Archive for September 23rd, 2021


Commentary was watching Don Lemon’s show on CNN last night. Matt Dowd was on and had some pretty good advice for the moderate Democrats in Congress.  Dowd advised the moderates to get on the President Joe Biden program.  If President Biden doesn’t get what he wants, his numbers will be tanking in 2022 and moderate Dems will be the first to go down. Sounds like good advice to me. 

If dumbf_ck was a dictionary word, next to the word would be a picture of State Sen. Paul Bettencourt. 

The Texas State Senate took up a property tax relief bill yesterday. The dumbarse arsehole Sen. Bettencourt prepared an amendment to the bill that would have invalidated a school district’s bond election if less than 25% of the voters turned out to vote in that election. Sen. Carol Alvarado’s office asked me to prepare talking points on this. Such an easy task. 

I pulled up the 2020 Republican Party March Primary in Harris County where voter turnout was in single digits. Would Bettencourt agree that the nominees of their GOP primary not be validated, and they would have zilch candidates on the November ballot? 

Property tax rollback elections are a GOP favorite.  Would Sen. Bettencourt apply the 25% turnout requirement to rollback elections? 

Sen. Bettencourt ended up deep sixing his dumbsh_t amendment. These GOP guys are so power-hungry bullies that their brains start turning into mushy excrement.  Did I say he’s an arsehole? 

Royko sent me this on my take on Messy City Hall from yesterday: 

It always has been the Democrat way, to feather the nests of cronies, as long as the taxpayers are being thoroughly squeezed. 

Royko has a select memory.  Cronyism was running pretty rampant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue up until January 20 of this year.  President Biden ran off the GOP grifters. Cronyism is what help break the grid during the Big Freeze causing a few hundred to freeze to death.  Talk about feathering GOP nests and taxpayers getting squeezed. 

I was talking to a respected veteran politico yesterday about the messy city hall stuff.  We both kind of agreed that the fired Housing Director Tom McCasland talked it over with someone else or two to discuss how he would choreograph his exist.  We both found it hard to believe that he would plan it on his own and it was certainly not spontaneous.  Others had to have been in on the fix.  Good execution. 

As expected the Chron E-Board weighed in and here is the latter part of their take: 

What’s shameful is that, if the allegations are true, the mayor was willing to harm ordinary, low-income folks in the process, willing to compromise a cause he deeply believes in. 

The mayor owes Houston an explanation. So far, the mayor has stuck to his rationalization that he’s the mayor and he has a right to override staff recommendations. 

That’s certainly true in our strong-mayor form of government. But he has no right to abuse his powers, to waste taxpayer money, to enrich friends at the expense of struggling families. 

Incidentally, while some will take this opportunity to argue against Houston’s strong mayor, our form of government isn’t the problem. Really, it’s that there are too few checks on the mayor’s power, too little transparency, too few opportunities for others to scrutinize the mayor’s decisions. We’ve had mayors who wielded that power judiciously, but what happens when a mayor refuses to do the right thing

Perhaps that’s what McCasland is trying to show us. 

In his departure, the city has lost a dedicated public servant and apparently a courageous one, too. The mayor has already announced his interim replacement but in practice, replacing McCasland’s knowledge and judgment won’t be easy. And that could spell more bad news and more delays for the Harvey victims who have been waiting years for housing relief. 

They too will suffer because of this debacle. But Houston shouldn’t let it be in vain. Council members need to heed McCasland’s pleas, look into his accusations and apply whatever pressure they can to change a system that, although it was intended to make our mayor strong, was never intended to make him king. 

Here is the entire take: Editorial: Tell the truth, Mayor Turner. Why the ‘charade’ over wasteful housing contract? (houstonchronicle.com). 

The Brewers, Dodgers, Giants and Rays have clinched a playoff spot. Our magic number is now 3. 

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