Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday's video: The NFL and Trump



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The NFL players controversy, Senate GOP and other stories



We will look at the controversy over NFL players taking a knee...............Senator McCain and Obama Care 'NO' vote.........Maxine Waters makes a fool out of herself..............and other stories............

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Be careful who you donate to


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Let me tell you a quick story. My father’s younger brother left Cuba and ended up in Puerto Rico where he set up a architectural firm. Therefore, two of my cousins were born there. So I have a very close connection to that island that gave us Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, and more recently Ivan Rodriguez.
The damage suffered by Puerto Rico in the recent hurricane is awful but Cuba could be worse. Unfortunately, the state-run media in Cuba does not allow the same kind of exposure of the damage that we see in Puerto Rico or even in Mexico. All we know is that Irma sat over Cuba for days and the pictures tweeted are awful.
Naturally, the Cuban government is looking for money. However, we warn you to think before you donate a penny, as we see in this report in the Miami Herald:  
After Hurricane Irma’s devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where humanitarian donations can be sent.
Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry helpfully provided the SWIFT transfer code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera Internacional, U.S. humanitarians should think twice.    
While people around the world can use the bank transfer method, it isn’t advisable for U.S. citizens. 
“The embargo would make this unavailable to U.S. citizens,” said Robert Muse, a Washington lawyer. Embargo law is designed “to prevent direct contributions of money to the Cuban government.”
And that’s the problem. We don’t know how the Cuban government, or Castro family, will use these funds. They may use some token amount to build a bridge here or there and then put the rest into Castro Inc!
My suggestion is that you avoid direct payments to Cuba but rather donate to churches or international relief organization with a good reputation. I’m not going to give any names but you can do your due diligence.    
Most of all, do not send money to the Cuban government.    
Irma the hurricane was devastating to resorts and Castro Inc joint ventures with international companies. Let these companies and Castro Inc put their money to restore the hotels.
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1981: Nolan Ryan no-hitter # 5

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Nolan Ryan pitched his 5th no hitter on this day in 1981.   It was in the middle of a pennant race between the Astros and Dodgers plus a national audience on the NBC Saturday Game of the Week.    

Let me add that I was lucky to catch the last few innings.    This is a summary of the game:    
In the final inning, Ryan struck out Reggie Smith, a pinch-hitter, on three pitches for his 11th strikeout of the game.   Ken Landreaux grounded out to Denny Walling at first base, then Ryan got Dusty Baker to ground out to Art Howe at third base.
Great day.   

By the way, I was lucky to catch his 4th and 7th no-hitters on the radio.   it was a case of being at the right place at the right time.   I fell asleep the night that he threw # 6 in Oakland.





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Astros 1986: Mike Scott clinched NL West with a no-hitter



On this day in 1986, I was in the car and listening to the Astros play the Giants.   It turned out to be a great top of the 9th to catch on the radio:    
"...........the Astros needed just one victory to clinch the second division title in franchise history. Sending their ace Mike Scott to the mound, the Astros and the 32,000-plus fans in attendance got more than they bargained for. With a performance that virtually assured him the Cy Young award, Scott no-hit the San Francisco Giants for the clincher, setting up a playoff showdown with the New York Mets two weeks later. 
Scott was dominating, allowing only three runners while striking out 13. The game was close to the end, with their only runs coming from a solo homer by Denny Walling in the fifth inning and an RBI single by Jose Cruz in the seventh inning.
The 1986 season holds a special place in the heart of many Astros fans, partly because it was the last time that the team had come a heartbeat away from a trip to the World Series. 
The season ended with a heartbreaking, 16-inning playoff loss to the Mets in Game 6 of the NLCS -- a game that many call the "greatest game ever played." With Scott waiting to take the mound in Game 7, many Mets admitted afterwards that they considered Game 6 a "do or die" game. 
The Astros consolation prizes after the season came when Scott won the Cy Young award, the first and only Astro pitcher to win the award. 
Since the team struggled in 1987 and started rebuilding in 1990, many fans now look back at the 1986 team as greatest of the strong teams from the Eighties.
The 1986 Astros were indeed a great team.   Mike Scott won 88 games over a 5-year span in Houston.   He retired with 124 wins but will always be remembered for that magical afternoon!




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Happy # 87 to Ian Tyson


 
We say happy # 87 to Ian Tyson of Ian & Sylvia, the wonderful Canadian folk duo. 

