Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • Texas Hospitalizations: +217 and now knocking on 12,000. It has really ramped up when I was expecting a plateau by now.

  • A faithful reader pointed out that this official state map shows that the local Wise County hospital has 1,200 doses of Moderna on hand.  We both find that hard to believe. (If you go to the site, just click on the red dot in Wise County, and don't bother with the search boxes.) Edit: The hospital confirms to me this is, in fact, true.

  • This was an actual tweet last night by one of Trump's greatest supporters (and from someone Trump has retweeted before.) They are all nuts. 

  • But there must be some truth to that because Lin Wood is a man of faith.
  • I was in the Liberally Lean Weather Lab late into the night, and I'm now prepared to make my prediction: We will get no snow. Zilch. Nada.  Most of the "experts" in DFW disagree. They are wrong. So let it be written. So let it be done. 

    Fake News

  • A lady named Susan Wright from the Houston area was released from prison yesterday.  Her trial gave rise to one of the craziest courtroom stunts in Texas history with a female prosecutor straddling a male prosecutor on a bed brought into the courtroom. (The prosecutor, Kelly Siegler, was later found by a judge to have withheld evidence in a different high-profile murder case.)  

  • My Fox News nomination for "Image of the Year":

  • Claimed by some to be the most prolific killer in U.S. history, Samuel Little has died. But some question whether his confessions can be compared to those of Henry Lee Lucas.  Both cases have connections to Texas Rangers who live in Wise County. (James Holland and Phil Ryan.)

  • I was thinking the other day that is has been months since we've heard about any Lotto jackpot getting so high that it becomes a headline. That's really the only time I pay attention to it. And I never pay attention to lottery scratch-off news. At least until . . . : 

  • I'm sure you heard that Dawn Wells has died. Only Tina Louis (Ginger) survives.

  • Sports:
    • There is no way OU could have made the playoffs after starting 0-2 but they are more deserving of being in the final four than Notre Dame. And they will be better next year. And the year after that.  
    • Arm bands gone wild:

    • Watch Wisconsin accidentally destroy the Mayo Bowl trophy in the locker room. 
  • My greatest take-away from 2020 might very well be how it has revealed how truly bonkers a large percentage of the U.S. population is. People I used to think were normal are now folks I wouldn't trust to care for a penny. "How can that person be so dumb?" is something I've uttered a thousand times this year. 
  • There will be no Messenger Update today.  (This note brought to you by THWMISB™).