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- I came across Lone Star Law on the Animal Planet Channel. It was basically Texas Game Wardens acting like Seal Team Six when they arrest someone for shooting from the road.
- Any show produced for Animal Planet, National Geographic, Travel Channel etc. seems like 55% content and 45% commercials.
- "The 17-1 Boyd Lady Yellowjackets entered the TGCA’s 3A volleyball poll at No. 8." Wait a second. School started today in Boyd but they've already had 18 matches?
- Great line from the documentary Dark Web on the War on Drugs: "It's like the cat and mouse game. The mice will eventually win but the cat will be well fed along the way."
- The Waco DA's office takes another hit. The office was responsible for the prosecution of four men for rape and murder -- men who a judge has declared "actually innocent" of crimes that cost them all twenty years of their lives. Current McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna opposed the men's quest for exoneration.
- Texas, as it must, has always said that it doesn't have "Debtor's Prisons". Nothing has confused me more because people "sit out" their fines every day in county jails in Texas because they can't pay them. This is 100% unconstitutional. However, nothing is ever done about it because a few days in jail resolves "the problem" and those people don't have the money (obviously) to fight it. Every now and then a lawsuit occurs.
- Along those same lines, the Justice Department is now targeting the crazy concept of "if you are too poor to afford bail, tough luck."
- I woke up this morning bright and early and turned on The Ticket. They were talking about how "weird" it is that the body of the SMU police officer has never been found after he reportedly swept into Turtle Creek.
- I can truly say that I cannot conceivable care less:
- Eight TWU volleyballers have been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis. I've got my Pulitzer Radar out again: Something is fishy.
- Dez Bryant suffered a concussion?
- I will always be fascinated by Todd Marinovich, 47, who was once the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 and who was found yesterday naked and allegedly in possession of meth.
- Raising money or not, Trump hanging out in Texas within weeks before the election is plain dumb. (Unless his goal is now not to win but to make money off the campaign -- which might very well now be true.)
Well, maybe not.INBOX: Travis County Republican Party Chair will protest @realdonaldtrump at Austin speech pic.twitter.com/KK2O2ohDsW— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) August 22, 2016
Political Genius Side Note: I'm not exactly sure that Trump needs to be wasting time in Texas right now.
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900 cases in 5 years: Texas education agency to ask lawmakers to help curb teacher/student sex https://t.co/NlDO4wGZMt via @mySA by @kbrad5— Peggy Fikac (@pfikac) August 22, 2016
Call me crazy, but you would think that the current range of punishment for the crime, a second degree felony carrying no less than 2 years and no more than 20 years, would seem to be a deterrent.
Maybe we need to fund a multi-million dollar task force and have them execute "Operation [Fill In The Blank]."
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- Breaking this morning: "A federal judge in Fort Worth has blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity." Red alert! Red alert! All school resource officers to the bathroom stalls! Repeat! To the bathroom stalls!
- The Messenger went after Tax Assessor Collector Monte Shaw for not allowing the Wise County Appraisal District to collect Wise County taxes saying his refusal costs the county $160,000. At least three employees in Shaw's office would have to be let go if the change was made.
- I watched the first season of Stranger Things. I've got a lot of hot sports opinion about it which can be summed up with: "Why does the Internet force good shows to be labeled as great." It was like a Stephen Spielberg movie made back in the day -- cheezily entertaining but has more holes than Bonnie and Clyde's death car.
- The AP College Football poll was released yesterday: OU #3 and TCU is #13.
- News broke on Friday of a Baylor player to be sanctioned for beating his dog. My thoughtful commentary:
- The Trump campaign (for some reason) released a two paragraph statement from Rudy Guiliana who actually shoehorns in "my best selling book" in the statement.
- The Bridgeport city pool used to have an elevated spring board. It had to have been 30 feet in the air. And I don't remember any age or height restrictions. If you were brave enough to go launch yourself, have at it.
- Texas has 95 new DPS troopers as of Friday.
- I think something was wrong with that yellow line in the Cowboy game:
- Can we tap the brakes on Dak Prescott as the second coming of Staubach?
