Leading Off (6/18/13)

14 West Rest Haven Patients Have Died Since Explosion. On the night of the West, Texas explosion, 130 residents from the rest home, just 200 yards from the plant, were rescued. Since that night two months ago, 14 patients have died. This article says there may be a connection to the explosion (and the trauma that accompanied it) and the abnormally high number of patients who have died in the past two months.

Jesse Ventura Is Suing Chris Kyle’s Widow. You remember the story from Chris Kyle’s book about punching Jesse Ventura for making unpatriotic remarks, right? Well, Ventura denied the incident and sued Chris Kyle for defamation. Yesterday, he said he wanted to name Kyle’s widow as the defendant and asked the judge to let the suit go forward.

Man Gets Finger Stuck in Gas Tank for 20 Minutes. I bring you this story just to show you that your day could have started off worse. Enjoy your Tuesday!


  • amanda

    Jesse Ventura is a former pro wrestler turned politician…the deception in both seems par for the course. Chris Kyle? Probably the real deal. No paper mache chairs or eyeliner. I get the spirit behind Ventura’s commentary towards some aspects of how the government functions…but, it’s all smoke unless you’ve really served. Going forward with litigation seems a bit more than desperate on the part of Ventura.

    • Former Texan

      Not sure what your comment means, but Jesse Ventura also served in the Navy,.

    • Harvey Lacey

      Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL before he took his talents and background to the bank. Sounds a lot like Chris Kyle doesn’t it?

  • Neal K

    Who cares? He’s suing a widow because her dead husband allegedly insulted him. Someone needs to mete out some rough justice to this clown. And there are plenty of SEALS who would gladly volunteer.

  • Harvey Lacey

    Ventura was a SEAL. I pointed out to a friend today that we’ve always had snipers but the job was never considered heroic until Hollywood and video game makers discovered them.

    I would like to see Kyle’s claims of shooting alleged bad guys here in the States with impunity investigated. Especially the one about being a Marine sniper shooting bad guys in New Orleans.

  • t_s_

    Why is Jesse doing this now after Kyle is dead? Seems like he’s doing his “repuation” a lot more harm going after Kyle’s widow than just letting it go now that he’s gone. Comes across as a bit chicken-s after the fact.