Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I did an evening post at 7:30 p.m. ten years ago because of the the above conditions from the weather station in Paradise  It was 106 degrees at the moment after a day's high of 108. Today's forecast, by the way, is 93. 

  •  All of this sounds very familiar.  But this time it is all preventable. 

  • "On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy made a historic announcement, declaring for the first time that misinformation is a public health hazard." He's right. A poll from The Economist this week found that 20% of Americans believe the COVID vaccine contains a computer chip implanted by the government. That's 1 in 5 Americans. That's 41 million adults. And just talk to the people around you. It becomes clear that figure is correct. 

  • Here's an important Democrats-In-D.C. update:

  • A double suicide and not a murder-suicide?

  • The Mavericks press conference yesterday demonstrated what a train wreck Mark Cuban's team now is.   But my favorite quote came from new coach Jason Kidd who, when he was asked if he had spoken with Luka Doncic, said that he had by phone but oddly added, “But there’s also a new way to conversate, and that’s by text."

  • Yesterday, in response to the new book which detailed just how concerned senior Defense Department officials had become that Trump would attempt to stage a coup after his election defeat, Trump released a statement where he actually began a sentence with, "If I was going to do a coup . . . ."  Comparisons online happened immediately.

  • Number of days Wise County has gone without Chick-fil-A?

  • A Texas defense lawyer discovered there had been an internal investigation regarding an officer admitting to other officers that he pulled over cars for no reason with the intent of looking for other crime. He turned the report over to the D.A.'s office who knew nothing about it. (The police department had taken no action and hadn't revealed that the investigation had even taken place.) The D.A.'s office stepped up and said they didn't trust the officer enough to use him as a witness. So far they have dismissed over 30 cases. 

  • I'm not a gambler, but when I went up to Winstar a couple of years ago, I was surprised at how  comparable it was to a Las Vegas casino. Now there is this addition over at Choctaw in Durant. But Texas won't legalize gambling because we are too good for that. 

  • There is absolutely no legitimate reason. 

  • Sounds like a judge was not very happy with a prosecutor in the Decatur courthouse yesterday. 
  • Random flyer found on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.  Why is the Texas Theater, where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, looking for a stolen pig -- who just happens to answer to "Pig" -- and who loves truffles and mushroom tarts? Edit: Wait a second. Is this just a bit for the new Nicolas Gage movie?

  • Random Sports eye-opening graphic:

  • 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: 742 days.
  • The Messenger has a front page story today about Lauren's murder on the second anniversary of her death. They used a headline which is also the title of the book I've compared this case to. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold (Special Lauren Whitener front page edition)