Archive for July 8th, 2014

In 1973, ‘Stro Bob Watson set the club record with 123 base hits before the All Star Game break. Last night in Arlington AL All Star Jose Altuve smacked his 124th base hit of the season surpassing Bob Watson’s 123. A tweet went out that mentioned Watson wore the numero 27 that Altuve now wears. Watson was also an All Star as a ‘Stro. Name the other two former ‘Stros that wore the numero 27 and were selected to the NL All Star Team as ‘Stros?

The President is coming to the Lone Star State this week. Here is what I said last week:

The President is coming to the Lone Star State next week to do an economy event and raise money for Dems and he is starting to get heat for…… well check this:

“If he doesn’t come to the border, I think it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern of what’s really going on there,” declared Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016.

The White House said Thursday that Obama currently has no plans to visit the border when he travels to Texas next week, primarily to fundraise for Democratic congressional candidates. A trip to the border could result in awkward optics for the president, who would be unlikely to meet with youngsters he’s seeking to deport and would risk upsetting immigration advocates who oppose the deportations if he were to meet with border patrol agents or other law enforcement.

Administration officials say that Perry and other Republicans are merely trying to score political points rather than working to resolve a major problem. But the political concerns aren’t so easily dismissed for Obama.

The border crisis has put him in the difficult position of asking Congress for more money and authority to send the children back home at the same time he’s seeking ways to allow millions of other people already in the U.S. illegally to stay.

The White House also wants to keep the focus of the debate in this midterm election year on Republican lawmakers whom the president has accused of blocking progress on a comprehensive overhaul of America’s immigration laws. Obama announced this week that, due to a lack of progress on Capitol Hill, he was moving forward to seek out ways to adjust U.S. immigration policy without congressional approval.

I am thinking The President will end up doing something immigration-wise when he gets here. If not, the GOP is going to hammer us on the issue and score some points.

Well, The President has changed his mind and he’s doing a roundtable on immigration in Dallas and is asking Guv Dude to participate. Did The President turn the tables in Dude? Well, check this out from today’s Statesman:

Gov. Rick Perry Monday turned down what he characterized as President Barack Obama’s offer for a “quick handshake on the Tarmac” when the president arrives in Austin on Wednesday. But Perry said he would juggle his schedule to accommodate a “substantive meeting” with Obama on border security any time during his two-day visit to Texas.

Late Monday, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, replied to Perry affirmatively, saying, “The president would welcome a meeting with you while he is in Texas.”

In the two-page letter obtained first by the American-Statesman, Jarrett also invited Perry to join faith leaders and local elected officials for a round table discussion on the border that has been added to the president’s schedule while he is in Dallas on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear how Perry would respond.

The president is spending two days in Texas, raising money for national Democratic coffers in Dallas on Wednesday and in Austin on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. His only public event in Austin will be a discussion of the economy at the Paramount Theater on Congress Avenue on mid-day Thursday. There was no plan to visit the southern border while in Texas, but the newly-added Dallas round table means that he will be addressing the issue of illegal immigration head-on while in the state.

“As you know, the administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of-government response on both sides of the border,” Jarrett wrote Perry. “This includes appropriate care for unaccompanied children, as well as aggressive steps to surge resources to the Southwest border to deter both adults and children from embarking on this dangerous journey, increasing capacity for enforcement and removal proceedings, and quick return of recent unlawful border crossers to their home countries after appropriate humanitarian screenings have taken place and they are determined to be removable.”

The surprising turn of events came in response to a letter from Perry to the president earlier in the day in which, he wrote, “I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the Tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.”

Perry has been harshly critical of the president on what he contends is the administration’s failure to seal the border or anticipate the growing tide of new arrivals, most of them children from Central America.

“I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” charging the president was either “inept” or had an “ulterior motive” in failing to secure the border.

The White House has been dismissive of Perry’s rhetoric on the developing situation, which has become the focus of national attention and has offered Perry, who is contemplating another run for president, a chance to go head-t0-head with the president on an issue with great resonance among the Republican Party base.

“The truth is, it’s hard to take seriously Governor Perry’s concerns,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said last week. Instead of lecturing the president, Earnest said Perry might more usefully lobby House Republicans from Texas to support comprehensive immigration reform, which the administration contends would get to the root of the problem.

At a congressional field hearing in McAllen last week, Perry called for swiftly deporting the illegal border-crossers. Obama is seeking $2 billion to expand detention facilities and expedite deportation proceedings.

The president has not been to the Rio Grande Valley to see first-hand what is going on, and Perry and other Republicans — including Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn — have chided Obama for not building a border visit into this Texas trip.

In her letter, Jarrett said that on Tuesday the president would request supplemental appropriations legislation to bolster efforts with regard deterrence and enforcement, to seek greater foreign cooperation for repatriating and reintegrating those being sent home, and to increase the capacity to detain, care and transport the unaccompanied children now in custody.

“The President hopes you will join him in urging Congress to quickly pass the emergency funding to deal with the current situation at the border,” Jarrett wrote Perry.

It is now in Guv Dude’s court. Will he take up The President’s invite? Will this issue dominate the Guv’s race this week?

First baseman Glenn Davis (1986 and 1989) and pitcher Pete Harnisch (1991) of course were NL All Stars as ‘Stros and also wore the numero 27.

I better watch what I say but do you think that the Rangers are no longer looking at us through the rear view mirror and are now checking us through the side view mirror?

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