Monday, February 28, 2011

A word about Duke Snyder


We just heard that Duke Snyder passed away at 84.

Snyder played CF for the Dodgers and was inducted in The Hall of Fame in 1980.

I did not see Snyder play but his name is all over baseball history books.

Snyder was one the key members of the Dodgers teams that played against the Yankees in The World Series.  The two teams met in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.

In the early 1980s, every baseball fan fell in love with "Willie, Mickey & The Duke", the story of three great center fielders of the 1950s.

RIP Duke Snyder and thanks for all of the baseball memories.

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Growing up Cuban in the US

(From left to right: My cousin Orlando, my brother Joaquin & me)

On Sunday night, I looked back at my experiences growing up Cuban in the US.

We will reschedule our chat with Carlos Eire, Cuban American author.

Nevertheless, I hope that you enjoyed my recollections of coming to the US.

First, I was a kid who did not speak English.

However, it did not take long for me to fall in love with the Green Bay Packers.  (Bart Starr, the legendary Packers QB, is still my favorite NFL player)

In the spring, I integrated myself on The Little League baseball field.

Eventually, my brother and I were so Americanized that Cuba faded away.

In the late 1970s, I reconnected with Cuba, specially because my brother started collecting "salsa" LPs.

Today, I love the US, my adopted country, but have a great interest in Cuban causes.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

George Harrison would have been 68 this month!


George Harrison (1943-2001) would have celebratred his 68th birthday in February.

He was the "quiet Beatle". 

He spent much of his time behind the Lennon-McCartney songwriting machine and Ringo's charisma.  

George did play lead guitar in all of those Beatles' hits. 

And he added one or two songs in every album.  ("Something" went all the way to # 1!)

I like this first video a lot.  It includes nice pictures of a very young George and Patti, his wife.

This is "You like me too much" from "The Beatles VI" album. 

The second video is a "solo" effort from 1987. 

This is one my favorite Harrison compositions after The Beatles broke up. 

The song is "This is Love", the lyrics are wonderful and George's guitar work is fantastic.

The third video is George playing lead guitar in "Day Tripper", one the group's greatest songs:



"Though you've gone away this morning,
You'll be back again tonight,
Telling me there'll be no next time
If I don't just don't treat you right,
You'll never leave me and you know it's true,
'cause you like me too much and I like you

You've tried before to leave me,
But you haven't got the nerve
To walk out and make me lonely
Which is all that I deserve,

You'll never leave me and you know it's true,
'cause you like me too much and I like you.

I really do, and it's nice when you believe me,
If you leave me

I will follow you
And bring you back where you belong
'cause I could't really stand it,
I admit that I was wrong,
I wouldn't let you leave me 'cause it's true,
'cause you like me too much and I like you.

'cause you like me too much and I like you.

I really do, and it's nice when you believe me,
If you leave me

I will follow you
and bring you back where you belong
'cause I couldn't really stand it,
I admit that I was wrong,

I wouldn't let you leave me 'cause it's true,
'cause you like me too much and I like you,
'cause you like me too much and I like you....



"Precious words drift away from their meanings
and the sun melts the chill from our lives
helping us all to remember what we came here for
this is love
this is la la la la love
this is love
this is la la la la love

Little things that will change you forever
may appear from way out of the blue
Making fools of everybody who don't understand
This is love
this is la la la la love
this is love
this is la la la la love

This is love, this is love
this is love, this is la la la la love

Since our problems have been our own creation
they also can be overcome
When we use the power provided free to everyone
this is love
this is la la la la love
this is love
this is la la la la love...."



"Got a good reason
for taking the easy way out
Got a good reason
for taking the easy way out now
She was a day tripper
One way ticket, yeah
It took me so long to find out
and I found out..

She's a big teaser
She took me half the way there
She's a big teaser
She took me half the way there, now
She was a day tripper
One way ticket, yeah
It took me so long to find out
and I found out
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah

Tried to please her
She only played one night stand
Tried to please her
She only played one night stand, now
She was a day tripper
One way ticket, yeah
It took me so long to find out
and I found out

Day tripper, day tripper, yeah......

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our chat with Agustin Blazquez about Che Guerara!

We spoke with Agustin Blazquez, author and filmmaker, about the life of Che Guevara.  You can learn more about his documentary here.

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Are the public sector unions the latest "yes we can screamers" to get thrown under Pres BO's bus?


It's getting very crowded under BO's bus.

Let's add Wisconsin's public unions and let's hope that they don't bump into Rev Wright.

Why is Pres BO so quiet on the situation in Wisconsin?  Why hasn't he joined the demonstrators?

The answer is this:

1) The polling data must be showing that Gov Walker's position is very popular.

2) The national poling data must be showing that independents support Gov Walker, too.

Last, but not least, someone may have finally told Pres BO that his speeches don't turn public opinion around anymore.

In fact, his speeches may do more harm than good.

In the meantime, here is candidate BO in 2007 when he was telling everyone what they wanted to hear:







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Pres BO needs to tell Hugo Chavez that we will not allow Ghadaffi to escape to Venezuela!


As Qhadaffi ponders his next move, we've heard that he may be headed to Venezuela.

Chavez and Qhadaffi.....that's a crazy combination.

I hope that Pres BO has made it very clear to Chavez that we will not allow Qhadaffi to go to Caracas.

I hope that Pres BO has warned Chavez that we will intervene and pull Ghadaffi out of Venezuela.

Ghadaffi belongs in Guantanamo, along with some of his terrorist friends!




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Dear Pres Calderon: Why don't you close your border?


We like Pres Calderon in this blog.

We appreciate his sincere efforts to combat corruption in Mexico, specially against the cartels who threaten the country's sovereignty.

I think that Pres Calderon is a decent man and he wants to help Mexico.

However, Pres Calderon needs to refine his tune about the war on the cartels. 

Frankly, he is missing the target with his recent comments.

This is what he recently said:

"What should Americans cooperate in?

In reducing the consumption of drugs -- they haven’t reduced that; and two, in stopping the flow of weapons, and they haven’t reduced that -- instead they’ve increased it.”

First, Mexico can not control what we consume.

Here is the reality about consumption:  The US has a US$ 14 trillion GDP or about 14 times bigger than Mexico.

We consume a lot in this economy.  

Frankly, our drug consumption is rather small relative to the US GDP or population. 

We are not a nation addicted to drugs.

Second, the US is not going to eliminate the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution that allows people to own guns.

Again, Mexico is not going to change that. 

Mexican politicians are not going to change our 2nd Amendment anymore than we are going to force Mexico to eliminate "Articulo 33" in their federal constitution.

Third, it is pure fantasy to blame the US exclusively for all of those guns anyway.

Yes, guns go south.  At the same time, guns are going into Mexico from lots of places.

Why?  Because the cartels have the money and there is a huge black market for weapons.

Stratfor has just completed a massive study on this topic:  Mexico's Gun Supply and the 90 Percent Myth

Pres Calderon's real problem is that he is not serious abut closing the border.

The # 1 problem is a porous border that allows people, guns and cash to go north and south without consequence.

Pres Calderon, and his predecessors, have not made a serious effort to close the border and stop guns and cash from going south.

Why not?

First, Mexico needs an open border to "export" people.  This is sad given Mexico's vast natural resources and proximity to the US market.

Why can't a rich nation like Mexico create enough opportunities for its people?

Ask the Mexican political class!

Second, Mexico is addicted to the $ 20 billion in "remesas" going into the economy.

Third, the cartels are importing guns from lots of sources.  It is not correct to say that the guns are exclusively coming from the US.

Here is my suggestion to Pres Calderon:

1) Close your side of the border.  

2) Call on Pres BO to wake up and do the same thing.

Once the border is secured then we will finally make serious progress against the cartels, the guns and the terrible human smuggling.



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Friday, February 25, 2011

Our Friday chat with David Tyson of Sandler Training!

We continued our series of programs about "sales training" with David Tyson of Sandler Training.

We continued our conversation about the "selling cycle."

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It's time to end public sector unions!


In many ways, private sector unions have protected workers and created a more efficient and compassionate workplace.

In other words, I'm OK with unions.

However, I draw the line on public sector unions.

First, where is the balance? 

In the private sector, management and employees fight and represent their interests.  At the same time, they must do it in the context of keeping the business profitable.

In the public sector, a politician negotiates with a union leader promising a huge payoff on election day if he or she agrees with their demands.

Second, aren't public sector unions simply a collector for the Dem party?

According to Michael Barone:

"Enormous contributions, yes — to the Democratic party and the Obama campaign.

Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the biggest public-employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle."

Public sector employees deserve a good salary and benefits.  However, they should not negotiate collectively.

Why not?  Just ask the Dem governors of New York and California who are currently trying to clean up their states' finances.

P.S. Jonah Goldberg is right.  Public sector unions are a 50-year mistake.

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Pres BO should send special forces to capture Ghadaffi!


Ghadaffi is not going to make it! 

It looks like Ghadaffi has lost control of the country.

According to news reports, he has ordered troops to shoot protesters.

What else does this guy have to do to prove that he is a terrorist and murderer?

I remember the 1986 Berlin bombing that killed several US soldiers at a discotheque.

Who can forget the Christmas time bombing of 1988

Over 100 Americans, including lots of students coming home for the holiday season, were killed by that horrific act.

So what do we do now?

First, Qhadaffi has to go and we should be doing everything in our power to help the people fighting him.

Second, we should make it clear that the US will support a new government in Lybia, specially leadership calling for free elections.

Third, we should send special forces to capture Ghadaffi and bring him to justice.

Yes, Ghadaffi must be made an example.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A comment about Wisconsin!


A few months ago, Wisconsin's voters elected Scott Walker for governor by a comfortable margin. 

He was elected by promising to control the power of public sector unions.

Wisconsin's voters also gave the GOP both Houses of the state legislature.

So why are so many people surprised that Gov Walker is fulfilling a campaign promise?

Like many other states, Wisconsin faces a budget deficit and a constitutional requirement to balance its books.

In other words, Wisconsin can not punt or borrow money from the Chinese.

Like other states, Wisconsin is being strangled by public sector unions that represent teachers and other state workers.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Gov Walker, he is seriously trying to deal with the state's money problems. 

On the other hand, we see the childish behavior of the Wisconsin Dems who are hiding out in Illinois.

Here is an idea for the Dems: 

First, come home and do your job!  Vote against Gov Walker's proposal.

Second, run a candidate the next time who promises to reverse Gov Walker's bill.

Until they win an election, the Dems should come home and do their legislative duties.

Memo to Dems:  Hiding in Illinois or marching with "Walker is Hitler" placards is not helping your cause with the people who pay taxes.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pathetic: Will Pres BO ever say something about the situation in Libya?

Here are a couple of headlines:

"Stocks held steep losses into the close as the unrest in Libya sent oil prices soaring and gave skittish investors a reason to sell stocks in a market that had climbed to multi-year highs."

Highest Gas Prices in February Since 1990, Attributed to Libya Turmoil

Did you read Libya in both headlines?

Where is Pres BO?

The Lybian Ambassador to the US wants a response.  Can you blame him?

We are watching Lybian forces shooting and killing people and Pres BO is off to Ohio.  What's going on in Ohio?  

Sorry but this is pathetic. 

Pres BO has not made a single condemnation of a thuggish regime killing its own people.

Pres BO has not expressed his support for demonstrators who are risking their lives.  (Bodies Reported on Streets of Libyan Capital)

Pres BO has shown a bit of interest:  embargo? no strong threats against Qhadafi and his son?  no phone call to the U.N. Security Council?

Again, this is embarrassing.

Why aren't we standing with the people of Lybia now more than ever?

P.S. They don't get it in the UK either: Obama's strange silence on Libya

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Some presidential leadership lessons for Pres BO!

It was President's Day in the US yesterday.

It is Pres Washington's birthday today.

We think that Pres BO should stand back and learn a couple of lessons in leadership from the men who preceded him.

First, Pres Washington always put the country first.

On the other hand, Pres BO put his partisan interests first when he sued Arizona over the illegal immigration law.

Second, Pres Lincoln did not take a passive attitude about preserving the union.

On the other hand, Pres BO's speech & budget reflect a lack of urgency about the nation's # 1 domestic problem.

Third, Pres Reagan did not hesitate to "call out" our enemies, such as when he spoke of "the evil empire".

On the other hand, Pres BO will not call them "terrorists".

Fourth, Pres Truman did not run away from tough decisions, such as The Berlin Airlift that saved the city from Soviet oppression.

On the other hand, Pres BO did not support the people of Iran when they rose against the fraudulent elections in 2009.

Fifth, Pres GW Bush was not afraid of entitlement reform, such as his proposal in 2005 to reform Social Security.

On the other hand, Pres BO refuses to tackle entitlements!

It's all about leadership! Frankly, we could use a little presidential leadership today!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We need to investigate those 'fake medical notes" in Wisconsin

How crazy are things in Madison, Wisconsin?

Over the weekend, we saw a story of doctors writing "fake medical notes" to protect the teachers who had called in sick.

We learned today that The University of Wisconsin is pretty serious about it too:

"The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies and work rules." (FoxNews)

To be fair, we don't know if the doctors were directly involved.

Did some of their staff members print these letters and handed them out at the rally?

Stay tuned because this story could get very interesting!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin like Arizona: Pres BO's approval is dropping sharply again



Coincidence or did Pres BO step on another political mess?

About a year ago, the Obama administration sued Arizona over the illegal immigration law.

Worse than that, he permitted Pres Calderon of Mexico to criticize a state law on US soil.

The net result was a political disaster for Pres BO and the Dems.

Did you hear any Dem candidate in a competitive election defend the Obama lawsuit against Arizona?

No way!

Today, we are watching Wisconsin or another case of Pres BO misreading public opinion once again.

The public loves teachers.  We just don't think that public unions should strangle states and communities with unsustainable contracts.

We've seen a drop in Pres BO's numbers on the daily Rasmussen poll.

Perhaps it's just a coincidence!

Perhaps it's related to the critical reaction to Pres BO's weak budget proposal. 

We don't know for sure but the numbers are dropping and dropping fast:

"Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance.

Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove." (RR)

My guess is that it's a combination of all of these issues.

Also, Gov Walker of Wisconsin is demonstrating leadership by tackling tough problems with solutions.

To say the least, Gov Walker is quite a contrast to Pres BO's passive attitude toward our financial crisis.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Guess who went to the Valentine's Day dance?


Beatriz and I joined a bounch of friends for the annual "World Marriage Day" dance at St Catherine of Sienna Church.

The food and music were great. 




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Hey Mom! Your kid's teacher is calling in sick and she is got a fake doctor's note to prove it!



We will file this one in the "dumb and dumber" file. 

I can not recall anything like this in years of watching political protests.

On Saturday, we learned this:

"Protesters told Fox News they obtained the notes from alleged doctors standing on street corners handing them out to whomever asked.

The protesters said doctors did not examine or inquire about their current health condition before passing the notes out.

One note obtained by Fox News asked for the recipient's full name, birth date and estimated dates that they would be missing work. 

A request for identification to receive the document appeared only optional." (FOX)

On a comical scale, this is the closest thing to a perfect 10 since Bo Derek! 

I can't recall something this dumb since millions bought into Obama's promise to close Guantanamo.

Beyond comic relief, it is probably unethical to hand out "fake doctors' notes.

Last, but not least, what are these teachers going to tell the parents at the next PTA meeting?

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What were you listening to "a February many years ago"?



February is for Valentine's Day. 

It was also the month that Petula Clark hit the top of the charts with one of her biggest hits!

Petula Clark from the UK has a beautiful voice and recorded some great songs, such as "Downtown", "I know a place" and others.

You can still hear them on the radio!

I can also tell you that my parents did not mind it when Petula Clark's songs came on the radio. 

They liked her songs and eventually I grew to love them too!

Again, Petula had a wonderful voice and a very elegant style.

This is "My love", one of her biggest hits from a February many years ago:



"My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh.
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky.
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love

Something happended to my heart the day that I met you
Something that I never felt before
You are always on my mind no matter what I do
And everyday it seems that I want you more

My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh.
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky.
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love

Once I thought that love was meant for anyone else but me
Once I thought you'd never come my way
Now it only goes to show how wrong we all can be
For now I have to tell you everyday

My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love
My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine
Softer than a sigh
My love is deeper than the deepest ocean
Wider than the sky
My love is brighter than the brightest star
That shines every night above
And there is nothing in this world
That can ever change my love..."



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our weekly chat with David Tyson of Sandler Training!



We continued our "sales training" series with David Tyson of Sandler Training:

David Tyson, Jr., has over twenty-five years of experience as a sales professional.

David's career includes a plethora of experiences as Director of Sales & Marketing and Regional Sales Manager in the competitive pathology sales and marketing arena.

His proven track record of success as a Regional Sales Manager, Sales Trainer and award winning sales person in the competitive hospital and medical market brings added value to any company seeking sales management coaching, sales training and client retention.

His sales and training career includes responsibilities in such diverse industries as medical, consumer and office products."

In this show, David discussed the sales cycle.

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The public sector unions are in for a rude awakening!



Pres BO & the Dem left are once again misreading public opinion.

I saw Frank Luntz this afternoon.  He thinks that the unions' behavior will backfire with public opinion.

Pres BO has once again put himself at odds with the public. 

I agree with Professor Jacobson:  Obama Acted Stupidly In Picking Sides Against The Taxpayers

Let me recommend this article to all of the people at the rally. 

They should read what the very liberal Joe Klein wrote about this:

"An election was held in Wisconsin last November.

The Republicans won.

In a democracy, there are consequences to elections and no one, not even the public employees unions, are exempt from that.

There are no guarantees that labor contracts, including contracts governing the most basic rights of unions, can't be renegotiated, or terminated for that matter.

We hold elections to decide those basic parameters.

And it seems to me that Governor Scott Walker's basic requests are modest ones--asking public employees to contribute more to their pension and health care plans, though still far less than most private sector employees do.

He is also trying to limit the unions' abilities to negotiate work rules--and this is crucial when it comes to the more efficient operation of government in a difficult time.

When I covered local government in New York 30 years ago, the school janitors (then paid a robust $60,000 plus per year) had negotiated the "right" to mop the cafeteria floors only once a week.

And we all know about the near-impossibility of getting criminal and morally questionable--to say nothing of less than competent--teachers fired.

The negotiation of such contracts were acts of collusion rather than of mediation.

Government officials were, in effect, bribing their most activist constituents."

Klein has a point.

Pres BO & the public sector unions are totally out of touch of reality.

My guess is that they will get a real "shock" next week when the polling data confirms that the public supports Gov Walker rather than the demonstrators.

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This is about economic reality in Wisconsin!



In many ways, reality is coming home to roost in Wisconsin and lots of other states.

Yes, we love teachers.  (I teach part-time in the evenings)

Yes, we understand that most public sector employees are our neighbors.

Yes, we think that public sector workers have the right to join a union.

However, we can't continue to provide public sector employees the kinds of benefits and pensions that they negotiated with irresponsible politicians who were more concerned with reelection than economic reality.

The WSJ has a good editorial about Wisconsin and Gov Walker's proposal:

"Mr. Walker's very modest proposal would take away the ability of most government employees to collectively bargain for benefits.

They could still bargain for higher wages, but future wage increases would be capped at the federal Consumer Price Index, unless otherwise specified by a voter referendum.

The bill would also require union members to contribute 5.8% of salary toward their pensions and chip in 12.6% of the cost of their health insurance premiums.

If those numbers don't sound outrageous, you probably work in the private economy.

The comparable nationwide employee health-care contribution is 20% for private industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average employee contribution from take-home pay for retirement was 7.5% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute." (WSJ)

Again, I don't hate state employees but someone needs to bring them a dose of reality.

Unlike private sector unions, where unions and management share a common cause (i.e. the viability of the company), the public sector unions do not operate under market forces.  Instead, they operate "under political forces".

Again, we love teachers and the nice people at the drivers' license offices.

We appreciate their efforts and dedication.

Unfortunately, most public sector workers were sold a bunch of promises that the states can no longer keep.

It's time to choose: Public sector unions must accept reality or they will find themselves in a much worse situation, i.e. no jobs!

Furthermore, what "genius" at the union printed those "Walker is Hitler" placards?

Do these union leaders really think that comparing the governor of Wisconsin to Mussolini or Hitler iis going to help their cause?

Frankly, too many of the protesters looked childish and selfish. 

Didn't the union leaders get the "civility" memo?

Last, but not least, Wisconsin faces another dilemma or reality.

Wisconsin cannot compete with "right to work" states.

Wisconsin, like New Jersey, New York, California, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts et al, cannot compete with Texas, Florida, Georgia etc.

Why would anyone open a plant in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin vs Texas? 

The answer is simple: Texas wins!

Why?

Because Texas has a pro-business climate that creates jobs and growth.


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