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Thank you, SCOTUS!

Get with it Texas!

HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones and State Sen. Rodney Ellis are taking the lead in renaming some HISD schools. Have at it. Here is from the Chron:

Rhonda Skillern-Jones said she plans to discuss the issue with her fellow trustees at an upcoming meeting. Superintendent Terry Grier added that he is “strongly considering” recommending that the board change the names.

And:

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, sent a letter to the Houston Independent School District Wednesday urging the renaming of six campuses named after Confederate army officers or others tied to the Confederacy: Dowling, Jackson and Johnston middle schools and Davis, Lee and Reagan high schools.

“Remembering our past is important, especially if you want to avoid making the same mistakes,” Ellis wrote. “But we can teach our students about the evils of the past without endorsing the actions of those who fought to uphold them. When we honor hate at our schools, we teach hate to our children.”

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HISD-board-president-backs-changing-6350468.php.

I wonder if they are going to include slave owners from the past. How about those that supported segregation or opposed civil rights and voting rights. How about some of the folks that help found the state of Texas and nearly succeeded in making Native-Americans an extinct people. These same folks also made Texas a slave-owning state. How does one define hate? I wonder where they will draw the line. I am glad Board President Skillern-Jones and Sen. Ellis are the deciders and not me. Go for it!

Name the Yankee great who has scored the most runs as a Yankee?

Hey, if the GOP wants to have its presidential primary focus on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, go for it! Because the rest of America is leaving you behind!

Some notes from last night’s Yankee game at The Yard.

A-Roid was booed. I didn’t though.

Nobody boos Carlos Beltran these days. Folks have forgotten, maybe even forgiven, after all, it has been eleven years.

It felt like 35,000 plus were there. Actually, there were 28,000 plus change.

There was excitement in the air.

After the game the streets were packed with folks.

My Best Friend and I shared the snagging of a foul ball.

A-Roid whiffed three times.

We won four zip.

Dallas Keuchel won his ninth.

Babe Ruth of course leads all Yankees with 1,959 runs scored.

It is going to be hopping at The Yard tonight for sure as our lead is now five.

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Good ‘Ol Boys

Don’t waste your time complaining to the new sheriff about his throwing a no-no against women regarding his command staff. Instead, complain to Hunker Down, after all, he wanted this fella because he possessed “gravitas.” Hey, if the new sheriff wants to hand us an issue on a gold platter in next year’s election, let him. That is not a very smart move on his part. I wonder if Hunker Down agrees.

Here is from the Chron:

The lack of women in leadership roles is worth noting because representation in the top ranks promotes a message about equity, provides role models and boosts morale, said Danielle Flanagan, an instructor of criminal justice at West Texas A&M University who studied women in policing in the Texas panhandle.

While it is common for a new sheriff to assemble a fresh lineup, Hickman’s first several assignments prompted fears among deputies and civil rights advocates that he was retreating to a leadership style of a bygone era.

Here is the Chron front page article on the female snub:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/New-sheriff-names-all-male-command-post-6347787.php.

Now that’s what I call gravitas – baby!

The Yankees are in town for four. Name the former MLBer who has played in the most games all time as a Yankee?

If the Supremes rule for same sex marriage, the Harris County Clerk is going to take his sweet time in issuing marriage licenses. What is the point? Playing to your base? Not a smart move. Here is the Chron article on the delay of game, err playing games:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Stanart-no-plan-to-issue-licenses-immediately-if-6346500.php?cmpid=btfpm.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis in a Chron Op-Ed today is calling for HISD to look at changing the names of some of the schools that are named after Johnny Reb players. I don’t have a problem. Of course, one of the biggest alumni groups is the Jeff Davis Alumni. They have some pretty prominent players. I wonder what they think about this. Here is from the Sen. Ellis piece:

As an extremely diverse school district in the most diverse city in the nation, the names of our community schools should not lionize men who dedicated themselves to maintaining the ability of one human to own another. I hope that the board will use this unique opportunity to move the district in a new direction and away from a discriminatory past by creating a process to review and consider renaming schools named after Confederate stalwarts.

Here is the entire piece:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Ellis-HISD-schools-shouldn-t-honor-Confederacy-6347308.php.

There is another mayoral forum today. This one is at the River Oaks Country Club.

Derek Jeter of course was on the field for 2,747 games wearing the pin stripes.

We are still four games up and start a seven game homie against two of the better teams in the AL. The Yankees and the Royals.

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