Archive for January 20th, 2015

Commentary wasn’t doing Commentary when Guv Dude took office so I didn’t put out a take on his first day in office. Now that we are fixing to have Governor Greg Abbott around noon today I am obliged to have a take on his first day. Good luck! I really do hope you want to move all folks forward. I hope you don’t get caught up in moving forward an agenda that divides us. I hope you celebrate our diversity.

I hope you remember that there are a bunch of folks that make our economy grow including folks that don’t have their papers. I hope you can find the time to meet with some dedicated and productive DREAMERs, have dinner with them, and listen to their side and stories before you get out in front of a mean spirited policy or legislation.

I also hope you take the time to visit with and discuss the issues with Dems at the Capitol including folks like The Dean and Reps. Senfronia Thompson, Sylvester Turner, Garnet Coleman, and Carol Alvarado.

The campaign is over and hopefully the partisan rhetoric can be toned down. Try to keep the red meat in the fridge or freezer. Don’t govern by sound bite. Listen to what Hunker Down said the other day: “We need to get over the idea that everything connected to Washington is bad. We’ve got to get over the rhetoric.”

But most of all, try being a leader for all of us and not just the folks that voted in last year’s GOP Primary. Good luck!

I went to see “American Sniper” yesterday. I recommend this very powerful movie. When the movie was over folks just got up and walked out. Nobody said a thing.

The last scenes with the credits rolling to Ennio Morricone’s music was a very appropriate way to end this movie.

(Morricone also did the music to “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “The Mission,” and “The Untouchables” to name a few.)

From the More The Merry Department, it looks like we may have a third candidate for City Controller according to Teddy Schleifer. Check this:

METRO board member Dwight Jefferson is weighing a bid for city controller and expects to decide whether to join that race in the next month or so, he told the Chronicle Monday.

Jefferson would join a field currently led by Houston Community College trustee Carroll Robinson and 2013 Controller runner-up Bill Frazer. The race for Houston’s top financial officer may be overshadowed by the wide-open mayoral race, but it is expected to be competitive.

Jefferson, a former district court judge, expressed in an email an agenda that would try to “limit unfunded mandates” from state government and manage the city in a fiscally conservative way.

“As you can see, I have given the office considerable thought,” Jefferson said, “the question is, can I generate the necessary support to make a run both feasible and viable? That’s what I will be gauging over the next several weeks.”

Who was the lead-off batter for the ‘Stros last season on Opening Day?

BTW: Yesterday’s one matinee flick ticket, a medium soft drink, and a medium popcorn was $21.25. Hey, it was worth it for Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Clint Eastwood, and fake baby.

I really don’t want to complain but I sat through seven trailers yesterday before the movie started: the new “Mad Max” flick, another “Fast and Furious,” another “Terminator,”, “Chappie,”, “Kingsman,” “Most Violent Year,” and a new “Moby Dick” movie by Ron Howard.

Dexter Fowler of course was our Opening Day lead-off batter against the Yankees last year. Speaking of, here is Tags:

The Astros pulled off their second trade in a week on Monday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena from the Cubs in exchange for veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler, who will be joining his third team in three years.

The move helps the Astros fill needs at starting pitcher and third base while freeing up a crowded outfield picture. Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said Straily will compete for a spot in the rotation and Valbuena will be in the mix to start at third base, though he can play elsewhere.

I don’t agree with getting rid of Fowler.

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