Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A look back at debate # 1 and what happens next

A look back at debate # 1 and what happens next 09/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

A look back at debate # 1......Trump by points but he needs to get sharper.....Biden had some good moments but he can not continue to evade questions........Babe Ruth # 60 in 1927 and other stories.....click to listen:

Wednesday’s video: A reaction to the debate





Corruption is once again the talk of Mexico


Mexico's president vows to tackle violence, corruption

A few days ago, I was talking with a Mexican friend about COVID in Mexico.  I was trying to find out more information about the cases and deaths in Mexico.  He could not answer the question, and it wasn't because he did not want to.  He just didn't know, and I can understand that, because no one else really does.   He did say corruption is the reason why doctors treating COVID-19 patients do not have better protective gear.

Corruption is a way of life south of the border, and most people are now realizing that it does more harm than good.  It may get you a birth certificate quickly, but it poisons the bureaucracy.

Ioan Grillo, author and journalist, wrote this truth in the New York Times
Corruption tears at the soul of Mexico, and many here see it as one of the country's leading problems. It's the reason killer cartels flourish, roads have potholes, and doctors treating Covid-19 don't have better protective gear. It also pervades everyday life, with bribes functioning as the grease that keeps the system moving, and in this way it makes a large part of the country complicit. Bureaucrats get cash tips for issuing birth certificates for example, and police pocket cash for turning a blind eye to motorists running red lights. The "angels" at the bottom take bribes, too.
But when the "gods" at the top are rotten it has the most devastating consequences.
Yes, it does.  Let me share a simple example.  During my time in Mexico, I was the passenger, and a colleague was driving to a business meeting.  We were stopped by a policeman.  It was a stupid reason, something like the brake light was not working.

The policeman was apologetic but started writing the ticket.  My friend laughed and offered money.  He looked at the peso bill and said it was not enough.  My friend screamed.  The policeman said he had to pass some of the bribe up the chain.

We increased the bribe and moved on.  As we drove away, my friend said this is like a "pyramid" and everything that's wrong.

President Andrés López-Obrador promised to clean house — his version of draining the swamp.  Can he do it?  Many people are still hoping he can, but the clock is ticking.

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Tuesday, September 29, 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 09/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda......And the Trump vs Biden debate is finally here...a new Supreme Court confirmation coming up..NY Times and Trump taxes..
and more.....click to listen:

Tuesday's video: The Freedom Flights





Remember when 300,000 Cubans came legally to the US?

This month in 1965, the Castro regime announced that Cubans were free to leave the island. It happened about a year after our family and many others had left Cuba via Mexico or Spain.  The problem is that Miami-Havana flights were canceled after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.  So we had to opt for the more complicated and costly trip to Mexico or Madrid.  Also, the flights to Mexico City or Madrid were less frequent.  As I recall, the flights to Spain were weekly and maybe twice a week to Mexico.
Once the Miami-Havana flights were restarted,  “the Freedom Flights” or "Vuelos de libertad" began. Between 1965 and 1975, ten flights a week brought approximately 300,000 Cubans to the U.S.  
Why did Castro do it? Some say that Castro got rid of many opponents and that’s true. More importantly, it was a “brain drain” and many hard working and talented people left Cuba.   Also, the refugees generally came as families and were generally received by their relatives in Miami.
Last but not least, it changed Miami from a sleepy winter resort to a vibrant city that became the capital of Latin America.
And best of all, it was done legally and orderly.   
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1963: "My favorite Martian" made its US TV debut


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Yes, it was a silly but very funny show.

"My favorite Martian" landed on TV on this day in 1963.   It was the story of a Martian who ended up in Los Angeles by mistake.    


Like so much of TV in the 1960's, it was simple, funny and did not set out to change the world.    It was all about entertaining the audience and keeping you glued to the TV for 30 minutes.


Fun show and that's all you need to say about it.


1963: Stan Musial played his last game


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The amazing Stan Musial played his last game on this day in 1963.   His last base hit was a ground ball to right field that Pete Rose, the Reds rookie second baseman, could not reach.   Years later, Rose passed Musial on his way to breaking Ty Cobb’s all time hits record.    

He won 7 seven titles.  Only Ty  Cobb (11), Honus Wagner and Tony Gwynn (eight each) won more.  He retired with a .331 batting average and 3,630 hits.
Stan the Man died in 2013.

1954: Willie Mays and "the catch"

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Willie Mays took playing center field to a new level in game 1 of the 1954 World Series.   He made an amazing over-the-shoulder catch of a shot hit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz.   It would have likely been a triple or even an inside of the park depending on how the ball bounced around in deep centerfield.    Instead, it was a long out!

"The catch" started the legend of Willie Mays, from playing defense to being perhaps the most complete player ever.




Monday, September 28, 2020

A new Justice to the Court plus more about Trump's taxes

A new Justice to the Court plus more about Trump's taxes 09/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

An excellent candidate for the Supreme Court........The NY Times and President Trump's taxes.....The debate on Tuesday......Ted Williams 1941.....and other stories.....click to listen:

Monday’s video: New York Times and Trump’s taxes



Another judge goes super political


Judges, Take Control of the Courtroom | 2Civility

In 2017, the Texas legislature eliminated the straight party voting option effective in 2020.  
A couple of days ago, a federal judge in Texas intervened.   This is from the Texas Tribune:    
In a ruling issued late Friday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo cited the coronavirus pandemic, saying the elimination of the voting practice would “cause irreparable injury” to voters “by creating mass lines at the polls and increasing the amount of time voters are exposed to COVID-19.”Marmolejo also found that the GOP-backed law would “impose a discriminatory burden” on black and Hispanic voters and “create comparatively less opportunities for these voters to participate in the political process.”She acknowledged the burden the decision could put on local and state election officials, who will have to recalibrate voting machines or reprint ballots. But she reasoned that the potential harm for those suing, including the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, was “outweighed by the inconveniences resulting.”     
Attorney General Ken Paxton will appeal the ruling and let's hope that he is successful.
First, where does a judge get the authority to overturn a law passed by the legislature?  
Second, where is the evidence that this law would hurt black and Hispanic voters?  
Once again, we see a judge who does not understand her job.  Judge Garcia-Marmolejo should quit the bench and run for the Texas legislature.  She has no business legislating from the bench.
Do you understand now why so many of us love what President Trump is doing with the judiciary?   Activist judges like Garcia-Marmolejo need to be stopped.
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And so started the "freedom flights"


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On this day in 1965, the Castro regime announced that Cubans were free to leave the island. It happened about a year after our family, and many others, had left Cuba via Mexico or Spain.
And so started what we called “The Freedom Flights”. Between 1965 and 1975, ten flights a week brought approximately 300,000 Cubans to the US.
Why did Castro do it? Some say that Castro got rid of many opponents and that’s true. More importantly, it was a “brain drain” and many hard working and talented people left Cuba.
Last but not least, it changed Miami from a sleepy winter resort to a vibrant city that became the capital of Latin America.

This is one of the many books written about leaving Cuba:

Williams showed some real character playing that doubleheader

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1941 was the year of DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak, the last summer before Pearl Harbor changed everything and Ted Williams ended up with a .406 batting average.  

It is remarkable to go back and see Williams' consistency

The eventual seventeen-time All-Star began the season going one-for-one with a 1.000 batting average.  Over the rest of the season, his average never fell below .308, and was almost always over .400.  In fact, on July 24, it stood at .397. It would never again fall below .400.  Williams wrapped up 1941 at 185-456, good for an average of .406. While Williams’ batting average garnered all of the attention in 1941, he also led the league in home runs (37), base on balls (147), runs (135), slugging average (.735), and on base percentage (.551). 
But here is the best part of the story. This is where this goes from another baseball story to a triumph of character.

This is where Ted Williams' talent and tenacity was displayed, as remembered in this article by Bill Pennington years ago:
Inside his room at Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 27, 1941, Ted Williams was jumpy and impatient.That might have been an apt description of the mercurial Williams at most times, but on this evening he had good cause for his unease.His batting average stood at .39955 with a season-finale doubleheader to be played the next day at Shibe Park, home of Connie Mack’s Athletics.
Since batting averages are rounded to the next decimal, Williams could have sat out the final two games and still officially crested baseball’s imposing .400 barrier.At the time,
Williams said, “If I’m going to be a .400 hitter, I want more than my toenails on the line.”
So he went 6 for 8 and crashed through the .400 barrier.

As we learned later, Williams had many character flaws.  He wasn't the nicest guy in the clubhouse or with the media. He couldn't even return a salute to the fans at Fenway who cheered his last at bat, a home run, naturally.

Nevertheless, his performance in the last game of 1941 is a lesson for us all.  He could have sat out the double header and hit .400, or the rounded version of .3995. 
Instead, he put everything on the line and came out with a .406 average.

Love him or hate him, I have to love that he was not afraid to put everything on the line.  


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Remember that debates don't predict the future


VIRTUAL: President's Club Conversation on Scoring the Presidential Debates  with Todd Graham | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Back in September 1960, millions of Americans tuned in for a real "TV first" this week.  They watched a debate by the two major presidential candidates running for president in 1960.
Who won?  Did the debates impact the vote?
It was super-close, and Senator Kennedy won by 114,000 votes out of 70 million cast that day.  It was 49.72% vs. 49.55%.
The conventional wisdom is that JFK won "the video" and Nixon won "the audio."
Your guess is as good as mine.  It's like losing the pennant by one game and arguing about which "one loss" made the difference.
What impact did it have?  We will never know.
What do we remember from the 1960 presidential debates?  First, Senator Kennedy looked better on TV than V.P. Nixon.  Second, Cuba was an issue, but no one would have believed then that the U.S. would allow the USSR turning the island into a Soviet satellite.  Last but not least, Senator Kennedy sounded awfully different from today's Democrats.  I would encourage you to watch the video and see if there is any "JFK" in AOC!
Yet the biggest oversight was Vietnam.  It was not an issue at all, but it consumed the nation in the 1960's.  In 2000, Iraq was hardly mentioned, but we were in a war in 2003.
Presidential debates teach an important lesson.  Debates are important, and we should continue the tradition.  However, the reality of the presidency often overwhelms campaign promises or "tough talk" at the debates.
My guess is that something will be a hot issue over the next four years that won't be mentioned at all in the Biden-versus-Trump debates.  Why?  Because debates are about the past, and governing is about dealing with those surprises that happen to presidents.
This is what I plan to vote for President Trump.  He's proven to be a strong executive capable of making decisions.  These are the qualities I want in a president dealing with whatever hits the front pages over the next four years.
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1973: Nolan Ryan 383 K's in one season



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We remember Nolan Ryan on this day in 1973.   He struck Rich Reese for # 383 and a new season record.     

Ryan finished 1973 with a 21-16 record, 2.87 ERA, 2 no-hitters, finished second in the Cy Young Award voting to Jim Palmer and got 383 K's
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Happy # 71 Mike Schmidt


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We say happy birthday to Mike Schmidt, one of the greatest right handed power hitters in major league history.  He was born in Ohio on this day in 1949.

Mike broke with the Phillies in 1972.   He led the NL in HR in 1974, 1975 and 1976 plus NL MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.   
Overall, he retired with 548 HR & 1,595 RBI.    Great player.   He also played for some very good Phillies teams.



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Cuba and the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates

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Back in 1960, millions of Americans tuned in for a real "TV first" this week.   They watched a debate by the two major presidential candidates running for president in 1960.

Who won?  Did the debates impact the vote?

Senator Kennedy won by 114,000 votes out of 70 million cast that day.  It was 49.72% vs 49.55%.

The conventional wisdom is that JFK won "the video" and Nixon won "the audio".

Again, your guess is as good as mine.  It's like losing the pennant by one game and arguing about what "one game" made the difference.

What impact did it have?

Senator Kennedy hit the Eisenhower administration very hard about the growing communist menace in Cuba.  His debate comments actually had an impact on many Cubans, like my father, who were following the debates by shortwave radio.   
Sadly, President Kennedy dropped the ball at The Bay of Pigs the next spring.  He contradicted with his actions what he promised at the debates.

What else do we remember from the 1960 presidential debates?  Vietnam was not a topic in the Kennedy-Nixon debates but it consumed the nation in the 1960's.

In 1960, we learned an important lesson.  Debates are important and we should continue the tradition.  However, the reality of the presidency often overwhelms campaign promises or 'tough talk" at the debates.  


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Saturday, September 26, 2020

No ball drop on December 31st


5 things you might not know about the New Year's Eve ball drop - ABC7 San  Francisco

Why is it so hard for people to take government seriously on COVID-19 rules?

The city of New York will be saying goodbye to 2020 in a bizarre way.  This is the latest:   
Every year the New Year’s Eve Ball descends atop One Times Square in front of an estimated one million people in person, live bands, celebrities, etc. This annual event creates enthusiasm about the new year to millions watching on television and over a billion watching throughout the world.
Because of the CoronaVirus, 2021 will be welcomed with an animation of the annual event. The teaser of the animation seems like a noble attempt, but the bottom line is that it looks more like the weekly opening of Monday Night Football than New Year’s Eve.
Well, I don't know about the opening for Monday Night Football since I am angry with the NFL.  

This is a silly act from De Blasio and the gang.   His government had no problem with protests. He encouraged them.  However, a ball dropping with a limited crowd wearing masks is bad.

Hold the event, warn people about COVID, tell them to wear a mask and maybe limit the size of the crowd.   Please don't cancel one of the country's greatest traditions.

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1968: "Hawaii 5-0" made its TV debut this week


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"Hawaii Five-O", one of the all time TV classics, aired for the first time this week in 1968.    It stayed on until April 1980.  Frankly, I don't remember the show lasting that long!    We also remember 'Hawaii 5-0" because of the show's music, specially its fantastic intro:





Friday, September 25, 2020

Trump and election results plus a new The Supreme Court roster & more stories

Trump and election results plus a new The Supreme Court roster & more stories 09/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Talk of President Trump staying in office if he loses.........Justice Ginsburg will be replaced by President Trump.....Term limits for The Supreme Court......We should encourage retirement.....Debate coming up on Tuesday........Nolan Ryan # 5 no-hitter 1981.....Bill of Rights 1789.....and other stories......
 

Friday’s video: Retirement not term limits for The Supreme Court



BLM does a website correction

Frankly, I am surprised that it took this long.   In other words, it's amazing that all of those Marxist and anti-family ideas sat on the Black Lives Matter website for so long.
Well, BLM is changing its image, as Jason Whitlock wrote:   
BLM’s “what we believe” page originally exposed the movement’s heavy Marxist influence. The page called for the disruption of the nuclear family. Let me quote it directly.
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.”
That’s a Marxist concept. Libby Emmons at The Post Millennial succinctly summarized the BLM agenda, writing that BLM “espouses Marxist principles of communal children and the demise of the family structure over American ideals of individualism and family unity.”
People are finally looking beyond BLM’s catchy slogan and evaluating the actual agenda. The agenda is Karl Marx’s anti-God, pro-communism political theory. BLM scrubbed its “what we believe” page because smart people are distancing themselves from BLM. 
Thank you Jason, for pointing this out.
What continues to amaze is that this information sat on their website during all the riots and violence.   Yet, no one in the media ever asked anything about the people behind BLM or what all of those statements were about.
Back in 2010, I recall the media was always looking for everything behind the Tea Party movement.  It did not show the same curiosity behind the BLM movement.
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Astros 1986: Mike Scott clinched NL West with a no-hitter


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On this day in 1986, I was in the car and listening to the Astros play the Giants.   

It turned out to be a great top of the 9th to catch on the radio.   Mike Scott clinched the NL West by throwing a no-hitter against the Giants.

The 1986 Astros were indeed a great team and played a super exciting NLCS against the Mets.  Game 6 was a classic.


Mike Scott won 88 games over a 5-year span in Houston.   He retired with 124 wins but will always be remembered for that magical afternoon!


Happy # 87 to Ian Tyson











We say happy birthday to Ian Tyson of Ian & Sylvia, the wonderful Canadian country duo.   He was born on this day in 1933.

Ian Tyson wrote, and along with his wife Sylvia, recorded some great songs.  One of his songs was "Someday soon' recorded by Judy Collins.


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1789: We remember another anniversary of The Bill of Rights



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We remember another anniversary of the US Congress approving The Bill of Rights or the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.

These "rights" are second nature to us today.  We assume that every person in the world has the right to practice his religion or freedom of the press.  In fact, most citizens in the world do not have these guarantees, from privacy to a jury trial to protections from cruel & unusual punishment.

Also, let's not forget that the Founding Fathers fought to include these rights in the Constitution.





Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Supreme Court debate with Frank Burke, author

The Supreme Court debate with Frank Burke, author 09/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author.......We will talk about the passing of Justice Ginsburg and the political situation in the US.......and other stories.........click to listen:

Thursday’s video: We need to respect the system

 Riots redux: Two Louisville officers shot after grand jury indicts only one  officer in Taylor case


First Fidel and now Diaz-Canel...but the anti-US message is the same


Miguel Diaz-Canel, 'son of Cuban Revolution', takes power

As expected, the Cuban selected by Raúl Castro to play the role of President of Cuba spoke to the U.N.  His name is Miguel Díaz-Canel, and he blasted the U.S.  This is a sample from the speech:
"While the U.S. government is ignoring the call to combine efforts to fight the pandemic and it withdraws from the W.H.O. [World Health Organization], Cuba, in response to requests made to it, and guided by the profound solidarity and humanistic vocation of its people, is expanding its cooperation by sending over 3,700 cooperation workers distributed in 46 medical brigades to 39 countries and territories hit by COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus]," Díaz-Canel said. 
"In this sense, we condemn the gangster blackmailing by the U.S. to pressure the Pan-American Health Organization so as to make that regional agency a tool for its morbid aggression against our country," he continued. 
"As usual, the force of truth shall do away with lies, and facts and protagonists shall go down in history as they should. Cuba's example shall prevail."

Well, some people correctly refer to those medical brigades as "slave labor."  In other words, these doctors are nothing but a pathetic stunt to earn foreign exchange to a regime starving for hard currency.

Not long after Díaz-Canel's speech, President Trump was in Miami and made life more difficult for the regime.  The Treasury Department announced new rules restricting Cuba-origin alcohol and tobacco products and prevent travelers from attending or organizing certain professional meetings or conferences in Cuba.

One of these days, Díaz-Canel will figure out that President Trump has a lot more options to play than Cuba does.  It couldn't happen to a more despicable and corrupt leftist regime!

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Yogi Berra was one of a kind (1925-2015)


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As a little boy, I remember my dad talking baseball with friends over dominos, cigars, and Cuban coffee.  


Most Cubans were Senators' fans because of Camilo Pascual and Pedro Ramos, two of the best Latino pitchers ever. They pitched for bad Washington teams until they moved to Minnesota and started winning. Unfortunately, Pascual and Ramos did not enjoy pitching for those Twins teams that featured fellow Cubans Tony Oliva & Zoilo Versalles, a young Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew in his prime.

My dad and friends were huge admirers of the Yankees, the top sports team of the time. I remember my dad telling stories of the Dodgers-Yankees rivalry and those World Series that he followed on radio, and then on TV. Yogi Berra was one of those players that they talked about. 


Like a lot of kids of my generation, we got to know the post-baseball Yogi Berra. We remember him on Johnny Carson or other baseball events. We remember laughing and admiring the wisdom of his quotes.   


Berra died yesterday at age 90. It's worth remembering just how great a player he was: 



1) 13 World Series rings, three American League MVP Awards (1951, '54, and '55) and World Series records;




2)  He batted .285, hit 358 home runs and drove in 1,430 runs. No player whose primary position was catcher has driven in run more runs. He averaged just fewer than 5.5 strikeouts per 100 at-bats, never striking out more than 38 times in a season, and 102 RBIs per season in an 11-season sequence that began in 1948, the first year he appeared in more than 100 games.




3) He was a teammate of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle; and




4) He played for the Yankees that won the Series 5 years in a row: 1949-53.
He was a great player as those 3 MVP's confirm. Like Pete Rose, he made the best out of his skills.

Of course, you can't write his story without one of his quotes. My favorite is one about life that is so profound, especially those of us who had Little League kids:


I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better. 
RIP Yogi Berra. Wonder how St Peter greeted Yogi?  He probably said:  Thanks for your generosity, loved your quotes, and a lot of your Yankee teammates are waiting over there.  

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