The Campaign For DA


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Decatur plays Waco La Vega tomorrow at Jerry World. Fun Confusing Fact: The school is located in the city of Bellmead and is part of the La Vega I.S.D so I'm not sure how Waco got slapped on its name. Another fun fact: Waco La Vega beat Decatur in the area round in 1987 and there are four players from the La Vega team who have sons playing for the current La Vega team.
  • La Vega, and this guy, runs the ball. A lot. 
  • Trump's personal lawyer. Michael Cohen, is going to federal prison for three years for doing something Trump directed him to do. And you know who first found out about Trump's payments to porn stars funneled through the National Enquirer to keep the affairs from being exposed before the election? The press.
  • And he just declared a War on Christmas!
  •  Flashback to 2015:
  • Flashback to happier times with a Trump mouthpiece:
  • Here's a fun bit: Ask someone who is under 40 the name of the person who killed Abraham Lincoln. (My brief experience yesterday indicated that the 40 year old cut off line has some significance for a reason I don't readily understand.) 
  • New morning tweet: The Wall was in our hearts all along. Sheesh.
  • Man, between that Baylor kid being banned from UTD's graduation and graduate school and other developments, we've got a social media lynch mob going on. 

  • I don't care about it, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductees this morning. Here's a Jeopardy Question: What band was inducted whose hit song was performed by Bill Murray's character in the film Lost in Translation
  • The First Lady was welcomed with open arms for an interview with Fox News yesterday where she called authors and journalists covering Trump "opportunists." Yep, a gal who came from Slovenia to "model" in hopes of landing a billionaire just called journalists a bunch of opportunists.
  • Very random great fake punt by the Houston Oilers back in the day.
  • Jeopardy answer: Roxy Music whose hit More than This made an appearance in the karaoke scene.


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • The AP's "Quotes of the Year" starts off with some very memorable quick hits:
  • No, she didn't. She just wants money from a defunct club's liability insurance company. She testified yesterday and was a monotone scripted cliche machine.  (Prediction: I'm leaning that the club is going to be found not liable.)
  • Traffic Alert: New traffic lights are going in on W. Hale in Decatur near the new QuickTrip. This means we will have three, count 'em three, sets of traffic lights within 1000 feet of one another. That's a first for Wise County.
  • The meeting between Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer yesterday in the Oval Office was high entertainment. (I don't count Mike Pence because he looked like he might have passed away when we weren't looking.) Watching Mr. Art of the Deal being tricked into taking responsibility for any government shutdown was golden. 
    This is like Jim looking at the camera in The Office
  • Liberally Lean Action One Weather First Expert Forecast: Ice/Snow: No chance whatsoever. Wind: This is going to be the story. Beginning tomorrow around 7:45 p.m. we will have insane winds throughout the night. Your house will shake. Then, beginning late Saturday night, we will have almost no wind whatsoever for the next four days. Book it. I'm never wrong.
  • If a movie is showing in theaters and it is, say, two and a half hours or more, how about we bring back the "Intermission"? Audience gets a break. Concession/Kitchen makes more money. It's win-win. 
  • I'll given you a million guesses who this is. Give up? UT great Vince Young
  • Man, that plea deal of the former Baylor fraternity president blew up all over the news yesterday. Prosecutors across the state even defended the deal pointing out, accurately, that if you don't know all the facts and aren't aware of proof problems, you are in no position to pass judgment on the deal.  Yep, that's correct. 
  • And despite all that publicity from one courtroom in the Waco courthouse, this happened right down the hallway: "A man accused of raping a 4-year-old walked free from a McLennan County courtroom Tuesday after prosecutors failed to persuade a judge to postpone the trial." (That's a misleading lede, however. The prosecutor, after being caught in a bind, simply dismissed the case and will refile it. It's still a wheels-off situation.)
  • But one thing does seem clear: Since the Worst DA in the State became a lame duck after losing an election because of the Twin Peak Biker Fiasco, that office has gone from a ship with an incompetent captain to a ship without a captain. 
  • I mentioned Ray Liotta on Monday and now I see this. I have no idea what is going on. 
  • Did some middle school kids in Decatur get locked in their class after school? That's what I'm hearing. Some mommas be trippin'. 
  • This is a little unsettling. (Here's the link to get your data.)
  • Messenger: Above The Fold


