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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Just a photo of a Wise County contingent visiting the legislature. A lot has changed in 10 years.

  • It's beginning to look like the U.S. used a $400,000 missile to take down a $100 hobby balloon over Lake Huron.  I've seen both Fox News and MSNBC mention this story

  • An expected step in the process has occurred. There was a deadline to indict him by the end of the month or there would have been bond implications.  (If you are wondering why they aren't showing up in the Wise County online records at this moment, it normally takes until the next morning after the grand jury meets before the update occurs.)

  • There's not many details other than "police say Richard Laird had been communicating with the girl just before she disappeared from her home on Sunday."

    • The girl was found, and this was the headline three days ago:

  • A wild chase early yesterday morning in Lake Worth left a bunch of folks injured. The ages were three men (28, 18 and 16) and one teenage girl (13) who is in the worst shape.  They allegedly had a pretty good stash of cocaine and heroine in the car.  I saw the dashcam footage on Fox 4 last night, but I can't find it online. 

  • Yesterday an appeals court rebuffed Kari Lake's efforts to steal the Arizona election like a fascist, so she immediately tried to make money off of it. What a nutcase. What a grifter. 

  • Oh, my (Out of Wisconsin.)

  • Oh, my again. (Out of D.C.)

  • Good for him.  There once was a time when a vice-presidential candidate had to withdraw from the ticket simply because he had been treated for depression years earlier. 

  • Greg Abbott gave his State of the State speech last night behind closed doors at some corporation's headquarters in San Antonio where the press wasn't invited and cell phones were banned. I actually found it on some spare channel and got to see them break down the stage afterwards. Very wheels off. 

  • "According to the lawsuit, Diggs was leasing a home in the 3400 block of Hollow Pine Drive in Frisco with a one-year lease term and a monthly payment of $5,500."  Here's the neighborhood on Streetview. It's nice, but I don't think that's $5,500 a month. Maybe I'm wrong. 

  • A man on Texas Death Row, scheduled to executed in September, died yesterday. That's just weird to type.
  • 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, 227 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

The merger of American and United was approved by both boards. American was in a bad way having filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. 

  • And another.  Here is the video of people running for their lives as gunshots rang out last night.

  • Yesterday, a man rushed the defendant in the courtroom before the sentencing in a Buffalo mass shooting case, and you've probably seen the video. At first I thought he knew there was no way he could get to the shooter, but he is so big that he might have actually pulled it off if he had lowered his shoulder and gave it the good ol' college try. But I'm not sure his heart was really into it.

  • This story came out over the weekend, but I just saw it, and it has some some crazy footage. Below is a still shot of a video of an anti-tank missile traveling horizontal to the ground towards a bunch of aid workers in Ukraine, including an American who was a former marine. The New York Times even has the video which is included in the story. (I was able to "gift" the link since it is normally behind a paywall.)

  • The chances of military aircraft being involved in any crash on U.S. soil is very high. We had a Blackhawk helicopter go down yesterday in Alabama, killing two. 

  • I ranted about Texas Scorecard yesterday trying to demonize teachers, and now they have new ammunition

  • If he was flying in underage girlfriends, he is going to get away with it. 

  • I saw this headline, but it really was somewhat old news. The missed bullet and the autopsy error were discovered many months ago and led to a complete overhaul of the ME's office. This is now the trial that the DA has decided to go forward with. This guy now has to take it in the shorts over someone else's mistake. 

  • For a second there I thought this was about the rapper 50 Cent. 

  • Rest in Peace to the bombshell of my youth.

  • This was amazing. The Rangers posted the tweet below yesterday morning to promote their off-season signing of Jacob deGrom, who they will pay $185,000,000 over five years.  In less than an hour, the team announced that muscle tightness prevented him from throwing on the first day of spring training. 

  • Yes, I'm having a talk with my Weather Team.  I don't want to hear any mumbo jumbo about the "the cap." 
  • The domestic violence charges against the former UT basketball coach were dismissed yesterday and probably properly so. There was probably no way the DA could win it.  

    • But UT made it clear in its dismissal letter that it such a result was not going to change anything. 

  • Only one minute of this album is available to listen to, but I want it. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

In one of the all-time weird stories that was quickly forgotten, this week in 2013 a man called 911 saying he had hurt his back falling off of 380 onto Sandy Creek. He was airlifted. Then it was discovered that the same man, a couple of weeks earlier, had called 911 in Tarrant County after reporting he had fallen eight feet off a trail by Lake Worth. But it gets weirder. Less than a month after the Big Sandy Creek 911 call, he will again call 911 reporting he had been bitten by a snake in Jacksboro.

  • "If Sandy Hook didn't change America, nothing will." The faces of the dead at Michigan State: 

  • When seeing stories like this, I used to sometimes wonder if a child had been, perhaps properly, just overly cautious/suspicious and had simply misinterpreted a situation. After Athena Strand, I don't think that any longer.

  • Crane Man finally came down yesterday morning albeit in a harness. He became "more cooperative" after the weather worsened.  

  • Texas Scorecard is a far-right wing website born from money of the same West Texas Oil Men who created the big money Empower Texans PAC. Its big purpose these days is school vouchers which is just an attempt to funnel tax money from public schools to Christian private schools. To do so, lately they've gone on an attack of public schools trying to scare you into believing the aren't safe. Boyd was in their cross-hairs yesterday. Note how they don't even call the accusations as "charges" or "alleged conduct." It states it as fact. They better hope they are right.  (But the story also quotes a go-to source which also blamed "over-sexualized kids.")

  • If you haven't seen the video of a Philadelphia crowd destroying a car -- and celebrating on top of it -- before the Super Bowl game, here you go. Cops are looking for those involved and released their own video of still photos gathered from social media trying to ID as many of them as they can.

  • One of the "very fine people" at the white supremacy rally at Charlottesville is no longer with us. That's him, or was him, in the center of the photo. 

  • Everyone thinking there has been some type of Chernobyl in Ohio might want to to tap the brakes. It's ok to be very cautious about the aftermath of the train derailment over a week ago, but I'd stop there.  All the hysteria seems to have started with this post by an anti-vax documentarian who is big into satanic conspiracy theories as well. 

  • This is on the cover of the San Antonio paper today. I don't know if I could find eight ladies, much less 58, willing to go along with this. 

  • Speaking of wedding bits, I should have used this photo yesterday to go along with my "that's a bad bit" bullet point for the Mavs' game wedding. 

  • Liberally Lean Always Accurate Wise County Forecast: Brief storms peak around 5:30 p.m. today. Cold front comes in at 1:00 a.m.  High temperature tomorrow is 44.