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Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • It's an official holiday. I'm officially the hardest working man in show business.
  • The Board:
  • Texas. While away it turned into a serious downward trend then we had an uptick on the 7 day average line. 
  • Wise County. 43 total. 11 active.  (Despite some questionable number crunching by officials for one day, my prediction of no more than 12 active cases -- at least until Fall -- is holding steady.)
  • As much as Trump is a master politician of keeping his 43% base fired up and loyal, he's completely clueless in trying to expand that base. Case in point: Golfing on Memorial Day weekend -- a  weekend as the country trends towards 100,000 deaths and 20% unemployment. Any way you slice it, that is a horrible, horrible look. 
  • Joe Biden's campaign immediately jumped on it with an ad.
  • And he deserves the grief he catches.
  • With regards to social distancing, a video of a pool by Lake of the Ozarks was all over social media this weekend. I'd be worried about catching more than just the coronavirus.
  • I didn't realize this was a problem. 
  • Lake Bridgeport, which was right at one foot above conservation level, was closed indefinitily late Saturday on this holiday weekend. That's dumb. You close the lake when there has been a rapid increase in the water level which has caused floating debris to be everywhere and/or boat wakes could cause damage to already flooding property. Neither of those are happening. 
  • We learned Trump's bank account and routing numbers. 

  • The wind damage in Bowie was very bad on Friday night, but the size the hail in Burkburnett was the eye-opener.
  • This occurred on sunny Friday afternoon. How in the world did that happen? 
  • aTm used the opportunity to announced that athletes could start returning to school for workouts on a limited bases to take a shot at Texas. 
  • If you would have asked me if I regularly see and speak to a lawyer in the Wise County courthouse that had personally argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, I would have bet big money on the answer of "absolutely not." I would have lost. I learned on Friday that Richard Gladden did just that in 1992 when he was just three years out of law school. And he did a good job. And won. (You can listen to it here with a cool interactive transcript.)  
  • Oh, my.

  • Crap like this would get a regular person banned from Twitter. (Yes, I'm especially hard on Trump this morning, but he proved once again over the last three days that he is a despicable and miserable human being. And I haven't even mentioned his disgusting retweets on this, of all things, Memorial Day weekend. ) 

  • Jacksboro made the front page of The Dallas Morning News over the weekend. 
  • Dateline Midland. This is ridiculous. (Video) He was being detained in the most bizarre of ways for, wait for it, rolling through a stop sign and a turn signal violation. Is anyone trained in de-escalating a situation? (Spoiler alert: When the camera pans to the right so you can see the person who it the object of the officers' attention, it is not Shelley Luther.)
  • I finally got around to watching Yesterday -- the movie about the Beatles being wiped from the memories of almost everyone except one small time musician. My verdict is the same as almost everyone else's: What a great concept and great movie for the first half that seriously lost its way down the back stretch.  And Kate McKinnon's over-the-top character had absolutely no place in Danny Boyle film.
  • I had never seen Band of Brothers so I made it through four episodes over the last couple of days.  I actually ended up wanting more of the veterans briefly talking before each episode and less extended fight scenes. (Side note: Band of Brothers came up on MSNBC this morning and one guest actually said we should also go back and watch Pearl Harbor. Huh?! They aren't even in the same ballpark.)


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

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The Board (still flat-lining): 
  • Texas (still trending slightly down but that's three days in a row of 1,100+ new cases):
  • Wise County: Total 43. Active 11. So we've chalked up a -3 in the "Active" column since yesterday? Anyone else beginning to question the 100% accuracy of our numbers? 
  • There's trouble brewing in Brazil as a drone gave us some pics of some mass graves being dug. 
  • It was announced yesterday that a Texas Supreme Court justice has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.  I wonder if that will impact their normally hardline decisions.  People forget that they still haven't finally ruled on whether salon owner Shelley Luther has to serve seven days in jail for failing to follow the rules to protect others from the spreading of the virus. They only ordered her release on a PR bond until they decide.
  • Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue has found himself in the news after an email of the devout Church of Christ leader revealed he didn't want women leading the council in prayer.  (Theological side note: The Apostle Paul sure does cause a lot of problems for the "Bible is literally true" crowd. And they don't even have the "new covenant" excuse to bail them out.)
  • Trump, who would have read the above as "one Corinthians", gave us a great quote yesterday regarding the status of his health: "And I tested very positively in another sense. So this morning. I tested positively toward negative, right? So no, I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative. But that's a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative." Watch.
  • Official Liberally Lean First Warn Thunder Truck Weather Center prediction: Beginning around 5:40 p.m. today, the rain will begin and then it'll be off and on for the next 48 hours. Beginning Sunday afternoon, it gets serious again and it should continue for a few days.
  • I've been watching Netflix's Trial By Media docuseries and yesterday saw the episode about something I had almost forgotten about: The "Subway Vigilante" case of Bernard Goetz. A few thoughts: (1) How did I miss that Joker seems to at least partially based on it? (2) How did Goetz have a degree from NYU in nuclear engineering and end up running a half arse electronics "business" from his home? (3) New York trial lawyers would fail miserably in Texas. (4) I had forgotten about New York's reputation for crime in the 1980s. The idea of going to Manhattan for vacation and riding the subways was unthinkable. (5) If Goetz hadn't turned himself in a few days later, they would have never found him. 
  • "About 20 people were tuned in to a Zoom conference call just after noon on Thursday when 72-year-old Dwight Powers unexpectedly slumped from his chair and disappeared off-screen." Oh, and happy Friday. 
  • One of these days Fox News is going to turn on Trump. And the fact he thinks a "news organization" is in existence to "help" a political party is somewhat shocking but, sadly, probably right in this case.
  • The topic of prosecutors hiding evidence is near and dear to my heart, and I'm all for exposing them since they can pretty much get away with it with personal impunity.  In Houston, the issue is coming up because the DA there is trying to fix past cases because of the shocking event last year where a cop lied to get a search warrant and two innocent people ended up being shot to death. If you care about past bad cops, this letter to the DA says, "you ought to be pulling your hair out" over one of your past bad prosecutors. 
  • I've got to think about this one. Certainly the odds of converting 4th and 15 these days is significantly higher than the near impossibility of recovering an onside kick under current rules. But would the odds be unfairly high? The comments give a lot to think about.
  • They just keep coming despite the court shutdown. Nineteen more Class A and Class B misdemeanors were filed In Wise County yesterday (including one for DWI for a former DPS trooper which has been flying under the radar.)
  • Messenger: Above the Fold (Yep, their weekend edition is now coming out on Friday instead of Saturday.)


