Archive for April 5th, 2018

We just swept B’More. When was the last time we swept a series?

This is kind of hitting close to home. This is about a TV station in San Antonio owned by Sinclair. Here is from Chron.com:

WOAI anchorwoman Delaine Mathieu wrote on Facebook Tuesday that it was “awful” having to deliver promos mandated by parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group that seemed to echo the views of President Trump.

However, she and chief anchorman Randy Beamer had no choice, she added, if they wanted to keep their jobs.

“Trust me, this was awful,” Mathieu wrote in response to a critic on Facebook. “We had several closed-door meetings and even had to re-record our version because we looked so mortified in the first cut.

Here is the entire story: https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/WOAI-anchor-Delaine-Mathieu-on-Sinclair-promos-12806330.php?ipid=hpctp.

Here is probably one of the better lines from the story:

Texas State University professor Tim England, for instance, called it “a dark day in broadcast journalism.”

Commentary did some checking. It does not look like there are any Sinclair owned stations in H-Town. We can talk freely to local TV reporters and not worry about our words being corrupted by Donald Trump cheerleaders. Whew!

Good for H-Town. Commentary is talking about the vote yesterday on development regulations. Much needed and long overdue. Commentary watched most of the debate live on the flat screen yesterday. Here is from Rebecca Elliott’s article in today’s Chron on the debate over at City Hall:

With only the administration’s proposed regulations left to consider, (CM Greg) Travis lashed out at (CM Dave) Martin, accusing his conservative counterpart of selling his vote to get the mayor to lower the level of Lake Houston by 2.5 feet before a rainstorm last week.

“Sold my soul? I will sell my soul to represent my district tomorrow and the next day. You have no idea what you’re talking about because you don’t know where Kingwood is, sir,” Martin fired back. “Whether you say I sold out, you can call it whatever the hell you want to call it, I protect my neighborhood.”

As you can see, it kind of got emotional and got a chuckle out of me. It got me to thinking if I would ever sell my soul over politics. Would you?

Here is all of Elliott’s article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Houston-City-Council-adopts-stricter-flood-plain-12805504.php.

Commentary has close family in a border city. My niece lives in Laredo. She has a law enforcement background. She recently left her gig as a prosecutor. We talked yesterday, and she never mentioned to me they were getting overrun by Mexicans and Hondurans. Never came up.

Over the past year or so, I have not heard a peep on this from Gov. Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton, or Sen. Ted Cruz. They haven’t been calling for the cavalry. I read the Trib and SA Express and I am not running across stories about hordes of folks crossing the border.

Why is Donald Trump sending in the troops?

I have to agree with the following from the Trib:

Texas Democrats blasted the proposal as ill-advised at little more than a political stunt. 

“Trump’s deployment of the National Guard to our border communities is unjustified, irresponsible, and dangerous,” state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, said in a statement. “In 2017, apprehensions for illegal border crossing hit a 46-year low — a 23.4% drop from 2016. 

“This President is out of touch with reality and has consistently demonstrated his disregard for our border communities and Latinos. Demonizing and militarizing our border only hurts our local communities, families, and economy.”

Here is the entire Trib story: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/04/trump-administration-send-guard-units-southern-border/.

It is a pretty expensive photo-op if you ask Commentary.

Commentary will be keeping an eye on Tiger today.

During the last week of last season, the ‘Stros swept the Rangers up in Arlington of course.

What rivalry?

We have only played 7 games but who wouldn’t want to be 6-1.

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