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Archive for July 18th, 2017

The GOP & Obama Care, La Raza has a new name and other stories of the day

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Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative and political analyst……………. We will look Obama Care and the GOP…….repeal and replace or just repeal? La Raza has a new name but is it a different group?……..and other stories………………..

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July 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

World War II and The Spanish Civil War with Barry Jacobsen

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger……….we will continue our series about World War II…………..the outbreak of war after the invasion of Poland………the German blitzkrieg warfare………the use of weapons and tactics in The Spanish Civil War………..and more stories……

 

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July 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Happy birthday Joe Torre, a great player and later manager

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Many years ago, my brother and I had this Joe Torre baseball card with The Milwaukee Braves.   I had no idea that he’d go on to become a great major league manager, too.

Joe was born in Brooklyn in 1940 and made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960.   

By 1964, he was an NL star hitting .321 with 20 HR & 109 RBI.    

The Braves traded Torre to St Louis after the 1968 season.   My guess is that they regreted that move for years.

In 1971, Torre hit .363 with 230 hits & 137 RBI.    It was one of the best offensive years of the post-war era.    It earned him an MVP and batting title.    

In 6 years with St Louis, Torre hit .308 with 558 RBI.    He was one of the best hitters in the NL.

Torre started out as a catcher in Milwaukee but played most of his career between first and third base.

As a hitter, he retired with a .297 BA, 252 HR, 2,343 hits & 1,185 RBI.

As a manager, he won 2,326 games, 4 World Series titles and 84 post season games.

Joe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.    Torre must be the only player in history with 2,343 hits and 2,326 wins as a manager!

 

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July 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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Trump is right! Let Obama Care fail….let’s see what happens next year when premiums go up and more companies pull out

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July 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

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Speaker Pelosi in 2019? Don’t be so sure that Democrats will deliver single payer….remember California’s single pay?

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July 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

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“Behold a pale horse”, a movie about Spain years after The Civil War

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Has anyone seen “Behold a pale horse“?   It is a 1964 movie about the Spanish Civil War.    

The story is based on “Killing a mouse on Sunday” a book by Emeric Pressburger.   I have not read the book but plan to check it out.

It is the story of Manuel Artiguez, a veteran of the Civil War, who returns from exile in France to see his ill mother.   He is confronted by Sr. Vinolas, a police chief who sets a trap to arrest him.

The movie includes Gregory Peck as Artiguez, Anthony Quinn as Vinolas and Omar Sharif as the local priest.   


It is a bit slow but very interesting.   I love these black and white films because they used choreography in such a unique way.   Also, the dialogue is very intense.   Frankly, the story could be difficult for someone not familiar with the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930’s.

 

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July 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

July 18, 1969: Chappaquidick and Ted Kennedy

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On July 18, 1969, most Americans were tuned in to Apollo 11’s lunar mission.   

Over in Chappaquiddick, Senator Ted Kennedy was attending a party with friends and campaign workers:     

“Just after 11 p.m., Kennedy left the party with Kopechne, by his account to drive to the ferry slip where they would catch a boat back to their respective lodgings in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. 
While driving down the main roadway, Kennedy took a sharp turn onto the unpaved Dike Road, drove for a short distance, and then missed the ramp to a narrow wooden bridge and drove into Poucha Pond. 
Kennedy, a married man, claimed the Dike Road excursion was a wrong turn. However, both he and Kopechne had previously driven down the same road, which led to a secluded ocean beach just beyond the bridge. 
In addition, Kopechne had left both her purse and room key at the party.
Kennedy escaped the car and then dove down in an attempt to retrieve Kopechne from the sunken Oldsmobile. Failing, he stumbled back to the cottage, where he enlisted Gargan and another friend in a second attempt to save Kopechne. The three men were unsuccessful; her body was not recovered. The trio then went to the ferry slip, where Kennedy dove into the water and swam back to Edgartown, about a mile away. He returned to his room at the Shiretown Inn, changed his clothes, and at 2:25 a.m. stepped out of his room when he spotted the innkeeper, Russell Peachey. He told Peachey that he been awakened by noise next door and asked what time it was. He then returned to his room.”

To say the least, it became a huge scandal for Senator Kennedy.   It probably ended his presidential ambitions, although he did run against President Carter in 1980.

Kennedy died in 2009.

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July 18, 2017 at 11:00 am