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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

ESPN sure was overly excited about Johnny Manziel's pro day. But even George W. Bush and Ricky Perry showed up for it. 

  • Messenger - Above the Fold. (I forgot to post this yesterday.)
  • Last Friday, a school bus crash in Bastrop County killed two. The Austin-American Statesman knew the bus would have a dash cam so the paper made an open records request. They got it

  • The Rangers had months to figure out how to hang the World Series banner and managed to do it in a way that it has a crimp in it. 

  • That's just a harsh sentence. 

  • True this.

  • Of course.

  • Presidents Obama, Biden and Clinton got together last night in Manhattan. 

  • I didn't believe this was real, but it was.  And if you think he was joking, he wasn't. He doubled down on it before he was exposed. 

  • After bouncing around in appellate orbit for six years, the outrageous conviction in Fort Worth of Crystal Mason was overturned last night and an acquittal entered. Opinion.

    • These are the Tarrant County DA's lawyers responsible for the prosecution and trying to hang on to a the now declared wrongful conviction. 

  • This story about CPS is on the front page of the Star-Telegram today, and it got my attention because it sounds exactly like the documentary called Take Care of Maya on Netflix -- which is really good.

  • A new book to be released about Southlake ISD which has implications close to home. I love the title.  

  • Nothing says Jesus like an Alaskan cruise sponsored by a pastor and advertised during Easter week. 

  • Just announced: Louis Gossett Jr., who won an Oscar for his drill sergeant role in An Officer and a Gentleman, has died.
  • 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 277 days.


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

It came as quite the shock a few hours later when it was discovered the former SMU player was alive and well and living in Desoto. He had been misidentified. 

  • Wait. Ken Paxton has ruled that we can't hear the 911 tape of an alleged crime being committed against Ken Paxton? Once you get past the absurdity of the procedure of it all, why wouldn't he want the public to hear it?

  • These proclamations are dumb.  The residents of those counties will be far more inconvenienced by the typical elementary school pick-up line than the day of the eclipse. 

  • A Fox News poll says Republicans have an abortion problem in that 59% now believe it should be legal all or most of the time. Only 7% support at total ban which is what Texas lawmakers have enacted. 

  • Ok, that's a funny screenshot from ultra-conservative Newsmax.

  • Pay attention. Gov. Abbott and his cronies in Austin are simply trying to kill public education so they can kneel to school vouchers which will only benefit the rich with your tax dollars. 

  • This is jaw-droppingly stupid (and even made it to Twitter's "Bad Legal Takes" account.)  The Texas government is now mandating that colleges crack down on free speech.  It's 100% illegal government censorship based upon the content of the speech. You can't do that. Man, this isn't your daddy's Republican party any more. 

  • Random Fun Pic: A ticket to see the Beatles at the Dallas Convention Center on 9/18/64 for the price of $5.53. 

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is making the rounds promoting a new book, but I don't think I've ever seen someone turn all their books around in a bookcase. 

  • A trigger warning in a legal pleading? PDF

  • The Business Second™. That's a lot of money. SRS is "a leading construction materials distributor [which] supplies to the home building and remodeling trade and serves professional roofers, landscapers and pool contractors." So they deliver stuff to construction sites? (Fun fact: SRS has been owned since 2018 by a Gordon Gekko-like equity firm.)

  • Have I ever said how much I hate the very concept of The Masked Singer, and how I think it is the dumbest TV show ever produced?


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

The application form was even revealed

  • Paxton's criminal case ended with a thud after almost a decade. It's a pre-trial diversion agreement with no admission of guilt (which almost all of them have.) Two systems of justice?

  • Trump selling a Bible for $60 + shipping would be the ultimate deal breaker for any Christian just a few years ago. And his video promotion of it is incredibly cringey. "Religion and Christianity are the biggest things missing from this country, and I truly believe that we need to bring them back. All Americans need a Bible in their home, and I have many. It’s my favorite book."

  • Late yesterday, the Fifth Circuit converted its denial of "administrative stay" into a denied "temporary stay" while it decides the constitutionality of S.B. 4 - the immigration bill. That means Texas can't enforce the new law
    • Amazingly, the ruling was a 2-1 decision that took 121 pages to explain. They could have just said, "We are bound by Arizona v. United States" and be done with it.  
    • But it's a great indication of how the same judges will rule on the merits, and the dissent knows it. 
  • A good look of what the cargo ship in Baltimore hit. 

    • The Baltimore harbor and its shipping business was at the heart of Season 2 of The Wire.

  • The video is behind a paywall, but I decided to take a look at it. It's bad. The cop just slammed him face first into the concrete while the guy was handcuffed. He was out cold after that.

  • DPS has a new toy, but it will not help in getting your license renewed at your local DPS office.

  • A 35-year-old Birdville ISD 7th grade math teacher decided to do a bit.


  • Some people are flat out weird.

  • Former Evil Empire great Vince Young goes down. Video.

  • The NFL is taking over Wednesdays.

  • Lake Bridgeport is 15.14 feet low with summer on the horizon.