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The Chron E-Board started rolling out their candidate endorsements today.  The HCC Board of Trustee candidates are first up including Commentary’s client Adriana Tamez for HCC District 3.  Check this:

District 3: To finish the remaining two years of an unexpired term, we recommend Adriana Tamez. The Denver Harbor native combines intimate familiarity with the southeast Houston district and strong credentials as an education professional. We believe her presence would be a particular help in changing the board tone and direction.

Way to go, Adriana!

Check out all the Chron E-Board HCC endorsements here.

Name the only numero 53 jersey to be retired in MLB?

Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz is getting blasted big time by his GOP colleagues.  Check this from Politico from a closed door meeting of GOP senators yesterday:

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”


“He kept trying to change the subject because he never could answer the question,” the senator said. “It’s pretty evident it’s never been about a strategy – it’s been about him. That’s unfortunate. I think he’s done our country a major disservice. I think he’s done Republicans a major disservice.”

Here is the entire Politico piece on the Cruz-out-of-control.

Don Drysdale of course had his numero 53 retired by the Dodgers.

The Tribe are out of the playoffs and nothing of importance to report from The Yard.


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The Tea Party consultants have sent out the talking points trying put the blame on anybody but themselves on their federal government shutdown. It isn’t working.  Here are the talking points:

· Obamacare is a job killer.

· It’s Harry Reid’s fault.

· The President won’t negotiate.

· Tip O’Neill shutdown the federal government seven times.

America isn’t buying it and are calling it the GOP shutdown.  You asked for the GOP shutdown so stop the cowardly act and own it!

Name the MLB team that had the most base runners caught stealing this past season?

Check out the New Dome PAC here.

Commentary received a mailer from the Rogene Calvert for At-Large 3 yesterday.

It was actually nice to see a local candidate get decent coverage on their announcement for a change.   The Chron and some local TVs were there to cover Kim Ogg’s announcement for DA. 

The Rangers lost in a playoff to try to get into the playoffs.  Got it!

The ‘Stros of course got caught stealing the most this year with 61.

The ‘Stros owner says things will get better next year. 


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I love that some in the GOP still don’t get it.  If found this on HuffPo today:

If Republicans are trying to shy away from the notion that America is divided between productive capitalists and dependent moochers, they forgot to tell John Sununu. The former New Hampshire governor and Mitt Romney campaign surrogate said Tuesday that Democrats and President Barack Obama won reelection by turning out the moochers.

"They aggressively got out the base of their base, the base of their base that’s dependent, to a great extent economically, on government policy and government programs," Sununu said at a forum with two other Republican governors, according to the Concord Monitor.

Speaking of Lights Out hanging them up, who holds the ‘Stros record for most saves in a season?

Meanwhile, FreedomWorks, the national Tea Bagger organization, is having a shake-up at the top.

Meanwhile, Fox News says Karl Rove and Dick Morris are going to have less TV time.

Meanwhile, some right wingers are mad at U.S. House Speaker John Boehner because he is cracking down on some right wingers.

The GOP in a state of flux – yes!

Commentary went to dinner with My Brown Eye Girl last night and she gave me a very, very cool photo of the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor flying over The Yard back in September on her way to LA.

Billy Wagner (in 2003) and Jose Valverde (in 2008) hold the club record with 44 saves in a season of course.

Speaking of, the ‘Stros traded away their closer yesterday.  Now we don’t have a closer and we don’t have a DH and we may trade our shortstop!  What’s up with that!



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The Big Jolly fella has an interesting take about a so-called civil war brewing within the Harris County GOP.  It’s Sen. Dan Patrick, Paul Bettencourt, and my pal Gary Polland attacking Hunker Down.   Apparently they are mad at Hunker Down because he called out a GOP PAC that he works with for putting out one of those false and misleading mailers during the past election and it got covered on Fox 26 News.  Big Jolly also takes issue with how Sen. Patrick and Uncle Paul or “Tio Pablo” as Big Jolly calls him run the local GOP.  Here is a taste:

The idea that Republicans should not try to compete in minority areas will be the death of the party. But more important, by ignoring these areas and leaving them to the ideas of liberalism, we are abandoning the future of the country. In his speech at the Robert Beren Academy this past Thursday on the issue of school choice, Sen. Dan Patrick stated that it was immoral to force children to attend failing schools. Isn’t it just as immoral to not give children in minority areas the opportunity to learn the concepts of liberty, freedom, and opportunity? Instead of abandoning the Asian, Latino, Black, and GLBT communities, we need to expand our efforts to reach them!

Yes, it appears that a civil war is brewing in the Harris County Republican Party. Fortunately, Judge Emmett is well funded and is a proven fund-raiser. Perhaps it is time for an all out war about the future of the party. If this happens, the Democrats will win sooner than expected but so what? Without structural changes in the Harris County Republican Party, they are going to win sooner or later anyway.

Here’s Big Jolly’s entire take.

I am the last guy that is going to give the local GOP advice but I wonder if Hunker Down’s attackers know that he has the best crossover appeal of all GOP elected officials.

This is an easy one and I’m kind of disappointed in myself for even offering it up.  From 1990 through 1999, name the MLB team that produced the most Cy Young Award winners?

It was nearly one of those any given Sundays yesterday as the Texans escaped with a W.  I actually thought we were going to lose.  I’m thinking most Thanksgiving dinners in H-Town this Thursday will start after 3 pm or so.

I was going to say something about the Port and the Sunset Commission recommendations and Anna Eastman’s and two of her fellow trustees’ letter to the Chron but the story and letter are not on Chron.com yet.  What is up with that?

KHOU TV weather person Gene Norman is no longer with KHOU.  What is up with that?

The Trib has a piece on George P.   I understand the fascination but will he have to run hard right to satisfy the GOP base – Tea Baggers?

Check out the piece here.

Former H-Town CM Jolanda Jones wants to run for City Council in District D but the City Attorney says she can’t.  It is pretty clear if you read the City Charter she can’t.  Oh, well! 

Check out the little story here.

I don’t have anything to say about Twinkies or Sno Balls or Ding Dongs.

The ATL of course produced six Cy Young Awards winners in the ‘90s of  with Tom Glavine (1991 and 1998), Greg Maddux (1993, 1994, and 1995), and John Smoltz (1996).

From Taggs at MLB.com:  Jim Deshaies, a popular member of the Astros’ television broadcast team for more than a decade, has interviewed for a similar position with the Cubs.

Now that would be STUPID if the team let JD leave. 


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It looks like Karl Rove wants to take on the Tea Baggers.  Check this from the Washington Post:

Where until now it battled only in general elections and against Democrats, Crossroads is considering whether to start picking sides in Republican primaries. The idea would be to boost the candidate it deems most electable and avoid nominating the kind of flawed and extreme ones who cost the party what should otherwise have been easy Senate wins in Florida, Missouri and Indiana.

That is not an easy task these days.  Tea Baggers have a lot of experience whupping up on GOP establishment candidates. 

I’m going to try not to put too much energy into the general and the biographer but I did hear some talking head complain how and where could the CIA Director – well, you know.  Duh!   That’s why they have safe houses!

Commentary is adamantly opposed to GOP voter suppression efforts like Voter I.D. and making up lists of fake dead voter.  I’m willing to compromise though.   Let’s kick off the Lone Star State voter rolls the 25,000 plus that have signed the Texas secession petition that has been sent to The White House.  I’m OK with that.

Of our soon to be AL West teams, who do we have the best record against?

Quote of the Day comes from Karen Hughes, 43’s former close advisor:

"And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.  The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of ‘legitimate rape.’"

Keep the Laguiole handy , Karen.

The ‘Stros are 6-3 against the Mariners for a .667 winning percentage of course.

Nada from The Yard.


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My old pal Jay Root of the Tribune has a story about the election in the Lone Star State and here is a part:

“Someone is going to have to come down here and invest significant money on turning out the Latino population. It’s going to take about $25 million,’’ (Democratic Fort Bend County Commissioner Richard) Morrison said. “Until they do that we’re just going to be in the same spot.’’

It would certainly be a smart investment for Dems.

The Chron E-Board today gives a shout out to Harris County and H-Town voters.  They made a boo-boo though.   Check this:

Democratic candidates Barbara Gardner and Julia Maldonado even won their races for the 14th Court of Appeals, bringing some necessary political and legal diversity to that judicial body.

I guess the E-Board didn’t check the results on Secretary of State’s website.

Here is the entire shout out.

Who is the first ‘Stro pitcher to ever throw a no-no?

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) wants the state to shore up its infrastructure to attract new business growth and to pay for it wants us to pay a monthly water meter fee and an increase in motor vehicle registration fees – huh!  Just stick it to the folks! 

Check out the story here.

The Latino vote continues to get good run all across the country for helping The President get four more years.

Talk about a dud, here is from a CBS piece:

As evidence of the Romney campaign’s sincere belief that the former Massachusetts governor would emerge victorious on Tuesday night, the Boston Globe reported Thursday that it had planned to fete Romney’s election with an eight-minute display of fireworks over Boston Harbor.

Sorry, Mitt!

George P. Bush filed a designation of treasurer so he can start raising money and run for something in the Lone Star State.  Of course, he is going to have to run through Tea Bagger land.  It will be interesting to see how he does it.

In the HCC bonds race, there was a 22.8% drop off. For HISD it was 18.9% and for METRO it was 21.6%.

Don Nottebart of course threw the first ever no-no against the Phillies in 1963.

The team released the spring training schedule yesterday – yawn.


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The majority of Dem judges won in Harris County a couple of days ago.  I guess that is good.  We also lost a number of Dem judges a couple of days ago.  That is not good.

Here in Harris County in 2008, Dems won the early vote and the GOP won Election Day.  This year the GOP won the early vote and Dems won Election Day.  It looks like this year the GOP had a better turnout effort than the Dems.

I think it is kind of silly for anyone to think Harris County is blue.  It may be trending that way but we have a lot of work to do.

In the old days, the MLB used to have a 154 game season.  When did they switch to the 162 game season?

On E-Day The DREAMers owned GOP arse.  Just look at Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.  If the GOP keeps hate alive and keeps bashing paperless folks, they will get what they deserve – nada!  No se puede!   The GOP can’t win it with just angry white dudes.

The GOP needs to step up to the table and get on the right side of The DREAMers and immigration reform or else!

I like this from an article in HuffPo:

"The billionaire donors I hear are livid," one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. "There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing."

Rove even suffered the indignity of being insulted on Twitter by the blustery Donald Trump, who had attended Romney’s election night party here on Tuesday night, but left early after it was clear that Obama had won a second term.

"Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money," Trump tweeted, inaccurately.

And Mitt Romney:  at least he can take comfort in the fact that he doesn’t have to be a severely flip flopper anymore because nobody is paying attention to him these days. 

There are a ton of stories today on the GOP and what they have to do.  Their Tea Bagger brand didn’t work on Tuesday so they need to think about that.  They don’t do so hot with folks of color and women.  So they also need to think about that.  All that Planned Parenthood bashing didn’t get them squat.

In 1961 the AL went to the 162 game season and the NL followed in 1962 of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard.


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