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We have lost four in a row and are now seven behind the Red Sox. Do we still lead MLB in run differential?

This tweet got a little buzz this past Saturday night:

Carol Alvarado‏  @RepAlvarado145

It’s a packed house w/ over 100 folks on a Saturday night in East Harris County in Baytown 4 @BetoORourke organizing meeting. Great to see long time friends & Baytown natives Conrad Garcia & Mr. Tony Campos. Conrad pulled out his #MexicanAmericanDemocrats button @texasdemocrats

BTW: That MAD button Rep. Alvarado referenced is about 40 years old.

Everyone knows that Commentary is from Baytown and I spend a lot of time there when I go hang with my Dad. My Dad wanted to go by the #BetoForTexas Baytown organizing event Saturday evening. I had heard there might be anywhere from a handful to a couple of dozen folks in attendance.

The event was held at a Cuban eatery off of Baker and Decker. The place was packed SRO. Over a hundred showed up – I did a head count. State Rep. Carol Alvarado was there. I saw my good friend Conrad Garcia, some kinfolks and old friends. Folks were excited. And on a Saturday night. Saturday nights are not your usual meeting time for campaign organizing.

Commentary has said it before. #BetoForTexas is the real deal.

This bizarro tweet from yesterday:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3h3 hours ago

There is No Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!

Followed by this from sportswriter and part-time rocker Peter Gammons:

Peter Gammons‏ @pgammo 9m9 minutes ago

Replying to @realDonaldTrump

Paranoia runs deep, into you life it will creep…

In case you are wondering, that line is from Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” written by Stephen Stills and released in 1967. It was an anti-war protest song.

There were two Op-Eds in yesterday’s Chron on the flood bonds. Here is the headline to one:

On Harris County’s flood bond, support Prop. A — because there’s no plan B [Opinion]

Here is the Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/On-Harris-County-s-flood-bond-support-Prop-A-13112056.php.

Here is the headline to the other Op-Ed:

Save Houston homes: Flood bond plan ignores neighborhoods [Opinion]

Here is the end of the Op-Ed

With a bond of this size, Flood Control can’t just be in charge of the bayou while a financially distressed city of Houston is in charge of drainage to the bayou. Thinking must be done outside the box. The institutional mindset of Flood Control must change and grow for the better.

To serve all tax payers who would potentially be paying for the $2.5 billion bond, county planners must take the innovative approach and look for publicly owned land inside neighborhoods that flood. These are the places that water detention basins must be built to save neighborhoods inside the city. 

We know Houston will get hit again. Let’s move beyond a grab bag of circles and triangles and embrace a big picture plan to spend this bond money.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Save-Houston-homes-Flood-bond-plan-ignores-13114772.php.

Good luck on getting the Flood Control folks to change their mindset. I don’t have a lot of faith in the folks who have been in charge of preventing flooding in these parts. Do you? Do you think they are capable of embracing a big picture? They haven’t so far.

My Dad voted by mail in the $2.5 billion flood bonds election. From the spare no expense department, the County is treating the August 25 election like a full blown General Election in November. Looks like they have secured all the regular polling places for E-Day. It’s not like the primary and primary runoff where there were combination precincts out the arse or you voted in a different location. Early Voting in Person starts on August 8. The County is looking after the County and maybe they expect a record voter turnout of sorts. Got it?

Texas Monthly tweeted about the latest in Texas eats, the Pan Dulce Burger. I don’t think so.

The ‘Stros still lead in run differential with plus 179, followed by the Red Sox with plus 177 of course.

This was on Next Door this past Saturday:

Astros Season Ticket Renewal Increase: +36%

My season ticket renewal for 2019 came in 36% higher than for 2018. Did anyone else have a similarly large increase? I have two seats in field box 1. Judging by the size of the increase, it seems like the Astros are going to really jack up pricing for next year. Get ready folks.

Ditto.

Here’s the deal. The ‘Stros front office has decided that they don’t give a rat’s arse about the season ticket folks who stuck with them during the three straight 100 loss seasons. They don’t. Sorry. It is a business.

The way they look at it, like in Commentary’s case, they have someone who is willing to come in and snatch my seats if I decide I don’t want to fork over more dough. They have told me in the past that they can seat me somewhere else. Like I said, somebody wants my seats.

It is too tempting to blame getting swept at home by the last place team in the division on bad karma created by the ‘Stros sticking it to their most loyal season ticket holders.

See this then:

Brian McTaggart Retweeted

Richard Justice‏Verified account@richardjustice 2h2 hours ago 

Astros since All-Star Break and @MLB rank…

.198 batting average (30th)

33 runs (25th)

8 HR (20th)

.638 OPS (27th)

5.05 ERA (23rd)

@Astros

Higher ticket prices, anyone?

 

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