Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

An investigator at the courthouse and I were just talking about this case. According to the Messenger, "Chaffee, her 8-year-old daughter and Jimmy Joe Robertson, 36, of Bridgeport were northbound on Texas 101 north of Bridgeport the afternoon of May 9 when Chaffee and Robertson began arguing. Chaffee pulled the car to the shoulder, and Robertson got out of the car, crossed the median, and started walking south on the outer shoulder of the southbound lanes. He placed an emergency call to 911 operators asking for an officer to come to his location, but the line went dead before he could finish. Investigators said Chaffee, meanwhile, turned the car around and struck Robertson with her vehicle." Tammie Jo eventually received 25 years in a plea agreement.    

  • Today, the Star-Telegram has a story on the marathon executive session by the school board discussing the future of the Superintendent of Decatur ISD while the Messenger has an editorial criticizing the secrecy behind the whole thing. 

  • An attorney is now showing up next to Brooke Melton's name in the big Decatur drug case. That's a change from yesterday. 

  • Conservative Liz Chaney took the House floor last night in defense of the obvious truth -- a stance that got her removed from her leadership position moments ago. It's surreal and honestly shocking how speaking against The Big Lie and Trump got her punished in today's Republican Party. "We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen and America has not failed," she said, adding, "Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar."

  • Maybe I missed it, but this story didn't seem to make as many headlines as I thought it would. It happened in Eden, Texas. 

  • Colt Brennan, a fantastic college QB at Hawaii, died yesterday after a battle with alcoholism. The winner for most unusual and callous headline about his death came from the Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Didn't I just mention last week about people getting rich in the business of large commercial warehouses?

  • I missed this story: "A Wichita Falls jury on May 3 acquitted a 28-year-old man on a charge of making threats against Congressional Democrats on Facebook -- a rare outcome in federal court. The jury deliberated for just 18 minutes before finding Gavin Weslee Perry not guilty of a single count of transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce."

  • Random surprising occupation buried in a paragraph in this story

    Lee Jenkins, left, and Diane Andrews of Texas traveled to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but said they
     didn't go inside. 
    (Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times)

  • Legal tidbit: A researcher into a Supreme Court decision has found this interesting note about the late Justice Scalia. He wrote a letter to the University of Virginia turning down an award it wished to give him because the school rejected all of his kids for admission. It's even a bit funny because although three of his children were rejected, he took exception to the way two of them were evaluated. The other kid must have been a real dolt. 

  • Odd Football tidbit: In 2018, Decatur High School set the all time Texas high school record for most points given up in a single season.   Note that this stat includes even playoff games which doesn't seem fair  - the second place team on the list gave up almost as many points but only in 10 games. But normally a team who went to the playoffs doesn't end up on this list because if you are giving up lots of points, you ain't doing a lot of winning. But that's not so with Decatur that year who played in 5 playoff games while giving up an average of 45.3 points a game. Source

  • Just announced: A Thursday night and the first game of the year in the NFL for the Cowboys.

  • Messenger: Above the Fold