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The H-Town City Council meeting yesterday lasted past 5 p.m. because a bunch of small business owners showed up to speak against the proposed ordinance “relating to the regulation of automotive businesses”.  Unless I missed something during a bathroom break, not a single person showed up to speak for the proposed ordinance.  That speaks volumes if you ask me.

Prior to the start of the Council meeting, the H-Town Mayor’s Office sent Council members a substitute ordinance.  That tells me that the votes weren’t there yesterday to get the measure passed.

When one of the first small business owners got up to speak against the proposal, the Mayor tried to explain that the ordinance was a consumer protection measure.  CM Helena Brown called it consumer oppression.

In listening to some to the leaders of the small business owners, it didn’t sound like they were going to be appeased by the substitute proposal.   For many of the speakers, this was obviously the first time they had ever attended a City Council meeting.  I don’t know if this how City Hall should go about engaging folks into the political process.   This is one that has the potential to come and bite folks on the arse.

‘Stros announcer Milo Hamilton will retire after this season.  How many no-nos has Milo called from the ‘Stros’ radio booth?

It is getting harder to believe the Harris County DA these days.  Now she is saying that she invited the Texas Rangers to investigate her office.  Here is from the Chron:

“I asked the Texas Rangers to conduct an investigation,” (Pat) Lykos said in prepared statement Tuesday.

 

And:

“There are interests that are slandering and libeling this office (relative to the activities of the Grand Jury), which are impeding the administration of justice disrupting the work of the District Attorney’s Office,” Lykos wrote to the DPS.

Well who invited the FBI?     Here is the entire Chron piece.

I kind of like the Harris County DA but she is starting to get a credibility problem.  I’m thinking that this Texas Rangers/FBI investigation hurts her big time in the GOP primary.

Speaking of, unless they cut a redistricting deal real soon, like today, we’re looking at a May primary.  Heck, we haven’t had a May primary since 1986 – yikes!

Milo has called four no-nos of course from the ‘Stros radio booth. (1986, Mike Scott vs Giants, 1993, Darryl Kile vs Mets, 1997, Pirates’ Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon against the ‘Stros, and 2003, our six pitchers vs the Yankees).  Milo didn’t call the Cubbies’ Zambrano no-no against us in the 2008 Ike Games because he didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee. 

That’s all I have from The Yard!

 

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Last week, The President’s campaign team let Dem donors know that it was A-Okay to fund Super PACs.  It would be absolutely stupid and politically suicidal to do otherwise since Karl Rove and other GOP operatives are getting their Super PACs ready.   You have to fight fire with fire.

Meanwhile, the Texas Tribune has a piece today about a Super PAC that wants to knock off congressional incumbents of both political parties including Dems Reyes and Johnson of the Lone Star State.  Here is a part of the piece:

Houston construction mogul Leo Linbeck III, the self-described "conservative communitarian" who has led a national effort to shift control of the nation’s health from the federal government to the states, is now trying to shake up the country’s political primaries.

He has poured more than $775,000 into a new Super PAC — the now $1.8 million Campaign for Primary Accountability — designed to fund primary challengers to longtime incumbents on both sides of the political spectrum.

Here is the Tribune article.

Yikes!

Speaking of February 14, seven MLB tams have retired the numero 14.  Of the seven, four are in the Hall of Fame.  Try naming the four.

FYI:  Joe Martinez, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 2 in the Democratic Party Primary is Commentary’s client.  Harry Zamora is one of Joe’s opponents.  CEWDEM sent out something about Harry Zamora and got this response from a Zamora relative (in bold).

This is in response your remarks sent out on Feb.  2012, regarding the Constable race for Precinct 2.  It is a good thing that you are not able to vote in that Precinct.  You seem to be utterly biased.   However, to endorse someone who may not be best qualified for any position is nothing more than a disservice to that community.

Even Presidents appoint qualified leaders from different Political Affiliates to help govern our Country.  For example, President Obama appointed Bill Gates, A Republican, Secretary of Defense and he did a very good job.  I could mention many others, but I do not have the time to do so now.  The mentality some have shown by their remarks just indicates how uniformed, immature and capricious they are.  Harry has helped many candidates from different political parties with TV commercials at his own expense.

The fact remains that Harry Zamora, Houston Police Lieutenant Emeritus, and retired after 32 years, is the best qualified for the  position of Constable, Precinct 2, Harris County, Texas, PERIOD!!!  His experince, knowledge, training, honesty, reliability and integrity is simply unmatched by any other candiate.  He had seen it all and done it all in serving and protecting our citizens.

Lets elect someone who can really do the job and that can only be Harry Zamora. 

Manuel D. Zamora Jr.

  1. The President didn’t appoint Gates – 43 did – he just allowed him to continue serving.
  2. His name is actually Robert Gates and not the Microsoft fella.
  3. I think it would be nice to know how many other Republicans Harry Zamora has helped at his own expense.

Jeremy Lin is the NBA basketball player sensation that is getting a lot of run these days.  Here is from an AP story today:

Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has posted a swipe at the New York Knicks’ point guard sensation Jeremy Lin on Twitter.

Mayweather posted Monday: "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise."

Lin has led the Knicks to five straight victories, including a 38-point game against the Lakers.

Mayweather rarely hesitates to air racially charged opinions, either in person or in social media.

I don’t know what you can say about this dumbarse Mayweather other than to say he’s a dumbarse.

One of Commentary’s favorite sports columnists, Jason Whitlock, also pulled a dumbarse move when he tweeted a racially insensitive barb about Lin.  Whitlock at least apologized for being a dumbarse.

Commentary will be watching the H-Town City Council meeting this afternoon and it looks like it will be interesting as an ordinance “relating to the regulation of automotive businesses” is on the agenda.  Small business owners will show up at City Council this afternoon to speak against this proposed ordinance and they aren’t going to be handing Council members Valentine’s Day candy.   The ordinance is bad public policy.  I don’t know why or where they think up stuff to regulate.   This is exactly what gets folks mad at City Hall.

Hall of Fame greats Ernie Banks (Cubbies), Larry Doby (Indians), Jim Bunning (Phillies), and Jim Rice (Red Sox) of course had their numero 14s retired.  The other three numero 14s belong to Kent Hrbek (Twins), Ken Boyer (San Luis), and Gil Hodges (Mets).

I don’t have anything from The Yard so have a nice St. Valentine’s Day!

 

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This is from today’s Chron:

Activists are preparing a petition to put a referendum on Houston’s November ballot, calling for a ban on discrimination against gays and permission for the city to grant health insurance benefits to the unmarried partners of city employees.   Here is the entire piece.

The H-Town voters sank this in 1985 and again in 2001.  Let’s hope that the changing demographics and changing in thinking and attitudes helps out this November.  The supporters and organizers of this referendum better raise a whole lot of money for the campaign.

The Statesman today has a good take on why it is taking so long to get a redistricting settlement.  Here is a taste:

The parties in Texas’ redistricting lawsuit have been trying for two weeks to agree on election maps, but as a Valentine’s Day court date approaches, the chance of a compromise still seemed remote, according to interviews with some of the parties.

And:

The reason? There are about a dozen parties to the lawsuit representing vastly different organizations and individuals with divergent, sometimes diametrically opposed views on the best way to fairly reconfigure Texas’ legislative and congressional districts to reflect population changes since 2000.

Some plaintiffs represent specific parts of the state. Others are looking out for elected officials and the communities they represent. Some plaintiffs’ top priority is Hispanic voters, while others are most interested in African Americans.   Here is the entire piece.

Most ‘Stros fans know that Larry Dierker has the best all time record in wins/losses as a ‘Stros skipper going 448-362 (.553).  Name the skipper with the second best all time record?

My pal Jason Stanford had a guest column in the Statesman this weekend on the Lone Star State Latino vote.  Here is a little of Jason’s take:

The stakes for Republicans will only get higher as the Hispanic population grows. The big threat isn’t that Texas Hispanics might stop voting Republican as often as they do. The thing that keeps smart Republicans up at night is worrying that Hispanics will actually start voting. The Hispanic giant has been sleeping in Texas for so long that it’s forgotten it’s a giant.

And:

Texas Republicans reject the Bush-Perry model at their own peril. Texas Hispanics aren’t uniformly pro-immigration, but if Texas Republicans undo the in-state tuition break for children of illegal immigrants and embrace an Alabama-style jihad on undocumented workers, all Republicans are likely to accomplish is turning this red state purple.   Here is Jason’s piece.
Nice job, Jason!

Jason also has a new website on politics that I would recommend here.

I was watching Mitt Romney talk to CPAC this past Friday afternoon and he said:

“I was a severely conservative Republican governor.”

Huh!   I guess he thinks some far righters and Tea Baggers think he was a gently conservative Republican governor.

Well, I guess I might start calling myself a relentlessly liberal Democrat.

How about a ruthlessly liberal Democrat?

How about a rigorously liberal Democrat?

How about a brutally liberal Democrat?

I watched the Grammy’s last night and it was a nice, respectful, and touching opening by LL Cool J.

The Beach Boys tribute was nice.

Sir Paul’s “My Valentine” was A-OK.

Somebody should have done something about that big microphone that blocked most of Taylor Swift’s mug.

Adele is super!

The Glen Campbell tribute was special.

Jennifer Hudson had a tough job but she came through.

The "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," guitar fest with The Boss, the Foo Fighter, Joe Walsh, and Sir Paul rocked.

Terry Collins of course has the second best ‘Stros record as a skipper going 224-197 (.532).

Nothing much to report from The Yard!

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FYI:  Commentary will say it again.  HISD District I Trustee Anna Eastman is my client and also a very good friend.

Last night at the HISD Board meeting, the Trustees voted to extend the Superintendent’s contract through June of 2014.  The vote was 5 votes for extending, 1 vote against, and three abstentions.   The one vote against was cast by Trustee Eastman.   Check out the Chron story here.

The last thing I’m going to do is question why the three abstainers just didn’t cast a “no” vote.

The last thing I’m going to do is question why Trustee Eastman just didn’t join the other three abstainers instead of voting “no”.

I will say this, as a constituent and voter in District I, I prefer my Trustee vote either “yes” or “no” and don’t abstain on key agenda items.

I think it is easier to explain a “yes” or a “no” vote than an “abstention”. 

Meanwhile, the Superintendent woke up this morning with an extension, but by only one vote.   I don’t know if I’d be feeling that great.  

The HISD Board President (Mike Lunceford), First Vice President (Eastman), and Second Vice-President (Juliet Stipeche) didn’t support the extension.  Oh, well!

Commentary attended the endorsement meeting of the Harris County Tejano Democrats last night and my client, Joe Martinez, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 2, got endorsed.

Who received the 2011 Houston Area Player of the Year Award from the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association?

I guess they are a little short handed over at the City of H-Town.  We were doing some post election changes to CM James Rodriguez’s campaign website and we decided to link the District I map to the City’s District I map.   Oops, they still had the District I map with the old pre redistricting lines.  It looks like Districts B and D also need changing.  Districts A, C, E, G, H, J and K are current but they are using the precinct maps from the redistricting plan.  District F is the only with that is updated that doesn’t use precinct maps.

Lance Berkman of course received the 2011 Houston Area Player of the Year Award from the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association.  The Big Puma is celebrating his 36th BD today!

From the ‘Stros website today:

An impressive list of former Astros and Colt .45 players will join members of the current Astros club on Friday (tonight), Feb. 10, at the 2012 Houston Baseball Dinner Benefiting Grand Slam For Youth Baseball’s Scholarship Program.  The dinner is being held at the Hilton Americas hotel in downtown Houston.

This year’s annual dinner will include a celebration of the Astros 50th Anniversary. The event is sponsored by the Astros In Action Foundation and Minute Maid, with proceeds benefiting the Grand Slam For Youth Baseball Scholarship Program.

 

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Rick Santorum came to the Lone Star State yesterday to address North Texas area ministers.  After he spoke, the ministers surrounded him and prayed over him.  Photos of the prayer over started popping up on just about every media related website.    It is a very powerful photo that certainly plays to the vote he is going after. 

Santorum also had this to say about the Lone Star State:

"We’re going to have a big win in Texas when the day comes.  Texas is the conservative epicenter of this country. You folks lead the way. You really do."

Thanks for the compliment!

Commentary is not going to make a prediction but Santorum is on a roll and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich aren’t.

Speaking of the Giants again, in the 2002 World Serious between the Giants and the Angels, name the player that hit the most dingers?

In a non baseball related bonus, what happened 48 years ago this evening – hint – it was a Sunday? 

State Senate District 25 GOP candidates debated last night and here is taste from the Express News:

(Sen Jeff) Wentworth said he would work to repeal in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and noted that (Elizabeth) Jones, while she was a House representative, voted for the law.

She defended what she called a bipartisan vote and suggested the law brought immigrant children “out of the shadows” and gave them a path to legality

Here is the entire article.

Too bad Wentworth went spineless on this one!

Commentary kind of figured that Roland Martin would get the heave-ho of sorts for his Super Bowl tweets.    He deserved getting shown the door.

Barry Bonds of course led all hitters with 4 dingers in the 2002 World serious that the Angels took in seven.

48 years ago tonight, The Beatles appeared for the first time of course on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and sang “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. 

It looks like Numero 45 will be at first base this season and Brett Wallace will be given a shot at third.

 

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Commentary is the last guy to handicap the GOP race for Prez but if you are a Dem, you have to like what happened last night.   In reading today’s takes from a number of respected political observers, most say that Mitt Romney is still in the best shape to get the GOP nomination because he has an advantage in cash and organization.  That’s kind of odd.  He had those advantages yesterday and he got his arse handed to him in Minnesota.  He got clobbered in Missouri and he lost Colorado, a state everyone said he was going to win.   The cockiness Romney had the nights he won Florida and Nevada was gone last night…tsk, tsk, tsk.  Let’s stay tuned for sure on this one.

It is never a good thing if the FBI and/or Texas Rangers are asking you questions.  I have to admit that the Harris County DA brought this on herself.  You might be able to push around a grand jury, but you are not going to push around the FBI or Texas Rangers.  She asked for it.  That’s too bad. 
Here is the Chron article.

MLB Spring Training camps open in less than two weeks and Roy Oswalt still can’t get a team to sign him up.  How many times has Roy O been selected to the NL All Star Team?

The Chron’s E-Board wants H-Town CM Helena Brown to start ‘splaining her “no” votes.  Check out the E-Board piece.

The City of H-Town Long-Range Financial Management Task Force is handing its report to City Council this morning and the report is already being savaged by employee groups.  Check out the Chron story here.   Commentary is thinking that this report will just be put on a shelf and nothing is going to happen – for now.

The fella that heads the Harris County Housing Authority is on his way out.  I guess that’s what happens when you hire a P.I. to check out Hunker Down. 
Check out the Chron story.   What a dumbarse!

Roy O made the NL All Star Team three times of course – 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Once again, there is nothing much to report from The Yard. 

 

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Late yesterday morning, the Texas AG put out a statement saying a deal had been reached on redistricting.  It turns out key players had not agreed to a deal.  Oh, well.  Some minority plaintiffs agreed to the deal and others didn’t.  That’s not good.  They need to all stay on the same page if you ask me.  April 3 looks like it may not happen but we all need to stay tuned!

It is nice to hear fellas like Karl Rove squeal.  Make my day!  He is squealing about the Clint Eastwood “Halftime in America” ad that ran during the Super Bowl.  Here is the squeal:

I was, frankly, offended by it, I’m a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, I thought it was an extremely well-done ad, but it is a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising.”

I don’t know how he can be offended by the recovery of our automobile industry.  I don’t know how he can be offended by auto industry jobs coming back.

Speaking of the Giants, who was the last MLBer to win an MVP Award as a member of the New York Giants and in what year?

Here is from a Huffington Post story today on Komen and the mess they created and stepped in:

A source with direct knowledge of decision-making at Komen’s headquarters in Dallas said the grant-making criteria were adopted with the deliberate intention of targeting Planned Parenthood. The criteria’s impact on Planned Parenthood and its status as the focus of government investigations were highlighted in a memo distributed to Komen affiliates in December.

Here is the entire piece.

A whole lot of folks across the U.S. of A. lost a whole lot of respect for Komen – respect that they will never get back.  They asked for it!

Hall of Fame great Willie Mays of course was the last New York Giant to win the NL MVP Award back in 1954.

Speaking of Super Bowl ads, I wonder if Roland Martin will be on the air tonight reporting for CNN on the election returns.  I wonder what kind of underwear Martin buys. 

Let’s hope the results from Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri tonight provide some more GOP drama.

The only thing going on at The Yard is the signing of folks that probably won’t contribute much this season or next.

 

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The above line from the Jack-in-the-Box bacon cheeseburger ad was a good one.

On the whole, there weren’t that many good ads last night.  The best was the Clint Eastwood Chrysler “Detroit” ad that probably p_ssed off GOPers across the U.S. of A.

The Seinfeld-Leno ad was good.

The HEB “ET” ad was cute.

Ditto for the “Here We Go Bud Light” to Help Rescue Dogs.

Good job on resurrecting Ferris Bueller.

The Coke Salesman winning the Pepsi contest was nice. 

I liked the head butt Oikos Yogurt ad.

The Chevy truck 2012 survivor calling out Ford was good.

The Doritos missing cat ad was A-Okay but it probably got a few cat owners upset.

Audi wasted their time with those dumb exploding vampires ad.

Budweiser/Bud Light threw away a ton of money on those “Prohibition” and “Platinum” ads.

The Elton John Pepsi ad was dumb.

I still can’t figure out those polar bears drinking Coke.  What was that all about?

The Giants won their fourth Super Bowl last night.  How many World Serious championships did the MLB New York Giants win?

Bonus:  Name the two past Super Bowl National Anthem performers that are also Oscar winners?

Bonus 2:  Name the three past Super Bowl Halftime Performers that are also Oscar winners?

The Chron has a good story on “food deserts” in H-Town that you need to check out.  The story comes with a chart by zip codes on areas served by grocery stores.  A bunch of zip codes are without grocery stores.  Commentary feels guilty because my zip code is served by five grocery stores.
Check it out here.

My pal Bill King, or the fella that a lot of folks would like to see go away, keeps pushing folks to pay attention to public pensions.   Bill wants folks to quit kicking the can down the road.  Some folks think he is like the fella crying “wolf”.  Here is how he starts off his column yesterday:

Many of you may have heard that I and some other concerned Texans formed an organization seeking to reform Texas public pensions. This effort has been characterized by some as a Wisconsin-style, union-bashing, anti-public-worker initiative. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that we have significant problems and a looming crisis with most of Texas’ public pension plans. Each pension plan is unique. The benefits paid by each plan and their funding status vary widely, so it is dangerous to generalize. However, a large majority of public pension plans in Texas are significantly underfunded at this time.

Here is Bill’s column.

Sooner or later Bill is going to get his debate or he is going to tire out.  Stay tuned for sure!

Today is February 6 and we still don’t have a primary election date.

I thought the Madonna show started off with low energy but ended strong.   I am glad she didn’t fall off the set when she stumbled a bit.  I watched the entire halftime show but I missed the lady’s one finger salute. 

It was good to see Tom Brady and Tom Coughlin singing the National Anthem.

The two most interesting Super Bowl proposition bets were the over-under for Kelly Clarkson’s time it would take to singer the National Anthem – a minute and thirty four seconds – and who gets more mug time on TV during the game – Gisele or Peyton Manning.  Clarkson got it in at 1:33 and Gisele 1, Peyton nada.

Speaking of taking up for your hubby, here is what Gisele said after the game:

"My husband cannot f****ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times."

She has a point!

The MLB New York Giants won five World Serious Championships (1905, 1922, 1923, 1933, and 1954) of course.

Cher (SB 33) and Jennifer Hudson (SB 43) of course sang Super Bowl National Anthems and also are Oscar winners.

Stevie Wonder (SB 33), Prince (SB 41), and The Boss (SB 43) of course have been Super Bowl Halftime performers and also Oscar winners in the song or song score category.

I don’t have anything from The Yard.

 

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From the front page of today’s Chron:

After denying any investigation into the grand jurors who for six months investigated her office, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos disclosed that she directed her chief investigator to run “a cursory Internet search.”

Meanwhile, sources say an investigation by the DA’s office into grand jurors, two judges and a political opponent of Lykos was ongoing during the grand jury’s probe.  

Here is the Chron piece.

I’ve said before that Commentary likes the Harris County DA but now I have to admit that she is petty and on some sort of power trip.  That’s too bad because we expect better from this office.   We want a Harris County District Attorney not a Harris County Intimidator. 

“It started out as a problem with a small number of unscrupulous auto shops,” said Byron Rusk, vice president of the Houston Automotive Service Association and owner of RMS Auto Care. “They’ve created this monstrosity that is going to be bad for consumers, bad for drivers and bad for businesses.”

We’re talking about the City of H-Town fixing to do some more “regulating.”  Is this really necessary?  Check out the Chron story.

This proposal is being driven by insurance companies and mega auto repair shops that hope to drive the smaller shops out of business.   This is bad public policy in the making.   The folks over at City Hall need to focus on the important things like police and fire safety, picking up garbage, filling potholes, and keeping parks clean.  Memo to H-Town City Hall:  Pay attention to what happened last November at the ballot box!  Don’t give the other side any more ammo!

