Friday, February 16, 2024

Friday's podcast: Fani of Georgia, KC shooting, and other stories


Friday's podcast:   

Fani of Georgia, KC shooting, and other stories....

Friday's video: Fani of Georgia, KC shooting, and other stories.

Fani of Georgia, KC shooting, and other stories.......


There is something about Mr. Unexpected ...

There is something about Mr. Unexpected ...:   Guess who showed up this week?      It's Mr. Unexpected, the same one who seems to show up with every economic report these days.    

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Happy # 77 Terry Crowley

Image result for terry crowley imagesWe remember Terry Crowley who was born in New York on this day in 1947.

He came up with the Orioles in September 1969.   Unfortunately, Terry had a hard time getting any at bats with Don Buford, Paul Blair and Frank Robinson in the outfield.   He could also play first but Boog Powell had that job.

Baltimore traded Crowley to Cincinnati after the 1973 season and then he went to Atlanta.   

He returned to Baltimore in 1976 and found his niche as a left handed pinch hitter.   
Crowley hit .317 from 1977-81 as Earl Weaver's favorite late inning bat.     Great guy!

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1959: Fidel Castro became Prime Minister of Cuba

We recall another day in Cuban history:

“On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. Castro, who became commander in chief of Cuba’s armed forces after Batista was ousted on January 1, replaced the more moderate Miro Cardona as head of the country’s new provisional government.”

Castro followed the announcement with a trip to the US. He met with VP Nixon, was a guest on “Meet the Press” and spoke before The National Press Club. He charmed the press. I think that most of the media in the US was caught up in the tale of the young “barbudo” destined to turn into some kind of Cuban George Washington.

Back in Cuba, Castro still enjoyed vast support. However, it started to erode in 1960 when radical steps were implemented. Castro went after the private schools, the newspapers and the media. Elections were never held. Repression was everywhere.

Finally, Cuba became a huge issue in the 1960 election and then Senator Kennedy beat up VP Nixon because the Eisenhower administration had been too easy on Cuba. On January ’61, or two years after Castro became prime minister, the US broke diplomatic relations and that was followed by The Bay of Pigs and The Missile Crisis.

And you know the rest of the ugly story. Castro never became the Cuban George Washington but he did govern a lot like the Cuban Josef Stalin.

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