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Sheriff Garcia Says You Have The Right To Vote In Harris County, Texas And In All Places In Our Nation

Hamburger Wearing An Astros’ Hat, who is part of the Texas Liberal Panel of Experts, is seen above with mail from Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Hamburger regrets that he is not as absurd as a major party nominee  for the U.S. Senate who had to declare that she was not a witch.

Sheriff Garcia says that voters must not be intimidated at the polls by overly-aggressive and possibly racially motivated poll watchers from so-called Tea Party and/or Republican groups.

The Sheriff says—“....if anyone tries to stop you from voting, tell them Sheriff Adrian Garcia sent you.”

The Sheriff has it right. Folks cannot be bullied at the polls.

Here is what the Houston GLBT folks have to say on this concern—

“Lately, we’ve all watched as opponents of equality have gotten more aggressive and more violent.  From tackling and stomping on rival activists, to actual candidates ordering private security forces to arrest reporters, the thug mentality of the far right has gotten out of control.”

(Here are the Houston GLBT endorsements for 2010.)

Perry Dorrell, a great Houston political blogger at Brains & Eggs,  has been writing about these poll watchers.

Jobsanger, a first-rate political blog in Amarillo, has also posted on this important matter.

Leading Houston blogger Charles Kuffner reports that County Attorney Vince Ryan, a Republican, has seen fit to issue guidelines as to what poll watchers may and may not do.

The Houston Chronicle has written about these aggressive Republican poll watchers.

Along the same lines, Democratic Texas Land Commissioner nominee Hector Uribe has cut a 30 second radio spot saying that Tejanos got to Texas first and that they are not going “back to Mexico” or back to anywhere else.

The New York Times has written that Republican-driven efforts to suppress minority turnout, despite the lack of evidence that any fraud is taking place, are going on around the country.

Make sure you vote on Tuesday and make sure you encourage others you know to do the same.

Here are my Texas endorsements for 2010.

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Houston Memorial Day 2010—Governor Rick Perry Talked About Treason Yet Now He Is Speaking On Memorial Day

Memorial Day for 2010 in on Monday, May 31.

It is good to honor our veterans by attending a Memorial Day event.

What Memorial Day events are taking place in Houston?

(Above—Houston National Cemetery)

The Cypress Times reports the following event—

“A special Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Houston VA National Cemetery, located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.  This year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce Governor Rick Perry will give the Memorial Day address.There will also be many symbolic highlights including a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard; a performance of Taps; a cannon salute; a riderless horse procession by the Houston Police Mounted Patrol; Amazing Grace performed by the Houston Highlander Pipe Band; a white dove release; and a rifle salute by the VFW District #4 Ceremonial Detail accompanied by Co. A 13th U.S. Regular Infantry with muskets. Medal of Honor recipient David McNerney will lead the pledge of allegiance with Peggy Slay, president of the Houston Gold Star Mothers. The Memorial Day Service, honoring deceased United States servicemen and women, is free and open to the public.”

Here is the link to the full story.

Here is the link to the Houston National Cemetery.

A Memorial Day ceremony should avoid politics. It is right that the Governor of our state should come and speak about sacrifices made by our soldiers. Even though I don’t support Governor Perry , in almost every case I would not care about the political party or the political beliefs of a Memorial Day speaker. In this situation however, we need to remember that Governor Perry has talked about Texas leaving the union. No matter how you look at it, that kind of talk is a call to treason. I don’t understand how anybody could think that Rick Perry should speak on behalf of any American solider who fought for what is best about our nation.

Here is another event in the Houston area—

“Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran who also served during the 1990 invasion of Panama, will be the featured speaker at the annual Precinct Three Memorial Day Ceremony in Bear Creek Pioneers Park on May 31st. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Precinct Three ceremony in which Harris County military personnel killed in war zones are honored. In advance of the ceremony, the names of those who have fallen in the previous year are etched in bronze on the Memorial Wall in the park.”

Here are more complete details about this event.

Seawolf park on Pelican Island in Galveston will be holding a Memorial Day event. The time of the event is not posted as I write this tonight. Here is the link to Seawolf Park.

In Sugar Land, there is a full-sized replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall.

Here is a listing of the above-mentioned events and a few others—in League City, Friendswood and Fort Bend County–from the Houston Chronicle.

Here is my post about the history of Memorial Day.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments