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Space Cowboys 

The Astros own the Sugar Land Skeeters, the AAA minor league team. Yesterday, the Astros announced a rebranding event at Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters.  We just learned that the team would have a name change to Space Cowboys.  I immediately thought of the Steve Miller Band tune, “The Joker,” and here are some of the lyrics: 

Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah 
Some call me the gangster of love 
Some people call me Maurice 
‘Cause I speak of the pompatus of love 

And this: 

I’m a joker, I’m a smoker 
I’m a midnight toker 
I get my loving on the run 

We are going to have fun with the Space Cowboys. 

The arsehole Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted this moronic crap yesterday: 

“I’m running for re-election to pass a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that will DELIVER substantial and lasting property tax cuts.” 

That’s not going to happen, and he knows better and knows that. An income tax is off the table. Sales taxes won’t go up. Unless you gut school districts and local government and that’s not going to happen.  Communities want their schools, police and fire departments, and parks funded.  They also want trash picked up and reliable drinking water. Abbott should try disbanding his border army for starters and see what kind of relief taxpayers get. 

I saw this tweet last night: 

Scott Braddock 

@scottbraddock 

Any Texas Democrats betting on a blackout isn’t a coin flip. It’s betting $100 on red 7 at the roulette table. Long odds but a jackpot if it hits #txlege 

Elections are not won hoping for a grid failure.  We can beat the GOP in Texas on them running Texas into the ground. 

An HPD officer handed me a moving violation citation last October over in my neighborhood. I told the officer at the time that I didn’t do anything wrong. A few days later, I got some letters from those law firms who specialize in traffic court, so I hired a firm. 

My court date was yesterday over on Lubbock Street. I wasn’t looking forward to it.  I was surprised when I drove up with the parking availability. I have the parking meter app, so I just tapped my phone two or three times and didn’t have to slip the piece of paper under my wiper blade. 

I was in and out of the municipal court building in less than 45 minutes with the case being dismissed.  Nice job to the judge running Court #11 yesterday. I am glad I hired the law firm. It was worth it. 

Yesterday, I signed up with the USPS to get the 4 free COVID-19 tests and was rejected. They said my address came up as a business address and the test gizmos were only being sent to residential addresses. Maybe I need to remove the neon sign in my front yard. Sigh. 

Commentary is going to take a wild guess and say none of the candidates running in the H-Town City Council District G special election had a mail ballot component. Come on! That’s H-Town campaign 101. Every campaign should have a mail ballot component. Only 280 mail ballots have been sent to voters and only 73 have been returned. The election is in 6 days. 

Even in this voter suppression climate, you adjust the application with bold red font telling the 65 and older voter to add their Texas ID and last four SSN digits. That is negligent if you ask Commentary. Guess what? 

Maybe they should have let Isabel Longoria send out mail ballots to a few thousand Westside voters. 

My pal Jose tweeted this yesterday: 

Jose de Jesus Ortiz 

@OrtizKicks 

Happy birthday Kevin Costner. My favorite Costner movies: Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams,  McFarland, USA, Tin Cup, Thirteen Days 

I won’t argue with Jose. Five is an injustice though.  “Bull Durham,” “No Way Out,” “Waterworld,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Bodyguard,” “The Untouchables,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “JFK,” and “A Perfect World” to name a few. 

I just watched “Draft Day” the other day which is very entertaining.  

Costner gets a lot of praise for his TV’s “Yellowstone,” but don’t forget “Hatfields & McCoys.” 

I actually ran into Costner in the 1990s at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown H-Town. It was right after Mayor Bob Lanier’s victory party for his reelection. I remember Costner was wearing a full length camel hair coat.  I took a picture of him and my best friend. I asked him for an autograph and he signed it with his name and “Tin Cup” that he was in town filming. 

69 years ago today, Desi Arnaz, Jr. was born. 69 years ago today, “I Love Lucy” aired the episode where Little Ricky was born. 

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