Teqball

In case you missed it, this came out of the Texas Governor’s Office five days ago, last Thursday:

WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effective through today, I have issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all Texas counties; and

WHEREAS, I have issued executive orders and suspensions of Texas laws in response to COVID-19 aimed at protecting the health and safety of Texans and ensuring an effective response to this disaster; and

WHEREAS, a state of disaster continues to exist in all counties due to COVID-19;

All I can say is that this arsehole fella Gov. Greg Abbott has really botched the handling of the pandemic. Same for a ton of GOP elected officials. We are still in disaster mode, but the arsehole fella Abbott quit on us a couple of months into the disaster. What a shame.

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This is on the “Today” show website this morning:

A Republican lawmaker attended his gay son’s wedding just three days after joining the majority of his GOP colleagues in voting against a House bill that would codify federal protections for same-sex marriage.

The gay son of Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., confirmed to NBC News on Monday that he “married the love of (his) life” on Friday and that his “father was there.” NBC News is not publishing the names of the grooms, neither of whom is a public figure. 

Thompson’s press secretary, Maddison Stone, also confirmed the congressman was in attendance. 

“Congressman and Mrs. Thompson were thrilled to attend and celebrate their son’s marriage on Friday night as he began this new chapter in his life,” Stone said in an email, adding that the Thompsons are “very happy” to welcome their new son-in-law “into their family.”

These days, the behavior of GOP elected officials doesn’t shock me. I have just accepted that they are ok being scum. They don’t mind at all because they think that gets them reelected by their base.

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Paul Sorvino, a great actor, left us. Folks will remember him for “Goodfellas” and “Law & Order.” I liked him in “A Touch of Class” and the mobster Morolto in “The Firm” with Tom Cruise. I will never forget his tearful reaction when his daughter Mira Sorvino won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite,” and she thanked him in her acceptance speech.

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Yesterday, I mentioned the word mentating that Savannah Guthrie and I had never heard of. This past Sunday, I was at my Dad’s, and I looked at what he was watching on the flat screen.  It was a game of sorts being played outdoors with two women on each side – doubles. They were using what resembled a curved ping pong table with a net running down the middle.

The ball looked to be slightly smaller than a volleyball. Like volleyball, you have a few tries to get it back over the net, except you can’t use your hands and arms. You use your legs, thighs, butt, feet, torso, or head to advance the ball.  The sport is called teqball.

Now you know.

I forgot to ask my Dad who he was rooting for.

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The number one song in the USA on July 26, 1964, was “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles.

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Astros reliever Ryne Stanek is 31 today. Happy Birthday, Ryne!

We lost last night in Oakland.