March 28, 2015

It May Be Time For All Of Us To Get On Board OccupyWallStreet


I have been very dubious about the OccupyWallStreet movement because of its lack of a deterministic objective. Could I really have been suffering from a bout of ageism? Hell no. I was concerned that the disorganization would make it just a movement that politicians and Wall Street could ignore. I believe in organizing with a purpose and with defined goals. What I failed to see was that the young folks at the OccupyWallStreet rally had grievances that they know they individually are not able to address but that they could become a call for action. After all as the young man in the video states: A lot has been made about the fact that a large percentage of the Occupy Wallstreet Protestors are young people and therefore aren’t representative of America. Who the f*ck do you think has the most to lose if this country starts to look like the day after tomorrow meets The Day After. Who do you think is dying overseas for a war that is now only about making Afghanistan safe for KBR shareholder profits. Who do you … [Read more...]

Wake Up America GOP Policies Really Kills


Republican policy meet death! For those who want to follow the laissez faire policies of the Republican Party where cutting is more important than human life, do remember we all have fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, wives, husbands which at some point in time depend on having a government that regulates private industries from killing us. Was that graphic enough? When there is no one to regulate produce should we wait for the market to force a private company causing deaths out of business? Corporations are now people with rights to purchase politicians, legal entities to protect corporatists from people they may have harmed, and government  by fiat. Do you get where the GOP is taking the country yet? Better wake up before it is too late. … [Read more...]

Eversole pleads guilty to making false statement to FBI


Blogging City Hall and Harris County government with the Chronicle staff Eversole pleads guilty to making false statement to FBI Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to a felony charge of making a false statement to FBI agents. The charge carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In exchange for the guilty plea and for Eversole’s announcement last week that he would resign from office, prosecutors dropped charges of conspiracy, bribery and two counts of filing false income tax statements. The Department of Justice had alleged Eversole took nearly $100,000 in cash and gifts from co-defendant Mike Surface in exchange for steering lucrative county contracts to companies in which Surface had an interest. A mistrial was declared in the case earlier this year following a hung jury. A retrial had been scheduled to begin next month. Throughout, Eversole had denied wrongdoing, and his attorneys have characterized the government’s corruption case as … [Read more...]

Texas High School Democrats (THSD)


Texas High School Democrats (THSD) We’re excited for our first event in the Houston area on October 16th! When: Sun, October 16, 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm Where: Main Event Entertainment, 1125 Magnolia Avenue, Webster, TX Purpose of this Event To connect Houston-area Democrats and to facilitate the idea-sharing of our local clubs To inform students about key issues we are facing today To motivate students to participate in campaigns and in advocacy. To build relationships between students and their elected representatives Discussions High school club formation How a club can get more involved on campus and in the community Important issues of today— education and environment Trainings How to work in a campaign Networking Connecting with fellow young democrats and meeting our representatives Fun! Pizza, games, bowling, and laser tag! Please spread the word of this event to high school students! Refer them to our website at www.thsdems.org. Also, … [Read more...]

President Obama’s American Jobs Act Just A Start


Egberto Willies is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice.  He will be speaking at Enough is Enough: Citizens Intervention Oct. 29th and hopes to see you there! When bankers walked America and the rest of the world to the brink of a precipice, our government provided a taxpayer bailout in excess of $700 billion dollars. Through other Federal Reserve shenanigans banks were afforded near zero loans. All in all the Federal Reserve has loaned American and foreign banks in excess of $16 trillion. While a few complain, there is no outcry for the failed job execution, the corruption, or the pilfering effected by our banking sector. Yet, as our President rolls out a jobs program, at an original cost that is but a fraction of the banking sector bail outs and that is effectively paid for overtime, it is met with much dissension from the Right Wing and Blue Dogs. … [Read more...]

Kingwood Observer Article (2011-09-28) American Jobs Act Is Just A Start


PDF of Article I have already gotten a lot of response from this article. Some folks have called me a socialist, some a fascist (though they are mutually exclusive) and every name in between. The reality is that we, Americans must learn to feel better about ourselves and vote and act accordingly. We have been taught to have a slave mentality by corporate America. We are made to believe that somehow those that control capital are worth more than those who make the society run. Our teachers, our scientists, our doctors, our engineers, our sanitation workers make society run. The manipulators of capital do not. Yes the system favors them and it is for that reason that business schools are bursting at the seams even as the academic fortitude of said degrees are nowhere as rigorous as the sciences or the education departments. Americans must wake up and ensure that they take what they are worth out of the American pie and not allow a mind in chains controlled by the manipulators of capital to prevail. The … [Read more...]

Marc Croes Of Kingwood TX Editorial In Kingwood Observer 2011-09-28


Kingwood Area Democrat Marc Croes wrote the following excellent Letter To The Editor relative to jobs, taxes, spending, and economic activity. Marc understands what seems completely oblivious likely because of willful ignorance of most Republican leaders and their followers. Marc is a physicist and understands better than most why most of the gibberish being articulated by the Right is just that. We need more “Marc”s to speak up and share their wisdom with the citizens at large. America needs more of its citizens engaged. Thank you very much Marc for engaging, … [Read more...]

Daily Kos: Rick Perry says he regrets saying it’s ‘heartless’ to oppose education for children of immigrants


  Rick Perry tries to reassure the haters that he's really one of them: After declining to back down from his earlier comments on immigration as recently as this morning, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) seems to be changing his tune. In an interview with Newsmax.TV, Perry referred to his remark that anyone who opposed giving tuition breaks to children of illegal immigrants was “heartless” and admitted that he was “probably a bit over-passionate by using that word.” He's not changing his position on the substance of the policy, but the thing that really set off conservatives was the fact that he (correctly) had called them "heartless." It's not a surprise that he's recanting that criticism, even though it comes on the same day that his campaign said its candidate wouldn't change direction. As I said earlier, you could bet your last nickel that Perry was going to change course, particularly on immigration, in order to shore up his right flank. And he's already doing it. Daily Kos: … [Read more...]

Senate Approves President Obama’s Nominee Robert L Pitman Becoming First Openly Gay US Attorney In Texas


The United States Senate confirmed  Robert Lee Pitman a Texas Democrat to be a federal prosecutor on September 26, 2011. President Obama's nominee U.S. Magistrate Robert Pitman of Austin, will lead the San Antonio-based Western District. Once he is sworn in, Pitman would be the first openly gay United States Attorney in Texas. Robert Lee Pitman is a United States magistrate judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas He will be one of four openly LGBT U.S. Attorneys, alongside Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington, Laura Duffy of the Southern District of California and Anne Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina. Pitman then obtained a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. After completing law school, Pitman served as a law clerk for Judge David Belew Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Pitman was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Abilene Christian University, where he was … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Nominee Sarah Saldaña Approved by Senate To Become Texas First Latino Chief Prosecutor


HISPANIC TRAILBLAZER NEWS The US Senate confirmed Corpus Christi native Sarah Saldaña a Texas Democrat career prosecutor and corruption fighter as chief federal prosecutor in the Dallas-based Northern District of Texas. President Obama nominated Saldana on June 27th as the state's first Latina Chief Prosecutor, hopefully trailblazing the way for more Hispanic's into positions of the US Department of Justice. Saldaña was born in Corpus Christi in 1951 and graduated from Ray High School and then Texas A&M University (formerly Texas A&I / Kingsville,TX) and Southern Methodist University Law School. Sarah Saldaña has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since 2004, serving as Deputy Criminal Chief for Fraud and Public Corruption since 2009.   Ms. Saldaña was an attorney for Baker Botts, L.L.P, from 1987 to 1998, and Haynes Boone, from 1985 to 1987.  Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, U.S. … [Read more...]