Archive for January 30th, 2017

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.” 


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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