Monday, April 24, 2017

A look back at the elections in France with Michael and Rosine



Guests: Rosine Ghawji and Michael Prada join me for a look at Sunday's election. It looks that we are headed for a second in 2 weeks.........what were the issues and concerns for the French? what is in the significance of this election for Europe and the EU?

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DNC Chairman Perez and abortion

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We understand that he dialed it back a bit.   Nevertheless, DNC Chairman Tom Perez sent shock waves through the electorate over the weekend.  
This is what he said:   
Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.
“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”
“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”
Perez’s statement follows the DNC’s controversial embrace of Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, whose years-long history of voting against abortion rights in the state Legislature drew fire from progressives this week. Daily Kos, a liberal website that raises money for lesser-known Democratic candidates, pulled its endorsement of Mello this week after discovering his history on the issue, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country unity tour.
So what do you do if you are pro life Democrat?   I guess that you have to choose between your personal values and the “D” after your name.    
Frankly, Mr. Perez’ remarks are insane and may reflect the pressure that the party is under to pander to the left.  
In the meantime, Mr. Perez should chat with Wendy Davis, the Democrat who lost big in Texas in 2014.      She lost big over abortion, as Michael Barone wrote.
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In Cuba, abortion is birth control


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Someday, we will look back at how the Castro regime devastated Cuba, from the economy to freedom to free abortions.     
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie serves on the advisory board for The Catholic Association.   She recently wrote some very troubling information about Cuba and abortion:  
The main form of “birth control” is abortion, my patients tell me. Condoms and pills are hard to get, and they come and go according to the daily whims of the government.
Abortion, on the other hand, is free, ubiquitous, and taught aggressively in state education as an action entirely devoid of moral meaning.    
So what is the result of this moral depravity?   As Dr. Pozo-Christie wrote:
“…..women in Cuba have almost entirely ceased to give birth.
In about 50 years, experts predict that over 40 percent of Cubans will be over 60.”
A sad story to say the least.   Or better put, the fruits of a corrupt leadership.
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North Korea, Syria, terror in Paris and other stories with Barry Jacobsen, Part 2



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North Korea, Syria, terror in Paris and other stories with Barry Jacobsen, Part 1



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Remember when personal conduct did not affect your job?

Back in 1998-99, many Democrats and liberals defended President Clinton.   My favorite defense was that President Clinton’s private behavior did not affect his job, i.e. “look at your 401-K!” and the unemployment rate was something I heard about on TV back then!
I find this interesting because Bill O’Reilly’s alleged personal conduct did not affect his job either.   After all, his ratings never dropped.  
This is why I’ve grown so skeptical of any public figure accused of sexual harassment, specially when we hear about them on The New York Times.
Back in the summer of 1998, when many of us were caught up in the McGwire-Sosa home run chase, this is how some women of the left reacted to the allegations against President Clinton.  
This is how the late Marjorie Williams explained it back then:   
 
Their excuses range from the procedural stonewall (“What is important for the American people to know is that there is a process in place to deal with these allegations,” in the words of Senator Barbara Boxer) to the creative inversion (What about Ken Starr’s “humiliation” of the women he dragged before the grand jury?, fumed Representative Nancy Pelosi) to the truly fanciful twist on gender politics (“Not so many years ago, a woman couldn’t be a White House intern,” said a straight-faced Senator Carol Moseley-Braun on Meet the Press).
As Miss Williams wrote further on:    
The chief reason for feminists’ continued support of Clinton is clear: Clinton is their guy. Clarence Thomas was their enemy. Bob Packwood, a liberal Republican who was the next habitual boor to walk the plank, was a harder case for feminists, but in the end they tied the blindfold. Clinton, though, is the hardest case, because he is the most reliably supportive president they’ve ever had.
It wasn’t long ago that we made excuses for men who engaged in bad behavior.   
Why is Mr. O’Reilly different?   Could it be his pro-life position?   or his support of traditional marriage?  or the War on Christmas?
Put me down as a total skeptic.
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Happy # 50 to Omar Vizquel



Omar Enrique (Gonzalez) Vizquel was born in Venezuela on this day in 1967.   He was too young to watch Luis Aparicio play in the major leagues but I'm sure that he heard a lot about him growing up.    Every kid in Venezuela knows about the great Aparicio.

Omar was an outstanding shortstop.   However, let's not overlook his bat:  .272 BA, 2,877 hits, 456 doubles and a very good .336 On Base Pct.

Will he make the Hall of Fame in a couple of years?   Probably not but he will eventually.    




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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda



Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda......we will look at the very important election in France and the impact of a terrorist attack days ago.....Russia bombers too close for comfort in Alaska....the foreign policy messes left by President Obama.........President Trump continues to talk tough on North Korea......Where is China? The Bill O'Reilly episode raises questions about the politicization of sexual harassment....colleges and universities can not guarantee the safety of public speakers.....is it time for states or the federal government to step in and protect free speech.......the GOP survives in Georgia and has plenty of cash for future battles..........the Democrats should check out what is going on with the Labour Party in the UK........plus more stories....


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National Security: North Korea, Syria & French vote with Barry Jacobsen.




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The O'Reilly story & censorship of conservative speakers in US universities




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The Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz





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We remember Mariel 1980 with Marcos Nelson Suarez,




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A preview of the special election in Georgia.




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Remember when gerrymandering by Democrats was what the majority party got to do?


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Back in 1984, I moved to Texas and decided to get acquainted with my congressional district.  Therefore, I took a trip over to the local GOP office, introduced myself, and offered my help.
I asked the precinct chairman to show me the boundaries of Representative Martin Frost’s district, or the place where I was now living.  He took me to the wall and showed me the map.  The conversation went sort of like this:
I said: “That’s a crazy looking district, isn’t it?  One side of the street is in one district and the neighbors are in the other.”
He said: “Welcome to Texas.  The Democrat legislature drew it up just perfect so that Frost could win.”
I guess I got a good lesson in gerrymandering.  By the way, Mr. Frost was gerrymandered out of his district when the GOP took over Texas.
 
The Democrats are apparently looking for another reason to explain how President Obama, the man of the high approval rates, or so they tell us, could lose 1,000 state seats under his watch.  How could such a popular man not deliver seats?  It must be something crooked!
They can’t blame the Russians, so I guess blaming gerrymandering is the next best thing.
According to The New York Times, the Democrats are going back to the courts to get some help:
The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.
But for all the zeal on the ground, none of it may matter as much as a case heading to the Supreme Court, one that could transform political maps from City Hall to Congress — often to Democrats’ benefit.
A bipartisan group of voting rights advocates says the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election — so artfully, in fact, that Democrats won a third fewer Assembly seats than Republicans despite prevailing in the popular vote. In November, in a 2-to-1 ruling, a panel of federal judges agreed.
Now the Wisconsin case is headed to a Supreme Court that has repeatedly said that extreme partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional, but has never found a way to decide which ones cross the line.
Let’s see what the Supreme Court has to say.  We hope they will do what they did not with abortion and marriage.  In other words, let the state legislatures figure this out.
The Democrats’ real problem, between the coasts, is the number of ethnic districts that result in other districts with large non-minority populations.  The result is that they win certain districts easily and can’t compete in the others.  I don’t know what they call that, but it is their real problem.
Let the state legislatures figure this out – the same way they did when Representative Martin Frost had a perfectly crafted district when the Democrats ran Texas.
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1954: # 1 of 755 for Hank Aaron


We remember Henry, or Hank, Aaron today.    He hit # 1 off Vic Raschi of the Cardinals.  He was the last of the Negro League players to play in the majors.   
# 1 of 755!

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We remember Warren Spahn (1921-2003)

We remember one of the great left handed pitchers in major league history.  

Warren Spahn was born on this day in 1921 in Buffalo, New York.  He joined the Boston Braves in 1942 and moved to Milwaukee with the team for the 1953 season.   It was in Milwaukee that he got to play with Lew Burdette, Eddie Matthews and Henry Aaron.   They won the 1957 World Series and the 1958 NL pennant.

His numbers were awesome:  363 wins, 3.09 ERA, 382 complete games, 5,243 innings pitched and 63 shutouts.   He pitched no-hitters in 1960 and 1961.  

Spahn's greatest pitching performance may have been a 1-0 loss to Juan Marichal in 1963.  He pitched 16 innings before giving up a HR to Willie Mays.

Spahn died in 2003!






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