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Quanell X and others will march through River Oaks this Sunday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

They are going to be met by a fella name Jon Smith and a group he created called G. Zimmerman River Oaks Stand Your Ground.  I’m betting Jon Smith doesn’t live in River Oaks and I’m also betting that there won’t be a whole lot of River Oaks residents joining the group.

I’m even thinking that a whole lot of River Oaks residents will probably head to their weekend getaways, to Highland Village, to Edwards Bijou, take a very long lunch, take in a matinee in the theater district, or just stand behind their fancy drapes and basically have no part of the action.  I really don’t think they will be setting up water stations and handing out bottles of Evian to the thirsty marchers.

The Smith fella has put out the call for his folks to bring their CHLs if they are packing and has urged his folks to wear red, white and blue gear and bring their Johnny Reb flags if they got them.  I don’t know about that.   Bringing a Johnny Reb flag to an event under these circumstances can only lead to not so good things.  When you start using the Johnny Reb flag on your invitation, the folks that still have an allegiance to the Johnny Reb flag will show up.  Some of the folks are still in denial of the surrender at Appomattox.   When you mix in the other party in 95 degree humid weather and throw in some harsh rhetoric, tension, and emotions.   Well, you get the picture and it isn’t pretty.

Everyone knows that on August 4, 1993 in Arlington, Nolan Ryan plunked White Sox Robin Ventura and Ventura charged the mound and ended up a Nolan Ryan headlock and got punched on the head six times and the rest is history as the photo of the incident with Nolan’s John Hancock is a collector’s item.   Who was catching for the Rangers that evening?

The jury is not out.  I’m talking about the George Zimmerman jury.  I don’t have a problem with them wanting their privacy and be left alone from the press so nobody can come bug them about their verdict.  Now one of them talked to AC 360 and hid in the shadows and contributed to the national debate.  Yesterday four of them responded to the first and again they didn’t give out their names and contributed more to the debate.  I don’t know about that.  I’m thinking if you want to contribute to the debate and put in your two cents then you kind of have to show me an ID card if you ask me. 

The Emmys were announced this morning and “Newsroom” scored a couple of acting nominations.  Jeff Daniels and Jane Fonda will get to walk down the red carpet in September. 

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was behind the plate of course and was the first to try to pry Ventura out of Nolan’s headlock.

Let’s see, the Chron Sports section today talks about how bad the team is doing.  Really!  Here is what beat writer Brian Smith says:

The 2012 season was an unapologetic tear-down year for the Astros. The 2013 campaign began as a bridge year but thus far has been little more than a band-aid. Until the real prospects arrive and excitement returns long-term to Minute Maid Park, this season’s Astros are technically no different than last year’s. Positive expectations are still absent, the team’s record is still the worst in the game, and there are only a few players on the current 25-man roster expected to hold key roles when young talent such as George Springer and Jonathan Singleton arrives to stay.

The Astros have 68 games left to push themselves closer to 2014 and further away from a 2012 club they’ve yet to leave behind nearly fourth months into a new season.

Oh, well!


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Way to go to Time Magazine for their cover story this week on DREAMERS.  It is titled: We Are Americans — Just Not Legally.

Check it out here.

I used to have a dog named Burglar.  We got Burglar a day after our home was burglarized three days before Christmas.  The burglars knocked down the Christmas tree, stomped on the ornaments, and took all of the wrapped gifts.   I’ve been burglarized twice in my lifetime, I’ve been held-up at gunpoint, my cars have been broken into a couple of times, and a car has been stolen and stripped to the frame.  To the best of my knowledge, the perps were never caught but I have to figure that their life of crime eventually caught up with them.

Coming home and finding out that your home has been burglarized is a sickening and frightening feeling.  You also feel a major sense of personal violation.  You feel like wanting to take a shower and also want to wash down everything in your home. 

A few weeks ago when the former HPD officer was found not guilty someone that I really respect said he was glad the cop got off and reminded me that Chad Holley was part of a burglary ring and deserved to get the s__t beat out of him.

I don’t feel sorry for Chad Holley this morning after watching him in orange jail gear over at the county jail.  He got arrested for burglary yesterday.  He ought to be thanking his lucky stars this morning that he didn’t get the s__t beat out of him this time when he was arrested or worse catch a round up his dumb arse.

You have to figure that prosecutors aren’t thrilled about going forward and prosecuting the other former cops that beat the s__t out of Holley.  Oh, well.

Maybe folks ought to go back and review the tape to see if parts of his brain fell during his arse whipping  by the cops a couple of years ago because he’s not acting like he has any brains these days

I’m looking forward to watching the H-Town City Council meeting next week when they take up the budget.  I kind of want to know how extending Council terms from two years to four years is a budget issue.  I want to know how eliminating plastic bags at grocery stores is a budget issue. 

My pal CM Mike Sullivan wants to reduce the salaries of council members.   Considering the fact that CM Sullivan has already announced that he’s leaving at the end of this year, I’m sure this isn’t sitting well with his fellow colleagues.

After last night there have now been 22 perfect games thrown in MLB history.  Which league owns the most perfect games?

The fight for the METRO GMPs has begun.  City Council members are now starting to receive emails that look like this:

I am a Metro rider and I believe that spending our entire transit sales tax on transit is crucial for the future of the City of Houston and the Houston region. Please put a ballot referendum forward to the voters this November that ends the wasteful diversion of one fourth of our transit taxes to the General Mobility Fund.

I support Metro in their continued efforts to expand high quality transit to build a stronger, more equitable local economy, healthier communities, and cleaner air and better environment for the Houston region. We want the transit system we voted for in 2003 and we want it as fast as possible.

Thanks for all that you do to improve the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region.

It looks like METRO service area voters will be the GMP deciders later this year.

The American League of course owns 13 perfect games and the National League owns 9.

During my pal Drayton’s 18 year watch, we had two no-nos tossed against us.  The new owner and his GM haven’t even been here a year and now they have the mother of all no-nos tossed against us – perfection.   Let’s see if we can rebound this afternoon in San Fran.

My pal Chris Canonico (of CDM fame) can say he witnessed MLB history.  He was at AT&T Park last night.  He posted his game tix and the following after the game: I guess I can cross “perfect game” off of my list of things to do.

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West Gray needs to wake up.   In 2010, a total of 3,236 voted in early person at West Gray in the Harris County Dem Primary.  Palm Center was second with 2,626.  Fiesta was third with 2,554.   Sunnyside was fourth with 2,485.  After 2012 EV Day 4, Sunnyside leads with 566.  Fiesta is second with 496.  West Gray is third with 477.  Palm Center is fourth with 436. 

This one has me scratching my head.

Only 6 Dems voted at the new Galleria location yesterday. 

After four days, 6,317 Dems have voted early in person and 5,875 by mail.  After four days in 2010, 8,229 Dems voted early in person and 4,129 had mailed in ballots. That’s 12,192 voter participants after EV 4 in 2012 as compared to 12,358 voter participants after EV 4 in 2010.  It is kind of close.

Of the pitchers in the Top 10 MLB All Time Career Wins, how many are southpaws?

You have to figure that if there is a sign war going on in the Harris County GOP Primary somehow County Commissioner Steve Radack has to be involved.
Sure enough, check this out on Chron.com. 
At least his employee isn’t using county resources.

The Chron’s Patricia Kilday Hart has a must read column today on H-Town racial issues related to Wednesday’s not guilty verdict.  It is must read but you can’t because you can only read it if you are old school and pay for a hard copy of the local fish wrap.  A sub headline reads “Stereotypes need to be fixed.”  I agree.  Read her column once it gets online.

Yesterday I got a Judge Kirkland robo call and a live phone call from the Judge’s campaign. 

It will certainly be happening at The Yard this weekend as the Rangers come in for the weekend.  Maybe we can have a sellout or two or three.  It would not surprise me if Rangers fans from the H-Town area and from DFW overwhelmed ‘Stros fans this weekend.  I’m OK with that as long as they buy plenty of St. Arnold and other stuff.

The late Hall of Fame great Warren Spahn is the only lefty in the All Time MLB Pitching Career Wins Top 10 of course with363 Ws.  Steve “Lefty” Carlton is numero 11 with 329.

We won last night and who knows, maybe this weekend we can play exciting baseball against Josh Hamilton, Kinsler, Young, Beltre, and the rest their bats – yikes!  I’m not disappointed that we don’t get to see that Darvish fella.  We go with Wandy tonight and they go with Feliz.



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Commentary has gotten a few emails the past couple of days about the Lone Star Dem Party establishment endorsing Judge Gilberto Hinojosa for State Dem Chair.  It looks like the same bunch of folks will keep running the Lone Star State Dem Party.  Oh, well.

For those of you that care, the Chron E-Board today endorsed former State Rep. Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate in the Dem Primary.  In its endorsement, the Chron E-Board lectured Lone Star State Dems:

Speaking of money, Sadler has a bone to pick with his fellow Democrats – as do we. This well-qualified candidate for the highest statewide office on the Democratic primary ballot is being forced to run his campaign on a shoestring. This, as wealthy Texas Democrats send money out of state to aid other candidates in those places.

This just shouldn’t be. It sends a signal that running statewide in Texas is hopeless for a Democrat.

It may be an uphill battle, but Sadler is a worthy candidate who deserves some of those Democrats’ dollars that are going out of state.

We encourage voters in the Democratic primary to cast their votes for Paul Sadler. And we encourage Democratic donors across the state to look closer to home when making their financing decisions.

Take that!

Check out the entire endorsement here.

Among former MLB African American pitchers, who has the most career wins?

The Chron also has an editorial today on yesterday’s not guilty verdict.

Check it out here.

There will be a protest this afternoon so stay tuned!

EV Day 3 in 2012 Harris County Dem Party Primary as compared to 2010:

In 2012 – 4,662 in person, 5,209 mail ballots returned.  In 2010 – 6,132 in person and 3,851 mail ballots returned.   So in terms of total voter participation to date it is 9,872 today and 9,983 two years ago.

After Day 3, West Gray is at 366, two years ago – 683. 

Galena Park is at 219, two years ago – 48.

Acres Homes is at 180, two years ago – 345.

HCC is at 112, two years ago – 71.

Sunnyside is at 414, two years ago – 447.

Bayland is at 225, two years ago – 328.

The new Galleria location is at 34.

West Gray needs to get it in gear.

Roll Call:  Yesterday Commentary received mail from Judge Kirkland, DA candidate Zack Fertitta, and Constable, Precinct 1 candidate Cindy Vara-Leija.

Hall of Fame great Ferguson Jenkins of course has 284 (tied for 27th overall) career wins – tops among African American MLB pitchers.

The bats came alive last night and we won one at The Yard. 


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Leave it up to H-Town CM Jolanda Jones to get a second OIG investigation.  This time it is about her handout on how to deal with the police.  The handout is called “Know Your Rights With The Police”.  Her handout says “NEVER speak with the police.”  She encourages folks to pull out their phone cameras or video and start recording.  She also lists her City Hall phone number to report police misconduct.  Check out the Chron story.

Just about every other member of City Council would fret if they were under an OIG investigation.  That isn’t the case with CM Jones.  You get a feeling that she craves and relishes this scrutiny and news coverage.  After all, she is part public servant, part advocate, and part entertainer.

As for the investigation, even if you are a member of the H-Town City Council, I guess you have the right to put out stuff that says not to talk to the police.  They can’t nail her for having folks call her office if they see misconduct.  Heck, on the City of H-Town’s opening web page, there is a link where you can get a form to do the same thing.  Oh, well!

Meanwhile, at this moment I’m watching on the tube an HPD officer is being transported via ambulance to the emergency room after being shot while on duty. 

This former MLBer was the 1977 AL Rookie of the Year.  In 1983, he was a key member of the World Serious Champions.  In 2003, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot with 85.3% of the votes.  Who am I talking about?

H-Town CM James Rodriguez will hold his Campaign Kick-Off today(Thursday) at Hearsay Gastro Lounge today from 5:30 to 7 pm at 218 Travis.  Be there!

Yesterday at the H-Town City Council meeting, Balls of Holly spoke highly about the HPD officer and some civilians that helped pull a motorist out of a burning vehicle – the incident Commentary mentioned yesterday.  CM Jones followed up and patted herself on the back by reminding folks that she also pulled someone out of a wrecked vehicle a while back.  Oh, well!

Eddie Murray of course was the 1977 AL Rookie of the Year.  In 1983, he helped B’More win the World Serious and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.  Eddie Murray is celebrating his 55th BD today!

San Luis’ Adam Wainwright is getting a second opinion on his elbow.

Wainwright having to sit out the 2011 season would certainly make things more interesting for the Central Division including our own ‘Stros.


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Who says Commentary doesn’t impact public policy.  It looks like the Chron’s Ken Hoffman has joined me in calling for the Astrodome to be demolished.  That makes two of us.  There was an electrical fire at the Dome last week that forced the postponement of a rodeo event and we all know that you don’t mess with the rodeo in these parts.  Here is a part of what Hoffman says today in the Chron:

Great, now on top of everything else, the Dome is a fire trap. What are we waiting for? Tear it down.    Here is his column.

On the day after President’s Day, Commentary is going to do a take on one of The Gipper’s best lines:  Mr. County Judge, tear down that Dome!

My pal Robert Miller is already making a long range weather forecast.  Here is a little of what he says today:

2010 was the election when voters stated they did not want to pay for services. I forsee 2012 as the election when voters state they want services. If I am correct, it could be yet another wave election — but this time Republicans will be swept out to sea.   Check out his entire take.

Robert was the first fella to use the term “tsunami” to predict what would happen last November so he has credibility in my book if you ask me.

We all know that Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier when he became the first African American to take the field back on April 15, 1947 as a member of the NL’s Brooklyn Dodgers.  Who was the first African American to take the field for an American League team?

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has a take today on Hootsie, Latinos, the GOP, immigration reform, and the video.  Check it out.

Here is how she ends her column:

Although, it should be noted, there are limits to Hotze’s willingness to widen the tent.

In an open letter to Republicans in which Hotze explains why he supports Adams’ ideas, he criticizes some of his fellow "Caucasian" Republicans for "nativistic and prejudicial thinking on the immigration issue." He proclaims the majority of Hispanic American culture "Christian, pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise."

But he closes with this: "Gentlemen, it seems that the real problem we face is the Muslim immigration invasion of America. The Hispanics are our natural allies against the Democrats and Muslims."

Hotze’s efforts to diversify his party might mean more if, as he opened the door to a new constituency, he didn’t have to slam the window shut on another.

It kind of reminds me of the line one of the Johnsons said in “Blazing Saddles”:

“We’ll give some land to the _______ and ______, but we don’t want the Irish!”

On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby of course took the field as a member of the AL Cleveland Indians.

The last thing H-Town needs is another HPD officer-civilian incident so it will be interesting to see how HPD handles the Sherlock’s Pub matter.  Stay tuned!

In case you forgot, the First President of the U.S. of A. was born 279 years ago today.

There are plenty of little storylines going on in Kissimmee so just go online to the ‘Stros website or the chron’s website and check it out. 


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Commentary was watching the H-Town City Council meeting on the tube yesterday.  A number of African Americans showed up to address council on a matter involving a layoff.  According to what I heard, last Friday the 3-1-1 Director was sent packing.  Since all of the speakers on this matter were African American, I’m kind of going to go out on a limb and assume the former 3-1-1 Director is African American.

All of the speakers said the former 3-1-1 Director was highly qualified, doing a good job, and a great boss.  Some of the speakers were either current or former 3-1-1 employees.   The speakers also wanted her reinstated.  Apparently the layoff hit a nerve with CM Wanda Adams.  She got pretty upset.

The H-Town Mayor didn’t look to comfortable sitting there having to listen to the speakers.    Let the layoffs begin!

Only four MLB third basemen have 400-plus career dingers.  Three of the third basemen are no longer playing:  Mike Schmidt (548), Eddie Mathews (512) and Darrell Evans (414).  Name the fourth that is still playing. 

There was a town hall meeting last night where dozens of folks showed up to tell their stories about being roughed up by local law enforcement officers.  I have to admit that the video tape that Quanell X released is having an impact here locally.

H-Town CMs Bradford and Hoang will propose an amendment to the Renew Houston fee that exempts ISDs, religious institutions, and private schools.  GOP State Sen. Patrick also has a bill that does sort of the same thing. 

The ATL’s Chipper Jones of course is the other third baseman with 425 dingers.

From Alyson’s Footnote:

The Astros recently revealed their 2011 advertising campaign tagline: "We Are Your Astros." The campaign features iconic Bayou City landmarks that reflect the team’s close connection with the community.
The imagery features action photos of Astros stars alongside well-known locations from around the city that most Houstonians will recognize. These landmarks include: the downtown skyline, the Sam Houston statue at Hermann Park, Houston City Hall and Rocket Park at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. 
Other Houston-area landmarks included in the campaign are the Texas Medical Center, Hines Water Wall, San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas. These images are bathed in orange and Astros red hues of a morning sunrise, symbolizing the 2011 club’s fresh, young roster, and were created by the design team at Lee Queaño Creative.
The campaign will be executed on several Houston-area billboards in addition to graphics both in and around Minute Maid Park including wallscapes facing the U.S. 59 Freeway, column wraps and light pole banners.  The artwork will also be included in television commercials, print ads, collateral materials and animations on the ballpark’s new high-definition video boards.

Commentary got it wrong yesterday.  Pitchers and catchers report today!


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In today’s Chron.com, there is a piece on GOP State Rep. Ken Legler filing a bill to limit who can file complaints with the Texas Ethics Commission.   In order to file a complaint, Legler wants you to be a Texas resident or own property in the Lone Star State.   Check out the piece here.

According to the piece, Legler filed the bill because some fella from California filed a complaint against him on how he spends his campaign funds.  I don’t know about that.  I’ve said it before.  The Texas Ethics Commission isn’t set up to monitor cheaters or those that accidentally mess-up or those that don’t know the campaign spending and reporting laws.  It is up to citizens, political opponents, opposition researchers, and guys like the one from California or the folks up in Montgomery County to check things out.   That’s the way it is.

I’m afraid that if you limit who can file a complaint to only Texas residents or property owners, some folks are going to get away with cheating.   Regardless of the intentions, motivations, or political agendas of the complainants, they are still needed.

I’m sure Guv Dude wasn’t thrilled to hear what GOP State Sen. Kevin Eltife from Tyler said at the Senate Finance Committee meeting yesterday:

"We have to find more revenue.  It’s insane not use the Rainy Day Fund. We also have to find additional revenue.  We have an investment in public education, higher education and health and human services.  We have got to find the revenue to make these cuts less of a burden on Texans.  There’s no other way to do this. We can dance around it all we want and talk about – oh, is it revenue, is it a tax, is it this, is it that? We have to find additional revenue.  We have to share the pain with cuts and revenue and the Rainy Day Fun. And any other idea in this building is crazy to me."

They are hearing it from the folks back home.  Keep it up!

Who holds the MLB record for tossing the most career one-hitters?

Quanell X made good on his promise and released another video tape yesterday of an HPD officer putting a hurt on a handcuffed fella. 
Here’s the Chron story.

Here’s an excellent quote from Quanell:

"So many brothers for decades have alleged police misconduct and brutality, but there was never a tape.  But God has blessed us with technological advances where tapes are rolling out now one after another."

My pal Robert Miller put out a take this morning and here is part of what he said:

House Agriculture & Livestock is a very important committee for rural Texas. Speakers also use it as a rural penalty box for urban members who they want to put in "time out." I first observed this in 2003 when Rep. Lon Burnam was the only member to vote against Speaker Tom Craddick, and on to Agriculture & Livestock he went. In the penalty box this year: Rep. Charlie Howard (R – Sugar Land) and Rep. Borris Miles (D – Houston).

Well, what was the penalty on Borris?  Don’t tell me I have to throw out one of my red flag challenges to get an instant replay review. 
Check out Robert’s take here.

The late great Hall of Famer Bob Feller of course tossed a record 12 one-hitters.

The equipment truck left The Yard yesterday and headed for Kissimmee!


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I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, with the exception of Commentary and a few others in the U.S. of A., we ought not to be having a national conversation on flubbing the lines of “the Star Spangled Banner” or the manner in which it is sung because most folks don’t sing it.   If you sing it at The Yard or other venues where it is played, go on ahead and throw in your takes.  If you don’t then shut-up.  Of course, I’m not talking about folks in uniform like those in the military, law enforcement, or public safety that salute the flag or put their hands over their heart.  I’m talking about the 99% of folks at the events or in front of their flat screen that never to bother to even finish up with an old O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” shout out.

With the exception of Roseanne’s version, you have to give it to folks for putting themselves out there and giving it their all from Carl Lewis (arrrgh) to Whitney Houston (wow) to Jose Feliciano (way to go) to Christina Aguilera (oops).  I remember back at the 1980 Dem National Convention in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Willie Nelson sang the tune and left out an entire verse.  What was he smoking?

Way to go to the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg for her column today on Guv Dude’s emergency call on sonograms.   Check it out.   I’m betting Dude never invites Lisa over for lunch.

More local elected officials continue to put out their takes on the video of the kid getting kicked around by HPD officers but it is still not getting much national run. 

Who holds the MLB record for hitting the most sacrifice flies?

Dude gives his state of the state address today so maybe we will get some more emergency calls, a whole lot of swagger for sure, a ton of smirk, a full mooning of D.C., but other than that, not a whole lot of specifics or substance.  I could be wrong though.

Eddie Murray of course holds the all time sacrifice fly record with 128.

We’re in the record books!  111 million of us saw Cameron Diaz feeding A-Roid popcorn – cool!

Spring Training starts in eight days. 


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H-Town’s Quanell X handed over to the rest of the local media that video of HPD’s finest kicking a kid around for evading arrest.  The video aired last night on some of the stations.  The incident took place last year and a judge had ordered the media not to air it – huh!  You can go to various local TV station websites to check it out.   Here’s today’s Chron story.

Once again, I don’t know if more outlets showing the video last night had the impact desired by Quanell X and his crew.    Like I said yesterday, a lot of us were more worried about not freezing our arses off last night.  Most of the local news coverage yesterday continued to be focused on rolling blackouts, school closings, event cancellations, icing of our roadways, and possible snow in the forecast.  Under normal conditions, the national news networks would have been running the video non-stop and the talking heads on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC would be having a field day.  Because of the events in Egypt and the ice and snow storms pounding on most of the nation, the video is not getting any run.

Callous as it may sound, there is just too much on our local and national news table.  Maybe it will get some run next week.

Well at least some members of the Chron E-Board saw the video and
here’s their take.

A-R-R-O-G-A-N-C-E!   Guv Dude is in SoCal while we have rolling blackouts, road closures, school closures, emergency systems in place, businesses are shutting down, and wall-to-wall local news coverage.  Plus the state is also hosting a Super Bowl this weekend.  Come on Dude, you could have cancelled and stuck around.

Who holds the MLB record for most multi-dinger games?

Last night Commentary dropped by the local neighborhood grocery store and you would have thought that folks were preparing for the big one.  Parking spots were scarce and the checkout lines were long.   A lot of folks were loading up on milk, cookies, and ice cream – huh!

Andy Pettitte will announce he’s hanging up his cleats today.

We didn’t get any snow but a whole lot of folks got a “snow day.”

George Herman Ruth, Jr., err “The Sultan of Swat”, err “The Bambino”, err Babe, of course holds the MLB multi-dinger game record with 73. 

Pam-In-Charge ordered a “snow day” for The Yard employees, so there is nothing from The Yard today! 


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