It's Friday -- Let's Get Out of Here

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

In the same week, UT announced beer sales at Memorial Stadium and former Aggie great Bucky Richardson got arrested for DWI. 

  • I've said it before, Israel will pay for decades for the way they've killed innocent people in Gaza instead of just targeting Hamas. Gaza now puts the death toll at over 30,000.  Our Defense Secretary yesterday said the dead at least numbered 25,000. 

  • As I predicted, the bill co-sponsored by Rep. David Spiller (R-Jacksboro) giving state agents the right to arrest migrants and ultimately deport them has been declared unconstitutional. It never had a chance. PDF of yesterday's opinion here.

  • I was tipped me off to the open mic session of the ultra-MAGA extremist Keller School Board last night and, let me tell you, it was wildly entertaining.  Some time this weekend just put the YouTube event on in the background and watch to see if you don't sucked in. I've got it cued up for you. But if you just want a taste, watch this gal here. But the guy below was after my own heart -- he's holding up the cover of Texas Monthly of the man who is trying to buy the Wise County election. 

  • We had a duel at the border yesterday. Compare and contrast.  

    • What's he talking about again? Video.

    • This drives me insane. His daddy is rolling over in his grave. 

    • Fox News's Neil Cavuto cut away from Trump's speech at the border after Trump started ranting about the 2020 election. “He still lost that election. That is not in doubt anymore. That’s not being debated anymore,” Cavuto said. It's amazing to watch, but this is what you get when you had to pay $787 million in a defamation lawsuit for previously repeating Trump's lies. Video.
  • The Liberally Lean Weather Team asked me if I knew about the crazy snow storm which will hit the eastern part of California and adjoining states this weekend. The numbers below are in feet, not inches.

  • A fine? That's it? He indicted her back when abortion was legal in Texas because it was considered a constitutionally protected right. You know, just a few months ago.

  • Legal PR stuff: I cringed hard watching this lawyer's prepared remarks. He represents the Chiefs' fan known as "Chiefsaholic" who just pled guilty to bank robbery.  Video. It's worth a minute of your time. It begins, “From the beginning of this case, folks, the government has been blitzing.” Groan.

  • Want to see a tattoo of the box score of the Ranger's winning World Series game?

  • I'm heavily linking to video today. I try not to do that. 
  • 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 249 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Yep, that was the Decatur Walmart. 

  • The Supreme Court said late yesterday afternoon that the D.C. Insurrection case will remain on hold and, for some reason, thinks it is necessary to decide if a President gets to do anything he wants while in office with impunity. Sheesh.  The quickest we can have a decision is May, and the latest is around July 1st. 
    Felt like there should be a couple of commas in there. At least two.

    • Heck, I'm resigned to just put all the criminal trials on hold.   If Trump wins, and America wants an authoritarian form of government, so be it. He'll kill the federal cases and somehow kill the state cases. If that's what we want then we deserve everything we get. 
    • Even assuming the D.C. Insurrection trial gets to start before the election, there is no way it's over before then. And what does it really matter? A criminal conviction, with an appeal of it, isn't going to change a thing from an election standpoint. 
  • Overlooked in everything, is that the State of Illinois kicked Trump off the ballot last night. I don't think there's any question that the Supreme Court, which is already about to decide this issue in a Colorado case, puts him back on all the ballots. 

  • The Texas government killed a man last night. This was a picture of him from yesterday.

  • What's the real point of this? It's not financial. She's an adult and is entitled to nothing from Jerry Jones even if she is his biological child. Just write her out of the will and she gets nothing. 
    Alexandra Davis
  • Trump may have remade the Supreme Court, but he couldn't do it without the procedurally maneuvering of this man. Good riddance

    • There is a belief that John Cornyn could replace McConnell as the new Senate majority leader. That speculation gave rise to this wild exchange below yesterday. More Republican on Republican violence. 

  • Wise County made this month's Texas Monthly.  Honestly, there's a lot weirder stuff than that happening around here on a weekly basis.

  • Here's a  Houston mega-church pastor with 18,000 members and six campuses. Just like I wonder what happened to the Republican Party of days gone by, I wonder what has happened to the Church.


  • My graphics teams added a red arrow to this graphic to point out when the iPhone was released.

  • The fact that a bunch of billionaires place an arbitrary "salary cap" on workers' salaries -- and everyone is just fine with it -- is mind-boggling to me.  Not to mention a "draft" where workers are forced into set salaries for set employers which they have no voice in. 

  • Messenger - Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Then Texas Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Patrick had an unfortunate typo on Twitter.

  • We have a shocking update on the Texas Oilman PAC trying to buy a Wise County election. Since January 1st, the PAC has contributed $280,000 to Stephen "Andy" Hopper in his attempt to unseat incumbent state representative Dr. Lynn Stucky.  I'm speechless. We've never seen anything like this. 

    • The oilmen even threw $14,000 to the Wise County Conservatives (the ultra MAGA group who meet in a church) just for fun.  It's circled above.
    • Here's the same data as above but sorted by Hopper's largest contributors since 1/1/24.

    • Just a reminder that one of the oilmen contributors is on the cover of Texas Monthly

  • The Panhandle was on fire yesterday afternoon and then the winds switched directions and kicked up when a cold front came in.  I haven't seen a lot of great updates this morning other than this

  • Trump won big in Michigan last night. No real way to spin it otherwise.

  • An 18-wheeler didn't make it across the tracks in Saginaw yesterday before the train had other plans for it.

  • Problem solved.

  • Goat jailbreak in Arlington!

  • Monica Lewinsky at 50.  Hey, now. 

  • The Business Second™. We are definitely in the end times. 

  • Lawyers doing bad things.

  • Lawyer's doing embarrassing things. (This was in yesterday's Georgia DA disqualification hearing for having and affair with the special prosecutor.)

  • Hey, there's no way I saw it live, but the Mavslost last night in a dramatic way. Two great videos here and here