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Scary and Scared

The Yankees have the most MVP winners with 22. Name the MLB club the second most MVP winners?

The Chron E-Board today has a take on the HISD Board of Education. In the take, the E-Board mentions that changes ought to be made including how we elect Trustees. Here is part of the take:

One significant change that Houston ISD should consider is changing the way it elects school board members. Currently, the nine trustees are elected from single-member districts, rather than by voters from throughout the school district.

Texas law allows a couple of alternatives. One would be a board made up of a mix of single-member and at-large trustees. This is similar to how Houston’s City Council is elected. Sixty smaller school districts across Texas use this governance system, according to the Texas Association of School Boards.

Another alternative would be to switch to cumulative voting, where voters across the school district would be allowed to cast as many votes as there are candidates. This option has been available to Texas school districts since 1995 and is used by a number of smaller school districts for at-large trustee elections.

Changing the governance model could help address one of the biggest challenges facing the school board: Members are concerned about struggling campuses in their own electoral district, but not necessarily in the districts of other trustees.

Single-member districts have played a major role in assuring more diversity on school boards. They help ensure that multiple voices are heard in the development of education policy. But they also can result in a balkanized school district, with trustees focused on their individual parts rather than the whole.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Rethink-how-voters-elect-the-HISD-board-12823317.php.

I don’t know about this. How many Latinos or Latinas are in At-Large positions on the H-Town City Council right now? I think Orlando Sanchez was the last one we elected/reelected in 1999.   Of course, whose fault is that? Mine? Yours? The local Latino and Latina leadership?

If we are going to have a discussion on this, make sure everyone is included in this discussion. Stay tuned!

The scariest thing I heard on the flat screen yesterday was CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin saying that if Donald Trump were to fire the Deputy AG and the Special Counsel, it would be met by a shrug from GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio would issue a blah, blah, blah statement. It got me to thinking. The GOP congressional leadership wouldn’t do a darn thing other than fake some outrage. That would be the end of the investigation as far they would be concerned. Think about it? Name one GOP congressman from the H-Town area who would be genuinely outraged? You can’t.

Don’t be surprised if Trump fires the Deputy AG and Special Counsel. He knows by now the GOP Congressional leadership would give him a pass. Think about it.  Why haven’t they passed a law protecting the Special Counsel?  As I write this, word is Speaker Ryan won’t seek reelection.  Get ready!

Donald Trump is chickening out of going to the Summit of the Americas. It doesn’t surprise Commentary. He is sending Mike Pence instead.

You know the bully type. He talks sh_t, but when he realizes he is going to be in a   room full of Latin American leaders, some from sh_thole countries, he finds the first excuse to high tail it. That’s strong leadership for you. Gutless. Here is from an NBC News story:

“The vice president in no way is a credible substitute,” said Richard Feinberg, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is in Lima to attend what will be his seventh summit. “Coward,” he said, referring to Trat if Doanldmp.

Although official delegations have yet to arrive, members of Peru’s civil sector and average Peruvians are speculating Trump fears he would be poorly received by many Latin American delegations that dislike his “anti-immigrant, anti-trade, anti-democracy postures,” said Feinberg.

“The absence of Trump confirms his lack of interest in Latin America,” said Carmelo Mesa-Lago, professor emeritus of economics and Latin American studies at the University of Pittsburg, who said he is not convinced Trump cancelled the trip in order to evaluate the ongoing crisis in Syria.

He said Trump would have had to confront criticism from Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua -which all have leftist governments – and their solidarity with Venezuela. The Trump administration has sanctioned numerous Venezuelan officials, banned U.S. citizens from using their new cryptocurrency, and are looking into oil sanctions.

Here is the entire story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trumps-canceled-trip-to-summit-of-the-americas-sparks-harsh-criticism/ar-AAvJt3c.

He got intimidated pure and simple by folks of color.

Don’t tell me Hunker Down is scared. Come on! This if from Lina Hidalgo, the Dem nominee for Harris County Judge:

This question comes up at least once a week. This past Saturday, after we joined students at their Town Hall on gun safety, several people asked the question.

The Town Hall touched not just on the topic at hand but also on healthcare access, on flooding, and on education – all issues I believe should be addressed with voters before November.

As I wrote yesterday in a letter to our Republican County Judge, “It is with these young people’s enthusiasm and passion for civic engagement in mind that I write to invite you to engage in a series of debates with me leading up to the November 2018 election. In monthly debates that are open to the public, you and I would perform a great service for Harris County voters as we explore our approaches to issues including flood planning, gun safety, and criminal justice.”

We have already identified several partners across Harris County ready to moderate, host and report our debates – I’ve proposed a monthly debate between now and the November election.

At some point, Hunker Down has got to acknowledge he’s facing a challenge from a young Latina and there is nothing wrong with that.

This from the Chron:

Former Texans receiver Andre Johnson said he nearly skipped the Ring of Honor ceremony the team had for him in November because of controversial comments made by team owner Bob McNair, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver said on former teammate Arian Foster’s podcast “Now What? With Arian Foster.”

And this:

“I wouldn’t say it surprised me, but I just didn’t like it,” Johnson said. “To know you did so much for a franchise and to have him come out and say something like that.

“At the end of the day, you don’t make the money if we don’t run it. If you take some people off the street and put them in there, nobody’s coming to watch that. It was real touchy with me. I even thought about not doing the ring ceremony.”

Foster said he skipped Johnson’s special day, because of McNair’s comments.

“I planned on going and on the day of, I was like ‘I can’t look at (McNair) in the face,'” Foster told Johnson. “Because I’m not going to shake his hand and I wasn’t going to pretend like I wanted to shake his hand.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Andre-Johnson-skipped-Texans-Ring-of-Honor-McNair-12821422.php.

He’s not getting a statue.

San Luis of course is number 2 on the MLB list with 17 MVP winners.

We are 9-3 and six of our last night’s starters were hitting below the Mendoza Line.

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