Archive for April 29th, 2011

NALEO put out a press release yesterday endorsing the City of Houston redistricting plan presented last week to the H-Town City Council by the local Latino leadership.  Here is part of the press release:

Local Latino community leaders participated in the city’s redistricting hearings and met collectively to develop a consensus which resulted in a “Community Consensus Map.”  We urge city officials to adopt this alternative map.

“The redistricting plan originally proposed does not adequately take into account the growth of the Latino population and does not create enough districts that provide Latinos with a fair opportunity to choose their elected leaders. The “Community Consensus Map” which was presented to the City Council last week better reflects the growth in our city and provides for opportunity to reflect that growth in city government,” said NALEO President Sylvia R. Garcia, former Harris County Commissioner. “We urge city officials to adopt that alternative plan.”

Apparently, folks up at our State Capitol haven’t been paying attention to the consensus that has developed on this issue within the local Latino leadership.  A bill was introduced up in the legislature to do demolish the current council system and go to a 16 single member district system with no at-large positions.  I don’t know about that.

NBC is deservedly starting to take some heat over their Celebrity Apprentice presidential candidate – The Donald.  Here is what presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said on CNN the other day:

“We don’t have to blame Republican Party, they’ve been quite responsible, Republican National Committee, we don’t have to blame the media for dealing with this issue. We have to blame NBC Entertainment. They need to dump Trump from his primetime news show. He’s a poison toad on the airwaves.”

Here is what MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said yesterday:

“NBC can no longer avoid conflict with Mr. Trump.  NBC has a conflict with Mr. Trump. NBC has created a monster who is using his NBC fame to spew hatred, reeking with racist overtones and undertones about the president of the United States. NBC can no longer stand idly by, not for one more day. The NBC entertainment division could not possibly have created a worse conflict with the NBC News division. The NBC entertainment division is now in possession of news that the NBC News division would [like to have]. An NBC paid performer, the most deranged egomaniac in the history of NBC entertainment division has spewed lies to the point where he provoked this.”

I’m thinking that some folks over at Rockefeller Plaza are starting to get a little nervous.   They have them a problem that has the potential to fester for a while.

When was the last time a ‘Stro was named NL Player of the Month?

Dante and Lucas got them a baby brother yesterday.  No word on the baby’s name though. 

Over the past few seasons, when the game was on the line and The Big Puma would come to the plate for the ‘Stros, the opposing team would bring in a lefty so The Big Puma would have to bat from the right side of the plate where he isn’t as good as batting from the left side.  Usually he would make an out.  Last night in the top of the fifth with two men on and the ‘Stros leading 4-2, The Big Puma came up to bat so the ‘Stros brought in a lefty.  What did he do?  He smacked one over the fence – drats!  A few days ago he came into The Yard batting .377 and left batting .410 with a couple of dingers last night.  He sure did make us look bad for not signing him up during the off season.

Last night’s fifth inning was ugly as San Luis sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs.

The Big Puma of course won the NL Player of the Month in May of 2008.

Now we have to take on Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and the Brewers this weekend.



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