We discuss politics, sports and a few extras!

Archive for November 7th, 2016

The day before the election with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor

leave a comment »

Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor……we will discuss the US election on Tuesday……..we will look at the trends in the polls……..will the GOP keep its US Senate majority……..the US House majority appears safe but anything can happen on election………..the FBI speaks again……….and some final thoughts about an election campaign unlike any other in recent history………..

Click below to listen: 

Source: The day before the election with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 11/07 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

Written by scantojr

November 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Posted in US politics

Tagged with

Happy # 79 Jim Kaat

leave a comment »


We say happy # 79 to Jim Kaat, a great lefty who later became a wonderful baseball analyst.

Kaat broke with the Washington Senators in 1959.   He became a starter in 1961 now that the team was in Minnesota.  He pitched 15 years with the Twins and won 190 games with a 3.34 ERA.    He won 25 in 1966 and was named AL Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.   

Kaat beat Sandy Koufax in game 2 of the 1965 World Series.   Later, he started games in the 1969 & 1970 ALCS.

Surprisingly, the Twins moved him to the Chicago White Sox and won 45 with a 3.10 ERA in 3 seasons.    It was probably his best pitching period of his career.

Kaat hung around until 1983.    He finished with 283 wins, a 3.45 ERA and completed 180 games.

Why isn’t a 283-game winner in the Hall of Fame?   I don’t have an answer.  Nevertheless, Jim Kaat was one of the reliable arms in baseball for 20 years.

After baseball, Jim Kaat moved to the radio/TV booth and became one of the best game analysts.

Written by scantojr

November 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

Posted in Baseball

Tagged with

Are Cubans about to turn Florida red again?

leave a comment »


(My new American Thinker post)

In 2000, many will tell you that Governor Bush got a big help out of the Elian Gonzalez episode. It certainly didn’t hurt! He won by less than a 1,000 votes out of 7 million.

In 2012, President Obama beat Governor Romney by less than a point. Wonder who would have won Florida if Cuban Americans had known that the Obama administration was having secret talks with Cuba to reestablish relations?     

In 2016, Cuba is back in the news again. The issue is that many of us disagree with the Obama approach toward Cuba, a policy that seems to have benefited the Castro dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people.    

I don’t live in Florida but my hunch may prove to be right on election day, as Andres Oppenheimer wrote this week:

If Republican candidate Donald Trump wins Florida, as some polls predict, and goes on to win the Nov. 8 election — a big if, but not an impossible outcome — he might have President Obama to thank for lending him a hand in the final stretch of the race.

Obama’s Oct. 14 decision to further relax the U.S. embargo on Cuba by allowing American tourists to bring back unlimited quantities of Cuban rum and cigars, as well as his Oct. 26 decision to abstain for the first time in a United Nations vote against the U.S. embargo on Cuba, have probably pushed many undecided Cuban Americans in Florida to vote for Trump.

“Cubans return to Trump,” read a sub-headline of The New York Times Upshot/Siena University poll released Oct. 27, which gave Trump a four-point lead in Florida. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was leading in the same poll only a month earlier.

The poll’s explanatory text by The New York Times’ Nate Cohn said that Trump’s surprising comeback in Florida — the most important swing state — might be thanks to Cuban American voters. Trump’s support among Cuban-American voters in Florida was at 52 percent, up from 33 percent in September, the story said.  

My own unscientific poll is that Cubans fall into two camps.    

The first camp, or where I reside, is that the Obama opening has opened nothing, except an oxygen line to a failing dictatorship. We are stunned that the Obama administration demanded nothing in return for a U.S. flag in Havana.

The second camp is made up of Cubans who were convinced that an opening would bring hope, or an opportunity for Cuba to change. My guess is that most of those Cubans are not happy with the results. They see more repression and Cubans desperately trying to leave.

On election day, these two groups will vote against the Cuba opening by putting Mr. Trump over the top.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


Written by scantojr

November 7, 2016 at 5:58 am