Random Flashback: Were The Records Ever Released?

It got my attention in April why all records requested by the Messenger regarding the shooting of the man in Montague County by police (it's the shooting which gave rise to a memorial service for a Wise County Drug Dog) had not been released. Here's my post. There was no reason then why they should not be released. There is no reason now. Police reports. Autopsy. Video. Everything. Have they been turned over yet?

Is there anyone, whether liberal, conservative, moderate, or even apathetic who does not believe that government records no longer relevant to any litigation should not be turned over to the public? Come on, we love transparency in Texas. And we love the rule of law, right? It applies to law enforcement and prosecutors, right?  Under Texas law, all public records must be disclosed unless there is a specific exception. I can't think of an exception that would be applicable in this case.

Heck, for the first time in my life I feel like saying, "If you have nothing to hide then . . . . " But I shouldn't, and don't, have to justify the Messenger's open records request.

If all the records were turned over, I apologize, If not, they will be. Have you ever seen a respected newspaper and a a crazy lawyer blogger who has become obsessed with keeping government accountable team up? I haven't asked them, but I think they'll be willing to let me ride in the sidecar.

Edit: Thanks to a comment, I was reminded of this: There was an in depth review of the incident at a training seminar which was not open to the public. And the Montague D.A. was a speaker.  So where are the records? And is there anyone who attended that meeting who would be willing to confidentially tell me if anything remotely disturbing was revealed?

And To Think I Thought Baseball Was Boring

That's comedy gold.


It's The Weekend: Last Man Out Works Saturday and Sunday

What The National Weather Service Said About Approaching Katrina: Wow

They See Me Rollin'

Here's a chase with a twist. Wait for the dancing. Yep. Dancing.

(Somewhere out there a person is scrambling making a video loop with music of that dancing part.)

Girl Trick Shot

Yeah, I know it's four days old. But there's a gal up at the courthouse who will continue to hound me until I post it.

And, besides, that is impressive.

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • President Obama going to New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Katrina has to be a none too subtle jab at President Bush's "fly over" ten years ago. 
  • I'm not sure I understand why "Sheriff Clark" always appears on Hannity (although I have a pretty good idea why), but I have no idea what this comment from him last night means: "I am done asking people in my community to outsource their personal safety to the government." Are we just on our own? 
  • I almost had a heart attack yesterday when I discovered what might be the most shocking criminal injustice ever to occur in Wise County -- at least in a particular stage of a criminal proceeding. I will disclose it, but I've got to calm down first. To their credit, everyone over at the courthouse immediately scrambled to make it right the moment the issue was discovered. 
  • Fox 4 News has appeared to have fixed its updated website. Looks good.
  • How long before drones hover around every school for security purposes? 
  • I saw an elderly lady gingerly taking a walk in my neighborhood after sunset last night but was walking in the street instead of using the sidewalk She began to drift further into the center of the road, it was dark, and we have idiot drivers coming down the road all the time. When I saw headlights in the distance, I took off sprinting to get to her and to get the driver's attention. Speaking of heart attacks, I almost gave her one. (She seemed Ok mentally, but could only explain that she didn't use the sidewalk because she didn't like "narrow places". I warned her about crazy drivers, she seemed thankful, and then I watched her to make sure she made it safely home. She still used the street but stayed off to the side.) 
  • I kept seeing this headline everywhere yesterday: "Fatal shot in San Francisco pier shooting was ricochet." That shooting by an undocumented immigrant created a firestorm within the immigration debate. But if you read any story about this news,  the ricochet is the defense's contention which the police dispute. 
  • Texas AG Paxton was scheduled for a simple arraignment yesterday in Tarrant County but, at the proceeding which was blanketed by the media, lawyer Joe Kendall presented a Motion to Withdraw. You kidding me? I don't blame any lawyer and client deciding  to go their separate ways if the relationship has broken down to the equivalent of War Of The Roses, but why withdraw then and there?  You wait a couple of weeks, make sure there is another lawyer ready to take over that the client has chosen and approved, get with the prosecutor and tell him/her what is going on, you both walk over to the judge and tell him that you will file a Motion to Withdraw and that the prosecutor will not oppose it, you file the Motion and the judge signs an order. In a high profile case, the withdrawal may never even get noticed. But by presenting the Motion at that highly publicized routine hearing caused The Dallas Morning News to fire off a blog post within hours entitled, "Ken Paxton’s rough day in court shows his legal, political teams aren’t ready for fight ahead."
  • WBAP's Brian Estridge, after a report that the vast, vast majority of the female profiles on AshleyMadison.com were fake, said that meant the guys on the site hadn't had affairs but just were having a "fantasy." Is that the right word? If you sit at your desk and dream of an affair, that's a "fantasy". If you have the affair, that's "adultery". But what if you have that fantasy and engaged in an act in furtherance of completing that fantasy. Isn't there a word other than "fantasy" that best describes that person's mindset? 
  • Warning. Ad Rant: I would say that all this coverage of Blue Bell coming back, at least what I saw on Fox News last night -- which mentioned flavors by name, is an ad. But Blue Bell wouldn't have the money for that, right?  They have to be financially devastated  Wait. What was that story from last month? Oh, yeah: Fort Worth's Sid Bass agreeing to lend Blue Bell up to $125 million in exchange for the right to own up to 33% of the company. I'm sure that's just a coincidence.


