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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.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Texas Voters, all hat and no cattle

Sissy: You a real cowboy? 
Bud: Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is?

Texans talk a big game. They claim "we do things bigger in Texas". It's just a cute saying to make us look tough or bigger than we really are. Here is a newsflash, we aren't. We don't have bigger anything except for the most uninsured citizens or maybe the biggest mosquitos. Texas voters on the other hand can be the biggest voting idiots in the nation.

Texas voters want money out of politics but will vote for PACMAN, Ted Cruz, whose campaign is fueled by PAC money. They want our elected officials to tell the truth yet they will vote for Donald Trump who lies so many times on a daily basis the fact checkers cannot keep up. They want our politicians to be role models, someone their kids would aspire to be yet they vote for Donald Trump who cheats on his wife with porn stars. They want our politicians to stand up for their families in time of need yet will vote for Ted Cruz who couldn't even stand up to Trump when he attacked his own father and wife. Instead he bowed and whimpered in his shadow.

Texas voters want politicians to not say racist things or tolerate those who condone it yet they will vote for republicans who have said racist comments and have said nothing about the president's racist remarks. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is a perfect example. He has hunkered down out of sight of trumps rabid followers, keeping to himself and quiet. They want politicians to stop inciting violence but will vote for Donald trump and his republican buddies who stay silent. They want politicians to treat women with respect yet will vote to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller known for using the C word against women.

They want their families safe from gun violence yet will vote for nra endorsed candidates who advocate for guns on demand even though only 35% of Texans own guns. To them, talking about guns is just as tough as owning one, or wearing a cowboy hat.

The only thing bigger in Texas are the voter's talk. They talk a big game just like John Travolta in Urban Cowboy. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Left with Egg on his face Texas Congressman Pete Olson

Texas Congressman Pete Olson CD22 isn't as conservative as one might think. Just because you have an R behind your name doesn't mean you are a Conservative. In the case of Pete Olson it means Conspiracy. Even the Houston Chronicle stated:

He has pandered to bizarre conspiracy theories on talk radio and inaccurately claimed that Pakistan was responsible for the terrorist attacks on 9/11 — it wasn’t.

But there is more. For instance....

No Prayers at Military Funerals
In 2011 Olson fell for the fake conspiracy concerning the National Cemetery not allowing prayers at a funeral for a veteran.  According to his press release:
"Recent media reports raising concerns with alleged censorship of certain words during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery are deeply troubling. 
Unfortunately his "media reports" came from breitbart and Michael Berry, the white wing radio host of Houston. It wasn't true. Olson went on to file various religious freedom legislation that died on the House floor.

Health care stunt
In his only town hall meeting held in LaMarque back in 2009, Olson was taped using a woman and her son as props in a failed attempt to warn about the Affordable Care Act. He described how the private insurance industry and private hospitals and private medical doctors turned down a treatment for her son. She eventually received the care (provided by government provided healthcare) but Olson went on to claim that under the government's Affordable Care Act, she would have been turned down.

Someone (me) with a camera yelled "THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T TURN HER DOWN! THE PRIVATE SECTOR DID!". Olson looked like a deer caught in the head lights of a truck. His look of stupidity earned him a spot on Keith Olberman. 

Nobel Peace Prize
Pete Olson was one of a few Congressman including conspiracy darling Louie Gohmert and Brian Babin and a dozen of The Who the Hell are You club to nominate Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize for his photo op with Kim Jun Un. Even his photo op was a disaster.

Honoring James O'Keefe III
Olson was on the floor of our House introducing a resolution to honor Jame O'Keefe. O'Keefe secretly recorded actions by ACORN, an organization dedicated to helping low income people. O'Keefe's video was later found to be heavily doctored and false. According to his press release:
Rep. Pete Olson today introduced a resolution in honor of Hannah Giles and James Oa€™Keefe III for their diligent investigative journalism exposing the fraudulent and potentially illegal activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or ACORN.
O'Keefe was eventually sued, issued an apology, and paid a settlement leaving Pete Olson with egg on his face. 

Space Shuttle
And while Olson was busy chasing conspiracy theories his district lost out on a Space Shuttle berth at Space Center Houston. If there was one place a Shuttle should have been placed as a museum piece, it was here in Houston. Once again Olson failed leaving egg on our face.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Phone banking 101. Can you hear me now?

Once in a while you must get off your ass and sit on your ass to make a couple hours of phone calls to potential voters. Every contact in a close races makes a difference. When you and 9 of your friends get together, it makes 10X a difference. So here is a Phone Bank 101 for those interested in helping:

Follow your lead. As always, take the following guide as just a guide. Your campaign manager will adjust who you call, when, and what to say. They are in control of the campaign.

Use your inside voice: Remember you have others making calls who need to hear and not be distracted.

Do not use a speaker phone. Again, no one can hear if you are screaming into a speaker phone.

Invest in headphones. Consider buying a pair of headphones for your cell phone or soft phone on your computer. Not only is the voice quality better,  they also shield you from those using their speaker phones.

Use a soft phone. At our call center we converted our computers and laptops into phones with an application like Xlite. When calling using Virtual Phone Bank all you have to do is click on the phone number and Xlite makes the call. It is easy to get into a rhythm. The headphones coupled with a soft phone is a great low cost setup with excellent quality.

Don't argue. Once in a while you will get a hostile individual who will start with something like "I aint gonna vote fer a dag gum socialist......". Just say "Have a great day!" then hang up. Or just hang up. Then tell your other phone bankers to get a quick laugh. It happens. Laugh about it and then mark it in your database.

Adjust the script as necessary. Read the script then modify as necessary. Adjust the script so you are talking naturally. Sometimes the phone bank leader may be a bit long winded and the script doesn't fit your personality. Adjust it. Start calling. And as always run the mods by your lead.

Have reference material available. Have or know your candidates position or other information such as location of early voting, times of early voting, or other material close by to reference.

Have fun. When you have fun, everyone else has fun. Your voice carries on to your caller.

And as always....thanks for helping!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

#NobodyLikesTedCruz. Even other Republicans

From an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle written by a former Republican consultant who worked on the campaigns of Senator John McCain and George W. Bush:

Texas is too big, too diverse and too great a state to be the continual launching pad for a senator who, six years into office, can boast of no major accomplishment other than having exactly one friend: Utah Republican Mike Lee. Cruz’s relationships are transactional and in the service of his personal mission. Cruz, like too many Texas Republicans these days, would sacrifice what is best about the Lone Star State — low unemployment, a leader in science and technology, a massive economic engine — on the altar of tribalism.

Ted's got a likability problem. He has a trustworthy problem. You never know which side he is on except for the PACs that support him. If he wouldn't defend his own wife or father, how can anyone believe he will defend theirs? Cruz is in it to win it for Cruz and only Cruz. Even Republicans are finally figuring this out.

There is not much more that could be added. It's clear. #NobodyLikesTedCruz and #NobodyTrustsTedCruz

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Status of Debates in Texas. Remember the Alamo?

For a state that worship the heroes of the Alamo and claims to be "Tough as Texas" we sure do have a lot of Republicans tucking tail not willing to debate their opponents. Here is the status of debates in Texas:

  • Texas CD36: Republican Brian Babin refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Dayna Steele.
  • Texas CD22: Republican Pete Olson refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Sri Preston Kulkarni.
  • Texas CD14: Republican Randy Weber refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Adrienne Bell
  • Texas Governor: Governor Abbott has agreed to 1 debate with his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez.
  • Texas Lt Gov: Republican Dan Patrick refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Mike Collier.
  • Texas Attorney General: Republican Ken Paxton refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Justin Nelson.
  • Texas Ag Commissioner: Republican Sid Miller refuses to debate his Democratic challenger Kim Olson.
  • Texas Land Commissioner: Republican George P. Bush refuses to debate hs Democratic challenger Miguel Suazo
  • Texas HD129: Republican Dennis Paul refuses to debate his Democratic challenger, Alex Karjekar.
Wow. Republicans forgot the Alamo.

Unfit for office: TX Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Sid Miller has become the clown rodeo of the Texas Republic Party. He does not deserve to be an elected official much less a human being.

CAUTION: This non-endorsement contains curse words. Rated M, L, V, D

Eugene from Preacher
Sid Miller is an asshole. A giant Texas sized asshole. It doesn't take a mental giant to understand why. Even the Dallas Morning News, who endorsed his opponent, agreed. They didn't call Miller an asshole but I bet they wanted to. Like the asshole Miller is, he refused to interview with the DMN. And like the coward he is, Miller has also refused to debate his opponent.

There are so many reasons that disqualify Miller from serving a doggie treat to a dog or serving as an elected official in Texas. Texas Republicans used to have a sense of honor, dignity,  and decency but that has been slowly eroded and culminated into the party of trump. Like trump, Miller resorts to name calling, race baiting, and using language that would embarrass anyone's mother, except for republicans. That is who he is. Mini-Trump. An asshole.

Miller has used his social media to make awful comments about his constituents, not the white ones, but any non-Christian or Hispanics, Muslims, and women. He referred to a woman candidate using the C word. Usually calling a woman the C word results in getting fired from your job and a boot so far up your ass your breath will smell like Desenex for a month and a Sunday. Instead his actions qualified Miller for a position on the trump cabinet and a symbol of the Texas Republic Party.

Sid Miller has become a perfect symbol of the new Texas Republic Party. He is a Texas sized asshole of a human being who should never be allowed to hold an elected position.

This non-endorsement is rated D for drug use. You have to be on drugs to vote for this asshole.

Monday, September 24, 2018

#NobodyLikesTedCruz. Even delegates to the Republican Convention

From a letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News from a Delegate to the Texas Republican Party Convention. A picture is worth 87 words:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

TX Senator Ted Cruz bringing home the Canadian bacon

Ted Cruz just can't stop saying stupid things to fire up his base. He has adopted his presidents methods of name calling and resorting to lies and exaggerations. It's all he has at this point.

He claimed his opponent Congressman Beto O'rouke was going to bring tofu to Texas, even though the soybean industry is thriving in Texas. He ridiculed those with colored hair including his wife who...colors her hair...and is a vegetarian. He even questioned bringing silicon production to Texas.  (Or was it silicone?)

He is now making ill advised statements about Beto banning barbecue. This coming from Ted Cruz, born and raised in Canada. The only thing Cruz should be talking about is bacon. Canadian bacon. From the Washington Post Ted said:
“I’ve got to say, they summed up the entire election,” Cruz told the crowd inside the restaurant. “If Texas elects a Democrat, they’re going to ban barbecue across the state.”
And the crowd wasn't sure if he meant it or not. Ted should stick to pizza. With mushrooms, jalepenos, and Canadian bacon.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Tales from phone banking

For those who are working to elect Democrats to restore sanity to Congress, here is what you can expect from calling potential voters.

Make a few hundred phone calls to potential voters to push your candidate or to encourage voting and you will hear a number of responses ranging from virtual hugs to a kick in the what nots. Knowing these types of responses and what to do when you encounter them can encourage you to make another call or stay another hour.

Thank you for calling. Some will thank you for taking your time to volunteer for the candidate. If you ever receive a call from a volunteer you should do the same. Phone banking isn't just sitting around talking on the phone, although that is actually what it is, but it is hard work. Depending upon your targets it may be very tough calling independent voters to convince them to vote for your candidate. These "thank you" calls are good calls. They energize you.

Take me off your list. These usually ends up with a click. Remember you need to feel sorry for these folks. It is clear they can't act like a human being and say something like "Can you please remove me from your list?" or at the very least just hang up. Bless their hearts.

Hang up. Years ago when someone would hang up without even saying "Can you please remove me from your list?" I would call back and hang up on them. (I was reprimanded many times) Don't do that. Just move on to the next call. Do NOT call them back and hang up.

Not interested. There are still people who will say "Not interested". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "Not interested". Hang up on them before they hang up on you.

I'm a Republican. There are still people who will say "I'm a republican". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "I'm a republican". Hang up. Laugh. Move on.

I wouldn't vote for... Every now and then you will get a MAGAt on the phone who sits by the phone waiting to pounce on a volunteer with "I wouldn't vote for that socialist yada yada yada...". As their blood pressure rises let them rant a bit then say "Hello? Hello? Are you there?". Then hang up. Imagine them sitting there waiting for the next call.

Thanks for taking your time to volunteer for your candidates, your party, and your country!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Why #NobodyLikesTedCruz

Ask yourself this: If you had a choice to travel across the country in a Fiat with either Ted Cruz or Beto O'rourke who would you choose?

Nobody likes Ted Cruz. Even members of his own party don't like Ted Cruz and for good reason. Ted is one of those guys that are just hard to listen to. He talks as if everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for him to complete a sentence full of awkward pauses confusing people on when to either clap, get up and leave, or cut their ears off. Here are a just a few reasons why #NobodyLikesTedCruz.

He won't defend his own family. Donald Trump called his wife a dog face causing Ted to go on a tirade:
“It’s not easy to tick me off,” Cruz said. “I don’t get angry often. But you mess with my wife, you mess with my kids, that’ll do it every time. Donald, you’re a sniveling coward. Leave Heidi the hell alone.”
Yet months later he sucked up to Trump as if he never said anything. Even his wife, Heidi, hasn't forgiven Trump. How can you trust someone like Ted Cruz to defend your family when he won't even defend his own?

He wants to cut coverage for pre-existing conditions. Lucky for Ted and his family, his tax funded healthcare policy covers pre-existing conditions. Always has. Always will. And you pay for it. So as I said, how can you trust Ted Cruz with the health care of your kids? You can't. Once he is successful your family will not be covered while his family will. Sleep well.

He's from Canada. Unlike his opponent, Ted was born and raised in Canada as Raphael Ed Cruz, or as Canadians call him "Ted". Aye. Once he was recently outed, Ted quickly denounced his dual citizenship. He won't defend his family or his citizenship.

He shutdown the government. It was all about Ted Cruz. Cruz took to the Senate floor to filibuster and shutdown the government because the Affordable Care Act was helping people stay well. He read Green Eggs & Ham. Even his own party was tired of him and did not support the shutdown, but like the cowards they are did nothing to stop it.

It's all about Ted. It's hard to believe a thing Ted says. You have to wonder when he makes a statement about a situation if he is truly concerned or is he thinking 2 steps ahead trying to make the situation all about him. Everything Ted does is for Ted and his achieving the high throne.

There are so many other reasons why #NobodyLikesTedCruz. Personally I can't imagine driving across the country listening to Ted Cruz signing along to ABBA.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why do you have to be a dick about everything: Tx Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Don't you have anything better to do than tweet or read Facebook?

As the Houston Chronicle pointed out Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, once again, used social media for a racist attack on an African American. From the Chronicle:

AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller liked a comment on his Facebook page that called for getting “a rope” to handle his Democratic opponent, Kim Olson, and an African-American U.S. Senator in an apparent reference to lynching.

Yes. Lynching and this is not Sid Miller's first rodeo. As you may remember Miller was criticized for calling Secretary Clinton the C word back in 2016. Calling a woman the C word usually results in getting fired, removed from office, or your ass kicked. Miller later issued an apology:

I went on to raise horses and ride in the rodeo. I was considered just an ole, simple minded, Christian, country bumpkin with a hat bigger than my head. Unfortunately this continues to this day resulting in my unfortunate use of the word C*** when referring to a female politician. For this I apologize. 
In the future I will work to uphold the laws of the State, the word of the Lord, and the wisdom of family values and will use other words like bitch or whore.

Sid Miller isn't fit to be a rodeo clown much less an elected official. Instead of tweeting and being a racist on Facebook he should be spending time doing hid damn job. He has become the rodeo clown of the Texas republic party acting like a racist asshole, much like his mentor Donald Trump. For this we have to ask "Why do you have to be a dick about everything?". 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Teacher Tuesday in Clear Lake with Mike Collier

If you are in the public education field in the Clear Lake area you might consider coming to hear Mike Collier who is running to replace Lt Governor Dan Patrick. Mike will be speaking at 7:30 PM (sharp) and will be taking questions from the audience. 

Dan Patrick has been one of the worst Texas legislators when it comes to public education. Under his time in government, teacher salaries have been stagnant, healthcare insurance have skyrocketed for retired teachers, and massive cuts to education have been used to pay for business tax cuts. Patrick has made it a priority to privatize our public education system with "school vouchers". Patrick has become so toxic to those in education they attempted to remove him in the primary taking 25% of the vote. From the Houston Chronicle:
Patrick vows to pursue these vicious [school] vouchers "session after session after session." Despite six "no" votes from our Republican legislature. Despite the defeat of the bill again during the special session. Despite the difference in cost. Despite the basic flaw in voucher logic.

Mike will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Bay Area Democratic Movement. We will have a great dinner of Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, Salad and deserts followed by our meeting at 7:30. Bring your friends and other educators

Tuesday Sept 11th 7:00 Social and dinner. 7:30 Meeting
Krist Law Firm
17100 El Camino Real
Houston, 77058

Mike Collier started his career at Exxon, but soon found his way to PriceWaterhouseCoopers – one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, with tens of thousands of employees. He served in the audit practice for 10 years, eventually becoming a top aide to the PwC World Chairman. Finally, he served in Houston as a Partner for ten years, leading a team of two dozen professionals providing due diligence, structuring, and valuation services to some of PwC’s largest and most sophisticated energy clients. Then, Mike helped build a successful Texas oil company, serving as its CFO.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

It's Beto "Beh-toh"

It's not Bee-toe or Bee-do or Beh-do. It is Beh-toh.

My dad had a hard first name, Remigio, so as a kid he was called Beto. Its a common nickname usually reserved for those named Roberto or Gilberto, or Any-Berto. Beto O'rourke's first name is Robert. He grew up in El Paso, a predominately Mexican American city. If he grew up with Mexican American kids, I could easily see them calling him Beto.

Unfortunately Rafael Edward Cruz, "Ted", has used Beto's nickname as an attacking point. Unlike Beto, Ted was born and raised in Canada where they called him "Ted" instead of Rafael, or Ed. No one really cares about this and you won't hear Beto talk about it because unlike Ted, Beto is not an ahole. He prefers to talk about issues important to Texans like keeping your children healthy and curing them when they are not. Cruz on the other hand has nothing but insults to throw at his base.

Cruz will make fun of Beto's name, claims incorrectly that he supports burning the flag, claims incorrectly (again) he will take away guns, claims incorrectly (yet again) that Beto will make Texans eat tofu and dye their hair red, even though many Texans eat tofu and have their hair dyed. It's all Ted has. Insults. Nothing else. He can't run on his record of shutting down the government while reading Green Eggs and Ham, his late response to hurricane Harvey, or his fake outrage towards Trump, or how he sucks up to anyone who will further his ego and political aspirations. He can't talk about the tax cuts for his rich donors, his attack on pre-existing coverage for kids with diabetes. And he can't talk about his loving support for a racist, politically ignorant, lying, asshole of a human being, Donald Trump, because Donald Trump is a racist, politically ignorant, lying, asshole of a human being that called his wife a dog face.

Hopefully Ted will learn how to become a civil human being again and refer to other Americans by their names without making fun or being disrespectful. And hopefully on Nov 7th he will be calling Beto, Senator Elect.