Archive for April 29th, 2010

Here’s a headline from an AP story that is in a few state newspapers today:  “Poor response to census may haunt Texas.”

Here’s the lead sentence of the story:  “Texas is among five states — New York, California, Arizona and Florida are the others — that are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census.”  Here’s the story.

This is one time that Commentary doesn’t feel like saying I told you so but I will anyway – I told you so!

Commentary, local immigration reform activist Cesar Espinosa, and H-Town CM James Rodriguez said last year that the more we bang on paperless folks, the more we risk having folks stay away from 2010 census participation.  We were right and there is plenty of blame to pass around including the folks that advocated embracing ICE’s 287(g), the highly publicized job site raids, building fences, calling up the National Guard, and putting drones into the air.   It also doesn’t help that our national leaders continue to give the old doublespeak to the Latino community on when to move forward on immigration reform.

The Latino community including paperless folks is certainly paying attention and is saying in effect “we don’t need no steeenking census.” 

The GOP has made this a red meat issue.  Aside from Latino Dems, here in the Lone Star State, the Dems have pretty much stayed silent.  That’s a shame.  After all, it just might cost us a congressional seat – that’s all.

This MLBer had the MLB record for most games (2,583) played at shortstop.  The record stood from 1973 until it was broken in May of 2008 by Omar Vizquel.  He never played another defensive position.  He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1984.  Who am I talking about?

It looks like H-Town might get some nationwide negative publicity that we don’t need.  In today’s Chron there is a story about HPD officers using excessive force on a burglar suspect and it was caught on videotape – allegedly!  Of course, Quanell X has copy of the tape.  Why does Quanell X get a copy?  Stay tuned!

Commentary hasn’t snagged a foul ball this season but last night two came right at me that I could have easily scooped up.  One little problem – they were fair balls and I didn’t want to get relocated.

Former White Sox Luis Aparicio of course who also happens to be celebrating his 76th BD today and also threw out the first pitch in Game 1 of the 2005 World Serious between the White Sox and ‘Stros.  Aparicio also had stints with the Orioles and Red Sox.

Last night’s loss was ugly and included a costly three run error – ouch.  10,000 tote bags will be handed out tonight as the ‘Stros wrap up the homestand against the Reds.


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