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Archive for July 21st, 2017

A look at Friday’s top news stories

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We will look at the talk of Senator Kamala Harris, the liberal from California, as a candidate for president in 2020……….is the party leadership that out of touch with electoral reality? A New York Times editorial blasted China’s disregard for the world’s climate…..wasn’t that one of the reasons for pulling out of the Paris accords…….Professor Victor Davis Hanson has a great post about the media……President Trump has a point about the Mueller investigation……a shake up in the White House……Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899….and other stories………………..

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July 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Summer reading book: “The Reagan Diaries”

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President Reagan kept a diary for much of his public life. He also read and wrote extensively.     This is a book of his presidential diaries,.    The entries take you to the day or the issue that President Reagan was dealing with at various moments.     

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July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

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Summer reading book: “Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment With History”

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It was August 1974 but the whole thing is very clear in my mind.    I remember President Nixon waving goodbye and President Ford sworn in.    We were a very lucky country that day.   President Ford was exactly the right man at the right time for the US.    This is a good book about an unusual story.

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July 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Summer reading book: “Decision Points”

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President George W. Bush had a very consequential presidency.    He made huge decisions and did so with class and dignity.   I think that this is why he gets better with age.    Historians will look back very favorably at his presidency.   “Decision points” is an excellent presentation of his consequential presidency.    

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July 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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Summer reading book: “When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan”

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Peggy Noonan wrote a couple of books about President Reagan.  The first one was “What I saw at the revolution“, a very good summary of the early days of the Reagan administration.   The second one was “When character was king“:

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July 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

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We remember Don Knotts (1924-2006)

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Jesse Donald “Don” Knotts was born on this day in West Virginia.    

We remember him for a long career in movies and TV.   My guess is that most people remember Knotts for two TV roles:   

  1. Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife to Griffith’s Sheriff Andy Taylor on the legendary “The Andy Griffith Show“; and, 
  2.  Landlord Mr. Furley on “Three’s company” from the late 1970’s.

Knotts also made some comedies, such as “The Incredible Mr. Limpet“, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” “The Reluctant Astronaut” and “The Shakiest Gun in the West“.

Overall, a funny man who made us laugh quite a bit!

 

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July 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

We remember Moe Drabowski (1935-2006)

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Myron Walter Drabowsky was born on this day in 1935 in Ozanna, Poland.    His family came to the US and Moe started playing baseball.       Moe broke with the Cubs in 1957 and won 13 games in 1958.    

In 1966, Moe was traded to Baltimore and was a part of the team that won the World Series.     Moe played with the 1970 Orioles, too.

The underdog Orioles got off to a great start in the top of the first inning of the 1966 World Series.

Eventual MVP and Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson hit a 2-run HR and Brooks Robinson followed it with a solo shot.    It was suddenly 3-0 Baltimore vs Los Angeles Dodgers!

Dave McNally could not get out of the 3rd inning but Moe Drabowski pitched 6-plus innings of relief to preserve the win.    It was one of the great long relief performances ever in the post season.   How often does a guy go 6-plus in relief anymore?

Final score: Orioles 5, Dodgers 2.    The Dodgers did not score again in the series.

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July 21, 2017 at 11:00 am