Sunday, August 20, 2017

A couple of thoughts about Barcelona


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Most of us Cubans have a connection to Spain.  In my case, I am the grandson of a young man who settled in Cuba in the 1920s.  Pedro married Adelina, and my mother came along.  He and his brothers came to the island from Asturias (to the north) and became successful entrepreneurs.  They came with empty pockets, built businesses, and had it all stolen by the communists.  On my father’s side, the connection goes back to the 19th century, when a young man named Francisco settled in Cuba.
My point is that every terror attack in Spain, from the Madrid trains of 2004 to Barcelona today, hits home in a personal way.  As we Cubans like to say, our grandparents were born there.  (By the way, Fidel and Raúl Castro are also the sons of a Spaniard who settled in Cuba and built a successful coffee business.)
On Saturday, I spoke at length with my friend Javier Hurtado-Mira, a young man from the P.P., or the Partido Popular, the right-center party of Prime Minister Rajoy.
After getting some updates about the dead and so many in hospitals, I asked two basic questions:
First, why are cities allowing people to walk in places like La Rambla without more concern for this kind of attack?  Didn’t someone think a van or a truck would attempt to kill people walking down an open area?
His answer was interesting, and the anger is brewing into a full-scale scandal.  More and more, people are hearing reports that the local authorities were warned about such an attack.  Seriously, did they need a warning from the CIA or anyone about this?
Let’s not politicize things when there are people literally fighting for their lives in hospitals.  At the same time, someone messed up in the provincial government and exposed these people to such an incident.
Second, how much longer are Spanish, or, for that matter, Europeans, going to live in a place where only the terrorists carry weapons?
His answer is that people are talking about it.  There are more and more people in Barcelona and elsewhere who are beginning to understand that you can’t protect yourself when the bad guys are the only ones with guns.
Our prayers for everyone and their families.
P.S. You can listen to my chat with Javier here or on Twitter.

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The AP is warning Dems that removing Confederate monuments is a big loser....most people see them as history



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Let's chat with Allan Wall about his trip to Mexico...




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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Barcelona terror and a few more thoughts about the threats in Europe


Guest: Javier Hurtado-Mira, Secretario de Politica Europa, PP (Partido Popular de Espana)...................Chairman of DEMYC (Democrat Youth Community of Europe)........Javier travels to many other European countries and understands the political issues facing the continent.........we will discuss the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the threat of more terror in Europe........ ........and other stories...........

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The A's and Charlie Finley baseball

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Between 1969 and 1975, the Oakland A's had one heck of a team.   It started when Charlie Finley recruited players like Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Jim Hunter and others in 1965-67.

In this book, Nancy Finley, his daughter, tells the story of one of the most amazing teams ever.   After all, they did win 3 World Series titles in a row:  1972,1973 and 1974.  
Wonder how many more they could have won if Finley had kept the team together?  Also, why did Finley move the team to Oakland in the first place?   They would have drawn a lot better in Kansas City, a much better baseball town than the crowded Bay Area.




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Were the 1970 Orioles the best team of the last 50 years?

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From 1966 to 1971, the Baltimore Orioles won 4 AL pennants and 2 World Series.   The 1969-71 team won 318 games over 3 seasons with incredible pitching, defense and hitting.

Were they the best team ever before free agency changed everything?   

I would say yes with all due respect to the Oakland A's who won 3 straight World Series titles.   (By the way, the A's had to beat the Orioles in the 1973 and 1974 ALCS to make it to the World Series)




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1947-1957: The Brooklyn Dodgers were the best team in the National League

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The Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in 1955 after losing to them in 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953.    Of course, those were the days when only 2 teams advanced to the post season.    

I love reading everything about these Dodgers.  

The Dodgers had a relationship with the fans of Brooklyn that no other team in baseball ever had, or perhaps never will.  The borough literally lived and died with their team.



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August 1989: "Mixed Emotions" by The Rolling Stones was on the radio in the US

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"Mixed emotions" was released August 1989.  It proved that The Rolling Stones had incredible durability.    In other words, how many musical groups can put a song in the Top 10 in three different decades?  I remember getting the cassette single version!   The LP "Steel wheels" was great, too!



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August 1964: The Rolling Stones and "It's All Over Now" on the radio

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A year before "Satisfaction" was # 1 and turned The Rolling Stones into international superstars, they had hits like "It's all over now".   It was an old hit for Bobby & Shirley Womack.     The B-side was "Tell me".     I recall getting that great LP "Big hits" many years ago.



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August 1967: The Rolling Stones and "We Love You" was a strange 45

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"We love you" was one weird 45.  It did not get a lot of airplay, although some of the early FM rock stations did pick it up.   Eventually, the B-side of "Dandelion" got the airplay.   

By the way, there are unconfirmed reports that John Lennon & Paul McCartney were part of the vocals!

Eventually, a stereo version was released in 1973 in the LP "Hot rocks".



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PM Trudeau’s words have consequences

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Like the rider on a pretty pony who gets a standing ovation at the circus, PM Justin Trudeau of Canada has done a lot of politically correct dancing and prancing in the world arena.    
He is cute, telegenic, does not talk like Trump, speaks in bigger generalities than Obama, and he has a bunch of refugees coming into Canada:  
The crowd of asylum seekers who gathered the other day outside this city’s Olympic Stadium, their temporary home, hailed from across the globe. 
They had fled violence, poverty, persecution and, some say, President Trump, often with only a suitcase to their name and a wisp of hope that Canada will allow them to stay.
They are part of a new surge of mostly Haitian migrants who have illegally crossed into Quebec by the hundreds every day over the past several weeks, walking over a ditch at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York. 
 
They are seeking to benefit from a loophole in a treaty between the two countries that allows them to make refugee claims in Canada if they do not arrive at legal ports of entry.
“I lost everything in Haiti, but now I’m afraid the U.S. will send me back,” said Jonathan Luima, 44, a Haitian migrant who arrived in the United States last year. “Canada is my only hope.”
This recent influx of asylum seekers poses a political and diplomatic test for the government of Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, as it seeks to balance its publicly compassionate statements toward refugees with a strict immigration system.
Well, who ever thought that the old home of the Expos would now be full of refugees? I guess that those plans for a baseball team in Montreal will have to wait for a new stadium because Olympic won’t be suitable for a while.
As a refugee myself, one who came here with my parents in the 1960s, I can certainly sympathize with people looking for a better life. At the same time, it has to be done in an orderly fashion.   
Furthermore, you have to balance the “influx” with your economy.  
In the 1960s, Cubans came to the U.S. and were immediately absorbed into a thriving local economy with lots of Miami employers who felt that it was their patriotic duty to hire someone off the plane. In other words, the Cubans who got off the plane were employed and self sufficient in a very short time.   
In our case, our family was relocated to Wisconsin by a church. They helped us get settled and my dad was working in a short time. Our family was not a burden to the state or to the people who relocated us.
PM Trudeau has a serious challenge and we wish him well. However, you may see him moderate his calls for refugee flow once Canadians begin to feel the true consequences of uncontrollable immigration.     
It’s one thing to be cute and telegenic and quite another to have Olympic Stadium full of people who took your words seriously.
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The Beatles: "Meet The Beatles" the album that we all grew up listening to...

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It was one of the most consequential LP's in pop history.   The playlist was something that we all sang to............about 27 minutes of pure magic:

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand 
2. I Saw Her Standing There 
3. This Boy 
4. It Won't Be Long 
5. All I've Got To Do 
6. All My Loving 
7. Don't Bother Me 
8. Little Child 
9. Till There Was You 
10. Hold Me Tight 
11. I Wanna Be Your Man 
12. Not A Second Time 



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From 'Meet The Beatles" to "Yesterday and Today": Remember The Beatles's US Albums....


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Like many of you, I grew up listening to The Beatles' US LP's.    

In other words, 'I've just seen a face" was the first song on Side A of "Rubber Soul" and "I feel fine" was on "Beatles 65".


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Happy # 69 Susan Jacks of The Poppy Family

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We say Happy # 69 to Susan Pesklevits of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.    We remember her as Susan Jacks of The Poppy Family.    She and her husband Terry ("Seasons in the sun") had several hits in the early 1970's.    

"Which way you goin' Billy" was their biggest hit in the US:



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August 1966: The Beatles's "Eleanor Rigby" on the radio

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August 1966 marked the last time that The Beatles toured North America, or anywhere else as far as I know.   It was also the month that the 45 "Yellow submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" were on the radio.        "Eleanor Rigby" featured a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin.

Both songs are from the "Revolver" LP.



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Happy # 74 to Billy J Kramer


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We say happy # 74 to Billy J Kramer today.   It's actually tomorrow but that's OK!

Before Beatlemania hit the US in 1964, John Lennon & Paul McCartney saw some of their songs hit the UK charts.    Some were recorded by The Beatles, such as "She loves you" & "Please please me", a couple of #1 songs.

They also "gave away" some songs to Liverpool friends and artists.  One of those artists was Billy J Kramer, who recorded "From a window", "Bad to me" and others.  

Billy J Kramer faded quickly and did not chart a lot after The Beatles crossed the Atlantic and became the #1 group in the world.

Click here for the original version of "Do you want to know a secret", a #2 song in the UK in the summer of 1963.

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A chat with Alex Lyda about the situation in Cuba.....




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Friday, August 18, 2017

Terror in Barcelona and a few other thoughts about the front page stories


We will look at the Trump presidency this week........plus the terrible incident in Barcelona.....when will citizens demand their right of self defense?................and other stories............

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Why didn't Pelosi remove the Confederate statues when she was Speaker and Dems had majority? Why now pander lady?



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The Rangers are 60-60 with 42 games to go.....predict today a wild card spot......it's coming together at the right time



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Happy # 76 Matt Snell.



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Happy # 78 Joe Azcue



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Just saw a poll that 44% of African Americans want the monuments to stay up.....same poll has it at 62% overall



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Maybe this Bannon exit is a sign that Mr Kelly is in charge.....that'd be good....but the chaos has to stop and soon.



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We remember that Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934


We remember that Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934.   He died tragically in 1972.   

Put me down as one of those kids who checked the box scores daily to keep up with Clemente’s batting statistics.  

His stats were awesome:   a .317 career batting average, 3000 hits, 240 HRs and 1305 RBI.   

Was he the greatest Latin player?  I would say yes, with all due to respect to others already in the Hall of Fame.    His greatest contribution is that he opened the door for so many Latins.

Clemente won 4 batting titles:  1961, 1964, 1965 & 1967.     

Sporting News ranked Clemente at # 20 among the 100 greatest players of all time.



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Monuments down, cash very low


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As we watch monuments coming down, we also take a look at the Democrats’ cash situation. To say the least, it is not pretty as we see in this latest update:  
Months of post-election malaise hamstrung the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fundraising over the first six months of 2017, creating a serious money gap with Republicans and raising questions about Democrats’ ability to take advantage of opportunities in the 2018 midterms. 
The DNC raised $38.2 million in the first half of the year, compared with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) $75.4 million haul during that period — a $37.2 million difference. 
As of June 30, the RNC has almost $45 million in the bank, while the DNC has just under $7.5 million, along with $3 million in debt.
Many Democrats are frustrated by the sluggish fundraising pace, which comes even as President Trump’s sagging approval rating drives Democratic outrage across the country.    
 
I guess that they’ve been busy bringing down monuments and carrying out “the resistance”.    
The Democrats have two problems and bringing down monuments will not fix them.
First, they’ve reduced their entire message to being anti-Trump. They are dangerously putting all their eggs in one basket and hoping that Trump fumbles and they score. Trump may fumble, but he may not. I don’t know of a single NFL coach who comes into a big game hoping that the opponents will fumble. Normally, your playbook is based on plays that get you a TD and the other side’s fumble is a gift that you gladly take.
Second, the Democrats have chosen two issues that most Americans don’t support, i.e. sanctuary cities and bringing down monuments.
The Democrats, the “out party”, has a chance to make gains in President Trump’s first mid-term election. However, they don’t seem to be positioning themselves for such a victory. Instead, they look invested in the policies that cost 1,000 seats during the Obama years.
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2016: A chat with Orlando Luis Pardo-Lazo........




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A chat with Leslie Eastman and surviving nuclear bombs & other stories of the day


Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection........what do you do to survive after a nuclear bomb is detonated........ .......we will look at this debate over deleting history........reactions to President Trump..........and other stories.........

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Woman Behind Destruction of Confederate Soldier Statue Is A Pro-North Korea Marxist..where do Dems find these idiots?



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Maybe we should remove the Democrats running these communities!

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We’ve seen a few monuments come down this week.
My question is simple:  What improvements will African Americans see after they don’t have to see monuments honoring General Robert F. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson or anyone else from the Old South in their communities?
My quick answer is not much.   In other words, our African American communities have issues that will not be resolved by replacing monuments.
David Goldman wrote a very interesting post this week about the state of the African American man, as well as a bit of history about the confederate soldier.
To say the obvious, the confederate soldier is dead and remains a topic for historians.   As the article points out, 28% of Southern military age men were killed in the Civil War.    That is almost 1 of 3 men!   That’s a lot of southern heritage!    This is why the issue is so important to southern families.
On the other hand, today’s African American male is here and desperately in need of help, as Mr. Goldman points out:
We are left with a suppurating, unhealed national wound. Black America is in jeopardy. For every 100 black women of marrying age there are only 81 men: the rest are dead or in jail. Seventy-three percent of African-American children are born out of marriage.
Although universities admit blacks and whites in roughly equal proportions, only 40% of black men graduate within six years of matriculation. Agony over these circumstances motivates the witch-hunt against imagined “micro-aggression,” as I wrote two years ago.
The “micro-aggression” theory does not explain why African-American women (who presumably are doubly oppressed for being both black and female) have a much higher college graduation rate (50% as opposed to 40%) than black men.
So what do we do now?
We can continue to bring down monuments and divide the country.  Again, we repeat that most Americans do not want these monuments removed.   They see them as history not racism.
We could get the state out of the monument business, as Mr. Goldman recommends.   In other words, sell these monuments to private enterprises.   They can display them in private parks or areas.     It may be a reasonable compromise but then future generations will be denied the story of these men.
Or, we can get over all of this and worry about the real problems that African American communities are facing, specially the ones run by Democrats.    These communities desperately need better schools and jobs so that African American men can enjoy a better future.
Last but not least, maybe we should remove the Democrats running these communities!
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CNN and polling firms



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1974: Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died” was the # 1 hit on the radio



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It's time to start asking Democrat Senators in red states about these monuments.....what do you say Senator Manchin of West VA?



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A story about deleting history


My guess is that most of the people bringing down monuments are caught up in a rage and have not thought through just exactly what they are doing.   
After all, why would anyone bring down a statue that honors the Confederate soldier as just happened in Durham, North Carolina?   
We can disagree about the war, but can’t we honor the men who were drafted or volunteered to fight?  Isn’t that what The Vietnam Memorial is about?     
Speaking of deleting history, Cubans have a lot of experience on the topic. The entire story of Castro’s Cuba has been one chapter after another about the elimination of names, photos, or even monuments.     
Let me tell you the story of Carlos Franqui, who passed away in 2010:  
 
