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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Member since: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:45 AM
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About Me

Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Got a new PC

Old one was Windows 7 and required little maintenance, but the hardware was getting old. So, it was time.

Now I have Windows 10.

I am finding that learning a new OS a great diversion from Trump.

Interesting DNA results Scots, Irish, Brit - North Carolina/Georgia

I got my results from FtDNA. Tested autosomal (My Origins) DNA.

My mom was a Southerner - Scots, Irish, Brit etc. (Origins in GA and NC) Typical Appalachia southerner.

My mom's DNA is baffling. She is from NC and GA. Anglo surnames. I found a several hundred of my mom's relatives on Family Finder - all have Anglo surnames. Yet her DNA contribution is West and Central Europe. (France/Germany) and
0% British Isles.

My dad was Armenian - No surprises here.

Middle Eastern - 47%
Asia Minor - 47%
East Middle East - <2%

European - 52%
British Isles - 0%***
West and Central Europe - 45%***
East Europe - 4%
Scandinavian - 3%

Has anyone who is a Scots, Irish, Brit southerner had this type of result?

Hearing Protection Act of 2017

This is the name of the bill to legalize silencers. I'm not joking..not the Onion or Borowitz. I would link, but I'm on my phone.

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk

This is soooo cool..all the old stars synched to Uptown Funk - enjoy!

Travis Park Confederate monument will come down after city council vote

San Antonio will remove its lone Confederate statue standing in Travis Park downtown after a 10-1 city council vote Thursday afternoon.

The request to remove the Confederate monument has drawn heated protests from both sides of the issue since two councilors proposed it in July. The issue heated up after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

Councilmen Roberto Treviño and William "Cruz" Shaw submitted the initial request in July to rid the park of the statue and place it in a museum or in the proper historical context elsewhere. It is unclear when the statue will be moved. Mayor Ron Nirenberg bypassed the normal committee process to put it up for a full council vote Thursday.

Hours before the decision, officials erected a fence around the park as a precautionary measure.


San Antonio - Robert E Lee High School's name is changing!!


North East Independent School District trustees — prodded by a fervent national debate over memorializing the Confederacy that some said had become a distraction for students — voted 7-0 Tuesday to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.

Administrators will submit a plan at a future board meeting for a process to rename the school, which trustees indicated would not occur until at least the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Several board members said the decision was a difficult one that had followed an outpouring of messages and calls to the board, some of them vitriolic.

The crowd — which had entered through metal detectors and were watched by several police officers — responded with applause and some expressions of dismay at the decision.

It was the second time in two years that the board had considered the issue. Those who wanted to keep the name as a source of tradition and pride, and those who considered it an outdated tribute to a racist past, had fueled hours of public comment at multiple meetings over several months before trustees voted 5-2 to keep the name in 2015.

This came out of nowhere!! So awesome!!
From last Thursday (while I was focusing on Harvey): NEISD board has placed the name change issue on the agenda for a special meeting set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

My favorite song from 1960

I don't think Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates was on the US Billboard charts.
It is a British tune way ahead of it's time. Sounds more 1965ish than 1960.

(I'm sure the video is not from 1960, but the song is)

The Senate is in session

They are literally thieves in the night.

Tom Wakely running for governor

He announced it today at the Bexar County Democratic Party meeting.

No formal announcement. He ran against Lamar Smith in 2016

Yay, we have someone other than the "International King of Leather"!

He seems like a decent guy.

Here is an article about him from last year:


In this year of open rebellion against political institutions, even the biggest backroom deal-makers want to be perceived as outsiders. But for Wakely, the shoe fits.

How else to describe a Bernie Sanders devotee who helped César Chávez organize grape boycotts in the 1970s, became a Unitarian Universalist pastor in the 1980s, ran a jazz club in Mexico in the 2000s and now uses his white-brick North Side home as a veterans hospice?

Wakely, 62, kicks off his general-election campaign Saturday afternoon at Tilo Mexican Restaurant (two blocks from his campaign headquarters), marking the white-bearded activist’s graduation from a self-described role on the political fringes to a spot closer to the center of the arena.

The only political office he ever sought prior to this year was a Wisconsin school board post he won 25 years ago. That probably would have been the end of his political career if not for the encouragement of Lucy Coffey, a World War II veteran who died last March in San Antonio at the age of 108. Coffey, the country’s oldest living female veteran at the time of her passing, befriended Wakely near the end of her life.

In Upset, Ron Nirenberg is New Mayor of San Antonio

Iris Dimmick - Rivard Report

Mayor Ivy Taylor conceded to Councilman Ron Nirenberg (D8) just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

“I first want to thank Ivy Taylor, our mayor, for her years of service,” Nirenberg said in his victory speech. “It’s not easy to do the work that we do, as any family member can attest. It takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of energy, and I want to thank our mayor for the service to our city.”

With 100% of precincts reporting, Nirenberg received a resounding 54.59% of the vote to Taylor’s 45.41% Exactly 5,266 votes separated the two in the early voting results. That margin grew to more than 9,091.

“There are many issues obviously that differentiate my vision from Mayor Taylor’s – on transportation issues, on diversity issues, on public safety issues – and I think that the voters have made some clear choices about the direction that they want to take the city,” Nirenberg said earlier in the evening. “This is a brand new Council so we want to get everyone together and start working on a unified direction for the city.”




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