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I don’t know about you guys, but we are no better off today than we were at the beginning of this pandemic.

Gov. Greg Abbott has been ineffective as our leader during this crisis.  He’s doing a lousy job.  Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff asked for authority to mandate face masks and he was denied by Abbott.  Now this from the Statesman:

Gov. Greg Abbott scolded Texans in their 20s for letting their guard down, saying they’ve refused to wear face masks or practice social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“What we’re seeing there is that people of that age group, they’re not following these appropriate best health and safety practices,” he said in an interview Monday with Lubbock’s KLBK-TV. “They’re not wearing face masks, they’re not sanitizing their hands, they’re not maintaining the safe distancing practices. And as a result, they are contracting COVID-19 at a record pace in the state of Texas.”

Abbott did not provide any evidence of an increase in infections among 20-somethings during his TV appearances Monday. However, Texas has seen a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases each day and a recent spike in statewide hospitalizations.

Hours later, Austin officials rebuked the governor for not giving local officials the authority to enforce face masks or other social distancing measures.

Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, a key decision maker in the area’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, called the governor’s ability to grant face mask enforcement for local officials “low-hanging fruit.”

If the Governor is not taking this seriously, why should anyone else?

Then there is this.  H-Town is going to have the Fourth of July Fireworks.  There won’t be a concert.  Still, that means folks will gather together and violate social distancing rules.  At the park off of White Oak in my ‘hood.  In parking lots nears the site.  You get the not so pretty picture.  If you ask Commentary, it should have been cancelled.  Not good.

There is a story in the Chron today about restaurants in H-Town having to shut down after reopening because employees tested positive for COVID-19.  I am not surprised.

Which leads us to this from CNN:

A closely watched model that predicts Covid-19 deaths is now forecasting there will be more than 201,000 deaths in the United States by October 1.

The projections continue to show that the fall is going to be difficult, with a sharp rise in daily deaths forecast in September and October.

Last week, the model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, predicted 170,000 deaths for this same time period. The model was often cited by the White House early in the pandemic and is one of 19 models currently featured on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

As of today, the model projects that 201,129 people will die from Covid-19 in the US by October 1, with a possible range of 171,551 to 269,395 deaths. Ali Mokdad, one of the model’s creators, said they’ve raised the number of projected deaths for two reasons.

“Increased mobility and premature relaxation of social distancing led to more infections and we see it in Florida, Arizona, and other states. This means more projected deaths,” Mokdad told CNN in an email. “The second part is that we are now projecting to October 1st, which means that an increase in this wave will results in our starting point for the second wave (more seeding), so the second wave will be higher and we are capturing parts of that. Remember second wave starts at the end of August early September.”

That’s roughly 85,000 more folks over the next 3 ½ months.

Don’t worry.  H-Town will step up and do its part.

I will say it again.  Protests are also a factor.

It is not going to get any better.  I just hope it doesn’t collapse.

That’s why I don’t get worked up about pro sports and stuff.

@TenDollars2Hate tweeted out that Ross Sterling, a former Texas Governor who also ran Humble Oil in the last century was a Klan member according to a Chron report that ran in 1923.  He supposedly brought the Klan to Baytown to clean-up illicit activity.

Commentary went to Ross Sterling High in Baytown.

MLB and NFL players are testing positive for COVID-19.

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Essential Fourth

Commentary didn’t protest.  I understand the need.  I also understand that the protests contributed to community spread.  That’s why I didn’t participate.  My 96 year-old Dad thing.

I also know that things aren’t getting better in Texas and in the south when it comes to controlling COVID-19.

Here is the latest Texas policy for COVID-19:

Don’t worry.  We have a hospital bed available for you to die in.

Think about that. Got it?

Now it turns out we will have Fourth of July celebrations in H-Town and other places around here.  Why?  What happened to stay home?  We are just about where we started with this s_it.  Fourth of July celebrations are not essential during the pandemic.  It is not a good look.

Don’t be a knucklehead, wear a mask.

The Chron E-Board reminds us today that we are still in a pandemic.

The Chron also brought back the Sports Section and did away with the Coronavirus Section.  They still want us to know we are in a pandemic.  Got it?

Speaking of getting rid of names on public buildings of folks who did atrocious stuff to folks, how come Mirabeau Lamar still has his name on a premier high school in HISD?  Even though he served as President of Texas, he believed in the “total extinction” of Native Americans. He also ordered on a number of occasions for his troops to kill them and run them off their lands so White folks could settle.  We have nothing but Democrats on the HISD Board.  Change the name.

They did change the Lamar High offensive mascot name that the NFL Washington team still uses.

They won’t because too many politically connected folks went to Lamar and it sits next to River Oaks.

Over at HCC, on the Central Campus, they have the Fannin Building named after James Fannin.  Fannin commanded forces during the Texas Revolution against the Mexican Army.  In 1836, his outfit was captured, and they were executed in what is known as the Massacre at Goliad.

Before he signed up with the Texas Revolution, Fannin was in the slave trade transportation business.

Granted, Lamar and Fannin didn’t fight in the Confederate Army against the United States, they were still terrible people who committed crimes against fellow human beings.

Go after these two, while we are at it.

What ever happened to LatinX?  Have not seen it used lately.

It turns out the Yankees were cheating in 2017, allegedly.  We were a better team and better cheaters.

The Team Store at The Yard has reopened starting today.

Through yesterday, we have missed 71 regular season games. 39 of them at The Yard.

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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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Today is my sister Sylvia’s BD. She is hunkered down with my Dad.  Happy Birthday, Syl!

Check out this from the Chron:

“Hey everyone, Nolan Ryan here,” he says in the video posted on the Governor’s website and on YouTube. “As we open Texas for business, we all need to work together in the fight against COVID-19. As Texans, we need to be responsible. We need to be smart. So when you leave the house, don’t be a knucklehead. Wash your hands, socially distance yourself from others and wear a mask. Do the right thing. Look out for your fellow Texans and together we’ll make it through this.”

Good for Nolan.  I wonder if he wears an Astros face mask.

More fallout from last week’s stroll to the church:

Washington (CNN)America’s top general is apologizing for appearing in a photo-op with President Donald Trump after the forceful dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week, saying the move was a “mistake.”

Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also said that he was “outraged” by the killing of George Floyd and added that the protests it sparked spoke to “centuries of injustice toward African Americans.”

“As senior leaders, everything you do will be closely watched. And I am not immune. As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society,” Milley, said in a pre-recorded speech to a group of graduates from the National Defense University released on Thursday.

“I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it,” he added.

Thanks for the admission.

The GOP puts out a lot of dumb and stupid sh_t these says.  Here was from yesterday from some GOPer tweets:

If you can protest safely, you can vote in person safely.

Fine.  Now send a GD mail ballot to everyone who didn’t go to a protest.  You dumbsh_ts.  How stupid are you?  That slogan works for Democrats.

It is also an acknowledgment that only Democrats were protesting while sorry arse GOPers stayed home because in reality they don’t believe that #BlackLivesMatter.

M.O.R.O.N.S.

Speaking of, former Vice President Joe Biden is worried that Trump will try to steal the election.  They are going to do their best.  Vote. By. Mail.

From the Daily Beast:

Tucker Carlson—the Fox News host who has spent the past few weeks working himself up into an absolute frenzy over the protests against George Floyd’s death—is losing advertisers, and fast. Carlson kicked off his Monday night show by claiming Black Lives Matter “is definitely not about black lives,” but rather “left-wing mobs” who are trying to “cancel your rights.” On Tuesday, he lashed out at Sesame Street for showing a special to educate children about racism. Earlier this week, Popular Information shamed several major companies that have voiced support for Black Lives Matter but still advertised on Carlson’s show. Since then, Disney has told the site it would no longer do so. Media Matters reports that Papa John’s has also since confirmed it will cease advertising with Carlson, as well as T-Mobile and SmileDirectClub. The CEO of T-Mobile, Mike Sievert, was asked on Twitter if Tucker’s message was one his company supported. He said: “It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson!”

Why were they even advertising on that show?

NASCAR is banning the Johnny Reb flag at its events.  Good for NASCAR.

From the Chron:

Although negotiations between owners and the players union continue to feel contentious and without compromise, commissioner Rob Manfred guaranteed the return of Major League Baseball in 2020 — even if he must mandate a truncated season.

“We’re going to play baseball in 2020. One hundred percent,” Manfred said Wednesday on MLB Network. “If it has to be under the March 26 agreement, if we get to that point in the calendar, so be it. But one way or the other, we’re playing Major League Baseball.”

Appearing on MLB Network and ESPN prior to Wednesday’s start of the 2020 draft, Manfred struck an optimistic but forceful tone. An agreement in March afforded him unilateral power to impose a shortened season of around 48 games in the absence of an accord.

Let me break down a 46 game season.

That’s 23 homies and 23 roadies.

Five four game series and one three games series at home and on the road.

That means Justin Verlander will get maybe nine starts.

Got it?

Do you know what I miss about MLB at The Yard?  Dollar Dogs with onions, mustard and relish. I haven’t had a hot dog this entire pandemic.

I didn’t mention Saint Arnold because I have it here at around $15 per 12-pak.  You pay $15 for a single tall glass at The Yard.

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VOTE. BY. MAIL.

The Chron E-Board has a lengthy editorial on voting by mail in Texas for those under the age of 65 because of the COVID.

Here is the title of the E-Board take in the hard copy:

Confusion won’t end

Commentary thinks the E-Board did a good job in making it confusing and here are some samples:

Facing an increase of cases of COVID-19 and irresponsible obstinance by Texas officials, all voters must consider this a valid choice, even if it trades one risk for another.

And this:

But the court left it up to voters to make the determination of what constitutes a threat to their health.

And this:

The court went on to say that elections officials “do not have a ministerial duty, reviewable by mandamus, to look beyond the application to vote by mail.” Meaning they can take the word of voters who say they qualify to request an absentee ballot.

In trying to have it both ways, the court created a de facto “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that adds to the confusion.

And this:

“This is at the voters’ discretion. The form doesn’t require information beyond checking a box for eligibility,” Assistant County Attorney Douglas Ray told the editorial board. “We don’t have the authority or ability to investigate that.”

But the risk of investigation is there, even if minimal.

The editorial board’s calls to the attorney general’s office went unanswered as of press time, but Paxton has not shown previous restraint. In April, he threatened to prosecute activists, county elections officials and anybody else who would advise voters who didn’t qualify to request an absentee ballot even after a state judge found the statute’s wording could be interpreted more broadly.

For Ray here in Harris County, the danger of prosecution is a realistic outcome only for those who advertise that they voted by mail simply because they were scared of the pandemic.

Here is the entire E-Board take:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/mail-in-voting-texas-difficult-coronavirus-15328468.php.

Sigh. Just go look up what I said yesterday.

Vote. By. Mail.

The Chron has a story today on the increase of COVID-19 cases in Texas since Memorial Day.  Like a 36% increase.   Commentary is not surprised.  Folks don’t wear face masks.  Protests. Re-openings.  Lousy social distancing. It is like everyone is on their own.  Pretty soon they will open up sporting events to full capacity and folks are going to have to decide if they want to take a risk.  I have decided I won’t.

Nice job, Harris County DA.  I am talking about her decision to drop the charges against 654 protesters.

