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The Dallas event remembering the police & Comiskey Park disco 1979

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July 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm

July 12, 1979: Disco and everything went crazy in the old Comiskey Park

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By the summer of 1979, disco music saturated US radio stations.   Everybody was doing disco, from Paul McCartney “Goodnight tonight” to Frankie Avalon’s “Venus“.    Frankly, it was probably too much disco!

On this day in 1979, the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers were scheduled to play a doubleheader.     The Chisox needed a promotion and they got one by joining forces with Chicago DJ Steve Dahl, one of many rock fans who resented how disco threatened rock ’n’ roll.

The promotion called for fans to blow up disco vinyl 45s and LPs between games.

What could possible go wrong?   Everything did, as Joe LaPointe reminded us in his 2009 recalling the 30th anniversary of the event:

During the first game, the stands filled with Dahl’s listeners, who got in for 98 cents if they brought a record to be destroyed.
Alan Trammell, then the Tigers’ shortstop, said, “I remember from the get-go, it wasn’t a normal crowd.” Trammell, now a Cubs coach, said umpires ordered the grounds crew to clear debris from the warning track between innings of the first game.
“The outfielders were definitely a little scared,” Trammell said. Ron LeFlore, a former convict, played center field for Detroit, “and Ronnie wasn’t usually afraid of anything.”
The Sox did not expect such a large crowd, which was officially announced as 47,795. Mike Veeck said that it was really closer to 60,000 and that he had hired security for 35,000. “That’s what we thought attendance would be,” Veeck said.
Staub said: “People brought ladders. They were climbing in from the outside. It was like a riot.”
Veeck ordered yellow-jacketed guards to go outside to stop fans from crashing the gates.
That allowed the spectators inside the ballpark to storm the field without much resistance. Jack Morris, a Tigers pitcher, recalled “whiskey bottles were flying over our dugout” after Detroit won the first game, 4-1.
Then Dahl blew up the records.
“And then all hell broke loose,” Morris said. “They charged the field and started tearing up the pitching rubber and the dirt. They took the bases. They started digging out home plate.”

By the way, I had tickets to the game.    My senior partner took me along on a business trip to Chicago.   He knew that I was a baseball fan and would enjoy the game.

We took a morning flight, landed at Midway, went to the hotel and headed for the park.

We never got in.   We were greeted by police officers who were telling fans to go home because the game was cancelled.

We went back to the hotel and saw the chaos on TV.

A couple of months later, we got a letter from Mr Veech along with a refund check. 

My guess is that the White Sox never had another promotion like that again.

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July 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

Obamacare ready for last rites?

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(My new American Thinker post)

How many more of these exchanges have to fail before ObamaCare collapses on its own? The latest two are Connecticut and Oregon!    

Obamacare failed because it was rushed without any open discussion or effort to attract Republican support. The “I won” comments may have been good politics but they doomed the stimulus in 2009 and ObamaCare in 2010.

Many on our side believe that Obamacare was created to fail, or the one about the government stepping in with a single-payer plan after thousands are left without coverage. However, I think that idea is going to crash too, according to Brenda Kirby:

Some critics of the Affordable Care Act have suggested that it was designed to fail to pave the way for what liberals truly want — a completely government-run health care system. Indeed, both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the proposed Democratic Party platform call for moving the health care system in that direction.
But Haislmaier said he believes neither a universal health system nor a full repeal of Obamacare are likely.
“The Left wants to go to strongly to single payer,” he said. “They won’t get there because they won’t be able to sell the tax increases.”

That’s correct. No U.S. Congress is going to pass the tax increases necessary to bring Obamacare back to life, assuming that it can be revived with fresh dollars.   

So what happens?   

President Hillary Clinton will be forced to reform it. It will continue to be called Obamacare but no one will remember it as the act that was designed to give us affordable health care.     

President Trump will try to repeal it but they won’t get the 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to kill it. So he may use executive orders to smash it whenever possible.  

One way or another, Obamacare is in the E.R., and calling a priest for last rites may be appropriate.

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July 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

The 2016 election before the conventions with Barry Casselman

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July 12, 2016 at 7:48 am

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