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DNC Chair

To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a Latino Chair of the Democratic National Committee. If Tom Perez gets elected this weekend, he would be the first. That is a good thing if you ask me.

I saw a story a couple of days ago, about some Cong. Keith Ellison supporters who are going to be upset if Cong. Ellison doesn’t get the Chair position. Check this from HuffPo:

That has some Ellison supporters worried that their chance to reshape the party is in danger of disappearing. In an attempt to head off Perez, some prominent Ellison supporters argue that failing to elect him would squander a major opportunity to energize the progressive grassroots and heal the wounds of the 2016 presidential primary.

“Keith Ellison had incredible support from the quote-unquote establishment side of the party, the progressive side of the party, the grassroots and the elected officials. Nobody was clamoring for another entrance, and yet we got one foisted upon us,” said Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, an organization fighting to expand Social Security benefits.

“If Tom Perez were to win, the message that would send to the grassroots, to labor unions that endorsed Ellison before Tom Perez joined the race, [is] that their voices, their muscle, their enthusiasm and turnout doesn’t matter,” Lawson added.

Ellison backers acknowledge that the liberal protest movement that has taken shape since President Donald Trump’s inauguration ― not the DNC race ― has become the focus of grassroots energy. A loss for Ellison now could limit the party’s ability to tap into that enthusiasm, but it wouldn’t stop the movement.

“If Perez wins, we’re not gonna come out with pitchforks and say, ‘No, no, no,’” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Action, an online progressive heavyweight that has experienced record growth since Trump’s inauguration. “But people are going to roll their eyes and just keeping doing what they do. It’s going to keep the DNC what it is: an irrelevant, old, stale entity that hasn’t been re-serviced since the Howard Dean days.” (Zaheed noted that he spoke to HuffPost in his personal capacity, since Credo isn’t endorsing in the race.)

Here is the entire read on HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keith-ellison-dnc_us_58acc9c5e4b03d80af7075b3.

Ok. So, if the DNC elects its first Latino, this fella is going to get his pitchfork. That’s not a good message to send to a community whose vote is going to be critical next year in the mid-term elections.

I don’t know if this fella knows that there are whole lot of Latino families throughout the USA who are living in fear these days in case he hasn’t noticed. If a Latino emerges this weekend as the leader of the Democratic Party, a fellow Dem waving a pitchfork is sending the wrong message.

Muslims and Latinos are the primary targets of Trump and some of his advisors, err haters.

If Cong. Ellison wins, more power to him and our Party. Having a Muslim as our Chair sends a powerful message.

If Perez wins, more power to him and our Party. Having a Latino as our Chair sends a powerful message.

From the fellow who put together the plan to nail Bin Laden. Here is from the Statesman:

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven on Tuesday night said President Trump’s recent description of the media as “the enemy of the American people” must be challenged and “this sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, is former commander of the Special Operations Command. He made the comment during the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at UT’s Belo Center for New Media. McRaven, who has served as chancellor for two years, is also a UT journalism alumnus. During his lecture, McRaven said the country needs journalists now more than ever before and they must continue to hold others accountable.

From the you better pay your tickets department, here is from the Star Telegram today:

A 25-year-old “Dreamer” was arrested for traffic warrants Tuesday night in Richardson, sparking fears among the immigration-rights community that he would be placed on an ICE detainer.

Edwin Romero was released shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Richardson Jail after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to put a criminal hold on him, a police spokesman said.

An ICE hold, or detainer, refers to an official request from ICE to a local law enforcement agency that ICE be alerted before a person in custody is released so that ICE can then take over custody, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Immigration Council. The detainer is a tool used to identify potentially deportable individuals who are housed in jails or prisons nationwide.

Romero’s friends took to social media to spread word of his arrest as lawyers worked to find more information. Attorneys with RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that assists immigration detainees, activated efforts to help Romero, a University of Texas at Dallas student who works for an animal clinic and volunteers in the community.

After his release, Romero spoke at an emotional news conference in Dallas, saying he was “overwhelmed. I feel so happy.”

“I knew that my community, my friends were going to act. I knew they had my back. I knew they were going to fight for me. But I just didn’t expect the result to be so quick,” he said.

Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said Romero was arrested Tuesday at 10:43 p.m. He was stopped for an expired registration, Perlich said, and police were notified that he had regional warrants for non-moving violations.

At the jail, he was asked if he is a U.S. citizen, Perlich said.

“He’s not a citizen, so ICE was contacted,” Perlich said, adding that initially ICE told Richardson police that a detainer was not necessary, then backtracked and asked for a hold for a civil matter.

“We are not detaining him for a civil matter,” Perlich said.

Like I said, pay your tickets.

On Sheriff Ed Gonzalez saying adios to the ICE program, here is from a Channel 11 story last night:

The head of Harris County’s GOP accused Gonzalez of playing politics.

“The sheriff, unlike prior Democratic and Republican sheriffs who kept the program in place, is discontinuing it for his own radical agenda, endangering the citizens of Houston and Harris County” said Harris GOP Chair Paul Simpson. “It’s an effort to turn Houston into an outlaw city.”

Get serious! You can say a lot of things about Ed Gonzalez, but “radical agenda” is certainly not one of them. Get serious!

The big news in MLB yesterday was the intentional walk. Rather than have the pitcher toss four balls, this season, the skipper is just going to signal to the ump that the intentional walk is on and no balls will be tossed. Barry Bonds leads all batters with getting intentionally walked 688 times in his career. Who is number two behind Bonds and who leads the ‘Stros hitters in career intentional walks.

They have benched Kellyanne Conway and are not letting her go on TV these days. Aww! I like it when she goes on because things blow up around her. You know it is bad when an administration that lies has to bench one of their best liars – got it? Here is from CNN yesterday:

Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration’s official stance, White House sources told CNNMoney on Wednesday.

Conway has not given a television interview since early last week. On that Monday, she claimed that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had the president’s “full confidence.” Hours later, Flynn resigned.

The following day, Conway claimed Flynn had offered to resign, even though White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump had asked Flynn for his resignation.

She has not given a television interview since then.

Those statements, which came amid existing public scrutiny over Conway’s credibility, led the president and his top advisers to conclude that her appearances were doing more harm than good for the administration, the sources said.

Conway was “off message,” a White House source said.

Both Conway and the White House press office did not respond to requests for comment.

Conway’s absence from the airwaves has already lowered the level of controversy for the Trump White House, suggesting that the press office may be getting a better grip on its messaging strategy.

Even before the Flynn remarks, Conway had come under fire for encouraging Americans to purchase Ivanka Trump’s clothing products — a move House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz called “over the line” and “unacceptable.”

“Clearly they’re having much more of a drama-free week,” a source close to the White House said. “Having Kellyanne off television is helping them.”

Conway’s absence is also seen as a victory for White House press secretary Sean Spicer. As CNN reported last week, several sources in and outside the White House believe Conway was responsible for leaking negative stories about Spicer to the press, and making his job harder by contradicting him in interviews.

Days before the Flynn debacle, Conway told CNN that she was planning to scale back her television appearances. “I’m trying to reduce my television exposure,” she said.

In the wake of Conway’s Flynn remarks, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” announced it would no longer interview Conway because she lacked credibility. “She goes out and lies, and you find out about those lies a couple hours later,” co-host Joe Scarborough said. “It’s giving people dishonesty, it’s not worth the interview,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski.

Since last Wednesday, Conway’s media appearances have been limited to radio interviews, including a Tuesday interview with conservative talk shot host Hugh Hewitt.

Sources believe Conway will return to television, but that the administration is enjoying a reprieve from the controversy created by her appearances.

“Trump was using her as an effective surrogate, then she started becoming ineffective,” one of the sources said. “So they’re letting the heat cool off.”

After this story came out, they put her on Fox News last night. I need to check out what kind if lies she told.

Speaking of liars, this fella is a punk. Sean Spicer said yesterday that they have a “phenomenal” relationship with Mexico. Yeah, sure! Here is from the internet:

Asked about the Mexico City visit for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly that kicks off late Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S.-Mexico relationship is “phenomenal.” Further, Spicer said Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who abruptly canceled a visit to Washington last month over Trump’s proposed border wall, would offer the same characterization.

And:

Spicer’s preview of the upcoming meeting differed from that of Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who said Wednesday that his nation will not accept the “unilateral” immigration policies currently being pursued by the Trump administration, according to a report from Reuters. Videgaray also said the Mexican government is willing to seek help from the United Nations in protecting immigrants in the U.S.

“I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other,” the Mexican foreign minister said. “We will not accept it, because there’s no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico.”

What a dumbarse!

Albert Pujols is number 2 behind Barry Bonds with 302 career intentional walks and Jeff Bagwell of course was intentionally walked 155 times in a ‘Stro uniform.

Nothing much from The Yard today.

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