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Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • The attendance rate yesterday at Bridgeport High was dismal after the threat. 
  • A guy on The Ticket posted this pic from his neighbor in the Lake Highlands of Dallas. That almost looks too big for a bobcat. 
  • That Cedric Benson motorcycle/van wreck had to have been bad when even TMZ pulls back: "The raw footage is graphic so we're not publishing it -- instead, we've cut screen grabs showing the efforts to save Cedric and his female passenger ... with one person even using a fire extinguisher to put out flames on the former running back."
  • I have no idea how I stumbled upon this on Saturday evening: A women's fantasy football draft involving some DFW radio/TVpersonalities from someone's home. You talk about some of them being drinkin' and cussin' and cringe-inducing gals, it is almost painful to watch. And it goes on for two hours. 

  • Remember the proposed Uber Dallas office filled with 3,000 employees making over $100,000 a year? We have yet another chapter of "How does Uber waste so much money": 
  • The Chief of Police of Dallas has been gone and out of sight for almost two months and no one really knows why she's gone or when she'll come back.
  • In light of rising crime, DPS was called in to patrol South Dallas. Everyone is now learning how different DPS is than your regular PD. A trooper (or troopers) shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on Saturday night. DPS won't release the bodycam and won't even reveal the name of the two officers involved or whether one, or both, fired and killed the guy. 
  • Legal nerd stuff: This "friend of the court" brief filed with the Supreme Court by five Democrat senators which basically attacks the Court as being a political pawn has received some attention
  • She is just so "out there" that I find myself oddly attracted to her.
  • Texas attorney on attorney crime:
  • If you read this about Zeke Elliott's holdout, you'll know more than 99% of the sportswriters.
    • He is on year four of his four year contract and is scheduled to earn $3 million. The $3 million is set in stone. It can't be renegotiated.
    • The Cowboys have already picked up his "fifth year" option meaning they have him under contract for 2020 for a little over $9 million. 
    • The Cowboys could put the "franchise tag" on Zeke in 2021 which would probably be around the $15 million.
    • So if the Cowboys don't want to give him a long term deal (they don't), the smart thing for Zeke to do would be to hold out and forfeit the $3 million but save his legs because the Cowboys would run him to death this year. Running backs have a short shelf life -- saving those legs is critical. Then he could play for $9 million next year  -- it's too much to pass up. After that, the Cowboys would be so pissed at him (or so scared of another holdout) that they wouldn't use the franchise tag on him on 2021 and he becomes a free agent. 
    • But here is a big kicker: Zeke must come back and be on the active roster by week 10 of this year or his contract tolls. If he holds out the entire year, it's would be like this contract year never happened. Everything would be pushed back meaning he would then be under contract for 2020 for $3 million and 2021 for $9 million. He would lose a year and gain absolutely nothing.
    • There is no question he will show up by week 10 with or without an extension. He might not be motivated if there is no new extension, but he has to show up. 
    • Zeke wants a Todd Gurley deal: That would be after his fifth year of 2020 at $9 million, he wants a new 4 year deal for $60 million with $45 million guaranteed. That ain't gonna happen. And history, as evidenced by Gurley just fading away down the stretch last year, is why.
  • There was a pre-trial hearing yesterday in the Amber Guyger case and, if the press reports are correct, something pretty unusual happened: "[The judge] allowed prosecutors to admit several items into evidence, including the firearm Guyger used in the shooting, bullet casings, photographs and an unspecified 'projectile' that was recovered through Jean's autopsy." The only thing that I can possibly think of is that this means the State and Defense had agreed to stipulate to the admissibility of certain items, and that agreement was formalized yesterday with the items being "admitted" pre-trial. If everyone agrees to that procedure, that's fine. And it would save a ton of time in front of the jury -- you just never see it happen in criminal cases. 
  • The AP preseason football poll came out. The good news for aTm is that they are #12. The bad news is that they play #1 (Clemson) #2 (Alabama) #3 (Georgia) and #6 (LSU)


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • A threat has caused Bridgeport ISD to be justifiably a little nervous this morning. As I understand it, an (innocent) Bridgeport High student posted a link to her "Yolo" account on Snapchat. Then an unknown third person posted a threat on her Yolo account. (For some reason, you can post on someone's Yolo account "anonymously.") The post didn't reference a specific school, but for now there is at least that Bridgeport connection. Every parent deserves to know the exact threat if they don't already: 
  • Welcome to America 2019. 
  • None of the cases were particularly exciting, but late last week the Fort Worth Court of Appeals released two Wise County opinions and one Jack County opinion on the same day. That has never happened before.
  • A cocky federal judge accidentally hit "reply all" in response to an email inviting him to a global warning event. I think the best part is the learned jurist whose job is in the use of words doesn't understand the definition of "hubris". 
  • Antifa and the Proud Boys confronted each other in Portland over the weekend and, unfortunately, both survived. One video clip showed the Antifa boys throwing a hammer into a Proud Boy bus, but it was the Proud Boys who brought the hammer. Both sides are fools.  (Here's the Proud Boys arriving and flashing their "white power" hand symbol with MAGA hats being the head-wear of choice.)
  • But I had no idea that Ben Stiller's teenage character from Something About Mary was politically active by joining that confrontation in Portland. 

