Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts

Rick Perry, after 13 years as governor, announced he would not be on the ballot for that job again.

  • Texas lawmakers were patting themselves on the back for "cutting" school taxes yesterday. It doesn't seem significant. Here are the main points:

  • Sweden will join NATO after Turkey dropped its objections to it yesterday. President Biden has been confident over the last 12 months it would happen, and he was instrumental in getting it done. That's what happen when adults are in charge. Here is what the new map will look like:

  • Back in 1982, the whole country got wound up after Tylenol scare. Everyone was talking about it. 
    • From Wikipedia: "The Chicago Tylenol murders were a series of poisoning deaths resulting from drug tampering in the Chicago metropolitan area in 1982. The victims consumed Tylenol-branded acetaminophen capsules that had been laced with potassium cyanide. Seven people died in the original poisonings, and there were several more deaths in subsequent copycat crimes." 
    • The event basically changed the way products were packaged in stores forever. That's why you now see a plastic seal inside most containers.
    • Well, we had a related death yesterday. This guy was never convicted of the actual crime, but he was convicted for extortion in connection with it:

  • I saw this headline, and it reminded me that we have heard anything about the local Decatur hospital's expected plan to become acquired by HCA. The negotiations were announced last January. 

  • I-30 in Fort Worth was shut down for hours yesterday after a car wreck caused an overhead sign support to collapse. 

  • Talking to my Tarrant County buddies, every single one of the gripe about the court management software system that Tarrant County uses. The problem: It's awful, doesn't work, and is down all the time.  The county has spent over $26 million on it and it has taken over a decade to roll out. Incredible.  One of the biggest backers of the software over the years is Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder (which kind of explains a lot.)

  • Let's check in on Fox News last night:

  • I would summarize this but I'm not sure I understand it all. 

  • A hazing scandal cost a Big 10 coach his job last night. The weird thing is that the school had decided four days ago that the appropriate punishment would only be a two week suspension. The scandal was revealed by the student newspaper.

  • Decatur's Bryce Elder was named to the All Star game but he won't pitch in it. From an Atlanta Braves SB Nation post:

  • "Superbug fungus" is a good scary name . . .