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  • Prosecute, Please
    April 3, 2020

    The incompetence of Donald Trump, those around him, and a whole lot of GOP leaders is staggering.  It is on full display and it is everywhere we go.

    The government could recommend we wear masks if we are going to interact with the public.  Great.  Where can I get a mask?

    The family did a zoom last night and we just zoomed around.  One of the topics of discussion was what was good TV these days.  I forgot to mention the dangerously hilarious daily briefings now that the son-in-law is participating.  It is literally going to be killer TV.

    Who thought bringing on Jared Kushner was a good idea?  I can’t even find GOPers who think this is smart.

    It looks like the Democratic National Convention will be moved from July to August.  I have a suggestion to Dems.  Let’s dispense with the Platform Committee and just have one plank, plain and simple.  Here it is:

    On January 20, 2021, we will prosecute everyone of those mother f_ckers, starting with Trump, Pence, Kushner, I. Trump, Pompeo, Mnuchin, Conway, Barr, Mulvaney and the list goes on and on …..

    That’s all we need to say.

    Commentary said this a couple of weeks ago:

    Under the authority the Texas Governor now has because of this current disaster emergency declaration, he has given local government entities the power to move their May 2 elections to November 3.  I would move them.  Of course, some local burgs, ISDs and water districts prefer holding May elections because of the certainty of low voter turnout.  November elections turn out more voters who aren’t as attentive to local stuff if you know what I mean.   Move your election for the sake of the safety of your election workers.

    Nobody reads Commentary.  Here is from the Trib:

    First the headline:

    Texas tells locals they must delay their upcoming May elections

    Here is the story:

    Gov. Greg Abbott had previously paved the way for municipalities to push their May elections to November. But a handful of small towns and special districts had Citing the state’s stay-at-home order, the Texas Secretary of State is instructing municipalities to delay their May 2 elections.

    In an email to local election officials sent Thursday afternoon, the state’s director of elections Keith Ingram said cities, towns and school boards that hadn’t pushed their upcoming elections to November “must take action to do so immediately” or risk facing a challenge in court.

    “If you don’t move your May 2nd election, you are subjecting voters to health risks and potential criminal violations,” Ingram wrote. “Failure to postpone your election will put your election at severe risk for an election contest.”

    In response to the new coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott paved the way for postponements two weeks ago with an emergency proclamation suspending parts of the state’s election code. Since then, municipalities and other local entities across most of Texas had voted to cancel their traditional early May elections.

    But a handful of towns and special districts were still planning to go ahead with their May votes even as many county election officials told locals they wouldn’t run their elections. Some city councils cited a state constitutional requirement to fill some vacancies within 120 days. Others feared the measures on the May ballot would get lost at the bottom of a robust November general election ballot.

    Here is the entire Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/04/02/texas-secretary-state-delay-local-may-elections-coronavirus/.

    Why did they even give the locals the option of keeping the May 2 date?  Lack of leadership.

    The Governor and Secretary of State have to decide pretty soon how the primaries are going to be conducted.  Here is an online headline from the Chron:

    First Word: All Texans can vote by mail… maybe? We need clarity.

    Luis Carrasco from the E-Board writes this:

    You do you.

    That seems to be the answer by Secretary of State Ruth Hughs to calls that Texas expand vote-by-mail in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, including one by this editorial board. This is about as useful as her previous silence and continues to represent zero official guidance to county elections officials.

    Right now, not just anyone can vote-by-mail in Texas. The state requires an excuse from voters younger than 65 who want to submit an absentee ballot.

    The law allows those who are disabled to vote by mail only if in-person voting would pose a threat to their health. Responding to a petition by Progress Texas, Hughs seemed to support the argument that the risk posed by the pandemic allows anyone to claim a condition that justifies casting a ballot by mail — but she leaves it up to voters to decide.

    “If a voter believes they meet this definition, they can submit an application for ballot by mail,” the response read. “As the situation changes, we will be updating our guidance. We hope this information has been helpful.”

    No, it hasn’t, actually. As the chief elections officer in Texas, the secretary needs to be clear, not only on what voters can do to protect their health but also on what county officials can expect in upcoming elections. This is not something that can be done on a wait-and-see basis.

    Here is all of Carrasco’s take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/First-Word-All-Texans-can-vote-by-mail-maybe-15175389.php.

    The Secretary of State and the Governor really don’t have a choice on this one.  They can make this as easy as all get out for the primaries and if the pandemic is gone by the end of the summer, they can go back to the current system.   They are probably thinking if we make it easy in the primaries, all voters will want this system in November and they don’t want any part of that, because they are from the party that makes it harder for folks to vote. Got it?

    Sigh. R.G. has a story in Texas Monthly today and the headline tells you all you need to know here:

    Greg Abbott Promised to Get Masks for Texas. But Doctors Were Told They Were on Their Own.

    Here is the R.G. story: https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/ppe-shortage-abbott-strike-force-doctors-masks/.

