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  • Take Me Over, Please!
    June 22, 2018

    We have played 76 games, are 50-26, and have a 3 ½ game lead over the Mariners. How were we looking after 76 games last season?

    State Rep. Carol Alvarado had a get together at 8th Wonder Brewery last night and guess who attended? Former H-Town First Lady Elyse Lanier made an appearance. It was good to see her.  She supports Carol for State Senator.

    Last night folks were talking about the jacket Melania Trump was wearing on her trip to McAllen. Tone deaf? Intentional? Regardless, totally inappropriate! But then again, we should not be surprised.

    The Chron hard copy headline that says it all this morning.

    Chaos confronts efforts to reunite migrant families

    This my friends, is owned by Trump and the GOP.   Don’t let folks forget!

    Take me over, please! That is the message that TEA might be getting from HISD after the recent posting by an HISD Trustee. Check this from the Chron:

    Houston ISD Trustee Jolanda Jones publicly aired personal attacks and allegations against fellow school board members in online posts this week, chipping away at the board’s efforts to present a more collegial front in the face of administrative upheaval and potentially major state sanctions this year.

    In three Facebook posts, Jones alleged a newly elected trustee called a longtime board member a “thief” and a “crook” with “no moral character,” and she accused a fellow trustee of misleading her during the process of electing a school board president. Jones also claimed five trustees who rejected HISD’s proposed budget last week will be responsible for employees losing their homes — even though board members are expected to pass the budget next week, with no adverse impact on staff members.

    The posts, which Jones also linked to on Twitter, come as HISD trustees have sought to foster greater community trust and an improved public image after years of squabbles that have eroded confidence in the school board of Texas’ largest district. The board’s image has taken on greater importance lately given that the Texas Education Agency could replace HISD’s trustees if four of its longest-struggling schools fail to meet state academic standards this year.

    And this:

    In her first post, Jones claimed the five trustees who voted against the budget proposal will be responsible for HISD shutting down at the end of the month. Her unedited statement read, in part: “When our lowest paid HISD employees lose their homes/apartments & cars & everything else because they can’t afford missing any paychecks, much less A paycheck, it’s their fault!”

    And this:

    In a second post, which she titled “AS THE BOARD TURNS: Episode 1,” Jones said she would start airing behind-the-scenes board machinations. Jones then wrote that newly elected Trustee Elizabeth Santos told her she would not support electing Trustee Diana Dávila as board president “because she said Diana was a thief/crook/no moral character.” Multiple trustees sought the board presidency but could not garner enough support from colleagues. Skillern-Jones, who was not in line to assume the presidency, ultimately was unanimously elected.

    And finally, this:

    In a third post, Jones alleged (Trustee Anne) Sung had solicited support for her board president candidacy, then misled Jones about her efforts. She also alleged Sung told her she “didn’t trust Diana either.”

    Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HISD-Trustee-Jones-blasts-fellow-board-members-on-13015802.php?src=hp_totn.

    Here is kind of what has changed. The Chron, the Chron E-Board, others, and even Commentary have had takes on the HISD Board and how it can be dysfunctional at times. We have kind of hinted on which Trustee has been the most problematic, but we have refrained from naming the Trustee for whatever reasons. Not anymore.

    Commentary has no idea why Trustee Jones is on this posting path, but it would probably be a good idea if the other eight Trustees put out a statement pushing back. TEA is watching. Failure to respond will probably move TEA one step closer to taking over. Just saying.

    After 76 games last season, we were 51-25 with an 11 ½ game lead over the Mariners of course.

    The Royals are in for three this weekend.

  • No High Fives, Please
    June 21, 2018

    Name the MLB club with the most runs scored this season?

    Yesterday’s action really doesn’t change anything. We still have over 2,000 kids separated from their families.

    Commentary agrees with this quote from a GOP pollster:

    “One reason that this story could become more than DACA ever was is that there are, and will continue to be, pictures of these kids. That takes it from an intellectual debate to an emotional one, and emotional messages can be game-changers.”

    So major props goes to Time magazine for their kickarse cover they put out this morning.

