Sunday, September 30, 2012

The "get Romney media" shamefully dancing in the tank with Obama

Yes, it's official:  The media is in the tank for Obama.  Worse than that, they don't seem to care.  They have no objection at protecting Pres BO from policy failures here and abroad.

How do they protect him?  They ignore stories, such as Libya & the latest GDP figures revised downward.

Rick Moran has a great post today:

"I had an IM discussion with an old internet friend where we both, independently, have come to the conclusion that this is the absolute worst bias against a Republican shown by major media in our lifetimes.

Nothing comes close.

Every day is "Get Romney" day while the president is given a pass - not only for what he says about Romney that isn't true, but for his own lies and omissions."

Beyond professional malpractice, the media is hurting the country, itself and the Obama presidency.

The country needs an honest assessment of what just happened in Libya and whether or not there was a cover up regarding the killing of the US ambassador. 

For example, shouldn't we hear why the US Ambassador had so little protection or personal security?  Is it true that Ambassador Stevens had complained about a lack of security?

The media hurts itself because a growing segment of the country believes that they are reporting with a partisan twist. 

The Obama presidency is hurt because no one is challenging them on issues of national security or the US economy.

This is a bad situation for all.

Calling honest reporters.  Calling honest reporters.  We need you now more than ever.  Get our of the tank, take off your swimsuits and dress up like journalists!

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Rain, rain, and lots of rain this weekend


We need the rain so no one is really complaining.  Rain is always welcomed in Texas.  Nevertheless, the rain did have a bit of an impact on our weekend. 

The SMU vs TCU was played in a storm.

The Rangers vs Angels was scheduled to start at 3pm.....they are still in a rain delay.

Traffic is always a mess around here when it rains.....people in Texas do not know how to drive in the rain.

It just reminds me of my favorite "rain" song, or "Rain" by The Beatles.

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"If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead.
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down.)
And sip their lemonade.
(When the sun shines down.)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the world looks fine.
I can show you that when it starts to rain,
(When the Rain comes down.)
Everything's the same.
(When the Rain comes down.)
I can show you, I can show you.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the world looks fine.
Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines,
(When it Rains and shines.)
It's just a state of mind?
(When it rains and shines.)
Can you hear me, can you hear me?"

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Some great baseball moments to remember this weekend



The Rangers got rained out today so it's a good night to remember on this day in baseball history:

1941:  Ted Williams finishes the season with a .406 batting average or the last player to hit over .400!


1954:  Willie Mays makes "the catch" in game 1 of the World Series against Cleveland



1963:  Stan Musial gets a hit on his last at bat.....the second baseman is rookie Pete Rose.


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We remember the 225th anniversary of The Bill of Rights

We remember today the 225th anniversary of The Bill of Rights:

"The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people."

These "rights" are second nature to us today.  We assume that every person in the world has the right to practice his religion or freedom of the press.  In fact, most citizens in the world do have the guarantees, from privacy to a jury trial to protections from cruel & unusual punishment.

Also, let's not forget that the Founding Fathers fought for these rights to be included in the Constitution.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Obama economy has everything except a recovery

By any standard, the Obama economy has everything but a recovery.

We are now in the fourth year of "the stimulus" and we don't see any sign of stimulation.

We learned that the US GDP was revised "downward":

"Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0 percent.

The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the “second” estimate issued last month. In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 1.7 percent (see “Revisions” on page 3)"

There is more.  Durable goods are down 13%

What will it take to "wake up" those people who are still supporting Pres BO?  We learned this week that Pres BO is not a serious man ("The view" vs PM of Israel) and his economic plan is not working.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Looking for a Democrat to tell Pres BO to get serious about his job


Like most men, I don't watch "The View".  It is a show directed at women and I am OK with that.

At the same time, no one considers "The View" a serious outlet for a serious discussion of very serious problems.  It is the kind of show that introduces the man to a primarily female audience.  It is a great venue for candidates and their spouses. 

It is outrageous that Pres BO has chosen to go on "The View" and skip any face to face meetings with world readers, including the PM of Israel.

In the meantime, our ambassador in Libya is dead, the Egyptian president is "lecturing" us about respect and Iran just tested some new missiles to take out warships.

Is there a Democrat who will put the country over party?  Will some Dem stand up and tell Pres BO to get serious about the presidency?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Four 20-game winners: Palmer, Cuellar, McNally & Dobson

The Baltimore Orioles are the one of the pleasant surprises of the 2012 season.  No one picked them to play .500 and they are in the hunt for the AL East title and wild card chase.

We congratulate Buck Showalter and the young O's. 

We also remember today one of the greatest moments in Orioles' history:

"On September 26, 1971, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer wins his 20th game of the year, becoming the fourth Orioles pitcher to win 20 games in the 1971 season.

This made the 1971 Orioles pitching staff the first since that of the 1920 Chicago White Sox to field four 20-game winners."

The four starters were:

Jim Palmer 20-10 record and a 2.71 ERA;
Dave McNally 21-5 and 2.89;
Mike Cuellar 20-9 & 3.08; and
Pat Dobson 20-8 & 2.90.

McNally and Cuellar passed away a few years ago.  Palmer is doing TV and had a very successful career doing commercials also.  I don't know what Dobson is doing these days.

The pitching staff was supported by a lineup that included Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell PLUS the amazing defense of shortstop Mark Belanger and center fielder Paul Blair.

They were good and proved it by winning their 3rd consecutive AL pennant in 1971.  They were also the last team to win 100-games 3 years in a row......109 in '69, 108 in '70  and 101 in '71! 

They were really a great team managed by Earl Weaver!  They lost a tough 7-game series to the Pirates that year.

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Colombia & Venezuela: A couple of countries to watch

We've said it before and repeat it here:  The Obama administration does not have a Latin America policy! 

I would argue that Pres BO is totally indifferent about Latin America.

Let's start with Colombia, a nation that has recovered from almost 20 years of mindless violence and brutal cartels.

Pres Santos has created a little controversy with his decision to negotiate with the guerrillas.  Colombians are naturally outraged because FARC is a terrorist organization.

Let's go to Venezuela, a nation about to hold elections in a few weeks.  There are very serious concerns that President Chavez will play games with the elections and throw the country into chaos. 

Venezuela matters for three reasons:

1) It is an oil country;

2) Chavez has opened very serious contacts with Iran;  and,

3) It has an important geographic position.

Therefore, it is essential that the Obama administration takes a clear policy about Venezuela and will defend the integrity of the elections.  I agree with Ray Walser with this.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Obama's lie about immigration reform



My post in The American Thinker.

Yes, Univision did a nice job in asking serious and respectful questions.  At the same time, the president was allowed once again to rewrite history with respect to immigration reform.

For the record, I do not support amnesty, "sanctuary cities" or the latest executive decree legalizing "dreamers" by going around Congress.
I do support a rational immigration reform that allows US employers to hire people legally if they can't find those workers up here.  My idea is based on the "brasero" program that was so successful in the 1950's and 60s.  

In other words, I want an immigration policy that makes sense for the US economy, whether we are talking about people picking lettuce or sophisticated engineers. 

During the Univision interview, President Obama was confronted about his "promise" to pass immigration reform.  Unfortunately, he was once again allowed to blame others or to "pander" to Hispanics by pretending that he fought for immigration reform.

This is from the interview:
""My biggest failure so far is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done," Obama said. "But it's not because for lack of trying or desire, and I'm confident we are going to accomplish that." ..."
In fact, that's not what happened.

Obama had 60 votes in the Senate and a large majority in the House.  He did not need a single GOP vote to pass some type of reform.  The truth is that he did not try.  He took Hispanics for granted.  He showed zero respect for the millions who voted for him in 2008.

Furthermore, the president did not call the congressional leaders and demand a reform.  Unlike President Bush, who spoke to the nation in 2006, President Obama was dead silent about the issue.  He gave "Cinco de Mayo" speeches but never followed them with any proposals or calls to Congress.

Last, but not least, the president and the Democrats did not put The Dream Act to a vote before the 2010 election.  They waited until after the election, or when most Dems did not have electoral consequences. 

Again, why does the Spanish speaking media allow the president to pander to Hispanics with explanations like these?

My theory is that Obama did not push immigration because he knew that he didn't have the votes.  In other words, he had the majority but not the votes because of the conflicts in the Democratic party over immigration reform.

Again, we congratulate Univision for taking off their "in the tank swimsuits" and dressing up like journalists.  At the same time, we are still disappointed that the president got away with rewriting history.

Maybe the other media guys will force him to explain his rewriting of history and challenge his "double speak" on immigration reform.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Lots of confusion in Pres BO's foreign policy

Pres BO's foreign policy has now become a major issue in this campaign.

In Libya, we were told two weeks ago that the violence was sparked by a movie.   The White House is now caught up in confusing stories and contradictions.

Afghanistan is a mess.  Yes, I supported the "surge" that Pres BO started in 2009.  However, I was critical of Pres BO's politically motivated calls for withdrawals.  I am no longer convinced that Pres BO has a plan or strategy for the Afghanistan war.  I am even further concerned with the fact that Pres BO has not addressed the nation and explained our mission.

Last, but not least, Pres BO won't meet with the Israeli PM this week.  He will find time to meet with the president of Egypt or the same man who is now lecturing the US.  

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Debt, national security, UNIVISION and Romney is more charitable than Obama

Pres BO finally met a journalist and they speak Spanish.

The Univision interview turned out to be a real surprise.  In other words, it was a pleasant change to see journalists behave like journalists rather than worshipers of Obama.

My guess is that Pres BO was dumbfounded to see Spanish speaking reporters actually ask him difficult questions.  When will the rest  of the media follow the Univision example?

Is our national debt a national security risk risk?  The answer is yes, specially if we keep borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar that we spend.  Check our show below for an expanded discussion of this topic.

We keep hearing that Mitt Romney does not care about people or can't connect with the average Joe.

At the same time, we hear that Barack Obama connects with people and that everybody likes him.

Frankly, I don't buy these simplistic characterizations.  

We got a pretty look at Romney after he released the 2011 tax performs.  It turns out that Mitt Romney is a very successful, and charitable, man:

"Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is releasing a brief summary of 20 years of tax returns on Friday, and his accountant says it will show he gave 13.45 percent of his adjusted gross income to charities.

That's nearly twice the rate of President Obama, who according to his tax returns from 2000 through 2011 donated just less than 7 percent of his adjusted gross income to charities."

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Egypt, Libya mess? Has anybody checked what is happening in Afghanistan?

As the Middle East blows up and our credit rating is downgraded, let's take a minute and see what is happening in Afghanistan.

We have a first class mess in Afghanistan but the media wants to talk about Pres BO's favorite pop songs.

As Max Boot writes, we've had to reconsider our policy of partnering with Afghans.  This is because too many Afghan "partners" have turned and killed US and NATO soldiers.  In fact, these horrific acts are now the biggest threat to our soldiers.

It's time for Pres BO to address the nation about Afghanistan.  We need a presidential statement defining our objectives and explaining strategy.

We have "radio silence" on Afghanistan.  It is not good for the US or the parents of the 100,000 soldiers over there.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank God that I didn't bet on the Cowboys getting that "easy" win in Seattle

Like most of you, I thought that Dallas would be sitting pretty at 2-0 and getting ready for Tampa Bay on Sunday.  Instead, the Cowboys are 1-1 and there are major concerns about the next game.

Rick Gosselin is now saying that Dallas is the worst team in the NFC East.  I don't know about Rick's conclusion but Dallas is not doing well.

There is also some concern about Coach Garrett.  At the same time, what's new about blaming the coach around here? 

Frankly, how can you blame the coach if the team just doesn't show up?  I guess that I am not of those fans who wants the blame the coach for everything, specially 3 critical dropped passes.

Logic tells us that Tampa Bay will win on Sunday.  Yet, logic also told us that the Cowboys would lose to the Giants and beat the Seahawks.  Maybe we will be talking about the 2-1 Cowboys next week.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

QE3 is not a big cruise ship (like QE2) but rather a big spending program that won't work


My good friend Mario Yngerto brought "Why QE3 will fail" to my attention today.  It is a long and academic review of QE3 and its conclusion is that it will fail.   I agree with that!

You don't have to be an economist to understand that our federal government is spending too much money, i.e. we've run federal deficits of 10% of GDP for 3-4 years.   In other words, our problem is too much debt not a lack of stimulus!

Also, the first two QE's did not create jobs or stimulate the economy?  Why is QE3 expected to do what the first two did not do?

Last, but not least, we have a confidence problem.  You can not fix "confidence" problems with traditional monetary policy.  You need to change the leadership in order to regain confidence.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The media is still in the tank for Obama

We saw last week that the media is ready and willing to support Pres BO when things really get difficult for the incumbent. 

2012 is not the same as 2008.  Pres BO is now the incumbent and his record is nothing to boast about.  Nevertheless, the media is lining up behind BO, as Dorothy Rabinowitz points out today in The WSJ:

"In 2012 Barack Obama is no longer delivering thrilling speeches, but an unembarrassed press corps is still available, in full prosecutorial mode when it comes to coverage of the Republican challenger.

If you hadn't heard the story about Mitt Romney's bullying treatment of another student during his prep-school days—1965, that is—the Washington Post had a story for you, a lengthy investigative piece.

On the matter of Mr. Obama's school records, locked away and secured against investigation, the press maintains a serene incuriosity."

I hope that the Romney campaign got the message.  The media is in the tank for Obama. 

Speaking of newspapers, we saw this story about "ad revenue" being way down.  Wonder how many people just got sick and tired of paying for a newspaper in the tank for Obama? 

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Happy 225th to the US Constitution PLUS thoughts about the 2012 campaign

We begin today with a "happy 225th birthday" to the US Constitution.  The document was finally implemented when George Washington was inaugurated in March 1789:

"On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. Beginning on December 7, five states--Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut--ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press. In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.
On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution--the Bill of Rights--and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States. 

Today, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world." (History)

We also discussed the impact for foreign policy in this election.  Barry has a new post about it:

"The economy is still the number one matter on voters’ minds. The
election will be decided in states where economies have suffered in the
current downturn. But the fragile condition of U.S. foreign policy in
the face of international fiscal and military challenges has taken on a
new urgency. In 1952, it was former General Dwight Eisenhower who
won on the promise he would “go to Korea,” presumably to solve the
Truman policies of a prolonged Korean War.  President Eisenhower
seemed in command in the face of the Hungarian and Suez Canal
crises of 1956. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson was able to portray
his opponent Barry Goldwater as a foreign policy extremist in the
Cold War, but four years later, Richard Nixon made a comeback
exploiting the public dissatisfaction with Johnson’s policy in
Viet Nam. In 1980, Ronald Reagan won a last-minute landslide victory
against President Jimmy Carter whose policy to return U.S. hostages
in Iran was failing." 


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Did the Arab street forget the Cairo speech that quickly?

We all remember the Cairo 2009 speech. 

It was "hope and change" at its silliest.....naive....and the kind of liberal nonsense that we heard during the Bush years.

Well...how does that policy look now?  There are mobs burring US flags, throwing stones at US embassies and even anti-Obama signs in the streets.

Did they forget that Cairo speech so fast?

The Middle East is a very complex region.  However, the Obama approach was flawed from the beginning:

1) He promised to meet "unconditionally" with the world's bad guys.  Obama projected naivety but worse he came across as a novice who thought that it was all about personaltiy, i.e. they hate Bush and will love Obama:


2) "They hate us" because we invaded Iraq.  Actually, they hate us because women vote and we have a free press.  By the way, I would remind everyone that Iraq has an elected govenment and thousands of women voted in the last election.

3) They would love once we'd close GITMO.  

Overall, Pres BO's policies have projected weakness.....and weakness is not respected in the Middle East whether your name is Obama or whatever.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

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We had a good Hispanic round table this week.

First, we discussed the disenchantment with Pres BO.  It is rooted on his promise to tackle immigration reform and the sorry state of the economy in Hispanic districts.

Second, we looked at Julian Castro & Marco Rubio, the two Hispanics who had prominent speaking roles at the conventions.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

BO's week: The Middle East explodes & another credit downgrade

It's been a tough week for the Obama administration. 

First, the Middle East is literally burning.   We are watching mobs throwing stones at US embassies and anti-Americanism rampant through the region. 

Weren't we told a few years ago that things would be different under Pres BO?  In fact, he told them in Cairo (2009) that "torture" was over and GITMO would be closed in a year.   He even made this rather arrogant prediction: The Day I'm Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease.

Second, another agency is downgrading the US:

"Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to "AA-" from "AA," citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country's credit quality."

Egan-Jones is not Moody's but it counts quite a bit.

The downgrade is just another indictment of the Obma policies.    Pres BO has chosen to pander rather than lead and  the "chickens have come home to roost"......we are facing a crisis and our president does not seem to see it.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

It's always fun to talk about US history & the Constitution


Over the years, I've been a student of US history and the Constitution.

On Thursday night, we spoke with Bob Snizek, the maker of "We the people", a game show about US history.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Who knows who the Rangers will play in post-season?

We believe that the Rangers will win the AL West.  They have a 3 game lead on the A's and 7 over the Angels.  These 3 teams will play each other over the next two weeks but I believe that Texas will the division.

It gets a lot more complicated in the other two divisions and that wildcard.

The AL East is wide open.  The Yankees, Orioles and Rays are within 2 games.  Watch out for the Rays!

In the AL Central, Chicago & Detroit are in it.  Logic supports the Tigers but the White Sox have been one of the surprises under new manager Robin Ventura.

Who plays who in the post season?  We know that the Rangers have the best AL record but it's anybody's guess after that.

If I had to pick, Texas will play one of the AL East teams in the ALCS.  At the same time, anything can happen specially if the Rays get into the post season.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Some thoughts about 9-11 and the Hispanic vote in 2012


We spoke with Sylvia Guzman, George Rodriguez and Jorge Ponce about Hispanics & 2012. 

We also shared our 9-11 memories.  As I mentioned on the show, 9-11 was the biggest day of my adult life.

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