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1956: Mantle’s long homerun

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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 could have traveled more than 600 feet. 

It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.

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May 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Same Cuba, same Castro regime

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(My new American Thinker post)

Let’s do a quick before and after President Obama normalized relations with Cuba.

Before December 2014, there was a lot of repression in Cuba. Since then, there is still a lot of repression in Cuba. The only difference is the U.S. flag in an embassy in Havana.  

We keep getting these reports from Cuba, as posted over at PanAm Post:

The Cuban police raided the national headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), a civil dissidence group in opposition to Raúl Castro’s administration.

Without giving explanation, security confiscated three computers, two cell phones, a hard drive, passports and other hardware and records.

Arcelio Molina, an activist and owner of the property, told the newspaper Martí Noticias that police also seized the luggage of the youth leader Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, who traveled from Santiago de Cuba to Havana to take a flight to Argentina.

According to Molina, Oliva can’t travel, and has since been arrested.

This is the fourth time this year that state security has raided and confiscated Unpacu’s equipment.

Molina added that what has transpired is a classic “trampling” of citizens’ rights in the country, “where there are no laws or respect for the constitution on the part of the authorities.”

It’s hard to believe that the normalization supporters thought that you could change Cuba by saving the Castro regime. Let’s look at some of the arguments for normalization:   

1) Opening up Cuba will be good for the Cuban people. Really? Is that why they continue to leave? There are now Cubans in Colombia looking to travel to the U.S.

2) Allowing US businesses to operate in Cuba will bring prosperity to the island. The idea is that Cubans would get a taste of capitalism and demand more of it. Really? There is no evidence that the Castro regime is allowing Cubans to play the capitalism game.

So where are we? We are watching the consequences of bailing out a regime and demanding nothing from it.

We are where many of us feared that we’d be!   

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


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May 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

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

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May 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

We remember Bob Hope (1903-2003)

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Did you know that Bob Hope was born in England?   I didn’t until today.   He was born on this day in 1903 and lived 100 years plus 2 months!

Hope’s family moved to the US when he was 4 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.   His family passed through Ellis Island in 1908.

He started in the radio in the 1920s and gradually made it to movies.   Later in life, he’d visit US troops every year at Christmas.    

Very funny guy.


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May 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

1989: Mike Schmidt retired

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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.   Schmidt was the last guy in the world that you wanted to face with the game on the line!

He played for several Phillies championship teams, including the 1980 World Series champs and the 1983 NL champs.   

Along the way, he hit four home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, won six Silver Slugger Awards, including five consecutive (1980 through 1984, then one more in 1986) & won ten Gold Glove Awards.

Last, but not least, he ranked 28th by The Sporting News when they released their 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball.

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May 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

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1848: Wisconsin joined the Union

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Wisconsin joined the Union on this day in 1848.    It was state # 30 on the way to 50!

Our family lived in Wisconsin when we came to the US.   It was a wonderful place and I still have great memories of friends and places in Wisconsin.  

We wrote a book those early days in Wisconsin:

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May 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

1813: The week Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence

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(My new American Thinker post)

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson’s glorious pen gave the Declaration of Independence the lines that we all love.  Adams was a major force in leading the colonies toward independence.

They were part of the first Cabinet under President Washington.  Mr. Adams was the first V.P. and the second president.  Mr. Jefferson was the second V.P. and third president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship.

After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts, and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.  

Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  They were miles apart in more ways than one!

Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813:

Following 12 years of bitter silence caused by their disagreement over the role of the new federal government, the two old friends managed to reestablish the discourse of their younger years spent in Philadelphia, where they both served in the Continental Congress, and Paris, where they served together as ambassadors to France.
In 1812, Benjamin Rush, a Patriot and physician from Philadelphia, initiated a renewed correspondence and reconciliation between his two friends and ex-presidents.
The correspondence continued until Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence that all three friends had signed in 1776.

The Jefferson-Adams bitter feud remind us that politics has always been rough.  

The letters are now a big part of our history.  A good place to start is the John Adams HBO series.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.   We discussed the Adams-Jefferson letters on Saturday’s show:


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May 29, 2016 at 6:30 am