Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DFW sports: Cowboys, Rangers, Stars & Mavericks




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1957: Sam Cooke and "You send me" was # 1 this week


Who does not like Sam Cooke's voice and songs? 

I became a huge fan in the 1970s when I heard an album of his songs.  What an incredible talent!  What great songs!

Sam Cooke was just fantastic.  His biggest hit was "You send me", a pop classic that just gets better with age.  My other favorites are "Cupid" and "What a wonderful world", a couple of great pop tunes:

"Darling you send me I know you send me

Darling you send me Honest you do, honest you do 
Honest you do, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh 
You thrill me I know you, you, you thrill me 
Darling you, you, you, you thrill me 
Honest you do 
At first I thought it was infatuation 
But woo, it's lasted so long 
Now I find myself wanting 
To marry you and take you home 
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh 
You, you, you, you send me I know you send me 
I know you send me Honest you do 
Whoa-oh-oh, whenever I'm with you 
I know, I know, I know when I'm near you 
Mmm hmm, mmm hmm, honest you do, honest you do 
Whoa-oh-oh, I know-oh-oh-oh 
I know, I know, I know, when you hold me 
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, whenever you kiss me 
Mmm hmm, mmm hmm, honest you do 
At first I thought it was infatuation 
But woo, it's lasted so long 
Now I find myself wanting 
To marry you and take you home 
I know, I know, I know, you send me 
I know you send me 
Whoa-oh-oh-oh, you you you you send me 
Honest you do....."




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Kaepernick bends knee to Castro



The saga of Colin Kaepernick continues.    
On the field, he stinks. His 49ers are a disaster and I saw a lot of empty seats in a recent game in San Francisco.   
A couple of years ago, he was a young quarterback with quite a future. Today, he looks like a guy who needs a change of scenery and total mental tuneup.    
Off the field, Colin Kaepernick is even worse. He continues to speak and speak and make a total fool out of himself.
His remarks about Fidel Castro are no better than what PM Trudeau of Canada and Dr. Jill Stein said of the dictator’s death. This is a bit of Colin on Castro:
“I agree with the investment in education,” Kaepernick said. “I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement with him in helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everyone believes those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”
Memo to Colin: Cubans do not get to read what books they read in school. In other words, history class in Cuba’s schools represents the state’s views. And the health care system is so good that Castro brought in Spanish doctors to care for him.    
The Colin story did have a happy turn in Miami last Sunday, as we read in the Miami Herald:
Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso gave the fans in Miami what they wanted Sunday, picking off Colin Kaepernick and making a jarring tackle on the 49ers’ quarterback that preserved a 31-24 Dolphins win. 
After the game, Alonso, the son of a Cuban immigrant, acknowledged that Kaepernick had caused “bad blood” with comments the San Francisco player had made about Fidel Castro.
“Yeah, it matters,” Alonso said Sunday of Kaepernick’s words about Castro, which were made shortly before the former Cuban leader died Friday. The quarterback had appeared reluctant to condemn Castro and offered praise for his efforts in boosting Cuba’s “literacy rate.”
“Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him,” Alonso told the Herald’s Armando Salguero, who was the reporter who grilled Kaepernick about Castro last week. Salguero, like Alonso’s father, was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States.
With that father, Carlos Alonso, on hand after the game, the linebacker told Salguero, “You two saw what happened in Cuba firsthand. I didn’t. But I do have feelings about it.
“So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”
“Muy bueno” Kiko. You did good!    
When will the 49ers ownership show some backbone and release him? Colin is hurting the NFL brand and the team. Pro athletes always get in trouble when their political opinions make more headlines than their TD passes!
Better than that, why doesn’t Colin move to Cuba and offer his services to Raul Castro? Cuba has always needed Western fools to carry their water.
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1874: Winston Churchill was born



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Billy Williams: 1961 NL Rookie of the Year

Billy Williams established himself as the Cubs' left fielder with a great rookie season in 1961.   He played 146 games, hit .278 with 25 HR & 86 RBI.

In the 1960's, and the early 1970's, Williams was one of the most consistent hitters in the NL.    He won a batting title in 1972 (.333) & led the NL in hits in 1970 (205).   

Williams was consistently good finishing with a .290 career batting average, 2,711 hits, 426 HR & 1,475 RBI.     

He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1987.



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We remember Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Samuel Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835.   We know him as Mark Twain.    

In 1875, he published "Tom Sawyer".   He followed with "Life on the Mississippi" in 1883 and "Huckleberry Finn" in 1885.

A great American writer.   A true American original.   He died in 1910.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The death of Fidel Castro and other news from Latin America




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The great “Miñoso” was born in 1925

Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) Miñoso was born in El Perico, Cuba, a town near La Habana, on this day in 1925.   He learned to play ball in the sugar cane fields.
Orestes made his debut in 1948 with Cleveland but became a regular in 1951 with the Chicago White Sox.   From 1951 to 1961, “The Cuban comet”, as he was known, was one of the most consisent hitters in the American League.   He led the AL in triples 3 times, once in hits, and 4 times in stolen bases.
Overall, he retired with a .298 career batting average and 1, 963 hits.   His average dropped under .300 because of his last 3 years when he was no longer the same hitter.
The great “Miñoso” died in 2015 and remains one of the most popular players in White Sox history.

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Recounts and a party that doesn’t understand why it lost



Back in 2000, we spent 30 days arguing about the election until VP Al Gore finally accepted that George W. Bush had won Florida. In other words, the election night Florida call stood but most of his supporters still think that Mr. Bush stole election. That’s what nasty recounts do! Results don’t usually change and bad feelings just get worse.
It won’t take 30 days in 2016, but the hard feelings will continue.    
Our good friend Richard Baehr believes this is all about making Mr. Trump illegitimate, especially in the minds of liberals who just can’t believe how the movie ended at 2 A.M. when Pennsylvania spoiled it. After all, some of them were apparently popping champagne on their way to the Clinton headquarters.   
The real problem with recounts is that they don’t change results or explain the sorry state of the Democrat Party. In short, the Democrats are on the verge of irrelevancy, unless you live in a minority district that they win without opposition.
The party is probably going to be in the minority for a while, as Amber Phillips points out in the Washington Post:
November was a tough election cycle for Senate Republicans, who were defending 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs, many in states that Obama won twice.
It will basically be the reverse in 2018. Democrats are defending 10 seats in states that Trump won, sometimes by double-digit margins. Midterms are normally kind to the party not in power, but this map shows serious head winds for Democrats.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) are running for reelection in states that voted for Trump over Clinton by 19 points or more. (In West Virginia, Trump won by 42 points.) If these Democratic-held seats and a few others fall to Republicans in 2018, it’s possible the GOP’s 52-seat majority becomes a 60-seat supermajority. 
At the very least, it looks likely Republicans will pick up a few seats.
More bad news for Democrats: Some political analysts think that if Republicans turn seats in red or red-leaning states, such as West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri, those seats could stay Republican for a long time. Especially if 2016’s presidential election is any indication.
My colleague Philip Bump calculated there were 27 counties that had supported the Democratic candidate consistently for at least 40 years that switched to Trump in this year’s election. Those counties were clustered in states such as Indiana and Michigan, where Democrats will be defending Senate seats.
We don’t like writing party obituaries because parties have many lives. After all, have we not been reading for 20 years that demographics would doom the GOP?     
Nevertheless, Democrats have problems. They seem to be talking over the heads of most Americans who don’t live in San Francisco or the East coast.    
They’ve focused too much on defending abortion rather saving jobs from moving overseas. They would rather fight for same-sex marriage than accept a Nativity scene during the holidays. They would rather say “I don’t want to offend anyone” than Merry Christmas.    
They are so invested in political correctness that they speak a foreign language that most Americans can’t understand.
So go ahead and recount. It won’t change the results.   
My first advice to the Democrats is to come to terms with reality. Simply put, most Americans would rather talk about jobs than climate change.
My second bit of advice is to remember VP Nixon from 1960. In a mature democracy, the loser should concede and put the nation first. Of course, it starts with the candidate who must tell his or her supporters that the election is over and we have a president-elect.
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We remember George Harrison (1943-2001)



George Harrison died on November 29, 2001.   He had been battling cancer for a few years.

George was part of the group from the early days.  He added a few songs to the group's repertoire over the years but his biggest contribution was playing a great lead guitar and singing background vocals.

He did sing or write some tunes, such as "Something" and "Here comes the sun".









We remember C S Lewis (1898-1963)


Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on this day in 1898.     He died on November 22, 1963.

We know him as C S Lewis, the author of many books like "The Screwtape Letters", "The Chronicles of Narnia", and "The Space Trilogy".    The "Narnia" books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.



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We remember Louisa May Alcott (1832-88)


Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1832.    

We remember her book "Little women", a best selling story about the March sisters from 1869.      She followed up that successful publication with "Little Men" (1871).    

In the 20th century, her book was turned into a very popular movie in 1949 and later in 1994.



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Monday, November 28, 2016

A national security checklist for President elect Trump.




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Happy # 58 Dave Righetti

We say happy # 58 to Dave Righetti born in San Jose, California.

Dave broke with the Yankees in 1979 but did not join the rotation until 1981.   He spent the 1980's with New York saving over 200 games.    

Unfortunately, he missed the pennant teams but did pitch in the 1981 post season when he was also voted AL Rookie of the Year.

On July 4, 1983, Dave pitched a no hitter against the Red Sox.   He was 10-3 at that point and finished 14-8, or his best season as a starter.

He is now the Giants' pitching coach and a part of the team that won The World Series in 2010, 2012 & 2014.



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Cubans in the street and Raul fears a “Ceausescu moment”





We  read via Babalu that Cuban secret police detained Danilo Maldonado, i.e. El Sexto.   His mother told the Diario de Cuba that her son had taken to the streets late Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro.

My guess is that he is not alone. There are probably other young people in the street celebrating Fidel Castro’s death.

The quiet street is primarily due to the nine-day state of mourning announced by the dictatorship.   I just heard a radio report that Cubans are not sure how to react.

At the same time, I don’t think that Raul Castro wants people in the streets.   I’m sure that dictators have good memories.   Every dictator in the world remembers how people in the street and food shortages ended up overthrowing Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.

Cuba is now entering a very dangerous and interesting period.

Raul Castro could go rogue and look for an exit in exchange for lifting the embargo.   He could also get harsh and clamp down out of fear.

Time will tell but dangerous months are coming.

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One dissident speaks of confusion in Cuba



We saw celebrations in Miami but we live in a free country.   
We did not see much of anything in Cuba beyond official statements. Cuba is not a free country.
Yoani Sanchez, a blogger in Cuba, described the early hours like this:
“Still many in Havana have not reacted, the streets are empty in my building. Silence,” she added. 
On that silence, Sanchez reflected: “The silence extends, it is dawn, but the fear is felt in the air. Harsh days are coming.”
She also tweeted an image of the television hostess reporting on the event: “An erratic and nervous Tv female voice-over, dressed in black, talks about reactions to Fidel Castro’s death.”
Sanchez founded Generación Y, a blog in which she recounts how the life of a Cuban under the Castro regime that is so notorious that she won the Ortega y Gasset award and Maria Moors Cabot award.
From her blog was born 14ymedio, the only independent medium that is managed by Cubans, but censored within the island by order of the Government, no Cuban can read it while he is in his country.     
Also, we read via Babalu that Cuban secret police abducted the anti-communist artist Danilo Maldonado. His mother told the Diario de Cuba that her son had taken to the streets late Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro.    
My guess is that he is not alone. There are probably other examples of young people in the street celebrating Fidel Castro’s death.
The quiet street is primarily due to a call for a nine-day state of mourning announced by the dictatorship.     
At the same time, I don’t think that Raul Castro wants people in the streets. I’m sure that dictators have good memories. Every dictator in the world remembers how people in the street and food shortages ended up overthrowing Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.
Cuba is now entering a very dangerous and interesting period.   
Raul Castro could go rogue and look for an exit in exchange for lifting the embargo. He could also get harsh and clamp down out of fear.
Time will tell. We will follow daily reports from dissidents.
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Happy # 87 to Berry Gordy, the man who started Motown


We remember Berry Gordy who was born in Detroit on this day in 1929.   

In the 1960's, he started Motown and became one of the most important figures in the music business.     Motown was the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, the Contours, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, the Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and a few more.     

An amazing story!




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Sunday, November 27, 2016

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




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Fidel Castro and the left that always carried his bags



As my late father often said, it was really tough to run into so many people who did not understand the truth of Cuba and Castro.
Over the years, Fidel Castro always found someone to pull him out of the hole.    
He benefited from international leftists who hated the U.S. so much that they were willing to believe every lie coming out of Cuba, from health care to education.  Not one of these lefties took the time to do a little research and learn that pre-Castro had an excellent private and public health care system.  And Cuba’s literacy rates were among the highest in the Third World.
This was Cuba before Castro’s policies destroyed it:
In the 1950’s Cuba was, socially and economically, a relatively advanced country, certainly by Latin American standards and, in some areas, by world standards.
Cuba’s infant mortality rate was the best in Latin America — and the 13th lowest in the world.
Cuba also had an excellent educational system and impressive literacy rates in the 1950’s.
Pre-Castro Cuba ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption.
Cuba ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world in television sets per capita.
Pre-Castro Cuba had 58 daily newspapers of differing political hues and ranked eighth in the world in number of radio stations. 
Cuba’s infant mortality rate of 32 per 1,000 live births in 1957 was the lowest in Latin America and the 13th lowest in the world, according to UN data. Cuba ranked ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Japan, Austria, Italy, and Spain.
In 1955, life expectancy in Cuba was among the highest at 63 years of age; compared to 52 in other Latin American countries, 43 in Asia, and 37 in Africa.
In terms of physicians and dentists per capita, Cuba in 1957 ranked third in Latin America, behind only Uruguay and Argentina — both of which were more advanced than the United States in this measure. Cuba’s 128 physicians and dentists per 100,000 people in 1957 was the same as the Netherlands, and ahead of the United Kingdom (122 per 100,000 people) and Finland.
Cuba has been among the most literate countries in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution, when it ranked fourth.
To be fair, Cuba had problems, and it was people like my parents who turned against Batista.  However, poverty, misery, and people leaving in rafts were not among them.
Well, it’s over for Fidel Castro.  Maybe we can finally tell the truth about this man and what he did to Cuba and its people.
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Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)


We remember Jimi Hendrix who was born in Seattle on this day in 1942.   He died tragically in 1970.

Many people are not aware that Hendrix served in the US Army:  
In 1961, Jimmy left home to enlist in the United States Army and in November 1962 earned the right to wear the “Screaming Eagles” patch for the paratroop division. 
While stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jimmy formed The King Casuals with bassist Billy Cox. 
After being discharged due to an injury he received during a parachute jump, Jimmy began working as a session guitarist under the name Jimmy James.   
He found his way to London and created The Jimi Hendrix Experience.   And the rest is musical history!



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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel Castro 1926-2016





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Some great Lennon-McCartney songs!



Over the years, I've rejected most Beatles' covers. However, there are four exceptions.

First, this is Mary Hopkin's version of "In my life":

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"There are places i'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends i still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life i've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When i think of love as something new
Though i know i'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know i'll often stop and think about them
In my life i love you more

Though i know i'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know i'll often stop and think about them
In my life i love you more
In my life i love you more"

The second is The Carpenters' "Ticket to ride".

Before they became international superstars, Karen Carpenter played drums. Karen was only 19 when they recorded this song. It was a year before they hit # 1 with "Close to you":

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"I think i'm gonna be sad, I think it's today, yeah.
The girl that's driving me mad Is going away.
She's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride, But she don't care.
She said that living with me Is bringing her down yeah.
For she would never be free When i was around.
She's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride, But she don't care.
I don't know why she's ridin' so high,
She ought to think twice, She ought to do right by me.
Before she gets to saying goodbye,
She ought to think twice, She ought to do right by me.
I think i'm gonna be sad, I think it's today yeah.
The girl that's driving me mad Is going away, yeah.
She's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride, But she don't care.
I don't know why she's ridin' so high, She ought to think twice,
She ought to do right by me.
Before she gets to saying goodbye,
She ought to think twice, She ought to do right by me.
She said that living with me, Is bringing her down, yeah.
For she would never be free When i was around.
Ah, she's got a ticket to ride, She's got a ticket to ride,
She's got a ticket to ride, But she don't care."

The next two songs are not technically covers. In other words, they were not recorded by The Beatles.

Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas released "From a window", a tune that Lennon-McCartney passed up for their first album:

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"Late yesterday night, I saw a light shine from a window,
And as I looked again, Your face came into sight.
I couldn't walk on Until you'd gone from your window.
I had to make you mine, I knew you were the one.
Oh, I would be so glad Just to have a love like that,
Oh, I would be so true And I'd live my life for you.
So meet me tonight, Just where the light shines from a window,
And as I take your hand, Say that you'll be mine tonight.
Oh, I would be so glad Just to have a love like that,
Oh, I would be true And I'd give my life for you.
So meet me tonight, Just where the light shines from a window,
And as I take your hand,
Say that you'll be mine tonight."

Peter & Gordon were part of the original Beatles' invasion of the US charts. Peter was Jane's brother, the same Jane who was Paul 
McCartney's girlfriend at the time. This is "World without love":

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"Please lock me away And don't allow the day
Here inside where I hide With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love

Birds sing out of tune And rain clouds hide the moon
I'm OK, here I'll stay With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love

So I wait and in a while I will see my true love's smile
She may come, I know not when
When she does I lose
So baby until then

Lock me away And don't allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love

So I wait and in a while I will see my true love's smile
She may come, I know not when
When she does I lose So baby until then

Lock me away And don't allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love"


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