Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuning Omarosa out

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The latest episode of Fire and Fury is on your TV screens.  
Unlike the book, you won’t have to pay $30 for this version.  In fact, you can see for free for the next six weeks on MSNBC.  The episodes include audio tapes recorded secretly in the White House.  
Among other things, Omarosa reminds us that Trump has mental problems!  No kidding!  I bet that he walks at night and checks with Richard Nixon before he tweets!  
Can these people come up with something new other than racism or mental illness?  Who made them psychiatrists, anyway?
This is not going to work, for a couple of reasons:
First, I’m convinced that people have tuned this daily anti-Trump garbage out.  In other words, the only people who care about this already hate Trump.  Wonder how many Democrats running in competitive elections will invite Omarosa to their next rally?
Second, and here I agree with Eliana Johnson, picking a fight with highly respected Chief of Staff John Kelly was not smart:  
Manigault Newman said she taped conversations with Kelly and others to protect herself, but her accusations may backfire. She argued that she was terminated unfairly, revealing that she had taped the conversation in which Kelly dismissed her, citing “integrity violations,” back in December.
But national security experts say recording a conversation in the Situation Room, though unbeknownst to Kelly at the time, constitutes exactly the sort of integrity violation of which she was accused — and worse, it was a potential security breach in a room that’s meant to be one of the most locked-down in Washington.
“That, in and of itself, deliberately bringing an unsecured cellphone into a [secure facility], would absolutely be a fireable offense,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington, D.C., attorney specializing in national security law.
Under normal circumstances, an honest press would refuse to go along with this travesty.  They would leave this kind of self-promotion to the scandal sheets.  Unfortunately, hating Trump is one of those addictions that you just can’t put down.  
So what happens next?  Nothing until the next Omarosa or Wolff comes along trying to save the country.  
In the meantime, most Americans went to work today or took their kids their school.  They’ve tuned this out!
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Happy # 77 David Crosby

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We remember David Crosby who was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1941.

Crosby was an integral part of The Byrds & later Crosby, Stills & Nash.  They recorded a bunch of great songs, such as "Suite Judy Blue Eyes".  This is the 45 version, a little shorter and better:



A word about Earl Weaver (1930-2013)

We remember Earl Weaver who was born on this day in 1930 and died in 2013.  We understand that Earl and his wife were in a cruise and he died suddenly.

Earl Weaver was the legendary manager of the Baltimore Orioles from 1968 to 1982.  He came back for one season in 1986 and retired again.

During his tenure, the O's were in 4 World Series and won the AL East 6 times.  He managed Hall of Famers like Brooks & Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and he was the one who moved Cal Ripken from 3b to shortstop in his rookie season of 1982.  He had four 20-game winners in the 1971 Orioles. 

Earl was well known for his fights with umpires and Jim Palmer.    He was one of the greatest managers in baseball history.

RIP Earl Weaver!  Thanks for all of the great baseball memories!

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August 14, 1969: The Mets were 9.5 games out!

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We remember the 1969 New York Mets for beating the heavily favored Orioles in the World Series in 5 games. 

We forget that the Mets were 9.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs 2 months before.

The young Mets caught fire in late August and went to win 102 games.  The Cubs won 92 but couldn't keep up with the Mets.   

Sadly, 1969 may have been Ernie Banks' best chance to play in the post season.  He didn't and retired without playing in the post-season.


We remember Barbara Gibb (1920-2016)

Barbara Gibb died in August 2016.   She was 95. 
We remember her as the mom behind The Bee Gees and Andy Gibb.    
She married Hugh Gibb during World War II and they had 5 children, the 4 pop singers and a daughter.    

Barbara lived in Florida after her husband passed away in 1992. 

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Happy # 73 to Steve Martin


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We say happy # 73 to Steve Martin, one of the best actors of the last 40 years.   Martin was born in Waco, Texas.

Martin played several roles, from his antics on “Saturday Night Live” to others.   He is funny and that’s all I can say.    
Who can ever forget “King Tut”?


