Random Friday Morning Thoughts

It didn't turn out good.   Susan Loper was abducted from her Pilates studio in Plano at around 6:00 a.m. when she arrived for work, and her body was found along the tollway later that morning,. Her ex-boyfriend, Terrance Deering Black, was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison out of Collin County. All of the facts, including how they solved the case, are detailed at the beginning of an appellate opinion in the case here. The signed jury verdict is here

  • This bill sounded like I could idea, so I looked it up to see what the consequences would be for failing to intervene. Answer: Nothing. 

  • The Arby's in Decatur is struggling this week. 

  • Random carjack report I saw yesterday:

  • President Biden is considering advocating for an increase in the highest tax rate to 39.6% for every income dollar over $518,400.  In looking at the story I came across this chart. Man, look at the rate in the 1940s and 1950s. (The orange blocks just highlight when the rate has been 39.6% -- the same rate Biden is considering.)

  • Ex-Lubbock car dealer Bart Reagor, famous for his commercials on The Ticket where he sounded like a con man, has been indicted. (His meeting with salesmen which was secretly recorded is right out of Glengarry Glen Ross.)    

  • There aren't many details, but one person was shot early this morning in the fashionably hip West 7th Street area in Fort Worth at a place called Trinity College Irish Bar. "Two groups of men exchanged gunfire . . . ."

  • I'm telling you, Texas vaccinations might not ever get above 40% of the population. Basically everyone who wants one has received one. 

  • And that townhouse on the ocean will run you $4.2 million.  

  • Let's check the vote count in the House of Representatives yesterday on giving statehood to the District of Columbia (Note: It won't pass the Senate): 

  • College football rule change: Teams will now be required to run a 2-point conversion play after a TD when a game reaches a second OT. Also, if the game reaches a third OT, teams will run alternating 2-point plays.  They have been tinkering with the rule in the 1990s. 
    • If you want to see your team's record in overtime, here's a comprehensive list. The Evil Empire has only been in 7 overtimes going 3-4.  (And 3 of the 7 were last year!) Aggie has been in 20 overtimes going 14-6.
  • Legal stuff: Trump's impact on the Supreme Court was felt yesterday where the Court did a 180 from just a few years ago and will now allow juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole. Justice Sotomayor was not pleased:

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 658 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold