1. The global economic crisis is finally seriously kicking Southwest Airlines in the jeans. It lost $91 million in the first quarter, its third quarterly loss in a row. All it has gained is a buyout package and wage/hiring freezes. It’s all relative, I guess: AMR Corp. (American’s parent) reported a loss of $375 million. Which is the long way of saying there are worse industries to be in than journalism right now.
2. So suddenly it’s okay for Gov. Rick Perry to speak passionately at tax day anti-spending rallies in Arlington and Fort Worth? The timing seems…odd. Or convenient. Maybe that’s the word I’m looking for.
3. Things that happened last night at the AAC: Dirk Nowtizki scored 30 points, extending his streak of games over 20 points to 25; Jason Kidd had a triple double; the Mavs won 50 games for the ninth straight time; and they clinched the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs and a first round date with their longtime archenemy, the San Antonio Spurs. The first game is Saturday at 7 p.m. I’m sure Bob Sturm (aka Sports Sturm, aka the Sturminator, aka Bobby Digital) will have something to say about all that over at the Corner. (UPDATE: He does.)