Monday, May 31, 2010

Congratulations to Texas A&M for winning the Big 12 title!


It was a great game.

Baylor was up 3-0 in the 8th. The Aggies scored a run in the bottom of the 8th.

They tied it in the 9th but let's give Baylor credit for getting out of the inning with a nice double play.

And Texas A&M won it in extra innings:

"
A two-run home run by Texas A&M's Brodie Greene in the 10th inning gave the Aggies a stunning 5-3 win over Baylor in the Big 12 baseball tournament championship game Sunday." (DMN)

The 40-19 Aggies move on to the national tournament. We will know shortly where the Aggies play next!

Nevertheless, congratulations to the Aggies for a great tournament!



Happy Memorial Day!


Memorial Day is about remembering all of those who died serving their country. Take a minute and attend a parade or just remember the meaning of this day.

We are very happy to see this:
74% Have Favorable Opinion of U.S. Military

The US military is a wonderful institution, from defending our freedoms to developing young men.

We love a story like this:
Special lady for each Arlington soldier

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lots of liberals (and others not liberal) wondering about BO!


Don't pick up The NY Times today because it is open warfare on BO.

Maureen Dowd wants more emotion from the man who used to drive college students to "yes we can" frenzy:
Once More, With Feeling

Miss Dowd misses the point by a thousand miles.

During the campaign, candidate BO told millions what they wanted to hear, from Iraq to GITMO.

That was the candidate.....this is governing! Welcome to the real world!

Frank Rich is not mad at Cheney this week. He is actually angry with BO:
Obama’s Katrina? Maybe Worse

Mr Rich writes the unthinkable. He compares Katrina to the oil spill.

And Thomas Friedman thinks that we voted for the wrong Obama:
Malia for President

Pres BO is in deep trouble when the NY Times op-ed page is writing stuff like this.

To be fair, what can BO really do? Not much!

BO can't plug the hole.

We are watching another example of why being president is so frustrating and difficult.

Presidents don't walk on water or plug holes under the sea. And they don't get our allies to send troops to Afghanistan either!

BO's real problem is that too many people really thought that he walked on water and would make every problem disappear with the glow of his personality.

It's going to be a very slick summer for BO when the base learns that his personality can't clean the gulf!

P.S. A few weeks ago, Ben Smith discussed a remarkable poll:


"Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor."

Wonder why? Wonder what this poll will say next year?


Guess who is in the middle of another controversy?


I guess that it went down like this: Clinton was the one who offered Sestak to quit the race!

Are you kidding me?

The Obama White House used a former president to approach a congressman about serving on a board rather than running for the US Senate.....

Of course, this story contradicts what Rep Sestak said months ago.

Somebody has a bad memory here......I am tempted to believe Rep Sestak because Bill Clinton is Bill Clinton!

The NY Times has an interesting take on this:

"
Why would the White House, using former President Bill Clinton as its agent, offer Mr. Sestak a job on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board for which he was ineligible as a sitting House member? (It takes about 30 seconds to Google those rules, approved in 1993 by President Clinton himself.)

Why would President Obama’s White House waffle and obfuscate about the matter for three months, allowing Republicans and the conservative blogosphere to hyperinflate it into the grave scandal it turned out, on Friday, not to be?

Why, finally, can’t the White House avoid such unforced errors and get its political act together? (And we haven’t even brought up the fact that William Jefferson Clinton does nothing quietly.)"

This whole story is just too slick, if I may use that word about the man known as slick Willie!

First, the White House dances around this issue for weeks.

Second, Sestak wins and everyone remembers that he once accused the White House of offering a job.

Last, but not least, Bill Clinton and BO just happen to have lunch the day before the Clinton connection is announced.

Stay tuned: I don't think that this story is going away!



Another summer memory: A wonderful song fromThe Bee Gees!


MAIN COURSE was a stellar Bee Gees album from the 1970s.

It gave us big hits like "Jive Talkin", "Nights on Broadway" and "Fanny".

The album also included "Come on over" recorded by Olivia Newton John and "Country Lanes", one my favorite songs ever.

I never understood why they didn't release "Baby as you turn away" as a single.

It could have been the fourth top 10 song from the album.

This is one of their best songs and Gibb harmony.

Barry does the lead vocals. Robin & Maurice add some awesome background work:



"
Here am I one sad and lonely guy,
one shadow of the man I used to be.

Now it's past, the love I thought would last;

you thought I had you chained,
and now you're free.
I know it's wrong but I'm still holding on,

still praying you will soon come back to me.

But then you go, you let your feelings show;

you said I gave you pain, and now I see.

But baby as you turn away
I will always think of what we had together.
Baby, this is just your way of breaking my heart.

And it's easier to say goodbye,
making me fall, making me try,
try to make
you stay as you turn away.

Now you're gone, this road I walk
upon is just
another place where I can hide.
I'm still your man, there's proof of who I am;

except without your love I'm dead inside.
But baby as you turn away
I will always think
of what we had together.
Baby, this is just your way of breaking my heart.
And it's easier to say goodbye,

making me fall, watching me try,
try to make
you stay
as you turn away."


First "unofficial" weekend of summer: Musical memories from 1975!


It seems like only yesterday that I bought these 45s, played them on my turntable and made an 8-track tape for my car radio.

1975 was the first year of the disco era. And it was a great summer for music too!

It was the year that Glen Campbell made a huge comeback with "Rhinestone Cowboy".

It was the year that we were introduced to ABBA and the Average White Band.

And it was the year that Judy Collins recorded one of her most beautiful songs, 'Send in the clowns".

Close your eyes and join me in the Time Tunnel!

This is AWB's "Pick up the pieces", one of the greatest instrumentals ever:




This Judy Collins' "Send in the clowns":




And ABBA's "I do I do..". This song always reminded me of Pat Boone's "Love letters in the sand". Nevertheless, I thought that
Agnetha & Frida were very good looking:




"Love me or leave me, make your choice but believe me
I love you
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
I can't conceal it, don't you see, can't you feel it?
Don't you too?
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
Oh, I've been dreaming through my lonely past

Now I just made it, I found you at last

So come on, now let's try it, I love you, can't deny it

'Cos it's true
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
Oh, no hard feelings between you and me

If we can't make it, but just wait and see

So come on, now let's try it,
I love you, can't deny it

'Cos it's true I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
So love me or leave me, make your choice
but believe me
I love you
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
I can't conceal it, don't you see,
can't you feel it?
Don't you too?
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do...."

Here is Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy":




"I've been walkin' these streets so long
Singin' the same old song
I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
Where hustle's the name of the game
And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
There's been a load of compromisin'
On the road to my horizon
But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me

Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo
Like a rhinestone cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don't even know
And offers comin' over the phone

Well, I really don't mind the rain
And a smile can hide all the pain
But you're down when you're ridin' the train that's takin' the long way
And I dream of the things I'll do
With a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe
There'll be a load of compromisin'
On the road to my horizon
But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me..."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sestak, more "blame Bush" & an anti-illegal immigration law in Massachusetts?

It's the weekend so let's look at a couple of issues from the last week.

First, what about the Sestak vs White House "job" story?

We've learned today that Pres Clinton was the one who contacted Rep Sestak.

Why did Pres Clinton suddenly surface? Why didn't Rep Sestak say that he was contacted by Pres Clinton rather than the White House?


Frankly, I don't have a problem with an administration taking care of people in their party. That's politics! That's taking care of your friends!

However, it is illegal to make an actual offer, i.e. a specific job such as Sec of Navy!

It's crazy to hear that Pres Clinton was a part of this from the beginning. Speaking of Bill Clinton, didn't we hear this one before:

"It Depends Upon What The Meaning of 'Job Offer' Is"

Second, what about Pres BO's press conference?

"Blaming Bush" did not work for the Dems in New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Why are we back "blaming Bush" at today's press conference?

How is Pres BO going to get Republicans to work with him when he can't speak two sentences without "blaming Bush"?

Today, Pres BO could not answer a simple question about MMS Director Liz Birnbaum.

Was she fired or did she resign? By the way, what a weird day to resign?

It is unthinkable that Pres BO can not assume responsibility for something that happened on his watch.

Did you hear Pres Bush blame the Dem mayor of New Orleans or the Dem governor of Louisiana during Katrina?

We have avoided cheap shots on Pres BO over the oil spill. However, the "blame Bush" nonsense makes it hard for Republicans like me to work with Pres BO!

Third, guess what state is now pushing an anti-illegal immigration law?

Yes, it's Massachusetts. Who? Yes, Massachusetts:

"....the Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years."


Of course, it needs to be signed by the governor. Nevertheless, it is confirmation of how illegal immigration is now crashing with economic reality in many states!

Fourth, another poll confirms that border insecurity is turning into a huge political issue:

"Sixty-seven percent (67%) of U.S. voters say military troops should be sent to the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. A new Rasmussen Reports nationwide telephone survey finds that just 18% are opposed and another 15% are not sure." (RR)


Last, but not least, the Rangers decided to file for Chapter 11 bankrruptcy this week.

And I'm very happy to hear that!

The Rangers need to divorce theselves from owner Tom Hicks. Unfortunately, Mr Hicks has too many business problems and the Ranges need a new owner badly.

We wish Mr Hicks well. I don't have bad feelings toward Mr Hicks but he did make some bad payroll decisions, i.e. the ARod $250 million contract!

So let's move on. The Rangers have a good young team and a good future.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 28, 2010

# 2 son will be attending officer candidate school with the US Marines this summer!


How quickly did these boys grow up?

This is # 2 son enjoying a good cigar.

He got his good looks from "mom" and the cigar from me!

And the beer from somebody else!

Next week, Gabriel will be going to Quantico, Virginia to attend a 10-week program for college students who desire to be officers in the USMC.

The program is physically and mentally demanding to ensure that officer candidates have what it takes to lead US Marines.

He will return to Texas A&M to finish his university studies in September. #2 son is scheduled to graduate June '10!

We wish him well this summer!

It's time for Rep Sestak & Pres BO to clear this up!


Between now and election day, we will know the truth of the Sestak vs White House war of words.

Did they offer him a tangible job or not?


If they did then someone is in real trouble at BO's White House.

If Sestak made it up then he is going down fast.

I don't know who is telling the truth.

However, some one is not telling the truth and that's very bad news for BO or the Dems in Pennsylvania.

Time will tell and the clock is ticking fast.

Frankly, I don't have a problem with an administration taking care of people in their party. That's politics! That's taking care of your friends!

However, it is illegal to make an actual offer, i.e. a specific job such as Sec of Navy!

Again, time will tell and the clock is ticking very fast!

It's crazy but didn't we hear this one before:

"It Depends Upon What The Meaning of 'Job Offer' Is"



Can Pres BO speak two sentences without blaming Pres Bush?


"Blaming Bush" did not work for the Dems in New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Why are we back "blaming Bush" at today's press conference?

How is Pres BO going to get Republicans to work with him when he can't speak two sentences without "blaming Bush"?

Today, Pres BO could not answer a simple question about MMS Director Liz Birnbaum.

Was she fired or did she resign? By the way, what a weird day to resign?

It is unthinkable that Pres BO can not assume responsibility for something that happened on his watch.

Did you hear Pres Bush blame the Dem mayor of New Orleans or the Dem governor of Louisiana during Katrina?

We have avoided cheap shots on Pres BO over the oil spill. However, the "blame Bush" nonsense makes it hard for Republicans like me to work with Pres BO!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

A couple of questions for Pres BO's first press conference in over 300 days!


In a few hours, Pres BO will hold first press conference in 9 or 10 months......can you imagine Pres Bush going that long without having a formal press conference?

Here are a couple of questions:

1) Is Rep Sestak telling the truth that someone in the White House offered him a job?

2) Did you really put all federal resources in play in the Gulf oil spill?

3) Were you aware that your old Senate seat for sale? When did you find out?

4) Do you think that any former Democrat President would have allowed a foreign leader to come here and criticize a state law?

5) Do we have national security concerns on the US-Mexico border?

Let's hope that he answers a few questions because we need a little transparency!

P.S. Here is a good one from POLITICO:

".....
in light of the fact that your administration was responsible for approving the permit for BP’s offshore oil drilling and waiving an environmental impact statement, do you think someone needs to be fired?

And shouldn’t you have addressed the misconduct and undue coziness with industry that seems to have been rife at the Minerals Management Service before you moved in March to give the same agency authority to open new areas to offshore drilling?


1200 National Guardsmen to the border? Are you kidding me?


Pres BO "ain't doin" a lot of leading these days! He is whining and finger pointing but he is not taking ownership of the problems!

On the border, he apparently will send 1,200 troops! (By the way, are we getting any troops in Texas:
Perry's request goes ignored for more than a year)

My guess is that most people will react with amazement.

Why are we just sending 1,200 to protect a 1,000 mile border? How do you reconcile that decision with this:

Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border

On Monday, we decide to send 1,200 troops. On Tuesday, the federal government announces a terror watch on the border.

We need to send 10,000 troops and spread them between Brownsville and San Diego.

It will send a serious message to everyone, from the law abiding citizen in a border state to the cartels and coyotes sneaking into the US.

The US-Mexico border is a national security concern. When is Pres BO going to see it that way?

The Mexican circus is in town and a PRD Senator is ''payaso numero uno"!


A Mexican Senator has called on Mexicans in the US to vote Dem:

Navarrete llama a votar por demócratas


Yes, Sr. Navarrette wants Mexicans to vote Dem.

This is a bit bizarre because Mexicans are the most sensitive people on the planet.

Wonder what Sr Naverette had said if our Republican Senate leader had called on Mexicans to vote for Mr Calderon in 2006?

After all, didn't most Republicans support Calderon but kept it quiet to respect Mexico's special sensitivities about foreign intervention in their internal "asuntos"!

My question is this: Why is Sr Navarette calling on Mexicans up here to support the political party that has never really supported Mexico?

In other words, Sr Navarette wants Mexicans in the US to vote for the party that:


1) blamed NAFTA for all of those economic woes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Remember when candidate BO chastised Mexico for not having environmental or labor laws?


Wonder how Sr Navarette felt about candidate BO reducing Mexico to such a level of underdevelopment?

Or to have Mexican workers referred to as "cheap labor"?

2) violated NAFTA and closed the US border to Mexican trucks!

How is that bilateral "hope and change" working? How is that for a foreign policy that works with our allies?

3) the party that cancelled the "brasero program" in the 1960s and has consistently refused to consider a 'guest worker program".

The brasero program was not perfect....what is? However, it did create a legal vehicle for Mexicans to work in the US.

Read John Fund:

"The Bracero program was a response to an immigration crisis that peaked in 1954 when arrests of illegal aliens topped the one million mark.

Under the Bracero program, some 300,000 Mexican workers entered the U.S. legally every year.

The results were dramatic.

By 1959 arrests of illegal aliens had fallen to 45,000 a year; they remained under 100,000 until 1964.

But the Bracero program fell victim to opposition from labor union leaders who viewed the program as competition for their members.

In 1964 they convinced President Lyndon Johnson to end the program.

With its demise the problem of illegal immigration returned."

4) Wasn't then-Senator Obama who made it impossible in 2006-07 to pass an immigration proposal that included guest worker programs?

We refer Sr. Navarette to what another Navarette wrote up here.

Let's recall what Ruben Navarrette wrote about then Senator Obama and immigration reform:

"
Obama has a poor record on immigration.

As a senator, he joined Democratic leader Harry Reid in trying to kill an immigration reform bill with poison pill amendments -- all to please organized labor, which preferred no bill to one with guest workers."


I would recommend that Sr Navarette get up to speed on the history of the Dem party and its opposition to the guest worker programs.

After all, how can we resolve the fate of millions in the US without a program that allows them to work legally?

As they say in Mexico, Sen Navarette needs to "empaparse un poco" about the real story of the Dem party!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Be careful about running as a Messiah because people may actually expect you to plug the hole with a "hope and change" speech!


We have not been very tough on Pres BO about the oil spill.

Why? Presidents can not plug holes in the ocean floor.

In other words, I am not one of those who thinks that there is a federal solution to every problem in the world or in the gulf.

Therefore, we've avoided cheap shots or the same kind of irrational criticism that Pres Bush got over Katrina.

Pres Bush's victory over VP Gore did not create Category 5 hurricanes, global warming, racism, sexism and whatever other "ism" that you can think of......AND Pres BO did not cause oil rig explosions.

Nevertheless, people expect action. They want the president to employ all of our resources to protect the shores and wildlife from oil.

Even Dems are starting to criticize "The One":

VIDEO: Carville's Oil Outburst...


Pres BO's chief problem is that he ran for president claiming to have super powers and a magical touch.

He told millions that everything was Bush's fault, from Adam eating Eve's apple to that diet that does not work.

Question: Has "The One" persuaded any of our allies to send troops to Afghanistan or the UN Security Council to get serious about Iran?

It sounds like "The One" is having the same problems that Bush had!

He incredibly convinced millions that a man without executive experience could assume the most difficult and complex job on earth.

Worse than that, millions believed it because they thought that "The One" was one of those figures who walks the earth and makes miracles happen!

As we've learned since he took office, he is not super or magical. He can't persuade voters to support his candidates. And he is not much of an executive either!

We warned you about "irrational" hope and change.

Don't blame me. I voted for McCain!


Weapons going to Mexico?

On Tuesday's show, we spoke with Allan Wall about those guns or weapons going to Mexico.

Click here for the show:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The first place Rangers declaring bankruptcy?


What are the first place Rangers doing in bankruptcy court? Didn't this team draw 120,000 fans this weekend?

What's one of the best farm systems in baseball doing in bankruptcy?

The answer is simple.

The Rangers need to get out of Tom Hicks' ownership. They need to move on and bankruptcy is the only way out.

So don't panic. This is a controlled bankruptcy and it will allow the Rangers to deal with past creditors.

This is really the beginning of new day or the beginning of the Greenberg-Ryan regime.

Let me be fair.

Hicks was not a bad owner. He did try to buy a pennant in 2002 and failed miserably. However, he is not the only owner who tried to do that.

Also, Hicks has been negatively impacted by the banking crisis because so much of his business empire was built on leverage.

So we wish Mr Hicks well but it's time to move on! We hope that he can sell the Stars too and let that team get back on its feet!

Here is the bottom line: The bankruptcy announcement should not impact the on field performance. However, it will allow the Ranges to make a big move at the end of July!

The Rangers need to make a decision at first base (Davis vs Smoak) and there are too many young catchers on the roster (Saltalamacchia, Teaberg & Ramirez).

And every team in a pennant race could use another pitcher! Can you say Roy Oswalt of the Astros?

How about sending the Astros a young first baseman and catcher for Oswalt? And a little cash too!

Believe it or not, bankruptcy is a good thing for the Rangers!

It will actually move this team from the past to the future.....and this team has a good future with all of those young arms and players!

The Rangers need a new owner and to continue the plan that Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels put in place a couple of years ago.

P.S. This is Nolan Ryan's letter to the fans:

"
As you may be aware, the completion of this sale has unfortunately been delayed due to resistance by a group of creditors.

I am happy to share with you that Texas Rangers Baseball Partners, the Club's current owner, and Rangers Baseball Express have a plan to finally get this sale done.

With the support of Major League Baseball, we've chosen to implement the sale through a voluntary, "pre-packaged," court-supervised process under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

This is the best way to complete the sale and smoothly transition to new ownership, which we expect will occur by mid-summer."


What happens when our president does not defend US sovereignty? Check the polls!


Americans are reacting quite negatively to Pres BO's outrageous decision to allow a foreign visitor to attack our laws:

"
Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-four percent (55%) disapprove." (RR)

Pres BO is learning that Americans want all 50 states defended not just the ones who voted for him!

What makes things worse is that Pres Calderon misrepresented the Arizona law.

We like this from the NH Union Leader:

"Before his Washington visit, Calderon said of the law,


"Criminalizing immigration, which is a social and economic phenomena, this way opens the door to intolerance, hate and discrimination.

My government cannot and will not remain indifferent when these kinds of policies go against human rights."


Another lie. The law doesn't criminalize immigration or violate anyone's human rights.

Illegally entering the USA is not a human right."

Right on!

Like so many others, Pres Calderon confused illegal with legal immigration.

Calderon disappointed me deeply. It's hard to believe that he does not understand that Arizona's law is about illegal immigration!

It's time for Pres BO to send Congress an immigration package that includes border security & a "guest worker" program


What's next?

It's time for Pres BO to send an immigration/border security proposal to Congress....or it's time to shut up and stop pandering to Mexican Americans.

The Denver Post has a message:

"The president has criticized Arizona's law, saying the issue is a federal one.

He needs to put his weight behind serious reforms."

Let me make a few suggestions:

1) Send troops to the US-Mexico border: Show the border states that you are serious about border security!

2) Send the Congress a guest worker program that would allow US employers to hire people from other countries.

