The State of Texas: October 9, 2014
Tweet of the Day
The Red River Showdown is this weekend and everyone it seems to gearing up for another Okie invasion. For some, the game is so important, they’re still smarting over a loss from decades ago. Included among that group is former OU coach Barry Switzer, whose Tweet yesterday was as pleasing for UT fans as it was colorful:
— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) October 8, 2014
Big Mistake Thursday
Speaking of Tweets, there are a number of Tweets that should never be sent out. TWC News Austin was trying to send out a Tweet about the weather forecast, it ended up raining men upon an unsuspecting audience instead. As Jezebel, which grabbed a photo before TWC deleted the Tweet, noted “the traffic is TERRIBLE in Austin and if it were actually filled with sexy men there would probably be a lot less complaints from some of us.”
Ebola Watch: Day 8 — Undoubtedly, most people have heard the news of the Ebola patient’s death. Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday morning after getting to the point of needing dialysis and help with breathing. Deepest sympathies for Duncan’s family who has had to endure the family tragedy under a media glare but also in forced isolation, as this melancholy Dallas Morning News piece makes clear. Per federal rules, Duncan’s body will be cremated without the usual care: no autopsy, no embalming, no last look. It’s immediately sealed up in plastic and shipped off. “Duncan’s family was able to view his body but were denied traditional West African funeral rituals, which involve family members handling the corpse,” according to USA Today. Duncan’s death has folks back on edge after it seemed things were under control. A Dallas County sheriff’s deputy has been under strict watch and quarantine after complaining of a stomachache. The deputy had briefly been inside the apartment where Duncan was staying. Officials are saying it’s unlikely the deputy has Ebola but, better safe than sorry. As for being safe, if not convenient, Ebloa screenings at five national airports begins Saturday. Surprisingly, DFW, the third-busiest airport in the world and ground zero for the U.S.’s first Ebola case, isn’t among those five airports. Everyone is clearly on edge. In case you missed it, the Frisco police last week arrested a teenage for falsely claiming Ebola was in his school. The police actually arrested him at school and describe the actions as “false news report.” More accurately, he was a teenage boy who Tweeted out something stupid. Neither the official press release nor various media reports make mention of the fact that, under state law, the teenage can apparently be charged with a felony in this particular case.
Delay Of Game — It appears Adrian Peterson is going to trial for “reckless or negligent injury to his 4-year-old son for striking him last May with a switch,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. It was expected that Peterson would plead not guilty during the Wednesday hearing, except that didn’t happen. Instead, he “tentatively received a trial date of Dec. 1,” reports ABC News. ” … the hearing consisted largely of his defense attorney and the state prosecutor speaking at the judge’s bench and setting the tentative trial date.” The Express-News called it “a bizarre and pointed exchange between District Attorney Brett Ligon and 9th District Judge Kelly Case.” Prosecutors are looking to have the judge recused because he “allegedly [called] attorneys in the case ‘media whores’ at an unrelated drug court meeting earlier this month.” The request for a recusal did not, obviously, go over well. “The judge appeared shocked at the remark, immediately apologized and said ‘unfortunately sometimes humor is taken the wrong way.’ The hearing on a possible recusal was scheduled for Nov. 4,” according to the ABC News report.
Home Stretch — Election day is less than a month away and candidates are going for that home-stretch push. For gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott, this means trying to appeal to all the female voters who may or may not be too pleased with Texas Republicans since the passage of HB2. Abbott used Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as, basically, his wingwoman to pick up chicks Wednesday. “Campaigning with Fiorina is Abbott’s latest attempt to appeal to women voters in Texas, a demographic with which Abbott held a slight lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in a recent Texas Lyceum Poll,” according to the Texas Tribune. “The poll showed Abbott leading Davis 46 percent to 44 percent among female voters, though that difference was within the survey’s margin of error.” Davis, being a women herself, was able to trump Abott’s effort, however. None other than First Lady Michelle Obama has recorded a radio ad for the Democratic candidate. Outside of the state race, it appears Rick Perry is back to campaigning for president, and he’s sing a different song other than his classic hit, “The Texas Economic Miracle.” This b-side is all about natural resources. In Jackson, Mississippi, Perry called “for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia’s control of European natural gas supplies,” according to the Associated Press.
Mass Murders — The Texas Council on Family Violence is following up on its depressing annual report from Monday with the news that “last year, 119 women were killed by romantic partners in Texas, four of them in Travis County,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. “Seventeen friends or family members of victims were also killed statewide … Eleven women who were killed had children that were younger than three, the council found. Fifty-five children saw their mother’s death.” In addition to the report, former victims of domestic abuse offered up the fifteen-member Domestic Violence Task Force some pretty gut-wrenching testimonials. “The aim of task force, which met for the second time Wednesday and plans to meet quarterly, includes developing better ways health care providers can help domestic violence victims and examining the impact of domestic violence on the health of pregnant women.” As seems to be the habit this week, one psychologist in attendance attempted to put the problem into current-events perspective: “Domestic violence is more deadly than Ebola so let’s start focusing on that,” he said.