Sunday, December 31, 2023

Sunday's podcast: Biden delegation in Mexico with George Rodriguez

 


Sunday's podcast:  

Biden delegation in Mexico with George Rodriguez.....

Sunday's video: Biden delegation in Mexico with George Rodriguez


Sunday's video: 
 Biden delegation in Mexico with George Rodriguez.......

                                 

Mexico gives Biden el dedo medio




Mexico gives Biden el dedo medio: In English, it's the middle finger……

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Saturday's podcast: Maine insane, Trump comeback, Mexico and the border & Happy # 86 Sandy Koufax

 


Saturday's podcast:   

Maine insane, Trump comeback, Mexico and the border & Happy # 86 Sandy Koufax....

2015: A chat with Juanjo Casals

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Guest:  Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay.............the band will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year......over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin America..........you can see some of their performances in YouTube........plus other stories........

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2012 podcast: Let's talk a little tango with Leslie Eastman plus Georgina & Oscar from Argentina



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Saturday's video: Maine insane, Trump comeback, Mexico and the border...


Saturday's video: 
Maine insane, Trump comeback, Mexico and the border & Happy # 88 Sandy Koufax.....


 

Remember the insane



 Trump Derangement Syndrome is traveling through New England and just stopped in Maine.  Remember the Maine?  It rhymes with insane these days.

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Happy # 88 Sandy Koufax

The great Sandy Koufax was born on this day in Brooklyn, NY and we wish him a very happy birthday.

Koufax is arguably the greatest lefty ever.   His numbers tell the story even taking account the arm injuries that forced him to retire early.   

No doubt, his stats from 1961 to 1966 are unique in modern baseball.    

In other words, he was the most dominant pitcher during those six seasons.

Overall, he pitched 4 no hitters including a perfect game in 1965;

He won 165 games with a 2.76 ERA;

No one could touch him in the 1963 and 1965 World Series; 

Cy Young in 1963, 1965 & 1966; and last but not least,

NL MVP in 1963.

Sadly, arm injuries forced him to retire after 1966 or age 32.    

On a personal level, he broke my heart when he beat the Twins in game 7 of the 1965 World Series.    We ran home from school to watch that game and LA beat Minnesota behind Koufax's 2-0 performance.

A few years ago, I read this great book about Koufax.

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Happy # 86 Paul Stookey of Peter Paul & Mary

We wish a very happy birthday to Paul Stookey of the legendary folk group, Peter, Paul & Mary:
"In 1961, Stookey was the emcee, comedian and occasional singer at Gaslight, a club in Greenwich Village. One night, he was approached by Albert Grossman, a manager, who asked him if he was interested in joining a new folk trio. He initially said that he wasn't, but afterMary Travers and Peter Yarrow went to his apartment and the three sang together, Peter, Paul and Mary was born."
And the rest is music history.

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Friday's podcast: We will look at Cuba today....with Professor Carlos Eire

 


Friday's podcast:   

We will look at Cuba today....with Professor Carlos Eire....

Fridays video: We will look at Cuba today....with Professor Carlos Eire


Fridays video: 
 We will look at Cuba today....with Professor Carlos Eire.....

                                     

The Trump comeback is the story of 2023




The Trump comeback is the story of 2023: As we finish 2023, former president Trump is rising like never before. The RCP average has Trump leading within the margin of error in the popular vote but gaining in the swing states that will give him the electoral votes. 

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We remember Ray Thomas (1941-2018)

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We just heard that Ray Thomas, one of the founding members of The Moody Blues, passed away in 2018.   He was 76.   

Thomas was born on this day in 1941 and with the group when they recorded classics like "Nights in white satin" & "My lady".

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We remember Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017)

Image result for mary tyler moore imagesWe remember  Mary Tyler Moore who was born on this day in 1936.   She died in 2017.

We remember her as the wonderful Laura Petrie in "The Dick Van Dyke" then Mary Richards in her own show and finally in the drama "Ordinary lives".

She was great and a big part of our lives.

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Doing nothing and laughing watching "A night by the opera" with The Marx Brothers


What a great movie.   

You pick up a new line every time.    

Today, I remembered that great line about "the sanity clause" in the contract that Chico and Groucho were negotiating.   

Or, the scene where they are ordering food from that little room.....or when the cleaning ladies come in to make the bed.

How did these guys come up with so many lines?   Wonder if they just made up lines on the set?    

Just great!

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Happy # 77 Marianne Faithfull

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We remember Marianne Faithfull who was born in London on this day in 1946.  She was Mick Jagger's girlfriend many years ago. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones wrote "As tears go by".   It became Marianne's biggest hit!

