Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday's video: 5-way race and other stories


Saturday's video: 
 5-way race and other stories...

                              

Saturday's podcast: 5-way race and other stories


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    Saturday's podcast:   5-way race and other stories

Friday's podcast: Israel vs Iran, NPR reacts, Mexico debate and AMLO, The flag & more


 Friday's podcast:   

Israel vs Iran, NPR reacts, Mexico debate and AMLO, The flag & more....

Thursday's podcast: Mayorkas and impeachment, FISA debate, Truman vs McArthur 1951 and other stories

 

Thursday's podcast:   

Mayorkas and impeachment, FISA debate, Truman vs McArthur 1951 and other stories

Wednesday's podcast: Inflation on the march, NPR unmasked, Remittances to Mexico and other stories

 


Wednesday's podcast:   

Inflation on the march, NPR unmasked,
Remittances to Mexico and other stories....

Tuesday's podcast: A chat about Texas politics with George Rodriguez

 


Tuesday's podcast:    

A chat about Texas politics with George Rodriguez..........

Monday’s podcast: The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda

 


Guest:   Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda...A busy weekend in New York, Israel attack, and other stories...

CANTO TALK shows from last week


This is a summary of last week's shows. 

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NPR, where all things are not considered




NPR, where all things are not considered: It's a been tough week for the guys who gave us….

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We remember Tony Dow. (1946-2022)


We remember Tony Dow who was born on this day in 1946.   Dow was "Wally" or the older brother in  “Leave it to Beaver”, one of the most popular TV shows ever.   
The show had four characters that everyone could love:  Dad Ward Cleaver, Mom June Cleaver, Wally and Beaver. And let’s not forget Eddie Haskell, who probably drove every mother crazy.
He died in 2022.
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We remember Butch Cassidy (1866-1908)


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We remember Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826


Thomas Jefferson was born on this day in 1743.   He wrote the Declaration of Independence and became the 3rd president.   

Quite a Founding Father to say the least.

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April 13: # 1 and # 4,000 for Pete Rose

Pete Rose accomplished two big things on April 13: 

“1963 – After eleven hitless at bats, Cincinnati second baseman Pete Rose records his first major league hit, a triple off Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend.  
1984 – Pete Rose lashes a double off Jerry Koosman in a 5-1 Expos victory over the Phillies to join Ty Cobb as the only player to reach 4,000 career hits.”
A year later, Rose passed Ty Cobb for the all time lead in hits.  
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1954: Hank Aaron made his major league debut



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We remember that Henry Aaron made his major league debut today in 1954.  He went hit-less against the Reds. 

20 years later, Aaron passed Babe Ruth's 714 career home-runs record.
  
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April 13, 1970: "Houston we have a problem"

Do you remember the movie or the incident?  

Many years ago, Apollo 13's oxygen tank exploded and the world came together around 3 astronauts named James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise.  

It happened a few days after launch and on their way to the third moon landing in a year.

On April 17, or 4 days after, the capsule hit the ocean water and the world was relieved.  The men were safe and we saw them transported to the ship.  

It was a textbook case of team work at NASA and conclusive evidence that these astronauts were men of incredible talent.

Yes, the movie was good.  I also remember the real incident.

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1970: Apollo 13 before it was a movie

(My new American Thinker post)


We remember today another anniversary of that "oxygen tax explosion" on Apollo 13 that glued most of their world to their TV or radio:
"On April 13, 1970, disaster strikes 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blows up on Apollo 13, the third manned lunar landing mission.
Astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise had left Earth two days before for the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon but were forced to turn their attention to simply making it home alive.  
Mission commander Lovell reported to mission control on Earth: "Houston, we've had a problem here," and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted.
The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures.
The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.  
The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, and providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth's atmosphere.
Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13's course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers."
A couple of days before, Apollo 13 launched from Florida a few of us were watching the mission on TV.  On April 17, the whole world watched as the capsule hit the water somewhere in the Pacific. Between the 13th and the 17th, it was 24/7 news coverage of Apollo 13.

I had a personal connection to Apollo 13.  My school buddy was related to Jim Lovell.  

Our school teachers let us watch the TV coverage and it was topic #1 in every class or lunch time conversation.  We clapped like crazy when that capsule hit the water!  My guess is that millions did the same all over the world.

Apollo 13 taught me two big lessons:

1) "Failure is not an option". I don't know if that was a NASA or movie line but teamwork is essential to getting anything done; and,

2) The astronauts were incredibly talented men.  It took a lot of "thinking outside the box," as they say today, to bring that capsule back to earth.

Many remember a great movie.  I remember a great moment in recent history.


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1941: Germany launches the invasion of USSR....with Barry Jacobsen

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Friday’s video: Israel vs Iran, NPR reacts, Mexico debate and AMLO and more


Friday’s video: 
 Israel vs Iran, NPR reacts, Mexico debate and AMLO and more.....

                             

AMLO not happy with the presidential debate




AMLO not happy with the presidential debate: They had a debate in Mexico and no one is happy, especially the incumbent President Andres Lopez-Obrador. Let's hear from Mr. AMLO: There were plenty of reasons to criticize Mexico’s first presidential debate…..

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Happy # 80 John Kay

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We remember John Kay who was born in Germany on this day in 1944.   He eventually moved to North America.


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Happy # 68 Andy Garcia


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Andrés Arturo García Menéndez was born in Cuba on this day in 1956.   We know him as Andy Garcia.

He left the island in the 1960's and settled in Miami.  

Later, he became a successful movie actor and more recently has produced films.

Andy Garcia's "The lost city" was released in 2007 and brought back many good and bad memories.    It told a story that many Cuban Americans could understand and relate to.
 
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World War II: The winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and Patton

World War II | Facts, Summary, Combatants, & Causes | Britannica

Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.............we will continue our series of World War II episodes... Today we will look back at the winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and the Rise of Patton ....plus other stories from the front pages such as North Korea and Afghanistan.........and 'Light my fire' was the # 1 song in the country this week in 1967..................

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thursday's video: Mayorkas and impeachment, FISA debate, Truman vs McArthur 1951


Thursday's video: 

 Mayorkas and impeachment, FISA debate, Truman vs McArthur 1951...    

                                   

NPR, the home of preachy males and females




NPR, the home of preachy males and females: Back when we listened to the radio the old-fashioned way, I was a fan of NPR. First, it was the only FM station and a clear signal in an office building. So I got to listen to the Clarence Thomas hearings and the memorable Ollie North performance ...

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Happy # 60 Bret Saberhagen

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We remember Bret Saberhagen who was born in Chicago on this day in 1964.

Bret broke with the AL West champion Royals in 1984:   10-11 with a 3.48 ERA.    

In 1985, Bret won 20 with a 2.87 ERA.   He won the AL Cy Young and was the World Series MVP.

In 1989, Bret won another AL Cy Young:   23-6 with a 2.16 ERA.

Bret retired after 1999:   167-117 and a 3.34 ERA.    He pitched in 2 World Series with the Royals, 3 ALCS with Boston and a NLDS with the Rockies.

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1936 and the start of The Spanish Civil War




The Spanish Civil War broke out on this day in 1936 with a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco that spread to mainland Spain.    It lasted until 1939.   General Franco stayed in power until his death in 1975.

It was a conflict that would have ramifications in Europe and specially in Latin America.  Thousands of children were sent to Latin America and many never saw their parents again.   We saw horrific brutality from both sides in that conflict.  

Barry Jacobsen discussed the Spanish Civil War during our recent episode about World War II.    Click here to listen to the show!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Wednesday's video: Inflation on the march, NPR unmasked, Remittances to Mexico and other stories

 

‘Muchas gracias’ for all those remittances




Remember the Sugar Kings (1954-60)


Once upon a time, there was a team in Cuba: The Havana Sugar Kings of the AAA International League. Back in April 1954, 25,000 fans showed up to watch the Sugar Kings battle the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening game of the International League season.

Montreal, Toronto, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Havana were cities from 3 countries (US, Canada and Cuba) in that AAA league.  Future major-leaguers like Leo CardenasMike Cuellar and Cookie Rojas played in those Havana teams.

In the late 1950s, as the owners were seriously looking at expansion, there was a lot of talk about putting a major league team in Havana.  It’s an important economic as well as baseball point. In other words, Havana was seen as a city with the potential of supporting a major league team in the future. It definitely proved it’s worth supporting a AAA franchise.

Instead, the Sugar Kings were moved to Jersey City in July 1960. The political situation changed and “beisbol se fue de Cuba”.

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September 1964: Memories of The Beatles in Dallas



Back in 2014, we remembered the 50th anniversary of "Beatlemania" in the US and Dallas was no exception.

On September 18, 1964, The Beatles played in Dallas, as Robert Willonski reports in The Dallas Morning News:
"Jan Howes, who was 10 at the time but already deeply in love with The Beatles, did not see the band when it played Dallas on Sept. 18, 1964, but her father did.It was, after all, his job: John Mazziotta was chief photographer at the Dallas Times Herald, assigned to cover John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from Love Field arrival to Memorial Auditorium blastoff."
Mr Mazziotta's photos will go on auction soon and the world will get to see them!  It's a cool Dallas memory of the one and only visit by The Beatles to Dallas. 

In 2014, we spoke with Dave Michaels about The Beatles in Dallas and their influence on US radio.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Tuesday's video: A chat about Texas politics with George Rodriguez

Trump on track to tackle abortion




Trump on track to tackle abortion: The Democrats are bent on making abortion the leading issue of 2024.  What else do they have?  I am glad that President Trump has put forth a practical position to tackle the politics of abortion.    

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American Graffiti 1973 with Frank Burke

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Once in a while, you can catch "American Graffiti" on TV.  In fact, I saw it a few months ago.  Frankly, I enjoyed it a bit the more "the 10th" time around.

Back in '73, I did not get into "American Graffiti" at all.  It "didn't have much a plot" as they sang in "Wake up Little Susie"! 

Happy anniversary to a very popular movie.  

The music was great but the story is still a bit confusing so many years later.    Like "Saturday Night Fever", the songs were better than the story.     Nevertheless, the movie had an impact and introduced a lot of people to Wolfman Jack, the legendary DJ who was very popular in the West coast.

Let me find my soundtrack copy, that double LP that I bought in the 70's now available in a digital format.   We remembered the movie with our friend Frank Burke:




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Monday, April 08, 2024

Monday's video: Trump and abortion, Mexico election, Mexico needs farmworkers and more


Monday's video: 

 Trump and abortion, Mexico election, Mexico needs farmworkers and more.....

                                 

Guess who is short of farm workers?




Guess who is short of farm workers?: Let's file this one in the….. 

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A chat with Matt Baldoni about his career and the Australian Bee Gees

Sunday, April 07, 2024

CANTO TALK podcasts from last week


Check the shows from last week.   

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Our cities could use a little law and order




Our cities could use a little law and order: Last weekend, a young widow and her one-year-old son were the latest consequence of lawlessness in our blue cities.  A man with a long criminal record shot a police officer.  It reminded us of a couple of things: 

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Happy # 70 Tony Dorsett.


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Tony Dorsett was born in Rochester, PA, on this day in 1954.      

He joined the Cowboys in 1977 after a successful college career at The University of Pittsburgh.    

Tony played 12 NFL seasons, 11 with Dallas and 1 with Denver to close his career:  12,739 rushing yards and 77 TD's.  Tony played in a couple of Super Bowls and I remember watching that 99 yard run on Monday Night Football in 1981.

Dorsett was inducted to the Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Happy # 73 Janis Ian

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We remember Janis Ian.   She was born Janis Eddy Fink in New York City on this day in 1951.    

Back in 1967, Janis recorded "Society's child", a very controversial tune about dating a black young man.    It was banned in some stations but did sell well.

In 1975, "At seventeen" was a song about a young woman growing up in our society.

Her LP "Between the lines" sold very well and earned Janis Ian a gold record.

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April 7, 1970: The first Milwaukee Brewers opening day

April 7, 1970: Milwaukee Brewers make their debut at County ...
Like so many others, I skipped school and attended the Brewers' very first opening day game.

For the record, I don't remember whether or not I got permission from Mr. Wolff, our school principal.   On the other hand, he did not say anything so I guess that it was OK!   Frankly, there were so many kids in the park that it would have been difficult to suspend us!

Opening Day 1970 was very unique.

The Brewers went into spring training as The Seattle Pilots.

During March, we got reports that Seattle would move to Milwaukee. Eventually, the deal was made and the team moved a couple of days before the season started.

Who was on that team?

Tommy Harper, Mike Hegan, Danny Walton, Lew Krausse, Marty Pattin, etc.

What happened on opening day? The Brewers were destroyed by the Angels, 12-0!


The Angels scored quickly and often. The game was over by the 3rd inning!

The Brewers did have Danny Walton, who thrilled fans with majestic home runs. Unfortunately, pitchers caught up with Danny and he was traded the following season.

They had young pitchers like Marty Pattin, who pitched well but it's tough to pitch for a bad team.

It wasn't much of a game but it was a great memory.

It is still my favorite opening day!   Thanks to Mr Selig for bringing baseball back to Milwaukee!


Who knew back then that Bud Selig would end up as commissioner of major league baseball?

This is my chat with Tom Skybosh who also skipped school that day.

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Saturday, April 06, 2024

Saturdays video: Law and order, the Oakland A's, Jobs report and other stories


Saturdays video: 

 Law and order, the Oakland A's, Jobs report and other stories....

 

Saturday's podcast: Major league baseball and the Oakland A's, Jobs report and other stories

 


Saturday's podcast:   

Major league baseball and the Oakland A's, Jobs report and other stories.....

Friday's podcast: Jobs report...Milei vs Petro and other stories

 


Friday's podcast:   

Jobs report...Milei vs Petro and other stories...

Thursday's podcast: The RFK factor, Milei vs Petro & Lopez-Obrador, Aaron 1974 and other stories

 


Thursday's podcast:   

The RFK factor, Milei vs Petro & Lopez-Obrador, Aaron 1974 and other stories....

Wednesday's podcast: Primary notes, LSU team, Mexican elections.

 


Primary notes, LSU team, Mexican elections...Doris Day, Leslie Howard and other stories.....


Tuesday's podcast: Electric trucks and mandates, Mexican elections and shooting candidates and more

Tuesday's podcast:    

Electric trucks and mandates, Mexican elections and shooting candidates and more....

Monday's podcast: VP for Trump...and other stories


Monday's podcast:   

VP for Trump...and other stories....

Mr. Commissioner, do something about the A's




Mr. Commissioner, do something about the A's: The Oakland A's are moving to Las Vegas but the stadium won't be ready until the 2028 season. So the A's are playing before 3,000 fans and putting a minor league team on the field. Who thought that this was a good idea?  

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Happy # 73 Bert Blyleven



We say happy birthday to Bert Blyleven who was born on this day in 1951.  We also remember one of the best curve balls in baseball history.  

Blyleven was born in Zeist, Netherlands and raised in Southern California.  
Bert was 19 when he broke into the majors with the Twins in 1970.   Overall, he won 287 games with a 3.31 career ERA & 3,701 strikeouts.     Blyleven was also a workhorse with 4,970 innings pitched and 242 complete games.

Blyleven went into the Hall of Fame in 2011.   A great pitcher!   He remains a fan favorite in the Twin Cities.

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