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Before I close out the year I forgot to give Serge a BD shout out last Thursday. I did drop by his 50th BD celebration the other night and a lot of his great friends were there.  Happy Birthday last Thursday to my good friend Sergio Davila!

Talk about a colossal collapse.  If we don’t advance to the AFC Championship game, I expect the owner to make major changes.  We’re a very lousy 12-4 team – go figure!  I think you can call it the curse of the letter jackets.  They ought to put them in a pile over on Kirby Drive and put a match to them – good riddance!

This is going to be another anxious week – drats!

Who led the MLB in stolen bases last season?

It looks like Riddle-My-This is backing off picking on paperless folks.  I guess they are finally learning their lessons.

Check this out.

Burkablog has an honest take on the Lite Guv and his bad year including his campaign fund getting ripped off:

One has to feel sorry for David Dewhurst. Has any recent Texas politician ever suffered through a worse year? He lost a Senate race that he was heavily favored to win; his campaign account is missing hundreds of thousands of dollars, allegedly due to the actions of his own campaign manager; he put his future, to the extent that he has one, in the hands of Dan Patrick and Michael Quinn Sullivan; he compromised himself by announcing to one and all that he was going to sell out to the far right.

Dewhurst has been lieutenant governor for ten years, but what does he have to show for it? What monument solidifies his place in the political firmament? He is a decent man, but he is lacking in core beliefs and basic political skills. For example: No shrewd politician would announce that he is moving hard to the right (or to the left, for that matter). You don’t voluntarily put yourself in a box; you keep your options open. The right is not going to embrace him; they’re going to use him. They know he is still fundamentally an establishment politician.

I don’t feel sorry for the Lite Guv.  He made his choices.  He deserves all that he got.

The Fiesta a few yards from me is now closed.  Talk about a major change in how I go about shopping for grub.

Mike Trout of the Angels of course had 49 stolen bases last season to lead the majors.

I was by The Yard the other night and they still have the brick red up.

Take it easy tonight. I am.  Happy New Year and let’s hope 2013 is a good one!

 

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Yesterday at 5 pm was the filing deadline for the State Senate District 6 Special Election.  It looks like there could be around four to six candidates.   The Texas Secretary of State will certify the list of candidates this morning and then will announce the field.   One candidate doesn’t live in SD 6 and in fact still has his voter registration outside of SD 6.  Heck, he can’t even vote for himself.  Oh, well!

How many MLBers have reached the 400 career dinger plateau?

Fellow ‘Stros fan, 41, is under the weather and is spending the holidays in the hospital.  I hope he gets to feeling better because spring training starts in a few weeks.

Some group announced the Most Annoying Word of 2012 – whatever.  Whatever!

From TMZ:

Spike Lee says he REFUSES to see Quentin Tarantino‘s new flick, "Django Unchained" when it opens tomorrow … claiming the slavery-revenge movie is "disrespectful to my ancestors."

Lee first went off on "Django" during an interview with Vibe Magazine … when he was asked for his thoughts on the subject matter and gave the following response:

"I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it … All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors. That’s just me … I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else."

I don’t know about that.  Jamie Fox and Samuel L. Jackson are in the flick.  I think Spike Lee is just in a sour mood because he didn’t think of writing and directing this flick  Whatever!

50 MLBers of course have reached the 400 dinger plateau.

The team announced yesterday that the players will be wearing new batting practice lids this season.

 

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Sooner or later this had to happen:

A newspaper’s publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions — and a healthy dose of outrage.

Here is the entire article.

It is the First Amendment versus the Second Amendment.

How about publishing the retail outlet where a weapon was purchased after a crime has been committed with the weapon?

Name the MLBer with the most career dingers as a second baseman?

The Carol Alvarado Campaign is running a TV spot.

Go to the website to check it out.

I went by the Sports Authority Christmas shopping and I wanted to check out ‘Stros gear.  There were only two measly items.  It wasn’t much better at Academy.  On Christmas Eve I stopped by The Yard to check out The Team Store but it was closed.  A receptionist at The Yard told me that they had a kiosk at the Galleria where you could get limited gear.  I went over to the Galleria kiosk and sure enough the gear was limited.  I guess the ‘Stros really weren’t interested in promoting their gear this Christmas season.

Jeff Kent of course leads all second basemen with 351 career dingers.

The Team Store is closed at The Yard and will reopen next year. 

 

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I found an AP story in the Star Telegram about the Lite Guv wanting go right or get right or wrong – whatever.  Here is from the piece:

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dewhurst said he wants Texas to be "the most fiscally and socially conservative state in the country."

And:

For Dewhurst, that means even tougher restrictions on abortion, new public school choice measures, drug tests for welfare and unemployment aid recipients and keeping Texas among the lowest in the nation in per-capita public spending when the Legislature convenes its 140-day session on Jan. 8.

It looks like this fella is going to bend over, errr, bend over backwards in order to get some love from the Tea Baggers.  Stay tuned!

Here is the entire piece.

Name the player with the most dingers in a season by a DH?

Jack Klugman is no longer with us.  A lot of folks liked him in “The Odd Couple.”  I liked him as Juror #5 in “12 Angry Men.”

Charles Durning also left us.  He was in a bunch of great movies like “The Sting,” “Tootsie,” and “Dog Day Afternoon.”

David “Big Papi” Ortiz of course had 47 dingers as a DH in 2006 to set the DH single season dinger record.

There is nothing else to say today other than work for some and time off for others.

The Team Store was closed Christmas Eve – huh!

 

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Here is what columnist and author Mike Lupica had to say today in the NY Daily News:

So now Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, who attacks the mental health system in this country even as he sounds like he needs to be in it, goes on “Meet the Press” and …….
I don’t know how this LaPierre areshole can wake up on Christmas Day and feel good.  He makes the Grinch and Scrooge look like saints.

Mitt Romney’s oldest said his dad really didn’t want to run for president.  Oh, yeah!  Then how come he sold out his core to get the GOP nomination.  Somebody needs to tell Tagg to go away.

How many MLB players have more than 1,000 career stolen bases?

Christmas Bonus:  Who won the AL MVP Award in 1959?

For obvious reasons Commentary finally got around to doing Christmas shopping this past Saturday.  You know what?  I saw a lot of clothes out on the shelves that were made in China.  

Well the Texans gave us something to worry about this week.  There will be a lot of anxious Texans talk around the Christmas tree tomorrow.  They didn’t look like a 12-3 team yesterday.  It was very ugly.

Well the good news is I’m not working today!

Hall of Fame great Rickey Henderson of course is the only player with over 1,000 stolen bases – 1,406 to be exact.  Rickey Henderson will be celebrating his 54th BD on Christmas Day.

Hall of Fame great Nellie Fox (also a former Colt 45 and ‘Stro) won the 1959 AL MVP Award of course.  Nellie Fox is no longer with us.  He was also born on Christmas Day in 1927 – nearly 85 years ago.

I think I’ll drop by the Team Store today at The Yard.

Merry Christmas!

 

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Commentary thinks we are heading over the fiscal cliff unless the GOP wakes up.  The GOP will take the blame.  In order to avoid the cliff, the GOP is going to have to get a leader that can lead.  It is pretty obvious that Boehner’s “Plan B” ain’t getting it done.

Speaking of gutless, if you are going to support vouchers then go on ahead and say you are supporting vouchers.    State Sen. Dan Patrick and the Lite Guv want to cannibalize public education funding and they are calling it school choice when in fact it is vouchers because they don’t have the guts to call it vouchers.  They must think we are all a bunch of dumbarses.

There are only two ‘Stros with 20 or more dingers in their rookie season.  Name the two?

Commentary is still around today and so are you.

The former METRO CEO’s silence has been bought for six months for $117,500 and the former METRO Police Chief is now running the transit system.   Your guess is as good as mine. 

You actually think the former CEO s going to consult?

The Big Puma (21 in 2000) and Glenn Davis (20 in 1985) of course are the only two ‘Stros with 20 or more dingers in their rookie seasons.

There is nothing to say about The Yard these days.

 

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Check this out from an AP story:

Three senators have written to the head of Sony Pictures Entertainment criticizing the movie “Zero Dark Thirty" as "grossly inaccurate and misleading" in its suggestion that torture produced the tip that led to Osama bin Laden.

The three members of the Senate Intelligence committee — Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain — told the president and CEO of Sony, Michael Lynton, that he has an obligation to say that torture in the hunt for bin Laden was fiction and not based on fact.

The lawmakers said the CIA detainee who provided significant information about bin Laden did so before any harsh interrogation.

The three described themselves as fans of Sony movies. But they warned that Americans will see the film and believe the events are factual.

The last thing members of Congress ought to be doing is telling Hollywood how to make movies

I don’t believe in torture.  It is just not my style but both 43 and Little Dick Cheney said it worked and after Bin Laden was tossed into the sea, one of the first calls The President made was to 43.  

I have not seen the movie but I want to.  I do find it interesting is that the liberal media elite are calling “Zero Dark Thirty” one of the best of the year.  Are they endorsing torture or just good movie making.  If the flick takes home the Oscar, are the three Senators going to take to the Senate floor and chastise the Academy?

Name the ‘Stros skipper that has managed the most games?

I’m not going to say much about State Sen. Dan Patrick and the Lite Guv’s latest public education scheme, err, scam.  I’ll just let you see this from the Chron:

Former Cypress- Fairbanks ISD Superintendent David Anthony, the CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, called it a subsidy for private schools and "a distraction (that) will slow progress on other needed reforms."

"It is regrettable that Senator Patrick chose to burden some otherwise sound proposals with the poison pill of school vouchers. Though the proposal is couched as a tax credit, make no mistake, this is a private school voucher," Anthony declared.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

It is good to see The President step it up on trying to curb gun violence. 

Yesterday was my pal Mike Sullivan’s last H-Town City Council meeting. 

Bill Virdon of course managed 1,066 games for the ‘Stros from 1975-1982.

I don’t have anything to say about the team signing up a bunch of no names.

 

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