5 more Houston Police Officers indicted in botched Harding Street raid

January 26, 2021

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.


Abuse of Social Media. Houston Council Member Greg Travis

January 22, 2021

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:


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

January 19, 2021

 Get the point Greg?


Calling for the resignation of Houston City Councilman Greg Travis

December 31, 2020

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


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

December 29, 2020

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?”


Houston's very own civil rights leader: Michael Kubosh

April 25, 2020

There is so much wrong with what Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh did yesterday by going to a restaurant which opened against the County’s executive order.

Let’s start with the rule of law. What the hell happened to the Republican Party that once claimed to be the king of the hill when it came to following the law, being tough on crime, and personal responsibility? Kubosh, as an elected official, openly defied a public health order and now that dog whistle tells his white wing followers that civil unrest is OK.

And lets end with Rosa Parks. Kubosh compared his hot dog fetish to Rosa Parks. From Click2Houston:

“Sometimes, civil disobedience is required to move things forward. That’s why we remember Rosa Parks.” Houston At-Large Council Member Michael Kubosh said.


I don’t remember Rosa Parks going to a restaurant to horse down a half dozen chili dogs. I don’t remember her looking for a TV camera. I don’t remember her encouraging constituents to openly defy an order that was put in place in order to protect the health of the citizens of the city. Parks refused to stand to protect her rights as an American and a human being. 
Kubosh, a sitting City Council member, sat his fat ass down to stuff his face, wipe his face, then put his face on TV to blow his dog whistle and declare himself the civil disobedience leader of Houston. 
In the words of the Harris County Judge: “It’s sad”.

Why are you running? Dawn Rogers for District Judge District 334

January 30, 2020

There are a number of challengers against well established incumbents especially in judicial races. Dawn Rogers is one who is challenging Judge Steven Kirkland. It makes you wonder: Why are you running?

There really is no reason Judge Kirkland should be challenged except for maybe one thing. Back in 2017 Judge Kirkland ruled against Landry’s Restaurant. The Houston Press wrote:

Landry’s must pay an animal welfare organization it sued for defamation $450,000 in sanctions, a Harris County District Judge ruled Wednesday, upon dismissing the case. Judge Steven Kirkland dismissed Landry’s suit with prejudice and wrote that the sanctions were necessary “to deter Plaintiffs from filing similar actions in the future.” Kirkland also ordered Landry’s to pay more than $170,000 in legal fees.

So this case cost Landry’s $620,000. Kirkland’s opponent raised $9,395 with $5,000 coming from Landy’s Restaurant PAC. Coincidence? Kirkland has served the community very well. Let’s keep him on the bench.

Candidate COH Raised Spent Loan
Judge Kirkland $105,141 $50,271 $23,846 $0
Dawn Rogers $2,865 $9,395 $10,715 $0

Raising Campaign Cash: Houston Elections Final

January 16, 2020

And here are the final numbers for the candidates who remembered to file their campaign finance reports. Leave it to Buzbee who campaigned on ending corruption to not file his reports by the due date. By the way, we still don’t know what happened to him in 1980. He has since filed spending $460,000 in the last period. Dolcefino has also just reported.

Another note, Willie Davis has a serious math problem showing $139,068 left over.

I’ll update as necessary.

CANDIDATE COH Raised Spent Loans
MAYOR
Sylvester Turner (inc) $293,503 $359,567 $780,735 $0
Tony Buzbee $63,531 $0 $460,888 $10,000,000
Position 1
Mike Knox (inc) $4,302 $6,900 $29,075 $0
Raj Salhotra $9,060 $24,010 $75,837 $0
Position 2
David Robinson (inc) $40,735 $11,625 $82,515 $0
Willie Davis $139,068 $4,000 $14,164 $0
Position 3
Michael Kubosh (inc) $94,540 $14,770 $31,570 $276,000
Janaeya Carmouche
Position 4
Anthony Dolcefino $0 $6,112 $12,590 $0
Letitia Plummer $11,068 $71,168 $83,491 $21,900
Position 5
Sallie Alcorn $16,374 $21,535 $76,313 $0
Eric Dick $75,000


Socialists running in the Democratic Primary

January 15, 2020

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is taking over for the LaRouche cult in infiltrating the Democratic Party. Unlike LaRouche DSA does not have much money and they are definitely less whacky but they are running candidates in the Democratic Primary.

Case in point, Audia Jones. Audia is running for Harris County District Attorney. She is a member of DSA. Her husband is also a DSA member and was elected to the bench in 2018. As with the other DSA candidates she is running as a “progressive”, a very far left progressive. She is young and has some experience which is always good but we do not need to be coddling socialists in our party. Ever.

She is joined by another socialist, Sema Hernandez a long shot, inexperienced, candidate for United States Senate. And there are probably more. In fact the Texas Observer found 17 running in the 2018 elections with at least one winning right here in Houston.

DSA is the tea party of the left. They are the extreme. They are the unwanted lightning rod for the party. The word “socialist” scares the living crap out of independent voters. If DSA candidates want to run, run in your own party. Running a socialist in the Democratic Party is like passing gas in a crowded elevator.

It stinks.


Houston elections wrap-up 2019

December 16, 2019

Well that wasn’t fun, for some.

The Winners
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Chris Brown Controller

Amy Peck District A
(Delayed) District B
Abbie Kamin District C
Carolyn Evans-Shabazz District D
Dave Martin District E
Tiffany Thomas District F
Greg Davis District G
Karla Cisneros(*) District H
Robert Gallegos District I
Ed Pollard District J
Martha Castex-Tatum District K

Mike Knox At Large 1
David Robinson At Large 2
Mike Kubosh At Large 3
Leticia Plummer At Large 4
Sallie Alcorn At Large 5

The Losers
Tony Buzbee.

Overall
Buzbee lost and that was good for the city. Up till the day of the election Buzbee clearly showed he had no idea of how the City works or how to govern. To him is was about money, his money, and how he could buy a seat. He lost $13 Million. We won. District B is in the courts and will be decided at a later date. Two women joined the members of the At Large delegation. 8, maybe 9 out of 16 members of Council are women. Chris Brown returns as Controller.

Media Bias
Back in 1995 Wayne Dolcefino was an investigative reporter (sic) for KTRK-TV. He had a boner for Sylvester Turner when Turner first ran for Mayor. Dolcefino was eventually sued and lost for a story about insurance fraud and a jury awarded $5.5 Million. 

We ought to have an award for those in the media who chased stories that left them with egg on their faces. Fox26 would easily be in the running. They are becoming the FoxNews of Houston. This isn’t good. I used to work with a reporter at Fox26. He was fair and asked the tough questions. That was all I wanted or expected. Professional. Respectable. This is lacking at Fox26 now. 

Don’t be a a Dick law.
Eric Dick’s racist mailer cannot go unchallenged. He needs to suffer what ever consequences there may be. Unfortunately the Texas Ethics Commission does not have a rapid response process that would put Dick on notice. Instead a complaint takes months to resolve. We need a “Dont be a Dick” law.

Ed Pollard
Ed can be in the same boat as Dick. Claiming an elected official is endorsing you is dishonest and he should pay some consequences. I hope he does better as an elected official.

Before you run for office
Do yourself and us a favor, think before you jump into a race you know nothing about. We had way too many candidates who could not, would not, raise money and who have no business running for office. This isn’t a game.

Self Financing
There ought to be restrictions on self financing Buzbee put in $13 Million of his own money. Eric Dick put in $300,000. Money Mayes Middleton put in $2.5 Million for a House Race. The list can go on and on. This has to stop.

On to the primaries!


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