Archive for November 16th, 2016

Eyewitness News Wall

Channel 13 did a story on Donald Trump’s wall yesterday. Nothing really new was reported. On the Channel 13 website the usual Latino haters put out their mean comments. I wonder if this is a one or two time deal or is Channel 13 going to set up a wall beat reporter, you know, a ratings thing because everybody loves to debate the wall.   I wonder where the wall rates among the issues for H-Town area TV viewers?   I wonder if Channel 2, 11 and 26 and local Telemundo and Univision will be sending news crews down to the border and hand us another wall story.?  Here is how the Channel 13 news story begins:

LAREDO, TX (KTRK) — Late Tuesday afternoon, in the town of Rio Bravo, outside of Laredo, Eyewitness News photographer Noe Cumplido spotted four men just crossed the Rio Grand and were rolling their way into the United State to avoid detection by the Border Patrol, which was set up just two hundred yards away. Those men could be men looking for work, returning to their families, or they could be criminals. We have no way of knowing.

It is this activity upon which Donald Trump based much of his campaign. Promising to build a wall—to deport millions of illegal immigrants. But here in south Texas where the border is also a lifeline for migration and for trade, his campaign rhetoric does not sit well. “I have a number of clients who are worried about what their status is going to be once Trump takes office,” said Jose Salvador Telez, an attorney who works immigration. He’s also with the League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 12, in Laredo. “He proposed a border wall. The fact of the matter is there is a border wall already from California to New Mexico almost.” Ed Bueno is also a board member of LULAC Council 12. He believes Trump’s rhetoric is misguided. He cites the President-elect’s criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement as one example.

Here is the entire Channel 13 story on the wall: http://abc13.com/politics/in-laredo-giant-wall-not-wanted/1608829/.

Alex Cora is the new bench coach for the ‘Stros. In 1996, Cora was selected in the 3rd round by the Dodgers in the MLB Amateur Player Draft. Who did the A’s select in the 3rd round that same draft?

Remember when City IDs were an issue during last year’s city elections here in H-Town?   Commentary opposed the idea and I said so and why. My concerns were the fact that the City would gather personal information and thus making it subject to an open records request from the haters.

Bill King also opposed for similar reasons.

Now check this AP story about concerns in New York City:

NEW YORK (AP) — When New York City launched the nation’s biggest municipal ID card program last year, advocates said it would help people living in the U.S. illegally to venture out of the shadows.

But since Donald Trump was elected president, city officials are instead fielding questions about whether the cards could put those same people at greater risk of being deported.

The city has vowed to protect cardholders’ personal records and might even delete them using a kind of self-destruct provision that allows for the information to be destroyed at the end of the year. At least one state lawmaker has criticized that idea, saying it could make it impossible to trace people if they have obtained cards fraudulently.

Some immigrants take comfort in the city’s stance, while acknowledging they are still wary.

Alberto Saldivia got his “IDNYC” card this year after spending 15 years in the country without legal authorization.

“It did cause me considerable concern, because they have my information, also the information of my son,” the 53-year-old Mexico native said through an interpreter.

But he felt reassured when Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week that the city would “absolutely” safeguard cardholders’ identities. De Blasio, a Democrat, said officials would assess whether to delete the personal records, a provision that was built into the program partly over concerns about the possible election of a Republican president such as Trump, whose campaign promises included a vow to deport millions of people in the U.S. illegally.

Here is the entire AP story on City IDs: https://www.apnews.com/c96b33c9ff7e458c96c6f091f53b2cab/After-Trump-win,-NYC-could-destroy-immigrant-ID-card-data.

I kind of hope City ID folks around these parts are paying attention. I hate to say that my concerns were legitimate. Oh, well.

Some GOP members of congress want to investigate Hillary Clinton again. That will just backfire on them.

There sure are not that many women involved in the Trump transition.  Just saying.

‘Stros Skipper A.J. Hinch of course was selected by the A’s in the 3rd round of the 1996 draft.

From The Yard:

On December 3rd from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, join us in the Union Station Lobby and the Atrium at Minute Maid Park for Home Plate for the Holidays as we kick off the holiday season with some Astros cheer! The event is free and open to the public but you must have an event voucher for entry.

Parking is free in any of the Astros owned lots. Fans can access the event through Union Station Lobby entrance located on Crawford Street, or the Atrium entrance on Texas Street.

Fans will be able to get in the Holiday spirit with:

• Gingerbread house making

• Pictures with Orbit Claus (from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm)

• Holiday Storytime with the Shooting Stars

• Ornament crafts

• Inflatables for the kids

• Carolers

• Holiday lights and festive “snow”

• Christmas beers sold at the Saint Arnold bar• And much more Holiday fun!

Drats!  I won’t be able to attend.


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