Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday's video" Senator Sanders is in



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The shrinking states sue Trump

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As expected, many of the “blue states” are challenging President Trump in the 9th Circuit.  Again, it’s not a shock for those who understand “judge shopping.”  The states are California, New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia.
So let the lawsuit go forward and we will see what happens.   
In the meantime, the leaders of the aforementioned states are facing their own internal problems, as we saw in this report a few weeks ago:    
Texas is the No. 1 state people move trucks to, with states like Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado rounding out the top 10. 
The states people are fleeing? New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois — and at the top, California.
These facts are not coincidences. In fact, in 2016 the Golden State lost almost 143,000 net residents to other states — that figure is an 11 percent increase from 2015. 
Between 2005 and 2015, Los Angeles and San Francisco alone lost 250,000 residents. The largest socioeconomic segment moving from California is the upper-middle class. 
The state is home to some of the most burdensome taxes and regulations in the nation. 
Meanwhile, its social engineering — from green energy to wealth redistribution — have made many working families poorer. 
As California begins its long decline, the influx outward is picking up in earnest.
Blue out and red in, or something like that.
So what do we have here?  We see states run by Democrats losing people but finding the time and resources to challenge everything that President Trump does.  
I think they call it Trump Derangement Syndrome!
Don’t be surprised if the citizens who live in those aforementioned “16” scream and tell their leaders to focus on creating jobs rather than politically motivated lawsuits.
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A new poll tells us that 53% of California residents are considering leaving the Golden State.



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Abortion and "heartbeat"



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Welcome Senator Sanders or the latest flavor of the week


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February 1965: "This diamond ring" by Gary Lewis & The Playboys was # 1 this week

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Gary Lewis and The Playboys had seven Top 10 hits in the 1960's.   His LP "Golden Greats" was a top 10 in 1966.   Gary was drafted in 1967 and the group faded.   

His biggest hit "This Diamond ring" was # 1 this week in 1965:





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We remember Tommy Henrich (1913-2009)


We remember Tommy Henrich who was born in Ohio on this day in 1913.  He died in 2009.

Heinrich played on some of the greatest Yankees' teams of the 20th century.   His teammates were Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra.    

Naturally, Henrich was always in the background.  Nevertheless, he had a great career.    It was cut short by 3 seasons of military service, 1942-45. 
  
He was also a key player in Joe DiMaggio's 56 hitting streak, as Rob Edelman wrote
In 1941 Henrich played a significant role in keeping alive Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. On June 26, the 38th game of the streak, the Yankee Clipper was still hitless as the team came to bat in the last of the eighth inning holding the lead against the St. Louis Browns. 
DiMaggio was due up fourth in the inning, with Henrich scheduled right before him. With one out and Red Rolfe on first, McCarthy ordered Henrich to bunt to avoid a possible ground-ball double play—and not allowing his teammate a final at-bat. Henrich was thrown out, but Rolfe took second. 
DiMaggio slammed Elden Auker’s first pitch for a double, and the streak remained intact.
Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen began calling Henrich “Old Reliable”—the name of a train that ran from Ohio to Alabama and was celebrated for always being on time—because of his propensity for hitting in the clutch.
Henrich retired with a .282 average & 183 HR.   


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Happy # 71 Jennifer O'Neill

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We say happy birthday to Jennifer O'Neill who was born in Rio de Janeiro on this day in 1948.   


We remember her face all over US TV commercials and in the movie "Summer of 42":







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Happy # 92 Sidney Poitier

We say happy birthday to Sidney Poitier, a great actor of the 20th century.   He was born in Miami on this day in 1927.

Portier was in some of the greatest movies of the last 50 years, as we see in this biography:   
By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). 
Poitier's performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. 
Nevertheless, the roles were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors routinely obtained. 
But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of starring leading man. 
One of the films, The Defiant Ones (1958), gave Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. 
His roles in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and To Sir, with Love (1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between African Americans and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. 
He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas. Although he has reduced the frequency of his roles in recent years, he remains one of the most respected and beloved figures in American cinema of the twentieth century.
We wish him a lot more birthdays!







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We remember Don Newcombe (1927-2019)

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We remember Don Newcombe who was born in Madison, New Jersey, in 1926 and died this week.   

Newcombe broke with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 and won NL Rookie of the Year:  17-8, 19 complete games & 5 shutouts.

After military service in 1952-53, Don became one of the best pitchers of the 1950's, including winning 27-7, the NL MVP & Cy Young in 1956.

He retired in 1960 with 149 wins, 136 complete games and 26 shutouts.     

Newcombe was a big part of those legendary Dodgers teams that inspired "The boys of summer" by Roger Kahn:





Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday's show: Talk of 25th Amendment and other stories of the day

Talk of 25th Amendment and other stories of the day 02/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Reagan 1981 and talk of the 25th Amendment in the news today...........16 states sue President Trump over border emergency....Happy # 79 Smokey Robinson.........and other stories.....................click to listen:




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Tuesday's video: Talking about the 25th amendment



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They remember President Hayes in Paraguay

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I’ve seen a lot of busts and statues of U.S. presidents in Mexico, Venezuela and even Cuba where I was born.   There are also many English language schools named after U.S. presidents south of the border.
You probably don’t know a lot of people from Paraguay.  It is a landlocked country in South America surrounded by Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil.   
Paraguay has a troubled history with lots of political upheaval and dictators.  It’s culture is heavily influenced by Guarani Indians and many even speak that language in their daily life.   Despite its natural beauty, the country is not known as a tourist destination.
Even most Latin Americans know little about Paraguay.  It’s probably the Spanish version of  “flyover country” when you go from Miami to Buenos Aires or from Santiago, Chile to Sao Paulo.
My parents, like so many of that generation, did dance to “Recuerdos De YpacaraĆ­”, the beautiful romantic song from Paraguay about love on the shores of that famous lake.  It’s a song about a young man who meets a girl and she speaks her native language.  Even Julio Iglesias added that lovely song to his repertoire.   
So why do they remember President Rutherford Hayes down in Paraguay?  They even named a city after him.   He may be the only U.S. president to have that honor. After all, we hardly remember President Hayes up here.  He won the super controversial presidential election of 1876 and served only one term.  Why do they love President Hayes in Paraguay, a country way down in South America?
Well, here is the rest of the story:    
Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, doesn’t get much respect. He’s remembered, if at all, for losing the popular vote in 1876 but winning the presidency through Electoral College maneuvering. That gave rise to his nickname, “Rutherfraud.”
But there’s one place where Hayes stands as a historical heavyweight: in the tiny South American nation of Paraguay.
In fact, an industrial city on the banks of the Paraguay River is named Villa Hayes — Spanish for “Hayesville” — in his honor.
Here’s why: Hayes took office in 1877 in the aftermath of the Triple Alliance War, a conflict that nearly destroyed Paraguay. The country lost huge chunks of territory to victorious Brazil and Argentina. Later, Argentina later tried to claim the Chaco, the vast wilderness region of northern Paraguay.
At the time there was no United Nations or World Court. So the two sides asked the United States to settle the dispute — and President Hayes sided with Paraguay. The decision gave Paraguay 60 percent of its present territory and helped guarantee its survival as a nation, says Maria Teresa Garozzo, director of the Villa Hayes Museum.    
“Hayes is a giant,” Garozzo says. “He is a spectacular, immortal figure for us.”
That’s the story of President Hayes and Paraguay.
So here is a tip if you are trying to impress some girl from Paraguay:  Buy some red roses for her birthday, practice your Spanish with “Recuerdos de Ypacarai” and tell her that you remember what President Hayes did for her country.  I cannot guarantee results but the strategy will win you some points.
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1953: Ted Williams' emergency landing in Korea


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It was a very scary day for pilot Ted Williams on this day in 1953:


Flying with the 33rd Marine Air Group, Ted Williams was one of the 200 flyers in a huge air mission aimed at Kyomipo, fifteen miles south of the North Korea capital of Pyongyang. Coming in low over his target, a troop encampment, Ted lost site of the plane in front of him.

He dropped down to regain visual contact, but went too low. North Korean soldiers in the encampment blasted him with small arms fire. He completed his run over the target and tried to pull up. Every warning light in the cockpit was lit and the plane was vibrating. The stick started to shake and he knew he’d sprung a leak in the hydraulic system.

The landing gear came down and the plane was hard to control. Ted got the gear up and started climbing. He knew he was in trouble and got on the radio, but the radio went dead. Another pilot pulled close and tried to signal Ted to bail out, but he didn’t know his plane was on fire.

He increased altitude and turned the jet toward the nearest American base. Nearly all his instruments were out. The airspeed indicator read zero. The wing flaps were frozen and Ted was unable to lower the landing gear. Every message given by the plane told him to eject.

He continued to climb, still not knowing the plane was on fire, but took the precaution of climbing to higher elevation anyway. A companion aircraft, piloted by Lieutenant Larry Hawkins, led Ted back to the field and radioed ahead that he was in trouble.

Ted again considered bailing out but resisted the idea. He was afraid if he
ejected his kneecaps would crash against the cockpit.

With the field in site, Ted turned to land when an explosion rocked the craft. A wheel door had blown off. Smoke was pouring from the brake ports. Down below, the residents of a small Korean village on the outskirts of the field scattered. His plane was a mass of fire and smoke.

Unable to check his air speed and almost powerless to do anything about it, Ted approached the ground at 225 miles per hour, almost twice the recommended speed. He dropped the emergency wheel latch and only one wheel dropped into position. He hit the strip level, but with no way to slow the plane. Soon the plane settled on its belly, sparks, fire, and smoke trailing after it, as Ted held on, hoping it would stop.

