Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I had forgotten about Obama and McKayla Maroney.

  • All county offices are closed, the courthouse is closed, the Messenger is closed, but here I am. THWMISB™.
  • The Washington Post has a long article (link here as my gift to you since I have a subscription) about Jerry Jones and race, but most of the attention is about a photograph it included. It shows a 14 year old Jerry in a crowd blocking a small group of young black men trying to go to school at North Little Rock High School in 1957.  From my sense of the current reaction, it sounds like the vast majority of people are cutting him a break on this. After all, he was a white kid raised in the South in the 1950s. 

  • Now this kid, on the other hand, makes you want to punch him regardless of his circumstances. 

  • Oh, hell no.

  • Didn't see this on any of the local news channels.

  • This really is incredible. 

  • Senator John Cornyn had a very odd sign-off to a tweet last night. 

  • The team's protest was in response to the "One Love" rainbow armbands being prohibit. I respect the gesture, but then they went out and were upset by Japan 2-1. You gotta win after something like that.

  • In crazy Kanye news, he posted a video last night saying that Trump yelled at him at Mar-a-Lago during dinner. But, more importantly to me, he also said Trump was "most impressed" with Nick Fuentes who also dined with them. (Fuentes is a neo-Nazi and is a Holocaust denier and marched in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. It's 1930s Germany all over again, folks.)

  • OK, that's funny.

  • An image captured by Fox yesterday showed that Dak's phone has an image of himself for the wallpaper. I think I would, too. 

  • Very, very legal nerdy alert: The Court of Criminal Appeals gave the defense bar a rare victory on Wednesday on an issue which comes up quite a bit. It decided that a consensual encounter morphed into an investigative detention.   And they also did something in the opinion which I've started doing in recent years in motions -- including video screenshots. 

    • But it wasn't a total win -- they didn't rule on whether there was no reasonable suspicion to justify the detention. That would make the stop illegal. Instead they remanded the case back to the lower court to make that determination.
    • And I always shake my head when the facts laid out by a court include a description of an area as they did here: "an area of southwest Houston purportedly associated with gang violence and narcotics trafficking" in describing where the cops stopped someone walking down the street. Whenever you see words like "a high crime neighborhood", it's just coded language.
  • World Cup: In the group that the U.S. is in, Iran upset Wales by a score of 2-0 early this morning with two goals after the 8th minute of added time (something I have never understood.). That first goal was even appreciated by my untrained eyes. Video. England (1-0) and the U.S. (0-0-1) play at 1:00 p.m. today although, hopefully, I'll still be interested in Baylor vs. The Evil Empire at that point. That game starts at 11:00 a.m. 

    • Jared Kushner looked on. I'm sure he is not talking about how a Qatar firm bailed out his $1.8 billion troubled investment in his 666 5th Avenue property, or discussing how to invest  the $2 billion he got from the Saudis after he left his White House job. 
      "Hey, have you heard about crooked Hunter Biden?"

  • 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, 143 days.
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