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In an Op-Ed today, the Mayor responds to a Chron E-Board lecture on race by lecturing the E-Board on race – sort of. Check this:

I have no problem with people disagreeing with my decisions – that comes with the job. I do, however, have a big problem with an institution that does not reflect the diversity of this city publishing a lecture on race and class that does not elevate all children, regardless of where they live.

And:

We have a lot more work to do on this long journey to equality, to be sure – but the Houston Chronicle editorial board needs to reset its perspective.

A good first step would be to increase diversity on the editorial board so that it looks more like Houston and has greater access to the diversity of life experiences that the majority of Houston knows.

Check out the entire Op-Ed here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Turner-Chronicle-editorial-board-criticism-about-9137677.php?cmpid=btfpm.

This is the same E-Board who endorsed the Mayor last year. Oh, well, maybe it is time to look at the diversity at all of H-Town’s institutions.   Now that would be an interesting lecture topic.

First it was a few notable GOP women coming out and saying they were supporting Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Then it was the 50 GOP national security honchos announcing they could not vote for Donald Trump.

Then U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said no to Trump.

Before that, 41 and 43 skipped the GOP convention.

Same for Jeb and Carly.

The FU snub from Sen. Ted Cruz.

Now former elected GOP officials, former RNC staffers, and GOP operatives are writing a letter to RNC Chair Reince Preibus and urging him to cut off RNC funding to the Trump campaign.

This is unprecedented in my lifetime. Here is from Politico:

More than 70 Republicans have signed an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urging him to stop spending any money to help Donald Trump win in November and shift those contributions to Senate and House races. 

The letter comes as a number of Republican senators and high-profile GOP national security officials have come forward saying they cannot vote for Trump. 

“We believe that Donald Trump’s divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide, and only the immediate shift of all available RNC resources to vulnerable Senate and House races will prevent the GOP from drowning with a Trump-emblazoned anchor around its neck,” states a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO. “This should not be a difficult decision, as Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president are evaporating by the day.”

Former Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire and former Reps. Chris Shays of Connecticut, Tom Coleman of Missouri and Vin Weber of Minnesota are among the Republicans lending their name to the letter. Close to 20 of the co-signers are former RNC staffers, including Mindy Finn (former RNC chief digital strategist), Christine Iverson Gunderson (former RNC press secretary), Virginia Hume Onufer (former RNC deputy press secretary), Beth Miller (former RNC field communications division director), Heather Layman (former deputy press secretary), B. Jay Cooper (former RNC communications director under four chairmen) and Patrick Ruffini (former RNC ecampaign director). 

Republican Andrew Weinstein, a vocal anti-Trump Republican, is one of the operatives organizing the letter, which began circulating earlier this week and is expected to be sent next week. Weinstein served as director of media relations for the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and was deputy press secretary to then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Trump campaign response is pretty predictable. These guys are losers and let’s look at Hillary’s emails.

Can you blame the GOP insiders? Here is latest Trump pathetic backtracking in Politico:

Donald Trump on Friday backpedaled on his assertion that President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State, blasting “[r]atings challenged” CNN for seriously reporting what he suggested was a sarcastic comment. 

“Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) ‘the founder’ of ISIS, & MVP,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?” 

Trump reveled in the uncertainty his tweet created, boasting nearly 90 minutes later of pundits’ inability to figure him out. 

“I love watching these poor, pathetic people (pundits) on television working so hard and so seriously to try and figure me out. They can’t!” Trump declared.

It says something that Dems don’t have to deal with this type of turmoil.

Carlos Correa has 78 RBIs and could very well end up with 100. Who was the last shortstop to hit 100 plus RBIs in a season?

Commentary tries not to get into the business of other folks including news operations. But heck, when they make it into your front yard, I don’t have any choice but to provide a take or three.

There is a Ken Hoffman column today on soon to be former Channel 13 news anchor Dave Ward. I guess he not happy that they are taking him off the anchor desk. All I can say that if Dave was a woman, he would have been yanked off the anchor desk 30 or so years ago. Here is from the Hoffman article:

Dave Ward, the longest-running news anchor in TV history, will be leaving Channel 13 at the end of the year. But he says he is not retiring. 

“My contract with Channel 13 expires at the end of this year, and that’s when I’ll say goodbye,” Ward said. “But, no, I am definitely not retiring.” 

Channel 13 management had invited him to stay with the station through 2017, but he would have been hosting the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Parade and the Freedom Over Texas July 4th fireworks, Ward said. 

It was an offer he couldn’t accept. “That just didn’t interest me at all,” he said 

“They took me off the 10 p.m. newscast two years ago. They were taking me off the 6 p.m. news at the end of this year. So I would not have an anchor role anymore.” 

With no anchor duties, Ward said it was time to leave.

Here is the entire column: http://www.chron.com/life/article/Dave-Ward-says-he-was-ushered-out-at-KTRK-9136464.php.

It is pretty obvious management no longer wants him serving as an anchor. Now he is publicly airing his sour grapes. Maybe he is under the impression that he has a kazillion fans from the H-Town viewing area who will head down to Bissonnet Street and have a huge sit-in and get management to change their tune on him.

It is probably time for him to move on then.

Commentary was talking the other day about remaking great flicks. The 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” is one of those great flicks starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and Eli Wallach. Plus, it has that spectacular soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein. It looks like a remake is coming out soon in the next few weeks with Denzel, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke. I don’t know about that. I wonder if they will keep the same soundtrack?

Of course, the real original was Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.”

By the way, Robert Vaughn, is the only one of the original seven who is still around.

The ‘Stros came out with the new plans to replace Tal’s Hill. You have 21 opportunities to go by and take a selfie with the hill and pay your respects. Just for the record, in 17 seasons, not a single player has gotten injured because of the hill. Embarrassed maybe, but not injured.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of course had 105 RBIs in 2011

I don’t know what to say about the team scoring 25 runs yesterday in the sweep of the split doubleheader. We are now 7 ½ back in the AL West and 2 back in the Wild Card. Let’s see how we do in Canada and Alex Rodriguez plays his last game as a Yankee this evening.

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