Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 05/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......We will review the Flynn shooting....the riots....the collapse of order in Minnesota....Citizens defending themselves and gun control....Trump vs China.....Biden and the VP choices....The US is back in space and that is great.....
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It was like watching a rerun of Baltimore 2014

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Let’s see if you remember this story: the policeman is accused of killing someone, the incidents sparks so-called protests, the mayor cracks and lets the demonstrators get it out of their system, property and businesses burn down, and then the city is never the same.
That was Baltimore 2014.  It sure felt as though I was watching a documentary of that story six years ago.
Why are so many of our cities run by such weak and incompetent leaders?
Former mayor Rudi Giuliani, who did a pretty good job of running New York City, was right on target:
“Progressive Democrats are incapable of keeping their people safe,” he said, “because they have criminal-friendly policies that are pathetic, that are dangerous, and now we are seeing the results not only there [in Minneapolis], but watch the cities that start burning.
“They are all going to be run by so-called progressives, idiot Democrats who let criminals out of jail, who set bail for murderers and encourage exactly this kind of thing.”
Giuliani also said Democrat Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Democrat Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz should resign after Minneapolis officers were driven out of a police precinct that was set ablaze by rioters Thursday night.
“Giving up a police precinct?  The mayor should resign.  Telling police officers to flee a precinct, he should resign and be replaced by somebody who can protect his people,” Giuliani said.  “The governor should resign because he has had four days to protect his people.”
We will see if the good people of Minnesota wise up and do some regime change.
In the meantime, Mayor Frey is blaming “white supremacists,” but the arrests tell a different story.  I guess Mr. Frey had to bring the white supremacist (i.e., it’s Trump’s fault) into the narrative, but the real thugs did not cooperate with his distraction.
It does not matter who set the fires.  The real issue is that the local leadership let them do it.  No one stood up to them, and that’s how the mayor and the governor failed their constituents.
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"Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans" by Allan Ridding


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Back in the mid-1980's, I read "Distant neighbors" and attended a book presentation in Mexico City.       

Of course, US-Mexico relations have changed a lot from the days of President Reagan and President Lopez-Portillo.    Nevertheless, the 20th century history is still relevant.   It will help you understand attitudes on both sides of the border:



Happy # 77 Joe Namath

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We remember Joe Namath who was born in Beaver Falls. PA, on this day in 1943.

Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL.   The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL.   They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.   In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.

He was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons.   He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.

Joe was more than numbers.   He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970.    Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!





Happy # 82 to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary)



We remember Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1938.

We grew up listening to their songs, from "Puff the magic dragon" to "I dig rockn' roll music".   They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.

Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul.   Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.    

"Puff the magic dragon" is one with Peter on lead vocals.






Happy # 90 to Clint Eastwood


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We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.

Eastwood made his TV debut with "Rawhide" in 1955.   It was a great Western about cattlemen who drove their herds across the Great Plains.   

After that,  he had a huge career in the movies.   Check out this western collection!

You can get the whole "Rawhide" series HERE.    

You can hear the classic theme song HERE by Frankie Laine.   It is one of the most popular TV themes ever.



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Saturday, May 30, 2020

‘Expats’ doing their part in Mexico

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During my time in Mexico, I learned about the huge number of Americans who retire there.  They were a vibrant community who supported each other and made a positive influence in the country.
A few days ago, I read about how a group of “expats” were doing more than talking about the virus.  In other words, they were running food banks and helping people directly.  This is from Janet Blaser:   
One of those people is Guanajuato resident Betsy McNair. Compelled to help those less fortunate — including her working-class neighbors in the community of Marfil where she lives — she thought for a week and then went into action. A background in catering and running restaurant kitchens directed her decision to start a food bank. Phone calls to friends yielded US $300 overnight which grew to $2,000 in two days. Posting on Facebook brought more money and more help.
This is great and very needed in a country fighting the virus.  In fact, I just saw a model that projected 136,000 deaths in Mexico by September 1st.
Just as up here, some of these models have turned out to be wrong.  I don’t know if Mexico will see this level of death.  No matter what, more people are dying of the virus south of the border than the Mexican government is reporting.
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1922: The Lincoln Memorial

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On May 30, 1922, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.   It was 57 years after Lincoln died.    
  
