Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Happy # 78 Michael Nesmith


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We remember Michael Nesmith who was born in Houston on this day in 1942.  Most of us remember Nesmith because he was one of The Monkees, the rock group that recorded several hits in the late 1960's.  

Nesmith wrote some of the group's hits, as well as "A different drum" recorded by The Stone Poneys.  After The Monkees, Nesmith had a few solo hits in the 1970's.

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Happy # 85 Sandy Koufax

The great Sandy Koufax was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY and we wish him a very happy birthday.

Koufax is arguably the greatest lefty ever.   His numbers tell the story even taking account the arm injuries that forced him to retire early.   

Nevertheless, his stats from 1961 to 1966 are unique in modern baseball.    

In other words, he was the most dominant pitcher during those six seasons:   

Overall, he pitched 4 no hitters including a perfect game in 1965;

He won 165 games with a 2.76 ERA;

No one could touch him in the 1963 and 1965 World Series; 

Cy Young in 1963, 1965 & 1966; and last but not least,

NL MVP in 1963.

Sadly, arm injuries forced him to retire after 1966 or age 32.    

On a personal level, he broke my heart when he beat the Twins in game 7 of the 1965 World Series.    We ran home from school to watch that game and LA beat Minnesota behind Koufax's 2-0 performance.

A few years ago, I read this great book about Koufax.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2020 has been rough on Cooperstown


Can you remember such a bad year for Baseball's Hall of Fame?  I can't remember another year when so many of the greats passed away.  
 

We lost Phil Niekro over the weekend:     
Niekro was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1997. The iconic knuckleballer collected 318 wins over a 24-year career that included stints with the Braves (1964-83 and 1987), Yankees ('84-'85), Tribe ('86-'87) and Blue Jays ('87). He was a five-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner who finished within the top six in National League Cy Young Award balloting five times from '69-'82.
His best years were with the Braves but he did not get to pitch for the teams that dominated the National League in the 1990's. 
 
Niekro was famous for that knuckle ball, or the pitch that every kid wants to throw but can't.  I tried and tried but my "knucle balls" never got to home plate.  Niekro would have probably told me that I wan't holding the ball correctly.
 
Great pitcher who threw a no-hitter but never won the Cy Young Award. Neither did Nolan Ryan and he had a pretty good career.
 
2020 was horrible.  We lost Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford, Joe Morgan and now  Niekro.  (By the way, Gibson, Brock and Kaline started game 7 of the 1968 World Series).
 
All I can say is that St. Peter has a heck of a rotation for the upcoming season.   Furthermore, having Brock lead off and Kaline hitting third is one team that I'm betting on!
 
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Happy # 74 Marianne Faithfull

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We remember Marianne Faithfull who was born in London on this day in 1946.  She was Mick Jagger's girlfriend many years ago. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones wrote "As tears go by".   It became Marianne's biggest hit!

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Monday, December 28, 2020

No need to 'defund the police' in Portland

My guess is that serving as a police officer in Portland must have been a dream job at one time.  After all, what could go wrong in quiet Portland?  Where else could you find a beautiful city like Portland?   It had everything until it became another crazy blue city run by even crazier Democrats.

So the police are leaving!  Yes, the "men in blue" want out, according to this story in Daily Wire:  

Nine officers have resigned from the Portland Police Department since November, and another 14 have filed papers to leave by the end of January. Seven others have made initial filings preparing to retire. About 25 officers are looking to transfer to other police departments, Frome, who heads the Human Resources Department, said based off requests he has received for officers’ personnel files.

The departures come after a summer of unrest pummeled the city. Nightly protests and riots took place for over 100 days straight in Portland following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

What makes matters worse in Portland is that the local government has gone AWOL on protecting citizens or supporting its police force.   

So what happens when you stab the police in the back?  They leave and serve somewhere else. Watch for a lot of taxpayers and job creators to follow the police right out of Portland.

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Happy # 74 Edgar Winter



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Edgar Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1946.      

According to his official site,  Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972.   The band had hits like:  "Frankenstein"  and "Free Ride"

Back in the 1970's, he was quite a rocker.

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Happy # 74 to Bill Lee, a.k.a. "The Spaceman"

The eccentric but very good lefty Bill Lee was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1946.

As a pitcher, he was a rare left hander who could pitch in Fenway Park.   

He pitched most of his career with Boston and finished with Montreal:  119 wins, 3.72 ERA and 72 complete games.

Lee's pitching style was to kill you with a variety of "junk pitches" that had hitters speaking to themselves on the way back to the dugouts.

Off the field, Lee was also "The Spaceman" because of all his famous quotes.   He wasn't Yogi Berra but he had a few:  

"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. 
Baseball is the belly-button of our society. 
Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."

My biggest memory is game 7 of the 1975 World Series.   He threw one of those junk pitches to Tony Perez and it was the 3-run HR that put Cincinnati back in the game.

He was fun to watch on and off the field.    A baseball character when it was just fun to be a character.

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Sunday, December 27, 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 12/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.....The Nashville bombing.......$ 2000 vs $ 600......President Trump warns Iran again.....Georgia Senate campaign....The Trump pardons....We wish Rush Limbaugh the best..
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Professor Beto will talk about winning elections?

Want to do something on Zoom next year?  How about taking a course from Beto?

According to news reports, the former Congressman is now Professor O'Rourke at the LBJ School at The University of Texas:

O'Rourke will teach a seminar about the struggle for voting rights in Texas at the LBJ School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas starting in January, O'Rourke and school officials told the American-Statesman.

The class, titled Texas Democracy and the Fight for Representation, will examine democracy in action, Texas legislative policy and executive power, and the history of voter rights and voter participation in the state — while also unpacking the running of a political campaign in Texas.

O'Rourke said he wants to examine the tension in Texas, where a state that produced Lyndon Baines Johnson, signer of the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act, also remains in 2020, despite historic record turnout, "one of most restrictive states in terms of voter participation."

What a bunch of crap about Texas.  Will anyone remind Beto that he spent millions of dollars, then got thousands to vote but still lost?  What about 2020, when Democrats once again spent millions but lost?

No one is stopping anyone from voting in Texas.  The issue is not restrictions, but rather the message, a message that Texas did not buy in 2020.

Wonder if Professor O'Rourke will roller-skate to class to cheers from sycophants?

Wonder if any student will ask Professor O'Rourke to comment on the Dallas Morning News editorial describing the party's failure in 2020?  It was a disaster for Democrats in 2020 around here, and much of it has to be blamed on Beto moving the party to the crazy left.

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Happy # 77 Roy White


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Roy White was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1943.    He played his entire career with the Yankees and earned the name "Mr. Consistent".

Roy broke with New York in 1965 and played in some of the worst Yankee teams ever.   Nevertheless, he was a steady player who played lots of games, good glove in left field and decent hitting:   .271 batting average, a very good .360 on-base-pct, and 1,803 hits in 1,881 games!

Between 1969 and 1973, he walked 439 times making him a perfect # 2 hitter ahead of Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer and later Lou Piniella.

Roy got to play with the Yankees in the 1976-78 World Series.   He retired after the 1979 season.

I remember Roy White as a really good guy.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Senator Cruz is right about the Iran and Paris deals


My new AT post:

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Back in 2017, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Change Accord and then the Iran Nuclear Deal.  

Shortly after the Paris decision, a friend from South America called me to express his dissatisfaction.  He basically said something like why is the U.S. pulling out of an international deal?

I responded by saying that the Paris accords made no sense for two reasons:

First, it did not have enforcement mechanisms.  I asked him:  Would you lease a property if you can't enforce the lease in the courts? 

Second, and more important, I told him that the Paris deal was not binding on the U.S. because it was not a treaty.  Then I proceeded to talk about the treaty clause in the Constitution.  As I told him, Obama never really had the authority to commit the U.S. into that agreement.  It was a piece of paper that would have been challenged all the way to the Supreme Court by one or a group of states.

This is why I love what Senator Cruz is proposing to stop a President Biden to put us back in the Paris deal.   He wants President Trump to present both agreements to the Senate for treaty consideration:    

On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) taking heed of Joe Biden’s public pronouncements indicating he would rejoin the Paris Agreement and rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, sent a letter to President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that would head Biden off at the pass, asking Trump to submit the deals as treaties, thus forcing any such actions by Biden to be submitted to the Senate for approval.

Senator Cruz's idea makes sense in two ways:

1) He is correct on the Constitution.  We have a treaty clause for a reason.  The Founders did not want presidents running around the world signing deals and involving the nation in potential legal problems for states or companies.    

2) It makes sense politically.  Force the Democrats to defend the agreements on the Senate floor.  My guess is that most Democrats want no part of these votes.  They just want the issue but not the up and down vote.

We call on President Trump to take Senator Cruz's advice and go the treaty route.  It will be the end of these two bad deals.

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Happy # 73 to Carlton Fisk

We remember Carlton Fisk who was born in Vermont on this day in 1947.

We remember him for that 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.   I saw that live on TV and it was a great moment and game.

Beyond that, Fisk also had a great career:   .269 career batting average, 2,356 hits, 376 HR and 1,330 RBI.

On May 8, 1984 Fisk caught all 25 innings in a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.    Isn't that like playing 3 games in one day?   A week later, he hit for the cycle!

His best season was 1985:   37 HR and 105 RBI.

Great catcher and ambassador for the game of baseball.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

Happy # 62 Rickey Henderson

We say happy birthday to Rickey Henderson.    He was born in Chicago on this day in 1958 but grew up in Oakland, California.    

Rickey made his debut in 1979 going 2-for-4 against Texas.   His career took off in 1980 stealing 396 bases over 4 seasons.   In 1985, he was traded to the Yankees but came back to the A's in 1989.   Henderson was with the A's when they won 3 straight AL pennants, 1989-90-91, and Toronto when they won the World Series in 1993.

Overall, he hit .279, with 3,055 hits.   He is the all time leader in runs scored (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406).

Henderson was the greatest lead off hitter in baseball history.    In 2009, Rickey was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over the years, Henderson was a character on and off the field.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS----FELIZ NAVIDAD


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This is a children's version of The Story of Baby Jesus:
"A long time ago, in the town of Nazareth, lived a young woman named Mary.  Mary did her chores, was kind to others, and loved God very much.  She was engaged to be married to Joseph, who was a carpenter.

One day, while Mary was at home cleaning her room, an angel suddenly appeared.  Before Mary could say anything the angel told Mary that she was favored by God, and that God was with her.

Mary was surprised.  She was trying not to be afraid, but she had never seen an angel before.  After all, Mary was just a regular lady like you or I.  Why was this angel visiting her?  What did the angel want?

The angel quickly tried to reassure Mary. "Do not be afraid!" the angel said.  "God has found favor with you.  You will have a baby boy, and are to give him the name Jesus."

Mary was confused; she was not yet married to Joseph, so how could she have a baby?  The angel thought that this might concern Mary so he said, "The Holy Spirit will perform a miracle, and because of this your baby will be called the Son of God."

To Mary's surprise, the angel had more exciting news: "Even your cousin Elizabeth is going to have a son in her old age.  Many thought that she couldn't have children, but she is already pregnant. Nothing is impossible with God."

Mary couldn't believe what she was hearing; she didn't know what to say.  She realized that she was trembling, and knelt down.  When she was finally able to speak she said, "I am the Lord's servant, and I hope everything you have said will come true."

Then the angel disappeared, and Mary was left alone.

Soon after, Joseph found out that Mary was going to have a baby.  Joseph was confused and upset by this, but an angel came to him in a dream and said, "Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.  The child Mary is going to have is God's son, and you are to give him the name Jesus."

When Joseph woke up he remembered what the angel had said.  He knew that everything was okay, and he wasn't upset anymore.

In those days, the government decided that they should count everyone that lived in that area of the world.  So Joseph had to take Mary to his town of Bethlehem to register.

It took Mary and Joseph a long time to get to Bethlehem.  They didn't have cars back then, so it probably took them a lot longer to get there.  This was very tiring for Mary because she was soon going to have a baby.

When they reached the town, all the hotels were full and there was nowhere that they could stay.  Finally, someone felt bad for them and offered them a place to stay.

The Bible doesn't say for sure where they stayed but most people think that they stayed in a small barn where animals were kept.  In any case, doesn't it seem strange that Jesus, the King of the Jews wasn't born in a fancy palace or even a hospital?

Mary and Joseph were thankful that they at least had a place to lie down.  It was warm, and there was plenty of straw to lay on.

That night an exciting, wonderful thing happened: Mary and Joseph had a baby!  But this wasn't just any baby, he was Baby Jesus!  The creator of the whole world, the King of Kings, and the one who would save the world.

The little baby boy fell asleep in Mary's arms. She wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger on some clean straw.

Mary and Joseph soon fell asleep; they were so glad to have this special baby join their family.

 Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad to everyone! 
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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday’s video: Merry Christmas & Feliz Navidad

 

President Trump delivered the biggest Christmas gift of all

We think of Christmas as a time of gifts and giving.   I want to say thanks to President Trump for delivering the biggest gift of 2020 or the vaccine that every "expert" said would never happen so quickly.

I agree with Michael Goodwin:   

It is now an established fact that the numerous naysayers who predicted President Trump could never deliver a vaccine this year were wrong. Thankfully, he did what they insisted couldn’t be done.

But the no-can-do crowd now has a second puerile act: a miserly and grudging recognition of the miracle Trump and his team performed. Those expressing pinched gratitude for a fact they can’t deny include the man who has reason to be the most thankful of all Americans.

“I think that the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,” Joe Biden said as he got his Trump vaccine shot.

“Some credit?” Then who deserves the rest of the credit?

Notice, too, that Biden can’t bring himself to say “President Trump.” It’s just the “administration” that deserves “some credit.”

It's too bad but don't expect many on the other side to say "thank you" to President Trump.

In the meantime, just remember to say thanks to President Trump when you are passing the wine around the table.  

He did it and that's a big deal!

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Merry Christmas and the words of Luke

As you run around doing your shopping and buying everything that you can afford, remember that this is the story that matters according to Luke:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another:

"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this king which is to come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The 2020 Christmas message with Frank Burke

The 2020 Christmas message with Frank Burke 12/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author......we will look at the challenges of Christmas 2020 and other stories......click to listen.....

Wednesday’s video: Trump is right about the bill

 

What Melania should tell Jill

Can someone get First Lady Melania Trump a copy of "Grover Cleveland: A Style in Courage" by Allan Nevins"?.   

According to Gromer Jeffers, Jr.,who writes about Texas politics, this is what First Lady Francis Cleveland said to a staffer on the way out:     

“I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house, for I want to find everything just as it is now, when we come back again. We are coming back four years from today.”

As you may remember, President Cleveland won in 1884, lost in 1888 and came back in 1892. As my history professor used to say, he was # 22 and # 24!

Time will tell whether President Trump is # 45 and # 47 or maybe # 48 if someone replaces # 46.  

My guess is that he won't run, as tempting as it may be.  I think that he will support VP Mike Pence or Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.  

By 2024, President Trump will be 78 and who knows about his health or Melania's interest in going through all of this over again?  I think that Mrs. Trump has been treated very poorly by a media who thought that Michelle Obama should be be First Lady forever.

So who knows about 2024?  I wouldn't be surprised if Melania tells Jill to keep the "Make America great" poster around just in case her husband walks down another escalator.

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"Joy to the World" by Father Gerald E Murray


Fr. Gerald E. Murray is pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in New York City.   

A few years ago, he wrote Joy to the World! A timely reminder from The National Review:
"A monsignor friend of mine is known to walk up the stairs of his rectory saying out loud, “Filled with joy, filled with joy.”

His reminder to himself and anyone in earshot is that joy is the central reality of Christian life.
Amidst the many problems and difficulties of everyday life in this world, faith teaches us to rejoice in God’s goodness.

At Christmas, God makes it easy to rejoice once again.Past and present seem to be one: the Virgin and Child at Bethlehem, the Christmas tree and crèche scene in our home growing up, our present-day preparations to celebrate another Christmas.
Christmas morning is certainly a time of great joy for children. Think back to those happy days.
The anticipation of finding under the tree exactly what we asked for was almost always fulfilled, unless Santa decided otherwise in his wisdom, as our parents were quick to tell us as we opened a box containing a shirt or a sweater.

Be grateful for what you have, they said, which is surely good advice.

Anyway, we will have soon have a chance to thank the Baby Jesus at Mass, so get dressed now!
Gratitude indeed is the root of our joy:
We recognize God’s goodness, experienced in a small but very important way through giving and receiving Christmas gifts, and we rejoice.
Joy in the soul is a foretaste of Heavenly beatitude.
Joy at Christmas is the fruit of knowing deep down that the birth of the Child Jesus changes everything for all time.
The cold and darkness of the long night of waiting has passed as the Sun of Justice shines upon creation.

Pope Benedict XVI recently called for prayers in these words:

“But let us also think of those, especially young people, who have lost the sense of authentic joy, and who seek it in vain where it is impossible to find: in the exasperated race for self-affirmation and success, in false amusements, in consumerism, in moments of drunkenness, in the artificial paradise of drugs and of other forms of alienation.”
This reads as though the pope has been spending time going through Page Six of the New York Post.

But in fact he does not need to be reminded of the inanities and self-destructive acts of mankind, as typified (but not exclusively, to be sure) in the lives of celebrities.

We are all to some extent, in one way or another, at some point (or points) in our lives, on the wrong track going downhill.
What can get us out of this spiral of despair?

Joy.To know joy exists, and that it is within our reach, can be sufficient motivation to exit the fast lane and find that path that the Wise Men took to reach Bethlehem, and the Child.

May joy draw us out of ourselves and lead us to kneel in awe before the tiny Child who makes all things new..
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Our Christmas chat with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection

Our Christmas chat with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection 12/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection.......We will talk about Christmas 2020 and look ahead to 2021......And other stories...click to listen:

Tuesday’s video: Another horrible spending bill

 

Still not affordable after all these years

We were too busy with COVID and the presidential election to remember an important date, the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Health Care Act.

How is the ten-year old law doing?   Some polls show that many support its goals but overall it is not really working, as Chuck Donovan wrote:    

The promise of the ACA was better coverage at lower cost. Everyone remembers President Barack Obama’s sober pledge that American families would enjoy $2,500 in annual savings on their premiums and be able to keep their doctors. The Heritage report shows, instead, that in just five years, from 2013 to 2018, the average monthly premium paid by an individual rose from $244 to $550 a month, a more than 125% increase.

At the same time, the mid-tier quality plan on the federal exchange saw its annual deductible rise by more than $1,000. Provider networks, in turn, typically shrank.

As the article further explains, most U.S. counties are down to 1 or 2 plans.

Ten years later, reality had the last word.  ObamaCare killed choices and prices went up.  It raised premiums and deductibles and that's the bottom line as it turns 10.

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Happy # 72 Steve Garvey


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We say happy birthday to Steve Garvey, who was born in Tampa, Florida, on this day in 1948.

Steve broke with the LA Dodgers in 1969 but did not get a lot of playing time until 1973.   It was great after that!

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.

Garvey was traded to San Diego and played for the Padres in the 1984 World Series.  He hit a walk off HR to beat Chicago in game 4 of the NLCS.

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Happy # 75 to Steve Carlton



Who are the great lefties in major league history?  

Sandy Koufax of the 1960's comes to my mind.   

Randy Johnson of the 1990's makes the list.

And Steve Carlton who was born on this day in 1944.

Over an amazing career, Carlton won 329 games with a 3.22 ERA.    He also completed 254 games with 4,136 strikeouts.   

His best season was 1972:   27-10, a 1.97 ERA, 30 complete games, 8 shutouts and 320 strikeouts.     The amazing thing is that he pitched for a team that won 59 games.

Great pitcher.    Maybe the best lefty after Koufax!

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Monday, December 21, 2020

What happened in 2020 plus Obama Care plus 10 & school choice growing

What happened in 2020 plus Obama Care plus 10 & school choice growing 12/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

What's wrong with learning more about what happened in 2020? Obama Care plus 10 and still not affordable.....School choice is coming with so many GOP state legislatures.....PAN AM 1093 in 1988.....Elvis and President Nixon 1970.....and other stories......click to listen:

Monday’s video: Public education at a crossroads

 

Parents want different choices in education

Over the last few months, I've heard more and more frustration with public education.  It started a few years ago with the bathroom debate.  It has now exploded with school closings because of COVID.

No matter what, parents want choices and public education can't give it to them, as we see in this article by J.D. Tucille:  

Insisting that "the push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny," the Chicago Teachers Union is fighting plans to return children to the city's public school classrooms. 

Not only is the union seeking an injunction to keep kids at home, but it says "all options are going to be on the table" -- an implied threat of a strike in an already chaotic year -- if it's not happy with the school board's decision.

Amidst a multitude of such battles across the country, it's no wonder that families weary of being held hostage to other people's decisions are abandoning government schools to enroll their kids in private institutions or to teach them at home. 

That shift is likely to permanently transform education in the United States in a way that lets children experience diverse approaches and viewpoints.

Yes, reality has finally caught up with public education.  In a generation, we've gone from public schools that taught you to love the flag and country to teachers' union more in tune with the left wing of the Democrat Party. To matters worse, the quality of education has declined and inner city schools are first-rate disasters with fewer kids learning to read and write.

It's sad that it took a pandemic to do it but big changes are coming to public education.   

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