Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Wise County active: 34 (+3)
  • Texas Hospitalizations: (-317)

  • Here's a great collection of all the videos (quick loading) of the shootings by 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha. I could watch these things all day trying to break down what happened. So much happened in the street (after the first shooting a short distance away), and it all happened in the blink of an eye. 

  • Just look at this photo taken from across the street about two seconds later. The guy with the handgun in the above photo now has his hands up. About a second later he'll almost get his arm blown off (graphic video) as he makes a movement forward. The guy grimacing in the foreground with the skateboard will die from that wound.  Such chaos.

  • A guy who lives near Decatur has announced he is running for the open State Senate seat. His first tweet was to support carrying a handgun without a license. (h/t Bud Kennedy.)  I saw on his website that he graduated from North Texas in 2000, but that "he skipped the graduation since Hillary Clinton was the key-note speaker." Did Hillary speak at the UNT graduation ceremony in 2000?

  • The National Hurricane Center predicted where Laura would make landfall within 0.6 miles and the exact time it would hit and did so 87 hours in advance of  it making landfall.

  • That rain Wise County got briefly yesterday afternoon was from the outer ring of the fading hurricane. Decatur is the blue dot:

  • A Wise County murder conviction was affirmed late yesterday by the Fort Worth court of appeals. The 87 page opinion is pretty boring although it names lots of people in the Sheriff's Office. And it did give us this excerpt from closing arguments which was the subject of a Point of Error. I think the defense lawyer in the Flintstones was actually Perry Masonry. Oh, and shout out to Fort Worth lawyer Christy Jack:

  • Oh, that opinion does show an appellate court will bend over backwards to affirm criminal convictions. The court had to search the Internet so it could take "judicial notice" of what the cops were required to put in a search warrant affidavit, but didn't, in order to make it comply with the law. Shout out to Judge Cude, however. 

  • This Confederate monument in Lake Charles, which city leaders voted not to remove 10-5, was taken out instead by Hurricane Laura.

  • That was one green dress last night. It also served as a "green screen" for Internet manipulation. You can search on your own -- it's overwhelming. 

  • "Good to see you, Ivanka." Funny.

  • There was just a brief shot of Barron as he stood up when Mike Pence was introduced. Man, that kid is tall. I'm guessing 6'4" and I might be undershooting it.

  • Messenger: Above the Fold