Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Texas Hospitalizations: +78. I'm beginning to get that déjà vu feeling all over again. 

  • COVID quick hits:
    • Breaking this morning: The Atlanta Falcons have shut down their facility after "multiple" positive tests. They are (were?) scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday.  
    • Alabama's Nick Saban has the 'Rona. He's 68 years old. Alabama plays Georgia this weekend. 
    • Despite the increase in hospitalizations, 45 Texas public schools have now announced they will end online classes. To add to the confusion, the Tarrant County public health director suggested yesterday that all schools return to virtual-learning only.
  • Missed this one from a couple of days ago. It's not a courthouse crab infestation, but it'll do. 

  • So yesterday Twitter was blocking any discussion that Trump was actually impeached over his attempt to have Ukraine make up a story about Biden, or do I have that wrong? 
    • I never thought I'd see the Right Wing lose their minds about what a private company does, and then demand government intervention to force that company to do something they didn't want to do. Freedom!
    • Related: Who "downloads" their emails? 
  • Saw this snake in the driveway last night. It was only about 18 inches long but I suppose it has family. Someone ID it for me.  Email me. Let me hear from ya. I'll post the answer with an "Edit" once I get it. Edit: Got a couple of votes for "rat snake". Double edit: It's a landslide for a rat snake. 

  • I hid from the snake by running to my Super Secret First Warn Weather Basement and did some work while I was there. I'm putting the cold front "hitting" Decatur at 8:41 a.m. You'll notice it by the wind.
  • Stuff like this doesn't bother me a bit. If I'm sitting at that table, I'd freeze up if a Senator asked me to "Name the last three District Attorneys in Wise County." 

  • John Cornyn posted a picture from 2018 to own the libs. (He then took the post down after realizing his screw up.) I can understand how Ted Cruz can gets elected in Texas, but what exactly is the appeal of Cornyn? 

  • This is insane. Both the mother and the child died. 

  • This seems like it would cause lots of consternation in Austin. 

  • It looks like oil prices have now stabilized around $40 a barrel. I think I remember reading that the price needs to be in the $55+ range to sustain the West Texas oil fields.