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Can someone provide Commentary with one productive action Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has taken to combat the pandemic?

This is shocking and hilarious.  Lt. Gov. Patrick on Dr. Anthony Fauci:

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him.”

Texas reported a record 8,076 COVID-19 infections yesterday.

Only 10 Texas counties out of Texas’ 254 are COVID-19 free.

Methodist bought a full-page ad on the front and back covers of today’s hard copy of the Chron with this message: Stay at Home This July 4th Weekend

People are lining up for hours to get tested here in H-Town.

Galveston and Surfside beaches are closing this weekend.

On May 1, there were 52 COVID-19 infections in my zip code.

On June 22, there were 111.

Today, we are at 208.

11% is our new unemployment rate.

As a write this, Donald Trump is on TV saying the economy is roaring back.  Got it?

Some might find the following story by the Chron’s Dylan McGuinness troubling, concerning, funny or whatever.  Here is how the story starts:

The city on Wednesday revoked the City Hall credentials of Councilmember Letitia Plummer’s brother for taking pictures of council members’ cars and sending them to an activist, who showed them on Facebook in a tirade against those members for failing to support Plummer’s police reform plan last month.

Mayor Pro Tem David Martin said he informed Councilmember Plummer at 4 p.m. Thursday, shortly after the Chronicle published a story about the episode. Several council members had called for the Farouk Plummer’s credentials to be revoked.

Farouk Plummer, who served as an unpaid adviser in his sister’s council office, confirmed that he sent the photos to the activist in an “emotional decision” after the June 10 budget vote, and he said he does not regret doing so. He sent them, he said, to prove that Mayor Sylvester Turner and the council’s other five black members had met privately at City Hall on the weekend before the budget vote. Councilmember Plummer was invited to the meeting but did not attend.

“Yes, there’s no denying that I did it,” Farouk Plummer said. “As a protective brother, I felt some type of way about this, I got to be honest with you. I felt like they were either trying to, A, sabotage her, or B, steal her amendments from her.”

Gerry Monroe, the activist who received and displayed the photos online, since has attacked council members’ political positions and personal lives. He said one female council member “keeps a bunch of nuts in her mouth,” and that he was going to smack another member’s rear.

On Monday, he organized and video-recorded a 3 a.m. protest outside the house of Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, in which Monroe and a few other people stood outside her house, yelling for her to wake up.

Councilmember Tiffany Thomas was perturbed enough by Monroe’s video to file a June 11 police report about it and the photos sent to him. Thomas said she does not think the act necessarily was criminal, but she wanted the episode documented in writing in case the situation escalated. The cover sheet of the Houston police report characterizes the complaint as a “possible breach of security.”

“I feel completely betrayed. She was complicit in it and allowed it to happen,” Thomas said of Councilmember Plummer. “I think it’s gone too far, it’s played out, and it needs to stop. You have to turn the page and rebuild trust, but the trust is definitely broken.”

Here the story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-members-want-City-Hall-credentials-of-15380476.php.

Oh, well.

My July Beatles lyrics calendar has “Strawberry Fields Forever”

With:

“Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about”

The other calendar has a photo of the Beatles from 1967.

MLB put out their power rankings today and have the Astros at number 3.

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