Friday, April 09, 2021

Texas State Representative Dennis Paul offers thoughts and prayers to #BryanTexas victims

 #NoPlaceButTexas again. 1 dead, 5 wounded, one Police Officer in critical condition.



Sunday, April 04, 2021

Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick: On this holy day let us prey


Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick offers a special prayer for this Easter:



Oh Lord Let us prey.
Let us prey on the cold for they cannot flee to Cancun
Let us prey on the voters for they cannot easily vote.
Let us prey on the poor for they cannot afford to fight.
Let us prey on the sick for they are too weak to fight.
Let us prey on the Hispanics for they will not vote.
Let us prey on the Blacks for their lives do not matter.
Let us prey on the disabled for they are weak.
Let us prey on the Muslims for they are now targets of hate
Let us prey on the Asian population for they brought us COVID.
Let us prey on the Immigrants for they do not belong here.
Let us prey on the police as we flood the streets with guns.

And oh Lord
Let us prey on our supporters for they are too ignorant to know we are preying on them.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

While the State is making voting harder, Harris County makes it easier

 

Harris County continues to make great strides in making voting easier.

Yesterday I had a demonstration of the new voting machines that will be in use for the May 1, 2021 elections. Unlike the "wheel" the new machines by Hart InterCivic Verity Duo are intuitive, easy to use and has a PAPER BALLOT! 

The process is easy. Check in. Enter your code via a touch screen. Insert your blank paper ballot. If necessary adjust the size of the text. Using the touch screen, select the candidates of your choice. Review your selection then print your ballot. Verify it again then scan it in the scanning machine print to leaving.

The ballots are counted and stored for recount purposes. The touch screen does NOT count votes or store your selections. It just provides an easy way to select your candidates and prints your ballot. If by chance your ballot is not correct, the election judge will invalidate the ballot and you will start over.

Couple this new system with the ability to vote at any early voting center and any voting center on Election Day and voting has become much easier. The County also provides a wait time notice on their website to determine how long the lines are and provides the voter with the ability to go to a site with shorter lines.

Meanwhile our State Representative Dennis Paul is working hard to limit mail in ballots, make voter registration more difficult, and make it illegal to pass out water to those standing in line.

#NoPlaceButTexas






Saturday, March 20, 2021

Republican Racist Rhetoric: Texas Congressman Chip "Racist" Roy, #NoPlaceButTexas

 

#NoPlaceButTexas

They are out in the open. The once great Republican Party that believed in simple family values such as respect and honor now is just a bunch of racist, rotten assholes led by Trump. They are not even trying to cover it up. 

Last week it was Senator Ron Johnson claiming he wasn't afraid of the white patriots who were storming the capitol, attacking police, and looking to hang Mike Pence. He wasn't afraid as he ran like a coward with others like Ted Cruz. But he would have been afraid if the same rioters were Black. Dude, that is just racist.

Now coming off that racist rhetoric Texas Congressman Chip "Racist" Roy piles on with his comments towards the Asian American Community. Racist Roy can't act like an adult and wear a mask appropriately in order to protect others around him and he had to to bring up lynching in a hearing to address hate crimes directed to the AAPI. Maybe someone needs to remind him that lynching was used as hillbilly justice towards everyone except the white folk. 

This is who they are. #RacistRoy From CNN:




Thursday, March 18, 2021

State Representative Dennis Paul's HB1725 will end drop off boxes for voting

 


Yet another example of #NoPlaceButTexas. This is truly embarrassing.

Today House Bill 1725 will be heard in committee by Representative Dennis Paul. The bill will end the use of drop off boxes or drop off sites for mail in ballots. It begs the question "Why?". Drop off boxes are in use in 40 states leaving Texas in a minority. Again. Voters can sit at the table, make their choices, then drop off their ballots while taking a walk to the grocery store. Here in Texas, or at least in Harris County, voters had the option of dropping the ballot off at their local county court house or at a drive through facility. They also had the opportunity to mail it.

Dennis Paul defended this stupidity with an email to his constituents:

If a person has the ability to make an in-person appearance, they are able to vote in person just as easily.  Those who are disabled, sick, elderly, and those who have lost faith in the USPS, can stand in long lines and sweat like a pig to vote like everyone else. 

OK. The last sentence wasn't exactly what he said but you get the idea. The bill will be heard this morning. I am interested in hearing Paul stoop to a new low by carrying Abbotts political laundry.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Socialists primary Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa.

From the Texas Tribue
Instead of "Running everywhere and losing everywhere, the democratic socialists of America have started a targeted primary campaign against Democrats in deep, deep, blue districts. First up is Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa House District 49 (Austin).

Representative Hinojosa won her district by 60 points (yes, 60, it is that blue) so it is an easy target for the socialist party. Hinojosa is a great representative and is the Vice Chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence; Human Services Committee. Prior to her run for HD49 Hinojosa served as a member of the Austin Independent School District. Her challenger, Herbie Smith, is a student at Texas University. 

Back in 2018 the lead socialist group, Justice Democrats, ran 80 candidates across the United States. They lost 73.

Out of 80 candidates endorsed by JD, only 7 won. 2 were incumbents in deep blue districts. 1 was unopposed.  4 were all in very blue districts wiping out their general election opponents. It's not like they were endorsing in tough competitive states like Texas, although those that did, lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

In 2020 they got smarter targeting deep, deep blue areas such as the Travis County District Attorney's office and just 9 candidates across the country. They did better and they believe they have the key to infiltrating the Democratic Party.

CandidatePositionResultPercentage
Marie NewmanIL-03Won in general53-46Deep Blue
Cori BushMO-01Won in general80-17Deep Blue
Jamaal BowmanNY-16Won in general82-17Deep Blue
Georgette GomezCA-53Lost in General59-40Deep Blue
Kara EastmanNE-02Lost in General50-46Toss up
Alex MorseMA-01Lost in primary58-42Deep Blue
Betsy SweetME-SNLost in primary71-22Collins Seat
Morgan HarperOH-03Lost in primary68-31Deep Blue
Jessica CisnerosTX-28Lost in primary57-39Deep Blue


Tuesday, March 09, 2021

My outdoor covered patio paid for by USAA

We just completed an outdoor patio. The contractor did a GREAT job! If you are in the Clear Lake area and are interested in his contact information email me at johncoby@sbcglobal.net. His crew was fast, very professional, and the results are fantastic! So how did USAA get involved? Glad you asked.

Ceiling fan, lights, power for a TV.

Paving stones, stones around the base

Last year USAA raised my home insurance from $4000/year to $5000. I have been with USAA for over 25 years so it was difficult to leave because I believed they would always take care of their members of the Armed Forces. I was wrong. I eventually found a better policy for $3000/year and I also switched my cars to GEICO for another substantial reduction. 

When I joined USAA they created a Subscribers Savings Account for me. Periodically they would send a check from this account during years of low activity. Members do not put money into this account, USAA does. Mine grew to over $14,000 after 25 years. Six months after I left USAA sent me the balance of this account. I used it to buy the USAA patio.

So raising my rates by 25% was actually a good thing. In a strange way.


Sunday, March 07, 2021

#NoPlaceButTexas is no longer a slogan. It's a joke.

Texas has a history of cute sayings such as "Come and Take it", "We do things bigger in Texas", "Don't Mess with Texas", "Thank god for Mississippi", and my favorite "No Place But Texas". 

No Place but Texas was once a slogan celebrating the unique qualities of living in Texas, although I question if we are really unique. Much like every other state in the country we band together to help each other during times of need. We help neighbors rebuild fences after a hurricane. We provide supplies to those in need. We donate money. None of that is unique to Texas. 

Now No Place but Texas is nothing but a joke. Looney Louie Gohmert, #CancunCruz, Trump Wannabe Greg Abbott, indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, leadership failures, science deniers, guns on demand, no place but Texas. Literally. 

Recently the "Energy Capitol of the World" was plunged into darkness during the winter storm of 2021. While the rest of the country was hunkered down enjoying their power and water, most of Texans were freezing their asses off unable to flush the toilet. Over 50 died. Republican elected officials were silent before and after the freeze leaving the Democrats to help those in need while #CancunCruz fled the state to weather the storm in Mexico with his hot wife and loving 10 year old whining brats. Yep. No Place But Texas. 

From Reuters

In 2003 besides deregulation electricity, which brought the freeze higher electricity rates for consumers, Texas deregulated college tuition and home insurance. Like electricity rates the cost of college skyrocketed and home insurance is out the roof. No Place But Texas.

Recently Greg Abbott has ended the mask mandate and will fully open the State 2 months too son, just like he did last summer which resulted in over 45,000 Texans losing their lives. His failures reminds me of another saying "All hat and no cattle".

Luckily for the Republican Party, who ushered in this Texas sized stupidity, "We do things bigger in Texas". We have the biggest idiots in the country who will forget about how they froze their nuts off or how much they are paying for electricity or tuition or home insurance. They will forget about the 45,000 who died of COVID or the 50 who froze to death. In 2022 they will again vote for the very people who did this to them. Again, No Place But Texas.

Well as the saying goes in Mississippi, "Thank god for Texas".