Archive for December 23rd, 2020

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla

We are hurting in H-Town and Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott is plotting a takeover of the Austin Police Department.  Here is from the lead story in today’s hard copy of the Chron:

The spread of COVID-19, steadily increasing in Houston and Texas since the beginning of November, is expected to accelerate in coming weeks, according to the latest modeling, a trajectory that could make the city and state one of the nation’s next hot spots.

The models project COVID-19 numbers — cases, hospitalizations, deaths — to continue rising in Houston and many other parts of Texas before likely peaking sometime in January. Parts of the state at crisis levels the past month have peaked.

“There’s a lot of concern about the Houston area as we enter the Christmas season,” said David Rubin, a pediatrician and director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab, which produces one of the models. “If I were to say what areas in the country still have the potential to surge, the Houston area definitely would be one of them.”

The modelers attribute the expected increase to colder weather and people congregating indoors more, particularly because of the holiday season.

Here is the entire Chron story: Latest COVID-19 projections suggest Houston could be nation’s next hot spot – HoustonChronicle.com.

We have a massive leadership void in Texas when it comes to fighting the pandemic, but you already know this.

Donald Trump pardoned four murderers yesterday.  There goes the law-and-order campaign issue for Trump supporters. Out the window so they say like the budget deficit, ethics, character, and wasteful spending.  Am I leaving anything out?

On his way out the door, Trump pulled the rug out from under the feet of Republicans in Congress.  He wants folks to get a $2,000 stimulus check, not a $600 check. These spineless Republican leaders continue to blindly follow Trump because they fear him.

Let’s hope U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can figure out a way to get the $2,000.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was appointed yesterday by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill out the remaining two years of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ U.S. Senate term. Good for him.

Secretary Padilla is a close friend to State Sen. Carol Alvarado.  They have been good friends for years.  Alex was a LA city council member and a state senator. I put together an H-Town fundraiser hosted by Carol for Alex years ago when he was a California State Senator. His parents are immigrants from Mexico. Alex is an MIT grad.  He’s smart, articulate, nice and a real good guy.  He also knows how to raise campaign funds.

Alex has leadership, statesmanship and compassion written all over him.  California is lucky.  Compare a guy like Alex Padilla to Texas’ two stooges.  Well, you get the picture.

They even put out the video of Gov. Newsom making the ask.  Very cool.


Going across the spectrum from class to classless.  GOP AG Ken Paxton is a scumbag and an arsehole, but you know that.  Earlier this year, he was trying to get the feds to nix Harris County’s CARES Act funds for the election.  Usually, this punkarse puts out press releases touting his BS, but this time he didn’t.  He did it behind our backs.  That tells you something about his cowardly arse.  What a piece of sh_t.

The Rockets open the season this evening at Toyota.

Nothing from The Yard on the day before Christmas Eve.

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