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The best way to describe last night’s nine o’clock hour of the Democratic Party National Convention is to put it in baseball-speak.  It was like watching one of those baseball games where your team had a couple of innings where everyone batted around.  In the case of The First Lady everyone batted around twice.

There is no doubt that SA Mayor Julian Castro smacked a grand salami.  Here is what Burkablog said:

I thought Julian Castro exceeded expectations in his keynote address. The speech itself was nothing special, but Castro rode its momentum all the way. He hit the right notes–middle class, family, opportunity, Mom, America, working together. All the cliches, in other words, but what is a keynote for if not to sound the right notes? There was none of the meanness of the Republican speeches. Castro has a very live face and he can turn expressions on and off, and the smile is huge. When he did attack, he did so in a way that let the audience have fun.

Mayor Castro delivered some good ones that fired up folks including:

Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it. A few months ago he visited a university in Ohio and gave the students there a little entrepreneurial advice. "Start a business," he said. But how? "Borrow money if you have to from your parents," he told them. Gee, why didn’t I think of that? Some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents, but that shouldn’t determine whether you can pursue your dreams. I don’t think Governor Romney meant any harm. I think he’s a good guy. He just has no idea how good he’s had it.


We know that you can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education.


My grandmother never owned a house. She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.

Mayor Castro certainly did his job.  He knocked it out of the park.  When he had to, he did an excellent job of filleting Romney.  He also made it very difficult for the GOP to make inroads into the Latino vote talking about The Dreamers and referencing his mom.  There was a lot of pride in the Latino community last night and Latinos across the country will have an extra bounce in their step today.  His job wasn’t to fire up the base.  His job was to help nail down the Latino vote.   Great job, Mayor!

After The First Lady spoke, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said she hit a “grand slam.”  I say she hit two grand salamis in the same inning.  It was kind of like watching player after player cross home plate in a single inning.  We scored a lot of runs last night.  The First Lady poured it on.  She is getting rave reviews including kudos from GOPers.  I don’t even recall if she took a shot at Romney.  She moved the needle without mentioning the opposition.

What is the MLB modern day record for most runs ever scored in an inning?

Commentary just got back from the Greater Houston Partnership “Meet the Candidates: State Board of Education” Forum.  NEWSFLASH:  Traci Jensen’s opponent is now blaming Obamacare for future funding cuts in public education in the Lone Star State.   It looks like that is what they (the GOP) are going to be saying next legislative session.

Donna Bahorich (Traci’s opponent) steered clear of her party’s position on critical thinking when the issue came up this morning.  In her opening, she also didn’t mention her home schooling business or her home schooling her kids.  Traci was by far the most articulate, knowledgeable, and concise. 

On June 18, 1953, the Red Sox put 17 runs up on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning against the Tigers of course at Fenway.

Wandy beat us last night and now we are six games away from the dreaded 100 – oh no!!!!


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Traci Jensen, Democratic nominee for State Board of Education, District 6, sent the following letter to the Houston Chronicle, Greater Houston Partnership, League of Women Voters – Houston, Texas PTA, and American Association of University Women – Texas.  (Traci Jensen is Commentary’s client.)

I am the Democratic nominee for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6 and I am writing to ask you and League of Women Voters – Houston to facilitate a series of debates over the next five months between myself and my Republican opponent Donna Bahorich. The State Board of Education which oversees the creation of curriculum for Texas public schools is arguably the most important political entity in Texas. However, Texans know very little about the SBOE or its members. Ms. Bahorich and I have major policy and philosophical differences that should be debated throughout SBOE District 6.

As you well know, there are 15 State Board of Education Districts with each representing over 1.6 million people. If SBOE, District 6, were a Texas municipality, we would be the second largest city in the state. Recent news coverage on the SBOE has focused on the size of the district and difficulty in campaigning and representing these huge constituencies. This past April the Texas House of Representatives’ Redistricting Committee held a hearing in Austin to gather testimony on whether the “size of the districts inhibits the ability of board members to provide representation to their constituents.” SBOE District 6 includes parts, most, or some of ten ISDs. Although we fully intend to conduct a voter intensive campaign, we believe a series of debates will go a long way toward educating the voters on this important position.

In 2010, when the State Board of Education dismantled the social studies curriculum, many of our state’s most respected business and civic leadership expressed concern and outrage at the SBOE’s decisions. I believe that it is now all of our responsibility to properly vet the candidates that are running for the SBOE. We propose that a series of debates be held in every ISD represented by District 6 and that the debates begin later this month. We have also asked the American Association of University Women – Texas, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Chronicle, and the Texas PTA to participate in facilitating the proposed debates.

Civic engagement is a hallmark of an active and vibrant democracy. It is my hope that you and the League of Women Voters – Houston will answer my call and provide the leadership in the exercise of civic engagement that will better serve the community.

The letter speaks for itself.  Stay tuned!

The ‘Stros’ numero uno draft pick, Carlos Correa of Puerto Rico, has prompted the Chron sports section to run a story on baseball in Puerto Rico.
Check it out here.
The story mentions the three Puerto Ricans in the MLB Hall of Fame:  the late Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, and Roberto Alomar.  Of the three, name the one that never won an MVP Award?

When you gotta go, you gotta go and when you gotta hate, you gotta hate.  I’m talking about the haters that went after Pizza Patron for their free pizza promotion.  For three hours yesterday they handed out free pizzas to folks that came in and said “pizza, por favor,” and of course the haters said this was very un-American.  Oh, brother!

Rachel Barrios-Van Os keeps sending me emails telling me what she is going to do if she becomes the next Chair of the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Her opponent keeps sending me emails letting me know who is supporting him.   I want to know what they think about what happened last night in Wisconsin.

Pirates great Roberto Clemente won the NL MVP Award in 1966, Orlando Cepeda won the NL MVP Award in 1967 with San Luis, and Roberto Alomar of course never won an MVP Award.

Thanks to Brian Bogusevic’s fourth inning dinger off the right field fair pole, lunch is on Chick-fil-A today.   We held on to a win last night and that is all that matters.


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The Supremes don’t look like they are going to overturn the Arizona law that goes after Latino looking folks on immigration.  That’s what most court observers are saying after yesterday’s hearing.  That means that those folks here in Houston will try to get their petition drive going to get Arizona type stuff on the H-Town ballot in November.  Let’s just hope that Latinos get pi__ed off across the U.S. of A. and come out and vote in record numbers against GOP candidates.

Meanwhile, the Mexican President visited H-Town yesterday.  Here is from the Chron:

Meeting with more than 160 business leaders from the Greater Houston Partnership, (President Felipe) Calderón stressed that relationship’s significance to Mexico’s growing economy. Mexico is Houston’s largest trading partner, with the two exchanging $31.4 billion in imports and exports annually. Mexico is the largest U.S. export market after Canada, and in 2011, U.S. exports to Mexico grew by $34 billion.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

Meanwhile, the anti paperless folks say “we want your commerce, but we don’t want your steeeenking people”!

KHOU-TV Channel 11 on their website is running a three minute clip of candidates for State Board of Education, District 6.
Here is Commentary’s client Traci Jensen.

Here is the Republican candidate.

Here is Patricia Kilday Hart’s tape delayed piece on the lack of business leadership in the Lone Star State on key public policy issues.

Former ‘Stro Rusty Staub will throw out the first pitch on “Flashback Friday” on May 4 versus San Luis at The Yard.  During his MLB career, “Le Grand Orange” made the MLB All Star Team six times.   How many times did he make the All Star Team as a ‘Stro?

On a related note, here is from Alyson Footnotes:

The red-headed Staub, nicknamed “Le Grand Orange” in French-speaking Montreal, debuted for the Colt .45s in 1963 at the age of 19. He played six years for the Houston franchise and, like (Larry) Dierker, was a part of the first team to play for the newly-named Astros in the Astrodome when it opened in 1965. Staub went on to play for the Expos, Mets, Tigers and Rangers and was a six-time All-Star during his 23-year career. He’s considered to be the Expos first bona fide superstar, but for folks around here, he’ll always be remembered for where he started — Houston.

Here is all of Footnotes.

“Le Grand Orange” made the MLB All Star Team twice as a ‘Stro of course in 1967 and 1968.

‘Stros left fielder J.D. Martinez has 18 RBIs and is in the top five in this category in MLB and ‘Stros second baseman Jose Altuve is batting .377 and that’s the 7th best batting average in MLB today.  We got a win yesterday and still 5 behind.


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Patricia Kilday Hart today follows up on her column from last Friday’s Chron and Burkablog’s take yesterday on the lack of leadership from H-Town’s and the Lone Star State’s business community.  Her column last Friday talked about the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) CEO standing behind Guv Dude and Dude’s pledge to nowhere.   Of course, you can only read Hart’s piece if you are old school like Commentary and have your fish wrap delivered or if you buy one at a convenience store.

Commentary would like to think that Hart and Burkablog have the big names in the local business community thinking about stepping up to the plate but they are not.  They’re not dummies.  They don’t want to step out and have the Tea Baggers attack them and threaten to boycott their businesses or products.  The last thing they want is to be a part of these highly partisan climate wars.  As long as their bottom line is doing OK, why take the risk of getting cut up.

About the only ones that are somewhat concerned are the members of the GHP Board of Directors and/or Executive Committee who are probably a little miffed that their CEO is making the GHP look like Dude’s lapdog.  Well they can do something about this but they won’t.

This baseball season the Chron has been doing “Top 50 Astros Moments.”  Today’s feature is on the team trading for Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson in 1998.  Of course, the feature isn’t online yet.   We had “The Big Unit” for a little over 2 months and he made 11 regular season starts.  What was his won-loss record, his ERA, and what numero was on his jersey during those two months plus?

Some fella proposed yesterday to shrink the Astrodome.  Here is from the Chron:

“For the longest time, Sports and Convention Corporation, Commissioner’s Court, everybody involved has sought individuals, companies, anybody that wants to do something with the Dome,” Harris County judge Ed Emmett said. “But nobody’s been able to come up with the money to convert it into anything.”

Here is the Chron piece.

If you want to be a delegate to the Lone Star State Dem Convention but did not attend your SD Convention you can still go.   Call the local Dem Party today for info. If you live in the H-Town area, why not, the Convention is being held in H-Town. 

Former ‘Stros President of Baseball Operations Tal Smith is now advising the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent minor league club.  Commentary is really not into minor league baseball.  I have nothing against it but my commitment is to the ‘Stros so I have never been to Whataburger Field or Dell Diamond.  The last minor league game I attended was over 50 years ago at Buff Stadium.  Good luck Tal.

Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson went 10-1, he had a 1.28 ERA, and he wore the numero 51 of course as a ‘Stro for a little over two months in 1998. 

We’re 6-12 and tied for last.


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The Chron’s Patricia Kilday Hart’s column last Friday now has Burkablog giving his take about the state of business leadership in the Lone Star State and in H-Town.   There isn’t any business leadership according to Burkablog.  Check out some of what Burkablog says:

The Greater Houston Partnership is a shell of what it used to be. George R. Brown would weep at its lack of influence. Bob Lanier must be appalled. It is just another Perry echo chamber. It is inconceivable that CEO Jeff Moseley would challenge Perry’s budget plans. If he dared to try, I suspect he would be out of a job.

And more Burkablog:

As Hart writes, “The folks at the Greater Houston Partnership are well aware of the many ways the Texas Legislature – and our statewide elected officeholders – have failed to invest in the crucial infrastructure required for our exploding population.” Her column is a variation of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Everybody knows the emperor is naked, but no one will step forward and say so. Why don’t the state’s business leaders stand up to Rick Perry? Because there are none.

Here is all of Burkablog.

Of course, maybe business leaders don’t want to play in today’s highly partisan political climate. 

This is kind of sad.  Kuffer goes on to say today that the Partnership was punked by Guv Dude last week – yikes!  I wonder if the GHP reads Burkablog or Kuffer.  I know they read Hart’s piece last Friday because I got some feedback of sorts.   I wonder if the H-Town City Council ought to keep giving them dough every year if they are going to spend their time standing behind Dude supporting his pledge to nowhere policies. 

The ‘Stros are 6-11 so far this year.  How many of their eleven losses have been by 1 run?

Shape up H-Town!  Dunkin Donuts will open 16 new shops over the next 6 years in the H-Town area.  Do we really need 16 more Dunkin Donuts locations?  We ought to treat them like liquor stores and say they can’t be 600 feet or so from schools.

Here is the Chron blurb on Dunkin Donuts expanding.

Don’t look for H-Town to fall off of the Top Ten Most Out Of Shape Cities any time soon.  Where is the food police when you really need them!

I guess I’ll check in on tonight’s GOP Prez Primary results to see if the GOP is really in love with Romney.

From the Chron’s Ken Hoffman:

Here is my Top 10 of things to eat at Minute Maid Park (in order):

1. Smokey Joe Footlong Nathan‘s Hot Dog, covered with chili, cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce

2. Mac ‘n’ Cheeseburger

3. Chopped BBQ Baked Potato

4. Texas Tempura Onion Rings at the FiveSeven Grille

5. Sliders at Little Bigs

6. Burgers at Prince’s

7. Ken Hoffman New York Extreme Hot Dog

8. Souvenir Cup Ice Cream Sundae

9. Kiolbassa Bratwurst

10. Nutty Bavarian Cinnamon Almonds

Commentary has tried none of the above.  I pretty much stick to regular hot dogs, Dante’s leftover chicken fingers and fries, and peanuts.

The ‘Stros have lost 5 games by 1 run of course so far this season including last night’s 6-5 loss to the Brewers.

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