Random Monday Morning Thoughts

(1) I  used to run all the time and at strange times. I was lucky I wasn't mugged. (2) There really was an assistant DA in Tarrant County who told me that. He was briefly with that office and was in the juvenile section in 1991-1992. That conversation stuck with me because the victim had never been identified publicly, and she wouldn't come forward until 2003. (3) Little did I know that The Central Park Five would be a hit in 2019.

  • The record set last winter was 14,218.

  • I'll sometimes roam around the social media for Wise County to see what the masses are thinking. I don't want to alarm you, but I've found out there's a lot of people that are willing to ingest a horse dewormer because they fear the COVID vaccine. I guess they want to see a hospital one way or another. I stole this photo from someone's Facebook page who was encouraging people to take it:

  • If you haven't seen the video, it's wild. 

  • An Azle senior high school student was killed in a plane crash on Saturday morning. This was the type of plane:

  • "Henri" for the name of a hurricane is very pretentious.
  • Republican governor candidate Allen West has attacked the police for arresting his wife for DWI claiming that the "breathalyzer" read zero and posted receipts where she had just been at P.F. Chang's where no alcohol was purchased. There was a blood test but obviously we don't know the results. Quick thoughts:

    • It's possible a portable breath test (a little handheld device) was used at the scene, but cops normally don't tell the driver what the results were. But one problem with Allen West's statement is that his wife previously said the officer told her that  "I was doing [the breathalyzer test] wrong." She probably wasn't blowing hard enough in the officer's opinion to get an appropriate reading.  I'm guessing it didn't just read "zero."
    • It sounds like there was not an official breath test on the Intoxilyzer 9000 done at the jail.
    • Since there was a blood test, she either agreed to it or the cops got a search warrant. Late yesterday, West told the Texas Tribune a warrant was issued so we know she initially refused to give a sample. We'll know the results normally in a month or two but this one might get expedited. 
    • It's possible that the case only involves prescription medication.  Or it's possible she got liquored up before going to P.F. Changs. Or it's possible she is completely innocent. I really have no idea. The case is admittedly off to a strange start. 
    • Here are the receipts. The stop was 8:44 p.m.  

    • I also think it's weird that we didn't hear anything about any poor driving. She claims she was stopped for failing to signal a turn. It helps a DWI case to have some really bad driving facts. 
    • Allen West says he Backs the Blue. But in a video posted yesterday he demanded that DPD Chief Edgardo “Eddie” Garcia, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, and Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot visit his home and apologize. He's probably got one of those special blue American flags on his porch. Oh, he also wants the arresting officer fired. 
    • Where was Allen West? He wants you to know “I was down in Waco, Texas, having dinner with Ted Nugent and some other people." If you are impressed with that, he's your guy.
    • I'll say it again. No one is ever arrested on "suspicion of [insert crime]." The phrase "suspicion of" is incorrect and sloppy reporting. 
    • The case is actually a State Jail Felony because there was a child under 15 years of age in the car at the time of the alleged offense 
  • This tweet by the Tarrant County DA's office is unusual because it was fired off during the ongoing trial on Friday. I've never seen them do that before. And they didn't do any follow-ups.

  • The flooding in Tennessee is horrible as is this photo from Loretta Lynn's ranch. That guy didn't make it. 

  • I missed a wild string of arrests of probation officers out of Wichita County. Good lord: 

    • One officer was arrested for requesting sexual favors from a man in exchange for destroying a urine sample.
    • Another was arrested for threatening a pregnant probationer in order to coerce her into letting her adopt the probationer's child.
    • A supervisor is under indictment for aggravated perjury.
    • "Another pending case involves former officer David Jetton who is charged with three counts of official oppression and one count of sexual assault involving a 26-year-old woman who said she was behind on her probation payments."
  • For the first time in my life, I drove down to Nacogdoches this weekend.  Let me tell you something, there's nothing wrong with the scenery in that part of the state. Big thumbs up.
  • Did you know the NFL has added an extra dead week between the last preseason game and the first season weekend?