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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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I’m hoping the Lone Star State’s Dem Leadership caught this from Chron.com today.

History was made last week — and you probably don’t know about it.

For the first time in broadcast history, a Spanish-language station has become the most-watched television network in the United States among the demographic group most coveted by American advertisers.

Last week, Univision was the most popular network for TV viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 years old last week — topping the traditional American broadcast networks and all cable competition.

While this story has more to do with entertainment than politics, the rise of Univision has major implications for American politics. Candidates who hope to reach out to this huge swath of viewers must communicate in Spanish, and cater to a young audience.

Commentary isn’t the only one singing this tune and that’s for sure.   The proof is in the numbers.

As expected Guv Dude banged around on the H-Town METRO stuff and blamed the Former H-Town Mayor.  Meanwhile, the Back to Basics PAC is banging on Dude and blaming him for rising insurance rates.  Dude still hasn’t unleashed his ad barrage.  Stay tuned!

At age 40 a few years ago this MLBer became the oldest ever to pitch a perfect game.  Who am I talking about?

Meanwhile, it is a new day at H-Town METRO.  They came out and said that the new light rail lines won’t be ready until late 2014 at best.  At least they are being honest about stuff and not playing shell games or having us try to read between the lines.  

Last night, Commentary’s row at The Yard got a free meal coupon for Taco Bell.  I guess I’ll finally give Taco Bell a try!

Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson of course at age 40 pitched a perfect game against The ATL back in 2004.  Oh, by the way, The Big Unit is celebrating his 47th BD today.  Back in 1998, he was a ‘Stro for a couple of months and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 116 Ks in 84 1/3 innings – not bad.

Speaking of not bad, 67-73 isn’t bad at all if you ask me.  Chris Johnson made up for his first inning throwing error by hitting a sixth inning three run dinger and that’s all we needed. It is Dollar Dogs tonight, with 10,000 Larry Dierker Bobbleheads, and the chance to be in the World’s Largest Harmonica Band as the ‘Stros host the Dodgers again!

 

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The feds came into town yesterday to hand the City and METRO a setback on how we handled purchasing the cars for our light rail system.  The feds say we fudged a bit on our applications and have to start all over – drats! 
Check out the Chron story.

The H-Town Mayor correctly puts the blame on the previous METRO leadership.  The past METRO Chair who just can’t manage to keep his pie hole shut or stay out of sight says the H-Town Mayor and her new METRO team should also share in the blame.  You gotta be kidding!

Will somebody please tell the past METRO Chair to shut up or move on down the road!

Commentary doesn’t think that pi__ ant preacher from Florida that wants to burn the Quran is going to go through with his plan this Saturday.  I think he realizes that his 15 minutes might be up if you know what I mean.  After all, why pi__ off the world’s second largest religion?

The ‘Stros open a four game series at The Yard tonight against the Dodgers.  In 1981, a mid season players strike cost the teams about 50 games each.  The playoffs included a Western Division Series where the ‘Stros and the Dodgers squared off for a best of five that the Dodgers won 3 games to 2.  Nolan Ryan was one of our pitchers then.  He is now in the Hall of Fame.  Are any of the 1981 Dodgers in the Hall of Fame today??

Here’s a good one.  Tomorrow at The Yard is Harmonica Night.   Here’s what Alyson’s Footnotes says about tomorrow night:  The Astros will attempt to set a new Guinness Book record by having close to 10,000 fans play the harmonica after the game that night. The event will take place before the fireworks. (Yes, I’m serious.)

Maybe they will let us play a Zimmerman tune!

Commentary forgot to mention that we do have three games left with the Cubbies to close the season.

Nope of course, however, 1981 Dodgers’ Dusty Baker and Mike Scioscia may someday make the Hall of Fame as skippers.

We’re 66-73 as the ‘Stros put it on the Cubbies again last night thanks to Brett Myers again.  We get the Dodgers, Brewers and Reds over the next 10 games and all the games mean something if you know what I mean!   .500?

 

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The Tomball City Council decided last night that they didn’t want to go down the path to Red Neck Branch or act kind of like Arizona by banging on paperless folks.  Way to go Tomball!  Check out the Chron story on last night’s meeting.

A city council member proposed making Tomball an English only burg, not let paperless folks rent, buy or own a business in Tomball, and shut down the city’s day labor site.  The city council said no se puede to the proposals!

That’s why H-Town CM James Rodriguez has taken the lead in organizing the Houston Area Latino Summit.  That’s why we just hosted the Houston Area Latino Summit on Immigration Reform.  Thanks to CM Rodriguez, Cesar Espinosa,  America Para Todos, and others, we create area awareness on this issue.  The Tomball city leadership very well knows that it isn’t worth it to them to take on this issue.  Good for them!

Meanwhile, the Former H-Town Mayor’s campaign introduced a new TV ad banging Guv Dude on border security.   I guess they know what they are doing.

I guess Dude knows what he is doing because he hasn’t unleashed his ads yet.

Reliever Trevor Hoffman who now closes for the Brewers picked up his 600th career save last night.  Hoffman is the all time save leader.  Which MLBer is number 2 in career saves and how many MLBers still pitching are in the Top 10 in career saves? 

‘Stros rookie first baseman Brett Wallace picked up his first career dinger last night and it happened at Wrigley – cool – and Michael Bourn was a dinger short of hitting for the cycle.

Mariano Riviera of course of the Yankees is Number 2 with 555 career saves and aside from Hoffman and Riviera, Billy Wagner of course is Number 5 with 418.

Even though we only have 24 games to play, if you like baseball, the ‘Stros are definitely fun to watch.  We wrap up our series with the Cubbies tonight then come home for ten games.  Oh yeah, we won last night!

 

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Eight weeks from tonight it will be all over.  Forty days from today folks can start voting early in person.  I ran in to this nauseating piece in today’s SA Express News.  It’s about GOP members of Congress from the Lone Star State that are in line for key Chair positions if the GOP wins the U.S. House.  Check it out.  Ouch!

Commentary provided a couple of takes on the Channel 2 evening news yesterday about the upcoming election.   Commentary expressed some concern that the Dem base needed to be fired up if we wanted to be competitive in these parts. 

An NBC/WSJ poll released today says Dems don’t look too good right now.  Here’s what the Dem pollster says:   “We all know that there is a hurricane coming for the Democrats.  We just don’t know if it will be a Category 4 or a Category 5.”   Ouch, ouch!

Here’s from an NBC story today on the poll: “the interest level in the midterms is down among Democrats, African-Americans and younger Americans.”

You can probably add Latinos to this group.

Is there a solution?   Is it over?   Of course it is not over.  However, Dems need to rethink their Latino vote strategy and start embracing meaningful immigration reform and scorch the GOP on this issue for starters.

In case you didn’t notice, Jim Thome of the Twins hit career dinger 585 yesterday.  How many past and present MLBers have more career dingers?

Commentary’s parents got married 64 years ago today. Way to go Mom and Dad!

Meanwhile, the Former H-Town Mayor wants to cut the state’s tourism budget.  I wonder what the state’s tourism industry thinks about that.

Thome is ninth of course all time in the career dinger department behind Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays, Griffey, Sosa, Rodriguez, and Robinson. 

Commentary dropped by Jake’s first BD party Saturday afternoon.  It was nice.

The ‘Stros have 12 left to play on the road and 13 at The Yard.  I hated to see us squander a 4 run lead yesterday but I got over it.  Let’s just keep playing and see how these young players handle the pros.

 

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I guess that Labor Day signals the election season is on even though folks have been running for months now.

The Chron’s E-Board in yesterday’s editorial came out in support of the red light cameras.  Check it out.

The Chron’s R.G. has a piece today about the angry voter and he says that GOP voters have the momentum in the Lone Star State.  Check it out.

I get that GOP voters are angry and that can tend to get them more enthused about voting.  We better figure out how to get Dem voters angry.

The good news if you can call it good news is a Lone Star State GOP meeting with some Latinos was basically called a waste of time by one of the Latino participants.  Check out the Chron story.   What does the Chair of the State GOP tell Latinos anyway in light of the fact that his Party and its Party’s platform have assaulted the state’s Latino community?

The ‘Stros visit Wrigley for three starting this afternoon.  The Cubbies have retired six jersey numbers but really only five – can you please explain?

In yesterday’s Chron, my pal Edgar who serves as the Chair of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation which is in charge of Reliant Park says in an Op-Ed piece that they are trying to “repurpose” the Astrodome. 
Check it out.  Good luck!

In Alyson’s Footnotes, she writes about the D-Back’s Legends Race that they have at the end of the fifth inning at their yard.  It is kind of like those sausage fella races in Milwaukee.  The D-Back Legends include Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace, Randy Johnson, and Matt Williams.  She says maybe we ought to have our ‘Stros Legends and have Bagwell, B-G-O, Cruz, and Dierker as the ones that race.    I agree we need to replace those hot sauce packages that currently race. 

The Cubbies have retired the number 10 of Ron Santos, the number 14 of Ernie Banks, the number 23 of Ryne Sandberg, the number 26 of Billy Williams, and the numbers 31 of Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux.

I’m not going to say anything about being in third place and taking 2 out of 3 in Arizona this past weekend.  I’m not going to say anything about the Los D-Backs jerseys that were worn Saturday night.  All I can say is that they continue to play very good baseball!

 

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Let’s see now.   A week ago a fire destroyed most of Harris County’s election and voting gizmos.

The Harris County Clerk then went into full scramble mode over the past weekend to put together a plan so the election could move forward without hassles.

According to the plan, they will have eSlate gizmos at all the regular Early Vote locations and one eSlate gizmo at all of the regular Election Day polling places.  They will also have paper ballots at all of the regular Election Day polling places in case folks don’t want to wait in line to use the eSlate gizmo.

Anticipating problems, the County Clerk is urging folks to Vote Early.  Of course not everybody gets her emails or reads the Chron or checks out the local news.   It would probably be a good idea for the County Commissioners Court to allocate some serious dollars for a media awareness campaign to urge folks to Vote Early.  It would certainly be money well spent.  It would be worth it if it helps avoid delays, hassles, conspiracy theorists, accusations, and other cluster ___ks on Election Day.

The ongoing barb throwing between the Dem Party and the GOP Tax-Assessor Collector on the handling of voter registration applications has created a bunch of bad blood heading into the election.  Knowing how both political parties behave, you can bet that partisans from both sides will try to make hay on how the County Clerk conducts the election with her new plan.  A media awareness campaign would go a long toward silencing potential critics.   Of course, NOBODY EVER ASKS ME!

The Arizona D-Backs first joined the MLB in 1998.  Who is the only former D-Back player to have his jersey number retried?

The ‘Stros only have 29 games left and only six are against a contender – all six against the Reds.

Luis Gonzalez of course had his Number 20 retired a few weeks ago.  Gonzo played with the D-Backs from 1999-2006.  He also was a ‘Stro from 1990-1995 and in 1997.

We have three this weekend in Arizona and folks are now starting to talk about the ‘Stros reaching the .500 mark by the end of the year.  Stay tuned!

 

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