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  • Last Day
    July 10, 2020

    Today is the last day to vote early in person in the primary runoffs in Texas.

    Texas continues to be a hot spot for COVID-19.  This is a Donald Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott and GOP caused problem.  Abbott is at a 44% approval rating in Texas and it is probably going to get worse.  This is insane.

    Meanwhile, the Texas GOP is suing the City of H-Town.  Let’s do this.  Set it up for them.  The chairs, the podium, the microphones and the lights.  Give them the keys to the GRB but don’t provide staff.  They can bring in their coolers.  Hire food trucks.  If they want to infect each other, let them. After they are done, we can bring in a cleaning crew in hazmat gear and hose the place down.

    The Goya Food CEO stepped into it big time by praising Trump.  Commentary is not a big Goya fella.  What a dumbarse.

    Commentary doesn’t have much else to say heading into the weekend.

    Oh yeah, MLB released the 2021 schedules yesterday.

  • Our City
    July 9, 2020

    H-Town is our city.  My city.  Commentary doesn’t like the shape we are in right now.  When we are keeping a close eye on hospital bed counts, that means we have a major problem.

    We are all wearing masks.  Bars and other establishments are closed.

    We asked the GOP to go virtual on their state convention.  They refused.  We didn’t have a choice.

    Royko sent me this on my take on the GOP, the GOP State Convention and COVID-19:

    No thank you.

    We don’t need the Progressives, who want to destroy the liberty of the citizens to be telling us what to do.

    Nor do we need the duplicitous Mayor, who was arm-in-arm with the 60k+ protestors who eventually rioted. The Democrats can never get enough of the Burning, Looting Maoists destroying our Democrat-controlled “Sanctuary Cities and counties.”

    One suspects the Mayor, who wants the sales tax revenue, has been overruled by the pequeña Comandante.

    I don’t think I would have ever called former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett “little commander.”  I used to call him Hunker Down.

    The Chron E-Board headline in the hard copy today:

    The right decision

    9,979 infections were reported in Texas yesterday.

    The Astros are still working out.

  • 3 Million
    July 8, 2020

    Commentary forgot to mention that yesterday was Sir Ringo’s 80th birthday.  Happy Birthday, yesterday, Ringo!

    Way to go, USA!  We are at 3 million COVID-19 infections.   Thank you, GOP for your outstanding leadership on this.  You should be proud.

    Help Commentary out with this one.  The Texas GOP still wants to hold their state convention next week here in H-Town.  H-Town is one of the world’s leading COVID-19 hot spots.  The H-Town Mayor is asking them to go virtual.  The GOP elected officials who will speak at the convention will be sending in their remarks via video.  What’s the point in gathering then?

    The Chron E-Board’s take today is not yet posted, but here is the headlines in the hard copy of their take:

    Gathering too risky

    Mayor must cancel Texas GOP’s convention despite optics as virus cases rise unabated

    The Chron’s Erica Grieder has a column today saying the GOP convention should be virtual.

    The Texas State Fair was cancelled.

    Commentary just laughs when Donald Trump and his arse kissing governor from Florida say schools will open in August. Got it?

    I forgot. Texas says schools will reopen in late August.  That’s also funny.

    COVID-19 will decide when schools will open.  Parents will decide when schools will open.   Not politicians.

    The Astros continue to workout at The Yard.

  • Falling Poll Numbers
    July 7, 2020

    My Aunt Elvira Delgado turned 101.  She is my Dad’s older sister.  How about that!  Happy Birthday, Aunt Vera!

    Check the latest poll numbers:

    Governor Greg Abbott’s job approval rating dropped just below 50% approval – though at 49%, just below – for the first time in two years, an 7-point decline since the April UT/Texas Tribune Poll, while disapproval of his job performance increased from 32% in both February and April polling to 39% in June.

    Approval of Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus/COVID-19 was approximate to his overall job approval rating: 49% approved and 41% disapproved. 

    Asked about the direction of Texas, 41% said the state was heading in the right direction, but 47% said the state was on the wrong track – the first net-negative assessment of Texas’ direction since 2012. 

    We all know Gov. Abbott has blown the handling of the pandemic.  That is why his approval numbers are dropping.  In a total classless act, he is now blaming local officials.  You gotta be kidding. Here is from the Chron:

    In another Monday evening interview on Beaumont’s KFDM, Abbott blasted local government leaders who have called on him to give them the authority to issue new stay-at-home orders to contain the virus. He said going back into “lockdown mode” would “really force Texans into poverty.” He said many of the local leaders calling for more authority have refused to enforce current executive orders already in place.

    “What they need to show is action, not absenteeism,” Abbott said, pointing to enforcement of mask ordinances, and to his own order last Thursday requiring them in most Texas counties.

    Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Gov-Abbott-warns-of-greater-fatalities-15390029.php.

    The fella just can’t lead.  What a joke.

    Speaking of leading.  The H-Town Mayor just ought to cancel the Texas GOP Convention.  Enough of this.  Here is from the Chron:

    The city of Houston will deploy health inspectors to enforce COVID-19 restrictions at the Texas Republican Convention, and potentially shut down the event if guidelines aren’t followed, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday.

    In a letter to Texas GOP executive director Kyle Whatley, Turner on Monday laid out a series of conditions the party would have to follow if it proceeds with an in-person convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center from July 16 to 18. The guidelines are aimed at limiting the transmission of COVID when an anticipated 6,000 people descend on the convention center.

    Those conditions, according to Turner’s office, include denying entry to anyone who has tested positive for COVID or come in contact with a COVID patient between July 2 and July 15, requiring attendees to wear masks, and providing touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the convention center.

    Party officials also must limit attendance and seating capacity “or host smaller events in larger rooms,” and modify room layouts to “promote social distance of at least 6 feet.” The mayor’s letter did not include a specific cap on how many people can attend the convention.

    Turner also said he is “strongly encouraging” the Texas GOP to call off the in-person convention, which he said is the only conference or convention in Houston that has not been canceled or rescheduled for next year.

    Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-to-have-health-inspectors-enforce-15389940.php.

    Just cancel it, please.

    I continue to be amazed at folks gathering and partying.  I just don’t understand.

    The MLB schedules were released yesterday.

  • Ennio Morricone
    July 6, 2020

    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.