Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • In the last five days, a 21 year old white man executed five women in a bank in Florida, and a 21 year old white man murdered five people in Louisiana. And we have a crisis at the border?
  • A cold front will hit Wise Count at 12:15 p.m. today. Book it. 
  • I actually watched most of Rent last night on Fox which was supposed to be live but was mostly recorded from a dress rehearsal after the lead broke his foot a day before. The ending, which was indeed live, was really cool when they brought out the original cast to sing Seasons of Love. Watch it here.
  • Actual shot from the Senate floor on Friday.
  • Another actual shot from the Senate floor. But I support this Arizona senator.

  • Trump caved on the shutdown on Friday and his base wasn't happy. Ann Coulter called him a bigger wimp than George H.W. Bush, and Fox News' Lou Dobbs said Nancy Pelosi "has just whipped the president of the United States." Heck, look what Lindsey Graham said before Trump caved:
  • The national GOP twitter account sent out the following. It is the exact opposite of what happened. This is truly Orwellian.
  • This is an example of exactly did happen:
  • This is interesting and barely reported: A Texas Ranger in Tyler investigating a murder had an affair with the widow while the investigation was ongoing. The audio of his internal affairs interview was released which is something you never see. I'll give the guy credit, he owned up to it. He was demoted but not fired.  
  • There was incredible lazy reporting all across Texas when the Republicans in charge in Texas released a report late Friday with a misleading headline that 58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas. Most media outlets just repeated it as gospel. The Texas Tribune actually took time to read the report and investigate and learned it was based, in language used in the state documentation, "WEAK" data. (Texas actually used "weak" in all caps.)
  • That was a heck of tanker truck wreck in Dallas yesterday. They just let it burn out.
  • Mr. Two Corinthians is tweeting about the Bible literacy this morning. (Finally, in those states kids can have the opportunity to study the Bible. If government didn't give them the option, how would they ever learn? So sad.) Obvious side note: He was watching Fox News. Screenshot from 28 minutes before the tweet..
  • Want to see how much Wise County spends on court appointed criminal defense lawyers broken down by attorney? See here. (You'll have to click on the "View Attorney Caseload Report.") It's actually a statewide database for all counties which even has sort functions. For example, you can quickly learn how many Tarrant County lawyers made more than $100,000 in 2017 via appointment. It's eye opening.
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