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Clinton’s medical problems and a look at Latin America stories of the week 

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a look at the conflict between China and Venezuela…… of a Trump victory and the Mexican peso…….plus we look at the US election and the latest medical episode involving Mrs Clinton………….and other political stories of the week………………..

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Source: Clinton’s medical problems and a look at Latin America stories of the week 09/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

September 1967: “Ode to Billie Joe” was # 1

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A few days ago, I saw a video of Bobbie Gentry singing her big country hit “Ode to Billie Joe”.    I think that it was her only hit but she did record some songs with Glen Campbell.

It is one of the most intriguing song lyrics ever.   I love Bobbie’s very strong southern accent.  I love the lyrics and her singing of small town life in Mississippi.  

And let me add that she is very good looking “Southern girl” too!

I even remember a “made for TV” movie about this song.    It did not do the song any justice!  Bad movie!  Don’t watch it!  Don’t waste your time!

“Ode” was one of the biggest hits of the late 1960’s and won Bobbie a bunch of awards.    It is also # 419 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 songs of all time.

It also left a lot of us wondering about Billy Joe and why he jumped off the bridge.    Why?  Why did he do it?  Who pushed him?

Click for the song:

“It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked
back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered out the back door
 “y’all remember to wipe your feet”
And then she said
“I got some news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge”
“Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”
And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
“Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense,
pass the biscuits, please”
“There’s five more acres in the lower forty I’ve got to plow”
And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin’ ever comes to no good
up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy Joe MacAllister’s jumped
off the Tallahatchie Bridge
And Brother said he recollected when he
and Tom and Billie Joe
Put a frog down my back at the
Carroll County picture show
And wasn’t I talkin’ to him after church last Sunday night?
“I’ll have another piece of apple pie,
you know it don’t seem right”
“I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge”
“And now you tell me Billie Joe’s
jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”
And Mama said to me “Child,
what’s happened to your appetite?”
“I’ve been cookin’ all morning
and you haven’t touched a single bite”
“That nice young preacher,
Brother Taylor, dropped by today”
“Said he’d be pleased to have dinner
on Sunday, oh, by the way”
“He said he saw a girl that looked a lot
like you up on Choctaw Ridge”
“And she and Billy Joe was throwing
somethin’ off the Tallahatchie Bridge”
A year has come ‘n’ gone since
we heard the news ’bout Billy Joe
And Brother married Becky Thompson,
they bought a store in Tupelo
There was a virus going ’round,
Papa caught it and he died last Spring
And now Mama doesn’t seem to wanna do much of anything
And me, I spend a lot of time
pickin’ flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
And drop them into the muddy water
off the Tallahatchie Bridge….”

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September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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1936: 17-year old Bob Feller strikes out 17

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Bob Feller was only 17 when he struck out 17:  

On this day in 1936, 17-year-old Cleveland Indians pitching ace “Rapid” Robert Feller strikes out 17 batters in a game, setting a new American League record. Feller allowed just two hits in the game to help his team to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia A’s.

Feller was born November 3, 1918, in Van Meter, Iowa. An only child, he spent his days pitching against the side of a barn on his family’s farm.

At just 16 years old, in July 1935, Feller signed with Cy Slapnicka, a Cleveland Indian scout, in exchange for an autographed baseball and one dollar.

On August 25, 1936, when he was still only 17, Feller made his first start, striking out 15 St. Louis Browns with a blazing fastball and knee-buckling curveball that would be the hallmarks of his long and storied career.

On September 13, Feller started the first game of a double-header against the Philadelphia A’s at League Park in Cleveland. The young pitcher’s fastball was effective from the start and he was soon racking up strikes at a pace unseen in the American League since Rube Waddell of the St. Louis Browns struck out 16 batters in 1908.

Feller’s 17 strikeouts that day tied Dizzy Dean’s modern major league record, set in 1933.

Two years later, on the last day of the 1938 season, Feller broke Dean’s record when he struck out 18 Detroit Tigers, setting a modern record that would stand for 31 years. (It was finally broken in 1969 by St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher, Steve Carlton.

He was fantastic, one of the all time greats:  266 wins, 279 complete games, 44 shutouts and a 3.25 ERA.

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September 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

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We remember Milton Hershey (1857-1945)

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We remember Milton Hershey, the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company.   Hershey was one of the great entrepreneurs of the 20th century.    

He built a great company and left us many foundations and Hershey, Pennsylvania:    

As the company grew and Hershey’s wealth expanded, so did his vision for creating a model community in his home region. In the town that came to be known as Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey built schools, parks, churches, recreational facilities and housing for his employees. He even added a trolley system for his workers.

At his side for much of this philanthropy was his wife, Catherine, whom he’d married in 1898. Unable to have children of their own, the Hersheys focused a good portion of their giving on endeavors that affected kids. In 1909 the couple opened the Hershey Industrial School, a facility for orphaned boys. It has since become a landing spot for girls as well and is now known as the Milton Hershey School.

A great businessman!

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September 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

Not sure VP Biden would be an acceptable replacement

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(My new American Thinker post)

It is inevitable that we are discussing a Clinton replacement. In fact, Cokie Roberts of NPR said that they were talking about such a possibility even before Sunday’s medical incident.  

This is from Briebart:

“The fact that it comes now when the polls are tightening and Democrats are already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump and it is taking her off of the campaign trail, canceling her trip to California — it has them very nervously beginning to whisper about having her step aside and finding another candidate.”

When asked if that really could happen, Roberts called it “unlikely to be a real thing,” but floated the name of Vice President Joe Biden as a possible replacement.

“I think it is unlikely to be a real thing,” she added. “And I’m sure it is an overreaction of an already skittish party. But you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee chair convenes the committee and they vote. Now ironically, the candidate who everybody looks at is Joe Biden, who is older than Hillary Clinton. But then again, so is Donald Trump and by the way we know nothing about his health.”

Let me be a bit skeptical about VP Biden replacing Mrs. Clinton:

First, is the party ready for two white guys? How is that going to fly with a party more and more dominated by Hispanics and African Americans? Why wouldn’t the delegates demand a woman, such as Senator Warren for president or even vice president replacing Senator Kaine?   

Second, is VP Biden up to it? I’m not talking about his health but his mindset. My guess is that VP and Mrs. Biden were already planning for a little time off after January.

Third, and perhaps most important, what about the Sanders supporters? Don’t they have the right to demand a voice after the numbers that he put together in the primaries? Would a Biden-Kaine ticket keep most of them home?

Again, we wish Mrs. Clinton well but there are legitimate reasons to doubt that she can go on campaigning or standing up for 90 minutes in a debate two weeks from now. In my mind, there are also sound reasons to doubt that the Democrats will just hand over the nomination to VP Biden.

This is only starting and will get even more interesting over the next few weeks.

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September 13, 2016 at 6:25 am