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Archive for September 26th, 2016

The 2016 election and other thoughts with Richard Baehr of American Thinker

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Guest: Richard Baehr, Chief Political Correspondent for American Thinker…….also contributor to other online political sites……….we will take a look at Monday’s debate………..plus the recent disclosure that President Obama used a ‘fake name’ to communicate with Secretary Clinton……….how much credibility has the FBI lost?…..and other stories….. Click the link below to listen:

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September 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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1971: Jim Palmer makes it four 20-game winners for Baltimore

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Jim Palmer and the Orioles made a little history on this day in 1971:   

Palmer dismantled the Cleveland offense with his typical pinpoint precision and control, giving up only three hits on the way to a 5-0 Oriole victory, for his 20th win of the season.
Palmer ended 1971 with 20-10 record and a 2.71 earned run average, while McNally went 21-5 with a 2.89, Cuellar went 20-9 with a 3.08 and Dobson finished 20-8 with a 2.90. 
After beating the A’s in the playoffs, the Orioles lost a heartbreaking seven-game World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by superstar Roberto Clemente.

It was indeed a tough series against Pittsburgh.    At one point in game 7, the O’s had McNally and Dobson warming up in the bullpen.   It must have been the only time that two 20-game winners had ever done that!

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September 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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Happy # 68 to Olivia Newton John

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We say happy # 68 to Olivia Newton John.  

She was born in Cambridge, England and moved to Australia at age 5 with her parents.   

Olivia reached the US charts in 1971 with “If not for you”.   

She had several hits in the 1970’s and then became an international sensation with the movie “Grease”.    

Overall, she sold 100 million records and had 5 # 1 songs on Billboard USA………..for more click here!

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September 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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We remember Arnold Palmer (1929-2016)

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We learned that Arnold Palmer passed away over the weekend.   He was one of the greatest sports figures ever:

Palmer began his professional career in 1954.  
He quickly picked up his first PGA Tour win at the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie season, and his first-round 64 remained the best opening round of his career.
He went on to win 62 titles on the PGA Tour, fifth-most all time, and 92 including international and senior victories. 
He was PGA Player of the Year twice (1960 and ’62) and the tour’s leading money winner four times, with total tournament earnings of almost $7 million.

He made golf popular all over.  A really nice man as well!

RIP Mr Palmer!

A Life Well Played: My Stories by Arnold Palmer……….https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250085942/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_PRu6xbYSP2GE6  via @amazon

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September 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

1968: “Hawaii 5-0” made its TV debut this week

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“Hawaii Five-O”, one of the all time TV classics, aired for the first time this week in 1968.    It stayed on until April 1980.  Frankly, I don’t remember the show lasting that long!

We also remember ‘Hawaii 5-0″ because of the show’s music, specially its fantastic intro……….click for more!

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September 26, 2016 at 11:43 am

September 1966: The Association and “Cherish” on the radio

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We remember one of the most popular pop songs ever.   This is one of those songs that got, and continues to get, airplay across the planet.

According to songfacts, “Cherish” by The Association is one very popular song:

“This is #22 on BMI’s list of the most played 100 songs on television and radio of the 20th century.”

That’s impressive!

It was also # 1 for 3 weeks in 1966!  (It was also a # 1 song hit for David Cassidy in the early 1970’s)

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September 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Could Senator Kaine be nominated in 2020?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The great Michael Barone wrote of the most interesting posts that I’ve read all year.   

He looked at the Democrat Party if Hillary Clinton is defeated. Barone sees a lot of problems and he is right:

But what if Hillary Clinton loses? The political map in that case will look quite different, with Democratic states confined to the Northeast, West Coast and a few splotches in between. The presidential Democratic Party, like the congressional Democratic Party, will be concentrated in heavily Democratic central cities, some sympathetic suburbs and scattered university towns…

One option for Democrats would be to moderate their policies, as the New Democrats urged in the 1980s and Bill Clinton did in the 1990s. After all, that proved pretty successful…

Hillary Clinton’s move from her husband’s 1990s triangulation to her near-total acceptance this year of Bernie Sanders’ left-wing platform was a rational response to changes in the Democratic primary electorate.

One lesson of recent presidential primaries is that Democratic voters are transfixed by identity politics, having elected the first black president and chosen the first female presidential nominee. Another is that there’s a large constituency for left-wing candidates.

What they haven’t been interested in is cisgendered white male liberals. The largely forgotten John Edwards fell by the wayside quickly in 2008, and Martin O’Malley, with credentials similar to those of Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis, attracted zero support in 2016.

That leaves them with no obvious choices if Clinton loses this year. Their most visible and attractive left-wingers, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, will be over 70 in 2020. Prominent black and Hispanic officeholders tend to represent overwhelmingly Democratic constituencies and have made few of the bows to moderation that made Barack Obama a plausible national candidate in 2008.

It’s possible that a post-2016 Democratic Party could look like Britain’s Labor Party, which has abandoned the New Labor posture of Tony Blair that produced three landslide victories in 1997, 2001 and 2005. Now, under far-left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, the party seems headed for landslide defeat in 2020.

Let me add a couple of thoughts:   

1)  Be careful with writing a party obituary. The GOP was allegedly dead in the water after 1964 then came Vietnam, the hippies and VP Nixon was elected in 1968. Even Nixon declared himself dead in the water after losing the 1962 election in California but came back. So be careful with the obituary because things always change; and,

2) Who would the Democrats nominate in 2020 that could bring together the left, the public and private unions, minorities, and so on? Could Kaine survive that primary? Who could? What centrist governor is out there? What Governor Clinton is out there willing to run a centrist campaign for president? Furthermore, what Democrat constituency is willing to buy into a centrist campaign?

On the whole, Mr. Barone is right that the Democrats face exile if Clinton loses. One of the most interesting consequences of the last two Democrat presidents is that they destroyed the middle. Bill Clinton turned the South permanent red in 1994 and Obama pushed identity politics to such an extreme that the party has lost a big chunk of the white vote.

So 2016 is more than Clinton vs. Trump. It’s really about the future of the Democrat Party.    

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September 26, 2016 at 6:45 am