Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was kind of a funny headline out the the Weatherford Democrat, but the chase actually ended up in Wise County with quite the consequences.  The charge somehow got upgraded to Attempted Capital Murder, and Timothy Herring received 20 years in prison.   

  • The "action shots" of the arrests of the Wise County suspects who had been on the run are a little weird. The Wise County Sheriff's Office, who got them immediately from police in Arkansas, posted them on Facebook. And the photos didn't originate from any news media photographer. If I had to guess, I'd say they are just screenshots taken from police bodycams since it would be odd to have a law enforcement still photographer just snapping pics at that time.  But after a week of negative press, they have a suspiciously intentional positive PR feel to them.

  • An odd Texas Ranger arrest in Wise County last night for the offense of "Hindering Apprehension." This guy is listed with a home address in Rhome. A female was also arrested with an address in Boyd. 

  • The Star-Telegram updated its story on the "resignation" of Decatur Coach Mike Fuller with a photo (suitable for framing) and by publishing Fuller's salary at $122,670.44. Since the school board was forced to pay Fuller the remainder of his contract in exchange for getting rid of him, the school board burned $81,000 for no reason at all.  Think about that the next time you look down at the amount of your escrow payment on your mortgage. 

  • I'm very confused. That building in Miami, which could withstand a hurricane, just fell down? The number of missing is up to 159.

  • What a time to be alive. (This is real.) 

  • America's Mayor and Trump's long time lawyer was suspended yesterday from the practice of law in New York for lying. He's had a heck of a year. 

  • Good bit or no?

  • The Star-Telegram has another story today about Tarrant County "turning blue" with another litmus test being the upcoming administrative County Judge's race.  They cite that both Beto and Biden carried Tarrant County. I'll say it again: Tarrant County has not turned Blue. You'll know it when down-the-ballot races (where no one knows who they are voting for so they have to default to their party of choice) go to Democrats. That did not happen last November. Don't look at races like Biden or Beto. Instead just look at the district judge results last November. Tarrant County, for the time being, is clearly 53% Red and 47% Blue.:

  • This reporter got dogged to no end after she posted this. Original post with comments here. Collection of some of the best replies here

  • I just read about this incident in Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers.  The real story should put an end to the myth of "One Riot, One Ranger."  Four Rangers, including famed Ranger Frank Hamer, simply drove away leaving George Hughes to the hands of a mob. 

  • This looks like a good long read over the weekend from the Rolling Stone. The renegade pilot had no experience flying a plane but was able to do a loop and various stunts in a stolen commercial plane. Footage of it, as well of his audio communications with the tower, are all over Youtube. 

  • 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: 721 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold