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Remember when Hunker Down said he wanted the new Sheriff to have gravitas. The Chron has a story today on the color of the new Sheriff’s first hires. I am not surprised and neither should you. I knew this was going to happen and so did you. That’s why some folks didn’t want the former Sheriff to leave. Here is a bit from the Chron story:

Among Ron Hickman’s initial moves as sheriff was filling each of his first eight command posts with white males, a choice critics said shows a lack of vision in a jurisdiction as diverse as Harris County.

These employees range from a major in charge of criminal investigations to an assistant chief who oversees the jail.

Hickman called it insulting to question whether race or gender were considerations in his early staffing assignments.

“I’m still researching the top-level personnel. Given that I haven’t finished assembling it,” he said, “I think it would be unfair for me to say anything.”

However, Adrian Garcia, the county’s first Latino sheriff, called it “unconscionable” that all those on Hickman’s command staff to date are white and male. Garcia resigned to run for mayor of Houston.

If you are going to waste some personal energy and call out the new Sheriff, it is only fair that you call out the former Sheriff. He help create the situation. As for the former Sheriff calling the new hires “unconscionable” – what in the heck did he expect? Oh, well, now that’s what you call gravitas!

Here is the entire Chron article on the hires: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Critics-say-diversity-lacking-in-new-sheriff-s-6284551.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Where does Bleacherreport.com have the ‘Stros in their latest MLB power rankings this morning?

The family got together in Baytown this past Saturday to celebrate my Mom’s BD #89. Some of us were watching the ‘Stros on the flat screen. Some were in the next room visiting. While setting up the family pic the ‘Stros pulled off the triple play. Nice!

How about these tweets from yesterday:

MattYallofMLB 6m6 minutes ago
Since wild card era began in 1995, teams in or tied for first place at Memorial Day have a 51.2% chance of winning division. #Elias

Brian McTaggart ⚾️ retweeted
Richard Justice ‏@richardjustice 23m23 minutes ago
The Astros are an absolute joy to watch. That’s surely one part of this season’s sweetest and most improbable story.

How about this Richard Justice article from yesterday: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/126460264/richard-justice-astros-a-joy-and-dangerous.

We have the second best record in MLB and Bleacherreport.com has us at number 2 in this morning’s MLB power rankings of course. KC with the best record holds the top spot in the rankings.

Let’s see. Yesterday we jumped off to a 3 zip lead, then fell behind 5-3, then it was 7-3, then we tied it up at 7-7, then went ahead 10-7, and won it 10-8. Nice!

We could be the first 30 game winner in MLB this season with a win at Camden this afternoon. I like our chances with Dallas Keuchel on the mound.

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I really don’t have much to say about what happened in Garland last night other than to say I agree with the fella who was on CNN last night and said he wasn’t surprised.

The Chron E-Board today visits the effort to get a statue of LBJ for H-Town. The E-Board reminds us that LBJ once taught in H-Town. Here is from the E-Board:

Last year, numerous celebrations marked the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Historians consider President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s contribution to the passage of that legislation to be one of the greatest acts of legislative leadership in our country’s history. LBJ’s career as a debate teacher at Sam Houston High School in Houston from 1930-1931 is less well-known.

Local immigration attorney Charles Foster recently announced his commitment to create and install a statue of LBJ in Houston to celebrate the former president’s ties to our city. It’s a worthy idea.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Honor-LBJ-6236978.php.

Well the statue has to be Downtown. Hopefully, not across the street from the post office. Stay tuned!

It has been a long time. I am talking about ‘Stros baseball being this good.

We have the biggest division lead – 7 games – in MLB. We have the second best record in MLB.

What is the team’s run differential?

Bleacherreport.com has us at number one in this week’s MLB power rankings. Check this:

Let the screenshots commence folks, the Houston Astros are officially the No. 1 team in this week’s MLB power rankings thanks to a 10-game winning streak.

If the season ended today, Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.73 ERA, 0.73 WHIP) would likely be your American League Cy Young winner, and if nothing else he’s put any questions about the legitimacy of last year’s breakout in the rearview.

Meanwhile, slugger Evan Gattis entered last week hitting .156/.194/.250 with one home run and five RBI, but exploded for five home runs and 12 RBI to spark an offense that is now averaging 5.00 runs per game on the year.

“It’s been the most fun personally I’ve ever had on a team, and I think we might have something special,” Gattis told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com after the team ran their win streak to 10 on Sunday.

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels are up next as they look to push that streak even further and maintain the No. 1 spot.

That’s nice!

Check these tweets from yesterday:

#VoteAstros @astros • 5h 5 hours ago
The #Astros lead MLB with 40 home runs. #Power

#VoteAstros @astros • 6h 6 hours ago
Confirmed: #Astros 18-7 record after first 25 games is the best start to a season in franchise history. #Represent

Brian McTaggart ⚾️ @brianmctaggart • 4h 4 hours ago
Astros are 13-0 when scoring first and 16-0 when scoring four or more runs.

Saturday night was downright fun! It was a dinger fest. We were down three zip on three Mariner dingers in the second inning and came back with five dingers of our own for an 11-4 win. How awesome is that?

Some folks are saying not so fast. It is only 25 games. I get that.

19,000 plus on Friday, 24,000 plus on Saturday, and 25,000 plus yesterday – folks are starting to get interested. The crowds could be better but I understand how folks might still not be ready to buy in. The last four years the team has been lousy.

I think they are the real deal. We are definitely ready for ESPN Sunday night baseball. ESPN has already scheduled this month. If we keep up playing at this current level, the game with the Yankees at The Yard on the last Sunday of June could very well be on ESPN.

And this tweet last night from Tags:

Brian McTaggart ⚾️ ‏@brianmctaggart 12m12 minutes ago
The last team to lead its division by as many seven games on May 3 are the 2001 Mariners, who won 116 games

OK, OK!

The best weekend words came from Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg on Governor Abbott’s decision to monitor the Department of Defense: “This. Is. Madness.”

Any bets on who will be the first GOPer to blame last night’s shooting in Garland on the President?

It looks like the FBI has joined the investigation of the shooting in Garland. Governor Abbott is expected to direct the Texas Ranger to monitor the FBI’s activities.

The ‘Stros have a plus 37 run differential of course.

The Rangers are in for three and they rank dead last in this morning’s Bleacherreport.com MLB power rankings.

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