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On Civility Again

The first moonwalk happened 49 years ago today. I was watching.

What was our record last season after 99 games?

The H-Town Mayor’s former press secretary was indicted for withholding public records. You hate to see this happen but at least maybe it sends a clear message that Harris County DA Kim Ogg is serious about this. So, when citizens and the media make public information requests of government officials, don’t jerk them around or your arse might get indicted.

Donald Trump is inviting Putin to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for seconds. Try for late September or early October, please. It will help Dems with mid-term election turnout.

Monica Richart Flores, an attorney, HISD parent and former HISD Trustee candidate, had a thoughtful Op-Ed in the Chron a couple of days ago on the political civility thing, you know, folks interrupting the heck out of folks in power while they are having dinner and other tactics.  Here is the headline and the first part of her Op-Ed:

Civility only serves the already powerful [Opinion]

Since that fateful election night in November 2016, there has been no shortage of political punditry and newspaper inches devoted to advice on how to move forward from this tumultuous time in our country’s history. As the actions of President Donald Trump have devolved into a chorus of children and parents pleading for mercy and crying in pain, we have read in the media that the solution to political dysfunction is to bring civility back to our dialogue.

That theory seems to assume that the act of disruption — of making noise or making a scene — is inherently unconstructive. And it may be to an elite member of government or society whose privilege affords him other methods of action.

People who are already in the room where it happens need not bang on the door to get in. But people of color, women, and other underrepresented groups have been locked out of the policy debates for a long time. No more. We deserve a say. And privileged members of society will have to excuse us for resorting to alternative methods of getting heard.

In truth, this nostalgia for civility during previous civil rights struggles harkens back to a time when homogeneous groups of legislators, largely insulated from the effects of our most painful social ills, were the only ones debating policy. The moral baseline guiding these discussions was created without input from marginalized communities. It is much easier to calmly discuss racism and give a measured response to hate when you’ve never been a member of the targeted class.

For people of color, our protests against the separation of migrant children and parents, our anger at the increasing influence of white supremacist ideology in our government, and our outrage at increasingly common attempts to weaponize police interactions with brown and black communities are deeply personal.

We don’t have the luxury of looking at these issues with detachment when hateful words and actions are directly targeting members of our families and communities simply because of our race or ethnicity, our citizenship status, or whom we choose to love. Asking us to endure these tragedies without emotion is asking us to deny our humanity. There will be outrage. There will be salty language and moral debates that turn personal — because there isn’t a part of this isn’t personal for us.

There is a way forward, but at this important moment in our history, we must focus less on the tone of dialogue, and more on the message. Still, there is a place for outrage and anger in productive conversations. Indeed, one can argue that any dialogue where honest emotions are suppressed, where euphemisms dull the discourse is counter-productive because it hides the truth.

Here is all of Monica’s Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Civility-only-serves-the-already-powerful-13083284.php.

Nice job.

That Judge lady from Fox News who spews hate went on “The View” yesterday and had her asre chewed out and now she is whining.

I remember in the old days when the haters were mostly anonymous. Now they are on Fox News everyday or hold elected office.

From the Chron:

Commissioner Rob Manfred listed several cities as viable options for MLB expansion during an interview on FS1’s “First Things First” on Tuesday. The list of candidates has quite the international appeal, too.

“Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville in the United States, certainly Montreal, maybe Vancouver, in Canada,” Manfred said. “We think there’s places in Mexico we could go over the long haul.”

Manfred also noted that the addition of two teams would cause a need for divisional and playoff realignment.

It has been 20 years since the MLB last expanded, with the Diamondbacks and Rays joining the league in 1998.

Where is San Antonio?

Last season after 99 games we were 66-33. Today we are at 64-35.

We have 63 games remaining. 28 are at The Yard, 35 are roadies. We have 13 against the Mariners who are behind us by 5 games in the AL West. 7 of those are at The Yard. We trail the Red Sox by 4 ½ for the best overall record in the AL and we visit Fenway for 3 in September. The Rockies are a contender and we play 2 at Coors next week and they visit The Yard for 2 next month. We go back to Dodger Stadium for 3 next month and follow that with 2 in San Fran. The A’s are still hanging in and we got 3 in their crib and 3 at The Yard with them in August. The rest of the schedule includes the Angels, Rangers, Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays and B-More. Got it?

We are in Anaheim for 3 this weekend.

Just handle business, baby!

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