Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

Three years before the Supreme Court would grant constitutional protection for same sex marriage, Chick-fil-A was in the spotlight. 

  • That was a jaw dropping fire in Balch Springs if you saw it live (or even if you didn't.) Twenty-six homes damaged with nine completely destroyed. It sounds like is started from a spark by a mowing crew next to an adjacent highway.

  • Yes, it is hot and dry but this happened overnight just a 10 hour drive away:

  • A lady shot into the ceiling shortly before noon yesterday at Love Field causing a panic. From just reading her criminal history and how she was handled, there's a 100% chance she's a crazy as a bat. (Please excuse that confusing legal jargon.) Question: Who just "dropped her off" at the airport?

  • This may be the nuttiest provision I've ever seen in an NFL contract.  The Arizona Cardinals feel the need to require QB Kyler Murray to promise he will spend four hours of "independent study" outside of the facility every week to prepare for games. And it specifically states he can't he playing video games during those four hours. And they still feel comfortable with the decision to pay him $230 million? 

  • There is absolutely no information about this. No details. No reason as to why. Every single story just quotes her lawyer's two sentence press release: "I can confirm that Ms. Gutierrez was placed on Administrative Leave With Pay today by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell." The speculation is that she knew of the outside door not locking properly. But a woman has a scapegoat in a sea of incompetent men? It's classic Texas. 

  • Lots of questions on this case out of San Antonio.

  • Yesterday, we learned of Trump's redactions from his short speech on January 7th, a speech which he had to be begged to give.  He really loved his Insurrectionists.

    • He took out: "I am directing the Department of Justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
    • He took out: "We must send a clear message -- not with mercy but with JUSTICE. Legal consequences must be swift and firm."
    • He took out: "I want to be very clear: you do not represent me. You do not represent our movement." 
    • He took out: "[you] belong in jail."
  • Insurrection and law enforcement headlines on the same day: 
    • President Biden told law enforcement: You can't be pro-insurrection and pro-cop."

    • Surprise. Surprise.

  • Ugh

  • Interesting aspect of the abortion ruling and leaving the state to get one: Almost all probation paperwork (and there are tons of good people on probation) says you can't leave the state without permission from your probation officer. But under what circumstances someone gets permission various wildly from county to county and is often left up to the individual whims and attitudes of a particular probation officer. 

  • Finally got through the first season of Severance. Big thumbs up. I've now started The Morning Show which seems to have a lot of promise.