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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This was from a "Year in Review" issue of the Messenger. The picture got my attention because of the similarity of the damage location between it and the recent crazy case in White Settlement. where the guy was found to have gone through a windshield

  • Another new year in America.

  • Another good job numbers report was released this morning. The unemployment rate remained steady at a very low 3.7%. 

  • Not enough.
    Flashing the White Power sign, too.

  • A playlet I call "I Warned You About The MAGA Extremists."
    • Act I: What I wrote on 8/5/22:

    • Act II:  "A central Florida venue has canceled an event that was to have featured Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., after it learned the event was intended to commemorate the third anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol."

  • The Blade Runner has been released. And, of all the bad guys in the world, he has the coolest nickname. 

  • I don't know if I would be proud of my kid or not if he accomplished it.  (He videoed himself reaching the record if, for some reason, you want to see it.)

  • I'm not even going to mention the Congressional report showing Trump, while president, pocketed millions from foreign governments staying at the Trump International hotel in D.C. because Eric explained it to me.

  • At the risk of going to Trump heavy (I know, too late), I bring you some quick hits featuring Trump's lawyer.
    • A true constitutional scholar (video):

    • She's a realist (video):

    • And she sure hangs out with Trump alot. Here she is at Trumps NYE party.

  • 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 193 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

County Judge J.D. Clark in his younger days as a swashbuckler in Chico. It was part of the Messenger's "Quotes of the Year."

  • If you've been online in the last 24 hours, you've probably seen the craziest judge-attacked-by-defendant footage in the history of such footage.  It just has so much. The leaping ability, The judge's glasses going flying. A court worker throwing weak punches. And one guy just standing around. It is a must see. And I want a wide angle of this whole scene. Link

    • A Internet sleuth looked at past court records and found that the defendant had been found incompetent to stand trial last May but his competency, as is so often the case in the criminal justice system, had somehow been deemed to be "restored."
  • The great Wise County Courthouse restoration is continuing and now they have found some interior windows that used to be hidden within a wall. I love it all. (For those familiar with the building, I'm guessing those would look into where the district clerk's office was recently located.)

  • We got new Epstein material, but I'm not particularly interested for some reason. And it doesn't sound like there's much new info. 

  • Sixty-one Republican lawmakers from D.C.  made a publicity tour of the border yesterday -- and probably not a bad political stunt on their part.  But you might want to know that they had their own personal escort being paid by you: The one and only $345,250 Man

  • Fox News had an awkward moment when they brought on a psychic to tell us what she saw in store for Trump in 2024, and she drew a Tarot death card. Video.

  • Call me a germ-a-phobe, but do we really want a bunch of previously used containers from the outside constantly infiltrating a coffee or food joint?

  • This murder was a big "ten years ago" story in recent months. He doesn't have much of a chance

  • About a year ago, a video went viral out of Houston when a restaurant customer shot a robber of a taqueria. Now the Harris County grand jury has declined to indict him. I don't think that's a big surprise. 

  • This is from the Tarrant County District Attorney's PR Magazine. Did the Tarrant County taxpayers pay for these three to go to D.C. just to watch Supreme Court arguments (the audio of which is broadcasted live) in a case they weren't a party to? I understand their interest, and the office did file an 11 page "friend of the court brief", but the case argued by others involved a federal criminal prosecution. 

  • Here's some fun Texas trivia. In yellow are Texas towns who share the name of a county but who aren't located within that county. For example, Bowie, Texas is not in Bowie County; Parker, Texas isn't in Parker County, etc.  At least I think it's fun. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

This was a weird case about a Dallas plaintiffs lawyer who died in a shootout at an Uptown condo. The Dallas Morning News reported two months later that the autopsy revealed he "had mixed cocaine with hydrocodone, alprazolam — commonly known as Xanax — and phenazepam, a Russian-made drug similar to Valium." He is still listed on his firm's website. Side note: He represented the family in a case of a stripper killed by a monster truck in the parking lot of Spearmint Rhino.

  • That's a story out of Jacksboro.

  • I'm telling you, something is going on. Cuban is acting like a man trying to get his hands on a mountain of cash. 

  • I don't know much about the implications of this, but it is all over the news this morning. The "slain general" is the guy who Trump's Administration took out about four years ago. 

  • When I saw this headline, I thought it would be about a snow monkey invasion. But this is the lede: "Texans bought land in Brazoria County looking for solitude. Then they heard about the monkeys. Last year, a $12 billion biomedical research firm quietly bought more than 500 acres of land in a sleepy corner of the county and shared a plan to house up to 43,200 monkeys on the property."

  • The great reporter Trish Choate asked why the sheriff didn't complete his 10 days behind bar, and she got an answer. Wichita Falls lawyer Bob Estrada provided to the jail a court case that "says" a defendant should receive credit for the time served while released (to go the hospital or even home, for example) through no mistake of his own. Here's the case provided.

  • Oh, Dallas.

  • An incredible image of a home explosion in Michigan over the weekend that you probably didn't hear about. It killed a family of four from Arkansas.

  • This is very true.

  • Quick hits with sports images/graphics:
    • Two more pics of the last play of the Texas/Washington game.

    • A score from last night. That's a "159." 

    • Baylor opened up a new basketball arena last night, and Bill Gates was there in Baylor gear. Here's why.

  • Extremely legal nerdy stuff: What's up with brief writing these days where lawyers are attempting to conduct clever and cutesy comedy routines? Take a look at a brief filed during the Christmas break in the Paxton criminal case which has been pending for almost a decade. The footnotes are full of references to obscure quotes from high brow literature, but there are also the use of phrases like "two dogs who won't hunt."