Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday's video: A good & bad debate about gun control


We watched President Trump conduct a serious discussion at The White House and then CNN hold an anti-NRA campaign rally..........

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It’s official: Fidel had nothing to do with Justin

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Over the last few weeks, the Canadian media have reached an important conclusion:   
In the darker corners of the internet dwells a theory as outlandish as it is compelling: That the real father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The theory falls apart after only a cursory look at the historical evidence, but it persists for one reason alone: Justin Trudeau’s appearance is strikingly similar to that of the late Cuban dictator.
Preposterous!” Canadian historian Robert Wright told the National Post.  (He also requested that the word ‘preposterous’ be printed in bold and italic).
Wright’s 2007 book, Three Nights in Havana, is an account of the relationship between Castro and Pierre Trudeau.  While the Trudeaus did indeed develop an unusually cozy relationship with the Cuban dictator, Justin Trudeau was already toilet-trained by the time his mother, Margaret Trudeau, first met Castro in 1976. 
“Their biographies just don’t intersect at all,” said Wright.
Like a lot of internet theories, this one will hang around for a while.  They always do.  
The story was made a bit more complicated because of another rumor: Fidel Castro’s son committed suicide and allegedly left a note referring to Mr. Trudeau as his half-brother.
So what do we have here?  We have P.M. Trudeau, who does look like Fidel Castro.  And his parents had a cozy relationship with Fidel Castro and spent time down in Cuba.
The rumor is probably not true, but the physical similarity is obviously there!
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We remember Oliver (1945-2000)

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William Oliver Swofford], known as Oliver, was born on this day in 1945.  Along the way, he recorded "Good Morning Starshine" and "Jean".    He died in 2000.






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We remember Sen Kennedy (1932-2009)


Politically speaking, I was always on the other side of Ted Kennedy. Nevertheless, we recognize his long work in the US Senate.





A word about Sparky Anderson (1934-2010)




The great Sparky Anderson died in 2010.   He was born on this day in 1934 and inducted to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Sparky managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970's and then Detroit until the mid-90's.

Anderson led Cincinnati to 4 NL pennants and the series in 1975 & 1976.   He led the Tigers to a series win in 1984 & AL East title in 1987.

He was one of the most successful managers ever: .545 winning pct!

And a wonderful baseball analyst in post season baseball.   He worked on radio and TV.    I specifically remember his radio work in the 1983 World Series.


Happy # 68 Julius Erving

We say happy birthday to Julius Erving, one of the greatest NBA players ever:  
Erving began his professional career in the American Basketball Association with the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets.  
Widely regarded as the greatest player of his time, he is often considered to have been the main catalyst for the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. 
A 6-7, 210-pound small forward, he also played for 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, leading them to the NBA crown in 1983. 
In his five ABA seasons, Erving won three scoring titles, three Most Valuable Player Awards and two league championships. 
During his 11-year NBA career Erving was an All-Star each season, the league's Most Valuable Player in 1981 and a five-time member of the All-NBA First Team. 
He scored 30,026 points in his combined ABA and NBA career; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan have scored more points in the history of professional basketball.
I remember him with the 76ers and all of those amazing moves on the court.



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Happy George Washington Day



We remember today George Washington's birthday:
"On this day in 1732, George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner. 
An initially loyal British subject, Washington eventually led the Continental Army in the American Revolution and became known as the father of the United States."
No one is indispensable but George Washington is the closest thing to it.   The US was so lucky to have a man like Washington at every important turn in the early days of the nation.

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George Washington 1732-1799

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George Washington was born on this day in 1732.  He is still the greatest of all Americans and the one person most responsible for the successful launching of the republic and constitution.  In the end, it was Washington's integrity and fine character that made the difference.

George Washington's greatest moment was when he chose to walk away from the presidency.  We know that he would have been reelected to a 3rd term.  He would have been reelected over and over again if he had chosen to stay as president.  Instead, he said goodbye and let the other guys run the country.  His decision legitimized the constitution and the peaceful transfer of power.

Again, we were very lucky that George Washington was our first president.  He led by example and every young person should read about him in school.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday's show: The gun control debate, Nixon to China 1972 and other stories


We will look at the gun control debate after Florida......is it too political?...Nixon in China 1972 and the consequences.............and other stories.....

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Wednesday's video: Too much politics in the gun control debate again


Once again, politics is killing the gun control debate with the attacks on the NRA etc. Let’s concentrate on school security and improving the background checks.......

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How soon before we call it ‘the jobs to China moment’?

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On this day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon made history, and showed some political flexibility, by landing Air Force One in China.  It was the story of the year and one of the most interesting foreign policy decisions of the postwar period, especially because of Nixon’s political past.
Nixon seemed an unlikely candidate to thaw those chilly relations.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he had been a vocal cold warrior and had condemned the Democratic administration of Harry S. Truman for “losing” China to the communists in 1949. 
President Nixon’s move paved the way for the China of today – in other words, cars instead of bicycles.  Skyscrapers instead of simple buildings.  It also contributed to the outsourcing of thousands of manufacturing jobs – i.e., “Made in China” is everywhere!   
The jury is still out on just how much the U.S. got out of this arrangement.  At the same, most Americans are not old enough to remember Mao or the China that some of us remember as kids.  Back then, it seemed that all Chinese men and women wore the same outfits.  Today, they are as fashionable as anyone in the West.
Nevertheless, as Seth Mandel wrote a couple of years ago, President Nixon left us with a great expression: “any major politician’s rebuke to his ideological compatriots, no matter how superficial, is a ‘Nixon-to-China moment.'”
Some of us are old enough to remember watching the scenes on the evening news.  It’s amazing how China has changed.
Was it the right thing to do?  We are still debating that today.  I just don’t remember anyone back then saying opening up China would turn China into a manufacturing powerhouse with a huge, and expanding, navy.
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My friends tell me that no one listens to former President Fox in Mexico



October 2006: Baseball and steroids



Back in 2006, baseball had a real image problem.    It was inevitable that someone would come up with a pretty good cartoon.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday's show: Nixon in China 1972, Gun control debate and other stories


We will look at Nixon in China 1972 and the consequences........did anyone predict that China would become a manufacturing power house with an expanding military and navy?.......the gun control debate has to focus on background checks and school security.........the Obama administration and Russia...............and other stories.....

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Tuesday's video: Nixon to China 1972


We remember President Nixon’s trip to China......and how things have changed....

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Not watching the Winter Olympics either



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We keep hearing about NBC’s ratings problems, as we see in this report:     
At the halfway point of the XXIII Winter Olympics, things are certainly feeling a little chilly for both Team USA and NBC.     
As last night’s primetime coverage displayed, even with the surprise silver in the short-track speedskating that John-Henry Krueger scored, both the medal count for America’s athletes and the ratings for the broadcaster are struggling to gain traction in the PyeongChang games.
Currently, Team USA is in sixth place with 10 overall medals, just behind the Russian competitors, and tied for third in gold medals with Canada’s haul of five. As for the Comcast-owned broadcaster, the 2018 Olympics needs a miracle on ice or two to escape being the lowest rated and least watched games ever. 
Wow, who saw that coming? 
On Sunday, we usually get together for lunch with a bunch of other couples. Naturally, we spoke about the Olympics and the games on TV.
I am not suggesting that this is a scientific survey but this is what I heard:
1) Why are U.S. athletes telling us about their politics? We don’t want to hear it. Shut up and do whatever you went to the Olympics to do. I see a huge backlash against Hollywood and professional athletes over the focus on politics.
2) No U.S. hockey team worth watching. Frankly, this is my reason for not watching. In prior games, the hockey was top notch. The U.S.-Canada game was superb the last few times. We miss NHL players although I understand why the owners did not want to interrupt the season.
3) Too much stuff that has nothing to do with sports. Too many background stories and the treatment of Kim’s little sister was just way over the top; and last but not least,
4) My 20-something sons told me last night that their generation is watching the games in other networks. I guess he means that you can watch the event live on their I-phones.
So best wishes to all but I am not watching. In the future, you may see the Olympics live and then a prime time summary of the day’s events. Or they may be broadcast by total sports channel, such as ESPN or Fox Sports. Sorry, but there is not enough material to justify all of that prime time TV time.
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Happy # 70 Jennifer O'Neill

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We say happy birthday to Jennifer O'Neill who was born in Rio de Janeiro on this day in 1948.   We remember her face all over US TV commercials and in the movie "Summer of 42":






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Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday's show: Presidents' Day 2018, NBC and the Olympics & President Trump's tweets


We will look at the Olympics and the ratings problems.......President Trump tweets.....should he go mute for a bit specially about Russia........President's Day 2018............and other stories...

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Monday's video: A word about Presidents’ Day


We look back at the presidents from Washington to Lincoln to FDR to Reagan to Trump....

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What would Mark Twain say of this PC culture?

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It was 133 years ago that Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I remember reading the Spanish version in Cuba and imagining all the stories about the Mississippi River.  In 1967, our family took a trip to Minneapolis to watch the Twins play, and we drove a portion of the river.  My brother started talking about Huck’s river, as we called it in Cuba.
Many years later, and in the university, I read it again and saw the book as more than just a kid’s adventure.  It was rather a look at many of the things going on, including the issue of slavery.
Just recently, a school district banned the book and the movie as well:
In general, the debate over Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has centered around the language of the book, which has been objected to on social grounds.  Huck Finn, Jim and many other characters in the book speak in regional dialects of the South.  It is a far cry from the queen’s English.  More specifically, the use of the word “nigger” in reference to Jim and other African-American characters in the book, along with the portrayal of those characters, has offended some readers, who consider the book racist.
Although many critics have argued that Twain’s ultimate effect is to humanize Jim and attack the brutal racism of slavery, the book frequently flagged and protested by students and parents alike.  It was the fifth most-frequently-challenged book in the United States during the 1990s, according to the American Library Association. 
Yielding to public pressure, some publishers have substituted “slave” or “servant” for the term that Mark Twain uses in the book, which is derogatory to African Americans.
In 2015, an ebook version published by the company CleanReader offered a version of the book with three different filter levels – clean, cleaner, and squeaky clean – a strange edition for an author known to enjoy swearing.
Well, put me down as “negative” on all of this.
First, it is true that the book uses the “n-word,” but that’s how people spoke at that time.  I’m defending not the word, but rather the reality of the book.  Are we going to shut down West Side Story because of language offensive to Puerto Ricans?  I hope not!
Second, this whole debate once more highlights the intolerance of the people who preach tolerance.  Are they going to burn all of their Che T-shirts because of all those nasty quotes about blacks and Mexicans?  Are they going to stop naming streets after Cesar Ch├ívez because of how he opposed illegal immigration?
Many years ago, my mother said something about the past.  It loosely translated to “leaving the past in its grave.”  I think we should leave all books alone, learn from them, and move on.
Let some kid in the future enjoy this book as much as I did many years ago.
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Collusion by Democrat vs Sanders


What Bernie used to say about gun control

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Who said this?
“If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.”
Not the NRA or a Republican.   It was the one and only Bernie Sanders before he ran for president.   

Wonder now if that women's march was also a Russian job?

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We learned from Mr. Mueller's indictments that Russia planned anti-Trump rallies after the election.   Worse than that, CNN and MSNBC ate it all:   
A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was “a love rally,” and repeated the marchers’ anti-Trump mantras, such as: “We reject the President-elect.”
Wonder now if that women's march was also a Russian job?

Gun control does not play in rural areas


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Gun control is not a good issue for Democrats in rural areas, or precisely the districts that they must flip to win control of the US House in November.

In Western Pennsylvania, a rural area Democrat has this message:  
A Democratic candidate running in Pennsylvania's upcoming special election is cautioning people that calling for more gun control in the wake of the recent shooting in Florida is not the answer to reducing the number of mass shootings in the United States.
Democrat Conor Lamb insists that the best way to prevent mass shootings is to enforce the laws that already exist and not enact more gun control laws.
Well, there is a sensible man!

A few books about Presidents' Day



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It's Presidents' Day! 

So let's check out a couple of books about the presidents:

1. "The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It" by Richard Hofstadter (Knopf, 1948)

2. "George Washington: Man and Monument" by Marcus Cunliffe (Little, Brown, 1958).

3. "Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation" by Merrill D. Peterson (Oxford, 1970).


4. "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald (Simon & Schuster, 1995).

5. "Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox" by James MacGregor Burns (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1956).

Let me say this. I have not read these 5 books.    I will make it a point to do so.














Happy # 75 Lou Christie


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We say happy birthday to  Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco who was born in Pennsylvania on this day in 1943.

We know him as Lou Christie and many of his big hits, such as "Lightnin' Strikes", "The Gypsy cried" and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine".

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday's show: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......the terrible school shooting and the reaction from different corners.......the FBI dropped the ball........the US Senate fails to come together on immigration......Mueller indicts 13 Russians.............and other stories......

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Sunday's video: Why are we banning books like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”?Sunday's video:


Sorry to hear that a school is banning “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Yes, the book uses the n-word and that’s offensive....but we need to understand rather than delete history.....

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Democrats a nightmare for DREAMers



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Once again, we saw this past week that the Democrats want the issue rather than the dream.
President Trump put forth an amazing offer: legalization for 2 million (I thought it was 800,000) and a path to citizenship.
Seriously, can you think of any other country in the world that would show that kind of generosity and humanity with anyone?
Nevertheless, the Democrats could not find a way to do something for the DREAMers, as Bre Payton wrote:
The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis.  For the past couple of months, Democrats have loudly declared protecting so-called DREAMers – children who entered this country illegally when younger than 18 – is their top priority.  President Trump has made it clear he will sign a bill that accommodates [sic] these young people, and many Republicans are willing and eager to put together a proposal that does just that.  So why hasn’t the Democratic Party gotten it done? The answer is simple: they don’t actually care about DREAMers. Their fixation with these young people is political calculation.
On Thursday, not one, not two, but FOUR immigration reform proposals failed to pass the Senate after Trump made it clear he would not sign a bill unless it included funding for a border wall, end “chain migration,” and stopped the visa lottery system.  Trump has been very vocal about what he will and won’t sign – it’s not like this is a secret.  The leaders of the Democratic Party know what they will have to concede in order to create legal favors for these DREAMers, and they are simply unwilling to do it.
So the ball (or “la pelota”) is with the DREAMers.  They have two choices:
1. They walk away from the Democrats, who’ve been using them for years – the same ones who did not pass DACA when they had majorities not long ago.
2. They find themselves deported or without legal protection soon.
As someone who would like to see a solution to the DREAMers, I find the Democrats quite disgusting.
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