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Barnabas Collins, GC

We lost Judge Ruben Guerrero last week.  His obit is in today’s Chron.

I think we were both at a State or National Democratic Convention years ago and were seated together on the bus headed to the convention hall.  He started telling me about a relative of his that at the time was one of the last surviving cast members – along with Angie Dickinson – of the western classic “Rio Bravo”, also starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan.  The actor was Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.  He played the hotel owner.  I did not know that at the time.

Judge Guerrero will be missed.  He was a great guy.

Today is September 1, 2020.

Nine weeks or 63 days until Election Day.

In a little over three weeks, mail ballots in Texas will start hitting mailboxes.  I am ready to mark all Democrats and then some.

Four weeks from tonight, September 29, former Vice President Joe Biden and Donald Trump will face off in the first Presidential Debate.

Yesterday, the USA hit 6 million COVID-19 infections.  Nice Job Trump and Gov. Greg. Abbott.

We are at over 183,000 deaths and will easily be past 200,000 by the first debate.

Trump said yesterday on Fox News that Barnabas Collins was Biden’s Chief Political Consultant.  That is news to Commentary.  Here is from Politico:

President Donald Trump alleged unnamed people in “dark shadows” are controlling Democratic nominee Joe Biden in an interview with Laura Ingraham that aired Monday night on Fox News.

In discussing what he characterized as anarchists and thugs terrorizing American cities, Trump said, “People that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows” are pulling the strings of the Democratic nominee.

And this:

“We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend. And in the plane, it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that,“ Trump told the Fox News host on “The Ingraham Angle.“

He added: “A lot of the people were on the plane to do big damage.”

Ingraham asked him for further detail. Saying it was under investigation, Trump replied, “I’ll tell you sometime.”

Here is the entire Politico article: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/31/trump-biden-conspiracy-theory-406729.

Remember when the Trump strategy was to make it look like Biden had lost it?  Oh, well.

It is September 1, and Trump’s strategy is to blow up everything.  That is why he is headed to Kenosha today.

Yesterday, Biden certainly sliced and diced Trump’s new strategy that Biden would bring violence and mayhem to the streets of the USA.  That was masterful.

The Chron E-Board today had a very good take on mail ballots.  Here is how it starts:

Texas officials continue to do everything they can to keep Texans from voting by mail this fall.

Our elected leaders should be working overtime to make voting as easy as possible for every eligible voter, including anyone who worries voting in person is too dangerous amid the coronavirus pandemic. When Harris County officials tried to do the right thing, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton promptly sued to stop it.

Luckily, though, the law is on voters’ side, even if the attorney general isn’t.

The Texas Supreme Court spoke on this issue in May, and while it did not find support in state law for declaring a blanket eligibility for all voters to request mail-in ballots due to the pandemic, the justices did make clear that current law leaves it up to each voter to decide whether their health concerns make them eligible for mail-in voting.

Yes, it was clear in May, and in an interview this month with the editorial board, Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said so again.

“The statute leaves this decision up to the individual,” Hecht said. “You can’t ask them. There is no form they have to fill out, they don’t have to swear to it, don’t have to sign anything; all they have to do is say, ‘I want (a mail-in ballot) because in my view I need one.’”

That’s not just the law, the chief justice said, it’s also the position the state took in court.

Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/ken-paxton-vote-by-mail-texas-election-2020-ballot-15528824.php.

One good thing about the GOP these days.  At least they don’t hide the fact that they are voter suppressors.  They wear it proudly along with their corruption.

Manuel Barrera sent me this on my take on the MLB boycotts:

I am glad that your thinking has changed, I remember when I asked you to boycott a game involving the Astros and Arizona, you declined.

A friendly reminder. Got it.

688.  That’s how many times Barry Bonds was intentionally walked in his career.  That’s an MLB record that will never be broken.  Albert Pujols is second with 312.

The MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and the Astros didn’t make any moves.  It is Ok by me.  I like our team and would hate to see us part with any of the players.

We play the Rangers tonight at The Yard and have a rare 2020 7 pm first pitch.

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