Archive for April 17th, 2018


The ‘Stros are 10-7. How many position players are hitting below the Mendoza Line?

Commentary was watching  a former law enforcement type on CNN yesterday talking about the former FBI Director and his book.  The law enforcement type said the former Director should have taken the “high road” and not taken shots at Donald Trump.  Nope!  When Trump goes after you in a personal way, you have to hit back and hit back hard.

This is from the Pulitzer Prize website:

In the Breaking News Reporting category.

Finalist: Staff of Houston Chronicle

For comprehensive and dynamic coverage of Hurricane Harvey that captured real-time developments of the unprecedented scale of the disaster and provided crucial information to its community during the storm and its aftermath.

Commentary doesn’t know what it takes to win a Pulitzer. If not Harvey, what then?

I am sure folks saw this yesterday:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed State Representative Carol Alvarado for Texas State Senate, District 6.

“State Representative Carol Alvarado is a proven leader for Houstonians. As a State Senator, she will help lead the fight for women’s reproductive rights, public education funding, LGBTQ equality, and health care for everyone,” said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List. “We are proud to stand with Carol in her campaign for Texas State Senate.”

“I am honored to receive the EMILY’s List endorsement. I am also proud of the effective leadership I have provided in the Texas legislative arena. Over the next few month, I will continue to engage the voters of Senate District 6 and build a winning campaign” said Alvarado.

Carol is an advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights. She has passed legislation to assist victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. She has also authored numerous bills aimed at improving the health care of our children including legislation that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. In 2015, Rep. Alvarado authored and passed landmark historic Grand Jury Reform legislation. She serves as Chair of the Urban Affairs Committee and is a member of the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse.

Well deserved. Carol’s credentials speak for themselves.

It is pretty obvious who Gov. Greg Abbott wants to face this November. Check this from the Tribune:

In an interview after a Tea Party meeting here, Abbott offered his most extensive comments on Valdez’s candidacy yet, saying he and she “have been locked in a battle for an aspect of Texas ideology” that goes back to their clash three years ago over her department’s policy on compliance with federal immigration authorities. Like he did in a tweet earlier this month — when he broke his silence on Valdez’s campaign — Abbott treated her as the Democratic nominee Monday, despite the fact she is in a May 22 runoff against Andrew White, the son of late Gov. Mark White.

“It’s clear that she’s not only obviously the frontrunner and had the most votes in the initial go-around, but it’s our analysis that she’ll be the nominee,” Abbott said. “And so every time she comes out and starts talking about ways that are antagonistic to the Texas perspective on making sure that we ban sanctuary cities, secure our border, I’m going to challenge her on it.”

Valdez opposes the state’s ban on “sanctuary cities” that Abbott signed into law last year, looking to punish local officials who do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. She has also been critical of his decision to heed the call of President Donald Trump and send hundreds of National Guard troops to the border earlier this month — criticism that prompted Abbott’s April 4 tweet declaring her his November opponent. 

Here is the entire article: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/17/texas-gov-greg-abbott-vows-challenge-lupe-valdez-border-issues/.

I guess Abbott thinks he would do better against Valdez. I don’t know. Commentary has never met Valdez or seen her in person or heard her speak.

The ‘Stros sent this out yesterday:

All fans attending the Astros game on Wednesday, June 20th will receive a Replica World Champions Ring, presented by Coca-Cola, upon entering the gates. So, come out to Minute Maid Park, cheer on the Astros as they take on the Rays and go home with some shiny new bling!

The game could very well be a sellout.

Four ‘Stros hitters are batting below the Mendoza Line: Evan Gattis at .184, Marwin at .164, Marisnick at .146, and Derek Fisher at .143 of course.

And that my friend is why we are 10-7. It ain’t our pitching.

I would not be surprised if Fisher was sent down.

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