Archive for May 27th, 2019

At 36-16, the Twins have the best record in MLB. What was their record last season after 52 games?

My Dad’s a World War II vet. He was also a paratrooper and jumped behind enemy lines. I asked him the other day how it felt when they jumped and were getting shot at on their way down. He said he was only thinking about how he was going to find his unit in the darkness when they landed.

He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, known to some WWII historians as the Ardennes Counteroffensive in eastern Belgium in December of 1944. When I asked my Dad about it, he tells me it was cold, so cold that the water in his canteen froze.

After V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day on May 8, 1945, my Dad signed up to fight in the Pacific Theatre. He was on a ship on the way over when the Japanese surrendered so he was diverted back to the states. Amazing.

Last night I walked in on him watching a WWII documentary.

This is the last day of the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Yesterday, RG got a House Resolution congratulating him on his retirement. Nice job, RG!

Speaking of, someone needs to put together a betting pot on who will be on this Session’s Texas Monthly’s top Ten Best and Worst Legislators list. Commentary has actually paid a bit of attention to #TXLege 2019 this go around. Here is who I think Texas Monthly will consider. On Best, you have to figure Public Ed Chairs Rep. Dan Huberty and Sen. Larry Taylor, House Appropriations Chair Dr. John Zerwas and Senate Budget Chair Jane Nelson. You have to have Rep. Senfronia Thompson. Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody? Maybe Reps. Diego Bernal, Oscar Longoria, Chris Paddie, and Dade Phelan? Rep. Mary Gonzalez? Sen. Carol Alvarado because she gets stuff done that she wants, and I am biased. Rep. Poncho Nevarez because I like him, he tells it like it is, and he has great tweets. Sen. Brian Birdwell because of his work on TABC Sunset and dealing with booze during a session is always challenging. Rep. Sarah Davis with the blonde hair and the Honorary House Dem Caucus Member, had the best remarks opposing SB 22? Sen. Kel Seliger because he has a pair, but he won’t because they didn’t let him bring anything up. Dr. Greg Bonnen, because he is effective and honoring him also honors his brother.

For Worst, Rep. Jonathan Strickland only because he auditioned for it every day, he wanted it, so there, you can have it. Sen. Bryan Hughes because he was the designated bad bill sponsor this session for the GOP. Heck, he drew the short straw so to speak. Sen. Angela Paxton because, well, if I need to explain, then you should be added to this list regardless if you are in the #TXLege. Rep. Candy Noble because she wouldn’t defend her very bad bill.

The H-Town Mayor tweeted this yesterday:

The state of our city and our economy is strong. Tens of thousands of jobs have been created in our region is just one year, and our unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1981 – Houston is open for business!

Why didn’t he mention how many jobs were created in H-Town?

There was a story this weekend about cities in the USA and Texas who are growing the fastest including San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin and Frisco, Texas who make the USA’s top ten, but not H-Town. Commentary is not really surprised. Here is part of the story that can be found in the Chron:

By contrast, growth in Houston, which just a few years ago seemed poised to take over Chicago’s position as the third-largest city in the U.S., has hit a snag with fewer and fewer people moving there.

Houston added just over 8,000 residents, placing it seventh in growth among other Texas cities like Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.

For five consecutive years from 2011 to 2015, Houston remained in the top three cities that had added the most people. But now the Bayou City — known for its sprawl and elastic economy — has fallen behind a trend that began in 2016 when Houston first showed signs of slowing down. The city recorded four consecutive years of averaging more than 30,000 new residents between 2011 and 2015.

Potter says the substantial change in Houston growth is perplexing.

No demographic breakdown is available for the city population data just released, so there’s no way to know the ages, races, ethnicities or genders of San Antonio’s or Houston’s newest residents.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/City-s-population-growth-largest-in-nation-12940401.php.

We are just not growing as fast as the region is. I wonder why? Housing costs? Our schools? It is a fact.

The Chron E-Board this weekend hit the HISD Trustees for voting against the Teach for America contract. They put a political hit on Trustee Diana Davila and here it is:

Some blame politics. If Davila runs for re-election, she’ll face an opponent, Judith Cruz, a TFA alum. Like her colleagues, Davila is vulnerable given the board’s infighting and district’s disarray. She may be trying to shore up support from the teachers’ union.


Here is the entire E-Board take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/What-Houston-lost-when-HISD-board-ended-Teach-For-13897510.php.

Trustee Davila tried to hit back and tweeted to E-Board honcho Lisa Falkenberg and asked about diversity on the E-Board. Falkenberg replied that they have two Latinos and two African Americans on the E-Board.

The Chron E-Board diversity thing isn’t going to work anymore. Oh, well.

I wonder who the other Latino or Latina is?

The E-Board today also weighed in today and said the Battleship Texas should be moved. Here is part of their take:

The trickier question involves the ship’s final berth. It’s not likely to be the Houston Ship Channel — and, in fact, shouldn’t be. (Battleship Texas Foundation honcho Bruce) Bramlett likes to tell the story of a little boy who came aboard the ship, noticed the San Jacinto Monument nearby and exclaimed, “No wonder the Texans won!” The story may be apocryphal, but it illustrates the historically misleading proximity of the two monuments.

Here is the entire take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/End-that-sinking-feeling-about-the-Battleship-13895458.php.

I guess it is going to be stolen from us in broad daylight.

Commentary has very little respect for Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press.” I switched channels when I saw he was fixing to interview Sarah Sanders yesterday morning. Just wasn’t in the mood to hearing a bunch of lies. Don’t folks like Todd understand what they are doing to their profession when they bring on folks like her.

Same goes Chris Cuomo and others at CNN when the bring on Kellyanne Conway.

The Twins were 22-30 last season after 52 games of course.

We are 35-19 and considering Jose Altuve, #SpringerDinger, Collin McHugh, Aledmys Diaz, and Max Stassi are dinged up, that ain’t bad as the Cubbies visit this afternoon.

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