Messiah Jesus Christ appeared Sunday as an Asian woman, and spoke to us while seated on the lawn.
In an unscheduled interview Sunday, the Son of God materialized in the offices of the Lewisville Texan Journal, and announced that her next visit to the earthly domain would begin with Lewisville, Texas. Appearing this time as an elderly Asian woman, Jesus said she felt it was prudent to alert the media of her new physical manifestation so there would be no confusion. "Still, there are those with hardened hearts and closed minds who will reject me for my appearance," she said. "That's just how we roll."
When asked why she chose Lewisville, Jesus gave several reasons: "Its convenient location on I-35, and access by commuter train from Dallas, Fort Worth, and points beyond was a draw," said Jesus. "It has ample grassy hillsides where my flock can sit, while I set some things straight," she continued; "Plus, there are a lot of people in Texas and surrounding states who need a talking to." We're going to have a little "come to Jesus" meeting that I call "Sermon on the Mount Lewisville".
"I'm sick of my message of peace and brotherly love being corrupted by sick and hateful politicians and 'so-called' pastors," she asserted. "When I said 'love your neighbor as you love yourself', that's exactly what I meant," she said, visibly agitated. "What part of that did these sanctimonious sheisters take to mean that they should go around condemning people for their race, religion, gender, sexual preference, or political persuasion?"
Commuters are really feeling the pinch these days as tire air prices continue to rise, hitting a regional record average 75 cents per cubic foot Saturday, with some stations charging nearly $1. Those prices are up nearly 300% from last summer when air averaged only 26 cents.
Experts blame the rising air prices on a variety of factors, including speculation and stockpiling of air, increased usage of tire air in China, and global warming, which decreases the density of air. President Obama is also widely blamed for the spike in air prices because the inflation occurred during his term, and because he is a "black socialist who is trying to destroy America".
Local residents like Carl B. Rollin, a newspaper delivery man who must top off his tires about every week, say they often drive out of their way to find a station with reasonable air prices. "Even when you finally find one, many times the pump is broken, or the hose is cut," said Carl. "I mean, the worst is when you load in quarters, press the button and not a damned thing happens. I just want to shoot something when they rip me off like that."
For others, getting ripped off happens at the air pump, then in their own driveways. Lewisville police have reported a rash of tire air thefts in the past few months, usually occurring at night, when people leave their cars parked in a driveway or on the street. "Thieves drive up, screw on a hose, and suck the air right out of the tire within seconds," said Lieutenant Jack Huff of the Lewisville Police Department. "We recommend you park your car in a garage or a well lit area, and consider getting locking valve caps."
Vicky Tymn, a Realtor, learned this lesson the hard way. She came out one morning, already late for an appointment, to find that all four of the tires on her Cadillac Escalade had the air stolen overnight. "I was so outraged," she explained; "I felt so violated that someone would come into my driveway and take the air that I had worked so hard to earn. That's my air. If someone wants air, then they need to get a job and go buy their air." Tymn says she now has locking valve caps, and tries to park in her garage, when it's not completely full of crap that needs to be thrown away or gone through.
Denton County Democrats rallied Saturday morning at the Lewisville office of Representative Michael C. Burgess (R, Lewisville, District 26) to show their opposition to what they view as Republican attacks on women's healthcare and reproductive rights.
Republicans carrying Burgess campaign signs staged a counter-demonstration that slightly outnumbered the Democrats.
Here's video with some interviews to provide both viewpoints:
In our story earlier this week about the shooting in Southern Lewisville that resulted in arrests of two on drug charges, we noted that police said stories were changing. Copies of the search warrant and arrest warrant obtained Friday by LTJ sheds more light on the story. Police were searching for forensic evidence in the shooting, firearms and related materials, a laptop and cell phone, and illegal narcotics.
The story begins with Russell Walden and his girlfriend Jade Morgan, who met up with Samuel Kim at the QT gas station on F.M. 3040 at 1 a.m. after Walden responded to Kim's craigslist ad for cell phone rooting and flashing. Walden wanted Kim to root and flash his cell phone in exchange for a laptop that Walden had. Kim was not satisfied by the laptop, so the three agreed to meet back at the house on Cassion where Walden and Morgan lived. The two reside at the house along with Donald Hall and Regina Cory.
Here's where the stories begin to differ:
Walden claims that once back at the house, they offered several options on equipment to Kim for the trade, saying they have no cash. Kim finally agrees to the trade, but doesn't follow through, instead asking Walden if he has pills, drugs or other things. Walden says they began to argue, and out of the blue, Kim swung at him, hitting him in the face and knocking him down.
Walden goes on to say that Kim pulled a pistol and pointed it at him. At this point the girlfriend, Morgan, jumps between the two, trying to protect Walden. Walden then tackles Kim, and they begin to fight. In the struggle, several shots are fired, one striking Kim in the leg. Walden then got the gun away from Kim. Walden and Morgan then subdued Kim, binding his hands and feet with duct tape, and called 911.
Later, in an interview at the police department, Walden would say that when Kim came to the house, he produced a revolver and ordered everyone to the ground.
Morgan's story was similar to Walden's but she added that during the physical fight, she grabbed a metal cooking pot and beat Kim in the head with it.
Police interviewed Kim at Plano Medical Center, where he was being treated for his injury. Kim's story is that the three were smoking methamphetamine from a glass pipe, and then Walden and Morgan tried to rob him, a version that is further detailed in Donald Hall's arrest warrant. Kim said that at one point, he revealed that he had a $100 bill, and that when Walden saw the money, he attacked Kim, who had the 38 caliber Smith and Wesson in his waistband. Kim said that he pulled the gun out, but was knocked to the ground and was shot in the struggle.
Kim said that after Walden and Morgan taped him up, Donald Hall came from upstairs and started handing Walden containers of "dope" to get rid of. (Apparently knowing that police would soon be at the house). Kim says that Walden ran out the back door with drugs and came back without them.
On Tuesday, the City of Lewisville was served with a federal lawsuit by the Duarte family alleging civil rights violations over its sex offender ordinance. In the City of Lewisville, any person required to register as a sex offender, and whose victim was a minor is restricted from living within 1,500 feet of any place where children congregate. This encompasses the vast majority of our city, leaving only small patches where former sex offenders can live.
Let us talk of many things, of Cabbages and Kings. Of Ultimate Arbiters. The Court of Last Resort. SCOTUS. The judicial graveyard where appealers go to die. The Supreme Court of the United States, which reluctantly deigned to hear testimony on a subject so obviously beneath them, it was an effort to keep their left eyes open: Obama Care.
Due to the rarified air of the highest court in the land, the arguments were solemn, dignified and incisive. "Obama Care Sucks!" "Does not." "Does So." "Does Not." Like that, only in elevated lawyer language.
The Supremes, made up of six Catholics and three Jews -- and doesn't that sound like the dance card at a KKK Lawn Burning Jamboree -- agreed to stoop from their lofty perch to consider the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And to that purpose they carved six whole hours from their busy docket. The equivalent of eight episodes of "American Idol," without commercials. And no Steven Tyler, so they got that going for them.
Justice Antonin Scalia was frustrated: "Do you expect us to go through each part of this law?" Of course not. That's why they call them briefs. The Act, as rammed through a Democratic Congress, is 2400 pages long. Or 2700. They're still not sure. Shouldn't they be sure? By now? A lot of stuff can happen in 300 pages. We've all read Harry Potter.
For some odd reason, vegetables were referenced. Repeatedly. Scalia facetiously asked: "Everybody has to buy food... therefore you can make people buy broccoli?" Hmm. Seems to possess an unhealthy fixation with broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, mentioning it eight times. The traumatic result of a pre-adolescent dinner revolt?
The thing is, Tony, if you don't buy broccoli, my grocery bill doesn't go up. Stores don't offer differing prices for rich people broccoli and poor people broccoli. And you won't ever be prevented from buying broccoli because you got a weird looking oyster in your cart.
Police were called to the scene of a shooting in Southern Lewisville that happened this Wednesday morning about 5:15 a.m. in 900 block of Cassion Drive. This was just hours after police had discovered Lewisville's first murder of 2012.
Lewisville Police Captain Kevin Deaver said that numerous people were in the house at the time of the shooting, and that their stories had changed multiple times. Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. police arrested the homeowner, Donald Earl Hall, Jr. (56) and Regina Ann Cory (51) after serving a search warrant and discovering 0.8 grams of methamphetamine and 43 grams (about 1.5 oz) of amphetamine.