  • I was told ISIS had been defeated.
  • The article in Texas Monthly about Robert Jeffress was disappointingly boring, but there was a different article in this month's issue about yet another travesty of justice out of Smith County -- a guy was very likely wrongfully imprisoned for over 20 years. The author tracked down the former prosecutor, David Dobbs, to justify the way the case was handled and these comments made me scream. (He was also behind the wrongful prosecution of Kerry Max Cook.)
  • Zeke was photographed heading back to Dallas from Cabo, but shout out to the lady who enjoyed the moment. 
  • The Cowboys had two new receivers on Saturday night in Hawaii.
  • I was reminded that Love Field, when it suffered a setback by the opening of DFW Airport, briefly had an ice skating rink and movie theater in it. I went there once as a teenage and specifically remember watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was a church trip. There seemed to be a lot of church trips back then. 
  • UT's Cedric Benson died in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. It was really weird because I had planned on posting the following that I had seen less than 24 hours before. (No evidence alcohol was involved in the motorcycle crash.) 
  • I can confidentially say I've never filed a Motion in favor of, or in opposition to, the government playing a scene from The Godfather Part II in a criminal case. That's what's going down in the Roger Stone case. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold.


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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The murder trial going on in Wise County has a jury composed of 11 women and 1 man. I'm not sure I've ever seen that make-up before. The defendant is female.  And, no, I would never think to myself, "When's the last time eleven women agreed on anything?" 
  • Trump "fat shamed" the wrong person last night at a rally.
  • There was a 70 year sentence handed down out of Parker County for a guy convicted of branding his girlfriend with a belt. (I tried to research him to see if he had any Wise County connections but couldn't find any. But I did find a prior appellate opinion where he was convicted of domestic violence even with the testimony of a very uncooperative girlfriend. And I even found the trial transcript that a lawyer posted here and here. It would be very interesting to learn if the victim in that case, who was named in the transcript, was the same one in this week's trial, whose name I can't find.)
  • Another chapter in the "militarization of police":
  • I'm as confused as anyone else about Plano Senor High cancelling the upcoming game with El Paso Eastwood because of unnamed "safety concerns" in light of the El Paso shootings. Plano P.D. says there have been no threats. Whomever made the decision (superintendent, athletic director, etc.) is waking up this morning with the realization of, "I didn't really think this through, did I?"   
  • This is unusual: A day after the Philadelphia cop shootings, the U.S. Attorney in Philly issued a statement where he blamed, and went scorched earth upon, the local elected D.A. "There is a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this City that is promoted and championed by District Attorney Larry Krasner – and I am fed up with it." And that's the mild part. 
  • There will be no greater justice than this guy ending up like Ted Haggard.  And how the First Baptist of Dallas survives him is a testament to the state of organized religion these days. 
  • There's a new breed of politically active Christian out there who believes that no matter how vile you are or someone else is, they can be "chosen" by God to lead.  And if you're "chosen", or more importantly you believe you are chosen, nothing else matters. I first noticed this in the bizarre Evangelical support of Trump, and it seems to be the theme of the new documentary "The Family" that I just started on Netflix. 
  • Trump has inquired about the U.S. buying Greenland? No one's told him that Iceland is the green one and Greenland is the ice one, right? (Fun fact: Did you know this isn't the first the buying of Greenland has been floated? Harry Truman actually offered to buy the country for $100 million in gold in 1946.)
  • Ex-Rangers made some very odd news last night: Yu Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 10 only to have reliever Derek Holland come in to get the loss by giving up a grand slam. In a different game, Ian Kinsler pitched a shutout inning (with two walks and a hit batsman even) and then hit a home run. 


