Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ted Cruz got caught. He had to make a choice.

So during a Texas sized freeze that left millions without power and water, Texas Senator Ted Cruz skips out to go to sunny Cancun and got caught. He had to make a choice. Either continue on his little vacation while his state freezes and risk being photographed on the beach under an umbrella drinking a Corona, or make up a lame excuse and blame it on his kids.

He chose to blame it on his kids claiming he was just "dropping" them off. Yeah. Right. That's what normal people do, fly with their families to a vacation spot then turn around and fly back, on standby. He had a tough choice to make much like his constituents at home had to make choices on how to keep their kids warm without flying to Cancun. He had to decide what was worse, pictured on the beach while Texans clean up the mess from broken pipes, or coming home and defend a bullshit excuse.

Ted chose bullshit.



 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

State Representative Dennis Paul leading the way on voting restrictions HB 1725

State Representative Dennis Paul lives a block from my house. At times I want to just knock on his door in order to talk to him since his staff is not responsive. The filing of HB1725 makes me want to just that.

HB 1725 is one of those bills that makes you want to ask "What idiot thought of this idea?". Seriously. During the 2020 election the request for mail in ballots exploded due to the COVID pandemic. Couple that with the self inflicted problems with the US Postal Service many counties, including Harris, allowed multiple drop off locations for voters to hand deliver their ballot.

Dennis Paul wants to end this practice. In his defense of his bill he offers the following:

If a person has the ability to make an in-person appearance, they are able to vote in person just as easily.  A person who votes by mail because they are not able to vote in person should only return their ballot by mail or by common carrier.

This is a point, not a good one, but a point nevertheless but why? Other states gives voters the ability to drop off their ballot at multiple locations and to track the ballot. In Washington DC you can find a kiosk within walking distance to drop off your ballot. Why make it harder to vote no matter what party you support?

Why? Because the more people who vote the more vulnerable those in power become. Harris County had drop off locations throughout the county but those in power restricted the practice to only 1 location. They just can't win when people vote.

Wanna contact your State Rep?

District: 129
Capitol Office: CAP GN.10
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0734
District Address: 17225 El Camino Real, Suite 415
Houston, TX 77058
District Phone: (281) 488-8900

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Texas Republican Q Party coming to Clear Lake! #WeAreTheStorm

A "rally" at the Church of the Nazarene, Michael Hull, Pastor, is coming to the Clear Lake area. Hosted by the Republican "Q" Party of Texas. #WeAreTheStorm


p.s. The meeting is real. But Qbacca is actually in jail waiting for his trial after his acts of insurrection. The Emcee is from SD12. This meeting is being held in SD11.


Friday, February 05, 2021

Houston City Council has their own Marjorie Taylor Greene deadwood.

As I have said in past, I do not like Houston City Councilman Greg Travis.

Much like Congress Member Marjorie Taylor Greene, Houston City Council Member Greg Travis is no longer on any committees. Both of them are what we call "deadwood", that is, someone who is just there and doesn't pull their own weight. They are not only useless, they pass on their responsibilities to others. Travis also joins Greene as part of the Q Party.

Unlike Greene who was removed from her committee assignments due to her threats to other members of Congress, Travis removed himself from his committee assignments and as representative of the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC). Travis was elected in November of 2019 and resigned his positions in January of 2020.

He will be dead wood until 2024 unless he resigns before then.



Friday, January 29, 2021

Spending your campaign donation to Houston City Council Member Greg Travis

You might get the idea that I do not like Houston City Council Member Greg Travis. I don't.

Back in 2008 a couple of us reviewed the spending habits of State Representative John Davis. We found he had spent tens of thousand of dollars of his campaign donations on personal items including a pair of $1500 custom made boots. He eventually had to pay a hefty fine and refund the donations to his campaign. He was one of many we found. (MANY!)

So, I was interested in what Greg Travis was spending his donors money on. In his end of year report for 2020 he spent $11,833. What was interesting was his $2000 donation to Trump/Pence campaign. So for those who are donating to Travis just be aware who your money might be going to.



Thursday, January 28, 2021

Why Houston City Council Member Greg Travis cannot be removed from his committee assignments

This is actually old news but I bet most Houstonians are not aware of this.

Houston City Council Member Greg Travis posted racist and other inappropriate comments on his social media pages. Members of City Council and the public have called for swift and decisive action including censuring him, removing him from office, and/or removing him from his committee assignments. There is just one problem with that......Travis isn't assigned to any committees.

In January of 2020 Travis resigned from all his committee assignments leaving the work of the committee to other members. Travis is now just a voting member on Council like entitled dead wood. The committee assignments posted to the City of Houston website does not include any mention of Travis. City Hall Reporter Jasper Scherer tweeted a letter from Travis to the Mayor resigning his positions. In the letter he said:

"The current committee assignments fail to effectively use my education, experience, and skills. Skills like posting racist comments and partisan politics using my twitter account and other social media."

Ok. That isn't exactly what he said but you get the point. Travis whined like Donald Trump when he doesn't get invited to a football game. So he just gave up, took his ball, and went home while still sitting on Council.

So mission accomplished?



Tuesday, January 26, 2021

5 more Houston Police Officers indicted in botched Harding Street raid

OMG. This is bad.

I remember the day the botched Harding Street raid happened and the press conference the city conducted.  Five police officers had been shot, one seriously. The press conference was highlighted by the lunatic rantings of Houston Police Officers Union's President Joey Gamaldi blaming the incident on Black Lives Matter. 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.”

Well it turns out that this wasn't BLM or any other organization. In fact it was the fault of the police and now they are paying a price for it. According to the Harris County DA's Office:

January 25, 2021

A Harris County grand jury indicted a Houston Police officer for murder, and five others who are or have served on the force, for engaging in organized criminal activity, as the result of an investigation touched off by a 2019 raid that killed two people in their home on Harding Street.

Take a moment to read the charges filed against 11 officers. It's not pretty. The charges include murder, theft by a public servant, tampering with a government record, and engaging in organized criminal activity. 

Joey has been quiet.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

When you don't stop this.....

The Republican Party didn't denounce this when it happened:


Now they are defending this because it happened::



#WeAreTheStorm


Friday, January 22, 2021

Abuse of Social Media. Houston Council Member Greg Travis

Houston City Council is non partisan although it's easy to find which party they support by a simple google or reviewing their financial filings. Another way is to look at their official social media account. Case in point, CM Greg Travis.

Travis is still under fire for posting a racist dog whistle on his twitter account, @TravisDistrictG. This account identifies him as a Houston City Councilman. It is not his personal account yet it is a combination of city business, COVID misinformation and right wing political commentary as well as inappropriate posts. 

It begs the question to City Council and the Ethics Committee, is this an acceptable way to use social media as an election official? It would seem that an account that identifies the individual as an elected official of the City of Houston could reflect poorly on City Council especially when they take no action on inappropriate and/or racist posts. These accounts should be for city business ONLY. If a CM wants to make political commentary and/or racist posts they should do it on their PRIVATE account with no reference to Houston City Council.

I've contacted City Council for a response. Here are some of his posts:






Thursday, January 21, 2021

Why the GND and M4A is DOA

The "progressives" , ie the Democratic Socialists that have latched onto the Democratic Party, shouldn't get their hopes too high on passing the Green New Deal or Medicare for All. Both have major problems that will never allow them to pass.

The first is the name. Any bill named similar to FDRs "New Deal" has zero chance of being considered by the party that has targeted the New Deal for decades. If the authors were smart, and they aren't, they would have named it something like "The Revitalization of American Energy Dominance". Name it anything but the Green New Deal.

And any bill that is sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and/or Benie Sanders is pretty much DOA. Neither have a history of working a major bill like this. Neither have the ability to reach across the aisle and work with others or even with the members of their own party. This is a huge undertaking much like the Affordable Care Act. AOC and Bernie do not have the political know how to pass something this massive. 

The same goes for Medicare for All. Sanders has been trying to pass something similar for 35 years with little to show for it. Again Sanders cannot reach across the aisle and look for common ground. Neither political party is interested in passing this especially with the $34 Trillion price tag. It's also DOA.

People might like AOC because she is young, energetic, and a media icon but that doesn't pass bills. That doesn't improve the lives of Americans. AOC needs to pass a couple of bills that rename post offices or a bill that would benefit her district. She should learn how to be a politician because that is what she is. She has an opportunity to learn from Bernie and actually accomplish something after 35 years.

But the GND and M4A is DOA.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Houston City Council Member Greg Davis. Just saying.....

 Get the point Greg?



Trump's legacy by the numbers

Well after 4 years trump has sealed his legacy with yet another failure right up there with Trump University, Trump Steaks, Trump Wine, Trump Casino, and Trump Airlines, to name just a few. Now add Trump America to that list. Here is a list of Trumps accomplishments by the numbers:

  • $1 Trillion deficit (pre-COVID)
  • $3 Trillion added to the debt (pre-Covid)
  • 4.7 Million jobs lost
  • 18 number of Trump associates who are in jail, waiting sentencing, or waiting trial
  • 308 the number of times trump played golf
  • 400,000+ number of Americans who died from COVID under his watch
  • 34% Approval rating 
  • 160 number of individuals who left the Office of the President
  • 5 Press secretaries
  • 20 members of the Trump Administration with COVID
  • $315 Million trump's personal debt
  • 5500 number of immigrant children separated from their parents

I know this is a short list but it's hard to track all of his failures. I might add more as time goes on. Until then.....may trump and his entire family rot in hell.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Texas Representative "Money" Mayes Middleton files bill to restrict voting....on MLK day

Texas Representative "Money" Mayes Middleton of Galveston spent over $2.5 million of his own money to win a seat in the Texas House. If this race was competitive, and it wasn't,  he would have needed about $500,000 to win. His opponent raised only $4000 and had absolutely no idea what it meant to run besides running. So Money Mayes won and is doing the bidding of the Republican Party to limit access to voting. 

Money Mayes has filed House Bill 1026 which will remove deputy voter registrars from registering voters on behalf of the county. VDRs reach out to potential voters to help them register. They are responsible for registering the vast majority of new voters. They are required to train every 2 years and there are serious consequences for breaking the rules of the program. I personally have never heard about any abuse of this program but that doesn't stop Money Mayes.

I am sure Money will say something like "I'm protecting the sanctity of the vote" or something like that. Money really should look up the word sanctity as in the "sanctity of marriage" when it comes to Donald Trump. LOL They have no idea what the word means

Watch for other Representatives like Dennis Paul HD129 to co-sponsor this stupidity. You can track this and other bills at LegiScan.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Texas Republican Congress Members: Patriots or P*ssies?

Pussies. Every single one of them.

In a heated argument Trump told his Vice President that he could go down as a Patriot or a Pussy when it comes to overthrowing the election. Congress Members had the same options when it came to impeaching Trump for insurrection  They could be a Patriot or a bunch of scared little pussies. The Republicans in Texas chose to be pussies. 

According to the Houston Chronicle the following republicans were afraid of their own party, and are still afraid of Trump:

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston Crenshaw said he couldn’t support impeachment because the process lacked a “sober review of the facts.” He added that Trump at his rally outside the White House last week “whipped many of those present into a frenzy that contributed, in part, to the assault on the Capitol resulting in the deaths of several American citizens, including at least one Capitol Hill police officer.”

Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock “The president didn’t incite a riot. The president didn’t lead an insurrection,” Arrington said. “I’m not saying the president didn’t exercise poor judgment, but to criminalize political speech by blaming lawless acts on the president’s rhetoric is wrong and a very dangerous precedent.”

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville “This impeachment is purely about political posturing and a catchy CNN headline — it’s a disgrace,” Babin said. “Our 240-plus years of proud history and those who died to ensure America was victorious through its many trials deserve better than the mockery unfolding before us today in Congress.”

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands “Those calling for impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment in response to President Trump’s rhetoric this week are themselves engaging in intemperate and inflammatory language and calling for action that is equally irresponsible and could well incite further violence,” Brady said. “They are placing a desire for vengeance above the best interests of the country. President-elect Joe Biden is right to reject calls to go down this dangerous path which will only further divide the country.”

Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point “The rioters who stormed the Capitol were wrong and should be held accountable, but it is time for America to heal,” Burgess said. “In less than a week, President Trump will be leaving office and President-elect Biden will be sworn into office. Continuing to pursue impeachment will just further increase the partisan divide.”

Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Victoria “Sadly, under current Democratic leadership, impeachment has become a politicized tool — part of the cancel culture movement of the left to silence dissent,” Cloud said. “With only one week until Inauguration Day, it is not in the best interest of the nation to move forward in this way.”

Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Sherman “Just addressed the House Chamber for the very first time to speak AGAINST this silly & wasteful resolution to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President with only a week left in office,” Fallon wrote on Facebook. “Surreal that DC is this hyper-partisan. Sad. Let’s work for ALL Americans and stop this ridiculous infighting. #Enough! #GodBlessAmerica.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler Gohmert said impeaching the president without an investigation or committee hearings sets a dangerous precedent.“Now the message is, if you have a whim and you want to just go after a president, just go straight to the floor, no investigation, no judiciary committee,” Gohmert said. “Use it as a political weapon as you wish.”

Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio “America needs a steady hand to calm our nation’s unrest. Today’s vote on impeachment was another partisan move forced by Nancy Pelosi,” Gonzales said in a statement. “With one week left in President Trump’s term, the latest efforts to impeach the president does nothing to heal our country.""We are bitterly divided right now - and this effort only worsens that divide.”

Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell “Democrats couldn’t help themselves with just seven days left,” Gooden said. “Proud to oppose impeachment yet again.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson, R-Amarillo “We should prioritize restoring communities devastated by lockdowns, America’s vaccine rollout, and a bipartisan investigation into the U.S. Capitol attack over a divisive impeachment process,” Jackson said.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin McCaul said he opposed impeachment “with a heavy heart” because “rushed justice is not the solution to mob violence.” “I did not come to this decision lightly,” McCaul said. “And I truly fear there may be more facts that come to light in the future that will put me on the wrong side of this debate.”

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Richmond “This impeachment is rushed, preempts any semblance of a proper inquiry into what occurred on January 6th, and throws fuel on the fire of division at a time our country so desperately needs unity and healing,” Nehls said. “The American people want us focused on COVID-19 relief and the economy, not impeachment.”

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin “The President of the United States deserves universal condemnation for what was clearly in my opinion impeachable conduct: Pressuring the vice president to violate his oath to the Constitution to count the electors,” Roy said. “Unfortunately my Democratic colleagues drafted articles that I believe are flawed and unsupportable.”

Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano “Impeachment of a President, elected by the American people, requires thorough investigation, Congressional hearings, and thoughtful deliberation,” Taylor said. “We must not allow our Republic to devolve to the point of allowing impeachment, and subsequent removal, of a sitting president based on news reports and social media pundits.”

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Irving “I should be in my district working for my constituents, instead I’m back here in Washington because the majority couldn’t resist another made-for-TV impeachment.”

Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood “Temperatures are still running high and the FBI says more violence is threatened,” Weber said. “Now with only eight days remaining in President Trump’s term, attempting to invoke the 25th Amendment or impeaching the president or any other measure attempting to remove him from office will only add fuel to the fire.”

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin “Today’s rushed vote on impeachment will only further divide the American people,” Williams said. "There will be a peaceful transfer of power on January 20, 2021 — we must move forward for the good of the Republic.”

Rep. Ron Wright, R-Arlington “It’s time that we all come together, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Americans,” Wright said. “Abandoning norms and traditions to impeach President Trump with less than ten days left in his term will only cause more hatred and division across our communities.”

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Where City Council Members stand on Greg Travis


I've received and read where each member of Houston City Council stands on the issue of CM Greg Travis racist comments. Here are the results. I will update as I hear from them. I asked each of them the following question. What is your position on the racist comments made by CM Greg Travis? 

1) Called for his resignation
2) Demanded an apology
3) Called for censure
4) Other, please identify 

Council MemberDistrictPosition
Mayor TurnerMayorDisappointed 
Amy PeckADisagreed with him
Tarsha JacksonBNo Response
Abbie KaminCUnacceptable
Carolyn Evans-ShabazzDCalled for his resignation
Dave MartinERemove the post. Apologize
Tiffany ThomasFCalls for censure
Karla CisnerosHNo Response
Robert GallegosINo Response
Edward PollardJNo Response
Matha Vcastex-TatumKNo Response
Mke KnoxAt Large 1No Response
David RobinsonAt Large 2No Response
Michael KuboshAt Large 3No Response
Letiticia PlummerAt Large 4Called for his resignation
Sally AlcornAt Large 5Disappointed 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Calling for the resignation of Houston City Councilman Greg Travis

City Council Members
Houston City Council
Houston, Texas

Reference: Calling for CM Travis to resign

 

Councilmembers,

 

CM Travis racist and inappropriate comments on Facebook towards women and people of color cannot be ignored. 

 

This is no longer an issue about CM Travis. We now know exactly who he is. He has told us. Now it is time for you to tell us who you are and whether you will tolerate his racist remarks and take no action. Over the last 5 years racists across the country have responded to the dog whistles from our elected officials and more and more are coming out with racist comments because there are no consequences for their actions. Now one has come out on City Council. That needs to stop. Now!

 

I hope you will demand his resignation even though he will not, then demand an apology even though he has refused, then censure him, and then remove him from his committee assignments. This will send a strong, clear signal to anyone running for city council that racism and inappropriate comments will not ever be tolerated. Not know. Not ever.

 

For the so called “conservatives” on city council, let me remind you that racism is not a conservative value. Neither is making fun of a disabled person, or having sex with a porn star while married, or calling elected officials childish names, or lying, cheating, stealing. Over the last 5 years conservative values have been left in the gutter with excuses like “I don’t agree with his racist comments, but I like my 401K” or “I don’t agree with his racist comments, but I like how he advocates for the dog shelters”.  If you call yourself a conservative, then act like one, for once. 

 

Due to term limits many of you have nothing to lose calling for his resignation, except your dignity. Others will have to answer for their lack of action during endorsement screenings next year. How will you respond to the question “What action did you take when confronted with a racist in City Council?”. 

 

As a father of a successful professional daughter who is a woman of color I am extremely upset about CM Travis comments. I sincerely hope you will start the new year right by taking decisive action and demanding Councilmember Greg Travis to resign. I also hope you will respond with what you intend to do.

 

 

 

John Cobarruvias


Monday, December 28, 2020

The sexist MAGAt of Houston City Council: Greg Travis District G

Just like Trump. 

Here are a couple of posts from Houston City Councilman Greg Travis. He speaks for himself. According to Wikipedia he teaches business law at the Houston Community College. Hopefully he will not next semester. The posts make me want to ask "What the fuck is wrong with you?"






Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Clear Lake Republican Steve Stockman pardoned

 

There is no bottom to this man.

Yesterday Trump pardoned a group of criminals including the former worthless Congressman Steve Stockman. Stockman represented the Clear Lake area for two terms, 16 years apart. Over those couple of years his accomplishments were few, if any, besides tweeting like a 2 year old. 

In 2017 Stockman was convicted on 23 out of 24 charges concerning an elaborate scheme to steal money from donations and a charity. It was so bad his own staff testified against him. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Yesterday his prayers were answered and he was pardoned. Stockman will remain a felon. He will not be able to own a gun which in itself is a jail sentence for a gun nut like Stockman. 

Stockman is a poster child for redistricting reform. After Stockman quit his seat to challenge Cornyn in 2014 Brian Babin took his place. As I said in a previous post:

The district is Babin's too keep until he retires, dies, or ends up in jail. It doesn't matter what kind of lies Babin will tell his constituents, or how racist he may seem he will remain in office. His district is a 70/30 split giving a well financed Democrat about a 30% or less of the vote, every time. 2018 was no different. 

Watch for Stockman to join Fox News, Qanon, or Newsmax.