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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Still true. And that would not be good for me over the next decade. 

  • Perryton got crushed last night by a tornado.  That town seems to have a weird connection to Wise County becomes it seems like a local school is always playing them or playing there during the high school football playoff season. 

  • This image from a bank in Lavon in Collin County throws you off at first when you think a whole building collapse but it was just the drive-thru. Still bad, but not as bad. 

  • Fox 4 had better shot of the house where the dead woman and child were found.

    • And we got the first image of one of the deceased. 

  • I love Norm and have been listening to him since his morning KLIF show. I couldn't believe back then there was a whole radio show at 7:00 a.m. dedicated to sports.  And, no, he really didn't have time for bits back then. 

  • Travel crime news: 
    • Fear the hotel which is adjacent to big pool pump house.

    • Fear the guy you meet on a hiking trail near a German castle who wants to hang out. Story 

  • It's getting a little crowded.

  • Random sports notes:
    • Here's a quick loading video of Ranger Marcus Semien, the pitching coach, and the manager all being thrown out out of the game last night within seconds. 

    • Fun fact from yesterday.

    • Fun U.S. Open fact.

  • Legal bickering news. It's funnier if you read the story with the Texas Hammer screaming, "I want my money!" after every paragraph.

  • Legal nerdy stuff that is outside of my bailiwick but involves in Wise County: The Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed a property ruling in a divorce case yesterday handed down by retired judge Stephen Wren. 
  • 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, 346 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Kind of missed the blue state part. Still have faith in the Perry prediction. 

  • We've got another Wise County (alleged) murder. This one is wild where authorities say that a man killed his 42 year old wife and 11 year old daughter months ago and their bodies have been in a house south of Decatur for months.  It was on CR 4371 which has some really nice homes on it. 

    • Man, for a county which hardly ever saw a murder, we've had an avalanche of them recently.
    • The Wise County Sheriff's Office desperately needs a PR person. The office apparently sent out a press release about this case, but you can't find it online anywhere. And their Facebook page and other social media accounts are silent about this killing which, I'm guessing, has a lot of public interest. Plus, they have no link on their web page for  media releases. This is 2023. 
  • This got my attention. Oncor had to pay the Messenger for an eight page spread today for a public notice about a massive web of powerlines going in on the southeast part of the county. They lines will run, very widely, from south of Rhome to Flower Mound. 

  • Trump federal case news: 
    • She is way in over her head: The judge in the Trump documents case, who had no prior judge experience before taking the bench in 2020, has presided over only four criminal cases for a grand total of 14 days. 

    • Doesn't surprise me. 

  • Here is your biennial reminder that Gov. Abbott is just grandstanding because, in Texas, every bill passed by the legislature will automatically take effect unless the governor vetoes it. Passed bills do not require his signature. 

    • Abbott and Dan Patrick are fighting over property taxes and Abbott, as a ruse of retaliation, hasn't been "signing" Senate originated passed bills like he has those from the House. But he also has vetoed three Senate bills and has been snarky about it. 
  • This is theft. According to the story, the State has allocated $7 million of your taxpayer dollars to pay private attorney's fees to prove to skeptical federal judge that its foster care system in good shape.  And $1,300 an hour is aggravated theft. The lawyer is also the wife of the way-over-the-top Fifth Circuit Trump appointed judge, James Ho.

  • Most of the local news had video of a concrete boom exploding in Richardson.  How much do one of those things run?  

  • By comparison, little Wise County, right next door, is around 70,000.

  • He's a child.

  • Legal stuff: Yesterday, the Court of Criminal Appeals finally settled the venue question in Ken Paxton's state charges.  The indictment was handed down in 2015. 

  • This SEC thing is going to take some time to get used to. Side note: Texas also goes to Michigan that year in a non-conference game. Brutal. 

  • Messenger - Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

From the whatever-happened-to department: He received 10 years probation to a drug charge with four months in the Tarrant County jail as a condition of that probation.

  • Trump's arraignment was yesterday. This is clever: 

    • If you've ever been arrested, Trump's appearance yesterday didn't feel like an arrest especially since he didn't have to pose for mugshot. But that's what it was -- technically at least. From the official docket of the federal court: 

    • We had one actual arrest after the arraignment because this guy jumped in front of Trump's limo. Video.

    • Let's check in on Fox News from yesterday.
      • This was last night around 8:00 p.m.  They've lost their minds. 

      • And this wasn't Melania -- it was actually Margo Martin who is part of Trump's communications team who has been with him for years. 

    • Of all the bluster over the charges from the Ultra-MAGA extremist crowd, one thing is clear: No one is saying he didn't do it.   Even he admits it when he says, like he did last night on TV, that he had a "right" to the documents. That is not a winning strategy. 
  • Oh, good grief.

  • Remember yesterday how I said I think Fox 4 has a Twitter bot which copies designated WFAA weather tweets and reposts them with a slight addition? It happened again several times yesterday afternoon and caught one of them immediately after it happened:

  • I haven't mentioned the story of the Utah woman accused of killing her husband and then writing a children's book about dealing with grief, but her Google search history was released yesterday and that go my attention: 

  • Forgot to mention this from last Friday: The doggie toy on the right is illegal so says the Supreme Court. 

  • Big day for OU and Texas: This SEC will release football schedules for 2024 today at 6:00 p.m. CST.