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That’s the headline for the Chron story today for subscribers only.  Here is the headline on the front page of the hard copy: Parker favors law to forbid gay bias.

Go get you a copy right now!

Here is how the Texas Tribune starts the story:

The gay rights debate that sparked a bitter fight in San Antonio this summer may soon be moving to Houston.

Officials in the state’s biggest city appear willing to follow the lead of San Antonio, which last week — after nearly a month of heated protests — approved an ordinance that added sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who in 2009 became the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. city, told the Houston Chronicle that the vote in San Antonio "upped the ante."

"It is absolutely something we should do, and the majority of council members have publicly stated they are in support of a nondiscrimination ordinance," Parker said. "But this is an issue that requires all of council to be engaged and agree it is time to move it forward. When it happens, we will do that."

Here is from the Chron:

"We would have to either accommodate the prohibitions in the charter or, to effectuate it as San Antonio did, we would have to put an amendment on the ballot," (City Attorney Dan) Feldman said. "The cleanest thing would be to take it the voters."

Here is the Tribune article.

Name the MLB pitcher with the most innings pitched this season?

Bonus:  Name the ‘Stro pitcher with the most innings pitched this season?

Five years ago tonight we were Iked and 13 miserable days followed and the ‘Stros played two home games on the road and I lost a tree.

Back to the nondiscrimination ordinance.  Expect all the GOP statewide candidates to come to H-Town next year to make their right wing bones so to speak.  This will probably help the effort.  I think we can prevail if you ask me. Stay tuned!

Here is a reprint of what I put out back on July 23:

Twelve years ago and back in 2001, on the H-Town city ballot, Proposition Two read as follows:

SHALL THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON BE AMENDED TO DENY HEALTH CARE AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO SAME SEX DOMESTIC PARTNERS OF CITY EMPLOYEES AND TO ADDRESS OTHER MATTERS OF CITY EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING PRACTTICES BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION?

On election night of Tuesday, November 6, 2001, the scoreboard read FOR 130,310 (51%) and AGAINST 123,592 (49%).

Dave Wilson and crew got the measure on the ballot and prevailed.

According to the Chron’s quickie analysis, the following neighborhoods supported the ban:

Acres Home (50.9%), Cana/Navigation/Magnolia (51.1%), Clear Lake (59.6%), Denver Harbor (56.7%), Fifth Ward (53.5%), Hobby/Glenbrook Valley (52.2%), Kingwood (68.6%), Memorial Westchester (65.6%), Outer Westheimer (61.9%), Sagemont (64%), Spring Branch (61.8%), Tanglewood/River Oaks (57.2%), and Westbury (50.45).

The following neighborhoods opposed the ban:

Astrodome/OST (59.9%), Clark/South Main/ Windsor Village (56.3%), Garden Oaks/Oak Forest (52.6%), Heights (66.9%), Kashmere/Scenic Woods/ Settegast (52%), Meyerland (56.1%), Montrose (77.4%), Near North Side (51.4%), Rice/Braeswood (61.3%), Riverside/MacGregor (59%), Sunnyside/MLK (56.5%), and Third Ward (56.3%).

The Chron also did a quickie analysis by group:

For the ban: Low-income Anglo/Hispanic (55.8%), Upper-income Anglo (51.2%), and Mexican-American (51.5%).

Against the ban: Middle-income Anglo (52.2%), Low-income Black (51.7%), and Middle-income Black (59.5%).

I mention this because I have had my ear to the ground if you know what I mean. The electorate has changed somewhat over the past twelve years. You have to think we have become a little more forward thinking these days.

Clayton Kershaw of course of the Dodgers leads MLB with 216 innings pitched and Lucas Harrell leads the ‘Stros with 140 2/3 innings pitched. 

Commentary is rooting for the Yankees to keep winning and stay in contention so our season ending series will have some drama, significance, and meaning. Just think about having A-Roid in our crib and watching Mariano Rivera close out his regular season career.  It would be real special if we beat them and prevented them from making the playoffs. Who says it can’t happen?  We just swept the Mariners after all! 

 

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About six or seven years ago Commentary attended the H-Town Downtown Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I had special seating.  I wasn’t impressed.  It was kind of lame.  It was maybe about one zillionth of Macy’s up in New York City. 

Since then while surfing through the channels on Thanksgiving Day morning I will run across it and still not be impressed.  The say a few hundred thousand folks attend every year.  I certainly can’t tell by watching on the tube.

It was reported earlier this week that a major sponsor pulled out of the H-Town Thanksgiving Day Parade so folks including The Mayor started scrambling to find new sponsors.  I guess they are trying to hold on to a tradition because the parade isn’t much.  I guess they don’t want to lose the parade on their watch if you know what I mean.  If you are going to hang on to the parade at least spruce it up.  It really needs a major makeover.  Oh well!

39 years ago today President Nixon resigned.  Name the team with the best record in the MLB on that historic day?

From Houston GLBT Political Caucus:

Candidate endorsements for the 2013 City of Houston, Houston Independent School District, and Houston Community College System elections will take place at a special meeting of the Caucus Political Action Committee on Saturday, August 10th at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held in St. Stephen’s Pecore Hall, located at 1800 Sul Ross Street at the corner of Woodhead Street. 

In order to be eligible to vote in the endorsement process, you must be a current, dues-paid member of the Caucus. Members whose dues have lapsed within the last year can pay dues up to the meeting

Commentary will be there for sure!

The LA Dodgers of course led the MLB with a 73-40 record on August 9, 1974.  The Dodgers went on to lose to the A’s four games to one in the World Serious.

The ‘Stros were 58-54 on 8/9/74.

Today we’re 37-76 with no hope or help in sight and on pace to lose 109 with the Rangers in town for four.

 

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The DREAMer activists across the U.S. of A. need to be trading high fives right now for getting their concerns prominently addressed at last week’s Democratic Party National Convention.  The President, Vice-President, the keynoter, and a host of speakers all addressed the plight of the DREAMers.  Heck, the historic appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor barely got a mention.

A DREAMer was even invited to the podium to speak.  You have to give the DREAMers full credit for their efforts. They have kept The DREAM Act and immigration reform alive and have kind of set the agenda on the fight for the Latino vote over the next eight weeks.  Way to go DREAMers!

Meanwhile, the Chron E-Board lectured major Dems donors for leaving the Lone Star State Dem Party behind.  Here is part of it:

Congratulations to state Republicans on their successes. These are the product of literally decades of grass-roots cultivation that have brought the GOP from literally nowhere to dominance.

If state Democrats want to change that, they’ll have to do almost the same – and that starts with opening wallets for their candidates at every level across the state – as well as being certain that those candidates are well vetted and qualified.

Here is all of it.

The 2013 MLB schedules will be announced this Wednesday.  Name the three NL teams that we have never faced on Opening Day?

Meanwhile, Burkablog reiterated that he doesn’t have high regard for the folks that run the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Here is part:

(SA Mayor Julian) Castro flashed signs of big-time political talent in his speech at the Democratic convention, but he is faced with the same problem as all Texas Democrats: all dressed up with no place to go.

Democrats are not positioned to win a statewide race anytime soon. They don’t have the party infrastructure to win–the money, the organization, the top-tier consultants.

Ouch!  Here is all of Burkablog.

What else is new?

The Chron E-Board endorsed the METRO proposal yesterday.

Check it out here.

At the Houston GLBT PAC endorsement meeting this past Saturday, a vote on the METRO proposal was put off until next month’s meeting.  Commentary heard some grumbling from a few folks in attendance.  They are unhappy with the proposal.  They think METRO caved in to the County. 

A poll that was reported by the Chron this past weekend said that 39% of voters would support the METRO proposal.  This initiative is going to have grass roots opposition.  I don’t know if I would bet on its passage today.  Hey, that’s why we have campaigns.

This past Saturday the Chron business section had a piece about local car dealers and The President’s auto bailout move.  Here is a taste:

"Despite what Romney says, he would have done it, too," said Carroll Smith, owner of Monument Chevrolet in Pasadena. "I think anybody sitting in that seat would have, because it was the right thing to do. How could you not?"

Smith explained: "I’m very much conservative and a free-market advocate, but it wasn’t a free market in play then. The credit market completely shut down, and there was no money to be borrowed."

And:

Smith, though, said he is simply more aligned with Romney when it comes to "business, taxation and leadership." Of Obama and the bailout, he said, "He did it and I applaud him, but I’m not going to vote for him."

What a moron!   What an idiot!  What an arsehole! 

We need to put this fella in a windowless room and make him listen to last week’s Jennifer Granholm’s fiery speech on the bailout 100 times. 

Check out the entire piece here.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is taking Senator John Kerry’s advice and trying to wrap up the debate with himself as he now likes parts of Obamacare.  This fella is a worm.

Lisa Gray of the Chron slapped around the new owner of the ‘Stros for putting up those hideous signs in left field.  For some they block the cool view of Downtown H-Town.    The team says the signs are generating money for local parks.  Oh, well!  There is nothing but bad news from The Yard these days. 

Check out Lisa Gray’s column here.

Things should turn around on November 14 when Sir Paul takes the field at The Yard.

The ‘Stros have never played against the D-Backs, the Fish, and the Mets of course on Opening Day and next year’s Opening Day foe will be the Rangers at The Yard.  We finally won a series and today the Cubbies come in for three.  Come on out to The Yard during this seven game homie if for no other reason than to be there when we finally lose numero 100 – yikes!

 

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