Monday, May 31, 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 05/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda......China and COVID.....Cancel culture.....Surge in crime and defund the police.....Memorial Day 2021...........and more stories.........click to listen:

Monday’s video: Is it time to change how we remember Memorial Day?


Monday’s video: 
 Is it time to change how we remember Memorial Day? 
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It's important to remember why we have a day off


Like most of you, I will enjoy a "family day" and eat too much.  We have a grandson now.  This is also the first holiday that I won't have my parents around.  My mom died in mid-May and my father back in 2015.   Our routine is to turn on the grill and eat some burgers.  Often, I watch those military documentaries or a good war movie.  A few years ago, we watched the series "John Adams".

My parents always told us family stories.  They would say something in Spanish that loosely translates to remember where you came from and who you are.   We heard about our ancestors and how they got to Cuba.  

On this Memorial Day holiday, the U.S. could use a lesson from my parents because there are too many people around who want us to forget our history or devalue its importance.  Sadly, they want us to hate the country rather than love its unique history.

So let's remember why we take a day off today.  

My guess is that all countries have one day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price, as President Lincoln said.  In the U.S., we call it Memorial Day and it has a long history. 

Let’s start with 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 what Memorial Day is about.  It's the best way to honor their sacrifice.

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A word about May 31






We remember May 31:

"Broadway Joe":     We remember Joe Namath who was born in Beaver Falls. PA, on this day in 1943Namath won Super Bowl III and a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.  

"Folk music":    We remember Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1938.

"Orioles magic":    We remember Tippy Martinez who was born in Colorado on this day in 1950.  He became one of the best Orioles ever.   

"Go ahead and make my day":      We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.    Check out this western collectionYou can get the whole "Rawhide" series HERE.    

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Happy # 91 to Clint Eastwood


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We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.

Eastwood made his TV debut with "Rawhide" in 1955.   It was a great Western about cattlemen who drove their herds across the Great Plains.   

After that,  he had a huge career in the movies.   Check out this western collection!

You can get the whole "Rawhide" series HERE.    

You can hear the classic theme song HERE by Frankie Laine.   It is one of the most popular TV themes ever.

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Happy # 78 Joe Namath

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We remember Joe Namath who was born in Beaver Falls. PA, on this day in 1943.

Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL.   The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL.   They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.   In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.

He was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons.   He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.

Joe was more than numbers.   He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970.    Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!

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Happy # 83 to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary)



We remember Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1938.

We grew up listening to their songs, from "Puff the magic dragon" to "I dig rockn' roll music".   They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.

Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul.   Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.    

"Puff the magic dragon" is one with Peter on lead vocals.

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Happy # 71 to Tippy Martinez

We remember Tippy Martinez who was born in Colorado on this day in 1950.  He became one of the best Orioles ever.   

Tippy came up with the Yankees and was traded to Baltimore in 1976 along with Scott McGregor and Rick Dempsey.   The Yankees were headed to the World Series in 1976 and the Orioles were rebuilding.   They made the classic veterans for young guys trade and it worked great for Baltimore.   The Orioles picked up a starter, a great reliever and wonderful catcher out of that deal.    

Tippy had some great seasons out of the bullpen for the Orioles.   He was one of the best lefties in the game.   Along the way, he saved 115 games with a 3.45 ERA.  He was the 8th inning set up man for some of that time so the "saves" don't tell the whole story.   Often, Weaver would bring him to pitch to a tough lefty.

My favorite memory was Tippy Martinez on the mound when the Orioles beat the White Sox to clinch the AL pennant in 1983.     

Tippy is the answer to a great trivia question.  Who picked three Toronto Blue Jays (Barry Bonnell, Dave Collins and Willie Upshaw) at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium?  The answer is Tippy Martinez.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Where were you Memorial Day weekend 1977?

(My new American Thinker post.  See for links and references)


Let me paraphrase Wolfman Jack and ask you: where were you in '77?  More specifically, where were you Memorial Day weekend 1977?

We remember this weekend the 44th anniversary of Star Wars. In my mind, the movie was OK, but the return on the investment was really something else, as we see here:

Inspired by films like the Flash Gordon serials and the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa, as well as such critical works as Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces and Frank Herbert's Dune books, Lucas began work on Star Wars in 1974. 

Ground-breaking in its use of special effects, this is considered to be among the most successful—and most influential—films of all time. Produced with a budget of US$11,000,000 and released on May 25, 1977, the film became one of the most successful of all time, earning $215 million in the United States and $337 million overseas during its original theatrical release, as well as winning several film awards, including 10 Academy Award nominations. 

It was re-released several times, sometimes with significant changes; the most notable versions were the 1997 Special Edition and the 2004 DVD, which were modified with CGI effects and recreated scenes. It was re-released in the Blu-ray format in September of 2011. 

The film was selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry. The film was selected in 1989, the program's first year in existence.

It was also a marketing bonanza.  Every boy wanted to be Luke Skywalker and every girl for sure Princess Leia.  Nobody was talking about "gender roles" back then.  Maybe things were simpler or people had more common sense.

By fall, young people were dancing to a disco version of the theme song by Meco!  By the way, Meco was Domenico Monardo, who once played in the Cadet Band at West Point. It still sounds cool today.

Who would have believed any of this on that Memorial Day weekend of 1977, when the movie was being promoted?  I certainly didn't, and most of you probably didn't, either.  On second thought, this is the U.S. and wonderful and amazing things happen here.

May the force be with you!

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A word about May 30






We remember May 30:

On May 30, 1922, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.   It was 57 years after Lincoln died.  

Indy 500:    The Indianapolis 500 is always a real treat.   It all got started in 1911 when Ray Harround came in first.

Yankee history:    On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.  He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. 
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Saturday, May 29, 2021

I guess that Caitlyn Jenner is the wrong type of transgender







(My new American Thinker post)

It was bound to happen.  In other words, the left would tell us that Caitlyn is a Republican and can not be a transgender or something like that.  This is from news reports:  

Though Caitlyn Jenner would be the first transgender governor if elected to lead California, she’s been largely rejected by the transgender community, who see her Republican-leaning views as coming from a place of privilege. 

"She’s completely detached," said Bamby Salcedo, president of the TransLatin@ Coalition, an advocacy group. "All this truly is about her. It’s not about the issues, not about the people."

Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to be a Democratic nominee for governor when she ran in 2018, told the San Francisco ChronicleJenner doesn’t grasp the challenges faced by trans people. 

I guess Caitlyn wants to control the border and that puts her out of touch with the challenges facing trans people.

What we see here is that I've experienced being a conservative Hispanic.  In many instances, liberals have accused me of being out of touch because I support legal immigration.  I recall one time debating a liberal and he said that I should support "our people" and defend open borders.  I asked what "people" he was talking about, since all of my real "people" came here legally.  We didn't get too far after that.

Frankly, I find Caitlyn Jenner repulsive.   He is a man dressed up as a woman.  I don't care that I agree with his or her political views but the whole issue of transgenderism is repulsive and unnatural.   Nevertheless, we are seeing once again that transgenders are liberals first and transgenders second.

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A word about May 29






We remember May 29:

May 1813:    The week Thomas Jefferson and John Adams started their historic correspondence........


JFK:   We remember President John F. Kennedy who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1917.   


19th century:    Wisconsin joined the Union on this day in 1848.    It was state # 30 on the way to 50!


"Hollywood":    The great Bob Hope was born on this day in 1903 and lived 100 years plus 2 months!


"Hall of Famer":   Slugger Mike Schmidt closed the books on a great career with the Phillies on this day in 1989.   He was one of the very best third basemen in baseball history.    His numbers were awesome:  548 HR & 1, 595 RBI.   


9-11 widow:    On 9-11, Beverly Eckert was one of the many ladies at home talking to their husbands at the collapsing World Trade Center or aboard one of those jets.  Beverly Eckert was born on this day in 1951.  She was killed in a Buffalo plane crash in 2009.     Beverly was on her way to Buffalo to attend a ceremony related to her husband at Canisius High School, a Jesuit school.   


"1960's classic":    We remember Gary Brooker, vocalist and keyboardist for Procol Harum.   He was born in the UK on this day in 1945.     Back in 1967, the band scored a worldwide hit:  "A whiter shade of pale".  


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Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day 2021 plus drugs coming over the border with George Rodriguez

Memorial Day 2021 plus drugs coming over the border with George Rodriguez 05/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative blogger and radio host..............Memorial Day 2021.............The media and President Biden.....Blue cities and crime....More drugs crossing the border...Happy # 76 John Fogerty........and other stories.........click to listen:

Friday’s video: The media and President Biden


Friday’s video: 
The media and President Biden 
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Go north and get your 'vacuna'

(My new American Thinker post.  See for links and references)

Two months ago, a good friend and wife flew to Dallas from Mexico City.  We were happy to see them but surprised as well because of COVID.

So I asked him:   "What brought you to Dallas"?

He winked and confirmed what I suspected:   "La vacuna" or the vaccine.  He also showed me his next ticket or the next trip to Dallas for "Vacuna numero dos."

I didn't press my friend for details but this article confirmed what we now called "vaccine tourism".  This is from Mexico New Daily:    

The Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV) has also seen a spike in business from vaccine tourism. In the past two weeks, it has sold 120,000 travel packages for Mexicans seeking to be vaccinated, Milenio reported.

At 20,000 pesos (US $1,000), the packages are not within the reach of every Mexican but for those who can afford it, it has proved to be an attractive option. The packages include flights, hotels, transportation and vaccine registration, mainly for destinations in Texas, Arizona or Miami, Florida.

It's not cheap but it comes in handy if your employer is paying for the business trip.  Just pay for your wife's airline ticket, share the hotel room and get "la vacuna."   In my friend's case, his wife travels as his secretary so the employer paid for both of their tickets.

Why is this happening?   Mexico and Canada are behind the U.S. on vaccinations.   

The best part of the story is that my friend said that he was wrong about President Trump.  In other words, he confirmed that President Trump did a great job with the vaccines and the management of the COVID crisis.

Well, my friend is right.

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A word about May 28






We remember May 28:

"Creedence Clearwater Revival":    We salute John Fogerty born on this day in 1945......lead vocalist and guitarist of CCR, one of the biggest bands in the history of rock...

"007 man":   Ian Fleming born May 28, 1910.......died in 1964..... the man who created James Bond 007...... great writer.

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Happy # 76 John Fogerty


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We salute John Fogerty born on this day in 1945......lead vocalist and guitarist of CCR, one of the biggest bands in the history of rock........their songs are heard everyday on radio stations all over the world...

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Going north for the vaccine plus Dr Faucci & China lab news

Going north for the vaccine plus Dr Faucci & China lab news 05/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Going north for the vaccine.....GOP infrastructure counter proposal....What's next for Dr Faucci?.....Facebook & Twitter and China lab stories..........and other stories.........
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Thursday’s video: The collapse of CNN


Thursday’s video: 
The collapse of CNN 
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Bye-bye Trump, bye-bye CNN


(My new American Thinker post.....click for links and references)

The collapse of CNN continues.  Wonder what their advertising rate card looks like?   This is from Jordan Lancaster:  

During the primetime hours of 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (EST), CNN lost around 65% of its total viewers since January. In the critical 25-54 age demographic, the network lost 71% of its viewers for both the day and primetime.

CNN’s drop in viewers is larger than its competitors, but all major cable news shows have experienced a drop. 

To be fair, a lot of people tuned out politics after 2020.  As a friend who voted for Trump told me, he was tired of politics.  My friend didn't hate the media but needed a recess.  It reminded me of how I felt in late 1970s.  I loved the Bee Gees but I didn't want to hear "Stayin' alive" one more time.   I guess we call it “saturation.”

In the case of CNN, the drop is more than saturation.  I see two reasons:

1) It is the consequence of a business decision to squeeze every drop out of the Orange Man. In other words, the orange dried up.  And,

2) The programming was boring.  The hosts at MSNBC are crazy but entertaining.  They are liberal wackos and don't mind telling you.  The CNN hosts are boring because they pretend to be journalists and everybody watching knew that it was a fraud.

So what happens now?  Honestly, I don't care.  At least, I don't have to sell their advertising for a living.  I would hate to knock on someone's door selling a network that nobody watches.  

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