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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Still not sure why someone in Runaway Bay cared about Sheriff Joe. By the way, since that time, the much-maligned Joe Arpaio lost his job in 2016,  was found guilty of criminal contempt by a federal court, and is now trying to become mayor of a small town called Fountain Hills.

  • Yesterday evening a U.S. Rep running for governor of New York was "attacked", but not hurt, by a guy holding some type of double pointed knife-like object.  Video and video (closer.)

  • The January 6th Hearing was in prime time last night.
    • I love the graphics they use. Trump spent three hours watching the Insurrection at the Capitol on Fox News from his private dining room which was right next to the Oval Office.

    • How easy would it have been to call off the Trump Insurrectionists who were storming the Capitol? Easy. In addition to having the simple option of tweeting from his phone, Trump could have walked to the the press room (in blue at the top) which has a TV broadcast up and running with the flip of a switch. And the Rose Garden, where Trump later gave his "we love you" broadcast, was a 15 second walk away.

    • Instead Trump tried to get Mike Pence killed. What a despicable and shocking act in furtherance of a coup: 

    • I sure wish we had those Secret Service phone records which have mysteriously disappeared. 

    • The contrast of Josh Hawley in the morning hours urging the soon-to-be-Insurrectionists on (from behind safe police lines) compared to the new images of him running like a school girl when the Insurrectionists attacked, is golden.

    • The crowd in the hearing room actually laughing out loud when the Hawley video of him running was broadcast was quite the moment.

    • The oozy DFW politician Jeff Leach, a state rep, finally came out last night against Trump.

    • I should read this 1935 novel now.

  • President Biden has tested positive for Covid. I checked in on MSNBC when the news broke and found seven people talking about it.

  • Every said we had nothing to worry about when Justice Thomas said in his concurrence in Dobbs that he wanted to next overturn the constitutional right to contraceptives (Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).)  The House yesterday, just to be safe, voted in favor of a federal law which would prevent states from -- and I can't believe I have to write this -- outlawing contraception. It passed. But look at the vote. What year is this?

  • What a waste of money, but what else are they going to do?

  • And another case solved by genetic genealogy when there is not a direct DNA match.

  • 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: 1,113 days.
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Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

 That kid is now in his late 20s, and I wonder how the leg is doing. (By the way, the Joe Duty photo link is now dead.) 

  • High winds in Runaway Bay yesterday around 6:00 p.m. 

  • Weird visual looking north from Decatur yesterday evening. Almost everything you see is rainfall with the exception of one plume which was a wildfire burning near the LBJ grasslands.

  • Make no mistake about it, he's gone. That decision has been made.  

  • I've received a special request for a post about a missing good dog out of Runaway Bay.  And it's also a possible abduction. The pooch went missing around 11 a.m. on Monday around the 200 block or Runaway Bay Drive. He's a French Bull Dog, one year old, and fawn in color. $1,000 reward offered.   Hit me up if you know anything.  

  • There was a weird explosion at an 8,000 square foot home in Plano around 9:00 p.m. last night.  It's normally naturally gas related when something like this happens, but no cause has been announced yet. (I think I found the house on Google Streetview.)

  • Just a casual observation, but Wichita Falls seems to have some pretty beaten down infrastructure. 

  • That big cylinder shaped hunk of metal shutting down I-35 near downtown Dallas yesterday is called an "air plenum."

  • Something to think about the next time you find yourself not being able to afford a home  . . .

  • The not-so-smart former football coach and current senator from Mississippi must not have read his Republican marching orders. As a result, he sounded reasonable and normal.

  • How did they get so mad at each other all of a sudden?

  • Unofficial COVID Wise County Update: It seems like lots of people are coming down with it, you probably aren't at risk of ending up in the hospital, but there is a pretty good chance you'll feel so badly that you wish it didn't happen to you.


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Ten years ago I was deep into Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. The book was almost 10 years old then, but a mini-series based upon it was just released on Hulu this year. 

  • Traffic backed up on the "lake road" outside of Bridgeport yesterday when a wildfire broke out. The road was later shut down completely for a while. They were still fighting the fire deep into the night. 

  • Wichita Falls set a record at 115° yesterday.
  • We've now got us a full blown cover-up.   A violent coup occurs on January 6th, and the Secret Service thinks it didn't need to preserve evidence that could implicate the leader of the coup? This is intentional evidence destruction. 

    • What makes this comical is that the Secret Service is in the business of recovering electronic evidence. Even the Wise County DA's office routinely turns over phones or computers to that agency to see what they can recover. It's what they do. They probably do more of that than protect a president.
  • From Possum Kingdom yesterday.

  • In light of Justice Thomas overt threat to overturn the constitutional right to same sex marriage, the House yesterday took measures to make it federal law. The bill, of course, will not pass the Senate.

    • Here's how North Texas reps voted.

  • A Texas elected prosecutor may have known that a Trump Insurrectionist was hiding out at his family's property. (Fun fact: The prosecutor's predecessor in Kinney County was Todd Durden who used to be the County Attorney in Wise County in the 1990s.)

  • And this headline fails to mention that Steven Bannon (assuming he's not in prison), Jack Posobiec (of Pizzagate Hoax fame), and our own Ronny Jackson (assuming he's upright) will also be attending. It's a collection of crazy at the Hilton Anatole in early August. 

  • You know that mess that happens when your a/c's overflow condensation line (that typically dumps the water outside the house where you can see it) also gets clogged and then causes the overflow to get dumped onto the ceiling of a room? This kid has invented a way to stop the clog from occurring. I'm interested (but this Star-Telegram story doesn't really explain much about the invention.) It will be entered in a competition set for "Oct. 17-18 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, for $25,000 and the title of 'America’s Top Young Scientist.'”  

  • Small government Republican?:

    • Next on his agenda:

  • This was floating around yesterday. Kind of funny. (I would also like to acknowledge that J. Lo and Ben Affleck were married last weekend in the same place that I was. But Britney beat us to it back in the day.)

  • Weird travel schedule: The Rangers have a "make-up game" at Miami tomorrow and then have to travel across the country to Oakland for a game on Friday. That was the best scheduling idea?

  • Social media fight: Apparently Texas Tech and TCU are going at it on Twitter after TCU's AD said Tech was in a "desert."  Tech is also amped up over a new SuperPAC (my term, from the beginning) which will pay each of their player's $25,000, and a new $200 million stadium.
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