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1971: We remember Bob Gibson's no-hitter



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What man would you pick to pitch game 7 of the World Series?   

My choice would be Bob Gibson, the great right-hander of the Cardinals in the 1960's.     He won the seventh game in the 1964 and 1967 World Series.   He lost game 7 in 1968 to Mickey Lolich of the Tigers.


On this day in 1971, Gibson pitched a no hitter against the Pirates.  He struck out Willie Stargell to finish the game.
Gibson won 251 games with a 2.91 career ERA!   He pitched 56 shutouts with 255 complete games.   In 1968, he went 22-9, with a 1.12 ERA and 13 shutouts!  
Awesome pitcher:



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We remember Mark Fidrych (1954-2009)


Image result for mark fidrych imagesMark Steven Fidrych was born on this day in 1954.   He died in a farm accident in 2009.
In 1976,  Fidrych became the most popular player in baseball.    He had a great season and even started the All Star game:   19-9, 24 complete games and a 2.34 ERA.    He went 10-6 for the next 4 seasons and battled one injury after another.    By 1981, he was out of the game!
He was baseball’s “one hit wonder” but touched the thousands of fans who turned out to see him in Detroit and every other park in the AL.     

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November 2007: A look at newspapers and declining circulation





November 2007: What's going on in Iraq with Jonathan Henry



Jonathan Henry joined us to talk about Iraq. He was in the Marine Corps with Truck Company 4th Marine Division and earned a Master's in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jonathan speaks, reads, and writes Arabic.




Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday's show: Omarosa and the tapes, Chicago violence & Cuba's new constitution


Monday's show:  
Omarosa and the tapes, Chicago violence & Cuba's new constitution




Monday's video: Omarosa and the latest case of Trump Derangement Syndrome



Monday's video: 
Omarosa and the latest case of Trump Derangement Syndrome


Cuba’s new constitution as bad as the last one

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Cuba has a new constitution.  However, it’s no better than the last one, according to Andres Oppenheimer:  
In fact, the new constitution aims to consolidate Latin America’s oldest and most decrepit dictatorship and to make it more difficult for any pro-democracy movement to start changing the system from within.
Article 3 of the new Constitution says that “socialism and the social and political revolutionary system established by this Constitution are irrevocable.” It continues saying that “Citizens have the right to combat by all means, including armed struggle, when other means are not available, against anybody who seeks to topple the political, social and economic order established by this Constitution.”
Translation: The new constitution says Cuba’s existing hereditary dictatorship can’t be challenged, and nobody can, for instance, create an opposition party to confront it. If somebody dares to challenge the ruling order, “citizens” — the regime’s euphemism for its civilian-clad secret police — can now legally kill the offenders.
Article 5 says that “The Communist Party of Cuba, and no one else, guided by the teachings of (independence hero José) Martí, Fidel (Castro) and Marxism Leninism, organized vanguard of the Cuban nation… is the superior leading force of society and the state.”
Translation: If anybody had any doubts about what Article 3 meant, the regime made it more explicit here. While a similar clause exists in the 1976 Constitution, it now adds the words “and no one else.”
Article 224 says that “under no circumstance can the clauses about the irrevocable nature of socialism and the political and social system established in Article 3…be subject to reforms.”
Translation: If there is one thing that can’t legally be changed in the future, it’s the dictatorship’s right to remain in power forever.
So there you have it. The new dictator is just like the old except that he has a new constitution.
It would be interesting to see how advocates of democracy in the West react to this travesty. What we are seeing in Cuba is the consolidation of the Castro family rule with a fellow named Diaz-Canel as the president of the month.
What can President Trump do? Continue to call for real change in Cuba and tighten the screws.  In other words, the best way to help the Cuban people is to stop travelling or spending money in Cuba.  
Last, but not least, did anyone really think that old communists would turn into liberty loving democrats because they talk about reform or change?  I never did.
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Omarosa and today's Trump Derangement Syndrome update


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Your Trump Derangement Syndrome update for today:  Trump is a racist and crazy!

Can we hear something more original than Trump is crazy or racist?

I'm convinced that people have tuned this daily anti-Trump garbage out.  In other words, the only people who care about this already hate Trump.  

Wonder how many Democrats running in competitive elections will invite Omarosa to their next rally?  Not any!

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October 2007: Guess who is winning in Iraq?


A post from October 2007:

According to Harry Reid, the war is lost. Yet, don't tell that to Al Qaeda. It looks more and more like US troops are breaking up the terrorist group:
"So the jihadists are facing "harsh realities" including the defection of large numbers of their countrymen who are joining in the current "offensive," with the result that the insurgency is in a state of "crisis" and "disaster." Quick, someone tell the Democrats!" (The Harsh Realities of Iraq)
Who is losing? It sounds like the surge is in fact breaking down Al Qaeda.

Of course, it's too easy to credit the surge. In fact, we have been doing some real harm to Al Qaeda since 2003.

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Peter Strzok out.......



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We saw this coming and it's here: 
"FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed.."
Why now?  Well, let me speculate about the timing of this:

First, did Lisa Page turn him in?  We heard that her presentation before Congress went very well or that she was very cooperative.

Second, is the FBI report about to hit the press?  This is the second IG report that we heard was coming.

Third, is the investigation into the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's case about to hit the fan?  This is the quiet investigation that no one talks about.

No matter the motivation or timing, this man should have been fired months ago.  He did great damage to the FBI's reputation with his partisan application of justice.

Good riddance!

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Confused Democrats or something like that



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Confused Democrats or something like that.
This is hard to believe:
“Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism, Gallup says…”
The numbers are terrible when we look at young people:
Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%).
My guess is that they are confusing socialism with liberalism.  In other words, they believe that government will provide health care, free education and so on.  What they don’t understand is that all of these benefits come with very high taxes and a loss of personal freedom.
Also, a lot of young people don’t remember socialism or communism like my generation does.  I saw this on the anniversary of The Berlin Wall.  It went up 57 years ago.  It came down 29 years ago.  Unfortunately, a lot of young people don’t remember those dates.
It’s hard to believe but this is where we are.  Our next challenge is to remind the young that socialism is not what they think it is.


Gun control for you but not for me, or something like that......




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One for the "you can't make this up" files.   

Let's check this one out
"Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgia’s 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. 
The allegations of murder follow Collins’ advocacy for “responsible” gun control laws during her campaign. 
WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation “to protect the community.”"
Well, this is an interesting one to say the least.  Wonder what the motive was?

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We remember Tony Cloninger (1940-2018)


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We remember Tony Cloninger who was born in North Carolina on this day in 1940.  He died a few weeks ago.

Tony broke in the NL with the Milwaukee Braves in 1961.  He won 19 in 1964 and 24 in 1965.

Then he was the opening day for the Braves when they moved to  Atlanta.   

We remember Tony for winning 113 games (86 with Braves) and hitting two grand slams in a game at San Francisco.  Tony had 9 RBI with 3 hits.  He hit 5 HR of his 11 career HR that season.

Tony retired in 1972 and worked as a pitching coach for several organizations.

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We remember Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on this day in 1899 and died in 1980.   He made some of the greatest films of the 20th century,  from “The birds” to “It takes a thief”.   He clearly had a knack for suspense:




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American Graffiti 1973 with Frank Burke

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Happy # 83 to Mudcat Grant

  

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James Timothy Grant was born in Florida and quickly became known as Mudcat.   He broke with the Indians in 1958 and did quite well:    10 wins and 11 complete games.  
He was traded to Minnesota in 1964 and pitched the Twins to the AL pennant in 1965:   21-7, 6 shutouts, 14 complete games and 3.30 ERA.   
Overall, he won 145 games and won game 6 of the 1965 World Series.   He was named The Sporting News American League Pitcher in 1965.  He was the first black pitcher in AL history to win 20 games in a season and a World Series game.    
Happy birthday Mudcat!
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