Saturday, July 21, 2018

Happy # 70 Cat Stevens

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We remember Cat Stevens who was born in London on this day in 1948.

I lost track of his career in the 1980's but do recall some of his 1970's hits, such as "Morning Has Broken", "Peace Train" and "Moonshadow":




We remember Mike Hegan (1942-2013)

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James Michael Hegan was born in Cleveland on this day in 1942.   His father, Jim Hegaan, was an All Star major league catcher with the Indians.    
Jim was a high school baseball star at St. Ignatius and accepted a baseball scholarship to play at Worcester.    In 1961, he was offered contracts by 15 teams and signed with the New York Yankees.    (I should add that this is before the draft or the rules in place today.)
Mike broke with the Yankees in September 1964 and was added to the World Series roster.      Mike is the only player to score a post-season run before getting his major league hit.    
Hegan spent the new few seasons between the majors and the minors.   In 1968, Jim was added to the Seattle Pilots expansion roster.
He blasted the Pilots’ first HR in game one of the 1969 season, hit .292 and was elected to the AL All Star team.    
In 1970, the Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers and Jim became the regular first baseman.   He was a very popular player but was traded to the A’s in 1971 and played in the post season again.    
After baseball,  Jim moved into the TV booth and worked for Milwaukee and later Cleveland.      My guess is that most fans in those cities remember Jim the broadcaster more than the player.
Hegan died in 2013. 

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We remember Moe Drabowski (1935-2006)

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Myron Walter Drabowsky was born on this day in 1935 in Ozanna, Poland.    His family came to the US and Moe started playing baseball.       Moe broke with the Cubs in 1957 and won 13 games in 1958.    
The underdog Orioles got off to a great start in the top of the first inning of the 1966 World Series.
Eventual MVP and Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson hit a 2-run HR and Brooks Robinson followed it with a solo shot.    It was suddenly 3-0 Baltimore vs Los Angeles Dodgers!
Dave McNally could not get out of the 3rd inning but Moe Drabowski pitched 6-plus innings of relief to preserve the win.    It was one of the great long relief performances ever in the post season.   How often does a guy go 6-plus in relief anymore?
Final score: Orioles 5, Dodgers 2.    The Dodgers did not score again in the series.


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We remember Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)




We remember a great American novelist.  He wrote many poems, short stories and books.

Ernest Hemingway was born in Illinois.   Along the way, he lived in Spain and Cuba.   In 1961, Hemingway committed suicide.

His time in Cuba in the late 1950's and experiences during the Spanish Civil War inspired two of his greatest novels:





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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday's show: Apollo 11 memories the left and Democrats plus other stories



Friday's show:  
Apollo 11 memories the left and Democrats plus other stories




Friday's video: We remember Apollo 11



Friday's video:  We remember Apollo 11






Obama goes to South Africa



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Over time, presidents have chosen locations to give important speeches.  I remember that then-governor Ronald Reagan started his 1980 campaign in an area impacted by the bad economy.  In 2008, then-senator Obama announced his campaign in Springfield, Illinois.
Why South Africa?
I understand that President Obama spoke on the Mandela anniversary.  However, South Africa has serious challenges, from basic human rights to high levels of poverty and violence against women and children.
In fact, I saw this article about what’s also going on in South Africa:
In South Africa, ownership of the land has emerged as the most explosive issue faced by the country’s leaders.
The government has pledged to redistribute land from white farmers to millions of black people who work on it.
But groups representing white farmers say the dispute is inflaming violence in rural areas.
Well, what can you say?  We can say two things:
1. Obama has a bad case of selective indignation.
2. No Democrat running in a competitive election will quote his speech.
Obama is still Obama.
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November 1981 and still talking about Natalie Wood's death



How did Natalie Wood die or drown?   Was she killed or what?

It's a great mystery but some people are still looking for clues.


Will they re-open the case?   Can they re-open case?   We will follow the story.

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We remember Natalie Wood (1938-81)




We remember Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California.  

We know her as Natalie Wood.

She tragically drowned on November 29, 1981.

Natalie Wood was a beautiful woman who left her mark in the movies.




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Listen to Geraldo on this one.....


As we posted before, President Trump clearly misspoke during the press conference.   He corrected himself the next day and it's over as far as I'm concerned.   

Then came the media frenzy and the biggest overreaction of the 21st century.

The anti-Trump forces should listen to Geraldo:  "On "Fox & Friends," Rivera said the coverage of the Helsinki summit "bordered on hysterical.""

On this one, Geraldo is right on!

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April 2009: They love Obama but say "no" to his request for troops



A post from April 2009:

Even President Obama can't spin or "hope and change" this one!

This is embarrassing!

This is a joke!

This is "something" that I can't print in a family blog.

POLITICO explains it this way:
"Warmly greeted by European leaders and the public alike as a welcome relief from his predecessor, Obama’s appeal hasn’t enabled to him to bridge differences on key economic and military issues with American allies.

Obama left the G-20 summit in London without securing any further commitment by individual countries to enact more stimulus spending.

And Saturday he departs from NATO’s gathering in this French-German border town without a pledge by allies to send further combat troops to Afghanistan to bolster the American military surge there."
The US, UK and Canada will continue to fight the Afghan war.

The rest of NATO will send some translators to help out the effort.

I don't minimize the importance of non-military personnel. I'm OK with that.

We probably could use more translators.

However, this is a war, and a very rough war.

President Obama left Europe empty handed indeed.

He got some translators but not soldiers.

Pres Obama was looking for soldiers because our volunteer army is stretched thin at the moment!    He got nothing!

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Happy # 73 Kim Carnes


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We remember Kim Carnes Ellingson who was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1945.   Kim recorded several hits in the 1980's, such as "Bette Davis eyes" and "More love", a great cover of the Smokey Robinson song:






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July 20, 1969: It was great to be alive on the day that Apollo 11 landed on the moon!




It was July 20, 1969 or many years ago today. 

Like most families, we sat around the TV and watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.

I can remember much of it, from Walter Cronkite's countdown to the lunar landing to President Nixon's speech to the astronauts.

We remember Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

We congratulate the crew and everyone down here who made this amazing missing possible.


Wonder whatever happened to that US flag and landmark that we left up in the moon?

Wonder what the next visitors will say about us?




Happy # 71 Carlos Santana


Happy # 71 to Carlos Santana, a man who has survived several musical seasons........from the late 1960's to the present, Santana has been a major force on the radio......my favorite album is still "Abraxas" from 1970 and the amazing "Black magic woman":



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We remember Bruce Lee (1940-1973)



The amazing Bruce Lee was born in 1940.  He became a legend in the early 1970’s and then suddenly died in 1973.  

Along the way, his movies became hugely popular and continue to over 40 years after his death.   He did not make a lot of movies but they were great indeed.

His story is rather interesting:   
Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon(1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.
Like Hendrix and Morrison, you can identify his face in a heart beat.

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1969: Who remembers Apollo 11?



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On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  He uttered those famous words about "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

I was lucky enough to watch it on TV and will never forget it.







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Happy # 80 Tony Oliva


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Tony Oliva was born in Cuba on this day in 1938.   He got to the majors in 1963 and the rest is baseball history.

The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee will soon put together another list of candidates for consideration.

The Hall of Fame is for the best baseball players.   Unfortunately, there are some good players missing, such as Dick Allen, Al Oliver and Vada Pinson. 

Tony Oliva should get the votes and join the Hall of Fame:
He won 3 American League batting titlesled the league in hits five times and in doubles four times.
He earned one Gold Glove, in 1966, and was named The Sporting News AL Player of the year twice (1965, '71).
Oliva hit over .300 six times in over 11 full seasons and .285 or better 10 times, never finishing below .270.
He retired with 1,917 hits and a .304 career average.
P.S. Let's not forget Jim Kaat.  He won 283 games with a 3.45 ERA. How did the writers miss Kaat?


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday's show: Obama spoke in South Africa Democrats & ICE plus Lopez-Obrador-Trump


Thursday's show: 
Obama spoke in South Africa Democrats & ICE plus Lopez-Obrador-Trump




Thursday's video: A few thoughts about the US-Mexico relations, Trump & Lopez-Obrador


Thursday's video: 
A few thoughts about the US-Mexico relations, Trump & Lopez-Obrador




Same old band with a younger guy on lead vocals


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Well, reform is coming to Cuba, or something like that, we hear from the Obama opening apologists.  However, read the new rules and then it’s a little different.   

In other words, the new man is just like the old man, as we see in this report:  
Cuba is set to adopt constitutional reforms that will recognize private property and the market economy, to update its legal system.
Yet it does not want to abandon socialism, which in Cuban terms values health care and education but also frowns upon differences in personal wealth.
 
So what’s new?  The answer is nothing.
Down in Cuba, communism will prevail and those connected to Castro Inc. will continue to get wealthy making money with all of those foreign investors that the regime wants to attract.
Eventually, these reforms will have to be reformed, perhaps when the younger brother joins the older sibling at the cemetery.
In the meantime, the island’s economy will continue stuck in the communist quicksand.
Cuba can not create jobs by simply doing joint ventures with European or Mexican hotel companies. It needs to attract the kind of investment that hires accountants, sales people, distribution specialists and so on.  
Unfortunately for the communists, no one in their right mind is going to invest in an island where you have no say in the fate of your enterprises.    
So Cuba is still Cuba, no matter how much the little brother wants to persuade the foreign media that things are different.
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Taxes and living in a blue state.......


Taxes and living in a blue state.......see this headline: "Never short on ideas for things to tax, lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a tax on tap water"! 

By the way, they are calling it a user fee.    My good guess is that the voters of New Jersey won't buy the "user fee" explanation.

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1960: Juan Marichal's debut was a 2-hit 1-0 victory over Phillies


He finished his rookie season: 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA.

The game was a sign of things to come:  243-142 and a career ERA of 2.89.  Marichal threw 52 shutouts; 10-time All-Star and was the game’s MVP in 1965.

Without question, the greatest Latino pitcher ever!   




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Democrats are good at giving speeches but voting "yes or no" is too complicated.........




Another profile in political cowardice:   "Only 18 Democrats voted for the GOP’s pro-enforcement resolution, while 34 Democrats voted against the resolution and 133 abstained by voting “present” in the hope of minimizing the blowback from ordinary voters or the progressive base."

They are good at giving speeches but voting "yes or no" is too complicated.  

It is obscene for a member of Congress to vote "present".  We pay them to vote not to avoid taking positions.

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July 2007: Gracias, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan


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We started this month with a post about Mexican politicians blaming the US for their problems. 

Today, we say "thank you" to Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, for telling the truth:
""It's very hard for Mexico to preach to the north what it does not do to the south," Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said in a meeting with editors and reporters at The Washington Times, referring to Mexico's felony penalties for, and sometimes cruel treatment of, those caught crossing its southern border.

"Unless we correct the fundamental challenge of the violation of human rights of Latin American or Central American migrants crossing the border into Mexico, it's very hard for me to come up and wag a finger and say you guys should protect the rights of my citizens in this country," he said, adding that changes to the Mexican law are now pending.

Mr. Sarukhan, who presented his credentials as ambassador to President Bush in February, said his government is taking a new tack since the December inauguration of President Felipe Calderon, who has toned down the public relations push for an immigration bill in the United States and is instead trying to build infrastructure, combat corruption and create jobs to keep workers at home." (Mexican envoy hits own policies)
It's about time. It's refreshing to see Mexican officials publicly admitting what they know privately.

Last year, Banco de Mexico's chief came to Dallas and delivered a similar message.

Why is this happening? I think that Pres. Calderon understands that Mexico must change rather than export people to the US. This is a good start. It's good to see that Mexico is addressing its structural problems. You can not improve yourself until you admit that you have a problem.

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July 2007: We are fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq!




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What is the Democrats' message: Fight Al Qaeda everywhere except Iraq!

Here is the bottom line: We are fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq:
"In a global struggle against Islamic extremism, it is an incontestably welcome development that ordinary Sunnis in the Arab heartland are spurning al-Qaida. The extremist group has been on a campaign of savagery in Iraq that has discredited its own cause. The grassroots revolt against it means that it is within our reach to deny al-Qaida its most important current geopolitical objective, which is plunging Iraq into a bloody chaos in which it can thrive." (The Fight Against al-Qaida in Iraq By Rich Lowry)
At some point, we have to get our heads out of the partisan hole and see the big picture. How would an Al Qaeda victory in Iraq help out the next Democrat president?

Happy # 77 Vikki Carr

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We wish Vikki Carr a very happy # 77.........she was born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas-Martinez Cardona in El Paso, Texas, on this day in 1941...........a very popular bilingual pop singer......her first big hit was "It must be him".......



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday's show: The latest from Texas elections and other stories with George Rodriguez



Wednesday's show:  
The latest from Texas elections and other stories with George Rodriguez




Wednesday's video: Communism not capitalism for Cuba


Friday's video: Communism not capitalism for Cuba


Bad day for President Trump but worse day for his critics



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Let’s be honest, it was not a good press conference for President Trump. As my friend Barry Casselman said, it “was simply and inexcusably a blunder.”
I was not expecting President Trump to yell at Putin on the world stage. However, he could have expressed himself differently.
It was not the end of the world as we know it. The sky and the stars are not falling. Finally, let’s give this meeting a few months and see what comes out of it. 
At the same time, his critics always end up throwing President Trump a lifesaver, as Liz Peek wrote:  
Trump’s critics responded with customary vitriol and excess, attacking the president in such extreme terms that his supporters only dig in even deeper. 
Democrats and never-Trumpers cannot help themselves; over the past two years, the public has grown weary of the non-stop, five-alarm fires, and they have tuned out. 
Trump’s critics fail the most basic of tests. You can’t cry wolf over and over again without making a fool out of yourself.   
Furthermore, the Trump critics overlook the fact that President Obama did nothing about the Russian threat or that he mocked Governor Romney in 2012.
If Russia was such a threat, where was the Obama administration?   
Why did this threat become an issue the night that Hillary Clinton lost the election, the moment when the Democrats needed an explanation for her defeat?
Seriously, does anyone think that we’d be talking about the Russian threat to the integrity of our elections if Clinton had won?
Yes, bad press conference for President Trump.  Another bad 48 hours for his critics who can’t control their irrational hatred.
My guess is that most Americans have tuned out most of this irrational anti-Trumpism, as CNN’s latest ratings confirm.  600,000 watching CNN in a nation of 320 million? Most of those 600,000 are poor souls stuck in airports!
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Lieberman a sane voice in a party that is quickly going insane


We are happy to see this: "Lieberman slams Ocasio-Cortez, urges voters to pick Joe Crowley"

Former Senator Lieberman wrote an article about the young woman from the Bronx and her agenda, or as he calls it, "more Socialist than Democratic".

Frankly, I am not a fan of Representative Crowley but at least he understands our relationship with Israel.   

Glad to see Senator Lieberman back on the saddle.  He is a sane voice in a party that is quickly going insane.

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Younger man same as the old man in Cuba

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Well, reform is coming to Cuba or something like that.    However, read the story and then it's a little different.   

In other words, the new man is just like the old man, as we see in this report:  
Cuba is set to adopt constitutional reforms that will recognize private property and the market economy, to update its legal system.
Yet it does not want to abandon socialism, which in Cuban terms values health care and education but also frowns upon differences in personal wealth.
So what's new?   The answer is nothing.

Down in Cuba, communism will prevail and those connected to Castro Inc. will continue to get wealthy making money with all of those foreign investors that the regime wants to attract.

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So President Obama goes to South Africa to talk about human rights and leaders who double down on their lies?


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Our friend Bill Katz has an Obama-mania update:   
Naturally, in the midst of all this international chaos, who should grace us with his rhetorical presence?  Who else but the man got us into a lot of this, Barack (just call me Field Martial) Obama.  
And he chose to speak, not at home to an American audience, but to South Africa, a human-rights hellhole with one of the worst records of sexual violence against women in the world.  
But why be bothered with that stuff?  It was vintage Obama.  Ring kissing is in order.....
So President Obama goes to South Africa to talk about human rights and leaders who double down on their lies?   

I understand that President Obama spoke at the Mandela anniversary.   However, South Africa has serious challenges, from basic human rights to high levels of poverty and violence against women and children.

Well, what can you say?    We can say two things:

1) Obama mania is still ticking; and,

2) No Democrat running in a competitive election will quote the President's speech.

Obama is still Obama.


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