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Remembering March 6

Tomorrow is March 6.  It will mark 185 years since the Alamo fell in 1836.  Maybe I will pull out one of my favorite CDs for the occasion – “Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo” from 2003.  It includes “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” from the series starring Fess Parker by Walt Disney. “Green Leaves of Summer” from the movie “The Alamo” with John Wayne.  This tune was nominated for Best Song and won a Golden Globe for Best Song. “Ballad of the Alamo”, also from “The Alamo.” We sang this tune in our high school choir – “in the southern part of Texas, in the town of San Antone.” It’s a cool CD.

My tweet photo is from the movie “The Alamo.”  I know. I know.  The flick is factually incorrect.  What did I know then when it first came out?  I was just a kid. I still liked the movie.  I still do.

Remember the Alamo.

Former Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen tweeted this a couple of days ago:

Though long overdue, it is welcome news that the ERCOT Board of Directors has terminated its CEO. Governor Abbott, who does not have authority over ERCOT, has been calling for its leaders to resign since February 16.

This is from Wikipedia on ERCOT:

ERCOT is governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) and the Texas Legislature. The PUC has primary jurisdiction over activities conducted by ERCOT. Three PUC commissioners, including the chair, are appointed by the governor of Texas.

Don’t you hate it when some folks think the rest of us are stupid.

I wonder what former Speaker Bonnen thinks about the Chron E-Board’s take today that sticks it to Gov. Abbott.  Here are parts:

Even in a state that celebrates limited government, most Texans can agree to this much: Gov. Greg Abbott’s top duty is to protect Texans’ lives, and at the very least, do nothing to put them in harm’s way. He has woefully failed.

The governor blindsided the medical community, business leaders and millions of Texans in his decision to drop all state restrictions on Wednesday that had been aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus. While the desire to allow struggling businesses to open fully is understandable on some level, there can be only one motivation for dropping the simple, commonsense requirement that we all wear face masks: the governor is putting politics over people’s lives.

Such recklessness in the service of political expediency has become a pattern for Abbott. His cynical calculations, and the deaths they cause, will define his legacy.

And this:

Abbott wasn’t at the ERCOT controls during the storm, but as Texas’ top executive he is accountable in important ways. Witnesses testified to lawmakers that the governor lacked urgency in alerting Texans of the storm’s magnitude, which first-term Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo aptly described as Category 5 hurricane conditions.

Abbott alone appoints members of the Public Utility Commission, who oversee ERCOT and were apparently adhering to his lax oversight philosophy in November when they fired the independent nonprofit firm that had for years monitored energy providers’ compliance with state guidelines, including weatherization efforts designed to protect energy infrastructure from failures during extreme cold. As though that weren’t enough, they also oversaw the gutting of the PUC’s enforcement division.

Here is the entire E-Board take: Editorial: Gov. Abbott’s deadly pattern of failed leadership (houstonchronicle.com).

The events of the past year have pretty much cemented Gov. Abbott’s legacy.  Weak, failed, cowardly and unable to accept responsibility. At this point, there is nothing he will do to change how history will treat him.  I don’t care how many pearls of wisdom folks like former Speaker Bonnen dispense.  When adversity confronted Texans, Abbott wimped out big time.

The Astros asked season ticketholders to participate in a brief survey yesterday about our thinking on being at Opening Day with social distancing, partial social distancing, or no social distancing.  I replied that I am not planning on returning to The Yard anytime soon.  I don’t think it is safe.

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