Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rep. E B Johnson has a little explaining to do!


Over the weekend, we learned this about Rep E.B. Johnson:

"Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money.

And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week.

Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so “unknowingly” and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation.”" (DallasMorningNews)

We will wait for Rep EB Johnson to explain this story.

In the meantime, we can tell you that this stuff smells really bad.

Check out our discussion of this issue in Monday's show:



BO blames Bush but the market blames Obama!


Pres BO made a statement about the US economy:

"Stocks fell on Monday as a statement from President Barack Obama fell short of addressing worries the recovery is faltering, while investors looked ahead with caution to important economic data coming this week.

Obama said he had discussed additional steps to help the recovery with his advisers, but the speech did not contain any concrete measures, and stocks, already down, fell further."
(
Reuters)

What is new? Pres BO blames Pres Bush but the markets are not buying it!

Someone should send Pres BO a copy of Prof Robert Samuelson's article:

"The recovery is a creature of confidence, or its absence."

Pres BO can blame Pres Bush or everything that he inherited.

The markets would rather hear solutions or fresh ideas......they are not getting any of that......and that is why we have confidence crisis.



Monday, August 30, 2010

Really? Are you telling me that Mexico deports illegals?


Once a week, I check the Mexican press to get some local perspective on the cartel war.

Today, I found an interesting article: Detiene Policía Federal a 33 indocumentados en NL

Let me give you a quick translation: The Federal Police detains 33 "undocumented" in NL or Nuevo Leon.

Wonder how the Mexican Federal Police determined that they were "undocumented"?

Did they ask them for papers? Were they "profiled" because of appearance or accent? Did someone tell the police that people looking like "indocumentados" were riding in the bus?

The article goes on to explain that the "undocumented" were in a bus headed to Reynosa.

We also learned from the article that the police turned them over to the Instituto Nacional Inmigración, or the Mexican agency that oversees immigration paperwork.

Finally, we learned in the article that the INI will start the deportation proceedings!

I am very happy that Mexico is very serious about detaining "undocumented visitors" and deporting them to their country of origin.

I just don't understand why the Mexican political class is so hypocritical when we do the same thing!

Click here for Monday's thoughts:

How desperate is Pres BO to get the base out to vote this November? Check out his Saturday talk about Iraq!


How shameless is Pres BO?

Check out his Iraq talk from Saturday morning.

It's all about BO! It's all about keeping a campaign promise!

In reality, it's all about getting the disillusioned "yes we can" screamers to blindly scream again!

The "yes we can" screamers have a bad case of the blues in 2010. (RR has Republicans up by 8 in the latest generic poll)

First, what's happening in Iraq?

We are withdrawing a portion of our troops, as negotiated by Pres Bush and the Iraq government.

We are leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq, or more than we have in South Korea!

Pres BO keeps saying that the combat mission is over.

Yes it is!

It is over because Pres Bush's policies, i.e. the surge, gave our troops the time and strength to turn the country around.

So how can Pres BO give a radio talk and treat this like the fulfillment of a campaign promise?

Here is the problem: The left is furious because GITMO is still open and immigration reform is just another "hope and change" blowing in the wind.

And let's remember that the left will explode when Pres BO breaks another promise and extends the Bush tax cuts!

It would have been a lot more presidential if Pres BO had avoided the partisan crap ("me, me and me") and spoken like a commander in chief in tune with world risks.

I guess that it's only a matter before Pres BO takes credit for ending World War 2!

P.S. Pres BO needs to be careful that he doesn't "oversell" the Iraq withdrawal as he has oversold just about everything else, such as that stimulus and that BO-Care would actually reduce costs!

In many ways, our Iraq mission is just beginning! Check out Noah Feldman:

" The reduction of American forces in Iraq to 50,000 is thus good news—but not because it is a step closer to complete withdrawal.

In the coming year, the Iraqi government (once it is formed) is likely to ask the U.S. to keep some significant number of troops in the country after the pullout date of summer 2011.

If so, President Obama may well agree, because it is just about the only way to avoid a resurgence of civil war and continue Iraq's tenuous progress toward consolidating democracy.

As in South Korea—where nearly 30,000 U.S. troops remain today, almost 60 years after the war ended—patience may pay off.

Then there is the ethical side of the issue: If the elected Iraqi government asks for help, the U.S. owes it to them to continue its commitment."

Check out my comments about Iraq:


Sunday, August 29, 2010

What else could go wrong in Mexico?


On Saturday night, we spoke with Allan Wall about the deterioration of the Mexico situation.

Allan has written extensively about Mexico and the cartel war. For more information on the recent wave of violence, check out The WSJ's A New Spate of Violence Roils Mexico!

We will use this interview next week on KVCE.

Click here for the interview:


What was the world listening to 45 years ago?


Sonny and Cher had a string of hits back in the 1960s.

Frankly, I never got into their music, although Cher was always a pleasure to look at.

Cher is still performing today. She's had a long solo career.

Sonny left the music business and was elected to the US Congress in the 1990s. Unfortunately, Sonny was killed in an accident back in 1998.

Here is "I got you babe", the # 1 song in my parts of the world in July-August 1965.

Click here for the video:




P.S. My favorite "Sonny and Cher" song was "Baby don't go":



"Baby don't go,
Pretty baby please don't go

I never had a mother, I hardly knew my dad
I've been in town for eighteen years
You're the only boy I've had
I can't stay, Maybe I'll be back some day

Baby don't go, Pretty baby please don't go
I love you so, Pretty baby please don't go

I never had no money I bought at the second hand store
The way this old town laughs at me
I just can't take it no more
I can't stay, I'm gonna be a lady some day

Baby don't go, Pretty baby please don't go
I love you so, Pretty baby please don't go

When I get to the city, My tears will all be dry
My eyes will look so pretty
No one's gonna know I cried
Yes I'm goin' away, Maybe I'll be back some day

Baby don't go, Maybe I'll be back some day
Baby don't go...."

A nice song from many summers ago!


Donovan was a British folk singer who recorded songs like "Sunshine Superman", "Mellow Yellow" and "Wear your love like heaven."

My favorite was always "Lalena", a song from many summers ago.

I had not heard this song in quite a few years. Click here for the song:




"When the sun goes to bed
That's the time you raise your head,
That's your lot in life, Lalena
Can't blame ya, Lalena.
Arty tart, ladeda,
Can your part get much sadder?
That's your lot in life, Lalena.
Can't blame ya, Lalena.
Run your hand through your hair,
Paint your face with despair.
That's your lot in life, Lalena
Can't blame ya, Lalena.
When the sun goes to bed
That's the time you raise your head.
That's your lot in life, Lalena
I can't blame ya, Lalena.
Arty tart, oh so ladeda,
Can your part ever get, ever get much sadder?
That's your lot in life, Lalena.
I can't blame ya, Lalena, no, no, no, Lalena,
Oh, Lalena."

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Remember when BO told us how the US economy desperately needed the stimulus?


We got more bad news about the US economy: The US$ 787 billion stimulus is not stimulating!

On Friday, we learned that the US GDP grew at a pathetic 1.6%.

In fact, the regional GDP growth figure was 2.4%......it was been restated down to 1.4%!

This is not working, to say the least!

It does not help that most business people are dealing with the uncertainty of tax increases and a health care program that no one understands.

I hate to say it because I work in this economy too!

We will living in a slow growth economy for a while......unless Pres BO decides to make some radical changes...such as unleashing capitalism!

Click our "Friday's thoughts":









Friday, August 27, 2010

Good night for Republicans and the US Senate?


Who would have believed this a year ago?

It looks like the Republicans will pick up 6-7 seats.

Nate Silver, a pollster who got lots of predictions right in 2008, wrote this:

"The Democrats now have an approximately 20 percent chance of losing 10 or more seats in the Senate, according to the model, which would cost them control of the chamber unless Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, who is running for the Senate as an independent, both wins his race and decides to caucus with them. "

The Dems' Senate problems are just like all of their electoral problems: The economy and a growing perception that the Obama administration is just spending a little too much money.

We are not popping champagne yet. In fact, I have not even ordered my champagne either.

However, you have to like the Republicans' position.

Here is the bottom line: I'd rather be in the Republican campaign manager than one for the Dems.

Click for "Thursday's thoughts":



Thursday, August 26, 2010

McCain wins.....and did you see the Republican turnout on Tuesday night?


We are very happy that Sen McCain was renominated in Arizona. We need Sen McCain in the US Senate. He is voice against government spending and very tough on national security.

Congratulations to Sen. McCain!

What was the big story on Tuesday? The answer is Republican turnout!

It started in New Jersey and Virginia last November.....it followed in Massachusetts.....and primaries all over.

Republicans are turning out in huge numbers......Dems are not!

In Florida, where both parties had comparative races, the Republican turnout in the governor's primary was 1.2 million compared to about 900,000 for Democrats.

The Florida US Senate primary had similar numbers.

What do these turnout numbers? They translate into passion.....it means that Republicans are more excited to vote than Dems.

