Saturday, February 23, 2019

Candidates for Houston City Council who support Trump

Which candidates for Houston City Council support Trump? This doesn't seem to be a hard question but it turns out it the answers can be complicated.

For instance when asked "Do you support Trump?" the usual answer from various candidates is "I support the President like I supported all Presidents." OK. that question didn't work. "Do you support the wall?" is answered with "I support border security." That didn't work either.  "How much did you donate to his campaign?" "I have a meeting to go to."

So before tagging any candidate who supports this rotten human being President I will have to develop a set of detailed questions to ask, research their donations, look at their twitter feeds (Already done that), and look for pictures of candidates at his rallies or fundraisers.

Let's use Tony Buzbee as an example. Buzbee held a fundraiser for Trump at his home in River Oaks. He donated $35,000 to Trump's PAC and $30,000 to the RNC. He then donated $500,000 to Trump's inauguration. According to the Center for Public Integrity, a donation of this size comes with tickets to the ball, a luncheon with the President and Pence, VIP seating at the parade, seating at the swearing in ceremony and much much more.

So for Buzbee it is clear.  Buzbee is a Trump supporter although he has claimed he withdrew his support after the "Grab em by the p****" comment and just weeks before donating the $500,000.

Yeah right.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tony Buzbee is full of shit. Again.

This entire story about Tony Buzbee's home being robbed of over $21 Million as reported by Courthouse News just doesn't seem to settle well, like bad yogurt on a late Sunday night. According to Buzbee:

“Luckily, I was armed, and ran the subject out of my home, and but for the fact that my weapon misfired, I would have shot one of them.”

If you are being robbed, scared for your life, and had a revolver that "misfires" what would you do? Pull the damn trigger again! If you have a .45 type of weapon then you eject the shell and fire again. Anyone who has a lick of gun sense knows how to do this. Buzbee is a Marine. He should know better. Either he can't shoot a gun or he is not telling his story correctly.

His story sounds like the same kind of bullshit he is shoveling for Mayor. He lives in a $10 Million home and yet he doesn't have a security system or camera? Even my home has a security camera for fuck sakes. Any idiot who stores tens of millions of valuables in their home would have a very advanced alarm. If you have paintings worth millions how in the world would you not protect them with an alarm? How can they breach his wall in River Oaks, get access into his house, and be able to steal $21 Million in valuables without being noticed, photographed, tripping alarms, or shot?

I look forward to the investigation by HPD and his insurance company. Personally I think Buzbee is full of shit. Again.

TX AG Ken Paxton's wife to repay $2.6 Million loan in legislation

No Place but Texas. Again.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's wife ran for the Texas Senate in 2018 winning her race with the help of her husband's donors. From Loaning Campaign Cash: Angela Paxton.
Angela Paxton is the wife of our current Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, who is mired in a felony trial due to security fraud. Paxton (Ken) has loaned $2.6 Million to his wife's campaign for Senator District 8 and has guaranteed the loan with his campaign account. $2 Million has a 3.6% interest rate while the $500,000 loan has an 8.5% rate. The latest loan from Paxton's (Ken's) campaign is for $100,000 with a rate of 8% but does not have a guarantor.

Now that she has taken her place in the Senate Angela has filed a bill that would protect her husband and others for violating the trust of those who ask for your money to invest. And why shouldn't she? She owes her donors $2.6 Million many of them probably looking for protection so they will not be indicted like her husband was for shady investment deals. From the Texas Tribune:
Sen. Angela Paxton files bill that would allow her husband, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to issue exemptions from securities regulations 
Billed as a consumer-protection effort, the proposal would allow approved individuals to serve as investment advisers without registering with the state board — a felony under Texas law that Ken Paxton was charged with in 2015.

This is just what we need at this point, less regulation of those who take your money to invest, much like Ken Paxton did. Texas is known for their saying "No Place but Texas" which includes shady investment deals, and shady spouses.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ted Cruz to cave in to Trump's fake emergency

The count down is on.

Ted Cruz, the great constitutionalist, called for swift action against the President for an abuse of power when issuing executive actions, when the President was Obama. Now the great constitutionalists from Texas is sitting on the sidelines, quietly, letting his president call a national emergency to raid the treasury protected by the Constitution of the United States.

