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Things continue to get testy in the race in the new 35th Congressional District.  The “old, white guy”, err Dem Cong. Lloyd Doggett visited San Antonio yesterday and it didn’t sit well with his opponent Dem State Rep. Joaquin Castro.  Check out the SA Express News story.   Was it a campaign visit or official business? Who cares?

The race is going to boil down between new leadership versus the old reliable liberal warhorse.  If the Latino community feels like it wants to be empowered, then Doggett is toast.  Everything else is window dressing.  This race is shaping up to be one to watch. I wonder how many Latino elected officials will endorse Doggett.

Remember back in 2000 when the Democratic National Committee cracked on H-Town’s air quality in a dig at W’s leadership here in the Lone Star State.  Remember also when a lot of folks including some local and Lone Star State Dems took offense at the DNC cracks on H-Town’s air quality.  It turns out a few years later then Mayor Bill White said we did have an air quality issue.  If Guv Dude decides to get into the race for prez, quality of life issues in the Lone Star State will once again be under the microscope.  I have a feeling that Dems this time around will not mind if the DNC decides to do some cracking on us.  Stay tuned!

Do you want more on the LA Dodgers blues?  When was the last time the Dodgers went to the World Serious?

There is a little Facebook campaign going to get The H-Town Mayor to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks show.  A lot of cities across Texas are cancelling because of the dry conditions.  I don’t go to them anymore.  It is too much of a hassle.  I just watch them on the tube.  The Mayor says the show will go on.   I’m thinking a lot of homeowners close to Downtown will be sitting in their front yards holding their water hoses Monday night.

The LA Dodger beat the A’s four games to one in the 1988 World Serious.  That was when Reagan was still prez – yikes!

Nolan Ryan says it would be a good idea if the ‘Stros played in the AL West.  Who asked Nolan?

We’re at the halfway point of the miserable season and we looked desperate last night especially when Numero 45 tried to steal second base last in the bottom of the ninth.  It also wasn’t pretty when Michael Bourn got picked off late in the game.  We need some help real bad! 


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A report came out yesterday ranking the Lone Star State’s most congested roadways.  Of course, one stretch just a few blocks down the street made the state’s Top Ten.  It is a reminder that we don’t have our act together in the area of transportation.  Some say it is lack of funding.  Some say it is lack of planning.  Some say it is a lack of discipline.  Some say it is lack of investment.  Commentary says it is all of the above.  Of course, I don’t think it is going to get any better.

I’m thinking that the election ought to heat up some after Labor Day.  We ought to be seeing and hearing the TV and radio ads.  Stay tuned!

The voter registration wars have begun here in Harris County.  I’m wondering what these wars will do for minority turnout.

CEWDEM calling out the conspiracy fellas on the destroyed voting machines must have worked because I haven’t heard any theories or rumors lately.  I guess they all went and hid behind the grassy knolls or something like that.

Milo is celebrating his 83rd BD today.  Happy Birthday Milo!   Today’s Chron lists Milo’s all time favorite calls including the Chris Burke dinger against The ATL in the bottom of the 18th inning in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS.  Who served up the dinger, err who was pitching for The ATL?

Thanks to a Hunter Pence 3-run dinger, the ‘Stros swept three from San Luis yesterday.  Let’s also thank the ‘Stros pitching staff for not letting Albert Pujols get a hit during the three game series. 

Joey Devine of course served up the Chris Burke dinger.  Devine is currently in the A’s organization and on the 60-day DL.

What can I say about being 62-71 and now tied for third place?  We got started late but at least we started.   The team now heads to Arizona – yikes – show them your papers!  Don’t stray too far away from the team hotel!


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Guv Dude announced yesterday that the Lone Star State once again would not go after U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top grants that could be worth millions of federal dollars to local school districts.  This decision is being made by Dude at a time when just about every school district in the Lone Star State is struggling financially.  Dude says that going after the grants would invite federal government control of our local schools.  Commentary doesn’t have access to polling on this issue but I’m guessing that this isn’t a courageous and defiant position that is being taken by Dude.  It is probably a political decision that is polling well.  It is a definitely a cold calculation on the part of Guv Dude.

Dude will bring his campaign to refinery row here in the H-Town area today to play up to folks in East Harris County on this EPA versus TCEQ brouhaha.  He will probably let folks in Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, and La Porte know that he’s standing up for their jobs while the Former H-Town Mayor is siding with The President’s EPA on the refinery permitting process.  Dude will probably inject something along the lines that if The President’s EPA prevails, local jobs will be threatened.  Dude will probably also resurrect the Former Mayor’s attempt a few years ago to go after refineries that were outside of the City of H-Town’s jurisdiction that got a lot of East Harris County mayors upset.  Again, this is another cold calculation by Dude.  Stay tuned!

Who was the last ‘Stro to play all 162 games in a season and in what year?

Bonus:  Yesterday’s number twenty-seven was also the number for former ‘Stro slugger Glenn Davis who played for us from 1984-1990.  We traded him to B’More.  Who did we get in return?

You know we’re running out of solutions to fix the oil spill mess when hot shot movie director James Cameron has been invited into the abyss to help navigate through BP’s true lies and assist in terminating this catastrophe of a titanic proportion…..awww!  

Carlos Lee of course played all 162 games in 2007.

Steve Finley, Curt Schilling, and Peter Harnisch of course were traded to the ‘Stros by B’More for Glenn Davis in a trade considered the worst ever in B’More history.

What can I say about last night!   We took a 4 -0 lead.  The Nats tied it up at 4-4.  We took a 6-4 lead.  The Nats grabbed the lead in the top of the ninth at 7-6.  The Big Puma hit a two-out two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to win it 8-7.    I try to look at the bright side – they don’t seem to be giving up.


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It doesn’t look like BP and the feds are going to stop the flow of oil anytime soon.  What happens when that sh_t starts washing up on the shores of the Lone Star State?  Does it become an issue in the race for governor?   It is already taking a toll on tourism in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  The BP fellas have that look in their eyes that they don’t know what to do at this point. It is being called the all time U.S. of A. environmental catastrophe.  I hate to say this but unless there is an act of God, this thing is heading our way sometime this summer.

Speaking of, does the state have a plan to deal with this or are we just going to sit on the dock by the bay and watch this thing come ashore?   Do we have an oil spill contingency plan?  I wonder if my buddy Bill King has plan.

I’m thinking it is going to be tough for any side to score any points on this oil spill.  Yeah, The President is in charge of the situation, but the GOP has had a bigger love affair with the oil companies.

An impressive group of H-Town leaders came out with a Declaration of Principles on Immigration Reform in this past weekend’s Chron.   Check it out.   Too bad our two U.S. Senators are ignoring them.

The ‘Stros are now a miserable 17-34.  What is the best the team has ever been after 51 games?

Bonus: The U.S. Constitution and the New York Yankees have what number in common?

The Chron said we would go 13-16 in May and instead we went 9-20.  The Chron said we would be 22-29 at this point and we are not.

In 1998 of course after 51 games the ‘Stros were 32-19.

Twenty-seven of course as the U.S. Constitution has twenty-seven amendments and the New York Yankees have twenty-seven World Serious Championships.

FRUSTRATION was clearly on Roy O’s mind yesterday when he was given the old heave ho in the third inning and it went all downhill from there.  Well, it is three more with the Nationals and all we can do is watch.


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