Super Bowl 46 is being played in Indianapolis this Sunday. Indianapolis only has two major professional sports franchises – the Colts and the Pacers.  In baseball, they have the Triple A Indianapolis Indians.  The Indians are the affiliate of what MLB team?

The City of Austin City Council is elected city wide.  They don’t have single member districts.  They are thinking about going the single member district route.  Check out from today’s Statesman:

Most of the dozens of Austinites who testified at the meetings said that their neighborhoods are ignored by the City Council and that district representatives are badly needed. Many speakers pushed for the “10-1” plan — 10 district seats and a citywide mayor — that eight of the committee members preferred Thursday night.

Here is the Statesman article.

Commentary was involved back in 1979 when we went to the nine districts and five at-large council members system.  Of course, the biggest difference was a more diverse City Council.  Another huge change was the empowerment of neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations.  That’s not a bad thing at all if you ask me.

You have to hand it to the policy makers over at Komen.  They stepped in it big time.  What were they thinking?  That pink ribbon will never look the same to many.  When I go to The Yard this spring when the players are using pink bats, pink sweatbands, and the team is handing out pink lids and pink jerseys, there will be this bad cloud or vibe hanging around.  That’s too bad!

This Sunday I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl ads, Madonna, and a close game.

The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates of course.

The ‘Stro announce yesterday that Fanfest will be held next Saturday, Feb. 11.

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Here are Mitt’s quotes of late:

 

“I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

 

“I’ll tell you what. 10,000 bucks? Ten-thousand-dollar bet?”

 

‘Look, we can’t have illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake. I can’t have illegals.'”

 

“Corporations are people, my friend.”

None of the above was said out of context.  Let’s go back to read what he said yesterday about poor folks.  This is what he said initially:

“And, by the way, I’m in this race because I care about Americans.  I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. “

And then he said the same thing again in the same interview but kind of changed a few words:

“But my campaign is focused on middle income Americans. My campaign – you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus.”

The above is definitely not being said out of context.  Mitt is not interested in helping poor people get out from being poor.

Poor folks don’t want to stay poor with a Prez ready to fix the safety net.  They want to get out of being poor so they don’t need a safety net.

Even conservative commentators jumped on Mitt:

“The most idiotic thing a politician has ever said” and “Romney has to stop handing Obama weapons that can be used against him.”

This MLB Hall of Fame great is celebrating his 89th BD today.  He won a World Serious ring playing for San Luis and another ring playing for the Braves.  He also won a World Serious ring as a Skipper and two more as a coach.  Who am I talking about?

The Texas Democratic Party put this out yesterday after the DC Court announced it could take 30 days to get a ruling:   While TDP continues to prefer a unified primary, TDP does not oppose holding the Presidential Election only in April in so far as the state agrees to cover the additional cost. As long as the state continues to oppose reimbursing the cost of the split election, TDP opposes a split election.

I hope they are not saying this just so Dems can hold their state convention.  A split Dem Primary will put a hurt on voter turnout.  Dems need to be about getting more voters engaged and not worried about a state convention that has already been scheduled.  Fact of the matter is we don’t even have a contested race for president on the Dem side. 

My pal Bill King ended his piece in the Chron today with the following:

Many have attributed the city’s current budgetary difficulties to the recession and have suggested that as soon as the economy improves, the city’s budget problems will go away. Not a chance. Certainly the economic downturn had an effect. But that effect was mostly to halt the growth in revenues, not significantly reduce them.

The city budget problems are structural, not cyclical. The longer we wait to address those, the more fiscal pain we are going to feel.

The city’s Long Range Financial Management Task Force is scheduled to make its report next week. Let’s hope it will suggest a path out of the current fiscal morass in which the city finds itself.

Here is Bill’s piece.

Do folks at the H-Town City Hall even pay attention to what Bill says about City finances?

Hall of Fame great Red Schoendienst of course won a World Serious ring as a member of San Luis in 1946, one as a Brave in 1957, one as the Skipper for San Luis in 1967, and twice as a San Luis coach in 1964 and 1982.  Happy Birthday Red Schoendienst!

Crime hit close to home very early this morning.  Somebody purposely drove their car through the Fiesta store wall a block away so they could steal cash and prescriptions drugs – yikes!

I don’t have anything from The Yard today.

 

 

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