The Campaign For DA


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Wise County active cases: 40 (but it hasn't been updated in over 48 hours)
  • Texas:
    The hospital numbers are still rising 

    Daily new case numbers will be wonky because of holiday weekend reporting
  • Wait a second!
  • So the resumption of sports is going to happen without a hitch? (1) The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings have shut down their practices before heading to the "bubble" because of positive cases.  (2) Below is a shot of the Seattle Mariners eating lunch together while social distancing at their abbreviated spring training. As those teams are going to get on planes for a 60 game season? (3) The quote of the weekend: “Sports are like the reward of a functional society.”
  • Someone needs to tell Trump he doesn't need the Klan vote.  Getting passed that Bubba Wallace had nothing to do with the noose controversy, he just hugged and kissed the Confederate flag. What a crazy hill to die on. Even Mississippi has turned on the Confederate flag.
  • The Supreme Court is about to rule on whether he has to release his taxes. That could come as early at 9:00 a.m. today. He's already on the brink of losing his mind. That could be the tipping point. 
  • Alan Dershowitz has always acted very odd about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. And it doesn't help when he tweets out things like this. Harvard Law's reputation takes a hit when one of its most notable graduates and professors (1) uses "hereby" in a tweet like it has some magical meaning, and (2) thinks he needs to "waive any right of privacy" in videos that he supposedly is not in. 
  • Junior's girlfriend has caught the 'Rona. She had just spoken at a gathering in South Dakota after attending a (maskless) high tone party in the Hamptons. 
  • At least he was polite after giving his order

  • Look, no one is going to get a ticket for not wearing a mask as required by Gov. Abbott's executive order -- especially in Wise County. And, per the order, you are supposed to only get a warning for a first offense.  Here's a legal question: How can can a ticket or warning be given if a cop doesn't have the authority to even momentarily "detain" anyone in violation of the order?  Answer: It can't be. Abbott is flying be the seat of his pants.
  • As of late last night, there's a bass boat at the bottom of Lake Bridgeport if anyone wants it. 

  • Fireworks!
  • The UT football player, DeMarvion Overshown, who announced late last week that he was boycotting playing until "changes" were made posted a screenshot of a reaction to his announcement.
  • I've watched the first full season of The Leftovers, and I have no idea if I love it or hate it.
  • Very random sports flashback for you old-timers out there: Quick loading video of Joe Theisman returning a punt. I had no idea.
  • Ticket fans only: Here's a clip of Mike Rhyner being interviewed by Julie Dobbs saying he left because "the station was no longer going to be able to play to my strengths and that I was going to be able to do the thing that I do. And it was just time for me to jump off and see if I could do it somewhere else and that's what's going to happen." 


It's Friday -- Let's Get Out Of Here

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Everything is shut down today for a holiday, but guess who's here? #THWMISB
  • Texas. I'm running out of things to say about this trajectory:

    New daily cases
  • Wise County: Active cases at 36.
  • Listen up, Wise County. Since we've got more than 20 active cases, we have to put on a mask as of noon today. (Although I expect to see half the county gather at the Big Sandy to throw their masks into the water in protest.) 
    • But I am kind of surprised that Gov. Abbott mandated it. Just a few days ago  . . . 
    • But Abbott is a follower. And once Pence signaled on Sunday we should all wear masks, and even Trump signaled it was OK (so long as you look cool like the Lone Ranger), he thought he had his political cover to do it. 
    • But, man, he is taking it in the shorts from the right . . . 
    • Empower Texans is mad:
    • The renegade Collin County Judge immediately slapped back utilizing a loophole on gatherings of groups of more than 10: 
    • The Denton Sheriff, who has always struck me as simpleton, said he won't enforce the mask order.  (If we want to be consistent, wouldn't right wingers go absolutely nuts if he said he was "too busy" to enforce ICE detainers?)
    • If you ever find yourself agreeing with Ag Commissioner Sid Miller, you need to re-evaluate your entire belief system. 
    • The executive committee of Texas Republicans voted last night to move forward with their in person convention in Houston from July 13th through 18th.
    • Another sign of the Apocalypse: Decatur shut down Reunion 2020. 
  • And we are to believe the USC Trojans are going to fly into Texas to play Alabama at Jerry World two months from now?
  • I present to you the Two Weeks In The Life of Herman Cain in Three Acts:
    • Act I: June 20th
    • Act II: July 1st
    • Act III: Yesterday
  • I understand where he got his genes, but how dumb is Eric Trump? He posted this yesterday and then deleted it once he got bombarded with tons of photos showing his dad yukking it up with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Did he seriously not know Trump ran with that guy? Birds of a feather? 

  • I don't do any federal criminal practice, and I'm going to need someone to explain the Ghislaine Maxwell indictment to me. Is it now the the norm to put in an indictment a scandalous "Factual background" where they throw in some photos like a tabloid?  In state court, indictments just charge an offense with as little information as legally possible. The State's only obligation (which is exactly the same obligation as the feds in federal court) is to put the defendant on fair notice as to what crime it is the government says you committed and how. Nothing else.  Otherwise, prosecutors find themselves in the sometimes complicated fight of "If you plead it, you have to prove it."

  • Random things I think: How much did that graphic -- which is 100% needless -- cost the taxpayers to produce? 
  • It's the Fourth of July. Be careful out there:
  • Trouble on the 40 Acres.
  • Random facts I stole from someone else: (1) At this time last year, Dallas had 209 murders. The count right now is 37. That's astonishing. (2) We've not heard Jerry Jones speak in 70 days which is an all time record. Makes you think there might be more to it than the current Black Lives Matter resurgence which we think he is avoiding.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold. (I bet they had to scramble yesterday to get the mask mandate and other changing stories on the front page.)


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Quite the scene in Bridgeport the other night. Messenger story here. (Subscribe to the Messenger. Give them your money.)
  • Good lord. Texas, oh, Texas.

    New cases per day
  • Wise County Active Cases: 41. We have a new record. (And continue to take those numbers with a grain of salt.)
  • Fun fact: To take something with a "grain of salt" originates from ancient Rome where a naturalist/philosopher believed that one of the ingredients of an antidote to poison was a grain of salt. Ergo, to take something with a "grain of salt" would prevent you from being killed. 
  • Prediction: Both Major League Baseball and the NBA will try to resume their seasons and then both will immediately be shut down.  The NBA will be the greatest test case because they are going to try the insulated "bubble" concept in Orlando. But did you see that Dallas' Major League Soccer team flew to Florida last week to start the exact same bubble concept and, as of yesterday, they've already had nine players and one coach test positive? This will not work.
  • The UIL is recommending that the voluntary workouts be shut down until July 13th. "Recommending"?!?! (I think this is just doing the groundwork before they completely shut it down this fall. They'll be able to say "Hey, we tried to get you to do it voluntarily but you wouldn't" or "We tried voluntary measures at first but that didn't pan out.") 
  • It's been a while since I've thrown out the national chart:
  • Don't worry, Trump said the coronaviurus is "just going to disappear" yesterday. (Yep, he said that yesterday.) And his press secretary, who truly is America's Baghdad Bob, said the explosion in cases in the various states were just "embers".

  • The shortest and most savage attack ad ever.
  • Breaking: Jeffrey Epstein's former gal pal just got arrested. I've always wondered how she's been able to avoid that. (And I suggest they might want to issue a triple "suicide watch" on her.)
  • The Washington Post opinion section finally says something I've been saying for well over a decade. (Idiocracy came out in 2006 with a tongue-in-cheek prediction of what America would be like in 500 years. They were a little off.)
  • The first reference I can find that I made to Idiocracy was on July 21, 2008.
  • Man, the Star-Telegram collecting screenshots and more of "allegedly" racist posts of this well connected TCU family is worth the cost of a subscription. What a wheels off story. From daddy to son to daughter, there's some crazy gold coming from all of them. 
  • I got a flyer in the mail yesterday as part of the Congressional seat run-off between Dr. Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner (where both guys are trying to out-conservative the other.) Without mentioning which one was supported by the flyer, I noticed it was from a PAC named "AG Together". It had racists overtones by attacking one of the guys by saying he's "not from here" (implying foreigner), he was part of "Obama's inner circle" (implying friends with a black man), "ties to Hong Kong investor" (implying he's tight with an Asian), and a "Candyman" (which I thought implied pedophile but actually was meant to imply he was a drug dealer.)  In any event, I looked up the PAC and it has spent $323,613 on behalf of one of the guys. All that just to get one seat in Congress for rural Texas.