It is just a matter of time for Ted Cruz to cave in to Trump's racist wall. Caving in. So easy a caveman can do it.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Joe Gamaldi HPD's Union President should step down

City leaders held a press conference after a drug bust which killed two homeowners and injured 4 Houston Police Officers. A press conference isn't unusual when an officer is shot. What was unusual and uncalled for was the Houston Police Officers' Union President Joe Gamaldi prematurely putting blame on others and issuing threats. From KHOU:

“if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”

Now after the smoke has settled it looks like this bust was a bust with an investigating officer lying to obtain a warrant for the raid. From KTRK:
A confidential informant didn't buy drugs at the southeast Houston home where a botched police raid turned into a deadly shootout last month, according to a new search warrant. The shocking new information was revealed today after ABC13 obtained two of several search warrants executed as part of the ongoing investigation following the deadly raid.

Of course Joe Gamaldi is now singing a different tune sounding exactly like the activists he previously threaten:
"We believe, truly, this is only one person who has caused the issues with this case and there is only one person who is facing these types of allegations right now," said Joe Gamaldi, referring to senior police officer Gerald Goines. 
"Obviously, the accusations are very, very serious and it is very, very disturbing, but it is not a reflection of the 5,200 brave men and women of the Houston Police Department who go out there and earn the trust of the community every time they interact with them," 

Exactly. As many of us have said over and over again the actions of one should not reflect on the entire police force. Maybe instead of threatening all activists who want to hold the single individuals accountable, Gamaldi might want to reach out to them to understand why they are activists, apologize  for threatening them, and then resign as Union President.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Glow the Green! An Exploration Green Event

Glow the Green
Friday TONIGHT! Feb 15
6:00 - 8:00PM
Park on Diana Lane next to the Community Center

Walk the pathway lit with hundreds of luminaries through Exploration Green and see Phase 1 in a whole new light! Our feathered friends can be seen fishing at dusk, and nocturnal animals come out to play. Guided tours will be offered for those who wish to participate.

Ritter's Frozen Custard (Clear Lake, TX) Food Truck will be on location with refreshments available for purchase!

Thank you to our event sponsors, ThriventRealty Preferred Clear Lake, and Susan Jackson — Coldwell Banker United, Realtors — Clear Lake! This event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is available in the lot at 16204 Diana Lane. (By the Community Center)

Guided tours will leave from the information tent at:
• 6:00pm
• 6:30pm
• 7:00pm
• 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Writing a letter to the Editor. (LTTE)

Writing a letter to the editor is pretty easy now that you can simply email the newspaper and hope for publication. Staffers at the Texas Capitol look at the news and opinion pieces for topics concerning bills they will be voting on. So your letters could have an impact.

Follow these easy suggestions and start writing.

1) Be timely. Writing a LTTE right after an event has a better chance of being published. For instance a letter calling for more gun safety legislation or supporting a specific gun safety bill would have more effect if submitted immediately following an incident involving a shooting. (Although don't always wait for a horrible event to ever speak your mind.) The point is to be timely. Writing about hurricane preparedness will not be printed after hurricane season.

2) Be short. No one wants to read a long novel. Most newspapers have a word limit typically 100-200 words. Be short, to the point. Look at the newspaper's editorial section for word limits.

3) End with a snappy line if you can. For instance if you are writing about gun safety you could end with "Ask yourself what is more important? Your donors right to own an assault rifle or your childs right to live?'

4) Send your LTTE to various newspapers if it is an issue that affects multiple areas. Otherwise be specific.

5) Always sign your letter with your name, address, email address, and phone number.

If you are interested in writing LTTEs, contact me at and I will give you the email addresses of various newspapers.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Little Baby Briscoe wants his wall

Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain of Deer Park has been known to look and act like a 12 year old. 

Last year State Representative Briscoe Cain from Deer Park had a temper tantrum vowing legislation in retaliation to the walkouts of April 20th to honor students killed at Columbine High School. He the was removed from the Texas Democratic Convention after flashing his concealed weapon prompting his mother to respond:

"I am so sorry for my son's behavior. I have told him to not play cops and robbers in the open and to never take his toy guns out of the house. I intend to whoop his ass once I get him home."

Baby Briscoe is at it again this time filing a bill to take $2.5 Billion out of the rainy day fund and use it to build his racist wall along the Texas border. From the Statesman Baby Briscoe mimics Donald Trump:

The bill would protect “the security interests of the United States and of Texas” Cain said, and prevent “unlawful entries into the United States and this state, including entries by terrorists, unlawful aliens, and narcotics.” The governor would be authorized to enter into contracts to meet those ends, he said.