According to news reports, about 50,000 people attended the ceremonies, including Civil War veterans and Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's only surviving son. 

President Warren Harding, former President William Howard Taft, and Dr. Robert Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute, delivered the keynote address.

It is one of the top historical landmarks of Washington, DC:






May 30, 1956: What a shot by Mantle!


On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.
He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. 
It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.



The first "Indy 500" was held in 1911


The Indianapolis 500 is always a real treat.    It's like the Super Bowl in the sense that people get together and watch the race over food and drinks.   It is the only race that I try to catch.

It all got started in 1911 when Ray Harround came in first.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Trump goes after China plus more from Minnesota & what's up with Twitter

Trump goes after China plus more from Minnesota & what's up with Twitter 05/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Minneapolis burning....how was this violence permitted to happen?....The WHO....Hong Kong and China......Trump vs Twitter again......the Biden VP decision after Minnesota......President Kennedy (1917-63)...........
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Friday’s video: The insanity of Minneapolis

 Minneapolis Protests Burst Into Flames (Photos)


We remember the great Sam Johnson (1930-2020)

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Back in 1994, I had the chance to catch a speech by then Representative Sam Johnson.  He was fascinating, specially when he related his amazing military story.
Former US Representative Sam Johnson died in Texas on May 27.  He had a wonderful life, as you can see in this obituary:  
Former U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a Texas congressman for more than 25 years and Vietnam War hero, died Wednesday in Plano, a family spokesperson said. He was 89.
First elected to Congress in 1991, Johnson gained a reputation as a strong conservative voice in the Texas delegation. In 2010, he was tied for the most conservative member of Congress, according to the National Journal’s rankings.
Johnson flew combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam wars as a fighter pilot. While flying over North Vietnam in 1966, his plane was struck down. He was held as a prisoner of war for nearly seven years, including a stint at the Hoa Lo Prison known as the Hanoi Hilton.
Along the way, he flew fighter jets in Korea, Vietnam, shared a cell with the late Senator John McCain and became a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Best of all, he was always happy to talk to a constituent even when they disagreed.  He was a first-class gentleman and true patriot.
Rest in Peace, Congressman Johnson.
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Happy # 75 Gary Brooker


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We remember Gary Brooker, vocatlist and keyboardist for Procol Harum.   He was born in the UK on this day in 1945.

Back in 1967, the band scored a worldwide hit:  "A whiter shade of pale".  

It is still one of the most popular songs on oldies radio.      

May 1813: The week Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence



Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson composed The Declaration of Independence.  Adams was a special force in leading the colonies toward independence.

Adams was the first VP under President Washington.and the 2nd president elected in 1896.  Jefferson was in the First Cabinet, the 2nd VP & 3rd president.  

Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813.

The letters are now a big part of our history.   

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

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President John F. Kennedy (1917-63)


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We remember President John F. Kennedy who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1917.    

He won the 1960 election but was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.    

JFK's 34-month presidency saw the crisis in Cuba, the early days of Southeast Asia and the commitment to put a man in the moon by the end of decade.

The Kennedy presidency continues to be very popular in retrospect, as Professor Sabato wrote recently:




1848: Wisconsin joined the Union


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Wisconsin joined the Union on this day in 1848.    It was state # 30 on the way to 50!
Our family lived in Wisconsin when we came to the US.   It was a wonderful place and I still have great memories of friends and places in Wisconsin.    

In fact, I wrote a book about it:

1989: Mike Schmidt retired


  





Mike Schmidt closed the books on a great career with the Phillies on this day in 1989.   He was one of the very best third basemen in baseball history. 

His numbers were awesome:  548 HR & 1, 595 RBI.   Schmidt was the last guy in the world that you wanted to face with the game on the line!
He played for several Phillies championship teams, including the 1980 World Series champs and the 1983 NL champs.   
Along the way, he hit four home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, won six Silver Slugger Awards, including five consecutive (1980 through 1984, then one more in 1986) & won ten Gold Glove Awards.
Last, but not least, he ranked 28th by The Sporting News when they released their 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball:



A word about Beverly Eckert (1951-2009)



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On 9-11, Beverly Eckert was one of the many ladies at home talking to their husbands at the collapsing World Trade Center or aboard one of those jets.

We came to love Beverly Eckert and all of the other 9-11 widows. They became part of our family!

