Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

  • I haven't seen the video of the Southlake High kids firing off racial slurs, but I'm not sure the high school has any right whatsoever to punish kids for something they say in their free time and not school related. At its core it is the government punishing someone for exercising legal free speech. (This made me recall the Supreme Court "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case which I hadn't thought about in years.)
  • In an odd moment, I decided to carve a pumpkin for the first time in my life. Not to shoot low, I found a template for a somewhat elaborate design. Verdict? Mrs. LL said, "It's better than what I expected." I'm still trying to figure out if that was a compliment.
  • Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear No. 17-1636, California Sea Urchin Commission v. Combs. I mention this only because I learned there was a Sea Urchin Commission in California.
  • In bizarre news this morning, Trump has decided he will do away with the constitutional right of birthright citizenship for anyone born on American soil. Yep. You read that insane sentence correctly. "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said. Oh, wait, there's more: He thinks he can do it by executive order. His Fear-Brown-People plan continues.
    Jesus being born in America denied citizenship by Trump
  • The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson. Appearing on Hard Knocks is the dumbest thing he ever did because it gave him a rightfully deserved presumption of incompetence going into the season.
  • Shephard Smith can be the voice of reason of State TV. His thoughts on the "caravan"  below are what I have been saying since day one. 
  • Trump is sending thousands of troops to the border for that caravan that, if at all, won't be there for months. (What are they going to do? Shoot 'em?)  It's for show. It's a publicity stunt. It's to pander to his base. Did I mention his Fear-The-Brown-People mantra?
  • One classmate shot and killed another in a hallway before classes started in North Carolina high school yesterday . Get this: They didn't cancel classes. This is modern day America. 
  • "The Port Neches-Groves football team was ordered Monday to forfeit one of its wins after a coach was spotted in the press box using an iPad in violation of UIL rules."
  • Conservative Matt Drudge of the The Drudge Report was none to pleased with Fox hosts yukking it up after the weekend of tragedies while discussing how it could hurt the vote.
  • A Texas principal is on administrative leave after thinking it was a good idea on Facebook to write: “I worry about the USA looking like Mexico and South America with so many illegal aliens being welcomed to our country. Guess we are doomed to have a dirty country either way.”  (I guess if I don't think the Southlake kids can be legally punished, I'm not sure how I can take the position this guy can be punished.)
  • Watch this bizarre story out of deep East Texas which no one understands yet: One Texas DA called for the Texas Rangers to investigate another Texas DA (a Baylor Law graduate) which prompted him to quit.