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RIP Al Molinaro of “Happy Days”

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We remember Al Molinaro, one of the most popular characters of “Happy Days”.   He was 96.

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October 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Starting the Iraq War that ended

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(My new American Thinker post)

Secretary Carter has a tough job these days. 

First, he has to explain our Middle East policy to a very skeptical Congress.    

Second, he must say that we’re going back to the region by playing word games about “boots on the ground”, “combat” etc. This is from Kevin Sullivan:

“As the Obama administration holds to the increasingly dubious claim that U.S. troops are not engaged in combat against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Pentagon is withholding details about its wounded that would give key insights into the kind of fight American troops are facing in Iraq.

“Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repeatedly said the U.S. is in the region to ‘combat ISIS’ but stopped short of saying the troops themselves are engaged in combat, even after senators repeatedly asked for clarity. Rather, Carter said Wheeler died in combat, in an isolated incident, while performing heroic acts.”

Some U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are leery, however, of a protracted, poorly defined mission in Iraq. “I think they are way beyond their legal authority right now,” U.S. Senator Tim Kaine told Al-Monitor, referring to the White House. “I think it’s time for Congress to get into this.”

Congress will press carefully on the matter though, so as not to appear as stifling the president in the fight against a jihadist army that most Americans increasingly agree must be defeated, even if iteventually requires ground troops.

The Obama administration is in a very tough spot here. On one hand, they claimed that they ended the war and left Iraq successfully. On the other hand, the bad guys didn’t get the memo or hear President Obama’s speech.  

How do you tell the “yes we can” screamers that the 2011 decision to leave Iraq was all about politics rather than national security?  How do you get Democrats in the Congress to go along with this? What will Secretary Clinton say? Will she support it or pander to the left by criticizing the administration?  

Worst of all, we will likely lose soldiers in this new effort in Iraq or Syria. We will take casualties because President Obama could not look beyond the silly promise that he’d end the wars.

The Obama foreign policy is dangerous and a disgrace.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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October 31, 2015 at 5:30 am

National security stories of the week with Barry Jacobsen

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October 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm

October 30, 1938: Orson Wells and “The War of the worlds” radio show

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Years ago, Sunday night was radio prime time.   Enter Orson Wells:

“The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”

Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy “Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.

Welles introduced his radio play with a spoken introduction, followed by an announcer reading a weather report. Then, seemingly abandoning the storyline, the announcer took listeners to “the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.” Putrid dance music played for some time, and then the scare began. An announcer broke in to report that “Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory” had detected explosions on the planet Mars. Then the dance music came back on, followed by another interruption in which listeners were informed that a large meteor had crashed into a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey.

Soon, an announcer was at the crash site describing a Martian emerging from a large metallic cylinder. “Good heavens,” he declared, “something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now here’s another and another one and another one. They look like tentacles to me … I can see the thing’s body now. It’s large, large as a bear. It glistens like wet leather. But that face, it… it … ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep looking at it, it’s so awful. The eyes are black and gleam like a serpent. The mouth is kind of V-shaped with saliva dripping from its rimless lips that seem to quiver and pulsate.”

The Martians mounted walking war machines and fired “heat-ray” weapons at the puny humans gathered around the crash site. They annihilated a force of 7,000 National Guardsman, and after being attacked by artillery and bombers the Martians released a poisonous gas into the air. Soon “Martian cylinders” landed in Chicago and St. Louis. The radio play was extremely realistic, with Welles employing sophisticated sound effects and his actors doing an excellent job portraying terrified announcers and other characters. An announcer reported that widespread panic had broken out in the vicinity of the landing sites, with thousands desperately trying to flee. In fact, that was not far from the truth.

Perhaps as many as a million radio listeners believed that a real Martian invasion was underway. Panic broke out across the country. In New Jersey, terrified civilians jammed highways seeking to escape the alien marauders. People begged police for gas masks to save them from the toxic gas and asked electric companies to turn off the power so that the Martians wouldn’t see their lights. One woman ran into an Indianapolis church where evening services were being held and yelled, “New York has been destroyed! It’s the end of the world! Go home and prepare to die!”

When news of the real-life panic leaked into the CBS studio, Welles went on the air as himself to remind listeners that it was just fiction. There were rumors that the show caused suicides, but none were ever confirmed.”

Let me recommend that you check out the whole show.   It is one of the finest audio programs ever made.  

I can understand why so many people bought into the Martian attack.

Fantastic!

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October 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Happy Halloween: Frank Sinatra and “Witchcraft”

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A little musical note for Halloween 2015……..

FRANK SINATRA

WITCHCRAFT

“Those fingers in my hair That sly come hither stare
That strips my conscience bare It’s witchcraft

And I’ve got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do

‘Cause it’s witchcraft, wicked witchcraft
And although, I know, it’s strictly taboo

When you arouse the need in me
My heart says yes indeed in me
Proceed with what your leading me to

It’s such an ancient pitch But one I wouldn’t switch
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you….”

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October 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

Memo to Mrs Clinton: It will be different in 2016!

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(My new American Thinker post)

Hooray for the GOP candidates for sticking together and fighting back arrogant moderators. It was a great to watch and necessary for the base to know that the days of being nice and gentile are over. We are  not going to play games anymore with Democrats dressed up as reporters.

The CNBC debate is also a message to Hillary Clinton.   

In other words, the GOP candidate in 2016 is not going to turn his (or her) cheek when she plays the gender card or whatever other distraction they come up. Furthermore, the 2016 nominee is not going to sit back and watch a CNN moderator bail out a Democrat as happened in 2012 over Benghazi.

With all due respect to Senator McCain (a war hero) and Governor Romney (a great businessman), this GOP group plans to be assertive and challenge reporters when they ask biased questions.

The CNBC moderators were so bad that even Bill Maher beat them up: “Oh my god did I just hear Ted Cruz say something awesome that I agree with? Yes. The media is even stupider than the pols. Who’s on first?” Stuart Rothenberg piled on: “Wow. CNBC is really blowing it tonight.”

There was so much the moderators could have focused on.  

For example, the news about the economy is horrible. The 3rd quarter grew at 1.5%. Why didn’t CNBC focus on that terrible number and ask some questions about economic programs? I was hoping to hear about that. Wasn’t the theme of the debate “Your vote your money” or something like that? Isn’t CNBC supposed to be a business news network?

Also, what about the economic impact of having Russia take over the Middle East? How will that impact oil prices?

What about the impact of regulations?  

Or the economic state of black America in the 7th year of our first black president? What about the lousy living conditions in our inner cities run by the Democrat Party? Does any candidate have a plan to revive the inner cities after 50 years of Democrat rule?

Instead, we got questions about a company that Dr Carson was associated with, another stupid question about a Trump bankruptcy, a condescending statement to Senator Rubio about his personal finances, and even the NFL fantasy league.

It begs the question: Who did these moderators clear the questions with? Did they do any editorial analysis of their questions? Are these people at CNBC that out of touch with reality?

We can do punditry about who won or lost.  We can start the debate about who gets out or stays in.    

It’s clear to me that the GOP sent out a message last night: They plan to fight and challenge Hillary Clinton’s record, from her ownership of the Obama foreign policy to the Clinton Foundation and the bad economy. And they are not going to sit back and take media bias anymore!

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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October 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

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Our annual Halloween show with Leslie Eastman & Daisy Viktoria

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October 29, 2015 at 11:59 pm

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A Halloween special: “DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD”

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We go back and remember another song about the witch on Halloween………

THE FIFTH ESTATE
DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD

“Ding dong, the witch is dead
Which old witch? The wicked witch!
Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead
Heigh-ho, the derry-o Sing it high, sing it low
Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead

She’s gone where the goblins go Below, below, below
Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing And ring some bells out

Ding dong, the witch is dead Which old witch?
The wicked witch! Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead

She’s gone where the goblins go Below, below, below
Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing And ring some bells out

She’s gone where the goblins go Below, below, below
Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing And ring some bells out

Ding dong, the witch is dead Which old witch?
The wicked witch! Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead

Heigh-ho, the derry-o Sing it high, sing it low
Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead
(Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead)
Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead……….”

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October 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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Still the best Halloween song after all these years!

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My sons don’t “trick or treat” anymore but it’s still great to see the next generation with their costumes and surprises.

To say the least, Halloween is a great excuse for us adults to eat those chocolate treats.    I’ve had my share of “treats” over the years. 

 
Over time, we’ve seen movies, TV specials and have heard songs about Halloween.   I guess that The Charlie Brown special is my favorite.  The Disney stuff is usually good.  I don’t care much for the “Friday 13th” movies.  It’s a bit too scary for me!
 
Halloween song? My favorite, and # 1 after all of these years, is Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash”:

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“I was working in the lab late one night 
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
 
He did the mash He did the monster mash
The monster mash It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash It caught on in a flash
He did the mash He did the monster mash
 
From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes
 
They did the mash They did the monster mash
The monster mash It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash It caught on in a flash
They did the mash They did the monster mash
 
The zombies were having fun The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man Dracula and his son
 
The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, “The Crypt-Kicker Five”
 
They played the mash They played the monster mash
The monster mash It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash It caught on in a flash
They played the mash They played the monster mash
 
Out from his coffin, Drac’s voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, “Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?”
 
It’s now the mash It’s now the monster mash
The monster mash And it’s a graveyard smash
It’s now the mash It’s caught on in a flash
It’s now the mash It’s now the monster mash
 
Now everything’s cool, Drac’s a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you
 
Then you can mash Then you can monster mash
The monster mash And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash You’ll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash Then you can monster mash”

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October 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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A great night for “los cubanos”

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(My new Babalu blog)

The GOP debate will be remembered for two things:

the arrogant moderators, specially John Harwood who should have told the audience that he is in the tank for the Democrats; and,

the amazing performance of Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz.

Before I go, let me add that Governor Christie also had a good night.  Frankly, all of the candidates did well but the two Cuban Americans brought their A-game to the stage.

Senator Rubio once again demonstrated that he is very good on his feet and prepares himself for the “gotcha” questions.  Rubio knew that the moderators would bring up the Sun Sentinel editorial and had a response ready.

Senator Cruz set the tone with an attack on the moderators.  His remarks united the candidates and showed the GOP that you don’t have to take crap from people who are Democrats dressed up as journalists.  It was “….an ‘Encyclopedic Example of Liberal Media Bias“!

Great night for the GOP and specially a couple of “cubanos” who made us proud.

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October 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

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