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It was back during the 2000 presidential campaign when State Senator Mario Gallegos volunteered to travel to battleground states to say “this Texas State Senator” wasn’t supporting Governor George W. Bush for president.  There was an enormous amount of pressure back then that was put on Democratic legislators to stay put, keep quiet and not campaign against the state’s sitting governor, Governor Bush. 

Senator Gallegos said to heck with all of them and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles campaigning across the country earning enough points to secure him a speaking slot at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Senator Gallegos also appeared on CNN and conducted numerous interviews with national media outlets during the 2000 presidential campaign.

Senator Gallegos demonstrated a lot of courage defying the state capitol insiders that were kowtowing to Governor Bush.  It cost him a position on the Senate Finance Committee the following legislative session.  I’ve said since then on more than one occasion if we would have had a few more of Senator Gallegos’ colleagues campaigning in Florida or have been able to clone Senator Gallegos, we probably would not have put two wars on the national credit card.

Senator Gallegos was definitely on his game during that 2000 campaign.  He was by far the best Democratic road warrior from Texas that year.

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 77,250 applications and sent out 74,782 ballots.  We have received 29,619 voted ballots returned.

26,415 have been generated by the GOP and 21,570 by Dems.

It was pretty clear to most folks last night that The President got his mojo back and dominated.  It is pretty silly to see the GOP talking heads try to spin it otherwise. 

Later on this morning Commentary will be campaigning with Traci Jensen.  I’m going to ask her if she’s ever been in a binder full of women.

I’m going to skip asking about the MLB and talking about the ‘Stros for today.

 

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Dave Wilson and the usual suspects got some run in various local media outlets yesterday opposing all the bonds.    What else is news?  Here is a bit from the Chron:

"There hasn’t been transparency. There is no accountability so that with this present bond election there’s no way anybody can vote for it. What we’ve got to do is send them back to the drawing board, look at something a little more reasonable," Wilson said, focusing largely on HISD.

Sorry Dave!  In your book there is no such thing as “reasonable.”   Folks can’t remember the last time you supported a bond measure.  Your whole purpose and mission these days is to be against everything.

Here is more from the Chron:

When asked if she believed Wilson’s message would gain traction, Mayor Annise Parker answered simply, "No."

I really don’t know about that.  It is easy these days to gin up support against stuff.  It is interesting that Wilson and his posse didn’t come out against the METRO initiative.  I guess they didn’t want to pi__ off Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack.

Early Voting in Person starts in six days and I still haven’t gotten a single piece of mail from the $1.5 million folks.  Oh, well! 

Check out the entire Chron story on Dave Wilson’s opposition here.

Among MLB active players with 850 or more games played, who has the highest career batting average?

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 75,791 applications and sent out 72,715 ballots.  We have received 27,032 voted ballots returned.

26,301 have been generated by the GOP and 21,368 by Dems.

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted.  In 2010 in Harris County, 69,991 requested mail ballots and 55,560 (79.4%) were returned and counted.

Time is running out and after tonight I don’t know if things will change much.  It will be all about GOTV.

Albert Pujols of course leads all active MLBers with a.325 career batting average.

Bo Porter reported for duty yesterday at The Yard and will be available to the media on Thursday.

 

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Did I mention the so called Texans Hangover?  Now what we saw last night was a national embarrassing arse whipping.  It was ugly!  It was a mugging.  What a letdown!  Oh, well!

The Chron E-Board weighs in on the idea of going to single-stream recycling.  Here is part of what they say:

The biggest road bump for the project is the initial investment. Houston is taking all the right steps by looking for private grants and studying what other cities have done, but the city needs a private-sector partner.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

What is the cost?  Do we now get a garbage fee?  Can folks on the lower end of incomes afford this?  Stay tuned!

Yankee great shortstop Derek Jeter is done for the year.  How many World Serious rings does Jeter have?

Here is what the County put out Friday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 74,105 applications and sent out 71,192 ballots.  We have received 24,094 voted ballots returned.

26,150 have been generated by the GOP and 21,203 by Dems.

Commentary checked out “The Revisionaries” the other night.  It is a good movie so go check it out this week at the Sundance Theater Downtown.

The Mayor and H-Town City Council are recommending Port Commissioner Janiece Longoria for Chair of the Port Commission.

Here is the Chron story.

Commentary saw a “Vote No” sign on the METRO initiative yesterday.  I haven’t seen a “Vote Yes” sign.  I’ve seen a couple of “Vote Yes” signs for the HISD bonds. 

Derek Jeter has five World Serious rings (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009) of course.

I’m guessing new skipper Bo Porter is reporting to work today at The Yard.

 

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The Chron E-Board endorsed in State Board of Education races this morning and Traci Jensen got the thumbs up!  Here is part of what the E-Board said:

This year offers voters a chance to make sweeping changes. Because of redistricting, all 15 seats are up for election. In Houston-area races, the Chronicle supports an incumbent who has fought for reason and clarity, and two challengers who would be fresh voices of reason.

Here is part of what they said in endorsing Traci:

She is smart as a whip, an expert in curricula, and promises to see that the board has a “clear, concise educational direction, not an ideological agenda.”

Read the entire endorsement here.

If you want a yard sign or want to donate to Traci’s campaign go to www.jensen4stateboard.com.

Bill Maher had the best debate tweet last night:

Hello 9 1 1? There s an old man beating a child on my tv.

The Vice President kicked arse last night.  A CBS post debate poll of undecided voters showed the VP won the debate 50% to 31%.  If the best the GOP can say is that the VP was rude or smirked or unhinged, then they are admitting that the VP ruled the night.

Dems are feeling OK this morning because Vice President Joe Biden came through last night. 

Giants’ catcher Buster Posey smacked a grand salami yesterday to help send the Giants to the NLCS.  When was the last time a grand salami was hit in the World Serious?

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 72,852 applications and sent out 69,970 ballots.  We have received 21,734 voted ballots returned.

26,061 have been generated by the GOP and 21,071by Dems.

Here is a good take from Kuffer on mail ballots.

Traci Jensen was outstanding last night at the League of Women Voters State Board of Education candidate forum at Houston Media Source on live TV.  Traci was right-on in addressing questions ranging from ESL/Bilingual Education, separation of church and state, Robin Hood, and her closing when she compared herself with her opponent.

Traci and her opponent will be together and both speak at a luncheon today.

This evening the Texas Freedom Network will screen “The Revisionaries” at the Sundance Theater in Downtown H-Town.  It is sold out!

On October 23, 2005 at Cellular Field in Game 2 of the World Serious, White Sox Paul Konerko of course smacked a seventh inning grand salami off of ‘Stros pitcher Chad Qualls to give ChiSox a 7-6 win – OUCH!

If the Nats don’t win today, the new skipper of the ‘Stros will report to work tomorrow at The Yard.

 

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Only in the hard copy of the Chron this morning can you read Lisa Falkenberg’s up close and personal outstanding column on affirmative action and the University of Texas.  It is a great read.

It’s all night TV for Commentary this evening.  From 6:30 pm to 8 pm it’s the League of Women Voters State Board of Education candidate forum with Traci Jensen and others.  You can watch it on Houston Media Source live on Comcast 17, AT&T U-Verse 99, Phonoscope 75, TV Max 95, Sudden Link 99 or online.

Then at 8 pm it’s the VP candidate debate and the talking heads afterwards. 

Then it’s the final innings of Game 4 of Yankees and B’More or final innings of Game 5 of A’s and Tigers.

Then it’s to the DVR for “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Raul Ibanez of the Yankees is last night’s MLB highlight reel.  When was the first time he played in the MLB post season?

Speaking of Traci Jensen, one of her opponents – the Libertarian – lists his address in Wilbarger County up near Oklahoma – huh!  Somebody needs to ‘splain that to me!

The Chron has a story today about the HISD Bond, HCC Bond, H-Town Bond, Park Bond, and METRO campaigns raising a combined $1.5 mil.  Oh yeah!  Ten days until early voting and I still haven’t gotten a single piece of mail. 

Check out the story here.

I’m not going to say much about the dumbarse GOP candidate in Fort Bend County that double dips when it comes to voting.  I’m just wondering why the GOP’s Voter Integrity Police aren’t saying anything! 

It reminds me of watching CNN last night and having a GOP talking head say it is silly for The President to keep mentioning Big Bird during his speeches.  Duh!  Romney was the one that first brought him up in last week’s debate!

