Archive for May 5th, 2015

It is not about celebrating jalapenos, Corona, and margaritas.

It is to commemorate the Battle of Puebla. Here is from the web:

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.


Lead by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a smaller, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men were able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date’s celebration.

Somebody pointed out to me the other day that if the Sheriff resigns to run for H-Town Mayor, it will be the second powerful Harris County government office that the Latino community will relinquish over the past five years. Food for thought anyone?

The ‘Stros lead MLB with 40 team dingers. Name the team with the least number of team dingers?

The Sheriff met with the Chron E-Board and the Chron wrote about it. Good news or bad news or same old news? Here are parts so you decide:

Acknowledging his jailers were aware of a mentally ill inmate’s squalid living conditions, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Monday blamed breakdowns in his jail’s chain of command for the incident that led to criminal charges for two jail supervisors and disciplinary actions for 33 others.

“The front-line employees did what they needed to do,” Garcia said, explaining that his staff alerted their superiors that Terry Goodwin’s cell was dirty and that he was refusing to leave it. “They got bad direction from their supervisors.”


Garcia, who widely is expected to run for mayor of Houston and would have to step down as the county’s top lawman to do so, defended his record as sheriff, one that has been colored in recent weeks by Goodwin’s case and another inmate’s death from meningitis in April.

“I’m proud of where we’re at,” Garcia said, citing a reduction in the jail’s population and operating costs, as well as technological innovations at the agency. “I’m proud of the successes that we’ve had.”

Garcia’s staff questioned Department of Public Safety figures showing a decline in the department’s clearance rates between 2008, when Garcia’s predecessor left office, and 2013.

In those five years, the sheriff’s office’s murder clearance rate dropped from 65 percent to 37 percent and the clearance rate for reported rapes dropped from 42 percent to 15 percent, DPS records show. Robbery and assault clearance rates also fell by 8 percent.
Garcia attributed the lower clearance rates to delays in the agency’s crime reporting and a hiring freeze that reduced manpower in the sheriff’s office.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Garcia-blames-chain-of-command-for-inmate-s-6241945.php.

It kind of reminds me of the “not me!” from the “Family Circus” cartoon strip.

Hunker Down is in Germany on a fact finding mission of sorts on how to save the Astrodome. No comment!

The White Sox are dead last of course in the team dinger category with a measly 12.

Last night was a not so good night for the home teams.

Well at least we still have our seven game lead.

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