Archive for February 16th, 2015

Commentary tweeted this last night after the “Saturday Night Live 40”:

Marc Campos @MarcCommentary • 10h 10 hours ago
A @nbcsnl of outstanding performers. #SNL40

It was definitely a great show. Let me say this. I would hope that they do a way better job of recruiting Latina and Latino talent for their cast. That was missing last night.

Here is from Teresa Puente, Chicanísima Chicago:

But where have been the Latino actors on SNL?

Ok Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen have Latino roots.

But in 40 years that’s the best Lorne Michaels can do?

Where are the Latina women? Latino men?

You can’t say Latinos aren’t funny. We have comedic legends George Lopez, Freddie Prinze, and Mexico’s funniest star ever Cantinflas.

After SNL faced criticism for not having African American women cast members, they hired two.

Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population and buy 25 percent of all U.S. movie tickets. Latinos have buying power.

But they have less than 5 percent of speaking roles in films, according to a USC study.

They are small but growing numbers of Latinos on television, and some new shows such as Jane the Virgin and Cristela have Latinas in the leads. And there are Latino characters in shows such as Brooklyn Nine Nine, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

So as SNL moves into its 41st year it would be great if they could cast some Latino and Latina comedians and start to really reflect America.

I have friends of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage who grew up watching this show.

We would welcome a chance to laugh at characters that look like us.

Name the pitcher currently on a MLB roster with the most career shutouts?

Yesterday the Chron E-Board put out the issues they want Mayoral candidates to address this cycle. I have to give the E-Board credit for getting involved in the Mayoral contest early on. A couple of weeks ago they put what characteristics they wanted to see in the candidates. I guess you could say they are laying out a blueprint if you want their endorsement. There is nothing wrong with that.

Here are the issues: Diversity, Public safety, Pensions, Infrastructure and transit, Bicycles and pedestrians, Tax holes, Parks and culture, and A broad-based coalition.

Here is how they start out yesterday’s take:

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the personal characteristics that voters should look for in mayoral candidates. Today, we’re writing about the issues that mayoral candidates need to focus on as they begin their campaigns.

The Houston of 2016 will likely be one that has to grapple with sluggish revenue, less philanthropic support and all the consequences that come from layoffs at oil and gas companies.

Candidates won’t have the luxury of wasting their time on attack ads. Our city is at a turning point, and our destiny will be set by the next mayor’s ability to handle budget deficits and changing demographics.

And this is how they end:

A strong base can win elections, but it won’t manage a city. Candidates who run on divisive rhetoric will become mayors who face angry opponents ready to block his agenda. Candidates should set the table now to show that the whole city has a seat. Disagreements can become constructive when everyone is given a fair moment to be heard.

Check out the entire take here and see if anything was left off the list:

Speaking of divisiveness, here is what the current Mayor said after the HERO verdict: “I believe that the majority of Houston wants this divisive fight to be over so that we are able to provide equal rights protections for all of our residents. The city is confident it will prevail.”

From the Si, Señor Department, the Chron E-Board on Saturday gave a thumbs down to the incoming Texas Secretary of State for surrendering his description of paperless folks. Take my dignity, please! Check this:

(Thumbs down) State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, is our unenlightened legislator of the week. He demanded secretary of state nominee Carlos Cascos of Brownsville use the term “illegal” to describe individuals in the U.S. without papers. The problems are (a) we don’t know if people are here illegally until a case has been made and (b) these are often civil – not criminal – violations. Cascos, an early Greg Abbott appointment, disappointed by backing down. Oh, yeah, his nomination was approved.

The Trib tweeted this yesterday:

Texas Tribune ‏@TexasTribune 5m5 minutes ago
.@RonSimmonsTexas in @TribTalkTX: It’s time to end straight-ticket voting in Texas http://tribtalk.org/2015/02/15/its-time-to-end-straight-ticket-voting-in-texas/ … #txlege

Straight ticket voting is an option. Leave it alone! Let folks decide how they want to vote! We need to be more worried about increasing voter participation!

Tim Hudson of course has 13 career shutouts to lead all active MLB pitchers.

The Chron had a story this weekend about the ‘Stros owner finalizing his divorce. If you are interested, here it is: http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2015/02/13/jim-cranes-divorce-finalized-financial-settlement-said-to-have-no-effect-on-astros/#30544101=0.

Oh, well! That’s all I have from The Yard.

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