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  • Lone Star GOP Clown Show
    September 24, 2020

    I don’t know about you folks, but Commentary thinks the Texas GOP is a freaking clown show.

    A few weeks ago, Gov. Greg Abbott extended Early Voting in Person for six days because he realized he botched the handling of the pandemic and so now he’s trying to minimize the damage.

    Now he’s being sued by the Texas GOP Chair, a few GOP state legislators and other right wing nut jobs for extending the Early Voting in Person period. Huh?

    The woman who forced him to reopen early – you remember, Shelley Luther, the salon owner – is now running for State Senate, District 30 in the Special Election. She was thrown in jail for reopening too soon and Governor Abbott gave her a get out of jail card and this is what she said about him the other day:

    “Our tyrant governor has embarrassed us completely.”

    She is certainly making Abbott look like a chump.

    He’s not a tyrant.  I certainly won’t defend him on the embarrassed us completely stuff.  I mean, the whole Texas GOP is an embarrassment.

    The Empower Texas funder loaned Luther a cool million for her campaign.  She has already spent over a half a million on the works – TV, digital, mail – you name it. 

    The Austin lobby and all the trade association folks are supporting GOP Rep. Drew Springer in the SD 30 Special.

    Some lobbyist tweeted a day or so ago that Luther was a salon owner and how in the heck would she repay the million.

    I know zilch about North Texas politics.  I have no idea if she has a shot at this.  Crazier things have happened. If she does win, she will become a state senator.  Paying off the loan won’t be a problem.  It may take a few years, but it will be no problem.

    That’s your Texas GOP, folks.

    Commentary is not getting freaked out about Election 2020, mail ballots, long lines, voting during COVID-19, the transfer of power, delays in counting and the USPS.  I still have full confidence in the folks who are conducting our elections nationwide.  They are making the necessary adjustments.

    It is pretty obvious that Donald Trump is trying to get folks into doubting the outcome if he loses.  Let’s not forget.  He’s a blowhard cowardly punk.  Remember that.

    It will all work out.

    Breonna Taylor didn’t get justice yesterday.  That’s why folks are protesting. Don’t argue with me, stupid.

    We still haven’t clinched a playoff spot.  Sigh.

    We are at Globe Life to finish off the regular season.

  • Greatest Albums
    September 23, 2020

    This is a former state legislator admitting he is a dumbarse and that’s why he won’t be elected.  From the Chron:

    Former Texas state Rep. Mike Schofield felt so confident in 2018 that the voters in his northwest Houston suburban district would give him a third term that he left about $140,000 unspent in his campaign account and dedicated much of his time to helping other Republican candidates.

    He ended up losing the House District 132 seat to Democrat Gina Calanni by 113 votes in a race that he says he never anticipated to be so close.

    Now Schofield is up for a rematch with Rep. Calanni. This time, he says, he and other Republicans are ready.

    “I spent a good chunk of September and October last time trying to get the judges re-elected,” Schofield told the Houston Chronicle editorial board as he launched his campaign earlier this year. “The first lesson I learned was what they tell you when you get on the plane: put on your own oxygen mask first. So, I will have a Schofield-centric campaign and we will work to get everybody else across the finish line after we get there.”

    What a dumbarse for sure.  How do you not campaign for yourself first? Lazy if you ask me. Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Democrats-take-aim-at-Houston-suburbs-in-bid-for-15588206.php?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com.

    Royko sent me this yesterday after my take on high voter turnout:

    Don’t make the mistake that all Blacks and all Latino voters will vote for the Harris-Biden/Bernie-Antifa-AOC Socialist ticket.

    There are huge defections of once loyal Black and Latino voters who have boarded the “Trump Train.”


    Rolling Stone updated their “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” recently.

    Here are the ones that Commentary purchased in vinyl, 8-track, cassette, or CD over the years:

    #466 Beach Boys, “Today”

    #450 Paul McCartney, “Ram”

    #445 Yes, “Close to the Edge”

    #425 Paul Simon, “Paul Simon”

    #423 Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Cosmos Factory”

    #394 Diana Ross, “Diana”

    #368 George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”

    #345 Bruce Springsteen, “The Wild, the Innocents and the E Street Shuffle”

    #342 The Beatles, “Let It Be”

    #334 Santana, “Abraxas”

    #281 Harry Nilsson, “Nilsson Schmilsson”

    #266 The Beatles, “Help!”

    #263 The Beatles, “Hard Day’s Night”

    #259 Janis Joplin, “Pearl”

    #256 Tracy Chapman, “Tracy Chapman”

    #251 Elton John, “Honky Château”

    #237 Willie Nelson, “Red Headed Stranger”

    #226 Derek and the Dominos, “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs”

    #223 John Lennon, “Imagine”

    #220 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, “Déjà Vu”

    #205 Cat Stevens, “Tea for the Tillerman”

    #197 The Beatles, “Meet the Beatles!”

    #194 Michael Jackson, “Bad”

    #193 Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Willy and the Poor Boys”

    #190 The Who, “Tommy”

    #182 James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James”

    #172 Simon and Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

    #170 Cream, “Disraeli Gears”

    #168 Steely Dan, “Can’t Buy a Thrill”

    #163 Various Artists, “Saturday Night Fever”

    #161 Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Crosby, Stills & Nash”

    #112 Elton John, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

    #105 The Allman Brothers, “At Fillmore East”

    #86 The Doors, “The Doors”

    #85 John Lennon, “Plastic Ono Band”

    #76 Curtis Mayfield, “Superfly”

    #72 Neil Young, “Harvest”

    #59 Stevie Wonder, “Talking Book”

    #55 Pink Floyd, “The Dark Side of the Moon”

    #46 Paul Simon, “Graceland”

    #41 The Rolling Stones, “Let It Bleed”

    #35 The Beatles, “Rubber Soul”

    #30 Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced”

    #29 The Beatles, “White Album”

    #25 Carole King, “Tapestry”

    #24 The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

    #21 Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”

    #14 The Rolling Stones, “Exile on Main Street”

    #12 Michael Jackson, “Thriller”

    #11 The Beatles, “Revolver”

    #5 The Beatles, “Abbey Road”

    #3 Joni Mitchell, “Blue”

    #2 The Beach Boys, “Pet Sounds”

    #1 Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”

    Now you know me.  54 out of 500.  That’s pretty good, don’t you think? 

    Those that I have seen live are Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, the Rolling Stones, CCR, Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys.

    I have around here a couple of boxes with some 8-tracks, beta and VHS tapes.

    I also have some cassettes and shelves of vinyl and CDs.

    I still have most of them.

    The Astros won last night.  We need just one win to clinch a playoff spot.

  • 42 Days
    September 22, 2020

    You know it is going to be one of those days when “Today” was replaced by the local news.

    As Paul Simon says:

    I get the news I need on the weather report
    I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.

    Looks like parts of the H-Town area will flood. Again.

    Stay safe.

    42 days until Election Day.

    Early Voting in Person starts in three weeks.

    My mail ballot should be arriving any day now.

    The first presidential debate is a week from tonight.

    The Chron E-Board endorsed State Rep. Sarah Davis today.

    A couple of years ago, I was a panelist discussing the 2018 election.  A GOP consultant I respect mentioned then GOP candidate Dan Crenshaw and referred to him as a “rock star.” He won his election then gained notoriety when he went on “SNL.”  I actually thought the fella might have the potential to be something special. Nope.  He is just a typical GOP clown these days.  Just go look at today’s Chron.  What a clown.

    Don’t believe the BS that the Supreme Court vacancy fight is going to rile up Donald Trump supporters.  Everyone is already riled up.  Turnout is going to be up on both sides.  The difference between 2016 and 2020 is that a lot of our voters aren’t staying home like they did in 2016. 

    Mitch McConnell and the GOP senators are going to fill the vacancy because they know they are fixing to lose control of the U.S. Senate.  They don’t have a choice but to move forward.  They have to get something on their way out of the door.

    Like Commentary said yesterday, a Democratic rout is definitely in the cards.   There is more energy out there for us than there was in 2018.

    Larry Dierker is 74 today.    Dierker made his pitching debut on this day, his 18th birthday, in 1964 at Colt Stadium against the Giants.  There were three future Hall of Famers in that game.  Joe Morgan with the Colt 45s and Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda with the Giants.  Dierker struck out Mays and Cepeda went yard on him.  Happy Birthday, Wrangler!

    Carlos Correa is celebrating his 26th birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Carlos!

    I said yesterday that we were in good shape for the AL sixth seed for the playoffs.  It is not a sure thing though.

    We lost last night.

  • 200,000 Dead
    September 21, 2020

    My best friend growing up left us this past weekend.  I am talking about Vic Gonzalez. Victor.  He died of a heart attack.

