Thursday, August 17, 2017

A call to action - the first of a series

This is the first in a series of calls to action. Sometimes we all reach a tipping point — a point at which we can no longer tolerate the indecencies around us. We reach a point at which we are called to
actions that counter those things we see as abominations.

Donald Trump is one of those abominations. So are Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

Call to action No. 1: My first call to action is to my journalism colleagues covering the White House, Trump and the administration. After watching parts of Trump’s Tuesday “news conference” at Trump Tower, I implore those assigned to the interactive mode with the administration to take a different approach.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A pledge of resistance

In case you are unclear on where I stand let me be perfectly clear:
• I will not call Trump “president”
• I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for EIGHT YEARS...
• I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
• I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from ANYONE.
• I will not "work together" to destroy marriage equality and make it a state’s right to deny love between two people.
• I will not "work together" to allow men to make choices about a woman's own body, or to restrict health care for women.
• I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
• I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
• I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition."
• I will not "work together" to build a wall.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The silent Texans

I just checked John Cornyn’s Senate website. You know who John Cornyn is, don’t you? He’s the senior senator from Texas. I can’t say he represents Texas — or does he? You see, as of noon Sunday, Aug. 13, the day after three died at the hands of Nazi, KKK and right-wing terrorists, Cornyn is silent. No concern. No condemnation. Just crickets. Just fucking crickets. Hell, even Ted Cruz, the epitome of smarm and Joe McCarthy’s ghost, has said something sensible about the terror attack in Virginia.

And what about the GOP leadership in Texas? Anything from Greg Abbott?

Yes. This: “The racist and hateful violence in Charlottesville is un-American and unacceptable. I pray for the victims. Americans must unite and overcome.”

That comes awfully close to Trump’s “all sides” Other than thanking his allies for sponsoring his Christian Taliban legislation, all Abbott posted to Facebook is quoting a Bible verse.

Even Dan Patrick, who competes with sewer rats for prestige, had something to say by now.

But Cornyn, who should be showing statesmanship and leadership.

C’mon, John. Say something or put on that hood and robe so we know who you really are.

Will Charlottesville bring us to our senses?

If I can wish for Charlottesville to be anything, I wish it becomes the watershed moment when the good and decent people wake up to who and what Trump is. And, it’s not just Trump. It’s Bannon and Miller and the other right-wing radicals in his administration. That includes miscreants like Pruitt, and Price and — God help us — Rick Perry.

I wrote a post in my Amarillo Independent blog on Dec. 23, 2016. I am honored that a friend in New Hampshire with a large following shared it. I am providing the link here, not as a self-aggrandizement (as I noted in the post itself), but as a complement or supplement to your two posts on the Charlottesville events. The takeaway in my blog post isn’t so much the prediction as it is the advice on how to counter what we’re seeing before us.

If you’re so inclined, I’d appreciate you sharing it with your followers.


Monday, July 31, 2017

To Les and Dave with love -- not

Victoria, Texas —  It’s come to this. Even as I work on weaning myself from Amarillo, the Amarillo Globe-News’ propaganda pops up. Now, I give myself this credit: I didn’t read yesterday’s editorial on my own. A friend posted it to Facebook.

The editorial, remember, is the voice of the media outlet; so, the piece, obviously written by the nearly illiterate Dave Henry (it had his lack-of-style fingerprints all over it) has the approval of the publisher. That would be Les Simpson. The editorial sought to discuss a “compromise” on permitting transgender people to serve in the United States armed forces. Here is the paragraph that tells you all you need to know about the Globe-News and Henry’s and Simpson’s mentality. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Amarillo Globe-News’ revisionist history — or lies

By Leslie E. Reese, M.D.

There is nothing more dangerous than revisionist history, AKA alternative facts, AKA lies. The Amarillo Globe-News editorial and Dave Henry’s companion column in today’s edition turns truth upside down and claims triumphs where there were defeats and deceits. A few highlights:

1. High praise for the success of Bill Gilliland in raising the funds for the Globe-News Center. In fact, that effort fell short, and the difference was made up with $2,185,000 in public funds. 

2. High praise for the role of Melissa Dailey in the Downtown Amarillo Inc.’s role in downtown development and regret that the city council and manager caused her dismissal. In fact, she brought Wallace Bajjali, who hoodwinked not only Amarillo but Joplin and Sugarland, ending up with multiple lawsuits and corporate bankruptcy. She also freelanced negotiations with a AA team when she had not been authorized to do so, and employed Meghan Riddlespurger to false-front a non-existent youth movement.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump"care" is a national security threat.

There is a sinister, darker and deeper risk to the Republican Transfer of Health to Wealth Bill. And it has to do with the collusion between Vladimir Putin and the Liar-in-Chief, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.

One of the reasons the United States has remained strong as a nation is we’ve been able to mount a military effort composed for healthy personnel. Those who may not be “fighting healthy” would be health enough to participate in the support of our defense.