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  • COVID Rules
    April 15, 2021

    Here is the headline from today’s front page of the Chron hard copy:

    Not playing ball with virus

    Commentary has not let my guard down.  I still mask up and carry around hand sanitizer.  I am also fully vaccinated.  COVID still rules in my book.  Not enough folks are vaccinated.  I saw a poll yesterday where 40% or so GOPers were not inclined to get the shot.  The latest with the Johnson and Johnson shot just proves that stuff is still messed up out there.

    Let me give you snippets from three separate Chron stories today:

    According to Harris County’s COVID-19 guidance, residents should avoid all unnecessary contact with others. They should not go to bars or barbecues or ballgames. They should work from home if possible and leave only for errands, such as groceries or medicine.

    Hardly any of the county’s 4.8 million residents appear to be following this advice now. Gov. Greg Abbott fully reopened Texas last month and nixed the mask mandate. Youth sports have resumed, houses of worship again welcome in-person parishioners and 21,765 fans attended the Astros home opener at Minute Maid Park.

    Yet, for 42 consecutive weeks, Harris County has been at its highest COVID-19 threat level, red, even though the virus metrics here have improved significantly since January and other counties have relaxed their guidance for residents. Though local officials have no authority to issue COVID-19 restrictions, Harris appears to be the only of Texas’s 254 counties to still urge residents to remain at home.

    And this:

    The Astros will be without four key players —  Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Martin Maldonado – indefinitely because of MLB’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

    The loss of those four, plus infielder Robel Garcia, is a brutal blow for a team already in a mid-April funk and a reminder that baseball is still operating in a pandemic.

    And this:

    Lance McCullers Jr. questioned Major League Baseball’s decision to proceed with the Astros’ scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers despite missing five players due to health and safety protocols.

    “I’ll just say that we felt that it would have been better if we weren’t there today, we felt that would have been the smartest thing to do, but we were overruled,” said McCullers, the Astros’ player representative to the union.

    I like Lance and I watched him get nailed last night.  There were also 14,000 plus at last night’s game and most fans were not masking up.  The Astros are not enforcing their own mask mandates.  I won’t be too critical.  They are letting me opt out for now.

    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is correct to keep the County at a code threat level red.  Even if folks aren’t paying attention.

    People are still getting infected, and some are dying.  Who in their right mind would think we are out of the woods? COVID still rules. 

    We have lost 5 in a row.  We are playing like an 0-5 team.  We should have won last night with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth.

  • John Lennon and Alright
    April 14, 2021

    Everybody likes to attribute alright, alright, alright to Matthew McConaughey. 

    This is from “Revolution” by The Beatles and sung by John Lennon that came out in 1968:

    “Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright, alright, alright.”

    Just so you know. “Revolution” was on the B-Side of “Hey Jude.”

    Now you know.

    Some folks on Twitter like Fox News try to badger Vice President Kamala Harris into doing a press conference about the border.  These guys don’t get it.  The VP isn’t like Donald Trump who listened to the likes of Fox News.  The VP and the Joe Biden Administration are going to act responsibly.

    Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst needs to stop hanging out with the opposite sex.  Last year his former girlfriend kicked his arse.  This is from a story online this morning:

    Former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was arrested Tuesday in Dallas on a charge of domestic violence, police say.

    The Dallas Police Department announced the arrest in a news release shortly before midnight.

    According to police, officers were called to a disturbance in the 3300 block of West Mockingbird Lane, near Dallas Love Field. When they arrived, they met with a woman who said she was physically assaulted by a man she knew.

    The investigation led officers to identifying Dewhurst, 75, as a suspect, police said.

    What else can you say?

    We have a 6-5 team. We have lost four in a row at home.  We are playing like an 0-4 team.   I am not going to sweat it.

    I am back to listening more and more to The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.

  • Liar, Liar
    April 13, 2021

    Sigh.  From the Chron today:

    Texas’ vaccination rate per capita puts it towards the bottom among all states.

    Rice University health economic Vivian Ho said the state’s comparatively low vaccination rates are due in part to Texas’ decision to administer doses through its hospital systems, many of which are in urban areas and already had information on patients that made outreach efforts easier.

    “We went for the low-hanging fruit,” she said. “The state decided to send the bulk of its initial doses to the hospital systems, and so its very easy to start there… But once you’re done with that, you have got to pivot and figure out how to send those doses elsewhere.”

    She and other public health experts have for months said the state needs to do more to increase vaccination and education efforts in rural counties or low-income neighborhoods in urban areas.

    That’s Gov. Greg Abbott’s lack of leadership.  Spurs’ Coach Popovich ripped Abbott a new one yesterday.

    The Chron caught a GOP Texas State Senator telling a big lie.  I mentioned yesterday State Sen. Bryan Hughes going on CNN Sunday and Pamela Brown eating his lunch. Here is from the Chron:

    In defending his controversial voting bill on CNN on Sunday, Texas state Sen. Bryan Hughes claimed half a dozen times that the attorney general’s office had 400 open voter fraud cases.

    “That’s the fact,” Hughes, R-Mineola, said in an interview with CNN host Pamela Brown. “It’s documented. There’s no question about that.”

    Yet that number is almost 10 times larger than the number of people with pending voter fraud charges in Texas, which is 43, according to data from the attorney general’s office. Only one of those pending cases stems from the 2020 election, in which more than 11 million Texans cast ballots.

    Donald Trump told like eight kazillion lies that were documented.  Some like Sen. Hughes think it is ok to lie.  It isn’t ok.  He got caught.

    Voting by mail in the upcoming May 1 Uniform Election in Harris County is picking up.  We can thank the Harris County Elections Administrator for sending out the mail ballot applications to those 65 and older.  Sen. Hughes’ racist voter suppression bill wouldn’t allow the Elections Administrator to send out mail ballot applications. Think about that.

    If it was up to Commentary, I would not have provided a video tribute on El Grande to former Astros Skipper A.J. Hinch like they did last night before the game.  If folks want to cheer him when he is announced during the line-ups that is one thing. He was suspended for a year.  Oh, well.  I wasn’t there.

    Then we lost the game.

    I am opting out for Phase 2 at The Yard.  It is wait and see.

  • Abbott Joke
    April 12, 2021

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace made Gov. Greg Abbott look like a dummy yesterday. Here is from an MSN.com story yesterday:

    Wallace continued: “Governor, there were thousands of complaints of sexual abuse at migrant shelters during the Trump years. Not to say that what’s going on now is right but we couldn’t find one instance of you complaining and calling that out when President Trump was president.”

    Abbott, meanwhile, largely dodged Wallace’s question, claiming there were “multiple differences between what happened in the Trump administration” and the current White House.

    Abbott looked like the Abbott we all know too well.

    Texas GOP State Sen. Bryan Hughes, the sponsor of SB 7, the racist voter suppression bill, told CNN’s Pamela Brown yesterday, that there are 400 voter fraud cases in Texas.  Show us, dude. That’s new to us. Pamela Brown ate his lunch for sure.

    Royko had a hilarious response to my take on Texas losing business because of the racist voter suppression bill:

    I guess someone needs to point out that the Dems mislead when they object to proper ID’s, as they have mastered voter fraud.

    Who doesn’t need ID, except when it comes to trying to vote multiple times?

    The state has already lost a lot from cancelled events, and, even though not a single condition currently exists in Harris County that the pequeña Comandante cited as the basis of the decision by to declare a condition Red, and shut down Harris County, the condition Red order continues today.

    Was it politically tone deaf to be posting pictures frolicking on a Galveston beach without a mask while the “sheeple” are ordered to stay home and forced to wear a face diaper everywhere in Harris County?

    As far as declining attendance to watch a bunch of spoiled rich players (some exposed as cheaters) worship the Burning, Looting Maoists in stadiums taxpayers are paying for, seems to have started prior to the push to make it harder for Dems to steal the vote.

    That’s funny.

    It was good to see Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama win the Masters.  If you know what I mean.

    From BleacherReport.com from this past weekend:

    The Houston Chronicle fired veteran NFL reporter Aaron Wilson because of comments made on WEEI radio in Boston concerning allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    Wilson’s departure was first reported by Diana Moskovitz and Kalyn Kahler of Defector.com. 

    Speaking to The Greg Hill Show on March 19, Wilson characterized the allegations against Watson as a “money grab” and compared settling the suits as negotiating with terrorists.

    I could not find the firing story on the Chron’s webpage.


    Former Astro Joe Musgrove, now with the Padres, tossed a no-no against the Rangers at Globe Life this past Friday evening.

    There have been five no-nos tossed against the Colt 45s/Astros since 1962.  We have never had a no-no tossed against us in H-Town.  We were a home team once when a no-no was tossed against us.  That was in 2008, against the Cubbies when we played the two Ike Games at Miller Park in Milwaukee, then known at Chicago North.  Now you know.

    Former Astros Skipper A.J. Hinch is now the Skipper of the Tigers. The Tigers are in town for three starting this evening.  He paid a price.  He sat out for a year while the players didn’t and played.  I wonder if he is hearing it from the boo birds.

    I still don’t know why the Astros had yesterday, a Sunday, off.

  • Money Loser
    April 9, 2021

    The GOP Texas House Speaker said yesterday that he would be willing to sit with business leaders and go over the voter suppression bill line by line.  He doesn’t have to do that.  He just needs to read the Perryman Group’s analysis of the bill’s financial impact.  It is a money loser. Here is from Forbes.com: 

    The Texas economy could take a massive hit if the state enacts new voting restrictions—potentially costing the state’s economy tens of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs—according to a study from the Texas-based economic research firm the Perryman Group, as the Texas legislature Thursday moved one step closer to making the proposals.

    The potential loss of conventions, major sporting events and tourism could cost the state $16.7 billion in annual gross product by 2025, and nearly 150,000 jobs, according to the study.

    Internal factors, like decreased business activity and lower wages in the state, could lead to the loss of $14.7 billion in household purchasing power by 2025, according to the Perryman Group.

    Retail trade would take the biggest hit, according to the study, losing more than 50,000 jobs from drops in tourism and economic development alone.

    Not only is the bill a vote killer.  It’s a jobs killer.

    The only folks who like the bill are racists voter suppressors.  They are the minority on this.  Don’t they get it?

    On a related note.  More folks are voting by mail in the May 1 Uniform Elections thanks to the vote by mail applications that were sent out by the Harris County Elections Administrator. If it were up to the racists voter suppressors, these folks in Baytown, West U and elsewhere would not be voting. Think about that.

    I watched the game last night.  I saw a lot of folks not wearing masks.  They were not eating or drinking either.  The Astros didn’t appear to be enforcing their mask rule.  I have no idea who in the bunch was fully vaccinated.  I have no idea who got their first dose or who is carrying the variant.  It really didn’t look like an environment that I would go into.  I will continue to watch from home.

    It is nice that we are 6-1 and off to a great start.  We have only played two teams though. It is still nice. It is also early.

    The Astros have Sunday off. Someone needs to explain to Commentary why we don’t play on Sunday. That’s a first. I think.