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Ben and Sylvester

The seventh Mayoral Forum of the season was held in City Council District D last night. If you weed out the handlers, politicos, and so on, the crowd was mostly older African American – all likely voters.

The set up. At forums, State Rep. Sylvester Turner always touts his 26 years of service and his continued residence in Acres Homes. The subject of food deserts came up and Ben Hall dissed Turner’s years of service and pointed out that the best Acres Homes could do in attracting grocery stores was a Food-o-rama – suggesting that Turner’s years of service hasn’t helped much in getting better food choices in his community – ouch. I am wondering if Ben’s line of attack will continue in African American settings. Food fight anyone?

Rebuild H-Town also got smacked around last night. Council Member Steve Costello was the only defender which comes as no surprise.

Among active MLB pitchers, who has the most career shutouts?

The headline of today’s front page of the Chron: Many clerks ignore Paxton’s advice.

That doesn’t surprise me. AG Paxton is sabre rattling from the confines of his office. County Clerks are a part of the community. They didn’t run for their office to be some sort of moral authority or ideologue. They didn’t run for office so they could judge their neighbors. Good for them!

Paxton is playing to his base, but his base doesn’t represent who we are – got it?

Today is another fundraising deadline.

There is not much else you can say about NBC other than to say they did the right thing in regards to Donald Trump. No mas!

Jose Altuve made up some ground in the latest AL All Star Game balloting. I don’t know if he has enough time to catch up though.

Tim Hudson of course leads all active MLB pitchers with 13 career shutouts.

The ‘Stros now lead the AL in wins with 45. Dallas Keuchel has three career shutouts and he starts tonight against the Royals.

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Commentary traveled all over the country back in 2000 working for the Dem ticket. When we lost Bush v. Gore that December, I think I may have dropped a couple or so MF bombs on five of the Supremes and moved on the next day and prepared for W. Same for Citizens United.

Our state GOP leadership are acting like first class sore losers on marriage equality. The Supremes have ruled so get with it. Marriage equality exists in Texas. Same sex couples can now be legally married in Texas. It is OK to drop a few MF bombs on the Supremes. But it is now time to move on. Millions of Texans support and embrace the decision made by the Supremes. What is the point of trying to build barriers when you have already been run over?

The Texas AG put out his take yesterday saying county clerks could ignore the Supremes. I wonder how many lawyers in the AG’s office actually believe their boss and that take. That is not what they were taught in law school. That is why they call it the SUPREME Court.

You kind of get the feeling that the state’s GOP leadership are in Jade Helm mode and want the President to send in the National Guard to enforce marriage equality. That’s not going to happen as GOP county clerks throughout the state are already following the law.

I get that the state’s GOP leadership is playing to their base, but I believe the majority of Texans think it is time to look forward. And the leadership will pay a price at the polls in the future for ignoring the rule of law.

Like Lt. Governor Dan Patrick likes to say: “It’s a new day in Texas!”

Name the two teams with the best record in the AL?

Commentary doesn’t have a problem with burying the Texas Dem’s Two Step. One Step is OK with me. I wonder if they will ever do away with the precinct convention.

Commentary invested the past thirteen Sunday nights on “American Odyssey” and I feel like they left me holding a bag of sorts last night. Is that it? What happened to the kid?

Close to 140,000 fans went out to The Yard to see the ‘Stros and Yankees split four. That is pretty good.

The two best teams in the AL are the Royals at 44-28 and the ‘Stros at 44-34 of course.

The Royals and ‘Stros begin a three game series tonight at The Yard. Try to get a game in this week because after Wednesday they won’t be home until after the All Star break when they host the Rangers on Friday, July 17.

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Thank you, SCOTUS!

Get with it Texas!

HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones and State Sen. Rodney Ellis are taking the lead in renaming some HISD schools. Have at it. Here is from the Chron:

Rhonda Skillern-Jones said she plans to discuss the issue with her fellow trustees at an upcoming meeting. Superintendent Terry Grier added that he is “strongly considering” recommending that the board change the names.

And:

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, sent a letter to the Houston Independent School District Wednesday urging the renaming of six campuses named after Confederate army officers or others tied to the Confederacy: Dowling, Jackson and Johnston middle schools and Davis, Lee and Reagan high schools.

“Remembering our past is important, especially if you want to avoid making the same mistakes,” Ellis wrote. “But we can teach our students about the evils of the past without endorsing the actions of those who fought to uphold them. When we honor hate at our schools, we teach hate to our children.”

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HISD-board-president-backs-changing-6350468.php.

I wonder if they are going to include slave owners from the past. How about those that supported segregation or opposed civil rights and voting rights. How about some of the folks that help found the state of Texas and nearly succeeded in making Native-Americans an extinct people. These same folks also made Texas a slave-owning state. How does one define hate? I wonder where they will draw the line. I am glad Board President Skillern-Jones and Sen. Ellis are the deciders and not me. Go for it!

Name the Yankee great who has scored the most runs as a Yankee?

Hey, if the GOP wants to have its presidential primary focus on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, go for it! Because the rest of America is leaving you behind!

Some notes from last night’s Yankee game at The Yard.

A-Roid was booed. I didn’t though.

Nobody boos Carlos Beltran these days. Folks have forgotten, maybe even forgiven, after all, it has been eleven years.

It felt like 35,000 plus were there. Actually, there were 28,000 plus change.

There was excitement in the air.

After the game the streets were packed with folks.

My Best Friend and I shared the snagging of a foul ball.

A-Roid whiffed three times.

We won four zip.

Dallas Keuchel won his ninth.

Babe Ruth of course leads all Yankees with 1,959 runs scored.

It is going to be hopping at The Yard tonight for sure as our lead is now five.

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Good ‘Ol Boys

Don’t waste your time complaining to the new sheriff about his throwing a no-no against women regarding his command staff. Instead, complain to Hunker Down, after all, he wanted this fella because he possessed “gravitas.” Hey, if the new sheriff wants to hand us an issue on a gold platter in next year’s election, let him. That is not a very smart move on his part. I wonder if Hunker Down agrees.

Here is from the Chron:

The lack of women in leadership roles is worth noting because representation in the top ranks promotes a message about equity, provides role models and boosts morale, said Danielle Flanagan, an instructor of criminal justice at West Texas A&M University who studied women in policing in the Texas panhandle.

While it is common for a new sheriff to assemble a fresh lineup, Hickman’s first several assignments prompted fears among deputies and civil rights advocates that he was retreating to a leadership style of a bygone era.

Here is the Chron front page article on the female snub:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/New-sheriff-names-all-male-command-post-6347787.php.

Now that’s what I call gravitas – baby!

The Yankees are in town for four. Name the former MLBer who has played in the most games all time as a Yankee?

If the Supremes rule for same sex marriage, the Harris County Clerk is going to take his sweet time in issuing marriage licenses. What is the point? Playing to your base? Not a smart move. Here is the Chron article on the delay of game, err playing games:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Stanart-no-plan-to-issue-licenses-immediately-if-6346500.php?cmpid=btfpm.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis in a Chron Op-Ed today is calling for HISD to look at changing the names of some of the schools that are named after Johnny Reb players. I don’t have a problem. Of course, one of the biggest alumni groups is the Jeff Davis Alumni. They have some pretty prominent players. I wonder what they think about this. Here is from the Sen. Ellis piece:

As an extremely diverse school district in the most diverse city in the nation, the names of our community schools should not lionize men who dedicated themselves to maintaining the ability of one human to own another. I hope that the board will use this unique opportunity to move the district in a new direction and away from a discriminatory past by creating a process to review and consider renaming schools named after Confederate stalwarts.

Here is the entire piece:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Ellis-HISD-schools-shouldn-t-honor-Confederacy-6347308.php.

There is another mayoral forum today. This one is at the River Oaks Country Club.

Derek Jeter of course was on the field for 2,747 games wearing the pin stripes.

We are still four games up and start a seven game homie against two of the better teams in the AL. The Yankees and the Royals.

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Last night Bill King interviewed with the Harris County Tejano Democrats. He was asked a diversity question. Bill responded by letting Tejano Dems know that his campaign was the only H-Town mayoral campaign with senior Latino staff/consultants – two. Both also happen to be members of Tejano Dems. The other six campaigns have nada! Blah, blah, blah. What is the hold-up?

Then I got this:

James Cardona ‏@txdem74 2m2 minutes ago
@MarcCommentary @BillKingForHou @TejanoDemocrats Maybe he doesn’t know what Latino means. -Finance Director, Steve Costello for Mayor

Well that is one. Show me the others.

The drainage fee got some run in today’s Chron. This part stood out:

City Attorney Donna Edmundson disputed the notion that the city could not collect the drainage fee if the trial court finds the ballot language was misleading, pointing out that the lawsuit targets the charter amendment, not the ordinance City Council later passed to begin collecting the fee.

“The ruling by the Texas Supreme Court regarding the language for the Proposition 1 charter amendment has no bearing on whether the drainage ordinance continues,” Edmundson said. “The enabling ordinance adopted by City Council created the drainage utility and accompanying monthly fee that finances the streets and drainage program. For this reason, the ongoing legal dispute has no impact on the city budget for the coming fiscal year or the five-year Capital Improvement Program City Council will consider on Wednesday.”

South Texas College of Law professor Matthew Festa said that if the charter amendment is struck down and the city continues to collect the fee, it begs the question why they sent it to voters in the first place.

“It might be a technically correct legal argument,” Festa said. “But it might not be prudent to continue implementing a law where the basis on which the law is enacted is in grave doubt.”

That is not too smart if you ask me. Legally she might be right but politically it would be a huge blunder.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/ReBuild-lawsuit-could-halt-road-projects-6345148.php.

Name the team with the lousiest record in MLB this morning?

Johnny Reb continues to take a hit. The Chron E-Board wants to rename Dowling Street and four HISD Schools.

UT is reviewing its statues.

Retailers are pulling the Johnny Reb stuff off of their shelves.

And Lisa Falkenberg puts out a take.

Do the right thing!

Philly of course is at 26-47 and has the lousiest record in MLB.

Last night was fun. How can you not enjoy a 13 runfest! We now have a four game lead and end the roadie this afternoon.

And how about this tweet:

Alyson Footer retweeted
Dan Clasgens ‏@DanClasgens 2h2 hours ago
Carlos Correa is the 10th 20-year-old to hit at least 4 HR in first 15 career games, joining Ted Williams, Frank Robinson & Orlando Cepeda.

He is in good company.

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Johnny Reb

The Johnny Reb flag is taking a well deserve beating these days.

Yesterday I watched a very moving and powerful announcement.

I am talking about watching South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on the flat screen as she announced the Confederate flag will no longer fly on the grounds of the state capitol as she was surrounded by Republicans and Democrats. She looked strong and decisive as she delivered a powerful message.

She made a lot of the GOP prez candidates look goofy.

Then Walmart said Johnny Reb paraphernalia would no longer be on their shelves.

Now folks are setting their sights on anything related to Johnny Reb while singing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

The Jeff Davis statue at UT? The Mississippi flag.

Here in H-Town we have schools named after Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis, and Stonewall Jackson. Should they be goners? I would not have a problem if they got the boot.

What is next? Five flags over Texas?

There really wasn’t any news yesterday in the race for H-Town Mayor. The next forum is this Thursday.

How many Royals were in the AL All Star team starting lineup last year?

Pete Rose will never get in to the Hall of Fame. I wonder if the Reds will let him have role in this year’s All Star game festivities. Hope not. I am really tired of his act.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez was the only Royals starter in last year’s All Star Game of course and he was actually a replacement.

In the latest All Star game voting, the Royals are leading in seven positions.

We lost last night and now lead by three.

Ready for the Yankees?

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Summer Politics

The summer kicked off yesterday with this front page story in the Chron on the race for H-Town mayor. Here it is: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Rebuild-Houston-could-prove-a-drain-on-mayor-s-6338698.php?t=e6fed25edeb2e7d3f0&cmpid=twitter-premium.

Hey, you get on the front page. What else can you ask for? I am thinking the Bill King campaign got a good bump. After all, so far “back to basics” is the only line that is getting some run.

It was certainly hot out there this past weekend talking to voters. I don’t really encounter very many that are happy with how things are going. Some feel slighted and ignored. A bunch want new blood. We will see.

Meanwhile, the Rep. Sylvester Turner campaign trotted out a list of 20 or so of his Latino colleagues who endorsed him. Hey maybe they have familia in H-Town.

The ‘Stros now have 103 dingers to lead all MLB clubs. Name the team with the least amount of dingers?

It turns out someone real close to Commentary has a significant and major interest in the newest and hottest club in H-Town. That’s cool. Of course, I am not much of a club person so I’ll just have to rely on others to tell me how it is going.

Who would have thought that seventy-one games into the season we would have the third best record in MLB? Of course, we still have not made it to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The next ten games will certainly be a test. We have three in Anaheim. Then the Yankees are in for four, followed by the Royals for three.

The ATL only have 41 team dingers of course.

It looks like Jose Altuve will be back in the starting lineup this evening and we are three and a half up.

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