Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Trump-Clinton contest after the conventions with Chris Corbett




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




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1978: Pete Rose reached # 44


Pete Rose got to # 44, or the second longest streak since Joe DiMaggio got to 56 in 1941.   He singled off of Phil Niekro.      

Willie Keeler had 44 in 1897-98 but foul balls didn't count as strikes.



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Olympics? Brazilians are busy with politics!

(My new American Thinker post)

The Olympics start next Friday.  We trust that everything goes well, although there are many reasons to worry, from crime to infrastructure to even terrorism.  Let's hope that the accomplishments of the athletes, and nothing else, is the big story from Rio.

On the political front, Brazilians are watching one amazing telenovela.  The latest is about Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil who is now a target of the investigation over bribery at Petrobras, the oil monopoly.

This is from The New York Times:
Lawyers for Mr. da Silva said in a statement that he was innocent of the obstruction charges, saying that he had “never interfered” in the Petrobras investigation.
The charges stem from testimony by Delcídio do Amaral, a former senator in the Workers’ Party who was arrested in November after he was heard in a secret recording describing an elaborate plan for Nestor Cerveró, a former Petrobras executive ensnared in the scandal, to flee Brazil on a private plane.
We will follow the events and see where the trial goes.  In the short run, there are a couple of problems:

1) Lula, as he is known by supporters, was planning to run for president in 2018.  Obviously, his plans will have to wait for the determination of this trial.

2) Brazil's political system has been exposed as one gigantic case of crony capitalism.

3) All of this political bickering is making Brazilians even more cynical about their politicians.  After all, it wasn't long ago that Lula was the darling of most citizens, in part because of the economic boom that coincided with his two terms.  Like President Clinton, President Lula had some rather amazing good timing when it came to economic growth.  

Lula's out of luck.  He now faces real charges of corruption, as well as a public furious with the economic slowdown.

So let's hope the Olympics goes well, because politics isn't!

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Olympics in Brazil, US-Mexico & Trump, Venezuela and Latin America stories




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Looking at the conventions with Israel Ortega




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A look at the Democrat and GOP conventions with Richard Baehr




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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The day after the conventions plus a bad GDP 2nd quarter report with George Rodriguez




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Enjoy "National Lipstick Day" with Connie Francis



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




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Mr Kaine: Those GDP ‘numeros son muy malo’


We learned that VP nominee Senator Kaine can handle Spanish conversation. He can certainly pander in Spanish. He became the latest Democrat to ask for Hispanic votes by promising immigration reform. The last one was Senator Obama in 2008 — and how did that turn out?
Wonder if he is going to explain the latest GDP numbers in Spanish? My guess is that’s one Spanish speech that we won’t hear. The latest GDP numbers are “malo, horrible, terrible” and whatever other Spanish word that comes to my mind.    
This is from Fox News:
Gross domestic product increased at a 1.2 percent annual rate after rising by a downwardly revised 0.8 percent pace in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday. 
The economy was previously reported to have grown at a 1.1 percent pace in the first quarter.   
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast GDP growth rising at a 2.6 percent rate in the last quarter.
Once again, the economists were surprised that it was lower than anticipated. Another report and another round of economists who expected a better number. Maybe these are the same economists who’ve been advising Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ draft picks since their last Super Bowl visit in 1996!  
We heard a lot about history made in Philadelphia. Yes, a lot of history was made indeed.   
I think that this is the first that a presidential nominee had GDP numbers like this the day after the speech.
As for Mr. Kaine, I’ll be happy to write his Spanish speech about this economy. He won’t like it, but it will tell Hispanics that their investment in Obama left them with nothing but a broken “si se puede” vinyl record.
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A look at Mexico with Allan Wall




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Friday, July 29, 2016

The day after the conventions plus a bad GDP 2nd quarter report.




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The amazing Ichiro should get to 3,000 this weekend!

It seems like only yesterday that Ichiro Suzuki broke with Seattle in 2001.      

We got to see a lot of Ichiro because the Rangers and Mariners are in the AL West, i.e. play each other 18 times every year.

Since getting 242 hits and hitting .350 in his rookie season, Ichiro has been an amazing hitting machine:  2,533 hits in 1,884 games in Seattle or 1.34 hits per game!

Add to this great defense, a superb arm, 507 Stolen Bases, 92 triples including 12 in 2005 and you have a real Hall of Fame candidate.

His numbers dropped in New York and Miami but he is in great shape at age 42.

So best of luck to Ichiro and his quest to 3,000 hits!   He is truly amazing!



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How about James Shields for the Rangers rotation?

The Rangers are looking to add another starter for the pennant stretch.   How about James Shields currently with Chicago White Sox?   Here are some reasons:

1) He is not a rental.   He will be here in 2017;

2) He's pitched a lot of innings:   2, 235 innings, 132 wins, 1,928 Ks over 11 seasons.    

3) You can probably get Shields without giving up Gallo or Profar; and,

4) Shields pitched with Tampa and KC in the post season.

So who knows what will  happen this weekend?   I'm sure that GM Daniels and others are working the phone.

Shields and another bullpen arm will help Texas.

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PC and ‘taco bowl outreach’

racism-cartoon

Once upon in a time, no one in the U.S. would have gotten all worked up about reading that a DNC staffer referred to the Hispanic effort as “taco bowl outreach“.    
Most people would have filed those remarks under the “silly” file or just a couple of staffers trying to be funny or whatever. No one would have concluded that there was a racial connotation to any of this.    
Furthermore, no one would have been outraged at Mr. Trump eating a taco salad on “Cinco de Mayo”.    
Or that Speaker Ryan was making a demographic statement with a selfie surrounded by interns.
Unfortunately, we are now reaping the world that the left and PC have created. It is a messy world, not a better one.     
Not long ago, I read an article by comedian John Cleese about how PC was killing comedy:
Monty Python member John Cleese has become the latest comedy legend to wade into the shark-infested waters that is the debate over political correctness in comedy.
In a video for commentary website Big Think, Cleese warns that over sensitivity from political correctness is hurting comedy and could lead to a society where free expression is not allowed.
Cleese lays out a theory that “all comedy is critical,” in that it in some way comments or passes judgment on something the joke-teller observes, and therefore whoever is being judged by the joke could feel offended by it. 
Cleese objects to offended parties trying to regulate other peoples’ thoughts and behaviors, as that leads to a culture where ideas are not allowed to be freely exchanged and dissent is suppressed.
Cleese says that he’s been warned against performing at colleges, because it’s on university campuses in particular where “the political correctness has been taken from being a good idea, which is ‘Let’s not be mean in particular to people who are not able to look after themselves very well,’ to the point where any kind of criticism of any individual or group could be labeled cruel.”
And so true that it is.     
As the song goes: “Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end….”
Unfortunately, they’ve ended and we are not better off. We are now living in a culture where people are literally afraid of saying something about a person of a different race for fear of being called a racist. HR departments have bosses and supervisors tangled up in bureaucratic verbiage to avoid turning a review into a civil rights case.
That’s not improvement. That’s a disaster that will lead to less talk, less understanding and a heck of a lot less laughter.
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The Doors "Light my fire" was #1 song this week in 1967




It was one of the best songs of the 1960s and #1 this week in 1967:
"It was the follow-up release from their debut album, The Doors, which would become their first bona fide smash. 
"Light My Fire," which earned the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 1967, transformed The Doors from cult favorites of the rock cognoscenti into international pop stars and avatars of the 60s counterculture."
Yes, it was a great single and long version from a very good debut album.  The B-side was "The crystal ship", another good song that got lots of airplay.  

A year later, or the summer/fall of 1968, Jose Feliciano released a great version that peaked at #3 in the US.





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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Looking at the conventions with Israel Ortega




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July 28, 1991: Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game


Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos became the first Latino to pitch a perfect game in Los Angeles.    Here is the box score.

Martinez retired with 245 wins and a 3.70 ERA.     

Dennis broke with the Orioles in 1976 and had some good seasons.   However, his best years were with Montreal:  100-72 and a 3.09 ERA.



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Why is Hillary Clinton so unpopular? She's a liar!

Mrs Clinton will accept the Democrat nomination tonight.    Nevertheless, the question is the same:   Why is this woman so unpopular?    

According to Gallup, Mrs Clinton is more unpopular than ever:    
As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton's image is at its lowest point in the 24 years of her national career, with 38% of Americans viewing her favorably and 57% unfavorably. 
Americans' most positive view of Clinton, 67% favorable, came in December 1998. 
Before last year, her lowest favorable ratings since she became well-known had been 43% in January 1996 and 44% in March 2001.     
So why is this woman so unpopular?    The answer is that she lacks integrity.   She showed tremendous disregard for her office by using a personal server as Secretary of State.   Finally, she is a liar.

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Elvis and the 1956 mystery kiss



We finally know the story of that famous Elvis kiss:   
"“The Kiss”—as the photograph is sometimes called—is in fact the most enduring of the 3,800 exposures that photographer Al Wertheimer made of Elvis Presley, many of the best taken during a two-day period in June 1956. 
While chronicling the rock prince on the threshold of becoming the King, Wertheimer, then 26, famously caught Elvis on the road and at his home in Memphis with his family and entourage. 
But that prize frame has become one of the classics in the rock-photography canon: Elvis, in a stairwell at the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, minutes before a concert, darting a mischievous tongue toward the deliciously reciprocating mouth of a mysterious girl in black."


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Remembering "Summer Wine" by Nancy and Lee!


"Summer wine" was a great song recorded many summers ago.

It's a song about a stranger who meets a stranger. I guess that I will leave the rest of the story to your imagination.

I love the song because it lends itself to a male and female vocalist.

The woman repeats the chorus over and over again. ("Strawberry cherries and an angel's kiss in spring....my summer wine is really made from all these things.")

The man tells the story.

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood recorded the original version of "Summer wine":





Why are we blaming Putin for being Putin?

The latest distraction from the Democrats who wrote about their "taco bowl" outreach is to blame Putin for hacking the DNC emails.

Without question, Putin is a jerk and looking out for himself or Russia. Like any other adversary, he is spying, or hacking on the U.S.     

It probably didn't help when we conveyed weakness by allowing Russian MiGs to fly over our aircraft carriers. In other words, bullies like Putin learn early that there are no consequences to their thuggish behavior.

As Scott Shackford wrote:
Putin may or may not have played some role in the hacking of the DNC, and certainly it's proper that the government investigate and track down who is responsible. 
But neither Putin nor Russian hackers are responsible for the way the party treated Sanders and its supporters. 
And this attempt to quickly deflect the subject matter over to Trump and Putin has the side effect (intentional or not) of again dismissively treating Sanders and his supporters' concerns as largely irrelevant to the establishment.
Then there is also the server issue, as Michael Leeden wrote:
The penetration of the DNC is almost certainly part of the larger story of Hillary’s use of an insecure private server. That server was apparently first discovered when “Guccifer” penetrated Sidney Blumenthal’s email account. He had many exchanges with Hillary, and Guccifer found them. That led him to Hillary. 
And once you’re in Hillary’s server, you can be sure that there are links to the DNC.
So what happened? We learned that Democrats use ethnic jokes when they communicate with each other. And that Mrs. Clinton made it all possible by having a private server!

I guess it's enough to drive a Democrat crazy, specially those who keep saying that this Clinton email scandal is much to do about nothing!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Olympics in Brazil, US-Mexico & Trump, Venezuela and Latin America stories





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RIP Forrest E. Mars Jr., Scion of a Candy Empire, Dies at 84


Forrest E. Mars Jr., helped build Mars Inc. into the world’s largest confectionery company.  He died on Tuesday in Seattle at age 84.


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We remember Leo Durocher (1905-91)

The legendary Leo Durocher was born on this day in 1905.     Leo broke with the Yankees in 1925 but did not start playing on a regular basis until 1928 when he hit .270 in 102 games.   

Durocher had a pretty good career with the Yankees, Reds, Cardinals and Dodgers.   He was primarily a short stop.

He finished with a .247 career average.

As a manager, Durocher won 2,008 games, 3 NL Pennants and the World Series with the 1954 Giants.  

We remember him as a very colorful figure on and off the field.    His signature line was "Nice guys finish last":




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1980 and the day that The Shah of Iran died in exile

The Shah of Iran was a good ally of the US for a long time.    He died on this day in 1980 after a long fight with cancer.   

During his exile, he traveled from country to country looking for treatment.    


He was treated in the US but the Islamic militants demanded his immediate return.    The US refused to negotiate and they responded by storming into US embassy and holding the diplomats hostage for 444 days.


It was a humiliating experience for the US and an early sign that fanatics would run Iran.   


The Shah was not perfect but did try to modernize Iran, specially the status of women.  He was certainly a lot better than what followed!


Thankfully, his family has lived in the US since.    His widow Empress Farah wrote a good book about him and the family:



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Why did our parents have so many babies? Listen to their music!


Why did our parents have so many babies?   I guess it depends but music had a lot to do with it!   

 LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALSTWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
"There's just two kinds of people in the world Why can't we fall in love?Just two kinds of people in the world They are a boy and girlBoy meets girl and love begins Oh, what a feeling you get from withinOh, I should know for I'm i-in loveI'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up aboveJust two kinds of people in the world Why can't we fall in love?Just two kinds of people in the world They are a boy and girlBoy meets girl and love begins Oh, what a feeling you get from withinOh, I should know for I'm i-in love I'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up aboveJust two kinds of people in the world Why can't we fall in love?Just two kinds of people in the world Why can't we fall in lo-lo-lo-love? Lo-ove?"



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Three songs about a girl named Ruby!


What's a Ruby:

"Ruby, precious gemstone that occurs as a red, transparent variety of the mineral corundum."

Just saw this the other day:


It's funny.  I like that name a lot, too.  We don't any daughters.  However, I would have campaigned to have her named Ruby.

These are 3 examples of songs named after a girl named Ruby.

Each Ruby is a very different character, a girl with a different personality.

The first one is "Ruby Baby" from Dion in the early 1960s. We call this one sweet Ruby:

video

"Ah now said I love a girl and-a Ruby is her nameThis girl don't love me but I love 'er just the same(Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh),
Ruby, Ruby, I'm-a want yaLike a ghost
I'm-a gonna haunt yaRuby, Ruby, Ruby will you be mine?,
sometime Ah each time I see you,
baby my heart criesI tell ya I'm gonna steal you away from all those guysWhoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, from the happy day I met yaNow I made a bet that I was goin' to get yaRuby, Ruby, Ruby will you be mine?"Hey-hey " (Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, baby)"Hey-hey"
(Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, baby)"Hey-hey"
(Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, baby)"Hey-hey"(Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, baby)["Hey-hey"
Now I love this girl I said-a Ruby is her nameWhen this girl looks at me she just sets my soul aflameWhoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, I got some hugs and-a kisses, tooYeah and now I'm gonna give-a them all to youNow, listen, now Ruby, Ruby, when will you be mine?"

The second is "Ruby Tuesday", the elusive character that inspired one of The Rolling Stones' very best tunes:

video

"She would never say where she came fromYesterday dont matter if its goneWhile the sun is brightOr in the darkest nightNo one knows She comes and goesGoodbye, ruby tuesdayWho could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new dayStill Im gonna miss you...Dont question why she needs to be so freeShell tell you its the only way to beShe just cant be chainedTo a life where nothings gainedAnd nothings lost At such a costTheres no time to lose, I heard her sayCatch your dreams before they slip awayDying all the timeLose your dreamsAnd you will lose your mind.Aint life unkind?
Goodbye, ruby tuesdayWho could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new dayStill Im gonna miss you..."

The third is Kenny Rogers' "Ruby", a young woman who is hard to keep at home:

video


"You've painted up your lipsAnd rolled and curled your tinted hairRuby are you contemplatingGoing out somewhereThe shadow on the wallTells me the sun is going downOh Ruby Don't take your love to townIt wasn't me That started that old crazy Asian warBut I was proud to goAnd do my patriotic choreAnd yes, it's true that I'm not the man I used to beOh, Ruby I still need some companyIts hard to love a man Whose legs are bent and paralysedAnd the wants and the needs of a woman your age Ruby I realize,But it won't be long i've heard them say until I not aroundOh Ruby Don't take your love to townShe's leaving now causeI just heard the slamming of the doorThe way I know I've heard it slam 100 times beforeAnd if I could move I'd get my gunAnd put her in the groundOh RubyDon't take your love to townOh Ruby for God's sake turn around"

Did anyone say ISIS?



My guess is that Mrs. Clinton knows that she’s going to disappoint much of her party if she wins. In other words, the next president will have to fight the war against terrorists with a lot more energy and aggresiveness than President Obama did. Incredibly, President Obama has been allowed to kick the can forward and leave all of this to his successor.
The Democrat convention is all about turning Trump into a racist and sexist monster. Unfortunately, the real monster who just killed a priest in France was overlooked
Some delegates are defending the lack of ISIS saying that there is a theme nightly and terror was not on Monday’s agenda, as Tyler Pager explained:
“Based on our searches of C-SPAN closed-captioning text, Congressional Quarterly transcripts and other video archiving services, we couldn’t find any speaker who mentioned “ISIS,” “Islamic” “terror,” “terrorist,” or “terrorism” during the first day of the convention,” Politifact wrote.
The fact-checking website did add the caveat that the Democrats still have three days to discuss terrorism at the convention and the first day of the convention was not meant to focus on foreign policy. 
Additionally, Hillary Clinton on Monday called for action against ISIL at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We need to lead other countries in stopping ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other radical jihadist groups,” she said. “We shouldn’t leave that to the rest of the world to figure out on their own. That won’t keep us safe.”
Frankly, I don’t buy this nonsense about scheduling. I think that Democrats have concluded that their delegates would rather hear about free tutition than the threat of ISIS.
Let me say it again. Democrats are going to be very disappointed when # 45 has to go after ISIS, and that means ground troops. Mrs. Clinton has to know that and her anti-war pandering to the left is reckless and irresponsible.
The Democratic Party is in a state of denial. They should read today’s Telegraph editorial about Germany:
Western democracies are now frequently experiencing political events that were previously considered unthinkable, at least by their political elites. 
If there is a common theme to Brexit, the candidacy of Donald Trump and the rise of the Front National in France, it is that political establishments which ignore and ridicule voters’ concerns about issues including immigration and cultural cohesion are simply storing up trouble for the future. 
Such concerns do not go away just because politicians refuse to acknowledge them, instead erupting unpredictably. 
To avoid these eruptions, those worries must be addressed sensibly and calmly by mainstream politicians..
And the threat of ISIS is not going away either because we engage in silly arguments about motives or whether the killer was or was not radicalized.  
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