Archive for September 6th, 2017

Rest My Case

We are 85-53. Our best season ever was in 1998 when we went 102-60. When did we have our second best season?

I rest my case. I am real pi__ed off. Check this from the Chron today:

DALLAS (AP) — A report released two decades ago on the Harris County reservoir system predicted with alarming accuracy the catastrophic flooding that would besiege the Houston area if changes weren’t made in the face of rapid development.

The report released in 1996 by engineers with the Harris County Flood Control District said the Addicks and Barker reservoirs were adequate when built in the 1940s. But it noted that as entire neighborhoods sprouted over the years around the reservoirs in western Harris County, as many as 25,000 homes and businesses at the time were exposed to the kind of flooding Harvey has now brought.

In the report obtained by The Dallas Morning News , engineers proposed a $400 million solution that involved building a massive underground conduit that would more quickly carry water out of the reservoirs and into the Houston Ship Channel. The conceptual plan envisioned a conduit consisting of eight channels to carry water out of the reservoirs and safely past developed areas downstream.

“The primary flood threat facing the citizens of west Harris County and west Houston comes from the inability to drain the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in an efficient manner,” the report said.

When asked about the report, Harris County flood control officials said they could not immediately locate a copy and were unfamiliar with the details.

“What I recall is, and I haven’t read the report since back then, was that it was going to be very difficult to do physically,” said Steve Fitzgerald, the flood control district’s longtime chief engineer.

Here is the entire read: http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Engineers-20-years-ago-warned-of-flooding-risk-12175182.php.

We spent hundreds of millions on The Yard, Toyota, and NRG, but not this.

I also saw a piece today that I can’t find now from the Chron from a January 2017 piece on stuff we should be doing but we are not.

Governing is hard. Courage is harder.

This from The Hill:

The Trump administration is advising beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to “prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States,” ABC News reported Tuesday.

Talking points distributed to GOP lawmakers and obtained by ABC News say that DACA recipients should use their remaining time in the U.S. to get their affairs in order, after President Trump rescinded the program Tuesday.

“The Department of Homeland Security urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorizations to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States – including proactively seeking travel documentation – or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible,” the document says.

Multiple sources confirmed the authenticity of the talking points to ABC News.

Trump has been pushing members of Congress to take legislative action on DACA’s protections before the end of a six-month phase-out period for the program.

“As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful democratic process,” Trump said in a statement, adding: “It is now time for Congress to act!”

Still, the president’s decision to end the program, which shields certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation, spurred widespread criticism and prompted some lawmakers to urge swift legislative action on the matter.

In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump said that if lawmakers were unable to pass a measure addressing DACA’s protections, he would revisit his decision to end the program. 

Royko sent me this:

There’s two sides to the argument.

The problem was made worse over the past several years when Obama allowed unknown numbers of unaccompanied “children” to be released and disbursed throughout the nation with no monitoring. And one wonders why vicious gangs such as MS-13 are so widespread throughout the nation.

From the internet:

It only took half a decade, but finally, someone has discovered a use for the Apple Watch, the watch made by Apple. The New York Times reports that the Boston Red Sox used the device to help steal hand signs from the New York Yankees. Personnel monitoring video would watch the catcher to see what signs he was giving to the pitcher and then send that on to the dugout, where an athletic trainer would relay information about upcoming pitches to players.

The Red Sox are cheaters.

The 1999 ‘Stros went 97-65 of course.

Justin Verlander picked up the win last night.

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