Archive for April 30th, 2014

Getting It

The NBA gave Donald Sterling a Lifetime Ban while the LA NAACP was about to give him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Folks throughout the country heaped praise upon the new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for “dropping the hammer” on Sterling. Yesterday, Some African American talking heads on ESPN started calling out the LA NAACP. They said what a lot of others thought – follow the money. That is really a sad commentary. What were they thinking?

It goes without saying that race is still an issue and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It speaks volumes that numerous networks and cable stations interrupted their schedule to provide live coverage of the NBA Commissioner’s press conference. Wow!

Ryan Zimmerman is the third baseman for the Nats and in 2006 was the runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year. Name the rookie that won it that year?

Here is from today’s Chron:

The Greater Houston Partnership came out in support of Mayor Annise Parker’s proposed equal rights ordinance, giving the measure a boost as it heads to a City Council committee hearing on Wednesday.

Parker plans to put the measure before the full City Council for a vote next week.

Here is also from the Chron on the response from the usual suspects:

Major Republican donor Steven Hotze sent an email from his Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC that dubbed the proposal “Parker’s Sexual Predator Protection Act,” suggesting the measure will create a loophole to allow people to lie about their gender to enter bathrooms where they could attack women and children. He also wrote against protections based on sexual orientation.

“This would make those who engage in deviant sexual acts a new minority class equal to African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other legitimate minorities. This is a slap in the face of true minorities,” the email read.

Sigh! Can we just move on? More and more folks are just not buying this scare tactic rhetoric these days. Folks are just better than this. Who are these guys talking to?

Now this is interesting. As Strother Martin said “what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” It looks like the Democratic Governors Association has written off Team Davis. Here is from the Chron:

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association gave a less-than-rosy assessment of Sen. Wendy Davis’ chances Tuesday and got a slam in return from her campaign.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, association chairman, failed to cite the Texas Democrat’s race for governor against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott as a top target in talking to reporters, The Wall Street Journal reported. Instead, Shumlin pointed to races in Maine, Florida, Pennsylvania and, secondarily, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.

“We’re hopeful in Texas but we all understand that Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time,” he said. “I wish that we could spend money for Democrats in all 50 states. My job is not to promote governors’ races in states where we can’t win.”

Come on! This is disappointing! This isn’t a confidence builder.

Hanley Ramirez of course won the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year Award.

I snagged an Adam LaRoche foul shot last night and gave it to a kid. They said 23,000 and change showed up. Where were they? We should have won last night. Now that we are hitting a bit better our bullpen is coming up short. I don’t know about this.

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