Thursday, August 31, 2017

Houston after the storm with Frank Burke, author & businessman


Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker, joins me for a chat about the future of Houston.........what opportunities does Houston have to rebuild its infrastructure and prevent these floods in the future.............and other stories....

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Maybe the Southern Poverty Law Center was looking for a place that did not have Robert E Lee statues!







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The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has nothing to do with ending poverty or the rule of law, has been in the news lately.     

We just learned that the SPLC has money offshore:      
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.
Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
Well, isn't that cute?    Wonder if any Democrats will scream like they did with then candidate Mitt Romney or others?

My guess is that the SPLC opened up these accounts because they were looking for places that did not have a single statue of Robert E. Lee.

It begs the question:   Why are they doing this?   Didn't their leadership understand how problematic such investments offshore would be?

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1980: Polish workers stood up to the communist state

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On this day in 1980, Poland exploded when representatives of the communist government of Poland agree to the demands of striking shipyard workers in the city of Gdansk:
Former electrician Lech Walesa led the striking workers, who went on to form Solidarity, the first independent labor union to develop in a Soviet bloc nation.
In July 1980, facing economic crisis, Poland’s government raised the price of food and other goods, while curbing the growth of wages. The price hikes made it difficult for many Poles to afford basic necessities, and a wave of strikes swept the country.
Amid mounting tensions, a popular forklift operator named Anna Walentynowicz was fired from the Lenin Shipyard in the northern Polish city of Gdansk. In mid-August, some 17,000 of the shipyard’s workers began a sit-down strike to campaign for her reinstatement, as well as for a modest increase in wages.
They were led by the former shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, who had himself been fired for union activism four years earlier.
It was the beginning of the end for the USSR.    It finally collapsed at the end of 1991.
We remember those Polish workers, along with the Hungarians of 1956 and the Czechs of 1968.
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Houston proves it: The race-hustlers are wrong about the US

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Yesterday, I saw an article by Jonah Goldberg.  He related a story about two men helping each other.  It indeed confirmed that Houston revealed the best of America, and he is so right:
And yet, I couldn’t help but notice that there is a “feel good” aspect to the whole catastrophe. 
The best example is the hyper-viral story of two men loading up their boat and driving into the storm. 
CNN’s Ed Lavandera found them under a highway overpass readying the vessel.
“You guys just jumping in to help out?” Lavandera asked.
 
“Yes, sir,” says one of the men.
“What are you going to do?” Lavandera asks him.
“Go try to save some lives.”
That man was African-American. His partner appeared to be Caucasian or maybe Latino. 
But it doesn’t matter at all. 
We don’t know if they’re Republican or Democrat, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, NRA members or fans of gun control. (Though let’s be honest: This is Texas, so we can guess on that one.) All they wanted to do was help. 
While it was a journalistic faux pas not to get the men’s names, it almost made the story more endearing that we didn’t get them, because it reinforced the idea that they were just normal Americans.
My brother lives in South Houston, and he told me about the volunteers, the people going door to door checking on their neighbors.
On top of that, you may have noticed Houston has an black mayor, a Hispanic police chief, a Hispanic fire chief, and several other minorities in positions of leadership.  These three men, and Governor Abbott and President Trump, are all working together to make things happen.
Of course, this is not the U.S. the race-hustlers want you to think of.  They want you to believe that everyone is at each other’s throat and nothing gets done.
That’s not what we see in Houston.  We see people working together for the common good.
The race-hustlers are hurting the country and not helping the Democrats between the coasts.
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1959: Koufax and 18 strikeouts!

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On August 31, 1959, a young Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Giants.    This is an account of that game:    
The Dodgers entered the game two games behind the Giants in the race for the National League pennant, and Koufax came out firing, whizzing fastballs and breaking off curveballs to strike out the first two Giants batters. 
However, Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda then hit back-to-back doubles to give the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. 
The Dodgers quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but in the fifth, Willie McCovey, the Giants star slugger, hit a home run to put the Giants up 2-1. 
The Dodgers tied it up, and Koufax continued to throw strikes. 
Finally, in the ninth, Koufax and Jim Gilliam singled before Wally Moon sent a 1-1 fastball from relief pitcher Al Worthington over the left-field fence. 
The capacity crowd in Chavez Ravine erupted, and the Dodgers won 5-2. 
Koufax’s total of 18 strikeouts in the game broke Dizzy Dean’s 26-year-old National League record, and tied the major league record held by Cleveland Indian ace Bob Feller. 
Koufax also broke the record for strikeouts over two consecutive games, fanning 31 men combined, having struck out 13 batters in his previous start. 
That year, the Dodgers went on to win the National League pennant. 
Though Koufax lost his only start in the 1959 World Series in spite of giving up only one run, the Dodgers brought home the championship.
Koufax retired after the 1966 season because of arm injuries.    Between 1962 and 1966, he pitched 3 no-hitters, a perfect game in 1965 and led the Dodgers to World Series titles in 1963 & 1965.

By the way, Jane Leavy's book about Koufax is one of the best baseballs I've ever read:








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Happy # 82 Frank Robinson


We remember one of the best baseball players ever.   I'm talking about Frank Robinson who turns a year older today.

Frank was the MVP in both leagues. As an Oriole, he led the O's to 4 AL pennants and the World Series in 1966 & 1970.

Frank's career was more than numbers.  He was the team leader and a credit to the game of baseball.




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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

President Trump in Texas, approval polls and other stories of the day


We will look at the storm in South Texas.....President Trump and polls..........the Democrats in disarray....................and other stories............ 

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Do polls even matter with President Trump?


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How would you like to be President Macron of France?  Not long ago, Mr. Macron was the darling of the anti-Trumps.  Today, he is down under like Mr. Trump.
Newt Gingrich has an interesting post about polls and today’s world leaders.  It looks as though most of them are underwater, as they like to say in news analysis.
Let’s take a look at the post:
Macron was at 64 percent approval in June. Now, less than two months later, he has fallen to 36 percent….BELOW TRUMP.
How can the elite media explain this collapse?
 
How can the elite media rationalize that their young, moderate, sophisticated technocrat is now below President Trump?
They can’t.
So, they don’t.
However, Macron is not alone. The elite media has also failed to inform viewers that the approval ratings of other world leaders have been recorded at similarly low levels in recent months.
For example, British Prime Minister Theresa May earned a 34 percent satisfaction rate, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a July approval rating of 34.2 percent, and the Democratic Party in the United States received 38 percent approval in June.
All of these approval ratings are lower than President Trump’s – but you don’t see the elite media fighting to break that news story.
Mr. Gingrich is right.  Mr. Trump is down under like a lot of others.
At the same time, what does this mean for President Trump?  Not much, as far as I can see.
President Trump has one thing going for him that makes today’s polls somewhat irrelevant.
First, he’s always beaten the polls.  I was one of those who kept writing here about his negative polls, and look who is sitting in the White House.  So polls and President Trump make great talking points but may not really mean much when people actually cast a ballot.  It raises the question: are the pollsters even reaching Trump voters?  My gut feeling is no.  I can’t prove it, but my senses tell me that Trump voters don’t get calls or talk to pollsters.  It’s the hidden vote that showed up in 2016 to all the experts’ surprise.
Second, President Trump’s greatest ally is a Democratic Party stuck in and consumed by identity politics, from being the party of “transgenders” to sanctuary cities.  According to a recent report by Guy Benson, the Democrats are disconnected from the white working class over culture and the economy.
The problem is more acute when you travel between the coasts.  Call it growing cultural disconnect!
And that’s where their problem is.  They can’t connect with people who like the U.S. and feel that the Democrats don’t.  Or people who believe in traditional values and don’t think the Democrats do.  Or people who are not racists but keep hearing that they are because they disagreed with President Obama’s executive orders, the health care law, or using the EPA to push an anti-manufacturing agenda.
So let me say it again.  The Democrats will need more than Trump-bashing, Civil War monument replacement, and support for sanctuary cities to win back enough seats to change the U.S. House in 2018.  It may all change, but this is how I see it a year before the campaigning starts.
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Forgive me fellow Rangers fans but it'd be cool if the Astros brought a baseball title to Houston in October!



