Monday, July 16, 2018

TX Congressman Brian Babin adopts "Fake news" conspiracy theory

#NoPlaceButTexas

From Babin's email to his constituents:
There has been much coverage by the mainstream media about separations at the border – much of it is incorrect, "fake news." They've even resorted to doctoring photos and creating fake narratives. I would encourage folks to learn the facts about this situation.The Department of Homeland Security has worked tirelessly to reunite as many families as possible. 

Babin claims that "As of July 12, 57 of the 103 children covered by the court case had been reunified with their parents." This only includes children 5 years old and under. Thousands are still separated from their families. From the Dept of Fake News, The Washington Post:

Between 1,425 and 1,720 still being held. This number is based on the two specific estimates offered for the number of children separated from their parents. The first was 2,047, a figure given in late June by Azar. The administration has said 2,342 children in total were separated from their parents. (The lighter-colored icons on our chart indicate the difference between those two figures.)

Take a look at the Post's story. It is very detailed. Of course if you buy into the "fake news" stupidity then go to Fox News for Babin's truth. It is so much easier to just yell FAKE NEWS than to be honest with your own constituents. Babin has refused to meet with his constituents to discuss this immoral policy.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Why do you have to be a dick about everything? Louie Gohmert

I've always wanted to start a new series called "Why do you have to be a dick about everything?" dedicated to the elected officials who just act like a bag of dicks. Examples are Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Donald Trump, and former Congressman Steve Stockman. There are many more but today is dedicated to Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert.

Gohmert embarrassed himself, Congress, and his district once again during the hearing of FBI agent Strzok. Just like a dick, Gohmert made a very personal attack on Strzok during the hearing causing an uproar in the chamber with one Congresswoman yelling "Are you off your meds?". You can watch his dickness on CNN.

In Gohmert's defense, no he is not off his meds. That is who Gohmert is. He is a dick. He acts like a dick. That is Louie Gohmert. A dick. This isn't the first time Gohmert has been a dick about everything. He claimed Mexicans were coming across the border to give birth to "Terror Babies", American citizens who would return 18 years later as a terrorist. He actually wrote a letter to the FBI requesting an investigation into the "Muslim Brotherhood" and President Obama. He nominated Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for his photo op with Kim Jung Un.

Gohmert represents Texas Congressional District 1 home to Tyler Texas. His constituents must like dicks since he easily wins each election. Instead of voting for him they should be asking Gohmert "Why do you have to be a dick about everything?".

Saturday, July 07, 2018

TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick's screwed up math on metal detectors

Patrick might want to go back to grade school and refresh his math.

According to the Texas Tribune TX Lt Governor Dan Patrick is (partially) donating up to 10 metal detectors to the Santa Fe School District where 8 kids and 2 teachers lost their lives due to gun violence. From the Texas Tribune:
Patrick announced Monday that he’ll donate “up to 10” metal detectors to the Santa Fe Independent School District, a Galveston County district of about 4,700 students. A private metal detector company, Garrett Metal Detectors, has also agreed to donate metal detectors to the district, as well as perform a security analysis and train staff at no cost, Patrick said.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is an incredibly stupid idea an a great tax funded give away to metal detector companies. Get your slide rules out and lets do the math. Lets assume each school will need at least 1 metal detector. There are over 9300 public schools and 1200 charter schools in Texas. Each metal detector costs $4000 (not including the training, periodic calibration, and maintenance). So..

1x10500x$4000= $42,000,000 for just 1 detector per school. Assuming we average a total of 3 per school and you have a $126 Million price tag which does not include the cost of training, periodic calibration, maintenance, technical support, onsite personnel. $126 Million.

Beside the $126M initial price tag, this isn't a solution to the problem. How will metal detectors protect the Band kids as they practice in the parking lot? Or the football players on the field? Or those gathering in front of the school waiting for it to open?

How will metal detectors in Sante Fe protect our families from a gun nut at a concert? At a church? At a night club? At a movie theatre? On the streets? Only a moron would think this is a good idea. This is nothing but a Dan Patrick gimmick as he heads into an election season with teachers lining up against him. Patrick needs to go back to school and learn some math. 

BTW in 2010 there were nearly 30,000 churches in Texas. Do the math.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

I've have a simple rating system:

  1. IMAX it. Go see it before it leaves the IMAX theatre. It is that good!
  2. Date night it. Go see it. Its good for an evening movie on the weekend.
  3. Matinee. Go see it but at half price.
  4. DVD. Wait for it to hit Redbox or On Demand.
  5. Skip it. Wait for it to hit Redbox. Get a free coupon. Rent the movie. Give it to your neighbors. As they are wasting their time watching that crap, steal their lawnmower. You will at least get something for your time.

So..Ant-Man and the Wasp is a solid IMAX movie. It was fun. Great puns. Michael Pena picks up where he left off with his wild stories and snappy lines. If you liked Ant-Man, you will love this one. Stay for the after credits, both of them. Lots of references to other Marvel movies. The special effects were great and the story line was more than the trailer suggested.

Ant-Man and Wasp. Go see it in IMAX. 3D if you like 3D.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Brian Babin in support of privatizing Social Security and Medicare


Just like trump, you can't believe a damn thing coming out of his lying mouth. From his Facebook post to constituents:

It was an honor to receive the Guardian Award from the 60 Plus Association on Wednesday. Protecting and improving Social Security and Medicare is an issue I take seriously, and I will continue working hard to assure health and retirement security for senior citizens in Texas and across the country.



There is just one problem. The 60 Plus Association is a far white wing organization which pretends to be for the protection of Medicare and Social Security when in fact they want to privatize both. It is an organization funded by the Koch brother and other far white wing organizations. From Fact Check:
60 Plus advocates the permanent repeal of the estate tax (which it refers to as the “death tax”), opposes the Affordable Care Act, and supports creating personal retirement accounts within Social Security.
Babin is about as dishonest as trump. He has realized that lying to his constituents works and he will continue to do so. Can you imagine the hard on Wall Street has to get ahold of your Social Security account? And imagine what the insurance industry is thinking about charging an arm and leg for health care for the elderly?


Friday, June 29, 2018

Gun Nut rally in Santa Fe misfires

From the Houston Chronicle
Oh this wasn't what they expected. From the Houston Chronicle:
Organized by the San Antonio-based This Is Texas Freedom Force, the “Carry For Our Kids Rally” featured several speakers who presented arguments for arming teachers across Texas schools. 
“It’s a really good message,” said Denise Jaimes, 53. “They’re hitting it right on point. It’s just that there’s nobody listening.”
About 8 showed up. EIGHT. I think they were expecting hoards of gun nuts toting their favorite assault rifle. Unfortunately assault rifles are expensive and very few people, even in Santa Fe own them. The few who bothered to take their time to support their rights to walking around with a loaded weapon in public right after 10 students were killed at Santa Fe High School did so with style, and a dog. A little dog.

Only 35% of Texans own guns. Of those a very small amount own assault weapons. One of these days the other 65% will stand up and demand common sense gun measures.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

MJ Hegar: "You're sitting in my seat!"

One of the best quotes of the convention came from MJ Hegar at the Lady Bird Breakfast event:
“I know with the people in this room, I can go back there [Congress], kick that door open and say, ‘You’re sitting in my seat."
MJ is a Veteran who served 3 tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot. She came home and lobbied Congress for changes to the laws barring females from combat roles. Take a moment to watch her video. She is an excellent candidate for this congressional seat in Texas CD31.

I'm Mike Collier.

Mike Collier is our nominee for Texas Lt Governor against Dan Patrick. His video below is really good. At first I thought the sound was not synced with the visual. It took me a bit to understand that I'm Mike Collier.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Recap of the Texas Democratic Convention. The good. The bad. The funny.

This was a great convention. Lets start with the funny.

Texas State Representative "Little Baby" Briscoe Cain thrown out of the convention
The convention security tossed Briscoe Cain for showing off his gun inside the convention area. We also had a Hearst with a RIP sign for the Democratic Party parked outside. Both were childish moves with Baby Briscoe being escorted out by his mother pulling him by the ear. You could hear Briscoe yelling "mom! mom! you are embarrassing me!" throughout the convention center. 😁

The Good.
Overall this was a great convention with nearly 8000 delegates in an off year. Lots of new faces. The Convention Center is a great place with ample meeting rooms, although the Environment Caucus and Stop Gun Violence needed rooms twice the size. Their crowds were much larger than expected. The TDP staff should be thanked for a smooth convention. Food was convention food but there were good restaurants nearby. The music played during the session was upbeat and modern. Good choices! The opening videos were great especially Mike Collier's "I'm Mike Collier" and MJ Hegar's video, Doors, that has gone viral. The multimedia was well done. Audio, lighting, etc was all well done. There were fantastic speeches both days with many standing ovations. Delegates left energized. 

Chair
Gilberto Hinojosa was re-elected as Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. Good choice. He was a clear winner by voice vote.

No mention of trump
As I said before, the Party focused on the many issues facing Texans including health care, jobs, immigration and many more. Trumps name was mentioned a total of 5 times. Anyone who says "The Democrats have to run on something beside attacking trump" was not listening or doesn't want to listen.



Family First Rally
The TDP held a very well attended Family First Rally in support of the immigrant children separated from their parents. State Representative Mary Ann Perez summed it up best "We are better than this!". She is right. The issue was referenced throughout the convention.

The Silence
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gave another great speech on the floor. She played the audio of the immigrant children crying for their parents. The convention floor stopped and it went silent. You could hear a pin drop. It was very disturbing but moving.

The Vice-Chair
There was a brief controversy about the race between Carla Brailey , the current Vice-Chair, Debra Peoples, and Rose Salas. All were well qualified for the position. Peoples and Salas eventually withdrew calling for unity within the party. I think it work. Carla Brailey is our Vice-Chair.

No LaRouche
The LaRouche cult forgot to show up. That was good. Really good. The newbie were not subjected to their random singing fits and calls for impeachment of their elected official of choice.

The Bad
We had the usual controversy from the far left, calling for a division of the house after a clear winner was determined by voice vote, challenging the chair, but nothing that couldn't be handled by the Parliamentarian. There were no unresolved controversies.


Vendors
At least 3 vendors were allowed into our convention that shouldn't have been there. A gun nut organization, a school voucher group, and a constitutional convention group. I wrote about them here. You have to wonder what the rationale was for letting them on our floor.

The prayer
A Catholic priest gave the prayer for the closing general session. Unlike the previous day the priest referenced Christianity too many times to a group of delegates committed to the freedom of religion. He incorrectly claimed the founding fathers created our governing documents according to the Christian religion. We shook it off quickly.

Our revolution
This group continues to bother me. When your house is on fire you shouldn't complain about the color of the curtains. Grab a bucket and help put out the fire! The caucus had too many people saying "Give our party back to the people". (Who has it?) Our party does NOT need a revolution. We need people to quit complaining and start helping.

Read the rules
Do us all a favor. Before the next convention, read the rules of the party. It would help move the convention along.




Senate District 11 elections #TDP2018 #TDP18

After about 30 minutes of discussion on how SDEC Committee members are elected Susan Criss was elected for the female position and Quentin Wiltz was elected as the male member.

With new fresh members of the district attending, the usual way of electing our SDEC members will probably end in 2020. The best man and woman from the entire district needs to campaign and win the election. Our district needs to expand, grow and our SDEC members and chairs need to make this happen. We desperately need communications across the district and we need to unite as one district and not as 3 constantly competing against each other based upon where we live. It needs to stop.

I have offered to help with setting up an email list, Facebook page and/or a webpage. Other districts have it. We need to do the same.

Congrats to Susan and Quentin.

TX Republican "Little Baby" Briscoe Cain removed from convention

Not a picture from his Jr High Yearbook
This is not the first clown rodeo for Baby Briscoe. From a previous post:
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.
Baby Briscoe is a white wing tea bagger from Deer Park. He looks like a 12 year old. He was rated by Texas Monthly as the worst legislator in the history of Texas. (That is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. He sucks.) Briscoe continued being a little dick by driving to Ft Worth, gaining access to the Texas Democratic Party (which isn't hard since are conventions are open to the public) and handing out gun nut signs. It didn't work out as he planned. From the Star Telegram:
Cain, consultant Aaron Harris of North Richland Hills and two other men were asked to leave the Fort Worth Convention Center exhibit hall, but returned later in the Ninth Street foyer.
They were questioned and released about 5:20 p.m. by Fort Worth police.
Briscoe flashed what looked like a gun around his waist and was escorted out along with his political consultant who probably had to drive him to Ft Worth, using his own gas money. The police had a discussion with Baby Briscoe and released him to his mother.

