Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

I'm normally not a fan of book-in photos, but I made an exception for this guy because of the tattoo. He was arrested in Wise County on an outstanding Tarrant County warrant 10 years ago. For you young ones, that's the title of an old Merle Haggard song which includes the lyrics, "And I turned twenty-one in prison doin' life without parole. No one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried."

  • Breaking alert. "North Texas authorities are searching for a 7-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday evening in Wise County. The child’s family reported Athena Strand missing to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 6:40 p.m., after the family had been looking for her for about an hour, according to the Wise County Messenger. Athena was last seen in the 200 block of County Road 3573 in Paradise."

    • DPS helicopters were looking for her last night. 

  • I don't like this. I think that workers deserve the right to fight for fair conditions without governmental intervention.

  • Social media picked up on a DPS helicopter coming from Mesquite and hovering around Cottondale last night. I haven't heard why yet other than rumors of "missing girl from Paradise."

  • Fear the gas leak. Initial reports this morning seem to indicate this was heard from miles away.

    • Edit: We've got a picture:

  • I seriously doubt any lawyer is "grilling" any person who might end up on his jury. 

  • Just the pastor of FBC flat out lying. (A November amendment on the floor required by certain Republicans added section 6 to the bill which protects religious liberty.)

  • Let me tell ya, back in the day we good small town Baptists would call this the "mark of the Beast" right there:

  • Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac has died. Coincidentally, that car commercial featuring "Everywhere" is being played about a million times a day right now. This live performance of that song on YouTube -- which has spectacular visual quality and sound -- is great. I stumbled on it when I was trying to confirm she had the lead vocals on it. 

  • Why in the world would a bank use computer equipment -- which becomes outdated and depreciates quicker than a car -- as collateral?

  • This picture was posted to catch a glimpse of the unusual fall colors this year, but I like how it shows and angle we normally don't see. It's taken north of the AAC looking south at downtown. That whole area of Uptown used to be a field and an ugly electric "plant" (or something electric related.)

  • ln a dream world, I could say, "It's December 1st -- Let's Got Out of Here" - and by "out of here: I mean "until Christmas."
  • The missing kid out of Richardson I posted about yesterday was found safe around 10:00 a.m. Let's hope the same works out for the Paradise child.