Commentary has said before that the GOP gave up moral authority on everything a long, long time ago.  They can’t go after us – Democrats – on anything.  Not on our handling of protests.  Not on race.  Not on economic policy.  Not on the pandemic.  Not on how our Harris County Commissioners Court decides stuff.  When you say nada about Donald Trump’s tweets, like the one from yesterday about the 75 year-old protester, you lose moral authority and credibility on everything. So just shut the fu_k up!

Caesar’s Palace Sports Book will open on Friday.  What can you bet on?

Nothing to report on MLB and the players.

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Fake Threat

This fella is a joke.  Commentary is talking about the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Remember when he was threatening folks for voting by mail using the disability excuse if you are under 65 years of age.  It was a fake threat. Here is from today’s Chron:

As Democrats and civil rights groups sue to expand mail-in voting during the pandemic, a recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court has left it up to voters to decide for themselves whether they qualify for vote-by-mail.

In its decision in late May, the highest civil court in the state ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone does not constitute a disability that would allow those under 65 years old to vote by mail rather than at the polls, under the Texas election codes.

But it added — which legal experts say is crucial — that a voter can take the possibility of being infected into consideration along with his or her “health” and “health history” to determine whether he or she needs to vote by mail under the ‘disability’ provisions in the law.

And this:

Assistant County Attorney Douglas Ray has said Harris is relying on the Supreme Court decision to bolster its recommendation that voters request a ballot if they believe they are eligible.

“If it’s checked disabled, we’ll just send the ballot,” Ray said. “We don’t question that. We don’t have the authority or ability to investigate that.”

End of story.

BTW, here is the entire Chron story on this:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Texas-voters-will-decide-for-themselves-if-they-15325885.php.

Look.  It is another tool Dems need to use heading into November.

All Paxton was doing was trying to scare Democrats.  We couldn’t figure out how he was going to swoop in and arrest some folks.  Under what authority?

We saw right through that when we – the State Rep. Anna Eastman Campaign – had our vote-by-mail application reviewed by the Harris County Clerk’s Office and the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections folks.

If we are still dealing with COVID-19 when November rolls around, some voters will want to have this option available.

I also have news for you.  There will be some GOPers under 65 years of age voting by mail in November if the virus is still around.

When you do end up getting your mail ballot, they also include the “I Voted” sticker.  So, you are not missing out.

Did I say end of story?

Don’t you hate it when your iPhone doesn’t recognize you when you are wearing a mask?

I was in Baytown this past Friday and I was making a grocery store run and I saw cars lined up for blocks on one of the main roads.  I thought it was a food distribution for folks.  It turns out it was folks lining up to buy peaches.  Peaches? Who waits in long lines to buy peaches?

I forgot to put out yesterday that through Sunday, we have missed 66 regular season games. 33 of them at The Yard.

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State Senator Carol Alvarado, Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, was on a Legislative Panel at the Texas Democratic Party State Convention this past Friday evening, and put out a most outrageous fact.  She was discussing Texas not participating in Medicaid Expansion and said that Texas has left $70 billion on the table.  Left $70 billion on the table. Let that sink in.

When we usually talk about Texas not participating in the program, we throw out the few billion dollars amount per year we have been missing out on.  Sen. Alvarado decided to add it all up and it came up to a whopping $70 billion to date.

Just how dumb is that?  The Kaiser Foundation put out a few weeks ago that the pandemic caused 1.6 million Texans to lose their employee sponsored health insurance.  That is now on top of the folks who weren’t covered because we aren’t part of the Medicaid Expansion program.

Don’t ever let GOP folks claim any moral fiscal high ground.  Ever!

Call it what you want.  Reprehensible. Immoral. Cold. Stupid. Ignorance. Irresponsible.  Foolhardy.

Just think what $70 billion would have contributed to the Texas economy the past few years.

Who is stupid enough to leave $70 billion on the table?  Don’t answer.

Nice work.  Former Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Greg Abbott.

To the NFL Commissioner.  Thanks for coming aboard. Now go apologize to Colin Kaepernick and write him a big check too.

