Archive for August, 2012

Scoreboard!   Oops!  Guv Dude and AG Abbott just can’t handle the truth.  They are also very sore losers.  Here is what Dude said yesterday after the Voter I.D. law went down the toilet like all t__ds are supposed to go:

Chalk up another victory for fraud. Today, federal judges subverted the will of the people of Texas and undermined our effort to ensure fair and accurate elections. The Obama Administration’s claim that it’s a burden to present a photo ID to vote simply defies common sense. I will continue to work with Attorney General Abbott to fight for the same right that other states already have to protect their elections.”

Dude, as soon as you get your arse home from Tampa, why don’t you invite Commentary and a few others over and show us the fraud!   Show me the victories that fraud can claim?  Dude won a number of elections and I don’t consider that fraud – just a mistake.  Where is the fraud?  More Latinos being added to the voter rolls doesn’t constitute fraud.  Shifting demographics is not fraud. 

Quit crying!  Oops!  Never mind!  Keep crying so all those folks that you tried to deny the right to vote can be reminded to vote against GOP candidates from September 23 through November 6!

I’m sure Dude, AG Abbott, and others will be huddling soon to figure out another way to keep Latinos and African Americans from voting.   Stay tuned, stay alert, and be on the lookout!

OK, after last night, I have to do the obligatory review of Dirty Harry’s performance.  For a fistful of dollars – heck – for few dollars more he could have hired better writers and had a sudden impact, instead, he looked like the rookie.  Walking on stage a la high plains drifter, wanting to throw down the gauntlet, and stepping into the line of fire, just about every talking head said it was unforgiven that he would attempt to be the enforcer any which way you can.  It was obvious that the Romney folks gave him absolute power to use magnum force to make it look like it is a true crime to vote for The President’s reelection.  The media talking heads kind of suggested that this pale rider might need a little blood work because Romney folks said he would be arriving looking like a million dollar baby in a pink cadillac instead it looked more like a gran torino hauling two mules for Sister Sara on the bridges of Madison County.

Former ‘Stro pitcher Shane Reynolds will throw out the first pitch tonight at The Yard.  Shane played 11 seasons with the ‘Stros – 1992-2002.  What were the most number of wins in a season that Shane had and what numero was on his jersey?

The only thing I’m going to say about Romney’s speech last night is that it was thin on specifics.  He also only devoted a couple of minutes to foreign affairs.  There was no mention of immigration reform or securing the border or DREAMers so I guess he is going to leave chasing after the Latino vote to surrogates like Marco Rubio, New Mexico’s Governor, and P.  I’m thinking that they are just hoping that Latinos won’t show up to vote.

Now it is on to Charlotte where diversity will rule!

Today the Chron E-Board also has a take on AG Abbott and his futile efforts to deny Latinos political participation.  Here is how it ends:

In Texas, of all places, does Abbott really want to defend a redistricting map that dilutes the electoral strength of Hispanics, even as his party scrambles to cultivate them? Or to argue that the few, scattered incidences of voter ID fraud are worth disenfranchising many Hispanics?

It’s time to drop these cases.

Check out the entire E-Board take here.

Shane Reynolds went 19-8 in 1998 of course and wore the numero 38 in 1992 and from 1993-2002 he wore the numero 37.

Only 12,835 showed up last night at The Yard – the lowest turnout at The Yard ever.  We lost again.  Commentary wasn’t there but my tickets were.  Jeff Kent Bobbleheads on Saturday and Milo Bobbleheads on Sunday as the NL Central first place Reds come in for three.

Have a nice Labor Day!


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The Chron E-Board still reads Commentary and that has to be a good thing.  Commentary is just going to lay out what the Chron E-Board had to say today on the Latino vote.  It is an interesting take that concerned folks should slowly digest:

Addressing his people in October 1939, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke of Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

Nearly three-quarters of a century later, the statesman’s World War II-era formulation can be applied to a very different and modern political subject: the Hispanic vote in the 2012 presidential election. With apologies to Churchill, it, too, is a riddle, a mystery and an enigma. It’s also a significant electoral prize; one being ardently pursued by both major parties.

The riddle: Is there really such a thing as a homogenous, straight-party Hispanic vote?

The mystery: Why do Hispanics as a group so dramatically under-perform their vast demographic potential at the polls?

The enigma: Which major party will claim this prize? Or will both?

Chronicle readers received an up-close and personal view of this dilemma/opportunity, via separate Sunday profile stories on two very different Hispanic-Texan politicians – GOP U.S. Senate nominee Ted Cruz and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Both men are considered rising stars in their parties. Speaking in prime time Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, Cruz shone brightly, sparking comparisons with GOP icon Ronald Reagan. Castro will have his moment to shine when he delivers the keynote speech to the Democratic convention in prime time next week in Charlotte, N.C., filling the speaking slot that launched Barack Obama in 2004.

But that is where the similarities end. Cruz and Castro promote political positions that are as unalike as black beans and menudo.

Cruz, 42, is a tea party conservative who sprang from obscurity to defeat the GOP establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in July’s Republican primary runoff. The Houstonian, a former Texas solicitor general and college debate champion, is the son of a Cuban immigrant father and attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Castro, 37, the son of a single mother, has a twin brother, Joaquin, a Texas legislator running for Congress. The Castro brothers both attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School. As mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro has dealt with the nitty-gritty issues confronting a growing bicultural city.

Both Cruz and Castro can lay fair claim to a fully pedigreed Hispanic birthright, as well as a place at the center of the battle to win this electoral prize for their respective parties.

But it is far from clear that there is a definable "Hispanic vote" in the sense that there is, for example, a unified African-American vote that can be counted upon by Democrats in good times and bad.

Rather, there are expanding millions of Latino voters with vastly different geographic, educational, cultural, racial and economic backgrounds. Cuban lawyers and bankers. Mexican-American entrepreneurs. Sixth-generation Latino ranchers and farmers all across Texas. Devout traditional Roman Catholics and growing numbers of evangelical Christians. Non-believers, too.

Hispanic-Americans proudly defy the stereotypes others would place on them. And therein lies the challenge for both parties in pursuit of Hispanic/Latino support. This is not a homogenous group. Far from it.

But first things first. If Hispanics are to gain political power to match their demographic heft, voter turnout must improve. It is notoriously low, and for as long as it remains so, the myth of Hispanic political power will remain just a dream.

Convincing evidence of that is as near at hand as Houston’s U.S. House District 29, created after the 1990 census as a Hispanic district. Since that beginning, the district seat has been held by Rep. Gene Green, an Anglo with strong ties to the Hispanic community, but a gringo, nonetheless. This is the proof that creating a Hispanic district requires more than redrawing political boundaries.

Meanwhile, younger rising Hispanic stars – Republican and Democrat – are continuing to make their presence known in Texas and across the nation. The highest political profile in Texas or anywhere else surely belongs to George P. Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush and nephew of President George W. Bush, who is the GOP state party’s finance chairman. But he is only one of many.

The most basic act of leadership these young worthies can perform will be in bringing greater numbers of Latinos to the nation’s ballot boxes. Till that is done, the dreams will remain elusive. The Hispanic vote will continue to be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

How many MLB clubs have never won a World Serious and name them please?

Speaking of riddle me this, the Trib has a piece today on the Lone Star State GOP going after a share of the Latino vote. 

Check it here.

The Trib also has a piece on some GOP delegates wanting Guv Dude and the Lite Guv to retire.

Check it here.

Eight MLB teams have never won the World Serious and they include the Padres – 2 appearances (1984, 1998), Rockies – 1 appearance (2007), the ‘Stros – 1 appearance (2005), Nationals/Expos- 0 appearances,  Rangers/Senators- 2 appearances (2010, 2011), Mariners – 0 appearances, Rays- 1 appearance (2008), and Brewers- 1 appearance (1982).

The Rocket will pitch in Skeeterville on September 7.

Last night I witnessed Hunter Pence blast a three-run dinger and then watched us lose numero 90 for the season.  Again only 13,000 and showed up last night. 


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Yesterday afternoon I was watching the GOP roll call vote for president and I noticed that the Convention Secretary wasn’t acknowledging and repeating the votes for Ron Paul – zilch, nada.  At first I thought the podium was experiencing audio problems then CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash called attention to the omission and called it “petty” and a “slap in the face” to Ron Paul delegates by the Mitt Romney campaign.

CNN interviewed a Romney higher-up and he basically admitted it was payback time.  The operative said that the Paul supporters packed conventions this summer after Romney had “won” the nomination and secured more delegates than Romney in some instances. 

If you ask me it was “petty” and kind of bullying by the Romney campaign.  It also looked very silly.

Commentary left The Yard early last night to check out Governor Christie and Ann Romney on the tube.  I wasn’t impressed with Governor Christie.  I was more impressed with Ann Romney. 

In 2004, Roy O. finished the season at 20-10 and that got him a third place finish in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  The Rocket was first.  Name the pitcher that finished second?

Here is from the Chron on Ted Cruz’s speech last night:

Texas state Rep. Aaron Pena Jr., said Cruz embodies “the American dream and the immigrant’s dream.”

“His strength is in the fact that he’s animated the Republican base,”  said Pena, a former Democrat who now chairs the Texas Legislature’s Hispanic Republican Conference. “The fact that he’s Hispanic is a plus.”

We’re going to find out on November 6 how many Latino votes Cruz brings to the GOP. 

I’m going to go out on a limb and bet that SA Mayor Julian Castro’s keynote speech next week will get more and better media run than Christie’s and Cruz’s speeches combined.

The Lite Guv says he is running for reelection which means that he’s running hard and far right during the next legislative session. 

Mail ballots will be delivered to the post office on September 22.  Are you ready?

Here is what SBOE, District 6 candidate Traci Jensen said about the Michael Williams appointment:

Governor Perry’s announcement of Michael Williams as his choice for Commissioner of Education is very telling for the future of public education. Mr. Williams has had a lengthy career in the energy industry serving as the Railroad Commissioner and on many boards ranging from the coal industry to mining. With this resume I initially was not surprised but was a little perplexed.  Would a career energy man with no background in education be an appropriate choice for one of our most powerful appointed positions in public education in a time of considerable turmoil? Then it became clear.  Mr. Williams has been and continues to be a vocal proponent of the voucher system and by coincidence the voucher issue is again the pet project of the Republican controlled legislature. Governor Perry and State Senator Dan Patrick have made no apologies about seeing vouchers as inevitable and the solution to all of our public education problems. What it will really mean is stripping away of funds from already cash strapped schools and a funneling of tax money to religious institutions or deregulated charters.  As an educator in Texas I have always searched for the silver lining so I truly hope that if confirmed, Mr. Williams will protect the Texas constitution and preserve our public education institutions if for no other reason than for business and economic prosperity. With the systemic denigration of public education by the State Board of Education, the deconstruction of classrooms by the legislature and now a political appointee with no education background that wants vouchers, I am afraid this silver lining is beginning to become too tarnished.

Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson of course was second in voting for the 2004 NL Cy Young Award.

Last night I tried to snag a foul shot last night and it ripped my lid out of my hand.  I didn’t get it.  Only 13,000 and change made it to The Yard last night and we gave it away in the ninth.


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Next Friday, September 7, the folks that run the elections can begin accepting mail ballot applications.  After a certain number of days, the mail ballots will be sent out and some folks will start voting.  Are you ready?

Kuffer today takes a real close look at the METRO election.  This is the best take so far of the METRO vote so pay close attention.

Here is Kuffer.

Houston Tomorrow, the Citizens Transportation Coalition and Better Houston are campaigning for a no vote on the METRO initiative.

Here is a part of Kuffer:

Here, it’s just transit advocates that are unhappy. It’s far from clear to me that they can muster up enough support to defeat this version of the referendum, especially if there’s a concerted effort in favor of it. One could argue that instead of working to defeat the referendum, it would be better to work on Metro to spend the extra money it will get, and the extra money it will have from its unrestricted sources as debt service gets addressed, in a way that transit advocates think is best. I’m sure they’ll be doing that anyway after the referendum, regardless of the outcome, but my way would probably be less awkward.

I don’t know how this vote is going to end up.  Are you ready?

You can check out Hunter Pence at The Yard this evening.  Hunter has now played 25 games with the Giants.  Since joining the Giants, how many dingers does Pence have and what is his batting average as a Giant?

Guv Dude and the Lite Guv are trying hard to remain relevant.  Yesterday Dude appointed Michael Williams to serve as Education Commissioner.  I don’t think the fella knows much about public education or public education policy in the Lone Star State.  Dude will use him to serve as a cheerleader for vouchers during the next legislative session, a gesture aimed directly at placating the Tea Baggers.

The Lite Guv, meanwhile, decided to go to Tampa and will watch and cheer Ted Cruz tonight.  He has also printed 2014 letterhead. 

The Houston Press has a take on The Rocket pitching at The Yard.  Here is a bit:

That said I don’t like what I’m hearing about the Astros and Roger Clemens, namely that the Astros are going to sign Clemens to a contract to pitch this season. Sure the season’s meaningless. And it’s not like the over-the-hill Clemens would be taking starts away from a Cy Young winner. It’s just that the move reeks of desperation. It’s something Drayton McLane would do, and if there’s anything this team should be doing, it’s not doing something that Drayton McLane would do.

This fella doesn’t know what he is talking about.  Drayton never did anything like this.  Drayton did sign Randy Johnson, Andy Pettitte, and The Rockets in their prime.  They also helped get us into the playoffs.  Maybe in the last few seasons we signed some free agents that fell flat like Bill Hall, Mike Hampton, Pedro Feliz, and Pudge, but he didn’t disrespect the game.  The Houston Press fella needs to move on and forget about writing about my old friend Drayton.

Here is the entire Press take here.

Hunter Pence has one dinger and is batting .214 in 25 games as a Giant of course.

Here are a few reasons why you may want to drop by The Yard over the next three nights:  the Giants are in a division race, see how Hunter is doing, Buster Posey is hitting .328, Matt Cain pitches tonight, Altuve is hitting .301, good seats are available, you can probably find good ticket deals on ebay, and St. Arnold can be found throughout The Yard.


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Last night Commentary watched the season finale of “The Newsroom” on HBO and I have to give it the thumbs up. I watched every episode of this first season – sometimes more than once.  It was very entertaining.  I don’t know about the accuracies of what goes on in a newsroom but I did like the way they framed each episode with a recent news event – Tea Party, 5/1/11, Tucson shootings, phone hacking, Voter ID, SB 1070, debt ceiling, Koch brothers, debates, Anthony Weiner, Casey Anthony, Egypt, and Deepwater Horizon.

Last night the anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) called the Tea Party the American Taliban – ouch!  I’d be very surprised if any Tea Baggers watched “The Newsroom” since it is on HBO, the home of Bill Maher. 

“The Newsroom” first aired in late June making it ineligible for this year’s Emmy Awards.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it snagged nominations for The Golden Globes at the end of the year and next year’s Emmys for Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, and even Jane Fonda.  Alison Pill as you recall portrayed Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk’s campaign manager, in the 2008 “Milk.”

I think the show’s creator and lead writer Aaron Sorkin deserve some props for putting together this show.  Like I said, it is very entertaining and interesting.  “The Newsroom” now takes a break and will return next June.  Stay tuned!

Aaron Sorkin also co-wrote the screenplay for a baseball movie that snagged him an Oscar nomination.  Name the flick?

Isaac wasn’t able to get floor credentials to the GOP National Convention so he just caused a one day delay ruckus. Isaac is now looking at a place to make landfall and will do his best to hog media coverage away from the American Taliban in Tampa – ouch!

Commentary attended the Harris County Democratic Party Convention this past Saturday at the CWA Hall.   A lot of Dems showed up – 700 plus they said.   Nice job to the organizers!

The Rocket was impressive Saturday night according to some media reports.   I get where the ‘Stros are probably privately thinking about letting The Rocket make a start or three to boost interest and attendance with the proceeds going to the Astros in Action Foundation.  While they are at it, why not invite Randy Travis to sing the National Anthem or “God Bless America?”

Aaron Sorkin along with Steven Zaillian co-wrote the screenplay for “Moneyball” of course that earned them an Oscar nomination.

I’m not going to say anything about our 13-53 road record as the NL West first place Giants and Hunter Pence visit The Yard for three beginning tomorrow evening. 


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Commentary spent a good part of yesterday trying to figure out what to do if The President gets reelected and Dems hold on to the U.S. Senate.  First of all I intend to be on the winning side of the Lubbock-Started-It Civil War.  I’m sorry neighbor, even if the Lone Star State goes red as expected this November I’m going to be on the side of the USA/UN Coalition of the Winners – they got the bomb.   If we do have a civil war, the newly formed Panhandle Plains Al-Qaida is going to have to fire the first shot to get it started.  That’s how wars usually start.

I’m sure they are already scoping out potential targets up there but I don’t think they will launch their attack on November 7 – the day after the election.  Friday night lights, November 9 is reserved for Lubbock High, Coronado, and Monterey football.  On Saturday, November 10th, the Jayhawks visit the Red Raiders at Jones Stadium.  Sunday folks go to church.  On Monday the 12th, six days after the election, I don’t know if they’ll still have the adrenalin rush needed to go pick a fight with the Coalition.  Oops, I forgot, hunting for mule deer opens on November 17th, so if they are going to pick a fight with the Coalition, they better be confident they can wrap it up in a few days because that’s why folks out there are passionate about the Second Amendment – hunting season.

Since Guv Dude, Ted Cruz, Sen. Cornyn, and AG Abbott have been silent on the threat of a civil war, should we expect them to provide support to the Panhandle Plains Al-Qaida, like hand over the Battleship Texas and will that make us citizens of a Lone Star State Sponsor of Terrorism.  Can’t you get sanctioned for sponsoring terrorists?

It is my understanding that contingency plans are being drawn up by CNN, Reuters, NY Times, and AP to redeploy to their war correspondents from Afghanistan to Lubbock.  Fox News is saying that if hostilities do commence, they’ve already been granted permission to embed with the Plains Al-Qaida.  It will be weird to see Joe Holley, Patricia Kilday Hart, Jay Root, Dave McNeely, Burkablog, Wayne Slater, Ross Ramsey, Doug Miller, Miya Shay, Mary Benton, and Peggy Fikac, in helmets and flak jackets as war correspondents.

I’ll say this.  If it does get to a Lubbock-Started-It Civil War and it gets out of hand and spreads to H-Town, I am going to get my Mom, Dad, Dante, MariGirl, and other folks that are close to me and hide out at The Yard.  We’ll be safe there.  Nobody goes there these days anyway. 

From yesterday’s Lubbock AJ:

Precinct 1 Commissioner Bill McCay, a Republican, said he was surprised by (County Judge) Head’s comments but understood they were a reflection of the judge’s role in emergency management.

“I honestly think the worst-case scenario in West Texas is a tornado,” McCay said. “To bring Washington, D.C., into Lubbock is certainly an exaggeration.”

Here is from the AJ E-Board today:

Our position: Part of being a public leader must be an ability to communicate effectively with the public. Lubbock County Judge Tom Head’s comments about his concerns regarding the re-election of Barack Obama went way beyond ineffective communication. It was foolish, insulting and inflammatory. His lack of judgment has damaged public confidence to the point where he should resign.

Why you should care: Head has a right to his private beliefs and opinions, but he represents all the residents of the county and not just himself when he makes public expressions in his role as a county government leader.

Some are speculating that County Judge Head Case was just trying to call attention to Lubbock in hopes of boosting tourism.   Expect a flood of survivalists and militia groups to flock to Lubbock in the coming weeks and months.  Also expect a heavy dose of one-liners from the late night talk shows.

The ‘Stros are in New York to play the Mets.  Of course, most folks know about the 1986 NLCS Game 6 at the Astrodome between the ‘Stros and Mets that went 16 innings that we lost 7-6 and also lost the NLCS 4 games to 2.  Who made the last out for the ‘Stros in the bottom of the 16th inning?

The Harris County AFL-CIO sent this out yesterday:

The Harris County AFL-CIO Council has endorsed the City of Houston and the Houston Community College (HCC) bond measures that will be on the November General Election ballot along with the METRO General Mobility Program, at its August 22, 2012, meeting of its affiliated Unions.

This must be a typo error – where are the HISD bonds?

The Walmart folks announced yesterday that the soon-to-open Walmart down the street would hire 250 folks.    All the building that is going on around the new Walmart on Yale and Heights, the Kroger going up Studemont, the new construction around the Target on Taylor, and the feeder road work along I-10 is certainly having an impact on my ‘hood.   You sit at the I-10 traffic lights for longer periods of time.  The traffic lines are longer.  There is more congestion.  Oh, I forgot – they are closing the Fiesta right behind my place at the end of the year and the word is a home for older folks will take its place.   I guess you can say adios to the good old days!

The GOP National Convention begins next Monday and H-Town CM Helena Brown is an Alternate Delegate. 

On October 15, 1986 in Game 6 of the NLCS at the Astrodome, with the ‘Stros trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the 16th inning and runners on first and second with two outs, Kevin Bass of course went down swinging to end the game.

Tomorrow night a lot of folks will tune in to ESPN Classic to watch The Rocket.  Tomorrow night a lot of folks will tune in to Channel 11 to watch the Texans.

