Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • The Board:
    Total: 1,095,023

    Total deaths: 63,856
  • Texas (That doesn't exactly look like a chart for a state which "opens up" today. And it doesn't show that we set a daily record with 50 new deaths reported on Thursday.):
  • Tarrant County (and throwing in Dallas since they had a record high for new cases reported): 
  • Wise County: Oh, my! Right after 10:00 p.m last night we were updated to six active cases. (20 total. 12 recovered. 2 deaths.) Remember that the threshold for 50% opening vs. 25% opening is five active cases. As of last night, per KXAS, we haven't been cleared for the 50% number and the numbers are in a state of flux: 
  • I noticed that Brandi's Country Kitchen on the square in Decatur was open for business this morning at 6:00 a.m. There weren't many people there yet so I don't know how they are going to handle the restrictions. 
  • Every time I even remotely consider that it might be time to "completely open up" I change my mind by simply at looking at the people which strongly support it. Michigan was bizarro world yesterday.

  • They are, in fact, his people. Very good people. Not to be confused with "very fine people." 
  • Trump said yesterday at his press conference that he seen "convincing evidence" that the coronavirus was created in a Wuhan lab. So what is it that proof? “I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that."  He just makes stuff up on the fly every day -- especially when it comes to blaming others. (Moments earlier, his own Office of the Director of National Intelligence had issued a statement saying the intelligence community “concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified”.)
  • I have no idea how they are going to handle fall sports. And that's not the most optimistic projection from the Big 12 commissioner. 
  • One thing is certain: There is no portion of I-35 that isn't under construction at any date in history. And this project from Round Rock to South Austin will be a nightmare. (But at least there is that tollway to loop around it if you aren't headed into downtown Austin.)
  • Amber Guyger has awakened in a cage for the last 213 days since this happened. 
  • Cities, towns and the State are bracing themselves for a shocker today: "Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said on a Thursday call with the Texas GOP that his office will release on Friday state sales tax revenues for the past month. Hegar said his office would have normally held off on releasing the total until next week, but, as he noted on the call, 'they are unprecedented numbers — how quick they have gone down.'”