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Border Stench

The GOP owns the image of the Honduran father and daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande. It is all yours. Haunting.

The NY Times had the image on their front page and in color. The Chron had it on page A10 in black and white. Shame on the Chron!

AC360 last night called it the Rio Bravo River. Slip of the tongue. (Rio Bravo was the flick starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan. Just saying.)

The conditions at the #TrumpConcentrationCamps also belong to the GOP. It is your administration. It is your policies. It is all yours.

Chron columnist Erica Grieder starts off her column today by writing Dems are partly to blame for the border stench. I actually thought it was an April Fool’s Day column. You gotta be kidding, right?

On the local transportation thing that folks were talking about yesterday, it is not good. Commentary can’t remember the last positive thing on transportation that came out of an H-Town City Hall. Same thing for Metro.

Commentary was for light rail and I occasionally use it to go to The Yard or jury duty or something along those lines. When I see it pass by, I don’t see a bunch of riders. I mean, it is OK, but it hasn’t accomplished what it was supposed to do.

I don’t understand the monstrosity called the I-45 widening. How did this happen. Who were the folks who thought this was a good idea?

The best that has happened to local transportation over the last decade has been the traffic apps on your mobile phone gizmo or on your car dashboard. Just saying.

On a related note, yesterday, Harris County Commissioners Court decided to redivy up the funds it gets from Metro for roads and stuff. Up until yesterday, the two GOP Commissioners got more than the two Dem Commissioners. Now the funds are going to be distributed equally. Commissioner Jack Cagle didn’t like losing funds. County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she wanted the amounts allocated by commissioner precinct based on science. I got news for her. It already is. At the beginning of the decade, we went through redistricting and each commissioner precinct more or less had the same amount of folks – ta da! There you have it.  That’s all the science you need.

Commissioners Court said no to DA Kim Ogg’s request for more prosecutors yesterday.

On a related note, this isn’t cool. Blakinger has told her story and how she made it. See this tweet:

Keri Blakinger‏Verified account @keribla 3h3 hours ago

This is pretty astonishing: Weeks after I published a hard-hitting story about the @HarrisCountyDAO, Chief of Staff Vivian King went to commissioners court and essentially told them my reporting can’t be trusted because I did time.

Commissioners Court also voted to oppose the relocation of the Battleship Texas. Good luck with that. The Texas Legislature has made it clear who will decide where the Battleship Texas resides once she is repaired.

We won last night and no MLB question today.

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