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38% of  Texas’ population is Latino and yesterday U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz said a big “#*&^ you” to us when they voted against immigration reform.   They can get away with it because we let them.

Last year Ted Cruz ran hard right when he whipped the Lite Guv in the GOP primary.  Cruz didn’t have to tack back to the center because he ran against an unfunded Paul Sadler.  Cruz is playing to his Tea Party base.

Sen. Cornyn is playing it “safe” by pandering to the Tea Party base that apparently controls the state’s GOP.  The last thing Cornyn wants is a serious challenge by a Tea Party activist in next year’s GOP primary.

The immigration reform legislation now moves to the GOP controlled U.S. House.  Commentary doesn’t feel confident the House will produce meaningful legislation.  They don’t have to. 

One could easily make the argument that the fiercest opposition to immigration reform in Congress is coming from Texas, a state with over nine and a half million Latinos.   

We all know that immigration reform resonated with Latino voters during the 2012 presidential election.   Immigration reform will resonate with Texas Latino voters in 2014 if fully engaged.   When that happens we will then see immigration reform move forward.

The Angels are in town.  When was the last time they made it to the post season?

Imagine a Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.  It could very well happen. 

Imagine a slate of GOP statewide candidates all with major Tea Party credentials.  That’s going to happen.

So what do we do in 2014?

I hope the folks that run the Democratic National Committee and Texas Democratic Party are working on a plan for Texas in 2014 that involves more than targeting a couple of state house seats.  

The Lite Guv put the blame on "Obama-style" protesters for what happened the other night at the filibuster.  Now I know what “Obamacare” is.  What the heck is “Obama-style?”

The last time the Angels were in the post season was in 2009 of course when they got beat by the Yankees in six in the ALCS.

The Angels are in for three this weekend.

 

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It is all about State Senator Wendy Davis in Texas politics these days.  She is undoubtedly the most popular Democrat in the universe today.  She deserves all the accolades.

In the Chron today Lisa Falkenberg, Patti Kilday Hart, and Kyrie O’Connor all give Sen. Davis some good run.  The articles are only available right now to those that subscribe or have a hard copy.

The SA Express News has a piece on who is Wendy Davis here.

Burkablog has a take.

So does State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Sen. Davis is now going to be the most sought after Democrat in the country.  She is a star and a headliner.  I hope she has an agent.

How many NL Cy Young Award winners has San Luis produced?

Commentary is not an expert on GOP politics but I think I can pretty much say that the Lite Guv’s days are numbered.  He deserves all that is coming to him.  It would not surprise me if he decided to forego another defeat and just announce that he won’t be running again.

Hunker Down and my friend Edgar Colon read Commentary for sure as they headed over to meet with the Chron E-Board yesterday to let them know that the fix is not in on the Dome proposal.

Check out the details here.

Hall of Fame great Bob Gibson won the NL Cy Young Award with San Luis in 1968 and 1970 and Chris Carpenter won it in 2005 of course.

Only 17,000 and change saw the ‘Stros erase a three run deficit to win 4-3. 

 

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I don’t know what to think about the Supremes.  Yesterday they gutted the Voting Rights Act and today they struck down DOMA and let Prop 8 die. 

Latinos and African American voters got assaulted yesterday.  The LGBT community didn’t.

I am hoping the Lone Star State Dem Party and local Dems have a strategy that includes an unprecedented media message campaign directed at the Latino community on the GOP denying us voting rights.

The County directed their staff to come up with a financial outline for the Astrodome proposal.  We will have to wait a month before we see anything.

I watched Paula Deen on “Today” this morning and I wasn’t convinced and didn’t believe her – period.

Everybody knows that Derek Jeter is sitting on 3,304 career base hits.  Among active players who is numero 2?

Here is from a Graci Garces press release today:

Graci Garces receives key endorsement from UNITE HERE! Local 23 which includes 800 hospitality workers at Houston airports and Hilton Americas – Houston many of whom reside in District I.

 

“We are excited and proud to have the support of UNITE HERE! Local 23 and their membership and look forward to continue to work alongside their leadership for the betterment of our working families,” said Ms. Garces.

 

The endorsement letter stated the following:

 

Dear Ms. Garces

 

Due to your experience, accomplishments and support for working families in District I it is with great excitement that UNITE HERE! Local 23 has decided to endorse you for the position of City Council for District I.  Our members are very excited about your candidacy and we look forward to supporting you in this race.

 

Regards,

 

William Gonzalez

Texas Chapter President

Props go to State Sen. Wendy Davis for her courageous actions yesterday and last night.  Of course, I was only able to stay up until one am this morning watching on my laptop.   Props goes to all of those who showed up at the State Capitol and to quote the Lite Guv for being “an unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics.” 

A-Roid of course is sitting on 2,901 career base hits and is numero 2 among active players.

I was surprised only 19,000 and change showed up last night.  Of course they didn’t get to see much of a contest.

Brett Wallace has been given a second chance of sorts.  He started out the season as our starting first baseman and went 1 for 24 and got sent down to Triple A.  He got called back yesterday and went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs last night.   His second chance is also his last chance to prove he belongs in the bigs.

Let’s see how we do this evening.

 

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I’m hoping Senate Dems can kill the bad ‘ol abortion bill today and it looks like some GOP types (I won’t call them leaders) are playing the blame game.  Check this from Chron.com:

Accusations of who’s to blame for the anti-abortion proposal’s potential demise already are starting to fly.

Look no further than the always vocal Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who blasted leadership after the Senate recessed Monday afternoon.

In a short back-and-forth with reporters, Patrick said “very clearly it does not look like there was coordination between the people who lead the majority” when it comes to Senate Bill 5.

“It’s just clear that we appear to be flying a little bit by the seat of our pants. These are important bills. You don’t fly by the seat of your pants when you try to pass important bill.”

Patrick added: “We’re the majority if the majority can’t pass the legislation they think is important and the people think is important then that’s a great concern to me.”

In response, Lt. Gov David Dewhurst said Patrick misrepresented leadership’s strategy and that he “had a very clear plan” to “pass good pro life legislation.”

Dewhurst quickly turned the table to focus on the House, which passed SB5 Monday morning.

Here is the entire piece.

These guys are in total control of the process.  It doesn’t surprise me that Sen. Patrick won’t own up.  

How many dingers did Carlos Beltran have for the ‘Stros during the 2004 post season?

It looks like the Voting Rights Act got gutted today by the Supremes.  Check this from Politico:

The Supreme Court Tuesday struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, ruling unconstitutional a provision of the landmark civil rights legislation used to promote the political power of minority voters across large swaths of the southern United States for nearly four decades.

In a 5-4 ruling that split the court along ideological lines, the court freed some or all of 15 states from the requirement that all changes to voting laws, procedures and even polling place locations get advance approval from the Justice Department or a panel of federal judges.

Here is the entire Politico piece.

This is still a developing story but I am thinking for now it is open season for Latino and African American voters in the Lone Star State.  I am also thinking that Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and the AG will be huddling pretty soon to see how they can stick it to us.  Watch your arses!

Well at least Dems can say that the GOP are taking away our voting rights and that ought to help us at the polls. 

Carlos Beltran had eight dingers during the 2004 post season of course – four in the NLDS and four in the NLCS.

From the Chron Sports Section:

The Astros lead MLB in errors (60) and are ranked last in defensive efficiency (.674). The club’s tied for 26th out of 30 teams in fielding percentage (.980). … Carlos Correa is hitting .321 with four homers, 45 RBIs and an .852 OPS for low Class A Quad Cities. The No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft is 20-for-41 in his last 10 games.

Let’s see how we do against San Luis who own the best record in MLB.

 

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Commentary decided to watch “Meet the Press” yesterday because they were going to interview Glenn Greenwald from the Guardian, the fella that broke the Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance story.  I knew Greenwald wouldn’t be armed with the daily talking points.

Snowden acting out “Catch Me If You Can” and on his way to Moscow from Hong Kong was the subject of the interview.  “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked what I thought was a completely dumbarse question:

"To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?"

Where did that come from?  How has Greenwald aided and abetted?  Where did Gregory get those set of facts?  When did the feds indict Greenwald?  Here is how Greenwald responded:

“I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies. The assumptions in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea I’ve aided and abetted him in any way. The scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact that the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the e-mails and records of AP reporters, accusing a Fox News journalist of the theory you just embraced, being co-conspirator in felonies for working with sources.”

“If you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information, is a criminal. It’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States. It’s why the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a standstill, as a result of the questions you just mentioned.”

Touche if you ask me.  I don’t know what was in David Gregory’s head but he wasn’t dealing with some schmuck from off the street.  This Greenwald fella isn’t a pushover.  Heck, you don’t think he’s carefully thought out the implications involved in authoring a piece that says the U.S. government is listening to our phone calls. 

He came back hard on Gregory and did a first rate filet job on him and to some, David Gregory in an instant became a joke.  Realizing he had just gotten punked on national TV on a Sunday morning, Gregory said:

“The question of who’s a journalist may be up for debate, in regards to what you’re doing.  Anybody who’s watching this understands that I was asking a question. That question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. I’m not embracing anything. But obviously I take your point.”

A few minutes after his “Meet the Press” interview, Greenwald tweeted this:

Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it

To Gregory’s credit, he did air the tweet and then kind of tried to defend his dumbarse question. 

A number of news outlets immediately pounced on this and reported on the punk job Gregory received.

It will be interesting to see if Gregory’s D.C. colleagues come to his defense.  They shouldn’t.  I wonder what St. Thomas, err Tom Brokaw will say about this? 

Carlos Beltran and San Luis visit The Yard tomorrow.  How many different seasons has Beltran been to the post season?

Yesterday the Chron E-Board put a mild spanking on members of the H-Town City Council for supporting property tax relief for seniors.  Here is part:

At the top of the list was a tax cut for senior citizens, raising the property tax exemption for home- owners 65 and older from $70,862 to $80,000. It is hard to say no to tax cuts, particularly ones that are progressively structured and target a demographic that both lives on a fixed income and turns out to vote. With a projected $81 million deficit for the next budget cycle, now is not the time to reduce city revenue. The help for seniors will be minimal, saving only about $40 per person per year, while slicing $3.9 million from the city budget. Those millions could go toward the $400 million in immediate facility repair requirements, not to mention a much-needed new police campus. An election is coming up in November, however, and no one wants to be the candidate who voted against senior citizens.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

How does the line go?  One less cook in the kitchen!   I’m talking about Paula Deen and her using the N-Bomb.  Now the Food Network has tossed her arse off the air. 

Have you noticed the Chron E-Board getting a bit feisty these days?

Commentary dropped by MariGirl’s BD get together Saturday around noon at the St. Arnold Brewery thinking a few of us were going to show up and take the tour.  It turns out huge crowds show up with their munchies and spread out over the entire hall.  It is like an indoor picnic with folks bringing folding chairs, board games, playing cards, cheeses, and all sorts of goodies. 

A while back Commentary used to know the old Barry Smitherman before he became a Guv Dude appointee.  Now he’s the Chair of the Railroad Commission thinking about running for AG and here is his platform:

"In particular, I am focused and interested in continuing to prosecute the federal government, in particular the [Environmental Protection Agency]."

Oh, well!

Carlos Beltran was with the ‘Stros in 2004 when we lost out to San Luis in the NLCS, was with the Mets when they lost out to San Luis in the 2006 NLCS, and was with San Luis when they lost out last year to the Giants in the NLCS.

The ‘Stros looked sloppy this past weekend at Wrigley and they have best team in baseball coming in for two tomorrow.  I’m thinking some good crowds will show up for the two-game San Luis series.

 

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Happy Birthday tomorrow to MariGirl!  Marisol Valero is celebrating another one!

The Chron E-Board and the Houston Press have takes today on the Astrodome proposal and they aren’t very good takes.  I’m thinking my friend Edgar Colon and the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation might be heading over to the Chron to present their case on the proposal.

The E-Board thinks the fix is in and the Corporation is proposing an initiative that will fail.  Here is how the E-Board take begins:

Friends, Houstonians, Harris County voters, lend us your ears. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation comes to bury the Astrodome, not to praise it.

Ouch!  Here is how it ends:

County commissioners need to come out and say now whether they will support this plan or not come election day. The voters of Harris County deserve transparency from them as well as from the Rodeo and the Texans, two other very interested parties that play in a tax-subsidized facility. We’re afraid opponents will bide their time until election season and suddenly let loose a parade of horribles about every aspect of this Dome decision process, and it’ll be too late to do anything different.

Enough with the shell games, side corporations and every other trick to pass off responsibility on the Dome’s future. For once, county government faces an issue where it can’t merely fly below the radar. It is time to be honest with voters about the real goal.

Et tu, Harris County?

Here is the entire E-Board take.

The Houston Press was a bit more vicious.  Here is how they start:

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation has spoken, and like much everything else that it has done during its existence, its great plan to save the Astrodome is a massive fail. A massive fail that, if actually put on the ballot and supported by voters, will end up costing $194 million.

The Corporation unveiled its grand plan on Wednesday, and in doing so, stated that no qualified private plans had been submitted, so it had to cobble together its own plan. A plan that essentially repeated warmed over plans that the Corporation had tried to pass off on suckers in the past. The difference being that this time the cost was an outrageous $194 million that, somehow, the public will be forced to fund.

Amazingly, there are sheep out there who think that not only is this a good plan, but that the costs are reasonable and doable. Those costs will be doable of course because taxpayers would be paying for it.

But being a doable plan doesn’t make it a good plan. Creating more convention and exhibition space that will only be used during the Rodeo, the Offshore Technology Conference, and the occasional Super Bowl at a cost of $194 million isn’t reasonable or doable. It’s idiotic. It’s moronic. It’s the work of imbeciles who, over past years, have also offered up proposals for turning the place into an aquarium, a movie studio, a hotel, and a theme park, to name just a few ideas.

Here is the entire Houston Press piece.

The credibility of the Corporation is being challenged big time.  The whole problem is that over the past decade every single Dome proposal put forward has been underwhelming.  Nothing has caught our fancy.  The only thing that makes sense is tearing it down but that takes courage.

I’m not going to question the credibility of the Corporation but they and the County are going to have to sell this to the public.  Hunker Down is going to have to take the lead.   They are also going to have to draft a few prominent H-Town folks to be part of the selling effort.  They have a long way to go.  If this thing moves forward then a campaign will have to be put together and we all know that campaigns cost money.   Stay tuned!

We’re at Wrigley this weekend.  How many Cubbies have won the NL Cy Young Award?

James Gandolfini’s unexpected death got me to thinking about the final scene from the “Sopranos” six years ago.  Here is what I said a couple of days later:

All Commentary wanted was for Phil Leotardo to bite the dust. Mission accomplished! It was pretty gruesome but fitting. I actually thought my TV set went south at the end but then I realized that “The Sopranos” will someday reappear – that’s a good thing. All in all, I give the finale 5 out of 4 stars.

A lot of folks afterwards were trying to come up with an explanation or interpretation of the final seconds that went dark.  Some said Tony got whacked by the guy in the jacket and Meadow was the last person he saw.  Some wondered why Tony kept looking at the door every time the bell rang.  Some even mentioned the juke box playlist that Tony was checking out.  Some have even gone as far to say that the creator of the show was just messing with our minds.

I just don’t know of an ending that would have satisfied the millions of fans that were watching that evening.  We would not have wanted to see Tony get a bullet to his head in front of his family.  We would not have wanted to see his arse get hauled off by the Feds.  We would not have wanted to see something bad happen to Tony and be told by the show that this is what happens to bad guys after a lot of us spent 86 Sunday evenings rooting for this bad guy if you know what I mean. 

I just kind of took the final dark seconds as this is the end so turn off the lights.  One thing is for sure now is we won’t have to wonder if they ever make a “Sopranos:  The Movie.”  There is only one Tony Soprano so that’s it.

Ferguson Jenkins (1971), Bruce Sutter (1979), Rick Sutcliffe (1984), and Greg Maddux (1992) of course are NL Cy Young Award winners for the Cubbies.

17,000 and change showed up yesterday to see Carlos Pena put one into the upper deck for a 7-4 walk off win.  We took 5 out of 7 in the homie and we look and play like a different team.

 

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It looks like the Dome will get to hang around.

Check this out from the Chron.

I am sure we will get more specific details in the coming days and weeks.  It sounds like nobody wanted to tear the Dome down so they are just going to clean it up and hope that some folks will want to rent it for events.  We will see.

A lot of folks are saying a lot of nice things about James Gandolfini today.  I was shocked when My Best Friend texted me with the news.  I am still stunned. 

The ‘Stros signed number one draft pick Mark Appel yesterday.  Appel went to Stanford.   Name the ‘Stro who also attended Stanford who saw limited action in two games of the 2005 World Serious? 

This should not surprise any of us.  This is the kind of red meat his base loves.  Check this from the Chron:

In a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz warned that the Gang of Eight immigration plan would prompt a flood of illegal immigration — 20 million or 30 million undocumented workers within the next  decade or two.

When asked by the conservative commentator why Democrats support the Gang of Eight bill, the freshman Republican from Houston said that it is pure politics and that it is a way to create more Democratic voters.

As for the Republican support of the bill, Sen. Cruz said that a lot of the reasoning is political as well. After 2012, many of the political consultants advised that that the way to do better with Hispanic votes is for Republicans to embrace amnesty. Cruz called that political argument “complete nonsense” and said that Washington consultants want “Republicans give up our principles and become Democrats” when it comes to immigration, abortion, and gay marriage.

Here is the entire rant.

The H-Town City Council voted yesterday to give seniors a little property tax relief.  That’s politics!

The Big Jolly fella doesn’t think too much about the initiative to add a penny to our property taxes and put it into early childhood education programs.  He makes some interesting points about how the program will be handled.

Check out Big Jolly.

Eric Bruntlett of course saw limited action in Games Two and Three of the 2005 World Serious.

We should have won last night – period.  We should have scored more than one run.

 

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