Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Odd drowning locations: Two people at Turner Falls in Oklahoma in the last week, and a teenager in a pond at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney last night. 
  • Trump can't block people on Twitter, a federal appeals court has ruled. It's really pretty simple: It's the equivalent of the county commissioner's having 30 minutes for an "open forum" from the public but with a rule of, "You can't speak if you are going to hurt our feelings."  The ruling applies to any government official who has an official social media account: From President to sheriff to school board member. 
  • Ross Perot's passing is being acknowledged as it should be. But I had forgotten how he was mocked ruthlessly for using charts and graphs in his presidential campaigns. That was considered unconventional for a candidate. (Compare and contrast: "Little Rubio", "Lyin' Ted", etc.)
  • That's a weird case of the Olney teacher being found dead by Lake Cooper where "foul play" is suspected. Side note: That's one small lake.   
  • Pressure is mounting for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign. He's the federal prosecutor who signed off on the "no prosecution" deal of Jeffrey Epstein when Epstein was accused of child trafficking in Florida. Prediction: He won't quit. It's a new political world out there, and the new rule is simply to ride it out and you'll survive. Memories are short. (Heck, the black faced Virginia governor survived.)
  • A strip club, Shadow Cabaret, will host a golf tournament at Trump's Doral County Club in Florida where you get the "caddie girl of your choice."   Don't worry, "There would be no nudity at the resort . . . [since] the caddies would wear pink miniskirts and . . .  'a sexy white polo.' Afterward, however, the golfers and the dancers would return to another venue — the cabaret itself — for what [was] described as a 'very tasteful' burlesque show, which could involve nudity."
  • Followup of interest to only a few: The dispute between former Wise County Attorney Todd Durden, now serving in that capacity for Kinney County, and that County Judge is getting nastier. But it looks like the judge knows that Durden will win so he's trying to kill a pending case by simply conceding and telling the appellate court the case is moot. (But the most interesting thing to me is that Durden now goes by a nickname.)
  • I follow a ton of criminal lawyer accounts on Twitter, and I'm not even sure they are all real. But they are entertaining. 
  • I can never remember what "Dew Point" means, and I've googled it more times than I also can't remember. 
  • That's pretty big news out of Austin where UT says it will provide tuition and books for students coming from families who have a combined income of less than $65,000. But two things are certain: (1) Families will manipulate their incomes to fall under the $65,000 threshold, and (2) No right winger family will call this "socialism" if they are getting the benefit. 
  • I don't think I've ever heard of this: One of the mini-Aggie schools is playing a team from Mexico in football. If they played it in El Paso they could promote it as The Brawl at The Wall.™ 
  • Breaking! Local weather icon David Finfrock must be a Dirty Lib!
  • Messenger: Above the Fold