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The elections in France and a few thoughts about the front pages 

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The big story is the upcoming election in France…… looks like Mocron will win but we will wait until people actually vote……….Obama Care going to the US Senate…….it’s time to hear from Senate Democrats, specially the ones running for reelection………judges out of control………..the dead bodies found on the US Mexico border…………plus other stories………

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May 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Rock Hudson as “John Wesley Harding”

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Rock Hudson as a Western gunslinger?  I did not know that he made Western movies.   I guess that I always associated Hudson with Doris Day and some of those fun movies from the 1960’s.    

It turns out that he made a few of these adventure movies in the 1950’s.    

“The lawless breed” was released in 1952:   

In 1896, John Wesley Hardin is released from a Texas prison after serving sixteen years of his sentence. His first act as a free man is to bring the manuscript of his life story to local publisher Henry Johnson.

As Johnson reads the book, the story of Wes’s life unfolds: At the end of the Civil War, Wes, a young gambler and sharpshooter, rebels against the abuse of his rigid preacher father, J. G. Hardin.

Although Wes’s sweetheart, Jane Brown, who is also being reared by J. G., urges him to be patient, Wes is anxious to make enough money to buy a cattle ranch. He leaves to make his fortune, starting out at the local saloon, where barmaid Rosie McCoy tries to engage his interest. Wes joins a poker game, but when he correctly accuses player Gus Hanley of cheating, Gus draws a gun and Wes shoots him in self-defense. Realizing that the Hanley brothers, Ike, Dirk and Ben, will soon be after him, Wes flees to his uncle John Clinton’s house. John takes Wes along on as he herds cattle to Abilene, but Wes is recognized along the way and the Hanley brothers set chase. Before they can catch up to him, however, Wes reaches Abilene and wins a fast horse in a poker game.

Determined to buy a wedding dress for Jane, he refuses to leave until he has won the money for the dress, even though everyone, including local marshal Wild Bill Hickok, insists that he leave town. With only seconds to spare before Hickok jails him, Wes wins the dress money and races away. When he arrives home, his father demands that he stand trial for Gus’s murder.

Although Wes is suspicious, J. G. promises to secure an excellent lawyer and marry him to Jane as soon as his name is cleared. Soon after, however, Ike pays local sheriff Charlie Webb to shoot Wes and claim that he resisted arrest. Charlie pulls his gun and shoots Wes in the shoulder, but Wes kills him. He runs home again but this time, neither J. G. nor Jane believes that he killed in self-defense. A posse gathers outside, and when Wes flees out the back door, Jane is killed as she runs after him. Wes is shot but escapes when John hides him under some brush.

Later, Rosie and John return for him and nurse him back to health. Six years later, Wes is still on the run and being blamed for murders throughout Texas. The reactivated Texas Rangers have made tracking him down their top priority. Wes and Rosie flee the Rangers to a small farm in Alabama, where they assume the name of Swain. Rosie is unhappy there, worried that she can change but Wes never will, and that he will grow bored with her and farm life.

To convince her of his devotion, Wes brings home a parson and marries Rosie. Soon after, she becomes pregnant and writes to J. G., who is secretly pleased at the thought of a grandson. Rosie admits to Wes that she was wrong about his ability to change, and that she feels safe with him. That day, however, Wes is caught in town by the Rangers.

In Austin, he is found guilty of murdering Webb and sentenced to twenty-five years of hard labor. As he bids goodbye to his father, wife and new son, Wes continues to insist that he is not a murderer. In the present, Wes returns to the ranch, where Rosie, who has waited for him faithfully, embraces him joyously and sends him to the barn to meet his son, John.

As John proudly spins his father’s gun, horrific scenes of his own outlaw background flash before Wes’s eyes. Like his own father, Wes snaps and hits his son, who runs off. Despondent, Wes explains to Rosie that he cannot let his son follow in his footsteps. He finds John in a saloon, about to enter a gunfight with a man who is insulting Wes. Wes discourages his son from shooting and escorts him to the door, but as they leave, the other man shoots Wes in the back. John holds Wes and promises his father he will not become a criminal. Later, Rosie and John take a recovered Wes home to his ranch.

The story is based on Harding’s autobiography.    

Frankly, it is entertaining and good.    It’s worth watching it.


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May 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

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1937: The Hindenburg disaster

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We remember one of the great tragedies of the 20th century.    On this day in 1937:

The airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, bursts into flames upon touching its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 passengers and crewmembers.

Herb Morrison’s audio commentary is one of the greatest radio calls of the 20th century:



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May 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

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“I love Lucy” 1953-57

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Before we were Hispanics, Cuban Americans or even thought about leaving Cuba, there was “I love Lucy” on TV.

On this day in 1957, CBS aired the last “I Love Lucy” episode.   It was the 181st episode of one of the most successful TV shows ever.    

Many years ago, we would watch “I love Lucy” episodes in Wisconsin.   My mother loved to hear Ricky break out in Spanish.   Of course, we all loved Lucy’s antics.

It’s hard to pick a favorite show or segment but Lucy speaking with Ricky’s mother is up there for me:

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May 6, 2017 at 7:57 am

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Cinco de Mayo and nachos in Mexico? No, in Texas!

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Another May 5th, and another day to hear from my friends in Mexico.

Most of the messages on social media go something like this: “What in the world are you guys celebrating?  It was just a battle from 1862!”

I even had a friend send me a video about the truth of May 5, 1862!  I replied that I know the story and that our “Cinco de Mayo” has nothing to do with Mexican history or the Battle of Puebla.

My friend is historically correct, as we see here:

On this day in 1862, a Mexican force triumphed over a much better equipped French army in a battle that took place in Puebla. 


This unlikely victory remains a source of pride for Americans of Mexican descent. It is remembered every year on May 5 as a multinational holiday known as Cinco de Mayo.

The holiday has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican–American War of 1846-48 and the 1858-61 Reform War. (The Reform War was a civil war which pitted Liberals – who believed in separation of church and state and freedom of religion – against the Conservatives – who favored a tight bond between the Roman Catholic Church and the Mexican federal government.)

During my time working in Mexico, I did not recall any major celebrations or activities regarding this day.  It was another battle, like the way we remember a battle from the Civil War.  I do remember a young woman, the daughter of a military officer who worked in our office, who told me about the bravery of the young men who fought that day.  She said they do a special remembrance on military bases to recall the ones who lost their lives.

So what does this battle from 1862 have to do with Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Southwest?  The answer is nothing directly, since most people today know very little about this battle or the 1860s, when France was occupying Mexico.   

So what happened?  How did Cinco de Mayo bring out politicians to parades or get governors and presidents to issue statements?

My explanation for the blossoming of this day comes in two parts.

First, Cinco de Mayo has become a “Mexican heritage day.”  It is like St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish.  It is a day to celebrate your ethnic background.

Second, it has become a great day to promote beer and Mexican food, as my friend Allan Wall wrote years ago:  

Cinco de Mayo is also a big beer-drinking day, with Mexican beer brands doing 5-10 percent of their U.S. sales for the occasion.

That’s a lot of beer if you are in the business!  I guess heritage and beer are the perfect storm, indeed!

Here in Dallas, Cinco de Mayo is a day of parades, a testament to Mexico’s regional diversity.  You can see it in the dresses the girls wear and the food you eat.  Every section of Mexico has its own tamales, to cite one example.

So I learned about celebrating Cinco de Mayo when I moved to Texas.  I also learned to love nachos, because they didn’t have them down there, either.  It’s Tex-Mex food, as my friends in Mexico like to say!

I hope you enjoyed your Cinco de Mayo and got to eat some good Tex-Mex nachos!

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May 6, 2017 at 6:36 am

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Happy # 86 Willie Mays

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We say happy # 86 to the one and only Willie Mays.     He was born on this day in Westfield, Alabama.

He broke with the Giants in 1951 and the rest of the story is one of the greatest careers in baseball history:   .302 career average, 3,283 hits, 660 HR, 1,903 RBI, & the first 30 HR-30 stolen bases player ever.

In my book, the greatest center fielder ever and one of the top players of all time.   He could do everything:   NL Rookie of the Year award in 1951, 20 All-Star teams, won two NL MVP & 12 straight Gold Gloves 1957-68.

This is amazing:  Mays finished in the top-10 in the MVP voting 12 times in 13 seasons from 1954-66.    

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May 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

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