Cinco de Mayo

Commentary must give a shout out to the Chron E-Board headline writer for today’s hard copy headline. Here it is:

Tampon tax is discriminatory – period

Nice job.


I mentioned something along these lines yesterday. Here is from the Trib today:

At a time when Texas is poised to outlaw the vast majority of abortions if the nation’s highest court overturns constitutional protections for the procedure, a recent University of Texas at Austin poll shows most Texan voters think access to abortion should be allowed in some form.

Texas would make performing most abortions a felony if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — a future that looks considerably more likely after a nonbinding draft opinion was leaked from the high court Monday. Constitutional protections for abortion could be struck down as soon as this summer.

The university conducted the poll in April before the court’s document was leaked. The survey found that 78% of respondents believe abortion should be allowed in some form while only 15% said it should be never permitted.

Here is the entire read: Most Texas voters say abortion should be allowed in some form, poll shows | The Texas Tribune.

I told you.


We all know GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is a cowardly d_ckhead.  We also know that 40 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all kids residing in the USA had to be provided a public education regardless of immigration status. Here is from the Statesman:

Abbott said, speaking during an appearance on the Joe Pags show, a conservative radio talk show. “And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue. … I

“The challenges put on our public systems is extraordinary,” Abbott said in reply. “Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler versus Doe. And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue about denying, or let’s say Texas having to bear that burden. I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago.”

What a cowardly d_ckhead, but you know that already.


Well, the Astros are playing the kind of ball we expect them to play. Justin Verlander is on his game for sure. Our hitting could also improve.


Refresher course. Again.

Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration created by the Tex-Mex restaurants’ cartel.

It was not thought up by Silver Eagle Distributors.

Modelo and Corona didn’t start it up.

Same for Avocados from Mexico.

It is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

It has nothing to do with NAFTA.

It isn’t the late and great Vicente Fernández’s birthday. Nope.

It was Mexico’s military victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 – 160 years ago. Mexico’s independence from Spain was fifty or so years earlier. The French wanted to control Mexico. After they were defeated, they came back with more troops and tried to takeover Mexico but were eventually run out in 1864.

Word of the Mexico victory on Cinco de Mayo filtered up to Mexicans working and living in California and they started celebrating and commemorating it a year or so later and it has grown.

The Mexican military at Puebla was led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. He was born in Texas when it was still part of Mexico. In Goliad, which is about a three-hour drive from H-Town, down south on Highway 59 or I-69.

There is the General Zaragoza Historic Site in Goliad with a statue of the general.

In yesterday’s Chron Flavor section, there was a list of H-Town restaurants where you can get your Cinco de Mayo margarita or enchilada fix today.  The restaurants include Tex-Mex, Mexican, sushi, Thai, and others. Everyone is getting in on the action.

Commentary will be spending my Cinco de Mayo evening at The Yard with My Best Friend. I will be wearing my Los Astros t-shirt. ¡Salud!

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