Saturday, October 31, 2020

A bad presidency for everything anonymous


For three years, maybe closer to four, we've read stories based on "anonymous" sources or my favorite "people familiar with the situation."  The net result was a bunch of anti-Trump stories that turned out to be false.  

The latest example may have topped them all.  In other words, a guy pretending to to be familiar with the inner working of the Trump White House wrote a story under the pen name of, you guessed it. "anonymous".

It turned out to be a travesty, as the Washington Examiner editorial pointed out:    

Now that we know that Miles Taylor was the “Anonymous” resistance figure who boasted in a New York Times op-ed that he was working from within the administration to stymie President Trump's agenda, we can dispense with the parlor game of trying to reveal the official’s identity.

The fact that the person whom the New York Times identified as a “senior official” was granted anonymity in itself was an extraordinary breach of standard journalistic practice regarding the use of anonymous sources.   

At the time the oped was published, CNN’s Chris Cillizza assured readers, “That the decision was made to publish it should tell you that this isn't some disgruntled mid-to-upper manager buried in the bureaucracy. This is a genuine high-ranking official. A name most people who follow politics -- and maybe some who don't -- would recognize. The Times simply wouldn't do what it did for anything short of a major figure in Trump world.”

Well, talk about a letdown.  The high-ranking official turned out to be a bureaucrat with little if any proximity to anything called the Trump White House.

Memo to the wise:  Don't trust anything with "Anonymous" in the content.

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The great "girl groups" and a few other ladies!


Like most baby boomers, I'm a huge fan of those "girl groups" from the 1960's.  They were great.  They had great harmonies.  I won't say anything about their hairstyles.

Let's start with the biggest "girl group" or The Supremes.   At one point, Diana Ross and her two friends from Detroit competed with The Beatles for the top of the charts.   My favorite was "Come see about me",

The Marvelettes had a great name and some big hits like "Too Many Fish In the Sea", "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Don't Mess With Bill".  My favorite was "Beachwood 4-5789", a catchy tune and one of the greatest song titles of all time.

The SHIRELLES were a very close second to The Supremes. They recorded songs like "Soldier Boy", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Dedicated To The One I Love" and "Mama Said". I did not know this: The Shirelles were the first all girl group of the Rock and Roll Era to score a number one record! It's hard to pick one but I liked "Foolish little girl"

The Shangri-las were from Queens, New York. They were sisters Betty and Mary Weiss and twins Margie and Mary-Ann Ganser. They met at Andrew Jackson High School. These girls had a very unique look. Their biggest hit was "Leader of the pack".

The Ronettes were also from NY City. Their biggest hit was "Be my baby" but I liked "Walking in the rain".

Leslie Gore was not a part of a "girl group". She had songs like "It's my party", "Judy's turn to cry", "She's a fool", "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" and "That's the Way Boys Are". Most of her songs were about "teen boy-girl" issues. My favorite was "California Nights", a song recorded at the end of her career.

Let me say a word about Petula Clark. She was my favorite female vocalist from this period. My parents enjoyed her songs because they were so polished. Petula Clark had an amazing voice. She had hits like "Downtown", "My love" and "I know a place". My favorite song was "Kiss me goodbye".

Let me add Carole King. She was a great songwriter in the 1960's. In 1971, she released her own album called "Tapestry". She recorded several songs in the 1970's. My favorite song was "Sweet seasons".

Barbara Lewis was a hit machine. She recorded "Hello stranger" and "Baby I'm yours". My favorite was "Make me your baby".

Let's go back to the Supremes. As I wrote before, they were the top girl group. This is "Stop in the name of love".

The girl groups were great. They were one of the most interesting chapters of the pop-rock era!

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We remember Michael Landon (1936-91)


We remember Michael Landon, who was born on this day in 1936 and died in 1991.    Landon was one of the most talented actors or producers of the 20th century, from "Bonanza" to "Little House" to other very successful projects.




We remember Dave McNally (1942-2002)



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Dave McNally was one of my favorite Orioles.    He broke with Baltimore in 1962 and won 184 games.   

Along the way, Dave pitched in 4 World Series, 2 LCS and won 87 games over 1968-71.

Just a great lefty who kept you in every game.    

McNally won game 4 of the 1966 World Series with a 1-0 shutout of the LA Dodgers.    He hit a grand slam in game 4 of the 1970 World Series against Cincinnati.

He was 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 9 post seasons series with Baltimore.     

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Happy Halloween!


Our boys have grown up and left home.....so we've been out of the "trick or treat" business for a few years.   However, we still enjoy all of those kids coming to our door looking for candy.

Happy Halloween. Enjoy your day!


Happy Halloween: Our first Halloween in the US many years ago

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Another Halloween and another time to remember our first Halloween in the US.

We had been in the US about 6 weeks when Halloween came up on the calendar.  My Uncle Orlando and family told us about the night.  They suggested wearing a costume, walk around and say “trick or treat”.

We followed his advice and got lots of candy.  Our mother came along to help our little sister who was dressed up as Cinderella.  My brother and I went as cowboys.  It was a wonderful night. 

My favorite part of Halloween is hearing my mother say “trick or treat”.  It sounded a lot like “tri co tri”.     

And explaining to her why there were so many “calabazas”? 

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A "Dracula story" for Halloween!

Image result for dracula imagesMy kids have grown up and pursuing their careers, interests and other things.   Therefore, Halloween just doesn't mean as much as it used to.  I still enjoy seeing the little kids in their costumes but it's different.

As we approach Halloween, let's hear the real story of Dracula.


Dr. Ileana Johnson-Paugh wrote about Dracula and the castle during her recent trip to Romania:
"The inspirational castle of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” was strategically located on a rocky bluff, difficult to conquer, tiny by any definition of a castle, and surrounded by stone turrets. The savage nature of the landscape surrounded it with mystique." 
Click to read her full article about Dracula.   

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Friday, October 30, 2020

The elections next week with Barry Casselman (The Prairie Editor)

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Friday’s video: Just vote and forget the polls

 

It's time to give Jack Dorsey a haircut and a shave


Watching a bit of Jack Dorsey's appearance before the U.S. Senate left me with a couple of conclusions:

First, Hollywood should contact Mr. Dorsey to play the role of Robinson Crusoe in their next film.  Doesn't billionaire Jack Dorsey have $20 to get a haircut or shave before going public?  At least Robinson Crusoe had been on an island for years.   

Second, I am now more convinced than ever that Twitter and Facebook are in the tank for the Democrats.  They are doing their part to defeat President Trump.

I agree with the New York Post:    

For all their talk of “neutral platforms,” the Big Shots at Big Tech -- Twitter, Facebook and Google -- are running a protection racket. They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read, and what other media companies must do to reach the public via those platforms.

It’s a clear threat to a healthy democracy -- and Congress has noticed. On Wednesday, the Senate launched a hearing to investigate “Big Tech’s bad behavior.”

Well, the New York Post understands that bad behavior, don't they?

About ten years ago, I welcomed Facebook and Twitter because it gave people like me an alternative to "Letters to the editor" or calling talk radio.  It gave me a chance to reach like-minded people all over the world.

On one hand, social media has given all of us that opportunity.  Regrettably, the people running these companies have decided to put their bias in display and restrict what you and I can read.

It's time to return Twitter and Facebook to what they are supposed to be, a forum where people can post or delete what they don't want to read.   If not, then blow them up by taking away whatever legal protection they have.

Twitter and Facebook are now a threat to our democracy. 

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Happy # 81 Grace Slick


We say happy birthday to Grace Slick.  She was born Grace Barnett Wing in Illinois.
Somebody to love” was the first big hit by “Jefferson Airplane“, a California band. The lead singer was Gracie Slick.    This band eventually became “Jefferson Starship“.
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October 1970: Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" was # 1

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Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" was released in August 1970.   It made to # 1 in October 1970.    As I read later, the song was based on a cracklin' wine that miners drank in Canada.   Great song!




We remember Agustin Lara (1897-1970)


Like so many of you, I grew up listening to Eydie Gorme & Los Panchos singing many of Agustin Lara’s songs.   
One of those tunes was “Noche de ronda” and those great lyrics: “Luna que se quiebra sobre la tiniebla de mi soledad adonde vas….
I can still recall my grandmother rocking on her favorite chair and humming one of Lara’s songs. (She once told me that Lara was from Veracruz and then showed me the location on the map!)
We remember that Agustin Lara was born on this day in 1897. I can’t confirm whether he was born in 1897 or 1900…..or October 1st or 30th!  I have seen both dates in my research!  So let’s go with October 30th.. He know that he died in 1970.
Lara was, and continues to be, my favorite Mexican composer.   I’m not an expert on Mexican music.   Yet, I can’t think of any other Mexican who comes close to writing words & music like Lara.
We remember Lara with two of my favorite compositions: “Solamente una vez“, “Farolito” and the wonderful “Noche de Ronda“. 
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We remember John Adams (1735-1826)


We remember John Adams, who was born on this day in 1835.

This is what John Adams wrote to Abigail about July 4th:
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
The HBO series is great.   Check it out.

It is a great story about the making of the US.   It is also a great story about a wonderful couple, John and Abigail Adams.

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October 30, 1938: Orson Wells and "The War of the worlds" radio show.


Years ago, Sunday night was radio prime time.  


Enter Orson Wells.    

On Sunday, October 30, 1038 at 8 p.m, a voice announced: 

“The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”

The broadcast was so good that people were in panic from coast to coast.  In other words, many really believed that we were being invaded by aliens.

Let me recommend that you check out the whole show.   It is one of the finest audio programs ever made.  
I can understand why so many people bought into the Martian attack.   Fantastic!    
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Happy # 85 Jim Perry

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We remember Jim Perry, who was born on this day in 1935.

Jim Perry was the other good pitcher in the family.  His brother is Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

Jim broke with the Indians in 1959 and won 18 in his second year.   He was traded to Minnesota in 1963 and that's where he won the 1970 AL Cy Young:  24-12 with a 3.04 ERA.

Perry retired with 215 wins and a 3.45 ERA.   He was a very good pitcher.     


Thursday, October 29, 2020

GDP numbers plus social media censorship

GDP numbers plus social media censorship 10/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

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Thursday’s video: Twitter & Facebook are out of control

 

Nobody got angry when Obama said the same thing


It's getting hard to be a teacher in our public school system, especially when you repeat what Obama once said.  Take a look at this story from Minnesota:   

Charles Glotta, a basketball, tennis and track coach in Fort Zumwalt’s school district, tweeted on October 3, in response to another tweet, “Never should have allowed gay marriage to start with. Marriage is between man and woman, plain and simple,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet.

Glotta was responding to a tweet from actor Jeremy Leroux criticizing the Republican Party for its position on gay marriage.   

As I understand, the teacher responded with an apology.  Apologize for what?  Wonder how many people were actually insulted by what he wrote?

First of all, Teacher Glotta is entitled to an opinion about marriage.  We do have a First Amendment that allows us to opine on issues.  Have teachers now been written out of the Constitution?  Does that mean that teachers can not support Black Lives Matters either?

Most important of all, we are watching precisely what I feared back when the opinion was issued.  Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion denied state legislatures the opportunity to pass such laws.  It also made same-sex marriage a right, thus giving people like Team USA forward Sidney Leroux the high ground to push their agenda.

Going forward, we will see more and more parents "home school" or do whatever it takes to put their kids in private schools.  I heard the other day that our Catholic bishop in North Texas said that every desk is full for this term.  He added that more desks will be available next year as parents with kids in public schools call to ask about enrollment options.

So let the teacher speak his mind.  

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A book about President McKinley

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On this day in 1901President William McKinley’s assassin was executed.    During the 2016 election, Karl Rove often brought up the 1896 election and even wrote a book about it:


Happy # 90 Omara Portuondo

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We remember Omara Portuondo who is 90 today.  She was born in Cuba.  Her song "Veinte anos" was featured in Andy Garcia's "The Lost city":





Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The 2020 election and Halloween with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection

The 2020 election and Halloween with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection 10/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection.......We will look at the 2020 election and Halloween........
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Wednesday’s video: Biden and more nonsense about the courts

 

Biden totally confused on court packing

Have you ever seen a man more confused than Joe Biden over answering the court packing question?

First, he was going to tell us after the election.

Then, he said that he'd put together a commission for recommendations.

And now, he is going to rotate the judges.   This is from the New York Post:    

Just hours before the expected Monday evening confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s third conservative nominee to the High Court, Biden was asked if he was open to term limits for justices.

“It’s a lifetime appointment, I’m not going to attempt to change that at all,” Biden said at a campaign stop in Chester, Penn.

But he added, “There is some literature among constitutional scholars about the possibility of going from one court to another court, not just always staying the whole time in the Supreme Court.”

So we are going to move justices from one court to another court?  

Maybe we will trade Justice Clarence Thomas to the 9th in California in exchange for a couple of judges and a judge to be named later?  Or maybe we will send justices down to the appellate courts to work on writing better opinions?

It's insane, to say the least.  The real scandal is that Biden is never challenged after all.  He makes the statement and then takes no questions!

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A book for Beatles' fans about Beatles' songs!


My brother gave me this book in the summer of 2014.    It is one of my favorite resource books, or a must for anyone who loves The Beatles.

The authors are Philippe Margotin & Jean-Michel Guesdon.  

The book goes song by song, from "Love me do" to "The long and winding road".   It's a good book to read and it makes a great birthday gift.

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Flipping channels and I found Elvis and "Wild in the country"


Flipping channels and then I find Elvis and "Wild in the country".

It's another of those serious movies that Elvis made, like "Flaming Star", the one I that I mentioned a few days ago.

Elvis is a troubled young man who needs a bit of "tough love".   He wants to be a writer and Hope Lange plays his counselor.    Tuesday Weld and Millie Perkins are the two ladies in the movie.

It's a good movie.  There were no hit songs from this movie.   Two tunes did end up as B-sides for other big Elvis hits.   

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1886: Another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty

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We remember another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty.   

Lady Liberty, as we affectionately call her, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.  It is one of the country's great landmarks.     

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Texas vs St. Louis and that painful Game 7 from the 2011 World Series


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Who can forget?   I think that all of us know how David Murphy felt watching the other guys celebrate the last out of the 2011 World Series. 

What was the turning point of game 7?  It was Molina walking on a 3-2 pitch that was simply too close to take.   It kept a rally going and it was over after that.

Don't get me wrong.  I think that the Cardinals won fair and square.  They got the clutch hits and we didn't.  They threw strikes and our guys didn't.  They manufactured runs and we didn't.

It was a bad night for Rangers' fans, specially the agony of Game 6 the night before.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Early voting & the vote in Texas with George Rodriguez

Early voting & the vote in Texas with George Rodriguez 10/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative........early voting in Texas....Trump vs Biden in Texas.....and more stories.....click to listen:

Tuesday’s video: Senator Collins showed zero political courage

 

Senator Susan Collins: No "profile in courage"


Two years ago, Senator Susan Collins delivered an amazing speech supporting now Justice Kavanaugh.  It was exactly what the country needed. 

On Monday, she voted against Judge Amy Barrett and missed the opportunity to deliver a real “profile in courage” speech.  

We understand that Senator Collins is fighting for her political life, as we see in this post by Fred Lucas:     
Her opponent, Maine’s Democratic Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, is challenging Collins for voting to confirm Justice Bret Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, backing Trump’s tax cuts and for voting against removing Trump from office in the Senate impeachment trial in February. 

Former President Barack Obama recently did an ad for Gideon, who leads Collins by 4.2% in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. The Cook Political Report ranks the race as a tossup.  
Maybe she will lose, in fact it looks likely.  I'm hoping that she returns to the US Senate because the lady is a great asset to the country.

Nevertheless, it's sad to hear her lousy reason to vote against Judge Barrett.  It would have been better, and perhaps more impressive to her constituents, if Senator Collins had voted for Judge Amy and gone back to the campaign with her head up high.

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October 1966 and "96 tears" is a year older


Back in October 1966, "96 tears" topped the US charts.

"? and the Mysterians" were Mexican American teenagers from Michigan.  Their parents were Mexicans who came here to work in Michigan's farms.

The band's lead vocalist was known as '?" or Question Mark.   

The song was written and produced by Rudy Martinez.  We believe that he was "?" or the lead vocalist.

The song had a "killer organ"!  It was a 'must" for garage bands or teens dancing at the Friday night school dance.

To be fair, the group did have a follow up hit that made the Top 30.  However, they never charted big again. 

Whatever happened to this band?  I don't know but this was a great song:


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2015: Our annual Halloween show with Leslie Eastman & Daisy Viktoria.

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We remember President Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Future President Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York on this day in 1858.

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man who ever became president.   He assumed the presidency at 42 after President McKinley was assassinated.   (Kennedy was the youngest elected at 43 in 1960)

In 1906, President Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize.  He brokered a peace treaty between Russia and Japan.   Mr. Roosevelt became the first American ever to win a Nobel Prize in any category.

Overall, a very dynamic president who left his mark in many areas.

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1991 and probably the best game 7 of our generation

As I recall, nobody picked Minnesota and Atlanta to meet in the 1991 World Series.   

The Twins had won in 1987 and came back for another title.   

The Braves had struggled in the 1980's and started their amazing run of 14 consecutive divisional titles under Bobby Cox.

Game 7 featured veteran Jack Morris and young John Smoltz.    

The game was 0-0 after 9 innings.   The Twins finally scored in the bottom of the 10th and won 1-0.

It was a great game and probably one of the very best World Series game ever.

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2016: Our annual Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman


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