Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

"One person was killed and three others were injured in a fireworks accident Thursday in Comanche. Kiwanis Club members were setting up fireworks for Friday's celebration on a baseball field west of a high school when the trailer holding most of the fireworks exploded around 9 a.m."

  • Bridgeport! "A resident of Bridgeport has claimed a second-tier Mega Millions prize worth $1,000,500 for the drawing held on June 21, according to the Texas Lottery. The winning ticket was purchased at Raceway #6973, at 101 U.S. 380 in Bridgeport."

  • President Biden thoughts: 
    • I still don't think it will happen, but there sure seems like a growing drumbeat for President Biden to drop out of the race. 

    • The President offered an explanation yesterday for his poor debate performance: "I didn't have my best night. I  wasn't very smart. I decided to travel around the world a couple of times, going through I don't how many times zones. I didn't listen to my staff. And then I came back and I nearly fell asleep on stage. It’s not an excuse but an explanation."  Uh, the debate was 12 days after that traveling ended. 

    • One of the first post-debate polls is out.  You should ignore the national polls, but pay attention to battleground polls. 

    • The last time a president dropped out of a race it did not go well. And LBJ dropped out in March, not July, of that election year. 
      "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for
      another term as your president." - March 31, 1968

  • Story. "In November 2001, a resident picking up cans between Alvarado and Burleson came across the body of a newborn, wrapped in a jacket with the umbilical cord still attached." But I already see two problems with the prosecution of the case:  (1) The autopsy, which claims the baby was alive when abandoned, was done by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office which has since had a full turnover because of incompetence, (2) It's the Texas AG's office which is prosecuting the case instead of the Johnson County DA's office. I don't know why and don't even know how they have jurisdiction, but there is a 99% chance that office will screw it up. 

  • Ken Paxton's attempt to shield the public from PornHub is going to the Supreme Court.

  • I came for the story, which turned out to have no facts, but got distracted by the lack of editing. 

  • We have the first fall-out from the immunity decision.  Some of the evidence in that trial came from when Trump was President and that may now very well be inadmissible per the Supreme Court ruling. (Legally nerdy stuff: Error waived because of failing to object on immunity grounds?)

  • I pointed out a story on Monday about overtime abuse by the Dallas Police Department. Now there's a story about overtime pay for the Dallas County Sheriff's office.

  • The Big 12 Media Preseason Poll and All Big 12 Team was announced yesterday, and this guy was the first string running back.

  • Messenger - Above the Fold