Friday, May 25, 2018

TX Congressmen Pete Olson and Brian Babin issues statement on their Nobel Peace Prize nomination

After Trump cancels the North Korea Summit, Texas Congressman Pete Olson and Brian Babin speaks to the media concerning the fate of their nomination of Donald Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Congressman Babin and I had worked very hard to draft a letter of recommendation to the Nobel Peace Prize committee nominating President Trump for his leadership in denuclearization of North Korea. Because of his leadership the regime was to sit at the table with the great negotiator in Chief and agree to stop his nuclear program, something no President has ever done. Unfortunately the President cancelled the Summit.

Because of this we ask the Committee to please disregard the letter and immediately destroy it before anyone identifies the idiots who signed it, including Babin and I. It is clear the President is a political dolt and can't negotiate his way out of a paper bag. He has made us look like fools. Again. What idiot will ever trust this president again, besides Brian Babin?

Babin and I both feel as lonely as a boner in a strip joint.

Pete Olson and Brian Babin are being challenged in the 2018 election.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Andrew White came and took it. From Greg Abbott

So much for the macho man Abbott. After the Sante Fe Shooting, Andrew White, candidate for Governor, tweeted a picture of Abbott's raffle of a shotgun for his campaign.


Abbott has since canceled the raffle and will instead give a $250 gift card. From Politico:

“I find this giveaway deeply disturbing for a number of reasons, chiefly among them the fact that Friday's shooting at Santa Fe HS was carried out with a shotgun,” Jack Kappelman, a student organizer of Austin’s March For Our Lives affiliate, wrote in an email to POLITICO. 

So White came. And he took it.




It's time to treat your gun like your dick.


It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out common sense gun ownership:

  1. Close the loop holes. Every gun purchase, every single one, must have a background check performed. If you want to buy your neighbors gun, go to a gun shop, pay for a background check, sell the gun. No exceptions. At all.
  2. Ban devices that can convert weapons into automatic weapons such as bump stocks. Ban the production, the sale, and the ownership of such devices. Anyone who currently has a device must turn it in or risk the severe consequences of owning one. Or...store them at a gun range.
  3. Ban large clips of ammunition. There is no reason to have large capacity clips. If you want a large capacity clip, store it at a gun range not at home or risk the severe consequences. Or....store them at a gun range.
  4. Ban the ownership of assault weapons. I've said this before. If you want to own an assault weapon, then store it at a gun range. If you want to shoot it, clean it, or fondle it, go to your gun range. Anyone who currently owns an assault weapon has to either have it shipped to a gun range for storage, or give it up. Anyone who retains their  assault weapon risks the severe consequences of owning one.
  5. Extreme vetting for gun ownership. Background checks must include mental health, family violence, and any other "events" as defined by the police.
  6. Repeal open carry. We live in a modern society. If you want to walk around like a tough guy with a gun strapped to your leg, move to Somalia. No one should be walking in the neighborhood with a loaded assault rifle. This is insanity.
  7. Treat your gun like your dick. Don't brag about it. Don't show it off. Don't pull it out. Don't wave it around. Don't point it at anyone. Don't walk around in public playing with it. And pull it out only when absolutely necessary to protect your life and family.
  8. Change our mindset about guns. Stop this stupidity of "We love our guns". We love our kids more. We love our families and our friends more than guns. Guns should not be a lifestyle. We need to stop acting like guns are more important to us then our friends and family. If you want a gun for protection, buy one. If you want a gun for fun, store it at the range. We need to put our dicks away.
The vast majority of Americans do not own a firearm, and there are only a small amount of individuals who own assault weapons. Most Americans who own guns are doing so respectfully. Only a small sliver of Americans are gun nuts but these are the people republicans are bowing to. It is time those of us who want common sense reforms take control of this discussion.

There are more of us common sense gun owners than gun nuts. Hopefully we will show them on November 6.

And God Said “I never gave you the right to own a gun"

From the Houston Chronicle
Much like Texas Lt Gov, Dan Patrick, I too talked to God and he is pretty pissed off.

Once again a nut with a gun killed a group of students and a teacher, this time right in our own back yard at Santa Fe High School. Our republican elected officials were quick to find a camera and defend the few who own guns and those who shouldn’t own guns. Lt Gov Dan Patrick went even as far as to blame the problem not on our gun nut mentality but on too many doors in the building. Yes, he actually said that. In fact here it is from CNN:
There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses.
There will be others to defend the few with guns saying “It’s my god given right to own a gun”. Newflash for you buds, God didn't give you that right. So quick saying it. As you probably know the right to own a gun comes from the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, written by a group of men. So what man giveth, man can surely taketh away. So quit your g—damn whining about how you have a god given right to own a gun. It’s about as intelligent as saying you have a god given right to own a chicken. (But not in the city limits)

Houston Police Chief has been one of a growing list of elected officials who have had it with the gun violence and the inaction by the republicans as he wrote on his Facebook page, again from CNN:
This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and inaction its a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s foregiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing)
He was talking to Trump, Ted Cruz. Greg Abbott. Dan Patrick. And every nra owned republican who have done nothing since Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Vegas, Southland, Parkland, and now Santa Fe.

God also has a message for them:
You stood in front of cameras after a sick individual with an assault weapon killed 26 of my young innocent children and their teachers. You stood in silence as my children in Orlando, Vegas, Southland, Parkland, were gunned down using military weapons I never gave you a right to have. You did nothing. You offered thoughts and prayers as if that would stop the next bullet. You had the responsibility to take action to ban assualt rifles, bump stocks, require background checks, and to change this gun nut mentality to one of common sense. You deliberately failed. You deliberately failed to follow my word. The blood on your hands from my children will forever stain you as long as you walk my earth. It will also serve as your God given pass into hell.
I damn you.

Note: I don't claim to talk to God. Anyone who claims they do are lying, are hearing voices and shouldn’t own a gun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

When you run for office know the laws about campaign finance reporting

The laws vary depending upon the office you run for.

As an example, if you are running for a position within Harris County you must file with Harris County  Clerk at http://www.ethics.cclerk.hctx.net. The website has a link to the filing schedule hosted at the Texas Ethics Commission. This schedule for County races shows who must file and when.

There are a number of reasons to understand the laws concerning financing of a campaign. One, it is the law. If you miss a report, you will be called out for it and fined. And two, if you do not follow the law by missing reporting requirements or not filling out your reports correctly, this information could be used against you in your campaign. Don't give your opponent the opportunity to say "If you can't follow the law, how can you make the law?".

It's a good point. Know the law. Follow the law.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Port of Port Lavaca hires deadbeat Congressman as a lobbyist #NoPlaceButTexas


Harris County Commissioner, Jerry Eversole was hired as a lobbyist for the Harris County Department of Education after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Deadbeat Congressman, Blake Farenthold, who owns the country $84,000 and resigned in disgrace over a sexual harassment allegation has now been hired as a lobbyist for the Port of Port Lavaca. From the Texas Tribune
Farenthold will earn an annual salary of $160,000, a slight decrease in pay from his Congressional salary of $164,000, the Associated Press reported.
Farenthold used $84,000 from a tax payer slush fund set up by the House to pay off a secret settlement concerning a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Farenthold vowed to complete his term but abruptly left after the House was to post details about the allegations. He also promised to repay the $84,000 to the taxpayers saying:
 "Tomorrow I'm will write a personal check and deliver it to Speaker Ryan [chuckle]". 
Yea right. The Texas Republican Party is now looking to hire Roy Moore as their young voter outreach. #NoPlaceButTexas


Monday, May 14, 2018

If you are a conservative, you're not a republican

There is nothing conservative about the republic Party.

Conservatives do not mock the disabled.
They don't create massive out of control deficits.
They don't make jokes about those dying of cancer.
They don't violate or ignore the laws of our country.
They don't tolerate sexual abuse.
They don't tolerate family violence.
They don't interrupt people while talking.
They don't call people names.
They don't say racist things.
They don't refer to Native Americans as "Pocahontas"
They don't make fun of other peoples language.
They don't call people of color "rapists".
They don't call Muslims "terrorists".
They don't endorse hate groups, the KKK, or white supremacy.
They don't disrespect elected officials even those they disagree with.
They don't lie. Every. Single. Day.
They don't walk around with loaded assault weapons in public.

And they don't tolerate those who do. Those who say they are "conservative" either do not know what conservative means or they are just like the republic Party and Donald trump.

A bunch of assh*les.

Vote Tuesday then have lunch!

Come and join some Democrats in the Clear Lake area and early vote and have lunch on Tuesday May 15, 11:45 AM at the Freeman Memorial Library. Our candidate for Congress, Dayna Steele, and her staff will be joining us. After we vote we will be having lunch at a local restaurant. 

Our endorsed candidates:

U.S. Representative District 22:  Sri Preston Kulkarni
Harris County District Clerk:  Marilyn Burgess
Harris County Clerk:  Diane Trautman
Governor: Andrew White or Lupe Valdez
County Treasurer: Dylan Osborne
County School Trustee: Josh Wallenstein

Friday, May 11, 2018

History of White House scandals by the numbers

After just 1 year Mike Pence has "respectfully" suggested to Special Counsel Mueller to "wrap it up" concerning the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign. Mueller has responded to Pence with a "Yeah. Right". Let's look at other scandals over the last few decades.

Watergate. The scandal began from a break in to the Democratic National Committee and resulted in a cover up conspiracy. Senate Watergate Committee was formed in August of 1973. Just 1 year later Nixon resigned. The Watergate scandal resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 being found guilty.

Iran/Contra Affair. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. November 25, 1986 the Tower Commission was created to investigate. Within a year there were at least 16 indictments including 16 felony counts against Oliver North.

Whitewater. Whitewater initially was an investigation into the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Ken Star was appointed to continue the investigate which started in 1994. 4 years later Clinton was impeached for an unrelated issue lying about a BJ.

Benghazi. The republican House investigated the Benghazi incident or over 4 years resulting in no action or indictments.

Email scandal. The republican House investigated the use of a private email server by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for over a year resulting in no action or indictments. The baseless investigation played a role in the 2016 election, as designed.

Russia Collusion. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was appointed in May of 2017 just 5 months after Trump's poorly attended inauguration. (snipe) After just over 1 year, Mueller's investigation has resulted in the following:
  • Indictments on multiple counts of Paul Manafort, former campaign manager of Trump.
  • Indictments against Rick Gates, Manaforts business partner.
  • Indictments and guilty plea by General Flynn, Trumps National Security Advisor
  • Indictments and guilty plea by George Papadopoulos, Trump's campaign advisor
  • Indictment and guilty plea by Richard Pinedo
  • Indictment and guilty plea by Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan (now serving jail time)
  • Indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations.
Everyday there are new revelations and evidence. So Pence do us a favor and just shut the hell up until you are indicted.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump proposes cuts to NASA employee benefits

Someone has to pay for the tax cuts.

These cuts have been talked about for over a year but now there is growing concern and distain for government employees that may make these cuts real. Also the great tax cut for the rich has created a huge $1Trillion deficit with no end in sight. Somebody has to pay for this and it looks like Federal employees (NASA included) may end up donating $143.5 Billion to the cause. Trump justified his cuts:

"Everyone knows government employees are lazy, some are incompetent, and we can't fire them. They do half the work the private sector does for twice as much money. They have golden retirement pensions, months of free vacation, and free health care that we all pay for. And what do we have? Nothing. It's a disgrace. Believe me."

Actually he didn't say that but he will. Believe me. In typical trump fashion he will demonize federal employees and turn the public against them to justify his cuts. The proposed cuts will affect current employees, future employees as well as those who have retired. From the Washington Post:
  • Eliminating supplements for Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) annuitants who retire before being eligible for Social Security benefits. [affects early retirees]
  • Reducing federal pensions by basing them on workers’ basic pay five-year averages instead of three years. [less pension]
  • Increasing employee retirement contributions with no increase in benefits. The plan would sharply boost the 0.8 percent of basic pay most FERS employees contribute. The letter makes the impact on federal retirees clear. “Under this proposal, FERS employee deduction rates will increase by 1 percent per year until they reach 7.25 percent of basic pay. … This proposal would require FERS employees to fund a greater portion of their retirement benefit.” [7.25 cut in pay with less pension]
  • Reducing or eliminating retirement cost-of-living adjustments. The administration plans “to reduce the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) by one half of one percent and to eliminate COLAs under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) for current and future retirees.” [no COLA for retirees]
So think of it as a 7.25% reduction in pay to fund the retirement system with no added benefits once retired. No cost of living increase for retirees so the pension will not increase over your retirement years which could be 20+ years. Other cuts to federal employee benefits that have been discussed include:
  • Reduction in sick leave
  • Reduction in vacation days
  • End of flex days
And yet NASA employees will continue to vote for republicans. You have to wonder how we will ever get back to the moon.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Spending Campaign Cash: Former Commissioner Jerry Eversole

From the Houston Chronicle
NOTE: If you steal from a bank wouldn't it be nice if you could use that money you stole to pay your legal bills for the crime of stealing money from a bank? Here is a quick update on former Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole. Lions, and tigers, and bear with me.

Back in 2009 an ethics complaint was filed with the Texas Ethics Commission against Jerry Eversole for converting campaign donations to personal use including purchases for antique books, antique western wear, golf, and a steady stream of coffee from Starbucks for a total of about $250,000. The complaint was reviewed, accepted, and an order was issued fining Eversole $75,000 and ordering him to repay his account over $40,000 from personal funds. From the Texas Ethics Commission, complaints SC-2712236 AND SC-2712237  :
After considering the seriousness of the violations described under Sections III and IV, including the nature, circumstances, and consequences of the violations, and after considering the sanction necessary to deter future violations, the commission imposes a $75,000 civil penalty, contingent upon the respondent reimbursing $41,357.10 to his political funds by July 9, 2009. Any reimbursements to political funds made pursuant to this order and agreed resolution shall be made from the respondent’s personal funds and shall be reported on Schedule G (used for reporting political expenditures from personal funds) of the respondent’s campaign finance reports and indicate that no reimbursement is intended. The respondent must provide sufficient evidence that the reimbursements have been made in accordance with this order.

Besides using his donor's money for personal use, Eversole was under investigation by the FBI and plead guilty to lying. After his probation period was over he became a lobbyist. From the Houston Chronicle:,
Accused of taking $100,000 in cash and gifts from friend and real estate developer Mike Surface in exchange for steering county contracts and appointments to Surface and his companies, Eversole resigned his office in October 2011 and pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents, a felony.

He is now a paid lobbyist for the Harris County Department of Education. Go figure. From the ABC13:


HOUSTON -- Did you know your tax dollars will help pay the salary of a convicted felon? And it's not just any convicted felon. Just one year after a federal plea deal forced long-time Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole to resign, we have news that he will again serve the Harris County Department of Education as a paid lobbyist.

Go figure. But...back to the bank. In July of 2009 Eversole had about $1.6 Million in his campaign account. Elected officials who leave office cannot convert their remaining balance to personal funds. Instead they can donate to other campaigns, charities, pay off campaign debt, or pay legal bills. This is what Eversole did.

Eversole paid $75,000 to the Ethics Commission (using his donors money. He paid his legal counsel, Rusty Hardin & Associates, over $1.2 Million for his legal bills stemming from the FBI investigation. He also paid Haynes and Boone over $92,000.

On top of pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, paying his legal bills with his donors money, using your tax money for his lobbying effort, and probably retaining his County pension and health care benefits, Eversole is seeking a presidential pardon.

#NoPlaceButTexas and Harris County.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Loaning Campaign Cash: Angela Paxton

If conservatives in Texas Senate District 8 didn't like Bill and Hillary Clinton, they are going to absolutely hate Ken and Angela Paxton.
From https://politicspaysforpaxton.com

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. 

Dan Patrick has donated $75,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for advertisement. He has a boner for Angela for her anti-public education stance. Look for her to be a solid supporter of school vouchers.

I seriously doubt Angela intends to pay any of loans back leaving Paxton's war chest with a bit less money to pay his legal bills. If Angela, by chance, loses in November it will be a bit hard to raise money to pay off your debts, especially if you are NOT in office! Imagine the call "I didn't win but could you donate $5000 to help me pay off a loan from my husband's campaign?" Yeah. Right.

Angela like Kathaleen Wall and State Representative Dennis Paul is basically buying an election. Kathaleen loaned herself $6 Million for a losing effort for Congress. Dennis Paul raised over 75% of his funds from his own engineering firm for a total of $156,000. He won. 

It would be funny to watch Angela lose. And her husband go to jail. 

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Raising Campaign Cash: Dennis Paul Texas HD129

From the Houston Chronicle
This isn't pretty. It's ugly. It includes a raid by the FBI!

Dennis Paul, endorsed by the NRA, can't seem to raise money except from his own company and another engineering firm that was raided by the FBI. Paul owns Paul Engineering which has loaned his campaign over $150,000. His current ethics report has his loan balance at $156,000 with a cash on hand balance of only $37,089.32. He only raised 47,237.93 during his last period which included $5000 from James Dannebaum, his biggest contributor.

According to the San Antonio Express and News Dannenbaum has a "controversial history along the Texas border" which included a raid from the FBI. From the Express News:

Dannenbaum Engineering has stirred a lot of controversy as it has grown into one of the dominant engineering companies in South Texas over the past 30 years. On April 26, the FBI executed a broad raid of its offices across the state, including in San Antonio, to gather records related to the company’s pursuit of infrastructure projects in the Laredo area. A decade ago, reports from the El Paso Times and other media outlets linked the company to another FBI corruption probe in El Paso County.

Ouch. I guess engineers stick together. Other donors include a number of PAC's including $1000 from the USAA Employee PAC. (USAA is an insurance company) But....back to the $156,000 loan. Paul is one of the few individuals who bought his nomination to represent the Republic Party. Much like Kathleen Wall who put over $6 Million of her own money to buy the nomination for CD2. She lost. Paul didn't.

Dennis might want to remember nothing good comes from an FBI raid. Ask Paul Manafort. Or Michael Cohen. He might want to considering returning the $5000 and borrowing from his company again.