Sunday, June 27, 2010
Have you had coffee with any "yes we can screamer" lately?
Well, I have......and they are divided into two groups:
1) It's the Republicans' fault; and,
2) The truly disenchanted.
Of course, it's tough to blame Republicans when the Dems have a president & the congress.
Why so much doom and gloom from the land of "yes we can" fantasies?
Let's check out a couple of headlines today:
Key Dem: Immigration bill lacks votes
Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority
The Dems ran to pass immigration reform and close GITMO. I guess that reality caught up with them.
Nelson and his band were on their way to Dallas for a concert. (I was planning to attend one of Nelson's performances)
Nelson would have been 70 this year.
After his parents' show faded, Nelson moved on and recorded some great folk/country songs.
He sang many Bob Dylan tunes and wrote "Garden party", a really nice song about an unpleasant personal experience at Madison Square Garden.
It's hard to pick a Nelson favorite, specially since he recorded so many nice tunes. I will select "Fools rush in" and Bob Dylan's "Love minus zero/No limit":
"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
And so I come to you my love
my heart above my head
Though I see the danger there
if there's a chance for me then I don't care
Fools rush in where wise men never go
But wise men never fall in love
so how are they to know
When we met I felt my life begin
so open up your heart and let this fool rush in
Fools rush in where wise men never go...
Just open up your heart and let this fool rush in
Well open up your heart and let this fool rush in...."
"My love she speaks like silence
without ideals or violence
she doesn't have to say she's faithful
yet she's true, like ice, like fire
people carry roses - make promises by the hours
my love she laughs like the flowers -
Valentines can't buy her
In the dime stores and bus stations
people talk of situations
read books, repeat quotations
draw conclusions on the wall
some speak of the future
my love, she speaks softly
she knows there's no success like failure
and the failure's no success at all
The bridge at midnight trembles
the country doctor rambles
bankers, nieces, seek perfection
expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
the wind blows like a hammer
the night blows cold and rainy
my love, she's like some raven,
at my window with a broken wing."
Arizona is well known for beautiful parks, wonderful terrain and lots of people who love to spend time outdoors.
Furious at Obama for failing to keep his election year promise to promote comprehensive immigration reform when he had a super-majority at his disposal, they are deserting the president and his party in droves.
The Arizona situation is insane but this is Obama, the man who sat in Rev Wright's church for 20 years but never heard a racist or anti-Jewish sermon.
Frankly, I never thought that I would see our federal government tell its citizens that a park is unsafe for families to go camping, picnics or hiking.
Again, this is BO's world!
Thankfully, more and more Americans, including the millions of "hispanos" who came here legally and love "the rule of law" are checking out of "the hope and change" express.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
What does it mean for Afghanistan?
What does it show about Pres BO's management style?
Can Pres BO keep his promise to start withdrawing troops in July 2011?
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Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We looked back at Team USA's three games and the need for some kind of video replay in the tournament. (The US had another goal reversed today)
P.S. Landon Donovan saved the day and another controversial call by a FIFA referee: Donovan rescues U.S. World Cup dream with goal in 91st minute!
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Guess who is playing at a .606 pace? (Are the Rangers really going to win 100 games this year?)
The Rangers continued their amazing streak of good pitching and timely hitting?
What happens when your pitchers go deep and your hitters get clutch hits?
The answer is that you win and you win a lot of games
Last night, Hamilton got a night off but they won 13-3 anyway.
Andrus went 3 for 5.....Young got 3 hits & 4 RBIs......Nelson Cruz got 3 hits and raised his average to .333 and Borbon is up to .298 after a very slow start.
Logic tells us that the winning streak will end and that Texas is not going to finish with a 100 victories.
Nevertheless, this is a fun team to watch. This is also a team that looks like it will win the AL West.
Landon Donovan saved Team USA with a 91st minute goal.
Landon won the game.
He also saved FIFA's "hide" with people like me who do not understand how referees could be so bad at this level.
Where are they finding these refs?
Team USA was the victim of atrocious refereeing decisions.
