Community Events and Things to Do

February is Black History Month to celebrate the works of African Americans. For events and soul food in Houston, Texas, visit https://www.visithoustontexas.com/events/black-history-month/

Tuesday, February 18-28 — Early Voting for the March 3 primary (Democratic and Republican parties).   This week polls are open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Early Voting ends this Friday.

At check-in, registered Harris County voters must choose the Democratic or Republican primary to vote.

A new, more inclusive feature: A Multi-lingual Virtual Poll Worker Translator in 29 different languages.

After check-in is completed, voters select their preference for President, Congress, Senate, State Representatives and Harris County races.  During the primary runoffs and in November, registered voters can vote for candidates in both parties.

For a sample Democratic or Republican party ballot, voting locations, acceptable photo identification and more information, visit http://www.harrisvotes.com.  No electronic devices are allowed inside the polling site for voting, according to Texas state election law.

If you are campaigning for a candidate at a polling site, you must be behind the “distance marker signs” at the polling site. Poll workers are not responsible for moving or putting up campaign signs.

If your clothing refers to/associated with a political party or a candidate, elected official, you will be asked to cover it or turn cap, hat/clothing item inside out at the polling site.

Any questions: Ask the presiding judge at the polling site.

February 26 –Ash Wednesday

March 3 — Primary Day.  If you did not participate in Early Voting, cast your ballot today. At check in, registered Harris County voters must choose the Democratic or Republican primary to vote. After check-in, voters can select their preference for President, Congress, Senate, State Representatives and Harris County races.

A new, more inclusive feature: A Multi-lingual Virtual Poll Worker Translator in 29 different languages.

During the primary runoffs and in November, registered voters can vote for candidates in both parties on the ballot.

For sample Democratic or Republican party ballot, acceptable photo identification, voting locations and more information, visit http://www.harrisvotes.com.  Shut off electronic devices. Electronic devices are not allowed inside the polling site for voting, according to Texas state election law.

March 3-22 — Rodeo Houston at NRG Park. For more information, visit https://www.rodeohouston.com/

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For cheapest gas prices, visit http://www.gasbuddy.com

For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:

https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/ParkRide.aspx

For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.

Local churches, synagogues, mosques and places of faith also have activities including mission trips, holiday donation drives, Thanksgiving services and other events for families, individuals to pray, worship, have fellowship and spread the joy, blessings of their faith to the community.

Free Things to Do in Houston:

The Water Wall near Galleria is open. Visit Water Wall park.

Free Port of Houston Sam Houston boat tour.  The boat tour is closed Mondays and Sundays. The free boat tours are 10 a.m. on Thursdays and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays at  10 a.m., 230 p.m. On Saturdays, the free boat tours are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The address is 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020.  Phone: 713-670-2631.

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Places to visit in Houston, Texas –Space Center Houston is a must see for visitors and locals. While Houston is known for being an oil and gas energy city, space exploration and NASA reaching for the moon and the stars put Houston on the worldwide map.  Admission includes tram tours of Johnson Space Center. Visitor tip: Take the tram tours first.  

There also are the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, Downtown Houston, the Aquarium, Hermann and Memorial Parks and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas for visitors to H-town. Galveston beaches and Galveston attractions (Moody Gardens, the Strand and Cruise-Port area) are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston on I-45 South.  There also are historic sports tours of Houston’s stadiums and arenas.

 

 

Places to Eat and Shop:

Houston has many restaurants for diverse, multi-cultural,  ethnic and American tastes. On the go? Bucee’s is Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations.

Shopping:  The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant destination for families and visitors.  Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.

For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Killens also offers table service at 5 p.m., but reservations are recommended. For lunch at Killens, expect lines out the door from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Goode & Company on Katy Freeway I-10 between Bingle/Voss and Campbell Road exits and Rudy’s (all locations) also serve wonderful, moist Texas barbeque.

Blood Brothers in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard also is drawing bbq foodies. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. and closes when they run out of barbeque. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy, Desmeris Barbeque on South Shepherd, Brisket BBQ in Bellaire and Pappas Barbeque also are popular family-friendly barbeque places in the Houston area.

Lockhart, Texas is a 2-3 hour drive from Houston and 35 miles southeast of Austin, Texas.  Lockhart is officially the Barbeque Capitol of Texas, according to the Texas Legislature.

Cafeterias are rare, but Houston has Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias for cafeteria foodies.

For Mexican food: the original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street  east of downtown Houston is a popular destination.  There’s also a Ninfa’s at San Felipe and Post Oak in the Galleria area. Locals and visitors also head to Lopez Mexican restaurant at 11606 S. Wilcrest in SW Houston for Tex-Mex food. There’s also Los Tios, El Ranchero (both in Meyerland) and other Mexican restaurants and taquerias in around Houston.

The combination beef and chicken fajitas at Carmen’s Mexican Restaurant in the Bellaire Triangle on Bellaire Boulevard.

 

 

For Cuban food, La Vina Café at 9381 Richmond Avenue in southwest Houston. 

For Greek and Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks. There also are numerous Indian restaurants in southwest Houston. India’s Restaurant on Richmond near Chimney Rock serves a daily buffet of Indian food.  Phoenicia Specialty Foods at 12141 Westheimer has Mediterranean groceries and prepared food.

For Asian food, Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town and in Katy, Texas have Asian food and shops. Many are on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.  There’s Fung’s Kitchen on HW 59, Golden Dim Sum, Ocean Palace, Confucius, East Wall, Fu-Fu Restaurant, Don Cafe, Jang Guem Tofu and BBQ House (Korean) on Bellaire Boulevard in Houston’s Chinatown. Tan-Tan on Bellaire Boulevard and Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch.

With more spicy Sichuan restaurants opening in Chinatown and Houston, but you’re looking for good Hong Kong style or traditional Cantonese food, visit MEIN on Clarewood near Corporate Drive, Wing Kee on Wilcrest near Bellaire Boulevard and Fung’s Kitchen on SW Freeway service road near Bellaire Boulevard. Fung’s also serves Dim Sum, good Peking Duck daily and lunch specials Mondays – Fridays.

For the best Peking Duck in the Houston area, visit Bamboo House near Bush Intercontinental Airport.  The address is 7855 North Sam Houston Parkway East in Humble, Texas.  Bamboo House on Westheimer near Fountainview, west of the Galleria also recently opened.

Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections.  It serves Chinese traditional food.

Hu’s Cooking, 2502 W. Holcombe Blvd near Kirby draws Rice University and Houston Medical Center customers with its home style Sichuan (spicy, southwest China) and Cantonese dishes (mild, southeast China) dishes.  It is closed on Tuesdays and opens at 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. for lunch, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. for dinner.

For Japanese food, Samurai Restaurant in Bellaire, Benihana’s in downtown Houston and on Westheimer are some of the larger Japanese restaurants in Houston. There also are numerous sushi and Japanese restaurants in the suburbs.

Gy0-Kaku is “cook it yourself at the table”  Japanese marinated BBQ beef, chicken, seafood for family, friends. It is very good and has locations in Houston, Sugarland, Texas and around the world. Sugarland is a 40-45 minute drive from downtown Houston on I-69 South.

Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown.  Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8.  Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas.  For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.

For Burgers:   In N Out Burgers in Stafford and Katy, Texas. The California chain opened in November 2019.  There also are Texas’s What A Burger locations throughout the Houston area. You also can top your own 1/4 or 1/3 pound fresh beef burgers with fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions, salsa at Fuddruckers Hamburgers. There’s also Stanton’s City Bites located north of downtown Houston.

For Turkey legs and Creole side dishes, the Turkey Leg Hut, 4830 Almeda Road, is famous for its stuffed turkey legs and soul food.  Turkey leg prices are $10-$28. The popular Turkey Leg Hut is located southeast of Hermann Park and the Museum District.  If you are watching your carbohydrates, Turkey Leg Hut also will serve the leg with topping (macaroni and cheese, fries, etc) on the side.

For New Orleans food, there are Brennan’s at 3300 Smith Street (reservations recommended), Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (3 locations) and other Cajun/Creole restaurants. Tres Beards Market Square in downtown Houston serves southern comfort food.

For delicious seafood platters, dine at the Monument Inn Restaurant when visiting the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in La Porte.  It’s right on the Houston Ship Channel.  There also are good seafood restaurants along the Seawall in Galveston with Gulf of Mexico views.

Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks

Yosemite National Park                   Galveston, Texas

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com

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Weather

“A complex winter storm will produce heavy snow and gusty winds from a large portion of the Midwest through the Great Lakes into northern New England through Thursday. Some major metropolitan areas, that are likely to be impacted by snow and travel difficulties, include Chicago and Detroit. This storm will also produce locally heavy rain across parts of the Northeast and Southeast. ”

—National Weather Service

NWS Houston-Galveston Forecast

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, 10% isolated showers, 71 degrees.  10% isolated showers, partly cloudy, 43 degrees at night.

Wednesday:  Sunny, breezy, 55 degrees.  Clear, 33 degrees at night.

https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Traveling today?

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Bellaire, Texas Police Crime Reports

Here are the Bellaire, Texas Police crime reports for 02/03 – 02/09/2020:

“2/3/2020 14:00 THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 5859 BISSONNET ST
2/3/2020 16:16 SHOPLIFTING THEFT >=$50<$500 5106 BISSONNET
2/3/2020 13:07 THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 5861 BISSONNET ST
2/4/2020 1:24 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 6700 IH 610 SB
2/3/2020 12:16 THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARY OF VEHICLE 5100 GRAND LAKE STREET
2/4/2020 21:37 ALL OTHER OFFENSES FAIL TO IDENTIFY FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE 5200 EAST SERVICE ROAD
2/4/2020 21:37 ALL OTHER OFFENSES OTHER TEXAS AGENCY WARRANTS 5200 EAST SERVICE ROAD
2/4/2020 23:43 ALL OTHER OFFENSES RACING ACT 7500 IH 610 N/B
2/4/2020 23:43 ALL OTHER OFFENSES RACING ACT 7500 IH 610 N/B
2/5/2020 6:35 ALL OTHER OFFENSES EMERGENCY DETENTION ORDER- MENTAL HEALTH WARRANT 5110 JESSAMINE ST
2/5/2020 3:05 THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS OR ACCESSORIES THEFT >=$1,500 <$20K 48xx LAUREL STREET
2/5/2020 3:05 THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS OR ACCESSORIES THEFT >=$1,500 <$20K 48xx LAUREL ST.
2/7/2020 10:52 BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING BURGLARY OF BUILDING 45xx SUNBURST STREET
2/7/2020 16:11 ALL OTHER OFFENSES ANIMAL BITE 45xx MIMOSA STREET
2/7/2020 22:31 ALL OTHER OFFENSES UNL USE OF CRIMINAL INSTRUMENT 4900 WILLOWBEND BLVD
2/8/2020 7:03 DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS POSS CS PG 1 < 1G 4300 BELLAIRE BOULEVARD
2/8/2020 7:03 ALL OTHER OFFENSES HPD WARRANTS 4300 BELLAIRE BOULEVARD
2/8/2020 18:05 IDENTITY THEFT FRAUD USE/POSS OF IDENTIFYING INFO 48xx SPRUCE STREET
2/8/2020 4:41 BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING BURGLARY OF BUILDING 4544 BISSONNET STREET
2/9/2020 17:25 THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS OR ACCESSORIES THEFT >=$50<$500 1xx BERKSHIRE
2/9/2020 20:33 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 3RD OR MORE 7300 IH 610 NB
2/9/2020 20:33 DESTRUCTIVE/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY FAIL TO STOP AND GIVE INFO >=$200 DAMAGES 7300 IH 610 NB
2/9/2020 5:20 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 5100 BELLAIRE BLVD.

For further details, see link https://www.bellairetx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/25090/02-03_02-09
If you have questions, call 713.662.8103, although no additional information about the reports will be released.

** Disclaimer – Not all crimes will be listed in the reports. **
Full disclaimer http://bellairetx.gov/1259/Crime-Reports

These reports will include specific Part I crimes (murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson).

Some crimes are withheld that have active investigations and might interfere with the investigation or apprehension of a suspect.”

—-Bellaire, Texas Police News Release

 

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Houston Chinatown & Asia Town Safe

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the eve of Valentine’s Day, the flu/cold season and the Wuhan Corona virus kept many shoppers away at Viet Hoa International Market in southwest Houston.  “My business has been down 50% for the last 2 weeks,” said Holly, a stylist at Salon 168.  Hopeful and optimistic, she added “Spring will be here soon.”

The first confirmed case of Wuhan Corona virus in Texas also was reported Thursday, February 13th.  It’s the 15th confirmed case of the virus in the United States.

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston of the Centers for Disease Control reported an evacuee from China and quarantined at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base in Texas tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).  The American evacuee is being treated at Methodist Hospital Texsan, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Posted Sunday, February 9, 2020

“Business slow but we understand why,” said Yingwa, a server at FuFu Restaurant on Bellaire Boulevard in Dun Huang Plaza as Saturday dinner time approached. Besides our table, a Mexican family also was finishing up their meal around 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

Since the Corona Wuhan Virus outbreak in China in December 2019, businesses in Houston’s Chinatown and Asia Town have been feeling it, too with less customers and shoppers.

Owners who’ve seen a severe drop in business urge customers to return. Some did this weekend to help them.

On Friday, State Representative Gene Wu, Harris County Public Health officials and Chinese business leaders assured the public that Chinatown and Asia Town are safe.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of Corona Wuhan virus in Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Rumors and misinformation about the Corona Wuhan virus spread on social media and popular chat sites within the Asian community.  The Corona Wuhan virus outbreak also canceled travel plans to China for some Houston Chinese families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of Corona Wuhan virus is low in the United States.  However, flu activity remains high across the United States.

Health officials advise washing hands frequently, stay home if sick, avoid touching your face, covering your nose and mouth while sneezing/coughing and throwing away the tissue and seeing the doctor.

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Wuhan Corona Virus Flight to Texas

Updated February 8, 2020, 5:52 a.m.

Around 100 evacuees, including men, women, and children arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas on Friday afternoon from China, NEWS4SA reports. At this time, none are showing signs of Wuhan Corona Virus.  “They will be going through a tough 14-day quarantine.” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston of the Centers for Disease Control.

The evacuated Americans will be quarantined at the Gateway Inn, a hotel at Lackland Air Force Base.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports no confirmed of Wuhan Corona Virus in Texas at this time.  Evacuated Americans, mostly U.S. government employees will be quarantined at 5 military bases for 2 weeks, including Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  U.S. Health and Human Services will monitor the evacuated Americans. The  Centers of Disease Control also will have updates on Wuhan Corona cases.

The DSHS expected a U.S. government flight of Americans returning from China to land at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas on Friday morning.  It left China around 6 p.m. Thursday for the 11-hour trip to the United States and a 2-hour stop for refueling, according to local news reports.  This flight with around 100 evacuees arrived at Lackland AFB around 12:30 p.m. Friday, NEWS4SA reported.

On Thursday night, U.S. Northern Command tweeted “initial flights have departed China for the United States with approximately 300 passengers on board. One of the aircraft will refuel at Travis Air Force Base (in California) and continue on to Omaha, Nebraska via Lackland Air Force Base.”

Another flight is on its way to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar via Vancouver, Canada.

For more information, follow @JBSA_Official for official #LacklandAFB updates on Twitter.

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Passengers, including Americans, on a Princess Cruise ship in Yokoma, Japan  are quarantined.

The Centers for Disease Control is shipping 2019 novel coronavirus  test kits to qualified laboratories, including U.S. state and local public health, Department of Defense laboratories and select international laboratories to test the Wuhan Corona virus.

Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, warned medical workers in China about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019. He also became ill and died from the new corona virus.  Since the outbreak in Wuhan, China, more than 630 deaths and some 30,000 cases have been reported by Chinese officials.

Human to human spread of Wuhan Corona virus has been confirmed outside China, including the United States.

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After the Senate Impeachment Trial

February 6, 2020, 2:25 p.m. Central Time

President Trump thanked and praised his legal defense team, Republican allies in Congress, the House and Senate today after his acquittal in the Senate Impeachment Trial. The briefing with news media present happened in a packed room at the White House. It was broadcast on national networks and CSPAN 2.

The briefing before his Republican supporters was a victory lap. President Trump celebrated his acquittal by holding up today’s Washington Post newspaper with the frontpage headline “Trump Acquitted.”

Vide0: CSPAN 2

“It’s been a very unfair situation.” President Trump said about his impeachment.

“Over the last number of years…It’s been a witch hunt. It started from the day we came down the elevator myself and the First Lady who is with us right now,” President Trump said.

“Over 3 years…It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers, liars. This should not ever happen to another president ever. I don’t know if other presidents would have taken it,” Trump said about the investigations during his first term in office.

“Instead of healing and fixing our country, it’s like all they want to do is destroy our country,” President Trump said about the Democrats.

“This was a highly partisan situation,” Trump said about the Democrats launching the impeachment in the House of Representatives.

President Trump also took jabs at former FBI Director James Comey and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As a warning for the 2020 elections, Trump named Republican candidates winning their races with his endorsement and candidates losing their elections without Trump’s help or opposing the president.

He also took a swipe at Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who voted Trump guilty on Abuse of Power.   Trump said of presidential campaigns in history, Romney ran the worst one.

President Trump also apologized to his family.

“It’s been a honor being with you. I want to apologize to my family for having them go through a phony, rotten deal,” President Trump said in closing.

This morning President Trump, Vice President Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, elected Democrats and Republican officials attended the National Prayer Breakfast this morning at the Washington Hilton Hotel in the nation’s capitol to pray for the nation’s leaders. It was on CSPAN 2.

The message was on a crisis of a polarized political America, having contempt and to love your enemies, those of all faiths and those with political differences.

(Paraphrased)–In America, we don’t tear down crosses, symbols of faith, we celebrate faith, President Trump said.

Trump also said he supports prayer in public schools and restated a strong stock market, economy and is against abortion.  “A poll says 90% Americans are content with their life,” the president said. Trump also commented on gains in the stock market.

“You better get out and vote November 3rd because a lot of people don’t like us.” President Trump said.

“They hate people. I’m sorry. I apologize,” Trump said of those who don’t like him.

“When they impeach you for nothing, then you’re supposed to like them. It’s not easy. It’s not easy. I do my best. I do my best,” President Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast.

 

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Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump

Updated Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:28 a.m.

President Trump was acquitted Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in the Senate impeachment trial.

On Article 1 (Abuse of Power),  the Senate vote was 52 Not Guilty – 48 Guilty.  Only Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney voted guilty after enormous pressure from Republican colleagues.

On Article 2 (Obstruction of Congress), the Senate vote was 53 Not Guilty – 47 Guilty.

Now it will be up to the voters to decide to re-elect President Trump in the November 3, 2020 election. Between now and November, registered voters will decide who will be their political party’s presidential candidates in caucuses and primaries.

“Honestly we’re pleased. The victor is the American people. The (Constitutional) process worked,” said Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal attorney.

“Polls don’t matter. What matters is the president was acquitted.” Sekulow said Wednesday.

“The drip, drip, drip of new evidence is going to keep coming out. With each new revelation, Senate Republicans will have to answer for their votes in this trial. They chose to turn their backs on the American people to stand for a cover-up,” New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Wednesday.

“You stand up when you think the president is wrong.”  New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said.

Monday, February 3, 2020 

On the same day as the Iowa Caucuses, the House Managers and President Trump’s defense team made closing arguments. Democrats and Republicans continue to argue for and against removing Trump from office.  The State of the Union address is Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Senate will take a final vote on impeachment at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Friday, January 31, 2020,  7:10 p.m. Central Time

Tonight the Senate rejected all Democrat motions for witnesses and John Bolton to testify and for Chief Justice John Roberts to rule on motions at the Impeachment Trial of President Trump. Senators will return 11 a.m. Monday, February 3, to make arguments for 4 hours for or against the Articles of Impeachment. The President’s State of the Union Address is on Tuesday night.

The Senate will vote on the Articles of Impeachment on Wednesday , February 5th at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. President Trump is charged with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.

The Senate voted against calling witnesses to testify. Around 4:43 p.m. Central time, the Senate voted  51 No, 49 Yes votes to call more witnesses to testify. Before the Senate vote, Trump  left the White House for the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

“It is a grand tragedy,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, (D), New York after the  Senate’s no witnesses vote.

Today the House Managers and Trump’s defense team debated whether to subpoena more witnesses and request more documents and evidence. After the closing arguments, the Senate took the vote against more witnesses to testify at the impeachment trial.

During closing arguments, lead House manager Adam Schiff argued for senate trial witnesses with first hand knowledge of what really happened.

“A Senate trial without witnesses is no fair trial at all,” Schiff said. “We can set the example for America.  If we have a fair trial, whatever the verdict may be, at least we can agree we had a fair trial and the system worked.”

The House approved articles of impeachment in December 2019. President Trump is charged with Article 1 (Abuse of Power) and Article 2 (Obstruction of Congress) after the House Intelligence Committee heard from a whistleblower about the July 25, 2019 phone call from President Trump to the Ukrainian president to investigate political rival Joe Biden and son, Hunter Biden in exchange for more military aid to Ukraine, a U.S. ally fighting Russia (quid pro quo).  The military aid approved by Congress was withheld. The House Managers (Prosecution) in the Senate trial say President Trump blocked all House requests for White House and Office of Management and Budget officials to testify and to provide documents during the House impeachment process.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Today was the second day of questions from 51 U.S. senators and answers from the House Managers (Prosecution) and President Trump’s Defense Team.

The written questions from individual senators or groups of senators were read aloud by Chief Supreme Court Judge John Roberts.

Here are some of the senators’ questions from Thursday:

  1. Why should the Senate not call John Bolton to testify?
  2.  Why do Joe and Hunter Biden’s stories conflict? Did the House ask that question?
  3.  Why do Joe and Hunter Biden’s stories conflict regarding Hunter Biden joining the Burisma Board?
  4.  Is there any limit tot he president’s quid pro quo if he thinks it is in the national interest?
  5.  Is President Trump the first defendant to refuse to allow witnesses to testify?
  6. How many witnesses and how much evidence has been presented to the Senate in this trial?
  7.  If a president asks for a political rival to be investigated under circumstances that are in the national interest, should the president be impeached?
  8.  Would you agree that any action a president takes, is to one degree or another inherently political? Where is the line between permissible political actions and impeachable actions?
  9.  Why should Americans be concerned about foreign interference, if a president continues to solicit foreign interference in our elections?

Here are some of the paraphrased questions on Wednesday night:

1, “If more witnesses are subpoenaed and called, how long will the impeachment last?” Names that came up were John Bolton, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, the Whistleblower and possibly President Trump.

2.”Is this impeachment proceeding partisan?”

3. “Does a president’s corrupt plan need to succeed for him to be convicted?”

4. “Can the President be convicted of Obstruction of Congress for using his Constitutional authorities?”

5. “Is accepting foreign interference in U.S. elections against the law and a priority for U.S. intelligence agency investigations?”

6. “Did the President commit bribery and fraud? If so, why wasn’t that included in the Articles of Impeachment?”

7. “How is this hold on Ukraine aid different from other U.S. holds on foreign aid? How is foreign assistance supposed to work?”

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2020 Presidential Candidates

As we head into the 2020 Primary, Caucus Election season, here are a list of United States presidential candidates or choices on your political party ballot in alphabetical order:

Democratic Caucus or Primary:

Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard,

Amy Klobucher, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang

Elizabeth Warren and Uncommitted

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Republican Caucus or Primary:

Bob Ely, Zoltan G. Istvan, Roque “Rocky” De la Fuente Guerra,

Matthew John Matern, Donald J. Trump, Joe Walsh, Bill Weld

and Uncommitted

Before voting, we urge registered voters to do their homework on their candidate. Look at what he or she stands for, their professional background, their moral values, who is funding their campaign, (follow the money}, their character and if they can unite this country. What happened “on their watch”? Can you trust this candidate? Does this candidate have wisdom, decency and integrity?

 

 

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Corona Virus Wuhan

As of February 3, 2020, here are the latest numbers from the Centers of Disease Control:

People under Investigation (PUI) in the United States in 36 states.  These are Americans who traveled from Hubei province and Wuhan, China recentlly t0 America.
11 Positive
167 Negative
82 Pending
Total screened:  260 people

According to the CDC, U.S. health officials are prohibiting foreign nationals from entering the United States if they have visited China within the past 2 weeks..  They also are trying to detect the Wuhan Corona virus among those allowed to enter tAmerica (U.S. citizens, residents and family) who have been in China within 14 days.

The United States plans to send a second charter plane to evacuate Americans from Wuhan, China.

Reuters reported today there are 414 deaths and 13,522 cases of Wuhan Corona virus in Hubei province in central China, according to Chinese state television.

Updated 7:27 p.m., January 31, 2020

As of today, Centers of Disease Control report 6 positive cases of Corona Wuhan Virus, 114 negatives and 121 pending under investigation–all adding up to 241 cases screened or tested for Corona Wuhan Virus.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declared a public health emergency.

“As part of the Administration’s work to protect Americans and respond to the 2019 Novel #Coronavirus outbreak, today I signed a public health emergency declaration,” Azar tweeted today.

U.S. airlines also will no longer fly to China.  CDC says to avoid non-essential travel to China.

The Centers of Disease Control announced all travelers returning from Wuhan, China  will be quarantined and monitored for 14 days.

Updated 5:03 p.m. Central Time, January 30, 2020

“Representatives of the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China reported on the current situation and the public health measures being taken. There are now 7711 confirmed and 12167 suspected cases throughout the country (China). Of the confirmed cases, 1370 are severe and 170 people have died. 124 people have recovered and been discharged from hospital…. There are now 82 cases in 18 countries. Of these, only 7 had no history of travel in China. There has been human-to-human transmission in 3 countries outside China. One of these cases is severe and there have been no deaths.”

—World Health Organization, January 30, 2020

The Associated Press reports the WHO has declared a global emergency due to the Wuhan Corona virus outbreak.  The Associated Press also reports the first case of person-to-person spread of Wuhan Corona virus in the United States, according to U.S. health officials. The patient is the husband of a Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she traveled to Wuhan, China.

The Centers for Disease Control says the person to person spread of the new Wuhan China Corona virus is spreading in China.  Outside of China, CDC says the spread of the new Corona strain is unclear.  The symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms also are associated with many other common respiratory infections, such as flu.  CDC investigations are ongoing.   Corona virus screenings of travelers from China have been expanded to 20 airports in the United States.

CDC advises all travelers to avoid non-essential travel to China. (Level 3).  The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 travel advisory: No travel to Hubei province in central China.

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The United States is working to fly out more Americans out of Wuhan, China. On January 29, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC said 210 Americans (non-essential and families of U.S. government employees) from Wuhan, China were rerouted in Alaska and arrived in the morning at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California.  They will be there for at least 3 days to be monitored for symptoms of Corona Wuhan virus.

Recent news reports say 195 Americans were flown on the first evacuation flight to the United States on Wednesday.

CDC says there are more than 1,000 confirmed cases  of the new Wuhan Corona virus in Wuhan and Hubei province in central China.

Airlines are being told to report to CDC any travelers with specific symptoms arriving from China.

“The symptoms are fever (person feels warm to the touch, gives a history of feeling feverish, or has an actual measured temperature of 100.4°F [38° C] or higher) that has persisted for more than 48 hours or fever and one of the following: persistent cough
difficulty breathing or appears obviously unwell,” — CDC

In the United States, the CDC reports 5 confirmed Wuhan Corona virus cases, 68 tested negative and 92 cases pending under investigation.  The confirmed Wuhan Corona virus cases are in California, Washington state, Arizona and Illinois.

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Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

Deep fry some chicken wings for Super Bowl Weekend or enjoy them during Chinese and Lunar New Year. Here’s a recipe adapted from Woks of Life.

Preparation and Cooking Time: 1 hour or less

Serves: 4 people

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1 pkg of 8 chicken wings  (cold or near room temperature)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon reduced salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon less sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or cooking sherry

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 egg

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons flour

1 chopped stalk of green onions

Canola Oil for frying

  1. Mix all ingredients together, except oil and chopped green onions, in a large bowl so that the chicken wings are coated with the thin batter.
  2.  If you are not going to fry right away, refrigerate the marinated chicken wings for 1 hour or more to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  3.  If the batter is too thin, add 2 tablespoons flour and 1 tablespoon corn starch to marinated chicken wings and mix again.
  4.  Add chopped green onions to marinated chicken and mix well.
  5.  Deep fry 3 wings at a time in a wok or pan for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Cover enough to let steam out and reduce frying oil splatters.
  6.  Set aside each batch on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  7.  Re-fry each batch of wings for 3 minutes until golden and chicken wings are cooked.
  8.  Set aside on plate with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  9.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or a hot sauce.
  10.  For quick sweet and sour sauce:  Mix 4 tablespoons apricot preserves, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 2 tablespoons vinegar in a small bowl.  Microwave 30 seconds and mix before serving sauce with fried chicken wings.

 

 

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