Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The Obama rage was pretty high back in the day.

  • I watched the two minutes video and, yes, it is bad. And although she didn't need to be arrested for using offensive words (she has a right to be offensive), she can't be hitting people.  But there feels like there is untold back story here. The video seemed edited so we don't see everything, and there just seems to be something not-quite-right with the lady.  It might be irrelevant, but others have noted her husband of nearly 20 years died in a bike accident about two years ago.

  • The redacted search warrant affidavit which led to the raid on Mar-a-largo will be released this morning. Based upon what the judge ordered to be sealed yesterday, I don't expect the redacted version will reveal much at all.

  • Mansfield ISD has been hit with a ransomware attack which has even shut down its phone system. They'll end up paying. 

  • I guess he learned every fake life is also precious. It was a sting operation by cops where an officer was pretending to be a minor. 

  • This is bad. And I think kids who inflict hazing are always the biggest meatheads of the bunch. 

  • The first sentence in this story in the Denton Record-Chronicle got my attention: "A trial of the century happened in Gainesville this week, involving a Denton protester and two Gainesville protesters." There was no qualification. No "an attorney said sarcastically" or "the prosecutor said with a smirk." Nope. It was a sentence of fact. But the prosecution of Confederate monument protestors does seem like overkill. The boys in the background in the photo below with the confederate flag and brandishing rifles were not the guys who were prosecuted. It was the other side.

  • Yesterday a Trump federal district judge sitting in Fort Worth struck down the Texas handgun carrying ban for those under 21 yet over 18 or over. In doing so he obviously cited the Second Amendment and a recent Supreme Court opinion. But this fine judge's attempted scholarly work also cited and quoted Frederick Douglass -- while also misspelling his name on the very first page. 

  • This is such an eye-opening story. It got a ton of time on MSNBC last night. The four districts are Southlake, Keller, Grapevine and Mansfield. 

  • Submit the sign in Arabic? What a great idea. The dumb law requires that if a sign is donated to a school which says "In God We Trust", the school must display it.   And if a sign in Arabic doesn't work, what if someone submits a sign with massive English letters with the exception that the word "God" is in tiny print? Would they have to display that? And what if a million of them, all 6' x 6', were submitted? I don't see a limit in the number of signs in the law.

    • Here's the actual statute. You just have to comply with the highlighted portion. That's it.

  • Very legal nerdy stuff: What a weird new appellate opinion out of Corpus Christi. A misdemeanor judge wanted the State to dismiss a bunch a penny-ante cases because the defendant was already in the federal pen doing federal time. The prosecutors wouldn't do it. So the judge, pissed off, tells them that if they were so excited about their cases they need to go to the trouble and expense of bench warranting the defendant back to the local jail. And he ordered a bench trial in 18 days. When the defendant wasn't there because the State didn't get him back, the judge dismissed the cases. The State, which has way too much time, too many prosecutors, and too much money, appealed. They won because the judge can never just "dismiss" a case without the State's consent (unless it's based on a defense Speedy Trial request which wasn't the case here.) So much taxpayer waste.
  • Shout out to Judge Don Pierson of the Tarrant County Court at Law No. 1 and his staff who I found out were faithful readers. 
  • Random crime story out of Galveston. 

  • 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, 52 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold