Friday, September 21, 2018

Texas State Representative Dennis Paul on education

Dennis Paul is heartbroken. Bless his heart.

According to Paul's website Dennis Paul is heartbroken about rising property taxes and school funding. HEARTBROKEN! From his website:

Every year, property taxes in HD 129 continue to increase. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of residents being forced out of their homes because they can’t pay their property tax bills. I support revamping our property tax burden for school funds, helping fund our schools with sales tax proceeds and lowering our district’s property tax rate. But I don't intend to do a damn thing about it.

Ok. I added the last sentence, but it is true. If an elected official is so heartbroken about property taxes, then do something about it don't just yap about it. Paul needs to remember this is a problem created by his party. His party reshaped school funding over 15 years ago and its been an incredible failure resulting in a drop in funding, cuts to teachers, skyrocketing health insurance, and more. It's incredible that any teacher would ever vote for a republican. But they do. Ugh.

According to Reform Austin not only has property taxes skyrocketed, revenues from the state has continued to shrink. Right under Paul's nose. 

Consider Clear Creek ISD. In Fiscal Year 2016, CCISD received $129.3 million in state funding, while local taxpayers paid $280.6 million. By Fiscal Year 2018, state funding decreased to $106 million, while local taxpayers’ share ballooned to $323.7 million. The state’s share dropped 18 percent while the local share went up 15 percent in just three years.
A similar situation is occurring in Pasadena ISD. In 2016, PISD received $358.8 million in state funding, while local taxpayers paid $157 million. In 2017, state funding decreased to $347.4 million, while local taxpayers’ share increased to $168.8 million. The state’s share dropped 10 percent while the local share went up 8 percent in just one year.

Dennis Paul may be heartbroken but he isn't listening probably because he has never had a town hall meeting with his constituents. Much like every other republican.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ivanka Trump unveils Space Force clothing at NASA/JSC

September 20, 2018 Houston, Texas. Ivanka Trump will be visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. She will tour the facilities and speak with the Astronauts on the International Space Station.

"Ivanka, as Chief Presidential Stylist will unveil her new line of Space Force clothing to the NASA community. Our new line of stylish uniforms for engineers and astronauts will show their pride in performing their duties at NASA. We are excited to provide these items made in tariff free Thailand by young children who dream of being an Astronaut or highly paid Engineer when in reality they will make my clothing for pennies a day for the rest of their lives."

Ivanka as the White House representative will have Texas Senator Ted Cruz tag along to carry her merchandise.

Photo by Task and Purpose

TX Senator Ted Cruz bringing home the Canadian bacon

Ted Cruz just can't stop saying stupid things to fire up his base. He has adopted his presidents methods of name calling and resorting to lies and exaggerations. It's all he has at this point.

He claimed his opponent Congressman Beto O'rouke was going to bring tofu to Texas, even though the soybean industry is thriving in Texas. He ridiculed those with colored hair including his wife who...colors her hair...and is a vegetarian. He even questioned bringing silicon production to Texas.  (Or was it silicone?)

He is now making ill advised statements about Beto banning barbecue. This coming from Ted Cruz, born and raised in Canada. The only thing Cruz should be talking about is bacon. Canadian bacon. From the Washington Post Ted said:
“I’ve got to say, they summed up the entire election,” Cruz told the crowd inside the restaurant. “If Texas elects a Democrat, they’re going to ban barbecue across the state.”
And the crowd wasn't sure if he meant it or not. Ted should stick to pizza. With mushrooms, jalepenos, and Canadian bacon.


Nothing is too low for Pete Olson and Fort Bend Republicans

Following in the footsteps of their lord and savior, Donald J. Trump, Texas Congressman Pete Olson and the Fort Bend Republic Party has stooped to a new low in reaching out to the Hindu American voters. From the Hindu American Foundation:
Houston, TX (September 18, 2018) — The Hindu American Foundation today called upon the Fort Bend County Republican Party to clarify its intentions regarding the use of Lord Ganesha in an ad urging support of the Republican Party. 
The ad appeared to be an attempt to reach out to Hindus on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi and urged Hindu American voters in the county to vote Republican by asking “Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours.”
This leaves a number of questions on the table, one being: Why is Pete and the republic party reaching out to Hindu Americans? They never have before. Maybe it's because Olson is being challenged by Sri Preston Kulkarni one of the most qualified candidates running for Congress. Don't believe me, go read his bio. Sri is giving Pete all he can handle and his party has made a mistake in their outreach.

Can you imagine if the Democratic Party reached out to Christians with a reference to Joseph and Mary riding a donkey and not an elephant? Neither can I because mixing religion and political ads is just an incredibly stupid idea.
The second question is: How low will they go? We haven't seen bottom for the republic party in Texas. Fort Bend is just catching up. There is no bottom to what they will say or do to feed their base of politically ignorant, lying, bunch of racists. 

Just like their president.

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.

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.