Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • It's Day Four of a National Emergency. How is everyone holding up?
  • Trump said a lot of crazy stuff in the press conference on Friday. For example, he admires Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and doesn't know Ann Coulter (even though he talked to her a little over a year ago.) And then here's a throw away line that isn't even getting any attention:  "In the bill, by the way, they didn't even fight us on most of the stuff...We have so much money, we don't know what to do with it. I don't know what to do with all the money they're giving us. It's crazy."  We have a debt of $22 trillion. 
  • Trump hunkered down on Day #2 of the National Emergency by visiting the omelet bar at his resort before golfing. For the life of me I didn't think it was him, but it was.
  • The last 20 laps of the Daytona 500 took an hour and a half? No thanks. (That's the last thing a dying "sport" needed.)
    But there was this.
  • Houston, we have a scandal.  I've been mentioning for weeks the police raid which left a married couple with no criminal record dead. It was based on a search warrant affidavit where the cop swore that a confidential informant had gone into the house, purchased heroin, gave the heroin to him, and told him there was a lot more heroin in the house. They go in, no heroin found, shoot the couple dead, and even kill a dog. Now we learn: The cop lied about the existence of the confidential informant. Cop(s) are going to go to prison for this. 
  • And the Twitter feed of the president of the Houston Police Officer's Union is a goldmine of tweets that "didn't age well."

    He retweeted a meme about himself in the beginning.

    This was right after raid.
  • I love Aerial America and was rewatching one on Texas over the weekend. I perked up when I heard this line from the narrator as the helicopter flew over the border. "Today the Texas border is one of the most secure in the world" It was filmed in 2013.
  • A lady on a Jet Blue flight had a tantrum.
  • An Austin-American Statesman story about a not guilty verdict in murder case in Austin had this bizarre paragraph "[The Defendant, Charity Ellis], 50, was expressionless when visiting Judge Wilford Flowers read the verdict to a nearly empty courtroom. Her parents, who had attended the weeklong trial, were not present. Neither was [the alleged victim's] family. Also missing was Ellis’ defense attorney, Brian Erskine, who was traveling."
  • The Decatur and Bridgeport girls basketball teams meeting in the Region I quarterfinals is great. It will be tomorrow in Azle. Thought: Could the gym at Northwest Eaton High School off 287 been used?
  • Any shootings are unacceptable. Shootings at my namesake's Dairy Queen are double unacceptable. (This was about a mile from the Alliance shopping area). Edit: A Dairy Queen owner, and faithful reader, from the 817 emailed me to point out that the shooting did not occur at the restaurant per a clarifying article.
  • This was in the Dallas Morning News yesterday (page 2B). A paid ad looking for people who worked with this man 60 years ago?  (I found his obit from a month ago. And he wrote this about himself in 2016 where he mentioned Texas Instruments in passing -- but he worked there 20 years, not 10.) I have questions.
  • The Bridgeport Index had a child porn story.  
  • We had a mass shooting in America on Friday, and I bet most people don't even know it. 
  • Gov. Abbott is now against electing judges in Texas using party affiliations. Democrats sweeping judicial elections in Houston and Dallas now have his attention. 
  • He woke up mad Sunday morning. Since then, he has fired off ten "no collusion!" tweets. More than being mad, he's scared.
  • After the Kids-In-Cages story last week (they are still in jail, by the way), a faithful reader pointed out this 2003 tongue-in--cheek column by Dallas Observer's Jim Shultz calling for the elimination of Wise County.
  • Messenger: Above The Fold.