Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers from the embattled Donald Sterling.

  • Election results:
    • In something I wouldn't have predicted six months ago, Cary Mellema beat Chief Deputy Craig Johnson last night and will become Wise County's new sheriff. And it wasn't even close.

    • The West Texas Oilman PAC was victorious in installing Andy Hopper as state rep over incumbent Lynn Stucky. The day after the district was redrawn three years ago, I went on a lengthy rant about how, for the first time ever, Wise County would have the clout to elect a local resident as state rep.  But this wasn't exactly what I had in mind. 

    • The Wise County Conservative group has taken their beatings in the past, but they showed up yesterday to vote for their ordained candidates.

    • From a statewide standpoint, Ken Paxton and the mob were hell bent on unseating House Speaker Dave Phelan.  He won by 366 votes.

    • Ugh.

  • The jury will start deliberating today in Trump's criminal trial after (the way too long) closing arguments ended late yesterday evening. What will happen? Compare and contrast these posts from yesterday posted five minutes apart:

    • You know the craziest thing about the Trump trial? The lawyers, because of New York law, had to give closing argument before the jury was given the courts instruction and verdict form. It will be today when the judge will read the charge to the jury. I can't stress enough how insane this is. I've never given a closing argument in life where I haven't held up the jury charge and explained how the evidence fits the law that the judge has just given them. 

    • Didn't expect Robert De Niro to show up outside the courthouse yesterday. “I don’t mean to scare you. No, wait, maybe I do mean to scare you,” he said. “If Trump returns to the White House, you can kiss these freedoms goodbye that we all take for granted.”  

  • The wind blowing a jet away from the boarding walk at DFW yesterday was nuts. Video.  And wasn't that wing bent back there at the end?

  • Nothing stays under the radar quite like the Wise County nudist park. From today's front page of the Star-Telegram:

  • I thought I would have learned of the name of 18 year old who drowned at Lake Bridgeport on Sunday by now. Maybe the Update will have it this morning.