The Campaign For DA


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts


  • Good news?/Bad news?: I'm giving serious consideration to retiring the daily Random Thought Girl. I don't know how long I've been doing that bit, but it might be over a decade. And it started out as simply that -- a bit. You know, a "they'll come for the girl and might stick around to read" kind of thing.   Well, the readers came and they've stuck around. But times have changed in the last 10 years. Sensibilities have changed. My sensibilities have changed. I've found myself growing increasingly uncomfortable with it.  And with yesterday's events,  it felt, at least for the moment, like it was a new day. And maybe it should be a new day for Liberally Lean. This might have been the tipping point last Friday: 

  • Texas hospitalizations: -58.  I'm cautiously optimistic that we may have reached the apex.  This last week has been flat. That's not to minimize the current state of affairs -- the virus is as bad as it has ever been. 

  • Yesterday was just so normal.

  • Michelle Obama looked like some kind of super hero out of Marvel Comics or a character from Watchmen

  • That dress and golden microphone might end up in Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I'm serious. That's exactly the kind of stuff that is on display there. 

  • I honestly didn't know much about this gal, but that was a top notch performance last night.

  • I know this gal, and I like her. 

  • The masks aren't necessary between a husband and wife, but it is setting an example. Messaging is important.   The last time we saw someone on that balcony -- a person who had just been diagnosed with COVID no less -- took off his mask and turned around and walked in among his staff.

  • I'd like to talk to the person in charge of lighting. 

  • Can we please do something with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton? Like the prison he's been avoiding for years? Good lord, man, President Biden hadn't even finished saying the oath yet before this came out. 

  • It now has to be mentioned in an Inauguration Address in 2021: "And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” He's right. 

  • The emergency that never was is over.

  • And, if not, "Trial by combat!"

  •  "Let's do this again tomorrow!" -- new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki yesterday.

  • Heck of a wardrobe change on the way to Florida yesterday.

  • Kind of funny.

  • Shout-out to Germania Insurance for the way they handled a run of the mill property claim. No hassle. No fight. Prompt response. Courteous adjuster. It doesn't have to be hard, does it?
  • Something you might have missed:

  • What happened here? Ed Young is the pastor of megachurch Fellowship Church Grapevine.

  • I can't believe Trump went so quietly into the night (over the last week.)  That Storming of the Capitol, once he figured out how awful it was, must have really rocked him.  Or, more likely, he was rocked by his approval ratings dropping to record lows in the days that followed. That's something he cares about above all else. And in the end, it was all he cared about.