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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Is the AISD board racist? Looks like it

Sometimes Amarillo’s culture simply disappoints me more than I can imagine. I rarely use the Amarillo Globe-News as a source, but the coverage of the Amarillo Independent School District’s board meeting Monday evening pointed to a key problem in this community: self-satisfied racism.

The account prompted the observation from me on Facebook. “Congrats to the Amarillo Independent School District's board of racists. You have spent millions, literally, on athletics but when a respected member of the minority community asks for an independent study on diversity, you won't even discuss it.

Monday, February 27, 2017

An act of patriotism

Perhaps, just before 45's speech, one of the greatest acts of patriotism could come from deep within the IRS. Maybe some brave and patriotic soul will somehow make 45's tax returns public. It wouldn't be the first time an act of civil disobedience would benefit the republic.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thornberry, you can run but you can't hide


It’s clear that our hard-earned tax money is not only paying for you to hide in your district offices but these dollars are also paying for the tech support to hide from your constituents online. It’s clear that you’re even a bigger coward than Louie Gohmert. The thing is, Mac, you can’t fool some of us. You see, it’s isn’t hard to figure out what you’re doing.
Here is a screenshot of your Facebook page when I access it in an incognito window in Chrome. But, as soon as I log into Facebook, it’s clear your tech support people have figured out how to block me. As you lawyers like to say, “Res ipsa loquitur.” I can only conclude that you want to suppress dissent just like the other fascists in the 45/Bannon administration; and that you’re so thin-skinned that you and your staff are bigger snowflakes than we knew. Or, that those of us with different views haven’t made large enough campaign contributions to gain access to you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Where's Mac?

Since Mac Thornberry, our employee, is being insubordinate by not meeting with people in a town hall, here is some information on that might help people find him so they can bring concerns directly to him.

Thornberry’s home address in the district, according to Vote TX, is: 4300 County Road 7A, Clarendon, TX 79226. According to Google maps, it’s here. According to the same website, his phone number is: (806) 371-8183, which isn’t associated with his Amarillo office number on his website.

Monday, February 20, 2017

An Open Letter to Mac Thornberry

Here we are at the start of another one of your many Congressional recesses. Another instance of returning to the district when you should be in Washington working for your constituents.

But, of course, Mac, you haven’t done that since your election in 1994. Remember, that’s when you ran under the Newt Gingrich banner of “Contract with America?” One of the contractual terms was term limits. You violated that clause and then justified it with lawyerly excuses about the nature of that pledge, forgetting that the spirit and intent of a contract is equally important.

So, you’ve “represented” the 13thCongressional District of Texas under a deception from the start.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congrats to Cornyn and his staff

John Cornyn, the senior so-called senator who continues to lie when he says he represents Texans, is famous for those automated replies to emails and letters. I doubt the big bribers, uh, campaign
contributors, get the back-of-the-hand treatment. And, like so many of those arrogant public officials, not only is the disconnect between the content of the reply and the issue pretty clear, but the timeliness of the response is well after the matter is determined. Those things aren’t surprising for someone whose nose is you-know-where with the corporatists and the mentally ill 45, a/k/a/ Twittler.

The choice of Betsey DeVos as Secretary of Education is based on the goal of destroying the United States’ public school system. So 45’s choice of a major bribe mistress of the GOP is a perfect reflection his, Steve Bannon’s and their corporatist allies’ disgraceful agenda. Also, like so many Republicans, Cornpone wanted to hide from the #resist! people who, unlike him, care about the nation’s children. I was one of those who tried to get Cornhole to represent those who can‘t afford to bribe him.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Adios ABC7 Amarillo

I had a great run at ABC7 Amarillo and want to publicly thank former News Director Ryan Hazelwood for trusting me to help with the station’s investigative reporting team.

I also want to publicly thank Niccole Caan and Kendra Hall for accepting my role working with them. Those two young women reflect the best in journalism and I wish them future success. They are part of a robust newsroom that Hazelwood put together. The incoming news director will have a great staff with which to work.

As for me, I turned in my key card Thursday. I’ll miss going into the station. I guess I am now fully retired. Now, it’s onto South Texas.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An open letter to Cornyn, Cruz, McConnell & Pence

I have posted this to their webmail, have post cards ready to mail and posted on Facebook. This is a
new low, even for Republicans.

You are one sleazy piece of shit. May God damn you. And your POS friends.
  You have my name. I want to know how much you charge for me to influence your vote or even listen to me and other people whom you pretend to represent instead of the corporatist fuckers whose tits you suckle at.
  Now, let me add this: Normally I would be civil and respectful and would be concerned that my vulgar language would be ineffective because you and your treasonous staff would blow me off as nuts. But I am not nuts and my vulgarity is calculated. I desire to visit on you a message in the most offensive way. You never have earned or deserved my respect and with this latest betrayal deserve less than respect. You deserve disdain. By all that is holy, I will do anything I can to damage your political career and come election time for you, I will bust my ass to get people to vote against you.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The mindset of the fascists

Some of us often wonder about the minds of the right-wingers who support Cheato-in-Chief Trump/Bannon and his Fascist/Neo-Nazi accomplices in their treason. Well, I’m no skull jockey, but I have some former Facebook friends who are Trumpettes who will not open their eyes or their minds. They are either incapable of decoding the language of propaganda; or, if they can decode the language, they support the goals that the fascists would achieve.
Normally, I wouldn’t call people out like this, but as I’ve said before, this is war — it is a fight to the sanctity of American ideals and the United States Constitution. And, the Republicans, with the exception of a very view, are either fully supporting the Nazi takeover or complicit in it by their silence. They refuse to learn from history and by so doing, put the safety of everybody at risk.
So, here is the Facebook thread started by the wife of an Amarillo city councilman. Take a read and then understand with whom and with what we are dealing if we want to RESIST! and understand what an uphill fight it is. On the other hand, let’s also take heart that the majority of voters don’t support the Nazi regime and as the Fascists’ agenda becomes clear, a vast majority realize what a horrible mistake this election was.

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Lissa May Merriman I don't get it, either. Can they not Google the definition of 'illegal'??
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Monte Miller And to call his Executive Order a "Muslim Ban" Seriously?
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Leslie E. Reese Yes he did say it.

“Get them the hell out of our country”: Donald Trump calls for mass deportation…
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Lissa May Merriman That is not in the Executive Order. Muslims are not banned. Only specific countries.
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Leslie E. Reese Except for Syrian Christian refugees...
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Lissa May Merriman Poor Snowflake.
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George Schwarz Lissa, Snowflake is offensive beyond the max. It was the Germans' nickname for the ashes that floated from the smokestacks from the murder and burning of Jews and others. It's even worse than the N-work. While you crossed the line a while ago, this one is disgusting.
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Lissa May Merriman George, I've been called racist and sexist. I've been told I am selfish and hate people. I blow it off because I'm not an overly sensitive pussy. If 'Snowflake' offends you, you'll just have to deal with it. Newsflash: Words only hurt if you let them. Are you as offended by the violent riots - all started by the 'tolerant' left?
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George Schwarz The rioters were paid operative from Breitbart. I just cannot believe that would be your attitude about a word that offensive. It really does define youi, you know, not me.
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Lissa May Merriman Sticks and stones needs to make a BIG comeback. And, I haven't heard any of the good Liberals denouncing that behavior. I find violence offensive. People who fall apart over words need safe spaces and therapy.
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Lissa May Merriman People who don't want to be referred to as 'Snowflakes' should grow a pair and stop melting down at every perceived slight.
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George Schwarz This isn't about me being sensitive. It's about you being courteous and respectful of other people. It's similar to asking someone to take off their shoes so as not to trakc dirt in the house and you refusing to do so.
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Lissa May Merriman No, it's about Liberals bullying people to think and act like you do. I see 'Snowflakes' as delicate little souls that melt over everything they dislike. That is most people's definition. And, even if it was not most people's definition, if you are offended, you can ignore it or delete it or comment on it in a typically self righteous way (as you have), but that's all. That's it. Go be huffy all you want. I know who I am, I'm proud of who I am and your 'Victim Mentality' gasping means nothing. Like I said, time to bring back sticks and stones because, astoundingly, words will never hurt you.... Unless you are a delicate snowflake looking to melt.
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Leslie E. Reese Lissa May Merriman You're not overly sensitive, you are insufficiently sensitive to the impact poorly or cruelly chosen words have and how much they interfere with actual exchanges of ideas. You might be surprised that some people who currently don't bother reading or thinking about your postings might change that response if you measured your words more carefully. Try it- what do you have to lose? (That was your leader's appeal to black voters, remember?)
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Lissa May Merriman Wonder why you wail at words you deem 'inappropriate', instead of shrugging and moving on. I keep repeating 'Sticks and Stones'. That needs to be taught in school again. Enough with the 'I'm offended!' Crybabies.
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