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Commentary has said it before.  The President is probably the smartest Dem around – period.  This is in today’s SA Express News:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama huddled Tuesday with Latino lawmakers at the White House on efforts to overcome hurdles and jump-start the legislative process for a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year.

Obama met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in advance of a speech that will urge Congress to pass an immigration bill, even as the Justice Department reviews the constitutionality of a controversial Arizona law.

Check out the article.

Now he knows that passing comprehensive immigration reform is not going to happen this year.  However, when The President speaks, folks listen.  So he’s reminding Latino voters that he is trying to do something but the GOP is standing in the way so it will be on the minds of Latino voters on Election Day.  Who knows!  Maybe we can at least get the DREAM ACT out of this!

All baseball fans know that Cy Young holds the MLB record for most wins by a pitcher – 511.  Cy Young got his last win on September 22, 1911.  Who is number two on the all time win list?

The H-Town City Council this morning started discussing next year’s redistricting process.   Instead of creating a city council committee on redistricting, the H-Town Mayor mentioned that she will probably let the process run through the Ethics and Council Governance Committee – currently chaired by CM Mike Sullivan, a GOPer – interesting.  At this morning’s meeting, CM Sullivan embraced the process and let his colleagues know that he would be fair.  I guess it’s a done deal.  Commentary doesn’t have a problem with CM Sullivan on this.  We can work with the fella on redistricting if you ask me.  Stay tuned!

After watching ‘Stros pitcher Brett Myers give up four dingers last night, I don’t know if we have an All Star Game worthy player.  Alyson’s Footnotes today makes the case for Myers, Roy O., closer Matt Lindstrom, Hunter Pence, and Jeff Keppinger.

Check it out.

Walter Johnson of course of the Washington Senators won 417 games from 1907-1927 is number two on the list.

We need to win this afternoon in order to break even this month.  It is going to be tough though as we go with a shaky Wandy.  How bad has our year been?  As of today, we are the only team in MLB with two pitchers that have ten losses – Roy O. and Wandy – yikes!

 

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Hurricanes are bad news period!  The Tropical Storm Alex is fixing to turn into a hurricane and hit South Texas and Northern Mexico.  For the most part, the only fellas that ever come out looking better after a hurricane are the few elected officials that are in charge of the emergency management response.  Look at the Former H-Town Mayor and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Look at Hunker Down and Hurricane Ike.  You gotta figure that Guv Dude has already put on his starched khakis and that safari looking short sleeve shirt with the state seal on the shirt pocket.   He’ll start getting his mug on TV and let folks know that the Lone Star State has all their “assets” in place.

It seems like Dude has been in reelection mode for the past year and a half.  For the next couple of days or so, he’ll be in an emergency management response mode.  Let’s see if he can keep the two modes separated.  Stay tuned!

In baseball, what is the “immaculate inning?”

Bonus:  What was the big news in the MLB 20 years ago today?

After the ‘Stros fell behind 4 zip after two innings, I thought “Two and a Half Men” might be a better watch but I decided to stick with the game.  We ended up coming back for a 9-5 win.  How about that!

The “immaculate inning” is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters faced by throwing only nine pitches – all strikes of course.  It has only been accomplished 43 times in MLB history by the likes of Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Bruce Sutter, Bob Gibson, Lefty Grove, Ron Guidry, Milt Pappas, David Cone, Randy Johnson, A.J. Burnett, Pedro Martinez, and Brandon Backe – huh!

Pitchers Dave Stewart of the A’s and Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers threw no-nos of course 20 years ago today.  Stewart threw his in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.  Valenzuela got his in a 6-0 win over San Luis at Chavez Ravine.

The ‘Stros are 2-2 on their current road trip with two more in Milwaukee and four more in San Diego.  Commentary’s current for choice for the MLB All-Star Game, Brett Myers, goes tonight against Yovani Gallardo so it should be interesting. 

 

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In yesterday’s Chron, the E-Board in their lead editorial took aim at some members of the H-Town City Council for not cutting their own budgets – ouch!    Check it out.

Here are a couple of the zingers they used:

This was tone-deaf public relations on council’s part.

A vigilant City Council is our first line of defense. They let us down last week.

The Sunday Chron lead editorial is widely read.  The consolation prize to council members in the editorial was their individual names were not listed.

Of course, I wonder if the three council members that voted for the 2% budget cut to council offices will go on ahead and cut their budgets by 2%.  Stay tuned!

Commentary said a couple of weeks ago that going negative would be front and center in the race for governor of the Lone Star State.  The Back to the Basics PAC has some TV ads on the air that are whacking Guv Dude pretty good.  The Former H-Town Mayor also whacked Dude pretty good this past weekend.  Stay tuned!

Who holds the MLB record for hitting the most dingers for the same team?

Bonus:  Who holds the record for hitting the most game lead-off dingers in the NL?

Commentary was checking out Mexico versus Argentina and before the match when they played the Mexican National Anthem all of the members of El Tri were singing.  You don’t see that in these parts.

If you ask me, Roy O. needs to stop talking about getting traded and focus on pitching.  While in Arlington this past weekend he talked about getting traded to the Rangers then got lit up last night and got yanked in the fifth.  If you ask me, if I had to pick our MLB All-Star, I’d go with Brett Myers.

Henry Louis Aaron of course hit 733 dingers as a Milwaukee/Atlanta Brave.  He hit another 22 as a Milwaukee Brewer.

B-G-O of course had 53 game lead-off dingers as a ‘Stro.

Speaking of, Al Downing, the pitcher that served up Hank Aaron’s record breaking 715th dinger back in 1974, is celebrating his 69th BD today. 

Rookie pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals makes his national TV debut tonight on ESPN2 against the Braves as the 29-47 ‘Stros limp into Milwaukee with The Big Puma hitting .240, Numero 45  at .234, Bourn at .257, Feliz at .216, Michaels at .232, Blum at .242, and that’s why we’re 29-47. 

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Here’s what Dude put out a couple of days ago:

WHEREAS, the Gulf Coast has suffered an unfortunate loss of life due to the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which continues to threaten livelihoods, economies and precious coastal wildlife ecosystems with devastation and destruction; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; and

WHEREAS, prayer provides peace and guidance in times of crisis and conflict, and reminds us of the comforting assurance of God’s love for us all; and

WHEREAS, it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join with their fellow Gulf Coast residents and others across the country and around the world to thank God, seek his wisdom for ourselves and our leaders, and ask him for his merciful intervention and healing in this time of crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dude, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim Sunday, June 27, 2010, as a Day of Prayer in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and religious traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of individuals, the rebuilding of communities and the restoration of entire Gulf Coast environment in the wake of this disaster.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 23rd day of June, 2010.

Guv Dude.

Nothing else is working so what the heck.  Of course, since Dude wants to put this in God’s hands, maybe the oil spill mess won’t be an issue this fall.  Of course, Dude did blame this on God a while back though.  Stay tuned!

I’ll have to give it to the Lone Star State Green Party for having no shame.  They’ll takes anybody’s greenback$$$ if you ask me. 

J-Stro hit his first career dinger yesterday afternoon.    Who has the ‘Stros record for most dingers in a season by a catcher?

The world’s most famous Latina/Latino is celebrating her 56th BD today.  Happy Birthday Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Former ‘Stro catcher John Bateman of course hit 17 dingers in 1966.

Since we brought up J-Stro we are 2-1.  That’s a good sign if you ask me as our 10-day roadie begins tonight up in Arlington.

 

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The City of H-Town City Council adopted the $4.1 bil budget yesterday with the usual amendments.  One of the council members proposed cutting council members’ office budgets by 2%.  The council member that proposed the budget amendment said:   “I think it is disingenuous to ask departments to cut their budgets and not cut our own.  We were elected to lead by example, not by decree.”  The amendment only received support from two other members of council.

Commentary is certainly not going to say that the three council members that supported this amendment were posturing.  However, if they supported this, shouldn’t they go on ahead and voluntarily cut 2% of their budget?  Stay tuned!

I will say this about the World Cup.  It is a big deal among H-Town’s huge immigrant community.  On days that El Tri plays, I see the cashiers at the local Fiesta all decked out in the Red, White and Green.  I was at the office of a Latino community group yesterday and all of a sudden a huge cheer erupted throughout the suite of offices after the U.S. of A. scored their goal.   Mexico versus Argentina this weekend ought to be interesting in H-Town.  I get it.

A Winbledon match will continue today on day 3 after an epic 10 hours – wow?

What is the longest game ever in MLB post season history?

Bonus:  What is the longest game ever in World Serious history?

Commentary forgot to wish MariGirl a happy birthday on Tuesday – sorry.  Happy Birthday Marisol!

The ‘Stros versus the Braves of course in Game 4 of the NLDS on October 9, 2005 at The Yard in 18 innings and five hours and fifty minutes.

The ‘Stros versus the White Sox of course in Game 3 of the World Serious on October 25, 2005 at The Yard in 14 innings and five hours and forty-one minutes.

Commentary was at both.

If you ask Commentary and of course nobody ever asks Commentary, if the ‘Stros only get one selection for the MLB All-Star Game, today I’d pick Brett Myers (5-5) with a 3.20 ERA over Roy O. (5-9) with a 3.08 ERA because he’s not whining.  This afternoon will be the last time we get to see the team at The Yard this month.  They will hit the road for ten games and not return until after the Fourth of July.

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After yesterday’s poll that showed Guv Dude and the Former H-Town Mayor all tied up, I’m thinking that Dude will agree to a couple of debates and put this debate issue to bed.  I’m also thinking that Dude will probably go negative first in the near future with some TV or radio ads.

I guess since I didn’t hear anything to the contrary, Commissioners Court went on ahead and yesterday approved a study on the possibility of an Elections Administrator.  Stay tuned!

The H-Town Mayor will get her first budget approved today.  From here on out it is all hers.  

Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum made his major league debut in May of 2007.  His first major league win was against the Rockies.  Who did he beat for his second win?

The only good thing from last night’s win was Jason Castro’s first hit in his first at-bat.  He also scored our only run and threw out two runners trying to steal second.  Way to go J-Stro!

We’re a team with a 26-45 record that says it all.  The picture on the front page of the sports section in the Chron’s hard copy also says it all.  It is a photo of a contorted Big Puma trying to snag a pop foul.   Numero 45 got booed Sunday for booting a ball to hit him.   Heck, I haven’t even snagged a foul ball this season.  That’s how bad it is.

Lincecum got his second win against the ‘Stros of course in 2007 and Roy O. took the loss.  Last night was the third time this season that Lincecum and Roy O. have faced off with Roy O. getting all three losses.  Go figure!

Barry Zito versus Brett Myers tonight as we continue to look for a way to win! 

 

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Harris County Commissioners Court will consider an agenda item today to conduct a study on what happens if a County Elections Administrator Office is created.  Check out today’s Chron.  It looks like we could be one step closer to an EA.  I hope the votes are there to approve the study.  Stay tuned!

The Houston City Council takes up the annual budget tomorrow and CM Anne Clutterbuck has proposed a budget amendment that eliminates the extra monthly cash for being bilingual.  I don’t know about that.  Check out the piece.  This policy has been in place for 18 years or so.  Now some Latino leaders are all riled up.  Way to go!

CM Jolanda Jones has a budget amendment that calls for putting in showers in the council member floor bathrooms – huh!  I also don’t know about that.  I don’t think you can cut back on library hours and at the same time build showers for council members.   It is definitely not a good PR move.

CM Mike Sullivan has a pretty bold budget amendment.  He wants to delay city employee pay raises that are scheduled.  Good luck!

The future has begun so to speak at The Yard.  Two years and seventeen days after being taken 10th in the first round of the MLB draft, catcher Jason Castro will make his major league debut behind the plate tonight handling Roy O. at The Yard against the Giants.  J-Stro will be wearing the Number 15 jersey.  Who were the last four ‘’Stros to wear the Number 15?

The good news about tonight’s game versus the Giants is that we get to watch a match-up of greats – Roy. O versus Tim Lincecum, the winner of the last two NL Cy Young Awards.  The bad news is we have to face Tim Lincecum.

Doug Drabek (1993-1996), Richard Hidalgo (1997-2004), Carlos Beltran (2004), and Cecil Cooper (2005-2009) of course were the last four ‘Stros to wear the Number 15 jersey.

This the second time in at The Yard for the Giants this season.  We had them for the opening series back in April.  San Luis and the Brewers, our Central Division rivals still haven’t dropped in.

Roy O. has a 3.12 ERA and is 5-8.  Lincecum has a 3.11 ERA and is 7-2.  Guess who has run support as tonight’s buzz at The Yard will be about J-Stro.

 

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A headline on the front page of today’s Chron says “Report: Poverty, dropout rate bode grim Texas future.”   What else is new?  Here’s a piece from the article:  I don’t see business rearing up, and I sure don’t see the state Legislature, with an $18 billion problem, saying, ‘Man, we really need to muscle this thing up.’ I think the thing that’s going to change it is going to be another lawsuit," said Jack Lowe, chairman of Dallas-based TDI Industries and a board member of the Texas Business and Education Coalition.

Here is the article.

It looks like this Lowe fella is saying that our leaders don’t have the guts and courage to deal with this problem.   It looks like we’re still on the road to nowhere here in the Lone Star State. 

Who was the first ‘Stro to ever hit three dingers in a game and who was the last ‘Stro to hit three dingers in game?

Speaking of, Kuffer has more on the Latino vote.   Check it out.

In yesterday’s SA Express news, there was lengthy piece on big money and college football.  The Longhorns rake in $87.6 mil a year in football.  The Coogs rake in $4 mil.   In the Big 12, Baylor rakes in the least at $11.9 mil.  In today’s Chron, the UH Chancellor says she wants UH in the Big 12.  I don’t know about that.  I think UH needs to be raking in an additional $8 mil a year before the Big 12 starts talking to them.  Heck, Rice rakes in $12.7 mil and they are not getting talked to by the Big 12.

Don’t tamper with our players Nolan!   There was a piece on the ‘Stros website about Hall of Famer and Rangers President Nolan Ryan talking about trading for Roy O.  I really don’t appreciate Nolan coming into our yard and talking about snatching up Roy O.  I don’t even think the Rangers could take on Roy O’s hefty salary if you ask me.  I also wish Roy O. would also stop talking about getting traded.    Here is the piece.

Jimmy “Toy Cannon” Wynn of course hit three solo dingers in a game on June 15, 1967 against the Giants in the Astrodome of all places.  On April 13, 2007, Numero 45 of course hit three dingers in Philly.  Two of the dingers came off of Brett Myers (now with the ‘Stros), including a grand salami.

I was going to talk about our miserable season to date including The Big Puma batting .237, Numero 45 at .223, and Feliz at .221 but I’m not.  I’m glad the front office still reads Commentary.   GM Wade announced after yesterday’s game that Jason Castro would in the brick red for tomorrow’s game against the Giants.  Third baseman Chris Johnson and outfielder Jason Bourgeois will also be in the brick red.  I wonder if our new catcher will be called J-Stro?

 

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A bunch of area state legislators sent a letter to the Big 12 Conference asking that UH and TCU be included in the Big 12.  (Sorry Rice!  I guess your NCAA Baseball Championship a few years ago and Tier One Status doesn’t rate.)  I’m looking forward to seeing the Big 12 response.  I really don’t think UH and TCU are going to get a Big 12 invite.  It is not going to happen.    Not very many folks can roll over big time college sports.  Just ask the folks that are going up against the BCS.  Commentary hopes we really don’t spend a lot of taxpayer dollars debating this Big 12 issue.  Until we figure out the state’s budget mess and reduce the dropout rate, let’s leave this debate where it belongs – on sports talk radio.

Here’s the list of legislators that signed the letter: Representatives Bill Callegari, Garnet Coleman, Alma Allen, Carol Alvarado, Ellen Cohen, Harold Dutton, Gary Elkins, Al Edwards, Jessica Farrar, Allen Fletcher, Ken Legler, Ana Hernandez, Charlie Howard, Debbie Riddle, Wayne Smith, Larry Taylor, Kristi Thibaut, Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner, Armando Walle, Randy Weber, Beverly Woolley, John Zerwas, Hubert Vo, and Senators Rodney Ellis and Mario Gallegos.

Where’s Hochberg?

Where’s The Dean?

How come the Chron doesn’t have their soccer beat writer in South Africa covering the World Cup?  We have an MLS team here in H-Town.  We’re fixing to build a new soccer stadium.  We’ve even made a pitch to host some matches at Reliant Stadium if the U.S. of A. gets to be the Host Nation of the 2018 World Cup.  Other cities might just use the fact that we didn’t send a reporter to South Africa against our 2018 bid.  H-Town has a huge immigrant population that is paying a lot of attention to the World Cup.  I’m betting that the city’s productivity dipped some yesterday afternoon when Mexico went up against the French.   The Chron can send a reporter over to France to cover a bike ride but not the World Cup – huh?  How can we claim to be an international city when our newspaper can’t even send their soccer beat writer to cover the World Cup.

