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CNN’s dilemma..

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For several months, I’ve tuned out the nightly cable news programming.      There are a couple of reasons:

First, I teach at nights these days and don’t get home until 9:30 pm.    I try to catch a couple of Fox News podcasts but not much more.

Second, cable news is so predictable.    

MSNBC is a disaster, unless you think that President Trump is going to be arrested in the next 24 hours.   Seriously, you have to be insane to watch that stuff on a regular basis.

FOX is a bit better but I prefer catching selected interviews by podcasts.   It allows me to watch what I want.

CNN is beyond a disaster.   It is boring and so predictable that the network is having trouble reaching an audience:   

CNN struggles to break 1 million viewers on a nightly basis.
There are plenty of reasons for this. 
CNN has to compete with MSNBC for a liberal audience and, unlike MSNBC, its liberal anchors pretend to be unbiased. 
MSNBC’s primetime anchors are more similar to Fox News’s talent, which embraces its distinctive ideological voice.
But so far, it seems, America is turned off by CNN’s panels of pundits yelling at each other about an aggrieved porn star.

And so people are not watching CNN’s predictable and boring panels.   Don’t you pity the people stuck in airports who have to watch this stuff? 

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May 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm

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Harvey Haddix perfect for 12 but lost in the 13th

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We remember Harvey Haddix today.  

This is what happened on this day in 1959:

“Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, only to lose the game on a two-run double by Braves’ first baseman Joe Adcock in the 13th inning. 

It was the first time a pitcher threw more than nine perfect innings in major league history…….
Haddix took the mound in the 13th inning after retiring 36 Braves in a row, nine more than usually required for a perfect game. 

The fleet-footed second baseman Felix Mantillia came to bat first. He hit a grounder to Pirate third baseman Don Hoak, who threw the ball across the diamond and into the dirt near first baseman Rocky Nelson. 

 Mantillia was safe, and the perfect game was over, though the no-hitter remained intact. 

The next batter, Hall of Famer Eddie Matthews, sacrificed Mantillia to second base. 

Then Hank Aaron, who was leading the National League in batting, came to the plate. Haddix intentionally walked the future career home run king on four pitches. 

Adcock was up next, and he hit a drive that just cleared the fence in right-center field. 

In their jubilation over the win, the Braves became muddled on the base paths, and Adcock passed Aaron between second and third base. 

The umpire Frank Dascoli called Adcock out, changing his three-run homer to a two-run double after several minutes of deliberation.”


It was the greatest pitching performance ever but he lost the game.


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May 26, 2018 at 9:15 pm

We remember John Wayne (1907-1979)

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We remember John Wayne, who was born on this day in 1907.    “The Duke” was the greatest cowboy of the movies.   He died in 1979.    

Wayne made dozens of westerns, from “The searchers” to “True grit”.   

My favorite movie was “The shootist”.   It was his last movie.   Ironically, it was about an aging cowboy at the end of his life:


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May 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm

We can’t ignore Venezuela any longer

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We can’t ignore Venezuela any longer:  

Last weekend’s controversial presidential election in Venezuela has reminded Americans of an economic and humanitarian crisis we have ignored for far too long. If we are honest with ourselves, we might not be able to ignore it much longer.
Since global oil prices took a plunge in 2014, the Venezuelan economy has been in a freefall. For decades, the country’s vast oil reserves – the largest in the world – masked the weak economic state of the country and the destructive reality of socialism. Now, Venezuela stands on the brink of a catastrophe on par with the world’s worst refugee crisis – and it’s unfolding in our backyard.
In the past two years, nearly 1 million Venezuelans have fled to surrounding countries, putting pressure on economies in the region. They live in crowded shelters and peddle to buy food and medicine for themselves and relatives back home. But the fate of refugees is arguably better than those who remain behind.
Those still inside Venezuela live in a desperate state.

Yes, a humanitarian crisis that Latin America can not ignore anymore.

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May 26, 2018 at 8:45 pm

1978: “With a little luck” by Wings was # 1 this week

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40 years ago, “With a little luck” by Paul McCartney & Wings was the # 1 song over at Billboard USA this week.    

It was from the “London Town” LP.    As I recall, it was the only hit in the US but the LP did well all over, i.e. # 2 in the US.    The CD version included “Mull of Kintyre”, a big hit in the UK but not the US.

There were two versions, the long LP track with an instrumental bit in the middle and the edited 45 that most people heard on the radio:


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May 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm

We remember Allan Bean (1932-2018)

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We just learned that Allan Bean passed away.    He was born in Texas in 1932 and became the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969:


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May 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Ireland said “yes” to abortion

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Ireland said “yes” to abortion:   Ireland ends abortion ban as ‘quiet revolution’ transforms country.

I am amazed by the reaction of some women:   

“It’s incredible. For all the years and years and years we’ve been trying to look after women and not been able to look after women, this means everything,” said Mary Higgins, obstetrician and Together For Yes campaigner.

In the meantime, who is protecting the little girls who get aborted?  They will never get a chance to celebrate any kind of a vote.   Aborted babies are the ones who never get to “choose”.

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May 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm

The NFL, Trump & North Korea and the Texas elections

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We look at the latest story about President Trump and the North Korea summit………Democrat Lupez Valdez has a tax problem……O’Rourke and Cruz agree on debates……the NFL shows weakness by not demanding the players to stand on the field……John Wayne 1907-79……James Arness 1923-2011…….Harvey Haddix 1959…….and others stories…………


Source: The NFL, Trump & North Korea and the Texas elections 05/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Saturday’s video: A word about Texas

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May 26, 2018 at 10:00 am

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Throw the flag on the weak owners

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My guess is that the NFL Commissioner and owners were hoping to bring this “anthem” story to a conclusion. I don’t think so.

It’s hard to believe that so many successful men of industry would be this tone deaf about their customers. The NFL leadership is missing some key points:

1) They own the teams. They sign the paychecks and approve the players’ contracts. Furthermore, their business brand got killed by players kneeling during the national anthem. So why are they afraid to act like the boss and tell the players to live up to their contract?

2) Fans like me appreciate the anthem and flag pageantry. It’s great to stand up and sing the national anthem before a sporting event. It’s nice to see the players lined up respecting the traditions. It means a lot to the soldiers and their families or the policemen protecting the players.

3) Fans like me don’t want to see politics pushed in our faces during sporting events or shows. Just check out ESPN to see what happens when hosts assume that we care to hear their political beliefs.

The NFL commissioner and owners are out of touch with reality, as Derek Hunter pointed out:

The idea that the NFL is only implementing its new national anthem policy because of falling ratings and public pressure is exactly how businesses work. No business exists to employ people; they exist to make as much money as possible. Hemorrhaging fans, or customers, is the quickest path to failure, so it’s smart for the NFL to do all it can to stop the swirling public relations disaster its players created.

Fining teams whose players kneel during the anthem isn’t “punishing dissent,” it’s the people who sign the front of the players’ sizable checks exerting the authority inherent in any employer/employee relationship.

Players have six other days of the week, and 21 other hours on the day of games, not to mention the months they have off, to protest whatever they want in any matter they choose. They’re celebrities in their towns, they don’t lack access to media willing to report on anything they do. But when they punch the clock, they should leave their personal agendas in the locker room and do their jobs.

President Trump didn’t create the disgust fans felt; he recognized it.

Memo to NFL owners: Listen to President Trump. He has got this one figured out just right.

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May 26, 2018 at 7:16 am