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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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The NRA is having their annual meeting in H-Town this weekend – YIKES!  I wonder if The H-Town Mayor will give them a welcoming speech and tell them to spend their ammo in H-Town – DOUBLE YIKES!  I wonder if any of the NRA members will show up at The Yard this evening or weekend and root, root, root, err shoot, shoot, shoot!

The Tigers are in town for four.  How many World Serious titles do they own?

The Chron E-Board has a take on the NRA being in H-Town.

Check it out here.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly has a way better take on the NRA being in H-Town.  Kelly actually calls out the NRA leadership.

Check it out here.

Way to go Captain Kelly!

The outgoing Transportation Secretary gave H-Town and METRO a spanking in today’s Chron.  Check this:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood likes Houston’s light rail that’s up and running but warns that regional transit officials have squandered opportunities the past decade by not building greater consensus.

"The region needs to get its act together," LaHood said during a brief question and answer session after an unrelated news conference Wednesday in Houston.

And this:

Though the Main Street line has been a success, and three more lines are under construction, LaHood said the area is coming up short because more hasn’t been done to extend lines to the suburbs where most people live.

He said he spent the morning in Houston talking about projects to extend transit farther from the downtown area. Suburban taxpayers who supported referendums in 2003 and 2012 especially have demonstrated a desire for development, only to have officials shortchange them.

"The fact that these people voted for a referendum and are paying these taxes and have never seen any benefit from it is just not right," LaHood said.

Some will probably disagree with Secretary LaHood’s characterization but a spanking is still a spanking.  You do have to admit though that METRO hasn’t lived up to its potential.

The Chron article is only available to subscribers.

The Tigers own four World Serious titles of course:  1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

In recognition of the NRA Annual Convention in H-Town, firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries is tonight’s promotions sponsor at The Yard.  The first 10,000 receive a magazine clip.

Not really.  The first 10,000 get a gym bag thanks to Methodist Hospital – WHEW!

I wonder if NRAer Ted Nugent will throw out the first pitch or sing the National Anthem or God Bless America at The Yard this weekend.

You know how bad it is?  We had to call up a pitcher from Triple A that has a 5.32 ERA.  The ten game homie starts this evening and we need to start playing better.

 

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We have to be proud of the fact that the U.S. of A.  probably leads the universe in random mass shootings of innocent victims.  Post offices, cafeterias, college campuses, high schools, shopping malls, grocery store parking lots, and now movie theaters make the list of mass shooting venues.  It wouldn’t surprise Commentary if the NRA shills came out today with proposed legislation to allow theater ushers to pack.

We are all too familiar with the drill.  We will find out later today that the shooter is some sort of troubled fella and loner. In a day or two we will know how and where he got his guns.  The President and The First Lady will head out to Colorado next week and speak at a memorial service and console the families.   The guns shop clerk and supervisor who sold the shooter the guns will probably get their arses indicted for some gun sale violation.   Some will blame violence in movies.  The talking heads will once again debate tighter gun laws but nothing will happen and then we will move on to other things.  It will then happen again and as they say, coming to a theater near you.

I got a mailer from Precinct 1 Constable candidate Cindy Vara-Leija and she is definitely going negative on Alan Rosen.

CD 7 Dem candidate James Cargas was endorsed by the Chron E-Board today.

Check it out here.

Congrats to James!

In baseball, hitting for the cycle means in a game a batter hits at least a single, a double, a triple, and a dinger.  In MLB history, only two teams have never had a player hit for the cycle.  Name the two teams?

The Chick-fil-A CEO has come out in opposition to marriage equality.  What for?  Why don’t you just stay closed on Sundays and keep your piehole shut.

Check out the story here.

That’s where I grub out after a ‘Stro hits the Chick-fil-A fair pole at The Yard but I also get me some fries and a soft drink. They just opened an eatery a couple of months ago down the street.   I just had me some grub there a couple of days ago.   Now those stinking cows that hang on to the fair poles at The Yard are going to give me negative vibes – something I don’t go to The Yard to get.  The same goes for those stinking cows that walk around the concourse handing out those stinking little stuffed cows to the children.   Now I have to rethink my choices.

The Padres and the Fish of course are the only teams that have never had a player hit for the cycle.

I have absolutely nothing to say about the ‘Stros only getting one hit last night – a check swing single at that.  Meanwhile Michael Bourn is hitting .305 and Hunter Pence has 57 RBIs.  That’s all I have to say.

 

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We will find out by 6 pm today if my pal Robert Miller’s crystal ball is working.  I’m anxiously waiting for Gomer Pyle to arrive at party headquarters across the state and give us a “surprise, surprise, surprise” in regards to filing for office.   Let the rumors be put to bed!

Speaking of, yesterday former Dem State Rep. J.M. Gusano, err Lozano, made the switch to the GOP.  Here are some hollow statements from the switcheroo press conference yesterday courtesy of the SA Express News:

“We’re here today with a message from the party, from the leaders, to J.M. Lozano and to the larger Hispanic community across the state of Texas, and that is that the Republican Party is the party for the Hispanic community in this state,” said Attorney General Greg Abbott, who added that he’ll campaign for the Kingsville lawmaker in District 43.

To the AG:  I’m reminded of the lyrics from the Everly Brothers tune, “whenever I want you, all I have to do is drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream -drea-ea-ea-ea-eam.”

The President will be in town today for a money run.  I don’t have a problem with that if it helps him win in battleground states this November. 

Yesterday, Commentary mentioned the Carlton Fisk walk-off dinger in Game 6 of the 1975 World Serious against the Reds.  There were three other dingers hit during that game.  Name the players that went yard and as a bonus, what was the final score of the game?

A “way to go” shout out goes to my pal Nick Anderson from the Chron.  The Chron put this out last night:

Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson has been honored with the Clifford K. Berryman and James T. Berryman award for national cartooning. The national award is for work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect.

At yesterday’s HISD Board of Education meeting, an item was approved that calls for a firm to conduct an assessment of facilities.  The firm has 90 days to complete its work.  That probably means we will be discussing the need for a bond campaign this summer.  Stay tuned!

Cesar Geronimo of the Reds had a solo dinger in the eighth inning, Fred Lynn of the Red Sox had a three run blast in the bottom of the first, and Bernie Carbo of the Red Sox of course had a three run pinch hit dinger in the bottom of the eighth and the Red Sox prevailed 7-6 in Game 6. 

From the ‘Stros yesterday:

Over the past few months, the club has been in discussion with Major League Baseball (MLB) about whether to wear the authentic Colt .45s jersey. The original logo features the Colts name and a pistol. The alternative jersey would only have the Colts name on the front of the jersey. This week, MLB informed the Astros that the decision would be left to the ballclub. The Astros organization continues to value fan input, therefore the Astros have been reaching out to fans the past week to get their opinion on this issue.

Here’s what I don’t like.  MLB and the ‘Stros just should have stuck to their first decision and not display the guns.  Instead they opened it up and now the Chron and other media outlets in H-Town are letting the “fans” vote onlline.  This is freaking H-Town where folks worship their guns!  How do you think they are going to vote?  They don’t even have a line for this in Vegas!

We’re talking about a baseball game here not the first day of deer season or a panel discussion on the Second Amendment.  The ‘Stros might as well conduct a poll on whether or not to have a family member of a victim that was murdered with a handgun throw out the first pitch that evening.  That’s all I have from The Yard!

 

 

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This past Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram unveiled the possible Lone Star State Dem candidate for U.S. Senator.  Here are snippets from Burkablog’s take on the story:

It took the Democrats only one day after Murray’s announcement to produce a credible candidate: Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez. Born in Rio Grande City, Sanchez became commanding general in Iraq in 2003. After his command ended a year later, Sanchez was openly critical of Bush Administration policy in Iraq, both in speeches and in Wiser in Battle, his book about his experience in Iraq, which he wrote after his retirement from the Army.

And:

A potential blemish on his record is the Abu Ghraib scandal, involving abuses of prisoners that occurred during his tenure as commanding general. Sanchez was in line to become the second Hispanic four-star general in army history. He was cleared of any wrongdoing but never received his fourth star. He relinquished command one year after assuming it. After retiring from the army in 2006, he published Wiser in Battle, which is critical of the leadership of President Bush and his administraation.

Any Democratic candidate is going to have an uphill battle, but Sanchez is the kind of candidate the party is going to have to run: an Hispanic whose personal rectitude is beyond reproach — or, to put it another way, is not a politcian. Generalizations can be dangerous, but I think it’s fair to say that Hispanics are among the most patriotic and pro-military of Americans. Sanchez is the kind of candidate who could inspire Hispanics to vote in greater numbers than they are doing now.

The biggest problem for Sanchez is his party.  The brand has been destroyed. He is going to have to go into battle defending the policies of a president who is extremely unpopular in Texas. Whoever the Republican nominee is, the strategy will be a page from Rick Perry’s playbook: Sanchez will be defined as a creature of Washington and an ally of the big-spending Obama administration.

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The Senate Democrats are placing a very long-shot bet on Texas. I wouldn’t dare put any chips on it. Patty Murray’s explanation for why she thinks Texas might be in play is “demographic change.” We have been hearing that line for many years now, and there is no evidence that demographic change has changed voting patterns. Democrats make the mistake of looking at Hispanic participation in California, in Colorado, in Arizona, in New Mexico, and thinking that Texas could be just like those states. I disagree. Hispanics in those states are alienated. Angry people vote. Hispanics in Texas are not alienated. Unless the Democrats have some pretty good polling that shows the Republicans are overreaching with their budget cuts–and I doubt that they do–they should continue to regard Texas as a lost cause. If he runs, Sanchez will do better than any other Democrat could–but not well enough.

Here is all Burkablog’s take.

I don’t really agree with Burkablog on some stuff.  First of all, I think a lot of Latinos here in the Lone Star State are alienated.    It is just that the Dem Party here in the Lone Star State never has provided the resources to get that alienation to the polls. 

Can the Dem candidate win?  It all depends on how a campaign is run.  If the Dems run away from The President, then we’re goners. 

This is a different dynamic.  General Sanchez is a retired three-star general and he commanded the forces in Iraq.  He’s a Latino who will have a campaign that’s properly funded.  

So what happened to John Sharp?  Stay tuned!

In what year did the ‘Stros have four players (the most ever) bat .300 or better?

Burkablog also said this:  The party chairman has resigned and his replacement is likely to be a longtime political hack from South Texas.

Who is Burkablog talking about?

From the My Doodoo Don’t Stink Dept:  The  Star-Telegram has a piece on a bill in the Texas Legislature that allows state legislators to carry concealed pieces any place – churches, schools, bars, and at The Yard.  Here is from the article:

"I think it’s another example of legislators trying to live above the law," said Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who does not have a concealed-handgun license. "It sets a really bad example. It’s embarrassing, frankly."
Here is the article.

Here is more from the article:

Many times, lawmakers are invited to places they have never been to give speeches or meet with constituents. Kleinschmidt said they don’t have a security detail and must often navigate dark parking lots, stairwells or alleyways.

"These things are not intended to show a favoritism," he said. "It’s a safety factor for elected officials who dedicate many hours of their lives to public service.

"You’re afraid of that 1 in 10,000 or 1 in 100,000 that shows up and you are the target because you are in the public eye."

Hey, got a problem!  Then don’t run for office.

Latino leaders will get together again today to go over City of H-Town redistricting strategies.  Stay tuned!

In 1998 of course, B-G-O batted .325, Derek Bell batted .314, Moises Alou batted .312, and Jeff Bagwell batted .304.

With the ‘Stros leading in the top of the eight and after an error by our shortstop Angel Sanchez, the team error total for the game was three.  Dante leaned over to tell me the team that makes the most errors is bound to lose.  He was right as we unraveled and lost 8-6.

The only good thing about the game was Dante getting his first foul ball ever while I was fetching him a Mr. Pibb – cool.

I found the following in the Houston Press.  It is about the future owner of the ‘Stros (maybe) and his EEOC record.  Yikes!   Check it out.   I hope he has changed his evil ways because there are a lot of folks of color working at The Yard these days including a bunch that wear the brick red.  I hope he doesn’t do away with Latino Night and stuff like that. 

For the beer connoisseur, you can now sample Sierra Nevada Pale at The Yard on the main concourse on the third base side.  The team is now 5-11 and have the day off then go to The Big Apple to take on the 5-11 Mets.

 

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In the Lone Star State, I am sorry to say, Dems always come up short on the gun debate.   It is not our strong suit.  Heck, we don’t even spend that much time addressing it in our state platform.  AP reporter Jay Root had a piece this past weekend on guns and the race for governor.  Here’s part of it: 

“The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas’ pro-gun culture.”

"’Anywhere in the civilized world you would be able to make the argument that everybody should be able to be against illegal guns. But we’re not in the civilized world. We’re in Texas,’ said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.”

"’There is really no such thing as a moderate position on guns that’s going to help in Texas,’ said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

“As mayor of Houston, White joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that supports individual gun rights but wants more controls on gun show sales, restrictions on the reach of conceal-and-carry laws and more oversight of federal gun purchase records.”

“He(White)  has a shotgun and a 9mm pistol, opposes any new laws on firearms and says he’d like to sign up someday for a concealed weapons permit.”

And: “White, who says he owns two guns but has only hunted once in the last 10 years, complained that he hasn’t yet been able to find the 10 hours he needs to train for a concealed weapons permit. He doesn’t need one to take his Springfield 9 mm to the shooting range — or, as far as he’s concerned, to be elected governor.”

And:  “’I haven’t had anybody tell me they only vote for permit holders,’ White said.”   

Here is the article.

Lone Star State Dems have always been uncomfortable taking on this issue.  We’ve let the NRA types set the agenda on this issue.   Until we get the courage to get serious and stand for something, we will always be playing defense when it comes to gun issues.

The ‘Stros start a ten game road trip tonight in Colorado that will also take them to New Yankee Stadium this weekend and KC next week.  The last no-no thrown by the ‘Stros was in Old Yankee Stadium in 2003 when we used six pitchers.  Who were they?

Bonus:  Who was the catcher and what was the score?

This is not what local countywide Dem candidates wanted to see from the Chron’s E-Board today:  “Playing politics can cut both ways. Houston and Harris County went for Obama two years ago, in the process boosting Democrats to victory in countywide races for the first time in more than a decade. If NASA’s Texas workforce continues to get the cold shoulder, the president’s party may get some payback at the polls come November.”

Ouch!

Roy O, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner of course in an 8-0 no-hit win with Brad Ausmus behind the plate.  Commentary was there.

We just won 5 of 7 at home including 2 of 3 from the Cubbies.  That is what happens when The Big Puma and Hunter Pence start hitting and Numero 45 comes through with some key RBIs.  I’m not going to get too excited but it looks like the Bret Myers signing was a good one if you ask me.

 

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