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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was in the final 2012 issue of the Messenger which was its "Year in Review" edition. I'm not sure I've mentioned that wild case of a lady's body being found in his garage rolled up in a carpet in Paradise.

  • This is a very weird story. We don't know what happened to the girl, if anything. There's no indication she told police what happened (although she was taken to the hospital for "evaluation".) And then there's this kicker: "Two other women, who are believed to be unrelated to the man, were also inside the restroom. Police said neither witnessed an assault, fighting or signs of a struggle while inside the restroom."

  • A breaking news headline. There's absolutely no details in the story, but adding that it happened in the "cultural district" is a nice ironic angle. The lone fact is that it happened "at the intersection of Bledsoe Street and Currie Drive." 

  • There's no way to explain this in a bullet point. Look it all up. (And although the arrest is true, the pizza box angle is probably false.) 

    • Not a bad explanation attempt, though:

  • A bill has been introduced in the Texas legislature to allow Justices of the Peace to authorize the taking of blood from you without your consent. This one is authorized by Jacksboro's David Spiller. David is a friend of mine, but that bill is a dumb idea. It's tried every session, but inevitably fails. 

  • It's really amazing that an outdated software system is behind the Southwest Airline issue. There's one thing this country is full of is people who can competently design and manage databases and logistical systems. And expense is not a big problem.

  • Remember this guy, Doc Gallagher? . . .

    • Well, he appealed his conviction and sentence, but his court-appointed lawyer concluded there wasn't a valid ground for the appeal. The Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction yesterday as a result. 

  • Baby Jesus will get his vengeance. The two arrested were of the ages of 33 and 39.  

  • I hadn't checked on Fox4Terry's Twitter account in a while. He's still out there pounding the late night streets. 

  • Business quick hits from today's Dallas Morning News:
    • From the "Investment Year in Review" shows that I continue to be vindicated:

    • Checking in on mortgage rates:

  • I have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow in TCU v. Michigan, but I'm extremely interested. TCU could get blown out, or they could win it outright. As a sports expert, I'm clueless.

  • But here's a hot sports opinion: Texas' Xavier Worthy ain't that great. That horrendous drop in the third quarter last night (video) isn't anything new. 

  • 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, 178 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Do you remember we had an actual White Christmas in 2012? The forecast issued the night before (above) actually came true. I should have posted this on Monday.

  • Southwest's troubles continue this morning.

    • But a local radio talk show host was able to make it out to Phoenix for this weekend's TCU/Michigan game. (Cue the orchestra music.)

  • If people want to get all up in arms over the lying Congressman, I'm right there with them But I think it's a bad look for a D.A.'s office to go looking for crime in reaction to sensational headlines.

  • I'll say it: He was unnecessarily mean and a bully.

  • A sentencing hearing before a Tarrant County judge in an Intoxication Manslaughter case was held yesterday after the defendant pled guilty and waived a jury. It sounds like a heart-breaking case with the victim being an assistant dean at TCU.   The sentence was seven years

  • DFW radio ratings were just released, including the results of the new sports station "The Freak" (I still hate that name.)
  • This is going in at Alliance Center at I-35 and North Tarrant Parkway. It seems like only yesterday where that whole area was just pastures. 

  • Very random thing I noticed that no one cares about but me: A brief split second of a local commercial for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra showed a guy who reminded me of Will Bailey from The West Wing

  • Come again? (Here's the Petition.) The replies to the tweet remind me of what a bloodthirsty country we are. 

  • Bowl quick hits: 
    • Good win for Tech over Ole Miss, 42-25.  Ole Miss went 2-for-7 on fourth-down attempts, and had five turnovers. They entered the game as a 4.5 point favorite. 

    • A touchdown reception in overtime in the wild Kansas/Arkansas game was obscured last night by a pig and/or demon. 

    • Based upon amount of advertising I'm seeing for Cotton Bowl tickets, I don't think they've sold many to the USC/Tulane game. And that makes sense. SeatGeek has a mountain of tickets for sale for . . . $5. 
    • The Evil Empire plays in the Alamo Bowl tonight (ESPN at 8:00) at the same time as the Cowboys play (Fox/Amazon at 7:15). I bet they've never been on TV simultaneously before. 


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

WBAP made a big mistake, and Liberally Lean got mentioned in the Dallas Observer.

  • The lying newly elected Congressman from New York appeared on Tucker Carlson last night expecting to be in a friendly forum. He didn't get it.  Tulsi Gabbard was filling in and let him have it. The last 29 seconds was just a brutal scolding: 

  • As stores were about to close on Christmas Eve, this alert went out.

    • What actually happened, which was only learned a couple of days later, was maybe even wilder.

  • So a Tarot card reader posted a series of videos on TikTok where she said that a professor at Idaho University "had been involved with one of the students and ordered the killings to conceal the relationship." The professor says she didn't even know any of the students, never had them in a class, and was on vacation with her husband at the time the killings. After her lawyer sent the Tarot card read a cease and desist letter, she posted 20 more videos continuing to make the claim. So she got sued. (At first I thought this would be a slam dunk lawsuit. But the more I think about it, the more it seems that it would be a pretty good defense of, "I didn't say it as fact. I'm just saying the Tarot cards said it.")

  • Speaking of paying up:

  • Tesla stock fell 11% yesterday and ended up at $109 a share. It's been a bad year:

    • And Elon Musk was up in the middle of the night last night doing the following. Yes, this is real

  • A warehouse fire in Dallas yesterday gave rise to a heck of a photo

  • Things that I didn't think I would be interested in, but was. Video here

  • I don't know anything about high school basketball, but it would seem to be noteworthy that on the first day of a tournament in Bridgeport yesterday,  little Paradise beat two bigger schools.

  • Legal nerdy stuff: I didn't know the State has collected all of the completed jury charges and verdict forms in every capital murder case in Texas since 2007. 
  • New holiday reading from the great ProPublica. “I know what a guilty father, mother or boyfriend sounds like.” - A self-proclaimed expert on 911 call analysis. 

  • It's bowl season. After an Oklahoma State loss last night to Wisconsin, Mike Gundy got mad at another reporter. It's nowhere near "I'm a man! I'm 40!" but he was pretty snarky

  • With two weeks left in the regular season, the Cowboys (the Dallas version) have no home games left and there's no realistic way they will have a home playoff game either. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold