Archive for July, 2016

Mike Snyder of the Chron has a column today about the potential of the Latino vote in Pasadena. Commentary has said before that the local Dem Party needs to focus on areas like Pasadena. That is where our future is. Here is how the Snyder column begins:

When Oscar Del Toro tries to persuade his fellow Pasadena Latinos to vote, he appeals to them on practical and emotional levels.

Practical: If you and your neighbors get the voting numbers up in your precinct, elected officials will start paying attention to your neighborhood even if your candidate doesn’t win.

Emotional: You’ll feel better about yourself if you participate in your community. Del Toro’s parents came to Pasadena from Monterrey, Mexico, and became U.S. citizens years before he did, but they never voted until he took them to the polls.

It is a darn good column so check it out here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/In-Pasadena-effort-to-awaken-sleeping-giant-8379174.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Commentary will skip the MLB question again because of another tragedy.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority is going all EZ TAG. No more tossing coins into a bucket or paying the toll person. What if you don’t have a credit card? Or does everybody have a credit card these days? Here is the Chron story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Hardy-Toll-Road-closing-this-weekend-for-cashless-8378708.php?cmpid=btfpm

The GOP convention next week will be must see TV with me. It will be four days of Trump TV. I still love the following from Politico:

Millions of dollars short and running out of time, organizers of the Republican National Convention have written an urgent request for $6 million to Las Vegas billionaire couple Sheldon and Miriam Adelson to cover the bills for next week’s festivities. 

In a letter to the Adelsons, obtained by POLITICO, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee revealed the names of more than two dozen prominent corporations and individuals who have reneged on a collective $8.1 million in pledged donations. 

The letter represents the most public acknowledgment to date that Donald Trump has directly cost convention organizers millions of fundraising dollars. 

“Over the past couple months, negative publicity around our potential nominee resulted in a considerable number of pledges backing out from their commitments,” the letter says.

In the old days, after a TV special news bulletin on a tragedy, the announcer would say “we now return to your regular programming.”

Sadly, these days, the “regular programming” is now the special news bulletins. Stay safe this weekend and I mean it.

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This is so random. I was watching “Today” and they debuted a trailer for an upcoming Warren Beatty flick called “Rules Don’t Apply” about Howard Hughes. I think it has been around 15 years since Beatty was in a movie.

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1JrMOiG5hc.

In case you don’t remember Warren Beatty, how about “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Shampoo.”

This got some folks disturbed.  Check this:

Chronicle Opinion‏@ChronOpinion 28m28 minutes ago

Editorial: Justified shooting? More Qs than answers after @houstonpolice officers fatally shoot man http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Justified-shooting-8376733.php?t=9af97a2f15438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium … @HoustonChron

So this happened:

St. John B. Smith ‏@stjbs 16m16 minutes ago

St. John B. Smith Retweeted Chronicle Opinion

This editorial, fyi, has infuriated @HPOUTX so much it is now refusing to speak to Chronicle reporters til 2018https://twitter.com/ChronOpinion/status/753601392938319872 …

Really? So I guess we are not going to get along in H-Town?   Why blame reporters? They are not part of the E-Board team?

Check this from MSN.com:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday apologized for statements she made criticizing Republican presidential contender Donald Trump.

“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect,” Ginsburg said in a statement released by the court.

Without looking, who has the best record in MLB this morning?

This should concern all Dems. Here are some tweets from yesterday:


Donald J. TrumpVerified account ‏@realDonaldTrump 26m26 minutes ago

#CrookedHillary is outspending me by a combined 31 to 1 in Florida, Ohio, & Pennsylvania. I haven’t started yet!


Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 24m24 minutes ago

Teddy Schleifer Retweeted Donald J. Trump

The man has a point


Remember, I said this in March;

I stopped rooting for Donald Trump. I changed my mind. I think he is way too unpredictable.   Here is the headline from a recent post by Erica Grieder on Burkablog:

WARNING: Donald Trump Could Win the General Election

Here is a part from her post:

The first fifteen primaries have shown that Trump’s appeal isn’t confined to a bloc of Republican voters delineated in the traditional ways, with reference to characteristics like region, ideology, socioeconomic status, race, or religious affiliation. His support is strongest among some subsets of the Republican electorate, like blue-collar white men, but he nonetheless performs pretty well among college-educated professionals too. He’s been successful among voters who would have logical reasons to reject his candidacy, such as southern evangelicals. He’s even been successful at animating support from the most unlikely subset of all: voters who don’t usually bother to vote. To put it differently: Trump has created a new coalition, one that doesn’t map onto the traditional categories.

Go check it all here: http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/387456/.

The “voters who don’t usually bother to vote” concern me.   How many are out there? I kind of think that the national pollsters are not talking to these folks because they have not been voting.

I would much rather face a Sen. Ted Cruz or heck, even a Mitt Romney because we can pretty much expect to know who will show up to go vote. With Trump we just don’t know and that is kind of scary.

And I said this in May.

Commentary has said before that it won’t be a cakewalk for Sec. Hillary Clinton this fall against Donald Trump. Remember, she is a public figure who has endured 25 years of attacks from the GOP.

The recent email mess hasn’t helped us out.  I am also thinking Trump will get a bump after he picks his running mate.

The Giants own the best record in MLB today with a 57-33 clip of course.

I am not going to talk about the former MLBer that thinks Jose Altuve is on the juice.

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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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On Cleveland

The President along with former President Bush (43) will be together in Dallas today. Let’s make a bet. Which of the following will be the first to make a crack afterwards in hope of further dividing America: Rudy Giuliani or Mike Huckabee?

I am thinking the editors over at the Chron want to see a fight break out at the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. They have a front page story today on an insurgency of sorts. Here is how it starts out:

A growing cadre of Republican dissidents hoping to block the nomination of Donald Trump started gathering Monday in Cleveland, where they opened an office and vowed to upend the celebrity businessman when the convention starts in seven days.

“Together, we’re going to have a first ballot surprise for Mr. Trump in Cleveland,” said Jack Burkman, a prominent Washington lobbyist and syndicated radio show host who threw a party over the weekend at his suburban Virginia home to raise more than $500,000 for the stop-Trump effort.

As Trump’s opponents planted their flag in Cleveland, a federal judge in Richmond threw out a Virginia law binding all the state’s delegates to Trump, a case brought by a Virginia campaign leader for Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Dump-Trump-forces-arrive-in-Cleveland-buoyed-by-8353001.php.

This is wishful thinking.

Commentary plans to watch the convention next week only because it will be a bit different than the usual scripted fare. Sure there will be surprises, but not the kind that the Chron writes about. Speaking of, I wonder how many reporters the Chron will be sending to Cleveland.

Jose Altuve will be the lead-off batter for the AL All Stars this evening. This will not be the first time a ‘Stro batted lead-off at an All Star game. Name the other time or times this has happened?

The following from Politico this morning give me hope for this year. I am talking about GOP operatives staying away from Cleveland next week. Heck, if they don’t want to be seen in Cleveland, it ought to tell us something about what they think of their chances this fall. Here is from Politico:

At a time when many Republicans are deeply dissatisfied with their nominee, pessimistic about their prospects for victory in the fall and alarmed about the direction of their party, there’s a reluctance about attending the convention more typically reserved for going to the DMV, being summoned for jury duty or undergoing a root canal.


Those who are going often say they’re doing so out of a sense of obligation — to meet with clients or to hold meetings before making a beeline back to the airport. As the Republican Party prepares to nominate a figure who is registering historically high disapproval ratings, some don’t want to advertise their presence in Cleveland. “Don’t use my name,” said one senior party strategist. “I don’t want anyone to know I’m there.” (A few days after the interview, the strategist got back in touch, having decided not to go, after all.)

Here is the entire story: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/republican-convention-trump-operatives-225393.

Like I said, this should tell us a lot, I hope.

Craig Biggio of course was the lead-off batter for the NL All Stars at the 1997 and 1998 classics.

I watched the dinger derby last night. It was so so.

Commentary is one of those that likes the idea of home field advantage during the World Serious based on the outcome of the All Star game. Why not? Home field advantage based on most wins in a season would tend to favor the clubs with the most money. Take that!


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E-Board and 13

It is pretty obvious the Chron E-Board doesn’t think much of State Rep. Borris Miles. The E-Board endorsed State Rep. Senfronia Thompson yesterday for the Senate District 13 nomination and in the process hit Miles pretty good – ouch. The E-Board also said that if SD 13 Dem precinct chairs nominated Miles, Dems are down in the gutter with the GOP in the ethics and morals department – ditto ouch. Check parts of the E-Board take here:

It isn’t hard to argue that the Texas Republican Party has an ethics problem. The attorney general has been indicted for fraud. The agriculture commissioner spent taxpayer bucks to get a “Jesus Shot.” The land commissioner spent $1 million paying ex-workers for not suing over their terminations.

As Harris County Democrats move to replace state Sen. Rodney Ellis in the race for Senate District 13, we can’t help but feel like they’ve looked at the Republicans’ mess and decided they want in on the action.

The leading candidate for the position is state Rep. Borris Miles, a man whose name has become synonymous with dirty politics.

In 2008 he was indicted (and later acquitted) for deadly conduct in a bizarre scenario that had him accused of crashing a holiday party at the St. Regis Hotel flashing a gun, threatening the host, and forcibly kissing a married woman on the mouth. In 2010, he had a constable call on him for illegal electioneering. Last year he tussled with a public safety officer after trying to force his way into a private dining room at an Austin restaurant. He went for years without revealing his personal business interests in violation of state law, and failed to maintain a proper certificate of occupancy for his cigar bar, Our Legends, a popular hangout for politicians and the politically connected

Those political connections seem to come easily for Miles. As the owner of an insurance agency, the state representative has had contracts with the Houston Independent School District, Houston Community College and the city of Houston.

Miles told the Houston Chronicle editorial board that he earned these contracts before his election to public office in 2006. Legal or otherwise, the fact that a state representative’s private company is underwritten by taxpayer-funded institutions perpetuates the image that elected officials have an insider track to the public trough. That image of impropriety is only underscored by the fact that, while selling insurance to the school district, he maintained a business relationship with the husband of one HISD board member and arranged vacations to Costa Rica for another board member under the pretense of studying medical treatment for teachers in the Central American nation.

Is this really the behavior that Democrats want to reward? Is this the

Is this really the behavior that Democrats want to reward? Is this the image that they want to promote? We hope not.

And here is the part about Senfronia Thompson:

Mrs. T, as she is known, was first elected to the House in 1972, and since then she has become a moral force in Austin. The longest-serving woman or African-American in Texas legislative history, Thompson has made it her personal duty to defend the “little dogs” of our state by raising the minimum wage, passing a hate-crime bill to protect gays and lesbians, requiring insurers to cover women’s health, supporting rape victims and preventing racial profiling.

Texas Monthly has described Mrs. T as a “guardian angel of the process,” standing at the front of the House chamber during debate to check over proposed amendments and ensure that nobody tries to pull a fast one.

This is the sort of experience and dedication that Texas Democrats should want to see in the Senate.


I kind of find the shots at Miles interesting on making money off of local government entities. Sen. Rodney Ellis makes money off of local government entities (the Chron wrote about it yesterday) and the E-Board didn’t take shots at him in their take on the County Commissioner race a month or so ago. Oh, well.

I wonder if SD Dem 13 precinct chairs will pay attention to what the E-Board says. Stay tuned.

Back to the MLB questions. How many extra-inning games have the ‘Stros played this season? Who leads the team in RBIs?

The morning after the murdering of the Dallas police officers, I watched on live TV Dallas Police Chief David Brown say something that has kind of been nagging me since. What he said was part of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg’s column yesterday. Check this from Falkenberg:

“We don’t feel much support most days,” Brown said Friday. “Let’s not make today most days.”

Here is all of the Falkenberg column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/It-s-time-for-empathy-and-an-end-to-destructive-8350256.php.

Now that does “support” look like? I respect law enforcement officer and to the best of my knowledge I don’t think I’ve ever used my platform to go after them. I don’t have a “Support the Blue” bumper sticker on my ride. I am not going to send over some cookies to the police station. I am not going to pick up their tab if I see them eating at a restaurant. I visited with an HPD sergeant the other day and asked her what “support” meant to her. She told me a fist bump every now and then would be OK with her. That works.

It is really sad to see Rudy Giuliani on TV these days. The guy has lost it.

Guys like Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, and Dan Patrick are doing their best to divide us.

The ‘Stros have played 12 extra-inning games this season and Carlos Correa leads the team with 55 RBIs of course.

It sure was nice to pull the win off yesterday heading into the All Star break. Beats losing. We are in pretty good shape. 5 ½ out and in the Wild Card hunt.



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Let me start with this tweet from last night:

(((Steph Haberman))) ‏@StephLauren 10h10 hours ago

2 hours ago, I told friends I just didn’t want to wake up to more tragedy tomorrow. Small ask. Didn’t think I’d get it before bed. My bad.

Commentary will be at The Yard tonight and before the game we will observe another meaningless moment of silence. Yes, I said that! Because we don’t do a damn thing about it.

It is open season on America and it has been that way for a while.

We have had mass shootings in a cafeteria, high school, colleges, elementary school, movie theater, gay bar, retail outlets, places of worship and on and on. And what has been our response? Conceal carry, open carry and campus carry. Carry on, America!

A movement called Black Lives Matter has resulted in more black lives that didn’t matter. And what has been our response? The attempted demonization of Black Lives Matter by those who want to score political points with their base.

Last night five Dallas police officers were killed and a seven others injured in front of hundreds of protesters. In front of a hundred fellow police officers. In front of the media. And what will be our response? It looks like more police ambushes.

And we continue to have this:

(((Steph Haberman))) Retweeted

Vocativ ‏@vocativ 28m28 minutes ago

Reminder: There’s no national database on mass shootings because Congress blocked the CDC from creating one.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said this last night: “In times like this we must remember – and emphasize – the importance of uniting as Americans.”

That is comforting coming from one of the biggest dividers in the country.

And this tweet on a quote from another major divider:

Patrick SvitekVerified account ‏@PatrickSvitek 18m18 minutes ago

.@TedCruz: “Murder is wrong, and it should not be a partisan issue. It should be an issue that brings us together, united as Americans.”

This tweet says a lot:

Dieter Kurtenbach ‏@dkurtenbach 8h8 hours ago

All the tweets in the world don’t change a damn thing. We’re not helpless, we’re just lazy.

And this:

Fox News ‏@FoxNews 11m11 minutes ago

“It’s been a long month for America.” –@SpeakerRyan reacts to #Dallas shooting

A long month? Where has he been? How about decades?

Our response? We will do what we always do. We will mourn this weekend. Flags will be lowered. We will learn about the fallen police officers. We will learn about the shooter or shooters.

We will listen to the takes from shrinks, experts, and policy makers.

We will look back at past tragedies.

Come Monday, the decision makers will go back to their talking points because that’s what we always do.

Then we will have the next breaking news flash.   And we will have the same response.

I forgot the MLB question yesterday. I am skipping it today.

Dante and I will be at The Yard tonight.

When we all stand and some of us sing “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” I am going to be thinking of the gutless leaders who won’t do a damn thing about the gun violence in America.

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Not Just Me

The Chron E-Board has a take today on the Latino vote in Texas. They kind of echo some of the stuff Commentary has been saying lately. Hey, I am not the only fella who has taken notice.  Here is the end of the E-Board’s take today:

So what are people in politics doing to recruit new Latino voters? Once again, it seems Democrats are stumbling and dropping the ball while Republicans are organizing and writing the checks.

Consider the Libre Initiative, a group bankrolled with the help of millions of dollars from the conservative Koch brothers. Libre has deployed 80 paid staffers and 50 contract workers across 10 states – mostly political battlegrounds – reaching out to Latino voters through education and social service programs, Lambrecht reported.

Compare that to the left-leaning National Council of La Raza, which had operations in eight states at this point in 2012 but is now fully operational only in Florida. Or take a look at Mi Familia Vota, a California-based group with offices in Texas’ three largest cities that’s now less than a third of the way to its goal of registering 95,000 people this election year and is already falling behind its registration pace in 2012.

Donald Trump’s hateful bile is having a toxic effect in this election year, but Democrats can’t count on his rhetoric to permanently poison the GOP well for Latinos. Nonetheless, Republicans will face the daunting task of overcoming the animosity wrought by GOP candidates pandering to anti-immigrant zealots.

Just signing up Latino voters isn’t enough. Both parties need to offer those newly enfranchised citizens good reason to go to the polls.

For starters, party leaders need to encourage more Hispanic candidates to run for office. Nothing would demonstrate commitment to Latino voters more dramatically than the presence of more Latino names on the ballot.

But candidates also need to emphasize the bread and butter topics that truly matter to Hispanic voters, like creating jobs, expanding education opportunities and keeping housing and health care affordable. Surveys have repeatedly shown that the most important issue for Hispanic voters isn’t immigration, but jobs and the economy.

On the last night of Camelot, President Kennedy stepped into a ballroom in downtown Houston and gave birth to the Latino vote. Today, what’s happening to voter registration among Texas Latinos is a historic opportunity. If demographics are destiny, whichever party takes advantage of this opportunity will have destiny on its side.

As everyone knows, Commentary has nothing to do with running the Dem Party. I am not ready to put out the “Shame on Dems” bumper stickers yet. I hope to see a plan in place by maybe the end of the Dem convention though. Of course, I am not holding my breath.  I hope I am not attacked for my take on this.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Latino-vote-redux-8344519.php.

Ain’t the following tweet the truth:

(((Steph Haberman))) ‏@StephLauren 22m22 minutes ago

Another day, another man killed for the color of his skin. If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention. #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile

It’s time to wrap it up Sen. Bernie Sanders. It is time to get on the program or else you are going to get more of the following boo treatment from Dems. Check this from MSN.com:

Sen. Bernie Sanders was booed during a closed meeting with House Democrats on Wednesday, as lawmakers shouted “Timeline! Timeline!” — pressing for his endorsement of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee.

The Vermont senator did not directly answer Democrats’ many questions about his intentions, according to a source in the room who requested anonymity to discuss the private session.

“He went in there with his canned talking points from the stump,” the source said. “People just weren’t having it.”

Democrats have struggled to unify the party as Clinton all but secured the party’s nomination, but Sanders has continued his renegade campaign.

At one point, Sanders praised Democrats for the most progressive party platform, but then outlined differences he had over trade, climate change and the minimum wage, as well as rules over superdelegates.

But several progressive House Democrats are on the platform-writing committee and some lawmakers pressed for specifics.

One lawmaker said she felt “bullied” and “like a hostage” over his demands, the source said.

At one point, boos erupted when Sanders told the Democrats “the goal is not to win elections,” but to “transform America.”

While the following is being sung in the background:

You’re so vain.

You probably think this song is about you.

You’re so vain, you’re so vain.

I’ll bet you think this song is about you.

Don’t you? Don’t you?

In all fairness though, I hear an endorsement may be coming next week. I will be waiting.

Check these tweets:

Ray HennesseyVerified account ‏@Hennesseyedit 8h8 hours ago

There will be lots of piling on Roger Ailes today, but I find the charges hard to believe, except in the context of his sense of humor.


Richard Deitsch ‏@richarddeitsch 2h2 hours ago

Richard Deitsch Retweeted Ray Hennessey

Agreed. No way Richard Nixon’s TV consigliere would do such a thing.


Commentary doesn’t know who this Hennessey fella is, but even when in the context of his sense of humor, it is harassment.   What a dumbarse.


And this one:

Dog Days of Evan Retweeted

emily nussbaum ‏@emilynussbaum 2h2 hours ago

I don’t think Trump is an anti-Semite. He’s a misogynist who strategically uses racism & anti-semitism to rile his base. And that’s WORSE.


And in the world of ‘Stros baseball:

Richard Justice ‏@richardjustice 10h10 hours ago

Are @Rangers hearing footsteps yet? In last 8 days, their lead over @Astros in AL West has gone from 10 games to 6.5. Gulp. Cough. Wheeze.


Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart 10h10 hours ago

Objects in Rangers’ mirror may be closer than they appear.


We are 6 ½ games out. That is still 6 ½ games out though.

My nephew Dave used my tickets last night and got some good run on TV for not messing with a fair ball that landed near him – cool.

Let’s just keep playing good ball.

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I’ll Take It

Commentary has said before that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was not a good move. Team Clinton messed up on that one and they are going to pay the price.

FBI Director James Comey was blasted by GOP partisans yesterday for not moving forward with charges against Hillary. Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Ted Cruz, Speaker Paul Ryan and others unloaded on the Director.

So Director Comey and his team of experienced investigators spent a year and thousands of hours going over Hillary’s emails and came to a well researched position. Meanwhile, Giuliani, Cruz, Ryan and others watched Fox News and read a few news clips and came to a different conclusion.

Now it looks like the GOP controlled Congress will hold hearings and have the Director defend his decision.

This isn’t going away but I’ll take this over a prosecution any day.

Since the MLB All Star Game’s result began dictating home-field advantage in the World Serious, what is the record between the AL and NL?

The good news for Team Clinton yesterday other than not getting prosecuted is that Donald Trump is still our opponent. Trump failed to fully capitalize on yesterday’s news. Check these tweets:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 12h12 hours ago

Paul Ryan when told of Trump’s comments on Sadaam Hussein tonight: “He was one of the 20th century’s most evil people.”


Media MattersVerified account ‏@mmfa 21h21 hours ago

Conservative radio host, Paul Ryan agree: Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic tweet is part of a larger Trump problem

Commentary hates to say this, but Team Clinton is a long way from overcoming the trust thing. We need to instead focus on the leadership thing. Stay tuned.

Since the All Star Game’s result started determining home-field advantage in the World Serious, the AL has won 10 of 13 of course.

From MLB.com:

The Astros had two players, second baseman Jose Altuve and closer Will Harris, named to the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard Tuesday evening, and the club has a chance for a third as right fielder George Springer was named an Esurance Final Vote nominee.

Unsurprisingly, Altuve garnered the most fan votes (3,013,214) of any American League second baseman and was named an All-Star Game starter for the second straight year. Altuve leads the Majors in batting average (.352) and hits (116) .


Springer was named a finalist for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote along with Detroit’s Ian Kinsler, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria, Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Toronto’s Michael Saunders.

Springer is up against some very popular players like Pedroia, Longoria, and Kinsler. It is going to be tough. Vote Springer!

They were having problems with the AC at The Yard last night. They finally got it fixed. It was a three dinger night for the ‘Stros. We’re still 7 ½ games out.

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Latino Effort

Sorry for the delay.  I was watching the FBI Director announce his findings on the email mess.  No prosecution but plenty of talking points given to the GOP though.  We are going to be hearing a lot about being “extremely careless.”

How many of the ‘Stros who have started on Opening Day are in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

To commemorate The Fourth of July at The Yard yesterday, I figured to grub on something Americana style. Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jack, ice cream, hamburger? I settled on the foot long hot dog.  Here is what I tweeted:

Marc Campos ‏@MarcCommentary 3h3 hours ago

NOPE! Sorry, @astros. Not how you sell a foot long dog. #FourthofJuly #Astros

I guess they had run out of the foot long buns so they stuck the foot long wiener on two regular size buns. To top that off, the wiener was not fully cooked – bummer.

Check out this front page story in today’s Chron on the Latino vote in Texas:


Here is how the story starts out:

Voter registrations among Latinos are well ahead of 2012 along the Texas border and in the state’s largest counties – likely fueled in part by Donald Trump’s incendiary comments about people of Mexican heritage – despite a lag in funding to nonpartisan groups signing up voters.

Bexar County last week reported crossing the 1 million mark of registered voters for the first time, an additional 30,000 people this year and 80,000 more than in the 2012 presidential election.

“That’s the size of a small town we’ve registered this year,” said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen.

She attributed the expanding electorate to population growth and to an election season she termed “non-conventional.”

Harris County already has posted a 150,000 increase since 2012, thanks in part to the addition of between 1,200 and 1,500 newly naturalized citizens added each month to the voter rolls, Harris County Voter Registrar Mike Sullivan said.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump’s remarks, combined with proposals for mass deportation, a border wall and curbs on remittances immigrants send back to Mexico have seeded what Latinos hope and expect to be explosive growth in their election-year influence.


Many Latino leaders can cite the date Trump emerged – June 16, 2015 – with his “drugs … crime … rapists” allegations, providing more than a year for anger in immigrant populations to take root.

Nonetheless, groups devoted to mobilizing Latinos contend that despite the many newly registered voters, they see complacency by donors and Democratic Party leaders.

“Don’t count on Donald Trump being the guy who’s going to get people out to vote in November,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of California-based Mi Familia Vota.

Commentary has kind of said this before. I am just not picking up the vibe of a Dem effort.   Are you?

I have said it before. The environment is there for Dems locally. I am having a hard time trying to understand this complacency thing. For goodness sakes! The Koch Brothers led effort appears to be doing more.

For starters, how about printing up a few bilingual anti-Trump signs  and strategically putting them up in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. Oh, well.

I have to hand it to the Trump campaign. They are doing their best to win over and increase the white supremacist vote. They make the effort in broad daylight but just deny. Scary, but unfortunately it is working.

I kind of figured gymnast Simone Biles would pull off something cool for the first pitch yesterday at The Yard and I was right. Check this: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/187883194/simone-biles-throws-out-first-pitch-in-houston.

Best first pitch ever in my book.

Craig Biggio, Nellie Fox, Joe Morgan, Robin Roberts and Nolan Ryan of course are ‘Stros Opening Day starters who are in the Hall of Fame.

You can feel the excitement at The Yard these days. The crowds are bigger. Lot of folks wearing Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer gear. Longer lines at the grub stands. Plus, the team is playing good baseball including a 2-3-1 double play yesterday. We are now 7 ½ out.

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Happy 240th Birthday, America!

Commentary figured that my Dad has been here for 38.33% of America’s life. My Mom, 37.5%. Me, 26.35%. Dante, 6.67%. You?

“My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.”

That’s from James Cagney as George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” that I will try to check out tonight. Cagney won the Best Actor Oscar for the role that year – 1942.

MLB’s first jersey number was retired 77 years ago today? Whose number was retired that day?

I wonder how many folks from LARRRREDDO retweeted Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg’s column yesterday. It was a nice read.

You can say that again. Check this:


Al Punto Univision ‏@AlPunto 8h8 hours ago View translation

Lionel Sosa sobre Trump: No puedo respaldar un hombre que no nos tiene respeto, no nos conoce, que es racista 

Lionel is the best Latino GOP ad man around.

More and more folks are saying out loud that Trump is a racist.

On July 4, 1939. Lou Gehrig gave his “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech at Yankee Stadium and his number 4 was retired of course.

Who’s on first? I am talking about finding a player to handle first base. Since the Big Puma left during the 2010 season, we really have not found our first baseman. A.J. Reed is now the latest to audition. Since 2010 we’ve had Brett Wallace, Jon Singleton, Chris Carter, Carlos Lee, Tyler White, Luis Valbuena, and Marwin Gonzalez play first. I probably left a name or two off the list. Let’s hope A.J. Reed is the one even though he is off to a rough start at 2 for 22.

Check out what the Rangers wore yesterday on their trip to Boston – cool: http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/7/4/12092484/texas-rangers-patriotic-suits-fourth-of-july.

Despite losing our last two, we are still 8 ½ out. The Mariners are in town for three. The ‘Stros will be wearing a special Fourth of July lid today.

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