Thursday, October 31, 2019

Our Halloween 2019 show with Leslie Eastman



Our Halloween 2019 show with Leslie Eastman 10/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection.......we will look at the big stories of the day. and other stories....


Thursday’s video: Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, the new champions of basdball



I hope that more priests call out Democrats on abortion

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For years, I’ve heard priests talk about life and how we must protect the unborn.  More than that, many Catholic groups, such as The Knights of Columbus, march in front of abortion clinics.  Also, many priests accompany parishioners to the annual parade on the anniversary of Roe v Wade.
Then we read this:  
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential race, was denied Holy Communion on Sunday morning at a Florence church.
Father Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church confirmed Monday afternoon that he had denied the presidential candidate Holy Communion because of his stance on abortion. Biden, a lifelong Catholic, had attended the church’s 9 a.m. Mass.
Why is anyone surprised?  The church goes out of its way to prevent abortions by counseling mothers to have their babies and consider adoption.
I hope that priests in are listening.   We need more pro-abortion politicians called out on their support of abortion even if they publicly say that they don’t believe in it
Last, but not least, it’s time to ask these candidates about late term abortion.
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2016: What radio show would Orson Wells do about this election?

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On October 30, 1938, millions of Americans had their dinner and sat down to listen to the radio. It turned out to be a rather unusual Halloween night:
Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy “Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.
Welles introduced his radio play with a spoken introduction, followed by an announcer reading a weather report. Then, seemingly abandoning the storyline, the announcer took listeners to “the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.” …  An announcer broke in to report that “Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory” had detected explosions on the planet Mars. Then the dance music came back on, followed by another interruption in which listeners were informed that a large meteor had crashed into a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey.
Soon, an announcer was at the crash site describing a Martian emerging from a large metallic cylinder. “Good heavens,” he declared, “something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now here’s another and another one and another one. They look like tentacles to me … I can see the thing’s body now. It’s large, large as a bear. It glistens like wet leather.” But that face, it… it … ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable…”
The Martians mounted walking war machines and fired “heat-ray” weapons at the puny humans gathered around the crash site. They annihilated a force of 7,000 National Guardsman, and after being attacked by artillery and bombers the Martians released a poisonous gas into the air. Soon “Martian cylinders” landed in Chicago and St. Louis. The radio play was extremely realistic, with Welles employing sophisticated sound effects and his actors doing an excellent job portraying terrified announcers and other characters.
They say that a million people fell for it.
Maybe a 2016 version of Orson Welles could do a radio show about a presidential candidate who used a private server as Secretary of State.    

Then he can tell us about the lady’s assistant who is married to a rather bizarre fellow addicted to sending strange texts to young women.    
And the climax of the story is when the FBI discovers that the bizarre fellow had classified information in his laptop. 
Wonder if any radio producer would buy that story? My guess is that that they would reject it on the grounds that they don’t think any candidate for president would be that stupid.
Orson, where are you when we need you?
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We remember Dave McNally (1942-2002)



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Dave McNally was one of my favorite Orioles.    He broke with Baltimore in 1962 and won 184 games.   

Along the way, Dave pitched in 4 World Series, 2 LCS and won 87 games over 1968-71.

Just a great lefty who kept you in every game.    

McNally won game 4 of the 1966 World Series with a 1-0 shutout of the LA Dodgers.    He hit a grand slam in game 4 of the 1970 World Series against Cincinnati.

He was 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 9 post seasons series with Baltimore.



Still the best Halloween song after all these years!

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My sons don't "trick or treat" anymore but it's still great to see the next generation with their costumes knocking on your door.

To say the least, Halloween is a great excuse for us adults to eat those chocolate treats.    I've had my share of "treats" over the years. 

Over time, we've seen movies, TV specials and have heard songs about Halloween.   I guess that The Charlie Brown special is my favorite.  The Disney stuff is usually good.  I don't care much for the "Friday 13th" movies.  They're a bit too scary for me!

Halloween song?  My favorite, and # 1 after all of these years, is Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash".   It gets a lot of airplay every year:

Happy Halloween cubano!





Fidel Castro died in 2016.   So we remember him this Halloween.

This is the story of a Cuban Halloween!

(The CubanAmericanpundits.com website!)

2016: Our Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman


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Our annual Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman 10/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Leslie Eastman joins us for our annual Halloween show......we will the website that Leslie has been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters.............and a few stories about the 2016 election.......


A "Dracula story" for Halloween!

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My kids have grown up and pursuing their careers, interests and other things.   Therefore, Halloween just doesn't mean as much as it used to.  I still enjoy seeing the little kids in their costumes but it's different.

As we approach Halloween, let's hear the real story of Dracula.


Dr. Ileana Johnson-Paugh wrote about Dracula and the castle during her recent trip to Romania:
"The inspirational castle of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” was strategically located on a rocky bluff, difficult to conquer, tiny by any definition of a castle, and surrounded by stone turrets. The savage nature of the landscape surrounded it with mystique." 
Click to read her full article about Dracula.




2013: Obama at 37%

President Obama is finally under 40%, or 37% in the latest AP poll:

"Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent."

To be fair, the GOP House is taking a hit too.   My point is that President Obama, and everybody else in Washington, is hurt by this crisis.

Happy Halloween!


Our boys have grown up and left home.....so we've been out of the "trick or treat" business for a few years.   However, we still enjoy all of those kids coming to our door looking for candy.


Happy Halloween. Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A look at today's politics with George Rodriguez from South Texas


A look at today's politics with George Rodriguez from South Texas 10/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative activist......We will discuss the Democrats and 2020.....an impeachment vote?......... ...and other stories.......click to listen:


Wednesday’s video: No communion for Mr Biden

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Wednesday’s video:
No communion for Mr Biden...
Click to watch

Bad news from Argentina

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We’ve been here before.  In other words, people in Argentina get frustrated and look to the left for quick solutions.  They did it again on Sunday by going left again:   
With 97.13% of ballots counted, Mr Fernández had 48.10% of the vote, Argentina’s electoral authority said. Mr Macri had 40.37%. To win in the first round, a candidate needs at least 45% of the vote, or 40% and a 10-point lead over the second-place contestant.
My Argentine friends were not surprised.  They saw President Mauricio Macri going down.  In fact, some thought that it would be worse.
What happens next?  Realistically, not much.
The “center left,” as they like to be called, inherits a nation with a plunging  Peso, inflation annualy over 50%, and almost a third of the country living under the poverty line.
So the left had a bad economy to run against and President Macri could not counter their demagoguery.
The new administration will face two major problems come December.  
First, there are no quick fixes to the nation’s economic problems.  
Second, and more dramatic perhaps, new vice president-elect Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the former president and widow of another president, carries more ethical baggage than a loaded 747.
So let’s wish the best to our friends in the land of tango.  At the same time, there is a reason that most tangos are sad and tragic. As my friend from Buenos Aires said yesterday:   “Tenemos tango para llorar y llorar” or “we have tango to cry and cry.”
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Wonderful TV: The story of John & Abigail Adams

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We remember John Adams who was born in colonial Massachusetts on this day in 1735.  

He died on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence.  

Thomas Jefferson also died the same day.  In the other words, two of the men most responsible for independence died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the document.  

A few years ago, I saw a TV series called "The Adams Chronicles".   It was the story of the Adams from Massachusetts.   A bit later, I saw "The American Experience" or the wonderful story of John & Abigail Adams.

The two documentaries tell us about President and First Lady Abigail Adams, perhaps the greatest couple of the early days of the nation.

What a great show. What a great story. Most of all, it's true.    


P.S.  A must watch for any US history fan is "John Adams", the HBO series:






We remember Agustin Lara (1897-1970)


Like so many of you, I grew up listening to Eydie Gorme & Los Panchos singing many of Agustin Lara’s songs.   
One of those tunes was “Noche de ronda” and those great lyrics: “Luna que se quiebra sobre la tiniebla de mi soledad adonde vas….
I can still recall my grandmother rocking on her favorite chair and humming one of Lara’s songs. (She once told me that Lara was from Veracruz and then showed me the location on the map!)
We remember that Agustin Lara was born on this day in 1897. I can’t confirm whether he was born in 1897 or 1900…..or October 1st or 30th!  I have seen both dates in my research!  So let’s go with October 30th.. He know that he died in 1970.
Lara was, and continues to be, my favorite Mexican composer.   I’m not an expert on Mexican music.   Yet, I can’t think of any other Mexican who comes close to writing words & music like Lara.
We remember Lara with two of my favorite compositions: “Solamente una vez“, “Farolito” and the wonderful “Noche de Ronda“. 
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We remember John Adams (1735-1826)


We remember John Adams, who was born on this day in 1835.

This is what John Adams wrote to Abigail about July 4th:
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."


Check it out.


It is a great story about the making of the US.


It is also a great story about a wonderful couple, John and Abigail Adams.


Happy # 80 to Grace Slick


Grace Slick is 80 and that's hard to believe.  

She was the face of Jefferson Airplane, the legendary group from the 1960's that became Jefferson Starship in the 1970s.     

Her most controversial performance was "White rabbit", a song with a reference to drug use.





Happy # 84 Jim Perry


We remember Jim Perry, who was born on this day in 1935.

Jim Perry was the other good pitcher in the family.  His brother is Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

Jim broke with the Indians in 1959 and won 18 in his second year.   

He was traded to Minnesota in 1963 and that's where he won the 1970 AL Cy Young:  24-12 with a 3.04 ERA.

Perry retired with 215 wins and a 3.45 ERA.   He was a very good pitcher.




October 30, 1938: Orson Wells and "The War of the worlds" radio show.

Years ago, Sunday night was radio prime time.  

Enter Orson Wells.    

On Sunday, October 30, 1038 at 8 p.m, a voice announced: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”

The broadcast was so good that people were in panic from coast to coast.  In other words, many really believed that we were being invaded by aliens.

Let me recommend that you check out the whole show.   It is one of the finest audio programs ever made.  
I can understand why so many people bought into the Martian attack.
Fantastic!





Happy # 89 Omara Portuondo

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We remember Omara Portuondo who is 89 today.  She was born in Cuba.  Her song "Veinte anos" was featured in Andy Garcia's "The Lost city":





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Argentina turns left and talk of impeachment vote plus divided Canada



Argentina turns left and talk of impeachment vote plus divided Canada 10/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Bad news from Argentina......The left faces major challenges.....Democrats are now talking impeachment bt it is not really a vote......A Candadian Brexit or Trudeau vs provinces..........and more stories.........


Tuesday’s video: Argentina goes left and that’s bad for Argentina

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Tuesday’s video: Argentina goes left and that’s bad for Argentina: Click to watch:

It was the Washington Post not the Babylon Bee


Over the last few months, I’ve come to love those Babylon Bee stories such as “Multiple Sources Accuse Donald Duck Of Walking Onto Movie Sets Without Any Pants“.
In other words, please forgive me if I thought that the obituary about an “austere religious scholar” killed in the Middle East was another Babylon Bee job.  
Who else but someone doing satire would write such a thing?  After all, we are talking about a leader who would execute most Western liberals for supporting homosexuality or transgenders.
So what happened at the Washington Post?
Maybe the real staff was watching the Nationals vs Astros game and let door open for some comedians to embarass the paper.   
They did amend the obituary title later to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48” and saved whatever credibility they have left.
Maybe this is another example of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  
In other words, it was a Trump decision and therefore must be criticized.  It was a Trump success story and must be minimized.
I recall the night that President Obama announced the killing of Osama Bin Laden.  My reaction was not political but rather felt good that the criminal had met justice.
Let’s keep in mind that the guys flying these helicopters and performing these missions are volunteers who took an oath to the country.  They are not flying for Trump or Obama but rather following orders and protecting us back here.
Shame on the people at the Washington Post.  Cheers for the troops who killed this monster!
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1964: LEAVING CUBA 50-PLUS YEARS AGO WITH ORESTES MATACENA





Monday, October 28, 2019

The raid plus elections in Argentina and more stories



The raid plus elections in Argentina and more 10/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Wahington Post obituary (amended later) was shocking.....Great victory for the US......Statute of Liberty 1886........and more stories.........click to listen:



Monday’s video: Let’s celebrate a national victory and put politics aside........

