Archive for July, 2009

On the eve of the Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate the Chron’s E-Board weighed in the City of H-Town getting into the immigration enforcement business. Check it out. 

This ought to be an interesting topic that is brought up tomorrow, Saturday, July 18, 2009, from 10:45 am to 1:30 pm at the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park.

The ground rules are set. The questions are being tweaked even though some folks are finally getting off their arses and submitting some. Folks are getting in their late RSVPs. Thanks to sponsor participation like CDM, former State Rep. Roman Martinez and Taxis Fiesta, Cobb Fendley, CM James Rodriguez, CM Michael Sullivan, Rick Lord and UA Plumbers Local Union 68, Greg Compean and Compean Funeral Home, Fast Tow Wrecker Service, Nef Partida and Partida and Associates, and of course Campos Communications, we will have some tasty light grub, soft drinks, and coffee.

Speaking of, the Chron’s Columnist weighed in on the H-Town Mayoral campaign fundraising reports today. Check it out. He pretty much says what most of us are saying that nobody is laying down any bets right now. SHOW ME THE TV!

Speaking of bets, because of the growing Latino population the Lone Star State, both Hutch and the Junior Senator are kind of in a bind on the vote to confirm Judge Sotomayor. It would not surprise Commentary if both voted for confirmation. If Guv Dude decided to bang on Hutch for supporting Judge Sotomayor, he would further alienate Latino voters as we head into 2010. The other day, the H-Town Hispanic Chamber of Commerce got a mention at the confirmation hearing when the Chair announce that they were supporting Judge Sotomayor – cool. Stay tuned!

Commentary stayed up until 12:15 am this morning to watch the ‘Stros climb above .500 for the first time this season as we shutout the Dodgers. One of Bond Girls, err Jane Seymour, who still don’t need touching up, was sitting behind home plate for most of the game. Three more in LA!

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Commentary is impressed with the amount of money Gene Locke raised – $1.15 mil. He’s the only one to venture into seven figure land. Not bad for a fella that has never had to raise this kind of money before.

Commentary is also impressed with the fact that Peter Brown put in $765,000 of his own dough into the race and has the most campaign cash in the bank.  He’s the only one with seven figures in the bank.

Commentary also noticed that the local GOP has officially raised the white flag in this year’s mayoral race by not helping Roy Morales raise any dinero – nada. No se puede!

Nobody is in the driver’s seat. Now let’s see who makes the next MAJOR move by being the first to air TV ads. SHOW ME THE TV!

It looks like GOP and Latino voters will be the deciders in this year’s mayoral race in H-Town. Saturday’s Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate at Minute Maid Park is certainly going to be pivotal. Stay tuned!

Commentary is one Latino that is certainly not offended by GOP Senator Tom Coburn asking Judge Sotomayor yesterday to do some ‘splaining. Ricky Ricardo always asked Lucy to ‘splain stuff and we still laugh about it. Commentary also uses the ‘splain word so Latinos that are making a fuss need to chill.

The ‘Stros open a four game series in LA this evening as MANROID makes his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since being on ROIDLEAVE. The Chron has a piece today about The Big Puma putting on a ‘Stros uniform for the first time ten years ago today.  Check it out.  Let the second half begin!

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H-Town Mayoral candidate Annise Parker didn’t waste a whole lot of time letting folks know that she can raise a whopping amount of money by putting out a statement yesterday that she had hauled in over $800,000. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. “Top that” she’s telling her opponents! Now let’s see what the other folks show. SHOW ME THE MONEY!

Meanwhile, Lone Star State Dem candidate for Guv and 43’s bud Tom Schieffer took in close to $800,000 which included a $200,000 loan. Sorry but that is not going to cut it. He is not exciting the Dem donor base so how do we expect him to excite the Dem voting base. Like Commentary has been saying about this fella – “no se puede!”

Speaking of, the ground rules for the Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate were forwarded to the mayoral candidates yesterday. They will probably be posted on the Latino Summit website later on today. The debate will be held this Saturday so don’t forget to RSVP as more questions continue to be submitted. FYI: To get to the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park, park in the Diamond Lot or Lot A, and enter through the Right Field Gate at Hamilton and Preston Streets.

After about 45 years, Sir Paul will return to the Ed Sullivan Theater tonight as he visits with Letterman so check it out. I don’t think it will be as cwazy as it was when he was part of the British Invasion.

The bad news about last night’s All Star Game is that the ‘Stros have to play the first two games of the World Serious on the road. The good news is that I’ll just have to fork over dough for three home World Serious games. It was a big mistake last night to keep Hunter Pence on the bench and the NL Team paid the price. Hunter Pence and the ‘Stros resume play tomorrow evening in LA.

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Preparations are being finalized for this Saturday’s Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate at Minute Maid Park. Questions are being developed and honed. Questioners are being recruited. We are also quietly assembling a panel of uncommitted Houston Latino voters whose task will be to rate the performances of the mayoral candidates at the debate. The cumulative ratings will be announced at the conclusion of the debate. To my knowledge, this is the first time – I think – that this feature has ever been part of a local mayoral debate.

Commentary thinks that this is going to be a very interesting debate with inquisitive questions dealing with relevant issues. Latina and Latino leaders in attendance are going to come away with a pretty good idea on what the candidates really know and feel about the local Latino community. The setting is going to be nice and comfortable with refreshments and light snacks.

Commentary wants to thank those that have RSVPed and the sponsors, of course it is still not too late to RSVP or serve as a sponsor.

Today’s Austin American Statesman has a blurb about a couple of Houston elected Dems not supporting H-Town Mayor for U.S. Senate. Here is what was said: “Democrat John Sharp will announce that Harris County’s two Democratic county commissioners — El Franco Lee and Sylvia Garcia — are endorsing his candidacy for the seat now held by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Their endorsement of Sharp is a slight of Houston Mayor Bill White, the other major Democrat who says he wants Hutchison’s seat, since they’re from White’s hometown.” If I was the Mayor, I wouldn’t worry about it. I think he will still overwhelmingly carry the H-Town area Latino and African American vote whenever we have an election. I guess we might not get a soccer stadium deal done anytime soon.

The following was sent out yesterday by the Office of The Dean:

“AUSTIN, Texas — At the request of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) will be in Washington, D.C. this week to express his support of Senator Hutchison’s legislation allowing the jamming of cell phone signals within prison facilities.

“In October, 2008, Senator Whitmire received numerous calls from a Texas death row inmate. The inmate had access to a cell phone which was shared with other inmates and used to make over 2,800 calls in less than a month. The following investigation resulted in a statewide prison lock-down, the discovery of hundreds of cell phones, and the indictment of the inmate and his mother and sister who helped provide the phone.

“’Unfortunately, it took a death row inmate calling a State Senator to bring the issue to light and to force the prison system in Texas to recognize and begin to address the problem of contraband in our prisons,’ stated Senator Whitmire.

“Senator Whitmire is scheduled to appear at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15th before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation chaired by Senator Rockefeller. Also invited to testify are Steve Largent, head of the CTIA Wireless Association; Gary Maynard, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; and John Moriarty, Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

"’The incident in Texas has proven that it is extremely difficult to stop all contraband in our prisons," commented Whitmire. ‘If allowing the jamming of cell phone signals prevents another person from going through what I went through, then I sincerely hope the wireless companies will work with Congress to pass federal legislation allowing prisons to block cell phone signals within their walls.’

"’I look forward to sharing my personal experience on the dangers of prisoners having access to cell phones,’ stated Senator Whitmire. ‘What happened to me should never happen to another person.’”

Heck, while The Dean is up in D.C., don’t be surprised if he’s asked to testify on behalf of Judge Sotomayor to help get her to 90 votes plus. While he’s in D.C., maybe he can lend his expertise and get a health care plan nailed down. Maybe he can also get the stimulus funds moving faster to the states.

Commentary is a loyal viewer of “The Today Show.” Of course, they don’t always get it right like yesterday when they had as 19 year old kid from Alaska who happens to be the father of Governor Palin’s grandkid telling us why Governor Palin resigned.

Commentary has said it before, baseball is the best game ever invented – period! On my way home from The Yard Friday evening, I was listening to scores from other games and heard that a no hitter was in progress out in San Francisco. When I got to my place, I turned on the MLB Channel and they had Jonathan Sanchez from the Giants pitching in the seventh inning with the crowd at AT&T Park going wild. He ended up getting the no-no. Going into the game he had a 2-8 record and had even been knocked out of the pitching rotation but was reinserted because Randy Johnson was put on the DL – go figure.

Commentary was watching the Home Run Derby last night and during the dingerfest, the first round ended with three players tied for the fourth position so they had to go into extra innings of sort. They referred to it as a “bat-off” or “swing-off.” Sometimes dingers are called “jack” – well, you know where I’m not going.

Chicago will have three representatives at tonight’s MLB All Star Game – Ted Lilly of the Cubbies, Mark Buerhle of the White Sox and The President. I wonder if Miggy will have to apollyize to The President. Commentary will be rooting for the National League tonight because when the ‘Stros play in the World Serious this October, I want us to have home field advantage.

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A couple of very disturbing articles today and Sunday in the Chron are about the City of H-Town creeping into the immigration enforcement business. Check them out: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/immigration/6526211.html  and  http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/immigration/6523349.html.  This is a road we don’t need to travel. Commentary is really disappointed. When we see where paperless folks don’t come forward and report crimes because they don’t want to have anything to do with authorities, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. When we see where folks don’t participate in the 2010 Census because they don’t want to have anything to do with authorities, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. This will certainly be brought up at this Saturday’s Houston Area Latino Summit Mayoral Debate at Minute Maid Park. The candidates better be ready.

There was also an article in the Chron yesterday on the woes of the local GOP. Check it out.  The good news for the local GOP is the local Dems aren’t doing a darn thing or give a rat’s arse about getting more Latinos engaged in the political process.

Commentary like most Latino and Latina activists all over the country will be watching Judge Sotomayor today at her historic confirmation hearings this morning.

We are now at the All Star break and we are doing A-OK. We are at .500 and three and a half out – not bad at all. Miggy is batting .329 and leads the NL in hits (116). Numero 45 is batting .308, and All Star Pence is batting .298. The Big Puma is inching back and batting .271. Bourn has been outstanding and is batting .286 and leads the NL in stolen bases. We are contenders for sure.

At the All Star Game in San Luis tomorrow night, The President will throw out the first pitch to Albert Pujols – now that’s real cool.

Oh, by the way, Commentary scooped up Foul Ball Numero Ocho yesterday and handed it over to Dante for his collection.

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Today’s Chron lead editorial is about the shameful and cowardly graffiti that was left at a Houston fire station. Check it out.  It may be the act of one. It may not be the act of one. It may be the act of someone outside of the department. Regardless, it is an embarrassment and everybody ought to work diligently together to nab the perp/perps. It is also a wake-up call for H-Town to get our arses in gear and figure out a way to make a whole lot of quick progress in the diversification of the Houston Fire Department (HFD). One of the Chron’s sub headlines today says this about HFD – “Department mostly male, mostly white.” There are nor more excuses for this!

Commentary is providing a service for local folks interested in the upcoming H-Town City Elections.  You can now go to one of our website pages at http://camposcommunications.com/candidates09.html  and get the website addresses and emails for all the candidates that are running for H-Town Mayor, City Controller, and City Council. I think this is the only website in town that has this info. If we are missing some candidates or have posted the wrong info, please let us know.

After last night’s game, ‘Stros pitcher Russ Ortiz complained to reporters that he didn’t like getting yanked after three innings and after giving up four runs. He also said that Cecil Puede says he (Ortiz) is not his type of pitcher – huh! Commentary would prefer that they keep these discussions behind closed doors for now.

At tonight’s game, the players will wear HFD lids then after the game they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Firefighters Protection Fund. I hope they check the lids first and make sure there is not any unseemly graffiti written on them – yikes! Roy O goes tonight and maybe – just maybe – we can climb back to .500!

