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In today’s Washington Post, here’s what The President’s campaign manager has to say about the upcoming elections:

"I think the prospect of a Republican takeover — while not likely, but plausible — will be very much part of the dynamic in October, and I think that will help us with turnout and some of this enthusiasm gap.   We’d better act as a party as if the House and the Senate and every major governor’s race is at stake and in danger, because they could be."

Yikes!

As expected, The President’s speech on immigration reform was met by GOP hostility yesterday.  I hope we’re able to use this hostility to motivate Latino voters this year – I hope.  Stay tuned!

Who in the MLB Hall of Fame is wearing Padres gear?

The Chron has a story today about a Wal-Mart coming to our ‘hood.  I wonder what the neighborhood lifestyle patrol has to say about this.

San Luis Skipper Tony LaRussa says he is in favor of the Arizona show me your papers law.  Yeah, he’ll change his tune once they rough up Albert’s and Yadier’s kinfolks. 

“I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale” is a cool documentary that I stumbled upon the other night.  It is about the brief film career of actor John Cazale who was best known for his role as “Fredo Corleone” of the first two “Godfather” movies.  Cazale died in 1978 at the age of 42 and only made five movies.  They were all nominated for Oscars for Best Picture:  “The Godfather”, “The Godfather, II”, “The Conversation”, “Dog Day Afternoon”, and “The Deer Hunter.”

Frances Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, and Meryl Streep, his girlfriend at the time of his death, are interviewed in the documentary.  Check it out next time it airs.

Cazale never was nominated for an Oscar.  In 1972, he was beat out in the supporting actor category by Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duval from “The Godfather”, Joel Grey in “Caberet”, and Eddie Albert from “The Heartbreak Kid.”  I don’t know about Eddie Albert.

In 1974 he was in “Godfather, II” and “The Conversation” and was beat out in the supporting category by “Fred Astaire” from “The Towering Inferno”, Jeff Bridges from “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”, and Robert De Niro, Michael Gazzo, and Lee Strasberg from “Godfather, II.”  I don’t know about Astaire and Bridges.

In 1975 he was in “Dog Day Afternoon” and was beat out in the supporting actor category by George Burns from “The Sunshine Boys”, Brad Dourif from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Burgess Meredith from “The Day of the Locust”, Chris Sarandon from “Dog Day Afternoon”, and Jack Warden from “Shampoo.”  I don’t know about Sarandon.

In 1978 he was in “The Deer Hunter” and was beat out in the supporting actor category by Bruce Dern from “Coming Home”, Richard Farnsworth from “Comes a Horseman”, John Hurt from “Midnight Express”, Christopher Walken from “The Deer Hunter”, and Jack Warden from “Heaven Can Wait.”  That’s OK!

Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn of course are in the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing Padres gear.

I have to admit that I couldn’t make it to the 10th inning last night.  Those West Coast night games are tough to follow.   I missed an exciting finish.  This weekend includes three more games from PETCO and the Hot Dog Eating Contest on the Fourth of July on ESPN.

Take the time to read the Declaration of Independence in this Sunday’s Chron – please!

 

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