Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Happy # 79 Bobbie Gentry

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Happy # 72 Maureen Mcgovern

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We say happy birthday to Maureen McGovern who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on this day in 1949.

We remember Maureen for "Morning after" or the theme song of the movie "The Poseidon Adventure".  Remember the one about the cruise ship that flipped  over in the middle of the ocean?

Scary movie and a nice pop song by Maureen McGovern.  

It was the a big hit in the summer of 1973!  She did not have another Top 20 until "Different worlds" in 1979, a song that reminds me of "The love boat" theme song.

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"There's got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on lookin' for the light

Oh, can't you see the morning after
It's waiting right outside the storm
Why don't we cross the bridge together
And find a place that's safe and warm

It's not too late, we should be giving
Only with love can we climb
It's not too late, not while we're living
Let's put our hands out in time

There's got to be a morning after
We're moving closer to the shore
I know we'll be there by tomorrow
And we'll escape the darkness
We won't be searchin' any more

There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after..."

"Cuban-American, Dancing On The Hyphen" by Amarilys Gacio Rassler




This is one of our favorite books about "growing up in the US".     Amarilys writes a lot about her family and recalls little things about Cuban culture.   Lots of fun!

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Monday, July 26, 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 07/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...….Jacki Mason dead at 93..The Biden CNN town hall vs Trump rally.....talk of lockdowns here but protests in France & Australia .......the Cleveland Guardians? Olympics TV audience.....and more stories....click to listen:

Monday’s video: Biden falling


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Nobody cares what Sue thinks



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Once again, athletes have found a receptive media for all their political philosophy.  I recall when they got questions about their sport:  "Hey Tom Seaver did you think that the manager was going to take you out of the game when you walked the first batter in the 9th inning?"  Or "Hey Bart Starr did you call that Quarterback sneak in the huddle or on the line"?

Now, they've all become political pundits because they know that there is a microphone waiting for their comments.

The latest is Sue Bird of the WNBA.  In the interest of full disclosure, I don't watch the WNBA and did not know this young woman's name.   Nevertheless, here is Sue the self appointed philosopher:      

Sue Bird and the rest of the WNBA have been at the forefront of social justice protests and during the 2021 season, most players have left the court before the national anthem has played.

Bird and Team USA have no plans to leave the court for the national anthem during Olympic competitions this coming week and the Seattle Storm legend sees no contradiction in it.     

"You are wearing USA jerseys, and it does change the conversation a little bit and what you're representing," Bird told the Associated Press on Saturday. "With that, I don't feel like a hypocrite in any way. Everyone knows where we stand. I don't think it contradicts anything since we're actually doing the work."

Bird and her fellow Olympic teammates have shown unity through their exhibition matches by locking arms before tip-off. Bird was also the U.S. flag bearer during the parade of nations at the opening ceremony in Tokyo.   

She said she believes people know where their stance is on social justice issues.

You really think so, Sue?   WNBA games average 357,000 viewers across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.  It's better than than the 205,000 from 2020 but still a rather small number.  Hallmark, with super traditional movies and no actor pretending to be a philosopher, is at 493,000, so what does that tell you Sue?

It sounds to me that sports fans are sending you and the WNBA a message:  "We don't care!"  And they are going to care even less if you keep thinking that the country cares what you think about this or that.   Don't believe me?  Ask your partners at the NBA.

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Happy # 78 Mick Jagger



We say happy to Mick Jagger, one of the greats of rock.    He was born on this day in 1943.

Mick, along with Keith Richards, turned The Rolling Stones into one of the greatest rock bands ever.

Rolling Stone magazine, no connection to the rock group, has Jagger at # 16 of the top vocalists ever.   

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Inflation is the Democrats' nightmare


A few days ago, I argued on Spanish TV that the Democrats are using the "voting rights" topic to distract Hispanic voters.  In other words, distract them from the price of gasoline and a few other things going up at "la bodega."

Yes, inflation is starting to hit the family budget, and people are screaming.  Let's check with Jordan Weissmann:

When it comes to America's recent bout of unexpectedly high inflation, Joe Biden and Jerome Powell are both making the same bet: It's just temporary.

Over the past few months, consumer prices have spiked in a way not seen for decades, a fact that has clearly spooked a good number of Americans. But as the president and Federal Reserve chair have both pointed out, the increases have been driven in large part by passing problems like supply chain snafus in a handful of industries, leading to things like an unprecedented jump in the cost of used cars.

"These are factors that will wane over time and then inflation will then move down toward our goals," Powell said in June. In a recent speech meant to calm voters' nerves, Biden similarly said the snarls were "expected to be temporary." 

As Mr. Weissmann explains later in the article, temporary is not the same as short.  In other words, it may be "temporary" enough to turn into the driving issue of 2022.

Inflation, as some of us remember from 1979–81, disrupts everything in the society.  It drives up the price of real estate and then drives out younger families from buying their first home.  Gasoline and food prices kill the middle class because wages can't keep up.  Again, I saw this movie, and the story is awful.

