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Today is last day of Spring – huh! How will you celebrate?

Commentary may have to retire Guv Dude’s name. He says he’s given up wearing cowboy boots. He says they contribute to his back problems. He can’t be Guv Dude unless he’s wearing cowboy boots – can he?

Maybe now he is seeing the writing on the wall. He’s backing off his earlier remarks on gays. He said he stepped in it. Check this:

“I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, ‘You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight, you need to be having a job.’ ”

Dude as well as the Chair of Lone Star State GOP are also backing away from the GOP Platform on gays. Like I say, they know how to read the writing on the wall – maybe.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers tossed a no-no against the Rockies Wednesday night. He also struck out 15. Name the three other pitchers that have tossed no-nos and struck out 15 batters?

Yesterday was Juneteenth. Bill Calhoun, Chairman of the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach put out this statement yesterday:

Today is June 19th, also known here in Texas as Juneteenth. On this day, we’re reminded of a very important event in the history of Texas and the United States.

In 1854, the National Republican Party was formed to abolish slavery. And though in 1860 the nation elected Abraham Lincoln as its first Republican President, a lot more work would need to be done before former slaves would enjoy full citizenship.

So on January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed an historic document–The Emancipation Proclamation. However, the news of freedom didn’t reach Texas until Army Maj. General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston in 1865 where on June 19,1865, 149 years ago today, he read General Order Number 3 which included these 4 words: “All Slaves are Free.”

General Granger’s words were based on the principle embedded in our Declaration of Independence, “That All Men Are Created Equal.” Still, more work would have to be done before former slaves could achieve the American Dream.

So, Republican Members of Congress authored and passed the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, formerly abolishing slavery, granting full citizenship, and establishing the right to vote for former slaves.

Then on July 4, 1867, 125 African American men and 20 Anglos met in Houston at the first Republican State Convention. And a Galvestonian named Norris Wright Cuney, an African American, rose up to be elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

Happy Juneteenth!

Now the GOP is lucky to get 10% of the African American vote in the general election. Heck, they don’t even make an effort to get the African American vote. Instead they trot out voter suppression efforts like voter I.D. laws. Yeah, Happy Juneteenth!

Warren Spahn (Braves versus Phillies, 1960), Don Wilson (‘Stros versus Braves, 1967), and Nolan Ryan (Angels versus Twins, 1974) tossed no-nos and struck out 15 of course.

We only got three base hits last night. We’ve lost four in a row! What happened?

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