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We won last night and are now 68-41. What was our record last season after 109 games?

A letter to the Chron on the Astros trade:

Judgment withheld

Regarding “Astros’ zero-tolerance policy murky after acquisition of Roberto Osuna” (Chron.com, Tuesday), so a dude should not be allowed to perform at his job just because he’s accused? He hasn’t been found guilty of anything. If he is, then by all means send him to the scrap heap. Until then, he’s innocent until proven guilty. The court of public opinion is irrelevant.

Dylan Sides, posted via Facebook

I don’t know about that. He accepted and didn’t appeal the 75 game suspension handed down by MLB. That is pretty relevant in Commentary’s book.

The Chron has a front page story on the trade and Commentary is waiting on the E-Board to put out a take.

Here is from the Chron story today on the H-Town Firefighters and the H-Town Mayor:

A state district judge on Tuesday ordered the city of Houston to remove from its website the video of a recent public council committee hearing at which city officials, police union heads and business leaders raised concerns about the cost of a proposal to grant firefighters “parity” in pay with police of corresponding rank and seniority.

Judge Kyle Carter agreed with the Houston fire union’s argument that the city council’s July 26 budget committee meeting constituted an act of illegal electioneering against the proposal and that public resources, essentially, had been used to present and post a political advertisement. The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sued Mayor Sylvester Turner and Councilman Dave Martin, who chairs the budget committee, over the issue on Monday.

“There is a fair way to go about voicing your opposition and creating a campaign against a certain resolution and then there’s an unfair way,” Carter said in delivering his Tuesday morning decision. “Much of the hearing, I thought, was informative and served its purpose. However, there was a good portion of the hearing that … went beyond the pale.”

He did not elaborate on what comments he thought went too far.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-City-Hall-is-improperly-electioneering-13120154.php.

Commentary watched the Budget Committee hearing on the flat screen last week.

Let me get something out of the way first. The lawyer for the Firefighters spoke at the hearing and said something like a discussion on the financial impact of their proposal should not even be held because folks still haven’t seen the ballot language. The petitions were turned in last year and there is till no ballot language. What’s up with that? I guess he has point.   You can call 311 and get potholes fixed or dead animals picked up. Maybe the Firefighters should have called 311 to get the ballot language.

Who knows?  Maybe ballot language writers or lawyers are like rural doctors, they only come around once a year or so.  Be patient.

Back to the hearing. It was pretty obvious to Commentary that the purpose or consequence or result or outcome or whatever of the hearing was to raise budgetary red flags about the proposal. If you don’t think so, then you weren’t watching.

Does that mean we can’t watch the hearing replay on the City of H-Town’s website? Well, Judge Carter made that decision for now.

The Chron E-Board weighs in today and I will just give you the most interesting line from them on the hearing:

The deck was clearly stacked.

Can’t argue that.

Here is the entire E-Board take:   https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/The-video-the-firefighters-union-doesn-t-want-13121485.php.

After 109 games last season, the Astros were 70-39 of course.

Jeff Luhnow continued to get hammered nationally yesterday and deservedly so. Shame on him.

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