Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

After a South Texas lawyer was convicted of bribing a judge in 2012 and receiving a 3 year federal sentence which was scheduled to begin, he took a taxi cab at 4:00 in the morning from Brownsville  "to the highest point" of the Port Isabelle bridge, "at which point he reportedly told the driver that he was feeling ill and asked the driver to pull the car over towards the bridge’s median. It was at that point that Marchan allegedly exited the vehicle, and jumped into the Laguna Madre." He was 57.

  • Pete Delkus is having a rough morning:
    • Last night's prediction:

    • This morning major thunderstorms rumbled through Johnson and Tarrant Counties and then headed to Dallas, which is now under a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:00:

  • The actual Attorney General of South Carolina stepped into the criminal case against Alex Murdaugh yesterday and actually questioned a witness.   That's a bad look and smells of grand-standing and desperation.

    • And what's up with the camera guy? While the defense was doing the cross of the same witness, he just casually walked over and knelt in front of the AG who was standing to get a better view. 

  • Not sure if this is worthy of a big story or not. As far as the seediness goes, the allegations are Jerry, in 2018 at the stadium, “kissed [the Plaintiff] on the mouth and forcibly grabbed her without her consent.” As far as the legal stuff goes, it was just a boring civil procedure decision about how specific your pleadings must be and your right to fix it. The Plaintiff's lawyer survived, but I'm not 100% convinced he knows what he is doing. Court opinion here.

  • Is this the best way to rectify this? Law enforcement does something distasteful so the optimal remedy is to have taxpayers write a check to one of the wealthiest women in America for $29 million for her trouble? 

  • The Star-Telegram has a story on the potential sale of the Decatur hospital to HCA. I don't see any new info other than it is still on track. 

  • This is right out of the Handmaids Tales. A Texas legislator who is a self-described conservative Christian has filed a bill supporting "Get married, stay married, and be fruitful and multiply." Here's how it works: (1) Don't get divorced, (2) have kids and (3) be a homeowner. From there, the more kids you have, the more off your property tax bill you will get. In fact, if you have 10 kids your property tax bill goes to zero.  I'm not making this up. 

    • Not to mention that limiting the benefit to homeowners is more likely to benefit whites. 
  • I can't confirm that this road rage incident was in fact in Richardson yesterday, but the 45 second video is really something. Language warning.  

  • Linda Kasabian, a member of the Charles Manson's "family" who was actually present at the scene at both the Tate and LaBianca murders, has died. Back in the day, she was granted immunity and was a witness for the prosecution. 

  • Watch the QAnon Rep try to read "1,524,481" yesterday and finally give up.

  • Very random thought: I don't think I've ever heard a conspiracy theory that the government is secretly injecting deadly amounts of fentanyl into the market as a clandestine War on Drugs tactic.  You know, a "we can't persuade people to stop" so we'll just scare them instead.