Thursday, June 21, 2018

TX Congressman Brian Babin condition after being hit by a bus

After bragging about his support for separating children from their mothers in a press release, Texas Congressman Brian Babin was run over by a bus driven by Donald Trump. Trump was racing to sign an executive order to stop the policy he created and Babin had joyfully supported. Trump stated:
"This was not something I created. It was the Democrats policy and only an idiot would voice his support for it."
Babin will be meeting the press as soon as he can take the egg off his face. His press release has received about 20 comments, all negative concerning his support of the policy that trump created. The comment period is still open.

Welcome to America, bitches!

We warned you. We really did warn you. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TX Congressman Brian Babin supports family separation

It's almost like our Congressman is as racist as his president.

From Brian Babin's press release:

What is happening at the border is unfortunate and a direct consequence of not implementing and enforcing our immigration laws. For this reason, I support the Administration’s zero tolerance policy and advocate for continuing it. 

I called his office asking if he supported taking children away from their mothers. His staff defended Babin's support as if they were defending someone who says "I'm not a racist but....". It was sad to hear them read off his press release of talking points. I felt sorry for his staff. They can't all be racists.

Babin is one of the few republicans who will defend his racist stance on this issue. At least he has the balls to defend it out loud.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SD11 Candidates for State Democratic Executive Committee

Update: I have reached out to Mr Quentin Wiltz a number of times. I was anxious to hear from him. He has not responded and he has not reached out to delegates either.

Updated with information from Susan Criss.

Six individuals are running for SDEC according to the documents provided by the Texas Democratic Party. Three men and three women. Candidates are beginning to reach out to delegates but not all. The election is this Friday. Better late than never. I intend to post updates as they come in.

One thing we do not need in our Senate District is anyone who is trying to hijack our Party. Let me be blunt. Bernie Sanders is not part of the Democratic Party. There is no "Bernie" faction of the Democratic Party. It should stay that way. We need individuals who are interested in growing the party and reaching out to everyone and not calling for a "takeover". This needs to stop and anyone running under that flag needs to quit. Our Revolution, the Sanders group, has called for a takeover by electing Bernie folks to SDEC. This has no place in our district or our Party. Join our Party and move us forward. Remember, we have an election in November and our house is on fire.

About the SDEC. The Party is represented by committee members to form the State Democratic Executive Committee. Each Senate district has a male and a female representative. Other organizations are also represented, Labor, Hispanics, African American, the Gay community, the disabled community, and others. Members meet every 3 months to conduct the business of the Party. Most committee members spend their own money and time from work to support this effort.

The elected official as an SDEC member is expected to perform the following:

  • Keep Democrats informed of the SDEC meetings
  • Meet with various clubs throughout the district
  • Distribute important information to Democrats in the district
  • Build the party
  • Represent SD11 at various functions

The individuals running for SDEC Male position are:

Mr. Muhammed Alam has sent an email concerning his candidacy. He could be a good contender. In part it reads:
Currently, I am precinct chair of 28, east side of Pearland. Has been involved in local politics. First campaign did for John Floyd in 2016, ran for state rep 29 and received 29,000 votes. Supported financially and time for many candidates for local and state candidates in 2017 and 2018. I have triple voters participation in Precinct 28 and more people are participating in the Pearland local elections. Pearland local election win number used to be 2000 votes and now 5000 votes. We have created a Political Action Committee for real change in local and then state politics. Main objective how to win election in Brazoria county. We must unit and run as slate to win. We must motivate voters and improve awareness of voting benefits. We must reach out voters and have more face time and understand local issues. We need more of them to vote to be successful. We must establish strong communication in SD11 with all precincts chairs

Mr Quentin Wiltz ran for Mayor of Pearland in 2017. He has impressive information about his professional background on his website but there is nothing on his desire to run for SDEC. I will update as soon as I get information. He too should be a good contender. He has not reached out to delegates.

Dylan Forbis has some information on his activism on Facebook but nothing concerning his run for SDEC. He is the President of Brazoria County Young Democrats. I have not received anything from him on his candidacy. 

I have reached out to all three to understand their reasons on running for SDEC, what they intend to do for the district and how they intend to grow the party. I'll update as soon as possible.

The individuals running for SDEC Female position are:

Susan Criss has been involved in politics for many years as an activist,  a candidate, and an elected official. She is an attorney practicing in Galveston County. She should be the leading contender for the SDEC Woman's position. Susan easily has what it takes to lead the district. She would be my choice. I'll update as soon as I get some detailed information from her. From her email to the delegates:
Democratic Activism
· I have been an active participant in Democratic politics my entire life. I was about 3 years old when my dad, Lloyd Criss, Jr. was the Democratic County Chair of Galveston County.
· Served on the State Board of the Texas Tejano Democrats.
· Served as a Parliamentarian of the Texas Democratic Women
· Active member of the Galveston County Democrats, the Neighborhood Democrats, , the Galveston County Coalition of Black Democrats, the Harris County Tejano Democrats, TDW Harris County,
· Active member of (no longer in existence) the North County (Galveston) Democrats, the West (Galveston) County Democrats, and Galveston County TDW (the original club).
· Belong to the new GC TDW club and the Bell County TDW.
· Participated in democratic clubs and labor events in numerous other counties. I have attended numerous SDEC meetings over several years.
· Stuffed envelopes, worked phone banks, block walked, raised funds, GOTV, attended conventions and protested for the better part of 57 years.
· Wrote a progressive column for the Galveston County Daily News entitled, “Nothing Left Unsaid”

Bengisu Abramsky has an impressive resume. She has jumped into the political process after the 2016 elections and it should be appreciated. She could give Susan a good run if she is actively campaigning across the district. She could be a great choice in a couple of years. Her email to the delegates includes:
This year, I served on my two kids’ schools’ PTA Boards as Legislative Chair, attended the Clear Creek Community Council (CCCC) of PTAs’ meetings as a delegate, and joined the CCCC’s Advocacy Committee where one of our initiatives was to register and educate voters. I became a VDR for Harris and Galveston Counties, worked at voter registration events, and helped organize candidate forums we put together before the primaries. I’ll continue serving in my roles on one of the PTA boards and the CCCC Advocacy Committee this coming school year.

Jhanvi Jariwala has a lot of energy. Although I have talked with her for some time, I was unable to understand her desire to run for SDEC, her qualifications, and I don't think she understands the duties of the position. She might want to start at precinct chair first before diving into the structure of the TDP. Energy is good but it needs to be directed.

See you at the convention!

Monday, June 18, 2018

For Chair of the Texas Democratic Party: Gilberto Hinojosa

Current Chair for the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa is running for re-election. Delegates to the Texas Democratic Convention should give him your vote. Again.

Texas has become a breeding ground for bad legislation, bad legislators and the lies that are required to sell the half baked ideas and candidates to the public. Unfortunately it works and it's hard to fight. Believing a simple minded slogan is much harder than reading and understanding a difficult problem and solving it. It makes it very difficult to lead in this state.

Our party is in for another tough election in 2018. We will face voter discrimination, harassment, purging, and attacks by foreign countries. In order to move towards blue the party needs strong leadership and money. Hinojosa can provide both. Leading a party is a very tough job especially in Texas but once again Hinojosa has volunteered to take that position. Hinojosa has served as Chair since 2012.

Although Cedric Davis has been a mayor before, I see no indication that he can provide the fundraising effort required for a state party or that he has the necessary experience. The other two who have applied for the position do not have the qualifications required for Chair of the party.

Gilberto Hinojosa for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Guide to the Texas Democratic Convention in Ft Worth

It's always a great rah-rah session!

The Texas Democratic Convention will take place next weekend in Fort Worth from Thursday-Saturday evening. Here is a quick guide for those attending:

Do not feed the LaRouche group. Seriously just leave them alone. They tend to be like lost, cute puppies. Once you talk to them you will end up taking them home. And feeding them. The LaRouche group is the cult of the Democratic Party. They are the fringe of the fringe advocating for impeaching Obama, supporting trump, and creating trade routes between the Earth, the Moon, and Mars. (I am not kidding!) Do yourself a favor and just leave them alone.

Do not sign petitions. Don't sign petitions unless you know exactly what they are going to accomplish (if anything). If a group gets enough signatures their resolution must be brought to the floor for a vote. Sometimes this could amount to a very long, drawn out, worthless vote. If the resolution they are pushing have merit they should have pushed them through the resolution committee.

The Texas Democratic Party has a load of information at their website, It has a schedule of events and the rules of the convention as well as other information. Take some time to read it.

Go to the Kickoff receptions. The kickoff is a great way to meet your elected officials, donate to the party, and have fun. It is always a good party for the party. The kickoff is at the Omni on Thursday evening.

Find hospitality suites. Many elected officials and organizations will have hospitality suites. Organizations like Annie's List, Texas Freedom Network, Young Democrats, etc are just a few that will most probably have a party. This is again a great way to meet like minded people on specific issues. And they are usually a lot of fun!

Visit the vendors. Once they are open find a plastic cover for your convention credentials. The vendors will have t-shirts, stickers, and other political merchandise. Many organizations will have a booth with information about their specific issue. Find an issue you are concerned about. Sign up to keep informed.

Attend your Senate District Caucus. At this time delegates will vote for SDEC chairs and positions for the various committees. You should have been contacted by those who are running by now.

Attend a caucus. There will be a caucus for a number of organizations including the Hispanic Caucus, Young Democrats, and specific issues caucus. Pick one and attend.

Next up.....endorsements for Senate District 11 and Party officials.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Movie Review: Hereditary

Gosh that sucked.

What a waste of $8.25. Seriously I am beginning to wonder if Rotten Tomatoes, the website with fairly accurate ratings, is nothing more than a bunch of bots whipping out random positive reviews for B rated movies. Such as:
Singlehandedly the greatest horror movie I have ever seen. I feel like every aspect of this movie was made for me. It's dark, bleak, depressing, horrific and genuinely enthralling.
Yea right. The only horror in this movie was the price of the ticket. When the movie was finally over the people sitting next to me said "Is that it?" and "That sucked". Here is a more accurate review of this waste of 2 hours:
Wait for it to come to Redbox. Get a free movie coupon. Rent it for free. Give it to your neighbors to watch. As they are wasting their time watching that piece of crap steal their lawnmower. At least you will get something out of it.

That was my review. Go watch something else. Something better. Like Battlefield Earth.

Friday, June 08, 2018

A sign you will never see in a bakery

The bakers who are claiming "Religious freedom" to deny building a cake for a gay couple are hypocrites. They have no problem building a cake for those who are repeat wedding planners. The issue has nothing to do with religion. Nothing. It has everything to do about being a dick.

Anyone catch my Napoleon Dynamite reference?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

President of the United States calls Harvey victims "Stupid"

It's getting hard to make this stuff up.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, said that tens of thousands of hurricane Harvey victims took their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico to watch the hurricane requiring the Coast Guard to rescue them. Really. He said that. I am not making this stuff up! In fact here is the Houston Chronicle:
"Sixteen thousand people, many of them in Texas, for whatever reason that is. People went out in their boats to watch the hurricane,” Trump said. “That didn't work out too well.”
Look, if you have ever read my blog you know I like satire. Like the press release that named a sewer facility after Congressman Louie Gohmert:
We searched far and wide looking for an individual who was capable of representing the essence of this facility. Gohmert has the necessary skills to sit down and make shit up. His has what it takes for many of his constituents to refer to him as simply as an asshole.
Or when Tx Ag Commissioner Sid Miller apologized for using the "C" word:
In the future I will work to uphold the laws of the State, the word of the Lord, and the wisdom of family values and will use other words like bitch or whore.
But this is NOT satire! Trump actually said that! He also claimed the Prime Minister of Canada burnt down the White House! Again, I am not kidding! From The New York Times:
But on Wednesday, CNN reported that the 206-year-old war figured prominently in a discussion between President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on May 25. According to CNN’s unnamed sources, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Trudeau, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”
Even Texas Governor Greg Abbott didn't hold back on Trumps ignorant Coast Guard comments stating "What a f*ckin moron".

Ok. Abbott didn't really say that, but when asked for comment, he just sat there.

Now that is satire!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Tx Ag Commissioner, Sid Miller, to apologize for C word comment

It's hard to make this stuff up.

For immediate release
June 6, 2018

From the desk of Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner

As an elected official of the great State of Texas, I have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution of the United States and Texas as well as represent the Office of the Agriculture Commission. Recently I have failed in one aspect of my duties.

In the past I have used a very derogatory comment towards female political opponents. Although I cannot defend my actions I would like to provide background for consideration.

I was raised on a rural farm. We were simple people, waking at the crack of dawn, working in the hot sun, and enjoying a cold glass of lemonade at the end of a very long day. We would go to church to praise our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior on Sundays as God wanted us to. We didn't have internet, social media, or twitter. Instead we relied on talking with our friends face to face including those we disagree with.

I went on to raise horses and ride in the rodeo. I was considered just an ole, simple minded, Christian, country bumpkin with a hat bigger than my head. Unfortunately this continues to this day resulting in my unfortunate use of the word C*** when referring to a female politician. For this I apologize.

In the future I will work to uphold the laws of the State, the word of the Lord, and the wisdom of family values and will use other words like bitch or whore.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

If you have Breeze Energy....they have left Texas

My suggestion is to find a new electricity reseller immediately. From KPRC:

HOUSTON - After nearly 20 years in business in the state of Texas, it's lights out for Breeze Energy.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas pulled the plug on the power provider Wednesday after it learned the company was not meeting mandated financial requirements to remain feasible.But that also meant the process to immediately shift nearly 10,000 customers to other providers was initiated without the rates those customers had negotiated with Breeze. Those new providers are referred to as "providers of last resort" or "POLR."
For those Currently with Breeze you will be transferred to a POLR which according to Electric Choice is Reliant Energy. Their rates are anywhere from 14 cents to 23 cents/kWh depending just how you look at their Electricity Facts Sheet.

According to the PUC:
The Commission has designated Providers of Last Resort (POLR) as a back-up electric service provider in each area of Texas open to competition. POLR service is relatively high-priced, due to the costs associated with planning and the risk of serving an uncertain number of customers with uncertain electricity loads. POLR service is a safety net for customers whose chosen REP is unable to continue service. This service is intended to be temporary and used only under rare circumstances when a REP is unable to provide service, or when a customer requests POLR service.
So switch now and avoid the high priced POLD or else you will be SOL.

Trump loving Texas teacher's email: I shouldn't be teaching your children

It is amazing who we have teaching kids in Texas. And quite sad.

A teacher has passed along this latest made up conspiracy without checking google or Snopes. Snopes has already debunked this incredible stupidity. It is sad that we actually have teachers in our state that adore this politically ignorant, racist, lying, assh*le of a human being and yet they are teaching our kids! One of these days this teacher will understand that the Republican Party does not like teachers. Or Muslims. Latinos. Workers. Police. FBI. CIA. African Americans.

This teacher has asked for this to be shared. I will.

Date: May 30, 2018 at 8:06:21 PM CDT
Subject: Unbelievable the nerve of the Obamas

I love our President!

Trump Just Ended Obama’s Vacation Scam.

He was going to stick us for 2.1 billion or so. Before Obama left office, he arranged with the State Department for a series of “official visits” to foreign countries, spanning the next 20 years.
Using discretionary funds from the Office of Presidential Visits and Vacations, Obama was able to weasel what would have been another $2.1 billion in free vacations for him and up to 24 members of his family plus staff and a dog sitter until the year 2036.

He would have, that is, had he not lost his office to Donald Trump. Trump, who is always looking for ways to save money, was having the office used for vacations repainted when he was presented with a ledger that contained all of the Obama travel plans and expenses.
[ FACT CHECK: Trump has spent more time playing golf in his first year than Obama has in 8 years for a total of over $68 million]

The ledger was found by one of the workers Trump hired from outside the typical White House staff to make alterations.

Trump immediately canceled the plans and recalled all Secret Service agents scheduled to protect the Obamas anywhere outside of the United States The Obamas are also facing another new challenge at the hands of Trump. They’re going to have to repay the government for all of those vacations that weren’t official state business. The bill, after some small allowances, for days that were possibly work related, is for $214 million. Of the 692 days the Obamas spent on vacation, almost none included any work at all. They ate, slept and golfed and Michelle was given shopping allowances from the Office of Discretionary Gifting Funds, which is supposed to be used to buy presents for visiting dignitaries. It’s just one scandal after another with these people.

Share this. Keep draining the swamp, most Americans do appreciate it.
My head hurts. This was shared by a teacher.