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Never Been To

How many of the ‘Stros regulars finished the season hitting .300 or above?

I will admit it. Having lived here in the H-Town area like for nearly forever, there are some places I have never visited – until last night. For years I have driven past an establishment in East Sunset Heights when I take the back streets to El Bolillo or Connie’s Seafood. Hello, Rose Garden, a nice little beer joint on Link Road!

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg has a column today on mass shootings in the USA and the “new normal.” Here is how it starts:


Body count.

Thoughts and prayers.

Presidential address.

Motive identified. (Or not.)

Categorization of shooter, based on complexion and affiliations, as terrorist or lone wolf.

Calls for gun reform.

Calls for us not to discuss gun reform amid national tragedy.

Blood donations.


Mourning victims.


No gun reform.

Move on.


Some suggest that this vicious cycle is the “new normal” in America. Others say mass shootings remain statistical aberrations and therefore can’t be normal.

But to me, the term is relative. Normal means familiar. Normal means a pattern of occurrence. Normal means a certain acceptance, even a sense of inevitability.

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Tragedy-in-Vegas-gets-even-worse-if-we-let-it-12250964.php.

As long as the GOP continues to be the NRA’s lapdog, it is the new normal.

Now how many guns did the Vegas shooter have?

It is official! Check this from the Chron:

The Pasadena City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $1.1 million settlement agreement of a lawsuit that challenged a city voting plan.

The move, recommended by new Mayor Jeff Wagner, came less than a year after a federal judge found the council election structure adopted in 2013 diluted Latino voting influence.

Councilman Cody Ray Wheeler said that after four years of litigation and $3.5 million in legal fees, he was glad to see the appeal come to an end.

“It all started out as a power grab that has now run its course,” Wheeler said. “In addition to the financial hit, the lawsuit gave the city a black eye in the national spotlight. It cost us progress and it cost us time.”

Councilman Phil Cayten said he would vote to end the lawsuit to save money even though he thought the city could have prevailed in an appeal.

“I think the three more conservative judges of the appeals court would rule in favor of the City of Pasadena,” said Cayten, who apologized to constituents who favored continuing the appeal. “Let me just say that I believe in my heart that the City of Pasadena did not violate the Voting Rights Act or adopt a discriminatory election system.”

And this:

(Former Pasadena Mayor Johnny) Isbell said by phone Tuesday that he opposed ending the appeal efforts.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed. I think it’s a mistake to settle it because I think we stood a good chance to have won the case on appeal and we would not have had to pay the $1.1 million settlement,” he said. “And, I certainly disagree with the judge that said we were trying to inhibit the voting rights of the Hispanic population. That is absolutely, categorically, not true.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/pasadena/news/article/Pasadena-council-agrees-to-settle-suit-12250148.php.

Sorry, Mayor Isbell. Your two cents are just that, two cents. There is a new sheriff in town and his name Mayor Jeff Wagner and he is calling the shots now and doing a great job.

Way to go, Pasadena!

I saw this on the “Today” show this morning:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly referred to President Donald Trump as a “moron” after a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon, according to NBC News, citing multiple senior administration officials.

According to three officials, Tillerson made the comment in front of members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet members. The report also said Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this summer and had to be talked out of it by Vice President Mike Pence.

Officials said the tensions reached a high point around the time Trump gave a politicized speech to the Boy Scouts of America in late July. Tillerson was once leader of the organization.

The White House was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC and declined to comment on the record to NBC News for the story.

He will probably lose his job for being honest.

Jose Altvue hit .346, Carlos Correa .315, Josh Reddick .314, and Marwin Gonzalez .303.

And Yuli Gurriel hit .299.

From the Orange U Glad Dept. from the Chron:

As the Astros prepare to face the Red Sox in the American League Division Series, the Astros have encouraged fans to “Orange Out Houston” on Thursday and Friday, the days of Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros are asking local businesses, schools, community leaders, organizations and Astros fans to wear orange clothing and accessories, decking out their buildings in orange and creatively displaying their Astros pride.

In a press release sent Tuesday, the Astros sent a thank you to Discovery Green, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas-Houston, Houston City Hall, the Houston Police Department, NASA Johnson Space Center and Space City Houston for joining in the Orange Out Houston effort.

Astros owner Jim Crane, relief pitcher Joe Musgrove, Orbit and the Shooting Stars will join Mayor Sylvester Turner at noon Wednesday in front of City Hall to kick off the playoff celebration.

The Astros also are asking fans to post photos of what they are doing to Orange Out Houston on social media with the hashtag #EarnHistory. Participating fans could win prizes from the Astros, including tickets, memorabilia and apparel.

I am ready for tomorrow!

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