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May 8, 2012: Hamilton hit 4 HR

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Five years ago, Josh Hamilton made history and we got to watch it on TV:    

Moments before he made history with his final swing in an incredible four-homer performance, Josh Hamilton stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with a surprising sense of calm.

The Texas Rangers slugger had never before hit more than two home runs in a game, and he already had three. So as he took his place in the batter’s box against Baltimore right-hander Darren O’Day, Hamilton already had a feeling of accomplishment.

“I just went up like it was any other at-bat because if I don’t hit one,” Hamilton reasoned, “I’ve still had a really good night.”
It turned out to be unforgettable.

Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, launching a quartet of two-run drives against three different pitchers to carry the Rangers to a 10-3 victory Tuesday.

Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and topped it off with a one-for-the-books shot against O’Day. During the last at-bat, Hamilton took a mighty hack and missed, lined a foul into right-field seats and then sent an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall.

“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said. “I was saying after I hit two I’ve never hit three in a game before, and what a blessing that was. Then to hit four is just an awesome feeling, to see how excited my teammates got.

A few months later, Josh left for greener pastures with the Angels.   He was never the same player after 2012.    Nevertheless, his 5 years with Texas were fantastic.  

And he was truly fantastic five years ago tonight!

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May 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

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France, border issues and other stories of the day

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We will look at the tragedy of the US Mexico border or the dead bodies that keep piling up of people trying to cross into the US……the LA City Council wants to an investigation into impeaching President Trump……shouldn’t they be more concerned with public school graduations and crime rates in LA…….the election in France is behind us but the country faces huge economic problems, such as high youth unemployment rates……..We remember Victory in Europe Day in 1945…….President Truman was born on this day in 1884……plus other stories………

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Source: France, border issues and other stories of the day 05/08 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

We remember “Victory in Europe Day” 1945

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On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated the end of the European War:

“On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms:  In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.”

As we discussed with Barry, the end of the European war happened very fast.    Let’s remember that D-Day was the year before and The Battle of the Bulge happened over the Christmas holidays.

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May 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

“Welcome back Kotter” by John Sebastian was # 1 this week

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Welcome back Kotter” was a very popular TV series in the late 1970’s.   It gave us four of the funniest characters in TV history:  Juan Epstein’s antics Arnold Horshack’s “Oooh, oooh, oooh,” Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington’s “Hi therrre,” Vinnie Barbarino’s “What? What?” and Gabe Kotter’s “Up your nose with a rubber hose”!   

The show’s theme song put John Sebastian back on the radio and on the top of charts this week in 1976.   Sebastian had many hits years before with The Lovin’ Spoonful, i.e. “Do you believe in magic”, “Summer in the city” and “Daydream”.  

It was a great show and song!


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May 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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Remembering V E Day 1945 with Barry Jacobsen…..

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger. We will remember VE-Day 1945, or the day that World War II ended in Europe. The war went on for another 4 months until Japan surrendered in September 1945………

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Source: Remembering V E Day 1945 plus military options to rescue the Nigerian girls 05/08 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts

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May 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

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We remember Mike Cuellar (1937-2010)

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Question:   Who was the first Latino to win the Cy Young Award?  The answer is Mike Cuellar, who shared the award with Denny McLain in 1969.

We remember Miguel Angel Santana Cuellar today.    

Mike was born May 8, 1937 in Las Villas.  He started in the Reds’ organization and played with The Sugar Kings, Havana’s AAA franchise.

He spent the next few years between Cincinnati and Houston, where he won 16 games in 1967.     Cuellar was traded to the Orioles and won 139 games over the next 7 seasons.

He was one of the most effective pitchers in the American League and won 20-games in 4 different seasons.

He pitched a complete game to win the 1970 World Series for Baltimore.   Cuellar also started game 7 of the 1971 World Series but lost 2-1 to the Pirates.   All together, Mike pitched in 3 World Series, 5 ALCS and even hit a grand slam in the 1970 ALCS against the Twins!

During his brilliant career, he won 185 games to go with a 3.14 ERA.  He also completed 172 starts!

Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever.

Mike died in 2010.   He was voted # 27 in the Top 40 Orioles of all time.
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May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

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We remember President Truman (1884-1972)

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We remember Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the US.    He was born in Missouri and assumed the presidency in April 1945 following the death of President Roosevelt.    He served the rest of FDR’s term and then was elected on his own in 1948.   We remember President Truman for dropping the atomic bomb and several other important national security matters, such as The Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after the war.    

Here are some of the highlights of a very consequential presidency:

On election day 1948, everybody thought that Mr Dewey would be the next president of the US.    

We also recall that Pres Truman started the Berlin Airlift of 1948:
“On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union blocked all road and rail travel to and from West Berlin, which was located within the Soviet zone of occupation in Germany. The Soviet action was in response to the refusal of American and British officials to allow Russia more say in the economic future of Germany. The U.S. government was shocked by the provocative Soviet move, and some in President Harry S. Truman’s administration called for a direct military response. Truman, however, did not want to cause World War III. Instead, he ordered a massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin. On June 26, 1948, the first planes took off from bases in England and western Germany and landed in West Berlin. It was a daunting logistical task to provide food, clothing, water, medicine, and other necessities of life for the over 2 million fearful citizens of the city. For nearly a year, American planes landed around the clock. Over 200,000 planes carried in more than one-and-a-half million tons of supplies. 
The Soviets persisted with the blockade until May 1949. By then, however, it was apparent to everyone concerned that the blockade had been a diplomatic fiasco for the Russians. Around the world, the Soviets were portrayed as international bullies, holding men, women, and children hostage in West Berlin and threatening them with starvation. The unbelievably successful American airlift also backfired against the Russians by highlighting the technological superiority of the United States. By the time the Soviets ended the blockade, West Germany had become a separate and independent nation and the Russian failure was complete.”
It was a victory for the West.  It showed that we had a president who was willing to stand up to the Soviets.  In other words, we had a leader rather than “a panderer” for votes.
I should add that Pres Truman made this decision in an election year.  He could  have played it safe and avoid the issue.  Thankfully, Pres Truman put the US, and the West, over his own reelection and demonstrated leadership.
The Berlin Airlift was also the story of the “candy drops” for children.  It showed the valor and heart of the pilots who flew these dangerous missions:
In the beginning of the candy drops, Halverson used his own weekly candy ration. Soon the other pilots and support staff started giving their candy and gum and their handkerchiefs. The project grew so big that his old army base also began to contribute candy and handkerchiefs. The city of Mobile, Alabama, formed a drive to request help. Soon, candy and handkerchiefs from around the country began arriving for the pilots to drop. One week, Lieutenant Halverson flew 368 pounds of candy and fifty pounds of handkerchiefs from America back with him in his C-54 airplane that he had brought to the states for maintenance work.
We remember The Marshall Plan, signed into law in 1948:

“On April 3, 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs into law the Foreign Assistance Act, commonly known as the Marshall Plan.

Named after U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the program channeled more than $13 billion in aid to Europe between 1948 and 1951.

Meant to spark economic recovery in European countries devastated byWorld War II, the plan also saved the United States from a postwar recession by providing a broader market for American goods.

However, because the USSR prevented countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia from participating, the plan also contributed to the raising of the “Iron Curtain” between Eastern and Western Europe.”

It was one of President Truman’s finest hours!    We remember a man who had many fine hours as a leader.

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May 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

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And the bodies just keep piling up

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Down on the U.S.-Mexico border, they use numbers to identify the dead bodies. We are not talking about victims of an earthquake, flood, or some other natural event. We are talking the dead bodies of people who tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.   

It is the latest tragedy of a serious humanitarian crisis that local authorities get stuck with, as Manny Fernandez reported:     

Case 0435 died more than a mile from the nearest road, with an unscuffed MacGregor baseball in his backpack. 

Case 0469 was found with a bracelet, a simple green ribbon tied in a knot. 

Case 0519 carried Psalms and Revelation, torn from a Spanish Bible. 


Case 0377 kept a single grain of rice inside a hollow cross. One side of the grain read Sara, and the other read Rigo.

The belongings are part of a border-crossers’ morgue at a Texas State University lab here — an inventoried collection of more than 2,000 objects and 212 bodies, the vast majority unidentified.

All 212 were undocumented immigrants who died in Texas trying to evade Border Patrol checkpoints by walking across the rugged terrain. 

Most died from dehydration, heatstroke or hypothermia. 

Even as the number of people caught trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico has dropped in recent months, the bodies remain a constant, grim backdrop to the national debate over immigration.

“When we get them, we assign them a case number because we have to have a way of tracking cases, but no one deserves to be just a number,” said Timothy P. Gocha, a forensic anthropologist with Operation Identification, a project at Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Center that analyzes the remains and personal items of the immigrants to help identify them. 

“The idea is to figure out who they are, and give them their name back.”

What a disgusting tragedy.   

The left will probably try to blame U.S. immigration laws. In other words, they will try to say that this is because we do not have immigration reform or some path for people to come over.    

In fact, we have a legal path, i.e. go to a U.S. consulate and apply for entry. At the moment, there are people all over the world waiting for their turn to come to the U.S.

The real culprit is the political class, from Mexico down to Central America. They’ve grown dependent on “remesas” or the money that these people send back: $69 billion in 2016.  

So the dead bodies stack up and more personal items will end up in the warehouse. It gets bigger every day.

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May 8, 2017 at 6:47 am