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Acrimonious

This former Astros Skipper is 70 today and he played on one AL All Star team and two NL All Star teams. Who am I talking about?

The H-Town Mayor tweeted this last night:

While Councilmember (Dwight) Boykins continues to play political games, the fire chief and other councilmembers are hard at work finding a solution. Layoffs can be avoided entirely if the fire union agrees to a five-year phase-in of the pay raises.

Here is the Chron story related to CM Boykins’ Council Ethics Committee meeting yesterday who the Mayor was referencing: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Pe-a-colleagues-rebuff-Boykins-claim-council-13805417.php.

Here is from the story:

From Councilwoman Brenda Stardig:

“I think it’s unfortunate that we’re having a meeting today about ethics when (Boykins) admitted that it’s not about ethics. It is truly about grandstanding and bringing forward the opinions of others trying to steer the public’s opinion on how this should play out.”

From Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen on the meeting:

“irregular” and “has nothing to do with ethics” before abruptly leaving in protest.

From Councilman Greg Travis:

Who told the Chronicle that Boykins had shown up late to one briefing on the demotions and then spent the remaining time asking “stupid questions” and “pontificating.”

“Everything that he’s claiming wasn’t told to people was told to all of us,” Travis said. “We all knew there were going to be demotions.”

“I’m not a fan of the mayor and we hit heads quite a bit,” Travis said. “But when he’s right, he’s right, and when he’s wrong, he’s wrong. This is Boykins trying to trash the mayor.”

Commentary has been watching and observing the H-Town City Hall since the late 1980s – the Whitmire, Lanier, Brown, White, and Parker administrations. I can’t recall where it has been this acrimonious, ridiculous or bad or whatever term you choose. A mess and madness for sure.

My buddy Jay Aiyer put out this real good tweet on Joe Biden this past Saturday:

Biden is the equivalent of a backup QB. Popular with the fans, and can take a few snaps in a game—maybe even spot start. Every time he is named a starter he fails. He isn’t taking anyone to the Super bowl. He’s basically the Brian Hoyer of politicians.

I wish Democratic Party leaders felt this way.

The Dean wants to take away the Frist Amendment Right of persons who are executed by the State of Texas. Commentary is against the death penalty. So, I have to be against The Dean on this.

Phil “Scrap Iron” Garner of course is 70 today. Happy Birthday Scrap Iron!

The bats were cold last night. Very cold.

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