Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A bad day for Representative John Lewis

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As we learned on Saturday, Representative John Lewis of Georgia skipped the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.   
According to news reports, Representative Lewis was joined by Representative Thompson:   
“After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists, and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,” Lewis and Thompson stated. “President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum.”
The duo said that the civil rights struggles represented in the new museum “exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi” but President Trump’s “disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts” of Mississippi’s greatest civil rights champions.
“After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum,” Lewis and Thompson stated.
Shame on Lewis and Thompson.   
It’s a shame that many black Democrats have decided to play the race card against President Trump.
First, did Lewis or Thompson ever call on fellow Democrats to return the campaign donations that Trump made to their party over the years? Or the Clinton Foundation? Hillary Clinton campaign?
Second, what about Jesse Jackson? Did anyone disown Jackson when he took Trump money and said nice things about him? I don’t remember that either.
What’s going on? The race card and that’s it. Most black areas are underperforming in every way, from lousy public schools to job creation.
Representative Lewis and Thompson, or the “duo”, should have gone to the museum and listened to what President Trump wants to do for public education in their districts. It would show that “the duo” wants to move forward rather than live in an ugly past that Mr. Trump had nothing to do with.
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2009: Secretary Clinton to Mexico: Who painted your virgin?



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We understand that Sec Clinton had a difficult and embarrassing incident in Mexico City.


A few minutes later, Sec Clinton told Mexicans: “you have a marvelous virgin!”

Is this like the "reset" button that she gave the Russian foreign minister?

Didn't some "expert" at The State Dept tell Sec Clinton that it's "a divine image" not some Mexican "Mona Lisa"?


A post from 2008: Obama, a vague resume and lousy references!


Have you ever hired someone? Well try this!

Imagine that someone comes in for a job interview. His resume is vague, i.e. he has no experience related to the job under consideration.

Furthermore, he won't let you talk to his references.

On top of that, his references are all members of one of the most corrupt political machines in the country, the so called Chicago Boys:
"There's a different question for American voters. Mr. Obama pledges to clean up our nation's politics and outpolls John McCain on honesty and ethics.
Yet in Chicago, he moved with the Tony Rezkos and endorsed pols like Mayor Daley and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

Can a politician so steeped in his hometown's ways really be an agent of change in Washington?"
No experience and lousy references! That's Obama!    

Update 2009:   Add a news media that won't ask him any tough questions:







1917: Father Flanagan established "Boys Town"


It's a great movie.   It's also a true story.   Father Flanagan established "Boys Town", a place for troubled boys.   It is called "Boys and Girls Town" today.    Spencer Tracy played Father Flanagan:





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1917: We remember Father Flanagan and Boys Town



It's one of my favorite stories, and movies, too:
"In Omaha, Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opens the doors to a home for troubled and neglected children, and six boys enter to seek a better life. 
Flanagan, who previously ran the Workingmen's Hotel, a haven for down-and-out workers in Omaha, understood that mistreated or orphaned children were at high risk of turning to delinquency and crime in later years.
The location of what would become known as "Boys Town" rapidly filled up with the arrival of additional children. Many were sent by local courts, others were referred to the home by citizens, and some wandered off the streets and through the home's unlocked doors on their own accord. In the spring of 1918, no space was left in the drafty Victorian mansion at 106 North 25th Street, so Father Flanagan, assisted by sympathetic citizens, moved Boys Town to a building 10 times the size on the other side of town. The vacant building was the German-American Home, which, with the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, had become the most despised building in the city.Within months, enrollment at Boys Town had soared to more than 100 boys, and a school was established that later grew into an institution with a grade school, a high school, and a career vocational center. Before the new building was four years old, more than 1,300 neglected boys from 17 states had passed through Boys Town. In 1921, Boys Town expanded again with the financial assistance of the people of Omaha, this time to a farm 10 miles west of Omaha. The institution remains at this site today and has changed its name to "Girls and Boys Town" to reflect its co-ed enrollment."

Years later, the story was made into a movie.  What a great movie it was!


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday's show: The Mueller probe, the media, Alabama election and other stories of the day


We will look at the Mueller investigation under fire........the media had a bad week......are reporters sloppy or partisan...........Colombia President Uribe could tech Mexico a few lessons...Alabama is looking better for Moore but he will have problems once he gets to the US Senate.......Sam Cooke died 1964......Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1911-2008)....plus other stories of the day...........

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Where is the Mexican Uribe?

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Over the years, the Mexican political class was happy to blame U.S. consumers for drug cartels. Indeed, drug users are the consumers sending billions of dollars south of the border to fund criminal groups.
However, Mexico is not free of blame, as we have seen in the spread of violence and corruption related to drug cartels.  
Mexico needs to borrow a page from President Alvaro Uribe’s playbook! In his memoir “No Lost Causes,” President Uribe of Colombia told his story and it is a good one.
Colombia was a disaster in the late 1980s. Some called it a “failed state.” Most of the middle class was sick and tired of cartels killing policemen and buying judges and politicians.
This is when Alvaro Uribe stepped in:
Alvaro Uribe — a former Partido Liberal member — ran and won in May 2002 on an independent platform to restore security to the country. 
Many Congress PL and independent members in both chambers pledged their support to Uribe even prior to his election. 
Security improved significantly under Uribe although his fierce campaign against the FARC often seemed to border on the personal: his father was killed by the rebels in a botched kidnapping.
Among his promises was pursuing the broad goals of Plan Colombia within the framework of a long-term strategy. 
In the fall of 2002, Uribe released a democratic security strategy that employed political, economic, and military means to weaken all illegal armed groups. 
The Uribe government offered to negotiate a peace agreement with these groups if they would agree to a unilateral cease-fire and to end drug trafficking and kidnapping.
In December 2003, the Colombian United Self-Defense Forces (AUC) paramilitary group entered into a peace agreement with the government that led to the collective demobilization of over 31,000 AUC members. 
In addition, more than 20,000 members of the FARC, AUC, ELN, and other illegal armed groups have individually surrendered their arms. 
In July 2005, President Uribe signed the Justice and Peace Law, which provides reduced punishments for the demobilized if they renounce violence and return illegal assets, which are used by the government to provide reparations to victims.
Alvaro Uribe was the courageous Colombian leader who fought “narco traficantes” head on. He also understood that you had to do more than kill cartel leaders. He had to create a police force and earn the trust of the middle class living in Colombia’s major cities.
So what can President Uribe teach Mexico?   
Beyond fighting cartels, Mexico has to look at the scale of the lawlessness, its geographical reach, and the apparent inability of the government to keep it in check.
And President Uribe proved that the people will support a democratically elected leader who establishes order.
Where is Mexico going? I don’t know for sure. However, it would be wise for Mexico’s next president to sit down with Alvaro Uribe for a long chat.
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Monday's video: Bad week for the news media



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Happy # 73 Brenda Lee

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Happy # 73 to the one and only Brenda Lee.........she was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, GA.     



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Remembering Carlos Gardel (1890-1934) with Louis Armstrong

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG
I GET IDEAS
"When we are dancing And you're dangerously near me
I get ideas, I get ideas I want to hold you
So much closer than I dare do
I want to scold you 'Cause I care more than I care to
And when you touch me And there's fire in every finger
I get ideas, yes, I get ideas
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too
Your eyes are always saying
The things you're never saying
I only hope they're saying That you could love me too
For that's the whole idea, it's true
The lovely idea That I'm falling in love with you..
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too.'


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Happy # 77 David Gates

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We remember David Gates, one of the most popular performers and songwriters of the 1970's.   David was born in Tulsa, OK.     David had many hits with Bread and then on his own.    Great songwriter.



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A day in the life of newsrooms



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A bit of Charlie Chan wisdom for some reporters.....



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The left needs a new song and message



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We remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1911-2008)



Alexander Solzhenitsyn died in 2008.   He was born in Kislovodsk, Russia on this day in 1911.

We remember him as an author who wrote about Soviet communism. He knew first hand what repression and tyranny really were:
"Beginning with the 1962 short novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Solzhenitsyn devoted himself to describing what he called the human "meat grinder" that had caught him along with millions of other Soviet citizens: capricious arrests, often for trifling and seemingly absurd reasons, followed by sentences to slave labor camps where cold, starvation and punishing work crushed inmates physically and spiritually.
His "Gulag Archipelago" trilogy of the 1970s left readers shocked by the savagery of the Soviet state under the dictator Josef Stalin."
Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a real hero of the 20th century!



1964: Sam Cooke died in Los Angeles



Sam Cooke was one of the best male singers of the early 1960s.  His life ended abruptly on this day in 1964:

"Born in 1931 to a Baptist minister and his wife, Cooke's early musical development took place in the church. 

Like other early figures in what would eventually be called "soul" music, Cooke began his professional career singing gospel. 

A member of the legendary Soul Stirrers since the age of 19, Cooke was given permission by his record label to begin recording secular music in 1956.


"You Send Me" (1957) was Sam Cooke's first pop smash, and it was followed by such classics as "Chain Gang" (1960), "Cupid" (1961), "Twistin' the Night Away" (1962) and the Dylan-inspired posthumous release that became an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement: "A Change Is Gonna Come" (1964). 
His voice has been called the most important in the history of soul music, but just as important to Sam Cooke's historical standing is the fact that he also wrote all of the aforementioned hits—a remarkable fact for any popular singer of his time.
In the years since his death, the circumstances surrounding Cooke's shooting have been called into question by his family and others. 
Though the truth of what happened on this day in 1964 might remain uncertain, Sam Cooke's place in the history of popular music is anything but."
Sam Cooke was a great singer.



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