Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

This is not 10 years ago. I'm deviating. Instead I present the anniversary of a United States military B-25 Bomber crashing into the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945, killing 14 people.

  • This is the 10 day rain projection by the National Weather Service.  Pick out where you think the high pressure system will be parked over.

  • A Democratic controlled House, Senate and Presidency actually felt like it yesterday:
    • A $280 billion Chip Bill passed the Senate and now will easily pass the House.  

    • Then after that, Democrat Joe Manchin, who spends more time voting with the Republicans, did an about face on a different bill that raises corporate taxes and spends a bunch of money on Green projects. 

  • Brittney Griner possibly being swapped for the "Merchant of Death" makes my brain hurt. Now if you reworked it and called her "Dr. Dunkenstein" or something, it sounds a little more palatable. 

  • Out of the blue, the superintendent for Chico ISD was quoted in a Texas Tribune article about the teacher shortage. Oddly, that's the only time he or the school are mentioned in the whole article. (The district will go to a creative four day work week this fall, but the story didn't even mention that.)

  • Beto was in Whitesboro. In a church. Protestors, some openly carrying, also responded to his visit. More photos here

  • In a murder trial in New Mexico, the defendant just contracted COVID so the judge is going to continue the trial today by putting him in this "box" that will be brought into the courtroom. 

  • A seemingly normal American couple, with the husband working as a government defense contractor, secretly had all along been living under names they had stolen years ago from two deceased infants. When the feds got onto them and raided their house, they found a picture of them dressed as KGB agents. The feds, in claiming she might be a flight risk, asserted she lived in Romania when is was part of the USSR, but she says she didn't.  This nutty story is right out of The Americans. 

  • More signs that real estate might be crashing with news from this Coppell based company:

  • Legal stuff. This Texas Monthly article is really good. 

    • Random excerpt from it:

  • I still think this kid is a punk. 

  • I was able to watch live the Alex Jones how-much-will-he-have-to-pay trial on YouTube yesterday. I think the link will be here when the broadcast it up, but it will start later in the morning today.
  • Remember two weeks ago that weird hire by the lame duck Republican DA in Waco who brought in the Democrat nominee as his First Assistant -- the same Democrat who will face the Republican in November who made the DA a lame duck in the first place? Well, that didn't work out . . .