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Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone is no longer with us.  He is one of my favorite movie score composers.  “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “The Mission”, “The Untouchables” and the funeral scene at the end of “American Sniper”, to name a few.  He won the Oscar for “The Hateful Eight”  a few years ago.

The cemetery gunfight at the end of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a classic for sure.

It has to be tough being a top medical official in the federal government these days.  Yesterday, it was FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn’s turn having to comment on dumbsh_t stuff coming from Donald Trump.  This past Friday, the Surgeon General was on the hot seat.

I think it is a pretty clear that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has botched the handling of the pandemic.  Texas is spiraling out of control.  I just hope I survive.  Here is the latest about the Texas Workforce Commission from the Chron:

The state is trying to claw back tens of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits that it mistakenly paid to thousands of Texans, many of whom have already spent the money and face difficulties paying it back.

The Texas Workforce Commission has sent 46,000 notices to jobless workers seeking repayment of unemployment benefits that the state says were too high or for which the workers were not eligible. But people who received the notices say they applied for the benefits and spent them in good faith, approved by the state after navigating a difficult and confusing application process.

Cathy Rohde, a substitute teacher in Conroe, applied and was approved for unemployment benefits after the school district shut down in March and she stopped getting paid. But the first week of June, Rohde got a notice that she owes the state more than $1,800 because, under provisions preventing teachers from collecting unemployment during annual summer breaks, she was not eligible.

“It made me feel like I’ve been tricked,” Rohde said.

Here is the entire story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/economy/article/Texas-seeks-millions-from-unemployed-workers-15386352.php.

Sigh.

Only 7 counties in Texas are COVID-19 free.

MLB is going to release the 60 game schedule today.

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