Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy # 73 Joe Namath

Joe Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL.   The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL.   They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.   In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.

He was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons.   He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.

Joe was more than numbers.   He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970.    Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!


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Happy # 78 to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary)



Happy # 78 to Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.

We grew up listening to their songs, from "Puff the magic dragon" to "I dig rockn' roll music".   They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.

Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul.   Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.    

"Puff the magic dragon" is one with Peter on lead vocals:



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Happy # 66 to Tippy Martinez

We say happy # 66 to one of the best Orioles ever.   

Tippy came up with the Yankees and was traded to Baltimore in 1976 along with Scott McGregor and Rick Dempsey.   The Yankees were headed to the World Series in 1976 and the Orioles were rebuilding.   They made the classic veterans for young guys trade and it worked great for Baltimore.   The Orioles picked up a starter, a great reliever and wonderful catcher out of that deal.    

Tippy had some great seasons out of the bullpen for the Orioles.   He was one of the best lefties in the game.   Along the way, he saved 115 games with a 3.45 ERA.  He was the 8th inning set up man for some of that time so the "saves" don't tell the whole story.   Often, Weaver would bring him to pitch to a tough lefty.

My favorite memory was Tippy Martinez on the mound when the Orioles beat the White Sox to clinch the AL pennant in 1983.     

Tippy is the answer to a great trivia question.  Who picked three Toronto Blue Jays (Barry Bonnell, Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw) at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium?  The answer is Tippy Martinez.





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World War II, episode 2: Appeasement and the outbreak of war




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Monday, May 30, 2016

The story of World War II with Barry Jacobsen, part 1




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Memorial Day: A chat with Bob Jagers, D-Day veteran 1944


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D-Day memories with Bob Jagers PLUS Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda 09/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:


Guest: Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda. We will be joined today by Bob Jagers, D-Day veteran who lives in Dallas. Bob attended the D-Day ceremony in France. 


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Memorial Day: I remember young Nathan Aguirre


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Like most of you, I will enjoy a day off, a cheeseburger and watch a little baseball.   At the same time, , I will remember a young man named Nathan Aguirre who died in Iraq.
I know Nathan’s parents. His dad and I were church ushers. His mom is a beautiful person who is now working with other families who’ve lost sons in Iraq.
Nathan Aguirre is a real hero.   Remember him and his parents today!
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“55 days at Peking” is a great movie!


Once in a while, we have a little free time to catch an old movie.    Today, they are showing “55 days at Peking”.   This is a story based in China during The Boxer Rebellion.   The cast is rather good:
Charlton Heston as Maj. Matt Lewis;  
Ava Gardner as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff; and,  
David Niven as Sir Arthur Robertson.
Again, it is rather good!   

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1956: What a shot by Mantle!



On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.
He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the could have traveled more than 600 feet. 
It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.

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Same Cuba, same Castro regime


Let’s do a quick before and after President Obama normalized relations with Cuba.
Before December 2014, there was a lot of repression in Cuba. Since then, there is still a lot of repression in Cuba. The only difference is the U.S. flag in an embassy in Havana.  
We keep getting these reports from Cuba, as posted over at PanAm Post:
The Cuban police raided the national headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), a civil dissidence group in opposition to Raúl Castro’s administration.
Without giving explanation, security confiscated three computers, two cell phones, a hard drive, passports and other hardware and records.
Arcelio Molina, an activist and owner of the property, told the newspaper Martí Noticias that police also seized the luggage of the youth leader Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, who traveled from Santiago de Cuba to Havana to take a flight to Argentina.
According to Molina, Oliva can’t travel, and has since been arrested.
This is the fourth time this year that state security has raided and confiscated Unpacu’s equipment.
Molina added that what has transpired is a classic “trampling” of citizens’ rights in the country, “where there are no laws or respect for the constitution on the part of the authorities.”
It’s hard to believe that the normalization supporters thought that you could change Cuba by saving the Castro regime. Let’s look at some of the arguments for normalization:   
1) Opening up Cuba will be good for the Cuban people. Really? Is that why they continue to leave? There are nowCubans in Colombia looking to travel to the U.S.
2) Allowing US businesses to operate in Cuba will bring prosperity to the island. The idea is that Cubans would get a taste of capitalism and demand more of it. Really? There is no evidence that the Castro regime is allowing Cubans to play the capitalism game.
So where are we? We are watching the consequences of bailing out a regime and demanding nothing from it.
We are where many of us feared that we’d be!   
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

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




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We remember Bob Hope (1903-2003)



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1848: Wisconsin joined the Union



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1989: Mike Schmidt retired



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Venezuela update with José Alberto Niño




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1813: The week Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence

(My new American Thinker post)

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson's glorious pen gave the Declaration of Independence the lines that we all love.  Adams was a major force in leading the colonies toward independence.

They were part of the first Cabinet under President Washington.  Mr. Adams was the first V.P. and the second president.  Mr. Jefferson was the second V.P. and third president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts, and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  They were miles apart in more ways than one!

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813:
Following 12 years of bitter silence caused by their disagreement over the role of the new federal government, the two old friends managed to reestablish the discourse of their younger years spent in Philadelphia, where they both served in the Continental Congress, and Paris, where they served together as ambassadors to France.
In 1812, Benjamin Rush, a Patriot and physician from Philadelphia, initiated a renewed correspondence and reconciliation between his two friends and ex-presidents.
The correspondence continued until Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence that all three friends had signed in 1776.
The Jefferson-Adams bitter feud remind us that politics has always been rough.  

The letters are now a big part of our history.  A good place to start is the John Adams HBO series.

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Latin America this week: US-Cuba issues plus the latest from Colombia




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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ian Fleming 1910-1964





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Penalty kicks stink!



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Let's chat with Chris Corbett about the GOP and VP speculation.




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What if Bush had said that Obama was not ready to be president?


President Obama reacted to a potential President Trump by saying this in Japan:
President Obama says world leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump — and have good reason to feel that way.
Mr. Obama was discussing the 2016 presidential campaign during a news conference in Japan, saying foreign leaders are surprised by Trump and not sure how seriously to take the things he says.
The assessment of the presidential campaign came on the sidelines of a Group of Seven advanced economies summit in Japan, the latest world gathering to be colored by global concerns about Trump.
Mr. Obama said many of the likely Republican nominee’s proposals display ignorance about world affairs, a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting “tweets and headlines.” He contrasted that to proposals to make America safe.
We don’t know which one of the world’s leaders was rattled. He did not say!
At the same time, we do know that China is turning international waters into its own private lake and Russian jets keep flying within feet of U.S. ships. Furthermore, Iran is pushing its weight around with lots of U.S. dollars as a result of the recent deal.    
Leaders rattled? Yes, and they are probably looking at their watch every hour counting down to Mr. Obama’s successor.     
Last, but not least, why is President Obama talking about U.S. presidential candidates on foreign soil?  
Where is the media? What if President Bush had said overseas that a one term senator with no executive experience was not ready for presidency?    
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2016, the state of the race and a few other thoughts




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Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 1974: Big day for Ken Brett



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1993: Dale Murphy retired.



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The Perils of Trump


On Thursday night, I caught a bit of the interview with Speaker Gingrich on Fox News. He reacted to Mr. Trump’s attack on Governor Susan Martinez of New Mexico:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned Wednesday that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s attack Tuesday on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was “very, very destructive” and an example of him going “off the deep end.”
Gingrich is a supporter of Trump and has even been floated as a potential vice presidential running mate for billionaire businessman. But Gingrich told Fox News Channel’s Eric Bolling, guest hosting on “Hannity,” that the attack was a mistake.
“You don’t want to see a Republican presidential candidate attacking a Republican governor, and you particularly don’t want to see a candidate who needs to get stronger with Latinos and stronger with women attack a Latina woman Republican governor,” he said.
Do we want a GOP nominee with a penchant for going off “the deep end”?   
I can’t wait to see a Clinton ad with the words “off the deep end” and a reminder that the president has his fingers on nuclear weapons.    
Fair or unfair, it worked against Goldwater in 1964 and he was a much more serious candidate than Trump.
What do you do when you are struggling with Hispanics and women?  You go out and take a cheap shot at the popular “Latina” governor of New Mexico.
It reminds us of the attack on Rafael Cruz on the eve of the Indiana victory. Trump went on TV and talked about some crazy conspiracy connecting Mr. Cruz to Lee Harvey Oswald.
This is why many of us are hesitant to hitch our wagon to the Trump train.
Frankly, some of us are not sure whether Trump will self-destruct down the road, i.e. “go off the deep end” one too many times!
I understand that Trump’s supporters will laugh and say that Trump is not a politician. Frankly, there is nothing funny about “going off the deep end.”
Finally, can someone tell Trump that Governor Susana Martinez is on our side? We need more women like Governor Martinez campaigning for the GOP this year.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trump, Clinton, Sanders and President Obama in Japan.





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“La vieja mentirosa”: The story of Hillary and her emails!

How can this woman run for president?
A new State Department audit came out this week confirming that Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules.
We remind you that Mrs Clinton was Secretary of State during this period.
In other words, this is a case of the boss playing by her own rules, i.e. the Clinton way!
This is part of the report:
The report noted that by the time Clinton took the helm of the department, internal guidance was “considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.”
Yet, the report said, “Secretary Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business using the personal email account on her private server extensively, as illustrated by the 55,000 pages of material making up the approximately 30,000 emails she provided to the Department in December 2014.” The report said investigators found “no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”
By any objective standard, she should withdraw her candidacy.  How can a person this reckless about national security be president?
Clinton defenders need to stop defending her and demand her immediate withdrawal.
Politics aside, Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules that the federal government requires of everyone else.
How can someone with such contempt for the rules be the chief executive officer of the US?
What would happen to any head of a company or department if they did not respect the company rules?
What would happen to any government department manager under such circumstances?
In simple terms, she is disqualified to be president!  It’s time for her supporters to face the facts and move on.  Call VP Biden as soon as you can!
Last, but not least, who kept all of this information from President Obama? Didn’t the IT people at The White House pick up on any of these irregularities?
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‘Univisionistas’ vs Trump



A few weeks ago, we lamented that commencement addresses had now turned into political rants.   
My good guess is that most families are there to cheer the graduates. We were, when our sons graduated!
There are probably people in the audience of varying political views.
After all, Governor Romney got 61 million votes in 2012 or 48% of the vote. We can safely assume that many of the families sitting in the audience did not do “the hope and change” the last time around.
Nevertheless, the hits just keep on coming, as Larry Lujack used to say when I’d walk home from school listening to WLS in my little radio.   
Enter Maria Elena Salinas. She is a national anchor at Univision and not known for any crazy stuff. In fact, she was tough on President Obama in a 2012 Univision appearance.   
This week, Miss Salinas decided to hang her anti-Trump trophy:
Some people in the crowd at a graduation ceremony at California State University, Fullerton, shouted at the commencement speaker after she talked about presidential candidate Donald Trump and gave a brief section of her address in Spanish.
“It’s really sad,” the commencement speaker, Maria Elena Salinas, an anchor for Spanish language broadcast network Univision, said Tuesday. “And it’s a testament to what has happened in our country. Our country is really divided.”
“Stupid estupida” that’s all I can say about Maria Elena.   
I’m glad that she is worried about someone dividing the country.   
Why doesn’t she tell people to stop dividing the country by waving Mexican flags on U.S. soil?  
Or call on President Obama to stop going around Congress?
As AT readers know, I’m not a fan of Mr. Trump. At the same, I’m no fan of immigration activists dressed up as journalists either.
Maria Elena’s remarks coincided with the news that the head of Univision has already voted for president:
The chairman of Univision, the largest Spanish language TV network in the United States, is reportedly the single biggest donor to presidential Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton.  
According to an investigation on Clinton donations by the Washington Post, Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, a women’s advocate and author, donated $2.4 million to Clinton political campaigns since 1992 — 39 contributions over the past two decades. Separately, the couple also donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the investigation shows.
It’s a free country and the head of Univision can do whatever he wants with his money. It’d be nice if Univision would tell its viewers but that’s life.
It’s a free country for me too and I can agree with Ruben Navarrete about Univision:
Republicans seem to have finally figured out the Spanish translation for “Democrats’ Communications Department.” It’s pronounced: “Univision.”
So I trust that the Trump staff knows that they will be running against the Clintons, many in the media and Univision.
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May 26, 1959: Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings but loses in the 13th



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1897: "Dracula" goes on sale in London



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We remember John Wayne (1907-1979)



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US-Cuba issues, Colombia plus other Latin America stories





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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1981: The # 1 song this week was "Bette Davis eyes" by Kim Carnes



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“Oye Clinton”: Every Mexican flag means 1 million new votes for Trump!



(My new Babalu post)

Once again, we see people carrying Mexican flags at anti-Trump rallies.   It happened in New Mexico.
As my Babalu friends know, I did not support Mr Trump.    I’m still wrestling with the awful choice of Trump and the Clinton he recently said would make a great president.
Nevertheless, the Mexican flags are back and someone in the Clinton camp should take note urgently.
Who do these people think they are? They are entitled to opposing Trump but do they understand how divisive these images are?
Furthermore, what does the Mexican flag mean anyway?  Do these young people know about Mexico’s immigration laws?    
Memo to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Univision and Vicente Fox: Tell your supporters to keep the flags home.     

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