Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

This was referring to local radio host Mark Davis, but I reprinted it because of the "private army" conspiracy theory.  I was wrong the other day when I thought it was new when Trump mentioned it in his speech in the Bronx: "And if you look at these people, did you see them? They are physically fit. They’re 19 to 25. Almost everyone is a male, and they look like fighting age . . . . I think they're building an army ... they want to get us from within."  Side note: Now Mark Davis would agree with the caller if he phoned in.

  • Robert Morris of Gateway Church resigned yesterday, That Board, which probably actually fired Morris, said that they are "appalled by what has come to light over the last several days."  Up until then, it looked like they were going to support him. . 

    • But I bet the departure is 100% a forced reaction to liability concerns. In a statement released by the victim yesterday, she said, "The leadership at Gateway received actual notice of this crime in 2005 . . . ." That's not good if any other abuse has occurred since then by him or any other employee.  Yep, the Board has to be behind this resignation.
    • More proof this is a lawyer/liability decision: The church also announced that it had hired the very expensive "law firm of Haynes & Boone to conduct an 'independent, thorough and professional review' of the allegations to 'ensure we have a complete understanding of the events' from 1982 and 1987." 
    • Here's Morris from around the time of the abuse:

    • You know who is really sad? His son. "According to Gateway’s website, Morris’ son James was poised to take over senior pastor duties in 2025. Following Morris’ resignation, it is unclear who will take his place."

  • When I first saw this post-DWI arrest photo of Justin Timberlake, I didn't think it was real. But it's from the Daily Mail. 

  • I haven't seen this reported locally yet, but the timestamp on the video is 6/17/24. Note: It is horrifying, and I'm stunned no one was killed. (WFAA was in the comments asking permission to show the video.) The post says it happened at DFW Airport, and that's definitely the DFW Marriott in the background, and the police uniform is from the police department which has jurisdiction over the airport.

  • Let's check in on Fox News. Someone needs to tell him that his network recently had to pay $787 million for just one of its many lies. 

  • The Real Estate Fun Fact Minute™:
  • Which led me to this paragraph

  • Which led me to these pictures and story of that mansion in Tampa which is going to be torn down.

    • Which led me to this paragraph about that property and new owner:

  • Random civil case. You always hear about big verdicts, but you rarely hear about those cases where a plaintiff goes to trial and gets nothing after seeking millions of dollars as just happened in Waco.  But the headline is a little misleading because the key was that the jury found the company not at fault at all while also attributing fault to other defendants who I think had already settled.  That would be a complicated jury charge, but I noticed the Plaintiff's lawyer was a former editor of the Baylor Law Review so he probably knew what he was doing.

  • If you have the day off, and even if you don't, here's 22 minutes from John Oliver's most recent Last Week Tonight show where he breaks down the horrifying plan for Trump's next term called Project 2025.