Archive for April 27th, 2011

The Texas State Democratic Executive Committee member from SD 13 regularly puts out his takes on politics.  On occasion he will offend some folks like he did a few days ago with this take on Latino voters:

The third problem is new base Democratic — including young, working, married Hispanic — voters.   They are not mobilized geographically.  They are not motivated culturally.  They are not likely voters.

The Secretary of the Lone Star State Democratic Party who is of the Latino persuasion took offense at the remarks and called out the SDECer.  Here’s what the Dem Secretary said:

Never have I heard another Democrat make such condescending–to put it lightly–statement about young Hispanics.  Behrman grants us the benefit of his expertise in the Latino culture to arrive at the most erroneous assumption imaginable–young Hispanics are part of the Democratic Party’s "problem." 

For those wanting to give Behrman the benefit of the doubt and who think Behrman meant young Latinos are a "challenge" for the party, consider the first two problems he cites: the TDP and the Obama campaign.  He definitely thinks they are "a problem," not a challenge.

Behrman, let me tell you something.  Those young, working, married Latinos are not a problem.  They are "an opportunity" for the Party’s comeback.  While you miss that point, the Republicans haven’t.  That’s why they’re trying to make it harder for them to vote.

Blah, blah, blah!

First of all, the last thing I’m going to do is defend the SDECer.  I will point out though that he was elected by his fellow Dem delegates in SD 13.  I will also point out the Dem Secretary was elected by his fellow statewide Dem delegates.

This is from an AP story today:

More Latinos than ever voted in the November 2010 election as a relatively young population reached the voting age, a fresh sign that the fastest growing U.S. minority stands as a formidable force in electoral politics.

A study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that 6.6 million Latinos, who mainly pick Democrats, voted in 2010, up from the 5.6 million who voted in the previous contests in 2006. As a share of the electorate, Latinos made up 6.9 percent of the 96 million voters in 2010, up from 5.8 percent of the 96.1 million voters four years earlier. The center released its report on Tuesday.

Among those record voters were 600,000 Latinos who turned 18 each year between 2006 and 2010 as well as 1.4 million foreign-born adult Latinos who became U.S. citizens and therefore eligible to vote, the center said.

"A lot of that growth is driven by U.S.-born young people who are coming of age and now (are) eligible to vote," said Mark Lopez, Pew Hispanic Center associate director.

Now if only we could get the Lone Star State Dem Party to fully engage the Latino voter, at least here in the H-Town area so blah, blah, blah, blah.

Last night Charlie Sheen wore a ‘Stros jersey with the number 99 on the back.  How many players have worn the numero 99 as a ‘Stro?

The regularly scheduled programming was interrupted this morning so The President could release his birth certificate.   Check it out here.     At least The Donald will shut up on this.

Katie Couric is leaving the “CBS Evening News” – what a bummer.

This is what I call the best line from the Charlie Sheen Show last night in H-Town:  "Houston we no longer have a problem. I’m f—ing here."

Of course I was at The Yard last night.

Pitchers Mitch Williams (in 1994) and Anthony Young (in 1996) of course both wore the numero 99 as ‘Stros.  From the You Are Not Going To Believe It Department:  Mitch Williams’ nickname was – you got it – “Wild Thing.”

Well it was nearly The Big Puma night last night at The Yard.  He got a standing ovation before his first at-bat.  He went 2 for 5 to raise his average a tick to .378.  He was caught stealing second base.  In the top of the ninth he knocked in what nearly was the winning run.  In the end we pulled it off in the bottom of the ninth in dramatic fashion. 

Commentary did applaud The Big Puma when he first came to bat, but I wasn’t one of the many that gave him a standing ovation.  I looked into the ‘Stros dugout and the players weren’t standing so I stayed in my seat.    I will say that The Big Puma did look in better shape than he has in the past couple of seasons.  Let’s just hope he doesn’t do any damage tonight.


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