Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

This "going back 10 years" bit has pretty much convinced me I don't remember anything at all. I certainly don't remember this.  But $299 for a softball bat still shocks me today.    

  • Breaking: The FDC and CDC are recommending pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after adverse reactions to it.  Somehow six cases "of a severe type of blood clot" out of more than 6.8 million doses administered is enough to recommend the pause.  
    • I find this pause to be shocking and irresponsible. My Bridgeport math puts the odds of the blood clot at . . . 

    • The narrative on Facebook by noon will be "All the vaccines will kill you! The CDC said that! Didn't you see it! I tried to tell ya the government rushed it!"
    • Somehow the same people who are fine with over a half million people dying of the disease will justify not getting the vaccine because 6 people developed blood clots.
  • Random thoughts on the shooting of Daunte Wright by Officer Kim Potter.

    • The Chief of Police said this: "As I watch the video and listen to the officer's commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet . . . ."
      • We all agree with this, right? The officer actually thought she had the Taser in her hand.  I mean, it might be bizarre to make that kind of mistake (especially as a 26 year veteran officer), but she did actually believe it, right? 

    •  The Chief continued: [T]his was an accidental discharge, that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright."  
      • <Insert loud record scratch.> Say what? There was nothing "accidental" about the discharge of the weapon. It would be an accidental discharge if it went off when she didn't intend for it to go off. 
      • That was incredibly sloppy language for a prepared statement which he knew would be broadcast across the nation (and world.) 
    • Will they charge Officer Potter with murder? She shouldn't be.  She intended to tase him; she didn't intend to kill him. Murder should be off the table. 

    • What about criminal negligence (at least its Texas equivalent)? Ok, I can go with that. 
      • Criminal negligence in Texas means that she "ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist [she is holding a gun instead of a taser] or the result [the death] will occur.  The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor's standpoint." I think all the elements exist here. Honestly, it fits really, really well. 
      • Should she be incarcerated?  I'm not sure she belongs to put in a cage because of a mistake. I'm not sure anyone belongs there for a mistake -- even a horrible one. 
    • In an attempt to seek comparisons, this case, in my humble opinion, has worse facts that that of the Amber Guyger wrongful shooting case. 
      • I actually understood how Amber could end up on the wrong floor and think she was entering her own apartment. It certainly didn't seem like a "gross deviation" of what would happen to a normal person or that she "ought to be aware" of the circumstances or that a death would occur because of the mistake. 
      • How Amber was convicted of murder -- not even criminally negligent homicide -- is still mind-boggling to me. 
      • Sorry, I digressed. 
    • Back to Brooklyn Center, MN. Sure we hear the same old comments of "he would be alive" if he had "obeyed the police" or "didn't try to run." 

  • Spoiler alert: The microchip is not inserted when you get the vaccine. (This story was actually on 60 Minutes last Sunday.)

  • This headline is a shot at both Trump and Biden, but it's misleading. Can anyone think of anything different between the periods of October 2020 to March 2021 when compared to the period of October 2019 to March 2020? 

  • This is worth watching. You'll remember the Inside Edition interview because of how creepy Copeland acted.  But one thing which I find surprising in his recent explanation of that interview is that how he tells the congregation that it is "his jet" instead of saying it is "our jet" or the "the church's jet." Maybe I shouldn't feel that way. (I always say Wise County gets to claim Copeland because the church and airstrip is closer to Newark than it is to any other town or city.)

  • University of North Texas pitcher was so good she made The Washington Post. (She also struck out 21 in a game in February but somehow managed to give up five hits back then.)  

  • The fire in Big Bend reminds me how I need to make it to Big Bend. I've never been.