Archive for the ‘Dream Act’ Category

Sandy decided to cast her vote and there isn’t a single GOP Voter I.D. law or voter suppression effort out there that can stop her.  Sandy also decided to get involved in the campaign for Prez.  I don’t know what impact she will have but she certainly has most of the media coverage today. One thing is for sure, if the Prez wins, Tea Baggers will call foul and demand a rerun claiming Sandy originated in Kenya.

The Chron E-Board yesterday said that voting the straight ticket is a disaster and a menace.  I don’t know about it being the end of the world.  Here is from the E-Board:

Straight ticket voting is entirely too widespread, not only in Harris County, but all across Texas. It is a menace to our democracy beyond even robo-calls and pollsters calling at supper time.

Here is the entire editorial.

I’ll say this.  If any of those running on the GOP side tell me that the Tea Party if full of s__t , that they support The DREAM Act, that they don’t have a problem with marriage equality, and that they think that cutting education funding was a huge mistake, and that they know that The President was born in Hawaii, then maybe I’ll consider not voting the straight ticket.

My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care. My baby don’t care!

After Day 7 of Early Voting in Person in Harris County we’re at 362,827 compared to 314,252 after Day 7 in 2008.  We’re at 53.5% of the 2008 total.  Locally, Clear Lake is at 55.7%, Cypress Top 63.4%, Tomball 58.6%, Franz 49.2%, Tracy Gee 54.7%, Acres Home 42.8%, Northeast 50.6%, Sunnyside 57.6%  Ripley 49.2%, HCC 47.2%, and Baytown 52.5% – got it!

The Tigers only scored 6 measly runs in their World Serious four game flop.  What are the most runs ever scored by a team in a single World Serious game?

The good news from Latino Decisions latest polling:

Obama has the support of 73% of all Latino registered voters, compared to 21% who favor Romney.

The best interviewer in campaign politics bar none is CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.  She shreds the talking points.  Here is from a Politico story today:

O’Brien says this isn’t a partisan objective: “It’s about doing a good interview,” she said. “If someone is lying to you on the left, or if someone is lying to you on the right, as a journalist you’re going to be embarrassed because you didn’t catch a lie. You have to catch people if their spinning you. You can’t just let people come on and spin and spin and spin you.”

Check out the entire piece here.

Go Soledad!

The Yankees scored 18 runs of course against the Giants in Game 2 of the 1936 World Serious.

The ‘Stros new logo was accidentally leaked this past Friday and it looks to be a remake of the orange star and white H.  We will know for sure this Friday.


Read Full Post »

“Come Home, America” was one of the slogans of the George McGovern campaign for President in 1972.  We got our arses handed to us by Nixon that November but not because we were on the wrong side of the issues.  About a year and a half later you started to see “Don’t blame me, I voted for McGovern” bumper stickers on cars.

A framed 1972 George McGovern for President poster has been proudly and prominently displayed in the front of my office for many years now.  His 1972 campaign manager Gary Hart had this to say about Senator McGovern this past Saturday:

“McGovern was passionate, in his laconic South Dakota manner, about ending an unwinnable war in Vietnam, reducing nuclear dangers and eliminating hunger at home and abroad. But his most important legacy will be his rescue of the Democratic Party.”

He led the DNC’s McGovern Commission that reformed the Democratic Party’s rules and allowed for greater participation for women and minorities.  Thank you very much Senator McGovern.

Here is the entire Gary Hart tribute.

The World Serious is right around the corner.  Name the pitcher with the most World Serious career saves?

The Chron E-Board endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday because H-Town didn’t get a shuttle.  OK, so there was more to it than the shuttle.

Here is from the endorsement:

The Mitt Romney we are endorsing is the Massachusetts moderate who worked successfully alongside an 88 percent Democratic majority in the state Legislature to produce what the Obama administration says became its model for national health care reform.

Well, that’s not the Romney that has been running.  Remember “severely conservative.” 

What is missing from the endorsement is any mention of immigration and “self deportation” and Romney’s opposition to The DREAM Act.  Latinos make up nearly half of H-Town’s population so this could be considered a glaring omission and slight. 

Check out the editorial here.

Early Voting in Person starts today so we ought to know in a few days what turnout will look like here locally.

Yankee pitch great Mariano Rivera has 9 World Serious career saves of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today – sorry.


Read Full Post »

From Traci’s Press Release:

Traci Jensen, candidate for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6, was endorsed yesterday by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN).  In a letter to Jensen informing her of their endorsement, TFN said “thank you again for your support for religious freedom, civil liberties and strong public schools.”

In a letter to TFN members and supporters, TFN said:

“We hope our endorsements not only help you to make informed decisions at the ballot box, but also inspire you to help the campaigns of those candidates for office who truly support the ideals we all share: a commitment to religious freedom, individual liberties and strong public schools.”

“I am grateful to receive the support of the Texas Freedom Network,” said Jensen.  “For the past seventeen years, TFN has led the effort to take on a politically-motivated SBOE who continue to abuse their power. The language arts, science and social studies curricula are examples of the board’s dismissal of educators and experts’ judgments in order to propel their own right wing ideology” added Jensen.

“TFN’s endorsement is highly valued in that it expands our growing campaign as we work to bring respectability to Texas education, end divisive rhetoric and put ALL Texas school children ahead of politics and ideology,” continued Jensen.

See Traci Jensen’s TFN Voter Guide Responses Here.

The DREAMers continue to play a role in the campaign for Prez as Romney told a Colorado news outlet yesterday that he’s kind of changing his tune when it comes to undoing The President’s deferred actions.  Way to go DREAMers for getting Romney to flop and flip!

A study was released yesterday detailing the positive impact to the U.S. and Texas economies by DREAMers.  Check out this from the Texas Tribune:

Granting legal status and paving the way to citizenship for an estimated 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would generate approximately $329 billion in economic impact by 2030, according to a report released Monday. The study also says that Texas itself would see an impact of $66 billion.

The report, a joint effort by the progressive Center for American Progress and the Partnership for a New American Economy, estimates that passing the DREAM Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country at a young age to work and apply for residency, would generate that revenue total through a combination of wages, tax contribution and increased spending.

Check out the entire Tribune story here.

It has been 45 years since Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown with the Red Sox.  With two games remaining in the regular season, Tiger Miguel Cabrera is in the driver’s seat to win the Triple Crown. He leads in batting average with .329, in dingers with 44, and in RBIs with 137.  Name the players that trail him in each category?

I don’t know if I agree with H-Town City Attorney Feldman on CM Helena Brown’s city purchased magnets as being political advertising.  Where do you draw the line?  Here is a bit from the Chron:

The magnets include a photograph of Brown and her office phone number, email address and postal address.

What makes the magnets political advertising in Feldman’s opinion, is the inclusion of "language declaring, in demonstrative print and exclamation, her dedication and priorities as an office holder," he wrote to Brown’s attorney.

The magnets tout Brown’s "DEDICATION to… 1. Timely Constituent Response! Our #1 priority; 2. Responsible City Spending! 3. Standing up for residents, businesses, and for what is right and just!"

Here is the entire Chron piece.

CM Brown has asked for an opinion from the Texas Ethics Commission.  The City Attorney should have just left it alone instead of risking opening a can of worms.

The H-Town Texans go to New Jersey next Monday night to face the Jets.  Here is from a story yesterday on Bloomberg.com:

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said seeing Mitt Romney win the U.S. presidential election is a higher priority than his team finishing the National Football League season with a winning record.

Johnson, New York chairman for the Romney campaign, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” that if forced to choose between the two, he’d pick a win by the Republican challenger over President Barack Obama on Nov. 6.

What else is Woody going to say?  The Texans are 7 ½ point favorites this Monday night and his Jets don’t have a QB this season. 

If you ask diehard H-Town Texans fans today if forced to choose if they would rather have the Texans win the Super Bowl this year or Mitt Romney win The White House, we will all be wearing steel blue state jerseys on Election Night!  Go Texans! 

BTW:  Hall of Fame QB great John Elway endorsed Romney yesterday in Colorado.  Elway now runs the Broncos – yes, the same Broncos that got beat by the Texans last week.

The Harris County Clerk put out a press release yesterday announcing that Clear Channel had donated 40 billboards reminding folks to vote early.  Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack participated in the photo-op unveiling the billboards.   I wonder why they didn’t ask a Dem official to participate in the photo-op.   Here is part of the press release:

Today, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart and Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack in partnership with Clear Channel VP Lee Vela, unveiled a countywide billboard campaign promoting early voting among the 1.95 million registered voters in the nation’s third largest voting jurisdiction. The initiative is scheduled to run for 30 days, leading up to and beyond the beginning of the early voting period.

The mail ballot application folks read Commentary because as of yesterday in Harris County, 58,750 have requested mail ballots with 23,929 generated by the GOP and 8,698 by Dems. 

Angel Mike Trout’s .325 AL batting average and Ranger Josh Hamilton’s 43 dingers and 127 RBIs of course trail Cabrera in Triple Crown categories.

The ‘Stros stay at 106 losses and personally welcomed the Cubbies to the 100 L Club!


Read Full Post »

The DREAMer activists across the U.S. of A. need to be trading high fives right now for getting their concerns prominently addressed at last week’s Democratic Party National Convention.  The President, Vice-President, the keynoter, and a host of speakers all addressed the plight of the DREAMers.  Heck, the historic appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor barely got a mention.

A DREAMer was even invited to the podium to speak.  You have to give the DREAMers full credit for their efforts. They have kept The DREAM Act and immigration reform alive and have kind of set the agenda on the fight for the Latino vote over the next eight weeks.  Way to go DREAMers!

Meanwhile, the Chron E-Board lectured major Dems donors for leaving the Lone Star State Dem Party behind.  Here is part of it:

Congratulations to state Republicans on their successes. These are the product of literally decades of grass-roots cultivation that have brought the GOP from literally nowhere to dominance.

If state Democrats want to change that, they’ll have to do almost the same – and that starts with opening wallets for their candidates at every level across the state – as well as being certain that those candidates are well vetted and qualified.

Here is all of it.

The 2013 MLB schedules will be announced this Wednesday.  Name the three NL teams that we have never faced on Opening Day?

Meanwhile, Burkablog reiterated that he doesn’t have high regard for the folks that run the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Here is part:

(SA Mayor Julian) Castro flashed signs of big-time political talent in his speech at the Democratic convention, but he is faced with the same problem as all Texas Democrats: all dressed up with no place to go.

Democrats are not positioned to win a statewide race anytime soon. They don’t have the party infrastructure to win–the money, the organization, the top-tier consultants.

Ouch!  Here is all of Burkablog.

What else is new?

The Chron E-Board endorsed the METRO proposal yesterday.

Check it out here.

At the Houston GLBT PAC endorsement meeting this past Saturday, a vote on the METRO proposal was put off until next month’s meeting.  Commentary heard some grumbling from a few folks in attendance.  They are unhappy with the proposal.  They think METRO caved in to the County. 

A poll that was reported by the Chron this past weekend said that 39% of voters would support the METRO proposal.  This initiative is going to have grass roots opposition.  I don’t know if I would bet on its passage today.  Hey, that’s why we have campaigns.

This past Saturday the Chron business section had a piece about local car dealers and The President’s auto bailout move.  Here is a taste:

"Despite what Romney says, he would have done it, too," said Carroll Smith, owner of Monument Chevrolet in Pasadena. "I think anybody sitting in that seat would have, because it was the right thing to do. How could you not?"

Smith explained: "I’m very much conservative and a free-market advocate, but it wasn’t a free market in play then. The credit market completely shut down, and there was no money to be borrowed."


Smith, though, said he is simply more aligned with Romney when it comes to "business, taxation and leadership." Of Obama and the bailout, he said, "He did it and I applaud him, but I’m not going to vote for him."

What a moron!   What an idiot!  What an arsehole! 

We need to put this fella in a windowless room and make him listen to last week’s Jennifer Granholm’s fiery speech on the bailout 100 times. 

Check out the entire piece here.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is taking Senator John Kerry’s advice and trying to wrap up the debate with himself as he now likes parts of Obamacare.  This fella is a worm.

Lisa Gray of the Chron slapped around the new owner of the ‘Stros for putting up those hideous signs in left field.  For some they block the cool view of Downtown H-Town.    The team says the signs are generating money for local parks.  Oh, well!  There is nothing but bad news from The Yard these days. 

Check out Lisa Gray’s column here.

Things should turn around on November 14 when Sir Paul takes the field at The Yard.

The ‘Stros have never played against the D-Backs, the Fish, and the Mets of course on Opening Day and next year’s Opening Day foe will be the Rangers at The Yard.  We finally won a series and today the Cubbies come in for three.  Come on out to The Yard during this seven game homie if for no other reason than to be there when we finally lose numero 100 – yikes!


Read Full Post »

Today the County can start accepting mail ballot applications.  The County will begin sending out mail ballots on September 22 – in 15 days.  So folks will start voting on Monday, September 24 – got it!

I hope my Dad takes my Mom to Luby’s today.  After all, they are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary today – yikes!

Morning Joe was asked to compare the two conventions this morning and he said it wasn’t Ali vs Frazier, but rather Ali vs Wepner – “the Bayonne Bleeder.” 

Here is what Burkablog said about The President’s speech:

I thought Obama had to do two things tonight. One was tell the nation what he was going to do in the next four years that he hadn’t done in the past four years.  He did some of that–cut the deficit, cut oil imports, improve fuel economy–but there were no big ideas in the speech. It was a speech of a man who was tired of the game. The other thing that he had to do was lower expectations. That he did do. He made several references to the seriousness of the economic crisis. He showed some enthusiasm for attacking Romney and Ryan, but nothing new, just the predictable attacks on the banks. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for the Democratic delegates to cheer. Obama was like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, a sadder but wiser man after four tough years in office.  CNN spent a lot of time talking about the enthusiasm gap between Tampa and Charlotte. I think it’s real. After being one-upped by Clinton last night, Obama is going to have to raise the level of his game.

Senator John Kerry had some good lines including the one about asking Bin Laden if he is better off today than four years ago and the one about Romney learning about Russia by watching “Rocky IV.”

The Nationals are headed to the MLB playoffs and have the best record in baseball.  When was the last time the Nationals franchise made the playoffs?

I would say The President hit a grand salami last night and his speech was better than any from Tampa and that’s for sure!

VP Biden also hit a grand salami and he didn’t do it “the Bain way.”

DREAMers also got a few mentions last night. 

Sylvester Turner added another reason for turning the Lone Star State blue.  Let’s see restoring funding for Planned Parenthood, putting more money into public education, lowering the cost of college tuition, no more sanctuary city debates, embracing Obamacare, and now Dems getting to stay at better hotels during the Dem National Conventions.  I don’t have a problem with that.

Sir Paul will be in H-Town on November 14.

The Expos/Nationals beat the Phillies 3 games to 2 in the 1981 NL Playoffs and then lost to the Dodgers 3 games to 2 in the NLCS – the only time this franchise has made the playoffs. 

We’re in Cinncy for three in case you care.  Hey, the Reds are in first.


Read Full Post »

As long as the GOP allows the mug of Arizona Tea Party Governor Jan Brewer to keep showing up on the tube hating on The DREAMERs, the more likely Latino voters will overwhelmingly vote the Dem side this November.  Here is the latest on keeping hate alive!  It is from a Reuters piece on HuffPo:

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer, in yet another clash with the White House, issued an order on Wednesday barring undocumented immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status in the United States from receiving any state or local public benefits.
The action was a response to relaxed deportation rules issued by the Obama administration on Wednesday.
Brewer, whose state has been at the center of the country’s immigration debate, issued an executive order denying state or local benefits to immigrants applying under the new federal immigration rules. The order would bar them from obtaining an Arizona driver’s license or a state-issued identification card.

Here is the entire piece.

Keep hating, lady!  

SBOE, District 6 candidate Traci Jensen and Commentary attended the Cypress – Tomball Democrats meeting last night out on Grant Road off of Jones Road.  43 Dems were in attendance – wow!  I’ve said it before!  That’s where the local Dem Party ought to be chasing Dem voters.  Dems out there are hungry!

Speaking of, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio came to H-Town yesterday to crack on The President.  Here is an interesting bit from Chron.com on his visit:

Aside from noting that he is the son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio did not address the nation’s immigration controversy.

Well what do you know?  The GOP’s Latino Poster Boy doesn’t even have the guts to mention this while in H-Town on the day The DREAMERs got some relief!  Cluck, cluck, cluck!

Here is the rest of Chron.com on Rubio.

Another perfect game was tossed yesterday – the third of the season – the 23rd in MLB history.  How many NL Central teams have tossed perfect games?

Dougie asked the most interesting question yesterday at The Mayor’s press availability after the City Council meeting.

The second most interesting question was from a reporter who asked The Mayor if her lunch had ever been stolen from the office refrigerator. 

The Chron’s Chris Moran has a piece today on the bonds, bonds, and more bonds H-Town, HCC, and HISD voters will consider this year.   Here is a taste:

"I think the voters are going to most likely turn down all bond referendums on the November ballot," Councilman Mike Sullivan said. "There is very little sentiment for more tax dollars to be spent right now on virtually anything. You can look at the Cruz campaign and the way that that election turned out, and there’s a message there. People are fed up. People are tired of excessive spending."

Well, if only Tea Baggers show up to vote the bonds are toast.    I’m thinking a whole lot more people will be showing up to vote.

Here is Chris Moran’s piece.

Go on ahead and take your pick of words to describe Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera – arsehole, f__ing idiot, or dumbarse for testing positive for performance enhancement substances.  They are in a battle with the Dodger and D-Backs for the NL West title and he put himself above his team and teammates. 

Here is from MLB.com:

Cabrera, 28, was batting .346, 13 points behind league-leader Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh.

With 501 plate appearances, Cabrera is one shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title. However, he would win the title if were to still have the league’s highest average after the mathematical addition of one at-bat.

To explain, Cabrera is 159-for-459, good for a batting average of .3456 when carried to a fourth decimal. If Cabrera were theoretically given one more at-bat, 159-for-460 comes to an average of .3464. Both figures round out to .346. If no one has hit for a higher average, Cabrera would be the NL batting champion.

His suspension is for 50 games and the Giants have 45 games remaining.  He could still play this season if the Giants make the playoffs and advance beyond five playoff games. 

The Reds of course are the only team from the NL Central to ever toss a perfect game when Reds hurler Tom Browning went perfection over the Dodgers in 1988.

FYI:  James Coney Island is offering 89 cent Coneys today at all of their locations!

The only good thing I can say is Jose Altuve is hitting .305.  The Chron ‘Stros beat writer says today that pitcher Lucas Harrell deserves Team MVP consideration along with Altuve.  Heck, they would be the only ones to get votes as we have now lost 80 games.  We would now have to go 42-1 the rest of the season to avoid our fourth straight losing season – not gonna happen!


Read Full Post »

Commentary has said before that it was never about voter fraud at the polls.  I’m talking about the BS GOP promoting their voter I.D. bills.  It has always been about making it harder for Latinos and others to cast votes.  It has been about putting up barriers at the polls.  Burkablog points out today a Washington Post article about a review of voter fraud in the U.S. of A.  Here is from the Post piece:

The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.

Here is the entire Post article.

Here is what Burkablog says:

Fraud by impersonation is a myth, perpetuated by Republicans to justify Voter I.D. laws that suppress turnout. You’ll never convince me otherwise. It’s one of the worst things that has happened to American democracy.

Here is all of Burkablog.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, GOP!  Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) the Latino vote is going to take a hunk out of your arse.  Hopefully it will happen this year in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Yesterday Commentary mentioned the five seasons (1994-1999) the ‘Stros wore the Blue and Gold Star uniforms.  How many winning seasons did the ‘Stros have wearing the Blue and Gold Star uniforms?

I lifted this from Politico that lifted it from the Boston Globe today:

Both (Rupert) Murdoch and (NY Mayor Michael) Bloomberg said they were mystified that Romney hasn’t done more to reach out to Latino voters by outlining plans to ease immigration

“Give them a path to citizenship,” Murdoch said. “They pay taxes. They are hard-working people. Why Mitt Romney doesn’t do it, I have no idea because they are naturally Republicans.”

Bloomberg added: “The Republicans walking away from the Latino community is about as dumb a strategy as any political party has ever adopted. "

You can say that again and again!

Meanwhile the process for DREAMERs begins today!  Si se puede!

My pal Gary Polland in his latest Texas Conservative Review opposes the HISD bonds.  Well at least the HISD Bonds Campaign won’t have to spend a ton of money buying ads in Gary’s campaign special edition mailer.  Here is part of what Gary says:

Congratulations to Greg Meyers, the only school board member with enough common sense to agree HISD should earn the voters trust first before asking for the whole enchilada. Voters should take a look at this stinker and vote NO, so HISD can have a reality check and do their planning in stages. Remember, it is always good to learn to walk before one runs.

Gary also lets us know what is going on behind the scenes at the local Dem Party.  Here is what he says:

This hasn’t made the local media yet, but former Democratic Chair Gerald Birnberg has made a complaint designed to remove Democratic "accidental" District Attorney candidate Lloyd Oliver from the ballot. This is an interesting development.

TCR wonders, do the D’s intend to remove and replace with a handpicked star who they think could take advantage of the nasty GOP primary battle between incumbent Pat Lykos and successful primary challenger Mike Anderson? Do the Democrats think that they can convince enough swing and Lykos loyalists to vote their way, and win a tight battle? Maybe it’s time for the Anderson group to smoke the peace pipe with District Attorney Lykos and her supporters.

I sure am glad Gary is around to let me know what the local Dem Party is up to.

Former H-Town CM Peter Brown addressed City Council yesterday to complain about the City-County-METRO GMPs deal that was cut the other day.  However, former CM Brown wouldn’t call it a deal – got it!

Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife” is one of Commentary’s favorite TV actresses.  I’m adding Emily Mortimer from “The Newsroom” to the list. 

All five of the Blue and Gold Star uniform seasons were winning seasons of course (66-49 in ’94, 76-68 in ’95, 82-80 in ’96, 84-78 in ’97, 102-60 in ’98, and 97-65 in ’99).

The GM sent us an email yesterday thanking us for hanging in there and ‘splaining why we’re doing lousy and how we are going to get better.  He didn’t need to ‘splain why we’re not winning – no hitting, no pitching, lousy base running, missing the cutoff man, lousy fielding, mental mistakes, and lousy ballplayers).  I’d much rather get an email from him this morning ‘splaining how in the heck we scored 10 runs last night that included a pair of three run dingers.


Read Full Post »

It is just another hot and muggy Fourth.

Chron.com has a piece about a GOP Latino group called the Hispanic Leadership Network that is reaching out to Latino voters.  Good luck muchachos y muchachas o damas y caballeros.  Here is a part of the piece:

But the group is not shying away from areas where its position differs from GOP orthodoxy, such as immigration, where Republican presidential nominee-presumptive Mitt Romney called the tough Arizona immigration law “a model” for the nation.

“We think the immigration system is broken and we have to fix it,” Korn said. “Democrats and Republicans have to work together.”

Korn said immigration should not be “a political issue” but a policy imperative.

Sean Theriault, a political scientist at the University of Texas in Austin, says Republicans “are in a huge hole with Hispanics at the beginning of the presidential campaign.”

“Romney ran to the entire Republican field’s right on immigration and the Dream Act,” he said. “It is not only that the Republicans have been on the wrong side of the issue for Hispanics, it is that the Republicans have demonized Hispanics and portrayed them in the worst possible light.”

Here is the entire piece.

As long as Romney continues to dodge the immigration issue, the 40 point spread will remain.

Like I said, it is a quiet Fourth so I don’t know what to make of H-Town CM Helena Brown and the timesheets.

Check out the Chron story here.

Oh, well!

When was the last time the ‘Stros played at The Yard on the Fourth of July?

Commentary checked out the Dynamo last night.  Some call it a game and some call it a match.  The tickets said a game.  The final score was 0-0.  Some call it a draw and some call it a tie.  BBVA Compass Stadium is a very nice facility. 

I don’t know what else you can say about Andy Griffith except that he was never nominated for an Emmy Award for acting during the “Andy Griffith Show” days even though the show was Numero 1 in the ratings when it went off the air.  If there wasn’t an Andy Griffith we never would have had a Barney Fife, an Opie, and Aunt Bee, a Ron Howard, a Gomer Pyle, a Goober, or an Otis.

I put this out around five years ago on May 29, 2007:

Hey, go check out “Waitress.” There were like 100 women at the movie house and around five of us fellas. I guess you would call it a chick flick, even though the pies steal the scene. I’m betting that Andy Griffith gets a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in the movie – very entertaining.

Of course Andy didn’t get a nomination but he was great in the movie.

I also thought he did a nice job in the Ron Howard produced YouTube ad for The President back in 2008. 

Check this out from the Houston Press on the memorable ‘Stros games on the Fourth of July.

The last time the ‘Stros played at The Yard on the Fourth of July was back on July 4, 2007 of course when the ‘Stros were whipped by the Phillies 8-3 at The Yard – ouch!

I don’t know what to say about our current meltdown that has the team 13 back! 


Read Full Post »

Don’t forget to join us to celebrate the life of a great journalist and our dear friend — Lori Rodriguez.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday (Saturday), June 30, 2012 at the Downtown Club at the Met. 

You enter through the 6th Floor of the Parking Garage at the Allen Center, 340 West Dallas Street.

I am honored that I have been asked to say a few words tomorrow.  We hope to see you there.

Last night Commentary accepted the Best Politics Blog Award at the 2012 Second Annual Houston Web Awards presented by the Houston Press.  MariGirl couldn’t make it so 20/10 went with me.  There were a lot of folks in attendance.

One of the highlights of the evening was spending a little time with fellow recipient Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin who took home the Best Local Sports Star Twitter Award.  (Later on today you can go to my website and check out our photo together).   Barwin is all muscle for sure.  He was definitely enjoying the evening and having fun.  He was very appreciative when I told him it was great to see him come out in support of marriage equality.  A couple or so months ago Barwin was interviewed by Outsports Magazine where he said he was for marriage equality – cool. 

If they ever give an award for Best Class Act Ever on Television, my vote goes to no longer “Today Show” Co-Host Ann Curry.  She said a tearful adios yesterday with this memorable line:

"For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line but, man, I did try.”

For the past week or so while the lawyers worked out her departure details she could have just packed it in and slept late.  Instead she showed up to work and yesterday she handled her farewell with class and dignity.  Good luck Ann!

Obamacare!  From the 1931 classic: Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!”

Befuddled outrage is the best way to describe the reaction of GOP right wingers to yesterday’s decision by the Supremes.  They thought they had the votes.  Heck, I thought they had the votes.   That’s why yesterday’s decision was highly anticipated because most folks thought the individual mandate was going into the trash can.  A 43 appointee saved The President’s most prized accomplishment of his first term – go figure.  The Chief Justice now gets on the cover of today’s Time Magazine, a couple of weeks after The DREAMERS.   There is a lot of teeth gnashing and hair pulling going on in halls of the right wing.   It’s been fun watching the GOP’s supreme reaction the last couple of days.  Heck, I even listened to that Rush fella just to hear him bawl.  Scoreboard POTUS!

Who was the last ‘Stro to bat in a post season game?

My fellow Dems will probably get mad at Commentary for giving advice to the GOP on the Latino vote.  I’ll give it anyway because they won’t listen to me.  It is about talking immigration smack.   You won’t listen to your own GOP consultant Ana Navarro who says the GOP needs to come up with an immigration plan that Latinos can embrace.  They won’t listen to her.  If you are not going to listen to her then keep quiet.

Immigration and The DREAM Act have become one of those hot button issues in our community.  Sure we also want jobs and a more stable economy but immigration and The DREAMERS stir things up because you are talking about me – you talking to me?  Then when the media and talking heads provides a backdrop like Latinos can make the difference in places like Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, that really gets the sangre flowing.  

Following Navarro’s advice with a gimmick free DREAM Act and pathway to citizenship immigration reform would score huge points in the Latino community.   Of course, the GOP is not going to follow Navarro’s advice because the Tea Baggers won’t let them.   Then the GOP allows Arizona GOP Governor Jan Brewer to be one of the faces of their immigrant bashing rhetoric.  That’s like riding into the barrio waving the Jolly Roger.  Every time her mug is shown on Univision it is met with a chorus of boos throughout the Latino community.

The H-Town City Council Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance chaired by CM C.O. “Brad” Bradford will meet on July 9 to discuss the term limits proposal.  They will hear presentations from Dr. Michael Adams from Texas Southern University, Dr. Robert Stein from Rice University, and Robert Lemer with Citizens for Public Accountability.  I may drop by since the ‘Stros are on All Star break that day.

Former ‘Stro Orlando Palmeiro pinch hit of course in the bottom of the ninth with two outs in Game 4 of the 2005 World Serious and grounded out to shortstop for the final out in our 1-0 loss to the White Sox.

I don’t even want to talk about coming home last night and watching Brett Myers’ meltdown and turning a 3-1 lead into a 7-3 loss in the ninth inning – ouch!


Read Full Post »

MariGirl is celebrating her 27th BD at home today.  She had a freak accident a couple of nights ago and dinged up her right leg and is now on crutches.  That’s way too bad considering the great news she received last week.  Oh, well!  Happy Birthday Marisol Valero!!!

Commentary will be at the following next Saturday and you are welcome to attend:

Join us to celebrate the life of a great journalist and our dear friend — Lori Rodriguez.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Downtown Club at the Met.
6th Floor of the Parking Garage at the Allen Center
340 West Dallas Street (Between Clay Street and the Pierce Elevated)

Well here it is.  I’m talking about the first details of the proposed $1.9 bil HISD bond program.  It is a whopper for sure.  Ericka Mellon of the Chron kind of echoes what Commentary has been saying the last couple of weeks.  Check this:

Early polling says more voters would support than resist an HISD bond, though organized opposition and other referendums on the ballot could be threats to passage.

I’m sure the proposed package will be amended before it gets to a ballot near you so stay tuned.

Check out the Chron story here for details.

What happened at The Yard six years ago this evening (6/22/06)?

Mitt Romney spoke to NALEO yesterday and said he would move forward on an immigration plan.  This is the same fella that a few months ago said he would veto The DREAM Act and wanted folks to self deport.  I can’t wait for Romney and The President to debate this issue later this fall.  Commentary considers State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer one of the Lone Star State Dems better spokespersons on the key issues.  He’s as good as they get.  Here is from the Chron:

"I’m glad I heard this speech at Disney World, because it shows he is living in a fantasy land," said Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, a Texas House member and president of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

The President speaks to NALEO today.

I kind of have knowledge on things like the “Today Show”.  Every morning since the ‘70s I’ve been sharing my mornings with Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Katie Couric, Meredith Viera, and now Ann Curry.  As I said yesterday there are stories out there that say NBC is going to replace Curry because the ratings are down.  Some folks say she is not suited to co-host a morning news show because she’s too stiff and not too chipper.  As we all know, morning news shows are not all hard news.  They do a lot of entertainment news.  They do consumer product segments and they do a lot of live cooking.  Some folks are saying she’s not good at the give and take banter and one liners that these shows require.  I don’t know about that.

I do know that she is the only “Today Show” female co-anchor that has color in her blood.  Curry is half Japanese.  Of course I don’t want to go there because Bryant Gumbel is African American and they were number one in the ratings when he left.  According to reports, Savannah Guthrie would replace Curry if Curry is shown the door.  I also don’t know about that.  Why pass over Natalie Morales who just happens to be half Brazilian and the other half Puerto Rican? 

Beginning next year H-Town will have five sports talk radio stations.  Right now we have Sports 610 that Commentary listens to and CBS owns.    We also have Clear Channel’s 790 AM, 97.5 FM, an ESPN Radio affiliate, and 1560 AM, the flagship of Yahoo! Sport Radio.  Now we are going to add CBS’s 650 AM.  It doesn’t matter to Commentary because I just listen to Sports 610 unless one of the other stations is carrying a game I want to hear.

On June 22, 2006, The Rocket had one of his un-retirement debuts of course as the ‘Stros lost to the Twins 4-1.  The Rockets pitched 5 innings, gave up two runs, and took the loss.  The Rockets was also wearing his numero 22 on June 22.

Commentary has not heard back from the ‘Stros on what The Rocket will be doing but the Houston Press lists the following “dimensions” The Rocket would add so check it out.

The Tribe is in town for 3 as they hand out B-G-O bobbleheads this evening.  I’ll be there of course!


Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »