Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

This turned out to be a bad deal when this truck hit the criminal courts building in downtown Fort Worth  The couple was from Wise County, and the female passenger died afterwards. And the end result the following year was a little surprising . . . 

  • Wise County schools are closed.  From a review of Twitter, Bridgeport ISD called school off seven minutes before Decatur, and also had a fancy graphic ready to go. 

  • It is chaos out there.

  • Someone email me or message me with an answer to this: Where can you watch live video of TxDOT traffic cameras? I've been to their website, and even navigated to the "traffic cams" for a particular city (like Fort Worth here), but if you click on any of the camera on the map, I just get a still picture which is updated every minute or two.  But all the local stations seem to have access to live video feeds. 
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  • The Little Ball of Insurrection was on The Ticket yesterday. She came across as dumb as a box of rocks, maintained her innocence, and claimed she was only prosecuted for her "protected speech." Listener blowback online for the station giving her a forum was great. Highlights of her interview:
    •  She said she would do it all again, but not in Washington D.C. (?) because she felt like "the Christians being fed to the lions" in court.
    • “They didn’t give me coffee” -- On one of the ways in which prison was “torture”
    • “My best friend was a black girl”— While discussing that she was in a pod with “drug dealers” 
    • “But I got to watch the Cowboys game!” - a form of torture?
    • “I wasn’t allowed to call to check on my dogs.”
    • She considers herself a "social media expert" who "trains others",  and couldn't understand how doing a live feed of entering the Capitol with the mob and posing for a photo with a broken window was misinterpreted.   (I had forgotten that the video had her yelling "In the name of Jesus!" when she entered the building.)
    • Audio of complete interview.

    • Side note: The most entertaining part of the mid-day show was, while waiting for the Jenna Ryan segment, co-hosts Dan and Jake suddenly talked about how confused they were that the Bridgeport girls team is named the "Sissies."
  • Remember how this former Ranger great was crucified after he was indicted (!) for the felony (!) offense of Injury to a Child (!)?   It was, in the end, a situation where the facts were overblown. It was reduced to a misdemeanor, and he received one year deferred adjudication. 

  • Whose side are they on?

  • Oklahoma is booming.

    • And if he were smart, he would make this a major campaign issue. 

  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case yesterday, and their ruling can already be safely predicted. Can a Colorado law which prevents discrimination against gay people be enforced against a company which designs wedding websites but refuses to offer its services to gay couples?  When it gets framed as as a free speech issue with the web designer positioned as the victim and an "artist", as the Court did yesterday, you know how it will end: 

  • With all the campaign filing rules, it's easy to miss a deadline and get fined the typical $100 -- it happened to me once. But I have no idea how you owe $33,000. That amount is owed by Theresa Hawthorne who owes it, pictured in the middle.

  • For DFW sports talk radio fans only: Former FAN show hosts reunited briefly yesterday when Richie Whitt ran into Greg "The Hammer" Williams (also formerly of The Ticket as well as being Boyd's own).  I would think this might be a bit awkward, because Whitt released a multi-part detailed tell-all story of their brutal break up and firing about 10 years ago. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold