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Operation Mexico

When Commentary learned last night about Donald Trump’s meeting with Mexico’s president today, I chuckled. Trump is still acknowledging he has a big time Latino vote problem. He is acknowledging he has an immigration policy problem. He is acknowledging he has a presidential appearance problem. That’s good news to me. Mexicans are not taking kindly to Trump’s meeting with their president. Here is from a story in Politico about the reaction from Mexicans:

Trump is “not welcome” in her country, former Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala de Calderón tweeted Wednesday morning, as news broke of the Republican nominee’s impending visit and meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto. 

“Mexicans have dignity and repudiate his hate speech,” she wrote.

And:

Mexican Senate President Roberto Gil Zuarth tweeted that the invitation to Trump only served to legitimize his “proposal of demagogy and hate.” 

“We are threatened with war and walls, but we open the National Palace,” he wrote, referring to the building housing the country’s executive branch. 

Former Mexican diplomat Jorge Guajardo, who served as the Mexican consul in Austin and later as the Mexican ambassador to China, also slammed Peña Nieto for Trump’s visit. 

“I am taking suggestions on the best place to hide in Washington. I feel embarrassed as a Mexican thanks to my president. I want to hide,” he tweeted. 

Public approval of Peña Nieto fell to 23 percent in the latest public poll released earlier in August, with approximately three-quarters of Mexicans holding an unfavorable view of the job he is doing as the country’s president. 

But in another poll conducted in June, Trump’s approval rating in the country he has used as a political punching bag was far lower: 2 percent.

Here is the entire Politico article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mexico-visit-margarita-zavala-de-calderon-227577.

The Secretary Hillary Clinton campaign reacted here in Politico:

“From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as ‘rapists’ and criminals and has promised to deport 16 million people, including children and U.S. citizens. He has said we should force Mexico to pay for his giant border wall. He has said we should ban remittances to families in Mexico if Mexico doesn’t pay up,” communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement following confirmation of Trump’s visit to Mexico City.

And:

Lorella Praeli, Clinton’s Latino outreach director, echoed Palmieri’s statement but went a step further, branding Trump’s visit to Mexico a distraction from his rhetoric over the past 14 months. 

“His policy is to take away deferred action from childhood arrivals, to take away protection from deportation, from dreamers in our country and put them on a path to deportation. That is the plan here,” she told CNN. “I don’t want to get distracted. I don’t think the American people will allow themselves to get distracted when Donald Trump has made this the core of his campaign. The one policy that he has explained to us over the last 14 months is his immigration policy, and that is exactly what’s happening here. We cannot allow ourselves to get distracted by changing headlines or an attempt to distract us from his real policy.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mexico-visit-clinton-campaign-227576.

Jorge Ramos asked if the Mexican president will demand a Trump apology:

JORGE RAMOS ‏@jorgeramosnews 14m14 minutes ago

This is the question. Is @realDonaldTrump going to apologize for insulting Mexicans? Will @EPN demand an apology?

It really doesn’t matter.

Latino voters are not going to get played. We have pretty much figured out who Donald Trump is. He got his nomination because of his hateful approach to immigrants. All this does is keep the Latino vote issue front and center during this election.   It helps Latino voter turnout, which in turns helps Clinton and Dems.

Also, last I heard, Mexico isn’t a battleground state. Just saying.

There have been three MLB All Star Games played in H-Town (1968, 1986 & 2004). Name the starting pitchers for all three games?

I don’t have much to say about Rick Perry and dancing. What is the point? I mean look what it did for Tom Delay.

We are still two out in the Wild Card race. It was good to see that #ColbyJack last night.

In 1968, Don Drysdale started for the NL and Luis Taint for the AL. In 1986, it was The Rocket (AL) and Dwight Gooden (NL). In 2004, it was The Rocket (NL) and Mark Mulder (AL) of course.

Oh, yeah, we wrap up the homie this afternoon.

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On Blackface

Carlos Correa has 89 RBIs and Jose Altuve has 88. When was the last time we had two ‘Stros end the season with 100 or more RBIs?

Seventy days. Ten weeks. Then it is all over. Commentary is ready for this election to be over like now.

For most of the day here, I keep the flat screen on CNN. Even on bland CNN it is nasty. I put all the blame on Donald Trump.

Check out what the Chron’s Ken Hoffman has to say about the race today. I have to agree with most of what he writes. Here are a couple of lines:

It’s not political disagreement anymore, it’s pure hatred.

And:

It’s definitely the most destructive election of our times. There may be no coming back.

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/columnists/hoffman/article/As-election-approaches-people-need-to-R-E-L-A-X-9191270.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Blackface, what do you have to lose, blah, blah, blah.   I guess the Trump campaign and GOP need to be reminded what Rick Perry said about the GOP and African Americans. Here is this:

“There has been—and will continue to be—an important and legitimate role for the federal government in enforcing civil rights,” (Former Texas Governor Rick) Perry said, adding he was among those who favored autonomy for states to address the issue. “For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win. But when we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all. It is time for us to once again reclaim our heritage as the only party in our country founded on the principle of freedom for African-Americans.”

Commentary said this yesterday:

When it comes to African-American and Latino voters, Trump’s play is to call Secretary Hillary Clinton a bigot and says we folks of color are being used by the Democratic Party.

Yesterday, one of Trump’s African American supporter put out an image of Hillary in blackface. Really? He later backed down. Here is story:

Pastor Mark Burns, who advises Donald Trump and acts as a campaign surrogate, on Tuesday apologized in his ‘sincere heart of hearts’ for tweeting a ‘divisive’ cartoon image of Hillary Clinton in blackface.

The tweet, which Burns posted Monday, depicts Clinton with her face shaded wearing a T-shirt that says ‘NO HOT SAUCE NO PEACE.’ She is holding a sign that says #@!* THE POLICE.’

The text of the tweet reads: ‘I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans,’ with additional text mockingly meant to be from Clinton saying, ‘Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again … See you again in 4 years.’ 

Burns posted the tweet, which he initially defended Monday, in advance of Donald Trump’s planned speech to before a black congregation on Saturday, to be broadcast on the Impact Network.

‘It was in hindsight a horrible image to use. For me the blackface wasn’t the focal point of the picture,’ Burns told CNN Tuesday morning.

It is not going to change in one election or shift by a series of tweets.

The Trump campaign is doing all it can to poison the electorate. That is there only hope.

On the 49ers QB who decided to sit out the National Anthem. That’s his right. I don’t have a problem but he has to know that in this day and age of twitter and all the other social media that a lot of folks are going to tear into him because that’s their right too.

So today in the Chron, Gallery Furniture has a full page ad of an image of the Stars and Stripes with this caption:

WE ALWAYS WILL STAND

WE ALWAYS WILL SING

WE ALWAYS WILL RESPECT

WE ALWAYS WILL REMEMBER

I was at The Yard last night, and me and a couple of others were the only ones singing.

Gene Wilder left us yesterday. Everybody knows him from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” I first saw him in 1967 in “Bonnie and Clyde.” I loved him as “The Waco Kid” in “Blazing Saddles.” Plus “The Producers”, “Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy” and “Young Frankenstein” of course. I even liked him in “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx.”

In 2008, the Big Puma had 106 RBIs and Carlos Lee had 100 of course.

A number of local Latina and Latino elected officials decided to hang at The Yard last night. HCC, the Texas Legislature, H-Town and Pasadena City Council, and county government were represented. They got to see Altuve get is 22nd dinger.   We are still in the hunt.

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On Blackface

Carlos Correa has 89 RBIs and Jose Altuve has 88. When was the last time we had two ‘Stros end the season with 100 or more RBIs?

Seventy days. Ten weeks. Then it is all over. Commentary is ready for this election to be over like now.

For most of the day here, I keep the flat screen on CNN. Even on bland CNN it is nasty. I put all the blame on Donald Trump.

Check out what the Chron’s Ken Hoffman has to say about the race today. I have to agree with most of what he writes. Here are a couple of lines:

It’s not political disagreement anymore, it’s pure hatred.

And:

It’s definitely the most destructive election of our times. There may be no coming back.

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/columnists/hoffman/article/As-election-approaches-people-need-to-R-E-L-A-X-9191270.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Blackface, what do you have to lose, blah, blah, blah.   I guess the Trump campaign and GOP need to be reminded what Rick Perry said about the GOP and African Americans. Here is this:

“There has been—and will continue to be—an important and legitimate role for the federal government in enforcing civil rights,” (Former Texas Governor Rick) Perry said, adding he was among those who favored autonomy for states to address the issue. “For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found we didn’t need it to win. But when we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all. It is time for us to once again reclaim our heritage as the only party in our country founded on the principle of freedom for African-Americans.”

Commentary said this yesterday:

When it comes to African-American and Latino voters, Trump’s play is to call Secretary Hillary Clinton a bigot and says we folks of color are being used by the Democratic Party.

Yesterday, one of Trump’s African American supporter put out an image of Hillary in blackface. Really? He later backed down. Here is story:

Pastor Mark Burns, who advises Donald Trump and acts as a campaign surrogate, on Tuesday apologized in his ‘sincere heart of hearts’ for tweeting a ‘divisive’ cartoon image of Hillary Clinton in blackface.

The tweet, which Burns posted Monday, depicts Clinton with her face shaded wearing a T-shirt that says ‘NO HOT SAUCE NO PEACE.’ She is holding a sign that says #@!* THE POLICE.’

The text of the tweet reads: ‘I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans,’ with additional text mockingly meant to be from Clinton saying, ‘Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again … See you again in 4 years.’ 

Burns posted the tweet, which he initially defended Monday, in advance of Donald Trump’s planned speech to before a black congregation on Saturday, to be broadcast on the Impact Network.

‘It was in hindsight a horrible image to use. For me the blackface wasn’t the focal point of the picture,’ Burns told CNN Tuesday morning.

It is not going to change in one election or shift by a series of tweets.

The Trump campaign is doing all it can to poison the electorate. That is there only hope.

On the 49ers QB who decided to sit out the National Anthem. That’s his right. I don’t have a problem but he has to know that in this day and age of twitter and all the other social media that a lot of folks are going to tear into him because that’s their right too.

So today in the Chron, Gallery Furniture has a full page ad of an image of the Stars and Stripes with this caption:

WE ALWAYS WILL STAND

WE ALWAYS WILL SING

WE ALWAYS WILL RESPECT

WE ALWAYS WILL REMEMBER

I was at The Yard last night, and me and a couple of others were the only ones singing.

Gene Wilder left us yesterday. Everybody knows him from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” I first saw him in 1967 in “Bonnie and Clyde.” I loved him as “The Waco Kid” in “Blazing Saddles.” Plus “The Producers”, “Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy” and “Young Frankenstein” of course. I even liked him in “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx.”

In 2008, the Big Puma had 106 RBIs and Carlos Lee had 100 of course.

A number of local Latina and Latino elected officials decided to hang at The Yard last night. HCC, the Texas Legislature, H-Town and Pasadena City Council, and county government were represented. They got to see Altuve get is 22nd dinger.   We are still in the hunt.

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Crazy

With 71 days before Election Day, Donald Trump is seriously being called a nut job. Crazy! I have never seen this happen before. The GOP has got themselves a major problem. I saw this on “Meet the Press” yesterday and you can check it in Politico today:

President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager on Sunday called Donald Trump “a psychopath.”

“We have a psychopath running for president,” David Plouffe said in an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd. “I mean, he meets the clinical definition, OK?” 

After Todd pushed back that Plouffe isn’t a psychologist and that such claims frustrate voters, Plouffe elaborated, “The grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse. So I think he does; right, I don’t have a degree in psychology.” 

Plouffe opined that the race is already unwinnable for Trump because, he said, Hillary Clinton is guaranteed 269 electoral votes, including those from Virginia and Colorado. “There’s maybe a 20 percent chance it’s close — 2 or 3 points; I think it’s likely going to be a landslide,” he said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/plouffe-we-have-a-psychopath-running-for-president-227482#ixzz4IewI2kII .

Then this from this morning and also in Politico:

The time has come for a mental health professional to take a look at Donald Trump on the air, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Monday during a frank discussion of the Republican nominee’s well-being. 

Brzezinski began “Morning Joe” by noting tweets sent from Trump’s account Saturday over the death of basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin from gun violence in Chicago in which he declared that African-American voters will support him, pointing to the shooting as a symptom that he will solve. 

“Morning Joe” devoted a significant portion of its opening block to discussing Trump’s mental health, a day after President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager David Plouffe described him as a “psychopath.” 

“You know, I think at other stages of other campaigns a network might be snarky and like get a psychiatrist out,” Brzezinski said, after former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean said Trump exhibited traits of narcissism.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mental-health-mika-brzezinski-227492#ixzz4IjGBYuua

The A’s are in for three. Who was the last A’s player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame wearing A’s gear?

I have not worked a presidential campaign since 2000.   Some things have changed over the past sixteen years and some things haven’t. You have to focus on the battleground states – period. That’s where you run your ads and deploy field resources. That’s also where you send the folks on the ticket.   You only spend time in non-battleground states for picking up checks at high dollar fundraisers, or if the debates are held there, or if you have to address a major organization. It is beyond me why Donald Trump had rallies Austin and in Mississippi last week and is supposedly doing a non-fundraising event in the state of Washington in the next day or so.   Battleground state voters want to see the candidates. I don’t know what the Trump campaign is thinking.

I do know this. When it comes to African-American and Latino voters, Trump’s play is to call Secretary Hillary Clinton a bigot and says we folks of color are being used by the Democratic Party. That’s the best they have?

It was really comical watching Trump surrogates and Trump talking heads yesterday morning try to explain his latest position on immigration and his insensitive tweet on the murder of Dwayne Wade’s cousin.

In an article in Politico yesterday, top GOP consultants, let me repeat, top GOP consultants are practically saying, pardon the pun, the writing is on the wall. Trump’s a goner. Here is the entire Politico piece by Eli Stokol:

Donald Trump and his new team think they have 71 days to turn this campaign around. They’re wrong. 

The Republican nominee — three months after clinching the nomination — has begun frantically trying to reposition himself in the past week, installing a new campaign manager and controversial CEO to help him escape the straitjacket that his 14 months of incendiary comments and hard-edged policy positions have him in. 

His task, GOP insiders readily concede, seems close to impossible. In an interview Wednesday night, Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, recognized how long it may take to improve the public’s negative perceptions of the GOP nominee, likening her turnaround project to turning a tanker. 

Trump may not have that kind of time. Early voting begins in 26 days in Minnesota and in 32 other states soon after that. And already, as summer inches to its end, 90 percent of Americans say they’ve decided. For all the televised daily drama this race has provided, the final outcome itself is shaping up to be less dramatic than any presidential election since 1984. 

“Kellyanne is good at this, but she’s got a very damaged candidate and it’s very late in the game,” said Tony Fratto, a GOP operative in Washington and former deputy press secretary to President George W. Bush. “I think it’s too late, in fact. I don’t believe he can change. All of this is trying to trick voters into thinking there is a better Donald Trump out there. There is no better Donald Trump.” 

Although Trump has been seemingly slow to realize it, the more than $2 billion in free media he rode to the GOP nomination was simultaneously hardening the broader country’s negative view of Trump just as it was endearing him to the conservative base. The cascade of Trump-created controversies following the conventions that precipitated Conway’s hiring appear to have irrevocably damaged his credibility as a plausible commander in chief and could prove to be the turning point in the general election itself. 

“It was a terribly damaging period,” said Steve Schmidt, the GOP strategist who guided John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “It hit on his trust numbers, his fitness for office — and at a time when [Hillary Clinton]’s had some hard news cycles. In any normal cycle, she’s the de-facto incumbent and these stories would have her on defense; and she’s not on defense, so there’s an opportunity cost to all this.” 

More than 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, leaving Clinton, with a 54 percent unfavorable rating, as only the second most unpopular presidential candidate in history. Both candidates, in fact, have held unfavorable ratings above 50 percent since launching their respective campaigns, with Trump hovering around the 60 percent mark, only a few points above Clinton. Asked to name a smell they might associate with this election, participants in a focus group conducted by Peter Hart in Wisconsin last week gave the following responses: “sulfur,” “rotten eggs,” “garbage,” “manure” and a “skunk’s fart.” 

Barring any unforeseen revelations about Clinton, the next 70 days likely aren’t going to change people’s view of either presidential contender. According to a national survey released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, 90 percent of likely voters have already made up their mind about the presidential race and are unlikely to change.

“We are starting to hear the faint rumblings of a Hillary Clinton landslide as her 10-point lead is further proof that Donald Trump is in a downward spiral as the clock ticks,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Trump’s missteps, stumbles and gaffes seem to outweigh Clinton’s shaky trust status and perceived shady dealings.” 

With the electoral map tipping so sharply in Clinton’s favor in the weeks following the two party conventions (her lead has widened beyond the margin of error in seven of 11 swing states), Trump’s new team is scrambling to stay afloat even with his robust campaign regimen that has him doing four times as many events as Clinton. Recent efforts to muddle the GOP nominee’s hard-line positions on immigration — catnip for conservative primary voters but repellent to many general election swing voters — and to couch them in softer language are part of an eleventh-hour effort to broaden his narrow appeal beyond older, mostly white men. Trump’s direct overtures to Hispanic and African-American voters last week were made with the same purpose. 

Jeb Bush, whose more moderate immigration positions Trump blasted as “amnesty” during the GOP primary and now appears to be adopting himself, was blunt in an interview Thursday with Rita Cosby of WABC Radio, calling Trump’s new rhetoric “abhorrent.” 

“I don’t know what to believe about a guy who doesn’t believe in things,” Bush said.

In New Hampshire on Thursday, Trump again sketched a grim portrait of America’s minority communities before asking African-American and Hispanic voters to support him. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he asked. 

But with Trump pulling in just 1 percent of African-American voters in Pennsylvania, many political observers view the sinking candidate — and his Hail Mary attempt — as the one with little left to lose. 

“Minority outreach is an example of a campaign addressing a fake issue and not a real issue, which is Donald Trump’s character,” said Drew Cline, a GOP operative in Bedford. “It’s not about policy or that people like Hillary, because they don’t. It’s that people aren’t comfortable with the idea of him having that much power. 

“He could have the exact same policies that he has and be doing much better and be giving Hillary a more competitive challenge if he just came across as a reasonable person that you would trust with the levers of power. There’s no salvaging this campaign because there’s no changing Donald Trump.” 

Conway’s attempted Trump makeover isn’t limited to her candidate’s rhetoric and policy positions. She’s also taking another look at a difficult electoral map. 

Conway canceled several previously scheduled events last week, hinting that she and campaign CEO Steve Bannon are still trying to rework the schedule they inherited and that resources, including the candidate himself, will likely be reallocated to where they’re needed most. 

Figuring out how to triage a presidential campaign when you’re bleeding in every swing state, all of which seem vital, is a difficult enough equation — and that’s without Trump spending time and resources last week in places that aren’t swing states at all. Trump sandwiched one rally in Tampa, Florida, between appearances in Texas and Mississippi, both solidly red states he’s unlikely to lose. And on Friday, his campaign announced a rally to be held Tuesday outside Seattle in Everett, Washington, home to a Boeing plant that ships planes overseas — a location that’s well suited for Trump to rail against global trade deals but makes no sense electorally.

On Saturday, Trump campaigned in Iowa, one of the few swing states in which his standing has not diminished over the past month. The preponderance of white voters and the relative unity of the GOP establishment behind Trump — Gov. Terry Branstad’s son, Eric, is running the nominee’s campaign in the state, and local party officials are also supportive — may offset the relative lack of a ground operation to match Clinton’s. But winning the state’s six electoral votes is no guarantee. 

“There’s so many places where they’re pedaling harder than we are, improving on Obama’s machine, and that could put them over the top in the end,” said David Kochel, a GOP operative in Des Moines and a former senior staffer to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. 

Trump is struggling to capture support among the “Ankeny vote” targeted by Marco Rubio during the Iowa caucuses — that growing subset of younger, more cosmopolitan, family-oriented conservatives in the Des Moines suburbs. But his shift on immigration, something aimed squarely at those voters, could threaten his standing in western Iowa, home to Republican Rep. Steve King, an immigration firebrand who said last week that any softening of Trump’s position on amnesty would amount to a “mistake.” 

“It will be interesting to see if he can hold margins he needs in western Iowa,” Kochel said. “He really has same problem here he does everywhere, which is in suburbs with more educated, moderate women.” 

Indeed, even if Iowa presents fewer demographic challenges for Trump, it is still a microcosm of a changing national electorate and the Sisyphean task of recasting Trump’s narrow brand of populist nationalism into something marketable to a broader audience. 

Wow! In their words.

In 2009, Rickey Henderson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in A’s gear of course.

We won 2 of 3 this past weekend but it still wasn’t good enough.

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A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day for Dems. Secretary Hillary Clinton started off the week on bad footing thanks to the foundation and the emails. She turned it around yesterday.   Commentary watched Hillary’s fact based talk on Trump and the Alt-Right/white nationalists. Even the Trump supporting talking heads couldn’t dispute the facts. The Fox News anchors just seemed to accept the fact that Trump is in bed with the Alt-Right. CNN’s Dan Bash said last night that Trump had to call Hillary a bigot because she nailed him on the Alt-Right issue. That is who Trump is comfy with.

Trump also didn’t help himself by being all over the map on immigration the past couple of days.

This is what Jeb Bush said yesterday about Trump and immigration:

“Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, where you get in front of one crowd and say one thing, and then say something else to another crowd that may want to hear a different view. All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into. It’s kind of disturbing.”

According to the fella in charge of the Trib, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, a GOPer appointed by W, will not be voting for Donald Trump.

How many prominent Dems are running away from Hillary?

Meanwhile, Trump had outreach meetings with African-American and Latinos yesterday in his Trump Tower boardroom. Got it? Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.

Which MLB division leader has the biggest lead today?

My niece tweeted this last night:

Linda Garza-Martinez‏@lindagarzamtz 15h15 hours ago

Siete tortillas on HuffPost as healthy and satisfying alternative to bread!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-gluten-free-foods-to-satisfy-your-bread-addiction_us_57be16f3e4b0b01630dd779a … # via @HuffPostBlog

My sister’s family started a tortilla making company few years ago.  They are almond based.  You can get them at Whole Foods.  They are called Siete. They are a bit pricey.

I guess ESPN still thinks we will be a contender on the second Sunday of September. They have us playing the Cubbies on their Sunday evening game over at The Yard. It will also be the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.

The Cubbies of course have a 14 game lead in the AL Central.

We are 4 games down in the Wild Card race and we have to gain ground during the 6 game homie.

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Bigot Does

Secretary Hillary Clinton will today pin the Alt-Right and white nationalists on Donald Trump’s forehead so what does Trump do, he called Hillary a bigot last night. That’s what bigots do. I am being kind when I say Trump is a despicable human being.

