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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This shook people up in Bridgeport. 

  • If you don't watch the January 6th Committee hearings because you think it's partisan, you are doing yourself an extreme disservice.  What happened from election day through, and culminating on, January 6th was an attempt to overturn a national election and, thus, overthrown the United States government. It is not hyperbole to say it is the equivalent of Hitler's Nazi Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923. And if we don't condemn it, crush it and punish it, it will come again just like in Germany 10 years later.  

  • The footage of January 6th will never not be sickening to watch. The mob had the full intent to stop the electoral count by Mike Pence, and they would have killed Pence to accomplish it. The committee last night played new video of that horrible day last night complete with a timeline.  You can watch it here
    • And never forget this tweet by Trump, at 2:24 p.m.,  as the crowd beat police officers in their attempt to get to Pence. It was read by one of the mob to the crowd over a bullhorn to encourage their further breach of the Capitol. (Video cued up.)

    • And then as Trump watched it all unfold on TV he says, and no one disputes this, "Mob doing what they should be doing" and "Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it."
  • The committee outlined how Trump's efforts in furtherance of the attempted coup went down. It was a Seven Part Plan. This is an orchestrated plan that went on for two months: 
    • #1 Create a false propaganda campaign that the election was stolen. (Which AG Willaim Barr told Trump to his face was "bullshit." )
    • #2 After Barr quit in disgust, Trump tried to put in place an interim AG who was Trump's crony so that the Justice Department could be his puppet to help overturn the election (including seizing ballot machines.)
    • #3 Pressure, time and time again, Mike Pence not to count and certify the electoral votes on January 6th. (It was so bad that Pence's Chief of Staff on January 5th went to the Secret Service agent in charge to warn him that Trump was putting Pence's life in danger.)
    • #4 Pressured select states, especially Georgia, to change their vote count.
    • #5 Had state Republicans in selected states actually send in a slate of Fake Electoral Ballots to the National Archives for Pence to count instead.
    • #6 When all else failed, summoned a mob to Washington D.C. on January 6th, the day Pence was to count the real electoral votes. On December 19, 2020, Trump tweeted, “Big Protest in D.C. January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”

    • #7 After being riled up by Trump and his henchmen, including John Eastman, the crowd attacked the Capitol to stop Mike Pence. Then Trump stood back and did nothing despite desperate pleas for others begging him to tell the crowd to go home. 
      • “Trump [also] gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day, and made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets," Rep. Liz Cheney said of Jan. 6, 2021. "“But Mike Pence did each of those things.”
  • One thing I heard one time which has stuck with me: "In any other country in the world, a mob attacking a government's capitol in an attempt to overthrow it would have been machine-gunned down by the military and everyone would have fully expected that to happen."
  • How much the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were big players in the coup is amazing. And never forget Trump, when asked to condemn the Proud Boys in a debate on September 29th said, "Stand back and stand by!" Watch that moment.

  • And, man, last night was just a teaser from the Committee. People to need to go to prison. 

  • The embattled Uvalde ISD Consolidated Police Chief spoke to the Texas Tribune. He really didn't help himself much. And I hope he didn't pose for that photo, but I think he did. 

  • This is crazy: The Official Liberally Lean Girl got married but not before the guy she married in Vegas years ago tried to crash it and was arrested.  That Vegas wedding, which occurred in the Little White Chapel, got annulled after about three days. (Side note: Mrs. LL tells everyone we got married in the exact same place in her honor.  Which is kind-of-sort-of, well, basically true.)

  • Shout out to Decatur lawyer Paul Belew for volunteering to help me out on a case this week. That was a show of extreme generosity which I'm not sure I've ever experienced before. 
  • The missing baby of couple found murdered in Houston has been identified, and found alive and well, 40 years later. It's a crazy story. DNA and the use of family/genetic genealogy did the trick yet again. (Although no one seems to be asking how the baby ended up with a new family.)

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 1,073 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Little personal Random Thoughts were fun. I don't do that much anymore. 

  •  Well, this sounds like a legitimate case: (1) The man called cops and said he was thinking about killing a Supreme Court justice, (2) He traveled from California to Washington D.C., (3) He took a cab to Kavanaugh's home, (3) when he got out of the cab he was spotted by two U.S. deputy marshals "where he looked at them before turning to walk down the street", and (4) He wore black clothing and carried a suitcase and backpack with weapons and other supplies, including a Glock 17 with two magazines and ammunition, a tactical knife, pepper spray, a hammer, a screwdriver, a crowbar, zip ties and duct tape, along with other gear." Oh, my.

    • And the Fox News group is having a field day replaying Chuck Schumer's comments from March where he stood in front of the Supreme Court and ranted that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh "have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions." And you know what? They should. That was grossly irresponsible. 

  • Video.

