Tuesday, June 30, 2020

School choice and Supreme Court plus backlash brewing and more

School choice and Supreme Court plus backlash brewing and more 06/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Supreme Court upholds Montana's school choice law.....good news for parents and children.......Biden press conference......Violence in Mexico up.....Backlash coming.....'Gone with the wind' published 1939...
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Tuesday’s video: I see a big backlash coming





Some signs of a backlash brewing

South Philly residents surround Columbus statue as demonstrations ...
Over and over, I keep hearing from people totally fed up with the riots, anarchy, and selective destruction of history.   
Over the last couple of days, I saw a couple of examples of what we will call the mother of all backlashes this November.
In Virginia, we saw a march in support of the police:    
Hundreds of people marched in the streets of Manassas Saturday afternoon to show their support for law enforcement officers as police departments across the country come under unprecedented scrutiny in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Participants in the event, sponsored by the organization We Back Blue, gathered at Nelson Park and then marched down Grant Avenue to the Old Manassas Courthouse holding signs that read “We Support Our Law Enforcement,” “No Police, No Peace,” and “Law & Order.”
In Oklahoma, some people learned that “The Sooner State” will enforce the law:  
A district attorney in Oklahoma hit several protesters with charges of assault, rioting, and terrorism in connection to recent violent protests that took place in Oklahoma City.
My guess is that there are other examples that we have not heard about.
As someone said, we’ve reached a flash point.  The American people will stand up for their country and the left is in for a major shock in November.
As I told a local police officer, the public supports you and the fine work that you do.
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June 30, 1936: "Gone to the wind" was published

Happy # 76 to Ron Swoboda

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Ron Swoboda was born in Baltimore on this day in 1944.  He broke in with the Mets in 1965 and hit 19 HR as a rookie.   

Unfortunately for Mets' fans, Swoboda never really developed into a consistent power hitter:  .242 batting average, 73 HR & 344 RBI over 8 years.


Nevertheless, he will live in the hearts of Mets fans for one catch in the 1969 World Series.     It killed an Oriole rally and lives as one of the greatest catches in baseball history.


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A word about Lena Horne (1917-2010)


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Lena Horne, one of the best female vocalists ever, was born on this day in 1917..........she passed away at age 92 in 2010.

She had a great voice and very elegant look!

Her story was rather remarkable:
"Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York."(NYT)
 It's hard to pick a favorite song but her version of "Where or When" is great:

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Happy #57 to "Blame it on the bossa nova"


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Another one of those "time flies" posts:  Let's remember "Blame it on the bossa nova" by Eydie Gorme.  

Frankly, I don't remember this song but it was an entertaining and still gets a lot of airplay many years later.  It is a great dancing song!  I would file this one under "novelty pop songs"!

Eydie Gorme enjoyed a great career.  She recorded many songs with her husband, Steve Lawrence, and an LP of Spanish ballads with Trio Los Panchos.   

Click here for the song.


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"I was at a dance When he caught my eye
Standing all alone Lookin' sad and shy
We began to dance Swaying to and fro
And soon I knew I'd never let him go
Blame it on the bossa nova With it's magic spell
Blame it on the bossa nova That he did so well
Oh it all began with just one little dance
But soon it ended up a big romance
Blame it on the bossa nova The dance of love
Now was it the moon No no the bossa nova
Or the stars above No no the bossa nova
Now was it the tune Yea yea the bossa nova
The dance of love
Now I'm glad to say I'm his bride to be
And we're gonna raise a family
And when our kids ask How it came about
I gonna say to them with out a doubt....

1962: Koufax and the first no-hitter


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On this day in 1962, Sandy Koufax of the LA Dodgers pitched the first of his 4 no-hitters.    He beat the Mets and struck out 13 in a 5-0 victory.

Between 1962 and 1966, when he retired at age 32, Koufax was just overpowering.  He led the LA Dodgers to World Series victories in 1963 and 1965.  He pitched 4 no-hitters, including perfect game in 1965, and won 3 Cy Young Awards.

It all started with this no-hitter in 1962!

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Happy # 76 to Ron Swoboda


Ron Swoboda was born in Baltimore on this day in 1944.  He broke in with the Mets in 1965 and hit 18 HR as a rookie.   

Unfortunately for Mets' fans, Swoboda never really developed into a consistent power hitter:  .242 batting average, 73 HR & 344 RBI over 8 years.


Nevertheless, he will live in the hearts of Mets fans for one catch in the 1969 World Series.     It killed an Oriole rally and lives as one of the greatest catches in baseball history.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Louisiana abortion law plus signs of a backlash out there & more stories

Louisiana abortion law plus signs of a backlash out there & more stories 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Supreme Court strikes down the Louisiana abortion law......People are marching in support of the police and defending their homes........Oklahoma reminds protesters that this is not Seattle.....90 days since former VP Biden had a press conference.........DiMaggio reaches 41 & 42 in a doubleheader 1941 and other stories.....
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Monday’s video: Justice Roberts and the Louisiana abortion law





Karen Bass may be bad news for Joe Biden

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Over the years, Fidel Castro always had two loyal friends in the U.S.  First, the editorial page of the New York Times.  Second, Karen Bass, congresswoman from California.
Representative Bass is in the news today because she may be the “black woman” running mate that he’s been looking for.   At the same time, she has a “Cuban problem,” as reported in Politico:    
Democrats worry the presence of Bass on the ticket would needlessly help Republicans in a state where the GOP has historically eked out come-from-behind wins. Florida Democrats also favor a home-state congressional candidate as Biden’s running mate, with Val Demings also under consideration. Demings, a Florida congresswoman who is African-American, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus while Bass chairs the group.
Two of their congressional colleagues from Miami, Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala, are facing reelection challenges from Cuban-American Republicans who have made socialism a top issue. Both support Demings as a running mate for Biden but say that Bass‘ comments in their own right are problematic, and both had also condemned Sanders remarks about Castro in the primary.
“I disagree with the Congresswoman’s comments on Cuba. I invite people to come to Miami where we can educate them on the tyrannical dictatorship that has decimated Cuba for 60 years,” Shalala said, adding “my focus is on helping her and Joe Biden win Florida, the White House, and save our country.”
Represenative Bass reacted by saying that her comments were identical to those of President Obama back when he was seeking better relations.   I have not read everything that former President Obama said about Fidel Castro but “mi comandante” does not sound familiar.  Even President Obama understood the stupidity of making such an endearing statement about a dictator.
Will it be Biden-Bass?  I don’t think so, because the vice presidential choice is critical for a man who will be 79 a few days after election day. Adding someone to the ticket who will hurt you in Florida is not smart politics.
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June 1974: Isabel Peron, the other Peron woman

We all know the story of Evita Peron, perhaps the most influential woman in modern Argentina.    They made a Broadway play and movie about her!

Few remember Isabel Peron, who became president of Argentina in June 1974 and overthrown in March 1976.    

The common denominator with the Peron women was Juan Peron, their husband and former president too.    Isabel Peron was VP and assumed the presidency when President Peron died.

Mrs. Peron's presidency was very difficult.   She was not able to form coalitions and the country's economy went from bad to worse.    

Frankly, I am not sure that any other person could have done any better.    Argentina's economic problems came home to roost in the mid-1970s and threw the country into years of turmoil.

Mrs Peron was overthrown in March 1976 and eventually moved to Madrid.

Who was the first female president of Latin America?   The answer is Isabel Peron.

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1941: Keeping up with DiMaggio in Sagua La Grande

In 1941, my father was 15 and spent most of his time at Colegio Jesuita in Sagua La Grande.  He was joined there by his two younger brothers and cousin Ignacio who later spent a dozen years in a Cuban political prison.  All 4 wonderful men are gone now but I can still recall hearing those stories of “Sagua”.
My father followed major league baseball by reading the Cuban newspapers and catching a few radio reports.  They would also follow the news with those newsreels between movies at the local “teatro”. 
Like many other Cubans, my father followed the DiMaggio hitting streak.  It was a big topic of conversation among the kids and teachers at “los Jesuitas” as he called the school. 
On this day in 1941, the amazing Joe DiMaggio singled in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler’s A.L. consecutive-game hit record of 41 games. 
In the second game, he set the record at 42 games with a single in the seventh inning.   
What makes DiMaggio so great is that he’d play doubleheaders.  My guess is that the manager offered to give him a game off but he went out and played.
After getting # 42, his next goal was the N.L. record of 44.    As you probably know, he got to 44, 45 and finished at 56. 
As my late father used to say, “ese record no lo rompe nadie”.      It still stands 79 years later!
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We remember Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)


The great Harmon Killebrew, one of great baseball sluggers of our youth, was born on this day in 1936.   He passed away in 2011 of cancer.  He was 74.

Killebrew started with the original Washington Senators who became the  Minnesota Twins in 1961.  He won the AL MVP in 1969, played in the 1965 World Series plus the ALCS in 1969 & 70.

From 1964 to 1971, Killebrew and Tony Oliva, who usually batted in front of Harmon, were one of the best hitting combinations ever.   Tony won 3 batting titles and Harmon just hit a ton of home runs.   

We remember those "titanic home runs" that got lost in the clouds all over baseball parks.    Killebrew was indeed one of my all time favorite players.

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1948: President Truman and Israel



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President Truman was in the middle of some of the biggest moments of the 20th century. He dropped the two bombs that ended war in the Pacific and led the US into the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine. It was clearly one of the most consequential presidencies ever.
 
Pres. Truman's library  hosted an exhibition in 2008 or the 60th anniversary of Israel or another one of his many important decisions:
"On May 14, 1948 President Harry Truman announced that the United States would offer de facto recognition of the new State of Israel. His decision, coming only eleven minutes after the new government was formed in the former British mandate of Palestine, gave immediate legitimacy to a country that existed only on paper and in the hearts of the world-wide Jewish community." (Truman and Israel: Behind the Decision) 
Like most Truman decisions, it was not easy or popular everywhere. However, it was the right thing to do.
 
Pres. Truman was a great president because he made decisions and took the political heat for them.  I call it leadership, which is why he is my favorite Democrat and ranks rather high in most presidential lists!

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June 29, 1990: Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela pitched no hitters

It was an ESPN Friday night doubleheader: The A's in Toronto and the Cardinals in LA.   

By the end of the baseball night, history was made when Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela pitched no-hitters.

According to news reports, Valenzuela learned of Stewart's no hitter minutes before taking the mound.  Tommy Lasorda, the LA manager, joked with Valenzuela about pitching another no hitter that night.

To be honest, I saw Dave Stewart's last 4 innings but did not make it to watch the West Coast game.

A great night for two of the best pitchers of 1990.

Valenzuela won 173 games, primarily with LA.   He could have won 200 games but injuries caught up with him.   We remember him for a tremendous rookie season in 1981 and that complete game in game 3 of the World Series that year.    He was a workhorse and pitched 117 complete games.

Stewart won 168 games and enjoyed great success with the A's.   He won 119 games over a 7 year period with the A's, including 4 consecutive 20-win seasons.   He was also a workhorse with lots of high innings totals.
 
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Happy # 64 Pedro Guerrero

We say happy birthday to Pedro Guerrero who was born on this day in 1956.

Was Pedro Guerrero the first Dominican player from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic?  I don't know the answer but there weren't that many back in the early 1980s when Pedro broke in with the Dodgers.

Pedro was a very consistent hitter:  .300 batting average, 215 HR & 898 RBI.    He hit 125 HR over a 5-year span with LA.

Happy birthday to a guy who was a very tough out!
 

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June 29, 1941: DiMaggio got 41 & 42 in a doubleheader

On this day in 1941, the amazing Joe DiMaggio singled in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler's A.L. consecutive-game hit record of 41 games. 

In the second game, he set the record at 42 games with a single in the seventh inning.  

His next goal was the N.L. record of 44.  
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Sunday, June 28, 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 06/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........Woodrow Wilson out but wasn't he popular with the progressive movement? The Trump administration protecting monuments and arresting people.....Biden leads Trump in every poll but will he ever do a press conference? COVID and young people but what about the protests?.....
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My parents were so impressed with US highways

The Interstate Highway System | bittersportspills

During our early months in the U.S., my parents were so impressed with just about everything about the new country — most of all the new freedom and opportunity that the U.S. had given us.
My father would always remind us of all of the benefits of being here.
For example, he’d say someone with my big mouth would be sitting in a political prison in Cuba for insurrection.
Also, he’d say Castro would have sent my brother and me to Angola if we had stayed behind.  In fact, many young Cuban men did serve in those wars in Africa.  Many died or came back with AIDS, as we used to read in press reports in the late 1980s.
Something else my parents would often talk about was U.S. highways.  Cuba had a developed road and train infrastructure but nothing like those huge super-highways that connect U.S. cities.  I can remember my mother admiring the roads on Sunday afternoons when we’d go on a picnic.
How many times did I hear our Cuban friends compliment those clean and well paved U.S. roads?  A lot!  It was a topic that many Cubans would actually talk about in those small Cuban gatherings where our parents were in the living room and the young listening to The Rolling Stones.
Americans can indeed take these marvelous roads for granted.  For example, you can drive from Atlanta to L.A. on I-10, from Minneapolis to San Antonio on I-35, from Maine to Miami on I-95, and from San Diego to Seattle on I-5.
It is really a great transportation system and something that Americans should be very proud of!
It started when the U.S. Senate approved the U.S. Federal Highway Act this week in 1956.  The U.S. House approved it on a voice vote the next day.  I guess everyone was “on board” to start building those highways that connected the country from coast to coast and Mexico to Canada.
Looking back, this is how the federal government should work.  You propose an idea, discuss it openly and pay for it by raising taxes.  Overall, a good idea that benefited the country.


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June 28, 1941: DiMaggio reached # 40


We remember one of sports' most amazing accomplishments, i.e. the 56-game hitting streak that kept the entire nation checking the daily sports pages for updates.

Joe DiMaggio entered historic territory on this day in 1941 when he went 2-for-5 and cracked the "40 circle".  

He became the 5th major leaguer to do so:

Willie Keeler 45 1896-1897
Bill Dahlen 42 1894
George Sisler 41 1922
Ty Cobb       40 1911

We should add that Pete Rose got to 44 in 1978.



Happy # 79 to Al Downing (the man who gave up Aaron's # 715)

Al Downing gave up Hank Aaron's 715th career HR in Atlanta, Apr. 8 ...
We remember Al Downing today.     He was born in New Jersey on this day in 1941.

Downing was a pretty good lefty who broke with the Yankees in 1961 at age 20.    He  joined the starting rotation in 1963 and won 26 games in his first two seasons.   Downing pitched in the 1963 and 1964 World Series but did not win a game. 

In the late 1960s, Downing pitched for New York, Oakland and Milwaukee.   He was 2-10 with the 1970 Brewers despite a decent 3.34 ERA.

In 1971, Downing was traded to LA and won 20 games.  He pitched in the 1974 World Series with the Dodgers.  Overall, he won 123 games with a 3.22 ERA.

We remember Downing for one pitch or home run:  Aaron's # 715 on April 8, 1974.




Happy # 60 to John Elway

We remember John Elway, one of the great QB's in NFL history.      John was born in Port Angeles, Washington in 1960.

Elway came out of Stanford and was drafted by the Colts but eventually signed with the Broncos.  

Elway and the Broncos lost 3 Super Bowl in 1987, 1988 and 1990.    He came back a few years later and defeated the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.  They repeated by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19 the next season.

His accomplishments put him in the NFL Hall of Fame:


148 games won as a starting quarterback – NFL Record
47 game-winning or game-tying drives in the fourth quarter – NFL Record
5-time Super Bowl starting quarterback – NFL Record
50,000+ career passing yards and 3,000+ career rushing yards – NFL Record
7 consecutive seasons with 3000+ passing yards and 200+ rushing yards
NFL Most Valuable Player – 1987
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player – Super Bowl XXXIII
9-time Pro Bowl selection
3-time All Pro selection

Enjoy your day John!   Great career!



We remember Don Baylor (1948-2017)

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The great Don Baylor was born in Austin, Texas in 1949.     He died in 2017.

Don was drafted by the Orioles in 1967 and moved quickly through their farm system.      I recall reading about Don Baylor & Bobby Grich in the O's farm system.    They came up together and spent years with Baltimore and later with the Angels.

Don finally joined the O's in 1972 and became the starting left fielder.    

Days before the start of the 1976 season, Baylor was traded to the A's in the blockbuster Reggie Jackson trade.    (Don Baylor & Mike Torres for Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman)

Baylor's best days were with the Angels:  MVP in '79 and 141 HR over 6 seasons.

He retired with 338 HR & 1,276 RBI in 2,292 games.     In 1989, Don reflected on his career in an autobiography.

After that, he managed the Rockies and Cubs.     

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wlson cancelled plus social media bias and protecting statues

Wlson cancelled plus social media bias and protecting statues 06/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The 'cancel culture' comes to President Woodrow Wilson but I thought that the left loved him.....President Trump goes after Democrat run cities and that's a good move.....Arrest and prosecute those destroying statues......Social media bias and the alternatives such as Parler......click to listen:



Defund the police?

Connecticut lawmakers prefer massive reform bill to 'defunding ...
Did you see the video of the white young woman screaming at a black police officer?   Yes, it was funny but a window into a coming clash between white liberals and the blacks who live in these neighborhoods burdened by crime.
This is from Caleb Parke:   
Ami Horowitz first went to the East Village in New York City, asking white liberals if they think it will help the black community. The responses showed apparent anger and hatred toward law enforcement.
Then Miss Horowitz went to the black neighborhood and heard a different message:    
However, when Horowitz traveled to Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he heard a different tune from black residents.
Another woman said, “I have family members that are police. I respect the police. I would not want to see a lawless society.”
No kidding that no one wants a lawless society!   Especially blacks living in neighborhoods in Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.
Add this:  BET founder Robert Johnson said the movement to topple Confederate statues, edit Gone with the Wind, and fire professors is meaningless to the black community.   Let me translate what Mr. Johnson said:  Blacks do not have a confederate statues problem.   
Last, but not least, Mr. Johnson called them “borderline anarchists.”
So don’t be surprised if many blacks from coast to coast vote for a law and order candidate this fall.
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A word about June 27

Happy # 77 Rico Petrocelli


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Happy # 77 to Rico Petrocelli, one of the most popular players to wear the Red Sox uniform.  

Americo Peter Petrocelli was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1943.  He broke with Boston in 1963.  He quickly became a regular and played in the 1967 & 1975 World Series.   


He split his career between shortstop (774 games) and third base (727 games).   Rico moved to third when Luis Aparicio joined Boston in 1970.


Petrocelli was a big bat in the Boston lineup:  210 HR & 773 RBI over 13 years.


He hit 40 HR in 1969 and 97 HR over a 3 year span, 1969-71.


Enjoy your day Rico!




1973: David Clyde made his pitching debut


On this day in 1973, the Rangers were desperately trying to sell seats.   
They were coming off a 54-100 record in 1972.  Their best player in the opening season in Texas was an aging Frank Howard.    The roster included young guys like future AL MVP Jeff Burroughs and All Star Toby Harrah but they were not exciting anybody in North Texas yet.    
In other words, the '73 Rangers needed a shot in the arm.  Enter David Clyde, a young man from Houston.  
The good news is that David Clyde was a great high school baseball prospect.   The bad news is that he was rushed to the majors years ago.    The Rangers sold many tickets for his debut but not much happened after that!
Clyde never developed into the major league pitcher that everyone predicted.   At the same time, he should have spent a couple of  years in the minors before pitching in the majors.   He wasn’t ready and it probably hurt his career.
He won 7 over a 2-year period.   He was eventually traded to Cleveland.  By the way, I saw him pitch with Cleveland against Baltimore in before he retired.   
Overall, a sad story.
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1956: The US interstate highway system was born

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