August + Day Game + After School Has Started = This

I Have No Idea What This Means

But I like it.

Getting To The Bottom Of The Virginia Shootings: I'm Confused

Are guns the problem?
Ok. Not guns. It's about mental illness. Fair enough. 

Check that. It's not about mental illness, it's just about "Evil".

Problem solved.

Fastest Legs In World Almost Destroyed

A Segway cameraman?

Man, the folks recording this sure got a kick out of it.

Someone Mentioned This In The Comments: Public Salary Survery

It's a pdf document and breaks it down further by position in comparable sized counties.

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • I never watched the Virginia killer's videos of his murders, and I doubt if I ever will. But I don't begrudge those who did.  But for me, it would be like watching one of those old Faces Of Death videos -- which I never did either. 
  • Side note: When's the last time you heard a Faces of Death reference?
  • I couldn't believe the father and the boyfriend of the slain reporter were giving sit down interviews yesterday. 
  • There was already some talk of gun control laws yesterday, but if 20 dead elementary school children at Sandy Hook didn't cause it to happen, it never will.
  • I'm a fan of the Slate's Spoiler Specials podcast where they review movies with the understanding they'll reveal the ending. I haven't listened to many lately because I had backed off on my movie watching, but I did listen to the one for Gone Girl. It was three reviewers who had all read the book, and one believed that the movie's huge flaw was that the book treated the husband and wife characters as almost equally despicable, but the movie depicted her as evil yet makes him only a very flawed yet sympathetic guy. As a guy who hasn't read the book, my reaction was: He was evil in the book? 
  • I also listened to their podcast on Birdman. For three very smart critics, they were spot on about one thing: It is beautifully filmed. However, they were clueless regarding what the movie was really about. They leaned towards it being a film about the writer/director's attitude towards action movies. Are you kidding me? And none of them interpreted the ending scene as I did. (So, of course, they must be wrong.)
  • I don't know if it has merit, but a federal lawsuit regarding wage discrimination based upon gender has been filed in federal court by a woman who worked in Bridgeport.
  • Last night Fox 4 Weatherman Dan Henry showed a couple of old National Hurricane Center projections from 10 years ago before Hurricane Katrina hit. They were dead on as they correctly predicted the path of the Hurricane on late Friday.  Henry told us that those who went to bed early on Friday and "went about their business on the weekend" might have been caught off guard when the Hurricane hit on Monday morning. I'm not sure the struggling people of the Ninth Ward were generally worried about the weather. 
  • Had an odd trivia question come up last night concerning when "We Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's was released. Shocking answer: 33 years ago. 
  • Fox 4 also had a news story on a wedding cake baker under "fire" for refusing to make a cake for a same sex couple. Uh, is there anyone else under assault because of same sex marriage other than wedding cake bakers?
  • The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor was given posthumously to Lt. Col. Ed Dyess, the namesake of Abilene's Dyess Air Force Base yesterday. He survived the Bataan Death March, and I could have sworn I had written about him when I read the death march book a while back (but Google can't find anything that I know exists on Liberally Lean.) Gregg Abbott presented the award and Rick Perry flew back to be there as well. Good for Perry. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact press magnet Chris Kyle was also honored. 
  • Email spam I received: "The #1 mobile Breathalyzer solution for proving sobriety in child custody cases. Real-time results are collected throughout parenting time and transmitted from the device to a secure online portal. Immediate notifications are sent out in the event of alcohol consumption."  Are you kidding me? 
  • Faster than we are descending into Idiocracy, we are hurling toward a future world of a 24/7 documentation of every  movement you make (GPS), every possible consumed substance that could be considered harmful (alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugar, cigarettes) will be noted, as well as health indicators (pulse rate, respiration, blood sugar count, perspiration, temperature. blood pressure).  I'm not sure how it will be done, but anyone want to bet against it? Think of a futuristic Fitbit in 20 to 30 years. 
  • I'm kind of surprised by the photo choice by this Virginia newspaper. Most of them show the victims: 


