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Random Monday Morning Thoughts

  • The Board. New Cases on Saturday: 34,196 .New cases on Sunday: 25,316. That's a significant one day drop, but the weekend numbers are always lower than the weekdays because, you know, it's the weekend! And "they" tell us to look at three day trends anyway. 
  • Deaths. Saturday: 1,330. Sunday: 1,165. Total U.S. deaths to date: 9,620
  • Wise County Cases: 4.
  • So what's in store for this week? Our Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who instills about as much confidence of the doctor on the Geico commercial, said yesterday: “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized; it’s going to be happening all over the country.” That's a horrible comparison on many levels. But his additional comments don't lead me to believe he understands that words have meanings :"This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives.”  Really?
  • So what's my feeling on the current state of "Rural Uprising"? I think the "Let's get back to work -- this is beyond silly" is gaining steam. And those who feel that way really feel that way, and they are frustrated because they don't have anyone to lead them.
  • The Uprising is showing its face in other rural counties
  • And it's strange bedfellows when the most conservative Wise Countians complaining about the shut down are on the same page as John Wiley Price's dissent to the Dallas County shelter-in-place order. 
  • And, of course, "let's not make it political." From the hitman of Empower Texans:
  • A faithful reader pointed out to me that the property assessment/appraisal of your real property for taxes is set on January 1st so the economic impact, and the unintended collateral tax relief, of the coronavirus won't be felt for until next year and beyond. But another faithful reader said I did overlook one governmental entity that will be crushed due to the reduction of sales tax revenue: The State of Texas. The massive day to day business of Texas is funded by sales taxes, not property taxes. That's going to get ugly. (I wonder if I will be able to pick up a Rio Grande DPS Gun Boat on the cheap?) 
  • Trump was stranger than usual during his press conference yesterday. He (1) still continues to push for hydroxychloroquine for no reason whatsoever, (2) blocked Dr. Fauci from answering a question about the safety of the drug, (3) told an AP reporter, who asked a legitimate question about, ventilators, that it was a "wise guy" question, and (4) went on for a couple of minutes of how he doesn't like the way roads are repaved.  On Saturday he somehow confused "ventilators" with, uh, "whistleblowers."
  • That wasn't as bad a Friday where he joked about sleeping with models. 
  • Here's an Oklahoma Sheriff who will lose the next election. Bubba won't cotton to a threat of "its [sic] fixing to get real." 
  • Of all the crap the brass assigns DPS troopers to do, I wonder how many times your average trooper mumbles to himself, "I did not sign up for this."
  • Changing gears.
  • I can't believe it took me two years to see it, but the Netflix true-crime doc The Staircase is fantastic. 
  • Random thing I watched over the weekend: Most of the UT vs. aTm 1986 Thanksgiving game. Those were two really good teams, and both offenses look like they had never picked up a football before. 
  • This lady died over the weekend. A small role of slapping a Chief of Police Brody always had a big impact on me for some reason.
  • Bill Withers died, too. I'll take Lovely Day over Lean on Me
  • Not big Ed!
  • Messenger: Above the Fold