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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Spoiler alert: The Bridgeport hospital did not stay open.

  • It's St. Patrick's day. And it is still the greatest newscast of all time.

  • Compare and contrast these two stories coming out on the same day in Wichita Falls about a high profile capital murder case that just wrapped up.
    • Story One: Taxpayer's paid a bunch to convict defendant who had huge financial resources.

    • Story two:

  • 14 and 45

  • Fox News is still peddling this silliness to its evening audience.

  • Respect For the Second Amendment Act? Are we going to have to bow down before it now? How about the kids in Uvalde saying a pledge of allegiance to it?  Hey, a law that forces us to have respect for any subject is baloney.

  • This is kind of a weird thing to do. He couldn't sell it at a listing of $8.5 million so he is going the auction route with a starting bid of $2.5 million.  Then again, who can argue with a man who ran RadioShack. The story says he retired in 2015 which, I determined, is the same year the company declared bankruptcy. (The property is in the Tanglewood area near TCU.)

  • Trump is going very 1930s Germany by releasing a dark video where he said Russia is not our greatest threat but that America ("ourselves") is as he blamed the border (Hispanics), collapse of the "nuclear family" (guess who), "rogue" big cities (name your minority) and those who would make us a "Godless nation worshiping at the alter of race, gender, and environment." It's all coded language.

  • You don't hear much about it, but the federal seditious conspiracy trial in D.C. against the Proud Boys is now completing week ten. And the prosecution hasn't rested yet. 
  • I keep coming back to the highlighted portion of this story.  But here's the video of the aggressive monkey and, I promise you, it's worth watching just to hear the country guy say, "What's a monkey doing in Oklahoma!!!" 

  • Finally an unflattering article on Troy Aikman. I bet he's a royal prima donna. Not to mention not having a lick of a sense of humor.

  • Liberally Lean Tourney Day 1.

  • 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, 256 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

That was from my week in Destin in 2013. I think I'd be a good travel blogger for the common man. 

  • Final chance to sign up for the Liberally Lean Pick-Em Tourney. Games begin this morning. 

  • Footage has been released this morning of the Russian plane dumping fuel on an American drone before clipping it. 

  • From the Liberally Lean Weather Center: (1) The best chance of storms today in Wise County is around 3:00 p.m. but this will be hit and miss. (2) What is for certain is the cold front hitting at 5:30 with temperatures dipping to 36 degrees tomorrow morning with a high of 51 on Friday. 
  • The installation of underground fiber cables in Bridgeport has been like a bull in a china shop.

  • This guy who was booked in yesterday at the Wise County Jail has some all-time aliases. 

  • Trump leads DeSantis in a brand new Quinnipiac poll of Republicans for their choice in the primaries:

  • Here we go again at Fort Hood with yet another death. The army is being tight lipped about the investigation. 

  • Fort Worth Weekly is pulling no punches in a juicy story about a seedy relationship inside the far right wing cell phone company Patriot Mobile which is really a PAC.

  • This story came out last night. Heck, the whole team was almost there. 

  • "The son of former NHL player and interim Philadelphia Flyers GM Daniel Briere is accused of pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down the stairs at a bar in a disturbing surveillance video." The video really does show what a jerk move this was. He's a hockey star in his own right at Mercyhurst College.

  • It was very satisfying when this guy from Longview got tazed. Few people have ever deserved it more than him. Video. (Language warning.)

  • Your reminder that on 9/4/19 I predicted Zeke Elliott would be cut this off seasonThe fill-in hosts on the Ticket this morning said he probably "had two or three more years left." You know, I'm not sure he'll get any job at all.  Here are the all-time Cowboys rushing leaders:

    • G = Games played in. Att = Rushing attempts. AV=Some confusing analytical "value" rating.
  • Very random legal stuff about tort reform: A $50,000,000 punitive damage award in Georgia was reduced by the Georgia Supreme Court to $250,000 yesterday. If you are anti-tort reform, it could be a pretty good case to use as an example. 
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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Ten years of the Pope. We don't have a lot of pope talk in this next of the woods. 

  • The search for the driver involved in the alleged road rage case which killed a Decatur motorcyclist took a turn yesterday when it was revealed that a cameras in Aurora had clear images of what authorities now believe to be the truck involved.