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Remember that federal court decision that said "marking tires" for potential parking violations was an unconstitutional search and seizure? Well, some municipalities have turned it into a consensual search. 
  • When you rip off the taxpayers for family gain so much you soon don't even realize it when others point it out.  It's not about the protection, Junior.
  • Bridgeport's Colin Jones just signed a two year and $2.6 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. This will be his ninth NFL season. That's a long NFL career.
  • Fans of the Evil Empire are very excited about this year's football season. They are on the verge of selling 63,000 season tickets. That's incredible.  And there's nothing better when Texas has high expectations. 
  • And if Bevo was never prosecuted for going after the Georgia bulldog, I don't see why they are going after this cat: 
    Side note: Methamphetamine is never plural.
  • Based on the headlines, I thought were had a horrific crime of this lady killing her child with boiling water. Instead we have a very bizarre story of  a four year old pulling "a large pot of boiling water off the stove, scalding her head, torso and arms, [and the] woman said she didn't seek medical attention and treated the girl herself." 
  • Greg Abbott has solved the problem of mass shootings in Texas since three of the worst four in our history have occurred under his watch: He has formed a task force which will meet every three months. "Good job. Good effort." (I wonder if he will use the victims' families in El Paso as campaign commercial props like he did after Sutherland Springs?)
  • No, I don't want a receipt emailed to me after I make a purchase at a register. Who in the world is going to take the time to enter an email address? And the ulterior motive is clear anyway. 
  • A Fox News poll yesterday had this negative number for Trump. Well, it's possibly negative. His hard core base probably wants it that way -- you know, in a modern day North vs. South kind of way.
  • I bought a Devour TV dinner at Brookshires by ironically using the high tone Apple-Pay app on my phone. I went home and, within an hour, glanced at my Twitter feed and saw a promoted ad for Devour. 
  • I had already forgotten that 2011 was that hot. 
  • It was a weird day for certain right wingers.
    • Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro said "If you had to work more than one job to have a roof over your head or food on the table, you probably shouldn't have taken the job that's not paying you enough. That'd be a you problem."
    • Congressman Steve King picked an unusual topic to support by saying, "What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?"
    • And they're buddies.
  • Tell me we will all look back at the late 2010s and remember when the nation sunk to just a brief moment of Idiocracy before it came to its senses. Trump is laser focused on the country this morning:
  • Remember them?
  • Walking on the sidewalk yesterday I heard someone yell, "It must be awful to have to get up and go to work every morning!"  It was coming from a retired Wise County criminal investigator driving by in a 4x4 extended cab. I got scoreboarded by a government worker who retired relatively early. 


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • I thought it was an error that caused the UNT logo to appear on the field graphic during the Cowboys game last week. Nope. A faithful reader tells me I'm wrong. The school and the team have entered into some type of partnership
  • Jerry Jones is a national treasure as he explained yesterday why he is not worried about Zeke's hold-out.
  • Trump doesn't understand that his base fears Red Flag laws, and he was Exhibit A yesterday of why. The government (Trump) wanting to take the guns away from someone based upon one instance where that person became angry or, worse, because he is perceived to be a political enemy.
  • This is an amazing and disturbing fact: There are 179 full time federal appeal court judges in America. Trump, in a little over two years, has now appointed almost one-fourth of them
  • I've mentioned the Dr. Death podcast before about the Dallas surgeon. Now it's going Hollywood  with Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. (Here's the original D Magazine article that started it all.)
  • Did you know you know you can download your entire Amazon purchase history (or at least from 2006) in spreadsheet form? Sum a column and you get to learn how much you've spent.
  • I have a typo every morning. The Update rarely does. But they had one yesterday that confused me. At first I thought it had to be with the "million" or "billion" reference but that didn't make sense. The problem ended up being the existence of the word "from" which was later deleted.
  • Odd thing about the two car wreck on Saturday night on 380 according to the Messenger: "Both drivers were from Shubuta, MS."  I heard one of the witnesses said, "They were acting a fool with one another." 
  • Also according to the Messenger: The massive Vinson family property off of 287 in Rhome (that's the Bridgeport Vinsons) is getting close to becoming a residential development with some big time investors in negotiations. A family member of mine told me over 25 years ago: "He bought that place by the acre and he's going to end up selling it by the foot." 
  • I've made it a point to proclaim over the years that Yahoo! is the dumbest company ever. They had the chance to be Google in the 1990s and screwed it up. They made Mark Cuban rich by buying a company that turned out to be worthless. And you know what company this headline is referring to that bought Tumblr at one time for $1.1 billion? Yep, Yahoo! (Tumblr just sold for $3 million. My Bridgeport High School math skills tell me that's like buying something for $1,100 and it later being sold for $3.)
  • The crazy website 4Chan had a message board post about Jeffrey Epstein's death before anyone else and before the news had been officially released by authorities.
  • I should have referenced this yesterday in my continuing rant of "How does Uber have expenses that are so large?" This helps answer it: 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold