Random Friday Morning Thoughts

We didn't learn her name because she was a juvenile, but she would be 26 years old now. 
I wonder what happened to her. Seriously.    

  • As you may have heard, Dallas' own Meat Loaf has passed away. TMZ, which is normally right about things, says it was COVID.

  • COVID numbers
    • Maybe we have seen the peak. Maybe

    • Hospitalizations always trail.

  • I've met lots of people involved in the criminal justice system, but I have never been as emotionally rocked as I was after my visit yesterday with a distressed court appointed lady on a little criminal trespass case. 
    • She's being held in solitary confinement in the Wise County Jail, which I admittedly understand due to her unique mental state, but this is a bad, bad situation for her, jailers, society, and common decency. 
    • There's lot of issues going on, but I've got to get her out of there. And she's really there only because she can't afford a very cheap bond and no one on the outside is willing to help her. 
    • And, yes, I want this to be seen by all those who have the power to get this done as I try to get it accomplish that this morning. 
  • Here's the lady who got hit by a car yesterday. 

    • There's been a lot of blowback from reporters who decry having to do "live shots" all by themselves. (Sometimes they even set up the camera.)

  • Business quick hits:
    • Here's an unpopular opinion: I think Netflix's subscription rate is too cheap.

    • Another hot opinion: As an avid stationary biker who uses a reasonably priced and bare bones product, I think you are nuts if you've spent (at least) $1,500 for a Peloton with a $39 monthly subscription fee. 

  • Oh, my.

  • Everyone needs to read yesterday's letter of the January 6th Committee sent to Ivanka Trump. They want to talk to her because they know she was in the Oval Office when Trump made one last attempt to strong arm Pence on that morning to overturn the election.  They now want her cooperation. Other highlights:
    • Trump's failure to call off the mob for 187 minutes concerns the committee. Trump obviously finally released a video message telling them to go home but ended it with "Go home. We love you." Now the committee suggests they may be, or will be, in possession of video footage not used before the final video was released.

    • Sean Hannity tried to talk sense into Trump the next day via texts to his Press Secretary. "No more crazy people" around Trump, Hannity begged. 

  • And Trump's problems didn't end there yesterday.

    • I know I rage against Trump constantly, but do you remember just how insane his January 2nd phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was? Trump actually said, "So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state." Followed by, "And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you’ve recalculated." Good lord.
    • How is that alone not enough to cause the country to stop what it's doing and demand he be charged?
    • What if you told a bank teller, ""So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 more dollars," followed by, "And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you’ve recalculated."
  • I don't follow the D.A.'s race down in Waco, but it sure is heated

    • From the challenger who is a criminal defense lawyer: "[T]o my knowledge, [D.A.]. Johnson has never tried a criminal case in a courtroom in front of a jury." Side note: Really?
    • From the D.A.: His opponent uses "his best efforts to put child molesters, wife beaters, perverts and violent criminals back on the streets of McLennan County, where they can continue to prey on you and your family. Luckily, for our citizens, he is not too good at what he does and his efforts usually lead to failure and a jail cell for his clients,” 
  • That's a heck of a house.


  • Nerdy legal stuff: This was crazy yesterday. A judge on the federal Ninth Circuit penned and opinion striking down a COVID restriction on gun dealers on Second Amendment grounds. But since he is certain that the whole court will decide to overturn his ruling, he went ahead and wrote that opinion for them and attached it -- complete with sassy footnotes.  (The judge is a Trump appointee who the ABA called "arrogant, lazy, an ideologue" in its assessment of him as "unqualified.") 

  • Republican on Republican violence: Yesterday, this Texas legislator attacked Texas' all Republican highest criminal court after it had struck down a law which gave AG Paxton jurisdiction of cases that that Texas Constitution expressly grants only to locally elected D.A.s:

  • 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: 931 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold