Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder 1867-1957

We remember Laura Ingalls Wilder who died on this day in 1957.

We know Laura from "The Little House in the Prairie" TV series.  In real life, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867.   She lived in Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.   She became a school teacher and married Alonzo Wilder.

Later in 1932, she wrote her family story in "The Little House" series.   It became a TV series in 1974:




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A ranch as big as a town



What a story.   Just read in The Dallas Morning News that a huge ranch in Texas was sold.  

It is incredible:   The W.T. Waggoner Ranch near the Red River is almost 800 square miles!   

That's a lot of room, to say the least!   It has a lake to go fishing, woods to go camping and a couple of roads to get around.

I understand that Stan Kroenke, a real estate developer, bought the ranch.  

Congratulations Mr Kroenke!  Enjoy all of the space.



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1973: "Crocodile rock" by Elton John was # 1 this week


"Crocodile Rock" was Elton John's first # 1 single in the US.  It was a very catchy tune with an oldies flavor.    It sounded a bit like The Diamonds' "Little darlin'" and Neil Sedaka's "Oh Carol".    Nevertheless, it was a great single:




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Giving driver licenses to illegal immigrants is insane


We just learned that over 600,000 driver licenses were issued to illegal immigrants in California:
The law known as AB60 took effect on January 2, 2015. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) expects a total of about 1.4 million people will get their license under the law by late 2017.
Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed the law in October 2013 to give a legal document to the 2.5 million undocumented immigrants in California alone — most from Latin America and particularly neighboring Mexico.
California officials believe the program — which does not give license holders any US federal benefits — does make roads in the most populous US state safer, several state sources said.
It does not allow license holders, for example, the right to fly on airplanes inside the United States, nor does it give anyone legal residency status, the right to work or to seek a US passport.
But among the upsides are that California drivers with the document can drive legally across the entire vast United States, without being fined or facing fear of having their vehicle impounded.
This story confuses me for a few reasons:  
1) I worked legally (work visa) in Mexico in the 1980s.  I drove with my U.S. driver license but did buy auto insurance in Mexico.  My agent told me that it was legal to drive in Mexico with a valid U.S. license.
Question: Why don’t these people drive in the U.S. with their country’s driver licenses?  Don’t they have one?   Wouldn’t it make more sense for these people to renew their country’s licenses at their respective consulates?
2) Aren’t we making it easy for terrorists to operate a car normally in the U.S.?  The aforementioned article states that people can drive across the U.S. with this license.   
3) The rationale for the law is that they give California a better way of tracking these individuals.  Really?  There are 2.5 million people in California without papers.  I think that the law is having the opposite effect or encouraging more people to go to California.  Add sanctuary cities like San Francisco, and you have a state that does not take immigration laws seriously at all.
Over the years, I have supported some reasonable legalization programs (not citizenship) that allow many of these people to come out of the closet and work legally in the U.S.  However, allowing a person in the country illegally to get a driver’s license makes a mockery of U.S. immigration laws.  
What’s next?  Getting registered to vote Democrat?
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New Hampshire 2016 with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda




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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Another Cuban player defects

The Caribbean baseball series is underway and the best Cuban player has defected.   This is from The YES Network: 
Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel, who was ranked by Baseball America last year as the best remaining player on the island, defected while in the Dominican Republic this week and has his sights set on joining Major League Baseball…and the Yankees may be his top target.
Yulieski and his younger brother Lourdes were in the Dominican playing with their Serie Nacional team in the Caribbean Series, and Yahoo! Sports reports that Granma, a national news outlet of the Cuban Communist Party, wrote on their website that the brothers "abandoned" their team hotel on Monday in "an open attitude of surrender to the merchants of professional baseball for profit."
Surrender to the merchants of professional baseball for profit?   

No way!   The truth is that Yulieski does not want to play for Castro Inc, the real merchants of profit in Cuba.    The Castro regime wants to send players overseas and keep most of their wages, like they do with hotel workers in the joint ventures with foreign investors.      They collect dollars and pay out worthless pesos to Cubans.

It will be nice to see Yulieski playing in the majors soon!   


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1964: The Beatles meet the country on The Ed Sullivan Show


As we follow the political events in New Hampshire or North Korea's latest missile, we are reminded of a huge moment in pop music history. 

Ed Sullivan intoduced Elvis in 1956.   He presented The Beatles on this day in 1964.   According to a story that I read, Mr Sullivan was in London and saw the girls screaming.   He concluded correctly that American girls would scream too.   He told his team to get The Beatles on his show.

Around 8:12 pm ET, Paul McCartney sang "Close your eyes....." and Beatlemania was on.   All together, The Beatles performed twice that night and 73 million people watched them:




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New Hampshire: Get ready for a surprise tonight!

We will have voters again telling us how they feel about the 2016 election.    

So here are some of my predictions:  Expect surprises.......let me repeat expect surprises!

On the Democrat side, Senator Sanders will beat Mrs Clinton by more than 10 points.   It could be as bad as 60-40!    Mrs Clinton is not connecting with young people and that's a problem.

On the GOP side, Mr Trump will not meet the polling expectations.   He will win by less than 10 points.

The second place battle will be between Governor Bush, Governor Kasich, Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz.     I don't see Governor Christie in this bunch.

We will wait to see the results.   However, expect this thing to move to South Carolina and no one is running the table.


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Asking Hispanics for their ‘voto’



My good friend Israel Ortega was recently on Newsmax TV and discussed Hispanics and the economy and how it could play in 2016. He believes that the economy affects more Hispanics than immigration, or simply the reality that immigration reform affects  those who are here illegally. In other words, there are millions of Hispanics in the U.S. who do not speak Spanish or watch Jorge Ramos!
Israel also made a larger point about diversity. All you have to do is look at the TV screen and see it for yourself: Cruz, Rubio, and Carson got more half of the vote in a state that is 90% white!
As Israel Ortega pointed out, the Hispanic vote offers GOP a great opportunity in many states, including South Carolina:
Looking ahead, the Republican Party has a real opportunity to connect with Hispanic voters in a number of critical early primary states, including South Carolina and Nevada. The Palmetto State has seen a dramatic growth in its Hispanic population in recent years. In fact, according to the U.S. Census and the Pew Research Center, South Carolina had the second-fastest growing Hispanic population in the country from 2000–2011. With an estimated 5 percent of the population, and around half of that number eligible to vote, the Hispanic vote could make a difference in a tight race.
After South Carolina, the remaining Republican hopefuls head out west to Nevada, with an estimated 27 percent Hispanic population and a significant number of eligible voters. What’s more, Nevada is among a handful of swing states that could very well decide the election in November.
“At some point, elections are not about politics or policy; they are about math,” writes John Ralston, a journalist who has covered Nevada politics for nearly 25 years. “He or she who gets the most votes wins, and Hispanics arguably are the most potent rising bloc in both Nevada and American politics.”
Therein lies the opportunity for Republicans heading into the fall. The reality is that both Cruz and Rubio remain unknown to many Latino voters. This is changing, of course, as media coverage intensifies. But in a study conducted a few years ago by the well-respected Pew Hispanic Center, a scant percentage of Latinos polled identified Rubio as a national leader, but perhaps more revealing, a whopping 62 percent of those polled could not name a national leader.
Of course, the opportunity is there, but only if the GOP seizes on it. I am not talking about promoting amnesty but rather knocking on the door and asking for the vote! Or going on TV and telling Hispanics that the GOP wants school choice. 
The 2016 political landscape will be different than 2008. Again, I hope that the GOP understands that the “si se puede” enthusiasm of 2008 is really “no se puede” in Hispanic districts today.
Again, knock on the door and ask for the vote! Don’t assume that the Hispanic vote is locked up.
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A chat with Israel Ortega about the GOP, diversity and the economy



Guest: Israel Ortega, Hispanic columnist, joins us for a look at the GOP and the economy...........the Iowa results show that the GOP is the party of diversity, i.e. Rubio, Cruz and Carson.............compare that with the other side..........and some interesting data about Hispanics and the economy.......it appears that the economy is more important than immigration.............plus other stories from the front pages..........



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Monday, February 08, 2016

1970: Mick Jagger as Ned Kelly the outlaw



What can you find flipping channels these days?   How about Mick Jagger playing an outlaw in a 1970 movie?

Yes, Mick as "Ned Kelly" as the legendary Australian outlaw.  

According to a NY Times review from October 1970:  
"As the ill-fated titular hero, Mick Jagger, the rock singer, with a beard that makes him appear more Amish than Australian, is, sadly, simply a dour renegade who rarely becomes the "wild colonial boy" of the legend. "
It's an OK movie and I kept looking for the other Stones.   At one point, I thought that Charlie Watts was in the Kelly clan.   

I'd give it a "C" for curious.   I mean that it was curious to watch Mick doing something different than "Jimpin' Jack Flash".



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Young women are not buying Hillary

Who would have believe this a few months ago?   

Let me introduce you to the Democrat women who would rather vote for a man!    This is from The Washington Post:   
On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton’s quest to become the country’s first female president has encountered an unexpected problem: She is having trouble persuading women, young and old, to rally behind her cause.
Hillary's chief problem is that she's a phony, or a populist who made millions from speaking fees and The Clinton Foundation.     

Do Democrat women want to see a female president?   Yes but not Hillary!

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Happy to see that the governors did well

As I told a friend weeks ago, I’d rather vote for a governor for president.   
Governors run states, in some cases they are bigger than most countries.   
Florida, Ohio, and New Jersey have huge GDP’s and face the kinds of challenges that a strong executive can not overlook. Just ask the governor of Michigan about the water crisis in Flint.
So I was happy to see that the governors did well last night. I agree with Dan Balz:
Christie was the relentless prosecutor. Bush was knowledgeable and, in contrast to some earlier performances, tough and direct. Ohio Gov. John Kasich carved out space as a candidate ready and willing to work across party lines.
Every governor did well and proved that governing is complicated and the best training for the Oval Office.
I love Senator Rubio and voted for Senator Cruz in Texas but they have never run anything of consequence. I’d love to see them serve as governor of Florida or Texas and then run for president in 10 years. They will be better prepared.
Dr. Carson is one of the finest human beings on the planet but he has not run anything.  
And Mr. Trump is too much about himself. I’m fed with all of the stuff about winning without an idea of what he’s talking about. Win what?
So I’m happy that the governors are back in the game. The party and the country needs for this primary campaign to go for a while.
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The world on Sunday night




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Sunday, February 07, 2016

What a way for Manning to finish his career


Congratulations to Peyton Manning and everyone in the Denver Broncos' organization.   I would add that Carolina had a great season, too.   It was not their day but they will be back.

Did you get the feeling that the Broncos were all on board to win this one for Manning?   I think so!  Peyton's teammates knew that this was more than Super Bowl 50.    It was the kind of game that you will tell your great grandchildren about.

Peyton Manning does not want to say it but it's clear that this is it.     What a way to finish one of the greatest pro football careers of all time.

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Cheering for Manning and Denver Broncos


It would be easy to pick Carolina because of their athletic QB and talented team.   However, I'm rooting for Peyton Manning and Broncos today.  It would be wonderful to see Manning win his last game.



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Who likes the sound of ‘Governor Peyton Manning’?

Peyton Manning will play in Super Bowl 50.  I hope that he wins.  The Panthers are great, but I hope that the gods of football intervene and make Denver a champion.  It’s all about Manning for me today.
A few years ago, I remember reading a Bart Starr biography.  It took me back to the late 1960s, when this kid from Cuba fell in love with football watching #15 Starr hand off to Taylor or pass to McGee.  I loved Starr and remember reading that many wanted him to run for governor in Wisconsin and then in his native Alabama.  He didn’t, and that’s a shame.
Down here in Texas, Roger Staubach and Nolan Ryan were encouraged to run for governor.  I was convinced that Ryan would!
Why not Peyton Manning?
Peyton’s life is evidence of a great role model for all.
In the NFL, Manning turned the Colts from a joke to one of the best teams in the league.  On the field, his quiet leadership got the job done.  He earned the respect of the fans, players, and coaches.
Off the field, he was a charm.  After all, who else could advertise pizza and insurance?
Manning will take the field today in another Super Bowl.  I am hoping for a Denver victory so that Manning can hold a trophy after his last game.
And maybe he can celebrate an election night victory a few years later.  The country could use a nice guy like Manning, who can get the job done and bring people together.
Sorry, Panthers fans.  I want you to lose not because you humiliated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.  This is really about my affection for Manning and not that game.
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A look back at Iowa and forward to Hampshire





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Iowa after the vote




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National security stories of the week with Barry Jacobsen




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A report from Peru plus and other news from Latin America




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Saturday, February 06, 2016

1974: Barbra Streisand's "The way we were" was # 1 this week



"The way we were" was released in 1973.    It quickly became a very popular romantic film starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.   The movie's title theme was # 1 this week in 1974.   

As far as I'm concerned, this is Streisand's finest song.    Alan Bergman and his wife Marilyn wrote the lyrics to this song, and Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music.

Her voice is incredible:



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RIP Maurice White of "Earth Wind & Fire"



We learned that Maurice White died at age 74.    Back in the 1970s, Maurice White founded "Earth wind & fire", a great band that sold 90 million records.    They had a great sound!

RIP Maurice White and thanks for so many great songs:





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Babe Ruth was born on this day in 1895


We say happy birthday to the Babe up in baseball heaven.

George Herman Ruth was born on this day in 1895.   We know him as "Babe", "The Great Bambino", "The Sultan of Swat" and the man who hit 714 career home runs.


Ruth was the greatest professional athlete of the 20th century. He saved baseball in the 1920's after the White Sox World Series scandal. It was Ruth and his majestic homeruns that put people in the seats.


He set the season home run record in 1927.  Maris broke it in 1961 with 61.  


He set the all time record home run record, a mark that stood until Aaron passed him in 1974.   

His records were broken but the legend of the Babe lives on: 



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President Reagan was born on this day in 1911


We remember that Ronald Reagan was born on this day in 1911.   His birthplace was Tampico, Illinois. 

Like many of you, I became a conservative because of the Reagan 1976 campaign and eventual election to the presidency in 1980.   He is still one of the most popular presidents in recent memory.   



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The Democrats 2016: Silly vs Phony



Two nights of Clinton/Sanders!  How can any serious person watch this?  
On one side, Senator Sanders is preaching a populist message that wouldn’t pass a Democrat Congress. President Obama had 60 votes in the U.S. Senate and had to rely on all kinds of legislative trickery to pass ObamaCare. Subsequently, he failed to get Democrats on immigration, gun control, and climate change. We remind you that it was a Democrat Senate that killed the Dream Act in November 2010.  
On the other side, Secretary Clinton is out to prove that she can “yes we can” as well as anybody. She pretends to be hip and cool but she is not. She is awkward and boring as heck!
The Democrats are completely misreading the country.  
I understand that Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton are pandering to the left, but what about the rest of us, asWilliam Whalen wroteabout the debate:
Earlier this week, Gallup released this analysis finding that 20 U.S. states are “red” (solidly or leaning Republican) versus only 14 “blue” Democratic states. In 2009, Gallup painted 33 states blue and only five red.
As the two candidates argued over which one of them would be the more devoutly progressive after eight years of a decidedly liberal president, the irony was front and center – and to the left: Hillary or Bernie will win this Democratic battle.
Meanwhile, their party’s losing the war.
Something is depressing about the modern Democrat party, or at least the two on that stage and the crowd invested in the silly promises that they are making. 
Sanders is a nice man who has connected with a lot of young white people who need someone to tell them what they want to hear. We’d be better off as a country if Sanders would paraphrase the JFK line about doing something for your country, such as getting a job and paying your own way.
Clinton is a phony who has been on both sides of every issue in recent memory, from the Iraq War to same sex marriage. We’d be better if she would channel her inner Thatcher and tells these silly young people that the real enemy wants to come over here and cut their heads off!
Where is the Democrat Party when the country really needs it?  The Democrat Party has gone off track and it’s painful to watch.
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A chat with Chris Corbett about Iowa and New Hampshire 2016





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