Random Friday Morning Thoughts

That's a little blurry, but that's the first part of a Messenger story showing total county property values had declined. Remember those days?  The total valuation in 2011 was $7.1 billion. To update the story, the valuation for 2021 is $8.7 billion. 

  • The Messenger today publishes the contents the text messages between Decatur School Board President Thomas Houchin and former Superintendent Joseph Coburn.  There's no bombshell yet, but they are still pretty juicy. Most of the gold, however, is being withheld by the school district because of what their lawyers call "highly embarrassing information."  They have sought an Attorney General's request for permission to forever withhold the information.  This is an excerpt from the School District's request to what the embarrassing information is about: 

    • Kudos to the Messenger for holding the school board accountable. That's what journalism, and not Facebook, can do. And good job on printing the actual district's AG request letter as well as the newspaper's reply letter.  Go buy a paper. 
  • COVID in Texas update:
    • The headline:

    • Governor Abbott's statement:

    • The data on "mastered" (and note that the July 28th number just came in at 5,662 and we've probably cracked 6,000 as of this morning):

  • This never works, does it?

  • Uh oh, The QAnon MyPillow guy and Fox News are fighting

  • I don't know the story behind this picture, but I love it. 

  • Prediction: No one gets indicted in the Fort Worth "stoning" case

  • Very legal nerd stuff: If you are interested in browsing appellate documents in a $6 million verdict case out of Wise County which was just affirmed on appeal, here you go
  • In looking at the criminal cases filed in the JP courts in Wise County yesterday, it looks like we've got a crime spree. 

  • A Trump appointee to the Fifth Circuit proved yesterday he watches Fox News. 

  • I still remember Mark Cuban telling The Ticket that acquiring players from other teams is difficult because "you guys don't understand the collective bargaining agreement." 

  • 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: 756 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold

It wasn't their intention, but this cover 
is advocating vaccines much more than their "no mask" battle cry.