Memorial Day Ribs 2017

I cooked ribs again this year, but the level of enthusiasm was really low: I didn’t cook them until Memorial Day Monday and no one suggested/volunteered sides.

I bought 2 packs seasoned – “Kansas Style” seasoning – in the bag ribs. I cooked them in the oven covered for 2 hours, then based with sauce and uncovered for 1 hour, then re-based and covered with sauce for 1 hour.

They came out great. So I think I found the secret.

I made store bought beans and frozen corn for sides.

Texas Voter ID Law: Federal Judge Says Law Intentionally Discriminates

Remember, this fight is far from over:

A federal judge ruled on Monday [April 10, 2017] that the voter identification law the Texas Legislature passed in 2011 was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, raising the possibility that the state’s election procedures could be put back under federal oversight. Source: NYTimes.com

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, had made a similar ruling in 2014, but after Texas appealed her decision, a federal appellate court instructed her to review the issue once more.

Then came the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which said Judge Ramos relied too much on Texas’ history of discriminatory voting and other “infirm” evidence.

Judge Ramos wrote the 5th District’s evidence “did not tip the scales” in favor of Texas.

Many southern states have fought the federal approval requirement for amending voting laws. Most of the issues were lifted when the Supreme Court decision in 2013 invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Source: NYTimes.com

And finally, something new:

With the ruling, two federal courts – in consecutive months – have found that Texas lawmakers knowingly discriminated against Latino and black voters in elections. In March, a three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled the Legislature illegally “packed” and “cracked” minority populations in certain districts while redrawing the state’s congressional map in 2011 – an effort to reduce their influence across Texas. Source: TexasTribune.com

Remember that phrase “packed and cracked” aka gerrymandering.

CSS Naked Day 2017 #cssnakedday

April 9, is designated CSS Naked Day. During this international day show off your naked websites by stripping the CSS. https://css-naked-day.github.io/

Happy 12th Blogiversary

Twelve years ago it all started with a definition of teamsiems zeitgeist. Happy 12th blogiversary!

Black Mask, Black Flag

RE: U.C. Berkeley Protests/Riots

Was the riot a black mask, black flag operation? I mean look, there’s a bunch of people covering their faces, rioting and causing destruction, for what? To cancel the meeting? or distract people from seeing what’s going on: Trump targeting a place to cut funds when they don’t comply. They couldn’t comply. It was a catch 22. Allow Milo to speak and risk death and destruction (after they whip the crowd into a frenzy), or cancel the event and risk (some uninspired) destruction; they chose  to cancel.

I have no doubt Steve Bannon could get a small group to riot, distract, and fain hate towards Trump, then Trump could use whatever excuse he wanted to target funding for anything; get public institutions to comply and you conquer the public. If this is the case, I agree with others, Donald your “slip is showing.”

Texas Voter ID Law: SCOTUS Won’t Hear It

This is the same law we keep hearing about. Texas is determined to have it decided one way or the other. In the last chapter of this saga I reported that the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that the Texas voter-identification law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, and ordered that temporary remedies be put in place by the November election.

On Monday (January 23), The Supreme Court rejected  the appeal from Texas officials seeking to restore the state’s voter ID law.

“Chief Justice Roberts made it very clear that the case will be an even stronger posture for Supreme Court review after further proceedings in lower courts,” Ken Paxton said in a statement. “Texas enacted a common sense voter ID law to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and we will continue to fight for the law.”

Source: New York Times.

So, we haven’t seen the end yet. Back to the lower courts (drawing board).

Let’s put a pin in that

I’m posting this here just so we remember his name. I have a feeling we’re going to hear more from him in the future.

Richard Spencer, white nationalist and creator of the term alt-right spoke in Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center on December 6. Source: TheBatt.com

While he was giving his speech the university was hosting an “Aggies United” event across the street. Some 400 people attended Spencer’s speech – most were protesters and most of the protesters weren’t students at A&M. Many more attended Aggies United.

Just weeks after the Texas A&M speech, Spencer is still in national headlines:

  • Spencer is considering race for Senate
  • His mom is target of hate
  • White supremacists targeting Jews in Montana (His mom lives in Whitefish, Montana)
  • Alt-right Plans Armed March Through Montana Town To Scare Jews

Happy 10th Annual Blue Beanie Day #bbd16

Today is the 10th annual Blue Beanie Day! #bbd16

Hail web standards!

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This year more than ever, Blue Beanie Day matters

 

Our Next President: Donald J. Trump

President Elect Donald Trump Today’s New York Times front page headline: “TRUMP TRIUMPHS Shocking Upset as Outsider Harnesses Voters’ Discontent.” The story’s headline echos the anti-establishment: Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment. Source: New York Times

So there it is. I really don’t know what to say. Some headlines talk about “election hangover” or “now what” so let’s review and see what just happened. (Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton.)

On June 16, 2015, Donald Trump officially announced that he was running for President of the United States. His campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Even from the beginning – from his first speech (he descended to the podium on an escalator in Trump Tower and mentioned Mexico sending rapists across the border) – controversy followed Donald, and he spewed hate-filled rhetoric.

On July 27, 2016, after the primaries, I wrote, the nominees have been chosen to represent their parties. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, and making waves as the 3rd (and 4th?) party nominees are Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein for the Green Party.

In the past 6 months – since the primaries began – there’s been scandals, mudslinging, and a healthy dose of much-to-do-about-nothing. History has again been made with the nomination of Hillary as the first female nominee of “a major political party” for president. (Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872.) WikiLeaks leaked over 30,000 emails from the DNC – they showed a preference toward Hillary and motives to eliminate Bernie Sanders from the nomination. (Russian hackers got into the email server.) Donald, meanwhile, has been saying some radical things: he would (possibly) eliminate the World Bank; get Mexico to pay for a wall along our border with them; (possibly) not support NATO countries that don’t pay their share; he wants to talk with Putin, …

Hillary and Donald had 4 debates, he lost them all. He was trailing – even just a little – in polls most of the race. He lost the popular vote by 200,000 votes. But, in the end, he won the electorate. They’re still counting votes, but as of now he has 51%. Hillary conceded Wednesday morning thus making Donald J. Trump our 45th president.

I forgot to mention that Donald’s Vice President is Mike Pence. Remember his name I think we’ll see more of him.

Hurricane Hermine

hermine09012016 She’s not a hurricane yet, but TS Hermine might become one before making landfall tonight. Florida’s west coast is expected to get 15+ inches of rain. Then the storm will move up the east coast over Labor Day weekend. Source: weather.com