Archive for April 16th, 2014

Warning To Dems

Commentary has kind of had a front row seat watching The DREAMERS in action the past few years. I have admired their efforts, strategies, and energy. They deserve all the credit in the world. In recent elections Dems have benefitted from this at the polls. It looks like The DREAMERS are now saying no more. Check this from a story today:

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists’ only hope.


Immigration activists, meanwhile, say they feel betrayed by Obama, who was elected with strong Latino and Asian support in 2008. They complain his strategy of winning GOP cooperation by increasing enforcement has failed.

Cynthia Diaz, 18, participated in a six-day hunger strike outside the White House last week to protest her mother’s detention. She pointed to Obama’s promise to prioritize immigration reform.

“That’s how he got the Latino vote, and now he just stabbed us in the back,” Diaz said, adding she and others would think twice in the future before supporting the president and his party.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said recent polling shows a drop-off in enthusiasm among Latino voters. “Lack of progress on immigration is hurting our chances of getting these voters out to vote,” Lake said.

I agree. The DREAMERS are a smart bunch. Now they are telling the Dem leadership to get more vocal on the deportation mess. The Dem leadership locally and statewide has pretty much been timid on this issue. This timidity will come back and haunt Dems this fall and will result in an unenthused and disenchanted Latino voter. It won’t matter if immigrant bashers like Sen. Patrick are on the GOP ticket.

Everybody wore numero 42 yesterday. Name the first African American to wear a Cubbie uniform?

Finally! The fireworks started this morning in the GOP Lite Guv run-off race. The Lite Guv has some ads out attacking after Sen. Patrick. Stay tuned!

Rep. Lon Burnam sent out an email request yesterday asking folks to help him out in his legal efforts on his election lawsuit. I don’t know much about the lawsuit since the Star-Telegram is making it harder to read their stuff. In the request he said the following:

My opponent has, however, somehow retained one of the biggest and most powerful law firms in the world. I’m not joking, they have offices in Washington, DC, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Tokyo, New York and Moscow, and that just so happens to brag about being one of the “world’s leading energy law firms.” Why do you think they may have gotten involved in a little state representative race? And who is paying the bills?

I don’t know about this. I can’t figure out what Rep. Burnam is trying to say. It would seem like his opponent would get the best lawyers he can find and not someone out of Petticoat Junction. I don’t know his opponent but I know one of his biggest backer and I’m sure he told him to get good lawyers. There is nothing wrong with that. That is what you are supposed to do.

Ernie Banks of course joined the Cubbies in September of 1953.

The team reported 29,778 showed up last night at The Yard. Where were they?

Well, it is about time. I am talking about the George Springer Era beginning this evening at The Yard. This is from the Chron:

After a wait that’s been excruciating for some fans, the player who could become the face of the Astros has arrived.

With their major league offense struggling mightily, the Astros have decided to call up top outfielder prospect George Springer for Wednesday’s game at Minute Maid Park against the Royals, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Chronicle on Tuesday night.

Springer homered for a second straight game for the Class AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks on Tuesday. Springer, 24, went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and scored four runs.

Springer is hitting. 353 with four doubles, one triple, three home runs, nine RBIs, nine walks, 15 strikeouts, a .459 on-base percentage and .647 slugging percentage. He’s a perfect 4-for-4 in steal attempts.

To make room for Springer the team sent down Robbie Grossman who was hitting a buck and a quarter. Maybe this will send a message to other players who are riding the interstate in hitting.

Springer will wear the numero 4. Let’s go Springer!

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