Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I'll leave out the details of that particular post (it was just an accident with no alcohol or drugs involved), but it reminded me that I've been ranting against Medical Examiners for a very long time. 

  • Our top of the leader board in the Liberally Lean Tourney includes "CancunCruz's Cozy Warm Blanket", "Ken Paxton's mug shot towel" and, my favorite, "Little Ball of Introspection."   I also noticed the leader's bracket correctly picked #15 St. Peters over #2 Kentucky.

  • Wildfires in Eastland County spread to Ranger. 

  • Incredible. 

  • Donnie Nelson's lawsuit against Mark Cuban and the Mavericks is wild. Here's the ESPN story breaking the news. Here's the actual lawsuit (which is also wildly written).  Who knows if any of it is true, but I'm biased because I've been championing Cuban as a fraud and conman for years. 

    • One of the strangest aspect of the allegations is that Cuban allegedly offered Donnie Nelson $52 million to withdraw his EEOC wrongful termination complaint and keep his mouth shut. Even I find that hard to believe. And, if true, Nelson would be a moron to turn down the money. As proof of the offer, a "draft" of an unexecuted settlement agreement was attached as an Exhibit to Nelson's lawsuit -- which really doesn't prove much at all. 

  • Cruz is on the list. Cornyn is not. 

  • I'm surprised that there isn't more of a push to get Britney Griner out of Russia. But I suppose there's really not much you can do.  Side note: I hope she's never seen Midnight Express.
  • Count the red flags.

  • Good lord. "The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said Smith 'became angry at clinic staff' and retrieved a handgun from his pickup truck and then returned to the lobby and opened fire. Two doctors were struck by gunfire and both died, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities identified them as Dr. Blake G. Sinclair, 59, and Dr. Jack E. Burroughs, 75. Both were from Tyler."
  • Good lord.  

  • Update on the two 17 year olds shot and killed in a vehicle in broad daylight in Watauga: They both "lived on the same north Fort Worth street about two miles away from where the shooting happened and were students at Fossil Ridge High in the Keller school district." This is one of them who had been accepted to Texas Tech.

  • DPS has a budget of $2.3 billion and spends money on gun boats.

  • Mortgage rates hit 4% yesterday for the first time since 2019.
  • It literally never ends. 

  • I absolutely believe these numbers.

  • Extremely legal nerdy stuff. I knew that having a defendant plead guilty without the benefit of a plea bargain and letting the judge assess punishment is called and "open plea", but I've never heard of the same thing, with the extra fact that the State agrees to drop some of the charges, being called a "charge bargain." (From Fort Worth Court of Appeals yesterday.)

  • Before the next routine Friday bullet point, you guys realize there exists a full foreign DNA profile extracted from Lauren's body, right? And the numbers which make up that profile have been known since September 19, 2019.  
  • 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: 987 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold