Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Trump decided to attempt to mock Nancy Pelosi by releasing a photo of yesterday's meeting. Somehow, most likely because of the way he views women, he thought it showed her to be "unhinged" and having a "meltdown." It immediately backfired as she made it her Twitter header. This will live forever. Frame it. 
    "All roads with you lead to Putin."
  • And as Trump comes to Dallas, it is hard to describe what a disastrous day it was for him yesterday. To name a few (which don't even have anything to do with the Ukraine scandal):
    • He justified the slaughter of the Kurds by saying "they're no angels" and called them "worse than ISIS."
    • Democrats and Republicans rebuked his cut and run policy in northern Turkey by a vote of 354 to 60.
    • Said "there's a lot of sand in Syria."
    • Rambled like a madman in front of the Italian prime minister much to the horror of the interpreter behind him. 
    • Trump, once again miscalculating as to what looks good, released a letter he had "written" to the Turkish president which, if you didn't know better, would swear was written by a Fourth Grader. "I will call you later." If it is dated correctly and it was actually sent, it was completely ignored by Turkey.
    • U.S. forces bombed our own abandoned bases in Turkey because the Russians, who now control a piece of the Middle East for the first time in decades, were snooping around in them. 
    • Called his ex-defense secretary James Mattis, a four star general with 40 years of service, “the world’s most overrated general” and that “He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”
  • The Texas Conference on Urban Counties issued a statement regarding the Bonnen Tape where the he made fun of city and county governments. I had no idea that Wise County's own Kevin Burns was the chairman of the organization. Wise County is urban? (The statement was too nice by the way.) 
  • Texas Tech's athletic director whined (per Baylor fans) or justly expressed outrage (if you're a Tech fan) about a call in the Baylor game. The Big 12 fined him $25,000 for his efforts.
  • Tickets were sold to watch this. This is the aftermath. Let's just take him out in a stretcher and have the next two come in. 
  • Vanity Fair has an article on how there is a pattern of a person(s) who have a pattern of buying shares of the S&P in the last few minutes of a day's trading, then Trump makes an economic announcement which normally turns out not to be true but causes the markets to then predictably react up or down, and then that person(s) cashes in. They have made billions. Coincidence? Really? 
  • A 17 year old was arrested in Denton because he allegedly stabbed a guy to death with a bayonet during a "marijuana deal gone bad."  What the heck is going on? The Amber Guyger witness was killed during a marijuana deal. You can be smoking that stuff legally this afternoon if you want to just hop in your car. 
  • Wait a second. Bayonet?!
  • The new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth is about to open. I have more than one question about this report yesterday from a Star-Telegram reporter.
  • I haven't watched any of the baseball playoffs, but I did see this photo. I love sports photographs which have clear images of the crowd. My favorite is the guy with his head on his palm.
  • This guy is unbelievable
  • Cowboys conspiracy theory: Anyone else think its weird that Cowboys' center Travis Frederick, who was so suddenly struck last year by a disease (we had never heard of) that he couldn't play a single down, now comes back like nothing's wrong? I'm not exactly sure what the purpose of the conspiracy is, but I'm working on it.