Thursday, September 19, 2019

1996: Roger Clemens 20 K's again

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A quick baseball note:
“On this day in 1996, Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Detroit Tigers, tying his own major league record for most strikeouts in a game.
Ten years earlier, on April 20, 1986, Clemens, then just 23 years old, had broken Steve Carlton’s modern (post-1900) record of 19 strikeouts in a single game during an outing against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.”
He pitched in Boston, Toronto, NY Yankees and Houston. 

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Happy # 86 David McCallum


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We say happy birthday to David McCallum who was born in the UK on this day in 1933.  

Many of us remember him as Illya Kuryakin in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."




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Happy # 79 Sylvia Tyson


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We say happy birthday to Sylvia Tyson who was born in Ontario on this day in 1940.  

She was the other half of the wonderful Canadian duo "Ian & Sylvia":




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1985: The Mexico City earthquake

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Where did the years go?   It seems that it was only yesterday that we heard about the Mexico City earthquake of 1985.
It started at 7:18 local time and centered around 250 miles west of the city.  It lasted 3 minutes.  After the fact, 3,000 buildings in Mexico City were demolished and another many more suffered serious damage.
Sadly, thousands died and were injured.    
Days later, groups in Dallas raised funds and medical supplies for the victims.  It was nice such an outpouring of love and support for the victims of Mexico City.  
Again, where did so many years go? 

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1960: A visitor to the UN became an issue in the presidential election


(My new American Thinker post)
A post from 2016......
President Obama, and other world leaders, will be making their visits and speaking before the UN.     
In 2007, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela came and caused quite a controversy calling President Bush ‘the devil”. Not long ago, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the leader of Iran came to New York and said some rather bizarre things.
By mid-September 1960, the Nixon-Kennedy campaign was underway. Everyone was talking about the debates around the corner. And both candidates were talking about a visitor to the UN.  
Cuba’s Fidel Castro arrived in New York on September 18, 1960:
“In September 1960, Castro led a delegation to New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly. He and his entourage caused an immediate sensation by deciding to stay at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem. While there, Castro met with a number of African-American leaders, including Malcolm X from the Nation of Islam and the poet Langston Hughes.
On September 26, Castro delivered a blistering attack on what he termed American “aggression” and “imperialism.”
For over four hours, Castro lambasted U.S. policy toward Cuba and other nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The United States, he declared, had “decreed the destruction” of his revolutionary government.
Castro’s visit and lengthy public denunciation marked the final breaking point in relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
In January 1961, the Eisenhower administration severed all diplomatic relations with Cuba.”
Cuba also became a hot topic in the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Kennedy took a very tough posture toward Castro and criticized the Eisenhower policy. I recall that my parents, and many Cubans, followed these debates with keen interest. Cuba had never seen such an important issue in a U.S. presidential election.
Unfortunately, President Kennedy did not support the men of Brigade 2506 at the Bay of Pigs. It turned into a huge victory for the Castro regime and the invasion was followed by severe repression against anti-Castro Cubans on the island.
The Missile Crisis followed 18 months later!
My guess is that no one 56 years ago thought that the bearded Cuban would become such a headache for the winner of the election.
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We remember Mama Cass (1941-1974)



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Ellen Naomi Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1941.   We remember her as Mama Cass of the Mamas & Papas.    

How about this little fact?  She and Jim Morrison attended George Washington High School in Virginia.   Wonder if they knew each other?




Happy # 79 Paul Williams, great songwriter


We remember Paul Williams who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on this day in 1940. 

Paul Williams won "the lottery" when Richard Carpenter heard one of his songs.  Richard played it for Karen and we know the rest of the story.     

"We've only just begun" was The Carpenters' 2nd big song and included in their "Close to You" album.  It become The Carpenters' signature song and a very popular tune for newlyweds.

The Carpenters also recorded "Rainy Days and Mondays", a truly magnificent vocal performance by Karen Carpenter.

Three Dog Night kept the streak going with "An old fashioned love song", my favorite song by that group.

Last, but not least, Kermit the Frog also recorded one of Williams' songs.  It was "Rainbow connection".  

Enjoy them because they are wonderful songs from a great songwriter.







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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Impeachment mess plus The New York Times Kavanaugh story & Dan Rather 2004


Impeachment mess plus The New York Times Kavanaugh story & Dan Rather 2004 09/18 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Impeachment show was a flop.....Are we watching Obama Disappointment Syndrome?.......The NY Times in panic mode over the Kavanaugh story.......Israel and no final results.......CBS and Bush military service 2004.......Chile independence day.........The Mayflower 1620.................and other stories............click to listen:




Wednesday’s video: What’s with Obama Disappointment Syndrome?

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Wednesday’s video:


What’s with Obama Disappointment Syndrome?
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What did you say, Julian?

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We can fairly say that Julian Castro was singing a different tune about border security a few years ago.  This is what he said about enforcement of immigration laws back in 2013:   
Nobody agrees with open borders. 
Everyone agrees that we need to secure our border.”
So what happened to Julian Castro in six short years? 
First, he is at 2% in the polls and desperately looking for attention.  Sadly, your “15 minutes of fame” today can happen by calling President Trump a racist or saying that he incarcerated children on the border.  It will get you an interview with Rachel Maddow who will conveniently forget to ask you about the kids that the Obama administration held in cages back then.
Second, Julian Castro is not a serious man, or maybe just an opportunist.  What he said back in a 2013 was rather sensible.  He argued for some kind of immigration reform but insisted on border security or order on the border.    
Castro will fade after Iowa or New Hampshire — or maybe he will hang around until the Texas primary.  Nevertheless, he is not winning anything but could emerge as a VP choice if Senator Warren is nominated.    
In the meantime, I hope some journalist will ask him about what he said in 2013.   
Will the real Julian please stand up?
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Happy # 60 Ryne Sandberg

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We say happy birthday to Ryne Sandberg, one of the very best players of the last 50 years.   He was born in Spokane, Washington, on this day in 1959.

Ryan broke with the Phillies in 1981 but was traded to the Cubs in the off season.    He spent the next 16 years in Chicago:    .285, 2,306 hits, 282 HR & 1,061 RBI over 2,164 games.    

In 1984, Sandberg was the NL MVP leading to the Cubs to the post season.    He was elected to The Hall of Fame in 2005.





Happy # 79 Frankie Avalon


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We say happy birthday to Frankie Avalon, one of the greatest teen idols of all time.   He was born in Philadelphia on this day in 1940.

His big hit was “Venus” and then he made a bunch of movies with Annette Funicello.   

Great talent!




Happy Chile Independence day



Our friends down in Chile will enjoy another anniversary of their independence in 1810.  

Chile has another reason to celebrate today.  It's economy is the jewel of Latin America    

Chile stands in contrast to Venezuela and Cuba.  Chile is growing and attracting investors. Those other 2 countries are poor and getting poorer.     

Best of all, Chile is a stable democracy and that is very important, too.  Prosperity and political stability are rare in Latin America history.  You have them in today's Chile.     

Cheers to Chile.  You've earned this day of celebration. 

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We remember Greta Garbo (1905-1990)

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Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm on this day in 1905.   She died in 1990.

We know her as Greta Garbo, the outstanding actress of so many great movies. 


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We remember Harvey Haddix (1925-1994)

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We remember Harvey Haddix who was born in Ohio on this day in 1925. 

Haddix won 136 games with a very decent 3.63 ERA.   He even won 20 games with the Pirates in 1953.   In fact, he won 50 games over a 3-year span, 1953-55.    Haddix was very effective in the 1960 World Series against New York.  
Nevertheless, we remember him for one game that he lost on May 26, 1959.  This is the game that he pitched 12 perfect innings and lost the game in the 13th!
Haddix died in 1994. 


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1959: Disneyland said "no" to Nikita!

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In 1959, Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the US.  He was a bit of a jerk and even got into a public debate with VP Nixon.

During the LA portion of the trip, Premier Khrushchev was kept out of Disneyland.    

Thumbs up for Mr Disney, or whoever made the decision.  

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1620: Remember the Mayflower

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History is ugly but it is also beautiful. The Mayflower is one of those beautiful chapters.

This week, we remember one of the most important dates in the history of the US and religious freedom.    

It started when a group of people boarded the Mayflower in 1620.  They landed at the tip of modern Cape Cod 66 days later.

It is such a beautiful story, especially when one remembers that half of the colonists died in the new land.  Nevertheless, they persevered and eventually celebrated what we now call “Thanksgiving.”

Long live the Mayflower.


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