Sunday, October 22, 2017

I guess a Democrat woman can get away with this

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Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) generally keeps a low profile.  After all, she is about as safe as any Democrat running for anything.
Back in 2010, she was forced to repay up to $20,000 in 15 scholarships to two grandsons, two great-nephews, and aide Rod Givens’s children between 2005 and 2008.
It’s cool to be a Democrat in a minority district!  My guess is that any other politician would have been forced to resign for such disgraceful corruption.
Not Eddie Bernice Johnson.  She represents the 30th district, just south of Dallas.
A few days ago, Mrs. Johnson reacted this way to the recent Weinstein story:
“I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as the man’s – how you were dressed, what your behavior was,” the Dallas Democrat said in an interview with KXAS-TV (NBC5) on the recent sexual assault allegations brought against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
“Many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away with it by the women,” she added.
Yesterday, Representative Johnson walked it back with a statement clarifying that she does not condone sexual assault “and that perpetrators are responsible for their actions and should be held accountable.”
The whole story speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of Democrat women and especially the feminists who want Representative Johnson’s vote for Planned Parenthood.
What if Sarah Palin had made that statement?  Or a GOP woman in the U.S. Senate or House?  Or any Fox News female host?
The outrage would have gone beyond issuing a retraction.  The feminists would have demanded the resignation of such a member of the U.S. Congress.  They would have organized a boycott by calling advertisers and so on.
No such thing happened with Representative Johnson.  She was allowed to take it back and continue as a reliable vote for the issues that matter to the left.
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We remember the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with Frank Burke

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman, author...........we discussed the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis..........I shared some of my personal memories in my book "Cubanos in Wisconsin" linked below.

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October 1962: A few thoughts about the Cuban Missile Crisis

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It was 1962 but still a big part of my past.  In other words, it was the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis that consolidated the Castro regime and led to our departure of Cuba.

It all started when the USSR challenged the US by placing missiles in Cuba, or in this part of the world:
"Beginning on October 15, U.S. spy planes captured photographic evidence that the Soviet Union was installing missile sites on Cuba. On October 18, Kennedy, in a tired and methodical voice, after a long day of high-level secret meetings, recorded his recollection of each of his advisor's opinions on the issue. Kennedy had first suggested making a direct military strike against Cuba, but several of his advisors, including his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, reminded the president that such a strike would not only result in the deaths of thousands of innocent Cubans, but would probably incite the Russians to retaliate by bombing democratic West Berlin. By the end of the day, Kennedy had decided to abandon the idea of a military strike, and focus instead on a naval blockade of Cuba.
The blockade began October 21 and, the next day, Kennedy delivered a public address alerting Americans to the situation in Cuba and calling on Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove the missiles or face retaliation by the United States. Khrushchev responded by sending more ships—possibly carrying military cargo—toward Cuba and by allowing construction at the sites to continue. Over the following six days, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of global nuclear war while the two leaders engaged in tense negotiations via telegram and letter.
By October 28, Kennedy and Khrushchev had reached a settlement and people on both sides of the conflict breathed a collective but wary sigh of relief. The Cuban missile sites were dismantled and, in return, Kennedy agreed to close U.S. missile sites in Turkey."  (History)
It was a very tense two weeks.  

P.S.  There are many books about The Cuban Missile Crisis.    The Robert F Kennedy takes a personal look at the crisis.   The Michael Dobbs is more detailed.   Nevertheless, the world came very close to a nuclear war in October 1962:

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October 22, 1962: President Kennedy speaks about missiles in Cuba

We remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in this week's national security show with Barry Jacobsen....Click to listen:

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Remembering Red Barber, the voice of The Brooklyn Dodgers

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We remember that Red Barber died on this day in 1992.    He began with the Reds but we remember him as the voice of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950's.

Barber's southern accent and expressions became hugely popular.

Want to enjoy something?  Go to the library or internet and check out anything by Red Barber.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

1975: Another year to remember Carlton Fisk and game 6

It seems like the whole country was up watching game 6 of the 1975 World Series.  It was about 12:30 ET when Fisk hit the foul pole and ended one of the greatest baseball games ever played:
"Then, at 12:34 in the morning, Carlton Fisk came to bat at the bottom of the 12th. He cracked Pat Darcy’s pitch hard to the left. He stood at the plate, bouncing up and down and flailing at the ball as though he was helping an airplane land on a dark runway. 
"I was just wishing and hoping," he said at a ceremony a few years ago. "Maybe, by doing it, you know, you ask something of somebody with a higher power. I like to think that if I didn’t wave, it would have gone foul." 
Whether or not the waving was responsible, the ball bounced off of the bright-yellow foul pole above the Green Monster for a home run. Fenway’s organist played the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah while Fisk rounded the bases."

It took me a while to fall sleep because the post game celebration went on for a while.   I don't know if anybody slept that night in New England.

Cincinnati and Boston went back to work the next night to play game 7.  It was a pretty good game.  Yaz made the last out of the game and the Reds were the champs.

It was the greatest baseball moment of my generation.  

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1951: "The House on Telegraph Hill" is a good movie

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Want a good movie?  Check out a retro movie channel?    

This morning, I caught just about all of "The House on Telegraph Hill", a 1951 movie with a rather interesting plot:  
Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.....
Well, let me give the movie a pretty good grade.   

The cast includes  Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese and William Lundigan.    I don't know much about their backgrounds but did enjoy their performance. 

I may have to watch it to understand a couple of things about the story.   The story is intense and the dialogue is great.

The story is based on a book:  "The frightened child" by Dana Lyon.

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A chat about the state of politics with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor

Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor.........we will look at the state of US politics, from President Trump, to the US Congress, to the media and early talk of 2018...........and other stories.............

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Obamacare hits an iceberg called ‘the rule of law’

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The latest nonsense from the left is that President Trump forced the collapse of ObamaCare.   In fact, the iceberg hit this ship called the Affordable Health Care Act years ago, as Avik Roy reminded us:     
… the reason ObamaCare weighed in at 2,000 pages is because the law passed by Democrats detailed, in highly specific language, how Washington would run the health care system from here on out.
While the HHS Secretary — in those days, Kathleen Sebelius — would have the authority to determine exactly how to implement Obamacare’s rules, the Obama administration was (in theory) bound by the statutory law passed by Congress.
Now, in reality, the Obama administration was highly selective in enforcing the ACA as written. 
Here are just some examples of ways in which Obama simply ignored the ACA and decided to do what he thought was best, regardless of the law:
The Obama administration decided not to enforce the law’s employer mandate until 2015, and then delayed its enforcement a second time.
After millions of Americans complained that their insurance plans had been canceled — contrary to Obama’s promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” — Obama declined to enforce aspects of the law that required those plans to shut down — until he was reelected.
The Obama administration decided — unilaterally — to waive Obamacare’s individual mandate, by granting a “hardship exemption” to anyone for whom Obamacare’s offerings were “unaffordable.”
The ACA forced insurers to offer plans with reduced co-pays and deductibles for those with very low-incomes, but didn’t appropriate the cost-sharing subsidies needed to pay for them. 
Facing a rebellion from insurers, who were being forced to cover these individuals at a loss, the Obama administration decided to spend the money anyway, even though they had no legal authority to do so.
I could go on, but you get the point.
Last, but very important, ObamaCare divided its “customers” into two groups, i.e. the subsidized and the others who couldn’t afford the premiums!    
The subsidized got a free ride and the others couldn’t afford the ticket.    
I saw this often in my circles.   
On one hand, I saw people who would praise the program because it got them the insurance that they couldn’t afford in the past.    
On the other hand, I met many more people who simply could not afford the premiums and found the deductibles way beyond their budgets.    
As a friend, with a wife and two kids, told me: “What’s the point of paying $6,000 in annual premiums so that I get to a $ 15,000 deductible?  I’d rather do nothing and pay the penalty.”
As Mr. Roy points out, ObamaCare did all this damage through a total disregard for the rule of law, from rewriting the law with executive orders or mandates plus paying money to the insurance industry without the approval of Congress.
The bad news is that the ObamaCare has messed up our health care system .   
The good news is that ObamaCare is failing.
It was a flawed law from day one and even a President Hillary Clinton would have been forced to do a lot more than fix it.
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Memories of the old Yankee Stadium!

The Yankees are back in the post season and it's time to remember that baseball cathedral called Yankee Stadium.

Yes, the Yankees were usually the team that I was rooting against.

Nevertheless, I love the Yankee tradition, history and those 20-something World Series championships.

I love "Pride of the Yankees", the great movie about Lou Gehrig. I watch it every time.

I love Billy Crystal's "61", the wonderful movie about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.

The Yankees are 27-11 in 38 World Series! They are the most successful professional sports franchise in the US. What else can you say?

In 1972, my dad, mom, brother, sister and I took a trip to New York.
We went to Yankee Stadium to catch a Saturday afternoon game between Baltimore and NY.

I remember staring at the field before the game. Truthfully, I was overwhelmed.

I kept looking to the Yankee dugout to see if Maris, Mantle, Whitey Ford, Berra or DiMaggio were in the park.

During my Baltimore days, the Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox were usually playing in a pennant race. It was some of the greatest baseball ever. 

Over and over, Baltimore, Boston and New York decided the AL East in the last weekend of the season. Again, it was great baseball and Yankee Stadium was in the middle of it all!

More recently, the Rangers and Yankees played 3 great post-season series in 1996, 1998 and 1999.    

New York won all 3 but it was great baseball.      The Rangers finally got their revenge in 2010 when they beat New York to advance to the first World Series.

Who can forget the back to back Boston-New York AL championship series of 2003 and 2004?

Who can forget Reggie Jackson's 3 home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 Series?

There are a ton of memories, specially watching all of those Yankee veterans in the pre-game ceremony.

Thank God for giving us Yankee Stadium and all of those baseball memories.

Best of all, thank God for Yankee Stadium after 9-11.

I will never forget game 3 and Pres. Bush's pre-game strike.
I stayed up late to watch New York win those extra inning games in game 4 and 5.

Who can forget Derek Jeter and Paul O'Neill with their NYPD and NYFD caps?  It was a wonderful tribute to the policemen and firemen who died on 9-11!

The new Yankee Stadium will have its own story. How can the new stadium top all of those rings and so many memorable moments? It will be hard but the Yankees are the Yankees!

Happy # 89 to Whitey Ford

Happy # 89 to Whitey Ford, known as "The Chairman of the Board" when he pitched for the mighty Yankees, 1950-67.

Ford pitched in 11 World Series for New York:  10-8 & 2.71 ERA.

Overall, he was 236-106 with an amazing career ERA of 2.75!

Ford was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1974.   He was the ace of some of the greatest Yankee teams ever.   His teammates included Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris and others.

And a great gentleman as well!

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