Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Ten years later the stock market has tripled as is sits at 35,000, and 512 point swings will barely be a news blip. And that morning in August of 2011, the Dow plummeted even further:

  • Texas hospitalizations: To be updated to 7,305 for August 2nd as soon as they get around to it.

  • Here's Florida's chart:

  • COVID quick hits:
    • Travis County has shutdown jury trials. 
    • Williamson County has imposed a mask mandate in the courthouse. 
    • This was breaking news yesterday and is a pretty big deal. 

  • Airplane fights (with video):
    • "Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant." The ending is very satisfying. Video

    • "Fists were flying Sunday on an American Airlines flight from NOLA to Austin Texas over a reclined seat." Video.

  • I'm hearing one of the death notices in the Update was due to a rattlesnake bite. 
  • To be fair, shouldn't the medal count ranking be calculated with 3 points for gold, 2 for silver, and 1 for bronze? Or does that make me a commie? China would have 154 and the U.S. would have 146.

  • Spoiler alert: This 17 year old just finished fourth in the 200 meters. 

  • I knew that a poker game would be illegal if the house took a cut from the game, but apparently there's a loophole where you can run one as part of a private club which charges a membership fee.   (I'm not sure I knew that. I haven't seen a gambling criminal case in Wise County filed since the 1990s -- eight-liners excepted.)

  • I've said that the policy of every politician in the modern world should be just to "ride out" any scandal because it seems like anything can be ridden out these days. That theory will really be put to the test in New York. 

  • Good lord. 

  • This is a crazy story. Last summer, this ship below had a massive explosion off of San Diego causing it to burn for a several days. The damage was so bad that the Navy has said it will scrap the ship because the repair costs would be $3.2 billion.   Now Ryan Sawyer Mays has been charged as having caused the blast. The reason?: 


  • No one want to mention that photo? The only thing missing is his chin resting gently on his thumb of a closed fist. 

  • It's behind a paywall so you can't read the story, but it is literally about the dead body of Houston Lawyer John O’Quinn. That's clever headline writing. (His alleged common law wife is trying to move the body from Louisiana to Texas for burial. He was killed in 2009 in a car wreck and it's been a wild ride ever since. ) 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold