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The NRA is having their annual meeting in H-Town this weekend – YIKES!  I wonder if The H-Town Mayor will give them a welcoming speech and tell them to spend their ammo in H-Town – DOUBLE YIKES!  I wonder if any of the NRA members will show up at The Yard this evening or weekend and root, root, root, err shoot, shoot, shoot!

The Tigers are in town for four.  How many World Serious titles do they own?

The Chron E-Board has a take on the NRA being in H-Town.

Check it out here.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly has a way better take on the NRA being in H-Town.  Kelly actually calls out the NRA leadership.

Check it out here.

Way to go Captain Kelly!

The outgoing Transportation Secretary gave H-Town and METRO a spanking in today’s Chron.  Check this:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood likes Houston’s light rail that’s up and running but warns that regional transit officials have squandered opportunities the past decade by not building greater consensus.

"The region needs to get its act together," LaHood said during a brief question and answer session after an unrelated news conference Wednesday in Houston.

And this:

Though the Main Street line has been a success, and three more lines are under construction, LaHood said the area is coming up short because more hasn’t been done to extend lines to the suburbs where most people live.

He said he spent the morning in Houston talking about projects to extend transit farther from the downtown area. Suburban taxpayers who supported referendums in 2003 and 2012 especially have demonstrated a desire for development, only to have officials shortchange them.

"The fact that these people voted for a referendum and are paying these taxes and have never seen any benefit from it is just not right," LaHood said.

Some will probably disagree with Secretary LaHood’s characterization but a spanking is still a spanking.  You do have to admit though that METRO hasn’t lived up to its potential.

The Chron article is only available to subscribers.

The Tigers own four World Serious titles of course:  1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

In recognition of the NRA Annual Convention in H-Town, firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries is tonight’s promotions sponsor at The Yard.  The first 10,000 receive a magazine clip.

Not really.  The first 10,000 get a gym bag thanks to Methodist Hospital – WHEW!

I wonder if NRAer Ted Nugent will throw out the first pitch or sing the National Anthem or God Bless America at The Yard this weekend.

You know how bad it is?  We had to call up a pitcher from Triple A that has a 5.32 ERA.  The ten game homie starts this evening and we need to start playing better.

 

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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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I may be way off base but I’m guessing the reason the METRO CEO is resigning his position is because he isn’t on the program.  You know, he didn’t like the deal or the ballot item that passed so he’s moving on.  In today’s Chron there is a story on maybe him getting a consultant gig with METRO after he leaves.  Why?  If he’s not on the program, it’s adios baby!   Don’t hand him a consultant gig to buy his silence!

Welcome to The Yard new ‘Stros DH Carlos Pena.  Name the best dinger season for Pena?

Talk about a sore loser, the ousted Tax Assessor Collector is refusing to cooperate in the transition with his successor Mike Sullivan, a Commentary pal and current H-Town Council member.    That’s BS and CS if you ask me.   I guess the ousted Assessor Collector forgot that the position belongs to the public. 

I would like to have shown you the articles on the METRO CEO and the lack of transition but it is getting harder to find stuff on Chron.com and it is getting frustrating.

In 2007 with Tampa Bay, Pena had 46 dingers of course.

Five years later (last season), Pena batted under the Mendoza line – .197 – oh, well!

 

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Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is real good at having his county crews go by the county owned Early Vote locations in his precinct and clean up all the candidate signs at the end of Early Voting.  They are usually all gone by noon the day after the end of Early Voting.  His crews did a less than stellar job Saturday morning.  All the Vote Yes METRO signs are still up – interesting.  I also noticed that Vote Yes METRO signs are all over right-of-way in many part of the City and County – also interesting.

When was the last season that the team wore the blue and orange and I’m not talking about throwback gear games? 

On the front page of yesterday’s Chron, Ericka Mellon dusted up HISD Trustee Larry Marshall pretty good.  It was a real stinger.  The good news for HISD bond supporters is that maybe 60% of folks had already voted before the article hit the stands.

Check out Ericka’s article here.

FYI:  Commentary is working for the HISD bonds.

Locally everyone is talking about the 700,216 that voted early in person here in Harris County surpassing the 678,312 in 2008.  How much gas is left in the tank?  How many more folks will vote tomorrow?

The new leader in turnout for Early Voting Locations goes to Champion Forest Baptist Church out on Strack Road way up in North Harris County.  They had 38,329.  West Gray was knocked off the top and fell to numero 3 with 35,639 – down from 35,987 in 2008. What does this all mean?  I’ll let you know later this week!

I’m not going to give any election predictions even though I did on my Roundtable ballot. 

Maybe I’m getting into a touchy subject here but here goes.  Commentary was watching SNL a couple of days ago and I laughed at the skit where the sign interpreters were used. This morning deaf actress Marlee Matlin slammed SNL for poking fun at sign interpreters.  Isn’t that what SNL is supposed to do?  Oh well!

1993 of course was the last season the ‘Stros wore the blue and orange.

The ‘Stros GM is interested in talking to The Big Puma about coming back to wear the blue and orange and maybe playing DH – interesting.

Check out the story here.

I’m OK with the old new look or the new old look or the blue and orange or the orange and blue but I’ll still wear the brick red on occasion – got it!

 

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The Chron E-Board endorsed in a couple of civil court races today.

Check them out here.

Bittersweet is probably a good word to describe last night.  After going to a meeting of the Spring Branch Dems with Traci Jensen I zipped over to The Yard to catch the last few innings of the game against San Luis.  It was the last home game of the season.  It was the last home game as an NL team.  It was Milo’s last game.  It got a little teary eyed and emotional when Milo took the mike during the seventh inning stretch and said his “Holy Toledo” farewell to the fans on El Grande.

Most of the 18,000 and change stayed at The Yard as the ‘Stros headed to the top of the ninth with a two run lead.  In the last inning every pitch was cheered.  It was probably fitting that our only All Star Jose Altuve fielded the final ground out and then we won and there were hugs, tears, high fives, and fist bumps for all.  Everyone had forgotten that we were still sitting on 105 losses.  It was a good night and one that I’ll remember for a long time.

Here is the Channel 11 story about our last NL home game that includes Commentary.

How many no-nos thrown by the ‘Stros did Milo call?

As of yesterday in Harris County, 53,042 had requested mail ballots with 22,185 generated by the GOP and 17,331 by Dems.

Commentary might have to go get a check-up on my eyes to see if I need new eyeglasses because I can’t see the hand writing on the wall that my pal Gary Polland apparently sees.  Gary’s latest review blames the media (that’s fresh) for Romney’s problemos, he gives a big mention to Vince Ryan getting hammered by Wayne Dolcefino, rants about The President’s logo on the red, white, and blue, and posts a piece from a right winger who says that if The President wins, he is going to “replace Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum.” 

Boy that’s scaring folks!  What about baseball, hot dogs and apple pie?

You can check out Gary’s take here.

The Golden Bear endorsed Romney yesterday in Ohio.

My old pal Yolanda Black Navarro put this out yesterday:

Friends, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and where we have been, where we are, and how much more we have to do, I want to inform you of the following:

Tomorrow (Today) at the Metro Board Meeting, at 1900 Main, Sylvia Gonzales and myself will address the Board and President with regard to dismal amount of Latinos employed by Metro overall, and in particular in Senior Level positions and see how our Latino community can begin to work outside the box to recruit as Metro has not had success.  Please join if you would like as supporters at 9 am. at 1900 Main. Metro Headquarters

Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church, we will hold a press conference, Latinas Enhancing Advocacy and Development (LEAD), LULAC, NHPO and others to unite and address the change of early voting location of Moody Park to Holy Name Catholic Church.

In addition we are asking everyone to do their part and reach out to churches, congregations, organizations and set up voter registration tables and register Latinos to vote.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9th.

On the Moody Park Early Voting location change, I asked the folks in charge of the election about the change last week and they told me that Moody Park wasn’t available.  It is a City of H-Town facility so maybe the City needs to ‘splain why it isn’t available.

My pal Bill King has a piece about the METRO referendum.  Here is part:

The conventional political wisdom is that with all the heavyweight political support for the "For" proposition, that is to continue the rebates, it will be easily approved by the voters. However, I am not certain.

