Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bloomberg’s other campaign in Texas

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On Super Tuesday,  Michael Bloomberg will probably come in third in the Texas primary.  He will lose to Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
Bloomberg is doing something else in Texas or spending money on gun control:    
Everytown for Gun Safety, a Michael Bloomberg-backed group that pushes for expanded background checks, red flag laws and other measures, is plotting what its political director calls an “unprecedented financial and grassroots effort” to flip the Texas House, defend vulnerable freshmen Democrats in Congress and help Democrats take congressional seats in the suburbs. A memo detailing the plan, the group’s biggest state investment to date, was shared exclusively with Hearst Newspapers.“We believe that Texas, as it becomes younger and increasingly diverse, can be the next emerging battleground state with gun safety as the tipping point,” Chris Carr, the group’s political director wrote in the memo. “We believe there are opportunities to elect gun sense candidates up and down the ballot, from the statehouse to the U.S. Congress — and potentially even statewide.”
Will this work in Texas?  I don’t think so.  
How well did it work in Virginia?
The Bloomberg group is banking on the idea that Texas is changing, i.e. more Hispanic and people from liberal states looking for lower taxes.
Yes, Texas is not the super red state of yesterday but I don’t see any evidence that Democrats in Texas want to give up their guns.  
My guess is that Bloomberg will blow a lot of money and not get the results he seeks.  Isn’t that similar to what’s happening with his presidential campaign?
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Happy # 70 Julius Erving

We say happy birthday to Julius Erving, one of the greatest NBA players ever.  

In 5 ABA seasons, he won three scoring titles, three MVP Awards and two championships.   He also won the NBA MVP in 1981 and led Philadelphia to a championship in 1983.

He scored 30,026 points in an amazing career!

I remember him with the 76'ers and all of those amazing moves on the court.




A word about Sparky Anderson (1934-2010)


The great Sparky Anderson died in 2010.   He was born on this day in 1934 and inducted to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Sparky managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970's and then Detroit until the mid-90's.

Anderson led Cincinnati to 4 NL pennants and the series in 1975 & 1976.   He led the Tigers to a series win in 1984 & AL East title in 1987.

He was one of the most successful managers ever: .545 winning pct!

And a wonderful baseball analyst in post season baseball.   He worked on radio and TV.    I specifically remember his radio work in the 1983 World Series.


We remember Sen Kennedy (1932-2009)


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Politically speaking, I was always on the other side of Ted Kennedy. Nevertheless, we recognize his long work in the US Senate.





We remember Oliver (1945-2000)

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William Oliver Swofford], known as Oliver, was born on this day in 1945.  Along the way, he recorded "Good Morning Starshine" and "Jean".    He died in 2000.







Feb 22, 1980: US 4, USSR 3


We celebrate today another anniversary of George Washington’s birthday in 1732.  
Back in 1980, many of us spent President Washington’s birthday watching an Olympic hockey game.  It passed into the history pages as the “Miracle on Ice”.
As you may remember, we were in the middle of various crises, abroad and at home.  
First, the USSR had just invaded Afghanistan and was pushing its weight around in Nicaragua and paying for Cuban troops in Africa.
Second, Iran had kidnapped U.S. diplomats and mocking President Carter every day.
It seemed like no one feared the U.S. and the bad buys certainly didn’t.  
Third, the U.S. economy was struggling, from long gas lines to inflation.
In the middle of all of this, a bunch of young Americans gave us the time of our lives. 
It was the first hockey game that I ever paid attention to!
The U.S. beat the old USSR in the Olympic semifinals to move on to the gold game.  It was a great game.  In fact, listening to Al Michaels of ABC call the last minute of that game was unbelievable.  
Here is the story of that day:
“In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.”
It gave us the uplift that we all needed back then!   
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1980 Winter Games & the most enjoyable hockey game ever!

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We celebrate today another anniversary of George Washington’s birthday in 1732.  
Back in 1980, many of us spent President Washington’s birthday watching an Olympic hockey game.  It passed into the history pages as the “Miracle on Ice”.
As you may remember, we were in the middle of various crises, abroad and at home.  
First, the USSR had just invaded Afghanistan and was pushing its weight around in Nicaragua and paying for Cuban troops in Africa.
Second, Iran had kidnapped U.S. diplomats and mocking President Carter every day.
It seemed like no one feared the U.S. and the bad buys certainly didn’t.  
Third, the U.S. economy was struggling, from long gas lines to inflation.
In the middle of all of this, a bunch of young Americans gave us the time of our lives. 
It was the first hockey game that I ever paid attention to!
The U.S. beat the old USSR in the Olympic semifinals to move on to the gold game.  It was a great game.  In fact, listening to Al Michaels of ABC call the last minute of that game was unbelievable.  
Here is the story of that day:
“In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.”
It gave us the uplift that we all needed back then!   
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.





Valentine’s Day: Icons of Love with Leslie Eastman & Barry Jacobsen





What a way to celebrate George Washington’s birthday in 1980

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We celebrated this week another anniversary of George Washington’s birthday in 1732.  
Back in 1980, many of us spent President Washington’s birthday watching an Olympic hockey game.  It passed into the history pages as the “Miracle on Ice”.
As you may remember, we were in the middle of various crises, abroad and at home.  
First, the USSR had just invaded Afghanistan and was pushing its weight around in Nicaragua and paying for Cuban troops in Africa.
Second, Iran had kidnapped U.S. diplomats and mocking President Carter every day.
It seemed like no one feared the U.S. and the bad buys certainly didn’t.  
Third, the U.S. economy was struggling, from long gas lines to inflation.
In the middle of all of this, a bunch of young Americans gave us the time of our lives.  It was the first hockey game that I ever paid attention to!
The U.S. beat the old USSR in the Olympic semifinals to move on to the gold game.  It was a great game.  In fact, listening to Al Michaels of ABC call the last minute of that game was unbelievable.  
Here is the story of that day:
“In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.”
It gave us the uplift that we all needed back then!   
P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


President Washington, 1732-1799

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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?

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We remember President George Washington (1732-99)


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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.    

President Washington, the first and still the greatest!



We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man: and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter   

Why do we love George Washington?

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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays. 

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man: and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?
 
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.    

Happy George Washington Day

We remember today George Washington's birthday.  

He was born on this day in Virginia in 1732.  His father was a colonial plantation owner,

No one is indispensable but George Washington is the closest thing to it.   The US was so lucky to have a man like Washington at every important turn in the early days of the nation.

PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


1732: We remember George Washington

We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?

PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.    




George Washington 1732-1799

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We remember another of George Washington's birthdays.

He was so vital to the success of the new American nation.


Our friends at Power Line call him the indispensable man and they are right.  

Washington led an army of colonists and then held together the new constitution by serving as the first president.

He could have been "president for life" or reelected to a 3rd term.  However, he respected the constitution and set the example by walking away from power.

He was indeed the indispensable man to the new nation.  Where would we be today without the work of George Washington?

PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.    




Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday's show: Bloomberg funding gun control in Texas plus more with George Rodriguez

Bloomberg funding gun control in Texas plus more with George Rodriguez 02/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative.......We will discuss reports that Mike Bloomberg will spend millions to promote gun control measures in Texas............Nixon in China 1972...and other stories...click to listen:


Friday’s video: 1972 Nixon in China.....

