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Ted Oberg of Channel 13 has been airing some stories on the NFL getting over on H-Town in return for having H-Town host the Super Bowl. Channel 11 also got into the act last night. Yawn!   This is not news!   This is what the NFL does and this is what cities buy into when they bid to host the Super Bowl.

For one week, we are the center of the universe so it is ok to have the NFL not pay rent, get free parking, get hotel rooms and on and on. The only thing Commentary would prefer is to have our H-Town leaders be up front with us and show us the paperwork, err agreement. Of course, the NFL is not sunshine prone if you know what I mean.

This is both laughable and scary. This fella needs to bone up on history. Ever hear of Black Jack Pershing and Pancho Villa?   See this from Business Insider:

During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday, US President Donald Trump disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade, according to Dolia Estevez, a journalist based in Washington, DC.

In an interview with the Mexican news outlet Aristegui Noticias, Estevez, who cited sources on both sides of the call, said, “It was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Peña Nieto.”

Estevez said that while both the White House and the Mexican president have released information about the call, both sides characterized it as a “friendly” conversation and neither disclosed what was said.

Estevez said she “obtained confidential information” corroborating the content of the discussion.

“I don’t need the Mexicans. I don’t need Mexico,” Trump reportedly told the Mexican president. “We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not.”

Trump hinted that the US would force Mexico to fund the wall with a 10% tax on Mexican exports “and of 35% on those exports that hurt Mexico the most,” Estevez wrote in Proyecto Puente.

And:

“He even complained of the bad role the [Mexican] army is playing in the fight against narco trafficking,” Estevez, who writes for Forbes and is close to the Mexican journalist and anchorwoman Carmen Aristegui, said during an interview with Aristegui’s eponymous news outlet.

Trump “even suggested to [Peña Nieto] that if they are incapable of combatting [narco trafficking] he may have to send troops to assume this task,” she said.

The US president “said he would not permit the drugs coming from Mexico to continue massacring our cities,” Estevez added. She said Trump went so far as to say, “I really didn’t want to go to Mexico last August,” referring to Trump’s visit to the Mexican capital last year.

Here is the entire read: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-enrique-pena-nieto-mexico-phone-call-humiliating-threatening-2017-2.

He has no idea! Calling him a moron is being way too kind.

Where will the MLB All Star Game be played this summer?

And then he had it out with the Australian prime minister. From the Washington Post:

By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker:

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

At one point, Trump informed Turnbull that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day — including Russian President Vladi­mir Putin — and that “this was the worst call by far.”

Trump’s behavior suggests that he is capable of subjecting world leaders, including close allies, to a version of the vitriol he frequently employs against political adversaries and news organizations in speeches and on Twitter.

“This is the worst deal ever,” Trump fumed as Turnbull attempted to confirm that the United States would honor its pledge to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.

Trump, who one day earlier had signed an executive order temporarily barring the admission of refugees, complained that he was “going to get killed” politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers.”

Trump returned to the topic late Wednesday night, writing in a message on Twitter: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”

U.S. officials said that Trump has behaved similarly in conversations with leaders of other countries, including Mexico. But his treatment of Turnbull was particularly striking because of the tight bond between the United States and Australia — countries that share intelligence, support one another diplomatically and have fought together in wars including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Normally, someone would say “I am dumbfounded.” Not with this fella.

I like the following. See this from AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Tom Perez to head the Democratic National Committee, calling the former Obama administration labor secretary the “best bet to help bring the party back.”

Biden cast Perez, a Dominican-American civil rights lawyer who grew up in the Rust Belt, as a tireless champion of working Americans, immigrants and the disabled.

“He knows how to explain why our party’s core beliefs matter to the immigrant family in Arizona and the coal miner in West Virginia. That matters,” Biden said in a statement. “I’ve watched him work. I think I know his heart. That’s why I endorse him as the next chairman of the DNC.”

Biden’s support marks the highest-profile endorsement in the crowded — and still fluid — race to lead the Democratic Party, which has rekindled party divisions exposed in last year’s presidential primary campaign.

While former President Barack Obama has praised his former labor secretary as “tireless, wicked smart,” he’s so far withheld a formal endorsement.

Perez, who was quietly urged by the White House to jump into the race, faces his stiffest competition from Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic strategists with knowledge of the chairman selection process say Perez has as much as a 66-member lead among the 447 members of the party who will vote on the next chairman at the party convention in late February. In total, 304 members have indicated who they’re backing.

The strategists spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the vote counting.

Perez aides say he’s raised more than $825,000 for his campaign, with 73 percent of the donors contributed $200 or less.

Ellison attributed the support to Biden’s sense of loyalty to Perez, who spent much of the past eight years working in the Obama administration.

“At the end of the day, I think we can all agree that the DNC chair must be the choice of the rank-and-file Democratic Party members across the nation,” he said in a statement.

Now this last statement got me. Rank-and-file Democratic party members don’t have a vote on this. We are not having a Dem Party primary over this deal. Members of the DNC get to decide.

What a hair-raising story from Politico, aww:

President Donald Trump takes four different medications daily, his longtime doctor told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday, including one that promotes hair growth in men.

Dr. Harold Bornstein told the Times that Trump takes a small dose of finasteride, which is marketed and commonly known as Propecia, a drug often prescribed to treat male-pattern baldness.

Trump is not going to like this. Though, it is hard to tell if the pill is working.

The 2017 MLB All Star Game will be played at Marlins Park in Miami of course.

Nothing from The Yard today.

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