Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thursday's show: A chat with Jorge Ponce about Tom Brokaw's comments & other current events

A chat with Jorge Ponce about Tom Brokaw's comments & other current events 02/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Jorge Ponce, columnist and observer of current events We will review Tom Brokaw's comments and other issues of the day and other stories...........
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Thursday's video: Cohen before Congress



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Democrats cross the infanticide line

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This week, 44 Democrat senators could not support “….a bill that would require a doctor to use all of his skills to preserve the life of a child born alive after an attempted abortion.”   (Laura Ingraham)
Apart from morality, this is political madness.  In other words, these U.S. senators are on the other side of where most voters are on abortion.
A new Marist poll this week shows a shift in attitudes about abortion:   
According to the Marist/Knights of Columbus poll, released February 25, equal percentages of Americans now identify as pro-life and pro-choice. 
This is the first time since 2009 that the number of self-identified pro-life Americans is equal to or greater than the number calling themselves pro-choice.
Barbara Carvalho, director of The Marist Poll, said the figures suggest that recent efforts to remove legal restrictions on the procedure, and widen the availability of abortion up to the point of birth, may have led to more people identifying themselves as pro-life.
“Current proposals that promote late-term abortion have reset the landscape and language on abortion in a pronounced — and very measurable – way,” she said in a press release.
The pro-abortion critics are already saying that this is a sham poll because the Knights of Columbus are behind it.
In fact, there are a couple of new variables in the discussion about abortion.
First, technology now allows an expecting mother to hear her baby’s heartbeat earlier than ever or 12 weeks.  It’s hard to defend the notion that this is not a life when a heart is beating.
Second, the talk about late term abortion has brought the barbarism to the front pages.  Governor Ralph Northam’s remarks about keeping the baby comfortable removed the curtain for all to see that this is really about the termination of a life.
Abortion will be an issue in 2020.  It won’t be about the woman’s body.  It will be about the baby denied an opportunity to live.
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1947 and the Dodgers in Havana, Cuba


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As we watch major league teams play the first round of exhibition games, we remember another spring in pre-Castro Havana.
Back in 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers, now in Los Angeles, went to Havana for spring training. It created a lot of excitement in the island, to say the least, as Irv Goldfarb wrote in The Society for American Baseball Research:   
The Dodgers were not totally unfamiliar with Cuba, having previously used Havana’s La Tropical Stadium as their spring training site for the 1941 and ’42 seasons, before Rickey arrived from St. Louis. Wartime travel restrictions, however, ended that experiment. And as early as 1943, Rickey had shown interest in having heralded Cuban Leaguer Silvio Garcia become the first player to test major league baseball’s color barrier.
Of course, Cuba was already familiar with professional baseball, from the Cubans who played in the US and the black stars, like Satchel Paige, who had played in the island.
The Dodgers’ visit brings up another point or the island’s strong economy. The Dodgers had many options for spring training including their site in Florida. They spent that winter in Cuba because the economy could support a major league team even during the spring training period.
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1976: "Theme from SWAT" by Rhythm Heritage was # 1 this week


To be honest, I don't remember the TV show but the theme song was great and on the top of the charts this week in 1976.

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We remember Don Ciccone (1946-2016)

We remember Don Ciccone who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1946 and died in 2016.

Don founded The Critters in the 1960's and then worked with The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells.

The Critters had a big hit in 1966 called "Mr. Dieingly Sad".   It was a great pop song, nice lyrics & melody.   

In the 1970's he worked with The Four Seasons in songs like "Who loves you" & "December 1963 Oh what a night", a couple of their big hits.

Don was also the musical director for Tommy James & The Shondells, another very successful group.



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1942: The Pride of the Yankees, my favorite baseball movie


What a great movie.   

This is the story of Lou Gehrig and I have to watch it every year.   You can catch Babe Ruth playing himself.   

Gehrig died in 1939 at age 36, a couple of months short of his 37th birthday.

His numbers are legendary:  .340 career batting average, 494 HR & 1,995 RBI.   Add to this 2,721 hits in 2,164 games PLUS the 2,130 consecutive game streak.  Lou played in 7 World Series and was the clean up hitter of the 1927 Yankees!

This is a Hollywood version.   However, it depicts Lou correctly.   Lou was a gentleman and a team player:
  

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We remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse (1948-79)


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The great talking horse Mr. Ed died in 1979 at age 31.

We grew up watching Mr. Ed, although more have probably seen it on reruns.   It was a great show and the theme was super:
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed Go right to the source and ask the horse,He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse He's always on a steady course, talk to Mr. Ed. People yackety yak on the street and waste the time of day But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is of course unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed."
The shows are now available in DVD.


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We remember Frank Malzone (1930-2015)


Frank Malzone was born on this day in the Bronx in 1930.   Eventually, he played for the Boston Red Sox.

Back in the 1950's, Frank was a very good third baseman and showed power:  .274 average, 133 HR & 728 RBI in 1,441 games.   

Frank was one of the inaugural class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, in November 1995.



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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday's show: Michael Cohen, Congress emergency resolution, Mexico and abortion 2020



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Wednesday's video: Abortion and the political debate



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Lopez-Obrador suffers from Sandy O disease

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In one single sense, President Andres Lopez-Obrador reminds me of President Trump.  People either love or hate him.  Many in the middle class or business sector call him names not suitable for this page.  On the other hand, the poor believe that he will change Mexico, especially all of the corruption embedded in the system.
We saw a bit of this over the last few days.
First, “El Presidente” said that the movie Roma was evidence of “racismo” in Mexico.   He said this:  
Asked if he agreed with Cuaron that Mexican society remains rife with racist prejudice, the veteran leftist did not mince his words.
“I completely agree. Unfortunately, there is a lot of racism in Mexico,” he said.
Lopez Obrador, who in the 1970s worked for the indigenous affairs bureau in his home state of Tabasco in southern Mexico, has pledged to give priority to the poor as president.
This is pure pandering!  Yes, it is true that many Mexican families have maids. Yes, it is also true that most of these women come from very poor areas of the country. At the same time, most of these “muchachas”, as Mexicans call them, live inside the homes and get many benefits, from school to medical care, paid by the family.  In other words, it is wrong to say that this is a sign of racism.  I’d rather call it a sign of poverty.
Then “El Presidente” got really silly.  He announced this:   
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says his administration has auctioned off most of the bulletproof and luxury vehicles used by past presidents.
Lopez Obrador has eschewed the traditional trappings of power since taking office on Dec.1. He uses a compact Volkswagen car and refuses to live in the sprawling presidential residence compound, instead remaining in a middle-class condo.
He has pledged to sell off the presidential jet and instead uses commercial flights. He also disbanded Mexico’s equivalent of the Secret Service.
This is stupid, to say the least.  Lopez-Obrador is not saving any money at all by selling bulletproof cars or the presidential jet.  He is also exposing himself, his family, and people who travel with him to an attack.
Last, but not least, a couple of Mexican friends told me that they think that the bit about bulletproof cars is just talk and will never happen.
We will see, but Lopez-Obrador is turning into the Mexican version of Sandy O.
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1972: Hank Aaron signed the biggest contract in baseball

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On this day in 1972, the Atlanta Braves made Hank Aaron the best paid baseball player before the season:   a 3 year deal worth around $ 600.000!

A couple of years later, Aaron passed Ruth in the all time HR list.    

He retired with 755 after the 1976 season.




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1947: "Dark passage" is a rather good movie


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What can you say about "Dark passage" featuring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall?   or a movie from 1947 with Anges Morehead?   Remember Agnes as Samantha's mother in "Bewitched"?

The movie starts with Bogart escaping out of prison.   Then Bacall walks into his life and takes him to her apartment.    

The rest is on you.    You will enjoy it, specially hearing Bogart's voice for much of the movie without seeing his face.     
Watch it!   It's a little slow but you will enjoy it!




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We remember Juan Delis and the 1955 Washington Senators

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We remember Juan Delis who was born in Santiago de Cuba on this day in 1928.    

In the 1950’s, Juan was one of many Cubans who played with The Washington Senators.    

In this photo, Juan (to the right) joined Carlos Paula, Pedro Ramos, Jose Valdivielso and Camilo Pascual in the 1955 team.   Of course, Ramos and Pascual became very successful major league pitchers.
I wrote years ago about Pascual and Ramos.
Delis was around one season as a utility infielder playing in 5 different positions.  He hit .189 in 54 games.    He played with Marianao in Cuba and also in Mexico’s Pacific Coast League.
We don’t remember him as a star player but he was an inspiration to many others who played later.     He also came along at a time when there were only 16 major league teams.   It was a lot more difficult to make a major league team before expansion.
Delis died in Cuba in 2003.
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1936: 7-year old Shirley Temple signed a big contract

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On this day in 1936, Shirley Temple got a new contract from 20th Century Fox.   She was guaranteed $50,000 per film for the next 7 years.

Later in her life, she had a diplomatic career.    Shirley Temple Black was named ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Bush.

She died in 2014.


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1973: Dick Allen signed the biggest baseball contract ever....

Once upon a time, Dick Allen signed a 3-year $ 750,000 contract with the Chicago White Sox.   It came after winning the 1972 AL MVP and hitting 37 HR.   

Allen broke the Phillies in 1964 and was voted Rookie of the Year.   He put up some great number and seemed like a candidate for the Hall of Fame.   At the same time, he never had a good relationship with the fans or media.    

In 1972, he was traded to Chicago and had a superb season.

Allen battled injuries and personal problems after signing the contract.   He retired with a .291 batting average, 351 HR and 1,191 RBI.   


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We remember Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

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We remember Elizabeth Taylor who was born in London to American parents on this day in 1932.   She eventually moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1939.     

Her movie career stretched from the 1940's to the 1980's, from "Little women" to "Cat on a hat tin roof" to "Cleopatra" to many others.  

She died in 2011.









Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday's show: Cuba in Venezuela, Trump & North, US Senate abortion vote & Jorge Ramos

Cuba in Venezuela, Trump & North, US Senate abortion vote & other stories 02/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

We will look at the role of Cuba in Venezuela........President Trump and North Korea.......Democrats and abortion.........World Trade Center 1993......Johnny Cash 1932-2003........Preacher Roe 1916-2008.........Fats Domino 1928-2017............and other stories.....click to listen:



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No crisis on the border?

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We continue to hear that there is no crisis on the border.  However, the situation in Mexico does not support that conclusion.
Let me ask you this: have you talked to anyone in Mexico lately?  When you do, eventually, you will talk about the violence in the country.
Over in Cancún, a Caribbean resort with beautiful beaches and wonderful hotels, the violence has arrived.  This is from the latest advisory:
Mexico makes a popular destination for vacationers enjoying spring break, but a warning from the US State Department remains in effect for the busy travel season.
The advisory was first issued in November, but may take on new urgency in the wake of a deadly attack at a club in Cancun on Saturday, as reported by Fox News. 
In the shooting at La Kuka, located in central Cancun about four miles from the area housing most tourist hotels, a group of four men opened fire, killing five people and wounding five others.
In April of last year, 14 people were killed in Cancun in a 36-hour span.
When the State Department unveiled its new, four-tiered travel advisory system, they placed the Mexican states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas in the highest tier of danger, advising Americans not to travel there at all.
“Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, is common.  Gang activity, including gun battles and blockades, is widespread,” the warning reads, in part.
Travel was not restricted to Cancun, which is in Quintana Roo state, because “homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal organization assassinations.”  But travelers were warned that bystanders have been injured or killed in the past. 
Quintana Roo was classified as “Tier 2,” with “increased caution” advised.
Gang activity?  That’s interesting.
Why the gangs?  What are they fighting about?
They are not fighting over the blondes on the beach.  They are killing each other over drug routes to the U.S.
Crisis on the border?  Yes.  I am not saying we have to build a wall from San Diego to Brownsville.  However, a wall in key areas will work and will have a major impact on cartel routes to the U.S.  It will force these organizations to find alternatives to bring drugs north.
Yes, there is a crisis on the border, and we’d better deal with it.
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Cuban troops are standing between the Maduro regime and change


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As Venezuela descends into further chaos, it's clear that Cuban troops are standing between the Maduro regime and change.

We don't know the exact number but the Cuban presence is significant, according to FP:
Today, the penetration of Venezuela by thousands of Cuban operatives is complete.
While it remains difficult to quantify the exact numbers, according to a Brookings Institution report, Cuban intelligence operatives and military advisors in Venezuela range from hundreds to thousands.
Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro puts the number at 15,000, likening them to “an occupation army from Cuba in Venezuela.”
In other words, Cuba is now part of the problem.

President Trump should make it very clear to Raul Castro that he will be held personally accountable for any Cuban troops that kill innocent people.

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1946: "The Razor's edge", a very intense movie


As you probably know, TCM has been showing some of the great Hollywood movies this month.    I paid attention a few years ago and have connected with many great works that I had never seen before.

Before I start, let me tell you that "The Razor's edge" from 1946 runs about 145 minutes, or a very long time.    Nevertheless, the plot is very different and will keep you tuned in.

It is the story of Larry Darrell, played by Tyrone Power, a young man who just returned from World War I.    He was deeply affected by the war and needs a little to find the important things of life.

His girl is Isabel Bradley, played by Gene Tirney, a beautiful young woman who has marriage and commitment in mind.

There are other great performances in the movie, such as Clifton Webb and Anne Baxter.   Cecil Humphreys as "The Holy Man" is great.

Larry and Isabel do not get married.   They pursue different paths but circumstances bring them back together much later.

And the rest is up to you to watch.    I think that you will enjoy it.    It is based on a popular book by W. Somerset Maugham.    



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1993: The first World Trade Center attack


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On this day in 1993, a terrorist bomb exploded in a World Trade Center parking lot in New York City.   It left a crater 60 feet wide and caused the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast.   Six people were killed and 1,000 injured. 

We remind you that this attack happened 10 years before the US invaded Iraq.


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We remember Fats Domino (1928-2017)


We remember  Antoine Domino, the great Fats Domino who was born in New Orleans on this day in 1928.   He died in 2017 at age 89.   

He was one of the early rockers and best entertainers ever.   Some of his hits were:   "Blue Monday", “Blueberry Hill” , “Ain’t that a shame” and "Walking to New Orleans".     
You have to check out one of his many hits:


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We remember Preacher Roe (1916-2008)

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We remember Preacher Roe who was born in Arkansas on this day in 1916.     

Roe broke with the Cardinals in 1938 but did not return to the majors until 1944 with the Pirates.   

His best years were with the Dodgers, 1948-54.    

In 7 seasons with Brooklyn, Roe was 93-37 with an excellent 3.26 ERA plus 74 complete games & 12 shutouts.     

He pitched in 3 World Series against the Yankees:   2-1, 3 complete games, 1 shutout & a 2.54 ERA.     In 1951, Roe was named National League Pitcher of the Year when he won 22 with a 3.04 ERA.

Roe's career totals:  127 wins, 101 complete games and 17 shutouts.

He died in 2008.







Happy # 72 Sandie Shaw

Sandra Ann Goodrich (Sandie Shaw) was born in England on this day in 1947.    She had a great face and super looks!

We remember her for a hits on the radio back in the 1960's, specially "Girl don't come" from the early days of Beatlemania.    Her songs were part of The British invasion!     


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We remember Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

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Like many of you, I learned a lot about Johnny Cash from that film "I walk the line".    It probably introduced a lot of young people to his career and songbook.

Cash was born on this day in 1932 and died in 2003.   

Cash was was one of the great male vocalists of the 20th century.   His style and voice were unique.     He hung around with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in the early days of Sun Records and rock and roll.

Check out a Johnny Cash today song today.   There are many to pick from:

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday's show: Trump and North Korea, Cubans in Venezuela plus George Harrison

Trump and North Korea, Cubans in Venezuela plus George Harrison 02/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

We will review President Trump's meeting with the leader of North Korea.........Venezuela and Cuban influence.......No crisis on the border? AOC and babies and climate change.....Senator Feinstein vs the kids.....George Harrison 1943-2001.........and other stories.....click to listen:



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Monday's video: President Trump and North Korea



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What happens to Raul Castro if Cuban agents shoot Venezuelans?


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Over the last year, we’ve written about Cuba’s presence in Venezuela.
Senator Rubio has reported in the last 48 hours that Cuban troops are involved:
This is very interesting.  What happens if Cuban troops are ordered to defend Maduro at a time when Venezuelan troops are walking away?
Raúl Castro has to be very careful, because he could end up with Maduro in a Florida prison like Noriega back in 1989.
In 2015, Fidel Castro’s bodyguard wrote about Cuba’s role in the drug business:
As the Cocaine Cowboys era exploded into a yeyo-fueled crime wave of excess in South Florida and across the nation in the 1980s, Fidel Castro quietly helped Cuban smugglers get the drugs from Colombia to American shores.  Why?
“For him, drug trafficking was, above all, a weapon of revolutionary struggle more than a means of making money,” writes Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, a former Castro bodyguard.  “It served his revolutionary objectives in the sense that it corrupted and destabilized American society[.] … Icing on the cake: It was a means of bringing in cash to finance subversion.”
If Fidel was the cocaine king, then Raúl was his right hand man!
Two birds with one stone?  Castro and Maduro in a Florida court to face drug charges?  Unlikely, but it could happen if Raúl Castro orders Cuban agents to kill Venezuelans to protect Maduro.
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