Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday's show: The caravan at the border, bad political humor and other stories

Monday's video: The amazing stuff going on in the Korean peninsula

How Duke Ellington crashed the Iron Curtain

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In the early 1960s, my family was in Cuba.  We would often hear the news from the Spanish and English editions of The Voice of America.  
I don’t think most Americans ever understood just how significant the VOA was.  It was the only source of clean news in Spanish or English.  For example, my parents listened to President Kennedy’s Missile Crisis speech and later his funeral over the radio.
Duke Ellington was born in 1899 in Washington, D.C.  He became one of the legendary jazz figures of music history.
In the communist world, his version of “Take the A-train” was the closest to a hymn of freedom.
Every night, the opening notes of that wonderful song went over the short wave signals heard in Moscow, in Prague, and down in Cuba.  It was Willis Conover and his jazz show:
For more than 40 years, Willis Conover’s long-running “Jazz Hour” introduced millions of people in Europe and the former Soviet Union to American jazz. 
He produced jazz concerts at the White House, the Newport Jazz Festival, and for movies and television.  He was the voice of jazz around the world. 
Back here, few people knew Conover.  Over the Berlin Wall, beyond the Iron Curtain, and elsewhere, his voice and those jazz tunes brought U.S. music to people hungry for a little freedom.
So we remember Duke Ellington one more time.  He was one of the best.  I cannot help but remember listening to “Take the A-train” and all that jazz in Cuba.  
As my father said many years later, Conover brought down communism all by himself.  Probably not, but he did bring a lot of happiness and Duke Ellington to a lot of people.
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Hot air and Al Gore

For years, I have never understood the doom and gloom mentality of so many people.   One of those "doom and gloomers" is former VP Gore who can't stop talking about the end of the world.

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The 11-18 Rangers took 2 of 3 in Toronto

March 2007: Chlorine gas spoiled the Bush lied nonsense

A post from March 2007:

How about that? Chlorine cache found in Iraq:
"U.S. troops sweeping Baghdad have found containers of nitric acid and chlorine, raising concerns that insurgents are expanding their use of chemicals in the war for power in Iraq, military officials said yesterday.

The containers were found as part of a larger cache of weapons discovered as U.S. and Iraqi troops cleared house after house in the Sunni-majority Ghazaliyah neighborhood in western Baghdad."

Of course, all of this matters a lot. 

So it's real. The terrorists have chemicals and will use them against civilians.   Of course, didn't Pres. Clinton, VP Gore, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Clinton et al say that in 1998 and 2002? 

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We remember Bobby Vee (1943-2016)

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We remember Robert Thomas Velline who was born in Fargo, South Dakota on this day in 1943.    

We known him as Bobby Vee, one of the most popular pop vocalists of the early 1960's.    

He put 30 songs in the Billboard Top 100 including several in the Top 10:  “Take Good Care of My Baby” # 1, “Devil or Angel” “Rubber Ball” “More Than I Can Say”, “Run to Him”, “The Night Has a Thousand eyes”, and “Come Back When You Grow Up”.    

As I understand, he was one of the first artists to use what we now call a video to promote a song.

Bobby Vee died in 2016.

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April 30, 1961: Willie Mays hit 4 home runs against the Braves

As far as I’m concerned, Willie Mays is the most complete player in baseball history.   He was the ultimate 5-tool player.   He could do everything well.  He also stayed free of injuries, unlike Mickey Mantle who battled bad knees for his entire career with the Yankees.
Willie Mays had many big games in his glorious career, specially April 30, 1961.    
Mays hit 4 home runs at the old County Stadium in Milwaukee.   He went 4 for 5 with 8 RBIs.   
The Giants beat the Braves, 14-4.     

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

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

Sunday's video: Too much sick political humor

Dr. Jackson got the Harry Reid treatment

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Back in 2012, the despicable Senator Reid said on the floor of the U.S. Senate that Governor Romney had not paid his taxes.  Sadly, the media, in the tank for President Obama, never cornered the senator and demanded an explanation.  After all, it was the majority leader of the U.S. Senate who said that.  Who told him such information?  Did someone at the IRS illegally leak it to the majority leader?
In the end, Governor Romney lost, and it passed.
A few days ago, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the man whom President Trump nominated to run the V.A., was accused of bad behavior.  The accusation can’t be backed up, as we see in this report from The Hill:
The accusation against Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, was one of the more serious allegations the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee examined as part of his confirmation process this month.
A summary of the allegations released earlier this week by Democratic staff on the committee claimed that Jackson “wrecked” a government vehicle after becoming intoxicated at a Secret Service going-away party. 
The story also reports that Senator Tester of Montana never questioned Dr. Jackson about the allegations.
President Trump should re-nominate Dr. Jackson and call out the people who tried to destroy this good man.
I was always skeptical of the whole story.  First, we heard nothing but praise when Dr. Jackson was President Obama’s physician.  Second, no personal physician of the president could get away with such reckless behavior anyway.
It worked for Senator Reid in 2012.  I guess it worked for Senator Tester in 2016.
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What happens when you hate Trump so much that you lose your self control and common sense?

We remember Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

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We remember Duke Ellington who was born in Washington DC on this day in 1899.    He died in 1974.

Duke was a jazz giant.   However, I first heard of him many years ago when my father used to listen to The Voice of America in Cuba.

Duke's "Take the A train" was the intro-music for Willis Conover's jazz show broadcast to the world on short wave.     Conover broke the Iron Curtain, The Berlin Wall and came into Communist Cuba, too.    

It was a very catchy tune and millions around the world came to know Duke that way.

1968: The musical "Hair" opened in Broadway

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We remember "Hair", the musical that opened in Broadway on this day in 1968.     

There were two angles to "Hair".    

The first was "political" and it did nothing for me.   It still doesn't.     

The second was the music and that was great, including "Aquarius/Let the sunshine in" by The Fifth Dimension, "Easy to be hard" by Three Dog Night and "Hair" by The Cowsills.

The music was good but everything else was not that important.

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Happy # 84 Luis Aparicio

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We say happy birthday to Luis Aparicio who was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, on this day in 1934.

Luis broke with the Chicago White Sox in 1956 and was Rookie of the Year:  .266 and led the AL with 21 stolen bases.

He also played with the Orioles, back to Chicago and finished with Boston:   .262 batting average, 506 stolen bases, 2,677 hits in 2,599 games.

Aparicio was inducted to The Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday's show: Democrats debating a mid-term strategy, Senator Tester vs Dr. Jackson & more

Saturday's video: Democrats, impeachment & Russia

Nicaragua is back in the news

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We remember Nicaragua from the 1980’s, i.e. the “contras,” the “Sandinistas,” and other stories from the Reagan years.

Nicaragua is back in the news because of protests and the government’s reaction to them, as we see in news reports:    

Nicaragua has been rocked by a week of protests in which over two dozen people have been killed. 
The protests were triggered by tax hikes and benefit cuts meant to shore up the ailing social security system.
On Sunday, President Daniel Ortega said the government would withdraw the pension changes. 
But he rejected demands to free detained protesters, withdraw the police and lift some censorship.

The U.S. embassy has moved some employees from Managua as a reaction to the violence.    The State Department has also issued a travel warning.

The violence in Nicaragua is related to President Ortega’s proposal to raise taxes to pay for social services & fund public pensions.   President Ortega did promise new negotiations with the opposition but not much has happened yet.   

The international media has been reporting the violence and the death of Angel Gahona, a journalist who was gunned down during his broadcast.  The shooting was caught live on social media. 

The violence has closed stores in Managua, the capital and largest city.  Some reopened but shelves were empty because the violence shutdown weekend deliveries.

Finally, the protests have morphed into a lot more than a reaction to tax increases.   Many demonstrators are also apparently protesting against secrecy, corruption and cronyism.

Nicaragua is back on the front pages and it will probably stay there for a while.

What can the U.S. do?   Nothing directly except to criticize the harsh tactics used against protesters.

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Did Senator Tester of very red Montana want to pick a fight with President Trump in a re-election year?

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Did Senator Tester of very red Montana want to pick a fight with President Trump in a re-election year?   

Well, he is got one:   Trump calls on Tester to resign over Ronny Jackson allegations: ‘His reputation has been shattered’!

Politics aside, it seems to me that a good man was slandered because he was simply nominated by President Trump.    

Bad move by Senator Tester.   Why isn't the media demanding that Senator Tester back up his allegations?

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The insanity in California brought to you by Jerry Brown and the Democrats

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The insanity in California brought to you by Jerry Brown and the left wing of the Democrat Party.     

It is not pretty in Los Angeles:   As waves of homeless descend onto trains, L.A. tries a new strategy: social workers on the subway!

And then we hear that the capital of liberalism has huge poverty rates.   How is that possible?  

Up the coast and it is ugly in San Francisco:  'Simply unacceptable': Disturbing footage emerges of semi-conscious junkies openly shooting up in front of commuters in vomit-covered BART station as San Francisco struggles to contain its homeless problem.

I'm old enough to remember when they sang about wearing flowers in your hair if you were going to San Francisco.      

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Very sad story: Alfie Evans is dead in the UK........what a horrible story.........feel bad the parents.

ABBA back after 35 years or so we hear

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ABBA back after 35 years or so we hear:   ABBA make new music after 35 years!

I loved ABBA back then so let's see what they plan to record this time around.    

We wish Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson the very best.       Many years ago, they were very good.

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1958: Elvis, the first golden records LP


By the spring of 1958, Elvis had several million sellers, a couple of movies and an LP to remember all of those hits songs:

Side one:

1. "Hound Dog"
2. "Loving You"
3. "All Shook up"
4. "Heartbreak Hotel"
5. "Jailhouse Rock"
6. "Love Me"
7. "Too Much"

Side two

1. "Don't Be Cruel"
2. "That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
3. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear"
4. "Love Me Tender"
5. "Treat Me Nice"
6. "Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)"
7.  "I want you, I need, I love you"

Elvis actually released 4 volumes of this "golden records" series.    However, the first one is still one of the best rock LP's ever:

Joy part 2

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We forgive you Joy.   Now do the honorable thing and resign just to prove that you are really serious about the whole thing.

Just think of all of the people that this woman has called a liar over the years.   

It would do her good to step aside and do a little soul searching.

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March 2007: So there were no WMD's in Iraq?

A post from March 2007:

Did I miss something?   I don't think so but a lot of other people apparently did.

What? No WMDs in Iraq? by Douglas Hanson described the importance of discovering this gas:
"Use of chlorine gas by the jihadists is not about using an industrial chemical of opportunity. Chlorine is actually the grandfather of chemical weapons having been first used by the Germans in World War I at Ypres. Almost immediately after the shells burst, French and Algerian soldiers' respiratory organs were incapacitated or destroyed resulting in severe choking attacks and for some, an agonizing death. The development of Phosgene followed. This is another choking agent, but more deadly since it does not cause as much coughing, so more of it is inhaled by the victim."
Will there be more? Probably so. Our recent surge is hitting the terrorists hard. So get ready for more gas attacks.

What about the "Bush lied" crowd? They will probably say that Bush planted the gas in Al Qaeda's inventories.

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March 2007: The Valerie Plame (Mrs. Joe Wilson) show is still hard to figure out

A post from March 2007:

Frankly, I don't get it. Was she or wasn't she? So far, I can't tell. 

Rick Moran summarized it best:

"There are two sides to this story. And while it is clear from the Libby trial that there was a concerted effort by the Administration to inform selected members of the press that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, it is much less clear that Libby, Rove, Armitage, and others knew of her covert status and deliberately tried to ruin her career." (PLAME STILL LEAVES US WONDERING)
It is confusing, to say the least!

March 2007: Another one on Pres. Bush's trip to Latin America

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Who had a good trip? Bush or Chavez? Let's look at some early results.

According to news reports, the opposition in Argentina isn't happy that their president turned Buenos Aires into a forum for Chavez. How badly did Argentina need $3 billion? I'm sure that Pres. Bush would have been happy to accommodate them. At least, Pres. Bush would not have asked for a stadium to bash Chavez.

In Brazil. socialist Lula looked pretty good doing business with Bush. By the way, Brazil is actively attracting foreign investment. (Look out Mexico!)

In Bolivia, Chavez got a cool reception. In Venezuela, the opposition blasted Chavez.

So far so good. I'm not expecting miracles but the early signs are a lot better than the placards that filled the streets.

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March 2007: The raids, the babies and more lies from The NY Times

A post from 2007:

It's time to bring out our favorite bird. This is the one who can no longer tolerate the NY Times pages on the bottom of the cage.

Cheers for the honest bird!

By now, our Mexican friends have heard about the immigration raids going on in the US. They are part of an aggressive posture by the Bush administration to go after the employers who continue to violate the law.

Well done Pres. Bush.

On Thursday, Bill O'Reilly reacted to The NY Times editorial on the Massachusetts raid. (Immigration Misery)

Nobody wants to hurt children. They are not responsible for our illegal immigration problem or that their parents were born in countries where irresponsible leaders do not want to create jobs.

Yet, what we had in New Bedord was a sweatshop.   I hope that the federal authorities lock up the employer for a long time.

Sweatshops belong in the past. They should not exist in 21st century US.

It is a crime for anyone to hire illegals and pack them into a factory for the purpose of making a profit off their cheap wages. 

If you can't hire people legally then shut down the business or take your manufacturing operations to Guatemala or El Salvador. This is what other textile companies have done!

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March 2007: Sad day for Cowboys' fans

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A post from 2007:

Over the weekend, Cowboys' fans were crushed to learn that Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones died.

Dallas Cowboys have played in 8 Super Bowls. They had a wonderful coach named Tom Landry. Add players like Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmett Smith, Tony Dorsett, etc.

What a great team. We love the Cowboys even when they lose heartbreakers like the last minute loss to Seattle a couple months ago.

Crazy Ray was the constant over the years. He was a fixture at Texas Stadium and one of the most popular guys in the area.

We will miss Crazy Ray and his great outfit!

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March 2007: Can you really believe these guys?

A post from March 2007:

Since 1998, Democrats have made incredible statements about Iraq. Now, we can add another list of statements to that file.

"SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “As Far As Setting A Timeline … That’s Not A Wise Decision, Because It Only Empowers Those Who Don’t Want Us There.” (Sen. Reid, Remarks To The National Press Club, 01/31/05)

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY): “I Don't Believe It’s Smart To Set A Date For Withdrawal. I Don’t Think You Should Ever Telegraph Your Intentions To The Enemy So They Can Await You.” (Village Voice, 9/22/05 Via “Clinton II: Parsing Clinton’s History On Iraq,” National Journal’s The Hotline, 02/13/07)SEN. 

JOE BIDEN (D-DE): “A Deadline For Pulling Out … Will Only Encourage Our Enemies To Wait Us Out.” It Would Be “A Lebanon In 1985, And God Knows Where It Goes From There.” (Sen. Biden, Remarks To The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., 06/21/05)

SEN. EVAN BAYH (D-IN): “I, For Example, Am Not In Support Of Circling A Date On A Calendar And Saying, ‘No Matter What, We're Out On That Date.’” (John M. Donnelly and Tim Starks, “Iraq Timetable Gains Momentum,” CQ Weekly, 03/12/07)

Who would rather support? Someone who sticks to a position or someone who flows with the polls!

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March 2007: A positive view of Iraq

A post from March 2007:

If you hate Bush and the US then the Iraq War is a convenient account to deposit every ounce of anti-Americanism.

If you love the truth and history, then Iraq looks a little different.

Of course, there is violence. We are fighting people who kill innocent people. 

Yet, there is a positive story.

Iraq's Accomplishments in Perspective By Austin Bay looks at Iraq and sees something more than the violence that the media loves to put on our TV screens:
"In terms of fundamental historical changes favoring 21st century freedom and peace, what Free Iraq and its Coalition allies have accomplished in four short years is nothing short of astonishing.Consider what Iraq was, not simply in A.D. March 2003, but in 2003 B.C. Both historical frames provide instructive lessons in the obvious."
So stand back, get over anti-Americanism and take a hard look at the truth:
"The Iraqi people are earning their victory and their liberty. The price for both is inevitably paid in blood, sweat and toil. At this point in history, they need American patience."
The Iraqis are in this fight and they are fighting! 

They are also voting, as we saw 3 times.

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April 28, 1961: Warren Spahn pitched second career no-hitter

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On this day in 1961, 40-year old Warren Spahn threw his second no-hitter against a very tough Giants lineup.   According to SABR, it was a very cold day and only 8, 518 fans showed up at County Stadium to watch the game. 

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Happy # 77 to Ann-Margaret

We say happy # 77 to Ann-Margaret.    

Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Sweden.   She started out as a dancer and then went into movies, such as "Bye bye birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas" with Elvis.

I can't remember when I first saw her but it was memorable.  My guess is that most young men of my generation would agree with that.

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Happy # 83 to Pedro Ramos

We remember Pedro Ramos, who was born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, on this day in 1935.

My father used to say:   "If Pedro Ramos had only pitched for the Yankees.....he'd won 200 games".

I don't know about 200 games but he'd won a lot more than the 117 he put up pitching for some very bad teams, such as the Washington Senators and others.

Ramos was 19 when he made his debut in 1955.   He went on to win 83 games over 7 seasons.   He completed 62 starts and threw 1,614 innings.    We would call that today an "innings eater".

He was a good pitcher but he never got to pitch for a team with much of a record. 

Ramos finally made it to the Yankees in 1964-66 and saved 39 games.     

Unfortunately, the Yankees went into decline in 1965 and did not return to the post season until 1976.   So Ramos never got to pitch in The World Series!

Happy birthday to Pedro Ramos, a pretty good pitcher and another pride of Havana!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday's show: The Comey interview, Korea, Nicaragua and Babe Ruth said goodbye in 1947

Friday's video: The strange case of Dr. Jackson.

CNN’s Jim Acosta goes after Trump voters

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CNN newsman Jim Acosta has a way of getting attention.   
He shouted questions at President Trump when he was playing with children at the White House Easter Egg Hunt.   He does a terrible imitation of Sam Donaldson.   

And now he is apparently attacking Trump voters, saying:    

Their elevator might not hit all the floors.
And that people who threaten reporters are Trump supporters.
Acosta on Wednesday said he did not intend to imply that people who threaten reporters are all supporters of President Trump.
“Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets,” he tweeted. “As you can plainly see, I’m not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. 

O.K., I don’t pretend to read Acosta’s mind or to know what’s in his heart.   Therefore, I prefer to listen to what he actually said.   It sounds to me here that Acosta was indeed talking down the Trump voters.

Acosta was saying that President Trump’s attacks on the media may inspire someone to harm journalists.     

To be honest, I do agree that President Trump tweets or attacks the media way too much, specially the networks with lousy viewership or newspapers losing money.    

At the same time, his attacks on the media are no more vicious than what President Obama or Democrats said about Fox News.    Did Jim Acosta ever say that those attacks threatened journalists?

Maybe someone at CNN will finally figure out that Jim Acosta is a ratings disaster.     At the same time, I don’t watch him and my guess is that most of you don’t, either.

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