Archive for July 9th, 2012

Savannah Guthrie is the new co-host of “Today.”  I’m OK with this.  I would have preferred that Natalie Morales be given a shot but that’s the way it goes.  Savannah is a former NBC News White House correspondent so she definitely knows politics.  She also plays the guitar.  On her first morning today as co-host she was surprised when Shawn Colvin showed up and played a tune with Savannah – cool.   Good luck, Savannah!

The new Lone Star State Dem Party Chair gave an AP interview on the state of the Dem Party.  Here are parts:

Using rough numbers and optimistic assumptions, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa figures 70 percent of Texans should be inclined to vote for his party’s candidates.

He lists off the party’s traditional supporters and their percentage of the population: Hispanics are 40 percent, African Americans are 15 percent and progressive whites add at least another 15 percent.

The trouble, Hinojosa admits, is the majority of those people are not voting for anyone. As the new chair of a party that hasn’t won a statewide election since 1994, he also acknowledges it’s his job to get them to the polls.

"The numbers are out there," Hinojosa told The Associated Press. "The role of the Texas Democratic Party is to deliver the base."


“We’re not going to win just by increasing one segment’s turnout," Hinojosa said, rejecting a popular belief among Democrats that Hispanics alone can return them to power.


Looking back at (Bill) White’s 42 percent in 2010, Hinojosa said the party has a lot of work to do and set minimal expectations for this November. The party’s priorities will be turning out Democrats in the Houston and San Antonio areas to secure them as Democratic strongholds, and to ensure Davis’ re-election in Fort Worth, he said.

Here is the entire article.

That’s a lot of bold talk.  Let’s see if action follows the talk.

Who was the first ‘Stro to ever start in an MLB All Star Game?

There a battle of sorts going on in Pasadena. There is a vacancy on City Council and Latino leaders in Pasadena want a Latino appointed to fill the vacancy.

Here is from an online story:

“I am of the opinion I am not going to choose a person by the color of their skin. I’m going to consider an Asian, an African-American, Caucasian or a Hispanic. I disagree with the fact that the Hispanics come forward and say, ‘You’ve got to appoint a Hispanic for this seat and it’s got to be this Hispanic.’ I think that’s wrong. We just created four Hispanic districts in Pasadena through the last redistricting, so I am not going to choose a person by the color of their skin, period,” (Pasadena Mayor Johnny) Isbell said.

The City of Pasadena is 62% Latino but only 1 of the 8 city council members is Latino – my good pal Ornaldo Ybarra.  The Latino leadership in Pasadena is behind Richard Serna for the vacancy.  I hope they do the right thing over in Pasadena.    It looks like CM Ybarra has a real fight on his hands.

Check out the online story here.

Ernest Borgnine is one of my favorite actors of all time.  From “McHale’s Navy” to “From Here to Eternity” to “The Poseidon Adventure”, but my best ever Borgnine role has to be as Dutch Engstrom in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” – one of the best westerns of all time.

Lee May of course started at first base for the NL All Stars in the 1972 All Star Game played in The ATL.  May went 1 for 4 with an RBI and played the entire game.

The ‘Stros are pretty miserable.  Of all their players only Jose Altuve has been to an All Star Game as a player – pitiful.  They still might trade Wandy and Brett Myers.   The lone surviving Caballito was there this weekend at his command post.  Folks were dropping by and taking pictures with him – cool.  Well, the team is off for four days then head off on a ten game roadie and will return to The Yard in two weeks. 


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