Archive for December 2nd, 2016

DC Dem Elite Again

It is what it is. Organized labor is part of the DC Dem elite. Don’t even bother arguing with me. Here is from a story today in Politico about their role in picking the next chair of the DNC:

A top union leader lashed out at AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for sending out an endorsement ballot for chair of the Democratic National Committee that listed the name of only one candidate.

“A single name on the ballot more resembles an attempt at a coronation in a totalitarian regime rather than an election within the House of Labor,” Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, wrote in an email to Trumka sent late Wednesday.

The ballot, sent Wednesday to members of the AFL-CIO’s Executive Committee, provided three options: to endorse Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.); to abstain; or to “make no endorsement at this time.” Omitted were South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison; New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley; and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, all declared candidates.

Also absent were two prospective candidates reportedly favored by the White House: Labor Secretary Tom Perez and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Here is the entire read: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/firefighters-union-afl-cio-dnc-chair-232070.

I have to say this. Since the election, I have read about or have seen on the flat screen rank and file union members say they went against their unions and union leadership and voted for Donald Trump.   How about putting in some effort trying to figure why this happens? You become part of the DC Dem elite when you disconnect with what is going on outside of DC.

Who led the AL in RBIs this past season?

On this fake news thing, if folks want to fall for that, what can you do?   We know we are all goners when folks start believing fakes scores from real ballgames.

This is from an NBC News story yesterday:

Rep. Xavier Becerra, who rose through the hierarchy of the U.S. House to become the highest ranking Hispanic in Congress and was considered as a potential running mate to Hillary Clinton, has accepted a nomination to take over as California’s attorney general.

Becerra, a California Democrat, must step down at the end of this year as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, a position he was elected to by fellow House members. The job is term limited.

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday he had chosen Becerra to take over as attorney general after the departure of Kamala Harris, who won election to the U.S. Senate in November. As attorney general, Becerra will be the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official.

“I will miss Congress, the good the bad and the ugly,” Becerra said. “But it’s a privilege to get to serve.”

Becerra’s nomination must be confirmed by California’s state lawmakers. If seated, he would be the state’s first Latino attorney general.

I can’t blame him for leaving Congress. He would only be throwing rocks for the next couple of years.

Big Papi and Edwin Encarnacion of course led the AL with 127 RBIs each this past season.

Will Edwin become a ‘Stro?

Some news from The Yard yesterday. Here is their press release:

The Houston Astros and Aramark, the exclusive food and beverage provider at Minute Maid Park, announced today that Torchy’s Tacos and Shake Shack will be featured as concession options in the newly renovated center field area of Minute Maid Park, which will debut in 2017. 

“Our partnerships with Torchy’s Tacos and Shake Shack are highlights of the new center field area,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. “Torchy’s Tacos brings not only great food, but a local, Texas flavor to the ballpark. And Shake Shack’s reputation for fresh, high-quality food precedes them. We look forward to offering these two fantastic concession options to our fans in 2017.” 

Torchy’s Tacos will be located on the mezzanine level of the new center field area and will be accessible from the main concourse. Shake Shack will be located on the main concourse in center field.

“Houstonians have welcomed  us with open arms, and we’ve been humbled by the number of guests that have dined with us since our opening at the Galleria last month,” said Michael Kark, Vice President of Global Licensing, Shake Shack. “We’re thrilled to bring Shake Shack to the home of the Astros and deepen our ties in Houston.” 

“We couldn’t think of a better partner for our first venture into baseball than the Houston Astros,” said Torchy’s Tacos Founder and Vice President of Culinary and Marketing Michael Rypka. “Houston is home to some of our most loyal Torchy’s fans, and we can’t wait for our new location to open in the center field area of Minute Maid Park.” 

In addition to these new concession options, the new center field area of Minute Maid Park will include improved seating availabilities, additional food and beverage options, new escalators and elevators to improve fan access and revisions to the playing field. These improvements are part of a continuing effort to make Minute Maid Park one of Houston’s premier destinations year-round.

I wonder if the team reached out to other local taco merchants like Tacos A-Go-Go, Chilosos, Taqueria Laredo, Villa Arcos, or Brothers. Just saying.

Commentary is not a big fan of Torchy’s. I prefer the above way before Torchy’s.

If course, I am just a hot dog fella pure and simple when it comes to The Yard. Just add mustard, relish, and onions – please.

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