Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I just looked up Magnus Carlsen. He's "has held the No. 1 position in the FIDE world chess rankings since 1 July 2011" and may already be the greatest chess player ever. In that 60 minutes segment (available here), it started with footage of him playing  (and winning) 10 games against 10 different experts, all played simultaneously and all with him with his back to them. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

  • That once stalled Russian convoy is on the move, and I bet this war is about to enter the long haul stage. 

  • Here's the video. Friday classes are cancelled. 

  • More high school craziness: Don't bring a gun with you to your state basketball tournament. Update: Kimball lost last night. 

  • Lubbock car dealer (and former prolific DFW radio advertiser) Barter Reagor received 14 years in federal prison yesterday.  The U.S. Attorney's Office, which now showboats as much as anyone, issued a press release which, oddly, quoted and linked to some of Reagor's salesmanship meeting rants which were already Internet famous. (Side note: The links actually included video of the rants. I had never seen the video aspect of them before. But when you actually get to see Dykes in those sales meetings, his rants seem more like he is doing a bit instead of being a serious jerk.)

  • The Tarrant County D.A.'s office has indicted another officer for murder -- something that used to be unthinkable.  There's a bodycam in this case showing it all according to the story, but I don't think it's been released. There hasn't been a lot of press about this case. The officer is 24 years old, but looks younger. 

  • Three out of four misdemeanor jury trials in Tarrant County this week did not result in a conviction. 

  • Here's a wild twist in the Jerry Jones love child story.  The girl's mother was once involved in an incident where her boyfriend was shot in a parking lot in Frisco.  And in a really wild moment, the actual shooter popped on The Ticket yesterday for a quick interview. He claimed the lady was being drug across a parking lot and he came to her defense after leaving an establishment at 1:00 in the morning. He may be right: The case was no billed by the grand jury. (The segment is on The Ticket's app in its podcast section and should be available here very soon. Here's a Reddit thread about it.)

  • Yep, the woolly mammoth story from yesterday does have Wise County ties: One of the lead guys is Ben Lamm who is from the Armes family lineage in Decatur. 
  • We had a rare trifecta in Union news:
    • Baseball avoided a prolonged lockout, but the agreement yesterday shows a crack in the once great baseball players union.  The old guard would have never gone against the recommendation of executive board. They would have held out. The new generation caved.

    • Someone tipped me off yesterday that the six year Lockheed employee contract is up in April and that negotiations are going slow. It's been a while since we've had a big union strike in the metroplex but that might be coming to Fort Worth. 
    • The Fort Worth Police Union went to the trouble of issuing a press release to attack three council members who failed to vote for the purchase of a third armored vehicle. The vote actually passed 5-3-1 so they are going to get their weapon of war. 

  • Fox News has really upped its attack on teachers. 

  • Former OU coach Lincoln Riley's new $17 million home for his USC gig is spectacular

  • My rebuttal: "You're wrong."

  • I'll do my Tricked Up Scoring Liberally Lean March Madness Tourney brackets on Monday.  In the meantime, The Evil Empire got ready by blowing a 20 point lead against TCU in the Big 12 Tourney yesterday, and then Baylor slept walked and got bounced by OU later that evening.   

  • The Tarrant County DA's office is promoting a TV show on Sunday which features DNA forensic/familial genetic testing which almost every agency seems to be using these days to solve crimes left and 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: 981 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold