Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Movie Review: The Mule

Wait for it on DVD or Blu-Ray.

What a disappointment. Watch the trailer below. It has more excitement than the actual movie. Eastwood did his best to play a gross, horny, mumbling, old man. He did this pretty well. It was a slow, drawn out story with little if any unpredictable plots. Little excitement, little drama, ending in a "Is that it?" ending. 

At the end of the movie many were still in their seats hopefully waiting for after credits or something that said "Clint Eastwood spent the last days of his lonely life in prison. He grew flowers." or something like that. The entire movie needed closure. The lady sitting next to me said what I was thinking "Is that it?' Others left the theatre saying the same thing. This was truly a wasted effort by Eastwood. He should consider retiring.

The Mule is The Dud even at the discount price of $5.00 Tuesday rate. Grab a hand full of popcorn and a shot glass of Coke and watch the trailer:

Trump turns on the NRA. Bans the ownership of bump stocks

After 58 Americans were gunned down with an assault weapon equipped with a bump stock in Las Vegas with hundreds more injured Trump will be signing an executive order banning the sale and ownership of the device on Friday. From NBC News:

"We are faithfully following President Trump’s leadership by making clear that bump stocks, which turn semiautomatics into machine guns, are illegal, and we will continue to take illegal guns off of our streets," Whitaker said. 
Later, at a school safety event at the White House, he called it a "big victory" for Trump's administration.

Better late than never. It only took trump a year to realize bump stocks should be off the market. He could have had a "big victory" by signing this order a year ago.

As of Friday bump stocks will no longer be sold in America and those who own the device will have 90 days to turn it in. Watch for the NRA to file a lawsuit. Next up: high capacity clips and assault weapons.

Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner: That's not my dick. Pic

The University of Texas has completed a review of the facts concerning Texas Senator Charles Schwertner sending sexually explicit texts to a student including a dick pic. From the Dallas Morning News:
AUSTIN — The University of Texas completed its investigation on Tuesday into whether State Sen. Charles Schwertner sent sexually explicit messages — including photos of his genitals — to a student, issuing a report that neither fully incriminates nor clears the Georgetown Republican of wrongdoing.

According to Schwertner he shared a device with an anonymous individual and provided this person with the password to his Hushed account that allows for encrypted texts. That individual, not Schwertner, sent the messages. If a dick pic was sent this would be a fairly easy investigation. Line up Schwertner and his anonymous buddy and have them drop their linens.

Unfortunately Schwertner has been uncooperative, will not disclose the individual, and will probably refuse to drop his linens. His wife has declined cooperation also.

The university reported it could not prove Schwertner sent the offensive messages, and a forensic investigation found that they did not come from his phone. However, the messages did come from Schwertner's Hushed account, a privacy app that allows people to send messages from separate phone numbers, and his LinkedIn account.
The UT investigation also described Schwertner as uncooperative and unwilling to be interviewed or answer questions about whether he had other electronic devices where the messages could have originated.

The Lt Governor, Dan Patrick, was relieved. "I am glad we can put this issue behind us. I urge all Senators to not send dick pics to young, beautiful students in the future via their official Hushed accounts."

He didn't really say that but he was thinking it! Watch for a civil suit to follow.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Who shouldn't run for the Democratic Party nomination for President

It's always good to have a competition between a number of good, qualified, Democratic candidates for President, but let's be honest about who shouldn't run. We have some excellent candidates with the necessary qualifications to lead the nation that we should focus on. We do not need the second tier candidates to muddle up the primary. For starters:

Bernie Sanders. He will never receive the nomination. Ever. Democrats say "If he is the nominee, I will vote for him." but that isn't enough votes. The nominee requires votes from the middle to win in the general. They are the ones that will swing the election. Sanders can't and has never had to reach out to them over the last 35 years he has been in office. The middle will never support a socialist like Bernie. Besides the fact he can't win, he still isn't a Democrat and once a real Democrat like Beto O'Rouke runs, his supporters will be gone.

Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren has a great reputation for tackling Wall Street, providing some much needed consumer protection for Americans. She should keep doing that. I believe the DNA test she performed is her email issue. She will never get over that. Could she be President? Sure but once again she needs the middle not just the far left.

Richard Ojeda. From CNBC: "The latest politician to join the list of President Donald Trump’s potential challengers is Richard Ojeda, who lost the race to represent West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday night. He also voted for Trump in 2016". Enough said. Ojeda is a loose cannon. Let's thank him for his military service then move on.

Michael Avenatti. The politically ignorant loudmouth has no business running for this office. We already have one in the White House we don't need another. He is nothing but a shiny penny with his tough talk but not worth a cent as a political candidate.

Oprah Winfrey. Another politically ignorant individual who could use her talent to help drive out the vote for our candidate. Being popular is not enough. This isn't a damn game. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Just in time for Christmas! An AR-15 with a bump stock!

As the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus Christ approaches, Texans have made a list and are checking it twice looking for that special gift that reflects the season of joy, happiness, and love.

And what can be better to celebrate the coming of Christ than an assault rifle, like the popular AR-15?  Coupled with accessories like a 100 round barrel clip and a bump stock to convert the rifle to fully automatic makes this a perfect gift to light up the face of any high school Christian student!

And where else but Academy Sports and Outdoors to start your purchase? Academy has a wide selection of assault style weapons such as the AR-15, Rugers, Mossbergs, Colt and many many more with price ranges just right for every frugal Christmas shopper! Academy sells the Radical Firearms AR-15 for only $529.00, a gift that would wake up the face of anyone anxiously awaiting Baby Jesus!

But that is not all! A 100 round barrel clip can be found on the internet for the low price of just $79.95 and a bump stock that converts the AR-15 into a fully automatic rifle can be found for the low, low price of $150. Order now before those g--damn Baby Jesus hating Democrats take them off the g--damn Christmas cheer market!

Complete your Christmas purchase with a "Freedom Bucket" of 300 rounds of quality bullets also sold with joy at Academy Sports and Outdoors!

What a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with an AR-15, bump stock, 100 round magazine, and a bucket full of ammo snuggled under the Christmas tree in a festive manner! Just look at the above video to see what kind of Christmas cheer a purchase like this can bring to any young Christian!

Merry Christmas to the republicans for protecting the rights of Texans to bring this kind of Christmas joy to our streets, dance clubs, churches, schools, concerts, and restaurants!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Who is Tony Buzbee?

Photo by Click2Houston
You might have heard about Tony Buzbee possibly running for Mayor of Houston. You might also have heard he has offered to mediate between the Houston Fire Fighters and the City of Houston concerning the recent equal pay proposition that passed. This seems to be a major conflict of interest since he is considering a run for Mayor. So who is Tony Buzbee?

Buzbee is a politically ignorant, wealthy, "tell it like it is", not a politician, lawyer who intends to self finance a run for Mayor of Houston, a political office. Sound familiar? It should. Buzbee is the Donald Trump of Houston. According to the right wing Empower Texas PAC via the righter wing Texas Scorecard:
According to Buzbee, his candidacy is different because he is not a politician and can entirely self-fund his campaign. 
If he doesn't sound like Donald Trump no one will. There is a lot about Buzbee voters in Houston should be aware of, for instance, he held a yuge fundraiser for Donald Trump. He has donated over $1M including $308,000 to Gregg Abbott, $80,000 to Rick Perry, $35,000 to Trump Victory PAC, and $30,000 to the RNC. He has represented Rick Perry in his felony charge of abuse of power. After Bob Perry passed I believed Buzbee would fill the role of the sugar daddy of the Texas Republican Party. That may still happen.

Buzbee is an Aggie and a veteran serving tours in the Persian Gulf and Somalia. Prior to becoming wealthy, Buzbee was a Democrat. He was the chair of the Galveston County Democratic Party and ran as a Democrat for State Representative against Larry Taylor, and lost. He has sprinkled his money across both parties, including judicial candidates, possibly to gain favor from both for his non partisan run for Mayor. That usually doesn't work.

We have seen what a politically ignorant, wealthy, straight talking, non politician, has done to our Country. We surely do not need another one in the City of Houston.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Texas Secretary of State, Rolando Pablo, has resigned

Well this is strange.

After just 2 years in office, Rolando Pablo has resigned. From his resignation letter to Governor Abbott:
With the midterm elections successfully behind us, and the 86th legislative session around the comer, I believe this would be a good time to begin the process of transitioning out of my position and passing the baton to the next secretary of state. Serving Texans as Secretary of State has been an oppo1tunity of a lifetime, but I feel the need at this time to turn my attention to my private practice. 
So, it is with great affection and gratitude that I respectfully submit to you my resignation of the office of Texas Secretary of State, effective December 15, 2018.
Pablo is/was the Secretary of State. It's pretty strange that he would quit after just 2 years but as his resignation letter said this is a good time to leave especially after the ass kicking his party received in 2016. 

Is Social Security going broke? No.

AARP magazine wrote a great article on "Social Security The Real Facts". If you have a moment read the article so you can talk intelligently about it especially before you say something ignorant like "SS is going broke" or "SS will not be around when I am old". Click on the summary below to view a larger version.

Some of the interesting points:
Social Security is not going bankrupt. It has a $2.89 Trillion reserve. If no adjustments are made this reserve will be depleted in 2034. SS will be able to pay benefits but at a reduced level of 79%.

Congress can easily fix this. 95% of American workers pay into Social Security every paycheck. 5% of American workers pay into Social Security till they reach the cap of $133,000. Then they stop contributing. If Congress would move this cap to $250,000 the fund could pay full benefits for another 50 years. This change would affect just 5% of American workers.

Fun facts. Social Security Administration has a budget of $12.5 Billion. 63,000 Federal employees. 16,000 state employees. 1245 field offices.

You can start collecting at 62. You can start collecting social security benefits at 62 but at a reduced rate. Do the math and see if this is right for you.

Social Security should not be your sole source of income at retirement. Couple this with a pension and savings and you will do just fine. Unfortunately most Americans do not have a pension so savings at a very early age into a retirement fund is a must.

You can visit to view your specific information such as how much you have made each year you have been working, your projected benefit at various ages and more!

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Movie Review: Instant Family

Go see it! Now!

Mark Wohlberg has had some ups and downs of movies including the remake of the Planet of the Apes, Mile 22, Fighter, and Lone Survivor. Mile 22 was his latest flop. It really sucked. Instant Family, on the other hand, ranks with one of the good ones.

If you don't like tearing up in the theatre wait for Ted III because Instant Family is a good story, based upon real life, and will pull on your heartstrings. Wohlberg in Instant Family is able to bridge the gap between funny and serious and he does it well. Isabela Moner as the oldest of 3 foster kids is lovable at first sight and has a great performance. Wohlberg's wife, played by Rose Byrne, also provides comedy and tear jerking moments.

It is a great movie. One of the better ones of the year. Go see it.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Spending Campaign Cash: Brand New Congress

According to the Federal Election Commission the Brand New Congress PAC spent $773,837 in 2017-2018. As I have said before concerning the record of BNC:
Out of 31 candidates recruited, only 1 won in a deep blue district. Here are the results of Sander's Brand New Congress campaign:

31 candidates in the Brand New Congress
  • 20 lost in the primaries
  • 11 advanced to the general election
  • 8 were Democrats
  • 2 were Socialists
  • 1 was an Independent
  • 10 lost in the general
  • 1 won in the general (Ocasio -Socialist)

 The majority of the spending was for "Strategic Consulting" to the Brand New Congress LLC for $466,000. $105,000 for "Wages and Salaries", About $60,000 for an unknown category, and $70,000 for "Payroll fees", leaving about $50,000 for all other expenditures.

Not much else to say about this. It looks like a jobs program for Sander's followers. According to Wikipedia:

Brand New Congress is a volunteer-led American political organization that intends to run hundreds of campaigns for United States Congress with candidates of the organization's choosing[7] by the 2018 midterm elections, regardless of party affiliation.[8] The organization plans to make staffing and fundraising decisions for all its candidates at once.[9]

They had 31 candidates. One won.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Texas: Thank god for Mississippi!

Whew. That was a close one!

Texans breathed a sigh of relief late last night when Mississippi voters reelected a racist, Cindy Hyde-Smith, to the United States Congress. According to Governor Greg Abbott:

"For years Texas has been at the bottom of the barrel in education, wages, and environmental protection. We have elected some of the most god awful candidates to office. Our slogan of "No Place But Texas" has now become a joke. But last night Mississippi voters wiped it all out by voting for a racist to the United States Senate. A RACIST! Thank god for Mississippi!"

Ok. Once again, he didn't say that, I did. Thank god for Mississippi.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Spending Campaign Cash: Justice Democrats

Justice Democrats is a Bernie Sanders organization for far left candidates including Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio. As I said before:

Justice Democrats didn't perform very well. According to Justice Democrats they elected 7 of their endorsed candidates to Congress. 2 were incumbents in deep blue districts. 1 was unopposed.  4 were all in very blue districts wiping out their general election opponents. It's not like they were endorsing in tough competitive states like Texas, although those they did lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

Looking at their spending for the last two years, Justice Democrats spent about $2,250,000. $633,000 on wages ranging from $71,000 to $32,000 for ab out 13 employees. $217,000 on Payroll taxes, $270,000 on fundraising, and $88,000 on Credit Card fees.

They also spent $605,000 on "Strategic Consulting" paid to the Brand New Congress, another Bernie Sanders organization. This leaves about $526,000 for overhead expenses, rent, legal fees, etc but nothing was spent for donations to individuals candidates. I'm not quite sure what Justice Democrats accomplished besides raising and spending money but not on individual candidates.

Maybe looking at Brand New Congress spending will give more insight.

Mississippi: The Eyes of Texas are Upon You

Texas is pulling for Mississippi voters to send Cindy Hyde-Smith back to the United States Senate.  According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

"For too long Texas has been at the bottom of the toilet when voting. We have voted for an indicted Attorney General, Ken Paxton, for Sid Miller who referred to a woman using the C word, and for Ted Cruz the asshole of  the Senate. But on Tuesday Mississippi has the opportunity to elect a real racist and we thank god for Mississippi for taking the eyes off of Texas."

Well, that isn't exactly what he said but you get the idea. Texas has some of the worst human beings as elected officials yet they continue to be reelected. "No Place But Texas" really means it until tomorrow. Mississippi voters have a chance to elect a real live racist, Cindy Hyde-Smith, someone who joked about a lynching and wouldn't apologize. Even her donors have called for refunds including Major League Baseball, Pfizer, Walmart, and Union Pacific to name a few.

The top racist of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, is set to hold a rally for Smith on Monday. The rules are about the same as for the Ted Cruz rally in Houston:
  1. No Mexicans (except for a few behind the stage)
  2. No Teachers
  3. No Muslims (except for a few behind the stage)
  4. No Federal employees including former FBI agents
  5. No Blacks (except for a few behind the stage)
  6. No Jews
  7. No non-Christians
Thank god for Mississippi!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Who shouldn't be running in Texas SD 6

A special election will be held for Texas Senate District 6 on Dec 11 and most probably followed by a runoff due to two last minute candidates announcing for the position. State Representatives Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez are two very qualified candidates for the position and the voters will have a tough time deciding who should represent that district.

On the other hand we have two unknowns, Martha Fierro a republican, and Mia Mundy a Democrat. Both have filed with the Texas Ethics Committee but have not reported any donations as of yet. Fierro is a precinct chair, which in itself, is not a great qualification to run for Senate. Maybe she should have started with something a bit smaller like president of her homeowners association. According to her Facebook page she is a regional leader of the Faith and Freedom Coalition an extreme right wing organization. 

Then we have Mia Mundy. According to her Facebook page:
Mia Mundy is an Executive Search Consultant for Manhattan Resources.Mia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hannibal -LaGrange University in Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University.
Eat em Kats! I cannot find much information about Mia but there is a forum for the candidates on Nov 28. Maybe we can learn something about these two. At the moment the only reason they are in the race is to cause yet another runoff between two very well qualified candidates.

Pete Olson comments on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Donald Trump issued a statement claiming the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed and dismembered by the Saudi government, was actually a terrorist and making money with the Saudis is more important than the life of a journalist. From the White House:
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!
Texas Congressman Pete Olson issued the following statement concerning the United States intelligence community's assessment of the killing that was orchestrated by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman:
Olson continued with this:
"I cannot in good faith go against the wishes of President trump because he is our president and he might primary me in my swing district in 2020. Trump scares the living shit out of me and I cannot issue a statement at this time."

He didn't really say that, as you know, but he did not issue any statement on Trump's statement. He is, once again, silent.