From the beginning, he has claimed that the only way he can lose the election is if the system is rigged. In his rallies, he has told his followers to go check the voting places and do poll watching especially in places with high African-American population. Supposedly in some of these places people vote as many as ten times. Even dead people rise from their grave to cast a ballot. A lot of outrages accusations about voting irregularities have been made by Donald Trump. He has referred to the Second Amendment as a way to win the election. He does not say what he means, but we can imagine.
These suggestions by Trump have been made even though in many instances and states the actions are illegal and a violation of the Voting Rights Act and state laws regarding how elections are run. He has failed to tell his followers that they are individually responsible for obeying voting laws much like getting a traffic ticket when you are driving, you get the ticket, you pay the fine.
The United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County filed a complaint with the Department of Justice which is partially quoted:
Specifically, Direct Action Texas, headed by Aaron Harris, has attempted to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation with seniors and political activists exclusively from the Hispanic neighborhoods of North Side and Diamond Hill in Tarrant County, Texas. Direct Action Texas is a Tea Party-oriented organization consisting of primarily one individual named Aaron Harris. Mr. Harris has been known for his involvement as a conservative activist and campaign manager for a Tea Party Republican State Representative, Jonathan Stickland.
The Complaint continues:
The actions of the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton and of Aaron Harris should be properly viewed in light of the unceasing and well-documented hostility of many Texas Republicans to the voting rights of Hispanic Texans. The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature has long pursued legislation aimed at, or with the impact of, violating the voting rights of Hispanic Texans, in redistricting and most recently shown in the Texas Voter ID litigation (Texas NAACP v. Steen).
The actions are an affront to our Latino citizens of the State of Texas and a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Republicans and TEA Party like have governed Texas with impunity as if there were never going to be an end to Republican rule in Texas.
We urge all citizens to call Rufino Mendoza at 817 294 4993 or Alberto Govea at 817 797 4015 if anyone comes looking for information regarding how you voted. Take a picture of the person and the license plate number of the car. Do not get into any violent confrontation with anyone of these people. If they become violent call 911.
Yes. There will be a day when the chickens come home to roost.
Eighteen years ago, on November 18, 1978 long before many of those reading this article were born America woke up one morning to the nightmarish news that at Jonestown, Guyana, 918 people of a religious sect had committed suicide by drinking poisoned Kool Aid on the order of sect leader Jim Jones. This is not the only time that a religious sect has committed mass suicide just the most gruesome because it involved innocent children. There were pictures of parents with their children between them, all dead.
I have followed the election since Democrat and Republican candidates first announced their intention to seek the office of president of the United States. At the beginning two candidates stood out from the rest, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. They stood out because they brought their own following. Bernie brought the young educated crowd and Trump the young uneducated crowd. This is not to say that they did not have other followers, their campaign was based on appealing to a specific crowd. We could speculate that if Bernie Sanders had been a lifelong Democrat he would have been the party’s choice, but that is pure speculation. You could almost say the same thing about Trump but his situation is different because from the beginning he started campaigning negatively and ridiculed and mocked his opponents unmercifully in a fashion unseen in past elections, especially for president. His opponents responded too late to the vicious attacks on them and their family.
Trump did not bring civility to the campaign. He brought chaos and disorder. But if that is what it would take for him to be the Republican nominee so be it. We are now in the final days of the campaign. Millions have early voted already. In a dirty a trick as can be played the FBI released some emails that they had but for whatever reason they waited until almost election day to release the information. I am sure that all of us can be perceptive enough to know that the release had something to do with helping Trump. With Russia on Trump’s side releasing emails Hillary has her hands full. We the American people should be exposed to such revolting campaign tactics.
Trump’s followers are not voting on issues; Trump is to them what Jim Jones was to his followers, the Kool Aid man. Trump has no issues all he does is say dirty things about Hillary. His followers don’t care. The Kool Aid is good.
Trump’s Republicans are not the proud Republicans of the party of Lincoln. The party will rebuild after the elections. And it will be a better party more reflective of the demographics of Texas.
Dak had his worst game of the season but one of the greatest comebacks in recent Cowboy history.
The 3rd ranked Eagle defense had Dak on the run, often running for his life. While the Cowboy offensive line played as well as they could, Dak seemed to be confused with the Eagles defensive scheme. It caused him to miss open recivers, limited his ability to check down to secondary targets. And it seemed to me and others that he was a little too fixeted on getting the ball to Dez on this his return game. Beasley went largley ingonered by Dak for most of the game until the 4th quarter, along with Witten. The other recivers Butler and Williams also did not get their normal share of targets last night, Zek wound up with 96 yards on 22 carries, but it was certaintly not a cakewalk for him.
The Eagles were determined to stop the run and make Dak beat them, they blitized so often that even when they didn’t Dak thought they were. Now he did make them pay a few times, a 55 yarder to Dez, big runs by him and of course a game winning T.D to a wide open Witten in the end zone. Dak had 1 INT. but could have easliey had at least 2 more. He made several bad decisions and terrible throws but as they say they don’t ask you “How you won”? Just did you win? Now this win did happen in large part because the Cowboy defense kept them in the game, they were able to keep the Eagles to field goals instead of Touchdowns. This allowed the offense to come back from a 23/13 deficit in the fourth quarter to tie up the game and get them into overtime. It is hard to single out one defensive player as it seemed they all contributed but Team Captain Sean Lee likely had his best game of the season.
And I do have to single out the secondary play especially since at the start of the season it was the biggest concern. Scandrick was back last night and had some big plays but 2nd year kid Byron Jones continues to impress. This win was truly a team win all around and was really surprised at the chances Cowboys took with some of the play calling to stay in this game. Fake punt that resulted in a big first down, Beasley pass even if it failed it did give Eagle defense more to think about. In his post game interview Dak credited the defense for the win but the whole team refused to give up last night. And that is the true sign of a winner, you get knocked down but you get up and continue fighting. As I said before Dak had a bad game, he will learn from this and I belive he will be better for it, they all will. Cowboys 6/1 who would have thunk it! By A. Govea back
This was the final debate. In the ring was a novice boxer. He dared to take on the Champion.
This time Trump brought the B-Team, President Obama’s half-brother and a surprise guest, a lady that once upon a time accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse. And the ultimate symbol of power, a RED tie.
The first few rounds were fairly even punch counter-punch. As usual Trump was forewarned to avoid being lured into a trap. As usual, Trump did not heed the advice and the champion boxer sting like a bee jab and he reacted swinging wildly, game over. See you can’t trust “nasty a woman”.
This is the bottom line. Trump’s strategy is simple. Lie, Lie, Lie. Convince his followers that he is the victim of a rigged system. The whole world is rigged against him. The only way to correct the rigged system is to convince his followers to go vote in massive number. That is the game plan. He does not have a message. Too late for that. He grasps at anything that can be made into a lie, poll numbers, media reports, you name it he can turn it into a lie, he will use it. It is hard to listen to a man speak when you know he is telling you lies. Yes, according to Trump it is broke (whatever) and he is the only one that can fix it and he is the only one that tells the truth. Trump has perpetuated so many lies against Hillary that his followers believe the lies. Unfortunately, his followers don’t care that he is lying, all they want him to do is win. They truly believe that the Kool Aid is delicious.
The latest gimmick is Obamacare. Millions of Americans have health insurance thanks to Obamacare. It is not a perfect document. Trump’s plan is to get rid of the plan and replace it with something new. He just does not elaborate on his new plan. We are left to assume that it is better. As I learned in one of my management classes, when you assume something, you make an Ass-U-Me.
For Hillary, it is difficult to have an intelligent discussion with a liar. This is a presidential election. The American people have a right to know where the candidates stand on issues. We are entitled to more than lies.
Local newspapers cannot all be wrong when they editorialize that Trump is not a good choice for president. They cannot all be wrong. Neither are we.
I’ve been called an activist, an organizer and a leader, and some¬times a good golfer. What I really am most of the time is a Volunteer for the church. Our Catholic church has many hard working Priests. They do a good job each Sunday telling you about God and how He should be the center of our life. They do a good job telling us how the Old Testament ties into the New Testa¬ment but they have a bigger job beyond that. They have a huge job of trying to save souls and at the same time trying to run the Church business and activities. We need to help our Priests in fact it is our duty to do that. Remember the bible verse about a seed is just a seed until it falls onto the soil. If it falls on good soil it will grow into a tree or a vine with many branches. When we use this description of seeds turning in to a tree or a vine we should look at it as, what are we doing in our lives? Are our lives like trees that do well for the world by providing shade, fruit and a place where birds can rest and build a nest? Or are we like a standalone branch waiting to become a whittle or shaving that will be cast into a fire. We have to think about what we are doing with our lives. When we seek God and try come closer to him he will assist us by giving us grace, blessings and knowledge which will make us better people. We then must share this information with others who have not heard or learned about it. There is a whole world out there. Many people have not been taught or told about Jesus. We have to help build an environment of good soil for those people. I believe it is our Christian’s duty to work and help keep the Church strong and active. We do that by evangelizing and by volunteering in our church community. We need to be helping our Priest save souls by becoming involved with some of the work that it takes to form a strong church community. There is strength in numbers and by having a strong church community a lot can be done. There are many different needs within the church community. There is a need that caters to the youth. We must keep them interested and active. The young like to hang out with each other. A strong Church commu¬nity can organize and help sponsor functions to cater to most of these social desires and needs while keeping God in their site. Strong Christian values are maintained when people are around other Christians with the same values. There is a need for Christian discussion or educational groups that can help a lot of people including uninformed adults. Some adults may have missed a lot of information about our Catholic faith and may not have the tools to defend the Church. Take for instance, someone from one of the many denominations out there, that can say something to them like “well it says in the Bible that you should not call a man “Father” and you Catholics do that. Oh man this is where it all begins. The poor guy is pulled into another Church because he did not know our Catholic beliefs and teachings. A strong Catholic community within each parish can help with information¬al programs that will make people stronger Catholics. They can create Bible study programs, start RCI classes. They can create a social environment that will make it enjoyable to be around other Christians as we enjoy each other’s company while we learn about God. Church communities are formed by people who are willing to volunteer. Volunteers are special people because they are willing to give up some of their free time to do good for others. They perform one of Jesus main teachings which is to be humble and to serve. Your Fiend in Christ, Joe M. Govea, a devout Catholic whose duty is to evangelize back Back
Elections are here, it is time to go vote. You can participate in a historic election.
Las elecciones están aquí, es hora de ir a votar. Usted puede participar en una elección histórica. As a registered voter you can vote in any early voting location. In the North Side it is All Saints Catholic Church.
Como un votante registrado puede votar en cualquier ubicació< n de votación temprana/anticipada. En el lado norte es toda iglesia católica todos los santos. To make it easy to vote, take your driver’s license. It is the best voter id. Para facilitar la votación, tome su licencia de conducir.
Es la mejor identificación del votante. If you have difficulty with English ask a clerk with a “Yo Hablo español” sticker for help. Si tienes dificultad con el inglés pídale ayuda a un empleado con una pegatina que dice “Yo Hablo Espanol.” Voting is a patriotic act. It is also a family affair. El voto es un acto patriótico. También es un asunto de familia.
I will admit to being a less then devoted baseball or for that matter basketball fan either and while I am on the subject soccer does nothing for me. Now I hope this is not a sacrilege thing to admit since I am a Mexican type. And since we have a local professional hockey team that has won a title, I did try during their playoff runs. As for golf, I will watch all the majors and any time a Mexican type is in the lead. The thing about golf though it is the only sport that allows for a nap, at least on the front nine so that’s a plus. Football for me is the ultimate fan sport, short season (16 Games) makes all games important, but when your season is over 100 games it is tough for me to get excited. However, come the playoffs I feel compelled to watch especially if the Rangers are in the tournament. We all know what happened to them this playoff run, enough said. This year the series is very fan friendly with the Cubs and Cleveland in, two teams that have not shown up in there in about 100 years each. The story lines have a real appeal to the perfidy fan of which I can count myself in this series. I have both family and friends that root for the Cubs and had the experience of attending a Cubs game in Chicago. And I will admit it was a cool experience, So Go Cubs! Ok, with all that said, one thing I do for sure is recognize and celebrate greatness in any sport, yes even in soccer. Which gets me to Reggie Jackson AKA Mr. October, even though as I wrote I am not a huge baseball fan, but any time the World Series rolls around I can’t help but think about Reggie. And recently I was surprised to learn that his Dad and possibly his mom both have Puerto Rican heritage. In fact, I heard Reggie say in an old ESPN report that he identified himself as a Black Man with Latino blood. That was news to me and I think to many, I was always a fan of his work and now I am perhaps a little more. The Reggie I remember was already outspoken and not shy to share his thoughts on just about anything, especially on his greatness. Kinda a-la Mohamad Ali type but not quiet, but as a young man at that time I appreciated his brashness. Maybe because in our culture very often you were often told by the adults in your family keep your head down and don’t’ draw attention to yourself. However, I also heard it ain’t bragging if you can prove it. And prove it he did, 3 World series wins with the A’S: 2 with the Yankees: 14 All Star seasons, Silver Slugger Awards, MVPs and Babe Ruth Award. But the game that most remember including me is the 1977 World Series when he had 3 home runs in the 6th and deciding game. Both the A ‘s and Yankees retired his uniform, not bad for the son of a tailor and a former second baseman in the Negro league (Martinez Jackson) So even though his glory days are long gone at age 70, I still celebrate his greatness and I am proud to count him as a Raza brother. By A. Govea back Back
The election is almost over. People are already voting for president. With due respect to all women the saying goes “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” And to help him sooth these turbulent moments, here is a song by Skeeter Davis, The End of the World, because that is the song the fat lady is singing. As predicted, Trump has one strategy to win the election, dump on Bill Clinton. Enough women have stepped forward accusing Trump of unwanted sexual advances.
Trump has only one option, deny and attack. To do anything else opens him up to possible charges and lawsuits. Unfortunately for Trump his surrogates are out there denying that Trump ever did anything wrong and in the process giving legitimacy to the allegations by saying that regardless of what Trump did wrong what Bill Clinton did was much worse. That in itself is an admission of wrong doing. Some more condemning comments are the ones by Trump himself demeaning the women by saying “look at her” suggesting that if the female was more attractive she would be susceptible to his groping advances. We are not in a court of law where there are charges and convictions. These allegations are tried in the court of public opinion where dirty laundry has a tendency to find its way to the top. Trump is quoted as saying he could shoot somebody in 5th Avenue and he would not lose a vote. He is proving that correct. His followers are zealots. They remain by his side as if he had the magic wand that he could swipe and all of a sudden everything that he promises becomes real. His followers are not going to abandon their god.
As usual Trump is whining that the media, Washington, Mexico Hillary and the whole world really are plotting to deny him the election. The system is rigged. He is the victim. All the ladies that are accusing him of misconduct, they are simply, big liars. In Spanish there is a saying, “si el rio suena, agua lleva.”. If the river makes noise, water it carries. Rewind to Bill’s problems and somehow Stand By Your Man was attributed to Hillary. Now Trump’s wife is singing the song. For Trump the saga has just begun. The drama will not end with the presidential election, win or lose. There is a plethora of lawyers out there that are watching the developments waiting for their chance to jump into the fracas. What happened to Bill Cosby invariably will probably happen to Trump. There is a presidential election going on. We have to decide who to vote for. There are only two viable choices. We are not Trump haters nor Hillary lovers. What we are, is lovers of America. Proud Americans. The day after the election there will be a clear winner. The outcome will not be rigged unless the Russians decide they want to elect the winner. One candidate has bragged about Putin and what a great leader he is. Yes, it is pretty clear that the Russians are interested in having Trump win this election. We cannot allow that to happen. We need informed, knowledgeable, intelligent and involved voters. What we do not need are Kool Aid drinkers. back
Yes! By the strong efforts of many grassroots organizations we have been able to achieve a record goal of registered voters. Texas has 15,015,700 voters registered according to a preliminary estimate â€” over 777,000 more than were registered in time for the March primaries.
Let me make this as clear as I can.
Through the efforts of many organizations we have registered or motivated people to register to vote and many of them were Latinos or Hispanics. I know that the two organizations that I have had the privilege to work with have just begun and will continue to work hard in the Latino and Hispanic Community.
These two organizations are the Hispanic Caucus of Tarrant County and the Latino Democrats of Denton County. They have a membership of community leaders that for years have fought long and hard for their respective communities and these leaders are teaching new comers that have moved here like myself what needs to be done and why. The next phase is to inform the voters about the candidates and solutions and allow them to make their own determination as to which candidate and solutions fit in with their point of view. That is our democracy and the American way. We must fight against corporate money flooding our elecÂtions with dirty money, trying to influence our vote. Here locally KOCHPAC funded by the KOCH brothers have dumped thousands of dollars of campaign contributions into races. As reported by Rolling stone magazine and other publications Koch industries has been dumping TOXIC waste into our TEXAS lands for years. Are we were not good enough to worry about our health and our children’s health. Just think what if this TOXIC waste starts to seep into our drinking water. I would say you have another “FLINT MICHIGAN” on your hands. I always say follow the money and it will lead you to the reason. They are dumping funds into a local politician’s race to help him win and Ron Simmons â€“ Republican for Texas House District 65 is the chairman of and sits on various committees that make the laws that allow the KOCH brothers to dump TOXIC waste into our TEXAS lands. Ron Simmons is trying to do a magic trick showing us the shiny things in his hands so that we are distracted and don’t pay attention to the things that are in his head. That is why I support Alex Mendoza for this seat. Alex has a plan to protect our TEXAS lands from TOXIC waste dumpers. He has many of the attributes and points of view that match not only with the Latino community, but with the community as a whole. One of the goals of the two organizations is to encourage Latinos and Latinas to run for office up and down the ballot. That way we can finally have representative government. Look at Alex Mendoza plans on his website and make your own determination. He comes from a Mexican Immigrant family, is a Marine Corps veteran, graduate from the University of North Texas, business owner and runs charities that empower single mothers to provide for themselves and their families in two countries. I encourage all Latinos and Latinas to go to the polls starting October 24, 2016 and on the last day November 8, 2016.
By Jessie Jiménez
Actually no one calls her Matildaâ€¦everyÂone calls her Grandma or Grandma Tillieâ€¦but Matilda is on her voter registration card. My 90-year-old grandmother immigrated to the US (in California) from Mexico when she was 23 years old...marrying a MexiÂcan-American citizen. She became a citizen, here in Texas, under President Reagan’s amnesty plan. She started out working as a waitress and eventually became a bi-lingual secretary working for the YMCA. At 90 years old, she still has her wits about herâ€¦she still drives her car, she lives alone and can cook up the best Mexican food on the planet! Believe it or not, she is computer literateâ€¦she has a Facebook page and writes emails to family all over the world, and even plays video games with my kids.
My grandmother was raised Catholic but by spending over forty years in California she has adaptÂed an “open minded” and unpretentious edge you would not expect. She is non-judging, has extreme compassion for people of all races, gender and sexual orientation, and is the most generous woman I have ever known. I have learned a lot from this wonderful woman and she touches everyone’s heart as soon as they meet her.
But on October 24th I have the honor of taking her to vote for the next president of the United States. This isn’t her first election. She cast her first vote ever for President Bill Clinton and she attended her first political rally in Dallas in 2008 when Hillary was in town. She admits that she was disappointed when our girl got beaten by President Obama. But we both recovered quickly and cast our vote for the Democratic ticketâ€¦the “party of the people”. After all, “people” are what is most important to her, so she naturally supÂports the “party of the people” â€¦. Democrats.
She is excited to vote in what she says is the most important election of her life. She says this not for the reasons you might think. Not because she is 90 years old and this could very well be her last electionâ€¦her mother lived to be 104 (so we expect my grandÂmother vote again). And not because she finally gets to see the first female president (a woman for whom she has a tremendous amount of respect) win a presidenÂtial election. Noâ€¦This is the most important election because the stakes have never been higher. She fears what a Trump presidency would bring on the country she loves and the impact it would have on her 5 living children, 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.
Yesâ€¦on October 24th, Matilde gets to cast her vote on behalf of all the people she loves. I look forward to being with her on election night on November 8th and seeing the joy on her face when Hillary winsâ€¦for the people!
Sally Ortega Haynes
Last week I wrote that the game against the Bengals was to be the first real test for Dak and his compadres but Green Bay was to be his final exam. Well he passed! despite his roughest start of this short season which included both a fumble and his first INT.
They are now riding a 5 game winning streak and are first in their division, can you wrap your head around that. No Tony no Dez and no Scandrick on defense, given last year’s record without this group no one could have predicted this. And if anyone out there says, well I did they are lying to you. Dak has played like an All Pro Veteran, Zak has become a throwback (No pun intended) to both Dorsett and Smith.
Dak broke Tom Brady’s record of most passes without interceptions 163? Â Zeke most games of 130 yards or more by a rookie, he may be on par to break season rookie rushing record.
All this is great but what is more impressive is the overall team performance, this team has momentum and appears that they expect to win. When Dak had his fops’, it would have been easy for the defense to say not our fault and given up an easy TD. Â But, they didn’t they stiffened up and seemed to play even harder. Doomsday revisited they are not, but don’t tell Aaron Rodgers (Packers QB) they caused him to hurry and made it tough to find open receivers. Although he did miss at least two wide open receivers that could have possibly changed the outcome of the game. This is something that does not happen often, however he is a little off this season and the Cowboy defense is on this season.
The big question now is what to do with Tony once he is ready to go, both Garret and Jones had been pretty adamant that once Tony was ready he would regain his job as Cowboy’s QB. Not so much anymore both are now sidestepping the issue, for one why would you stop this train now, two, Tony stands to make 20million plus next season. And if he was a healthy 20 something QB no problem. Unfortunately, neither one of those two things are true and when you look at Dak both of those things are true, plus he comes with a price tag of under half a mil. The only person on the Cowboys that I heard say that he expects Tony to regain his job this season is his buddy Witten. Last week I wrote that if Tony does come back and he falters (Int.) etc. the boos will come raining down. So if I had a vote I would vote for an away game for his first start, do I expect to start again this season, Yes when Quien Sabe. (Who Knows)
By A. Govea