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Early Voting in Person turnout on Day 8 for the HISD Prop 1 race is in the books and here is what we have to date in some select locales.  With 1 day of early voting in person remaining, West Gray had 1,386, West Loop 448, Palm Center 414, Sunnyside 362, Northeast 289, Hiram Clarke 267, Tracy Gee 255, Bayland 582, Ripley 118, HCC 93, Hardy 71 and Moody 215. Palm Center had a nice day.

Pasadena is sitting at 2,626.

Today is the last day to vote early in person.

We are 17-9. When was the last time we started out at 17-9?

Let me give a congrats to those who are moving forward with the pension bill. If the state senate bill stays intact, we will have a vote on the pension obligation bonds this November. Let’s see what happens in the House this Saturday. Go to the Trib or check out the Chron for the details.

Cong. Joaquin Castro will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2018. I know I am not going out on a limb by saying he would have been the darling of the state’s Dem Party establishment had he run. Most folks know that Commentary isn’t a fan of the state’s Dem Party establishment. I wonder what the Dem Party establishment will do now?

I think I said it before that there were not a whole lot of Dem Party establishment folks (if any) at O’Rourke’s last visit to H-Town. Stay tuned!

Speaking of, if Dems think President Barack Obama is key to us winning future elections, then we are in a world of hurt. It is time for other Dem leaders to step up. President Obama led us for eight years so let him go make a living. As far as him making $400,000 per speech, all that tells me is that Wall Street has way too much money.

Now this made my morning:

NEW YORK, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – SiriusXM is pleased to announce The Beatles Channel, launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18. Celebrating popular music’s most legendary and influential band, The Beatles Channel has been created by SiriusXM to present unique and exclusive programming in collaboration with and fully authorized by The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. The Beatles Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.

The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles. 

I will have more on this great news tomorrow.  Channel 18, get ready!

SNL’s Michael Che said a couple or so weeks ago that Boston was the most racist city in the country.  Che wasn’t letdown at Fenway. Here is this from USA Today:

BOSTON — Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.

“It’s different,’’ he said. “Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.

“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.’’

The fan that threw the bag of peanuts at Jones in the dugout was found, and escorted from the ballpark, Jones said, but he wishes the punishment was much more severe.

“It’s pathetic,’’ he said. “It’s called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don’t, take it out of their check.

“That’s how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It’s a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he’s done.

Here is the entire story: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/orioles-adam-jones-berated-by-racist-taunts-at-fenway-park/ar-BBABI9u?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=UE01DHP.

Piece of s__t fans if you ask me.

Here is what the Red Sox put out:

“The Red Sox want to publicly apologize to Adam Jones and the entire Orioles organization for what occurred at Fenway Park Monday night. No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have zero tolerance for such inexcusable behavior, and our entire organization and our fans are sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few. Such conduct should be reported immediately to Red Sox security, and any spectator behaving in this manner forfeits his/her right to remain in the ballpark, and may be subject to further action. Our review of last night’s events is ongoing.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also apologized on Tuesday:

“This is unacceptable and not who we are as a city. These words and actions have no place in Fenway, Boston, or anywhere. We are better than this.”

No you are not. Shame on Boston!

At least he admitted it was a rookie mistake. See these tweets:

Jake Kaplan‏Verified account@jakemkaplan 1h1 hour ago

Jake Kaplan Retweeted Alex Bregman

This tweet is pinned up on the white board in the visitors’ clubhouse at Minute Maid Park.

Alex Bregman‏Verified account@ABREG_1 24h24 hours ago

Opperation #BTSOOTR

And this from the Dallas Morning News:

HOUSTON – For Rangers manager Jeff Banister,  a man who believes in the power of motivation, it’s almost like Christmas every time his team gets together with Houston.

Because somebody from the Astros is going to say something that ends up on a bulletin board in the Rangers clubhouse.

This year’s entrant: Alex Bregman.

The brash Houston third baseman tweeted on Sunday night “Opperation #BTSOOTR”.  An enlarged screen shot of the tweet – including the misspelling – made it up on the bulletin boards of the Rangers clubhouse Monday. Copies were also visible on the card tables around the clubhouse. The Rangers interpreted the hashtag to mean “Beat The Snot (or something similar) Out Of The Rangers.”

Banister playfully proclaimed he knew nothing about the tweet.  When asked about the tweet, he responded, “Who, Berkman?”

A year ago, Houston reliever Ken Giles said after a walkoff loss to the Rangers that “we’re going out there to put them to the ground.” The quote made it on to the video display boards in the Rangers clubhouse.

The Rangers mostly laughed about Bregman’s tweet Monday.

“You don’t always have to pay attention to what the kids say,” Elvis Andrus said.

Said Mike Napoli: “Hey, they are a good team and we are a good team. We’re going to go out there and play hard and we’re not going to worry about outside stuff and what people may have to say or do.”

When asked how he’d respond if a young Rangers player authored such a tweet, he responded: “I might have a conversation with them. But it’s the process of growing up.” 

It’s not the first time a Bregman tweet has been directed at the Rangers.  During the World Baseball Classic, he took exception with a bat flip by Rougned Odor. He said players should “act like you’ve done it before.” He later deleted the tweet. As of 5:20 p.m. CT Monday, however, he had not deleted his most recent Rangers tweet.

“Opperation #BTSOOTR” may be still be on.

The Rangers will focus on “Operation #MABETT” (Make Alex Bregman Eat That Tweet).

Bregman admitted after the game that his tweet was a rookie mistake.

This sums it up:

Brian McTaggart‏Verified account@brianmctaggart 11h11 hours ago

Hinch on Bregman tweet: “As with most of Twitter, I kind of roll my eyes.”

I like Lance McCullers. Mike Napoli of the Rangers blasted a dinger off of him last night. McCullers then threw behind him his next time at the plate and the benches cleared. McCullers then struck him out. After the game, McCullers talked smack.

I don’t have problem with anything about this other than to say McCullers better be on his game with the Rangers from here on out.

The last time we started out 17-9 was in 2006 of course.

See you out there this evening!

 

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