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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (which, I guess, is still missing) gave rise to wild speculation in the days after it happened. None quite as bold as the theory that the pilots were pirates who had been paid off and delivered the plane to third parties. 

  • Wise County avoid bad weather last night, but some places didn't. These photos are from Lantana which is just west of Argyle.  Later in the night, massive storms moved through at 2:00 a.m. but developed just south of Wise County hitting Weatherford and then traveling through the metroplex. 

  • Ken Paxton has killed Pornhub in Texas. I've said it before, for a man who has a lot of vices, he sure sues to eliminate a lot of vices.
    • Details: "Pornhub, one of the most visited websites in the world, sued Attorney General Ken Paxton last year to block enforcement of a 2023 state law that requires websites that host pornography to institute age-verification measures and display health warnings on its pages.Pornhub disabled its website in Texas after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the age-verification requirement in a ruling last week . . . ."

    • When they tell you it's about the children, it's never about the children. None of them cared to do anything after Uvalde.  

  • Whether you testify in your own defense or not (he didn't but his wife dead), you're probably going to be convicted when the State goes after you. 
  • Lo and behold, after years of complaining by me, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner finally issues a finding that makes sense to me. They are doctors. The only thing they can tell you is why a body stopped functioning from a physiological standpoint (a bullet hit the heart). They have no business of giving an opinion as to what happened before that (how the bullet came to be fired from a gun.)

  • Trump trial news:
    • I don't think the judge will force her off the case, but the damage is done. She should get out and save face after one of the greatest unforced errors of all time. 
    • And other prosecutors are having to pay for screw-ups as well. Yesterday the DA in New York agreed to Trump's continuance request in the Stormy Daniels "business records" case because the federal prosecutors, who had previously investigated the case, finally dumped "tens of thousands of pages" of documents on both the D.A. and Trump after Trump's lawyers requested them. 

  • Yesterday, Aaron Rodgers denied he ever said that Sandy Hook did not happen. But noticeably absent is him denying that he said Sandy Hook was an "inside job."  He did not refute the part of the report which  said he "thought it was off that there were men in black in the woods by the school, falsely claiming those men were actually government operatives."

  • Eight million people now live in the metroplex.  That's the equivalent of the population of New York City (not just Manhattan, but all five burroughs.)

  • Flashback.  This really did happen. (Also, the MyPillow guy has been in the news this week by saying that he had explosive new evidence that the election was stolen and he would hand deliver it on "Friday on the steps of the Supreme Court, 3 p.m." He such a nutcase.)

  • 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 263 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

Two were killed and 23 were injured in Austin. The driver would eventually get life in prison.

  • Although I still think this bill dies in the Senate, it passed with surprisingly high numbers yesterday in the House.

    • Trump's former Treasury Secretary told CNBC this morning he'll buy it. I think I'd rather have China. 

  • There is an editorial in the Messenger this week where the reporter defends the publishing of this photo after, I think, social media tried to shame him. He didn't need justify it. It's clear journalism. 

  • I asked my Liberally Lean Weather Team about the chance of potential bad weather and they, sadly, just threw up their hands. It's just too sporadic to predict although they say the best chance seems to be around 11:00 p.m. tonight. 

  • Jerry Jones' alleged love child, Alexandra Davis, suffers a loss. (I don't even remember this lawsuit even being filed.) She sued him because he said he wasn't the father and was being extorted.

  • "IRVINE, Calif. — An explosion during an indoor training exercise Wednesday sent 16 members of Southern California’s Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team to the hospital . . . . It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, but it happened during a training with the sheriff’s bomb squad" (Insert forehead slap emoji.)

  • His wife's trial was quite the media sensation just a few weeks ago, but his was very much under the radar.  She testified in her own defense and was convicted. He did not and we'll probably learn the result today.

  • Elon Musk might be the biggest baby ever. He brings Don Lemon over from CNN for his own show on X, and then cancels him after his first interview because he pressed Musk on his widely known drug use. 

  • Wise County's newest Congressman is making me power down already.

  • This will not sit well with DA's across the state. 

  • The most unsurprising news ever. He's in the same group as Alex Jones and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

  • Incredibly random sports: If you want to see one of the quickest catch-and-release shots in the history of ever, check out this exciting game winner by SFA over Abilene Christian last night. And he had to -- the clock expired while the ball is in the air.

  • Legal nerdy stuff that got out of hand on me: The dismissal of some counts against Trump in the Georgia election interference case hardly deserved a headline. They were dismissed not because they were meritless but because the indictment wasn't specific enough. 

    • Any time the government tries to take a right from you (generally your liberty or your property), you are entitled to "a notice and hearing."  That's called "procedural due process."
    • In a criminal case where your liberty is at stake, the "notice" is the indictment and it should tell you, with at least some detail, what you did wrong. (The "hearing" part is a full blown jury trial where the government has to prove what they gave you "notice" of, but that's not at issue here.)
    • In this case, the problem was with the "notice" - the indictment. It wasn't specific enough. The best analogy is an assault case. In those cases, the "notice" needs to tell you "how" you committed assault. Did you slap someone, or strike someone with a fist, or hit someone with a frying pan? If the government is going to accuse you of something, they have to tell you how. If they don't, the cases can be dismissed, but the government can just refile them with a better worded "notice" document. That's what happened here. The government can just refile if they want and word it better.
    • But this "notice" thing can give rise to some odd legal issues that drives the public crazy. For example, if they accuse you of telling you hit someone with a frying pan, do they have to tell you it was a cast iron skillet? Generally, no, but what if they do and instead prove at trial it was a stainless steel skillet?
  • Messenger - Above the Fold


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Just a random photo that caught my attention. The ball was actually captured in the frame.

  • We now officially have another Wise County murder charge. I need to create a list of all of them over the last few years. There's been a bunch. 

  • Wait a second. She is not the one suing, Dak is. (This is from a Fox 4 reporter).

  • The days of Ken Paxton and others filing federal lawsuits in specific courts because the results are a foregone happy conclusion are over.  Judges Matthew Kacsmaryk (Amarillo) and Reed O’Connor ( Fort Worth) are about to have some free time. 

  • Please, please, please make the Rodgers thing happen. 

  • I really can't imagine this going through both the House and the Senate. 

  • This investigative piece was just released by The Washington Post this morning. It looks insane. (Gift link.)

  • Trump:
    • Nothing like the family of a dead girl smiling with a guy who wishes to exploit her -- all the while holding an autographed photo where he misspelled her name. I don't understand this at all. 

    • Four years ago on March 11th the NBA shut down due to COVID and Tom Hanks announced he had contracted it.  Trump had it all under control two days later. 

  • I don't think a D.A. has any business at a crime scene.  And he sure doesn't need to be getting in front of the cameras to give a "statement." Plus, in these cases, he comes across more like the defense lawyer for the officers than an independent screener of crime. 

  • The Business Second™. No exact locations were announced.

  • Former Alabama coach Nick Saban was at Congress yesterday complaining about NIL.  “All the things I believed in for all these years -- 50 years of coaching -- no longer exist in college athletics.”  He's moaning the death of a system which allowed him to make millions off the backs of unpaid players.

  • I finally watched the Lorena Bobbitt documentary on Amazon Prime. Big thumbs up. Anyone who was involved in it (the Bobbitts, the cops, the surgeon, the D.A., the defense lawyers) all give interviews 30 years later. It's really good.