In 1967, this MLB Hall of Famer became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 dingers in the same season.  On April 14, 1969, he was the first player to ever bat in Canada.  Who am I talking about?

Sir Paul is 64 plus 4 today.  Future ‘Stro Jason Castro is 23 today.  Numero 45 will be celebrating numero 34 on Sunday.

Lou Brock of course hit 21 dingers and stole 52 bases for San Luis in 1967.  On April 14, 1969 in he led off the game in Jarry Park in Montreal against the new expansion team Montreal Expos and lined out to second. Lou Brock is celebrating his 71st BD today.

The only thing I’m going to say about last night is once again ‘Stros Skipper Mills left his starting pitcher in a batter or two too long – arrgh!   We should have won last night.  Now we have Lone Star Series for the Silver Boot this weekend with T-Shirts tonight, Nolan Ryan Bobbleheads tomorrow, and Father’s Day neckties on Sunday. 

 

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About four weeks ago, Commentary launched the “Latino Vote 2010” series.  I wanted to get a discussion going and boy have I!

Here is what someone sent out this morning: “I don’t know if Campos has any constructive ideas at all. He seems to be, mostly, a gossip and gadfly. But, he is correct about a self-perpetuating and failed party leadership.”

 “Marc Campos is incompetent in his inability to get out the Latino vote.”

 “As I’ve said before Marc is likened a 2nd. string player sitting on the bench in the dugout complaining to the water boy about the play or lack of play of his team mates on the field…. but when he gets to play, well what can I say…. that’s why’s he’s on the bench most of the time….”

  “Marc doesn’t know himself what’s needed to get more Latinos to the polls… TRUST ME IF HE (Commentary) DID……… we’d all know it for he’d make certain he’d get the credit for fixing this problem…”

 “I agree 100 % with Marc Campos.  Every election year it’s the same thing. Yet, it’s the same democrats who say why the Republicans have “token” Hispanics  in committees and appointments.  The D’s should learn from the R’s and start investing into the Hispanic Community around the state of Texas.  If they don’t invest then don’t complain when the other party does…………………..”

 Obviously, I got some blood boiling out there because it is generating some personal attacks.  Like I said, I’d rather have this discussion before the election than after.

Yesterday I pointed out the vote turnout for certain Latino precincts in Harris County’s inner city for the 2002 Perry/Sanchez and 2006 Perry/Bell races.  First of all, let me say that Commentary consulted for the Sanchez campaign in Harris County in 2002.   As most folks recall, the Sanchez campaign put in money into a ground and air effort in the Latino community and that is why the Latino turnout was in the 25% to 31% range in hard core Latino precincts as compared to the overall 35% Harris County turnout.  It also helped that Sanchez was Latino.

Check out Kuffer’s latest on the Latino vote.

Commentary is helping to organize two local events that could impact Latino voter awareness.   Yesterday we sent out an announcement on the next Houston Area Latino Summit that will focus on Immigration Reform.  It will be held at PlazAmericas (the old Sharpstown Mall) on Saturday, August 14, 2010.  The info will be posted on www.camposcommunications.com  and   www.houstonlatinosummit.com  later today.  We will also be helping to organize the PlazAmericas Community Expo and Voter Registration Event on Sunday, September 12, 2010 … to be continued!  

Last night before the ‘Stros/Royals game in KC, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced that KC would host the 2012 MLB ALL-Star Game. This year’s All_Star Game is in Anaheim and next year’s is in Phoenix – oh no.  Of course, the 2004 All-Star Game was at The Yard with The Big Puma and Miggy going dinger to dinger in the Dinger Derby.  Barry, Barry, A-Roid, ManRoid, SamRoid, Piazza, and Pudge were among the stars that showed up.  The Rocket was the starting pitcher for the NL.  Who was the starting pitcher for the AL?

Yesterday, Commentary was watching the H-Town Mayor at her post Council Meeting press availability and she said that a cell use and text banning while driving ordinance was not going to happen here in H-Town.  She wants to leave it to the state and feds to come up with a law.  That’s too bad. 

Mark Mulder of course from the A’s started on the mound for the AL in 2004.  Mulder last pitched in the MLB in 2008.

In case you didn’t get to see the end of last night’s rain delayed game, we won 4-2 with Roy O picking up the win.  So we’re 4-5 on the road trip as we finish up in KC tonight!

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