Friday, January 22, 2010

1973: Roe v Wade and millions of babies aborted

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We remember today the 43 rd anniversary of Roe v Wade, or the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the US.
Over the years,  the ruling has had two consequences:    
  1. Babies are aborted at a pace of a million a year;
  2. Our political well has been poisoned.    Abortion is now topic # 1 when a new person is considered for The Supreme Court.    David Brooks wrote about this a few years ago during Sam Alito’s confirmation to the bench:   
“Justice Harry Blackmun did more inadvertent damage to our democracy than any other 20th-century American. When he and his Supreme Court colleagues issued the Roe v. Wade decision, they set off a cycle of political viciousness and counter-viciousness that has poisoned public life ever since, and now threatens to destroy the Senate as we know it."
Yes, it’s vicious.   Remember the screaming over The Planned Parenthood videos?
We pray that common sense prevails and the ruling can be overturned.   
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"Rachel's Vineyard" is a wonderful resource






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Years ago, I watched a good show on EWTN.  The guest was Dr. Theresa Burke, PhD, one of the ladies that runs the retreats at Rachel's Vineyard.

Dr. Burke has also written articles and a book about abortion:
Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion.

The organization is also supported by Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director, Rachel's Vineyard and National Director, Priests for Life.

Please start and check out the website!

Second, share the website with anyone who is considering an abortion or dealing with the trauma of post-abortion. Lately, I have been reading more and more about the emotional and physical consequences of abortion.


Abortion is not a choice. It is a bad and unnecessary choice.

Last but not least, this website reminds us that abortion is the taking of a human life.   We should remember this point as we “celebrate” another awful anniversary of "Roe v Wade".





1973: President Johnson ( # 36) died on this day

President Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president of the US,  died on this day in 1973.    He was living in South Texas and out of the public view.

LBJ's presidency was very volatile.   

It began on the day that President Kennedy was killed in Dallas in 1963.    

A year later, he won a landslide victory against Senator Goldwater by avoiding Vietnam and promising not to send troops.  

By mid-1966, the US involvement in Vietnam had grown to 500,000 troops and resentment of LBJ's policies divided the Democrats and the nation.   

By the spring of 1968, he announced that he would not be seeking reelection.

It is true that LBJ is remembered for The Great Society and very significant civil rights reforms.   His knowledge of the US Senate and Congress, and persistence, brought many reluctant Southern Democrat legislators along.

However, the jury is still out on the billions of dollars spent on The War on Poverty.   In other words, did we just throw money at the problem rather than deal with other causes of poverty?

Overall, it was a very tragic presidency.    A few years ago, there was a great book written about LBJ by Robert A. Caro.  It reminded us that he was a very strong US Senate Majority Leader, a better legislator than an executive:



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Thursday, January 21, 2010

1957: Patsy Cline goes on national TV


I Fall To Pieces 

"I fall to pieces Each time I see you again

I fall to pieces 
How can I be just your friend

You want me to act 
Like we've never kissed
You want me to forget 
Pretend we've never met

And I try and I try 
But I haven't yet
You walk by 
And I fall to pieces

I fall to pieces
Each time someone speaks your name
I fall to pieces
Time only adds to the blame

You tell me to find someone else to love
Someone who love me too
The way you used to do
But each time I go out with someone new
You walk by and I fall to pieces
You walk by and I fall to pieces....."


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

1966: Ted Williams selected to the Hall of Fame


The great Ted Williams was selected to the Hall of Fame on this day in 1966.   

He was probably the greatest hitter in history, although his numbers were impacted by his military service in World War II and Korea:  .344 career batting average, a .482 On Base Average, 2,654 hits, 2,021 walks, 521 HR and 1,839 RBI.   

He hit .406 in 1941, the last hitter to do so, and flirted again in 1957 with .388!

Williams was a bit temperamental with fans and the media.   However, there was not a better hitter once the game started.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

1778: Captain Cook discovers Hawaii

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Friday, January 15, 2010

1967: Green Bay beats KC in Super Bowl I


They didn't call it The Super Bowl in 1967:  Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10.

Frankly, I don't remember when they started calling it the Super Bowl.   

Nevertheless, I remember this game on TV.

Green Bay was a superior team and it showed on the field.   KC was also a great team but the day belonged to the Packers.    (I should add that KC came back to beat Minnesota in Super Bowl IV).


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1929: Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles

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Who was familiar with the Wyatt Earp story before that great movie from the 1990's?  

I had read a bit about him but it was really the movie that put him on the map for me.

The legendary Wyatt Earp died in 1929 at age 80.   He spent the last years of his life and a consultant to Hollywood.    

Sadly, he never got to see the great John Wayne western movies that came decades later.

Was the movie accurate?   I don't know for sure but it was great:








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Monday, January 11, 2010

1973: AL approves the DH

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The American League adopted the "Designated Hitter" effective for the upcoming 1973 season.   For 42 years, the AL and NL have played with different rules.    

It's time to settle the issue and go one way or another.   The DH is critical in putting an AL team in the World Series, such as Vlad Guerrero with Texas in 2010.   It hurts the AL team when they have to adjust the lineup in NL parks.

So let's play by the same rules!

By the way, Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees was the first DH in AL history.   He came to bat in a game at the old Yankee Stadium.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

1982: Montana to Clark and "the catch" that broke so many Cowboys' hearts!


It happened on this day in 1982 and it is still one of the biggest plays in NFL history.   

Yes, "the catch" broke many Cowboys' hearts but it was an amazing play.

The 49ers were driving to score.   They started at their own 11 and down 27-21.  Montana drove the team down to Dallas' 6 yard line.   It was 3rd and 3 and SF had to score because a field goal would not make a difference, i.e. Dallas would run out of the clock.

Montana moved to the right, threw the ball in the end zone and Clark jumped and made the catch.    

And they've called it "the catch" ever since!

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Friday, January 08, 2010

1815: The Battle of New Orleans


The Battle of New Orleans happened on this day in 1815.   The battle happened after the war had officially ended with The Treaty of Ghent.   

The battle was consequential because it saved the Mississippi River for the US and it made Andrew Jackson into a national hero.   

Jackson was be elected president in 1828.  

We discussed the battle with Barry Jacobsen on Thursday's show:


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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

1950: The Dodgers signed Vince Scully to join the radio booth

Wonder how many people have been doing what they love since 1950?    I'm talking about the Truman administration and before most Americans watched "I love Lucy".

On this day in 1950, the Brooklyn Dodgers hired a young sports announcer named Vince Scully,    He joined Red Barber and Connie Desmond in one of the most important radio networks in baseball history.   

He replaced Ernie Harwell who went to work with the New York Giants but is better known for all of those great years calling Detroit Tigers' games.

Over the years, I've lived in cities with good announcers like the late Chuck Thompson (Orioles) and Mark Holtz (Rangers).     I never heard Scully on a daily basis but did pick him up in post season games.    He was great and very elegant.

Happy anniversary Vince Scully.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Aretha Franklin selected to the Rock Hall of Fame in 1987


On this day in 1987, Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman selected to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.   

Aretha was in her 20s when she recorded "Respect" in 1967.    

Over time, she put 17 songs in Billboard's Top 10 and over a hundred recordings.  

It earned her the name of "Queen of Soul".

Aretha is # 9 in The Rolling Stone's Top 100 artists.   

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Jan 2, 1966: Packers beat Browns to win the NFL title

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The 1965 Packers were my introduction to what we called "American football".  

As a youngster growing up in Cuba, I had no contact with the NFL or any kind of football.  As a youngster growing up in Wisconsin, the Packers were the biggest thing going on.

On Jan 2, 1966, the Packers beat the Browns to clinch the NFL title. Back then, nobody took the AFL seriously so the NFL championship was considered the big game in football.  It would stay that way until the Jets beat the Colts in Super Bowl III in January '69.

The game against the Browns introduced me to playing football in snow.  Shortly after the game, my brother, cousin and I were outside rolling on the snow.


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