This Should Horrify You

By all accounts, the head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit was professional and restrained when she told a Salt Lake City police detective he wasn’t allowed to draw blood from a badly injured patient.

The detective didn’t have a warrant, first off. And the patient wasn’t conscious, so he couldn’t give consent. Without that, the detective was barred from collecting blood samples — not just by hospital policy, but by basic constitutional law.

And you guys wonder why I chose to do the job I'm doing. Bad cops, which are few and far between, will always get exposed so long as there is someone to grade their papers. Video is helping that cause. If he isn't fired by dawn, something is wrong.

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

Special opening day College Football edition. There are many, many more here.

Bowl mascot assault!:
SMU bros:
One of Baylor's worst football moments which still makes me laugh. (This is the kicker on a blocked field goal. He was fine.)
Someone marry this girl!

When A Ref Wants To Kill A Reporter

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • I'm trying to get back to normal, but it has been a heck of 48 hours. When you have a completely healthy family pup get sick and die within 48 hours, it will rock your world. I didn't know that there were around the clock vet clinics, complete with ICU, but I found out they exist. But it didn't help.
  • And when you tell the family, "I'll bury her," it sounds like a brave and noble statement. Then you have to do it and end up realizing how hard it actually is. 
  • The footage of VP Mike Pence and Gov. Greg Abbott removing debris in South Texas yesterday should disgust you. It's a photo op that lasted a few seconds. They are The Swamp.
  • And he thinks this will endear him to the public. Sadly, it probably will. 
  • Lt. Greg Abbott (oh, the irony) to a passenger in a car in Georgia: "We only kill black people." It was certainly a joke, but he was not in a position to joke. 
  • On Wednesday, Mrs. LL contacted me and asked, "Have you heard anything about a gas shortage? One of my co-workers just left to get gas because she thinks there will be." My response was, "No, I'll check but if people think there is a gas shortage, there will be a gas shortage."
  • Texas! 
  • Texas again!
  • Triple Texas!
  • Looking at the Messenger's special section on Wise County high school football (produced by Richard Greene), this line jumped out at me regarding Bridgeport's starting quarterback who is a sophomore: "He threw one pass last year as a freshman and ran the ball four times for 11 yards." Hey, the kid might end up being great, but he probably will face a huge learning curve. 
  • "Female deputy DA found bloody, beaten after gang attack in California."
  • He's got a lot of Sarah Palin, who also quit, in him: 
  • I'm not a criminal mastermind, but I don't think was a well thought out plan. " A witness told FOX 4 the car drove into the store at a high rate of speed and made it all the way to the electronics section in the back. Then the driver reversed."
  • Everyone went nuts over this political cartoon (below). It's actually a modification of a joke which I heard from the pulpit at the First Baptist in Bridgeport when I was a teenager. Here it is on a Christian website.
  • (I haven't even looked at pending comments since yesterday. I'll do it now.) Edit: I didn't look at them because I believed there would be a few hateful ones thrown in. Now looking at them, I'm overwhelmed by your compassion. Thank you.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • There will be none. Family Pup #2, Sugar, didn't have a toothache, she had pneumonia. It escalated very quickly. And despite everyone's best efforts, she passed away in the middle of the night. 


The Guy Is Incredible

Yesterday he was in Corpus Christi and in Austin. He never saw a flooded street. He never met a victim.


Above The Fold

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • A federal judge has dismissed Sarah Palin's lawsuit against the New York Times. If you don't understand "reckless disregard for the truth" vs. "negligence" in the area of libel, you don't need to be commenting on it.
  • I can't think of anything more painful than Larry The Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy together. They call the show the "Backyard Barbecue." This news is the only good thing that Harvey has brought to the State of Texas. (Although it's hard to understand how Hurricane Harvey has anything to do with this.)
  • Justice Don Willett, the "aww shucks" tweeting Texas Supreme Court judge, thought it would be a good idea to do "water comedy" late yesterday as Texas was suffering from disasterous flooding at that very moment. He is up for election next year.  
  • In other parts of Texas at the same time: 

