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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Ten years later the stock market has tripled as is sits at 35,000, and 512 point swings will barely be a news blip. And that morning in August of 2011, the Dow plummeted even further:

  • Texas hospitalizations: To be updated to 7,305 for August 2nd as soon as they get around to it.

  • Here's Florida's chart:

  • COVID quick hits:
    • Travis County has shutdown jury trials. 
    • Williamson County has imposed a mask mandate in the courthouse. 
    • This was breaking news yesterday and is a pretty big deal. 

  • Airplane fights (with video):
    • "Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant." The ending is very satisfying. Video

    • "Fists were flying Sunday on an American Airlines flight from NOLA to Austin Texas over a reclined seat." Video.

  • I'm hearing one of the death notices in the Update was due to a rattlesnake bite. 
  • To be fair, shouldn't the medal count ranking be calculated with 3 points for gold, 2 for silver, and 1 for bronze? Or does that make me a commie? China would have 154 and the U.S. would have 146.

  • Spoiler alert: This 17 year old just finished fourth in the 200 meters. 

  • I knew that a poker game would be illegal if the house took a cut from the game, but apparently there's a loophole where you can run one as part of a private club which charges a membership fee.   (I'm not sure I knew that. I haven't seen a gambling criminal case in Wise County filed since the 1990s -- eight-liners excepted.)

  • I've said that the policy of every politician in the modern world should be just to "ride out" any scandal because it seems like anything can be ridden out these days. That theory will really be put to the test in New York. 

  • Good lord. 

  • This is a crazy story. Last summer, this ship below had a massive explosion off of San Diego causing it to burn for a several days. The damage was so bad that the Navy has said it will scrap the ship because the repair costs would be $3.2 billion.   Now Ryan Sawyer Mays has been charged as having caused the blast. The reason?: 


  • No one want to mention that photo? The only thing missing is his chin resting gently on his thumb of a closed fist. 

  • It's behind a paywall so you can't read the story, but it is literally about the dead body of Houston Lawyer John O’Quinn. That's clever headline writing. (His alleged common law wife is trying to move the body from Louisiana to Texas for burial. He was killed in 2009 in a car wreck and it's been a wild ride ever since. ) 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

The days of the Wise County Tea Party as they were preparing to go to Houston for 
Gov. Perry's "Day of Prayer."   But, although they are long gone, the  the Tea Party basically 
became the Texas Republican Party.

  •  6,853 is the new August 1 number not yet reflected. This is about the number last summer when Abbott imposed a mask mandate statewide. Politics won't let him do that this time. 

  • Wise County's vaccination rate is 30.4%. Denton is 50.4%. Collin County is 55.4%. Jack County is 27.9%  and Montague County is 26.2%.   I see a pattern. (Just to be clear, that is a percentage of the entire population, including children which can't be vaccinated.)

  • Admittedly, not a good look. 

  • Wait a second. ZZ Top played a show on Friday after Dusty Hill died last Tuesday? Too soon?

  • State representatives took pointed shots at the President of UT yesterday for the school's decision to go to the SEC. But it was all for show. Here's TCU's attack. Here's Baylor's attack. But the Big 12 Commissioner in the background is how all of those left behind feel.

  • This is the senior from Southlake Carroll who thinks he can earn big money in NIL endorsements over the next year if he enrolls at Ohio State and skips his final season as the Dragons' quarterback. He's probably right. (For those interested, Luke 17:21 says, "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." KJV).

  • I've lauded the great book Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers before, and look what arrived in the mail yesterday! The author sent me a copy of his previous book

  • Wise County has open jail space and it looks like the Sheriff has imported some inmates from  from overcrowded Smith County to earn a buck.
  • The Fox News Twitter feed adopted my old Random Thought Girl bit yesterday.

  • I thought we didn't call them "ozone action days" any longer? As I always say, all that means is that it will be hot today but with little to no wind. Wind is the key.

  • The main part of Decatur's rain deluge on Sunday was down 380 towards Denton. 

  • DPS just added 145 new troopers -- the largest class ever

  • The con worked like this: People would fall for the Nigerian email scheme and ultimately reveal their login information for their teacher's retirement account. The account was then changed by the scammer to route retirement payments away from the employee's bank account and into a debit card held by the crook. 

  • People often ask how someone could fall for a Nigerian email because it is so obviously fake. Did you know that the scammers intentionally make the email poorly worded in order to suck in only the most gullible? They don't want to waste time having to weed out those who will likely eventually figure out the fraud. After all, if you send out millions of scam emails, it's too much work to try and pull off the con if you have a 50% response rate.   You'd rather have a tiny response rate of those absolutely ready to be conned. (Microsoft even had a statistician with a big brain research this who produced this work.)
  • They just keep coming. I swear I see a headline like this every couple of months. (By the way, in 1990 Celina's population was 1,893.)

  • Simone Biles won a bronze model in the balance beam this morning. 


Random Monday Morning Thoughts

Pictures from Cowboys' training camp in San Antonio in 2011.   Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (top photo -- obviously) arrived in camp in a beat up van and carrying his clothes in a trash sack. 

  • Four inches?

  • COVID quick hits:
    • If I understand it all (good luck), no Texas government entity, including schools, can require masks in its facilities. One exception is the judiciary and the Dallas courts just imposed one.  If there are masks required, there's no way you can have meaningful jury selection or a trial. 

    • Announced Texas hospitalization numbers are running way behind -- why? -- but they are skyrocketing. We might actually be close to 7,000 right now.  

    • Oh, my.

    • Good thing no one else could possibly be affected.

    • If you think all of that crowd of Lollapalooza in Chicago were "checked" to see if they were vaccinated as promoters say, well . . .  you know. That crowd was insane. 
  • From Friday: Heck of a fire at a 10,349-square-foot home in Southlake (formerly owned by the late Pat Summerall of NFL fame.)
  • Street racing in Dallas left three dead on Friday night and this image really got me. The story says the car slammed into the building. 

  • I'm not familiar with the Texas band named Vandoliers, but I'm interested in one of their songs. (A Faithful Reader from Houston sent me this after it was spotted online.)

  • This would be one of the greatest scandals in history, but it was committed by Trump so no one seems surprised. "Don’t expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R[epublican]. Congressmen.” The note was made by former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen’s deputy, Richard Donoghue, when all three were on a conference call on Dec. 27.

    • Remember my "10 years ago" post I made last week about the Texas Tech student struck by a car in Runaway Bay as he rode back from Lubbock? I at least found out his name: Paul Edwards.
    • Poor guy.

    • Really good long read in this month's Texas Monthly.

    • Simone Biles said this morning she will compete in the balance beam competition.  (I'm so proud of it, I'll reissue this: You can only have a hot sports opinion about her if you are able to do a cartwheel.)