Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • It just keeps coming: Last night indicted Les Parnas was on Rachel Maddow and implicated Trump, Barr, Pompeo, Nunes and Pence in the Ukraine scandal.  Part 2 of the interview is tonight, and Rick Perry's name has been previewed. 
    • Moments before it aired, Devin Nunes decided it was a good idea to admit on Fox News that he had met with Parnas.
    • Over on CNN, Kellyanne Conway was saying she had never met Parnas. Uh: 
    • Over at Fox News as well, Eric Trump was saying that he "had no idea who that guy [Robert Hyde] is."  Recall Hyde basically acted like a wanna-be hit man intermediary with Parnas based upon the texts released yesterday. Uh:
  • That was bad karma for Drew Pearson to throw a party of his Hall of Fame Induction announcement that never came. 
  • NBC 's Dateline contacted me again yesterday on a Wise County case, and I'm glad they are involved. 
  • Never expect an appellate court to bail you out. A trial court judge, who knows BS when he sees it, is justice's best friend. And if he doesn't see it, you are normally screwed.  Here's Colloff's story. 
  • This building will soon be gone. You'll either recognize it or you won't. 
  • The "House Managers" delivered the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate yesterday. I don't know why, but I think that's a bad look. I didn't like how it appeared when they did the same thing to Clinton, and I don't really like it now. (Side note: Hey, I was just in the room! That's not the actual main rotunda but kind of a mini-rotunda on the way to the House Chambers -- chambers that you can't even look at as a taxpayer even when Congress has all gone home for the holidays. There are a ton of statues just crammed next to the walls in it. I had been standing in the background of this photo and noticed Brigham Young's statue was shoved in the corner. He never served in Congress. I was confused.)
    See those statues in the background?
    My exclusive photo of Brigham Young which I took while
    I was stewing about how limited the tour was.
  • One last thing about the D.C. trip since I just saw it, this might have been the tastiest sandwich I've had in a couple of decades. (Actually from the Baltimore harbor.) 
  • Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn has endorsed the opponent of Congresswoman Kay Granger because he wants a "hungry, unapologetic, and conservative fighter." He even spoke on behalf Southern Wise County. (You may remember Wayborn for saying last year, "These drunks will run over your children and they will run over my children” in reference to illegal immigrants in the Tarrant County jail.)   Let me tell you something, the old-school Tarrant County politicians  -- District Clerk Tom Wilder and Congressman Ron Wright to name a couple -- are really way-out-there-hard-liners in a county which voted for Beto over Cruz.
  • Heard on the radio: "Is that the song she [Billie Eilish] sang on Saturday Night Live when she danced around the room? That was cool."  I have no idea why I googled it, but it wasn't what I was expecting at all. I thought it would be Ellen DeGeneres-like dancing around the room.
  • Nothing makes me want to pull my hair out more than to have a client say, "If you can get a plea bargain of [x], I'll take it!" You work forever on getting them x, you tell them you've got x, you set it for plea to finalize x, and then on the day of the plea they tell you, "I don't think [x] is a very good deal."  It really only happens about once a year, and that's a good thing because I really have to control myself when it does. 
  • I know that I over parenthesize. (I just can't help it.)