Monday, May 25, 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 05/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......Memorial Day 2020......The latest from former VP Biden and the black vote....Governor Cuomo and nursing homes....The media and reporting the virus....President Trump and the trip to Michigan....The consequences of staying inside versus opening slowly but surely.......China pushing its weight around......other stories.....
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Is the other side getting desperate?

How low can they go?  Way way low. 
The New York Times has a Sunday front page story remembering the 100,000 dead because of the virus.  You can actually read some of the names such a sharecropper’s son, a new wife, and an auditor.
What is the point of this front-page story?  It shows President Trump playing golf for the first time in quite a while.  Do you recall any outrage when President Obama took a little time off?  Presidents can’t enjoy a little enjoy a little golf?
My initial reaction was anger and outrage.  After all, where is the editorial calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to apologize for the nursing home deaths?
After a cup of coffee and further thought, it’s obvious that the other side is getting desperate.
For example, Beto returned to the front pages with a stupid attack on Governor Greg Abbott.    Nobody takes Beto seriously, but he got his 15 minutes of fame this weekend.
Also, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is playing the “woman card” and claiming that President Trump does not like the fact that three women have prominent positions in the state. She does not mention that a lot of men, and women, are in rebellion against the state’s policies, such as closing medical services but keeping abortion clinics open.
So another day, another stupid Beto tweet and another Democrat woman playing “the woman card.”  These people must be worried about their constituents showing up on election day.
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A word about Hal David's death, great songwriter

Hal David | Songwriters Hall of Fame
Hal David died in 2012. He was born on this day in 1921.   

David, along with Burt Bachrach, wrote some of the most popular songs of the last 60 years:
"Bacharach and David wrote many top 40 hits including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For."
"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic -- conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," 
ASCAP's current president, the songwriter Paul Williams, said in a statement. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs... the backdrop of our lives."
Many lyrics and tunes from Bacharach and David continue to resonate in pop culture, including "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "I Say A Little Prayer" to "What The World Needs Now Is Love." 
Their music was recorded by legendary singers including The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and their longtime partner Dionne Warwick."
It's hard to pick a song.....let me pick "Close to you" by The Carpenters.

May 25, 1977: "Star Wars" was released

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“Star Wars” opened across the US in 1977.    The characters quickly became known from coast to coast:
Mark Hamill as “Luke Skywalker”, “Han Solo” (Harrison Ford) “Princess Leia” (Carrie Fisher) and “Darth Vader” (James Earl Jones).      
Stars mania began years ago!     Soon, “Star Wars” hit the music charts too. 

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1793: Father Stephen Theodore Badin ordained in the US

On this day in 1793, Father Stephen Theodore Badin was ordained in the US.     He was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.

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Memorial Day 2020

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Memorial Day is a special American holiday.  My guess is that all countries have one day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price, as President Lincoln said.  In the US, we call it Memorial Day and it has a long history. 
Let’s start with the war between the states or The Civil War (1861-65) and “Decoration Day“:    
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Later, it became Memorial Day after World War I and World War II:    
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Looking back today and reading about Decoration Day, I am amazed how our ancestors were willing to decorate the graves of northern and southern soldiers.  It’s a good lesson for those who want to remove statues.  Sometimes the best way to heal is to honor the dead rather than selectively remove them from history.
Remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day.

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