Archive for January 19th, 2018

On Time’s Cover

New ‘Stro pitcher Gerrit Cole will wear the number 45. Who wore the number 45 for the ‘Stros from 2007-2012?

Commentary is not going to let Amazon define who we are here in the H-Town region. Here is a kind of dumb statement in today’s Chron on not making the Amazon expansion list:

“We’re not behaving like a large metropolitan city,” said Ed Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University. “Growth is happening in technology. Oil is crucial, but we need to be able to diversify and be a part of America’s future.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Houston-misses-Amazon-s-cut-Work-to-do-say-12509056.php.

What do you mean we are not behaving like a large metropolitan city?

Somebody tweeted yesterday that it was the Harvey flooding factor that knocked us off of the Amazon shortlist. We learned post-Harvey that our old approaches to planning, developing and building were major contributors to flooding and hopefully we are changing our ways.

Harvey has our elected leaders asking for relief funds from our state and federal governments because right now Harvey has put a major dent in our local governments’ pocketbooks. So, it would be political suicide for our leaders to give away tax and other incentives to the richest guy in the world. I think the Amazon folks know that. They were not going to be able to extract much in incentives from us right now.

We also need to start getting serious about traffic congestion and a mass transit system that more folks utilize.

All major urban areas in the USA have issues and challenges. Heck, Seattle lost their NBA team about 10 years ago and yes, to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City? Don’t give me this gibberish about us not behaving like a large metropolitan city. That’s kind of silly.

We are a great metropolitan city, but all metropolitan cities have issues and challenges. One of ours just happened to be one of the biggest stories of the year last year. Bad timing, I guess.

Our Dem candidate for Harris County Judge, Lina Hidalgo, was among a group of female candidates who landed on the cover of Time Magazine yesterday. Has Hunker Down ever been on Time’s cover. Here is an internet story on the cover:

The new Time magazine cover features the portraits of first-time female candidates who say they were inspired to run for office by the Women’s March one year ago.

The cover story, “The Avengers,” by Time correspondent Charlotte Alter, highlights individuals and groups that make up the grass-roots movement of women running for office nationwide.

“Call it payback, call it a revolution, call it the Pink Wave, inspired by marchers in their magenta hats, and the activism that followed,” Alter writes.

“There is an unprecedented surge of first-time female candidates, overwhelmingly Democratic, running for offices big and small, from the U.S. Senate and state legislatures to local school boards.”

According to Time, four times as many Democratic women are running for House seats as Republican women, and twice as many Democrats in Senate races.

The cover story notes that while some women interviewed have long been involved in politics, many said they felt they underwent a “metamorphosis” due to President Trump’s election that inspired them to take part.

“In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the bitter defeat of the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described p—y grabber. Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces,” the piece reads.

This Time cover comes weeks after the magazine named “The Silence Breakers,” the women who started the #MeToo movement, as its “Person of the Year,” highlighting another major shift in gender politics in the U.S.

The wave of female candidates has already had an impact on smaller races ahead of the 2018 midterms.

EMILY’s List, a group aimed at supporting Democratic female candidates, said last month that more than 25,000 women have reached out to them expressing interest in running for office in the past year.

The organizers of the Women’s March are marking the one-year anniversary of the event by kicking off a voter registration tour.

Nice job!

Carlos “El Caballo” Lee of course wore the number 45 from 2007-2012.

I just saw this for sale on the ‘Stros website:

For $1999.99: Men’s Houston Astros JH Design Navy 2017 World Series Champions Lambskin Leather Full-Snap Jacket with Leather Logos.

No thanks.

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