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Breaking News:  Another mass shooting in the home of the free to carry a piece.  This time the shooting is in DC.  What else is new!

Start off your Diez y Seis by listening to the Graci Garces interview with Off the Kuff here.

Yesterday the ‘Stros handed out Jose Cruz posters to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  The poster was sponsored by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – they’re grrrreat!  The poster also included a brief bilingual narrative on Latinos in MLB.

Name the first Dominican player to make it into the MLB Hall of Fame?

Commentary and around 21,000 and change were at The Yard yesterday and a lot of us were glued to our phone screens getting the latest from Reliant.   The 21,000 doesn’t include a number of dogs in attendance.

It is mid-September and best I can tell there are no mayoral campaign political ads running.  What is up with that?  Early Voting in Person starts in five weeks.  Oh, well.

The Texas Tribune has a piece today about how voter turnout in H-Town will impact Prop 6 – the State Water Implementation Fund.  The article refers to the mayoral race and the New Dome Experience.  I don’t know about the Dome.  Initially I thought that folks would come out to have their say about the Dome.  I don’t think folks really give a rat’s arse.  I think more folks are interested in tonight’s episode of “Under the Dome.”

I wonder when the Chron E-Board will start interviewing the candidates and handing out endorsements.  The sooner the better if you ask me.

I don’t care how you slice it or dice it or mince it.  A win is a win and we’re 2 and 0.

To Ranger fans:  Look at the bright side.  You get us for three at your crib next week.

Juan Marichal of course was the first Dominican player to enter the Hall of Fame.

As of this morning all of our remaining 13 games are with contenders.  I wonder how many folks will show up this evening to check out the Reds.  We’re part of the playoff race so why not drop by? 

 

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The Save the Dome Campaign is now called the New Dome Experience.  I can’t find their website though.  I wonder if the Texans and the Rodeo are on board. I haven’t seen their campaign signs or a push card.  Good luck and stay tuned!

H-Town CM Jerry Davis probably needs to take 20/10 to lunch sometime soon.  20/10 was heads up for sure last night as he helped Davis hold on to the Harris County Tejano Democrats endorsement.  Way to go 20/10.

Name the ‘Stro with the most fielding errors this season?

Adriana Tamez for HCC District 3 won the Harris County Tejano Democrats endorsement last night.  Way to go!

Let’s see now, Guv Dude is heading up to Maryland to steal some jobs and the Governor of Maryland is coming to the Lone Star State to take our money.  Who wins?

The Chron has a good front page article today headlined “The last loyal fan” about a ‘Stro fan at The Yard.  It is only available to subscribers or if you have a hard copy.  The article could be about a number of us diehards.  I can certainly relate.

HISD Board President Anna Eastman dropped by the Tejano Democrats meeting last night and showed me a cool photo on her phone of Anna and ‘Stro catcher Jason Castro and his wife Maris at Moreno Elementary.  The Castros were donating 3,300 books to the school.  The books had been collected at The Yard earlier this season.  Way to go Jason and Maris Castro!

The General has a piece today saying Bud Adams deserves a spot in the Football Hall of Fame.  I don’t have a problem with that.

MariGirl tweeted last night about ‘blanket bingo” at H-Town Downtown.  I got her ask her what is up with that.

Tags tweeted this today: Chris Carter is six strikeouts away from becoming only the fourth different player to strike out at least 200 times in a season.

That’s another reason to drop by The Yard this weekend. 

Third baseman Matt Dominguez of course leads the ‘Stros with 13 fielding miscues.

Another reason to drop by The Yard this weekend is dollar dogs tonight.

Another reason to drop by The Yard this weekend is being able to bring your pooch on Sunday.

The Yankees are hanging in there. 

 

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That’s the headline for the Chron story today for subscribers only.  Here is the headline on the front page of the hard copy: Parker favors law to forbid gay bias.

Go get you a copy right now!

Here is how the Texas Tribune starts the story:

The gay rights debate that sparked a bitter fight in San Antonio this summer may soon be moving to Houston.

Officials in the state’s biggest city appear willing to follow the lead of San Antonio, which last week — after nearly a month of heated protests — approved an ordinance that added sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who in 2009 became the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. city, told the Houston Chronicle that the vote in San Antonio "upped the ante."

"It is absolutely something we should do, and the majority of council members have publicly stated they are in support of a nondiscrimination ordinance," Parker said. "But this is an issue that requires all of council to be engaged and agree it is time to move it forward. When it happens, we will do that."

Here is from the Chron:

"We would have to either accommodate the prohibitions in the charter or, to effectuate it as San Antonio did, we would have to put an amendment on the ballot," (City Attorney Dan) Feldman said. "The cleanest thing would be to take it the voters."

Here is the Tribune article.

Name the MLB pitcher with the most innings pitched this season?

Bonus:  Name the ‘Stro pitcher with the most innings pitched this season?

Five years ago tonight we were Iked and 13 miserable days followed and the ‘Stros played two home games on the road and I lost a tree.

Back to the nondiscrimination ordinance.  Expect all the GOP statewide candidates to come to H-Town next year to make their right wing bones so to speak.  This will probably help the effort.  I think we can prevail if you ask me. Stay tuned!

Here is a reprint of what I put out back on July 23:

Twelve years ago and back in 2001, on the H-Town city ballot, Proposition Two read as follows:

SHALL THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON BE AMENDED TO DENY HEALTH CARE AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO SAME SEX DOMESTIC PARTNERS OF CITY EMPLOYEES AND TO ADDRESS OTHER MATTERS OF CITY EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING PRACTTICES BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION?

On election night of Tuesday, November 6, 2001, the scoreboard read FOR 130,310 (51%) and AGAINST 123,592 (49%).

Dave Wilson and crew got the measure on the ballot and prevailed.

According to the Chron’s quickie analysis, the following neighborhoods supported the ban:

Acres Home (50.9%), Cana/Navigation/Magnolia (51.1%), Clear Lake (59.6%), Denver Harbor (56.7%), Fifth Ward (53.5%), Hobby/Glenbrook Valley (52.2%), Kingwood (68.6%), Memorial Westchester (65.6%), Outer Westheimer (61.9%), Sagemont (64%), Spring Branch (61.8%), Tanglewood/River Oaks (57.2%), and Westbury (50.45).

The following neighborhoods opposed the ban:

Astrodome/OST (59.9%), Clark/South Main/ Windsor Village (56.3%), Garden Oaks/Oak Forest (52.6%), Heights (66.9%), Kashmere/Scenic Woods/ Settegast (52%), Meyerland (56.1%), Montrose (77.4%), Near North Side (51.4%), Rice/Braeswood (61.3%), Riverside/MacGregor (59%), Sunnyside/MLK (56.5%), and Third Ward (56.3%).

The Chron also did a quickie analysis by group:

For the ban: Low-income Anglo/Hispanic (55.8%), Upper-income Anglo (51.2%), and Mexican-American (51.5%).

Against the ban: Middle-income Anglo (52.2%), Low-income Black (51.7%), and Middle-income Black (59.5%).

I mention this because I have had my ear to the ground if you know what I mean. The electorate has changed somewhat over the past twelve years. You have to think we have become a little more forward thinking these days.

Clayton Kershaw of course of the Dodgers leads MLB with 216 innings pitched and Lucas Harrell leads the ‘Stros with 140 2/3 innings pitched. 

Commentary is rooting for the Yankees to keep winning and stay in contention so our season ending series will have some drama, significance, and meaning. Just think about having A-Roid in our crib and watching Mariano Rivera close out his regular season career.  It would be real special if we beat them and prevented them from making the playoffs. Who says it can’t happen?  We just swept the Mariners after all! 

 

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It has been twelve years.  Here is what has been added to the conversation since then:

Al-Jazeera, Al-Qaida, Gitmo, IEDs, shock and awe, Taliban, WMDs, Patriot Act, homeland security, ground zero, shoe bomber, TSA, freedom fries, data mining, Abu Ghraib, Bin Laden, water boarding, let’s roll, Bush Doctrine, Operation Enduring Freedom, Blackstone, airport screeners, Shanksville, war weary, and 9/11 to name a few.

On 9/11 MSNBC reruns the NBC/Today Show coverage of that day.  I have it on now.

There won’t be a MLB question today.

We have been at war since then, our lives have changed, and last night The President gave us a fifteen minute talk about using our military on Syria.

Just how long are we going to be at war and how many bad guys are out there?

New York City had their primaries yesterday.

There is not much you can say other than we always remember and we will never forget.

 

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I still haven’t heard anything from the Save the Dome campaign.  I haven’t seen a sign or a push card or an ad – nada!

Name the MLB team that has scored the most runs through last night?

A lot of folks are moving kind of slow in H-Town this morning after last night’s barn burner.  What a game! 

Out in Commentary’s ‘hood, there is only one campaign that is actually doing anything.  What is up with that? 

CNN’s Crossfire returned to the air yesterday with Stephanie Cutter (on the left) and Newt Gingrich (on the right).  It airs at 5:30 pm local time so I don’t know how many folks will find the time to watch.  Try to stay tuned!

The Chron sports section is now posting the MLB Wild Card standings and I just noticed that KC is in the hunt.

The Red Sox of course leads MLB with 757 runs scored.

Here is from the Chron:

The Astros will start 2014 like they are ending the 2013 season – at home against the Yankees.

The full 2014 schedule will be released on Tuesday but the Astros are set to open at home against the Yankees on April 1-3, according to an industry source with access to a preliminary copy of the schedule.

The Astros also are set to face the NL East in interleague play – Atlanta, Miami and Washington come to Houston. The Astros will meet Arizona in interleague play as their “natural rival” with games in Houston and Phoenix.

Why is Arizona a natural rival?  Why are we talking about next season?

Oh yeah, we won last night by scoring four in the top of the ninth.  The game was on TV but I’m betting nobody was watching.

 

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My parents Alicia and Tony Campos celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past Saturday.  Top that!

Early to Rise is now officially early to bed.  Maybe next time around they need to make sure Hunker Down is talked to at the beginning.

Name the former ‘Stro with the third best batting average in MLB?

Robert Miller talks about the H-Town Mayoral race today and give us some background on run-offs.  Commentary mentioned it looking like a run-off a couple of weeks ago and I really got no push back.  We will see.

Here is Robert’s take.

AG Greg Abbott likes to say that he gets up every morning looking forward to suing The President or something like that.  Now he has decided to go after the City of San Antonio for their passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance.  Why doesn’t he just mind his own business?  Either that or move his arsse to SA and run for city council.

Speaking of, former sports commentator and former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Craig James has every right to talk anti-GLBT any time he wants.  He just don’t get to talk Xs and Os in reputable sports network studios.   Sorry, pal, you are out of bounds, called for encroachment, were sacked, thrown for a loss, penalized and have no way to audible your arse out of this one.

A lot of folks will be staying up late tonight as we have a kickoff around nine.  I wonder if folks will be wearing their Texans gear throughout the day.  Lay the 4 ½ and take the over 44 ½. 

Former ‘Stro Chris Johnson – now with The ATL – is batting .330 of course – third best in MLB.

We’re 47-96 so it looks like we’re going to hit the 100 loss mark at The Yard this weekend.  What a bummer!

 

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The Chron E-Board interviewed Ben Hall a couple of days ago. Why?

The Big Jolly fella pulls the “uppity” card when he kind of takes on the Chron E-Board on their treatment of Ben Hall. Big Jolly borrows takes from Everyone Knew Her as Nancy and Commentary to state his case. The funny thing is that Chron.com lets Big Jolly hang around on their website. Oh, well.

Check it out here.

Everybody knows that Chris Carter of the ‘Stros leads the MLB with striking out 186 times this season. Name the MLB hitter who has the most walks.

Whoever drafted Peyton Manning for their fantasy football team is sitting pretty good heading into the weekend.

The H-Town Police Chief smacked a pedestrian with his car the other day. The Chron E-Board today is calling for some sort of task force to look at Downtown pedestrian safety. I agree. A lot of Downtown drivers don’t think much of pedestrians as they zoom by. The Chron E-Board also thinks the Chief ought to be slapped with a ticket. Good luck on finding a patrol officer that will write up the Chief.

Here is the E-Board take.

There is a must read article in the hard copy of the Chron about Pasadena and the latest voting rights issue. My friend CM Orlando Ybarra is featured. Go pick up your Chron and read it today.

Ryan Broid is now calling Brewers season ticket holders and apologizing. That is a start I guess.

Joey Votto of the Reds of course leads the MLB with 111 walks.

The ‘Stros played spoiler last night with a win over the A’s and that’s about all we can do these days.

 

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The Texas Tribune today has a story about campaigns starting to get that Univision local newscasts are at the top of the ratings in some markets and candidates for office are appearing on their news programs. Of course Commentary has been pointing that out for a few years. It is a small step in the right direction. Now they need to start dropping their ad dollars on these Univision and other Spanish language newscasts.

Here is the Trib story.

How many MLB Hall of Fame members are wearing Twins gear?

The votes in Congress for supporting a strike on Syria are a long way off. Reports indicate that Democrats will have to shoulder the burden in getting the votes. I am getting more convinced that most GOP members of Congress will vote no just to embarrass The President. Prove me wrong, please!

I really don’t want to say much about the jailed kidnapper in Cleveland who pulled a Tom Dooley on himself.

One of Graci Garces’ opponents officially declared himself the “frontrunner” in an email he sent out yesterday. In the email he also complained about negative attacks. Oh, well.

Election Day is two months from today.

Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Kirby Puckett of course are in the Hall of Fame wearing Twins gear.

We are in Oakland for four. It is key series for the A’s. When we get back on the 16th, the Reds may still be in it so that could turn out to be a key series. The Yankees are still in it.

We have to go 17-6 to avoid losing 100 games this season. That is not going to happen.

 

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You can’t help but wonder if GOP members of the U.S. House are going to buck their leaders on hitting Syria just to embarrass The President. You can go look at the board on CNN Commentary said was coming.

Here it is.

Name the last Twin to win the AL MVP Award?

It is just politics. Some supporters of The Mayor held a press conference yesterday to ask Ben Hall to get out of the race because he hasn’t been in H-Town long enough. Ben Hall said he would take it under consideration – NOT REALLY!

Check out the Chron.com report here.

I am surprised the Chron E-Board wasn’t a participant at the press conference.

Lisa Falkenberg in her column today writes about Barry Smitherman saying he ought to be the next AG because he and his wife had four kids. Oh, well!

Commentary is thinking that the Commissioner and MLB are not pleased to see the Yankees and A-Roid jump back into contention. In a way I’m kind of rooting for the Yankees because I would love to see The Yard host a meaningful series the last weekend of September.

Joe Mauer of course won the AL MVP Award in 2009 after leading the league with a .365 batting average.

Talk about a tease last night. We tied it in the bottom of the ninth but lost it in the 12th.

 

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Election Day is nine weeks from today in case you didn’t know. I still haven’t seen any Save the Dome action. We still don’t know what is going on with Early to Rise versus Hunker Down.

I guess in the next few days somebody will put together an online tote board that says how many members of Congress will vote to strike Syria and how many will vote no.

The Senator that genuinely looks like he could be a pain in the arse during this process is Sen. John McCain. He wants more than just a strike. He wants an altering of the playing field between the Syrian rebels and the regime. He wants something a bit more sustained. I don’t know about that.

Name the first Twin to win the AL Cy Young Award?

Commentary participated in a season ticket holder discussion with the front office sales and marketing big shots Friday before the game.  Larry Dierker showed up and provided some good takes. 

There are only eleven home games remaining thank goodness. The only contenders that will be visiting The Yard this month are the Reds who will be here in a couple of weeks. The Yankees may still be in contention when they get here for the final series of the season.

The ‘Stros have fourteen road games left that include visits to contenders A’s, The Tribe, and Rangers.

Jason Castro got dinged up yesterday and now we have as our starting catcher a fella that spent eleven years in the minors before finally getting the big league call nearly a couple of weeks ago. Go figure!

Jim Perry of course won the AL Cy Young Award for the Twins in 1970 after going 24-12 and leading the team to the AL West Division title. BTW: They got swept by B’More in the ALCS.

I really don’t want to say nothing about Lo giving up a grand salami yesterday in the top of the ninth and losing the game. Good thing only 14,000 and change attended.

 

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