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Archive for June 12th, 2020

CODE ORANGE

Those of us who remember post 9/11 when Homeland Security would put out threat levels.  Welcome to Harris County 2020.  The federal government pretty much has COVID-19 in the rearview mirror.  The Texas Governor is acting like everything is Ok.  Meanwhile, here is what Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said yesterday as she announced we were in Code Orange Level, one level below all hell breaks loose again:

“I want the reopening to be successful. I want the economy to be resilient, but I am growing increasingly concerned that we may be at the precipice of a disaster.”

Here is what Code Orange Level means:

“Significant and uncontrolled transmission of COVID-19. Minimize all contacts.”

We are on our own.  Wear a face mask or be a knucklehead.

Failure of leadership at the federal and state level – hands down.   Don’t argue with me.

Teneshia Hudspeth filed a Treasurer designation for the position of Harris County Clerk.  She was Deputy Clerk under Diane Trautman.  I guess she will seek the Harris County Democratic Party Executive Committee’s nomination for the General Election.

I like Teneshia.  I know her. I have worked with her.

I admit.  I can’t name one Lady Antebellum tune, err Lady A tune.  When I first heard of the group years ago, I was kind of turned off by the Antebellum name because that name has always been attached to the South that got their arses handed to them by us.  What the heck, though.  They got invited to the awards shows.  They played on the “Today”, so I figured, don’t get aggravated, it will be Ok.

Yesterday, they decided to ditch Antebellum and go with A because they didn’t realize that Antebellum could be harmful and cause pain.

Excuse me while I reach over for a tissue.

Here is from Webster’s:

Antebellum means “before the war,” but it wasn’t widely associated with the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) until after that conflict was over. The word comes from the Latin phrase ante bellum (literally, “before the war”), and its earliest known print appearance in English dates back to the 1840s. The term’s earliest known association with the Civil War is found in an 1862 diary entry: “Her face was as placid and unmoved as in antebellum days.” The author of that line, Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, recorded her observations of life during the Civil War in A Diary from Dixie, often while accompanying her husband, an officer in the Confederate army, on his missions.

There are even references in literature on the Antebellum South, the period before Appomattox.

Go write Kap a check.

Like Robbie Robertson wrote back in the 1960s, “the night they drove old Dixie down.”

The MLB Commissioner is thinking about having 16 teams in the playoffs.  In 2019, we had 10.

I really don’t care.  We still don’t know when the season will start.

Be safe out there.  Don’t be a knucklehead.  Have a wonderful Code Orange weekend.

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