Saturday, December 31, 2011

Joe Pena was a wonderful man and conservative leader!

We learned that Joe Pena died this week.  To say the least, it is a great loss to those of us who value integrity and friendships!

Everyone has a Joe Pena story.  He was one of the original Hispanic GOP leaders in the Dallas area and served in the Reagan administration.

My Joe Pena "story" goes back to 1984 when I was new to Dallas and looking for conservative GOP contacts.

We had coffee and Joe gave me a full report about all of the activities and people to meet.  He did it all with that wonderful smile and sense of humor.   

Joe's humor was well known.  He'd always make fun of my Cuban background with a word or slang.   He gave me "a $1 million bill with his picture on it" the very last time that I saw  him!  He was so funny!

He made my day when he invited me to a "Hispanics for Reagan" meeting with Pres Reagan at the 1984 GOP convention in Dallas.  He did it again a few years later when he invited me to take a picture with then VP Bush running for president in 1988.

What else can you say about such a wonderful man?  He was quite an inspiration to all of us who carry the conservative flag.

We will miss Joe Pena a lot! 

Adryana Boyne created a Facebook page with details about the funeral.  Please go there and show your respects to Gloria and his family.

Again, we will miss Joe Pena a lot:


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My thoughts about 2011 and 2012!

2011 is over but the issues did not go away.

As we go from the old year to the new year, let me tell about the three issues that will be around for a while:

1) Iraq.....did we leave too soon?  Pres BO was handed a victory in Iraq and he has irresponsibly turned it into a potential defeat.  Frankly, I hope that I am dead wrong but "who lost Iraq" may be a real foreign policy issue in 2012.  It's going to be hard to blame this one on Bush.

2) The European economic crisis.....it doesn't go away because European leaders are not serious about addressing the structural problems, i.e. the "something for nothing welfare state."

3) Islamist victories in Egypt and the overall Middle East mess.....Iran does not fear Pres BO and they will spend much of 2012 pushing their weight around.

Speaking of 2012, we will have a new president.  I may be wrong, and things could change, but I don't see how Pres BO can be reelected.

It will be Pres Romney and VP Rubio PLUS a GOP Senate & House.  Let's hope that the GOP can use this mandate better than they did before.

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Resolution 2012: I want a federal government that can GOVERN!

As far as I'm concerned, everybody loses when the President & Congress can not get anything done on time. 

We can not continue to run our country like some "banana republic" where politicians are shouting at each other rather than governing seriously.

Let's start with Pres BO, or the man who is not in the game.  He wants to govern by letting other people carry the load or make the tough calls.

Let's go to the Dem Senate, who have never done a budget in 3 years.   I agree with The Washington Examiner:

"While both parties are share responsibility for the debacle over the payroll tax cut, the Democrat-controlled Senate bears special attention. Under the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, Congress must produce a five-year budget plan every year. But in 2010, both the House and Senate failed to do so for the first time since 1974.

After Republicans retook the House in November 2010, they got the lower chamber back on track by approving a 2012 budget plan this past April.

No such luck in the Senate.

It has now been 969 days, almost three years, since Senate Democrats have produced an annual budget plan, as they are required to do by law."

What's the point of paying these people, and their huge staffs?


The GOP House is not perfect, as we just saw with the "payroll tax" episode.  At the same time, the GOP House has passed a budget and voted on bills.

Of course, this "chaos" is the result of "zero" presidential leadership.  As we just mentioned, Pres BO has decided that he is going to drift along and get the credit somehow.

We have a dysfunctional federal government and it can not continue.

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The 2011 season was great except for that "Twilight Zone of a 10th inning" of game 6!

From the 9-1 start to watching Derek Holland blossom into a major league pitcher, the 2011 season was a fan's dream.

The Rangers were a great team to follow, from Ian Kinsler blasting lead-off home runs to Neftali Feliz shutting down games.

However, it was game 6 that will probably stick in our minds for some time.  I am not dwelling on it but it was tough to come that close twice and watch the other guys celebrate.

it was a horrible ending to a game that will go down as a classic:

" Closer Neftali Feliz came in to pitch the ninth. 

Ryan Theriot struck out swinging, but Albert Pujols doubled and Lance Berkman walked on four pitches. Craig struck out looking, and Feliz needed just one more out. Instead, Cardinals third baseman David Freese fell behind 1-2 in the count and then hit a long drive to deep right. Cruz went back, but not far enough and the ball sailed beyond his reach for a triple that scored two runs and tied the game. 

It did not stay tied for long. Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the 10th off Jason Motte, and Josh Hamilton followed with a home run to right-center to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead. 

Darren Oliver took over for Feliz in the 10th to face the bottom of the Cardinals' order and two left-handed hitters. But Daniel Descalso grounded a single through the right side and Jon Jay blooped a hit into shallow left, putting runners on first and second. They were bunted over by pinch-hitter Kyle Lohse, and Scott Feldman replaced Oliver. 

Theriot hit a weak grounder to Beltre at third, who threw to first for the second out while Descalso scored. Pujols received an intentional walk. Berkman worked the count to 2-2 and then lined a run-scoring single to center to tie the game. 

The game went into the 11th. The Rangers did not score in the top of the 11th and Freese won it with a walk-off home run off Mark Lowe. 

It was a game that will be long be remembered, but there were other highlights worth recalling."

Like any 'classic game", we will get to watch it over and over at the ESPN classic channel or at that wonderful new MLB network.

Yes, get ready to watch Nellie Cruz misplay that fly ball in the 9th and that "Twilight Zone" bottom of the 10th inning when the Cards came back for the second time.

I guess that Cardinals, not cats, have 9 lives!  

P.S. Check out our baseball show with Coach McCrary after the series:


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Romney is looking strong in Iowa and specially against Obama!


Could things look any better for Mitt Romney?

First, the latest Rasmussen poll has Gov Romney up 6 over Pres BO.   It is 45-39 or the first time that either one has led the other outside the margin of error.

By the way, wonder how the Pres BO 2012 campaign feels about a 39% showing?  They can not be happy about that!

They won't be happy with the new Gallup that has Pres BO's job approval at 41%.

They won't like this one either: Americans see Obama as farthest from their own politics; Romney, Huntsman, Paul the closest

Do you remember how the Dems were talking about Pres BO getting a lift in recent polling data?  He is not getting it on Gallup!

With all due respect to the other candidates, Mitt Romney is the best option to defeat Pres BO.  Again, look at the polls!

I also agree with PJ Tatler that Romney could bring a new appreciation of business and free enterprise.  He is also very "Reaganesque" when he talks about reversing our entitlement society and replacing it with an opportunity culture.

Check out our conversation with Mike Sage about the Romney campaign:


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Happy birthday to Robin Gibb (and thanks for his support of UK soldiers)

We heard last month that Robin Gibb is battling some health problems.   I understand that Barry Gibb, his older brother, went to London to spend time with him.  We hope that it is not serious but Robin does look very frail.

Robin just turned 62 this month.  We remember him as one of the legendary Gibb brothers, a.k.a. The Bee Gees.  (Maurice, his twin brother and the other member of the trio, died in 2003)

I read that Robin recorded this year's Poppy Appeal song. 

He did it with The Soldiers, a trio that sang a new version of the Bee Gees' "I've Gotta Get A Message To You."  

They are hoping to raise millions of British pounds to help past and present members of the British Armed Forces and their families.

It is a great cause and I'm glad to see that Robin is doing that!  It is important to recognize the great work that UK troops have done in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Here is the video of Robin Gibb & The Soldiers, an interview PLUS the original version.  Robin and Barry shared the vocals many years ago.  Maurice played the organ & sang background.  It is one of my very favorite songs from these legendary brothers:




"The preacher talked to me and he smiled,
Said, "Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile.
Now for once in your life you're alone,
but you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the phone."

I've just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

I told him I'm in no hurry,
but if I broke her heart, then won't you tell her I'm sorry.
And for once in my life I'm alone,
and I've got to let her know just in time before I go.

I've just go to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

Well I laughed but that didn't hurt,
and it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt.
Now I'm crying but deep down inside,
well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die.

I've just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on...."


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The other European crisis: NO BABIES!

It's time to talk about Mark Steyn.  We normally catch up with Mark when he sits in for Rush Limbaugh this time of the year.

Mark is usually funny but also rather serious, specially when he is talking about Europe. 
He is warning the Europeans again that you can not have a future without babies:

"The developed world, like Elisabeth, is barren.

Collectively barren, I hasten to add. Individually, it's made up of millions of fertile women, who voluntarily opt for no children at all or one designer kid at 39. 

In Italy, the home of the Church, the birthrate's somewhere around 1.2, 1.3 children per couple – or about half "replacement rate."

Japan, Germany and Russia are already in net population decline. 

Fifty percent of Japanese women born in the Seventies are childless. 

Between 1990 and 2000, the percentage of Spanish women childless at the age of 30 almost doubled, from just over 30 percent to just shy of 60 percent. 

In Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, 20 percent of 40-year old women are childless. 

In a recent poll, invited to state the "ideal" number of children, 16.6 percent of Germans answered "None." 

We are living in Zacharias and Elisabeth's world – by choice."   (Steyn)
 
Why do babies matter?  

First, how do you pass on your culture, language and customs when everybody is "50-something" and the population is declining?  Who is going to appreciate all of those cathedrals, statues and traditions? 

Second, how do you support older people collecting generous monthly benefits?  You don't do it with low birth rates!  At someone said:  2 plus 2 is 4 not 5!

Last, but not least, who is going to defend what we value, such as freedom of speech, the rights of women, respect for dissent, the rule of law, etc?  How can you defend that with an army of "60-year olds" spending their retirement years in senior homes?
 
Steyn is right and the Europeans are in trouble.    Check out our commentary with Dr. Ileana Johnson-Paugh in the second segment:



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The "state of the family unit" at the end of 2011

The family is the foundation of any society.  You can't have a successful future without good kids and parents who love them.

Rick Johnson has focused on fathers and the preparation of young men to be fathers someday.  He writes a blog and recently addresses this issue:

"Unfortunately, our culture not only has low expectations for males, it seems to revel in trying to destroy masculinity.

We expect boys to act more like girls.

In Unleashing Courageous Faith, Paul Coughlin comments on what our culture does to boys, “Boys are being gunned down by manliness gone bad and by those who do not accept or appreciate it. Our culture tells young boys that traditional masculinity is bad, that men are stupid and deserve to be the object of disdain, contempt, and ridicule. Then we expect them to grow up and exemplify honor, integrity, and valor.”

Just watch nearly any television sitcom or commercial if you doubt that statement."

We also spoke with Dr Illena Johnson-Paugh about the state of the family in the West.  We can learn a great deal about what is happening over there. 


Click here for our conversation with Rick Johnson & Dr Ileana Johnson-Paugh:



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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011: We lost a very famous chimp!

As far as I can recall, we have never written a post about a chimp before.  

At the same time, there have not been too many chimps like the one and only "Cheetah":

"A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80.  The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure."

Cheetah was Tarzan's only jungle friend until he met Jane and the rest is history.   Tarzan & Jane had a son in the story.   The chimp was always in the middle of every episode.

Some of us are old enough to remember these movies, specially when we were kids and fascinated with stuff like that.

Of course, my dad's generation actually watched these movies at the theatres and enjoyed Cheetah's comic relief. 

Johnny Weissmuller, or Tarzan, died in the 1980's.   He won swimming gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and became Tarzan in the 1930's.  He made movies until the 1950's.

Jane was primarily played by Maureen O'Sullivan who died in the late 1990s.    In retrospect, Jane always looked so nice and feminine.  Wonder if they had a beauty parlor near Tarzan's home in the jungle? 

So long Cheetah and thanks for those laughs:





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Resolution # 1 for 2012: A president who wants to lead rather than pretend!

A year from now, we will have Pres BO or a new president.  We will probably have a GOP House and a 50-50 Senate.

What am I really hoping for?  Leadership and more leadership and more leadership.

We need leadership to tackle very difficult problems, specially entitlements and spending.

We are still waiting for Pres BO to deliver a speech calling on Social Security reform. 

We are still waiting for the Senate Dems to pass a budget.

We need a president who will finally tells us that the "something for nothing" era is over. 

Robert Samuelson described our problems perfectly:

"For years, there has been a "something for nothing" aspect to our politics. More people became dependent on government.

From 1960 to 2010, the share of federal spending going for "payments to individuals" (Social Security, food stamps, Medicare and the like) climbed from 26 percent to 66 percent.

Meanwhile, the tax burden barely budged. In 1960, federal taxes were 17.8 percent of national income (gross domestic product).

In 2007, they were 18.5 percent of GDP."

It sounds to me that we've been living under the illusion that 2 plus 2 is 5.  It's time to have a president who will tell us that the answer is 4 and only 4.

As I look forward to 2012, I want leadership because we don't have any of that right now.

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El Chapo: Big win for the Mexican army in the war against the drug cartels!

We've been posting about the war south of the border for years.  Like any war, somethings have gone poorly and some well.  Today, we got some big news from Mexico:

"The Mexican army announced Sunday that it had captured the head of security for Sinaloa drug cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most wanted men."

It is not quite the equivalent of capturing Saddam but it's big! 

This is a big victory for Pres Calderon's policies.  We congratulate him for keeping the pressure despite calls from irresponsible politicians to make a "deal" with the cartels.

Also, this is further evidence that the next president of Mexico is likely to continue the frontal attack on the cartels.

Again, El Chapo's capture is not the end of the war but this is a big step forward.

We congratulate the Mexican Army for the good work!

Check out our Tuesday commentary:

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ivonne Malleza: Another Cuban in jail for speaking her mind!

We take it for granted that people can speak out their minds, run for office or write a blog.

However, that's not true in Cuba.  

Just ask Ivonne Malleza, another Cuban denied her right to speak her mind.

Our friends at The Babalu Blog have a post about a petition: Please sign it!   You can also see this from Amnesty International.

Check out our Monday night show with Betsy Gonzalez, activist in Florida PLUS Mercedes Perdigon from Exilio Unido Ya:


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Havel, a statesman, a leader and a symbol of freedom!


We lost Vaclav Havel in 2011.  He was 77 and leaves an incredible legacy.

This is a bit from The New York Sun:

"The long, twilight struggle against the communist tyranny at Czechoslovakia and the rest of Eastern Europe and at the Soviet Union had many heroes, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Yet it is hard to think of any more unifying, dignified, cheerful, enduring, or consequential than the playwright turned president, who turned a protest against the suppression of a rock band into a movement that inspired and changed the world."

Some of us take political debate and dissent for granted.  We assume that everyone in the world has that right or opportunity.

Havel is one of those men who risked everything to express his thoughts or to write his opinions.  We are grateful that men like Havel come around and remind us that freedom is worth standing up for.

Click for our show with Jorge Ponce, who wrote a great article about Mr Havel:


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to you and family!





Like so many of you, we celebrate Christmas today.  (In the second photo, it's Alejandro (US Army) at left, Silvio and Gabriel to the right)

Speaking of celebrating Christmas, keep in mind that you and I are very much in the mainstream, as reported in a recent Rasmussen poll:

"Most adults who will be celebrating Christmas tomorrow will do so as a religious holiday, and an overwhelming majority believes in the divinity of Jesus Christ. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 90% will be celebrating Christmas in their family. 

Of those adults, 74% will be celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday while 22% will be observing it as a secular one."

Have a nice day and remember the men and women serving the country here and around the world.

Enjoy our Christmas message:



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

PM Harper to Pres BO: Make a decision or our oil goes to China!


PM Harper of Canada is losing his patience:

"“I am very serious about selling our oil off this continent, selling our energy products off to Asia. I think we have to do that,” Harper said in the Monday interview with CTV National News."  (Canada)

PM Harper is a smart man.  He has oil and China would love to have it!

Of course, PM Harper is also a good friend of the US.  In other words, he'd rather sell it to us, his neighbor, commercial partner and NATO ally.

Like anyone else, PM Harper can not wait all day, or until Pres BO can explain the pipeline to his left wing base angry that he has not closed GITMO or pushed same sex marriage.

The pipeline issue is rather simple.

We are trying to break our dependence on Middle East oil.  However, Pres BO made all kinds of silly campaign promise to the "yes we can" screamers.

Pres BO wants to put this off until after the election.  PM Harper needs to sell the oil before that.

Let's hope that the GOP will stand and force Pres BO to veto oil from Canada.


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Pres BO's executive order about "unnecessary travel" does not apply to his wife!

A couple of years ago, Pres BO signed an executive order to cut back on unnecessary travel:

"In an effort to save and cut back unnecessary cash flow, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order for federal agencies to curtail travel expenses and save. This will hopefully amass about $4 billion in savings or roughly 20% of the budget."

It makes sense given our federal budget deficit.

So why is First Lady off and flying to Hawaii on her own again?
 

Frankly, this is obscene and Jeannie DeAngelis is the latest to pay attention:  

"Not counting
expenditures relating to staff and security or the cost of the cargo plane that typically trails the first lady's jet, this year Michelle must have felt entitled to another 10-hour, $6,330-per-flight-hour trip from Washington DC to the $3,500-a-day Winter White House in Hawaii.  Christmas 2010 and 2011's early arrivals cost approximately $200,000. 


Last summer, prior to Obama arriving in Martha's Vineyard, Michelle did a similar thing.  Unable to control her impatience to hit the beach, Mrs. Obama and her girls grabbed a "little bit of extra vacation"  --  all of four hours' worth.

Mrs. Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, boarded a US government jet just a few hours ahead of the President, who flew into a local airport later that evening accompanied by Bo, the family dog. The First Lady also had "her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence."  The cost of the four-hours-early arrival for the Martha's Vineyard summer vacation 2011 was reported to be around $100,000.

While kids are writing Santa Claus this year to ask for warm coats and shoes that fit, it's likely many Americans still feel that "Mrs. Obama's separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy -- in which currently so many people can't afford to take a vacation at all."

Which brings us back to the original question of why Michelle, after being criticized for allegedly spending more than $10 million of public money on luxurious vacations, would board yet another plane for the third time in 12 months and, while doing so, audaciously jack up the annual Michelle Obama Early Vacation air travel cost to more than $300K?" 

We understand that the First Lady is entitled to security and protection.  However, should she be traveling so much when her husband signed an executive order telling federal employees to travel wisely?

P.S. We spoke with Jeannie DeAngilis on Wednesday: 


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The latest definition of "racism" is asking AG Holder for an explanation of how 2,000 guns ended with the Mexican cartels!

Please check out AG Holder on the pages of The NY Times:

"“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”"

I guess that we are all racists now!  

AG Holder's problem is not his race.  His real problem is that the "guns to Mexico" stories have been confusing and weird.  He has been all over the map in addressing questions and/or concerns.  He has not formally fired anybody.  He just keeps hiding behind the canard that the Dept of Justice is doing its own investigation.

Frankly, AG Holder should be fired for bringing this "racism" charge in the first place.

Will someone ask Pres BO if he agrees with AG Holder?

In the meantime, are the families of the 200-plus Mexicans killed by these guns racists too?  Aren't they asking for an explanation like the rest of us?

What about Agent Terry?  Is his family racist too?  Haven't they asked for an explanation about the gun that killed their son? 

P.S. Check out our Tuesday commentary & discussion of this topic:


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I guess that we are not "smart enough" to appreciate how great BO is!


We have not seen "narcissism" like this.  Check out what Pres BO thinks of himself:

".....I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history.."

I get it.  We just don't see a great president when we have one.

Actually, it is silly for a president to compare himself to greats like FDR and Lincoln.  

Does anyone think that BO faced a Great Depression with 25% unemployment?  Or a country on the verge of a Civil War that killed 600,000 Americans.

Also, I hope that someone told Pres BO that LBJ did not seek reelection.  Furthermore, his big domestic proposals passed BECAUSE of GOP support.

I'm all for having a self confident president but this is different.  This is narcissism!

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Some thoughts about the end of the Iraq War!

We all knew that US troops would leave Iraq someday.  It was definitely Pres Bush's policy to retire troops by the end of 2011.  After all, it was Pres Bush who agreed on such a timeline back in 2008.

A few days ago, Pres BO  gave a speech that left a lot us thinking about the past, or the past when candidate BO opposed the surge and call this a "dumb war".

We understand that Pres BO is the commander-in-chief and had the responsibility to speak to the troops.  However, it would have been nice, and good for the country, if he had said a positive word about Pres Bush.

First, it would have been well received by the troops.  We forget that Pres Bush and VP Cheney were very popular with the troops.

Second, it would have been good for the country.  We could use a little "unity" at at time like this.  Who would have been angry if Pres BO had given Pres Bush a little "credit" for sticking with the plan and bringing about the end of the war?

Yes, there were many parts of the speech that were good.  Pres BO recognized the troops' hard work and that was good.

In the end, Pres BO was all about him.  He was all about that "end the war promise" although this is not the promise that he actually made as a candidate.

Last, but not least, there is something wrong with a president who will not say anything good about his predecessor. 

I remember Pres Clinton complimenting Pres Bush's leadership in the Gulf War. 

I remember Pres Bush saying some nice things about Pres Clinton when the White House unveiled his portrait.

Again, it speaks volumes that a man will not say a good word about the predecessor who handed him Iraq in better shape than he founded in 2001.

Looking forward, Iraq will face many challenges.  Like South Korea in the 1950's, Iraq will have to deal with political unrest and foreign threats.

Frankly, I'd prefer if we had left some troops to show Iran, and enemies of democracy, that we are serious about the future.

We can say this:  Pres BO now owns Iraq and let's hope that everything works out well!

We spoke with Mercer Tyson about this on Tuesday night:


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