Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Why #NoBodyLikesTedCruz. Again

Ted Cruz makes it hard to like Ted Cruz.

His latest stunt wasn't just deceiving, one State Representative believes it violated Texas law. Cruz mailed a fundraising letter which looked on the surfaces as a summons. He could have sent a letter with a picture of him standing in the Senate shutting down the government, or maybe a picture of him defending his wife from Trump, but instead he used a method of deception. Many of us can smell a rat an envelope away but others may be fooled into opening this solicitation. From the Austin Statesman:
“Received this for my 88-year-old grandma,” Owen said in his post, which also shared a photo of the envelope. “Says it’s a summons from Travis County, but is actually for money for @tedcruz. Did your campaign authorize this? Is this even legal? Shame on you. That’s one more @BetoORourke voter.”
According to State Representative Gene Wu this solicitation may violate the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act:
“A person commits an offense if the person recklessly causes to be delivered to another any document that simulates a summons, complaint, judgment or other court process with the intent to: (1) induce payment of a claim from another person; or (2) cause another to: (A) submit to the putative authority of the document; or (B) take any action or refrain from taking any action in response to the document, in compliance with the document, or on the basis of the document,” the statute states.
Representative Wu's comment on the summons letter adequately sums up why #NobodyLikesTedCruz:  “this still absolutely violates the spirit of the law. And even if it doesn’t violate the spirit of the law, this is slimy as hell.”

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Loaning Campaign Cash: Texas Rep Matthew D. Rinaldi

Texas Representatie Matthew D. Rinaldi joins other republicans in Texas who believe in buying a seat at the table. He shares the table with Kathleen Wall, Angela Paxton, State Representative Dennis Paul, State Senator Don Huffines, David Mays Middleton, and State Senator Joan Huffman.

Representative Rinaldi, elected in 2012 has raised over $900,000 (post coming soon). He has loaned his campaign about $250,000, over 25% of this total haul. He has a $100,000 loan balance and a Cash on Hand of $256,000. In July of 2015 he loaned himself $100,000 to raise his COH to $272,000. 6 months later he paid his loan off leaving a COH balance of $122,000. It's as if he was padding his COH balance.

Needless to say, Rinaldi is wealthy enough to pad his COH balance. He is a Representative from House District 115 in the Farmers Branch area. He is being challenged by Julie Johnson in the general election. Johnson doesn't need loans for her race. She has a COH balance of over $200,000. BTW:

Bennett Ratliff, a Republican who preceded Matt Rinaldi as state representative for House District 115 in Dallas County, on Friday endorsed Rinaldi's Democratic opponent, Julie Johnson, in the Nov. 6 election. 

in 2017 Rinaldi was listed as one of the worst legislators in Texas by Texas Monthly.

He called Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report that some of the protesters in the gallery were undocumented immigrants. Then he walked over to a group of Latino legislators and taunted them about his call to ICE. This seemed exactly the kind of racial profiling that Hispanic lawmakers had feared. The resulting shoving match was predicable. We won’t try to parse whether Rinaldi had legitimate cause to fear for his safety. But we do know that he escalated the incident when he threatened to put a bullet in the head of Democrat Poncho Nev├írez. The Democrats weren’t blameless, but Rinaldi was the instigator. His conduct embarrassed himself, the House, and Texas.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tales from phone banking

For those who are working to elect Democrats to restore sanity to Congress, here is what you can expect from calling potential voters.

Make a few hundred phone calls to potential voters to push your candidate or to encourage voting and you will hear a number of responses ranging from virtual hugs to a kick in the what nots. Knowing these types of responses and what to do when you encounter them can encourage you to make another call or stay another hour.

Thank you for calling. Some will thank you for taking your time to volunteer for the candidate. If you ever receive a call from a volunteer you should do the same. Phone banking isn't just sitting around talking on the phone, although that is actually what it is, but it is hard work. Depending upon your targets it may be very tough calling independent voters to convince them to vote for your candidate. These "thank you" calls are good calls. They energize you.

Take me off your list. These usually ends up with a click. Remember you need to feel sorry for these folks. It is clear they can't act like a human being and say something like "Can you please remove me from your list?" or at the very least just hang up. Bless their hearts.

Hang up. Years ago when someone would hang up without even saying "Can you please remove me from your list?" I would call back and hang up on them. (I was reprimanded many times) Don't do that. Just move on to the next call. Do NOT call them back and hang up.

Not interested. There are still people who will say "Not interested". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "Not interested". Hang up on them before they hang up on you.

I'm a Republican. There are still people who will say "I'm a republican". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "I'm a republican". Hang up. Laugh. Move on.

I wouldn't vote for... Every now and then you will get a MAGAt on the phone who sits by the phone waiting to pounce on a volunteer with "I wouldn't vote for that socialist yada yada yada...". As their blood pressure rises let them rant a bit then say "Hello? Hello? Are you there?". Then hang up. Imagine them sitting there waiting for the next call.

Thanks for taking your time to volunteer for your candidates, your party, and your country!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Why #NobodyLikesTedCruz

Ask yourself this: If you had a choice to travel across the country in a Fiat with either Ted Cruz or Beto O'rourke who would you choose?

Nobody likes Ted Cruz. Even members of his own party don't like Ted Cruz and for good reason. Ted is one of those guys that are just hard to listen to. He talks as if everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for him to complete a sentence full of awkward pauses confusing people on when to either clap, get up and leave, or cut their ears off. Here are a just a few reasons why #NobodyLikesTedCruz.

He won't defend his own family. Donald Trump called his wife a dog face causing Ted to go on a tirade:
“It’s not easy to tick me off,” Cruz said. “I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that’ll do it every time. Donald, you’re a sniveling coward. Leave Heidi the hell alone.”
Yet months later he sucked up to Trump as if he never said anything. Even his wife, Heidi, hasn't forgiven Trump. How can you trust someone like Ted Cruz to defend your family when he won't even defend his own?

He wants to cut coverage for pre-existing conditions. Lucky for Ted and his family, his tax funded healthcare policy covers pre-existing conditions. Always has. Always will. And you pay for it. So as I said, how can you trust Ted Cruz with the health care of your kids? You can't. Once he is successful your family will not be covered while his family will. Sleep well.

He's from Canada. Unlike his opponent, Ted was born and raised in Canada as Raphael Ed Cruz, or as Canadians call him "Ted". Aye. Once he was recently outed, Ted quickly denounced his dual citizenship. He won't defend his family or his citizenship.

He shutdown the government. It was all about Ted Cruz. Cruz took to the Senate floor to filibuster and shutdown the government because the Affordable Care Act was helping people stay well. He read Green Eggs & Ham. Even his own party was tired of him and did not support the shutdown, but like the cowards they are did nothing to stop it.

It's all about Ted. It's hard to believe a thing Ted says. You have to wonder when he makes a statement about a situation if he is truly concerned or is he thinking 2 steps ahead trying to make the situation all about him. Everything Ted does is for Ted and his achieving the high throne.

There are so many other reasons why #NobodyLikesTedCruz. Personally I can't imagine driving across the country listening to Ted Cruz signing along to ABBA.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why do you have to be a dick about everything: Tx Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Don't you have anything better to do than tweet or read Facebook?

As the Houston Chronicle pointed out Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, once again, used social media for a racist attack on an African American. From the Chronicle:

AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller liked a comment on his Facebook page that called for getting “a rope” to handle his Democratic opponent, Kim Olson, and an African-American U.S. Senator in an apparent reference to lynching.

Yes. Lynching and this is not Sid Miller's first rodeo. As you may remember Miller was criticized for calling Secretary Clinton the C word back in 2016. Calling a woman the C word usually results in getting fired, removed from office, or your ass kicked. Miller later issued an apology:

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.

Sid Miller isn't fit to be a rodeo clown much less an elected official. Instead of tweeting and being a racist on Facebook he should be spending time doing hid damn job. He has become the rodeo clown of the Texas republic party acting like a racist asshole, much like his mentor Donald Trump. For this we have to ask "Why do you have to be a dick about everything?". 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Teacher Tuesday in Clear Lake with Mike Collier

If you are in the public education field in the Clear Lake area you might consider coming to hear Mike Collier who is running to replace Lt Governor Dan Patrick. Mike will be speaking at 7:30 PM (sharp) and will be taking questions from the audience. 

Dan Patrick has been one of the worst Texas legislators when it comes to public education. Under his time in government, teacher salaries have been stagnant, healthcare insurance have skyrocketed for retired teachers, and massive cuts to education have been used to pay for business tax cuts. Patrick has made it a priority to privatize our public education system with "school vouchers". Patrick has become so toxic to those in education they attempted to remove him in the primary taking 25% of the vote. From the Houston Chronicle:
Patrick vows to pursue these vicious [school] vouchers "session after session after session." Despite six "no" votes from our Republican legislature. Despite the defeat of the bill again during the special session. Despite the difference in cost. Despite the basic flaw in voucher logic.

