Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pray for Michael Medved





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Romney is out but more Importantly so is the U.S. Economy

(MY NEW AMERICAN THINKER POST)

As my friends know, I like Gov. Romney a lot, but it's time for a new face. Frankly, there are lots of "new faces", from Gov. Walker to Gov. Kasich to Gov. Jindal and Senator Rubio. The GOP is very fortunate to have a strong bench and one will emerge to win the nomination. It's time to say thanks to very good and decent men like Mr. Romney and look forward to the future.

The other big story, and much more consequential, is the U.S. economy. It's time to put "Happy Days are here again" io the shelf and spin something more realistic.
According to BEA, the U.S. economy slowed down in the 4th quarter:
"Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 5.0 percent."
CNN Money sees it this way:
"The disappointing growth at the end of the year comes on the heels of the economy's incredible 5% growth in the third quarter, which was the best since 2003.
"There were these grand hopes for 3% growth and it still seems elusive on a sustainable basis," says Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group. "We still can't get out of this 2 to 2.5% GDP growth rate box you could call it. I don't expect anything different in 2015."
Let me say a couple of things:

The 2.4% GDP growth for 2014 must be seen in the context of that big 3rd quarter. It sure looks now like the 3rd quarter was the odd one! The other 3 were a disappointment, specially in the 5th anniversary of "the stimulus" and all of those "shovel ready jobs" promised.

Furthermore, you can't create enough jobs growing around 2.5%. We have not had those big quarters, like we did in the Reagan recovery, that translate into lots of job creation.  

This economy is still waiting for that "big hit" and leaving too many men on base. 

Needless to say, the GOP must have a "growth message" for 2016, along with a strategy to fight ISIS.

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Romney out, US economy down, Mr Blow & other thoughts with Jim Yardley





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Friday, January 30, 2015

"Elusive Butterfly" by Bob Lind, a great song

 Elusive Butterfly by Bob Lind....it turned out to be his only hit....that's hard to believe but true.....the melody is wonderful and the lyrics beautiful........one of  my all time favorite pop ballads....just a great song!



ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY

"You might wake up some mornin'
To the sound of something moving
past your window in the wind
And if you're quick enough to rise
You'll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone's fading shadow

Out on the new horizon

You may see the floating motion of a distant pair of wings

And if the sleep has left your ears

You might hear footsteps running through an open meadow
Don't be concerned,     
it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

You might have heard my footsteps

Echo softly in the distance through the canyons of your mind

I might have even called your name

As I ran searching after something to believe in
You might have seen me runnin'
Through the long-abandoned
ruins of the dreams you left behind
If you remember something there

That glided past you followed close by heavy breathin'

Don't be concerned, it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin'
I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder

I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love
Across my dreams with nets of wonder

I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love"


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Charles Blow of the NYT Blew this one Big Time


My first encounter with Charles Blow was back in 2010 at a huge Dallas Tea Party rally.  

He came to Dallas with a headline in mind: "Everybody at the tea party is racist". He was on a mission, a mission to tell the world that this spontaneous movement of Americans concerned about their kids' future was nothing more than another expression of racism.

Then he wrote one of the most outrageous columns in recent memory:
"I had specifically come to this rally because it was supposed to be especially diverse.
And, on the stage at least, it was.
The speakers included a black doctor who bashed Democrats for crying racism, a Hispanic immigrant who said that she had never received a single government entitlement and a Vietnamese immigrant who said that the Tea Party leader was God.
It felt like a bizarre spoof of a 1980s Benetton ad."
First, no one told Mr. Blow that the meeting was going to diverse. He was simply told that it was gathering of Americans concerned about what was going on in their country. It was Mr. Blow who went around counting "skin color" and drawing bizarre conclusions.

I know personally the people that Mr. Blow was mocking. They are good decent people who had never spoken at a political rally but who felt compelled to get involved this time around.

Frankly, I've never been able to read anything from Mr. Blow again. He is a "racialist", a man obsessed with skin color rather than what people have to say. Mr. Blow is Exhibit A in the corrupt relationship between "the race hustlers" and the Democrat Party!

A week ago, Mr. Blow wrote another column, one about his son stopped by the police. Mr. Blow's obsession with skin color would not allow him to put the Michael Brown story behind, even after AG Holder decided not to go after Officer Wilson.   


So he wrote a story about his son being stopped by a police officer. It was "the Blow version" of the Michael Brown story. However, Mr. Blow omitted a few facts and now looks even more foolish than ever.    

The NY Post has the details:
"At The New York Times, it seems, some key facts are just not fit to print when they don’t fit the liberal narrative.
That appears to be the case with Charles Blow’s column in Monday’s edition of the paper. It was about how his son, a student at Yale, had been “accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!”
Blow, who is black, described his horror at learning how the officer questioned his son, Tahj, who’s also black, with gun drawn -- presumably because of his son’s race.
“In these moments,” he wrote, “what you’ve done matters less than how you look.” In tweets, Blow invoked hashtag slogans from the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe, saying his son’s experience shows why young black men are right to fear cops.
Yet in his entire 867-word piece, and in all his tweets, Blow omitted a key fact: The officer who drew his gun is also black.
OK, maybe Blow didn’t think this was relevant -- black cops can be biased, too. But why not let readers decide for themselves?
There were other omissions and distortions.
Yale’s police chief, for example, is also black.
And while Blow did concede his son was stopped because cops were responding to a call about a burglary suspect who fit Tahj’s description, a Yale official says Blow’s claim that his son was “accosted” is “deeply inaccurate.”
In the meantime, let me remind you of a lesson I learned in 2010:  Charles Blow is full of crap and a lot more!  My guess is that The NY Times will keep relying on his "racialist view" of the world!

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A song to remember Rod McKuen




OLIVER
JEAN


"Jean, Jean, roses are red
All the leaves have gone green

And the clouds are so low
You can touch them and so
Come out to the meadow, Jean
Jean, Jean, you're young and alive

Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will, to the top of the hill
Open your arms, Bonnie Jean
Till the sheep in the valley, come home my way

Till the stars fall around me and find me alone
When the sun comes a-singin', I'll still be waitin'
For Jean, Jean, roses are red

And all of the leaves have gone green
While the hills are ablaze
With the moon's yellow haze
Come into my arms, Bonnie Jean
(Jean, Jean)

Jean, you're young and alive
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will to the top of the hill
Come into my arms, Bonnie Jean...."




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Yemen, Iran "The American Sniper" movie with Barry Jacobsen



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Two people in the world", another "doo wop" classic





LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS
TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

"There's just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
They are a boy and girl
Boy meets girl and love begins 
Oh, what a feeling you get from within
Oh, I should know for I'm i-in love
I'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up above
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
They are a boy and girl
Boy meets girl and love begins 
Oh, what a feeling you get from within
Oh, I should know for I'm i-in love 
I'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up above
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in lo-lo-lo-love? Lo-ove?"



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Wanted: Transparency in Mexico and Argentina

There are two stories dominating Latin America newspapers these days.  From Mexico City to Buenos Aires, these two stories are consuming interest like nothing I've seen before.

Down in Argentina, the death of Alberto Nisman has become a major scandal for President Cristina Fernandez.  Mr. Nisman was due to speak to the Congress on Monday and shot dead the Sunday before.

Down in Mexico, the disappearance of 43 students has many Mexicans up in arms.  The anger is also rooted on the fears that the cartels have way too much influence over politicians and the law.

What do these two very different cases have in common?

The answer is a lack of transparency in how the two stories have been communicated or explained to the citizens.

In Mexico, the attorney general is facing more and more questions as to how the bodies were disposed of, as explained by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz:
Indeed, the students’ parents reject the government’s theory, and are accusing the government of trying to close the investigation.
The case has generated a great deal of controversy, as there are contradictory statements from witnesses, but lack of definitive forensic evidence.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto declared yesterday, “I’m convinced that we should not remain trapped in this instant, this moment in Mexico’s history, of sorrow, of tragedy and pain. We just can’t dwell here,” which of course is very convenient for him.
For people like myself, the Iguala case shows Mexico as a failed state when it comes to justice and the rule of law – not a country one wants to maintain an open border with.

Down in Argentina, the Fernandez government is fighting allegations that the Iran connection to the 1994 terrorist attack is being covered up, as Andres Oppenheimer posted a day ago:

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman made headlines before his mysterious death last weekend by accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of trying to cover up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, but there was another — more important — leader who was at the center of the deceased prosecutor’s probe: Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani.
In several telephone conversations and e-mail exchanges I had with Nisman over the past three years, the prosecutor told me that Rouhani was among the top Iranian officials who had “participated in the decision” to bomb the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The attack left 85 dead and 300 wounded, and was the biggest terrorist bombing in the Western hemisphere before 9/11.
Again, these two incidents point out the importance of transparency and credibility.  Both governments insulted the public's intelligence with quick explanations, such as "suicide" in the case of Mr. Nisman. 

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A look at US-Cuba talks, the latest from Argentina, Mexico and the students........




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Long lonely nights" is another "doo wop" classic




LEE ANDREWS
LONG LONELY NIGHTS

"Long and lonely nights
I cry my eyes out over you Wondering if I did right 
And why you left me
With a broken heart 
Oh, long, long and lonely nights
Oh, how I miss you, my dear
Please, please, come back to me
How I wish you were here
As I go along my lonely way
I visualize your face When I pass through
(Yeah) my doorway What's left for me to face
Oh, long, long and lonely nights
I guess you're never coming home
Long, long and lonely nights Ever since you've been gone
Oh, long, long and lonely nights I guess you're never coming home
Long, long and lonely nights Ever since you've been gone
Please, please, come back to me
You've been gone too long...."


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"The image of a girl" is a super "doo wop" classic tune




THE IMAGE OF A GIRL
THE SAFARIS

"As I lie awake resting from the day
I can hear the clock passing time away
Oh, I couldn't sleep for on my mind
Was the image of the girl I hope to find
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I look straight up at the ceiling above
Thinking of the girl whom I will love
Oh, would it be soon when she exists?
The image of the girl Ive always wished
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I twisted and I turned, ooh, trying to sleep
But all I could do was only to weep
For I haven't found that image yet
Of all the girls that I have met
And now the clock is still passing time
And I know someday that she will be mine
And I know shell always bring me love
For shes the image of the girl I love
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh.......

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Is this what we got for 18 months of “serious discussions” with Cuba?

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My friend Jorge Ponce brought this to my attention in today's show.    Additionally, we just saw this from ABC:
"Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but "if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense.""
Of course, none of this is a shock to those of us who know about the Castros and their criminal enterprises.  
Raul Castro smells a weak President Obama and he will push and push and push to get what he wants.
I do have a question for President Obama:   What exactly did the US and Cuba delegations talk about for 18 months?   Did it occur to anyone that maybe we should discuss outstanding issues like the investments of US citizens in Cuba or the fugitives of US law living in the island?   What's the point of these talks?
As I mentioned earlier, the US team walked into these negotiations without a clue.   Worse than that, they look naive doing business with a thug  like Raul Castro.
Here is today's show with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz and Jorge Ponce:

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Could Mr. Gingrich turn into the Churchill of our time?

We lamented the other day that there is no Churchill around these days, or a statesman who tells us what we don't want to hear about the world.  From Venezuela to Iraq to Iran to Yemen, the world is a mess, but our president would rather talk about sick leave.

I was pleased to read this from my friend Barry Casselman:
In his remarks to the Citizens United Summit in Des Moines a few days ago, former Speaker Newt Gingrich continued to sound the alarm about the growing threat to the U.S. and the world from Islamic terrorism. 
Some have noted that Gingrich, as a senior statesman of his party, is acting as then-senior British leader Winston Churchill did in the mid-1930’s when he warned about the growing Nazi threat to Europe and the world.  (Churchill, then in his mid-60’s, was considered a has-been conservative politician at that time.) 
Gingrich is not running  for president this cycle, but uses his podium eloquently to exhort conservatives to wake up to the increased and unrelenting terroristic activity against the West.
Frankly, Gingrich is perfectly suited for the job.

First, he is a brilliant historian who can connect the current with the past as well as anybody.

Second, he is a conservative but no longer a partisan.  Gingrich is not seeking the presidency anymore or looking for a Cabinet position.  He is finally free to be the wise man the country desperately needs.

We are living in a very dangerous world.  Our inclination to look the other way, or the same thing that we saw in the 1930s when most Americans did not want to see threats, is totally understandable but also very dangerous.  I am confident that Newt will remind us of the danger over and over again!

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We remember Jose Marti....born on this day 1853





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The political landscape with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Fun is Just Starting in Greece

(MY NEW AMERICAN THINKER POST)


We learned on Sunday night about the big election in Greece:
"Greek voters handed power to a radical leftist party in national elections on Sunday, a popular rebellion against the bitter economic medicine Greece has swallowed for five years and a rebuke of the fellow European countries that prescribed it.
With nearly all votes counted, opposition party Syriza was on track to win about half the seats in Parliament. In the wee hours of the morning, it clinched a coalition deal with a small right-wing party also opposed to Europe’s economic policy to give the two a clear majority."
What happens now?  The answer is not clear, as Mr. Tsipras will quickly find out:
"Now that he has formed a coalition, Mr. Tsipras must quickly determine which of his populist promises he can carry out quickly, setting up a likely showdown with Greece’s European partners -- most notably Germany.
Mr. Tsipras has said he wants to negotiate directly with Ms. Merkel and other European leaders to reduce Greece’s debt burden.
Some officials, however, have characterized Mr. Tsipras’s demands as unrealistic and rife with the potential to drive Greece toward default or even out of the eurozone, the group that shares the currency.
Officials in Germany reacted swiftly, warning Greeks against abandoning their course of overhauls."
The Greek election will not impact Americans directly.   
First, it is a rather small GDP (US$ 250 billion) or about the size of the state of Washington, according to a 2009 study.     
Second, 99% of us do not own bonds or hold accounts in Greek banks.    
Nevertheless, there is "a ghost of Christmas future moment" in this election.
It's like we are watching Mr. Scrooge look into the future.
Greece has one basic problem:  a bloated public sector and the weak politicians who keep voting for benefits to pander for votes. They get reelected by a public sector capable of swinging elections.    
Back in 2012, John Sfakianakis, a Greek economist, wrote a wonderful appraisal of his homeland:
"The expansion of Greece’s huge government sector took decades to create, but its growth in recent years has been particularly striking. 
Public employment grew by fivefold from 1970 through 2009 -- at an annual growth rate of 4 percent, according to a recent academic study by Zafiris Tzannatos and Iannis Monogios. 
Over the same four decades, employment in the private sector increased by only 27 percent -- an annual rate of less than 1 percent."
What happens when you have a public sector growing and expanding, coupled with a private sector shrinking and driving investors outside the country? The answer is Greece, a country so mismanaged that it may take a lot more than an election to fix it.
Again, there is a big lesson for us in the events of Greece.   Weak politicians and a bloated public sector will eventually drive a country or state into the ditch.    

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