Saturday, October 16, 2021

1983 World Series: Scott McGregor beat Phillies 5-0



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The Orioles played in their second World Series in 5 years.   They lost to the Pirates in 1979 but beat the Phillies in 1983.    Scott McGregor pitched beautifully and Eddie Murray hit a couple of home runs.    

Great win for the O's.




Happy # 80 Tim McCarver


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We say happy birthday to Tim McCarver who was born on this day in 1941.     Tim broke with the Cardinals in 1959 and became one of the best catchers in the game.   He retired with a .271 batting average in 1,909 games.   After baseball, he became a great TV analyst.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Woke goes pop music and a few other stories with Bruce Woodhull author

Woke goes pop music and a few other stories with Bruce Woodhull author 10/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bruce Woodhull, author.........'Brown sugar' retired by The Rolling Stones.........and more stories.......click to listen:

Friday's video: The Texas abortion law survives again

 


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The Texas abortion law survives again

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There goes ‘Brown Sugar’

 


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Back in the early 1970s, The Rolling Stones released one of their best and most rhythmic songs:  "Brown Sugar."   It was the lead song on the "Sticky fingers" LP, an album as well known for the cover photo as the tracks.  

We learned this week that Mick and the boys are going to retire the song.  Here is the story:   

According to Genius' song interpretation, "'Brown Sugar' runs through different white and Black sexual interactions," including nonconsensual sex between a slave and slave owner, who had "total ownership of Black women but also had total physical and sexual access."

The first verse of the song depicts slaves being sold in the slave trade in New Orleans and being beaten at will: 

"Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields/ Sold in the market down in New Orleans/ Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright/ Hear him whip the women just around midnight."

So no more "Brown Sugar." A 50-year-old song is suddenly racist?   

Let's file this whole story under the "more demand than supply" for anything racist category.

In fact, this is another example of how so many people crack the minute that a "woke" is on the line.   Mick should have told the "woke" on the phone to stop listening to the song if it offended him, her or whatever pronouns they choose.

As a fan of "Brown Sugar,” I always had trouble making out what Mick was saying anyway.   I always thought that the song was about dancing and nothing more.   It certainly did not have more offensive lyrics than "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Mother's Little Helper," "Beast of Burden," or "Shattered.”   

Another win for the "wokes" because Mick Jagger did not stand up to them.  On the other hand, maybe this is a trick to get more people to download a 50-year-old song and make the band a little richer.   

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Happy # 76 Jim Palmer



We say happy birthday to Jim Palmer.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1945.     

From 1969 to 1978, he was probably the best right hander in major league baseball:   8-time 20-game winner, two ERA titles and 3 Cy Young Awards,    It's hard to think of a more consistent pitcher during that period.

Jim won 268 games, completed 211 and finished with a 2.86 ERA.    He won a World Series game in 3 decades:   1966, 1970 and 1983.    

Palmer was elected to The Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Pop goes woke plus Texas abortion law and inflation

Pop goes woke plus Texas abortion law and inflation 10/14 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Pop music goes woke...Texas abortion law survives again...Inflation and heating your home next winter.........Supply chain is a problem.....President Biden and media......President Dwight Eisenhower 1890-1969.......Day 1 of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.......and other stories.......click to listen:

Thursday’s video: Suddenly it’s all about supply chain

 


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Suddenly it’s all about supply chain

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Coach Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs Talks Columbus and forgets China


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Another Columbus Day and another day to hear from the "wokes" about the man who landed here more than 500 years ago.  It's amazing how poor Christopher gets blamed for everything.  Hard to believe that Columbus harmed Latin America more than their own leaders have.

Check this out from Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA:    

Popovich, the head basketball coach for Team USA who is often unafraid of sharing his opinion on cultural hot topics, is among the critics of the holiday. He said in last weekend’s interview that Columbus took slaves, mutilated and murdered while initiating “a new world genocide.” 

He said the Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation by Biden on Oct. 8 was way overdue for the United States and questioned why Columbus Day should still be honored by others. “It’s no knock on Italian Americans. That’s a silly argument. It’s like saying we should be proud of Hitler because we’re German. I mean it makes no sense,” Popovich said. 

“It’s about Columbus. It’s not about Italian-Americans. And so, there are a lot of states that have come out and scratched the Columbus Day and made it Indigenous Peoples’ Day. But in our city, are we that backward that we have school districts that do that? I’m amazed. Just amazed”

Honestly, who is really backward here?   Are school districts backward for honoring Columbus or Coach Popovich for saying nothing about what happens in China?

It's no secret that the NBA enjoys economic advantages from its relationship with China.  I'm not knocking the NBA for expanding its games into the China market anymore than the NFL into Europe or whatever.  It's business and I understand it.

Where are the journalists?  I mean those sports journalists who are always talking about systematic racism over at ESPN?  Are they so ignorant about Coach Popovich's hypocrisy here?  Why aren't they asking about genocide in China?  Or are some of these journalists afraid of having their press passes canceled for the next NBA extravaganza in China?

In the meantime, NBA viewer ship is down and, more importantly, trust in the media is low.  Wonder why?  On one hand, you got athletes bad mouthing police and on the other hand reporters protecting China.  What could go wrong with that?

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Happy # 75 Al Oliver

We say happy birthday to Al Oliver who was born in Ohio on this day in 1946.     

Oliver broke in with the Pirates in 1968.    He spent the next few years as one of the best hitters in the NL:   .296 in 10 years with Pittsburgh.

In 1977, he went to Texas (.319 in 4 seasons) and later to Montreal, where he won an NL batting title in 1982:  .331 average, 22 HR, 109 RBI and 204 hits.

Overall, a rather productive career:  .303, 1,328 RBI & 2,743 hits.   

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Happy # 75 Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)



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We remember Justin Hayward who was born on this day in 1946.  Justin is the lead singer and composer of The Moody Blues are one of my all time favorite UK bands.  They were the first rock band to bring the symphony orchestra into the studio.  The net result was a lot of top selling albums and worldwide sales of over 50 million copies all over the world.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Supply chain problems & Coach Popovich goes off on Columbus

Supply chain problems & Coach Popovich goes off on Columbus 10/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Supply chain problems and more bad news about inflation........The Columbus Day debate........Coach Popovich and the NBA......PM Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)..........Happy # 80 Paul Simon........Happy # 79 Jerry Jones.........and other stories.......click to listen:

Wednesday’s video: Columbus bashing but nothing about China


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Columbus bashing but nothing about China

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Gruden out...is Clark Kent next?


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How far do we go?  I guess that we go back as long as it takes to bring down whomever we want to bring down.

According to the latest from "the cancel culture," Jon Gruden wrote some mean things about ten years ago.  This is the story:

Gruden, who was in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract, released a statement following the decision to resign.

"I have resigned as Head Coach of the Las Vegas Raiders," Gruden said. "I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I'm sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone."

Okay.  He did write some awful things.  At the same time, I never heard of a black player complaining about the coach.  On the contrary, he was a good coach and won championships.

Wouldn't it make more sense to resolve these "10 year old emails" by apologizing and moving on?  Yes, an apology should have been the ending of this episode.

Who is next?  Who is holding some emails out there and planning to drop them on Twitter?

It makes me wonder if Clark Kent, the fabled journalist at the Daily Planet, is next on the cancel list.

Why Clark?  Well, it turns out that DC Comics has now confirmed that the son of Superman is gay.  Yes, our favorite Man of Steel, faster than a speeding bullet, had a baby with the pretty Lois Lane.

And Superboy grew up to be gay.  Can these people be more predictable?  The new Superman 2021 falls in love with a male reporter.  Wonder if his name is Don Lemon?

So is someone going back to the original series to find out what "homophobic" comments were featured on the show?  Maybe there's a dialogue somewhere about Superman wishing for Superboy to grow up and be just like Dad!

I'm sure that they will find some line from the comics or the TV series to prove that the show should be canceled.  After all, how can a white male who thinks Lois Lane has a nice figure survive in this crazy culture?

In the meantime, our cities are torn by crime, our border is overwhelmed, and China is talking Taiwan.

For sure, the new Superman 2021 will talk about systematic racism when he is flying "loverboy" around the clouds.

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Happy # 62 Marie Osmond

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Yes, Marie Osmond is a year older today!  She was born in Utah on this day in 1959.   I am not making this up!  It's very true!  Check it out!

Like so many "older brothers", my brother and I grew up hearing Marie Osmond songs from our little sister's room!

Over time, I came to like some Marie Osmond songs.  She has grown up and turned into that fit lady who advertises a diet.     

Happy birthday!

Happy # 79 to Jerry Jones




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It's hard to believe but Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys in early 1989 or many years ago.    He purchased the Cowboys, hired Jimmy Johnson and fired Tom Landry.

I can still remember the weekend.  Jones was the new owner.  Landry was the ex-coach.  And most Cowboys' fans were in a state of shock. After all, Landry had coached the Cowboys for 29 years!

How can we evaluate Jones' tenure?

The good news is that Jones won 3 Super Bowl titles.  His early drafts produced Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith!

The bad news is that the Cowboys have not returned to The Super Bowl since 1996.   They've had some good teams but it's been inconsistent. 

On balance, Jones has been a good owner.  He is fan friendly.  He took the team to the new stadium, perhaps the best football facility in the country. It has a retractable roof and 60-yard digital scoreboard.

Jones is also quite a businessman.    

Yankees? Patriots?  There aren't a lot more successful or profitable teams than the Cowboys!




Happy # 80 Paul Simon






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We say happy birthday to a great songwriter and performer.    Paul Simon was born in New Jersey on this day in 1941.    

He and Art Garfunkel were one of the great duos in pop history:  3 of their songs were  #1: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water".

In 1971, he started a solo career and had more hits on the radio.   Along the way, he won 12 Grammy Awards, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland” were albums of the year. 

In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. 

Paul Simon, one of the great songwriters of the last 50 years.    His song lyrics are just great.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Vaccine mandates plus Virginia governor race and other stories

Vaccine mandates plus Virginia governor race and other stories 10/12 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The vaccine mandates and the consequences....Virginia is suddenly too close to call.....Coach Jon Gruden....John Denver 1997.….and other stories.....click to listen:


Tuesday’s video: Governor Abbot is right about mandates

 


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Governor Abbot is right about mandates

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Democrats surprised that the GOP is acting like a majority in Texas

 


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Down in Texas, we are talking about A&M defeating # 1 Alabama, and redistricting.  The first one is easy but the second one is a bit controversial.

The Texas "maps" came out and apparently will survive the partisan grenades. Why?  The proposed maps protect incumbents, as we saw in the Texas Tribune:  

The Texas Senate approved a map Friday that would largely protect incumbents in Congress while reducing the number of districts in which Black and Hispanic residents make up the majority of eligible voters -- stymieing the growth of the state’s Democratic Party representation in Washington, D.C.

The congressional map is focused more on protecting incumbents than on growing the power of the dominant Republican Party in the state by flipping districts from blue to red. But the map, proposed by GOP state Sen. Joan Huffman of Houston, helps Republicans by increasing the number of districts that would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and decreasing those that would have gone for Joe Biden.

In anticipation of federal challenges to the map, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who presides over the Senate, said in a statement Friday that the proposal approved by the chamber was “legal and fair” and represented a “commitment to making sure every Texan’s voice is heard in Washington, D.C.”

As expected, the Democrats are playing the victim and the race card.  In fact, they don't have a map or "vote reform law" problem.  What they have is a message problem, specially when they get out to the suburbs and rural areas.  

Once upon a time, in 1984 when I moved to Texas, the Democrat Party competed rather well across the state.   Then their message changed, from gun control to just about everything else.   Texas was the state that businessman and candidate for U.S. Senate George H.W. Bush lost in 1964 and 1970.  His son, George W. Bush, was elected and reelected in landslide.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda



The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 10/11 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda......Columbus Day 2021......Trump 2024.....VP Harris out of sight......The latest economic news was not good......Biden and Democrats.....The GOP and debt limit .......China and Taiwan..............and more stories....click to listen:

Monday’s video: Bad economic News

 


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Bad economic news
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Good news: Hello Columbus Day


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Happy days are here again.   It's another Columbus Day and an opportunity to remember everything that sailed with him.

In 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation for Columbus and it did not blame Christopher for a darn thing. Let’s see the text:    

Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age of exploration and discovery. The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation.  Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions -- even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity.

More than five centuries after his initial voyage, we remember the “Admiral of the Ocean Sea” for building the critical first link in the strong and enduring bond between the United States and Europe.  While Isabella I and Ferdinand II of Spain sponsored his historic voyage, Columbus was a native of the City of Genoa, in present day Italy, and represents the rich history of important Italian American contributions to our great Nation.  There can be no doubt that American culture, business, and civic life would all be much less vibrant in the absence of the Italian American community.  We also take this opportunity to reaffirm our close ties to Columbus’s country of birth, Italy.  Italy is a strong ally and a valued partner in promoting peace and promoting prosperity around the world.  

In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, and modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), as amended, has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as “Columbus Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. 

Glad to see it. I’m sure that President Trump was called a racist or this or that. However, his point is correct.

The Europeans brought a lot to the New World, such as the rule of law and eventually the Bill of Rights that allows uninformed people to protest Columbus’ monuments.   

Blaming Columbus for every native woman raped or village destroyed misrepresents what actually happened after he landed here.  After all, most of today's Columbus critics would not last a second under Moctezuma, Geronimo, or the others.  The "indigenous people" crowd has created this romantic view of what was here before Columbus.  

As for me, I’m delighted that I was born in a New World discovered by Columbus.  In the meantime, the attacks continue.


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Sunday, October 10, 2021

CANTO TALK podcasts from last week


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A man named Spiro




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Maybe it's another urban legend but I heard it many years ago.

On this day in 1973, The Supreme Court was hearing some oral arguments, the Reds were playing the Mets in the National League Championship Series and the game was interrupted with the flash that Vice President Agnew had resigned.  The legend is that a clerk passed a note to one of the justices that went sort of like this:  Pete Rose crashed into Buddy Harrelson at second and Agnew resigned.  We don't know if that actually happened but it makes for a great story.

Spiro Agnew was elected governor of Maryland in the mid-1960s.   In 1968, Richard Nixon shocked the world by selecting him as VP on the GOP ticket.  "Spiro who?" was the talk of the land.   A few months later  they won a very close election but Governor Agnew did not deliver Maryland that year.   

Back then, many of my school friends started playing games saying that Spiro rhymed with Silvio.  It doesn't but VP Agnew and I do have strange names.   After all, how many people do you know named Silvio or Spiro?   There weren't many where I was hanging around.

During Nixon's first term, VP Agnew spoke around the country against antiwar demonstrators and the media.   He became very popular with "the Silent Majority" as President Nixon referred to people who worked, paid taxes, and loved their country.

The Nixon-Agnew ticket was reelected in 1972.  Nevertheless, the Nixon-Agnew relationship was never close but that's not unusual for a president and vice-president.  Agnew did deliver Maryland in 1972 but 49 states voted for President Nixon that year.

In 1973, we began to read stories of corruption.  First, the Justice Department uncovered widespread evidence of political corruption during Agnew's tenure as governor.  Secondly, there were stories of bribes during his tenure as vice president.

It all happened very quickly.  Within days, he resigned and was eventually replaced by VP Gerald Ford in December.  Later, he wrote a book presenting his defense but I don't think that it sold well.

Mr. Agnew wrote another book about a vice president a few years later titled The Canfield Decision.  It probably paid a few of his legal bills.  It was one of those books that I wanted to read but something more interesting came up,

It’s amazing how quickly he rose and fell, from an unknown Governor of Maryland to VP to disgrace.  Agnew died in 1996.

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