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Remember when there were lots of movies about crazy school parties?

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Back in the early 1980s, I was very interested in my career, sports, and the Reagan presidency.  Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but notice the movies at the theaters.  In other words, there were lots of crazy movies about people going to high school and college.

In many of these movies, it was cool to “score” with the girl.  I’m sure that boys in previous generations wanted to score, too.  However, the message in those Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello movies or Where the Boys Are was that premarital sex was a bad idea.  In those movies, young men were told to respect girls rather than getting them drunk for quick sex.

Hollywood made a bunch of these movies, from Animal House to Sixteen Candles, as I was reminded of by Vox:

Some of the most popular comedies of the ’80s are filled with supposedly hilarious sequences that portray what in 2018 would be unambiguously considered date rape.

As long as everybody involved is acquainted with each other, these movies tend to treat those rapes as harmless hijinks.  They don’t really count.  They’re funny – even in movies as sweet and romantic as Sixteen Candles.

The cultural understanding of rape in the 1980s was fundamentally different from how we understand it today[.]

It was so, and that’s the college scene Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford grew up in.

I am not making excuses for any behavior.  At the same time, let’s remember that Hollywood made millions of dollars promoting the kind of behavior alleged in many of the accusations against Kavanaugh.  It was cool in the movies, and probably a lot of students did it, too.

So do Democrats want to make college days an issue before considering a person for the Supreme Court?  My guess is that many future Democrats would have a hard time living up to that standard.

Again, I don’t believe that Dr. Ford has proved a thing other than that she lived in Maryland at the same time that Mr. Kavanaugh did.  Nevertheless, if someone did that to her, then he probably learned the behavior watching one of the popular “comedies” of the time.

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September 30, 2018 at 6:50 am

Saturday’s show: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams & Willie Mays this week in baseball history

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A little baseball history…….Babe Ruth hit # 60 in 1927…..Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941……..Willie Mays and the catch 1954……….…and more stories…..…..….


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September 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Saturday’s video: Joe DiMaggio Ted Williams and the great season of 1941

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September 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

The Democrats united the Trump and Bush wings of the party

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Let’s hope that this is the last time that we go through this.   

Like many of you, I caught bits and pieces of Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday. Overall, I’d say that Kavanaugh won the day.

My problem with Blasey Ford is her story. Something happened but she does not where or when.  She can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was Kavanaugh that night.  She thinks it was but no investigation can be done on the basis of this shallow story.  

Gladly, we live in a country where we don’t destroy people for fuzzy memories from 30-something years ago.

As for Judge Kavanaugh, he closed the deal with a very heartfelt presentation.  I kept looking at his wife and feeling so sorry for her and their two daughters.  Yes, time will pass, but these girls will be haunted forever.  Is it too much to think that some college professor out there will talk about “Kavanaugh the gang rapist”?

At this point, the people who say that they believe Blasey Ford are making a partisan statement.  They have no evidence to draw that conclusion.  Blasey Ford is probably a nice lady, but her story does not add up.

At the end of the day, it was Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Jeff  Flake who put him over the top.  Graham’s remarks were powerful.  Then Flake was contacted by former President George W. Bush.

So what did the Democrats do on Thursday?  They looked foolish and united the Trump-Bush wing of the party.  Thank you, Democrats.

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September 29, 2018 at 5:17 am

Friday’s show: Kavanaugh headed to Supreme Court and other stories

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The Kavanaugh story is coming to a conclusion.     Happy # 478 to the Jesuits……..Ted Williams hits .406 in 1941…..…and more stories………Click to listen:


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September 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Friday’s video: Kavanaugh finally headed to a vote

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September 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm

New Cuban leader same old speech before the UN

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Back in 1960, Fidel Castro came to the UN in the middle of a U.S. presidential election.  He put on a different show than he did in the spring of 1959 when he was telling “Meet the Press” that he was not a communist.

The new leader of Cuba, the one appointed by Raul Castro, came to town talking reforms but singing the old song about “socialismo”.   

This is from USA Today:   

Miguel Díaz-Canel, the hand-picked successor to retired president Raúl Castro, mirrored his predecessors’ speeches by repeatedly bashing the United States, the economic embargo it maintains against Cuba, and its continued occupation of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. He blasted the U.S for its military interventions and economic sanctions against adversaries including Venezuela, Iran, China and North Korea.

And while Díaz-Canel lamented the deterioration of U.S.-Cuba relations under President Donald Trump and said he was ready and willing to improve them, he made clear that the end of Fidel and Raúl Castro’s rule over the island nation does not mean the end of the communist system they created.

So much for change in Cuba.  

Diaz-Canel’s speech may have pleased the usual suspects around the world.  It did not do much to resolve the island’s short-term problems, from a shortage of aircraft parts to keep planes flying to doing anything about the island’s crippling infrastructure.

Finally, it made it less likely that a meeting with President Trump is around the corner after all of the attacks on the U.S.

No one will remember this speech in a week.  Nevertheless, President Diaz-Canel just confirmed what we knew — no change in Cuba anytime soon!

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September 28, 2018 at 5:09 am

Thursday’s show: A chat about the Kavanaugh story with Frank Burke

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September 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Thursday’s video: New president of Cuba same old system

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September 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

What do we do about Maduro?

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Over the weekend, I spoke with a Venezuelan living in Virginia.  He was in the Dallas area at a religious retreat.

So I asked him the same question I’ve asked many others: “What about a U.S. intervention to remove Maduro?”

His answer is the same as I’ve heard from others: “Everybody in Venezuela wants it to happen.”

To be fair, I have not done a scientific survey, and I am speaking with anti-Maduro exiles living in the U.S.  At the same time, Maduro is not that popular down there.  I wouldn’t be surprised if many Venezuelans living in the country agree with an intervention, too.

Jorge Castañeda, the Mexican writer, looked at the issue this week.  He wrote:

Recently, Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, or O.A.S., made a stunning statement at a rally on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, warning that no option was off the table in Venezuela, and in particular, that a “military intervention” to “overthrow” its government, could not be discarded. Some observers interpreted this as meaning that an invasion of Venezuela by other countries was now on the agenda. 

Others, more intelligently, surmised that Mr. Almagro was referring to a domestic involvement by the Venezuelan armed forces: in short, a military coup d’état.

I don’t really know what he meant, either, but his concerns are completely real.

First, this is no longer a domestic crisis.  There are countless Venezuelans walking into Colombia and Brazil.  They are naturally putting pressure on social services and creating a backlash from the locals.  The number is over 2 million, according to Castañeda.

Second, Venezuela is more than a failed state.  It is a disaster.  Venezuelans are hungry.  They are ill lacking medicine supplies.  The country cannot provide basic services, from electrical power to a police force.  Let’s not forget that violence is rampant, in large part because the state has failed.

Will the U.S. participate in an overthrow?  I would say no.  At the same time, we should be encouraging a military coup and assistance to bring in emergency supplies as soon as Maduro is gone.

What do they do with Maduro?  He should put on trial, and let the Venezuelans figure that out.

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September 27, 2018 at 5:08 am