Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

That was in reference to Roanoke, Texas, and I was right. There's even a Wikipedia entry about the odd number of crashes and fatalities there "between 22 September and 3 November 2012."  Since then, I had forgotten that Roanoke even had an airport. (Oh, I can't find the video I referenced.)

  • Liberally Lean Weather Bulletin: My crack and highly compensated staff has issued a Wise County alert that it's about to get cold. It will be 63 degrees at midnight and then get ready: 
    • When you wake up: 50 degrees
    • By 10:00 a.m.: 47 degrees
    • By 2:00 p.m.: 46 degrees
    • By 7:00 p.m.: 42 degrees
    • By midnight: 39 degrees
    • Saturday morning: 33 degrees
  • Counties won by Beto:

  • Senate update: Three states are left and both parties need to win two of three for control. Arizona and Nevada are up in the air, and Georgia is headed to the run-off.  I don't think any of them can be safely predicted right now. As of this morning:
    • In Arizona, the Democrat has a 95,318 lead with an estimated 595,483 still to be counted.

    • In Nevada, the Republican has a 15,812 lead with an estimated 165,713 still to be counted. 

  • Quacking? (By the way, she won re-election with 66% of the vote. Incredible.)

    • Her crazy cohort is in a barn-burner. She's behind by 64 votes with 5% still to be counted. 

  • We will never hear about "rainbow fentanyl" again. 
  • The biggest loser on Tuesday must have been Trump because the conservatives are dog-piling him . . . 
    • The conservative Wall Street Journal:

    • The very conservative and Murdock owned New York Post. Ouch:  

    • Drudge (who has always hated Trump): 

    • The obnoxious Mark Levin (who started as a never-Trumper but then transitioned to a Trump suck-up): 

  • For the life of me, I don't know why the Republicans in the Senate didn't go along with the impeachment of Trump after January 6th. Not only was it well deserved, but that would have triggered a life-time ban from federal office. They would be done with him.  But I pray he runs. And he still has a "big announcement" scheduled for next Tuesday.

  • Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn's jail hands down the death penalty far more than Texas juries:

  • The U.S. Constitution actually expressly permits slavery for those incarcerated. Some states want to prevent that by amending their own state constitutions to prohibit slavery of prisoners. Tennessee did that on Tuesday. But just think about the 318,000 people who looked at the ballot and thought "Slavery? Good idea!"

  • I listened to WBAP this morning for a sec and heard Hal Jay and Ernie Brown spending a segment discussing whether Brittney Griner "hates America" because she once took a knee during the national anthem. Neanderthals. 

  • Something is going on in the seedy crypto market. Bitcoin plummeted 25% on the news of the implosion of FTX (who, by the way, has multi-million naming rights contract for the Miami Heat's arena and Cal's stadium.)  And that's about all I know of crypto -- other than it is snake oil.

  • Legal nerdy stuff: Most of the newly approved Denton pot ordinance is a big bag of nothing because they can't legally do anything which contradicts state law. But one provision of the ordinance (according to this article) is that Denton Police can no longer use the odor of marijuana as probable cause to search a vehicle. You know, that might be OK.  State and federal law certainly allows the odor of marijuana to be probable cause but that's not the same as mandating a search based on the odor.