The F-9 screamed down the field out of control for more than a mile, shedding strips of metal and on the verge on exploding. Twice the plane nearly barreled into fire trucks waiting for the inevitable blowup. Finally, at the very edge of the field, the plane groaned to a stop.

Ted popped the canopy. With the exception of the cockpit, the entire plane was aflame. He dove headfirst to the tarmac, where he was grabbed by two Marine flight crewmen and hustled away. Angry, both at himself and the close call, Ted took off his helmet and threw it on the ground. When he returned to look at the plane, it was a blackened hulk, completely destroyed. He avoided death by the narrowest margin.

Ted Williams lost several seasons to military service.   He was in World War II and then later in the Korean War.    He probably lost 1,000 hits, 150 HR and 500 RBI.    He ended his career with 2,654 hits, 521 HR & 1,839 RBI.   

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"Back from eternity" is a great movie on this weekend


This is a fantastic movie.    

Here is the plot:   A plane bound for South America crashes in a jungle somewhere.   It includes quite a cast of characters, from a nice old couple, to a beautiful woman, to a pilot who fought in the war, and so on.   

They crash in the jungle and the rest is very intense and good.   You will really love the old couple at the end.   


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Happy birthday Smokey Robinson


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Happy birthday to the great Smokey Robinson who was born in Detroit on this day in 1940.

We remember his song "My girl", one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded.


My girl
"I got sunshine, On a cloudy day.


When it's cold outside, I've got the month of may. 

I guess you'd say, What can make me feel this way?

my girl, my girl, my girl. Talkin' 'bout my girl. My girl!

I've got so much honey, The bees envy me.

I've got a sweeter song, Than the birds in the trees.

Well, I guess you'd say, What can make me feel this way?

My girl My girl Talkin' about my girl

I don't need no money, Fortune or fame.
I got all the riches baby, One man can claim.
Well, I guess you'd say, What can make me feel this way?
My girl My girl Talking about my girl
I got sunshine on a cloudy day
I've even got the month of may with my girl....."


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We remember "The flag of our fathers" on another anniversary of the Marines invading Iwo Jima


A few years ago, I watched a great movie: Flag of our Fathers.

It is a good movie and it shows the cruelty of war as well as the bond among soldiers.

I found Oliver North's War Stories even more interesting:
"More than 50 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, questions still remain and controversies still rage. The battleground is where six men bravely planted the American flag after a fierce and bloody fight. The picture is frozen in the mind of many Americans and it inspired the Marine Memorial in Washington D.C. But where are those six men? What are their stories?

One of the brave Marines captured in the photo carried a picture of his girlfriend inside the webbing of his helmet. Did he make it back alive to see her again? How was the flag-raising picture taken? Was it staged? Find out the whole story. And hear what it was like to fight a war in a place the Marines say was “hell with the fire out.”
You can get the book that inspired the movie:





1934: We remember Bob Hope & Dolores Reade


On this day in 1934, the great Bob Hope married Dolores Reade.    They met in 1933 when Hope was performing in Jerome Kern’s musical "Roberta" and she was at the Vogue Club.

They say that it was love at first sight.   They were married for almost 70 years.   Hope died in 2003 and Dolores in 2011.

A great union!



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Happy # 79 to Smokey Robinson


Smokey Robinson was born in Detroit back in 1940.

He recorded several hits with The Miracles and later as a solo artist.

He wrote The Temptations' "My girl" and The Beatles recorded "You really got a hold on me"!


Robinson was a vital force in "The Motown Sound" that dominated the pop charts for such a long time.

What's my favorite Smokey tune? It's gotta be "More love":

"Let it be soon don't hesitate Make love don't wait
Open your heart and let my love come in
I want the moment to start When I can fill your heart with
More love and more joy Than age or time could ever destroy
Oh honey now my love will be so sound
It'll take a hundred life times To live it down
Wear it down Tear it down
This is no fiction this is no act This is real it's a fact
I'll always belong only to you Each day I'll be living to
Make sure I'm giving you
More love and more joy Than age or time could ever destroy
Oh honey now my love will be so sound
It'll take a hundred life times To live it down
Wear it down Tear it down
As we grow older no need to fear
When you need me I'll be here
I'll be beside you every step of the way
A heart that's truthful  And keeping you youthful with
More love and more joy Than age or time could ever destroy
Oh honey now my love will be so sound
It'll take a hundred life times To live it down
Wear it down Tear it down
Gonna give you more love more joy than age or time could ever destroy......"



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Happy # 76 Lou Christie


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We say happy birthday to  Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco who was born in Pennsylvania on this day in 1943.

We know him as Lou Christie and many of his big hits, such as "Lightnin' Strikes", "The Gypsy cried" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine".


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