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  • Face of Chaos in America
    June 2, 2020

    I had similar thoughts yesterday when I watched it live on CNN.

    Here is what @AOC tweeted yesterday:

    He holds that Bible like it’s burning him.

    It’s not the looters. It’s not the rioters.  It’s not police abuse.

    The face of chaos in America is Donald Trump.

    Commentary will say it again.  In 2016, we said he was the last person in America we wanted at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when we faced a national crisis or emergency.   He’s choking during the pandemic and he’s choking big time as communities throughout the country struggle with rioting, violence and looting.

    Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to teargas the area in from of the White House just so Trump could walk over in front of a church and hold up a Bible?  What the hell was that all about?

    Some folks that work for him want him to address the nation from the Oval Office. What is that going to accomplish?  He will only contradict what he says in a tweet an hour later and some around him know that.

    Commentary said it would be up to Governors, Mayors and County Chief Executives to get us through the pandemic.  It is going to take Governors, Mayors and County Chief Executives to get us through the current rioting and unrest.

    You’re out of your fu_king mind if you think you are going to get any positive guidance out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  They are nothing but a bunch of lawless thugs.

    Trump is the face of chaos in America, folks.

    That is where we are.

    MLB and players are still talking.

  • Community Spread Protests
    June 1, 2020

    On my Commentary tweet, I have on my Beatles on the Apple label t-shirt, my baseball mask, the open star lid, and my State Rep. Anna Eastman sticker.

    Commentary generally opposed most of the policies of President Reagan, Bush and W. Bush.  When the sh_t hit the fan though, like a national emergency, crisis or disaster, they made the effort to lead.  They didn’t try to exploit or divide us.

    Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is a piece of sh_t pure and simple.  We all know that.

    The first thing that jumped out of my head last week when I saw images of the protests from across the country was you guys aren’t social distancing.  Same goes for the Friday protests in Downtown H-Town.  We are probably going to see some spikes across the country.

    Let me say it again.  COVID-19 doesn’t take days off.  Not for Memorial Day Weekend.  Not for protests.

    Someone in law enforcement needs to explain to Commentary why HPD needs to send in the Cavalry into crowds when they are protesting? It wasn’t a good look when a female protester got trampled by a mounted patrol.

    On “What’s Your Point” yesterday, Wayne Dolcefino said we never should have gone into a lockdown and blamed Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and H-Town Mayor Sylvester Turner.  What a knucklehead!  He forgot to mention Gov. Greg Abbott.

    Protest images that stood out the past few days:

    The Austin PD officer spraying something onto the face of the African American protester who was just standing there, letting it soak in so to speak.

    The young woman getting trampled by the HPD mounted patrol.

    HPD Chief Art Acevedo stepping up.

    A cop kicking a female protester who was sitting down in front of a Jimmy John’s.

    A confrontation between protesters and LAPD officers and the frontline of the protesters were all female and the cops were jabbing at them with their batons and occasionally whacking them while the women held their ground.

    A tweet from an observer Saturday morning in H-Town, who said the only folks smashing windows and defacing property Friday night in Downtown H-Town were white folks.

    I saw similar tweets from the protests in other cities.

    The Texas State Capitol getting defaced.  Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that a first?  Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s watch.  Nice job, Governor.

    A number of police vehicles getting torched.

    A Louisville police officer shooting pellets at a local TV reporter for just doing her job.

    The front page of the Chron’s Sports Section yesterday with the powerful images and message saying all you arseholes who thought Colin Kaepernick was unpatriotic for taking a knee were dead wrong.

    The woman walking out of the looted Cheesecake Factory, you guessed it, with a cheesecake.

    Law enforcement folks destroying gallon milk jugs that the protesters were going to use to douse themselves to help them fight off tear gas.  Law enforcement later said that there were flammable agents included in the stash of milk that they were really after. Got it.

    The Trump folks designating ANTIFA a terrorist group or something like that and Commentary wondering who in the heck is ANTIFA any how?

