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Trump’s 100 days, elections in France and we remember Rick Monday 1976

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The Trump administration is trying to accomplish a couple of legislative victories this week, from tax reform to health care………it is imperative for the GOP to put some points on the board soon……..we remember the 41st anniversary of Rick Monday saving a US flag in the middle of a baseball game……….We will look at the elections in France…..all of the talk about the French Kennedy….what happens now?………….plus other stories….

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April 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

1719: Robinson Crusoe was published

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It was 1719 and “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe was published in England.

It was about a shipwrecked sailor who spent years on a deserted island.

The book was apparently based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor lost off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.    

We recall reading the book in school and watching a movie as well……


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April 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

More Kennedy comparisons, this time in France

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Within minutes, many in the media were comparing Emmanuel Macron of France to the late President Kennedy:

Meanwhile, a vice president of the European Parliament has described Macron as a “French John F Kennedy” and said his first-round victory is good news for Europe.

Alexander Lambsdorff, a German liberal politician, said Sunday’s result was a victory for two protest candidates. 

He described Le Pen as “a nationalist, a racist – I know the woman from the European Parliament, a very unpleasant person”.

Lambsdorff told German television on Monday that he hopes Macron, “this independent, fresh French John F Kennedy, if you like, succeeds in setting policy with his ideas”.


Wonder how long before they call Miss Le Pen “Le Nixon”!

It goes beyond France.  Back in 1994, a 40-something Mexican presidential candidate was assassinated during a campaign stop in a northern state.  Later that evening, I tuned in to a TV station from Mexico, and it didn’t take long for the panel to refer to him as “el Kennedy mejicano.”  I think the panel confused Bobby, shot during a campaign, and John, who was killed as president.  Let’s overlook that!

Of course, the late John F. Kennedy had very little in common with a left-of-center French politician in 2017.  My guess is that the late President Kennedy would have agreed with Miss Le Pen that Mr. Macron is weak on fighting terror.

We will never know for sure, but it is amazing how every 40-something political figure of the left is now the new Kennedy.  Of course, Kennedy was not really from the left, but we will leave that one to historians.

Let the French elect another leader who doesn’t have the courage to deal with their structural problems: no babies, an unsustainable welfare state, and an immigration policy creating chaos within its boundaries.

If elected, Macron will be highly unpopular in months, and some French leftist will regret that he isn’t more like Kennedy!

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April 25, 2017 at 6:39 am

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April 25, 1976: Rick Monday saved the US flag

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We remember Rick Monday, a pretty good outfielder who played for the A’s, Cubs, and Dodgers.

His best years were with the Cubs (1972-76), when he hit 106 home runs and was a very tough out.    Later he moved to the LA Dodgers and hit a 9th-inning HR to beat Montreal in the 1981 NLCS.

However, his greatest baseball moment had nothing to do with hits or home runs.

It happened on April 25, 1976.

You may remember that it was the Bicentennial year, and Watergate and Vietnam were behind us.  The economy was a bit sluggish, but people were looking forward to July 4 and all of the patriotic parades and celebrations.

On an April afternoon at Wrigley Field, Monday took his position in center field and was playing catch with José Cardenal, his Cuban teammate.

Rick saw a couple of guys trying to burn the U.S. flag; he ran and grabbed it before they could light the match. The two idiots were arrested, and Monday gave the flag to one of the security guards.

This is what he told The Washington Post in 2006 about the incident:

“I was angry when I saw them start to do something to the flag, and I’m glad that I happened to be geographically close enough to do something about it,” said Monday, now in his 13th season as a Dodgers broadcaster.

“What those people were doing, and their concept of what they were trying to do was wrong. That feeling was very strongly reinforced by six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. I still think it’s wrong to do that.”

It was wrong and we salute Rick Monday after all of these years later..

By the way, Rick was with the 1981 LA Dodgers that won the World Series.    He wrote about his time in LA in a very entertaining book:


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April 25, 2017 at 6:00 am