Friday, June 24, 2016

House Democrats behaving like Latin American lefties

Some of us have seen this movie before.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen news reports from Latin America of left-wing legislators, or the interest groups that they support, chanting and going out of control when they don’t get their way.    
Recently, the teachers’ union in Mexico blocked the entrances to the Mexico City airport or last week a confrontation with authorities followed their attempts to close the heavily used highway to Puebla.
Let’s add some members of the U.S. House to that list of legislators or activists who want their way even it means stepping on other people’s rights.
The House Democrats, many literally sitting on the floor, want a vote on gun control. Unfortunately for them, the majority in the House, or the people elected by voters across the country, would rather take up other issues.    
We call it democracy. In other words, the majority party sets the calendar. Just ask the GOP senators who wanted then-Majority Leader Reid to bring ObamaCare to a vote on the floor.
Incredibly, Rep. John Lewis is connecting this sit-in with his illustrious past civil rights experience:
“Today we made progress. We have come a distance,” declared Lewis.
Lewis said he had to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge “three times” before he had completed the march to Selma, Ala. The Georgia Democrat suggested this was the first step on firearms.
“We have other bridges to cross. And when we come back in July, we start it all over again,” intoned Lewis.
At the same time, the hypocrisy of these Democrats is incredible given their silence about the shootings in Chicago.  
Why don’t they get on a plane and block the street corners in Chicago where this violence is happening every weekend?    
Why don’t they visit the churches and instituions of Chciago and call for an end to the mindless shooting?   
Why not back the Chicago police that have to go into these areas every night?   
Why not call on black leaders to have a frank discussion of the root causes of black on black crime in our cities? After all, Chicago already has a lot of gun laws.
The House Democrats are engaged in the worst type of grandstanding. We need dissent, but this is not dissent. This is chaos that threatens our rule of law.
Shame on Democrats. I never thought that we would ever see this in the U.S.
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1955: Harmon Killebrew hit the first of 573 HR

Harmon Killebrew was one of the great power hitters that I grew up watching and following.    

He finished his career with 573 HR & 1,559 RBI.

Killebrew won 6 HR titles and led the AL in RBI 4 times.   He was the AL MVP in 1969.

On this day, a young Killebrew hit # 1 as a member of the Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.   



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1947: Jackie Robinson steals home for the first time


Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.   He also earned a reputation for stealing bases and getting lots of clutch hits.  

He was voted Rookie of the Year in 1947:   .297 batting average, .383 OBP and 29 stolen bases.    

Overall, Jackie hit .311 and a .409 on base pct over 10 years with the Dodgers.   

He played in the 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956 World Series.

On this day in 1947, Jackie stole home for the first of 19 times.



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

An update about Venezuela with Jorge Alberto Nino and the UK vote with Michael Prada



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An update about the situation in Venezuela 06/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guests: Jose Alberto Nino, contributor to Pan Am Post, joins me for a look at Venezuela.....the situation is going from bad to worse........food shortages and riots........Michael Prada will give us a report about the vote in the UK..........and other stories of the week........



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Why didn’t President Obama & Democrat majorities pass gun control laws?



For some time, I have argued that the Democrats are not serious about immigration reform, climate change, or now gun control.
Why do I say that? Because they never act on those proposals when they have the votes to do so.
Why didn’t President Obama propose a gun control act when he had 60 votes in the U.S. Senate in 2009-10?   
The U.S. Senate is now talking gun control again. We hear that the U.S. Senate is dysfunctional because it won’t come together to pass gun control. Dysfunctional? How about rational? Why should we pass laws for the sake of passing laws that won’t prevent shootings like the one in Orlando?   
We should slow down a bit and consider our constitutional rights, as David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman wrote:
Those agitating for firearms restrictions now should understand that the precedent they set is a dangerous one that extends far beyond the realm of the Second Amendment. 
If the government’s say-so is sufficient to block a gun sale — thereby abridging a right enumerated in the Constitution, with little or no ability for redress — what right wouldn’t be at risk of arbitrary deprivation, particularly among the powerless?
In other words, we should focus on killing terrorists over there and leave law-abiding citizens alone. These proposals will not stop a single future shooting or terrorist attack. They won’t stop them for one simple reason: Criminals or terrorists do not obey laws. Just check out the crime wave in Chicago.
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June 23, 1971: What a day for Rick Wise of the Phillies

Rick Wise broke with the Phillies at 18 in 1964.    Overall, he pitched until 1982.  

His career numbers were pretty good:   188-181 with a very respectable 3.69 ERA.     His numbers have to be put in the context that he pitched for bad teams in Philadelphia.

He was traded to Boston and won 19 games for the 1975 Boston Red Sox that lost a 7 game series to Cincinatti.   

Rick was a workhorse completing 138 games.

On this day in 1971, Rick Wise had one spectacular day:  He pitched a no-hitter and hit 2 HR.     No other pitcher had done before or since!    

Rick's amazing day made him one of the great Phillies of all time.



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