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Random Friday Morning Thoughts

I just looked up Magnus Carlsen. He's "has held the No. 1 position in the FIDE world chess rankings since 1 July 2011" and may already be the greatest chess player ever. In that 60 minutes segment (available here), it started with footage of him playing  (and winning) 10 games against 10 different experts, all played simultaneously and all with him with his back to them. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

  • That once stalled Russian convoy is on the move, and I bet this war is about to enter the long haul stage. 

  • Here's the video. Friday classes are cancelled. 

  • More high school craziness: Don't bring a gun with you to your state basketball tournament. Update: Kimball lost last night. 

  • Lubbock car dealer (and former prolific DFW radio advertiser) Barter Reagor received 14 years in federal prison yesterday.  The U.S. Attorney's Office, which now showboats as much as anyone, issued a press release which, oddly, quoted and linked to some of Reagor's salesmanship meeting rants which were already Internet famous. (Side note: The links actually included video of the rants. I had never seen the video aspect of them before. But when you actually get to see Dykes in those sales meetings, his rants seem more like he is doing a bit instead of being a serious jerk.)

  • The Tarrant County D.A.'s office has indicted another officer for murder -- something that used to be unthinkable.  There's a bodycam in this case showing it all according to the story, but I don't think it's been released. There hasn't been a lot of press about this case. The officer is 24 years old, but looks younger. 

  • Three out of four misdemeanor jury trials in Tarrant County this week did not result in a conviction. 

  • Here's a wild twist in the Jerry Jones love child story.  The girl's mother was once involved in an incident where her boyfriend was shot in a parking lot in Frisco.  And in a really wild moment, the actual shooter popped on The Ticket yesterday for a quick interview. He claimed the lady was being drug across a parking lot and he came to her defense after leaving an establishment at 1:00 in the morning. He may be right: The case was no billed by the grand jury. (The segment is on The Ticket's app in its podcast section and should be available here very soon. Here's a Reddit thread about it.)

  • Yep, the woolly mammoth story from yesterday does have Wise County ties: One of the lead guys is Ben Lamm who is from the Armes family lineage in Decatur. 
  • We had a rare trifecta in Union news:
    • Baseball avoided a prolonged lockout, but the agreement yesterday shows a crack in the once great baseball players union.  The old guard would have never gone against the recommendation of executive board. They would have held out. The new generation caved.

    • Someone tipped me off yesterday that the six year Lockheed employee contract is up in April and that negotiations are going slow. It's been a while since we've had a big union strike in the metroplex but that might be coming to Fort Worth. 
    • The Fort Worth Police Union went to the trouble of issuing a press release to attack three council members who failed to vote for the purchase of a third armored vehicle. The vote actually passed 5-3-1 so they are going to get their weapon of war. 

  • Fox News has really upped its attack on teachers. 

  • Former OU coach Lincoln Riley's new $17 million home for his USC gig is spectacular

  • My rebuttal: "You're wrong."

  • I'll do my Tricked Up Scoring Liberally Lean March Madness Tourney brackets on Monday.  In the meantime, The Evil Empire got ready by blowing a 20 point lead against TCU in the Big 12 Tourney yesterday, and then Baylor slept walked and got bounced by OU later that evening.   

  • The Tarrant County DA's office is promoting a TV show on Sunday which features DNA forensic/familial genetic testing which almost every agency seems to be using these days to solve crimes left and right. 

  • 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: 981 days.
  • Messenger: Above the Fold


Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

That line still makes no sense. 

  • Images of war as Russia bombs a maternity hospital. That's a pregnant woman in the first photo.

  • So Jerry Jones (maybe) fathered a baby and has paid a fortune over the years to the mother and her daughter to keep the whole thing quiet. Lots to unpack here.

    • Before you demonize Jones, it should be noted that he's paid far more in this deal than he was legally obligated to if the father.  And the child has done OK financially. She had a high tone Sweet Sixteen birthday party where she received a Range Rover, and she even went to SMU. Heck, momma and daughter even appeared on something called Big Rich Texas:

    • And if you want to crucify him for having an affair, you might want to really tap the brakes. Just look out that window -- he's not alone in that sin. 
    • But it's certainly ok to demonize him for apparently having had no contact with the child for her entire life. That's bad. 
    • This really bugs me: What's the purpose of the daughter's lawsuit? What's her end game?  It's not about money. He doesn't owe her anything and she's not "entitled" to anything by simply being a biological daughter. The lawsuit reads as if it is to simply declare that she is not bound by any Non-Disclosure Agreement, but who says that she is? Of course, she's not. She's not a party to it nor could she have been -- she was an infant. 
    • I  suppose it's just a coincidence that she ended up working for Trump and our own scandal-ridden Congressman, Ronny Jackson. (She also worked for former Congressman Mac Thornberry so she's got a weird connection to our far reaching Congressional district that reaches all the way to the Panhandle.) 

  • The official Liberally Lean forecast says, "It's gonna be really, really cold, but nothing otherwise to get excited about."

  • Am I losing my mind, or do I remember hearing something about a significant Decatur or Wise County connection to this project?:

  • Video. This is wild even for Trump. Once again, I present the presumptive nominee for the Republicans:

  • Of course she's been funneling part of the $15 million there. It's all a full circle. 

  • Random stolen criminal justice thoughts:
    • That's not a bad idea. 

    • Funny but true.

  • Books I've read this year (look at me!):
    •  He's a good writer, but he comes across as an arrogant Ivy Leaguer. And this "book" actually turned out to just be a collection of speeches, papers, and even some of his court opinions(!).  That's exactly something an arrogant Ivy Leaguer would do. (Verdict: Disappointing.)

    • I'm stunned the owner of the Mets isn't in prison. This is, in part, the inspiration of Billions.  (Pretty good. Not as technical as I feared.)

    • Fourteen poverty stricken men died in the desert in 2001 trying to come to America for a better a life. Turns out, their  hired guide just got them lost. In the heat. With no shade. With no water. (Not bad, but the author could have picked up the pace a bit.)

  • Online shopping tidbit: I ordered the best and greatest soft bath towel (recommended by WireCutter) directly from the manufacturer in January, and it still hasn't arrived due to being on back order. I ordered new tennis shoes recently from Kohl's and it took eight days to get here (and I had to actually go to the post office and pick up the package when DHL couldn't successfully deliver it on the first attempt). But if I order anything from Amazon, it will show up within 24 hours -- and without the hassle of entering all my data and credit card number.


Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

I guess the answer to that was "no."

  • I'm not sure why providing some war support (javelins) is OK while other support (funneling planes) is going too far, but I guess you've got to draw the line somewhere. 

  • The Russkies have released a photo of Brittney Griner.

  • January 6th Quick Hits:
    • "Lock him up! Lock him up!"

    • Ditto.

    • "Take her bar card! Take her bar card!"

  • The screenshot and the headline don't quite go together.

  • It's all beginning to make sense now. 

  • You demonize schools, promote CRT witch hunts, want to divert tax dollars to fund unregulated religious schools (if they are of the right religion), and now there's a teacher shortage? Check. And your solution is to create a "task force"? Double check. 

  • A faithful reader sent me this long read that I missed about a subject I was all over from its inception. And someone sent me a related podcast about the article. 

  • Mentioned on The Ticket this morning: This oddly named street in Runaway Bay. He's a former Cowboy lineman. 

  • Ticket fans only: On the weekend golf show, The Tee Box, they mentioned a hidden gem of a course near Lake Texoma.  A listener went exploring online to check it out, and guess who he found as members? "Norm and Mary."

  • Messenger: Above the Fold