Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Not strange in San Antonio

Did you know the San Antonio Public Library has one of these?

That's a rare, first edition print version of the 1611 King James Bible. That thing has been around for 400 years.

It's on display in the Texas/Genealogy section of the Central Public Library through August 26.

If you get the chance, check it out. Get up close and see the detail, and find out how well it's held up over the centuries.

Who knows when they will put it on display again?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We're #1!

In pole dancing!

Athletes competed for the crown of Miss Texas Pole Dance over the weekend in Dallas, demonstrating strength, flexibility and balance.

San Antonio's own Jennifer Huff, a married mother of two children, was the winner of the 2011 competition.

(from KENS-5)

Ah, yes ---- simply one more thing to stoke S.A. pride.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Riding in comfort

Who knew it would be so easy to make a convertible for cows?

SAN ANTONIO -- The top of a trailer was torn off when a truck driver drove under a bridge on the South Side Monday afternoon.

The accident happened around 3:00 p.m. Monday at South St. Mary's and Roosevelt on the South Side. Officials say the driver simply misjudged the height on his trailer[.]
(from WOAI-TV)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Historical blabbery at the Alamo

It's always good to hear some news about the Alamo, some new understanding of the history of the place that no one was aware of before. But it's bad to hear about it this way.
On Thursday The Daughters of the Republic of Texas announce[d] a historic discovery inside the Alamo Shrine.

While conservation crews were working they found writing carved into a wall: "1802"[,] the letters "WVA"[,] and the number "54".
The writing was on the window seal just above the main doors of the shrine.

Pam Rosser who is the Alamo Conservator says "this discovery is important because it opens up a whole other chapter of the Alamo that hasn't really been researched. There was a time in Texas were the French was moving in the Spanish was her but not as prominent." [emphasis added]
(from WOAI-TV)


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The official center of the city

Did you know San Antonio has an official center?

See if you can guess where it is.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Someone who should have thought a little more

About her getaway!
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio police said a woman was arrested after robbing a Jack in the Box and failing to make a getaway in a waiting taxi.

Police said the woman walked into the Jack in the Box at Interstate 35 and Rittiman Road at around 5 p.m. Saturday. She reportedly told the cashier she had a gun and demanded money. Police said she walked out of the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of money. The woman tried to get into a taxicab that was waiting for her, but the cab driver took off without her, authorities said.
(from KSAT-12)

Well, I hope she at least had bus fare.

Friday, June 17, 2011

"Suspected rapist accused of using pit bull to threaten woman"

There's all kinds of weird going on here.
The woman told investigators she met 30-year-old Alex Martinez at a night club a few weeks ago. She said she picked up Martinez at his home on Wednesday, and they went to a club to have a couple of drinks and to get something to eat afterward. After returning to Martinez's apartment, the woman said he refused to let her leave and then sexually assaulted her. She said when she tried to put her clothing back on, he told her to take her pants back off and then opened the back door and threatened to let his pit bull dog inside. She said he attempted to have sex with her a second time but could not.

The woman told officers she stayed with Martinez out of fear but was able to leave in the morning after telling him she was going to get something to eat.
(from WOAI-TV)

This is just an allegation, of course, and the man says the sex was consensual. But the pit bull part really puts a strange spin on the case. It makes one wonder ---- Can a dog be seized as evidence?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Someone who should have thought a little more

About bicycle maintenance, that is.
The affidavit shows that a woman told detectives she was sitting in her car in a northeast side neighborhood June 2 when a man pedaled up on a bicycle, pointed a gun at her and demanded money.

The woman told investigators her neighbor began following the robber in his van. The affidavit shows when the suspect's bicycle gave out, he turned and fired a shot at the neighbor before running away on foot.

Detectives recovered the stolen bike at the scene. They said they tested it and found fingerprints matching those of [Brandon] Dobbins.
(from KSAT-12)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I'd like to think this is a regionalism, a quirky, South-Texas way of describing a delicious sandwich.

But I don't think it is. I think it is something else.

Something else much more worldly. Galactic, even.

But I could be wrong.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Exaggerating, just a bit

This qualifies as a bionic leg for a cat? Really?
The cat shattered his femur in the fall and required emergency surgery, [Animal Care Services spokeswoman Lisa] Norwood said.

Without the surgery, the cat would have either had to have its leg amputated or would have had to be euthanized, Norwood said.

The cat, who was named Rocky, now has the feline version of a bionic leg, with pins holding his broken bones together.
(from KSAT-12)

Pins. They count as bionics. At least with cats.

Hell, if that's true, then go ahead and implant an RFID tag and call that cat a cyborg.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Chilling smiles III

Dammit. The smiling thing has become a trend.

The suspect, 25-year-old Charles Allen Thomas, was jailed Wednesday night. Thomas is charged with killing 50-year-old Mark Wyatt back in January near East Houston and North New Braunfels.

Investigators believe Thomas may also be a suspect in other murders.
(from WOAI-TV; previous posts here)

And here's KABB's picture of the same guy.

Stay alert. These people are out there, and they just don't give a crap.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

"Police: Repeat Drunken Driving Suspect Slipped Out Of Ankle Monitor"

But, but she was home the whole time! She never left! How could she have been out drinking?
SAN ANTONIO -- A Northside woman accused of drinking and driving while she was supposed to be under house arrest may be the first person in Bexar County history to find a way around an ankle monitoring system, a county official said.

A San Antonio police officer arrested Stephanie Cerda, 25, early Saturday after she led him on a low speed chase from Loop 1604 & Blanco Road to her home on Hardy Oak Road.


At the time, Cerda was supposed to be under full house arrest and hooked up to a GPS monitoring system.


Mike Lozito, with Bexar County Pretrial Services, said this past weekend, it appears Cerda was able to slip off her ankle monitor, making it appear as if she was at home and complying with the court order.

"It appeared to be that she had put lotion on here and stretched the device," Lozito said. "We've never had that kind of thing happen before."

Lozito said his department is consulting with the monitor's manufacturer to make sure his officers are installing them properly.
(from KSAT-12)

OK, boys, let's make sure she keeps this thing on and really stays home. No pliers, no wire cutters, no tin snips, no paper clips, and definitely, definitely no lotion!

(KY's OK, though. We can't be cruel and unusual now, can we?)