Saturday, November 30, 2019

Happy # 57 Bo Jackson


We remember Bo Jackson who was born on this day in 1962.    I thought that he was one of the most amazing athletes to ever play sports.  

It's a shame that he did not concentrate on baseball.   He would have been a candidate for the Hall of Fame.   He hit 107 HRs & 304 RBIs in 790 games before he got hurt.   

Of course, you could say the same thing about his football career.

Bo was great.   It's also unbelievable that he played his last ball game in August 1994.  

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Friday, November 29, 2019

We remember H. Wayne Huizenga (1937-2016)

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We learned in 2016 that H. Wayne Huizenga passed away.   

He was 80 and a very accomplished businessman.   At one time, he owned every professional team in the Miami area:  Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins!     

Huizenga was born in the Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park on this day in 1937.   His businesses included "Blockbuster" and "Auto Nation".

He was a very successful businessman:






Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso: (1925-2015)

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We remember Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso.  He was born in Cuba on this day in 1925 and died in Chicago in 2015.
As a boy growing up in Cuba, and later in the US, I remember hearing Miñoso stories from my father .  Orestes, as he was known in Cuba, played for Marianao and was a top draw in the Cuban winter leagues.

We say thank you to Minnie Miñoso.    He was more than a baseball player for his fans in Latin America.

He retired with a .298 average, 186 HR, 1,963 hits & 1,023 RBI in 1,835 games.  His best years were in Chicago: 304 in 12 seasons with the White Sox.
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We remember Dick McAuliffe (1939-2016)

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We remember Dick McAuliffe who was born on this day in 1939.   He died in 2016.

McAuliffe was the second baseman in those great Tigers teams of the 1960s, including the 1968 World Series champs & the 1961 team that won 101 games but finished second to New York.

McAuliffe played most of his career with Detroit.   He broke with the Tigers in 1960 and put some great numbers at a time when second basemen did not hit with power:   197 HR & 696 RBI.   His best power year was 1964 with 24 HR.

McAuliffe was recently selected as # 53 in the top 100 Detroit Tigers.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

A good movie: Plymouth Adventure




We remember Roy Tarpley (1964-2015)


We remember Roy Tarpley who was born on this day in 1964.

Most of us remember the very talented Roy Tarpley, one of the big stars of the Mavericks back in the late 80's.   

Sadly, Roy passed away in 2015.   What a talent and how sad that he lost his way!



Thanksgiving update




We remember Gato Barbieri (1923-2016)

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He was born Leandro Barbieri in Rosario, Argentina, on this day in 1923.  He died in 2016.

Leandro got the nickname "Gato" because he would go from one club to another in Buenos Aires.   

Over time, he recorded over 30 albums and won many awards, including a Latin Grammy lifetime achievement.

Your music was excellent!  By the way, he composed the music for "Last tango in Paris":





Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The girl is a job killer

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We remember how Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, or the Bronx Evita as my friend Bill Katz calls her, led the campaign to kill an Amazon project in the New York City area.
She killed a few thousand jobs, maybe even more.  It was a disaster for workers, but Miss Sandy O got another invitation to MSNBC,
Well, she is back and she is killing jobs again.
Last week, Bright Power decided to fire its staff and farm all the work out to subcontractors instead of maintaining their own workforce. The firing occurred just as the workers were following Ocasio-Cortez’s advice to form a union.  
“We have come to the conclusion that our resources have been spread too thin with so many different kinds of work all being done in-house,” Bright Power CEO Jeffrey Perlman said according to VICE.com. 
“It makes business sense to return to a fully subcontracted solar installation model.”
Nice.  Very nice.  Workers lose jobs and Sandy gets to give a speech.     
Over the years, I have supported private industry unions.  It’s great for workers to unite and get the best deal available.  At the same time, sometimes management has to turn to other options to stay in business.
Sandy O is a job killer and that’s all you can say that about the young lady.
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Happy # 41 Jimmy Rollins


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We remember Jimmy Rollins who was born in Oakland, CA, on this day in 1978. 

We remember that Rollins had a 36 game hitting streak to finish 2005.   He carried it into the 2006 season.   It stopped at 38.

Rollins broke with the Phillies in 2000 and became of the best players in the NL:  2007 NL MVP, a .264 average and 2,455 hits in 2,275 games.  He also won 4 Gold Gloves.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Don't talk politics over Thanksgiving and a few other thoughts


Don't talk politics over Thanksgiving and a few other thoughts 11/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The country needs a 'break' from politics.....Enjoy your holiday and avoid arguments about impeachment.......AOC is a job killer.....Charles M Schultz 1922-2000.......'Casablanca' premiered 1942..............Huber Matos 1918-2015.........and other stories......click to listen:


Tuesday’s video: Beware of Mexico’s problems....

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Tuesday’s video:    
Beware of Mexico’s problems.....
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Mr. Schiff look south of the border for a real problem

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Prior to writing this post, I contacted a journalist friend in Mexico.   
We exchanged some details about the Patriots vs Cowboys game.  My friend is a Cowboys fanatic and wants Coach Garrett fired.
After that, we spoke about violence in Mexico.  He said:  “Asi es” or “that’s the way it is.”
People are really worried south of the border and it’s not about President Trump calling people names for crossing the border.
John Daniel Davidson summarized the situation perfectly:   
Two important and interrelated news stories largely passed under the radar Wednesday as the House impeachment hearings continued to dominate the headlines. 
Both stories concern the deteriorating state of affairs in Mexico and have huge implications for immigration, the southwest border, and U.S. national security.
It’s a shame more Americans aren’t paying attention.
And specially the one about cartels trying to take over Mexican industries.  
OK why does it matter that cartels are throwing farmers off the land and planting avocados?  Or that homicides are happening at record levels.
First, we have a long border with Mexico.  Imagine that criminal elements are shooting everyday next door.  Wouldn’t you worry?
Second, President Lopez-Obrador is turning out to be a very weak leader.  He seems more interested in being the darling of the left than worrying about crime in Mexico.
Third, the Mexican economy slowed in 2019.  This is strange because the US and Mexican economy usually fly in the same direction.  Are investors concerned?  It’s the only logical explanation.
And last but not least, the violence could drive more people north seeking asylum.
Why didn’t MSNBC ask a single question about Mexico last week?   I won’t speculate but the crisis south of the border will be around for a while. 
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1975: Fred Lynn MVP & Rookie of the Year


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Fred Lynn set the baseball world on fire in 1975.   He was voted Rookie of the Year and MVP.   His numbers were awesome:  .331 BA with 21 HR and 105 RBI.    

Lynn was the first player to win both awards in one season.    He was also a key player in Boston winning the AL pennant.   Cincinnati beat Boston in a dramatic 7-game series.   

Lynn had a pretty career beyond that rookie year.  He won a batting title in 1979 plus some great numbers over 17 seasons: .283 average, 306 HR, 1,111 RBI, 1,960 hits in 1,969 games.






"Just a season" by The Byrds, one of my favorite 45s!


The Byrds recorded some great songs, such as Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Turn, turn turn".

They were: Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.

Crosby went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.  I think that Michael Clarke sang with The New Christy Minstrels, a very popular folk group.

McGuinn enjoyed a solo career.  He is a great guitar player!

They also recorded "Just a season".   It was not a big hit but I liked it a lot.   It's one of those 45s in my box!

Here is the video:


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Written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy


"If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time, my life was just a season
Dares and dreams and silly schemes and fillies running freely
I was young and no song was sung that didn't sound appealing
I'd have my fun with a shy girl and maybe hop a train
And I'd look back at her standing in the rain
Dirty hands and root beer stands and money like a river
Making deals to see how it feels to get more than you're giving
I'd have my fun with a gamblin man and bluff him with my face
And it's drinks for everybody in the place
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season
Shouting crowds and mummer's shrouds and people going crazy
Always said what was in their heads it surely was amazing
I had my fun in the bull ring and never got a scar
It really wasn't hard to be a star
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season"



A word about Huber Matos, 1918-2014

We remember Huber Matos who was born on this day in 1918.  He died in 2014.   

Back in 1990, I spoke with Matos by phone.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I concluded that he was first and foremost committed to a free Cuba.    

As you remember from all of those news images, Matos marched into Havana with Castro in January 1959. 

Later, he was arrested for criticizing the regime and spent over 20 years in a political prison. 

After his release, Matos spent the rest of his life working with other anti-Castro Cubans.

He will always be remembered as the man who spoke out against Castro in 1959.  Also, he was perhaps one of the last men to speak to Camilo Cienfuegos before his small plane disappeared.
 
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Mexico problems plus Bloomberg 2020 and what's next for impeachment plus more


Mexico problems plus Bloomberg 2020 and what's next for impeachment plus more 11/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Mexico needs our attention.....Impeachment what's next? Bloomberg is in.....No foreign policy questions for Democrats.......and other stories.......click to listen:




Monday’s video: No foreign policy for Democrats....

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Monday’s video:   
No foreign policy for Democrats....
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But can Colin play?

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Everybody is asking the same question:   What NFL team will sign Colin Kaepernick?  
Frankly, the right question is whether or not Colin Kaepernick can still play at an NFL level?
As Ashe Show wrote, Colin Kaepernick started fast but his career declined rapidly:   
Kaepernick has been unemployed for three years. 
He led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and did quite well as quarterback in 2013, but then his career started to wane. 
In 2016 he started kneeling during the national anthem as a protest of police brutality. 
His move angered fans but delighted political pundits who loved his anti-America message. Kaepernick was on his way out of the NFL due to his mediocrity, but the protest made him one of the most famous NFL players in the country. Despite not having a playing job, he was hired as a Nike spokesman.
In other words, he got benched because he couldn’t play.  After that, he became a political philosopher and the darling of the left.
A lot of people still want Colin to play in the NFL.  Unfortunately for him, the list does not include coaches or general managers.
Last, but not least, Colin can’t play any more.  It has nothing to do with his political ideas.  It’s all about lousy production on the field.
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November 1964 and "Leader of the pack" was # 1 on the radio


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In late 1964, The Shangri-Las hit # 1 in the US charts with "The Leader of the Pack."

The girls were Mary Ann Ganser, Marge Ganser and Mary Weiss.  They had a unique style of singing and speaking in their songs! 

The girls were very young and had a few other hits but nothing came close to the success of "The Leader of the pack".

According to songfacts:
"This is a tale of young love, parental disapproval and death by motorbike."
It is one of my all time favorite "girl group" classics.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 11/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........Impeachment inquiry did not move the needle......Democrats 2020........why aren't Democrats getting foreign policy questions?.........and other stories.......click to listen:






I am betting no on a formal impeachment

In many ways, the Democrats have accomplished their goals.  
First, they got to use the word “impeachment” even though it was really only an inquiry.  Second, they didn’t force the moderates into voting yes or no.
So Mission Accomplished?  I think so.
Also, Pelosi knows that it will be more complicated from this point forward.  In other words, they will have to persuade the public that there is an impeachable offense.
The Democrats’ problem is that impeachment support has not changed much.  They have not added any new voters to their side.  And they are losing independents, according to Alexander Bolton:
The biggest swing was seen among independents, 49 percent of whom now oppose impeachment compared to 34 percent who support it. Last month, 48 percent of independents supported impeachment, according to Emerson.
A mid-November Marquette University poll conducted in the battleground state of Wisconsin found that only 40 percent of registered voters think Trump should be impeached and removed from office while 53 percent do not think so.
So how can the Democrats get out of the hole?
They can call a press conference and say the inquiry showed that President Trump has engaged in potentially illegal activities.  At the same, the election is less than a year away, so let the voters decide.
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Happy # 79 Oscar Robertson


We say happy birthday to the great Oscar Robertson.    He was born in Tennessee on this day in 1940.

I got to watch him in Milwaukee when he led the Bucks to the 1970-71 NBA title.

The "Big O" broke with the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings) in 1960-61.    He played 10 seasons there and averaged 29.3 points.

Then he went to Milwaukee where he got to play with Lew Alcindor and win a title.

Great player!




Saturday, November 23, 2019

We remember Robert Vaughn..........1932-2016

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Friday, November 22, 2019

What's next for impeachment plus IG Report and JFK 1963


What's next for impeachment plus IG Report and JFK 1963 11/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

What's next for impeachment...Independent voters moving away from impeachment........the IG Report is coming and what will say? and JFK 1963...........and other stories......click to listen:


Friday’s video: What’s next on impeachment?


Friday’s video:     
What’s next on impeachment?
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The war against Jose


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Down in Cuba, life goes on.  The Cuban economy is a mess and the state media is attacking José Daniel Ferrer, the famous activist and political prisoner.
This is from the Miami Herald:
Amid an international campaign for the release of a dissident, Granma, Cuba´s Communist Party newspaper, dedicated an unusual editorial on Wednesday to attacking the country’s best-known political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer, and the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
Under the governments of Fidel and Raúl Castro and their current successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel, the names of very few dissidents and members of the opposition have ever appeared on state media, an attempt to deprive them of public visibility.
But the intense international campaign, with calls from Amnesty International, regional organizations and politicians from several countries to release Ferrer, seems to have forced the government to respond with accusations of its own directed against a frequent target: the United States.
Granma accused the U.S. of leading “a new slander and discredit campaign against Cuba,” using “the arrest of the counterrevolutionary José Daniel Ferrer” as a pretext.
The unsigned editorial said Ferrer was “a salaried agent serving the United States, with a long history of provocative actions against public order and legality.”
So Jose is a U.S. agent?
Welcome to the club, Jose!
Everybody who dissents in Cuba is called a U.S. agent.  It must be one of the biggest spy rings in the history of the world.
As my late father used to joke at family gatherings, they called me a CIA agent down there and then we came to the U.S.  I called the CIA for a badge and no one knew my name or what I was talking about.
The regime’s problem is that Jose is gaining international attention.  There are people all over the world calling for his release.
The editorial also attacked the U.S. Embassy in Havana.  We should close it and keep it closed until the regime stops attacking Jose Daniel Ferrer.
Change in Cuba?  Tell Jose!
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We remember Lyman Bostock (1950-1978)


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We remember Lyman Bostock who was born in Alabama on this day in 1950.  He was killed in 1978.

Bostock broke with the Twins in 1975.  Over the next four seasons, he hit .311 over 526 games with the Twins and Angels.

Sad story.







We remember Robert Vaughn (1932-2016)


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We remember Robert Vaughn who was born in New York City on this day in 1932.     He died in 2016

Vaugh was in many and TV shows.   However, most of us remember Vaugh for playing "Napoleon Solo" on "The Man from UNCLE", a TV spy.







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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Democrat debate plus more impeachment & IG report coming soon


The Democrat debate plus more impeachment & IG report coming soon 11/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrat debate........Impeachment inquiry goes on............The IG report coming in December.............and other stories......


Thursday’s video: About last night’s boring Democrat debate

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Thursday’s video: 

About last night’s boring Democrat debate

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Guacamole: green gold?

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As I told a Mexican friend, nothing surprises me about Mexico anymore.  Nevertheless, I was even caught off guard by this story in the LA Times about cartels and avocados:    
Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry, headquartered in Michoacan state, has become a prime target for cartels, which have been seizing farms and clearing protected woodlands to plant their own groves of what locals call “green gold.”
Green gold!  
It’s a $ 2.4 billion business in Michoacan, the chief exporter of avocado to the U.S.  As you probably know, Michoacan is also home to a lot of the cartel battles south of the border.  
How does this happen?
First, these cartels understand business.  They know that they can diversify into avocados and potentially use that as a front for their illegal drug operations.
Second, the cartels can intimidate farmers and there is little that the government can do to stop them.  
Third, the political class is helpless and are targets themselves.
Finally, what’s the next export that the cartels will go after?  Can you say oil?  Why not?
Sad to say, and I know that Mexicans hate to hear this, but a failed state is failing south of the border.
Here is something to think about when you put a chip in your holiday guacamole.  Are you now funding cartels in Mexico by enjoying your delicious guacamole?
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Impeachment inquirry hearings today and more with George Rodriguez 11/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics


Impeachment inquirry hearings today and more with George Rodriguez 11/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative activist......We will chat about the impeachment inquiry proceedings.....and DACA before The Supreme Court............ ...and other stories........click to listen:


Wednesday’s video: Ken Starr didn’t say that GOP Senators were ready to pay President Trump a visit


Another feminist movie bombs at the box office

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In the interest of full disclosure, I loved the 1970’s Charlie’s Angels.  The show was about three women who were women first rather than political activists sending messages about this or that.
Over the weekend, a new version came out, and it did not do very well, according to early accounts:
“Charlie’s Angels” … wasn’t able to entice its core audience of younger females and arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million). Though co-financing partners will help offset any potential losses for Sony, “Charlie’s Angels” will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget. At the international box office, the film bowed with $19 million.
Despite mostly positive reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, analysts note that “Charlie’s Angels,” joining the likes of recent underperforming blockbuster-hopefuls like “Doctor Sleep” and “Terminator: Dark Fate,” is yet another indication that familiar IP doesn’t always translate into commercial appeal.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed “Charlie’s Angels” — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series. The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.
So they are going overseas to look for success?
I have not seen and don’t plan to see this movie.  I saw one trailer about the “superwoman” theme and decided that watching a Stars hockey game was better for me.
Why are young women staying away?  My guess is that a lot of young women are sick and tired of the message.
So I have a message for the people of who financed this movie:
First, stop making films with predictable dialogue.  We know that Hollywood hates Trump and believes in climate change.  How many times do you have to tell us directly or indirectly?
Second, I would change the title overseas to something like “Charlie’s Angels Defends the World from Trump.”  It may play better in some places!
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 11/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......We will look at week 1 of the impeachment hearings....The media and impeachment hearings......Mayor Bloomberg and crime in New York.....Reverend Sharpton and money.....Obama warns the left about going too far.......Hong Kong exploding............and other stories......click to listen:


Tuesday’s video: President Obama gets an earful from Democrats....


Tuesday’s video:

President Obama gets an earful from Democrats....
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