Monday, July 31, 2017

Stalingrad 1942 & other national security issues with Barry Jacobsen


Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.........we will look national security issues of the day.....the transgenders in the military controversy.....North Korea.....President Trump is surrounded by a lot of generals and we look back at Stalingrad 1942............plus other stories..............

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July 31, 1990: Nolan Ryan won # 300!




It was the evening of July 31st, 1990, Channel 11 in DFW and we were all watching Nolan Ryan go for # 300!

Where did the years go?   Nolan Ryan won # 300 on his second try in Milwaukee:

"Nolan Ryan made the final payment Tuesday night on a retirement home for his baseball legacy.To a resume that already included major league records for no-hitters (six) and strikeouts (5,219), Ryan added membership in the 300-victory club in the Rangers' 11-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium.Snubbed once after a struggle against the New York Yankees at Arlington Stadium six nights earlier, Ryan made good on his second opportunity, becoming the 20th pitcher to win 300. He had won No. 299 on July 20, allowing one run in six innings against Detroit."I'm relieved it's over with," he said. "The last 15 days, emotionally, have been the toughest 15 days I've gone through. I really wanted to get it done (Tuesday night). I didn't want this to be an ongoing deal."
As I recall from the TV broadcast, Ryan got a huge ovation when he left the game in the 7th inning.   It was a classy move by the Brewers' fans.
He added no-hitter # 7 to his resume the next season!



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Third World leaders should read Milton Friedman (1912-2006)





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How in the world could so much of The Third Word be so poor? What a terrible mess.

How could so many rich countries be so poor?   They have some of the largest mineral and natural resources in the world.


What The Third World needs is simple capitalism. Nothing fancy just Economics 101 capitalism.

They need freedom, political and economic.

These countries need to promote private property rights, and more importantly, governments who understand the connection between the rule of law and prosperity.

Therefore, I would make the following suggestion. Every Third World leader should be required to read a book before they get another dime from the US, IMF or anybody else.

Let them pick up "Free to choose" by Milton Friedman, the same one who spearheaded the Chilean revival of the late 1970's.

These books will give these leaders a lesson on the failure of 3rd world economies.









Read a book by Milton Friedman (1912-2006) this summer



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We would always a Friedman book for summer reading.   So check out his page and look at getting one for the summer.       Here is a good one to start with:





The incredible life of Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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Who are the most consequential men of the last 50 years?  Let me suggest President Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Dwight Eisenhower, the World War II general and then the consequential 34th President.

How about Milton Friedman, the greatest economist of our generation?

Friedman died in 2006.   He was born on this day in 1912.    We still miss him.

My Milton Friedman memories go back to college and the 1980 Reagan campaign.

First, he wrote that great book "Free to choose".   It became a TV series and many of us learned a lot by watching it.

Second, he was the leader of the "Chicago Boys" who fixed Chile after Pinochet overthrew Allende.

Friedman was a consequential man.  He left us a lot of books, essays. documentaries and a wonderful foundation for future generations!






Words of wisdom from Milton Friedman (1912-2006)


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Let's remember Milton Friedman: "Friedman's Sampler" is a summary of Milton Friedman quotes over the years. They are priceless and relevant today.

On taxes:

"To summarize, deficits are bad--but not because they necessarily raise interest rates. They are bad because they encourage political irresponsibility. They enable our representatives in Washington to buy votes at our expense without having to vote explicitly for taxes to finance the largesse. The result is a bigger government and a poorer nation. That is why I favor a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget and limit taxation." (from "The Taxes Called Deficits," April 24, 1984)

On freedom:

"It is important to emphasize that economic arrangements play a dual role in the promotion of a free society. On the one hand, "freedom" in economic arrangements itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so "economic freedom" is an end in itself to a believer in freedom. In the second place, economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom. . . . " (from "Capitalism and Freedom: Why and How the Two Ideas Are Mutually Dependent," May 17, 1961)

The flat tax:

"The only way we are ever likely to get it is if there is a drive for a constitutional convention to repeal the 16th Amendment (which gives Congress the power to tax income) and replace it with one mandating a flat-rate tax. However, I regret that that is not an immediate prospect." (from "Why a Flat Tax Is Not Politically Feasible," March 30, 1995)

Let me say it again. Milton Friedman was a consequential voice in promoting freedom and free markets. The good news is that Pres. Reagan was a Friedman disciple. The bigger news is that Pres. Reagan was the most influential president of the last fifty years!





We remember Milton Friedman (1912-2006)


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My guess is that most of you read "Free to choose" or watched the TV series.  Or, maybe you are familiar with Dr Friedman's work in Chile, the story of "The Chicago Boys" who turned that South American country into one of the best economies in the world.

Milton Friedman was born in 1912 and died in 2006.  Rose, his devoted wife, research partner and companion of many years, died in 2009.  They were always together and that was great too.

"I remember asking Milton, a year or so before his death, during one of our semiannual dinners in downtown San Francisco: What can we do to make America more prosperous? "Three things," he replied instantly. "Promote free trade, school choice for all children, and cut government spending."
How much should we cut? "As much as possible.""
Thank you Mr. Friedman!  




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Total fraud of an election in Venezuela.....every democracy in the world should reject this....Where is the UN when we really need them?



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Rangers' Lucroy traded to Rockies..for a player to be named? In '16, Texas sent 2 top prospects to Milwaukee for Lucroy.



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Fumbling Obamacare




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Obamacare is on “pause” for the moment. We will probably not hear about it again until the 2018 premiums start hitting the front pages or more areas get left without an insurance carrier. And this is just around the corner!
This is why I believe that some red state Democrats will regret the day that they followed Minority Leader Charles Schumer rather than look out for their voters.    
What if a red-state Democrat had stepped forward and voted with the GOP to begin finding a solution to the problem? My guess is that the particular senator would have sealed his reelection in 2018.
We learned this week that Senator Manchin will be in for a fight in 2018. The GOP in West Virginia is not assuming that the popular Mr. Manchin will be reelected. Wonder how Senator Joe Manchin will answer the question in a future debate: “Mr. Senator, why did you choose to stick with your party rather than West Virginia hard hit by premium increases?”
By next spring, Obamacare will be in even bigger trouble than it is now.      
This is a preview of premium increases for 2018:    
Preliminary analysis suggests some of the most popular plans could see double-digit premium increases. 
Health care consulting firm Avalere analyzed initial rate estimates from eight states and found that premiums for “silver” plans (the most popular plans) are rising 18% next year, after a 12% increase this year.
On top of that, 41% of counties in the U.S. will have just one insurer option on the marketplace.
Wonder how many of those counties are in West Virginia, Montana, Missouri, and the so-called red states?
Obamacare, the next chapter, will be back, but not in the context that Democrats were looking forward to. The next fight will be about premium increases and the program is still called “The Affordable Health Care Act.”
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The Doolittle Raid and other stories of World War II with Barry Jacobsen




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Sunday, July 30, 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 latest shake up at the White House........Senator McCain and Obama Care in the US Senate......the Democrats have a new idea but is it really new...........Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a few problems...............North Korean missiles again....................and other stories...........

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A look at national politics with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor




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We remember The Hollies



Collecting 45's was a lot of fun when were younger.  The "45" was the backbone of Top 40 radio.  I also loved the idea of hearing one song at a time or letting the turntable repeat the record over and over again.

The Hollies were one of my favorite British groups.  They went through some personnel changes, such as Graham Nash leaving to do his own thing.  (Nash reappeared with "Crosby Still & Nash", one of the great groups of their era.)

I loved The Hollies because their songs were catchy and easy to sing along to.  Like a lot of other groups, they fizzled in the disco era and never had a comeback.  However, they left us a legacy of great pop songs!

Some of my favorites are "On a carousel", "Look through any window", and "Carrie Anne".    They had a great sound!


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The 2017 Texas Rangers and trading deadline options




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1966: "Wild Thing" by The Troggs was # 1 this week



The Troggs were a British band that gave us several hits, such as "With a girl like you",  "Love is all around", specially "Wild thing" from the summer of 1966.     You can hear the song on the radio, as well as sports arenas around the country.



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The story of AG Sessions and President Trump plus San Antonio.




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What a Sunday afternoon.......Ivan Rodriguez at Cooperstown and Adrian Beltre looking for # 3,000....flipping channels today....



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Trump & Sessions, Obama Care, Moncada 1953 and other stories




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Illegal Leaks in Washington plus a terrible tragedy in San Antonio




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Happy # 63 Ellis Valentine


Ellis Valentine was born in Arkansas on this day in 1954.   He was drafted by Montreal and broke with the Expos in 1975.    By 1976, he was the every day right fielder.

In the late 1970's, the Montreal Expos had one of the best outfields in modern baseball history.   

In fact, you could argue that it was the best in quite some time:   Ellis Valentine, future Hall of Famer Andre DawsonWarren Cromartie.

Valentine was a good hitter and had a super arm.    Wonder how often we would have seen him today in the very popular "web gems"?   My guess is that a lot!

He and team Cromartie had 24 assists in 1977.    You simply could not take an extra base on that Expos' outfield!

Valentine survived injuries and retired with a .278 batting average and .288 in 7 seasons in Montreal.

Valentine was part of the Expos who came in second in 1978, 1979 & 1980.  They lost the NLCS to the LA Dodgers in 1981.    In today's game, they would have clinched a wild card everyone of those years that they came in second in the NL East.








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January 1966: "Day Tripper"/"We can work it out" by The Beatles



The Beatles recorded so many great songs.

Was there a better single than "We can work it out" and "Day Tripper"?   

Two great songs on one 45 disc!   Two A-sides on one!

Actually, they had other strong 45's, such as "Hey Jude/Revolution"...or "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields"....or "Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine"....."Something/Come Together".....or "Paperback Writer/Rain"......


I vote "Day Tripper/We can work it out" as their best single.....

It was released December 1965 or many years ago!

Both songs became huge hits!   They were on top of the US charts this month in 1966.


Paul & John sing lead on "Day Tripper"......Paul sings lead on "We can work it out".

In the US, both songs were part of the "Yesterday and today" LP.  They were later featured in some of compilation issues.

You can hear them in "Past Masters", a special CD issue of 45s.   Or, you can get the digital versions of "We can work it out" and "Day Tripper".


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Happy # 76 Paul Anka, great vocalist and songwriter!


Wonder how many people know that Paul Anka was born in Canada? 

Paul is from Ottawa and enjoyed big hits by the time that he was a teenager. 

He is one of the few pop artists who had Top 10 songs in the 1950s, 1960's & 1970's!  Who else but Elvis can say that? 

His songs were very romantic and catchy. 

They were the kinds of songs that filled Top 40 play lists of AM radio stations.  I'm sure that lots of our parents have Anka 45's among their belongings and souvenirs.

I learned in the 1970's that Paul Anka composed "My Way" and several TV songs, such as The Tonight Song theme song!  How would you like to collect those royalties?

A few years ago, Paul wrote an autobiography.    He also left us an amazing collection of hit songs, available now on digital.









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A day with a D-Day veteran who turned 95

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Bob Jagers is quite a celebrity in our area and member of our parish.  He is a very nice man and wonderful storyteller.  He visits the local schools, and you can hear a pin drop when he speaks to youngsters learning about D-Day in their history classes.  The kids love him and call him back over and over.
To say the least, Mr. Jagers has quite a story to tell.
This weekend, Beatriz and I spent an evening celebrating Bob’s 95th birthday.  It’s always a treat to celebrate anyone’s 90-plus birthday, especially a man who can speak personally about the gunfire and sounds of D-Day 1944.  Bob was not among those who landed, but he did spend time at sea supporting the invasion.
A few years ago, Bob published his story in a book called Whales of World War II:
I was born in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, and later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  
 
I graduated high school in Grand Rapids.  I went to two years of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids before entering the war.  I enlisted in the Navy in April of 1942.  But they permitted me to finish my term.  
In June of 1942 I was sent to Great Lakes naval training center, for my boot camp.  After boot camp, I went to quatermaster signaling school .  
Upon completion, we were asked what kind of ship we wanted to be on, and I said I wanted to be on a submarine.  They interviewed me and gave me some exhaustive tests for submarine duty, and they said I was number 21.  The next complement of sub sailors needed was of 20.  If any of the previous 20 were rejected, or refused to go for some reason, then I would be selected.  
Looking back 50 years, I was quite fortunate in that all 20 of them were selected.  The next thing I knew I was on a train for amphibious training at Solomons Maryland.  
I spent several months there, went aboard a training vessel, a LST training vessel on the Chesapeake Bay.  
While aboard this training vessel, we had some cases of spinal meningitis.  Since we were out in the bay, and spinal meningitis is very contagious, they sent one man that was ill ashore in what we called a small boat or a LCBD.  
As we were out in the bay, they discovered a second sailor that was ill, so they put him in a second LCBD and took him to the hospital.  Well on the small boat, it required an officer, a signalman, plus the small boat crew.  
So we went aboard and I was the signalman.  
This is wartime so there were no lights, you have to feel your way and it was midnight or dark. And our officer said, “well I wanna take a shortcut”.  
Instead of heading along the shore and going back to Solomons, he took a shortcut, but we got lost. 
We ended up into a tributary of the Patuxen, at a farmer’s dock, and we went to the farmer’ house, and we found that we were close to the Patuxen naval air base.  So they called the air base and they sent an ambulance and the sick patient plus the officer went in the ambulance.  The boat crew and ourselves had the ship for ourselves.  Well we followed the river up to the naval base.  We spent the night at the naval base, had breakfast, and returned to our ship.  Aboard this training vessel, we had some powdered milk, and the powdered milk was about the size of a coffee can.
Later on, when we received our own ship, we had to sail to New York, and we were given a list of things of things we had to order, and on this list was ten cans of powdered milk.  The storekeeper thought that ten cans of powdered milk would not be enough, so he changed the manifest to read one hundred cans.  When the cans came they were huge, like a thousand pounds instead of ten pounds.  So two years later when we decommissioned that ship, we still had some of that original powdered milk.  We put that powdered milk in every available place we could find.  It was down in the engine room, it was down in the flag locker which was part of my responsibility, that was rather an unusual story.  We sailed from New York to Bermuda, where we gathered a convoy to sail towards North Africa.  It took us 36 days to go from New York to Bermuda to North Africa.  
An LST is the slowest ship in the convoy.  It travels maybe four or five knots,  about six miles an hour.  Not only do you travel from Bermuda to North Africa, but you have to zig zag.  So I’m sure that the destroyers and destroyer escorts that were accompanying us really didn’t like to see the LST’s come along because the convoy moved very slowly.  
We went to the straits of Gibraltar, landed at the naval base of Oran.
On page 109 of Whales of WWII, Robert recalls D-Day and his participation.  He remembers the heroic work of U.S., U.K., and Canadian young men landing all over the French coastline.  It must have been an awesome day for a 22-year-old sailor.
In 2014, Bob spent the 70th anniversary in France with some of the men he spent D-Day 1944 with.  We did a show about it, and it was a treat to listen to him.
In 2017, we got to spend some time with Bob and his large family.  It was a great honor!  Ninety-five is a wonderful age, especially when you can tell such a great story!
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July 29, 1588: The defeat of Spanish Armada with Barry Jacobsen.




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bob Jagers, D-Day veteran, turns 95 this week




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Remember when Cuba did not have a “baby” problem?


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Once upon a time, Cuban men and women got married and had lots of babies.   I recall growing up with lots of cousins, uncles and aunts.   It was Cuba or the place that we remember growing up in!
Suddenly, the Raul Castro regime is telling Cubans to go to the “love motels” and reproduce:
Let’s begin in Cuba, where federally run “love motels” (i.e., affordable rooms for fornicating) have sprung up throughout the state due to the fact that public sex in public parks is getting out of hand. The country’s continued housing crisis means multiple generations sleep under the same roof, while divorced duos can’t afford to not continue living together.
The un-Hemingway-sounding “Provincial Housing Company of Havana” told it’s official trade union weekly: “To think about how to diversify options for love is not farfetched, we want to revive this service that is in high demand, has a big social impact and without a doubt is very profitable.”
This is all due to the fact that, by 2025, Cuba’s population is projected to decrease by some 1 million residents thanks to low fertility and birth rates.
As the article points out, many other countries have seen a decline in birth rates.      However, Cuba has additional problems.
Cubans have a housing problem.   This is on top of massive shortages, from baby milk to diapers.
Furthermore, as we noted a couple of years ago, young Cubans have an abundance of love but don’t want babies!
Cuba, which has unrestricted access to legal abortion, has an abortion rate of 58.6 per 1000 pregnancies in 1996 compared to a Caribbean average of 35, a Latin American average of 27 (the latter mostly illegally performed), and a European average of 48. Additionally, contraceptive use is estimated at 79% (in the upper third of countries in the Western Hemisphere).
The whole thing speaks volumes about what young Cubans think of their country and the morally corrupt regime that runs it.
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You picked a fine time to leave us, McCain



Some decades ago, Kenny Rogers had a very popular hit titled “Lucille.” It was about a woman who left her husband at a rather bad time: 
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field
I’ve had some bad times, lived through some sad times
But this time your hurting won’t heal
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
To say the least, Senator McCain picked a fine time to leave us.    
Early in the morning, Senator McCain cast the key vote that turned a small victory into an embarassing defeat. It went down 51-49 leaving everyone stunned and some partisans cheering.
To be fair, Senator McCain made a couple of good points but he picked the wrong time to make them.
Yes, this is not a perfect bill. We all knew that but the objective was to move the ball forward not score a 99-yard touchdown pass. The GOP was hoping to move the ball and either score or get a field goal but score. McCain killed that!   
Yes, as the Senator said, it would be nice to have open debates on the U.S. Senate floor. Unfortunately, debate can only happen when the other side has a counter proposal or something to say beyond people will die.   
Senator McCain should have known that the Democrats do not  have the courage to tell us about the tax increases required to save ObamaCare and the exchanges.    
So here we are after Senator McCain allegedly huddled with the 48 Democrats last night to explain his vote.
Last, but not least, Senator McCain ran for re-election in 2016 as a staunch critic of ObamaCare. Wonder how some in Arizona feel this morning?   
Over the years, I have stood with Senator McCain when some on our side attacked him. I voted for him in 2008 and supported his re-election when he was challenged in the Arizona primary.    
However, he really lost me over this. It’s hard to see how any explanation explains this vote. There is a time to be a maverick but this is not it!  
As the song goes: “….this time the hurting won’t heal”.     
We wish Senator McCain well. He faces serious health challenges but a lot of us won’t forget what he did this time.
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1983: Steve Garvey streak ended at 1,207




On this day in 1983, the LA Dodgers were scheduled to play a double header with the Braves.   During the first game, Steve Garvey suffered a dislocated thumb.   He did not play in the second game and his streak of consecutive games ended.

This is what happened:

Garvey was injured attempting to score on a wild pitch by the Braves' Pascual Perez. He was out easily as he tried to beat the throw from the catcher Bruce Benedict to Perez, who was covering the plate.
''Once I slid and was tagged, I felt the thumb go numb,'' Garvey said. ''I knew there was something wrong.'' Garvey was replaced by Kurt Bevacqua. The Braves won the game, 2-1, on Jerry Royster's two-out run-scoring double in the eighth. Garvey, who is 34 years old, signed a five-year, $6.6 million contract as a free agent last December after starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 years. He broke the previous National League record of 1,117 games held by Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs on April 16 in his first game back at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres.
Garvey had not missed a game since Sept. 2, 1975, when the Dodgers played San Francisco. 
Garvey was traded to San Diego at the end of the 1983 season and played in the 1984 World Series.    

He had a great career:   .294 batting average, 2,599 hits, 272 HR & 1,308 RBI.    Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP and came in second in the 1978 vote.

Great player!    Who knows how long his streak would have gone without that unfortunate injury?




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1996: Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball



From 1976 to 1996, Tommy Lasorda led the Dodgers to 2 World Series (1981 and 1988), 4 NL pennants and 7 division titles.  

He left after a a heart attack and an angioplasty procedure the month before.

Lasorda pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954-55 but never got a decision.  

As a manager, Lasorda was one of the best:  1599 wins.    He was the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.   In 2000, a retired Lasorda led the USA baseball team to a gold medal.

A wonderful baseball man, one of the greatest ambassadors of the game ever!



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A show from 2013: Military history with Barry Jacobsen




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