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The Failing GOP

Don’t you just wish when you got up this morning, that it was all a huge April Fools Day prank that was pulled on us.  Instead, we are living in our own sci-fi flick.

17 states still do not have stay-at-home status.  100,000 to 250,000 more expected to die, at a minimum.

Certain red states are getting the medical supplies they need.  F_ck the blue states.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says blame it on the impeachment thing.  Really? That’s funny.

Pretty conclusive evidence based on the data we can see.  GOP leaders are failing during this pandemic.  The GOP knows this too.  Their responses are lame at best.  It is tough for the GOP to shift blame to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when they control the daily briefings.  It is tough when you are trying to explain mounting bodies being piled into refrigerated trucks.

Commentary fully expected Gov. Greg Abbott to kowtow to the likes of wacko Hotze.  What kind of thinking is this?  We are trying to get through this pandemic and saying church gatherings is essential is madness.  That is another avenue for community spread.  What part about that does Abbott not get?  That’s worshiping at my expense.  Where is the public health logic on this? Truly irresponsible!

The Chron has a story today on the services issue and lucky for us, the religious leaders interviewed said they would not be holding Sunday in person services.

Texas is finally a stay-at-home state.  That’s what the Governor put out yesterday, but he doesn’t want to call it that.  Whatever.  Call it don’t-go-out-unless-you-are essential or need an essential service. Got it?

A lot of the networks are showing replays of sports games during the times they would be airing live events.  On the MLB Radio Network that you can get with certain SiriusXM packages, this Saturday evening at 10 pm, they will air Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and Yankees from Forbes Field.  The best World Series Game 7 ever.  The Pirates jumped off to a 4-zip lead.  The Yankees then took a 7-4 lead.  Then the Pirates jumped in front 9-7 heading into the 9th.  The Yankees scored 2 in the top of the 9th to tie it at 9.  Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the 9th by smacking a Ralph Terry 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to win the Series.

A diversion from the madness we are experiencing.

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25 years-ago today, we lost Selena.  She would be 48 years old.  She would for sure be putting out comforting messages on social media during this pandemic.  She would be a leader in the Latino community that folks would be looking to.  Don’t you miss her?

Everyone knows that Commentary subscribes to the Chron hard copy.  Today, they have a new section, sort of, page A13, that is called Coronavirus.  They have also blended the Sports Section into the front section because there really are no sports going on these days. Got it?

Donald Trump says he inherited a messed-up system for fighting the coronavirus.  Excuses, excuses.  We all need to push back and remind him that he had had three years to fix the so-called messed-up system.

The White House press corps needs reporters like Yamiche Alcindor from PBS and Jim Acosta from CNN to hold that MFer’s feet to the fire and not let him get away with sh_t.

Bloomberg has a story today about hospitals threatening their employees if they tell the press and others about supply shortages.  This is crazy.

I was watching the daily briefing yesterday and Donald Trump said he knew a lot about South Korea and said that Seoul had 38 million people.  My reaction was like wow, I didn’t know that.  CNN later said that Seoul has a 9 million folks. That being said, a lot of Trump supporters now know it is a fact that Seoul has 38 million folks.

I am now convinced that every morning CNN airs New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s briefing, CNN is reminding the rest of the country that this is the standard.  Just saying. Sad.

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Godzilla Game

On a much lighter note, 20 years ago this evening, the Yankees played the Astros in the Inaugural Game at what is now known as Minute Maid Park.  I was there.  Were you?

It doesn’t hurt these days to catch-up on:

Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  It has been (amount of time) since my last Confession.

And:

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended you, and I detest
all my sins, because of Your just
punishments, but most of all because
they offend You, my God, who are
all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of
Your grace, to sin no more and to
avoid the near occasion of sin.

Got it?

I was just turning 10 when the Cuban Missile Crisis hit us.  I was really too young to grasp the issue, but I do remember folks being apprehensive.  Maybe I was too young to feel threatened.

