Friday, October 14, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #43

Moving this to the head of the line. Some of you know that there has been an emergency going on in our neck of the woods today, so i'm updating here. Taylor Faust left home this morning on his way to Cross Country and never got there. With a number of folks from here looking he was found about noon-thirty (that's an estimate based on sirens and cell-phone passed word) off the road near Schumacher Corssing. His car is in bad shape, but our word is that he spoke to his dad by cellphone once he had been reached. They are having some difficulty removing him from the car. There are, of course, eerie reminders of Courtney Meriwether here and i thought it best to keep folks informed.

Homecoming parade has been cancelled in deference to Taylor and for security as all the local law enforcement is at the scene. The kids are still in school and pep rally is expected to continue. I suspect that they will update everyone there on his condition. That's all the news i have, but will post here as i find out more.

In addition to being a star Cross Country performer for Ingram, Taylor is also a talented actor -- he was the comic relief in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever a few years ago, and i have him scheduled to play the young version of Peter Navarra in Diogenes/Dionysus coming up. He's just a fine kid all the way around.

Hope all is well for Taylor.

Update: This word comes to me through what i consider good sources -- but not from someone directly at the scene etc -- so take that for what it's worth. It took about four hours to free Taylor from his car. He was airlifted to San Antonio. The only word i got is that he had a broken ankle and femur. No word on other injuries. I'm sure he would appreciate a card from those who know him. You can send it to him via the school at Ingram Tom Moore High School, 510 College, Ingram, Texas 78025.

Second Update: Little new information, but additional word that there are two breaks, and possible hip damage. He is at University Hospital if you'd like to direct cards there.

Word is that his car is wrapped around a tree; that it plowed through a thicket and the trees/shrubs closed up behind him. Had it not been for a neighbor strolling a pasture who heard him calling for help he might still be there. . .

Yom Kippur yesterday . . .

Football tonight includes Ingram homecoming against Bandera, Tivy also has homecoming tonight versus Uvalde, Smithson Valley hosts Reagan Saturday, and Highland Park has Terrell at home tonight.

I got word today that William Lawson had a 30 yard reception the other night, and is averaging about 11 yards a catch. William is too humble to let me know that himself, so thanks for the update (wink). I'm trying to locate a film clip of his big catch now and will post it here if i find it.

Here it is: William Lawson with a great catch and tough run for HP.

Check out this tree at Henry's Webiocosm . . . trust me.

In what some are obviously considering a strong move to recover from last year's fiasco, Harold Pinter was named the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. It is a superb choice, perhaps overdue, and if that's a recovery move, then it's a powerful one. One has to wonder why it wasn't last year's choice if the pickings were so dreadful then.

I don't know if this is a case of wag the dog or not but, if not, then Homeland Security is run by terminally naive fools . . .

Keith Olbermann has some rather chilling coincidences outlined here:

Secaucus - Last Thursday on Countdown, I referred to the latest terror threat - the reported bomb plot against the New York City subway system - in terms of its timing. President Bush’s speech about the war on terror had come earlier the same day, as had the breaking news of the possible indictment of Karl Rove in the CIA leak investigation.

I suggested that in the last three years there had been about 13 similar coincidences - a political downturn for the administration, followed by a “terror event” - a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning.

We figured we’d better put that list of coincidences on the public record. We did so this evening on the television program, with ten of these examples. The other three are listed at the end of the main list, out of chronological order. The contraction was made purely for the sake of television timing considerations, and permitted us to get the live reaction of the former Undersecretary of Homeland Security, Asa Hutchinson.

We bring you these coincidences, reminding you, and ourselves here, that perhaps the simplest piece of wisdom in the world is called “the logical fallacy.” Just because Event “A” occurs, and then Event “B” occurs, that does not automatically mean that Event “A” caused Event “B.”

But one set of comments from an informed observer seems particularly relevant as we examine these coincidences.

On May 10th of this year, after his resignation, former Secretary of Homeland Security Ridge looked back on the terror alert level changes, issued on his watch.

Mr. Ridge said: “More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it. Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don’t necessarily put the country on (alert)… there were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said ‘for that?’”

Please, judge for yourself.

Nova is now offering some of its programs online here.

Check out Dan Osman in a Speed Free Solo . . . stunning . . . and crazy. Oops . . . turns out he's dead . . .

Cool Dutch Grind.

Three-dimensional controllable panoramics lost their charm some time ago, but this one, while not charming exactly, has a different twist.

Hundreds of Northern Snakeheads in the Potomac . . .

. . . and poultry flu in Europe.

i know quite a few regular readers here picked up on the very cool WildCam Africa. i watch it early a.m. when it's dawn there, and have seen some very cool things. i have noticed that occasionally i'm watching exactly the same scene unfold. i was hoping (am hoping) that the whole thing is not a ruse with an endlessly repeating tape -- just be aware that at times it is a rerun. what makes me think that's not always the case is that today there have been violent winds all day -- dust blowing so hard at times that you can barely see the shoreline, sometimes white-capping the little pond, and the camera is bouncing like crazy. there was a nice closeup on some warthogs but it took only a few seconds to make me dizzy with all the vibrations.

Thanks to Bloggerman and Clicked for the usual great links . . .

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