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  • Don’t Ask Alice
    October 23, 2018

    Who has a better 2018 postseason team batting average, the Dodgers or the Red Sox?

    Houston Firefighters were certainly out in force at every Early Voting location yesterday. It looks they will be at all the EV locations over the next couple of weeks. Interesting.

    Alice Stewart is a CNN conservative commentator and used to work for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. She doesn’t always stick to the GOP talking points. She did miss by a lot last night. Maybe it was because she still like Sen. Cruz. Check her tweets from last night:

    Alice Stewart‏@alicetweet 12h12 hours ago

    TX is ground zero for @tedcruz & @realDonaldTrump message to pass Kate’s law, end visa lottery & end chain migration. #CruzCrew #GOPUndo

     

    Alice Stewart‏ @alicetweet 12h12 hours ago

    Timing is everything – @realDonaldTrump message of caravan, chain migration & build the wall works in TX. #GOP #CruzCrew

     

    Alice doesn’t know what she is talking about. I don’t think Alice has spent a lot of time in Texas lately. She certainly isn’t catching on to what is going on with the #BetoForTexas campaign. Come on! There is a reason Donald Trump was at Toyota last night. Sen. Cruz is in trouble.

    I also don’t think that Alice knows that Texas is 42% Anglo, 39% Latino, 13% African American, and 5% Asian American. We are certainly ground zero for diversity.  We are doing our best to rid our state of hate and divisiveness.

    Sadly, Alice was sounding like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last night.  Don’t ask Alice.

    Voter turnout was blowing up across Texas yesterday. I am sure we will know later today, what the voters looked like yesterday.

    Commentary was going to tweet a picture of the caravan with a caption along the lines of “heading to the Texas border to vote early”, but I decided against. I don’t have time to deal with haters these days.

    In the 2018 postseason, the Red Sox of course are batting .253 and the Dodgers .218.

    The World Series starts this evening.

    Go vote early, please.

     

  • Early Voting in Person
    October 22, 2018

    Have the Red Sox and the Dodgers ever met in the postseason?

    On the first day of Early Voting in Person in Harris County in 2014, 20,215 showed to vote and 41,520 mailed in ballots.

    On the first day of Early Voting in Person in Harris County in 2016, 67,471 showed to vote and 61,543 mailed in ballots

    Care to guess what will be reported around 5 pm today?

    The Chron E-Board Saturday endorsed the City of H-Town’s Prop A and opposed the H-Town Firefighters’ Prop B.

    The Chron E-Board Sunday endorsed #BetoForTexas, Gov. Greg Abbott, and Lt. Governor Dem candidate Mike Collier.

    Here is from the E-Board’s Prop A take:

    As we said at the time, the drainage fee was established by a vote at City Hall, not a vote at the ballot box. If Proposition A fails, that fee doesn’t go away. Voters will merely lose the Rebuild Houston lock box that requires the city to take a pay-as-you-go approach to funding street and drainage improvements rather than resorting to the more expensive route of borrowing money and paying interest.

    That’s BS and silly pure and simple.

    Commentary worked for passage of the November 2010 vote on Rebuild Houston. Here was the ballot language the H-Town voters approved:

    Shall the City Charter of the City of Houston be amended to provide for the enhancement, improvement and ongoing renewal of Houston’s drainage and streets by creating a Dedicated Pay-As-You-Go Fund for Drainage and Streets.

    If the ballot item – Prop 1 – had not been approved by the voters at the ballot box in 2010, a drainage fee would not have been established – period. So saying “the drainage fee was established by a vote at City Hall, not a vote at the ballot box” is a load of BS. The E-Board is quick to chastise public officials for talking BS. Now they are doing the same. Quit disrespecting H-Town voters and stop saying this, please!

    Spooky Halloween Evan says the Chron E-Board endorsed 65 GOPers and 57 Dems for the November election.

    There is a story in the Chron today about Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and here is a line:

    “Look, they went to counseling, things are okay now, they’re back together, they’re getting along now,” said Rick Tyler, an MSNBC political analyst and Republican strategist who worked as a spokesman for Cruz’s 2016 presidential bid.

    I didn’t know arse kissing was therapy.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dinner was interrupted Friday evening. I wonder if Mitch has considered takeout lately.

    In 1916, the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (now the LA Dodgers), 4 games to 1 of course.

    Don’t be surprised if the team decides to continue to have replica World Series ring giveaways a few times next season. Hey, it worked this past season.

    Last year, Christmas shopping was easy. Just about everyone on my list got World Series gear. I am going to have to work a little harder this year.

    In case you are wondering, MLB returns to The Yard on March 25 and 26 next year when we host the Pirates for a couple of exhibition games. Our season home opener is Friday, April 5 when we host the A’s.

    Boston returns on Friday, May 24 for a weekend series.

    Go Vote Early, please!

     

  • Settled, Done
    October 19, 2018

    Blame the baseball gods, folks!

    $14.25 postseason Saint Arnold prices. 122% price increase on some tickets over the past couple of years. Some folks I know are not coming back next season or are moving to other locations at The Yard.

    Joe West. Roberto Osuna.

    The baseball gods decided we were not worthy of repeating.

    4 and 1 and done.

    Make that 2 For Prop B mailers I have received in the last couple of weeks.

    The Chron E-board today endorsed the Dem candidate for Land Commissioner, 7 GOPers for family court judgeships, and 2 Dems for family court judgeships.

    Early Voting in Person starts on Monday.

    I like this from the internet:

    Rihanna stands with Kap. The “Work” singer declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show because she “supports Colin Kaepernick,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

    “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

    I wonder if they will be called Caesars Crawford Boxes next season.

    No MLB question today.

    During the National Anthem before Game 4 Wednesday evening, they had a color guard made up of first responders, so folks were focused on the flags by home plate. I checked out the flag poles in the outfield and I noticed the flags were blowing and waving even though the roof was closed. Where was the wind coming from? I guess they had a wind machine or huge arse fan out there and they didn’t want a limp flag.  Just saying.

  • Blown Call
    October 18, 2018

    Move over Mike Renfro.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB!

    Because of where I sit at The Yard, I have become way too familiar on what is considered the field of play. Last night I had an angle on the where the ball landed and clearly Mookie Betts’ glove was beyond the field of play and the fan had every right to the ball.

    Joe West had absolutely no angle and he guessed wrong – period. I repeat, guessed wrong.

    MLB is not going to cut us any slack because they prefer Boston in the World Series. So, our chances on overturning the call on review by the folks in New York were slim.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB.

    The Chron e-Board called out HISD trustee Diana Davila and some of her colleagues today. That’s their right to do so. Funny, though. They have never called out certain trustees for their outrageous behavior. That is chickens__t.

    The Chron E-Board today endorsed 8 GOPers for district judgeships and 2 Dems for district judgeships.

    No MLB question today.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB.

    7 pm start this evening and it is do or die.

  • It Was Ugly
    October 17, 2018

    Name the Astro with the most RBIs in the 2018 postseason?

    Commentary is thinking the #BetoForTexas second guessers are happy that #BetoForTexas was aggressive last night and that he finally has a TV ad where he takes a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz.

    Chron columnist Erica Grieder has a good piece today on #BetoForTexas not sharing his dough. Go get a hard copy and check it out.

    Today, the Chron E-Board endorsed 8 Dems for county court judgeships and 6 GOPers for county court judgeships.

    Early Voting in Person starts in five days. Do folks have any idea how Prop B will play out? More and more people I have talked to are not very happy about having to choose between the Firefighters and the fiscal situation. Folks feel like they have been thrown into the middle of this. They are just saying.  Can’t blame them.

    The folks who run the Astros are smarter than Commentary. That doesn’t mean they always make the right moves. Commentary would have kept Dallas Keuchel in to start the sixth. They brought in Joe Smith, who wasn’t on the ALDS roster, and we saw what happened. Bringing in Roberto Osuna in the eighth was plain dumb. He is our closer. The Skipper made a couple of bonehead moves last night for sure.

    Commentary has mentioned the baseball gods before. Maybe we kind of paid a price last night for trading for Osuna – just maybe.

    Last night was ugly, ugly, ugly!

    Marwin Gonzalez of course leads the Astros with 8 RBIs.

    A 7:30 pm start. We kind of have our backs to the wall. This isn’t do or die, but a win is a must.