Saturday, December 25, 2010

Paul McCartney's "Pipes of Peace": Christmas 1914


"I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
  • But all in all we soon discover
    That one and one is all we long to hear
  • All round the world Little children being born to the world
    Got to give them all we can till the war is won
    Then will the work be done
  • Help them to learn (help them to learn)
    Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn, (burn, baby burn)
    Let us show them how to play the pipes of peace
    Play the pipes of peace
  • Help me to learn
  • Songs of joy Instead of burn, baby, burn
    Won't you show me to play, (how to play) the pipes of peace, (pipes of peace)
    Play the pipes of peace
  • What do you say? (what do you say)
    Will the human race be run in a day? (in a day)
    Or will someone save this planet we're playing on?
    Is it the only one? (what are we going to do?)
  • Help them to see (help them to see)
    That the people here are like you and me, (you and me)
    Let us show them how to play, (how to play)
    The pipes of peace (pipes of peace)
    Play the pipes of peace Ooh...
    I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
    But all in all we soon discover That one and one is all we long to hear
  • All 'round the world Little children being born to the world
    Got to give them all we can 'til the war is won
    Then will the work be done
  • Help them to learn (help them to learn)
    Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn(burn, baby burn)
    Let us show them how to play the pipes of peace
    Play the pipes of peace
  • Help me to learn
  • Songs of joy instead of burn, baby, burn
    Won't you show me to play(how to play) the pipes of peace(pipes of
    Peace) Play the pipes of peace
  • What do you say?(what do you say)
    Will the human race be run in a day? (in a day)
    Or will someone save this planet we're playing on?
    Is it the only one? (what are we going to do?)
  • Help them to see (help them to see)
    That the people here are like you and me (you and me)
    Let us show them how to play(how to play)the pipes of
    Peace(pipes of peace) Play the pipes of peace
    Ooh  I light a candle to our love In love our problems disappear
    But all in all we soon discover That one and one is all we long to hear......."

This is an editorial from today's Dallas Morning News..........


One hundred years ago today, something of a battlefield miracle occurred amid one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts. Soldiers on both sides of the Great War’s front lines let down their guard and allowed faith in the goodness of their fellow man to prevail over hatred and distrust. Warring soldiers put down their weapons, emerged from their trenches and sang “Silent Night” together.
It began with a simple call by Pope Benedict XV on Dec. 7, 1914, “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.” The pope’s words were deemed by many to have resonated throughout the cold trenches of Flanders, where Germans and Britons were locked in mortal struggle.
It was as if both sides grasped the hypocrisy of Christians killing fellow Christians on a day devoted to the peaceful message of Christ’s birth. No account from the witnesses recalls anyone articulating such thoughts. Yet all seemed to grasp the opportunity presented by this special day.
Those who were present in Flanders described an unusual silence that morning as the smoke cleared from incessant artillery and machine-gun fire. British troops heard the faint sound of a German band playing familiar Christmas tunes. One side broke out in a carol, answered by one from the other side. Back and forth, growing louder and more boisterous with each exchange.
Then came a German’s voice: “We good. We no shoot,” recounted British soldiers Frank and Maurice Wray, of the London Rifle Brigade. Soldiers from both sides cautiously approached one another across a no-man’s land, unsure whether this might be a setup for a surprise attack.
What each encountered was nothing more than a few lonely soldiers, anxious to set aside the fighting and celebrate Christmas with their fellow man. Some chatted. Others exchanged small gifts of food, cigarettes, beer or mementos. They sang more songs. A few tried to improvise a soccer match.
Up and down the front lines, word spread of the unofficial Christmas truce. An estimated 100,000 troops joined in.
Of course, the world knows about the awful fighting and millions of deaths that followed. But, for today at least, let’s focus on the message of hope that emerged from a battlefield far away and long ago.
“So Christmas, the celebration of love, made sure that the hated enemies turned into friends for a short time,” German Lt. Kurt Zehmisch wrote in his diary that day. “This Christmas will remain unforgettable.”

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

As you run around doing your shopping and buying everything that you can afford, remember that this is the story that matters according to Luke:
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another:

"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this king which is to come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."

Apollo 8 and memories from Christmas 1968

1968 was actually a very tough year for everyone. There were riots all over the world, from Paris to Detroit. It was a tough summer.

Yet, 1968 ended with a bit of good news.

Apollo 8 went around the moon and gave us the most memorable moment of 1968.

It's hard to beat this one.

James Lovell was on this mission and would also be part of Apollo 13 a couple of years later.

I can still remember Christmas 1968 and listening to the 3 astronauts read from Genesis somewhere around the moon.

It was one of those moments that will live with me forever:

Happy # 71 to AG Jeff Sessions

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We say happy birthday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was born on this in Selma, Alabama.    

1923: President Coolidge lights first national Christmas tree

The National Tree tradition started on this day in 1923:
"On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touches a button and lights up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds.Not only was this the first White House "community" Christmas tree, but it was the first to be decorated with electric lights--a strand of 2,500 red, white and green bulbs. The balsam fir came from Coolidge's home state of Vermont and stood 48 feet tall. Several musical groups performed at the tree-lighting ceremony, including the Epiphany Church choir and the U.S. Marine Band. Later that evening, President Coolidge and first lady Grace were treated to carols sung by members of Washington D.C.'s First Congregational Church.According to the White House Historical Association, President Benjamin Harrison was the first president to set up an indoor Christmas tree for his family and visitors to enjoy in 1889. It was decorated with ornaments and candles. In 1929, first lady Lou Henry Hoover oversaw what would become an annual tradition of decorating the indoor White House tree. Since then, each first lady's duties have included the trimming of the official White House tree.Coolidge's "inauguration" of the first outdoor national Christmas tree initiated a tradition that has been repeated with every administration. In 1981, President Ronald Reaganbegan another custom by authorizing the first official White House ornament, copies of which were made available for purchase."
Great tradition started by one of our favorite presidents:

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

No ‘Feliz Navidad’ for Jorge Ramos, or so we hear

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Our friend Jorge Ramos just made an incredible statement, as I saw in this report:  
Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos says he’s experiencing “the worst moment I’ve had in the 34 years I’ve been living in the United States.”
“With Donald Trump there, I have never been treated so badly. I have never been insulted so much. We’ve never been attacked so much. They have never tried to run us out as much as now,” Ramos vented in an interview with the Spanish radio network Cadena SER.
Ramos, who proclaimed himself “if not an enemy, an opponent” of Trump in the interview, complained about the massive blowback he has received since deciding to use his media platforms to openly oppose the choice of over 62 million American voters in last year’s U.S. presidential election.  
It’s a free country and Jorge Ramos can choose to spend his “Navidad” any way he wants. However, Jorge should consider a couple of things:
First, if the Democrats had won, then he’d be angry writing articles about Democrats never keeping their promises. Let’s remember this one from a previous “Obama Navidad”:    
“When he had a hold on Congress, when he had 60 votes in the Senate, he could have done it,” Ramos says. “And he didn’t. He chose other issues. And that’s why Latinos are so frustrated.”
“Muy correcto Jorge.” The Democrats didn’t because they know that you, and most of your colleagues, will support the Democrats no matter how many promises they make and break. As I have said on Univision & Telemundo, Hispanics will never be powerful until they hold parties accountable for promises.
Second, you could be back in Mexico calling Trump names but earning “pesos.” That would be  really misery!
Cheer up. Trump’s presidency will mean more book sales, more appearances on “Hannity” and living the good life in the U.S.  Plus, Univision will pay lower taxes next year!
P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

We remember Dave May (1943-2012)

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Dave May was born in Delaware on this day in 1943.   He broke with the Orioles in 1967 but had a very difficult time getting playing time on a team that had Frank Robinson in right, Paul Blair in center and Don Buford in left.    He was also behind Marv Rettmund and Curt Motton, a couple of other very promising young players.

In 1970, May was traded to Milwaukee and that's where he enjoyed some good seasons.   His best year was 1973:  .303 average, 25 HR & 93 RBI.  

Nevertheless, he will always be the answer to a great trivia question.    After 1974, Dave May was traded to Atlanta for Hank Aaron.

May retired after the 1978 and died in 2012.    He was a fun player to watch as I recall.

1975: The era of baseball free agency begins!

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On this day in 1975, a landmark decision made Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith a couple of free agent players.    

McNally retired after the decision and Messersmith signed with the Dodgers.     McNally was traded by Baltimore after the 1974 season.   Messersmith had pitched for the Braves.   

Neither man benefited much from free agency but they did challenge the rule and won in the courts.

The real free agent class came after the 1976 season, when Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Don Baylor and others negotiated their own contracts.

It was a big day for the players and vindication for Curt Flood who sat out an entire season in protest of the reserve clause:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We remember Robin & Maurice Gibb today

Robin and Maurice, Barry's younger twin brothers, were born on this day in 1949.    
Unfortunately, Maurice died suddenly in 2003 and Robin from cancer in 2012.

I love their 3-part harmonies and songwriting skills.   

From 'New York Mining Disaster 1941" in the spring of 1967 to "This is where I came in", their last LP in 2001, the Brothers Gibb recorded and wrote some of the best songs of the last 50 years.

Remembering Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)

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Maurice Gibb was born on this day in 1949.   His sudden death in 2003 was quite a shock, as we read in news reports:
"The 53-year old Gibb was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday after experiencing intense abdominal pain. Doctors discovered the pain was due to a twisted section in his small intestine. Before the operation Gibb reportedly went into cardiac arrest, which weakened his condition. After surgery to remove the damaged section of intestine, Gibb was listed in critical but stable condition. He passed away at 1AM Sunday morning."
His twin brother Robin died in 2012 but he battled cancer for over a year.  Robin's death was anticipated.  Maurice was sudden.

Maurice was the 3rd voice in all of the group's great harmonies. He also co-wrote most of the group's big hits, along with Barry & Robin:


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We remember Robin Gibb (1949-2012)

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Robin Gibb was born on this day in 1949.   He died in 2012.

Barry, Robin & the late Maurice Gibb were the legendary Bee Gees, the wonderful trio of brothers who recorded and composed some of the greatest tunes of our generation:

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A word about Paco De Lucia (1947-2014)

About 35 years ago, I heard a great song on the radio.  It was performed in a Spanish flamenco style.  The announcer said "Paco de Lucia" and I stopped by a local classical music store and got me a copy.  I became a big fan instantly.

Paco Lucia was born on this day in 1947.   

We were very heartbroken to hear that Paco de Lucia died during a vacation in Mexico in 2014.

Everyone should listen to his version of "Concierto de Aranjuez".

Saturday, December 18, 2010

1968: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is released

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Who remembers "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"?   

It was a fun movie with Dick Van Dyke and others released in 1968.  

The film followed on the success of "Mary Hopkins", the other movie that he was in with Julie Andrews.
The Story was based on an Ian Fleming novel, the only book non-James Bond book that he wrote.    

Another great Disney movie!   

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wer remember Bill Buckner (1949-2019)

Bill Buckner was born in Vallejo, CA on this day in 1949 and died tody after a battle with cancer in 2019.  

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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

We remember Walt "No neck" Williams (1943-2016)

We remember Walt Williams who was born on this day in 1943.  He died in 2016.

In the early 1970s, it was a treat to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers at the old County Stadium.

As I recall, a lot of White Sox fans used to take I-90 north to catch the games.   One fan told me once that it was easier to get to Milwaukee than all the way down to Comiskey Park. 

During that time, the White Sox had a stocky outfielder (5'6" & 165 lbs) with one of the greatest nicknames in baseball, or "No neck" Williams.   

His wife said that he got the nickname in his first year of baseball.   

"No neck" played for several years with Chicago, Cleveland and New York Yankees.   His best season was 1969 when he hit .304 with 133 hits.    Overall, he retired with a very respectable .270 career batting average.

Walt "No neck" Williams.    I loved the nickname and very aggressive style on the field.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Remembering Carlos Gardel (1890-1934) with Louis Armstrong

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"When we are dancing And you're dangerously near me
I get ideas, I get ideas I want to hold you
So much closer than I dare do
I want to scold you 'Cause I care more than I care to
And when you touch me And there's fire in every finger
I get ideas, yes, I get ideas
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too
Your eyes are always saying
The things you're never saying
I only hope they're saying That you could love me too
For that's the whole idea, it's true
The lovely idea That I'm falling in love with you..
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too.'

We remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1911-2008)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn died in 2008.   He was born in Kislovodsk, Russia on this day in 1911.

We remember him as an author who wrote about Soviet communism. He knew first hand what repression and tyranny really were:
"Beginning with the 1962 short novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Solzhenitsyn devoted himself to describing what he called the human "meat grinder" that had caught him along with millions of other Soviet citizens: capricious arrests, often for trifling and seemingly absurd reasons, followed by sentences to slave labor camps where cold, starvation and punishing work crushed inmates physically and spiritually.
His "Gulag Archipelago" trilogy of the 1970s left readers shocked by the savagery of the Soviet state under the dictator Josef Stalin."
Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a real hero of the 20th century!

1964: Sam Cooke died in Los Angeles

Sam Cooke was one of the best male singers of the early 1960's.  His life ended abruptly on this day in 1964.   

Sam Cooke was a great singer.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

What were you doing the night that John Lennon was shot?


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

December 8, 1941: The last time a president went to Congress for a declaration of war

(My new American Thinker post)

We've been in 5 major wars since World War II:  Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan & Iraq. The casualties are over 110,000 and many more wounded.

What do they have in common?  No formal declaration of war! 

To be fair, President Bush-41 & President Bush-43 did go to Congress for a resolution authorizing military force. (I'm sure all of you remember all of those Democrats reminding us that Saddam had WMDs and had to be removed)

I guess that a resolution is better than nothing, although The Tonkin Gulf Resolution was really a stretch.  I don't think that a single member of Congress thought that President Johnson would use that resolution to escalate the war and send 500,000 troops to Vietnam.

President Truman sent troops to Korea under a UN Security Council resolution.

Not surprisingly, Korea and Vietnam became very unpopular wars because Congress was never really engaged. 

Incredibly, most Americans were not around the last time that a president went to Congress and got a war declaration:
"On this day in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan in perhaps the most memorable speech of his career. The speech, in which he called Japan's act a "deliberate deception," received thunderous applause from Congress and, soon after, the United States officially entered the Second World War.   
The day before, Japanese pilots had bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, decimating the majority of U.S. warships in the Pacific Fleet along with most of the Air Corps and Navy aircraft stationed on the island of Oahu. The bombing raids killed 2,403 people, including 68 civilians, and wounded almost 1,200."
The Founding Fathers understood that an executive with unlimited war powers would likely involve the country in wars. Beyond that, the executive is always stronger when he has the Congress behind him, especially when things go wrong as they always do when the shooting starts.

Let's get back to the Constitution and demand that presidents go to Congress.

P. S. You can hear CANTO TALK here & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.    We discussed Pearl Harbor 1941 with Barry Jacobsen:

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Another Pearl Harbor anniversary reminds me of "Tora Tora Tora"....

We celebrate the another anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the most consequential events of the 20th century:
"On this day in 1941, at around 1:30 p.m., President Franklin Roosevelt is conferring with advisor Harry Hopkins in his study when Navy Secretary Frank Knox bursts in and announces that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor
The attack killed more than 2,400 naval and military personnel."
In 1970, the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora" was released.  

It is still my favorite movie about the events of that day.   You can get it here:  CLICK!

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Pearl Harbor 1941 and World War II with Barry Jacobsen, military historian.

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Pearl Harbor 1941 and World War II with Barry Jacobsen

World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor with Barry Jacobsen

Guest: Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian.........we will look at World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.........the US declared war and now must organize a military response...........and other stories.......

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Pearl Harbor 1941

Today, we remember Pearl Harbor.   Again, we recall the bravery of everyone who died and fought in WW 2.

Let's hope that new generations always remember this day.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

We remember Alexander Haig (1924-2010) and how he tried to deal with Castro

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We remember former Secretary of State Alexander Haig who was born on this in 1924 and died in 2010.   He lived a very consequential life in the military and later in government.

Mr Haig was a soldier, a diplomat and dedicated public servant. He was also a "straight shooter" by all accounts.

He served the country as a soldier in Korea and rose to become a 4-star general.

Later, he was a key player in managing the White House during President Nixon's resignation and the transition to President Ford.

In 1981, he was named Secretary of State by President Reagan.    I remember being very happy about the selection.

In the summer of 1981, the US and Cuba had talks in Mexico City, as James Chace wrote in a review of Secretary Haig's memoirs.     

President Reagan was hoping to persuade the Castro regime to take back some of the criminals that sailed into Florida during the Mariel Boatlift in the spring of 1980.    

This is the account of those meetings:    
At one point in early 1981 the National Security Council even tried to arrange a meeting with Fidel Castro through the good offices of the columnist Jack Anderson. 
Naturally when Mr. Haig got word of this, he was upset at seeing such a maneuver undermine his military efforts to put ''fear into the hearts of the Cubans.'' 
Though he was reluctant to ease the pressure at so early a date, Mr. Haig felt it necessary to follow up on a suggestion from the Mexican President to mediate between Havana and Washington. 
It is hard to see what Mr. Haig hoped to gain by this, since ''there could be no talk about normalization, no relief of the pressure, no conversations on any subject except the return to Havana of the Cuban criminals (in the United States) and the termination of Cuba's interventionism.'' 
Indeed, he may well have gone ahead because of the President's desire to see if Cuba would receive the some 4,000 criminals who had left Cuba along with 120,000 other refugees in the 1980 Mariel boatlift who were now in American prisons. 
Deciding to test the waters, as he puts it, he met in November 1981 in Mexico City with Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, the vice premier and the man who, after Fidel Castro, is the most authoritative spokesman of Cuban foreign policy. 
The conversations were amiable. The Cuban denied that Havana was sending arms to El Salvador but did not want a confrontation with the United States.
Mr. Haig did not appear eager for another meeting, but, at the President's request, he dispatched Gen. Vernon Walters to meet with Mr. Castro and Mr. Rodriguez in March 1982. 
At this meeting, Mr. Castro said that the return of the Cuban criminals was ''a solvable problem''; nor did he deny Cuban involvement in Central America. 
Although the President continued to press for a solution to the criminal question, Mr. Haig recommended that Mr. Castro be given an ultimatum to receive the criminals or ''we would simply load them aboard an expendable ship, sail it into a Cuban anchorage under escort of the U.S. Navy and inform Castro that we had returned his citizens to him.'' 
At this point, Mr. Haig's report over possible negotiations with Havana breaks off.   
And so another round of talks with Cuba failed.    My guess is that Secretary Haig never put a lot of faith on these talks, specially after the Cubans gave confusing signals about their involvement in Central America.

Unfortunately, Secretary Haig will always be associated with the day that President Reagan was shot.

Secretary Haig said that "I'm in charge here" during a press conference.

He also said that he was in touch with VP Bush and in contact with him. (VP Bush was out of town and on his way back to Washington DC)

Sec Haig did not mean to say that he was the "acting president". However, a lot of people read it that way, specially in the Reagan team.

It clearly hurt his image with a lot of Americans and led to his removal as Secretary of State in June 1982.

We remember Alexander Haig as a great American!




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