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Archive for September 25th, 2016

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

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………Trump vs Clinton and Monday’s debate……the polls are still too close to call or in the margin of error…………new information about President Obama and Mrs Clinton’s emails……..did President Obama really send Mrs Clinton an email with an assumed name…….Vince Scully will call his last for the Dodgers………Israel PM will meet with President Obama, Mr Trump & Mrs Clinton……and other stories…..

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 09/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Astros 1986: Mike Scott clinches NL West with a no-hitter

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On this day in 1986, I was in the car and listening to the Astros play the Giants.   It turned out to be a great top of the 9th to catch on the radio:    

“………..the Astros needed just one victory to clinch the second division title in franchise history. Sending their ace Mike Scott to the mound, the Astros and the 32,000-plus fans in attendance got more than they bargained for. With a performance that virtually assured him the Cy Young award, Scott no-hit the San Francisco Giants for the clincher, setting up a playoff showdown with the New York Mets two weeks later. 
Scott was dominating, allowing only three runners while striking out 13. The game was close to the end, with their only runs coming from a solo homer by Denny Walling in the fifth inning and an RBI single by Jose Cruz in the seventh inning.
The 1986 season holds a special place in the heart of many Astros fans, partly because it was the last time that the team had come a heartbeat away from a trip to the World Series. 
The season ended with a heartbreaking, 16-inning playoff loss to the Mets in Game 6 of the NLCS — a game that many call the “greatest game ever played.” With Scott waiting to take the mound in Game 7, many Mets admitted afterwards that they considered Game 6 a “do or die” game. 
The Astros consolation prizes after the season came when Scott won the Cy Young award, the first and only Astro pitcher to win the award. 
Since the team struggled in 1987 and started rebuilding in 1990, many fans now look back at the 1986 team as greatest of the strong teams from the Eighties.

The 1986 Astros were indeed a great team.   Mike Scott won 88 games over a 5-year span in Houston.   He retired with 124 wins but will always be remembered for that magical afternoon!

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September 25, 2016 at 2:39 pm

1970: We said Hello to The Partridge Family on TV this week

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The Partridge Family made its debut on ABC this week in 1970.   

They were inspired by The Cowsills, the pop group that featured mom singing with her kids.    

Apparently, the idea of the show was offered to The Cowsills but it did not work out.   

The band had a couple of big hits.   

In the end, David Cassidy became a huge teen idol and had hits as a solo artist in the 1970’s.

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September 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

The Beatles cartoon series 1965-69

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles made their debut on Saturday morning TV.   They made 39 episodes and the segments were based on a song.    

It was fun back then.   They are even more fun now, specially the dialogue between the guys.    This is another example of something that gets better with age!

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September 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

What a shock: Jose Fernandez dead at 24!

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We just learned that Jose Fernandez, the very talented young righthander with the Marlins is dead.   He was apparently killed in a boating accident but details are still emerging.   

He was an awesome young talent and quite an inspiration:    

Fernandez was winding down his best big league season, posting a 16-8 record with a 2.86 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander set a franchise record with 253 strikeouts this season, and his 12.49 strikeouts per nine innings rank tops in the Majors.Fernandez’s path to the big leagues is inspirational.Three times he tried unsuccessfully to defect from his native Cuba before arriving in the United States at age 15. He settled in Tampa, Fla., and became a sensation.Fernandez was Miami’s first-round pick in 2011, and at age 20 he broke into the big leagues, becoming an All-Star and the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013.

RIP Jose.   Quite a shock!

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September 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

Cuba and the lessons of socialism

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(My new American Thinker post)

Over time, I have learned two lessons about socialism: first, it does not work, and second, some people just don’t want to believe that it does not work.

The story of Cuban communism, or socialism, is a good case in point.   

I’ve run into people over the years who praise the Cuban health care system or the so-called improvements in education.

Every time I challenge them, they refer to some report from the Cuban government or something a college professor told them.

It is refreshing to see someone again tackle the myths of Cuba, the self-proclaimed island paradise that is more like an island prison with a couple of bearded brothers sitting on top.

So thumbs up to Vanesa Vallejo, a Colombian economist and columnist:

Almost 60 years later, the results of the Castro dictatorship are appalling. Millions of Cubans have been forced to flee the island. Thousands have died defending their political ideas, while many others have spent decades in prison, or have been persecuted and harassed by Castro’s security services.

In the economics, the picture is no less devastating. The destruction of private property and free trade have had no other effect than to tear down the country’s productivity. And the few areas that look prosperous, such as tourism, only serve to ensure, using foreign currencies, the continuity of the regime’s coercive apparatus.

Castro’s followers insist that the terrible results Cubans face are compensated by an alleged welfare state that guarantees all kinds of social benefits to its citizens. In addition, they say Cuba is a true socialist utopia that, despite the opposition of the “empire,” serves as an example for the rest of Latin America.

To support their opinion, they mention its health and education systems, and even the achievements of its athletes. The blame also falls on the “embargo,” with accusations that the United States prevented the paradise island from being even more idyllic.

One of the challenges of dismantling the myths of “Fidel’s paradise” is the absence of reliable statistics. There is no independent validation for the extraordinary coverage and quality indicators of health on the island, which progressives often use for propaganda.

It would be very naive to believe that in a country where there is no free press, and where people cannot express themselves against the government without going to jail, a serious audit of the figures of the health system are allowed.

The last point is critical.  There is no objective report of any of Cuba’s health care or anything else.  What you get is a summary written by the people who don’t allow you to challenge anything.  There is no free press demanding government documents.  There are no investigative reporters or any other reporters since every one works for the state media.

Change will eventually come to Cuba.  We are off to a rough start because the Obama approach has done nothing but to consolidate the people running everything.  Nevertheless, change will come someday, and the truth of the Castro regime will be revealed.  It will be an embarrassing moment for the many carrying Castro water all of these years.

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September 25, 2016 at 6:51 am