Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy # 50 to Omar Vizquel



Omar Enrique (Gonzalez) Vizquel was born in Venezuela on this day in 1967.   He was too young to watch Luis Aparicio play in the major leagues but I'm sure that he heard a lot about him growing up.    Every kid in Venezuela knows about the great Aparicio.

Omar was an outstanding shortstop.   However, let's not overlook his bat:  .272 BA, 2,877 hits, 456 doubles and a very good .336 On Base Pct.

Will he make the Hall of Fame in a couple of years?   Probably not but he will eventually.    




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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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



Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda......we will look at the very important election in France and the impact of a terrorist attack days ago.....Russia bombers too close for comfort in Alaska....the foreign policy messes left by President Obama.........President Trump continues to talk tough on North Korea......Where is China? The Bill O'Reilly episode raises questions about the politicization of sexual harassment....colleges and universities can not guarantee the safety of public speakers.....is it time for states or the federal government to step in and protect free speech.......the GOP survives in Georgia and has plenty of cash for future battles..........the Democrats should check out what is going on with the Labour Party in the UK........plus more stories....


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National Security: North Korea, Syria & French vote with Barry Jacobsen.




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The O'Reilly story & censorship of conservative speakers in US universities




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The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz





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We remember Mariel 1980 with Marcos Nelson Suarez,




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A preview of the special election in Georgia.




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Remember when gerrymandering by Democrats was what the majority party got to do?


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Back in 1984, I moved to Texas and decided to get acquainted with my congressional district.  Therefore, I took a trip over to the local GOP office, introduced myself, and offered my help.
I asked the precinct chairman to show me the boundaries of Representative Martin Frost’s district, or the place where I was now living.  He took me to the wall and showed me the map.  The conversation went sort of like this:
I said: “That’s a crazy looking district, isn’t it?  One side of the street is in one district and the neighbors are in the other.”
He said: “Welcome to Texas.  The Democrat legislature drew it up just perfect so that Frost could win.”
I guess I got a good lesson in gerrymandering.  By the way, Mr. Frost was gerrymandered out of his district when the GOP took over Texas.
 
The Democrats are apparently looking for another reason to explain how President Obama, the man of the high approval rates, or so they tell us, could lose 1,000 state seats under his watch.  How could such a popular man not deliver seats?  It must be something crooked!
They can’t blame the Russians, so I guess blaming gerrymandering is the next best thing.
According to The New York Times, the Democrats are going back to the courts to get some help:
The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.
But for all the zeal on the ground, none of it may matter as much as a case heading to the Supreme Court, one that could transform political maps from City Hall to Congress — often to Democrats’ benefit.
A bipartisan group of voting rights advocates says the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election — so artfully, in fact, that Democrats won a third fewer Assembly seats than Republicans despite prevailing in the popular vote. In November, in a 2-to-1 ruling, a panel of federal judges agreed.
Now the Wisconsin case is headed to a Supreme Court that has repeatedly said that extreme partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional, but has never found a way to decide which ones cross the line.
Let’s see what the Supreme Court has to say.  We hope they will do what they did not with abortion and marriage.  In other words, let the state legislatures figure this out.
The Democrats’ real problem, between the coasts, is the number of ethnic districts that result in other districts with large non-minority populations.  The result is that they win certain districts easily and can’t compete in the others.  I don’t know what they call that, but it is their real problem.
Let the state legislatures figure this out – the same way they did when Representative Martin Frost had a perfectly crafted district when the Democrats ran Texas.
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1954: # 1 of 755 for Hank Aaron


We remember Henry, or Hank, Aaron today.    He hit # 1 off Vic Raschi of the Cardinals.  He was the last of the Negro League players to play in the majors.   
# 1 of 755!

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We remember Warren Spahn (1921-2003)

We remember one of the great left handed pitchers in major league history.  

Warren Spahn was born on this day in 1921 in Buffalo, New York.  He joined the Boston Braves in 1942 and moved to Milwaukee with the team for the 1953 season.   It was in Milwaukee that he got to play with Lew Burdette, Eddie Matthews and Henry Aaron.   They won the 1957 World Series and the 1958 NL pennant.

His numbers were awesome:  363 wins, 3.09 ERA, 382 complete games, 5,243 innings pitched and 63 shutouts.   He pitched no-hitters in 1960 and 1961.  

Spahn's greatest pitching performance may have been a 1-0 loss to Juan Marichal in 1963.  He pitched 16 innings before giving up a HR to Willie Mays.

Spahn died in 2003!






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Saturday, April 22, 2017

North Korea, Syria, terror in Paris and other stories with Barry Jacobsen


Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger......we will discuss the situation in North Korea and options for the US.....the attack on Syria and talk that they still have chemical weapons........terror in Paris and elections this weekend......plus more stories............

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The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz



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A preview of the special election in Georgia & other stories with Joey N...



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We remember Mariel 1980 with Marcos Nelson Suarez, publisher



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Leave it to Rachel Maddow to explain Venezuela




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Looking for a ‘Bush v Gore’ in Ecuador



A couple of Sundays ago, Ecuador had a presidential election, and a leftist named Lenin Moreno defeated a center-right businessman, Guillermo Lasso.
It was so close that Mr. Lasso called for a recount, especially after some “irregularities” showed up.  
So the left opted for the Gore gambit, or a partial recount of the votes (via Fausta’s Blog).
Guess who won the partial recount!  Who else but the leftist named after Lenin?  Whom else did you expect when the incumbent president running the recount was committed to the leftist winning?
This is from the BBC:
Following a recount of almost 1.3 million votes in Ecuador, the electoral council has confirmed left-wing candidate Lenín Moreno as the winner of the presidential poll held on 2 April.
The recount slightly boosted Mr Moreno’s margin over his conservative rival, Guillermo Lasso.
Mr. Lasso had demanded a full recount citing allegations of fraud but the national electoral council only agreed to a recount of 10% of the votes.
Mr. Moreno will be sworn in on 24 May.
As I was reading this story about the partial recount, it occurred to me that Ecuador could have used their own version of Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court decision from 2000 that shut down partial recounts in Florida.
I appreciate the U.S. every day that I watch the left steal elections in Latin America.
God bless the USA and Bush v. Gore!
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Happy # 81 Glen Campbell



Glen Campbell is a year older.   We have not seen much of Glen lately because of bad health.

Over his career, Glen Campbell recorded some great songs, from "By the time I get to Phoenix" to "Rhinestone Cowboy". 

My favorite is "Gentle on my mind", a song that I had not heard in a long time.

Here is a bit about the song from Songfacts:

"This song, written by John Hartford, won four 1968 Grammy awards, including one for Hartford for Best Folk Performance, and one for Glen Campbell for Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male.

Hartford's inspiration for this song was the movie Doctor Zhivago.

After watching the movie, he sat down and wrote the lyrics in about 15 minutes."
Inspired by Dr Zhivago?  I did not know that.  Nevertheless, this is one of the most "covered" country songs ever, from Elvis to Dean Martin to Waylon Jennings to Tammy Wynette and just about everybody else:


"It's knowing that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch
And it's knowing I'm not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the backroads
By the rivers of my mem'ry
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind
It's not clinging to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that binds me
Or something that somebody said
Because they thought we fit together walking
It's just knowing that the world will not be cursing
Or forgiving when I walk along some railroad track and find
That you are moving on the backroads
By the rivers of my mem'ry
And for hours you're just gentle on my mind
Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us
And some other woman crying to her mother
'Cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me 'til I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see you walkin' on the backroads
By the rivers flowing gentle on my mind
I dip my cup of soup back from the gurglin'
Cracklin' caldron in some train yard
My beard a roughning coal pile and
A dirty hat pulled low across my face
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can
I pretend I hold you to my breast and find
That you're waving from the backroads
By the rivers of my mem'ry
Ever smilin' ever gentle on my mind."

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1978: The Blue Brothers made their debut on "Saturday Night Live"



Who knew?   I loved those early seasons of Saturday Night Live.   I guess that I'm talking about 1975-80!

On this day in 1978,  The Blues Brothers made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live and the rest is history.    They had 3 top-40 hits (“Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit” and “Gimme Some Lovin'”),  a #1 pop album (Briefcase Full of Blues) and a 1980 film, "The Blues Brothers".

To say the least, one of the most hilarious and funniest acts of the late 1970s.




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A word about President Nixon who died on this day in 1994


We remember that Richard Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 in California.     He died on April 22, 1994.

I can still recall hearing of Pres Nixon's death.

It was a Friday night. We were on our way to a ballgame. The pre-game show was interrupted with the flash that Pres Nixon had passed away in a NY hospital.

Nixon had suffered a stroke and was seriously ill.

Mrs. Nixon had died the year before. How can you think of Pres Nixon without thinking of the wonderful Pat Nixon? She is still one of my favorite First Ladies!

Between his resignation in 1974 and death in 1994, Richard Nixon became a great author and important voice on national security.

Nixon's 2 volume memoirs were so good that I couldn't put them down. It was a great book about the second half of the 20th century.    

From resignation in 1974 to death in 1994, President Nixon made an amazing political recovery.     

President Clinton delivered the eulogy and he said this:
As a public man, he always seemed to believe the greatest sin was remaining passive in the face of challenges. And he never stopped living by that creed. He gave of himself with intelligence and energy and devotion to duty. And his entire country owes him a debt of gratitude for that service. Oh yes, he knew great controversy amid defeat as well as victory. He made mistakes, and they, like his accomplishments, are part of his life and record.
But the enduring lesson of Richard Nixon is that he never gave up being part of the action and passion of his times. He said many times that unless a person has a goal, a new mountain to climb, his spirit will die. Well, based on our last phone conversation and the letter he wrote me just a month ago, I can say that his spirit was very much alive to the very end. That is a great tribute to him, to his wonderful wife, Pat, to his children, and to his grandchildren whose love he so depended on and whose love he returned in full measure.
Today is a day for his family, his friends, and his nation to remember President Nixon's life in totality. To them, let us say, may the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close. May we heed his call to maintain the will and the wisdom to build on America's greatest gift, its freedom, to lead a world full of difficulty to the just and lasting peace he dreamed of.





Happy # 62 to David Clyde

David Clyde was born on Friday, April 22, 1955, in Kansas City, Kansas.    

In 1973, 18-year old Clyde made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers.   

To say the least, Clyde, who had pitched in a high school game a few weeks before, was rushed to sell seats.   Sadly, he was out of baseball in 5 years:  18-33 with a 4.67 ERA.

Wonder how different it would have been if Clyde had gone through the minors and brought to the Rangers later?   We will never know but my guess is that a hard throwing lefty like Clyde would have succeeded, as a starter or closer.

Sad story.





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Friday, April 21, 2017

Joey Gallo 2 HR



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Rangers released Josh Hamilton



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A chat about Bill O'Reilly with Frank Burke, author



Guest: Frank Burke, author and businessman......we will discuss the case of O'Reilly and FOX News....plus efforts to shut down conservative speakers in US colleges.......plus more stories...

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Destroying Bill O’Reilly



For quite some time, I’ve watched The Factor at 7 pm or later at 10pm. I always found the segments interesting, stimulating and often funny, such as Miller’s weekly contribution.
We learned that Fox said “No mas” and O’Reilly is off the air. Put me down as one of those 4 million who isn’t happy.     
Let me be clear that I don’t support sexual harassment or the mistreatment of anyone in the work environment.   
I do see a lot of selective indignation, specially when the allegations came from an article in the New York Times. Isn’t this the same paper that endorsed Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and loves Ted Kennedy?
Is Roger Simon right that this is really about Trump? I think that Roger is on to something here:    
The real target in the defenestration of Bill was not O’Reilly himself but very obviously Donald Trump.  He’s the Big Kahuna the obscenely named “Resistance” (hey, you idiots, that was about Auschwitz, not tax reform) is after and Bill was only a stop along the way.
Indeed, several of Bill’s accusers, represented by the daughter of Gloria Allred, appear to be people who find Trump particularly loathsome. 
And the original story was broken by the New York Times, the literary capital of the “Resistance.”
And how all of the advertisers were put together to unite against O’Reilly? It’s all too cute and organized for me!   
By the way, does anyone at Mercedes Benz, one of the advertisers that pulled out, really think that people will buy more of their cars now because they pulled their ads? Are they checking on the moral character of all of the other places where they advertise?
In a perfect world, men would treat women with respect, ladies would not seek professional or economic sugar daddies, MSNBC would do segments on the women who accused Bill Clinton, the feminists would refuse to support Hillary Clinton because she enabled her husband’s misconduct and “the flakes” in Harvard would call for the removal of everything Kennedy from the college because of allegations about their past.   
Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world.   We live in one where the left is out to destroy anyone who they disagree with. In other words, this is not about sexual harassment but rather Fox News. I hope that Mr. Murdoch’s sons have figured that out! It won’t be long before another effort is made to bring down Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson because they promote “hate” or challenge guests on global warming.
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1973: "Tie a yellow ribbon" is # 1 in the US




1973:  "Tie a yellow ribbon" was the #1 song in the US.    The song was on the charts as POW's returned from Vietnam.   It sold millions because it connected with people in a very personal way.

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON

"I'm comin' home, I've done my time

Now I've got to know what is and isn't mine
If you received my letter telling you I'd soon be free
Then you'll know just what to do
If you still want me If you still want me

Whoa, tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
It's been three long years Do ya still want me (still want me)
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
I'll stay on the bus Forget about us
Put the blame on me If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree

Bus driver, please look for me
'cause I couldn't bear to see what I might see
I'm really still in prison And my love, she holds the key
A simple yellow ribbon's what I need to set me free
I wrote and told her please

Whoa, tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
It's been three long years Do ya still want me (still want me)
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
I'll stay on the bus Forget about us
Put the blame on me If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree

Now the whole damned bus is cheerin'

And I can't believe I see
A hundred yellow ribbons 'round the ole oak tree

I'm comin' home, mmm, mmm

(Tie a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree)...."


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Happy # 70 Al Bumbry

Al Bumbry was born in Frederick, Virginia on this day in 1947.    

He broke with the Orioles in September 1972 and was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1973 (.337 average, 11 triples and 23 stolen bases)

After a couple of off seasons, Bumbry took over in center field and had some very productive seasons, such as .317 in 1977 and 318 in 1980.

He was a member of the Orioles that won the 1979 AL title and the 1983 World Series.

Bumbry retired in 1985 with a .281 average, 254 stolen bases, 1,422 hits in 1,496 games.

My memories of Bumbry are that he played hard and was very popular with the fans.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

In a perfect world...............



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The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz



Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta's Blog..........we will look back at Mariel 1980 and the events that sent 100,000 Cubans to the US this week.......the runaway Mexican governor.............Mexicans returning to Mexico....King Felipe & PM Rajoy to visit Cuba......Colombia the ELN and economy.............no recount in Ecuador......total chaos in Venezuela...........plus more stories........

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Mariel 37 years later





Thirty-seven years ago, the Mariel boatlift began:
“On April 20, 1980, the Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift.
The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day.”
The whole story was a perfect storm that started when President Carter authorized talks with the Cuban government. It created a “detente” that brought Cuban exiles to the island and made Latin American embassies candidates for asylum.  
By the way, the Castro-Carter romance ended when Castro sent troops to Africa and President Carter cancelled the talks.
 
Down on the island, Cubans began to walk into embassies and request political asylum.   
By April 1980, the embassies of Argentina and Peru were flooded with Cubans looking for a way out of the island.      
It became an international crisis and President Jimmy Carter issued a statement about the situation. He expressed concern about the safety and well being of the 10,800 Cubans at the Peruvian embassy.
Fidel Castro responded by calling on Cubans to leave if they didn’t support the revolution. Immediately, more Cubans rushed to the embassies.
It quickly became an embarrassment, as well as a logistics problem for embassies protecting hundreds of Cubans.    
Fidel Castro responded again and told Cubans to leave the island. And thousands did. Suddenly, Americans saw boats full of Cubans landing in Florida. It soon became a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions.    
Then-Rear Admiral Benedict L. Stabile, USCG related the story years later:    
The size of the refugee flotilla was staggering.  
Trailered boats were lined-up 50 to 100 deep at Key West, waiting their turn to be launched.  This went on for 36 to 48 hours; local residence could hear the activity around the clock.  
Hundreds of trailers were scattered throughout Key West.  
One thousand craft were observed southbound on the afternoon of the 24th.  
For the most part, these were Cuban Americans who owned their own boat, typically a 20 to 40 footer relatively well equipped for local pleasure boating.  
Reportedly, the tanks in numerous craft had inadequate fuel capacity and the vessels were carrying additional fuel in portable containers. 
This, the first wave, resulted in the transit of 1,000 to 1,200 boats to Mariel in relatively short order. 
It went on for weeks!
Mariel brought thousands to the U.S. and most of them turned out to be very good additions to Florida. Unfortunately, there were some criminal elements but they were a very small number. Don’t judge “Marielitos” by Tony Montana of Scarface!
Years later, most of the “Marielitos” have contributed much to Miami and the U.S.   
For me, Mariel was a turning point in rediscovering my Cuban roots. It reconnected me with the Cuban cause, especially since I saw boats and people leaving the same island that I left as a kid in 1964.
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