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A poll out this morning has Guv Dude up on Hutch by 12 points – yikes! Dude’s macho style campaign is paying off among likely GOP voters. It is starting to look like in order for Hutch to have a shot, she’s going to have to get Independents to hold their noses and vote in the GOP primary. That will make it a lot easier for a Latino/Latina Dem candidate for Governor to snatch up the nomination. If Dude ends up knocking off Hutch and leaving her as road kill, I think a lot more women voters will be looking for a change and we might just have our first Latino/Latina Governor of the Lone Star State – si se puede!

“The Huffington Post” also reads Commentary. They put out a piece that CEWDEM circulated yesterday on stuff Commentary has been saying for years – Lone Star State Dems need to start doing something about harnessing potential Latino voter energy. It is out there but we just don’t have the brains, creativity, and will to put together a winning strategy.  Check out the story.  It looks like a sad commentary, pardon the pun, on what the leadership of the Lone Star State Dem Party thinks about the importance of the Latino vote….tsk, tsk, tsk! What else is new!

31 million folks from the U.S. of A. watched Sheila Jackson Lee eulogize Michael Jackson – cool!

If you are going to The Yard tonight to catch the opening game of the four game series with the Nationals, it is actually a five game series because at 6:05 pm today, they will complete a suspended game – a doubleheader of sorts. Here’s what I snatched off of Alyson Footer’s Blog that will help ‘splain stuff:

“The Astros and Nationals will complete the May 5 game that was suspended due to rain this Thursday (today), beginning at 6:05 p.m. CT.  Some tidbits regarding the rules and regulations for that game.

“First, the bare basics: Fans with tickets to the regularly-scheduled 7:05 p.m. game Thursday will also be admitted to the suspended game continuation. No separate tickets will be sold. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

“The regularly scheduled game will start at 7:05 p.m., unless the suspended game ends after 6:45 p.m. In that case, there will be a 20-minute break between games.

“The game will resume just as it was when originally suspended on May 5 in a 10-10 tie. It will resume in the bottom of the 11th inning, with the Nationals at-bat with one out and a runner on first base (Elijah Dukes). LaTroy Hawkins was the pitcher on the mound, and he is allowed to continue his outing if the Astros see fit.

“And here’s some more fun stuff…

“* All position players and pitchers who were used and removed from the game on May 5 will not be eligible to return to the contest. For the Astros, those players include Carlos Lee and Jason Michaels, as well as pitchers Roy Oswalt, Chris Sampson, Tim Byrdak and Geoff Geary.

“* Players who are currently on the roster, but were not when the game was originally suspended, are eligible to play in the suspended game. Players who were in the lineup when play suspended, but are not currently on the active roster, must be subbed for in the same position and batting order.

“* When the Astros and Nationals game was suspended on May 5, Elijah Dukes was on first in the bottom of the 11th inning. But Dukes has since been shipped to Triple-A, so the Nationals will simply put in a pinch-runner for him when the game resumes Thursday.

“Interestingly, this will be the first time the Astros host a suspended game since July 23, 1999. The Astros and Padres finished their June 13 game, which was suspended when Larry Dierker suffered a grand mal seizure in the home dugout at the Astrodome. That game was halted in the middle of the eighth inning with the Astros leading, 4-1, and they eventually won it.”

More from Alyson Footer:

“The Twitter craze is a world-wide phenomenon, and count Astros En Espanol as the latest entity to jump into the social networking era. "LosAstros" is  now fully functional and giving 140-character updates on all things Astros, in Spanish.

“The Astros have one of the largest local Hispanic fan bases in baseball, right up there with the Dodgers and Mets. They also have a huge following internationally because of their Spanish Web site, which reaches fans in Mexico, Venezuela, Panama and Puerto Rico.

“Through "LosAstros" on Twitter, the Astros hope to give fans insight into the team they wouldn’t otherwise get and also to give information about the Spanish Web site, TV show and radio broadcasts.”

Wandy was once again Wandyful yesterday and we’re making progress!

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Commentary had the Michael Jackson Memorial on and checking out Kobe, Magic, Smokey, Stevie, Lionel, Mayer, Rev. Sharpton, Brooke, Mariah, Queen, Jennifer – then throughout H-Town you could actually hear the collective “what” and thud of jaws dropping as Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee took the podium. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE! She didn’t let us down as she was vintage Sheila all the way. SHE NAILED IT!

I’m betting if Sheila had been born in the 1920s, she would have found her way to board the USS Missouri and say a few words before Japan surrendered. I won’t be surprised to find out that she was in the control room forty years ago and actually had the headsets on when the famous words – “Houston, the Eagle has landed” – were uttered.

21 networks carried the memorial service live. Sheila is really going to have to come up with something special to top her appearance and performance yestertoday. Heck, it would not surprise me if she headed out to Europe in a couple of days and put on the yellow jersey for the final leg of the Tour de France. WAY TO GO SHEILA JACKSON LEE!

CEWDEM and some Texas Tech folks are going a bit cwazy this morning over the news that 43’s AG will be teaching college kids up in Lubbock. Hey, look at it this way – at least he’s not teaching in a bigger media market like H-town.

We should have won last night but for the fact that The Big Puma made a physical and mental booboo…..arrrgh!

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Some folks think that former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is going to run for Governor. That would make three old White dudes running as Dems. So far, none of the three are articulating a message that is appealing to the base. All of them have that tired worn out look. None of them come across as having what it takes to energize the base. Do you actually think that any of the three will become Governor? Do you think that having any of the three at the top of the ticket is going to help down ballot Dems? We can do better than this. Commentary would certainly encourage a Latino or Latina to get into the race. I certainly believe that a credible Latino or Latina could easily win the Dem Primary. Give me a call, come to H-Town, take me to lunch, join me at The Yard, and I’ll advise you on how to do it. Now is the time! Si se puede!

Commentary will be checking out the Michael Jackson Memorial on TV today – why not? If it is going to be broadcast live on a lot of the networks, it has to be worth watching – right?

According to my ‘Stros note, Miggy is one of four ‘Stros Shortstops to get selected to the NL All Star Team. The others are Denis Menke, Craig Reynolds, and Dickie Thon. Twelve ‘Stros Outfielders have been selected as All Stars: Rusty Staub, Jimmy Wynn, Cesar Cedeno, Tery Puhl, Jose Cruz, Jerry Mumphrey, Kevin Bass, Moises Alou, Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Lee, and now Hunter Pence.

I got news for you. There is a certain buzz hanging at The Yard. At the halfway point, we’re 40-41 and I like our chances.

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Commentary and soon to be former Governor Palin don’t see eye to eye on most things. However, I do think that her decision to resign is a good move for her. As long as she was Governor of Alaska, it would have been very difficult for her to participate in a national debate on the issues. It is too much of a geographic challenge.

Governor Palin has decided that if she is going to play national politics, she is going to do so on her own terms.  Think about it.   She is being lambasted for her resignation announcement this past Friday because it wasn’t scripted – huh!  I think it is kind of silly to write her off. She is not looking for approval from Commentary, the talking heads, or those folks inside the beltway. She’s looking for approval from the thousands of GOP activists out there that are inviting her to their communities. Right now she’s the biggest draw in the GOP and she is going to take advantage.

I’m sure she is also going to make some money by writing a book, giving speeches, maybe serving on boards – you get the picture. She will also probably travel to foreign countries and meet with foreign big shots to make it look like she has some international cred.

A year from now in the midst of the 2010 mid term elections we will have a better idea on whether or not Governor Palin’s decision was a wise one. If she ends up being the most sought after GOPer to showcase at fundraisers and GOTV rallies and gather up a bunch of political chits in the process, I wonder what her current critics will have to say then. Stay tuned!

One of the afternoon hosts – Matt jackson – on local Sports 610 Radio has never thought much of Miggy. He thinks we ought to trade him. I wonder what he will have to say today now that Miggy has made the National League All Star Team as a ‘Stro for the second straight year. Congrats go to Hunter Pence on his selection as an NL All Star. Both Miggy and Pence were selected by their fellow players – cool. The ‘Stros are back in town after going 4 and 3 on the road.

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