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The H-Town Word

Commentary is not going to pile on Rachel Maddow on how she presented Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns even though she only produced two pages. I look at it this way, it is two pages we didn’t have. Yeah, yeah, she went on and on before she got to the returns, but maybe the two pages is a sign of things to come.

For the second time, the Muslim ban has been put on hold.

We are learning this morning from a story on the internet that one of Trump’s key staffers is a registered Nazi. I guess a few other staff members haven’t registered yet.

Name the active MLB skipper with the most career wins as a skipper?

The Chron E-Board today calls out the University of Houston for trying to pull an #HTownTakeover of the word “Houston.” Huh! Here is the headline and sub-headline of the E-Board take:

Branding feud

The idea that UH should own rights to Sam Houston’s illustrious name is ludicrous.

This is how the take starts:

One of the most interesting legends about the founding of our fair city is the tale of how this settlement on the banks of Buffalo Bayou came to be known as Houston. At a dinner party one evening General Sam Houston, the hero of the battle of San Jacinto, proposed naming the city after his hostess, Charlotte Allen. But Allen, a shrewd businesswoman who’s never gotten the credit she deserves in our city’s history books, wisely convinced the general that the glory associated with his name would help put the fledgling city on the map.

Sam Houston agreed, because the man who won our state’s independence knew the value of his good name. Today we can’t help wondering what the general would think about somebody trying to claim exclusive rights to it.

Last year, University of Houston officials were understandably upset when they learned the South Texas College of Law planned to change its name to the Houston College of Law and adopt a color scheme that looked suspiciously similar to the Cougars’ red and white logo. UH sent its attorneys to the courthouse arguing that the downtown law school’s name change could have caused confusion, effectively diluting the good name built by the University of Houston Law School. A federal judge agreed.

Now, a mediated settlement of this legal dispute has opened the door to a much broader claim by UH. University officials included in the settlement a provision that will allow UH to pursue a federal trademark on the word “Houston” for educational purposes.

That prospect should raise the eyebrows and the blood pressure of anybody who’s ever attended Houston Baptist University, Houston Community College, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston or even a nursery school whose moniker incorporates the name of our city. Indeed, both Houston Community College and the Houston Astros have put the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on notice that they may oppose UH’s attempted takeover of Sam Houston’s illustrious name.

And here is how it ends:

We hope this notion of UH trademarking “Houston” is just the product of some lawyer’s over-active imagination. Charlotte Allen understood that our city’s name was a valuable commodity. The University of Houston needs to understand that General Sam Houston’s name belongs to all of us.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Branding-feud-11005076.php.

UH was successful in their law school battle with the South Texas College of Law over the name issue. They also put it on the UT System a couple of weeks ago or so and even bragged about it and thumped their chests.   I’m thinking the Chron E-Board doesn’t want them to get too greedy and pull an #HTownTakeover and try to own rights to the word H-Town even for educational purposes. I get it.

This is funny:

McDonald’s Twitter account slammed President Trump on Thursday in an uncharacteristically derogatory tweet. 

The tweet, sent at 9:16 a.m. on Thursday, reads: “@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.”

The message was retweeted more than 200 times and deleted 25 minutes later. 

McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

It’s unclear if the message was sent by an employee or if the account was hacked. The account appeared to be sending on-brand messages before and after the tweet about Trump.

And this tweet is funnier:

Keir Murray‏ @houtopia 13m13 minutes ago

Redefining the Big Mac attack. #McDonalds

Bruce Bochy of the Giant has 1,789 career wins and Dusty Baker of the Nationals has 1,766 of course.

MLB returns to The Yard two weeks from today when the ‘Stros host the World Serious champs in an exhibition game.

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