Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • I don't know what to think about the lady who approached a Wise County residential gate and said, "“I’m really scared. Could you please open your gate? Please?”  I'm not ready to conclude she actually was in danger, nor can I rule that out. It's just weird -- especially the part about being described as 25 years old and 80 pounds. (It made all the metroplex news stations last night.)
  • The Dallas DA announced new and bold prosecutions guidelines which are incredibly smart. Instead of a robotic, "You broke the law so you're going to be prosecuted because I'm too dumb to understand how life works", they make perfect sense. The only one which seems very problematic is not prosecuting someone for theft of property under $750 unless the crime was for "economic gain." (It's the old "If a lady shoplifts baby formula then you might want to treat her differently that someone stealing video games" school of thought.) That's a murky standard, though. 
  • A primer on the concept of truth:
    • Trump (10/2016): "WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks." 
    • Trump (10/2016): “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove,” 
    • Trump (11/2016): "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks."
    • Trump (Yesterday) “I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing."
    • Heck, he mentioned Wikileaks 145 times during the final month campaign. 
  • To paraphrase a radio guy, I don't care about space, but there is nothing cooler than the rocket boosters of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy coming back to earth and landing. It just happened again. Do yourself a favor and watch this fast loading 17 second video of it. 
    There was actually another one that landed on
    a platform in the ocean. 
  • You may have heard of it and, yes, it's true: There is currently pending in the Texas legislature a bill which would make available the death penalty for women who have legal abortions under Roe v. Wade. You know, like right after conception. Below is the genius (and his fifth wife) who filed the bill. And to make Texas crazier, some guys who got elected by pandering to a right wing base now have to have security from that base because they aren't supporting the bill.
    "Every life is precious but sometimes you've go to
    upgrade that life with a new smokin' hot wife."
  • Trump got this graphic from Lou Dobbs (who watches Lou Dobbs?) and posted it yesterday morning. One problem: It's wrong. Fox News then had to issue a correction to point out that the 55% figure should have been an unfavorable rating. 
  • I'll say it again: One of the most important classes I ever took was Typing at Bridgeport High School (where I learned on an IBM Selectric.)  I can easily do 50 words per minute. (Test yourself.)
  • I've got my Master's pick: Shooter McGavin.
  • Trump wants this guy on the Federal Reserve. This is funny
  • The last picture of the Titanic as it heads out to sea. I don't think I had seen this. 
  • A Houston woman has sued 24 Hour Fitness because she claims she saw someone holding a camera recording her in the shower. She also claims she then saw a person "wearing clothes similar to how 24 Hour Fitness employees dress run out the back of the women's locker room." She wants $200,000. She was so embarrassed that she held a press conference so everyone would know that someone maybe saw her naked.  (There sure are lots of lawyers in Houston.)
  • In 1838 Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to get the school out of debt. This week the student body voted by a winning percentage of 66% to assess each student $27.20 a semester to go to a reparations fund for the descendants of the slaves.  (It's not binding on the school.) You think that would fly in Texas?
  • Storms arrive in force at 3:15 a.m. tonight.