Random Friday Morning Thoughts

He would be gone in less than 18 months. 

  • A little excitement overnight. "According to DPS, Amarillo police contacted the Texas Rangers to ask for help locating Rivas. They believed he was traveling to the DFW area. With the assistance of Texas Highway Patrol troopers, DPS aircraft, Fort Worth police, and Dallas police, Rivas was located in the DeSoto area . . . .  Because Rivas traveled through Wise County and it was the ranger from Wise County who arrested him, Rivas was transported to the Wise County jail, according to DPS."

  • Back in 2021, Officer Rex Richie, then with the Rhome Police Department, was shot in the leg by Royce Woods. Woods pled guilty to the charge this week, but his punishment trial is ongoing and is covered in today's Messenger. Go buy a copy or subscribe, but this caught my eye: 

  • Everyone needs to tap the brakes on the possibility of the search warrant affidavit being released in Trump's secret documents case. Let's wait until we see if the redaction's dark blocks cover more space that the released text. 

    • Despite Trump's bluster about wanting the release of the affidavit, his lawyer -- a former OAN employee, no less -- showed up in court yesterday and did not take a position on the release.  (She was probably too busy thinking, "Oh, this is what a courtroom looks like.")

    • Bobb then appeared on Fox News last night to say how much she really wants the affidavit released. Laura Ingraham, not amused, then told her she should have argued that in court or at least joined in with the media's court filings urging the release.

  • The contrast of two worlds:
    • I turned on Morning Joe this morning and heard a round table voicing concern about how the Trump Republicans, as well as Fox News prime time lineup, are putting the lives of FBI and IRS agents in jeopardy as they also bang the drumbeats of a civil war. Someone, and I don't remember who, had this great quote: "They are aroused by the belief that the federal government is their enemy." That's perfect.

    • Then and I got in my car and listened to WBAP where Hal Jay and new co-host Ernie Brown gave the floor to weatherman Brad Barton to repeat a conspiracy theory he had heard about the raid at Mar-a-Largo. Barton (who comes across as an absolute wild man whenever he fires off political opinions) said that said he's hearing that the FBI raid was secretly an attempt by the FBI to recover documents which contained the names of federal agents behind the "Russian Hoax" investigation which Trump had removed from the White House and was about to expose. Even Hal Jay and Brown pushed back against Barton.

  • Former Cowboy great Michael Irvin, wearing a fantastic "captain's hat", tried to break up an argument in a bar. He was unsuccessful as it turned into a fight. Video

  • News about local morning news this morning as the replacement for the retiring Tim Ryan on Fox 4's Good Day was announced.  I thought Hannah was going to get it.  

  • You see this headline and your going to have to track down the video, right? (Spoiler: That might get her in trouble in Finland, but it's not getting her in trouble in America -- at least not in today's America.)

  • Does this correlate to where the most book banning activists are? Seems to. 

  • And those Trump supporting activists are even causing election officials in heavily Republican Texas counties to resign. They are sick of putting up with them when they are just trying to do their jobs.  

  • This is a jaw-dropping amount of money. And CBS, who the SEC left to go to ESPN, immediately trolled the SEC by releasing a promotion of the Big 10 overlaid with the the SEC's long-time and familiar theme music which had to drive the SEC hard core fans nuts.
    • New Big 10 deal is for seven years. Hold that thought:

    • So what's the SEC thinking? They just signed a 10 year deal with ESPN about a year and a half ago which now looks like chicken feed. The Big 10 will get to sign another deal with the networks even before the SEC's deal has run its course: 

  • Update about yesterday's "10 Years Ago" about the lady who allegedly backed over swimmers in Lake Grapevine. A faithful reader sent me an archived story he found which said "Authorities identified the driver of the boat as Amanda Renee Harrolle, 33, of Lewisville. She was arrested Sunday and released from the Denton County Jail a few hours later after posting $20,000 bail." 
    • A search of Denton County records show that she pled guilty to a lesser included offense of Boating While Intoxicated and received 24 months probation which she successfully completed in 2018. (Case No. F-2012-2571-D. Bruce Isaacks represented her.)
  • 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, 45 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold