Friday, December 31, 2010

A word about the passing of Tom Vandergriff

We learned that Tom Vandergriff died yesterday

How do you explain his contributions to our area?  Let's try this:

"Vandergriff was mayor of Arlington from 1951-77 and a former United States Congressman and Tarrant County judge whose major achievements include persuading General Motors to build an assembly plant in Arlington and bringing the Six Flags over Texas amusement park to what was once a small town located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth.

But his crowning achievement and most lasting legacy came in October of 1971, when he convinced Washington Senators owner Bob Short to move his franchise to Texas.

The Rangers began play in Arlington Stadium in 1972, and Vandergriff threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener." (MLB)

Best of all, he got to watch his beloved Rangers play in a World Series a couple of months ago!

RIP Mr Vandergriff! 

Thank you for everything that you did for our community!



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The Rangers were the best local sports story of 2010

No one predicted that Texas would win the AL pennant and play in the World Series.

I felt that they had a chance to win the AL West and maybe get into the LCS for the first time.

Again, I did not see this one coming.

Therefore, we select the "final out" of the 2010 LCS as the best sports story of the year, and perhaps even longer that.

Go Rangers.  Thanks for a wonderful season!

Let's enjoy Eric Nadel again:



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Thursday, December 30, 2010

How "liberal fantasies" have destroyed California!

We spoke with Rick Moore about the situation in California.  Click here or the radio button on the right column for the interview.

The bottom line is that the Golden State faces huge challenges. 

From "out of control public sector unions" to "high taxes", California may soon be coming to Washington for a bailout.

It wasn't long ago that California was the land of opportunity......not anymore!
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They told me that if McCain won.....then Chavez would scream "Yankee imperialism" and our popularity would drop in Latin America.......

Over the last few days, we've seen this in the media.

First, let's check out Andrew Oppenheimer:

"I don't want to spoil anyone's holiday mood, but as we approach President Barack Obama's second anniversary in office, it's time to say that he has not fulfilled some of his key promises to U.S. Hispanics and Latin America."

Dear Andrew:  Did you forget that he closed the US border to Mexican trucks and put the US in violation of NAFTA? 

And he didn't send the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress because the US labor unions won't let him!

Dear Andrew:  Where were you during the campaign when we said that candidate BO was just pandering to Hispanics?

Andrew, where you that naive or did you get caught up in the "hope and change" celebration too?

Second, we found this in Gallup:

"U.S. leadership approval fell significantly in half of the 18 Latin American countries Gallup surveyed in 2010, taking the largest hits in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Honduras."

Gallup explains the drop along the lines of "disappointment with Pres BO".

I guess that too many Latin Americans had a case of "irrational exuberance" too!

"Yes we can" mania had a twin sister called "Si se puede" mania!

I guess that we can add a lot of Latin Americans to the long list of people who are shocked that BO does not walk on water!

Last, but not least, Pres BO is in a war of words with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela:

"Washington has revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US, the US state department has said.

The move comes amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries over President Barack Obama’s choice of ambassador to Caracas, Larry Palmer. …

The US move in effect expels Venezuelan envoy Bernardo Alvarez Herrera." (via Ed-M)

Wow!  Didn't he once promise to meet "unconditionally" with this guy?

What's going on?

Chavez was, is, and will be Chavez.

Chavez  does not care who sits in the White House. 

Chavez is about Chavez and he needs another "Yankee whipping boy" to distract his citizens of the recent power grab and the economic problems in Venezuela.

Beyond that, how did so many people in Latin America come to believe that candidate BO would turn out to be so different?

Reason 1: Bush Derangement Syndrome, or everything is Bush's fault!

Reason 2: Ignorance and more ignorance!

BO was always opposed to free trade agreements. 

He never had experience in US-Latin American issues. 

He once called for a renegotiation of NAFTA to pander to Dem primary voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Wake up Latin America: BO just told you what you wanted to hear!

P.S In the meantime, let's hope that the new Republican majority will force Pres BO to consider the Colombia & Panama Free Trade Agreements:

 




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Happy birthday Robin Gibb


Robin Gibb is 61 today. We wish Robin a very nice day.  (We also remember twin Maurice who died in 2003)

Barry, Robin & the late Maurice Gibb were the legendary Bee Gees, the wonderful trio of brothers who recorded and composed some of the greatest tunes of our generation.

Here are two of my favorite Robin Gibb lead vocals: "Really and Sincerely", from their second international album, and "My world", a big hit from the 1970s.

Here are the the songs:



"My mind is open wide, I'm on the other side.
Though you remember my name.
And if you go away I'll get it off somehow.
I'll leave it all in the air. No,no.

Turn me down. Turn me down
Turn me down. Oh, how I've tried.
Really and sincerely I've tried.

There is a song, I hear it all around.
But I don't hear a sound.
If you were with me now, I'd let you know my mind.
Love is so easy to lose. No,no.

Turn me down. Turn me down.
Turn me down. Oh, how I've tried.
Really and sincerely.

Turn me down. Turn me down."




"Don't shed a tear for me
No, it's not your style
If you're not here by me
Then it's not worth while
My world is our world
And this world is your world
And your world is my world
And my world is your world is mine
I've been crying I'm lonely
What do I do to have you stay
I've needed you To cry on
I've written to you nearly ev'ry day
My world....."

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Remembering my uncle Orlando who died in 2010


Today, we remember Uncle Orlando.

The first picture is my Uncle Orlando and Aunt Vilma in 1950's Cuba. 

The second picture is a family gem from (I guess) late 1940's Cuba.  It includes my grandparents, Orlando to the left, my young future father in the back and Jose between my "abuelos".  (Thanks to my cousin Nury for these pictures!)

According to family stories, the first Canto came to Cuba from Spain in the 1840's.  (My late uncle Pepe researched it and used to tell us about it at family gatherings.  I wrote about him in 2008: Uncle Jose passed away today)

They settled in Sagua la Grande, a small town in central Cuba.

Let me say a brief word about my grandparents: Silvio F. Canto & "Senda" Ramos.  

Her official name was very long.....but everybody called Senda. 

They had three boys: my father Silvio, born in 1926, Orlando in 1928 and Jose in 1930.

Abuelo Silvio died suddenly in 1957.  We were too young to remember much about him.

Abuela Senda died in 1984 and she was an amazing storyteller.  She told us stories about the family roots, meeting my grandfather ("Abuelo Silvio"), growing up in the early days of the new Cuban republic, sending her sons to Jesuit school and watching them ride their bicycles with cousin Ignacio.

Back to my uncle.  As a young boy, I recall my Uncle Orlando buying me gifts. 

It did not last long but I was very lucky to have two single uncles at "Navidad"!  I lost "the gift monopoly" when my uncles got married and had their own kids!

After we arrived in the US, Uncle Orlando was always great at telling us stories. 

My favorite was trying to convince me that a "turkey dinner" was Turkish.....or all his stories about talking on the satellite radio.

Orlando died in 2010.  Today, I remember him, my aunt Vilma, cousins and their kids.

Orlando was great and we miss him a lot!




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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gov Perry vs Pres BO over the out of control EPA!

A couple of days ago, we wrote about the potential for Gov Perry to turn into "the anti-Obama".

We saw the beginning of it today: EPA-Texas Feud Escalates Over New Carbon Regulations

"Texas is the only state that has refused to implement the new rules.

President Barack Obama is pressing ahead with the regulations after Congress failed to pass legislation capping carbon emissions.

Perry, a Republican, calls the rules overreaching by the federal government that will cripple his state’s economy."

Pres BO could not get a Dem majority (60 votes for much of 2009 in the US Senate) to pass "cap & trade".

Pres BO will now try to impose it by executive order or an out of control EPA.

We need to support Gov Perry for a couple of reasons:

1) We should not govern by presidential decree. 

2) The EPA is a jobs killing agency.

Get ready for the first battle of 2012....and my money is on Gov Perry, specially after we learned today that those "death panels" are back by decree too!  (Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir)



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2011: I vote "yes" for Jeff Bagwell going to the Hall of Fame!

Jeff Bagwell played ball down I-45 in Houston.  He was the big stick of the "Killer B's", the amazing duo of Bagwell and Craig Biggio.

On the negative side, Bagwell did not play in a World Series until very late in his career.  He had the misfortune of playing for good teams that got eliminated by the Braves in the 90s!

On the positive side, Bagwell was one of the best hitters in the NL despite playing most of his career in the pitching friendly Astrodome.

Question: How many HRs would Bagwell have hit in the new stadium?  My guess is that he would have hit a lot more!

Nevertheless, his numbers were awesome: .296 average, 2,314 hits, 449 home runs, 1,529 RBIs, 1401 walks, .408 OBP....

Add the intangiles: lots of walks, great defense, smart baserunner and consumate professional on and off the field.

Yes, he did not hit 500 hrs or get 3,000 hits but he was one of the great players of his generation.

Bill Gammons is right: Bagwell deserves Hall of Fame call







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2010: The year of Obama Disappointment Syndrome!

Yes, you can now purchase your own bumper-sticker, placard or even poster of Obama Disappointment Syndrome.

This is from Zombie:

"Politics + shopping — what better way to get this country back on track?"

Yes, what a better way to feel "yes we can screamer" pain.

You can now show your 'yes we can" friends that you understand how they feel!

You can remind them how they voted for the anti-Bush and got Bush in GITMO, Iraq, renditions, unilateral attacks into Pakistan, wiretaps, etc

Go shopping!

P.S. By the way, I don't make money out of this!  I just want you to have some fun!





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2010: The anti-Bush is implementing Pres Bush's policies in Iraq!

The Washington Post, the country's serious liberal newspaper, has a great editorial: A good year in Iraq

It looks like things are working out well in Iraq after all!

Who wants to argue that Iraq, or the Middle East, would have been better off with Saddam in power?

Who wants to make that case? 

Of course, it cost 4400 US deaths to topple Saddam.  However, it would have cost a lot more if we had done nothing.

Iraq was never a choice between war and peace.  It was always between "war now or war later", specially after Saddam kicked out the UN inspectors in 1998!

We've come a long way......and Pres Bush's policies look a lot better now that his successor is actually carrying them out!



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Monday, December 27, 2010

Pres BO's "class warfare" is based on ignorance and a few too many of Rev Wright's sermons!

How many times do we have to make this case?

We've just witnessed the president of the US engage in the worst kind of ethnic pandering (The Arizona lawsuit) and class warfare (bashing the rich) in history.

Did you ever think that a US president would have more in common with Evo Morales of  Bolivia than his own countrymen?

Deroy Murdock has the latest version of the truth regarding taxes and who pays them:

"The top 5 percent (with incomes exceeding $159,619) earned 34.7 percent of AGI and paid 58.7 percent of taxes.

The top 10 percent (with incomes above $113,799) earned 45.8 percent of AGI and paid 69.9 percent of federal income taxes.

So, do these rich people pay their “fair share?”

If not, should the top 10 percent finance 75 percent of income taxes? Eighty percent?

In contrast, the bottom 50 percent of taxpayers generated 12.8 percent of AGI and paid 2.7 percent of all federal income taxes."

It is utter ignorance to say that "the rich" are not paying their fair share!

I think that they can conclude that they are doing a lot more than their fair share.

In fact, I think that we should "cheer the rich" rather than shamefully demonize them as Pres BO has done!



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BO reading Reagan?



We heard that Pres BO will be reading a book about Pres Reagan during his vacation!

We don't want to blow this one out of proportions.  In fact, presidents read about other presidents all of the time.

Let me give Pres BO a few tips about Pres Reagan:

1) The "Gipper" was extremely unpopular in Europe.  (He was the original cowboy before Pres Bush got that title!)

2) Pres Reagan called them terrorists!  He even called the old USSR "the evil empire", a phrase that drove the wimpy Euro-left into shock!

3) Like Pres Bush, Pres Reagan did not waste a lot of his time with the UN.

We wonder what "The Gipper" would have thought of Pres BO's decision to let the corrupt UN opine on The Arizona Law against illegal immigration?

4) Pres Reagan saw the US as an exceptional nation! 

5) Pres Reagan did not apologize to the Europeans, or the French who were liberated twice in the 20th century by US troops!

Wonder if Rev Wright ever told BO about the thousands of US soldiers buried in The Normandy Cemetery in France?

6) Pres Reagan understood that a strong US military kept the peace.

7) Pres Reagan believed in capitalism and free markets.  In other words, Pres Reagan did not get his view of the history from Rev Wright's sermons!

Pres BO can learn a lot from Pres Reagan.  Let's hope that he does!




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Remember when the Dems used to attack Pres Bush's deficits?

Irwin M. Stelzer just posted this on the US economy:

"One thing is beyond dispute. The year saw what must be the most rapid peace-time deterioration in the nation’s financial position.

Under Bush, a budget surplus running at 2.37 percent of GDP in 2000 turned into a deficit of 3.18 percent in 2008.

Under Obama, the deficit rose to a staggering 9.91 percent last year.

This year it will be closer to 11 percent than to 10 percent."

We understand that some of the increase is due to the recession.  However, too much is also due to a jump in spending, such as the irresponsible stimulys of early 2009.

The net result is more debt:

"The U.S. government now owes its creditors almost $14 trillion, up from less than $6 trillion when George W. Bush was packing to return to Texas."




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Spendiing money is not a sure ticket to the top!

Take a look at the top 10 MLB payrolls and you won't see San Francisco, Tampa, Atlanta, Cincinnati or Texas!

You will see Boston, Chi-Cubs, Detroit, Chi-Sox, NY Mets, LA-Angerls and LA-Dodgers!

In fact, Boston had a $175 million payroll and they did not make it to the AL postseason.

Therefore, I've never been a big fan of "payrolls for the sake of payrolls".

I support smart, short term deals that give you payroll flexibility rather than tie your hands like the infamous A-Rod contract.

The Rangers will compete for the AL West with their current team.

Adding Rhodes is a smart move because it gives you another lefty out of the bullpen.

Rhodes, Oliver, Lowe, Francisco and Feliz is a good bullpen.

Adding Brandon Webb and giving Derek Holland a shot at a starting job is also smart.

Let's not forget that there will be pitching available next July when a lot of teams look to trade veterans.

Bottom line: Big payrolls do not win divisions!




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No snow? They are moving here because we don't have state income taxes!

The 2010 census has created a lot of conversation.

Why is everybody moving south?  Or why is everybody leaving New York?

The answer is obviously complex but we can say a couple of things:

1) It's not the weather.  California has beautiful weather and everybody is getting out of there.

2) It is about taxes, specifically those state income taxes that burden the North and the East.

Michael Barone has conducted an analysis of the census and posted this:

"Seven of the nine states that do not levy an income tax grew faster than the national average.

The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions, the Midwest and New England."

And the big winner was Texas!

We have a "business friendly" economy, with sensible regulations and no class warfare rhetoric against those who create jobs or wealth.

We love rich people in Texas!  We love them because they start companies, pay taxes and attract other businesses to our state.

Yes, many people love the fact that it does not snow here in January.  However, they love our tax structure a lot more!





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It was a lot easier when all he had to say was 'I will close GITMO"



We've come a long way from the days of meaningless "hope and change" speeches and that promise to close GITMO!

It was easy to say "I will close GITMO".....it is turning out to be very difficult to actually close GITMO.

Last week, the Dems (yes the Dems!) decided to put their mark on the GITMO debate:

"Language contained in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House and Senate on Wednesday bars the use of Pentagon funds to transfer any Guantanamo prisoner to the U.S. for any reason, including a trial." (Politico)

So what's going on?

Why is everybody endorsing the Bush/Cheney policy that they all ran against?

First, the Ghalani trial was a PR disaster for AG Holder and Pres BO. 

Second, there is no public demand for closing GITMO.  It appears that the country is perfectly content with holding these criminals down there indefinitely.  (Haven't we held prisoners in other wars?)

Third, the Dems are in power now or responsible for national security.

Fourth, no one wants one of these terrorists in their local jails, no matter how secure they may be!  Who wants to turn their district into a target for a terrorist attack?

Fifth, we are not getting much cooperation from other countries.  What country is taking them?  Nobody wants these people either!

So GITMO will stay open and the Obama administration will have to put these people in the military courts or hold them indefinitely.

Moral of the story: Avoid stupid campaign promises, specially when it comes to terrorism!




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Sunday, December 26, 2010

They told that a McCain victory would mean that we would hold terrorists indefinitely.....

Press Secretary Gibbs put the last nail in the "we will close GITMO" promise:

""Some would be tried in federal courts, as we've seen done in the past. Some would be tried in military commissions, likely spending the rest of their lives in a maximum-security prison that nobody, including terrorists, have ever escaped from.

Some, regrettably, will have to be indefinitely detained," Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union," describing Obama's beleaguered plan for closing Guantanamo." (Politico)

Pres BO's additional problem is that the "lame duck" Dem majority shut down any chance of bringing a GITMO terrorist to US soil.

So if you voted for change......you got GITMO!




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Christmas Night game: The Cowboys find another way to lose after McGee brings them back!

Who would have believed this?

QB Kitna goes down and young QB McGee throws a beautiful TD pass with 2 minutes to go.......then Biehler misses a PAT.

It gets worse!

Arizona is down to 4th & 15 and QB Skelton throws a pass to Fitzgerald to put the Cardinals back in the game!

How did Fitzgerald get open?   How was QB Skelton given all of the time to make that pass?

I understand that it's easy to criticize but Dallas should have won this game!

It's been that way all year long!  The Cowboys have always found a way to lose the game!

The bad news is that it was a heartbreaking loss! 

The good news is that McGee can play!



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2012: Keep an eye on Gov Perry of Texas!

My guess is that former Massachusetts Gov Romney will be the 2012 GOP nominee.

Romney/Jindal is a good ticket! 

However, keep an eye on Rick Perry of Texas.

Romney/Perry may be an even better one!

The Dallas Morning News named Gov Perry as "Texan of the year":

"With cowboy swagger and bold declarations, he has carved his own path, ducking debates and flirting with secession."

We don't know how the political landscape will look in the fall.  Nevertheless, Perry fits the "non-Obama" role better than anyone else.

Last, but not least, it does not hurt that Texas has the best economy in the country or that it gained 4 seats in the census or that Pres BO has very low approval in Texas!



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Decembers past and one of the greatest songs ever recorded!


Today, we remember The Beach Boys, my favorite group after The Beatles, The Bee Gees and The Rolling Stones.

"Good vibrations" was so ahead of its time that it still sounds innovative today.   It was # 1 many Decembers ago!

It is rare for a "pop song" to get better with age.....this one does everyday!

It was the first single after "Pet Sounds", or the greatest Beach Boys LP ever.  (We wrote a post about it last June)

Over time, it became the 6th best song ever, according to Rolling Stone's Top 500 songs!  It also came in as # 24 in Songs of the Century.

"Good Vibrations" was followed by "Heroes and Villains", another one of my all time favorites.

Aren't those harmonies amazing?  Cheers for Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine!   

Click here for the songs:



"Ahhh, I love the colorful clothes she wears.
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair.
I hear the sound of a gentle word,
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air.

I'm pickin' up good vibrations.
She's givin' me excitations.
I'm pickin' up good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop, good vibrations.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Oom bop bop, excitations.)
Good, good, good, good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Oom bop bop, excitations.)
Good, good, good, good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Excitations.)

Close my eyes, she's somehow closer now.
Softly smile, I know she must be kind.
When I look in her eyes,
She goes with me to a blossom world.

I'm pickin' up good vibrations.
She's givin' me excitations.
I'm pickin' up good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop, good vibrations.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Oom bop bop, excitations.)
Good, good, good, good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Oom bop bop, excitations.)
Good, good, good, good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop.)
She's giving me excitations.
(Excitations.)

(Ah, my, my what elation.)

I don't know where but she sends me there.
(Ah, my, my what a sensation.)
(Ah, my, my what an elations.)
(Ah, my. my what...)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations,
A-happ'nin' with her.
(Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations,)
(A-happ'nin' with her.)
(Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations,)
(A-happ'nin'...)

(Ahhhhhhhh...)
Good, good, good, good vibrations.
(Oom bop bop, oom bop bop.)
(Excitations.)
Good, good, good, good, vibrations.

Na-na-na, na-na-na.
Na-na-na, na-na-na./(Bob-a-dat-da, da.)
Do-do-do, do-do-do./(Bob-a-dat-da, da.)
Do-do-do, do-do-do./(Bob-a-dat-ta-da, dot-da......



"I've been in this town so long that back in the city
I've been taken for lost and gone
And unknown for a long long time
Fell in love years ago
With an innocent girl
From the Spanish and Indian home
Home of the heroes and villains

Once at night Catillion squared the fight
And she was right in the rain
of the bullets that eventually brought her down
But she's still dancing in the night
Unafraid of what a dude'll do
in a town full of heroes and villains

Heroes and villains
Just see what you've done
Heroes and villains
Just see what you've done

Stand or fall I know there
Shall be peace in the valley
And it's all an affair
Of my life with the heroes and villains

My children were raised
You know they suddenly rise
They started slow long ago
Ended up healthy wealthy and wise

I've been in this town so long
So long to the city
I'm fit with the stuff
To ride in the rough
And sunny down snuff I'm alright
By the heroes and--
Heroes and villains
Just see what you've done..."

__________________________________________

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A word about the passing of Fred Foy


Our friend Bill Katz, of Urgent Agenda, wrote a wonderful post about the passing of a radio legend:

"Fred Foy announced "The Lone Ranger," one of the greatest, and longest-running, radio adventure shows ever. My, how we would sit at those old Emerson and Philco radios and wait for Fred to tell us that the Ranger, and his trusty native-American sidekick, Tonto, were galloping our way.

These days, the show would be considered politically incorrect. But to us, the Lone Ranger and Tonto were heroes, moral and otherwise."

I grew up watching The Lone Ranger.  Didn't everybody love Silver, the beautiful white horse?

More recently, my sons became real fans too! 

RIP Mr Foy!  Thanks for:

""A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver! ...""

Great show.....great voice:






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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010


This is the story according to Luke:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another:

"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this king which is to come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."

We wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy "O Come all ye faithfull" by Celtic Woman:



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Friday, December 24, 2010

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and enjoy the Midnight mass


We wish you a very happy Christmas holiday.  We will take a few days off with our boys, family and friends.

Enjoy this wonderful day.

"Holy Night" is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  It captures the day better than any other song.

Check out this beautiful version of "Holy Night" by Celtic Woman:



"O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!"

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A Christmas message for all of my friends!



We've had a great year and lots to celebrate on Christmas.

Our son Silvio graduated from Texas A&M and working in New York.....Gabriel is completing his studies at Texas A&M.....Alejandro joined the US Army this year and serves in Ft Myer, Va.

Beatriz and I have been a couple of "empty nesters" although she still talks a lot with the boys!

My parents are in good health and very active in the "grandchildren business"!  My mother will take over the kitchen tomorrow and cook her traditional dinner, a combination of Cuba, Spain and with lots of Texas additions for the very hungry grandchildren!

Thanks for reading the blog and listening to the show!

Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

What's going on at The Dallas Hispanic Chamber?


We spoke today with Angel Reyes, III of Reyes/Bartolomei/Browne & incoming Chairman of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber.

We spoke about the Chamber's goals for 2011.

Click here for the interview!



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Still love "Little Saint Nick" this time of the year!


How many times have I heard this one?  I don't know but I never get tired of it.

I love Brian Wilson's songs and this one is great. 

The Beach Boys recorded this tune in the 1960's and it became a huge holiday favorite.

Click for the song:



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 2010 census: Texas wins big!

The 2010 census was a wonderful Christmas gift for those of us who want Pres BO to retire in 2013:

"Texas, continuing seven consecutive decades of growth, will gain the most seats with four more House members in 2012. Florida gains two, while Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington each gain one."  (Fox News)

What do  most of the "growth" states have in common?  Low taxes and "right to work" laws!

On paper, this is a big win for the GOP.  Add to this the results of 2010 in statehouses and you will get nice redistricting soon! 

In the short run, I think that you will see a lot more Dems retire before 2012 or switch parties to compete in the new landscape.

Last, but not least, there are now 308 million of us!  (It was 281 million in 2000)



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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What will we talk about in 2011?

It's always tough to predict in politics.  Nevertheless, I think that 2011 will be a very dangerous year here and abroad.

Bottom line:  It won't be a very easy year for Pres BO.

Let's look at some potential challenges.

First, we face serious "state budget" problems. 

California may have to enter into some kind of bankruptcy or rearrangement of contracts with public sector unions.

California's problems are not new but the stuff will probably hit the fan in 2011.

The once great Golden State has very high sales and income taxes, lavish entitlements, bad public schools based on federal test scores, and an out of control illegal immigration problem.

It also  has over regulated private sector, a shrinking manufacturing base, and public sector unions that turn out in huge numbers to protect the Dems who feed them.

My guess is that reality will finally hit California in 2011!

Who is going to bail out California?  Nobody!

I can't wait for Gov Brown and Sen Boxer to tell the unions that the fantasy is finally over!

On the foreign policy side, I am concerned with Iran, Venezuela and Mexico.

Iran, as the Wikileaks cables, confirm has everyone in the region scared to death. 

When do you think that Iran's neighbors will call for a US "preemptive" attack without a UN resolution or their public support?

Down in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has turned that democracy into a farce.  He is ruling now by decree and expropriating private property in an alarming fashion.

Last, but not least, I am very concerned with the deterioration of Mexico.

We learned in the Wikileaks cables that there is a huge pessimism in Mexico about Pres Calderon's war.

Beyond that,  how much longer can the US tolerate a border with a lawless nation?

The cartels are now dangerously close to running huge portions of the border.

When will we have to defend our borders and place troops there? 

My guess is that we are closer to having US troops on the border than anyone would have believed months ago.

Overall, 2011 will be very tough.  Let's hope that Pres BO surrounds himself with people concerned about country rather than those who pander to ethnic groups.

P.S. We looked ahead to 2011 with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda.

Click here for the interview!



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The census and lots of red on the map!



Let's hope that you are not one of those who bought into that thesis of the new Dem majority.

What happened to that new Dem majority?

It ran into the 2010 election. 

Darn voters!   They always spoil liberal fantasies....don't they?

The Dems problem is that the GOP now has most governorships and key statehouses.

The second problem is that the population is moving to the West (not California) and South.

In 2010, the population shifted from Dem Rust Belt states to GOP leaning Sun Belt states. 

Texas, for example, will gain 4 seats and increase its total to 36 or 39 electoral votes in the presidential contest.

New York and Ohio will lose 2 seats each.

We are not going to make the same mistake that the left made in 2008 and predict permanent majorities.  At the same time, it will be tough for the Dems to get back in the game with so much of the country painted red!



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They told me that if McCain won that the federal government would be "snooping" for personal information!

Do you remember the days of the "Bush police state? 

Recall when the left would accuse Pres Bush of undermining our rights because he authorized the NSA to listen to telephone conversations between terrorists here and their allies overseas?

Not so fast, specially now that someone from the left is responsible for protecting the country!

The Washington Post is running a series called: Monitoring America

"Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators.

The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing."

Can you imagine what the left would be saying if this was Pres Bush or McCain?

Of course, this is what happens to the left when they go from "speech making" to "governing".....or when they go from just blaming Bush to actually taking ownership of the nation's security.

No one is eager to give up their privacy or freedoms.  However, the Obama Administration's program demonstrates how difficult this war on terror really is.

As we used to say during the Bush years, we are at war with people who want to kill us at random and who will use whatever little vulnerability our free society offers.

Dear Pres BO : Welcome to the real world!




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