    The Trump folks who are hiding in their offices and not venturing out much saying ANTIFA and leftist groups are behind the violence by the protesters.  Local authorities who are in the mix of things saying otherwise and that white supremacists are involved in some.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden wearing a mask venturing out in Wilmington, Delaware and mingling with some protesters.

    Trump’s National Security Advisor saying there wasn’t systemic racism in law enforcement, just a few bad apples.

    Someone tweeting that police officers need to start wearing Barney Fife gear instead of special forces gear.  I agree.

    My Beatles lyrics wall calendar for June is “Good Day Sunshine” with this:

    Good day sunshine
    I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
    I’ve got something I can laugh about
    I feel good, in a special way
    I’m in love an’ it’s a sunny day

    My other Beatles wall calendar is a photo of the four lads from November of 1963 holding vinyl copies of “Please Please Me” and “Twist and Shout.”

    The players put forward a proposal to MLB.  I will leave it at that for now.

  • AA VP
    May 29, 2020

    Commentary wants former Vice President Joe Biden to pick U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. During this pandemic it makes perfect sense and sends a powerful message.  The African American community is being disproportionately targeted by COVID-19.  We also see what is happening in Minnesota.  We need an African American female on the ticket. It is the right and best thing to do.

    Minnesota is having a bad week.  An African American male was killed by a Minneapolis police officer Monday evening and the whole world has watched the murder.  The police officer was fired but has not been arrested.  Parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul have been looted and burned down.  Then this morning, an African American male CNN journalist and his crew were arrested on live TV for doing their job.  Way to go, Minnesota.

    The CNN crew was later released, and the Minnesota Governor apologized.

    A white CNN reporter was nearby and wasn’t arrested.

    Nobody needs to explain to Commentary why there is unrest.

    Commentary is thinking that U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota just officially saw her hopes of joining the ticket get flushed down the toilet.

    Meanwhile, Twitter called out another Donald Trump tweet this morning and Trump’s folks are starting an all-out war with Twitter.  Good. Maybe, Twitter is setting Trump up to kick him off their platform.

    Meanwhile, Trump’s punkarse, Ted Cruz, wants Twitter investigated.  Somebody needs to investigate why Cruz is Trump’s lapdog after Trump insinuated that Cruz’s wife was ugly and Cruz’s father was in on the JFK assassination.

    In the continuing saga of voting in person is hazardous to your health, Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that he will extend the Early Voting in Person period for the November General Election.  In other words, the State of Texas has no problem if you are under the age of 65 and apply for a mail ballot.  Gov. Abbott just doesn’t want to tell us directly because he is scared Trump will call him out.

    Gov. Abbott also said that fans could now attend pro sporting events that are held outdoors at 25% capacity and six feet apart.  Think about this for a second.  Even if you have 25% capacity at six feet apart at The Yard in the summer with the roof open – duh, the sweat factor in H-Town’s heat.  I really don’t believe they think these things through.

    What a crazy Friday!

    Have a safe weekend and wear a mask if you are out and about.

  • 100,000
    May 28, 2020

    100,000 COVID-19 USA deaths and growing daily.

    We have no idea when this will end.

    The public health experts are advising us to wear masks.

    The Texas Supreme Court has a virtual hearing on mail ballots because they are afraid of COVID-19.

    Fu_k them! Vote by mail.

    Commentary will say it again.  Here is how to do it.  Let’s go back to the Texas Secretary of State’s April 2 Election Advisory on COVID-19:

    Upon reviewing the Advisory, State Rep. (Anna) Eastman directed me to work with the Harris County Clerk’s election officials to develop a vote by mail application to send to all voters based on the Secretary of State’s Advisory. After a few drafts and revisions, that the Secretary of State’s office saw and reviewed, we came up with one that they said, “looks fine to us.”  The last thing we wanted to do was make an investment in an application that would subsequently be rejected by the Harris County Clerk’s and the Secretary of State’s elections folks.

    Rep. Eastman’s application included the exact same language on disability from the Secretary of State’s Advisory.

