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A lot of folks took the day off according to this morning’s traffic reports from the freeway.  That is what happens when the fifth of July falls on a Friday.

A lot of folks are also waiting to hear where Dwight Howard will be playing this season.  Rocket fans have their fingers crossed.

Even Dr. Sheldon Cooper got into the act by posting this video asking Howard to become a Rocket.

Knock, knock!  “Dwight!”  Knock, knock!  “Dwight!”  Knock, knock!  “Dwight!”

There still not much on the Guv Dude front on his future plans – nada. 

Name the ‘Stro player with the most MLB All Star Game selections?

Commentary made the Washington Post’s “She the People” by Melinda Henneberger today.  She even used my Wednesday headline as part of their headline.  Here is a part:

Longtime Democratic consultant Marc Campos, of Houston, who calls Perry “Governor Dude,” is less sure than some others in the state about how the governor will come down on the question of “to dude or not to dude” for a fourth term. “Oops means oops,” Campos jokes, referring not only to Perry’s inability to remember the name of the third federal agency he’d vowed to cut, but also to Perry’s presidential chances if he does run again in ’16.

Yet Campos assesses his own party’s chances of taking the governorship next year no less realistically, quoting Rocco Lampone’s line in “The Godfather Part II” that shooting Hyman Roth would bedifficult, not impossible. It would have to be a hardly-any-room-for-error type of campaign,” he says, and darn well funded.

Here is the entire piece.

Kuffer has a good take on the Dude announcement.

In the hard copy of today’s Chron the E-Board calls Dude’s refusal to accept more Medicaid dollars “Perrycare.”

Check it out here.

B-G-O leads the ‘Stros in MLB All Star Game selections with seven of course. 

We should have won yesterday but you can’t when you throw two wild pitches.  Well at least Brett Wallace is starting to play like a first round draft pick.  We will have to wait a couple of weeks to see the team back at The Yard.


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Today is the deadline for members of the public to turn in their Astrodome proposals.  In yesterday’s Chron, Kuffer and former County Judge Jon Lindsay penned Op-Eds and gave us their thoughts.  The Chron also published an Op-Ed on the Dome that appeared in the NY Times a week or so ago.  None of the three advocated Commentary’s well known position on the Dome’s future but Kuffer had what I thought were words that ring loud and true.  Check this:

The fact is that in this country, when a stadium stops functioning as a stadium, it gets torn down. Several of the teams that the Astros played against in 1965, the Dome’s opening year, are in their third stadium since then. Ebbetts Field, where Jackie Robinson made his groundbreaking debut in 1947, was demolished in 1960, two years after the Dodgers headed to California. Apartments were built in its place. The only historic venues that still stand are those that are still used as sports arenas, such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Lambeau Field and Madison Square Garden.

There is no precedent for turning an unused stadium into some other functional structure, which may be why we have struggled so much to come up with a new use for the Dome.

Hear, hear!

Here is all of Kuffer.

Here is Judge Lindsay.

Here is the NY Times.

Show me the courage!

How many times have the ‘Stros had the number one pick in the MLB Amateur Player Draft?

Speaking of Numbers Ones and dumbarse stuff falling out of your piehole, Chipper Jones tweeted the following:

Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk

Then he tweeted this:

I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!

Here is from the Chron’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz:

Chipper Jones, who built a solid reputation during his long career with the Atlanta Braves, has atoned a bit for an ugly tweet about illegal immigrants.

“Y’all think if they took all them gators they trap in Fla and La and put them in the Rio Grande, it wud stop the illegals from crossing? Jk,” Jones tweeted from @RealCJ10 Saturday. Jones got a relative pass from the baseball media, but his tweet was beyond offensive.

Many people die each year trying to cross the border in a desperate attempt to improve their lots in life, and I simply don’t find it funny when athletes attempt to dehumanize immigrants by joking about them as though they’re some sort of prey.

Whether you agree or disagree with the U.S. immigration policies, I would assume we all agree that we must treat each other with respect and common decency. Chipper Jones is no John Rocker, and I’m glad Jones decided to apologize in another tweet tonight.

“I realize that my tweet yest was offensive and distasteful. An attempt at humor was a terrible mistake. Please accept my heartfelt apology!” he tweeted.

Chipper Jones has always been a class act when I’ve dealt with him, and I hope this was just one silly mistake. We all say stupid comments that we ultimately regret from time to time. Jones recognized his mistake, and hopefully he learned from it.

I’m putting Chipper Jones on my list of dumbarses and he’ll stay on it until I think he’s seen the light if you know what I mean.

This past Saturday With the 557th pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Player Draft the ‘Stros selected Jake Rodriguez.  Jake!

Of course I’m not talking about our Jake but rather Jake who catches for the Oregon State Beavers of the PAC 12.

Talk about letting folks down or misleading them or playing the hidden ball trick, I ‘m talking about the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees.   HCDE Trustee Jim Henley announced he was resigning.  The HCDE Board then invited folks to apply for the vacancy and send in their resumes.  The list was whittled down to six finalists that included public education activist Sue Deigaard, Latino activist Rey Guerra, and former State Board of Education candidate Traci Jensen (Commentary’s former client). The six finalists were then interviewed.

After a few special called HCDE Board meetings to deliberate on the vacancy the board went for none of the above.  This past Thursday the board met and selected former NAACP honcho Howard Jefferson.  I like Howard and consider him a pal but I don’t think he even applied.

If you ask me why ask folks to apply and have them interviewed then say no thanks. Some of the applicants would have been outstanding trustees.  What a bum deal if you ask me. I hope they have a good ‘splanation.

If the City of H-Town really wants to get serious about recycling then why don’t they have the Westpark Recycling Center open on Sundays.  It is open Monday thru Saturday.  A lot of folks can’t or won’t drive out there during the week.  Having it open on Saturday and Sunday would be a convenience.

The ‘Stros have had the number one draft pick four times of course:  Pitcher Floyd Bannister in 1976, infielder Phil Nevin in 1992, shortstop Carlos Correa in 2012, and pitcher Mark Appel last Thursday.

The ‘Stros have now lost four in a row as the bats have gone on silent mode.  We’re playing like a team that is 22-42.


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Kuffer has a take on Ben Hall running for Mayor and reminds us that Ben is a Piney Point resident and Kuffer says he is going to keep reminding us about this.  I wonder if this will be a major issue in the race.  I’m sure Ben’s advisors thought this through before deciding to run.  

Here is the Kuffer take.

I wonder if Kuffer will ever do takes about other electeds that don’t live in the districts they represent.

I was checking out the Ben Hall for Mayor web site and found this from Ben that made me chuckle:

Our collective future is brighter than our past, but we cannot get there by just doing more of the same – we have a choice in November. Success is not achieved by a mayor merely maintaining the status quo.  I recognize that Rome was not built in a day, but it wasn’t built by tinkering with food carts and propane tanks. The job of mayor is bigger than this.

Remember back in 2009 when we heard nothing but “lawyer, lobbyist Gene Locke.”  I wonder if we’ll hear “but it wasn’t built by tinkering with food carts and propane tanks.”

I wonder what the final tab will be when The Mayor’s folks are given the op-research package on Ben.

I’m also thinking that the city’s ordinance on feeding the homeless will surface during the campaign.

New ‘Stros bullpen coach Dennis Martinez is the subject of a feature today in the Chron Sports Section.  Martinez played in the MLB from 1976 to 1998.  How many different uniforms did Martinez wear over his 23 year career?

Did you know that in the November election this past November, 6.13% of the votes cast in SD6 were by mail ballots?  This past January 26, 20.11% voted by mail ballots.  In the runoff, 22.32% voted by mail ballots.

In today’s Chron, the owner of the ‘Stros talks about moving their Triple A club from Oklahoma City to a location north of The Woodlands.  That doesn’t bother me since I don’t ever watch minor league games.

Dennis Martinez wore B’More, Expos, Tribe, Mariners, and The ATL gear of course.

J.J. Watt will throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at The Yard.  I wonder if MariGirl is going to game and I wonder if she will wear her numero 99 jersey.


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Commentary has tried not to spend a whole lot of time talking about the SD6 Special because I don’t want folks to know what is going on.  In the past I probably said too much about certain campaigns and I’m sure there was a time or two when it came back and bit me in the arse.  So I won’t have a whole lot to say over the next 18 days.  There won’t be any trash talking either – got it!

204 years ago today Abraham Lincoln was born.  And the Oscar goes to Daniel Day Lewis!

Name the ‘Stro who is the all time leader in stolen bases?

Of course I will watch the State of the Union Address tonight.  The Chron says immgration, guns, jobs, the deficit, and energy independence will be front and center.  I’m looking forward to his remarks on immigration – si se puede!

Today the ptichers and cathcers have their first workout.  As most folks know Commentary is not looking forward to Opening Day.  Most of the experts are predicting another 100 plus loss season – yikes!  I’m thinking we probably have the lowest payroll in MLB.  Most of our players are getting the minimum. 

In yesterday’s Chron there was a piece about how the new skipper Bo Porter was going about trying to get his team motivated by putting up signage, having them read books, and stuff like that.  Here is a part:

Porter’s not naive. He just believes in what others are convinced will fail. Inside Porter’s clubhouse Flywheel — a concept derived from Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t” — is the term “break point.” Porter evaluated all 162 of the Astros’ 2012 games, which featured a franchise-record 107 losses. He discovered 35 that featured a break point — a contest the Astros could have captured but lacked the focus and will to claim.

The Chron also mentions a meeting the new skipper had with NFL coaching great Bill Parcells:

“Bill is full of quotes. And one of the things he said is, ‘Never make exceptions for your players doing the preparation. Because you’ll look up one day, and you’ll have a team full of exceptions,’ ” Porter said.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

I guess you have to do what you have to do.  We have an umproven bunch for sure.  I’m all for motivation but I also want talent and quality MLB experience on the roster.  That’s the piece we’re missing and that’s a big piece.

Cesar Cedeno of course is the ‘Stros all time stolen base leader with 487.  That’s all I have.



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Commentary read where only 44 MLBers had made the Hall of Fame on their first ballot.  B-G-O got 68.2%, short of the 75% needed.  Is B-G-O among the top 45 Hall of Famers of all time?  He is probably not.  Oh, well!  Maybe next year!  Baggy got 59.6%.

The Rocket got 38.8% – embarrassing.  Barry Bonds got 36.2% and Sammy Sosa got 12.5% – humiliating.

Here is what the Players’ Association said yesterday:

“To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, for example, is hard to justify.  Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings — and others never even implicated — is simply unfair.”

Here is what one of The Rocket’s lawyers not named Rusty said:

“Clemens went to hell and back to defend himself. To now lump him in with people who admitted to it, I think it’s just really unfair and in some sense un-American.  I really do.”

I don’t think The Rocket will be heading to Cooperstown anytime soon.  ‘Roids don’t rule.!

1996 was the last time nobody got elected to the Hall.  Who was the top vote getter in 1996?

On a miserable flash flood watch and warning rainy day, only 328 folks voted early in the SD 6 Special on the first day.  73 at Ripley and HCCS led the day. Let’s see if the weather and turnout improves today.

Carol Alvarado’s opponent dropped her second negative mail piece in three days.  This one has Carol smiling and holding a wad of cash – 22 fifty dollar bills.  That’s $1,100.  Oh, well!

The Oscars were announced this morning and the director of “Zero Dark Thirty” got a snub but the flick did get a few nominations.  I think Hollywood had to give it a Best Pic nomination but kept the director off the list so as to not endorse torture.  That’s just a guess of course.

I won’t be going to the movies anytime soon though.

Phil Niekro of course led the 1996 balloting with 68.3% of the vote.  Knucksie got into the Hall the following year.

I’m not going to say much about the top prospect for the ‘Stros that got 50 days off.


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I found an AP story in the Star Telegram about the Lite Guv wanting go right or get right or wrong – whatever.  Here is from the piece:

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dewhurst said he wants Texas to be "the most fiscally and socially conservative state in the country."


For Dewhurst, that means even tougher restrictions on abortion, new public school choice measures, drug tests for welfare and unemployment aid recipients and keeping Texas among the lowest in the nation in per-capita public spending when the Legislature convenes its 140-day session on Jan. 8.

It looks like this fella is going to bend over, errr, bend over backwards in order to get some love from the Tea Baggers.  Stay tuned!

Here is the entire piece.

Name the player with the most dingers in a season by a DH?

Jack Klugman is no longer with us.  A lot of folks liked him in “The Odd Couple.”  I liked him as Juror #5 in “12 Angry Men.”

Charles Durning also left us.  He was in a bunch of great movies like “The Sting,” “Tootsie,” and “Dog Day Afternoon.”

David “Big Papi” Ortiz of course had 47 dingers as a DH in 2006 to set the DH single season dinger record.

There is nothing else to say today other than work for some and time off for others.

The Team Store was closed Christmas Eve – huh!


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Check this out from an AP story:

Three senators have written to the head of Sony Pictures Entertainment criticizing the movie “Zero Dark Thirty" as "grossly inaccurate and misleading" in its suggestion that torture produced the tip that led to Osama bin Laden.

The three members of the Senate Intelligence committee — Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain — told the president and CEO of Sony, Michael Lynton, that he has an obligation to say that torture in the hunt for bin Laden was fiction and not based on fact.

The lawmakers said the CIA detainee who provided significant information about bin Laden did so before any harsh interrogation.

The three described themselves as fans of Sony movies. But they warned that Americans will see the film and believe the events are factual.

The last thing members of Congress ought to be doing is telling Hollywood how to make movies

I don’t believe in torture.  It is just not my style but both 43 and Little Dick Cheney said it worked and after Bin Laden was tossed into the sea, one of the first calls The President made was to 43.  

I have not seen the movie but I want to.  I do find it interesting is that the liberal media elite are calling “Zero Dark Thirty” one of the best of the year.  Are they endorsing torture or just good movie making.  If the flick takes home the Oscar, are the three Senators going to take to the Senate floor and chastise the Academy?

Name the ‘Stros skipper that has managed the most games?

I’m not going to say much about State Sen. Dan Patrick and the Lite Guv’s latest public education scheme, err, scam.  I’ll just let you see this from the Chron:

Former Cypress- Fairbanks ISD Superintendent David Anthony, the CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas, called it a subsidy for private schools and "a distraction (that) will slow progress on other needed reforms."

"It is regrettable that Senator Patrick chose to burden some otherwise sound proposals with the poison pill of school vouchers. Though the proposal is couched as a tax credit, make no mistake, this is a private school voucher," Anthony declared.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

It is good to see The President step it up on trying to curb gun violence. 

Yesterday was my pal Mike Sullivan’s last H-Town City Council meeting. 

Bill Virdon of course managed 1,066 games for the ‘Stros from 1975-1982.

I don’t have anything to say about the team signing up a bunch of no names.


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A few GOP members of congress and some GOP talking heads are in big time denial when they refer to last Tuesday’s results as a status quo election.  You gotta be kidding!

A president was reelected with a 7.9% unemployment rate.  The GOP only got 27% of the Latino vote (23% according to Latino Decisions), about a third of the Asian American vote, and around 5% of the African American vote.  Three states voted for marriage equality.  Two states voted to legalize pot.  The President racked up 332 electors.  At the beginning of the year, the betting was Dems would lose the Senate but on E-Day we picked up two seats.  None of this sounds like status quo to me.

Oh yeah, I forgot – Karl Rove spent $300 mil and got nada.

Name the skippers who are tied for the most World Serious rings in MLB history as skippers?

Commentary is proud of the fact that I was the first to start talking about Dems needing to engage Latino vote in the Lone Star State.  That was over a decade and a half ago.  Now it seems that everyone is talking about it.   Here is from a story I got off of the Star Telegram:

Political experts and Hispanic leaders say that for Texas Democrats to pull off a transition from red to blue, the party must mobilize Hispanic voters, using the same kind of ground game that the president’s campaign workers did in Tuesday’s election.


"They were in all the key states and it was critical that they turn out," said Valerie Martinez-Ebers, professor of political science at the University of North Texas and an editor of the American Political Science Review.

So-called Dreamers, undocumented children who were brought to the United States by their parents illegally, played a key role in that movement, Martinez-Ebers said.

Here is the entire piece.

Run “Latino vote” through your local search engine these days and you’ll pull up stories about the Latino vote riding in like the cavalry and saving some states for The President – cool.  Now you see some GOP leaders starting to talk about The DREAM Act and a pathway too citizenship.  Si se puede?

Here is one more story from the Chron yesterday on the Latino vote and the Lone Star State.

Dems need to invest and start working.

Commentary hardly spends anytime talking about college sports because those guys don’t get paid anything.  You have to hand it to the Aggies and their huge win over the Crimson Tide.  I think they have adjusted quite well to life in the SEC.

Commentary isn’t going to spend time on the general and his biographer. What is the point? 

I’ll tell you what, there aren’t going to be very many Thanksgiving Dinners in H-Town next week starting at 11:30 am – that’s for sure.

The late greats Joe McCarthy (Yankees – 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1943) and Casey Stengel (Yankees – 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956 and 1958) have seven World Serious rings apiece of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard.


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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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