    • But consider how the eyewitness(es) were wrong. The initial reports were that they saw a "water tank" on the flatbed. Authorities now believe it wasn't a water tank at all. But think about how wrong it could have all gone for you if you had just happened to be hauling a water tank on 287 that morning? 
    • Hey, wait a second. A Devil's Advocate would say: What what if the initial accounts were right and it was a water tank and the images above are some innocent guy who was just working right off of 287 that day? 
  • This Michael Irvin lawsuit, along with the press conference yesterday, is making me insane. 

    • First, let's talk about the dismissal and re-filing of the case in Arizona state court. This is what is really going on: 
      • The case was originally filed in Texas state court in Collin County.  But there is a constitutional "rule" that says a defendant in a civil case has an absolute right to "remove" the case to federal court so long as all the Plaintiff(s) and all the Defendant(s) are residents of different states.  That's what happened here. It was removed to federal court at Marriott's request.
      • But here is the the important part: A Plaintiff, like Irvin, who is seeking money generally doesn't like being in federal court. State courts are a much more friendly venue. So Irvin came up a way to get back to state court.
      • He filed a Motion to Dismiss the (now) federal case, refiled it in state court, but this time added a defendant who is a resident of the same state as Irvin. That's they key. So long as one Plaintiff and one Defendant are residents of the same state, the case can't be removed to federal court. 
      • I asked a smart lawyer yesterday if Irvin's lawyer can do that -- escape federal jurisdiction with a dismissal and simply refile the case in state court by adding a new defendant. He wasn't 100% sure you could. And he pointed out this: The federal case case hadn't been dismissed  yet.  Irvin had filed the Motion, but that Motion hasn't been granted by the federal court. So everyone keep an eye on that. Getting out of federal court sometimes isn't as easy as as filing a Motion to Dismiss. Edit: Admittedly could be wrong about the need for an Order.
    • The press conference itself yesterday made me want to scream. (Here is the YouTube video of the full press conference which also has the complete Marriott video.)
      • Irvin's lawyer is a gaslighter. He tells you what the video will show before he plays it and then it shows nothing like he described.  He's trying to create his own facts.

      • Irvin said he was so happy the video exists because it proves he didn't "commit sexual assault." Huh? Who says you did? No one. A Marriott employee says you said something offensive and the video is consistent with that.

      • Irvin keeps painting himself as the victim. Buddy, who you are really mad at is your employer, the NFL Network, for sanctioning you for doing something you've done all your life: Hit on women. 

      • This is the critical part everyone is ignoring. Irvin, and his lawsuit, are screwed because he called a Dallas radio station right after the NFL took him off the air and said this: 

      • This isn't a "he said/she said" situation. This is "she said/I don't remember because I was drunk" situation.  It's over. 
      • And, once again, Irvin is the one suing a hotel for $100 million! He's acting like he was wrongfully indicted by prosecutors for Aggravated Sexual Assault. 
      • And didn't Marriott behave exactly like we would want? A female employee reported to her boss that a guest had offensively propositioned her and that the guest had told her he would "look for her" later in the week. And the employee said it made her very concerned. The manager reported it up the chain which is exactly what you would expect, and want, especially in corporate America.  Do you want management to ignore the female employee and risk something bad happening? Or do you want her bosses to protect her? 
      • Rant over. 
  • Quick hits on current events:
    • Deep Ellum isn't helping itself. From last night:

    • War Games. 

    • Kids steal horses. Kids ride horses by highway. Horses get spooked. One kid and two horses die. 

  • Politicians in Austin were falling down over Dennis Quad making a visit yesterday.  And a credible source is saying he was in Bridgeport last week filming his latest movie.

  • The guy who has the greatest gig in the NFL is TCU's own Red Rocket. Never take a hit and make a fortune these days.

    • I was told that people would be breaking down doors to throw money at Cowboy's backup Cooper Rush this off-season. That certainly hasn't happened yet. 
  • Hey you Hayseeds! Sign up for the Liberally Lean Pick-Em Tourney. The deadline is tomorrow morning! You've got a chance to win no money, but you will achieve immortal fame. Which is nice. So far we have entries from . . . 
      • Hunter Biden's Laptop
      • Diggler 420 Smokelahoma 
      • I'm Standing In Line At The Bank (current event guy)
      • Barron Green (an incredible call back joke)
      • Free Britney (a current events oblivious guy jokester)