Good night for the GOP! Click here for Wednesday's thoughts:



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pres Calderon is right.....this is going to get worse before it gets better!


We finally got a bottom line statement about Mexico's cartel war!

Pres. Calderon said this:

"President Felipe Calderon warned on Tuesday that bloodshed in his war against drug cartels would likely intensify even as Mexicans grapple with already alarming levels of violence."

I'm glad to hear it!

Haven't we been screaming something like this for a couple of years?

28,000 deaths?

Did you hear about the "Afghanistan-type shootout" in Cd Juarez last Saturday night?

There is a war, yes a war, south of the border.

Frankly, we have some responsibility here.

We consume the stuff that the cartels send up here.

Therefore, we have a responsibility to help Mexico clean up the cartels.

What's the follow up?

What should Pres Calderon do next to defend Mexico from people who hang bodies from bridges?

First, and foremost, call on the US to seal the borders.

Second, get together with border governors, like Gov Perry of Texas and Gov Brewer of Arizona, who've been calling on Pres BO to send more troops to the border.

Last, but not least, we repeat our call for a tougher US posture toward the US border.

Mexico can not do this by itself.

Mexico needs US Army divisions to seal the border and confront the cartels using those Arizona routes.

Mexico can not defeat the cartels with our casual attitude toward the border.

We scream again: Call on Pres BO to seal the border!
Click here for "Wednesday's thoughts":

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wanted: We are looking for a Dem between LA and NYCity who supports BO's policies!


A few months ago, Speaker Pelosi and Pres BO promised the Dems that the public would eventually support BO-Care.

I guess that it depends what we mean by "eventually"!

We know this: Dems are not lining up behind Pres BO on the Arizona lawsuit, the mosque controversy, the stimulus or enthusiastically supporting BO-Care!

Michael Barone posted this
on the situation:


"The 2009 stimulus package is so unpopular that Democrats have banned the word from their campaign vocabulary."

Barone also discusses how BO-Care is not playing well in competitive districts!

Bottom line for 2010: Don't expect a lot of Dems to praise Pres BO's legislative achievements!

Let's blame Pres Bush because Dems are running away from Pres BO!


The Dems' 2010 strategy is simple: Blame Bush!

What else do they have?

Confidence in the economic recovery is gone. The last Gallup shows Pres BO at 41 percent, or the lowest level of his presidency.

What do you do when you "over-promise" and don't deliver? You get that statewide Dem candidates in Texas ran away from Pres BO when he was here two weeks ago!

The stimulus is not stimulating
!

We spent US$ 800 billion and got nothing except another big increase in our government debt!

Aren't you happy now that no Republican in the House signed on to this travesty?

BO-Care, the plan passed by 4 votes in the House, is now an electoral nightmare for Dems. (RR: 60% favor repeal)

Afghanistan, the war that the Dems wanted to fight when they were out of power, is now causing major problems in the party.

Last month, over a 100 Dems voted to cut the funding!

What do you do when you have nothing to run on?

What do you do when Dems all over are not inviting Pres BO to campaign with them?

I guess that you blame Bush and hope that it works!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Confused about BO's faith?


Over the last few days, we saw a poll that Americans are confused about Pres BO's faith.

The Pew Poll has some amazing findings:

"A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009.

Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009.

Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is.

The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center."

Do you understand why some people are a bit confused?

Here is the bottom line: Millions voted for a man that they didn't know much about.

What did we know about candidate BO?

Nothing, except that he gave a great "change" speech and had lots of people screaming "yes we can"!

Therefore, it is not surprising that some Americans are just a bit confused about Pres BO's religious roots.

Furthermore, Pres BO has spent a lot of time mending fences with the Muslim world and saying nothing to the rest of us raised in the Judeo-Christian faith.

Last, but not least, it did not help when Pres BO gave a supportive speech, before Muslims, about the mosque near Ground Zero.

Again, we know so little about this man, who just happens to be the president of the US.

P.S. Check our interview with Bill Katz:


Sunday, August 22, 2010

When is the Obama administration going to get serious about Mexico?


Over the last 18 months, we've seen a dangerous increase in border violence and an Obama administration that does not value the commercial importance of Mexico.

How has President "hope and change" reacted to the collapse of security on the US-Mexico border?

How has President "I can't govern despite having a congressional majority" treated one of our largest trading partners?

Since January 2009, Pres BO has made two decisions about the US-Mexico border.

First, he violated NAFTA and shut the US border to Mexican trucks.

Mexico retaliated in 2009 by raising tariffs on U.S. agricultural and industrial products, worth more than $2 billion in American goods!


