Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The left in full "freak-out mode" because Rubio & Cruz don't look or sound "Hispanic"


As my friend Humberto Fontova wrote last week:
Ted Cruz-Derangement-Syndrome went viral in the media this week. 
From Chris Matthews to David Muir and from Joe Scarborough to David Brooks-- they were all over Cruz like a cheap suit. 
The New Yorker’s John Cassidy called Cruz “uppity”—then weaseled out because the term has “disturbing historical connotations.”
A berserk Donny Deutsch over at MSNBC denounced Cruz as not only “unelectable,” but “scary, I think he’s dangerous, I think he’s slimy and I think he brings no fresh ideas.”
It’s an old story, actually. A few years ago during an interview with Joy Behar, MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch sneered at Cuban-American Marco Rubio as that “coconut down in Florida.”
It will get even worse in a couple of weeks when Senator Rubio, someone who the left fears more than Senator Cruz, announces in Miami.

So what is it about Cuban-Americans that drives these people so silly?   All our parents did was to come with nothing, work hard and make something out of ourselves.  Once upon a time, we called that "The American Dream".

Again, the left is freaking out because Cruz & Rubio don't sound like Representative Luis Gutierrez.  

Who told the left that Hispanics were all supposed to believe or sound the same way?

The bottom line is that Hispanics in the US are a diversified group of people.   We should respect our differences rather than engage in these attacks against those of us who didn't  buy into "hope and change". 

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Did President Obama hear about the Chester family?

(My new American Thinker post)


Before Castro, there were many Americans who invested and did business in Cuba. I mentioned in an earlier post that my uncle worked for an American who had a manufacturing operation in his hometown. He was one of many who invested in Cuba, created jobs and contributed to the island's economy.

From President Johnson to President George W. Bush, talks with Cuba never got far because the Castro regime refused to compensate Americans like the Chester family:
Soon after Fidel Castro won control of Cuba in 1959, his government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies.
For Edmund and Enna Chester, the losses included an 80-acre farm, hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of stock, and a brand new Buick that, who knows, may still be plying Havana's streets.

The confiscation of American property, valued today at $7 billion or more, was wrapped up in the retaliatory back-and-forth that led to the trade embargo, which remains in place. 
In 1996, Congress passed a law insisting Cuba repay Americans for what was taken before the embargo can be lifted.
That demand went unmentioned in President Barack Obama's December announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would resume diplomatic ties.
Given Cuba's frail economy, some experts say companies whose property was taken might gladly settle for rights to do business there today and move on.

But a corporation doesn't hang on to memories the way a family can. 
That's clear in places like Chester's 832-square-foot bungalow in Omaha, pitched atop a corner lot that's mostly slope, where a gold-framed oil portrait of her mother from long ago watches over the yellowing property deed and the worthless stock certificates.
They are reminders that the Cuba that existed before Castro is history. 
But the bitterness over what came after lingers on.

Who speaks for people like the Chesters?  Who is banging on the table demanding that they'd be compensated for the money stolen by the Castro regime? I guess that the answer is not the Obama administration.


Since President Obama announced the talks between Cuba and the U.S., everyone has been asking me:  Is this good for Cuba, Cubans, or Cuban Americans?

I always reply by saying: Is it good for U.S. citizens? The answer is no!

This is not a good deal for U.S. citizens. Nobody is standing up for them, whether it's the Chesters or the family of the state trooper killed in New Jersey by Joanne Chesimard.

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The latest on US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce


GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to the Babalu blog, joins us for a discussion of US-Cuba talks.........there are still very controversial issues dividing the two nations, such as Joanne Chesimard, the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper and escaped to Cuba.....the Venezuela rift......human rights violations in Cuba.....concerns in the US Congress about normalization with Cuba.......


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Monday, March 30, 2015

We congratulate Sonia Martinez on her new cook book



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Remember when Koufax and Drysdale held out for spring training?


Once upon a time, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax held out for a better contract in 1966:
"Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their 32-day holdout, signing for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively."
They Dodgers lost to the Orioles in the World Series later that year.  It does not look like Drysdale or Koufax were hurt by their lengthy absence.



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Where have all Her emails Gone?

(My new American Thinker post)


We learned this weekend that Hillary Clinton's emails were deleted from the server. We also heard this week that the Chinese or Iranians may have them, or so said Bob Woodward.

Frankly, we don't know whether they are "blowing in the wind", "lost in space" or sitting in Peking for a convenient leak to a Western journalist. All three are rather frightening!

Here is my bottom line: I am not a lawyer but this whole thing smells "muy feo" as we say in Spanish.   

Second, she decided what is personal and what is private, i.e. the ultimate in Clintonian arrogance!   First, she used a private server for her emails. She irresponsibly exposed her own schedule, even the president's and the nation's security. Her obsession with secrecy overrode all other considerations! Is this the kind of personality trait that we want in the Oval Office?



I guess that we are supposed to believe that only personal stuff or "the grandma files" were deleted and all of the "State stuff" was turned over. What happened to Clinton Foundation emails that were personal and public?

We know that the left will get in line behind the "she is a woman victimization" strategy. We will soon hear that no man has ever been attacked like this.

The Democrats should contemplate one big worry: When will those independents say enough is enough?   

I agree with Paul Mirengoff:
Partisan Democrats alone can’t elevate Clinton to the presidency, though. 
The additional voters whose support she needs might well be influenced by a campaign ad that points out (if it’s accurate) that Hillary Clinton had all traces of her emails as Secretary of State wiped out after the State Department rightfully had requested these emails, and at a time when a bipartisan congressional committee was investigating her actions relating to the attack in Benghazi where four Americans were killed by terrorists.
My guess is that a lot of those independents put up with The Bill Clinton Show because unemployment was under 4%, the 401-K's were doing great and the can was kicked forward on terrorism. The Hillary Clinton Show won't be so charming, nor she that electable!
The Clintons didn’t invent crony capitalism. But when it comes to exploiting government for private gain, nobody does it better.
I would add: the Clintons are not the first to stretch the truth but nobody does it better! Again, are these the kind of people we want in the Oval Office? I hope that enough of us say no!

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The week in review with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda




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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Big elections coming up in Mexico

(My new American Thinker post)

During my time in Mexico (1980-84), I found that midterm elections were treated like a joke and drew very little interest from the population. 

I will never forget the summer of 1982.  On one corner, there were signs about the elections.  On the other corner, most Mexicans were watching the World Cup in restaurants, taquerías, and cantinas.

It was the natural consequence of a presidential system and a one-party state.  In other words, everybody knew the results before the votes were counted, as a Mexican friend said.  

That was then, but it's very different now.

For better or worse, Mexico has a very passionate political landscape these days. 

They have three active political parties and a bunch of other little ones, as my friend Allan Wall reported last week.

The elections will be a big referendum on President Peña Nieto:
This mid-term vote can be considered a referendum on the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.  Working with the current Congress, his administration has accomplished several reforms, including the energy reform, but it is under fire for its handling of the Iguala Atrocity and other issues.
According to a poll in Mexico, President Peña Nieto has a 57% disapproval rate.  I believe it!

Like other elected leaders, President Peña Nieto is facing a perfect storm.
On the positive side, he accomplished major reforms of energy and education.  

The left in Mexico declared war on President Peña Nieto because of his energy reforms and the way that he tackled the public teachers' union. 

It's true that the left staged big marches against the president's reforms.  At the same time, the middle class is usually working, so they don't have time to block traffic and airports like the left does.  The marches were loud, and often obscene, but they don't really represent public opinion in Mexico.


However, my Mexican friends tell me that most of the middle class supported the reforms.  They saw the energy reform as economic reality and the teachers' unions as corrupt. 


On the negative side, there is crime and more crime.  This is the big issue.  This is the issue costing him politically.

President Peña Nieto has also been hurt by the way he handled the killing of the 47 students up north.  He seemed slow and unwilling to understand that Mexicans are fed up with the cartel violence.  He is clearly on the defensive on this issue.  

We will see how the elections turn out.  In the past, most Mexicans, and Americans, did not pay attention to elections south of the border.  We had better pay attention now, because Mexico matters a lot, from its economic ties (U.S. $493 billion, and lots of jobs on both sides) and the border issues of people flow and drug cartels.

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No diplomatic relations with Cuba until Joanne Chesimard is returned to the US



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"Populismo" in Brazil, CNN polls, Hillary Clinton's emails, Senator Durbin's race card, Iraq 2010 vs 2015, & won't miss Senator Reid




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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Not going to miss Harry Reid

(My new American Thinker post)

In this world, there are Democrats, and then there is Senator Harry Reid.   

The first, we have disagreements with, and it stops there.  These are the Democrats we send birthday cards to.  

The second is the kind that we dislike, and that's Harry Reid.  These are the Democrats we avoid at all costs.

We learned yesterday that Mr. Reid will retire at the end of this term in 2016.  His departure creates another open seat and probably an opportunity for a GOP candidate to win that election.

Let me say this about Senator Reid:

1) He will always be remembered for his cheap shot at Mitt Romney from the US Senate floor:
Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.
Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.
It does not get much lower than that!  To my knowledge, the media never challenged him or demanded an explanation or apology.  Wonder what the  media's reaction would have been if a leading GOP senator had said something similar about President Obama...

2) Senator Reid hurt Democrats in 2014.  His decision to avoid votes on Obamacare probably killed Democrats in red states.  They would have had a fighting chance if the majority leader had revised the law and permitted some amendments.  The Obama White House warned the majority leader that the law would be significantly changed if it came up to a vote in an election year.  He put the Obama agenda over his fellow senators.  

My guess is that very few of these Democrats came around to say goodbye to the majority leader on their last day on the job.

My guess is that Senator Reid leaves Washington with very few friends.  Frankly, he isn't a very nice person, nor someone who has made the U.S. Senate a nobler institution, as Charles C W Cooke wrote.    


3) Senator Reid had a nasty mouth, as T. Beckett Adams reminded us today.  He played the race card, called people "liars," said that the GOP wanted to poison people, and a few other charming things.   

We wish Mr. Reid a happy retirement.  He may have helped some of the Obama agenda with his tactics, but his legacy is a GOP majority, and a good chance that a GOP senator from Nevada will replace him.

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Obama's foreign policy & the 2016 GOP field


GUEST:  Jim Yardley, contributor to Canada Free Press, American Thinker & editor of Patriot Dreams, joins me for a discussion of President Obama's foreign policy and his involvement in the Israeli elections....plus we look at the 2016 GOP race for the nomination.....Senator Cruz is in & Senator Rubio is out with a health care alternative to Obama Care, specially if the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies leaving many without coverage......


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Remember when Iraq was hailed as an Obama success story?

(My new American Thinker post)

Last week, President Obama blamed the current mess in Iraq, and the growth of ISIS, on the 2003 invasion.  His remarks were unchallenged by the interviewer but that's nothing new for the in-the-tank news media.

Perhaps, a better interviewer would reminded President Obama of what VP Biden said not long ago in 2010. 

We remember when VP Biden was saying that Iraq would go down as an Obama success story:
Vice President Joe Biden said after a three-day trip to Baghdad that the American people will see President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy as a success when the “combat mission” ends on schedule Aug. 31. Biden said the administration “will be able to point to it and say, ‘We told you what we’re going to do, and we did it.’”
“I think America wins,” Biden told POLITICO in an end-of-trip interview at the ambassador’s residence in the sprawling U.S. Embassy complex. “I sound corny, but I think America gets credit here in the region. And I think everybody gets credit, from George Bush to [President Obama].
VP Biden was right and wrong.

He was right that US soldiers, under the able General Petraeus, stabilized the country in 2007-08 under the surge.   In other words, the Obama-Biden administration was handed a stable Iraq because of President Bush's leadership and, we repeat, the amazing work of US soldiers.  We are not saying that an Iraqi version of Madison was drafting a new constitution.   At the same time, the country was stable and violence was the exception.

VP Biden turned out to be wrong when the Iraq policy was politicized to satisfy a stupid campaign promise.   

The net result was that a vacuum was created and bad guys were willing to fill it.

It's a shame that President Obama did not listen to Secretary Panetta:
"It was clear to me--and many others--that withdrawing all our forces would endanger the fragile stability then barely holding Iraq together," Panetta writes in the book, an excerpt of which was published on Time.com this week.
To be fair, leaving a force was not the magic bullet.  However, leaving a vacuum, plus projecting weakness and drawing meaningless red lines, also contributed to the complete chaos from Yemen to everywhere else in the region.

Iraq was a success story in the summer of 2010.   It is not today and we can lay the blame on President Obama's desk.

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Elections in Mexico in July plus the US-Latin America stories of the week



We look at the US-Latin America stories of the week:


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

A quick lesson on Mexico's upcoming elections by Allan Wall

Mexico will have elections in a few months.   We are grateful to our friend Allan Wall for explaining what will happen south of the border:


"On June 7th, 2015, Mexico is scheduled to hold its mid-term congressional elections.  
Analysis of the Mexican Congress is important to any serious study of Mexican politics.
The Mexican political system runs on a six-year schedule, in contrast to the U.S.A., which runs on a four-year cycle.
In the U.S. there are presidential elections every four years, the latest having been in 2012 and the next scheduled for 2016.  
At the halfway point between each presidential election, congressional mid-term elections are held, the last ones having been in 2014.
In Mexico, the president is elected every six years, the last election having been held in 2012 and the next one scheduled for 2018.  
Mexican mid-term congressional elections are thus held at the halfway-point between presidential elections, three years after the previous one and three years before the next. 
Thus 2015 is the year to hold mid-term elections for the lower house of Congress, which are scheduled for June 7th.  
In Mexico, elections are held on Sundays, whereas in the U.S. they are on Tuesdays. 
This mid-term vote can be considered a referendum on the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.   Working with the current Congress, his administration has accomplished several reforms, including the energy reform, but it is under fire for its handling of the Iguala Atrocity and other issues.
There are ten Mexican political parties involved in the forthcoming mid-term elections. They are:
1.   Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI, Peña Nieto’s party)
2.   Partido Acción Nacional (PAN, the party of previous presidents Calderon and Fox)
3.   Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD,Mexico's principal left-wing party)
4.   Partido del Trabajo
5.   Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM, the Green Party)
6.   Movimiento Ciudadano
7.   Nueva Alianza
8.   Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (MORENA, the party of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO)
9.   Partido Humanista
10. Partido Encuentro Social
I invite the reader to read an article I previously wrote, in 2012, about Mexican elections, entitledElections in Mexico and the US: Comparisons and Contrasts.  
Like the United States, Mexico has a two-chamber (bicameral) Congress. The upper chamber is the Senado, equivalent to the U.S. Senate.
The lower chamber is the Cámara de Diputados, equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives.  
\While the U.S. Congress has 100 senators and 435 representatives, the Mexican Congress is actually larger (in both chambers).  
There are 128 senadores in the Senado, and 500diputados in the Cámara de Diputados
In the Cámara de Diputados, 300 of the 500diputados are directly elected by districts.  The other 200, however, are selected by proportional representation, with seats allocated based on the percentage of votes received by the political party in the circunscripción electoral in which the state is located. (Mexico is divided into five divisions called circunscripciones electorales.)
In the Mexican Senado the selection process is even more complicated.  Each of Mexico’s 31 states, plus the Federal District, sends three senators to the Congress. Candidates from each political party run in pairs.  The pair winning the most votes is elected to the Senado to represent their particular state. 
The state's other senador is from the political party that came in second in that state's senatorial election. That accounts for 96 senators.
The other 32 are selected by proportional representation, bringing it to a total of 128.  However, in 2015 no senadores will be elected. 
Unlike the U.S., where senator’s terms are staggered, with a third up for reelection each two years, in Mexico the entire Senate is elected the same year, and that was in 2012.
In the Mexican Congress, senators and representatives are barred from immediate reelection, though they can return for a later term and stand for reelection.  Since thediputados have three-year terms, and thesenadores have six-year terms, that means the entire Cámara de Diputados is replaced every three years, and the entire Senado every six years.  
Thus the entire Congress is replaced every six years.
That however is in the process of being changed. 
Constitutional reforms passed in late 2013 and early 2014 make it possible for future diputadosand senadores to be reelected, to serve a maximum of 12 consecutive years (two terms forsenadores and four terms for diputados). 
That change doesn’t come into effect for this election, however. 
So, in 2015 nobody can yet be reelected.  However they can be in 2018.  So that means some of the diputados and senadoreselected in 2015 may be the first to be reelected in 2018.  
The new diputados, to be elected in June, are scheduled to take office on September 1st.
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Allan Wall, an educator, resided in Mexico for many years.  His website is located athttp://www.allanwall.info."

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Hillary Clinton, funny lady?

(My new American Thinker post)

Another day, another sign that the U.S. news media is either silly or in the tank for Democrats.

On Tuesday, Senator Clinton spoke and got the reporters to laugh a lot.  Frankly, I did not know that the lady was so funny.  Who wrote her lines?  This is a bit from the little chat:
Clinton, referencing past media coverage, said at Monday's dinner that she was embracing new beginnings - whether it was a new grandchild, a new hairstyle, a new email account or new relationship with the press.
"No more secrecy, no more zone of privacy - after all what good did that do me," Clinton said to laughter.
There are non-disclosure agreements crafted by her lawyers underneath everyone's chairs, Clinton quipped.
The annual Toner award commemorates the work of the late New York Times correspondent Robin Toner. The Washington Post's Dan Balz won this year's award. (Reporting By Amanda Becker in Washington; Editing by Bernard Orr)
What we saw between Secretary Clinton and the press was not funny.  It was sad.  It was embarrassing. 

Darn it.  What if President Nixon had said to the media, 

I should have burned those tapes. [Laughter.]  

We were only checking up on McGovern's March Madness bracket hiding at the Watergate offices.  [Laughter.]  

I promise a new relationship with the press [laughter]; 

my new relationship with the media is that I don't answer your questions.  [Laughter and more laughter.]

Why didn't one of our distinguished men and women of the media walk out in protest?  One of them could have said, You are shameless Mrs. Clinton – utterly shameless!

Why are so many people not buying the newspapers and turning off the mainstream media?  Yes, it's because of the internet.  The biggest reason is because the media has discredited itself, from the pathetic in-the-tank performance for Obama to this episode with Clinton.

It's not funny that she was using a private e-mail or allegedly destroyed thousands of documents.  It's called destruction of federal documents, and people go to jail for stuff like that.

Stop laughing and start reporting.

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Senator Cruz and a few other political thoughts



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Race card Durbin": Senator Durbin sending black ladies to the back of the bus?

(My new American Thinker post)

The left is having a hard time these days.

First, they have no solutions for the issues facing African-Americans, especially the ones living in all of those districts run by the Democrats.  We have one of those districts here in the Dallas area, with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.  Frankly, you feel like you are driving into another country every time you drive in.  It is sad to write it!  Vacant buildings.  Empty retail stores.  A sense of personal insecurity in the faces of those stuck in these districts.

Second, these same districts appear to be imploding.  There are lousy public schools, no jobs, and a terrible case of black-on-black crime.  

So what does a Democrat do?  He plays the ugly race card.

We heard recently that Senator Durbin of Illinois said that the GOP was delaying the confirmationa of Loret Lynch because she's black.  He used "coded language," but that's what he meant!

This is the same Senator Durbin who voted against Miss Condi Rice and Mrs. Janice Rogers Brown.  Rice eventually became the first African-American woman to be secretary of state and Mrs. Rogers-Brown was nominated for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit.

A few weeks ago, ESPN host Stephen Smith suggested that blacks should vote GOP one time to send a message. I don't recall anyone suggesting that Senator Durbin was throwing these two competent ladies to the back of the bus.  He probably had his reasons, but no one questioned his intent.



I don't know if blacks will follow Mr. Smith's advice.  I'm hoping that they do.  It would be nice to put a plug in all of this "race card" nonsense. 

By the way, I wonder if Senator Durbin's children attended Chicago or D.C. public schools.  Or is Senator Durbin throwing all of these black children to the back of the bus because he's in bed with the teachers' union?

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