Here’s what Newsweek cover boy Guv Dude said this past weekend: "It was very disconcerting for me to see the president at Kennedy Space Center (in Florida) making the announcement about they’re going to increase some jobs there. Not one word spoken about the Johnson Space Center. The message there was: ‘You’re from Texas. We don’t care about you.’ I tell people this president has put a target on Texas’ back."
Dude ought to know something about targets since he’s had an old bull’s eye on The President for a while. Get real Dude! You railed against the stimulus even though you pocketed the money. You railed against healthcare reform. You railed against The President’s education grants.
Here’s the problem for all of us that support the Johnson Space Center. Let’s say there is public support for continuing to go to space, aside from the folks from Alabama, Florida, the Lone Star State, California, and a couple of other states with smaller research facilities, the rest of the U.S. of A. doesn’t give a rat’s arse who gets the funds or where we train the next generation of astronauts. We’re not going to knock Florida out of the running, because they already have the launching facilities.
At some point some folks outside of the Lone Star State are going to start saying – hey wait a minute. Don’t you guys in the Lone Star State want a federal government that is not relevant to your lives? Don’t you guys have a governor that wants to secede? Don’t you guys want a smaller government? Weren’t you the guys that didn’t want stimulus dollars?
The H-Town Mayor and the local congressional delegation have to convince the rest of Congress on the importance of the Johnson Space Center. Remind them that it were folks at the Johnson Space Center that turned Apollo 13 into NASA’s most successful failure. Of course they are going to have to do this convincing while Dude is railing against The President. Dude’s in a reelection mode that doesn’t include a photo-op with The President in the Oval Office discussing the future of NASA in H-Town.
It probably doesn’t help that Dude has snagged a soon to be released Newsweek cover with the “Don’t Mess With Texas” screaming headline. Sure it gives Dude more national exposure. It makes him one of the faces of the national GOP right up there behind Former Governor Palin and excites his base here in the Lone Star State. However, like I was saying, Dems outside of the Lone Star State are probably thinking, why do we want to help out this fella’s state? Stay tuned!
The Chron had a reader poll they published this weekend on tearing down the Astrodome – 55% for the wrecking ball, 45% for preserving the Dome – take that!
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies threw a no-no in Atlanta against the Braves this past Saturday. It was the first no-no in Rockies history. Name the only three MLB teams that still don’t have a no-no.
A double bonus: How many no-nos do the ‘Stros have and has a ‘Stros catcher ever caught more than one?
Commentary watched the ‘Stros and Cubbies on the tube this past Saturday then afterwards I started to watch the Mets and Cards on Fox. After about 30 minutes I headed off to the gym then to run some errands. When I got back the Mets and Cards were still playing in the tenth inning. I watched as the game went 20 innings and ended after 10 pm. 652 pitches were thrown in a game that lasted 6 hours and 53 minutes. The Cardinals used two position players (non-pitchers) to pitch. The game was scoreless for the first 18 innings. Oh yeah, the Mets won 2 to 1.
In case you missed CM James Rodriguez’s Op-Ed on the Downtown Soccer Stadium in Saturday’s Chron, we have it for you. Check it out.
The Mets, Rays and Padres of course are the only teams without no-nos.
The ‘Stros have ten no-nos of course thrown by Don Nottebart (1963), Ken Johnson (1964), Don Wilson (1967 & 1969), Larry Dierker (1976), Ken Forsch (1979), Nolan Ryan (1981), Mike Scott (1986), Darryl Kile (1993), and Roy O/Pete Munro/Kirk Saarloos/Brad Lidge/Octavio Dotel/Billy Wagner (2003).
Alan Ashby of course was behind the plate for Forsch, Ryan and Scott.
Fox Sports Southwest has a neat 30 minute “Spotlight” on my pal Drayton. It is a nice piece. Check it out while it is still airing.
The ‘Stros just had them a 3-3 road trip and The Big Puma finally gets to see some MLB action starting tomorrow night against the Fish!