Friday, May 31, 2019

Trump and Mexico plus Mueller & impeachment frenzy with George Rodriguez

Trump and Mexico plus Mueller & impeachment frenzy with George Rodriguez 05/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

President Trump and Mexico at odds over illegal immigration.....Mueller's remarks and impeachment......The state of the Democrat race......and other stories.........
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Friday's video: Too many Democrats?



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Did the Democrats really want Mueller to speak?


As my parents used to tell us, sometimes saying nothing is your best card.  I guess that Robert Mueller forgot about that.
What did Mueller say?  In fact, nothing of legal consequence, but it will revive talk that President Trump should be impeached.
It did not take long for Charles Blow of the New York Times to go “I” or call for impeachment.  He is calling on Democrats to “do their duty“:    
What the hell is it going to take, Democrats?!
What evidence and impetus would compel you to do the job the Constitution, patriotism and morality dictate?
What is it going to take to make you initiate an impeachment inquiry?
Your slow walking of this issue and your specious arguments about political calculations are pushing you dangerously close to a tragic, historic dereliction of duty, one that could do irreparable damage to the country and the Congress.    
Really, Mr. Blow?
Let me ask Charles Blow a question:   Can you write an op-ed dealing with the specific articles of impeachment?  What law did President Trump violate and what crime did he commit?   
I get the feeling that Blow, and many others infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, does not understand what impeachment means.
Blow may want to go back and watch the House debate of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.   
First, you need an article of impeachment that proves that President Trump did something illegal.  You will need evidence or facts that support that conclusion.
Second, the entire House will have to vote on it.  I am not sure that the Democrats have 218 votes to pull that off.
Democrats have a duty, wrote Blow.  In reality, their duty is to gather evidence and write articles of impeachment based on information, not emotion.
Keep it up, Charles.  You are doing a wonderful job of reelecting President Trump.
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Happy # 76 Joe Namath

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We remember Joe Namath who was born in Beaver Falls. PA, on this day in 1943.

Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL.   The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL.   They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.   In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.

He was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons.   He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.

Joe was more than numbers.   He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970.    Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!




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Happy # 69 to Tippy Martinez

We remember Tippy Martinez who was born in Colorado on this day in 1950.  He became one of the best Orioles ever.   

Tippy came up with the Yankees and was traded to Baltimore in 1976 along with Scott McGregor and Rick Dempsey.   The Yankees were headed to the World Series in 1976 and the Orioles were rebuilding.   They made the classic veterans for young guys trade and it worked great for Baltimore.   The Orioles picked up a starter, a great reliever and wonderful catcher out of that deal.    

Tippy had some great seasons out of the bullpen for the Orioles.   He was one of the best lefties in the game.   Along the way, he saved 115 games with a 3.45 ERA.  He was the 8th inning set up man for some of that time so the "saves" don't tell the whole story.   Often, Weaver would bring him to pitch to a tough lefty.

My favorite memory was Tippy Martinez on the mound when the Orioles beat the White Sox to clinch the AL pennant in 1983.     

Tippy is the answer to a great trivia question.  Who picked three Toronto Blue Jays (Barry Bonnell, Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw) at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium?  The answer is Tippy Martinez.



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Happy # 81 to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary)



We remember Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1938.

We grew up listening to their songs, from "Puff the magic dragon" to "I dig rockn' roll music".   They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.

Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul.   Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.    

"Puff the magic dragon" is one with Peter on lead vocals.






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Happy # 89 to Clint Eastwood

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We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.

Eastwood made his TV debut with "Rawhide" in 1955.   It was a great Western about cattlemen who drove their herds across the Great Plains.   

After that,  he had a huge career in the movies.   Check out this western collection!

You can get the whole "Rawhide" series HERE.    

You can hear the classic theme song HERE by Frankie Laine.   It is one of the most popular TV themes ever.



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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday's show: Democrats and impeachment plus Louisiana joins the anti-abortion list

Democrats and impeachment plus Louisiana joins the anti-abortion list 05/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Mueller and the Democrats base...........Impeachment, like abortion, will now become a sacrament of the Democrats...........Sanders vs DNC.......Democrat governor ready to sign abortion in Louisiana...........Lincoln Memorial 1922.....Indy 500 1911....and other stories........click to listen:



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Thursday's video: Impeachment will divide Democrats



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We lost a couple of good guys this week

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Old age and cancer take their toll, as we’ve learned from family and friends who’ve died recently.
I lost my dad a few years ago at age 89.  I have a good friend battling cancer, and it does not look good.  It’s life, but we are still shocked to hear that a friend or loved one dies.
This week, we lost two of my sports heroes: Bart Starr and Bill Buckner.  Starr was arguably the best NFL quarterback ever.  Buckner was undoubtedly one of the toughest guys ever to play baseball.  Starr was the master reader of defenses.  Buckner played baseball as if he were a hockey player.
First, Bart Starr died at age 85.  My love of Starr goes back to our early days in the U.S.
My brother and I had never seen a football game.  We were raised playing and thinking baseball 24/7.  However, it didn’t take us long to fall in love with the Packers and the game of football when our family settled in Wisconsin from Cuba. 
My first football hero was Bart Starr, the legendary Packers QB, who won five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls.  He was also the MVP in those two first AFL-NFL Championship games, as they were known back then.
In fact, I loved Starr so much that I always wore #15 on every sports jersey.  It’s still my favorite number today!
Greatest game?  Probably the so-called “Ice Bowl,” but there were others.
With all due respect to Unitas, Namath, Staubach, Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Young, Brady, and even Favre, I will always pick Starr to start my big game.
Second, Bill Buckner was born in Vallejo, Calif. in 1949 and died after a battle with cancer.  His death was a bit of a shock because I did not know he was sick.
Buckner hit .289 with 2,715 hits and a .408 on-base average.  He played with the Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox.  He was a fan favorite everywhere he played but will always be remembered for missing that ground ball that killed the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series.  Buckner missed the ball, but a lot of other crazy things happened that inning.
He was a tough out, a great competitor, and the kind of guy you wanted on your team.
RIP, Bart Starr and Bill Buckner.  You made football and baseball a lot of fun over the years.
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1922: The Lincoln Memorial

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On May 30, 1922, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.   It was 57 years after Lincoln died.    
  
According to news reports, about 50,000 people attended the ceremonies, including Civil War veterans and Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's only surviving son. 

President Warren Harding, former President William Howard Taft, and Dr. Robert Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute, delivered the keynote address.

It is one of the top historical landmarks of Washington, DC:






May 30, 1956: What a shot by Mantle!


On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.
He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. 
It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.





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The first "Indy 500" was held in 1911


The Indianapolis 500 is always a real treat.    It's like the Super Bowl in the sense that people get together and watch the race over food and drinks.   It is the only race that I try to catch.

It all got started in 1911 when Ray Harround came in first.






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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday's show: Mueller talks and 3 models predict 2020 plus Jefferson-Adams letters

Mueller talks and 3 models predict 2020 plus Jefferson-Adams letters 05/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Mueller talks and what did he say?......3 economic models predict that President Trump reelection......The Jefferson-Adams letters 1813-1826.....President Kennedy 1917-63... .......and other stories...........click to listen:



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Wednesday's video: 3 economic models predict Trump’s re-election



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Guess who Cuba blames for its food shortages?

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The communist regime in Cuba has issued another warning about food shortages.  And it’s all the embargo’s fault.   Have you heard that before?
This is from Reuters
U.S. farmers and agribusiness’s have sold nearly $6 billion in poultry, soy, corn and other products to Cuba since 2001 under an exception to the trade embargo that allows the sales for cash, helping to alleviate shortages on the Caribbean island.
However, Washington this month allowed a long dormant section of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act to take effect as it ratchets up the pressure on Venezuela and Cuba.
Title III of the Cuba sanctions law, waived by previous presidents, states that anyone whose property was nationalized after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, even if they were not U.S. citizens at the time, can sue any individual or company profiting from their former holdings.
Good for President Trump.  Better for the rule of law and respect for property rights.
Despite my support for President Trump’s actions or my overall agreement that the owners should be compensated, it has nothing to do with Cuba’s food shortages.
First, Cuba can buy food or anything else from any other country.   Why don’t they?  There are lots of countries who are agricultural exporters who love to sell their tomatoes and potatoes to Cuba.  The embargo won’t stop Brazil, for example, doing that.  It won’t stop Argentina or Uruguay from selling beef.
Second, the real problem is that nobody wants to sell anything on credit to Cuba.  It’s “no cash, no tomato” because the regime has a long history of failing to pay its debts.   It’s not the embargo it’s a socialist economy that could never sustain itself without a sugar daddy in Moscow or Caracas.
Blame Trump?  Nothing new.  We’ve been hearing that for a long time. 
The solution is for Cuba to reform rather than pretend that change is happening.
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Happy # 74 Gary Brooker


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We remember Gary Brooker, vocatlist and keyboardist for Procol Harum.  

Back in 1967, the band scored a worldwide hit:  "A whiter shade of pale".  

It is still one of the most popular songs on oldies radio.      


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May 1813: The week Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence


Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson's glorious pen gave the Declaration of Independence the lines that we all love.  Adams was a major force in leading the colonies toward independence.

They were part of the first Cabinet under President Washington.  Mr. Adams was the first V.P. and the second president.  Mr. Jefferson was the second V.P. and third president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts, and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  They were miles apart in more ways than one!

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813.

The Jefferson-Adams bitter feud remind us that politics has always been rough.  

The letters are now a big part of our history.  A good place to start is the John Adams HBO series.

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President John F. Kennedy (1917-63)


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We remember President John F. Kennedy who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1917.    

He won the 1960 election but was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.    

JFK's 34-month presidency saw the crisis in Cuba, the early days of Southeast Asia and the commitment to put a man in the moon by the end of decade.

The Kennedy presidency continues to be very popular in retrospect, as Professor Sabato wrote recently:




1848: Wisconsin joined the Union


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Wisconsin joined the Union on this day in 1848.    It was state # 30 on the way to 50!
Our family lived in Wisconsin when we came to the US.   It was a wonderful place and I still have great memories of friends and places in Wisconsin. 


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1989: Mike Schmidt retired


  





Mike Schmidt closed the books on a great career with the Phillies on this day in 1989.   He was one of the very best third basemen in baseball history. 

His numbers were awesome:  548 HR & 1, 595 RBI.   Schmidt was the last guy in the world that you wanted to face with the game on the line!
He played for several Phillies championship teams, including the 1980 World Series champs and the 1983 NL champs.   
Along the way, he hit four home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, won six Silver Slugger Awards, including five consecutive (1980 through 1984, then one more in 1986) & won ten Gold Glove Awards.
Last, but not least, he ranked 28th by The Sporting News when they released their 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball:



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A word about Beverly Eckert (1951-2009)



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On 9-11, Beverly Eckert was one of the many ladies at home talking to their husbands at the collapsing World Trade Center or aboard one of those jets.

We came to love Beverly Eckert and all of the other 9-11 widows. They became part of our family!

We loved their courage and commitment to their heroic husbands.

We loved their grace and how they handled the terrible tragedy of 9-11.

Beverly Eckert was born on this day in 1951.  

She was killed in a Buffalo plane crash in 2009.     Beverly was on her way to Buffalo to attend a ceremony related to her husband at Canisius High School, a Jesuit school.    

What an amazing story. What a sad story.
  


We remember Bob Hope (1903-2003)

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Did you know that Bob Hope was born in England?   I didn’t until today.   

He was born on this day in 1903 and lived 100 years plus 2 months!

Hope’s family moved to the US when he was 4 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.   His family passed through Ellis Island in 1908.

Hope started on the radio in the 1920's and gradually made it to movies.   Later in life, he’d visit US troops every year at Christmas.    

Very funny guy.




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May 1813: Remembering the first of the Jefferson-Adams letters

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson composed The Declaration of Independence.  Adams was a special force in leading the colonies toward independence.

Adams was first VP and 2nd president.  Jefferson was the 2nd VP & 3rd president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813.

The letters are now a big part of our history.








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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

More food shortages in Cuba plus new models favor Trump's reelection

More food shortages in Cuba plus new models favor Trump's reelection 05/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

More shortages in Cuba and more blaming the US embargo........Democrats are losing the impeachment PR war..........3 economic models support Trump's reelection....New poll shows Hispanic support for border wall..........and other stories.........click to listen:



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Tuesday's video: More shortages in Cuba



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Chick-fil-A wins again

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A few years ago, one of my sons brought home a promotion coupon from Chick-fil-A.  As I recall, the local restaurant was helping the football team raise money.  So we went, bought their sandwich meal and loved it ever since.
Around here, the restaurant is always in the middle of every fundraiser.  It’s clear that they take their community roles very seriously.
In Texas, the angry left decided to declare war on the restaurant chain.  The city of San Antonio went so far as to ban the restaurant from its airport.
Why?  Are they selling poisoned food?  Are they discrimnating against anyone by telling some to eat in the back?  Are the bathrooms for whites only?  Do they fire employees for speaking Spanish?   Do they force you to quote the Bible before you order one of their meals?  Do they preach politics like ESPN?  Do they force you to sign an affidavit confirming that you share their views on anything?
On the contrary, they take your order and a nice man comes around to check on the food.
They made the left angry because the ownership is pro-American and closes on Sunday.  They are also very traditional, as John Hinderaker wrote.   
So how does the left react when they don’t like something?
Do they start their own chicken sandwich places?   No.   They choose to destroy the people that they don’t like.
Thankfully, Governor Greg Abbott will sign the “Chick-fil-A law”, which will “prevent any government entity from taking ‘adverse actions’ against any individual or business for their ‘membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation or other support to a religious organization.’” and put this latest example of “leftist intolerance” to rest for now.   
Yes, for now.  Who knows what other enterprise has a target on its back?
Once upon a time, we had liberals like Senator Hubert Humphrey and VP Walter Mondale.  They called for social legislation and fought hard for what they believed in.  Today’s liberals want to tell you where to eat and push their ways in your face.
Something is very wrong when people can’t enjoy life and buy chicken sandwiches without pushing their politics.
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Happy # 75 Gladys Knight

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We remember Gladys Knight who was born in Atlanta, GA, on this day in 1944.    

In the 1970's, Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded gold singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia”.

All together, she recorded over 30 LP's and worked with other artists, like Stevie Wonder.    

A super artist and vocalist:





Happy # 74 John Fogerty


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We salute John Fogerty born on this day in 1945......lead vocalist and guitarist of CCR, one of the biggest bands in the history of rock........their songs are heard everyday on radio stations all over the world...


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May 28 and Willie Mays


We remember a couple of moments from Willie Mays' career.    

On May 28, 1951, Mays got his major league hit off of Warren Spahn.

On May 28, 1952, Mays went into the US Army.

Mays finished his Hall of Fame career:   .302 average, 660 HR, 1,903 RBI, 338 stolen bases, a .389 on base pct & 3,283 hits.     

Maybe the greatest ever!




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Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday's show: Electoral earthquake in Europe but who won and more stories of Memorial Day 2019

Electoral earthquake in Europe but who won and more stories of Memorial Day 2019 05/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Memorial Day 2019.......Big electoral shake up in Europe but what does it mean?.......Chick-Fil-A and Governor Abbott.....Biden laying low or just buying time?....Another judge jumps in to stop President Trump......and other stories...........ckick to listen:



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Wer remember Bill Buckner (1949-2019)


Bill Buckner was born in Vallejo, CA in 1949 and died tody after a battle with cancer.  

He hit .289 with 2,715 hits and a .408 on-base average.   

He was a tough out, a great competitor and the kind of guy that you wanted on your team.   

He was a great major league hitter.



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Thank you for the birthday greetings



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Explaining Memorial Day to friends

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A few too many years ago, I worked in Mexico for a U.S. bank.  I was invited by some friends to tell the story of Memorial Day at a local church.   
It was before the Internet, so I called my father and told him to put of my old U.S. history schoolbooks in the next plane.  It turned out that one of his colleagues was flying to Mexico and I got my books in a day.
I started by talking about The Civil War and “Decoration Day“:    
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Later, it became Memorial Day after World War I and World War II:    
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
The parishioners enjoyed it and I felt good about that.  One of the gentlemen related his ancestor’s story.  Apparently, his grandfather was from Texas and served in the Spanish American War.  Everyone was thrilled with the photos that I shared on the blackboard.  
Looking back today and reading about Decoration Day, I am amazed how our ancestors were willing to decorate the graves of northern and southern soldiers.  It’s a good lesson for those who want to remove statues.  Sometimes the best way to heal is to honor the dead rather than selectively remove them from history.
Happy Memorial Day 2019.   
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