Archive for May 23rd, 2018

The Giants are in town. Hunter Pence won’t be playing because he is dinged up. How many times was Hunter selected to the NL All Star team as a ‘Stros and as a Giant?

This is from Pulitzer Prize winning Chron columnist Lisa Falkenberg today:

I have to, and I dearly want to, believe (Gov. Greg) Abbott when he talks about taking meaningful action. I want to believe he can rise above his record and the power of special interests. I want to believe that when Abbott looks at the crying, grieving children forever traumatized by the deadly shooting in Santa Fe, he views them not through the lens of a politician up for re-election, but the lens of a father.

“It’s clear that the status quo is unacceptable,” Abbott told reporters in February, in response to a question on the need for gun safety measures.

At the time, shortly after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead, Abbott said he supported closing loopholes in federal gun background checks. But what about common sense reforms needed in Texas?

Here is the entire Falkenberg column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Opinion-Santa-Fe-shooting-should-be-the-tipping-12935782.php.

Commentary would like to think change is coming from Abbott. He would have to say a f-you to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the NRA. We will see.

Gov. Abbott got his preferred opponent last night in former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. He wants to run against her. What that means is hard to say the morning after.

Sheriff Valdez has the issues on her side.   She needs to up her game though.

I don’t think anyone in these parts expected a crushing victory last night by Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in CD 7. Congrats!

Congrats to my pal Richard Cantu on his 261 vote margin win for County School Trustee!

Commentary is hoping Andrew White will stay involved.

The following story just steams me up – period. Here is from the Chron:

Campus administrators broke state law by changing student grades and engaged in other forms of records manipulation at Houston ISD’s Furr High School, where revered principal Bertie Simmons has been in charge for nearly two decades, district officials said Tuesday.

Although HISD officials did not implicate Simmons on Tuesday, the findings appear to spell an ignominious end to her five-decade career in HISD. Simmons’ lawyer said Tuesday that his client has been notified her employment in HISD will soon end. Simmons has been on administrative leave since last October.

In a 189-word statement, HISD officials outlined broad strokes of the eight-month investigation conducted by outside attorneys employed by the district. HISD leaders said Furr High School administrators changed grades to ensure students passed classes, instructed teachers not to assign grades below 50 percent, improperly altered attendance records, and awarded credit to students who did not meet attendance requirements.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/bertie-simmons-houston-hisd-principal-furr-high-12934326.php.

Why does this happen? Why do they do this to our students?

This is just what we need. A grade changing scandal. It is like HISD is saying, “come on TEA, take us over please!” Just plain crazy!

I saw this yesterday:

Clint Walker, who starred as a gentle giant cowboy on the ABC Western “Cheyenne,” died Monday, TMZ reports. He was 90.

Honestly, I didn’t even know he was still around.

He was “Posey” in “The Dirty Dozen.”

That means the only “Dozen” still with us are Jefferson, Jimenez, Lever, Pinkley and Sawyer.

Hunter Pence of course was a NL All Star from the ‘Stros in 2009 and 2011 and from the Giants in 2014.

We are 31-18 with a +107 run differential. Not bad if you ask Commentary.

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