Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Slow moving Hurricane Issac, which had come ashore, caused the postponement of the Aggie vs. Louisiana Tech game in Shreveport. It would be rescheduled to October where the Aggies escaped 59-57 despite this being Johnny Football's memorable big year.  North Texas was actually able to play LSU in Baton Rouge as scheduled since the weather in southern Louisiana had cleared up. They lost 41-14.

  • Dana Manoushagian was sworn in as Wise County Court at Law #2 yesterday, and a very cool moment was when she opened up her jacket to reveal a "Uvalde Proud" t-shirt. Most people in the audience didn't know that she was raised there. The swearing in was also on the same day as her 32nd wedding anniversary. 

    • Wise County Court at Law #2 causes some confusion. It is located in Bridgeport, and not in Decatur, simply because of space issues. It was created in 2011, but there was no place to put it. But since the county had built a very nice courtroom for the Justice of the Peace over there a few years back, the agreement was reached for the two courts to share it.  
    • And even though it has complete county court at law jurisdiction (including the right to hear criminal misdemeanor cases), it limits itself by an informal agreement to family law and smaller civil lawsuits. All the criminal cases are instead heard in County Court at Law #1 in Decatur (in the old Wells Fargo building) by Judge Greg Lowery. It's admittedly all a little tricked up. 
  • “Too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal,” Biden said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."  And he's right. There's a clear difference between the Normal Republicans and the Trump Republicans.  The hard core Trump Republicans are nuts. But the problem for the Normal Republicans is that they need the support of the Trump Republicans to get elected. 

  • And the speech was perfectly times because there was a ton of Insurrection news yesterday:
    • We had the longest sentence yet. Still not enough.

    • And on the heels of that, Trump said yesterday he will pardon and apologize to the January 6th Insurrectionists. I wonder if Jefferson Davis ever said that. 

    • A Granbury attorney for the Oath Keepers, one of the main groups behind the Insurrection invasion of the Capitol, was indicted yesterday. 

    • We also learned the wife of a Supreme Court justice contacted the rep of another state in an attempt to overthrow the election. So insane. 

  • Overnight news. Now that's a close call.  Video.

  • "The department said on Twitter that officers were dispatched after a woman reported hearing a hissing sound while getting money from one of the kiosks." Police video.

  • I don't know anything about this Texas case, but that's one of the craziest trial pictures I've ever seen. It's like a surprise attack from the lawyer from the rear.  
  • I mentioned this judge before about the allegations of signing search warrants while drunk, but her problems got bigger yesterday when she was "arrested by the Parmer County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Parmer County Jail Wednesday evening on one count each of official oppression, furnishing alcohol to a minor and criminal trespass." The "official oppression" facts are pretty vague and the story only tells us that she is accused "of intentionally mistreated a woman, saying 'she would make sure her partner got jail time,' knowing that it was unlawful."
  • The Wise County Sheriff's office fixed the jail PDF I had been complaining about yesterday morning, and then the whole records search website, as well as the PDF, went down in the afternoon and was still down as I write this.
  • Jacksboro plays its first game in its home stadium which was damaged by the tornado in the spring, and Boyd will be their opponent
  • 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, 59 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold