Archive for July 12th, 2013

Commentary doesn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about the abortion issue.  I try to leave it to the folks that can better articulate their position even though I did spend a few years on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board a while back.   The best printed take on the issue this season has to go to the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg in today’s edition.  Of course it is only available for now in the hard copy or behind the pay wall for subscribers.  Here is how Falkenberg’s outstanding column ends:

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read so many emails, fielded so many questions about how I can believe the way I do on this issue. They see the issue in black and white. Life and death. And they can’t see the gray.

Here’s the gray. As a mother of two beautiful daughters, I have marveled at those sonogram images with tears in my eyes. I have strained to count the fingers and make out the grainy faces. I was so blessed that my girls were both born healthy, blessed that they were planned, blessed that I have a loving, supportive husband to help me raise them, blessed that we have jobs that enable us to care for, feed and clothe them.

Not everyone is so blessed. And for those women, there should be a choice. And it should be hers, her family’s, and her God’s – not her government’s.

The pro-life goal of "ending abortion" is noble, but also naive and dangerous. It won’t save babies; it will endanger the health of mothers who will be forced into the shadows to access their right to choose.

Nice job Falkenberg!

AG Greg Abbott will be announcing his campaign for Governor this Sunday in San Antonio.  What is it about San Antonio that attracts major announcements from GOPers?

The first MLB All Star Game was played in old Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1933.  Who hit the first dinger?

Season Two of “Newsroom” will debut Sunday night.  I’m wondering if they can top Season One episodes like “We Just Decided To”, “Amen”, “I’ll Try To Fix You”, and “The Greater Fool”.  I’ll be watching!

My pal Jay Root of the Tribune takes his turn on 2014.  Here are some quotes from his article today:

From Rice’s Mark Jones:

“Democrats were going to lose every statewide race in 2014 with Rick Perry running, and they are going to lose in 2014 without him running.  If a Democrat does poorly, this sends a signal to the national Democratic Party that the blue food in Texas isn’t ready to pick.”

I wonder if he’s willing to lay odds on his prediction. 

From Sen. Wendy Davis:

“I don’t know whether it’s me, but I do think it’s terribly important that we have a general election dialogue and debate.  I really do, particularly because this is an open seat now, and it just brings a new opportunity for those sorts of conversations.”

Of course, in order to have a general election dialogue and debate the entry fee is pretty steep.

From Dem consultant Glenn Smith:

“If Democrats sit and wait for a safe bet at some date in the future, that date will never come.  They’ve got to make it happen.”

If you build it, he will come!

Here is Jay’s article.

Babe Ruth of course hit the first All Star dinger in 1933 in the bottom of the third inning.

I’ll be watching the flat screen this evening as Jarred Cosart makes his MLB debut at Tropicana. I’ll also keep my fingers crossed because he is supposed to be a part of the team’s future hopes. 


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