Saturday, October 29, 2011

Confusing the airmen

Seen at the 2011 Air Show at Randolph AFB:

You can expect compliance, once you've explained exactly what "fod" is and why it shouldn't go in the urinal.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Inflicing self-injury

I've read this a couple of times, but I still don't get what happened.
Witnesses told authorities the man was seen arguing with a 24-year-old man just before 3 p.m. at a Citgo gas station in the 11800 block of Starcrest Drive on the North Side.

The two drove to the corner of Jones Maltsberger Drive and Burning Trail Street, but police did not describe their progress there as a chase. At the intersection, witnesses said they saw the younger man get out of his Dodge Ram pickup and start waving his hands to warn drivers behind him to back away, said Police Chief William McManus.

Police said the man in the other vehicle, a Nissan pickup, had stopped in front of the Dodge.

He fired a shot at the Dodge's windshield while sitting in his Nissan and then somehow turned the gun on himself and fired again, police said.

“It appears to be self-inflicted or accidentally self-inflicted,” McManus said.
(from KENS-5)

He turned the gun on himself, accidentally inflicting a fatal wound to himself after firing at another man's car.


I'm sure there are more details to come, and I'm just curious enough to wonder what they are.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Talking about the weather


(from WOAI-TV)

I know it has been quite some time since we've had real cool weather here in San Antonio, but really? 822 freakin' comments about how cold it is?!

I don't think I have ever seen that many comments on any news story or blog post I've ever read. 400, 450 maybe. But never over 800, and never when the topic is as commonplace as the weather!

All I can say is: puro san antonio.

Car crashes into house

Apartment, actually, but it is an abode. And that car really, really had something against beds as well.
Witnesses told police that around 9 elderly woman driver suddenly accelerated in the parking lot of the Bethel Place Apartments in the 500 block of Acme. That acceleration launched her vehicle over the curb and into an apartment bedroom.

Fortunately, the woman who lives in the damaged apartment was not home. She and her 1-year-old son were at a doctor's appointment when the accident occurred.

But the car did send the apartment bed flying.
(from KENS-5)

Choosing a bad graphic

This was a strange way for KSAT to illustrate the story of a soldier (one soldier) who got sick and died far from any combat zone.

The Department of Defense says a soldier from North Carolina has died from a non-combat illness.

Military officials said Tuesday that 40-year-old Capt. Shawn P.T. Charles of Hickory died Oct. 23 in San Antonio, Texas. No further details were provided.
(from KSAT-12)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shaking San Antonio

Yeah, I know you've probably heard about it already, but we had ourselves a little shaker here in South Texas, which is definitely rare enough to qualify as strange in San Antonio.
The 4.8 magnitude quake happened early Thursday morning about 50 miles southeast of San Antonio in the small town of Pawnee. That's between Karnes City and Beeville.

In Atascosa County some say they were actually woken up by the tremors that lasted about 5 to 6 minutes.

In the quiet town of Campbellton, Texas people were talking all day Thursday about the earthquake that rattled South Texas.
(from KENS-5)

I felt it this morning. Did you?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Some visitors who should have thought a little more

If you're from an Arab nation, and you decide to visit the United States on a temporary visa from a different nation, and you decide to drive across the country in an RV visiting different cities, wouldn't you try to avoid drawing attention to yourself?

Wouldn't you?

Wouldn't you at least refrain from pulling drunk hi-jinks inside the county courthouse that sits smack-dab in the middle of the seventh-largest city in the nation?

You would, probably, but these guys didn't.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said surveillance video from inside the courthouse early Wednesday shows the men wearing sombreros and waving around a gavel. He says they appear to "just be some guys on a prank."

Had the two men who broke into the courthouse been from San Antonio, Wolff said the investigation would have been ruled a prank long ago.

“But when it’s people from another country, who have only been here a short while, it raises a lot of concerns,” he said.

Around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday two men were caught inside the Bexar County Courthouse.

Investigators said the courthouse’s security cameras show the men climbing a fire escape and entering the courthouse through a fourth floor window.

The men allegedly took a judges gavel from one courtroom and two sombreros from an office.

“It is very likely that these individuals were just intoxicated,” said Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz. “ They might not of even known what this building was.”

Three additional men were found outside the courthouse inside a parked RV. Also in the RV were 90-day visas, maps, cell phones and computers.

All five men, Adil Ajiad, Camile Huet, Hicham Ajjaid,, Mehdi Ajjaid, and Meissa Mithra, are in the United States on visas from France and are of Moroccan decent, according to the sheriff’s office.
(from KENS-5)

They should have waited until Fiesta. No one would have batted an eye then.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

With "wrestling" buddies like these ...

... you'd better disarm them before rolling around with them.
Four men in their early 20's were at the victim's apartment in the 800 block of Flame Circle, when police say he and one of the other men started "play wrestling." The other man, for some reason, then pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times in the arm and once in the hip.

T[h]e victim was taken to University Hospital in stable condition.

Police said he was not being cooperative, so they have little information on the suspect.
(from WOAI-TV)

Play wrestling? Sounds like it got serious real quick.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

With friends like these ...

... you'd better make sure you have good health insurance.
Police were called out to the 800 block of Overhill just after 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

They say three men were hanging out in the front yard when they got into an argument over money.

Police say one man then stabbed his friend in the back six times, piercing his kidney.

Michael Tease, 27, was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

Police say Tease was able to give them a detailed description of what happened and also gave them the name of the man who stabbed him. Police say Tease and the suspect were good friends and grew up together.
(from KSAT-12)

We don't know what really happened late last night, but I wonder if there was any teasing going on. That might prompt someone to get a little stabby.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Someone who should have dressed a little more

If you start using mind-altering substances, you should probably put some pants on first. Or at least leave on the ones you have.
A man was struck by a car after police say he ran into traffic on the West Side early Saturday.

Investigators say the 27-year-old man, who was wearing only his underwear, appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic when he ran into the street at Guadalupe Street and Chupaderas around 12:20 a.m. A driver in a Toyota Camry tried to avoid hitting the man by swerving into another lane, but the man continued running and ended up in the path of the car.
(from WOAI-TV)

Oh, and stay out of the street, too.

Bonus strangeness: The existence of a street in San Antonio called "Chupaderas"!


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Occupying San Antonio

It came to occupy Travis Park!

¡Puro San Antonio!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A coach who should have planned a little better

There's a bit of a scandal brewing here in the realm of Catholic high school football, and not everyone seems to be thinking their deeds completely through.
Two Central Catholic High School Football coaches have been disciplined in connection with a complaint filed by Antonian High School.


Central Catholic High School received notice of the decision from the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) District 2 Executive Committee Tuesday. Assistant Coach John Jennings was asked to leave an Antonian football game after Antonian coaches caught him standing on their sidelines, taking notes.

The decision comes after a complaint was filed by Antonian College Preparatory High School.

“Ethically, you do scout kids. You get videos from each school, so you get to watch the whole game anyway,” explained [Antonian coach Van] Fuschak. “I don’t know the purpose of it. It would be only to be sure you hear what somebody else does, getting a bird’s eye view. When you’re on the other team’s sideline right with them, it’s probably a little advantage for you.” [emphases added]
(from WOAI-TV)

First, how does a coach from another team manage to sneak onto a rival's sidelines? Was he wearing a disguise? Is Antonian big enough that random people are just expected to be wandering around the football field? Who recognized him, and why didn't they peg him before he had a chance to begin taking notes?

Second, what the heck was that coach thinking? Who at Central had the bright idea to send one of their own right to their rival's sidelines to take notes? And who would actually have the stones to try to pull off a stunt like that? And why isn't he doing real spy work for the CIA?

I am genuinely curious.