Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • Texas Hospitalizations: +42. The only question now is whether it will surpass the Summer Wave.  This one isn't as steep but its incline has already gone on longer and still growing. 

    • There were 244 deaths recorded in Texas yesterday. You have to wonder how many of those people who were in the hospital and, therefore, weren't counted in yesterday's  9,151. 
    • All time record deaths in U.S. yesterday: 2,857.
    • The "19-county North Texas region" set the second highest record for the number of new cases ever yesterday with 1,894 reported.
    • 81 Tarrant County jailers have the COVID.
  • And to bring it all close to home: Links to watch Judge Melton Cude's funeral at 2:00 p.m. today from the First Baptist Church in Decatur:
  • I'm still rattled by that. Wear a mask. 
  • I you haven't seen the video of last night's assault of a referee by an Edinburg High School football player, here ya go

    Photo credit: Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP. 
  • Has anyone collected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's $1 million prize for election fraud yet? 
  • They used the Panama Canal?

  • I've been informed that all the gentlemen who appeared in photos in the Los Angeles Times this past weekend (which I linked to yesterday) are from Wise County.  So Fred Jones and Chase Lasater, rest assured your friends and family let me know about it. 

  • I had no idea there are online archives of a newspaper, The Frontier Echo, which was published in  the 1870s in Jacksboro. That's the 1870s and not the 1970s. 

  • Presented without comment other than a link to the Wise County Zillow listing which got this gal's attention. 

  • Random small town Texas criminal justice news here. But the story notes that the Texas Attorney General's Office will be named as special prosecutor which almost guarantees an acquittal.  (They've shown up twice in Wise County as special prosecutors: Not guilty on one and a directed verdict of acquittal on the other.)

  • I was standing right there at the base of capitol a year ago when I asked a cop at what level the swearing in took place. He told me the first level. I couldn't envision it. A photo published yesterday of the ongoing construction of the temporary stands and platforms helps me out in that regard: 

  • One last COVID note:
  • Longhorn Nation went on a hunt this week to discover if Urban Meyer was actually making a TV appearance while secretly secluded at Austin's Horseshoe Bay. Curtain rod? Ceiling fan? (It didn't really pan out, but it was fun.)

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 518 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold