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Macario Garcia

To some, it may feel like the Alt-Right and white supremacists have been emboldened the past couple of years, but just remember, 153 years ago today, Johnny Reb General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia – scoreboard.

When was the last time the ‘Stros started the season at 8-2?

And this is why. See this tweet from last night:

Fox News‏Verified account@FoxNews

13m13 minutes ago@SarahPalinUSA: “It’s obvious why @TheDemocrats don’t believe in securing the border. I think that they just fear that Americans aren’t going to vote Democrat, so by golly, they’ll import people who will.”

Commentary has heard this said over the past few years from other GOPers, but this is from the 2008 GOP nominee for Vice President. I doubt any high ranking GOPers will come out and challenge her.  Gutless?

So, this should be our response:

Fox News‏Verified account@FoxNews 7h7 hours ago


.@FrankLuntz: “I think the Republicans are in deep trouble in the House and the Senate as well. If the election were held today, frankly, I think Republicans would lose both.” #MediaBuzz

D.M Thomas, a writer and military history researcher penned an Op-Ed that ran in yesterday’s Chron that is a must read for Latinos in the H-Town area or for that matter, anyone who cares about our community. It is about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Macario Garcia, yes, the Macario Garcia Drive fella who has a major street named after him in H-Town’s East End/Magnolia Park area. Here are parts of the Op-Ed:

On Nov. 27, 1944, squad leader Macario Garcia and his platoon were pinned down in Germany’s Hurtgen Forest, under intense mortar and machine-gun fire. In the unrelenting barrage of the Nazi attack, several of Garcia’s men were killed or wounded. Garcia himself was hit in the shoulder. He crawled toward nearby underbrush as a machine-gun and various riflemen attempted to finish him off.

Garcia was wearing the uniform of an American G.I. He was wearing the dog tags of an American GI. He was leading a squad of American G.I.s. He was not, however, an American citizen. Garcia was an undocumented immigrant.

And this:

Garcia’s unit, Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, was sent into Germany’s Hurtgen Forest. “Just plain guts” would be needed of every American soldier, for Hurtgen was a nightmare of well-fortified Nazi machine-gun emplacements situated on dominating hilltops. The weather was nothing but sleet, snow, and the coldest of uniform-soaking rain.

Now, in the moments following the Nazi attack, Garcia’s uniform was beginning to soak with his own blood as well.

By interminable inches, feet and yards, Garcia managed to stealthily approach the machine-gun nest until he was near enough to hurl a grenade. After the blast, he used his rifle to kill three German soldiers.

As he returned to his platoon, a second machine-gun opened fire on the pinned-down Americans. And Garcia once again showed that he had “just plain guts.”

By now Garcia had been shot through the leg and arm. He could feel his boot filling with blood and fatigue beginning to overtake him. He later said that he had no idea how serious his wounds were. His only thought was to take out the machine-gun, to save his buddies.

He spent fifteen minutes trying to maneuver within range of the second machine-gun nest. Finally he was close enough to spy its crew halting their fire to change the smoking-hot barrel. Garcia stepped forward and, before they could react, killed three more Nazis and took four prisoners.

For his actions in the Hurtgen Forest — taking out two machine-gun nests single-handedly while seriously wounded, saving the lives of his men and advancing the American position — Macario Garcia was recommended for a Congressional Medal of Honor by both Commanding Officer Charles Lanham and Major Bizarro.

And finally, this:

What if Garcia had been deported? How many more American lives would have been lost in the Hurtgen Forest? How many fewer American lives would have been changed in the years following the war, when Garcia obtained his high school diploma and worked as a counselor for the Veterans Administration, helping fellow veterans and becoming a lifelong advocate for civil rights?

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/What-if-Houston-war-hero-Macario-Garcia-had-been-12815055.php.

Read it, please. Commentary is certain the haters have a squirmy response to the Op-Ed.

I think it was around 1981 or so that 69th Street was renamed Macario Garcia Drive and the rest as we say is history.

Commentary said this about the Texans owner on Friday:

Hey, ‘Stros! Sell this Trump wannabe a ring. He is not winning any friends at this point.   Commentary doesn’t feel sorry for the fella.

The Chron E-Board followed on Saturday with this:

(Thumbs down) When caught in trouble, sometimes a little apology goes a long way — that’s what Texans owner Bob McNair should have learned when he offered a mea culpa after referring to NFL players as “inmates.” But McNair must have suffered a classic football-style blow to the head since then, because he’s now claiming that he regrets the apology. Then again, maybe he’s just gunning for a Cabinet position in the White House.

It says a lot when the E-Board of H-Town’s newspaper has to say this about the owner of the local NFL franchise.

Commentary said this last Tuesday about the banners at The Yard:

I have to say that things feel different at The Yard these days. The expectation game is a lot more serious. There are only two banners hanging over the outfield walls.  They moved the other ones inside the concourse. We now have World Series expectations. Commentary is good with that.

The E-Board followed with this on Saturday:

(Thumbs twiddled) Forget football — it’s baseball season! And while we’re giving a hearty thumbs-up to the Astros who continue to bask in the glow of a World Series title, we still have fond memories of Bagwell and Biggio keeping hope alive in the 1990s. Apparently those memories are now shrugged aside at Minute Maid. The past pennants from the 1980s and 1990s have disappeared from the outfield view. No need for Jim Crane to apologize — just bring them back.

Well actually, the 2005 National League Pennant is still in the outfield and that team had Biggio and a dinged-up Bagwell. Still, Commentary likes being food for thought of sorts.

I was checking out the ‘Stros schedule the other day. We have three series against the Rangers at The Yard and they all fall on a weekend. The series before each weekend homestand with the Rangers is on the road and the one right after is on the road.

We have an unusual amount of three series homestands. We have a 10 game homie in April/May, a 9 game homie in June, an 11 game homie in July right before the All Star break, a 10 game homie in August/September and a 9 game homie in September.

We have a 10 game roadie in June, an 8 game roadie in July/August, and a 9 game roadie in August.

In 1972, the ‘Stros started at 8-2 of course.

Saturday night’s infield pop-up single walk-off win was a first for sure. I have never seen that happen.

We are in Minnesota for three.

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