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Folks are doing some checking to see if Pasadena City Council District B Member-Elect Bianca Valerio will be the first Latina to ever serve on the Pasadena City Council.  I try to pay attention to stuff like this and I can’t say if any other Latina has served on the Pasadena City Council.  If you know of any, please let me know.

A joke. Embarrassment. Insanity. Ridiculous. Sad. Maddening. Out of touch. Plain old stupid. These words don’t even come close to describing Texas GOP statewide elected officials and Texas GOP state legislators.

They now want to defund our state prisons.  They want to take $250 million from the prison system and build a wall. Who gave them the authority to do this? I am putting it mildly by saying they are all walking around with their heads up their arses. 

Whatever happened to fix the grid to keep folks alive.

A wall?

It is very difficult to comprehend and digest that they are all following Donald Trump blindly.

The press asked Gov. Greg Abbott about the grid, and he responded that the grid was fine and dandy.  My friend Bill King has a take today on the grid here:

On June 8, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, “Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas.” Barely a week later, his agency which controls the power grid was recommending that Texans set thermostats at 78° or higher, turn off lights and unplug appliances. I don’t know but I am just guessing that not many appliances have been unplugged at the Governors’ mansion or, for that matter, at the homes of any of our other state leaders.

It has been clear from the start that the state leadership’s principal aim has been to sweep the February grid collapse under the rug as quickly as possible and move on to red meat issues to deflect the public’s attention away from one of the greatest governance failures in the State’s history. At every turn, the State has sought to cover-up and dissemble any information about what really happened in February and scuttle any real effort to investigate the systemic problems with the ERCOT-controlled grid.

Since the grid failure, numerous media outlets and public advocacy groups have been filing Open Record requests with ERCOT, seeking answers about what happened. ERCOT has been fighting most of those requests, claiming that it is not subject to the Open Records law. In one of the most outrageous moves to facilitate the cover-up, our ethically challenged Attorney General has ruled that ERCOT is not subject to the Texas Open Records law. 

Instead, according to the Attorney General, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) which oversees ERCOT gets to decide what information is public. 

Remember that this is an agency that is totally controlled by state law, has claimed in litigation that it is entitled to sovereign immunity as a state agency, and was just bailed out by the Texas Legislature to the tune of about $2.5 billion. And yet, according to the Attorney General, those who will ultimately pick up the tab for this fiasco have no right to see ERCOT’s records.

Of course, Governor Abbott could, with one telephone call, instruct his appointees to the PUC to stop fighting the Open Records requests. I would not hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Not surprisingly, ERCOT’s fight to keep its records secret have been slammed by open record advocates. Some early discussion by some legislators to include a provision in the recently passed legislation that would have specifically subjected ERCOT to the Open Records Act was quickly quashed.

That is hardly surprising. This analysis by WFAA (Channel 8 in Dallas) found the energy-related interested hired 338 lobbyists at a cost of over $24 million to lobby in just this last session. Lord only knows how many millions have been doled out in campaign contributions. With the billions in profits that some made, there is plenty of money to go around.

Nice take from Bill.

Alyson Footer tweeted this last night:

It’s official: Jose Altuve is the first player in Major League history to hit a walkoff grand slam and then hit a leadoff homer in the next game.

We won last night.  We will host the White Sox for four games beginning this evening.  The White Sox own the best record in MLB.

Alex Bregman dinged up his leg and will be out for a while.

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Congratulations to Pasadena City Council District B Member-Elect Bianca Valerio for her impressive win last night winning 65% of the vote.  Commentary was proud to help her out.  Bianca is a young hardworking woman who will make valuable contributions to her community.  I am betting we will be hearing a lot from her from here on out. Just watch.

Jonathan Estrada also won his runoff race for Pasadena City Council District E.  He won with 57% of the votes cast.

The H-Town Mayor has tweeted this more than once:

I would be very reluctant to sign any petition that would force something on the ballot unless you fully understand the cost. There is nothing wrong saying “no thank you”. St

I won’t say it again.

Texas Monthly came out with the Ten Best and Worst Texas State Legislators.  The Senate Democrats made the Worst list.  The folks who wrote up the list obviously know a lot more about what just happened in the legislature than Commentary.  They were there and I wasn’t.  One Democratic state representative got on the Best list and we got to know in the Texas Monthly piece that he wears a lot of cologne.  That’s important. Got it?

Here is what the Chron E-Board said today about the ERCOT mess:

“In Texas, it’s a policy failure of Republicans who lead this state.”

Ditto.

We were down one run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Carlos Correa ties it with a dinger.  On to extras.

Jose Altuve hits a grand salami, and we win it in ten.  A nice walk-off.

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78 ° My Arse

There are two City Council District runoff races in Pasadena today.  If you live in Council Districts B or E, go vote. 

From the Trib: 

“I don’t have any potential reasons [for the plant outages] that I can share at this time,” said Warren Lasher, ERCOT senior director of systems planning, during a Monday call with media. “It is not consistent with fleet performance that we have seen over the last few summers.” 

The number of plants that were forced offline today is “very concerning” Lasher said. 

We operate the grid with the resources that we have available,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of the generators to make sure their plants are available when demand is high.” 

Here is the entire Trib article: Texas power grid operator ERCOT urges conservation to avoid blackouts | The Texas Tribune. 

Aren’t they supposed to coordinate when power plants go offline?  Isn’t that the purpose of ERCOT?

I wonder how many bozos actually thought that the ERCOT grid was fixed.  I wasn’t surprised with the news yesterday from ERCOT to conserve.  We had the Big Freeze a month into the legislative session.  Several hundred Texans died. Fix the grid was a priority. Instead, the GOP led Texas Legislature pushed permitless carry, anti-trans, and racist voter suppression legislation and wasted a lot of time. 

Now they want us to turn up our thermostats to 78 °. Fu_k you!  They want us to unplug. Fu_k you!  They don’t want us to use appliances. Fu_k you! I froze my arse off for three days back in February.  Fu_k you! 78 ° my arse. Fu_k you! 

My old pal and super duper investigative journalist Jay Root now with the Chron tweeted this yesterday: 

Translation: if you live in #Texas, buy a generator right now #txlege 

You probably should for a hurricane.  But this ERCOT sh_t is manmade or rather Gov. Greg Abbott made. 

The way things are going, it could very well be Vancouver Cruz. It hit the mid-60s in Vancouver a couple of days ago. 

I read a story somewhere in the last day or so about potential candidates like former Cong. Beto O’Rourke aren’t successful on their third run for office.  He’s the only one out there thinking about taking on Abbott.  Abbott is not invincible.  Why do you think he’s playing the build the wall card?  He’s screwed up the pandemic response.  He failed on the Big Freeze.  ERCOT is putting us in danger as we head into a hot summer.  These are issues that have had a major impact on our lives.  If Beto does run, he has to be all in.  No Mr. Nice Guy. No dismissive of pollsters and consultants.  Stick it up Abbott’s you know what for the next 16 months. 

Chron Astros beat writer Chandler Rome tweeted this yesterday: 

No Astro leads his respective position in American League All-Star fan voting. Jose Altuve is second, Martín Maldonado, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez are third. Carlos Correa, who perhaps has the most realistic shot to start, is fourth. 

There is a lot of hate out there among MLB fans for the Astros.  A couple of years ago we were getting more MLB All Star Game votes for Astros players. In 2019, #SpringerDinger, #Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley and Justin Verlander were AL All Star game starters. In 2018, Jose Altuve was a starter. In 2017, #SpringerDinger, Altuve and Carlos Correa were starters. Those days are over for now. 

The Rangers are in town for a couple of games. 

Astros Skipper Dusty Baker is 72 today.  Happy Birthday, Dusty!  Let’s get him a win for his BD. 

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Ned Beatty

There was a mass shooting Friday night, a few blocks away from a building where they passed permitless carry a few weeks ago.

It looks like former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman will be running for Texas AG in the GOP Primary. Interesting.

You have to say it is refreshing to have President Joe Biden meet with his G-7 and NATO partners and not embarrass the country and not say stupid stuff. It is so normal. 

Ned Beatty left us yesterday. I loved him in “Deliverance”, “Superman”, “Superman II”, and “Network.”  If you have ever seen “Deliverance”, that groundbreaking scene of his is one of the most excruciating I have ever watched.  He was also the voice of Lotso, that no good stuffed bear, in “Toy Story 3”, who gets tied to a trucker’s grille at the end of the movie. 

GOP State Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted this yesterday: 

Stop with the fist bumping and shake some hands. 

Fu_king moron.  Why tweet something like that.  

Sounds like the fella is trying to do a macho thing. 

This pandemic has gotten a lot of us to think about how we go about business around folks.  Hugging and handshakes might be a thing of the past for some folks.  I certainly am not ready to shake hands and hugs and stuff. 

A lot of folks still have not gotten the vaccine. A lot more of Rep. Cain’s political persuasion. Who would want to shake this fella’s hand anyway? 

Remember, this is one of the fellas who was behind the racist voter suppression bill that has stuff in it that now nobody wants to claim credit for. Fu_king moron. 

When it comes to billboard policy in H-Town, I am inclined to listen to what the folks at Scenic Houston have to say.  I find it interesting that I am learning about a new billboard policy for H-Town from the Chron E-Board today.  Usually there is news story first before the E-Board weighs in.  Maybe there was a story,  but I missed it. 

Go get you a hard copy and educate yourself on what is being considered or maybe you can read it here: Editorial: Sign of trouble? Mayor Sylvester Turner is eyeing giant new digital billboards for Houston. (houstonchronicle.com). 

I don’t know about this proposed billboard policy. I am not a fan of any kind of billboards – digital included. 

Today is Flag Day where we celebrate the United States Flag, the Stars and Stripes – period. 

I am sure this has happened to a bunch of folks and maybe you.  It looks like both of my next-door neighbors are moving.  I saw a couple of moving fans in front of one of my neighbor’s house on Friday and I asked her if they were moving, and she said yep.  They are closing today.  This past weekend a truck pulled up to my other neighbor’s house and dropped off one of those moving pods.  I think they are moving out of the state.   

The Astros went 6-3 on their roadie.  The have the best offense in baseball.  Did I say they got 20 base hits yesterday?  It was a fun game to watch. Did I say they scored 14 runs yesterday? They have today off. 

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Meeting the VP

Happy Birthday today to my sister Sylvia Lafuente!  She is a great sis. She raised three super duper kids that I love. And her kids have gone with me to games at The Yard on multiple occasions. She has a cool grandson named Jackson. She is a huge Astros fan.  She is special for sure.  I hope she has a nice BD. 

State Sen. Carol Alvarado will be one of the ten Texas Democratic State Legislators who will be meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House next Wednesday.  Sen. Alvarado serves as Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  The meeting will be about fighting the GOP’s racist voter suppression legislation at the Texas State Capitol. 

Here is the list of the other nine Democratic legislators who will be attending the meeting with the Vice President:  

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus 

Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus 

Rep. Rafael Anchía, D-Dallas, Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus 

Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston 

Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas 

Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson 

Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas 

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio 

Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin 

Hope they have a productive meeting. 

You have to figure Gov. Greg Abbott is worried about his upcoming primary race.  He announced yesterday that Texas would be building a border wall.  Huh?  I tried to pay attention to the state budget that just passed.  I don’t recall there being any funding for a border wall.  Does the state even have the authority to build a wall? 

Abbott also wants DPS troopers to arrest migrants that cross the border.  What are they going to do with the folks who are picked up? Drop them off at border city and county jails?  Are border city and county jails equipped to keep these folks detained? 

Don’t be surprised if this fool Abbott adds border wall funding to the call of the Special Session 

Have I mentioned that Abbott is the lousiest governor of all the Texas governors I have observed? 

GOP Texas State Sen. Drew Springer tweeted yesterday that the Texas Democratic legislators should meet with Vice President Harris at the border.  You know, a twofer.  Well heck! Might as well make it a threefer and they can all attend a ribbon cutting for the Abbott wall. 

Donald Trump put out a statement yesterday to remind folks that his arse is still owned by Putin.  I am betting Putin doesn’t give one rat’s arse what Trump thinks these days. 

Sigh.  GOP Texas state legislators are dumbsh_ts.  They didn’t even know what was in their racist voter suppression bill.  From the Chron: 

In a sweeping overhaul of Texas elections law that Republicans rushed toward approval in the waning hours of the legislative session, one provision stood out to critics as particularly alarming. 

The hastily-added clause would have made it easy for a judge to overturn an election, even if there were only thin evidence of fraud. With former President Donald Trump’s historic efforts to nullify his November loss still fresh in their minds, Democrats singled out the measure as irresponsible. 

Just think about that — your election, YOUR election could be overturned without the other side being required to prove actual voter fraud,” said state Rep. Julie Johnson, R-Carrolton, in an impassioned speech on the floor of the Texas House. “The implications of this are unthinkable. To make matters worse, the provision was not in either the Senate or the House version of the bill.” 

The bill never passed, dying at midnight on May 31 after the Democrats blocked a vote on it by walking out. Yet policy debates have given way to an even more basic question: Who added the “Overturning Elections” section to it? 

One of the members of the conference committee that crafted the final version of the bill, state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nagodoches, says he doesn’t know. Other top Republicans who worked on the final draft of the legislation say they don’t know either. 

What’s more, Clardy now denounces the measures related to overturning elections and says Republicans don’t plan to revive them in a future bill. 

“There was zero appetite or intent or willingness to create some low bar where a single judge can overturn the results of an election,” Clardy said in an interview with Hearst Newspapers. “That would be horrendous policy, and it would never be healthy for the democracy.” 

Here is the entire article: Texas Republicans say lowering the bar for overturning elections is bad policy. So why did they try? (houstonchronicle.com) 

Don’t forget the 1 pm Sunday early vote time was supposed to be 11 am moronic crap.  These guys are arseholes for sure and don’t even argue with me. 

We were on the short end of a slugfest last night.  We start a weekend series in Minneapolis this evening. 

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New York, New York

Just so you know, Lisa Minnelli, Judy Garland’s daughter, was the first to record the tune “New York, New York” back in 1977. It was recorded a couple of years later by Frank Sinatra. 

When it comes to the mayoral race in New York City, I don’t know who I am supposed to root for.  One of the leading contenders, Eric Adams, is getting hit pretty good for living in New Jersey.  He says he lives in New York. Andrew Yang also has a bunch of detractors.  Both are at the top of polling.

Here is from Politico: 

NEW YORK — With only two weeks left before the Democratic primary in New York City, two women stand to do something that hasn’t happened since the city’s founding in the 17th century: Get elected mayor. 

A late surge in the polls by Kathryn Garcia, the former city sanitation commissioner, has boosted her into the top tier of candidates. And a series of events over the weekend pushed another woman, former mayoral counsel Maya Wiley, toward the top of the field. Wiley’s endorsement Saturday by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the country’s most prominent progressive voices, came less than a day after a second woman accused rival liberal candidate Scott Stringer of sexual misconduct. 

Now, with less than a week until early voting starts, the Democratic primary remains a jump ball. While Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams dominated a poll released Monday by NY1 and Ipsos, it shows Garcia in a statistical tie for second with Andrew Yang, who spent months leading the pack but has since fallen behind. Wiley placed fifth in the poll, but it was conducted before the latest accusations against Stringer and before a host of left-leaning luminaries followed Ocasio-Cortez into the Wiley camp. 

Should either of the women pull it out, they’re all but certain to go on to become mayor of New York, where Democrats have a 7 to 1 voter registration advantage and Republicans have not put up a credible contender. 

The surge for Garcia and Wiley comes as women have embraced a strategic shift in how they campaign that has played well in recent legislative races in New York, but has yet to break through to the top job — either in the city or in Albany. 

I guess I will root for the women. 

Why are we not surprised that GOP AG Ken Paxton is now being investigated by the State Bar of Texas for filing the lawsuit after the election to overturn the results in certain states. 

Just like we are not surprised that the richest folks in the USA pay about the same amount of income taxes as the rest of us.  AG Merrick Garland said yesterday that he was going to make it a priority to find out who gave the tax info to Pro Publica. I am glad Pro Publica is providing us a public service. Sorry, Mr. AG.

From Greg Shaw on my take yesterday on the poll in Texas that has more folks liking President Joe Biden’s approach on immigration than Gov. Greg Abbott’s approach on immigration: 

Huh. 

With all of the respect that your history as a consultant (and insights which I look forward to checking daily), this sounds like one of those polls which led many to believe in October of last year that: 

Texas House would flip Blue. 

M.J. would beat Big John & Biden would carry Texas. 

This is bad. 

If the border is the same in November of 2022 as it is today, it will be a red blood bath. 

Maybe folks are still smarting over Abbott’s handling of the pandemic and the Big Freeze. I think Abbott’s stock has fallen. We will see.

Judy Garland would be 99 today.  She left us at age 47 in 1969.  She was one of the best.  Her “Over the Rainbow” is always listed as the top movie tune of all time.  TCM is showing some of her flicks this morning and afternoon including “For Me and My Gal” and “A Star is Born.”  No “Judgement at Nuremberg” and no “Wizard of Oz.” 

Red Sox fans have really been booing Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel.  It’s not working.  We won again at Fenway last night.  We wrap our season series with the Red Sox this evening. 

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Spider Tack

This does not surprise me.  This is what happens when Gov. Greg Abbott goes all in with Donald Trump on immigration.  Check this from the Chron: 

WASHINGTON — Texans back President Joe Biden’s approach to immigration over Gov. Greg Abbott’s by nearly 10 percentage points, according to a new poll released as the clash between the governor and Biden administration over border policy continues to escalate. 