Mike will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Bay Area Democratic Movement. We will have a great dinner of Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, Salad and deserts followed by our meeting at 7:30. Bring your friends and other educators

Tuesday Sept 11th 7:00 Social and dinner. 7:30 Meeting
Krist Law Firm
17100 El Camino Real
Houston, 77058

Mike Collier started his career at Exxon, but soon found his way to PriceWaterhouseCoopers – one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, with tens of thousands of employees. He served in the audit practice for 10 years, eventually becoming a top aide to the PwC World Chairman. Finally, he served in Houston as a Partner for ten years, leading a team of two dozen professionals providing due diligence, structuring, and valuation services to some of PwC’s largest and most sophisticated energy clients. Then, Mike helped build a successful Texas oil company, serving as its CFO.
Read more at https://www.collierfortexas.com/

TX Senator @TedCruz loses the fake boob vote

You just can't make this up. Really. I'm not making this up.

During one of his old white folks campaign stops Ted Cruz decided to target another set of people just like trump does. Unfortunately Cruz isn't as good as trump when it comes to insults. From CNN:

"We are seeing tens of millions of dollars flooding into the state of Texas from liberals all over the country who desperately want to turn the state of Texas blue," Cruz said. "They want us to be just like California, right down to tofu and silicon and dyed hair."

From Huffington Post
Silicon? Really? Soybeans? Tofu is made from soybeans and product that is grown in Texas. The producers have been hammered due to tariffs imposed by Ted's buddy in the White House. Tofu is also very popular in major cities across Texas. If Cruz had visited these cities over the last 6 years he might know this. 

If Cruz had attended a republican fundraiser he would also know that staring at fake boobs then making fun of them might not be the best idea for his campaign. There is so much silicone in his own party it's a wonder how there are any leaks coming from the White House at all. As Cruz said:

"As a conservative Texan I occasionally enjoy a face full of delicious tofu and big breasteses."

Ok. I made that up.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

It's Beto "Beh-toh"

It's not Bee-toe or Bee-do or Beh-do. It is Beh-toh.

My dad had a hard first name, Remigio, so as a kid he was called Beto. Its a common nickname usually reserved for those named Roberto or Gilberto, or Any-Berto. Beto O'rourke's first name is Robert. He grew up in El Paso, a predominately Mexican American city. If he grew up with Mexican American kids, I could easily see them calling him Beto.

Unfortunately Rafael Edward Cruz, "Ted", has used Beto's nickname as an attacking point. Unlike Beto, Ted was born and raised in Canada where they called him "Ted" instead of Rafael, or Ed. No one really cares about this and you won't hear Beto talk about it because unlike Ted, Beto is not an ahole. He prefers to talk about issues important to Texans like keeping your children healthy and curing them when they are not. Cruz on the other hand has nothing but insults to throw at his base.

Cruz will make fun of Beto's name, claims incorrectly that he supports burning the flag, claims incorrectly (again) he will take away guns, claims incorrectly (yet again) that Beto will make Texans eat tofu and dye their hair red, even though many Texans eat tofu and have their hair dyed. It's all Ted has. Insults. Nothing else. He can't run on his record of shutting down the government while reading Green Eggs and Ham, his late response to hurricane Harvey, or his fake outrage towards Trump, or how he sucks up to anyone who will further his ego and political aspirations. He can't talk about the tax cuts for his rich donors, his attack on pre-existing coverage for kids with diabetes. And he can't talk about his loving support for a racist, politically ignorant, lying, asshole of a human being, Donald Trump, because Donald Trump is a racist, politically ignorant, lying, asshole of a human being that called his wife a dog face.

Hopefully Ted will learn how to become a civil human being again and refer to other Americans by their names without making fun or being disrespectful. And hopefully on Nov 7th he will be calling Beto, Senator Elect.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Movie Review: Papillon

Find the original 1973 movie on DVD featuring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Rent it. Watch it. Save yourself $9.53.

In the original movie they were able to show how the human body would deteriorate after years in solitary confinement. In the new one Charlie Hunnan, at the end of the movie looked like he did at the beginning. Somehow he had all of his perfect teeth, his sanity, and a nice haircut throughout the movie. It was almost laughable to see Charlie coming out of a 5 year confinement and slowly turning into the camera looking as if he was in for only a few days. They really missed this moment. In the original I can remember McQueen sticking his head out of his cell, spitting out a tooth, and laughing in a crazy way. There was nothing in this movie that showed the aging of Charlie.