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Friday’s video: 
1972 Nixon in China.....
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Bad night for the Ds

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The good news is that President Trump won another Democrat debate.  The bad news is that there are probably a few more of these debates coming up before they meet in Milwaukee to nominate Senator Sanders.
Michael Bloomberg was awful, in large part because it was his first competitive debate.  Incredibly, he had few if any lines to counter what he had to know was coming.  Who prepared this guy?  Didn’t he have some 3×5 cards with lines to fight back?  For sure, this is not the Mike we saw in the TV ads.  He got it done in the ads but not on stage last night.
Liz Warren was effective in attacking Mr. Bloomberg.  She was extremely ineffective in adding any votes to her side.   In plain English, she is not a likeable person.  
Bernie Sanders won the night because he went in as the front runner and looks more and more like the nominee.   If you love Sanders, then you loved the debate.
Joe Biden was missing in action.  How much longer can he hang around?  It was embarassing.  However, he may be the only option that the Democrats have to stop Sanders at the convention.
Mayor Pete was wonderfully vague as usual.  Would this guy be on the stage if he was married to a woman and had a couple of cute Indiana kids?  The answer is no.  Pete is the “gay guy” in a party obsessed with identity politics.
Amy Klobuchar looks very nice but she is as liberal as Sanders.  Her record will be exposed if she becomes the nominee.  In other words, she is not the moderate that everyone claims that she is.
So what happens next?  
Super Tuesday will move Sanders forward and the rest will win a delegate here and there.  
Biden, Warren, Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete will probably drop out for lack of money.  The clock is ticking!
Sanders and Boomberg will go on “one on one” for a while, sort of like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were calling each other names back in 2016. Social media pages will resemble the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s with both candidates destroying each other and dividing the party.
And then confusion, chaos and panic will take over when Democrats realize that it will be Sanders accepting the nomination in Milwaukee.
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The 'Nixon to China' moment

On this day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon made history by landing in China. 

It was the story of the year and one of the most interesting foreign-policy decisions of the post-war period, specially because of his political past.

President Nixon's move paved the way for the China of today. In other words, cars instead of bicycles and skyscrapers instead of simple buildings. It also contributed to the outsourcing of thousands of manufacturing jobs, i.e. "Made in China" is everywhere!  

The jury is still out on just how much the U.S. got out of this arrangement. At the same time, most Americans are not old enough to remember Mao or the China that some of us remember as kids.   

Nevertheless, as Seth Mandel wrote a couple of years ago, President Nixon left us with a great expression, or  ".....any major politician’s rebuke to his ideological compatriots, no matter how superficial, is a “Nixon-to-China moment.”"

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1972: Nixon to China



Who remembers Air Force One landing in China this week in 1972?   It was quite a TV image for those who remember that day.
It is still one of the most incredible presidential trips in US history.  Can you think of another one more unexpected or revolutionary?
President Nixon built his career as an anti-communist in the days of The Cold War.  He was the last person in the world that anyone would have expected to go to China and shake Mao’s hand.
His visit also created the phrase “Nixon to China” moment.  It became a popular slogan to describe a presidential move that goes against conventional wisdom.
President Nixon’s motives were to improve relations with China and divide the two communist superpowers.  He also understood the potential of China, diplomatically and economically.   
Today, China is an emerging superpower with a billion people and lots of challenges.  Time will tell whether China will continue to grow or blow up from within.  
Today, the US-China relationship is more complex than ever,  from a trade deficit to a cocky Chinese Navy in the Pacific.  

Nevertheless, it was an amazing moment this week in 1972.
P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.  By the way, President Nixon wrote a lot about the trip to China in his wonderful memoirs published in 1978:







1972: President Nixon in China

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One of the benefits of old age is that you remember President Nixon's trip to China in 1972.  

It caught everyone by surprise.  It must be one of the best kept secrets in modern history.

Nobody expected such a move from President Nixon, the anti-communist.  At the same time, it was proof of President Nixon's brilliance and his ability to look forward and promote US interests.

Again, I'm old enough to remember watching the scenes on the evening news.  It's amazing how China has changed, from all of those people in bicycles to huge cities polluted by industries and cars.   

Was it the right thing to do?    We are still debating that today.   

P.S. We remember Henry Kissinger, who became Secretary of State a year later in 1973.  Also, President Nixon discussed the trip in his memoirs.




Happy # 77 Jack Billingham

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We say happy birthday to Jack Billingham, a very good right handed pitcher.      He was born in Florida on this day in 1943.

Jack broke with the Dodgers in 1968 and was traded to Houston the next year.   

He became one of the best right handers in the NL with Cincinnati:  87-63, 3.85 ERA and 18 Shutouts.   
He was also a great post-season pitcher:    2-0, 0.36 ERA and 1 earned run in 25⅓ innings over 3 World Series with the Reds.  

Jack retired with 145-113 record, 15 shutouts and 74 complete games.    He was a member of the legendary 1975 "Red Machine":



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1972: President Nixon and the China moment

Who remembers Air Force One landing in China this week in 1972?  What a photo.  What a TV image for those who remember that day.

We celebrate another anniversary of President Nixon's trip to China

It is still one of the most incredible presidential trips in US history.  Can you think of another one more unexpected or revolutionary?

President Nixon built his career as an anti-communist and strong supporter of the US military superiority.  He was the last person in the world that any would have expected to go to China and shake Mao's hand.

Well, he did and changed international relations.  

His visit to China also created the political phrase or the "Nixon to China" moment.  It became a phrase to describe a presidential move that went against conventional wisdom.

Pres. Nixon's motives were to improve relations with China and divide the two communist superpowers.  He also understood the potential of China, diplomatically and economically.   Eventually, we developed our relationship with China but kept strong ties with Taiwan with care and diplomacy.

Today, China is an emerging superpower with a billion people and lots of challenges.  Time will tell whether China will continue to grow or blow up from within.  Again, time will tell.

Nevertheless, it was an amazing moment this week in 1972.

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Joe DiMaggio: "The Long Vigil"


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Joe DiMaggio, more than a great baseball player........he married Marilyn Monroe after he retired and pursued several business interests: 



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday's show: The day after the Nevada debate and more stories

The day after the Nevada debate and more stories 02/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrats attacked each other in Nevada....Wh won? Who lost?..........other stories...........
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Thursday’s video: Bad night for the Dems.....

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Thursday’s video:
Bad night for the Dems......
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Michael Bloomberg and the guy in a dress

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Let me be clear:  I am not voting for Michael Bloomberg in November.  Nevertheless, fair is fair and Bloomberg is getting a raw deal on his transgender comments.
Let’s read what he said:   
“If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people…” 
What exactly is wrong with that?  
Some may call it insensitive.  I call it political realism.
According to a poll, a majority of Americans oppose having transgenders playing in the girls’ teams.  My guess is that most Americans, specially parents of young women playing sports, don’t like to read this:    
In April, a transgender “woman” broke world records in women’s squat, women’s bench press, and women’s deadlift. (Note: Those records were ultimately revoked on a technicality because the weightlifter had not transitioned yet).  In February, two Connecticut boys playing on girls’ track teams broke state records, while actual girls found themselves unable to qualify for regional competitions, limiting their opportunities to be scouted by college coaches.
Most people read about transgenders breaking female records and wonder whether this is reality or a lost episode of “The Twilight Zone.”
So Bloomberg was not talking about the rights of a transgender.  He was talking about a political party out of touch with the families living between New York and San Francisco.
Can Bloomberg survive the truth he stated?  Maybe.  
At the same time, nobody would be talking about “the guy in a dress” if he had run as an independent who can get things done.
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1947: "Dark passage" is a rather good movie


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

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

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





Happy # 93 Sidney Poitier

We say happy birthday to Sidney Poitier, a great actor of the 20th century.   He was born in Miami on this day in 1927.

Portier was in some of the greatest movies of the last 50 years, as we see in this biography:   
By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). 
Poitier's performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. 
Nevertheless, the roles were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors routinely obtained. 
But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of starring leading man. 
One of the films, The Defiant Ones (1958), gave Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role. Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. 
His roles in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and To Sir, with Love (1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between African Americans and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. 
He took on directing and producing chores in the Seventies, achieving success in both arenas. Although he has reduced the frequency of his roles in recent years, he remains one of the most respected and beloved figures in American cinema of the twentieth century.
We wish him a lot more birthdays!







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