Archive for the ‘Judith Cruz’ Category

There isn’t a whole lot you can say about a 44 vote loss out of 2,063 folks that went to the polls in the HISD Trustee District VIII run-off.  Of course there is a whole lot you can say about a 44 vote loss but what is the point other than congrats to the other side.

 I’m sure Commentary’s critics will just pile on so go on ahead.

 Lessons learned for sure.  It was close though.

 This Baseball Hall of Famer was inducted into the Hall as a skipper in 1983 and only had one at-bat as a Major Leaguer in 1936.  Who am I talking about?

 Speaking of elections, a story in today’s Chron can have some folks thinking that the City of H-Town is looking to forget about the fact that the voters said no to the red light cameras last month.  Check it out:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7318259.html.  I don’t know about that.  I would think that the City would want to get in front of the voters and take down the cameras.  The City needs to do a better job of ‘splaining their latest moves in court.

 Walter Alston of course had a three strike at-bat back in 1936 as a Cardinal against the Cubbies.   Walter Alston was a long time Dodger skipper from 1954-1976 who won four World Seriouses.  Walter Alston is no longer with us and was born 99 years ago today. 

 The ‘Stros signed Quintero to a one-year deal and that’s all I have from The Yard.

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They threw everything at Judith Cruz, candidate for HISD Trustee District VIII.  Some of the folks helping the opposition or on the other side are buddies of mine.   I respect them, but come on!  They strongly hinted that she was not a Latina.  On their last mailer they referred to her as Judith Jacob Cruz.  They said she was out of touch even though her teaching career has been in the most challenging environments here in H-Town and in Washington, D.C. and she is a parent with her little boy attending their neighborhood school.  Then they said she was a Republican even though her voting history that anyone can access says she is a Democrat.  

 The opposition knows better but they figure they needed to throw the kitchen sink at Judith.  Well, let’s settle this today!

 At the 1989 MLB All Star Game played in Anaheim, California, who led off the bottom of the first inning for the AL and slammed a 448 foot dinger in his first ever All Star at-bat?

 Jeff Bagwell is on this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.  I wonder if his opposition will say that he is out of touch and isn’t a White dude.

 Bo Jackson of course of the KC Royals in his first ever All Star at-bat had a dinger and was also named the 1989 All Star Game’s MVP.  Bo Jackson is celebrating his 48th BD today.

 The ‘Stros are in talks with Wandy over a multi-year deal and at least that’s something from The Yard.

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The opposition’s attack on HISD Trustee District VIII candidate Judith Cruz continues.  The latest was in a mail piece that kind of hinted that Judith was not a Latina.  Oh brother again!  

 I was checking out the campaign reports and it turns out the dreaded Coalition of Harris County Democratic Elected Officials plunked down $10,000 for Judith’s opponent a week before the November 2 election.  I thought they were only supposed to play in judicial races.  I thought they were supposed to help out the Dem ticket candidates.  What are they doing playing in HISD races?  I don’t know about that. 

 The opposition attacked Judith over the weekend because some GOPers are supporting us.  Of course they didn’t say anything about the big check Judith’s opponent received a couple of weeks ago from that Dannenbaum fella that gave Guv Dude, the Lite Guv, and other GOPers over $100,000 this year alone.    Of course, they are not going to mention that Dannenbaum fella also gave that Hootze fella $20,000 last year to pay for that mailer during the mayoral run-off.

 Things will get settled tomorrow for sure.

 Reliever Trevor Hoffman holds the MLB career record for saves with 601.  Who is number 2 on the all-time career save list?

 There is a piece on Chron.com about The Big Puma still wanting to play for the ‘Stros next season but it isn’t going to happen.  Check it out: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/7314078.html.

 Governor Palin is in H-Town today to sign her books for her faithful.

 Yankee great Mariano Rivera of course is number 2 on the list with 559 career saves.  Mariano Rivera is celebrating his 41st BD today.

 My pal Drayton still owns the team and that’s all I have from The Yard.

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Commentary won’t be saying anything today about the HISD Trustee District VIII run-off other than to say that today at 7 p.m. is the deadline for Early Voting.  You can go to Austin High, Furr High, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, or West Gray.

Other than the HISD Trustee District VIII run-off and the state legislative race out in the Seguin area, the only political decision of interest remaining is in the hands of a Travis County jury – yikes!

Which state has produced the most MLBers from 1871 to the present?

In an oddity of sorts, tomorrow’s NLF matchups include the 8-2 Patriots at the 2-8 Lions, the 7-3 Saints at the 3-7 Cowboys, and the 2-8 Bengals at the 8-2 Jets – cool.

California of course has produced 1,828 MLBers out of a total of 16,640 that have gone to the Big Show.

Commentary is not a big fan of all this reality stuff on TV.    So I’m not going to comment on the political ramifications of last night’s “Dancing with the Stars” decision. 

I’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving Day tomorrow with dinner with family like Dante, Luke, Rachel, and all the others so I won’t be able to have a Commentary tomorrow.  I truly hope you understand.  I’ll see you Friday.

Preparations for tomorrow’s Downtown Thanksgiving Day Parade are all I have to report from The Yard. 


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From Judith Cruz, HISD Trustee District VIII Candidate:

Much has been made recently about my alleged opposition to "nutritional breakfasts" for HISD students.  I want to take a couple minutes to set the record straight.

First, I’m an HISD parent.  I send my eldest child to my local HISD school in the Eastwood community.  The school is predominately low-income and predominately Latino.  Second, I’ve spent all of my professional career teaching some of our nation’s poorest students.  I know what I’m talking about, but I don’t need to talk.  Others can speak on behalf of this issue.

Here’s who agrees with me on the problems with HISD’s "Breakfast in the Classroom":

(1) Teachers:  Most teachers want to spend their time teaching and not serving food.  I hear it at my own child’s school; I hear it from my friends who are HISD teachers; and you can learn more about a teacher’s perspective here:  http://blogs.chron.com/schoolzone/2010/05/   (and note the picture of the muffin with melted plastic that is serving as a "nutritional meal" for our children via Breakfast in the Classroom).  (2) Parents: Parents want their kids LEARNING during the academic day.  Most parents aren’t too thrilled to have important academic time "eaten" up by meals their kids don’t want.  Check out this post.  http://www.schoolfood2010.blogspot.com/.   While I am 100% supportive of having children fed before school begins, academic time needs to be protected for the sake of our children and their education.  (3) Employee groups including the Houston Federation of TeachersDuring HISD consultation with employee groups, it was noted that the accumulated time taken up by "Breakfast in the Classroom" came to a lost 6 to 7 days of lost instructional time.  See here: http://andy-dewey.blogspot.com/2010/01/january-7-2010-consultation-minutes.html.
(4) TaxpayersJust take a look at all the pictures at the posts above of wasted food–either muffins with plastic melted into them or full milk cartons discarded by the trash cans full.  As liberal blogist Susan Ohanian wonders, is Breakfast in the Classroom for kids or is it for for-profit food service organizations?  I’ll let the readers decide.  See here: 

So, in the final analysis, who wants Breakfast in the Classroom?  The answer is my opponent and our Superintendent.  For anyone who wants a Board Member who will stand up for teachers, parents, kids, and taxpayers, I am here to be your voice.

I stand behind my statement….I’ve got a child in HISD schools and I’ve taught in the toughest teaching situations out there and I’ve yet to meet a starving child.  Those that are starving deserve the sort of attention that a simple classroom breakfast can’t even begin to provide.  They need very serious family intervention and I will stand behind making sure that happens.

What I have seen are a whole bunch of kids who are absolutely starving for academic opportunities and I will make 100% sure they get what they deserve.  Our many talented young people who are not getting the education they deserve are counting on you and me to make sure they get what they need to succeed.


Judith Cruz

Candidate, HISD Trustee District VIII

Take that!

In the race for HISD Trustee District VIII race, Judith Cruz’s opponent is letting Two Cents be her attack dog.  Now he’s accusing Judith Cruz of promoting hunger and starvation and I guess famine is coming next.  Oh brother!   This is already on top of the opposition saying Judith wants to close schools.  This is also already on top of the opposition saying Judith moved into Precinct 27 just to run.   This is also already on top of the opposition saying Judith wants to dismantle HISD.

Here’s my favorite the opposition is putting out – that Judith isn’t a Latina – huh!  That’s kind of low if you ask me since most of my conversations with Judith’s mom are in Spanish.

I guess the opposition’s only strategy is to sling mud and dirt and hope that something sticks.  Is that really the best they can do? 

Early Voting continues in the HISD Trustee District VIII Run-off.

In Game 6 of the 1975 World Serious, Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit the dramatic game winning dinger in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Reds at Fenway.  Who was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox in Game 6?

Sometimes you just have to eat your words.  I remember when I was promoting getting Vince to play with the Texans.  So I’m just going to have to eat my words.  Of course, the fella we picked hasn’t really been tearing up our opponents’ backfield.  The fella the Saints picked with the number two pick hasn’t really done much either.

One of the hardest parking spaces to find tomorrow will be at the Midtown Spec’s, so make your Thanksgiving Day run today if you ask me.

Luis Tiant of course started Game 6 of the 1975 World Serious for the Red Sox but the Reds won the Serious in 7.  Luis Tiant is celebrating his 70th BD today!

My pal Drayton still owns the ‘Stros and that’s all I have from The Yard!


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On last week’s Port Commission deal, the blah, blah, blah, and blah continues.

Brotherly Worthiness sent out his “observations” and put some words in CM Bradford’s piehole.  CM Bradford then demanded a “retraction” and got it yesterday.

The Chron’s Columnist put out his take yesterday on the Port Commission deal with more blah, blah, blah, and blah including Brotherly Worthiness’ choice words on ribbed Trojans.  Check it out here.

Commentary’s pal, HPD’s Connie Park, made the front page of yesterday’s City State section as part of HPF’s cold case squad. Connie definitely looked all Hollywood with her windswept hair and the huge piece strapped to her hip – nice.  Connie definitely don’t need touching up.

Who was the 1957 World Serious MVP?

There is another piece in the SA Express News and Chron about the “relevancy” of Dems in the Lone Star State Legislature.  Check it out.

It looks like if the Dems stick together, they’ll get run over on a selective basis.  If they don’t stick together, they’ll get run over on everything.

Seven years ago yesterday, my old pal Ross Allyn was taken from us and they still haven’t solved the case.  I wonder if the cold case squad is working on this one.

Early Voting continues in the HISD Trustee District VIII Run-off.

Many fellas my age all know what happened 47 years ago today.  I miss watching the annual images of Teddy going to visit his brother’s gravesite and kneeling down and saying a prayer.

Once again yesterday I was at my desk thinking the Texans pulled one out and then once again I was stunned.

Lew Burdette of course was the 1957 World Serious MVP after leading his Braves to a 4 games to 3 Serious win over the Yankees.  Burdette pitched three complete games, winning all three including shutouts in Games 5 and 7.  Lew Burdette who is no longer with us was born 84 years ago today.

I drove by The Yard yesterday and it looked weird without the scoreboard and that’s all I have from The Yard.


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First, the bad news.

If it’s true that the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow, we’re in deep trouble. American kids’ test scores are consistently lousy compared to those of kids in other industrialized countries.

And at the very bottom of the American heap are urban kids, minority kids, kids from poor families, kids whose parents didn’t go to college — in other words, the vast majority of kids enrolled in the Houston Independent School District. Our future work force. Our future tax base. Our future, period.

Now, the good news.

To a large degree, the solution to the United States’ education problems is being worked out here in Houston. We’re the birthplace of some of the nation’s most successful charter schools – schools like KIPP and YES, which have shown long-term, measurable success in propelling low-income and minority kids to college.

The secrets to their success aren’t secrets at all. (Have you seen Waiting for "Superman"?) At the very top of the list is an insistence on high-performing teachers.

Research confirms what PTO moms already know: Some teachers are far better than others. No other single factor – curriculum, class size, dollars spent, or use of technology – makes nearly as much difference in a kid’s academic performance as the quality of his teachers.

As much as any urban school district in the nation, HISD has tried to raise the level of its teaching: to recruit the best new teachers; to reward those who perform best; and to improve or get rid of those who don’t measure up.

The district has a long way to go. And naturally, the strategy isn’t popular with teachers’ unions, which fight to save their members’ jobs no matter how poorly those members perform.

But we believe that our public schools’ main purpose is to educate children – not to provide guaranteed employment for adults.

For that reason, in the runoff election for HISD’s District VIII board member, we support Judith Cruz.

Cruz understands teaching: A Teach for America alum, she’s taught both Special Education and English as a Second Language in some of the toughest urban schools that Houston and Washington, D.C., have to offer.

She knows, first-hand, how hard teachers’ jobs are. And she also knows, first-hand, the enormous difference that a good teacher can make in kids’ lives.

She vows to fight for an effective teacher in every HISD classroom, and to see that those teachers get the support they need to do their jobs.

If you’re eligible to vote in this runoff, you too can make an enormous difference in kids’ lives.

Vote for Judith Cruz.

The election is Nov. 30; early voting started yesterday and continues through Nov. 24. For more information, go to  www.chron.com/news/politics and  www.harrisvotes.com.

In the 1950s, this MLBer was the only catcher to win the NL MVP – and he won it three times.  Who am I talking about?

Somebody needs to tell Guv Dude that the campaign is over and there is no need to talk about invading Mexico and snatching up Tony Montana.  I don’t know about that.

CEWDEM is still letting folks blow off some steam on this Port Commission deal – blah, blah, blah, blah.

Early voting continues in the HISD Trustee District VIII run-off.

Hall of Famer Roy Campanella of course won the NL MVP in 1951, 1953, and 1955.  The Dodger great is no longer with us and was born 89 years ago today.

The Chron has a piece today about my pal Drayton having the ‘Stros up for sale and I think that’s all I have from The Yard.

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The Judith Cruz for HISD Trustee District VIII campaign must be doing something right as more charges were leveled at her yesterday.  I’m not going to mention yesterday’s charge other than to say “you gotta be kidding.”  Judith’s campaign will be putting out some good news later today so stay tuned!

The front page of today’s Chron has a story about the City of H-Town’s budget problems now that we have to give up the red light camera revenue. 
Check out the story.

Speaking of, Kuffer did a breakdown on how Dems and GOPers voted on Prop 1 and Prop 3.  Check it out.

It looks like Dems shot the red lights down and kept Prop 1 alive.  African American voters in particular spanked the red light cameras big time – ouch.

It looks like all this adds up to furloughs and layoffs at City Hall next year.

On March 30, 2000, the ‘Stros had their inaugural game at The Yard against the Yankees.  Who was the starting pitcher for the ‘Stros that evening?

The big news on the tube this morning was the prince getting married.  I remember about 30 years when the other prince got married and he’s still the prince and it looks like the queen isn’t going anywhere soon – got it!

Dwight Gooden of course was the starting pitcher for the ‘Stros at The Yard’s inaugural game on March 30, 2000.  Dwight Gooden is celebrating his 46th BD today.

Hunter Pence was named MVP for the ‘Stros this past season and that’s all I have from The Yard.


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In a sort of reversal, the City of H-Town has decided that they better listen to 53% of the voters and shut off the red light cameras immediately.  No grace periods.  No 120-day notification.  Once the November 2 vote is canvassed today, the red light cameras get unplugged.  It is an unconditional surrender if you ask me.

Speaking of turning out the lights, I wonder if the Chron’s Columnist is starting to get in the business of predicting the fates of Harris County Commissioners.  He had a take on the front page of yesterday’s Chron on Commissioner Eversole – yikes!  Check it out.

Who holds the career World Serious record for base hits?

You know it is getting ridiculous out there when Judith Cruz’s opposition are handing out flyers  saying Judith wants kids to go hungry – huh!  I figured they would start throwing stuff like that at us.

Commentary was at the computer yesterday and had the Texans game on fully expecting to see the game go into OT when all of a sudden I was stunned by a miraculous catch.  It took me a couple of minutes to regain my composure.

Yogi Berra of course holds the World Serious career base hit record with 71 base hits and he also holds the World Serious career singles record with 49 and he also is number 3 with 12 career World Serious dingers. 

The Former H-Town Mayor says in today’s Chron that he’s not running for U.S. Senator in 2012.  Well that ends the speculation. 

From The Yard:

The Houston Astros Play Green® In Education program has been named one of the winners of the 2010 Mayor’s Outstanding Proud Partner Award, which is presented by Keep Houston Beautiful.

Pam Gardner, Astros President of Business Operations, will accept the award at the 26th Annual Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor’s Proud Partners Luncheon on Monday, November 15 (TODAY).

Way to go Pam-In-Charge!


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On November 2, HISD District VIII Trustee candidate Judith Cruz led a six candidate field with an impressive 35% of the vote.  She won just about every precinct in the district.  The opposition clearly noticed a few weeks ago that Judith Cruz had widespread support.  That’s why they went after a lot of our signs.  It didn’t work.  It is hard to discourage a lot of parents, civic leaders, and taxpayers that have clearly embraced Judith’s candidacy.

The opposition is very frustrated and has now resorted to throwing out ridiculous accusations and charges.  The latest was a flyer that was distributed with a bizarre claim about school cafeteria food.  You gotta be kidding me!

Judith is a mom, taxpayer, teacher, homeowner and neighbor who has stepped forward to run for a non-paying elected position and wants to put the interests of our school children first and I guess that scares some of our opposition because it is resonating with the voters in District VIII.

The run-off election is Tuesday, November 30 and early voting starts next week on Thursday, November 18.

On July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan was one out away from pitching his second career no-no.  Who came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs with a wooden table leg instead of a bat (it was kind of a gag)?

In today’s Chron there is a story about the face-off at City Hall yesterday on the Port Commission appointment.  I can’t find the story online but it is in the hard copy.  I watched it on TV and it was pretty interesting.

Tigers’ first baseman Norm Cash of course ended up popping out.  Norm Cash is no longer with us and ended up with 377 career dingers.  Norm Cash was born 76 years ago today.

I wonder if Guv Dude tried a Saint Arnold when he was at The Yard last night signing his “Fed Up” book and I wonder how many folks showed up and that’s all I have from The Yard. 

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