Monday, July 27, 2020

Attacks on police plus Biden and the media and the Redskins no more

Attacks on police plus Biden and the media and the Redskins no more 07/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Attacks on police in Portland & Seattle.....where is the local government? Will Mr. Biden ever do a press conference?.....Washington Football Club but the wokes will come back for more.......The Shah of Iran died 1980........'A hard day's night' # 1 LP in the US and UK.......and other stories...click to listen:


Monday’s video: Biden the invisible candidate

Political Cartoon: Joe Biden successfully shelters out of sight 


‘Washington’ is the next step

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The NFL franchise in Washington will now be called the Washington Football Team.  According to news reports, this is a temporary change
After weeks of uncertainty, the Washington NFL franchise took another step in retiring its long-time moniker. On Thursday, Washington announced that they would be called the “Washington Football Team,” effective immediately. This is not a final renaming and rebranding for the team, this is just the name they want to use until the pending adoption of a new name in the future. 
In addition to this name change, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Washington will indeed not have any change to its color scheme, but the original team logo on the helmet will be replaced by the player’s number in gold. The Washington Football Team will continue the process of retiring their team name and hopes to be entirely rid of it on physical and digital spaces in the next 50 days, by the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. 
No more signs of anything Redskin when they open the season against Philadelphia.
You can keep your old jerseys or pennants.  Just erase any reference to the Redskins and it will look about the same, or so I understand.
My question is this:  How long before the “wokes” come after the name?  They have long attacked George Washington the slave owner.  It’s inevitable that they will now begin complaining that no team should ever be named after a white guy who owned slaves.
Daniel Snyder, the team owner, cracked and should have told the “wokes” to shut up.  He could have told Nike that he’d consider a name change when they stop selling items made by slave labor in China.
The “wokes” will never be happy until they destroy everything, as Snyder and the other NFL owners will find out.
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We remember Jerry Van Dyke (1931-2018)


Jerry Van Dyke, comedian and actor, dies at 86 - ABC7 Los Angeles

The very talented Jerry Van Dyke was born on this day in 1931 and died in 2018.   He was 86.      

As I recall, he appeared on his brother's show, "My mother the car" and "The Coach".


He also appeared in many movies but never had the success of his older brother.  I do recall him playing banjo and making me laugh a lot.


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In the early hours of July 26, 1960


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My late father would often relate this story.  He was listening to the game on the radio in Havana and then all hell broke loose.

From 1954 to 1960, Havana had a AAA franchise in what they used to call the International League.  It included Toronto and Montreal.   The Havana team was the Reds' AAA franchise at the time.  Therefore, Cuban fans had a chance to see young future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who broke into the majors in 1958.

It's worth noting that having an AAA franchise in the late 1950's meant more than a passion for baseball.  It was further evidence that the island's economy could support a minor league team with ticket sales, radio and TV programming.  Remember that Havana had to compete with other U.S. cities for that franchise.

In the early hours of July 26, 1960, my father and lots of Cuban fans were caught up in an extra inning game between Havana and Rochester.  The game included future major leaguers like Mike Cuellar, Luis Arroyo, Leo Cardenas, Elio Chacon, and Cookie Rojas.

This is what happened:   
Shortly after midnight the morning of July 26, while the Sugar Kings and Rochester Red Wings were in the 11th inning of a game at Gran Stadium, demonstrations began in the streets of Havana, marking the anniversary of the 1953 attack on the Moncada army garrison in Santiago de Cuba by a band of rebels led by Fidel Castro, an event viewed as the conception of the eventual revolution.
During the course of this observance, a wild burst of gunfire broke out, and a pair of stray bullets found their way into the ball park, striking Rochester’s Frank Verdi, who was coaching third at the time, and Havana shortstop Leo Cardenas.
Neither Verdi nor Cardenas were seriously injured, but the incident nearly ended professional baseball in Cuba. The Red Wings left the country immediately, refusing to play the final game of the series, and they and other International League teams expressed fear and reluctance at returning to Cuba.
It was over for the Havana Sugar Kings.  They eventually moved to Jersey City. The professional league played one more winter season but professional baseball ended that night.

What was my father thinking that night?  He was not thinking about leaving Cuba and settling in the U.S.  Like most Cubans, he thought that the storm would pass and things would settle down.   

A few years later, we landed in the U.S.  My brother and I then started collecting baseball cards, including many of those who were playing that night.

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The USSR and the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon election

We heard a lot about collusion with Russia, or allegations about a connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.    
In his memoir, published as “Khrushchev Remembers” in 1970, Khrushchev said he told other members of the Soviet leadership: “If Nixon becomes President, I don’t believe he will contribute to an improvement of relations between our two countries.”    
Later, he allegedly said the same thing to President Kennedy directly at the Vienna meeting.     JFK laughed about it but Khrushchev was dead serious that the USSR preferred JFK over Nixon.
Did the USSR help elected JFK?    We will never know.   The 1960 election was decided by 140,000 votes out of 76 million cast.    It was such a close election that hundreds of factors could have made the difference.    
My own opinion is that the USSR understood that VP Nixon was more prepared for the presidency than the younger and inexperienced Senator Kennedy.    However, I don’t see any evidence that the USSR elected JFK.
As we know, the two men again during the Cuban Missile Crisis.     Before that, President Kennedy had to face a crisis in Berlin.   
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1980: The Shah of Iran died in exile

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The Shah of Iran was a good ally of the US for a long time.    He died on this day in 1980 after a long fight with cancer.   

During his exile, he traveled from country to country looking for treatment.    


He was treated in the US but the Islamic militants demanded his immediate return.    The US refused to negotiate and they responded by storming into US embassy and holding the diplomats hostage for 444 days.


It was a humiliating experience for the US and an early sign that fanatics would run Iran.   


The Shah was not perfect but did try to modernize Iran, specially the status of women.  He was certainly a lot better than what followed!


Thankfully, his family has lived in the US since.    His widow Empress Farah wrote a good book about him and the family.


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We remember Leo Durocher (1905-91)

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The legendary Leo Durocher was born on this day in 1905.     

Leo broke with the Yankees in 1925 but did not start playing on a regular basis until 1928 when he hit .270 in 102 games.   

Durocher had a pretty good career with the Yankees, Reds, Cardinals and Dodgers.   He was primarily a short stop and finished with a .247 career average.

As a manager, Durocher won 2,008 games, 3 NL Pennants and the World Series with the 1954 Giants.   

In the spring of 1947, Leo and the Brooklyn Dodgers took their spring training camp to Havana.  It was a real treat for Cuban fans to catch major league exhibition baseball games.

We remember him as a very colorful figure on and off the field. 


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Happy something to Bugs Bunny

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We take a minute today to say happy birthday to Bugs Bunny:
“The Warner Bros. icon everybody knows and loves first appeared on July 27, 1940 in “Wild Hare,” a cartoon short directed by Tex Avery. The clip features a wily Bugs Bunny outsmarting Elmer Fudd, who hunts for a “silly wabbit” in vain. Warner Bros. made several rabbit cartoons in earlier years, but they were not the same as the distinctive cotton-tailed “Bugs” featured in July of 1940.
Bugs Bunny was an “instant star,” He became one of the world’s best-known cartoon characters, starring in more than 175 films, receiving three Oscar nominations, one Academy Award, and appearing in comic books, TV specials, and video games, as Parade Magazine reported.”
Happy birthday to the most famous rabbit of the 20th century!

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