Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

With the presidential election nearing, Romney was secretly recorded while making this speech. Back then it was a big deal. Compare this to the "grab 'em by" video, and it seems laughable now. And nether video, in the end, meant anything at all. 

  • When you are out of options, what is your last defense to having classified documents in your home? We found out last night when Trump was on Hannity: "You can declassify just by saying 'it's declassified,' even by thinking about it." Video.

  • Trump suffered a setback last night as a panel from the 11th Circuit (comprised of two Trump appointed judges and one Obama judge) ruled in favor of the Justice Department in a very limited appeal related to the documents.  As I understand it, the only issue was Judge Aileen Cannon's weird ruling that the Justice Department could had to stop using the seized documents until the special master she appointed finished his review. The court ruled she couldn't do that. Opinion here

    • Legal nerdy stuff: I don't do federal criminal procedure, but it seems like a full appeal would gut everything that Judge Cannon has done, including appointing a special master. I mean, if she didn't have jurisdiction . . . .?

  • New Fort Worth ISD Superintendent's salary revealed:

    • Top salaries from around the state as of last year: Links

  • One year ago, I pointed out that the witness seat in the new courtroom for the Wise County Court at Law #2 was built wrong due to an obstructed line of sight.  I'm happy to announce that this month it was finally repositioned. 

  • Uh oh. The case was filed in federal court in Fort Worth. There is a "#MeToo Protest" on campus scheduled for today

  • We haven't had a death at Redneck with Paychecks near Saint Jo in a while. That has ended.

  • A bondsman cannot solicit business on jail premises. (Occupations Code sec. 1704.304) But what if the bondsman is in the jail against his will because he is confined there because of an accusation of an unrelated offense? Can the government restrict him from talking to other inmates who just happen to be in need of a bondsman? Seems like legitimate questions in this case.

  • At the risk of infringing upon Hints from Heloise, here's the greatest tip I've ever used for cleaning windows (especially if you have clear glass for your shower): Use the homemade mixture below and don't use a rag. Use a newspaper instead.  I'm not kidding. It's the most amazing window cleaning trick in the history of ever. 

  • It's the 15th Anniversary of maybe my favorite sports clip of all time: "I'm a man! I'm 40!" And props to Gundy, he's still at the same job at Oklahoma State. He took over as head coach in 2001. 

  • The Yankees' Aaron Judge is sitting on 60 home runs and is on the verge of becoming the American League all-time home run champion. His final four games of the year will be in Arlington with a double header on October 4th. 

  • Remember that new rocket that was supposed to take off last month and journey around the moon? It's still on the ground. But they will try again tomorrow morning. 
  • WBAP's Hal Jay has been off the air for two weeks due to an undisclosed illness. What's going on?