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Tommy Lasorda

The Chron E-Board yesterday called on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to resign.  Here is how they ended their take:

Serving as a U.S. senator requires working constructively with colleagues to get things done. Not angering them by voting against Hurricane Sandy relief, which jeopardized congressional support for Texas’ relief after Harvey. Not staging a costly government shutdown to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2013 that cost the economy billions. Not collecting more enemies than friends in your own party, including the affable former House Speaker John Boehner who famously remarked: “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

We’re done with the drama. Done with the opportunism. Done with the cynical scheming that has now cost American lives.

Resign, Mr. Cruz, and deliver Texas from the shame of calling you our senator.

Here is the E-Board take: Editorial: Resign, Senator Cruz. Your lies cost lives. – HoustonChronicle.com.

Cruz is a zero in the book of a lot of folks, including Commentary’s.  In his mind, he thinks he can become president in 2024 or 2028.  He is a zero and a joke.

Today, the E-Board laid into the Seditious Sixteen.  Here is how it starts:

Now and then through the years we Texans have sent our share of buffoons, grifters, lightweights, crooks, ignoramuses and ego-obsessed asses to Washington as representatives of the people. W. Lee “Pass the Biscuits, Pappy” O’Daniel comes to mind. So does Martin Dies, Jr., chairman of the witch-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee. So does Louie Gohmert.

In the wake of last week’s Capitol insurrection, add to this ignominious list the state’s junior senator, Ted Cruz and the 16 Republican House members who voted in favor of discredited objections to certifying the presidential election results in one or more swing states. The Seditious Sixteen voted to short-circuit democracy even after a Trump mob rampaged through the Capitol, even after blood was shed in the halls of that august building.

Also add to this list Ken Paxton.

Here is today’s take: Editorial: The shame of Texas — Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton and the Seditious 16 – HoustonChronicle.com.

Well deserved.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is raising funds.  Huh!  For what?  I visited their website to see what they were spending money on and all I found was this:

Will I be able to attend?

PIC is strongly encouraging all Americans to follow public health best practices and refrain from traveling to Washington, D.C. and instead join from home in new and innovative ways. Additional announcements will be made in the coming days and weeks about how Americans will be able to participate. 

Will there still be parades, balls, performances, and other celebrations?

This year’s ceremonies and events will reflect President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris’ commitment to protecting the health and safety of Americans while demonstrating the strength and resilience of our country. We know that inaugural balls and public parades are part of the inaugural tradition.  However, given the current public health situation across the country, inaugural activities will have a limited footprint and events like the parade will be reimagined. While the inauguration will look different amid the pandemic, all activities will honor and resemble American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country while keeping everybody healthy and safe.

Go figure.

We lost Baseball Hall of Fame great Tommy Lasorda this past Friday.  He won a couple of World Series titles managing the Dodgers.  He was colorful and entertaining.  I always liked the Dodger skipper.  Twice he riled Astros fans in his managerial career and was up there in getting booed by fans when he visited the Astrodome with his Dodgers.

In 1979, Astros pitcher Joe Niekro was having his best season of his career.  Niekro along with Astros reliever Joe Sambito made the 1979 NL All Star team.  At the All Star break, Niekro was arguably one of the best pitchers in MLB that season. Lasorda managed the NL All Stars that year.  Eight pitchers were on the NL All Star team roster.  Seven NL All Star pitchers, including Sambito, played in the summer classic.  Niekro was the only NL pitcher who didn’t get into the game.  Astros fans were livid that Niekro never got to play, and the booing began.  That was the only season Niekro made an All Star team.

Niekro led MLB pitchers in wins that season with 21.  He was the NL Cy Young Award runner-up and sixth in the NL MVP Award voting.

In 1986, the year the Astros won the NL West, the Astros moved into first place in the first half of the season and Lasorda said that we “were renting first place.”  That quote didn’t sit well with Astros fans.  We won the West by 10 games and Lasorda’s Dodgers finished fifth in the West, 23 games behind the Astros.  The boos pretty much continued at the Dome for Lasorda for the rest of his managerial career.

In June of 1996, at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers beat the Astros 4-3.  The next day, Lasorda was feeing abdominal pain and drove himself to the hospital where he was told he was having a heart attack.  He never managed a game again and retired shortly after.

In 2004, I, along with then H-Town City Council Member Carol Alvarado, went to the MLB All Star Futures Game at Minute Maid Park, which was held as part of the MLB All Star Game festivities.  We were getting autographs of baseball greats.  We saw Lasorda sitting by himself.  I approached him and politely asked for an autograph and he gave me a get lost look.  Carol, who is of the female persuasion and a tad prettier than Commentary, approached Lasorda and politely asked for an autograph and he perked up and said sure sweetie.  That was funny.

I did get the autograph.

I agree with this take from, Randall Lane of Forbes where he says he is chief content officer and editor of Forbes, and post on business, philanthropy–and food! Here is his take from last Thursday:

Yesterday’s insurrection was rooted in lies. That a fair election was stolen. That a significant defeat was actually a landslide victory. That the world’s oldest democracy, ingeniously insulated via autonomous state voting regimens, is a rigged system. Such lies-upon-lies, repeated frequently and fervently, provided the kindling, the spark, the gasoline.

That Donald Trump devolved from commander-in-chief to liar-in-chief didn’t surprise Forbes: As we’ve chronicled early and often, for all his billions and Barnum-like abilities, he’s been shamelessly exaggerating and prevaricating to our faces for almost four decades. More astonishing: the number of people willing to lend credence to that obvious mendacity on his behalf.

In this time of transition – and pain – reinvigorating democracy requires a reckoning. A truth reckoning. Starting with the people paid by the People to inform the People.

As someone in the business of facts, it’s been especially painful to watch President Trump’s press secretaries debase themselves. Yes, as with their political bosses, spins and omissions and exaggerations are part of the game. But ultimately in PR, core credibility is the coin of the realm.

From Day One at the Trump White House, up has been down, yes has been no, failure has been success. Sean Spicer set the tone with the inauguration crowd size – the worst kind of whopper, as it demanded that people disbelieve their own eyes. The next day, Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer’s lie with a new term, “alternative facts.” Spicer’s successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied at scale, from smearing those who accused Trump of sexual harassment to conjuring jobs statistics. Her successor, Stephanie Grisham, over the course of a year, never even held a press conference, though the BS continued unabated across friendly outlets. And finally, Kayleigh McEnany, Harvard Law graduate, a propaganda prodigy at 32 who makes smiling falsehood an art form. All of this magnified by journalists too often following an old playbook ill-prepared for an Orwellian communication era.

As American democracy rebounds, we need to return to a standard of truth when it comes to how the government communicates with the governed. The easiest way to do that, from where I sit, is to create repercussions for those who don’t follow the civic norms. Trump’s lawyers lie gleefully to the press and public, but those lies, magically, almost never made it into briefs and arguments – contempt, perjury and disbarment keep the professional standards high.

So what’s the parallel in the dark arts of communication? Simple: Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty. Press secretaries like Joe Lockhart, Ari Fleischer and Jay Carney, who left the White House with their reputations in various stages of intact, made millions taking their skills — and credibility — to corporate America. Trump’s liars don’t merit that same golden parachute. Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.

So what’s the parallel in the dark arts of communication? Simple: Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty. Press secretaries like Joe Lockhart, Ari Fleischer and Jay Carney, who left the White House with their reputations in various stages of intact, made millions taking their skills — and credibility — to corporate America. Trump’s liars don’t merit that same golden parachute. Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.

That is Ok by me.

The MLB Network tweeted this out yesterday.

Did you know @TeamCJCorrea & George Springer hold the Postseason record for teammates homering in the same game?

They did it 8 times for the @astros.

I did not know that.

9 days, baby. Impeach Now!

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