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Early Voting starts next Monday (July 23) and according to HarrisVotes.org, runs through Friday (July 27) from 7 am to 7 pm.  The Early Voting locations are pretty much the same as usual.  The Tuesday, July 31 Election Day is another matter and so you had better check it out.

 A whole lot of precinctS will be voting at the Early Voting locations.  On July 31 for instance, a lot of the Heights precincts will be voting at Moody Park.  A lot of the East End precincts will be voting at either Ripley or HCC.  A lot of Montrose precincts will be voting at West Gray.  You get the picture?

 Well not really.  A few precincts will continue to vote at their usual location.  There are a few oddities.  Precinct 218 Dems will vote at HCC but Precinct 218 GOPers will vote at Ripley.  Precinct 4 Dems will vote at Moody but Precinct 4 GOPers will vote at Crockett Elementary.   Precinct 60 Dems will vote at Lanier but Precinct 60 GOPers will vote at West Gray.  Like I said, check out the list at HarrisVotes.org. 

 Will this confuse July 31 voters?  Yep!  Will this hurt turnout.  You betcha!

 Name the MLB team that has the record for most consecutive losses to start a season?

 This is from that Channel 13 story that ran yesterday on the major league snafu on getting the Harris County voting lists right:

According to a letter by outgoing Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Don Sumners, the Harris County Department of Education trustee district lines were not updated for the May primary. In fact, each precinct was about 100,000 people off. An analysis of the Lee-Johnson race, Sumners writes, shows almost 1,400 people did not vote who should have and 872 people did who should not have.

That’s what happens when you spend your time over at H-Town City Council meetings messing in the business of other folks and not taking care of your own business!

Commentary was at the Meyerland Area Democrats meeting last night and heard the presentation from the Texas Freedom Network on the State Board of Education (SBOE).  SBOE Dist. 6 candidate Traci Jensen also spoke to the Meyerland Area Democrats and afterwards a number of the attendees took home some Traci Jensen yard signs.  FYI:  Let us know if you need a Traci Jensen yard sign.  You can go to www.jensen4stateboard.com or contact us at this office.

I also heard State Rep. Dist. 134 candidate Ann Johnson for the first time.  She’s an All Star for sure.

The Cindy Vara-Leija for Precinct 1 Constable Campaign was in my ‘hood yesterday.

B’More holds the smelly distinction of course of starting the 1988 season with 21 consecutive losses.

The ‘Stros finally hit the double digit mark for road wins last night with a 2 zip win over the Padres at Petco.  Unless we start playing a whole lot better baseball, we will certainly be the first to lose 40 road games as we sit on 35 losses today with the Cubbies being the only other MLB team with losses in the 30s – they have 32 Ls.  M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E

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Here is from the Rice University website:

 Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University. He also currently serves as the chair of Rice’s Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting.

 Dr. Jones had an Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron on the Voter ID law and here is how it ended:

Upon reflection, SB 14 appears to have less to do with safeguarding elections and more to do with appeasing portions of the Republican party base and potentially, if the law is eventually enforced, reducing the vote share of Democratic Party candidates in many races across Texas by perhaps a few percentage points.

 Here is the entire Op-Ed.

  A good read, don’t you think?

 Thanks to my pal Robert Miller, Commentary had the honor of sitting with Dr. Jones on a panel on the 2012 elections a few months ago.  I think Dr. Jones is the one that came up with the terms “movement” and “establishment” conservatives. 

 Holy futility!  Sadly, the ‘Stros are on pace for another 100 plus loss season!  Name the last team to suffer back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons?

 Check out the Chron story by Chris Moran and Ericka Mellon this past weekend on bonds, bonds, everywhere here.

 Peggy Fikac has one of those “what if” columns today about the Lite Guv considering an option of resigning if he wins in 15 days.  That would let Lone Star State voters pick the next Lite Guv in November.  Check out Fikac’s column here.

 The Lite Guv’ s handlers say they haven’t even given that idea much thought.  They better not be if you know what I mean!

 Early Voting in person starts next week and it is kind of quiet in my ‘hood these days.

 The Nationals of course had back-to-back 100 plus loss seasons in 2008 (103) AND 2009 (102).

 There is already buzz about the ‘Stros Skipper being replaced after the season.  He’ll probably be a goner but he really wasn’t given the players to do a good job.  Two years ago we traded Roy O. and The Big Puma.  Last year we said adios to Michael Bourn, Jeff Keppinger, and Hunter Pence. Numero 45 was dealt away a couple of weeks ago.  Jason Castro and Jed Lowrie are now on the DL. 

 What do I know?  I know we’re a paltry 9-35 on the road with the next four in San Diego!

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Here is from Patricia Kilday Hart’s column today:

“This ain’t your father’s Republican Party,” said (Vice President Joe) Biden, to appreciative laughter.

Here is her column on the VP’s NAACP appearance yesterday.

 My pal Robert Miller ended his take on June 5 with this:

 I am betting that Dewhurst wins the runoff. 

 Yesterday Robert ended with this:

 Although this remains a close and competitive race, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst clearly has his work cut out for him.

 Here is Burkablog’s latest:

Buy or sell? I’m buying. The Dewhurst camp ran a lackluster campaign, the fatal decision of which was delivering him into the hands of Rick Perry’s consultants. Nor was it smart to attack Tom Leppert just before the primary. Dewhurst should have won this campaign easily. At a time when no one knew who Ted Cruz was, Dewhurst went on the attack and raised Cruz’s name identification.  Now Perry’s neck is on the line as well. If Cruz wins the race, every story will say that Perry endorsed Dewhurst.

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I’m sure that many readers will recall that I have written repeatedly that Dewhurst would win this race. Maybe he will yet, but that’s not where the smart money is right now.

 Commentary is certainly not an expert on Lone Star State GOP politics but I’ll certainly give a take.  Let’s see now, the Lite Guv has been endorsed by Guv. Dude, all but one of his GOP State Senators is supporting him, he’s the candidate of the “establishment” conservatives, a host of organizations and PACs are backing him, and yet he very well could get his arse handed to him on July 31 – 18 days away.

 Oh, and let’s not forget that Hutch decided not to seek reelection because she knew she couldn’t get her own party’s nomination.

 A Cruz upset victory would mean that the “establishment” conservatives are no longer in charge of the Lone Star State GOP.  The Tea Baggers would be in control – period!  This could be a godsend for Lone Star State Dem candidates up and down the ballot. 

 Bud Kennedy from the Star Telegram has a column today on the impact of a Cruz win.  Here is a bit:

 If East Texas lawyer Paul Sadler can win his party’s July 31 runoff, he stands ready to pick up support from the 20 percent of Republicans who consider themselves too moderate for Tea.

 “There is such a culture of fear in that party, I don’t think any Republican could ever publicly support a Democrat,” Sadler said on his way to raise money in Dallas.

 But privately? “More than one” of Sadler’s former fellow Texas House lawmakers has promised to cross party lines and support him, he said.

 “I don’t want this to come out as ‘Sadler has a chance if Cruz wins’ because I think I have a good chance anyway,” he said.

 No you don’t Representative Sadler.  You only have a shot if Cruz is their nominee and the folks running the Lone Star State Dem Party get off their arses and mount a very strategic effort.  Here is Kennedy’s entire column. 

 Of course none of this matters if Dems can’t even get Sadler elected in 18 days.  I’m going to make sure all my friends and family are voting for Paul Sadler.

 I’m also going to hope that the folks running the Lone Star State Dem Party are working on a contingency plan just in case.  Stay tuned!

 Three Hall of Fame great pitchers share the record for MLB All Star Game starts with five each.  Name the three pitching greats?  Sadly, none are still around.

 Pasadena CM Ornaldo Ybarra wasn’t able to get another Latino appointed to the Pasadena City Council.  Read about it here.

 Nice try, CM Ybarra.

 Commentary really doesn’t have a lot of respect for the NCAA.  It is all about $$$$$ for them.  So I really don’t expect them to hand the death penalty to Penn State over the Freeh Report.   It would be too much of an inconvenience for Big Ten Schedulers.

 Hall of Fame greats Don Drysdale, Lefty Gomez, and Robin Roberts of course each started five MLB All Star games. 

 Check out a Chron interview with the new ‘Stros owner here.

   I hope they don’t trade Wandy, Brett Myers, J.D. Martinez, Altuve, Justin Maxwell, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, Jordan Lyles, Scott Moore, Jed Lowrie, or Chris Johnson.   We have to build on something as the ten game roadie begins this evening at AT&T Park.

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Yesterday The Mayor unveiled the proposed $410 mil bond package that she wants city voters to support this November.  Check out the Chron piece here.

City Council will vote in a few weeks to formally put the measure on the ballot.

 Immediately after The Mayor made her presentation my good pal Sue Davis sent out a press release announcing the formation of Vote for Houston’s Future Committee, the PAC that will be the vehicle for the bond campaign and My Brown Eyed Girl also known as Pam-In-Charge will serve as one of the Co-Chairs.  That’s a good move since Pam commands a whole lot of respect in H-Town.  Here is from the press release:

“In these tough economic times, Houston is leading the way – creating more jobs, borrowing less, and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians for years to come,” said Campaign Co-Chair Pam Gardner, former President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros. “We urge Houstonians to vote for the City Bonds in November.”

Name the pitcher that has played in the most MLB All Star Games?

On an unrelated note, The Mayor said yesterday that she doesn’t think HISD should go out for a tax increase this November. The Mayor made these remarks at her press availability in response to a question on the proposed HISD $1.8 bil bond package.

Welcome back Lisa Falkenberg.  The Chron columnist has been on maternity leave and now she’s back with a column on Mitt Romney’s appearance at the NAACP Convention.  Check it out here.

My pal CM Mike Sullivan submitted his resignation letter effective January 1, 2013 win, lose or draw.  Here is from Chron.com:

Sullivan said he submitted his resignation early so that the city does not have to call a special election to replace him but can put the District E race on November’s presidential election ballot. His early notice gives Council time to put the election on the ballot and for qualified candidates to step forward. ”There’d be no appointments, no back-room deals,” Sullivan said.

Of course, if there is a runoff in the race to replace him, there will be a stand-alone election that will end up costing city taxpayers but what the heck!

Here is the bit on Sullivan’s resignation.

The Rocket of course holds the record for pitching in 10 MLB All Star Games.

The Chron sports section has a piece today on Wandy being on the trading block.   Here is what the team GM has to say:

“Our strategy is to put this team in a position to compete year in and year out for a title, so any moves we make will have that in mind.”

Well at least the free grub was pretty good the other evening at the All Star Game watch party at The Yard.  Caesar’s Salad, BBQ Sliders, hot dogs, ice cream, and a couple of free drinks.

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It looks like City Controller Ron Green is throwing a little temper tantrum because The Mayor won’t show him the bond numbers.  Here is from Chron.com:

 Green, the city’s second-highest elected official, said he has repeatedly asked for and been denied information on the measures.

“If it’s that secretive, it can’t possibly be good for the city,” Green said. ”Until such time as I get more information, I’m not supporting any bond referendum that the city puts forward.”

Oh, brother!  Settle down and wait to see the numbers like everybody else this morning then you can pronounce them good or evil.  Don’t worry – the world won’t come to an end.  And also from Chron.com:

 Green said he has heard that the package of bond measures will total approximately $400 million.

“I still believe we need to go out for more bond authorization. I think $400 million is not adequate to meet the needs of the city,” Green said.  “If you’re going to ask somebody to vote for bond referendums, you need to be realistic about what it’s going to take to meet a major CIP (capital improvement project) initiative.”

The city should take advantage of low interest rates and ask for $600 million to $800 million, even if that requires a tax increase, Green said.

In 2006, then-Mayor Bill White also did not consult with then-Controller Parker before rolling out a series of bond measures, according to Parker’s office.

If you ask me and thanks for asking, the City Controller is looking and sounding a little silly.  BTW:  The Mayor will unveil the bond program this morning at City Council.

 Here is the rest of the story.

 Last night the NL All Stars had 10 base hits and the AL All Stars had 6 base hits.  Name the league division that had the most base hits?

 One of the best lines of the 2012 Campaign comes from Vice-President Joe Biden yesterday before the National Council of La Raza:

 “Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his,” Biden said. “So many questions…”

Keep hammering! 

 FLASH!!!!!  Chris Moran of the Chron just put this out:

 Mayor Annise Parker is unveiling a $410 million package of proposed bond measures for the November ballot that will not require a tax increase.

She proposes five bond measures. The purposes and amounts:

1. Public safety: $144 million

2. Health, sanitation and general government: $63 million

3. Affordable housing: $15 million

4. Library: $28 million

5. Parks: $160 million

“I realize many Houstonians are still recovering from the economic downturn,” Parker said in a press release. “That is why it was important to me to present a plan that does not require a tax increase. It is also the smallest bond proposal in more than 30 years. It is a fiscally responsible approach that will create jobs and improve public safety, infrastructure and quality of life.”

Let the games begin!

 A couple of days ago I got an Alan Rosen for Precinct 1 Constable mail piece and his campaign went door-to-door in my ‘hood last week.

 In my book, if you shell out a couple of hundred bucks to attend the dinger derby, you are entitled to boo players.  The other night KC fans booed Yankee Robinson Cano because he’s a Yankee and he didn’t let KC All Star Billy Butler participate in the dinger derby.  Cano was the AL derby dinger captain that picked his fellow dinger derby participants.  When Cano came up to bat during the dinger derby he was booed mercilessly and he ended up not getting a single dinger.   A few prominent baseball columnists called out the KC fans for booing Cano.  SHUT UP!!  KC fans have every right to boo.  I’m glad they did because it made the dinger derby slightly less boring.

 Well it looks the NL Pennant Champ will have World Serious home field advantage in October.   I know.  Some so called “purists” don’t like that the league that wins the All Star Game gets home field Serious advantage.  It makes the game a lot more interesting. 

 What is a baseball “purist” anyway?  They don’t like the DH?  They want to go back to day games?  They don’t like the Wild Card?  They don’t like the Kiss Kam?  Oh, well.

 The NL Central of course led all other divisions last night with five base hits (Braun 2, Furcal, Holliday, and McCutchcen.

 My favorite moment of last night was watching Chipper Jones get a base hit in his final All Star at-bat. 

 A few more days off then the roadie begins in San Fran on Friday.

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Yesterday the H-Town City Council Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance killed the proposal to extend term limits.  The proposal won’t be on the ballot this November.  This is definitely a good thing. I’ve said it before, if folks want to change or do away with term limits, go out and get the signatures and build a grass roots campaign.

Here is from the Chron:

Councilman Andrew Burks, whose budget amendment last month sent the issue to the council’s ethics and governance committee, first tried to build a case for longer terms on its merits. He argued that it would save money in avoided election costs, attract better candidates, encourage more long-term thinking, shift officials’ focus from fundraising to public policy and reduce the use of council positions as stepping stones to other offices.

Virtually every member of the committee told Burks the proposal was the wrong idea at the wrong time and voted 9-1 to put it to rest. Even Burks, who was elected in December on his 13th try for public office, voted with the majority.

 

And:

District I Councilman James Rodriguez said any move to change term limits should come from the citizenry.

“I haven’t seen a groundswell of support for changing term limits, especially in my district, and I think they’d like us to get back to the business of running and managing this city,” he said.