    We went to junior high and high school together.  He was a grade behind me and a month younger than me.  His parents were my parents’ comadre and compadre.  My parents were godparents to one of his sisters.  Vic’s Dad was also in my parents’ wedding.

    Vic had just called me about a month and a half ago to let me know that he and his lovely Karol were moving from Bastrop to Oregon.  They moved there a few days later.

    Since I left Austin back in the late ‘80s, I didn’t see Vic that often.  Maybe at the State Capitol on business, or at funerals.

    It is difficult to process this in these days.  We spent so much time together growing up in Baytown.  I remember when we were out of high school, Vic let his hair grow long and he wore wire rim glasses.  He looked just like the photo of John Lennon from the White Album poster.

    He was a great guy. Very sad news.

    Congratulations, GOP.  We have reached 200,000 dead due to the pi_s poor way your leadership has handled the response to the pandemic. 

    Commentary was doing a chore here at my place Friday during the 6 pm hour and I stepped away from earshot of the flatscreen for around 15 minutes and when I returned, I saw the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had left us. I probably stood in silence for around half an hour watching.  They were already talking about the fight over her successor.

    That’s how it goes.  When an elected official I knew died in an accident years ago, within a couple of hours we were already talking about successors.  Heck, there was one time when folks were talking about successors when an elected official I knew was on his deathbed.

    I reminded a text group I was on Friday night that RBG had dictated a statement last week to her granddaughter that said she wished that her replacement would be picked by the winner of the election.

    The GOP has changed their tune and is moving toward picking a successor this year. They do and it pretty much guarantees a Democratic rout up and down the ballot across the country.

    43 days until Election Day.

    The headline in the Star Section of today’s Chron hard copy:

    ‘Schitt’s happens


    I watched the Emmy Awards last night and I have no idea what most of the shows are all about.

    #SpringerDinger’s second #SpringerDinger of the game yesterday was dinger #2,000 for Astros player since The Yard opened in 2000. Got it?  Ok, since you asked, Big Puma leads all Astros with 157 dingers at The Yard with Jeff Bagwell at number 2 with 108.

    We are 27-26 and in good shape to grab the AL sixth seed in the playoffs. That means we are done with playing any more games at The Yard in 2020.  We could be on the road until the end of October. Yikes!

    We are in Seattle for 3 then finish off the regular season with 4 at Globe Life at the end of this week.

    MLB will return to H-Town on October 6 as The Yard will host a NLDS.  I wonder if the participating teams will be allowed to bring their cutouts.  It would be kind of weird to see teams like The ATL and the Cubbies play with George and Barbara Bush watching.

  • Telling the Truth
    September 18, 2020

    Jimi Hendrix died 50 years ago today. He was only 27.

    Yesterday morning, I had never heard of Olivia Troye. It turns out she was Mike Pence’s lead staffer on the Corona Task Force through the end of July.   She appeared in a video that was released yesterday where she slammed Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic.  As usual, the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue dismissed her as a disgruntled former employee even though the video showed her sitting behind Pence at the Task Force meetings. We all know she is telling the truth.  She is a lifelong Republican. Why would she make it up?

    This is different from four years ago.  Folks are now seeing Trump is not up for the job.  He will hold on to his base and the GOP elected officials who just want to hold on to controlling things.  Does Troye move the needle in former Vice President Joe Biden’s direction.  Hardly.  It just makes it harder for those few undecided voters to go over to the Trump side.

    I am sure there will be more Troyes in the coming days. 

    Last night we saw Joe Biden answer questions at a townhall event.  We saw Trump throw everything he could at Biden.   That’s all Trump can do.

    The pandemic is driving this election and that’s not good for the GOP in 2020.

    Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott said yesterday that restaurants, retail and gyms can go to 75% capacity.  Still too risky for Commentary.  No, thanks.

    On an entirely different note, the Houston Botanic Garden is finally opening at the old Glenbrook Golf Course.  Remember when they were considering Gus Wortham Golf Course for the Garden.  The East End community pushed back big time and they went and got the Glenbrook location.  The golf course wasn’t living up to its potential.

    The Garden isn’t free like going to a park.  $12.50 to $15 for adults. $8 to $10 for kids and students.

    Election Day is in 46 days and the Chron E-Board started rolling out their endorsements yesterday.

    We have ten games left in the baseball season and are holding down the number 6 seed in the playoff hunt.  Our last homie is this weekend as we host the D-Backs.