Tweet Worked

Yesterday, at a Harris County press conference, County Judge Lina Hidalgo let loose so to speak and had some choice words for The Dean, her GOP opponent, and others.

Some news outlets put it out as quick as they could. I first saw it when Channel 13 news tweeted this:


‘IT IS A LIE!’ What set off Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo? Watch the moment a public safety event took an emotional turn:

I checked out the video and it was a typical elected official sounding off forcefully and directly. Forget about where you stand on the issue, I thought the Channel 13 tweet description was a little out of line, so I retweeted it with this:

Kind of sexist description by Channel 13. I don’t think a male elected official raising his voice and going attack mode would be described as “emotional.” Just saying.

A few hours later, Channel 13 put out the story again with this tweet:

The Harris County Judge and other leaders celebrated strides in their anti-crime initiatives, but that mood turned when she was posed this line of questioning.

My retweet had an impact as Channel 13 changed their tone.


The punkarse son-in-law of Donald Trump just put out a book and it got massacred by the New York Times book critic. Here is from Raw Story:

Jared Kushner’s new memoir was met with a scathing review from the New York Times, which panned the former White House adviser’s book as “soulless” and lacking in self-awareness.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former adviser describes his four years in the White House, but Times book critic Dwight Garner lambastes the memoir as dull, superficial and self-serving in a strongly negative review of Breaking History, published last week by HarperCollins.

“Kushner looks like a mannequin, and he writes like one,” Garner writes. “Kushner almost entirely ignores the chaos, the alienation of allies, the breaking of laws and norms, the flirtations with dictators, the comprehensive loss of America’s moral leadership, and so on, ad infinitum, to speak about his boyish tinkering … with issues he was interested in.”

Garner compares the tone to a college admissions essay, speckled with “every drop of praise he’s ever received,” larded with clichés and glossed with selective biographical background, and he said the overall effect was off-putting and slightly disgusting.

“This book is like a tour of a once majestic 18th-century wooden house, now burned to its foundations, that focuses solely on, and rejoices in, what’s left amid the ashes: the two singed bathtubs, the gravel driveway and the mailbox,” Garner writes. “Kushner’s fealty to Trump remains absolute. Reading this book reminded me of watching a cat lick a dog’s eye goo.”

It’s not clear who the intended audience is supposed to be, Garner writes, because Trump’s base never liked him and Kushner’s career in politics was entirely dependent on his marriage to the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump.

“What a queasy-making book to have in your hands,” Garner writes. “Once someone has happily worked alongside one of the most flagrant and systematic and powerful liars in this country’s history, how can anyone be expected to believe a word they say?”

Yuk, yuk. Did I say punkarse?


Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe who covers Red Sox tweeted this yesterday:

Monday: Rangers president of baseball ops Jon Daniels announces manager Chris Woodward was fired.

Wednesday: Daniels fired.

TR Sullivan who used to cover the Rangers tweeted this:

Jon Daniels has been dismissed as Rangers president of baseball operations. Daniels did an outstanding job building two World Series teams and four division title winners. That can never be forgotten. His integrity and character are above reproach as well.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw he got canned was his canning of his manager a couple of days earlier.

The Rangers got a new crib in 2020.  They want results and a return to the playoffs. It wasn’t happening for Daniels. That is life in MLB.


It was good to get back to winning last night. We finish the four-game series in Chicago today with a 1 pm start.

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