  • I've never been to a Texas high school volleyball game but have seen some videos. The level of talent and excitement seems really cool. (Although I can never get use to the term "kills" when describing scores.)
  • The First Lady did in fact remove her six inch stilettos before arriving in Texas. But she did put on a "FLOTUS" hat. Read that term out loud. Think about why they were visiting. 
  • The photo below is of a new generation Bentley. I'll swear that Mrs. LL and I saw a Rolls Royce on 114 right outside of Trophy Club that looked just like it. It caught her attention as she said, "That's a cool car!" (She never mentions cars.)
  • We had a doggie emergency in the house last night. Family Pup #2 start shaking and panting uncontrollably and would not stop. Mrs. LL took her to the vet, and he diagnosed it as her teeth were decaying, causing pain, and she was going into panic attacks. This will cost me to fix it. I'll pay it. 
  • I appreciate anyone who donates to great causes (like Harvey relief). I don't appreciate people bragging about it. When you pray, you go into your closet and pray alone. 
  • I get complaints that Liberally Lean isn't as "fun" or "light hearted" as it used to be. Watching Idiocracy in this country unfold right before your eyes will do that to you. 


Stuff In Our Own Backyard We Don't Know About

No Man, Ever, Thinks It Is "All About Me" More Than Trump

Uh, Oh

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • There will be a lot of Texans stunned to learn that the basic Texas Homeowners Insurance Policy does not cover natural flooding. And that also means millions (?) of people are facing financial ruin -- and mortgage holders as well. 
  • This is a Fox 4 News reporter so I assume the photo is legit:
  • Our Texas leaders (Abbott, Patrick, Paxton) sure do talk a lot about Texas independence, but when we face a disaster they immediately cry to the federal government for help.
  • Trump is on his way to Texas per this photo this morning. Look at the shoes the First Lady decided to wear to a disaster zone. I'm guessing she is not planning on stepping on wet soil. 
  • I did not know the NRA had a Concealed Carry Fashion Show
  • This new opinion from the 10th Circuit starts off bluntly: 
  • Police access to surplus military gear, a ban put in by President Obama, has been lifted by Trump. "WASHINGTON — Police departments will now have access to military surplus equipment typically used in warfare, including grenade launchers, armored vehicles and bayonets." Uh, bayonets? 
  • I accidentally deleted three comments yesterday. One on Joel Olsteen, one on the shark photo, and one on I can't remember.
  • Speaking of Olsteen, that fraud took it in the shorts yesterday like nobody's business. I hope his Houston home is OK. (Are these photos real?)
  • Just when you thought Trump couldn't be dumber, he used this as an explanation why he announced the pardon of Sheriff Joe on Friday evening: “Actually in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening,  I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally.” 


You Will Probably See This Today

It is, truly, fake news.

Has He Done Anything?

If he has, I apologize. If he has not, he confirms he is a snake oil salesman.

Let's Check In On Houston

Above The Fold

Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Let me state the obvious: The Houston flooding is insane. And it is only going to get worse. 
  • And my bullet point from Friday now almost looks like an understatement:
  • The Houston mayor, despite 911 being overloaded, told the public not to use social media for emergency requests because the didn't  have the manpower. Why not? You saw this coming. 
  • But to come to his defense on another subject, why is he being dogged for not ordering a "mandatory evacuation." With a city of that many million people, you couldn't do that if you wanted to. What are the police going to do? Arrest a two million people who don't?  And there are a ton of people who don't have the money to go anywhere. 
  • I heard that you can't designate where a donation to Red Cross will go. Is that true? That would be odd especially since they want you to donate to them by texting "Harvey". 
  • Mrs. LL and I went to Winstar Casino this weekend. I hadn't been up there for over a decade. When did that place turn into Vegas? That place is printing money.
  • And I had forgotten how FM 51 north out of Decatur is quintessential Texas. 
  • I'm only going to make one point about Trump's tweets over the weekend as Texas is being devastated: He's a narcissistic, tone deaf moron. Oh, and I forgot to mention he pardoned racist Sheriff Joe late on Friday. 
  • We've had another Black Hawk crash. Something's weird. 
  • Never heard of this before: 
  • I can't say I'm a regular reader of the Bridgeport Index, but this week's edition was good. In addition to a front page story of a petition to remove two members from the Bridgeport Airport Board, editor/publisher Keith Bridwell went off on Bridgeport City Hall and the city council.