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 71,101 applications and sent out 67,376 ballots.  We have received 19,468 voted ballots returned.

25,848 have been generated by the GOP and 20,866 by Dems.

The Houston GLBT will be having their Equality Brunch this Sunday.  Here is part of what they sent out yesterday:

We will be honoring HISD Trustee Anna Eastman, Dr. Maria Gonzalez, Dr. Brian Riedel, and Meghan Stabler for their amazing work in the community promoting equality and justice for all of us.

Congrats to them all! 

How often do you see a pinch hitter come up to bat in the bottom of the ninth and hit a dinger to tie the game then come back in extra innings in the bottom of the 12th and hit a walk-off dinger?  Way to go Raul Ibanez of the Yankees last night.  That was a good game to watch!

One of Commentary’s favorite flicks is the ‘70s “Blazing Saddles” and one of the best lines of the movie is “Mongo, Santa Maria!” when “Mongo” shows up.  Of course most folks remember that former NFL great Alex Karras played “Mongo” in that Mel Brooks classic.  Alex Karras left us yesterday.  He had been battling a number of illnesses lately including dementia.  Karras also did a few seasons of “MNF” on ABC with Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.  There was speculation that Karras’ NFL career contributed mightily to his dementia.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was talking about the NFL being a violent sport?

This is one of Karras’ few lines from “Blazing Saddles”:  “Mongo only pawn in game of life.”

Alex Karras was a good guy.

In 2000, Raul Ibanez first played post season ball with the Mariners of course.  He also played post season ball (2009 – 2011) with the Phillies.

Greg Lucas will no longer be part of the ‘Stros telecasts. 

 

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I don’t know if you noticed but Traci Jensen’s Tea Party State Board of Education, District 6 opponent now has a few billboards – interesting.  You think her opponent might be concerned about the campaign Traci is running and the number of moderate Republicans that are taking Traci’s yard signs?  I told you so!  It is not too late to request a Traci yard sign by going to www.jensen4stateboard.com.

Yard signs trump billboards any day!

Commentary is not a big fan of billboards in political campaigns, but still?

Oilers Hangover:  That’s the term some of us used to use when we were thinking that the Oilers were headed to the Super Bowl and then we got beat by teams like the Steelers, Bills, and Chiefs.  The following Monday morning most of H-Town was bummed out and had an Oilers Hangover.  You didn’t even have to drink to have an Oilers Hangover.  You just weren’t in the mood to do anything that Monday.

These days it’s fun to watch folks get super excited about their H-Town NFL football again.  Texans Mania has taken over H-Town – that’s for sure and we’ve only played five games this season.   Like most folks the other night, Commentary was worried that the Jets might win it on the last drive of the game.  We ended up winning in front of a national TV audience. 

Every game is going to get more important as the season goes along.  The Packers game this Sunday night at Reliant and on NBC is going to be huge.  Nothing else in H-Town that evening is going to matter.

The things I hate most about the NFL are the injuries to players.   NFL football is a violent sport, but the U.S. of A. loves it.  Former Texan now Chief Eric Winston said this the other day:

I’ve already kinda come to the understanding that I won’t live as long because I play this game and that’s OK, that’s a choice I’ve made and a choice all of us have made.

Brian Cushing, the Texans’ defensive captain, is out for the season and fans in these parts are kind of down.  Injuries are the sad reality of the NFL.  They are going to happen and happen on every team so don’t get down or bummed out for too long when a Texan goes down.  That’s the NFL folks love.

Over the next few weeks I think H-Town is in for a ride with the Texans.   After this Sunday they got two more prime time games on the road and a Thanksgiving Day special in Detroit.  Have fun and let’s enjoy.

Happy 13th BD today to Abby Eastman! I saw Abby last night and she is the cutest.   Anna and Brad are proud parents for sure!

On July 6, 1933, MLB played its first All Star Game.  Where was the game played?  Hint:  At an AL city.

Commentary mentioned the East Downtown development story in yesterday’s Chron.  It would have been nice if they would have given some props to H-Town CM James Rodriguez and his predecessor now State Rep. Carol Alvarado.  Both have worked hard to get East Downtown where it is at today if you ask me.

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 68,456 applications and sent out 65,622 ballots.  We have received 14,580 voted ballots returned.

25,479 have been generated by the GOP and 20,402 by Dems.

Stacey Dash, an actress who Commentary had never heard of until yesterday, endorsed Romney yesterday.  Dash, who is African American, put out her endorsement on the internet.   Then she got ripped for going against a fellow African American – The President.

Hey, when you go on the internet to smack off like Commentary does sometimes, expect to get knocked around by folks of different persuasions including those that want to inject race, hate, or love.  If you don’t like it, tell your story on a rotary dial phone or mail it to the Romney campaign on a post card!

The Chron has a story today about the City of H-Town studying the idea of going full blown recycling with our garbage.

Check out the story here.

Of course, they don’t say how much they want to charge us.

The Chron E-Board endorsed today in Appeals Court races here.

Old Comiskey Park in Chicago of course was the site of the first ever MLB All Star Game.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today – sorry!

 

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Commentary put this out earlier:

In 2008 in Harris County, 76,187 requested mail ballots and 67,612 (88.7%) were returned and counted.  In 2010 in Harris County, 69,991 requested mail ballots and 55,560 (79.4%) were returned and counted.

Here is what the County put out yesterday evening:

As of this evening we have approved 66,737 applications and sent out 64,017 ballots.  We have received 14,190 voted ballots returned.

25,380 have been generated by the GOP and 20,317 by Dems.

It looks like we will surpass 2010 in mail ballot applications so stay tuned!

Since the 2000 MLB season, which team has produced the most Cy Young Award winners?

I’m not going to say much about The President’s Big Bird ad other than I hope it works!

I kind of hope this quote was taken out of context.  The story is about East Downtown continuing to grow and trying to get new downtown residents.  Here is from the Chron today:

"I, frankly, don’t see the economic advantage to having people live downtown," (H-Town CM Mike) Sullivan said, adding that he believes the market, not the government, should dictate where homes get built. The people who move into the area, Sullivan said, will be "Houstonians moving around Houston, and that’s not necessarily an economic boon. They’re leaving something behind somewhere else."

Here is the entire Chron piece.

I really don’t know about that.  Government does a lot to get folks to move like building new schools and fancy grand parkways and parks.  I guess it is always easy to bash Downtown.

Speaking of a new Downtown “resident”, yesterday was Comcast SportsNet Houston Day and CM James Rodriguez handed them a proclamation at the network debut party – cool!

Don’t forget that the Texas Freedom Network will have a special screening of “The Revisionaries” this Friday, October 12 at the Sundance Theater in Downtown H-Town.  This is the documentary about our State Board of Education.

Get your tickets here.

The Arizona D-Backs have won four NL Cy Young Awards since 2000 of course:  Randy Johnson (2000-2002) and Brandon Webb (2006).

Some website snatched up images of the new ‘Stros uniforms – sorta.  The images are kind of fuzzy but you can sort of figure out the new look.  Is that a remake of the blue lid and orange star? 

Check it out here.

They should have stayed with the brick red if you ask me! 

 

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“Absolutely” replaced the “I do” or the “I will” at Saturday evening’s wedding in Austin – very cute.  Whitney Whitmire and John Jenkins were married in a lovely ceremony. Congratulations!

The county didn’t send me the mail ballot report so I don’t have anything fresh to add.

Kuffer got him a nice write up in The Leader last week.

Check it out here.

The Leader under new ownership is a lot more interesting.

Since the 2000 MLB season, which team has produced the most MVP Award winners?

We  have 29 days before we get to Election Day, Early Vote in Person begins in two weeks, and folks are still voting by mail.

When the polls showed the President with a bigger lead, GOP big shots said the polls were skewed to the left.  Now that the polls show a tighter race, GOP big shots aren’t complaining.  When the unemployment rate was 8% plus, GOP big shots were using the 8% plus to attack The President.  Now that the unemployment rate is under 8%, GOP big shots are claiming the numbers are rigged.

The Chron did a piece on County Attorney Vince Ryan and his opponent.  Here is a bit:

Ryan has endured a string of bad press and repeated criticism from County Judge Ed Emmett, but University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said Ryan’s greatest vulnerability may be his party, in an election in which many voters will not have heard of either candidate.

Here is the entire article.

The Chron E-Board this weekend endorsed Sheriff Adrian Garcia, and County Commissioners Cagle, Lee and Radack.

