Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Happy birthday to Brian Wilson

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We remember Brian Wilson who was born in California on this day in 1942.     Brian started The Beach Boys with his brothers, Carl and Dennis, plus Mike Love and Al Jardine.   The band was one of the most successful US pop groups of our generation.

Along with Lennon-McCartney and the Gibb brothers, Brian Wilson is also one of my favorite pop music songwriters.

In fact:
"Wilson was the primary songwriter in the Beach Boys, also functioning as the band's main producer, composer, and arranger.

In 1988, Wilson and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which refers to Wilson on its website as "One of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music."

In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine published a list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time, and Wilson was ranked at #52." (Wikipedia)
Brian's work includes "California Girls" and "God only knows".

My favorite one is still "Wouldn't it be nice"!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday's show: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

Tuesday's video: The IG report and Congress

Tuesday's video:   The IG report and Congress

Good news about Colombia’s election

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The first of the two crucial Latin American elections took place on Sunday and the news is good.   
Mr. Duque spoke of mending the fissures which had opened up in Colombia after a divisive election campaign.
But he also said he wants to see changes to the historic but controversial peace deal agreed with Farc rebels in 2016.
Duque beat his left-wing rival, Gustavo Petro, by 12 percentage points.
He received 54% of the vote in Sunday’s run-off election.
The 41-year-old candidate for the Democratic Centre party says he will overhaul the agreement that guaranteed the rebels seats in Congress and allowed them to contest elections.
It’s a good move and a victory for Colombia.
The Duque vote is a rejection of President Juan Manuel Santos’ deal with FARC.   
President-elect Duque was supported by former President Álvaro Uribe, who was one of the peace accord’s toughest critics.   Like Uribe, Duque saw the deal as  soft on FARC terrorists.  Duque does not want to cancel the agreement, but wants to improve it.
Duque is not a miracle worker. He was a much better choice than Gustavo Petro, a leftist singing the same old tired song of distribution and social justice that we’ve seen fail all over.
We wait for Mexico’s elections. So far, the leftist choice looks like a winner there, but let’s see what happens when real people vote.    
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Carole King's "It's too late" was the # 1 song this week in 1971.

We remember Carole King’s “It’s too late”, one of the best songs of the 1970s:
“Carole King began her career in music as a young newlywed and college graduate, working a 9-to-5 shift alongside her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, in Don Kirshner’s songwriting factory, Aldon Music.
It was there, working in a cubicle with a piano, staff paper and tape recorder that she co-wrote her first hit song (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” 1960), her second and third hit songs (the Drifters’ “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” both 1961), her 14th and 17th hit songs (the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” 1963, and Herman’s Hermits’ “Something Tells Me I’m Into Something Good,” 1964) and so on and so forth.
It was not until 10 years after her songwriting breakthrough, however, that Carole King finally fulfilled her long-held dream of having her own hit record as both singer and songwriter.
On June 19, 1971, she earned her first #1 single as a performer with the double-sided hit “It’s Too Late/I Feel The Earth Move.””
The songs came from the LP “Tapestry”.  It ranks # 36 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums.   Carole King went on to have other solo hits in the 1970's and continues to tour around the world:

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Did you hear about Carmen?

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We have not heard from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a few months. She became the face of the anti-Trump brigade out to prove that President Trump did not care about Puerto Rico. Well, Carmen is back and it’s not good:
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.
The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.
As usual, the FBI won’t comment but something must be going on.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if she was involved in obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims?
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We remember Lou Gehrig (1903-41)

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Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 in New York.    We remember him because of the consecutive games streak, i.e. 2,130 games from 1925-39.   
He was also one of the greatest hitters of all time:  .340 batting average, 494 HR,  1,995 RBI in 2,164 games.    He walked 1,508 times for a .447 on base pct!  
Lou died in 1941.

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