Archive for March 15th, 2016

Unusual Morning

I have no choice but to be brief this morning. I am at 1201 Congress fulfilling a civic duty. Rather than drive over here and pay for parking, I got a free pass on the Red Line.

I saw these tweets this morning:

Houston News Retweeted

Katherine Whaley ‏@KatherineABC13 19m19 minutes ago

HOV lane problems! North, Gulf, Eastex, Southwest Fwys, and 290 blocked due to electrical problem affecting gates. @abc13houston #kattraffic


Houston Chronicle Retweeted

H-GAC ‏@hgaccog 28m28 minutes ago

HOV lanes operated by METRO closed across Houston http://fb.me/3WSJgki49

My cable was not working this morning. I wonder if the two are related.

The Chron has a piece today on Jon Singleton and his struggles so far in Spring Training as he battles for the first base position.   It is not looking too good for him as he is batting under the Mendoza line. We got Singleton in 2011 along with three other players from the Phillies in a trade. Who did we send to the Phillies in that trade?

Well, today is Super Tuesday 3. In the GOP race, it is looking like the field will narrow this evening. Here is my take on Sen. Marco Rubio. He needs to win his home state of Florida to stay relevant. If he wins tonight and if Ohio’s governor wins Ohio, then there will be uncertainty heading into the GOP convention and Rubio’s name is still out there. If he loses Florida, he will be out and won’t be a player at the GOP convention in Cleveland.

One hundred years ago today, Gen. John J. Pershing entered Mexico to go after Pancho Villa. He never caught him.   I wonder if Donald Trump will give this a mention today?

The Chron E-Board has a take today on opening up the way we vote in Texas and look at how Oregon votes. At least toward the end of their take they acknowledge that the folks that run state government are not going to entertain changes any time soon.

Speaking of, check out how Ross Ramsey of the Trib starts out his piece on Governor Abbott’s ridiculous claim yesterday that we have rampant voter fraud.

The governor of Texas thinks that fraud in the electoral system that put him and others in office is “rampant.”

He can’t back that up.

Greg Abbott was asked on Monday what he thought about President Obama’s throwdown last week on the state’s lousy voter turnout.

“The folks who are governing the good state of Texas aren’t interested in having more people participate,” the president told The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith at South by Southwest Interactive.

The chief of those “folks” would rather limit turnout than expand on what he seems to think is an election system that has run off the side of the road.

“What I find is that leaders of the other party are against efforts to crack down on voter fraud,” Abbott said. “The fact is that voter fraud is rampant. In Texas, unlike some other states and unlike some other leaders, we are committed to cracking down on voter fraud.”

Strong word, rampant. The handy office thesaurus offers these synonyms: uncontrolled, unrestrained, unchecked, unbridled, widespread; out of control, out of hand, rife.

Does three cases of fraud for every 1 million votes strike you as “unbridled?”

Here is the entire piece: http://www.texastribune.org/2016/03/15/analysis-scant-evidence-abbott-rampant-voter-fraud/.

I don’t know what you can say about this.

We gave up Hunter Pence of course in the 2011 trade with the Phillies.

I will say that the team is looking like a good team thus far.

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