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • This is a great photo. It's from the dedication of DFW Airport 45 years ago, and there is a search on to find the identity of the boy. And, yes, that's a Concorde in the background.
  • Steph Curry has made news. 
  • And Another: Beauty Queen edition. 
  • There's a new oil (or natural gas) derrick right behind Karl Klement's dealership in Decatur. That's the closest one I've ever seen to the city limits (and it might actually be within the city.) And that's the only new one I've seen any where in the county in a few years. 
  • Trump Morning Meltdown Alert:The Russian probe has caused Trump to deflect by going nuts about the Wall this morning in a Twitter rant: (1) If he doesn't get more money for the Wall, the "Military will build the remaining sections." Wow. First Mexico was going to pay for it, then the U.S. taxpayers, and now the military is going into the construction business. Hint: That's a lie. (2) He wants the Wall built in order to keep those out with "large scale crime and disease." That's poorly veiled code for "fear the brown people" from a White Nationalist. (3) There were Caravans (plural!) which have abandoned their attempt to travel to America because of portions of the Wall which have been built. Once again, that's a lie.
  • But, rest assured, America is safe because Trump got his national security briefing this morning from the CIA, NSA, FBI, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fox and Friends
  • The expelled Baylor frat president getting three years probation via plea bargain for alleged sexual assault made the national news yesterday. That's something the school didn't need. (And, yes, the girl is the victim, not Baylor.) It's noteworthy that the prosecutor who made the deal sent someone else in to handle the plea proceedings. 
    When a good deal doesn't feel like a good deal.
  • My annual seasonal rant: (1) Home Alone is a horrible movie, (2) Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and (3) yes, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has some horrible messages in there. (And that's not a new debate. It's been going on for years.)
  • Mrs. LL bought me "jalapeno and cornbread muffins." If it said "Jalapeno cornbread" I'd know what to expect. But the fact that they are "muffins" throws me off. (I haven't tasted them yet.)
  • “What explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood,’” - Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court refusing to take a case yesterday. (Kavanaugh voted not to hear the case.)
  • Time's Person of the Year are those who battle those who lie to us (multiple covers): 

  • In the eighth tweet of the morning, Trump just said "over ten" people want the Chief of Staff job. Yep, over ten!
  • The Maserati I referenced last week that was parked on the courthouse square is actually owned by a Decatur lawyer. I would hope that the local bar association has an emergency meeting to consider sanctions. Our county's values are under attack. #MakeWiseGreatAgain


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Individual-1's paranoia continues this morning as he he tells us not once, but twice, there is no "Smocking Gun." (And it is pure 1984 as how he slowly has begun referring to Mueller's investigation as "the Dems.") And he went on to admit to paying off women for their silence -- something he has lied about in the past -- as just a "private" transaction.
  • Never forget who Mueller, a Republican appointed by a Republican, is per Fox News:
  • Random death notable to fans of the great movie Night Shift:  Tim Rossovich. 
    "Awful good. She meant awful good."
  • Very random find that means nothing: Less than two years before 9/11, a 19 year old student pilot from Saudia Arabia crashed near Boyd. His instructor was from Yemen.
  • This is amazing. A basketball card has turned up with the Menendez Brothers in the background. And sleuths have figured out that the photo was taken after they killed their parents.
  • CourtTV is coming back.
  • Dave Campbell's Texas Football says that Decatur has had the fifth hardest schedule in the state to this point, and only one other team is still alive in the playoffs which has had a harder road.
  • TCU's starting quarterback will transfer. Something is going on in the Gary Patterson empire.
  • Trump told us he would hire the best people. Now he thinks his first hire as Secretary of State (who was the CEO of ExxonMobile when it was making record profits) was "dumb as a rock." We are learning that the best people are smart enough to not want to work for him. 
  • I think those "win probability" charts overstate the chances of winning or losing at any point during the game, but this one is pretty funny.  (Here's the play as time expired in case you missed it.)
  • I mentioned it on Friday, but I finally finished it: Get Me Roger Stone on Netflix is an absolute must-see for any political junkie. It is fantastic.
  • Questioned posed to me: Was there just one hearse that transported George H.W. Bush's body in both D.C. and Texas?  It sure looks like it. But if true that meant there was a second plane carrying the hearse which somehow had to beat Bush's plane to its destinations after delivering the body to Air Force 1. (I know the Presidential limo used by Trump and other presidents travels in a separate C17 military plane.)
  • How Joe Barton, who was involved in a salacious sex scandal over a year ago, thought it was fine to serve out the remainder of his term at taxpayer's expense instead of resigning is shameful.
  • Ray Liotta in that Chantix commercial sounds like he has a head injury and looks like he has had a Botox malfunction.
  • Messenger: Above The Fold.


