Archive for October 7th, 2011

You will only see a very interesting column if you are like Commentary and have to go out to your driveway in the morning to pick up the fish wrap.  Here is how the column ends:

“It’s disappointing and it turns my stomach, and it makes me want to go out there and expose every single stone.  I will not rest until I expose all the corruption, the underhanded work that’s going on, the injustice for the kids, first off, and for the parents.”

This was said by Julie Ketterman, an attorney, who is fighting “pay-to-play politics” between attorney Gary Polland and visiting Judge Pat Shelton, both prominent GOPers.  The case involves a dispute in juvenile court.   It was said in a column written by the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg today but it won’t be online until maybe later today.

The column mentions Gary once representing Judge Shelton’s daughter.  It mentions the County Attorney trying to mess with Ketterman’s client.  It also mentions Gary’s lawyers going after Ketterman for talking to media during a trial – yikes!

Hunker Down has said in the past that he would like to see some reforms at the courthouse so maybe he could start looking at the stuff that Lisa Falkenberg is writing about.  Maybe Vince Ryan, the Dem County Attorney could pitch in and help Hunker Down with the reforms. 

Commentary gets along with GOPer Gary Polland but folks are always complaining that Gary has way too much power at the courthouse.  Heck, he’s got that Texas Conservative Review that endorses candidates, including judicial candidates, so you get the picture.  Folks also complain that a very select handful of attorneys, including Gary, get most of the appointments doled out by the judges.  I’m told that all those appointment add up to very lucrative fees.

If there is corruption going on at the courthouse, I would hope that it isn’t left up to one attorney or Lisa Falkenberg to kick over every single stone to expose it.   I would hope that Hunker Down live up to his words and start checking this out.  I would also hope that Vince Ryan do the same.   They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Name the American League MLB team that has lost the most games in a single season.  You get extra credit if you can also provide the year.

The last two nights Commentary watched Martine Scorsese’s two-part documentary called “George Harrison:  Living in the Material World” which was pretty cool.  I especially liked the interviews with Eric Clapton when he talked about how George brought him in to play lead guitar on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” for the “White Album.  Clapton also talks about how he fell for George’s wife – yikes!  It was a very nice documentary.  You can never learn too much about The Beatles I always say.

ESPN canned Hank Williams, Jr., but he said he quit and issued this:  By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run."

You got a right to say what you want fella and the Gods of Sport have a right to can your arse.  Of course, you have to figure that the NFL had a hand in this decision.

The 2003 Detroit Tigers of course set the AL record for most losses in a season with 119.  They won 43 that year and tomorrow night they meet the Rangers in the ALCS and the Yankees are out.

There is nothing to report from The Yard today other than to say congrats to Tigers closer Jose Valverde for shutting the door on the Yankees last night. 



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