His acting was just so-so but you expect that from Jax...I mean Charlie. He can't seem to get out of the Sons of Anarchy role. Contributing to this Chibs from SOA, Tommy Flanagan, had a very short cameo. Charlie was the right person to play Steve McQueen. At times, maybe on purpose, he actually looked like McQueen in a few scenes.

Wasn't worth 2 hours and $9.53 especially at AMC with no reclining seats.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

58 petrochemical tank terminal coming to Clear Lake?

Candidate for Harris County Commissioner, Adrian Garcia, has raised the flag on a proposed petrochemical tank storage facility at Clear Lake City Blvd and Hwy 3. From his press release:

“I’m taking a stand against polluters who are making our families and children sick,” said Garcia. “It is reported that Hurricane Harvey’s biggest polluter, Magellan Midstream Tank Terminal in Galena Park, now wants to build a massive petrochemical tank terminal of 58 tanks at the edge of Clear Lake on land that flooded Horsepen Bayou so badly a car was swept off Hwy 3, drowning the driver during 2015’s May rain event,”.

The proposed location is across the street from Ellington and could contribute to an high flooding risk area. During heavy rains this intersection floods easily as well as Clear Lake Blvd from Hwy 3 to the Bay Knoll subdivision. Last Friday I saw a crew putting up the for sale signs for this property that has been home to oil rigs and cattle for decades. About 10 years ago the community killed a proposal that would allow the dumping of sewer waste on the property as "fertilizer". They were full of fertilizer. NASA management helped stop this by citing a hazard from birds to their aircraft. 

A map provided by the Southbelt Leader shows the proposed 58 storage tanks from Hwy 3 to I45 on Clear Lake City Blvd. Click on the pic for a larger view.

Besides the flooding hazard, according to the press release, the company proposing the tank terminal, Magellan, had a spill of  ½ million gallons of gasoline during Harvey. So we will need to keep an eye on this proposal. Clear Lake residents have been successful in stopping the fertilizer dumping, the proposed San Jacinto Rail carrying explosive chemicals north of Clear Lake, and was successful in stopping the development of the old golf course. 

Surely there will be hearings on this. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton' #whitepower Problem

Is this is an incredible display of racism by a member of the Paxton legal team during the Kavanaugh hearing for Supreme Court? Or it is nothing but a simple hand jester that is saying "Nothing to see here. Everything is fine." You decide. Zina Bash was appointed by Paxton as the senior counsel on his  executive leadership team in July of 2018. From the Washington Post:
Popular Twitter personalities and accounts such as Amy Siskind, Eugene Gu and the Palmer Report tweeted that Bash had flashed a “white-power” symbol, drawing a flurry of engagement on the social media platform.
While sitting behind Kavanaugh Zina directly in camera view Bash was seen flashing the white power sign. According to the Post this really isn't a racist hand signal, it is nothing but the OK sign. Like OK I'm flashing a white power signal. 

Her husband, John Bash, the United States attorney for Western Texas, took to twitter and claimed the following:

Yea. Right. He claims she was just resting her arms in a natural manner. I can't remember ever sitting, standing, or sleeping while flashing a known white power sign. Ever. I ain't buying it and Ken Paxton shouldn't either. Wake up folks.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Harris County Republic Party fails at voter suppression

Alan Vera (from village republic women)
I said it last week:
According to the Press the Harris County Republican Party’s Ballot Security Committee has issued 4000 challenges to voter registration which the County Tax Assessor must respond to with the letter received by residents of the Third Ward. According to republicans this is a legal tactic much like conspiring with Russia to win an election. I wonder what would happen if the County Attorney took action and investigated this a bit deeper.

Well, they did. From the Houston Chronicle:
The Harris County Attorney’s office said Tuesday that the 4,000 voter registrations challenged by a county Republican Party official were invalid, and the voter registrar should not have sent suspension notices to more than 1,700 county voters.

And BOOM! Bitch. I guess I need to rescind my challenge of Alan Vera, the chairman of the Harris County Republic Party’s Ballot Security Committee. Its sad that they even have a Ballot Security Committee. You would think someone like Vera, a former Director at Greater Houston Partnership would have something better to do than voter suppression. Maybe like voter registration or trying to convince a group of young people of color that the republic party isn't a bunch of racist, politically ignorant, lying, corrupt bag of dicks.

According to the Chronicle Vera will "Take up follow-up actions" so I guess reaching out to young people of color isn't going to happen. SAD!