Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • I mentioned a few months back that Elaine Taylor Hays, formerly of Bridgeport and daughter of the late Gordon Taylor, was running for Congress against Mac Thornberry. I finally looked up the results: She lost. Even though everyone hates Congress, it's hard to beat a Congressman.
  • The played an episode Duck Dynasty on the "Big Hoss" screen last night. It can't get much more redneck than that.
  • On WBAP this morning, one guy accidentally referred to the show has "Dyke Dunasty" -- another one of them, I couldn't tell which one, asked if that was a show about professional softball. I don't know how they get away with it. 
  • "A Kennedale High School assistant football coach was in custody Wednesday, accused of improper photography or visual recording in connection with a video camera hidden in a faculty bathroom at the school." It's almost more shocking that he went to the U.S. Naval Academy. (But he'll never see a day in jail. That improper photography statute has been struck down and it's about to get the death nail by Texas' highest court.) Edit: Well, I'll be. It's "death knell". EDIT: I screwed up, I went and looked the statute again and there's another section of it which specifically makes it illegal to take such a photo in a bathroom. That part is probably constitutional. 
  • 6. The number of police officers that the Tarrant County Grand Jury has declined to indict in the last month alone. Stories here, here, here, here, and here
  • You can win a billion dollars if you pick all of the games correctly in the March Madness tournament. The odds? 1 in 9,000,000,000,000,000,000. (That's nine quintillion.)
  • Last chance to sign up for Liberally Lean Tourney
  • Two objects bobbing in the Indian Ocean have been spotted via satellite. Is it the Malaysian aircraft? One ship has made it there, but darkness has caused the search to end for the day. Map.
  • I saw some signs around Texas about a "warrant roundup" over the last month urging you to pay up. I continue to think that's a bluff. No officer is coming to your house to arrest you for a Class C misdemeanor ticket. And if they do, don't answer -- there's nothing they can do
  • I first shrugged when I saw a crazy website warning that a radioactive cloud was headed towards Texas from the old nuclear test site in New Mexico. I'm still shrugging. But there are other legitimate news sources that say something happened
  • I watched just a few minutes of the SMU game last night but I couldn't take my eyes off 7'6" Mamadou Ndiaye, a freshman from Senegal, Africa.
  • Next month you can buy an old nursing home in Bridgeport at an absolute auction. (Although the auction company mistakenly refers to Bridgeport as Bridgewater at one point.)
  • Tom Delay's conviction was overturned last year by an appellate court. Yesterday, Texas' highest criminal court said it wants to review that decision. I can't believe they want to get involved.
  • From the Update: I guess if you saw someone taking a kid out of a car trunk that you'd be a little concerned.