Word Play: It was interesting how the cable news networks played President Donald Trump’s now infamous comment about immigrants from certain countries he deems not up to his standards. (I will not repeat the word in this space. For those who do not know what term the president used, feel free to crawl out from under your rock and rejoin society.) One cable news network used the word verbatim in its scrawl, while another network replaced a few letters with the traditional symbols found on the upper portion of a computer keyboard - #*&@, for example. It is a difficult call, either way — whether to use the actual word or censor it. Something tells me this will not be the last time media has to determine whether to quote the president’s saucy language in all its glory/gory, or resort to cleaning up his language. After all, I looked and could not find the president’s term in the Associated Press Stylebook. (Sarcasm noted.)
Book Smarts: Thanks to Amarillo resident and former law enforcement officer Milton Pool of Amarillo, who recently sent me a copy of his book “Cops Are People Too.” Pool sent the book in reference to a recent published comment from yours truly about whether police officers stationed near the Bell Street bridge construction project in Amarillo drive the speed limit near the bridge when they are off-duty. I will read the book, even though it does not have any pictures. (Sarcasm again noted.)
Weird is as Weird Does: I ran across this comment from www.texasobserver.org in December about the GOP primary race for Texas Senate/District 31, which consists of incumbent Kel Seliger of Amarillo facing challengers Victor Leal of Amarillo and Mike Canon of Midland: “There will be some fireworks, though. State Senator Kel Seliger is about the last Republican in the Senate you could describe as a moderate, even though he’s not all that moderate. He faces two primary challengers, Victor Leal of Amarillo, a former board member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Mike Canon, former mayor of Midland, who came within 5 percentage points of beating Seliger in 2014. If past is precedent, that race is gonna get real weird.” I don’t see where the campaign has become “weird” yet, but anything is possible.
Phone Call of the Week: This week it was a caller questioning why Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors donated $3 million to the University of Texas basketball program. Durant played one season for the Longhorns. Said the caller: “People are still homeless in Houston and south Texas. There are all kinds of stuff to help people, and you give $3 million to one of the richest universities in the country? Forgive me, Kevin, but…” Here is one reason why Durant gave $3 million to UT basketball — to get his name on the entrance to the Longhorn hoops facility.