Thoughts on Viernes…08162013

Debates vs Forums:  Are You in The Same Room?

Back in 2009, there were a bunch of face-offs in which voters in various areas of town got a chance to get to know the candidates. Heck, I attended two of them, including the “Latino” one (live blogged) at the Minute Maid Park and a big one in Kingwood . Sure, the production values didn’t match up to WWE or some championship bout, but the voters got the information. It was quite civilized, too. Not too many “Gotcha!” moments, or chances at unexplained innuendo.

With all the scheduled forums and debates, I’m pretty sure they’ll “talk soon,” either way.

What’s Up With SA’s Elisa Chan?

Well,  she’s one bigoted right-wing politician. As the SA City Council debates a nondiscrimination policy, Chan was recorded in a meeting where she let loose about the GLBT community.

“By the way, this is politically incorrect,” she tells her aides. “I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.

“If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but you shouldn’t affect the young people,” she continues. “How terrible. … They’re going to be confused. You see two men go into a bedroom. You see two women kissing. Is that not confusing? It’s confusing.

“It is actually, what you call, suggestive, for the kids to be corrupt, which is against nature. I’m telling you, anything that is against nature is not right.”

It gets worse when she discusses with staff how to say all of this in an op-ed without actually saying it. Someone finally takes the hater of the week award away from Steve King of Iowa!

Update:  Horwitz has more.

Great Op-Ed on Predatory Loans

There’s a great op-ed from Senators Garcia, Ellis, and Whitmire on predatory loan companies in the Chron. They discuss the failure of a bill to regulate the industry, blaming the influence the industry has over elected officials. In this case, influence equals money. All one has to do is pore over campaign finance reports to find out who is enjoying some of that predatory lending industry campaign cash.

The op-ed calls on Houston to join other Texas cities who regulate the industry. Does that mean these predators are already giving money to City candidates?

MUSIC BREAK:  RUBEN RAMOS ~ Como Un Suspiro (Classic Video!)

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