Thursday, February 23, 2017

Politics today and we remember Lincoln 1861 & the Marines Iwo Jima 1945

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1945: The Marines at Mt Suribachi

The battle of Iwo Jima was going on years ago this week:  
"On this day, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, the highest point on the island of Iwo Jima and a key strategic point. Later, Marine commanders decide to raise a second, larger flag, an event which an Associated Press photographer captured on film. The resulting photograph became a defining image of the war.  
The amphibious landings of Marines, after severe and relentless bombing of the island, began the morning of February 19, 1945, as the secretary of the navy, James Forrestal, accompanied by journalists, surveyed the scene from a command ship offshore.  
As the Marines made their way onto the island, seven Japanese battalions opened fire on the 9,000 Marines headed for them.  
By that evening, more than 550 Marines were dead and more than 1,800 were wounded."    
Taking the island of Iwo Jima was essential to the Pacific strategy.   The island became an important post for B-29s bombing Japan.

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Happy # 76 Ron Hunt

Ron Hunt broke in with the Mets in 1963.  He hit .272 with 10 HR and was # 2 in the Rookie of the Year vote behind Pete Rose.  

He hit .303 in 1965 and .288 in 1966.

However, nobody remembers him for that or his .273 average or 1,479 hits over 12 seasons.  

We remember Ron Hunt because he got hit by a pitch 243 times.   in 1971, he got hit 50 times with Montreal.    The next two guys on that list are Don Baylor (35) and Craig Biggio (34).

Hunt retired with a .368 on-base-pct.   

How did he do it?   I don't know but he was deadly with the bases loaded or when you really a runner on base.

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1861: President elect Lincoln took the train to Washington DC

We remember a couple of important dates in the life and times of President Lincoln, our 16th president.

He was born on February 12, 1809; and,

He left Springfield, Illinois, on February 11, 1861 to travel to Washington DC:

"On a cold, rainy morning, Lincoln boarded a two-car private train loaded with his family's belongings, which he himself had packed and bound. Hia wife, Mary Lincoln, was in St. Louis on a shopping trip, and joined him later in Indiana. It was a somber occasion. Lincoln was leaving his home and heading into the maw of national crisis. Since he had been elected, seven Southern states had seceded from the Union. Lincoln knew that his actions upon entering office would likely lead to civil war. 

He spoke to a crowd before departing: 

"Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young man to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail... To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.""

Lincoln did not return during his presidency.  His casket returned in April 1865 and is buried in Springfield.

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When did enforcing the law become harsh?

The New York Times is back to its hysterical self with an editorial that qualifies for an insanity certification: “Mr. Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values.”
Do they mean the American value known as “the rule of law”? And they still wonder why they had to be bailed out by a Mexican billionaire?
On Wednesday morning, I was a guest on a Spanish radio show. The host and I discussed the new ICE rules and future plans for people here without papers.    
I made the following point as clearly as I could: any person in the U.S. without papers, or undocumented, as it is fashionable to say, is subject to deportation at any time. In other words, there is no country in the world that accepts people who are violating its immigration laws… inclucing Mexico.
At the same time, I made it clear that there are three groups of “undocumented” at the moment and this new approach applies to one of them, or people engaged in criminal activities.
This is from the New York Post, and something that I shared with the audience:
Team Trump’s newest immigration orders definitely toughen enforcement, but they’re a far cry from mass roundups.
If the administration sticks to this approach — prioritizing the serious criminals for apprehension and deportation, while also making it harder to succeed at immigrating illegally — it’ll have broad public support.
Over-the-top approaches (deporting law-abiding moms) will mean big trouble.
In that regard, it’s worth noting that President Trump still hasn’t touched former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives safe harbor and work permits to those brought here illegally as young children, a k a “the dreamers.”
The Department of Homeland Security also sought to provide instant clarity this time ’round, with background briefings even as DHS chief John Kelly issued his latest orders.
In a conference call with reporters, one official noted, “We do not have the personnel, time or resources to go into communities and round up people and do all kinds of mass throwing folks on buses. That’s entirely a figment of folks’ imagination.”
Yet Trump is moving to actually enforce US law, reversing the across-the-board Obama-era slowdown of enforcement actions. Violent criminals remain the top priority, but are no longer the only priority.
Now plea-bargaining a felony down to a misdemeanor won’t leave you automatically exempt from immigration enforcement, nor will DHS officials wink at an illegal immigrants’ fraudulent filing for welfare benefits.
Overall, DHS is pledging to “treat everyone humanely and with dignity” — while making clear its determination to “execute the laws of the United States” and that everything in Trump’s order “is consistent with what Congress put into law.”
In short, it’s a promise of vigorous but rationally targeted enforcement, which is what most Americans have long wanted. As long as that’s what it proves in practice, it should be a big political win for Trump.
And it should be a big win for the rule of law as well.
Over time, President Trump will have to address the other two groups, the dreamers and the 10 million.  
My hope is that he provides a path to legalization for the young people, specially those attending schools and staying out of trouble.
The remaining 10 million should be given a reasonable time to go home or comply with a set of conditions to stay here, such as paying a fine, proof of work, a clean criminal record, and maybe children born in the U.S.    
Some will stay, and many will go back, but there’s time to find a humane solution to a nasty problem created by our unwillingness to enforce immigration laws for a long time.
So far, President Trump is doing well.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Trump & media plus we remember George Washington 1732

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Happy # 67 Julius Erving

We say happy birthday to Julius Erving, one of the greatest NBA players ever:  
Erving began his professional career in the American Basketball Association with the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets. 
Widely regarded as the greatest player of his time, he is often considered to have been the main catalyst for the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. A 6-7, 210-pound small forward, he also played for 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, leading them to the NBA crown in 1983.
In his five ABA seasons, Erving won three scoring titles, three Most Valuable Player Awards and two league championships. 
During his 11-year NBA career Erving was an All-Star each season, the league's Most Valuable Player in 1981 and a five-time member of the All-NBA First Team. 
He scored 30,026 points in his combined ABA and NBA career; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan have scored more points in the history of professional basketball.
I remember him with the 76ers and all of those amazing moves on the court.

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1980 Winter Games & the most enjoyable hockey game ever!

It happened in February 1980 or many years ago.   Nevertheless, it is still very fresh in our minds.    

Who does not remember that US hockey team in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid, NY?

It was the first hockey game that I got really interested in.  (I became a bigger fan in the 1993 when the Stars came to Dallas)

It happened on George Washington's birthday.  

As you may remember, those were the days when the winter Olympics put a very powerful USSR team against US college kids.  It was usually a mismatch because the Soviet team was composed of some of the world's best players.  The US and Canadian pro athletes were not allowed to play thus the Soviet team dominated every yours.

It changed in 1980.  

Beyond the action on the ice, the game came at a time that Iran was holding US hostages & the Soviets had just invaded Afghanistan.  It was a moment in the Carter presidency when most Americans felt that we were being pushed around the world without consequences.

Enjoy it because it was good:

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‘Results, not ideology’: The latest placard in Latin American politics

We’ve noticed a couple of things about Latin America:
1) The left is losing steam.  The old lefties are dead, such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez.  Some lefties are getting impeached (Brazil) or thrown out (Argentina).  Maduro in Venezuela can’t inspire anybody.  Evo Morales in Bolivia is not the charmer he used to be.
2) Voters are more focused on results than ideology.
Let’s look at a couple of countries, a very small one and the largest GDP south of the border.
Down in Ecuador, we see how socialism is out of money, as in this report from The New York Times:
As in Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, the social programs in Ecuador that lifted millions out of poverty were underwritten by a commodities boom that sputtered out years ago. 
Government revenue, around $25 billion a year when oil prices spiked, has now shrunk to less than half that, $11 billion, mainly because of the declining price of oil.
That has left the country heavily indebted to China. 
Ecuador’s economy ground to a halt last year after growing, on average, 4 percent or more from 2006 to 2014.
“The model has reached its end because the money has run out,” said César Robalino, a conservative banker at the Pichincha College of Economists in Quito.
Mr. Robalino said Ecuador’s next president, regardless of political affiliation, would need to take a tougher line on spending, reduce the number of government workers and cut subsidies like the ones used to reduce gas prices for all Ecuadoreans.
Ecuador is a very small country, but it is the canary in the coal mine.  The left no longer has the revenues to pay for all of these social programs, whether we are talking about Brazil or Argentina or even Mexico, where oil prices have had a much bigger impact than Mr. Trump on the peso.
Over in Brazil, there’s even talk of a “Trump,” or new 70-something President Temer.  They say he is riding a right-wing backlash after an era of leftist rule.  His 33-year-old former model and tall wife draws a lot of comparisons to Mrs. Trump.
Time will tell whether President Temer, a man associated with a lot of the corruption, can pull off a “Trump” in Brazil.  My guess is that he won’t, but the movement is there, waiting for a leader.
Nevertheless, there is something happening in Brazil as expressed by Lucas de Aragão of the Brasilia-based consulting firm Arko:
“It’s an anti-status-quo sentiment, just like Brexit and Trump,” Aragão said, “but I don’t think it’s about ideology as much as a lack of results.” 
It’s all about results rather than ideology!  Where have we heard that before?  It could be the start of something good and long overdue in Latin America.   
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1732: We remember George Washington

We remember George Washington who was born on this day in 1732.  He had a rather incredible life:
"In 1775, the Continental Congress unanimously chose Washington to command the new Continental Army. In addition to advocating civilian control over the military, Washington possessed that intangible quality of a born leader and had earned a reputation for coolness under fire and as a strict disciplinarian during the French and Indian campaign. In that war, he dodged bullets, had horses shot out from under him and was even taken prisoner by the French. 
Part of his success in the Revolutionary War was due to his shrewd use of what was then considered the ungentlemanly, but effective, tactic of guerrilla warfare, in which stealthy hit-and-run attacks foiled British armies used to close-formation battle-line warfare. Although Washington led almost as many losing battles as he won, his successes at Trenton, Princeton and Yorktown proved pivotal for the Continental Army and the emerging nation. In 1789, in part because of the leadership skills he displayed during the war, the Continental Congress elected Washington as the first American president."
And let's not forget that he left power gracefully.   He served two terms and retired from the presidency.   He died 3 years later in 1799.

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