Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Democrat debate plus more impeachment & IG report coming soon

The Democrat debate plus more impeachment & IG report coming soon 11/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrat debate........Impeachment inquiry goes on............The IG report coming in December.............and other stories......

Thursday’s video: About last night’s boring Democrat debate

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Thursday’s video: 

About last night’s boring Democrat debate

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Guacamole: green gold?

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As I told a Mexican friend, nothing surprises me about Mexico anymore.  Nevertheless, I was even caught off guard by this story in the LA Times about cartels and avocados:    
Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry, headquartered in Michoacan state, has become a prime target for cartels, which have been seizing farms and clearing protected woodlands to plant their own groves of what locals call “green gold.”
Green gold!  
It’s a $ 2.4 billion business in Michoacan, the chief exporter of avocado to the U.S.  As you probably know, Michoacan is also home to a lot of the cartel battles south of the border.  
How does this happen?
First, these cartels understand business.  They know that they can diversify into avocados and potentially use that as a front for their illegal drug operations.
Second, the cartels can intimidate farmers and there is little that the government can do to stop them.  
Third, the political class is helpless and are targets themselves.
Finally, what’s the next export that the cartels will go after?  Can you say oil?  Why not?
Sad to say, and I know that Mexicans hate to hear this, but a failed state is failing south of the border.
Here is something to think about when you put a chip in your holiday guacamole.  Are you now funding cartels in Mexico by enjoying your delicious guacamole?
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President Abraham Lincoln's letter to Lydia Bixby

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On this day in 1864, it is believed that President Lincoln wrote a letter to Lydia Bixby, mother of five men who had been killed in the Civil War.    

It expressed condolences to Mrs. Bixby on the death of her five sons. 

Historians are not sure about the letter.   It may have been written by John Jay, his secretary.   

Nevertheless, it became famous in "Saving Private Ryan", a war film from 1998.

1980: Who shot J R Ewing of the Dallas TV series?

The "Dallas" TV series was a huge success in the 1970's.  

On March 13, 1980, the season ended with someone shooting JR Ewing, the character that everybody loved to hate.   

The show's fans, and a few others spent most of the summer wondering "Who shot JR"?

On this day in 1980, millions of people around the world tuned in to answer the question:  Who shot JR?  

83 million people in the country saw the show or an amazing 76% of all of the TVs in the US.

As I recall, it was Kristin who shot him!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Impeachment inquirry hearings today and more with George Rodriguez 11/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Impeachment inquirry hearings today and more with George Rodriguez 11/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative activist......We will chat about the impeachment inquiry proceedings.....and DACA before The Supreme Court............ ...and other to listen:

Wednesday’s video: Ken Starr didn’t say that GOP Senators were ready to pay President Trump a visit

Another feminist movie bombs at the box office

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In the interest of full disclosure, I loved the 1970’s Charlie’s Angels.  The show was about three women who were women first rather than political activists sending messages about this or that.
Over the weekend, a new version came out, and it did not do very well, according to early accounts:
“Charlie’s Angels” … wasn’t able to entice its core audience of younger females and arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million). Though co-financing partners will help offset any potential losses for Sony, “Charlie’s Angels” will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget. At the international box office, the film bowed with $19 million.
Despite mostly positive reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, analysts note that “Charlie’s Angels,” joining the likes of recent underperforming blockbuster-hopefuls like “Doctor Sleep” and “Terminator: Dark Fate,” is yet another indication that familiar IP doesn’t always translate into commercial appeal.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed “Charlie’s Angels” — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series. The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.
So they are going overseas to look for success?
I have not seen and don’t plan to see this movie.  I saw one trailer about the “superwoman” theme and decided that watching a Stars hockey game was better for me.
Why are young women staying away?  My guess is that a lot of young women are sick and tired of the message.
So I have a message for the people of who financed this movie:
First, stop making films with predictable dialogue.  We know that Hollywood hates Trump and believes in climate change.  How many times do you have to tell us directly or indirectly?
Second, I would change the title overseas to something like “Charlie’s Angels Defends the World from Trump.”  It may play better in some places!
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1968: "Heidi" took our minds off another election that everybody was sick and tired of

Just yesterday, a friend sent me a message saying that he and his wife were deactivating Facebook because the politics is just too crazy and the attacks too personal.  
Indeed, social media is out of control.   I do not do politics on my Facebook anymore because you can't win.   it was really bad in the middle of the Cruz-Trump primary.  
Back in 1968, we had one crazy election too.   I remember talking to my father a lot about it back then.  Our family was supporting Nixon but it seemed like the neighborhood was angry and no one was happy with the choices.   Sound familiar?    All of the kids were into the election, specially that fellow named George Wallace who had a running mate named Curtis LeMay who had a cigar and allegedly talked about nuclear weapons.
Well, one Sunday afternoon, our family got to enjoy a day without post Election Day politics.   We did not realize that a movie about Heidi would start another national argument.
Before cable TV or Internet, we had 3 or 4 channels in most cities.  On Sunday afternoons, we used to get NFL football on NBC and CBS and that was it.    The old AFL was on NBC and the NFL was on CBS.   There was no ESPN post game show or instant information on the status of games.   Most fans got their scores by print or next day’s sports page.
On this day in 1968 my little sister was all pumped up to watch "Heidi".   My brother and I were really into that Jets-Raiders game from Oakland.    After all, what kid wasn't a Joe Namath fan in 1968?   He was cool.   Girls loved Joe.   He had that classy way of passing the ball!
Then the movie “Heidi” changed football and TV forever:
“On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets–and no one sees it, because they’re watching the movie Heidiinstead.
With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming, a made-for-TV version of the children’s story about a young girl and her grandfather in the Alps.
Viewers were outraged, and they complained so vociferously that network execs learned a lesson they’ll never forget: “Whatever you do,” one said, “you better not leave an NFL football game.”
The game between the Jets and the Raiders was already shaping up to be a classic: It featured two of the league’s best teams and 10 future Hall of Fame players.
By the game’s last minute the two teams had traded the lead eight times. The game’s intensity translated into an unusual number of penalties and timeouts, which meant that it was running a bit long.
With a little more than a minute left to play, the Jets kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave them a 32-29 lead.
After the New York kickoff, the Raiders returned the ball to their own 23-yard line.
What happened after that will go down in football history: Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica threw a 20-yard pass to halfback Charlie Smith; a facemask penalty moved the ball to the Jets’ 43; and on the next play, Lamonica passed again to Smith, who ran it all the way for a touchdown.
The Raiders took the lead, 32-36. Then the Jets fumbled the kickoff, and Oakland’s Preston Ridlehuber managed to grab the ball and run it two yards for another touchdown.
Oakland had scored twice in nine seconds, and the game was over: They’d won 43-32.
But nobody outside the Oakland Coliseum actually saw any of this, because NBC went to commercial right after the Jets’ kickoff and never came back. Instead, they did what they’d been planning to do for weeks: At 7 PM, they began to broadcast a brand-new version of Heidi, a film they were sure would win them high ratings during November sweeps.
Before the game began, network execs had talked about what they’d do if the game ran over its scheduled time, and they decided to go ahead with the movie no matter what.
So, that’s what NBC programmer Dick Cline did. “I waited and waited,” he said later, “and I heard nothing. We came up to that magic hour and I thought, ‘Well, I haven’t been given any counter-order so I’ve got to do what we agreed to do.’”
NBC execs had actually changed their minds, and were trying to get in touch with Cline to tell him to leave the game on until it was over.
But all the telephone lines were busy: Thousands of people were calling the network to urge programmers to air Heidi as scheduled, and thousands more were calling to demand that the football game stay on the air. Football fans grew even more livid when NBC printed the results of the game at the bottom of the screen 20 minutes after the game ended. So many irate fans called NBC that the network’s switchboard blew.
Undeterred, people started calling the telephone company, the New York Times and the NYPD, whose emergency lines they clogged for hours.
Shortly after the Heidi debacle, the NFL inserted a clause into its TV contracts that guaranteed that all games would be broadcast completely in their home markets. For its part, NBC installed a new phone–the “Heidi Phone”–in the control room that had its own exchange and switchboard.
Such a disaster, the network assured its viewers, would never be allowed to happen again.”
So now we have to watch the end of the game thanks to a cute girl named "Heidi" and the Raiders scoring 2 TD's in 9 seconds!
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Happy # 74 to Rick Monday

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We say happy birthday to Rick Monday, a pretty good outfielder who played for the A's, Cubs and Dodgers.   He was born in Arkansas on this day in 1945.

Monday's best years were with the Cubs (1972-76) when he hit 106 HRs and was a very tough out.   As a Dodger, he hit a 9th inning HR to beat Montreal in the 1981 NLCS.    

Nevertheless, Rick's greatest baseball moment had nothing to do with hits or home runs.   

It happened in 1976.   

Between innings, Monday took his position in center field and was playing catch with a teammate.    He saw a couple of guys trying to burn the flag, ran and grabbed it before they could light the match.    The two idiots were arrested and Monday gave the flag to one of the security guards.

It was before cable, although the game may have been on WGN Chicago.   Anyway, I remember reading about it the next day and catching a quick bit on the evening news.

We salute Rick Monday for saving the flag and a good baseball career.




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