Archive for May 11th, 2015

Bill King is on TV. There is really not much else to say other than watch it. Here is a tweet from yesterday:

Katherine Driessen retweeted
Rebecca Elliott @rfelliott • 13h 13 hours ago
.@BillKingForHou moving to TV early with his first mayoral ad to run Monday morning http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/King-to-air-TV-ad-Monday-6254495.php … #hounews

Here is from a Chron story:

Houston mayoral candidate and former Chronicle columnist Bill King is hitting the TV airwaves early with a 30-second spot expected to show early Monday morning, according to spokesman Jim McGrath.

The advertisement, which McGrath said will air throughout the Houston market, introduces viewers to King and his “Back to Basics” campaign.

“I’ve spent my life building businesses, speaking out on our biggest issues, and working on Houston’s toughest challenges,” King says in the ad. “I’m ready to bring that experience to City Hall.”

McGrath declined to comment on the cost of the ad, which he said will likely run for at least two weeks.

“This is definitely an aggressive, early buy,” said University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus, noting that mayoral TV ads usually go up mid-summer.

“There’s one worry that early money spent sometimes can have very little effect if people aren’t paying attention,” Rottinghaus said, though he added that early air time could also help set the agenda for the race.

Go check out the ad here: http://billkingforhouston.com/.

Everybody knows that Hunter Pence made his MLB debut with the ‘Stros back in 2007. Hunter ended up in third place in the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year voting. Name the two players who were one and two in the voting?

I didn’t know that this had not happened yet. Yogi is very deserving and check this tweet:

Alyson Footer ‏@alysonfooter 34m34 minutes ago
Sign to petition @BarackObama to give #Yankees American icon Yogi Berra the Pres Medal of Freedom #YogiMedal: http://bit.ly/yogiBerra

Commentary has been saying for a while now that locally we do a lousy job of educating folks on how to recycle. There was a story in the Chron this past weekend on local recycling and it talks about folks not knowing how to recycle. For the life of me I cannot understand why we have not put out a better effort to get folks to recycle the right way. Here is from the Chron Story:

To help make the enterprise more economically sound, companies are working harder to educate consumers on what they can and can’t recycle – and renegotiating contracts as they expire.

Waste Management has a campaign called “Recycle Often, Recycle Right” targeting consumers. The company is incorporating education programs into more municipal contracts as they renegotiate them, working with cities to go into schools and distribute materials on what can go in the recycling bin.

In Houston, four staff members do community education on waste and recycling.

Something as simple as putting recycling in a garbage bag throws off the process because the bag can’t be recycled. Depending on the volume workers are dealing with on the conveyer belt, they may rip it open, or just throw out the whole bag and its contents.

In March, Houston’s contamination rate was 17.4 percent.

“A fifth or a sixth of the material that’s going in there is really of no value, and not only is it of no value in terms of the end product, it tremendously increases the processing cost,” said Puneet Bhasin, who now runs Waste Management’s recycling business.

Contamination is why most in the industry see one-bin policies, like that Houston is pursuing, as a step in the wrong direction. Once paper gets wet or gets food on it, it has pretty much lost all value for recyclers.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Some-enviro-friendly-items-hurt-recyclers-bottom-6251822.php.

If you ask me, they are not being too creative over there.

Yesterday, one of the local news programs devoted the entire show to prominent working moms and how they juggle their jobs with being a mom. I am thinking that on Father’s Day next month, they probably won’t do a program on how prominent dads juggle their work with being a dad.

In 2007, Hunter Pence got the third most votes for NL Rookie of the Year of course behind winner Ryan Braun and runner-up Troy Tulowitzki.

Hunter is now with the Giants and the Giants are at The Yard for two starting tomorrow evening but Hunter is a little dinged up and probably won’t play.
We still have a five game lead. We split the four game roadie in Anaheim. We’re home for nine.

Read Full Post »