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Commentary will be at Yankee Stadium next June 11-13 to see the ‘Stros take on A-Roid, Derek, Mariano and all the other highest paid players in MLB. Next year’s schedules were released yesterday. Aside from our annual trek to Arlington, KC is the other inter-league away series and I don’t think I’ll be heading there. It says something about this season that I’m already talking about next season.

Who am I to argue with an 84 year old White dude from the South (Georgia) who says that the majority of the opposition against The President is based on racism? That is what former President Jimmy Carter had to say yesterday.  Check it out.   Ouch! Now folks that show up to all those tea parties are going to be worried that other folks will think they are racists. Maybe some folks will decide not to attend the tea parties because they don’t want to be thought of as racists. Nice move Mr. Former President.

Commentary got some run in today’s Chron on a story about the three Dem H-Town mayoral candidates conspiring to curtail future debates and forums. Check it out.  I guess I understand where they are coming from, but on the other hand why are they running if they don’t want to answer questions and talk to voters.

Speaking of, Annise Parker secured the endorsement of last year’s Dem candidate for U.S. Senate. She also has the support of the 2006 Dem candidate for Guv.

The Forest Service apollyized to Latinos yesterday for issuing a warning that if Latinos were out camping in Colorado and eating tortillas, drinking Tecate, and listening to Latino tunes, they were probably marijuana growers and dealers. Check it out.  They reissued their warning to say if they saw a Latino at The Yard, eating a hot dog, drinking St. Arnold, and snagging foul balls, he was probably Commentary.

The President called that Kanye fella a “jackarse” in off the record remarks. Of course, since the remarks were off the record, that Kanye fella isn’t really a “jackarse.”

Cecil No Se Puede wasn’t in the mood to talk about a Rice University product that help put a hurt on the ‘Stros last night. From today’s Chron, here’s how Cecil No Se Puede reacted: “I’m supposed to say something special about him? Come on. Why? Because he’s a Rice product? That’s what I’m supposed to say? Come on. He doesn’t play for us, so I don’t really care.” I guess that’s how you react when the team is five games under .500 – yikes!

 

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Election Day is seven weeks from today and Early Voting is in 34 days and so far H-Town mayoral candidate Peter Brown is the only candidate that is SHOWING ME THE TV! You have to figure that is an advantage. The so called front runners, Annise Parker and Gene Locke, are not SHOWING ME THE TV yet. I’m sure there is a bit of nervousness over in their camps. They better watch out for Peter, he even has radio ads airing. I only listen to Sports 610 so I don’t know if the other candidates are running radio but I figure they are not because they haven’t sent me an email touting their radio ads. They need to get off of their arses if you ask me – of course nobody is asking me these days.

Speaking of hard times, there is a piece in Chron.com today about some local ISDs being hard up and wanting to let businesses put billboards on the sides of school buses so they can generate some revenue.  Check it out.  I don’t have a problem with that but the anti billboard folks would probably object of course they won’t come up with a plan on how to get money for our schools.

Tommy Lee Jones and Oliver Stone both turned 63 today and Stone directed Jones in “JFK.”

I got a note yesterday from the ‘Stros letting me know that the last game of the season at The Yard is Fan Appreciation Night even though the game is on a Sunday afternoon – huh. Meanwhile, the only good thing about last night’s 3-1 loss to the Reds was Wandy’s pitching and that’s about it.

 

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The local GOP’s Local Government Committee sent out their questionnaire for H-Town candidates yesterday. One of the questions is about using tax funds to pay for stadiums like Reliant. I wonder if they have the guts to go up to the Texans owner and ask him this question. After all, he has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the GOP and always has 41 sitting with him.

There are also questions on paperless folks and affirmative action. I wonder if any of the Dem mayoral candidates will fill out the questionnaire. FYI: The GOPs Local Government Committee needs to learn how to spell “Controller” not “Comptroller.”

Chron.com has a brief piece on the email that was sent out over the weekend about the comptroller’s, err controller’s race.  Check it out.   I read the email – it was stupid.

Any day now Commentary expects to get a call from the new HISD superintendent who will probably want me to give him my take on the local political scenery.

Commentary was supposed to be a panelist at a mayoral debate this Friday but was told it has been cancelled. I guess I don’t blame them for not wanting to face me.

Please be on the lookout for the dreaded “curb tax.” I just read where burgs that are hurting for money like H-Town are telling their parking citation troops to step it up. I don’t know about that. Speaking of, since the H-Town Mayor is spending about 40% of his time going out of town to campaign, why don’t he just do away with 40% of his staff and save some money.

Cougar Nation woke up Saturday afternoon after a long nap and it looks like they are on their way to Tier One status.

From ‘Stros fans to Texans fans – we feel your pain!

Capitol Insider and The Clintster sat with Commentary and Dante in Pam-In-Charge’s seats yesterday.

It is official. We’re not going to reach Cecil No Se Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season – drats! Is it over? Heck no because we still have six at home that will include Latin Night, the final Cap Collections, and the Pudge Bobbleheads!

 

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Hey Bin Laden! Eight years later and you are still the most wanted dead or alive villain in the whole wide world for orchestrating one of the most heinous crimes in the history of humankind. I hope all is not well with you wherever you have been these last eight years in some cave, basement, hut, or most likely in an elephant’s arsehole.

Because of you, we now have to take off our shoes before we get on an airliner. Because of you we got ourselves into two wars and a few thousand of our service men and women are no longer with us. Because of you, they pulled a Tom Dooley on Saddam Hussein. Because of you, the U.S. of A. officially got into the torturing business. Because of you, U.S. Muslims are discriminated against by their fellow citizens. Oh by the way, you’ve missed out on a bunch of stuff the last eight years.

Let me tell you about some of the highlights of the last eight years. You didn’t get to show up at the inauguration of our first African American president. You haven’t witnessed the proliferation of HDTV. You missed Katrina, Rita and Ike. You missed the last episode of “The Sopranos.” You missed Commentary’s 50th BD party. You didn’t get to watch the Red Sox get rid of the “curse.” You didn’t attend the ‘Stros only World Serious appearance. I didn’t see you at the MLB All Star Game that was held at The Yard. B-G-O and Baggy aren’t in uniform these days. H-Town has an NFL team again. Michael Jackson’s moon walking days are done. This fella name Usain Bolt is now the fastest human in the world and Michael Phelps owns the most gold medals. It now costs us a whopping 44 cents to mail a letter. Some of us are now driving hybrids.

You definitely had an impact on how we live but we still kept on living and not under some rock out in the middle of nowhere. Hope your diet continues to be bugs and parasitic water. Take care, err don’t take care.

Meanwhile, here in the Lone Star State, you have to figure that Guv Dude had the “William Tell Overture” on his ipod when he announced the formation of the “Recon Rangers.” Any day now we will hear about some unsuspecting Latino citizen getting accidentally “reconned” by a Ranger.

Everyone Knew Her As Nancy put out a take on the H-Town mayoral candidate Gene Locke latest “Ladies for Locke” invite. Commentary checked it out and it should be called “Size Two Models for Locke.” Heck, maybe their TV ads will be the kind you can only air after the kids go to sleep. Heck, maybe their TV ads will only air on the Playboy channel. Heck, maybe their TV ads will only air on those adult channels you have to pay for.

From the OSHA Violation Department: How come H-Town mayoral candidate Peter Brown is the only fella not wearing a hardhat at a construction site in his TV ads?

Speaking of, we’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to run the table and go 22 and zip the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and four against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! It was nearly a good one last night despite the fact that Roy O only lasted two innings as the Pirates come in for three this weekend so get out there and pick up a patriotic lid, a Valverde bobblehead, and a replica of The Yard.

 

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H-Town CM Toni Lawrence, a GOPer and Commentary pal, announced yesterday that she was setting up an exploratory committee to run for county commissioner. County Commissioner Jerry Eversole is expected not to seek re-election next year. Here is a part of her press release: “If elected, Lawrence would be the first Republican female to serve on the Harris County Commissioners Court.” I don’t think that is correct. I think we had a substitute female – Liz Ghrist – a while back who served for a few months if I’m not mistaken. Of course, I could be wrong.

CEWDEM put out some person’s take yesterday that dissappeared and CEWDEM said that I was in a "running feud" with this person.  CORRECTION:  the only folks that I bother to feud with are the miserable Cubbie fans that invade The Yard on occasion.  CEWDEM also put out a rather interesting and stinging take on the disappearing first take – get it.

The H-Town Mayor got some unwanted run in today’s Chron about him losing some city council votes.  Check it out.  Hey, when you are out campaigning across the Lone Star State half of the time, this stuff is going to happen. I’m sure the John Sharp supporters like the article.

