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You Can Take The Trump Cognitive Test

Here. The brief "Attention" and "Language" portions technically requires someone else to read what is required of you.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • It's a cold morning for that to happen
  • Someone told me a story of three people dying a few months back due to an incident at a Best Western in Perryton when the indoor pool malfunctioned and carbon monoxide was released upwards into the rooms above the pool. Two of those people were from Bridgeport. There is very, very little coverage of this event. 
  • A Canadian judge resigned after remarking to law students "that she felt uncomfortable having to walk into a room 'full of big dark people' during judicial dispute resolutions, and that she was used to being in an 'ivory tower,' where she’s 'removed from the riff raff.'” (Good. Although I'm of the firm belief that "riff raff" is a funny term.)
  • The White House doctor who performed Trump's annual checkup said that Trump asked him to give him a cognitive test. There is no way Trump knows the word "cognitive."
  • The Wise County marijuana bust has now made it to the DFW news outlets. They need to ask why the WCSO stole the 287 sign. 
  • Trump's porn star girlfriend, who he saw while he was married, spoke to Slate in 2016.
  • Dallas lawyer Doug Mulder has died. He might be most famous for being a prosecutor on a case which led to the movie A Thin Blue Line detailing how the conviction, which included a death sentence, was wrongful.  When I was DA in the the 1990s he actually came up to my office. He was representing a guy in a drug case where there had been a seizure of the defendant's car. He wanted to give the State the car in exchange for a lenient sentence on the criminal case. I said, "It sounds like your trying to negotiate the criminal case and civil case together." His reply, "That's exactly what I'm doing."
  • Wow: Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has committed suicide. He was a sophomore who started at the end of the year including the Holiday Bowl. 
  • Let's see what Trump is doing this morning: 
  • Bonham ISD has shut down school for a week because of a flu outbreak. 
  • National Park News: Nearly all members of a board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. (And, by the way, the fee to enter a park has doubled to $80 a vehicle.)

Above The Fold

Full PDF.


Ice Road Truckers

But the woman doing the camera work and the play-by-play needs a little work.

If You Thought Cats Were Weird . . .

. . . let me introduce you to the weirdest couple with a cat. I feel sorry for the cat having owners who decided to have a psycho photo shoot. Dear Cat: Make a run for it as soon as possible.

Maybe They Are Just Invisible?

I can't laugh too much. I've spent 10 minutes before looking for my reading glasses only to realize I had moved them to the top of my head.

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Texas Tech fans swarmed the court over a win over WVU and a WVU player slugs a TCU fan. The result: Tech was fined $25,000. 
  • If you decided to travel down I-45 to Houston this morning, you aren't very smart. 
  • Fox 4 sent Jenny Anchondo down I-45. She looked like she did not like her job as she was stuck in traffic.
  • Lot going on here
  • Paul Ryan contemplated Dr. King's dream yesterday. He's certainly a man who is trying to make it come true.
    On right: Ryan with Republican congressional interns in 2016.
  • Start watching more and more branch banks shut down. Wells Fargo plans to shut down 800 of them in the next two years. I guess the reason is that no one physically goes to the bank any longer for routine transactions. 
  • Trump has two items on his schedule today. Meeting the leader of Kazakh at noon. And lunch at 12:30. That's it. Every school kid in America has a more grueling schedule.
  • Yet he's watching Fox and Friends again this morning. (And just because coverage is deemed "negative" does that mean it's not accurate. For 2018 there has already been a ton of coverage for his S-Hole comment. Is that "negative"?)
  • The seizure of 677 pounds of high-grade marijuana during a traffic stop near Rhome over the weekend might be the largest amount ever discovered in Wise County. Now we'll see if it was discovered legally. 
  • I've not delved into the story at the bottom of the DMN (below) where a lawyer went against his client's wishes and told the jury his client was guilty in a capital murder case. He thought it was the only way to avoid the death penalty. Sometimes admitting guilt when proof of guilt is overwhelming is the absolute best strategy to try to mitigate punishment.  The case gets argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, and I would think it will be reversed. You simply can't do that as a lawyer. In the end, you tell the client what you think they should do then they tell you what to do.  (Side note: After the trial, the lawyer decided he would never try another criminal case again. "I walked out of the courtroom saying I would never put myself through that again, emotionally.)


