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ICE Trap?

No telling where this Russia and Donald Trump thing is headed but at least it has the GOP on defense.   Good!

I got the following from the GOP yesterday:


Listening Tour.

Di Me (Should be “Dime” – Tell me)

Te Escuchamos Houston! (We listen to you Houston)

Come join The Harris County Republican Party and the Republican Party of Texas as we kick-off a new engagement effort in the State of Texas. Join us for food, fellowship, and conversation at the first stop of our “Listening ‘Di Me” tour across Texas.

The Republican Party wants to know what’s really important to you and is ready to listen!

So, if you’re around Houston, TX, come on out, enjoy some taquitos and let us know what’s most important to you, so you can truly make it Your Party!!  


Wed, February 22, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055


Taquitos?  They must have been out of taco bowls.


I have never seen “Di Me” spelled that way.  I always thought it was “dime”. 


I am thinking this might be one those decoy traps.  Instead of a listening tour, unsuspecting Latinos will walk in and be greeted by ICE agents disguised as GOPers.  Of course, they won’t have to put on a whole lot of disguise gear – ICE agents and GOPers are kind of the same thing, sort of. 


Hard core ‘Stros fans know that Joe Niekro leads all ‘Stros pitchers with 144 career pitching wins in a ‘Stro uniform.  Roy Oswalt is number 2.  How many pitching wins does Roy O have in a ‘Stro uniform?


Lies, lies, and nothing but lies.


Here is from Politico on Kellyanne Conway:


Conway said Monday afternoon on MSNBC that (Michael) Flynn “enjoys the full confidence of the president.” On Tuesday, Conway claimed that her Monday afternoon statement had been true at the time, but that by the end of the evening, Flynn had made the decision to resign all on his own.


Huh!  So Sean Spicer said yesterday that Flynn’s trust factor had been eroding.  Now that was some quick eroding.


Best question of the day yesterday was Matt Lauer to Conway – “are you in the loop?”


And from Politico today:


Kellyanne Conway has an on-air credibility crisis.


On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, co-anchor Mika Brzezinski declared that she “will not interview her.”


“It’s giving people dishonesty, it’s not worth the interview,” she said, as co-host Joe Scarborough added, “She goes out and lies, and you find out about those lies a couple hours later.”


Here is the entire Politico read on Conway: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/kellyanne-conway-tv-media-trump-235022.


So what do you think?  When the Harris County Judge gives his state of the county speech, how much run will he give the Astrodome?   Here is from today’s Chron:


Harris County Judge Ed Emmett voiced concern Tuesday that a bill filed by a veteran state senator jeopardizes the county’s plan to revitalize the Astrodome, adding that county representatives would continue to try to persuade legislators to support the $105 million project.


Emmett said state Sen. John Whitmire’s bill, the Harris County Taxpayer Protection Act, was misleading and that Whitmire’s statements that some Astrodome renovation funds could be spent on Minute Maid Park or the Toyota Center were “demonstrably incorrect.”


“This bill is an example of state government making it more difficult for local government to do its job,” Emmett said.


Whitmire’s bill would require voter approval for a county plan to spend $105 million to raise the floor of the iconic, domed stadium and create 1,400 parking spaces and space for events or festivals.


Here is the entire read:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Lawmaker-s-bill-reopens-debate-over-105M-10932819.php.


I am thinking this Dome issue isn’t going to be solved soon.


Greg Abbott continues to rail against the NFL over the bathroom bill. He talked to Glenn Beck about it yesterday.  Here is from the Trib:


“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott told Beck. “We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”


The old know your place argument.  I think they know their place.  They own like about 21 Sundays of the year. They own about 17 Monday evenings and about 17 Thursday evenings.


You know you are losing the argument on this when you have to play the Colin Kaepernick card.  More from the Trib on this: 


“I cannot name or even count the number of Texans who told me that they were not watching the NFL,” Abbott said. “They were protesting the NFL this year because of the gross political statement allowed to be made by the NFL by allowing these players, who are not oppressed, who are now almost like snowflake little politicians themselves unable to take the United States National Anthem being played.” 


Oh, brother!  Not very many have been successful taking on the NFL.   Given the choice of Lone Star State NFL fans wearing Cowboy or Texan gear on game day or siding with Abbott, advice to Abbott – don’t order a whole lot of take out. 


Here is the entire Trib piece:  https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/14/abbott-blasts-nfl-wading-bathroom-bill-debate/. 


Roy O of course has 143 pitching wins in a ‘Stro uniform.


The ‘Stros announced that Roy O will be a guest instructor during Spring Training. 


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