Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday's video: It looks like Bolsonaro will win in Brazil

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Tuesday's video:  
It looks like Bolsonaro will win in Brazil








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I voted really early in Texas

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It’s election time, and I voted around 8 A.M.  By the way, there were about a dozen people already there voting.
As you can guess, I voted for Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz, the two candidates who have received national coverage.
My vote for Governor Abbott was a no-brainer.  He has done a masterful job of managing the state without making anyone angry.  In that respect, he is a lot more like former Governor George W. Bush than Governor Rick Perry. 
His re-election message gets a lot of help from the Texas economy: job growth is very strong.  Our cities can’t add enough highways to keep up with the population growth and business expansion.  It’s a good time to be in Texas, especially for an incumbent governor asking voters for re-election.
Mark my words: Governor Abbott will run for president in 2024.  His numbers with Hispanics were strong in 2014, another indication that Texas Hispanics are interested in more than DACA or immigration.  According to exit polls, Abbott got 44% of the Hispanic vote in Texas.  In 2014, abortion hurt Wendy Davis.  In 2018, the issue is Lupe Valdez, who has been running on mute mode since the primary.
Abbott projects executive confidence, an important trait for a future president.  Keep an eye on him.
My vote for Senator Cruz was more ideological.  He is a reliable conservative vote in the U.S. Senate, and we need more of them.
To be honest, I am not sure that the Texas GOP is madly in love with Cruz.  There are still many wounds from the 2012 primary, when then-solicitor general Cruz was the rebel against Lt. Governor David Dewhurst from the political establishment.  It was a bitter fight, with Governor Perry supporting Dewhurst and the Tea Party going with Cruz.  It got ugly, and I can still feel the anger.
My vote is in, so I can wait until election night and see the results.
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We remember Jorge Valls (1933-2015)


Jorge Valls, author and former political prisoner in Cuba, died on this day in 2015.   

Valls spent 20 years in Castro's political prisons.   He was 31 when he entered the prisons and 53 when he finally left.
Valls wrote a book about it later.




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We remember Jim Bunning ( 1931-2017)

We remember US Senator and Hall of Famer Jim Bunning.   He was born on this day in 1931 and died in 2017.

Bunning broke with the Detroit Tigers in 1955.   

He won 118 games over 9 seasons in Detroit.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1964 and won 89 games.   Overall, Bunning won 224, or 118 in the AL and 106 in the NL.

His best season was 20-8 & 2.69 ERA in 1957.      He did not pitch for a lot of winning teams but did not miss a start in 11 years.    

Bunning was perfect on June 21, 1964, also Father's Day, in a 6-0 victory against the New York Mets.   In 1958, he threw a no-hitter for Detroit on July 20, 1958, against Boston, winning 3-0.

In 1996, Bunning was inducted into The Hall of Fame.    He was also elected to the US Senate from Kentucky.


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Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday's show: My early vote is in plus the caravan and more stories


Early voting in Texas and my vote is in.......
The caravan at the Mexico-Guatemala border................
and more stories........
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Monday's video: I "early" voted this morning

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Monday's video:   
I "early" voted this morning








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Everybody’s talking about Texas these days

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Let’s say this for Beto — we have not seen so much focus on Texas since Miss Wendy Davis was the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor.  (As you may remember, she lost to current Governor Greg Abbott by 20 points despite getting lots of dollars from every left-wing corner in the U.S.)
The latest is that President Trump will be in Houston for a big rally for Senator Ted Cruz.  According to news reports, 70,000 people signed up to attend.  Where is the Astrodome when we really need it?
The other bit of news is that the Democrats are allegedly looking for votes in all the wrong places, such as encouraging illegals to register and vote.  On this story, I’ve heard anecdotal evidence of Democrats using churches to sign up illegals.  In other words, this is more than a partisan shot at Beto O’Rourke.  I believe that it’s true.
Then there is Beto’s campaign driving everybody crazy with too much texting.  There is a lawsuit from angry Texans sick and tired being reminded about early voting for Beto starting October 21st.  Frankly, I have not received such a text but I keep getting these calls to my landline that are not recorded political messages.   It’s blank when I answer the phone.  I try to call back and get a busy signal or nothing at all.  Maybe the Beto people have too much money and keep looking for creative ways of spending it.
And then we hear of burnout or just too much Beto on TV.  Beto has turned into one of those Top 40 hits that AM stations would play every 15 minutes.  Beto is like “Maggie Mae” or “Stayin’ Alive” if you’re old enough to remember the 1970s.  Beto’s “Here, there and everywhere”, with all due respect to The Beatles.  Maybe some local DJ will schedule a “Beto night” and burn all of those yard signs at halftime between the Cowboys vs. Texans game.
It will be nice on Wednesday after the election.  We can go back to being a red state again.
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Who else but Jorge Ramos?


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The “caravan” has a new voice and it’s Jorge Ramos.  This is what Mr. Ramos said today:
Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos said reports of an “invasion” of migrants toward the United States are being overblown by people like President Donald Trump.
Ramos, who reported from Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas — bordering Guatemala, said he watched migrants come by after crossing into Mexico.
He said that at the border with Guatemala, the Mexican authorities tried — mostly unsuccessfully — to stop the thousands from crossing the few bridges between the two countries.
Ramos said Mexican law enforcement has been acting as “Trump’s police” in trying to stem the migrant tide.
“They are not criminals, they are not terrorists,” he said of the migrants. “We have to choose what kind of nation we are.”
Ramos is wrong.  First, we don’t know who is in the caravan.  Did Jorge talk to all of the 4,000 or so marchers?  Second, it’s a insult to refer to Mexico’s armed forces as “Trump’s army”.

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Obama goes to Nevada and ends up talking about himself


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We have seen this before.  President Obama shows up to support a Democrat and ends up talking about himself.

Over the weekend, Mr. Obama was in Nevada to support the Democrats.  Instead, it was the same old song:  "Obama tells voters to 'remember who started' economic recovery at Nevada rally."

I'm sure that his guests were delighted to hear that.  

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We remember Annette Funicello (1942-2013)


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We remember Annette Funicello.  She was born in Uttica, NY on this day in 1942 and died in 2013.

Annette was the cute girl next door who went from The Mickey Mouse Club to all of those sweet movies with Frankie Avalon.  Honestly, the movies were pretty good and you can catch them on retro TV.

I guess that life was less complicated back then.





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Tersi Agra Bendiburg: A “Cubana” from Dixie who tells stories!


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The Cuban American story is diverse.

On one hand, there are those Cubans who stayed in South Florida and grew up there.  They attended schools full of other Cuban exiles.  They walked on streets beaming with "Cubanismo" or the smell of "cafe cubano".  They were never really separated from Cuba.
On the other hand, the rest of us settled in places like Chicago (Carlos Eire),  Virginia (Jorge Ponce), Louisiana (Humberto Fontova) or Wisconsin like me.  We had to find "cubanismo" by getting together with other Cubans or playing those Beny More LPs on our turntables.
Speaking of the second group, we chatted this week with Tersi Agra Bendiburg, a "Cubana" who grew up in Georgia.   
Her family story is similar to mine, and perhaps yours:
"Tersi had vivid memories from her childhood in post-revolution Cuba.  She remembers soldiers walking through her house, taking inventory of everything her family owned.  A year later, when they were to leave the country with nothing --not even her parents' wedding rings, the soldiers returned to re-inventory all the contents of the house.  She also remembers her father hiding a young man in their home  (who had been shot by soldiers) until he could be passed along safely.
At age, ten, Tersi’s family moved to Mexico City where they stayed with a distant relative while her parents applied for political asylum in the United States.  That Christmas was the first time Carmen, age 3, had ever seen Christmas lights because religious celebrations had been halted after the revolution in Cuba.
          It was a wonderland.  On the Dia de los Reyes, Three Kings Day, Tersi wrote to the kings to let them know Tersi and her family were no longer in Cuba, but were, instead, in Mexico City so they would know where to bring presents.  Her parents were so worried that Tersi had written a letter and they had no money to buy her a present.  It was then that she spoke with a relative from Decatur, Georgia who told Tersi that the kings had left presents for her and Carmen in Decatur, and that in the future she should direct her letters to Santa Claus because the kings said the coffee in America was too weak for men from the east and the icy streets were too much of a challenge for the camels.  Sure enough, when they arrived in Decatur, both girls had presents waiting for them.
In Decatur, the Agra family was sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Decatur.  They never needed welfare since they had a little furnished apartment and Mr. Agra began work almost immediately.  Tersi attended Oakhurst Elementary where she had the famous spinach incident, and many other adventures.
          That first Halloween in the United States Tersi ran home with a pillowcase full of candy.  She dumped it out and said, “You just say trick-or-treat and they give you candy!”
          “What a country!”  Her father exclaimed."
Yes, what a country indeed!   
Today, Tersi tells children the wonderful stories of Latin America and others.
 What a wonderful lady!   Thanks to Fernando Hernandez for the introduction!     

We spoke with Tersi on Friday's show and learned that she was born in Florida, Camaguey or not too far from my mom's hometown of Ciego de Avila!   As my mother loves to say:  "Que mundo mas chiquito"!

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We remember the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with Frank Burke


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We remember the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis with Frank Burke 10/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman, author and contributor to American Thinker........we remember The Cuban Missile Crisis.........He was in the US and I was in Cuba..........


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