Friday, July 31, 2020

Obama at the Lewis funeral plus Dr. Fauci & protests and police vs Democrats

Obama at the Lewis funeral plus Dr. Fauci & protests and police vs Democrats 07/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The John Lewis funeral turned into a political show specially President Obama.....Bush vs Obama quite a contrast......Dr. Fauci and protests......Supreme Court gives Trump OK on funding wall......Police vs Democrats......The NBA and China......Curt Gowdy (1919-2006)......Milton Friedman (1912-2006).....and other to listen:

Friday’s video: Vote by mail is a problem.

 Want a Real Election This Fall? Enact Vote-by-Mail. - In These Times

It’s hard to feel sorry for Illinois

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The pandemic has hit us hard.  In other words, I think that a little generosity is good and we should help states adversely affected by the pandemic.
Unfortunately, Illinois does not have a pandemic problem.  Of course, the pandemic has hurt but the issues are lot more complicated than blaming the virus.
It’s good to see the Chicago Tribune set the record straight:    
Why do we have such little faith in Illinois pols to manage the people’s money responsibly? Because we, like you, live here.
Since 2003, Democrats have controlled the state legislature and failed to address rising pension unfunded liabilities. That year, under Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois borrowed $10 billion and still shorted the pension funds. Lawmakers skipped full payments to the pension funds in 2006 and 2007, then borrowed again to make partial pension payments in subsequent budget years.
Even after raising income taxes 67% for four years in 2011, and after another tax hike in 2017 with GOP support, this state’s balance sheet remains a mess. We’ll ask: How is it possible to accumulate for more than a decade billions in unpaid bills and unfunded pension obligations, and still leave Springfield every May claiming to have a balanced budget?  
So we have learned: Give Illinois money, and the politicians will mismanage it. 
No kidding they will mismanage it.
Many in Illinois think that a President Biden and Congress will be more generous than a second term President Trump.  I don’t think so.  
Our next president will face a huge budget deficit and it’s hard to see how he can send billions of dollars to Illinois without throwing the economy into further recession.   
Candidate Biden may be saying what Illinois wants to hear.  Reality will be different because I don’t think that the country is in the mood to bail out corruption and obvious mismanagement.
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We remember Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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My guess is that most of you read "Free to choose" or watched the TV series.  Or, maybe you are familiar with Dr Friedman's work in Chile, the story of "The Chicago Boys" who turned that South American country into one of the best economies in the world.
Milton Friedman was born in 1912 and died in 2006.  Rose, his devoted wife, research partner and companion of many years, died in 2009.  They were always together and that was great too.
"I remember asking Milton, a year or so before his death, during one of our semiannual dinners in downtown San Francisco: What can we do to make America more prosperous? "Three things," he replied instantly. "Promote free trade, school choice for all children, and cut government spending."How much should we cut? "As much as possible.""
Thank you Mr. Friedman!  
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Third World leaders should read Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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How in the world could so much of The Third Word be so poor? What a terrible mess.

How could so many rich countries be so poor?   They have some of the largest mineral and natural resources in the world.

What The Third World needs is simple capitalism. Nothing fancy just Economics 101 capitalism.

They need freedom, political and economic.

These countries need to promote private property rights, and more importantly, governments who understand the connection between the rule of law and prosperity.

Therefore, I would make the following suggestion. Every Third World leader should be required to read a book before they get another dime from the US, IMF or anybody else.

Let them pick up "Free to choose" by Milton Friedman, the same one who spearheaded the Chilean revival of the late 1970's.

These books will give these leaders a lesson on the failure of 3rd world economies.

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Read a book by Milton Friedman (1912-2006) this summer

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We would always recommend a Friedman book for summer reading.   So check out his page and look at getting one for the summer.       Here is a good one to start with:

Words of wisdom from Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

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Let's remember Milton Friedman: "Friedman's Sampler" is a summary of Milton Friedman quotes over the years. They are priceless and relevant today.

On taxes:
"To summarize, deficits are bad--but not because they necessarily raise interest rates. They are bad because they encourage political irresponsibility. They enable our representatives in Washington to buy votes at our expense without having to vote explicitly for taxes to finance the largesse. The result is a bigger government and a poorer nation. That is why I favor a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget and limit taxation." (from "The Taxes Called Deficits," April 24, 1984)
On freedom:
"It is important to emphasize that economic arrangements play a dual role in the promotion of a free society. On the one hand, "freedom" in economic arrangements itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so "economic freedom" is an end in itself to a believer in freedom. In the second place, economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom. . . . " (from "Capitalism and Freedom: Why and How the Two Ideas Are Mutually Dependent," May 17, 1961)
The flat tax:
"The only way we are ever likely to get it is if there is a drive for a constitutional convention to repeal the 16th Amendment (which gives Congress the power to tax income) and replace it with one mandating a flat-rate tax. However, I regret that that is not an immediate prospect." (from "Why a Flat Tax Is Not Politically Feasible," March 30, 1995)
Let me say it again. Milton Friedman was a consequential voice in promoting freedom and free markets. 

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1978: Pete Rose reached # 44

Pete Rose got to # 44, or the second longest streak since Joe DiMaggio got to 56 in 1941.   He singled off of Phil Niekro.  

Willie Keeler had 44 in 1897-98 but foul balls didn't count as strikes.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Illinois problems plus bad GDP numbers and COVID has consumed all political talk

Illinois problems plus bad GDP numbers and COVID has consumed all political talk 07/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

We should not bail out corupt and mismanaged states like Illinois....COVID has wiped out any conversation or comparison about Trump vs Biden....Portland on its own and that's bad news for Democrats running state....Big and expected GDP drop......Trader Joe's stands up to the mob.....RIP Herman Cain.....
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Thursday’s video: Illinois should not get a bailout

A few thoughts about AG Barr at the House

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No need for Hollywood to do a modern version of Martin and Lewis’ crazy movie titled Scared Stiff.   We saw a great version of it on TV yesterday.
Like most of you, I have a life and responsibilities and could not watch the entire “Barr at the House show.” I caught most of it later thanks to video clips, social media messages and reading my favorite sources, such as John Hinderaker who nailed it:   
We are approaching a very weird election in which one of our major parties is taking a stand in favor of rioting, looting, arson, destruction of federal property, and violent attacks on law enforcement. The Democrats seem to think that this is a winning formula. If it is, our republic is doomed. While we may be in deep trouble, I don’t think we are that far gone yet.
One more thing: perhaps the only non-rhetorical question in today’s hearing came from Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell: “Do you commit to not release the Durham report before the election?” Barr’s answer: “No.” Obamagate is the reason why the Democrats undertook to demonize Attorney General Barr before he was even sworn in. 
Yes, the Democrats were panicky defensive at the hearing.  They fear the Durham Report and what indictments may be coming.  I got the impression that many Democrats know that AG Barr has a surprise coming and they can’t stand the suspense.   
So destroy the messenger, or more accurately, make a fool of yourself trying, as they did in this hearing.
They fear the left because of primary challenges.  They know that primary challenges can take out veteran Democrats, such as Representative Joe Crowley and Representative Eliot Engle.  
They fear that African Americans and Hispanics may support President Trump in larger numbers than they did in 2016.  Some polls suggest that enthusiasm for Biden is not much, especially among the young.
They don’t look like a confident bunch, as an old coach once told us about the team in the other dugout.  They look scared and that may explain their pathetic behavior.
With all due respect to Martin and Lewis, “scared stiff” is the name of that show.
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"In God we trust" signed into law in 1956

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President Eisenhower made it legal in 1956:
"On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak."
It was a good day for the US.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Beware of July polls plus Trump in Texas & AG Barr makes Democrats look silly

Beware of July polls plus Trump in Texas & AG Barr makes Democrats look silly 07/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

AG Barr makes fools out of Democrats in the hearing.......Federal agents leaving Portland? Are Dems worried that they own the city riots? July polls and presidential elections.....President Trump talking energy in Texas.......Tommy Lasorda retired 1996......
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Wednesday’s video: Defund the police and people will buy lots of guns

Tie police hands and you will see lots of citizens with AR-15s

St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters saw threat by 'bad ...
We learned some people in Minneapolis have begun to protect their streets, as we see in this report:   
Minneapolis residents have begun patrolling their own neighborhoods after violent crime across the city surged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in late May.
The patrols, some armed, are part of a largely grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods, businesses, and residents from rioters and criminals. Some groups have constructed barriers at the entrance to their neighborhoods and control who can enter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
All of this reminds me of the people defending their town against the James gang in the famous Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery of 1876.  In other words, the people couldn’t rely on the authorities and protected themselves.  They blocked the exits and Jesse James was lucky to get out alive.  By all accounts, it was the beginning of the end for the James Gang.
In this case, the people of Minneapolis would rather rely on the police.  In fact, they love their police as most people in the country do.  Unfortunately, irresponsible leadership has tied the police’s hands and left the citizens vulnerable to criminals.
Two things have come out of all this spectacle.  First, people in Democrat-run cities have learned that their leaders won’t defend them.  And second, the 2nd Amendment is here to stay.
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2007: Cal Ripken, Hall of Fame

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Back in 2007, we watched Cal Ripken get officially inducted into The Hall Of Fame.

My first memory of Cal Ripken goes back to 1981.    It was the crazy strike season and I caught a game on TV with Ripken at shortstop.   

In 1982, he was the regular third baseman and hit a home run on opening day.  By mid-season, Cal was playing shortstop and the rest is history:  MVP in '83 and the O's won the World Series.  Then came the another MVP in '91 and the "streak" that went on until 1998.

Unfortunately, Ripken played in bad Oriole teams.  Yet, he was out there every day playing and putting some good numbers, such as 431 Hrs and over 3100 hits.

We remember a great guy who clearly belongs in the Hall of Fame.

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1983: Steve Garvey streak ended at 1,207

On this day in 1983, the San Diego Padres were scheduled to play a double header with the Braves.   During the first game, Steve Garvey suffered a dislocated thumb sliding at home.   He did not play in the second game and his streak of consecutive games ended.

Garvey signed with  San Diego at the end of the 1982 season and played in the 1984 World Series.   

He had a great career:   .294 batting average, 2,599 hits, 272 HR & 1,308 RBI.    Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP and came in second in the 1978 vote.

Great player!    Who knows how long his streak would have gone without that unfortunate injury?

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1996: Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball

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From 1976 to 1996, Tommy Lasorda led the Dodgers to 2 World Series (1981 and 1988), 4 NL pennants and 7 division titles.  

He left after a a heart attack and an angioplasty procedure the month before.

As a manager, Lasorda was one of the best:  1599 wins.    He was the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.   In 2000, a retired Lasorda led the USA baseball team to a gold medal.

A wonderful baseball man, one of the greatest ambassadors of the game ever!  And a lifetime Dodger going back to his days as a player in the 1950's.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

AG Barr before House plus citizens defending themselves and more stories

AG Barr before House plus citizens defending themselves and more stories 07/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

AG Barr before Congress.....Democrat denial about violence in our cities.....Citizens defending themselves and their property.......Professor Turley and the media....Nicholas Sandman vs media round 2........First Lady Jackie Kennedy (1929-94)..........
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Tuesday’s video: Some Democrats in denial about our cities

No vaccine but lots of creative solutions in Latin America

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As we fight the pandemic up here, it’s actually a lot worse in Latin America.  This is from a report in the New York Times:   
Coronavirus has infected more than three million people and killed about 160,000 in Latin America, according to official figures, making the region one of the worst-hit by the pandemic. 
And experts and statistical analyses indicate that the real toll is far higher, concealed by limited testing and medical resources, and by some governments’ resistance to publicly acknowledging the scope of the crisis.
So people are getting creative, hoping that they can find the solution. 
Beyond the health issues, COVID-19 has blown up very fragile healthcare systems and shutting down economies has devastated employers.  
Let me loosely translate what a man from down there said on a weekend TV report:  My country’s hospitals are full and everyone is scared because businesses can’t stay closed too much longer.   
So people are hoping for a natural solution or the magic potion that cures the ailment.
In Brazil, according to the article, people are taking ivermectin, or something that people take to treat intestinal worms.  Apparently, one politician is taking it and it is having a positive effect.   Over in Peru, they want to try it, but the WHO and our FDA are warning people against it because it is intended for farm animals and not humans.
Where is all of this going to end?   I don’t know, but people who can’t work because the businesses are closed or can’t get treatment because the hospitals are overwhelmed are bound to get desperate.  It looks like many in the Third World are at that breaking point.
What are the geopolitical consequences of desperate populations?  It can’t be good.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Attacks on police plus Biden and the media and the Redskins no more

Attacks on police plus Biden and the media and the Redskins no more 07/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Attacks on police in Portland & Seattle.....where is the local government? Will Mr. Biden ever do a press conference?.....Washington Football Club but the wokes will come back for more.......The Shah of Iran died 1980........'A hard day's night' # 1 LP in the US and UK.......and other to listen:

Monday’s video: Biden the invisible candidate

Political Cartoon: Joe Biden successfully shelters out of sight 

‘Washington’ is the next step

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The NFL franchise in Washington will now be called the Washington Football Team.  According to news reports, this is a temporary change
After weeks of uncertainty, the Washington NFL franchise took another step in retiring its long-time moniker. On Thursday, Washington announced that they would be called the “Washington Football Team,” effective immediately. This is not a final renaming and rebranding for the team, this is just the name they want to use until the pending adoption of a new name in the future. 
In addition to this name change, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Washington will indeed not have any change to its color scheme, but the original team logo on the helmet will be replaced by the player’s number in gold. The Washington Football Team will continue the process of retiring their team name and hopes to be entirely rid of it on physical and digital spaces in the next 50 days, by the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. 
No more signs of anything Redskin when they open the season against Philadelphia.
You can keep your old jerseys or pennants.  Just erase any reference to the Redskins and it will look about the same, or so I understand.
My question is this:  How long before the “wokes” come after the name?  They have long attacked George Washington the slave owner.  It’s inevitable that they will now begin complaining that no team should ever be named after a white guy who owned slaves.
Daniel Snyder, the team owner, cracked and should have told the “wokes” to shut up.  He could have told Nike that he’d consider a name change when they stop selling items made by slave labor in China.
The “wokes” will never be happy until they destroy everything, as Snyder and the other NFL owners will find out.
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We remember Jerry Van Dyke (1931-2018)

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The very talented Jerry Van Dyke was born on this day in 1931 and died in 2018.   He was 86.      

As I recall, he appeared on his brother's show, "My mother the car" and "The Coach".

He also appeared in many movies but never had the success of his older brother.  I do recall him playing banjo and making me laugh a lot.

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In the early hours of July 26, 1960

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My late father would often relate this story.  He was listening to the game on the radio in Havana and then all hell broke loose.

From 1954 to 1960, Havana had a AAA franchise in what they used to call the International League.  It included Toronto and Montreal.   The Havana team was the Reds' AAA franchise at the time.  Therefore, Cuban fans had a chance to see young future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who broke into the majors in 1958.

It's worth noting that having an AAA franchise in the late 1950's meant more than a passion for baseball.  It was further evidence that the island's economy could support a minor league team with ticket sales, radio and TV programming.  Remember that Havana had to compete with other U.S. cities for that franchise.

In the early hours of July 26, 1960, my father and lots of Cuban fans were caught up in an extra inning game between Havana and Rochester.  The game included future major leaguers like Mike Cuellar, Luis Arroyo, Leo Cardenas, Elio Chacon, and Cookie Rojas.

This is what happened:   
Shortly after midnight the morning of July 26, while the Sugar Kings and Rochester Red Wings were in the 11th inning of a game at Gran Stadium, demonstrations began in the streets of Havana, marking the anniversary of the 1953 attack on the Moncada army garrison in Santiago de Cuba by a band of rebels led by Fidel Castro, an event viewed as the conception of the eventual revolution.
During the course of this observance, a wild burst of gunfire broke out, and a pair of stray bullets found their way into the ball park, striking Rochester’s Frank Verdi, who was coaching third at the time, and Havana shortstop Leo Cardenas.
Neither Verdi nor Cardenas were seriously injured, but the incident nearly ended professional baseball in Cuba. The Red Wings left the country immediately, refusing to play the final game of the series, and they and other International League teams expressed fear and reluctance at returning to Cuba.
It was over for the Havana Sugar Kings.  They eventually moved to Jersey City. The professional league played one more winter season but professional baseball ended that night.

What was my father thinking that night?  He was not thinking about leaving Cuba and settling in the U.S.  Like most Cubans, he thought that the storm would pass and things would settle down.   

A few years later, we landed in the U.S.  My brother and I then started collecting baseball cards, including many of those who were playing that night.

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The USSR and the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon election

We heard a lot about collusion with Russia, or allegations about a connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.    
In his memoir, published as “Khrushchev Remembers” in 1970, Khrushchev said he told other members of the Soviet leadership: “If Nixon becomes President, I don’t believe he will contribute to an improvement of relations between our two countries.”    
Later, he allegedly said the same thing to President Kennedy directly at the Vienna meeting.     JFK laughed about it but Khrushchev was dead serious that the USSR preferred JFK over Nixon.
Did the USSR help elected JFK?    We will never know.   The 1960 election was decided by 140,000 votes out of 76 million cast.    It was such a close election that hundreds of factors could have made the difference.    
My own opinion is that the USSR understood that VP Nixon was more prepared for the presidency than the younger and inexperienced Senator Kennedy.    However, I don’t see any evidence that the USSR elected JFK.
As we know, the two men again during the Cuban Missile Crisis.     Before that, President Kennedy had to face a crisis in Berlin.   
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1980: The Shah of Iran died in exile

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The Shah of Iran was a good ally of the US for a long time.    He died on this day in 1980 after a long fight with cancer.   

During his exile, he traveled from country to country looking for treatment.    

He was treated in the US but the Islamic militants demanded his immediate return.    The US refused to negotiate and they responded by storming into US embassy and holding the diplomats hostage for 444 days.

It was a humiliating experience for the US and an early sign that fanatics would run Iran.   

The Shah was not perfect but did try to modernize Iran, specially the status of women.  He was certainly a lot better than what followed!

Thankfully, his family has lived in the US since.    His widow Empress Farah wrote a good book about him and the family.

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We remember Leo Durocher (1905-91)

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The legendary Leo Durocher was born on this day in 1905.     

Leo broke with the Yankees in 1925 but did not start playing on a regular basis until 1928 when he hit .270 in 102 games.   

Durocher had a pretty good career with the Yankees, Reds, Cardinals and Dodgers.   He was primarily a short stop and finished with a .247 career average.

As a manager, Durocher won 2,008 games, 3 NL Pennants and the World Series with the 1954 Giants.   

In the spring of 1947, Leo and the Brooklyn Dodgers took their spring training camp to Havana.  It was a real treat for Cuban fans to catch major league exhibition baseball games.

We remember him as a very colorful figure on and off the field. 

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Happy something to Bugs Bunny

We take a minute today to say happy birthday to Bugs Bunny:
“The Warner Bros. icon everybody knows and loves first appeared on July 27, 1940 in “Wild Hare,” a cartoon short directed by Tex Avery. The clip features a wily Bugs Bunny outsmarting Elmer Fudd, who hunts for a “silly wabbit” in vain. Warner Bros. made several rabbit cartoons in earlier years, but they were not the same as the distinctive cotton-tailed “Bugs” featured in July of 1940.
Bugs Bunny was an “instant star,” He became one of the world’s best-known cartoon characters, starring in more than 175 films, receiving three Oscar nominations, one Academy Award, and appearing in comic books, TV specials, and video games, as Parade Magazine reported.”
Happy birthday to the most famous rabbit of the 20th century!

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Sunday, July 26, 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 07/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......China vs The US and its going to get worse......Seattle and Portland on fire and the local leaders stand by.....Wall Street Journal said no the 'wokes'....A&E loses half of its audience....The Kid vs the Media and the Kid is winning.........
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Do Italian-Americans get a vote on removing Columbus?

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According to a profile of Italian-Americans done following the 2000 census, there are over 15 million Americans of Italian descent or 6% of the population.  Shouldn’t 15 million Americans have something to say on whether a Columbus statue should be removed?
Up in Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot ordered the Lincoln statue in Grant Park and Little Italy removed.  It was done after midnight, and the statue was sent to an unknown location.
According to Mayor Lightfoot, she did it to stop the violence, or something like that:
We took this step in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police, and to efforts by individuals to independently pull the Grant Park statue down in an extremely dangerous manner.
Let’s translate the mayor’s pathetic words.  She gave in to a mob that won’t stop demanding this or that until a local leader draws the line and arrests people who think that they can do whatever they want.
Some Italian-Americans were not happy.  For many of our Italian American friends, Columbus is part of their heritage.  After all, wasn’t the Columbus statue in Little Italy?
It’s obvious that Democrats are unwilling to enforce the law or defend all of their constituents.  Hopefully, Italian-Americans will remember that the next time they vote.
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My chat about Moncada 1953 with Jorge Ponce

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A few years ago, we discussed Moncada 1953 with Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog.  

Jorge and I came to the US in the 1960's with our parents.  

You can hear the show here:

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Remember when we argued about pine tar?

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The baseball season started Thursday night in Washington, D.C., from Dr. Fauci missing home plate by a mile to Stanton hitting a monster H.R. for the Yankees and MLB giving us their version of the “Black Lives Matter” meme.
It left me yearning for the good old days of baseball, or that July 1983 afternoon in the old Yankee Stadium when George Brett’s game-winning run ran into pine tar.
We didn’t have the internet, and most people still read the sports pages to get the news.
Back in July 1983, I was working in Mexico and on the phone with a colleague from New York City.  As we finished our business call, he teased me by saying to catch the sports highlights about the Yankees-Royals game that afternoon.  He had watched the game in the office on local TV.
So I made it a point to catch the sports news and couldn’t believe what I was watching.  This is how the legendary Murray Chass reported it in The New York Times:
Baseball games often end with home runs, but until today the team that hit the home run always won.  At Yankee Stadium today, the team that hit the home run lost.  If that unusual development produced a sticky situation, blame it on pine tar.  With two out in the ninth inning, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals hit a two-run home run against Rich Gossage that for several minutes gave the Royals a 5‚4 lead over the Yankees.  But Brett was called out by the umpires for using an illegal bat — one with an excessive amount of pine tar.  The ruling, after a protest by Billy Martin, the Yankees’ manager, enabled the Yankees to wind up with a 4‚3 victory.
What followed was one of the greatest arguments in baseball history.  Brett ran from the dugout and nearly (but thankfully didn’t) killed the umpire.  Benches emptied, and there were arguments all around home plate.  Last, but not least, the umpires ruled by placing the bat across home plate and determining that there was too much pine tar.
The league reversed the umpires, and the two teams returned to New York to literally play the rest of the game.  K.C. won.
The “pine tar” game was the last chapter in the Yankees-Royals rivalry.  It started with very intense postseason series that saw New York beat Kansas City in 1976, 1977, and 1978.  K.C. finally beat N.Y. in 1980, and most of the players were still around when the “pine tar game” happened in 1983.  And as they say, these two teams did not like each other.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hear about pine tar than all of these political messages in sports.
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