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Viva Houston! Let's celebrate the work of volunteers, churches, police, fire department....we stand with Houston!



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We remember Ted Williams (1918-2002)

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The great Ted Williams was born on this day in San Diego in 1918.   

He was probably the greatest hitter ever, although his numbers were impacted by  military service in World War II and Korea:  .344 career batting average, a .482 On Base Average, 2,654 hits, 2,021 walks, 521 HR and 1,839 RBI.   

He hit .406 in 1941, the last hitter to do so, and flirted again in 1957 with .388!

Williams was a bit temperamental with fans and the media.   However, there was not a better hitter once the game started.






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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Texas storms plus left wing violence with George Rodriguez


We will look at the storm in South Texas.....Governor Abbott and the recovery efforts........President Trump in Texas.....What happened to common sense in California.................also the growing evidence of left wing violence....................and other stories......

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Houston flooded and media types talking about Melania's shoes...then they wonder why nobody watches or reads them!



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Jim Brown may have saved the NFL from stupid players......the legendary running back was unhappy and everyone stood up last weekend.



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China? NK shot one over Japan....maybe China doesn't care or can't stop it...At some point, we will have to



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Bozell has a point about the slow death of the GOP...Taken a look at Dems? Stuck & Consumed by identity politics!



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"Blazing Saddles": A movie with no regard for liberal sensitivities.... from those were the days of fun & laughter!



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Happy # 81 Tony Gonzalez

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Andrés Antonio González was born on August 28, 1936, in Central Cunagua. or about 250 miles from La Habana or Havana.   He later attended school in Ciego de Avila.
He remember him as Tony or “El haitiano”.
Like our family, Tony started in Wisconsin with the  Wausau Lumberjacks of the Northern League in 1957.   He also played with Cienfuegos in the Cuban winter league.
In 1960, Tony broke with Cincinatti and Philadelphia hitting .274 in 117 games.  He spent the rest of the 1960’s hitting .295 in 1,118 games.   In the early 1970’s, Tony bounced around with Atlanta, San Diego, California (now LA Angels) and back to Cincinnati for  his last year.
By any standard, he had a very good major league career:  .286 average & 1,485 hits in 1,559 games.   Great numbers!
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Happy # 67 Doug DeCinces (the man who replaced Brooks Robinson)

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Doug DeCinces was born on this day in 1950.    

Doug broke with the Orioles in 1973 and became a regular in 1976 replacing Brooks Robinson.   In 1977, DeCinces hit 18 HR and 28 HR the next season,    He was traded to the Angels and hit 30 HR in 1982.    We will always remember him as the man who replaced the legendary Robinson.

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Did all of California’s common sense move to Texas, too?

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We’ve noticed a lot of California license plates in Texas recently.    
The reason is simple:  Californians are moving to Texas!     
According to a story from 2016, it has the makings of a trend as a my old Korean statistics professor used to say with that thick accent:  
The number of Californians leaving the state and moving to Texas is at its highest level in nearly a decade, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.
According to IRS migration data, which uses individual income tax returns to record year-to-year address changes, over 250,000 California residents moved out of the state between 2013 and 2014, the latest period for which data was available. 
 
We are glad. Who wouldn’t welcome people who want to work and live in your state?
We may see more, specially after reading a story like this:  
A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.
The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. 
The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. 
Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” 
Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July. 
“This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”
Titled the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex. 
The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Weiner, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.
So in the name of “gender something” we’re going to slap someone with a $1,000 fine?   
I have to believe that there are Democrats in California who see the insanity of this. I understand that it only applies to Long Term Care facilities but what happens next?
Common sense is usually the first thing to go when you get afflicted by “Identity Politics.”   
Maybe I’m right. Maybe common sense indeed moved to Texas and left the state in the hands of people who are out of touch with reality, to say the least.
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Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper: "For whom the bells toll"




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In the late 1930s, Spain was bitterly divided by a Civil War between Franco and "Los Republicanos".    I won't take sides but will recommend "For whom the bell tolls", a movie based on Heminghway's book.   

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were absolutely wonderful:


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"Indiscreet", a 1958 movie with Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant





What happens when you put Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and director Stanley Donen in the same studio?  

The answer is "Indiscreet", a delightful movie from 1958.

The story is sort of like this:    A single woman can't find love.   She meets a man who pretends to be married to avoid commitment.   In the end, the chemistry wins and they fall in love.      
Watch it to get all of the other details.    It is a very nice and elegant movie.  

By the way, you can watch the movie on line here or purchase the DVD here.    



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Ingrid Bergman and "Casablanca"




Want to watch a good movie this weekend?   Try "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  It's a great love story in the early days of World War II:



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Ingrid Bergman: "The Inn of Sixth Happiness"




There are good movies and there is "The inn of the 6th happiness".

I like "true stories" and Ingrid Bergman was fantastic playing the role of Gladys Aylward, the amazing British missionary who went to China about 100 years ago.

My favorite scene is the ending......this is when Gladys moves the children across the mountains.  

Which is the greatest Bergman movie? "Casablanca", a classic indeed.  

I love "The Bells of St Mary's", another uplifting movie where she plays Sister Benedict, a nun who teaches in a school. 

I don't know a lot about movies.  I just love watching good movies that inspire and make me feel better about mankind.

"The Inn" is one of those movies.  The ending will touch you dearly, specially when she finally delivers the children from all of the danger.

Watch the movie.    I guarantee that you will love it:



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Ingrid Bergman and "The Bells of St Mary's"




Thank God for DVD's and the TCM network.
 
A few days ago, I decided to watch a movie and ended up watching one of my all time favorite movies.

"The Bells of St Mary's" is about Ingrid Bergman playing "Sister Benedict" and Bing Crosby as "Father O'Malley". 

I love it for two reasons:

First, "Sister Benedict" reminds me of all of those wonderful nuns who've dedicated their lives to teaching children all over the world.  

They taught us love, responsibility and regard for our Judeo-Christian traditions.

We are better men and women today because women like Sister Benedict came into our lives.

Second,  the movie is so inspirational at a time when we can all use an alternative to meaningless "hope and change" speeches.

Check it out and you will see what I mean.  I promise that you will love "Sister Benedict": 







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We remember Ingrid Bergman, 1915-1982



The beautiful and talented Ingrid Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 and died on the same day in 1982:


“Bergman……….acting at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre and became a film star in Sweden before making her first Hollywood movie, David O. Selznick’s Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939).
In 1942, Bergman co-starred in Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, who uttered the famous line to her: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for 1943’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, which was followed by a win in the same category for 1944’s Gaslight.
She was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar again for 1945’s The Bells of St. Mary’s and 1948’s Joan of Arc. Bergman worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946) and Under Capricorn (1949).”  
Her movies were great!



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Monday, August 28, 2017

An update about Europe from Joao Cerqueira, author


Guest:  Joao Cerqueira, author.........we will discuss the immigration crisis and threats of terror in Europe.........and other stories........

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Chicago 1968 and the Democrats



It seems like it happened a lifetime ago.  Well, it was many years ago and sometimes that can be a lifetime.  

Nevertheless, August 1968 had a profound impact in the Democrat Party:


"As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago's streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police. 
The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. 
On August 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended."
Richard Nixon defeated VP Humphrey that year.  It was a very close election.  The "Wallace" vote, almost 14% of the total popular vote, clearly helped Nixon.  The South was lost for the Democrats after that.   The Democrats became the "soft party" and lost 7 of the next 10 elections.


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Happy # 74 David Soul




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n the late 1970s, David Soul had a lot of success on TV as Detective Kenneth "Hutch” Hutchison, the other half of 

"Starsky & Hutch".     It was on the air from 1975 to 1979 for a total of 92 episodes.

Then Soul recorded "Don't give up on us" and it jumped to # 1 on Billboard this week in 1977.




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