Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

I posted this 10 years ago. This may be more legend than fact. 

  • Well, that was a wild day. Thoughts . . . 

    • The next court date isn't until December. By that time, either Georgia has indicted Trump for election tampering and/or the U.S. Government has indicted him for obstruction in the documents case or for the January 6th Insurrection.  In the end, yesterday might become an afterthought. 
    • The circus outside was a bad circus for Trump because only the nutcases of Marjorie Taylor Greene and George Santos showed up for support. And they quickly fled. 

    • As she left, Greene gave one interview in her car to one of the nutty Trump cable networks where she said "President Trump is joining some of the most incredible people in history in being arrested today. Nelson Mandela was arrested, served time in prison. Jesus was arrested and murdered . . . . .". And to top it off, the reporter kissed her.  

    • I'm actually sympathetic to Trump in some legal nerdy ways:
      • In his defense, I think it's a little weird that its a misdemeanor in New York to "falsify business records" even with the records are kept internally or not kept at all. There is an element of "intent to defraud" but that's certainly a murky standard. (New York Penal Law §175.05)
      • And I think it's weird that the the case gets to be upgraded to a felony when you additionally "intend to commit another crime" (§175.10) but the indictment, which is supposed to put you on notice of what the government says you did wrong, doesn't have to specify what that specific crime is. 
        • Along those lines, the DA filed a 13 page "Statement of Facts" but even it doesn't cite the extra crime that Trump allegedly intended to commit.  Side note: I don't what the purpose of that document is. 
    • My sympathy ends there. He was grifting off a fake mugshot even before the arraignment occurred.

    • Trump, despite the judge's warning, went of a rant last night of Mar-a-Lago.  I'll say it again and again: The normal Republicans have got to take control back of their party.  
    • Then again, we are, collectively, the dumbest country in the world and probably deserve whatever is coming regardless of what it is.  
    • Speaking of. Wise County's Congressman continues to embarrass us every day. He called the New York District Attorney "Fat Alvin."  

  • There was a 20 year old man, Justin Carl, booked into the Wise County jail yesterday on a murder charge. The "date of offense" listed is the same date as listed for the previous arrests of one juvenile and one 17 year old who were charged in the death of 19-year-old Matthew Ryan Brown of Decatur. 

  • The 10 year sentence of the former Boyd assistant high school principal made the front page of the Star-Telegram.  That sentence was a the result of a plea bargain, and he'll have to serve at least five years before becoming eligible for parole.  

  • The most significant event in U.S. politics may not have been Trump's arraignment yesterday. It might be that the swing state of Wisconsin is now firmly Democratic and will stay that way. In the most expensive judicial race in U.S. history, a Democrat won a statewide Supreme Court race by a shocking 10 points giving the court a 5-4 liberal majority for issues of abortion and gerrymandering. In the end, the fallout from Dobbs overturning Roe v. Wade will continue to cause shock waves.

  • I finally took the time to watch the four minute video in this, now dropped, murder case in Tarrant County.  The mixture of everyone being armed and everyone quick to pull out their guns is what lead to needless death. (The full video is quick loading and amazingly can be found right now on the normally awful home page of the Star-Telegram.) A short 30 second version is here but it's not as informative.

  • Heck of a pic of the Nashville gun protests at their capitol.

  • I'm not sure what prompted Baylor to do this, but it dawned on me I was alive when Baylor had no black graduates. 

  • I saw the term "arrested" thrown around a lot yesterday.  I think anyone who's ever been arrested would tell you that wasn't an arrest.