Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The Senate confirmed Trump's 45th judicial appointment to the federal appellate courts yesterday. Of the forty-five, one has been Hispanic. None have been African-Americans.  
  • We also had another judicial appointment in Texas. The guy may be qualified, but he just happens be the son of former judge -- a Republican who lost his election last year? There's no one better?
  • Video. (Language warning.)
  • People are camping out outside the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth this morning to get in for general admission seating for tonight's concert by Twenty One Pilots. I'm not familiar with their work. At all. (And since when is general admission seating a thing?)

  • I forgot to mention that TDCAA apologized yesterday for mocking those concerned about justice for Rodney Reed. However, I'm not sure what this "we" business is. It's one guy running that account down there. (A couple of years back he even got called out during a legislative hearing from the back of the room for tweeting snark as the hearing was ongoing.)
  • Do people really think this is up for debate? (Ms. Smith is an "Emmy winning" reporter and anchor.)
  • Sure he ran Prime Prep Academy into the ground, but let's put him in charge of Florida State football? Please, please, let this happen. They'll deserve everything they get. 
  • Jimmy Kimmel's  Fallon's show was filmed at the University of Texas yesterday. Who thought this outfit was a good idea?
  • Edit after posting:
  • Trump Jr. has "written" a new book, and this passage should turn your stomach. His family giving up money (allegedly) is the exact same sacrifice as those buried at Arlington National Cemetery? (But if you love Trump, you'll love Junior. Heck, you might love Junior more. Nothing like this matters.)
  • In normal times, this would be a scandal that would last years and define a presidency. Now, it's just a blip on the radar. 
  • Mrs. LL gives a big thumbs up to the just released The Devil Next Door on Netflix. I had never heard of the documentary, and she explained it had to do with correctly identifying whether someone was a Nazi war criminal. As she was telling me about it, I asked, "Wait. Did some woman say in the courtroom, 'His eyes! I know it's him because of his eyes!'?"  (My brain was triggered to something from a news story years ago which made me ask myself, "You're willing to cause someone to be executed because of the way their eyes look?") She said I was close, but that the witness was a woman and not a man.  I was recalling a TV event from 1987. Here's a story about that courtroom moment printed the next day.   (In other news: I can't remember what happened yesterday.)
    (From the story)
  • I tried to find a video of that courtroom moment but, amazingly, I couldn't. I did find part of the cross-examination of the witness which caught my attention for two reasons: (1) The defense attorney got to walk around while asking questions and carrying a skinny microphone, and (2) This cutaway of the defendant surrounded by guards didn't exactly cloak him with the presumption of innocence.
  • Jeff Sessions, Trump's former AG whom he fired, is trying to return to the Senate from Alabama. Trump has belittled Sessions to no end, mocked his accent, called him the "biggest mistake" he ever made, and said, "This guy is mentally retarded. He’s this dumb Southerner. . . . He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.”  Amazingly, Sessions is so weak that his first campaign ad praises Trump. You would have thought he would want to go back to D.C. with guns blazing. I would. 
    "The President's doing a great job!"
  • But there is precedent to be stomped on by Trump only to come back to him groveling. It's not like someone hasn't become his lapdog after he said his dad helped kill JFK and insulted his wife.
    You can post this 
    . . . and he'll do this for you. 
  • According to the Update, the grievance filed by the Decatur coach of last year's state finals softball team has been settled.  The details of one the most interesting* stories of the last year have been left unsaid. (*There's probably a better word.)