Random Friday Morning Thoughts

They have changed the site somewhat from the way it appeared when I found it 10 years ago, but it's still an amazing collection of television broadcasts on 9/11.  

  • One thing this chart doesn't accurately reflect is how the virus is running rampant right now without putting people in the hospital.  If what I'm hearing correctly, the schools are being decimated. 

  • This excerpt from the Update is from January 5th.  The teenage driver, Aaron Fite, was arrested yesterday on two charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide. He bonded out. 

  • Here are the biggest points from Biden's new vaccine "mandate" (although he didn't use the word "mandate".)
    • All private employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly (probably 80 million people.)
    • All workers at health care facilities that   receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated (probably 17 million people).
  • Back in December, President Biden said, “I don't think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn't demand it be mandatory.” I'm giving him in a pass on that. In his (and my) wildest dreams, I never believed so many people would be irresponsible and not get vaccinated.

  • I spotted some inconsistencies in Gov. Abbott's Twitter account yesterday.
    • Point.

    • Counter-point. (Side note: That's another Texas bill which is obviously unconstitutional.)

  • Update on DPS' response to the Haslet incident detailed yesterday.

  • The Justice Department sued the State of Texas yesterday challenging the Abortion Bounty Bill. Since the law was drafted where private individuals, and not the government, enforce it by seeking $10,000, one legal problem is who do you to sue to stop it? Normally, you would sue whichever government arm was going to to try and enforce an unconstitutional abortion ban. But that doesn't work here. Or does it? The Justice Department alleged that by incentivizing private citizens, Texas has created a bunch of state agents to do its dirty work. 

  • It would be in record time, but Decatur's Bryce Elder might be called up to the Atlanta Braves next year. This kid has a chance to be a major league star. 

  • The Fort Worth Court of Appeals issued an opinion on a Jacksboro DWI case yesterday. You want to know how small Jacksboro is? The opinion starts off by pointing out that the District Clerk was a witness who saw the guy possibly drunk at a funeral home. (Side note: Shout out to Tracy.) And the actual Sheriff was also at the funeral home at the same time who noticed the defendant acting a little loopy on his own. 
    • Legal nerd stuff: I was surprised to see that retired Judge Lee Ann Dauphinot authored the opinion.  And although I'm not sure I agree that the case involves a "consensual encounter" instead of a detention, if she says it then it's good enough for me. 
  • Relevant to Gov. Abbott's proclamation that he will "eliminate" all rapists. 

  • Funniest image by a ref last night when he realized he was going to have to be the first guy to flag the new "taunting" violation in the NFL.

  • The Ticket's Bob Sturm tweeted this out this morning and questioned it. Those are fascinating numbers. When the Cowboys were facing 4th and 6th late in the game and down by 2 points, it seemed obvious to kick the field goal. But according to this, if you they made it (and they did), the chance of winning the game was only 46%. If they went for it and converted, their chance of winning the game increased to 57%. However, the chances of converting the fourth down was only 42%. You know, I think these numbers seem about right. 

  • 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: 800 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold