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Penny Lane

My Beatles t-shirt gear was getting a bit raggedy lately, so I ordered four new t-shirts.  Problem is, nobody that I know can see them because of the social distancing thing.   So, I am tweeting them as I wear them.  Yesterday’s was “Penny Lane.”

These days the talking heads on the news shows are coming to us from their cribs.  Some flat screen watchers have taken to commenting on their backgrounds like bookshelves, photos and stuff.  Yesterday, national security expert Carrie Cordero was on CNN and she had a big photo of an MLB ballpark right behind her on her wall.  Well you know that got my immediate attention.  I pulled up ballpark photos and sure enough it was Nationals Park.  I tweeted it out with Cordero’s handle and she tweeted back at me that it was from Game 3 of last year’s World Series.  How about that?  Of course, she didn’t get to see her Nationals win because home teams never won a game in the 2019 World Series.

Let me just say this about GOP Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Wouldn’t it be productive if he were trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 instead of being a pain in the arse to the real leaders in Texas? This fella is very sad joke.

I don’t think most GOP leaders take COVID-19 seriously.  None of the GOP U.S. Senators in the hearing room yesterday had a face covering.  Invincible?

Commentary doesn’t get it.  People are dying.  People are out of work.  The food chain supply lines have been interrupted and GOP leaders across the country are failing.  The least they could do is get out of our way.

Ross Ramsey from the Trib is not kind to Gov. Greg Abbott today.  Here is from his article:

Even as Gov. Greg Abbott is loosening his pandemic restrictions on people and businesses, he is buckling to opponents who protest that he’s moving too slowly. He’s undermining his own authority — and enforcement of the rest of his rules.

Now that he has yielded his power to jail people for civil disobedience, Gov. Greg Abbott is speaking softly and carrying a small stick. Violate an executive order and if anyone dares to punish you, it’ll just be a fine. Maybe.

If state District Judge Eric Moyé’s recent experience is the precedent, judges in Texas face the governor’s wrath if they play by the governor’s rules. And the rest of us got a clear signal: The government pronouncements about the coronavirus might be more in the realm of suggestion than mandate.

Wear a mask, please, or don’t. Limit contact and commerce, if you please.

These are Colosseum rules, where the fate of the gladiators is determined not by law but by the roar of the crowd. Sometimes the partisans yell for the lions, sometimes for the hairstylists. You don’t know what’s going to happen until you’re in the ring.

None of this will matter if the governor turns out to be right about easing his restrictions on what businesses can open and to how many of their customers at a time. Maybe weaker restrictions won’t fuel the spread of coronavirus after all. Perhaps none of us is going to need a mask anymore — or at least most of the time — unless we’re bank robbers or it’s Halloween.

He has already allowed some places to open and promised further openings within the week. But Abbott has disarmed himself. A second wave of the coronavirus, if there is one, might require new restrictions or a return to the old ones. After the Dallas hair episode, Texans have reason to take pandemic orders with a grain of salt.

Here is all of Ross’ article: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/13/abbott-texas-coronavirus-orders-suggestions/.

Here is from today’s Chron:

A new Washington Post-Ipsos poll shows that Gov. Greg Abbott ranks 11 out of 12 in approval ratings for large-state governors based on their COVID-19 response, with 57 percent approval.

The only governor with a worse rating in the survey of more than 8,000 adults was Republican governor of Georgia Brian Kemp, who has taken heat recently from President Donald Trump for reopening the state’s economy too quickly. The average approval rating for governors was 71 percent.

About 59 percent of Texans who responded said they thought Abbott was lifting restrictions too quickly and just 8 percent said he was not lifting them quick enough. The majority of Texans, or 75 percent, said they agreed that “the U.S. should keep trying to slow spread of the coronavirus, even if that means keeping many businesses closed.”

Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Abbott-ranks-11-out-of-12-large-state-governors-15264483.php.

I am surprised he is at 57%.

MLB players want to make sure they are paid well if baseball happens this summer.  Let me say this.  We can’t have baseball unless we have players.

Last night was Dollar Dog Night.

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