It's that time of year again. And every year our Ft. Hood AUSA toy drive has been getting bigger and bigger thanks to your generous donations and help.
Here is the link or click the picture below.
The toy drive benefits the Central Texas-Fort Hood Association of United States Army.
All you have to do is purchase one of the toys on the list. They are then collected and donated to children of deployed soldiers who cannot afford a Christmas or have some major life-altering event this time of year.
Listen to my interview with event organizer Matthew Wright to get more information on this year's event:
Cade Foster, the Alabama kicker who missed two field goals and had another blocked in the team's loss to Auburn - and undeservedly received a ton of criticism, even death threats - shared this note he got from George W. Bush. Pretty cool.
Better late than never.
The Trib finally did a piece on Baylor President Ken Starr's defense of an admitted child molester. Starr's wife Alice wrote a letter - signed with both Ken and Alice's names - essentially asking a judge to go easy on Chris Kloman, a former teacher at an elite Virginia school. Kloman admitted to several counts of sexual abuse of children under the age of 14.
(Read the Starr's letter below)
The story is several months old now, and it's unclear why it took so long for the Trib to pick it up. It did fly under the radar for a month or so before I told you about it. I guess that's what happens when more than 90 high profile rich people write a judge asking for leniency for a guy who admitted to sexually assaulting children.
There's nothing really new in the Trib story. Baylor gave a canned statement and said Starr would have no comment:
Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said Ken Starr and regent chairman Richard Willis would not be available to comment for this story.
In an emailed statement, Fogleman said the letter “reflected the Starr family’s personal experience with Mr. Kloman while their three children were students at the Potomac School.”
After I brought this up, several listeners suggested there had to be more to the story and perhaps I shouldn't be so quick to condemn Starr (although that was the minority opinion/reaction). If there is more to the story, as in an actual, legitimate reason to defend an admitted child molester, than I'd love to hear it. But more importantly, Baylor alumni, facutly, staff, students and tuition-paying parents should demand it.
I can't imagine what that explanation would be.
So a bunch of deaf people in South Africa noticed the sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial service was just making stuff up.
Check out the difference between the two in the video below. (I don't know sign languag so they could both be full of it for all I know!)
UPDATE: The "fake" signer says he suffered a schizophrenic episode and that's why his sign language looked more like the Macarena.