Archive for December 18th, 2017

Christmas Cards

Let me just say this and Commentary has said it before. Those folks who run our professional football team think they are smarter than the rest of us but we all know they are not. The Coog QB for the Vikings who has them at 11-3 and playoff bound used to play for us and that is all I will say about that. Pity the fans who will spend their Christmas Day afternoon at NRG – they must be on Santa’s naughty list.

During this past MLB postseason, only four players had more than 20 postseason base hits. Name the four? Hint: They will all receive their World Series rings at The Yard in a few months.

Christmas cards? Are they a dying breed?

Some of you remember I used to send them out with a quote from John and Paul. My brother and I would put it together. After he left us it wasn’t the same, so I stopped sending them.

When I was at my Dad’s a couple of days ago, I saw a stack on his desk that he had personally signed and prepared to send out. So far, this season, I have only received four. One from the famous H-Town MUD law firm, one from former H-Town Mayor and First Lady Bill and Andrea, one from Kyle and Celeste, and one from my good friend Kathryn that arrived this past Saturday.

Kathryn’s by far is a cool one for sure. I have to say I had a hand in it. It is picture of a postseason baseball at The Yard with her Alabama and Quissett photoshopped into the shot. The postseason baseball is a foul ball I snagged and gave it to Kathryn when we went together to Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees. I took a photo of the ball in Kathryn’s hand.

Here is the inscription on her card: Sending Holiday Cheer And New Year Wishes From Houston The Home Of The 2017 World Series Champions The Houston Astros.

Cool! Are they a dying breed?  We have a week to find out.

Is there zero tolerance? See this from Politico:

Democrat Andrea Ramsey has dropped out of the race to take on GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas after The Kansas City Star began questioning Ramsey about accusations made against her in a 2005 sexual harassment lawsuit.

Ramsey was accused of making sexual advances towards a former employee of LabOne, a company where she worked in human resources. The complaint filed against LabOne claimed that Ramsey made “unwelcome sexual advances as well as unwelcome, unwanted and offensive sexual comments and innuendos during his employment” and that Ramsey moved the employee’s desk, criticized him and eventually fired him after he declined the advances.

The lawsuit was dismissed in 2006. Multiple sources told the Kansas City Star that the employee received a settlement. Ramsey denied the allegations in a lengthy statement published Friday that explained her decision to drop out of the race, saying that the allegation is “a lie” and she didn’t “have any opportunity to participate in its resolution” because she was not named in the lawsuit. LabOne, Ramsey’s employer, was named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

Here is the entire read: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/15/andrea-ramsey-candidate-kansas-withdraws-sexual-harassment-297782.

Interesting turn of events.

The Chron E-Board kind of put it on local Dems this past Saturday. Deserved? Check the thumbs down here:

(Thumbs down) Looking at party success in Alabama and Virginia coupled with reprehensible behavior in Congress, you’d think Democrats would be lining up to run for office. So what happens in Harris County? After announcing his candidacy for Harris County judge with a scathing attack on incumbent Republican Ed Emmett, Houston attorney Mike Nichols dropped out of the race about 10 minutes after getting in. What’s wrong with that? Well, he chased away potential candidates, denied the party a robust primary discussion and generally wasted everyone’s time. If you’re going to run, see it though.

(Thumbs down) Brief thoughts about bad-behaving elected officials amongst us:

The Democratic Party seemed to have no interest in forcing convicted state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, to resign. It is very possible he will run for office from jail next year. His conviction for barratry was upheld by an appeals court.

The same party seems content to let state Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston, avoid scrutiny after reports of vile and abusive behavior. He should step down.


When my nephew used to live in Vegas, some years I would give him $50 to plunk down on the ‘Stros to win the World Series when they were like 200 to 1 odds before the season started.   I figured maybe they will surprise us and be better than everyone thinks, and I win $10,000. I am thinking that is kind of why Chron columnist Erica Grieder is writing she thinks the Dems will win statewide in Texas next year. Nobody will think she is that kwazy if the GOP wins again next year, but folks will think she’s a freaking genius if the unthinkable happens even though I do think Cong. Beto O’Rourke has a good shot at knocking off Sen. Ted Cruz.

Here is how Greider starts her column:

The other day, while walking my dog, I had an awkward realization: I think Texas will turn blue in 2018.

That’s not a prediction, exactly; the primaries will be held in March, so as it stands, we don’t even know who all the Democratic candidates for statewide office will be.

Furthermore, I could easily be wrong, and there’s plenty of reason to think I will be. We all know the drill: Texas is a red state. The last time Democrats won statewide office was in 1994. In 2014, Republicans swept the top-of-the-ticket races by a 20-point margin. Although Democrats have outperformed expectations in other red states recently, the idea that they might win statewide in Texas next year no doubt strikes many of you as crazy.

With that said, stranger things have happened. In 1995, Donald Trump was a spokesman for Pizza Hut’s stuffed crust pizza. Today he has access to America’s nuclear arsenal.

And if you think about it, it really wouldn’t be that strange if Democrats won statewide in Texas next year. We all know they will do so eventually. And when they do, their victory will seem inevitable in retrospect. Texas is a young, diverse, urbanized and outward-looking state. Historians of the future – assuming humankind has a future, and one in which historians are valued as something other than a protein source – will probably wonder why we stayed red so long.

Here is her entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/Could-Texas-turn-blue-in-2018-Stranger-things-12436230.php.

Interesting take for sure. Hopefully Dems go into 2018 charged and with a winning attitude for a change.

Edward Ybarra sent me this on Friday:

Regarding Precinct 6 contest, has it been clarified if Diana Davila still on the ballot? I understand that the other candidate, Angela Rodriguez, filed 500 signatures with her application.

Until I hear differently, I will stand by what I said last Tuesday and here is what I said:

My old buddy Justice of Peace Armando Rodriguez decided not to run for reelection. Heck, he was first elected like in 1974. His daughter Angela Rodriguez will be running for the JP, Pct. 6 slot. HISD Trustee Diana Davila filed in that seat but I heard her application was rejected because she didn’t have enough petition signatures.

Commentary has been listening to the Christmas tunes on 99.1 FM, SiriusXM and some CDs. I have to say one of the best Christmas CDs of all time is the Carpenters “Christmas Portrait”, the 1984 reissue that comes in at 70 minutes. It works best if you are listening at your home or on a lengthy drive like to Baytown and back. Nice!

This past MLB postseason, Jose Altuve had 22 base hits, and Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, and SpringerDinger had 21 each to lead all players of course.

I might drop by the Team Store today to see if they have any specials.

Christmas Day is a week from today but you know that!



Read Full Post »