The Campaign For DA

2.18.2020

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • An odd story from overnight. It's off Seminary Drive in south Fort Worth in a Alamo storage facility. (Very random side note: The Star-Telegram story linked to a map for the location and it sent me to MapQuest. I had completely forgotten about MapQuest.)
  • The Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to get a handle of a mountain of sexual assault claims. I wonder what that means to the massive amount of acreage out at Lake Bridgeport that the Scouts own. (I thought about the when I saw this sentence from the story which indicates its major assets are land: "Amid the crush of lawsuits, the Scouts recently mortgaged the major properties owned by the national leadership, including the headquarters in Irving, Texas, and the 140,000-acre Philmont Ranch in New Mexico, to help secure a line of credit.") Edit: A faithful reader corrects me: "Sid Richardson is owned by your local scout area council, not the national BSA organization, and is unaffected by the bankruptcy."
  • Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died 19 years ago at Daytona. NASCAR almost had another death last night. 
  • A lady has been arrested on charges of Intoxication Manslaughter after allegations she hit a pedestrian in Uptown Dallas. And the case gets took a weird twist when it was reported she was driving a Polaris "Slingshot."
  • Run vs. Pass percentage in the NFL. I'm no statistician, but this seems to qualify as a sustained trend. And the Cowboys paid Zeke Elliott how much? 
  • A guy tweeted "I have some questions about this sports bar steakhouse mural, which features the Ohio State Buckeyes vs the San Francisco Rams", and I can't stop thinking about it. (Not to mention the odd ball carrier and the Van Gogh like swirls in the background.
  • I watched a great documentary on Netflix about Ruby Ridge. It's titled "Every Knee Shall Bow" and is produced by PBS's American Experience. Three thumbs up.  
  • I was looking at the Wise County Jail list and noticed that last night a 63 year old was arrested for possession of marijuana for less than two ounces. Think about that. In the year 2020, a man was taken off the street by the government and placed in a cage for holding a little bit of a plant. (And at 10:00 a.m. this morning you can legally go by a bottle of vodka.)
  • Stay with me here: A former conservative state lawmaker (and faithful Liberally Lean reader) has asked me to make you aware this op-ed being distributed regarding a proposed voting rule in the Texas Senate which will change the threshold vote of when a bill can be considered. If I read it correctly, the change would require only a majority vote for bill consideration down from 60% which is the current rule. Don't care? "In our heavily urban state, rural areas could be more easily outvoted under a rule change." Translated: That majority rule ain't gonna look so good when the Democrats take a slim majority in the Senate -- something which is on the verge of happening. 
  • BagOfNothing posted a picture yesterday of his son being tested for a possible concussion. I had no idea that part of the concussion protocol was the DWI "Walk and Turn" test.
    "Hey, doc, I can't do this sober!"
  • This is a little in the weeds, but I've been following the Dallas appeal of a multi-million jury verdict award to a guy in an alleged bank fraud case in a real estate deal where he is represented in part by Decatur lawyers. I noticed that the same name of the guy who won the award showed up in a different appeal out of Fort Worth last Thursday but this time he is the defendant. The court summarized the case as "The Bagwells, who are husband and wife, served as directors of the nonprofit HOAs. During the time that the Bagwells were directors of the HOAs, loans were obtained from Sister Initiative, an entity owned by the Bagwells’ daughters, on terms that made the HOAs liable for the loans’ repayment. The Bagwells were subsequently ousted as directors of the HOAs, and litigation involving the loans ensued . . . . In essence, the trial court found that the Bagwells used the Sister Initiative loans as a means of funneling money to themselves while leaving the HOAs liable for the loans’ repayment." Opinion.
  • I really don't follow girls basketball much, but you had to like the name of last night's matchup between the Bridgeport Sissies and the Stephenville Honey Bees.