public airwaves and the protection of children from their misuse are legitimate FCC concerns -- ones that even affect our relationship with the world.
A lack of FCC enforcement has led to the envelope being pushed significantly over the past 30 years -- and a growing absense of moral content in broadcast media has had a negative affect on public morals.
In the name of free trade, our government promotes our TV shows overseas. This works against us.
Because of the irresponsibility of our media, many in the Muslim world have developed the idea that America is a wicked, immoral place -- based on the content of the media that we export. Action films, horror movies, and hollywood dramas paint a pretty sad picture. We have turned much of the world against us by exporting our trash.
It is my contention that our media is the single greatest cause of Muslim animosity against America. We are perceived as a moral risk. After all, a Muslim might reason, "if we are as wicked as our media present us, why shouldn't we be fought against?" Add a few misbehaving soldiers stationed overseas to the mix and that only reinforces the idea that we are not a moral people.
It has been said that the average Muslim father cares more about the chastity of his daughters than having a democratic form of government. That's worth thinking about.
I say its well past time that we stop exporting our trash and start cleaning up our act.

And my response:
I understand and tend to agree. I just always worry when we start censoring any type of free speech, because it gives them more ammunition to censor me and my free speech.
But because of limited public air space, I think for the sake of children, guidelines should be given and followed, but who gets to decide the guidelines. At what point do we stop "watching out for children" and pushing our morality on everyone else.
So do you agree or disagree? Let's see some debate here ;-).

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Want your kids on TV?

The West Wing is casting rolls for Huck and Molly, Toby Ziegler's twin childen.
Not sure on the specs of the roll, but I believe its for episode 15 of this year. As far as the storyline goes, the children should be around 3 or 4 by the time the episode is shown, but they may be giving a glimpse into the future or a look back at the past. I'm not sure.
But if you have children interested in television, you might want to give it a look.

The Ice Queen has come

It's icy and slick across North Texas this morning. But what amuses me most is the attitudes of most people. "Why aren't these streets sanded!? People are skidding everywhere!"
I got out and drove the 10 mile treck to work (it took about 30 minutes) and had no problems.
But I saw people having problems then and when I got out to take pictures.
People were slamming their breaks and yes, skidding into intersections.
People came to a full stop and then smashed their gas to get traction.
It just doesn't make sense. There's not that much ice out.
Sure, I'd recommend most people stay home -- it's not wise to be out when its icy like this, but I've seen a lot worse.
If you don't know how to drive on ice, don't. Stay home.
And if you are out, don't slam your breaks. Keep a good distance between you and other drivers and don't come to complete stops unless you must. And if you do, don't smash your gas pedal. Ease off the brake so your tires can get traction first.
Well, back to reporting the news.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

TNA president talks about WWE drug policy

TNA President Dixie Carter talked about WWE's new drug policy on a radio program this week.
According to, "Dixie was asked about the recent drug policy made by WWE. Dixie commends WWE for their effort. She was asked if TNA will adopt a similar policy and responds by saying that TNA wrestlers are not all about the muscular look and that they feel they do a strong job keeping the TNA locker room clean. She says in the past there was a drug problem with Raven that has been resolved."

Radio Recap: Dixie Carter on Between The Ropes

The audio of the interview can be found on the website.

Dixie Carter is welcomed to the show and says you can expect several exciting announcements to come from TNA soon.

Dixie tells Monday Night Mayhem they are getting a scoop as there might be a major add-on to this weekends TNA PPV Turning Point that will "change the face of the wrestling business." Dixie goes on to say that if things go as planned, this will be the best TNA PPV in the companies history!

Dixie says she talked with Christian Cage recently. She says Christian received a great offer from WWE but chose to join TNA despite the risk of perhaps giving up a better salary with WWE. She said Christian wanted to join TNA because he felt it was what is exciting now.

Dixie mentions TNA's strong Buffalo audience (where the Mayhem show is based out of). She says despite Buffalo not having had the FSN Impact show when it was on, Buffalo has always been a strong PPV buy area for TNA and that they hope to make Buffalo one of their first stops when they start touring in 2006.

Dixie was asked about Christy Hemme, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit possibly being brought into TNA sometime soon should they not be with WWE. Dixie says that the most important thing is promoting the talent already with TNA. Dixie says bringing in the outside talent mentioned could help get TNA guys over faster.

Dixie points out she is the president of TNA, not the owner.

Dixie is asked about the recent drug policy made by WWE. Dixie commends WWE for their effort. She is asked if TNA will adopt a similar policy and responds by saying that TNA wrestlers are not all about the muscular look and that they feel they do a strong job keeping the TNA locker room clean. She says in the past there was a drug problem with Raven that has been resolved.

On the radio

So, I'll be on the radio today and tomorrow (depending on the weather) around 9:05 a.m.
Listen on 1390 KBEC if you feel so inclined.

A good friend

A good friend will come and bail you out of jail.
A better friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying, "Boy that was fun."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

This week's column: O Christmas Tree

In my search for the history behind our holiday traditions, I decided nothing says Christmas more than the evergreen Christmas Tree. Oh wait -- I apologize, make that "Holiday Tree," "X-mas Tree," or "Gift Bush."
I want to be sure I don’t offend anyone.
The tree brings out the holiday spirit in everyone – almost.
People from around the world come to New York City just to watch someone flip a light switch on the giant tree in Rockefeller Center.
The White House hosts a huge ceremony and party each year to bring in the annual Tannenbaum.
According the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association, nearly 200,000 trees are produced annually on approximately 150 Christmas tree farms in Texas.
The tree growers contribute over $12-million to the Texas economy each year.
Robert Feigly who’s operating his second Christmas tree stand in Waxahachie this year, said there’s nothing quite like a fresh cut Christmas tree.
Feigly’s trees vary in size, but he said that most people are looking for an eight to twelve-foot tree.
"I have a 21-foot tree coming this weekend," Feigly said. "And I have a feeling it will be gone almost right away."
The trees average in price around $65 a piece.
"People who choose artificial trees miss out on the Christmas experience," Feigly said. "You miss the smells, the family time while picking out the tree and then taking time to decorate the tree as a family. A lot of people with artificial trees will decorate them and then store it in a closet for next year -- with all the decorations on it. You don’t get to enjoy time with your family while decorating it each year."
While many believe the Christmas tree is an American Christian tradition, others hold firm that the symbol of the season originated in many pagan cultures.
The idea of the evergreen tree represents a celebration of continuing renewal of life and a number of medieval legends tended to concentrate on the miraculous "flowering" of the evergreen trees at Christmastime.
According to German medieval chronicler, Adam Bremenis, aka Adam of Bremen, Scandinavian kings sacrificed nine males of different species, including slaves, by suspending them on the branches of trees.
And while the medieval stories sound frightenly familiar to our tradition of hanging ornaments on an evergreen, there’s no specific proof tying our modern day tradition with the horrific tales of the past.
Our modern traditions can however be traced to a 16th century professor. Professor Ingeborg Weber-Keller identified a reference to reports of a small fir decorated with apples, dates, nuts and paper flowers to benefit the children of a local working guild.
Another story tells of a tailor’s apprentices that carried a tree around town, decorated with apples and cheese.
It’s suggested by some that both of these references were spurred by a family tradition begun by Protestant theologian Martin Luther. The tree has often been used to illustrate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, for its triangle shape and many believe Luther used the Trinity illustration, along with candles on the branches to illustrate the "Light of the World," found in Christ.
But despite which story you choose to believe, the Christmas tree tradition began to flourish in the 17th century. And like many other traditions, the church wasn’t entirely happy with the newfound custom.
A priest from Stasbourg, Johann Konrad Dannerhauer, complained that the custom was distracting people from the Word of God. For the next 100 years the tradition remained confined to the lower Rhine, now the northern areas of France and southern areas of Germany. It was also regarded as only a Protestant custom.
In 1816 the Christmas tree was introduced in Austria by Princess Henrietta von Nassau-Weilburg. The tree was soon introduced in Britain by King George III and spread across the nation through illustrations in the Illustrated London News.
By 1850 the tradition was copied in America, although Easton, Pa. and Windsor Locks, Conn. both claim the country’s first Christmas tree as early as 1777.
Traditionally the trees were not brought in and decorated until Christmas Eve and then removed after the 12th night. To have a tree up beyond the 12 days of Christmas was considered bad luck.
But now with the increasing commercialization and business of the holidays, it’s not uncommon to see Christmas trees in homes before Thanksgiving.
Personally I’m quite sure my aunt would display her love of Christmas and leave her tree up year round if it wasn’t so taboo.
It’s also interesting to note that some ultra-conservative Christians believe the Bible prohibits the Christmas Tree tradition in Jeremiah 10:3-4.
"For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
So whatever you call it, whichever origin you choose to believe, whether you hang your tree upside down or set it up-right and however long you choose to leave your tree up – lets lift our glass of eggnog and say a toast to the Christmas tree whose "branches green delight us."

ABC picks team to lead World News

ABC News announced yesterday that Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff would fill the void left by veteran anchor Peter Jennings on the networks nightly news cast.
The two are also expected to host a daily webcast, giving a summary of the days news before the nightly broadcast.
In choosing to invest in the future, ABC appears to be acknowledging that the network news landscape has changed mightily in the last year, in terms of talent rosters and technology used for delivering the news to consumers. Ms. Vargas and Mr. Woodruff, for example, will have as their principal rival a contemporary: Brian Williams, 46, who succeeded Mr. Brokaw as the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" on Dec. 2, 2004.

The team is also expected to broadcast a second news program for the west coast, rather than a rebroadcast of the east coast newscast.
It will be interesting to see what overall changes, if any, this will make to the way we get our news.
News directors all over the country are clammering for ways to attract a younger audience back to traditional media -- or find ways to transform their traditional forms to the new medias.

Already gone to press

It's 9:26 a.m. and we've already gone to press with our paper. Our normal press deadline is 10:30. We're moving ahead.
I came in at 8 a.m. after working on three stories till 1 a.m.
I was waiting on a phone call from a source and by the time he called the paper was already gone.
Oh well, that's why you write expecting you won't hear back from people in time.
But now I've got a follow-up story.

Monday, December 05, 2005

West Wing Season Five

The West Wing, Season 5, comes out on DVD tommorrow.
I still need to buy all the other seasons as well, but I think I may have to go jump on this one tomorrow.
Several places have lowered the cost on Seasons 1-3 to $20, but I haven't been able to find them anywhere. I guess I'll have to order them online if I don't get them for Christmas (hint - hint).
And last night's episode was really good.
This has been a really season. It will be interesting to see who they chose to win the presidential election.
I would imagine it would be Democratic nominee Santos, but they could surprise everyone with the Republican nominee.
We'll see.

#1 and #2 out

Last year's #2 team in the nation, UMHB, was beaten out in the second round of the NCAA Div III Playoffs. And this weekend, last year's #1 team, Linfield, was beat by Whitewater.
So going into the semi-finals, its Wesley (who beat UMHB) at Whitewater and Rowan at Mt Union (who UMHB beat last year).
I'm picking Wesley and Mt Union in the championship.
Who's your pick?

Saturday, December 03, 2005

24 year old runs for congress

I found these site this week...
Joey Dauben for Congress and Ellis County Observer
Funny, he makes a lot of claims about media attention and I've never heard of the guy until I oversaw a local official reading one of his blogs.
Oh well. Maybe I'm just not in the know.
I think Mike might enjoy them.
Apparently he's a big fan (or not) of our paper. Most of his news stories/blogs are in reference to the WDL.

Friday, December 02, 2005

AJ meets AJ

AJ Styles meets AJ Pierzynski

World series champion catcher A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox found himself in the middle of a brawl Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Orlando, Fla., when he attended a TV taping for TNA Wrestling's iMPACT!, which airs every Saturday night on SPIKE-TV (11 p.m. EST).
Pierzynski, a longtime pro wrestling fan, was there to present White Sox memorabilia including numerous team-signed items to The Phenomenal A.J. Styles, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt -- three of the top wrestlers of TNA's electrifying, death-defying X-Division, a group of amazingly-talented wrestlers who have no fear, no limit and no boundaries.
During the presentation, the cocky Simon Diamond and his Diamonds in the Rough entourage of David Young and Elix Skipper interrupted the proceedings.
Dale Torborg, one of the White Sox' strength and conditioning coaches and a former pro wrestler (WCW's Demon), also was present, along with pro wrestling Hall of Famer Bobby The Brain Heenan.
Torborg, a former Florida Marlins conditioning coach, is the son of former major league player/coach/manager Jeff Torborg, now a broadcaster for FOX-TV.
The highlights from Pierzynski's TNA Wrestling appearance will air 10 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 8, during a one-hour prime-time iMPACT! wrestling show on SPIKE-TV.
Plus, Pierzynski will manage Sabin, Dutt and Torborg against Diamond, Young and Skipper in a live pay-per-view match on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Orlando. Fellow Major League Baseball players are expected to be in attendance to support Pierzynski.
During the White Sox 2005 playoff run, ESPN and numerous other media outlets referred to Pierzynski as, The Phenomenal A.J. Pierzynski, borrowing the nickname from Styles, TNA's X-Division champ.
Other athletes and celebrities including race car driver Hermie Sadler, ultimate fighters Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock and country music star Toby Keith have been involved in TNA matches in the past.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Bush sent jurry summons

President Bush has received a jury summons in McLennan County.
It's unsure whether he'll report or not.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Windsor Report

Having trouble understanding the Windsor Report?
Cartoon Church has a good summary of all you need to know.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Polish newspapers protest

Two Polish newspapers joined Amnesty International protest against repression in neighboring Belarus and blacked out most of their front pages.
An Amnesty ad on the bottom read "This is what freedom of speech looks like in Belarus."

On the record...

Its annoying to not be able to preview my blog entries before I post them on IE 5 (on Mac OS 9). I have to keep publishing it and making changes to get things the way I want.

This week's column: An unlikely source

Adolphe Charles Adam was born July 24, 1803. He was born in France, the son of a Jewish music professor at the Conservatoire.
His mother was the daughter of a notable physician.
Adam began to study music but preferred improvising as he went, rather than studying specific pieces or composers.
By the time he was 20 he was writing songs for Paris vaudeville houses.
By 1830 he had completed 28 works for the theater.
Adam is probably best known for his work in authoring the ballet Giselle. He wrote a number of other ballets and nearly 40 operas before his death.
In 1847 he opened the third opera house in Paris, The Theatre National, after feuding with the owner of The Opera, another opera house in the city.

Not only was "O Holy Night" composed by a Jewish composer, but a number of other Christmas songs were written or composed by Jews.

"White Christmas" was written by Irving Berlin.
"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was written by Albert Hague.
"We Need a Little Christmas" was written by Jerry Herman.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" were written by Johhny Marks.
"The Christmas Walz" and "Let it Snow, Let is Snow, Let it Snow" was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.
"Silver Bells" was written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston.
"I’m Getting’ Nuttin’ for Christmas" was written by Barry Gordo


The Revolution of 1848 closed The Theatre National and left Adam with overwhelming debt.
He briefly turned to journalism but settled on teaching composition at the Paris Conservatoire from 1849 till his death in 1856.
Placide Cappeaua was born in Roquemaure, France, north of Avignon in 1808.
Cappeaua was a wine seller and an occasional writer.
Although Cappeaua was not a regular at church, yet a parish priest knew of his writing abilities and asked him to pen a poem about Christmas in 1847.
On his way to Paris, Cappeaua, inspired by the Gospel of Luke, wrote "Minuit, Chretiens."
Once in Paris, Cappeaua met Adam and asked him to pen music for the Christmas poem.
Three days later, Adam wrote the tune and "Cantique de Noël" was premiered at midnight mass on Christmas Eve, 1847 in Roquremaure.
Not long after its debut, the song began to receive attacks from church leaders in France.
Cappeaua later left the church to join the socialist movement and adopted the more "extreme" political and social ideas of his day – such as opposition to slavery, inequality, injustice and other kinds of oppression.
It was also discovered that Adam was in fact Jewish and his reputation of composing ballets and operas was deemed incompatible with the composition of Christian songs.
The song was attacked not for the nature or subject of the song, but because of who wrote the song.
One French bishop denounced the song for its "lack of musical taste and total absence of the spirit of religion."
But despite being shunned from the church, the song lived on in the homes and hearts of the French.
And in 1855, American Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight published an English translation to the song, "O Holy Night."
Dwights’ strong anti-slavery views shown through in his translation with the lyrics: "Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, And in His name all oppression shall cease."
And so today, we sing -- a Christmas song, shunned by the church, written by a French Socialist and a Jewish composer, translated by a Unitarian minister and written about a holy night when God became man to save us all from the oppression of sin.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Interesting day

It's been interesting today - that's for sure.
I got the phone call about the mistake in my story (see previous entry - I'm too lazy to link to it), found out my water pump is broken on my truck, filled out lots of paper work to close on my house, set up Dish Network at my new appartment, set up a new bank account (got a free stuffed horse for it - looks like my Angel Tree boy will get a stuffed horse for Christmas), sat through an interesting county commissioners meeting and well... I think that may be it.
I still need to pay my rent on the first (I hope the money from the closing on my house gets here in time) and I need to update my cell phone number to a local number.
I don't know that it's necessary, but I'm sure all you folks here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area might like me to have a local number (not that you ever call). But zip me an email if you want the new number when it changes.
I also still need to find a broadband internet service for the new place.
Apparently SBC is the only company that provides it. But I don't want to pay for a phone line I'll never use, just to get DSL. Oh well.
Sometime this week I need to complete drivers ed and edit two videos for Rob.
So its 10:16 and I'm going home.
Take care.

Talk of the office

This has been the talk of our office the last week or so: Meal deal surprise
What do you think?
Who do you believe?
Who do you think the author sided with?

What a goof

I believe this is the first time I did this, but I miss-attributed a quote to someone at city hall. And it wasn't even a quote from anyone, but a paraphrase/idea that I had hoped to get a quote on and forgot to ask.
I saw it in my notes, wrote it as a statement in the article and then some where during the editorial process, (while cutting and pasting) I slipped and added it in as a quote.
The city representative wasn't very happy. And I don't blame him. I apologized profusely and wrote a correction tomorrow. I hope it doesn't ruin things for future interviews.
Hopefully it will be my first and only mistake here. My second paper at The Journal I misspelled "Construction" on the front page and then months later, during late night cramming I miss-typed "Belton." Both ran with the errors.
It helps keep you in check I guess. What you write will be seen by the public. And the public will let you know when you make mistakes.

UMHB falls to Wesley in second round

Allman covered the game for a Delaware paper Saturday. What's up wit dat?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving dinners

Two dinners down, one more to go... mmmm.
Makes me feel a bit like a jerk, when I'll have three Thanksgiving dinners and some people won't have one.
We're so blessed.

David Crowder's thoughts

David Crowder posted these comments on his blog yesterday. They're in response to the passing of his friend and pastor Kyle earlier this month. I thought it was a very thoughtful commentary.

it really is just perfect. it’s the most beautiful cemetery i’ve ever been in. i realize it sounds like a juxtaposition to use “beautiful” and “cemetery” so closely but it’s immediately serene; peaceful. just what you’d hope. completely cinematic. the grave itself was a pile of flowers. i had expected to see dirt. that red texas-clay-dirt that i’ve seen covering every other newly covered grave i’ve stood beside. early morning, kids laughing and a mound of flowers. i’m certain the mound of dirt was somewhere under the flowers, but driving up to it it just looked like a 3 foot high pile of flowers, perfectly mirroring the rectangular shape of the hole he is in. i’ve never seen flowers piled 3 feet high in the shape of a rectangle. there were potted flowers that outlined the perimeter of the rectangle and they were all leaned over and inward, none of them sitting up properly, resting against the mound as it rose from the grass. it was so strange, absolutely foreign to look at. the slightest bit unnerving. these flowers leaning against flowers. it gave the appearance that as he went into the ground his beauty had drug all this on top of him. as if you’d spread a cloth over a table that had a rectangular hole cut in it and then placed something with weight over the hole and let go. it would drop past the surface of the table pulling the table cloth through the hole with it as it sank. this is what had happened here over night. the weight of his passing pulled at our surface, and the flowers filled the hole and piled up to keep the world from caving in on itself. it was the weight. i had felt the weight. there were six of us surrounding him, carrying him down the steps, slidding him into the car and it was all impossibly heavy. the flowers didn’t have a choice in the matter. this is where they had to be, they had been pulled by the force of his departure and wanted to be near him and saved us all in the course of their aspired proximity to him. it was beauty summoning beauty and falling, laying on itself until the hole was clogged. grace is a bunch of flowers falling over each other to be near a beauty that is too terrific a weight to keep on the surface for very long. we will miss kyle but we might be ok. for now there is grace enough to keep breathing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

UMHB to host first playoff game

This is from the UMHB Alumni office

Greetings from UMHB!

The Crusader Football Team has made it to the playoffs once again, and on Saturday, November 26, they will play their first-ever home playoff game. The "Purple CRUsh" began the post season last Saturday in San Antonio, beating the Trinity Tigers for the second consecutive year.

