Monday, July 15, 2019

Guess who is a racist now?

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The Democrats have played the “race card” on the GOP for years.  In other words, calling the guy on the other side a racist is what you do when you can’t argue any more.  
Inner city schools are a mess?   You are racist! 
Immigration laws should be enforced?  You are a “racista”!
The problem with calling the guy on the other side a racist is that sooner or later you will run out of Republicans.   Then you play the race card on your own, as we see more and more in the Congress.
This is from Politico:  
Tensions exploded on Capitol Hill this week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Pelosi of singling out women of color for criticism, as divisions linger over the passage of a $4.6 billion border bill.
Pelosi has been dismissive of the influence on Capitol Hill held by Ocasio-Cortez and three other rising Democratic Party stars — Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — the group of freshman female lawmakers with massive followings on social media.
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks ignited a long-simmering feud with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
CBC members, such as Clay, exploded in anger at Ocasio-Cortez for having “used the race card” and accused progressives of seeking to oust black lawmakers by endorsing their primary challengers.
The progressive group Justice Democrats, which is closely aligned with Ocasio-Cortez, is supporting primary challengers to several longtime Democrats, including Clay and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a Hispanic Caucus member.
Justice Democrats have also considered a challenge to House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a CBC member who is viewed by many as a potential heir to Pelosi.
And it gets better, read more.
Like parents who never disciplined their teenagers, the Democrat Party leadership has only itself to blame.
First, they encouraged all of this diversity in the name of “identity politics”.  What they ended up with is a group of representatives who hate Israel or have no appreciation for the U.S.
Who else but a completely ignorant person would use the phrase “concentration camps” in a totally unrelated debate?
Second, they allowed millions of their supporters to get consumed in the Mueller probe.  What they ended up with is a bunch of disappointed Democrats shutting off CNN and turning on party leaders for not fighting for impeachment.  
Where does this end?  Not well, if you are an adult Democrat who believes that the opposition has a serious role to play in our politics.
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Happy # 73 to Linda Ronstadt


We say happy # 73 to Linda Ronstadt, one of the great pop singers of the last 45 years.   She started her career with The Stone Poneys in the 1960's.    

Linda went solo in the 1970's and recorded pop, Mexican music and ballroom dancing.    Her first hit was "A different drum".




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July 15, 1973: Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter

We remember Nolan Ryan's second no hitter of 1973 and career: a 6-0 victory over Detroit with 17 Ks.   It may have been his most impressive performance!

In 1973, Ryan was 21-16 with a 2.87 ERA & 26 complete games.    How do you lose 16 games with a 2.87 ERA?




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1979: President Carter 'malaise' moment

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In the summer of 1979, a frustrated President Carter made that famous "malaise" speech that probably sank his presidency.

Fair or unfair, the speech and the word he didn’t use defined President Carter.  He spoke of a "new age of limits" and that just exposed him to attacks from then Governor Reagan, the ultimate optimist about the US.  The US is not a country of "limits."  It does not seem to like leaders who tell them to "downsize" their dreams.

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July 15, 1964: Goldwater was nominated for president

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Many years ago, I saw an interview with the late Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.  He joked that he kept meeting people who voted for him.  He said that he should ask for a recount.

It was many years ago that the GOP nominated Goldwater for president.   He went on to lose big against President Johnson.  

However, his conservative ideas survived and his influence flourished in the GOP that won 7 of the next 10 presidential elections.




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Sunday, July 14, 2019

ICE raids plus "blue vs blue" and we remember Jack Kemp & President Ford

ICE raids plus "blue vs blue" and we remember Jack Kemp & President Ford 07/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

ICE raids underway....The Democrats fight each other......We remember Jack Kemp (1935-2009)......We remember PresidentFord (1913-2006)..................and other stories......
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Sunday’s video: July 2019 and the moment that the Democrats blew up.




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‘Blue on blue, heartache on heartache’

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Bobby Vinton did not have Speaker Pelosi in mind when he recorded “Blue on Blue,” a big hit many years ago — i.e., the pre-Beatles era! 
Nevertheless, there is a little too much “blue on blue” in Washington these days.  It looks as if the Democrats are now devouring each other now that nothing seems to work against President Trump.
The latest case of “blue on blue” is Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, and the Left.  This is from Fox:
The official House Democratic Caucus Twitter account ripped into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y. chief of staff Friday for his criticism of another Democratic lawmaker — an astonishing tirade that laid bare the simmering tensions between the freshman congresswoman and her party’s leadership.
The caucus’ Twitter account flagged a June 27 tweet by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, in which he criticized Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, for her votes on issues to do with the migrant crisis at the border.
“I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system. And the same could even be said of the Southern Democrats. I don’t believe Sharice is a racist person, but her votes are showing her to enable a racist system,” he tweeted.
On Friday night, the caucus account took aim.
“Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” it said.
“Her name is Congresswoman Davids, not Sharice,” the House Democrats added. “She is a phenomenal new member who flipped a red seat blue.”
“Keep Her Name Out Of Your Mouth,” it said with interspersed emojis of clapping hands.
By the way, we are talking about adult women in the U.S. House.  These are not teen girls fighting over their favorite boy.
The Democrats face two major problems:
First, it seems that the more irrational they get, the more they fight with each other, especially with those Democrats who flipped red seats or the ones who made their majority possible.
Second, all of their efforts to destroy President Trump have proved totally useless.  In other words, many of them are starting to come to terms with the reality that 2020 is not going down as they had planned.
So they fight with each other, and we love it!
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Remembering President Ford who was born on this day in 1913


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Our history lesson of the day is about the late President Ford, the 38th president of the US:
“On this day in 1913, Gerald R. Ford is born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.
His biological father left the family when Ford was three years old.
His mother’s second husband, Gerald Ford, adopted the young boy and gave him his name.
The young Ford went on to become the first vice president to assume office after a president resigned, after President Richard M. Nixon stepped down in 1974.”
We were very fortunate that summer of 1974 when a man like Gerald R Ford was there to assume the presidency.
27 months later, President Ford was defeated by Governor Jimmy Carter in a very close presidential election.
Yes, I had a lot of trouble going to sleep when I heard that Governor Carter had defeated President Ford in 1976.
The final results were finally declared around noon the next day because it took over 12 hours to decide the election.




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July 14, 1913: President Ford was born

President Ford was born on this day in 1913.     He died in 2006.

He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.  His biological father left the family when Ford was three years old.  His mother’s second husband, Gerald Ford, adopted the young boy and gave him his name.


After World War II, and the University of Michigan, Ford was elected to the US House in 1946.   He rose to become the House Minority Leader and also served in The Warren Commission put together to investigate President Kennedy's assassination.


In 1973, he became VP Ford after VP Agnew resigned.  On August 9, 1974, he succeeded President Nixon and became the 38th president of the US.    


His term got off to a rough start when he pardoned President Nixon.   It turned out to be the right decision but he paid a big political price.     Add to this the small recession of 1975-76 and Mr Ford was defeated in 1976 by Governor Carter in a very close election.


In 1979, he wrote "A time to heal", a wonderful memoir that I couldn't out down in a flight between Mexico City and Baltimore.


We remember a great man today, as Douglas Brinkley reminded us with his great book:









July 1958: "Patricia" by Perez Prado was # 1 for 3 weeks


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Damaso PĂ©rez Prado was born in Matanzas, Cuba, on December 11, 1916.     In the 1950's, he was "The King of Mambo" with hits like "Mambo # 5" & "Mambo # 8".

In July 1958, Perez-Prado competed with Elvis for the # 1 song in the US.   

"Patricia" is one of his greatest tunes:



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July 14, 1881: We remember the day that Billy the Kid was killed



Billy the Kid was shot to death on this day in 1881.

This is not a Western movie but it sounds like one:    
"Sheriff Pat Garrett shoots Henry McCarty, popularly known as Billy the Kid, to death at the Maxwell Ranch in New Mexico. 
Garrett, who had been tracking the Kid for three months after the gunslinger had escaped from prison only days before his scheduled execution, got a tip that Billy was holed up with friends. 
While Billy was gone, Garrett waited in the dark in his bedroom. 
When Billy entered, Garrett shot him to death."
And so Billy the Kid was dead.    He was only 22!    



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July 14 and # 500 for Aaron and Matthews




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We remember two great teammates:  Henry Aaron and Eddie Matthews.   They played together with the Milwaukee Braves.   

On July 14, 1966, Aaron  hit # 500, now with the Atlanta Braves.

On July 14, 1967, Matthews hit # 500, now with the Houston Astros.

Aaron & Matthews ended up with 863 home runs in their 13 years together with the Braves.   

Matthews retired after the 1968 season.   He was traded by the Braves to Houston and then to Detroit.  He had 4 at-bats in the 1968 Word Series and picked up another championship ring.

Aaron returned to Milwaukee in 1975 and played until 1976.

Matthews came up with the Boston Braves but enjoyed his biggest years in Milwaukee.    He led the National League with 47 home runs in 1953, the team's first year in Milwaukee.     

Aaron came up in 1954 and hit 755 career home runs.   


Aaron & Matthews played in the World Series in 1957 & 1958.   It was Matthews who made the last out to beat the Yankees in 1957.

Great teammates!



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1970 All Star Game: Rose and Fosse crashed at home


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The 1970 All Star Game was played in Cincinatti.   

The starters were Jim Palmer of the Orioles and Tom Seaver of the Mets.  

In the bottom of the 12th, Jim Hickman of the Cubs hit a single, Pete Rose of the Reds ran home and Ray Fosse ot the Indians waited to make the tag.    

My guess is that no one thought that Pete Rose would crash into Fosse!    It was the most bizarre ending to an All Star Game ever!

The NL won 6-5!

Ray Fosse had a great year in 1970:   .307, 18 HR & 61 RBI.   He played 12 seasons with Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle and Milwaukee.    Fosse was a part of the great A's who won 3 straight World Series and caught 22 post season games.    It's unfortunate that he will be always be remembered for that collision.



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