    Commentary said this yesterday:

    We need to continue to be relentless against this inhumane and racist policy. Just how much racism and cruelty can the local, state and national GOP swallow before they choke. Stay on them!

    Yesterday’s action by Donald Trump doesn’t change anything. Nada!   It is just beginning. No high fives, please. This is from Stace:

    Nothing is more annoying than seeing liberal and/or Democratic activists  and politicians portraying Trump’s madman of a signature on a document that really does nothing about the current human rights crisis as some sort of victory.

    Our friends at Mijente posted six things you should know about the Trump executive order:

    1. DHS will receive more money to create new family prisons that will hold parents andchildren together, while the parents are being criminally prosecuted and while their deportation cases are pending.
    2. Given that criminal prosecutions and deportation cases of parents can take long periods of time, and that children are supposed to be detained along with their parents, Sessions will try to get the courts to grant him the ability to detain children indefinitely.
    3. Trump and Sessions will continue to implement their “Zero Tolerance” policy and prosecute everyone detained at the border.
    4. The Department of Defense will help provide spaces, like army bases, for these family prisons, and build new ones as needed. Other cabinet-level departments are being recruited to do the same.
    5. Sessions will be given more resources to deport families faster after they are prosecuted, and appropriate the funding if needed.
    6. The order does not speak to any families that have already been separated — and existing policies place the responsibility on parents to find their children in HHS custody and seek to reunite with them.

    Here is all of Stace: https://doscentavos.net/2018/06/21/kids-and-families-are-still-locked-up-stop-celebrating/.

    This was so hilarious. A tweet followed by a kickarse tweet:

    Ivanka Trump‏Verified account @IvankaTrump

    Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families

    Ana Navarro Retweeted Ivanka Trump

    Ana Navarro‏Verified account @ananavarro 4h4 hours ago

    “Thank you”? For what? Your daddy single-handedly created a policy which caused endless suffering and grief to thousands of children. He lied about it. He reversed it only due to mass national outrage. Samantha Bee should have full-stopped at “feckless”.

    Hard to argue with that.

    It does not surprise Commentary that the RNC Chair is backing out of a previously scheduled speaking appearance at this week’s NALEO conference. What was she going to say anyways? Something along the lines that the GOP and the Latino community share strong family values?   Yeah, good luck with that!

    The ‘Stros of course lead MLB with 394 runs scored and they also have the highest team batting average – at .267.

    Over 43,000 showed up last night to pick up their rings.

  • Just the Kids, Again
    June 20, 2018

    The H-Town Mayor made it clear yesterday that he opposes the facility that will house the kids from the separated families. I guess if all other cities and states took similar action, and there was no place to house the kids, Donald Trump might change the policy.  Maybe.

    We need to continue to be relentless against this inhumane and racist policy. Just how much racism and cruelty can the local, state and national GOP swallow before they choke. Stay on them!

    I read where folks were looking for leadership out of the Texas State Capitol. Stop looking! Given a choice between Donald Trump or the separated families. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick are sticking with Trump. It doesn’t surprise Commentary and it shouldn’t surprise you.

    This is good. These tweets:

    Steve Schmidt‏Verified account @SteveSchmidtSES

    I have spent much of my life working in GOP politics. I have always believed that both parties were two of the most important institutions to the advancement of human freedom and dignity in the history of the world. Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and values.

    Steve Schmidt‏Verified account @SteveSchmidtSES

    This Independent voter will be aligned with the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies. That party is the Democratic Party.

    Usually, when someone quits their political party over stuff like this, they also take a parting shot at the other party to cover their arse so to speak. Not this time.

    Don’t gloat, please.

    Then this from yesterday:

    Sylvester Turner‏Verified account @SylvesterTurner 18h18 hours ago

     

    Answering media questions at news conference: The irony of a detention center for kids 0 to 17 at 419 EMANCIPATION Street! While we observe #Juneteenth today! #KeepFamiliesTogether

    Commentary said this the day before:

    Talk about the ghost of Dick Dowling!

    Remember when folks were celebrating a year or so ago when the City of H-Town City Council changed the street name from Dowling to Emancipation Avenue. Who would have thought that a facility on Emancipation Avenuewould now house incarcerated kids who were taken from their families? This is today’s America, folks!

