Archive for April 8th, 2011

Commentary is thinking that maybe the Harris County Dem State Senators are suffering from PPTSD.  The shellacking Dems are taking up at the Lone Star State Capitol is taking a toll on some if you ask me.  How else do you explain them following GOP State Senator Dan Patrick in undoing the Rebuild Houston election results that H-Town voted on last November.  Here is from today’s Chron:

On Thursday, by a 30-1 vote, the Senate approved a bill introduced by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, that exempts schools, churches, nonprofits and entities that can impose taxes. The bill next goes to the House.

Patrick said the key thing about the vote is that it had support from all six Houston senators – three Democrats and three Republicans.

"This is a nonpartisan issue," he said. "This is six senators from both parties that believe the schools, churches and nonprofits never should have been part of this to begin with."

I don’t know about that.  I think it might be time to call in the evacuation choppers and get the Dem senators some R&R. 

Here is more from the Chron:

Asked why he voted against the Houston drainage fee bill, Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said it was a local issue for Houston.

“Here you had, in Houston, petitions signed by the appropriate number of voters in Houston asking for a referendum. You had a public vote in Houston, and the voters of Houston passed this referendum. And the people who lost didn’t like the outcome, so instead of going to the City Council of Houston and trying to get it fixed, they drove up here to Austin to ask the Legislature to overturn a legal petition and referendum and election in Houston.”

Wentworth said he also opposed it in committee.

“Essentially we’d be overturning an election . They weren’t challenging the legality of the election or the number of signatures or anything like that, they were just saying, ‘Well, we didn’t know that it did all this stuff.’

“Well, I said, you know we just had a state representative from Travis Country reelected by four votes and the loser came up here and made a big deal and they said sorry, you lost the election. And these losers came up and said to the Legislature we want you to overturn the results. I just felt that was not the fair or right thing to do.”

What in the world are the Dems doing following Patrick?   We have completely aired out this issue here in H-Town.  I’d like for them to put out a press release ‘splaining why they think they know more about fixing drainage and flooding than the voters and the H-Town City Council.

Robert Redford threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Wrigley last week.  Redford played Roy Hobbs in “The Natural” in 1984.  What was the name of his bat?

Bonus:  What “first” happened in MLB 36 years ago today?

Back by popular demand I guess, the ‘Stros website is running Commentary’s Opening Days piece today.   Check it out.

Here is what CM Ed Gonzalez has to say about the City of H-Town’s proposed redistricting plan:

My hope was that the population growth of Latinos would be adequately reflected in the drawing of the two new Council Districts. I am concerned that neither of the two new districts has been drawn to consist of a majority Latino population. While I appreciate the efforts to strengthen the minority percentages of the current districts, the proposed plan simply falls short of enhancing Latino representation on City Council.

Here is a bit from Greg’sOpinion:

The sum total of this breakdown is that you have two Hispanic opportunity districts, but two that contain illusory “opportunities” for Hispanic voters.

Wonderboy of course was the name of Roy Hobbs’ bat.

Frank Robinson of course turned in the line-up card of the Cleveland Indians as the first African American skipper of a MLB team on April 8, 1975.

We finally got our first win yesterday and Numero 45 already has two triples – yikes!

Commentary and my dearest buddy Bethany Arnold will attend the home opener this afternoon.  We start out the ten game homestand with three against the Fish, the three with the Cubbies, then four with the Padres.  New grub, El Grande, better Wi-Fi, and maybe some better scoreboard results – PLAY BALL!


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