This week the Cru will be taking on the Wolverines of Wesley College from Dover, Delaware. Kickoff is set for 12:00 noon CST at Belton Tiger Stadium. Tickets go on sale today, November 22, 12:00-6:00 p.m., for current season ticket holders. The remainer of reserved seats will be available to the general public on Wednesday, November 23, from 8:00
a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales will take place at the Mayborn Campus Center Ticket Office, located at the front of the Mayborn Campus Center (University Drive side of the building). All reserved seats cost $8.00.
General admission tickets will be available at the gate, along with any unsold reserved tickets. General Admission tickets cost $8.00 for adults and $4 for students (3 years old and older).

If you are in the area, come out and support the Cru as they make a run at a return trip to the Division III National Championship game in Salem, VA., on December 17. If you do not live in the area, you can listen to game via the internet by clicking here
You can also email the Cru and our coaching staff at, letting them know you are pulling for them.

For complete information on the Crusader's season, click here.

We hope to see you in Belton on Saturday!

This week's column: Sarah had a mighty pen

Sarah Josepha Hale was born October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hamsphire.
She was the third child born to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesay Buell.
Her early education was from her mother, but later on she was an autodidact, or self-taught.
She married Freemason and lawyer David Hale in 1813 and continued her self-education.
She was widowed in 1822 with five children, four under the age of seven.
But in 1823 she published her first collection poems entitled, “The Genious of Oblivion” with support from her husband’s Freemason lodge.
She then went to work from 1827 to 1836 as the editor of Lady’s Magazine.
She later served as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, publishing only American manuscripts, from 1837 to 1877.
She was a champion of equal education for women and was the first to start a day care nursery for working women.
Before her death in 1879, she published over 50 differnet volumes of her work, including her most famous work, the nursery rhyme entitled, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Hale wrote the poem in 1830 and most believe the nursery ryhme was based a true story about a young friend of Hale’s who owned a pet lamb that she took to school at the suggestion of her brother.
Although some debate has been given as to whether Hale wrote the entire poem or if part of the poem was written by a schoolmate, Hale is still credited with its authorship.
In 1877 Thomas Edison recited the first stanza of the rhyme while testing his phonograph, making it the first audio to be recorded and played back succesfully.
But despite her many accomplishments, her greatest and possibly least known accomplishment was in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to create Thanksgiving as a National Holiday.
In her letters to President Lincoln, Hale encouraged him to have the, “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.”
Hale had championed the cause of Thanksgiving from as early as 1827.
“Thanksgiving like the Fourth of July should be considered a national festival and observed by all our people,” she wrote. “There is a deep moral influence in these periodical seasons of rejoicing, in which whole communities participate. They bring out . . . the best sympathies in our natures.”
Before war broke out in 1861, Hale believed Thanksgiving would help bring the country back together and keep us from the insanity of fighting each other.
“If every state would join in Union Thanksgiving on the 24th of this month, would it not be a renewed pledge of love and loyalty to the Constitution of the United States?" she wrote in 1859.
But President Lincoln did not declare the national holiday until 1863, after the War of the States had ravished the country.
Yet still, Hale had accomplished the goal she had set before her so many years before.
With thousands of handwritten letters, one lady made a difference in a country torn by war.
And now as we look back, maybe this Thanksgiving we’ll remember to give thanks to God and pray that He will continue to heal our nation and keep us from the insanity of fighting each other.

Monday, November 21, 2005

not this week's column

I'm scrapping this, but figured I'd post it here first for all the world to laugh at.
I decided against it for my column. Just didn't have the same interest, flair and handiwork I laid out in my head on the way home from work.