    This is my favorite retweet of yesterday. If you are a fan of the “Spartacus” flick, you get this:

    John Bresnahan‏ @BresPolitico 15h15 hours ago

     

    US Capitol Police on lookout for young white woman who yelled “Mr. President, f— you!”

     

    Evan 20XX liked

    your friend Helen‏Verified account  @hels

    13h13 hours ago

    I am Spartacus

    That’s a killer.

    This is certainly well deserved.

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s plan for a quiet dinner at one of Washington’s upscale Mexican restaurants was foiled by a group of protesters who chanted and berated her until she left.

    Nielsen, who has become the face of the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents who take them across the U.S. border illegally, was eating Tuesday evening at MXDC Cocina Mexicana when a group of 10 to 15 protesters entered the restaurant, The Washington Post reported.

    The group, whose protest was streamed live on the Facebook page of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America, chanted “shame!” and “end family separation!” at the homeland security secretary as she sat quietly without acknowledging the group.

    “How dare you spend your evening here eating dinner as you’re complicit in the separation and deportation of over 10,000 children separated from their parents?” one protester yelled. “How can you enjoy a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting and imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States? We call on you to end family separation and abolish ICE!”

    A handful of other diners in the restaurant clapped along with the protesters, who remained inside for 10-15 minutes until Nielsen paid her check and left, escorted by her Secret Service detail.

    She will order takeout next.

    I don’t know why CNN, NBC, ABC or CBS would have this arsehole on as a talking head on future shows. See this from yesterday:

    Corey Lewandowski enraged a fellow panelist on Fox News on Tuesday when he derisively brushed off reports of a girl with Down syndrome being separated from her mother at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, was on the show to debate with Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas about the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy. Petkanas mentioned the report of a 10-year-old Mexican girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother when Lewandowski interrupted by saying, “Womp, womp.”

    Did you just say ‘womp, womp’ to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome separated from her mother?” Petkanas responded. “How dare you. How dare you.”

    He is a punk, arsehole, coward, pick your name.

    The streak ended last night. Well, at least I had me a couple of dollar dogs.

    Replica World Series rings tonight to everyone who attends.

    No MLB question today.

  • More on the Kids
    June 19, 2018

    Who leads MLB in base hits and the highest batting average this morning?

    There are two things wrong with giving Sen. Ted Cruz run on his proposed bill to keep families together. Remember this from last week?

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is defending the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrants from their children when they are apprehended at the border, saying it can’t be avoided when people illegally cross the border. 

    “There’s actually a court order that prevents keeping the kids with the parents when you put the parents in jail,” Cruz told the Dallas public radio station KERA on Monday, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

    “So when you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying don’t separate kids from their parents, what they’re really saying is don’t arrest illegal aliens,” Cruz said. 

    Also, he is one of the least respected and least trusted members of congress. He is the last fella that congress will get behind on an issue like this.

    Cruz was for separating families a week ago. Now this? What a worm.

    I have mixed feeling about folks not wanting to house these kids in their cities. These are not like metal recycling centers, halfway houses or trash dumps. These are children. We need to be careful on what kind of message we are sending. Every decent human being wants these kids back with their families. In the meantime, where do you want them to stay? Just saying.

    Now I know what a TRE is. See this from the Chron:

    As school districts work to finalize their budgets ahead of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Klein ISD officials now must figure out how to cut an additional $22.2 million in spending after voters on Saturday rejected a plan to raise property taxes.

    Klein ISD had proposed raising it’s maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04 per $100 assessed value to $1.13. For a home valued at $200,000 with a $25,000 state homestead exemption, the tax increase would have amounted to about $13.13 more each month.

    About 55 percent of 9,199 Klein ISD voters cast ballots against the tax ratification election, or TRE, which would have injected about $28.8 million additional dollars into the district’s coffers.

    And this:

    Fiscal conservatives have argued that property taxes, the majority of which are collected by local school districts, are unsustainable high. Empower Texans, a conservative political organization, urged voters to reject Klein ISD’s TRE because the district had not done more to cut its deficits before calling the election.

