Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Wednesday's podcast: Joe Namath is 80.....Woke companies....Jane Fonda & more


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Happy # 80 Joe Namath


If you grew up watching those AFL games on NBC, then you probably remember Joe Namath, who was born in Beaver Falls, PA, on this day in 1943.  What I recall is that all the girls in high school suddenly spoke about touchdown passes and the guys were jealous that Joe had girls chasing him.  

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, especially women watching on television.   

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.  In fact, he won Super Bowl III, the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.  The best part is that he walked the talk when he predicted a Jets victory. I saw that game with my brother and father.  My sister did not watch, but she always said that Joe was cute. What girl did not think that?  Maybe the Baltimore girls who found Joe a bit too much off a big mouth.

The game, not called Super Bowl until later, was the perfect stage for Namath.  He was a genius that day, as they wrote back in 1969:  

Almost no one thought the New York Jets could penetrate the fine Baltimore defense, but Namath was sure of it and said so. "We're a better team than Baltimore," he said before the game. He was lying by the pool at the Gait Ocean Mile Hotel, where the Jets stayed, tanned and oiled against the sun. Namath reminds you a bit of Dean Martin in his relaxed confidence and in the droop of his heavy-lidded eyes. He is a man of immense self-assurance and, as he showed early in the week, a man of startling honesty.    


To be honest, I loved Joe but did not think that he'd beat the mighty Colts.  The funny part is that everyone in school was talking about the game the next day.  And everyone said with a straight face that they knew the Jets would win.  Too bad we didn't have iPhones back then to show them all their videos or texts picking the Colts.

Beyond that game and all the TV commercials, Joe was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of the numbers came in his first five 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 sports personalities! The Jets knew something when they gave him all that money to play with them.
Time flies and Namath is 80.  


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Happy # 85 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 # 73 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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Happy # 93 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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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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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Tuesday's podcast: The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda


Tuesday's podcast:    

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

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Tuesday's video: Spain elections. AG Paxton in Texas, Woke vs customers & Lincoln Memorial 1922


Tuesday's elections: 
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Good day for 'la derecha' in Spain


 (My new American Thinker post)

Like many Cubans of my generation, we were born in the island, grew up in the US. .and had Spanish grandparents or great grandparents.  This is because Cuba was a Spanish colony until 1898 (Spanish -merican War) and the new country was flooded with Iberian immigrants in the first half of the 20th century.  In other words, I grew up with Spanish traditions and have always been interested in what happens in Spain.

Over the weekend, the voters in Spain said "no" to the socialists.  It was a loud rejection as we see in this report from Reuters:   

Spain's ruling Socialists suffered heavy losses to opposition conservatives in Sunday's local election, with around 95% of the votes counted, showing their electoral vulnerability ahead of an end-of-year general election.

Only three of the 12 regions holding elections will retain Socialist dominance by very narrow margins, with the rest likely go to the conservative People's Party, albeit with coalitions or informal support agreements with the far-right Vox party.   

"The map changes completely and is a boost for Alberto Nuñez Feijoo -- the new leader of the PP -- ahead of the elections at the end of the year," said Ignacio Jurado, professor of political science at the Carlos III University.

The gains for the People's Party (PP) indicate the conservatives could unseat the current left-wing coalition led by the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) if they replicate the performance in national elections by December.

Let me remind you that they have a parliamentary system, so coalitions will determine the final results.  Nevertheless, it was a bad weekend for the Left.

So what happened?  My friend in Madrid told me a couple of things over the phone:

First, it's the economy "estupido." It matters in Spain too;

Second, we saw a little nationalism blossoming.  Many feel that the euro has tied up Spanish exports and tourism.  In other words, Spanish goods consumed here or tourists spots would be a lot cheaper with their old "peseta" than the euro.  I'm not saying that this is the Spanish version of Brexit but it sounds a bit like it; and,

Third, the Left is obsessed with gender and issues that don't matter to people struggling with their family budgets.

To be fair, this is my friend's opinion and he voted for the Right.  However, he is a serious man and his analysis is probably right.

What's next?  PM Pedro Sánchez of the Left is calling for general elections.  

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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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Monday, May 29, 2023

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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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Happy # 79 Gladys Knight

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We remember Gladys Knight who was born in Atlanta, GA, on this day in 1944.    

In the 1970's, Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded gold singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia”.

All together, she recorded over 30 LP's and worked with other artists, like Stevie Wonder.    

A super artist and vocalist.

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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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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Maybe we should do the 'persona non grata' thing with AMLO


 (My new American Thinker post)

To paraphrase that famous line from Anne Richards about then VP George H.W. Bush: "Poor Andres, he can't help it. He was born with a leftist foot in his mouth.”  As you may remember, VP Bush went on to win big in 1988.  

My guess is that Hispanics are not going to vote based on what they hear from AMLO.  

The man who always wants a headline, President Andres Lopez Obrador of Mexico, decided to go cute on us.  Let's hear about it:   

Lopez Obrador accused DeSantis of pushing "anti-immigrant" policies and urged Hispanics not to vote for him.   

"I hope the Hispanics of Florida wake up and don't give him any votes, that they don't vote for those who persecute migrants, those who don't respect migrants," he said, according to The Guardian.      

The remarks are the latest instance of meddling in U.S. elections by the unpredictable Mexican premier, who has fumed at Republican criticism of his handling of immigration and the flow of fentanyl into the U.S.

In March, he threatened to launch an "information campaign" against Republicans, telling Hispanics not to vote for them, after lawmakers suggested potential military action to take out the drug cartels pumping out fentanyl and sending it to the U.S.

So much for all those lectures about not intervening in other country's elections.  

My guess is that AMLO is talking to Hispanics who are U.S. citizens and can vote in our elections. The problem for AMLO is that Hispanics have soured on President Biden. It's funny how paying more for gasoline and tortillas will change your political alliances.  The second mistake is that AMLO thinks that Hispanics spend all their time talking about immigration.  Most don't, but they do care about border control.

So maybe Governor DeSantis should say that we should declare the big mouth a "persona non grata" like they did in Peru.   

Go out and eat some ceviche this weekend and say thanks to Peru.

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A word about May 27






We remember May 27:

Baseball 1980's:    Dale Murphy retired on this day in 1993.    His career numbers were awesome:  398 HR & 1,266 RBI.  He led the NL in HR in 1984 and 1985.
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Friday, May 26, 2023

Friday's podcast: Memorial Day 2023, Mayor of New York City and migrants, President of Mexico


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Memorial Day 2023, Mayor of New York City and migrants, President of Mexico......

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Friday's video: Memorial Day 2023...Mayor of NYC and migrants, Mexico and US elections and other stories


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Memorial Day 2023...Mayor of NYC and migrants, Mexico and US elections and other stories..............


 

Eric get angry, Eric get mad


 (My new American Thinker post)

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City is very unhappy these days.  He can't win on the migrant crisis because no city can handle a daily flow of people like this. The word from the Big Apple is that Mayor Adams is angry.  This is from Michael Goodwin:   

Watching Mayor Adams get attacked by The New York Times and other left-wing Democrats after he criticized President Biden’s hand­ling of the migrant mess, I was tempted to praise the mayor for courageous straight talk.

But the moment passed because Adams soon took a different tack, creating confusion about what he believes and where he stands.

Nearly a year after the mayor first announced that 2,800 uninvited newcomers were crowded into city shelters, his policy for dealing with the expanding crisis is almost as messy as the problem itself.

He zigs, he zags, he flip-flops and undercuts today what he said with conviction and certainty yesterday.

Pick a side, mayor, and stick to it! 

More and more, New Yorkers want the mayor to get angry and to stand up for them.  Yes, New Yorkers want their mayor to remember that song "Johnny get angry".  It's about a girl who wants her Johnny to get angry and show that he really cares.  So New Yorkers should stand in front of the mayor's office and sing something like this:    

Eric get angry, Eric get mad

Give Biden the biggest lecture he's ever had

I want a brave man, I want a cave man

Mayor, show me that you care, really care for me

Well, it worked for the girl in the pop song.  It's time for Mayor Adams to go to the source and call out the Biden border policy.  Calling for immigration reform is cute but won't fix this.  Calling on Congress to "do their job" is way too late.  It's time for Mayor Adams to get angry.  Call out the Biden policy because the problem started at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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A word about May 26






We remember May 26:

Baseball heartbreak:  On this day in 1959, Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, only to lose the game on a two-run double by Braves’ first baseman Joe Adcock in the 13th inning.

"Mr. Cowboy":   We remember John Wayne, who was born on this day in 1907.    “The Duke” was the greatest cowboy of the movies.   He died in 1979.  

"Mr. Packer QB":    We remember Bart Starr who was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1934.  The great # 15 died on this day in 2019.

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The poetry of Cástulo Gregorisch PLUS Fernando Hernandez



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The poetry of Cástulo Gregorisch PLUS Fernando Hernandez 07/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guests: Cástulo Gregorisch, Cuban poet. He uses poetry to describe his immigrant experience and to remember the Cuba of his youth. Fernando Hernandez, the author of 'The Cubans”…

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Thursday's podcast: DeSantis in but what’s next?…..Supreme Court and EPA, Star Wars 1977 and more


Thursday's podcast:   

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DeSantis in but what’s next?…..Supreme Court and EPA, Star Wars 1977 and more

 

Martin Dihigo, Hall of Fame baseball player


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We remember today the life and times of Martin Dihigo, the great Cuban player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dihigo was born on this day in 1905 and played in the Negro Leagues from 1923-47.

Dihigo was 42 by the time that Jackie Robinson broke "the color line" in 1947.    
We do know that Buck Leonard, the legendary player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs said this:
"He was the greatest all-around player I know. I say he was the best player of all time, black or white. He could do it all."
He hit .304 over a 12 year career in the Negro Leagues He died in Cuba in 1971.

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