Archive for May, 2013

The Chron today let NRAer Ted Nugent pen an Op-Ed today celebrating guns.  According to Nugent, if it weren’t for guns, we wouldn’t be here.

Check it out here.

The Chron E-Board has another piece on guns today here.

I’m not going to say anything about the welcoming party for the NRA out at Terminal B yesterday.

The Tigers are in town.  Name their Triple A affiliate?

Happy Birthday today to CM James Rodriguez!   Join him at his BD Party tonight at 8th Wonder Brewery at 2202 Dallas at 7pm. 

Happy Birthday today to Jose Soto!

I’m kind of moving in the direction of what the Houston Press is talking about in regards to sports talk on some stations. 

Check it out here.

What was the whole point of one station on their website calling out the Thunder’s cheerleader on her weight?  You know there are other options including NPR and other sports talk shows.

It looks like The Mayor’s opposition research team is in high gear.  Kuffer suggests that more may be on the way.

Check it out here.

The Toldeo Mud Hens of course are the Tigers’ Triple A club.

We should have won last night and no, I didn’t stay for the entire 14 innings.  There were quite a few Tigers fans at The Yard last night.  Some were wearing Verlander gear and a couple Kaline gear.  I’m looking forward to seeing Verlander this Sunday. 


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The NRA is having their annual meeting in H-Town this weekend – YIKES!  I wonder if The H-Town Mayor will give them a welcoming speech and tell them to spend their ammo in H-Town – DOUBLE YIKES!  I wonder if any of the NRA members will show up at The Yard this evening or weekend and root, root, root, err shoot, shoot, shoot!

The Tigers are in town for four.  How many World Serious titles do they own?

The Chron E-Board has a take on the NRA being in H-Town.

Check it out here.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly has a way better take on the NRA being in H-Town.  Kelly actually calls out the NRA leadership.

Check it out here.

Way to go Captain Kelly!

The outgoing Transportation Secretary gave H-Town and METRO a spanking in today’s Chron.  Check this:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood likes Houston’s light rail that’s up and running but warns that regional transit officials have squandered opportunities the past decade by not building greater consensus.

"The region needs to get its act together," LaHood said during a brief question and answer session after an unrelated news conference Wednesday in Houston.

And this:

Though the Main Street line has been a success, and three more lines are under construction, LaHood said the area is coming up short because more hasn’t been done to extend lines to the suburbs where most people live.

He said he spent the morning in Houston talking about projects to extend transit farther from the downtown area. Suburban taxpayers who supported referendums in 2003 and 2012 especially have demonstrated a desire for development, only to have officials shortchange them.

"The fact that these people voted for a referendum and are paying these taxes and have never seen any benefit from it is just not right," LaHood said.

Some will probably disagree with Secretary LaHood’s characterization but a spanking is still a spanking.  You do have to admit though that METRO hasn’t lived up to its potential.

The Chron article is only available to subscribers.

The Tigers own four World Serious titles of course:  1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

In recognition of the NRA Annual Convention in H-Town, firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries is tonight’s promotions sponsor at The Yard.  The first 10,000 receive a magazine clip.

Not really.  The first 10,000 get a gym bag thanks to Methodist Hospital – WHEW!

I wonder if NRAer Ted Nugent will throw out the first pitch or sing the National Anthem or God Bless America at The Yard this weekend.

You know how bad it is?  We had to call up a pitcher from Triple A that has a 5.32 ERA.  The ten game homie starts this evening and we need to start playing better.


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Commentary was watching The Mayor on TV the other day talking about her reelection campaign and she touted H-Town being on all these national best this and best that list – you know – Best City for Economic Growth, Best and Brightest Employers, Best Businesses and Careers, best food, best restaurants, best bike lanes, best margaritas  – you get the picture.  Here is from the Chron:

(Mayor) Parker referenced a lengthy list of Top 10 rankings that recently have included Houston, and she noted successful sporting events hosted and international flights added on her watch.

Heck, the City of H-Town puts these lists on the City’s website.  If you live by the list you can also get hurt by the list.  Here is one that came out yesterday that won’t get on the City’s website.  H-Town has a couple of neighborhoods on the Best Neighborhoods to Get Mugged In.  Check this from the Chron today:

First, the terrible news: Two Houston communities are ranked among the nation’s 25 most dangerous neighborhoods, according a new study by NeighborhoodScout.com.

The website analyzed FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to find specific neighborhoods in America with the highest predicted rates of crime, MSN Money reports.

Coming in at No. 15 in the U.S. is a Houston neighborhood centered at the intersection of Dowling and McGowen Streets, located in Houston’s historic Third Ward – a broad geographical area that includes stately mansions, the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.

The community "stands out to NeighborhoodScout partly because it has more sales and service workers than nearly any other neighborhood in the country," according to MSN Money. "The area also has a very high concentration of studio apartments and other small living areas."

The violent crime rate (per 1,000) is reported as 75.89, and residents there have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming a victim of crime in one year.

The sixth-most dangerous neighborhood in America is Sunnyside, a historically black community located off Texas 288 south of downtown Houston.

The violent crime rate (per 1,000) is reported as 91.27, and residents have a 1 in 11 chance of becoming a victim of crime in one year.

One thing about the Best List business is that we don’t control them and don’t know when they are coming out and a burg like H-Town is likely to have its share of Best and Worst.

In head-to-head record all time against AL clubs, who do we have the best record against? 

Commentary didn’t have any intention of talking about the Sacramento Bee cartoon on the West explosion that got Guv Dude all hopped up.  Now I changed my tune.  Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News was on CNN a couple of days ago and he said he wasn’t offended by the cartoon.  My pal Nick Anderson of the Chron has one today referencing the Bee cartoon that will probably get under Guv Dude’s skin.

Check it out here.

Here is the one from the Bee.

Here is an earlier one from Anderson on West.

Like Slater, I wasn’t offended but I can understand if someone was.  I can also understand if some folks were offended when Guv Dude said we don’t need any more steeenkeeen regulations.

Next time you see a HISD big shot, give them a high five for keeping the NRA out of our schools.

Check out the Chron story here.

We’re 5-1 all time over the Jays at a .833 clip of course.

We lost 7-4 last night at Yankee Stadium and go for the series win this evening then finally come home.


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