Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • The indictments by the Special Counsel of 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for hacking the computers of the Democratic National Convention and Hillary should shock you to the core. And the indictment is very detailed -- down to the minute that the attacks occurred. No one with an ounce of sense can say this is a Witch Hunt. Yet Trump did that THIS MORNING! He refuses to condemn Russia.
  • And Trump referred to the indictments in a Tweet as "The stories you heard . . . . " Stories? You kidding me? If I stood up in front of a jury in Wise County after the prosecutor had read an indictment or information  and then said, "You just heard the government tell you a little story", I'd be laughed at. 
  • And Hillary famously said in the "Your the puppet" debate that the Russians were trying to hack the election to get Trump elected. Think what you want of her, but she nailed it. 
  • Trump on national TV in July of 2016: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing [of Hillary]." The same day, according to the 29 page indictment, the Russians made their first effort to hack into Hillary's computers. Think about that. This is real.
  • And so it begins: Both look ecstatic to be there. 

  • I watched Boyhood over the weekend. Verdict: This thing is great. Intense and gut-wrenching. It is it is simultaneously a portrayal of the sadness and happiness of many a modern day family. You'll catch yourself thinking, "Been there" during parts of it. 
  • There was a wreck in Southlake on Saturday when around 100 bikers were doing "stunts and wheelies" on 114.
  • I want to be the guy who planned a two week trip to the Colorado mountains over a year ago.
  • Someone ran over a guy while riding one of those new motorized scooters in Dallas: 
  • Johnson and Johnson got hit with a $4.7 billion verdict for 22 women who claimed "asbestos in the company's talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer." I bet that gets reversed. Due to the current state of the appellate judiciary across the nation, Plaintiffs don't stand a chance. (The only worse position to be in is a criminal defendant trying to rely upon the 4th Amendment.)
  • Speaking of, the Wise County Democrats will be hosting Delonia Watson tonight. She's a candidate for the Court of Appeals in Fort Worth that has jurisdiction over Wise County. Get this: She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and a law degree from Harvard. And she just happens to be black. 
  • I have an unusual number of people meet me for the first time and say, "I read your stuff so much that I feel like I know you." And they probably do know me. 
  • A portion of the first episode of Who Is America? by Sacha Baron Cohen is must see. It is stunning. Here he shows a gun rights activist doing a set-up PSA for "Puppy Pistols" -- part of a Cohen invented program called "Kinderguardians" to arm pre-schoolers.  (But they only go as low as three years old because "they call it the Terrible Twos for a reason.")
  • I'll give our High Sheriff credit for talking about meth and planning a forum on it. "[W]e can't arrest our way out of this problem," he said. No, he isn't saying they'll stop arresting people. He's just saying that locking people up will never solve the problem, and he is 100% correct.
  • The police chief of the City of Denton is leaving to be the chief in Saginaw. Something seems wrong. 
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