As a Latino, when I leave The Yard to go home, I don’t worry about getting shot. I worry about running into rabid hard core Donald Trump supporters. Just saying.

I was saying this yesterday. Here is a tweet from Jorge Ramos:

JORGE RAMOSVerified account ‏@jorgeramosnews 2m2 minutes ago

Now @realDonaldTrump is flip flopping on deporting 11 M because he realized -too late- that he can’t win without Latinos. #TooLateTrump

No se puede!

Chew on this. Hillary is supported by African-American and Latino leaders from throughout the country. Trump?

Donna Brazile, Interim Chair of the DNC, has a kickarse Op-Ed in USA Today on Trump and the African-American vote: Here is how it ends:

Oh, and note to Trump, the African-American community is not “under Democratic control.” African Americans are part of the Democratic Party — an integral part. We’re a valued part of a family. And just like any family, sometimes relationships are rocky. We’ve had disagreements. But we have come out of them stronger and more unified thanks to leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

This is bigger than the differences between two parties. Trump’s own words and deeds have made him a singularly unqualified messenger of any sort of reconciliation. Martin Luther King said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Trump’s support among African Americans will continue to be virtually nil until we see some light and love from his campaign. I’m not holding my breath.

So, let me answer Trump’s question about what we have to lose by forsaking the Democratic Party for “something new.” What we have to lose is a tried and tested relationship with a party that has welcomed African Americans, given us voice, and helped for decades to advance our interests — a party devoted to the well-being of all Americans. I’m proud to be an African American and I’m proud to be a Democrat.

Here is all of the Brazile take: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/24/trump-black-voters-democrats-donna-brazile/89221932/.

Now for the bad news. Commentary said this last week.

The Clinton Foundation and the emails are Clinton creations and big time vulnerabilities. I would rather have the White House than the foundation. I really hate to say this. If Hillary wins, I would hope that they just shut down the foundation. Why risk a second term? Just saying.

Here is from a Reuters story from yesterday:

The foundation started by Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton should shut down despite its good work, two major newspapers said in editorials on Wednesday, calling for its closure to avoid perceptions of “pay-for-play” amid the U.S. presidential campaign as critics step up their attacks over the issue.

Despite plans announced earlier this week to reorganize the foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November, USA Today said the global charity must close for the Democratic presidential candidate to avoid any appearance of unethical ties.

“The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the paper’s editorial board wrote.

The Washington Post said in its editorial that the planned steps unveiled on Monday to rename the foundation, end foreign and corporate donations and have Bill Clinton resign from the board should have happened sooner – before his wife served as secretary of state – and still fall short.

“The foundation undoubtedly does worthwhile work. Should Ms. Clinton win, all of that work and all of the foundation’s assets should be spun off to an organization with no ties to the first family,” the Post’s editorial board wrote.

The Clintons can do good work by being in the White House and running the country. They don’t need the foundation.  Oh, well!

Comiskey who changed to U.S. Cellular will now be Guaranteed Rate. How many MLB cribs are named for beverage products?

Here is from Chron.com:

Health inspectors called foul on food stands at Minute Maid Park this week, along with other restaurants in the Houston area.

Like so many eateries before it, a couple of concession stands at the baseball park were cited for slime in the ice machine, specifically at Street Eats 126 and Home & Away 113.

Street Eats 126 is where I get hot dogs. I don’t order anything with ice. Dante does.

We went 5-2 on the roadie.

We are 66-61. We have 35 games left to play and are 8 games out of first in the AL West and 4 ½ behind in the Wild Card chase. We only have 19 games left at The Yard and 16 on the road. We have 3 in Arlington, 4 in Cleveland, 3 in Seattle, 3 in Oakland, and 3 in Anaheim.

At The Yard we have 3 with the Rays, 3 with the A’s, 3 with the Cubbies, 3 with the Rangers, 4 with the Angels, and 3 with Seattle.

