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Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Our relationship with Allstate is off to a rocky start as we try to get the roof fixed from the storm damage last week. A no-show from an adjuster on Saturday, a reschedule for noon on Sunday, followed by a reschedule for late afternoon on Sunday, and then a late reschedule for Tuesday. 
  • Breaking.
  • Crazy, crazy ending to a high school playoff game in Minnesota. (We have a storming of the court by the winning team only to find out, after a weird delay, they didn't win after all. Then the other fans storm the court.)
  • UT great Johnny "Lam" Jones has died. His performance at the 1976 state track meet as the anchor leg on the mile relay is something of legends. (I think this might be a benchmark for me getting old. I'm not sure how many people even know who he is.)
  • I need this look.
  • Trump was borderline nuts this weekend with a Twitter storm which was bizarre even for him.
    • He started out by randomly posting video clips from State TV (which would be unthinkable by a President before he came along.)
    • And he got mad that Jeanine Pirro's show was suspended by Fox News because of her anti-Muslim comments. Comments which were too crazy even by Fox News standards. Note that Trump supports her two days after 50 Muslims were murdered by a White Supremacist.
    • Continuing to be a Fox News program director, he got mad at two anchors who he thinks were mean to him.
    • And he twice attacked the recently passed John McCain calling him "last in his class" and having a "very dark stain" on his record (as he makes a Ken Starr joke.) McCain's daughter put the hate monger in his place. 
    • Then he went after comedians and Saturday Night Live wanting the government to censor them because they hurt his feelings. #IsThisRussiaDanny?
    • And he got mad at Google and General Motors
    • And, being the good Christian that he is, he went to church on St. Patrick's Day in between tweets. Any chance the "Saint" in the name confused him into thinking it was a religious holiday?
      "They didn't read from Two Timothy. So sad."
  • And he's at it again this morning. He's not right. (We should check with "Tim Apple" about the accuracy of this comment.)
  • I'm hearing a rumor about an odd shake up in Chico ISD sports. 
  • New Zealand has banned AR-15s and guns like them. It just took one mass shooting for them to do it. (Did you know that per capita, the Christchurch shooting was the equivalent of that country's 9/11?)
    Notice the hand symbol. 
  • Johnny Football is now in the new AAF football league with Memphis. San Antonio, whose general manager is Daryl "Moose" Johnson, had the rights to him but gave them up because the signing could be a "distraction." You kidding me? You're an AAF team! You need all the publicity you can get. 
  • I finally read that Texas Monthly story on "crime or accident." It's fantastic and spot on. And, surprise, surprise it has a hidden evidence angle by the Smith County D.A. and another probable unfair trial by Judge Jack Skeen, Jr.  The result was stunning, and the case is on appeal. I found the Defendant's brief and liked it with the exception of the glaring error on the cover page. 
  • A six episode Netflix show I watched which I highly recommend: Ricky Gervais' Afterlife. I'm not sure I've ever watched anything which goes from so funny to so very dark so fast.
  • I bet you missed it this weekend: The University of Michigan issued an active shooter alert which caused momentary panic. It turned out to be a bunch of girls popping balloons outside the library.  This is the country we live in. 
  • Abilene Christian as made the NCAA Tourney along with Praire View A&M (led by a former Bridgeport star from their still odd basketball championship from 2015.)
  • Speaking of: Enter the 2019 Liberally Lean Pick-Em Tournament. (I think we've done this over 10 years, and I've got a list of winners in the archives somewhere. I'll track them down.)
  • Messenger: Above the Fold.


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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Of all the horrible things about this case, there is a weird oddity: She was a passenger in a car hit from behind and she was ejected from the vehicle even though she was wearing a seat belt. 
  • The Star-Telegram twitter feed, which isn't that active, has gone wacky with a torrent of irrelevant basketball news. Here's an example of one with important SWAC news. There were at least 24 like it.
  • Emma, other than the "100" part, we're on the same page. 
  • For a District Clerk in Tarrant County who could get elected time and time again if he just kept a low profile, Tom Wilder comes across as a bit of a nut. Does he not realize that Beto carried Tarrant County against Cruz? Does he realize this is a fight he doesn't need to pick?
  • A Right Wing Terrorist killed at least 49 Muslims in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques.  He videoed it and broadcast it on Facebook live. There is no way I'm watching it. And he left a manifesto which includes his support for Trump as a "symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and he hoped to spark a "civil war in the U.S."  
  • And now we all remember Trump, at a campaign rally in South Carolina, repeating with glee a fake story of 49 Muslims massacred to ramp up Islamaphobia.
  • The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against Remington can forward over the Sandy Hook shooting. Hey, I don't think a gun maker should be liable for what nutcases do with a gun, but one aspect of the ruling has my attention: Just what did Remington say internally as to who their target audience was for AR-15s.
  • Random Jack Ruby trivia: (1) I didn't know that he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for a capital crime that no longer exists under Texas law: "Murder with Malice" (The conviction was reversed in a very short opinion, and he died before retrial.) (2) His name was actually Jack Reubenstein, and (3) the jury was even available to pose for pictures (no wonder there were so many death penalty sentences back then -- look at that group.)
  • Rick's Caberet has been sued by three different men claiming they were drugged in the Fort Worth club and taken advantage of by establishment employees. One guy claims his credit card was charged  $3,974 including $1,470 for 60 lap dances he has no memory of. “I had half a Bud-Light. That’s all I remember,” he said. “The next thing I remember is the next morning. I had no idea what happened. I felt I had been drugged by something like Ketamine or Rohypnol.”  That's going to be a brutal cross-examination based upon that statement alone. 
  • "A McLennan County probation officer is recovering from a gunshot wound after she was injured Thursday morning while being trained to carry a weapon for her job. Brittany Bates was at the Department of Public Safety Tactical Training Center in Florence when she holstered her handgun and it fired, striking her in the buttock." 
  • Candidates are serious about the Decatur City Council race. I've seen two or three of them with 4' x 8' signs with their photograph on them.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • It's hard to be the hardest working man in show business when you are without power in a house which is missing part of a roof and it sounds like a rain forest inside. 
  • Shout out to Cannon Roofing in Decatur who immediately got out there and put a tarp on the thing in post storm winds still pushing 40 mph.
  • The worst home hit was the one next door which completely lost its roof. Horrible. But it led to the craziest part of the storm: Inside that house were a couple of old school ceiling fans that weighed about 50 pounds (really). One went flying about 100 yards, went through the garage roof of another house, and crashed into a big empty dog kennel leaving a basketball size dent in it. 
    After it was moved.

    No dog was inside at the time. 
  • From the official Twitter account of the Fort Bend County Constable Pct. 3.  That's a full assault in the War on Drugs that they are mighty proud of. (And they've been crucified with in thousands of comments so far.)
  • Regarding Gov. Abbott's harsh criticism of DPS for the way they handled the fake voter fraud scandal, DPS director Steve McCraw, always the lapdog, took responsibility for the screw-up. Then he turned around and fired an underling named Skylor Hearn (who made a whopping  $211,620.)
  • A Bridgeport man has allegedly committed a fish foul.
  • Yes, I planned on mentioning this yesterday. The man doesn't  even understand how an umbrella works. (And, man, he is worked up about something. Since yesterday morning he has fired of 40 tweets or retweets.):
  • Robert Jeffress is in the Holy Land for his annual stint making money as a sponsor and tour director. He posted photos.
    "I said on Fox and Friends that the Democrats are godless and it looks like one of them is amongst us!"
    "I thought the brochure said open bar."
  • This guy normally doesn't say stupid stuff, but this is simplistic nonsense.
  • This whole college admissions scandal has my head spinning.  Everyone knew it was going on and now the Justice Department is acting like they have broken up the mob. And Felicity Huffman is arrested at gunpoint, and Lori Loughlin has a $1 million bond? It's all just weird.
  • And this really got my attention from the press conference by the U.S. Attorney: "We are not talking about donating a building so that a school is more likely to take your son or daughter." Translated: "We're not talking about bribing college officials in a socially acceptable way." 
  • I mentioned that a guy has been convicted in Austin for killing an attorney there. After his conviction, but before the sentencing phase, prosecutors obtained a call that he made that night where he said the following. The sentencing jury heard it. What do you think they gave him? (Answer below.) 
  • He is blatantly lying. They are just begging for a pardon via the media. And it's a brilliant strategy because Trump will bite on it. 
  • I just picture the dog walking away down a suburban street. Stopping and looking back longingly. Dak, with tears rolling down his cheeks and a cracking voice, saying, "Go on, boy. You go on and get outta here." The dog lowering his head and turning to slowly walk towards Plano.
  • Answer: They they gave him 40. He got lucky. 


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • This was said to be on I-30 headed out of Fort Worth yesterday afternoon during rush hour (but it looks like the service road). Either way, that's serious blockage. 
  • A lawyer was murdered in Austin a couple of years back and the trial has been ongoing. There was a guilty verdict yesterday but not before a slight problem with a juror.
  • Mrs. LL was roaming around Wizard Wells yesterday and came across this. I have questions. Lots of questions. 
  • Ron Corning is leaving the WFAA morning show.  The exit sounds odd since he says he doesn't have another job yet turned down a contract extension. He describes other opportunities and, at his age, it's "now or never" to move on. Side note: Fox 4's morning show doubles them in the ratings for the "all important" 25-to-54-year-old demographic.
  • This is incredible. A telephone poll falls on a soccer field injuring two in Arkansas. Video caught it happening. It comes down fast.
  • He's moved on. Really. 
  • If we don't get that dang ol' wall built soon, stuff like this will continue to happen:
  • Random Wise County history note: I was researching historical markers in Wise County (I'm livin' large) and found one for the "Battle of Knobs" near Decatur. Then I learned there is another and almost identical marker near Archer City claiming the same Indian battle occurred there. That kind of makes you question the accuracy of historical markers in general. 
  • Fox News' Tucker Carlson's defense is right out of the Trump playbook: "Never apologize. Never admit mistakes. Attack your attackers."  I'm not sure why every person involved in a scandal doesn't do the same thing from now on because, in America, it works. 
  • There was a big story of a guy who killed three guys because of a wreck on 635 in Dallas and fled the scene leaving his teenage son in his vehicle in the middle of the night. Then I look up and see this related, yet unrelated, headline today:
  • Neighbor Cooke County's state rep has filed a bill to eliminate the County Attorney's office and have the DA handle all prosecutions (like Tarrant County.) That normally means it is a done deal. 
  • Trump unveiled his budget yesterday -- the largest in our nation's history. Yet it had cuts of over $1 trillion (with a "T") to Medicare and Medicaid. Let's have a flashback from Candidate Trump keeping in mind his current rally cries of "Promises Made. Promises Kept."
  • Nick Foles is going to get a four-year deal worth $88 million from the Jaguars with $50 million guaranteed? Dak Prescott may be an average quarterback, but an average free agent QB in the NFL will get rich. (Here's a reminder that he made $725,848 last year.)