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The Ineptness

This is such an outrageous read. I am talking about the story in Politico yesterday about the Hillary Clinton Campaign honchos completely blowing this election. I hope none of them are ever involved in a presidential campaign in the future. This was arrogance and ineptness and plain old stupidity. Shame on all of them!

Here is the must read: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/michigan-hillary-clinton-trump-232547.

Same goes for the DNC. They were alerted by the FBI that they were hacked and they didn’t take the alert seriously until after it was too late. Shame on them too!

Some baseball writers are posting their Hall of Fame ballots and Jeff Bagwell is getting quite a few votes.   How many seasons did Bagwell play in the bigs?

There is a lengthy story on the front page of today’s Chron on local governments doing their best to protect paperless folks. Here is from the Chron:

Dozens of cities and universities across the country are promising to do what they can to fight the broad deportation of immigrants here illegally even as President-elect Donald Trump and other top Republicans have said they would block funding for those who enact sanctuary-type policies.

Mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and other mostly Democratic-led cities have said they would continue to limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials.

In some cases, they said they would go even further, shoring up money to help immigrants during deportation proceedings in California. Universities across the nation have also been flooded with petitions to declare their campuses sanctuary spaces, largely a symbolic gesture to signal their support for immigrant students.

And:

Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez said in an interview that he, too, is worried about holding inmates without pending charges for immigration enforcement and would study the issue. He has said he would end the county’s controversial 287 (g) contract with federal authorities allowing jailers to interview inmates about their immigration status.

And:

This month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also said he would cut state funding to what he said were sanctuary campuses and cities.

And this:

In unveiling an Office for New Americans and Immigrant Communities this week, Mayor Sylvester Turner promised to protect immigrants and refugees from discrimination. But he skirted a reporter’s question about if he would officially designate Houston a sanctuary city, prompting an outburst from a heckler who accused it of already being one.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Advocates-vow-to-fight-broad-deportation-of-10797042.php?cmpid=btfpm.

So what is Governor Abbott going to cut? Our highway funds? That would impact a lot of his voters? Our higher education funds? Our public education funds? Come on!

It is all nothing but talk in my book and the proof is in this story from the Trib. Here is how it starts:

A year after taxpayers began shelling out a record $800 million to shore up the porous Texas-Mexico border, The Texas Tribune requested sit-down interviews with Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to discuss the politics and policy implications of border security and immigration.

Each refused.

The Tribune then emailed several detailed questions about their role in ensuring Texas employers don’t hire undocumented immigrants, as state law allows. Spokesmen for Abbott and Straus released prepared statements (pasted below) without specific reference to the various questions asked. Patrick’s office did not respond.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/14/dont-ask-your-leaders-about-immigrants-workplace/.

Like I said, it is nothing but talk. Cities just need to tell folks like Abbott and others to you know what off.

Jeff Bagwell played 15 season of course.

Here is an interesting fact on Bagwell:

Jeff Bagwell reached base safely 331 times in 1999. Most by a right-handed batter in a single season in baseball history.

That’s all from The Yard.

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