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First of all, let me say that I enjoyed helping out H-Town CM Jarvis Johnson in his run in the 18th.  We didn’t have any money for mail or serious advertising but we still got folks to pay attention to the issues.

Here’s what Ty Wiggintonner’s Brother sent me – observations from an R’s perspective:

  1. I always said KBH would never get out of a primary with Guv Dude because the R primary voters are his kind of people and not hers.
  2. A solid majority of Harris County R’s want a new direction and less of Woodfill.
  3. Rough night for R candidates with Hispanic surnames.  Victor Carrillo and Leo Vasquez were defeated by Anglo surnames and I suspect had Eva Guzman not been running against Rose Vela the result might have been different.  Latinos are the future for any political party in Texas and the R’s took another step backwards last night.

That being said, GOP Tax Assessor Collector Leo Vasquez didn’t survive as he got beat by GOP activist Don Sumners.  GOP County Clerk Beverly Kaufman’s choice (Kevin Mauzy) to replace her also got beat by Stan Stanart another GOP activist.

Of course, local Dems are probably scratching their heads this morning trying to figure out who the heck is Ann Harris Bennett, our nominee for County Clerk.  The Dem Party’s establishment lined up solidly behind former State Rep and former Dem Party Chair Sue Schechter who ended up with just 37%.   It is going to be difficult for Dems to tout Bennett when nobody would give her the time of day in the primary.  Sue was supposed to be one of the centerpieces of our local team effort – not anymore!

Which Hall of Fame pitcher hit more batters than any other in MLB history – Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan, Don Drysdale, Bob Feller, or Walter Johnson?

At first glance in the local judicial races, it looks like the Coalition of the Elected Dems picked more winners than the GLBT Caucus.

It also looks like female candidates did a little better than male candidates in judicial races.

Walter Johnson of course plunked 203 batters in his career including a “personal best” 20 in 1923.

Now that it is Guv Dude and the Former H-Town Mayor in the finals, the Lone Star State is going to get a lengthy lesson on H-Town City Government from a GOP perspective.  You are going to learn about our municipal pensions, our traffic, our crime, our police hiring policies, our paperless folks, our sanctuary city status, our METRO, our finances, our treatment of strays, and our fire department among other stuff.  Everything you wanted to know about H-Town but were afraid to ask.  We’re fair game I suppose.

Well, it looks like I’m done for the season unless someone picks up my option.  That’s OK!  I need to catch up on flicks and start putting together my wardrobe for The Yard – heck the College Classic is this weekend!


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The President crashed the 18th Congressional District Dem Primary this past Saturday.  It was kind of odd that the endorsement was announced on the Saturday before the Tuesday election and 40% to 50% of the folks have probably already voted.  This is kind of interesting.  I have to disagree with The President on this one for sure.

Commentary spent some time checking out the Winter Olympics on the tube the past couple of weeks and I have to say that “Oh Canada” is a nice sounding tune.

Commentary also had the hockey game on yesterday which marked only the second time in my life that I have ever watched a hockey game on TV.   The other time was in 1980 for the “Miracle on Ice.”

Speaking of Canada, who is the starting catcher of the Toronto Blue Jays and what is his ‘Stros connection?

Commentary checked out the City of H-Town Term Limits Review Commission Saturday.  This is the second one I have attended.  It is interesting to hear the varying takes on term limits. Do they work?  Do they hinder the delivery of key services?  Do they damage the City in the long run?  Have they corrupted the electoral process?   One super neighborhood leader in talking about making the terms longer said council members are sometimes “distracted by elections.”  I’m sure he didn’t mean to say that elections are a distraction.

About 30 folks attended, not including the Commissioners.  Former CM Ada Edwards called term limits a “farce.”   She called term limits “anti-Democratic” and said council is used as a stopping off place.

It is definitely worth my time to get off of my arse and attend these meetings just to get a feel what a lot of community folks are thinking.  It is an eye opening experience.  I’m sure when we start approaching the deadline for a Commission decision, folks will start popping off and giving their takes.  Oh yeah, will you better start showing up at the Commission meetings and hear what H-Town is saying before you give an uninformed opinion.

Catcher John Buck was drafted by the ‘Stros in the seventh round in 1998.  In 2004, we gave him up as part of a three team trade that got us Carlos Beltran.

The ‘Stros Spring Training season starts this Thursday!–TownH- hh


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From the They Didn’t Ask Commentary Dept.:  One of the Chron’s Columnists slapped around the (you guessed it – her quote) Coalition of Harris County Democratic Elected Officials today – again for the third time.  I told you this was going to happen.  Check it out. 

She wasn’t as brutal as she was a couple of days ago, but she still laid it on.  She probably wasn’t as brutal because she knows one of the candidates that she wrote about.  She goes after the coalition because the “handpicked” candidates don’t have any experience trying criminal cases but have been endorsed by the Dem elected officials to run for criminal district court benches.

Here are a few quotes from experienced defense attorneys:

“This is criminal court, and people have serious liberty issues at stake, and it’s not a place for amateurs.”

“We’ve got enough inept judges. We don’t need anymore, thank you very much.”

Ouch!   Don’t you think the local GOP is going to use this against our judges this fall?

Well at least the columnist didn’t use the “bosses” word today.

I’m sure those that didn’t get the nod by the Dem elected officials are giving the columnist more ammo.  Stay tuned!

Who’s dumb idea was this anyway? 

Well according to the Chron today, the good news is the New Mayor is not ready to move ahead with that 287(g) stuff.  The bad news is she won’t implement it now because the City of H-Town is low on funds.

Who played the most years in the old Yankee Stadium – Gehrig, Ruth, Mantle, Berra, or Nettles?

One of the most immature acts of a political campaign is stealing your opponent’s signs.  The SJL Campaign folks have been pulling up Jarvis Johnson’s signs.  Heck they even took them from Jarvis’ home.  How do we know this?  Hers are still up in the neighborhoods where Jarvis’ once were. 

Here’s what Jarvis was quoted saying on Insite: "They can steal my signs but not my spirit. SJL camp took every sign from MY hood including my house leaving SJL signs only. Damn that’s gangsta!!"

Yogi Berra of course played 19 years in old Yankee Stadium..

From a ‘Stros press release a couple of days ago:

“The Houston Astros are pleased to announce that the Astros Ballpark Entertainment department has received two Golden Matrix Awards for the 2009 season, including the highest honor in professional baseball, the Best Overall Video Display Award (Best Show in Baseball). The awards are handed out by IDEA (Information Display Entertainment Association) at their annual Golden Matrix Awards Ceremony.

“This year’s ceremony was held on Wednesday, February 17 in Tampa, Florida, and capped off a three-day conference where participating teams attended group breakout sessions, received field related training and voted for the Golden Matrix Awards.

“By winning the Best Overall Display Award in baseball for 2009, the Astros ballpark entertainment department has now won the award for a historic five consecutive seasons (2005-09). No other team in professional sports (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) has won such an award in three straight seasons, making the Astros run unprecedented. In addition to their Best Show in Baseball Award they also won the Best Interactive In-game Feature for their Guess the Flick! segments. “

Of course, the in between inning entertainment goes better with a St. Arnold.   Way to go Pam-In-Charge and VP Jen Germer!


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Houston has a flooding problem.  We really haven’t had a mayor that has taken this issue head on.  There is an interesting piece in the Chron today about a preliminary strategy that is being formulated on finding the funds to take on flooding.  Check it out. 

My pal, new CM Stephen “Who’s On First” Costello – who by the way when he talks doesn’t sound like he’s from H-Town – looks to be a leader in this effort says we are going to need about $10 bil – yikes!

The best part of the piece is how The New Mayor sums it up:  “I’m a big believer in democracy, and these are serious dollars that we’re talking about for flooding and drainage needs in the Greater Houston area.  But I have said clearly and consistently that we would never go to voters … without a clear plan with identifiable projects, without having all the other stakeholders engaged in this. Drainage is not something the city of Houston can do by itself.”

Now that’s what we need to hear.  Way to go Mayor!

It is all a matter of record that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has the highest staff turnover rate in the history of Congress.  Now that she finally has a campaign, I wonder what her campaign staff turnover rate looks like.

I ran across this yesterday.  Who was the number one draft pick of MLB’s Annual Amateur Draft held on June 3, 1993?

A bonus – who did the ‘Stros pick in Round One of that year?

Early Voting in Harris County is looking the same.  The locations frequented by African American are doing better than other Dem areas except for West Gray.  The Latino voter looks like it doesn’t give a rat’s arse.

According to a new poll, Guv Dude has a 21 point lead over Hutch and among those that have voted early, he leads her by 25 points.  Even if Dude can’t win it outright, there won’t be a run-off. 

Alex Rodriguez now known as A-Roid of course was selected by Seattle with pick Numero Uno.

From Ferrum College located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Billy Wagner of course was picked by the ‘Stros.

Other notable first round picks were Derrek Lee who was picked by San Diego, Jason Varitek who was picked by Minnesota, and Torii Hunter who taken with Minnesota’s other first round pick.  Former ‘Stro Jay Powell was also taken in the first round by B’More.

The Chron also has a column on the ‘Stros new Skipper and says he is doing all of the right things.  Of course, it really doesn’t matter unless we’re having a good season when the All Star break rolls around.


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A statewide poll was released yesterday that has Guv Dude with 39%, Hutch with 28% and Medina at 24%.   Meanwhile, Dude keeps hitting Hutch hard with ads including the latest one that throws in a mention and image of Barney Frank.  If I was Dude, I’d start to take it easy on Hutch.  She’s done.  Dude risks pummeling Hutch down to third place and then Medina makes the runoff and gets all this media attention and Medina then spends a month of runoff time cracking on Dude’s record.  If Hutch comes in a dismal second, I’m betting she’ll do a “No Mas” act and throw in the towel and spare the GOP a runoff.

My Best Friend jokingly told me yesterday that when Farouk Shami said at the debate that “without Mexicans is like a day without sunshine” that was the best thing any candidate had ever said about Latinos on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.

Here’s the lead-in from an AP story about the 18th Congressional District race that is running today in some newspapers: “HOUSTON (AP) — Sheila Jackson Lee’s appearance at Michael Jackson’s funeral in Los Angeles last summer helped convince a three-term Houston city councilman to give the ubiquitous congresswoman her first credible re-election challenge since she won her seat 16 years ago.

“’To say the least, the question ‘Why?’ came to mind,’ says Jarvis Johnson, who hopes to end Jackson Lee’s tenure in Texas’ 18th Congressional District by winning the March 2 Democratic primary. ‘Why are you there?’”

That’s a fair question.  Check out the piece. 

Which MLB batter holds the dubious distinction for most strikeouts in a season?

Commentary always thought that taking on health care reform was going to be a tough one for The President.  Not to be out done, The First Lady is taking on childhood obesity.  That is going to take lot of effort on her part to get it done and change the way a whole lot of folks deal with grub – conveniently.  Last year, on our way to The Yard, I asked Dante if he knew what “obesity” was and he replied that he did not know.  After I explained it to him and told him that obesity was the number one problem facing kids, he said he wasn’t going to have that problem because his mom makes sure they get plenty of fresh veggies and fruits.  Not all moms are like Dante’s mom.  Good First Lady.

Ryan Howard of course with the Phillies in 2007 struck out 199 times.

The Big Puma is 34 today.  Happy Birthday Lance  Berkman!

Meanwhile, the ‘Stros are thinking about signing Willie Taveras who we traded away after the 2006 season. 


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Uh Oh!  Now we know for sure what will be asked at next Monday’s debate between the former H-Town Mayor and Farouk Shami.  What do you think about J. Larry Davis, the Anderson County Dem Party Chair saying folks aren’t going to vote for anyone named Farouk in today’s political climate?  Check out what Davis said in this weekend’s Star Telegram. 

Here is from the article:  “An East Texas Democratic Party county chairman told gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami in an e-mail that he is wasting his time running for governor because ‘nobody is going to vote for anyone named Farouk’ in today’s post-9-11 political climate.”

Here’s what Shami’s campaign manager had to say: "We find it hurtful that our party — the party of inclusion — would find its own leadership making statements like this. It makes me wonder how much of the party establishment shares these racist views."

Here’s what Davis, who says he’s a liberal Dem, said:  "I don’t think anybody should stereotype an individual. Everybody has a right to run.  That was just the benefit of my expertise as a political observer out here in East Texas.  It’s pretty redneck out here.  That’s just one of the realities you face."

This is the first time I’ve seen this issue written up in the media.  This isn’t the first time I’ve heard it discussed though. 

Who has the most career At-Bats in MLB and who is runner up?

Commentary watched the GOP gubernatorial debate Friday night and the best part was the Lone Star State Trivial Pursuit portion where the candidates were asked questions like who was the first Texas governor and how much do teachers make.

Speaking of, Nolan Ryan has gone from fixing cracked foundations to fixing Hutch’s campaign.  He’s featured in an ad hanging up a Hutch sign on his fence.

Pete Rose of course with 14,053 ABs followed by Hank Aaron with 12,364.

Yesterday was the deadline for submitting an offer to buy the ‘Stros.  No news is good news in this case. 


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According to today’s Austin American Statesman, in a meeting with the Statesman’s E-Board, Farouk Shami couldn’t name the State Comptroller or the State Attorney General.  I guess that’s because he hasn’t given a rat’s arse in the past about state government.  He also missed when he said his state representative was Rep. Senfronia Thompson.  He also said that Rep. Sly Turner was his state senator – yikes! 

They went on to ask him who was on the State Supreme Court and finally Farouk caught on and answered Sneezy, Grumpy, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Bashful, and Sleepy.

Knowing they were on a roll, the E-Board followed up by asking Farouk to name the members of the Court of Appeals.  In a rapid fire response Farouk said Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

When it was announced yesterday that the former H-Town Mayor and Farouk would be doing a TV debate on Monday, February 8, my first response was to hope it wouldn’t replace my favorites “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.”   Heck, Farouk’s knowledge of state government could very well turn the debate into a sitcom.

The Mayor of the City of Bellaire got into the soccer stadium debate yesterday and sent out a letter opposing the proposed new location.  Commentary got some run yesterday on the issue in a Fox 26 news story.  Check it out.  One of the problems is that folks in charge need to do a better job of communicating. 

By the way, Commentary needs to make a correction.  Miya Shay first broke the soccer stadium story.

Some local Latino business leaders hosted a lunch for Jarvis Johnson yesterday and about 40 folks showed up including HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez and some former elected officials. 

This fella won the AL MVP award in 1960 for hitting 39 dingers, 112 RBIs, and batting .283.  He signed a one year deal with his team after the season (49 years ago tomorrow) for $36,000.  Who am I talking about?

Katherine Ross is 70 today – wow!  She had three great roles like “Elaine Robinson” of “The Graduate”, “Etta Place” in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, and “Joanne Eberhart” in “The Stepford Wives.”

Roger Maris of course of the Yankees.

In a little over a couple of weeks Spring Training starts and one of the stories could very well be Jason Castro and his shot at being the ‘Stros Opening Day catcher.


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GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina is polling a little above 10% and some folks are thinking she might throw Guv Dude and Hutch into an April run-off.  She participated in the first statewide TV debate a couple of weeks ago and will participate in Friday night’s TV debate.  You know she’s being taken serious because she got a mention in today’s Austin American Statesman’s online edition on purchasing some clothes with campaign funds.    Hey, if former Governor Palin can do it, so can Debra.

What isn’t being talked about is the number of Latino voters that could vote in the GOP primary.   In some parts of the state where there isn’t a whole lot going on in the Latino community in the Democratic Party primary, like here in H-Town, will Latino voters drift into the GOP primary?  If Latino voters are not engaged by the Democratic Party candidates – who knows? Stay tuned.

Let’s see now, the feds says that truck drivers and bus drivers can’t text.  Galveston drivers can’t text.  I’d like for H-Town drivers not to text.  Just think how much money the city could raise from violators if they adopted a text ban ordinance.

Channel 11 did a story last night on the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas race.   Check it out.

Commentary invites you to go to www.jarvisforcongress.com .

Which MLB team holds the record for the highest batting average in a World Serious?

In last night’s Channel 11 story, a mention was made on the infamous HR 600, the Michael Jackson Resolution and here’s what the incumbent said about her resolution:  “The resolution is not dead. It’s filed in the United States Congress. They often don’t pass the first time.” 

I don’t make this stuff up.  I don’t think The President will mention it tonight in his State of the Union address.

The 1960 Yankees of course with a .338 batting average on the back of winning games by 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0, even though they lost the World Serious to the Pirates – yikes!

The ‘Stros batted .203 in the 2005 World Serious as the first Spring Training game is March 4 against the Nationals.

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On Super Bowl Sunday, folks from the U.S. of A. come together and watch the big game and the new cool TV commercials.  This time it is going to be special because “Who Dat Nation” is involved.   It is supposed to be a day when we all come together like who can forget Bono opening his jacket at halftime.  Now the anti-choice folks have plunked down $2.8 mil for a TV ad featuring the Tebow football player.  I don’t know about that ad on that day but I guess it’s a free country.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a few fights broke out in sports bars throughout the country after the ad runs.

Guv Dude has decided to skip the E-Board interviews during the primary.  He’s saying that they know who he is, what he’s done, and what he wants to do, so why bother.  It will only take away from his campaigning among the hard right folks. 

What Dude is really saying is that the E-Boards are probably tired of his arse and are likely to endorse Hutch or for sure the former H-Town Mayor, so he might as well create one of those imaginary fights with the so called liberal media that will help stir up his base.

As far Commentary is concerned, if the Vice President’s son doesn’t think it is a good idea to run for his dad’s old U.S. Senate seat, then that ought to tell us that we have a whole lot of work to do. 

Speaking of, bet most folks didn’t know that mud from a Delaware River tributary is used by MLB baseball teams to rub on new baseballs before each game to get the shine off them and make them less slick.

Commentary invites you to go to  www.jarvisforcongress.com  You might learn the following about the Eighteenth Congressional District of Texas.

From a 2008 Study on Poverty

            151,855 (23%) residents are in poverty

             66,238 (35.4%) children are in poverty

            25% of women are in poverty

              28 % of African Americans are in poverty

            25% of Latinos are in poverty.

From the 2006-2008 American Community Survey Census

            67% are high school graduates or higher compared to the 85% national average

            17% have a Bachelor’s degree or better compared to the 27% national average

            50% of housing units are owner occupied compared to the 67% national average

            50% of housing units are renter occupied compared to the 33% national average

$37,133 is the median household income compared to the $52,175 national average

Stay tuned!

Which of one of these pitchers in one season started 39 games and completed all 39:  Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Jack Taylor, or Christy Mathewson? 

Speaking of, Bob Uecker is 75 today.  Uecker of “Mr. Belvedere”, the movie “Major League” (just a bit outside), Miller Lite commercials, and the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, had 731 at-bats in the bigs.  He had a .200 career batting average with 14 dingers.  Uecker and the BrewCrew don’t make it to The Yard until Friday, July 30.

Jack Taylor of course with San Luis way back in 1904.

I’m not going to say anything about the ‘’Stros and Wandy going to arbitration over Wandy’s salary other than to say that according to the Chron, the ‘Stros are batting 1.000 in arbitration hearings over the past 13 years.  


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