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The day after the convention and a bad GDP report

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We will look back at the GOP and Democrat conventions………the VP selections, Kaine & Pence………the Clinton vs Trump race heading into the summer………the Sanders factor………the anti-Trump factor………..the hacking of the DNC and the emails………..the latest GDP numbers will be a nightmare for the Clinton-Kaine…..also, my AT post about how the PC culture is killing us and causing people to say nothing for fear of this or that…..and more stories...

Click to listen: The day after the convention and a bad GDP report 07/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

It’s Michael Young weekend around here

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Michael Young will join the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame this weekend.     He will be formally added on a pre-game ceremony on Saturday night.

Michael Young is one of my all time favorite players.    

His numbers were awesome:  .300 career batting average, 2,375 hits in 1,970 games plus 1,030 RBI.   He won a batting title in 2005 and led the AL in hits several times.   He came playing second, switched to shortstop in 2004 and finished at third in 2010.    He was also used at first and DH the last season.    Young was a key player in the 2010 and 2011 AL pennants.    

Off the field, he was the team leader because he played hard and kept everybody loose in the clubhouse.    

Michael Young joined the Rangers’ office and works with young players in the system.




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July 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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1996: Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball

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From 1976 to 1996, Tommy Lasorda led the Dodgers to 2 World Series (1981 and 1988), 4 NL pennants and 7 division titles.  

He left after a a heart attack and an angioplasty procedure the month before.

Lasorda pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954-55 but never got a decision.  

As a manager, Lasorda was one of the best:  1599 wins.    He was the NL Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988.   In 2000, a retired Lasorda led the USA baseball team to a gold medal.

A wonderful baseball man, one of the greatest ambassadors of the game ever!

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July 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm

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The amazing Ichiro should get to 3,000 this weekend!

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It seems like only yesterday that Ichiro Suzuki broke with Seattle in 2001.      

We got to see a lot of Ichiro because the Rangers and Mariners are in the AL West, i.e. play each other 18 times every year.

Since getting 242 hits and hitting .350 in his rookie season, Ichiro has been an amazing hitting machine:  2,533 hits in 1,884 games in Seattle or 1.34 hits per game!

Add to this great defense, a superb arm, 507 Stolen Bases, 92 triples including 12 in 2005 and you have a real Hall of Fame candidate.

His numbers dropped in New York and Miami but he is in great shape at age 42.

So best of luck to Ichiro and his quest to 3,000 hits!   He is truly amazing!

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July 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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A movie with Nancy Davis who became Nancy Reagan

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What can you find on TV these days?

I was flipping channels and found this movie at TCM.     It is “Shadow in the sky”, a 1952 drama starring Nancy Davis, Ralph Meeker and James Whitmore.   It is a complex plot and one of those movies that you have to watch more than once.  

Nevertheless, there was the future Nancy Reagan and First Lady of the US playing the role of an early 1950s mom.

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July 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

PC and ‘taco bowl outreach’

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(My new American Thinker post)

Once upon in a time, no one in the U.S. would have gotten all worked up about reading that a DNC staffer referred to the Hispanic effort as “taco bowl outreach“.    

Most people would have filed those remarks under the “silly” file or just a couple of staffers trying to be funny or whatever. No one would have concluded that there was a racial connotation to any of this.    

Furthermore, no one would have been outraged at Mr. Trump eating a taco salad on “Cinco de Mayo”.    

Or that Speaker Ryan was making a demographic statement with a selfie surrounded by interns.

Unfortunately, we are now reaping the world that the left and PC have created. It is a messy world, not a better one.     

Not long ago, I read an article by comedian John Cleese about how PC was killing comedy:

Monty Python member John Cleese has become the latest comedy legend to wade into the shark-infested waters that is the debate over political correctness in comedy.

In a video for commentary website Big Think, Cleese warns that over sensitivity from political correctness is hurting comedy and could lead to a society where free expression is not allowed.

Cleese lays out a theory that “all comedy is critical,” in that it in some way comments or passes judgment on something the joke-teller observes, and therefore whoever is being judged by the joke could feel offended by it. 

Cleese objects to offended parties trying to regulate other peoples’ thoughts and behaviors, as that leads to a culture where ideas are not allowed to be freely exchanged and dissent is suppressed.

Cleese says that he’s been warned against performing at colleges, because it’s on university campuses in particular where “the political correctness has been taken from being a good idea, which is ‘Let’s not be mean in particular to people who are not able to look after themselves very well,’ to the point where any kind of criticism of any individual or group could be labeled cruel.”

And so true that it is.     

As the song goes: “Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end….”

Unfortunately, they’ve ended and we are not better off. We are now living in a culture where people are literally afraid of saying something about a person of a different race for fear of being called a racist. HR departments have bosses and supervisors tangled up in bureaucratic verbiage to avoid turning a review into a civil rights case.

That’s not improvement. That’s a disaster that will lead to less talk, less understanding and a heck of a lot less laughter.

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July 29, 2016 at 6:31 am