Monday, October 24, 2016

We remember Stephen Covey (1932-2012)

We remember that Stephen Covey was born on this day in 1932.   

He accomplished a lot and wrote many books:
Over his lifetime, Stephen inspired millions with the power of universal principles. As he traveled the globe many times over, his message was a simple one: for true success and meaning in life, we must be principle-centered in all areas of life. A teacher at heart, he often taught: "there are three constants in life: change, choice and principles." 
From the oval office, the board room, community halls and to the school house and family room, Stephen taught the mindset, skillset and toolset found in the 7 habits of Highly effective people, his seminal work. His legacy is woven in the 7 habits, and, just as these habits are universal and timeless, so is Stephen r. Covey, who is admired around the world for his simple, yet powerful, universal, timeless teachings. 
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey was one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts, and thought leaders. 
Covey was the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages throughout the world. Other best sellers authored by Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. 
My favorite was "The 7 habits of highly effective people", a book that I enjoyed a lot.     I also learned a lot from reading it:

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No wonder Mrs. Clinton wants to talk about the Trump women

As we count down to election day, there are two things that really stand out about 2016:
First, Trump has missed opportunity after opportunity to focus on issues; and, 
Second, Clinton avoids every question about issues, unless she is pandering to this group or that.
On issues, Trump has the right idea, as Roger L. Simon wrote yesterday:
In sum, the “Contract with the American Voter” is nothing short of spectacular under the increasingly ominous circumstances of 2016 and a worthy sequel to the “Contract with America” (perhaps Newt Gingrich had a hand). 
We can only hope that the American people get a chance to review it — that it won’t be overwhelmed by the media’s self-serving fixation on scandal and Trump’s (sigh) frustrating cooperation with them — because if the people do, I am certain the vast majority will approve of Trump’s sensible proposals and elect him president.
Substance or scandal? That is the dilemma our country faces at the end of October 2016.    
Yes, that’s our choice but it would help if Trump would stick to the teleprompter, unless someone is sticking all of that stuff about suing women without the campaign manager’s knowledge.    
At the debate, and Gettysburg, Trump was like the pitcher who gets the first two outs and then walks the bases loaded giving the other team a chance to score.
As for Clinton, they don’t want to talk about anything that has to do with issues. On Wikileaks, it’s all aboutdoubt, delay, and distract by blaming Russia. I guess that they want us to believe that Russia forced the authors of the emails to say nasty things or talk about “needy Latinos”.
Sadly, time is on Clinton’s side. Trump blew the third debate with his remarks about accepting results. He had won the evening and then blew it. In Gettysburg, he blew another opportunity by giving the media more information to use against him.
Yes, the Clinton team would rather talk about the Trump women and his temperament. Unfortunately, Trump keeps giving them material.
If Trump loses, and I’m not saying that it’s over, his supporters may want to consider suing him for malpractice.    
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1986: Bill Russell retired from the Dodgers

From 1974 to 1986, Bill Russell was the Dodgers' shortstop.   It was Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey and Russell who made up that wonderful infield.   

The Dodgers won the NL pennant in 1974, 1977, and 1978.   LA finally won in 1981!

Russell broke with LA in 1969 and became the regular shortstop in 1972.   He retired in 1986 with 1,926 hits and a .263 batting average.

We will remember Russell and the other 3 as that steady Dodgers' infield:  they combined for 21 All-Star game appearances!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

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


The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 10/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda..........we will look at Debate # 3 of the 2016 presidential election.....who won and what was the headline out of the debate........the role of the moderator..........the Wikileaks and Mrs Clinton........the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 this week and the loss of a bipartisan foreign policy........and other stories of the week....

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Trump: Like Truman and the Indians in the 1948 World Series?

On election night 1948, most Americans went to bed thinking Governor Dewey would be in the White House in a few months.  Why not?  The experts had told them!
Instead, they heard over breakfast that President Truman was returning.   
What will happen on election day 2016?  Let’s look at these polls that confuse the heck out of me:
1) The RCP average shows Mrs. Clinton up by 6 in the latest 10 head-to-head matches.  However, two of the last three show a tie.    
2) The four-way race, a more realistic assessment in my view, has Mrs Clinton up by 5.  Again, two of the last three polls have Mr. Trump up by 2.  I say the four-way race is more realistic because Mr. Johnson and Dr. Stein will take about 10% of the voters.  It could be more if Sanders’s supporters get even with Mrs. Clinton for the way they were treated in the primaries.
My point is that these polls are crazy, and it’s not because pollsters are in the tank for Mrs. Clinton.  I just don’t think that you can take an accurate poll in a country that does not answer landlines unless they recognize the name of the caller.
And did I tell you that a professor is predicting a Trump victory?  Professor Allan Lichtman, who has apparently predicted every election since 1984, is saying Trump will win.
So put me down as one of those who will wait for voters to decide this election.  I will vote for Mr. Trump because this is about nominating someone to the Supreme Court, and Mrs. Clinton cannot be allowed to do that.   
On another level, this is also about making a statement about partial-birth abortion.  Sorry, but a society that plays word games over the unborn is sick and doomed to rot away.
So who will win?  I don’t know, but keep an eye on the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.  They won in 1948, the year President Truman pulled a great upset.
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Happy # 85 Jim Bunning

We say Happy # 85 to Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.

He broke in with the Detroit Tigers in 1955.   

Bunning won 118 games over 9 seasons in Detroit.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1964 and won 89 games.   Overall, he won 224, or 118 in the AL and 106 in the NL.

His best season was 20-8 & 2.69 ERA in 1957.      He did not pitch for a lot of winning teams but did not miss a start in 11 years.    

Bunning was perfect on June 21, 1964, also Father's Day, in a 6-0 victory against the New York Mets.   In 1958, he threw a no-hitter for Detroit on July 20, 1958, against Boston, winning 3-0.

In 1996, Bunning was inducted into The Hall of Fame.    He was also elected to the US Senate from Kentucky.

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2016: I will vote to protect the unborn

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not support Mr. Trump.
I was hoping that we’d nominate one of our extremely successful governors, from Bush to Kasich to Walker to Perry.  In Texas, I eventually voted for Rubio because all of those others were out and he was the most electable.
Let me say this.   My first vote was in 1976 when I proudly voted for President Ford.   Since that first vote, I have proudly supported each one of our nominees even when they were not my first choice such as Mr. Dole in 1996.
Since early summer, I have been struggling with a real dilemma.  However, we must think of the larger picture and voting for Donald Trump makes a lot more sense than electing Hillary Clinton by supporting another option.
In other words, someone will nominate Justices to the Supreme Court and I’d rather have Mr. Trump do that.
No one has dissected Mrs. Clinton better than Dr. Charles Krauthammer this week:
The soullessness of this campaign — all ambition and entitlement — emerges almost poignantly in the emails, especially when aides keep asking what the campaign is about.
In one largely overlooked passage, Clinton complains that her speechwriters have not given her any overall theme or rationale. Isn’t that the candidate’s job?
Asked one of her aides, Joel Benenson: “Do we have any sense from her what she believes or wants her core message to be?”
It’s that emptiness at the core that makes every policy and position negotiable and politically calculable.
Hence the embarrassing about-face on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the popular winds swung decisively against free trade.
A Trump presidency, with VP Pence, a GOP Senate and House, could actually produce some important domestic results.
They could repeal Obama Care and actually replace it with something that puts the patient and doctor in control.
They could finally tackle tax reform, something that most of us have been calling for.
Last, but not least, a President Trump could be persuaded by Speaker Ryan to take a serious look at entitlements.
On free trade, I am not expecting much because tearing up trade agreements is a lot more complicated than everyone realizes.  I just hope that Trump’s supporters understand that.
On immigration, I do not really believe that a President Trump will get Mexico to pay for the wall or deport millions.  However, they may do something about sanctuary cities and respecting our immigration laws.
On foreign policy, it will be hell no matter who walks into the Oval Office.  President Obama is leaving such a mess in the Middle East that it won’t be pretty, from Syria to Iran.
My point is that there is hope with a Trump presidency to get some things done.
On the other side, there is no hope for governing if Mrs. Clinton wins.  There are also going to be some huge battles in the Democrat aisle because the left and Mrs. Clinton are not going to enjoy each other at all. The left is not a happy bunch these days as Politico wrote.
Yes I am voting for Mr. Trump, the lesser of the two evils this time around.
In the end, I will sleep comfortably knowing that I voted to protect the unborn this time around.
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