Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1960: Percy Faith's "Theme from a summer place" was # 1 this week


You start with a romantic movie, add a great theme song and you get the # 1 record in the land.      

"Theme from a summer place" by Percy Faith was # 1 this week in 1960 and stayed at the top of Billboard for several weeks.     It is really a very nice arrangement!

You can get the digital version of the song here.........and watch the movie as well.    



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Happy # 74 Jack Billingham

We say happy birthday to Jack Billingham, a very good righthanded pitcher.      He was born in Florida on this day.

Jack broke with the Dodgers in 1968 and was traded to Houston the next year.   

He became one of the best right handers in the NL with Cincinatti:  87-63, 3.85 ERA and 18 Shutouts.      

He was also a great post-season pitcher:    2-0, 0.36 ERA and 1 earned run in 25⅓ innings over 3 World Series with the Reds.  

Jack retired with 145-113 record, 15 shutouts and 74 complete games.    He pitched for the Reds in the 1975 World Series:



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1972: President Nixon in China

One of the benefits of old age is that you remember President Nixon's surprising trip to China in 1972.  It caught everyone by surprise.  It must be one of the best kept secrets in modern history:

"In an amazing turn of events, President Richard Nixon takes a dramatic first step toward normalizing relations with the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) by traveling to Beijing for a week of talks. Nixon's historic visit began the slow process of the re-establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China."

Nobody expected such a move from President Nixon, the anti-communist.  At the same time, it was proof of President Nixon's brilliance and his ability to look forward and promote US interests.

Again, I'm old enough to remember watching the scenes on the evening news.  It's amazing how China has changed, from all of those people in bicycles to huge cities polluted by industries and cars.   

Was it the right thing to do?    We are still debating that today.     

We remember Henry Kissinger, who became Secretary of State a year later in 1973.  Also, President Nixon discussed the trip in his memoirs.



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The disarray is on the Democrat side


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It may be that President Trump is off to a busy start, but calling it chaotic is silly and highly partisan. The real chaos is on the other side, and my good friend Barry Casselman has an interesting view:
The real chaos in the capital is in minds of those who oppose him — the same folks who determined he would fail even before he began. The establishment media is in a fury because he won’t recognize them at press conferences, even though they blithely ignored the fact that his predecessor ignored the conservative media for eight years.
You want to report about chaos? Check out the Democrats and their campaign to nominate a new DNC chairman.
In the next couple of weeks, we will see the party that gave us JFK, FDR, and Truman nominate a chairman who couldn’t win a general election outside of San Francisco.
The Democrats are still fighting the reality of election day. They didn’t just lose the presidency. They lost everything else as well.
 
They have two chocies: they can continue to fight, resist and make noise. Or, they can act like adults and negotiate with President Trump, as Doug Schoen recommends:
Many Democratic disagreements with Trump’s executive orders are valid and there is a clear opportunity for opposition to Trump on the basis of their faults and flaws.
However, if Democrats want to win back power they cannot do so by moving further left, resisting Trump at every move, and taking to the streets.
Put simply, the Democratic Party is on life support and there is a quiet, but ruthless, war being fought over its future.
While the Democratic Party is driven left by anti-Trump activists, protestors, and Senators such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, America itself remains a fundamentally center-right nation.
In other words, grow up, Democrats.
Nevertheless, the media is all focused on President Trump’s rough start. Frankly, President Trump’s administration looks like an orderly bunch compared to the other side.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Some ideas to replace Obama Care with Dr. Ileana Johnson



Guest: Dr. Ileana Johnson, author, blogger and economist.........we will look at some alternatives to replace Obama Care.........what do we do with preexisting conditions and people already on the program?..........how long can a replacement or transition to a new plan take?......and more stories.......

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We remember Brenda Buttner (1961-2017)



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Happy # 69 Jennifer O'Neill



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Happy # 90 Sidney Poitier

We say happy # 90 to Sidney Poitier, a great actor of the 20th century.   He was in some of the great movies of the last 50 years, as we see in this biography:   
By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). 
Poitier's performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. 
Nevertheless, the roles were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors routinely obtained. 
But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of starring leading man. 
One of the films, The Defiant Ones (1958), gave Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. 
His roles in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and To Sir, with Love (1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between African Americans and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. 
He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas. Although he has reduced the frequency of his roles in recent years, he remains one of the most respected and beloved figures in American cinema of the twentieth century.
We wish him a lot more birthdays!







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We remember Tommy Henrich (1913-2009)


Tommy Henrich played in some of the greatest Yankees' teams of the 20th century.   His teammates were Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra.    Naturally, Henrich was always in the background.

Nevertheless, he had a great career.    It was cut short by 3 seasons of military service, 1942-45.   

He was also a key player in Joe DiMaggio's 56 hitting streak, as Rob Edelman wrote
In 1941 Henrich played a significant role in keeping alive Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. On June 26, the 38th game of the streak, the Yankee Clipper was still hitless as the team came to bat in the last of the eighth inning holding the lead against the St. Louis Browns. 
DiMaggio was due up fourth in the inning, with Henrich scheduled right before him. With one out and Red Rolfe on first, McCarthy ordered Henrich to bunt to avoid a possible ground-ball double play—and not allowing his teammate a final at-bat. Henrich was thrown out, but Rolfe took second. 
DiMaggio slammed Elden Auker’s first pitch for a double, and the streak remained intact.
Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen began calling Henrich “Old Reliable”—the name of a train that ran from Ohio to Alabama and was celebrated for always being on time—because of his propensity for hitting in the clutch.
Henrich retired with a .282 average & 183 HR.   


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192-182? Was that a basketball game?




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Obama — the 12th of never?

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They say that the “12th of never” is about a date that never arrives, as Johnny Mathis sang years ago:
You ask me how much I need you, must I explain?
I need you, oh my darling, like roses need rain
You ask how long I’ll love you, I’ll tell you true
Until the Twelfth of Never, I’ll still be loving you…
President Obama ranking # 12 in presidential rankings? Sorry, but we have to file this ranking under some historians loving Obama like roses need rain.
Before we go any further, let’s say a couple of things.     
First, President Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize for winning the election. He now ranks # 12 for serving as president. And these people wonder why we think that they are in the tank for Obama? 
Second, Harry Truman is #6 and I can guarantee that he was way down when he took that train to Missouri in 1953. Lyndon B. Johnson is #10 and that was not the perception when he flew back to Texas in 1969.   
In other words, it is foolish to include a guy who left office a month ago in any ranking. Give him five years and then start thinking about it. Again, some historians will love him as long as roses need rain.
Yes, President Obama was the first black president. But can we look beyond that please?
Let’s look at some measurements:
1) The economy: He ranks # 8 on economic management. I guess that this is the theory that he inherited the worst economy in the history of the world and then saved us from another Great Depression. Sorry — not even close! Yes, it was rough when he came in, but let’s not overdo it. We’re forgetting that almost every program put in place to battle the recession was started by George W. Bush — Obama merely inherited them, and in many cases, expanded them.
Furthermore, Am I the only one who missed the growth? Did anyone see a GDP over 3%, because I did not?
2) Foreign policy: President Obama ranks # 24. This is a joke. He inherited a stable Iraq and turned it into a mess. The red line threat projected weakness. Does any serious person think that we are safer today than in 2009? Or more respected?
3) Leadership: Do we need a ranking to determine this? President Obama tanked his party and was forced to come out the back end of Air Force One in China. Sorry — the leadership debate ended that day in China!
4)  Ability to work with Congress: Can you say executive orders? Also, let’s not forget that he had Democrat Senate for six of eight years.    
My friend Don Surber adds a few thoughts:
For example, he ranks third in “Pursued Equal Justice For All,” ahead of Grant (reconstruction and the Civil Rights Act of 1875), Coolidge (gave Indians citizenship), Eisenhower (sent the 101st to enforce school desegregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1957), and Truman (desegregated the military). Frankly, I can find nothing in Obama’s portfolio that speaks to equal justice for all. The court legalized gay marriage without him. A gentleman’s C puts him at 22.
Eighth in economic management? He added $9 trillion to the national debt and we never recovered from the recession he inherited. Bottom 10 in that category.
Twenty-fourth in international relations? He bombed countries without provocation, armed the Islamic State, and let Iran develop nuclear weapons. Bottom 10 in that category.
His domestic policy consisted of Obamacare, which elected a Republican House in 2010, a Republican Senate in 2014, and a Republican president in 2016.
Obama leaves the White House having achieved nothing positive on the economic front, nothing positive on the international front, and nothing positive on the domestic front.
So # 12 is just an emotional reaction and further indication that the historians are still in the tank. Eventually, they will get out, dry up and figure out that they love President Obama too much for their professional reputation.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

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




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World War II : Rommel, the Desert Fox with Barry Jacobsen.




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Immigration raids and other stories from week 4 of President Trump




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US-Latin America stories of the week




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Valentine's Day 2017 with Barry Jacobsen & Leslie Eastman.




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A look at the political landscape with Dr. Daniel Bonevac




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We remember "The flag of our fathers" on another anniversary of the Marines invading Iwo Jima


A few years ago, I watched a great movie: Flag of our Fathers.

It is a good movie and it shows the cruelty of war as well as the bond among soldiers.

I found Oliver North's War Stories even more interesting:
"More than 50 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, questions still remain and controversies still rage. The battleground is where six men bravely planted the American flag after a fierce and bloody fight. The picture is frozen in the mind of many Americans and it inspired the Marine Memorial in Washington D.C. But where are those six men? What are their stories?

One of the brave Marines captured in the photo carried a picture of his girlfriend inside the webbing of his helmet. Did he make it back alive to see her again? How was the flag-raising picture taken? Was it staged? Find out the whole story. And hear what it was like to fight a war in a place the Marines say was “hell with the fire out.”
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1934: We remember Bob Hope & Dolores Reade


On this day in 1934, the great Bob Hope married Dolores Reade.    They met in 1933 when Hope was performing in Jerome Kern’s musical "Roberta" and she was at the Vogue Club.

They say that it was love at first sight.   They were married for almost 70 years.   Hope died in 2003 and Dolores in 2011.

A great union!




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1953: Ted Williams' emergency landing in Korea




It was a very scary day for pilot Ted Williams on this day in 1953:


Flying with the 33rd Marine Air Group, Ted Williams was one of the 200 flyers in a huge air mission aimed at Kyomipo, fifteen miles south of the North Korea capital of Pyongyang. Coming in low over his target, a troop encampment, Ted lost site of the plane in front of him.

He dropped down to regain visual contact, but went too low. North Korean soldiers in the encampment blasted him with small arms fire. He completed his run over the target and tried to pull up. Every warning light in the cockpit was lit and the plane was vibrating. The stick started to shake and he knew he’d sprung a leak in the hydraulic system.

The landing gear came down and the plane was hard to control. Ted got the gear up and started climbing. He knew he was in trouble and got on the radio, but the radio went dead. Another pilot pulled close and tried to signal Ted to bail out, but he didn’t know his plane was on fire.

He increased altitude and turned the jet toward the nearest American base. Nearly all his instruments were out. The airspeed indicator read zero. The wing flaps were frozen and Ted was unable to lower the landing gear. Every message given by the plane told him to eject.

He continued to climb, still not knowing the plane was on fire, but took the precaution of climbing to higher elevation anyway. A companion aircraft, piloted by Lieutenant Larry Hawkins, led Ted back to the field and radioed ahead that he was in trouble.

Ted again considered bailing out but resisted the idea. He was afraid if he
ejected his kneecaps would crash against the cockpit.

With the field in site, Ted turned to land when an explosion rocked the craft. A wheel door had blown off. Smoke was pouring from the brake ports. Down below, the residents of a small Korean village on the outskirts of the field scattered. His plane was a mass of fire and smoke.

Unable to check his air speed and almost powerless to do anything about it, Ted approached the ground at 225 miles per hour, almost twice the recommended speed. He dropped the emergency wheel latch and only one wheel dropped into position. He hit the strip level, but with no way to slow the plane. Soon the plane settled on its belly, sparks, fire, and smoke trailing after it, as Ted held on, hoping it would stop.

The F-9 screamed down the field out of control for more than a mile, shedding strips of metal and on the verge on exploding. Twice the plane nearly barreled into fire trucks waiting for the inevitable blowup. Finally, at the very edge of the field, the plane groaned to a stop.

Ted popped the canopy. With the exception of the cockpit, the entire plane was aflame. He dove headfirst to the tarmac, where he was grabbed by two Marine flight crewmen and hustled away. Angry, both at himself and the close call, Ted took off his helmet and threw it on the ground. When he returned to look at the plane, it was a blackened hulk, completely destroyed. He avoided death by the narrowest margin.

Ted Williams lost several seasons to military service.   He was in World War II and then later in the Korean War.    He probably lost 1,000 hits, 150 HR and 500 RBI.    He ended his career with 2,654 hits, 521 HR & 1,839 RBI.   

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Yes, the media need to listen rather than bark



For the last few days, we’ve seen the media rediscover their bark.  They are suddenly curious about everything after eight years of just going along.  Best of all, they don’t understand why the public, or their consumers, don’t take their barking seriously anymore.
The media’s problems did not begin today.  The Gallup polls about the media tell you the same story over the last few years:
 
Maybe all the polls are wrong again.  However, there is reason for the media to take their credibility problems a bit more seriously.
Love him or hate him, President Trump was correct when he told the media this week that the people do not believe them.  In fact, they trust him a bit more, according to another poll.
Polls aside, anecdotal evidence confirms that the public does not really trust the media.  Have you met anybody who thinks the media are truthful?  Have you really?
The media have themselves to blame here, and it really goes back to 2008 when they jumped on the Obama bandwagon.  It was like watching a bunch of teen girls at a Donny Osmond concert.
Ed Rogers got it right:
And so, under President Barack Obama, fake news took on a slightly different spin as Democrats worked to promote the sainthood of Obama and the mainstream media ate it up. Journalists couldn’t do enough to help him get elected in 2008. 
Then, after he was elected, they let him get away with making claims such as “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” and later in his presidency, allowed him to go virtually unchallenged when his administration brazenly blamed the Benghazi attacks on a bizarre YouTube video. 
There is no better example of how the Obama administration used the concept of fake news to twist perceptions in Washington than the New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes, the lightweight senior Obama foreign policy adviser who “shaped narratives” and essentially manipulated a willful press into reporting what he wanted it to say, regardless of the truth.
The fake-news phenomenon also made its way to Congress, highlighted by then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) outlandish statements on the Senate floor that then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes. It was patently false, and Reid knew it, but he did it anyway, later saying it was “one of the best things” he had ever done.
By the way, I would add the IRS, Fast & Furious, and the collapse of the Middle East to all of those problems that the media chose to overlook to protect the Obama presidency.
Yes, the media bias got Senator Obama elected and President Obama re-elected.  The media got their man but lost a significant chunk of the nation watching reporters too eager to accept whatever story the White House was peddling.
I wonder how 2012 would have turned out if the media had been outraged at the video explanation about Benghazi.  Four Americans are dead, and you are blaming it on a YouTube video in a region of the world where hardly anyone has access to the internet?  Where was Don Lemon of CNN when we really needed him?
Suddenly, the media have discovered investigative journalism.  Now, they want to analyze everything, from the stupidest of conspiracy theories to what President Trump is having for breakfast.
Will the media get their credibility back?    
Listen to what customers are saying, and bring a little bit more fairness to the coverage.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trump, the media, immigration raids and a few other thoughts with George Rodriguez




We will look at President Trump and the media........is the media aware of its credibility problems? the Democrats are desperately looking for an identity and the candidates for DNC Chairman won't help them.....why are people angry that we are about picking up criminal aliens? Mexican presidential candidate Lopez-Obrador in Los Angeles............and more stories......

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