Monday, July 27, 2015

Gay rights for Kenya, no human rights for Cuba

(My new American Thinker)

Last week, we saw the US flag go up in Havana but more and more dissidents were arrested and subjected to repression, the one thing that the Castro regime does real well.   Sunday July 26th was a bad day for dissidents, as Marc Masferrer reported.




No protests from The White House.  In fact, the silence is embarassing.


Yesterday, President Obama went to Kenya and lectured his father's homeland about gay rights, illegal in that country.

First, Kenya actually has the same position on same sex marriage that candidate Obama did in 2008.  Before the rainbow lights went on in the White House, candidate Obama said this about same sex marriage:
"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage."
Second, why all of a sudden is President Obama talking "gay rights" in Kenya and silent about human rights in Cuba? or women's rights in Iran?  or gay rights in both countries?

My guess is that he is once again pandering to the left back here.  He needs for them to show up in 2016.  

It may be good politics but lousy for the people of Cuba and Iran!   


Speaking of human rights in Cuba, half of Cuba's field hockey team defected at the PanAm games.    They didn't get the memo that change was coming to Cuba.

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




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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Iran nuclear deal go to the UN before US Congress with Frank Burke




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The defeat of The Spanish Armada and its consequences with Barry Jacobsen




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Looking at Cuba with Jorge Ponce and Marc Masferrer....




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US-Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz




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Listen to Trump and his supporters




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Summer reading: Out of Cuba: Memoir of a journey by Regina Anavy




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Happy birthday Mick!


It's hard to think of rock music without Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones.

Along with Keith Richards, Mick Jagger wrote some great rock tunes, and a couple of ballads here and there. (We saluted Keith Richards: Happy # 65 to Keith Richards)

Happy birthday Mick! You look great for a 72-year old rocker!

Thanks for all of those great tunes! Thanks for turning out to be "the greatest rock'n roll band in the world"!

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The left's chickens have come home to roost


The media is obsessed with telling us about the GOP's internal problems, from the Trump factor to Rand Paul going libertarian.   In other words, every GOP difference is turned into a civil war and or a bloodbath.   Yet, I find that things are rather peaceful on our side specially when we check out the other guys.

Check out the other team's clubhouse, i.e. Democrats.   They are the ones who are really having a civil war, as Michael Barone points out 
"That trouble was apparent at last weekend's Netroots Nation conference. Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor whose candidacy has made few ripples so far, was faced with "Black Lives Matter" protesters. His response, one that almost all Americans would agree with: "Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter." At which point he was booed off the stage.  Similar treatment was given Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who's been challenging Hillary Clinton's lead in polls in heavily white Iowa and New Hampshire. Sanders emphasizes economic issues — single payer health care, a 90 percent income tax bracket — but he appeals primarily to gentry liberals.    "It would be a terrible mistake for the progressive movement to split into a 'black lives matter' movement and an 'economic justice' movement," laments Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich. But the fact is that the different priorities of gentry liberals and black activists, two heavily Democratic constituencies, are sparking heated arguments."
We will see how these differences play out.    However, we are seeing two important consequences, maybe unintended, of the Obama years:  

1)  Too much of a personality cult and very little substance.   Too much Obama and no effort to expand the party beyond him; and,  

2)  The 2012 reelection was a double edged sword.   On one hand, it was a masterful vote gathering effort to get a bit under 51%.   On the other hand, all of these interest groups are not a governing majority.  The 2012 election left Obama in the White House but did little to develop the kind of farm system that the GOP has put together at the state level.   

The Democrats are the ones at war with each other.   It will get even more intense now that Hillary Clinton won't be skating to the nomination.  

By the way, this civil war is actually not new.  It really started in the late 1990s when the left walked out on Gore in 2000, i.e. 4 million voted for Nader.   It's back and there are probably a lot more than 4 million of them this time!

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Summer time reading: The Chairs by Amarilys Gacio Rassler




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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The GOP will need all of the "Trump-istas" en 2016

(My new American Thinker post)


Put me down as someone who didn't see this Trump thing coming.   Frankly, I wasn't even sure that he'd run.

Well, he is running and doing quite well, even though we are still in the political equivalent of the first game of spring training.   

The Giants won 3 of the last 5 World Series.   Did they win the first game of spring training?   

My point is that this way too early!

Like Perot, Trump has created "Trump-istas", or people who love how that their guy talks back to the media and tells us what he thinks, even if he doesn't always explain what he thinks.

In other words, does anyone believe that Mexico, a GDP the size of Texas, is a threat to the US economy?   Or that all of our trade negotiators are stupid? 

Nevertheless, Trump has touched a nerve and you can't demonize him without turning off the thousands who like what they are hearing.

On immigration, Trump has hit a nerve.   In other words, a lot of Americans are sick and tired of the chaos that comes with anything that is illegal, from providing social services to kids who show up on the border to sanctuary cities in clear violation of federal law.

Also, he has finally put the light on "illegal" rather than immigration.   The open borders crowd, and their allies in the media, do not distinguish between the two.    

There are two kinds of immigrants in this world, legal and illegal.   We love legal immigrants, like me, and we don't support illegal immigration because it is chaotic.

So my message to the GOP is simple:   Listen to the Trump-istas.   

They are part of something beyond Trump's personality, as Matthew Continetti wrote: 
What Republicans are trying to figure out is not so much how to handle Trump as how to handle his supporters. Ignore or confront? Mock or treat seriously? Insult or persuade? The men and women in the uppermost ranks of the party, who have stood by Trump in the past as he gave them his endorsements and cash, are inclined to condescend to a large portion of the Republican base, to treat base voters’ concerns as unserious, nativist, racist, sexist, anachronistic, or nuts, to apologize for the “crazies” who fail to understand why America can build small cities in Iraq and Afghanistan but not a wall along the southern border, who do not have the education or skills or means to cope when factories move south or abroad, who stare incomprehensibly at the television screen when the media fail to see a “motive” for the Chattanooga shooting , who voted for Perot in ’92 and Buchanan in ’96 and Sarah Palin in ’08 and joined the Tea Party to fight death panels in ’09.
Don't call them crazies or demonize their man, Trump.   Listen to what they are saying.   I also hope that the likely nominees, whether it's Bush, Walker or Rubio, make peace with these voters.

The Trump-istas will vote in 2016.   Make sure that they show up for the GOP.

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Trump and some thoughts about the front pages





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