Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Wise County active: 52 (+7 from yesterday).
  • Texas hospitalizations: -339 from yesterday.
  • A faithful reader tipped me off to a wild start of the school year in Jacksboro. Two students who were diagnosed with  COVID-19 on Monday were sent to school on Wednesday. <Insert record scratch.> They were immediately sent home. 
  • Now more than ever, tell your son to be careful around those sorority girls in Aggieland. Classes started on Wednesday:

  • Still not sure how this football thing is going to work out. Ten cases shut down the ECU program yesterday. So how is everyone going to feel with 10 UT players come down with COVID before OU/Texas?
  • Trump's 2016 campaign mastermind Steve Bannon being arrested on a yacht for defrauding people dumb enough and racist enough to want to donate their own money so a private wall can be built to keep out brown people is peak Trump World. And the fact that Junior promoted it calling it "private enterprise at its finest" is simply poetic. 

  • This just started this morning. It is going to be brutal. And it should be. 
  • These two, 11 and 13, went missing in Palo Pinto County yesterday but were later found in Waco. When they went missing, the only details were:  “It looks like they had assistance in leaving the house and running away. We believe they have been corresponding with an unknown person on the internet.”
  • The ATM at the old Wells Fargo bank off the Wise County courthouse square has been removed. (The county bought the building and will make it a courthouse annex.) The powers at be, in a genius move for the bank, offered a location close to the Wise County probation department. They were ignored by Big Banking. You know, there are a surprising number of people who still use ATMs in this cashless society.
  • They are going to have to drag him out of the White House. He said this just last night.
  • Last night at the DNC: After the artists formerly known as the Dixie Chicks sang the national anthem and before Joe Biden, who I had been lead to believe had suffered a major stroke rendering him unable to speak, gave a flawless acceptance speech, we got to hear from a kid who stutters but had been earnestly comforted by new nominee. (Watch it.) Say what you want about Biden, but his is a decent and compassionate man. 

  • I'm working on my Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Expert Certification to go along with my Expert Southwest Proper Weather Certification, and I think you should keep an eye on this storm. My Houston friends have gone a few months without a disaster, so they are due. 
  • Sports: TCU's quarterback, who was kind of a promising mini-Johnny Football, will probably miss the season (if there is one) because of a undisclosed condition "which he has had his whole life." It was only discovered, however, during COVID-19 precautions and testing. 
  • We ended up with 20 new arrestees in Wise County yesterday. And I'm counting an additional 12 as of 5:00 a.m. this morning. Translation: DPS and the WCSO are working the highways looking for the rent cars and out of state license plates who just happen to be committing traffic offense like "Left lane - not passing." 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold