Archive for February, 2020

On Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. Instead of the MLB question, I will ask Presidential questions. How many Presidents were born in February and name and the day, please? Which month has the most Presidential birthdays? Name the only President with a Fourth of July birthday? Do all 12 months have a Presidential birthday?

Yesterday, the Chron E-Board endorsed Sen. Amy Klobuchar for president and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for re-election.

Early Voting in Person starts tomorrow and if you live in the Heights area and vote early at the SPJST Lodge on Beall Street, I have new for you.  The Lodge won’t be open this campaign season.  You are going to have to go to the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church at 2025 West 11th Street, 77008.  That is off of TC Jester and W. 11th.  Got it?

The Chron had a story yesterday on the fundraising abilities of Harris County Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz. Since taking office in 2013, he’s collected $185,000 from his employees in campaign contributions. It is not a very pretty story. Will it impact his re-election bid? We will find out two weeks from tomorrow night. It did make the front page of the Sunday Chron and I am pretty sure there are some Chron subscribers who vote in the Democratic Party primary in Constable Precinct 2.

During campaign season, I am regularly asked if a Chron E-Board endorsement will have an impact on an election. My response is usually along the line of if you subscribe to the Chronicle, you are probably a voter and leave it at that.

The Trib has a Political Pick’em Contest. Here are the questions and some of my guesses:

Who will get the most votes in the Democratic Presidential Primary in Texas?

Bernie Sanders.

Who will get the most votes in the Democratic U.S. Senate Primary in Texas?

MJ Hegar.

Who will get the second most votes in the Democratic U.S. Senate Primary in Texas?

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez.

Who will get the most votes in the Republican U.S. House District 7 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know or maybe former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel.

Who will get the most votes in the Republican U.S. House District 13 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Who will get the most votes in the Republican U.S. House District 17 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Who will get the most votes in the Republican U.S. House District 23 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Who will get the most votes in the Democratic U.S. House District 28 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Who will get the most votes in the Democratic Texas Senate District 19 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Who will get the most votes in the Democratic Texas Senate District 27 Primary in Texas?

I don’t know.

Tie-breaker: How many Texans will vote in the March primary?

I am working on this one.

Feel free to help me out on my contest answers.

R.G. has a real good take on Clayton Williams who died this past weekend. You need to read it here: https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/clayton-williams-oilman-politician-dies/.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said yesterday the Astros apology was “not successful.” What the heck does that mean?

The Commissioner also said he thought about taking away our World Series rings. F_ck him! F_ck him! I was there for three of the games. He wants to take away Game 5. What a moron. He’s going to take away our parade too. Dumbarse. He would be better off trying to fix baseball’s f_cked up economics where teams in New York and LA have kazillions to spend on payrolls and don’t get rings while other teams sell beer at exorbitant prices and struggle to get by. He’s a nitwit. Do something meaningful.

We haven’t even played a Spring Training game and things are already smoking. Commentary is talking about Carlos Correa’s interview with MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal this past Saturday. I will hand it to Correa for defending what little honor we have these days.

Here is our mindset. If you are still with the team, get used to the fact that it’s us versus the rest of MLB this season. Commentary can handle that.

Ronald Reagan (2/6), William Henry Harrison (2/9), Abraham Lincoln (2/12) and George Washington (2/22) are the 4 Presidents with February birthdays. October leads with 6 Presidential birthdays. Calvin Coolidge has a Fourth of July birthday. Every month of the year has a Presidential birthday, of course, of course, of course and of course. Now you know.

Have a nice Presidents’ Day!

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Talk about a bad photoshop. Some group sent out a negative mail piece on State Representative Anna Eastman yesterday. The sad thing about the mailer is that Anna’s photo was photoshopped. They have Anna in wardrobe that she’s incapable of wearing. Wow! These arseholes obviously don’t know Anna’s story. Insensitive dumbarses.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s campaign is running TV ads. I saw one last night.

The Chron E-Board today endorsed incumbent State Reps. Harold Dutton and Jarvis Johnson. They also endorsed Akilah Bacy for HD 138 and Natali Hurtado for HD 126, both in the Democratic Party Primary. Christian Menefee received the E-Board endorsement over incumbent Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan.

On the Texas Democratic Party Primary Election ballot there are 17 names listed for president. Some are no longer running like former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, former Congressman John Delaney, author Marianne Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro. I mention this because come next Tuesday, Early Vote in Person begins and most folks that I hang with really haven’t settled on a choice.

If you are a Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg or Mike Bloomberg supporter, you will feel comfortable voting on Tuesday knowing that your candidate’s campaign will be alive and well on Super Tuesday on March 3. I am probably thinking Sen. Amy Klobuchar makes it to Super Tuesday. What happens if former Vice President Joe Biden’s firewall crumbles in South Carolina on Saturday, February 29 before March 3? Can Sen. Elizabeth Warren make it?

Does the Nevada Caucus on February 22 narrow the field?

Loyal supporters of Biden and Warren who are closely watching the race, do they show up on Tuesday or wait to see how things turn out. Maybe waiting until Tuesday, March 3.

I have not made up my mind. I think it is down to four: Bernie, Mayor Pete, Sen. Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg.

I will wait.

A few thousand Democratic Party Primary mail ballots have been cast in Harris County, so far.

The Democratic Party has rules to run for president. We can let a U.S. Senator who is an independent come in and run for president. No problem with that. We can also let a former GOPer who was once a big city mayor come in and spend a kazillion of his own money run for president. No problem with that. We have rules and those are the rules.

When it is all said and done, the voters have the final say.

On the retired General John Kelly, Donald Trump’s former Chief-of-Staff, f__k him. He knew exactly what he was getting into. F__k him!

Jim Crane, the Astros owner, and Dusty Baker, the Skipper, had a press conference yesterday, and the national media attended. Then the players made themselves available in the clubhouse and owned it. It was not pretty. At least they are not running from it. It is going to be a long season and we are not giving up our rings.

A lot of MLB folks have been trying for a century or so to cheat and steal signs. The Astros finally figured out something and got ratted out and are now paying the price.

Have a nice St. Valentine’s Day!

No MLB question today.

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The 2017 World Series Championship Astros were 101-61 during the regular season. What was our record at home and on the road?

The Chron E-Board endorsed State Representative Anna Eastman today and here it is:

It’s too soon to know what Anna Eastman will do as the incumbent District 148 state representative. After all, she was just elected to the seat in a special runoff election in January.

But we can look at her record in eight years on the Houston ISD board of trustees, where she proved herself smart and committed to progressive policies. That record of accomplishment earned her our endorsement in the special election to replace longtime State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat who stepped down after 25 years.

Eastman, whose HISD district included 75 percent of District 148, told the Editorial Board that education would be one of her priorities. She wants to ensure that funding from HB3, the school finance bill passed in the last session, is preserved and the money goes where it is needed. She also believes the state school rating system needed to be reviewed.

“There’s a huge disconnect when you have a district like HISD getting a B rating, triggering a board of managers and having schools that we know really are not serving our kids in a way that they’re worthy of,” said Eastman, 52.

She also supports increasing access to safe, legal abortion and a number of gun reform measures, including closing background-check loopholes, red-flag laws and banning assault-style weapons and ammunition.

We were also encouraged by Eastman’s plan to spend the next several months establishing her office, getting to know her constituents and “showing up in Austin in January ready to serve and do work that matters.”

The other candidates in the race impressed us with their desire to help the community. One, attorney Penny Morales Shaw, has earned Farrar’s support. But Eastman’s track record as an elected official and the head start she gets as a new incumbent earn her our recommendation.

H-Town Mayor Sylvester Turner endorsed Mike Bloomberg. Nothing wrong with that.

Astros Press Conference Alert:

Astros owner Jim Crane, Skipper Dusty Baker and some players will hold a press conference this morning at 8:30 am. Only pitchers and catchers were supposed to report to camp today so it will be interested to see who shows up and how open they are.

Commentary messed up yesterday. I put out this:

The Chron E-Board endorsed today in 16 local appeals court and district judicial races in the Democrat Party Primary today.

There were actually 15 Democratic Party Primary endorsements and 1 GOP Primary endorsement. So sorry.

The Chron E-Board today endorsed in state legislative races including incumbent Reps. Senfronia Thompson, Garnet Coleman, Alma Allen, Dennis Paul and Shawn Thierry. They also endorsed Ann Johnson in the HD 134 Dem Primary and Josh Markle in the HD 128 Dem Primary. The E-Board endorsed former State Rep. Mike Schofield in the HD 132 GOP Primary.

Got it?

In 2017, the Astros were 48-33 at home and 53-28 on the road of course.

The skipper of the Yankees is also whining.  Shut up!

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We had the swearing-in ceremony for State Representative Anna Eastman, House District 148, late yesterday afternoon at Waltrip High School. State Senator Carol Alvarado administered the Oath of Office. State Senator and the Dean of the Texas Senate John Whitmire served as Master of Ceremony. H-Town Mayor Sylvester Turner attended and spoke.

The Northside High School Choir did a very nice rendition of the National Anthem. The Waltrip ROTC did the Posting of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag. The Waltrip Jazz Band provided pre-ceremony music.

It was well attended with over 100 folks.

You can now call her State Representative Anna Eastman.

FYI: The Dean is a 1968 graduate of Waltrip High and five years later became a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Now you know.

Afterwards, we gathered at Karbach Brewery for grub and stuff.

The Chron E-Board endorsed today in 16 local appeals court and district judicial races in the Democrat Party Primary. Go fetch a copy to see who got endorsed. The E-Board also said they were not endorsing in constable, county courts of law and JP races.

For those who subscribe to the Chron, have you noticed Mike Bloomberg’s full-page ads. He’s had a bunch the past week or so.

Convince me. How does former Vice President Joe Biden place fifth in New Hampshire and still be viable? Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s fourth place finish also doesn’t bode well.

I may be wrong, but it looks like it is down to Bernie, Mayor Pete, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg.

I don’t have an MLB question today.

Former Astro Marwin Gonzalez apologized yesterday. He is now with the Twins.

More stuff is coming out including some players from the 2017 World Series Championship team wanting the cheating to stop, but it didn’t.

Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Yuli Gurriel, Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick and #SpringerDinger need to ‘splain stuff soon.

I read an article on the cheating yesterday and it is being called Trashstrosgate.

That’s funny.

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State Rep.-Elect Anna Eastman will be sworn-in at 5:30 pm, today, in the Library at Waltrip High School here in Houston.

There will be a reception afterward at Karbach Brewery, which is located in HD 148.

When was the first MLB playoffs that had the Wild Card team?

It is really sad to see former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign go negative on Mayor Pete. Sad. If Biden does poorly this evening in New Hampshire, there will be a lot of folks saying he should just step aside.

Mike Bloomberg keeps moving up in the polls. Your guess is as good as mine as to where this campaign is headed.

MLB is looking at expanding the number of teams to make the playoffs to 14, up from the current 10. Here is from the Chron:

Only the division winner with the best regular-season record would advance directly to the Division Series under the plan. The two other division winners and wild-card teams would start in a best-of-three round.

The division winner with the second-best record would choose its opponent from among the three lowest-seeded wild-card teams. The division winner with the third-best record would then get to pick from among the remaining two wild cards. The top wild card would face whichever team is left over after the division winners make their choices.

And this:

A postseason of 14 teams would mean 47% of franchises reach the playoffs, which could cause some clubs not to go into rebuilding mode. The players’ association has criticized teams for what it calls “tanking.”

Here is the entire Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/AP-source-MLB-considering-expanding-playoffs-to-15045822.php.

My take. I don’t give a rat’s arse.

MLB Wild Card playoff teams started playing in 1995 of course.

The cheating scandal only gets worse. A former Jays pitcher is suing the Astros for damages. It is going to be a long season.

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Commentary really hasn’t had time to go check out flicks lately. Same for most folks I have been hanging with the past year plus. Nobody has told me I have to go see “Parasite.” FYI: It is showing at the Regal Marq-E down off of I-10 and Silber. Maybe after March 3.

Speaking of Oscars, I am going to skip MLB and ask a question about flicks. Care to tell me what was Marni Nixon most known for?

State Rep.-Elect Anna Eastman will be sworn-in at 5:30 pm, tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, in the Library at Waltrip High School here in Houston. Looking at the RSVPs, it looks like we are going to have pretty good turnout with some dignitaries included. Waltrip High is geographically kind of the center or middle of HD 148.

Early Voting in Person for the primaries begin a week from tomorrow.

MJ Hegar TV ads are running. Mike Bloomberg ads are running. Kathleen Wall ads are running. Don’t think I have seen any other political campaign ads.

My Dad’s mail ballot came in a few days ago. He says he is going to vote for Joe Biden. I suggested he hold off some to see if the Biden campaign was going anywhere. After New Hampshire tomorrow, Nevada is next on February 22.

The Boston Globe has a new poll out this morning of New Hampshire Democratic Primary voters and has Sen. Amy Klobuchar moving into third place. If that happens tomorrow night, that could be the story of the evening.

I was glancing at the Chron’s auto section on Saturday and I noticed they post gasoline prices at service station across the area. Highest are River Oaks, Midtown and Montrose. You never catch me filling up there. Lowest are Atascocita, Spring and Kingwood. Baytown is in the lowest category – but not listed – and that is where I try to fill up.

I watched the A.J. Hinch interview in its entirety Friday afternoon. He is taking responsibility and folks are letting him have it. The players were given immunity for telling the truth. Commentary would like to hear the players give one-hour interviews like Hinch did.

We hold the lower ground when it comes to defending the 2017 World Series Championship. Hinch confirmed this. Like it or not. Get ready for a season where we are the most hated and vilified. Commentary is not even thinking about going to a road game this season. Not even to drive up to Arlington at their new air-conditioned crib.

Get used to knowing that Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Yuli Gurriel, Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick and #SpringerDinger will get the cheater label for now.

Marni Nixon was the uncredited voice who sang the tunes for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I”, for Natalie Wood in “West Side Story”, and for Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady” of course. She is no longer with us.

“West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady” took home the Best Picture Oscar.

Now you know.

Astros pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Wednesday.

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Friday Politics

An interview with A.J. Hinch will air today at 5:00 pm on the MLB Network. Commentary will try to watch or record it on the DVR. What number did A.J. wear last season?

We will have a runoff in Texas’ Democratic Primary U.S. Senate race. Since MJ Hegar is outraising the competition, in all likelihood she makes the runoff. I don’t think I am wrong on this.

The #TXHD148SpecialRunoffElection canvass will be conducted this afternoon.

State Representative-Elect Anna Eastman will be sworn-in at 5:30 pm, next Tuesday, February 11, at Waltrip High School here in Houston.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is sputtering. He is not going to do well in New Hampshire. Is he on his way out? Can he make it to Super Tuesday? It doesn’t look good.

To those Democratic Party activists who didn’t endorse a candidate for president. Do they start looking at getting behind former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg? If nobody gets on a momentum roll, can Bloomberg be a major factor on Super Tuesday? The TV ad he is running with President Barack Obama looks pretty good.

Is Senator Elizabeth Warren on her way out? If she runs third in New Hampshire, which is next door to Massachusetts, how bad of a look is that?

The Chron has a story today on the Texas House District 142 Democratic Party Primary race. That is the one with incumbent State Rep. Harold Dutton facing a challenge from H-Town City Council member Jerry Davis. Just for the heck of it, Commentary checked out their 30-day reports. Rep. Dutton is spending a lot on billboards, like over $31,000 worth. I couldn’t find any voter contact expenses on CM Davis’ report.

A.J. Hinch wore the number 14 of course.

I am still waiting on in-depth interviews with Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Yuli Gurriel, Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick, and #SpringerDinger.

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I’m Spartacus

State Rep.-Elect Anna Eastman will be sworn-in at 5:30 pm, next Tuesday, February 11, at Waltrip High School here in Houston.

Commentary is not going to get all worked up about one primary result. We still have 49 states left on the schedule as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and few other territories. Mike Bloomberg is making it more interesting. Some folks that I know have endorsed him. I still don’t know who gets my vote.

Kirk Douglas left us yesterday. Growing up, he was one of the leading actors in some great flicks. Of course, “Spartacus” tops the list. “I’m Spartacus” is a go to line of mine. Other flicks that I loved: “Gunfight at the OK Corral”, “The Vikings”, “Seven Days in May”, “Paths of Glory” and “The War Wagon” among others.

Instead of the MLB question, we will go with “Spartacus. At the end of the movie, when Spartacus and his men are captured, the Romans announce that they will release everyone if someone steps forward and identifies or rats out Spartacus. As Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas) starts to get up to identify himself, one of his men beside him jumps up and says, “I’m Spartacus” then others do the same. Name the actor who was the first to say that line?

Back in my youth when I played fast pitch softball, we were playing in some tournament here in H-Town. We were batting and the ump made a bad call. Someone in our dugout yelled out something crude and derogatory at the ump. The ump walked over and pointed his finger at us and wanted to know who yelled at him. We all sat there silently. He then said that he would just pick one of us out to throw out of the game. A teammate jumped up and said, “I’m Spartacus”, then the rest of us did the same. The ump just nodded his head, turned around and walked off. That was hilarious.

Antoninus, played by Tony Curtis, was the first to say “I’m Spartacus” of course. Now you know.

Now the crybaby Yankees feel they were robbed by the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. They only had the second highest payroll that season behind the Dodgers. Shut up!

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Dusty Baker had 242 career dingers. How many did he have off of Astros pitchers?

I was totally against U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up Donald Trump’s speech after he spoke. She should have ripped it up when he handed it to her before he spoke.

Commentary loves the way all these Trump arse kissers are going gaga because the Speaker ripped up the speech and they think it is Ok for him not to shake her hand.

The Speaker had a plan to get under the Trump arse kissers’ skin and it is working. Commentary loves it. She is our leader and doing A-Okay by me.

The Trump arse kissers act like he deserves some sort of level of respect. Nope.

Giving a medal to one of history’s greatest hate machines last night. Nope.

Iowa Democratic Caucus participants handed former Vice President a fourth place finish. Maybe, just maybe, they don’t want him to be our nominee because they don’t want to hear about Hunter Biden all summer long and into November. Maybe?

Meanwhile, the Iowa Democratic Party continues to step into it by only releasing partial returns.

There will be 38 giveaways at The Yard this season and the giveaways will go to all fans and not just the first 10,000 or so. Nice. There will also be a Pride Night a few days before the Pride Parade. Good.

Dusty Baker had 27 career dingers off of Astros pitchers of course.

#ForTheH is our slogan hashtag. Got it?

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Goodbye, Iowa

James Click is our new General Manager. He was with the Rays’ front office. Care to guess the name of his wife? Hint: I have nephew a with the same name. It is a cool name.

Mayor Pete last night said Iowa shocked America. Can’t argue with that. For those of you, including Julian Castro, who hate the idea of Iowa going first in the nominating process, you finally got your wish.

Commentary had a mini spread of sort of goodies and beverages to watch the returns last night. I want my money back! What a waste!

Think about the millions of dollars candidates spent on the Iowa economy this past year and for what? Hotels, rent cars, restaurants, printers, to name a few.

Some talking heads last night and this morning were saying that former Vice President Joe Biden was the big winner after the fiasco because he doesn’t have to explain a fourth-place finish. I don’t know about that.

You might be able to say Mike Bloomberg was a winner because he doesn’t have to deal with a winner this morning.

If you run into anyone who says we ought to continue to let Iowa go first in 2024, never take them seriously again.

What a monumental fiasco! Epic failure! What a joke!

The winnowing will have to wait a week.

We need to go a rotating presidential primary system where states are broken down by region or time zone. We have four election dates. One in February, one in March, one in April and the last in May. Like one year the group Texas belongs to goes in February. Four years later we rotate to May. You get the picture. Of course, I will say it again. They are not going to ask Commentary.

We need to stop this BS that give preference to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. I don’t know why we continue with this insanity. It’s stupid and unfair.

The lyrics to “All You Need is Love” is featured in February on my Beatles wall calendar behind my desk – like the entire lyrics.

On my other Beatles wall calendar, February features a photo of The Beatles circa 1963.

New Astros GM James Click’s wife is named Ace of course. I have a nephew named Ace. Now you know.

The equipment vans leave The Yard today for Spring Training.

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