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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was a bullet point from 5/3/2013. A rate of 7.5% was fantastic back then. Here's how it all eventually played out:

  • And that unemployment old bullet point is relevant this morning because it was just announced that the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, the lowest since 1969. 

    • Here's your long-term historical chart updated seconds ago. I think we can all ignore the COVID Pandemic spike to be fair:

  • A great day for America yesterday as four Proud Boys were found guilty of of attempting to overthrow the United States.  The prosecutors told the jury on during closing arguments that they viewed themselves as “Trump’s army.” 

    • A timeline:
      • September 29, 2020: Trump tells Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” to a national TV audience during a debate when asked to condemn them. 

      • December 19, 2020: Trump tweets that there will “big protest” at the upcoming joint session of Congress on January 6th telling his supporters to “Be there, will be wild!”  

      • January 6, 2021: Proud Boys help to lead the Insurrection. 

      • March 25, 2023: In Waco, Trump defends the January 6th Insurrection at a rally telling the crowd that pardons will be coming.

      • May 4, 2023: Proud Boys leaders convicted of seditious conspiracy.

      • The future: There is one obvious man who needs to be in prison for Insurrection. 
        Not this guy. His daddy. 
  • I mentioned yesterday that the wife of the shooter in the Cleveland, Texas massacre was arrested, but I just saw the image of her being arraigned two days ago. Man, those are all new inmates in one Texas County jail on just a routine day. 
  • Another day, another Clarence Thomas scandal
    • In case you didn't know who Leonard Leo was, you've already seen him lately. He's in the painting: 

  • On the second day of the campaign, Ted Cruz's challenger is already utilizing the greatest photo of all time. 
  • We've got a wild college baseball betting scandal it seems. Last weekend, a massive unusual bet was placed on LSU right before its game with Alabama. Then it got suspicious: After the bet, but right before the game, it was announced that Alabama's starting pitcher would be scratched because of a last minute injury. The size of the bet and the last second scratch triggered a warning in Ohio where the bet was placed. It had all the tale-tell signs of a bet being placed because of inside information. It was so bad that the crazy step of suspending all betting on Alabama games in Ohio was taken.
  • There are still no campaign filing reports showing up yet for the Decatur ISD Parents Unite PAC. Once again, you can search for yourself here using Filer ID no. 00087681.
  • 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, 303 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Now that's a fun fact I threw out there in 2013.

  • Kudos to today's Messenger covering in detail the drama of the Decatur ISD elections. I won't released the details because they worked hard at it but, as a teaser, it does contain . . .

    • The names of contributors to the various PACs involved (with some names worthy of eyebrow raising). 
    • It also put the spotlight on the fringe group called Wise County Conservatives (which meets in a church and whose next meeting has an "expert" speaking on Texas seceding from the Union.) 

    • And the talk of the town, the controversial PAC called Decatur ISD Parents Unite is examined. It has yet to have its financial disclosure information appear on the State's web site. You can search for yourself here using Filer ID no. 00087681
  • And another. But I'll be dang if he wasn't caught this way: "Atlanta police said they received an alert that the vehicle's license plate was spotted on license plate-reading cameras near a facility close to the Atlanta Braves' ballpark."

  • ProPublica keeps releasing haymaker after haymaker about Justice Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow and they just unloaded another one this morning: 

  • A guy who was "screaming in an aggressive manner" on the subway in New York was choked to death by a passenger and it was caught on video.  I don't know what I think about this. You don't need to die just for acting like a nut on a New York subway but, before I pass judgment, I would want to know every little fact about what led up to their physical interaction. There were a couple of guys helping and they sure seemed to be in full support of the restraining. Story with some of the video.

  • There has yet to be a verdict in the Proud Boys trial for their role in the Trump Insurrection but the jury seems to be a stickler for detail

  • The Insurrection arrests keep coming. This time for a guy who threw an explosive device.  And to think the presumptive Republican presidential nominee continues to support these people and the attempted overthrow of the U.S. Government on January 6th.  It's absolutely as bonkers as the lead up to 1933 Hitler-led Germany. 

  • We've got a great new Tucker Carlson video of his comments after his show had ended about how his deposition with Dominion that day went. 

  • Epstein Islands have been sold for $60 million.

  • A pioneer in weight loss is going away

  • Jenna Ryan, The Little Ball of Insurrection™ and DFW realtor who took a private jet to the Trump Insurrection and ended up in federal prison for a few days because of it, made a desperate plea yesterday to raise money because, for some silly reason, she is suing PayPal. 

  • Here's more proof of my long-time investment tip of "there's money in warehouses."  In this case, we are going to the next step with a group who already took that advice and now is flipping three-fully leased warehouses which totals 485,000 square feet. No price was released. 

  • Sports: The numbers for those who have used the transfer portal to leave a college football program.

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Don't remember this event occurring to a Texas high school track team? There's a good reason. It turned out that the team's disqualification wasn't for "praising God" at all.  Even the kid's parents agreed after reviewing the videos that the gesture wasn't religious in nature.  

  • Did I forget to hit "publish" yesterday for two hours? Yes, I did. 
  • I was alerted that the name associated with the Decatur ISD Parents Unite PAC in governmental filings turned out to be the wife of a sitting board member.   That's the PAC that sent out the text message which caused the Superintendent to issue a strong retort. The PAC's Filer ID is 00087681.

  • The alleged mass murderer out of Cleveland, Texas was arrested late yesterday under a pile of laundry in a home in Cut and Shoot, Texas.  The AP reported this morning that his wife was also arrested.

  • An army of DPS Troopers cleared the capitol building yesterday during an anti-transgender "debate" on the House floor. 

  • Last week during a felony jury trial in Decatur, we had the occurrence of "The Great Toilet Incident of 2023" at the Wise County Don't-Call-It-An-Annex Courts Building.  The ensuing flood has prompted some reconstruction of the floors and walls of the structure which had its grand opening a couple of years ago. 

  • Sure, saying "That's not how men fight" implies other races do fight that way, but that's one of the least offensive things that Tucker Carlson has done compared to his regular on-air racist rants.

  • A 17 year old in a BMW almost took out an officer in Virginia on Monday. The video is wild. 

  • Collin Allred's challenge to Ted Cruz officially launched this morning. The election will be in November, 2024.  It seems like only yesterday that Cruz survived Beto's challenge, 50.9% to 48.3%.

  • Very nerdy legal stuff: A Texas criminal campaign law which caused a Collin County Commissioner candidate to get charged for sending out a text message while allegedly representing "that the communication emanates from a source other than its true source" was struck down by the Dallas Court of Criminal Appeals two days ago after a First Amendment challenge.