Just Saw This - Happened This Morning

I'm out of pocket for a while, but this sure gets one's attention.

Edit: Holy, crap. They were rolling tape when it happened!! Horrific.
Edit: They weren't just rolling tape. It was broadcast live.

Edit: Noon update. This is all so sickeningly insane.

Edit. My god. What is the world is happening? Shoot people, film it, and post it. (CNN Story.) There was a mad scramble to get them taken down, but you know they are out there.

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Donald Trump was all over the news last night when he told one of the most prominent members of Univision to "Go back to Univision" during a press conference in Iowa.  The reporter was out of line but Trump certainly came across as saying the equivalent of, "Go back to Mexico."  You think that will hurt him? Not a chance. Those who love him now love him more. As for everyone else, not so much.  I'll say it for the millionth time: The GOP has no idea the self implosion they are causing. Get your popcorn ready, indeed. 
  • There are new signs in Decatur directing people to places like downtown and the high school football stadium. They look good, and that was a great idea for visitors since they normally come to see downtown or a football game.
  • Art Briles full vindication?: The narrative had been that the player got kicked off the Boise State team for abuse and then the coach Chris Peterson called Briles (odd in itself) about Baylor taking the player. Peterson would claim last week that  "I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam's disciplinary record and dismissal." Everyone assumed, as I did, that he meant he told Briles about the abuse. Briles denied knowing anything about the abuse. Now this bombshell press release from Boise State last night: “The incidents and factors that contributed to Sam Ukwuachu’s dismissal from the Boise State football team had nothing to do with accusations of any sexual assaults or with accusations that he physically assaulted any women."  Boom. Baylor may or may not have screwed up later on, but the accusations that "Briles knew he was a bad guy all along" is now libelous to even say since "reckless disregard for the truth" is the standard. 
  • The Ticket's Hardline went off on Baylor again with Corby Davidson saying "I think Briles knew what a bad guy [Ukwuachu] was" and said this could blow up into a Bill Cosby-like situation. Mike Rhyner speculated that Briles wouldn't survive.  They then ended the segment with an attempt of trying to be sincere by asking the question of "What's anyone done for that girl" involved in the sexual assault case in Waco? Both said no one ever cares about the victim. That was a very sensitive moment about women for them. They then went to a commercial for Thursday's Fight Night with audio from last year's arranged boxing match between two women with Corby doing play by play and saying, "Oh! She's intimidating her! She's saying 'you don't want any of this, bitch!'" (That promo is here at the 2:31:38 mark.) 
  • Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling was suspended by ESPN yesterday for retweeting an ominous meme basically saying that even though only a small percentage of Muslims are "extremists" those of that faith could eventually explode into the equivalent of Nazi Germany. He later apologized. Radio guy Mark Davis defended him saying that he "did not compare Islamists to Nazis". 
  • I got called an idiot yesterday for believing there were news segments disguised as ads, and got called and idiot for not realizing it has been going on for years. 
  • I'm torn on Susan Hawk who yesterday announced she needed four weeks off from her job as Dallas DA because of depression. First, we all know it is more than just depression. If there is some type of addiction going on, you have my sympathy. But if you knew you had issues, and you have admitted it, why did you run for DA? What did I say the other day? The first job of being a public servant is just showing up. 


I'm Normally Against These "We Did A Great Job" Press Conferences

But there's something different about this one.

Trump Welcomes Megyn Kelly Back To Fox News After Vacation

(Proud of myself for using this photo) 

Whoa!!!! That last one was vicious. And Grace is the last person I would want to rile up.