Remember Slovenia? Every expert called it a perfectly good goal! It would have give Team USA 3 points.
Today, Team USA had another goal taken away. It was ruled offside but replays proved otherwise.
I've watched baseball. football, hockey and basketball. I have never seen so many many bad calls.
Should FIFA bring replay? I say yes but FIFA is always stubborn about change.
Should FIFA get better refs? I hope so because you can't have games decided by such lousy calls.
Joshua Robinson wants FIFA to get more serious about ref selection: The World Cup Ref Crisis
I think that he has a point, specially after what we've just seen on TV!
Check out our chat with Joel Akerman:
Another day and another set of challenges for BO!
What else could go wrong? A Chicago scandal? (Corruption trial distant, unwanted headache for president...)
Back in Chicago, the "Blago trial" is getting very interesting: Lawyers seek summaries of Obama interviews ...
From day 1, I've had one question: Did BO know that his Senate seat for sale? Did he know that his aides were involved in a potential crime to sell his seat?
I don't know the answer. It'd help if Pres BO would make a statement and explain his involvement in the whole thing!
We learned this today:
"Arizona Democrats facing tough reelection races are distancing themselves from the Obama administration as it prepares to file a lawsuit against the state over its controversial immigration law." (TheHill)
Why are Dems doing this?
The Arizona law is very popular at home.
We reiterate our position that all of this talk about a lawsuit is political posturing and pandering to Hispanic Dems.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Gen McCrystal's tactics were wrong.....however, Pres BO needs to understand that the soldiers are not happy with "his withdrawal comments"!
Sooner or later, this volcano was going to explode and expose the growing feud between Pres BO and the guys trying to do a job in Afghanistan.
Don't get me wrong.
I believe in civilian control and the constitution.
In other words, Pres BO is the commander in chief and the generals follow orders.
Pres BO has every right to dismiss Gen McCrystal.
At the same time, this problem is not going away because we change heads.
Afghanistan is a mess because Pres BO played to his frustrated base and called for an early withdrawal.
Pres BO's politically motivated decision has made life impossible for the guys trying to work with the locals over there.
Let me repeat: No one defends insubordination.
We repeat even louder: This is a much bigger problem than a general who didn't restrain himself with the media.
Pres BO needs to reassure the soldiers that he is committed to victory rather than giving his disgruntled base something to digest for now.
It will be a very hard summer in Afghanistan. We will see lots of casualties as US, UK and Canadian troops take the fire to the enemy.
Our soldiers need to know that Pres BO is committed to this difficult fight...and will not make their lives harder with stupid, and I mean stupid, statements to appease the anti-war base!
Juan Manuel Santos will be the next president of Colombia and that's good news.
Today, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal agree that this is a good decision for Colombia and the US.
The Washington Post has a question: Will Washington treat Colombia's Santos as an ally?
"So the question raised by Mr. Santos's election is whether the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders will greet this strong and needed U.S. ally with open arms -- or with the arms-length disdain and protectionist stonewalling to which they subjected his predecessor, Álvaro Uribe.
Mr. Uribe will leave office in August as one of the most successful presidents in modern Latin American history, though you would never know it from listening to his critics in Washington"
The Wall Street Journal got it right: Colombia Speaks-----But will President Obama listen?
Will Pres BO admit that our policy toward Colombia is wrong headed and determined by the labor unions?
My friend Jose Brechner, a political analyst and guest on our radio show, wrote this comment for our blog:
"The outstanding victory of Juan Manuel Santos with 69% of the votes, over his contender Antanas Mockus who obtained 29.5% in the presidential elections, is a major blow to the left wing politicians and the FARC guerrilla in Colombia.
Both candidates, Santos and Mockus, are in the right of center. Their real differences are mainly a matter of style rather than ideology.
In the final round before the elections, Mockus turned slightly to the left.
These elections define a necessary change in South American politics, plagued by the extreme left, governing in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay."
We agree with Jose that Colombia has sent the right message.
Cecilia Torres, another good friend of our radio show, wrote this for our blog:
Under his command as Minister of Defense in the Uribe administration two of the most successful operations were undertaken resulting in the destruction of the FARC's camp in northern Ecuador and the death of the second in command of the FARC - Raul Reyes - and also operation Jaque that resulted in freeing 11 hostages, including 3 Americans and other prominent Colombians like Ingrid Betancourt.
Santos knows Colombia and its problems and is expected to follow most of Uribe's policies for "seguridad ciudadana"."
It's time to "engage" Colombia and line up with our strongest ally in Latin America today.
Again, how much longer should we wait for the Pres BO to delay the Colombia Free Trade Agreement?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
First, they promise the "base" that they are going to follow up on campaign promises.
Second, they never say "where or when"!
Or, they put it off into the future, as they are doing with a decision about terrorist trials: The Obama administration will make a decision on where to hold terrorist trials…after the November elections. Surprise, surprise!
So what will happen with the Arizona law?
We are still waiting for a formal confirmation about a lawsuit.
All we have so far is an answer to a reporter's question in Ecuador!
The Obama administration faces two huge challenges:
1) Americans support the Arizona law:
".......recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Americans side with Arizona by a 58 percent to 41 percent margin.
In late May, Quinnipiac put the numbers at 51 percent to 31 percent.
CBS found that 52 percent think the Arizona law is "about right" while only 28 percent believe it "goes too far."" (WJAntleIII)
Good luck trying to go against public opinion again.
2) The feds may not have much of a case, no matter how much hysteria and fear mongering has been peddled by self-appointed Hispanic leaders, and sadly, by so many in the Spanish speaking media:
"But Arizona did not create new immigration violations out of thin air. It took what were already federal crimes and made them state ones too, while giving local police a reasonable opportunity to enforce them.
In other words, Arizona followed the federal government's immigration policy.
Even the state's enforcement role is limited. Arizona can't deport anyone.
It can only refer the people it believes are illegal immigrants to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The federal government remains the ultimate arbiter of who is in the country illegally and still sets immigration policy." (JWAntleIII)
What's the federal case? Are they going to say that a state can not enforce federal laws?
Again, good luck with that! This is not going to be "slam dunk" that so many have been predicting. The people who wrote the Arizona law understood the challenges and crafted a law to address each one of them.
I agree with Ed Morrissey:
"The Obama administration is about to fall on its face in court....."
Put me down as someone who will believe it when I see it!
In the meantime, "el gran coqueteo" of "hispanos" continues.....the Obama administration has used Hispanics cynically and shamefully!
How much longer will "hispanos" continue to buy into this? Or vote for people who tell them what they want to hear?
Hopefully not long!
What's the best way to say hello to summer?
I think that it's The Beach Boys. This is "Do it again", one of their many songs about summer:
"It's automatic when I Talk with old friends
The conversation turns to Girls we knew
when their Hair was soft and long
and the Beach was the place to go
Suntanned bodies and Waves of sunshine
the California girls and a Beautiful coastline
Warmed up weather
Let's get together and Do it again........doo doo
With a girl the lonely sea looks good
Makes your nighttimes warm and out of sight
Been so long
Hey now hey now hey now hey now hey now
Hey now hey now hey now hey now hey now
Well I've been thinking 'bout All the places
we've surfed and danced
and All the faces we've missed
so let's get Back together
and do it again...."
Monday, June 21, 2010
Did you hear about the Jones Act? Here it goes:
"......a protectionist law that prohibits foreign-flagged boats and crews from doing port-to-port duty within 3 miles of the US coast." (CSM)
I guess that taking care of the unions is more important than cleaning up the gulf!
The people in the gulf are calling on Pres BO to allow foreign ships to come in and help in the clean up.
Back to the CSM:
"On Friday, Sen., Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R) of Texas filed legislation to waive the Jones Act to welcome more high-tech foreign clean-up boats, saying the Jones Act is standing in the way.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said last week "that we have not had [a] problem" with the Jones Act.
At the same time, US marine interests complain that up to 1,500 US-flagged skimmers sit idle, and should be used first."
Pres Bush waived the Act in 2005 during the Katrina crisis.
Why can't Pres BO do the same thing and allow some of our friends to help us? They have the special boats and the willingness to lend a hand.
What's more important? Cleaning the gulf or pleasing the unions?
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Afghanistan was the Dems' favorite war when they were out of power and in "the speech business".
It's a lot different now, specially since Pres BO committed 30,000 troops.
What's going wrong over there?
First, where are all of those "madly in love with BO Euros" and their troops?
Remember the days when the NATO countries told us that they were turned off by the Texas cowboy?
What's up now? Why aren't we seeing NATO troops other than Canada, the UK and the US?
Second, Pres BO made a huge mistake by telling the enemy that we would begin withdrawing in the summer of 2011.
How can NATO troops cut deals when the locals suspect that we are going home?
What happens when the locals understand that the Taleban will settle scores after we leave? Cut their heads off? Rape their daughters? Kill their sons?
The Wash Post has a message for Pres BO and all of the confusion coming out of this administration:
"One is the uncertainty created by President Obama's stipulation that U.S. troop withdrawals begin in July 2011 -- which seems to have caused many Afghans to conclude that American power and influence will quickly recede after the coming year.
The second, related to the first, is the administration's lack of a clear definition of the political end-state it seeks -- other than a set of conditions that will allow U.S. troops to withdraw without handing a new sanctuary to al-Qaeda."
Unlike a lot of Dems, we supported Pres BO's decision to send the troops and get serious about finishing Al Qaeda, the Taleban and whatever else is a threat to our national security over there.
We want to see "a little Bush in BO".
In other words, we want the locals to understand that we are there to stay and finish the job.
It worked in Iraq! Let's do it in Afghanistan.
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On Sunday, Josh Hamilton tied the game in the 9th and then won it in the 10th!
Most guys would be happy to have a game like that....!
However, this is just a bit of what Hamilton has been doing in June:
"Hamilton finished 5-for-6 on the afternoon and was 20-for-39 with three home runs and 10 RBIs on the trip.
He also has a 16-game hitting streak. During that streak, he is 31-for-64 (.484) with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.
Hamilton was great in 2008, but this could be the hottest streak he has been on with the Rangers. " (MLB)
He is hitting .337 with 16 HRs and 58 Rbi's.......and we've only played 69 games.
My guess is that Hamilton will cool off at some point. However, this is new territory for me!
I have never seen a hitter look better than Hamilton this month!
P.S. Hamilton, and starters going deep into games, add up to having the Rangers in first place in mid-June!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I want to take a moment today and remember my uncle Orlando who passed away earlier this year.
We recall Uncle Jose who passed away in late '08!
We salute our grandfathers!
My grandfather Pedro was born in Asturias, Spain. (I still remember that heavy Spanish accent!)
My grandfather Silvio used to take us to the fish market often. (I remember that he loved to eat oysters!)
My father, and my two late uncles, came to the US and started all over again.
They left Cuba to give their children a better life, and specially an opportunity to grow up in freedom following the island's communist takeover.
Thanks for doing that!
We know that it wasn't easy and we are grateful for the sacrifice.
This is from George Strait and a song about a father's love:
Saturday, June 19, 2010
TCU of Ft Worth, TX, is the local representative in the college baseball finals. (They beat # 2 Texas to clinch a spot in the finals)
They are formally known as The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs! (What's a horned frog?)
And they've earned their trip to Omaha for the college baseball finals.
Today, TCU started its quest for a title with a nice win over Florida State: 8-1
Stefan Stevenson has a good analysis of the TCU team:
"So you're suddenly a huge TCU baseball fan, huh? That's OK, there's plenty of room on the bandwagon as it arrives in Omaha for today's opener against Florida State.
Is it a shock the Horned Frogs are in the College World Series?
TCU was one win away in 2009.
Before the season began, players and coaches talked in matter-of-fact tones about their stated goal: Omaha.
TCU has good pitching and they play defense. And they look like a "team of destiny", the kind of club that could win it all in 2010!