Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

I posted this back then because I was surprised at the progress on One World Trade Center. But it wouldn't open until November, 2014. 

  • The biggest gut punch of a story from the Highland Park shooting might be this one:
    • In the immediate hours after the shooting, authorities were trying to find the parents of this boy who got lost in the chaos of the gunfire.

    • The parents were later identified.

  • I really don't understand why there is not more of any outcry to reinstate the 1994 "Assault Weapons Ban."  The AR-15 is the major problem and the weapon of choice of basically every mass shooter.  And I understand getting anything passed in this political environment is a tall -- if not impossible -- order but no one, save for the Washington Post this morning, hardly mentions it. 

  • Tucker Carlson had it all figured out last night. Video. Fox News is becoming a parody of itself. 
    • And you just know where this is headed. 

  • This little girl was found wandering around an apartment complex in Plano yesterday. CBS 11 reported that late last night: "Caregivers, who are both deaf, have been located.  The family is being reunited."

  • There was a wild story on Fox 4 of an apartment in Carrollton being riddled with "nearly 40 bullets" in the middle of the night.  The family inside said they had to have been the victims of mistaken identity. But two unrelated points got my attention: (1) The story ended by saying the family is considering moving from the "apartment complex they have lived in for 25 years."  (2)  The other one was this video shot which revealed a three monitor computer setup with a laptop suspended above them. What's going on there? (But you can see some of the bullet holes in the wall.)

  • I got chewed out by a visiting Justice of the Peace from Fort Worth yesterday. That was a first for me. (The local constable serving as bailiff whispered to me, with great joy by the way, that "I've got my handcuffs ready for you!") 
  • One Texas county, with the "support" of other counties, declared an "invasion" yesterday in an attempt to invoke a provision of the Constitution which doesn't apply to immigration. But it got the headlines they were seeking from the people they were seeking approval from. 

    • But, predictably, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick jumped on the bandwagon for publicity. But language like this is going to get someone killed. And what's next? Urging concentration camps? 

  • We haven't heard much about a COVID "surge" in Texas lately, but I just checked the charts, and the recent uptick hasn't stopped. I know a couple of people who just got it. (And I bet the numbers are being grossly under-reported with the majority of people just riding it out on their own.)

  • And you wonder what causes inflation? Free money just keeps on coming apparently. 

  • There was a hearing yesterday in Mississippi over whether a "trigger law" can take immediate effect, but I was taken aback about how they still start court with a prayer.  Video.

  • Messenger: Above the Fold