Monday, November 26, 2018

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Spending Campaign Cash: Justice Democrats

Justice Democrats is a Bernie Sanders organization for far left candidates including Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio. As I said before:

Justice Democrats didn't perform very well. According to Justice Democrats they elected 7 of their endorsed candidates to Congress. 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 they did lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

Looking at their spending for the last two years, Justice Democrats spent about $2,250,000. $633,000 on wages ranging from $71,000 to $32,000 for ab out 13 employees. $217,000 on Payroll taxes, $270,000 on fundraising, and $88,000 on Credit Card fees.

They also spent $605,000 on "Strategic Consulting" paid to the Brand New Congress, another Bernie Sanders organization. This leaves about $526,000 for overhead expenses, rent, legal fees, etc but nothing was spent for donations to individuals candidates. I'm not quite sure what Justice Democrats accomplished besides raising and spending money but not on individual candidates.

Maybe looking at Brand New Congress spending will give more insight.
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Texas is pulling for Mississippi voters to send Cindy Hyde-Smith back to the United States Senate.  According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

"For too long Texas has been at the bottom of the toilet when voting. We have voted for an indicted Attorney General, Ken Paxton, for Sid Miller who referred to a woman using the C word, and for Ted Cruz the asshole of  the Senate. But on Tuesday Mississippi has the opportunity to elect a real racist and we thank god for Mississippi for taking the eyes off of Texas."

Well, that isn't exactly what he said but you get the idea. Texas has some of the worst human beings as elected officials yet they continue to be reelected. "No Place But Texas" really means it until tomorrow. Mississippi voters have a chance to elect a real live racist, Cindy Hyde-Smith, someone who joked about a lynching and wouldn't apologize. Even her donors have called for refunds including Major League Baseball, Pfizer, Walmart, and Union Pacific to name a few.

The top racist of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, is set to hold a rally for Smith on Monday. The rules are about the same as for the Ted Cruz rally in Houston:
  1. No Mexicans (except for a few behind the stage)
  2. No Teachers
  3. No Muslims (except for a few behind the stage)
  4. No Federal employees including former FBI agents
  5. No Blacks (except for a few behind the stage)
  6. No Jews
  7. No non-Christians
Thank god for Mississippi!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Who shouldn't be running in Texas SD 6

A special election will be held for Texas Senate District 6 on Dec 11 and most probably followed by a runoff due to two last minute candidates announcing for the position. State Representatives Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez are two very qualified candidates for the position and the voters will have a tough time deciding who should represent that district.

On the other hand we have two unknowns, Martha Fierro a republican, and Mia Mundy a Democrat. Both have filed with the Texas Ethics Committee but have not reported any donations as of yet. Fierro is a precinct chair, which in itself, is not a great qualification to run for Senate. Maybe she should have started with something a bit smaller like president of her homeowners association. According to her Facebook page she is a regional leader of the Faith and Freedom Coalition an extreme right wing organization. 

Then we have Mia Mundy. According to her Facebook page:
Mia Mundy is an Executive Search Consultant for Manhattan Resources.Mia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hannibal -LaGrange University in Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University.
Eat em Kats! I cannot find much information about Mia but there is a forum for the candidates on Nov 28. Maybe we can learn something about these two. At the moment the only reason they are in the race is to cause yet another runoff between two very well qualified candidates.

Pete Olson comments on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Donald Trump issued a statement claiming the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed and dismembered by the Saudi government, was actually a terrorist and making money with the Saudis is more important than the life of a journalist. From the White House:
That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!
Texas Congressman Pete Olson issued the following statement concerning the United States intelligence community's assessment of the killing that was orchestrated by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman:
Olson continued with this:
"I cannot in good faith go against the wishes of President trump because he is our president and he might primary me in my swing district in 2020. Trump scares the living shit out of me and I cannot issue a statement at this time."

He didn't really say that, as you know, but he did not issue any statement on Trump's statement. He is, once again, silent.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Babin, Olson, Weber comments on attacking a Navy Seal

Remember when the Republican Party was the party of "fiscally responsibility", "family values" and "support the troops"? After blowing a $1 Trillion hole in our deficit, separating children from their mother, trump has decided to attack our military and our local Congressman Brian Babin, Pete Olson (a Navy Veteran), and Randy Weber are silent. From NBC News:

President Donald Trump derided retired Adm. Bill McRaven — the Navy SEAL who led the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden — calling him a "Hillary Clinton fan" during an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." He also said bin Laden should have been captured much sooner, though he did not explain how the Obama administration should have done so.

All three of our local Congressman, including a retired Navy Pilot, Pete Olson, has said nothing about Trump's latest attack. They have said nothing on his racist attacks on Latinos, or his tax bill that created a $1 Trillion deficit, or separating children from mothers, or his constant lying to their constituents, or his payoffs during the 2016 campaign.

And now after attacking the Navy Seal who led the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, Babin, Olson, and Weber are still standing by his side in support. You would have thought that the party that claims to "support the troops" would have stood up and told Trump not to send troops to the border, an obvious political stunt, or to condemn his comments towards Bill McRaven. But they are silent.

Babin is in a very deep dark red district one that was so red they elected Steve Stockman who is now serving 10 years in prison for 23 felony counts. Weber is also in a red district, but Olson won his district by only 5 points and hopefully will be challenged again in 2020. 

His silence is not going to help him.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes on the Democratic Party (sort of)

Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't taken the oath of office or located the bathrooms in the Capitol but she has started her ill advised campaign to oust other Democrats from Congress in 2020.  Ocasio is a lightning rod for the media, both good and bad. She is a a dream candidate for media folks especially the right wing looking to paint the Party as socialists.

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Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), implored more than 700 attendees of a Justice Democrats strategy call to run for office against incumbent Democrats as well as Republicans in their home districts.
Justice Democrats didn't perform very well. According to Justice Democrats they elected 7 of their endorsed candidates to Congress. 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 they did lost. All of them. One raised over a $1 Million and lost 70-30 in the primary.

Bernie's Sanders Brand New Congress didn't fare any better. Ocasio was endorsed by both. She was the only one that won from the Brand New Congress. Out of 31 candidates recruited, only 1 won in a deep blue district. Here are the results of Sander's Brand New Congress campaign:

31 candidates in the Brand New Congress
  • 20 lost in the primaries
  • 11 advanced to the general election
  • 8 were Democrats
  • 2 were Socialists
  • 1 was an Independent
  • 10 lost in the general
  • 1 won in the general (Ocasio -Socialist)
James Thompson
Candidate for House of Representatives - KS-04
Lost 60-40
Raised $1.4 Million
Lost against the Native American Woman Sharice Davids

Zak Ringelstein

Candidate for United States Senate - ME
Lost 55-10 (I-54 R-35 D-10)
Raised $360,000 with $217,000 loan
Only won 10% of the vote

Dr. Rob Davidson 

Candidate for House of Representatives - MI-02
Lost 55-43
Raised $1 Million with $60,000 loan

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Socialist Party)

Candidate for House of Representatives - NY-14
Won 78-13
Raised $1.8 Million

Marc Whitmire (Independent)

Candidate for House of Representatives - TN-02
Lost 65-33
Raised $4100 with $1,000 loan

Dr. Danielle Mitchell

Candidate for House of Representatives - TN-03
Lost 63-34
Raised $268,000 with $1000 loan

Lorie Burch

Candidate for House of Representatives - TX-03
Lost 54-44
Raised $292,000 with $26,000 loan

Vanessa Adia 

Candidate for House of Representatives - TX-12
Lost 64-34
Raised $200,000

Adrienne Bell

Candidate for House of Representatives - TX-14
Lost 60-40

Linsey Fagan

Candidate for House of Representatives - TX-26
Lost 60-38
Raised $164,000

Sarah Smith (Socialist Party)

Candidate for House of Representatives - WA-09
Lost 68-31
Raised $114,000

Friday, November 16, 2018

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Before Republicans start yelling CIVILITY NOW!

The Party of Trump is in no position to be running around calling for CIVILITY NOW! CIVILITY NOW!

Over the last three years the Republican Party has embraced, endorsed, and encouraged the behavior of Trump and has mimicked him to attack individuals and groups. Now after a single appearance on Saturday Night Live by one of their new Congressmen they are calling for civility. Really? REALLY? The Republican Party is the last group of people who should be calling for civility from anyone.

This is the party that mocked a disabled American. They have hurled and continue to hurl racist insults towards Latinos, African Americans, and others. They labeled our Muslims Americans as terrorists. They cheered while young brown children were separated from their parents and put into cages. Their women cheered while their leaders referred to them as C***s. They watched silently while their party leaders acted like rotten human beings using unfounded fears to win elections. They lied, over and over and over again on a daily basis. They have embraced every single conspiracy theory with no basis of facts whatsoever. They re-elected candidates who are mired in felony indictments. They mocked mothers who lost their children to gun violence. They trample on the rule of law especially those involved with Russia. And they have tolerated and endorsed those who continue to be lying, racist, law breaking, rotten human beings.

The Republican Party has no right to be calling for civility now. They have the right to shut up and learn how to be human again. They need to clean their own house, throw out the racists,  mysogynists, liars, cheats, criminals, and rotten human beings and those who tolerate them from their ranks. Then, and only then, can they start yelling CIVILITY NOW! CIVILITY NOW!

Clean your own damn pig sty before asking your neighbors to tidy their house.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Brian Babin and Pete Olson to lead Sour Grapes Caucus

The 2016 elections are not over with counting continuing in California. Democrats are looking to end the election with a historic take of 35-40 seats in the House. The Republican leadership, as the incoming minority party, has now selected Congressman Brian Babin and Pete Olson of Texas to lead the Sour Grapes Caucus. From the Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON — Four Texas Republicans joined a call for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress on his investigation’s expenses as he looks into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

There is just one problem with this, or actually many problems. Babin and Olson forgot they were in the majority party over the last 2 years. They had the opportunity and the ability to hold hearings, issue subpoenas, and investigate and but they didn't. Now that they are in the minority they no longer have the power to lead committees or decide what hearings to conduct. Instead they have the authority to sit down, suck on their grapes, and shut the living hell up.

Maybe they should be put on the perpetual Hillary Hearing Committee. That will keep them busy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Before you praise Dan Crenshaw....

You might want to look at Dan Crenshaw platform before ooooing and ahhhing over him.

  • Guns on demand. As with his party he talks a tough game on background checks (only) but his party will not do anything. Other than that it is guns on demand for everyone. Want an Uzi? You got it!
  • Military spending. He supports Trump's military build up and his attack on our allies.
  • Supports the tax cut. He supports the tax cut for the 2% which has cratered the deficit.
  • Supports cutting Social Security. In order to pay for the tax cuts he supports cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare. All to appease the 2%.
  • Abortion. No surprises here.
  • Immigration. Supports building the wall, separating families, and trump's immigration plans.
  • Religious discrimination. Believes in discriminating of those who have different religious beliefs. He calls it "Freedom". The freedom to discriminate.
  • School Vouchers. He supports school vouchers allowing the rich to pick and choose their own schools.
  • Free Speech. He believes we are too "politically correct". Whatever that means.
  • Healthcare. Yells SOCIALISM every chance he gets. He wants us to go back to the way it was before the Affordable Care Act. His positions have all been shown to be bad ideas and have never been implemented for good reasons. He basically has no idea of what he is talking about. Luck for him and his family, they are covered for life by the US Military.
  • Doesn't believe in climate change. Nothing to see here. Typical anti-science republican.
Crenshaw was given a great opportunity to look like a human being on Saturday Night Live. He made the best of it acting like he is the middle of the road, let's come together, blah blah blah, type of guy. He isn't. 

NOTE: I was incorrect. The Houston Chronicle Endorsed Todd Lurton not Crenshaw. 

Rebooting the Harris County Republican Party

The out going Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, says the Harris County Republican Party needs a reboot after getting a boot shoved so far up their butt their breath will smell like Desenex for the next two years. Emmett waited a bit too long to finally speak up.

I'm sure the HCRP is not interested in very pointed ideas coming from a former Republican but here are some ideas they might want to consider:

  1. Dump Trump. You made a mistake in 2016. Trump has turned your party into a group of racist, lying, cheating, conspiracy theory, rotten assholes. That stench might be hard to wash off but wash you must.
  2. Don't be racist. It's sad someone has to tell you not to be a racist. Racism is bad. Really, really, baaaaad. Not only should you not be a racist you should speak out against those who are., immediately and forcefully. Your party tolerates and condones racism. That must stop.
  3. Stop acting like a bag of dicks. Seriously. Why do you have to praise people like Sid Miller the mini trump of the Texas Republican Party. Can't you at least act as if you have the title "The Honorable" in front of your name?
  4. Don't call women the C word. Again. Why do we have to tell you this? You are not in Jr. High. Grow up and treat women with respect and call out those who don't. If you are a republican woman who is condoning this type of behavior maybe a course on self esteem is warranted.
  5. Stop suppressing the vote. Everyone citizen has the right to vote and should have the right to exercise that right. You act like you want to restrict voting by making it harder to register and harder to vote. Stop it.
  6. Dump the NRA. They have become a boat anchor. Americans are tired of being shot. High school kids are rising up for this issue alone. You are on a long term losing path. Even the NRA was silent during this election. They are hurting you. No one is coming for your guns. Start acting like it.
  7. Stop lying. No one is coming for our guns. There isn't an invasion coming from the south. There is no voter fraud. There is no need for a voter ID. There were no WMDs. Stop lying to your party members.
  8. Stop spending money. What the hell happened to the "Fiscally Conservative" party? Our country under republican rule now has a $1Trillion deficit just so your party could give your donors a huge tax cut.
  9. Embrace health care. No one wants to mortgage their house to pay for treatment for their kids. Your health care plan has failed. 
  10. Stop saying "Conservative".  And finally, you are not conservative. Stop saying your are. You no longer have conservative or family values. As I have said before:
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.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Movie Review: A Star is Born

Great movie to watch on DVD.

I enjoyed the movie but was annoyed by so many details. Maybe I was looking for errors in filming when I saw the bad of peas wrapped around Lady Gaga's hand disappear or when Sam Elliot moved between scenes. It was annoying.

Bradley Cooper tried too hard to maintain that Kris Kristofferson gravelly voice. It was forced and at times he forgot to gravel. Lady Gaga acted as well as she did in American Horror Story, not very well. She has incredible talent but acting is not one of them. Her rise to fame was fast, too fast, and cheesy. But then again, what can you do when attempting to cram too much into 2 hours? 

I loved the music except for the cheesy hip hop songs by Gaga. "Maybe it's time" was my favorite although I think he sang it 3 times without the gravelly voice. 

It was a great movie for a night at home on DVD.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Dear Ed Emmett

You are not a Republican. 

That was your downfall. You had an R behind your name and like all of the Rs in Harris County you were voted out of office. As I said before:
Judge Emmett should be commended for performing his job without unnecessary fanfare and yelling into the cameras when opportunity arises, but when it comes to moral leadership of his party he has been hunkered down in a corner quiet as a mouse. 
I commend you for the job you did, but I am a Mexican American. I look like the people your party has demonized. I was thanking you for your job well done while your party directed hate at other humans who, by the way, looked like me. Was I suppose to validate your silence by giving you another 4 years of tolerating the racists in your party? 

You are no longer a republican. The (R) no longer stands for Republican. It stands for Racist and your silence was deafening. You had the opportunity to restore your party to what it once was, a party that campaigned on “Family values” instead of family separation. A party that embraced facts and figures instead of deception, dishonesty and lies. A party that respected the rule of law instead of ignoring the law based upon who rules. You had the opportunity to stop your party's moral decay when your leader mocked a disabled American. You had the opportunity to use your leadership to stop your party from unleashing angry, hateful attacks on Latinos, Muslims, teachers, women, civil servants, the disabled, the gay community, and other constituents. Instead you sat quietly hunkered down in a corner. 

I never heard or read about a racist rant or social media post by you. I never heard you disrespect women by calling them the "c" word. I never heard you tell lie after lie to your constituents. I never heard you blame a group of people for the ills of society. I never heard you advocating for fiscally irresponsible policies or guns on demand.

I never heard you say these things but I heard you hunker down quietly as your party did, over and over, and over again. You said nothing loud and clear. You stood side by side with Sid Miller, Donald Trump, and Dan Patrick, except when you conveniently missed the Trump rally right in your own home town.

You are not a republican. You have been given time off to regroup and understand why you are no longer welcomed in the Republican Party. Your party has become a racist, hateful, lying, group of rotten, conspiracy theory, fiscally irresponsible human beings who no longer hold offices in Harris County.

That is not you. Enjoy your time off and thank you for a job well done.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Election recap from the Bay Area

I would have considered a GREAT evening if we won the House and Beto became our Senator. So it wasn't exactly what I wanted but we had some very impressive results.

Beto. It's way to early to start the hashtag #Beto2020. That was a fun race. It looked like Beto enjoyed campaigning, crossing the state, meeting voters and talking without fear mongering, or lying, or going negative, all without taking one single dime of PAC money. His enthusiasm was contagious. Lets see what he wants to do in the near future. #Beto2020.

Houston. Look for the 2020 Democratic Convention to be held here. (Thanks Mary)

Lizzie Fletcher. Great campaign. Lots of energy. Great win for Team Lizzie.

Cruz. Thank god! Everyone with diabetes, heart problems, cancer survivors, and everyone else with a pre-existing condition can now breath a sigh of relief that Ted Cruz and his republican buddies will protect us from insurance companies. I am sure Cruz will call the Texas Attorney General to demand he drop the suit he is leading to end coverage for pre-existing conditions. Look for Cruz to stand up to the president when it is politically necessary for his advancement.

Harris County. Every single republican that had an opponent lost. Every. single. one. of them. Only Judge Ditta and Judge Williams won but both were unopposed.

Ed Emmett. Lost. This was suppose to be a cake walk for Emmett running against a young, first time candidate, Lina Hildago.  Lina will do just fine with help from others on the Commission. Emmett had an opportunity to lead his party to victory by calling out those who used racism, fear, and lies to win. He didn't. He lost. He spent nearly $1 Million.

Adrian Garcia. Adrian beat Jack Mormon who woke up after the election in 2010 and learned he had won with the great tea bagger wave. Adrian was going to be the 2nd vote for the Commission. Now it is even more important.

Harris County Commission. With Adrian Garcia winning over Jack Mormon (who probably didn't want the job any more) the Commission is now controlled by the Democrats.

Stan Stanart. LOL. Lost his racist ass by nearly 10 points. Pack your bags Stan.

Sri Preston Kulkarni. Wow! Just WOW! Such an excellent candidate. He lost by a point against Pete Olson in deep red Sugarland. Hopefully he will run again in 2020. I think Olson will not run again. I seriously believe he is not physically well.

Dayna Steele. I can't put my finger on this one. CD36 is a red district but not THAT red! Dayna lost by 69-31 in Harris County. I am curious how this happened. Dayna had the passion for the campaign. She had lots of things going for her. She was such a positive person! I just can't figure out how she didn't do better. Winning in this district is near impossible, but not that impossible!

Alex Karjeker. Good showing for a first time candidate. You have to thank him for running. It's not easy. It demands sacrifice on so many levels. Alex did it.

Sid Miller. Well as I said, Texas voters are all hat and no common sense. Miller couldn't even get the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau. He is a racist. He called women the C word. He is what Texans generally call an a**hole. Yet, true to form, Texans voted for him, including women, and their husbands.

Ken Paxton. Look to Paxton to resign prior to his security fraud trial so Abbott will get to appoint a new Attorney General. Paxton will resign and cut a deal with the prosecutors to protect his pension and tax funded health care provided by the State.

Dan Patrick. Teachers are screwed. Running on education and supporting our teachers is a losing campaign. Texans don't care about our teachers. Hell, teachers don't care about teachers. If they did Patrick would be out of a job. he isn't. Run on supporting our troops, first responders, the police. People will vote for that in a heartbeat, but run on supporting our teachers, their families and their students? Nope.