Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Edit: Breaking: The missing two year old in Denton has been found deadUpdate: "A neighbor got into their car this morning and discovered Sarbesh’s body."
  • Vice President Mike Pence was abruptly called back to the White House and cancelled a speaking event in New Hampshire. The "most transparent Administration in history" won't tell us why other than his press secretary said, "Something came up." (The whole thing was weird. There is no way Pence is ever called back for any crisis because of his potential input.)
  • I read the story. Truly, this makes no sense. His case, which involved a road rage stabbing, had no African-Americans involved in it.
  • Another body was found in White Rock lake yesterday. Since when has that become such a repository for bodies? What is that, the third one this year?
  • There's a missing two year old by UNT in Denton. He is said to have walked off while his mother thought he was taking a nap.  My alarm is going off. 
  • On Monday, Trump vowed to continue to fight the Supreme Court decision that, temporarily at least, prevented the Administration from asking about citizenship status on this year's Census. Then in a stunning reversal yesterday, the Justice Department officially caved and said the Census questionnaire was headed to the printer without the question.
  • But in what is bizarre even for Trump, no one must have told him that the Census fight was over because last night he thought the case was still going on. (Side note: Nice chant at the end of a tweet.)
  • If a city is going to rent out places for banners, that city can't control the content of those banners. People of Fort Worth had this First Amendment lesson yesterday.
  • Even assuming you think sucking up to a murderous dictator is good policy, at least get your facts straight. President Obama wasn't in office in 2008. (He deleted it.) 
  • Let me precede the next bullet point with attempting to answer the the confusing question of: When are "charges filed" in misdemeanor cases? I've always taken the position that charges are filed when the prosecutor files a piece a paper (called an Information) with the County Clerk and it receives a cause number and becomes part of the public record. Charges aren't "filed" with an arrest. Charges aren't "filed" when a police agency sends the case over to the prosecutor.
  • With that in mind, marijuana policy changes (or not) are trickling out across the state due to the unintended consequences of a recent legislative change: Galveston prosecutors will take the cases but not file charges until DPS can give them a lab report (unless the defendant admits that it's weed, then they'll go ahead and file it with the County Clerk.) The Harris County, Fort Bend County, Bexar County, and Nueces County DAs say don't even give them the cases unless you have a lab report because they won't file them. Montgomery County says they'll file the cases even without a lab report, and if the defendant demands a trial they'll wait until there is one. 
  • Sports expert update: I fired off the hot sports opinion late last week that the Rangers were a "mirage." They are on a three game losing streak. 
  • It's disturbing when a small town newspaper shuts down, but it's even more disturbing how they just announce it, fire everyone, and lock the doors. The Katy Times did it yesterday.  It's website didn't even acknowledge it.
  • The Navy Seal accused of war crimes was found not guilty of murder. I missed on that one. Big time.  
  • They don't know?

    I can think of a couple of things.
  • Faithful readers know I've been searching for a pre-1950 photo of the Wise County district courtroom for years and finally we have the Leader We Need who also must be secretly referring to me as a "consultant." From the Update: "Wise County Judge J.D. Clark is working on the courthouse master plan update as part of the Texas historic courthouse program and is seeking the public’s help. 'Our consultants recommended I reach out to the community to see if anyone has historic photos of the courthouse, exterior and interior, that could be useful,” he said.'
  • The "sipping tea cup" moment after an American goal in yesterday's women's World Cup immediately brought responses of how England would retaliate if they scored the next goal. Drinking from a 40 ounce Big Gulp? Holding a confusing 20 page medical bill? Firing an AR-15?