Monday, August 31, 2020

New York problems plus Kenosha and Biden blaming Trump

New York problems plus Kenosha and Biden blaming Trump 08/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

People leaving New York and now come layoffs.....The Kenosha incident.....Biden made 2 bad decisions.......Poland 1980.......
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Monday’s video: The campaign is on and the polls are tightening



From 'I love New York' to 'I leave New York'

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On a personal basis, a family member and spouse just moved out of New York.  He works in the theatre and there is not much work these days in the Big Apple.   As they told me on the phone, the place is deader than a doornail.  By the way, they also told me that you have to wait weeks to rent a moving van.  I guess that a lot of people are leaving.
We learned that New York City is about to lay off 22,000 of its approximately 330,000 city employees, according to Forbes:   
The Wall Street Journal reported that roughly 22,000 government workers need to be let go to close a $9 billion deficit that continues to grow.  
The story goes on to say that there may be more because the deficit is getting bigger.    
New York heavily relies upon its bustling commerce, entertainment and social activities to draw in and keep people. Without restaurants, concerts, museums, sporting events and people commuting into Manhattan from the other boroughs (New York City comprises of five boroughs), the city has quickly changed. Residents have fled the city. 
As people ceased commuting into New York, worked remotely, businesses shut their doors and social activities have halted, revenues to companies have plummeted. As businesses of all sizes saw their profits evaporate, the city government received significantly less in tax collection.  
Naturally, no one likes to see layoffs.  After all, these are humans, not just numbers.
Mayor Bill De Blasio will blame the virus and naturally President Trump.  He won’t blame himself or policies driving people out of New York for years.
It will be fun to watch how these liberal city council members deal with economic facts, the public sector unions, and the reality that the party is over.
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1959: Koufax and 18 strikeouts!

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On August 31, 1959, a young Sandy Koufax struck out 18 Giants.    It set a new National League record for most strikeouts in a single game. 

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1980: Polish workers stood up to the communist state

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On this day in 1980, Poland exploded when representatives of the communist government of Poland agreed to the demands of striking shipyard workers in the city of Gdansk.    

It was the beginning of the end for the USSR.    The whole system collapsed of its own weight at the end of 1991.    

We remember those Polish workers, along with the Hungarians of 1956 and the Czechs of 1968.  They were anti-communist heroes of the 20th century.

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Sunday, August 30, 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 08/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...The GOP and Democrat conventions are finished....It appears that the race is a dead heat..Will we have debates?....Kenosha and rushing to judgement..Chicago 1968...
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Maybe Trump should challenge Pelosi to a debate

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We heard that Speaker Pelosi does not want Mr. Biden to debate President Trump.
God only knows why Speaker Pelosi said that.  Maybe she is afraid of putting the fragile Mr. Biden against the more dynamic President Trump.  Maybe this is a trick to get Mr. Biden to say that he is not afraid of debating.  Maybe she is just trying to feed the crazy left a bit disillusioned with Mr. Biden.
So President Trump should offer to debate Speaker Pelosi.  It would actually be interesting to see Pelosi make her case, or to argue on behalf of all of the legislation they’ve passed that stalled in the U.S. Senate.  Maybe President Trump can ask the speaker to opine on Sister Dede’s speech against abortion.
My good guess is that Speaker Pelosi can sense a momentum change after the two conventions.  Senator Harris’s selection and the lawlessness in the cities have turned this contest around, as the betting odds clearly show.
Nevertheless, President Trump should call on Mr. Biden to let the speaker take his place and watch the debate from the basement.
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Operation Pedro Pan: So many years later!

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Back in 2013, we spoke with Maria de la Milera, 2nd Vice President of Pedro Pan Organization in Miami.   

The "Pedro Pan story" continues to touch our hearts.  Back in the early 1960's, approximately 14,000 unaccompanied children left Cuba and ended up in Miami and elsewhere.   Some of them formed The Pedro Pan Organization to remember and preserve the legacy.   

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A look back at some important elections


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We hear often that this is the "most important election of our lifetime".   

In my opinion, the 5 most important elections in US history were as follows:

1796:  Our first competitive election after President Washington retired from power.  It was the election that created the two party system, i.e. the current Democrats and the Whigs that became the modern GOP;

1860: The election that put Abraham Lincoln in power and saw the nation break into two;

1876: The election that really ended the Civil War and condemned US blacks to second class status in the South;

1932: The election that put FDR in the White House; and,

1980: The election that put Reagan in power.

I can safely say that 2020 is one of the most important elections ever.  It will be huge because there is a real choice.  

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We remember Peggy Lipton (1946-2019)


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We remember Peggy Lipton who was born in New York City on this day in 1946.   Peggy died in 2019.

She played "Julie" in "The Mod Squad" on TV.   I did not know that Peggy was married to Quincy Jones, 1974-90.
 
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August 30, 1965: The day that Casey Stengel retired

Let's remember Casey Stengel, who retired on this day in 1965.    

Along the way, he managed the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-1936), Boston Braves (1938-1943) and took over the New York Yankees in 1949 when he replaced the retiring Joe McCarthy.  He was the Mets' first manager in 1962 after getting "pushed" into retirement by the Yankees.

Casey won 1, 149 games (696 losses) over 12 seasons with the Yankees, including 10 AL pennants and seven World Series rings.  

He was quite a character as well as an amazing manager.  Stengel's critics say that he was a "button pusher" because of great teams.  In fact, he was the first manager to use the platoon system (lefty batter vs right handed pitcher) and was a great judge of talent.  

Casey managed great teams but he was also a great manager.  

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August 1973: Willie Mays hit # 660 or his last HR

The great Willie Mays hit his last home run, or # 660, on this day in 1973.   He hit it off Don Gullett of the Cincinnati Reds.   
Mays was # 3 behind Ruth and Aaron when he retired.   He had a .302 career average, 3283 hits and 1903 Rbi.  
Maybe the greatest player ever?   He gets my vote.
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1967: Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice



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On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as Supreme Court Justice.  
Before being nominated by President Johnson, Mr. Marshall was a strong civil rights leader and attorney.  He served until 1991 when he was replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Yvonne Craig, the "Batgirl" (1937-2015)

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Who remembers "Batgirl"?   Yvonne Craig was born in Illinois in 1937.

Most of us remember her as the young woman who fought the bad guys along with Batman & Robin.    Yvonne Craig died from cancer in 2015.   

I recall the show and specially Batgirl's good looks.  She was an awesome looking Batgirl!

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Biden blew it twice

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As in previous campaigns, some historian or journalist will write a version of “The making of a President 2020.”  My guess is than an honest author will look back at the two things that Mr. Biden did wrong.
First, he picked Kamala Harris for vice president.  She does not add a single vote to his effort.  Also, she is hurt by the reality that Biden will be the oldest president if he assumes office.  You can’t blame voters for looking beyond Biden and wondering what a Harris presidency would look like.
Second, Biden gave up “the law and order” issue.  In fact, his speech did not a say a word about it.  Not even a “thumbs up” for the men and women protecting us from coast to coast.  
President Trump hit the right points in his speech.  I thought that it was a bit too long, but that’s me. Nevertheless, it was a good speech as Stephen Kruiser wrote:     
It’s easy to see why the Dems were running around barking “Hatch Act!” like scared chihuahuas all week. That speech with that backdrop was light years beyond that hostage-situation video that the DNC ended on last week.
Yes, it was a great week for the GOP and let’s see how much campaigning Joe Biden will actually do.
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Happy # 70 Doug DeCinces (the man who replaced Brooks Robinson)


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Doug DeCinces was born on this day in 1950.   Doug broke with the Orioles in 1973 and became a regular in 1976 replacing Brooks Robinson.   In 1977, DeCinces hit 18 HR and 28 HR the next season,    He was traded to the Angels and hit 30 HR in 1982.    We will always remember him as the man who replaced the legendary Robinson.

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We remember Ingrid Bergman, 1915-1982


The beautiful and talented Ingrid Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 and died on the same day in 1982.   

Her film debut was David O. Selznick’s Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939).  In 1942, she made "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart.   Then came "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in 1943 and few others.  


Her movies were great!   Watch one today.

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We remember Michael Jackson (1959-2009)


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It's still hard to believe that Michael Jackson died in 2009 at age 50.  What a shock!

Like so many others, I loved The Jackson 5.  They were great.
In recent years, Michael Jackson really turned me off.   I did not enjoy his image, music or anything about him.   Frankly, I thought that he was repulsive.
Nevertheless, we do recognize his contributions to pop music.     He had some great solo songs in the 1970's, such as the "Off the Wall" album.   His best solo work was probably the "Thriller" album from the early 1980's.   It sold lots of copies!

I always did like "I'll be there" and the other Jackson 5 songs.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

The GOP convention with George Rodriguez

The GOP convention with George Rodriguez 08/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative......We will look back at the GOP convention and more stories.....click to listen:


Friday's video: The Republicans did well



Why doesn’t Joe Biden denounce the left?

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Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall is worried that the GOP is painting a false image of Joe Biden.  This is what she wrote:    
Under the Republicans’ nightmare scenario, America under President Biden would be a nation where no one is be safe from dangerous criminals, the federal government would wage war on religion and God, our economy would be destroyed, taxes would go sky high, and we’d all be living in darkened homes because fossil fuels would be made illegal.   
The Republican caricature of Biden and the Democrats is so extreme and detached from reality that it could pass for a sketch on “Saturday Night Live” or a story In the satirical news site The Onion.
Okay then, call on Blden to explain or clarify himself.  Unfortunately for Biden, many of our citizens are not safe in cities run by Democrats, some governors from his party did not want people in churches, but it was okay to march or protest, and then there is Green New Deal that he supports.
Biden should give a speech and clear the air.  Tell us where he actually stands on abortion and late-term abortion.  He can explain how he’d handle the violence in Portland, Chicago, and Kenosha.  
I agree with Leslie that Joe Biden is not some crazy lefty.  At the same time, he has not distanced himself from his party’s left wing and has selected a running mate who is ultra liberal.  He could have selected a different person and send a message that he is from the center rather than the left.  He could have addressed the violence in our cities in his speech but did not.
So don’t blame voters if they look at 2020 Biden and see a leftist.
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Happy # 70 Ron Guidry


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Happy # 77 David Soul



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We remember Nancy "Miss Hathaway" Culp (1921-91)


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1774: We remember St. Elizabeth born in New York City

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Chicago 1968 and the Democrats

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Happy # 84 Tony Gonzalez

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August 28, 1963: Dr Martin Luther King and "I have a dream"

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

GOP night 3 plus Sister Dede and a 2nd term agenda

GOP night 3 plus Sister Dede and a 2nd term agenda 08/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The GOP convention day # 3 was wonderful specially Sister Dede Byrne who spoke against abortion......AT post about Cubans speaking at convention........President Trump should present a very specific agenda and forcing Mr. Biden to defend his opposition......NBA boycott?.......and other stories.....click to listen:


Thursday’s video: Sister Dede Byrne’s pro-life speech will connect with many voters



The Cubans adding their story to the GOP proceedings

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It was great to see people at the GOP convention telling stories that I can relate to.
First, businessman Maximo Alvarez told you what it was like to live under communism.  His speech took me back to a time when my parents used to whisper to each other for fear of being heard by the secret police.  He said this and it’s worth repeating:   
“I’ve seen movements like this before. I’ve seen ideas like this before and I’m here to tell you, we cannot let them take over our country.”
“I heard the promises of Fidel Castro. And I can never forget all those who grew up around me, who looked like me, who could have been me, who suffered and starved and died because they believed those empty promises. They swallowed the communist poison pill….”
It is indeed a poison pill.  The left plays the class envy card, then the race card and then your dad is in jail because he is allegedly a CIA agent.   
Let me paraphrase my late father:  “On January 1, 1959, it was a hope and then they went after the U.S. properties, then Cuban properties, and then no one could believe that it happened so fast.”
The second Cuban who spoke was Lt. Governor Jenniffer Nunez of Florida.  She was born here of Cuban immigrant parents.  Lt. Gov. Nunez remembers the Cuba story well, specially when they closed the places of worship.
It’s important for the country to hear these stories.  Hopefully, the convention will hear from someone in Venezuela where the misery is unfolding in front of our eyes.
I was proud of the Cuban-American representatives for speaking well and reminding everyone, as my late father said, how fast you can lose it all if you give an inch to the radical left.
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2007: "The lost city" a love story about Cuba circa 1960


"The lost city" is the best movie about Cuba circa 1960.   It tells the story of a family caught up in the events shaking up the island during that time:






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Happy # 69 Buddy Bell



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We say happy birthday to Buddy Bell, one of our favorite Texas Rangers, who was born on this day in 1951.

Bell broke with the Indians in 1972 and traded to the Rangers after the 1978 season.    

He enjoyed some great seasons in Texas, 1979-85:  .293 batting average.   In 1989, He came back to Texas and retired here.   I recall watching him on opening day that season.  

Overall, Buddy Bell hit .279 with 2,514 hits in 2,405 games.   He also won 6 Gold Gloves during his time in Texas.    
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

GOP Night 2 was great plus Kenosha and baseball on TV 1939

GOP Night 2 was great plus Kenosha and baseball on TV 1939 08/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The GOP convention was great again....CSPAN is the best way to watch the convention.......Kenosha and people jumping to conclusions plus Democrat who won't condemn riots.......First baseball game on TV 1939.....'Hey Jude' 1968.........and other stories.....click to listen:


Wednesday’s video: Democrat leaders need to speak loudly against the violence



Getting stuck with PBS

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On Monday night, I got stuck watching the GOP convention on PBS.  It’s a complicated story but I got to see the first night on an over-the-air signal.     
For the record, I did not watch the PBS coverage of the Democrats.  I am not comparing one to the other.  Nevertheless, the GOP coverage was truly pathetic and one-sided.
The Herschell Walker speech got the special treatment.   First, we were told that his speech would have zero influence on fellow African Americans who are ready to give 90% of their vote to Democrats again.  On the other hand, former Senator Jeff Flake’s endorsement of Joe Biden was treated as a consequential moment.  Really, Judy?
Second, David Brooks, the “conservative,” reminded us that Donald Trump destroyed the USFL. I was always under the impression that it was a lack of TV viewers that killed the league but maybe I forgot something.   Apart from that, what does the story of the USFL have to do with Herschell Walker supporting President Trump?  Most of his success came with the NFL anyway.  Seriously, does anyone even remember that he was once a New Jersey General?
Then came Yamiche Alcindor, the PBS White House correspondent.  How can this partisan pretend to be a journalist?   
What’s wrong?   Well, this is a public network, so a little more consideration should have been given to the 63 million who voted for Donald Trump.   Wonder how many of their tax dollars are paying for this?
Like public education, public radio and TV has never been about serving the public.  It has become a refuge for political activists who pretend to be journalists or historians.
Here is the good news:   I’ll have my other TV the rest of the week with access to something more than PBS.
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August 26, 1987: Paul Molitor's streak ended at 39

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On this day in 1987, Paul Molitor went 0-for-4 and the streak was over.  He hit .415 during the streak.  It is still the 7th longest streak and the best since Pete Rose in 1978 and Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

Molitor broke with the Brewers in 1978.   He went on to have a marvelous career:  .306 average, 3,319 hits, & 1,307 RBI.  

He hit .355 for the Brewers in the 1982 World Series and was the 1993 World Series MVP when Toronto beat Philadelphia.

Just a great player and recently managed the Minnesota Twins.

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1939: The first baseball game on TV

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We take baseball on TV for granted these days. In fact, I’m watching a game on TV as I write this post.    For much of the 20th century, baseball was a radio game.   Baseball on TV became popular in the 1960’s and flourished with cable TV and other media.
So when did “baseball on TV” start? The answer is 1939.  It was a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers.   By the way, Red Barber called the game and Brooklyn won 5-2.

The game was broadcast from New York City’s Empire State Building, completed just eight years earlier, and could be seen in homes up to 50 miles away.
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