Archive for June, 2020

You Gotta Vote

The first day of Early Voting in Person is in the books.

I caught one of our opponent’s – Penny Shaw – campaign workers violating election distance marker laws.  I took his picture and reported his arse to the County Clerk.  The idiot even tried walking into the polling place wearing his campaign gear.  Dumbsh_t for sure.

Par for the course.  It turns out Shaw has a pretty lackluster voting history.  When she was running for County Commissioner in 2018 on a flood control platform, she failed to vote in the historic $2.5 billion Harris County Flood Bonds special election in August of 2018.  How lame is that?

Remember when we had the big HISD “Recapture” election in May of 2017.  That was when the State of Texas was trying to assign $8 billion of our commercial property for tax purposes to a neighboring school district.  Yep, Shaw didn’t bother to vote.

You gotta show up and vote in my book.

At this point, Gov. Greg Abbott just ought to give the local officials the authority they are requesting.  His way didn’t work.  He needs to just hand it off to the locals.

On a local matter, it is crazy to officially host a mass gathering anytime soon.  The corporation that runs the George R. Brown Convention Center ought to cancel the Texas Republican Convention scheduled for next month.  Forget about how the delegates might feel, what about the venue’s employees.

Now that’s a call we don’t have to ask the Governor to approve.  Do it, please.

If the H-Town Mayor wants to put together a Wall of Shame for violators of the executive orders, have at it.

Some MLB players are deciding to opt out of the short season out of concern for their families.  I don’t blame them.

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H-Town is a mess.  We are the lead story on national newscasts.

Our leaders and experts have no idea how we will get the virus under control.

Gov. Greg Abbott admits he got it wrong on bar openings, but he won’t give Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo more authority to shut things down.

Judge Hidalgo is now self-quarantining.

The Texas Medical Center is playing games with the public and putting lives on the line.  They are playing politics during a pandemic and have lost Commentary’s respect, big time.

Thanks to Chron reporters Mike Morris and Zach Despart for exposing these bums.

What a mess.

Early Voting in Person for the Primary Runoffs starts today.  Wear a mask if you go vote.

Here is from the Chron E-Board today:

Anna Eastman in primary for Texas House District 148. Her record as an eight-year member of the HISD school board, plus the work she’s done since voters chose to send her to Austin in the January special election, shows she has a firm handle on how to get results for constituents. She has promised to make education one of her top priorities.

This is an interesting story from the Statesman today.  It is a must read for politicos.  Here:

On March 20, days after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the statewide primary runoff election from May 26 to July 14 out of concern that the original date would result in people congregating in confined spaces in ways that “would threaten the health and safety of many Texans.”

Two weeks of extended early voting for the rescheduled runoff election begins Monday amid an intensified sense of crisis around the spread of COVID-19 and rulings by Texas courts and U.S. Supreme Court that prohibit the general use of voting by mail.

Nonetheless, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir reports that a huge crush of mail voting requests by those 65 and older, who are automatically eligible to receive mail-in ballots, could foretell an exceptional turnout by runoff standards, and she promises that in-person voting in this novel circumstance is being conducted with extraordinary attention to public health.

“I don’t think we should be voting in person at all, quite frankly, in the middle of a pandemic,” DeBeauvoir, who would have preferred universal vote-by-mail under the circumstance, told the American-Statesman late last week. “Which is why we’re taking all of these extra precautions to try and make voting in person as safe as humanly possible.”

While the pandemic might logically be expected to depress turnout, DeBeauvoir said that in Travis County, the reverse may be the case.

While turnout for runoffs generally runs in single-digits, DeBeauvoir said this time, “it just might get as high as 30%.”

There are a number of high-interest runoffs, both statewide and local, and a separate, coincident special election to replace former state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, representing Senate District 14, which is open to voters of both parties and does not require that a voter participate in either party’s runoff.

But, more than that, DeBeauvoir said, “I think voters want to vote. I don’t think they care what they vote on. They just want to vote.”

Ordinarily, she said, her office would get 1,000 to 2,000 requests for mail-in ballots for a runoff.

But by Friday, she said, “the levels of by-mail ballot requests we are getting are rivaling presidential levels. The most by-mail requests I’ve ever had for a presidential was 31,000. We already have more than 28,000 in house.”

Of those, she said, 85% are from those 65 and older, and another 12% are those with a disability, the other category that is automatically eligible to vote by mail.

But DeBeauvoir said that an estimated quarter of Travis County voters have disabilities, and that, despite the Texas Supreme Court decision that fear of the coronavirus alone was not sufficient reason to seek a disability ballot, that ruling also made clear that “a voter, using their own health history, can make a determination about their risk of injury to their health if they show up inside a public place.”

If so, they can check the “disability” box on the vote-by-mail request, and return it to her office, no questions asked, because, she said, election administrators do not and, under law, cannot check disability claims.

There is still time for any Travis County voter seeking a mail-in ballot to download the application from the clerk’s website, fill it out, check the appropriate box, sign it and return it to her office as long as it received by Thursday.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued warnings that anyone who advises voters that they can vote by mail simply out of fear of COVID-19 can be subject to criminal sanctions.

“Certainly there’s been an effort to make it seem very confusing. It is not confusing at all,” DeBeauvoir said.

“That’s why I am using very carefully picked language,” she said. “That’s why we have decided a voter, using their own health history, can make a determination about their risk of injury to their health if they show up inside a public place.”

Democrats have implored Abbott to use his power to allow any Texan to vote by mail, to no avail.

Last week, Abbott warned Texans the state was facing a “massive outbreak” of COVID-19, advising, “There’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you do need to go out. The safest place for you is at your home.”

Nonetheless, when he was asked about in-person voting in a TV interview Wednesday, Abbott said that, with two weeks of early voting, “everybody’s gonna have an opportunity to go vote in a setting that is not crowded at all.”

“So, my first message to the public is that you can go vote and vote safely by going to vote early. Try to pick times of day when other people likely will not be there, and you will reduce your chances of encountering somebody else,” Abbott said. “The other message, of course, is to, number one, wear a mask, number two, use good hand sanitizing. Take sanitizer with you to use both before and after you vote.”

Early voting begins Monday and runs daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through July 10, but not on July 3 or 4 because of the federal holiday. There is early voting on July 5.

“There are 20 early voting locations. About half of them are new, larger sites that can accommodate social distancing,” DeBeauvoir said.

“We will not be using any grocery stores this time, so a warning to voters — don’t go on automatic pilot,” she said. “Check the location and pick the one that’s close to you and the County Clerk’s website has page on it that has an app called ‘wait times,’ that you can open on your phone or your laptop, that will look at all 20 early voting locations, and tell you if there’s any kind of a line, with a traffic signal icon — red, yellow, green. If it’s red, it means, don’t go there. If it’s green, it’s smooth sailing.”

Only 10 people at a time, including poll workers, will be allowed in a polling place. DeBeauvoir advises taking an umbrella in case you have to wait outside in the sun.

Voters will be given hand sanitizer on their way in, will use a disposable, hyoallergenic finger cot to use to sign in on a touch screen and a Popsicle stick to make their choices on the voting machines.

“You know the main thing I worry about is I want voters to wear a mask,” DeBeauvoir said. “If you don’t wear a mask you still get to vote, and we’re going to put you as far away from the rest of the voters as we possibly can.”

But, she said, “It is really not OK to show up at an inside polling place without wearing a mask. I don’t care who says what, it is not OK. I realize there for some people, that’s a real inconvenience, but I just think that voting is not the right place to grind your ax.”

DeBeauvoir said she increased staffing for the election from 1,200 to 1,600 people, and along with other safety precautions and the big mail ballot operation, it is costing the county twice what it would have in the past.

“We’re now over $2 million to conduct this election — a little runoff,” she said.

30% turnout for a primary runoff.  She is combining Dems and GOP, plus they have the Senate District 14 Special Election.

I have no idea what will happen in Harris County.  We are in new territory.

California Democrats have a resolution wanting to rename John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.  The Duke was known for saying some racist sh_t in interviews.  Commentary is not going to defend him.

I know this doesn’t matter, but the Duke was married three times, all to women of color.  A Latina from Panama, a Latina from Peru, and a Spanish American.

My favorite Western of all time is “The Searchers” starring John Wayne.  I first saw it in the 1960s and have seen it numerous times since.  In my personal point of view, it just gave me an awareness of sorts of the racist treatment of Native Americans during that period of our nation’s history.  You have to watch it to understand what I am talking about.

Commentary is certainly not going to say to keep the John Wayne name for the airport because of the movie, but the movie does have cinematic value in a discussion portraying our history.

Just saying.

GOP State Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted this yesterday:

If I owned a bar, I would open it.

What an idiot.

S.E. Cupp tweeted this last night:

What’s the movie you just watch over and over again, just because it’s on, to fall asleep or when you’re sick?

Princess Bride

Apollo 13

Mission: Impossible

I tweeted her mine:

Godfather I & II

Wizard of Oz

Mama Mia

Notting Hill



Deep Impact

Saving Private Ryan

Princess Bride

To name a few.

I could have also added:

The Notebook

The Searchers

Blazing Saddles

The Astros named their pool of players they will use if there is a 60 games season.

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5,996 new infections in Texas yesterday.  A new record. Sigh.

The H-Town skyline shot from Allen Parkway led off the “Today” show this morning.  The “Today” lead story was about H-Town and Texas in a pandemic crisis.

Texas GOP leaders love to brag and take credit on Texas stuff when things are going great.  Ask Gov. Greg Abbott or any other Texas GOP bigwig or GOP leader if the Texas Governor should take responsibility for what is going wrong with Texas today.

We are circling the drain.  Mandate masks.  Scale back the reopening.

Gov. Abbott has certainly botched this.  He and only he is to blame.

Sheldon ISD is in Harris County.  Parents were surveyed about kids returning to campuses this Fall.  Half of the parents said they weren’t having their children return right now.

From today’s Chron:

Editorial: We recommend Anna Eastman in the Democratic runoff in state House District 148

In the few months since Anna Eastman was elected to represent House District 148 as a state representative in a special runoff election in January, she has quickly gotten her feet wet.

Despite opposition from some nearby residents, she wrote a crucial letter in support of tax credits for two mixed-income housing developments in the Heights area. Without this type of leadership, affordable housing will remain concentrated in a few neighborhoods. On the more mundane but no less important end of bureaucracy, she says her office has helped constituents navigate unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission.

We can also look at her record of eight years on the Houston ISD board of trustees, where she proved herself smart and committed to progressive policies. That record of accomplishment earned our endorsement in the special election to replace longtime State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat who stepped down after 25 years. In fact, voters in this district will have seen Eastman on the ballot four times since November.

Eastman, whose HISD district included 75 percent of District 148, told the editorial board that education would be one of her priorities.

“My big three issues — education, common sense gun legislation and health care — haven’t changed,” she said while noting that in light of COVID-19, mass unemployment and protests against racial injustice “the priorities around them become more urgent. With the budget shortfalls we are sure to have, doing everything we can to maintain the education funding investments we made last session will be difficult but an urgent priority.”

She also stresses the need to accept Medicaid expansion dollars from the federal government while making sure reproductive health and abortions are not categorized as elective, and restricted as they were at the start of the pandemic.


Early Voting in Person for the primary runoffs begins on Monday, June 29.  There will be 57 Early Voting locations.

On Election Day, Tuesday, July 14, there will be 109 voting locations.

The Astros told the Chron yesterday that refunds to season ticket holders would be available if asked.

Got it?

Have a safe weekend and wear a mask.

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My niece, actually great-niece, Abby Martinez, graduated from Alexander High School from Laredo’s United ISD last night and she took a knee during the National Anthem.  How strong is that?

Abby’s Mom, Linda Garza, is my niece. My sister, Aida’s oldest.  Part of the #SieteFamilyFoods.  Linda is also a kickarse attorney.

Commentary has not spent that much time over the years with Abby, but I always found her to be smiling and engaging. Last I was told, Abby will be attending St. Edwards in Austin.

Congrats, Abby!  You made us all extra proud last night.

5,551 infections in Texas yesterday.  On “Today” this morning, they said H-Town was the epicenter of Texas.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the H-Town Mayor have been doing what they can.  We’ve been let down by Gov. Greg Abbott’s timidity, indecisiveness and inaction. We re-opened too soon.

Commentary is thinking it is time to shut it down again or impose stronger penalties for those not wearing masks.

Cong. Joaquin Castro tweeted this yesterday:

Texas @GovAbbott yesterday: “The safest place for you is at your home.”

So are you going to let us vote from the safest place, too? And when are you going to stick up for Texas and ask @realDonaldTrump why he’s cutting funding for our tests?

Commentary is kind of tired about talking about this because nobody takes me seriously.  Gov. Abbott has already given the green light on voting by mail using the disability excuse for those under 65 years of age.  State Rep. Anna Eastman’s Campaign had our mail ballot application reviewed by Abbott’s Secretary of State.  How many times does Commentary have to tell folks that?  Heck, I even displayed copies of the application in my tweets.

If Democrats really want to do this, go on ahead and use Rep. Eastman’s application as a template.  Just run it by your county elections administrator first.

From the Chron:

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday announced the appointment of 45 people to a task force that will review Houston Police Department policies in what will be a closely-watched effort to consider reforms.

And his:

The launch of the working group was met with skepticism by some activists, who argued the city has studied the issue thoroughly in the past and that it is time for action.

“We believe it when we see it. Because we’ve never seen it,” said Tarsha Jackson, an advocate who formerly was the criminal justice director for the Texas Organizing Project.

And finally this:

Ashton Woods, the founder of Black Lives Matter Houston, said the mayor excluded a lot of grass-roots activists.

“As I thought, THIS task force is full of people WHO ALREADY HAD POWER to change things,” Woods said on Twitter. “Besides a couple of people who do real work, I have ZERO faith that things will change. Another empty gesture.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/houston/article/Turner-announces-45-member-task-force-to-consider-15364168.php.

Now you know.

The states of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are imposing a quarantine for folks coming in from the heavily COVID-19 infected states like Florida and Texas.  If Florida doesn’t get their act together, it could prove to be a dilemma of sorts for MLB.

Under the new schedule, AL and NL same geographic divisions will play against each other.  Meaning, the Marlins and Rays from Florida, will play the Mets and the Yankees.   If Florida is still a mess in late July when the season is supposed to start, what’s the plan for the Rays and Marlins if they are scheduled to go to New York?  Will the Mets and Yankees be allowed to go to Florida.

Like Commentary said yesterday, I will believe it when I see it.

I got this from the team today:

If fan attendance is allowed at games at any point during the new 2020 regular season or postseason, Season Ticket Holders whose accounts are in good standing for the 2021 season will be given priority access to individual game tickets.


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My Democratic Party Precinct Chair left us a couple of days ago.  Max Beauregard was a great Democrat.  Precinct 57, the Heights High School neighborhood.

Texas reported 5,489 new COVID-19 infections yesterday – a record.

This is what Gov. Greg Abbott had to say:

“We want to make sure everyone reinforces the best safe practices of wearing a mask, hand sanitation, maintaining safe distance, but importantly, because the spread is so rampant right now, there’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you need to go out. The safest place for you is at your home.”

I don’t know what to say.  He has the power to do more, a lot more.  It is absolutely mind boggling that he won’t use his power.

Everyone knows the Kung plus the flu words combined is racist.  Even Kellyanne Conway says it is racist.  Donald Trump used the racist term again last night and the silence from GOP leaders across the country is, well, sadly expected.  What a racist accepting GOP.

I will believe it when I see it.  Commentary is talking about MLB actually playing games. Here is from MLB.com:

MLB has submitted a 60-game regular-season schedule for review by the Players Association. In order to mitigate travel, the schedule would include 10 games for each team against its four divisional opponents, along with 20 games against the opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (for example, the AL East will play the NL East, and so on).

Games with the usual suspect including the Angels, A’s, Mariners and Rangers.  Plus, the D-Backs, Dodgers, Giants, Padres and Rockies.  No Red Sox or Yankees.

More than our fair share of 9 pm starts.  The West Coast thing.

I will believe it when I see it.

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Remember when Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the following about 12 days ago and some ridiculed and skewered her:

“I am growing increasingly concerned that we may be at the precipice of a disaster.”

Here is what Gov. Greg Abbott said yesterday:

“COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled.”

Here is what the H-Town Mayor said yesterday:

“We are moving very fast and we are moving very fast in the wrong direction.”

Here is the latest from Dr. Peter Hotez, also from yesterday:

“If the numbers continue to accelerate, we could be looking at a situation that resembles New York City or some cities in Brazil.”

If you ask Commentary, Judge Hidalgo was like a week and a half ahead of the Governor, Mayor and Doctor.

Of course, we know why folks aren’t going after the fellas for what they said yesterday.

Commentary wishes folks would quit treating her like a 29-year old Latina Harris County Judge.

Show her some respect.  Show the office some respect.

In fact, show her respect.  Show the office respect.

She is trying to save my life and yours.

Here is what the Chron E-Board starts off with today in talking about Gov. Abbott:

The emperor has no mask.