You know something, if I’m not mistaken -- I believe Thanksgiving is this week.
I only know this because our Thursday newspaper is printing a day earlier than normal.
But if you visited your local stores I doubt you’d have a clue -- that is unless you bought $50 worth of groceries and got a free bird.
I think America has officially skipped Thanksgiving this year.
I turned on my radio last week and two stations in the Metroplex were already playing Christmas music 24/7. I think they may have even skipped Halloween.
But despite the rest of America overlooking turkey day, I happen to enjoy the holiday.
I’d love to see us all return to a day when more emphasis was placed on giving thanks, rather than dreaming of how much money we’ll save at Early Bird Sales on Friday at 4 a.m.
So in order to give each of us more time to enjoy the holiday I’d like to propose a change.
Let’s move Thanksgiving to the second week of August.
After all, what is there to celebrate in August?
Canadians celebrate Civic Holiday on August first, but I can’t see Americans getting to psyched about that one.
And an August Thanksgiving would give us a welcomed break between the Independence Day parties and the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day.
An August Thanksgiving would give us one more reason to fire up the grill and hit the road to see relatives one more time during the summer.
With Thanksgiving in August we could waste the post-Thanksgiving Day lunch by lounging at the pool, lake or floating down the Guadalupe River.
An August Thanksgiving would also give us another two days off from work in the summer. One for the holiday and one for calling in sick because of the bad sunburn you got while lounging at the pool.
Of course with an August Thanksgiving it wouldn’t seem right to watch the traditional Home Alone on T.V. Thanksgiving night.
And an August Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without the Cowboys.
John Madden giving a turkey leg to a baseball player just seems un-American somehow.
But with an August Thanksgiving, each of us could say, “Thanks” and never fear that Christmas would try to steal our day away.
But until that day comes, I’ll just dream of a better time and place -- when Thanksgiving really meant something.

A little bummed

I'm a little bummed. For whatever reason doesn't work well with my antiquated version of Internet Explorer, so I can't upload pictures to my daily picture blog, or my regular one, except through my cell phone.
I found a great Dilbert cartoon that I knew Mike would love, but he'll just have to click the link to see it.

I think we found our house

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Annoying eye

I think I'm starting week three of "Eye Twitch 2005."
It's starting to get real annoying.

Saturday, November 19, 2005


Feel free to ignore this posting...
Its a reminder for me... Hey when you get your own blog you can do it too.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Want a teaser?

Need a teaser to read the Scott Adams book?

I didn’t see how he could deny the obvious. “Of course they do. Billions of people believe in God.”
The old man leaned toward me, resting a blanketed elbow on the arm of his rocker.
“Four billion people say they believe in God, but few genuinely believe. If people believed in God, they would live every minute of their lives in support of that belief. Rich people would give their wealth to the needy. Everyone would be frantic to determine which religion was the true one. No one could be comfortable in the thought that they might have picked the wrong religion and blundered into eternal damnation, or bad reincarnation, or some other unthinkable consequence. People would dedicate their lives to converting others to their religions.
“A belief in God would demand one hundred percent obsessive devotion, influencing every waking moment of this brief life on earth. But your four billion so-called believers do not live their lives in that fashion, except for a few.
The majority believe in the usefulness of their beliefs—an earthly and practical utility—but they do not believe in the underlying reality.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “If you asked them, they’d say they believe.”
“They say that they believe because pretending to believe is necessary to get the benefits of religion. They tell other people that they believe and they do believer-like things, like praying and reading holy books. But they don’t do the things that a true believer would do, the things a true believer would have to do.
“If you believe a truck is coming toward you, you will jump out of the way. That is belief in the reality of the truck. If you tell people you fear the truck but do nothing to get out of the way, that is not belief in the truck. Likewise, it is
not belief to say God exists and then continue sinning and hoarding your wealth while innocent people die of starvation. When belief does not control your most important decisions, it is not belief in the underlying reality, it is belief in the usefulness of believing.”

Talk amongst yourself - and the be sure to leave your comments.

Did I tell you?

Did I tell you?
Go and buy Shawn Michael's book, "Heartache and Triumph!"
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
If you're lucky, you can buy it.
But it's not supposed to be out till Nov. 22.
I just happened to get lucky and find a store that sold it to me last Sunday.
And yes - I finished reading it on Tuesday.
Even if you're not a great wrestling fan and Shawn Michael's isn't your best friend, the book is a great testimony to what God can do in a man's life.
Michael's made a complete 180 when he gave his life over to God.

You know its time to unsubscribe when...

You know its time to unsubscribe from a blog when...
- The latest entry starts with, "I know it's been a while..." and it's dated three months ago.

Free book...

Scott Adams, the author and creator of the Dilbert Comic strip is giving away free e-books.
I haven't read it yet, but I'm about to.
Let me know what you think about it.

Well it was interesting

I found something very interesting this morning that I wanted to post on my blog, but my Mac computer has been acting funny with cookies and
So, alas it didn't get posted and now I can't remember what in the world it was about.
I'm very sleepy today.
I shouldn't have gone to Corsicana last night. Or maybe I should have, but just come home after we ate.
I fell asleep in Rolly's recliner for probably an hour and a half before I headed home.
Then I pulled over and slept for another 15 minutes or so on the way home.
I'm such a pansie.
I'm having trouble adjusting to waking early and leaving work earlier.
Well, if I ever remember what I meant to post earlier, I will (if blogger works).
Back to the salt mines...

