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This says it all. From H-Town Council Member Jerry Davis to Lisa Falkenberg:

“The god I serve, to me, loves everyone. And it’s hard for me to believe that he’s telling me to discriminate against people.”

The White Sox are at The Yard this weekend. Only three White Sox players have won an AL MVP Award. Name the three?

Early voting in the Dem Primary starts next Monday and runs through next Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, May 27. In the Dem Primary the folks in charge are conducting the election on the cheap and are not encouraging voter turnout. A ton of precincts have been combined and basically they are utilizing the Early Voting locations plus a few others. For instance folks in the Heights can go vote at West Gray, Holy Name in the Northside, or at the IBEW Hall on the North Loop. If you live in the East End it looks like HCC and Ripley are your locations. I’m thinking we will be lucky to hit a 1% runoff turnout for Dems. That’s how you encourage voter participation. I’m thinking I will be getting a few calls on Election Day from folks asking “what the f___!” Oh, well.

Of course, one has to admit that what is on the ballot is not very appealing.

In today’s front page of the Chron, there is a story about the proposed City of H-Town budget and future budgets and kicking the can down the road and even term limits. Well, do something about it!

Nellie Fox (1959), Dick Allen (1972), and Frank Thomas (1993 and 1994) of course are the only White Sox players to win the AL MVP Award.

We will see this weekend if the ‘Stros are an improved team. They will be handing out 10,000 ‘Stro Gnomes on Saturday.

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Delay of Game

The Houston City Council decided to hold off on the vote on the anti-discrimination ordinance for a couple of weeks. They gotta do what they gotta do and that means talk to a few more folks and groups. I get it that some folks feel left out of the process and so you have to let them put in their two cents. Spend the two weeks getting their input. But in the end those that want to be for are going to be for it and those that are against are going to be against. It is going to be a bit difficult to get the folks that discriminate to support an anti-discrimination ordinance. I would be surprised if anything major happens during the two weeks.

The votes on City Council are there for passage.

The Mayor said after the City Council meeting that she had been planning to put the Uber and Lyft stuff on the agenda in two weeks but now she will have to wait until they get the anti-discrimination ordinance handled. I agree, you don’t want both issues on the same agenda.

I say a big no on this. Treat Guv Dude like everyone else. Here is from the Statesman:

In advance of Gov. Rick Perry’s likely appearance before a grand jury investigating possibly criminal charges against him, the governor has asked about entering the courthouse through a back entrance, out of sight of the public and reporters.

In an ironic twist to an unusual case, the only way other than through public entrances to access the grand jury courtroom is through Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office.

He doesn’t want this image replayed if he runs for Prez. Too bad! There is no reason why he should be cut any slack. No way, Jose! What’s the matter? Afraid to show your swagger?

The White Sox visit The Yard this weekend. How many White Sox pitchers have won the Cy Young Award?

Hunker Down called a meeting of Dome “stakeholders” and Commentary wasn’t invited. Were you? I guess they know my position – well at least I have a position. This is from the Chron:

The uncertainty returned last fall after voters rejected a $217 million bond proposal to turn the Dome into an events center.

“If we can’t find a group or a solution to use that building, we’re going to get to demolition eventually,” said Beth Wiedower, a senior field officer for the National Trust. “Yes, this is great that it’s been recognized as historic, but our efforts are going to be focused on reusing the building because that’s ultimately what’s going to save it.”

Same song, same tune! It is really sad to see this play out.

Three White sox pitchers have won the Cy Young Award of course: Early Wynn (1959), Lamarr Hoyt (1983), and Jack McDowell (1993).

We took the series from the Rangers last night. First time that has happened since 2008. It was a Matty D walk-off win. The team has 11 base hits in each of the last five games. Are we improving? I have no idea. We still have 121 games remaining and we shall see.

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This is from the internet on the definition of blackface:

Blackface: makeup applied to a performer playing a black person especially in a minstrel show.

And:

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used by performers to represent a black person.

It is offensive.

We all know the story about HCC Trustee David Wilson’s campaign trickery last fall. He was a White fella running as a Black fella appealing to Black voters in a Black trustee district. Somebody probably told him going door-to-door in blackface was not a good idea so he resorted to campaign mailers utilizing stock photos of African American families, old folks, young couples – you get the picture. You might want to call it blackface tactics. He even got his third cousin Ron Wilson to endorse him. This campaign strategy along with the incumbent trustee’s lack of campaigning got Wilson a victory.

Apparently, Wilson is now trying to apply this blackface strategy to defeat the anti-discrimination ordinance over at H-Town City Hall. I was forwarded an email yesterday. It is from a Reverend R.J Ballard at HoustoniansForFamilyValues@activist.com. He wants folks to know that the proposed ordinance is an immoral piece of you know what and to call Council Members C.L. Bradford, Jerry Davis, and Dwight Boykins, and to let them know to vote against the ordinance. All three are African American.

The email includes a stock photo of an African American family. It also includes a photo of Reverend Ballard – or should I say a stock photo. I don’t think there is a Rev. Ballard. I tried googling him and found zilch. The email was created by David Wilson. Heck, Wilson’s address is on the bottom of the email.

Maybe Wilson couldn’t get an African American preacher to get behind the somewhat incendiary language used in the email. He should have asked the African American preacher who addressed City Council yesterday to stand in for Rev. Bullard. You know, the one who told the Mayor that her time had expired.

David Wilson and his blackface tactics at work again. It is offensive.

How many times has a member of the Texas Rangers won the AL MVP Award?

Well the Texans have a problem with their Hall of Fame bound wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson is not happy with the team’s off-season moves. Who am I to argue with the greatest player in Texans’ history especially when he is right?

This funny tweet from baseball writer Peter Gammons on the Solange and Jay Z elevator episode:

Solange and Jay Z were debating Cano vs. Pedroia.

Five Rangers have won the AL MVP six times of course: Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez (1996 and 1998), Ivan Rodriguez (1999), A-Roid (2003), and Josh Hamilton (2010).

Well last night was refreshing. MariGirl and I saw them get an 8-0 shutout win. How does that happen? Maybe they took offense to me calling them underperformers yesterday.

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The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met yesterday and voted out a motion for “grounds for impeachment” on UT Regent Wallace Hall. The vote was 7-1 so you can’t call this partisan. Yesterday was historic for sure. It was the first time a Texas State House Committee had ever voted out grounds for impeachment on a gubernatorial appointment.

Regent Hall responded to the vote with a big f___ you! Here:

“If the Transparency Committee desires transparency, it should not seek ways to interfere with investigations that would expose improper conduct at the University of Texas.”

And:

“My efforts as a regent are to serve the interests of our great educational institutions, the students, faculty, and staff who make them great, and the taxpayers who fund them, not to appease a privileged class who abuse them.”

I am thinking Guv Dude just might want to ask his appointee Hall to call it a day and resign.

State Rep. Carol Alvarado serves as Co-Chair of the committee. Here is the statement she issued prior to the vote:

Much attention has been given to the historic nature of today’s vote. This is the first time in Texas history that a legislative committee will be voting on whether grounds for impeachment exist for a gubernatorial appointee. The outcome of today’s vote will be setting a standard on appointee conduct for years to come.

I understand the fear that a vote in the affirmative could chill current and future appointees from fulfilling their duties. However, I am at least equally afraid of the chilling effect Regent Hall’s conduct will have on university presidents and administrations, both in and outside of the UT System, if his behavior remains unchecked. Regent Hall’s actions have intensified since our proceedings began, and may only grow worse if this Committee concludes its proceedings without taking effective action. I do not fault Regent Hall for having an agenda. I fault him for the inappropriate means by which he continues to try to accomplish it.

Some may point to inefficiencies that enabled Regent Hall’s behavior, but I believe Regent Hall stands alone in his possible violations of the Texas Education Code, the Penal Code and the Texas Public Information Act. After 11 long months of hearing the facts, this Committee should take action. Any delay in action will only delay a needed solution.

Impeachment is an extraordinary tool to be used in extraordinary circumstances. I view Regent Hall’s conduct as extraordinary for an appointee. Regent Hall has a sworn duty to do what is in the best interests of the University of Texas, its students, and its alumni. I believe Regent Hall has failed to fulfill this duty. His behavior meets the standard stated in the Speaker’s Proclamation.

On the question of whether Regent Hall’s conduct warrants grounds for impeachment, I will be voting yes.

Nice job, Rep. Alvarado.

Former Port Commission Chair Jim Edmonds is no longer with us. Jim was an old pal and one of the good guys. He gave a lot of his time to the Port and other H-Town projects. He was also one of H-Town’s better behind the scenes players. For years he was the go to guy for bond campaigns on the municipal and school district level. He loved the H-Town community. He left us way too soon and he will be missed.

I will skip the MLB question today.

It will be more one minute speakers at H-Town City Hall today to talk about the anti-discrimination ordinance. The vote is tomorrow.

I was at The Yard last night so I didn’t get to watch the interview last night with AC360. I did get to see an Altuve grounder get swallowed by Rangers’ rookie second baseman Rougned Odor’s jersey – a first for me. I did get a lazy Prince Fielder foul ball and gave it to a UH Law student – my third foul ball of the season. Only 14,000 and change showed up last night to watch a bunch of underperformers.

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I am thinking nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. is not a fan of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. He kind of put her down a bit in his column yesterday. Here is a sample:

This is a career politician who has been in the Texas Legislature since 1990. And she still needs help from Eva Longoria to inform Latinos that she’s one of them? Among other things, she has sided with teachers unions who oppose education reform over Latino parents who support it. Who has she been working for all this time? Not Latinos. Or they’d know who she is.

Who is Leticia Van de Putte? Vouched for by Eva Longoria and Howard Dean. Funded by a Latino PAC.

Profiled by CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Unveiled, with great fanfare, to people she is already supposed to represent.

I’ll play along. Hola, Leticia. Nice to meet you.

Ouch! Here is the entire column: http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Navarrette-Van-de-Putte-remains-an-enigma-among-5468438.php.

Now that wasn’t nice. Of course, Sen. Van de Putte isn’t the first Latino or Latina to get criticized by Navarrette. Navarrette kind of thinks Latinos get used by Dems and he lets folks know it. Sometimes he is right. Team Van de Putte isn’t going to win over Navarrette – heck his twitter profile admits he’s a smart arse – so just move on and try to stay out of his sights.

Last Friday the Chron had a slam piece on that Alameel fella running for the U.S. Senate in the Dem primary. It was very unflattering. I tweeted this:

I read Chron piece today on “the endorsed” Dem senate candidate. I am really not looking forward to voting in the Dem runoff. #Skip #It?

I will be voting in the runoff and with two races to vote on I very well may hit none of the above.

How many African American skippers does MLB currently have?

I tweeted these right after the Michael Sam selection on Saturday in the NFL Draft:

#Rams save 31 other #NFLTeams from having to answer why they didn’t pick #MichaelSam. #GLBT #ShowMeState handles business! #MakeTheTeam

And:

“Privileged to be a part of it” says a classy and highly respected #JeffFisher, head coach of the #Rams, to #ESPN on #MichaelSam selection.

And:

Outstanding and emotional #ESPN coverage when #MichaelSam got the call from the #Rams. #GLBT #MustSeeTV #PDA #NiceJobESPN

I was watching live and I have to hand it to ESPN for their coverage. They let the living room scene speak for itself. I got kind of choked up.

The Chron E-Board had another take on the Dome yesterday. This time they want us to put a little make-up on the Dome and keep it on until the 2017 Super Bowl. Here is a part of their take:

Yet calls for preservation are only answered with questions. What should we do with the Dome, and how will we pay for it? Voters rejected the $217 million bond initiative to transform the Dome into an exposition space. With few facts to back up the bond advocates’ revenue numbers, the vote was essentially a call back to the drawing board.

And:

So while the family debates what to do with the Dome, it would not take too much to at least return the structure’s exterior to its glory days in time for the Super Bowl in 2017. The weeks of events preceding the 51st Super Bowl will be as much a celebration of Houston as a party for football fans, and a refurbished Dome could stand once again as a symbol of our city’s history. Paint, power-washing and some historic plaques would turn an eyesore into a monument without busting the budget, and while leaving the Dome available for any future transformations – or demolitions.

The family may bicker, but we should at least put forward a happy face for the rest of the world. Save the fight until after the crowds go home.

I have to disagree with their analysis of the final vote on the Dome. I think the voters said they didn’t want to spend any money on it so it is adios.

The Mariners, Rangers, and ‘Stros have African American skippers of course.

We went 2-5 on the roadie and we still have the lousiest record in MLB. I am sure there will be a lot of Rangers fans at The Yard tonight through Wednesday.

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Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! Mine is special. She spends some of her time these days watching the ‘Stros. She called me yesterday after their win.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson endorsed the Lite Guv and also called Sen. Dan Patrick a draft dodger. Sen. Patrick is fuming and demanding an apology. Hey, he’s in good company. They said about President Clinton and Vice President Cheney. I am sure Sen. Patrick has a good reason for not serving during the Vietnam War.

Some folks were 4-F. Some folks joined the ministry. Some went to Canada. Some acted crazy or lied. Some got college deferments.

When I became of draft age the year before they instituted a lottery system to kind of take the politics out of the draft. In my lottery year my birthday drew the numero 282. One of my best friend’s birthday drew the numero 62. The birthday numero 95 and lower got told to report. One of my best friends reported.

Here is from the Sen. Patrick campaign:

“In 1972, after being drafted, Dan reported for a physical examination to Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Maryland. Dan was quickly determined medically ineligible to serve due to childhood injuries. Dan had broken his right leg twice due to a bone cyst and doctors thought it might cause him to lose the limb. He also had suffered a serious knee injury while playing high school sports. These injuries prevented him from being accepted into the service and he received a medical deferment.”

Sen. Patrick’s birthday got a numero 81 and that year the numero 195 and lower were asked to report.

I tweeted this yesterday before the NFL Draft:

Last 20 #NFL drafts only 3 #1 draft picks have help lead their team to #SuperBowl – Manning Bros and O.Pace – trade down. #Jinx #BadOdds

Well we still need a QB. Three QBs were taken last night including Johnny Cleveland. Those guys over at NRG are a lot smarter than us. I wonder if they will take another Carr this evening.

The ‘Stros will spend this weekend in B’More. How many AL MVP Award winners has B’More produced?

Today would be a good day to take the Chron. I am talking about Lisa Falkenberg’s column on being a mom. Here it is:

On a good day, the kids’ socks almost match. On a good day, my girls aren’t the last two left at school. On a good day, there’s enough light to stop by the park, there are leftovers in the fridge, the cellphone relents, and there is an hour or so to let the Mechanized Me melt back into Mom.

On a good day, I do nothing well, but I do it. The column gets written. The children get read to. The husband gets some kind of acknowledgement of his presence. And I never once scream through my teeth.

It’s the good days that we post like refrigerator magnets to our minds – trying to convince ourselves they’re not as rare as they seem.

For years when I was younger, whenever I’d break a story or achieve something else at work, I’d be somewhat proud of myself, oblivious to the fact that there were women all around me doing the same thing with one hand tied behind their backs. For single moms, maybe two hands.

I’d leave work with only myself and a couple of badly neglected herb plants to take care of. They were responsible for the life of another human being, or three, as my own mother was when Dad was away.

Now, I’m one of those women. One of the legion of 23 million American mothers who work outside the home. With another Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve been thinking about what that means, to my children and to me.

To me, it means a woman unrecognizable from that girl with the herb plants and the time of day.

I used to stay out past 9. I used to call old friends to catch up. I used to go on culinary adventures at dinner-time with a big heavy cookbook – not a microwave. I used to read about things that didn’t really happen; I think they call it fiction. I used to not have 5,880 unread emails in my inbox.

I used to. I used to. I used to.

But then, I used to not know the music of a small mouth crunching an apple.

The beauty of a warm, dreaming little body on an old quilt.

The thrill of a tiny, thundering heart. The feel of a hot jungle of curls through my fingers.

The poetry of rush hour as seen from a car seat – there are dragons in those clouds, airplanes with smoky tails and the old messy moon is forever spilling his light.

These children who exhaust me replenish me.

There is a poem by Maya Angelou, “Woman Work,” that my daughter loves because she says it reminds her of me. She doesn’t know that my struggles are nothing compared to those of Maya’s muse.

“I’ve got the children to tend. The clothes to mend. The floor to mop. The food to shop…” it starts. “I got to. I got to. I got to,” it ends.

Yes, but I also choose to. That choice makes me tired and overwhelmed – so overwhelmed I don’t have time to read Brigid Schulte’s new book on my coffee table about being overwhelmed. So overwhelmed that the other day, on deadline, with my editor hovering near, I typed with one hand and balanced my 2-year-old with the other, and seriously wondered if this was the breaking point.

But I didn’t break. And so I keep going. And I try to remember: This choice I’ve made lets me put all of me to use. It makes me whole.

And what does that mean for my girls?

It means less of Mama, and then an overdose of Mama. It means too-tired-to-play-on-a-weekday Mama, and then go-all-weekend Mama. It means no TV and intense bonding sessions in the produce section: “Mama, how do they make the cauliflower purple?”

It means I am not always there. But when I am, I am truly there. It means our time together is never squandered; every moment is precious. Even those clenched-teeth “I’m not going to tell you again” moments.

It means my 4-year-old telling me the other day she wanted to be a journalist.

“Oh, really?” I asked. “What would you journal about?”

“About my famous mama,” she said.

Poor kid doesn’t have a clue – she’s never heard of the Kardashians.

What she does have is pride in the work that she sees her mother doing. And the confidence that someday, she can do it, too. Although, hopefully in a more financially secure profession.

It means we can’t have it all, in case anyone is still under that impression – no matter how close we lean in. “It all” is a horizon. It is a more perfect union.

And sometimes, over the striving, I can look up and it appears closer. On a good day.

Nice job Falkenberg!

Brooks Robinson (1964), Frank Robinson (1966), Boog Powell (1970), and Cal Ripken, Jr. (1983 and 1991) of course won the AL MVP Award playing in B’More.

Yesterday someone came up with #SpringerDinger after George Springer hit his first career dinger. Let’s hope there are a lot more on the way.

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I tweeted this yesterday:

Chron poll yesterday, 15k votes, 32% Clowney, 30% Manziel. Today @AnniseParker endorses Manziel, now 32% Manziel, 32% Clowney, 8 vote lead.

Now it is 33% to 32% for Johnny Football.

H-town will learn this evening who goes numero 1.

Since we have been the Texans we have had the top pick twice and neither led us to a Super Bowl. In fact since then only one top pick has led his team to the Super Bowl – Eli Manning, and he didn’t lead the team that picked him.

Top pick Alex Smith was on the 49ers when they went to the Super Bowl but was not the starting QB in the big game. So even though there is going to be a lot of hoopla this evening with the first pick, odds are the player picked won’t lead us to the Super Bowl. Now that is a bummer.

Everybody knows we need a QB but most experts are saying we are not going to pick Johnny Football. I guess that is why they are experts.

Name the most recent MLB number 1 draft pick that played in a World Serious?

Check out the silly Danny Goeb video here: http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog.

This was in yesterday’s Chron:

Bo Porter said he wanted to be the most improved team in baseball. Jeff Luhnow spoke of significant improvement and an exciting team. Owner Jim Crane even talked of how happy he’d be to see a .500 record.

One-fifth of the schedule says “fat chance” all-around.

The Astros have trotted out a shrug-worthy and deflating brand of baseball almost nightly. That’s not a change from last year, it’s part two.

And:

The bullpen might come close to meeting the legal definition of false advertising.

Oh, well.

David Price of course was the top pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Rays and the next season saw action in the 2008 World Serious with the Rays.

Let’s see the Texans have the top pick this evening, next month the ‘Stros will have the top pick, and it looks like next year the ‘Stros will have the top pick.

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This is not what Team Hillary Clinton wanted. I am talking about Monica Lewinsky’s coming out party of sorts. Honestly, I can’t find fault for her penning a piece for “Vanity Fair” ‘splaining her side of the relationship she had with President Clinton. More power to her if as she says wants to “take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.” She is now 40 and it looks like she wants to take control of her situation. She wanted a gig in communications but she never got any offers and we all know why. It looks like she’s coming back on stage and wants it to be on her terms. I really don’t have a problem with that. Here is the Vanity Fair piece on Lewinsky’s coming out party and stay tuned for sure:

Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton: “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”

After 10 years of virtual silence (“So silent, in fact,” she writes, “that the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth”), Lewinsky, 40, says it is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I’ve decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)”

The full story is available May 8 in the digital edition. Subscribe now. The magazine will be on national newsstands and available in an audio edition on May 13.

Clearing the Air

Maintaining that her affair with Clinton was one between two consenting adults, Lewinsky writes that it was the public humiliation she suffered in the wake of the scandal that permanently altered the direction of her life: “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Job Hunting

After the scandal, writes Lewinsky, “I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.” After moving between London (where she got her master’s degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics), Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, Oregon, she interviewed for numerous jobs in communications and branding with an emphasis on charity campaigns, but, “because of what potential employers so tactfully referred to as my ‘history,’” she writes, “I was never ‘quite right’ for the position. In some cases, I was right for all the wrong reasons, as in ‘Of course, your job would require you to attend our events.’ And, of course, these would be events at which press would be in attendance.”

Correcting the Record

Lewinsky writes that she is still recognized every day, and her name shows up daily in press clips and pop-culture references. She admits that she used to refer to Maureen Dowd as “Moremean Dowdy,” but “today, I’d meet her for a drink.” And she requests one correction of Beyoncé, regarding the lyrics to her recent hit “Partition”: “Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.’”

Lewinsky responds to reports made public in February that Hillary Clinton, during the 1990s, had characterized her as a “narcissistic loony toon” in correspondence with close friend Diane Blair. “My first thought,” Lewinsky writes, “as I was getting up to speed: If that’s the worst thing she said, I should be so lucky. Mrs. Clinton, I read, had supposedly confided to Blair that, in part, she blamed herself for her husband’s affair (by being emotionally neglectful) and seemed to forgive him. Although she regarded Bill as having engaged in ‘gross inappropriate behavior,’ the affair was, nonetheless, ‘consensual (was not a power relationship).’”

Why She’s Going Public

When Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who was secretly streamed via Webcam kissing another man, committed suicide in September 2010, Lewinsky writes, she was brought to tears, but her mother was especially distraught: “She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn’t let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life—a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.” Lewinsky clarifies that she has never actually attempted suicide, but had strong suicidal temptations several times during the investigations and during one or two periods after.

Lewinsky writes that following Clementi’s tragedy “my own suffering took on a different meaning. Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: How do I find and give a purpose to my past?” She also says that, when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but, “thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Her current goal, she says, “is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums.”

I’m thinking that Team Hillary Clinton would rather have to deal with Benghazi than with Monica Lewinsky. Here is a bit from Salon:

The newly-minted freelance writer has a sharp sense of wit about “what happened,” though. She tells Beyoncé, whose recent single “Partition” refers to a beau who “Monica Lewinsky’d all on my gown” (a crude reference to biological evidence on the famous blue dress) that “I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown.”

I am sure Team Hillary Clinton wished that Monica Lewinsky would never utter a peep in public. Well, that’s not going to happen. It will be interesting to check out the full piece tomorrow when it comes out. She’s back! And it looks like she is going to do it her way.

In MLB, the numero 49 has been retired by two clubs. Name the players?

Remember when Neil Sedaka wrote “they say that breaking up is hard to do.” If he wrote those words today he would be talking about Hunker Down and the Astrodome. Here is from a Chron story today:

Harris County officials and other stakeholders – including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NFL’s Houston Texans – will convene next week for what County Judge Ed Emmett described Tuesday as a “family chat” about where things stand with the empty Astrodome and what should be done next in determining the fate of the iconic, but deteriorating structure.

And:

In a statement, Rodeo officials said they remain eager to find an “acceptable resolution to a closed and rotting building that sits at the center of their operations.”

And:

Emmett said Tuesday that renovation still is the goal, and potentially before the Super Bowl comes to NRG Stadium in 2017.

I guess the vote last November on the Dome has been erased from the County’s memory. Why did they even put it on the ballot? We’ve had nearly 15 years to repurpose the Dome and we’ve come up with zilch – nada.

Our own Larry Dierker and Ron Guidry of the Yankees of course had their numero 49 retired.

I wonder what the owner, GM, and Skipper are saying about our bullpen. It is not working at all. We’re on a pace to lose 113.

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House Speaker John Boehner is fixing to put together a special committee to look at the Benghazi attack – oh brother! Isn’t there a committee that has already been looking into this for over a year? House Dems are deciding if they want to participate. I say a resounding h—l no! Here is from an AP story:

The Obama administration and House Democrats said Monday they were undecided about whether to take part in or boycott an election-year investigation by Republicans into the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

House Speaker John Boehner announced last week he would create a select committee to examine the response to the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Legislative aides said a vote to authorize the panel is expected sometime this week. On Monday, Boehner said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., would head the investigation.

The action puts President Barack Obama’s team and House Democrats in a bind. They are concerned about what they believe will be a partisan forum for attacks on the president and his top aides ahead of crucial midterm elections in November, which could swing the Senate to GOP control. But avoiding the committee altogether means sacrificing the ability to counter Republican claims.

This is about using Benghazi to embarrass former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They are going to stretch this thing out all the way to 2016. By not participating the GOP will only get coverage for the first meeting or two and the story will be that Dems didn’t show up. Then they will stop getting coverage because the hearing will become so obviously one sided. The House GOP doesn’t deserve cooperation from House Dems.

We can’t get cooperation from the House GOP on immigration reform. The votes are in the House for immigration reform but Speaker Boehner is too scared of his own Caucus to put it to a vote. Let’s not give them a forum to bash Hillary and the administration.

The new Tigers’ skipper is Brad Ausmus. Name the different MLB uniforms Ausmus wore as a player?

Yesterday the Chron did a story on the Dem candidates for U.S. Senate here in the Lone Star State. Today the Chron has a story on our Ag Commissioner candidates. Here are a few lines from the story:

“One of them’s a dangerous commodity, the other’s a guaranteed dud,” Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said.

And:

While some analysts think a (Kinky) Friedman candidacy could attract Republican and independent votes in the general election, others see his potential candidacy as a drag on the party.

“Friedman represents the idea that anyone can be a Democratic candidate for high office because there’s so few accomplished Democratic candidates ready to run statewide,” (SMU Professor Cal) Jillson said. “And, that’s not a message that Democrats want to trumpet.”

I don’t know about this. This is probably the one time I am not going to say how I cast my ballot.

After the ‘Stros game this past Saturday, Commentary came home and settled in and watched the White House Correspondents Dinner live on CNN. The New York Times and folks like Tom Brokaw won’t participate in the dinner because they think it has gotten out of hand. It has something to do with co-mingling Washington with the media and Hollywood celebrities. Oh, brother!

I have said it before, the New York Times and Brokaw’s NBC news do more than their fair share of reporting on Hollywood celebrities. Why? Because the public wants it. That is why folks watch programs like E!, Access Hollywood, and other celebrity driven shows. That’s why Brokaw’s own NBC’s “Today”, one of NBC’s biggest revenue generators, covers them. That’s what folks want.

Like it or not that is who we are. I actually think it is refreshing to see a guy like Joel McHale that I really had never heard of poke fun at The President and other DC bigwigs. Washington isn’t broke because folks like Sofia Vergara, a Duck Brother, and The Good Wife show up to mingle with Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Bob Scheiffer, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright for a night or two out of the year. BTW: The “Today” show had a crew yesterday morning on the set of “The Voice”, an NBC property. This morning they did a segment on the folks that showed up dressed in fancy clothes at some gala in New York City.

Brad Ausmus of course played for the Padres, Tigers, ‘Stros and Dodgers.

It is May 6 and we now have the worst record in MLB. We still have 130 games left in the season. It is going to be a very long season.

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Debate Watch

Commentary was at Friday’s GOP Lite Guv candidates’ debate. I took Brad W. with me. Best I could tell we were the only Dems in attendance. There were a lot of older folks, mostly couples, and only two folks of color – I think.

When we were brought into the studio I counted around 90 folks total including station staff, audience members, media, and campaign handlers. It was hard to tell which candidate the audience was supporting. There weren’t a whole lot of reactions to the slams, one-liners, and verbal jabs.

If you watched the debate you know that Sen. Dan Patrick is far more polished. The Lite Guv had a few stumbles. Sen. Patrick pretty much ignored the moderator’s request to answer the questions and stay within the allotted time.

I found it interesting the Sen. Patrick used his opening to respond to the Lite Guv’s attack ads. The Lite Guv was certainly the aggressor and Sen. Patrick spent a lot of time on defense.

The day after the primary most folks including Commentary thought that the Lite Guv was toast. So why wouldn’t Sen. Patrick use his debate opening to talk about his vision and his credentials? I obviously don’t have polling info on the race but maybe the two weeks of Lite Guv attack ads are moving some GOP voters.

Meanwhile, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is endorsing the Lite Guv today. Why would he jump on a ship that is supposedly sinking?

The ‘Stros are in Detroit for four. The Tigers last won the World Serious in 1984 when they beat the Padres in five. Since then they have been to the Serious twice. When?

I am not going to talk about Friday night’s basketball game that we lost. I was just stunned.

So I guess the next three days we will be talking about our top NFL draft pick while the Texans’ front office will make it sound like they got their act together.

The anti-discrimination ordinance is on the H-Town Council Agenda for this week so expect a lot of folks to show up at City Hall tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Tigers of course lost the 2006 World Serious to San Luis and the 2012 World Serious to the Giants.

We won one by one run this weekend and lost two by one run – got it. We put ourselves in deep holes Saturday and yesterday.

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