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The Syria cease fire plus more terror in the US with Barry Jacobsen 

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian……..Terror in New York and New Jersey………what did these last bombing tell us about the terror threat in the US? A cease fire in Syria involving the US and Russia…….what challenges lie ahead for President Obama at the US……….and other stories of the week…… Click to listen: 

Source: The Syria cease fire plus more terror in the US with Barry Jacobsen 09/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

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1982-1998: The Ripken streak ended after 2,632 games

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It started on May 30, 1982 and it ended September 20, 1998.     Cal Ripken decided to take a night off.  

This is how it was reported by Richard Justice:   

What once seemed unthinkable became reality for the Baltimore Orioles tonight when Cal Ripken removed himself from the starting lineup, thus ending one of the most remarkable – and perhaps untouchable – achievements in the history of professional sports.

Until tonight, Ripken had started and played in 2,632 consecutive games for the Orioles. It was a streak that began on May 30, 1982, and established him as one of the toughest and most resourceful athletes ever.

In a time in which players routinely switch from team to team and league to league, Ripken, who turned 38 last month, has been the image of consistency. He has played his entire 17-year major league career a few miles south of his hometown of Aberdeen.

Ripken said he decided to end the streak after conversations with his wife, Kelly, his parents and a few close friends. Orioles Manager Ray Miller had penciled him into the lineup against the New York Yankees for what would have been his 2,633rd consecutive game, but shortly after batting practice, Ripken approached Miller and said: “I think it’s time.”

Ripken retired after the 2001 season.

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September 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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1968: Mantle hit # 536, his last HR

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Mickey Mantle hit # 536 on this day in 1968.   Jim Lonborg of Boston was the pitcher.   It was # 18 of the season and at Fenway Park.

Mantle retired at the end of the season.   His last game at Yankee Stadium came on September 25th.   The Yankees did not formally say goodbye until 1969 when Mick retired.

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September 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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We remember Jim Croce (1943-1973)

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Jim Croce had a brief but very important musical career.   He released five albums & 11 singles.    He had two # 1 hits:  “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle”.    

On this day in 1973, Croce and 5 others were killed in a plane crash.   He was on tour and about to release a new single:  “I got a name”.  

Great talent!

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September 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

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Happy # 82 Sophia Loren

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Let me say Happy # 82 Sophia Loren.    She looks great:

“As a teenager, Sofia began entering beauty contests, and she eventually caught the attention of the Italian movie producer Carlo Ponti (1912-2007). In the early 1950s, Ponti (who later produced Federico Fellini’s 1954 La Strada and 1965’s Doctor Zhivago), started using her for small roles and by the mid-1950s, the dark-haired beauty (now known as Sophia Loren) was a star in Italy. She earned international notice in the 1957 English-language films Boy on a Dolphin, co-starring Alan Ladd, and The Pride and the Passion, co-starring Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant and directed by Stanley Kramer (The Defiant Ones, Judgment at Nuremberg, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner).\

In 1957, Loren married the divorced Ponti by proxy in Mexico, which caused a scandal in Italy, a heavily Catholic country where divorce was illegal. Loren continued to make movies in Italy and America, co-starring with a long list of Hollywood’s top leading men. She appeared with Clark Gable in 1960’s It Started in Naples, Peter Sellars in 1960’sThe Millionairess and Charlton Heston in 1961’s El Cid. In 1962, Loren won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as a widowed mother trapped in a love triangle with her teenage daughter in the Italian film Two Women (released in the United States in 1961). Her Oscar win made her the first actress ever to win that honor for a foreign-language film. She was nominated for a second Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Matrimonio all’Italia, or Marriage Italian Style, which co-starred Marcello Mastroianni. Released in the United States in 1964, Marriage Italian Style was also nominated in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Among Loren’s other film credits in the 1960s were Lady L (1965) with Paul Newman, Arabesque (1966) with Gregory Peck and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), co-starring Marlon Brando and helmed by Charlie Chaplin in his final time in the director’s chair.
After giving birth to her two sons, Loren stepped back from the spotlight and began acting less frequently. In 1994, she appeared in Robert Altman’s Pret-a-Porter, and in 1995 she was featured in Grumpier Old Men alongside Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Ann-Margret. In 2002, Loren starred in Between Strangers, directed by her younger son, Edoardo Ponti.”

Her movies with Marcello Mastrionni were absolute classics.   I guess that they’d be PG-13 today.  They had great chemistry on screen!

Overall, one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century!

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September 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

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A good book: “Omaha In The Time Of Saints” by Bruce Woodhull

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September 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

President Obama at the UN…this is not 2009!

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 2009, a recently elected President Obama raised a lot of expectations. In fact, the world was so high on Obama that they gave him a Nobel Peace Prize over in Stockholm.   

Don’t expect anything near that as Obama addresses the UN this week. Even the “Nobelistas” have their regrets.    

To be fair, some of the high expectations were just plain silly, or more evidence that Bush Derangement Syndrome was not limited to Democrats. What were these people thinking? That he walked on water? That he would fix the world’s problems with a speech?   

This week, Obama won’t be saying that he ended wars or made the U.S. more popular. He may try, but no one in that audience will believe him. They are more likely to remember the humiliation by China or a Middle East that does not look like wars have ended.

President Obama is apparently going to make “refugees” his swan song, as we see in this report:

The president is expected to announce new commitments from world leaders and business executives to assist refugees — including a vow to welcome 110,000 into the United States next year — during a special gathering on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. 

The new U.S. refu­gee target is nearly a 30 percent increase from 2016.

But critics say the summit merely serves to highlight Obama’s failings on the issue, including his refusal to use U.S. military power to carve out safe areas for those fleeing the Syrian regime’s barrel bombs and artillery attacks.

The problem is that President Obama is on the wrong side of history, as the liberals always like to tell us.  

First, chaotic immigration, or what we are seeing in Europe, has become a political nightmare. Just ask Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Additionally, it’s very difficult to welcome people who don’t share Western values (i.e. women’s rights) and don’t seem very eager to assimilate.     

As a refugee myself, me and my family came here completely aware that we had a responsibility to learn English and to respect the laws of the country that gave us a second chance at life. We never expected that the U.S. would change to accommodate us. On the contrary, we were eager to change or assimilate.

Second, the bombs over the weekend in New Jersey/New York, and the stabbing in Minnesota, will make it even more difficult to bring refugees to the U.S.   We will hear more calls for “vetting” and a second look at bringing people into the country, especially after a story about 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship!

Finally, we will give President Obama the benefit of the doubt and that he means well and cares about the refugees. Unfortunately, it was his policies, such as the premature withdrawal from Iraq and unwillingness to take down Assad in Syria, that exploded the refugee crisis.    

So much for legacy and another trip to the U.N.!

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September 20, 2016 at 6:41 am

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