Archive for November 7th, 2011

If Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing was involved in political campaigns, he’d probably be in charge of knocking down the opponent’s signs.

Let me first say that HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez was Commentary’s client back in 2003.  I regretted it about six months after he took office.   I guess most folks know about the mail piece he dropped this past Friday. 
Check out the Chron story here.

I guess he figures he has to play the “disgusting” card in order to pull this one out.  If you have family or friends that live in District III, I hope you call them and ask them to vote for Ramiro Fonseca who happens to be Commentary’s friend and client. 

The Chron E-Board did the right thing yesterday and snatched back their endorsement of Manuel Rodriguez.  I can’t remember the last time the Chron took one back, so Manuel now takes his rightful place on the Wall of Shame.

Here is the entire Chron E-Board snatch back:

Earlier this campaign season, we endorsed Manuel Rodriguez Jr. for another term on the board of the Houston Independent School District. We now retract that endorsement in the race for HISD Position III trustee.

A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, "the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights." The flier further states that Fonseca has "spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids," and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he’s 54 years old with no children and has a male partner.

That’s obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD’s board.

Advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights is advocating for kids. GLBT kids are among those who most need adult protection and support.

As Noel Freeman, president of the Houston GLBT Caucus notes, "GLBT youth are 12 times more likely to be bullied in schools, five times more likely to commit suicide and eight times more likely to be homeless. It is imperative that we provide a safe, welcoming environment in our schools."

With his hateful flier, Rodriguez perpetuates the kind of stereotypes that put our kids in danger. And he implies that all right-thinking people agree with him – an insult to his constituents, and precisely the kind of blithe, old-school homophobia that makes school hallways so treacherous.

Members of the school board are supposed to be role models, not bullies. They’re supposed to support civil rights, not fight against them. They’re supposed to fight hate speech, not commit it.

It’s important to stand up to bullying, intolerant behavior, whether on the playground or at the ballot box.

Way to go Noel Freeman and the Houston GLBT PAC and the Young Stonewall Dems, and the Meyerland Dems for putting some pressure on the Chron E-Board!

Name the MLB hitter that drew the most walks this past regular season? 

This is what CEWDEM put out yesterday:

According to official reports from the Harris County Clerk’s office, Latinos have comprised 12% of the total in person absentee and mail in ballots cast.  Districts H, I and J are the three lowest turnout districts as far as percentage of the city turnout is concerned with District H turning out 5% of the city total; District I 6% of the city total and District J 4% of the city total.  Remember that the district totals also include votes cast by other ethnic groups.

This is what Commentary said after the Early Voting period two years ago when the major campaigns for mayor neglected to engage the Latino vote:

The Kyle Johnston Early Vote Report says Latinos only make up 9% of the vote so far…tsk, tsk, tsk.”  Daily Commentary, November 2, 2009

If Latinos are now up to 12% of the total vote, that’s progress.

Friday was the last day to Vote Early.  Here is a comparison after Day 12 in 2009.

West Gray (7262 in 2009/ 5159 in 2011)

Moody Park (1517 in 2009/ 908 in 2011)

Acres Homes (2239 in 2009/ 1475 in 2011)

Ripley (696 in 2009/887 in 2011)

HCCS (970 in 2009/ 1112 in 2011)

Bayland (4287 in 2009/ 3123 in 2011)

Mendenhall (5345 in 2009/ 3178 in 2011)

Main Office on Preston (1680 in 2009/ 1196 in 2011)

The last thing we need right now is a war between the City of H-Town and Harris County.  Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is still upset about the County paying their fair share of Rebuild Houston and he wants to snatch all the sales taxes that are collected at County owned Reliant Park.  Oh, brother!  Check out the Chron story from this past Saturday.  Hunker Down is disappointing me on this one.  He needs to show a little leadership and respect what the voters decided last year.   I’ll say it again.  They all had an opportunity last year to participate in the Prop 1 debate.

Yesterday, the Chron E-Board told Harris County to stop whining and pay its fair share of Rebuild Houston over at Reliant Park. 
Check out the E-Board’s take here.

Saturday I received an Amy Price for At-Large 4 robo call.

Jose Bautista of course of the Jays drew 132 walks this past season.

Actor Gary Busey in doing TV ads for a local car dealership and in the ad he says he was born in Baytown, Commentary’s and Mayor Bob’s hometown.  I checked it out and here’s what I found on Wikipedia:

(Gary) Busey was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas, the son of Sadie Virginia (née Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmer Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager.   He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1962.

I didn’t know that!  Move over Mayor Bob and Commentary!

There is nothing again from The Yard today.


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