Friday, September 30, 2016

A look at the US Senate races & Clinton-Trump with Chris Corbett


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Guest:   Chris Corbett, North Texas conservative activist....will look back at the Trump-Clinton debate......what happens next? Advice to Mr Trump.........we will also look at the GOP effort to keep the US Senate.......and more stories.......... ......



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1958: "It's all in the game" by Tommy Edwards was # 1 this week

Tommy Edwards had the # 1 song this week in 1958:  'It's all in the game".    

Here is the rest of the story, as a famous person used to say:


This is the only #1 hit ever written by a US Vice President. It was composed in 1911 by then-banker Charles Gates Dawes, who became VP under Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The lyrics were added in 1951 by the Brill Building songwriter Carl Sigman, who also changed the song's name to "It's All in the Game."   (Songfacts)

I did not know that!   

"It's all in the game" is a wonderful love song.   Edwards add his voice and the result is a ballad that never gets old!




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1958: "The Rifleman" made its US TV debut

Chuck Connors used to play baseball.    In fact, he played with the Dodgers and Cubs in 1949-51.   Connors, who was 6'5 and 190 lbs, never hit much:  .238 in 67 major league games!

On this day in 1958, "The Rifleman" made its debut on US TV and an entire generation of boys like me grew up watching it.   Even now, I catch episodes on Saturday mornings over at AMC.

The show's message was simple:  right and wrong, a widowed father who was a good role model and a cast of characters that we enjoyed every week.



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Remember the ones about keeping your own doctor and troops out of Iraq?


Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others
Year eight and credibility is a huge problem for the “hope and change” man!
We are sending more troops to Iraq, but don’t call them combat troops. Like LBJ in 1964, the Obama administration, and Clinton campaign, want you to understand that having U.S. troops in a war zone does not mean that anyone will shoot at them. I guess they will all neatly line up behind others and just watch the firefight, sort of like an Obama war video game. I just hope that the Obama fanatics read their history about Vietnam.
The irony is that we now have 5,000 troops in Iraq on the 7th anniversary of our withdrawal from Iraq. As the aforementioned articles explains, the White House claims that this is all consistent with Obama’s policy! In other words, I guess that meant to withdraw the troops, gloat about it 2012, and then put them back at the end of his second term.
Over at the ObamaCare office, the so-called “signature legislation” is in trouble. It is now apparent to anyone that the program will have to be dismantled unless the next president wants to call for a huge tax increase. Forget “single payer”. It only happens when Democrats are speaking to their partisans!
In fact, The Affordable Health Care Act is only affordable for those who are not paying for it. AHCA is also making it more difficult for people to afford it, as we see from Dan Springer:
When Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey announced recently that it’s $46 million in debt and shutting down, it became the 17th failed ObamaCare co-op since the Affordable Care Act launched three years ago.
Those failures — just six of the original 23 co-ops remain — have left hundreds of thousands of people scrambling for coverage.
Meanwhile, insurers claiming big losses are leaving some state exchanges — including Indiana University Health Plans, whose exit is expected to result in 27,000 Indiana residents losing ObamaCare plans in 2017. And companies still operating in the federal and state exchanges are raising premiums for next year.
Together, the developments are posing new challenges for Americans seeking affordable coverage, and show the highly touted overhaul of the country’s health care system is in some cases not yielding the savings President Obama once promised.
Like pulling troops out of Iraq, the $875 billion stimulus that did not stimulate and now ObamaCare everything but affordable.
I have one question: Where would President Obama’s approvals be if we had an honest idea willing to get out of the tank, dry up and put on their journalist uniforms?
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September 1966: The Association and "Cherish" on the radio




We remember one of the most popular pop songs ever.  This is one of those songs that gets airplay across the planet.


According to songfacts, "Cherish" by The Association is one very popular song:
"This is #22 on BMI's list of the most played 100 songs on television and radio of the 20th century."
That's impressive!

It was also # 1 for 3 weeks in 1966! (It was also a # 1 song hit for David Cassidy in the early 1970's)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 election and a few other thoughts




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Shakespeare would say today: First kill all the snap polls!


On Monday night, I saw a message in social media that Univision’s poll had Clinton beating Trump, 9-1!
It naturally created a little excitement, specially among those who were probably clicking the website saying that Clinton had destroyed Trump. I reminded the people in the chat that Univision’s numbers had two problems: It was not scientific or a real poll, and, it did not even reflect Mr. Trump’s standing with Hispanics.
At one point, I just turned off the politics and went to the MLB channel to catch up with the pennant races. At least, they weren’t running instant polls on whether the Blue Jays would beat the Orioles for the # 1 wild card seed.
Put me down as someone who does not like snap polls. They mean nothing and end up creating confusion about the state of the race.
To be fair, most of the snap polls actually had Trump winning. Even the CNN poll (Clinton 62-27 over Trump) had so many “caveats” that you had to learn Latin to understand it:
And while it handed the victory overwhelmingly to Clinton, it was more mixed on whether the debate will make a difference, with 47 per cent saying it would not affect their vote, 34 per cent saying it moved them towards Clinton — and 18 per cent towards Trump.
And that’s the serious poll of the night? 62% say that Clinton won but 47% saying that it does not matter. What were these people watching?  A debate or a movie?
The moral of the story is that there are too many snap polls that mean nothing.   
As I told a friend, this debate really did little to change the race. Trump did miss some “fat pitches” and Clinton’s permanent smile looked like she was a portrait rather than a human being. Again, it had little impact on voters.
Let me add two more thoughts about this campaign, indeed the most unique that I’ve seen.
First, the media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton but this is actually hurting her, as Michael Goodwin noted:
But here’s the other side of the story: Trump won’t suffer much voter pain, certainly not enough to put victory out of reach. His secret weapon is that his core supporters, including many independents, distrust the media nearly as much as they distrust Clinton.
Consider that, while most media professionals said Clinton won the debate, most online polls of viewers had Trump winning.
Second, we are two nations speaking two languages, as my friend Barry Casselman wrote recently. The elites say “free trade”, look at maps and economic theories. The people between the coasts hear “free trade” and they see their plant or job leaving. Donald Trump is speaking the language between the coasts and that is why he is in this race.    
And yes, let’s kill all of the snap polls!   
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A round table discussion of the Clinton-Trump debate


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A round table discussion of the Clinton-Trump debate 09/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

We have invited many friends of our show to look at Monday's first presidential debate......how did the two candidates do? who got the most out of the evening? how did the moderator do?...we had a question about 'birthers' but not one about Obama Care............and other stories since the debate....


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Happy # 73 Lou Pinella, one of my all time favorite players!

Happy # 73 to Lou Pinella, one of my all time baseball players, a tough hitter who later became a great manager, too.  

Lou was the kind of guy that you wanted on your side and specially when the tying or winning run was at second base.

Lou broke with Baltimore in 1964, was traded to Cleveland in 1966 and was Rookie of the Year with the 1969 expansion Kansas City Royals:  .282, 11 HR & 68 RBI.

In 1974, Lou became a Yankee and was an integral part of those winning teams:  .295 over a 11 years and one of the toughest outs in the AL.

After playing, he managed Cincinnati to the 1990 World Series and took Seattle to the ALCS twice.

Frankly, I always cheered for whatever team he was playing for or managing.

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How can you do a presidential debate without a question about ObamaCare?