Keith Nielsen, the Chair-elect of the Harris County Republican Party will not take office because he posted racist sh_t and was called out by GOP bigwigs.

This past Friday morning, my pal, Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner asked Nielsen to resign his position as Chair of the Pasadena Planning Commission.  Nielsen complied.

The Trib has identified a number of Texas GOP County Chairs who have posted similar racist or outlandish conspiracy sh_t.

On “What’s Your Point” yesterday, the Harris County GOP never-to-be sh_t was brought up and the Breitbart Texas fella said Democrats say dumb things too.  That’s the best he could do.  Sad.

The folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are contemplating having Donald Trump deliver a speech on race.  How is that possible?  How does a racist make a speech on race? Really?

There is nothing new on MLB and the players.

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Three Texas GOP County Chairs and one incoming County Chair are being asked to resign their positions for promoting racist and outlandish sh_t.  GOPers Gov. Greg Abbott, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Cong. Dan Crenshaw are those asking for the resignations.

The Bexar County GOP Chair is one of those asked to resign because she said the George Floyd murder was a staged event.  Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said the Bexar County GOP Chair brought “embarrassment upon Bexar County Republicans.”  That’s funny.  Dude, the entire GOP is an embarrassment.

Here is the Trib article on this stuff:

Republican leaders in four Texas counties shared racist Facebook posts, some of which also floated conspiracy theories, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to call for two of them to resign.

Abbott and other top Texas Republicans called for the resignation of the GOP chairs in Bexar and Nueces counties after they shared on social media a conspiracy theory that Floyd’s death was a “staged event,” apparently to gin up opposition to President Donald Trump. There is no evidence to support that claim; Floyd, a black Minnesota man, died last week after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

“These comments are disgusting and have no place in the Republican Party or in public discourse,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said in a statement Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the GOP chairman-elect in Harris County, Keith Nielsen, posted an image on Facebook earlier this week that showed a Martin Luther King Jr. quote — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — on a background with a banana. The juxtaposition of the quote and the banana can be read as an allusion to equating black people with monkeys, a well-worn racist trope. Nielsen appears to have deleted the post and apparently addressed it on his Facebook page Thursday evening.

“It is unfortunate that the sentiment of the quote and my admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been overshadowed by people’s misinterpretation of an image,” Nielsen wrote, calling for “racial reconciliation” in America. “My hope is I will continue to be part of the solution and never part of the problem.”

The Texas Tribune became aware of Nielsen’s post after Abbott called for the resignation of the Bexar County and Nueces County chairs. Wittman could not immediately be reached for comment about the third post.

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Houston Republican, said in a statement to the Tribune that “Nielsen has no place in our party. Not now. Not ever” — and called his post “a sad reminder that such blatant ignorance and bigotry still exists.”

Even later Thursday, Democrats also criticized a fourth post from a GOP chair on Facebook. Sue Piner, chair of the Comal County GOP, shared a post on Sunday that included an image of liberal billionaire George Soros and text that said, “I pay white cops to murder black people. And then I pay black people to riot because race wars keep the sheep in line.”

Piner could not be immediately reached for comment about the post. The unfounded Soros conspiracy theory is among many that have spread online as Americans have protested policy brutality.

Republican Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush late Thursday said all four county leaders should step down.

Here is the Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/04/texas-greg-abbott-bexar-GOP-conspiracy/.

Here is what Keir tweeted about Abbott asking for the resignation:

Abbott has taken great deal of flack from right and left in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and now trying to navigate middle ground after George Floyd killing.  Whatever one thinks on substance, his political team is the best in the state.  They clearly sense big risk. #txlege

This could be a very interesting summer.  There are a whole lot of racist and wacko GOP leaders throughout state saying crap.  They could be asking for a lot more resignations.

Commentary agrees with Keir.  There is another move Abbott’s office made that speaks to this

Somebody needs to tell law enforcement that just about everyone carries a phone camera.  Last night, we all saw the Buffalo, New York Police push an old guy over who fell, and blood started pouring out of his head.  The video got a few million views.  The Buffalo PD said the fella tripped.  Nope.  Two officers have now been suspended and there will be an investigation.

Thank you, camera phone.

Yesterday, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia and HPD Chief Art Acevedo began a fuss with each other on Twitter.  Someone needs to tell them to take it private.

MLB and the players aren’t really talking.

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If we are running neck and neck in September, watch out.

Speaking of, I have been stopping into the virtual Texas Democratic Party State Convention. I have voted on most stuff.

There won’t be that many more Election Day polling locations on July 14 here in Harris County.  In the Greater Heights area, you will only be able to vote at Resurrection Church on 11th St., Hogg Middle and Field Elementary.  In the Northside, Moody Park and Burbank Middle.   Vote by Mail or Vote Early in Person.  If you want my advice, Vote by Mail.

Saints QB Drew Brees stepped into it big time yesterday.  This morning he did the right thing and apologized.

The General Mattis fella blasted Donald Trump yesterday.  Shut up!  You went to work for the arsehole fully knowing who he was.  If you didn’t know who he was, you should have.

Royko sent me this yesterday:

There was no criticism of the Commander-in-Heat, President Clinton, after it was learned he had sodomized an intern in the Oval Office, when there were photos of President Clinton, clutching a Bible, alongside Hillary attending church.

Going back 20 plus years.  What a stretch.  Running out of ammo for sure.

Horse racing resumed in New York yesterday without fans in the stands.  In one of the races there was a horse named Fauci who finished a social distanced second. I admit, I stole this line from Carson Daly.

You are kidding yourself if you think Gov. Greg Abbott is reopening Texas based on what the doctors are saying.  Abbott is reopening so he can be doing his part to lower unemployment numbers to help Trump’s campaign chances pure and simple.  It’s duck and cover time, folks.

I kind of have resigned myself that I won’t be going to any Astros games this year.

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Lots of Protesters

Commentary is old school.  I am one of those who still thinks you can catch the COVID-19 by going to a crowded march with 60,000 protesters in near 90-degree heat within a few city square blocks.  That’s just me.

I have to also think about my 96-year old Dad who I see on a regular basis.

We have been doing 8 or 9 days of protesting across the USA and I am waiting to see if there will be spikes here and there,

If there aren’t spikes, we are going to hear from every pro sports league and the NCAA to kick open the gates for fans to attend their sporting events.  Heck, maybe even from GOP types who want to move their National Convention to their cities.

Which reminds me.  When are we going to get back to COVID-19 news coverage? What’s the status of when we are getting a vaccine?

Nice job LAPD.  Using UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium as a field jail for protesters is a fitting tribute to one of our nation’s greatest civil rights icons.  Such a moronic move.

Royko sent me this yesterday on my putting out what @AOC tweeted about the Bible burning Trump’s hand:

One should be curious if AOC had to be informed that it was a Bible the President was holding.

She was probably like Commentary if she was watching.  My first thought was is that a Bible he’s holding.  Then he answered the reporter’s question.  Anyway, she wasn’t roundly criticized like he was by clergy from across America.

If North Carolina doesn’t host a scaled down Republican National Convention, I wonder which American city will be crazy enough to offer themselves up as a host city.  It would be absolute madness.

Pasadena ISD overpaid 1,300 workers during the COVID-19 closures and now want their money back.  Sigh.  Just call a meeting of the ISD Board and vote to make that overpayment a raise.

Now I am waking up with Lisa Hernandez.  Lisa is the new co-host to the Channel 2 early morning news.  She used to be with Channel 11.  She started this morning.  Channel 2 news is my early morning program that I wake up to.

I forgot to put out on Monday that through last Sunday, we have missed 60 regular season games. 26 of them at The Yard.  We were supposed to be at Fenway last weekend.

MLB and the players are still talking.

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