The poll, conducted at the end of May, found 44 percent of Texans approve of Biden’s handling of immigration compared to 35 percent who approve of Abbott’s. The online poll of 506 Texas residents was conducted by Spectrum News and Ipsos and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points. 

Here is the entire Chron read: Most Texans back Biden over Abbott in border policy dispute, poll finds (houstonchronicle.com). 

That’s so funny.  

It was refreshing to watch Vice President Kamala Harris address the press yesterday from Mexico City on immigration.  The Biden-Harris administration is sincere in their efforts to work this through.  I can’t say that about Abbott.  If you watched the VP yesterday, you came away with a sense that they know what they are doing and that it is going to take some work.  It’s not this screaming and crap that folks like Abbott spew. 

Astros fans! Don’t feel bad about us being slapped by MLB for the 2017 so-called scandal.  Everybody cheats. We just got a tad better at it and got ratted out.   

It turns out the whiney Dodger and whiney Yankees are at the top of the cheating game when it comes to pitchers applying a foreign substance to baseballs to help their spin rates.  I am not going to explain what a spin rate is other than to say it gives the ball extra movement and makes it harder for batters to hit.  Got it? 

The go to substance for pitchers is Spider Tack I learned yesterday when former Astros and current Yankee pitcher Gerrit Cole all but admitted it yesterday.  MLB has known about this for a while and has been trying to figure out how to come down on pitchers.  A lot of pitchers I will say. 

I want to know if MLB is going to slap the Dodgers with a $5 million fine, take away their top draft picks, and suspend their skipper and GM. 

At least they can give the Astros some rags so we can remove the tarnish from our 2017 rings. 

Yuli Gurriel is 37 today.  Yuli is having a good season. He’s batting .333 with 42 RBIs. Happy Birthday, Yuli!

We won at Fenway last night. 

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Guzman for …

A couple of days ago, I was doing a mental exercise of sorts.  I was trying to name in my mind Texas GOP statewide elected officials who were not embarrassments.  Gov. Greg Abbott easily makes it on the embarrassment list.  Ditto Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.  Indicted and currently investigated AG Ken Paxton is on the list.  George P for sure.  Ag Commish Sid Miller has been on the list since forever. 

Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar isn’t.  He is in charge of handling the state’s funds, so it is not in his or the state’s interest to look stupid like the others.   

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman announced her resignation yesterday.  Some are speculating that she may be preparing to run statewide.  Maybe for AG. She is from H-Town, but I have never met her.  She is conservative and I am sure she has ruled on a bunch of stuff I don’t agree on, but she hasn’t been dumbarse stupid like Abbott, Patrick, Paxton, Miller and P. She is not on the embarrassment list as of today. Of course, I don’t know if that helps her in a GOP primary in 2022. 

It very well may be Guzman for …. 

Yesterday, Texas State Sen. Dawn Buckingham announced for Texas Land Commissioner.  In her announcement statement she said she was pro-life.  I didn’t know the Land Commissioner dealt with abortion issues.  Did you? 

Some of us now know Paxton Smith.  She is the high school valedictorian from North Texas who a week or so ago called out the latest abortion bill passed by the Texas legislature.  She got national news.  Then there are a couple of graduates who wore the flag from Mexico, and one had their diploma withheld.  Why?  Get over it.  It is one thing if they were wearing the ISIS flag, but Mexico?  

Commentary likes NBC News anchor Lester Holt.  I am disappointed that he bought into the GOP crap and asked Vice President Kamala Harris why she hasn’t been to the border.  The dumb question was in an interview that aired on “Today” this morning. 

The President Joe Biden administration is tackling this issue by dealing with root causes.  That’s why Vice President Harris is in Guatemala and Mexico. The administration has sent top officials to the border to meet with folks on the ground.  They know what they are doing.  Holt bought into the GOP crap.   

Let’s not forget, all the GOP wanted to do was to build a wall.  Nothing about really dealing with the issue.   

Some progressives this morning are not happy that the VP told folks from Central American not to come to the USA.  What else is she supposed to say? Don’t come yet? 

The cruise industry is preparing to start cruising again and they are going to require proof of COVID-19 vaccine from all passengers.  That make perfectly safety sense.  The idiot governors of Florida and Texas are touting new laws saying businesses can’t require proof of vaccines from customers.  I am thinking the cruise industry will easily win out on this one.  Did I say idiot governors? 

Methodist Hospital came through and fired employees for not getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  This happened yesterday. 

Commentary finally got a jar of Breggy Bomb Salsa.  It’s pricey.  It’s ok.  I hate to say this, but it is not anything special. 

We play our 60th game of the season this evening.  We played 60 regular games last season.  Just saying. 

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Dean Martin

Commentary doesn’t know what to make of West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.  We obviously need him because we need fifty Democratic U.S. Senators.  You have to figure he knows he is being played by his GOP colleagues.  What is Manchin’s end game? I guess we have to keep hoping. 

Is Gov. Greg Abbott going to follow through and veto the budget of the Texas Legislature?   

The Texas GOP primary race for AG is going to be about pandering to Donald Trump.  AG Ken Paxton said this past weekend that he blocked mail ballots this past November and that is why Trump won Texas.  That’s news to me and you. 

This morning “Today” celebrated 10 years of Savannah Guthrie co-anchoring.  They called it Savannah-versary.  I was wondering if they were going to omit a certain former co-anchor.  They did show a brief shot of Matt Lauer, but he didn’t say anything.  

CNN just ran a series on late night TV shows, and I have to say they did an excellent job.  We started out with just one late night talk show and now we have a bunch.  We have some on now that I didn’t even know were airing.   

Dean Martin was born 104 years ago today.  He left us 26 years ago.  Some remember his career singing and his TV show.  He had tunes like “Everybody Loves Somebody”, “That’s Amore” and “Houston.”  He teamed up early in his career with Jerry Lewis, and they did some movies together and some live appearances.  Remember the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis, Jr.? 

TCM will be airing Dean Martin movies today including the original “Ocean’s Eleven”, “4 for Texas” and “Rio Bravo”, one of my favorite westerns.   

I would have added “Sons of Katie Elder”, “Rough Night in Jerico” and of course, “Airport.”  

We took two out of three in Buffalo.  We have today off and start a series at Fenway tomorrow. 

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KPRC meteorologist Britta Merwin gave her last H-Town forecast this morning.  She logged off after seven years on the early morning news program.  I liked her a lot. I am certainly going to miss her.   

The Chair of the Texas GOP is resigning.  I really don’t give a rat’s arse. Do you? 

The Chron E-Board today is calling on Constable Alan Rosen to invite the FBI or Texas Rangers to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment.  Here is how today’s take starts: 

Of all the graphic allegations in a lawsuit by former Precinct 1 deputy constables who say they were molested and traumatized by superiors during ‘undercover’ prostitution stings, one episode in particular boggles the mind and turns the stomach. 

The former deputy constable alleges she was ordered in August of 2019 to make a massage appointment with a man who had recently been accused of raping her civilian colleague and then “wait to be sexually assaulted” before giving the signal for waiting officers to raid the establishment and arrest him. 

The lawsuit states that the woman “was sent in to disrobe with a known rapist, like a lamb to the slaughter, and allow him to assault her.” He did exactly that, says the lawsuit, which goes on to describe a disturbing scene: after the raid, as the alleged victim emerged traumatized from the massage parlor, she saw her upper-level boss, Constable Alan Rosen, and news crews assembling for a press conference to announce the arrest while she was forced to drive herself for a sexual assault exam. 

Here is the entire take: Editorial: Deputies alleging sex abuse in ‘bachelor party’ stings deserve outside investigation (houstonchronicle.com). 

I have to say I am a bit saddened.  I always thought Constable Rosen ran a good clean shop.  I am thinking a lot of local Democrats are also shocked.  I am also disappointed.  I reside in Rosen’s precinct. Sigh. 

We play the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, New York this weekend.  The Blue Jays can’t play in Toronto because of the pandemic.  They played their home games during the first two months at their spring training site in Florida.  They just started playing in Buffalo at Sahlen Field.  The Jays played there last season too. 

From today’s Chron that you might find interesting:  

Sahlen Field will be the 55th stadium the Astros have played in as a visitor, including Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Mexico. The ballpark they’ve visited most is Dodger Stadium (366 games), followed by Wrigley Field (356). They’ve played their highest number of road games in Cincinnati (421), but those were divided among Crosley Field (74), Riverfront Stadium (269) and Great American Ball Park (78). 

Now you know. 

We lost yesterday and went 5-4 on the homie against some pretty good teams. 

I don’t think #SpringerDinger will be playing for the Blue Jays this weekend. He is still dinged up. 

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