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The Political Chief

Today we are celebrating Presidents’ Day because George Washington our first President was born on February 22 and Abraham Lincoln our sixteenth on February 12. Name the two other Presidents who were born in February?

On the MLB side of things, name the current ‘Stro who is turning 31 today and was originally drafted by the Red Sox in 2006?

You have to hand it to Rep. Sarah Davis. She knows how to stick it in and then twist it. Check out her tweet from this weekend here:

Sarah Davis‏@SarahforHD134

Honest question, what group, individual, or entity thinks @RepStickland is the best person to carry their important bill next #txlege any1?

Ouch! You have to say that Houston’s Police Chief isn’t like most police chiefs H-Town has had. He is a tad more political. One of his tweets Saturday got a bit of attention. The Chief was responding to the upcoming March 14 Student National Walkout #Enough. Here it is:

Chief Art Acevedo‏ @ArtAcevedo

20h20 hours You don’t need to walk out. The second you turn 18 register to vote! Next, get everyone you know to vote NOW and vote in every election. Lastly, get your voter guide from the NRA and vote for anyone they rate a D or F and against anyone rated C or better.

As you can probably guess, the tweet got a few hundred responses best I can tell.

Sticking the NRA mention in the tweet made it political. I am sure NRA lovers were not happy with his tweet, but he is probably like me in not giving a rat’s arse what the NRA thinks. So, why does the NRA put together a rating anyway?

No doubt it was a political tweet for sure. I have met the Chief, like just shaken his hand, a couple of times. I don’t know him, and I have never had a conversation with him. I have no idea if he has a future political campaign on his mind.

In observing this Chief, unlike the Chiefs before him, he sometimes comes across as being a huge vocal supporter of the H-Town Mayor on some issues.

He did fight the good fight on SB 4, the bathroom bill, pension reform, and the DREAMers.

If there ever comes a debate on removing the revenue cap to get more police officers, I would not be surprised if he is out front helping lead the charge.

Back to his Saturday tweet, he probably should be a bit more careful in the future. Cong. Gene Green who is a big supporter of the H-Town Mayor has received a few As and A minuses from the NRA over some past election cycles. Cong. Green did get a C in one cycle back in the 90s for supporting the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that included some gun measures the NRA opposed. Of course, Cong. Green is hanging the gloves up, so there.

Commentary supports the Walkout and urges the student to register to vote when they get to be of voting age.

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg had a setting matters straight take yesterday on fixing up the Astrodome and here it is: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Why-it-makes-sense-and-cents-to-invest-in-the-12620875.php?utm_source=chron&utm_medium=linkmodule&utm_campaign=btfpm.

Here is from the column:

*CLAIM: The county is just keeping the Astrodome open for nostalgic reasons.

Emmett has been clear he has no emotional connection to the building, as many Houstonians do. His main goal, he says, is to get the Astrodome generating revenue again that can be used to pay for contractually obligated upgrades to the NRG Complex.

I don’t know about this. I think it is more that Hunker Down didn’t want the Dome demolished on his watch.

And this from the column:

*CLAIM: The Astrodome is a money pit.

Not so much. The Astrodome is bought and paid for. The county spends about $170,000 a year to maintain the Dome in NRG Park, largely for electric bills and flood insurance.

I guess the bond debt for the refurbishing for the Oilers was finally paid. I must have missed that.

The Chron E-Board didn’t endorse George P. Here is from their take:

Have you seen George P. Bush lately?

We hear he’s running for re-election as Texas land commissioner, but he’s not acting like it. He’s been skipping public forums, he’s dodging editorial board meetings and he hasn’t released a schedule of campaign appearances.

If a man doesn’t show up for the job interviews, does he deserve to get hired?

Four years ago, this editorial page enthusiastically supported Bush in his first bid for elected office. We were mightily impressed with his command of the complex issues facing the General Land Office. Anybody who thought this guy was just coasting on his family name was wrong. “George P. Bush is the real deal,” we wrote.

Now the real deal has become a real disappointment.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/recommendations/article/For-land-commissioner-Jerry-Patterson-12623587.php.

I hear Tahir Javed is fixing to air some Spanish language ads on Telemundo and Univision.

Go check out the Chron front page piece on FIEL’s Cesar Espinosa. Talk about being on the front lines. Here it is: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/FIEL-Houston-grows-as-beacon-of-information-for-12622325.php.

Our ninth President William Henry Harrison who served only 31 days was born on February 9 and Ronald Reagan our fortieth President was born on February 6 of course.

‘Stros outfielder Josh Reddick of course is turning 31 so Happy Birthday @RealJoshReddick!

Here is from a Chron story on our closer:

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – Ken Giles knows that being removed from the Astros’ closer role during their World Series run inspired concerns about his reliability to finish games this season. And he does not care.

“I really don’t give a rat’s (expletive) what everybody thinks, or what happened,” Giles said at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches.

Records of the team’s epic run will show Giles with an 11.40 ERA in seven outings. Only when gifted a 7-1 lead in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series did he exit an October game without allowing a run.

The franchise won its first championship despite Giles rather than because of him.

“We played to win, and that’s all that matters,” he said. “Are there things I could’ve improved on? Yeah. But you know what? First time through everything can’t be perfect, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, what happened to me.”

A nasty attitude propelled the first 100-mph fastball to zip from Giles’ fingertips. A seventh-round pick out of Yavapai College (Ariz.) in 2011, who the Astros acquired in a 2014 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, he has not stopped feeling like he can “raise the middle fingers to all the doubters.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch repeatedly has backed Giles as the closer, even dating to the World Series.

Only 3 1/2 months later are they conceding “a weakness,” as Giles called it, that they could not admit when the closer had clung to whatever confidence he had left.

“I’m not invincible,” Giles said earlier this week. “I always have this mentality that I am and feel like I am the majority of the time. I just basically ran out of gas toward the end. I was relied on a lot during the second half of the season, and it took its toll.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/Astros-closer-Ken-Giles-finds-new-gas-for-his-12622536.php.

Don’t kid yourselves. Giles does give a rat’s arse what we think. I have been telling folks that he just ran out of gas toward the end. No big deal. We won the World Series, right?

Early Voting in Person starts tomorrow.



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