Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Rihanna's show at the AAC ended abruptly when her stage caught fire ten years ago tonight. Video. That would have been a little scary as it first fired up.  

  • Decatur School Board news:
    • You gotta be kidding me! They are going to have a public execution on the Lord's Day.

    • Edit: The meeting will be available on Zoom here. (Meeting ID: 863 1852 0666 to enter manually.)
    • More fallout: Another football coach has up and left amongst the turmoil caused by the Board.  

    • The Messenger boldly opens up its guns on the school board in today's paper because of the secrecy and shenanigans, and it all but accuses them of Open Meetings violations and Open Records violations.  Go buy a paper. 

    • In a Letter to the Editor today, a current (and brave) teacher blasts the Board although she notes that others are "worried" she'll be "targeted" for speaking out. Recall yesterday that I said that the Board is acting like it has some kind of Joseph McCarthy-like "list". There needs to be a catchy name for this ongoing saga. Perhaps the "Blue Scare." 

    • The Messenger specifically notes that the Board has requested an AG's opinion in an effort to avoid the paper's Open Records request for all communications between the school board president and the superintendent.  Spoiler: Whenever a public entity hides behind the Attorney General request as a delay tactic, they don't want the public to know what it is attempting to hide. We want those audio recordings. 

    • I'll say it again, the burning of taxpayer money is a little noticed aspect of all of this. In addition to needlessly buying out contracts left and right, how much in legal fees has been spent? Let's see an Open Records Request for that amount. 
  • The newly crowned 2021 Scripps National Bee Champion is also a master at tricked up dribbling

  • It's hard to think of someone who went from Golden Boy to the slammer in such a short period of time.  He was riding high with the Stormy Daniels representation and then turned into a common criminal. 

  • You trust Gov. Abbott? His campaign sent out a press release yesterday and claimed that its own polling revealed these numbers regarding his handling of COVID. This is straight out of Fantasyland:

  • Governor candidates are coming to Wise County. 

    • If you think Don Huffines is anything other than a poser, listen to 30 seconds of his appearance on the Mark Davis Show on May 12th beginning at 12:10.  He complains that Republicans have controlled Austin for 20 years but can't get their "priorities" passed. Davis, to his credit, asks him point blank to name some. Huffines absolutely panics when he can't. 
    • I note that local attorney Paul Belew doesn't seem to be invited to the October forum despite announcing he was running for governor a couple of months ago. I knew his chances were slim, but I didn't expect him to be completely ignored -- especially by local Republicans. 
  • Last night. Oh, my.

  • I've got an idea: Pay them a decent wage.  Heck, you're selling a 50 cent hot dog for $8. I think you can work out the finances. 

  • If it is true, they picked the perfect guy to feature as the poster child as to why. 
    Dr. Robert Jeffress

  • Ever since I told you the richest guy I know told me he was quietly making his money investing in massive warehouses, I see stories like this everywhere.  "North Texas has the country’s fastest-growing industrial building market. At midyear, almost 29 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space was under construction in the D-FW area."

  • 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: 2 years and 4 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold

"The March 23 test results from the DPS showed a 
BAC of 0.234, according to the lab report."