Thursday, December 14, 2017

The problem with Roy Moore

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Like some of you, I thought that Judge Moore would pull this out because he was running in Alabama. Unfortunately, even a flawed GOP candidate can lose in Alabama.
What does it mean going forward?
In politics, the winners always explain victories in grand terms. We heard Jones last night speak in terms of “change” and other things.    
In fact, senator-elect Jones had very little to do with his victory. It was a referendum on Roy Moore, a very flawed candidate whose problems pre-dated The Washington Post article.
Doug Schoen has it about right in his analysis:   
Surely, Jones’ win emboldens Democrats to compete in states like Nevada where Republicans are potentially now vulnerable. To succeed, the Democrats will need more than a message of resistance or opposition, but a centrist pro-growth agenda of their own.     
Mr. Schoen has a warning for both parties, as well. I agree that the GOP needs to get more practical and choose candidates who can win elections not primaries. 
The good news is that the GOP has put the Moore problem away. In other words, no Moore circus or questions about an ethics investigation or more newspaper articles clarifying where he did or didn’t touch young women. Moore is history and that’s a blessing for Republicans who would rather talk about the tax plan.
The bad news is for Alabama and Senator elect Jones. In the summer, Jones was nominated because no one in their right mind thought that he’d win. He is the kind of liberal who usually makes concession speeches in Alabama.
So how popular will Senator Jones be in a few months? Not very and that’s what we will be talking about in 2018 until he is defeated in 2020.
In elections, candidates matter a lot. A flawed candidate usually loses, as we saw with Clinton and Moore.
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The Democrats' Iraq War dishonesty




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Back in 2007,  many Democrats were calling for a withdrawal from Iraq.  They did it by playing both sides of the issue.   It was very dangerous talk, as we learned after President Obama withdrew the troops from Iraq in 2011.

Go back and read this from CNN's Michael Ware:
"Well, even more than that, if you just wanted to look at it purely in terms of American national interest, if U.S. troops leave now, you’re giving Iraq to Iran, a member of President Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil,’ and al Qaeda.
That’s who will own it.
And so, coming back now, I’m struck by the nature of the debate on Capitol Hill, how delusional it is.
Whether you’re for this war, or against it; whether you’ve supported the way it’s been executed, or not; it doesn’t matter.
You’ve broke it, you’ve got to fix it now. You can’t leave, or it’s going to come and blow back on America."
We knew what it would happen following a premature withdrawal.   And it did happen!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday's show: Alabama the day after, Deputy AG before the House, Bush-Gore 2000 & more


We will look at the elections in Alabama......where does Senator elect Jones go from here?  He is to the left of the state on every major issue.......what are the lessons for the GOP?...the Deputy AG before Congress talking about the Mueller probe............Bush vs Gore finally settled on this day in 2000..........Happy # 92 Dick Van Dyke........plus other stories of the day.......

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Wednesday's video: Alabama the day after plus the Deputy AG before the House



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Bullets rather than samba in Rio!

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Violence in Rio is a major problem, specially if you are an innocent bystander at the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a report by Sebastian Smith:   
While the fighting in Rio de Janeiro’s crime war is done by commando-style police and heavily armed drug traffickers, a growing number of the victims look quite different: innocent, joyful children like Maria Eduarda.
Firefights erupt in densely packed, poor favela neighborhoods, leaving thousands of people with nowhere to hide each time the shooting, involving Kalashnikovs and other military grade rifles, begins.
AFP has investigated the stories of those caught in the middle, like 13-year-old schoolgirl Maria Eduarda, in a new multimedia report: “Stray Bullets: violence and broken lives in Rio.”
With around 60,000 murders a year, Brazil is among the world’s most dangerous countries. 
Rio, host of the 2016 Olympics, has long been one of the hotspots.
But as AFP’s investigation highlights, stray bullet incidents add a cruel twist to the wider crisis.
People are shot outside church, in parks or in restaurants, in daytime or at night. Since the cheap construction of favela houses will not necessarily stop a bullet, even staying at home can be dangerous. 
As Mr. Smith points out, victims of stray bullets often go unreported. Nevertheless, 60,000 murders is a mammoth number.
Rio de Janeiro has a population of 6.5 million, second to Sao Paulo. It is also the sixth largest city in the Americas. 
Not long ago, a Brazilian friend introduced me to the Rio Times, an English newspaper. My friend said that the reporting on crime stories would shock me, and it did.  For example, a story from this week tells us that 126 police officers have already been killed this year.    
The violence in Rio has had a major consequence in state prisons, where gangs are constantly at war with each other. Just recently, the federal government sent troops to control the violence in many of the worst prisons in the world. As my local friend told me recently, they kill each other in Rio or at the state prisons!
Very bad for Rio, a city once known for “samba” rather than stray bullets!
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The pressure is now on Jones to vote like Alabama not Obama...



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My guess is that most Democrats were really hoping for a Moore victory in Alabama



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Talk about a "no win" situation



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Why were some using the word gulag about Guantanamo?


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Back during the Iraq War, we posted about the attacks against the Guantanamo prison camp.

Let's concede that some mistakes may have been made in the handling of prisoners.  

Let's concede that this happens in every war.  During World War 2, undisciplined US soldiers often brutalized German prisoners.

It happens. It's war.

Yet, it is not the policy of the US to torture people.

I should add that the men in Guantanamo are among the world's worst criminals. They are not there because they forgot to return their library book on time.

It got frustrating when the world "gulag" was brought into the debate.

A Gulag in the old USSR was one of the worst violators of human rights in the world.   

Guantanamo is not one of these places.

The US has taken extreme care in providing these prisoners with a holy book, three meals a day and a place to live.  We did not cut any one's head off.  We did not torture anyone.

So stop these cheap shots against the US armed forces.


So Jones won with 49.6% of the vote



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1925: Happy birthday Dick Van Dyke


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Dick Van Dyke was born on this day in 1925.

Most of us met him through The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the best sit-coms of the 1960s.   He played Rob Petrie, a TV comedy writer.  His wife was the very pretty Mary Tyler Moore.  It was a great show!

He was also in several other movies, such as "Bye Bye Birdie", "Mary Poppins",  and a few others:
"In addition to his TV success in the 1960s, Van Dyke appeared in a string of movies, including the 1963 big-screen adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie, which co-starred Ann-Margret and Janet Leigh. 
The following year, he appeared as the charming chimney sweep Bert in Walt Disney’s movie musical Mary Poppins, which featured Julie Andrews, in her feature film debut, as the umbrella-toting super nanny. The film, now a beloved cinematic classic, earned 13 Academy Award nominations and took home five Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews. 
Though Van Dyke received positive reviews for his singing and dancing, critics skewered him for his bad English accent. 
In 1968, Van Dyke had another hit movie musical with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he plays the eccentric inventor Caratacus Potts, who develops a magic car. 
The film’s screenplay was co-written by Roald Dahl, the best-selling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

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2000: Bush v Gore was finally settled weeks later





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The Supreme Court finally ended the 2000 election recounts after several weeks or partisan politics and opinions.

Bush won every recount in Florida.  (In May 2001, or almost 6 months after, he won again: Newspapers' recount shows Bush prevailed)

How many recounts was Bush supposed to win?


The election controversy finally ended when The Supreme Court decided Bush v Gore:
"Seven of the nine Justices recognized, as Will puts it, that "the standardless recount ordered by the Florida court - different rules in different counties regarding different kinds of chads and different ways of discerning voter intent - violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the laws.""  (PowerLine)
At the end of the day, the US Supreme Court correctly stopped VP Gore's plan, or selective recounts in some counties.

The 2000 election, and the bloody recount, set the stage for Bush Derangement Syndrome and the left's irrational war on the duly elected president of the US.

Let's hope that we don't see another repeat of the 2000 election in our lifetime.

Let's also hope that presidential candidates carry their home states.  (VP Gore would have been elected president if he had won his home state of Tennessee, i.e. 11 electoral votes!)







"My father's quest", a great book by Carmen Konneker!


We spoke with Carmen Konneker, author of "My father's quest":
"Carmen was born in a small town in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The youngest daughter of three children, she made a promise to her father that someday, even after he died, she would write his story. Carmen grew up listening to the different adventures her father encountered during his life, finding it fascinating that a human being could endure such challenges without losing his sense of humor. She learned from him to walk through life with his courage. Carmen raised three boys, who have now left the nest, and she has two grandchildren. She has served the community in many ways, working in the medical field, the food industry, and serving as president of the International Women's Club in Plano, Texas. She has also volunteered at the local hospital. She is always learning different things, just like her father. Now she writes true stories, enjoys painting, and loves children. Carmen is a naturalized citizen of this beautiful country, which she loves just like her father did. She lives with her husband in a beautiful corner deep in the countryside in the state of Texas.
Carmen is currently working on three other books based on true stories about her family.

It is a great story of her father's life, from losing his parents at an early age, then being separated from his siblings and his eventual move to the US:

"In the early 1900s in rural Mexico, a father and mother are taken from their children in a tragic accident. 

The four small children lose everything-their home, their friends, and all their belongings-and are placed in an orphanage by an uncaring distant relative. The oldest child, Daniel, is only eight years old, but he is determined to protect his younger brother and two sisters as he promised by his father's grave.

When the siblings are separated, Daniel begins a quest to reunite his family that spans years and borders, trying to bring them together once more.

This is the story as told to his daughter Carmen, who wrote it with love."


It is a great story and you should check it out.

Click here to purchase the book.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wednesday's show: Alabama finally, social media and discourse plus other stories


We will look at the elections in Alabama......what happens if Moore wins? if Jones wins? Senator Gillibrand calls for President Trump's resignation......more staffing issues with the Mueller probe.....Trump lawyer calls for independent counsel for the infamous dossier......social media and civil discourse....Rep Lewis skipped the civil rights museum because of President Trump......violence in Rio at alarming rates.......Our Lady of Guadalupe Day.......Frank Sinatra 1915-98........Happy # 77 Dionne Warwick.............plus other stories of the day...........

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Tuesday's video: Why didn’t Rep John Lewis show up?



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A bad day for Representative John Lewis

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As we learned on Saturday, Representative John Lewis of Georgia skipped the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.   
According to news reports, Representative Lewis was joined by Representative Thompson:   
“After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil rights activists, and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,” Lewis and Thompson stated. “President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum.”
The duo said that the civil rights struggles represented in the new museum “exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi” but President Trump’s “disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts” of Mississippi’s greatest civil rights champions.
“After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum,” Lewis and Thompson stated.
Shame on Lewis and Thompson.   
It’s a shame that many black Democrats have decided to play the race card against President Trump.
First, did Lewis or Thompson ever call on fellow Democrats to return the campaign donations that Trump made to their party over the years? Or the Clinton Foundation? Hillary Clinton campaign?
Second, what about Jesse Jackson? Did anyone disown Jackson when he took Trump money and said nice things about him? I don’t remember that either.
What’s going on? The race card and that’s it. Most black areas are underperforming in every way, from lousy public schools to job creation.
Representative Lewis and Thompson, or the “duo”, should have gone to the museum and listened to what President Trump wants to do for public education in their districts. It would show that “the duo” wants to move forward rather than live in an ugly past that Mr. Trump had nothing to do with.
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2009: Secretary Clinton to Mexico: Who painted your virgin?



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We understand that Sec Clinton had a difficult and embarrassing incident in Mexico City.


A few minutes later, Sec Clinton told Mexicans: “you have a marvelous virgin!”

Is this like the "reset" button that she gave the Russian foreign minister?

Didn't some "expert" at The State Dept tell Sec Clinton that it's "a divine image" not some Mexican "Mona Lisa"?


A post from 2008: Obama, a vague resume and lousy references!


Have you ever hired someone? Well try this!

Imagine that someone comes in for a job interview. His resume is vague, i.e. he has no experience related to the job under consideration.

Furthermore, he won't let you talk to his references.

On top of that, his references are all members of one of the most corrupt political machines in the country, the so called Chicago Boys:
"There's a different question for American voters. Mr. Obama pledges to clean up our nation's politics and outpolls John McCain on honesty and ethics.
Yet in Chicago, he moved with the Tony Rezkos and endorsed pols like Mayor Daley and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

Can a politician so steeped in his hometown's ways really be an agent of change in Washington?"
No experience and lousy references! That's Obama!    

Update 2009:   Add a news media that won't ask him any tough questions:







1917: Father Flanagan established "Boys Town"


It's a great movie.   It's also a true story.   Father Flanagan established "Boys Town", a place for troubled boys.   It is called "Boys and Girls Town" today.    Spencer Tracy played Father Flanagan:





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1917: We remember Father Flanagan and Boys Town



It's one of my favorite stories, and movies, too:
"In Omaha, Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opens the doors to a home for troubled and neglected children, and six boys enter to seek a better life. 
Flanagan, who previously ran the Workingmen's Hotel, a haven for down-and-out workers in Omaha, understood that mistreated or orphaned children were at high risk of turning to delinquency and crime in later years.
The location of what would become known as "Boys Town" rapidly filled up with the arrival of additional children. Many were sent by local courts, others were referred to the home by citizens, and some wandered off the streets and through the home's unlocked doors on their own accord. In the spring of 1918, no space was left in the drafty Victorian mansion at 106 North 25th Street, so Father Flanagan, assisted by sympathetic citizens, moved Boys Town to a building 10 times the size on the other side of town. The vacant building was the German-American Home, which, with the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, had become the most despised building in the city.Within months, enrollment at Boys Town had soared to more than 100 boys, and a school was established that later grew into an institution with a grade school, a high school, and a career vocational center. Before the new building was four years old, more than 1,300 neglected boys from 17 states had passed through Boys Town. In 1921, Boys Town expanded again with the financial assistance of the people of Omaha, this time to a farm 10 miles west of Omaha. The institution remains at this site today and has changed its name to "Girls and Boys Town" to reflect its co-ed enrollment."

Years later, the story was made into a movie.  What a great movie it was!


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday's show: The Mueller probe, the media, Alabama election and other stories of the day


We will look at the Mueller investigation under fire........the media had a bad week......are reporters sloppy or partisan...........Colombia President Uribe could tech Mexico a few lessons...Alabama is looking better for Moore but he will have problems once he gets to the US Senate.......Sam Cooke died 1964......Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1911-2008)....plus other stories of the day...........

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Where is the Mexican Uribe?

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Over the years, the Mexican political class was happy to blame U.S. consumers for drug cartels. Indeed, drug users are the consumers sending billions of dollars south of the border to fund criminal groups.
However, Mexico is not free of blame, as we have seen in the spread of violence and corruption related to drug cartels.  
Mexico needs to borrow a page from President Alvaro Uribe’s playbook! In his memoir “No Lost Causes,” President Uribe of Colombia told his story and it is a good one.
Colombia was a disaster in the late 1980s. Some called it a “failed state.” Most of the middle class was sick and tired of cartels killing policemen and buying judges and politicians.
This is when Alvaro Uribe stepped in:
Alvaro Uribe — a former Partido Liberal member — ran and won in May 2002 on an independent platform to restore security to the country. 
Many Congress PL and independent members in both chambers pledged their support to Uribe even prior to his election. 
Security improved significantly under Uribe although his fierce campaign against the FARC often seemed to border on the personal: his father was killed by the rebels in a botched kidnapping.
Among his promises was pursuing the broad goals of Plan Colombia within the framework of a long-term strategy. 
In the fall of 2002, Uribe released a democratic security strategy that employed political, economic, and military means to weaken all illegal armed groups. 
The Uribe government offered to negotiate a peace agreement with these groups if they would agree to a unilateral cease-fire and to end drug trafficking and kidnapping.
In December 2003, the Colombian United Self-Defense Forces (AUC) paramilitary group entered into a peace agreement with the government that led to the collective demobilization of over 31,000 AUC members. 
In addition, more than 20,000 members of the FARC, AUC, ELN, and other illegal armed groups have individually surrendered their arms. 
In July 2005, President Uribe signed the Justice and Peace Law, which provides reduced punishments for the demobilized if they renounce violence and return illegal assets, which are used by the government to provide reparations to victims.
Alvaro Uribe was the courageous Colombian leader who fought “narco traficantes” head on. He also understood that you had to do more than kill cartel leaders. He had to create a police force and earn the trust of the middle class living in Colombia’s major cities.
So what can President Uribe teach Mexico?   
Beyond fighting cartels, Mexico has to look at the scale of the lawlessness, its geographical reach, and the apparent inability of the government to keep it in check.
And President Uribe proved that the people will support a democratically elected leader who establishes order.
Where is Mexico going? I don’t know for sure. However, it would be wise for Mexico’s next president to sit down with Alvaro Uribe for a long chat.
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Monday's video: Bad week for the news media



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Happy # 73 Brenda Lee

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Happy # 73 to the one and only Brenda Lee.........she was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, GA.     



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Remembering Carlos Gardel (1890-1934) with Louis Armstrong

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG
I GET IDEAS
"When we are dancing And you're dangerously near me
I get ideas, I get ideas I want to hold you
So much closer than I dare do
I want to scold you 'Cause I care more than I care to
And when you touch me And there's fire in every finger
I get ideas, yes, I get ideas
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too
Your eyes are always saying
The things you're never saying
I only hope they're saying That you could love me too
For that's the whole idea, it's true
The lovely idea That I'm falling in love with you..
And after we have kissed goodnight
And still you linger I kinda think you get ideas too.'


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Happy # 77 David Gates

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We remember David Gates, one of the most popular performers and songwriters of the 1970's.   David was born in Tulsa, OK.     David had many hits with Bread and then on his own.    Great songwriter.



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A day in the life of newsrooms



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A bit of Charlie Chan wisdom for some reporters.....



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The left needs a new song and message



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We remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1911-2008)



Alexander Solzhenitsyn died in 2008.   He was born in Kislovodsk, Russia on this day in 1911.

We remember him as an author who wrote about Soviet communism. He knew first hand what repression and tyranny really were:
"Beginning with the 1962 short novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Solzhenitsyn devoted himself to describing what he called the human "meat grinder" that had caught him along with millions of other Soviet citizens: capricious arrests, often for trifling and seemingly absurd reasons, followed by sentences to slave labor camps where cold, starvation and punishing work crushed inmates physically and spiritually.
His "Gulag Archipelago" trilogy of the 1970s left readers shocked by the savagery of the Soviet state under the dictator Josef Stalin."
Mr. Solzhenitsyn was a real hero of the 20th century!



1964: Sam Cooke died in Los Angeles



Sam Cooke was one of the best male singers of the early 1960s.  His life ended abruptly on this day in 1964:

"Born in 1931 to a Baptist minister and his wife, Cooke's early musical development took place in the church. 

Like other early figures in what would eventually be called "soul" music, Cooke began his professional career singing gospel. 

A member of the legendary Soul Stirrers since the age of 19, Cooke was given permission by his record label to begin recording secular music in 1956.


"You Send Me" (1957) was Sam Cooke's first pop smash, and it was followed by such classics as "Chain Gang" (1960), "Cupid" (1961), "Twistin' the Night Away" (1962) and the Dylan-inspired posthumous release that became an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement: "A Change Is Gonna Come" (1964). 
His voice has been called the most important in the history of soul music, but just as important to Sam Cooke's historical standing is the fact that he also wrote all of the aforementioned hits—a remarkable fact for any popular singer of his time.
In the years since his death, the circumstances surrounding Cooke's shooting have been called into question by his family and others. 
Though the truth of what happened on this day in 1964 might remain uncertain, Sam Cooke's place in the history of popular music is anything but."
Sam Cooke was a great singer.



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