5.27.2024

Random Monday Morning Thoughts





This is pretty much when everything started to go downhill. And if you want to see an example of why I thought Dewhurst was a horrible campaigner, watch this campaign video that is still up.


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  • Tornados in North Texas early Sunday morning left seven dead..  Here's a video from inside the  Shell station (below) on I-35 in Valley View as the tornado went through. 

  • I'm not sure what the back story is on this, but it appears to have occurred near a voting site in Wise County.  Maybe just an innocent conversation. 

  • I noticed that late last week we had a 50 year sentence in Wise County in cause number CR24487. It looks like a guilty plea with judge sentencing, and I'm pretty sure it's the same guy who stole an ambulance in Tarrant County one time. 

  • PGA golfer Grayson Murray, 30, played the Colonial on Thursday and Friday only to withdraw on the 16th hole on that Friday.  He killed himself later that night.  His parents released a statement yesterday revealing it was a suicide -- a statement which was pretty much forced because all of the anti-vaccine nutcases on social media were spreading rumors it was a Covid vaccine death. 

  • Trump was booed at the Libertarian Convention.
    •  I'm not sure why the most unLibertarian person ever thought that this would be a good idea. But it was pretty funny when he got mad and told them to "Keep getting your three percent every four years." Video.

    • For some reason, he vowed to free Ross Ulbricht, a guy who put out five murder for hire contracts on the deep web after creating a website, Silk Road, for drug traffickers. He was the subject of a really good book

    • Flashback to my visit the now closed Newseum in D.C. a couple of years ago:

  • I don't think there was any chance they were going to lock him up, but that was a heart-warming reunion with his kids




  • Spotted in Dallas: A DPS trooper vehicle with a III Percenter decal.


  • I'm a big fan of college softball, and the Super Regionals this weekend were fantastic.  And probably the most exciting games were the three game series between Texas and aTm -- despite Game 2 being delayed for over 10 minutes after beer bottles and cans had to be removed from behind the outfield protective covering because the panel was sticking out. 

  • The law firm for American Airlines which blamed the 9 year old for not realizing she was being filmed in a bathroom has been sacked.  There are some lawyers sweating bullets in that firm right now because of that screw-up.

  • Shout-out to the Good Samaritan who found my credit card in the parking lot of the Wise County Annex Building in Bridgeport on Friday after I carelessly dropped it. And thanks to the fine ladies in the auto registration office for giving me a call that it had been found. 

 

5.24.2024

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






Random Friday Morning Thoughts




The publication date of this Texas Monthly quote was 5/21/14. What is old is new again.


  • Second anniversary:

  • Fox 4 had a pretty wild story last night of a high speed chase which began in Euless and ended up going through a residential neighborhood.




    • But this came from the Facebook page of a lady having the same name as above who lists Bedford as her residence.

  • Those back to back arrests will get you. His latest one occurred after a traffic stop at 3:17 a.m. 


  • I had guessed the sheriff had just changed his mind, but instead he had to reinstate them because he didn't follow Tarrant County's civil service rules.

  • A video, which was revealed yesterday in a confusing Louisville press conference, shows at least part of Scottie Scheffler's interaction with a peace officer which alleged to assault charges.  Most news reports says it did not capture the critical part of the interaction where the officer claims he was dragged by the vehicle.  I bet you it does, and that's all there is to it. 


  • Trump had a rally in the Bronx last night, as he floated a new conspiracy theory about immigration:  "Almost everyone is a male and they look like fighting age. I think they're building an army . . . . They want to get us from within."


  • A new Biden ad, narrated by Robert De Niro, pulls no punches.
  • Legal nerdy stuff: I found the actual pleading (PDF) filed by the American Airlines lawyers which got them thrown under the bus by AA for blaming a 9 year old for being secretly filmed in a flight's bathroom.  The lead lawyer's law firm is a big one

  • Very, very legal nerdy stuff: The Fort Worth Court of Appeals sided with the government yesterday and ruled that a traffic stop is justified when a covering over a license plate alters the color of the plate even though every part, letter, and number of the plate is still plainly visible and not obscured in any way. The trial court had granted a Motion to Suppress.

  • Somehow every college football conference agreed yesterday to sign onto a proposed settlement regarding the paying of players, but I'm not sure anyone knows what is going to happen now.  The best explanation may be here.

  • Ed Werder is out at ESPN.
  • 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: 4 years and 325 days.

5.23.2024

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts




I still do that. Although "leaving work behind" is not what it once was.


  •  The West Texas Oilman Pac is in full force as it tries to buy two Wise County elections.
    • It continues to dump a piles and piles of cash in to Andy Hopper's campaign. By my calculations, they are around $400,000 in contributions to him for this election. Some recent ones: 

    • And in one of the strangest choices, the PAC has funded sheriff candidate Cary Mellema.  Why in the world are the West Texas Oilmen interested in rural Wise County's sheriff's race? Good job by the Messenger for picking this up and running with it in yesterday's Update:

  • Am I wrong or did gas prices just jump 40 cents overnight? 
  • Justice Alito was been discovered to have flown yet another popular Insurrection flag. And he is still sitting on Insurrection related cases before the court. 
     

  • Lawsuit news. There are 92 DPS officers named in the lawsuit. I'm not sure they'll get anything because I'm royally confused about how sovereign immunity works in these type of cases.   The insurance carrier for the City of Uvalde has already ponied up its policy limits of $2 million but, considering the massive discovery and legal costs they would have incurred, it was probably cheaper just to just give it up. 


  • Fox4Terry was working last night. 

  • A legal pleading gets filed asserting a normally routine claim of contributory negligence and the next thing you know American Airlines is having to throw "outside counsel" under the bus for blaming a nine year old girl.  I'm desperately looking for the pleadings and/or the names of the law firm -- a firm where heads are rolling this morning. 


  • Video.

  • A pretty big storm/high winds went though Belton last night causing quite a bit of damage to the main strip. 

  • Ouch.

     

  • The Business Second™. Maybe the housing market isn't slow after all.

  • Am I to understand that the Mav's Kyrie Irving wore these in the playoff game last night?

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