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The Trayvon Martin killing has put a lot of focus on the “hoodie”.  Last week, Fox TV personality Geraldo Rivera suggested that young Latinos and African Americans were putting themselves at risk by wearing hoodies.  Today is National Hoodie Day of sorts in that supporters of Trayvon Martin are asked to wear their hoodies while driving.  They also want you to turn on your car headlights. I don’t know about wearing a hoodie around here today with the temperature in the 80s.  

The first time I ever heard of the term hoodie was a few years back when Jim Rome was referring to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick because he sometimes wears a hoodie on the sidelines.  At last count I have three hoodies: a black one that I wear a few times a year, one with Wiley Coyote on it that I rarely wear these days, and an orange ‘Stros one that gets worn the most.   

A few years ago, my bank before it was bought out by a bigger bank, initiated a policy that you couldn’t go into the bank lobby if you were wearing a hoodie or sunglasses.  The bigger bank that bought out my bank doesn’t have that policy. It got me to thinking though that these days if I’m out and it is cold outside and I’m wearing my hoodie, if I go into a retail establishment or my bank, I instinctively slip off the hood.  You never know.

Speaking of, a lot of folks across the U.S. of A. are quoting John Lennon these days – “I don’t believe in Zimmerman!”

The PGA is a whole lot more interesting when Tiger is on his game.  

The Chron beat writer for the ‘Stros projected the Opening Day lineup this past Saturday.  Name the two that are projected as 2012 Opening Day starters that were in the Opening Day lineup last year?

The SA Express News yesterday had a story pointing out that there aren’t that many cases of voter impersonation fraud in the Lone Star State.  The story made the front page of today’s Chron.  Here is a taste:

Fewer than five “illegal voting” complaints involving voter impersonations were filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office from the 2008 and 2010 general elections in which more than 13 million voters participated.

And:

Texas has suffered from “multiple cases of voter fraud,” Gov. Rick Perry said in a recent FOX News interview, though the attorney general handled just 20 allegations of election law violations in the 2008 and 2010 elections. Most involved mail-in ballot or campaign finance violations, electioneering too close to a polling place or a voter blocked by an election worker.

And:

No one disputes some level of voting abuse, said Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.

“However, what every investigation has proven is that the kind of fraud voter ID laws would address — voter impersonation — doesn’t really exist,” Ellis said. “In fact, there are more UFO and Bigfoot sightings than documented cases of voter impersonation.”

Here is the entire piece that is worth reading.

Commentary doesn’t follow Dynamo soccer except when something incredibly ignorant falls out of a player’s piehole.

Check this from the Houston Press:

The Dynamo’s Colin Clark has become the latest Houston athlete to get in trouble for using a homophobic slur, joining the Aeros’ Justin Fontaine and the Texans’ Rashad Butler. (Rockets and Astros, you’re onthe clock.)
Here is from Hairballs.

What an idiot and dumbarse.

I have to hand it to Guv Dude for his one liners the other night at the Gridiron Dinner.  Here is from the Texas Tribune:

To uproarious applause, Perry called his brief lead in the GOP presidential primary "the three most exhilarating hours of my life," and said he could sum up his run for the White House this way: “It was the weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt.”

And:

On Mitt:

“I keep waiting for Mitt to say, ‘Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?”

On Ron Paul:

“He’s the crazy uncle you expect to pull a nickel out of your ear.”

“Of those 7,000 babies he delivered, he had to go in after two of them.”

On Gingrich:

“I endorsed him because he said he would name me commander of Moon Base Alpha.”

Check out the Tribune story here.

Newt scored 16% of the Louisiana vote Saturday night and he’s still in the race – huh!

‘Stros Numero 45 (LF) and Chris Johnson (3B) of course were in last year’s Opening Day lineup.  Numero 45 is projected to be the starting first baseman this year though.

That’s all I have from The Yard.

 

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