- A fraternity student died of an overdose at aTm over the weekend and four of his fraternity brothers were arrested for drug possession when a search warrant was issued for the fraternity house. (I'd love to see the search warrant affidavit if it tried to justify the search of a third person's room. personal belongings, or person. None of the arrests were related to the death.)
- Also over the weekend, thirteen people were shot at a house party in Bridgeport . . . Connecticut.
- The Ryan Lochte story became accidentally famous because a Fox Sports Australia reporter just happened to be sitting by Lochte's mom in an early morning shuttle. The mom had hurt her foot and the reporter, not knowing who she was, asked her if she was OK. "She proceeded to tell me how terrible her stay had been. She’d broken her foot and now her son had been held up at gunpoint." And then it was on.
- I wouldn't buy a car from Southwest Kia "which includes New World Auto Imports Inc., New World Auto Imports of Rockwall Inc. and Hampton Two Auto Corp." The reason: "Dallas-based Southwest Kia will pay an $85,000 penalty to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it violated a 2014 consent order barring it from deceptive advertising."
- Bud Kennedy had to backtrack on his Friday "Angry White Man" column when it turned out the Angry White Man wasn't white.
- Bridgeport ISD installed solar panels a few years back. The company behind them maintains a web site where you can monitor cost savings. They claim $84,326 for Bridgeport. I wonder how accurate that is.
- The Liberally Lean crack investigative staff has been referencing Fentanyl lately. Well news over the weekend revealed that's what killed Prince. (The drug -- not the investigative staff.)
- The legal world is changing when a federal appeals court judge takes a his own camera and snaps a picture (of an inflatable rat, no less) and then publishes it in his opinion in a decided case.
- Lake Bridgeport is over conservation level again. And it is late August. That doesn't happen.
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- Trump apologized yesterday for being mean? What did he mean more: The hundreds of times he has verbally abused people (i.e. "Little" Rubio, "Crooked" Hillary, "Lyin'" Ted Cruz, "Low Energy" Jeb Bush, Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren) or the apology prompted by the last ditch effort to revitalize his campaign?
- Breaking News Edit: Trump's campaign manager just quit.
- “Rude, nasty Mexicans! You shouldn’t be allowed to have kids!” -- a White Angry Male to a Boyd man (as described in Bud Kennedy's column today. This Facebook post by the man got Kennedy's attention).
- Can your government keep a criminal file away from the public once it is closed? Randy Travis tried to keep his DWI video out of the public eye but an appeals court told him yesterday the Pubic Information Act in Texas requires that government turn it over. That's the same Public Information Act that the Montague County DA's office has used to tell the Messenger they can't have information they seek in a closed criminal investigation.
- Bad Friday morning for mass transit in New Jersey:
- Always remember that I sniffed out that Ryan Lochte lie before the mainstream media. Can I get a Pulitzer for that? Do I just send in an application or something?
- The body of the SMU police officer who reportedly was swept into Turtle Creek has not been found.
- The case of the deputy who shot himself in Round Rock has taken an interesting twist. An Austin columnist points out that the deputy was given and a "full honors" funeral when law enforcement likely knew he had killed himself. And, to make it worse, the deputy had made a bogus call before his suicide about intruders. Why? If it were believed that he was killed in the line of duty then his survivors would be entitled to benefits worth over $80,000.
- The U.S. finishing first and second in the shot put but the winners didn't put their hands over their hearts during the national anthem. Where's the righteous indignation!!!???
- Anyone else had enough of Usain Bolt's showmanship?
- Countries pay to reward gold medal winners? (Click to enlarge) The U.S. (not pictured) pays $25,000 per gold medal.
- Hot Cowboys prediction: Running back Ezekiel Elliott will be extremely hampered all year long due to his hamstring injury.
- The new indoor practice facility of the Cowboys in Frisco looks sweet:
- I may have to fire up the Liberally Lean Storm Center Without Mobile Radar or a Thunder Truck this morning. It's coming.
- Ok, we gave a country its money back that we had been holding for decades to help save American lives. Sue us.
In case you haven't noticed, @brikeilarcnn is absolutely killing it today: https://t.co/KTRfxcHsD4 pic.twitter.com/1f0vrLRhJO— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) August 17, 2016
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