Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I presume the juror was replaced by an alternate. His appeal mentioned nothing about a sleeping juror.

  • President Biden pardons all those with federal marijuana possession convictions, urges states to do the same and consider abolishing the criminalization of weed. This is a watershed moment. 

  • Less that 24 hours after CNN revealed that a trooper who was at the Uvalde shooting had been hired as a police officer by the Uvalde School District Police Department, she was fired. 

  • Two are dead and six were injured after a stabbing spree in front of The Wynn on the Vegas strip. It sounds like it was attack of street "showgirls."   A guy was arrested in front of the Venetian. 

  • These headlines are everywhere this morning. Everyone needs to calm down a bit. The exact quote was. “We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”   He didn't say "until now"  or "this current prospect". Even after reading the comment in  in context, I don't see why everyone is all bent out of shape. (Even the AP buries this sentence: "It was not immediately clear whether Biden was referring to any new assessment of Russian intentions.")

  • Elon Musk wants the litigation by Twitter against him to be indefinitely suspended so he could buy Twitter as he "promises."  Twitter wanted the October trial date to start on time to force the sale before then. For some reason, the judge moved the trial to November and gave a deadline of October 28th to get the deal done. Twitter's pleadings yesterday showed they aren't screwing around:

  • Cops arresting cops. I would think this was part of a sting operation, but none of the stories actually say that. 

  • The trial of Oath Keepers' leader Stewart Rhodes, for his part in the Trump Insurrection, continues. Remember that the Secret Service has destroyed all text messages about that day? And remember Vice President Pence refusing to get in a car driven by the Secret Service to evacuate the capitol? Well yesterday there was testimony that Rhodes has may have had a contact within the Secret Service. Keep an eye on this. 

  • The name has gone up at the construction site in Bridgeport. 

  • This is a funny photo. The happy guy talking to the president has "Cracker" on his shirt, Biden has his arm around the lady, and DeSantis looks dejected in the foreground.

  • There was another concussion in the NFL last night. The frightening video is here.

  • We are watching a modern day Babe Ruth and no one seems to understand that. Shohei Ohtani finished in the Top 5 this season in home runs hit and strikes out as a pitcher. Below are those who have done that. He ended with a batting average or .275 and an ERA of 2.33.  We've never seen anything like this. 

  • Texas is heavily favored to beat OU, but I wouldn't start Quinn Ewers. It would be only his third start, he's only played five quarters so far, and he's coming off an injury. Hey, he may end up being great, but people sure are putting a lot of stock into one quarter against Alabama. If Texas were to lose this game, the orange bloods would go berserk. 
  • 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, 94 days.
  • Messenger - Above the Fold