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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Slow moving Hurricane Issac, which had come ashore, caused the postponement of the Aggie vs. Louisiana Tech game in Shreveport. It would be rescheduled to October where the Aggies escaped 59-57 despite this being Johnny Football's memorable big year.  North Texas was actually able to play LSU in Baton Rouge as scheduled since the weather in southern Louisiana had cleared up. They lost 41-14.

  • Dana Manoushagian was sworn in as Wise County Court at Law #2 yesterday, and a very cool moment was when she opened up her jacket to reveal a "Uvalde Proud" t-shirt. Most people in the audience didn't know that she was raised there. The swearing in was also on the same day as her 32nd wedding anniversary. 

    • Wise County Court at Law #2 causes some confusion. It is located in Bridgeport, and not in Decatur, simply because of space issues. It was created in 2011, but there was no place to put it. But since the county had built a very nice courtroom for the Justice of the Peace over there a few years back, the agreement was reached for the two courts to share it.  
    • And even though it has complete county court at law jurisdiction (including the right to hear criminal misdemeanor cases), it limits itself by an informal agreement to family law and smaller civil lawsuits. All the criminal cases are instead heard in County Court at Law #1 in Decatur (in the old Wells Fargo building) by Judge Greg Lowery. It's admittedly all a little tricked up. 
  • “Too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal,” Biden said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."  And he's right. There's a clear difference between the Normal Republicans and the Trump Republicans.  The hard core Trump Republicans are nuts. But the problem for the Normal Republicans is that they need the support of the Trump Republicans to get elected. 

  • And the speech was perfectly times because there was a ton of Insurrection news yesterday:
    • We had the longest sentence yet. Still not enough.

    • And on the heels of that, Trump said yesterday he will pardon and apologize to the January 6th Insurrectionists. I wonder if Jefferson Davis ever said that. 

    • A Granbury attorney for the Oath Keepers, one of the main groups behind the Insurrection invasion of the Capitol, was indicted yesterday. 

    • We also learned the wife of a Supreme Court justice contacted the rep of another state in an attempt to overthrow the election. So insane. 

  • Overnight news. Now that's a close call.  Video.

  • "The department said on Twitter that officers were dispatched after a woman reported hearing a hissing sound while getting money from one of the kiosks." Police video.

  • I don't know anything about this Texas case, but that's one of the craziest trial pictures I've ever seen. It's like a surprise attack from the lawyer from the rear.  
  • I mentioned this judge before about the allegations of signing search warrants while drunk, but her problems got bigger yesterday when she was "arrested by the Parmer County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Parmer County Jail Wednesday evening on one count each of official oppression, furnishing alcohol to a minor and criminal trespass." The "official oppression" facts are pretty vague and the story only tells us that she is accused "of intentionally mistreated a woman, saying 'she would make sure her partner got jail time,' knowing that it was unlawful."
  • The Wise County Sheriff's office fixed the jail PDF I had been complaining about yesterday morning, and then the whole records search website, as well as the PDF, went down in the afternoon and was still down as I write this.
  • Jacksboro plays its first game in its home stadium which was damaged by the tornado in the spring, and Boyd will be their opponent
  • 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, 59 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

The most unstable box scores the Messenger ever produced.

  • If this is a "staged photo" . . .

    • . . . so are these.

    • And especially this (which should have been a crime against Christianity) . . .

  • Trump may have finally guaranteed his indictment yesterday. When complaining that the picture being staged, he admitted that he knew the documents were there and where they were kept.  This is bad. And wasn't it just the other day that he said all the documents were "planted"?

  • And while Trump was sealing his fate on social media, one his lawyers was on Fox News randomly saying that lots of people had access to his office where the documents were kept. They are both so bent out shape about the FBI creating a photograph with the documents, that they are making admissions left and right. 

  • Sarah Palin lost last night to a Democrat in her bid to become Alaska's only House representative. (But this is only to finish an unexpired term that ends December 31st.  There is a completely different election between the same candidates in November for the full two year term.)

  • And I still feel like I'm missing one. There have been a bunch lately. 

  • When Abbott does a PR stunt of going "door to door", how many doors do you think he actually knocks on? I'm guessing less than five, and I might be overshooting it.

  • Her sin in Oklahoma? She posted a QR code to the Brooklyn Public Library, which gives students online access to banned books. A library. Yell at me for Hitler comparisons all you want, but we just keep getting closer. It's almost, what would you call it, "semi-fascist" behavior?

  • Some stories just don't make sense. There were a ton of reports over the weekend about a BYU fan shouting the N-word at a Duke volleyball player.  At BYU? That seemed odd. Now it appears the story may not have been true at all. 

  • Texas will still put you in a cage for it, but a new Gallup poll shows . . .   

  • Texas AG Ken Paxton, who is still under indictment, will be hanging out with Trump in New Jersey today.

  • This made me laugh. The audience member was as sincere as the day is long.   

  • That story looks juicy.

  • After I posted this yesterday . . . 

    • . . . a faithful reader told me it looked familiar and attached this . . . 

  •  Number of days that the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to fix and update the PDF of the jail roster: 2.


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

The marriage between Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison officially lasted from May 20, 2011 until March 2020 -- although they separated in 2017. 

  • The Department of Justice filed its response to Trump's request for a "special master" to inspect the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago. Not only does this get worse for Trump, we've now got a photo of some of the items recovered -- all of which are clearly marked. 
    There are people in prison for far less

    He was trying to hide them

    They lied about previously turning them all over

  • The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has died.  A whole lot has changed.

  • There was a crazy police chase with bullets flying which ended up at crash at 377 and Loop 820 in Haltom City. But I did notice how it all got started because I've been talking about this for years: "Police said they received an alert from their Flock license plate cameras that they detected the stolen car."

  • Fort Worth ISD decided on a new superintendent last night. I find it a little strange that she just started at Midland ISD in February of 2021 and 30 days ago signed a new three year contract with them which was to pay her $310,000 annually. (Midland ISD posted the contract online.)

  • Compare and contrast:
    • President Biden was spot on yesterday.

    • Meanwhile, Trump was on an unhinged social media storm and riling up the nutty Q-Anon crowd by reposting them. Yep, he's now expressly recruiting the QAnon crowd in plain sight. He does everything in plain sight. 

    • And the Q-Anon crowd took notice.   

  • Hey, WCSO Information Services: Your publicly available PDF of the jail roster hasn't been updated in 24 hours. 
  • Hide your children!

  • Bridgeport has installed wind guards at its stadium which looks really nice. But I think "Bridgeport Sissies" in big lettering directly behind the home bench might cause some confusion for the uninitiated visitor crowd. (I'm on record of being a big fan of the girls' nickname by the way.)

  • If you work for Travis County, you'll get at least $20 an hour

  • This is really old news but it's showing up again. One of the former prosecutors says that the outgoing DA has a personal beef with her. I think she might be right. It is very un-Sharen Wilson like to go against a prosecutor and side with a man who will forever be convicted of capital murder. 

  • I've got friends in Abilene and this case is the talk of the town. A murder of a real estate agent occurred in 2016. The arrest of his brother-in-law wasn't made until 2020. It's all circumstantial. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold