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According to today’s Austin American Statesman, in a meeting with the Statesman’s E-Board, Farouk Shami couldn’t name the State Comptroller or the State Attorney General.  I guess that’s because he hasn’t given a rat’s arse in the past about state government.  He also missed when he said his state representative was Rep. Senfronia Thompson.  He also said that Rep. Sly Turner was his state senator – yikes! 

They went on to ask him who was on the State Supreme Court and finally Farouk caught on and answered Sneezy, Grumpy, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Bashful, and Sleepy.

Knowing they were on a roll, the E-Board followed up by asking Farouk to name the members of the Court of Appeals.  In a rapid fire response Farouk said Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

When it was announced yesterday that the former H-Town Mayor and Farouk would be doing a TV debate on Monday, February 8, my first response was to hope it wouldn’t replace my favorites “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.”   Heck, Farouk’s knowledge of state government could very well turn the debate into a sitcom.

The Mayor of the City of Bellaire got into the soccer stadium debate yesterday and sent out a letter opposing the proposed new location.  Commentary got some run yesterday on the issue in a Fox 26 news story.  Check it out.  One of the problems is that folks in charge need to do a better job of communicating. 

By the way, Commentary needs to make a correction.  Miya Shay first broke the soccer stadium story.

Some local Latino business leaders hosted a lunch for Jarvis Johnson yesterday and about 40 folks showed up including HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez and some former elected officials. 

This fella won the AL MVP award in 1960 for hitting 39 dingers, 112 RBIs, and batting .283.  He signed a one year deal with his team after the season (49 years ago tomorrow) for $36,000.  Who am I talking about?

Katherine Ross is 70 today – wow!  She had three great roles like “Elaine Robinson” of “The Graduate”, “Etta Place” in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, and “Joanne Eberhart” in “The Stepford Wives.”

Roger Maris of course of the Yankees.

In a little over a couple of weeks Spring Training starts and one of the stories could very well be Jason Castro and his shot at being the ‘Stros Opening Day catcher.

 

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The Chron broke a story yesterday about private developers wanting to put the soccer stadium just outside of Loop 610 between the Galleria and Bellaire.  Check it out.

So what do we do with the property in Downtown H-Town where some folks wanted the new soccer stadium to go?  Hey stick a jail on the property?  I don’t know about you, but the last thing we need next to The Yard is a stinking jail.

Those folks that live next to The Yard in those new lofts and townhomes that were cracking on a new soccer stadium now might get a jail and all those bail bond offices that follow.  

Commentary is going to be real disappointed if folks start moving to put a jail next to The Yard.  That’s not going to do that part of town any good.  We can do better than that.  That’s not visionary.  Stay tuned!

Who was the first MLBer to have his number retired?

Commentary went to a reception last night in honor of the new HISD Board President Greg Meyers.  I finally got to meet the new Superintendent.  There was a lot of talk about local education reform last night which is a good thing.

Lou Gehrig’s number 4 of course in 1939.

I got this from the ‘Stros this morning:

“As part of Major League Baseball’s initiative to assist the victims of the destructive earthquake in Haiti, the Houston Astros have launched the "Hitting Homeruns for Haiti" auction. This program features a number of incredible Astros experiences available for bid, with the proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Haiti Relief Fund.

“You can bid for meeting  Astros legends Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell at the FiveSeven Grill, step into the batter’s box to face Astros ace, Roy Oswalt,  meet-and-greet and photos with the Astros outfield – Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Carlos Lee, meet-and-greet with "Big Puma" Lance Berkman and watch him take batting practice on the field, a night in Drayton McLane’s owner suite for you and 12 friends, and dine with Hall of Fame broadcaster, Milo Hamilton and join him for an inning in the broadcast booth.”

 

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GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina is polling a little above 10% and some folks are thinking she might throw Guv Dude and Hutch into an April run-off.  She participated in the first statewide TV debate a couple of weeks ago and will participate in Friday night’s TV debate.  You know she’s being taken serious because she got a mention in today’s Austin American Statesman’s online edition on purchasing some clothes with campaign funds.    Hey, if former Governor Palin can do it, so can Debra.

What isn’t being talked about is the number of Latino voters that could vote in the GOP primary.   In some parts of the state where there isn’t a whole lot going on in the Latino community in the Democratic Party primary, like here in H-Town, will Latino voters drift into the GOP primary?  If Latino voters are not engaged by the Democratic Party candidates – who knows? Stay tuned.

Let’s see now, the feds says that truck drivers and bus drivers can’t text.  Galveston drivers can’t text.  I’d like for H-Town drivers not to text.  Just think how much money the city could raise from violators if they adopted a text ban ordinance.

Channel 11 did a story last night on the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas race.   Check it out.

Commentary invites you to go to www.jarvisforcongress.com .

Which MLB team holds the record for the highest batting average in a World Serious?

In last night’s Channel 11 story, a mention was made on the infamous HR 600, the Michael Jackson Resolution and here’s what the incumbent said about her resolution:  “The resolution is not dead. It’s filed in the United States Congress. They often don’t pass the first time.” 

I don’t make this stuff up.  I don’t think The President will mention it tonight in his State of the Union address.

The 1960 Yankees of course with a .338 batting average on the back of winning games by 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0, even though they lost the World Serious to the Pirates – yikes!

The ‘Stros batted .203 in the 2005 World Serious as the first Spring Training game is March 4 against the Nationals.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, folks from the U.S. of A. come together and watch the big game and the new cool TV commercials.  This time it is going to be special because “Who Dat Nation” is involved.   It is supposed to be a day when we all come together like who can forget Bono opening his jacket at halftime.  Now the anti-choice folks have plunked down $2.8 mil for a TV ad featuring the Tebow football player.  I don’t know about that ad on that day but I guess it’s a free country.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a few fights broke out in sports bars throughout the country after the ad runs.

Guv Dude has decided to skip the E-Board interviews during the primary.  He’s saying that they know who he is, what he’s done, and what he wants to do, so why bother.  It will only take away from his campaigning among the hard right folks. 

What Dude is really saying is that the E-Boards are probably tired of his arse and are likely to endorse Hutch or for sure the former H-Town Mayor, so he might as well create one of those imaginary fights with the so called liberal media that will help stir up his base.

As far Commentary is concerned, if the Vice President’s son doesn’t think it is a good idea to run for his dad’s old U.S. Senate seat, then that ought to tell us that we have a whole lot of work to do. 

Speaking of, bet most folks didn’t know that mud from a Delaware River tributary is used by MLB baseball teams to rub on new baseballs before each game to get the shine off them and make them less slick.

Commentary invites you to go to  www.jarvisforcongress.com  You might learn the following about the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas.

From a 2008 Study on Poverty

            151,855 (23%) residents are in poverty

             66,238 (35.4%) children are in poverty

            25% of women are in poverty

              28 % of African Americans are in poverty

            25% of Latinos are in poverty.

From the 2006-2008 American Community Survey Census

            67% are high school graduates or higher compared to the 85% national average

            17% have a Bachelor’s degree or better compared to the 27% national average

            50% of housing units are owner occupied compared to the 67% national average

            50% of housing units are renter occupied compared to the 33% national average

$37,133 is the median household income compared to the $52,175 national average

Stay tuned!

Which of one of these pitchers in one season started 39 games and completed all 39:  Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Jack Taylor, or Christy Mathewson? 

Speaking of, Bob Uecker is 75 today.  Uecker of “Mr. Belvedere”, the movie “Major League” (just a bit outside), Miller Lite commercials, and the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, had 731 at-bats in the bigs.  He had a .200 career batting average with 14 dingers.  Uecker and the BrewCrew don’t make it to The Yard until Friday, July 30.

Jack Taylor of course with San Luis way back in 1904.

I’m not going to say anything about the ‘’Stros and Wandy going to arbitration over Wandy’s salary other than to say that according to the Chron, the ‘Stros are batting 1.000 in arbitration hearings over the past 13 years.  

 

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The White House reads Commentary for sure and has now decided to take charge by bringing in David Plouffe, The President’s campaign manager, to handle the politics of Democrats.  They don’t want to be caught off guard again like we were in Massachusetts. I’m thinking that they want to hold on to as many Democratic, Senate, U.S. House, and Governorships as possible.  I’m OK with that.  With the exception of the Seventeenth Congressional District of Texas, there is not much to hold on to for Dems in the Lone Star State, so don’t expect a whole lot of resources from the DNC.   What else is new?

Metal detectors are for wussies according to Guv Dude.  Who needs them at the State Capitol when folks can just whip out their pieces if some crazy goes, err, well crazy?

Commentary invites you to go to www.jarvisforcongress.com   You might learn the following about the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas.

From a 2008 Study on Poverty

            151,855 (23%) residents are in poverty

             66,238 (35.4%) children are in poverty

            25% of women are in poverty

              28 % of African Americans are in poverty

            25% of Latinos are in poverty.

From the 2006-2008 American Community Survey Census

            67% are high school graduates or higher compared to the 85% national average

            17% have a Bachelor’s degree or better compared to the 27% national average

            50% of housing units are owner occupied compared to the 67% national average

            50% of housing units are renter occupied compared to the 33% national average

$37,133 is the median household income compared to the $52,175 national average

Stay tuned!

Some fella out of Amarillo is organizing a boycott of H-Town because of our Mayor, the new Planned Parenthood building, and the KissKam at The Yard.  I don’t have a problem with that.  In fact, if folks don’t want to come here for the above, heck, I don’t want them around.

Commentary is glad that the New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl.  It was just a little over four years ago that folks in San Antonio were acting as looters in the aftermath of Katrina and trying to steal them.  Now that the Saints are in the Super Bowl, name the four NFL teams that still have not gone to the big dance?

What uniform numbers have the Baltimore Orioles retired? 

The Texans, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jags.

Earl Weaver (#4), Brooks Robinson (#5), Cal Ripken, Jr. (8), Frank Robinson (#20), Jim Palmer (#22), and Eddie Murray (#33), of course.

Bryant Gumbel called out Jeff Bagwell the other night on HBO.  He read an open letter:  “ Finally tonight, an open letter to baseball’s usual suspects. Dear Barry (Bonds), Roger (Clemens), Sammy (Sosa) and Rafael (Palmeiro), I’m writing in hopes you saw Mark McGwire’s phony non-apology last week and learned from it. I’m assuming that you, like most people not named Tony La Russa, got a good laugh out of Mark’s crocodile tears and his self-serving claims about truth, guilt and the pharmaceutical way.  So on behalf of all fans, do us a favor. If and when you’re ready to come clean, don’t insult us with talk of how much of what you did was God-given and how much was chemically induced. Let us figure that out, OK? And don’t play us for idiots. Spare us the lies about talking ‘roids for health reasons. We’re all grown-ups. You took stuff for the same reason most of us break or bend rules. You thought you could get away with it. And you did.  You did because commissioner Bud Selig, being Bud, was, of course, asleep at the switch when you suddenly grew Shrek-like necks and bloated biceps.    In closing guys, please feel free to share this letter with (Jeff) Bagwell, Nomar (Garciaparra), Pudge (Ivan Rodriguez) and all those others who went from hitting homers to power outages overnight. Tell ‘em fans are ready to accept what happened. Tell ‘em we’re ready to move on. Tell ‘em that most of us get it — even if they, like you, still don’t."

Ouch!

Speaking of Baltimore, Miguel “Miggy” Tejada is back with the Orioles.  I don’t have problem with that.  We had him for two years and he made the MLB All Star team twice plus they gave out Miggy T-Shirts a couple of times.  We never got a Miggy bobblehead though.

 

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“We have to get a bill passed,” said House Speaker Pelosi yesterday or else Democrats will be failures in the eyes of the voters for not getting a health care bill passed when Democrats controlled Congress and The White House.   

I have to disagree with the Speaker.  You are already failures in the eyes of the voters.  The mistake The President made was letting you and Majority Leader Reid lead.

“People are at various levels of the seven stages of grief,” said New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.

It doesn’t help that corporations – thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court – are now going to weigh in big time in races this year and most likely not on behalf of Democrats. 

Democratic elected officials in swing districts that are up this year should be very nervous.

Commentary doesn’t have a problem having to go through one of those metal detector gizmos at the state capitol.  We do it here at City Hall.  We do it at some of the county buildings. They even check you out at Toyota Center and Reliant Stadium.

This player was not elected into the Hall of Fame until his fourth year of eligibility even though at the time of his retirement he was fifth on the all time dinger list behind Aaron, Ruth, Mays, and Robinson.  He hit 40 or more dingers in a season eight times.  He had nine seasons of 100 or more RBIs.  He also made the All Star Team 11 times.  Who am I talking about?

This is what Roy O. said a couple of days ago:  “I’ll be ready when it gets time to go. This new workout stuff should help a lot."  He‘s swimming more.

Harmon Killebrew of course.

One of the giveaways at The Yard this season is a hidden book safe.  I found out it is one of those hollowed out books where you can keep valuables like tickets to ‘Stros games.

 

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There is a story in the Chron today about the fallout from Massachusetts and how it impacts Texas.  Check it out.  Commentary is not going to pay attention to any positive spin Lone Star State Dem electeds, Dem party leaders, Dem candidates, or Dem operatives try to put out because it is nothing but BS.  Dems got their arses handed to them Tuesday night while the whole world was watching.  The only good thing Dems can say is that it is a good thing that November 2, 2010 is not next week.  We have us nine months to turn things around so let’s hope that The President provides the leadership we need.

Mr. Brown you’ve got a lovely daughter.  That Massachusetts Brown fella in his victory speech Tuesday night had his two daughters standing by him and he said that one of them was “available.”  I wonder if Tiger gave her a call.

Former Governor Palin is coming in to campaign for Guv Dude while 41 is endorsing Hutch.    I’m thinking the Palin endorsement has more value.

Who said this?  “Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw.  He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs.”

John Edward – through a spokesperson – finally got around to handing out cigars today.  He couldn’t even do it himself.

San Luis catcher Tim McCarver of course was behind the plate for Gibson in three different World Seriouses.

One of the giveaways at The Yard this season is a hidden book safe – huh!  I’ve heard of the hidden ball trick but not the hidden book safe.

 

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