In yesterday’s Chron there were dueling Op-Eds on the METRO referendum.

Check them out here.

And here.

The SF Giants have won five NL MVP Awards since 2000 of course:  Jeff Kent (2000) and Barry Bonds (2001-2004).

At around 6 pm this evening most productivity will shut down in H-Town as folks will get into their battle red, steel blue, or liberty white.

I didn’t think I would be saying this today but the Rangers next game is with the ‘Stros on Opening Day 2013.

 

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NEWS FLASH FROM AP: The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

The President certainly needed this news!

Chris Moran of the Chron put out a piece yesterday that Graci Garces will be running for H-Town City Council, District I, next year.  Graci is CM James Rodriguez’s Chief-of-Staff.  I’ve known Graci for a number of years now.  She’s smart, sharp, has great political instincts, knows the district, can communicate the issues, has a great heart, and will make an outstanding candidate and council member.  I have always had nothing but respect for Graci.  She has always provided me with a unique perspective of City Hall and the players.  Our conversations on policy and politics have always been thorough and enjoyable.  If I want to know what is going on at City Hall, she’s the first person I call.  I am definitely looking forward to working on her campaign.  Here is the Chris Moran piece:

Graciana ”Graci” Garces, chief of staff for District I Councilman James Rodriguez, is running to succeed him next year when he’s termed out.

If Garces wins, she would continue an intra-office line of succession. Rodriguez had been the chief of staff for his predecessor, Carol Alvarado, who is now a state representative.

Leticia Ablaza, who challenged Rodriguez last year, is also running, she confirmed. Ablaza served as chief of staff for District A Councilwoman Helena Brown for four months before resigning to work on the campaign of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina. Ablaza, 39, lives in Glenbrook Valley and has lived in District I for 37 years.

Garces doesn’t live in District I yet, but she will next week, when she moves from Humble into a loft on the edge of Glenbrook Valley. That’s just in time to give her the year’s residency requirement to run for the seat.

Garces has seven years of experience in the district as the District I chief of staff, the last five with Rodriguez. She was also chief of staff for Alvarado’s last two-year term. Garces said that through her work she knows all the heads of the civic clubs, is familiar with the capital projects in the pipeline and even knows about the most notorious illegal dumping spots.

Although she hasn’t taken any formal steps and can’t begin raising money for the race until February. She said she expects to use the same political consultant her boss uses. Marc Campos has 40 years of experience in Democratic and Latino politics. The district’s population is 77 percent Latino, the heaviest concentration of Latinos in any of the city’s 11 council districts.

Garces, 32, expects to make a formal announcement of her candidacy by early 2013.

Now that Graci’s name is out there as a candidate, folks will definately be gunning for her.  She’ll handle it though and remain poised.  Plus, CM Rodriguez and Commentary have her back!  Stay tuned?

The ‘Stros now have four sub .500 seasons in a row – ouch!  When was the last time the ‘Stros have had four or more sub .500 seasons in a row?

Lisa Falkenberg’s latest column is about “The Revisionaries” and the State Board of Education.  Here is how the column starts:

It feels wrong to laugh so often during a documentary about public education.

But how else does one respond to a scene where the former head of the Texas State Board of Education explains how dinosaurs were able to fit on Noah’s Ark? Or the parts where the same guy, Bryan dentist Don McLeroy, quizzes patients about evolution and sings them Bible songs while they sit captive, mouths full of metal tools, in the dentist’s chair?

Here is Lisa’s column.

Don’t forget that the Texas Freedom Network will have a special screening of “The Revisionaries” on Friday, October 12 at the Sundance Theater in Downtown H-Town.  This is the documentary about our State Board of Education.

Get your tickets here.

If you want to help Traci Jensen in her race for State Board of Education, go to
www.jensen4stateboard.com.

I don’t know what you can say about the Lite Guv putting a Tea Bagger in charge of the Senate Public Education Committee.  Most state capitol observers are saying that the Lite Guv is playing up to the Tea Baggers leading up to 2014.  Don’t discount the fact he’s punch drunk over the arse whipping from Ted Cruz.

The beautiful Whitney Lynn Whitmire and the handsome John Travis Jenkins will get married tomorrow evening.  They are two special and wonderful people that I am glad I know. Whitney and John are two of the brightest young leaders we have in these parts.  Commentary had the pleasure of having John work here for six or seven months back in 2003-2004.  John is incredibly talented and knows his baseball.  I wish the two nothing but the best and a life of happiness.

I’m sure The Dean is going to be mighty proud when he walks his lovely Whitney down the aisle!

The Chron E-Board today endorsed my old pal Vince Ryan for Harris County Attorney.

Check it out here.

As of yesterday in Harris County, 63,234 have requested mail ballots with 24,803 generated by the GOP and 19,893 by Dems. 

Commentary said this yesterday:

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers for winning the Triple Crown with a.330 batting average, 44 dingers, and 139 RBIs!  That’s only the fourth Triple Crown ever won during Commentary’s lifetime!

 

My pal Nef sent this back:

AND THE FIRST LATINO TO EARN IT.

 

The only other time the team has had four or more sub .500 consecutive seasons was from 1962-1968, when the Colt 45s/‘Stros had seven consecutive sub .500 seasons of course – got it!

‘Stros radio announcers Dave Raymond and Brett Dolan were fired yesterday.  Oh well!  I guess they’ll be firing Tal’s Hill next.  Then they’ll fire the choo-choo train.

FLASH!  I finally get what they are doing!  The fans have been firing the ‘Stros all season by not showing up to The Yard so the team is letting the fans know that they can fire too!  I wonder if they will fire the ugly signage out in left field!

Going into the AL West next year, fans from around these parts are worried about the Rangers and Angels.  Well how about them A’s!

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Yeah, you think you have it rough.  I had to go over to Fox 26 News this morning and talk about last night’s debate.  I couldn’t call in sick.

The Democratic talking heads are struggling to spin last night’s debate.

If you ask Commentary, Romney was a lot more aggressive last night and so that’s why he was declared the winner.    Let’s be clear.  He may have won the debate but he hasn’t won the election.  He still has to defend turning Medicare into a voucher program.  He still has to ‘splain how he is going to reduce the deficit.  Just firing Big Bird isn’t going to cut it.

It looks like Jim Lehrer moderated one too many debates.

You have to hand it to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for calling it during last Sunday’s talk shows. 

It’s funny!  A week ago GOP leaders were savaging the Romney campaign.  Today these same GOP leaders are showering the campaign with a whole lot of love.  A few days ago GOP leaders were savaging the polling methodology.  Today these same GOP leaders are touting the polls.

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers for winning the Triple Crown with a.330 batting average, 44 dingers, and 139 RBIs!  That’s only the fourth Triple Crown ever won during Commentary’s lifetime!

Who led the ‘Stros in RBIs this season?

On Chron.com today H-Town CM Chief Bradford warns folks about the Yale Street Bridge just down the street from Commentary.  They have reduced the load limit to 3,000 pounds per axle – whatever that means.  Bradford calls the bridge a “clear and present danger.”  I have to agree and that’s why I now avoid the bridge.  Why take chances?  I don’t know why they just don’t shut it down and play it safe.

Here is more from CM Bradford in the Chron.

As of yesterday in Harris County, 61,953 have requested mail ballots with 24,581 generated by the GOP and 19,581 by Dems. 

The ‘Stros sent some of us a survey to fill out and here are some of my responses:

What do we think of Tal’s Hill?

I think it sets us apart.  I don’t think a player has ever gotten hurt on the hill.  It is an advantage to our team because we know how to play it. It is part of the character of Minute Maid Park.

What do we think of the choo-choo train above left field?

It is unique.  It is part of the character of Minute Maid Park. It pays homage to a city that in part was built by the railroads.  A train is on the City of Houston logo and many come in to the ballpark through Union Station.   I think the team messed up by putting up those signs in left field.

What de we know about the new signage in left field?

Some of the revenue from the signs goes to city parks and the rest goes to the team.  The signage is a bad PR move and will forever be a bad PR move.

What de we think about the new signage?

I don’t think a lot of thought went into putting up the signs.  It was a money grab that the team is now trying to explain and that is offensive to some folks.

Outfielder J.D. Martinez of course led the ‘Stros with a measly 55 RBIs.

The Chron said we would go 12-18 in September/October and we went 15-15.  The Chron said we would go 65-97 this season and we went 55-107 to set a new record for losses.

Wait’ll next year!

 

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