Ian Tyson wrote, and along with his wife Sylvia, recorded some great songs.  One of his songs was "Someday soon' recorded by Judy Collins.

This is from Ian's official website:   


"Ian Tyson’s story is familiar to most.  He learned guitar in hospital, recovering from a bad fall in a rodeo, he upped stakes from Vancouver Island and hitchhiked to Toronto, where he met a young singer from small-town Ontario called Sylvia Fricker. 

As Ian & Sylvia, they were the Canadian stars of the early ’60s folk boom that gave the world Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, the Clancy Brothers and the Kingston Trio. 

After numerous Canadian Country Music Awards, membership in the Juno Awards Hall of Fame — one of five such honours with various industry organizations — he has three honorary Doctorates, and is proudly a member of the Order of Canada.  “Four Strong Winds,” in 2006, was chosen Canada’s #1 song of the 20th century by CBC listeners....."

Click here for "Four strong winds"!


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1970: We said Hello to The Partridge Family on TV this week



The Partridge Family made its debut on ABC this week in 1970.   

They were inspired by The Cowsills, the pop group that featured mom singing with her kids.    

Apparently, the idea of the show was offered to The Cowsills but it did not work out.   

The band had a couple of big hits.   

In the end, David Cassidy became a huge teen idol and had hits as a solo artist in the 1970's.



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We remember Phil Rizzuto


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We remember Phil Rizzuto, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1917.

Phil Rizzuto had a wonderful life. (Phil Rizzuto, Yankees Shortstop, Dies at 89 ) He also had a great way of talking baseball:
"When the news came in 1978 that Pope Paul VI had died, Rizzuto said on the air, “Well, that kind of puts the damper on even a Yankee win.”
He was born in the New York area and got to play shortstop with great Yankee teams. His teammates included Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra. His manager was the legendary Casey Stengel. He got to watch young Mickey Mantle break into baseball. (Hall of Famer was Yankees All-Star shortstop, broadcaster)

Like many others of his generation, Rizutto served in the military during WW2.

After baseball, Phil called over 1,000 games on radio and TV.

What a great life!   Rizutto was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Rizzuto played with the 1949-53 Yankees or the team that won the Series 5 years in a row:  









1789: We remember another anniversary of The Bill of Rights


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We remember another anniversary of he US Congress approving The Bill of Rights:

"The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people."

These "rights" are second nature to us today.  We assume that every person in the world has the right to practice his religion or freedom of the press.  In fact, most citizens in the world do not have these guarantees, from privacy to a jury trial to protections from cruel & unusual punishment.

Also, let's not forget that the Founding Fathers fought to include these rights in the Constitution.





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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........President Trump speech's at the UN attacked North Korea, Venezuela, socialism and reminded everyone that the UN pays 22% of the dues...........he also attacked the NFL and may have touched a nerve with fans fed up with players who disrespect the flag..........Senator McCain and Obama Care again........a TIME magazine explains the disarray that the Democrats are in...........another week of Hillary Clinton talking about 2016............the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field on this day in 1957............and other stories.............

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Does the NFL really want to get into a fight with Pres Trump over the US flag?



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'17 Rangers....Too many K's that kill rallies



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Remember when pro-teams went to The White House?



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Bill Richardson on North Korea



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Not watching NFL today



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Maybe we should call them the Coastalcrats


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Once upon a time, we had “Dixiecrats,” or U.S. Senate Democrats from the old Confederacy.  They were some of the great characters of the U.S. Senate, like Senator Thurmond, who ran for president in 1948, or Senator Fulbright of Arkansas, who was very close to Bill Clinton, and others who represented their region rather well.
Today, there are no Dixiecrats.  Instead, there are southern GOP senators and members of the U.S. House.
What we do have is a shrinking and very coastal Democratic Party, as TIME magazine exposed and Matt Vespa analyzed:
The Democratic Party is in shambles. 
Say what you will about the Republicans – they have problems too – but at least they’re a national party. 
 
