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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George Harrison (1943-2001)




George Harrison (1943-01) died quietly from cancer a few years ago today!

Unfortunately, he had been battling cancer for a couple of years.

George's solo career got off very quickly with "My sweet lord" and the "All Things must pass" album.

He was less consistent after that but did release "All those years ago" after John's death and "When we was fab" about The Beatles.

Today, we have all of those songs to remember George.   He was a great lead guitarist and the very "quiet Beatle" behind John & Paul's vocals and songwriting skills!


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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Happy birthday, Sir Winston Churchill


Today, we say
Happy Birthday to Sir Winston Churchill:

"He was born on November 30th, 1874. We remember him as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history."
This is a summary of Churchill's WW 2 career:
"After Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party gained power in Germany in 1933, Churchill became a leading advocate of rearmament.
He was also a staunch critic of Neville Chamberlain and the Conservative government's appeasement policy
In 1939 Churchill controversially argued that Britain and France should form of a military alliance with the Soviet Union.
On the outbreak of the Second World War Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and on 4th April 1940 became chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee.
Later that month the German Army invaded and occupied Norway. The loss of Norway was a considerable setback for Neville Chamberlain and his policies for dealing with Nazi Germany.
On 8th May the Labour Party demanded a debate on the Norwegian campaign and this turned into a vote of censure.
At the end of the debate 30 Conservatives voted against Chamberlain and a further 60 abstained.
Chamberlain now decided to resign and on 10th May, 1940, George VI appointed Churchill as prime minister.
Later that day the German Army began its Western Offensive and invaded the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Two days later German forces entered France.Churchill formed a coalition government and placed leaders of the Labour Party such as Clement Attlee, Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, Stafford Cripps and Hugh Dalton in key positions. He also brought in another long-time opponent of Chamberlain, Anthony Eden, as his secretary of state for war. Later that year Eden replaced Lord Halifax as foreign secretary.
Churchill also developed a strong personal relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt and this led to the sharing and trading of war supplies. The Lend Lease agreement of March 1941 allowed Britain to order war goods from the United States on credit. Although he provided strong leadership the war continued to go badly for Britain and after a series of military defeats Churchill had to face a motion of no confidence in Parliament. However, he maintained the support of most members of the House of Commons and won by 475 votes to 25.
Churchill continued to be criticized for meddling in military matters and tended to take too much notice of the views of his friends such as Frederick Lindemann rather than his military commanders.

In April 1941 he made the serious mistake of trying to save Greece by weakening his forces fighting the Desert War.
One of the major contributions made by Churchill to eventual victory was his ability to inspire the British people to greater effort by making public broadcasts on significant occasions. A brilliant orator he was a tireless source of strength to people experiencing the sufferings of the Blitz.
After Pearl Harbor Churchill worked closely with Franklin D. Roosevelt to ensure victory over Germany and Japan. He was also a loyal ally of the Soviet Union after Adolf Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa in June, 1941.
Churchill held important meetings with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at Teheran (November, 1943) and Yalta (February, 1945). 
Although Churchill's relationship with Stalin was always difficult he managed to successfully develop a united strategy against the Axis powers.
Despite intense pressure from Stalin to open a second-front by landing Allied troops in France in 1943, Churchill continued to argue that this should not happen until the defeat of Nazi Germany was guaranteed. 
The D-Day landings did not take place until June, 1944 and this delay enabled the Red Army to capture territory from Germany in Eastern Europe.
In public Churchill accepted plans for social reform drawn up by William Beveridge in 1944. However, he was unable to convince the electorate that he was as committed to these measures as much as Clement Attlee and the Labour Party
In the 1945 General Election Churchill's attempts to compare a future Labour government with Nazi Germany backfired and Attlee won a landslide victory.
Churchill became leader of the opposition and when visiting the United States in March 1946, he made his famous Iron Curtain speech at Fulton, Missouri. 
He suffered the first of several strokes in August 1946 but this information was kept from the general public and he continued to lead the Conservative Party
Churchill returned to power after the 1951 General Election.

After the publication of his six volume, The Second World War, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Churchill's health continued to deteriorate and in 1955 he reluctantly retired from politics. Winston Churchill died on 24th January, 1965."



Last, but not least, see USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL DDG-81

This ship is the fourth US warship named after an Englishman and the 31st ARLEIGH BURKE class guided missile destroyer.



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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