His mother stated: 
"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."

Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 2 wrap up at the Texas Democratic Convention

Well when someone says "The Democrats have to run on something beside attacking trump" you should tell them "You are full of crap!".

Ok. Don't say that but the point is that I don't think I heard trumps name during any presentation I attended. No one called him politically ignorant, even though he is. No one called his a liar, even. though he is. No one called him a lying racist, even though he proved that this past week. And no one called his an asshole even though we they wanted to. No one, except me, called trump a politically ignorant, lying, racist, asshole of a human being. No one came close. In fact I do not believe his name was even mentioned.

Instead they talked about the issues everyone should be concerned with, immigration and healthcare are just two of the many. The Stop Gun Violence caucus was over flowing the large room allocated to them. The Environment Caucus had the same problem. The Women's and Hispanic caucus were packed and the convention itself had a great attendance during an off year. We were talking about issues and how to make Texas and our country better for everyone.

No one can say we were not talking about what we would do to make Texans lives better because we were and we have and we will continue to do so. If you do not want to be an ignorant parrot of the Republican Party, go listen to the speeches. Or shut the hell up.

Vendors
Lots of vendors attended the convention. Even some that should have like the Gun Nuts of Texas, School Vouchers for the Rich, and Constitutional Conference for republicans.

Restaurants
Lucky for delegates there are a number off restaurants within walking distance of the convention. Unfortunately I haven't found a good one yet.

Beers for Beto.
Coming up!

Vendors who should think twice before attending the Democratic Convention #TDP18

It's basically dishonest.

I counted three vendors who might want to re-think coming to our convention in 2020, the Texas version of the nra, the School Vouchers people, and the Greg Abbott Constitutional Convention group. None were well received by Democrats.


The Texas State Rifle Association is an extension of the nra but they are presenting themselves as a "common sense" gun rights group. Common sense people do not want open carry or carrying around loaded assault rifles in public. Common sense people believe in closing the loop holes on background checks at gun shows. The tsra has lobbied against these common sense issues. This group is nothing more than a mini-nra. They do not belong here at our Convention. Funny.....they are right next to Moms Demand Action.


The Constitutional Convention group is presenting themselves as a a group advocating for limited government (Greg Abbott supports this group). It sounds great on paper but then are advocating for cutting social services like Medicare, Social Security under the disguise of fiscal responsibility. They advocate for a balanced budget amendment like the one that has been used to cut education and services throughout the state. The fact that Abbott and the republicans are in support of this group should tell you enough about them.


The School Vouchers group is cleverly named "School Choice" and they dishonestly advocate for better education. What they don't tell you is that they are advocating for better education with school vouchers. They figured out that vouchers is a bad word especially with a group of people who support our families, friends, and educators who are in the public school system. They left their material on the table for people to take. Someone took the opportunity to write them a note.



At the #TDP Family First Rally Saturday 9:45 Jackets are option

A Family First rally in support of the children separated from their families will take place  at the Convention Center concourse at 9:45. They expect a large crowd. Report will follow.


Family First Rally
9:45 AM
Convention center concourse
Jackets are optional.

Day 1 of the Texas Democratic Convention #TDP18

I am ready to attend the various Hispanic caucuses. Reports coming throughout the day. Wearing my Loteria t-shirt.
Lotería is a game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls. Every image has a name and an assigned number, but the number is usually ignored. Each player has at least one tabla, a board with a randomly created 4 x 4 grid of pictures with their corresponding name and number. Players choose what tabla they want to play with, from a variety of previously created tablas. Each one presents a different selection of images.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

TX Congressman Brian Babin condition after being hit by a bus

After bragging about his support for separating children from their mothers in a press release, Texas Congressman Brian Babin was run over by a bus driven by Donald Trump. Trump was racing to sign an executive order to stop the policy he created and Babin had joyfully supported. Trump stated:
"This was not something I created. It was the Democrats policy and only an idiot would voice his support for it."
Babin will be meeting the press as soon as he can take the egg off his face. His press release has received about 20 comments, all negative concerning his support of the policy that trump created. The comment period is still open.

Welcome to America, bitches!

We warned you. We really did warn you.