Since the team doesn’t play like they ever want to win a game, I don’t know why they just don’t call it a year and give us a refund for the 19 remaining home games.   The front office has to take the responsibility for fielding this bunch.   Good thing we play tomorrow at noon instead of tomorrow evening because nobody would be tuned to Fox Southwest.  What am I talking about?  Thanks to the front office nobody is going to be watching anyway. It  ain’t right!


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This fella has been to way too many Tea Bagger rallies.  Check out this story:

A Lubbock County, Texas, judge is asking for a tax increase to hire deputies for the inevitable civil war he believes would follow President Obama’s re-election.

The way he puts it, Judge Tom Head wants to prepare for the "worst", which to him means "civil unrest, civil disobedience" and possible "civil war", according to a report from Fox 34 Lubbock

Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Mark Heinrich told the station this week that a 1.7 cent tax increase for the next fiscal year was necessary to prepare for many contingencies, including Obama’s re-election. He also mentioned to the station that the county needs a pay increase is needed for the district attorney’s office and more funds to pay for more sheriff’s office deputies.

"He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the (United Nations), and what is going to happen when that happens?," Head asked the station during a Monday interview. "I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."

Here is the full story.

Here is from the Lubbock AJ:

During Wednesday morning’s public hearing for the proposed tax hike at the Commissioners’ Court, Head’s remarks were brought up by Sue Barrick, a research proposal editor at Texas Tech, when she asked what portion of the revenue from the tax increase would be used to “fund the eventuality of a civil war.”

Head said the comments he made during the interview were taken out of context and said his role as emergency management director requires him to be prepared for the “worst-case scenario.”

Head told The Avalanche-Journal after the Wednesday meeting the footage broadcast Tuesday night was a “snippet” of the whole interview and taken out of context.

“As emergency management director I have to think of the worst-case scenario, and I used that as an example,” Head said.

In his opinion, the judge explained, the worst-case scenario, politically and financially, is if Obama and the Senate Democrats stay in power.

Here is the rest of the AJ Story.

Lubbock County voted 63% to 30%, Guv Dude over Bill White in 2010.  In 2008, it was McCain over The President, 68% to 31%.   Lubbock County has a 32.6% Latino and 7.8% African American population out of 284,000.  Out of 32,000 plus enrollment, Texas Tech has 5,300 Latinos and 1,700 African Americans.

I blame this on Guv Dude, Ted Cruz, AG Abbott, Tea Baggers, and even the Lite Guv for inciting voters with their hysterical rants while on the stump.

I’d like to see a contingent of Lone Star State Dems head out to Lubbock in the next day or so and hold a press conference to call out those idiots and bring national attention to their sorry arses. 

Something is wrong when they won’t raise taxes to pay for education but they will raise taxes so we can have a civil war.   If the Dem Party won’t go out there to call them out, then let’s at least send a shipment of arms to the folks of color in Lubbock County just in case.

The Phillies are 57-67 and could be headed for a losing season.  When was the last time the Phillies had a losing season?

Commentary got some run in the Houston Press yesterday so check it out here.

I guess we can call this the gooberization of Lloyd Oliver.  The fella didn’t look like he wanted to campaign or serve so I don’t know why he is complaining.

Check out the Chron story here.

Of course, we should not have been in this position in the first place.

Kuffer has a different take of sorts on the Dem move.

Check it out here.

The latest NBC Poll has The President beating Romney among African Americans 94% to 0%.  That doesn’t need ‘splaining if you ask me.  If stuff like what happened in Lubbock continues, on Election Night it will be 110% zip for The President among African Americans.

You can always count on straight talk from the Big Puma.  Here is what he had to say to the Chron about the changes at The Yard:

“I hate the move to the American League and I hate what they’re doing to the outfield,” the former Astro said Wednesday as he was back in St. Louis before going on a rehab assignment in Memphis.

The  Astros’ new ownership has replaced the Citgo sign above the Crawford Boxes with 12 panels for advertising sponsors and is considering moving the signature train from above left-center field and making changes to Tal’s Hill in center.

“I hate it,” Berkman repeated.

The Phillies were 80-81 in 2002 of course – the last time they had a losing season.

The Rocket gets the lead front page sports section story today for playing slow-pitch softball and the ‘Stros falling to 12-50 on the road are on page C-4.  What can I say?


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