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • The Board (still kind of flat-lining): 
  • Texas (downward trend is still holding). But Denton had the most new cases in two months yesterday.
  • Wise County: Total 42. Active 14. Red alert! That's an increase of four active cases from yesterday. (My hopes of becoming the Wise County version of Dr. Fauci because I believed we would never crack 12 active cases again just went down in flames.)
  • Speaking of, the man has disappeared
  • I went thought the Decatur Whataburger line the other day around 5:30 p.m. for the first time since the pandamic began.  I think I would have been able to raise my own cow in less time. 
  • You might remember former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst from when his political career started to go downhill in 2013 when he called the Frisco jail to try and strong-arm them to release his niece who had been arrested for shoplifting. He's in the news again for allegedly being assaulted by his girlfriend. The big news is that the 74 year old has a 40 year old girlfriend.
  • I did a quick blog search to see when I had last mentioned Dewhurst, and I came across an ad his campaign created in his runoff election with Dan Patrick. It was an online ad only, but it was brutal. Here's another pretty good attack ad which did make it to the air. (Both youtube videos.)
    Yep, they tracked down old footage of Patrick.
  • He's a machine of rapid fire falsehoods all in one setting. All are clipped here.
    • "They send in thousands and thousands of fake [mail-in] ballots." (Nope, "they" don't.)
    • "Voting is an honor." (It's actually something called a "right".)
    • "I was honored by the man of the year in Michigan." (He's never been declared Michigan Man of the Year not does that honor exist.) 
  • If you haven't seen the Houston area cheerleader get bit by a copperhead -- and how could you not? --  here's your chance. It's on a quick loading loop. You know, this is the first time I think I've ever seen someone being bitten by a snake in the wild. Normally, it's some guy being cocky and taunting a snake before he gets the what for from the business end of the viper.
  • I've said it for years: No contract is more lucrative than the government contract. This story is probably behind a paywall for you but I'll let you know the contract is for "contract tracing" and the small company beat out "IBM, AT&T Global Business Services and Accenture LLP". The contract is six times larger than any contract the small Frisco firm has ever had before. 
  • I posted how Notre Dame was getting creative with its Fall schedule, and now UT is doing the same. I bet this happens across the board:
  • Hey, I just asked this question about Uber and now D Magazine tries to answer it. And although the answer is, "We're not sure", I was surprised to learn that Uber isn't the entity building the proposed office tower in Deep Ellum. Nope, it's some group named Westdale that will own the structure and Uber was just going to lease it. That was never made clear during the hoopla of the ground breaking. 
  • A good question: With all this rush to Open Up America!, will attendees at any state or national Republican convention have to sign liability waivers? If so, why?
  • As predicted, it took about five seconds for the Fifth Circuit to put on hold the Tuesday federal district court ruling that all Texans can vote by mail. 
  • Remember the Georgia Senator who is a senator despite never being elected and who immediately got in trouble for allegedly dumping stock when she got inside information about how the coronavirus would wreck the economy? Well, her husband just made a $1,000,000 donation to a Trump SuperPAC. The PAC should be called "Please Don't Let Your Lapdog Justice Department Indict Me PAC."
  • Here's a detailed blog post of lady from the North Richland Hills area who caught the coronavirus. I know that it's legit, and it's interesting to see how a regular person describes the experience. It sounds like hell. One of the more interesting tidbits was this: 
  • They just keep coming despite the court shutdown: 37 new Class A and B misdemeanors were filed in Wise County yesterday
  • I was absolutely right about the Rural Uprising™, but the rural areas backed down before the uprising could really get going.