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They got their arses handed to them last month but now they can claim a win of sorts.  Some GOPers got what they wanted when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name for consideration for Secretary of State.  Here is what NBC’s Andrea Mitchell had to say:

This is not going to help Republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated.

They never learn!

Name the MLBer with the most career hits that is not in the MLB Hall of Fame?

I’m not going to say much about Carol Alvarado’s opponent releasing a memo about their poll yesterday that is over two weeks old.

I will say that everyone now knows that Election Day is Saturday, January 26 and Early Voting in Person starts on January 9.  I’m glad the election wasn’t set for the next week – Super Bowl Weekend.

Most folks know Commentary doesn’t approve of campaign sign stealing.  Yesterday evening at around 6:30 pm, the Carol Alvarado campaign headquarters received a phone call from a voter saying that his brother saw a young kid in his early 20s in a pick-up truck tearing down an Alvarado sign on 75th street.  The supporter’s brother chased the sign thief but he got away.  I’m kind of glad he got away.  No telling what would have happened if there would have been a confrontation.  This is so silly and so dangerous.

Derek Jeter of course with 3,304 base hits is not yet in the Hall of fame because he is still a Yankee.

The ‘Stros acquired pitcher Alex White yesterday and here is what a story on their website says:

White, 24, appeared in 23 games last season for Colorado (20 starts) and was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA.

Oh, well.

The good news for the team is we don’t have to face Josh Hamilton on Opening Day at The Yard next April.

The bad news is we face him the following weekend in Anaheim when we play the Angels.

 

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Politico today has a piece with the following headline: Poll: The GOP’s Hispanic nightmare.  It is another take on how the GOP is getting it wrong with the Latino voter as the GOP continues a self-analysis of their approach to Latinos.

For years the GOP has been saying that the Latino community ought to be voting for the GOP because we’re conservative, pro strong family, religious, and patriotic or something like that.  At the same time the GOP has told us to self-deport, have given the thumbs down to DREAMERs, accused us of hiding out in sanctuary cities, and slash public education funding as the Latino student population increases, among other things. 

A GOP affiliated firm conducted a post election poll of Latinos and the results kind of confirms what Commentary has been talking about.  Here is from the Politico piece on the poll:

Majorities in Florida, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico also agreed that “the Republican party does not respect the values and concerns of the Hispanic community.” In Colorado, they said so by a 33-point margin, 63 percent to 30 percent.

So the GOP doesn’t respect our steeeeenking values! And:

The poll showed that majorities of Hispanics in all four states believe the Democratic Party cares more about helping the middle class than the Republican Party cares about the same. They also say the Democratic Party understands the needs and concerns of Hispanic voters, works to protect women’s rights and has the right plans to improve education.

This isn’t news to me and it should not have been news to the GOP heading into E-Day last month.  The bashing of paperless folks was the filter issue that we were warning you about but you weren’t listening

Continuing on this path is political suicide for conservatives,” she said in a statement releasing the numbers. “It is up to the rising stars of the conservative movement, from Paul Ryan to Marco Rubio, to change the tide.”

It ain’t going to happen anytime soon.

Here is the entire Politico take on the Latino poll.

Name the MLB player with the most stolen bases as a rookie?

I was going to talk about an Op-Ed in today’s Chron on how we elect local judges but I can’t find it on Chron.com or HoustonChronicle.com.  This is very frustrating since I am a loyal subscriber!

It looks like “Newsroom” got some Golden Globe and SAG run.  “Game Change” got SAG run.

Vince Coleman of course of San Luis stole 110 bases in 1985 as a rookie.

Jarred Cosart who has no MLB experience whatsoever is being considered for the team closer role – huh!

 

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I’m really not going to spend much time talking about Carol Alvarado’s opponent going negative yesterday.    It speaks for itself.  I don’t think Kuffer wants to deal with this kind of campaign.

Check out Kuffer here.

This lefty pitched for the Tribe (1963-1964), White Sox (1965-1971), Dodgers (1972-1974) and (1976-1978), Yankees (1979-1982) and (1986-1989), Angels (1982-1985) and A’s (1985) and he won 288 games – the seventh most all time among lefties and he’s not in the Hall of Fame.  He didn’t play in 1975 because he had major surgery.  Name the player?

