Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday's show: Honduras elections, GOP tax reform, Christmas decorations & other stories


We will look at the elections in Honduras......the GOP Senate and tax reform........the silly reaction to Mrs. Trump and The White House decorations...the sexual misconduct list grows with more men under fire.....we remember PM Winston Churchill and Dick Clark ('American Bandstand') born on this day..........plus other stories of the day...........

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Thursday's video: Real men respect women



From members of Congress to people in the media, it’s time for these men to resign from their positions of responsibility. Furthermore, members of Congress should be accountable for using public funds for personal settlements with women...

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The war on Melania over Christmas

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Over the last couple of days, First Lady Melania Trump has beautifully welcomed the Christmas season.  Cheers to the president and Mrs. Trump!
Unfortunately, some in the media don’t like it at all, as Debra Haine posted:
Did you know that those exquisite White House Christmas decorations First Lady Melania Trump proudly unveiled yesterday are “spooky,” “spine-chilling,” and “nightmarish” – like scenes from Mordor, Narnia, or The Shining?
It took most of the day yesterday, but by nightfall, the Trump-hating media was able to settle on an unfavorable narrative with which to belittle the newly unveiled decor.
Amazing!  What is the point of getting so worked up over a White House that just dressed up for Christmas?  Have we sunk to this level of silliness? 
According to a Pew study from 2015, Americans celebrate Christmas in huge numbers:
About nine-in-ten Americans (92%) and nearly all Christians (96%) say they celebrate Christmas, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey. 
This is no surprise, but what might be more unexpected is that a big majority (81%) of non-Christians in the U.S. also celebrate Christmas. 
This includes 87% of people with no religion and even about three-quarters of Asian-American Buddhists (76%) and Hindus (73%). 
Roughly a third of U.S. Jews (32%) – many of whom have non-Jewish spouses – said in a 2013 survey that they had a Christmas tree in their homes during the most recent holiday season. 
Among Americans overall, about half (51%) say they celebrate Christmas as more of a religious holiday, while roughly a third (32%) say it is more of a cultural holiday to them personally.
Sounds about right.  My own personal experience confirms that.
So are Americans worked up about the White House saying, “Merry Christmas”?  Not at all, unless you were hoping that First Gentleman Bill Clinton would introduce the Christmas decorations and bake cookies in 2017.
Or maybe there is Melania Derangement Syndrome in the water at some newsrooms in the U.S.
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A word about Lauer, Kieller, Rose, etc.



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Moore vs Jones in Alabama



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Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) will not run for re-election



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1 in 7 is a lot of Mexicanos!


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At current trends, the US will be one of the largest employers of Mexicans!     

According to recent reports, 10% of Mexico's population is now living in the United States.

About 15% of Mexico's labor force is working in the United States. 

One in every 7 Mexican workers migrates to the United States.

Mexico needs to find a way to keep its people home!






Pres. Ford, the man with the pipe



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Pres. Ford spent much of his post presidency enjoying a well deserved retirement. He made a few appearances but generally stayed home and enjoyed his wonderful wife and family. 

Yes, Pres. Ford often smoked a pipe in public. He may have been the last president to smoke in public.   

Who remembers this from the day he became president:
"I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots.   So I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers."    
I remember Pres. Ford making that statement. I think that it went over very well with much of the country.





We remember President Ford

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Presidential libraries are some of my favorite places on the internet.

During a recent search. I remember reading about Pres. Ford's death and his early years.   

Some of us are old enough to remember Watergate and the challenges that Pres. Ford faced in 1974. Therefore, it is very difficult to compare his presidency with others. No one else became president, or faced the challenges, that Pres. Ford faced.

Overall, he was a great man and the nation was very fortunate that President Ford was around.


We remember Jim Nabors (1930-2017)



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We learned that Jim Nabors, who played the wonderful "Gomer Pyle" on TV, passed away today.   He was 87.     

Besides playing the happy Marine, Nabors also had an amazing singing voice.  

As a singer, Nabors released 28 albums and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.




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Idea for those under 40: Tell your parents that you saw them dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand






On this day in 1956, Dick Clark started his show in Philadelphia.    It went national in 1957.    And we all know the rest of the story!

Let me give anybody under 40 an idea for this weekend.

Tell your mother, or your grandmother, that you saw her dancing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  Tell her that you really liked those shoes, skirt & that hair! 





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Churchill and "The gathering storm"




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Nov 30, 1874: Winston Churchill was born!


We remember today one of the great men of the 20th century:


"Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England."   (History)

Churchill was the man at the right time for the UK in World War II.   




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1874: Winston Churchill was born

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We love “leadership” and great leaders to run our countries.   Today, we remember Winston Churchill, one of the giants of the 20th century who was born on this day in 1874:
“Churchill came from a prestigious family with a long history of military service and joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving in a number of important posts before being appointed Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war he foresaw.
In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns, and he was excluded from the war coalition government. He resigned and volunteered to command an infantry battalion in France. However, in 1917, he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926.
Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of German and Japanese aggression.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill was called back to his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and eight months later replaced the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would “never surrender.” He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Rooseveltand Joseph Stalin into an alliance that eventually crushed the Axis.
In July 1945, 10 weeks after Germany’s defeat, his Conservative government suffered an electoral loss against Clement Attlee’s Labour Party, and Churchill resigned as prime minister. He became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister.
Two years later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume historical study of World War II and for his political speeches.
In 1955, he retired as prime minister but remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death.”
There are several lessons from Churchill’s life:
1) Failure is a part of life.  Mr Churchill failed but never gave up;
2) “Call out evil”, as he did over and over again when he spoke about Hitler in the 1930’s; and,
3) Take time for your hobbies, from writing to painting.  
Winston Churchill was a giant of a man.  I hope that the young people are reading about his life and how he used words:







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"Young Winston" is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about Winston Churchill


On Friday's show, Barry Jacobsen and I rememberd "Young Winston" with Simon Ward and Anne Bancroft playing his mother.    It is a great movie.   It will introduce to Churchill who was born in 1874.



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A great movie about Churchill: Young Winston





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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday's show: Matt Lauer, the Senate GOP & tax reform, Lecuona and a few other thoughts


We will look at the case of Matt Lauer of NBC, the latest media personality to get fired over sexual misconduct......the GOP Senate and tax reform........Ernesto Lecuona died in 1963....George Harrison died in 2001..........Henry Hyde 1924-2007......plus other stories of the day...........

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Wednesday's video: The big deal about Christmas and the White House



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Matt Lauer's case is a problem because of the hypocrisy



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U.S. 3rd quarter GDP grew at 3.3%



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Cokie, Nancy & John

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Over the weekend, Rep. Pelosi went on TV to talk about Rep. John Conyers. 
At the same time, Cokie Roberts of NPR made an amazing statement about the same Rep. Conyers.
Let’s review what Cokie Roberts said:    
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Cokie Roberts made a startling admission: “every female in the press corps knew” to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and has apparently known about this “for years.” 
Conyers has been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and has stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee. 
Despite the allegations against him, major players in the Democratic Party have defended Conyers and will not say that he should resign. Pelosi even referred to the embattled congressman as an “icon.”  
This is what Rep. Pelosi said of Rep. Conyers:     
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. John Conyers as “an icon in our country” on Sunday, after noting he deserves “due process” as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
Wonder if Rep. Pelosi thinks that Judge Roy Moore in Alabama deserves a little due process, too?    
To be honest, my expectations of Rep. Pelosi are so low that anything is possible. In other words, she is a phony feminist who will stand by her man as long he supports abortion and the liberal agenda. No surprise that Rep. Pelosi said what she said.
I am a bit surprised about Cokie Roberts. I am surprised that she, and apparently other female members of the media, were afraid of getting into an elevator with the “Icon.”     
After all, Mrs. Roberts could have broken a huge story over the last few years about “the icon” and his women. It would have been helpful to expose this stuff, or at least that’s what these people always claim to be doing on their jobs.     
So will anone over at NPR call on Mrs. Roberts to resign for protecting a member of Congress? I hope that they do. It would have been good for the young female interns in the Congress to avoid an elevator trip with the “icon.”
Phony feminists both!
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We remember Natalie Wood (1938-81)




We remember Natalie Wood who tragically drowned on November 29, 1981:   
"Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, Wood began her acting career as a child. She gained acclaim for her role as Susan Walker, the little girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). 
As a teenager, Wood went on to play James Dean’s girlfriend in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. She also earned Best Actress Academy Award nominations for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) with Warren Beatty and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) with Steve McQueen. 
Wood’s film credits also include West Side Story (1961), winner of 10 Oscars, in which she played the lead role of Maria; Gypsy (1962), which was based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name and co-starred Rosalind Russell and Karl Malden; The Great Race (1965), with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; Inside Daisy Clover (1966), with Christopher Plummer and Robert Redford; and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) with Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.
Wood was twice married to the actor Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery), from 1957 to 1962 and from 1974 to the time of her death. 
On the night of November 29, 1981, the dark-haired beauty was with her husband on their yacht “The Splendor,” which was moored off Santa Catalina, near Los Angeles. Also on the yacht was the actor Christopher Walken, who at the time was making the movie Brainstorm with Wood. 
Neither Wagner nor Walken saw what happened to Wood that night, but it was believed she somehow slipped overboard while untying a dinghy attached to the boat. Her body was found in the early hours of the following morning. Brainstorm, Wood’s final film, was released in theaters in 1983."
She was a beautiful woman who left her mark in the movies.




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The music of Ernesto Lecuona and other Cuban composers.

Guest:  Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".  We will review the career of Ernesto Lecuona, one of the greatest composers of the Spanish speaking world, plus Moises Simons, Rene Touzet among others..


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November 29, 2001: We learned that George Harrison died after a long illness




We remember George Harrison today.  Of course, George died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George usually wrote and sang one song in every Beatles' album.  However, he really excelled in Abbey Road with "Something" and "Here comes the sun".

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

George played lead guitar and did some background vocals as well.  He was referred to as the "quiet Beatle" because he was always playing behind John and Paul.  

It's easy to be "quiet" when you are playing behind the "songwriting" machine of Lennon-McCartney!  Nevertheless, his wonderful guitar is heard in everyone of The Beatles's hits, from "Ticket to Ride" to "Day Tripper" to "Come Together".

George was always there but we just didn't notice him that much!


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We remember Rep. Henry Hyde (1924-2007)


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We remember former Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who died on this day in 2007.

He was one of my favorite members of Congress.

Most people remember Rep. Hyde because of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Yet, I recall his work against abortion and wonderful command of the English language.

We miss Rep. Hyde!






We remember Louisa May Alcott (1832-88)


Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1832.    

We remember her book "Little women", a best selling story about the March sisters from 1869.      She followed up that successful publication with "Little Men" (1871).    

In the 20th century, her book was turned into a very popular movie in 1949 and later in 1994.



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George Harrison 1943-2001



We remember that George Harrison died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

George played lead guitar and did some background vocals as well.  He was referred to as the "quiet Beatle" because he was always playing behind John and Paul.  

It's easy to be "quiet" when you are playing behind the "songwriting" machine of Lennon-McCartney!  Nevertheless, his wonderful guitar is heard in everyone of The Beatles's hits, from "Ticket to Ride" to "Day Tripper" to "Come Together".

George was always there but we just didn't notice him that much!

He did compose and sang "Something", a # 1 song and the only time that one of George's compositions was selected as the A-side of a Beatles' single.  

It's hard to believe that died that years ago.   Where did the time go?



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1963: Ernesto Lecuona died and left us a legacy of great songs


Ernesto Lecuona, the greatest Cuban composer of the 20th century, died on this day in 1963.  His story is one of music and more music:
"Ernesto Lecuona was born in Guanabacoa, Cuba, across the bay from Havana, on August 6, 1895, but for an unexplained reason he actually observed his birthday as August 7, 1896. 
His musical talent was already discernible at age three. Following initial piano studies with his sister, Ernestina, he continued at the Conservatorio Peyrellade with Antonio Saaverda and the famed Joaquin Nin. 
At 17 he graduated from the National Conservatory of Havana with a gold medal in performance. 
He had become a prodigious pianist indeed and his talents were soon on view for the first time outside Cuba when he appeared at Aeolian Hall, New York City in 1916. 
While his ties to his native Cuba were always strong, this initial performance in New York paved the way for an increasing presence in the United States, both as concert pianist and as composer, which eventually led to his permanent move to Florida in 1960, following the rise to power of the Communist leader, Fidel Castro in 1959. 
Lecuona produced a veritable torrent of music during his 70 years, including a number of major pop songs, such as the well-remembered, "Malaguena" the bright and rhythmic, "Siboney," with which one can almost hear the clicking accompaniment of castanets "Always in My Heart" and "Andalucia," better remembered for its Americanized version, “The Breeze and I," which became in the late '30s a popular recording hit by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
While we honor the late Ernesto Lecuona for his wonderful collection of memorable and tuneful songs, his talents in music-making were literally all over the map. 
In addition to more than 400 songs, he also created 176 piano pieces, 53 theater works (zarzuelas, operettas, theatrical revues and an opera), 31 orchestral scores, 6 pieces for piano and orchestra, 3 violin works, a trio, 5 ballets, 11 film scores and many incidental arrangements.
Lecuona's work stretched considerably beyond the printed score sheet. He was the co-founder of the Havana Symphony Orchestra, the Lecuona Cuban Boys Band and La Orquesta de la Habana. 
During the '30s and '40s, he was hired to create a number of motion picture scores for MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, and his score for the 1942 Warner Bros. film Always in My Heart was nominated for an Academy Award. 
At one time he also served as honorary cultural attaché to the Cuban embassy in Washington. He also gave successful performances in Carnegie Hall.
Lecuona, who had moved permanently to Tampa, Florida in 1960, died three years later of a heart attack while on a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 
He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY."
He died 50 years ago today and left us a wonderful musical legacy.  







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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday's show: The GOP Senate & Tax reform, Alabama plus more


We will look at the GOP Senate and tax reform.....where are the moderate Democrats?......the election in Alabama...has Moore turned the corner?....some Democrats vs the sisters again.....happy # 88 Berry Gordy, the Motown Man......happy # 59 Dave Rhigetti.......plus other stories of the day..........

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Nancy, Cokie & John



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We remember Sara Montiel (1928-2013)



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We remember the great Sara Montiel!   She was born in 1928 and died in 2013.

As a kid, I recall my grandmother humming "La Violetera", a song made very popular by Sara Montiel.  She would look at me and sing this song!

Sara's career included movies and recordings.

She was clearly one of the most consequential female stars of the Spanish speaking world.

Let me dedicate this one to my late "Abuela Senda".  I think that she would loved my salute to Sarita Montiel.  





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Let’s go to war with the Sisters again

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On Monday morning, I drank a quick coffee and watched Professor Alan Dershowitz argue that Dems have to move center if they want to win!    
For the sake of centrist Democrats horrified at the state of their party, I hope that they are watching or listening to the liberal professor in California.
We learned a few days ago that some Democrats are after the Sisters again:  
The Little Sisters of the Poor are heading back to court to defend themselves against the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate to provide contraception, yet again. 
In an unusual political move, Pennsylvania and California sued the Little Sisters, demanding the same group who won at the Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell provide contraceptives in their state. 
In early October, HHS issued a new rule that protects religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor from providing anything like contraception that would violate their religious beliefs. 
In a press release, Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at Becket and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said: “Sadly Josh Shapiro and Xavier Becerra [attorneys general in Pennsylvania and California, respectively] think attacking nuns is a way to score political points. These men may think their campaign donors want them to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s divisive and unnecessary culture war.”    
Crazy, and that’s all you can say!
As the article points out, there is a lot of political posturing here, with state attorneys general looking for some donations from Planned Parenthood or perhaps Hollywood.
Once upon a time, most reasonable people of whatever faith would have applauded a group of religious women taking care of the sick. After all, these sisters are taking care of people and often without insurance.   
The ladies are not a threat to anyone, unless you are in the pockets of Planned Parenthood and use these frivolous lawsuits to keep the donations coming.
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