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The Tea Baggers have to get used to The President for four more years.  It is going to be tough to keep hate alive for four more years, four more years, four more years!

Speaking of Obama, name the only player to ever win the World Serious MVP with a first name that begins with the letter O?

I’m not going to say nothing about it being 9 am and the County still only reporting 1,055 of 1,064 precincts with a bunch of judges and candidates wondering what they will be doing in January.

I’m also not going to say much about the H-Town area voters being in a FORgiving mood yesterday on the bonds.

I’m going to miss watching Romney flop and flip.

2016 will begin later tonight for sure.

Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers of course won the World Serious MVP Award of course in 1988.

That’s all I have and nothing from The Yard.


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Sandy decided to cast her vote and there isn’t a single GOP Voter I.D. law or voter suppression effort out there that can stop her.  Sandy also decided to get involved in the campaign for Prez.  I don’t know what impact she will have but she certainly has most of the media coverage today. One thing is for sure, if the Prez wins, Tea Baggers will call foul and demand a rerun claiming Sandy originated in Kenya.

The Chron E-Board yesterday said that voting the straight ticket is a disaster and a menace.  I don’t know about it being the end of the world.  Here is from the E-Board:

Straight ticket voting is entirely too widespread, not only in Harris County, but all across Texas. It is a menace to our democracy beyond even robo-calls and pollsters calling at supper time.

Here is the entire editorial.

I’ll say this.  If any of those running on the GOP side tell me that the Tea Party if full of s__t , that they support The DREAM Act, that they don’t have a problem with marriage equality, and that they think that cutting education funding was a huge mistake, and that they know that The President was born in Hawaii, then maybe I’ll consider not voting the straight ticket.

My baby don’t care, my baby don’t care. My baby don’t care!

After Day 7 of Early Voting in Person in Harris County we’re at 362,827 compared to 314,252 after Day 7 in 2008.  We’re at 53.5% of the 2008 total.  Locally, Clear Lake is at 55.7%, Cypress Top 63.4%, Tomball 58.6%, Franz 49.2%, Tracy Gee 54.7%, Acres Home 42.8%, Northeast 50.6%, Sunnyside 57.6%  Ripley 49.2%, HCC 47.2%, and Baytown 52.5% – got it!

The Tigers only scored 6 measly runs in their World Serious four game flop.  What are the most runs ever scored by a team in a single World Serious game?

The good news from Latino Decisions latest polling:

Obama has the support of 73% of all Latino registered voters, compared to 21% who favor Romney.

The best interviewer in campaign politics bar none is CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.  She shreds the talking points.  Here is from a Politico story today:

O’Brien says this isn’t a partisan objective: “It’s about doing a good interview,” she said. “If someone is lying to you on the left, or if someone is lying to you on the right, as a journalist you’re going to be embarrassed because you didn’t catch a lie. You have to catch people if their spinning you. You can’t just let people come on and spin and spin and spin you.”

Check out the entire piece here.

Go Soledad!

The Yankees scored 18 runs of course against the Giants in Game 2 of the 1936 World Serious.

The ‘Stros new logo was accidentally leaked this past Friday and it looks to be a remake of the orange star and white H.  We will know for sure this Friday.


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NEWS FLASH FROM AP: The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

The President certainly needed this news!

Chris Moran of the Chron put out a piece yesterday that Graci Garces will be running for H-Town City Council, District I, next year.  Graci is CM James Rodriguez’s Chief-of-Staff.  I’ve known Graci for a number of years now.  She’s smart, sharp, has great political instincts, knows the district, can communicate the issues, has a great heart, and will make an outstanding candidate and council member.  I have always had nothing but respect for Graci.  She has always provided me with a unique perspective of City Hall and the players.  Our conversations on policy and politics have always been thorough and enjoyable.  If I want to know what is going on at City Hall, she’s the first person I call.  I am definitely looking forward to working on her campaign.  Here is the Chris Moran piece:

Graciana ”Graci” Garces, chief of staff for District I Councilman James Rodriguez, is running to succeed him next year when he’s termed out.

If Garces wins, she would continue an intra-office line of succession. Rodriguez had been the chief of staff for his predecessor, Carol Alvarado, who is now a state representative.

Leticia Ablaza, who challenged Rodriguez last year, is also running, she confirmed. Ablaza served as chief of staff for District A Councilwoman Helena Brown for four months before resigning to work on the campaign of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina. Ablaza, 39, lives in Glenbrook Valley and has lived in District I for 37 years.

Garces doesn’t live in District I yet, but she will next week, when she moves from Humble into a loft on the edge of Glenbrook Valley. That’s just in time to give her the year’s residency requirement to run for the seat.

Garces has seven years of experience in the district as the District I chief of staff, the last five with Rodriguez. She was also chief of staff for Alvarado’s last two-year term. Garces said that through her work she knows all the heads of the civic clubs, is familiar with the capital projects in the pipeline and even knows about the most notorious illegal dumping spots.

Although she hasn’t taken any formal steps and can’t begin raising money for the race until February. She said she expects to use the same political consultant her boss uses. Marc Campos has 40 years of experience in Democratic and Latino politics. The district’s population is 77 percent Latino, the heaviest concentration of Latinos in any of the city’s 11 council districts.

Garces, 32, expects to make a formal announcement of her candidacy by early 2013.

Now that Graci’s name is out there as a candidate, folks will definately be gunning for her.  She’ll handle it though and remain poised.  Plus, CM Rodriguez and Commentary have her back!  Stay tuned?

The ‘Stros now have four sub .500 seasons in a row – ouch!  When was the last time the ‘Stros have had four or more sub .500 seasons in a row?

Lisa Falkenberg’s latest column is about “The Revisionaries” and the State Board of Education.  Here is how the column starts:

It feels wrong to laugh so often during a documentary about public education.

But how else does one respond to a scene where the former head of the Texas State Board of Education explains how dinosaurs were able to fit on Noah’s Ark? Or the parts where the same guy, Bryan dentist Don McLeroy, quizzes patients about evolution and sings them Bible songs while they sit captive, mouths full of metal tools, in the dentist’s chair?

Here is Lisa’s column.

Don’t forget that the Texas Freedom Network will have a special screening of “The Revisionaries” on Friday, October 12 at the Sundance Theater in Downtown H-Town.  This is the documentary about our State Board of Education.

Get your tickets here.

If you want to help Traci Jensen in her race for State Board of Education, go to

I don’t know what you can say about the Lite Guv putting a Tea Bagger in charge of the Senate Public Education Committee.  Most state capitol observers are saying that the Lite Guv is playing up to the Tea Baggers leading up to 2014.  Don’t discount the fact he’s punch drunk over the arse whipping from Ted Cruz.

The beautiful Whitney Lynn Whitmire and the handsome John Travis Jenkins will get married tomorrow evening.  They are two special and wonderful people that I am glad I know. Whitney and John are two of the brightest young leaders we have in these parts.  Commentary had the pleasure of having John work here for six or seven months back in 2003-2004.  John is incredibly talented and knows his baseball.  I wish the two nothing but the best and a life of happiness.

I’m sure The Dean is going to be mighty proud when he walks his lovely Whitney down the aisle!

The Chron E-Board today endorsed my old pal Vince Ryan for Harris County Attorney.

Check it out here.

As of yesterday in Harris County, 63,234 have requested mail ballots with 24,803 generated by the GOP and 19,893 by Dems. 

Commentary said this yesterday:

Congrats to Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers for winning the Triple Crown with a.330 batting average, 44 dingers, and 139 RBIs!  That’s only the fourth Triple Crown ever won during Commentary’s lifetime!


My pal Nef sent this back:



The only other time the team has had four or more sub .500 consecutive seasons was from 1962-1968, when the Colt 45s/‘Stros had seven consecutive sub .500 seasons of course – got it!

‘Stros radio announcers Dave Raymond and Brett Dolan were fired yesterday.  Oh well!  I guess they’ll be firing Tal’s Hill next.  Then they’ll fire the choo-choo train.

FLASH!  I finally get what they are doing!  The fans have been firing the ‘Stros all season by not showing up to The Yard so the team is letting the fans know that they can fire too!  I wonder if they will fire the ugly signage out in left field!

Going into the AL West next year, fans from around these parts are worried about the Rangers and Angels.  Well how about them A’s!

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From Traci’s Press Release:

Traci Jensen, candidate for State Board of Education (SBOE), District 6, was endorsed yesterday by the Texas Freedom Network (TFN).  In a letter to Jensen informing her of their endorsement, TFN said “thank you again for your support for religious freedom, civil liberties and strong public schools.”

In a letter to TFN members and supporters, TFN said:

“We hope our endorsements not only help you to make informed decisions at the ballot box, but also inspire you to help the campaigns of those candidates for office who truly support the ideals we all share: a commitment to religious freedom, individual liberties and strong public schools.”

“I am grateful to receive the support of the Texas Freedom Network,” said Jensen.  “For the past seventeen years, TFN has led the effort to take on a politically-motivated SBOE who continue to abuse their power. The language arts, science and social studies curricula are examples of the board’s dismissal of educators and experts’ judgments in order to propel their own right wing ideology” added Jensen.

“TFN’s endorsement is highly valued in that it expands our growing campaign as we work to bring respectability to Texas education, end divisive rhetoric and put ALL Texas school children ahead of politics and ideology,” continued Jensen.

See Traci Jensen’s TFN Voter Guide Responses Here.

The DREAMers continue to play a role in the campaign for Prez as Romney told a Colorado news outlet yesterday that he’s kind of changing his tune when it comes to undoing The President’s deferred actions.  Way to go DREAMers for getting Romney to flop and flip!

A study was released yesterday detailing the positive impact to the U.S. and Texas economies by DREAMers.  Check out this from the Texas Tribune:

Granting legal status and paving the way to citizenship for an estimated 2.1 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would generate approximately $329 billion in economic impact by 2030, according to a report released Monday. The study also says that Texas itself would see an impact of $66 billion.

The report, a joint effort by the progressive Center for American Progress and the Partnership for a New American Economy, estimates that passing the DREAM Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country at a young age to work and apply for residency, would generate that revenue total through a combination of wages, tax contribution and increased spending.

Check out the entire Tribune story here.

It has been 45 years since Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown with the Red Sox.  With two games remaining in the regular season, Tiger Miguel Cabrera is in the driver’s seat to win the Triple Crown. He leads in batting average with .329, in dingers with 44, and in RBIs with 137.  Name the players that trail him in each category?

I don’t know if I agree with H-Town City Attorney Feldman on CM Helena Brown’s city purchased magnets as being political advertising.  Where do you draw the line?  Here is a bit from the Chron:

The magnets include a photograph of Brown and her office phone number, email address and postal address.

What makes the magnets political advertising in Feldman’s opinion, is the inclusion of "language declaring, in demonstrative print and exclamation, her dedication and priorities as an office holder," he wrote to Brown’s attorney.

The magnets tout Brown’s "DEDICATION to… 1. Timely Constituent Response! Our #1 priority; 2. Responsible City Spending! 3. Standing up for residents, businesses, and for what is right and just!"

Here is the entire Chron piece.

CM Brown has asked for an opinion from the Texas Ethics Commission.  The City Attorney should have just left it alone instead of risking opening a can of worms.

The H-Town Texans go to New Jersey next Monday night to face the Jets.  Here is from a story yesterday on Bloomberg.com:

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said seeing Mitt Romney win the U.S. presidential election is a higher priority than his team finishing the National Football League season with a winning record.

Johnson, New York chairman for the Romney campaign, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” that if forced to choose between the two, he’d pick a win by the Republican challenger over President Barack Obama on Nov. 6.

What else is Woody going to say?  The Texans are 7 ½ point favorites this Monday night and his Jets don’t have a QB this season. 

If you ask diehard H-Town Texans fans today if forced to choose if they would rather have the Texans win the Super Bowl this year or Mitt Romney win The White House, we will all be wearing steel blue state jerseys on Election Night!  Go Texans! 

BTW:  Hall of Fame QB great John Elway endorsed Romney yesterday in Colorado.  Elway now runs the Broncos – yes, the same Broncos that got beat by the Texans last week.

The Harris County Clerk put out a press release yesterday announcing that Clear Channel had donated 40 billboards reminding folks to vote early.  Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack participated in the photo-op unveiling the billboards.   I wonder why they didn’t ask a Dem official to participate in the photo-op.   Here is part of the press release:

Today, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart and Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack in partnership with Clear Channel VP Lee Vela, unveiled a countywide billboard campaign promoting early voting among the 1.95 million registered voters in the nation’s third largest voting jurisdiction. The initiative is scheduled to run for 30 days, leading up to and beyond the beginning of the early voting period.

The mail ballot application folks read Commentary because as of yesterday in Harris County, 58,750 have requested mail ballots with 23,929 generated by the GOP and 8,698 by Dems. 

Angel Mike Trout’s .325 AL batting average and Ranger Josh Hamilton’s 43 dingers and 127 RBIs of course trail Cabrera in Triple Crown categories.

The ‘Stros stay at 106 losses and personally welcomed the Cubbies to the 100 L Club!


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Today the County can start accepting mail ballot applications.  The County will begin sending out mail ballots on September 22 – in 15 days.  So folks will start voting on Monday, September 24 – got it!

I hope my Dad takes my Mom to Luby’s today.  After all, they are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary today – yikes!

Morning Joe was asked to compare the two conventions this morning and he said it wasn’t Ali vs Frazier, but rather Ali vs Wepner – “the Bayonne Bleeder.” 

Here is what Burkablog said about The President’s speech:

I thought Obama had to do two things tonight. One was tell the nation what he was going to do in the next four years that he hadn’t done in the past four years.  He did some of that–cut the deficit, cut oil imports, improve fuel economy–but there were no big ideas in the speech. It was a speech of a man who was tired of the game. The other thing that he had to do was lower expectations. That he did do. He made several references to the seriousness of the economic crisis. He showed some enthusiasm for attacking Romney and Ryan, but nothing new, just the predictable attacks on the banks. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for the Democratic delegates to cheer. Obama was like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, a sadder but wiser man after four tough years in office.  CNN spent a lot of time talking about the enthusiasm gap between Tampa and Charlotte. I think it’s real. After being one-upped by Clinton last night, Obama is going to have to raise the level of his game.

Senator John Kerry had some good lines including the one about asking Bin Laden if he is better off today than four years ago and the one about Romney learning about Russia by watching “Rocky IV.”

The Nationals are headed to the MLB playoffs and have the best record in baseball.  When was the last time the Nationals franchise made the playoffs?

I would say The President hit a grand salami last night and his speech was better than any from Tampa and that’s for sure!

VP Biden also hit a grand salami and he didn’t do it “the Bain way.”

DREAMers also got a few mentions last night. 

Sylvester Turner added another reason for turning the Lone Star State blue.  Let’s see restoring funding for Planned Parenthood, putting more money into public education, lowering the cost of college tuition, no more sanctuary city debates, embracing Obamacare, and now Dems getting to stay at better hotels during the Dem National Conventions.  I don’t have a problem with that.

Sir Paul will be in H-Town on November 14.

The Expos/Nationals beat the Phillies 3 games to 2 in the 1981 NL Playoffs and then lost to the Dodgers 3 games to 2 in the NLCS – the only time this franchise has made the playoffs. 

We’re in Cinncy for three in case you care.  Hey, the Reds are in first.


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It is being reported that Gabby Giffords will make an appearance this evening in Charlotte.   That’ll get the crowd going!

During last night’s roll call for President when states give their chamber of commerce pitch before casting their votes, the Chair of the Lone Star State Dems gave a shout out to the 100,000 DREAMers in the Lone Star State.  Nice job.

SA DREAMer Benita Veliz also did a great job last night saying The President “has fought for my community.” 

President Clinton set a convention record by slugging three grand salamis last night.  GOP consultant Alex Castellanos gave him major props.  Wolf Blitzer said it was the best Clinton speech ever. 

MariGirl was texting me toward the end of President Clinton’s speech and predicted when Clinton would mention The DREAMers and predicted when The President would join him on stage.  Here is what MariGirl said:

“Clinton nailed it and he didn’t even have to pull out a chair!”

Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” was icing on the cake.

I’m putting my money on The President this evening.

Some say that Mario Cuomo (1984), Ann Richards (1988), and Barack Obama (2004) gave better keynotes than Mayor Castro.   Yeah, but we lost all three of those Prez races.

Some GOPers were calling Dems out for bringing back Senator Ted Kennedy from the graveyard to bash Romney Tuesday night. Yeah, but it is our graveyard.

Name the MLB team with the record for most dingers in a game?

The Chron has a piece today on SA Mayor Castro and Ted Cruz.

You can check it here.

Here is what the Chron misses.  Cruz doesn’t address Latino community issues.  He makes his appeal to Tea Baggers.  Mayor Castro addresses Latino concerns.  That’s a big difference.

Lisa Falkenberg has an interesting piece on the new Education Commissioner.

Check it here.

Traci Jensen’s opponent for State Board of Education, District 6, GOPer Donna Bahorich, said the following on her Greater Houston Partnership questionnaire when asked about funding for public education in the Lone Star State:

Unfortunately, (public) education funding (in Texas) will be even more of a challenge with spending increases forecast for Health and Human Services as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

I forwarded the Bahorich response to a Dem insider up at the State Capitol and got this reply:

“This sounds like typical Teabag/GOP rhetoric about government spending.  In Texas, with a booming population, the state’s budget should reflect that growth, not be shrinking.  As has always been the case in governing, it is not an “either-or” proposition.  Prior to this asinine Tea Party movement, government had always been able to identify its priorities and found ways to fund those.  The suggestion this quote makes that we have to make a choice between funding H&HS or public education is just ridiculous.  We have the means and the resources to appropriately fund both, but the political will of the majority party is more interested in pandering to their vocal minority (Tea Party types) and special interests.  Campaigning is easy, and governing is hard.  These newly elected officials have a gross misunderstanding of what it takes to govern effectively and are willing to put a generation of Texans at risk for their own political livelihoods.”

The Dem nominee for Harris County DA gets to stay on the ballot.  Just leave it alone and move on and keep pushing the straight Dem ticket.  It is not too late to just shut this can of worms.  Don’t give this fella any more publicity.

The Friends of Terence H. Fontaine for Houston City Council District D put out an email early today.  Somebody needs to tell them to put a disclaimer on it.

On September 14, 1987, the Jays smacked 10 dingers against B’More in one game of course to set the MLB record.

I’m not going to say anything about losing our 95th game last night.


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Last night Commentary watched the season finale of “The Newsroom” on HBO and I have to give it the thumbs up. I watched every episode of this first season – sometimes more than once.  It was very entertaining.  I don’t know about the accuracies of what goes on in a newsroom but I did like the way they framed each episode with a recent news event – Tea Party, 5/1/11, Tucson shootings, phone hacking, Voter ID, SB 1070, debt ceiling, Koch brothers, debates, Anthony Weiner, Casey Anthony, Egypt, and Deepwater Horizon.

Last night the anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) called the Tea Party the American Taliban – ouch!  I’d be very surprised if any Tea Baggers watched “The Newsroom” since it is on HBO, the home of Bill Maher. 

“The Newsroom” first aired in late June making it ineligible for this year’s Emmy Awards.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it snagged nominations for The Golden Globes at the end of the year and next year’s Emmys for Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, and even Jane Fonda.  Alison Pill as you recall portrayed Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk’s campaign manager, in the 2008 “Milk.”

I think the show’s creator and lead writer Aaron Sorkin deserve some props for putting together this show.  Like I said, it is very entertaining and interesting.  “The Newsroom” now takes a break and will return next June.  Stay tuned!

Aaron Sorkin also co-wrote the screenplay for a baseball movie that snagged him an Oscar nomination.  Name the flick?

Isaac wasn’t able to get floor credentials to the GOP National Convention so he just caused a one day delay ruckus. Isaac is now looking at a place to make landfall and will do his best to hog media coverage away from the American Taliban in Tampa – ouch!

Commentary attended the Harris County Democratic Party Convention this past Saturday at the CWA Hall.   A lot of Dems showed up – 700 plus they said.   Nice job to the organizers!

The Rocket was impressive Saturday night according to some media reports.   I get where the ‘Stros are probably privately thinking about letting The Rocket make a start or three to boost interest and attendance with the proceeds going to the Astros in Action Foundation.  While they are at it, why not invite Randy Travis to sing the National Anthem or “God Bless America?”

Aaron Sorkin along with Steven Zaillian co-wrote the screenplay for “Moneyball” of course that earned them an Oscar nomination.

I’m not going to say anything about our 13-53 road record as the NL West first place Giants and Hunter Pence visit The Yard for three beginning tomorrow evening. 


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