I’m guessing most of the people calling and posting and e-mailing are not patrons. Also, that they just saw “Mexican” and went “ICE!” Yeah, I know, “kitchen staff.” But I’ve lived in Houston long enough to know the restaurants are run by a dizzying variety of nations/cultures making excellent food not at all connected to suppositions about their culture and cuisine. People stupid enough to threaten a restaurant they can just decline to patronize are people stupid enough to see “Mexican” and decide the whole place is run by undocumented mestizos.
A Houston Mexican restaurant kept requiring masks despite @GregAbbott_TX lifting the statewide requirement. Within hours, they received messages on social media & emails threatening to call ICE & saying their green cards should be checkedhttps://t.co/qpvt48Sr8M by @EmmaBalter— lomikriel (@lomikriel) March 5, 2021
Saturday, March 06, 2021
March 4 was a dud — but QAnon will persist because of one very important reason https://t.co/27mPyt9uY8— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 5, 2021
And no one seems to want to say why. The reason is obvious.
Trump didn’t tell all his supporters to be there, and he didn’t hold a rally and tell them to “STOP THE STEAL!”
I just thought that should be pointed out.
It would be nice if nobody had to sleep in a place with cockroaches everywhere. https://t.co/iouVpmYR7e— Andrew Fleischman (@ASFleischman) March 5, 2021
!! WHOA: US Capitol defendant Richard Barnett -- man accused of putting feet on Pelosi desk - is *screaming* at attorneys and judge during his court hearing right now.— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 4, 2021
Upset he's been locked up "for a whole month"... "it's not fair"
Judge just recessed hearing for "5 mins" pic.twitter.com/ayaO4d6lb0
Jacob 'QAnon Shaman' Chansley's interview with 60 Minutes+ already potentially backfired on him.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) March 5, 2021
Prosecutor: Chansley "claims to be sorry" but also claims to "still be an adherent" to the conspiracy theories that brought him to the Capitol. https://t.co/EdY1JypTf0
Friday, March 05, 2021
This is not the "win-win" Gov. Absent was looking forward to.
For some Texans who lost loved ones to the coronavirus, lifting the mask mandate is a "slap in the face" https://t.co/Yg7drXBYYU— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 5, 2021
We are Texans, and the concept of freedom is an essential piece of our identity. We all want the freedom to go out to eat and to socialize, the freedom for our economy and our schools to open without the fear of getting deathly ill, the freedom to use amazing science and vaccine developments to our full advantage. But taking away critical public health interventions that we know are working in the name of personal freedom won’t make our community safer, nor will it hasten our return to normalcy. The state’s decision on Tuesday to end the statewide mask mandate and increase business capacity to 100% is a threat to all of the sacrifices and progress we’ve made, as well as to everyone who has not yet received a vaccine. At best, Tuesday’s decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid.Every time COVID-19 public health measures have been pulled back, we’ve seen a spike in hospitalizations. If we start the climb now, we’d be starting from the highest starting point ever when it comes to our hospital population, an unacceptable and dangerous proposition. Even more troubling is the revelation that Houston has the unfortunate distinction of being the only city recording every major strain of COVID-19. Our positivity rate is still sky high and moving up, not down -- we’re now at 13% positivity. We’re still seeing hundreds of new cases a day. With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we’re finally inching closer to the finish line of this deadly, destructive pandemic -- now is not the time to reverse the gains we’ve worked so hard to achieve. We’re able to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel now because of the common sense steps we’ve taken to prevent the spread of this virus, like wearing masks. We can’t take one step forward just to take two steps back.History will remember those who took part in the unified effort to save lives in our community and pull us through this awful pandemic. It will also remember those who undermined and prolonged this crisis in the name of scoring political points with their base. Our Harris County community is smart -- we can see through the politics of this. I know we will keep at it and continue to be good neighbors, good citizens, and do the right thing, including wearing masks. Let’s also reward those that do the same. Shop at businesses still requiring masks and keeping capacity low to protect their employees and their patrons.We’ve been through so much, but we are so close. Keep holding on. Our success at beating this virus is all up to us now.Abrazos,Lina Hidalgo
Pretty much the sentiment I'm hearing everywhere. Bars are gonna open; cases are gonna spike; mandates are gonna go back "on" at the local level. And Gov. Absent washes his hands of it, except when he can use it to beat up Democrats at the local level. I hope we the people are wiser than our leaders.
Not that we have anything else to worry about:
I am joining @SenBryanHughes to announce a bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 5, 2021
Too many social media sites silence conservative speech and ideas and trample free speech.
It's un-American, Un-Texan, & soon to be illegal.https://t.co/zSdirRa1pj
Texas is vaccinating more people than ever before against COVID-19. And while millions in the state have been vaccinated, when it comes to per capita vaccine distribution, Texas is one of the worst states in the country.That's according to data from the CDC, which shows Texas had a vaccination rate of 20,543 people per 100,000 as of Wednesday morning.That places Texas 47 out of the 50 states in terms of per capita distribution, beating out only Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.Compare that to other large states like California, Florida or New York. Each of those states is above 23,000 doses administered per 100,000 people, and California is above 24,000.As of Tuesday morning, Texas actually had the single worst distribution rate in the country, according to the CDC. But its vaccination rate increased as Gov. Greg Abbott reported a new daily record for the number of people getting vaccinated in Texas.That was the same day Abbott ended the statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions.
Before even reaching the free speech issue, a lawsuit filed under the FL or TX social media bills would be dismissed as preempted by Section 230 of the CDA.— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) March 5, 2021
(And if it did reach free speech, it'd lose; social media companies can choose what content they allow.) pic.twitter.com/6as5wGdNww
And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
Genesis 18:1-6, KJV
27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
Psalm 104:27-28, KJV
The pretzel is a very ancient bakery item, which traditionally was eaten only during Lent. It appeared each year on Ash Wednesday and disappeared on Good Friday. It goes back at least to the fifth century: there is a Roman manuscript in the Vatican library dating from that period which shows a lenten pretzel. As to the shape: it is made in the form of two arms crossed in prayer. The word bracellae, "little arms," became in German Bretzel; then Pretzel. These early Christians ate no dairy products in Lent, so the pretzel was made only of flour, salt and water. It was as simple as it could be.
--Evelyn Birge Vitz
The home baker in me wants to point out that the French baguette (or boule, for that matter) is made with only flour, salt, water, and yeast. And my pretzel recipe is made much like a bagel (the recipe I have for bagels is a French one so, again, a minimum of ingredients): four ingredients, and then after it is shaped it's dropped in boiling water for a few minutes before it is baked. I seldom make the connection to Lent, though. But maybe I should retire to the kitchen today....
Such is life. It is no cleaner than a kitchen; it reeks of a kitchen; and if you mean to cook your dinner, you must expect to soil your hands.
--Honore de Balzac
Jesus gaves us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important--wonderful. If you want to be recognized--wonderful. If you want to be great--wonderful. But recognize that he who is great among you shall be your servant. That's your new definitino of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it....by giving that definition of greatness, it means everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theor of thermo-dynamics in physic to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.
--The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each thing I have received, from thee it came,
Each thing for which I hope,
from thy love it will come,
Each thing I enjoy, it is of thy bounty,
Each thing I ask comes of thy disposing.
Trump liked to complain about "forever wars." He never really did anything either sensible or substantive about them, though.
Long overdue. https://t.co/RKhKdadG0X— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 5, 2021
Ron Johnson's desperate COVID relief bill stunt just blew up in his face https://t.co/u7Nygikj92— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 5, 2021
"They finished in the middle of the night and in the end, Sen. Chris Val Hollen, a Democrat from the state of Maryland, rose to ask for some consent to restart this debate beginning at 9 a.m. today in the U.S. Senate," she said.The key, Fox explained, was that Van Hollen asked for three hours to debate the bill instead of the expected 20 hours of time. Johnson was not in the Senate at the time of Hollen's proposal and could not object to it -- and so it was adopted."In the end, instead of having 20 hours of debate, because there wasn't a Republican there to object at the end of this process, they are now just going to have three hours of debate," she said. "Then they will start at noon with this vote-a-rama."
Thanks, Sen. Johnson!
Oh, I'll go on, with something else Trump never accomplished:
44% of Republicans approve of Biden's handling of the pandemic, per new AP poll. <insert eyes emoji> https://t.co/OxOeD6sgep— Elana Schor (@eschor) March 5, 2021
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released a sturdy message for those who do not comply with private businesses’ policies on wearing masks after Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the statewide mask order.In the video, Acevedo wanted to remind residents that private entities and private businesses have a legal right to require customers to wear a mask. He said if a person goes to a business that requires you to wear a mask, to please wear the mask or take your business elsewhere.Acevedo said for those who do not comply or leave the business are subjected to arrest for criminal trespass. He said the department is not interested in arresting people and ask for residents to make good choices.“If you go to a business and they tell you to wear a mask, please either wear the mask or decide to take your business elsewhere. Just remember that if you remain in the business after being asked to leave, you are subject to arrest for criminal trespass,” Acevedo said.He said by May, every American will have access to a vaccine and will be close to winning the battle against COVID-19.“If at all possible, mask up Houston. The life you save may be someone you love,” Acevedo said.
And then the Texas AG decided to tangle with him:
Yeah, Chief started it; he also ended it:
The only shenanigans are the dangers flowing from McManus’s call to let loose illegal aliens in violation of TX law. @ArtAcevedo is flying cover for his reckless buddy. McM must go. And Acevedo: worry about Houston’s rising crime rates before spouting bogus political opinions. https://t.co/yex5FvWiw5— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) February 27, 2021
Always liked the Chief.
As AG, you should know police chiefs have little to zero to do with who gets out of jail. You know, first hand, I have led the charge against letting violent offenders out on PR and low bond, and as a defendant with pending felony charges, you know how easy it is to get PR bonds.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 2, 2021
Gotta be honest, I'm having a hard time seeing Dr. Seuess books becoming a topic of national and unquenchable outrage.
What’s striking about all of this is that Fox personalities insist on lying about which books have been withdrawn. https://t.co/CPFMjVYOD5— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 4, 2021
LOL!!!! I'm losing it over this pic.twitter.com/pdtjtwesge— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2021
How is this real life https://t.co/6td7G7sTLN— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 4, 2021
No, this is farce; even for Rubio.
this is bait https://t.co/Zh6o86VpMn— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2021
Republicans: As we have always said: Dr. Suess is the most important American author of all time.— Aditya Sood (@adityasood) March 4, 2021
Also Republicans: We also don't have any idea how to spell Dr. Seuss. https://t.co/gHzFnuGZgI
I almost feel sorry for them. Maybe Biden should wear a tan suit. And how bad is it that the GOP is living in the Geico “Caveman” ads of long ago?
This is basically heading toward Neanderthals are 'real America' insulted and denigrated by coastal elites who look down on them.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 4, 2021
But tell me again how Trump is in charge of the GOP and is a juggernaut rolling over all opposition on the way to 2024, and a Colossus bestriding the country.
A bitter Trump is eager to go after Murkowski. But some in Trump’s circle doubt that he will be as much of a potent force in the race because traveling to campaign against her would require such a long flight, which Trump generally avoids. https://t.co/WWBZPWgGfQ— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) March 4, 2021
'DC is dissolved': Trump supporters freak out because they can't properly read Google Maps https://t.co/7SW7X5vYPY— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 4, 2021
Thursday, March 04, 2021
NEW: Biden is pursuing a sweeping effort to reshape transgender rights in America, which in turn has sparked a conservative backlash and fed into Republicans’ efforts to portray Democrats as extreme on social issues. Latest w/@MariannaReports @schmidtsam7: https://t.co/LK8lv30M7m— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 4, 2021
Because no other narrative is allowed?
It's good but are we seriously doing another round of "Democratic swing seat candidates, who unanimously said they didn't want to 'defund the police,' should have said they didn't want to 'defund the police'" https://t.co/REzssQdVUW— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 3, 2021
Because this is what they're up against:
Joe Biden: "I want to drown the police in money."— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) March 3, 2021
My Fox-watching relatives: "They're gonna replace the police with transgender athlete potatoes."
wild how the right-wing echo chamber has made this into a multi-day panic when *it never actually happened* https://t.co/uOqndlrE4S— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) March 3, 2021
In red and purple states Democrats ran very moderate and sometimes conservative Senate candidates -- McGrath, Bullock, Cunningham -- who didn't appeal to "cultural values of urban college graduates" & often lost anyways. Am I the only one who remembers this or am I nuts? https://t.co/iapADqF9Ze— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 3, 2021
Because, you know, “narrative.”
Rusty's Diner has always been kid-friendly, from the tater tots to the "Children's Room" on the side Once the room echoed with the cries of toddlers playing Mister Potato Head and clutching worn copies of Dr. Seuss, but now it is quiet -- another casualty of the culture wars.— New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) March 3, 2021
Or tired of being responsible? (Gov. Absent, I mean; Texas businesses have always been responsible for responding to this pandemic, because government refuses to be.)
With the statewide mask mandate ending next week, Texas businesses must decide whether to require their customers to wear face masks.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 4, 2021
“I do feel that we’ll probably lose guests based on whatever decision we do make,” one manager told The Texas Tribune. https://t.co/y8UtTlGjpz
Just want to be sure we're clear on that before we proceed.
MAPPED: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled.— Axios (@axios) March 4, 2021
The U.S. averaged just under 65,000 new cases per day over the past week. That’s essentially unchanged from the week before, ending a six-week streak of double-digit improvements. https://t.co/U6NeMMfttw
Abbott's spokeswoman Renae Eze said the governor was "clear in telling Texans that COVID hasn’t ended, and that all Texans should follow medical advice and safe practices to continue containing COVID.""The fact is, Texas now has the tools and knowledge to combat COVID while also allowing Texans and small businesses to make their own decisions," she said in a statement.
COVID is completely over," Abbott told CNBC Thursday morning, attacking Democrats for "moving the goalposts" about when he can and can't reopen. There are currently five COVID-19 variants in the state and about 13.4 percent of Texans have been vaccinated with the first vaccine and 13.5 percent have tested positive. ICU occupancy rates in Texas are at 88 percent, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.
He also decided his line of assault would be "Fear Of Foreigners!" He even expanded it beyond the borders of Texas this time:
He's lying about the enforcement issue. His orders made mask wearing enforceable as a matter of law. That was a big issue when this started. All he's done is shift the burden to business, while telling people they don't have to wear masks if they don't want to. If he wanted to maintain the status quo, and there was no enforcement issue before his announcement, why make the announcement? As for scary immigrants spreading disease (could he be more racist and xenophobic?), Gov. Absent remains....absent:
"The Biden administration must stop importing Covid into our country, that is a Neanderthal approach," @GregAbbott_TX says. He explains why lifting restrictions might seem like a big deal to people in New York, but "it's not that transformative." https://t.co/ophUkI79Gl pic.twitter.com/stPC615hlq— CNBC (@CNBC) March 4, 2021
DHS has already set plans in motion to use Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to support community efforts to test, isolate and quarantine migrants released from Border Patrol custody, the official told CNN. But the grant money needs to be approved by the state before it can be distributed to border communities. CNN previously reported plans were underway to use FEMA funds to help localities acquire tests.As of Wednesday, Texas had not yet provided a response to the administration since engaging with the Department of Homeland Security.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to Gov. Greg Abbott's false claim that Biden is importing COVID into Texas, "We are about facts around here, that is not factual." Psaki also said that Texas is supposed to be testing migrants for COVID. pic.twitter.com/Gh9mbgmCtc— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 4, 2021
...and replace it with the cold laughter of irony.
To be super clear the Seuss estate announced they themselves had decided to stop actively publishing certain books.— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 4, 2021
The Fox lemmings immediately spun this into government censorship and are now defiantly sending truckfuls of cash to the very company that made the decision. https://t.co/wL7MLRIbXX
Pictures of frozen water pipes? Long lines of cars waiting for food and bottled water? Stories of people still without plumbing? The complete “failed state” image of Texas thanks to Abbott and the GOP being in charge for decades?
The absence of virtue - across the board - in Trump’s MAGA/GOP remains hard to comprehend.— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) March 4, 2021
It is close to a collective madness now. As others have said it is now longer a political party as we know them - just folks saying crazy shit on TV. https://t.co/mCQy71A7lu
This is not a serious political party. By global standards, and the standards of basic logic and common sense, it’s an embarrassment to mainstream conservative political parties. https://t.co/vGABscj0oH— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 4, 2021
Two sources is verification!
This is a broad parody account and I will not be convinced otherwise https://t.co/9YLF0yODNj— Marc Channick (@Sorry_What_Now) March 4, 2021
New: UT football players were told in a meeting with athletic officials they must stay on the field for the Eyes of Texas going forward b/c donors were upset.https://t.co/9ZZbeGa5gL— Kate McGee (@McGeeReports) March 3, 2021
NEW: UT-Austin football players say they were forced to stay on the field for "The Eyes of Texas" song to appease angry donors and fans. https://t.co/xwV9CFMLOR— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 3, 2021
The funny part of this is watching everybody in the chain passing the blame to somebody else. Football players push back by blaming the athletic officials, athletic officials blame donors, and one donor thinks he's got the clout to block any football player from ever working in Texas again.
Texas players also said an athletic official told them he received emails from alumni threatening their future job prospects in TX.— Kate McGee (@McGeeReports) March 3, 2021
Former Longhorn Caden Sterns tweeted earlier that alumni said players should look for jobs outside of TX if they didn’t participate in the Eyes.” pic.twitter.com/9UhtQf9ABc
Gov. Absent washes his hands of the matter:
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Texas made a "big mistake" by removing its statewide mask mandate and suggested the decision reflected "Neanderthal thinking." https://t.co/f5OsvQrt6x pic.twitter.com/gXAXFiSb9A— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 3, 2021
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Today, on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates reading and also our mission of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship.We are committed to action. To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families.
I don't know; I just thought that was important to note.
I still don't care about this "issue," except now my Jr. Senator has weighed in on it because actually representing the interests and concerns of the people of Texas who are facing new strains of coronavirus (here in Houston, Ted! Better run to Mexico again!), outrageous electricity bills, and still no water for many (mostly apartment tenants so screw them, right Ted?) is so boooring, or something. Besides, it's not affecting his daughters, so what does he care?Once again, all he really did was prove he should stay off Twitter.
Sharp eyes will note, of the titles Dr. Seuss Enterprises has chosen not to republish or license, absolutely....NONE...are captured in his tweet.
Who knew Joe Biden was such a great book seller. pic.twitter.com/7SNmUOQGaB— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 3, 2021
That's what Gov. Absent wanted everyone to know yesterday. But that's not what he announced. And the interesting thing is: who was listening, and what did they hear?
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
This is what I'm concerned about, largely. Sort of like Alamo limiting audience size both to protect their patrons, but also to protect their employees (waiters bringing food to moviegoers, mostly). I read that HEB, the grocery chain where I shop, won't force customers to wear masks after Wednesday. I don't blame them; they can't post police at the doors and tell people to put on a mask or leave (Alamo can control their patrons a bit better). But I also don't see them telling workers to remove their masks nor will they start taking down all the plexiglass. I suspect most stores will do the same. It's not much, but it's something. Will Texans suddenly scrap their masks and declare their freedom from public health tyranny? I'm not seeing much impetus to do that 24 hours after Abbott declared the year of jubilee. It could be this will take time. I expect more maskless people in stores starting next week, but I don't expect a massive outpouring of support for our governor. Mostly I fear the apathy of voters who decide it doesn't make any difference, chowderheaded neanderthal Republicans are in charge and always will be and since we don't have Beto to vote for (charisma counts for something, Beto is what we've got at the moment), why bother at all?
I feel so bad for cashiers having to deal with those selfish anti-mask arses.— Dan Sandler (@Danielsand) March 3, 2021
The lady I saw the other day wore hers around her neck and just had this smug “say something” smile to the cashier.
She smiled at every employee she passed, clearly wanting them to interact with her
I just heard some major chains in Texas will still require customers to wear masks, and retail workers are being included now in groups who get priority for vaccines. Still, I think more of us in Texas agree with Biden than with Gov. Absent. (Twitter sez "#neanderthal" is trending in Politics. 😂)
Just out of the Oval. Biden calls Texas and Mississippi decisions to end mask mandates “a big mistake.”— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 3, 2021
Criticized “neanderthal thinking.”
Stunning-> DC's National Guard Commander told members of Congress that he had the authority to mobilize troops to respond to a civil disturbance... until the guidance changed the day before the insurrection.— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) March 3, 2021
via/ @OrenCNN @ZcohenCNN & @ellieckaufman https://t.co/DnRfYb6wwC
The commanding general of the Washington, DC, National Guard testified Wednesday that he did not need authorization from Pentagon leaders before deploying troops in response to protests at the nation's capital last summer but that changed in the days before the January 6 insurrection.
The shift in guidance, according to DC National Guard Commanding Maj. Gen. William Walker, was communicated in a January 5 memo that stated he was required to seek approval from the Secretary of the Army and Defense before preparing troops to respond to a civil disturbance.
"It required me to seek authorization from the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of Defense to essentially protect my guardsmen," he told senators during a hearing on security failures related to the Capitol building attack.
Oh, that's not all:
I mean, what other explanation could there be?
Former President Trump's Defense Department did not approve the D.C. National Guard's request to intervene in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol for several hours after the initial request was made, the commanding general testified.— Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) March 3, 2021
But then I read this post on the way here, and I want to incorporate it by reference (as I used to say when I was a practicing lawyer). It provides a more nuanced examination of the issue. And while nuance doesn't play well in public discussions, it's desperately needed here.
David Shor: “We’ve ended up in a situation where white liberals are more left wing than Black and Hispanic Democrats on pretty much every issue: taxes, health care, policing, and even on racial issues or various measures of ‘racial resentment.’” https://t.co/lPi6ugflo7— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) March 3, 2021
But see U.S. Const. art. I, § 4: “but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.”— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) March 3, 2021
Pence is affirmatively misrepresenting what the Constitution literally says. But what else is new... https://t.co/1V0di4Q1ii
But everybody knows Trump will be sworn in as the 19th President on March 4, 2021. Right after they arrest the Pope and a bunch of other international scofflaws, which arrests Trump is coordinating from Florida with the help of the military.
“I pledged to ensure that a process over which I had absolutely no control could go forward.”— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) March 3, 2021
Yeah, you really went out on a limb there, Mr. Vice President. Also, Article I, Section Four of the Constitution expressly gives Congress the power to regulate federal elections. https://t.co/fZteI2sgMO
Americans becoming independents, rejecting both parties, is a GOOD thing. It's only "very dangerous for democracy" if we continue to enshrine party power in our elections systems. That's why we should all embrace reforms like eliminating partisan primaries, ranked-choice voting. https://t.co/4sqNmXQIuJ— Lucy Caldwell (@lucymcaldwell) March 2, 2021
Let me be blunt:
CRUZ to MERRICK GARLAND: "What are your thoughts on what is called “cancel culture”? Is “cancel culture,” as you understand it, consistent with the values of free speech?"— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) March 2, 2021
GARLAND RESPONSE: "I do not have an understanding of the meaning of the term sufficient to comment." pic.twitter.com/7y3DYJIFHl
This is just beyond stupid 👉 https://t.co/ZR4AlvTWqy— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 3, 2021
No evidence for the widespread right-wing lie that Antifa members disguised themselves as Trump supporters for the riot...but the feds have just charged a Trump supporter who allegedly said he was disguising himself as an Antifa member. From @murphy: https://t.co/uP4ilAIHtt— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 2, 2021
I purposefully stayed away from the "Dr. Seuss" outrage yesterday, because I didn't care, and because I feared I’d find something in the story to piss me off (spoiler: it didn’t), and who needs the grief?
Fox News's absurd wall-to-wall coverage of Dr. Seuss's fake "cancelation" is like an SNL skit come to life https://t.co/EUUYbTmNbO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 2, 2021
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
and I won't even propose legislation to fix our electricity crisis. I won't do a goddamned thing to make Texas look any less like a failed state or a third-world nation than it already does, but I will throw a bone to my rabid GOP base and try to get Alan West off my back. No water, no food, no money? Look over there, the bars are open!”
TEXAS—“I’m issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders.”@GovAbbott orders 100% of businesses in #Texas open and ends statewide mask mandate starting next Wednesday, March 10. pic.twitter.com/uALxx9cSjF— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) March 2, 2021
The only people in Texas who matter: white, Republican, and very conservative.
Data suggesting how Gov. Abbott's lifting of #COVID19 measures in order to "open Texas" will land with target audiences.— Jim Henson (@jamesrhenson) March 2, 2021
Texas views of controlling the spread of the virus vs. helping the economy (February 2021 @UTAustin / @TexasTribune Poll) https://t.co/K0IFzl01rb #Txlege pic.twitter.com/oCecwVhiTY
The ending of Texas' statewide mask mandate comes as:— Sarah Glen (@saraheglen) March 2, 2021
- Texas has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.
- That number is likely an undercount because of last month's winter storm.
More context from @TexasTribune: https://t.co/llIpe1DNZX #txlege
According to the latest @TexasTribune polling:— Sarah Glen (@saraheglen) March 2, 2021
- 88% of Texas voters said they’re wearing masks when in close contact with people outside of their households.
- That group includes 98% of Democrats and 81% of Republicans. https://t.co/oNqL6NAN7o
I'm not taking mine off. In fact, I scheduled my first vaccine shot this morning, and the information provided explicitly said I should continue wearing a mask/social distancing even after the vaccine is effective (no earlier than 7 days after the second shot). I’m not going to a restaurant or any crowded indoor space anytime soon. I count myself among the 88% who aren’t nearly as stupid or irresponsible as our governor.
The absence of statewide restrictions should not be a signal to Texans to stop wearing masks, social distancing or doing other things to keep the virus from spreading, said Dr. John Carlo a member of the Texas Medical Association’s COVID-19 task force. https://t.co/bio8dbohdq— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) March 2, 2021
When Gov. Greg Abbott announced a statewide mask mandate, I was on a reporting trip to Houston.— David Gura (@davidgura) March 2, 2021
On that Thursday, July 2nd, there were 7,434 new #COVID19 cases in #Texas, and 44 deaths.
Yesterday, there were 8,140 cases and 129 deaths.
I'm willing to bet all I have that when cases rise again, and deaths, Abbott will blame people for going to bars (he did it once before) and people not getting vaccinated fast enough. Anything to disavow responsibility.
Hi, ICU nurse here in Austin. So disgusted & sick to my stomach over this news. Less than 20% of the state has been vaccinated and we are just barely starting to get relief in the hospitals from Covid surges. This is absolutely too early to lift restrictions.— Elizabeth Wilks (@IzabethJD) March 2, 2021
Trump's grievances at CPAC were all about Trump. He got most excited about his election failure, which he still claims was atually a win. How much longer does that story travel? Two more months? Six? Until March 4? March 20? Not until 2024, to be sure.
In the short run, Trump's CPAC appearance reestablishes himself as a force within the Republican Party, @HenryOlsenEPPC writes.— Washington Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) March 2, 2021
In the long run, however, it might come to be seen as his high-water mark rather than the start of a Trumpian tidal wave: https://t.co/4iIxO7j83Y
I grew up reading Dr. Seuss. Then again, I’m old enough to get the COVID vaccine based on age alone. My daughter? She read some of them, but they are hardly her childhood favorites (I still remember “On Beyond Zebra” as a favorite of mine. I understand it won’t be republished, but I’m not especially upset about that. I can’t imagine who is.). The Muppets? Disney just put disclaimers on some of the episodes it runs on Disney+. More to the point, who’s watching “The Muppet Show” anymore, and turning that into a political issue? As SNL said, doesn’t the idea of a warning make you want to watch those episodes to see what the “problem” is? I’m reminded of when Jerry Falwell said Bert and Ernie were gay (and trying to mainstream the “gay lifestyle”). That didn’t last very long, either. Mr. Potato Head? Already history.
Focused like a laser on the things that are important to the American people https://t.co/CaM29l8NQO— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) March 2, 2021
Monday, March 01, 2021
No idea who Debra Katz is, but I assume she's competent and experienced and will represent her client well.
Debra Katz is repping the second Cuomo accuser > https://t.co/vprI0Q0EEG— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 1, 2021
It’s March 1, 2021 and most of us still have no idea who is actually running the Biden White House.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 1, 2021
Not to mention the whole "The REAL Presidential Inauguration is March 4/March 20 (pick your date, ya know) and Trump will be there" theory.