(Proud of myself again)

I'm Insane Now

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • Fox 4 had a story last night about some Fort Worth standoff where two women were brought out and a reporter told us that "both were handcuffed with zip ties for their own safety. Moments later they were released and are not suspects". (I would give you a link but going to the new Fox 4 website is like sinking in quicksand while blindfolded.)
  • Donald Trump entered the Alabama football stadium last weekend for his rally to the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and exited to Twisted Sister. 
  • Throw in Trump (and other Republicans) current attack on the constitutional requirement regarding "anchor babies", and this is getting insane. Those who already love you (politically speaking) may love you more for these hard lines, but your chance for love by others is being destroyed.
  • Loved this moment on Meet The Press from last week: Donald Trump doubled down on calling Hillary Clinton "the worst Secretary of State in the history of this country."  Host Chuck Todd then asked,  "Well, it begs the question. I'm a history buff. Who was the worst before her then in your mind?"  What a great question. If you believe X is worse that A through W, you need to know A through W before you can compare them to X. Of course, Trump just went on an irrelevant rant. 
  • Wise County will given sheriff's deputies a $1 an hour pay raise. What's an entry level deputy make per hour?
  • Lots of news story said yesterday we saw "the largest single day point drop in the history of the stock market." Technically true. But isn't it the percentage that it dropped a more important stat?
  • The NFL for some reason put a video on its website of a Rookie Symposium where Chris Carter told the new guys they needed a "fall guy" to run with. That is, someone to take the blame for you if you get caught breaking the law.  It really was amazing. But I'm almost more amazed that a reporter with the often praised Monday Morning Quarterback controlled by Peter King was in the room at the time. He didn't report Carter's statements because the NFL told him not to.  And you wonder why Peter King is considered a lap dog for the NFL. 
  • Dale Hansen went Unplugged on Baylor last night (and signed the screen to let us know the views coming out of his mouth are really his words.). It wasn't much of an effort. But the weirdest thing is that he brought the University of Texas into it. He said, "Texas football coach Charlie Strong says he knows how to handle the Sam Ukuwachus of the world, and I hope he does. I really do. But I just don't know if he really means what he says, and — unfortunately — we'll probably have the chance to find out."  Does Hansen know something that's coming? If he doesn't, the shot at UT is just plain bizzare.
  • There were 32 million email addresses released by the hackers of Ashley Madison -- the adultery site. And to think that many who opposed the same sex marriage decision by the Supreme Court said it would destroy the sanctity of marriage. 
  • Ad disguise: KXAS, The Dallas Morning News, and The Ticket all mentioned yesterday that Whataburger will be available for delivery by some service called DoorDash.  Really? That's just a coincidence? I don't know if they were ads for Whataburger, DoorDash, or both.  KXAS even did a preview of their 6:00 p.m. news by teasing the Whataburger story. (A story that was so important they didn't get to it for 17 minutes.)  The Ticket was weird because The Hardline, which talked about it, acted for minutes like they had never heard of DoorDash when they talked about the app just a month or two ago. 
  • If those weren't ads, Whataburger is a master in getting in the news. Recall just in the last couple of months their were stories about it cutting its breakfast hours (and then coverage again when those hours went back to normal) and there was news coverage of the chain opposing Open Carry. 
  • "Judge denies request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to skip his arraignment on Thursday" in Collin County. That reminded me of a couple Texas laws which make no sense and/or ignored. "Art. 26.011. WAIVER OF ARRAIGNMENT. An attorney representing a defendant may present a [written] waiver of arraignment, and the clerk of the court may not require the presence of the defendant as a condition of accepting the waiver." Ummkay. But the "clerk" never requires anyone's appearance. If the statute read the "judge may not require", this would make more sense. Also, there is "Art. 26.03. TIME OF ARRAIGNMENT. No arraignment shall take place until the expiration of at least two entire days after the day on which a copy of the indictment was served on the defendant . . . . " The defendant will certainly eventually see the indictment, but he is never  "served" with an indictment. They are supposed to be, but there is no legal repercussions if they are not. So that formal process is ignored.


Get Me This Stuck Dog!

My goofy dogs flip out if you walk out the room.  This thing is happy to be stuck in a bush.


It's The First Day Of School For Some Colleges, Too

The Old Dominion administration was not pleased.


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • The stock marker just opened down over 1,000 points. Don't panic. We knew this would eventually happen. And this S and P chart puts it all in perspective.
  • Dallas DA Susan Hawk hasn't been seen in three weeks.  Great line from the story is that her office makes jokes about Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Regarding the Baylor scandal, I forgot my own advice: In this day and time of a 24 hour news cycle, just ride it out. 
  • Edit: Dang it.  I forgot what I was going to say about the investigation ordered by Baylor president Ken Starr: We know from history it will cost millions of dollars with no results. 
  • The Ticket's Corby Davidson went nuts on Friday and went off for two segments on Baylor and then went back again in his routinely ill-prepared Community Quick Hits.  As always, he had a little trouble with facts. Sidenote: The awful Ben and Skin Show on The Fan is beating The Hardline in the ratings as well as ESPN's Mosley and Cowlishaw (which, by the way, isn't bad.). How times have changed. The most powerful station insports talk radio in Dallas for two decades now has a show in third place in drive time. 
  • Try this some time: Try to find the traditional blue post office drop box at a location other than at a post office. 
  • I've learned that if I ever try to take a shot at one person in a bullet point (and I do mean a blog bullet point) that I'll inadvertently hit others who think I'm talking about them. 
  • Thoughtful and weird black hole I went down last night: Some commentor complimented me (I think) yesterday  under the name of Double Fake Marcus Aurelius. There was no way I wasn't going to research that. I found out he was a  real Roman Emperor who had been depicted in Gladiator and murdered in the beginning of the film. Connection?: I constantly refer back to the line in the film of, "Are you not entertained?" That led me to learn that Aurelius' writings had been preserved and published. I then found a review of them and it said this: "'Do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life,' he advises - you can commit injustices by doing nothing. Above all, strive to make yourself a better person. Control your arrogance. Stop getting angry with stupid and unpleasant people. Be upright, modest, straightforward and cooperative. When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that what makes you human is working with others. And when people become a pain, and you want to get away from it all, to the country, beach or mountains, remember you can escape any time you like, by going within, to 'the back roads of your self'". Connections? (1) I always mention "walking away" from it all and normally mention a beach, (2) The "back roads of your self " sounds like  "mindfulness" that I have promoted, and (3) that same phrase made me thing of Glen Campbell, who I've oddly mentioned a number of times and who suffers from Alzheimer's. Recall his lyrics: "That keeps you in the back roads -- By the rivers of my memory -- That keeps you ever gentle on my mind"
  • I know that just sounded like the ramblings of a lunatic, but I'll explain it all some day. 
  • There was an article yesterday in the Dallas Morning News about Mark Cuban's views on Trump and guess what? It just happened to once again mention an app he constantly promotes and has invested in. Twice. 
  • If your top issue in the presidential election -- above everything else -- is illegal immigration, tell me why? This seems to be the catalyst for Trump's surge. 
  • Special note to a DFW radio personality: Were you sending a message with bumper music on Friday?  Probably not. But if you did, it was brilliant.   


I Would Never Burn You

I am watching The Insider for the first time right now and this scene is on. I've hit the pause button.

Pacino plays a producer for 60 Minutes and is trying to convince a key person that he did not disclose what was previously told to him in confidence. 60 Minutes is considering whether they have just cause to expose bad people for doing bad things.

And he didn't. He has kept his word.

Do you know how many times over the years someone has told me "don't post this" or "you can post this but don't use my name"? It's a shocking number. Do you how many times I violated that trust? Zero.

If you tell me something, I will keep my word.

(I always think about taking a silly blog to a level which isn't so silly. There are people who need to be exposed -- with facts.)

Lubbock Police vs. Man


I really don't have an opinion how they handled this. I'll give them a benefit of the doubt that a bean bag deflected off his shoulder and may have put out his eye.

But the explanation below needs some work.  Who came up with the term "less lethal" ammunition? Doesn't that mean it will "kill you less"?   And the sentence which said the suspect "dropped the weapons before deadly force had to be used" made me initially think that deadly force was used.

Changing gears: There's a Marsha Sharp Freeway in Lubbock?  Does Waco have something like that?

"Have you not been entertained?"