When I was 18, I was well aware of the Vietnam War and the possibility of being drafted, but I did not think Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon’s support of the war personally endangered me.  I was against the war. I felt that if I got drafted, what were the chances I got shipped off to Vietnam and killed?  I said it before that my draft lottery number kept me from being drafted.

After 9/11, I had issues on how 43 dealt with the response, but I did not feel personally threatened.  Yeah, our way of life changed, but I didn’t feel I was in danger.

This morning, I feel personally threatened with how the MFer Donald Trump has handled the COVID-19.  He’s made decisions or rather not made decisions that have endangered me.

No other occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has ever had that impact on my life.

He is a piece of s_it mother fu__er.

Don’t argue with me, please.

How can you even defend an arsehole who just yesterday tweeted about his TV ratings for the briefings when people in this country are scared of an unknown?

His MO. He says something stupid or dangerous.  It is on video.  He is called out.  He denies ever saying it.  It is replayed on video.  His base sees it and then believes him.  How wacko is that!

Some have chastised the cable news networks for covering Trump live at his daily briefings.  Some are saying they won’t watch.  I watch.  I want to know what kind of lies he’s spewing on the COVID-19 pandemic.  My life depends on me knowing what is going on.

My take on yesterday’s briefing.  Trump suggests some New York City hospitals are running a black-market mask racket.  Pitiful.

Let me just say this.  The Texas Governor has let us down.  He has failed to lead.

I gave up in snagging some Purell hand sanitizer.  I’ll have better luck finding “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing.”

You know how some folks are stuck at home and are putting stuff on Twitter to entertain like the one last week to tweet your favorite movie and quote and tag five others.  I would have tweeted one of the first two “Godfather” flicks.  My good friend, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, tweeted a quote from “Godfather”.  I did not know that was her favorite movie.  A good one was this past Saturday when someone tweeted insert “Godzilla” in place of a word in a movie title.  There were some good ones.  I probably would have tossed out there “Cool Hand Godzilla”, “Yankee Doodle Godzilla”, “Driving Miss Godzilla”, “Godzilla at Tiffany’s”, and “Godzilla of the Caribbean”.

Sen. Alvarado also tweeted last week that she had reorganized and cleaned out her plastic container shelves.  Why not?  I did the same and got me to do other similar projects.

Kroger cut me off.  They aren’t letting me do the surveys anymore after I called them out on their unsanitary and unsafe practices.

Stay safe and consider others.

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The USA is number one in the universe in coronavirus positives.  We’re just getting started folks.

About 2 pm yesterday, well 1:59 pm to be exact, I was jolted out of my chair when I got a Stay Home alert on my iphone. Wow!

Observations.

Donald Trump – incompetent and dangerous.  No explanation needed.

Gov. Greg Abbott – timid. Should be a stay-at-home state.

Gov. Greg Abbott – erratic.  Announcing a two-week self-quarantine if you fly in from New Orleans.  Nothing about driving in on I-10 from NOLA.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo – bold. No explanation needed.

Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Decisive.  No explanation needed.

These are just a few observations.  They decided to run for office.

The Texas Democratic Party State Convention will not be held in San Antonio in early June.  It will be a virtual event.

We lost Astros great Jimmy Wynn yesterday.  He was 78.  His number 24 was retired back in 2005.  He was a huge part of the Astros family.  The Toy Cannon will be missed but not forgotten.

At the Tuesday morning press conference where Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued the County’s Stay-At-Home order, a local reporter asked her if she had been in town this past weekend.  She said yes.   I wonder where that question came from?  Left field?

Zack Greinke went six innings last night, Devo came in for the 7th and 8th and Joe Smith finished as the Astros put it on the Angels last night, 8-1.  #SpringerDinger led off the bottom of the first with a round tripper.  Altuve and Bregman also had dingers last night with an SRO crowd watching.  That’s a leadoff dinger for #SpringerDinger 3 out of the last 4 Opening Days.  The price of a Saint Arnold went up again.

I wish.

Stay safe this weekend and consider others.

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Miya Slayed

The economy is still tanking.  That means Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is still alive.

Opening Day was supposed to happen this evening.  The usual gang would have gotten together at an eatery next to The Yard before the game.  The Angels were supposed to be in H-Town for a four game weekend series.  I have no idea when MLB will resume this season.

This is from a story yesterday by the Chron’s Astros beat writer, Chandler Rome:

On the eve of baseball’s now-canceled opening day, commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged that a 162-game regular season “probably” won’t happen due to the coronavirus pandemic, but offered optimism that Major League Baseball could be “gearing back up” in May.

The Commissioner can do math.

In case you weren’t paying attention yesterday, KTRK-TV’s Miya Shay shut down Dillard’s.   Dillard’s was trying to pull a fast one and say they were essential.  Perfume and make-up aren’t essential.  Miya went out to interview the store managers and they gave here the old heave ho out of the store.  Folks were paying attention to Miya’s reporting and voila, they were shut down. They should have had a little display of hand sanitizers at the entrance.

Sure, who knows where to find hand sanitizers these days.

Commentary has 70% alcohol that I put into spray canisters as a substitute.

Jasper Scherer of the Chron tweeted out about furniture stores being essential.  Some furniture outlets advertise in the Chron, just saying.

Also from Chandler Rome:

Major League Baseball’s investigation against the 2018 Red Sox is complete, but more pressing matters from the coronavirus pandemic have prevented commissioner Rob Manfred from finishing and disseminating his written report.

“There’s been a delay in terms of producing a written report, just because I, frankly, have not had time to turn to it with the other issues,” Manfred said Wednesday night on SportsCenter. “But we will get a Boston report out before we resume play.”

I don’t know about holding it back.  Some folks are spending their time reading books.  Some are binge watching TV programs.  I want to read the Red Sox report.

Some retail outlets are better than others at letting you know online what they have in stock in certain stores.  Some are lousy or don’t have that capability.  Commentary won’t reveal the good and bad.  I don’t want to start a stampede if you know what I mean.

I don’t know how we are doing this.  This is a whole new world and a whole new experience.  I try not to go out. When I do, I am avoiding folks, avoiding walking down an aisle if someone else is in it.  Using my credit card instead of handing over cash.

God help the first responders, medical community, retail clerks, sanitation workers, the media and everybody else who has to be out there on the front lines.

Stay safe and consider the safety of others.

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Staying Home

Here is from Royko on Judge Lina Hidalgo:

Sure hope she is a one term wash-out. The media shows Emmett far more often then her.

Emmett who?

Easter is in 18 days.  I wonder if Royko has picked out what he is wearing to his packed Easter Sunday service?

Kidding aside, I get where folks want to scrutinize, study, comment on and criticize Judge Hidalgo’s stay-at-home order.  This is America.

Chron reporters were comparing her order to the Dallas County order.  The Chron E-Board gave her a shout out of sorts. Folks are debating what services are essential and which ones are not and the Chron has a story on this subject today.  Hurricane preparedness and evacuation expert Bill King, who is also a good friend, has a take that I have posted below.

Let me just say this as an example.  When Bill King put forward recommendations on how to evacuate the Gulf Coast as a hurricane approached, he had the luxury of studying how we had responded to previous hurricanes.  Judge Hidalgo, Dallas County and others don’t have that luxury.

This isn’t a case of we have a Category 4 sitting out in the Gulf and here is what we have to do or we will be sending the Hurricane Plane up and gather data or here is what the Doppler Radar is picking up.  Folks, we have major news organization reporters sitting in their basements providing us with the news.  The only so-called data folks like Judge Hidalgo have is sort of real time of what is going on in China, South Korea, Italy, Spain, New York City, Seattle – you get the picture or rather lack of picture.

There really isn’t a playbook folks can reference on a fast moving virus that we still don’t fully understand.

Here is part of King’s take on Judge Hidalgo’s order:

Not much will change. Almost all of the restrictions in the order have already been adopted by the County’s residents, businesses and institutions. In addition, the definition of “Essential Activities”, “Essential Businesses” and “Essential Government Activities” is so broad just about anyone can find an exception for almost anything they want to do. Even liquor stores are exempt.  But given the circumstances, I guess I can see a strong case for them being an essential business!

Mostly this seemed to me to be a public relations effort to get some people that are not practicing social distancing to take it more seriously. For example, some friends told me that they went to run at Memorial Park over the weekend and people were basically shoulder to shoulder on the jogging track.

I want to commend Mayor Sylvester Turner for the role he played in this. My sources tell me that for the last several days he has been pushing back on more draconian restrictions Hidalgo had originally proposed. Ultimately, he was forced to go along with her because under state law the county judge has the final say. His presentation at the podium was critical in allaying fears as he mostly emphasized how little effect the order would have on what people are already doing.

After this is all over, we need to have a conversation about the sweeping powers Judge Hidalgo has purportedly just exercised. Just think for a minute about an elected official presuming to have the power to tell people they cannot go to their places of worship. Pretty sure that wouldn’t pass constitutional muster. I also wonder if some creative plaintiff lawyers may come up with some inverse condemnation claims for affected businesses.

In the end, will this do any good to prevent our hospitals from being slammed with a spike in COVID-19 cases? I don’t think there is any way we can or ever will know. I am skeptical. But it might do some good and only marginally increases the burden residents are already under.

If you ask me, draconian restrictions are probably warranted for those who aren’t essential.  I would rather be inconvenienced than dead. A lot of folks around us aren’t taking this a serious as they should.  We all know that and see that.

Go on ahead and say what you want about Judge Hidalgo, at least she is not singing the tune the arsehole from 1600 Pennsylvania is singing, you know:

“Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet.”

If you need convincing on whether or not liquor stores are essential, check this story: https://globalnews.ca/news/6724155/coronavirus-liquor-stores-essential-addiction/.

Sen. Bernie Sander says he wants to debate former Vice President Joe Biden in April.  Joe Biden should say nope!

 

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We Are the World

It’s too late Dude.  Governors, Mayors, and County Judges are taking the lead in shutting things down for a while.  Donald Trump has absolutely no chance of getting it back to the way it used to be because he says so.  Nope!  It is clear that he is shell-shocked at what has happened on his watch.  We are all out here fighting for our survival and he is worried about November.

Sorry pal, no self-respecting movie theater, bar, or restaurant is going to open because of what you say.

An AP story from the SA Express News website:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ lieutenant governor said Monday night that the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disease Control says are at higher risk for the coronavirus, will “take care of ourselves.”

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the comments while appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Patrick, 69, went on the program after President Donald Trump said earlier Monday that he wanted the country getting back to business in weeks, not months.

“Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it,” Patrick said. “And those of us who are 70 plus, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

What does “don’t sacrifice the country” mean?  What is he talking about?  As much as I hate to say this, I sure hope the Governor doesn’t leave the state anytime soon.  This is certainly not steady leadership in my book. My goodness!

Lionel Ritchie mentioned yesterday that maybe it was time to do a reboot of “We Are the World” to kind of help get us through these times.  How many of the soloists from the 1985 video tune are no longer with us?

Harris County is going to stay at home mode.  Commentary is waiting on Fort Bend, Galveston and Montgomery Counties.  Don’t let us down.

The Summer Olympics have been moved to 2021.

Just so you know, the 1940 and 1944 Summer and Winter Games were cancelled due to World War II.

In the order they sang the solo in “We Are the World”, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau and Ray Charles are no longer with us of course.

If we could get the old gang back together, who would you replace the five with?

Mine would be Garth Brooks, J-Lo, Madonna, Beyonce and Alicia Keys, with Beyonce subbing for Michael Jackson’s solo.  I would also name Taylor Swift as first alternate in case any of the original soloists were not up to the task.  Can you do better?

The final exhibition game was supposed to be played this afternoon at The Yard.

Stay safe and think of others.

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