Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This shook people up in Bridgeport. 

  • If you don't watch the January 6th Committee hearings because you think it's partisan, you are doing yourself an extreme disservice.  What happened from election day through, and culminating on, January 6th was an attempt to overturn a national election and, thus, overthrown the United States government. It is not hyperbole to say it is the equivalent of Hitler's Nazi Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923. And if we don't condemn it, crush it and punish it, it will come again just like in Germany 10 years later.  

  • The footage of January 6th will never not be sickening to watch. The mob had the full intent to stop the electoral count by Mike Pence, and they would have killed Pence to accomplish it. The committee last night played new video of that horrible day last night complete with a timeline.  You can watch it here
    • And never forget this tweet by Trump, at 2:24 p.m.,  as the crowd beat police officers in their attempt to get to Pence. It was read by one of the mob to the crowd over a bullhorn to encourage their further breach of the Capitol. (Video cued up.)

    • And then as Trump watched it all unfold on TV he says, and no one disputes this, "Mob doing what they should be doing" and "Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it."
  • The committee outlined how Trump's efforts in furtherance of the attempted coup went down. It was a Seven Part Plan. This is an orchestrated plan that went on for two months: 
    • #1 Create a false propaganda campaign that the election was stolen. (Which AG Willaim Barr told Trump to his face was "bullshit." )
    • #2 After Barr quit in disgust, Trump tried to put in place an interim AG who was Trump's crony so that the Justice Department could be his puppet to help overturn the election (including seizing ballot machines.)
    • #3 Pressure, time and time again, Mike Pence not to count and certify the electoral votes on January 6th. (It was so bad that Pence's Chief of Staff on January 5th went to the Secret Service agent in charge to warn him that Trump was putting Pence's life in danger.)
    • #4 Pressured select states, especially Georgia, to change their vote count.
    • #5 Had state Republicans in selected states actually send in a slate of Fake Electoral Ballots to the National Archives for Pence to count instead.
    • #6 When all else failed, summoned a mob to Washington D.C. on January 6th, the day Pence was to count the real electoral votes. On December 19, 2020, Trump tweeted, “Big Protest in D.C. January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”

    • #7 After being riled up by Trump and his henchmen, including John Eastman, the crowd attacked the Capitol to stop Mike Pence. Then Trump stood back and did nothing despite desperate pleas for others begging him to tell the crowd to go home. 
      • “Trump [also] gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day, and made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets," Rep. Liz Cheney said of Jan. 6, 2021. "“But Mike Pence did each of those things.”
  • One thing I heard one time which has stuck with me: "In any other country in the world, a mob attacking a government's capitol in an attempt to overthrow it would have been machine-gunned down by the military and everyone would have fully expected that to happen."
  • How much the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were big players in the coup is amazing. And never forget Trump, when asked to condemn the Proud Boys in a debate on September 29th said, "Stand back and stand by!" Watch that moment.

  • And, man, last night was just a teaser from the Committee. People to need to go to prison. 

  • The embattled Uvalde ISD Consolidated Police Chief spoke to the Texas Tribune. He really didn't help himself much. And I hope he didn't pose for that photo, but I think he did. 

  • This is crazy: The Official Liberally Lean Girl got married but not before the guy she married in Vegas years ago tried to crash it and was arrested.  That Vegas wedding, which occurred in the Little White Chapel, got annulled after about three days. (Side note: Mrs. LL tells everyone we got married in the exact same place in her honor.  Which is kind-of-sort-of, well, basically true.)

  • Shout out to Decatur lawyer Paul Belew for volunteering to help me out on a case this week. That was a show of extreme generosity which I'm not sure I've ever experienced before. 
  • The missing baby of couple found murdered in Houston has been identified, and found alive and well, 40 years later. It's a crazy story. DNA and the use of family/genetic genealogy did the trick yet again. (Although no one seems to be asking how the baby ended up with a new family.)

  • 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: 1,073 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold