That’s How They Get Ya’

Texas is ranked 50th in ease of voting.  Now, in an attempt to hold on to power (because they know they can not win on a level playing field), Republicans want to make it harder for Texans to vote.  Well, they want to make it harder for those who are poor, disabled, and most of all, not white.

Texans already had plenty of obstacles to overcome in order to vote.  Texans can not register to vote online. (What century is this?)  Last year, many polling places were closed (during a pandemic, when social distancing was necessary) to make it harder for Texans to vote.  Most of those polling places, no surprise, were in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.  Drop-off ballot boxes were removed.  

For those who did manage to obtain a ballot, there was one more dirty trick. Straight-party voting was no longer possible. Republicans didn’t want down-ballot candidates to be impacted by votes against you-know-who.  

The line moved very quickly when I voted. Outside of my polling place was one small sign, amidst those for candidates, reminding voters not to stop at their vote for POTUS.   They did stop there, it seems.  That is why John Cornyn still has a job.  The combined vote for both presidential candidates was higher than those for senatorial candidates. Straight-party voting would’ve given us another Dem in the Senate.   

Now, Texas Senate Bill (or as it should be known, Republican BS7) would make it even harder to vote.     Drive-thru voting would be prohibited. In order to vote by mail, you would need to prove a disability.  That means that the disabled, including veterans who may have PTSD and can not function in certain environments, will have to prove they deserve a mail-in ballot.  It would also limit early voting.   

There is no end to the conniving Republicans will do to stay in power.  That’s how they get ya’.


73 thoughts on “That’s How They Get Ya’”

  1. clues as to how we came to lose more american lives in one year than in most wars we ever fought and who was the enemy (hint hint: “they” = drumpf and only drumpf)

    the hill:

    CNN’s Sanjay Gupta asked Fauci in a CNN Special Report whether he and Birx had “a strategy” to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, asking if one of them was the “good cop,” while the other was the “bad cop.” 
    Fauci responded. “She was the good cop.”
    “They referred to me as I often say as the skunk at the picnic because whenever they would say things were great, I would say … I don’t really think so,” Fauci continued. 
    But the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) acknowledged that it was “easy for me to say that out loud” because of his support at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fauci said Birx “had a much more difficult situation.”
    “She had an office right there in the west wing,” Fauci said. “So I am very, very reluctant to condemn anything that – even though there are people who feel that she should have pushed more, she probably should have.”
    “But boy, she did a lot of good,” he added. “She knocked herself out getting up at 3 o’clock in the morning putting that data together presenting it every day.”
    Gupta interviewed both Fauci and Birx, as well as other federal health officials, on the U.S.’s pandemic response last year under the Trump administration.


    for more from other docs click on

    Live: CNN’s Covid-19 pandemic doctors special 

    Pandemic doctors speak out

  2. Since 43 states have pushed forward voter suppression laws, it seems that 43 would like to succeed from our union as it now stands. Since succession isn’t possible, they are trying to make over the country in their chosen image.   This is what a civil war looks like in the 21st Century.


    “Still, vaccines remain in short supply, and it is difficult to secure an appointment to get vaccinated. The process often involves refreshing webpages over and over and trying to grab an appointment before they fill up — often in seconds. For Texans who do not have access to transportation or the ability to navigate technology, signing up for a vaccine appointment is nearly impossible.“

  4. If any state wants to prohibit voting on Sunday, they need to make sure stores are closed, too.  When I moved here, there was a blue law in Texas.  Only grocery stores and pharmacies were open on Sunday, and they were closed until noon, if I remember correctly.  They were losing a lot money and that changed.

    Of course, now folks shop online, and because of covid (and some before) watch church on TV or online.  Hmmm.  Maybe all stated should be able to register online.  Maybe, just maybe, we should even be able to vote online.   We should definitely vote on Sundays.  

  5. BID, your memory is probably right. It certainly is consistent with the blue laws in Alabama until some counties allowed stores to open on Sundays and alcohol sales to occur. For example, example, in Greene County, alcohol sales are allowed on Sundays but only at the dog tracks and alcohol can be sold but not between 2AM and noon on Sunday.  Couple of SCOTUS cases allowed blue laws, but businesses pressured county and local governments to lift the restrictions against stores opening and alcohol sales on Sunday. And dog tracks were always allowed to be open and gambling to occur on Sundays as I recall. 

  6. There were a lot of completely dry counties, too.  Some only changed within the last, ten years.  The way around it was to buy a membership to the bar or restaurant…and they repaid the cost of the membership by giving you the first drink for free.  It’s not the word “God” on that money they care about, it’s the money itself.  See, also sales tax.  

    A lot of non-denominational churches have services on Saturday.  Many have service late on Sunday evening.  Wouldn’t want to get in the way of golf or what have you. 

  7. BiD, maybe there’s a group like this in TX that might help.  this PA story ran yesterday

    Group of “COVID Vaccine Angels” helping seniors schedule appointments | ABC27


    While most people are sleeping, she’s on her laptop booking appointments.

    It started as a quest to find her parents in Perry County a vaccine.

    “You’re kind of at the mercy of this system that really is not conducive to the age group and demographic that really need this vaccine,” Mumma said.

    Then Mumma joined a group of six other people who call themselves the COVID Vaccine Angels, finding people appointments across the country.

    “We’ve had people in New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey which was a challenge, New York probably the worst,” Mumma said.

    Alone, she’s helped 371 people, usually searching between midnight and 2 a.m.

    “Some doctors have actually gotten some of our names and they have patients that have hit a wall,” Mumma said. “They’re older, they maybe don’t have an email address or a cell phone number, which is the majority of people that we help.”


    The whole group of seven angels has scheduled about a thousand appointments. One of them is a 75-year-old woman using just an iPad.

    “Most of us have multiple servers, multiple tabs and there she is clicking away with one finger,” Mumma said.


  8. The churches are killing christianity.
    I can dig it.

    Neetch predicted this over a hundred years back, just took a bit longer than he thought it would.

  9. having lived in states with blue laws most of my life, i was really surprised when i moved to KY – the proud home of bourbon, horse-racing, tobacco and allegedly best/most cannabis grown anywhere – where all such sins seem state-sponsored (well, not the MJ yet) and even advertised/promoted/pushed by the commonwealth.   a culture shock for sure.

  10. With all the discussion over eliminating the filibuster, maybe it is time to consider “uncapping” the House of representatives.  If the House actually represented their populations there would be many more Representatives than the 435 that now exist since 1929.  That could be an unmanageable number if brought up to date but it would solve two problems.

    There would be more representatives to serve the populations of many states and it would bring the Electoral College in line with the actual number of voters.  Of course this is opposed by the more rural/low population states 

    How Your State Gets Its Seats


  11. I’m not a senior and I’m not a shut-in, I just don’t drive on highways, but thank you. It’ll show up in my area eventually.

  12. Craig- The way around it would be to get folks near the polling place.  Just organize rides/ride share.    Isn’t that age discrimination?  In some cases, wouldn’t it be a violation of the People With Disabilities Act?

    Hear that sound? It’s the sound of lawsuits getting ready to be filed.

  13. I am starting to feel incredibly lucky to be living in WA.  We rank #2 on ease to register and are next door (Oregon) to State #2.  Once registered, all voting is by mail or placing in drop off boxes that are located in very convenient places.


  14. Here in NH, one can register at the polls and then vote.  However, the Republicans instituted a voter ID law.  And they’ve made it impossible for kids going to college here from out of state and living here temporarily to vote.  They also took away straight party voting.  Now the bastards are working on a bill to make it much harder to get an absentee ballot.
    This state used to be considered one of the best states in which to vote….   not so much anymore.

  15. I remember when I first moved to Texas about 10 years ago I found it amazing that the state kept elections secret.  Everywhere else I lived you received election notices, sample ballots, maps to polling places, etc.  In Texas – NOTHING.  Total secret.  You have to hunt for the information on where to vote.  And, they change polling places every so often.  Only the dedicated Republican can keep up with where and when to vote.

  16. wonder how fauci’s comments about pence will be taken by the maga world.  they’ll now be planning to build a bigger gallows than they did jan 6th no doubt. 

    the interview cleared up for me why i kept hearing very strident & clear alarms from dr. debbie about the impending disaster and vital necessity to mask & close down gatherings when she was out on the hustings than from the subdued remarks she made in White House pressers.  fauci corroborated her account about being censored & forbidden from any such comments made on national basis. 

  17. What In Tarnation Are Texas Power Companies Hiding?

    Getting to the bottom of last month’s deadly Texas blackouts will take time and careful research. But the state’s grid operator is making it tough to get answers.
    Local Houston station KHOU reported last week that “numerous” requests for information on the Texas blackout crisis that media companies filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, have been repeatedly blocked as power companies claim that the information is too sensitive to be made public.
    Among the information requested by media companies, KHOU reported, was more context on companies’ weatherization plans. Following a 2011 deep freeze that caused another, smaller power crisis, regulators told utilities that they should weatherize their grid—but didn’t really check to see if anyone had followed their instructions(which, to be clear, were voluntary). As February’s crisis made clear, it sure seems like power companies didn’t take them up on the advice.

  18. Jennifer Rubin says Biden’s infrastructure bill should be a no-brainer.  


    Infrastructure tends to be overwhelmingly popular because it is visible and — pardon the pun — concrete. Whether you drive or take public transportation, the crumbling infrastructure has real-world effects on average Americans. For that reason, it is one of the few domestic policy initiatives that garner support in Congress from Republicans, at least in theory.
    Axios reports that economists are bullish on the plan: S&P Global “predicts Biden’s infrastructure plan will create 2.3 million jobs by 2024, inject $5.7 trillion into the economy — which would be 10 times what was lost during the recession — and raise per-capita income by $2,400.” (No plan has been released so this is apparently based on a guess about what might be included in the plan.)


    Well, yeah, but then again wearing a mask and keeping a little distance from others to help prevent the spread of an airborne virus should also be a no-brainer, and is to everyone except Republicants and anti-vaxxers.

  19. What’s Joe to do?  AP on border “crisis”.

    November 19, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019.

    Mark Morgan, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said deteriorating economic conditions were driving more people to come to the United States.

    There have also been large numbers of repeat crossers since March, when U.S. authorities began expelling people entering the county illegally under pandemic-related authority without an opportunity to seek asylum. Mexicans and many Central Americans are sent back to Mexico, the vast majority within two hours.

    Recidivism rates — or the percentage of people caught who had tried at least once in the previous year — was 37% across the border for those expelled from March through September, according to CBP. Many were Mexican adults traveling alone.

    Morgan told reporters that border authorities had more than 69,000 encounters in October, up from 57,674 in September and 45,139 in October 2019. It was the highest level since 81,777 in July 2019 during a surge of Central American asylum-seekers.

    The numbers offer a likely scenario of what President-elect Joe Biden will inherit upon taking office in January.


    So when your RW “friends” blame the border crisis on Joe, you might remind them that it started 3 months before he was elected and 5 1/2 months before Dumbass admitted he was elected.  Look, border surges are a problem that recur and have done so over the years for the last 2-3 decades based upon economic and social conditions south of the border and is largely outside any president’s control. THIS one however started with the Dumbass administration and now Joe has to try and deal with it. At least he’s attempting to show some humanity in how kids at the boreder are treated, unlike Dumbass and his idiot prior AG, Jeff “What me Worry” Sessions.

  20. The border crossings are seasonal. Folks have to come before the heat kicks in.  And, as OM said, the hurricanes have many leaving with nothing left behind.

    It’s going to take diplomacy to stem the tide.  It’s also going to take a reason for  desperate folks  not to make the trip.   It’s not like they all actually want to leave home.  

    Private investment in Central America and Mexico would give them jobs.  Making stuff closer to home would also be a burr under China’s saddle. 

  21. I saw a dirty little 15 year-old girl  from Guatemala tell CBS news that both of her parents  were sick back home and she came North to work & send money back home. 
    It took her 16 days to make the trip alone. 
    We are a very long way from that ride down that sliding  guilted staircase .

  22. It’s why my great-grandma  came here from Denmark.  She was living on a welfare farm and had nothing.  One person got enough together to get here, made some money and sent for someone else, then for her sister, then for her.  Chain migration. 


    “SB 3 would require all power generators, transmission lines, natural gas facilities and pipelines to make upgrades for extreme weather — a process known as weatherization.”

    “Experts say the process of retrofitting the state’s power plants for winter could be difficult and costly, but not impossible, depending on the types of upgrades eventually mandated by regulators.”

    I’d like to see how much it will cost to weatherization v what that amount invested in green energy would get us.

  24. OM – It’s possible that the details have to be kept secret so that anyone with the mind to mess things up doesn’t have the intel to shut us down intentionally.

  25. The trial has begun , viewed by the entire world.  And that on it’s face is good. 
    But I fear the salt ,  that this will spread on raw wounds. 
    The defense –
    George Floyd  was a “slut” and was wearing a sexy outfit. 

  26. Blue –
    They are mum for one reason , their myth that government can set guidelines , and that the private sector  will do the right thing . 
    That idea is dead as Alexander Hamilton. 
    And when we’re talking about power , we have just seen the cost  of this idea. 

  27. Yes, OM, that’s why they are allowing information from a 2019 interaction between George Floyd and the police into evidence at the trial.  
    We all saw the man on his belly, with officers pinning him down, and, one with his damned knee on his neck for 9 minutes.  We all heard him pleading with them and crying for his mother until he lost consciousness from being asphyxiated.  
    What happened at a prior event has no damned business in this trial.   What happened in 2019 is not the reason George Floyd is dead.

  28. “The Butterfly Effect”  –
    It not only effects over distance, but even more profound. Over time.
    In early 30’s Hurst owned forests to make newsprint  , hemp newsprint  was large threat to his model. 
    It was a 2 for 1 ,  outlaw weed , and lock up all those jazz guys & Mexicans.  
    “Reefer Madness”, had the Hurst fingerprints all over it. 
    From that time to now.  We exported our demand for drugs  to the South. 
    MS-13  was not born in El Salvador,  is was born in the barrios of East LA.
    Now, imagine that Hemp was not a threat the Hurst Corporation. 
    Some Butterflies  have very large wings. 

  29. 1972 –
    Let’s go to Peru , it was still all “good fun”.
    “I wish I had another nostrule in my Forehead” 
    In a letter from that country .


  30. If it’s a federal, national election the voting rules/laws should be the same for ALL states and set by Dems following one person one vote and increase the ease of voting.
    Watched and listened to the beginning of Chauvin’s trial. The video is more sickening than I remembered.
    I want someone to ask Chauvin how it FELT during those nine, casual  minutes.  And then ask him if it felt good?  did he get a hard on? Did it make him feel strong and omnipotent?  
    I read the first chapter of 
    “America: The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges.  It’s dense packed with notions.  I was disturbed before I read it.  Now I’m disheartened.
    Tejas beware of Dan Rodimer.  An import,  All hat & no cattle.  A repube, of course.  An accent as phoney as John Kennedy’s twang. 
    America: The Farewell Tour: 

  31. Dancing –
    What a strange thing to do.  In our everyday lives , none of us burst into song, and  lifts  98 lb. woman over our heads. 
    At this point , I should say I danced my young life away. 
    And I loved every second of it.

    Oh wait ! I remember why we dance! 

  32. Excellent post BID
    What is wrong with someone who says you cannot distribute water to people standing in line for hours in the hot sun
    what’s next bring back the poll tax

  33. he says they lied so what they said must be true.  5 years have taught us.


    “Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said. “They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine — putting millions of lives at risk.”

    Trump’s statement amounted to a point-by-point rebuttal of comments from Fauci and Birx in a CNN documentary that aired Sunday, which featured former Trump health officials, some of whom were critical of the former president.Fauci said the decision “to go all out and develop a vaccine” was “the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute,” referring to his role at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The agency’s vaccine research center helped develop a key component of ultimately successful shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.

    But Fauci’s characterization drew Trump’s ire…..


    Fauci also told CNN that Trump’s social media use ran counter to what the administration’s response should have been. Birx also criticized the inconsistent messaging from the federal government as “fault number one.”

    “The thing that hit me like a punch to the chest was then all of a sudden he got up and says, ‘Liberate Virginia, liberate Michigan,’ and I said to myself, ‘Oh my goodness, what is going on here?’” Fauci told CNN, referring to a series of Trump tweets. “It shocked me because it was such a jolt to what we were trying to do.”

    In his statement, Trump labeled Fauci as “the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible,” while adding that he ignored the recommendations of both Fauci and Birx.


    “Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice,” Trump said in his statement.

    In the interview that aired Sunday, Birx also spoke about a phone call she received from Trump after speaking publicly on CNN in August about the spread of Covid-19.


    Trump denied that there was a “very difficult” phone call, and criticized Birx for her policies, which he said “would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression.”

    “Time has proven me correct,” he said. “I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the U.S. government for so long — they are like a bad habit!”

  34. A word about Texas –
    I had to sleep on a carpet in Mesquite, Texas  in a house with no fans , no AC ,  in a chain of 3 Texas summers. 
    We were seeing  “Aunt Russy, and Mammy ” .
     My mother’s spinster aunt , and her mother. 
    I was  7 . 
    Mammy had crossed  the Red River  in a wagon as a baby . 
    Not Blue Blood  Alamo  genes , but good enough . 
    The lighting bugs were amazing back then, thick in that  wet summer air. 
    Mesquite,  had a snow cone stand  “downtown”  back then , it was the only thing wake at 7PM. 
    “Aunt Russy, and Mammy ”  lived about 400 yards from that snow cone stand. 
    Then Dallas ate “Aunt Russy, and Mammy ” , and  that snow cone stand  in Mesquite, Texas .  

  35. OM – I know I’ve seen that video before but how long has it been up to get all of those views?
    By the way, your St. Vincent is gonna be on SNL this weekend.

  36. My mother  gave a love of our past  like no other .
    At 71 , I am so glad  as a 7 year – old , I had to sleep on a pallet of blankets. 
    When she moved up in the world  , and had time she was big time in her field. 
    She undated a book the Torrian Family , I have these boys genes .
    The story  of why  2 brothers  fled their home  North of Lake Como in the  1730’s.
    It is a TV Movie !
    It makes walking to America  seem simple. 

  37. Ha! The first time I saw that video of “Man of Constant Sorrow,” I thought it was gonna be a  Tennessee Ernie Ford biopic.  That’s who the normally dreamy-looking, Mr. Clooney looked like to me with that dark hair and mustache. 

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