By Marc Campos

Bloomergrants, 60, Vilma, Dud, Lay, Yard Talk

"Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation."

"Members of the House of Representatives want to control the borders. So do all of us here, but believing that increasing border patrols alone will achieve that goal is either naive and shortsighted or cynical and duplicitous. No wall or army can stop hundreds of thousands of people each year."

The words are from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a Republican, albeit not a rabid ultra rightie. Still, it is good to see a prominent national leader say what ought to be said and say it with a touch of eloquence.

Happy Birthday W! I hear Cheney gave W another country to invade for his 60th birthday - take it back. Sylvester Stallone is also 60 today. If Rambo had ended up being president instead of W, it would have only taken one movie and a sequel to wrap up things in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My old friend Vilma Luna is leaving the Texas House of Representatives. Yeah, I know some Dems out there are happy to see her gone. They think she's a collaborator. Vilma used to live in Houston and was involved politically here. She and I used to go door to door together on behalf of Democrats. I think Vilma was a great public servant. Good luck Vilma and thanks for your service.

Pity the lead engineer that designed the so-called long range missile for North Korea. I bet they took away his/her prime parking space this morning. "Failure is not an option” is more than just a memorable movie line in North Korea.

I' m not going to say a lot about Kenny Boy - there is plenty being said and written about him today. I do find it interesting that - according to today's Chron - Sheila Jackson Lee was the only elected official to issue a formal condolence statement.

I will take issue with a quote in today's Chron from a former Greater Houston Partnership leader - "if it weren't for Ken Lay, I don't think Minute Maid Park would be there." Yeah Ken Lay helped out, but Mayor Bob, Drayton and other key leaders were also out front on this issue back in 1996. Commentary was also involved in the stadium election.

I forgot to mention, the Dad of the Young Political Consultant that works for Commentary threw out the first pitch at the yard Monday evening. Scrap Iron was on the receiving end. The Dad got it over the plate and nearly over Scrap Iron's outstretched arm.

Last night Roy O. was great. Last night our bats had holes in them. We left twelve runners on base and lost 1-0. Enough said.

July 6, 2006, 9:00AM

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