    Here is the language again:

    One of the grounds for voting by mail is disability. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.” (Sec. 82.002). Voters who meet this definition and wish to vote a ballot by mail must submit an application for ballot by mail.

    Commentary has posted recently on my Commentary the Rep. Eastman campaign application for folks to see.

    Let me repeat.  The Chief Election Officer of the State of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State said Rep. Eastman’s Vote by Mail application “looks fine to us.”

    The Rep. Eastman campaign did it the right way.

    Here is from the Statesman on the Supreme Court hearing yesterday:

    The court, however, rejected Paxton’s request to order county election clerks to reject applications for mail-in ballots from voters who fear exposure to the coronavirus.

    County officials lack the authority to question or investigate claims of disability, Hecht noted, adding that clerks are expected to faithfully convey the ruling’s outcome to voters.

    “The Clerks have assured us that they will fully discharge their duty to follow the law. We are confident that they will follow the guidance we have provided here,” Hecht wrote. “Accordingly, we conclude that (ordering) them to do so is unwarranted.”

    From Trib on the hearing:

    Although the court sided with Paxton’s interpretation of what constitutes a disability, it indicated that it is up to voters to assess their own health and determine if they meet the state’s definition.

    “We agree, of course, that a voter can take into consideration aspects of his health and his health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability,” the court ruled.

    The high court also rejected Paxton’s request to prevent local election officials from sending mail-in ballots to voters who were citing lack of immunity to the coronavirus as a disability. Those officials denied they were operating outside the law and argued they cannot deny ballots to voters who cite a disability — even if their reasoning is tied to susceptibility to the coronavirus.

    When voters cite disability to request an absentee ballot, they’re not required to say what the disability is. The voters simply check a box on the application form, and if their application is properly filled out, locals officials are supposed to send them a ballot. The state ultimately conceded that officials can’t reject those voters.

    And from Kuffer on the hearing:

    Now for that caveat. The Supreme Court has made it clear what the law is, and what is – or, more to the point, is not – a disability. Your county clerk will send you a mail ballot if you ask for one, but Ken Paxton could have you arrested, or some wingnut activist like Alan Vara could file a complaint against you, if you request one because of COVID concerns. I think the risk of the former is small unless you make yourself a target, but the latter is non-trivial since who gets a mail ballot is a matter of public record. That doesn’t mean that your local DA will agree to press charges, or that they would be able to get a conviction, but who wants to deal with that? We know how vindictive the legal system can be to people charged with violations of the electoral code, especially to voters of color. I’m planning to vote in person regardless, but if I had been thinking about applying for a mail ballot, this would definitely make me reconsider. You have to decide for yourself what your risk of exposure is.

    Here is all of today’s Kuffer that has nothing but good takes today: http://www.offthekuff.com/wp/.

    It is all about today’s Chron front page headline: 100,000.

    It is a fu_king pandemic.

    Go to Harrisvotes.com and fill out a mail ballot application, check the Disability, annual, and Democratic Primary boxes, sign it, stick it in an envelope, slap a stamp on it and mail it. It is a lot safer.

    We need to encourage folks to vote by mail.  Get a lot of folks to do it and when it is all said and done, folks will see that it is not a big deal.

    63 years ago today, MLB’s National League owners gave permission to the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    The MLB owners and MLB players can’t agree to terms on compensation for a short season if we have a season at all.  If this dispute heats up and forces fans to pick a side, you know it is going to be players.  They never have owner bobblehead day.

  • State of Texas to Voters: Vote by Mail
    May 27, 2020

    Here is what is on the Texas Secretary of State’s main webpage:

    COVID-19 – As recommended precautions continue to increase for COVID-19, the James E. Rudder Building will be closed to visitors and customers beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Office of the Secretary of State is committed to continuing to provide services to ensure business and public filings remain available 24/7 through our online business service, SOSDirect or use the new SOSUpload. Thank you in advance for your patience during this difficult time. Information on Testing Sites is now available.

    Here is what is on the Harris County Clerk’s webpage:

    Harris County Clerk offices remain closed to the public until further notice. Employees will continue serving the public by email and phone, but residents are reminded that they can access most services online.

    If you want to visit the elections folks, you have to call and make an appointment.

    Let that sink in for a minute.  These are the folks that are in charge of the elections in Texas and in Harris County and for the most part they are closed to the public – thanks to COVID-19.

    It is pretty clear to Commentary and it should be pretty clear to you that despite what Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is saying, the folks in charge of running the elections would not have a problem with those under 65 years of age applying to vote by mail using the Disability excuse because they don’t want to risk exposure.

    Think about it.  Do we need to be discussing health protocols for voters in an eight-page document that was put out yesterday by Texas’ Chief Election Officer? The Texas Secretary of State put out a “Health Protocols for Voters” and here are parts:

    Voters should consider bringing their own marking instruments such as a pen, pencil with eraser, or stylus to use when checking-in to vote and for marking their ballot. Voters should contact their county election office to determine what type of marking devices are appropriate to use for the ballots in their county.

    Voters should bring their own hand sanitizer into the polling location and should use hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands after leaving the polling location.

    Here is the scariest one:

    If the election judge is not able to determine the identity of a voter wearing a face covering, the voter should be prepared to lower or remove their face covering when checking-in at a polling place.

    Here are the entire protocols: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/health-protocols-for-voters.pdf.

    You don’t want to tell the election judges to fu_k themselves if they ask you to remove your mask.  Vote by mail.

    Think about it.  You are asked to bring your own pen to sign in, hand sanitizer and you might have to remove your face mask. Why? Because voting is risky.  You could get real sick and it is a serious health concern.  Voting in Person, it turns out, is hazardous to your health.  Think about that?

    Read between the lines, please.  The Texas Secretary of State wants you to go look at her April 2, 2020 Election Advisory on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Voting and Election Procedures.

    Here is the first line of the advisory:

    The purpose of this advisory is to assist election officials in facilitating voting for individuals that may be affected by COVID-19, and in preparing for the conduct of elections in the context of this public health issue.

    On page two of the Advisory, Voting by Mail was addressed, and the four excuses were listed but only the disability excuse was addressed with this:

    One of the grounds for voting by mail is disability. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.” (Sec. 82.002). Voters who meet this definition and wish to vote a ballot by mail must submit an application for ballot by mail.

    Look.  This isn’t a Democratic Party Primary thing.  The Secretary of State is also talking to GOP voters who still have key runoffs in some parts of the state.

    The Secretary of State and the Harris County Clerk, the folks who are in charge of elections, want us to pursue the Vote by Mail option.  They just don’t want to say it outright.

    Go to Harrisvotes.com and fill out a mail ballot application, sign it, stick it in an envelope, slap a stamp on it and mail it. It is a lot safer.

    State Rep. Anna Eastman demonstrated outstanding leadership by sending HD 148 Dem voters a mail ballot application.

    We need to encourage folks to vote by mail.  Get a lot of folks to do it and when it is all said and done, folks will see that it is not a big deal.

    Royko responded to my take yesterday on H-Town not being interested in a GOP National Convention in three months.  Here is Royko:

    I disagree.

    Houston would benefit having the Republican National Convention at the GRB.

    The Mayor would love the extra hotel and sales tax revenue, and this type of windfall economic activity would help the airports, car rental companies, restaurants, and all sorts of small businesses. The local Pravda and TV stations will get additional advertising revenue. Even those businesses owned by zealot Democrats.

    This would make a great turn-around story. Exactly 3 years after the Hurricane Harvey destruction, and trying to recover from the economic shut-down, Houston would be host to both the Republican State Convention (July) and the Republican National Convention, bringing world-wide attention to Houston. Just think, more riders for the 3rd-world-class METRORail.

    I can think of no better optics than Texas Governor Abbott welcoming the President to Houston at Ellington Field (now a Space Port).

    It is not the kind of worldwide attention H-Town needs right now.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Donald Trump was an “absolute fool.”  Good.

    Last night was Dollar Dog Night.