    “The district is asking taxpayers for more money when they haven’t demonstrated any effort to address their mounting debt,” the organization wrote on its website.

    Here is the entire article: https://www.chron.com/news/education/article/Klein-ISD-tax-ratification-election-fails-13005224.php?ipid=happening.

    I was not paying much attention to this election. Maybe I should have.

    Speaking of El Tri, since the USA doesn’t have a team in the World Cup, can some of us root for El Tri, for old times sakes? Oh, well.

    My nephew Dave is with Telemundo and they are carrying the World Cup matches, so I will root for Dave and Telemundo to have a successful World Cup.

    Jose Altuve of course leads MLB with 102 base hits and a .342 batting average.

    I was at The Yard last night and you know things are hopping when AL Player of the Week Evan Gattis was loudly cheered when he pinch hit. I also wanted to be there last night to see if they could keep the streak alive. They did. Let’s go for 13 this evening!

  • 419 Emancipation Avenue, The Ghost of Dick Dowling
    June 18, 2018

    Talk about the ghost of Dick Dowling!

    Remember when folks were celebrating a year or so ago when the City of H-Town City Council changed the street name from Dowling to Emancipation Avenue. Who would have thought that a facility on Emancipation Avenuewould now house incarcerated kids who were taken from their families? This is today’s America, folks!

    Here are some statements from folks who represent 419 Emancipation:

    State Representative Carol Alvarado:

    On this Father’s Day, my heart goes out to the children and families who have been separated because of a cruel and inhumane policy implemented by the Trump administration. We are a nation of compassion. We are better than this.

    My legislative district has now been selected as a site where many of these children will be placed. Years from now, when these children have grown up, some of them will ask how Houstonians responded during their time of confinement here.

    These children need our support. Stay strong.

    State Senator Sylvia Garcia:

    Now is the time to gather together to stop this baby jail before a single child seeking refuge is locked up in our city. The Trump administration has made it clear that it will rip children away from their parents despite legal and child development experts telling them that it is unnecessary and known to cause lifelong harm. No law requires this. Humanity demands compassion. We must say as a community with one voice that jailing children away from their parents is wrong, it should not happen anywhere, and we as Houstonians will not allow it to happen here. Not now. Not ever.

    Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos:

    While the City was not involved in the decision or notified beforehand, we will advocate for these children and do all we can to ensure they are cared for with compassion and dignity. Children should be with their families, not warehoused in a detention center hundreds of miles away from their parents. The Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating families is shameful and goes against the very values our nation was founded on. Congress has failed on immigration reform so many times before. But now, more than ever, lawmakers must seize this moment to pass legislation to end this unnecessary policy and protect children.

    Here is from former First Lady Laura Bush Sunday’s Op-Ed:

    Recently, Colleen Kraft, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. She reported that while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.

    Here is all of First Lady Bush’s Op-Ed: https://www.chron.com/opinion/article/Laura-Bush-Separating-children-from-their-13002381.php.

    I wonder what is the over/under on when Donald Trump will unload on former First Lady Laura Bush.

    Commentary has been to more than my share of marches, vigils and protests. Yesterday’s gathering at 419 Emancipation was different. We’ve protested apartheid, for farmworkers, for civil and voting rights – you get the picture. Yesterday’s was a first. For kids being snatched from their parents. Somber doesn’t even come close to describing yesterday. It was downright sad and disgusting. Nobody seemed to be bothered by the pouring rain, that’s how bad it felt.

    When I first learned Friday night that the children who were separated from their parents at the border would be housed in a facility down the street form The Yard, my first reaction was “What?”

    Around ten minutes later, I thought well at least they won’t be in tents in 100 degree weather.

    The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was inevitable that H-Town would be brought in to be front and center in this war against hate and racism. After all, we do have one of the largest immigration populations in the country and we are one of the more diverse cities in the world. Like it or not, it is our fight.

    Remember, this Trump policy is wholeheartedly supported by Sen. Ted Cruz. What do the other local GOPers running for office have to say?

    So here we are.

    Don’t hold back.