Thursday, November 17, 2005


So, I got a new computer. Not bad. Apparenlty everyone knew I had the worst computer and I got a newer one.
Way to go.
But as i came to type today I couldn't figure out why I was getting some symbols mixed up. Apparently someone swapped the keys around on my keyboard before i got here.
I think they said they did it to the sports editor. I guess this is his old machine.
Anyways - it was funny for a bit.
Now back to the salt mines. I went from having nothing this morning to 3 or 4 suddenly, including 2 interesting investigative stories.
Hope I don't get type-cast for it.
BTW - thanks to Big Tim Storm for meeting me for lunch and picking up the tab.

Dish, Texas

A Texas town renamed itself to Dish, Texas last night in exchange for 10 years of free Dish Network Satellite.
I wonder what we could change Waxahachie too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

For the record

For the record...
I'm typing post 503 for my blog. Reaching 500 is like watching you odometer on your car turn over. So happy 500. Thanks for reading.

And BTW, my arm is propped up funny and half my hand is numb, my arm is starting to go numb too. Makes typing very slow and hard. I think I should readjust my arm.

Christians promo

Full Transcript Of Christian's Promo At TNA PPV Bashing WWE

The following is a transcript of Christian Cage's comments at Genesis this past Sunday:

So I guess you can imagine the question I got asked the most this week. "Are the rumors we're hearing true? Is it true you're going to TNA? And if so, why?" Well I'll tell you this much, I'll tell you this much, I didn't come out here to see the same damn guy say the same damn thing week after week after week. And I didn't come here to see a grown man, dressed like a doctor, pulling things out of another man's ass. And you can be damn sure I didn't come here because I got fired.

Which brings me to another rumor I wanna address and put to bed right now, the rumor that I got lowballed in a contract offer. Well that's not true at all. See I was offered a very hefty sum to stay exactly where I was. But the reason I came to TNA is the same reason why each and every one of you is in this arena right now, the same reason why everyone's watching Genesis live on Pay-Per-View. And that reason is that I love wrestling!

Now you know, I've been known to crack a joke or two, say something sarcastic, pull a rib. But I don't want anybody to ever forget the fact that I am, without a doubt, the best all around performer in this sport today. It's like this. I'm tired of egos and politics. I wanna see guys in this ring busting their asses. I wanna see wrestling reinvented.

Like last night, I turn on SpikeTV, I'm watching Impact-a little plug for you-and it reminded me of when I broke onto the national wrestling scene 8 years ago. There were two companies. One was old, stale, and lacking direction. The other one I was apart of. It was young, hungry, and cutting edge. Fast forward 8 years to this very moment, and there's still two companies. One is old, boring, and lacking direction. And the other one is TNA!

And I said this is something that I wanna be a part of. In fact, I wanna be the biggest piece of this puzzle. Which brings me to Jeff Jarrett. I've got two things to say to you. One-you should never wear white pants after Labor Day. And two-I've come to TNA to take the one thing that's eluded me my entire career. The one thing we can both agree on is the most important and prized possession in this sport, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

So I want everyone right now to stand up and take notice that Christian Cage is here. And Christian Cage will fulfill his destiny. Because that' I roll!

Interesting week

Well, it's Wednesday night and rather than just wrapping up one paper today, I've been a part of three papers getting wrapped up this week.
Moving to a daily is definitly different.
And moving from editor to reporter is definitly different as well.
I have moments where I'm just sitting and waiting for phone calls and want to surf the net, but then I remember how dadgum slow my computer is and how upset I would get when my reporters would just sit around and surf the web.
I don't blame them (now for sure). Sometimes there's just down time.
It's weird. I've never been just a reporter except for a brief stint at Eastfield Community College.
That lasted for one semester and I think I may have written four stories.
So this is a whole new world for me.
I need to get out and meet more people so I can have more things to write about on my own.
I need to find more of my own assignments. So far I have one, which I started on on Monday - but my interview isn't until tomorrow.
I want to get out and start working different beats, but I'm cautious that I don't step on anyones toes.
And just an FYI, the paper is still looking for one staff reporter.
If you're interested, give me a shout and I'll see if I can help ya out.