Archive for January 9th, 2018

Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies led all MLBers with 14 triples this past season. How many triples were hit in the 2017 postseason combined?

Oprah made a great speech the other night and she would probably be a very good president, but I don’t want to talk about 2020 right now, let’s focus on this November.

Here is from the Chron on the $225,000 question:

A former Houston Community College trustee was sentenced to 70 months in prison on Monday after a judge said he accepted more than a quarter million dollars in bribes in exchange for his influence over contract work with the college.

In the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore asked Chris Oliver if his conduct was “standard procedure” for HCC trustees and asked if the college was a “cesspool.”

“The line is definitely blurred,” he said. “You don’t come from wealth. You’re in an elected position. (People) throw things at you.”

Oliver, who represented swaths of southwest Houston for the college system for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty in 2017 to taking envelopes stuffed with cash and Visa gift cards – totaling about $12,000 – from former HCC contractor Karun Sreerama, who was later appointed Mayor Sylvester Turner’s public works director.

But Judge Gilmore described deeper corruption.

Between 2009 and 2016, she said, Oliver received 69 bribe payments totaling $225,259 from at least four people seeking contracts with HCC. The $12,000 he accepted from Sreerama in 2015 and 2016 was provided to Sreerama by the FBI, she said.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/education/campus-chronicles/article/HCC-trustee-Chris-Oliver-sentenced-to-70-months-12481741.php.

I guess the feds will let us know where the $225,000 came from – right?  Stay tuned!

There were 12 triples hit during this past 2017 postseason of course.

The word is we are looking for a top of the line starting pitcher, so you know that the price of a Saint Arnold is going up for sure.

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