Thursday, December 31, 2015

The economic stories of 2015 with Dr. Ileana Johnson, author and economist..




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Doing nothing and laughing watching "A night by the opera" with The Marx Brothers


What a great movie.   

You pick up a new line every time.    

Today, I remembered that great line about "the sanity clause" in the contract that Chico and Groucho were negotiating.   

Or, the scene where they are ordering food from that little room.....or when the cleaning ladies come in to make the bed.

How did these guys come up with so many lines?   Wonder if they just made up lines on the set?    

Just great!





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Dallas Stars are the best team in town


Let's salute the 27-8 Dallas Stars and their two months of hockey.     

We understand that the tougher part of the season is ahead but so far so good for this young and exciting team.

Go Stars!   I feel really good about this team its chances in the upcoming second half and playoffs.

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2015 was a fun year for the Rangers (specially September)


The Rangers had two seasons.   

The first one ended on July 31st with a team playing around .500 and 7 games behind Houston.     Then they made the trade for Cole Hamels and improved their bullpen immensely with Sam Dyson and Jake Dikman.

The second one ended when the aforementioned Cole Hamels clinched the AL West with a complete game victory over the Angels.

It took literally 162 games to win the division.    They celebrated on the last day of the season.

The post season was great until we got to the 7th inning in Toronto.   It was horrific to watch.   It was like watching game 6 of the 2011 World Series all over again.   So let's forget that part of the story.

We salute the Rangers for great baseball in August and September, specially that 4 game sweep of Houston to move to first place.

Looking forward to 2016!


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Hillary can’t discuss abused women without discussing Bill’s women



As we’ve grown accustomed to, Mr. Trump has once again put a topic on the political table that no other GOP candidate would dare do. I know that Senator Rand Paul mentioned this a few months ago but he can’t get on TV as easily as Mr. Trump does.  Once again, it’s Trump forcing us to talk about an uncomfortable issue, from illegal immigrants to refugees to President Clinton’s women.
Just read an interesting point by Ruth Marcus about the Clinton-Trump feud:
Trump has smeared women because of their looks. 
Clinton has preyed on them, and in a workplace setting where he was by far the superior. 
That is uncomfortable for Clinton supporters but it is unavoidably true.
Ruth Marcus is right on.
During the entire Lewinsky episode, I kept waiting for a feminist to say: “Sorry, Mr. President, but we can’t take it anymore”.
Maybe one said it but I don’t remember. Instead, I remember excuses and blaming the GOP with Hillary Clinton using the loudest megaphone. I came to the conclusion that the feminist movement would support any man as long as he supported abortion.     
Frankly, I’d rather talk about ISIS, Russia, China’s naval expansion, and the refugee crisis. However, it is ridiculous to give Mrs. Clinton a pass on her husband’s treatment of women. Also, Mrs. Clinton was the enabler. She defended Mr. Clinton. She put up with his humiliating behavior. Again, she can’t have it both ways anymore.
Yes, Mr. Clinton’s women are fair game.
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2015: The year in politics with Richard Baehr of American Thinker





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1966: Eddie Matthews traded from the Braves to the Astros in the offseason

Eddie Matthews' long association with the Braves ended on this day in 1966.  

He is the only man who played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.   Aaron joined the team in Milwaukee.   Spahn was traded the year before the Braves moved to Atlanta for the 1966 season.

His greatest years came in Milwaukee where he hit over 450 HR.   
He led the league in 1953 and 1959.    He was a huge part of the Milwaukee team that won the NL pennant in 1957 and 1958.   The Braves were also serious contenders in 1956 and lost a special playoff after tying LA for the NL pennant in 1959.

Overall, he finished with 512 HR and 1,453 RBI.

Matthews and Aaron were teammates from 1954 to their last year together in Atlanta.  Along the way, they were an awesome power duo in the middle of the Braves' lineup.



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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

John Wayne and "El Dorado"

It's the holiday and another John Wayne movie to catch.    

"El Dorado" is from 1966 and it includes Robert Mitchum and James Caan.   

In this movie, Wayne plays a gunfighter who gets in the middle of a fight over water.

It is a good movie.   Wayne is Cowboy # 1 in my book.   Here is the trailer:



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The Everly Brothers are the right choice for # 1 duo of all time

Rolling Stone magazine just released their Top 20 music duos.    

The list will take you back, specially when you see "Sonny & Cher" at # 18, "The Carpenters" at # 10 and "Simon & Garfunkel" at # 3.  


This is why The Everly Brothers are # 1:



"Actual brothers Don and Phil grew up harmonizing together in Iowa, and Tennessee, and once their harmonic style took over the airwaves in the Fifties, the influence of Appalachia infiltrated the burgeoning rock movement, spreading pretty vocals to legends like Buddy Holly
A little falsetto, a little alto, a little love song, and heartthrobs were born. But more importantly, it's nigh impossible to imagine the the decade without invoking their biggest hits: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," and "All I Have to Do is Dream" embodied the era's post-war calm, as the country settled into upward mobility, suburbs, and the vast possibility of American highways. 
They soundtracked a turning point, however brief; but their influence crossed generations: the Beatles, the ByrdsSimon and Garfunkel, the Bee GeesGreen Day, and beyond."

Phil and Don Everly were a huge influence in the music that followed them or the 1960s.






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A political prisoner in Cuba could use a little attention from Obama


We saw an article this morning that President Obama is planning a global tour to say goodbye to the world.   
It’s sort of like his version of the Derek Jeter farewell tour of 2014. Of course, it’s not a stretch to say that Jeter had a few more successes on his record than President Obama. In other words, fans were sad to see Derek go because he was one of the greatest players of our time. On the other hand, a lot of world leaders want to see Obama go because he’s been so weak at a time when the world needs a strong U.S. more than ever. 
Cuba is on the list, although nothing has been confirmed according to news reports.
Let me make a suggestion if President Obama plans to visit Cuba. How about paying attention to the plight of a Cuban namedVladimir Morera Bacallao (via our friends at Babalu):
Back in December of last year, President Obama and the media seemed very interested in labor activist and dissidentVladimir Morera Bacallao when he was part of the list of 53 political prisoners “released” by the apartheid Castro dictatorship pursuant to their deal with Obama to “normalize” relations. 
Back then, Vladimir fit perfectly into Obama’s narrative that appeasement of the Castro regime yields positive results and the media was all too happy to push that line. However, when Vladimir was arrested and imprisoned again only four months later, he ceased to be of any use to the White House. 
He no longer provided the positive spin the president so desperately needed to defend his disastrous Cuba policy and literally became a non-person as far as Obama and the media were concerned.
Today, after nearly three months of a hunger strike in prison, Vladimir Morera Bacallao is slipping closer to death. 
But since he is no longer useful to Obama’s pro-Castro and pro-apartheid agenda, you will not hear the president, or his State Department, or his minions in the media, utter a single word about him.  
It is not that they do not know what is going on in Cuba, but that they simply do not care.
Let’s hope that someone cares. Vladimir is dying in Cuba and President Obama is planning to shake hands with the dictator who put him there.
President Reagan once called the USSR the evil empire. Maybe it’s time for President Obama to get out of the box and stand up for a man who just wants to be free to write columns and offer opinions. Isn’t that what hope and change is really about?
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Happy # 80 to Sandy Koufax

The great Sandy Koufax turns 80 and we wish him a very happy birthday.

Koufax is arguable the greatest lefty ever.   

His numbers speak for themselves although his career was cut short by arm injuries.   

Nevertheless, his stats from 1961 to 1966 are unique in modern baseball.    In other words, he was the most dominant pitcher during those six seasons.      

Overall, he pitched 4 no hitters including a perfect game in 1965;

He won 165 games with a 2.76 ERA;

No one could touch him the 1963 and 1965 World Series; 

Cy Young in 1963, 1965 & 1966; and last but not least,

NL MVP in 1963.

Sadly, arm injuries forced him to retire after 1966 or age 32.    

On a personal level, he broke my heart when he beat the Twins in game 7 of the 1965 World Series.    We ran home from school to watch that game and LA beat Minnesota behind Koufax's 2-0 performance.

A few years ago, I read this great book about Koufax:




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2015: The national security stories of the year with Barry Jacobsen





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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What is Europe going to look like in 5 years?

As we look back at 2015, it’s easy to get wrapped in Trumpmania or the Clinton emails story.  
In 5 years, pundits may look back at 2015 and call it the year that Europe changed.    
According to the BBC, one million people walked into Europe:
The number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea this year illegally has passed one million, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.
This represents a fourfold rise on the total last year.
Most crossed by sea, with more than 800,000 travelling from Turkey to Greece. Half are migrants from Syria.
Eleven more migrants drowned on Tuesday, adding to the IOM toll of 3,695 dying or missing at sea.
Seven people were rescued by Turkish coast guards after the craft went down, apparently en route from Kusadasi in Turkey to the Greek island of Samos. One report said the dead were Syrians.
Europe could have absorbed one million people over a 10-15 year period, specially if they bring special skills that make them employable immediately. On the other hand, I don’t know of a way of absorbing that many people in one year without creating chaos across society.
How will Europeans react? They could complain and do nothing.   
They could fight back to protect their culture as we’ve seen in the rise of political parties. According to a USA Today story:
Hard nationalist and xenophobic politicians across Europe are gaining popularity as sections of their society become afraid and angry over immigration. The Economist calls it “The march of Europe’s little Trumps.”
Hungary has probably been the best example. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s vehemently anti-immigrant rhetoric, his country’s border fence with Serbia, as well as his pandering to the far-right Jobbik party has long caused concern in Europe. Among Hungarians, however, Orban’s approval has grown.
More recently, Poland’s new right-wing government — though not radical — pledges it will crack down on immigration. 
By the way, this article is unfair to call these people anti-immigrant. It’s more accurate to say that they are anti-illegal immigration, specially given the potential for terrorism. Also, many of these “immigrants” have very different attitudes about freedom, and specially women, than Europeans do.
As an immigrant, who eventually became a U.S. citizen, I sympathize with people who yearn for a better life. My parents did and that’s we left Cuba for the U.S. in the 1960s.
At the same time, immigration must be orderly. You can’t have a million foreigners walk into a society without creating major disruptions and a backlash from the locals.
How will Europe change? I will change, but the question is how?
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Monday's political thoughts and a word about the weather in North Texas




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Marianne Faithful is a year older

Like a few other boys in 6th grade, I had a crush on Marianne Faithful, the very pretty British young woman who hung around with Mick Jagger.

Let's just say that I really thought that Marianne Faithful was cool, or whatever we used to say back then!  Groovy?  I don't remember so I'll just say that she was "awesome looking" to me!.

Over the years, I lost track of Marianne, in large part because she stopped singing and her relationship with Mick Jagger did not end well.   As they say today, Marianne spent a long time dealing with very difficult personal issues and problems.  I tuned her out!

I learned that the very cute Marianne of my school days is 65 today.  Can someone slow down the clock, please?  It is ticking too fast!

I have not seen any recent pictures of Marianne.  I'm sure that she looks good.  However, I think that I'll save those memories of yesteryear and 6th grade.

This is "As tears go by", a great song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.  It is still one of my favorite songs today: 


"It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch the children play.
Smiling faces I can see But not for me,
I sit and watch as tears go by.
My riches can't buy everything, I want to hear the children sing.
All I hear is the sound Of rain falling on the ground,
I sit and watch as tears go by.
It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch the children play.
Doing things I used to do They think are new,
I sit and watch as tears go by...."


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Flipping channels and I found Elvis and "Wild in the country"


Flipping channels in this chilly night.   Mavericks vs Bucks.   Broncos vs Bengals.   

Chapman just got traded to the Yankees.   

And then I find Elvis and "Wild in the country".

It's another of those serious movies that Elvis made, like "Flaming Star", the one I that I mentioned a few days ago.

Elvis is a troubled young man who needs a bit of "tough love".   He wants to be a writer and Hope Lange plays his counselor.    Tuesday Weld and Millie Perkins are the two ladies in the movie.

It's a good movie.  There were no hit songs from this movie.   Two tunes did end up as B-sides for other big Elvis hits.   



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Why are young Cubans coming?


(My new Babalu blogpost)

We’ve read several news accounts about Cubans in Central America or heading to the US.

It’s true that some want to get to the US before the Cuban act or law changes.

However, there is another reason.    They want to leave Cuba period, as we read in this article at The Telegraph:
Yenis Rojas should be a symbol of Cuba’s future. A doctor, she has worked all her life for the state, and is full of drive, energy and ambition.And yet, despite the announcement a year ago that America and Cuba were re-establishing ties after half a century of hostilities, she sees no promise in her homeland and has fled. “I had to get out,” she said, speaking from the Costa Rica, close to the border with Nicaragua, where she is camped out. “I couldn’t stand it any more.”
And that’s the story!

They want to leave because they “can’t stand it anymore”.

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Congratulations to Fausta's Blog, American Thinker & Babalu

It's nice to hang around with the best of the best.   

We are delighted to report that Doug Ross has named American Thinker, Fausta's blog and Babalu as 3 of the best 50 blogs of 2015.    

Fausta covers Latin America and she also joins us once a week to look at US-Latin America stories of the week.

Babalu is the place to go for Cuba stories.

American Thinker is listed as one of the best general group blogs.

It's a treat to be associated with these three winners!

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Maybe a little ‘capitalismo’ is what Latin America really needs

We just had two important elections in Latin America.   
In Venezuela, the center-right opposition took over the legislature. They plan to challenge, and perhaps, reverse President Nicolas Maduro’s populism. To be fair, there was more to that election than ideology. In other words, corruption, crime, chaos and simple bureaucratic arrogance were behind the anger in Venezuela.   
In Argentina, newly-elected President Mauricio Macri is committed to moving the country to the right and improving the damage that left-wing policies have done to Argentina.   
Will the trend continue? Yes and my guess is that “king of crony capitalism” Brazil is next! How can the 8th largest GPD in the world be so inefficient and corrupt? More and more Brazilians are asking that question!
I think that the Latin America middle class is finally figuring out that “populismo” is a scam and not a good economic development policy. It benefits three groups: big business, corrupt public sector unions and the politicians who carry their water!
Maybe the time has arrived to give “capitalismo” a chance, as James Pethokoukis reminds us.
The bad news is that there are entrenched interests from Mexico to Argentina to protect “crony capitalism”. We saw the left’s reaction in Mexico when President Enrique Pena-Nieto tried to reform PEMEX and the teachers’ union. We saw in Mexico the same kind of childish demonstrations that Governor Scott Walker faced in Wisconsin.
The good news is that voters in Venezuela and Venezuela turned the ships of state. In Peru, President Ollanta Humala, a former leftist, is talking sense with economic reforms intended to invite more foreign investment.
We see small steps but steps in the right direction.  
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RIP: Meadowlark Lemon died at age 83


We just learned that Meadowlark Lemon died at age 83.   

He was one of the most popular members of The Harlem Globetrotters........they were fun to watch on TV and at arenas all over the world.   

RIP Meadowlark! 




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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda




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Sunday, December 27, 2015

1932: Radio Music Hall opens in New York City

Have you ever been to Radio Music Hall in New York City?  

It opened on this day in 1932.   

Since then, over 300 million people have watched shows, movies, concerts and other events.   

One of the great landmarks of New York City.    

It was the brainchild of John D Rockfeller, Jr.   

We discussed the story of Radio Music Hall with Bill Katz on Sunday night:



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A good Sunday afternoon to watch Dr Zhivago and listen to the Cowboys

The 4-10 Dallas Cowboys are playing the Bills in Buffalo.   It is raining there and here.   

And frankly there is not much interest in this game.  I hope that Dallas plays well but loses so that they can draft a little higher next spring.

Therefore, I've decided to listen to the fabulous Brad Sham call the game on the radio and watch "Dr Zhivago", a great movie.    

I like the film because of the scenery, the story and the Russian history in it.    

And Julie Christie is lovely!

I have never read the book.   They tell me that it's a good one to read but a bit long.



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RIP Dave Henderson (1958-2015)

Who remembers watching the Red Sox and Angels in the 1986 ALCS?  

It was Dave Henderson who hit that 9th inning HR to keep Boston alive.    It was one of the most dramatic swings in baseball history.   

The Angels were one strike away from winning the AL pennant.    Instead, the ALCS went back to Boston and the Red Sox won.   

Sadly, I just read that Dave Henderson died at age 57.   

Overall, he hit 197 HR with 708 RBI.   His best years were with Oakland (1988-93) when he was an outfielder in those great A's teams.

RIP Dave Henderson.   He will always be in the hearts of Red Sox fans:




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John Wayne and a great movie called "The Cowboys"

It's Christmas time and John Wayne is on TV again.   

What a treat to catch up with John Wayne movies.

"The Cowboys" is another great movie with Wayne as an aging cowboy.   

In the story, he had to train a bunch of boys for a cattle drive.   It was Wayne as a boss, father and leader.   

He was great!



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We pray for our neighbors in North Texas


It was a very rough night for our neighbors in Garland and elsewhere.   

The storms were rough and many families are assessing the damage.   The storms happened on the day after Christmas when many families had visitors or were outside celebrating the holidays.

So let's keep these people in our prayers when we go to church today.

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We will miss Randy Galloway

Since moving to Dallas, I've followed Randy Galloway.   

He used to be on WBAP every night, often right before the Rangers' game when they were on that station.

He moved to ESPN and his show moved to afternoon drive time.   It was not as good as it was on WBAP.   

Galloway wrote for The Dallas Morning News and then took the trip west to The Ft Worth Star Telegram.  Always checked his column!

I didn't always agree with him but it's a free country.   Randy was a man of many opinions and his radio show was always fun to listen to.  

This weekend, Randy wrote a farewell column.   It was fun to read.   We will miss him.

Randy is right about thing:   Game 6 of the 2011 World Series did "fry our brain"!   



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The New York Times, covering Rubio, decides that experience matters

It’s time for another article by The New York Times versus Senator Rubio.  Who else would be so negative against Cuban Americans?
Maybe the folks at The New York Times think that Marco can beat Hillary.   Yes he can, according to a series of polls.   Rubio beats Clinton in the RCP average of polls: he is up 2 points!
The New York Times is now saying that Senator Rubio is like then-Senator Obama of 2008.
The article calls him “The Republican Obama”.
In other words, the newspaper has discovered that experience matters in a presidential candidate.
Of course, the analysis is silly because Marco Rubio got to the US Senate with more political experience: Rubio started as a City Commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, and then was elected Speaker in November 2006. He had successfully served in the Florida legislature as House leader, whereas Obama was a back-bench state senator from a safe seat.
Also, Senator Rubio has developed a reputation as a serious person on foreign policy.   Does anyone remember anything that Senator Obama did in Washington or Springfield, Illinois?
I wonder if The NY Times’ editorial page will write an editorial saying that endorsing a first term Senator Obama with zero executive experience was a mistake?   They should, after questioning Senator Rubio’s experience for president.
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