We loved their courage and commitment to their heroic husbands.

We loved their grace and how they handled the terrible tragedy of 9-11.

Beverly Eckert was born on this day in 1951.  

She was killed in a Buffalo plane crash in 2009.     Beverly was on her way to Buffalo to attend a ceremony related to her husband at Canisius High School, a Jesuit school.   

What an amazing and sad story.


  


We remember Bob Hope (1903-2003)

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Did you know that Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in England?   I didn’t until researching this post.   

He was born on this day in 1903 and lived 100 years plus 2 months!

Hope’s family moved to the US when he was 4 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Hopes passed through Ellis Island in 1908.

Hope started on the radio in the 1920's and gradually made it to movies.   Later in life, he’d visit US troops every year at Christmas.    

Very funny guy:


May 1813: Remembering the first of the Jefferson-Adams letters

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson composed The Declaration of Independence.  Adams was a special force in leading the colonies toward independence.

Adams was the first VP under President Washington.and the 2nd president elected in 1896.  Jefferson was in the First Cabinet, the 2nd VP & 3rd president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813.

The letters are now a big part of our history.   


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

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump vs Tweeter plus Minnesota video & the late Rep Sam Johnson

Trump vs Tweeter plus Minnesota video & the late Rep Sam Johnson 05/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

President Trump vs Tweeter........the terrible video from Minnesota and remarks by Mayor..........the passing of former POW and US House Rep Sam Johnson (1930-2020).....Ian Fleming (1910-64)......
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Thursday’s video: A stupid move by Twitter





The election is in November not today

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By the first Tuesday of November, American voters will decide whether to keep President Trump or give former VP Joe Biden a chance.  
Can today’s polls tell us anything?   My guess is no, as we saw in this recent reminder from Scott Rasmussen:    
In May of 2004, while running for reelection, President George W. Bush’s job approval rating was a few points under the 50% mark. Six months later, when the election arrived, his approval numbers had inched just above the 50% mark and he won just over 50% of the vote.
President Barack Obama’s reelection effort followed exactly the same pattern. For most of his first term, Obama’s approval ratings held steady a few points below 50%. Then, in the final six months leading up to the election, his ratings inched up a few points enabling him to win just over 50% of the vote.
Do you remember the polls showing Mitt Romney beating President Obama or the ones showing several candidates beating President Bush?  I do.
On election day, Americans will look at the two men and ask a couple of questions:
1) Which one of these two guys will be better at rebuilding the economy?  
2) Which one of these presidents will be tougher on China?
My prediction is that they will vote for President Trump even if they find his tweet wars with Joe Scarborough as troubling as I do.
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We remember Ian Fleming 1910-1964



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Happy # 76 Gladys Knight

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We remember Gladys Knight who was born in Atlanta, GA, on this day in 1944.    

In the 1970's, Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded gold singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia”.

All together, she recorded over 30 LP's and worked with other artists, like Stevie Wonder.    

A super artist and vocalist:





Happy # 75 John Fogerty


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We salute John Fogerty born on this day in 1945......lead vocalist and guitarist of CCR, one of the biggest bands in the history of rock........their songs are heard everyday on radio stations all over the world...

May 28 and Willie Mays


We remember a couple of moments from Willie Mays' career.    

On May 28, 1951, Mays got his major league hit off of Warren Spahn.

On May 28, 1952, Mays went into the US Army.

Mays finished his Hall of Fame career:   .302 average, 660 HR, 1,903 RBI, 338 stolen bases, a .389 on base pct & 3,283 hits.     

Maybe the greatest ever!




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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Trump vs "Morning Joe" & 2020 will be about China and the economy plus more

Trump vs "Morning Joe" & 2020 will be about China and the economy plus more 05/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

President Trump vs 'Morning Joe'........Twitter and fact checking.......The 2020 election will be about rebuilding the US economy and standing up to China..............and other stories......
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Wednesday’s video: Why is President Trump fighting with “Morning Joe”?.





They’ve earned someone like Kayleigh

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In the age of instant news, do we even need a daily White House press briefing?  
The latest from the talking heads club is that some, from Chris Wallace to Jonah Goldberg, find Kayleigh McEnany a little “Indefensible And Grotesque.”
I’ve seen a couple of Kaleigh’s performances and it’s hard to think of her as “grotesque.”   She is self-assured, but grotesque?
After all, this is a group of reporters who ask questions like comparing the pandemic death totals to Vietnam casualties or another blamed the president because someone listened to him in February and died of the virus.   And then there is the CBS lady who took off her mask to play the “Chinese card.”
It’s obvious to me that many in this press corps are political activists, such as Jim Acosta of CNN.  They are confrontational to make news rather than to obtain information for readers and viewers.   They are like the umpire who makes controversial calls just to get his name in the sports pages.
Do you understand now why President Trump is just giving them a taste of their own medicine?  He’s tired of political activists with press passes.
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1993: Dale Murphy retired

Dale Murphy retired on this day in 1993.   
Murphy broke with the Braves at the end of 1976.    He won two NL MVP awards and was one of the best players in the game for a dozen seasons.
He stayed with the Braves until 1990.   He finished in Philadelphia for a couple of seasons and the Colorado in 1993.
His career numbers were awesome:  398 HR & 1,266 RBI.  He led the NL in HR in 1984 and 1985.
Murphy didn’t get to play with all of those great Braves’ teams of the 1990s.   He was gone by the time that the Braves were winning all of the titles.
Great player.



Excellent movie about Churchill in the 1930s: "Gathering Storm"








Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Chicago and Illinois with Michael Bargo

Chicago and Illinois with Michael Bargo 05/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Michael Bargo, conservative columnist....We will discuss the Mayor of Chicago and churches plus the Illinois Governor's executive orders.......and other stories......
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Tuesday’s video: Biden and black voters.

7 scorching cartoons about Joe Biden's gaffe spectacular 


End of ‘sanctuary’ in Chicago: Armed cops storm black church service

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On Sunday, Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a police raid to shut down a black church’s Sunday services. This is from news reports:  
The pastor of the mostly black congregation, Courtney Lewis, reportedly shut and locked the doors and refused to allow the officers to gain entry to the building, Todd Starnes reported.
Pastor Lewis told Starnes that he felt like he was confronting “the Soviet-style KGB” as the officers pounded on his doors and demanded entry to shut the church down.
“Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” Lewis said.
A pastor complaining about Soviet style KGB in Chicago, Illinois in the USA?
Hard to believe but these Democrats are certainly loving this post-pandemic power, aren’t they?
It reminds me of another Chicago story a few years ago.  You may recall that Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant, took refuge in a church in Chicago back in 2007.  As you may recall, even the president of Mexico got involved in the story.  Mexico backed the young mother hiding in a church!  Chicago’s local leadership warned ICE and federal officials from charging into a church.
So the mayor of Chicago tries to shut down a religious service yesterday?  Not long ago, the same city leadership defended a church hiding an illegal immigrant!
I hope that the locals are watching leaders and hold them accountable.
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Haooy # 71 Hank Williams, Jr.

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We say happy birthday to Hank Williams, Jr.  Hank was born in Louisiana on this day in 1949.

In 1989, Hank recorded one of his father's songs:  "There's A Tear In My Beer".   It was a great arrangement and video.


We remember Bart Starr (1934-2019)


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We remember Bart Starr who was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1934.  We learned of his death on this day in 2019.

Our family landed in "Packer crazy" Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.

My brother and I had never seen a football game. We were raised playing and thinking baseball 24/7.

However, it didn't take us long to fall in love with the Packers and the game of football.

My first football hero was Bart Starr, the legendary Packers' QB.     He won the NFL title five times:  1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967.   He led GB to the first two Super Bowl championionships and was named MVP twice.  In 1966, he earned the NFL MVP.  

In fact, I loved Starr so much that I always wore # 15 on every sports jersey. It's still my favorite number today!

Greatest game? Probably the so called "Ice Bowl".

With all due respect to Unitas, Namath, Staubach, Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman, Young, Brady and even Favre, I will always pick Starr to start my big game.

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1897: "Dracula" for sale in London

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“Dracula” by Bram Stoker tells the story of a Transylvanian vampire.  It was published on this day in 1897 and was an instant success.    Frankly, I learned of “Dracula” by watching the movies.   My guess is that most of you had the same experience.    
A few years ago, Dr Ileana Johnson wrote a great account of Dracula.   She went to the castle in her native Romania and wrote a great summary of the famous character.

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