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

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda…….we will discuss the bombs in New York-New Jersey…..terrorism is here…….PC and terrorism……Trump vs Clinton 2016……polls show a tight race………Polls also show that blacks and Hispanics are not enthusiastic with the Clinton candidacy….President Obama at the UN……….and other stories of the week……

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September 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Happy # 76 Paul Williams, great songwriter

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Happy # 76 to Paul Williams,  one of best songwriters of recent pop music.        His songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, The Dixie Chicks, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog.

Paul Williams won the lottery sort of when Richard Carpenter heard a radio commercial about mortgage plans for recently married couples.  Richard played it for Karen and we know the rest of the story, i.e. “We’ve only just begun”.

It became The Carpenters’ 2nd big song and a track from the “Close to You” album.  It is their signature song and a very popular tune for newlyweds.

The Carpenters also recorded “Rainy Days and Mondays”, a truly magnificent vocal performance by Karen Carpenter.

Three Dog Night kept the streak going with “An old fashioned love song”, my favorite song by that group.

Last, but not least, Kermit the Frog also recorded one of Williams’ songs: “Rainbow connection”.

Enjoy Paul’s songs because they are wonderful.

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September 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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We remember Charmian Anne Farnon (1942-2016)

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Charmian Anne Farnon died this weekend.   We remember her as Liesl Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music”, one of the most popular films of the 1960’s.    I read that she did  not do much acting after that film.   She married a dentist and settled into motherhood and family life.

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September 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

We remember Mama Cass (1941-1974)

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Ellen Naomi Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1941.   We remember her as Mama Cass of the Mamas & Papas.    She and Jim Morrison attended George Washington High School in Virginia.  

In the 1960’s, Cass joined John Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips and became The Mamas & Papas.   In 1968, Cass went solo and had some hits until her death in 1974.

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September 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

Khris Davis, 10 HR vs Texas in 2016!

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The Texas Rangers will eventually clinch the AL West, i.e. magic number is 5!  

Nevertheless, let’s make Khris Davis Rangers Killer 2016!     He hit # 10 vs Texas and 40 this season.      He passed Reggie Jackson who hit 9 in 1974.

The A’s are 8-8 vs Texas with 3 more coming up in Oakland.

Davis  is 28 and started with Milwaukee.   I don’t know why the Brewers traded him to the A’s in early 2016.   It looks like a good deal for Oakland at this point.

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September 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

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1960: A visitor to the UN became an issue in the presidential election

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(My new American Thinker post)

President Obama, and other world leaders, will be making their visits and speaking before the UN.      

In 2007, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela came and caused quite a controversy calling President Bush ‘the devil”. Not long ago, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the leader of Iran came to New York and said some rather bizarre things.

By mid-September 1960, the Nixon-Kennedy campaign was underway. Everyone was talking about the debates around the corner. And both candidates were talking about a visitor to the UN.  

Cuba’s Fidel Castro arrived in New York on September 18, 1960:

“In September 1960, Castro led a delegation to New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly. He and his entourage caused an immediate sensation by deciding to stay at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem. While there, Castro met with a number of African-American leaders, including Malcolm X from the Nation of Islam and the poet Langston Hughes.

On September 26, Castro delivered a blistering attack on what he termed American “aggression” and “imperialism.”

For over four hours, Castro lambasted U.S. policy toward Cuba and other nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The United States, he declared, had “decreed the destruction” of his revolutionary government.

Castro’s visit and lengthy public denunciation marked the final breaking point in relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

In January 1961, the Eisenhower administration severed all diplomatic relations with Cuba.”

Cuba also became a hot topic in the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Kennedy took a very tough posture toward Castro and criticized the Eisenhower policy. I recall that my parents, and many Cubans, followed these debates with keen interest. Cuba had never seen such an important issue in a U.S. presidential election.

Unfortunately, President Kennedy did not support the men of Brigade 2506 at the Bay of Pigs. It turned into a huge victory for the Castro regime and the invasion was followed by severe repression against anti-Castro Cubans on the island.

The Missile Crisis followed 18 months later!

My guess is that no one 56 years ago thought that the bearded Cuban would become such a headache for the winner of the election.

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September 19, 2016 at 6:16 am

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