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How About U.S. Citizens!

Jebbie used the term “anchor babies” the other day, referring to kids born on U.S. soil whose parents are here without their papers. He was asked if he regretted using this term and Jeb replied – “No, I don’t. I don’t regret it.” When pressed, Jeb said “no, do you have a better term? OK, you give me, you give me a better term and I’ll use it. I’m serious.”

Dude, read the Constitution, like the 14th Amendment. They are called U.S. citizens just like you and me. I will make it easier, try Americans.

These guys hate it when the Constitution gets in their way.

I am thinking that Jebbie isn’t consulting with his family on immigration matters. After all, his dad was there when President Reagan signed into law the Simpson-Mazzoli Act and his brother supported The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which included a pathway to citizenship.

You have to give credit to Trump for playing the Pied Piper as Jebbie and other GOPers follow him down the path of the ridiculous. Pathetic. But you know what? It keeps Latinos strongly in the Dem camp.

How many teams with losing records are still on the ‘Stros’ schedule?

If you are a local political junkie and want more than just the mayoral candidate forums, go to http://www.karlacisneros.com to get the schedule of the upcoming District H candidate forums.

Check this “Today” show tweet:

TODAY ‏@TODAYshow 3h3 hours ago
“It was once a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic nominee. Now people are questioning that.” -@MLauer

I am going to say this. I am all in for Joe Biden and others making the race. Hillary needs a workout and some testing to make sure she is ready for the 2016 general.

We have 21 games remaining with the Twins (60-61), Mariners (56-65), A’s (53-69), and D-Backs (59-61) of course.

It is very difficult to win a game when you only get one hit. Our bats need to get going as we face Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw this weekend as our lead still stands at two and a half.

Happy 16th Birthday to Dante. Any day now he will be driving me to The Yard.

I think it was Chris Bell who said that last night’s mayoral candidate forum was the 22nd of the season and at last count there are still over 30 forum/debates/some on TV on the schedule. Is this too many? Nope!

First of all, most of the forums have been well attended. The folks that attend are voters. They get to see the candidates answer or dodge the questions. They get to see some pander. I think it is healthy. Heck, some folks last night still had not decided who they were supporting.

This was tweeted during the debate:

Bill Kelly ‏@billkellytexas 2h2 hours ago
I sure love Houston, enough to listen to Mayoral candidates at #keystothecity even when @kidkeuchy is pitching 4 the @astros on $1 dog night

Three MLB clubs have identical home records at 42-20 – name the three?

Here is tweet action from the forum last night:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott 2h2 hours ago
Criminal justice taking center stage at this #houmayor forum, where Turner is being asked about low-level drug offenses, HPD staffing

It was a good question from moderator David Jones on how to reduce the jail population that Rep. Turner didn’t answer at all.

And:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott 3h3 hours ago
.@BenHall2015 slams @AdrianGarciaHTX’s answer as “too shallow,” says Garcia has no policy to address police brutality #houvote

Ouch! We will probably be seeing more of this from Ben.

Here is from Nancy Sims:

Yesterday, the “C” Club made their choice in the Mayoral Election. They endorsed Bill King.

The “C” Club is a conservative organization but they have surprised folks in the past by making unexpected endorsements. Many politicos think of them as the “rational” conservatives. They are a well-respected group of conservative-leaning, mostly business-oriented members.

And:

Our sources indicate that there were three contenders worthy of their support with most of the candidates having at least one or two members in their favor. The top three, however, were Stephen Costello, Adrian Garcia and Bill King.

It takes 75% of the membership to approve their endorsement. This is a significant victory for King. King is a middle-of-the-road candidate who reasons out his positions and post lots of thoughtful white papers on complex issues.

Here is the entire take from Nancy: http://nancysims.com/cityofhouston/and-the-c-club-speaks/.

I am not going to say much about the Texas Supreme Court and the City of H-Town other than to say the City shouldn’t be surprised that they got their arse handed to them again and again.

And these tweets from The Yard:

Brian McTaggart ⚾️ ‏@brianmctaggart 13m13 minutes ago
Astros walk off again. Starting to feel like destiny.

Bill Kelly retweeted
Brian T. Smith ‏@ChronBrianSmith 8h8 hours ago
Carlos Correa is one of only 13 players in #MLB last 25 years to hit 15 home runs in initial 62 games. #Astros

The ‘Stros, Dodgers, and Royals of course all have home records of 42-20.

41 games left and a 2 ½ game lead – not bad at all!

From Chron.com today:

On this day (August 19, 1965), The Beatles arrived at Houston International Airport, now known as Hobby, to play their only two concerts in Houston at the Sam Houston Coliseum.

In less than 24 hours, Beatlemania morphed Houston into a city of Beatlemaniacs! And, it all started at the airport where thousands of fans, mostly teenagers, welcomed the Fab Four. Then, downtown at the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel, where they’d rented out the entire 18th floor, girls on the street held binoculars to their eyes hoping to catch a glimpse of the band.

At least 10,000 fans attended two identical concerts that were held at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and each 12-song set opened with “Twist and Shout,” followed by hits like “She’s a Woman,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” and “I Wanna Be your Man.” Both shows lasted just 35 minutes. Critics said that the screaming fans were so loud that you couldn’t even hear The Beatles, and many girls were crying and passing out.

The best I can figure, Paul McCartney has played in H-Town in 1965, 1976 at the Summit, 1992 at the Astrodome, 2002 at the Summit, 2005 at Toyota, and 2012 at Minute Maid. I may have left some off.

Commentary thinks most folks who attended the District H candidate forum last night had pretty much already made up their mind on who they were supporting. What did I learn last night? Some folks didn’t know about beautification grants. There was a discussion on where is Lindale or Lindale Park or North Lindale. Some talked economic development. Some talked disparity. On key issues, some said the budget and some said infrastructure.

The Dodgers visit The Yard this weekend. What year did they move from Brooklyn to LA?

There are two mayoral forums today – I think.

Now this is very interesting. I am talking about the following press release from the Lite Guv’s office on studying jails. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Harris County jail, the Channel 13 news coverage, Terry Goodwin and an election right around the corner. Check this:

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick along with Senator John Whitmire held a news conference announcing an interim study on jail safety standards in Texas.

“I have called on Criminal Justice Committee Chair Sen. Whitmire to conduct an interim study on our jail safety practices,” said Patrick.

“Our criminal justice system assumes a great responsibility for the people in our custody. In many instances, individuals have unresolved issues in their lives, particularly a mental illness, which has resulted in their arrest. It is our responsibility to make certain we have the necessary tools and resources to meet the health, welfare and safety needs of every individual in our custody,” stated Sen. Whitmire.

“I applaud Lt. Gov. Patrick for ensuring we will conduct an in-depth examination of our current practices, identify and address where our system is failing, and how the state can be more supportive to all involved,” concluded Sen. Whitmire.

Folks need to watch this closely and stay tuned for sure.

The Chron E-Board says “HPD reform is needed.” I don’t think they think much of the police chief. Here are parts of the their take today:

Houston isn’t immune to the problems of overpowered police. HPD has developed the reputation of a department where police brutality goes unpunished. In 2013, the Texas Observer ran an award-winning, two-part article titled “Crimes Unpunished,” which documents routine problems of officers failing to do their jobs while getting off after unnecessarily resorting to violence.

“Out of 706 complaints about excessive force, HPD disciplined only 15 officers. For 550 shootings, HPD disciplined none,” the Observer reported, documenting the statistics from 2007 through 2012. “The message is clear: Either Houston police almost never abuse their power, or they abuse it with impunity.”

These numbers should be troubling not only for civil rights advocates, but also for average Houston taxpayers who want to know that their police department is doing its job correctly. At their core, officers are supposed to serve as lookouts, life preservers and taxis: They either protect people around them, help people in need, or shuttle dangerous people into the criminal justice system. Now Houstonians are paying for inconsistent results.

In his campaign for mayor, state Rep. Sylvester Turner announced a plan Thursday to spend $85 million on 540 more police officers to fill the Houston Police Department’s ranks (“Turner would expand police,” Page B1, Friday). This follows on Police Chief Charles McClelland’s request for $105 million to hire 1,200 new officers.

If Houston is going to hire new cops, then City Hall has to find a way for them to bring a new attitude to policing, as well.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/HPD-reform-is-needed-6451861.php.

The Dodgers played their first game in LA in 1958 of course.

On the ‘Stros website they call last night’s walk-off dinger a Marwin-ner. Only 17,749 showed up but we were not disappointed. Come on folks! It is Dollar Dog Night this evening. Make it out to The Yard!

Deport Citizens

You know why Trump is at the top of the GOP field with 24% in the latest polls? Because he wants to deport some American citizens who happen to be Latino. The 24% is driving the immigration debate within the GOP. Commentary is comfortable with this. It makes GOP inroads into the Latino voting community in 2016 all but impossible. Latinos are paying attention to Trump and are noticing that very few GOP leaders are challenging him.

Stay silent my friends!

Here is from today’s Chron:

With the 60-day period for Congress to review the Iran nuclear deal drawing to a close after Labor Day, the pressure is on for the Obama administration to round up votes from Democrats who are still on the fence over the agreement. On the White House list: U.S. Rep. Gene Green.

The centrist Democrat from Houston has yet to signal his vote on the controversial agreement, which reins in Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Really, Dems? A centrist? What is a centrist anyway these days? Really? I said, really?

Name the MLB club with the most losses this season?

Commentary went to another mayoral forum last night. This one was held at Lovett Elementary. Flooding was the topic of the evening. Homie Chris Bell won the crowd. He is one of them. We still have a bunch of forums left on the calendar – sigh!

The Northside Precinct Judges will host a District H candidate forum this evening.

The Phillies lead MLB with 72 losses of course.

Only 16,256 made it to The Yard last night to support the first place ‘Stros. We can certainly do better than that.

Local for Now

The Chron has a story today on the HERO campaign issue. Here is a line from the article:

Both camps warned that the eyes of the nation are on Houston.

Nah! I don’t think we are their yet. The only national run we have received is the talk about the sermon subpoenas at the first GOP debate.

Here is the entire article that is behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HERO-campaigns-brace-for-expensive-hard-fought-6447795.php?cmpid=btfpm.

It could be about missing out on the Super Bowl versus bathrooms and sermon subpoenas.

If the Hotze fella is put out in front for the anti HERO forces, it could be a route for the HERO forces. He is way too polarizing if you ask me.

How many wins did the ‘Stros have last season?

This past weekend I heard about the ‘Stros, the race for mayor, the race for city council, the Uber stuff in San Antonio, the HERO, the Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, the new bus routes, the 100 degree days, and literacy. I didn’t hear anything about the H-Town City Council term limits proposal.

Last season we won 70 games of course. Our record today is 64-54 with 44 games remaining – 22 at home and 22 on the road. We lead the Angels by 3 ½ and the Rangers by 4. We play the Angels 6 more times and the Rangers 7. We also have 3 games to play with the Yankees who lead the AL East and 3 games with the Dodgers who lead the NL West.

Marisol and I were treated to a couple of #ColbyJacks yesterday along with a Jose Altuve walk-off win. You can’t beat that and I like our chances.

On Campaigns

The pro HERO forces have a campaign and I guess it is called Houston Unites. They had their kickoff press conference a few days ago. They are trying to create some enthusiasm.

Commentary is waiting to see when the pro term limits proposal folks will have their kickoff press conference. Who will lead the effort? Who will be part of their coalition? Will they have enthusiasm?

Here is what Kuffer had to say about the term limits proposal:

As I said before, I don’t consider this an improvement on the current system and I don’t intend to vote Yes.

That is a problem if you ask me.

H-Town voted to enact term limits way back in 1991 – 24 years ago – or 12 city elections ago.

The Tigers visit The Yard this weekend. Their skipper is Brad Ausmus. During the 2005 playoffs, who was Ausmus’ backup at catcher – you’ll never guess this one.

Politico says today that Rick Perry will be the first candidate for president to drop out. I won’t argue with that.

Here is from Tags on what is also happening at The Yard this weekend:

The Astros will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2005 National League pennant-winning team as part of Legends Weekend, in which several players from the club’s past, including many from the ’05 team, will return to Minute Maid Park.

Among those scheduled to appear throughout the weekend are Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Brandon Backe, Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz, Glenn Davis, Larry Dierker, Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett, Bob Knepper, Jason Lane, Roy Oswalt, J.R. Richard, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Eric Yelding and Gerald Young, plus Phil Garner, who was the manager of the 2005 team.

Raul Chavez of course was the backup catcher to Brad Ausmus during the 2005 playoffs and only got into one game – the 18 inning NLDS Game 4 win against The ATL.

The 10-game homie begins tonight with our lead down to a game and a half and 2005 NLCS t-shirts are being given away tonight but why do they have the San Luis logo on them? Oh, well!

Their Terms

How can one argue about this? This tweet:

Bill King ‏@BillKingForHou 5h5 hours ago
Mid-West SN mtg. We need to decentralize the City and give discretion to neighborhoods to manage their affairs. BK

Last season’s base hit leader Jose Altuve has 130 base hits this season and is tied for 13th in MLB. Name the player who leads in base hits this season?

Everybody knows Commentary’s position on City of H-Town term limits. I oppose term limits. If we are going to change them, we need to put together a serious grass roots, business community supported campaign. We have not done that.

Yesterday, City Council put forward a term limit ballot measure for this November. Here is from the Chron’s Katherine Driessen:

Under a measure approved Wednesday by the City Council, Houston elected officials could serve a maximum of two four-year terms instead of the current limit of three two-year terms, starting in 2016.

The council voted 12-5 in favor of sending the switch to voters, with Councilmen Richard Nguyen, Mike Laster, Steve Costello, Michael Kubosh and C.O. Bradford voting no, several saying it was the wrong time to seek the change.

The change, if passed, would take effect for officials elected this fall. Current freshman council members could pick up two four-year terms and those serving their second terms would be permitted one four-year term. Elected officials already in their third terms, such as Mayor Annise Parker, would not be eligible for any more time in office.

And:

The council generally has supported lengthening terms, but there has been disagreement about whether such a change should go into effect immediately or in 2020, when no current office holder could benefit.

Mayor Annise Parker said the 2020 proposal would be more favorable to voters, but supports the general principle of lengthening terms regardless of the start date. At the council meeting, Parker paused several beats and exhaled deeply before casting the first “yes” vote to send the 2016 proposal to voters.

And:

Parker warned that without a robust campaign, the issue was unlikely to gain traction with voters. She has committed her time to supporting the equal rights ordinance, which, by court order, also will be on the ballot under a repeal measure.

University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray said that without a popular city leader pushing the change without standing to benefit personally, it is likely to fail at the ballot.

“It’s difficult enough to get something like that passed,” Murray said. “Unless you get an outside group that would not have a direct stake, it’s just an overwhelming task.”

Rice University political scientist Mark Jones called it the wrong time to take the issue to voters. The presence of the city’s equal rights ordinance on the ballot, along with an open mayoral race already are taking up much of voters’ attention, Jones said.

The decision to support the 2016 proposal over the 2020 one inevitably will invite criticism, he said. A recent KHOU/News 88.7 poll found that just 25 percent of likely voters surveyed supported the change to two four-year terms.

“The hole was already deep, and they dug it a little bit deeper,” Jones said. “If your goal is at some point to modify term limits, you are doing that cause a great disservice by placing it on the ballot now. If it loses by a landslide, you run the risk that for the next decade opponents can say they rejected it. You can’t keep going back to the well.”
Around the dais Wednesday, council members supporting the 2016 proposal attempted to head off criticism that the switch is self-serving.

Councilman Jerry Davis, who authored the 2016 amendment, said voters can always oust a council member. For those council members already serving their districts well, he said, the lengthened terms will allow for more time spent on policy rather than campaigns.

Here is the entire Driessen article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/City-Council-adds-term-limits-to-busy-November-6441001.php.

Make no mistake. This is a City Council driven initiative. We should fully expect those that voted for the measure and who stand to benefit to go out and raise money for this campaign and spend their own campaign funds.

And we had this tweet yesterday:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott 10h10 hours ago
.@BenHall2015 gets applause here at Heights-Area Chamber event for line warning against #HERO because of transgender bathroom provision

Nelson Cruz of the Mariners leads MLB with 140 base hits of course.

We won yesterday and now have a two game lead with 47 games left to play. Tomorrow we start a 10 game homie. We host the Tigers for 3, the Rays for 4, then the Dodgers for 3. The Sunday Dodger game on August 23 will be carried nationally on TBS.

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