To Catch a Predator in Murphy, Texas- Update

December 15, 2006

It seems like, generally speaking, the dust is settling in Murphy from that Sting Operation last month orchestrated by Dateline NBC and Perverted Justice. I still am not sure when the Murphy sting will air on television, but it does not appear that it will be this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Security System with Home Purchase!

December 15, 2006

A Houston Real Estate Agent is offering an innovative buyer incentive to entice people to purchase new homes- a free handgun. Here is a squib:

Julie Upton, a Houston-area real estate agent, spurned traditional buyer incentives like free gasoline cards or home improvement store gift certificates.

Instead, she placed an advertisement offering a pistol with the purchase of any home worth at least $150,000.

To be fair, the offer is only available to law enforcement personnel. Still, it’s an interesting idea. I say- only in Texas!! :)

Patently Google

December 14, 2006

As of yesterday, Google offers the ability to search US patents ( It is text searchable back to at least 1836, and very fast! You can even view images of original patents online. Read the rest of this entry »

To Catch a Predator… Right Next Door!

November 6, 2006

This last weekend, Dateline NBC in conjunction with Perverted Justice decided to film an episode of its famous "To Catch a Predator" series in the small community of Murphy, Texas, just adjacent to my town of Richardson.  This hits close to home because I live right on the border between Murphy and Richardson, and many of my good friends live in Murphy (the whole city is in my LDS/Mormon ward).  While I certainly appreciate removing sexual predators from the street, as I read the news reports, local commentary, and the condescending replies to that commentary of the folks at Perverted Justice, I am appalled at how little weight was given to the safety and interests of the citizens of Murphy in filming this episode.  However, I also think that Perverted Justice makes a good point in return- that sexual predators are everyone’s problem and thus the risk endured by the community that night is worth the mitigation of future risk to everyone posed by these perverts.  Here is the story with my thoughts and a question for you readers to answer.

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Official Boycott?

October 16, 2006

Bavaria’s ruling party, the Christian Socialist Union (CSU), has proposed a boycott of British Airways because the company’s uniform policy forbids openly wearing religious symbols.  This proposal by the CSU was precipitated by the recent suspension of a British Airways ticket counter employee for wearing a small silver cross visibly on a necklace.  By letter to the President of Germany’s Parliament, the CSU demanded that the German Bundestag no longer book flights for its representatives on British Airways.  The letter was written by CSU representative, Johannes Singhammer, who stated that the restriction and the suspension of the employee for visibly wearing a cross is "absolutely unacceptable for a Christian and completely discriminatory toward Christian fundamental beliefs." [„als Christ für absolut nicht hinnehmbar und schlichtweg diskriminierend gegenüber den christlichen Grundüberzeugungen“].

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Is Coca-Cola against the Word of Wisdom?

October 3, 2006

What about deep-fried Coke?  After all, it won the prize this year for the most creative food contest this year at the Texas State Fair.


Here is how the Texas delicacy of deep-fried Coke is made:

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Surprises in East Texas

September 28, 2006

Most people seem to think Texas is an arid desert wasteland with tumbleweeds blowing in the dust amidst chirping crickets.  That’s why many are pleasantly surprised when they drive through the intensely forested and green rolling hills of East Texas. 

But that is not the only surprising thing in East Texas.

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Musings on Home School

September 26, 2006

I have really enjoyed reading Julie’s comments about her day over at FMH.  She has a very fixed and vibrant determination about how things are and should be, which is quite refreshing most of the time (and grating a small minority of the time).  Her comments about home-schooling have made me pause and reconsider some things.

(I am writing them here because this is a "blog on life, family,", etc., and I have not been using it very often to air out thoughts like this. I used to get a nice release by blogging, but have been apprehensive lately about using the blogging tool. I saw an expert witness in a deposition once get slammed with questions about something he had written (probably as a joke) on his blog.  It was not pleasant, but that is a story for another day…)

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September 20, 2006

unahmadinejad_rally920_025_1 This is a potent statement to Iran’s Ahmadinejad. As he was awaiting his speech in the UN, more than 35,000 protesters gathered outside the UN in a pro-Israel/anti-Islamic-terrorism rally. Among them, a tired-looking man whose sign is unsurpassable as a criticism of Ahmadinejad’s excesses. (photo courtesy of atlas shrugs.)

Pope in Bavaria, or a Thought on Homogeneity

September 11, 2006

The Pope is making a visit to his home state of Bavaria in Germany today.

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