QAnon supporters think Biden is a robot who wears a face mask to cover up his malfunctioning mouth: CNN https://t.co/jKaobB5xd5— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 1, 2021
This is the tweet I meant to post about the “deep bench” of the GOP as exemplified by the straw poll at CPAC. Too many tweets in a post spoils the broth; or something. Anyway, with Trump complaining about voting (a strategy which worked well in Georgia) and continuing to whine he lost (good strategy for fundraising, by which I mean the greatest grift Trump ever stumbled on; lousy strategy for a politician), this is the GOP second string (I really don’t think, if it wasn’t clear, that Trump will run in 2024. He needs the grift. He’s also about to be knee-deep in criminal and civil suits. And his shtick is already old and threadbare. If won’t continue to generate outrage and political power for him into the future. He struck a chord once; he won’t strike it again.)
#CPAC2021 poll w/o Trump— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 28, 2021
Ron DeSantis: 43%
Kristi Noem: 11%
Don Jr: 8%
Mike Pompeo: 7%
Ted Cruz: 7%
Tucker Carlson: 3%
Josh Hawley: 3%
Nikki Haley: 3%
Rand Paul: 2%
... and Mike Pence: 1%
But everyone who's ever watched TV knows an ad campaign runs out of of juice eventually. You can't run the same pitch for four years. Trump's grievance/"I was robbed" message won't play much longer.
Trump's decades as a real-estate salesman in New York trained him to try out sales pitches and refine them over time.— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 1, 2021
So here's how his patter about the attempted insurrection is shaping up. https://t.co/XFu3VGmJlY
BREAKING: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty by a Paris court of corruption after he offered to pull strings to help a magistrate land a prestigious job in return for a favor https://t.co/WvVwGiLBKo pic.twitter.com/iMxO1IX37e— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) March 1, 2021
Spain's Juan Carlos I, who served his country in its hour of need better than Trump ever did anything in his life, still faced process of law for corruption https://t.co/AirlWyUgGE— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 1, 2021
It can happen here.
si / oui / yes https://t.co/7s3Xxaf6bY— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 1, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
He looks, but he does not see.
Former President Donald Trump looks at himself in a mirror, held by an aide, before walking out to speak at CPAC in Orlando on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/1LsSVcziZO— Erin Schaff (@erinschaff) February 28, 2021
I don't even want to post videos of the speech. So I’ll tell the tale in tweets.
Trump's CPAC speech is every bit as incendiary as his January 6 speech just before the insurrection. He's pushing the same lies about the election.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
I'm guessing that didn't work out so well, if only because his speech ran for 90 minutes.
Trump aides have a list of topics they hope the 'all over the place' ex-president will keep to himself in CPAC speech https://t.co/ePjyveKPEu— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 28, 2021
Or because of what he said:
Trump ditched the traditional end of his rally speech and is no longer doing the "we will make America great again" bit. His CPAC address is finally over after about 90 minutes. pic.twitter.com/UVVwHZLtsL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
So much unity!
Trump doing the hit list of those who voted for impeachment, each R by name, at the end. "Of course the warmonger, a person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that?" Trump praises WY state GOP for censuring her. "Get rid of them all," he says.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 28, 2021
Here's a new idea! Let's unify against somebody!
Extended riff from Trump mocking trans women in women's sports.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 28, 2021
Math is hard, since he's never won the popular vote and he only won the electoral college once. And how will be pull off this fake three-peat?
'I may decide to beat them for a third time': Trump maintains he won in 2020 and teases a 2024 runhttps://t.co/OkGmOUFFuu— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 28, 2021
Not that he actually promised anything:
They can't win unless they cheat— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 28, 2021
Trump demands end to vote-by-mail, early voting and 'other abuses' so Republicans 'can win' againhttps://t.co/QPEfF8zv25
Grifters gotta grift.
Trump is teasing he'll run again in 2024 but not committing to anything pic.twitter.com/xOJdUEr7aW— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
Unity! Well, for me, but not for thee.
I think the takeaway here is not just the direct ask but more the idea that other groups asking should * not * get money if they want it connected to Trump. Notable for a few reasons, but one of which is the RNC. https://t.co/0BkZ4uoknK— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 28, 2021
'These are the truest Trump believers': Karl Rove mocks Trump for 'losing strength' in CPAC pollhttps://t.co/IRBAuTWMrG— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 28, 2021
SO SAY WE ALL! (even a lot of people at CPAC)
It still remains deeply unfathomable that this extraordinary country ever elected that buffoon as President.— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) February 28, 2021