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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Another day. Another scandal: Trump asked his self-picked cronie, acting AG Whitaker, to try to get the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York to "unrecuse" himself in the Michael Cohen prosecution so he would have a buddy in charge of the case. That alone is 100 times worse than anything Nixon ever did. And he's upset this morning . . .
    (This is how you know the story is true.)
  • That's the very first time Joseph Goebbels Trump has named a specific media outlet as the "Enemy of the People" in one tweet. Here is as close as he came before:
  • It looks like public officials in Wise County are in Austin for "Wise County Day." (Translated: Our rep and senator makes appearances to tell us how much they care about Wise County before going back to not caring about Wise County.) Here's the official resolution for Wise County Day. (If you are a rodeo cowboy or bull rider with any big wins, you got named. Other than that, you were shut out.)
  • "He’s now hoping others will learn from his near-death experience." Buddy, that's a lesson that shouldn't need to be taught.
  • Don't make a federal judge mad at you. 
  • The statue of the "Kissing Sailor" in Sarasota, Florida has been defaced with #MeToo graffiti. (Want to know what the statute's actual name was? "Unconditional Surrender.")
  • Manny Machado will now get paid a guaranteed $30 million a year for 10 years by the San Diego Padres. And Kyler Murray wants to play football?
  • The Supreme Court slapped down Texas' highest criminal court yesterday for the second time by reversing a death penalty case. The issue was the definition of "intellectual disability" which, if it exists, prevents the government from killing a citizen. The decision was 6-3 (with Roberts and Kavanaugh in the majority.) Background on the case here -- even the prosecutor and the trial judge thought the guy shouldn't be executed!  I loved this dissent in the Texas case where now former judge Alcala correctly opined that the  majority on the Texas court were standing alone and were wrong: “There is only one outlier in this group that concludes that applicant is ineligible for execution due to his intellectual disability, but unfortunately for applicant, at this juncture, it is the only one that matters.”
  • The kid who stared down an American Indian at the Lincoln Memorial wants $250 million from the Washington Post. The lawsuit reads like a PR release, and there is a 100% chance that the federal judge will toss it (as soon as he calms down from being offended.)
  • I think I hate Junior more than his daddy.  Buddy, you left your wife and five kids to run off with another woman. You are in no position to give any opinion on parenting. 
  • Messenger: Above The Fold


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • WFAA has him located on a map at this very second!
  • If she is just a witness to prove up that the video she shot is a true and accurate depiction of the events, the answer is 100% "no." (She videoed the officer after the shooting innocuously walking back and forth on the balcony. She created a GoFundMe page -- heck, who doesn't these day? -- after saying she was fired from her job.) 
  • Fire in Newark yesterday afternoon
  • I'm declaring the real estate boom officially over
  • Remind me never to park in the Victory Park Garage in Dallas on a Monday. This guy was there a little over four hours and snapped the pic yesterday.
  • How many of you will be doing your taxes on a postcard this year?
  •  (The tweet above was actually in December of 2017 but she and Fox News didn't understand that the "tax cuts", which went into effect in 2018, would impact the 2019 tax returns.)
  • A hiker was trapped in freezing cold overnight at Zion National Park in Arizona after stepping in quicksand. When's the last time you heard the term "quicksand?"
  • Roger Stone posted a picture on Instagram yesterday of his judge with cross-hairs in the background. This caused his lawyers to scramble and file an an odd pleading of a "Notice of Apology."  That guy, like all of these guys caught by Mueller (i.e. Cohen, Manafort, Flynn) are incredibly stupid. And I'm not so sure about his lawyers either  -- the "Notice" is weird to start with, and the last page purportedly signed by Stone should have been notarized at least for appearance's sake if nothing else. 
    Looks like he stole the pic from a Russia propaganda site.
  • I saw this online yesterday and it jogged a major, yet vague, memory. I used to stare at this painting when I was a kid because of those vivid horses faces, but I'm not sure where I was. My best guess is that a print was hanging on the wall of Bridgeport Elementary cafeteria back in the day.  
  • In maybe the weirdest Trump tweet of all, last night at 10:00 p.m. EST he posted a video of a woman with soccer skills.  This was on Day Four of the National Emergency. (And there's no way he understands the caption on the video.)
  • I finally watched Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix. I kept seeing people say, "Those were the dumbest parents in America" and that's probably true. But one of the aspects of the documentary that was left untouched is the hardcore beliefs of some fringe Mormons back then. 
    And, yes, there's this guy. 
  • I see that former Wise County Fire Marshal Mike Bement has passed away. Back in the 1990s, we got into a verbal war that made front page of the Messenger in back to back issues.  But I liked the guy and was always highly entertained by him. 


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • It's Day Four of a National Emergency. How is everyone holding up?
  • Trump said a lot of crazy stuff in the press conference on Friday. For example, he admires Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and doesn't know Ann Coulter (even though he talked to her a little over a year ago.) And then here's a throw away line that isn't even getting any attention:  "In the bill, by the way, they didn't even fight us on most of the stuff...We have so much money, we don't know what to do with it. I don't know what to do with all the money they're giving us. It's crazy."  We have a debt of $22 trillion. 
  • Trump hunkered down on Day #2 of the National Emergency by visiting the omelet bar at his resort before golfing. For the life of me I didn't think it was him, but it was.
  • The last 20 laps of the Daytona 500 took an hour and a half? No thanks. (That's the last thing a dying "sport" needed.)
    But there was this.
  • Houston, we have a scandal.  I've been mentioning for weeks the police raid which left a married couple with no criminal record dead. It was based on a search warrant affidavit where the cop swore that a confidential informant had gone into the house, purchased heroin, gave the heroin to him, and told him there was a lot more heroin in the house. They go in, no heroin found, shoot the couple dead, and even kill a dog. Now we learn: The cop lied about the existence of the confidential informant. Cop(s) are going to go to prison for this. 
  • And the Twitter feed of the president of the Houston Police Officer's Union is a goldmine of tweets that "didn't age well."

    He retweeted a meme about himself in the beginning.

    This was right after raid.
  • I love Aerial America and was rewatching one on Texas over the weekend. I perked up when I heard this line from the narrator as the helicopter flew over the border. "Today the Texas border is one of the most secure in the world" It was filmed in 2013.
  • A lady on a Jet Blue flight had a tantrum.
  • An Austin-American Statesman story about a not guilty verdict in murder case in Austin had this bizarre paragraph "[The Defendant, Charity Ellis], 50, was expressionless when visiting Judge Wilford Flowers read the verdict to a nearly empty courtroom. Her parents, who had attended the weeklong trial, were not present. Neither was [the alleged victim's] family. Also missing was Ellis’ defense attorney, Brian Erskine, who was traveling."
  • The Decatur and Bridgeport girls basketball teams meeting in the Region I quarterfinals is great. It will be tomorrow in Azle. Thought: Could the gym at Northwest Eaton High School off 287 been used?
  • Any shootings are unacceptable. Shootings at my namesake's Dairy Queen are double unacceptable. (This was about a mile from the Alliance shopping area). Edit: A Dairy Queen owner, and faithful reader, from the 817 emailed me to point out that the shooting did not occur at the restaurant per a clarifying article.
  • This was in the Dallas Morning News yesterday (page 2B). A paid ad looking for people who worked with this man 60 years ago?  (I found his obit from a month ago. And he wrote this about himself in 2016 where he mentioned Texas Instruments in passing -- but he worked there 20 years, not 10.) I have questions.
  • The Bridgeport Index had a child porn story.  
  • We had a mass shooting in America on Friday, and I bet most people don't even know it. 
  • Gov. Abbott is now against electing judges in Texas using party affiliations. Democrats sweeping judicial elections in Houston and Dallas now have his attention. 
  • He woke up mad Sunday morning. Since then, he has fired off ten "no collusion!" tweets. More than being mad, he's scared.
  • After the Kids-In-Cages story last week (they are still in jail, by the way), a faithful reader pointed out this 2003 tongue-in--cheek column by Dallas Observer's Jim Shultz calling for the elimination of Wise County.
  • Messenger: Above The Fold.


It's Friday. Let's Get Out Of Here.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The temperature in Wise County will begin to drop at 2:15 p.m. this afternoon when winds change to the north. Book it. 
  • Someone posted this last night, and I don't know where in Fort Worth it was, but those rates-which-change-by-demand are getting out of hand. 
  • Trump caved on the Wall and, in an effort to safe face, will declare a national emergency this morning (which everyone will soon forget about and move on to other things.) The Wall will never be built. Make no mistake about it, this is a complete and total defeat for Trump.  And he will forever be mocked with his promise of: "And Mexico is going to pay for it!"
  • And Trump, after declaring the national emergency, will do what every past president has done in such a situation: Take off to go golfing at Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. Really 
  • Words of wisdom (and he didn't even mention the taking of private property):
  • And there's an old tweet for everything:
  • I seriously doubt this verdict will hold up. And although it's been a long time since I've practiced personal injury defense law, this sentence jumped out at me: "The jury also found that regulations governing seat belts didn't do enough to protect the public from harm . . . . " If that's a hurdle that the Plaintiff will have to clear on appeal, could luck with all that. 
  • A random sports Valentine poem from yesterday made me laugh. (And I had completely forgotten about how a team ended up third and goal from its own seven.)
  • Am I the only person in America who is skeptical about the story of the jogger who claims to have choked a mountain lion to death who attacked him?
  • I'm not sure the last time I've seen someone riding in the back of a pickup -- especially on I-35 in Fort Worth at night. Good lord. 
  • I reconfigured an old wifi router to create a new "access point" the other day, and I've never felt so brilliant. 
  • I had completely forgot about 30 years ago that Alliance Airport got very close to landing a Saturn (the car) manufacturing plant. It was like Amazon before Amazon. The plant went to Tennessee.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • The Wise County Kids In Dog Kennel Case is still in the news. The CBS affiliate in Amarillo ran the black and white photo below. At first I didn't think it was her, but I guess mug shots truly are never flattering. 
  • And anyone else confused about the cuts/scrapes on his face? The reports lead us to believe it was part of the assault charge they put on her, but the book in photo shows what looks like old stitches under one nostril and there are even some marks in the black and white photo.
  • "Uh, sir, I hate to interrupt you during this meeting about removing monuments to those who led the South in a revolution against the United States, but something is going on with your car outside." (Side note: Towing the car as part on an investigation where no one was hurt seems a little heavy handed. Eye-witnesses ID'ing the councilman had already been found. Just take some photos of the damage.)
  • Very random term which I heard all the time as a teenager: Catalytic converter. (That thought popped into my head because I was somehow recalling that more than once I had to replace the muffler on my car because of corrosion -- something I haven't had to do in decades.)
  • Robert Jeffress is out there retweeting his own quotes in Christian love again. 
  • Some still wonder if President Coulter and President Hannity will allow Trump to approve the new budget deal. I think they'll let him.  
  • The best part of this was that not only was the Springtown PD involved in the chase but the Reno PD joined in as well. I envision that PD being very similar to that of Reno 911. (Very underrated show, by the way.)
  • Me with unintended excitement to Mrs. LL: "Hey, did you Amazon owns Ring?" Her: "Ummmkaaaay."
  • Paul Manafort is either really dumb or has a really good personal reason to lie to the Special Counsel about his contact with the Russians. (But the fact he teamed up with Roger Stone back in the day to create a lobbying firm makes both options real possibilities.) 
  • Hey! That's my "go to" line if someone asks me about the race of a particular person. But I do it for very, very quality comedy. This guy, who might have had the worst possible presidential run roll-out in the history of ever, is serious.
  • It's the one year anniversary of our modern day Valentine's Day Massacre.  And we all know another one is coming because all we do is shrug our shoulders when it happens.