It's Friday -- Let's Get Out of Here

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

This blog has certainly changed over the years. 

  • Texas Numbers
    • Average cases over last seven days:

    • People in hospital:

    • Wise County positive cases have doubled from 700 to 1400 in the last week. 
  • Expert Weather Prediction From Revamped Liberally Lean Weather Department: Around 9:45 p.m. this evening the cold front will hit hard. The temperature will then drop to 32 overnight but not get over 36 on Saturday.  And the winds will incredibly strong making it all worse.  
  • Boom! We have our first January 6th indictments for Sedition. We are finally getting serious.

    • You've heard of the Oath Keepers. 

    • The facts of the Sedition cases are insane.  The indictment, which every American should pull up a chair and read, is here. But since you won't, let me break it down for you . . . 
    • This was not a spur of the moment, emotional driven invasion. The plan began two days after the election. "We aren't getting through this without a Civil War. Too late for that. Prepare your body, mind and spirit." It then continued.

    • These guys, plain and simple, planned to stop the counting of electoral votes. Intimidation at first and then force if necessary. It's the very definition of Sedition. 

    • They did a recon mission of the Capitol.

    • They knew what they were planning was illegal.

    • Here is the leader: Stewart Rhodes of Granbury (he is a different guy than the Oath Keeper who served as constable in Hood County.)  Here's a profile of him in The Atlantic from 2020.

    • While on his way to the Capitol, he spent $6,000 on his arsenal even before he got outside of Texas:

    • Wait! Let's buy more!

    • Important: The Oath Keepers had the bevy of weapons and ammo at a Comfort Inn hotel right outside of D.C. where men were waiting for a signal to deliver them after the invasion. And they were prepared to deliver them by boat on the Potomac if necessary. Here's when that idea of a "Quick Response Force" was first hatched:

    • Once gathered outside the Capitol, they were mad at Trump for not giving them a direct signal to attack.  So they are taking it all "into their own hands."

    • Outside the building, let's go boys!

    • They send in "Stack One."

    • They are in!

    • The boys in the hotel are ready with the ammo. Just give them the signal.

    • Back inside the Capitol, "They can't hold us!" Uh. oh. They can hold us. We got maced.

    • While regrouping, they learn that members of Congress are grabbing for face masks. Should they rethink this plan? Nope. 

    • They need help. Send in "Stack Two" of the Oath Keepers! 

    • Then it all fizzled out because the National Guard arrived and all the Congressmen and women were safely ushered out. Let's back out. 

    • But let's do it again tomorrow!

    • That plan didn't work out, either. Remember when some of you thought is was silly to have the National Guard in the building on the 7th?

    • Yesterday, Fox News Brit Hume had the worst timed tweet in the history of ever.

  • The Supreme Court was busy yesterday: The vaccine mandate for private employers of over 100 employees is unconstitutional.  But it is legal for hospitals (if they receive Medicare or Medicaid which means 100% of hospitals.)

  • The big Messenger news is that publisher Kristen Tribe is leaving (the job, not the area.)
  • The City of Keller was promoting an official Republican campaign event on its home page before they stopped yesterday.

    • They were even promoting it on Twitter:

  • Legal nerd very odd stuff: A federal appellate judge on the Fifth Circuit, who now finds himself in the minority on a conservative court which will remain that way for years and years to come, quit at the age of 49 despite having a lifetime appointment. 

  • D.A. says that the guy in charge of ruling on Open Records request in Texas has violated the Open Records Act by not responding to an Open Records request directed to him. (The largest papers in Texas has asked for all of his documents related to his appearance at the Trump rally in D.C. on January 6th.)

  • Time which has passed since the Wise County Sheriff's Office has failed to solve the murder of Lauren Whitener in her home at Lake Bridgeport: 924 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

I don't remember this at all. Two Marines were caught on video urinating on dead Taliban fighters. Any outraged was short-lived, because no one apparently cared too much.  Wikipedia outlines the event, and even names the two soldiers who were charged, but even it doesn't state what happened to them. (I think they both faced court martial with a possible punishment of reduction in rank.) But one of them used it as opportunity to write a book about the "17 second lapse in judgment . . . but more importantly the political correctness that is destroying America":

  •  The numbers are still climbing: 
    • New cases:

    • Hospitalizations:

    • More than three dozen schools in North Texas have shut down (list here), and Northwest ISD is expected to make that announcement today.  
  • Say what? The Wise County Republican Party, by a vote of 17-0, voted to "censor" Gov. Greg Abbott.  This seems weird because the local GOP never takes any controversial stance. Heck, I don't recall them ever taking any major public stance that made the news.  Something must have gotten out of control at a meeting. (Signed censure is here.) The censure was not only unnecessary, but it was also politically dumb. Trust me, Austin is not happy with this. And when Abbott wins again, local influence will take a hit from this self-inflicted wound. 

  • There will be a very high ranking change at the Wise County Messenger which they will announce tonight.
  • There has been a major shakeup in the ranks of the Wise County Sheriff's Office that the higher-ups are being very tight-lipped about. 
  • I don't know why I'm stunned by this, but I am. I would think there would have been more people struggling.

  • What's so wild is how he said it without any realization of the blowback that he was about to receive. Video.  Paraphrased (but barely): "You want more black teachers at our school district? We have 13%. You know how many black teachers Houston ISD has? 36%. I looked it up! Have you seen their drop-out rate? I don't want to be Houston ISD."

  • This Burkburnett guy allegedly was receiving meth via the U.S. mail, but the kicker is that the only way the cops found out about it was because someone snitched on him. There are lots and lots of drugs delivered by mail out there.  Side note: A $150,000 bond for this is stupidly high. 

  • President Biden's approval rating after 358 days (in green, below) trails Obama but is ahead of Trump over the same time frame.

  • The Cowboys are a three point favorite on Sunday. Take the 49ers. 


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

This was the first week that it appeared Mitt Romney could be headed for the Republic nomination. And Rick Perry discovered he definitely was not.     

  • Boyd ISD has shut down due to COVID.

  • The numbers:
    • Hospitalizations:

    • Cases (seven day average): 

  • A lot going on here:
    • Headline:

    • Excerpt from the story (but don't miss that bottom paragraph either.)

    • Yep, she was one of the women who helped bring down former Rep. Joe Barton who was sending out nude pics of himself at the age of 68. 

  • No vaccines in Wise County because of, uh, COVID?

  • We've got a run on over-the-counter cold medicine:

  • "An American Airlines flight from Honduras to Miami was delayed on Tuesday after a passenger burst into the cockpit, broke some of the plane’s controls, and then tried to leap out of the window." And we've got a photo:

  • It's easy enough for the government to steal your property through civil forfeiture laws, but this Texas Sheriff allegedly made it easier: He just instructed his deputies to take the cash and vehicles and, if no one claimed it after 30 days, they would just consider it "abandoned" and take it and use it. He didn't even want to hassle with the favorable forfeiture system.

  • Let me tell you something. There's basically no way Trump could ever get elected again in America, but this would be one of those ways:

  • But nothing will kill incumbents more than news of inflation. When I was a young guy, it was the kiss of death for any national politician.  And when, moments ago, every major news organization in the country blasts out bad inflation numbers, that's not a good sign for the incumbent:

  • Sully is still out there slapping himself on the back: 

  • And another:

    • The money line: 

  • The Red Raiders ended #1 Baylor's perfect basketball season last night in Waco. From the sound of it as I was watching, there were a ton of Tech fans in the arena. 

  • Messenger: Above the Fold