It's Friday -- Let's Get Out of Here

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was a response to Sandy Hook. I suppose that policy has been repealed because they wouldn't, heaven forbid, want to appear to be "woke."

  •  It's the second anniversary of the day we almost lost America: The Trump Insurrection.  

  • The Speaker vote continues. Eleven votes and still no Speaker of the House. They will go through the motions again today. Delicious. 

    • Relevant 1/6 flashbacks of two of the big players in this fiasco:

    • This weird photograph posted by Wise County's own crazy Ronny Jackson is getting a little more relevant. Lauren Boebert, who is leading the charge against McCarthy, is standing beside Jackson, and Byron Donalds, who is getting votes for Speaker, is on the far left.

  • Photojournalist Fox4Terry out there breaking news this morning. Here's the location on a map if interested.  

  • The full probable cause affidavit in the Idaho slayings has been released, and the New York Times has a great timeline summary of it (free link).  Although the survivors in the multi-level apartment are innocent, the fact below is almost impossible to fathom. Remember that the 911 call won't be made until almost noon.  Kernodle is one of the victims here: 

  • Re: The recovering Buffalo Bills player. Anyone buying that this is how it all went down two nights ago?

  • Remember how  I believed cops were using a database of license plate readers to instantly determine, during a traffic stop, where the car had been over the last few days? Well, I was right and it's no longer a secret. The national database the cops use is called "DEASIL" and the log-in page for law enforcement is on the web. And DPS even openly solicits local agencies to become a part of it's license plate reader database system. I've seen cops now openly talk about the database on bodycams.

  • Gone.

  • This Tarrant County judge needed to throttle it back a little bit regarding his "contempt of court" dog and pony show -- a show where the big finale shamefully occurred behind closed doors.  This was all over an alleged violation of a "gag order" for witnesses -- which is arguably unconstitutional in the first place. And then to resolve the issue in the shadows is a bad look. (He's made the news before.)

    KERA reporter

  • Tarrant County DA/Judge news. I've heard of other big moves coming. 

  • 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, 185 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

From the Messenger's 1/15/13 issue. The home was just west of Decatur.

  • Still no results in the election for the Mayor of Crazytown.

    • Trump had no impact in getting him elected, so another man is coming to the rescue before dawn.

    • This Speaker's election is turning everything upside down. Last night Hannity went after Boebert, and MSNBC invited her on.   

    • The hosts on Fox and Friends are mad at the "20 rebels" this morning

  • Reading between the lines of the Messenger's most recent lead story, the hospital in Decatur will most certainly be sold to HCA - "a massive healthcare provider based out of Nashville with 182 hospitals." On possibly a related note, is this report from the American Hospital Association.

  • The alleged killer of the four students in Idaho was brought back to the state last night. Although no new facts were released, Nance Grace was on TV this morning to convict him.  (Honestly, I just wanted an excuse to post this screenshot.) 

  • Missed this one yesterday out of Granbury.

  • I want that woman's press agent. The Decatur High grad who gave birth to twins in different years made it all the way to Good Morning America

  • Does anything matter anymore?  

  • Montague County news.

  • On the morning of December 30th (last Friday), there was a ridiculously long line wrapped around Spec's liquor at Walnut and Central Expressway in Dallas. Some thought it was because of all liquor stores being closed on the following Sunday and Monday, but that wouldn't make sense for a Friday. Turns out, it had something to do with a release of a bourbon. It all makes no sense to me.

  • It was a 20 year contract over in Denton, but there was a strange "opt out" provision. Apogee has now opted out of UNT naming rights.

  • Random passing rates for the State Bar exam.

  • Buc-ee’s by the Speedway is adding a $6 million car wash


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

At least one of those shows still appears on TV with regularity

  • The House of Representatives has grinded to a halt after the Republican majority can't decide on who they want to be Speaker. After three votes, they are still out of luck.  And with each vote, Kevin McCarthy got less votes. 

    • More accurately, about 20 crazy Republicans have hijacked the party which is pretty much how the Republican Party operates these days. Texas has 3 of the 20: Chip Roy, Michael Cloud, and the newly elected Keith Self out of Plano (who, I just remembered, only won because of the crazy Van Taylor affair story.)

    • The Republicans have such a slim majority that it was actually the Democrat nominee, Hakeem Jeffries, who garnered the most votes after all three votes. But you need 218 to win. It will be a Republican, we just don't know who. They are back in session at 11:00 CST.

    • Breaking: The Pope of The Republican Party has issued an edict the morning: Vote for Kevin McCarthy because he will "do a good job, and maybe even a great job." This just got even more entertaining. 

    • One weird thing about this is that no Congressman can get sworn in for this new 118th Congress until there is a speaker chosen. Yet every member of this new Congress is voting on the Speaker before being sworn in.  Not sure how that works
  • Nothing like a fender bender turning into two guys drawing down and opening firing one one another,  with one killing the other, in front of Dick's Sporting Goods in Alliance Town Center at high noon. 

  • Details emerge about the again indictments against the Clay County Sheriff.
  • Related: A citizen journalist trying to cover the Sheriff's arrest had her phone ripped from her and thrown on a building. A "local Henrietta businessman", who is no stranger to Clay County politics, was arrested by a constable as a result. Clay County is wild. 
  • "Buster" of Dave & Buster's has died, apparently due to suicide. Police were called to his Lakewood Home two days ago.  “Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain,” Corley’s daughter Kate Corley told WFAA.

  • Tucker Carlson decided to use a life threatening injury to spread COVID vaccine misinformation and doubt last night.  He's not alone. These people are all around you. Amazing. 
  • The Texas Comptroller just casually dropped on Twitter yesterday than the budget surplus in Texas will be over $27 billion.  How does everyone not understand that this is proof positive we are being over-taxed?
  • A faithful reader pointed out to me yesterday that my bullet point about the Denton couple who had twins born in different years actually involved a mother, Kali Jo Scott, who went or graduated from Decatur High School.
  • Fun fact: Almost everyone in the country is closer to a National Park than Wise County.