And here is the last line:

Governor, your attempts to dress up this disaster aren’t fooling anybody — least of all the virus.

Here is the entire read:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-The-emperor-has-no-mask-Abbott-s-15358493.php.

Here is the deal.  Early on, Gov. Abbott was trying to please Donald Trump. The problem these days is that Trump has COVID-19 in the rearview mirror and Abbott is left holding the bag.  Abbott is lucky there are leaders like Judge Hidalgo trying to clean up his mess.

Commentary is not going to get all worked up about MLB and the players not agreeing to a deal to play.  I am not going to call one side out over the other as greedy with no concern about us, the fans.  I am just not.

MLB, like the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL and MLS are different from the PGA, LPGA, NASCAR and Indy.  The team sports involve physical contact, often times, hard hitting contact.  Can’t say that about golfing and racing.

The USA is one of the worst at handling COVID-19.  No argument there.  Leadership has failed us across the nation.  This COVID-19 is everywhere.

If we were just dealing with the run of the mill labor dispute, yeah, have at, butcher the owners or players.  This time we are dealing with a dispute on how to play during the mother of all pandemics in my lifetime.  I am going to cut them some slack.  Don’t give me any sh_t either.  My 2020 season tickets are paid for in full.  My money is sitting in the Astros bank account.

Stay safe and wear a mask.

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Masks for Us

First things first.  Happy Birthday to Marisol Valero!  She is one of my favorite people.  She’s smart.  She speaks here mind.  She is good at her work.  She is one of the better political folks I have had the pleasure of working with.  I have known Marisol for 13 years now.  She is now married and has a little girl.  She is also State Rep. Anna Eastman’s Chief of Staff.  Have a nice one today, Marisol!

Gov. Greg Abbott is having a press conference today and the Houston Chronicle isn’t invited to attend.  We are only the largest city in the state and our newspaper can’t attend during a pandemic?  Harris County and H-Town lead the state in infections, and the Chron can’t attend.  The fella has a small mind.  He’s petty.  Maybe he’s figured out he’s not doing so well on leading us through the pandemic.

A couple or so weeks ago I checked in on infections in my home zip code.  We were in the mid-60s.  Today we are at 111.

Starting today, here in Harris County we have to mask up if we go to a business establishment with a few exceptions.  It is mandatory thanks to our Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. There will be some dumbarses and knuckleheads who will defy because they are sh_theads.  It is a good thing because we are not making progress reducing infections.

Tulsa officials said around 6,200 attended the Donald Trump rally Saturday night.  I learned something after Saturday night.  Not all Trump supporters are dumbsh_ts.  They stayed at home to avoid COVID-19.  Good for them.

The Trump campaign manager can spin the attendance thing anyway which way and forever.  The fact is, they went through the process of constructing an outside venue that they thought was going to be used for the expected overflow crowd. They wrongly predicted.  Spin it all you want.

The smartest guy at the rally was the fella sitting by himself way up in the upper deck.

The Trump brand is not what it used to be.

Democrats had a pretty good week last week.

SCOTUS handed the LGBTQ community a win last week by ruling that they could not be fired from their job for being LGBTQ.

DACA is still around thanks to SCOTUS.

Then we got to watch Texas GOP leaders go after the Empower Texans guys who got caught on a hot mic saying some bad things about Gov. Greg Abbott.

Here is the deal.  That’s the culture they have created.  That’s the culture that Donald Trump is leading and stoking these days.

I laughed most of Friday when Texas GOP leader after Texas GOP leader tweeted out condemnations at the Empower folks.  My biggest laugh came when the Texas House Speaker put out his sanctimonious take.  Oh, brother.

Donald Trump says outrageous and offensive crap on a daily basis and all of the same Texas GOP leaders who tweeted on Friday are silent.    The latest.  120,000 folks are dead from COVID-19 here in the USA and Trump says he slowed down the testing.  Silence.  Bunch of wimps in my book.

I don’t see how the NBA and MLB think they can have a season with a plan that includes the state of Florida.  Someone just called COVID-19 the official disease of Florida.

Through yesterday, we have missed 76 regular season games. 39 of them at The Yard.

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April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina was the first armed conflict between the United States and the Confederate troops.

September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

April 9, 1865, Confederate troops General Robert E. Lee, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia.

155 years ago today, June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, slaves in Texas learn that they are free.

In 1980, Juneteenth State Holiday went into effect in Texas thanks to efforts of the late State Rep. Al Edwards.

Last week sometime, Donald Trump learned about Juneteenth.

Yesterday, Trump said he invented Juneteenth.

It was a very good move by Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to withdraw from the VP consideration and call for a woman of color to be on the ticket.

It is going to happen.

The Tulsa World is Tulsa’s newspaper.  Here is a headline from an editorial this week:

This is the wrong time and Tulsa is the wrong place for the Trump rally

Here is a headline from another story in the World this week:

Tulsa Health Department director ‘wishes’ Trump rally would be postponed as local COVID cases surge

Here is a headline from yet another story this week:

COVID-19: Infections peak again for Tulsa County, Oklahoma with more than 200 new cases reported

And here is from a story this morning:

A curfew was implemented for areas around the BOK Center on Thursday night ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled campaign rally.

In a Facebook post Thursday evening, Tulsa police announced that an area of downtown will be off limits from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday ahead of the rally. The curfew will again take effect after the rally until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The curfew is the result of an executive order from Mayor G.T. Bynum, which cites both local and nationwide unrest in recent weeks as the rationale for the curfew.

A Trump made clusterf_ck for sure.

MLB and the players are still talking.

Have a nice Juneteenth today.

Have a happy Father’s Day Weekend.

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This if from “The Wizard of Oz” after Dorothy misses the balloon ride with the Wizard back to Kansas. Glinda, the Good Witch, desends:

DOROTHY: Oh, will you help me?  Can you help me?

GLINDA: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.

DOROTHY: I have?

SCARECROW: Then why didn’t you tell her before?

GLINDA: Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.

Sometimes I wondered, Glinda made Dorothy go down the Yellow Brick Road.  She met the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion and then killed the Wicked Witch.

Why didn’t you just tell her about her ability when her house landed in Munchkin Land?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott letting Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff that he “figured it out” on how to impose a face mask order kind of is similar except instead of one Wicked Witch dead, it is probably a few hundred Texans.


When you look at it, that’s the same way he’s handing mail ballots.  While the GOP Attorney General makes hollow threats on mail ballots for those under 65 using the disability excuse, Abbott allows his Secretary of State to review the State Rep. Anna Eastman campaign mail ballot application that encourages using the disability excuse if you are under 65.

It’s CYA Abbott.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

He would be a much better leader if he had signaled earlier on face masks and mail ballots, on how to get it done.


I expect Judge Lina Hidalgo to move forward on face masks and Gov. Abbott can continue to dodge the courageous leadership thing.

Abbott knows we have a potential for a higher body count.  He just wants the locals like Judge Hidalgo and Judge Wolff to make the tough calls.

Someone tweeted a NCAA style bracket for Beatles tunes.  Commentary will participate.

Sir Paul is 78 today.  Happy Birthday, Sir Paul!

All I have to say about the new Bolton book, they are all a bunch of looters.  Every GD one of them.

MLB and players are back to talking.

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Metrics Matter

Stubborn. Stupid. Clueless. Insecure.

I don’t know what else you can say about Gov. Greg Abbott.  Nine Texas Mayors, including, Sylvester Turner, have asked for the authority to impose face masks.  Texas is blowing up with infections.  That’s what the data says.  That’s what medical and public health experts say.  The evidence says that face coverings are a key deterrent.  What metrics is the Texas Governor looking for?

Stop this macho BS.  Give the Mayors the authority.  It’s about the health of our state.  It is not about the Governor admitting he got it wrong.

Who in this state thinks we are heading in the right direction when it comes to dealing with the pandemic?

The Governor is certainly hellbent on winning the title of worse Governor to handle Pandemic 2020.

I admit I used this product years ago.  See this from USA Today:

The pancake syrup company Aunt Jemima is reportedly changing its name and imaging in the wake of renewed calls for racial equality. 

The company reportedly said that the iconic Aunt Jemima figure on its packaging is “based on a racial stereotype,” NBC news reports. The brand is owned by Quaker Oats, and reportedly released the info in a press release.

Parent company PepsiCo told AdWeek that the new name for the syrup and other products will be announced at a later date, but that consumers will start to see new packaging without the Aunt Jemima image in the fourth quarter of this year.

Uncle Ben’s, you are on the clock.

Commentary in now a Hodgson Mill guy.  For the last 15 or so years.  I can only get it at Central Market these days.

There is nothing on the MLB and players today.

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