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It’s July 4 again and we chat with Barry Jacobsen

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger…….we will look at national security issues and the Trump presidency on this 241st anniversary of The Declaration of Independence………President Trump going to Europe for the G-20 meeting……….President Obama talking in Indonesia…………plus the Battle of Gettysburg 1863….and other stories……….

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July 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

North Korea is back…no pretty options….we can’t accept a nuclear NK so a military answer is more likely today

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July 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

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July 4 and no “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in Cuba…more arrests, repression and difficulties

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July 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

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Joe DiMaggio reaches # 45 and sets a new record!

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Joe DiMaggio got to # 45 and broke the previous record of # 44:

“On July 2, the Yankees again faced the Red Sox. Joe DiMag was intent on getting a hit in his 45th straight game and setting a new major league record at Yankee Stadium.
Dom DiMaggio, Joe’s bespectacled younger brother, was stationed in his normal position for the Red Sox, centerfield.  Joe had invited him to dinner that evening at his home.
In his first at bat against Boston pitcher Herber Newsome, DiMaggio smashed a long drive that was flagged down by Stan Spence.  Joe Dee swung a bit more forcefully his second  time up and drove the ball to center field. Breaking at top speed as soon as he heard the crack of his older brother’s bat against the ball, Dom ran  it down and made a dramatic catch to rob his brother of an extra base hit. The two brothers rarely showed emotion on the baseball field, but looking at each other this time from inside their Yankee and Red Sox uniforms, they showed how they felt. 
“It was a great catch,” Joe recalled, “one of the best Dom had ever made. I was tempted at that point to withdraw the dinner invitation for the evening.”
In his third turn at bat, with two teammates on bases, hungering for a hit, Joe took no chances. He belted the ball into the seats for what would be one of the 30 home runs he would hit that historic 1941 season. He had the record, and it had come against arch-rival Boston.
The New York Yankees centerfielder and the Boston centerfielder dined that evening. “While Dom lapped up my steak and ate my spaghetti,” Joe mused, “he had the audacity to tell me, ‘You know, Joe, I couldn’t have gone another inch for that ball.'””

From now on, every game was a new record!

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July 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

July 1968: A big month in a big season for Luis Tiant

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On this day in 1968, Luis Tiant was just awesome:  19 Ks in 10 innings as Cleveland beats Minnesota 1-0!

Tiant finished the 1968 season:  21-9, a 1.60 ERA, 264 strikeouts and 19 complete games.    Unfortunately for Tiant,Denny McLain won 31 games that year and ran away with the AL Cy Young award.

Tiant was the AL starter in the 1968 All Star game.   He pitched 2 innings and gave up the game’s only run.    The NL beat the AL, 1-0.

Tiant’s excellent pitching put the Indians in 3rd place behind Detroit in the last season before the leagues were broken up into divisions.

Overall, Luis Tiant won 229 games, with a 3.30 ERA and 187 complete games.
Of course, they will never forget him in Boston for pitching in the 1975 World Series.

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July 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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July 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

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Obama the left’s new man of the world?

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During the Obama presidency, many of us asked about President Obama’s policies, such as closing GITMO, the one-sided opening to Cuba, the Iran deal never submitted as a treaty to the U.S. Senate, the premature withdrawal from Iraq and the fascination with meaningless climate change accords.   
How was any of this in the interests of the U.S.? It wasn’t, but it was in the interests of Obama, or the man who longed becoming the leader of the world.

My explanation was that Obama was creating the kind of resume that would make him popular in Europe and Latin America universities.  In other words, the anti-American corners of the world.

President Obama’s latest speech confirms my fears. Here is Obama speaking in Indonesia:   

“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.

“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence.”


Maybe some one should remind Obama that The Supreme Court approved President Trump’s ban on a 9-0 vote.   

Obama’s remarks are a bit interesting given thatIndonesia has seen a rise of intolerance. Of course, Obama did not say a word about that or about Raul Castro’s lack of freedom when he went to Cuba.

We will hear a lot more speeches from Obama, such as the one in Indonesia. The words will have that Obama meaninglessness that characterized his campaign speeches, i.e. “hope and change” or “we are the ones that we’ve been waiting for”.

Obama’s ego does not allow him to retire, attend White Sox games or draw up ESPN brackets. Instead, his ego is calling on him to go out and save the world again and this time it is literally the world. We will see Obama spend time with his rich friends in the afternoon and then speak in front of some audience about economic inequality in the evening.

Obama’s ego is also deeply bruised because the Democrats are at their worst standing since the 1920s and President Trump’s pen keeps cancelling “44s” executive orders.   

Nevertheless, we will see a lot of Obama for the next few years. He is also hoping to rebuild the Democrat Party, although that may prove to be a bit more difficult, given the reality of U.S. politics.

Get used to it. Obama is back, as he will remind us with lots of meaningless speeches and even a tweet here and there.

Obama has returned. Seriously, did anyone think that he’d go away?

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July 4, 2017 at 6:59 am