Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • Let's see, over the weekend the Iraq Parliament voted to kick U.S. troops out of the country, Iran says it now has no restraints on its nuclear program, and a eulogist, during Qassem Soleimani in Iran broadcast on State TV, placed an $80 million bounty on Trump's head. 
  • Don't ask me about how the Cowboys handled the Jason Garrett firing. I'm as confused as you are. The only thing I can think of is that Jerry tried to wait out January 14th when Garrett's contract ends so he wouldn't have to "fire" him. It just turned out to be an eternity. 
  • Ethan Couch, the affluenza teen, was released from jail after his Motion to Revoke was voluntarily dismissed by the Tarrant County DA's office. The Motion had been filed because of an allegation that his drug patch tested positive for THC.  So why was it dismissed? His probation terms require him to not break the law. However, since THC in CBD products is legal in Texas since last May (so long as it is just a slight amount), there's no way at this point to tell whether Couch violated the law simply by having THC in his system. Here's the weird part: The DA's office signed the Motion to Revoke in the first place. They knew they couldn't prove he broke the law when it was signed.
  • Dear War Powers Act: "I don't even know you exist. But if you do, my Twitter feed should be enough."  

  • Dear Geneva Convention (Protocol 1, Article 53): "I don't know even know if you exist. But if you do, I'll ignore you."
  • O.J. Simpson tweets that he abandoned the Bills games early, and our governor makes a double murder joke. 
  • Iran claims to have hacked the Federal Depository Library Program website. (As we all tried to figure out what that Program is.)
  • Remember when DPS was putting troopers accustomed to rural Texas highways in South Dallas in order to help Dallas PD, but two of them ended up shooting a guy during a traffic stop? Well, they shot him 16 times
  • There's a crazy story out of Japan where the former head on Nissan was accused of financial crimes and forbidden to leave the country. Despite Japan having some of the tightest security in the world, he managed to sneak out of the country in a private plane by getting in this thing with holes drilled for air. He's 5'6".
  • Someone listed the Texas high school football districts in 1966 and 1967.  Decatur and Bridgeport were 2A. But look at this district which was in 1A.
  • Salma Hayek made an appearance at the Golden Globes last night. She's 53. (Oh, here's Ricky Gervais' full opening monologue.)
  • Buried in all of the Iran news (as planned) is the discovery of the existence of emails which are critical to Trump's impeachment.  If we finally get a trial in the Senate, let's have a real trial and see these emails.
  • Random movie: Somehow I ended up watching The Man Who Knew Too Much over the weekend, and I've been bugged by plot holes ever since. Yep, a 1956 movie bothered me. (And I had already forgotten that Doris Day died in 2019.)
  • Messenger: Above the Fold.