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Happy # 81 to Mudcat Grant

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Time flies and we remember another one of those 1965 Minnesota Twins who won the AL pennant and lost to the LA Dodgers.    As I’ve mentioned before, the 1965 Twins were the first team that I followed when we got to Wisconsin in late 1964.    

James Timothy Grant was born in Florida and quickly became known as Mudcat.   He broke with the Indians in 1958 and did quite well:    10 wins and 11 complete games.  

He was traded to Minnesota in 1964 and pitched the Twins to the AL pennant in 1965:   21-7, 6 shutouts, 14 complete games and 3.30 ERA.    

Overall, he won 145 games and won game 6 of the 1965 World Series.   He was named The Sporting News American League Pitcher in 1965.  He was the first black pitcher in AL history to win 20 games in a season and a World Series game.    

Happy birthday Mudcat!

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August 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

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We remember Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on this day in 1899 and died in 1980.   He made some of the greatest films of the 20th century,  from “The birds” to “It takes a thief”.   He clearly had a knack for suspense:

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August 13, 2016 at 7:00 am

Airports and the agony of watching CNN

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(My new American Thinker post)

Over the last week, we traveled to a niece’s wedding and had a chance to spend some time with my recently widowed mother. It was the kind of family quality time that we all yearn for except for having to watch CNN at hotel lobbies and airports.     

On Tuesday night, the day that so many at CNN thought that Mr Trump had issued a call for NRA people to eliminate Mrs. Clinton, the panels at CNN were somewhere between silly and hysterical.It was the kind of selective outrage that we’ve come to love from liberals who went mute when far worse things were said about President Bush or VP Cheney.

At one point, I looked around the gate and nobody was watching…. wonder why? I got so fed up that I was following the Rangers-Rockies game on my phone!

On Wednesday, I reconnected with the world and found that CNN had dropped to 3rd, which is a fancy way of saying that you are last in the cable news business. In other words, there are only 3 so 3rd means last.

According to TV Newser, it was something like this:

FNC: 2.035 
MSNBC: 1.407
CNN: 807

So even MSNBC, the laughingstock of cable news unless you think that President Bush knew of the 9-11 attack in advance, beat CNN by quite a lot.    
My guess is that people watching MSNBC are so far gone that they are not even hearing the anti-Trump bashing. On the other hand, CNN reaches a lot of people at public places and most of them just looked at the phones and prayed that the flight was not delayed.

Maybe Mrs. Clinton will defeat Mr Trump. It goes without saying that Mr Trump has not helped himself much since clinching the nomination in Indiana, or over 90 days ago.

At the same time, there is a point where media bias is so obvious that even the people forced to watch CNN at airports just look the other way and find something else to do with their lives.    

Let’s look at the treatment of Mr. Mateen, the gay-basher, Taliban-sympathizer father of the Orlando terrorist. He showed up feet away from Mrs. Clinton at a rally, then endorsed her, and everybody at CNN was looking to blame it on staff. On the other hand, David Duke endorsed Mr Trump and you’d think that it was the end of the world as we’ve known it!

Then there is the latest email dump! Many in the media defend Mrs. Clinton by saying that it was “staff” again. Whose staff are they? They work for Mrs. Clinton, who happened to be Secretary of State at the time that this was going on.

Trump has work to do but his enemies in the media are showing so much bias that a backlash in coming, and perhaps already underway.

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August 13, 2016 at 6:48 am