Carlos Franqui, who has died aged 88, was a Cuban writer, journalist and poet who played an influential role in the early years of the Cuban revolution. 
A close friend of Fidel Castro, he ran the revolution’s radio station, Radio Rebelde, during the guerrilla war in the 1950s, and was the editor of Revolución, the iconoclastic, free-ranging paper that charted events and arguments in the early years of Castro’s Cuba. 
Unhappy about the close relationship that Castro formed with the local Communist party and then with the Soviet Union, Franqui left for a diplomatic post in Italy in 1963 and broke definitively with the revolution in 1968, when Castro supported the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. 
In permanent exile, he wrote several vivid accounts of his revolutionary experiences.
During the 1960s, Fidel Castro and Carlos Franqui had many debates. It ended up with the regime demanding total loyalty from writers and journalists:   
Castro was soon obliged to read the riot act, uttering his famous statement in June 1961 about the rights of artists and writers: “Inside the revolution everything; outside the revolution nothing.” 
Cultural producers were free to express themselves, but only under the conditions laid down.   
Franqui could not take it anymore. He eventually parted ways when Fidel Castro was forced to support the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to maintain his annual subsidy. So Franqui managed to get out and spent the rest of his life as an enemy of the regime.
And then Franqui was deleted from Cuban history and photos. His image was erased in various photos with Castro, as we can see in this example. First, there is Franqui in the back and then there is no Franqui in the photo.
His role in the “revolution” was deleted and there was no more Carlos Franqui as far as the regime was concerned.  
And that’s what happens when you delete history. You deny future generations the whole story.
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Happy # 76 Boog Powell

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We remember John "Boog" Powell born on this day in 1941.   

Powell broke with the Orioles in 1961 and became a regular in 1962:  15 HR & 53 RBI.   
By 1964, Boog was one of the top power hitters in the AL:  a .290 average with 39 HR & 99 RBI.

His best season was 1970:  .297 average, 35 HR, 114 RBI and the AL MVP.   The Orioles also won the World Series that year.

Boog hit 303 HR as an Oriole (339 total) and remains one of the most popular men ever to wear the team's uniform.

P.S.  After baseball, the former MVP set up a barbecue operation at Camden Yards:





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Happy # 80 to Diego Segui





We say happy # 80 to Diego Segui of Holguin, Cuba.     He was another one of those who played in the old Cuban league and later in the US major leagues:  Segui won 92 games, saved 71 with a 3.81 ERA.

Diego broke in with the Kansas City A’s (now Oakland A’s) in 1962 but left his mark in the city of Seattle.

Segui is the answer to a great baseball trivia question:   Who pitched on opening day for the old Seattle Pilots in 1969 and the current Seattle Mariners who started playing in 1977?    (By the way, the 1969 Seattle Pilots became the 1970 and current Milwaukee Brewers)

Here is the story:

“The city of Seattle (Washington) has been home to two Major League franchises.
The Seattle Pilots, who were an American League team based in Seattle, Washington for one season, 1969, before being relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.And the modern day Seattle Mariners, an American League team also based in Seattle, Washington, 1977 through today.Diego Segui is the only player in baseball history to play for both the Seattle Pilots (66 games pitched in 1969) and the Seattle Mariners (40 games pitched in 1977).Even more unique than that, Diego Segui played in both franchises Opening Day game, appearing in relief on April 8, 1969, the first game in franchise history for the Seattle Pilots, and was handed the loss on April 6, 1977, the first game in franchise history for the Seattle Mariners.”
Our family lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I remember watching Segui in 1970-71 with the Oakland A’s.

He appeared in the 1971 ALCS with Oakland and in the 1975 World Series with Boston.    Segui, along with Tony Perez and Luis Tiant, played in that legendary series.

Diego retired in 1977 after pitching with a few other teams. I don’t know whether he stayed in baseball or pursued another career.

Segui will be always be remembered in Seattle.   He is the only man who wore the Pilots and Mariners uniforms on their respective opening day games!

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