    Hey GOP.  Your GOP Governor from Georgia just learned yesterday that COVID-19 carriers could be asymptomatic.  Where do you find your leaders?

    I wonder who will show up this Sunday for Greg Abbott’s Deadly Church Services Day?

    Florida is a sh_t sandwich, from Politico.

    TALLAHASSEE — The staggering unemployment exploding on President Donald Trump’s watch would worry any incumbent running for reelection, but troubles in Florida are injecting an added dose of fear into a jittery GOP.

    Already anxious about Trump’s chances in the nation’s biggest swing state, Republicans now are dealing with thousands of unemployed workers unable to navigate the Florida system to apply for help. And the blowback is directed straight at Trump’s top allies in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Rick Scott.

    Privately, Republicans admit that the $77.9 million system that is now failing Florida workers is doing exactly what Scott designed it to do — lower the state’s reported number of jobless claims after the great recession.

    “It’s a sh– sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” said one DeSantis advisor. “It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”

    Republican Party of Florida chairman Joe Gruters was more succinct: “$77 million? Someone should go to jail over that.”

    Here is the entire Politico story: https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/04/03/its-a-sh-sandwich-republicans-rage-as-florida-becomes-a-nightmare-for-trump-1271172.

    My April Beatles calendar with lyrics just has “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  The other Beatles calendar has a group photo from October, 1963.

    Stay safe as we head into Holy Week.

  • Epic Failure
    April 2, 2020

    Every public health expert says we have to go nationwide social distancing if we want to get out of this as quickly as possible, yet a dozen or so GOP Governors refuse to pull the trigger.  Donald Trump won’t nudge them either.  They can all go to hell. Talk about a GOP epic failure.  Shame on these arseholes.

    My niece, Linda and her kids, live in Laredo. In Laredo, you now have to wear a mask if you leave your house and enter a public building.  I called her last night to check with her and asked her if the City of Laredo provides masks.  She said no they don’t, but a bandana or scarf will do.  She also said she hasn’t left her house in like 20 days.

    The Chron E-Board today has a detailed take on expanding the state’s mail ballot program because of the condition we are in.  Here is a sad part of the take:

    No one should be expected to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. Abbott has resisted calls to explore other options beyond delaying the runoffs, so it falls to Secretary of State Ruth Hughs — as the chief elections officer in Texas — to take the lead, making sure we are prepared and have the needed resources.

    Yet so far, she has remained silent. She’s not returned calls from this editorial board and has not yet offered any help for local elections officials seeking guidance.

    Here is the entire E-Board take:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-One-Texas-official-has-power-to-15172717.php.

    We all know what we should do and how we should proceed.  Too bad we don’t have a governor who does.  It is just sad.

    I saw where Trump’s campaign manager had a call with Trump surrogates and asked them to start attacking former Vice President Joe Biden.  That’s funny.  Now that politics is on the table, it will be a no brainer this November.  The GOP was in charge during the pandemic.  Can’t change that fact.

    I did my census form when I got it.  I helped my Dad do his yesterday.

    Congratulation to Marisol Valero.  She was just brought on to serve as State Rep. Anna Eastman’s Chief of Staff.  Nice.

    Stay safe today and look after others.

  • The Failing GOP
    April 1, 2020

    Don’t you just wish when you got up this morning, that it was all a huge April Fools Day prank that was pulled on us.  Instead, we are living in our own sci-fi flick.

    17 states still do not have stay-at-home status.  100,000 to 250,000 more expected to die, at a minimum.

    Certain red states are getting the medical supplies they need.  F_ck the blue states.

    Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says blame it on the impeachment thing.  Really? That’s funny.

    Pretty conclusive evidence based on the data we can see.  GOP leaders are failing during this pandemic.  The GOP knows this too.  Their responses are lame at best.  It is tough for the GOP to shift blame to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when they control the daily briefings.  It is tough when you are trying to explain mounting bodies being piled into refrigerated trucks.

    Commentary fully expected Gov. Greg Abbott to kowtow to the likes of wacko Hotze.  What kind of thinking is this?  We are trying to get through this pandemic and saying church gatherings is essential is madness.  That is another avenue for community spread.  What part about that does Abbott not get?  That’s worshiping at my expense.  Where is the public health logic on this? Truly irresponsible!

    The Chron has a story today on the services issue and lucky for us, the religious leaders interviewed said they would not be holding Sunday in person services.

    Texas is finally a stay-at-home state.  That’s what the Governor put out yesterday, but he doesn’t want to call it that.  Whatever.  Call it don’t-go-out-unless-you-are essential or need an essential service. Got it?

    A lot of the networks are showing replays of sports games during the times they would be airing live events.  On the MLB Radio Network that you can get with certain SiriusXM packages, this Saturday evening at 10 pm, they will air Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and Yankees from Forbes Field.  The best World Series Game 7 ever.  The Pirates jumped off to a 4-zip lead.  The Yankees then took a 7-4 lead.  Then the Pirates jumped in front 9-7 heading into the 9th.  The Yankees scored 2 in the top of the 9th to tie it at 9.  Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the 9th by smacking a Ralph Terry 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to win the Series.

    A diversion from the madness we are experiencing.

  • Coronavirus Section
    March 31, 2020

    25 years-ago today, we lost Selena.  She would be 48 years old.  She would for sure be putting out comforting messages on social media during this pandemic.  She would be a leader in the Latino community that folks would be looking to.  Don’t you miss her?

    Everyone knows that Commentary subscribes to the Chron hard copy.  Today, they have a new section, sort of, page A13, that is called Coronavirus.  They have also blended the Sports Section into the front section because there really are no sports going on these days. Got it?

    Donald Trump says he inherited a messed-up system for fighting the coronavirus.  Excuses, excuses.  We all need to push back and remind him that he had had three years to fix the so-called messed-up system.

    The White House press corps needs reporters like Yamiche Alcindor from PBS and Jim Acosta from CNN to hold that MFer’s feet to the fire and not let him get away with sh_t.

    Bloomberg has a story today about hospitals threatening their employees if they tell the press and others about supply shortages.  This is crazy.

    I was watching the daily briefing yesterday and Donald Trump said he knew a lot about South Korea and said that Seoul had 38 million people.  My reaction was like wow, I didn’t know that.  CNN later said that Seoul has a 9 million folks. That being said, a lot of Trump supporters now know it is a fact that Seoul has 38 million folks.

    I am now convinced that every morning CNN airs New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s briefing, CNN is reminding the rest of the country that this is the standard.  Just saying. Sad.

  • Godzilla Game
    March 30, 2020

    On a much lighter note, 20 years ago this evening, the Yankees played the Astros in the Inaugural Game at what is now known as Minute Maid Park.  I was there.  Were you?

    It doesn’t hurt these days to catch-up on:

    Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  It has been (amount of time) since my last Confession.

    And:

    Act of Contrition

    O my God, I am heartily sorry for
    having offended you, and I detest
    all my sins, because of Your just
    punishments, but most of all because
    they offend You, my God, who are
    all-good and deserving of all my love.
    I firmly resolve, with the help of
    Your grace, to sin no more and to
    avoid the near occasion of sin.

    Got it?

    I was just turning 10 when the Cuban Missile Crisis hit us.  I was really too young to grasp the issue, but I do remember folks being apprehensive.  Maybe I was too young to feel threatened.

    When I was 18, I was well aware of the Vietnam War and the possibility of being drafted, but I did not think Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon’s support of the war personally endangered me.  I was against the war. I felt that if I got drafted, what were the chances I got shipped off to Vietnam and killed?  I said it before that my draft lottery number kept me from being drafted.

    After 9/11, I had issues on how 43 dealt with the response, but I did not feel personally threatened.  Yeah, our way of life changed, but I didn’t feel I was in danger.

    This morning, I feel personally threatened with how the MFer Donald Trump has handled the COVID-19.  He’s made decisions or rather not made decisions that have endangered me.

    No other occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has ever had that impact on my life.

    He is a piece of s_it mother fu__er.

    Don’t argue with me, please.

    How can you even defend an arsehole who just yesterday tweeted about his TV ratings for the briefings when people in this country are scared of an unknown?

    His MO. He says something stupid or dangerous.  It is on video.  He is called out.  He denies ever saying it.  It is replayed on video.  His base sees it and then believes him.  How wacko is that!

    Some have chastised the cable news networks for covering Trump live at his daily briefings.  Some are saying they won’t watch.  I watch.  I want to know what kind of lies he’s spewing on the COVID-19 pandemic.  My life depends on me knowing what is going on.

    My take on yesterday’s briefing.  Trump suggests some New York City hospitals are running a black-market mask racket.  Pitiful.

    Let me just say this.  The Texas Governor has let us down.  He has failed to lead.

    I gave up in snagging some Purell hand sanitizer.  I’ll have better luck finding “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing.”

    You know how some folks are stuck at home and are putting stuff on Twitter to entertain like the one last week to tweet your favorite movie and quote and tag five others.  I would have tweeted one of the first two “Godfather” flicks.  My good friend, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, tweeted a quote from “Godfather”.  I did not know that was her favorite movie.  A good one was this past Saturday when someone tweeted insert “Godzilla” in place of a word in a movie title.  There were some good ones.  I probably would have tossed out there “Cool Hand Godzilla”, “Yankee Doodle Godzilla”, “Driving Miss Godzilla”, “Godzilla at Tiffany’s”, and “Godzilla of the Caribbean”.

    Sen. Alvarado also tweeted last week that she had reorganized and cleaned out her plastic container shelves.  Why not?  I did the same and got me to do other similar projects.

    Kroger cut me off.  They aren’t letting me do the surveys anymore after I called them out on their unsanitary and unsafe practices.

    Stay safe and consider others.