Random Friday Morning Thoughts

A Clemson player being baptized at practice seems to be something you wouldn't see today. Or maybe it's exactly like something you would see today. I'm torn.

  • I actually got a copyright violation notice from someone for reproducing the photo of a wooden arch at the Humble Hall in Rhome. OK, no biggie. But the public link to the photo on Facebook is here.
  • A faithful reader tells me that highway 114 headed to Roanoke is an absolute mess this morning due to a wreck at the Wise County / Denton County line. Here was the beginning of the traffic backup shortly before 7:00 a.m.:

  • New this morning: President Biden is going to Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

  • The new line of succession. 

  • Queen Elizabeth meeting every President since Harry Truman, except LBJ, really jumps out at me. 
    With Truman
    With Kennedy

    • People have inquired of the LBJ Library as to why Lyndon Johnson and the Queen never met up, and there's no really good answer according to them.  But it's probably important to note that Johnson didn't travel out of the country after JFK's assassination, and the ongoing Vietnam War didn't help British/US relations. 

  • This arrest in connection with a car running into a house last month seems to be a little bit of a reach. And it's also a reason you always shut up after a tragedy that could give rise to criminal or civil liability. Why the arrest? Detectives said the front seat passenger "was also impaired and contributed to the crash by grabbing the steering wheel just before the impact."

  • I really thought the Uvalde fiasco would cost this man his job, but he's still sticking around.

  • Uh oh.


  • There was a brief scare yesterday afternoon when we thought there was another mass shooter in Uvalde (two people were shot in a city park), and Gov. Abbott tweeted out the below and was understandably criticized for being out of touch and indifferent.

  • Justice Gorsuch revealed yesterday that there is an actual investigative committee in existence to find out who was behind the lead of the Dobbs abortion opinion draft, and that its findings will be in a "report." He didn't say if the report will be made public. But if it is not, it would be great if it, too, were leaked. 

  • I heard the reports of it taking up to 10 hours to get out of this years Burning Man event, but I did a double take when I saw this photo of the problem. 

  • If you are seeing the Cowboys season win total line at 9.5 or higher, take the Under.  Book it. 
  • And another.

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office, despite having a full male DNA profile, has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 3 years, 66 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold