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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

He was one of the first to jump on the anti-federal government bandwagon which is the current mainstay of Texas Republican politics. (From the cover of the Star-Telegram on 10/23/23.)

  • A Wise County high profile aggravated assault on a peace officer conviction was affirmed on appeal yesterday. It involved Royce Wood and involved the shooting of officer Rex Richie in the New Fairview area. There's quite a bit of interesting non-related law stuff in there. 
  • Still on the run this morning.

  • Nine individuals have been booked into the Wise County Jail within the last two days with only immigration holds on them. I presume it is related to the raid at the Indian food restaurant in Alvord mentioned in the Update yesterday.
  • The Liberally Lean Weather Team™ tells me that winds shift to out of north around 3:00 p.m. but with storms developing this evening -- although they won't become heavy until around 10:00 p.m. They will then continue throughout the night.  High tomorrow afternoon is only 59.
    • Exclusive Warning: There is a weird quirk for a quick downpour at noon today. 
  • All Texas Tech parents freaked out last night:

  • I wonder what the common denominator is? Oh, . . . 

  • "The church shared the news in an email to its [5.000 member] congregation Thursday, saying that the beloved pastor 'passed away in his sleep due to natural causes.'”  Say what?

  • It is unfathomable to me that a man this unhinged will get the Republic nomination. I sometimes think I'm living in some virtual reality game because all this crap going on around me can't possibly be real. 

  • Cooking oil incident on 407 in Denton County. 

  • Follow-up from last week. At least that gunman on the run in the Northeast was found.

  • I can't find it anywhere but in the Messenger, but our state representative, Dr. Lynn Stucky, has demanded his opponent say something about the $55,000 he has taken from the West Texas Oil Man PAC:  “I am repulsed by the antisemitic propaganda coming from people like Nick Fuentes and call on my opponent Andy Hopper to publicly denounce the actions of Defend Texas Liberty and Jonathan Stickland.”  Hopper hasn't done so, nor has he distanced himself from the PAC or Stickland's Pale Horse Strategies whose offices is where the meeting between the White Supremacist and Stickland took place.
  • Yeah, this is a bit, but who out there thought it was actually a good bit?

  • My gut reaction was, "Hey! Don't we have new law to stop someone from competing in a sport 'that is designated for the biological sex opposite to the student ’s biological sex'?" Yep, we do. But it's only for college sports, so this Mansfield kicker doesn't get inadvertently caught up in it.

  • Random sports thoughts: Would the Rangers be in the World Series if they had had to play home games outdoors in last summer's crazy heat? I don't think so. 

  • A very Halloween-ish photo from the Mavericks-Spurs opening game. 

  • 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: 4 years and 113 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

I don't remember it, but bring that back!

  • We have a ruling ruling in the Tanner Horner capital murder case. The newly appointed attorneys will remain on the case, and the higher court's stay, which has put the case on hold for two months, has been lifted.  What I predicted last week turned out to be true: (1) The Court basically punted and decided to not get involved after all, and (2) they pointed out that once the defendant testified on the record (at last week's hearing) that he wanted the new lawyers instead of his old ones, that eliminated all potential problems feared by the D.A. 

  • It felt like we got a lot of rain but, in comparison, we got robbed. 

  • American Carnage. We had another mass shooting in the U.S. last night -- this time in Maine. At least 16 (or 22, reports conflict) are dead, and the shooter is on the loose. He's a 40 year old white male, former military guy, and firearms instructor. It looks like he used an AR-15 type weapon.  The greatest country in the world, right?


  • We finally have a House Speaker: The normal Republicans in the House caved and elected an election denier and ultra MAGA extremist. He's Jim Jordan with a better haircut and a jacket. 

    • He believes that state government can criminalize homosexual conduct and extra-martial affairs. From 2003:

    • A year ago, his name was buried in a story in the New York Times about why some Republicans voted to not certify the election results despite no evidence of fraud. 

    • More proof that the normal Republicans caved to the crazies yesterday: Trump celebrated.

    • Oh, and in light of the Maine mass shooting, look who else is happy: 

  • The Texas House was in an uproar yesterday as it debated House Bill 4 by David Spiller (R-Jacksboro) which broadly gives state officer powers to arrest and remove individuals they think are in the country illegally. This caused one lawmaker to royally cuss out out others on the House Floor. (Video

    • It passed 84-60 in the middle of the night, and will now go to the Senate. Arizona passed a similar law once, and it was quickly declared unconstitutional. This one will be as well. 
    • In another immigration vote, the House approved Senate Bill 4 which criminalizes those which gives undocumented immigrants a ride in your car regardless of how long they've been in the country. You ever given a ride to someone in the country illegally? 
  • Buried in the news is a hurricane that went from a Category 1 to a Category 5 in less than 24 hours and hit Acapulco straight on. This GIF showing the development of it is really, really good.

  • Legal nerdy stuff: Here's a PDF of the new forfeiture agreement between the Denton D.A. and law enforcement where the D.A.'s office keep 80% of the forfeiture proceeds. Just a reminder: Forfeiture is legalized government theft. Flashback: 
  • The Business Second™
    •  A whole block?

    • Are they going to raise interest rates again?

  • Messenger - Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

You can still Google the words "Ridiculously Photogenic Football Player" and 
this photo will come up. 

  • The auto strike has now come to Arlington. That is over 5,000 workers. 

  • Wise County is right in the heart of this. 

  • Jenna Ellis issued a "tearful apology" in the Trump Georgia Election Scheme case yesterday as she pled guilty to a felony. "If I knew then what I know now, I would have declined to represent Donald Trump in these post-election challenges. . . . I relied on others, including lawyers with many more years of experience than I, to provide me with true and reliable information, especially since my role involved speaking to the media and to legislators in various states." Baloney. She knew that she was peddling a lie. 

    • She, along with everyone else involved in the Election Denial Scam, are grifters. Flashback from a little over a month ago:

  • And the day kept getting worse for Trump in that later there was another development in the federal D.C. Insurrection case.

  • Bad decision.

  • House Cluster Continues.
    • The Republicans went through five closed door votes yesterday in order to elect Tom Emmer as their nominee for the House Speaker. They only step left was to take it to the floor to see if he could get 217 votes. Less than two hours later, he withdrew his name. Even Fox News called it "chaos." 

    • Late last night they tried again to get another nominee and chose election denier Mike Johnson.  Now we will see if he can get to 217.


    • Wise County's troubled representative Ronny Jackson yesterday morning threw his support, the third different person he has given his "full support", to someone who can't even win the nomination behind closed doors.

  • What's wrong with the B-52s? I'm withdrawing my Biden support!

  • I think Baylor would have settled a long time ago for that amount

  • I posted this story yesterday, but this is a more accurate headline. 

  • Very legal nerdy stuff: The case originated out of Wichita Falls and just got affirmed with a dissent. It's the weird case of a stepparent prosecuted for emailing a photo to himself.  He had found the nude picture on his stepdaughter's phone, but he and his wife, as part of a house rule, had full access to the phone including the password in order to monitor her activities. It doesn't matter why he emailed it to himself so long as he did it "with intent to invade [her] privacy." There seems to be a lot of legal issues which weren't addressed.