Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • I can't believe I missed it, but more than one person told me there were three people carrying AR-15 looking weapons around the courthouse square in Decatur on Monday while shopping. It's perfectly legal, but it got everyone's attention. 
  • Tarrant County DA Sharen Wilson told an ultra-conservative crowd that there was no "mass-incarceration" problem in Texas. That prompted a leading expert on criminal justice in Texas to call that opinion "uninformed" and bordering on "ludicrous." 
  • Whoa! Jerry and Dez together last night.
  • Earlier this year, Fox 4's Jenny Anchondo left the news station and joined CW33's "Morning Dose". The program has been killed.  Her twitter feed would indicate no one has told her yet.
  • The family member of the officer involved in the Dallas Wrong Apartment Shooting is denying he was flashing a white power hand sign in this photo.
  • Yesterday I mentioned there was a race problem in America as evidenced by a political cartoon of Serena Williams. I was wrong. Not about a race problem but implying that the cartoon was American based. It was from an Australian paper. 
  • The guy who caused the death of a woman in a car crash in the stockyards has been charged with murder. How can that be when murder requires the "intent to kill"? There is a a weird aspect of Texas criminal law called "Felony Murder" that says if, while in the course of committing a felony (in this case Evading With a Vehicle) a person commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual." (The stories by the Morning News, Channel 11, Channel 5, and Channel 8 didn't explain this. I couldn't find the story at all on Fox 4 or the Star-Telegram
  • Headline Facts vs. Paragraph Facts. I guess 1% is arguably "cooling off."
  • Ken Starr on NPR, claiming the Clintons are inherently dishonest, said he had written his new book partly because he was "freed" of his duties at Baylor.  Freed? That's one way to put it when you lose your job due to turning a blind eye to a sexual scandal.
  • And I've always said Starr was clueless. He just casually admitted this morning on Fox and Friends that, based upon the evidence, he had a doubt about Clinton's guilt and that doubt was reasonable to him. 
  • I didn't understand how North Carolina State opened as a 3.5 favorite over West Virginia (who has been playing fantastic).  Others were confused as well as the line made a dramatic shift to making WVU a 3 point favorite. But it doesn't matter because the game was cancelled yesterday due to the hurricane. 
  • Yesterday after tweeting this with a weird exclamation mark . . .
  • He arrived at the Pennsylvania memorial and did this . . .
  • And then later he talked about Hurricane Florence and said this: "They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet."
  • Advice from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association below. Better advice: Know your case and your judge before waiving a jury trial.
  • This is making the rounds this morning. I can only think of Sharon Stone's very cunning character in Basic Instinct saying, "I'd have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill him the way I described in my book. I'd be announcing myself as the killer. I'm not stupid."
  • "The Rev. Mack Morris took a hold of an old Nike headband and a wristband, held them both up before a packed church, and cut them. 'I ain't using that no more,' said Morris, the senior pastor at Woodridge Baptist Church . . . during his weekly Sunday sermon . . . " in . . . wait for it . . . Alabama.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold (We had three Wise County agencies, including two SWAT teams, raid a home in Bridgeport only to find less than a gram of meth?)