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A few weeks ago MariGirl and I were having a conversation about derogatory terms used against folks of the Latino persuasion.   One of the words I mentioned was “beaner” which I haven’t heard in a long, long time.  Years ago some ‘neck called me a “beaner” while we were playing a flag football game and I responded by flipping him the bird.

The word “beaner” is now part of a City of H-Town investigation over at the Fire Department.  LULAC and other local Latino activists are calling for the feds to conduct an investigation because they don’t think the City is doing a good enough job of investigating the latest racial harassment charge.  After seeing how the City bungled a recent fire department harassment investigation, I don’t blame the local Latino activists for seeking outside help.  
Check out the Chron story.

I sure hope this mess is all sorted out.

CEWDEM let me know yesterday that “Jenifer Rene Pool, former 3 term President of the HGLBT Political Caucus, has been an announced candidate for At Large Position 2 for some time.” Got it!  

Also, I got this yesterday evening:  “Just letting you know that I’m running for city council. 

Respectfully….Eric B. Dick, LL.M.” Got it!

At tonight’s State of the Union Speech, I’ll really be impressed if Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) and Derek Jeter (Yankees) are sitting together.

45 years ago today, at age 30, this 1957 MLB AL Rookie of the Year retired from the game due to a back injury.  During his 9 year career he played on three World Serious Championship teams and four MLB AL All Star Teams.  Who am I talking about?

Today is Day 15 of the legislative session and Commentary is still waiting for Guv Dude to show us the sanctuary cities!

Yesterday was Day 14 and Dude didn’t make any emergency calls – whew!

“The King’s Speech” racked up a dozen Oscar nominations this morning so I guess I better go check it out soon. 

Yankee great shortstop Tony Kubek of course retired from the game 45 years ago today.

ManRam recently signed with the Rays so we will get to see him when the Rays visit The Yard this June 24-26, a weekend series – cool.


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It is Day 7 of the legislative session and Guv Dude still hasn’t named a sanctuary city even though doing away with so-called sanctuary cities is now a legislative emergency.  Maybe Dude will drop a name or two during his inaugural address today – probably not.  Like I said last week, Dude’s sanctuary cities issue is a play to get the far righties off the budget mess scent and on the trail of the growing Latino population.

Jolanda vs Firefighters, Round II:  The latest in H-Town politics these days involves H-Town CM Jolanda Jones and her adventure into Station #8 this past Friday.  Here is how the Chron starts their story today:

The city’s Office of Inspector General will open an investigation into a visit City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones made to a downtown fire station Friday in which she is alleged to have used profanity and criticized the work ethic of firefighters.    Here is the Chron story.

It didn’t help matters that the EEOC issued a spanking of HFD yesterday adding a little more fuel to the fire.  Here is how the Chron started off their front page piece today:

The Houston Fire Department’s failure to properly address discrimination complaints by a female firefighter and subsequent retaliation subjected her to a "hostile work environment" based on her gender, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined.

The Jolanda vs Firefighters fight was taken to AM 950 yesterday where the Firefighters’ Union chief took a few shots at Jolanda and the H-Town Mayor – yikes!  CM Mike Sullivan also showed up at AM 950 and threw a few punches.  950 AM Host Michael Berry asked CM Sullivan how CM Jones got reelected and Sullivan answered in a deadpan sort of tone “Fort Bend County” – huh! Sullivan kind of insinuated that the part of Fort Bend County in H-Town is out of the H-Town mainstream or something like that – huh!  I sure hate to inform CM Sullivan that the Fort Bend County H-Town folks pay the same tax rates as CM Sullivan.

The good thing about this flap is there is an OIG investigation and maybe they will get to the bottom of this and put it to bed.  I don’t think the City, the Mayor, or the rest of the City Council should be distracted by this.
Check out the Chron story on this mess.

Heading into Spring Training 2011, name the only ‘Stro on the current roster that played on the 2005 World Serious ‘Stros?

In the entertainment world folks are talking about Ricky Gervais and his barbs at Hollywood during Sunday night’s Golden Globes.   Let’s see.  He took shots at Robert Downey, Jr., Bruce Willis, Tim Allen, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, God, scientology, Cher, Hugh Hefner, and the Sex and the City women.   I don’t think it is a big deal and all of those that took a shot can handle it.  With the exception of our Creator, they all make a ton of money and their careers won’t take a hit.  Nobody ever remembers the Golden Globes anyway so lighten up.

Also from Chron.com on the 2012 U.S. Senate race in the Lone Star State:

Former Comptroller John Sharp is the only Democrat in the contest so far. Former Houston City Councilman Chris Bell said earlier today that he will watch the race and may consider it at a later date.

Meanwhile, Houston attorney Chris Bell, a former congressman and the Democratic candidate for governor in 2006, said he was thinking about running, sort of. "I guess you always think about it," he said. "As soon as she [Kay Bailey Hutchison] made the announcement, my Blackberry started lighting up. I thought she was going to run for another term, so it wasn’t on my radar screen — plus, I’m buried in my law practice."

Bell said his thinking would get "a lot more serious" under two conditions: 1) if he thought there was a chance of going to the U. S. Senate and "helping restore opportunity to the middle class," and 2) if he felt he had a realistic chance of winning.

"The worst-case scenario on the Democratic side," he said, "would be just to punt. . . . There are those who believe Republicans in Texas are fully capable of nominating an unacceptable candidate, and you could have another Delaware."

Both Sharp and Bell know how to run a statewide race.  Sharp is the only one who knows how to win one though.  Of course that was way back in 1994 before we all had the internet.

Ho-hum, 41 endorsed in the 2012 U.S. Senate race here in the Lone Star State.  He endorsed Hutch against Dude last year and nobody gave a rat’s arse.  I suspect his endorsement won’t mean much next year.

Wandy Rodriguez of course is the only ‘Stro from the 2005 World Serious team who is still wearing the brick red today.  Wandy is celebrating his 32nd BD today.  Happy Birthday Wandy!


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Leave it to H-Town CM Jolanda Jones to have things stirred up – allegedly!

Here is what the Chron is saying this morning:

In her latest run-in with Houston firefighters, Councilwoman Jolanda Jones drew a flurry of criticism over the weekend after she allegedly used obscene language and suggested that firefighters were lazy during a fire station visit on Friday.    Check out the story.

A number of local TV stations also carried the story this past weekend. 

It is going to be interesting to see if there will be an investigation on this matter so stay tuned!

Guv Dude continues to show his arrogance.  Here is what he said in today’s SA Express News/Chron:

"You couldn’t spend enough to make some of those groups happy.  The ‘Center of too many Ps’ is a great example. They don’t think you can spend enough money."

Dude is talking about The Center for Public Policy Priorities of course.  The Center advocates for those in need. 

Of those of the Top Ten MLB All Time Career Dinger List, how many are African American?

Muhammad Ali is 69 today.  Happy Birthday Champ!

The First Lady is 47 today.   Happy Birthday First Lady!

Commentary checked out the Golden Globes last night.  “Barney’s Version”, “In a Better World”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “The Big C”, “Carlos”, and “Temple Grandin” are winners I had never heard of.  I gotta get out more.

Five out of the Top Ten MLB All Time Career Dinger List of course are African American:  #1 Barry Bonds (762), #2 Hank Aaron (755), #4 Willie Mays (660), #5 Ken Griffey (630), and #9 Frank Robinson (586).

I’m not going to say anything about last year’s “Stros’ top draft pick who spent a couple of hours in jail this past weekend. 


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I have to hand it to H-Town’s New Mayor.  She’s not pulling any punches when it comes to last year’s firehouse graffiti incident. Check out the Chron story.  She definitely calls out the former police chief on how he handled the investigation.   Commentary always thought that the folks over at City Hall dropped the ball on this matter.  Way to go Mayor!

Speaking of, the Austin American Statesman has a political fact check for this year’s campaigns.  They put a “false” on a jobs claim that is being made by the Former H-Town Mayor’s campaign.

Also from the Chron:  “Shami campaign aides call it quits!  Houston businessman Farouk Shami has lost his professional campaign staff in a dispute over who is running the show.”

Some of his staff quit him.

Here’s what fellow consultant NP had to say about the quitters.

“F***ing QUITTERS!!! Professional consultants stick it out even when the ship is sinking; especially a week before election day.

“Tell me what’s wrong:

1. They took his money.

2. They knew he didn’t have a chance in hell.

3. Ship is sinking and they are now bailing out.

4. Did I mention they took his money fully knowing he wasn’t going to win…

“Don’t ever get stuck in a fox-hole with these guys. They’ll shoot you before the enemy does.”

Tell me how you really feel NP?

Socks Seybold of the old Philadelphia A’s hit 16 dingers in 1902 to set the then MLB record.  How long did the record last and who broke it?

Early Voting, Day 2, looks pretty much like Early Voting, Day 1.  Latinos are staying home.

Babe Ruth of course in 1919 hit 29 dingers as a Red Sox.

Tag’s Lines predicts Jason Castro will be our starting catcher and Kaz Matsui will bat in the Number 2 spot – interesting.


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