Steven Klineberg’s regional surveys show widespread support for transit and for rail playing a significant role. Even though Metro’s light-rail plan covers only a tiny fraction of its service area, it has been able to persuade many that the light rail is precursor to a large commuter system. Notwithstanding that the proposition is total nonsense, suburban voters who believe it might be inclined to say the money should stay at Metro to advance such a mythical regional system.

Predicting a result is further complicated because there seems to be a great deal of confusion among voters as to what the "For" and "Against" propositions actually mean.

Either way, Metro will likely never be the same. If the "For" proposition prevails, Metro will be forced to spend much more of its time and resources on the bus system – a good thing in my opinion – and light rail will effectively be shelved indefinitely – also a good thing in my opinion.

If the "Against" proposition prevails, you will see an all-out, knock-down-drag-out fight in the Legislature next session over Metro and its governance. In such a fight, the city of Houston would likely lose its control over Metro, another reason why the city is anxious to see the referendum pass.

Here is all Bill’s column.

I still haven’t run in to anyone that is voting for the METRO deal.

Milo called four no-nos thrown by ‘Stros pitcher of course:  Don Wilson’s against The ATL when Milo was with The ATL (1967), Mike Scott’s against the Giants (1986), DK’s against the Mets (1993), and the six pitcher no-no in Old Yankee Stadium (2003).

We ended up 35-46 at The yard this season.

 

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Voters will start getting their mail ballots today.  The voting will then begin.

As of Friday, 47,728 have requested mail ballots in Harris County.  20,699 have been generated by the GOP and 15,581 by the Dems.  That’s not bad at all if you ask me.

Early Voting in Person starts in four weeks.

The first debate is nine days away.

The Chron had a story this past weekend on the METRO ballot initiative.  It was about the ballot language for the measure.  Not counting the consultants that work for the METRO proposal, I haven’t talked to anyone that says they are voting for the measure.  They don’t like the deal and think the City and METRO caved in to the County.

“Meet the Press” was interesting yesterday morning. GOP talking heads were arguing with each other over Romney’s bad week. 

Name the ‘Stro pitcher that has started the most post season games?

I think Commentary mentioned a while back that “Game Change” and Julianne Moore as Governor Palin would get some serious Emmy Award mention.  They did!

The last thing Commentary wants to do is lecture Austin voters as they consider going to an all single member district city council or a combination single member district/at-large system or none of the above.  Commentary was here in H-Town back in 1979 when we went from an at-large to a combination single member district/at-large system.  One of the most dramatic changes was the empowerment of neighbor organizations and associations.  District council members certainly pay attention and cater to them.  That is definitely a good thing.

The Rocket and Roy O. of course have each started seven post season games as a ‘Stro.

After the game yesterday at The Yard, Commentary and others participated in a meeting with the front office and found out that a lot of season ticket holders are not happy with the ugly signs in left field.  

We took two of three from the Pirates this past weekend.    San Luis is in for the final three NL games at The Yard!

 

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The DREAMer activists across the U.S. of A. need to be trading high fives right now for getting their concerns prominently addressed at last week’s Democratic Party National Convention.  The President, Vice-President, the keynoter, and a host of speakers all addressed the plight of the DREAMers.  Heck, the historic appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor barely got a mention.

A DREAMer was even invited to the podium to speak.  You have to give the DREAMers full credit for their efforts. They have kept The DREAM Act and immigration reform alive and have kind of set the agenda on the fight for the Latino vote over the next eight weeks.  Way to go DREAMers!

Meanwhile, the Chron E-Board lectured major Dems donors for leaving the Lone Star State Dem Party behind.  Here is part of it:

Congratulations to state Republicans on their successes. These are the product of literally decades of grass-roots cultivation that have brought the GOP from literally nowhere to dominance.

If state Democrats want to change that, they’ll have to do almost the same – and that starts with opening wallets for their candidates at every level across the state – as well as being certain that those candidates are well vetted and qualified.

Here is all of it.

The 2013 MLB schedules will be announced this Wednesday.  Name the three NL teams that we have never faced on Opening Day?

Meanwhile, Burkablog reiterated that he doesn’t have high regard for the folks that run the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Here is part:

(SA Mayor Julian) Castro flashed signs of big-time political talent in his speech at the Democratic convention, but he is faced with the same problem as all Texas Democrats: all dressed up with no place to go.

Democrats are not positioned to win a statewide race anytime soon. They don’t have the party infrastructure to win–the money, the organization, the top-tier consultants.

Ouch!  Here is all of Burkablog.

What else is new?

The Chron E-Board endorsed the METRO proposal yesterday.

Check it out here.

At the Houston GLBT PAC endorsement meeting this past Saturday, a vote on the METRO proposal was put off until next month’s meeting.  Commentary heard some grumbling from a few folks in attendance.  They are unhappy with the proposal.  They think METRO caved in to the County. 

A poll that was reported by the Chron this past weekend said that 39% of voters would support the METRO proposal.  This initiative is going to have grass roots opposition.  I don’t know if I would bet on its passage today.  Hey, that’s why we have campaigns.

This past Saturday the Chron business section had a piece about local car dealers and The President’s auto bailout move.  Here is a taste:

"Despite what Romney says, he would have done it, too," said Carroll Smith, owner of Monument Chevrolet in Pasadena. "I think anybody sitting in that seat would have, because it was the right thing to do. How could you not?"

Smith explained: "I’m very much conservative and a free-market advocate, but it wasn’t a free market in play then. The credit market completely shut down, and there was no money to be borrowed."

And:

Smith, though, said he is simply more aligned with Romney when it comes to "business, taxation and leadership." Of Obama and the bailout, he said, "He did it and I applaud him, but I’m not going to vote for him."

What a moron!   What an idiot!  What an arsehole! 

We need to put this fella in a windowless room and make him listen to last week’s Jennifer Granholm’s fiery speech on the bailout 100 times. 

Check out the entire piece here.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is taking Senator John Kerry’s advice and trying to wrap up the debate with himself as he now likes parts of Obamacare.  This fella is a worm.

Lisa Gray of the Chron slapped around the new owner of the ‘Stros for putting up those hideous signs in left field.  For some they block the cool view of Downtown H-Town.    The team says the signs are generating money for local parks.  Oh, well!  There is nothing but bad news from The Yard these days. 

Check out Lisa Gray’s column here.

Things should turn around on November 14 when Sir Paul takes the field at The Yard.

The ‘Stros have never played against the D-Backs, the Fish, and the Mets of course on Opening Day and next year’s Opening Day foe will be the Rangers at The Yard.  We finally won a series and today the Cubbies come in for three.  Come on out to The Yard during this seven game homie if for no other reason than to be there when we finally lose numero 100 – yikes!

 

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Next Friday, September 7, the folks that run the elections can begin accepting mail ballot applications.  After a certain number of days, the mail ballots will be sent out and some folks will start voting.  Are you ready?

Kuffer today takes a real close look at the METRO election.  This is the best take so far of the METRO vote so pay close attention.

Here is Kuffer.

Houston Tomorrow, the Citizens Transportation Coalition and Better Houston are campaigning for a no vote on the METRO initiative.

Here is a part of Kuffer:

Here, it’s just transit advocates that are unhappy. It’s far from clear to me that they can muster up enough support to defeat this version of the referendum, especially if there’s a concerted effort in favor of it. One could argue that instead of working to defeat the referendum, it would be better to work on Metro to spend the extra money it will get, and the extra money it will have from its unrestricted sources as debt service gets addressed, in a way that transit advocates think is best. I’m sure they’ll be doing that anyway after the referendum, regardless of the outcome, but my way would probably be less awkward.

I don’t know how this vote is going to end up.  Are you ready?

You can check out Hunter Pence at The Yard this evening.  Hunter has now played 25 games with the Giants.  Since joining the Giants, how many dingers does Pence have and what is his batting average as a Giant?

Guv Dude and the Lite Guv are trying hard to remain relevant.  Yesterday Dude appointed Michael Williams to serve as Education Commissioner.  I don’t think the fella knows much about public education or public education policy in the Lone Star State.  Dude will use him to serve as a cheerleader for vouchers during the next legislative session, a gesture aimed directly at placating the Tea Baggers.

The Lite Guv, meanwhile, decided to go to Tampa and will watch and cheer Ted Cruz tonight.  He has also printed 2014 letterhead. 