As the song goes, “another one bites the dust”! We just learned that another insurance carrier is out:
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee sent shock waves Monday across Tennessee with the company’s decision to exit the Obamacare exchange in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, a move that highlights persistent volatility in the young health insurance marketplace.
Three years into the Affordable Care Act exchange, the state’s largest insurer is grappling with hefty losses and ongoing uncertainty on the marketplace. BCBST is open to coming fully back into the market once uncertainties about policies and the membership wane.
The insurer made “an extremely difficult but necessary decision” to leave the state’s three largest markets as it tries to manage its number of members to hit a break-even point after three years of losses, said Roy Vaughn, chief communications officer of BCBST.
The insurer is projecting losses approaching $500 million by the end of 2016. BCBST is not alone, as many insurers have been saddled with uncertainty and significant losses in the federally run marketplace.
Maybe Lester Holt, and his staff, were so busy studying “the birther” issue that this whole story just passed them by.
It is incredible to me that there were no questions about ObamaCare, a problem that will consume #45. Why didn’t Trump bring it up? He could have challenged the moderator to ask about it or simply bring it up during the economy discussion.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Holt was part of some conspiracy. Worse than that — he doesn’t think that ObamaCare was important enough to be in the debate. That’s scary!
By the way, ObamaCare’s enrollment issues have now reached the point that the administration is hoping to use social media to pull in younger folks. Of course, it’s not that young people don’t know about ObamaCare. The real issue is that they don’t think it’s a good deal, whether you text or Facebook them!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The day after the debate with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor


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The day after the debate with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 09/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor......we will look at Monday's first presidential debate......how did the two candidates do? who got the most out of the evening? how did the moderator do?.....and other stories....


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A draw and that favors Trump



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A word about debates past


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As I was telling a friend in Latin America, we have not always had debates in the U.S. In fact, we didn’t from 1788 to 1960.    
They did not happen again from 1964 to 1976. I’ve often wondered what an LBJ-Goldwater debate would have looked like. My guess is that LBJ would not have won with 60% of the vote. It would have been a lot closer because Senator Goldwater was really an extremely serious man and  not the monster that the LBJ campaign made of him.
In 1976, I recall President Ford challenged Governor Carter to debates. It happened during the 1976 acceptance speech, or a time when he was down in double digits and putting the party back together.  
As you may know, Governor Carter accepted and we had three serious debates with one line about Poland that President Ford had to take back.     
For most of us, it was the first time that we seen such a debate since the famous Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960. I don’t remember the 1960 debates but my parents, and many Cubans on the island, did pay close attention by radio (“Voice of America”) because Cuba was a major topic.
There are a few facts about these debates that you may want to consider:
1976 also marked the introduction of vice presidential debates which have regularly been held since 1984. 
Let’s be honest: rarely do voters pay attention and rarely are these debates memorable. 
There is, however, one exception. 
In the 1988 debate between Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen, Quayle suggested he had as much experience as former President John F. Kennedy. Bentsen retorted with the now famous lines, “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Yes, that Bentsen-Quayle moment was memorable but it had zero impact on the results. I would add that Admiral Stockdale’s “who am I” moment in the 1992 VP debates was hysterical.
I recall some highlights, such as Reagan’s “there you again“. It may have flipped the election because it happened the last week of the campaign. It was a dead heat that night but it ended 51-41% a week later or election day.
Reagan benefited from another line in 1984 when he joked about Mondale’s youth. It probably sealed that election, too.
Another favorite moment was from 2000 when VP Gore made a total you know what out of himself with his facial contortions and reactions to Governor Bush. It ended up helping the calmer and more steady Bush but I’m not sure that it changed any votes.
In both 2004 and 2012, the incumbent was crushed in the first debate. President Bush looked tired and President Obama looked like he’d rather be watching ESPN that night. They both looked bad but came back and were reelected with just under 51% of the vote.   
Here are some ideas for debates in the future:
1) Go to a audience format and have people ask questions. They are more interesting and relevant. You can have a media person call on the voters and have them ask the questions; 
2) Have the governor of each state ask the candidate a question. In other words, 50 questions. I like this idea because so often the states get lost in these debates. At the moment, there are more GOP governors and that may be an advantage to Trump. However, I trust that the questions will be about issues and force the candidates to address topics like the EPA, federalism, judicial tyranny and a few others; and,
3) Have one last debate with a panel of six journalists approved by both sides.   
It may be fun to have a Lincoln-Douglas debate someday but I don’t think the candidates will run the risk.
Good luck to the candidates!
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