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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This spelling error really happened.

  • You just knew that was coming. 

    • All the conspiracy nuts can calm down over this news as well. The Navy heard an explosion which they thought was probably the sub but they weren't sure. They relayed the info to the Coast Guard which also also couldn't be sure it was the sub. What are you going to do? Call off the search. Nope, you'll continue to look just as hard as if no explosion had been heard. 

    • The New York Times changed a headline.

  • "The Wise County Republican Party voted last night to condemn to House impeachment of AG Ken Paxton."

  • It's the one year anniversary of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

    •  It's hard to imagine how Roe was overturned by a reality TV star (Trump) who picked three Supreme Court justices (Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett) from a list prepared by a guy (Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society) who arranged free luxury trips for two other sitting Supreme Court justices (Alito and Thomas.) And those five justices made up the Dobbs five person majority.

  • Reports of police departments being defunded were greatly exaggerated. It even has its own drone that can be launched off of it.  

  • There's a lot going on 287 heading into I-35 in north Fort Worth. But this new strip center at Blue Mound Road is pretty small.  Anyone remember what that whole area looked like 20 years ago? Fields everywhere. 

  • Legal stuff: Here are the sanctions handed down by the judge against the lawyer who used ChatGPT which spit out some fake cases authored by real judges. What he has to do is a little weird. The $5,000 sanction might be considered light.  

  • Very in the weeds political thread: A State representative and a Wise County resident got into a Twitter fight over a "rogue" meeting of Ultra-MAGAs in Denton. 
  • I don't know anything about the NBA draft but this missive about a Kansas player made me laugh:

  • 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, 354 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

I still think about it. It's available online for free.

  • The tiny Texas town of Matador (pop. 571) was leveled last night.  

  • Texas AG Ken Paxton's impeachment trial will begin on September 5th based upon the rules that were adopted late last night in the Texas Senate by a vote of 25-3 (with 3 not voting).

    • Here's an interesting part: Those rules will prevent Sen. Angela Paxton from voting. However, her physical appearance at the trial will be counted towards the total number of Senators "present" in calculating on whether there are the 2/3rds of votes in favor of impeachment. I'm bad at math, but that has the net effect of allowing her to functionally be a no vote even without formally voting, right? 

    • But she got to vote on whether she won't be allowed to vote. Guess how she voted:  

  • As of right now, the missing Titanic exploring sub should have run out of oxygen -- at 6:08 a.m. CST.  It probably ran out way before that. 
    • Fox and Friends somehow knows what depth the sub, however.   

    • Side note: I'm beginning to think that a 1/3 of the population is as dumb as a box of rocks and look for a conspiracy theory under every one of those rocks. 

  • A good lick against the Insurrectionists but, if it could legally be done, I'd have drug him back into the courtroom and doubled the sentence after he spouted off. 

  • It finally happened:

  • One thing I noticed about the Alito scandal is that he and the guy on the left go fishing in button-up dress shirts. 

  • Idiocracy:
  • Legal nerdy stuff which involves math: The EPA in a lawsuit in the Fifth Circuit made a request to increase the word limit of its brief to 50,000 words. (Sheesh.) But check their math:
    • The Motion:

    • And the funny thing is that the court granted it without comment.

  • Messenger - Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

And that was 10 years ago. No wonder he hasn't retired. 

  • In the most recent murder in Wise County, WFAA and the Dallas Morning News report today that the alleged killer did not confess after all.  The word "admitted" was used in the WCSO press release, but it only said he admitted to the bodies being in the garage. 

    • Excerpt from WFAA story:

    • I went back and looked, and the defendant's claim that they boy did the killings was actually buried in the original story in the Messenger seven days ago.  
  • From Stephen F. Austin University: The only thing better than this headline about an assistant bowling coach are the coach's quotes in the story defending himself. 

    The quotes are in the link.

  • ProPublica does it again this morning. This time they have a story of Justice Samuel Alito being flown on a private jet to an Alaskan resort by a billionaire hedge fund manager who later had cases before the court. 

    • Alito's defense, in an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, was that the seat of the private jet would have been empty otherwise -- at least as far as he knew. Sheesh. 

  • Our long national nightmare is over.  The irony of the MAGA boys supporting the prosecution is that he's pleading guilty to two things they don't want to see criminalized: Cheating on your taxes and lying on a form when you buy a gun. They don't think there should be an IRS or gun forms. 

  • Maybe I'm just getting old, but this heat wave feels worse than normal. Side note: And if the cost of lawn care or construction is getting high, it should. Those guys deserve to be paid for working in this mess. 

  • If the corridor between Fort Worth and Alliance Airport (and eventually onwards to Denton) wasn't already booming enough, it's about to get bigger.  A 6.7 mile tollway express opened this morning between the 287/I-35 exchange and Alliance. 

  • Gold from a Texas caller on CSPAN. Video.

  • Ranger fans are bent out of shape about a replay reversal of a call made at home plate that decided the game last night. Here's the video. 

  • I just checked -- the submarine has still not been found.