October 24, 2020

Thumbs: Drive-thru strip clubs? A-OK. Drive-thru voting? Not so much.

Former Democratic rivals MJ Hegar and state Sen. Royce West appear to have forgotten that their conflict through the main was for an opportunity to unseat Texas Sen. John Cornyn. How else to clarify that when Hegar was requested why she hadn’t reached out to West for his assist, the adorned Air Power veteran responded with some nonsense about private endorsements coming with a “quid professional quo” (does West need to be within the Senate web page program?). In response, West advised the Austin American-Statesman he isn’t voting for Hegar and stated she’s “had an issue all together with Black people.” Geez. Cornyn busted out the popcorn for a ringside seat and his marketing campaign wasted no time in capitalizing on the spat with adverts towards Hegar. West has since (form of) walked again his assertion, saying he shall be voting for Democrats “from the White Home to the Courtroom Home.” We’re no grasp tacticians, however with Hegar inside hanging distance of the incumbent, the very last thing she wants is pleasant hearth.

In one other instance of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, we had been all set to provide U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., some kudos this week for his blistering tackle President Donald Trump’s botched coronavirus response, when his would-be homer crossed the foul line. “I’d like to speak in regards to the Houston Astros, who’re depressing cheaters,” ol’ Sasse mouth stated within the center of the affirmation listening to for U.S. Courtroom of Appeals Choose Amy Coney Barrett. “They’ve executed an entire bunch of depressing issues traditionally and so they need to be punished most likely greater than they’ve been.” The “comedian” diatribe rapidly wore out its welcome and limped residence with Sasse evaluating the Astros to Senate Democrats. If that’s a Republican senator’s concept of an insult, then the GOP has actually made its peace with hanging out in Houston.

Talking of Hustle-City, apparently we will have a drive-thru strip membership however drive-thru voting is past the pale — at the very least in accordance with the Texas Republican Celebration. The state GOP sued Harris County on Monday, claiming the vote-in-your-vehicle observe is a type of curbside voting and thus not open to all voters. The county responded by saying the drive-thru places are in everlasting or short-term constructions and qualify as conventional polling websites. A courtroom rapidly dismissed the problem, however the GOP has appealed to the Texas Supreme Courtroom. That yet one more try at voter suppression might come right down to the definition of “curbside” is dispiriting. There’s additionally one thing un-American — dare we are saying, un-Texan — about this newest effort. If we have now the precise to the comfort of consuming, consuming and even making it rain in our automobiles, why ought to voting be any totally different? Honk when you agree.

What’s subsequent for the Texas GOP, limiting Whataburger drive-thrus to at least one lane? Earlier than that occurs, seize a replica of the restaurant chain’s new lotería sport, often known as Mexican bingo, simply in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. The sport, accessible at tales.whataburger.com, replaces a few of the traditional sport panels — comparable to la muerte, el catrín and el borracho — with Whataburger staples en español. Some are cheats (la patty soften, los pancakes), some are impressed (la qué hamburguesa, la número 6) and a few are missed alternatives (the place’s la spicy catsup?), however all of them add as much as a day of household enjoyable across the dinner desk. Gracias, Guataburger.

Lastly, contemplate this a Lifetime Achievement Thumbs award making an attempt to make up for all of the occasions we’ve didn’t fete Houston-bred hip hop artist Megan Thee Stallion. We missed her vault to nationwide fame with “Scorching Lady Summer time,” her record-breaking collaboration with Cardi B and even her naming as considered one of Time’s 100 Most Influential Individuals of 2020. Even when you aren’t into her music (and “WAP” will definitely result in some pearl clutching), take time to learn her op-ed within the New York Instances this week, the place she tackles politics, race, intercourse and violence towards Black ladies with the facility and deft contact that has catapulted her to stardom. That’s a sizzling woman for all seasons.

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