Saturday, July 23, 2016

World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen


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World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen 07/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest:
Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.......we will remember the Allied and Axis commanders: Ike, MacArthur, Nimitz, Monty, Zukov; and on the Axis side, Von Manstein, Guderian, Rommel, Kesselring, Adm. Yamamoto, General Yamashita.......and other stories of the war............ ..




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Apollo 11 on the moon and "In the year 2525" on the radio






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"As tears go by": The Rolling Stones vs Marianne Faithfull


The Rolling Stones are better known for a strong beat. Yet, they recorded a few ballads. One of their best was "As tears go by":

According to songfacts

"This was one of 3 songs The Stones performed on their 1966 Ed Sullivan Show appearance, which was the first time The Stones appeared in color on a US broadcast."


This song was also recorded by Marianne Faithfull, who was Mick Jagger's girlfriend.

Here is another songfact
"The original title was "As Time Goes By." It was changed to avoid confusion with the song from Casablanca."
Which one is better? They are very different songs. However, I guess that Marianne is better looking than Mick!





The three messages that hit me from Trump’s acceptance speech

(My new American Thinker post)

The family feud is over and it's time to get behind the Trump/Pence ticket.  The alternative is Hillary Clinton and that is a problem.

In baseball terms, Trump hit this one out of the park, as The New York Post tells us:
The Republican nominee needed to not just act presidential, but be presidential — while still being himself.
He needed to keep every ounce of New York toughness and roughness he’d shown in the campaign to date, while also showing sensitivity and a sincere commitment to making life better for all Americans.
He needed to show a coherent policy vision recognizably his, that spoke to “his” voters, regular Republicans and all Americans.
And he did it in a speech characteristically Trump — wandering and emphatic, hard-hitting and a little chatty; blending policy and principle, anecdote and attack line, while speaking from the heart.
He touched me with 3 messages:

1) He will put America first.    Frankly, many of us have not felt that the incumbent has been doing that, from the Iran deal to sitting next to Raul Castro at a baseball game in Cuba.     Are we better off because we signed that agreement with Iran?   or put an embassy in Havana without demanding a single condition from the corrupt Castro brothers?   Has President Obama's quick departure from Iraq made us safer?   Did drawing a line in Syria and doing nothing about it earned us respect?    I say no to all!       
2) He will fight for US workers not by promoting a higher minimum wage like the Democrats will say next week but by unleashing US industries, from energy to manufacturing.

3) He will project strength around the world, such as reminding some countries that we can't defend them if they don't live up to their side of the deal.   It's time to remind all concerned that NATO is an agreement between allies and not a one-way street paid for by US taxpayers.  We can't defend Europeans who won't defend themselves!

Will it work?   We will know in a few months but he is off to a good start.

One quick note for Mr. Trump:    

Go to inner cities and ask a simple question:  How are you doing in the eighth year of our first African American president?  

Go to Hispanic communities and ask:  What did you get for giving 70% of your vote to Democrats?

It will be very tough for Mrs. Clinton to bring this level of passion and energy to her convention.   Delivering a rousing message is not something Mrs. Clinton does well.   

Mrs. Clinton will also have to balance her shift to the left with reality.   It won't be easy!

So far so good and Mr. Trump needs to keep it going.

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We remember Pee Wee Reese (1918-1999)

Harold Henry Reese was born on this day in Kentucky.   We know him as Pee Wee Reese, the great shortstop of the Brooklyn Dodgers who won 7 NL pennants.   

Pee Wee Reese hit .269 with 2,170 career hits & 1,338 runs scored.   He missed 3 full seasons to military service.

Reese's greatest contribution was his leadership in bringing Jackie Robinson along as the first black player in major league baseball.    In 1947, Pee Wee embraced Jackie in front of Cincinatti fans who were yelling obscenities at him.    It showed everyone that Pee Wee was also a great player and a man of character.

By the way, one of the greatest books about those legendary Brooklyn Dodgers is "Wait till next year" by Doris Kearns Goodwin:



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Friday, July 22, 2016

The day after the GOP convention




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Did I just hear that Shelley Fabares is 72 years old?


A couple days ago, I was listening to the radio and heard that Shelley Fabares is 72!

I was so stunned that I had to check it out....it turned out to be true!

Shelley was born in Santa Monica in 1944....so she is actually 72!

For some of us, Shelley Fabares was "Mary", the teen daughter" in the very popular "The Donna Reed Show" of the 1960s. (You can still see the reruns and it was an entertaining series)


More recently, she was Christine in "The coach", the funny TV comedy of a few years ago.

Between "Donna Reed" and "The coach", Shelley played different roles on TV and even made 3 movies with Elvis.

She also recorded "Johnny Angel", one of the biggest hits of the pre-Beatles era.
 It became one of the best selling "teen girl loves high school boy" songs of pop music history:






Obama and Hispanics



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Trump gets an A on foreign policy, national security and crime



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Is there a Democrat willing to do a 'Cruz' next week?

(My new American Thinker post)

In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate in 2012. 

I like him and he is a man of his word, as well as very ambitious. 

In 2016, I started out hoping that the GOP would nominate one of our outstanding governors but voted for Marco Rubio in the Texas primary because of electability. 

In 2016, I will vote for Donald Trump because Hillary Clinton is beyond unacceptable.

Speaking of Mr. Cruz's speech, I am surprised that the Trump campaign gave him a prime time slot knowing that no endorsement was forthcoming. In other words, that's what the early afternoon slots are for, when no one is watching on TV and the delegates are at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. What were they thinking at the Trump team?  

Nevertheless, I admire Senator Cruz for being himself. It is refreshing, although I know a lot of people were angry.

Did Senator Cruz win or lose? We will have our answer the morning after the election.   
Let's look at next week. Is there a Democrat with the courage to do what Senator Cruz did? Is there a member of that party willing to say this on a prime time slot:
Ladies and gentlemen, vote your conscience... vote for someone who tells the truth not one who's been lying about her emails for the last 12 months... vote for someone who has not been looking for money in places where women are discriminated or homosexuals are executed... vote for someone who walks the talk when it comes to Wall Street... do not vote for someone who supported a trade agreement in 2012 and then deletes it from a revision of her book "Hard choices"... and vote for someone who doesn't pander to everyone in the planet.
It would be nice if there was one honest person in the Democrat Party, or someone willing to put the country over the Clintons!

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