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The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project had a dinner here in H-Town last night to promote this year’s election theme – “I’m a Pro Immigrant Voter.”  Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia was the keynote speaker and she gave a very good speech on what is at stake for Latinos in this election.   It is a speech that ought to be made to every Latino voter and organization in town.  Way to go Commissioner!

I was watching Channel 11 news last night and there was a story about a bar up in Huntsville, Texas that has specials on Wednesday nights involving cerveza and stuff.  They call it “WB Wednesdays”.  The “WB” stands for that derogatory word to describe paperless folks.  I don’t know about that.

The Former H-Town Mayor has some TV ads running in the H-Town media market.  That’s good for local Dems if you ask me.

The following phrase refers to which MLB team?  “…first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League".

I was checking out “The Today Show” this morning and I heard this from GOP consultant Nicolle Wallace:  “What’s so extraordinary about the Tea Party is they are the only movement that is active in this cycle that’s not playing to win. When you play to win, you play with fear, you do things timidly. What’s so fascinating about the Tea Party is they are willing to lose. That makes them quite powerful.”

That makes them quite scary!

It turns out Guv Dude’s security detail to China cost us $129,000.  How many troopers did he take?  Last I heard, we’re not a war with China!

The Washington Senators of course who are now the Twins were first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League".

Maybe I’ll ask one of my GOP pals to do me a favor and have them ask the GOP witchcraft practicing candidate for U.S. Senator in Delaware if she will turn Jim Sharp into a frog at least until November 3.

73-77 with 12 to go is pretty good considering we dug ourselves a deep hole back in April/May. 8-4 sure looks pretty good to me!

 

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In today’s SA Express News and Chron, there is a piece about the move to bring up The DREAM ACT and how the move is designed to rally Latino voters.  
Check it out.  Of course, the move could backfire if The DREAM ACT goes nowhere.  Latinos could get more upset and more of them could stay home.  Stay tuned!

There is a little blurb today in the Chron about the Former H-Town Mayor giving Tom Craddick $2,500 back in 2002.  I wonder if folks will call him a Craddick Dem.

The Former Mayor finally has some ads running in the H-Town area.

In a shocking development, the Chron endorsed the Former Mayor yesterday.  

Only Jim Sharp can take a dump in his own living room, step in it, sit in it, roll around in it, and sleep in it.   In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, he likened the Dem Party nominee for Lite Guv to a “labor boss.”  The Working Man Hero laid in to him – deservedly.  Who asked for Jim’s opinion anyway?

The Stros are in D.C. today for four against the Nationals who used to be the Expos.  Name the two former MLBers that are in the Hall of Fame as Expos?

Commentary and Dante sat in Pam-In-Charge’s seats yesterday and I was checking out Hunter Pence.  It turns out he doesn’t use the Louisville Slugger.  He uses something called the “Dinger” bat.  I didn’t know that.  Now I do!

Speaking of, Dante had Q, Bourn, and Myers toss him balls – cool.  He kept two of them.

Super Bowl fever crept up a degree or two yesterday and the Texans are looking to hand the ‘Pokes a 0-3 start.

It turns out former Secretary of State Colin Powell uses paperless folks to do stuff around his pad.  How do I know?  He said so yesterday on “Meet the Press.”

Gary Carter and Andre Dawson of course made their bones as Expos then moved on to other teams but are in the Hall of Fame as Expos – got it.

We slowed the Reds down a bit by taking two out of three this past weekend.  Now we are on a 10 game roadie that takes us to D.C., Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.  Can we go 9-4?  Let’s see if we can.

 

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It looks like everybody except Guv Dude thinks there is a $21 bil shortfall in the state budget.    Dude is calculating that he can skate by without addressing the issue.  That’s why he won’t debate.  That’s why he won’t go before the E-Boards.  He’s even outrunning the coyotes on this deal. 

Meanwhile, the Chair of the Lone Star State Senate Education Committee finally admitted what everyone else in public education knows.  Funding for public education is the mother of all public policy issues in the Lone Star State.  She wants to scrap the current system and start all over.  Even Dan Patrick says we need to raise some taxes for our schools.  It’s about time.

The conspiracy theorists were dealt a blow yesterday when the Houston Fire Department didn’t give them what they hoped for on that blaze that engulfed Harris County’s eSlate gizmos.  The theorists were salivating and hoping to put the blame on someone.  Instead the Fire Department experts said they were looking at faulty wiring – bummer!

The ‘Stros host the Reds for three this weekend.  It looks like the Reds are headed to the playoffs.  When was the last time the Reds played in the post season?

From an AP story yesterday:  The Cincinnati Reds’ game against Arizona on Wednesday was briefly delayed in the top of the third inning when a young man and woman draped a sign over the center field fence protesting Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law.

The white banner, which almost reached all the way down to the warning track, contained in black letters the message “Not in Arizona, Not in Ohio” with the words SB 1070 circled and a diagonal line through them—the international symbol for prohibition.

In 1995 of course, the Reds won the NL Central and beat the Dodgers in the NLDS but lost out to The ATL in the NLCS.

Maybe we can at least slow down the Reds this weekend – be there to see some good baseball this weekend!

 

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This is what The President told Latino leaders last night:

"Don’t forget who is standing with you.  You have every right to keep the heat on me and the Democrats, and I hope you do. That’s how our political process works, but don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you. Don’t ever believe that this election coming up doesn’t matter.  Now I know that many of you campaigned hard for me, and understandably you’re frustrated that we have not been able to move this over the finish line yet. I am too, but let me be clear: I will not walk away from this fight. My commitment is to getting this done as soon as we can.  Don’t forget who your friends are.  No se olviden. Don’t forget."

Commentary appreciates The President’s words.  I don’t think you have to be a political scientist to figure out what is going on here.  The President’s folks are worried about Latinos staying home this November.  The problem they have is that it looks like inaction speaks louder than words.

Sen. Cornyn has signaled that the GOP will fight The DREAM  ACT.  Let’s see if The President and Dems can come through.  Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Mexico is celebrating BD Numero 200 today.

It looks like the election season will go on minus a debate.  Everybody stuck to their guns so there won’t be any gunfire.

This former MLBer who is also in the Hall of Fame won the 1989 American League MVP and he didn’t even make the AL All Star Team that year.  Who am I talking about?

Leave it up to State Board of Education to pile on to Islam bashing.  They just couldn’t stay out of it.

Next year the ‘Stros will travel to Toronto for the first time ever.  Of course, we used to go to Montreal every year.

Robin Yount of course won the AL MVP in 1989 and didn’t make the All Star Team that year.  Yount is celebrating BD Numero 55 today.

We let one get away yesterday afternoon so now we have to go 11-5 the rest of the way.  We have today off then host the first place Reds this weekend. 

 

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What do I know?  I thought there would be at least one debate between Guv Dude and the Former H-Town Mayor.  Both sides are not budging on their conditions for debating.  Check out today’s Chron.

If the Former Mayor releases all his paperwork today, he could really take Dude by surprise.   If Dude says today “aw shucks”, let’s give the voters a debate, he could score points.    Stay tuned!

Today the Chron E-Board came out in support of the local Wal-Mart project.
Check it out.  I think some folks that have those blue signs in my ‘hood will be cancelling their Chron subscriptions today.  The H-Town City Council will take up the issue today.

You betcha!  One thing is for certain this Election Season.  The Tea Party voters are the most enthused voter and that isn’t going to change between now and Election Day!  They proved it once again last night in Delaware. 

I’m hoping we have us a vote on the DREAM ACT real soon, like maybe in a couple of weeks.  Maybe that will fire up Latino voter interest in this election.  Also stay tuned!

Major League Baseball released their 2011 schedule and it has a new twist.  Over the last few years, the first opening game is on a Sunday night with the rest of the teams playing their opening game on Monday.  Next year the opening game will be played on a Thursday, with the rest of the opening games on a Friday.  Instead of the season ending on a Sunday, the season will end on a Wednesday.  I don’t know about that.

Ty Cobb has the most career runs in MLB with 2,245.  What other major batting career category has Cobb at the top?  Bonus:  Who played Ty Cobb in the 1994 cinema biopic titled “Cobb”?

Next season’s hot tickets at The Yard have the Red Sox visiting the first weekend in July.

Ty Cobb is the leader in career batting average of course at .367.   Tommy Lee Jones of course played Ty Cobb in the 1994 flick.  FYI:  Tommy Lee Jones is celebrating his 64th BD today.

70-75, well what do you know? 

 

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State newspapers today are reporting that the Lone Star State will now be facing a $21 billion shortfall and Guv Dude is blaming the shortfall on The President, Obamacare, BP, Hurricane Ike, Jim Joyce (the MLB ump that blew the perfect game), paperless folks, the Mexican cartels, Jay Leno, Ahmadinejad, and the designated hitter, for starters.

$21 bil is a whole lot of dinero.   Dude says no problem because he’s balanced budgets before and he’s dealt with shortfalls before.  The Former H-Town Mayor will crack on Dude for not being a good manager and for not being a good planner.

What won’t be addressed between now and November 2 is how to genuinely deal with this big mess.  Where do we cut? How do we get additional revenue?

$21 bil can’t be cut out of state government without eliminating some core services.  So I’m betting that the more responsible and courageous members of the next state legislature will make some cuts and hold their noses and raise some taxes and eliminate some exemptions.  If the Former Mayor is Guv, he’ll go along.  If Dude is still around, he’ll squeal some, but still go along.  Stay tuned!

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has column on the proposed Wal-Mart and she talks to some folks from the ‘hood that support the project.   Check it out.

Here’ what a nearby resident has to say in the column.  He’s a 50-year old Latino welder.  "The store esta bueno for me.  The people who live in this neighborhood, they need Walmart. The ones who are against it, they don’t need it. They can go to the Galleria or other places.  Los blancos, I don’t know what their problem is."

Here’s what Lisa says:  Lately, Mr. Casillas, neither do I. I’ll probably get banned from my favorite Heights coffee house for saying so, and it’s not that I’m a fan of Walmart. Some of their business practices led me years ago to avoid shopping there if I can avoid it. I’m fortunate enough to have that luxury. But the campaign to stop developers from building the Walmart-anchored shopping center at Koehler and Yale seems more out of touch the louder it gets.

Local class warfare anyone?

Last night, Numero 45 scored his 1000th career run.  Who holds the MLB career record for most runs scored?

Today’s The United States of Texas in the Chron focuses on Fort Bend county heading blue with a juicy quote from Dem activist Susan Bankston on what Fort Bend GOPers look like.  I don’t want to reprint the quote because I might offend someone.  Check it out: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7199635.html.

Ty Cobb or course scored 2,245 runs in his Hall of Fame career.

69-75 with a good Brett Myers outing last night is pretty good.  The question is can we go 12-6 the rest of the season and hit .500?  Stay tuned!

 

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After yesterday’s thumping of the Colts, folks around here are having Super Bowl visions, if you know what I mean.  Hey, why not!  The Colts have owned our arses over the past eight years.  To put a whupping on them in Game 1 is special.

Guv Dude came out with his first ad of the general election season this past weekend and it is not an attack.   That’s interesting.  Commentary thought he would come out with guns blazing.  I guess they know what they are doing.  FYI:  Dude’s debate deadline is in a couple of days.  Stay tuned!

Former ‘Stro catcher Brad Ausmus made his final appearance at The Yard yesterday as an MLBer.  Ausmus now wears the Dodger blue started yesterday’s game behind the plate.   He will hang up his cleats at the end of this season.  In 1987, he was drafted in the 48th round by the Yankees.  Who was the first player taken in the 1987 MLB Amateur Player Draft?  Bonus:  Who did the ‘Stros pick in Round 1 of the 1987 draft?

The Chron has a series that started running yesterday called “The United State of Texas.”  Today’s piece is on “Immigration Nation” and focuses on the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  Check it out.

The series takes a look at how folks are looking at politics.  Here’s what my old pal Billy Leo of La Joya has to say"There’s something about Bill White that’s too stale, too dry. We need somebody who’ll wake us up."

One thing about Mayor Leo, he’s pretty frank.  Mayor Leo was talking about the expected low Latino voter turnout.

In the article, Jerry Polinard, a respected political scientist from the University of Texas-Pan American says "White needs a turnout similar to 2008 during what’s shaping up to be a strong Republican year.  To have any chance at all, he has to match that. Or, there has to be some sort of perfect storm, which hasn’t happened yet."

Why do we have to expect a low Latino voter turnout?  Why is it accepted?  I’ll tell you why.   The Lone Star State Dem leaders have failed miserably to fully engage this growing voting community.

Ken Griffey, Jr. of course was the first player taken in the 1987 draft.  He was picked by the Mariners.  B-G-O of course was drafted by the ‘Stros in Round 1 that year.  He was taken 22nd overall.  Both are future Hall of Famers if you ask me.

I don’t think we set the harmonica world record Friday night at The Yard.  We lost a lot of folks due to the extra inning game. 

Speaking of, we should have won the game Friday night but we couldn’t come through with Michael Bourn on third with one out – ouch!

We’re at 68-75.  We have the Brewers coming in for three starting tonight.  Brett Myers goes this evening so I like our chances. 

 

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