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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The founder of the Texas Tribune is considering creating a competitor to the Star-Telegram. The Star-Telegram reporters responded
  • The Decatur Eagles won again last night before a sparse crowd (a Thursday road trip to Lubbock ain't easy), and were rewarded with the next game being in Jerry World on Friday. What a treat. Heck, any adult would be giddy about playing just a flag-football game there. 
  • Interesting legal question. It all started with a screwed up arrest of a lady who then began to criticize the sheriff's office on Facebook. It hurt the sheriff's feelings so he blocked her. 
  • After the Bridgeport girls basketball team's bus accident last week, stories like this make me do a double take.
  • Text Me Merry Christmas feat. Kristen Bell is a thing?
  • Kevin Hart was named host of the Oscars and then  backed out 48 hours later because of being a horrible comedian past homophobic tweets.
  • There was a Maserati parked at the Wise County courthouse yesterday. Obviously an out-of-towner. And to make things confusing, the only thing going on was a misdemeanor criminal docket. No one associated with those things could afford (or want) a Maserati. 
  • Fox Business had to apologize for a Congressman firing off anti-Semitism yesterday. That Congressman was from Texas who would easily win an award for Most Likely To Fire Off Anti-Semitic Opinions. 
  • An Ohio woman was arrested in a Walmart for shoplifting. I'm guessing that's not high on her list of problems. 
  • This is pretty interesting: A New York Times probability calculator for the Cowboys making the playoffs based upon how they do in their last four games. You can mix and match. Spoiler alert: If they win on Sunday they are very likely to be in regardless of what they do the next three games.  Lose on Sunday and they are likely out.

  • Trump is normally briefed in the evening by the Justice Department when the Special Counsel is going to make noteworthy court filings the next day, so let's check in on Trump's mental health: He has six tweets since late last night about the Russian probe, and this tweet of paranoia at 10:08 p.m. EST. Thirty-nine minutes later CNN had to evacuate its New York headquarters because of a bomb threat of five devices. 
  • I can find any updates on it, but right now in Vegas there is a guy in a completely dark room (with a toilet and a fridge without a light) who will win $100,000 if he can remain there for 30 days. Details here. If he can't make it, he owes $100,000. There is no way I would get involved in that. The sensory deprivation with no concept of time would drive me insane within a week. 
  • Here are your Top 10 movies for 2018 as the year wraps up. It's proof that the days of the traditional movie are over. 
  • I kept seeing Roger Stone show up in the news about the Russian probe, and I was ashamed that  I really didn't know anything about him. So I've started watching the 2017 documentary Get Me Roger Stone on Netflix. He may be the most fascinating and corrupt political consulting nutcase I've ever heard about. I had no idea he was such a big player from way back.
  • Delta has started using facial recognition software for check-ins at Atlanta's airport. Get ready. Once technology hits a tipping point, it will be everywhere in the blink of an eye.