In today’s Austin American Statesman, there is a piece about the Democratic National Committee meeting in Austin and saying they are going to help out the Lone Star State Dem Party in 2010. Great, maybe they will produce for us a candidate for Guv that actually stands a chance at winning.  Check out the story. 

You got to hand it to Guv Dude for figuring out how to drive the campaign agenda. It looks like the Aggie Bonfire could be the issue that seals the deal for him in the GOP Primary next year.

St. Arnold will roll out “Divine” today. It is a new brew.  Check it out in today’s Chron.  I might give it a try but I’ll still be an Amber fella.

SHOW ME THE TV, PART II as H-Town Mayoral candidate Peter Brown launched his second TV ad as his opponents helplessly watched them.

I wonder how GOP Congressman Joe Wilson – who nobody had ever heard of until last night – feels about being the U.S. of A.’s Arsehole Numero Uno this morning. It reminded me of the role Carol Kane played , Miracle Max’s wife, Valerie, from “The Princess Bride” – “liar!”

Speaking of, we’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 22-1 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and four against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! You still have to love the fact that they played an exciting game last night and won it in the bottom of the ninth.

 

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Today is 9/9/9 – so what!

The President has a so called make or break speech tonight. It is kind of odd in that he will be speaking to Dems only because the GOP has tuned him out on health care. Heck, last year nobody knew what a public option was. Now it is a four letter word in right wing land. Any day now, expect to learn that some fella will name his race horse – Public Option.

The Lite Guv’s decision to stay put is going to make it harder for Lone Star State Dems to make inroads next year since their line-up will pretty much stay the same.

With all this swine flu and germ stuff going around, let us do away with the handshake and go straight to the knuckle bump. That is what I’m starting to do.

Let’s see now, I bought all The Beatles albums when they first came out. Then I bought some again on eight track and then on cassette. Then I bought a bunch of them on CDs and then I got the best of and the anthologies and now they are telling me that I have to buy the remastered editions because all the ones I bought over the last 45 years were muddled when it comes to sound – huh! The new stuff has better sound quality – huh again! I don’t know about this.

Speaking of, we’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 23-1 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and four against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! Speaking of, Lights Out Lidge of the Phillies has an ERA of over 7 with about 10 blown saves and might lose his closer job. I’ve heard that tune before.

 

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There are eight weeks until H-Town’s E-Day. We will know eight weeks from tonight who is in the run-off and who avoids a run-off.

Speaking of, my buddy M.J. Khan sent out an email this past weekend touting the fact that he drew the number one ballot position in his race for Controller. I guess he’ll get the votes of folks that like to vote for the first person listed on a ballot.

In the race for mayor, it is still anybody’s race. Let’s see who can put together a good ground and air game – stay tuned for sure!  Commentary is taking bets on who goes up first with a TV buy – Parker or Locke. 

A few hundred fans showed up at The Yard yesterday with their dogs – cool. It was kind of strange navigating through the Conoco Alley and seeing dogs in ‘Stros gear.

There were also a lot of Phillies fans at The Yard this weekend.

Speaking of, we’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 23-2 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and four against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! Speaking of, you got to hand it to the team for sweeping the four game series against the Phillies this Labor Day weekend.

 

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Commentary was at The Yard yesterday and in between innings they had a contest and Sweet Marisa asked a fella on the jumbotron which of the following was once a U.S. president and movie actor: Ronald Reagan, JFK, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. The fella picked JFK which is one darn good reason The President should tell the nation’s school kids to study and do their homework and learn something about our former presidents.

From the I’m Spending Too Much Time at The Yard Dept.: I never heard of this Van Jones fella until he quit yesterday.

The Chron and a bunch of local TV stations are reminding us about Ike this week. I prefer not to hear about spending 13 days without power and watching the ‘Stros play two up in Wrigley North.

Pam-In-Charge dropped a surprise in Commentary’s lap Friday night. She came down and gave me a new T-Shirt that is now selling at The Yard – “Los Astros Viven Beisbol.” I wore it yesterday and it is pretty cool.

Commentary forgot to mention that the ‘Stros went 12-16 in August. The Chron said we would go 12-16 in August and would be 67-64 heading into September. We were actually 63-68.

Speaking of, we’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 24-2 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and five against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! Speaking of, you got to hand it to the team for taking the first three against the Phillies and it was nice to see Lights Out Lidge blow one against us for a change.

