Archive for January 16th, 2018


It’s too cold to have an MLB question – just saying.

Folks know that Commentary worked to get NAFTA adopted way back in the early 1990s. I think it has worked well for Texas and the H-Town region. I find it puzzling why Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are not more outspoken in defending NAFTA these days. Donald Trump isn’t looking out for the interests of Texas when he threatens to scrap NAFTA so why are Abbott and Patrick silent. Are they Trump’s lapdogs? Lousy leadership in my book.

Here is from a Chron story today:

WASHINGTON – Negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico aimed at revising the North American Free Trade Agreement are scheduled to resume next week, but recent developments are adding to worries — perhaps nowhere more than in Texas — that the talks and the treaty will unravel, disrupting economic connections built over a quarter-century.

Even as trade specialists note that such negotiations are complex, difficult and subject to stops, starts and posturing, recent statements and actions are stoking concerns among some political and business leaders that prospects for a deal are deteriorating.

Last week, Canadian officials speaking on conditions of anonymity told wire services that the odds of President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from NAFTA were rising, while Trump himself, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, reiterated his threat to pull out if he can’t win more favorable terms.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Fears-of-U-S-withdrawal-rise-as-NAFTA-talks-drag-12493196.php.

I will give Hunker Down credit when credit is due, and he gets credit for slapping Gov. Greg Abbott on opposing Rep. Sarah Davis. This is from the Chron:

AUSTIN — Saying Gov. Greg Abbott “picked the wrong issue,” Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett on Monday told Quorum Report the governor “has lost all focus when it comes to Sarah Davis’ race.”

Abbott reportedly said during a fundraiser for Chair Davis’ GOP challenger, Susanna Dokupil, the incumbent tried to pass a bill last year that would have made it much harder for the state to respond to Hurricane Harvey.

“Just a month before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, she engineered an effort to convince the Texas House of Representatives to cut [$70 million] of the Texas Disaster Relief Fund,” He added: “Now, fortunately, the Senate was wise enough not to go along with her. But, imagine where we would have been had … Sarah Davis’ wisdom had prevailed.” Abbott’s campaign has not commented.

“It’s almost laughable,” Emmett said, reacting on Monday morning. “His statement is just factually wrong.”

Judge Emmett, a popular Republican in Houston, questioned why the governor has taken this line of attack.”Is this similar to when he called out the state guard on Jade Helm?” Emmett asked. “Is it similar to when he called for all of us to evacuate Harris County and caused all kinds of trouble?” Emmett said.He was referring to Abbott’s public comments calling on people to leave Houston ahead of last year’s monster storm, directly contradicting local emergency management.

Judge Emmett noted Davis is his representative in Austin and said the governor’s use of a natural disaster as a political football like this is unthinkable.

Nice job, Hunker Down.

Here we go again. From the Chron:

Houston Community College trustees will consider censuring their most outspoken colleague at Thursday’s board meeting, alleging he violated the board’s code of conduct.

In the last six months, board member David Wilson has paid an outside investigator to probe the college, accused a colleague of violating board rules by casting a vote remotely, and accused another colleague of not living in her district.

Board chair Eva Loredo is scheduled to present the agenda item accusing Wilson of violating the code on Thursday.

She has criticized Wilson’s investigation and his residency allegations in the past, but she declined to comment on what specifically prompted the censure vote — besides saying that there are “several things” — when reached by phone Monday.

Trustees will discuss the item in closed session before a public vote, Loredo said. “We have some due diligence we need to do,” she said.

Here is the entire read:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/education/campus-chronicles/article/HCC-s-Dave-Wilson-faces-censure-reprimand-Thursday-12498083.php.

Sigh, sigh, sigh.

Former ‘Stro pitcher Joe Musgrove is all class.   The World Series Champions traded away our Game 5 winner and here is what he has to say:

“The initial impact was kind of tough for me, and I think the emotion and the excitement of coming right out of FanFest and getting hit with the news right after was what ultimately made it the toughest thing to swallow.

“But I’m really excited to go to Pittsburgh. It’s a good opportunity for me to continue to develop as a pitcher and to get back into the starting rotation.

“I’ll never forget the time that I spent (with the Astros), and I was treated really well. I learned a lot. I was able to win a World Series, which is more than most people can say. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play. It’s not very often you get to play on a team of that caliber and have that many studs on one team.

“… In 10 years you’re going to look around the league and be surprised that all these guys were on the same team at the same time. I was really fortunate and happy to be able to be part of that.

“From top to bottom, this organization treated my family and I with the highest level of respect. The Houston Strong will always have a special place in my heart.”


That’s all I have from The Yard.

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