Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

The Ticket's Norm Hitzges got married 10 years ago, and I had found their wedding album online. Alas, it is now gone. The album, not the marriage. "Norm and Mary" are still together today.   

  •  I watched some of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial yesterday.  Random observations:
    • From an optics standpoint, he is a nightmare for the prosecution. Boyishly young, white, and clean cut. And he looks, well, innocent. 

    • I've said that I thought the prosecution will have a difficult time getting a conviction, but I've been focusing on the death that occurred on the street when he was retreating.  But that first killing by the boarded up store, where we don't have a good video of it, might be a lot more troublesome for him. He shot the guy in the head. If I'm the prosecutor, I would have indicted him on that one alone and focused on it. 
    • Man, you get to see all the unedited videos taken that night if you are watching this trial. (Just search for the trial on YouTube. There are a number of live feeds.)
    • The judge is much smarter than I expected, but he's also a nut.  In considering a hearsay objection, he went on a long dissertation about the Hearsay Rule which was actually spot on about a very complicated subject. But then he went on to its historical background and began referencing the Apostle Paul while he was in prison.  He certainly has never learned the first rule of being a judge: Say as little on the record as possible if you don't want to get reversed.

    • Then he went on a rant about legal experts on TV and even brought up Jeffrey Toobin. Watch it here
    • The defense lawyer doesn't know the evidence rules. 

    • The prosecutor is ready to push the rules and no one is calling him on it. While playing a video, he would suddenly stop it and, without objection, would then address the jury with something like, "What you are seeing here, and this is undisputed, is the defendant . . . ."  Sheesh.  This isn't a One Act Play. 

    • Hey, that guy kind of looks like Gary Oldman in Batman Returns.

  • He's unhinged

  • Teacher salary scale in the metroplex is here.  It lists 1 through 49. 

  • I'm not exactly sure how the prosecutor in the Raider player's deadly DWI case got the detailed information below so quickly. It seems like you would have to jump through some constitutional hoops to get access to the "black box" information. And that would also be record speed to get a court admissible alcohol concentration from blood.  

  • The Cowboys will wear these 1976 helmets on Sunday. I'll say it: That's a bad look. 

  • Lots of truth to this. 

  • A few people asked if my assistant made it to the Rolling Stones. Yes, she did. Got there at 3:30 p.m. for general admission standing room on the floor of the Cotton Bowl and didn't sit down again until after 11:00.  You have to really love the Stones to do that. 
  • Louie Gohmert and the QAnon Jewish Laser Beam Congresswoman did a publicity stunt together in support of the January 6th Trump Insurrectionists.  They showed up at the D.C. jail demanding admittance. (They were told to hit the road.) He even has a cute little hashtag for the seditionists. 

    • I'll never understand how these nuts want to normalize the attempted overthrow of the United States Government. I'll forever be pissed off about it. 

  • Prosecutors cannot intentionally use their peremptory strikes (removing x number of jurors from the pool without the need for the judge's approval) on the basis of race alone.  But that rule also applies to the defense lawyer. Someone pointed out to me last night hat there is one huge difference: If the prosecutor objects to the defense striking all minorities and the judge overrules the objection, there will never be anything the prosecutor can do about it if that white jury then finds the defendant not guilty. The state can never appeal an acquittal. 

  • Random new Gallup poll on marijuana legalization (including historical results): 

  • Mrs. LL has an unusual philosophy for teenage trick or treaters. She thinks they ought to get full sized candy bars as a reward for not instead being out and doing hood rat things.
  • Interesting. Wise County voted against a Proposition that passed the state wide election: "Texas Proposition 2, Authorize Counties to Issue Infrastructure Bonds in Blighted Areas Amendment." I wonder if the word "blighted" had anything to do with it.