By Marc Campos

Protect Houston, A Business

A resounding success! The Protect Houston kickoff meeting attracted a diverse group of organizations and leaders. Houston City Council Member Carol Alvarado did a superb job of putting together a most impressive coalition of Houston's best. LULAC, Greater Houston Partnership, Urban League, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Anti Defamation League, NAACP, Harris County Democratic Party, Harris County AFL-CIO, ACLU, CRECEN, Dominican Sisters, Arch Diocese of Galveston-Houston, New Black Panther Party Nation, Pakistan American Council of Texas, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, TMO, Nation of Islam, ACORN, and on and on . . . I'll list more organizations that participated tomorrow. I'll also be listing the elected officials and other key leaders that attended in the coming days.

More information regarding last night's meeting will soon be posted at www.protecthouston.com.

The Chron missed the boat on last night's coverage. In the Chron's article on the meeting, they made it sound like last night's Protect Houston event was a Latino only gathering. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Mosely, Walden, Quanell, Lee, Quan, Hurtt, Lawson, are not, I repeat, are not Latino surnames.

A MiniMan wannabee also showed up. Commentary grilled him . . . name, where you from, who do you represent, what are you doing here, what's your IQ? He even scarfed up about a half dozen of our cookies. Then he pulled out a portable short wave radio. I guess he was going to transmit the meeting proceedings to his cohorts along the border for evening entertainment. What's the matter, they get tired of chasing stray cattle?

Props go to Taxis Fiesta for stepping up and giving the first financial contribution to Protect Houston.

As the baseball trade deadline nears, we will be hearing the phrase - "it's a business." Players we were wildly cheering for last October - Everett, Ensberg, and Lidge - may be in a different uniform next week. They have no one to blame but themselves. We the fans have continued to shell out the bucks to support them. We have continued to make our way to the yard. Everett and Ensberg have been miserable at the plate. That's not our fault. Lidge, well, we all know the story. Lights out? It's a business.

July 25, 2006, 9:00AM

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