Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Those who watch Fox 4 News will get a kick out of this. (I wonder what happened to Brandy, though.)
  • I saw these photos out of Galveston yesterday right before I hit the "publish" button, thought it should be a big deal, but then decided I was over-reacting. Nope, it turned out to be a big deal. The guy was homeless and arrested for trespassing but the Galveston PD turned it into a scene right out of Django. Kudos to their Chief:  "I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest."
  • It seems like any school bus provider would have an app which allows the tracking of school buses by parents. 
  • There was more than just one date?
  • Collin County got a new district court after the last legislative session, and Greg Abbott just appointed Andrea Bouressa as judge. She ran for 416th district judgeship in that county in 2016 and finished last in a four man Republican primary with 12.06% of the vote. 
  • I'll admit I wasn't familiar with the work of Toni Morrison, who died yesterday, but this is great from her: "When your child walks into a room, does your face light up?" Here she explains to Oprah in 2000 (in under a minute) why that's important. 
  • A Paradise boy drowned at a small lake at the Grasslands yesterday morning. I thought this from the Messenger was odd: "Using side scan sonar, [the game warden] said they were able to find him almost immediately. The Flower Mound Fire Department responded and used a submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with video to confirm they had found the boy." Despite no chance of the boy being alive by the time any law enforcement arrived, why wait for the ROV since he was only in eight feet of water?
  • Texas Christian University will now sell beer at Amon Carter this fall for football games. The school joins other Big 12 schools of Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. There is no way Baylor ever approves beer sales in my lifetime. 
  • Watch people run in terror last night after a motorcycle backfires near Times Square.
  • This Texas House Speaker story is crazy and does not bode well for Republicans at the state level. This is what happened: The head of a conservative oil money and religion super PAC, Michael Quinn Sullivan, met with the Speaker Dennis Bonnen and the subject of giving the PAC (amazingly) press passes for the House Floor came up. Sullivan claims The Speaker said OK if the Super PAC would help target ten Republicans who weren't team players. That meeting occurred in the Speakers office, Sullivan secretly tape-recorded it,  and is now playing it for other Texas lawmakers to try to get Bonnen to quit or get ousted because he never liked Bonnen in the first place. But Sullivan won't release the tape to the public.
When mommy and daddy fight.
  • Anyone have a copy of this laying around? It was published for Bridgeport's centennial in 1973 (and sold for $3 a copy -- down from $5 when they didn't sell too well.) 
  • Then I went down a rabbit trail of the Bridgeport Index in 1973 and ran across this ad.  Hartsell Farm Supply was doing my Random Thoughts Girl bit before I even thought of it.
  • Twenty-four hours ago, Trump was forced to say this off of a teleprompter: "Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside, so destructive, and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love." Now, hours before heading to El Paso to help heal a community that any functioning adult president should be able to do, he does this to the city's favorite son: 
  • Uh, a White Supremacist just murdered 22 people.
  •  Messenger: Above the Fold