In case you are counting, that’s 19 games against contenders.

Tags tweeted a few days ago that we would end up with 85 wins. That means we would have to go 19-16 the rest of the way.   That gets us to 85 but not into the playoffs.

MLB has five cribs named after beverage products of course: Busch, Coors, Miller, The Yard, and Tropicana.

We have the day off then host the Rays this weekend who are 53-72 and then host the A’s for 3 who are 55-72.   We need to make up some ground or else!

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These are the magic words.

Pathway to citizenship is the pillar of immigration report.

It is pretty much set in stone. Latinos remember Donald Trump launching his campaign fourteen months ago with guns blazing – build the wall, Mexico will pay for it, rapists, deportation squads, Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Latinos are now positioned to vote in record numbers percentage-wise for Secretary Hillary Clinton. Now Trump is saying he is willing to “softening” his position on immigration because his campaign sees the writing on the wall in the Latino community. It is not going to work.

Trump won his primary in large part due to his demonization of Mexican immigrants and Latinos will not forget. Plus, pathway to citizenship is the key to immigration reform and this is something Trump and the GOP vehemently oppose. Here is from the GOP platform:

We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law, have disadvantaged those who have obeyed it.

Like I said, it is pretty much set in stone and Latino voters are not going to fall for a “softening” of language or tone or wait for a “to be determined” insult.

Usually, in a presidential election, there is a healthy contingent of Latino GOP activists going out there serving as surrogates for their nominee. I’m not seeing them this time around. Where are they? Are they even out there?

Now look at this. Jorge Ramos has an essay today in Time on Trump. Here are parts:

It doesn’t matter who you are—a journalist, a politician or a voter—we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump. Like it or not, this election is a plebiscite on the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades. And neutrality is not an option.

The day after the election will be too late.

And:

Regardless of whether Donald Trump wins or loses, we will be asked on November 9th: What did you do? Did you support him? Were you brave enough, ethical enough, to challenge him when he insulted immigrants, Muslims, women, war heroes and people with disabilities? Are you on the record correcting his lies? Did you discuss with your friends and family that in a democracy like ours there is no room for racism and discrimination? Or did you just seat idly, silently, allowing others to decide the future of the United States?

Because you will be asked.

And:

There have been two crucial moments in which even Trump supporters couldn’t defend their own candidate: when he questioned judge Gonzalo Curiel’s capacity to rule in a case in which he was involved simply because of his Hispanic ethnicity and when he criticized the silence of a Muslim-American woman, Ghazala Khan, who had lost her son, a U.S. soldier, in the Iraq war. Those moments proved to be too much even for the most loyal party members.

And:

Judgment day is coming. Will you have peace of mind come November 9th?

Here is the entire Ramos essay: http://time.com/4463366/jorge-ramos-donald-trump/?xid=tcoshare.

Trump is the one who went after us.

Jose Altuve leads MLB in base hits with 180 and in batting average at .363.   Who led MLB in these two categories last season?

HTX?   The local Super Bowl Committee wants to erect a huge “HTX” sign in front of the GRB Convention Center during the Super Bowl festivities next year. HTX? We are not HTX? We are H-Town. A lot of local folks didn’t react too kindly to the unveiling of HTX. Hey, but don’t worry, the folks that run the local Super Bowl Committee are smarter than the rest of us. Here is the Channel 13 post on the HTX thing: http://abc13.com/society/houston-super-bowl-plans-raise-unintended-controversy/1481662/.

Just an FYI: If the ‘Stros pull a comeback of sorts and make the playoffs as a Wild Card team, the AL Wild Card game will be played the same evening as the Vice-Presidential Debate on Tuesday, October 4. Just so you know.

Last season, Miguel Cabrera led MLB with a .338 batting average and Dee Gordon led in base hits with 205 of course.

Last night’s game was kind of over after the first inning and we fell a game in the Wild Card race. The last game of the current roadie starts at around 11:30 this morning.

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