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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • I was going to give a hot legal opinion on the proposed Arizona law that would allow the discrimination against gays based upon religious freedom but, after looking at the text of the bill, it seems to be a political controversy -- not a legal one. I'm not sure how that proposed law changes anything.  How confusing. (But I bet the governor vetoes it -- she's getting a ton of heat.)
  • Please let the primaries be over. Yesterday I saw an ad for a Texas Supreme Court judge who pointed out that he believed in a "loving God" (I guess that's better than believing in a vengeful one) and added he was the son of a police officer (but the Texas Supreme Court does not handle criminal cases.)
  • All the news outlets were acting nuts yesterday about an "online minor sexting" case being dismissed by the Tarrant County DA's office after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals struck the statute down last year. (Hey, I wrote about the court's holding last October). And that has to be one of many, many cases dismissed because of the ruling. It's not like the DA's office had much of a choice. Calm down.
  • I bet there is 1,000 times more money being spent on the litigation regarding the guy hurt by falling ice at Cowboys Stadium before the Super Bowl than is spent on your average felony criminal case.
  • Dallas DA Craig Watkins pretty much said yesterday that a lot of old timers just can't seem to believe that Dallas has a black DA. He will throw out the race card on you. 
  • Finally caught a little bit of Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Pretty, pretty good. 
  • Big anniversary day yesterday: Jerry buying the Cowboys 25 years ago, Ali beating Liston 50 years ago, and, under the radar, SMU received the death penalty 27 years ago.  All occurring on February 25th. 
  • "Built by RSI Racing Solutions, a small company from Bridgeport, Texas, known for slamming twin-turbos into these SRT- and Dodge-badged supercars, the Viper you’re about to see . . . . " Wait. What?
  • Headline from a couple of days ago: "Pentagon Set to Slash Military to Pre-World War II Levels." Today, I'm hearing new advertisements for recruitment for the Marines on The Ticket. 
  • "Kiss announced today that the band won't be performing at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April because disputes over the lineup churned up ill will among the members."  Well, at least the audience caught a break.
  • The Family Unit is becoming obsessed with Jeopardy. We have to hit pause after every question and seem to rarely get one right, but it's fun when we do. 
  • Not that there's anything normal about it, but the murder of the 22 year old manager of a Red Wings Shoe Store in Arlington in broad daylight yesterday is bizarre. Police are to release some surveillance footage today.