Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Now make that thirty years and twenty-five years. "The days are long but the years are short."

  •  He won't be "running the basketball operations" for long. And this is the first smart business decision he's made since buying the team.  

  • I can't believe I forgot to post this. A few days ago we had this guy on the courthouse square in Decatur with a very odd protest of Israel's bombing of Gaza. (Thanks to faithful reader Jenny who stopped him and had him pose for a photo.) 

  • Breaking moments ago: A crashed military helicopter in the sea off of Japan.  There are conflicting reports as to whether six or eight men were on board. I'll say it again. The military has more unforced aircraft crashes than any group in the world. 

  • A good hostage graphic in the Gaza/Israel war:

  • I've been seeing headlines about this for a few days. It's awful.  You never know what the Butterfly Effect will deal you. A car just suddenly crossed over the double yellow stripe and hit them head on near Johnson City. It looks like he was their heir apparent to this big construction company in Fort Worth which was founded by his dad.

  • Elon Musk is 100% nuts. For some reason he went full QAnon yesterday and decided to support  Pizzagate - a delusional conspiracy theory which almost got people killed back in the day. Musk deleted the tweet after six hours. What a moron. (Even the confusing and silly meme is based on a falsehood.)

  • Trump will shut down a free press who criticizes him if given the chance.  But don't compare him to Hitler, right? MSNBC = Shut it down. Fox News = State approved. And this is in no way, shape, or form a "conservative" position: 

  • Rosalyn Carter's funeral yesterday was really, really good. But I did a double-take when Garth Brooks showed up with a full head of hair. 

  • Texas politics is strange. Abbott apparently doesn't care at all about the failed Paxton impeachment/removal proceedings. The guy below stood up in the Senate and gave an impassioned closing argument for the conviction of Paxton. Despite that, yesterday Abbott endorsed him. Editor's note: I can't stand this guy:

  • Criminal legal news that got my attention:
    • Retired Montague district judge Jack McGaughey, filling in as a misdemeanor court judge in Wichita County, dismissed the cases on a statute of limitations claim. The judge probably did the prosecutors a favor in this case since they were probably looking at some not guilty verdicts -- I hope they realize it. 

    • I find this case out of Waco interesting. The prosecutors must have feared he would testify and the jury would believe his self-defense claim. He'll get seven years deferred adjudication unless the judge, who oddly wants a pre-sentence investigation, rejects it. (Story with the underlying facts.)

  • Random Sports Note: Bobby Petrino is leaving Aggieland to become offensive coordinator at Arkansas.  He was last there as a head coach but had to resign after lying about a motorcycle wreck with a young woman on the back. 

  • Mavs coach Jason Kidd with an angry cussing rant at reporters last night. Video.
  • You can tell Siri, Google, or Alexa to flip a coin for you.