Random Monday Morning Thoughts

Greg Abbott posted the above (it's still up) when he was running for governor. Who could have predicted that Texas would become the mass shooting capital of the world under his watch?

  • A Watauga man and his wife get into an argument on Saturday night as they were driving on 287 at Blue Mound road.  They pulled over. The husband got out in anger. And then we was killed as he made the unfortunate decision to try and walk across the highway. 

  • Just hitting the wires moments ago: "WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents protecting Naomi Biden, President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, opened fire after three people tried to break into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle in the nation’s capital." It happened at midnight last night.
  • "Five American service members were killed during a training exercise Friday after a military aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea."  (Interesting note: During the 1967 Six Day War, Israel accidentally bombed a U.S. ship in the Mediterranean off the Gaza Strip, killing 34.)

  • In a strange incident with no real details given, a SWAT officer and "two hostages" were killed during a raid in an Austin residential neighborhood early Saturday. (Google streetview of neighborhood.) 

  • Rep. Tim Scott, who was on the Republic debate stage a few of days ago, abruptly announced he was quitting the race last night on Fox News. The host was very surprised. 

  • Trump is going full Hitler.  Hell, even Hitler didn't say the following things before he ascended to the leader of Germany. This is getting scary, and I cannot believe it is actually happening. 
    • Concentration camps

    • He didn't stop there. On Saturday he said in a post and at a rally (video), "We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country." The word "vermin" is 100% Hitler and refers to extermination.  Incredible.

    • You've heard the following old quote before and this is how it actually reads. It's often misquoted, but here it is direct from the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. 

  • Trump officially filed to be on the Texas primary ballot on Saturday, the first day of filing. And look who he got to do it for him: The literal Three Stooges.  Ronny Jackson, Ken Paxton, and Sid Miller. 
  • If you've got nutty friends who say nutty things, they get their news from sources like this: 
  • David Spiller (R-Jacksboro)  is still on his immigration bill tour, this time with an appearance on CBS.  Meanwhile, thirty former immigration judges signed off on a statement saying the bill was unconstitutional. 
  • The Aggies fired head coach Jimbo Fisher yesterday and, as a result, will have to pay him $76 million. Normally under contract law, and the default common law, is that he is entitled to the all the money due him under the contract unless he gets a job somewhere else during the remaining contract years. That's called an offset. But that doesn't apply to Jimbo. Look at that last sentence: 
    • The Aggies beat Mississippi State 51-10 on Saturday night, but minutes ago they just fired their head coach, too. It's carnage everywhere.
  • UT running back Jonathon Brooks is out for the season after tearing his ACL against TCU.
  • I can't stand Rep. Jeff Leach but he was wrongfully sued for defamation in Parker County by a nutty Texas secessionist. The judge dismissed it. But now Leach wants $90,000 in attorney's fees and, under Texas law, he's probably going to get it. 
  • Photo of Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery for Veteran's Day sixty years ago -- eleven days before his death. 
  • I looked for a Texas newspaper cover that had Jimbo's firing on the front page, but I couldn't find one. So I went with yesterday's Star-Telegram: