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Random Monday Morning Thoughts

The trial and conviction of a Kennedale teacher was exactly one decade ago. It was a wild one

  • In case you missed it, the FBI did in fact find secret documents at Mara-a-Lago.  We are just waiting to see what they were exactly about -- nuclear secrets or worse. Here's an actual copy of the official "Return" which lists the items retrieved.

    • The warrant was also released by the court on Friday but it redacted the FBI agent's name who signed the official Return.  But somehow Breitbart got a copy of it from someone (Trump) and printed it without the redaction. They outed the agent.  Remember that one day earlier a Trump Worshiper died after he threated FBI agents at its Cincinnati headquarters. 

    • Weeks ago, the Justice Department tried to get the documents back with a subpoena and Trump actually had some of the papers handed over. In fact, Trump's lawyer signed a statement "asserting that asserting that all material marked as classified" were returned. That was a lie.  

    • So what's Trump's defense now? Let's break it down
      • It went from "It's all hoax - the documents don't exist" . . .  

      • . . . to "they do exist but the FBI planted them" . .  

      • . . . to "they didn't plant them, but I didn't do anything wrong because I declassified them in my head beforehand" . . .  

      • . . . to having to rely upon Nixon as your only way out. 

  • I had more than one person remind me on Friday of the Trump/Nuke Info/Saudi Arabia connection and scandal from 2019. It's all in plain sight.  And here's an explainer thread on it.  It all has to do with people trying to get a piece of Saudi Arabia's plan to construct 16 nuclear reactors over next 20-25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. 
  • On to other news . . . .
  • This  fender bender around 2:30 p.m. last night on University drive in Fort Worth around I-30 left one man dead. That's all we know

  •  How does this not happen more often? And I don't think we fully realize how drones will be used to deliver illegal items in the future. Heck, how could you stop it at the border right now? 
  • The facts surrounding the shooting of a youth football coach, and former UNT running back, during a youth football game in Lancaster are murky. He was killed in front of his son who was one of the players. The video, where only the shots can be heard is here. And I'm not sure he was coaching the game when the shooting happened but, in any event, the brother of a former NFL cornerback is the suspect.

    It's a minor detail in all of this, but "owner"?

  • Oh, my. This was last night on I-35 in downtown Fort Worth. You can easily trace the flight of the boat even if you aren't an accident reconstructionist. 

  • When it comes to book banning in Texas, Boyd ISD made the Top 10 list in the state according to the Houston Chronicle. (Paywalled link.)
  • In an effort to entice teachers, I think Chico ISD was one of the very first districts to announce classes would be held for only four days a week. But now there are 41 Texas school districts  doing the same thing. 
  • This story was in the Star-Telegram over weekend, but it was the New York Post which first reported the indictments out of Travis County. It happened in 2019, and they aren't charged with killing the guy but with other charges related to the investigation.

  • The Tax Assessor-Collector of Clay County (which is quickly becoming my favorite wheels off county) was arrested on "a charge of misapplication of fiduciary funds over $300,000."

  • I wonder how many people knew of Salman Rushdie, who was attacked and stabbed on Friday. I remember the news from 1989 well because back then I was suddenly very confused about Islam, and everyone was trying to read The Satanic Verses although no one could get through it. (His name was even a big part of a Seinfeld episode years later, "Look you idiot, it's Salman not salmon!" I'm not sure many people even understood the reference then.) 

  • Look what news got completely buried. That even sounds like a scam. I've always said he's got a lot of Trump in him.  

  • Decatur's Bryce Elder got to start for the Atlanta Braves yesterday and did a bang-up job. 
  • Bridgeport football is teaming up with some group called Varsity Films to produce a Hard Knocks type video series about this year's team. It's pretty tame obviously, and I expected it to be awful. But, I've got to say, that first episode isn't bad. And from a production standpoint, it's very well done. 
  • Random business thought: Peleton is going to go out of business by the time everything is said and done.
  • UT suffered two season ending injuries to starters in the same practice on Saturday. That's awful. I truly hate that. I want every team at full strength. 


It's Friday -- Let's Get Out of Here

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I didn't link to the story at the time, and now I desperately want to see it again

  • A packed house showed up for Beto yesterday at the Decatur Civic Center. You can watch it all here
    • What? We aren't all MAGA members who take part in boat parades? This restores my faith.

    • "Not so fast," my Faith says. 

    • Emily Boyd of Decatur had the honor of doing the introduction.

  • The Washington Post reported last night that the seized documents from Mar-a-largo were "classified documents relating to nuclear weapons." Holy cow.  If this is true, the heavy-handiness of a search warrant on the home of an ex-president now makes perfect sense.  
    • So why would he take them? Let me throw this out there as the odds on favorite: To sell them to people who want them and have an unlimited ability to pay.  

    • Breaking: And there it is. Trump is now conceding there were nuclear documents but that they were planted by the FBI. This might as well be a confession: 

    • And our Congressman -- who seems to be trying to replace Louis Gohmert as the dumbest member of Congress -- falls right in line with his savior.  I feel like I'm living in Bizarro World. America is so screwed. We are all so screwed. 

  • It is now almost anti-climatic, but we will probably learn today at least what was on the face of the warrant since the Justice Department yesterday filed a Motion to unseal it. But as I told you a couple of days ago, there's a difference between the actual warrant and the the affidavit which gave rise to the warrant. So regardless of the judge's decision, the affidavit will not be released. And if the affidavit references nuclear secrets, that makes sense.

  • And after 24 hours of Fox News and Trump disciples declaring war on the FBI, someone actually tried to declare war on the FBI. He's now dead for his efforts. 

    • The former Trump Insurrectionist of January 6th is exactly who you would think he was.


    • This about sums it all up.

  • I think IRS agents need to be on high alert today since Fox News is now trying to get them killed. Video. The recklessness of that network continues to get ramped up. (By the way, the social media storm of the immediate hiring of “army of 87,000 IRS agents” isn't true.)  In other Brian Kilmeade news, last night he showed a doctored photo of the judge who order the Trump search. 

  • This case with Plano ties has been nutty from the start. 

    • And check out this video of the volatile nature of their relationship caught by an elevator camera in February.

  • What a wild scene at DFW airport. It's unclear if this happen last month or this week. Video.

  • On normal days, I would have led with this story: Suicide in a Denton courtroom after a defendant drinks something out of a bottle as soon as the verdict was read.

  • And now for something completely different because the news is exhausting.

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office, despite having a full male DNA profile, has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 3 years, 38 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold