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

(I checked. The kayakers are OK.)

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Add something else to the list I don't remember.  

  • The independent prosecutor has now indicted Trump on seven counts in Miami federal court. It's almost hard to wrap your brain around the fact that a former president has been charged. But he earned it. And Fox News can dismiss it all they want, but he's in serious trouble on this one - primarily because he can't keep his mouth shut

    • Just breaking: The case has initially been assigned to Trump-appointee U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon who bent over backwards last year in trying to appoint a "special master" in the documents case. This is quite the immediate plot twist. 

    • While the ultra-MAGA extremists rushed to his defense, Trump wasted no time in trying to make money off his new federal criminal issues. At least the man stays committed to the one thing he worships. 

    • The reaction on social media was crazy but none as crazy as this. I don't speak Insurrection so will someone interpret this from a congressman from Louisiana for me? That's a little disturbing. We live in dangerous times. 

  • And just as the Trump news broke, the guy who allegedly bribed Ken Paxton, and who is at the center of the impeachment scandal, was being booked into jail on federal charges. 

  • We are using floating borders now?

    Hey, look! The $300,000 Man/Abbott Prop was there.
    Don't worry about that drowning part.


  • Now this is one particular incompetency finding which makes perfect since to me. The 43 year old lawyer is from Granbury.

  • Oh good grief.

    • Question: Does a teacher now have an absolute right to post the sign below? Seems so. Why wouldn't he or she? (This issue arose when the last session passed a law requiring schools in general to post similar signs so long as the signs were donated and not paid with public funds.) 
  • The Star-Telegram found out the names behind Ron DeSantis upcoming visit to Fort Worth where it will cost you $3,300 to see him.

    • I thought that last name looked familiar. Flashback

  • "Cracker Barrel has fallen."  This is exhausting. 

  • Legal stuff.
    • General: A capital murder defendant took the stand in his death penalty punishment phase in a case currently going on in Bell County. That's unusual. But this tidbit in the story really got my attention. Marks is the defendant. 

    • Legal Nerdy stuff: There was a sanctions hearing in the ChatGPT created brief case.  I don't think that lawyer Schwartz was qualified to be, uh, a lawyer. Oh, my. 

  • 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, 339 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Ten years ago, we learned that the government was spying on us like nobody's business. I thought everyone would go nuts over this. I was wrong. No one cared. Side note: I have forgotten that the leak was from Edward Snowden. 

  • Breaking. That was a wild ride. And I'm being too kind. 

  • This will be the Wise County Sheriff's last term in office. The big rumor for over a year was that he would retire early and step down now at the midway point, but that apparently is not going to happen. 

  • New York is quite the scene these days.

  • Flamboyant lawyer Tony Buzbee, who I can only assume is really good despite sounding like an absolute crackpot every time I've heard him, has officially entered the fray and will represent Ken Paxton in his impeachment trial in the Senate.

    • He's about to find out that his normal way of doing things ain't happening in the Senate where they create their own rules. It's not going to be a "real trial."

    • You might remember Buzbee from some of his past escapades especially this one involving a date who was wonderfully named Lindy Lou Layman:

    • By the way, The House's prosecution lawyer, Rust Hardin, had a response to Buzbee which made reference to this movie clip.

  • Say what?

  • Mike Pence announced his run for president and had his strongest words yet about Trump. He doesn't stand a chance.  

  • I just mentioned Troy and women a couple of days ago. Story.

  • Legal nerdy stuff: I haven't read it, but this is a heck of way to start off a dissent in a federal drug case handed down yesterday by the Fifth Circuit.

  • "It's warehouses, people! See ya next week!"

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

There was a time when a car crash photo was guaranteed to make the front page of the Messenger. 

  • That was shocking and shockingly fast. Within a year of entering the golf game, the Saudis bought out the PGA. What else could they buy?

  • Here's an odd tidbit in connection with the "ghost plane" over D.C. that lead to the sonic bomb on Sunday:

  • Eccentric plaintiff's lawyer Tony Buzbee might represent Ken Paxton in the impeachment trial after all. We will find out today at 2:00 p.m. He prematurely announced this over the weekend before deleting the social media post -- not exactly a great start. Regardless, we might get us a circus if he enters the fray. 

  • The skies above New York were smoky last evening due to Canadian wildfires.


  • Let's check in late next week to see if Delkus is just looking for attention with this far away forecast.

  • It didn't seem like a bad weather day yesterday, but a lightning strike did quite the number of the home close to Mira Vista in southeast Fort Worth.

  • Chris Christie entered the presidential race yesterday and took straight aim at Trump. Let's check on Trump Jr. this morning for a reaction.  Have I told you how much I hate Junior?

  • Legal stuff. Man, there continues to be fallout from the Supreme Court's decision last year expanding the Second Amendment. Yesterday, the Third Circuit gutted, at least in part, a federal "felon in possession" law.

  • Media breaking news: The guy trying to revamp CNN, and who thought it would be a good idea to give Trump a town hall meeting in a roomful of worshipers, is out.

  • The Washington Post coverage on the Ranger's signing debacle: 

  • What happened to that strange Michael Irvin I-Didn't-Harass-Her lawsuit?