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Monday’s video:
Let’s celebrate a national victory and put politics aside.....
Click to listen:

A major ‘dolor de cabeza’ for President Lopez-Obrador

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Over the last couple of days, I’ve chatted with some Mexican friends by phone and they all keep saying that recent events have turned into a major “dolor de cabeza” or headache for President Andres Lopez-Obrador and the nation.
First, there was the botched military operation that captured and then surrendered El Chapo’s son.  It was, to say the least, a major blow to the military and the political leadership.  
As a Mexican friend told me, who has the soldiers’ back?  Let’s just say that many Mexicans are asking the same question.  Fair or unfair, many Mexicans don’t think that President Lopez-Obrador does.
Second, a judge released 31 suspected cartel members.  According to a Reuters report:   
The suspects were nabbed by security forces in a central district of the capital on Tuesday after authorities seized two laboratories used to produce synthetic drugs, 50 kg (110 pounds) of chemical precursors, more than two tons of marijuana and 20 kg of cocaine, as well as an unspecified amount of money, rocket launchers and grenades.Lopez Obrador, speaking at his regular morning press conference, said the unexpected release of the criminal suspects would be investigated but cautioned against a rush to judgment.“Here the important thing is to see what the arguments were that were used to release these people,” said the leftist leader, who took office in December. “Let’s not rush. If someone acted improperly, illegally, if there was corruption, we will condemn it,” he said.With homicides on track to hit an all-time high this year and following the bungled arrest last week of a notorious drug lord’s son, Lopez Obrador’s approach to security has come under increasing scrutiny.
Has come under scrutiny?  To say the least!
According to what I hear in Mexico, the prisoners were released for lack of evidence or mistakes made by police when they were arrested.  Apparently, the police arrested en masse and a judge found that there was not enough evidence to hold them any longer.
As another Mexican cynically said:  “You mean that they arrested people shooting at the police but have no evidence to hold them!”
Another Mexican friend said:  “Quien compro al juez” or, Who bought the judge?
To be honest, no one has evidence that the judge is corrupt.  At the same time, Mexicans are really cynical these days.
In both instances, the Lopez-Obrador administration is trying to put a happy face on a very ugly situation.  I don’t think that he is succeeding.
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October 1970: Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" was # 1

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Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" was released in August 1970.   It made to # 1 in October 1970.    As I read later, the song was based on a cracklin' wine that miners drank in Canada.   Great song!




2005 World Series:: Chicago beat Houston


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The White Sox surprised me three times in the 2005 post season:  They beat Boston, the Angels and Astros in The World Series.

Frankly, I was very happy for Chicago's fans.  Like Boston, White Sox fans had been denied a title for so long.   Once in a while, the gods of baseball reward those who keep the faith.

It was the ChiSox's moment.  They enjoyed it Chicago!





Texas vs St, Louis and that painful Game 7 from the 2011 World Series

Who can forget?   I think that all of us know how David Murphy felt watching the other guys celebrate the last out of the 2011 World Series. 

What was the turning point of game 7?  It was Molina walking on a 3-2 pitch that was simply too close to take.   It kept a rally going and it was over after that.

Don't get me wrong.  I think that the Cardinals won fair and square.  They got the clutch hits and we didn't.  They threw strikes and our guys didn't.  They manufactured runs and we didn't.

It was a bad night for Rangers' fans, specially the agony of Game 6 the night before.


1886: Another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty

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We remember another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty.   

Lady Liberty, as we affectionately call her, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.

It is one of the country's great landmarks.




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2006: Aikman elected to Hall of Fame



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Great news from the NFL:  Troy Aikman was selected to the Hall of Fame!

Unlike Marino and Moon, Aikman did not have the most TDs, yards or completed passes. He did win 3 Super Bowls and made 4 consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances. 


I remember the spring of '89. Jones and Johnson had taken over the Cowboys.  Landry was out and most fans were very angry. Jones and Johnson selected Troy Aikman as the # 1 draft pick. 


Aikman was subsequently surrounded by great players and the Super Bowls came quickly.

Off the field, Aikman was a first class model citizen. He avoided controversy and involved himself in a number of charities.

Aikman was great on the field and was a wonderful role model for the kids.







Happy # 84 Bob Veale, the tall lefthander

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We remember Bob Veale, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on this day in 1935. 

Veale was 6'6 as well as a very effective lefthander for the Pirates in the 1960's.

Veale broke with Pittsburgh in 1962.   He won 18 games in 1964 and 66 games over the next four seasons.   He won 120 games and retired with a 3.07 ERA.

Happy birthday Bob Veale.



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1922 and college football on the radio

We are so used to college football on the radio these days.  In fact, I caught a lot of the Texas A&M game on the radio last Saturday.

Back in 1922, the Princeton and Chicago game was broadcast across the country for the first time on radio, a totally new medium at the time. 

It must have been a lot of fun!



Sunday, October 27, 2019

Big military operation and a divided nation on impeachment plus Mexico



Big military operation and a divided nation on impeachment plus other stories 10/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The military operation that killed the ISIS leader.....Impeachment is rather partisan and dividing the nation along party lines: 49-49 in a recent NBC poll......It is now a criminal investigation and what does that mean?.....Senator Graham has 50 GOP Senators backing a resolution........Confusion in Mexico.......Grenada 1983..........Biden back on top in one poll and second in another...........and more stories......


Grenada 1983: A victory for the good guys and a big defeat for Cuba’s Castro


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36 years ago this week, President Reagan invaded Grenada
It turned out to be a major victory against Fidel Castro and prevented the USSR from having another strategic piece of real estate over here.
Grenada was a small island where some U.S. citizens were attending medical school. Most people had never heard of Grenada or the Cuban efforts to turn the island into a communist beachhead, an important runway for Soviet MiGs. 
However, the Reagan administration had their eye on Grenada for some time. They knew the strategic importance of Grenada and its proximity to the Panama Canal.     
We also learned on this week in 1983 how foreign policy can force itself on the agenda.  
In Grenada, we saw President Reagan as the competent leader of the free world, or a man unwilling to let the USSR gain a strategic foothold over here. I
t was quite a week for leadership, President Reagan and the U.S. 
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A party line impeachment is bad for future presidents

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Americans are evenly divided on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached. Forty-nine percent think he should be impeached and removed from office and 49 percent are against it, according to results from a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
Voters are sharply divided along party lines. Nine in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are against impeachment and 89 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners are in favor of impeachment. Independents who don’t lean toward either party are more split with a 53 percent majority saying Trump should be impeached and 44 percent saying he should not.
Impeach for what?  I guess we will learn that later.
This is exactly the wrong way to do impeachment and a clear threat to any future President with a House in hands of the party.
The Democrats are setting a terrible standard here.  At least, President Clinton had committed perjury and lost his law license as a result.
What do we have in today’s impeachment climate?  We have no specific crime, but rather a bunch of people who’ve never gotten over the 2016 election.
It is a terrible precedent for any future president.
Yes, I understand that it just takes a “simple majority,” but it should be more complicated than that to pursue impeachment.
Shouldn’t we have “high crimes and misdemeanors” to stand on?  Or is it old-fashioned to say stuff like that?
Shame on Democrats and their hysterical hatred of Trump and the 63 million who voted for him.
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