Rice University political science professor Robert Stein warned the committee that putting a term limit-change on a November ballot that already may be crowded with bond issues and a sales tax referendum likely would doom it to failure.

 

Picking up on Stein’s analysis, Councilman Stephen Costello said, “We don’t need to have this particular issue on the ballot. We don’t need to have this issue competing against our future bond issue or a bond issue of the school district or a bond issue of the community college system in addition to a referendum that Metro’s going to have at the same time.” Costello then introduced the motion to kill the proposal.

As the opposition to his plan piled up, Burks snapped back with rambling complaints about the influence of lobbyists, Costello’s involvement in a ballot measure campaign that created a massive public works program that imposed a monthly fee on homeowners, and political cowardice among his colleagues.

 

CM Rodriguez (Commentary’s client) is on point on this.  CM Costello is also correct.  I’ve kind of been saying that myself the past couple of weeks.

I don’t know which lobbyist CM Burks is talking about. Commentary has had the same position on this issue since the days of the Term Limits Review Committee back in 2010. I went to most of the meetings and spoke at some of them.  I’ve been pretty consistent on this.  Oh, well!

Here is the Chron piece.

Three MLB All Star Games have been played in H-Town (1968, 1986, and 2004).  How many of the starting pitchers of those three games are in the Hall of Fame?

The Chron’s Ericka Mellon has a darn good piece today on the HISD bond proposal. You need to check it out because we could be voting on some of this stuff this November.  Here it is.

This past Sunday the Chron introduced their new sports columnist, Randy Harvey and for today’s column he bashed the ‘Stros – wow – he certainly dug deep to find something to write about.  I’m impressed – woo -woo!  Check out his column here.

Hall of Fame great Don Drysdale of course started for the NL All Stars in the Astrodome back in 1968.

Commentary watched last night’s 3 hour long and very boring dinger fest.  I’ll head out to The Yard this evening to check out the MLB All Star Game on El Grande and eat the team’s free grub.  I’m betting that Jose Altuve will see plenty of action since he is the only backup second baseman on the NL All Star team roster.

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Yesterday the H-Town City Council Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance killed the proposal to extend term limits.  The proposal won’t be on the ballot this November.  This is definitely a good thing. I’ve said it before, if folks want to change or do away with term limits, go out and get the signatures and build a grass roots campaign.

Here is from the Chron:

Councilman Andrew Burks, whose budget amendment last month sent the issue to the council’s ethics and governance committee, first tried to build a case for longer terms on its merits. He argued that it would save money in avoided election costs, attract better candidates, encourage more long-term thinking, shift officials’ focus from fundraising to public policy and reduce the use of council positions as stepping stones to other offices.

Virtually every member of the committee told Burks the proposal was the wrong idea at the wrong time and voted 9-1 to put it to rest. Even Burks, who was elected in December on his 13th try for public office, voted with the majority.

 And:

District I Councilman James Rodriguez said any move to change term limits should come from the citizenry.

“I haven’t seen a groundswell of support for changing term limits, especially in my district, and I think they’d like us to get back to the business of running and managing this city,” he said.

Rice University political science professor Robert Stein warned the committee that putting a term limit-change on a November ballot that already may be crowded with bond issues and a sales tax referendum likely would doom it to failure.

 Picking up on Stein’s analysis, Councilman Stephen Costello said, “We don’t need to have this particular issue on the ballot. We don’t need to have this issue competing against our future bond issue or a bond issue of the school district or a bond issue of the community college system in addition to a referendum that Metro’s going to have at the same time.” Costello then introduced the motion to kill the proposal.

As the opposition to his plan piled up, Burks snapped back with rambling complaints about the influence of lobbyists, Costello’s involvement in a ballot measure campaign that created a massive public works program that imposed a monthly fee on homeowners, and political cowardice among his colleagues.

 CM Rodriguez (Commentary’s client) is on point on this.  CM Costello is also correct.  I’ve kind of been saying that myself the past couple of weeks.

