Category Archives: Thoughts on Viernes

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.




Thoughts on Viernes…08152014

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)

Thoughts on Viernes…08082014

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)

Thoughts on Viernes…07112014

Abbott Can Multiply!

Or at least one of his minions can. When he came out in support of the DPS surge, the only amount we heard was “$1.3 million per week” but not much else. Yesterday, he announced that the surge could cost $50 million! Well, duh. Republicans call for a surge of South Texas, but just now realized the total cost?

As I told Wendy Davis yesterday:

Access Earned

Just read that a high-powered lawyer who paid a nice chunk of change for a fundraiser to gain access to El Prez told him that he needed to do some executive action on immigration reform. The “hecklers” at the Obama speech got a 2-minute meeting with El Prez to tell him the same and didn’t have to pay one cent for access to El Prez. This is the problem with politics today. Unless you have money, you have to be bold and gutsy to be heard.

Lost Photo-Op

So, El Prez didn’t want a photo-op? As bad as his refugee deportation plan is, politically, he could have outdone the GOP by just showing up to a Valley area human warehouse to check out the realities of failed US-Latin American policy. Now, we have Rick Perry and Sean Hannity posing with a machine gun. Classy stuff. And a lost political op for El Prez…again. Who’s in charge over there?

And If This Is Obama’s Katrina…

…who in the hell is Brownie? Well, here’s a poll you can take to decide.

Heckuva job, Brownie(s)!

Music Break – Los Lonely Boys – It’s Just My Heart Talkin’ (LIVE)

Thoughts on Viernes…05232014

No Nos Olvides, Julian!

julianWell, President Obama made it official and stole Julian Castro from Texas and San Antonio. Either that, or he just made his future–political and otherwise. No doubt Castro will run the place well. Frankly, I’m sorta glad President Obama finally has a Mexican American in his cabinet–ya era tiempo! Anyway, no one is sure if this is a step-up toward Clinton-Castro or toward a secure financial future after his service to America. Bottom line:  It’s good for the Secretary-Designate.

Still, I’m curious as to how Republicans will react. Will the rest play nice and allow their rabidly negative nelly Cruz to be their mouthpiece? We saw how that worked during the shut-down. Best to just confirm him and let him do his job.

The Bigots and Their Religion

I’m getting pretty sick and tired of the local bigots using “religious freedom” as their basis to oppose the Equal Rights Ordinance. They want the right to hate and discriminate–plain and simple. Which reminds me, the KKK is also a “Christian” organization. There–I said it!


Abortion Art

Next time the Republicans want to cut National Endowment for the Arts funding while poking fun at some of the artists who get funding, let’s remind them that they have proclaimed the photoshopper of those awful Wendy Davis posters an “artist.” And they paid the guy, too. Que pendejadas!

Music Break:  In honor of Secretary-Designate Julian Castro, here’s the Chicano National Anthem–Las Nubes by Little Joe, Johnny y La Familia


Thoughts on Viernes…05022014

DewTrick, PatHurst – They’re The Same!

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Falkenberg for a long time–she’s just a good writer. Her recent take on Democrats “propping up” Dan Patrick and talking down the incumbent David Dewhurst caught my attention and I didn’t know what to think. Should Dems be in the mix of a right-wing run-off? Obviously, we should be throwing negatives about both of the right-wingers.

Bottom line:  When it comes to Republicans, I think they’re all the same. Ultimately, whether one screams about “invasions” or not, Republicans have blocked immigration reform, they have voted against tuition equality for Texas DREAMers, and worst of all, they’ve blocked Medicaid expansion, they have cut $5 billion in K-12 funds, and they’ve cut another billion in higher education. I don’t need to be accused of carrying diseases by any Republican to realize that they’re not fans of Texas Hispanics. And this whole “reaching across the aisle” BS hasn’t been in practice for what, a decade?

Now, I’m one of those that does believe that Patrick is an easier target in November. If Patrick’s mouth causes more Latinos to vote Democratic, better for us. And if Patrick were to win, ushering in an even darker period in Texas governance, perhaps that will be what it takes to wake up Texans. As one of my mentors once told me, Latinos will not wake up until they have been handed the worse the right-wing has to offer. But, for now, we’ve got State Senator Leticia Van de Putte who will put in the work to sweep out the GOP from the Capitol.

 The Latino Side of Obamacare

Yesterday’s numbers about the ACA Sign-Ups provided one side of the story. The other, though, is about a botched “Latino” roll-out of the Spanish-language website to sign-up Latinos which affected sign-ups, as the National Journal reported.

Why didn’t most of the 10.2 million uninsured Latinos eligible for coverage buy health insurance this year?

In part, it’s because the administration fumbled. It delayed the launch of—the Spanish-language enrollment website—until December, when it “soft launched” so that Latino groups working with the administration could test and report bugs.

Then when the administration did promote the website, users reported that the Spanish was a messy translation. Media reports about the accuracy of the translation were mixed, but suffice it to say that the Spanish language has many regional dialects that were not all reflected in the words used on, making it more difficult for some native speakers to understand the health insurance application process.

More importantly, the administration delayed its outreach to the Latino population.

Part of my small business is professional translations and let me tell you, you not only need to get it right, but it better make sense to the audience. And when it comes to Latinos, we’re not talking about a homogeneous audience. As I always say on this blog, it better be culturally relevant.  But, mostly, you don’t delay messaging to anyone, and in this case, Latinos. Website or not, the field aspect of this needed to be in overdrive from the beginning. Those who were “working it” did it well in the end. Thankfully, the ACA is very much alive and the next sign-up period begins in a few months.

This isn’t a new story. But much like the botched attempt to market to Latinos caused a drop in Latino support for the ACA, stuff like this can affect support for the political party in power which currently has the support of the Latino electorate. In other words, get it right, Democrats! Especially here in Texas!

Music Break – Jimmy Gonzalez and Mazz f/ Marcos Orozco ~ Cantinero




Thoughts on Viernes…04272014 (Domingo Edition)

Excellent Op-Ed by TMF

DC-Friend State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer offers a great editorial in the Chron regarding the Latino Vote. He gets it–and it’s something I’ve been saying for, what, nine years since DC began? Anyway:

Ironically, the active neglect that harms millions of Latino families actually helps a shrinking Republican Party stretch out its governing majority a little while longer. Because when you are hungry, sick or uneducated, your personal view on government is so negative that you won’t register to vote or refuse to vote if you are registered. Is it any wonder why 3.45 million Texas Latinos choose not to participate in voting? Would you invest in a government that has given you nothing in return?

It seems more than a coincidence that the political party that has hurt Latinos the most also has profited from their voter apathy. It almost seems as if the Texas Republican Party’s goal is to breed disillusionment at the polls in the hope that this stalls the emergence of a Latino majority in Texas.

So, when I see some liberal bloggers and activists blame a loss on “Latino apathy,” I pretty much get into “STFU” mode. Two decades of Republican rule, and a legislative style that is more about breaking apart, than bringing together, (and a Democratic Party that has been cut off at the knees in the legislature) has caused what I call voter indifference, especially in the Latino community. (Sure, they have similar meanings, but words matter.) We can blame Republicans all we want, but simply giving up our rights as Texans and Americans by shirking our responsibility to vote is not the answer. Anyway, read the op-ed.

Kingwood Area Dems Brunch a Huge Success

staceTwo statewide candidates, a couple of countywide candidates, and several more judicial candidates visited the Kingwood Country Club to break bread (and awesome blintzes) with a great group of suburban Democrats on Saturday. I was proud to serve as the Emcee, again, since I’ll always consider KAD my home away from home.

collierMike Collier, candidate for Texas Comptroller,  started it off with a rousing, matter-of-fact stump speech on the job he is seeking and how wrong the Tea Party-led Republican candidate is for the job. Collier stated that Glenn Hegar’s plan to tax the poor through a sales tax while getting rid of the property tax is dangerous. He added that he will be talking about a plan to bring fairness to the property tax system that puts homeowners and big business on equal footing when it comes to that tax burden.

samhoustonSam Houston, running for Texas Attorney General, was also well-received, citing his small West Texas-town upbringing and his love of the law. Houston wants to make the office one that serves the people, rather than political and special interests, which is what Greg Abbott has made it. Houston is an impressive candidate who, along with Collier, will have crossover appeal from thinking Republicans who just can’t stand the divisiveness of their own candidates.

candidatesAlso gracing the great crowd of Democrats were:  Melissa Noriega for County School Trustee; Judge Steven Kirkland; County School Trustee Debra Kerner; and judicial candidates:  Gloria Cantu-Minnick, George Arnold, Farrah Martinez, Chip Wells, Jim Peacock, Kathy Vossler, Kay Morgan, Shawna Reagin, and Ursula Hall. Democratic Party Chairman Lane Lewis also revved up the crowd, announcing various events and initiatives for 2014.  He also introduced a very energetic and new political director for the Party, Chris Young. Representatives for Kim Ogg for DA and 2015 Mayoral candidate Sylvester Turner were also in attendance.

menkesSpecial honorees were longtime members, Bruce and Karen Menke. They’ve spent their time with KAD always working for the greater good. Whether it was working events and organizing in Kingwood or around the County, they have been among the most committed Dems. They are moving out of the state to be close to their grandkids, so for us, it will be a huge loss, but it is their friendship that we will miss most. Good luck, Bruce and Karen!

As Democrats, we don’t get to spend too much time at a country club, so we made sure we stayed until our 1PM “kick-out” time. It was an enjoyable event, and it sure gave me a lot of energy to go do something! The Republicans are offering the worse crop of candidates in their history, and we really don’t want to find out what they will do to undo Texas.

Joe Barton’s Immigration Bill

Joe Barton, congress dude from North Texas, has an immigration bill coming up for introduction. The gist of it:  More border security (to appease his people), amnesty for “minor children” (because that’s what his people will call it), and a worker exploitation and “no citizenship, just legal” part to it. He says he likes living in a Republican state and thinks being nice to Latinos will keep it Republican.

So many questions, especially the “minor children” part. In the past, a DREAM Act has included DREAMers in their early 30s. The age limit was scaled back in 2010. This makes it sound like they will scale it back another decade or so, thus, cutting out tens of thousands more from citizenship, instead, just giving them the “legal resident” route. For some it will be enough. For most, it will not be. I know I don’t like it. Citizenship is very important, but the fear of deportation is a reality that these folks deal with all of the time. For sure, before Democrats speak up, let’s hear what Barton’s people say about it. Let them tear themselves down some more before they realize they need to pretend to play nice.

MUSIC BREAK:  The Mavericks~That’s Not My Name