 

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It would not surprise Commentary if The Dean walked over to Guv Dude’s office and put an arse whupping on him for not fixing up the death row inmate mess. This is personal so an arse whupping is very appropriate. Check out the story.  I guess Dude’s been so busy looking up Hutch’s skirt that he hasn’t had time to prevent death row inmates from texting about The Dean.

Speaking of Guv Dude not handling business, the Chron has a front page story on the Lone Star State going back on its word on the Texas Tomorrow, errr Yesterday Fund.  Check it out.  Too bad Lone Star State Dems don’t have a candidate that can take down Dude next year.

Commentary was called out yesterday by At-Large, Position 1 candidate Lonnie Allsbrooks for not being included in the mix for the run-off. OK. In the At-Large races, in Position 1, there are eight candidates with Rick Rodriguez being the only Latino in the race. So the question is who will Rodriguez face in a run-off – Derr, Litt, Costello, Perkins, or Allsbrooks?

On Chron.com’s political page, there is a piece on Gene Locke and Annise Parker wrestling over the city budget.  Check it out.  Somebody needs to give my pal Bill King some serious props for giving us a heads up a while back. If you know Bill King, I don’t think he would be too unhappy if Isiah took credit for predicting the budget shortfall earlier this year.

The next time I run into the Working Man Hero, I’m going to ask him why Labor celebrates Labor Day on Saturday and Sunday and not on Labor Day. Maybe they are like most folks and want to take Labor Day off. Heck, maybe they want to go check out the ‘Stros against the Phillies that afternoon and pick up the grilling aprons that will be given away to the first 10,000 adults.

We’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 27-2 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and eight against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes! Speaking of, the Phillies come in for four this weekend, so head to The Yard and pick up umbrellas, 300 Dinger Art Cards, 300 Dinger T-Shirts, Caballo Webkins, and the Labor Day grilling aprons.

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It looks like folks will be campaigning up until December here in H-Town in races for municipal and school board. Check out the Chron’s piece on our local races. 

The only three incumbent council members that do not have opponents are the council members with Latino surnames: Noriega, Rodriguez, and Gonzalez – interesting.

Seven folks are running for H-Town mayor so there will be a run-off. We didn’t get a last minute surprise mayoral candidate that Commentary thought might happen. Three are running for Controller so a run-off is probably likely.

In the At-Large races, in Position 1, there are eight candidates with Rick Rodriguez being the only Latino in the race. So the question is who will Rodriguez face in a run-off – Derr, Litt, Costello or Perkins?

In Position 2, can CM Sue Lovell avoid a run-off against three opponents?

In Position 4, I give the edge to Chief Bradford and can he win without a run-ff against two opponents?

In Position 5, it looks like CM Jolanda Jones who drew three opponents will be thrown into a run-off.

In the district races it looks like run-offs in the open seats – A, F, and G. Incumbent CMs Clutterbuck, Johnson, Sullivan, and Adams who drew opponents should be easily reelected.

FYI: Along with CM James Rodriguez and candidate Rick Rodriguez in Position 1, there is a Darrell Rodriguez running in District F.

Over at HCC, Trustee Abel Davila decided not to run at the last minute and his brother-in-law Arturo Aguilar filed – smooth move Abel – it reminds me of the Paul Colbert-Scott Hochberg move. Sandie Meyers, the wife of HISD Trustee Greg Meyers, filed for the seat being vacated by city council candidate Mills Worsham. Nobody else filed so she and her hubby will both be trustees. Trustee Diane Olmos Guzman faces a challenge from Mary Ann Perez.

At HISD, Trustee Larry Marshall has three opponents and is likely headed into a run-off. Two candidates filed to run in the seat being vacated by trustee Diane Johnson. Three candidates filed to run in the seat being vacated by One Smart Mommy – Anna Eastman, Alma Lara, and Linda Toyota. I’ll have more to say on this race in the coming days.

Commentary was talking to HISD Trustee candidate Anna Eastman – who was a big local Obama supporter – and Fulbright’s Neil last night at CM Noriega’s reception and it turns out we all have the same dentist – small world.

We’re not going to reach Cecil Puede’s goal of 90 wins this season because we would have to go 27-2 the rest of the way which is darn near impossible since we still have three left against the Cards and eight against the Phillies – both first place teams – yikes!

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