Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Groundbreaking on the expansion of 380 from two lanes to four lanes on the way to Denton began this week. The projected was prompted by an accident in 2010 which took the lives of two Alvord teens, Samantha Rogers, 17, and Delaney Mancil, 15.

  • Normal Republican, conservative star, and former VP Dick Cheney appeared in a political ad for his daughter where he didn't mince words about Trump: "In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him. He is a coward. A real man wouldn't lie to his supporters."

  • Moments ago. So is this a recession or not? 

  • The video of the wreck yesterday in Los Angeles that killed four and injured eight is one of the craziest things you'll see.  The speed of the car blowing through an intersection was off the charts. 

  • Alex Jones trial notes:
    • Jones was hit with a $4.1 million verdict yesterday. But the trial is not over. Today the jury returns to assess "punitive damages" -- damages to punish Jones over and above what they chose to compensate the plaintiffs. 

    • I really hate to say this, but I'm not unsympathetic to Jones' free speech argument. What he said was despicable, but was it really defaming? (But liability was imposed because of discovery sanctions, so that defense may not even exist on appeal.) 
    • The wild aspect of the Alex Jones trial is, of course, his lawyer mistakenly sending the plaintiffs' lawyer the two years of text messages of Jones' phone. Well, yesterday we learned how it went down. Jones' lawyer, during discovery, sent the wrong link to the plaintiffs' lawyer. The plaintiffs' lawyer calls the mistake to the attention of Jones' lawyer. He then thanks the plaintiffs' lawyer and tells him to "disregard" that link.  But that wasn't enough to keep the plaintiffs' lawyer from using it. Jones' lawyer had 10 days to seek protection from the court to keep the texts private. He didn't do it. Here's the email exchange:

  • Have you seen your most recent electric bill yet? Have I said before that we are all suckers? Dallas-based "Oncor’s quarterly profit soared to $229 million — up from $169 million during the same months last year . . . . The quarterly results didn’t even include July, which was one of the region’s hottest months on record."

  • Less than three months after the slaughter of nineteen children in Uvalde, Wise County's crazy congressman thought it would be a good idea to post this photo. And he's standing next to QAnon supporter Lauren Boebert.

  • This is still a wild story. It actually took two trials before this sentence was imposed because the first one was overturned after the judge learned "that a court security officer had discussed the case with a juror."

  • I was anxious to see if Sheriff Joe, 90, would lose his race to become mayor of a small town in Arizona, but they still don't know results despite the election being on Tuesday.  The last update I could find is from yesterday.

  • Speaking of Arizona, remember these faces. These are all election denying, Insurrection supporting, and Trump disciples. I mean, they are certifiable crazy.  They will all be on the general election ballot in November. 

    • On a related note, I'm re-reading my Hitler book on his unlikely rise to power in Germany. Take a look at this excerpt when, in the earliest days of the Nazi party (1926), he dispatched new buddy Joseph Goebel's to Berlin to try and rouse up support.  Less than three years after Hitler's first failed coup -- the equivalent of our January 6th -- that specific day had already become a "holy day of martyrdom in the Nazi calendar."  So keep an eye out for this: Does January 6th become a "holy day" for the Trump disciples?

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office, despite having a full male DNA profile, has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 3 years, 31 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold