Archive for June 23rd, 2017

Lies on Page 7

It has been kind of a busy and hectic week for me.  I didn’t remember until late yesterday evening that I forgot about Marisol’s birthday.  So here goes.   Happy belated Birthday, Marisol Valero!

You know we have ALL accepted the fact that Donald Trump is a pathological liar when his lie about the Jim Comey tapes are on page 7 of today’s Chron.   Liar-in-chief so to speak.   If anyone tries to defend him, shut the f— up.

Just saying from today’s The Hill:

Boeing Co. said Thursday it will lay off fewer than 200 workers at its 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston, S.C., a plant that President Trump visited earlier this year where he promoted his “Buy America” pledge.

Oh, well.

The ‘Stros are 50-24. In 1998, the ‘Stros had their best season ever by going 102-60. In 1998, what was our record after 74 games?

It all adds up. Remember when a lawyer group cancelled their annual convention in Texas a few weeks ago in protest of SB 4. Now check this out from the Trib:

Saying that a new Texas law allowing child welfare providers to deny adoptions to parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” is discriminatory, California’s attorney general on Thursday banned state-funded travel to Texas. 

The attorney general’s office said in a news release that Texas’ House Bill 3859 “allows foster care agencies to discriminate against children in foster care and potentially disqualify LGBT families from the state’s foster and adoption system.” Therefore, California agencies, public universities and boards won’t be able to pay for their employees or board members to travel to Texas for work-related trips, the state’s attorney general declared. 

“While the California DOJ works to protect the rights of all our people, discriminatory laws in any part of our country send all of us several steps back,” said Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general. “That’s why when California said we would not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ members of our community, we meant it.”

The decision drew a mocking response from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who signed the bill into law this month. 

“California may be able to stop their state employees,” said Abbott spokesman John Wittman, “but they can’t stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/22/citing-religious-refusal-adoption-rule-california-bans-state-travel-te/.

I don’t think so.  Abbott doesn’t have to rely on tourism to make a living like others do.  What a tool.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this yesterday:

“I think I’m worth the trouble, quite frankly.”

She probably thought the song was about her.

It reminded me of “Ya Got Trouble” from “The Music Man” here:

Trouble, oh we got trouble,

Right here in River City!

With a capital “T”

That rhymes with “P”

Last night on CNN, Bakari Sellers and Van Jones came out in support of P, err Pelosi.   Commentary was disappointed but I guess they are part of the DC Dem cabal that wants to stay in power, so that’s why I won’t be spending a lot of energy on this but here is a CNN story from yesterday:

CNN)Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out.

New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended. The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies.

In an interview on CNN before the meeting, Rice admitted that the problem facing the party now is that no one has emerged as an alternative.

When pressed to give a name of who might fill that void, Rice said, “I look to a lot of my colleagues now. We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party,” but she pointed out that “we don’t have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that’s the problem.”

“Obviously people are very concerned about where we are and they want to have a conversation about where we need to be,” Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio told reporters about why the group got together. Ryan made it clear after his failed bid to oust Pelosi in the fall that he wasn’t planning to challenge her again and was just supporting the effort.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, another outspoken critic, also attended, according to sources — and some in the group continue to point to the Iraq war veteran as a young member who could be cultivated to run.

Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn’t make any decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.

“I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do,” Vela told CNN. He emphasized that the group “was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint.”

Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, “I have always featured the young 30-somethings … and they are so impressive. So, we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership.”

But she made it clear that while she heard the pushback from the small group, she was looking to the broader caucus to back her up.

“I respect any opinion that my members have but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them.”

Pelosi didn’t give names when she referred to those who want her to step aside, but she called out those chose to go on television to criticize her, saying “have your fun.”

Ryan, who has appeared on multiple networks to complain about the current direction, shot back, “this isn’t fun for any of us.”

Vela said he believes if the party sticks with the Pelosi in the top slot, it will hurt the efforts in the kinds of districts they need to flip to win back control of the House in 2018.

“As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters, those Republican voters who might go our way, not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi,” Vela said.

The group who met Thursday decided to get together again soon, according to attendees.

In 1998, the ‘Stros were 46-28 after 74 games and 4 games up.

We are still 12 ½ games up.

We are at Safeco for the weekend.

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