More recently, Mexico raised tariffs against US candy makers in retaliation for Pres BO's arbitrary violation of NAFTA: Candy makers mad at Obama and Congress for Mexico tariff

Who told Pres BO that a trade war with one of our largest trading partners was good medicine for an economy stuck in a deep recession?

Second, he decided to insult our intelligence and send 1,200 troops to the border.

Wonder how Pres Calderon reacted to that move?


We know that border state governors up here are not happy at all.

Bill White, Dem candidate for Texas governor, did not even meet with Pres BO when he came to Texas. White wants more troops on the border, too!

Here is the bottom line: The Obama administration is not serious about Mexico and both sides are suffering the consequences.

P.S. Yesterday, we learned this about the volatile situation in Mexico: Mexican Police Help Murder Their Own Mayor


The best Lennon-McCartney song?


They say that a good song gets better and better with age....does it?

What was the best of all of the Lennon-McCartney tunes?

Over time, I've grown to love "In my life".

It was released in "Rubber Soul", my favorite of all of The Beatles' albums.

This is such a nice song, specially as we get a little older and remember all of the places that "have changed".

According to "songfacts":

"The lyrics about friends refer to Stu Sutcliffe, an early Beatle and great friend of John's who died in 1962, and another friend named Pete Shotton.

Lennon also thought of his Aunt Mimi and wife Cynthia, as well as other friends."

John & Paul do some great vocals.

Click for the song & a nice version by Mary Hopkin:



"There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more..."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

They told me that if I voted for McCain that we would implement the Bush plan in Iraq!


Over the last few days, we've seen some US troops move out of Iraq and into Kuwait.

This is the latest chapter of an agreement signed between Pres Bush and the Iraqi government in 2008.

We don't expect Iraq to turn into "Alice in Wonderland" or some perfect democracy. Where is such a country anyway?

At the same time, we have to admire the amazing recovery and elections there. Who will ever forget the people defying the terrorists and marching to vote over and over again?

Who would have believed in March 2003 that Iraq would be what it is today?

The Iraq War is one of those issues that causes mental blocks in the left.

On one hand, they can't say anything positive about it.

On the other hand, they have to reluctantly admit that it is Pres BO, the guy that they enthusiastically supported, who is carrying out the Bush/McCain plan in Iraq.

How is that for a little irony?

Who is now deeply invested in making sure that the Bush plan works in Iraq?

The answer is Pres BO, the same man who opposed the surge in 2007.

We give Pres BO high marks for completing the work started by Pres Bush and for reversing himself regarding Iraq.

We are happy with Pres BO's reversal but the left really isn't, as we saw in The SF Chronicle editorial: Out of Iraq - sort of

We are doing in Iraq what Sen McCain promised during the campaign.

We are leaving 50,000 troops and building a huge diplomatic presence.

Does any of this sound like what candidate BO promised during the campaign?

What would have happened if candidate BO had said in 2007-08: Vote for me and I will implement the Bush plan and keep 50,000 troops in Iraq.

Today, we salute Pres Bush for having had the toughness to see this through, specially in the extremely difficult period of 2006-07.

Pres Bush simply refused to lose in Iraq and that turned out to be the right decision.

The WSJ has a great editorial:

"....will likely recall as Mr. Bush's finest hour."

How do we know that it was his finest hour?

First, the Dems made a lot of partisan noise but never had the guts to cut the funding. (The Dems are "talkers" as so many "yes we can screamers" are painfully learning about that immigration reform promise and the other one about closing GITMO)

Second, Pres BO is carrying out the Bush policy. Iraq is now a bi-partisan project, no matter how many times the left reminds us that it was "Bush's war"!

Again, we congratulate Pres Bush and Sen McCain for making this day possible.

We salute the US, UK and other coalition troops who did such a great job in Iraq.

We remember soldiers like Nathaniel Aguirre, a young man from our church who was killed in Iraq in 2006.


P.S. Here a couple of videos about Iraq.

The first one is Al Gore blasting the first Pres Bush for keeping Saddam in power after the first Gulf War. The second is Dems & Iraq. The third is Sen McCain from 2008:







Guess who is now more popular than BO in the swing districts that will decide the 2010 election?



In early 2009, I wrote a post thanking Pres Bush and predicting his eventual political rehabilitation.

I just didn't think that it would happen this quickly!

Pres BO is looking better and better, specially after 18 months of "hope and change".

Today, we learned this:

"Reid Wilson at Hotline says a prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in "Frontline" districts.

Frontline districts are ones held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover.

Wilson's report put a smile on my face both for what it says about the past and what it says about the future.

