Archive for October 13th, 2016

Suicide Bomber

This is from GOPers and not from Dems.  Yep. Prominent GOPer and NBC political analyst Nicole Wallace called Donald Trump a “suicide bomber” this morning on the “Today” show.

The other day, Texas-based political consultant Matt Mackowiak said “the GOP has a suicide bomber as their nominee.”

Trump doesn’t care if the entire GOP blows up. He is only in it for himself.

The latest Time Magazine cover says “Total Meltdown” about Trump.

A report from last night says the Trump campaign is pulling out of the battleground state of Virginia.

Then this from Politico:

Speaker Paul Ryan told top donors on Wednesday evening that he’s growing concerned about whether House Republicans will be able to weather the political storm this November — and suggested the outcome for his party could be dire. 

During a conference call, Ryan said he believed that House Republicans had taken a serious hit amid Donald Trump’s freefall following release of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” video, according to a person who was on the call. Ryan noted that Republicans lost more than 20 seats in 2008, when John McCain lost to Barack Obama by seven percentage points. By comparison, Ryan pointed out grimly, Trump is trailing by around 10 percent nationally.

Here is the entire Politico story: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/paul-ryan-donald-trump-house-republicans-229716.

Don’t be surprised if it is now called the Pro-Putin GOP.

That is where it is at.

Name the two MLB clubs who have never played in a World Serious?

The Chron E-Board today takes on facility naming rights over at HISD. Here is how they start off:

Take a tour of any Texas college campus, and you’ll see buildings named after donors. On the University of Houston campus, the imposing E. Cullen Building, known for the Cullen Performance Hall, overlooks the Cullen Family Plaza Fountain and its beloved reflecting pool. Around the corner on Cullen Boulevard, you’ll find the Moores School of Music, which produces over 300 concerts and events annually, including many on campus in the Moores Opera House.

The Houston Independent School District board of trustees has the opportunity to follow in the long-standing tradition of granting naming rights to a public building in recognition of private philanthropy by voting “yes” today to accept a donation of $7.5 million from the Kinder Foundation to complete the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

And here is how they end:

A vote to accept this grant doesn’t set a precedent for a commercial entity such as a beverage company to buy naming rights to a school. But if there are any concerns, these could be forestalled by sturdy policy.

If the board decides that it doesn’t want to accept gifts to secure naming rights, it should vote to change its policy so that well-meaning groups at the various schools don’t solicit them. It’s not smart process to turn down a committed gift on the grounds that the policy adopted by the board just last year no longer reflects the board’s sentiments about naming opportunities. Even though some trustees were recently elected, philanthropies value institutional consistency.

The board has just hired a new superintendent, Richard Carranza, from San Francisco. Carranza secured a dramatic increase in philanthropic funding to San Francisco schools. In his final year, he raised almost $32 million from private donors.

A “no” vote would hamper Carranza’s ability to increase the involvement of the philanthropic community in our schools. Simultaneously, such a short-sighted vote would have long-standing consequences for HISD students and our city.

Here is the entire take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/The-right-name-9967825.php.

The Mariners and the Nationals (Expos) have never made it to the World Serious of course. The Nationals have a chance this evening.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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