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  • Not Much Friday
    November 27, 2020

    There is not much going on today.

    Donald Trump won’t tell the media if he is going to President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.  He has decided but won’t say. I prefer that he does not.  I don’t want Biden riding in the same car with that fella.  Trump and his administration are super spreaders.

    I would add “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra to the Best Christmas Tunes list.

    42 years-ago today, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered at the San Francisco City Hall. 42 years ago.

    47 years-ago today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gerald Ford as President Richard Nixon’s Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned.

    A few years ago, someone gave me a nice bottle of wine.  I finally opened it yesterday at dinner.  Silver Oak 2011 cab.  Nice.

    It is hard to get worked up over a Texans win and a Cowboys arse kicking since they are both lousy this season.

    Ivan Rodriguez is celebrating a birthday today.  The Hall of Fame great played for us for part of the 2009 season and had 8 dingers.  Happy Birthday, Pudge.

    No word yet and where #SpringerDinger will land.

  • Thanksgiving Day
    November 26, 2020

    Happy Birthday to my best friend Al Luna today.  I will let him tell you how many birthdays he’s had. I wonder how many times his birthday has fallen on Thanksgiving Day.

    A good buddy of mine had the virus and it was a struggle.  She is better now.  I was worried. Thank goodness.

    I don’t understand all these folks ignoring CDC guidelines and travelling all over the place.  We deserve what is coming, I guess.

    The Thanksgiving Day prayer before dinner today ought to be interesting for sure.

    Try to stay safe today.

    Happy Thanksgiving Day and enjoy your dinner and go on ahead and overdo it.

    I am.

  • Christmas Tunes
    November 25, 2020

    If you are worried about catching COVID-19, today’s probably a day not to go to the grocery store or to Spec’s.

    I wonder if Vegas has a line on whether former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a prominent role in the Biden-Harris administration. The progressives including @AOC are gunning for him.  Some Latinos blame him for not getting immigration reform passed during the first two years of the President Barack Obama administration when he was Chief of Staff and Democrats had control of Congress.  CNN contributor Paul Begala, who is good friend of Emanuel’s was on CNN yesterday saying Emanuel could make a good Transportation Secretary because the Transportation Department really isn’t partisan political.  Begala’s case for Emanuel was pretty weak.

    My take is President-Elect Biden doesn’t need this headache.  There is nothing that Emanuel brings that you can’t get from someone else.  He has been a mayor, a member of Congress, and a White House Chief of Staff.  He’s not worth bringing on.

    It is Christmas tune season.  “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is being played.  Did you know that on that tune, not a single woman has a solo?  A few months later, “We Are the World” came out.  It has five women soloists.  Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Cyndi Lauper and Kim Karnes. Now you know.

    On the “Today” website, they put out a list of the Top 25 Christmas tunes.  Hey, everyone has an opinion.  Here is the list minus those I removed.

    1. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

    6. Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

    7. Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

    8. Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”

    9. Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)

    10. Frank Sinatra (feat. B. Swanson Quartet), “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

    11. John Lennon & Yoko Ono, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

    12. Bing Crosby, John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Ken Darby Singers, “White Christmas”

    13. José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad”

    16. Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)”

    17. Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime”

    19. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”

    22. Burl Ives, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”

    I am not set on the order above.  How can you not have “White Christmas” at number one.” Or Nat King Cole? Or Feliciano?

    Here are the ones I removed:

    2. Wham! “Last Christmas”

    3. Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me”

    4. Michael Bublé, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas”

    5. Justin Bieber, “Mistletoe”

    14. Michael Bublé, “Holly Jolly Christmas”

    15. Chris Rea, “Driving Home for Christmas”

    18. Sam Smith, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

    20. Kelly Clarkson, “Underneath the Tree”

    21. Coldplay, “Christmas Lights”

    23. Shakin’ Stevens, “Merry Christmas Everyone”

    24. Michael Bublé, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

    25. The Ronettes, “Sleigh Ride”

    First of all, Commentary is a Christmas tune afficionado.  With all due respect, of the “Today” list, Mariah Carey is the only one who has come out with a Top 25 worthy tune the last couple of decades.

    In no particular order, here are tunes that need to be added, in my opinion.  A couple are from within the last couple of decades:

    Stevie Nicks, “Silent Night”

    Johnny Mathis or Gloria Estevan, “Silver Bells”

    Perry Como, “O Holy Night”

    John Denver and The Muppets, “Twelve Days of Christmas”

    Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”

    Eydie Gorme Y Trio Los Panchos, “Noche De Paz”

    Dean Martin, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”

    Bing Crosby and David Bowie, “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)”

    Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

    The Carpenters, “Merry Christmas Darling”

    Robert Earl Keene, “Merry Christmas From the Family”

    Jessalyn Gilsig, “Twas the Night Song”

    Faith Hill, “Where Are You Christmas”

    The Lennon Sisters, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

    John Williams, “Somewhere in My Memory” from the “Home Alone” flick

    I am sure I missed some.  I will come back and add some if I did.  As you can see, I am not tied to only having 25 tunes on a Top 25 list. 

    The Gilsig tune really wasn’t recorded for distribution.  You can find it on YouTube from the “Angels and Ornaments” Hallmark flick.

    Nothing from The Yard today.

    Stay safe this Thanksgiving Weekend and wear a mask.

  • Biden Transition
    November 24, 2020

    Donald Trump finally figured out there was no election fraud.  He and his folks have been spending the last two and a half weeks trying to steal the election by kicking African American voters off the tally sheets and the systems and processes in place wouldn’t let him. No election fraud.

    My address is pretty much at the tail end of the mail route.  We are the second to the last street to get the mail.  The mail got delivered last night at 7:30 pm.  Can we please fix the post office?

    Yes, my pancake mix did arrive.  Thank you.

    President-Elect Joe Biden is starting to roll out his Cabinet and other key aides.  They are a diverse and highly qualified bunch. 

    Commentary is going to try not to get worked up on who gets picked to key spots.  I will let others do that.

    The GSA finally let loose the resources for the transition.  I am really looking forward to the federal government functioning again.

    Sigh.  Gov. Greg Abbott put out on something on vaccinations yesterday.  I kind of wish he would get out of the way when it comes to distribution. He will screw it up for sure.

    The Chron’s Mike Morris has a story about the theme park the H-Town Mayor opined on a while back.  Here is from Mike’s piece that struck me:

    (Mayor Sylvester) Turner spokeswoman Mary Benton said this month that the mayor was in the process of asking people to join his theme park task force when the pandemic arrived and became the administration’s main focus. Still, she said, Turner has not abandoned the goal.

    Here is Mike’s article: What happened to Mayor Turner’s plan to open a theme park in Houston? – HoustonChronicle.com.

    I thought back to this from the Chron on the H-Town Mayor’s task forces:

    “After not seeing some basic recommendations move forward, I stepped away to focus my energy elsewhere. I was done,” said Ginny Goldman, chair of the equity task force and a co-chair of Turner’s 2016 transition team. “I’ve got to say, if asked to join a task force or committee under this administration today, I would certainly turn it down. It’s a terrible use of people’s time right now writing reports that sit on his shelf, rather than bring people together for meaningful action.”

    Turner’s critics say his approach to controversial or systemic issues follows a predictable pattern: Appoint a task force, often accompanied by a speech brimming with sweeping progressive language, before passing on most or all of the advisory group’s policy recommendations.

    The reports generated by Turner’s task forces typically come months later, when the public has refocused its attention elsewhere. His task force on Confederate statues, appointed shortly after the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., took seven months to recommend the removal of Houston’s statues. Nothing happened until June of this year, when Turner ordered them taken down — 17 days after Floyd’s death, which set off widespread removal of Confederate symbols.

    Here is the Chron piece on task forces: Critics accuse Turner of using ‘powerless’ task forces to deal with controversies – HoustonChronicle.com.

    I am not going to put my money on H-Town getting an amusement park.

    Luis Salinas sent me this after my mention of rate of unsolved homicides in H-Town:

    The research says: Police scaling back because of protests, 2.1 million guns sold this year and Quarantining loosens our social restraintshttps://www.univision.com/local/houston-kxln/preocupacion-por-incremento-de-tasa-de-homicidios-en-houston-a-que-se-debe-el-alza-video.

    Former Astro pitcher Charlie Morton is now with The ATL.

  • Thanksgiving Week
    November 23, 2020

    Commentary started to listen to Christmas tunes on SiriusXM and 99.1 FM.  I am slowly getting off of CNN now that the results are final.  I really don’t give a rat’s arse if the dipsh_t Donald Trump concedes or not.  Se acabó, baby!

    Commentary doesn’t agree much with what former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to say these days.  He called Trump’s legal team a “national embarrassment” yesterday on “This Week.” Hard to disagree with Christie.

    I was watching “What’s Your Point” yesterday and the Breitbart fella and the Urban Reform guy both were not ready to say President-Elect Joe Biden.  What a pitiful response from them. I guess both are okay with Trump and the GOP trying to knock African American votes off of the board. Sigh.

    This headline came out on the Chron’s website a few days ago:

    Houston’s rate of unsolved murders is soaring. Experts say the police department is to blame.

    This is part of the hard copy headline in yesterday’s front page:

    … experts pin blame on the police department

    I tweeted on the headline last week.  Who else are you going to blame the rate of unsolved murders on?

    Me? You?

    Did I tell you the price of my Chron subscription went up a few weeks ago?

    The Chron gave U.S. Sen Ted Cruz the lead headline in today’s hard copy.

    Give me a break.

    Cruz was deservedly ridiculed nationwide this past weekend because of his dumbarse tweet.  This fella just takes up space.

    Did I tell you the price of my Chron subscription went up a few weeks ago?

    The Chron does have a frontpage story in the hard copy today about Trump and the RNC and what happens after January 20, 2021.  I hope it gets real messy.

    This is the beginning of Thanksgiving Week.  HISD has the week off. Stay safe.

    Nothing to report from The Yard today.