I hope it puts one on yours." (Power Line)

Pres Bush has a lot to smile about these days.

First, the Rangers are in first place and he keeps showing up at the ballpark.

Second, we are beginning to realize how fortunate we were that he was the president who kept this country safe for 8 years.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dear Pres Calderon: Call on Pres BO to secure the border!


We learned today that Monterrey's business leaders are calling for more federal intervention in their city:

"A surge of drug violence in Mexico's business capital and richest city has prompted an outcry from business leaders who on Wednesday took out full-page ads asking President Felipe Calderón to send in more soldiers to stem the violence.

The growing violence in Monterrey, long one of Mexico's most modern and safe cities, is a sign that the country's war against drug gangs is spreading ever further from poorer battlegrounds along the border and into the country's wealthiest enclaves." (
FOX)

I don't know if Pres Calderon has the extra troops but it does not matter.

Monterrey does not need more Mexican troops.

Pres Calderon needs to call on Pres BO to secure our side of the border.

It does not matter how many troops go into Monterrey!

Forget more Mexican troops.

Pres Calderon needs to call on Pres BO to secure our border.

We need a bilateral military mission that shuts down illegal traffic both ways.

Let's get serious about the border, or we will see more Mexican cities under siege and public officials killed.

For more see The Wall Street Journal: Mexico under siege!

Check my audio commentary on the subject:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What a lousy trip to Tampa!


What happens if you go into Tampa without Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz?

You will have a hard time winning a series!

Is this a preview of a post season series?

Yes it is because Texas would play Tampa if the season ended today!

Here is the bad news: Bad trip to Tampa.

Here is the good news: The Rangers will have Kinsler and Cruz back in a couple of weeks. Young should be back tonight in Baltimore.

Yes.....It was a bad series. However, the Rangers are still in first place and this is no time to panic.


When in the world are "hispanos" going to wake up about the Dem party?


As I posted before, I think that we need an honest debate about granting citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants.

I'm OK with that debate.

I'm not OK with Sen Reid's hypocrisy.

Click here for your video:



Blago will continue to be a nuisance for the Obama White House


We spoke with Rick Moran, political analyst and BTR host. (Rick also writes for American Thinker and Pajamas Media)

We got Rick's comments about the Blago trial in Chicago.

We discussed Ed Morrissey's post today about the potential problem for the Obama White House. Ed correctly points out that we will continue to hear about corruption in Chicago!

Click here for our interview with Rick Moran (segment 4):



Dear Sen Harry Reid: Think before you leap!



On Thursday's show, we spoke with Jason Villalba, local friend and chairman of the Dallas County chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.

We spoke with Jason about his recent article: Hey, Harry, here's why I'm a Republican


I lkie this from Jason's article:

"Republicans offer n alternative: lower taxes for small business owners and entrepreneurs, smaller government at all levels, reduced federal spending across the board, freedom from activist judges and a party that respects the sanctity of life. "

That's it!

Check out our interview with Jason (segment 2):



Pres BO's "live mike" problem!


He was so good during the campaign. He had a solution for every problem. He had a great line for every one of the "18-year olds" screaming "yes we can"!

So what's happened to "the great communicator"?

Pres BO got in trouble again when he spoke without the teleprompter.

His comments on the "mosque controversy" were confusing coming after the speech the night before!

CNN’s Ed Hornick thinks that Pres BO's message may be getting incoherent.

Steve Calabresi writes this:

"President Obama gets in trouble in unscripted moments because at some level he does not really know America very well nor does he thoroughly identify with it.

Obama grew up in the very atypical island state of Hawaii and lived most of his adult life in the very atypical communities of Cambridge, Mass., and Hyde Park in Chicago.

His views resonate with some who live on the East and West Coast but all the flyover states in between are terra incognita.

Unscripted moments are deadly for Obama because they reveal the vast disconnect between his world view and that of people living in the Midwest, the Plains and Rocky Mountain states, and the South.

It is in these areas that the Democrats will lose badly the upcoming midterm election."

My money is on Steve's comments.

First, candidate BO was the least known candidate to ever get nominated or elected.

He grew up in left wing precincts and spent much of life hanging around with leftists.

He attended Rev Wright's church. What else needs to be said?

Unfortunately, we were never allowed to investigate BO's past!

Sadly, the media was too madly in love with the "historic" nature of his candidacy. Candidate BO never got the kind "exam" that presidential candidates usually get!

So here we are.

We are watching the real Obama every time that he speaks to a "live mike".....and the Dems are scared to death! (Generic Ballot: Republican 48%, Democrat 36%)

Click here for my commentary on this issue:


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