Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

And it happened in Tennessee. You know, I think there's a greater chance of getting away with it today than there was back then.

  • This is awful out of Parker County. "DPS investigators say a group of young children got off the bus when it stopped on Copper Canyon Circle [near Brock, Texas]. As the driver of the bus began to pull away, a 6-year-old girl was struck. Police say she was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics."

    Entrance to Copper Canyon subdivision

  • On the first day of early voting in the school and city elections, there's an abnormal interest out of Bridgeport.  I'm guessing that's because of one particular Bridgeport School Board seat race. Voters need to pay attention over there.

  • Of all things to spend $48 billion on, this guy decided to buy a website. I still can't believe it. 

    • Flashback: 

  • The Court of Criminal Appeals decided that a last second appeal by death row inmate Melissa Lucio should be explored and sent the case to the trial court for an evidentiary hearing on her claims (i.e. State withheld evidence, actual innocence, and whether new scientific evidence exists).
    • For everyone saying this is the equivalent of a new trial being ordered, you need to tap the brakes.  This process needs a sympathetic district court judge, and I don't know if that's true at all. We do know that the D.A. will probably fight the ordering of a new trial at the hearing.
    • In fact, there is a pending Motion to Recuse the trial judge, Gabriela Garcia, filed because "Judge Garcia’s court administrator, Irma Gilman, worked on Ms. Lucio’s defense in this case when Mrs. Gilman was the paralegal for Ms. Lucio’s lead defense counsel, Peter Gilman." I don't think that will work. 

    • If the trial court, after that hearing, thinks that a new trial should be granted, the case will then go back to the nine member Court of Criminal Appeals who will then have to agree to it as well. This is far from a done deal.
    • Showboat Rep. Jeff Leach got to be the one to call Lucio yesterday to tell her about the stay of execution. (You can hear the phone call here.) He told her that "the order was very strong and that it appears you are going to get a new trial at the very least."  Man, that's really overselling what happened. 

  • In Gov. Abbott's press release yesterday about this man's body being found, he didn't say anything about those who he was attempting to save were initially claimed to be drug traffickers. That omission is glaring to me. 

    • I was trying to find out if Abbott promoted the drug trafficking claim anywhere yesterday, and found that he was on some spare Fox News radio show called the "Guy Benson Show". In his interview, Abbott at first didn't say anything about the drug connection at all just saying the Guardsman tried "to save someone else's life"  Then Benson asked him directly to "confirm" (at 21:30) they were drug traffickers and Abbott said, "That's what I've been told by by the Director of the Department of Public Safety." He then curiously said he was also told they "were arrested" but then said they "will be arrested" if that were the case. (So were they or weren't they arrested? I don't know.) He then pivoted and oddly said "everyone" trying to cross the border is being "helped" by the drug cartels. So is that the drug connection? They weren't transporting drugs but were just "probably" be helped by the cartels for a fee? Is that the connection? I'm telling you: Something is very off about that initial drug trafficking story line.  
  • We learned yesterday that QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene texted Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging him to have Trump declare "Marshall Law" in order to execute the coup and overthrow the election. Not only is the overt act of treason shocking, but the date is eye-opening as well: This was two weeks after the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol. 

    • I definitely know what this guy is not spending money on. (See above.)

  • Topic suggested to me yesterday: Encourage the Messenger to publish a list of salaries of every principal in every school in Wise County. 
  • I'll say it again, I don't understand why Johnny Depp has filed the defamation suit. It's a bad look. Especially after yesterday.