Sunday, January 31, 2016

A chat with Sylvia Guzman, President of Denton LULAC.





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Snow storms in the Northeasts with Bob Parks & Frank Burke




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Doing business in Cuba and Latin America stories of the week





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Happy # 65 to KC


Happy # 65 to Harry Wayne Casey, a.k.a. as KC.    He was born in Florida and started his band in the 1970s.    it became KC and The Sunshine Band and one of the biggest dance groups of the decade.    They had many hits and "Keep it coming love" was my favorite:



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Iowa 2016 plus other issues with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda




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1971: Apollo 14 took off for the moon



Apollo 14 put the US back in space.   It happened on this day in 1971, or about 9 months after the problems of Apollo 13.    The men were Allan B. Shepard, who first went into space in 1961, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa.

Frankly, I miss these space missions.   They made us so proud!


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‘Hope and change’ meets 4th-quarter GDP



We’ve been focused on lots of issues this week, from Trump to the GOP debate to the Clinton emails to the mess in the Middle East and other things.  
However, there is a big story brewing, and it may be the one that people are talking about at the family kitchen table.
This is from The Washington Post and the fourth-quarter GDP results:
The U.S. economy slowed to a crawl in the last three months of 2015, new government data showed Friday, an indication of how tepid global growth is exposing new weaknesses in the nation’s long and sluggish recovery.
Gross domestic product, a measure of overall output, expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 0.7 percent between the months of October and December — just the second time in seven quarters that the nation has registered growth less than 1 percent.
That pace shows an economy that is being driven by steady consumer spending but weighed down by powerful trends in currency market, where the strong dollar is raising the cost of America’s exported goods — everything from cars to iPhones — while trimming profits for manufacturers.
The anemic growth could drive new concerns about the U.S.’s ability to fight off a series of major headwinds, including downturns in China and other major economies. Though the U.S. labor market remains strong, the nation is struggling to push back against two realities: Consumers across the world are buying less, and American products are becoming more expensive for them.
What a way to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the stimulus.  Go, summer of recovery!
What happens now?   
On the political field, this is bad news for Mrs. Clinton, or whoever the Democrat nominee is.  It’s hard to blame all of this on Bush, or the guy living in Dallas since 2009.
On the GOP side, it offers the nominee an opportunity to propose a “growth agenda” calling for tax reform and smaller government.
To be fair, we don’t know if the fourth quarter was an aberration or the beginning of a recession.  Either way, expect a lot of Americans to be talking about the economy around the proverbial kitchen table! 
Americans may be confused about the emails controversy, but they won’t be confused about an economic slowdown!
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The last Iowa poll is confusing

The last Iowa poll has good news for Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton.    They lead although the Clinton lead over Sanders is 3 points or within the margin of error.  Trump is up by 5 points over Cruz.    
More than half—55 percent—say their mind is made up, while 45 percent say they either don't have a first-choice candidate or could still be persuaded to pick someone else.
In the final Iowa Poll before the 2012 Republican caucuses, 51 percent say they had their minds made up.
My point is that there may be a surprise on Tuesday night.   Frankly, it wouldn't surprise me!

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Iowa 2016 is around the corner




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Saturday, January 30, 2016

1964: The Beatles in France and getting ready for The Ed Sullivan Show


The Beatles performed a couple of concerts in France today in 1964 this week.   They also recorded German versions of "She loves you" and "I want to hold your hand".   

Two weeks later, the guys were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show and Beatlemania was off and running.

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Let's meet Nilda Cepero, Cuban American author & poet




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Diana Ross: The theme from "Mahogany" was # 1 this week in 1976



Diana Ross had 12 # 1 songs with The Supremes in the 1960s.   She went on to enjoy a lot of success as a solo vocalist in the 1970s and beyond.   

On this week in 1976, Diana Ross was at the top of the charts with the theme from the movie "Mahogany".   

It was a beautiful melody and sung flawlessly by Diana:





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The poetry of Cástulo Gregorisch and Fernando Hernandez, author................




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How did Walter Johnson lose 279 games with a 2.17 career ERA?

A day ago, I posted about the first Hall of Fame class of 1936.   It included Walter Johnson, a well deserved choice and great right-hander.

Check out these awesome statistics:  417 wins, 2.17 career ER, 3509 Ks, 531 complete games and 110 shutouts.   

He also lost 279 games!

Johnson had a .599 winning pct.   In other words, he lost 40% of his games.    

How do you lose 40% of your games with a 2.17 career ERA?   He must have had a lot of 1-0 or 2-1 complete game losses.




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A good night for the GOP


(My new American Thinker post)


Did anyone watch Mr Trump last night? I didn’t because I found the GOP debate extremely interesting. It reminded me of how strong the field is, or what we used to say last summer before Mr. Trump turned everything into a show about him.
My scorecard looks like this:  
Senator Rubio was smooth but not slick. I love the way he talks about the U.S. He is not rattled on his feet and his focus on national security is very smart at this time. By the way, a Luntz focus group liked him too.
Senator Cruz is very intelligent but the brainy kid often stays home on Prom Night. In other words, I don’t see him connecting with a general election audience as well as he does in a primary.
Senator Paul had a good night but he lost me months ago with his libertarian stuff.   
Governor Christie was excellent. I love the way that he speaks directly to the audience. It’s effective. He grows on you and putting New Jersey in play is a big deal.   
Governor Bush had his best night. I am not writing him off yet because we hear that he has a strong ground game in South Carolina. 
Governor Kasich was good. I understand now why he continues to gain endorsements in New Hampshire. Winning Ohio is a must so he may be on the ticket one way or another. 
Dr. Carson is a wonderful man but this debate format is not for him. He is not finished but it’s hard to see where he goes from here.  
Did I miss anyone? The early debate was good and it’s a shame that Huckabee was down there. I wish that Paul and Huckabee had traded places.
What about the Trump impact? I appreciate that he put important issues on the table and his attack on PC attitudes was long overdue. At the same time, last night’s debate proved that the GOP has a strong bench without him.  
Furthermore, will a President Trump treat the press like this? Wait until the liberal media jumps on the Clinton bandwagon and goes after him. It will make Megyn Kelly’s question look rather benign.
Who won?  Rubio probably did but this is a long season. Don’t put all of your eggs in any basket just yet.
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Iowa 2016 and the GOP debate






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Friday, January 29, 2016

1936: The first selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame


It started on this day in 1936.  The first class selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame included Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.   
Quite a class to say the least!   

Cobb retired as the all time hits leaders (4,189) and a .366 lifetime batting average.   Pete Rose broke his record in 1985.

Ruth hit 714 HRs, set the single season record with 60 HR in 1927 and retired with a .342 career BA.    Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds passed him in 1974 and 2007 respectively.   Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961.   Barry Bonds hit 71 in 2001!

Wagner had 3,420 hits and a .328 career BA.

Mattewson won 373 games.   

Johnson won 424 games, pitched 110 shutouts and had a lifetime 2.17 ERA.   How did he lose 279 games with an ERA like that?   He also had 3,509 Ks!

Great selections!


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U.S. companies not finding many consumers in Cuba



Over the last couple of months, U.S. delegations have traveled to Cuba looking for markets. They have seen pretty beaches, heard a lot of promises but found few markets or consumers. This is not your grandfather’s Cuba, or the island nation that had a prosperous economy in 1959:
  • In the 1950’s Cuba was, socially and economically, a relatively advanced country, certainly by Latin American standards and, in some areas, by world standards.
  • Cuba’s infant mortality rate was the best in Latin America — and the 13th lowest in the world.
  • Cuba also had an excellent educational system and impressive literacy rates in the 1950’s.
  • Pre-Castro Cuba ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption.
  • Cuba ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world in television sets per capita.
  • Pre-Castro Cuba had 58 daily newspapers of differing political hues and ranked eighth in the world in number of radio stations. 
Unfortunately, the Cuban economy today is a disaster, specially for the Cuban people. Who is going to buy auto parts? Or shop at retail stores? Or buy computers? Not the Cuban people on government-dictated salaries.
My friend Jason Poblete nailed it by calling it “irrational exuberance”:
Cuba is far from being an emerging economy; because of political and economic immaturity, they are more akin to an underdeveloped nation.
No matter how hard the Obama administration tries to subvert U.S. law through the regulatory process, and make no mistake about it, they have been doing so,
Cuba remains a frontier market that also happens to be subject to comprehensive U.S. sanctions.
It is time that the Congress end their slumber on U.S.-Cuba policy and initiate a series of oversight hearings to expose the lawlessness of recent regulatory changes. U.S. taxpayers are already owed billions of dollars by the Cuba regime. Let’s not make it billions more.
As I shared with the Wall Street Journal in February 2015, and believe it even more so today, certain sectors in Washington, D.C., when it comes to Cuba, are suffering from a severe case of “irrational exuberance”.
Among other things, it is irrational to get excited about engaging with a police state and command economy whose total GDP is less than 1/10 or so that of the GDP of South Florida.
Where are the customers? They are not in Cuba, with the legacy of 50-plus years of communism and a total disregard for property law.   
Here is the bottom line: Cuba will not be prosperous again until the Castro family lifts the embargo on freedom that they’ve had on the island. It’s a shame that the Obama administration does not see the connection between freedom and prosperity.
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The GOP debate tonight and other thoughts




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Thursday, January 28, 2016

RIP Walt "No neck" Williams


In the early 1970s, it was a treat to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers at the old County Stadium.

As I recall, a lot of White Sox fans used to take I-90 north to catch the games.   One fan told me once that it was easier to get to Milwaukee than all the way down to Comiskey Park. 

During that time, the White Sox had a stocky outfielder (5'6" & 165 lbs) with one of the greatest nicknames in baseball, or "No neck" Williams.   

We learned that "No neck" died in Texas today.   He was 72.   His wife said that he got the nickname in his first year of baseball.   

"No neck" played for several years with Chicago, Cleveland and New York Yankees.   His best season was 1969 when he hit .304 with 133 hits.    Overall, he retired with a very respectable .270 career batting average.

RIP "No neck" Williams.    I loved the nickname and very aggressive style on the field.



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The life and times of Jose Marti with Jorge Ponce, Professor Lopez and others





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Remembering Jose Marti (1853-95)

Jose Marti was born on a day like this in 1853.  He died in 1895 during a confrontation with Spanish troops in the long and very costly Cuban War of Independence.

I grew up with a picture of Jose Marti at my parents home.  My late father had a pre-Castro peso bill on the wall.  It was, as he reminded me, evidence that the pre-Castro peso actually had the same value as a dollar

Marti's picture was a part of our family pictures on the wall.  It was there between our First Communion photos and other souvenirs of Cuba.  My guess is that most Cuban families have a picture of Marti on their walls too.  

Finally, my parents also had a Marti quote on their wall:

"*Nunca son más bellas las playas del destierro que cuando se les dice adiós.""


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1986: The Challenger disaster



We remember today the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster of 1986.   Thouosands of children watched it on TV.......first the excitement of the liftoff and then the awful exposion.    

It was a horrific day.

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Mom & Clydesdales baby are doing fine.......





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Chris and the two Cuban guys

Last night, I got a tweet from a friend. He was asking my reaction to Chris Matthews’ remarks about the two Cuban guys.    Mr. Matthews said it in the context of Mr. Trump skipping the GOP debate:
“Who’s going to watch a debate between the two Cuban guys?” he asked during Tuesday night’s episode of “Hardball.” “Who’s gonna watch a debate between Rubio, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz? Who cares?”
First, I am not a liberal. In other words, I am not a modern liberal who rushes to the racism corner every time that someone makes a stupid statement.   
Second, Matthews is doing what many liberals do with respect to Cuban-Americans. They don’t think that we are Hispanics, a rather bizarre conclusion.   
Not Hispanic? Think again Chris Matthews. Or does Mr. Matthews think that “Hispanic” is a synonym for “liberal”?
Third, what would the liberal corner be saying if some conservative commentator had said something like this but replace Cuban with African American? 
Finally, the fact is that millions will watch the debate without Trump.   After all, there are many of us who are interested in what the different candidates have to say.   Mr. Trump is leading the national polls but more than half are not supporting him.
Will anyone watch “the Cuban guys”? Yes.
Will anyone watch Matthews and “Hardball”? Well, the numbers tell us that few do.
 
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Doing business in Cuba plus US-Latin America stories of the week





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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Andy Pettitte will be inducted in Texas sports Hall of Fame


Andy Pettitte won 256 games over a very successful pitching career.   He played 15 years with the Yankees and the other 3 with the Astros.    He went 19-11 in the post season.

We learned today that Andy will be inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.   He was born in Deer Park, Texas and attended San Jacinto College in Houston.

Congratulations to Andy Pettitte.   I hope that he is given serious consideration for Cooperstown.   After all, how many guys with 256 wins are not in the HOF?

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1888: The National Geographic Society was founded




On this day in 1888, a group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers and financiers met in Washington DC.    They founded The National Geographic Society.    

Nine months later, the Society started publishing the magazine that we grew up reading.

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This dog is going to heaven


I believe that President Truman once said something about dogs and friends in Washington D.C. Let me paraphrase the 33rd president allegedly said: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog!
Let me add this: If you want a faithful partner or one willing to die for you then get a dog, too.
Down in Colombia, an Army dog was buried with full military honors. It brought a tear to my eye.    
Here is the report:
An explosives detection dog of the Colombian Military died after saving 30 soldiers from being victims of an anti-personnel mine in a rural area of the municipality of Suarez, in the southwest of the country, according to military sources.
Azabache, a trained canine taking part in various operations of the Third Army Division over the past three years, was severely injured by the explosion of a mine Wednesday while moving alongside a group of soldiers in the small village Patio Bonito, in the department of Cauca.
The explosion alerted the soldiers, who immediately rushed to aid Azabache and provided first-aid before he was taken by helicopter to a veterinary center in Cali.
According to veterinarians of the Third Army Division, the explosion caused internal injuries which led to the death of the canine, who was two years short of reaching his retirement and ending his military career.
“As for any of our soldiers, we feel great remorse over the death of Azabache, who had managed to locate a great quantity of explosives during his three years of work in the institution,” said the commander of the Third Division, General Luis Rojas.
The general noted that the team which Azabache belonged to was in an area where drug gangs have influence.
[snip]
Azabache’s funeral this Thursday was held with a military ceremony and he was buried by the soldiers he protected in the vicinity of the command post of the Apolo Task Force in Cauca.
What a story.
We’ve all heard reports of how dogs work with our armed forces in places like Afghanistan. The dog and soldier become one, as I’ve seen often when meeting returning soldiers and their dogs.
Up here, we walk our dogs and they become family. We even have a “pet’s night” at the Rangers’ ball park, i.e. Bark at the park!(They probably didn’t have one at the Cowboys’ games for fear that barking would turn into growling!)
In other places, dogs protect men from mines and other dangers, as in Colombia. They do the dirty and dangerous work that saves lives.
All dogs go to heaven, and this one definitely will find a special spot waiting.
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The snow storms in the Northeast plus more confusing talk about climate change




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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Whatever happened to all of those people who were going to sign up for Obama Care?


The latest numbers are not good for Obama Care, according to California Healthline:
 "Last year, CBO estimated that about 21 million people would be enrolled in ACA plans in 2016 (California Healthline, 1/27/15).
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has estimated that about 10 million U.S. residents will be enrolled in health coverage purchased through the ACA's exchanges by the end of 2016 (California Healthline, 12/23/15).
The ACA's current open enrollment period launched Nov. 1, 2015, and is scheduled to end Jan. 31 (Hensch, The Hill, 1/23)." 
So what's going on? My guess is that people are looking at the options and deciding to go without insurance and paying the penalty.
The result is that fewer enrollments means serous cash problems for Obama Care. The AHCA was based on young people and the healthy signing up to pay for the old and unhealthy.
It's not turning out that way.

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RIP Abe Vigoda (1921-2016)


We learned that Abe Givoda passed away.   He was 94.

Most of us remember him in "The Godfather" as Tessio and then Detective Fish in "Barney Miller".   He also appeared on "The Godfather II".

He was born Abraham Charles Vigoda in 1921, or when President Harding was in the White House.   He was the son of a tailor and both of his parents were Russian immigrants.

Before playing Tessio in "The Godfather", Mr Givoda played several roles in Broadway and movies.   

RIP Abe Givoda

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