Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Photographer Joe Duty didn't choose that photo because of the fire; he chose it because of the dog's presumed acknowledgement that something very bad had happened. Good stuff. 

  • The local media hasn't picked up on this yet, but two Denton ISD employees were just indicted for sending an email from their school account encouraging fellow employees to vote in the Republican primary and, specifically, to be aware that pro-voucher candidates will kill public schools.

  • Not exactly what you should say if you are trying to keep a law from being declared unconstitutional. 

  • Far right-wing Newsmax posted an unfriendly article about Trump and then promptly deletes it after the MAGA extremists screamed about it. 

  • Everything about Uvalde continues to be a cluster. This is the investigator who issued the report clearing the officers of any wrongdoing. 

  • Story.

  • Two women missing. "Butler, 27, and Kelley, 39, were traveling only 16 miles to pick up Butler’s 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, who were living with her ex-mother-in-law in Eva, Oklahoma. . . . .Kelley — a mother of four herself — was suspected of traveling with Butler to help her with a custody issue, sources familiar with the matter told NewsNation on Wednesday."

  • There's always a grift somewhere around Trump.

  • Cruelty is the point of their attempted humor. 

  • Legal nerdy stuff: With an expunction not being legally available in Texas, a woman tried to set aside a 1996 prostitution conviction because the plea was involuntary: "Appellee testified that she was presently employed as a 'paralegal/office manager' for her writ counsel, Vickers Cunningham, and has been a legal assistant in writ counsel’s office since April 19, 2019. Further, appellee testified that she had obtained her bachelor’s degree and wished to attend the 'University of North Texas Law School,' but she could not sit for the bar examination because her 1996 misdemeanor convictions were for crimes involving moral turpitude." No dice, the appellate court ruled this week. The criminal justice system is not, and has never been, about justice.
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