Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

The next day . . . 

The shooting wasn't intentional but got a lot notoriety because it was captured on video on Christmas Eve. The conviction was affirmed the next year.    It is possible he has been released because TDC doesn't list him as an inmate. He would have become eligible for parole in 2017.

  • New this morning. I haven't heard an update. 

  • Near Love Field late yesterday:

  • That story doesn't say who the alleged victim was, but here's a flashback from May, 2020: 

  • The Baylor basketball team was honored at the Capitol in Austin yesterday, but there was an awkward moment in the Senate. As various Senators took turns sucking up to the team who stood at the front of the hall, Senator Larry Taylor out of Galveston decided he would briefly reflect on when coach Scott Drew first arrived at Baylor.  He told the crowd: "If you'll remember . . . those were pretty dreadful times in the history of Baylor. We actually had one player kill another player." (Video at 17:30 mark.)

    Cut to Scott Drew's reaction.
  • I caught a little bit of the noon press conference in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, yesterday and it was a disaster. Because they had no scene control, city leaders just stood up there and took a beating from local activists who didn't ask questions but gave speeches. What a mess. (And take that dang cap off.) 

  • Brooklyn Center fired its police chief who said the death of Daunte Wright was due to an "accidental discharge" and replaced him with someone who is ill equipped for the job. "I don't have a plan. I'll work on a plan," new Chief Tony Gruening actually said, adding, "I was just informed less than a half-hour ago [that I'm the new Chief.] There's just a lot of chaos going on right now. We're just trying to wrap our heads around the situation . . . . ."

  • Local city councils are one step closer to losing control over the budget of its police departments.

  • We are also one step closer to open carry without a license in Texas. For the first time ever, it will get a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Meanwhile in Austin yesterday:

  • President Biden at Capitol officer Billy Evans memorial service yesterday. The return to normalcy continues. 

  • I mentioned the unsolved Missy Bevers case out of Midlothian a couple of months ago, and the Dallas Morning News has a story on it today. Have I ever mentioned she grew up in Jacksboro and graduated from high school there in 1988? (A faithful reader pointed that out to me.)

  • The Census Bureau said yesterday that it expects to release the new state population numbers in the next two weeks. I'm not sure why that excites me so much. 
  • Fun sports quick hit:

  • Messenger: Above the fold