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Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Texas hospitalizations: A couple of days of increases.

  • COVID and football: 
    • #2 in 6A-Division 1 Denton Ryan has cancelled its next two games.  (Side note: I like spelling "cancelled" with two Ls.)
    • New this morning: New England Patriots Stephon Gilmore has tested positive. Here he is with Pat Mahomes from Monday night:

    • And, look out, we've got reports this morning that a player on the Las Vegas Raiders has tested positive. 
    • And another: Just saw that the Titans have two new positive tests and have cancelled today's practice. The game with the Bills on Sunday is now in jeopardy.
  • There's a new billboard on 287 as you are entering Wise County from Montague County warning drivers to be on the lookout for ticky-tacky traffic violations that cops use as a pre-text to pull you over and spend an hour searching your car. Anyone got a photo?  (I think the billboard is more of a shot at the Wise County Sheriff's Office than DPS although both are guilty.)  
  • A play called The Medicated President in Three Acts.
    • Act I: Trump tweets at 1:48 p.m.

    • Act II: Stock market reacts.

    • Act III: Last night at 8:54 p.m. 

  • Netflix has been indicted out of deep East Texas. 
    • The D.A. in Tyler County (not Tyler, Texas) indicted Netflix for "Promotion of Lewd Visual Material Depicting Child" because of the film Cuties.  That county is about the third of the size of Wise County.  There is no way this indictment does not get dismissed.  Disclaimer: I haven't seen Cuties, and most hard liners who have aren't particularly alarmed. (And "alarmed" isn't enough to criminalize speech in the United States anyway. This isn't hard.)

    • Now is a good time for my trademarked slogan to be reissued again: "Too many cops. Too many prosecutors."™
    • As much as I was surprised about that indictment, I was more stunned to learn that the photo below is of the actual elected district attorney in Tyler County. Really! I'm dead serious. His name is Lucas Babin who Wikipedia describes as "an American attorney, actor and fashion model."
    • I really can't get over that. And District Attorney Babin was also "Spider" in School of Rock.
  • I'm not sure what property got everyone's attention, but there was a large crowd for the monthly foreclosure auction on the Wise County courthouse steps yesterday. 

  • The death of Eddie Van Halen made me realize (1) we are all getting old, and (2) I don't care who it is, I've always hated the extended electric guitar solo. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold