Random Monday Morning Thoughts

The trial and conviction of a Kennedale teacher was exactly one decade ago. It was a wild one

  • In case you missed it, the FBI did in fact find secret documents at Mara-a-Lago.  We are just waiting to see what they were exactly about -- nuclear secrets or worse. Here's an actual copy of the official "Return" which lists the items retrieved.

    • The warrant was also released by the court on Friday but it redacted the FBI agent's name who signed the official Return.  But somehow Breitbart got a copy of it from someone (Trump) and printed it without the redaction. They outed the agent.  Remember that one day earlier a Trump Worshiper died after he threated FBI agents at its Cincinnati headquarters. 

    • Weeks ago, the Justice Department tried to get the documents back with a subpoena and Trump actually had some of the papers handed over. In fact, Trump's lawyer signed a statement "asserting that asserting that all material marked as classified" were returned. That was a lie.  

    • So what's Trump's defense now? Let's break it down
      • It went from "It's all hoax - the documents don't exist" . . .  

      • . . . to "they do exist but the FBI planted them" . .  

      • . . . to "they didn't plant them, but I didn't do anything wrong because I declassified them in my head beforehand" . . .  

      • . . . to having to rely upon Nixon as your only way out. 

  • I had more than one person remind me on Friday of the Trump/Nuke Info/Saudi Arabia connection and scandal from 2019. It's all in plain sight.  And here's an explainer thread on it.  It all has to do with people trying to get a piece of Saudi Arabia's plan to construct 16 nuclear reactors over next 20-25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. 
  • On to other news . . . .
  • This  fender bender around 2:30 p.m. last night on University drive in Fort Worth around I-30 left one man dead. That's all we know

  •  How does this not happen more often? And I don't think we fully realize how drones will be used to deliver illegal items in the future. Heck, how could you stop it at the border right now? 
  • The facts surrounding the shooting of a youth football coach, and former UNT running back, during a youth football game in Lancaster are murky. He was killed in front of his son who was one of the players. The video, where only the shots can be heard is here. And I'm not sure he was coaching the game when the shooting happened but, in any event, the brother of a former NFL cornerback is the suspect.

    It's a minor detail in all of this, but "owner"?

  • Oh, my. This was last night on I-35 in downtown Fort Worth. You can easily trace the flight of the boat even if you aren't an accident reconstructionist. 

  • When it comes to book banning in Texas, Boyd ISD made the Top 10 list in the state according to the Houston Chronicle. (Paywalled link.)
  • In an effort to entice teachers, I think Chico ISD was one of the very first districts to announce classes would be held for only four days a week. But now there are 41 Texas school districts  doing the same thing. 
  • This story was in the Star-Telegram over weekend, but it was the New York Post which first reported the indictments out of Travis County. It happened in 2019, and they aren't charged with killing the guy but with other charges related to the investigation.

  • The Tax Assessor-Collector of Clay County (which is quickly becoming my favorite wheels off county) was arrested on "a charge of misapplication of fiduciary funds over $300,000."

  • I wonder how many people knew of Salman Rushdie, who was attacked and stabbed on Friday. I remember the news from 1989 well because back then I was suddenly very confused about Islam, and everyone was trying to read The Satanic Verses although no one could get through it. (His name was even a big part of a Seinfeld episode years later, "Look you idiot, it's Salman not salmon!" I'm not sure many people even understood the reference then.) 

  • Look what news got completely buried. That even sounds like a scam. I've always said he's got a lot of Trump in him.  

  • Decatur's Bryce Elder got to start for the Atlanta Braves yesterday and did a bang-up job. 
  • Bridgeport football is teaming up with some group called Varsity Films to produce a Hard Knocks type video series about this year's team. It's pretty tame obviously, and I expected it to be awful. But, I've got to say, that first episode isn't bad. And from a production standpoint, it's very well done. 
  • Random business thought: Peleton is going to go out of business by the time everything is said and done.
  • UT suffered two season ending injuries to starters in the same practice on Saturday. That's awful. I truly hate that. I want every team at full strength.