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The Local Kaepernick

It is pretty much a given that Donald Trump absolutely knows nothing about the African American experience. Neither does his family. I hope Trump does not take the advice of the President. He might learn something. See this from an AP story:

President Barack Obama scolded Donald Trump for his bleak description of the African-American community as recent police shootings of black men — and the violent protests that followed them — inject sensitive questions about race into the presidential contest.

America’s first black president took issue with the Republican nominee’s suggestion this week that “African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape than they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.”

“I think even most 8-year-olds would tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people,” Obama said in an interview that aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The Democratic president encouraged Trump to visit Washington’s new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where the ABC interview was conducted.

“What we have to do is use our history to propel us to make even more progress in the future,” Obama said.

Like, I said. I hope Trump stays clueless.

Kaepernick keeps winning.

A Texan protested last night. Here is from the Chron:

In a symbol of protest about the series of deadly shootings of black men at the hands of police that has triggered unrest throughout the nation, Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown raised his fist during the national anthem Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

It was reminiscent of the legendary protest from Olympic track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith during the 1968 Olympics when they raised black, gloved fists during the national anthem.

Brown has been outspoken on social media in his outrage about the rash of killings.

“Just a symbol of my support and raising awareness for the recent killings of unarmed black men, I think it’s something that needs to be changed,” Brown said. “I was just showing my support. It’s frustrating. I’ve showed my position. It keeps happening, so it’s very frustrating.”

Brown is injured and didn’t play last night. Folks in these parts worship the Texans. I wonder if the haters are going to call him out.

Kaepernick is now on the cover of Time Magazine so he keeps winning.

I guess H-Town and Harris County are in play. Last week, Donald Trump was in town and today Senator Tim Kaine visits. Anything helps for turnout. Of course, I really do not see a whole lot of local grass roots campaigning going on. I think I have only seen one or two Secretary Hillary Clinton signs in my neighborhood and not very many local candidate signs. My neighborhood has a bunch of Democrats but we have not been door knocked. Oh, well.

How many RBIs does Carlos Correa have against the Angels this season?

I am sure folks have seen the UH poll for Harris County that has Clinton leading Trump by 10 points with 15% undecided. Here is from the Chron story on the poll:

“Neither party can depend on presidential coattails or incumbency, frequent mainstays of politics,” said Renée Cross, associate director and researcher at the Hobby School. “With only six weeks to go, the county candidates have a lot of work to do in this highly unpredictable election.”

Now these are grown-ups. Check this from the Washington Post:

A group of 75 retired career Foreign Service officers, including ambassadors and senior State Department officials under Republican and Democratic presidents over nearly a half-century, has signed an open letter calling Donald Trump “entirely unqualified to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief.”

The diplomats said “none of us” will vote for Trump. While they said not all of them agreed with every decision made by Hillary Clinton, they said they all supported her candidacy.

“Because the stakes in this election are so high,” the letter said, “this is the first time many of us have publicly endorsed a candidate for President.”

Here is the letter and names of the endorsers: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/former-ambassadors-sign-a-letter-refusing-to-vote-for-donald-trump/2155/ .

Here is the entire article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/75-retired-senior-diplomats-sign-letter-opposing-trump-for-president/2016/09/21/5c5dff10-8046-11e6-b002-307601806392_story.html?tid=ss_tw .

Brownie is leaving the booth. Check this from MLB.com:

It’s the end of an era. Longtime Astros play-by-play announcer Bill Brown will retire at the end of the season, he announced Thursday afternoon, ending a legendary career with Houston that spanned 30 years and earned Brown a spot on the Astros’ Media Wall of Honor.

Brown’s final scheduled broadcast will be during the Astros’ final regular-season home game on Wednesday, when Houston plays Seattle.

And:

“Brownie” has been around baseball since 1976, when he joined the Cincinnati Reds’ television crew, staying until 1982. He then came to Houston in ’87, making him the Astros’ longest-tenured current television broadcaster.

Here is the Brownie story: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/202763346/astros-play-by-play-man-bill-brown-to-retire/

Interested in Wild Card tiebreaker scenarios? Check this: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/199753224/2016-mlb-tiebreaker-scenarios/

So remember when the ‘Stros decided they didn’t need Tal’s Hill. So look what the team sent me yesterday:

Come bid a final farewell to Tal’s Hill and be a part of Astros history! After the games on Sunday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 28th, fans will have the opportunity to have a commemorative photo taken in front of Tal’s Hill. Season Ticket Holders can purchase a voucher for a discounted rate of only $25. All proceeds will benefit the Astros Foundation.

Correa has 20 RBIs against the Angels.

We are contenders with 9 to go and we only had half the seats filled last night. I get it. Folks were at home watching the Texans. We could have used some more fans though to build some energy. We lost and are 1 ½ out of the Wild Card.

Well at least we weren’t called “PERFECT PATSIES” like the Chron called the Texans today.

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