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Our Dem Nominee

This is from the end of Lisa Falkenberg’s column or obit today on Guy Clark.

Clark’s death reminds me how we should cherish these artists who sing about stuff that works. Stuff that’s real, that holds you up when you’re about to fall. That’s Guy Clark.

To me, he ain’t going nowhere. He’s just leaving.

This last line is the best. Go read her column and go listen to “Magnolia Wind,” please!

I am waiting for Dems to tell Kim Ogg “way to go!”

Here is from the Houston Press today:

Eight years after 24 Houston police officers first sued HPD and the city for discrimination and retaliation, the case has finally come to a close—ending at the foot of the U.S. Supreme Court door with one of the original plaintiff’s sons.

At a press conference Tuesday, Sgt. Chris Zamora’s attorneys said that the verdict in Chris’s case sheds light on the “code of silence” that exists within the HPD. It’s a culture that punishes officers for speaking up about officers’ wrongdoing, said Chris’s attorney, Kim Ogg, who is also running for Harris County district attorney. And it’s exactly what happened to Chris Zamora eight years ago, she says.

Months after Chris’s father, Manuel Zamora, and 23 others filed their retaliation class-action suit in 2007, alleging that they were denied promotions based on their race, Manuel says that Chris immediately felt the backlash.  Manuel said Chris began facing daily harassment from his supervisors—one of whom was named in the lawsuit—and he was even removed from the department’s Crime Reduction Unit and placed on night-shift patrol. It prompted Chris (who could not comment because he is still working the night shift for HPD) to join his father’s lawsuit in September 2008—which soon amounted to a ten-day suspension, according to court documents.


Ogg and her co-counsel, attorney Randall Kallinen, said that the city’s decision to appeal this case all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court proves just how far it will go to shield itself from liability, in turn perpetuating the “code of silence” that led to retaliation against Chris.

Here is Kim’s quote:

“A government willing to violate its officers’ own civil rights is likely to violate the rights of its own citizens, and we have to stand against that.”

That is a pretty strong statement for sure.

Here is the Houston Press article: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/attorneys-say-hpds-code-of-silence-led-to-retaliation-against-harassed-officer-8409881.

On the same story, here is from the Chron:

“There is no such thing (as a Code of Silence), and the fact Kim Ogg is claiming that just shows … her complete ignorance,” said Houston Police Officers’ Union President Ray Hunt.

Ok, but you know what? Kim Ogg got scoreboard.

She is also our nominee for DA.

Hall of Fame great Reggie Jackson is celebrating his 70th BD today. He only won one AL MVP Award and that was in 1973 with the A’s. He was runner-up in 1980 when he was with the Yankees. Who won the AL MVP Award that year?

There was a good turnout last night for the Hispanic PAC reception. Here is one of the facts that Commentary dropped last night”

Since 2003, there have been 11 different Dems elected to At-Large City Council positions: 6 African Americans, 3 Anglos, 1 from the LGBT community, and 1 from the Asian American community. Zilch from the Latino Dem community.

Now you know.

Let me say this. Everybody knows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is not going to get the nomination. Has anyone bothered to tell Sen. Sanders?

Check this from an AP story:

Jeb Bush shamed Donald Trump on Tuesday over his controversial taco-bowl tweet from early May. 

“What Trump did was so insensitive,” Bush told NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch news agency, in one of his first interviews since leaving the presidential race in February. 

“First, not all Hispanics are Mexican,” he added, according to a translation provided to The Huffington Post. “Secondly, not all Hispanics eat tacos. 

Thirdly, showing your sensitivity by eating an American dish is the most insensitive thing you can do. Fourthly, to say this, next to all things he already said, is a further insult.” 

“It’s like eating a watermelon and saying, ‘I love African-Americans,'” Bush added.

I don’t know about that. I am Latino and I wasn’t insulted or offended. I just thought it was stupid. It just made him look like a dumbarse. Tacos are not watermelons.

In 1980, George Brett won the AL MVP Award of course.

I will certainly take last night’s win. Heck, I will take any win.

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