Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The Messenger always sent its best photographer to ever accident scene. 

  • As of 8:29 a.m. this morning, the child from Paradise is still missing. There is no need to say that this is now very concerning. And there's a lot of confusion. An Amber Alert was finally issued yesterday which means an there is a reasonable belief that an abduction has occurred. But the Sheriff's Office won't come out and say that they believe an abduction is more likely than any other alternative. 

    • Fox 4 new coverage including video.
    • And I keep away from Facebook in general, and now I know why. How a group called Where is Athena Strand can just form out of thin air and become a cesspool of rumors is beyond me. 
  • Kanye had a heck of a day yesterday. 
    • He and Trump's other Thanksgiving dinner guest at Mar-a-Largo decided they would go on Alex Jones's show. Who would have thought two Holocaust deniers would have shown up there?

    • Yep, Kanye wore a mask.

    • Kanye then went Full Hitler

    • He then posted a swastika buried in the Star of David on Twitter.

    • Then Elon "Mr. Free Speech" Musk took action on Twitter against him.

  • Trump had to get some attention. Last night, less than a week after having dinner with Kanye, he sent out a grainy fundraising video fully embracing the Insurrectionists who are under indictment and who tried to overthrow the United States. Video.  

    • He is now fully embracing the Insurrection of January 6th only three days after one of his followers was convicted of Seditious Conspiracy.  It's exactly like Hitler and his supporters embracing November 9, 1926 -- the date of Hitler's failed coup - and then making it a holy day of martyrdom. 
  • Late yesterday afternoon The 11th Circuit killed the appointment by a renegade federal district judge of a Special Master in Trump's Document Scandal . 

    • The scathing opinion is here. I'll translate the key parts. It starts with this which means: "Seriously!? Why are we even here?"

    • Translated: "You want us to actually decide between (1) following the law, (2) making a new rule where every criminal defendant gets a special master, or (3) making a new rule for ex-presidents?"

    • Translated: "You should have dismissed Trump's lawsuit the second it was filed."

  • If you get KDAF Channel 33 on your TV, the Decatur Eagles vs. Wichita Falls high school playoff game will be broadcast tonight. The channels streaming site is here
    • I don't think you can watch the local boys broadcast online like the Eagles' normal regular season games -- but for some reason you can listen to playoff games at its regular site with the camera on the guys broadcasting in the booth. Here's what it looks like:

  • The Senate, like the House did, voted to end the potential for a railroad strike by an 80-15 vote. Ted Cruz voted against it but not because he was against governmental intervention. Oh, no. He said the intervention didn't go far enough and include mandatory sick days. That's weird for him. 

  • Two incidents of prosecutor chaos across the state
  • Very legal nerdy stuff: A new opinion issued yesterday says that a trial court judge can granted a directed verdict of acquittal in favor of the defendant (1) even if the jury had already returned a verdict of guilty and (2) the State can't appeal the judge's action like it could if the judge had just granted a new trial. 
  • 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, 150 days.
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