Random Friday Morning Thoughts


I have no memory of a computer being a contestant on Jeopardy. But if it could win then, it would dominate now. 

  • I probably took to much joy in watching Ted Cruz being scorched all day yesterday for running off to Cancun while Texas suffers. I may frame the picture of him in the Cancun airport as he headed back to do damage control:

    • I can just picture Cruz arriving at the Ritz-Carlton, changing into shorts , walking out on the balcony with his complimentary margarita, and then looking at his phone and seeing 198 messages. 
    • I like this pic, too. 

    • He continues to blame his daughters (10 and 12) for this fiasco. After all, he claims they wanted to go to Cancun since school was closed for the week and, being a "good dad", he said yes.  (Who amongst us hasn't taken our kids to Cancun on a whim?)
    • But actually that's not true. Leaked group text messages by Cruz's neighbors show that Cruz's wife strung that deal together. 

    • For a politician who literally cares about nothing other than being a politician, how could he possibly have been that dumb to be caught in a fiasco like this? 
    • Cruz ran into the loving arms Sean Hannity last night for damage control. But it was bizarre in it's own right. Watch his one minute explanation here.  (I actually watched  most of  Hannity for the first time in years just to see it and, let me tell you, I don't know how anyone can stomach Hannity's lies and propaganda. It was insane.) 

    • Funny lines that I saw about the whole mess: (1) We didn't send Mexico our "best people", did we? (2) We can't fault him for crossing the border. He was just looking for a better life for his family at the moment. (3) If Ted Cruz were an ordinary dude, and he did a Mexico round-trip in less than 17 hours, the DEA would be waiting on his lawn when he got home.
  • In a response that was anything but "candid", Gov. Abbott lied yesterday. 

  • And I think this "seconds or minutes" claim is a lie as well. That sounds like something ERCOT made up in order to deflect criticism. You know, "Don't be mad at us! We actually saved you!"

  • We haven't had mail delivered this week. I'm not complaining -- just an observation. 
  • Shout to Ms. LL for doing a heck of a job going to the grocery store before all this hit. We've been fine all week. 
  • I'm an idiot on things like this, but most of society's energy problems would be solved by huge and cheap batteries that could power a house, right? I mean, we have slowly gotten  to the point where electric cars run on batteries with capabilities we couldn't dream of.  Now just keep that technology going for home power storage.  Massive capacity. Store for extended periods. Cheap.  Problems solved. 
  • Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who might be the secret sister of Marjorie Taylor Greene, attended a hearing by Zoom with guns prominently (and oddly) placed in the background. 

  • Look at Wednesday:

  • Sports: I don't really care about Carson Wentz being traded to the Colts, but his trade now leaves Dak as the only QB on this list which is still with the team that drafted him:

  • 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: 595 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold