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The Tea Party members of Congress are feeling the heat for sure and they are scrambling to get out of the kitchen.  Now they want to piecemeal their way out of a shutdown by trying to open up some popular parts of the federal government.  It is not going to work.  Like I said, it’s your GOP federal government shutdown so own it.

Meet Team Davis according to the Texas Tribune here.

The Tribe returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 when they won the AL Central.  When was the last time the Tribe won the World Serious?

I just got back from a well-attended Anna Eastman for HISD Trustee 8 am gathering for parents in Garden Oaks.  Nice job, Anna!

The author who created Jack Ryan is no longer with us.  I liked reading the Tom Clancy series of books on Ryan.

To Guv Dude:  You don’t need to try to clarify what the First Lady said.  We understand English.

I’m thinking that Democrats across the state will be whistling a different tune tomorrow afternoon.

I am also thinking that after yesterday’s Obamacare rollout, the Obamacare haters will be in the minority sometime next year.

I really don’t think we are going to hear any positive messages coming from the Mayoral candidates any time soon.

The Tribe last won the World Serious in 1948 beating the Boston Braves in 6.

Commentary mentioned last week that ‘Stros first base coach Dave Clark would be looking for a job after the season.  I was right. 


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If you are like Commentary and are old school and snatch up the fish wrap from your driveway in the mornings then you know that the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has endorsed Early to Rise and Hunker Down is opposing.  Here is how Falkenberg starts her column today:

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is fighting a "nutty" petition drive for an early education tax with his own brand of nuttiness.

Emmett has been battling the Early to Rise campaign ever since he got wind of the creative, albeit hasty effort to use a dusty old law to force him to put a penny tax on the November ballot. Some $25 million in proceeds would be dedicated to improving the quality of child care across Harris County.

What is Early to Rise you ask?  Well here is from their website:

We are a program designed to help young children up to age 5 get ready for Kindergarten through increasing the quality of early childhood education in Harris County.

This November, we are working to get an item placed on the ballot that would ask voters to approve a 1 penny increase per $100 of assessed home value. This tiny increase would average out to about $18 a year for a $180,000 home. This means that for $1.50 a month we can provide our area’s youngest kids with intensive early education and get them ready for Kindergarten and beyond.

Here is their website.

Commentary hasn’t taken a position on Early to Rise.  I have a lot of questions.

Name the first Red Sox pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award?

This election cycle Commentary is going to do a scorecard on local elected officials endorsing candidates in local races.  For instance in the Mayoral race The Mayor is supported by:

State Rep. Garnet Coleman

State Rep. Jessica Farrar
State Rep. Borris Miles

Ft. Bend County Commissioner Richard Morrison
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan
Councilmember Ellen Cohen
Councilmember Stephen Costello
Councilmember Ed Gonzalez
Councilmember Al Hoang
Councilmember James Rodriguez

HCDE Trustee Debby Kerner
HCDE Trustee Erica Lee
HCDE Trustee Diane Trautman
HISD Trustee Anna Eastman
HISD Trustee Juliet Stipeche
HISD Trustee Paula Harris

Ben Hall has the support of:

Council Member C. O. Bradford ·

Constable Reuben Davis ·

Constable May Walker ·

After the election I’ll give 10 points to each elected official for each winner and take 10 points away for each loser. 

I will also include initiatives like Early to Rise if itgets on the ballot.

It looks like The Dean has him a Dem Primary opponent.  Here is from an email that Commentary received yesterday:

My name is Damian LaCroix and I’m running for State Senator for District 15 in the 2014 Democratic Party primary.  I’m running because I believe now is the time to engage constituents, improve our educational system, create economic opportunities and promote equality for all.  I’m committed to making a difference in the lives of the citizens in District 15.
As State Senator, I will be active in the District, highly visible in the community, and easily accessible to the constituents. A Texas resident for over 39 years and a product of Houston public schools, I can relate to the issues and needs of the highly diverse District.

You can go check out his campaign website here.

Of course, he’s going to need more than a website to take on The Dean.

In 1967 Jim Lonborg won the AL Cy Young Award of course, went 22-9, struck out 246 and had a 3.16 ERA and led the Red Sox to the World Serious where they lost out to San Luis in seven. 

I don’t want to talk about the ugliness at The Yard last night.  A 5-0 lead turned out to be a 15-10 loss.





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Now the Chron E-Board has weighed in on the H-Town Mayoral debate thing.  I totally disagree with their take to include all the candidates in the debates.  That would be a waste of everybody’s time. Here is the end of the E-Board take:

Houston’s future is too important to limit the mayor’s race to one debate, and we’re far too diverse to restrict debates to an incumbent and a self-funded millionaire challenger. Putting multiple candidates on stage will provide a panoply of perspectives and a constructive conversation about our city’s needs. Municipal issues don’t always make for the most exciting discussions, but the horse-race atmosphere of elections provides a more compelling backdrop for topics like the city budget.

While we hope Ben Hall will use the debates to explain why he is spending his personal fortune on an uphill battle to unseat the mayor, the time for one-on-one debates is during a runoff. The general election should provide voters with multiple options for what our future will look like. Whether the race for mayor, controller or city council seats, voters are best served when candidates debate the issues and define what it means to be a city that is building forever.

I don’t know what they are thinking!

They also said this:

The crowded slates for open seats on City Council provide prime opportunities for candidates to distinguish themselves. Controversial incumbents – Council Members Andrew Burks and Helena Brown, and Controller Ron Green – owe their constituents a face-off with their challengers.

Excuse me, but when did Ron Green become controversial?  Was he one of the fellas that ran on Highway 288 and blocked traffic?  Does he use PEDs?  I don’t know about that.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

The Yankees are on the verge of missing the post season.  When was the last time they missed the playoffs?

In the “best interests of the game” and because I’m a lifelong fan and supporter of MLB and because I also go to a whole lot of games and own a bunch of gear, I think I’m entitled to hear the specifics.  What exactly was the Dirty Dozen doing?  Here is what Nelson Cruz of the Rangers said:

"I have been notified by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to accept this suspension and not exercise my rights under the Basic Agreement to appeal.

"From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play.

"Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error. I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse. I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs."

Did you use a needle, down some pills, rub some stuff in, or smoke it? What exactly are the PEDs and how many times did he indulge?  What are the specifics in the “best interests of the game?”  In the “best interests of the game” we don’t deserve to be left out in the dark!

Here is what the Rangers put out:

"The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Nelson Cruz has violated the terms of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension. The Rangers’ organization fully supports the MLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Rangers will have no further comment."

Here is what the ‘Stros said about their busted minor leaguer:

"We were disappointed to learn of the involvement of Sergio Escalona in relation to this matter for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Astros will not comment further on this matter."

It looks like an MLB template to me.   In the “best interests of the game” MLB has decided to keep us in the dark.

In the “best interests of the game” Nelson Cruz gets to play in the playoffs – what a joke.

And this:

"The penalties are a joke. If these players were in the Olympics or USA Track and Field, for example – the gold standards of testing – each player’s first major finding like this would cause a two year ban-a real penalty. Fifty games is less than a third of a season. These guys will be back for the playoffs! Baseball is not serious.” – former Clinton administration drug policy spokesman Bob Weiner.

Here is what I tweeted yesterday:

Has anyone noticed that all 12 that MLB suspended today are Latino? No se puede!

From an Evan Longoria (Rays) tweet:

Ultimately, although today will be a day of infamy for MLB, it is a tremendous step in the right direction for the game we love.

A day of infamy – huh!  I don’t think so.

In 2008 the Yankees finished at 89-73 and third in the AL East and missed the playoffs of course.

Only 25,000 and change showed up yesterday to watch a great game as Brett Oberholtzer held the Red Sox to four base hits over seven innings and the ‘Stros picked up a shutout.  Red Sox Nation was well represented but we still out numbered them. 





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This is totally unscientific but I’m thinking if you still pick up the local fish wrap on your driveway in the mornings you are probably a little older and thus more likely to vote in local elections.  If that is the case then the Ben Hall for Mayor Campaign has got to like the headline that reads “Hall’s campaign gathering steam”, that’s on the front page of the Chron this morning.  The Mayor’s folks are probably a little steamed.

Look!  They never ask me but I’ll put in my three cents anyway.  A couple of days ago the Ben Hall Campaign sent a letter to The Mayor’s Campaign asking for six debates between now and the election.  The Hall Campaign made the letter public. The Mayor’s folks agreed to one debate and that debate would include all the candidates.

Let me digress a bit.  Commentary doesn’t want to hear the other candidates in a debate and I’m thinking most folks don’t either.  I’m betting The Mayor’s Campaign didn’t do a whole lot of opposition research on the other folks like they did on Hall so don’t throw in that the other candidates have to participate.  Plus they haven’t staffed up and they haven’t plunked down a couple of mil of their own dough into the race.

Look, there will probably be more than one debate and they are not going to involve the other candidates.  If I was The Mayor’s folks I would have responded to the Hall letter by saying they would be glad to negotiate with Hall through a third party on the ground rules for future debates and request that negotiation be kept private until an agreement had been reached.  That way you keep the back and forth out of the media and don’t let Hall have free media.  You don’t want to have to play defense on holding debates.  Oh, well!

Name the MLB club with the team record for hitters striking out 1,000 times in a season the earliest?

Here is from Chron.con on the short version of the Hall “steam” piece:

Houston mayoral challenger Ben Hall has asked incumbent Annise Parker to face off in six debates this fall, but Parker says one will suffice.

Hall wants three showdowns after Labor Day on Sept. 2 but before the start of early voting, and another three leading up to Election Day on Nov. 5, so the candidates can “share our contrasting ideas and vision for the future of this great city.”

“Too much is at stake for us not to share our plans for Houston with her citizens,” Hall wrote in a letter to Parker.

Parker has agreed to just one debate, said campaign spokeswoman Sue Davis, to include all mayoral candidates and all media. The event would be scheduled after the Aug. 26 candidate filing deadline, Davis said.

“All year long, Mayor Parker speaks daily about city issues to civic clubs, neighborhood groups and other organizations, holds tele-town halls and online chats and is available to the media,” Davis said.

Kuffer has a take on HISD and HCC campaign reports here.

FYI:  HISD folks file in person at the Board Service Office at HISD Headquarters on 18th Street.  To get challenger reports I put in the request and they will email them over.

The ‘Stros of course hit the 1,000 whiff mark last night in 107 games breaking the D’Back record of reaching 1,000 strikeouts in 109 games – drats!

The $13 million team is now 36-71 and we make our first trip ever to Target tonight.


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Pam Gardner was appointed this morning by the Houston City Council to serve on the Harris County Houston Sports Authority.  She was there back in the 1990s when the Sports Authority was first created so she knows the business.  She worked on the tenant side and now she is on the facility side if you know what I mean.  Congrats to Pam!

Guv Dude is hoping that the third time is the charm as he called another special session to see if the legislature can add funding for our transportation needs.  He has to show some leadership and stay engaged in the process rather than head out of state and bang on The President.  Show some leadership Dude!

Today is the MLB trading deadline – 3 pm to be exact.  ‘Stros fans claim that our best trade ever was getting Jeff Bagwell from the Red Sox for pitcher Larry Andersen.  What year did that trade happen?

One of the most exciting plays in baseball is stealing home.  That is what happened last night when ‘Stros rookie Jonathan Villar stole home in the third inning in B’More – wow! 

Commentary learned yesterday of a new entry in a HCC Trustee race.  Adriana Tamez will be running for HCC Trustee District 3.  The District 3 incumbent is Herlinda Garcia.  Tamez is a former HISD administrator.  Stay tuned!

The ‘Stros traded for Baggy in 1990 of course and the rest is history.

According to some tweets this morning, the ‘Stros are asking for a lot for Bud Norris.  That’s OK with me.  We now have 70 losses and on a pace to hit 108 or 109 losses – yikes!


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Commentary is not an expert on the exact transportation needs of the Lone Star State other than to say we don’t have enough money and we probably have to raise some taxes.  Of course that is not going to happen under Guv Dude and his Tea Party anti-tax mantra.  The smart guys are outnumbered up in the state legislature these days.  They couldn’t get a deal done on increasing transportation funding and won’t until we get some leadership to step up and that does not look likely.  How can we brag about being a great state and tell businesses to move here when we won’t even address our major infrastructure needs.

Sorry!  Commentary forgot to tell you yesterday that Sandy Koufax was the 1965 World Serious MVP.

Kuffer does a pretty good analysis on H-Town Mayoral campaign giving and spending but he left me in suspense so to speak.  Check this:

There were two other names I noticed that made me do a double-take. One was a former girlfriend of mine, the last woman I dated seriously before I met Tiffany. I haven’t seen or heard tell of her in years, and I had no idea she had any interest in politics, let alone this race.

Sorry Kuffer, you can’t hold out on us.  Show me the girlfriend!

Check out the Kuffer take.

This is in today’s Chron.  Name the three ‘Stros making more than the league minimum?

From ESPN:

Challenged by the news of Ryan Braun’s suspension and a disappointing season, Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is reaching into his wallet.

The team announced Monday that each fan who shows up with a ticket to any of the team’s 12 home games in August will receive a $10 voucher that will be good for food, beverages, tickets or merchandise.

"We were finalizing something like this to give back to our loyal fans just as news of Ryan’s suspension hit," said the team’s chief operating officer, Rick Schlesinger. "Mark decided he wanted to make a dramatic impact that would cost more money."

Despite a 43-61 record, the Brewers have drawn relatively well this season, bringing in an average of more than 31,000 fans per game. Based on those calculations, the vouchers will cost the team more than $3.6 million if they are all used.

Although it is close to the roughly $3 million the team won’t have to pay Braun, Schlesinger said that wasn’t the intention.

Yeah, sure!

A ten spot will get you a St. Arnold at The Yard.  I’ll take it!

Bud Norris (3 mil), Erik Bedard (1.15 mil) and Wesley Wright (1 mil) are the three ‘Stros making above the league minimum of course.

It is official!  The ‘Stros will lose over 100 games this season as they traded away closer Jose Veras yesterday.  The skipper just said this past weekend that Veras was the only decent arm in the bullpen and now he’s a goner.  I don’t know what they’re thinking in the front office.  The arms we have in the bullpen can’t even cut it at Triple A!  Once the relief corps gets the call it’s BP time if you ask me.  I wonder if Vegas are moving the over-under for losses to 110. 

To end up 51-111, we would have to go 16-42 (.279) the rest of the way – possible.

To set the team loss record and go 54-108, we would have to go 19-39 (.328) – probable.

To end up 63-99 and avoid a third straight 100 loss season we would have to go 28-30 (.483) – impossible.

Step up to the window and place your bets!


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It is starting to sound like the early 1960s.  Minority voters are being denied access to the polls and the feds have to step in.

Politico has a story today with the headline “Obama vs Texas”.    Here is a line from the piece:

The White House gets applauded in many parts of the country for casting Texas as the evil outlaw.

And just like a scene straight out of Hollywood, The President and his trusted partner Eric Holder are Gary Cooper and Steve McQueen riding into town to save the day.

Or better yet, The President and Eric Holder are leading troops into the Lone Star State with the bugle cavalry charge basting away.

Here is the Politico story on the showdown.

Guv Dude and the GOP may find it easy to roll Dems up in Austin, but taking on The President is an entirely different matter.    After all, it is about protecting our right to vote.   We thought this was settled decades ago. 

Who won the World Serious the year the Voting Rights Act was signed into law?

In Season One of “The Newsroom” Executive Producer MacKenzie McHale and Anchor Will McAvoy are reluctant to cover the Anthony Weiner story and only do so after all the other news organizations chase the story.  I think Mac and Will were thinking Commentary was their audience because I don’t want to hear about Weiner anymore.  I don’t want to know who sent who what and how many times they were sent and what was said and to how many people.  As far as I’m concerned keep that coverage local. 

The Dodger beat the Twins in seven of course in the 1965 World Serious a couple of months or so after LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

From the Chron:

The Astros are on pace for 108 losses and must turn their year around — going 29-32 the rest of the way — to avoid a third consecutive 100-loss campaign. With Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline hovering and the final two months of the schedule stacked with playoff-caliber teams and American League West clubs, turning 2013 into something more than the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 is becoming more difficult with each remaining game.

You can say that again!


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