Friday, June 30, 2017

Remember The Supremes!

Our family came to the US in 1964. It didn't take long for my brother and I to get into Top 40 radio, which is what they used to call AM radio stations back then.

Between 1964 and 1967, the US music charts were dominated by British bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals and so on.   It was called "The British Invasion"!

Who stood up for the US during that period? 

What US group battled the British for the top of the charts?

The answer was The Supremes from Detroit:
"With twelve #1 pop singles, numerous gold recordings, soldout concerts, and regular television appearances, the Supremes were not only the most commercially successful female group of the Sixties, but among the top five pop/rock/soul acts of the decade."
Who else but The Beatles had that many # 1 songs? Again, it was The Supremes.

They were Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. They used to call it "The Motown Sound"!

We remember Marie Osmond!

Like most of us, Marie Osmond grew up, got married, gained a little weight and had kids.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Marie for the first time in years. I was flipping channels and saw her new look.   To say the least, she looks absolutely great!

Marie had some very nice hits back in the 1970's.   My favorites were "Paper Rosesand "My little corner of the world"!

Donnie & Marie had many hits and hosted a TV show in the 1970's.  Eventually, they got overexposed and it was a bit too much. (It happens to every other act!)

Overall, Marie Osmond was a great role model for young girls, like my little sister Lidia who played many of her records. 

Marie you are looking good!

Trump tweets, tourism down in Cuba and other stories.

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The Senate Democrats will hide behind the filibuster and not vote "yes or no" on sanctuary cities and Kate's Law

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A word about Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Lena Horne, one of the best female vocalists ever, was born on this day in 1917..........she passed away at age 92 in 2010

She had a great voice and very elegant look!

Her story was rather remarkable:

"Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York." (NYT)
 It's hard to pick a favorite song but her version of "Where or When" is great:

Repeal now effective in 12 months..then send health care to the states....and let states create their own plans

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The thrill is gone and more flight cancelations to Cuba


A couple of years ago, many of my local friends were curious about traveling to Cuba. They seemed fascinated by the idea of traveling to an island isolated from reality for 50-plus years. I would often hear this expression: “I want to see it for myself”.
Some of my friends went and others never got to go. However, the ones who went all seem to be singing the same tune: “Beautiful beach, Okay hotel but the Internet does not work and the people are not happy.”
We learned today via the Miami Herald that Southwest Airlines is canceling flights to Cuba:   
The announcement comes less than two weeks since President Donald Trump announced new restrictions on travel to the island. Americans can no longer go on individual people-to-people trips, and are barred from doing businesses with entities that are owned and controlled by Cuba’s military. Exactly how the policy works will depend regulations that have yet to be released.   
However, Southwest stressed that the decision to discontinue its Varadero and Santa Clara flights was due to the challenge of stimulating demand in a new market like Cuba, said spokesman Brad Hawkins in a statement.   
“The decision to discontinue these flights is not tied directly to the recent policy announcement, but follows many months of reviewing our performance in the Varadero and Santa Clara markets,” Hawkins said. “Unfortunately, we do not see a pathway to sustainably serving these markets due primarily to the continuing prohibition in U.S. law on tourism to Cuba by American citizens.”
Varadero in particular, a town in the northwestern coast of Cuba, is known for its resorts and pristine beaches — not the cultural, people-to-people experiences in which American travelers are allowed to participate. 
Under rules established under the Barack Obama administration, Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba for “tourism” but must travel under one of 12 approved categories of travel that include family visits, educational and religious activities.
Don’t blame this one on President Trump, the embargo, or even President Obama. This is on Cuba’s leadership, or a country that never got out of 1962.    
Before Castro or communism, Cuba had a highly developed tourism industry. Thousands of visitors went to Cuba to enjoy the beach, or the many historic places like colonial Trinidad, or Havana’s nightlife.     
Contrary to Godfather II, or the worst teacher of Cuban history other than the regime’s propaganda. the island was not run by the Mafia, nor did people run to their boats the night that Batista left, nor were suicide bombers willing to die for the revolution. Yes, there were gambling places and prostitutes. There were also thousands of Americans who went to Cuba for their honeymoons or just to enjoy the place.    
Furthermore, not a single American who went to pre-Castro complained about hot water or lousy hotels. Instead, they stayed at private hotels run by Cuban families who knew how to make tourists happy and return for more.
So the thrill is gone and Americans are not eager to see Cuba. It would be nice if the regime was gone soon so that the island can be restored to the prosperous place that communism destroyed.
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1936: Margaret Mitchell published "Gone with the wind"

Most of us have seen the movie but how many have read the book?

"Gone with the wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published on this day in 1936.    

The book told the story of a woman caught up in the Civil War.    It was based on the tales and stories heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans.

Was the movie better than the book?    In this case, the answer is yes but read the book anyway.   It will teach you a lot about life in the old South.

Mitchell died in 1949.

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Happy # 73 to Ron Swoboda

We wish Ron Swoboda a very happy # 73.   He came up with the Mets in 1965 and showed power as a young hitter………….19 Hrs and 50 Rbi in his rookie year….he never came close to that number again……his place in baseball history was game 4 of the 1969 World Series against Baltimore……he made an unbelievable catch on a line drive by Brooks Robinson…….it was an early sign that the Gods of baseball were rooting for the Mets that year……..

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The media, Trump tweets and other stories

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1974: Isabel Peron becomes President of Argentina

We all know the story of Evita Peron, perhaps the most influential woman in modern Argentina.   

Few may remember Isabel Peron, who became president of Argentina on this day in 1974.    

The common denominator was Juan Peron, their husband and former president too.    Isabel was VP and assumed the presidency when President Peron died.

Mrs Peron's presidency was very difficult.   She was not able to form coalitions and the country's economy went from bad to worse.    Frankly, I am not sure that any other person could have done any better.    Argentina's economic problems came home to roost in the mid-1970s.

Mrs Peron was overthrown in March 1976 and eventually moved to Madrid.

Who was the first female president of Latin America?   The answer is Isabel Peron.

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The media have themselves to blame


Yes, it’s true that President Trump is a bit unusual. He tweets. He probably talks too much about “fake news” and counterpunches way beyond proportion.   Trump is Trump and that’s all you can say.    
On the other hand, the media has only itself to blame for its current state of near-collapse, for a couple of reasons:
1) The Obama years may go down as the worst displays of journalism in U.S. history. From “you can keep your own doctor” to “I learned about Fast & Furious from the front page” to “a video caused Benghazi”, most in the media were simply too eager to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt.
For example, did you ever hear a reporter say something like this:    
“Mr. President, did you dismiss somebody when you learned on the front pages that your administration had put 2,000 high-powered rifles in the hands of Mexican cartels… are you not aware that innocent Mexicans have been killed by these weapons… aren’t you terribly served by your senior staff?”
This wasn’t asked about “Fast & Furious” or anything else. It was either a lack of curiosity or something else. It was not the kind of journalism that Americans deserved, especially after what President George W. Bush was put through for eight years of this and that. 
2) Enter President Trump. Since he upset Mrs. Clinton, and all of the experts at the networks, many in the media have been on a rampage to discredit him.    
It is the exact opposite of the Obama years. Again, Mr. Obama was always given the benefit of the doubt. Mr. Trump is second guessed about everything.
So how is all of this working for the country or for the media? Well, it’s not working, as Michael Goodwin wrote:    
Russia, Russia, Russia is a fixation for all the networks, with a new study by the Media Research Center showing 55 percent of Trump coverage on nightly broadcasts was related to the Russia investigation.
That adds up to 353 minutes of airtime since May 17, compared to 47 minutes on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate pact, 29 minutes on the fight against terrorism and 17 minutes on the efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to the Daily Caller’s summary of the study. It said tax reform got a mere 47 seconds of coverage.
Too much coverage is far from the only problem with Russia reporting. Writing for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald shows how reckless CNN, the Washington Post and others have been, and makes two key points.
First, that mistakes are “always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between” Russia and Trump. Second, that all the false stories “involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact.”
He’s right, and I would add another dimension: For all the focus on Russia, the media totally missed a key point. To wit, the Obama administration did nothing about Vladimir Putin’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election even though the White House knew about it for months.
Of course, most media organizations spent eight years cheerleading everything Obama did, and it’s no secret that members of his administration, along with career Democrats, are the anonymous sources feeding the anti-Trump narrative.
Mr. Goodwin is right on. In fact, you don’t have to be a “Trumpista” to see that President Trump is getting a raw deal in contrast to the “butt kissing” that went on with President Obama.
Let’s hope that the media have learned their lesson, especially in light of the latest dismissals of three CNN reporters who got it wrong.
We need an aggressive media. Unfortunately, we don’t have that now.   
Let’s hope that the pendulum can swing back to the middle so that we can trust the media again. We don’t right now, as the latest Gallup Poll tells us!
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1969: Henry Mancini and "Romeo & Juliet" is # 1 this week

What song replaced "Get back" at # 1 on Billboard this week in 1969?   

