Saturday, February 29, 2020

Blame it on Nancy

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The Democrats are in panic mode, as we read in various news stories about concerns over the Sanders candidacy’s effect down ballot.   
When is someone on the other side going to pin the Sanders’ candidacy on Nancy Pelosi?  She is responsible for this.  It was her weakness as a leader that led the left in the House to take over the party.   
Blame it on Nancy.  She made this nightmare scenario possible, as we see in this editorial:     
After her stunning victory in 2018, Pelosi seemed to be keeping her party on the right path, avoiding capitulation to the far Left. She resisted an ill-founded impeachment effort as long as she felt she could. She fought against attempts by the far-left “Squad” to usurp her speakership, even disparaging their “Green Dream, or whatever they call it.” 
And then Speaker Pelosi lost control of the class, as they say in school.   She cracked on impeachment.  She refused to sit down with President Trump, govern, and put some trophies on the wall for those moderates who made her speaker.  She pleased the left by just attacking President Trump over this and that.
And now she is going to see her majority go down the tubes!
What if Pelosi had stood up to this leftist crowd a year ago and told Sanders that he is not a Democrat?  They’d be in better shape today, to say the least.
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1974: "Seasons in the sun" by Terry Jacks was # 1 this week

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Terry Jacks was born in Manitoba, Canada.   

In 1970, he formed The Puppy Family with his wife Susan.   They had a big hit "Which way are you going Billy?".    

In 1974, Terry went solo and topped the charts with "Seasons in the sun":

1953: Ronald Reagan looking good in "Law and order"

Doesn't "Law and order" sounds great for a Ronald Reagan movie?    It was released in 1953.

After all, wasn't he the "law and order" governor in who stood up to rowdy students at the universities in California?    Didn't he fire the air controllers when he became president in 1981?

I enjoyed it.  Reagan was Marshall Johnson in this movie based on a W R Burnett's novel.

It was another of the 1950's Westerns about good guys vs bad guys.    The plot was simple and Dorothy Malone was the pretty girl in the story.

1975: "Best of my love" by The Eagles was # 1 this week

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The Eagles were one of the best bands of the 1970s. 

They had the # 1 song this week in 1975:

2016 podcast: Love & romance along the ancient Nile

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Friday, February 28, 2020

South Carolina preview and more virus politics plus more

South Carolina preview and more virus politics plus more 02/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

VP Biden looks like the winner in South Carolina....More politics over the virus....What about Bernie Sanders' medical condition?......'Transgender' books in Virginia.......Mr Ed 1948-79.....other to listen:

Friday’s video: The politics of the virus.....

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Friday’s video:
The politics of the virus.....
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Chris Wallace is right about Jim Acosta

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The Jim Acosta Show traveled to India this week.  

As usual, the man goes out of his way to be obnoxious and please the one million viewers per hour who watch CNN.  

Acosta’s style is getting on Chris Wallace’s nerves, as he said this week:   

“I was horrified by [Acosta],” Wallace said at a Columbia University event in New York City hosted by the Common Ground Committee on Tuesday night. 
“It’s not our job to get in fights with presidents. It’s not our job to one-up presidents. It’s our job to report on presidents.”
“But to the degree we have responded to his attacks on us with attacks or advocacy in kind, there’s a huge mistake, and I think adds to people questioning the credibility of the media,” the “Fox News Sunday” host said.
Acosta told Trump during a press conference in New Delhi that CNN’s “record on delivering the truth is a lot better” than his “sometimes” after the president broached the topic of a recent report on Russia’s election interference that CNN later walked back.
“I worry that the president’s attacks have given too many straight news reporters — not talking about the opinion page or prime time — an excuse or license to cross the line themselves and become players on the field, and I think that is a huge mistake,” Wallace said. 
“It’s not our role. Our role is to be observers, umpires, fact-checkers, investigators — it’s not to be advocates. It’s not to be opponents.”

Chris Wallace is correct.  I hope that Mr. Wallace understands that Acosta’s act is totally premeditated.

In other words, CNN knows that their shrinking audience wants a reporter who fights Trump.  

Should The White House remove his credentials?  No they should not.  President Trump does a great job of making a fool out of Acosta.  

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We remember Brian Jones (1942-69)

Brian Jones, one of the original members of The Rolling Stones, was born on this day in 1942.

Jones was a very talented musician.  He played sitar in "Paint it black" and the dulcimer in "Lady Jane".  He also played the second guitar behind Keith Richards.

In June 1969, Brian Jones decided to quit the group. 

It was explained as differences over the group's musical direction.  It may have been "differences" but Jones had terrible addiction problems.  He was missing studio sessions and was completely unreliable.

A month later, or July 3, 1969, Jones was found dead in his swimming pool.   His addictions apparently caught up with him.
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1976: "Theme from SWAT" by Rhythm Heritage was # 1 this week

We remember Don Ciccone (1946-2016)

We remember Don Ciccone who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1946 and died in 2016.

Don founded The Critters in the 1960's and then worked with The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells.

The Critters had a big hit in 1966 called "Mr. Dieingly Sad".   It was a great pop song, nice lyrics & melody.   

In the 1970's he worked with The Four Seasons in songs like "Who loves you" & "December 1963 Oh what a night", a couple of their big hits.

Don was also the musical director for Tommy James & The Shondells, another very successful group.

1947 and the Dodgers in Havana, Cuba

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As we watch major league teams play the first round of exhibition games, we remember another spring in pre-Castro Havana.
Back in 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers, now in Los Angeles, went to Havana for spring training. It created a lot of excitement in the island, to say the least, as Irv Goldfarb wrote in The Society for American Baseball Research:   
The Dodgers were not totally unfamiliar with Cuba, having previously used Havana’s La Tropical Stadium as their spring training site for the 1941 and ’42 seasons, before Rickey arrived from St. Louis. Wartime travel restrictions, however, ended that experiment. And as early as 1943, Rickey had shown interest in having heralded Cuban Leaguer Silvio Garcia become the first player to test major league baseball’s color barrier.
Of course, Cuba was already familiar with professional baseball, from the Cubans who played in the US and the black stars, like Satchel Paige, who had played in the island.
The Dodgers’ visit brings up another point or the island’s strong economy. The Dodgers had many options for spring training including their site in Florida. They spent that winter in Cuba because the economy could support a major league team even during the spring training period.
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We remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse (1948-79)

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The great talking horse Mr. Ed died in 1979 at age 31.

We grew up watching Mr. Ed, although more have probably seen it on reruns.   It was a great show and the theme was super:
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed Go right to the source and ask the horse,He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse He's always on a steady course, talk to Mr. Ed. People yackety yak on the street and waste the time of day But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is of course unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed."
The shows are now available in DVD.

We remember Frank Malzone (1930-2015)

Frank Malzone was born on this day in the Bronx in 1930.   Eventually, he played for the Boston Red Sox.

Back in the 1950's, Frank was a very good third baseman and showed power:  .274 average, 133 HR & 728 RBI in 1,441 games.   

Frank was one of the inaugural class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, in November 1995.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The politics of the virus plus stopping Sanders & other stories

The politics of the virus plus stopping Sanders & other stories 02/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The politics of a virus and President Trump's news conference.......Stopping Sanders but at what cost.........The Jim Acosta Show and President Trump.......Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011.......other to listen:

Thursday’s video: Can they stop Sanders?

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Thursday’s video:
Can they stop Sanders?
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Video of the year: Arielle Scarcella took a raft to freedom

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Video of the year: Arielle Scarcella took a raft to freedom:

Over the last months, we’ve posted often about the insanity in the left, from arguing about the number of genders to Trump Derangement Syndrome.
A few days ago, I found this on YouTube.
Like a person escaping an authoritarian regime, Arielle Scarcella built a raft and headed out.  Arielle is not some traditional girl who opposes abortion and believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.  She is as “woke” as they come, or at least she used to be.
This is her video…click to watch!
Arielle objects to much of what she sees, such as arguing about 97 genders, accusations of bigotry if you disagree, and “child drag queens.”
Maybe Arielle is just a publicity-seeker or perhaps a sign of things to come. 
My hope is that some people on her side watch her video and examine the insanity of their movement.
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How low can you go?

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Chubby Checker had dancing in mind when he sang “how low can you go” in that 1962 hit “Limbo rock“.    
Maybe someone won this week’s Democratic debate — or rather, screaming match.  My feeling is that no one really did, at least nobody on that stage.  Give President Trump another win.   
It got really low in Charleston. Watching these people go back and forth was painful.  
Listening to Elizabeth Warren talk about Michael Bloomberg allegedly telling a pregnant woman to “kill it” was the low point of the night for me.  After all, this is the same woman who voted “no earlier in the day for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. Senate.  And she is talking about someone killing babies?
Watching moderators lose control of the night did not help either.
In the end, it was a waste of time as John F. Harris wrote:   
The evening was defined by peevish exchanges, raised voices, feeble attempts at humor, complaints about fairness in being allowed to speak, and extended passages of cross-talk in which moderators utterly lost control of the debate and it was impossible even to understand what was being said. The noise was hardly conducive to a sustained or intelligible argument about whether Sanders is the strongest nominee or the one most representative of the views and temper of the party.The evening offered limited opportunities — were these possibly enough? — for six Democrats not named Sanders to revive their candidacies with last-stand moments to emerge as the main alternative to the self-described democratic socialist for the balance of the nomination contest. 
Yes — a bad night all around.  
So what’s next in this clown show?  We will know more the morning after Super Tuesday but we can say this about the state of the Democrats:
1) This is a miserably unhappy group of people; and,
2) They are going to bring all of that misery and unhappiness to Milwaukee or their convention.
Bad night.  I would have been better off watching a Chubby Checker video.
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1972: Hank Aaron signed the biggest contract in baseball

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On this day in 1972, the Atlanta Braves made Hank Aaron the best paid baseball player before the season:   a 3 year deal worth around $ 600.000!

A couple of years later, Aaron passed Ruth in the all time HR list.    

He retired with 755 after the 1976 season.

2012 post: Remember the guy who ran against President Bush's deficit?

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A post from the 2012 archives

Let's give CBS News a little credit.  They posted some great stores about Fast & Furious a few months ago.  They've been on top of that story, also known as "Obama gave 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels and nobody knows who approved the decision."

Today, they came out with a story about the Obama debt:
"The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush's last day in office, which coincided with President Obama's first day.The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services."
The Obama administration will say that they inherited a deficit. 

It is  true that Pres Bush's last deficit included TARP, or the $700 billion item that was passed by Congress (Obama voted Yes) to address the banking crisis of the fall of 2008.

However, Pres BO's deficits have nothing to do with what he inherited.  They are the result of spending, spending and more spending.  We've spent trillions of dollars and all we have to show for it is Solyndra, a stimulus that did not stimulate as predicted and BO-Care, an open ended entitlement about to blow a hole in our finances.

We know that "jobs" will be a big issue this fall.  However, we need a very serious talk about spending.  We can't go on like this.  At some point, unsustainable actually happens and we are Greece!

We remember this from 2008.  Is Pres BO irresponsible and unpatriotic?  I guess so.

We remember Juan Delis and the 1955 Washington Senators

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We remember Juan Delis who was born in Santiago de Cuba on this day in 1928.    

In the 1950’s, Juan was one of many Cubans who played with The Washington Senators.    

In this photo, Juan (to the right) joined Carlos Paula, Pedro Ramos, Jose Valdivielso and Camilo Pascual in the 1955 team.   Of course, Ramos and Pascual became very successful major league pitchers.
I wrote years ago about Pascual and Ramos.
Delis was around one season as a utility infielder playing in 5 different positions.  He hit .189 in 54 games.    He played with Marianao in Cuba and also in Mexico’s Pacific Coast League.
We don’t remember him as a star player but he was an inspiration to many others who played later.     He also came along at a time when there were only 16 major league teams.   It was a lot more difficult to make a major league team before expansion.
Delis died in Cuba in 2003.
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1936: 7-year old Shirley Temple signed a big contract

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On this day in 1936, Shirley Temple got a new contract from 20th Century Fox.   She was guaranteed $50,000 per film for the next 7 years.

Later in her life, she had a diplomatic career.    Shirley Temple Black was named ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Bush.

She died in 2014.

1973: Dick Allen signed the biggest baseball contract ever....

Once upon a time, Dick Allen signed a 3-year $ 750,000 contract with the Chicago White Sox.   It came after winning the 1972 AL MVP and hitting 37 HR.   

Allen broke the Phillies in 1964 and was voted Rookie of the Year.   He put up some great number and seemed like a candidate for the Hall of Fame.   At the same time, he never had a good relationship with the fans or media.    

In 1972, he was traded to Chicago and had a superb season.

Allen battled injuries and personal problems after signing the contract.   He retired with a .291 batting average, 351 HR and 1,191 RBI.   

We remember Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

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We remember Elizabeth Taylor who was born in London to American parents on this day in 1932.   She eventually moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1939.     

Her movie career stretched from the 1940's to the 1980's, from "Little women" to "Cat on a hat tin roof" to "Cleopatra" to many others.  

She died in 2011.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A horrible Democrat debate in South Carolina and more

A horrible Democrat debate in South Carolina and more 02/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrats had another debate and it was bad......South Carolina looks better for VP Biden.....Super Tuesday looks good for Senator Sanders.........World Trade Center 1993.......Johnny Cash 1932-2003........Fats Domino 1928-2017.........other to listen:

Wednesday’s video: A bad night for the Democrats....

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Wednesday’s video:
A bad night for the Democrats....
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"Hispanos" will be taken for granted IF they keep voting Democrat

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Last night, we watched a pathetic debate in South Carolina.   

Here in Texas, we see Democrat candidates pandering for Hispanic votes with promises they won't keep and programs we can't afford.

How is giving 70% of their vote for Democrats working out for Hispanics from coast to coast?  Not well!

Let's hope that "hispanos" are more skeptical and demand "results" rather than another round of "5 de Mayo" speeches from the Democrats.

"Hispanos" learned a nasty lesson under President Obama and his Democrat majority of 2009-10.   The Democrats didn't deliver and won't as long as Hispanos "blindly" give them the vote in every election.

It's time to "Hispanos" to flex their electoral muscle by reminding Democrats that they not little robots who blindly vote on election day.  
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Happy # 73 Sandie Shaw

Sandra Ann Goodrich (Sandie Shaw) was born in England on this day in 1947.    She had a great face and super looks!

We remember her for a hits on the radio back in the 1960's, specially "Girl don't come" from the early days of Beatlemania.    Her songs were part of The British invasion!     

We remember Preacher Roe (1916-2008)

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We remember Preacher Roe who was born in Arkansas on this day in 1916.  

Roe broke with the Cardinals in 1938 but did not return to the majors until 1944 with the Pirates.   

His best years were with the Dodgers, 1948-54.    

In 7 seasons with Brooklyn, Roe was 93-37 with an excellent 3.26 ERA plus 74 complete games & 12 shutouts.     

He pitched in 3 World Series against the Yankees:   2-1, 3 complete games, 1 shutout & a 2.54 ERA.     In 1951, Roe was named National League Pitcher of the Year when he won 22 with a 3.04 ERA.

Roe's career totals:  127 wins, 101 complete games and 17 shutouts.

He died in 2008.

We remember Fats Domino (1928-2017)

We remember  Antoine Domino, the great Fats Domino who was born in New Orleans on this day in 1928.   He died in 2017 at age 89.   

He was one of the early rockers and best entertainers ever.   Some of his hits were:   "Blue Monday", “Blueberry Hill” , “Ain’t that a shame” and "Walking to New Orleans".     

You have to check out one of his many hits:

1993: The first World Trade Center attack

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On this day in 1993, a terrorist bomb exploded in a World Trade Center parking lot in New York City.   It left a crater 60 feet wide and caused the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast.   Six people were killed and 1,000 injured. 

We remind you that this attack happened 10 years before the US invaded Iraq.

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We remember Johnny Cash (1932-2003)

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Like many of you, I learned a lot about Johnny Cash from that film "I walk the line".    It probably introduced a lot of young people to his career and songbook.

Cash was born on this day in 1932 and died in 2003.   

Cash was was one of the great male vocalists of the 20th century.   His style and voice were unique.     He hung around with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in the early days of Sun Records and rock and roll.

Check out a Johnny Cash today song today.   There are many to pick from:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

South Carolina & Super Tuesday coming up plus Sanders' past & George Harrison

South Carolina & Super Tuesday coming up plus Sanders' past & George Harrison 02/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrats get ready for another debate and South Carolina plus Super Tuesday.....who runs out of money first? Sanders and his leftist past.......Ali vs Liston 1964.......George Harrison 1943-2001.........other to listen:

Tuesday’s video: The pressure is on VP Biden....

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Tuesday’s video:
The pressure is on VP Biden....
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Remember when they were called communists?

The Times They Are a-Changin’ or something like that.  
Over the last few days, a Bernie Sanders video has gone public.  This is the one where he said this about Castro’s Cuba:  
Speaking to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, pointed to social welfare programs introduced under Castro’s regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator’s often repressive human-rights violations against Cubans.“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper.
Let’s not overlook some facts, such as that Cuba had a very high literacy rate before Castro.  In fact, let’s get specific:   
Cuba ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income, third in life expectancy, second in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, first in the number of television sets per inhabitant. The literacy rate, 76%, was the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Many private clinics and hospitals provided services for the poor. Cuba’s income distribution compared favorably with that of other Latin American societies. A thriving middle class held the promise of prosperity and social mobility.
So Bernie does not know Cuba and neither does Anderson Cooper.
Also, did you ever hear Sanders say anything about Castro’s authoritarian rule before?  I have not!
Nevertheless, this is really about the Democrats and how they got to this place.
We are four months away from nominating a man that most Democrats used to call a communist not too many years ago.  
That’s the story.  How did the party end up like this?  Maybe they will figure it out after Sanders drives over the cliff in about eight months.
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Remembering George Harrison (1943-2001)

We remember George Harrison who was born in Liverpool on this day in 1943.    He died of cancer in November 2001.

George turned 21 when The Beatles were touring the US in February 1964.    
He joined the group when Paul introduced him to John.     

It didn't take long for John and Paul to appreciate George's guitar skills!

He was known as "The Quiet Beatle" and usually in the background.   

As a Beatle, he was an excellent lead guitarist.   Later, he wrote some of the group's best songs, like "Something", "Here comes the sun" and "While my guitar gently weeps".

His solo career had a great start with "My sweet Lord" and then it slowed up a bit.   In the 1980's, he recorded "All of those years ago" about John's death and a few best selling albums like "Cloud 9".

It's hard to believe that George died so many years ago!

Some of George's best songs were on "Abbey Road" & "The White Album".....
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