Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SD11 Candidates for State Democratic Executive Committee

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.

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.

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, TexasDemocraticConvention.com. 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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Greg Abbott: Arm teachers and high school seniors

Nothing like treating the symptoms instead of addressing the cause.

After a couple of round table meetings Greg Abbott has come up with some ideas for protecting kids at school from gun violence.
"I believe the only way to stop gun violence in our schools is to arm all of our teachers and high school seniors. If they are old enough to vote, they are old enough to carry."
If you have read my blog in the past you can probably guess, Abbott didn't say exactly that, but please do not give him any ideas! Abbott is a white wing NRA gun nut and will do whatever will promote more guns in society no matter who gets killed, including our children and friends.

This entire "school safety" misses the point of the gun violence epidemic. Gun violence is not restricted to only one location. It's in churches (Sutherland), Movie Theaters (Aurora), night clubs (Orlando), concerts (Las Vegas), restaurants (Luby's), military bases (Ft Hood), baseball fields (Congressional baseball game), Universities (UT Austin, Virginia Tech), public streets( Dallas police shootings) and public schools (Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and now Santa Fe). His solutions will not stop the violence. From the Houston Chronicle:
Beefing up armed security, fortifying school entrances and enhancing mental health services are among the options Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to unveil Wednesday in his effort to make Texas schools safer amid a rash of mass shootings.
How will arming teachers protect everyone else from gun violence? And who is going to pay for metal detectors, mental health services, and armed guards? We can't even pay our teachers fairly. If Abbott was serious about his wide eyed ignorant gun nut ideas he would be calling for arming teachers, altar boys, waitresses, umpires, professors, and high schools seniors. And even if you can put aside my snide comments and satire, how will arming teachers and installing metal detectors stop someone from driving up and shooting the high school band as they practice? Or the football team? How will that stop someone from ripping up a School bus filled with students?

Abbott and his gun nut buddies once again has used the deaths of 10 students and teachers as a way to distract from the real cause of gun violence. Guns.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz threatens San Antonio Spurs fans

This is hard to make up.

From the Washington Post:
AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election campaign is sending fundraising letters in envelopes marked “Summons Enclosed — Open Immediately,” suggesting they could contain court appearance orders.
Instead the Cruz campaign is asking for donations to his campaign. You have to wonder why Ted Cruz would target only those in San Antonio. He didn't send the notice to potential donors in Houston or Dallas. Instead he only focused on San Antonio. Maybe it has to do with his latest appearance and selfie taken from game 7 of the Rockets, Warriors game. Cruz attended. We lost. He left early. The "Summons" letter was considered a threat to Spurs fans, and San Antonio loves their 5 time world champions. 
"Spurs fans should seriously consider giving to Ted Cruz for Senate or risk the  possibility of Cruz buying Spurs season tickets and attending every game."
Fundraising from the summons letter has been brisk. "No one likes Ted. Stay in Houston." 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Our Candidates in the Bay Area (Houston)

Now that the primaries are over....

For the first time in 10 years we have candidates for Senate, Congress, State House, and Commissioner and they all have some great experience. Here are our candidates for the Bay Area:

Dayna Steele for Congress. Dayna is running against the ghost Congressman, Brian Babin. Dayna is a different candidate. She is fun, full of excitement, and dedicated to her campaign and those she is talking to. Unlike her opponent, Dayna is reaching out to voters in the district to understand their issues that are important to them. You can find more information about Dayna at https://daynasteele36.com

Alex Karjeker for State Representative. Alex is running against NRA endorsed Dennis Paul. Like Babin, Dennis is a ghost representative, refusing to meet with his constituents unless it is in a very controlled environment. Alex is a young candidate but has
excellent experience in Austin with legislation and in Washington DC. You can find more information about Alex at https://www.alexkforthebay.com/about-alex/

Adrian Garcia for Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2. Adrian served the city as a member of the Police Force, then as a City Council Member, and then as the Sheriff of Harris County. Adrian has plenty of experience and could begin serving the community quickly if elected. You can find more information about Adrian at https://adriangarcia.com

Along with our local candidates, we have a great slate of candidates for positions within Harris County. More on that later.

TX Congressmen Pete Olson and Brian Babin issues statement on their Nobel Peace Prize nomination

After Trump cancels the North Korea Summit, Texas Congressman Pete Olson and Brian Babin speaks to the media concerning the fate of their nomination of Donald Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Congressman Babin and I had worked very hard to draft a letter of recommendation to the Nobel Peace Prize committee nominating President Trump for his leadership in denuclearization of North Korea. Because of his leadership the regime was to sit at the table with the great negotiator in Chief and agree to stop his nuclear program, something no President has ever done. Unfortunately the President cancelled the Summit.

Because of this we ask the Committee to please disregard the letter and immediately destroy it before anyone identifies the idiots who signed it, including Babin and I. It is clear the President is a political dolt and can't negotiate his way out of a paper bag. He has made us look like fools. Again. What idiot will ever trust this president again, besides Brian Babin?

Babin and I both feel as lonely as a boner in a strip joint.

Pete Olson and Brian Babin are being challenged in the 2018 election.