  • I was curious if there were any peculiar facts about this case which got the man a life sentence other than a death being involved.

    • The answer was "yep." That's wild. 

    • And if that wasn't enough, this made it a no-brainer life sentence from the jury. 

  • Let me tell you something: As the wealth gap continues to grow in this country with the rich getting richer and the masses looking at stagnant wages, an ill-wind wind will grow stronger and stronger. There's a reason Bernie Sanders followers are young. When a country is populated by youth who feel like they are being taken advantage of by their Rich Capitalistic Overlords -- with good reason -- pretty things don't happen in that country. Yesterday's examples which will anger the common man:
    • Rent skyrockets

    • Gas at $5.00 a gallon with while Exxon is experiencing record profits (and with their stock reaching an all time high yesterday.)

    • Stories like this where big money is now taking advantage of those in trailer parks. 

    • And didn't I just post the story about over 50% of all homes sold last year in Tarrant County were bought by investors?
  • That story on mobile home parks also had a graph of the cost of manufactured housing.  Thought you might find it interesting: 

  • Hey, at $5.00 a gallon, how does Uber, Door Dash, and Domino's find people to work for them using their own cars and paying for their own gas? 
  • The January 6th Committee public hearings will start tonight. I expect they will focus on how this was not an insurrection, but an orchestrated attempted coup leading up to the insurrection. 

  • My favorite overnight photographer, @Fox4Terry, was working last night and posted this pic of investigators at the scene of "shot fired."   As a guy who has worn suits all his life, I can't imagine wearing one outdoors in heat and humidity.  And that's a very old school look for Dallas PD. 

  • Speaking of. 103? (This is Fox 4, not Delkus, so it's probably correct.)

  • Maybe all men are not created equal -- this couple is better than me. 

  • The first event of Saudi Arabia's LIV Golf association just teed off.  This credible guy says the PGA is about to drop the hammer to keep any more defections:

  • I have now tried cases in front of a jury in five different decades. I'm officially old. But the weird part is that Wise County juries really haven't changed that much. 


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

That was Carlos Correa. This spring he became the highest paid infielder in Major League Baseball earning $35.1 million a year. 

  • This will just be quick hits. My schedule is pushing me around today. 
  • The New York Times did a deep dive into Deshaun Watson. I don't know what to think about it all, other than 66 massage therapists over a 17 month period seems to be a red flag. (You think the Cleveland Browns, who just agreed to pay him  $230,000,000 over five years -- all guaranteed -- are sweating?)

  • There's not a kid of the 70s that doesn't have a special attachment to "Summer Breeze."

  • These headlines were everywhere yesterday. It sounds kind like a brilliant ply by Target to advertise a big summer sale disguised as "business news."

  • The San Francisco DA lost a recall election last night.  I understand being innovative and "smart on crime" instead of just wanting to put people in cages, but you can't be an ultra-liberal DA. No one wants that.

  • Matthew McConaughey choking up in the White House briefing room yesterday as he pointed out the green shoes worn by 10 year old Uvalde victim Maite Rodrigue . It's worth 40 seconds of your time. "These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting."

  • I can see a day where every future school bit has a wing for the local police substation. It would require some kind of weird city/school district arrangement, but it could be done. 
  • Someone needs to explain governmental immunity to me because none of these stories ever make sense to me. 

  • "An abortion rights activist stripped down to her underwear and yelled, "My body, my ----ing choice" in Joel Osteen's church during his sermon. Video.

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

I honestly didn't think my tree was in danger from my project. Four years later, it died. 

  • Observed this morning in Decatur: 

  • This teacher's interview from Uvalde (he was in room 111) about the shooting is gut-wrenching. "After Reyes told the children to get under the table, he turned around and saw the gunman standing there. Ramos then almost immediately opened fire on the classroom, Reyes said." And it gets worse.

  • Ken Paxton is going to solve the problem of Uvalde type shootings. Wait. I got that wrong.

  • Paxton is, of course, just show-boating in light of this news which broke yesterday morning. (By the way, I told you there was no way that deal was going through.)

  • All your shopping in Walmart has finally paid off . . . for someone else.  (Side note: Forbes values the Cowboys at $6.5 billion.)

  • This story was first in the Star-Telegram last week, and I meant to get to it. I find those percentages amazing. 

  • I don't know what this means. They were only transporting prisoners when absolutely necessary so now they are just going to leave everyone in place?

  • Man, this ad is brutal.

  • We've got an update on the Kyle Rittenhouse to aTm story: Tap the brakes. 

  • This twitter thread even had me entertained. The masses are trying to solve this woman's problem. 

  • NCAA Softball > NCAA baseball.  (The women's Longhorn team having to win a double header yesterday to get into the finals against Oklahoma was big time entertainment. They were down 0-5 in the second game against Oklahoma State.)