Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Upon reflection, I think the Texas Tech African safari girl is a psycho.
  • I heard that the Wise County Sheriff's Office may have purchased a drone. 
  • NBA Free Agency: On one side are players like Bosh, LeBron, Dirk, Duncan and all the rest who are taking, or have taken, less money than their free market value to get under the salary cap. On the other side are owners whose market value, with no artificial cap, of their NBA franchise is skyrocketing (see Donald Sterling and the Clippers). Conclusion: The players need a better union.
  • World Cup Thoughts (1) I tried to get interested in the World Cup four years ago and failed. This year it was really easy. And pretty dang exciting. (2) Everyone is talking about the beautifully designed but failed penalty kick of the U.S. team yesterday. (Vine if you want to see it.) And man, it was beautiful. But wasn't it lot like a double reverse in football designed to run right up the middle into the arms of a linebacker? The goalie just gets to sit there and then charge you to kill it every time. (3) All first place winners of the eight groups are in the final eight. This may be a very, very pure sport.
  • Mark Davis is excited that his new book is on some of the specialty bestseller lists of Amazon's pre-order lists. I'd tap the brakes. I think I heard The Ticket's Bob Sturm say his book on the Mav's championship season sold 3,000 copies. That's probably a pretty good estimate for Davis' new book.
  • Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is opening up Dallas schools for 2,000 "illegal" child immigrants, comes across as a doofus. And do they even realize the number of people it will take and the resources it will cost to house that many kids in a school? Think about it. The need for food, security, and health care alone is overwhelming. And the chances for a real life Lord of the Flies are quite high.
  • And those that say we need to put those kids back on a plane to their home countries might want to think about this: You want to be the guy on a runway in Honduras shooing them away when a little kid looks at you and says, "Where do I go?" And if you have half a brain about the history of child trafficking of Central American countries, you'd realize how it's just cannot be done by a civilized society.
  • Fox's Megyn Kelly has been showing an interview with Bill Ayers over the last few days. Why?
  • The headline in the Messenger (below) was a shocker. Tomorrow it will be ten years to the day that I poked fun at him in the now discontinued crowd pleaser called The Spin
  • I think I have acted very compassionately in not referencing my Ranger's Baseball Nemesis in the last few weeks. 
  • Speaking of, I'd trade Yu Darvish for as many prospects as I could get. By the time the Rangers get good again, he'll be gone anyway. (By the way, there's a guy in Fort Worth who still remembers how I passionately argued how the Cowboys should trade Hershel Walker back in the day --- months before it happened to everyone's surprise.)
  • Anyone else seen the new water tower under construction on 287 heading into Fort Worth (right past the Saginaw cut off)? It looked like the top of it was about to be raised about three weeks ago -- it had been painted with a fancy Fort Worth logo -- when some crazy incident happened. It looked like it had been hit in the side by a meteor. (Not sure what happened, but I'd love to know.) They are now in the process of having to replace sections of it. And I wouldn't dare mention the company in Decatur which is building it.
  • I asked the other day how many other "semi-weekly" papers the Messenger competes against in those annual awards. In the next issue they listed the competing papers (maybe about eight?). I suspect that the higher ups over there say, "Every year he asks, and every year we tell that idiot the answer."
  • A couple of weeks ago that goofy tweeting Texas Supreme Court justice took his family to Washington D.C. on vacation and posed with Sen. Ted Cruz in his office. There's no way he dreams of an appointment to a federal judgeship by Cruz? Does he?
  • I get a lot of weird stuff in my email, but I got a press release last night from Democratic Congressional hopeful Mark Greene calling for a constitutional amendment restricting the rights of corporations in order to reverse cases like the Hobby Lobby decision. Oh, that will be easy. 
  • Hey, local police agencies: Quit tricking up your video formats!!  Defense lawyers are entitled to any video of an arrest created by a police agency. But even in Wise County, those multiple agencies are creating their videos in weird formats that sometimes require unique software to view.  Hey, keep it in basic DVD format and life will be easier. (One day they'll all go to .wmv which is small enough to email and make everyone's life -- even my favorite government employees in the courthouse -- much easier.)