It's time for Pres BO to deliver or step aside and admit that he made a promise that the Dem majority can not keep!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A chat with Bill Katz of URGENT AGENDA!


We reviewed current events with Bill Katz of URGENT AGENDA.

Chris Corbett joined us in the roundtable. Chris is a Dallas friend and a delegate to the upcoming GOP convention in Dallas.

We looked at foreign policy issues, such as Iran and North Korea, and Tuesday's primary elections.

Click here for the show:




Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy birthday Bob Dylan


We remember another Bob Dylan birthday. He will turn 69 tomorrow!

Dylan was a great composer. He wrote some of the best songs of our generation. His songs are a bit part of the soundtrack of the last 50 years!

Joan Baez recorded many Dylan tunes. This is Joan singing 3 of my favorite Dylan songs: "Blowing in the wind", "Love is just a four letter word" and "Boots of Spanish leather":



"How many roads must a man walk down
Before you can call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she can sleep in the sand?
And h
ow many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

And How many years must a mountain exist

Before it’s washed to the sea?

And how many years must some people exist

Before they’re allowed to be free?

And how many times can a man turn his head

Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times can a man look up

Before he can really see the sky?
And how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry?

And how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind"





"Seems like only yesterday I left my mind behind
Down in the Gypsy Cafe
With a friend of a friend of mine
She sat with a baby heavy on her knee

Yet spoke of life most free from slavery

With eyes that showed no trace of misery

A phrase in connection first with she
occurred
That love is just a four-letter word
Outside a rattling store-front window

Cats meowed to the break of day

Me, I kept my mouth shut

To you I had no words to say

My experience was limited and underfed
You were talking while I hid

To the one who was the father of your kid

You probably didn't think I did,
but I heard
You say
that love is just a four-letter word

I said goodbye unnoticed

Pushed towards things in my own games

Drifting in and out of lifetimes
Unmentionable by name

Searching for my double, looking for

Complete evaporation to the core

Though I tried and failed at finding any door

I must have thought that there was nothing more
Absurd than that love is just a four-letter word

Though I never knew just what you meant

When you were speaking to your man

I can only think in terms of me

And now I understand

After waking enough times to think I see

The Holy Kiss that's supposed to last eternity

Blow up in smoke, its destiny

Falls on strangers, travels free

Yes, I know now, traps are only set by me
And I do not really need to be

Assured that love is just a four-letter word

Strange it is to be beside you

Many years and tables turned

You'd probably not believe me

If I told you all I've learned

And it is very, very weird indeed

To hear words like forever plead

Those ships run through my mind, I cannot cheat

It's like looking in the teacher's face complete
I can say nothing to you but repeat
what I heard

That love is just a four-letter word..."



"Well I'm sailin away my own true love.
I'm sailin' away in the mornin'

Is there something I can send you from across the sea,

From the place that I'll be landin'?


No, there's nothing you can send me
my own true love.

There's nothing I'm wishing to be ownin'.

Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled

from across that lonesome ocean.

Well I just though
you might want something fine

made of silver or of golden

either from the mountains of Madrid

or the coast of Barcelona.


If I had the stars from the darkest night

and the diamonds from the deepest ocean,

I'd foresake them all for your sweet kiss,
for that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'


That I might be gone a long old time,

and it's only that I'm askin'.

Is there something
I can send you to remember me by,

To make your time more easy passin'?


Oh how can, how can you ask me again?

It only brings me sorrow.
For the same thing I would want from you today
I would want again tomorrow.


Well I got a letter on a lonesome day.

It was from her ship a'sailin'.

Sayin' "I don't know when
I'll be comin' back again.

It depends on how I'm feelin'."


So take heed, take heed of the Western wind.
Take heed of stormy weather.

And yes, there's something you can send back to me..
spanish boots of spanish leather"
.

I had not heard this amazing arrangement in a long time!


Raymond LeFevere died two years ago. He was a French arranger, the kind of musician who could take any song and turn it into a pop hit.

This is "Soul Coaxing" or
"Ame Caline" in French.

Don't you love this arrangement as much as I do?

Click and listen:


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday's show: Pres Calderon's trip to the US


On Friday, we discussed Pres Calderon's visit to the US. We spoke with:

Dr. John M. Ackerman, Investigador, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM Director Mexican Law.....John recently posted Obama's Mexico Mistake

Click here for the show:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dear Felipe: Beware of the "clapping Dems" who killed the Mexico truck program and will not pass the guest worker program that you desperately need!


Who is kidding who?

Is Pres Calderon kidding us with uninformed attacks on the Arizona law or are the Dems kidding him?

On Thursday morning, Pres Calderon was greeted by "clapping Dems".

What's wrong with "clapping Dems"?

Aren't these the same "clapping Dems" that voted to shut down the Mexican trucks program under NAFTA?

Or the same who won't vote for a "guest worker program"?

It was very bizarre clapping given the anti-free trade character of the modern Dem party.

I am sorry to see that Pres Calderon was cynically used by Pres BO to cover up two problems:

1) Pres BO has not sent an immigration proposal to Congress; and,

2) Pres BO does not want to protect our borders.

We ask again: Who is giving Pres Calderon advice? Who told him to line up with the people who have never supported Mexico?

Let's hope that someone is telling Mexicans the truth about the "clapping Dems".

Let's recall what Ruben Navarrette wrote about then Senator Obama and the "clapping Dems":

"
Obama has a poor record on immigration.

As a senator, he joined Democratic leader Harry Reid in trying to kill an immigration reform bill with poison pill amendments -- all to please organized labor, which preferred no bill to one with guest workers."


Let's check this from The LA Times:

"
Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff and longtime party strategist, has argued privately that it's a bad time for Democrats to push an immigration bill, a potential land mine in the midst of a crucial midterm election year."

We really hope that Pres Calderon did not go back home thinking that the "clapping Dems" will give him the "guest worker" permits that Mexico desperately needs!

Bizarre: Did Calderon really say that?


In the last 3 years, we've given Pres Calderon credit for trying to make some reforms in Mexico.

We have strongly supported his tough stance against the cartels.

We ask again: What "genius" in Mexico is giving Pres Calderon political advice?

Check out this dialogue between Pres Calderon and CNN's Wolff Blitzer:

""WOLF BLITZER, HOST:

"Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people who they suspect are illegal?"

FELIPE CALDERON, MEXICAN PRESIDENT:

"Of course."

BLITZER:

"If somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job, they can work . . ."

CALDERON:

"No, no. If somebody do that without permission, we send back them.""

So they send them back?

We are happy that Mexico is serious about protecting its sovereignty.

We just don't understand why they complain when we do it!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dear Pres Calderon: Stop blaming US laws and reform Mexico!


How would Mexicans react if a US president, or any other foreign leader, went to "Los Pinos" and criticized Article 33 of the Mexican Constitution?

What can I tell you about Article 33? Don't go marching on "Paseo de la Reforma" with a US flag calling on Mexico to change!

Or what about a Central American leader who blasted Article 67 of "La ley de Poblacion"?

This article highlights Mexican hypocrisy:

"
At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."" (AP)

Am I missing something? Did the Arizona legislature write Article 67 of "La Ley de Poblacion"?

Again, how would most Mexicans feel if a foreign visitor trashed their laws?

My guess is that Mexicans would react the same way that most Americans are reacting this morning.

My second guess is that most Mexicans would be blasting their president for allowing a foreign visitor to attack their country's laws without consequence.

Question: Who is giving Pres Calderon advice?

What "expert" at the Mexico embassy in Washington told Calderon that trashing the Arizona law would help those of us who are serious about fixing our immigration crisis?

It was indeed a bizarre moment at the White House.

It was probably the moment that killed any change of passing a rational immigration solution.

Once again, Pres BO and Pres Calderon totally misrepresented the Arizona law.

They continued to promote the nonsense that Arizona will stop anyone who looks Mexican, whatever "looking Mexican" means!

We repeat: 1 of 3 people in Arizona is of Hispanic origin.

We ask again: Does anyone really think that the Arizona police has the time to stop 1 of 3 residents?

We repeat: Arizona's law makes it very clear that no one can be stopped based on race or ethnic origin.

Has anybody read the law?

Calderon's message is falling flat because he is confusing illegal with legal immigration.

Calderon is also blaming the US rather than accepting responsibility for the mess that Mexico's political class has made of our neighbor.

How can a country blessed with so many natural resources be so poor?

Don't you think that Mexicans would rather stay home and pursue their dreams in their own land?

Mexicans cross over because Mexico has failed them!

Blame the Mexican political class. Don't blame the people of Arizona under siege from ruthless cartels!

Again, it is sad to watch Calderon because he has to know, or should know, that he is misrepresenting the Arizona law on US soil.

Worse than that, Calderon's comments on the Arizona law will make it impossible for Dems up for reelection in 2010 to support any kind of immigration reform.

We repeat: Most Americans support the Arizona law.

Most of the Dems up for reelection represent districts where this law is very popular.

What Dem is going to go against public opinion after the health care disaster?

Beyond the Arizona law, why is everyone avoiding the truth?

Mexico does not have an Arizona problem or any other US problem.

Instead, Mexico has a Mexico problem.

Unfortunately, Mexico's political class has not made the necessary reforms to its agricultural and energy sectors.

PEMEX may have been a "feel good" idea in 1938.

However it is a disaster today.

Agrarian reform may have been a good idea back whenever.

However, it has retarded the agricultural sector and forced thousands to leave their unproductive "ranchitos" for a better opportunity in the US.

Again, Mexico does not have an Arizona problem.

Mexico has a Mexico problem!

Last, but not least, Americans are more and more skeptical of Mexico's intentions: 67% Say Mexico Does Not Want To Stop Illegal Immigration


Can you blame Americans for feeling that way?

Here is my message to Pres Calderon & the Mexican political class:

Commit yourself to improving your country (i.e. reforms) and you won't have to worry about Arizona or anybody else!

What about Pres BO? He has resisted any expansion of the "guest worker" program. How can we take Pres BO seriously when the Dems will not support a "guest worker" provision to immigration reform?

Again, it was a bizarre moment at The White House.

On one hand, Pres Calderon trashed our laws and did not accept any responsibility for the mess south of the border.

On the other hand, Pres BO can not get a Dem majority to take up immigration reform because the labor unions oppose any kind of "guest worker" provisions.

PS. Hooray for Sarah Palin:


Cuba Independence Day & Trio Matamoros!


Trio Matamoros was formed in the 1920's by the legendary Miguel Matamoros, a great Cuban singer and composer. (His partners were Rafael Cueto and Siro Rodríguez)

Over their career, they recorded many songs. They are one of my favorite Cuban groups.

This is "Son de la loma", a wonderful tune to remember 108 years of Cuban Independence:

video

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Welcome Pres Calderon! However, you picked a very bad time for a "visita"!


We are very happy that Pres & Sra. Calderon will be in Washington this week. As we've posted before, we think that Pres Calderon is a responsible guy dealing with some rather awful problems in Mexico.

Unfortunately, Pres Calderon is flying into a very poisonous political climate. Washington DC is the political version of those clouds shutting down air travel in Europe.

First, Pres BO has a majority but he can't get anything done.

Forget immigration reform! Pres BO can not get the Dem majority in the House or Senate to take it up.

Forget everything specially after Dems digest Tuesday's elections: It was not a good night for BO's candidates!

Second, there are too many of us who are sick and tired of getting lectured by Mexico about immigration laws.

How can a country like Mexico lecture anybody about illegal immigration?

We understand that there are big issues on the table. However, we don't expect anything tangible to get done.

It's bad chemistry!

On one hand, Obama is in a serious political situation. We may be looking at another Carter, the last Dem who had big majorities and got nothing done!

On the other hand, Calderon and Mexico have spent too much time criticizing our immigration laws rather than reforming their economy so that people can stay home.

There will be kisses, hugs and the First Ladies will talk a lot about "child obesity".

However, don't expect a lot more than that!

Click here for our interview with Patrick Corcoran from Mexico:


A very bad night for "hope and change"!


Another election and another bad night for Pres BO's candidates:

Obama's Endorsement Is No Help to Democrats

In fact, he is "0" for New Jersey Virginia, Massachusetts, and now Specter in PA & Lincoln in Arkansas.

In baseball, that's 0 for 5, or a .000 batting average.

Non-baseball fans may understand this definition of the "kiss of death":

"Something that is ultimately ruinous, destructive, or fatal"!


No matter what definition you prefer, Obama's endorsement is now a real problem.

What does this mean for Dems in Congress? Don't expect any Dem to walk the plank for Obama, from cap & trade to immigration reform!




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