Archive for March 21st, 2011

Raytheon had a good weekend.  They happen to make the 120 or so Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched into Libya Saturday and Sunday.

I have to hand it to the U.S. of A., they made the weekend more interesting by bombing Libya. We didn’t waste any time putting together another coalition to p___ all over Gadhafi’s forehead. 

According to Politico not everyone in Congress is happy with The President’s decision to help enforce U.N. Resolution 1973.  Check this:

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.     Here is the Politico story.

I wonder what is the over/under line for Colonel Gadhafi.

For the record, Commentary has given up hope the national, state, or local Democratic Party will ever mount an effort to engage the H-Town area growing Latino community.   Here is what is in Peggy Fikac’s Chron/SA Express News column today:

When I asked state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond of Laredo about a tip that he may be interested in running for Texas Democratic Party chairman, he didn’t want to talk about it — but he did say that he’d received calls encouraging him to run. He said he wouldn’t go for the spot if the current chair, Boyd Richie, runs to keep it. Richie said in a statement, “I have every intention to run again for party chair, and plan to make a formal announcement to party leaders at our next State Democratic Executive Committee meeting” on April 9.

Commentary has said it before.  The same folks have been running the state Dem Party for too long now.  I’ve known Richard Raymond for 28 years.  He knows about H-Town’s growing Latino community.  He’s been here a number of times.  I can’t say that about the current Chair.  I think Richard ought to run even if the current Chair doesn’t step down.  Stay tuned!

Former ‘Stros shortstop Adam Everett is trying to make the Cleveland Indians’ roster.  Everett was the Red Sox’s 12th pick of the first round of the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  Who did the ‘Stros pick in the first round in 1998.  Bonus:  Who did the Indians draft in the first round that year?

The City of H-Town Redistricting Town Hall Meetings resume tonight at 6:30 pm at the Briargrove Elementary Auditorium (District G), 6145 San Felipe.   Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Oak Forest Elementary Auditorium (District A), 1401 West 43rd Street.  Wednesday’s Town Hall Meeting is at the Learning Hub of the Houston Community College Southeast Campus (District I), 6815 Rustic. 

Here is what my pal Robert Miller is saying about the state budget mess:

However, there is a growing chasm between the House and the Senate on the budget. The Governor and House leadership have agreed to spend $3.2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to balance the FY 2010-11 budget. But, the Governor and House leadership have stated that they will not spend anything from the Rainy Day Fund for the FY 2012-13 budget, nor will the House pass any tax revenue increases. This will result in a House budget for FY 2012-13 of approximately $77 billion of general revenue spending. The FY 2010-11 budget was approximately $87 billion of general revenue spending, including federal stimulus funds of $6.4 billion.

The votes are not there in the Senate Finance Committee to pass a $77 billion budget, much less in the Senate itself. To pass the Senate in Regular Session, the budget will probably need to be at least $83 billion in general revenue. In other words, the Senate is looking to spend at least $6 billion more than the House. If the House says no more Rainy Day Funds and no additional tax revenue, it is going to be very difficult to find the additional money. At this point, you would have to say one or more special sessions is a growing possibility.   Here is Robert’s entire take.

In 1998, the ‘Stros drafted Brad Lidge of course with the 17th overall pick.

In 1998, the Indians drafted CC Sabathia of course with the 20th overall pick.

It looks like Nelson Figueroa nailed down the fifth spot of the ‘Stros starting pitching rotation.



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