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Archive for December 8th, 2020

It was forty years ago today.

Commentary is talking about John Lennon getting murdered.  I was watching Monday Night Football.  The Dolphins and the Patriots. Howard Cosell let us know.

I am wearing a John Lennon t-shirt today.  Imagine.

Wow! Five weeks after Election Day, we finally got the RNC Platform. Ignore the rule of law and overturn the will of the voters in key battleground states. According to the just released RNC Platform, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that President-Elect Joe Biden won by close to 280,000 votes should not be awarded to Donald Trump because they are sore losers.  For the next couple of decades at the minimum, the GOP has lost the moral high ground on election contests.  Fuc_ing morons!

Everyone knows that Commentary’s top two flicks of all time are “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II”, interchangeably.  The first one received eleven Oscar nominations and won three Oscars for Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay. “Part II” also received eleven Oscar nominations and won six Oscars for Best Picture, Direction, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction and Dramatic Original Score.

“The Godfather Part III” didn’t fare as well.  It received seven Oscar nominations including for Best Picture and Director but didn’t win in any category..

Yesterday, on “Today”, there was a story about a new version of “Part III” that is coming out soon.  Harry Smith interviewed Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Andy Garcia yesterday.  Coppola said they rushed “Part III” and that’s why it didn’t meet expectations.  Coppola also said that 160 changes have been made including the ending. It also has a new title called “The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.”

I have said it before.  Not signing up Robert Duvall for the third installment was a mistake.

I guess I don’t have a choice.  I will have to see the revised version.

President Obama told Jimmy Fallon the other night that “Die Hard” wasn’t a Christmas movie.  President Obama is wrong.  There are a few Christmas tunes played in the flick, including the ending, and the movie takes place during Christmas. 

The Chron E-Board went after the Houston Police Department today.  Here is how their take starts:

In Houston, more killers are getting away with murder. In normal times, that’s a problem. In a global pandemic that has delivered a grim spike in homicides, it’s a crisis.

Police Chief Art Acevedo and everybody else at the Houston Police Department need to treat it like one.

The number of unsolved murders in Houston increased over the past decade, with the homicide clearance rates tumbling from a high of 89 percent in 2011 to a low of 57 percent in 2019. As of May, when the Houston Police Department conducted an internal review, the rate was 48 percent.

Here is the entire take: Editorial: In Houston, more people are getting away with murder. HPD needs to act. – HoustonChronicle.com.

Commentary doesn’t expect any changes at HPD.  Just saying.

Democrats made gains in Texas in 2018 because of #BetoForTexas.  It wasn’t because of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.  It wasn’t because of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.  It wasn’t because of the Texas Democratic Party.  It was Beto.  Gains we made up and down the ballot should be credited to Beto.  Check this from the Trib today:

The head of the Texas Democratic Party has appointed a committee to take a “deep dive” on what went wrong in the November election after a group of executive committee members wrote to him demanding answers, reforms and a shakeup in senior staff.

The chair of the party, Gilberto Hinojosa, said he always intended to convene a formal effort to review the election results, but the news of the panel comes after 38 executive committee members sent him a letter urging sweeping changes at the party after what they described as an “electoral failure” in November.

“Even though we very much disagree with the allegations that are made in the letter, we think it is important to find out exactly what happened in this election because we were just as shocked as everyone else,” Hinojosa said in an interview Monday.

Texas Democrats severely underperformed expectations in the November election after looking to it as their best shot in decades at making inroads. President Donald Trump carried the state by 6 percentage points, U.S. Sen John Cornyn won reelection by 10 points, Democrats picked up zero U.S. House seats despite targeting 10, and their push to flip the state House fizzled as they gained one seat and lost another.

Democrats have since said they were misled by bad polling and lamented their decision to hold off on in-person campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic. Hinojosa cited both those factors in a letter responding to the executive committee members, while saying he agrees that a “complete analysis needs to be done on this to determine what really happened.”

“The Party is committed to conducting a ‘deep dive’ analysis of the election, using outside persons or entities, and partnering with other allied groups to fund it if necessary,” Hinojosa wrote.

The Tribune obtained a copy of the letter that was dated Friday. In it, the State Democratic Executive Committee members raise a host of issues related to the governing body’s relationship with party staff — which appear to predate this election cycle — as well as the party’s role in the November election.

“From messaging to organizing, political data to simple administration, the Texas Democratic Party has dropped the ball and it is becoming more and more apparent every day that our senior leadership is refusing to take responsibility or, more importantly, the actions necessary to resolve the many shortfalls of our party this election cycle,” the letter said.

The letter makes a dozen requests, including a change in senior staff, a “full accounting” of party finances, a “full roster” of party employees and consultants, a “10-year strategic plan,” an “overhaul” of the party’s approved vendors list, outreach to state parties in places like Georgia and Virginia, and a task force on the party’s headquarters.

Here is the entire Trib article: Texas Democratic Party investigating poor performance in November 2020 | The Texas Tribune.

Commentary is betting there won’t be any changes at the Texas Democratic Party. It really hasn’t changed over the last 25 years or so.  It will just be another cheap paint job. Same losing mindset.

The way to fix things is to let Beto lead the team to do the so-called deep dive.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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