Random Friday Morning Thoughts

Ten years ago this week the Pac 10 told Texas, OU, Tech and Oklahoma State they were not wanted. As a result, the Big 12 would continue, and they celebrated in Waco (above) because of it. I'm surprised it lasted another 10 years.  

  • As Texas COVID hospitalizations tale off, the number of deaths are now peaking with a heck of a number coming in yesterday.

  • Much to the chagrin on Insurrection lovers, The Big Lie will get a (needless) confirmation today.  The results of the Maricopa County, Arizona "audit" -- which was done by a fly by night outfit called Cyber Ninjas, hired by a group of Republicans, and headed by a conspiracy theorist -- will actually confirm that President Biden won with even more votes than the official tally. (But make no mistake about it, Cyber Ninjas was totally unqualified to run any type of audit whatsoever. And whatever they announce, it should be ignored and the official tally should be respected.)

  • The timing of the announcement is perfect.  Yesterday Trump, proving that he is still the Puppet Master, demanded that Texas be audited. In response and literally just hours later, Gov. Abbott leapt to attention and announced that four counties -- which Democrats won or are gaining strong ground in (Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin) -- would be audited by the interim Secretary of State. Incredible. 

  • We live in the dumbest times. (This is QAnon Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene from a couple of days ago.) 

  • There is now an arrest warrant out for Brian Laundrie but it is not for the murder of Gabby Petito.  Instead, it's for unauthorized use of her debit/credit card. Get this: They made this a federal, and not a state, charge. How? You just add the magic words in red below to invoke federal jurisdiction. 

  • Bad cop (allegedly): A constable in Fort Worth was purportedly caught on Walmart video not paying in the self-checkout line. Walmart is like Vegas watching gaming tables from above. 

  • I didn't read the story, but this Star-Telegram headline gave me pause. 

  • Caught my attention: This photo on the cover of the Dallas Morning News accompanying a story about the opening of the State Fair. That's one way to trick up a slide. 

  • Weird Thing I Noticed When Looking At The Wise County Jail List: Last night two people were arrested after midnight by the Runaway Bay Police Department for Public Intoxication. That's pretty rare in itself. What's odd is that one had the first name "Orlin" and the other "Orlien." And they are in fact two different people. 
  • It's behind a paywall, and I think I'm the only one who cares about it, but a big oil and gas scammer was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday. He's a former sponsor of the Mark Davis radio show podcast. 

  • Anyone else think it's weird that a Trump appointed judge to the Fifth Circuit spoke at a seminar last Saturday, sponsored by the ultra conservative Federalist Society, on how to sue the Biden Administration? (They actually changed this description days before he spoke.)

  • More Mark Cuban instigated chaos for the Mavericks. Recall it was just a few months ago that Voulgaris was cited in an article in The Athletic for causing all sorts of tension in the organization. Cuban immediately called the article a lie. Then the team's coach and general manager promptly quit/were fired. 

  • 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: 814 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold