Commentary read a story last night about a couple of GOP mega donors wanting their money back from the Donald Trump campaign because of what he said on the video tape. Huh? What a couple of dumbarses. Nobody I know was surprised at what Trump said or did on the tape. Folks were surprised it took this long for us to finally see the tape. The two GOP donors are dumbarses for giving to Trump in the first place.

Now that Trump has declared war on the GOP establishment, does anyone think he will actually win? Yuk, yuk, yuk!

Let me see if you are paying attention to the MLB playoffs. Who has the most dingers this post season?

Check this from Fusion.net:

An new expansive report on Hispanics voters out Tuesday found the majority of Hispanic Americans are talking about Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about immigrants with their family and friends—and they’re planning to vote in November.

The Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends report found serious resonance around Trump’s negative remarks about Hispanic immigrants, with 75% of registered Hispanic voters surveyed reporting they discussed his comments with family, friends, or coworkers over the past year. Nearly the same number say they’ve given the election serious thought, with 74% of saying they’re “absolutely certain” they’ll vote on November 8.

While Trump has polled poorly among Hispanic voters for much of the election, the report frames in stark terms what Republican operatives have been ringing the alarm about for months: that the party isn’t doing well with Hispanic voters, and that Trump’s candidacy could do irreparable harm. (One indicator: In 2004, George W. Bush captured 40% of Hispanic voters’ support, while 27% backed Mitt Romney in 2012. A Univision poll of the Latino vote from September found Trump’s support at less than 20% in three of four key swing states.)

And then this from the Chron on voter registration here in Harris County:

Mi Familia Vota organizers say this election cycle, which has seen Hispanic people put at the center of some vicious debate, has inspired a boom in participation.

“I have seen something I have never seen,” said Carlos Duarte, Texas director for Mi Familia Vota. “Which is, people approaching us with the clear intention to register. In the past, we would have to approach them and explain to them why this is important.”

In recent months in the Houston area, the group has set up voter registration booths at high schools, community colleges, festivals, fairs and church services. It even partnered with several taco trucks to distribute registration forms. The group’s local volunteers turned in 2,700 voter registration forms this year and handed out about 1,000 more.

Mariana Sanchez is chief operating officer for Bonding Against Adversity Inc., which helps legal residents become citizens, then encourages them to become deputized voter registrars.

“Everybody is really aware that they want to participate in this election,” she said.

That is just the tip of a years-long trend that has seen Hispanic voters registering at the fastest rate of any demographic. According to figures from the Harris County Clerk’s office, the number of registered voters with Spanish surnames grew 22 percent between July 2012 and July 2016, while the number the number of voters with non-Spanish surnames grew 10 percent.

“There is an indication that Hispanics were registering to vote at a higher rate than non-Spanish surnames,” said Hector DeLeon, who leads voter outreach at the county clerk’s office.

By October, people with Spanish surnames accounted for 21 percent of Harris County’s registered voters.

Like I said, I am feeling better.

Edwin Encarnacion of the Jays has thee dingers this post season of course.

I think The Yard will be selling dirt from Tal’s Hill – I think.


Falling Apart

Commentary said this yesterday:

Last Friday’s video tape sealed the deal. No ifs, ands, or buts – period.

Then AP tweeted this afterwards:

Steve Peoples ‏@sppeoples 6h6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is all but conceding Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

The demolition of Tal’s Hill began yesterday. Who was the Opening Day starting center fielder for the ‘Stros in 2000, the first year of Tal’s Hill?

It is great to see the GOP falling apart. You need to check this story from Politico: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-republicans-229577.

They have nobody to blame but themselves. For the past six years, the GOP leadership embraced the anti-immigrant folks and a lot of the haters. It helped them win big in 2010 and 2014. Now they have now lost control of their own party. Donald Trump is their standard bearer.

Look at who is showing up at the Donald Trump rallies and check out what some are wearing.   You can’t show that stuff on broadcast TV.

This is what Trump tweeted this morning:

With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!


It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.

At his rallies yesterday he talked about special prosecutors, Hillary going to jail and Bill Clinton’s sex life and he all but admitted that there are more tapes out there.

We have four more weeks of this. Trump is just going to keep on trumping.  This is your GOP in 2016.

Check out this take from ‘Stros pitcher Collin McHugh on locker room talk:

I don’t like to comment on politics publicly. I never feel competent or knowledgeable enough to say something that a thousand more well-informed people haven’t already said. However, I feel the need to comment on the language that Donald Trump classified the other day as “locker room talk”, given my daily exposure to it. Have I heard comments like Trump’s (i.e. sexist, disrespectful, crude, sexually aggressive, egotistical, etc.) in a clubhouse? Yes. But I’ve also heard some of those same comments other places. Cafes, planes, the subway, walking down the street and even at the dinner table. To generalize his hateful language as “locker room talk” is incredibly offensive to me and the men I share a locker room with every day for 8 months a year. Men of conscience and integrity, who would never be caught dead talking about women in that way. You want to know what “locker room talk” sounds like from my first hand perspective? Baseball talk. Swinging, pitching, home runs, double plays, shifts. The rush of victory and the frustration of defeat. Family talk. Nap schedules for our kids. Loneliness of being on the road so much. Off-season family vacations. And most importantly, coffee talk! The best places to find quality #coldbrew. What’s currently brewing on the #aeropress in the empty locker between me and Doug, affectionately known as #CafeStros? How strong do you need it today? Kid wouldn’t sleep last night? I’ll make it a little stronger for ya. Maybe Mr. Trump does talk like that in his country club locker room. Perhaps he’s simply not privy to the kind of conversations that take place in other locker rooms. But as for me and my @astros team, our “locker room talk” sounds absolutely nothing like his. And I couldn’t be more proud of that.


Richard Hidalgo was our starting center fielder in 2000 of course.

The ‘Stros said the Tal’s Hill renovation would cost $19 million. Yikes!

Predictable Debate

If you like Donald Trump, you probably thought he won last night’s debate.

If you are a Hillary Clinton supporter, she won.  Of course, there are more Hillary supporters in America these days.

I am skipping the MLB question today.

Last Friday’s video tape sealed the deal. No ifs, ands, or buts – period.

Trump can’t climb out of that hole and I don’t care what you think of Hillary.

Prior to the debate last night, one of Trump’s most ardent surrogate talking heads said that Trump should make a contrite apology.  Instead, he brought with him the four women.

It is no wonder a number of top GOP elected officials abandoned his campaign this past weekend.

Access Hollywood and NBC News got scooped on their own tape on Friday. I don’t know what they were thinking but to sit on a bombshell tape for four days is inexcusable. Shame on them.

But good for NBC News for suspending Billy Bush. They ought to go on ahead and fire him.

Let me just end on this tweet I saw yesterday:

Ted Cruz ‏@tedcruz 22h22 hours ago

NBC had tape 11 yrs. Apprentice producer says they have more & worse. So why not release in 2015? In March? Why wait till October? #MSMBias

Sorry, dude.  Quit being a crybaby.

Guys like you help create the political party that nominated Trump. This tape could have been released the day after Trump announced and he still would have gotten the nomination. Like I said, that is party the guys like Cruz help create.

Latino Polls

Sorry for the delay. My computer got automatically updated this morning so I was kind of helplessly watching.

Check out this Business Insider piece on a poll of Latino voters:

A top Latino polling firm released a model on Thursday that projected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would receive the largest portion of the Latino vote in recorded history in the upcoming November 8 election.

The model, from Latino Decisions, showed Clinton with a projected 82% of support among Latinos. Republican nominee Donald Trump received 15% support in the forecast, and third-party options garnered just 3%.

The spread would be greater than the previous widest differential, which occurred in the 1996 election. That year, former President Bill Clinton bested Republican nominee Bob Dole 72% to 21% among Latino voters. Records on Latino voting preferences stretches back to the 1980 election, according to Latino Decisions.

“We are highly confident that — barring any major unforeseen change — Trump’s Latino vote will fall between 9.5% and 20.5%,” Justin Gross, the chief statistician at Latino Decisions and assistant professor of political science at University of Massachusetts Amherst, said in a statement.

“Furthermore, support for third-party candidates seems to be lagging behind the electorate at large this election season, making it extremely likely that we will see Clinton’s share of the Latino vote surpass the 71% Obama earned in 2012 and the 72% Bill Clinton earned in 1996,” he continued. “Today, our model estimates 82% vote for Clinton and we are highly confident that it will be somewhere between 76.5% and 87.5%.”

The margin of error in the model is 5.5 percentage points.

Trump has come under fire along the campaign trail for comments he made when he launched his campaign about immigrants who came to the country illegally from Latin America, namely Mexico. In that speech, Trump said Mexico was sending “rapists” and other criminals across the border.

Trump has also championed building a massive wall along the US-Mexico border.

My goodness! Keep on Trumping.

The Cubbies are favored to get to the World Serious. When was the last time they played in the World Serious?

Today the Chron E-Board endorsed the GOP candidate for Constable, Precinct 6. Oh, well. FYI: Commentary handles the campaign contribution and expenditure reports for the Dem candidate, Silvia Trevino. Silvia beat four other candidates including the incumbent quite handily and without a runoff this past March. The voters in Precinct 6 certainly know who they want as their constable. That’s all I have to say.

It looks like Trump isn’t spending much time prepping for Sunday’s debate. I am betting on Hillary.

The Cubbies last played in the World Serious in 1945 when they lost to the Tigers in 7.

I don’t have anything to report from The Yard.

40 Years

Commentary received one of those evites with this on the cover:

It’s been 40 years since a Democrat took Texas!

This was in the body of the invitation:

Message from Host

40th Anniversary of the 1976 Carter/Mondale VICTORY in Texas. 

Calling all Jimmy Carter Texas staff, volunteers, and supporters. Join us for lunch. 

Several former campaign staffers are planning a reunion of those Texans who worked for Jimmy Carter in his campaigns.  You may recall that during the 1976 bicentennial year, the little known former Georgia governor upset incumbent President Gerald Ford. A big part of his victory was his capture of the 26 electoral votes in Texas. 

We hope that you can join us and our special guest, campaign manager, Chuck Parrish, for a reunion lunch. 

This will be a casual event and give us a chance to renew acquaintances with longtime friends.  It is sad, but true that the last year when we Democrats have won Texas was 1976. 

To help us in planning for the event, please respond by Oct. 17th!  We can’t wait to see you. 

The event is at a Mexican restaurant in Austin in about a couple of weeks.

A bunch of great Dems were involved back then. Commentary wasn’t actually on the Carter/Mondale staff. I was the Deputy Director of the Texas Democratic Party’s GOTV effort that worked closely with the Carter/Mondale Texas campaign.

We all know Cleveland skipper Terry Francona won two World Serious rings when he was skipper for the Red Sox. Who did the Red Sox beat in those two World Seriouses?

Now this is a funny tweet:

Annise Parker Retweeted

Mark Cuban ‏@mcuban 2h2 hours ago

So Donald Trump lost more than $50mm of daddy’s money by the age of 33. Born on 3rd base, stranded on 1st.

It looks like some Texas GOP State Senators want to own the ethics issue. Check this from the Chron today: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Top-ethics-officials-grilled-by-Republicans-9811157.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Do they know how ridiculous this sounds?

In 2004, the Red Sox swept San Luis and in 2007, they swept the Rockies of course.

The ‘Stros have them a real knucklehead in their farm system. Check this from the Chron:

Amid the National League’s wild card game between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, Astros farmhand Brooks Marlow decided the time was right to criticize ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza. 

Marlow, 23, tweeted that “no lady” should be on ESPN commenting on a baseball game, “specially Mendoza.” 

Prior to joining ESPN, Mendoza was a four-time All-American softball outfielder at Stanford. She was also a member of the U.S. national team for six years, helping the squad bring home gold from the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and silver from Beijing in 2008. 

Although Marlow indicated his tweet was directed toward Mendoza, his “no lady” prelude conveys that women are not qualified to discuss baseball, in his opinion. Most likely realizing this, Marlow removed the tweet, made his account private, then made his account public again and tweeted an apology. 

Marlow has since deleted the apology.


The Astros released the following statement: “The Houston Astros do not condone the tweet posted by one of our minor league players earlier this evening. We have communicated with the player, who agreed that his tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has since apologized. We also apologize to Ms. Mendoza, who is an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/Astros-minor-leaguer-tweets-sexist-comment-about-9828843.php.

They ought to cut this guy loose.

That’s all from The yard.


Commentary can sleep at night knowing that the GOP is clueless about the Latino community. Governor Mike Pence showed last night that he is a long way from knowing who we are and what we care about. I was not insulted toward the end of the debate when Pence “whipped out that Mexican thing.” The phrase did immediately jump out at me though. Then I actually felt sorry for the fella. Where has he been? How can he be so ignorant? Here is from the LA Times:

“Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again,” Pence groaned at one point.

And thus a hashtag was born. #ThatMexicanThing quickly took off on Twitter, with users co-opting the phrase to share their own family histories of immigrants building their lives in America.

Someone quickly claimed the web address “www.thatmexicanthing.com” and redirected it to Clinton’s site.

The phrase underscored the Trump-Pence ticket’s clumsy Latino voter outreach efforts.

Donald Trump despises Latinos and Pence is dismissive. The fact that the two don’t respect us will only help us at the polls. No se puede fellas!

Then this tweet:

JORGE RAMOS ‏@jorgeramosnews 1h1 hour ago

First Trump calls Mexicans “rapists”. Now Pence says #ThatMexicanThing Question: Is that a creative strategy to win the Latino vote?


Among active MLBers, Big Papi leads in the career doubles category with 632. Name the only other active MLBer with more than 600 career doubles.

Last week, CNN came out with a poll that had Secretary Hillary Clinton winning the first debate by more than 30 points and she jumped around 6 points in the poll. Last night, CNN came out with a poll that had Pence winning the debate by 6 points. So maybe Trump gets a 1 point bump.

Let me say this first. How can anyone claim Pence won the debate when he didn’t take the time to defend Trump? Come on! I will say that Pence certainly did outperform Trump.

So now it is on to Sunday night.

You have to love the way the First Lady tapped that microphone yesterday in an epic putdown of Donald Trump. You have to think Trump lost sleep over that.

And then there was the line last night where Pence said the USA was the “greatest.” So let’s make us great again, ok?

And just for the record, last night’s debate was not a game changer.

Albert Pujols of course has 602 career doubles.

Nothing to report from The Yard today.

35 Brilliant Days Left

We’ve all heard how Donald Trump says he is going to take care of our veterans like nobody else. He says he is going to do great things for our veterans.   Well, check this on how he handled a PTSD question yesterday. He’s totally clueless.  Clearly uninformed. Here is from a story in the Chron today:

“When you talk about the mental health problems — when people come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it. But a lot of people can’t handle it,” he said.

“And they see horror stories. They see events that you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it,” he added.

The comment drew condemnation from critics as well as veterans’ groups that have been working for years to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues in an effort to encourage soldiers to seek treatment.

David Maulsby, the executive director of the Texas-based PTSD Foundation of America, told The Associated Press that, at first, he hoped Trump’s remarks had been taken out of context. But after watching a recording of the exchange, he said the Republican nominee’s words were detrimental to veterans struggling with PTSD symptoms.

“At the very least, it’s a very poor choice of words. PTSD is basically a rewiring of the brain as the result of trauma or prolonged trauma. That is not a reflection of a person’s strength, character, stamina — any of that,” Maulsby said.

“Our veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress as a result of their combat need to be encouraged to seek help, and not be told they are weak or deficient in character in any way, shape or form,” he said.

Zach Iscol, a Marine veteran and executive director of the nonprofit Headstrong Project, which helps provide free care for veterans suffering from PTSD, said Trump’s comments weren’t “just wrong, they’re dangerous.”

“The biggest barrier we have to people getting help is the stigma of getting help,” he said. “It just shows a complete misunderstanding of what post-traumatic stress disorder is.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Trump-angers-with-suggestion-that-vets-with-PTSD-9642998.php.

Trump has been playing a lot of folks the past 15 months. Now it looks like he’s been playing our veterans. Snake oil, anyone?

The Trump campaign said Trump’s remarks were taken out of context. The old taken out of context response. How can you take something out of context when that was the whole context? Oh, brother!

Trump has certainly been performing “brilliantly” the past eight days. It looks like Governor Mike Pence will be playing a lot of defense tonight.

Hillary picked up another key GOP endorsement yesterday. Here is from USA Today:

Michael Chertoff, once the lead Republican counsel on the Senate committee investigating the Clintons’ Whitewater land deal, is now officially backing Hillary Clinton for president.

Chertoff, who went on to become the secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush, told Bloomberg View over the weekend that he made the decision because of the importance of national security.

“I realized we spent a huge amount of time in the ’90s on issues that were much less important than what was brewing in terms of terrorism,” he said.

Chertoff also said that while the Clintons have made some mistakes they dwarf in comparison to the need for national security.


“Trump’s sense of loyalties are misplaced,” he said. He added that the way Trump has handled the situation with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado — he has defended calling her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” and went on a Twitter tirade in the wee hours of the morning last week — brings up concerns of impulse control.

“Not only did he seem at the debate to lose his temper, but to get up at 3:30 a.m. and reach for your smartphone is to me a hysterical reaction. If you’re president, the button you reach for is not the Twitter button; it’s the nuclear button,” he said.

National Night Out in H-Town will go up against the VP debates this evening.

This ought to be an easy one. Name the MLB hitter with the most plate appearances this season?

Commentary doesn’t listen to local sports talk radio these days. Maybe a little of 790 AM when I first get out and about in the morning and the radio still is on the station that was covering the ‘Stros the night before – 790. I don’t much approve of the trend in sports talk when they are talking about movies and women as in sexual objects – you get the picture. I want them to be talking about sports – period.

Right now I have my radio on Sirius and mostly on CNN because of the election. Every once in a while, I will check into 790’s Charlie Pallilo because his takes are all sports and they come with knowledge, honesty and class. His takes are solid. It turns out Charlie is being replace by Josh Innes – yes, Josh Innes. A few years ago, Innes’ former 610 AM co-host Rich Lord asked Josh if he would be watching the World Serious and Innes said no. What? The World Serious is the biggest event in a MLB season and a local sports talk guy is skipping the event?

Here is what Innes told the Chron yesterday:

“I wasn’t hired by 790 to be white noise and not make some kind of impact. I was brought in to win and generate revenue and ratings and breathe life into what has not been a very interesting radio market right now. It’s very dull. There’s nothing that’s special.”

Ok. It looks like he just called out every radio sports talk show host in town.

I also didn’t like Innes’ gross and classless on-air takes and so I gave up on 610 AM.   Have not been back since unless it is to listen to the Texans.   Now Innes is on the same station as the ‘Stros. A lot of folks reacted negatively to Innes’ return. I don’t blame them. I don’t like the idea that this fella is now on the same station that carries ‘Stros games.

SpringerDinger of course led MLB with 744 plate appearances.

In the Chron today there is a story on the ‘Stros and what we have to do next season to get better.   The story says we have to solve our first base situation.   We let Chris Carter go last season and he ended up with 41 dingers with the Brewers.