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Supreme Take

Last night’s MLB All Star Game was played in a NL venue. Next year’s game is in Miami at a NL venue.   When was the last time we played in an AL crib?

2016 is definitely a different and weird political election year.   It starts of course with Donald Trump fixing to be crowned the GOP nominee for president next week.   And our politics isn’t confined to the political arena. Check these tweets from last night:

Dieter Kurtenbach ‏@dkurtenbach 4h4 hours ago

Some guy from The Tenors, who sang the Canadian National Anthem held up an All Lives Matter sign.


Dieter Kurtenbach ‏@dkurtenbach 4h4 hours ago San Diego, CA

Dieter Kurtenbach Retweeted Chelsea Janes

Dude changed the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem too.


Chelsea JanesVerified account ‏@chelsea_janes 4h4 hours ago

Member of the Tenors, singing the Canadian anthem here, just held “All Lives Matter” card up during the song:


NBAers warm up with messages on their  t-shirts so last not should not surprise us.

Now the Notorious RBG got in her Supreme Take. Here is from a Washington Post story:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made clear that her criticism of Republican Donald Trump was not the result of an unguarded moment. She told a CNN analyst in an interview late Monday that Trump is a “faker” and said she was surprised the media has not pressed him more to release his tax returns.

Trump responded by telling a New York Times reporter that Ginsburg’s comments were “highly inappropriate” and she should leave her lifetime appointment sooner rather than later.

The back-and-forth was an extraordinary confrontation. Usually the most public interaction between the court and the political world comes at the annual State of the Union address, where the justices sit stoically among partisan cheers and catcalls.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. earlier this year said the politics of Senate confirmation hearings give the public the mistaken view that justices are partisan.

“We don’t work as Democrats or Republicans,” he said.

Some are saying that she was out of line for weighing in. Those are the same folks that support the unprecedented – you know, not voting to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Just par for the course these days.

And politics and public policy is in the Chron Sports Section today. Here is the online headline and the beginning of the story:

Defeat of HERO could hurt Houston’s All-Star chances

Houston’s 2015 defeat of Proposition 1, an anti-discrimination ordinance known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), could jeopardize future efforts to land NBA All Star events if the league views the Houston laws as similar to the North Carolina law that has the league considering withdrawing the 2017 All Star week from Charlotte.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, while enumerating again the league’s objection to holding its showcase event in Charlotte following the controversial passage of HB2, said Tuesday the NBA has specifically looked at laws in Houston and NBA cities while examining options in Charlotte.

“We’ve been looking closely at the laws in all the jurisdictions in which we play,” Silver said when asked if the league has specifically considered the laws in Houston.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/Defeat-of-HERO-could-hurt-Houston-s-All-Star-8355841.php?cmpid=btfpm.

I have not heard if this is going to be addressed anytime soon.

I watched the President speak yesterday at the Dallas memorial and I have to admit I caught myself wondering what the families of the victims were thinking at times. The Chron E-Board might have been thinking like me. Here are parts of their take today:

In Dallas, the president was his usual eloquent self, his words at once consoling, soul-searching and uplifting, and yet he expressed frustration with the limited ability of mere words to inspire action in a nation desperately in need of transformational change. “I’ve seen how inadequate my own words have been,” he said.

However inadequate, Obama spoke three truths in Dallas that we find not only self-evident but also useful as markers in this nation’s quest to heal divisions and break the devastating outbreaks of violence that have wracked communities large and small. 

First, Obama acknowledged the professionalism and sense of high purpose that characterize those who protect and serve. “We know that the overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally,” he said. “They’re deserving of our respect and not our scorn.”

Second, he acknowledged the lingering effects of racism in this country, racism that corrodes the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities, particularly African-American communities. “We also know that centuries of racial discrimination, of slavery and subjugation and Jim Crow, they didn’t just simply vanish with the end of lawful segregation; they didn’t just stop when Dr. King made a speech, when the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act were signed,” Obama said. “We know that bias remains. We know it. No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments.”

Obama’s third truth, echoing the wise and thoughtful remarks the past few days of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, is that we ask our police departments to do too much and ask too little of ourselves.

“As a society,” he said, “we choose to under-invest in decent schools. We allow poverty to fester, so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment. We refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs. We flood communities with so many guns that is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book. And then we tell the police, ‘You’re a social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor.’ We tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience. And then we feign surprise when the tensions boil over.”

Those truths weren’t necessarily words of consolation for a grieving community and bereft families – some in the audience seemed to resent them – but they’re words that the rest of us need to hear…….

Check out the entire E-Board take here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Sorrow-helps-us-heal-8355631.php.

In 2014, the All Star game was played at Target Field in Minneapolis of course.

How about this one:

Dieter Kurtenbach ‏@dkurtenbach 41m41 minutes ago

The American League has home field advantage in the World Series, if you’re wondering why the Astros are hosting G7 instead of the Giants.

I will take it.

I guess this is a good idea:

Amanda Rykoff ‏@amandarykoff 4h4 hours ago

League batting champ awards will be named after Rod Carew (AL) and Tony Gwynn (NL). Well done, MLB.


Pete Abraham ‏@PeteAbe 4h4 hours ago

MLB announces the AL and NL batting champions will now receive, respectively, the Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn Awards. Great idea

Jose Altuve went hitless last night in three at-bats.

Will Harris was ice last night coming in with the bases loaded and getting the out. So the ‘Stros contributed to the win. Nice!


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