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Fired Firefighters

Justin Verlander picked up his 208th career win last night. CC Sabathia with 247 career wins is the only other active pitcher with more than 200 career wins. Care to guess who is third on the list among active pitchers with 190 career wins?

Yesterday evening, the State of Texas executed the murderer of James Byrd, Jr.

Here is what was said afterwards by a member of Byrd’s family:

“Today we witnessed the peaceful and dignified execution of John King for the savage, brutal and inhumane murder of James on June 7, 1998 — really a modern-day lynching.”

There is no such thing as a dignified execution – period.

The murderer was a no-good piece of you know what. Commentary doesn’t support the death penalty.

On the mess or madness over at H-Town City Hall and here is from the Chron:

Councilman Dwight Boykins, a onetime (Mayor Sylvester) Turner ally who in recent months has increasingly advocated on behalf of the firefighters, voiced similar concerns.

Boykins earlier this year floated the idea of a monthly garbage collection fee on homeowners that he said would raise revenue to finance the raises for firefighters. Council overwhelmingly rejected it.

Boykins has been increasingly critical of the mayor since, accusing Turner of using the layoffs to get revenge on his critics in HFD.

“(Turner’s) ultimate goal,” he told reporters after the Wednesday vote, “was to pay back the firefighters for beating him on Prop B. … It’s not right. So, now you have communities that will be suffering due to this layoff.”

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-approves-layoff-notices-for-220-13793377.php?src=hp_totn.

Commentary is not going to challenge what Council Member Boykins says. He has his point of view. I will say it again. Mayor Turner does not become Mayor unless he has firefighter support. So how did it get to 220 firefighters getting pink slips? Something is terribly wrong. It is not your fault or my fault. It is a very serious breakdown.

Joe Biden is in. Sigh. Is it just me? Joe Biden sure looks younger. Has he had work done if you know what I mean?

Zack Greinke of course is third on the active list with 190 career wins and he plays with the D-Backs.

Cleveland is in town for four.

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