For all his faults, Trump was able to virtually get the entire GOP base to vote for him in 2016. The GOP controls Congress, the presidency, two-thirds of the governorships, and 69/99 state legislatures. 
They’re at the apex of their power. 
As the GOP licked their wounds and learned from their 2008 and 2012 defeats, the Democrats, smug, content, and insufferable, felt they had advantage for the next generation. They would run the table on national elections due to demographic shifts. 
Then, Hillary Clinton torpedoed that whole narrative. Time magazine delved into the state of the party, its hit to the mouth after Trump’s win, and noted that things look grim for this regional, shrinking party. 
As many other, including here, have noted – the Democrats have no leader, no message, dismal fundraising, and seem to be on the brink of civil war over issues on what actually makes one a Democrat.
The party has a lot of problems, indeed.
The climax was election night 2016.  It was that night that Democrats walked away from the party, as they did in 1972, when President Nixon blew up the Democrat South, and in 1980, when then-governor Reagan connected with blue-collar workers.
A week after Mr. Trump’s victory, I was at Telemundo Dallas discussing the results.  I was asked why so many “white workers” had walked away.  I answered by focusing on the Democrats’ obsession with illegal aliens.
Then I used this example of a mythical couple living in the Midwest.
Imagine a working-class couple in southern Wisconsin.  They have lived there for generations.  It’s possible that their father and grandfather worked at that factory.  It’s likely that they also served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam.  The man probably hunts often, and they proudly display the US flag.  They are religious and believe in the goodness of their country.
The wife asks her husband about the news that the plant may be closing and moving overseas.  The husband confirms the story.  The wife asks: who is looking out for us?
After dinner, they turn on the TV to watch the news.  They hear Mr. Trump talking about saving their jobs and the Democrats talking about sanctuary cities or protecting illegal immigrants.
Whom did that couple vote for?  They voted for Mr. Trump, and that’s why he won.
The Democratic Party no longer connects with that couple in southern Wisconsin or others who feel disconnected from a party run by public-sector unions and secular elites who call you a “homophobe” if you believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.  They also don’t get why the party is more focused on climate change than their manufacturing jobs.
Before we write the Democrats’ obituary, let’s remember the cycles of politics.  At the same time, parties come back when they learn from their defeats.  They bring back the voters they rejected.
How do the Democrats bring back conservative white workers?  I don’t see anything they are doing that will bring them back anytime soon.
Yes, they will be the Coastalcrats for a while.
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Happy # 75 to Gerry Marsden

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Time flies and another rocker turns 75.    

Gerry Marsden was born on this day in Liverpool, England in 1942.     He was a contemporary of John Lennon & Paul McCartney in the local music scene.

Gerry and the Pacemakers had hits in the UK and then came over with The Beatles during the so called "British Invasion" of 1964-65.     Some of their hits were "How Do You Do It," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey".

The group faded in 1966 but they were a big favorite in oldies radio and concerts in the US.   

They had a great sound:



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Remembering Linda McCartney (1941-1998)


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For years, I caught a local radio show about The Beatles.  It was full of details about their songs and personal lives.

Linda McCartney was born in New York City on this day in 1941.  She died in 1998 after almost 30 years of marriage to Paul McCartney.  It stands as one of the most successful and enduring marriages in pop music.  

We grew up with Paul, Linda and all of those McCartney kids running around in the farm.

You can hear her voice in some Wings' songs.   Her greatest contribution was being a great wife and mother:



We remember F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

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We remember F. Scott Fitzgerald who was born on this day in St. Paul, Minnesota.    He died in 1940.

This is a bit from his life:   
At Princeton, he firmly dedicated himself to honing his craft as a writer, writing scripts for Princeton's famous Triangle Club musicals as well as frequent articles for the Princeton Tiger humor magazine and stories for the Nassau Literary Magazine. However, Fitzgerald's writing came at the expense of his coursework. He was placed on academic probation, and, in 1917, he dropped out of school to join the U.S. Army. Afraid that he might die in World War I with his literary dreams unfulfilled, in the weeks before reporting to duty, Fitzgerald hastily wrote a novel called The Romantic Egotist. Though the publisher, Charles Scribner's Sons, rejected the novel, the reviewer noted its originality and encouraged Fitzgerald to submit more work in the future.
Fitzgerald was commissioned a second lieutenant in the infantry and assigned to Camp Sheridan outside of Montgomery, Alabama. It was there that he met and fell in love with a beautiful 18-year-old girl named Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. The war ended in November 1918, before Fitzgerald was ever deployed, and upon his discharge he moved to New York City hoping to launch a career in advertising lucrative enough to convince Zelda to marry him. He quit his job after only a few months, however, and returned to St. Paul to rewrite his novel.     
He later moved to France where he wrote "The Great Gatsby" or his most famous work, in 1925:





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