Deaver said that the 43 grams of amphetamine is a substantial amount - more than what would typically be possessed for personal use. Lewisville police have in the past seized up to 1.6 Kilos (about 3.5 lb) of amphetamine in other busts.
Both Hall and Cory are in custody at the Lewisville Jail. Hall is being held on $50,000 bond, and Cory is held on $2,500 bond.
Conservative political advertisements are becoming increasingly unhinged.
Herman Cain was already known for his odd political ads during his brief presidential candidacy. Since leaving the campaign trail, Cain's explored new artistic ground in a series of anti-stimulus advertisements that feature fish being tortured and bunnies being shot.
Yes, Herman Cain is apparently now producing the political equivalent of conservative crush porn. Perhaps his next ad will feature Sarah Palin in stilettos stomping on bugs? Take that, stimulus-beetle!
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, who is still a legitimate presidential contender, is running advertisements that could serve as the basis for a clinical case study in Obama Derangement Syndrome. Consider one of his latest ads, "Obamaville," which is as dark as any commercial produced by a serious candidate in recent memory. As Paul Waldman has observed, Santorum seems to be suggesting in the ad that Obama's re-election would transform America "into some combination of 'The Day After' and 'Saw.'"
One day, historians will look back on these advertisements and conclude that conservatism had reached an intellectual and moral nadir, and had only two political cards left to play: fear and anger. Lacking a positive program of its own, it has opted to push paranoid delusions instead. That's what these advertisements are really all about. What's significant is the window they provide into the anxiety-plagued psyche of segments of the GOP base. They say far more about those that made them, and about their intended audience, than they do about Obama.
As David Frum observed shortly after President Obama's election, "to listen to Fox News and other conservative media, you'd think we were living in Czechoslovakia in the final hours before the 1948 communist coup." If anything, the feverish rhetoric has only grown worse since then. In this apocalyptic vision of the world, liberty hangs perilously by a thread. And President Obama, who is alternately conceived of as a Marxist, a Muslim, or a Mau Mau- and sometimes, as all three simultaneously- is out tear up the Constitution, destroy Christianity, impoverish us, and steal our unhealthy sugary desserts right out of our kitchen cupboards.
Of course, all of this is irrational. It is an emotional rant, not a reasoned argument. There is no objective basis for such views. But it is a vision of the world pushed relentlessly by the radical right and the conservative entertainment complex, who play on our fears and anxieties by conjuring up endless bogeymen- illegal immigrants, Socialists, Communists, Muslims, climate scientists, the media, even public employees- on whom to pin blame. This is a delirium; a delusion. But it's also something a bit more- it's an intentional lie.
LTJ obtained the incident report which provides more detail on what happened.
Maria was in the passenger seat of a red Ford F150 Pickup being driven by her husband Mauro Sanchez. The couple had just taken their children (ages 5 and 3) to Central Park and were returning home. They traveled North on Edmonds, and turned right on Bellaire. Witnesses saw her prop the door open, but disagreed on exactly what happened.
An 18 year-old woman who witnessed the accident initially claimed that Maria was pushed, but on questioning, she admitted she didn't actually see a push, but believed she was pushed because "why else would she have jumped from a moving vehicle?" The female witness stated that the truck had been in the left lane when Ortiz fell out, and that the rear wheel had run over her head, causing the truck to bounce. Police found no evidence to support this claim.
Another witness, a 30 year-old male also said that he was behind the truck. He says the truck started to slow down, and the brake lights came on, causing him to slow down. He said he watched a lady climb out of the truck, turning sideways in the seat and stepping out of the truck. This caused her to take several steps before falling to the roadway, face first. He reported that she rolled several feet, which police found consistent with blood marks on the pavement.
Sanchez, the husband, said that the couple had been arguing because the girls wanted to stay in the park longer, and Maria wanted them to leave. Maria was upset that Sanchez did not support her with the girls. He said that Maria had propped open the door while still wearing her seatbelt and told him that if he thought it was easy with the girls, he should let her out now and he could deal with them. Sanchez said he was driving about 40 miles per hour, but that since there was a car behind him, he started to slow down. It was at that point that she just took off her seat belt, turned and stepped out.
Sanchez said that he didn't think any part of the vehicle struck her. He pulled over and ran back to his wife, who was lying in the street bleeding from the head and screaming. Several people stopped and there were four 911 calls. In two of the calls, police noted that they could hear Sanchez yelling for help for his wife.