Personal Dud

Personally, for Commentary, the eclipse yesterday was a dud. See the featured photo. Thick clouds allowed me to only catch brief glimpses of the eclipse. Like seconds at a time. What a bummer.

I had to watch NBC’s live coverage to see folks get excited like Lester Holt, Al Roker, and Kate Snow experience the thrill of darkness. For me, nada. Oh, well.


Maybe there is hope. See this from Yahoo News:

GOP Rep. Mike Turner said Sunday that Russian propaganda has taken hold among some of his House Republican colleagues and is even “being uttered on the House floor.”

“We see directly coming from Russia … communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor,” Turner, chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“There are members of Congress today who still incorrectly say that this conflict between Russia and Ukraine is over NATO, which of course it is not,” he added.

Turner’s office did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for clarification about which members of Congress he was referring to.

His comments come on the heels of remarks House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul made this week about how Russian propaganda has taken root among the GOP.

McCaul, a Texas Republican, told Puck News that he thinks “Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it’s infected a good chunk of my party’s base.”

Here is the entire read: GOP Reps. Mike Turner and Mike McCaul say Russian propaganda is being repeated by Republicans (

I am glad to see some top GOPers acknowledge that a bunch of their colleagues are rooting for Putin. Like I said, maybe there is hope.


Five of our starting pitchers are injured. The latest is Framber Valdez. Luis Garcia, Lance McCullers, Jr., Justin Verlander, and José Urquidy are all unavailable. The Astros had to bring up rookie Blair Henley who made his MLB debut last night as a starter and only lasted a third of an inning. Fortunately, our bullpen held the Ranger scoreless the rest of the way and we won 10-5 and split the four-game series. 

Our starting rotation is decimated for sure. The team is certainly facing a challenge in our starting pitching.

We are in KC for three. Stay tuned.

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