The Democrats are desperately trying to make 2022 about the people who broke into the Capitol on January 6.  On the other hand, the voters would rather hear about the inflation eroding their lifestyle.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

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Woke baseball’ needs another pine tar fight

Baseball, the love of my life since I was a kid in Cuba, is now boring, and a "woke commissioner" does not help matters.  

The game is now about hitting home runs or strikeouts.  Complete games are now a thing of the past, replaced by managers who make decisions from computer stats that would make the late Billy Martin blow up in the dugout.  Martin counted pitches but looked at the man’s eyes when he went to the mound.

So let's get in a time tunnel and remember baseball when it was fun watching games.

Back on this day in 1983,  I caught the highlights of the Royals vs. Yankees "pine tar game" on ESPN when the network used to do sports rather than political commentary.  

All of a sudden, Hall of Famer George Brett was on the umpire's face and Billy Martin was up to one of his tricks.  It was great.  Today, they would call it "toxic masculinity."  Back then, it was two guys going at each other.

This is how it was covered by The New York Times:

Baseball games often end with home runs, but until today the team that hit the home run always won. At Yankee Stadium today, the team that hit the home run lost. If that unusual development produced a sticky situation, blame it on pine tar. With two out in the ninth inning, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals hit a two-run home run against Rich Gossage that for several minutes gave the Royals a 5‚4 lead over the Yankees. But Brett was called out by the umpires for using an illegal bat-one with an excessive amount of pine tar. The ruling, after a protest by Billy Martin, the Yankees' manager, enabled the Yankees to wind up with a 4‚3 victory.

"I can sympathize with George," Gossage remarked after the game, "but not that much." The outcome, which the Royals immediately protested, is certain to be talked about for years to come, because it was one of the more bizarre finishes any game has ever had. "I couldn't believe it," Brett said, infinitely more calm than when he charged at the umpires after their controversial call. "It knocks you to your knees," added Dick Howser, the Kansas City manager. "I'm sick about it. I don't like it. I don't like it at all. I don't expect my players to accept it."

The umpire did not use a ruler to measure the pine tar on Brett's 341/2-inch bat; they didn't have one. So they placed it across home plate, which measures 17 inches across. When they did, they saw that the pine tar exceeded the legal limit. The four umpires conferred again, and then Tim McClelland, the home plate umpire, thrust his right arm in the air, signaling that Brett was out…

Thankfully, the AL president reversed the decision.  They finished the game on a future date and KC won because of the Brett home run!   

The "pine tar" game was the last chapter in the Yankees-Royals rivalry.  It started with very intense post season series that saw New York beat Kansas City in 1976, 1977 and 1978.  KC finally beat NY in 1980 and most of the players were still around when the "pine tar game" happened in 1983.      

In other words, these two teams did not like each other at all -- baseball at its best, tough rivalries, players leaving it on the field.  

No wokism, just baseball.  I miss those days.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Redistricting for 2022 plus Biden CNN town hall....and other stories

Redistricting for 2022....with George Rodriguez, author & speaker 07/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

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Friday’s video: Biden should give Trump a little credit on the vaccine


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This is why nobody watches CNN


We've posted this year about CNN's ratings collapse.  Nobody is watching the network.  


President Biden's Town Hall at CNN is Exhibit A of why you see people reading books rather than watching “the first name in the news” at airports.  How much crap can a good man take?

If CNN had any shame or respect for the citizens of a self-governing republic, the network would never air one of these idiotic events again. But don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

Of course, if CNN had any shame then it would have put a serious host rather than a partisan.    

First, the host would have asked President Biden's about Delaware's voting laws, i.e. Isn't easier to vote in Texas rather than Delaware, Mr. President?   

Second, a real host would have challenged President Biden about his claim of wanting to unite the country, i.e. How are you uniting the country Mr. President by issuing executive orders rather than finding common ground?

Third, Mr. President, what scientist told you that it's O.K. to bring a million people in the middle of pandemic?

It was a waste of time.  Did we learn anything?  I didn’t.  Did you?

The only good news is that most people did not watch it.  

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

A chat with Michael Bargo political analyst from Chicago

A chat with Michael Bargo political analyst from Chicago 07/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Michael Bargo, author and political commentator.... we will discuss the political news today....other stories...click to listen:

Thursday’s video: And then Joe spoke with Don


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Maybe Megan and her pals need to focus on soccer


The U.S. soccer ladies had a little surprise this week.   This is the story:    

The United States women’s soccer team didn’t just lose their Olympic opener to Sweden 3-0 here on Wednesday. They were dominated in the kind of shocking fashion that rarely happens to the Americans.

“We got our asses kicked, didn’t we?” Megan Rapinoe said after.

Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius scored in the 25th minute to set the tone and then added another goal in the 54th off a corner kick. Midfielder Lina Hurtig added insult to injury with a header in the 72nd minute.

It was part of an overwhelming effort that made the U.S. look awful. They entered this event as heavy favorites (-185 on BetMGM) to take gold. They were riding 44-game unbeaten streak, including seven straight wins to capture the 2019 World Cup.

Yes Megan, you did get your you know what kicked.

The ladies may turn it around and go on to win another title.  Frankly, I hope that they do.  At the same time, this wakeup call may just be what the team needs to realize that their focus has been on off the field issues that turn off people like me.

Maybe the coach should give the ladies a speech like this:  Girls, this is a soccer ball.   This is the U.S. flag.  You have to keep your eye on the soccer ball because you are not scoring on the field.  No more politics.  Play soccer.

I don't know that the coach will say that.  She should!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cuba, Fauci plus inflation & Title 42 on the border

Cuba, Fauci plus inflation & Title 42 on the border 07/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Too much Fauci.........The Olympics in trouble...........Biden and Title 42........Inflation in the news.......Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)............and other stories........click to listen:

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Are there any WIN buttons in the White House basement?


Do you remember the WIN button from the Ford presidency?   WIN was Whip Inflation Now, a campaign by the Ford Administration to attack inflation.   Inflation came back in 1979 but the button was not big enough to deal with that case.

Maybe President Biden can design a politically correct version.  Whip is too much toxic masculinity.  Maybe they change it to HIN, or Hashtag Inflation Now.   Or maybe they can put it on the face mask!

No matter what, inflation is here.   Maybe this is why the Democrats are talking about "voting rights" because they know that the moms and dads in their districts are angry with the price of gasoline and everything else.

President Biden tried to put a happy face on inflation on Monday.  He failed.  Even a press madly committed to protecting him is no longer able to hide the reality that the dreaded "I" word is here.

This is from Tyler O'Neil:    

“Our experts believe the data shows that most of the price increases we’ve seen were expected and are expected to be temporary. Reality is, you can’t flip the global economic light [switch] back on and not expect this to happen,” he added. “As demand returns, there’s going to be global supply chain challenges. We’ve seen that in semiconductors, which are used in automobiles. That global shortage has slowed vehicle production, creating a temporary spike in car prices.”

“That’s a real challenge,” Biden admitted. He pledged that his “administration is doing everything we can to address it. But again, these disruptions are temporary.” He noted that, after a steep increase a few months back, lumber prices have “fallen by more than 50 percent.”

Well, maybe lumber prices have fallen.  Unfortunately, mom does not understand because she does not buy lumber.  She is buying tortillas to beef to everything else.   

It does not get better at the gas pump.   We filled up our car on Saturday and it was $45 or $2.89 a gallon.   It was $2.10 in January!

So inflation is here and the Biden administration looks bewildered.

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Happy # 73 Cat Stevens

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We remember Cat Stevens who was born in London on this day in 1948.

I lost track of his career in the 1980's but do recall some of his 1970's hits:  "Morning Has Broken", "Peace Train" and "Moonshadow".

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Texas Democrats need to come home plus Inflation & Apollo 11

Texas Democrats need to come home plus Inflation & Apollo 11 07/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Texas Democrats need to come home.....Inflation is here......1969 Apollo 11 on the moon ............and other stories.........click to listen:

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The Texas fleebag stunt is backfiring on Democrats badly


Before we heard that now five Texas Democrats had tested positive for COVID, the Dallas Morning News had called on the gang to come home.   It was a good message that reminded them that most Texans are not consumed with Twitter or buying their act.  These "fleebag" state legislators claim to be standing up for voting rights and democracy, but did so by attempting to stop all voting at all by running away to prevent a quorum, which is some democracy. All that, and a case of beer on the seat.

The editorial reminded them that they lost the election and represent a minority in a legislature.

Well, talk about a trip going crazy.  Here in Texas, where I am, this is a political "Friday the 13th movie" and it won't get better.  

Now, we hear that Vice President Kamala Harris saw a doctor.  Let's pray that this drama ends well.

The Democrats will face two challenges in 2022:   Redistricting and reelecting their own in competitive districts.  

In other words, any Democrat who won with 53% of the vote or less will be running in a different district.  As expected, the final map will help the GOP as always happens when one party controls the legislature.  The current House make-up is 83-67 and the Senate is 18-13.

Let's keep an eye on those Democrats who won tight reelections in 2020, such as Rhetta Bowers of RowlettAna Maria Ramos of Richardson and Michelle Beckley of Carrollton.   Those three ladies won tight elections in the Metroplex and will be running in a different district after redistricting.  

By the way, another Democrat who could be impacted is U.S. Representative Collin Allred who won a tight reelection in 2020 and will also be running in a different district.

We will see how it plays in 2022.  I don't think that it will play well and that's why the aforementioned Democrats have been a bit silent about the gang that flew to Washington.  They were on board "the plane of the unmasked" but not seen too much on TV.

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