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Pepper Day

Sorry for the delay. I will explain later.

From ABC News:

It was 50 years ago today that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” got its official release in the U.K.

The Beatles‘ psychedelic masterpiece — which hit U.S. stores a day later — went where no album had gone before, combining such influences as classical, big band and Indian music with various experimental sounds and studio techniques.

Beatles expert Bruce Spizer tells ABC News that perhaps the most important achievement of “Sgt. Pepper,” which Rolling Stone chose as its greatest album of all time, was that “it elevated rock music to an art form,” while also being “a great listening experience.”

Here is the entire story: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/beatles-sgt-pepper-album-celebrates-50th-anniversary-today/story?id=47768473.

And that is why The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM has declared today “Pepper Day!”

Have a great “Pepper Day!”

I posted this from royko yesterday:

Interesting position. When is it acceptable for illegal aliens to come to where the legislators gather so as to try and influence duly elected representatives of the citizens? Then, to be threatened by another member on the State House floor, and further, to be called a coward by a partisan from the party enabling the lawlessness. Only in America can the lawless be portrayed as victims by the propagandists in the media. – royko

Then I got this yesterday:


Please remind royko of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1868.  The Amendment reads, in relevant parts, as follows:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The use of the words “citizens” and “person” were not used by mistake by the drafters of the Amendment. There is a distinction between the two words. On the one hand, citizens have certain rights, such as the right to vote. The word “person,” on the other hand, is used in a much broader sense. Thus, while an undocumented person may not have the right to vote, all persons have First Amendment freedom of speech protections, regardless of immigration status. Therefore, it is not only acceptable, but within their Constitutional rights, for the persons that participated in the demonstration, documented and undocumented, to “try to influence duly elected representatives,” particularly at a government building such as the State Capitol. Moreover, while these representatives may be elected by citizens, they are there representing us all. In fact, they take an oath to defend the Constitution, including the First and Fourteenth Amendments.



Edgardo E. Colon

Thanks for setting folks straight, Edgar! Got it, royko?

Commentary said this yesterday:

When a state representative says he called ICE and starts a melee on the Texas House floor, why aren’t his GOP colleagues outraged?   Now it turns out there is no record of him calling ICE, so he made up a story and lied to his fellow House Members and purposely created a tense situation, where is the outrage?

From the Statesman:

In a reversal, a federal official has confirmed that immigration authorities fielded a hotline call related to Texas protesters of a pending state law intended to keep local communities from shielding residents from possible deportation.

By email this afternoon, Nina Pruneda of the San Antonio office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said: “After a more careful review of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records we have determined there was a call placed on May 29 at 12:05 PM to the national ICE Tip Line, related to the incident in Texas. This call was logged and a formal report was forwarded to the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office in San Antonio, Texas.”

Pruneda responded to a follow-up query a day after sharing a different ICE statement in reply to a question about whether calls had been fielded about the protesters of Senate Bill 4, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 7. The agency’s Tuesday statement said: “ICE is not aware of receiving any calls related to this matter.”

Commentary stands corrected. Still, what he did was cowardly.

Sigh! See this:

Hillary Clinton says she takes full responsibility for her decisions.

There’s just one catch: She says her decisions weren’t the reason that she lost to Donald Trump.

At Recode’s Code Conference in California on Wednesday, the former Democratic presidential nominee was reflective, quick to crack jokes — and eager to cast blame. The more than hour-long question-and-answer event marked the latest in a series of public appearances for Clinton in which she explicitly took on the actions of those around her and other external circumstances in explaining why she lost on Election Day.

“I take responsibility for every decision I make — but that’s not why I lost,” Clinton said.

Perhaps Clinton’s most fresh and savage criticism on Wednesday was directed at the Democratic National Committee. She went as far as to say that when she became her party’s presidential nominee, she inherited “nothing” from the committee.

Here is the entire CNN story: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/hillary-clinton-recode-loss/index.html.

Well run campaigns deal will all sorts of stuff that’s thrown at them. She just ran a lousy campaign. Commentary has said it before – a lot of self-inflicted wounds that added up. They also made a lot of bad decisions.

Commentary saw this yesterday:

Melania Trump sharply criticized Kathy Griffin for posting a photograph of a severed, bloody head that strongly resembled her husband, claiming the incident ” makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”

Commentary laughed. The last thing I am going to wonder about is someone’s mental health based on who they hang with.

The H-Town City Council passed a budget yesterday but here is this from the Chron:

City Council voted to boost funding for a controversial program that helps district council members tackle neighborhood projects Wednesday, even as it approved an annual budget from which one police cadet class and up to 75 employees’ jobs already had been trimmed.

Mayor Sylvester Turner blasted the 10-7 vote to amend his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 as “irresponsible.” He warned that increasing the 11 district council members’ project funds could imperil the city’s ability in the coming months to find the money to restore a fifth police cadet class, offer a sufficient raise to firefighters or address long-term challenges such as an aging vehicle fleet or accumulated building maintenance.

“They passed that amendment without specifying where the money is coming from, and that’s almost like pulling it out of thin air,” Turner said after the meeting. “Quite frankly that’s not the way I choose to budget.”

Here is the entire Chron Story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-County-approves-budget-with-revision-mayor-11186864.php.

You can’t win them all.

Of course, try telling that to the ‘Stros these days. Check this tweet:

 Cameron Retweeted

Matt Young‏Verified account @Chron_MattYoung 2h2 hours ago

Astros about to be just 14th team in last 50 years to win at least 38 of first 54 games. 9 of those teams made World Series – 4 won it..

How about this from the ‘Stros:

The Houston Astros have announced a time change for the Sunday, June 18th game vs. the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. The first pitch time has been moved from the originally scheduled 1:10pm CT to the new time of 7:05 pm CT, as the contest was selected by ESPN for its exclusive National Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Minute Maid Park gates will open at 5:00 pm CT Sunday evening. No ticket refunds or exchanges will be issued.  

As a reminder, 10,000 fans will receive a pair of Astros socks presented by Houston Methodist beginning once gates open. Due to the game time change, several of the scheduled Sunday activities have also been changed. • Budweiser After Party – Will now take place pregame from 5-6:30 pm • Kids Run the Bases- CANCELED; an additional Kids Run the Bases date will be offered on June 29th after the 1:10 PM game against the Oakland Athletics.

We have the day off so let’s catch our breath as we have now played a third of the season – WOW!



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