Category Archives: Thoughts on Viernes

Thoughts on Viernes…02062015

This Week in Bigotry

Anti-Vaxxers are OK; It’s the Illegals who are spreading measles! ~ Apparently, these idiots don’t realize that vaccinations rates are  higher in Latin American (99% in Mexico; 92% in the US) than in the US. But these people prove everyday that facts are too complicated and hate is a lot easier to spread.

Republicans just don’t know when to shut up, as is the case of Molly White. White is the North Texas bigot who decided to pull a Debbie Riddle and demand her brand of US allegiance from US Muslims.

President Obama told the truth about Christianity this week at the Prayer breakfast. Republicans and others had a freak-out. Mostly, these folks don’t like the truth. Beyond Obama’s remarks on slavery and the inquisition, let’s face it, America’s founding is based on “conquest”–the obliteration of native people and their religious practices. Texas is no different, with illegals from Tennessee and other parts coming over here, not following Mexico’s laws (including laws requiring the practice of Catholicism by the immigrants), killing Mexicans, etc. But come March 2, there’s a big celebration commemorating Texas and how “we” beat the Mexicans. Well, it’s history. Why avoid the truth? If the movie Selma told us anything is that History is up for interpretation. It just goes to show that when religion mixes with government, some folks want holy war, and that’s scary.

Vermont wanted to be a little hoidy-toidy and come up with a Latin motto for their state. As in Latin the old language from way-way-way back. Not “Mexican,” not Spanish, etc. Of course, the nativists lost their shit and reiterated their anti-Mexican, anti-Latino, anti-everyone else attitudes. The winner of Let’s Parody the Bigots Contest?

Music Break ~ Intocable – Fuerte No Soy (XX Aniversario)






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A Little Observation

Looks like the imminently possible announcement of Adrian Garcia’s mayoral campaign has set off a little bit of everything as far as attitudes go on social media. At least from anecdotal evidence, it would seem many of my Latino pals are very much in favor of a mayoral candidacy. On the other hand, many of my non-Latino friends who work hard as Democratic activists have set their attitudes on “groan” because they don’t want to lose the progress that has been made with Garcia in office. Honestly, I can’t blame either group. Like him or not, this is huge, if it does happen.

Ricky Muñoz of Intocable Interviewed by Billboard Mag

Billboard Magazine featured an interview with Ricky Muñoz, founder of the supergroup Intocable, as they are set to release their 20th Anniversary Live album, XX. Based just south of Laredo in Zapata, TX, the band has enjoyed steady climb in the Mexican Regional genre. From their founding, they’ve been called just about anything:  Tejano, Mexican Regional, Grupero, Norteño. What they are is a band that borrows from styles they grew up listening to, including rock themes. They’ve sold out entire stadiums in Mexico, Colombia, and here in the USA. This blogger has been a fan since ’94 when I found their CD at Turntable Records in Austin.

The best response in the interview?

I am a third-generation Texan. My grandparents were born in Texas, my parents were born in Texas, my kids were born in Texas. I feel both [Mexican and American]. For example, during  the holidays, we eat tamales and Mexican food, but when it’s election time, I become a patriotic American and vote and listen.

Check out the rest of it.

Music Break ~ Intocable – Culpable Fui (XX) – Album Release 1/27/15



Thoughts on Viernes…01022015…New Year Edition

San Antonio Nod- Trey Martinez Fischer

And in the special election for the 26th Senatorial District of Texas, I’ll have to go with Trey Martinez-Fischer. Anyone who fights hard for the people, instead of taking money from the lawsuit reform fat cats (his opponent), gets a tip of DCs sombrero.

The Spanish language ad is my favorite.

A Republican Went To A White Supremacist Meeting?

Since when is this news? Liberals seems to forget when these same GOPers were going to and sending money to the Minutemen and Federation for American Immigration Reform. Yeah, they’re a white supremacist group, too, whose leaders believe in eugenics and other freaky stuff. Hell, they’re all on hate group lists, too. Anyway, just a reminder for all those having freak-outs over that Louisiana dude who accidentally spoke to one.

City of Houston Update

Kuff and Noah have some updates and history as to the latest in City of Houston At-Large 4. In case you haven’t heard, Laurie Robinson has decided to run for AL4 after scuttlebutt of a possible run for AL1. That leaves Dem Chairman Lane Lewis and a I’m sure a few more in the running for AL1. There will be more news as we move closer toward the first-day of fundraising.

Music Break ~  Intocable – Culpable Fui (“En Vivo”)



Thoughts on Viernes…12192014

I hadn’t done one of these in ages. In fact, I haven’t done much blogging as I’ve sorta been out of sorts when it comes to local, state, and national politics. No, not because my side lost, but because if one loses his/her head in the aftermath of November, one will lose focus on more important things. Besides, there will be plenty of fighting against the GOP to do during the Texas Lege, considering the GOP is going so far to the right, they’ll end up falling off the edge of their idea of a flat Earth. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I need to end the year strong, so, here goes.

Valero’s Xmas Present

Houston City Council voted to give away some corporate welfare to Valero as they expand in the East End. This occurred despite opposition from East End Councilman Robert Gallegos. This also occurred despite East End concerns about air pollution caused by the refinery.  This also occurred despite East End folks not hearing anything from Valero about their plans.

Valero, their lawyer, and eleven members of Council didn’t seem to care about all that, either. The revenue cap allows it to happen, they say. De-annexation has nothing to do with emissions, they say. But rewarding a company despite this is quite concerning. The lack of transparency and community input, though, runs this whole deal off the charts. It would seem to me Valero was fine with this, and as well as those who voted for it.

Thanks to my own CM Mike Laster for voting against the welfare giveaway. Something besides the refineries and chemical companies really stinks.

IRS Refund Delays Are Coming; Thanks For Not Voting

Hidden in the online Chron was this story about the coming delays in IRS refunds in 2015 due to budget cuts from the Republican Congress. $350+ million less money means less staff and resources to answer phone calls and check on folks’ 1040s. Basically, Republicans are trying to hurt the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, but really, it will help tax cheats who will enjoy less enforcement. Anyway, when you don’t vote, Republicans in Congress will tell you that you really don’t matter.

Music Break:  Siggno ~ Y A El Si (from Zodiacal/Freddie Records)







Thoughts on Viernes…08292014

Labor Day Weekend

Y’all be safe out there. And bring me a plate!

Gallina Greg Chickens Out

gallinagregGreg Abbott will not debate Wendy Davis blaming the rules to which he agreed to debate. Rules? Really? I’m thinking his internal polls are telling him something and he’s really chickening out. I mean, have you seen his policy pronouncements? He blames Obama for everything and fails to give one iota of an idea on anything. He doesn’t want to tell Texans how he really feels about the issues that matter to Texans because if people really knew how he felt, he’d set them off. And he certainly can’t send his campaign mouthpiece to speak for him–or his madrina. Debate, Gallina!

Update:  The debate is back on? Runnin’ around like a chicken with its head cut off now.

Can’t A Right-Wing Militia Zealot Catch a Break?

A US Border Patrol agent fired his weapon at a militia member, according to the DMN. The agent was trying to detain some migrants and the militia nut got in the way. The nut wasn’t hurt and the migrants continued on their way because the armed nut caused the agent to lose focus of his job.

I don’t know what outcome makes me happier. No…yes, I do.

Remember the Chicano Moratorium! Y Que Viva Ruben Salazar!


Learn about it.





Thoughts On Viernes ~ 08222014

I was right!

There was an LA Times report on the fact that 5 to 10 unaccompanied minors speedily deported by the Obama administration without much or any legal representation were murdered upon arrival to their home country.

And this is why I shouted (virtually) that Democrats (including our own gubernatorial candidate) should NOT be demanding more immigration judges to speed up deportations. Well, those who wanted to score political points with the right-wing got what they wanted.

I was right! 

Remember when I mentioned I thought Democrats should stop calling for a special session to send local law enforcement money? It’s because when Rick Perry was sending the cash to them, they bought all sorts of war toys and big trucks (maybe some tactical ones, too) and we even had Democratic sheriffs supporting Rick Perry. Rick cut off the spigot in favor of the national guard, so now they went to beg the Democrat for money, if elected. Now that we’ve seen that the small community of Ferguson, MO has shown off of its arsenal, do Democrats still think it’s a good idea? Think about it.

Let’s Talk Issues!

We want more Latinos to vote, right? Well, I’m glad we’re seeing more bread and butter issues being discussed on the campaign trail because all the polling out there tells us Latinos are interested in jobs and the economy, health care, and education. Democrat for Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte has made some great announcements on higher education and today on expanding medicaid. Wendy Davis talked medicaid expansion, too, this week.

Steve Brown who is running for Railroad Commissioner had a story from a visit to Eagle Pass, TX in which he talks about a coal mine which was opened despite community protests. He talks about people like Gloria who suffers from COPD and the need for a public advocate for the people. And Mike Collier running for Texas Comptroller reiterates his support for public education, compared to his opponent Tea Partier Glenn Hegar who prefers to keep cutting school funding.

74 days out, it’s time to talk real issues that matter to the people.

Music Break ~ Las Nubes – Little Joe, Johnny y La Familia


Little Joe supports La Wendy for Gov.




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Rick Perry

“Que bueno…viejo cabron!” ~ Momma Flo.

Tejano Music Awards Ballot

The ballot for the Tejano Music Awards is out and ready for your perusal and voting. I’ve made my choices, which include my good friend (yes, my good friend) the legendary Johnny Hernandez in a few categories. (Click to enlarge). Vote! It’s Free!

TachosChoice Music Break ~ Johnny Hernandez – Acurrucate (from Aventurero)

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Illegal Fence Crosser

The kid at the White House gets a “time out.” The other kids crossing fences (and a river) are getting deported and they’re nowhere near the White House. Anyway. Mr. President:  Sign an executive order!

The Spanish Ad is Even Scarier!

So, you’ve probably seen the Wendy Davis ad in which she puts it out there that Greg Abbott sided with a company which failed to do its due diligence in hiring a an employee who is a sexual predator, and who then brutally raped a woman while working for that company. Well, the voice in the Spanish language one sounds a lot more ominous. I hope to see more “hits” like this by the Davis campaign, particularly on issues in which Republicans have been brutal toward Latinos or immigrant kids.

¿Que pedo, Dan Patrick?

Dan Patrick was challenged to a series of verbal duels by Senator Leticia Van de Putte. He hasn’t responded–at all. All I’ve seen from Dan have been one-line tweets attacking children. According to the Chron, Patrick’s mouthpiece stated they are, “working to establish a debate schedule that is respectful to and complementary of the debates agreed to by the gubernatorial candidates.”

Complementary? Does that mean just one debate? This is NOT a vice-presidential position, this is a powerful position that deserves its own set of debates. Stop your pedo, and agree to five debates, Dan!

Music Break ~ Los Texmaniacs – Amor De Mi Vida and Como Te Quiero (Live at A Prairie Home Companion)






Thoughts on Viernes…08012014

Happy August!

Let’s hope the temps begin to cool. (Eye roll)

Why Wait?

With the GOP playing their usual game of hate and delay, the ball is in President Obama’s court. Rumor is he’ll sign some sort of executive order in another month or so. Why wait? If the GOP is having their usual freak out with each other, and there are a few Democrats who are being their usual chicken-shitted selves on immigration, there isn’t an opportunity like today to sign an executive order that halts deportations and expands DACA to family members, while addressing the need for lawyers and resources for child refugees and not just more judges. And I do mean today. Unfortunately, the only thing President Obama spoke of today was being in agreement with 80% of the GOP bill, and that it had gotten more extreme since yesterday. Sign the order, Mr. President!

They Aren’t Waiting in Houston

We’ve known for a while that State Rep. Sylvester Turner is running for Houston Mayor and he’s been busy visiting Democratic and neighborhood clubs. In other words, making contact with the activists. Turner was recently appointed to chair a state committee to oversee the effectiveness of Rick Perry’s border surge, and let me tell you, he shined at a recent meeting by questioning the need for national guard troops on the public’s dime given the decrease in border crossings and border-area crime rates that are relatively low. Of course, we heard what State Rep. Bonnen had to say about teaching Katrina evacuees versus Latino immigrant kids using a nasty word. Anyway…

We also heard that the local Hispanic Chamber head, Dr. Laura Murillo, announced her intent to run for Mayor. Other names include CMs Pennington and Costello, and former CM Chris Bell. Who else? Well, anyway, the hardest of the hard-core voters will want to know about partisan voting records and positions on city policies, and let’s face it, there are a few contentious ones–HERO, Employee Unions, Fire contracts, just to name some. So, expect to see candidates trying to get ahead of each other early to solidify a base. Then again, this early, they should be trying to get beyond the base. Run-offs are hell!

For now, we have some Democrats to elect in 2014, so, I’ll also be watching which 2015 prospects help our slate.

No Refugees for Dallas, But They Have a Leader

Well, given the decrease in child border crossings and more shelter beds opening up, it looks like Dallas will not be hosting some of the child refugees. The good thing that came out of this is that Democrats have a leader “con ganas” who, at least in my eyes, positioned himself for a statewide seat in the future. Unlike other Dems who give great speeches on all the other issues, Judge Clay Jenkins didn’t fumble on this temporary crisis.

Great Quote from #LVP

“The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.” ~ Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Music Break ~ The New Single from the legendary Johnny Hernandez – Le Escribo Al Amor (Paz Mundial-2014-Stronghold Records)



Thoughts on Viernes…07182014

Collier Set to Tour Texas

Mike Collier, Democrat for Texas Comptroller, is about to take off on a tour of Texas next week. For the next two weeks, Collier will hit around 36 cities and towns in a tour called the Texas Watchdog Tour. I’ll do an expanded post on the schedule this weekend, but make plans for Sunday’s send-off.

Who: Mike Collier, The Watchdog — Democratic candidate for Comptroller
What: Texas Watchdog Tour Kickoff
Where: Tin Roof BBQ, 18918 Town Center Blvd. Atascocita, TX 77346
When: Sunday, July 20 at 12:00 PM

National Democratic Leaders Support The Child Refugees

With immigration-related stuff hot in the news, it’s good to see nationally recognized Democratic leaders take a lead in actually offering services and shelter, rather than become immigration “experts” and offer nothing. Obviously, Texas’ own Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has done a great job. Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland has done a great job of taking on the Obama administration’s express deportation policies, while trying to protect the children from Murrieta-type hate in his own state. Now, Massachussets Governor Deval Patrick is offering up his state to child refugees. I hope we find more of these unafraid Dems, especially in Texas.

An Evening of Texican Rock and Roll

So, I caught West Texas Chicano rockers Los Lonely Boys at HOB last night. It was a flawless show, for sure. The Boys tested out five new tunes from their latest release, Revelation, and they were definitely crowd pleasers. Blame It On Love was my favorite, but Don’t Walk Away, So Sensual, and Give a Little More were just as perfect.

LLB dug into their first album, recorded over 11 years ago, and gave the crowd Crazy Dream, while closing with their top hit, Heaven, which became a sing-along. In between, the Boys offered a tribute to the late Johnny Winter, and in between tunes, they offered some musical interludes which showcased the guitaristics of Henry Garza, the massive bass sounds of JoJo Garza, and the powerful drumming of Ringo Garza. The brothers invited a percussionist whose name I didn’t catch (Longoria?), but he provided some powerful rhythms to most of LLB’s hits.

Great performance, great music, and they are coming to a town near you. Dallas (18th), El Paso (20th), then Califas for a while. Check out their tour.   And don’t forget to get their new album, Revelation!

Music Break ~ Los Lonely Boys – Give A Little More (Revelation)