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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Sounds like lots of Decatur was without electricity last night. 
  • Well, Trump explained his Russian press conference fiasco with a statement yesterday. He said he meant to say "wouldn't" and not "would." Anyone believe that? Heck, Trump gave an interview to Sean Hannity the same night as the press conference and didn't apologize for a thing or make a correction.
  • And while awkwardly reading his prepared remarks, the cameras caught that he had struck through the line about “bringing anyone responsible to justice" for the election hacking.
  • But in case you believe that the last two days have been a disaster for Trump, he corrects you this morning: You are just dumb.
  • Today's White House briefing has been cancelled. Come on, Sarah. Walk out there and defend him. Edit: I may have been wrong about this. I am Fake News.
  • The Wise County Reunion begins on July 23rd. Projected high that day: 105. If you want to get your cabin ready on Sunday, you're in luck: It'll be 107.

  • August 28 primary for a Senate seat in Arizona: "A poll conducted by Phoenix-based OH Predictive Insights (OHPI) has McSally ahead with a little over 39 percent of the vote, followed by former state Sen. Kelli Ward at 24.5 percent and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio trailing far behind at nearly 14 percent. About 22 percent of voters remain undecided."
  • This is misleading in the bicyclist case in Grand Prairie. "Accident Involving Death" actually refers to a section of the Texas Transportation Code which outlines the responsibilities you are under if involved in an accident which results in death. See §550.021. But the way it is labeled gives you the impression that you can be charged with a felony simply for being in an "accident" which resulted in death. 
  • But that's a good starting place for the defense in that case: "The State has alleged she was involved in an accident. They don't say she caused his death. They don't say she committed Manslaughter. They don't even say she acted with Criminal Negligence."
  • You don't think running backs in the NFL are ran into the ground? In 2014, DeMarco Murray set the single season rushing record for the Cowboys. He gained more yards that year than Emmitt Smith or Tony Dorsett ever did. He also carried the ball 392 times. Once again, more than Smith or Dorsett ever did.  Now he retires from the league after seven seasons.
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Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Undoubtedly, Trump's worst day as president was yesterday as he stood before the world and took the word of a murderous former KGB agent who had hacked a U.S. election over the word of every intelligence agency of the U.S. as well as his staff.  Russia dominated us for all to see.
  • Even Fox News couldn't defend him yesterday. And this morning, shockingly, even Fox and Friends turned on him: "But that moment is the one that’s going to stand out unless he comes out and corrects it."
  • The next time Trump has one of his campaign rallies, remember yesterday when he tells his gullible audience, "I'm putting America first again!"
  • Rare Random High School Football Thought: The coach of Odessa Permian quit yesterday to become the AD at Midland. That's kind of late notice for a season that is about to kick off.
  • The NFL distributed more than $8 billion to its teams this summer. (That's $255 million each. Keep in mind the "salary cap" this year is $177 million for 2018.) That $255 million does not include revenue that each team makes on its own: Ticket sales, parking, concessions and every other possible side gig you can imagine. And the sales price of each franchise also continues to skyrocket.
  • I've gone double country: I went from using liver as catfish bait to using liver baked in garlic powder cooked in the sun as catfish bait (in order to make it tougher so it'll stay on the hook.) Works like a charm. Nasty, but works like a charm. 
  • It came across as a formal process, but the Not Guilty verdict by reason of insanity yesterday by a judge in Fort Worth was all orchestrated. The prosecution knew they couldn't "win", the defense knew it, all experts from both sides said she was insane, and the judge did the only thing he could: Not guilty. I only call it "orchestrated" because there were certainly meetings between the judge, defense, and prosecutor behind close doors (all ethical) to script the hearing out beforehand for the public and the cameras.
  • There's something going on within the Decatur ISD school board. I'm not sure it was a procedural "nuclear option" that they went through last night, but it was done for a reason. 
  • The Trump press conference buried the news yesterday of a Russian spy, who had cozied up to the NRA, being arrested for trying to set up a "back channel" to Trump. Social Media is abuzz this morning about a photo from the New York Times which might possibly show her in the Oval Office with other Russians in 2017.
  • Edit: It looks like that may not be her. Someone made a funny about it: 
  • The Big 12 Media Days are going on in Frisco. I'm shocked to learn that each team thinks they will do well this year. 
  • Is the World Cup still going on? (For Ticket fans: Have you ever wanted to strangle the radio as much as you have with all the "soccer talk" they broadcast?)
  • Trump famously said that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and his base would still love him. It figuratively happened yesterday.


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • The indictments by the Special Counsel of 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for hacking the computers of the Democratic National Convention and Hillary should shock you to the core. And the indictment is very detailed -- down to the minute that the attacks occurred. No one with an ounce of sense can say this is a Witch Hunt. Yet Trump did that THIS MORNING! He refuses to condemn Russia.
  • And Trump referred to the indictments in a Tweet as "The stories you heard . . . . " Stories? You kidding me? If I stood up in front of a jury in Wise County after the prosecutor had read an indictment or information  and then said, "You just heard the government tell you a little story", I'd be laughed at. 
  • And Hillary famously said in the "Your the puppet" debate that the Russians were trying to hack the election to get Trump elected. Think what you want of her, but she nailed it. 
  • Trump on national TV in July of 2016: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing [of Hillary]." The same day, according to the 29 page indictment, the Russians made their first effort to hack into Hillary's computers. Think about that. This is real.
  • And so it begins: Both look ecstatic to be there. 

  • I watched Boyhood over the weekend. Verdict: This thing is great. Intense and gut-wrenching. It is it is simultaneously a portrayal of the sadness and happiness of many a modern day family. You'll catch yourself thinking, "Been there" during parts of it. 
  • There was a wreck in Southlake on Saturday when around 100 bikers were doing "stunts and wheelies" on 114.
  • I want to be the guy who planned a two week trip to the Colorado mountains over a year ago.
  • Someone ran over a guy while riding one of those new motorized scooters in Dallas: 
  • Johnson and Johnson got hit with a $4.7 billion verdict for 22 women who claimed "asbestos in the company's talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer." I bet that gets reversed. Due to the current state of the appellate judiciary across the nation, Plaintiffs don't stand a chance. (The only worse position to be in is a criminal defendant trying to rely upon the 4th Amendment.)
  • Speaking of, the Wise County Democrats will be hosting Delonia Watson tonight. She's a candidate for the Court of Appeals in Fort Worth that has jurisdiction over Wise County. Get this: She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and a law degree from Harvard. And she just happens to be black. 
  • I have an unusual number of people meet me for the first time and say, "I read your stuff so much that I feel like I know you." And they probably do know me. 
  • A portion of the first episode of Who Is America? by Sacha Baron Cohen is must see. It is stunning. Here he shows a gun rights activist doing a set-up PSA for "Puppy Pistols" -- part of a Cohen invented program called "Kinderguardians" to arm pre-schoolers.  (But they only go as low as three years old because "they call it the Terrible Twos for a reason.")
  • I'll give our High Sheriff credit for talking about meth and planning a forum on it. "[W]e can't arrest our way out of this problem," he said. No, he isn't saying they'll stop arresting people. He's just saying that locking people up will never solve the problem, and he is 100% correct.
  • The police chief of the City of Denton is leaving to be the chief in Saginaw. Something seems wrong. 
  • Messenger - Above The Fold 


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

 "That's my new Amazon deliver of Fancy Feast Seafood Classic Pate!
 I've got a serious decision to make!"
 Who hasn't had a delicious watermelon meal ruined by a guy with a fake head?

 Everyone has to do a bit.
 I've got an idea for an update of that Lincoln commercial with Matthew Mcconaughey turning around because of a longhorn.
 Everyone has to do a bit but some bits are better than others.
I now call foul on the nice beginning of the moonwalk 
because of a deceptively slick surface.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Yesterday I had the very confusing realization that when I had heard the names of Mena Suvari and Mira Sorvino in the past that they were actually two different actors. 
    Not Mira Sorvino
  • In light of the Supreme Court ruling last term, gambling is getting ramped up big time in America. I never dreamed I'd see this:
  • This Sacha Baron Cohen special on Showtime sounds great. We already knew he had duped Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin and former politician Joe Walsh, but yesterday we learned he also got Alabama's Roy "I Like To Meet Underage Girls In The Mall" Moore. Delicious. Moore, who is the third dumbest lawyer in America, has already threatened to sue. 
  • There was an 86 year old killed in a "bi-plane" crash in Wise County yesterday. I respect wanting to live your life with gusto, but at some point we all have to realize it is time to throttle it back a bit.
  • I won't point out the Church and State issue. Nor will I point out that this man of God can't even spell one of the most popular chapters of the Bible. 
  • Official Big 12 prediction poll (via writers) came out yesterday. Note the one first place vote for the Evil Empire. I'm guessing that was Chip Brown. 
  • Trump told a YUGE lie back in June (below) where he claimed Kim Jong Un agreed to return the remains of American servicemen and that 200 had already been returned. Not true. How he gets away with stuff like this and his base just shrugs their collective shoulders is one of God's great mysteries. And yesterday, when there was a meeting scheduled about the issue in N. Korea, they didn't even show up
  • Don't get me wrong, tossing two dolls with a noose around their necks outside of an apartment of a black family is beyond offensive, but it's actually a crime? A Grapevine man will now go to federal prison up to a year because he did it. I don't like White Nationalists using the N word either, but they have every right to say it. It's a weird line to draw. 
  • My great lawyering skills caused all charges to be dropped against Stormy Daniels yesterday. (Well, the last part is true.)
  • I had a call from a potential client who had talked to another lawyer before me. It was technically a felony case in Wise County, but I'm certain that it could be resolved quickly and easily and without a conviction. I told him that and quoted a fee consistent with that scenario. The other lawyer had quoted him a fee of $25,000. I told him that I didn't care if he hired me or not, but he needed to run away from the other guy who was either incompetent or crooked or both.
  • The Congressional hearing yesterday where FBI agent Peter Strzok voluntarily appeared turned out to be a cluster of comedy. For a witness who should have been easy to pick on (he had texted "Just went to South Virginia Walmart. I could smell the Trump support"), Republicans Goodlatte, Gowdy and Texas' own Louie Gohmert proved they couldn't cross examine a paper bag. It was embarrassing. But my favorite part was Rep. Chris Hayes telling Strzok that "I'm a dentist so I read body language very well." Strzok then basically openly mocked him. 
  • I don't care if my kid turned out gay, a drug abuser, an Agnostic, or an Aggie, but I would put him up for adoption if he did this: 
  • Funny line by Brad Sham (Cowboy's play by play man) at an event last night where he and Chuck Cooperstein (Mav's play by play man) and Eric Nadal (Rangers play by play) were honored. When someone suggested they would make a good law firm, he said, "We are all Jewish guys from the North, what would you think?" 


