Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Texas Senate protests were pretty ramped up back in the day. (And on the same week, another lady was forcibly removed while she was speaking at hearing -- probably illegally so. I did a post about it with the video.)

  • Here's the video of the incident which got a Sanger (and former Wise County) police officer fired and indicted. It's bad, but not as bad as I expected. But the fact that his report of the incident contradicted what actually went down did not help matters.

  • Moments ago, the FDA approved over-the-counter birth control pills for the first time.

  • Ukraine's President Zelenskyy backed off his comments criticizing NATO for not immediate letting Ukraine into the alliance. Side note: He is a really small guy.

  • President Biden "will be just 120 miles from Russia’s border when he stops in Helsinki on Thursday to celebrate Finland’s newly-minted membership in NATO." This is also the five year anniversary of Trump standing on stage with Putin in Helsinki and telling the world that he believes Putin over law-enforcement intelligence that Russia had invaded social media with bots to try an influence the American election. It was a jaw-dropping moment
  • The amount of disrespect and contempt that the Ultra-MAGA Extremists have for the FBI and law enforcement is shocking. That was evident yesterday in a House hearing involving FBI Director Christopher Wray -- a man who was appointed by Trump to the position. 

  • Local quick hits:
    • Think I powered down when I read the announcement of a new Sheriff candidate? And the rest of it comes off the same talking point list. 

    • This is part of an ad for the Bridgeport Christmas in July Festival and Toy Drive. I can't say I'm familiar with the Vandoliers' presumably fine work, but what's the deal with the shirtless guy?

    • I meant to post this late last week.  Elaine Hays is the former Elaine Taylor who grew up in Bridgeport. She is the daughter of the late Gordon Taylor

  • On the heels of Fox News agreeing to a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion,  Ray Epps has finally sued Fox News and Sean Hannity for defamation for the January 6th lies saying he was a planted federal agent. I was waiting on this. The Petition is here -- it's an amazing collection of screenshots and quotes.

  • I'm not sure what's going on here. It was a trial before a judge and not a jury, and the facts were stipulated to. I'm pretty sure there wasn't even live testimony. 
    • From the story: "What made Beeks’ acquittal more remarkable was that it came after he largely stipulated to the actions the government accused him of taking, a negotiated set of facts that typically is the equivalent of a guilty plea. But [Judge] Mehta, after reviewing the facts, said the evidence simply wasn’t sufficient to sustain a conviction."
    • He also represented himself!
    • When arrested, he was playing Judas in a traveling show of Jesus Christ, Superstar.
    • And he's a self-proclaimed "Sovereign Citizen."
    • There's a lot going on here. 

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