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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • It's Friday after Thanksgiving, most everyone has the day off, there is no Wise County Messenger Update, but you know who's here? That's right: THWMISB™.
  • Texas Hospitalizations

    • Wise County:
    • I'm getting reports that COVID has run amuck at the Wise County Jail. If that's true, it needs to be formally reported to the Wise County Commissioners. 
    • Number of people at Cowboy game during worst period of the North Texas pandemic: 30,048.
  • Someone told him this look would be a good idea yesterday. Yes, it's real:

  • And as he was behind that miniature desk, he barked:" “Don’t talk to me that way! You’re just a lightweight. I’m the President of the United States!” (Really.)
  • Sidney Powell, who might actually be dumber that Rudy Giuliani, finally "released the Kraken" in Georgia where she filed a lawsuit in federal district court riddled with typos. The following are real, too.  Embarrassing.  Edit: Looks like they scrambled and cleaned up the typos before it actually got docketed.

  • In case you are confused about what "Release the Kraken" means, Trump has explained it to us. It was actually a secret code word that Sidney Powell used in a press conference directed to the Department of Defense to unleash a computer program against the Deep State. Trump is crazy. And we don't even blink an eye. 

  • See that building? When the inside of the Wise County Courthouse gets renovated to make it look like the days of yore, the DA's office, the District Clerk's Office, and District Judge's office will be relocated there.  Where's court going to be held? I have no idea. (We are talking years away.) Edit: The County Judge wants it to be clear this is a temporary holding place during the restoration. And the location includes the building next to it -- 6,400 total square feet. 

  • Here's Dallas' crazy fake punt yesterday.  Was that a run from the get go? Was he supposed to throw it? If so, to who? The punter? Assuming he's capable of catching it, he's getting crushed at the 30. And there is a guy open way down filed, but that's an improbable long throw and catch proposition. Or is it?

  • Does this happen very often? There was a high school playoff game on Thanksgiving afternoon between Dumas and Springtown. Springtown won. Not-so-fun-fact for Springtown other than playing on a holiday: Through four games they have traveled a shocking 1,940 playoff miles.

  • A faithful reader sent this photo to me from Houston yesterday. The day, of course, is "one of the busiest travel days of the year." 

  • In a very weird move, the Supreme Court got into the arena of the legality of government imposed church capacity limitations by issuing a 5-4 ruling near midnight on Thanksgiving Eve.  I don't have any hot sports opinion about the ruling other than to say (1) man, they will get involved in anything, and (2) I still like the way Gorsuch writes. 

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener at Lake Bridgeport: 511 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Texas hospitalizations. The trend continues.

  • Texas "new cases" set an all time daily record yesterday by blowing by all past numbers. (Wise County's dashboard, which is only updated once a week on Tuesday, shows 200 active cases with 507 tests pending. The 200, a conservative number at best, is easily a record.)

  • Nearby rural hospital news:
  • Hey, restrictions on how many people can be in a private home may have serious constitutional questions, but the 4th Amendment ain't one of them.  It's frustrating that in one of the very rare times that hard line conservatives even recognize the existence of the 4th Amendment that they completely screw up it's meaning. 

  • I'm surprised that due to his ongoing rage and depression he didn't go all Game of Thrones on the turkey and lop its head off. 

  • Extremely cool picture from near Celina last night. I can say "cool" because I don't think there was any damage because of that particular cloud:

  • Unlike in Arlington where there was a wild scene at the "Burger Box" (which is apparently pretty popular.)

  • Pete Delkus broke into WFAA programming last night to warn about the Arlington tornado.

  • I kept seeing this graphic yesterday. I wonder what it would look like if planes were sized to scale instead of being depicted with a 25 mile wingspans. (By the way, I stand by my firmly held belief that "the Thanksgiving holidays are the biggest travel days of the year" is Fake News.)

  • Hal Ketchum has died. I wore out the Sure Love CD back in the day. 

  • Williamson County proved it was still crazy yesterday when this very weird case made the news. It all started when the County Judge was doing a bit and ended up being photographed wearing fire gear lent to by another county official. That somehow led to charges of "abuse of official capacity" and "official oppression." From the best I can figure out, then his lawyer and a special prosecutor got very creative and came up with a deal where the judge pled to violating a "stay at home order" so the two charges could be dismissed.  

  • That whole story is an extension of my "Too Many Cops - Too Many Prosecutors" mantra. It's the criminal justice system just creating busy work at taxpayer expense. 
  • Speaking of, it's that time for new bills to be filed in the Texas legislature. Here's one:

  • Someone solve this for me

    Big government was trying to keep the location a secret.
    It didn't take long for the Internet to figure it out. 

  • The Dallas Court of Appeals is in a grumpy mood. This time they got after a paralegal for the alleged unauthorized practice of law from the very uniquely named "TrailBlazin’ Legal Services" in Leonard, Texas. (If you look at one of his filings in the case, including the attachments, you kind of get an idea why the court got a little bent out of shape.)

  • All of Trump's silly legal challenges have been a bloodbath so far, but it's about to get worse. In a filing this morning, we just learned Rudy wants to argue before the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Oh, my. 

  • I'll never understand the stock market . . . 


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Texas Hospitalizations: Another new record for this Fall Wave. Decatur's hospital also set a record high yesterday with 33 COVID patients. 

  • Whatever happened to Trump's wonder drug, Hydroxychloroquine?
  • In what will be the closest to a concession by Trump that we will ever see, a spare federal government official yesterday finally recognized that Joe Biden is President-Elect. Biden's team now finally gets the money from the Trump Administration to aid in a peaceful transition of power.

  • After she made the announcement, Trump tried one last con to try to make us believe it was all his idea. 

  • But Trump went off the deep end again this morning. He's quote-tweeting crazy Randy Quaid!

  • Randy Quaid 10 days ago:

  • I've dogged Tarrant County DA Sharen Wilson a number of times, but she needs huge credit for a program she just announced. If you have a misdemeanor weed case, stay clean for three months and she'll dismiss it outright. No probation. No pre-trial diversion. No fees. It's just gone. Look, that lady is as conservative and as "law and order" as they come. If she's doing this, it's time for Texas to legalize weed. 

  • An actual quote from Cowboys' coach Mike McCarthy at yesterday's press conference: “We were just using the approach to honor the great comedian Gallagher. It’s an idea that came up, and we went for it.”  Imagine Tom Landry saying that. And is there a single player who knows who Gallagher is? Andy Dalton, maybe? 

  • I may repost it for "It's Friday - Let's Get Out of Here", but if you haven't seen the crazy Puppy Rescue From An Alligator video by now, it is too great to hold back.

  • Texas oil field news this morning: $43.55.

  • I finally watched Dallas Buyers Club after all these years. I had always presumed that the under-the-radar scheme to distribute HIV/AIDS fighting drugs was run by some high tone guy out of a Highland Park condo. I have no idea why I labored under that presumption, but I did. But my verdict: Two big thumbs up. (And Jared Leto as Rayon! Oh, my!)

  • Is it a bad sign when the Dallas Court of Appeals thinks you did such a poor job as a lawyer they refer you for potential disciplinary action?  Opinion

  • Don't look now, but I know for a fact that the great Skip Hollandsworth from Texas Monthly has now expressed an extreme interest in the Lauren Whitener unsolved murder case and the Wise County fiasco that has gone along with it. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold (released a day early this week.)