Here is a part of the proclamation Guv Dude put out yesterday on the upcoming prayer gathering out at Reliant on Saturday, August 6:
Given the trials that have beset our country and world – from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families – it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation.
Commentary is not going to get into the business of going after folks that want to pray even though here is what a Dude spokesperson said yesterday about the gathering:
“a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting.”
That is kind of a head scratching phrase if you ask me.
Commentary doesn’t have plans to attend because I usually skip Dude’s event. Anyway, the Brewers are at The Yard that day and they are handing out replica jerseys.
I just hope they pray for good stuff and not pray against folks they disagree with like Planned Parenthood, paperless folks, Dems, GLBTers, and The President.
While they are out at Reliant, maybe they can throw in a prayer or two for Wade Phillips’ new defense and another prayer for the players that wear the brick red out at The Yard.
In the history of the ‘Stros, name the ‘Stros pitcher that has given up the most career dingers?
Since the Big Prayer Caucus is Dude’s idea and event and since folks are talking about Dude running for prez, does that mean that the other GOP candidates for prez will stay away from arguably one the biggest political prayer events of the year? Stay tuned!
This one from Chron.com will probably get some play out in the community. Here is a taste:
Houston ISD board president Paula Harris said today that raising property taxes, dipping into the district’s savings account and suing the state over school finance inequities are all possibilities.
Harris noted twice that HISD has the lowest tax rate of all school districts in Harris County ($1.1567 per $100 of assessed value). The district also offers a special tax break known as an optional homestead exemption, which reduces the taxable value of homes by 20 percent.
Here is the entire Chron.com piece.
Why should the HISD Trustees do what the Texas Legislature didn’t have the huevos to do? I’d only have them do it if a bunch of other business, political, union, parent, and community leaders stood behind them and supported them.
Larry Dierker of course gave up 177 dingers during his years with the ‘Stros.
The Big Puma, Albert Pujols, and San Luis will be at The Yard for three starting this evening. They are in first place and we’re in last place!