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Seeing that “The Wizard of Oz” is my third best flick of all time, I plunked down $14 Saturday night to go check it out on the IMAX screen and in 3D.  They didn’t need to do that.  The 1939 classic was never intended to be in 3D.  3D flicks are supposed to make you react to stuff.  There were not any flying monkeys coming at you or trees throwing apples at you or stuff like that.  The only real cool 3D moment was the snow falling on the poppy fields.  What you do get on the big screen and in 3D is a closer look of the makeup on the witch and on the Munchkins.  It is kind of a garish look.  It also didn’t need to be on IMAX.

Name the MLB club with the worse team batting average and it ain’t the ‘Stros?

Commentary put out a tweet Saturday about Team Parker leaving a bilingual door hanger with H-Town CMs James Rodriguez and Ed Gonzalez on my door knob and someone with Team Parker retweeting it and calling me out as a #Haters.  What is up with that?

A lot of folks were bummed out yesterday afternoon after the Texans got their arses whipped.  Hey, on any given Sunday!

The ‘Stros said the other day that they haven’t decided which coaches will return with the Skipper.  The Skipper then said he would handle base running coaching next season.  First base coach Dave Clark currently handles base running coaching so I’m thinking he won’t be coming back.

Jeff Daniel picked up an Emmy last night for playing Will MacAvoy on “The Newsroom.”  Take that!  I think everyone was surprised.

The Fish of course have the worse team batting average with a measly .231.

The Rangers are lucky we will be in Arlington for three.  Of course, it would be nice if we ended out nine game losing streak this evening and thwarted the Rangers’ wild card hopes.

The Yankees are on life support so I don’t know  if this weekend series will mean anything. 

 

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Kuffer asked District I candidate Ben Mendez who he was supporting in the Mayoral contest and Mendez said he was staying out of it.  Of course, Mendez cast his vote for Ben Hall at the Tejano Dems endorsement meeting last month.

This ought to be easy.  Name the MLB team with the most dingers smacked this season?

Gus Wortham Golf Course is located off of Wayside and Lawndale and is owned by the City and is one of four golf courses inside of the loop.   Three of the four are City golf courses.  Commentary doesn’t play golf but I have been told that Wortham isn’t in the best of shape.  I have also been told that it loses money.

There is group out there that has been making the rounds talking to neighborhoods around Wortham about converting the golf course into botanical gardens and maybe leaving a nine-hole golf course. 

Yesterday a few folks showed up at the H-Town City Council meeting to voice their opposition to the botanical garden idea.  They want their golf course left alone.

To date, H-Town CM James Rodriguez and his office are the only ones to do any heavy lifting to raise money toward renovating the golf course. 

It is going to take a lot more community support to get Wortham into better shape.  It can’t keep losing money forever.

It will be interesting to see which way this narrative moves so stay tuned!

Those that made it out to The Yard last night got to see Chris Carter strike out for the 200th time this season – drats!

They also got to see a bonehead base running gaffe by Jonathan Villar that made it to the “Today” show this morning.  It was a dumbarse play for sure.

Here is how  it ends.

The Houston Press today has a piece about the Texans owner being a big GOPer.

Here it is.

Of course it was Dem voters back in 1996 that supported the referendum that got Reliant built.  Let us eat cake!

B’More of course leads all MLB teams with 199 dingers.

Those that made it to The Yard last night also got to witness our 100th loss.  Commentary tweeted 99 “Ls” with one on the way during the fourth inning.  The Chron tweeted 100 “Ls” this morning. 

Will we lose 100 next season?  I really don’t know.

 

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Este es un column sobre un bike rack.

That’s how the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg starts today’s front page column about a taxpayer funded bike rack on Navigation “in the shape of giant cursive letters spelling ‘"be mucho bueno."’

Aliana Acosta, daughter of my good friend Rafael Acosta (owner of Merida Restaurant on Navigation) complained about the “Spanglish” bike rack and the “poor use of the Spanish language.”

I get where she is coming from.

H-Town Council Member James Rodriguez has the best local quote of the week when asked about the rack:

"I think it’s very moronic. And that’s being nice.”

Diane Schenke, president of the Greater East End Management District, the entity that commissioned the rack, said this:

"It wasn’t intended to be a Spanish grammar test. It’s capturing the way people talk in the neighborhood."

Huh!

Here’s from Falkenberg on Schenke’s line:

But that’s the thing. I’ve never heard anybody use that phrase, not even a fellow Gringo. That annoying Tex-Mex menu at Lupe Tortilla – "Es preety goood!" – has more grammatical precision than this artwork.

If you ask me, el Greater East End Management Distrito be mucho estupido knuckleheads.

Commentary thinks maybe it is time to rethink their leadership.

Who leads the MLB today with runs scored for the season?

The Chron E-Board wants to mediate a session between Early to Rise and Hunker Down. Here is how they end their take today:

Before lawyering up, folks should try sitting across the table and talking things out. Might we recommend the Houston Chronicle editorial board table as a good place to start?

http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Too-early-to-sue-4772485.php

I’m OK with that on the condition that I get to sit in and watch.

To the 40% that can watch ‘Stros games, did you know that CSN reporter Julia Morales is the daughter of 1996 Dem candidate for U.S. Senator Victor Morales? Well now you do!

Matt Carpenter of course of San Luis leads the bigs today with 100 runs scored for the season.

I’ll have a light lunch today to get ready for dollar dogs this evening at The Yard. They are also handing out 10,000 baseballs on the way out. The best part of the evening should be the ‘Stros honoring softball great and Olympian Cat Osterman.

I think I heard last night that we’re 16-28 in one run games which means we could easily be 28-16 in one run games. Oh, well!

 

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Today is the deadline for members of the public to turn in their Astrodome proposals.  In yesterday’s Chron, Kuffer and former County Judge Jon Lindsay penned Op-Eds and gave us their thoughts.  The Chron also published an Op-Ed on the Dome that appeared in the NY Times a week or so ago.  None of the three advocated Commentary’s well known position on the Dome’s future but Kuffer had what I thought were words that ring loud and true.  Check this:

The fact is that in this country, when a stadium stops functioning as a stadium, it gets torn down. Several of the teams that the Astros played against in 1965, the Dome’s opening year, are in their third stadium since then. Ebbetts Field, where Jackie Robinson made his groundbreaking debut in 1947, was demolished in 1960, two years after the Dodgers headed to California. Apartments were built in its place. The only historic venues that still stand are those that are still used as sports arenas, such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Lambeau Field and Madison Square Garden.

There is no precedent for turning an unused stadium into some other functional structure, which may be why we have struggled so much to come up with a new use for the Dome.

Hear, hear!

Here is all of Kuffer.

Here is Judge Lindsay.

Here is the NY Times.

Show me the courage!

How many times have the ‘Stros had the number one pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft?

Speaking of Numbers Ones and dumbarse stuff falling out of your piehole, Chipper Jones tweeted the following:

Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk

Then he tweeted this:

I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!

Here is from the Chron’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz:

Chipper Jones, who built a solid reputation during his long career with the Atlanta Braves, has atoned a bit for an ugly tweet about illegal immigrants.

“Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk,” Jones tweeted from @RealCJ10 Saturday. Jones got a relative pass from the baseball media, but his tweet was beyond offensive.

Many people die each year trying to cross the border in a desperate attempt to improve their lots in life, and I simply don’t find it funny when athletes attempt to dehumanize immigrants by joking about them as though they’re some sort of prey.

Whether you agree or disagree with the U.S. immigration policies, I would assume we all agree that we must treat each other with respect and common decency. Chipper Jones is no John Rocker, and I’m glad Jones decided to apologize in another tweet tonight.

“I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!” he tweeted.

Chipper Jones has always been a class act when I’ve dealt with him, and I hope this was just one silly mistake. We all say stupid comments that we ultimately regret from time to time. Jones recognized his mistake, and hopefully he learned from it.

I’m putting Chipper Jones on my list of dumbarses and he’ll stay on it until I think he’s seen the light if you know what I mean.

This past Saturday With the 557th pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft the ‘Stros selected Jake Rodriguez.  Jake!

Of course I’m not talking about our Jake but rather Jake who catches for the Oregon State Beavers of the PAC 12.

Talk about letting folks down or misleading them or playing the hidden ball trick, I ‘m talking about the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees.   HCDE Trustee Jim Henley announced he was resigning.  The HCDE Board then invited folks to apply for the vacancy and send in their resumes.  The list was whittled down to six finalists that included public education activist Sue Deigaard, Latino activist Rey Guerra, and former State Board of Education candidate Traci Jensen (Commentary’s former client). The six finalists were then interviewed.

After a few special called HCDE Board meetings to deliberate on the vacancy the board went for none of the above.  This past Thursday the board met and selected former NAACP honcho Howard Jefferson.  I like Howard and consider him a pal but I don’t think he even applied.

If you ask me why ask folks to apply and have them interviewed then say no thanks. Some of the applicants would have been outstanding trustees.  What a bum deal if you ask me. I hope they have a good ‘splanation.

If the City of H-Town really wants to get serious about recycling then why don’t they have the Westpark Recycling Center open on Sundays.  It is open Monday thru Saturday.  A lot of folks can’t or won’t drive out there during the week.  Having it open on Saturday and Sunday would be a convenience.

The ‘Stros have had the number one draft pick four times of course:  Pitcher Floyd Bannister in 1976, infielder Phil Nevin in 1992, shortstop Carlos Correa in 2012, and pitcher Mark Appel last Thursday.

The ‘Stros have now lost four in a row as the bats have gone on silent mode.  We’re playing like a team that is 22-42.

 

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The Chron today let NRAer Ted Nugent pen an Op-Ed today celebrating guns.  According to Nugent, if it weren’t for guns, we wouldn’t be here.

Check it out here.

The Chron E-Board has another piece on guns today here.

I’m not going to say anything about the welcoming party for the NRA out at Terminal B yesterday.

The Tigers are in town.  Name their Triple A affiliate?

Happy Birthday today to CM James Rodriguez!   Join him at his BD Party tonight at 8th Wonder Brewery at 2202 Dallas at 7pm. 

Happy Birthday today to Jose Soto!

I’m kind of moving in the direction of what the Houston Press is talking about in regards to sports talk on some stations. 

Check it out here.

What was the whole point of one station on their website calling out the Thunder’s cheerleader on her weight?  You know there are other options including NPR and other sports talk shows.

It looks like The Mayor’s opposition research team is in high gear.  Kuffer suggests that more may be on the way.

Check it out here.

The Toldeo Mud Hens of course are the Tigers’ Triple A club.

We should have won last night and no, I didn’t stay for the entire 14 innings.  There were quite a few Tigers fans at The Yard last night.  Some were wearing Verlander gear and a couple Kaline gear.  I’m looking forward to seeing Verlander this Sunday. 

 

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Or does it? Some folks are stirred up because Nike has an ad with Tiger Woods that says winning takes care of everything.  Here is from an AP story:

But some say it’s inappropriate in light of Woods’ past marital woes.

And:

Others responded on Twitter. Annie Kessler, 25, in Columbus, Ohio, tweeted that the ad was a "poor choice" for Nike. She said in an interview that she felt compelled to tweet because even though she understands why Nike would want to promote Woods, the phrase itself is inappropriate because of Woods’ past infidelity.

All I can say is that it’s his “past infidelity” and not mine and not yours.

Here is the AP piece on the ad.

Whew!  It is now OK to hang around The Dean.

Last season was the first where attendance dropped below 2 million at Minute Maid Park – 1,607,733.  When was the last time at the Dome we had less than 2 million for a season?

H-Town CM James Rodriguez put this out yesterday:

Greetings!

For the past several years, I have worked closely with many of you to address issues facing our communities throughout District I.  I have requested your input on important matters and policy proposals that would impact your neighborhoods.  Today, I want to share a proposal that is on this week’s City Council Agenda to repeal Section 39-2 of the Code of Ordinances, relating to disturbing or removing contents of garbage containers (commonly referred to as dumpster diving).

I currently have reservations about this proposal, which I believe has been expedited in a fashion that has failed to inform our community and go through the appropriate channels.  It is my opinion that this issue merits special consideration and should be referred to a Council Committee to allow public comment prior to being considered by the City Council.

This proposal is listed as Agenda Item #9 on this week’s Council Agenda.  Click here to view the Agenda. Scroll past the agenda to review the Request for Council Action (RCA) for Agenda Item #9.

Please note that I intend to delay the vote on this item for a week to allow District I residents to provide input.  If interested in addressing City Council on this item, you may do so at City Council Public Session by signing up with the City Secretary, 832.393.1100.

City Council Public Session

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2:00pm

City Hall, Council Chambers

901 Babgy, 2nd Floor

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Here is a Chron story on the dumpster diving issue.

The team still reads Commentary.  It looks like Dierk and the ‘Stros made up.  Here is from the Chron:

After an hour-long meeting with Astros owner Jim Crane on Tuesday, former Astros pitcher, broadcaster and manager Larry Dierker said “everything is fine” between him and the team’s owner.

Here is the story.

The most annoying fella in MLB is the Commissioner.  Commentary has not wasted a lot of energy talking about the move to the AL because there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.  The Commissioner is now explaining why it was done and it doesn’t make sense.  The story is only available to subscribers.  Here is part of what he said:

(Bud) Selig said the primary reason for the Astros’ AL relocation came down to simple geography. With St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, the Astros were the odd team out. According to the commissioner, the Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers and Reds have "tremendous" rivalries. The Astros did not, he said, because of their isolation.

"The teams left in the National League Central all had a geographical (base) – there was a relationship. Houston was sitting down there; there was no relationship," said Selig, who stressed he made the decision in the best long-term interests of baseball. "And I understand they’ve been in the National League for a long time, and I’m sympathetic to that. But we had to move a team, and … the fact of the matter is when you looked at all the other things that could happen, the only logical thing was for Houston to move. … I didn’t have an alternative."

You bet!  I’m trying to figure out the rivalries the Bucs, Reds and Brewers have.  Shut up, Bud!

In 1996 at the Dome of course the club drew 1,975,888 for the season.

If you want to go to Opening Day this Sunday at The Yard and willing to fork over a little extra, it shouldn’t be a problem.  As of yesterday there were 3,298 tickets available on Stub Hub.

 

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This from my pal Robert Miller:

Janiece M. Longoria is expected to be elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority next week.  A joint meeting of the Harris County Commissioners Court and Houston City Council is planned for January 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building.  Mayor Parker and Judge Emmett will preside over the meeting.  If Commissioner Longoria is elected, she will be the first woman to Chair the Port Commission as well as the first minority.

An H-Town Latino community historic milestone indeed!

In 2002 One of My Best Friends, then H-Town City Council Member Carol Alvarado nominated my friend Janiece Longoria to the Port Commission.  Carol led the fight to get Janiece appointed by the H-Town City Council.  It happened during the administration of Mayor Lee Brown.

In 2010, a well documented major play was made to replace Janiece and H-Town CM James Rodriguez led the effort to keep Janiece on the Port Commission.  Carol was there with James to help lead the effort on Janiece’s behalf.

Tomorrow morning Janiece Longoria will become the first female and Latina to Chair the Port Commission.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the H-Town City Council and Harris County Commissioners Court.

Congrats to State Representative Carol Alvarado and Council Member James Rodriguez for all their work to get us to this milestone!

Way to go Janiece!

Here is Robert Miller’s take.

Alan Ashby spent 17 years playing in the MLB including his last 11 years in a ‘Stros uniform.  Did Ashby ever reach the 100 career dinger plateau?

It will be an all about the Texans this week in H-Town

There will be some mention of the legislative session that begins tomorrow.

Early Voting in the SD 6 Special begins in a couple of days.

Alan Ashby never reached the 100 career dinger plateau of course and ended up with 90 – oh well. 

From the ‘Stros website:

Alan Ashby, the former Astros catcher who became a popular broadcaster with the club and for the last six seasons has announced games for the Blue Jays, is coming home.

Ashby resigned from his position in Toronto and has agreed to terms to join Houston’s television broadcast team alongside Bill Brown next season, replacing Jim Deshaies.

 

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