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Nobody knew who Sally Yates was yesterday. Today she is a rock star. Once she put out her statement yesterday, Commentary knew she wouldn’t last the evening and I was right.

I have said it before. Donald Trump and his folks are very insecure. Just look at their petty statement on the dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates:

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration”.

Weak? Really? It sounds like Trump himself wrote the statement. These guys are the ones who are weak.

Resist! The Chron E-Board was getting a lot of social media love yesterday on their “Resist” take. Commentary wasn’t surprised at their take. I expected it.

Because you acknowledge your role as “Little Marco”. From TPM:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that his staff was trying to seek additional details about President Trump’s executive order on immigration, but they were told by the State Department that the agency had been ordered not to share information with Congress.

“They’re aren’t a lot of answers as of today. In fact, my staff was told the State Department, as of today, was ordered not to talk to Congress about this issue,” Rubio told reporters Monday evening. “I don’t know the reason. Maybe, perhaps, they’re still kind of working through how this is going to apply, so perhaps they don’t want to give us information that is wrong.”

Once again, you are “Little Marco”. You will always be “Little Marco”.

There are a lot of folks unhappy with the Muslim Ban. Here in the USA oil and gas folks, academia, and the medical community just to name a few. Now CNN has a story about folks in the UK not being happy with the Queen’s invitation to Trump. Check this:

London (CNN)Members of the UK parliament are to hold a debate on President Donald Trump’s controversial state visit.

The debate, which will be held in the House of Commons on February 20, comes after a petition calling for the invite to be scrapped attracted over 1.6 million signatures.

A counter petition, supporting Trump’s visit, will also be discussed, after it gathered the support of more than the required 100,000 signatures required to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Protests took place across the UK Monday with thousands turning out to protest against Trump’s potential visit in which he would be expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

This is really going to get under Trump’s thin skin.

I don’t know what to say about Tamron Hall’s piece today on “Chicago”. I guess wow will do.

Tags co-wrote the following:

ST. LOUIS — The Astros have been awarded the Cardinals’ first two picks in this year’s Draft as a result of the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database by a former baseball operations employee of the Cardinals, Christopher Correa. Commissioner Rob Manfred made the ruling on Monday.

In a statement, Manfred stated that Major League Baseball’s investigation found no evidence that anyone besides Correa was responsible for accessing the Astros’ information. However, Manfred did hold the Cardinals liable for Correa being in position to use the information in a way that would benefit the organization and levied multiple punishments, commensurate with the vital nature of proprietary information for all 30 clubs.

Houston will receive the Cardinals’ top two Draft selections — Nos. 56 and 75 — in 2017, which is the most severe penalty of its kind imposed on an organization. The Commissioner’s decision to have the Cardinals pay reparations to the Astros was because he determined that Houston suffered material harm as a result of Correa’s actions.

The Cardinals are also required to pay $2 million to the Astros within the next 30 days. The amount is substantially higher than the damage calculation relied on by the federal government in its case against Correa, who is serving a 46-month prison sentence for unlawfully accessing another company’s information. As part of Manfred’s ruling, Correa was placed on MLB’s permanently ineligible list.

No MLB question today.

Commentary and former H-Town District I Council Member James Rodriguez will be heading to the Houston Super Bowl Media Party as VIPs tonight at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – cool. Will you be there?

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The Muslim Ban

This tweet from this weekend.

Fox News ‏@FoxNews 16m16 minutes ago

VA Gov. @TerryMcAuliffe Fires Back at @POTUS Order: ‘This Is Not the USA We Know’

But this is the USA we just voted for.

This is what he was talking about when he announced his Muslim ban in December of 2015. It played to the GOP base and got him the nomination. He was willing to say stuff his GOP competitors wouldn’t. He rolled it back some during the general and now he has seven countries on his list – a phase in of sorts.

I was not surprised that he did it. Not one bit.

You know it is a bad idea when now one of the authors of the executive order is now backing off. I am talking about Cong. Michael McCaul of Austin. Here is this tidbit from the Trib:

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a close but unofficial adviser to the president, told Fox News late Saturday that U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin was an integral player in pulling the policy together.

A spokeswoman for McCaul clarified the Texas Republican’s role: “Chairman McCaul and Giuliani wrote a white paper on extreme vetting for then-candidate Trump. It did not include a Muslim ban.” 

Sure.

Here is how today’s Chron E-Board take starts:

Where else could Lady Liberty be but in New York Harbor, gateway to a vibrant nation of exiles and refugees? She has held high her beacon of light, hope and new beginnings since 1886.

And now, her light has been extinguished, the ideals engraved on her pedestal defaced into mockingly ironic graffiti. With one cruel and ill-conceived executive order, this nation has entered a disorienting dusk.

And this is how it ends:

We must resist. In the courts, in the streets, through phone calls and emails to our elected representatives, we must speak out on behalf of sacred American values. We must stand tall against this move by the president. As tall as that majestic lady who lifts her lamp “beside the golden door.”

Here is the entire take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Resist-now-10892771.php.

And don’t forge the cherry on top.  We now have a white supremacist on the National Security Council.

Nine weeks from today, the ‘Stros host the Mariners on Opening Day. The Mariners announced that Felix Hernandez would be their Opening Day starting pitcher. How many times has King Felix won the AL Cy Young Award?

Commentary was happy when the “Today” show was just two hours. Then it went to three that sometimes I will leave on. Then it went to four that I rarely have on. Now it looks like they are doing away with the third hour and replacing it with a Megyn Kelly program. Here is this from msn.com:

There’s going to be some big changes on the Today show with Megyn Kelly’s arrival to NBC.

Sources at NBC tell ET that Kelly’s new daytime show will take over either Today’s 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. hour, and that the NBC morning show is getting rid of Al Roker and Tamron Hall’s “Today’s Take” hour — which currently airs at 9 a.m. — in the process. Sources say Kelly’s timeslot is still being decided, and that her show will likely start in the fall.

“She will either take over the 9 a.m. hour or the 10 a.m. hour,” one source tells ET. “If it ends up being the 10 a.m. hour, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will move to 9 a.m.”

However, 62-year-old Roker and 46-year-old Hall are not leaving the Today show or NBC. A second source with knowledge of the situation echoes that despite rumors, Hall is “expected to stay at the network and with the Today show family.”

“She will still fill in on the Today show at times when Savannah [Guthrie] is off,” the source says. “She will also continue her daily show on MSNBC.”

The network has made no official comments on the changes.

Interestingly enough, “Today’s Take” was previously fronted by Billy Bush, before he was let go after his infamous Donald Trump controversy.

An NBC source previously told ET that Kelly’s new show “will not fall under the Today banner, but instead be Kelly-branded.”

So they are taking away co-hosting assignments from two popular African Americans and giving the hour to an Anglo woman who has been on Fox News. I don’t know about that. I hope this move isn’t related to the election results. Just saying.

The question for me is, do I change the channel when hour three comes on?

King Felix won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010 and was the runner-up in 2009 and 2014 of course.

I can’t decide if I want to head Downtown this week to see the Super Bowl stuff. I think they are doing something at The Yard.

 

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I am not surprised that the Donald Trump folks have become so anti-Mexico. Trump started his campaign demonizing Mexicans. Now he has a senior advisor from wacko land commenting on Mexico. Here is from Politico:

The Mexican government opposes a border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico because it does not want to stop the northward flow of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants across the border, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday.

“Well they don’t want it, Gayle, because they want to continue to allow people and I assume drugs, since they’re not doing much to stop that, pouring over our borders,” Conway told “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, who had asked her why Mexico should pay for a wall it does not want. “We have to look at America. Mexico should pay for that wall because they get an awful lot from this country through NAFTA and through other monetary disbursements.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-mexico-border-wall-drugs-kellyanne-conway-234258.

Can you believe the dumbarse stuff that drooled out of her mouth?

Do they not understand the significance of our relationship with Mexico?

And then this tweet from yesterday:

Fox News ‏@FoxNews 48m48 minutes ago

.@POTUS: “The wall is necessary… because people want protection and a wall protects. All you have to do is ask Israel.” #Hannity

Equating Mexico to the Middle East? Idiots!

It is pretty obvious that Donald Trump’s folks are lacking in diplomacy and foreign policy skills. They pretty much botched the meeting with Mexico’s president. Putting out the executive order on the wall a week before the meeting was stupid. If they did it intentionally, which is a possibility with this bunch, it is doubly stupid. They are our next door southern neighbors. They are our third largest trading partner. We work closely with them on taking on the drug cartels. Why would we want to pull a fast one on them?

I am reminded by that scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, where Butch and Sundance are in South America and working as payroll guards.   They are riding with Strother Martin’s Percy Garris character. Here is from the script:

Butch Cassidy: [interrupting] I think they’re in the trees up ahead.

Sundance Kid: In the bushes on the left.

Butch Cassidy: I’m telling you they’re in the trees up ahead.

Sundance Kid: You take the trees, I’ll take the bushes.

Percy Garris: Will you two beginners cut it out.

Butch Cassidy: Well, we’re just trying to spot an ambush, Mr. Garris.

Percy Garris: Morons. I’ve got morons on my team. Nobody is going to rob us going down the mountain. We have got no money going down the mountain. When we have got the money, on the way back, then you can sweat.

You get the money from Mexicans, not from us.

That 20% tax in Mexico imports – a lot if it would be coming out of our pockets. No doubt, it will hurt Mexicans because less goods from Mexico will be bought. You want Mexico to pay for, you have to figure out how to pick their pockets and not ours – morons.

It is obvious they are lacking folks with backgrounds in international trade.

Then this tweet:

Lindsey Graham ‏@LindseyGrahamSC 8m8 minutes ago

Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad. (2)

Again, another statement from my friend:

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2017                                                                    More Information: 323-332-6160

Statement of WCVI President Antonio Gonzalez on President Pena Nieto’s Cancellation of Talks with US

WCVI agrees with Mexican President Pena Nieto’s decision to cancel his trip to Washington, DC. Mr. Trump’s executive decisions to build a Border Wall on the US-Mexican border and accelerate deportations of undocumented persons (80% of whom are Mexican) coupled with his threats to leave NAFTA, heavily tax remittances to and imports from Mexico, and demands that Mexico pay for the Border Wall amount to a declaration of cold war against Mexico.

Given these circumstances President Pena Nieto had good reason to cancel the meeting with President Trump as it would likely have resulted in public humiliation of Mexico.

President Trump should study well the following:

  • Mexico along with Canada are the US’s most important trade partners. US-Mexico trade for example amounts to more than $500 billion per year. Mexicans in the US provide $25 billion annually in remittances to their families in Mexico -larger than any other Mexican GDP item except oil. 80% of Mexican exports go to the US market and 50% of Mexican imports come from the US producers.
  • More than 35 million Mexican-origin persons reside in the US, the vast-majority being US citizens. The US southwest (taken from Mexico thru two wars in 1835-36 and 1846-48) contain about 80% of Mexican-origin persons, again the vast-majority being US citizens. Mexican-origin persons in the US contribute at least $1.5 trillion to the annual US GDP.

WCVI calls on President Trump to stop his cold war against Mexico and Mexicans. Instead of hostility Mr. Trump should recognize the invaluable contributions of US-Mexico trade and Mexican-origin persons to growth and prosperity on both sides of the border. Binational issues and problems should be addressed in a mutually respectful and cooperative manner.

I am not in the mood for the MLB question today.

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Are We?

Now this is interesting. Is it necessary? Should we?  Does it hurt us?

See these tweets from earlier today:

ANTONIO ARELLANO ‏@AntonioArellano 4h4 hours ago

If Houston officials continue to refuse to call Houston a #SanctuaryCity — Activists should shut down access to the #SuperBowl #HeretoStay

 

ANTONIO ARELLANO ‏@AntonioArellano 3h3 hours ago

.@HoustonTX refuses to identify as a #SanctuaryCity. While over half a million #immigrants live in fear the city focuses on #HouSuperBowl

 

ANTONIO ARELLANO ‏@AntonioArellano 4h4 hours ago

Houston’s elected officials are more concerned w/ pleasing Trump & Abbott than their own constituents—BIG MISTAKE! #HeretoStay #NoBanNoWall

 

I wonder if there will be a push on this in days or weeks to come? Stay tuned!

It is ludicrous to think Dems should be working with the Trump administration. Not the way they are acting. And telling lies. And telling lies.

Trump disrespects Mexico. There is no reason to work with him. We need to be working against him.

Here is from a Politico piece:

What began as a high-minded discussion about how to position the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump appears to be nearing its conclusion. The bulk of the party has settled on a scorched-earth, not-now-not-ever model of opposition.

And:

“They were entitled to a grace period, but it was midnight the night of the inauguration to 8 o’clock the next morning, when the administration sent out people to lie about numerous significant things. And the damage to the credibility of the presidency has already been profound,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “They were entitled to a grace period and they blew it. It’s been worse than I could have imagined, the first few days.”

Here is the entire Politico piece: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/democrats-trump-strategy-234206.

It was yesterday that the Mexican president said he was thinking about cancelling the meeting with Trump next week. I guess Trump heard about it so now this came out this morning:

President Donald Trump said Thursday that if Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is steadfast in his promise that his nation won’t pay for a wall along America’s southern border, “then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting” between the two leaders.

The warning, posted by Trump on Twitter Thursday morning, comes as tensions between the U.S. and its southern neighbor grow even more strained beneath the weight of the president’s campaign promises to get tough with Mexico on trade and immigration.

Here is the entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-mexico-border-wall-warning-234211.

We should not have this type of relationship with Mexico. It is pretty clear Trump has no idea about the importance of having a respectful relationship with Mexico. This is shameful.

Here is what my friend Antonio Gonzalez put out yesterday:

Statement of WCVI President Antonio Gonzalez on Border Wall, Sanctuary Cities

WCVI is opposed to today’s Executive order to begin construction of a US-Mexico Border Wall  -demanding Mexico pay for it. 

The southern border with Mexico has experienced near zero or zero net migration since 2007, thus there is no rational basis for a border wall. Doing so will waste tens of billions of tax dollars while doing little to enhance border security which is effective today due to a budget of billions for hundreds of miles of fencing, 20,000 border guards, radar, and drones. 

Instead a 2,000-border wall will harm the bi-national border economy and environment and increase human rights violations. It will become a symbol (like the Berlin and Jerusalem Walls) of proxy wars, hatred, and failures of leadership.

Needless to say Mexico should not concede to these aggressions. 

WCVI also opposes the Executive Order federally defunding sanctuary cities. These cities only acted to protect and include their immigrant populations because of decades of Congressional failure to fix America’s broken immigration laws. Sanctuary cities should be applauded not penalized.

Taken together with his declared intention to renegotiate NAFTA, initiate a trade tax and accelerate deportations, Mr. Trump’s actions comprise a declaration of cold war against Mexico and immigrants. Congress and all Americans of good faith must resist Mr. Trump’s cold war. 

WCVI calls on all US Latino elected officials and organizations and their allies to continue their protests and legal/legislative actions in opposition to Mr. Trump’s attacks. 

We must make Mr. Trump and his supporters understand that demagogic words and actions come at political, economic and ultimately electoral cost.    

We must make Mr. Trump and his supporters understand that xenophobia and protectionism are historically failed ideologies and policies.

We must make Mr. Trump and his supporters understand that inclusion (not exclusion) is the only viable and humane way to resolve these issues in US-Mexican relations and immigration reform.

Shameful, shameful, shameful!

There is no MLB question today.

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Foolishness

Who struck out more times in their career, Craig Biggio or Jeff Bagwell?

I saw this on the Austin newspaper website this morning:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, said he and other lawmakers will seek new laws that would remove Texas sheriffs from office if they do not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials over the handling of individuals who are thought to be undocumented immigrants.

Abbott has previously said he will strip state grant funding from Travis County if new Sheriff Sally Hernandez does not change her recently announced policy. But in the interview, he went further, saying “We will remove her from office.”

Such foolishness! Why didn’t you run for sheriff? The locals have decided.

Speaking of foolishness. This from AP on the 3 million illegal votes:

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the president “does believe” that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton only because of widespread illegal ballots.

“He believes what he believes, based on the information he was provided,” Spicer said. But he would not detail what information he was referring to, citing only a 2008 study that called for updating voter rolls but did not conclude there has been pervasive election fraud.

Spicer, who spent several years at the Republican National Committee before joining the White House, would not say whether he shared the president’s belief. He also sidestepped questions about whether the White House would investigate the voter fraud allegations, saying only, “Anything is possible.”

Trump first raised the prospect of illegal voting during the transition.

We were reminded yesterday what Trump’s lawyers had said earlier that there were no illegal voters. See this:

Zeddy Retweeted

Glenn Kessler ‏@GlennKesslerWP 11m11 minutes ago

Trump legal filing in Mich. recount: “All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.”

This morning, Trump tweeted the following:

Donald J. TrumpVerified account ‏@realDonaldTrump 3h3 hours ago

 will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….

And this:

 Patrick SvitekVerified account ‏@PatrickSvitek 1h1 hour ago

@GregAbbott_TX on @FoxNews: “Voter fraud is real. It must be stopped. We must use every tool to go after it.”

If you ask Commentary, Trump and Abbott are about as credible as Inspector Jacques Clouseau.   Such foolishness.

Have they been cutting this fella some slack? I didn’t know about this. Check this headline from thewrap.com:

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Star Constance Wu Bashes Casey Affleck Oscar Nom After Sexual Harassment Claims

Here is part of the story:

Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination Tuesday morning is not sitting well with “Fresh Off the Boat” actress Constance Wu.Affleck was nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in “Manchester by the Sea,” despite being plagued by reports that recently resurfaced stemming from allegations of sexual harassment in 2010.The cases were ultimately settled out of court.

“Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR!” she tweeted. “Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity, human integrity! Bc poor kid rly needs the help!”

In one case, Affleck was accused of calling women “cows” and ordering a crew member to expose himself as a joke. In the other, “I’m Still Here” cinematographer Magdelena Gorka said Affleck joked that she should have sex with a camera assistant, and that she once woke up in bed with Affleck to find him wearing a T-shirt and underwear, stroking her back. The actor vehemently denied all of the accusations and counter-sued.

For several months, select media outlets have asked why so little attention has been paid to the matter, noting that Affleck has received friendly profiles, but that Nate Parker’s Oscar chances for “Birth of a Nation” were badly wounded by heavy coverage of a rape case in which he was acquitted in 2001.

 

Here is the entire story: http://www.thewrap.com/constance-wu-bashes-casey-afflecks-oscar-nomination-good-acting-performance-matters-more-than-humanity/.

Craig Biggio struck out 1,753 times to Jeff Bagwell’s 1,558 of course. Biggio also had over 3,000 more at-bats though.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today.

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Donald Trump just rewarded his Campaign Get-Out-The-Vote Director. FBI Director James Comey gets to keep his gig.

It has been a tough year for Sen. Marco Rubio. Shred by shred, bit by bit, Trump has stripped him of his dignity in full view of all of us. Brutal. Rubio was talking tough days ago on the Rex Tillerson nomination, not so anymore. He will never recover his dignity. Gone forever, Little Marco.

This is a good tweet for sure that came out today:

ANTONIO ARELLANO ‏@AntonioArellano 1h1 hour ago

Undocumented immigrants are the most loyal workers in the US economy. They build the homes of those who offend, attack, and dehumanize them.

They sure do.

Jeff Bagwell struck out 1,558 times in his career. Does that put him in the top 50 in career all-time strikeouts in MLB history?

Lies, lies, and more lies. I think I saw some place where folks are starting a petition asking the networks not to have Kellyanne Conway on their shows because she is an alternative fact person, err liar. Now we got this yesterday:

Days after being sworn in, President Donald Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes, according to people familiar with the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, even while he clinched the presidency with an electoral college victory.

Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the top of the gathering with Republican and Democratic lawmakers rehashing the campaign. Trump also told them that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.

Now that is what I call insecurity.

Hey, dude! Your side didn’t win in Travis County. From the Chron:

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott threatened Monday to cut law enforcement funding from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office after its sheriff said she would no longer detain all immigrants who are otherwise free to go simply so that federal authorities can deport them.

The showdown is likely to spur action by the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a tougher state law to prohibit, even harshly penalize, so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, an issue that was already a priority in the state Senate.

A similar battle is expected to play out across the nation in the coming months, as President Donald Trump made it a campaign promise to strip federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions in the first 100 days of his presidency. Experts say it’s certain to spark legal challenges over states’ rights and the federal government’s responsibility for immigration.

In a video released Friday, newly-elected Sheriff Sally Hernandez, a Democrat, said that beginning Feb. 1, her office will only honor federal requests to hold suspects booked into jail on charges of capital murder, aggravated sexual assault or human smuggling. It’s the first jurisdiction in Texas to refuse to comply with certain detainers. Though Dallas also has modified its policy, it’s never declined such a request.

“The public must be confident that local law enforcement is focused on local public safety, not on federal immigration enforcement,” Hernandez said in the online video, adding that she won’t set “unwise public safety priorities simply to ease the burden of the federal government.”

Abbott, in a letter to Hernandez on Monday, called her policy “reckless,” noting that Travis County received nearly $1.8 million in federal grants through his office last year.

“The ICE detainer program plays an integral role in ensuring that dangerous criminal aliens do not end up back on our streets,” he wrote. “Unless you reverse your policy prior to its effective date, your unilateral decision will cost the people of Travis County money that was meant to be used to protect them.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Abbott-Travis-County-sheriff-at-odds-over-10878165.php.

Here is from Stace:

Locally, activists await action from new Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Gonzalez promised to rid the department of 287g, an immigrant removal program which provides grant money to the department. Since taking office, he hasn’t mentioned anything about that promise, and already there is the start of a movement requesting action from him and Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Here is all of Stace:

https://doscentavos.net/2017/01/24/trump-leaves-daca-alone-for-now/.

Well, Sheriff?

1,558 career strikeout puts Jeff Bagwell at 48th all-time. FYI: Reggie Jackson tops the list with 2,597.

My good friend State Rep. Carol Alvarado was part of the program last night at the Jeff Bagwell Pep Rally at The Yard. Cool!

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#AlternativeFacts

The past three days didn’t surprise me one bit.

Commentary said this about Donald Trump three weeks ago:

Everybody in the world knows he lies all the time, so why not say it. Heck, folks that voted for him knew he lied all the time. That’s his MO – pure and simple, he lies and he knows he lies.   The staff that surround him also know he lies. He wouldn’t be Trump without the lies. Oh, well!

Now the lies are called alternative facts as we learned yesterday. Here is from a CNN story yesterday:

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd pressed Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway about why the White House on Saturday had sent Spicer to the briefing podium for the first time to claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” she said.

Todd responded: “Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods.”

Conway then tried to pivot to policy points. But later in the interview, Todd pressed Conway again on why the White House sent Spicer out to make false claims about crowd size, asking: “What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?”

“Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That’s not your job,” Conway said.

Todd followed up: “Can you please answer the question? Why did he do this? You have not answered it — it’s only one question.”

Conway said: “I’ll answer it this way: Think about what you just said to your viewers. That’s why we feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there.”

Trump himself directed Spicer to go to the White House briefing room to talk about the inauguration crowd size, Conway told CNN’s Athena Jones on Sunday.

All this over crowd size? Commentary has said it before. You can’t ask a 70-year old guy to grow-up.   He is very insecure and childish.   Look what he said Saturday at the CIA in front of the wall honoring fallen CIA officers. Has he no shame?

I was at my parents’ house on Saturday and was watching CNN when they ran the Sean Spicer briefing piece. I wasn’t flabbergasted at all. My initial thought was it looks like Trump and his folks are going to continue to be comfortable making up their own facts to fit their needs. This was kind of confirmed Saturday night when one of the CNN paid GOP talking heads said, who cares, the people believe Trump and not the press.

So folks like Sean Spicer, Conway, Reince Priebus and other spokespersons they trot out are going to be putting out their so called alternative facts. I am just going to wait and see how far this gets them and how long will other GOPers stick with them. After all, how long can America live on alternative facts.

Did any of you ever think you were going to see Trump’s taxes? I didn’t. It is now an official lie. Here is this from the Washington Post:

A senior aide to President Trump said Sunday that he has no plans to release his tax returns, a marked shift from Trump’s pledge during the campaign to make them public once an audit was completed.

“The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns,” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, during an appearance on ABC’S “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We litigated this all through the election.”

“People didn’t care,” Conway added. “They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are — are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like.”

He had a lot of GOPers out there saying we would see his taxes. I wonder what they are thinking on this. Put this on the list of issues to use during the 2018 mid-terms.

The Mexican president will be meeting with Trump. He better be listening to his economy minister, my old pal Idelfonso Guajardo. Here is from The Guardian:

Mexico must be ready to respond immediately with its own tax measures if the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump imposes a border tax, the country’s economy minister has said, warning such protectionism may trigger a global recession.

Trump, who takes office on 20 January, has promised a “major border tax” on companies that shift jobs outside the United States, and such a measure could hobble Mexico’s exports to its top trading partner.

“It is clear we need to be prepared to immediately neutralise the impact of such a measure,” the economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said in an interview on Mexican television.

“And it is very clear how – take a fiscal action that clearly neutralises it,” he said.

Future suddenly uncertain for many Mexican auto workers after week in which sector was thrown into disarray and thousands of jobs were threatened.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Mexico over trade, jobs and immigration since he first launched his run for the White House in 2015, driving the peso currency to historic lows and unnerving investors, especially in the auto sector.

Guajardo said Trump’s proposed tax “was a problem for the entire world” and that it “would have a wave of impacts that could take us into a global recession”.

Nonetheless, the minister said he expected foreign direct investment in Mexico this year to total about $25bn, with investment in the energy and telecommunications sectors expected to more than make up for the loss of a planned $1.6bn Ford Motor Co factory that the company said this month it is cancelling. Trump had strongly criticised the plan, but Ford said its decision was not the result of pressure from Trump.

Guajardo also praised the government of Japan and Toyota Motor Corp for their “reasonable” response to Trump’s threat to impose a significant border tax if the company does not stop making its Corolla model in Mexico for the US market. Toyota said last week the automaker has no immediate plans to curb production in Mexico.

“Toyota has 10 plants in the United States … and employs more than 130,000 Americans. If I were Mr Trump, I’d treat them with more respect,” Guajardo said.

Here is all of The Guardian piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/13/mexico-retaliate-trump-border-tax-minister-ildefonso-guajardo.

The Chron E-Board today takes on Trump for not having a Latino in his Cabinet. Commentary has said it before. This is not an omission or oversight. This is intentional. Over the past ten weeks, someone in his inner circle had to have said “what about a Latino” and the reply was screw Latinos.

Here are parts of the E-Board take:

And most striking of all, it includes not a single Latino.

That’s right. Our nation’s fastest-growing group of citizens, roughly 17 percent of the American people, will not be represented in Trump’s Cabinet.

Leave it to the president who launched his campaign by condemning Mexicans as rapists to form a Cabinet that excludes Hispanics. Every president in the last three decades has given Latinos a seat at that table, but not the Trump administration.

And:

And it’s especially galling given how the president’s spokesman responded when questioned about this lack of diversity. “The number one thing that I think Americans should focus on is, is he hiring the best and the brightest” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

So it would seem the new president doesn’t think any of this nation’s more than 57 million Hispanic citizens are among the nation’s best and brightest. If Trump couldn’t find a single Cabinet nominee among that many people, he wasn’t looking hard enough.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised, given anti-immigrant rhetoric flooding Trump’s campaign. He didn’t need Hispanic votes to win the presidency, so perhaps he thinks he doesn’t need to make any overtures to Hispanic voters.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Bad-signal-10875519.php.

And here is a piece from the Chron today on Latinos who attended the inauguration: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/calle-houston/article/What-are-Latinos-from-Houston-celebrating-at-10872786.php.

My good friend Keir retweeted this last night:

Keir Murray Retweeted

Judd Legum ‏@JuddLegum 3h3 hours ago

Richard Hine‏@richardhine 5h5 hours ago

Trump just literally blew a kiss to James Comey at a WH reception for law enforcement

He ought to be doing more than just blowing him kisses if you know what I mean.

I am skipping the MLB question today in protest of #AlternativeFacts.

This tweet was sent from The Yard last night about an event today that regretfully I can’t attend, but be there!:

 Houston Astros ‏@astros 16m16 minutes ago

Reminder that tomorrow we’ll have a #BagwellHOF Pep Rally at Union Station!  Doors open at 4pm, event begins at 6pm. http://Astros.com/BagwellHOF 

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