Archive for January 29th, 2021

We lost another great actor yesterday.  Cicely Tyson is no longer with us.  I first saw her in “Sounder” where she was nominated for Best Actress. She was also in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and played Binta, Kunta Kinte’s mother, in the first episode of “Roots.” She was a Kennedy Center honoree and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom when it actually meant something.  She was a titan and will be missed.

Commentary got the first dose yesterday of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. I went online back in the first week of January and after a few refresh hits snagged an appointment.  I think I am in the 1B group, you know, the older folks.

It was at the City of H-Town’s North Side Health Center operated by the Houston Health Department.  The one I took a swipe at yesterday. I am sorry.  This location is off of Crosstimber just north of the North Loop 610.

It was a 15 minute drive from my place.  I got there 20 minutes ahead of my appointment. They immediately checked me in and handed me paperwork that took me 10 minutes to complete.  Five minutes later I was injected and sat in a large waiting room for 15 minutes in case there was a reaction.

In the waiting room they told me they would call me to schedule my second dose that would be in 4 weeks.  They said if I didn’t hear from them as the 4 week date approached, call them.

There was a minor throb in my left arm throughout the day.

The process was efficient.

I admit that getting vaccinated this early has given me a brief guilty feeling, but hey, I don’t set the rules on this. So, there.

Let’s see. Gov. Greg Abbott put out an Executive Order yesterday to override President Joe Biden’s Executive Orders and he’s already put out Executive Orders to override Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s Executive Orders.  That’s funny.  Shelley Luther stuck one of Gov. Abbott’s early Executive Orders up you know where.  What a bozo.

The Republican U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went to visit Donald Trump yesterday to let the Republican Party know that Trump still owns his worthless arse.  He didn’t need to do that.  We already knew that. Old news.

From Politico on what some Democratic members of Congress think of their Republican colleagues these days:

“I’ve really been struggling with it,” added Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who was also in the chamber when rioters breached the building. “I have a hard time interacting with those members right now, especially with those I had a closer relationship with… I’m not going to deny the reality — that I look at them differently now. They’re smaller people to me now.”

They are smaller people.  Here’s the deal.  Democrats are living in la-la land if they think they can work with the Republicans in Congress. Most of them still worship Trump and most say publicly that the election was stolen.  How can you work with them?

This is from the Tribune:

“You’re talking about a person who says they want to run for governor who said, ‘Heck yes,’ he’s gonna come and take your guns,” (Gov. Greg) Abbott said, referring to (Beto) O’Rourke’s 2019 embrace of a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons. “Heck yes, he’s for open borders. Heck yes, he’s for killing the energy sector and fossil fuels in the state of Texas. I don’t think that’s gonna sell real well.”

And this:

“You know what doesn’t ‘sell well’ @GregAbbott_TX?” O’Rourke said. “The fact that 36,000 Texans have died from Covid. [You] have undermined public health and local leadership at every turn, and now too many of our family, friends and neighbors are dead because of it.”

O’Rourke ended by saying, “Whether or not I run, I will do everything in my power to elect a Governor who looks out for everyone, keeps Texans safe, answers to the people instead of the special interests & guarantees that we all have equal opportunity to achieve our best in life.”

If I was Beto, I would have thrown in that Abbott also worships Trump.

From Kuffer today on 2022:

Mike Collier is terrific, and he came pretty close to winning in 2018 as well. As we know, former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski is in for Attorney General, likely with some company in that primary. That’s one reason why I’m not going to jump on the Beto train at this point – it’s fair to say that having three white guys at the top of the ticket is not an accurate representation of the Democratic base, nor is it a great look in general. Obviously, it’s very early, and who knows who will actually run, and who might win in a contested primary. Let’s get some more good people raising their hands and saying they’re looking at it, that’s all I’m saying. The Trib has more.

Here is all of Kuffer: Beto for Governor? – Off the Kuff.

I am glad Kuffer said it.  We need a diverse ticket with folks of color, females and LGBTQ folks.  Three white dudes at the top of the Democratic Party ticket in 2022 ain’t going to cut it. 

Luis Salinas sent me this and he makes a good point:

My 92 year Dad asked me, “If they were able to build all those tanks, planes and ammunition without computers for WWII, why can’t they build PPE’s and vaccines with computers?”

Have a nice weekend and stay safe.

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