Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

That bullet point from 10 years ago (4/26/2011 to be exact) is really relevant today. In case you missed it, last week "Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Tod Farmer announced Wednesday the refinancing of the $22.5 million of bonds left on the construction of the campus, with a drastic cut in the interest rate from between 7 and 8 percent to 2.36 percent."    

  • I heard that Wise County will purchase four drones for around $35,000 or so. Those things are amazing and useful, but I'm not sure why we need four of them. 
  • States gaining and states losing representatives after the 2020 census results were announced yesterday: 

  • Quick loading video of a car exploding on 114 in Southlake yesterday. It's pretty amazing, and this screenshot captures just the beginning: 
  • There are lots of allegations of a lobbyist in Austin using a date rape drug on a "legislative staffer."  I looked at the stories in the Dallas Morning News and Texas Tribune and they didn't name the lobbyist. But the conservative Texas Scorecard, founded by the Empower Texans PAC, outed the alleged wrongdoer. They better be right. 

  • Dallas Cowboy Sean Lee has retired. He appeared in all 16 games only once in his eleven seasons. For every two games he played, he missed one.  

  • The State Bar of Texas sends out an online newsletter out every day. I question their sources when they include stories that erroneously treat appellate arguments like trials. (Incarcerated defendants never appear at oral arguments on appeal nor are there ever "witnesses" at the Supreme Court or any other appellate court.)  

  • How many racist stereotypes do you have to hold to believe this?

  • Legal stuff: The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a case on whether New York's onerous (or vague) requirement before obtaining a concealed carry permit for handguns is constitutional. (New York requires proof of an "actual and articulable" need before they will issue a license.) 
    • There is no question the Supreme Court will say that the States have the right to require a license in order to carry, but will they say that the requirements to obtain that license can't be too strict? That's the question.
    •  Here is what Scalia said when he authored the last big gun case in Heller in 2008 -- State's restricting the right to concealed carry is well settled:

    • But could the Supreme Court say that the States, if they are so inclined, can prohibit concealed carry completely either by doing so expressly or making the requirements so tough that its the functional equivalent of a complete ban? I mean, in order to strike down the New York law, they'll have to say a person has a constitutional right to carry which is only subject to reasonable restrictions. 
    • I'd think that the Trump dominant Court will rule against New York, but that's not a no-brainer. The Supreme Court isn't exactly the NRA. 
  • Law school applications have soared this year. Editor's note: Don't do it. 

  • No, President Biden is not limiting beef consumption, and VP Kamala Harris' book is not being handed out to immigrants at the border. Sheesh.