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Trump meeting with NATO summed up in one photo:
  • "Squirrel!"
  • And this from Fox News regarding Trump's remarks a moment ago: 
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is reported to despise Trump, was obviously disgusted when Trump fired of his Germany Is Controlled By Russia comment. So how did Sarah Huckabee Sanders handle it at a press conference? She, once again, lied.  “[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.” Sheesh.
  • Mrs. LL is out of town and took a late flight. Once she arrived, she learned the light rail was shut down as well as all of the rental cars booths. She Ubered to the hotel only to learn her room had flooded from above. (They gave her a free room -- across town.) I think she got to bed at 4:00 a.m. 
  • I've always been amazed by those massive warehouses around Alliance Airport. Well, there are going to be two more thanks to Hillwood Development: One of the buildings will have 782,000 square feet and the other will be 500,000 square feet.
  • Stormy Daniels was arrested in Ohio during a performance when she allegedly fondled the breasts and buttocks of undercover officers. There were at least four undercover officers in the club. (Uh, too many cops?) This is one screwed up country. (But she takes a heck of a book-in photo.) 
  • Papa John's founder resigns after using the N Word during a conference call. Bad pizza will never be the same. 
  • Caviar? The government will try to seize anything
  • The Pre-Season All Big 12 team is out. Odd: Tech, which hasn't played defense in the last decade, has three first team defensive players. OU has none. (Another oddity: Texas only had one player named. That tied Baylor.)
    That's a lot of hair.
  • Ted Cruz's opponent might not beat him this time, but change is a comin'. 
  • Tony Romo, for some reason, has agreed to do ads for an often mocked car dealership. I can't stress this enough: Romo sounds absolutely goofy
  • Heard this the other day in light of self-driving cars soon to become common place: A child born today will never have a driver's license. 
  • My Family Unit uses the Life 360 app. Based upon cell phones and GPS, we know where everyone is at any given time. You know, I don't mind that a bit. (But I would hate to be a teenager in this day and time. How are you supposed to do Hood Rat stuff like I did on the mean streets of Bridgeport?)


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Let me help you: Pick a lower arbitrary number as your goal. (Notice they didn't say they have a budget shortfall of $36,000. They are just saying they didn't make as much money as they wanted.)
  • I've gone full country because I've started using liver to catch catfish. The worst part is getting the catfish off the hook (maybe the nastiest fish there is with fins they use as weapons) before I chunk it back into the lake. 
  • A friend of the alleged victim yesterday accused an NFL player of doing this. The post was later taken down. She better be right or she has a serious defamation case on her hands.
  • Those new Dallas motorized scooters have their first victim:
  • I could look at this all day: 
  • Worth watching (and quick loading): In the 11th, an Astro batter hits a foul ball that goes straight down. Somehow it changes direction and rolls fair. The batter is just standing there, the catcher picks up the ball and tries to tag him but drops the ball. The batter then runs towards first base, the catcher has an easy play by throwing to first, but his throw beans the batter in the back of the head. Runner scores. Astros win.
  • How to become a Supreme Court Judge. (Spoiler alert -- if you were at the top of your class at Stanford, UT, Michigan, or NYU you are out of luck):
  • By all means, let's confirm him!!!
  • I have a new ear worm after reading this: "Can’t stop reading 'Kavanaugh' to the tune of Van Halen’s 'Panama'”
  • Trump managed to piss off Germany this morning. 
  • According to the Messenger, the cost of the proposed "Bistro" inside the Decatur High School library is now at $670,000 (and rising.)  I was just lucky to have a coke machine in the hallway that wasn't empty back in the day. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold