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.  


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