I don’t know which lobbyist CM Burks is talking about. Commentary has had the same position on this issue since the days of the Term Limits Review Committee back in 2010. I went to most of the meetings and spoke at some of them.  I’ve been pretty consistent on this.  Oh, well!

Here is the Chron piece.

Three MLB All Star Games have been played in H-Town (1968, 1986, and 2004).  How many of the starting pitchers of those three games are in the Hall of Fame?

The Chron’s Ericka Mellon has a darn good piece today on the HISD bond proposal. You need to check it out because we could be voting on some of this stuff this November.  Here it is.

This past Sunday the Chron introduced their new sports columnist, Randy Harvey and for today’s column he bashed the ‘Stros – wow – he certainly dug deep to find something to write about.  I’m impressed – woo -woo!  Check out his column here.

Hall of Fame great Don Drysdale of course started for the NL All Stars in the Astrodome back in 1968.

Commentary watched last night’s 3 hour long and very boring dinger fest.  I’ll head out to The Yard this evening to check out the MLB All Star Game on El Grande and eat the team’s free grub.  I’m betting that Jose Altuve will see plenty of action since he is the only backup second baseman on the NL All Star team roster.

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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."

And:

“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.

And:

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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Commentary has said before that the Chron E-Board is a player.  They screen candidates, they endorse, and they put out daily takes on the issues of the day. 

Here is how they start out their take on Ted Cruz today:

Talk radio host and Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick is many things, but subtle is not one of them. So when he says that a fellow Republican is too confrontational, we’ll take him at his word. (Imagine Gov. Rick Perry chastising someone for acting too Texan.) Last Thursday on Patrick’s radio show, what was supposed to be a friendly interview with U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz descended into the sort of tussle expected between political opposites, not allies.

Did I just read that the Chron E-Board will take Sen. Patrick “at his word”?  Why?  Now that’s a head scratcher for sure!

Here is how today’s E-Board take ends:

As Patrick told Cruz, "You’re always in attack mode."

Cruz boasts an impressive educational background and legal resume, but his political judgment seems questionable when he so readily blisters Texas’ de facto tea party head honcho. It is an attitude that’s politically penny-wise but pound-foolish.

Texas is a big state, and our next senator has to represent all of it.

Here is the entire take.

In today’s hard copy the headline reads “Cruz uncontrolled.”

It looks like maybe the Chron E-Board read Commentary’s “What If” take yesterday and might be worried about Ted Cruz pulling off a stunner so they are using a Tea Bagger to knock off another Tea Bagger.  Today’s take is aimed at the so called “establishment conservatives” to get off of their arses and support the Lite Guv in the runoff.  Of course, the Tea Baggers can’t stand and don’t trust the Chron and the Chron E-Board so this will just motivate them to get out and support Cruz.  So today’s E-Board take is just a wash if you ask me.  Nice try E-Board!

KPRC-TV is running a piece on the 10 pm news tonight on The Rocket now playing slow pitch softball.  During his MLB career The Rocket wasn’t known for his bat.  He only had 179 at-bats with 31 base hits and a .173 career batting average.  How many of those 31 base hits were extra base hits? 

One of the media links Lone Star Project sent out yesterday was from the National Review and a story about the Lite Guv – Ted Cruz race.

Here is the article.

Here is from the piece:

Among Lone Star politicos, the consensus is that it will be hard for Cruz, the underdog in popular support and funds, to beat Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. In the primary election, Cruz succeeded in forcing Dewhurst into a runoff — but he also trailed Dewhurst by eleven points.

Remember, most of these same Lone Star politicos said that the Lite Guv would win without a runoff and look what happened.

Of The Rocket’s 31 career base hits, only six were extra base hits of course – all doubles – no triples or dinger in the bunch.

Futility is at The Yard this weekend as the ‘Stros come home riding an eight game losing streak.  They’ll be handing out 10,000 Mike Scott bobbleheads tomorrow afternoon.  BTW:  Numero 45 went 2 for 4 yesterday as his Fish beat the Brewers.  We’re 14 ½ games out and a very miserable 9-32 on the road.  That’s totally unacceptable!  What the heck, I’ll be there this weekend? 

I wonder if the surviving Caballito will show up.

 

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I guess on the Fifth of July Commentary doesn’t have much to say other than does the Lone Star State Dem Party have a contingency plan if Ted Cruz slips by the Lite Guv and becomes the GOP nominee for U.S. Senator? Are Dems just going to roll over and watch us go from a red state to a Tea Bagger state?

Yeah I know, at least in these parts, the Lite Guv is the only candidate that has been running TV ads for the last couple of weeks so the conventional thinking is that the Lite Guv should be able to snag the GOP nomination.  What happens if Cruz pulls an upset?  Doesn’t that change the dynamics in the general election?  I think it does.

Of course, they’re not going to ask Commentary for my opinion so I guess the only thing I can do is to make sure all my friends and family votes for former State Rep. Paul Sadler and play it safe in the event of a Cruz upset.  

Numero 45’s offensive production is down this season with only five dingers to show.  How many those dingers have been smacked at The Yard?

Well I guess the front office got its wish and shipped off Numero 45 to the Fish for a couple of minnows, err prospects.  They also sent over a trunk full of cash to cover his salary for the rest of the season.  I’m surprised the front office didn’t throw in the choo choo train and Tal’s Hill as sweeteners to the deal.  What about the lone surviving Caballito, you know, the fella with the foot long ‘stache, did they ship him off to the Fish because he is of no use at The Yard this weekend?  Of course, I haven’t taken Senor Ed to a game in quite a while so he will be content to sit in the corner until I figure out what to do with him – maybe a trade to The Fish?

Commentary has forever been trying to figure out baseball economics but the only thing I can ever figure is the change I’ll get for a St. Arnold when I fork over a ten.  Here is from the Chron piece on the Numero 45 trade:

“Carlos (Lee) has more value to a team like the Marlins than he does to us right now, which gives us an opportunity to collect some players for the future,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “I had been talking to the Marlins for a little while because I knew they had some interest in getting a player like Carlos.”

Duh!  Of course he has more value to the Fish when they have our dough to cover his salary for the rest of the season!  Oh, well! 

Numero 45 handled the departure with class.  Here is from a MLB piece:

"I’m OK with everything. I have no regrets," (Carlos) Lee said. "Houston is a great city and there’s a lot of good people there. I had a great time there, and from now on I wish them the best. Hopefully they get started again and rebuild for the future and have an opportunity to win again."

And:

"I always did my best and have a lot of respect for the game," Lee said. "I respect the game. This game has been very good to me and when you respect the game you have to do it right. I did nothing but my best there. I had great years there and since the first day I got there I went down a little bit, but one of my worst years was last year and I still drove in 94 runs. I have no complaints."

Here is the entire piece.

Here is from Tag’s Line:

(Carlos) Lee, who played in 815 games with the Astros and hit .286 with 133 home runs and 533 RBIs in 5 1/2 seasons, said he wasn’t surprised he was traded.

Good luck Numero 45.  I enjoyed having you around even though I am in the minority. 

Here is the lead paragraph from the Chron E-Board today:

Clearly, it’s time to send out a "Mayday" distress call for the Battleship USS Texas. Time and the elements are threatening to do what no foreign enemy in two world wars could ever do: sink the venerable 29,500-ton dreadnought.

Here is the entire editorial.

Why don’t we just chop it up into movable pieces and haul it off and stick it under the Astrodome in dry dock?  You have a better idea?

All of Numero 45’s five dingers this season have been smacked at The Yard of course.

Numero 45 will be playing in Milwaukee this afternoon and his new skipper is Ozzie Guillen – yikes!

I’m going to try to look at the bright side and say that if we pull off a win this evening in Pittsburgh we will at least have beaten a first place team.

 

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