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The Parade

Put Commentary among those who think we need to stop sending out “thoughts and prayers” when it comes to mass shootings, particularly when the shootings happen in a place devoted to praying.  To those idiots who don’t think this is a gun problem.  We are the only civilized country on the planet where this happens on a regular basis, you morons.

When #SpringerDinger made his MLB debut with the ‘Stros back on April 16, 2014 against the Royals, name the 3 other starters for the ‘Stros that day who will also be wearing 2017 World Serious rings in a few months?

Some parade thoughts. There was some twitter buzz during the parade about the elected officials on the stage and who should be up there. Who cares? For one thing, I think the City of H-Town picked up the cost of a lot of the parade expenses and it was held at City Hall, so the City Council members should have been up there. The same goes for State Rep. Carol Alvarado. There is no bigger fan in H-Town, certainly among elected officials it is not even a contest. Heck, she flew out to Yankee Stadium to see one of the ALCS games and she flew out to LA for Game 6 of the World Serious. The team invited her to attend Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown this past summer and she accepted. She is a regular throughout the season at The Yard and The Yard by the way is in her district.

Commentary will say that one elected official speaking at this type of event is enough. Just the Mayor, please.

About those folks who got left behind at the Metro Rail stations. I feel your pain, err I don’t. Everybody learned a lesson on this. Metro is not ever going to be able to handle half a million folks converging on Downtown in a few hour timespan. Next season when we do this again, folks will have a plan like leave early in the morning and make it a day Downtown, book a Downtown hotel room the night before – you get the picture.

Commentary chose to stay at home and watch it on the flat screen. I didn’t think I had to attend the parade to make this season’s World Serious first a complete one. It was complete for me when Jose Altuve tossed it to Yuli Gurriel.

Commentary is glad the Chron E-Board still follows and reads Commentary. Here is what I tweeted on Thursday:

America’s Team‏@MarcCommentary Nov 2

I guess they had a reason for not holding @astros #WorldSeries parade on Saturday.

Here is what I said on Friday:

Did they even consider holding the parade tomorrow?

Here is what the E-Board said on Saturday:

(Thumbs down) We’re stuck in the office Friday writing instead of celebrating with the Astros. We say that because for us and for thousands of Houston kids, MLB should have waited until Saturday for the parade. HISD called off Friday classes; bad move. School administrators were worried hundreds would call in sick. That’s a CYA line. Ultimately, they forced families to scramble for child care. There’s a reason parades for the Rodeo or Gay Pride or Art Cars happen on Saturday. School is closed; there’s no one downtown, and parking is abundant. When we repeat as World Series Champions next year – and we will repeat – please, MLB, consider the kids.

Royko had this to say:

There seemingly are far more leftist crazies, but there are also many that are ignorant of the facts.

It was my understanding that the HISD was flooded with requests from employees from all classifications for the day off. They could not function without a minimum level of employees. The parents were left with dealing with the kids who should have been in school.

Steve Houston said this:

Crazies on the far right of the political spectrum are already blaming Mayor Turner for giving HISD the day off, forgetting he had absolutely no say in the matter whatsoever. If 1000 asked for the day off, I am sure many, many more times that were not planning on showing up, few substitutes would have been available either.

MLB sent out the World Serious gear list. There are tons of stuff. At the top of my list is the orange t-shirt that says “Never Forget The First.” I like the fitted World Series Champion lid. I also like the lid with the trophy on it but they don’t come in fitted sizes.

Here is what Kuffer has to say today about the intrusion of out of state money in our HISD trustee races:

That’s a lot of money, but at least from my perspective in District I, it hasn’t been particularly visible to me. I’ve received mail from the Santos campaign, but no more than what I’ve received from the Himsl and Richart campaigns. I haven’t received any robocalls or been visited by any canvassers – for whatever the reason, it’s extremely rare for someone to knock on my door on behalf of a campaign – and if there are ads running on TV or the radio, I’ve not seen them. I don’t think I’ve seen any Facebook ads or ads in my Gmail, either. Maybe the bulk of this money is being earmarked for a runoff, I don’t know. Risky strategy if that’s the case.

The eight day finance reports are now available, but you won’t see any activity related to HUSPS in there. For example, here’s Santos’ 8 day report, which includes a $5K donation from Houston Federation of Teachers COPE, but HUSPS is nowhere to be seen. You have to go to the Texas Ethics Commission page and search for Houston United for Strong Public Schools there. In their TEC report, you can see that while they’ve raised $225K, they’ve only speny $115K, and $47K of that was for polling, which ought to be fascinating given the turnout context. I can’t tell from this how much they have spent in each race – there isn’t a single entry that specifies a dollar amount for Santos, for example. I don’t spend as much time with PAC reports as I have done with candidate reports, so maybe I just don’t know how to read these. Point is, this is where to look to get the details.

All of this has caused some controversy, which has played out on Facebook. The HUSPS website has no “About” page, and it took some sleuthing to figure out their origin. Not to put too fine a point on it, but large amounts of money being spent on local races by groups whose backers are not apparent is generally something that many of us find alarming. As Campos has noted, it’s hardly unusual for the HFT to get involved in HISD elections – they’re as much of a stakeholder as anyone else, after all – but this method of doing so is new. I don’t understand the rationale behind this approach, either, but it is what they have chosen to do. We’ll see how it plays out.

My good friend Laura Murillo is quoted in a front page Chron story today on Latinos and the 2020 census. Here is a part:

Laura Murillo, president and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, noted that the Latino community has historically shied away from participating in census surveys. For the 2010 census, the Houston chamber hosted information sessions and explained that responses assist the government in making decisions about how to spend federal tax dollars.

While Murillo said the chamber is willing to partner with the Census Bureau again, the federal government’s actions on immigration have alienated many Latinos and will make openly sharing information with government officials a hard sell. She cited the Trump administration’s decisions to push for a border wall and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, also known as DACA, as reasons some may find to be wary.

“Trust has been breached,” she said.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Latinos-sound-alarm-on-2020-census-12334264.php.

Strong quote by Laura.

Check out the Bill King interview in Burkablog here: https://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/bill-king-rules-independent-run-senate/.

Hope Texas Dems got around to reading Chron columnist Erica Grieder yesterday. Here it is: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-Democrats-need-to-try-a-little-harder-to-12332397.php?utm_source=chron&utm_medium=linkmodule&utm_campaign=btfpm.

Commentary has said before that I don’t know if having a serious Dem run for governor will impact how the rest of the Dems do down ballot and in local races. It turns out in today’s Chron, Wendy Davis is considering making a run. I don’t have a problem with this if she runs hard against Gov. Greg Abbott and the GOP on guns, bathroom bills, school funding, health care, DACA, SB4 – heck, on all of our issues.

Commentary would be Ok if President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Donna Brazile, the Podesta brothers, Cong. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and top 2016 Clinton Campaign bigwigs would just ride off into the sunset and stop being a distraction and a hinderance to what is going to happen in Virginia tomorrow and throughout the country in 2018.

I agree with the following tweet:

Ronald Klain‏Verified account@RonaldKlain Nov 4

Enough. For the next 72 hours, any Democrat not focused in Northam v Gillespie is not focused on what really matters.

On April 16, 2014, the day #SpringerDinger made his MLB debut starting in right field, Jose Altuve started at second, Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop, and Dallas Keuchel at pitcher of course.

Let’s see, SNL, “Today” show, Disney World, Rockets game, Texans game, late night TV, keep going. We are after all, America’s Team!

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