Don’t forget to join us to celebrate the life of a great journalist and our dear friend — Lori Rodriguez.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday (Saturday), June 30, 2012 at the Downtown Club at the Met.
You enter through the 6th Floor of the Parking Garage at the Allen Center, 340 West Dallas Street.
I am honored that I have been asked to say a few words tomorrow. We hope to see you there.
Last night Commentary accepted the Best Politics Blog Award at the 2012 Second Annual Houston Web Awards presented by the Houston Press. MariGirl couldn’t make it so 20/10 went with me. There were a lot of folks in attendance.
One of the highlights of the evening was spending a little time with fellow recipient Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin who took home the Best Local Sports Star Twitter Award. (Later on today you can go to my website and check out our photo together). Barwin is all muscle for sure. He was definitely enjoying the evening and having fun. He was very appreciative when I told him it was great to see him come out in support of marriage equality. A couple or so months ago Barwin was interviewed by Outsports Magazine where he said he was for marriage equality – cool.
If they ever give an award for Best Class Act Ever on Television, my vote goes to no longer “Today Show” Co-Host Ann Curry. She said a tearful adios yesterday with this memorable line:
"For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line but, man, I did try.”
For the past week or so while the lawyers worked out her departure details she could have just packed it in and slept late. Instead she showed up to work and yesterday she handled her farewell with class and dignity. Good luck Ann!
Obamacare! From the 1931 classic: “Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!”
Befuddled outrage is the best way to describe the reaction of GOP right wingers to yesterday’s decision by the Supremes. They thought they had the votes. Heck, I thought they had the votes. That’s why yesterday’s decision was highly anticipated because most folks thought the individual mandate was going into the trash can. A 43 appointee saved The President’s most prized accomplishment of his first term – go figure. The Chief Justice now gets on the cover of today’s Time Magazine, a couple of weeks after The DREAMERS. There is a lot of teeth gnashing and hair pulling going on in halls of the right wing. It’s been fun watching the GOP’s supreme reaction the last couple of days. Heck, I even listened to that Rush fella just to hear him bawl. Scoreboard POTUS!
Who was the last ‘Stro to bat in a post season game?
My fellow Dems will probably get mad at Commentary for giving advice to the GOP on the Latino vote. I’ll give it anyway because they won’t listen to me. It is about talking immigration smack. You won’t listen to your own GOP consultant Ana Navarro who says the GOP needs to come up with an immigration plan that Latinos can embrace. They won’t listen to her. If you are not going to listen to her then keep quiet.
Immigration and The DREAM Act have become one of those hot button issues in our community. Sure we also want jobs and a more stable economy but immigration and The DREAMERS stir things up because you are talking about me – you talking to me? Then when the media and talking heads provides a backdrop like Latinos can make the difference in places like Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, that really gets the sangre flowing.
Following Navarro’s advice with a gimmick free DREAM Act and pathway to citizenship immigration reform would score huge points in the Latino community. Of course, the GOP is not going to follow Navarro’s advice because the Tea Baggers won’t let them. Then the GOP allows Arizona GOP Governor Jan Brewer to be one of the faces of their immigrant bashing rhetoric. That’s like riding into the barrio waving the Jolly Roger. Every time her mug is shown on Univision it is met with a chorus of boos throughout the Latino community.
The H-Town City Council Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance chaired by CM C.O. “Brad” Bradford will meet on July 9 to discuss the term limits proposal. They will hear presentations from Dr. Michael Adams from Texas Southern University, Dr. Robert Stein from Rice University, and Robert Lemer with Citizens for Public Accountability. I may drop by since the ‘Stros are on All Star break that day.
Former ‘Stro Orlando Palmeiro pinch hit of course in the bottom of the ninth with two outs in Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious and grounded out to shortstop for the final out in our 1-0 loss to the White Sox.
I don’t even want to talk about coming home last night and watching Brett Myers’ meltdown and turning a 3-1 lead into a 7-3 loss in the ninth inning – ouch!