Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

I tried to find a quick reference to get an updated list, but I had no luck. All I could piece together was data for 2015 (3 people), 2016 (3), 2017 (4) and 2018 (7), 2019 (4), and 2020 (2).    

  • -249 from yesterday.

  • This story is wild and has a Wise County connection. The officer who was shot last April in Haslet used to be stationed in Decatur as a DPS Trooper. He now is working "undercover" but is lucky he's not dead. And it's completely understandable how an innocent man who was scared to death will not face charges for shooting at him.

    • And DPS is acting like DPS: "The Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment about Wallace’s status and whether he was ever disciplined. The department declined to provide a copy of the Texas Ranger’s report under the open records law, even after King was no-billed by the grand jury, claiming the case was still under investigation."
  • Elizabeth Holmes is now on trial for her crazy blood screening scam as the head of Theranos (allegedly), but it's a wild seen when she shows up for court as fans dress up to look like her

  • The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a Texas execution last night, but it will only be a few months delay until Texas is forced, or not forced, to change its religious protocol. The defendant's application explaining it all is here. (In a kind of related noted, the official spokesman for TDC suddenly no longer has that job. No explanation by TDC was given.)

  • "A Grayson County Sheriff's deputy died in the line of duty overnight. Investigators say the deputy may have suffered a heart attack after a chase and altercation with several suspects following a traffic stop in Sherman."
  • To the winner goes the spoils.

  • The (very large) statute of Robert E. Lee finally came down in Richmond, Virginia, and Trump thought it would be a great time to issue a statement not concerned about "erasing history", but instead actually praising a man who led an army in an uprising against the United States in support of slavery.  Trump is who he tells you who he is and who he has always been. 

  • There's a growing Texas teacher shortage. Since 2014, Texas has seen about a 27% decrease in the number of newly certified teachers, according to the Texas Education Agency data.
  • I don't know what's happened to WBAP. It's now a borderline QAnon station. In the last two days I heard their morning host, Chris Salcedo, casually call President Biden a "lawless bastard" and afternoon host Rick Roberts say that any government issued proof of a COVID vaccination would be the literal biblical "Mark of the Beast" and told a caller, who said, the current administration is run by the Illuminati who want one world government, that he was a "good call." It's nuts.

  • I'm halfway through Season 2 of Billions, and that show is ridiculously bad. But it's so bad, that I'm entertained.  I went into it expecting the realism of The Wire on Wall Street and got a parody that makes me cringe. It's the dialogue. The stupid dialogue when a character tries to fire off a zinger. And I bet there are a billion attempted zingers. "I'm like Earl Anthony bagging the 7-10 split" is just one that I just heard last night. The writers have to be doing a bit. Plus, I hate every single morally deprived character on that show -- and that's everyone. 
  • I thought the Rangers would hit 100 losses for the first time since 1973, but they are on a hot streak. They have 21 games left to lose 12. 

  • I'm really surprised the remaining eight schools in the Big 12 hung together and immediately issued invitations to BYU, Houston, UCF, and Cincinnati.  That's the best possibly outcome after OU and the Evil Empire announced they were leaving to join the Deep South. But I wouldn't stop there. I'd add Boise State and Memphis, too.