Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was a case where an Illinois lawyer moonlighted as a prostitute. For the best I can tell, she pled guilty to a misdemeanor with 24 months of probation. It also looks like she agreed to a three year suspension of her license (a little harsh), but there are other reports that didn't happen although she was disciplined somehow. But it also got wild. She sued her defense lawyer and a prosecutor (who ended up together as a law firm, no less) for distributing nude pics of her.   

  • Come on, man. If you are going to try and sucker in the most gullible people in Texas, at least come up with an original bit.  You can watch the crowd's ridiculous reaction of glee to Abbott's pandering to them here.

    • The final numbers for Trump's Wall, which Mexico never paid for, were 47 miles of new barriers where none previously existed and 351 miles of replaced barriers.
    •  If Abbott ever loses re-election, his replacement should fire DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. He rarely seems to work and just follows Abbott around to be used a prop for his election campaign. He was there yesterday. 
  • According to this story, Martin Marietta is building a new "plant" by Chico. This part of the article got my attention because we share the road with the trucks coming in and out of there: [I]t currently takes about 22 minutes to load a customer truck, but once the new plant is completed, customers will be in and out of the site in about 10 minutes. The impact is expected to result in more than 500 additional trucks moving through the facility each day."

  • It seems like the cases of Improper Relationship cases involving Student/Teacher have slowed down (even before COVID), but we have a plea bargain involving a Denton Guyer chemistry teacher: 10 years deferred adjudication probation. 

  • A teenage girlfriend of a client who met me for the first time yesterday told me, "I thought you'd be taller." Me too, sister. Me too. 
  • Harris County Sheriff's Office cars. You kidding me?! Would anyone feel safe seeing a Camaro with ghost letting trying to pull you over? 

  • You've probably seen it, but here is the dashcam footage of an Arkansas state trooper flipping a car of a pregnant woman by using a "pit maneuver". He was trying to stop her for speeding although she had put on her hazard lights as she was looking for a safe place to stop. She was doing exactly what the  “Driver License Study Guide” issued by the state police tells drivers to do. 

  • As President Biden travels overseas, Jill Biden decided to troll Melania Trump by wearing a jacket with "LOVE" on the back. 

  • Baylor University released a survey on who is most likely to believe The Big Lie and the results were those who believed the Bible was "literally true" and considered themselves "very religious." The results were similar to those who also believe  “top Democrats are involved in elite child sex-trafficking rings” and “a vaccine for COVID-19 should not be trusted.” 

  • Random dumb thought as I read this story about the architect who designed Jerry World, Globe Life Park, and others:  How can you be an architect without being an engineer? I mean, just drawing what you want to see built seems pretty easy.  Drawing something that structurally won't fall apart seems to be the critical part. 

  • Dak Prescott did have a deal with Adidas but has now signed a new deal with "Air Jordan" of Nike.  This is really smart on Nike's part. Do you have any idea the number of times the cameras will focus in on his shoes when the announcers talk about his recovery from his ankle break? 
  • The proposed new 12 team college football playoff is a little confusing. 
    • There are 10 conferences in the FBS. 
    • Under the proposal, you first look at the 10 conference champion. Of those 10, however, only the top six in the rankings will be guaranteed a spot (with the top four receiving a first round bye.)  
    • The big boys, the winners of the Big 12, SEC, Pac 10, Big 10, and ACC will almost certainly be in that top six. 
    • The remaining sixth spot will come from the remaining conferences of what has historically been referred to as the "Group of Five": The American Athletic Conference (American), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MW), and Sun Belt Conference (Sun Belt).
    • The remaining six other teams to fill out the 12 team bracket will be the highest ranked teams whether they won their conference championship or not. 
    • Oddity: Since Notre Dame is not in a conference, it can never get a first round bye. 
  • 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: 707 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold (Suicides in the county have traditionally never been mentioned.)