Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Supreme Court and other thoughts with George Rodriguez


Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative........We will look at the Supreme Court nomination.....Trump Cabinet and the US Senate...........the furor over the executive order.........the Democrats imploding.....and other stories.......



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1975: The Carpenters and "Please Mr. Postman" was # 1 this week


"Please Mr. Postman" has actually been around for some time.    It was a # 1 song for The Marvelettes, then by The Beatles and finally this version by The Carpenters.

It is now available in a digital format.      It was originally released in the "Horizon" album, also available in a digital format.


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A female bobcat escaped from the National Zoo and it's not Elizabeth Warren



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Roe v. Wade will raise its ugly head again this week


This week, President Trump will announce a Supreme Court nomination. Based on news reports, he will pick from a list of extremely competent people. In other words, any of these men or women would have easily been approved years ago. Some would have likely been approved on a voice vote, as was the case with two of President Eisenhower’s nominations.
That was then and this is now. Welcome to politics since Roe v. Wade.
Back in 2005, David Brooks commented on the Samuel Alito hearings, the first of two of President George W. Bush’s nominations:   
Justice Harry Blackmun did more inadvertent damage to our democracy than any other 20th-century American. When he and his Supreme Court colleagues issued the Roe v. Wade decision, they set off a cycle of political viciousness and counter-viciousness that has poisoned public life ever since, and now threatens to destroy the Senate as we know it.
When Blackmun wrote the Roe decision, it took the abortion issue out of the legislatures and put it into the courts. If it had remained in the legislatures, we would have seen a series of state-by-state compromises reflecting the views of the centrist majority that’s always existed on this issue. These legislative compromises wouldn’t have pleased everyone, but would have been regarded as legitimate.
 
Instead, Blackmun and his concurring colleagues invented a right to abortion, and imposed a solution more extreme than the policies of just about any other comparable nation.
Religious conservatives became alienated from their own government, feeling that their democratic rights had been usurped by robed elitists. Liberals lost touch with working-class Americans because they never had to have a conversation about values with those voters; they could just rely on the courts to impose their views. The parties polarized as they each became dominated by absolutist activists.
Unable to lobby for their pro-life or pro-choice views in normal ways, abortion activists focused their attention on judicial nominations. Dozens of groups on the right and left have been created to destroy nominees who might oppose their side of the fight. But abortion is never the explicit subject of these confirmation battles. Instead, the groups try to find some other pretext to destroy their foes.
And destroy your foes is exactly what we will see starting this week.
The Democrats are so invested in defending Roe v. Wade that every question will be about it. They will ask in hundred of ways about whether or not the nominee plans to overturn “settled law”.    
Sorry, but the 1973 decision was an opinion not a law. We want to put abortion to the test of the law. We are the ones who would love to see a debate in legislatures from coast to coast on abortion and same sex marriage. Roe v. Wade killed any chance of the people crafting a law or compromise.
So get ready for the ugliest side of our politics, or another debate about abortion.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Super Bowl, Baseball Hall of Fame and other DFW sports



Guests: Carlos Torres and David Busby.........we will look at the New England vs Atlanta Super Bowl.......Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers........Brady the greatest QB ever?.....Ivan Rodriguez and the Baseball Hall of Fame.........Dallas Stars.......Dallas Mavericks........Texas Rangers and Mike Napoli..........and other stories... 

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Where were the marches about the Cubans?



The airports are a bit crowded today with people protesting President Trump’s latest executive order.
Yet, they were empty when President Obama blocked the Cubans, or for that matter when Mexico deported some back to the island.
Rep. Diaz Balart of South Florida pointed out the double standard:
Obama on January 12 ended the nation’s “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy which for the past two decades had allowed Cubans to remain legally in the United States if they were able to set foot on U.S. land.
The Cuban government had been seeking an end to the policy and it followed Obama’s decision to renew diplomatic and economic ties with the country, which is still controlled by a dictatorship.
We ask again: what happened to the self righteous marchers? The answer is that George Soros did not want to pay for a march against President Obama.
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Troy Shondell, "This time" and a classic one hit wonder


We remember Troy Shondell, one of the great "one hit wonders" of pop/rock.    
In 1961, he recorded "This time", an international million selle.    By the way, you can buy get a digital copy for your oldies collection.


THIS TIME


"This time we're really breaking up
This time we said way too much
This time is for all time
How about this time
This time there'll be no good night kiss
This time is forever
This time I find that I'm
Really losing you
My heart is broken now
It really doesn't matter anyhow
Now that you're going away
I only live from day to day
This time there'll be no good night kiss
This time is forever
This time I find that I'm
Really losing you........"



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Sandy Amoros and the biggest catch in Brooklyn Dodgers' history




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Sandy Amoros was born in Cuba on this day in 1930.   He was an extra outfielder in those great Brooklyn teams who played the New York Yankees in 6 World Series between 1947 and 1956.   The Yankees and Dodgers were the two best teams in baseball during that period.    

We remember Sandy Amoros for the  the big catch that saved Johnny Podres' shutout in game 7 of the 1955 World Series:

"There were many heroes in the Dodgers' victory over the Yankees in 1955, but it was Mr. Amoros, an otherwise obscure Cuban-born outfielder with a .255 career batting average, who nailed down Brooklyn's lone World Series championship with a single play that has unreeled across the minds of Brooklyn fans ever since. 
It happened in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 4, 1955, as the Dodgers, who had come back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Series at three games each, tried once again to do something they had failed to do five times since 1941: beat the Yankees in the World Series."
It was the only World Series victory in Brooklyn:







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1965: Petula Clark's "Downtown" was # 1 this week

Petula Clark was one of my favorite female vocalists of the pop era.   She had a great voice, good looks and just a great style.   Petula was the first British lady to have a number one song in the US.   Her success followed the British Invasion of 1964,

"Downtown" was written by Tony Hatch, who was inspired by the lights and sounds of New York City.   It was the first of 15 consecutive Top 40 hits in the US.   Her second # 1 song was "My love", my favorite song by Petula.   She sold over 60 million records worldwide in various languages.

She is in her 80s today and living in her native England.  

By the way, "Downtown" is now available in a digital format.

On this day in 1965, her song "Downtown" reached # 1 on Billboard USA.



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1933: The Lone Ranger debut on the radio


Like some of you, I grew up watching "The Lone Ranger" on TV.  

However, the show started on the radio many years ago:
"The creation of station-owner George Trendle and writer Fran Striker, the "masked rider of the plains" became one of the most popular and enduring western heroes of the 20th century. 
Joined by his trusty steed, Silver, and loyal Indian scout, Tonto, the Lone Ranger sallied forth to do battle with evil western outlaws and Indians, generally arriving on the scene just in time to save an innocent golden-haired child or sun-bonneted farm wife."
A few years ago, I heard some of these old radio shows and they were great.

Eventually, radio became TV and "The Lone Ranger" was seen by millions of kids like me.



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We will have a real World Series if California secedes


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We just learned that the secession movement in California is actually picking up steam:
A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump’s election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.
California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of “California Nationhood” — also known as Calexit — to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot.
The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 represent eight percent of registered voters in California — the most populous state in the country with nearly 40 million residents and the world’s sixth-largest economy.
There is even talk that California will withhold taxes to the federal government to fight President Trump:
 
Officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.
The federal funds pay for a variety of state and local programs from law enforcement to homeless shelters.
“California could very well become an organized non-payer,” said Willie Brown, Jr, a former speaker of the state Assembly in an interview recorded Friday for KPIX 5’s Sunday morning news. “They could recommend non-compliance with the federal tax code.”
It’s fair to say that California has declared war on President Trump. I guess that’s what happens when California votes so differently than the the other 49. Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 30 points in California, or 4 million votes.
Where do we go from here?
First, California is indeed one of the top GDPs in the world. However, it is also an overtaxed and highly regulated state, as any business person will tell you. I’m not sure that many industries or taxpayers will stay behind if they have to change their passports from the U.S. to the Republic of “choose your gender” California.    
Second, California may find out that all of those military bases, and the jobs that they create, will start packing east the minute that California leaves the rest of us.
Third, and very important, how are all of those interest groups going to work together when they don’t have President Trump to blame for everything? What happens when President Jerry Brown calls for more tax increases to pay for a state with unsustainable public sector contracts?    
They currently face a $1.6 billion deficit because of lagging tax revenue collections.  
So it won’t happen. California will remain a state and that is a good thing for them and the rest of us.
However, one good thing about California being a foreign country is that a LA Dodgers vs Texas Rangers final would literally be a World Series. The winner will finally be the actual world champs.
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January 1969: The Bee Gees and "I started a joke"



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"I started a joke" was released in the US in January 1969.   It is one of my top 5 Bee Gees' songs. 

It was also one of the best Robin Gibb lead vocals.

In January 1969, Barry was 22, Robin & Maurice were 19 and the brothers were enjoying a wonderful run on the international pop charts.

The young Gibb brothers had just released their 3rd best selling international album (IDEA)!   It followed HORIZONTAL and FIRST.

They sold millions of records with monster hits: "Words", "I've gotta get a message to you", "Holiday", "To love somebody" and "Massachusetts".

"I started a joke" was one of their best compositions.  It turned into a huge hit in the US and just about everywhere else.

You can hear the song HERE.    This is a great CD of their # 1 songs.




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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda



Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...........we will look back at Trump week 1, a rather amazing start.........look ahead to week 2.........the Democrats are still in disarray........a Supreme Court nomination is around the corner..........PM May of the UK meets with President Trump............President Pena-Nieto cancels his trip to the US............and other stories... 

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1964: Dr. Strangelove premiered in the US


On this day in 1964, a very strange movie opened in the US.   

It was: Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb!     It was based on a rogue officer who decides to use nuclear weapons against the old USSR.

This is what Roger Ebert wrote about the movie:
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964) is filled with great comic performances, and just as well, because there's so little else in the movie apart from faces, bodies and words. Kubrick shot it on four principal locations (an office, the perimeter of an Air Force base, the "War Room," and the interior of a B-52 bomber). His special effects are competent but not dazzling (we are obviously looking at model planes over Russia). The War Room, one of the most memorable of movie interiors, was created by Ken Adam out of a circular desk, a ring of lights, some back-projected maps, and darkness. The headquarters of Gen. Jack D. Ripper, the haywire Air Force general, is just a room with some office furniture in it.
Yet out of these rudimentary physical props and a brilliant screenplay (which Kubrick and Terry Southern based on a novel by Peter George), Kubrick made what is arguably the best political satire of the century, a film that pulled the rug out from under the Cold War by arguing that if a "nuclear deterrent" destroys all life on Earth, it is hard to say exactly what it has deterred.
"Dr. Strangelove's" humor is generated by a basic comic principle: People trying to be funny are never as funny as people trying to be serious and failing. The laughs have to seem forced on unwilling characters by the logic of events. A man wearing a funny hat is not funny. But a man who doesn't know he's wearing a funny hat ... ah, now you've got something.
Frankly, it was very strange!




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Trump week 1 plus the Democrats 2017 with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor




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The Doolittle Raid from World War II with Barry Jacobsen




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The marches, Trump week # 1, NAFTA, Brazil and other stories of the week




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1861: Kansas entered the Union as the 28th state

Kansas became the 28th state on this day in 1861.   

It was not easy because the nation was about to fight what we now call The Civl War.  

The admittance into the Union increased tensions over slavery.  It turned out that Kansas suffered the highest rate of fatal casualties of any Union state. 

Today, Kansas is a prosperous state and reliably Republican.       It has a population of 3 million people and a strong economy.




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President Trump needs to lower the volume on Mexico


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It was a tough week for the U.S. and Mexico.  It started with talk of President Peña-Nieto visiting the U.S., but it ended with a cancelation of the visit.   
To be honest, I think President Trump pushed President Peña-Nieto into a corner.  It was wrong, but both sides will get over it.  Mexico and the U.S. need each other a lot.
Down in Mexico, there is a “Mexico first” movement brewing, too, and none other than Carlos Slim is in the picture.   
This is from CNBC:
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said a united country could help the government negotiate with President Donald Trump.
 
Mexico needs to negotiate from a position of strength, Slim said in a Fridaynews conference. 
Slim, who gained a $50 billion fortune owning mobile network America Movil, argued the clash between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has brought Mexico together. 
Slim urged political parties in the country to unite behind Nieto.
While he called Trump a great negotiator, Slim said Friday that Mexico should not be scared of him or assume things will go badly.
Slim even joked that the U.S. will need Mexicans to build the wall.
During the last few days, I’ve exchanged a few messages with Mexican friends, and they are angry with Mr. Trump.  They fear that Mr. Trump is making Mr. Lopez-Obrador, the leftist who nearly won the 2006 election and put up a strong showing in 2012, into the next president of Mexico.   
AMLO, as he is known in Mexico, is a leftist in the style of Chávez, or not the kind of man we really want next door.  You can count on him to be a nuisance and not cooperate with the U.S. at all.
Do you think we have troubles with Mexico?  Wait until a Chávez disciple takes over!
At the same time, some of my friends feel that Mr. Trump may actually be doing a much needed favor.  In other words, Mr. Trump may be forcing Mexicans to realize that they are too dependent on remittances (U.S. $25 billion) and not doing enough to make the country more appealing to the young people who are cutting our grass and fixing our roofs.
Time will tell where this story goes.  We are entering into a new period of U.S.-Mexico relations.
It could be good or bad.  I guess it depends on Mr. Trump and how far he wants to fight with Mexico.  I hope Mr. Trump lowers the volume because we have much bigger problems in this world than Mexico.
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Violence in Chicago and will President Trump intervene with Michael Bargo.




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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday: US-Mexico issues, Trump week 1 and Jose Marti





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Remembering Jose Marti (1853-95)


Jose Marti was born on a day like this in 1853.  He died in 1895 during a confrontation with Spanish troops in the long and very costly Cuban War of Independence.


I used to see a picture of Jose Marti every Sunday when I visited my my parents home.  My late father has a pre-Castro peso bill framed on the wall.  It was nostalgia and a reminder that the pre-Castro peso actually had the same value as a dollar

Marti's picture is part of our family pictures on the wall.  It is there between our First Communion photos and other souvenirs of Cuba.  My guess is that most Cuban families have a picture of Marti on their walls too. 

My parents also had a Marti quote on their wall:
"*Nunca son más bellas las playas del destierro que cuando se les dice adiós.""
We chatted with Jorge Ponce, a Cuban American who lives in the East Coast, and Alfredo Cespero from Miami.   They joined me for a discussion of Jose Marti's life and what it means for those of us who grew up in the US.  


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The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez


GUESTS: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, 'Jose Marti, a revolutionary life'..........the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti........

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Elvis 1956: RCA released "Heartbreak hotel"


Elvis Presley's internatonal career began years ago with the release of "Heartbreak Hotel" on RCA Records.   Elvis had recorded for Sam Phillips and Sun Records in 1954-55.     

"Heartbreak Hotel" became his first # 1 on Billboard USA and introduced the world to Elvis' inimitable style.

The B-side "I was the one" got some airplay, too.

P.S.   They are both now available on digital:  "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I was the one".



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Remember the one about the great economy Obama left Trump?



Like that ear-crushing, obnoxious long version of “In a gadda da vida“, the Obama years were too long for those of us who live in the real world.        
President Obama couldn’t help it, but he left us another one of his signature less than 2% GDP quarters:
The U.S. economy’s expansion slowed in the fourth quarter, and annual growth failed to reach 3% for an 11th straight year, reflecting the huge hurdles the Trump administration faces in trying to speed up a 7½-year-old expansion.
The article points out that a “wider trade deficit” was the biggest problem. It dragged the U.S. economy down, according to the experts. Wonder when President Trump pivots from Mexico’s US$ 50 billion deficit to the China’s really big one?
What does this mean now that President Obama is gone and President Trump now has to act?
 
Politically, it will certainly shut down all those Democrats who kept telling us that President Trump got an economic gift from Obama. Wonder if those glowing posts about the economy will now be amended? Will we hear that President Obama never saw the upper side of a 3% GDP?
President Trump will be under more pressure to energize the U.S. economy. He will recall President Reagan’s efforts from 1981. However, President Reagan did not have the crushing debt (US$ 20 trillion) that President Trump will have to take into consideration.  
My hope is that the deficit hawks, of which I am a proud member, will understand that something must be done to pump the GDP into the 5-7% range as soon as possible. It is the only then that we will be able to put people back to work and pay down the debt.
In the meantime, let’s remember all those posts and articles about the great economy that President Obama left President Trump. It was good while it lasted!
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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Democrats now plus week 1 for President Trump with Barry Casselman




Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor........we will look at the first week of Trump and the state of the Democrat Party..............and other stories...

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The Ronettes: Remembering Veronica, Estelle & Nedra





The Ronettes were one of the great girl groups.     

They were Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, her sister Estelle, and their cousin Nedra Talley.   They grew up in New York City's Washington Heights.


"Be My Babywas one of the first 45s in my collection.   It is one of the greatest songs of the 1960s. 

The Ronettes, one of the great "girl groups" of pop!

Happy # 70 to John Lowenstein

We say happy # 70 to John Lowenstein, one of the most popular players in the Orioles teams that played in the 1979 and 1983 World Series.   He was not a superstar, like Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer or Cal Ripken, but he was a huge factor in the Orioles' winning ways.

John came to Baltimore just before the 1979 season.   He platooned in left field with Gary Roenicke.   His numbers were great, specially in 1982 when he hit .320 with 24 HR and 66 RBI in 122 games.   In 1983, or the year that Baltimore won the World Series, John hit .291 with 15 HR.

In the post season, John hit .308 in 10 games.   He also hit the 3-run homer to beat the Angels in extra innings of game 1 of the 1979 ALCS.

He was a real fan favorite.   I hope that he's doing well.   Thanks for the memories!





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