Archive for January, 2014

I am just going to say this. I wonder how many of Wendy’s life story GOP critics have ever lived in a trailer park for more than a week. And I am not talking about taking one of those cross country vacations in a RV.

The following quote is from a Fort Worth GOP female supporter of Sen. Wendy Davis. The supporter is also a former elected official. The quote is from a Bud Kennedy Star Telegram column today:

“If this involved a man running for office, none of this would ever come up. It’s so sad. Every time I ran, somebody said I needed to be home with my kids. Nobody ever talks about men being responsible parents. It’s fun to watch the people in this race scrambling. They wouldn’t be talking about Wendy if she weren’t a threat.”

The team is now talking about finding a role for Hall of Fame great Nolan Ryan. When did he pitch for the ‘Stros?

Burkablog looks at the latest Wendy Davis stuff from a different perspective. I don’t agree but here goes:

Now that details about Wendy Davis’s biography have been called into question, the spotlight needs to focus on the Davis campaign. It cannot afford to make unforced errors like these, and it certainly can’t turn around try to blame the Greg Abbott campaign for them (the last time I checked, Wayne Slater was a political journalist, not a political operative). Of course, these aren’t the first missteps: she was unable to estimate how much her education plan would cost the state, and her campaign fouled up its own math when it tried to attack Abbott over contributions from payday lenders. The words “not ready for prime time” come to mind, a concern that some Democrats privately shared with me months ago.

At some point the campaign must switch its attention from playing defense to an attack posture, but I’m very skeptical that the Davis campaign has the talent and the knowledge of state issues to take Abbott on. If nothing else, the Davis campaign should be bombarding Abbott with demands for debates and joint appearances. They can’t allow Abbott to hide behind his tea party rhetoric and answers of “no comment” on the tough issues. But so far, the Davis campaign hasn’t done any damage to Abbott. I just don’t see what the battle plan is for the Davis campaign.

David Wilson will get to serve and a trial on his residency will take place in April. I am thinking he will be around for a full term.

It is campaign season so AG Abbott has to stick his nose into H-Town’s business. Check this from the Chron:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed briefs arguing that a state court should be given an opportunity to declare Houston’s new policy of granting benefits to some same-sex partners of employees unlawful under Texas’ marriage laws.

In the first of two amicus briefs, Abbott argued that a lawsuit filed by a pair of Houston residents to stop Mayor Annise Parker’s decision last November to grant benefits to same-sex spouses of employees married legally in other states should remain in a state district court for review.

And From Fox Sports:

Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.

To quote the Wicked Witch – “what a world, what a world.”

Nolan Ryan pitched for the ‘Stros from 1980 – 1988 of course.

The ‘Stros raised their flag at H-Town City Hall yesterday!

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Is That It

I don’t have much today because there isn’t much happening.

The GOP is trying to pick apart Sen. Wendy Davis’ life story. I have read various news accounts and all they have is age discrepancies on her divorce – age 21 not 19, how long she lived in a trailer park, and her mom’s education – ninth grade not sixth. Is that all they have. They are going to have to do a lot better than that if you ask me. They would be better off picking on her positions rather than her life story.

I got this from “Trouble with the Curve.” Name the four 20 game winner pitchers for the 1971 B’More?

From the “who is counting department”, The Dean’s opponent reported raising $16,000 and Rep. Alvarado’s opponent – zip.

Dem DA candidate Kim Ogg raised over $66,000 and has over $40,000 in the bank. That is kind of good. I hope she spends it wisely in the primary. We don’t want another 2012.

The Harris County DA took issue with The President on his remarks on weed usage versus booze usage. I really don’t know if that is going to score her any points these days even in Harris County. She would be better off trying to link Obamacare to an increase in crime.

Dave McNally (21-5), Pat Dobson (20-8), Mike Cuellar (20-9), and Jim Palmer (20-9) are the four pitchers of course that won 20 or more games for B’More in 1971.

Poet Maya Agelou, Motown founder Berry Gordy, and NFL Hall of Fame great Jim Brown will be honored at The Yard in late May – cool.

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King for the Day

Today is the 28th time we have officially observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I am glad it really hasn’t been commercialized like the other holidays. There are a couple retailers that are having MLK sales though.

And on this past weekend Madonna dropped an N-Bomb.

When Jackie Robinson first stepped up to the plate in his MLB debut, who was pitching.

And also on this weekend The First Lady had 500 or so of her best friends over to celebrate her 50th BD.

And Sasheer Zamata made her “SNL” debut.

And Lupita Nyong’o, picked up a SAG for “12 Years a Slave.”

I was watching the thrilling end of the Seahawks win over the ‘49ers last night when the Seahawks DB went weird while being interviewed by the veteran reporter Erin Edwards. Fox cut short the interview.

Afterwards some sports writer tweeted that Erin Andrews looked scared. Later on in the broadcast Fox analyst Michael Strahan also said Andrews was scared.

I don’t know about that. I think she was just caught off guard by the rant. Of course, if Erin Andrews was Erwin Andrews nobody would say anything about being scared of you ask me.

And also this weekend it was announced that Oprah and Brad Pitt would be producing “Selma”, a flick about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Johnny Sain of course was pitching for the Boston Braves against the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Congrats to MariGirl for successfully completing yesterday’s half marathon.

There is nothing from The Yard today.

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Happy and Congrats!

Happy Birthday to our fabulous First Lady. She is 50 today!

Happy Birthday to The Greatest! The Champ is 72 today.

Happy Birthday to Betty White! She is 92 today!

Happy Birthday to the voice of Darth Vader and CNN! James Earl Jones is 83 today!

Everyone knows that the ‘Stros are on a 15 game losing streak. Name the teams that they lost to on the streak?

Congrats go to the Mayor and Kathy Hubbard for tying the knot. Of course not everyone was in the mood to give The Mayor and Kathy a congratulatory shout out. Here is what the local GOP County Chair had to say:

“Why does she wait to get married in another state after the election? Why does she give same-sex benefits to couples married in other states after the election? This is a mayor who is bringing California and New York values to Texas, and these are values Texans don’t subscribe to. Texans have defined their position on marriage in the form of a constitutional amendment.”

Shut up! She isn’t hurting you!

Well David Wilson went to his first HCC Board of Trustees meeting and so far he hasn’t exposed the corruption. What’s the hold-up?

The Angels, Cinncy, the Tribe, Rangers, and Yankees of course are part of the 15 game losing streak.

Nothing to report from The Yard.

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An Exercise

David Wilson will attend his first HCC Board of Trustees meeting today and nobody is going to stop him. Here is from today’s Chron:

A judge Wednesday declined to prohibit small businessman and anti-gay activist Dave Wilson from taking his seat at the first meeting of the board of the Houston Community College on Thursday.

State District Judge Brent Gamble turned back efforts by the Harris County Attorney’s Office to get a new temporary restraining order to keep Wilson from taking the dais as questions about his residency are litigated.

Once he gets in the door, it is going to be difficult to disqualify him. Somebody needs to do a better job of ‘splaining this whole exercise to Commentary and others. Somebody is not looking too good if you ask me. The fella won on Election Day and to some folks that is all that matters.

The Big Puma is a free agent and I don’t know if he will be in a uniform this year. What is the Big Puma’s career batting average?

The Chron E-Board spanked the far right types yesterday for being silent on the David Wilson voter registration hijinks. Check this:

King Street Patriots, have we got a case for you! True The Vote, come on down! Hey Greg Abbott! After all the debates about voter shenanigans, we’ve found a case so obvious that folks were ratted out by their own father.

As Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg wrote, “Dave Wilson’s ‘home’ doesn’t look like one” (Page B3, Wednesday) , recently elected member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees Dave Wilson listed his residence as a warehouse apartment so austere that it fails city inspection. Questioning Wilson’s residency, County Attorney Vince Ryan even tried to block Wilson from taking his oath of office.

But that’s not the story. After all, candidate residency has been a slippery beast for election cycles going back decades – City Council members who supposedly live at their work offices, members of U.S. Congress who live in Washington D.C., candidates for mayor of Houston who had to move from Piney Point Village.

Despite all the attention, Wilson isn’t doing anything new. The real meat is that his two grown children listed the W. 34th Street apartment as their residence, as well.

Did they live there? That’s not what their dad says. As Wilson told Falkenberg, they registered at the warehouse “so they could vote for their dad.”

Kids should love their parents, but not so much as to register where they don’t actually live. Sometimes folks accidentally fill out their registration form incorrectly or submit multiple registrations. But this doesn’t look like an accident. So where’s the call for investigation?
Where are our state representatives who rammed through a once-rejected voter ID law after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act? Where are the tea party activists who cheered at a 2010 tax assessor-collector press conference about flawed registration forms? Where is Texas’ attorney general, who proudly touts his record of fighting election antics?

Maybe they think that HCC isn’t that important (it is important). Maybe some folks are unwilling to go after political allies. Or maybe many of these activists and politicians don’t actually care about voter accuracy, but only support regulations as a cudgel to suppress minority turnout.

Ryan is no saint, either. It is awfully convenient for Ryan (a Democrat) to go after Wilson (a Republican), and Wilson alone, in his residency crusade. But sometimes the nail that sticks out gets hammered, and Wilson has certainly been conspicuous in his gleeful chicanery.

For all this hoopla, registration fraud doesn’t appear to be some massive threat to Harris County’s elections. As for HCC, this spat is the least of its current problems. The real lesson is that voter ID rules can make it difficult for rural and poor citizens to cast their votes – 600,000 Texans, as the U.S. Department of Justice estimates – but do little to stop the questionable cases reported in your daily newspaper. And the usual voter ID supporters could not care less.

Silence is not golden if you ask me.

The Big Puma has a .293 career batting average of course.

The team only has four weekday day games this season – whew!

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Elections, Please

Years ago a dear friend of mine who was an elected official at the time drew a last minute opponent. The elected official howled about having an opponent. I reminded the office holder that we live in a system where elections allow for folks to run.

I always chuckle when an office holder complains about having someone file against them. They seem to hate campaigning. They seem to think that once elected, folks should not run against them. Well, find another line of work.

Which brings me to this talk about redoing the City of H-Town term limits. Some folks are saying that the current system forces members of City Council to campaign a lot – aw! That is what the job is. You have to go out and speak to civic clubs and other organizations. You don’t have to but see if you get reelected. Like I said, if you don’t like it, nobody forces you to run and be a public official.

Like I said, find another line of work. Don’t be a public servant. Why do you think they call it public service?

“Today” did a nice story on Wendy Davis this morning. I hope you checked it out.

How many times has A-ROID won the AL MVP Award?

Looks like the HCC Trustees are off the hook on the David Wilson decision. Here is from the Chron:

Houston Community College has cleared Dave Wilson to take the District 2 seat at this week’s board meeting despite legal uncertainty raised by Harris County officials about the trustee-elect’s residency and prior to a possible court ruling on Wednesday that could prevent him from serving.

“Right now, Mr. Wilson has been elected and has taken an oath of office, and there is no prohibition from any court that would prevent him from taking his seat, so – from the perspective of Houston Community College – there is no legal basis at this time to deny him the opportunity to sit as a trustee,” HCC special counsel Gene Locke said on Tuesday.

A-ROID won the AL MVP Award three times of course – with the Rangers in 2003 and with the Yankees in 2005 and 2007.

Finally, some good news from The Yard:

Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said Tuesday the club plans to relocate the large signs above left field at Minute Maid Park that were put in place as part of its Community Leaders program to a spot that won’t block views of the train, skyline or fireworks.

Ryan said the signs would be relocated across the left-field and left-center-field facade, just below the railroad tracks. The signs will be moved by Opening Day.

“We’ve listened to the fans,” he said. “This is a great program, and it’s unlike any program that’s ever been launched in professional sports that we know of, and what we wanted to do is respect everybody. These corporate partners we have are doing some unbelievable things in the city.

“Fans appreciate the program, but what they want is to be able to see the train, see the fireworks, be able to see the skyline at night. Where the signs are located, it sort of took away from what are some of the best attributes of the stadium and the things that people have come to love over the years.”


Meanwhile, the Astros’ championship banners and the “DK” sign honoring the memory of former Astros pitcher Darryl Kile will also be moved. The banners will be placed on the left-field light towers, and the “DK” sign will be placed in a prominent location to be determined in the near future.

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This is a Mess

HCC Trustees may have to decide a mess that they didn’t create. This Thursday when they meet they may have to make a decision on allowing David Wilson to join them. Check this from the Chron:

The restraining order prohibiting newly elected Houston Community College trustee Dave Wilson from taking the oath of office until questions about his residency can be resolved will remain in effect for another two weeks, a judge ruled Monday, and the legality of a private swearing-in reported by the District 2 representative is still unclear.

Meanwhile, the HCC board is scheduled to convene and elect officers on Thursday.

Whether Wilson will be allowed on or restricted from the dais is undetermined. Whether trustees can proceed with the meeting or vote on items before the District 2 trustee-elect’s legal matters are resolved also is unknown.

Calls for comment and clarification from HCC acting general counsel Destinee Waiters and Gene Locke, outside counsel for the college, were not immediately returned on Monday.

Wilson confirmed to the Chronicle that he will be attending Thursday’s meeting.

His lawyer told the judge on Monday that the small-business owner and anti-gay activist should be seated because he has taken the oath of office and that Wilson was not properly served with the restraining order when it was initially filed last month. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office sued Wilson, citing strong evidence that the commercial warehouse he claims as his official residence is not where he lives.

After the filing, the trustee-elect submitted notarized documents to the Texas Secretary of State’s office and HCC showing that he already had been sworn in.

Reiterating what he said at a hearing last Friday, State District Court Judge Mike Engelhart said Monday that he wants to hear more information on several issues before ruling on whether Wilson can take office.

And here is this from Channel 11 yesterday:

Wilson, a conservative Republican, won a seat on the Houston Community College’s Board of Trustees. But then, the Harris County Attorney’s Office received a complaint that Wilson did not live in the district where he was elected. To keep him from assuming the seat, an injunction was filed and on Monday a judge agreed to extend it for another 14 days.

Wilson’s attorney said he will appeal the judge’s decision.

But here’s the rub—there’s an HCC board meeting on Thursday and the question is whether Wilson will show and what authority he has since Wilson claims he has taken an oath to serve.

“It would be up to the Houston Community College to decide how they’re going to deal with Mr. Wilson in that situation. They could take a position that he is not the duly elected and duly qualified trustee for District 2 and refuse to seat him. They could let him sit at the table. It depends on what votes they take,” said First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard.

HCC Trustees didn’t ask for this. None of them vote in HCC District 2. Now it is in their lap thanks to the Harris County Attorney.

I’d like to know if they had an end game plan. It is good local political drama so stay tuned.

How old was A-ROID when he made his MLB debut?

I saw the “60 Minutes” report on A-ROID last night. It was about how A-ROID cheated and never tested positive. The report ended with saying that a part of Commissioner Bud Selig’s legacy was the tough testing in place – huh! The only reason A-ROID was caught was because he was ratted out. Oh, well.

A-ROID was 18 when he made his major league debut at Fenway in 1994 of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard.

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