Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Romney won Florida this week and the Republican nomination was sealed.  Things happen
 fast in the first two months of an election year.

  • Plummeting (seven day average): 
    Correction: I screwed up my "modified" chart on Monday by
    superimposing a single day total on a seven day average graph.

  • Weather: My award winning weather prediction from yesterday still stands with one exception: The start of the drop in temperatures was delayed by about two hours.  We will now hit freezing at around 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. today which means we wont see the freezing rain start until after that. Snow won't begin until around 5:00 a.m. but will still taper off at noon. The net result is that this will be a slightly larger ice event than expected. I'm lowering the snow predictions to 1.8 inches. All of Wise County is going to be shut down. 
    • School districts were announcing yesterday that they would be closed for Thursday and/or Friday, including Lancaster, Dallas and Garland.  I can't remember school cancellations happening two days in advance of a winter storm. 
    • Delkus' projections as of this morning:

  • It's Ground Hog Day.  To be honest, I'm not sure I knew about the time that a mayor literally killed a ground hog by dropping him. Yep, he died a few days later. Story and video.

  • The (under indictment) Clay County sheriff is doing a Valentine's Day bit.

  • Tarrant County DA candidate Matt Krause, who has never tried a criminal case before a jury, has released a TV commercial. It is just as bad as his experience, and it has an extreme car salesman feel to it.

  • You've got to spend a second to figure out how it works, but this is a great website of searchable campaign contributions for candidates in Texas, and it is up to date. Here's a screenshot for a search of Rep. David Spiller (R-Jacksboro).

  • The West Texas oilmen who used to run the Empower Texans PAC, Farris Wilks and Tim Dunn, have money to burn. They have given governor candidate Don Huffines, who stands no chance, $1 million.  They are now funneling the money through a PAC called "Defend Texas Liberty" which they have donated $4.3 million to since January 1st.  That PAC has given $50,000 to Texas House candidate Shelly Luther. 

  • If you seen the billboard in Decatur for little known governor candidate Kandy Horn, you aren't the only one.  

  • Today's Messenger pays a lot of attention to a recent Rhome City Council meeting where at least one audience member was thrown out. I haven't watched it, but the whole video is here. (Thanks emailer.)

  • The Washington Football team, moments ago, announced their new name, but yesterday a television helicopter with a fantastic zoom lens was able to peer in a window at FedEx Field to spoil the announcement.   Video.

  • Kinda legal nerdy stuff: There was a major legal error yesterday in the pleading of Brian Flores, the fired Dolphins coach who has sued the NFL for discrimination

  • Criminal justice guru Grits for Breakfast is spot on with this observation:

  • I'm really surprised Texas or Florida hasn't passed a law to ban Black History Month. Seriously. 
  • Messenger: Above the Fold