Random Friday Morning Thoughts

By all reports, it was the first tie vote anyone could remember in Wise County. Of course, they didn't take my advice, it went to a second vote, and Sanders won by a not-so-close 120-34.

  • A misdemeanor assault case tried to a jury in Wise County was affirmed on appeal yesterday. 
    • Legal nerdy stuff: Oral arguments in that case were only 10 days ago. The speed from oral argument to written opinion might be some kind of record, 
  • I clicked on this headline to find out what happened to the dog, and determined that they might have buried the lede: "The Parker County Sheriff's Office says deputies, along with Weatherford police K9 officer Jack, were serving a warrant on Hancock Drive around 7:30 p.m. when the person they were serving fired at the deputies. Officers returned fire, killing the person they were serving."

  • The Texas House could vote today on school vouchers.   It will take a handful of Republicans who care about public schools, along with all the Democrats, to kill it. 

  • Breaking Politics: Attorney General Ken Paxton has endorsed the opponent of Jacksboro's David Spiller.  And he wasn't kind in doing it. Good lord!

  • Formula One is on the streets of the Las Vegas strip this weekend. The practice session, which started at 8:30 p.m. last night, was shutdown after nine minutes when the Ferrari car, driven by Carlos Sainz, hit a drain cover causing significant engine and frame damage." (Video: Driver view. Spectator, in a restaurant, view.)  The practice session didn't begin again until 2:30 a.m. and all fans were banned. It's going great. 

  • The painter (yes, painter) of the Jaws shark and swimmer has died.  The image was first created for the paperback edition of the book and was later used for the movie poster. One of the most iconic images of all time. 

  • The habitually lying Rep. George Santos finally said he won't seek re-election yesterday after a scathing House Report found, among other things, that he used campaign funds on OnlyFans. (He once denied knowing what OnlyFans was on Fox Business where the interviewer responded, in a fantastically funny way, "you just can't tell the truth." Video, 22 seconds long, here.)

  • Something weird is going on here.

  • Back in the day we would have said these guys look like "punks." "Five incidents were reported to police between 10:50 a.m. and 12:37 p.m. The residents said someone with a pellet gun in a grey sedan shot at them. Four residents were hit by the pellets, in another incident the pellet hit and shattered a storm door.  Three people hit by the pellets were taken to the hospital."

  • I didn't expect Osama Bin Laden to make headlines this week.  It all started when some young lady with only 371 followers on TikTok posted a video expressing her surprise at how eye-opining Bin Laden's 2002 Letter to the American People was.  Then things got weird when, with the help of Twitter, the video and comments went viral with people supporting her views and criticizing them. Then things got even weirder when TikTok banned the video, prohibited any similar ones, and The Guardian, which had first printed the letter and kept it on its website for over 20 years, took it down. (Here's a smart article on Slate discussing it all.)

  • Let's check in on Fox News.  I swear, that network spends all day trying to find something to be pissed off about. 

  • Legal nerdy stuff: Dear judges, don't do stuff like this. It doesn't make you "cool."

  • New episode of my show, It's Warehouses, People!™:

  • Idiocracy: "The Big 12 and WWE will introduce a custom-made title belt for this year’s Most Outstanding Player, a co-branded logo in-venue and on-field, and other Championship integrations featuring WWE Superstars." Official press release.

  • Random high school playoff score from last night: Brock won 76-13 over Muleshoe after leading at halftime, 62-0.
  • 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: 4 years and 134 days.