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Dec 29, 1845: Texas entered the Union

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Over time, Texas became the second largest economy in the US and a huge political factor as well.     

Years ago, James Michener wrote a good novel about Texas.

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Thursday's podcast: Christmas 2023 and other thoughts with Frank Burke, businessman and author

 


Thursday's podcast: 

Christmas 2023 and other thoughts with Frank Burke, businessman and author.....

Thursday's video: Christmas 2023 and other thoughts with Frank Burke, author


Thursday's video: 
 Christmas 2023 and other thoughts with Frank Burke, author

 

Go back to Texas, ‘por favor’




Go back to Texas, ‘por favor’: The inclusive and diverse Democrats in Chicago are desperate because Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has called their bluff on sanctuary cities. At first, the Democrats said come because we are tolerant here. Now, as more financial reality encircles…..

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Happy # 77 Edgar Winter




 Edgar Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1946.      

According to his official site,  Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972.   The band had hits like:  "Frankenstein"  and "Free Ride"

Back in the 1970's, he was quite a rocker.

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Happy # 77 to Bill Lee

The eccentric but very good lefty Bill Lee was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1946.

As a pitcher, he was a rare left hander who could pitch in Fenway Park.   

He pitched most of his career with Boston and finished with Montreal:  119 wins, 3.72 ERA and 72 complete games.

Lee's pitching style was to kill you with a variety of "junk pitches" that had hitters speaking to themselves on the way back to the dugouts.

Off the field, Lee was also "The Spaceman" because of all his famous quotes.   He wasn't Yogi Berra but he had a few:  

"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. 
Baseball is the belly-button of our society. 
Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."

My biggest memory is game 7 of the 1975 World Series.   He threw one of those junk pitches to Tony Perez and it was the 3-run HR that put Cincinnati back in the game.

He was fun to watch on and off the field.    A baseball character when it was just fun to be a character.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Wednesday's podcast: Mexico and caravans....Fly me to Chicago....and more


Mexico and caravans....Fly me to Chicago.....Michigan and Trump on the ballot.....George Harrison 1970..and other stories..

Wednesday's video: Mexico and caravans....Fly me to Chicago....and more


Wednesday's video: 
 Mexico and caravans....Fly me to Chicago....and more......

                               

Lopez-Obrador wants to change the subject




Lopez-Obrador wants to change the subject: We've seen this before.  A caravan comes together in Mexico and…..

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Ralphie’s mom must have been part-Cuban



It’s Navidad and time to watch some of those movie classics, from “It’s a wonderful life” to “The Christmas Story.
Mrs. Parker of “The Christmas Story“, played by Melinda Dillon, reminds me so much my mother growing up.  I’m convinced that she is part-Cuban.
We grew up between a very tropical Cuba and the snows of Wisconsin
And I am convinced that Mrs. Parker was really “una mama cubana”!    Her ways, the soap in your mouth and everything else convinces me that she was like my mom.
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"Que Pasa USA" and growing up Cuban in the US





For years, "Que Pasa USAwas a hilarious comedy about growing up Cuban in the US. 

It was the story of a Cuban family's struggles as "refugees" in Miami in the late 1960's or early 1970's.   

We used to call it the "refugee experience" in my household. My parents always said that we were "refugees", perphaps a reference to the politics that brought us here. 

Like most things Cuban, it included parents, very funny grandparents and a couple of teenagers who were in the middle of everything. It sounds like my own family growing up in the US! It will remind you of yours!

My favorite show was the one about the grandparents taking the US citizenship test or the Cuban garage sale!

Why was "Que Pasa USA" so good? Because it was true. It was easy to see your mom and dad on that show.   Also, who can ever forget having a Cuban sister? 




Happy # 80 Roy White


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Roy White was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1943.    He played his entire career with the Yankees and earned the name "Mr. Consistent".

Roy broke with New York in 1965 and played in some of the worst Yankee teams ever.   Nevertheless, he was a steady player who played lots of games, good glove in left field and decent hitting:   .271 batting average, a very good .360 on-base-pct, and 1,803 hits in 1,881 games!

Between 1969 and 1973, he walked 439 times making him a perfect # 2 hitter ahead of Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer and later Lou Piniella.

Roy got to play with the Yankees in the 1976-78 World Series.   He retired after the 1979 season.

I remember Roy White as a really good guy.

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December 1970: "My sweet Lord" by George Harrison is # 1

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On this day in 1970, George Harrison"s "My Sweet Lord" became # 1 song on Billboard.      A year before, George's "Something" from "Abbey Road" was the A-side and also # 1.    George became the first Beatle with a solo # 1.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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

 


Guest:....... Bill Katz the editor of UrgentAgenda........Harvard blues....Trump comeback.....War in the Middle East........…and other stories..

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


Guest:....... Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda........Harvard blues....Trump comeback.....War in the Middle East........…and other stories..

 

Claudine ‘no check for you’ Gay

 



 

A bit like Bob Dylan's "Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands Where the sad-eyed prophet says that no man comes," Harvard President Claudine Gay is finding out that the man with the check is not coming these days or leaving anything of value by her gate……

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https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/12/claudine_no_check_for_you_gay.html




 

Happy # 76 to Carlton Fisk

We remember Carlton Fisk who was born in Vermont on this day in 1947.

We remember him for that 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.   I saw that live on TV and it was a great moment and game.

Beyond that, Fisk also had a great career:   .269 career batting average, 2,356 hits, 376 HR and 1,330 RBI.

On May 8, 1984 Fisk caught all 25 innings in a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.    Isn't that like playing 3 games in one day?   A week later, he hit for the cycle!

His best season was 1985:   37 HR and 105 RBI.

Great catcher and ambassador for the game of baseball.

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Happy # 65 Rickey Henderson

We say happy birthday to Rickey Henderson.    He was born in Chicago on this day in 1958 but grew up in Oakland, California.    

Rickey made his debut in 1979 going 2-for-4 against Texas.   His career took off in 1980 stealing 396 bases over 4 seasons.   In 1985, he was traded to the Yankees but came back to the A's in 1989.   Henderson was with the A's when they won 3 straight AL pennants, 1989-90-91, and Toronto when they won the World Series in 1993.

Overall, he hit .279, with 3,055 hits.   He is the all time leader in runs scored (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406).

Henderson was the greatest lead off hitter in baseball history.    In 2009, Rickey was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Over the years, Henderson was a character on and off the field.

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"Joy to the World" by Father Gerald E Murray





 







This is a message for all of you from Father Gerald E. Murray the pastor at Holy Family Church. It was published back in 2006 and I saved with my favorite files. It's a nice read between congested malls and "Little Saint Nick." Father Murray was with St. Vincent de Paul in New York when he wrote this message for the National Review. I guess that some things get better with time. I think that you will agree…

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A CHRISTMAS EVE MESSAGE FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS

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Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  

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Merry Christmas and the words of Luke

As you run around doing your shopping and buying everything that you can afford, remember that this is the story that matters according to Luke:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another:

"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this king which is to come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."





Merry Christmas, Feliz Naval




We wish you a very Merry Christmas with your family......

Guest:  Frank Burke, businessman and author...........Christmas 2022 and a few thoughts about the country.......and other stories.............

Keep Christ in Christmas..........


We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas and enjoy the midnight mass


As we've done for years, we will have a "Noche Buena" meal and attend the midnight mass.  It will be a lot of fun to sing Christmas carols. 

We take a minute to wish you and family a very happy Christmas holiday.

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Apollo 8 and memories from Christmas 1968

My father died 7 Decembers ago.  My mother died 18 months ago. I always remember them on certain anniversaries or those first years in “el exilio.”.

On Christmas Eve 1968, our family went to the midnight mass. By the way, very few parishes actually celebrate mass at midnight anymore.  Our church today celebrates mass at 9 p.m.!

Nevertheless, it was a rather remarkable ride from church. It took me a while to realize that I was hearing three men reading the Good Book from a spaceship circling the moon. It was one of those moments that I will never forget.   

Years ago, families actually sat around to watch the NASA missions. In our household, it was a lot of fun to gather around the TV and enjoy an Apollo rocket going into space.  My favorite part was hearing my father say that he would have never believed it when he was growing up.  My mother would usually compliment the U.S., with the Cuban version of “what a country”.

The Apollo 8 mission accomplished some rather big objectives:  

The six-day mission was a roaring success, orbiting the moon 10 times and testing out the “trans-lunar injection” system and other electronic networks that would allow future missions to land on the moon over the next three years. Anders’ iconic photo (known as the “Earthrise” image) of a partially shaded bright blue Earth graced a U.S. stamp and is credited in part with being a catalyst for the environmental movement. The astronauts were feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

The mission gradually lost a measure of prominence after Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the lunar surface the following year. Other missions also grabbed the public’s attention, including the Apollo 13 mission Lovell commanded in 1970 that failed and became the subject of a Hollywood movie. 

The Apollo 8 crew was Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders.. They became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon.   I recall my father talking about all of those science-fiction comic books in Cuba about the unknown on the dark side of the moon.

Who wasn’t stunned to see that picture of the earth floating is space on the cover of the weekly magazines? It certainly put living in our good earth in a little different perspective.

Who knows when we will send men to another world again? I was fortunate to see it!

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