Just like trump, Baby Briscoe is a liar. Look for his mommy to whoop his ass behind the tool shed or maybe someone in the district is willing to challenge his baby ass on in 2020.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Wonder why the TX Secretary of State quit?

Rolando Pablo abruptly quit as Secretary of State after just 2 years on the job and after the incredible losses of the 2018 elections. From his press release:
With the midterm elections successfully [LOL] 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 opportunity of a lifetime, but I feel the need at this time to turn my attention to my private practice. 
Just a few months after leaving the office acting SOS, David Whitley, released an advisory to local election officials claiming, incorrectly, that 95,000 non citizens were registered to vote. Some officials like Cheryl Johnson of Galveston County immediately began a purge of these voters and have since been sued for pre-mature purging. The Houston Chronicle has since called for a No vote on Whitley's confirmation:

Normally, we wouldn’t weigh in on a confirmation hearing for a gubernatorial pick to a low-profile office in Austin. This year, we’ll not only weigh in on David Whitley’s appointment to the office of Texas secretary of state. We’ll recommend a loud and resounding: NO.

Back to Pablo. I would not be surprised to find out that Pablo was directed, instructed, or was strongly encouraged to call for this purge and he refused to do it. So instead of going along with a violation of voting rights he quit. A number of organizations has filed suit and we may find out that this speculation might just be true.

So...what did he know and when did he go?

Friday, February 01, 2019

HPD Union President issues threats to Houstonians

NOTE: Four Houston Police Officers were shot during a drug raid last week. Two are still in serious condition. Let's hope for a full recovery for all of them.

Houston Police Union President, Joe Gamaldi, went off the rails blaming activists for a shooting that injured four HPD officers before knowing all the facts. It was a ill advised, rambling, divisive statement by the Union President who shouldn't have been given air time in the first place. From KHOU:

“if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, just know we’ve all got your number now, we’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers. We’ve had enough, folks. We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families.”

I have a couple of questions for Mr. Gamaldi: Who the hell are you talking to? You talkin ta me? Who are you going to keep track of? Who will be doing the tracking? How are you going to keep track of them? Even before the smoke cleared you were on camera blaming others for the actions of two old white grandparents who were responsible for shooting our officers. 

Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, had this to say:
“I don’t want to ever, as a police department, paint anybody with a broad brush based on the actions of one or a group of individuals,” Acevedo said. “We need to judge people individually based on their actions. So I’m asking everyone here to tone it down. And I’ve asked him that, too. And let’s focus on the good. And we fall short, let’s focus on holding people accountable, including the community. It’s a mutual responsibility. Accountability is a two-way street.”

Maybe Gamaldi might want to move back to New York and find another job. Maybe the Union might want to rethink their selection for Union President.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Harris County GOP doubles down on being dicks.

When your mouth has dug yourself a hole, do yourself a favor and shut the hell up.

The Chair of the Harris County Republican Party (HCRaP), Paul Simpson, hasn't learned that lesson. After posting an offensive Facebook comment concerning the Holocaust Remembrance Day, being widely criticized by the media, editing the comment, then just deleting it all together, Simpson just could refrain from issuing another ill advised statement:
“A few accused the post of being anti-Semitic. It was nothing of the sort. All Americans should be on guard against the dangers of ideologies that demean the value of individual human lives to the collective. That includes socialism in all forms, whether 20th-century German National Socialism or today's glossed-over socialism that is condoned and even promoted by those who should know better. The human suffering in today’s Cuba and Venezuela are vivid reminders that Socialism does indeed kill. Americans should not tread on the slippery slope of socialism that has always led to misery."
Simpson's original comment put him in the "Why do you have to be a dick about everything?" Club. It doesn't take a moron to understand how offensive it is to take a day of remembrance where 6+million human beings were killed and use it to further your white wing cause. Even members of his own party had a comment:

Paul shut up. Just shut up! We are being painted as a bunch of white wing anti-Semites! We are already considered a bunch of white wing racists!

OK. That was just made up. but local resident, Art Pronin responded with a Letter to the Editor in the Houston Chronicle:

I can't imagine what they are going to post come Memorial Day.