Another time for thoughts and prayers. 10 killed in mass shooting

January 23, 2023

One of these days we are going to have to ask the very difficult question to our elected officials, straight to their face. What the fuck is wrong with you?

Look, I’ve done my duty and asked my State Representative, Dennis Paul, that question when I met him on the greenbelt walking the dog. It was the first thing out of my mouth, just days after 19 children were slaughtered by an 18 year old with easy access to military weapons, access that Dennis Paul gave him, access that the Republican Party gave him.

On that day they didn’t even offer thoughts and prayers, as if that has worked in the past. So our irresponsible attitude towards gun ownership has taken the lives of 10 Americans in California using, you guessed it, a military style weapon. Although the laws in California are more strict that Texas, which isn’t saying much, the irresponsible, playful attitude towards gun ownership emanates out of Texas where laws are nearly nonexistent.

In Texas anyone can openly carry a military style weapon, dressed like GI Joe, with body armor, high capacity clips, body armor, and hundreds of rounds of armor piercing bullets and our law enforcement can’t do a thing about it. They can’t ask them if they are allowed to have a gun or carry a gun or even own a gun because the law that Dennis Paul championed prohibits it. Someone dressed like a cartel member could walk the sidewalks of Paul’s own street and there is absolutely nothing law enforcement can do because there is nothing illegal about it.

I’ve said it before. This isn’t responsible, conservative, gun ownership. This is just plain stupidity. It is dangerous. Texas and Paul have set a bar for others across the country. It doesn’t make us safer. It doesn’t make it safer for our law enforcement officials. Ask those who were at the Uvalde shooting how safe they felt as they stood in the hall listening to the children crying for their mommies as they were being slaughtered.

The killing continues claiming 10 more in a mass shooting along with many others every single day. So, grow a pair and ask one of two hard question.

What the fuck is wrong with you? What the fuck is wrong with us?

Do Members of Congress automatically qualify for a pension once elected?

January 13, 2023

No. Thankfully. No.

Newly elected Republican liar, George Santos, pictured here thinking he is going to qualify for a lifelong pension after being elected to Congress, does not qualify for a pension. Not yet and probably never will since there just aren’t enough stupid people in this country to re-elect him. (Although I did say that about trump and look what happened.)

Prior to 1984 Members of Congress pension was governed by the Civil Service Retirement System. They did not pay into social security but paid into a retirement system that provided a guaranteed percentage of the average of their last 3 years of their salary

After 1985 Member of Congress pensions were governed by the Federal Employees Retirement System. Under this system they paid into social security, into their pension account, and had the option of contributing to a 401k with some matching by the Government. Their pension was considerably less than a pension under the CSRS.

To qualify for a pension a Member of Congress must serve at the very least 5 years and be 62 years of age. Here is a good explanation:

Under both CSRS and FERS, Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at the age of 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. 

So if a Congressional member is eligible they could draw a pension, Social Security, and pull from their 401K after the age of 62. This pension depends upon years served. As an example, if Congressional salary is $175,000, under the FERS pension plan, and after 20 years of service at the age of 62 their pension would be $38,500 a year. 175,000 * years served * .011 (if over 62 or .01 if under)

So no. They do not automatically qualify for a pension.

Damn lizard. GEICO raises premiums by over 50%

January 13, 2023

I can’t wait to see my homeowners renewal. That will come in another post.

A few years ago I dumped USAA after being an ignorant loyal customer for over 20 years. They raised my home insurance by over 25% and I had to start looking. You can look at the increases from 2000-2015 here. I eventually found a new policy that was actually better and much less expensive. I also gave GEICO a look for my auto insurance for a lower rate and to take advantage of the USAA Subscriber Savings Account.

USAA has a savings account for all insured members. When you leave the insurance portion of USAA they send the balance of this account to you after 6 months. At that time mine was one $12,000. I gladly left and built a patio in the back yard. If you are currently a USAA member you might want to call them and ask about your “Subscriber Savings Account”. It is different than the yearly check they send you based upon their activity over the year.

Back to GEICO. GEICO has been a pretty good insurance company until now. There is absolutely no way to justify a 50% increase in premiums. Nothing changed on my side. Of course GEICO is using inflation as their reason to increase premiums. It’s a fad. I think it is bullshit.

So I’m off to look for better coverage. Again.

The whiny ass little bitches of the Harris County Republican Party are at it. Again.

January 7, 2023

I said this in a previous post;

Alexandra “MAGAt” Mealer raised over $9 Million in her losing effort against Judge Lina Hidalgo. $3.9 Million of this total, 43%, came from just 11 individuals. The biggest loser is Mattress MAGAt Mac who donated nearly 10% of the entire fundraising total at $920,000. Richard Weekley followed with $605,000, and Alan Hassenflu was at a cool $500,000.

And yet she still lost by 16,000 votes outspending Lina hidalgo by over 3-1. On Insurrection Day Mealer, along with other republican losers have challenged the results keeping with her theme of being a Trump election denier alive. Mealer is claiming there was…..get this….voter suppression. Coming from the party that invented voter suppression is rich. And whiny. Mealer isn’t alone in this fake outrage. Abbott and Paxton are also trying to out Trump everyone and are calling for yet more audits and reviews.

The bottom line is that MAGAt Mealer and all the republicans in Harris County are just a bunch of whiny ass little bitches. And losers.

The Squad vs The Insurrection Caucus in bills filed/passed

January 6, 2023

Passing bills in Congress is hard work. It requires reaching across to the other side of the aisle, negotiate, compromise, and politicing. That’s what politicians do. Unfortunately those on the extremes, the members of The Squad and the members of The Insurrection Caucus are not capable of passing bills.

Over the last 4 years The Squad consisting of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Cory bush, Lohan Omar, Ayanna Presley, Jamaal bowman, and Rashida Harbi Tlaib have filed a total of 290 bills, passing only 4. 3 of these bills renamed buildings.

The insurrection Caucus is worse. Consisting of Chip Roy, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Scott Perry, Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, and Jim Jordon the Caucus has filed 668 bills over 14 years, passing only 8. All but 1 of these bills renamed buildings.

Of note, Jim Jordan hasn’t filed a single bill over his entire 14 years in office. Lauren Boebert filed 42 bills that were so extreme none of them were sent to a committee for consideration. Andy Biggs filed 175 bills over 6 years with 1 signed into law renaming a clinic.

Most of The Squad filed a number of bills but only 4 became law. Cory Bush over 2 years filed 24 bills with only 1 being considered in committee. The Squad has followed in the steps of their leader, Bernie Sanders who after 32 years filed 3 bills, passed 3 bills, all of them renaming buildings.

These groups are similar because they are not capable of reaching across the aisle but make no mistake about the differences. The Squad isn’t defending the insurrectionists of jan 6, or supporting Donald Trump while he breaks the law over and over and over.

There are clear differences.

NameYears in officebills filedbills passed
Chip Roy4480
Matt Gaetz6430
Andy Biggs61751
Scott perry101611
paul Gosar121996
Jim Jordon1400
llhan Omar4822
Ayanna Pressley4760

Austin Catholic Diocese responds to Greg Abbott’s immigration bussing stunt

January 2, 2023

Praise the lord.

Raising Campaign Cash: Conservatives for Law Enforcement & Border Security

January 2, 2023

Doing the work of Donald Trump.

State Senator “Money” Mayes Middleton is a wealthy republican spending his own money to win elections. His most recent is the Senate seat in Senate District 11 which covers Harris, Brazoria and Galveston County. From a previous post:

Money Mayes reported a total of $1,685,523. $1,650,000 came from his own deep pockets. Money has own money to spend and has become the sugar daddy of the district. He will probably set up a fund to put another Qanon republican on the CCISD school board. His challengers for SD11 hasn’t raised any money to speak of. Robert Mitchell President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership only raised $1000 and Bianca Gracia raised only $29,000 most coming from in-kind donations.

Money Mayes spend about $2.5 Million to win a House seat in Galveston county which should have cost no more than $400,000 if it was competitive. It wasn’t. He could have simply put his name on the ballot and won easily. Now he is spreading his wealth to other white wing organizations such as the Conservatives for Law Enforcement & Border Security. This PAC raised $629,000 with $500,000 coming from Money Mayes. Other donations came from the following:

Report TypeContributor NameAmount
RUNOFFAsbury ,Debbie20,000.00
RUNOFFMiddleton ,David200,000.00
E08DAYBEFMiddleton ,Mayes50,000.00
E08DAYBEFMiddleton ,Mayes250,000.00
E08DAYBEFMcNeill Mineral Management LLC7,000.00
SEMIJULEllen Troxclair for Texas House58,000.00
SEMIJULBryan Hughes Campaign24,000.00
RUNOFFPublic Blueprint, LLC5,000.00
RUNOFFWayne Christian for Texas15,000.00

Spending Campaign Cash: George Santos (or whoever he is)

January 2, 2023

George Santos won a congressional seat in New York. George is a liar. A trump style, big, fat, fuckin, liar. He is a perfect Republican representing his republican district very well. Republicans are just liars or have no problem with those who do lie.

Not only is his many lies concerning his background, religion, work experience, and much more is under scrutiny, his campaign finance is also under review by the Federal Government. Downloading his expenses for his run for Congress shows some interesting expenditures:

  • Over two years Santos spent about $2 Million
  • $13,400 was spent on Uber
  • $7399 was spent in increments of $199.99 just a penny short of having to have receipts. This included payments to Uber, Airfare, Office Supplies, hotels and others.
  • $26,000 for legal services. (More probably will be needed)
  • $40,000 on airfare
  • $29,000 on hotels
  • $5600 on gasoline
  • $176,000 on fundraising expenses
  • $28,000 on food and beverages
  • $10,900 for apartment rental paid to Cleaner 123

On the surface this doesn’t look unusual except for the $199.99 expenditures. I am sure the Feds will be looking for receipts which will require more money for legal services.

Now the GOP is against lying? Representative Elect George Santos.

December 28, 2022

After 6 years of supporting Donald Trump as he lied on a daily basis the Republican Party is now shocked that one of their candidates for Congress lied about his heritage, his education, his job, and his entire life. Shocked my ass. None of them are calling for Representative Elect George Santos to resign.

Santos pulled a Trump on the congressional district in New York. He lied about being Jewish, about working for Goldman Sachs, and about graduating from college and it worked. He flipped a blue district in New York. Even Fox News was outraged, but not enough for them to call for his resignation. In fact no Republican has called for his resignation. None. Zero. Zip.

Republicans hate to admit it but they are nothing but a pack of liars. George Santos is a liar. He represents the party very well alongside of Donald Trump. The Republican Party has no bottom to morals, hypocrisy, cruelty, honor, or integrity. These are just words to run on. How can anyone ever trust an elected official when they lied straight to your face on multiple fronts?

For republicans it is easy. It’s what they do. They live on the lie. They support liars. They win on lies. Today they continue the Big Lie about losing elections. And they continue to support the biggest liar in American history, Donald Trump.

Now they have another liar to admire. Welcome to the party Congressman Elect Santos.

That tree had one job.

December 26, 2022

Greg Abbott is nothing but a cruel, crippled jackass of a human being.

Maybe Abbott is still mad about his mistake of running under a tree being cut down leaving hm a crippled, vindictive, cruel human being. Maybe he is taking the anger of being crippled out on the families of gun violence or the women and children of immigrants coming to our country looking for a better place to live. Or maybe he is just an asshole.

On Christmas Eve while Abbott was reaching up to get a warm cup of wassail he was sticking immigrant women and children, some without shoes, on buses to be shipped like cattle to Washington DC in freezing weather. He thinks it’s cute. He gets a virtual boner just thinking about it. It’s nothing but cruel. Just plain cruel. It is especially cruel playing games with immigrant families that came her LEGALLY on Christmas Eve, the night before the birth of little baby Jesus who Abbott claims to worships.

My suggestion for Abbott is to go back to church and get a prop so he could drop to his knees and ask for forgiveness for his acts of sick, cruelty to other vulnerable human beings because he is going to hell. The acts of cruelty he has shown to the families who lost their kids in shootings across the state and his act of cruelty on Christmas Eve has punched his ticket to hell where he will be received with open arms.

And every Texan who voted for this crippled human being should also go to church, join Abbott on his knees, and beg for forgiveness for putting this man in office.

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