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Debate Deal

Commentary watched the debate last night.

If you are going to name a winner, it was #BetoForAmerica.

If you are going to go after Julian Castro for going after Joe Biden, you need to shut up. All you are doing is serving as part of the Biden protection racket.

You need to go after Biden for being a rambler. Or better yet, you need to explain to Commentary the record player thing.

You think Castro was rough. Wait until Donald Trump.

Commentary will say it again. I prefer a nominee who is younger than me.

What is up with State Rep. Briscoe Punk?

Jorge Ramos last night used the term LatinX. It is not in my vocabulary. Who in the f_ck thought that word up anyway?

It seems to me if you qualify for a debate, and if you are a dude, you ought to wear a tie.  So now folks know you as the fella who doesn’t wear a tie to the debates.

There is not an MLB question today.

I am not going to get worked up about the Astros falling 2 games behind the Yankees with 14 games remaining. If we don’t have home field advantage, so be it. Nothing I can do about it except pay 12 and half bucks for a Saint Arnold.

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Fred Hartman Bridge

How many pitchers in MLB have pitched 200 or more innings this season?

Now this is funny!

Greenpeace has taken over the Fred Hartman Bridge. That’s just down the street from my Dad’s place in Baytown.

Just so you know, the Fred Hartman Bridge is part of State Highway 146 that spans the Houston Ship Channel and connects Baytown to La Porte. It opened in the 1990s and replaced the old Baytown-La Porte tunnel.

It is a big arse bridge. Fred Hartman by the way was the longtime editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun.

Now you know.

Here is what Commentary will be looking for in tonight’s debates. The debates are in H-Town, the energy capitol of the universe. What is the over/under on how many times the candidates will crack on the fossil fuel industry?

Justin Verlander has pitched 200 innings this season of course, the only MLB pitcher to hit that mark.

Verlander will go for his 19th win of the season this evening.

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Oberg Strikes

18 years ago, today.

Yes. 18 years ago, today.

Sigh. Commentary is talking about the story Channel 13’s Ted Oberg put out last night. Here it is: https://abc13.com/society/turner-says-no-link-between-campaign-donations-city-contract/5529754/.

Not a good look. Commentary got a couple of calls last night about how outrageous it has gotten. It can’t be defended. Wow!

From the Blah, Blah, Blah department, as I write this, the H-Town City Council is talking about the revenue cap blues. All I can say is that they had the opportunity to put it out for the voters to decide but they didn’t so blah, blah, blah.

Meanwhile, Harris County is going to raise property taxes. I need to go back and see where this was promised during the 2018 campaigns.

Commentary forgot to put out Monday’s take so scroll down later.

My goodness. We were blown out of the water last night. My goodness.

Are we playoffs ready?

BTW:  It looks like we will host Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, October 4.  Knowing the MLB and the TV folks, it will probably be an afternoon game.

Still tied with the Yankees for the best record in MLB.

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Over the past two games, the team has scored 36 runs. How many base hits do we have over the past two games?

Commentary usually doesn’t give much thought into ballot order in elections. Voters can figure it out when you have three, four or five or so candidates. When you have fifteen candidates, it is a different story. In the #TXHD148SpecialElection , the ballot order draw was held yesterday and here it is:

Anna Eastman, Democratic Party
Penny Morales Shaw, Democratic Party
Luis La Rotta, Republican Party
Chris Carmona, Independent
Kendra Yarbrough Camarena, Democratic Party
Adrian Garcia, Democratic Party
Ryan McConnico, Republican Party
Anna Núñez, Democratic Party
Terah Isaacson, Democratic Party
Carol Denson, Democratic Party
Michele Leal, Democratic Party
Alva Treviño, Democratic Party
Rob Block, Democratic Party
Mia Mundy, Democratic Party
Chris Watt, Democratic Party

Nice for Anna Eastman.

At an event last night that Commentary attended, one of the #TXHD148SpecialElection candidates said that a candidate in the race was being paid to run. Huh?  Prove it, please.

Freshman GOP State Sen. Pat Fallon is considering running against GOP U.S. Senator John Cornyn in the upcoming GOP primary. Run, baby, run!

Commentary will admit it. When we took the lead with 37 seconds left in the game last night, I wasn’t ready to celebrate, and you weren’t either.

Over the past two games, the Astros have 39 base hits of course.

95-50 and still tied with the Yankees for the best record in MLB.

Of our remaining 17 games, 2 are against a playoff contender. The Yankees also have 2 games to play against a contender.

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The Dome

94-50. Where were we sitting after 144 games during the seasons we won 100 plus?

I was at my Dad’s yesterday, and when I was ready to leave in the evening, I went outside, and his next door neighbor’s two big ugly arse dogs had gotten loose from their gated yard and were in my Dad’s front yard. They started barking at me. Hey, I don’t know what those dogs are capable of doing. After about a few minutes, the dogs’ owner came outside and retrieved his dogs. He told me his dogs didn’t bite. I replied that they sure weren’t polite. F_ck, they kept me from going outside for a few minutes. What is up with that?

Sigh. There is a Chron front page story on the latest update on the Astrodome. Nothing much is happening. It is not on the radar screen of Harris county Judge Lina Hidalgo. It is an article about nothing to report.

The Democratic Party top ten presidential candidates will be debating in H-Town this week. It is sort of a consolation prize for H-Town since H-Town was bypassed on the national convention deal because the H-Town Mayor and the H-Town Firefighters aren’t getting along. Thanks a lot, fellas.

Commentary was working yesterday and watching the game at the same time. We have a very good team.

I have to give it the Chron for their “21-run salute” sports page headline.

I have to give it to Tags for his highlight tweet that has close to a quarter of a million views. It is hilarious.

I have to give it to Gerrit Cole for allowing just one hit in eight innings.

In 2018, after 144 games, we were at 90-54, in 2017, 87-57, and in 1998, 91-53.

The A’s are in for four.

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15 Candidates

How many hitters does Justin Verlander have to strikeout to reach the career 3,000 strikeout milestone?

There is one more candidate in the #TXHD148SpecialElection here:

Anna Núñez
Democratic
Special Projects Coordinator

Here is from Kuffer this morning:

Most of these HD148 candidates we’ve discussed before. One of the four new names is Ryan McConnico, who was Farrar’s Republican opponent in 2018. Of the other three, the only one I can positively identify is Michele Leal, though there’s not yet any biographical info on her Facebook page or nascent campaign webpage. Here’s the public part of her LinkedIn profile, which notes her past presidency of the Latin Women’s Initiative, which in turn tells me she also goes by Michele Leal Farah. As for Rob Block and Carol Denson, I can find people with those names, but none that I can say with any degree of certainty are the people who filed for this election. If you know something about them, please leave a comment.

Three other points of note: Like Campos (who lists each candidate’s occupation), I don’t know what the deal is with the quotes around Penny Shaw’s maiden name. I don’t know if longtime Republican Chris Carmona is calling himself an independent due to a pure-hearted change of mind or a cynical attempt to differentiate himself from the other Republicans. And despite filing a CTA, it appears that Anna Nunez did not follow through and enter the race. Not sure what happened there.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=92094.

This is the latest on the HISD Board trying to, well, here is from the Chron:

Seeking to stave off dramatic state intervention, Houston ISD trustees voted Thursday to direct Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to file an appeal of Wheatley High School’s failing grade, even though district administrators said they have found no basis for a successful appeal.

The 7-1 vote followed the announcement in mid-August that preliminary results show Wheatley received its seventh consecutive failing grade under the state’s academic accountability system, triggering a state law that requires Wheatley’s closure or the replacement of HISD’s school board. Barring a successful appeal or an unexpected change, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is widely expected in the coming months to oust the district’s school board.

Trustees favoring the appeal said the district should fight for its students and community by seeking to get Wheatley’s grade changed. The campus would have received a passing grade this year if two more graduates from its Class of 2018 had met state requirements for college, career or military readiness.

“We’re already at the end of the rope, as some would say it, so I’m not afraid to keep going if it has to do with kids,” HISD Board President Diana Dávila said.

The district’s administration, however, said they have extensively investigated avenues for a successful appeal and found none.

“We have tried really, really hard to find anything we can hang out hat on at Wheatley, and we cannot find anything that would be an allowable appeal that would be granted,” said Carla Stevens, HISD’s assistant superintendent of research and accountability.

Here is all of the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/HISD-board-orders-appeal-of-Wheatley-s-failing-14417858.php.

Sigh.

Justin Verlander has struck out 2,963 batters in his career so he needs to strikeout another 37 to reach the 3,000 milestone mark of course.

What a game last night. What a game

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14 Candidates

With 22 games remaining, Yuli Gurriel leads the team with 97 RBIs, followed by Alex Bregman with 96. When was the last time the Astros had two players finish a season with 100 or more RBIs?

Here are the candidates for the #TXHD148SpecialElection:

Rob Block
Democratic
Firefighter

Kendra Yarbrough Camarena
Democrat
Teacher

Chris Carmona
Attorney

Carol Denson
Democratic
Teacher

Anna Eastman
Democrat
Education Consultant

Adrian Garcia
Democratic
Paralegal

Dr. Terah Isaacson
Democrat
Physician

Michele Leal
Democratic
Consultant

Ryan McConnico
Republican
Consultant

Mia Mundy
Democrat
Exec. Search Consultant

Luis La Rotta
Republican
Power Generation Engineering

Penny “Morales” Shaw
Democratic
Attorney

Alva Trevino
Democrat
Attorney

Chris Watt
Democrat
Attorney

At last night’s GLBT Caucus meeting, a decision was made to not endorse in the #TXHD148SpecialElection. They want to wait until the runoff. A logistical decision of sorts. They want to go on ahead and get the Caucus endorsement card printed for the current races and don’t want to wait on this race. Everyone seemed to be cool about this.

Chris Carmona has run before as a GOPer. Commentary has no idea why he didn’t list his party affiliation. Maybe he wants to draw support from Latinos because of his surname and hope GOP voters remember he is a GOPer. Maybe, the sneaky strategy. I really don’t think that is how it works though.

Camarena, Carmona, McConnico, Mundy, and Shaw have been on a ballot before for an elective office that isn’t a party precinct chair.

So has Eastman, who has won.

Adrian Garcia has been on the ballot 12 times I think, but not this Adrian Garcia.

Your guess is as good as mine as to why you have to put Morales in quotation marks.

In 2008, Carlos Lee finished the season with 106 RBIs and Lance Berkman with 100 of course.

We start an 8 game homie this evening. We have 4 with the Mariners and 4 with the A’s. Back-to-back 4 games series are a bit unusual.

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