As A Kid . . .

. . . I used to watch Speed Racer launch his car by pushing button "A".

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Anyone else not buying the story that the Missile Alert broadcast by the State of Hawaii was just human error by some guy?  (Side note: News footage shows a bunch of people running when the false warning was sent out. Where exactly were they running to?)
    (If true, it's the worst user interface design ever.)
  • And Another (Idaho)
  • Heck of a week for Trump: (1) Fire and Fury, (2) The Bannon fight, (3) S---hole storm, and (4)  Flip flopping on DACA every day, and (5) News came out he paid six figures to an adult film star to buy her silence about their sexual tryst while married to Melania. 
  • And regarding the adult film star, I loved how both sides denied it. He paid her to never admit it happened. What is she going to do? Oddly, her publicist confirmed there is a nondisclosure agreement which was executed "after her allegations of misconduct. (Which, frankly, seems to defeat the purpose of having an nondisclosure agreement.) Note: He walked his comment back after receiving a letter from the porn star's lawyer. 
  • I thought Wise County was going to get some icy roads tomorrow, now I don't thinks so. It looks like it will all hit South and East. We aren't even in the Winter Weather Advisory.
  • Impressive: 
  • Re: Those bikes in Dallas you can rent by credit card and then drop anywhere (and I do mean anywhere): How do they make money? They'll put a new one out and it might end up in the Trinity River. 
  • In Turkey yesterday morning: 
  • The ending of the Vikings/Saints is now right alongside The Hail Mary (1975), The Immaculate Reception (1972), and The Music City Miracle (2000).
  • I thought this, in the Dallas Morning News, was a wax figure. But there's nothing in the story or caption under the photo to indicate it is anything other than a photo of her. 
  • Eight years after the Haitian earthquake, NPR has a story of how Red Cross raised a half billion dollars for relief and has spent hardly anything on relief. I've always been a little suspicious of them.
  • When you forget a password typically the website will send you a link to create a new one. Why don't they just email you your password? I mean, if it is hacker who has figured out your username but didn't know the password, what difference does it make whether he just learns the password or gets to reset it to something different?
  • I was reminded that after Trump denigrated Africa that his two little dumplings didn't mind going there: 
  • If you've got a teen who did the Tide Pod Challenge you've got a teen who isn't very bright.
  • Teams that have not made the NFC Championship game in the last 20 years: Redskins, Lions, and Cowboys.
  • Case Keenum, who is the quarterback for the Vikings, beat Decatur in a playoff game in 2004. He went 7-of-16 for 82 yards. Decatur's quarterback threw for 366.


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

I'm not laughing at the miss. I'm concerned about a kid that bid wearing a Spiderman outfit.
Just when you thought the guy was a moron, he went and got his Doctorate in Idiocy at the end.
These bags are the hottest thing on Fifth Avenue.
Uh, sir, you might want to think about that Risk vs. Reward thingy.

Upon further review, the runner's knee did not touch the ground because
those back legs have no knees. 

Coming To FBC of Decatur

Edit: And Jeffress, look what your boy did right before the election according to the Wall Street Journal.

This Truly Is Amazing

It's like a Six Flags ride where you don't know if you'll live.

Random Friday Morning Thoiughts

  • Just when you thought Trump couldn't embarrass us more than he already has, he did so yesterday in the Oval Office in front of a group of bi-partisan lawmakers.  In referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, he said, “Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?” He then asked why can't we get people from Norway.
  • Add that comment to his litany of shocking statements about people of color and his jaw-dropping, "There are good people on both sides" after Charlotte, and it is clear that he is a racist. If you are not white, he wants nothing to do with you. (Of course, his base of 33% won't care.)
  • Oh, and remember this?
  • And I haven't even mentioned that he said the U.S. delivered several F-52s to Norway. A plane that doesn't exist with the exception of in the video game Call Of Duty.
  • I watched the first episode of Ozark, the Netflix series, and I like the premise. The Cartel. Money Laundering. Family Man. Secretly re-locating from Chicago to The Ozarks after things went horribly wrong. 
  • A Dallas district judge got kicked off the ballot because, in collecting signatures in lieu of paying the filing fee, the petition for signatures had the date of the election in the place of where party designation was required -- which would be "Republican." She didn't want those signing the petition to know she was a Republican. Here's a tip: You make well north of $100k a year. Just pay the filing fee. Edit: Someone wrote she was actually a Democrat. This makes it even weirder. It would be easier to collect signatures in Dallas County as a Democrat than a Republican.
  • There were several Sam's Clubs that closed yesterday, thousands laid off,  and no one knows why. 
  • This guy went missing a few weeks ago in the gulf. The Coast Guard has called off the search. Now the son had created a Go Fund Me page to "help me find my dad." I don't want to question the guy's motives but . . . .
  • That was the thinnest, weakest, and fastest moving snow cloud yesterday that I have ever seen.
  • That new indoor water park in Grand Prairie is owned by the city. That seems odd.
  • If you think criminal law is easy, just look at the sentencing of the case in Decatur yesterday as summarized in the Update. A lady was charged with a second degree felony (jury would choose between 2 to 20 years)  but the jury found her guilty of the lesser included offense which was a State Jail Felony (180 days to 2 years). However, because they found a "deadly weapon" was used (her hands), it got bumped up to a third degree (2 to 10 years). She received four years. And that's not all. I had heard she was offered two years for a plea bargain offer (I assume that included a deadly weapon admission but I'm not sure). The rule for a deadly weapon finding is that a person is not eligible for parole until the expiration of 1/2 of the sentence BUT a person cannot serve less than two years. So a four year sentence means you are eligible for parole in two years and a two year sentence also means you are eligible in two years. This will be on your final exam. 
  • One of my favorite moments in New York was walking by a huge law firm building full of lawyers with incredible billable hour requirements that make it basically a high tone sweat shop and thinking, "You poor suckers."


This List Made Me Laugh

Normally capitol protests involve a bunch of people (typically female) yelling. 

Heck, this list is better suited for a neo-nazi rally in the streets. 

Look Who Is Coming To Decatur!

The First Baptist Church has invited my nemesis! Any insider want to tell me how much they are paying him?

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • And end has come to one of the most tragic stories in Decatur history: Jackie Murphree has died. 
  • A Denton JP closed his courtroom because he was discussing "sensitive" financial information with someone appearing before him. You can't do that. A long time Denton lawyer, who got kicked out, was not pleased. 
  • He has no idea how the law works. And there is a 100% chance he has never heard of New York Times v. Sullivan which set the parameters on libel laws.
  • Why is ICE picking on 7-11? Aren't there hundreds of thousands of other businesses in America?
  • Robert Mueller has hired a "cyber prosecutor."  Uh, oh.
  • If the National Weather Service is correct, Wise County is ground zero for potential snow this afternoon. 
  • Based upon the Liberally Lean Snow Projection laboratory, which I've been in all night, I predict the front will hit at 10:22 a.m. 
  • With changing demographics, conservatives will finally understand why separation of church and state is important and will begin to invoke it more and more. 
  • Oh, my!
  • Baylor's second year coach interviewed for the head coaching job for the Baltimore Colts. He better do damage control today. Unless he was sure he was going to get it (He won't: He has a $16 million buyout), that's a dumb move. The fan base now thinks he's not loyal. And if I'm a recruit -- with signing day just a few weeks away -- I'd be seriously reconsidering. [Edit: As a reader pointed out, I seriously dated myself on the "Baltimore" reference.]