The answer is Henry Mancini's "Love theme from Romeo & Juliet".

It was a beautiful melody:

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A word about Professor Walter E. Williams

Professor Walter E. Williams is a national treasure. He serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of More Liberty Means Less Government: Our Founders Knew This Well.

By the way, Dr. Williams' life is an example to all.   His autobiography would make a wonderful present for a young person this summer:

What they use to say about President. Lincoln!

Do you know what they used to say about President Lincoln?   It was not pretty.    

Let's put it in proper historical context.   There were very strong feelings during the Civil War.   

In other words, it was not easy being president during that terrible conflict that saw citizens fighting their fellow citizens.    There were some very bad moments for President Lincoln, from the constant casualties to the summer of 1864 when few predicted his reelection.

Doug Ross has a neat blog. I just saw this post several years ago: The more things change, the more things stay the same (Civil War Edition)

Frankly, it wasn't pretty. Wonder what Abe's approval ratings were? Very low, I assume!

We remember Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)

The great Harmon Killebrew, one of great baseball sluggers of our youth, was born on this day in 1936.   He passed away in 2011 of cancer.  He was 74.

Killebrew hit 573 home runs with the original Senators who moved to Minnesota in 1961.  He won the AL MVP in 1969, played in the 1965 World Series plus the ALCS in 1969 & 70.

From 1964 to 1971, Killebrew and Tony Oliva, who usually batter in front of Harmon, were one of the best hitting combinations ever.   Tony won 3 batting titles and Harmon just hit a ton of home runs.   

We remember those "titanic home runs" that got lost in the clouds all over baseball parks.    Killebrew was indeed one of my all time favorite players.

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1948: President Truman and Israel

Pres. Truman was in the middle of some of the biggest moments of the 20th century. He dropped the two bombs that ended war in the Pacific. He led the US into the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine. It was clearly one of the most consequential presidencies ever.

Pres. Truman's library  hosted an exhibition in 2018 or the 60th anniversary of Israel or another one of his many important decisions:

"On May 14, 1948 President Harry Truman announced that the United States would offer de facto recognition of the new State of Israel. His decision, coming only eleven minutes after the new government was formed in the former British mandate of Palestine, gave immediate legitimacy to a country that existed only on paper and in the hearts of the world-wide Jewish community." (Truman and Israel: Behind the Decision)

Like most Truman decisions, it was not easy or popular everywhere. However, it was the right thing to do.

Pres. Truman was a great president because he made decisions and took the political heat for them.  I call it leadership, which is why he is my favorite Democrat and ranks rather high in most presidential lists!

P.S. Speaking of Pres. Truman, let me recommend once again that wonderful biography by by David McCullough. It is one of best ones ever written about a US president.

A post from 2008: The media is in the tank for Obama!

Wonder what journalism professors are saying about the media and Obama? Wonder how many are showing the SNL intro to their students?

Last week, ABC News actually asked Obama a question about his past. What happened?

The left wing blogs went nuts. That's to be expected! Obama is the left's man!

The media jumped on ABC News. I did not expect that. I thought that the media would stand by Charlie Gibson for actually asking Obama a question.

Let's change the story.

Would the media object if a reporter had asked McCain about his racist minister or his association with someone who bombed abortion clinics? Would they regard such activities as irrelevant to McCain's character?

Of course not.

The media would be 24/7 covering everyone of the minister's sermons and writing story after story about the man who bombed abortion clinics.

Of course, some media people are not in the tank for Obama.

This week, Politico had this story: Obama's secret weapon: The media By & :
"The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon."
Today, John Fund, another honest journalist, wrote The Media's Man (Journalists flay ABC for failing to coddle Obama):
"Bravo to ABC for finally asking a lot of questions many Americans have been talking about."
Yes, bravo to ABC.

In the short run, all of this media bias is hurting Clinton because Obama has been given a free pass on so many things.

In the long run, Obama, and specially the media, will lose a lot.

Most Americans already think that the media has a liberal bias. (Americans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News)

It won't help the media's credibility to jump in the tank for Obama.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trump vs media and other front page stories with Frank Burke

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Happy # 57 to John Elway

We remember John Elway, one of the great QB's in NFL history.

Elway came out of Stanford and was drafted by the Colts but eventually signed with the Broncos.    

Elway and the Broncos lost 3 Super Bowl in 1987, 1988 and 1990.    He came back a few years later and defeated the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.  They repeated by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19 the next season.

His accomplishments put him in the NFL Hall of Fame:

148 games won as a starting quarterback – NFL Record
47 game-winning or game-tying drives in the fourth quarter – NFL Record
5-time Super Bowl starting quarterback – NFL Record
50,000+ career passing yards and 3,000+ career rushing yards – NFL Record
7 consecutive seasons with 3000+ passing yards and 200+ rushing yards
NFL Most Valuable Player – 1987
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player – Super Bowl XXXIII
9-time Pro Bowl selection

3-time All Pro selection

Enjoy your day John!   Great career!

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Happy # 76 to Al Downing (the man who gave up Aaron's # 715)

We remember Al Downing today.  

He was a pretty good lefty who broke with the Yankees in 1961 at age 20.    Downing joined the starting rotation in 1963 and won 26 games in his first two seasons.   Downing pitched in the 1963 and 1964 World Series but did not win a game. 

In the late 1960s, Downing pitched for New York, Oakland and Milwaukee.   He was 2-10 with the 1970 Brewers despite a decent 3.34 ERA.

In 1971, Downing was traded to LA and won 20 games.  He pitched in the 1974 World Series with the Dodgers.  

Overall, he won 123 games with a 3.22 ERA.

We remember Downing for one pitch or home run:  Aaron's # 715 on April 8, 1974.

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The cartel’s new ‘tango route’

As we’ve discussed before, the Mexican cartels are ruthless but very good at making money. We may see “illegal drugs” as a threat to our youth, and it is. Mexico may see it as a threat to its sovereignty and the chaos on the border confirms it. The Mexican cartels see it as a business and they will do whatever it takes to gain market share.   
We learned today that Mexican cartels are using Argentina to do business. This is a report from Strategy Page:     
Call it the Southern Route. 
Argentine police believe a Mexican drug cartel is shipping cocaine through Argentina and shipping a lot of it. 
Police seized two metric tons of cocaine in the port of Bahia Blanca on June 19. 
The cocaine was hidden in steel coils in an effort to deceive customs and police electronic scanners. 
The big cache had a street value of at least $60 million. 
In the same anti-smuggling operation, Argentine security forces seized another half-ton of cocaine in in Mendoza province, near the border with Chile. 
And that indicates the new shipping route. 
Police say the usual route for drug smuggling in Argentina is Bolivia or Paraguay, not Chile, but Argentina’s borders with Bolivia and Paraguay are heavily patrolled. 
Since the major territorial disputes between Argentina and Chile have been resolved their mutual border is more open. The cocaine route begins in Peru. 
The drugs may still transit Bolivia on the way to Chile. 
From Chile smugglers enter Argentina’s Mendoza province and move the cocaine to an Argentine seaport for shipment. 
Police believe cocaine from the two metric tons discovered in Bahia Blanca had two destinations: Canada and Spain. 
Why do authorities suspect a Mexican cartel is involved? Police and security forces arrested 17 people in the anti-smuggling operation, and four of them were Mexican citizens from Michoacan state. Several major cartels have a significant presence in Michoacan state.
Again, no one ever said that these guys are stupid. Ruthless, yes, stupid, no way!   
The article mentions Canada. I find this very interesting. I’m sure that there is a market share north of the border but there may be something else at work here. How about flooding the U.S. market from Canada? Are the cartels already calculating that President Trump will build the wall or protect the border with more vigor?  
Time will tell where all of this goes. The cartels are in this to make money and they will do whatever it takes to reach their consumers. Unfortunately, too many of those consumers live in the U.S.   
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