The Houston Press has a take on The Rocket pitching at The Yard.  Here is a bit:

That said I don’t like what I’m hearing about the Astros and Roger Clemens, namely that the Astros are going to sign Clemens to a contract to pitch this season. Sure the season’s meaningless. And it’s not like the over-the-hill Clemens would be taking starts away from a Cy Young winner. It’s just that the move reeks of desperation. It’s something Drayton McLane would do, and if there’s anything this team should be doing, it’s not doing something that Drayton McLane would do.

This fella doesn’t know what he is talking about.  Drayton never did anything like this.  Drayton did sign Randy Johnson, Andy Pettitte, and The Rockets in their prime.  They also helped get us into the playoffs.  Maybe in the last few seasons we signed some free agents that fell flat like Bill Hall, Mike Hampton, Pedro Feliz, and Pudge, but he didn’t disrespect the game.  The Houston Press fella needs to move on and forget about writing about my old friend Drayton.

Here is the entire Press take here.

Hunter Pence has one dinger and is batting .214 in 25 games as a Giant of course.

Here are a few reasons why you may want to drop by The Yard over the next three nights:  the Giants are in a division race, see how Hunter is doing, Buster Posey is hitting .328, Matt Cain pitches tonight, Altuve is hitting .301, good seats are available, you can probably find good ticket deals on ebay, and St. Arnold can be found throughout The Yard.

 

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We’ve all heard the term “hardball politics.”  Today’s front page Chron story describes “hardball politics” in detail and locally.  Allen Watson is an engineer with Cobb, Fendley & Associates.  He’s also a City of H-Town appointee to METRO – nominated by The Mayor.   Last week Watson and the four other City METRO appointees voted to approve November ballot language on the General Mobility Payments (GMPs) that if supported by METRO service area voters, will provide more funds to the City of H-Town and three other local burgs and less money to the County and other smaller burgs. 

The County retaliated earlier this week and pulled a road design contract for Cobb, Fendley from the Commissioners’ Court agenda.  County Commissioner Steve Radack had the item pulled from the agenda and made no bones about why:

“If somebody that wants to work for Harris County goes out and figures out a way to deprive Harris County’s unincorporated area out of tens of millions of dollars in Metro funding, I really don’t think they need to be doing business with the county."

What’s refreshing is that Commissioner Radack is upfront and honest.   Often time political retaliation of this sort is not talked about publicly, explained off as a technical matter, or downright lied about.  Commissioner Radack is being brutally candid.

What is going to be interesting if this escalates, after all, Watson was presumably representing the City and looking after the City’s best interest.   The H-Town Mayor isn’t one to back down so it would not surprise me or disappoint me if she fired back at some point in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Here is the Chron article.

Of the nine ‘Stros that started on Opening Day against the Rockies, how many will definitely not have the opportunity to get into the game tonight against the Brewers?

HISD and HCC decided to have bonds put on the ballot this November.  If you include the City of H-Town, that’s $2.725 bil worth of bonds on the ballot – yikes!  That’s a lot to ask some voters to swallow.

The Chron E-Board still reads Commentary and listens to CMs James Rodriguez and Stephen Costello because they came out and opposed the closed door City Council meeting sessions proposal that the City was considering then shelved.  Here is from the Chron E-Board’s take:

But back to the "behind closed doors" question. We’re leery of such things, with a few exceptions, because our business as a newspaper is making information available to the public – voters and taxpayers.

Of all government entities, the city of Houston should understand the importance of full access to information. It suffers from a glaring lack of such access when it comes to full details about the police and fire pensions that city taxpayers fund. That is both costly and wrong.

Changing that situation – letting the sunshine in – will require better cooperation during the coming legislative session to change state laws that allow the unions’ secrecy.

Let’s get that important business out from behind closed doors and into full council view before we consider whether to conduct other city business with doors closed.

Here is their entire take.

Speaking of letting the sunshine in, I wonder if the Chron E-Board would film their E-Board candidate interviews and put them on their website so voters could check them out.

The Harris County Clerk also read Commentary and does some ‘splaining in a Chron Op-Ed today. 

Check it out.

CEWDEM has put out various takes from the partisans who are against an Elections Administrator.  I don’t have a problem with that.  Of course, we’re never going to get anywhere as long as we have this discussion wearing partisan lids if you know what I mean.

Six Opening Day starting lineup ‘Stros of course won’t see action tonight against the Brewers:  Jordan Schafer (CF) is on the DL, J.D. Martinez (LF) was shipped to Oklahoma City last night, Numero 45 (1B) is a Fish, Chris Johnson (3B) is a D-Back, Jason Castro (C) is on the DL, and Wandy (P) is a Pirate.   The other three Opening Day starters – Altuve (2B), Brian Bogusevic (RF), and Marwin Gonzalez (SS) – are available for tonight’s weekend series opener with the Brewers. 

Here is what the new owner told the Chron yesterday:

“It’s been extremely painful the last three nights.  We’re just looking for a spark to get over the edge here. It’s been tough, very tough, for everybody.  Once we made that decision and Jeff (GM Luhnow) started moving some of the talent we might start sliding back a little bit. But we weren’t hoping it would be this bad.”

Shut up!  There’s no crying in baseball!

Jeff Bagwell throws out the first pitch tonight plus they are handing out Blue and Gold jerseys.  On Sunday they are handing out umbrellas.  I wonder when they are going to hand out little white flags.  No Mas!

 

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Let’s hope not but I don’t feel good about this.  The dreaded General Mobility Payments (GMPs) is in today’s Chron.  One of the reasons I like The Mayor is because she doesn’t like to kick the can down the road. She takes on the challenges like the GMPs.  She is also trying to get the other 14 METRO service area mayors to buy in but I don’t think that is going to happen.   They are all addicted to their GMPs fix.  Here is from the Chron:

"I’m between a rock and a hard place on this," (Mayor Annise) Parker said. "The general mobility money fuels our street capital projects plan. It’s a significant portion of that, but I also know if we don’t allow transit money to go to transit, we’re never going to be able to grow our system. I think there’s some compromises out there that can be made to allow more money to flow into Metro without unduly burdening the cities."

And here is more:

Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen said he and other mayors have met on separate occasions with Parker and (METRO Board Chair Gilbert) Garcia in hopes of reaching a compromise. They plan to meet with Garcia again Friday.

"What we’re trying to prove to her, as well as Metro, is, I think, she can cap her general mobility funding and do what she wants to do," Owen said. "We can’t, and we won’t."

Here is the entire Chron story.

I really don’t see a resolution other than the ballot box.  Hey, that’s a novel concept – settle it at the ballot box!

You see the other 14 mayors don’t feel the pressure of being “between a rock and a hard place.”  None of their voters are going to get upset if H-Town ends up with light rail tracks without light rail trains.  Stay tuned!

Commentary will be attending his first ever Dynamo Match tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium thanks to CM James Rodriguez.  My Best Friend and his wife Julie will also be there.  I’m not a soccer fan but I’ll go to check out the experience.  I wonder what soccer grub looks like? 

“Taj Mahal” is a dirty word in HISD.  That’s what they used to call the administrative offices over on Richmond Avenue before HISD moved its headquarters to 18th Street.  Here is from today’s Chron on HISD’s proposed bond campaign:

"What I don’t know is, what are we getting for $80 million? We have not sat down and gone over all those costs," HISD board president Mike Lunceford said Friday. "We know there are special needs for that (HSPVA) school. We need schools that are going to hold up, but we’re not trying to build Taj Mahals."

Here is the entire bond article.

I like Mike Lunceford but I don’t know if I would have used the words Taj Mahals.  If opposition to the bonds ever emerges, you can bet they are now going to use those two bad words against HISD.

When was the last time the ‘Stros sent more than one player to the MLB All Star Game?

I’m sure a lot of Numero 45’s critics are having a field day and going after him for not agreeing to wear the Dodger Blue.  All I can say is Numero 45 has a contract and he had his rights too.  Here is from today’s team website:

"You try to smooth that out as much as you can," (‘Stro Skipper Brad) Mills said. "It comes down to he played by the rules and he (Numero 45) exercised them. I don’t know if there’s awkwardness or not. I haven’t sensed awkwardness in the clubhouse from any players or him. We’ll see how that is moving forward, but I’m not expecting any problems at all."

It just wasn’t handled properly by the front office so just move on.

In 2009 Hunter Pence and Miguel Tejada of course represented the ‘Stros at the MLB All Star Game.

The team continues to play poorly.

 

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