Folks are already talking about challengers to The Mayor next year.  I won’t name names but they are out there.  I will let someone else roll them out but one is a Latino, one is African American, and the other is an Anglo.

It looks like we’re going to have a second convention center hotel in District I.  Way to go CM James Rodriguez!

Ravi Shankar is no longer with us.  I saw him play with George Harrison a long, long time ago.

My friend came to me

With sadness in his eyes

He told me that he wanted help

Before his country dies


Although I couldn’t feel the pain

I knew I had to try

Now I’m asking all of you

To help us save some lives

Another candidate just jumped in to the SD 6 race.  Welcome to the party, Rodolfo “Rudy” Reyes!

Tommy John of course has 288 career wins and is not in the Hall of Fame but he does have a surgery named after him.

From the ‘Stros website:

The Astros will tune up for their first season in the American League by playing their former National League Central Division rivals, the Cubs, in two spring exhibition games

March 29-30 at Minute Maid Park.

So JD does make an appearance this year.

 

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The one movie Commentary wants to see is “Zero Dark Thirty” – the flick about taking down Bin Laden.  Politico has a piece about the movie and says that if it wasn’t for water boarding, Bin laden would still be around clicking his remote control.  Oh, well!

Check out the Politico story here.

This former MLB player ranks fifth all time with 808 career stolen bases and he is not in the MLB Hall of Fame.  Name the player?

The Chron front page has a story on the race for Speaker of the Texas House.  In the piece my pal Bill Miller says “(Speaker Joe Straus) is safe. As one who knows the business of speaker’s races, he’s solid.”  Well if Bill says so, it must be so.  I guess the Chron is trying to fill space on the front page.

I am wondering if the race for SD 6 here in Harris County is the only active campaign currently being conducted in the U.S. of A. today.

The front page of today’s Chron Sports Section screams “NIGHTMARE.”  Last night was miserable, ugly, and embarrassing.  We certainly didn’t look like an 11-2 team last night.  I don’t know what else you can say? 

Former Expo and White Sox great Tim Raines of course is fifth all time in career stolen bases and is not in the MLB Hall of Fame of course.

In 29 days we will know if B-G-O and/or Baggy make it to Hall!

 

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The one movie Commentary wants to see is “Zero Dark Thirty” – the flick about taking down Bin Laden.  Politico has a piece about the movie and says that if it wasn’t for water boarding, Bin laden would still be around clicking his remote control.  Oh, well!

Check out the Politico story here.

This former MLB player ranks fifth all time with 808 career stolen bases and he is not in the MLB Hall of Fame.  Name the player?

The Chron front page has a story on the race for Speaker of the Texas House.  In the piece my pal Bill Miller says “(Speaker Joe Straus) is safe. As one who knows the business of speaker’s races, he’s solid.”  Well if Bill says so, it must be so.  I guess the Chron is trying to fill space on the front page.

I am wondering if the race for SD 6 here in Harris County is the only active campaign currently being conducted in the U.S. of A. today.

The front page of today’s Chron Sports Section screams “NIGHTMARE.”  Last night was miserable, ugly, and embarrassing.  We certainly didn’t look like an 11-2 team last night.  I don’t know what else you can say? 

Former Expo and White Sox great Tim Raines of course is fifth all time in career stolen bases and is not in the MLB Hall of Fame of course.

In 29 days we will know if B-G-O and/or Baggy make it to Hall!

 

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The one movie Commentary wants to see is “Zero Dark Thirty” – the flick about taking down Bin Laden.  Politico has a piece about the movie and says that if it wasn’t for water boarding, Bin laden would still be around clicking his remote control.  Oh, well!

Check out the Politico story here.

This former MLB player ranks fifth all time with 808 career stolen bases and he is not in the MLB Hall of Fame.  Name the player?

The Chron front page has a story on the race for Speaker of the Texas House.  In the piece my pal Bill Miller says “(Speaker Joe Straus) is safe. As one who knows the business of speaker’s races, he’s solid.”  Well if Bill says so, it must be so.  I guess the Chron is trying to fill space on the front page.

I am wondering if the race for SD 6 here in Harris County is the only active campaign currently being conducted in the U.S. of A. today.

The front page of today’s Chron Sports Section screams “NIGHTMARE.”  Last night was miserable, ugly, and embarrassing.  We certainly didn’t look like an 11-2 team last night.  I don’t know what else you can say? 

Former Expo and White Sox great Tim Raines of course is fifth all time in career stolen bases and is not in the MLB Hall of Fame of course.

In 29 days we will know if B-G-O and/or Baggy make it to Hall!

 

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The team with the best record in the NFL will be playing tonight and most folks in H-Town will be glued to the TV or if they have to be out and about, they will be tuned to 610 radio or 1010 en espanol.  The team is the big deal in these parts these days.   If we win tonight on national TV we become the instant favorites to win the Super Bowl so stay tuned. 

Here is a real easy one.  Name the player with the most career RBIs that isn’t in the MLB Hall of Fame?

From my pal Robert Miller on the SD 6 Special:

Fundraising shots are still ringing out in Senate District 6, which officially became vacant December 6 when Gov. Perry canvassed the vote.  Perry how has until December 26 to order an expedited election to replace the deceased Sen. Gallegos.  After December 26, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is authorized to order the election.  Tex. Const. Art. III, § 13.  The election must occur on a Tuesday or a Saturday within 21 to 45 days after the writ of election is issued.  I believe that Perry will call the SD 6 election for Saturday, January 26.  Candidates in the SD 6 expedited election may continue to raise money until they are sworn into office.  Tex. Election Code § 253.034(c).

Check out all of Robert’s take here.

Maureen Dowd had a real good column today headlined “Lost Civilization” that had me chuckling.  Here are parts:

The Mayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys.

Aww!!  And:

Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.

This is where Barbra Streisand makes an appearance:  people, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the word!   Ditto aww!  It gets better:

But another sign of the old guard’s denial came on Friday, a month after the election, when the Romney campaign ebulliently announced that it raised $85.9 million in the final weeks of the campaign, making its fund-raising effort “the most successful in Republican Party history.”

Why is the Romney campaign still boasting? You can’t celebrate at a funeral. Go away and learn how to crunch data on the Internet.

Mary Matlin was on the tube yesterday and she wasn’t having any of this GOP has a problem issue and boasted that they have a bunch of governors.  OK, they have the chips and salsa but we got the big enchilada.  Dowd continues on how out of touch the GOP is:

Who would ever have thought blacks would get out and support the first black president? Who would ever have thought women would shy away from the party of transvaginal probes? Who would ever have thought gays would work against a party that treated them as immoral and subhuman? Who would have ever thought young people would desert a party that ignored science and hectored on social issues? Who would ever have thought Latinos would scorn a party that expected them to finish up their chores and self-deport?

And finally from Dowd:

Gun sales have burgeoned since the president’s re-election, with Black Friday weapons purchases setting records as the dead-enders rush to arm themselves.

But history will no doubt record that withering Republicans were finally wiped from the earth in 2016 when the relentless (and rested) Conquistadora Hillary marched in, General Bill on a horse behind her, and finished them off.

Double ditto aww!

Here is the entire and recommended you read Dowd column.

Barry Bonds of course sits on 1,996 career RBIs and should  know next month if he will be a bust, be a bust, be a bust in the Hall of Fame.

I really don’t say much about college players because they don’t get paid but congrats to Johnny Football for bringing the Heisman to the Lone Star State again.

They blew up the old dilapidated Ben Milam Hotel across the street from The Yard yesterday.

 

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Here is from a Bob Stein memo on a poll conducted for the Carol Alvarado for Texas Senate Campaign:

As the campaign awaits Governor Perry’s decision on setting a special election date for Texas Senate District 6, our recent survey of likely voters in the district has Rep. Alvarado dead even with former County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia in a 5-candidate field, and leading Garcia by 8 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup.

Promark Research conducted live telephone interviews with 310 likely voters in Senate District 6 from December 3-5.

The first ballot test included the three announced candidates – Alvarado, Garcia and RW Bray – as well as two possible additional candidates – Yolanda Navarro Flores and Dorothy Olmos.

If the election to fill the seat of the late State Senator Mario Gallegos were held today, for whom would you vote?

Carol Alvarado 27%

Sylvia Garcia 27%

R.W. Bray 15%

Yolanda Navarro-Flores 4%

Dorothy Olmos 2%

Don’t know 23%

Refused 3%

After reading positive biographies of both Alvarado and Garcia, the second ballot test was a head-to-head matchup between the two candidates.

If the election to fill the seat of the late State Senator Mario Gallegos were held today, and the candidates were Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado for whom would you vote?

Alvarado 42%

Garcia 34%

Don’t know/Refused 16%

Refused 8%

Disclosure:  Commentary is working for the Carol Alvarado campaign.

This MLB Hall of Fame great was the NL MVP Award winner in 1970 and 1972, the NL Rookie of the Year in 1968, and made the NL All Star Team 14 times.  Name the great?

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  I wonder who still remembers what happened 71 years ago today. 

65 years ago today Johnny Bench was born.  This Hall of Fame great won the NL MVP Award of course in 1970 and 1972.  Happy Birthday Johnny Bench!

There is nothing to report from The Yard – absolutely nada!

 

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My good pal Bill King has a column today that includes his wish list for the upcoming legislative session:

1. Really balance the budget this time. Let’s not pretend that we are only going to have 18 months of Medicaid expenses in a 24-month budget.

2. Simplify school finance so that the average teacher can understand it.

3. Pass the public smoking ban. It is bad enough that other patrons are subjected to secondhand smoke, but it is unforgiveable that we subject the young people who work in these establishments to this known carcinogen.

4. Grant immunity to utility companies for the recreational use of their easements. There are large swaths of land in every community in this state that could be opened up for hike and bike trials under existing high voltage power lines. But the utility companies have asked that if they allow all of us to use their land that we not sue them. Seems reasonable to me.

5. Leave immigration to the federal government. Thankfully, the efforts in the last session to enact Arizona-style immigration restrictions failed. Let’s not go down that road again.

6. Come up with a sustainable mechanism to fund highway construction. The current gas tax barely provides enough money to maintain our existing highway system. With the growth that is projected for the state, we all be sitting in a lot more traffic jams if we do not come up with a way to fund new highway construction.

7. Fund mental health. According the Texas Medical Association, Texas ranks 49th in the country in per capita expenditure on mental health. This is a case of being penny-wise and pound-foolish. The collateral consequences and costs to our communities for being miserly with mental health dollars is far-reaching. One emergency room doctor told me that about a third of all admissions for injuries are the result of mentally impaired people injuring themselves or their caregivers. In Houston, of course, we recently had a poignant reminder of the tragic consequences that can come from mental health patients being cared for under less than optimal conditions when a Houston police officer mistakenly shot and killed a mental patient he thought was wielding a weapon.

Here is Bill’s column.

Good luck!

Lights Out was drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the ‘Stros in the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft.  The 20th pick that year belonged to the Tribe.  The Tribe’s 1998 pick went on to win an AL Cy Young Award in 2007.  Name the pitcher?

Richmond, Texas Mayor Hilmar Moore is no longer with us.  He was mayor for 63 years.  I wonder how many meetings he called to order?

CC Sabathia of course was picked by the Tribe with the 20th overall pick in the 1998 MLB Amateur Player Draft.

The ‘Stros still have The Big Puma on their radar but I don’t think it will happen.  He cost too much!

 

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I love that some in the GOP still don’t get it.  If found this on HuffPo today:

If Republicans are trying to shy away from the notion that America is divided between productive capitalists and dependent moochers, they forgot to tell John Sununu. The former New Hampshire governor and Mitt Romney campaign surrogate said Tuesday that Democrats and President Barack Obama won reelection by turning out the moochers.

"They aggressively got out the base of their base, the base of their base that’s dependent, to a great extent economically, on government policy and government programs," Sununu said at a forum with two other Republican governors, according to the Concord Monitor.

Speaking of Lights Out hanging them up, who holds the ‘Stros record for most saves in a season?

Meanwhile, FreedomWorks, the national Tea Bagger organization, is having a shake-up at the top.

Meanwhile, Fox News says Karl Rove and Dick Morris are going to have less TV time.

Meanwhile, some right wingers are mad at U.S. House Speaker John Boehner because he is cracking down on some right wingers.

The GOP in a state of flux – yes!

Commentary went to dinner with My Brown Eye Girl last night and she gave me a very, very cool photo of the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor flying over The Yard back in September on her way to LA.

Billy Wagner (in 2003) and Jose Valverde (in 2008) hold the club record with 44 saves in a season of course.

Speaking of, the ‘Stros traded away their closer yesterday.  Now we don’t have a closer and we don’t have a DH and we may trade our shortstop!  What’s up with that!

 

 

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