Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Terror in Manchester, Trump overseas and other stories

We will look at the Manchester terrorist attack.....can governments in Europe protect their people anymore.......President Trump doing well overseas, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to the Vatican.......where is the crime in the Russia collusion story.......are Democrats walking back the impeachment Bob Dylan is 76 other stories....

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They want to kill us all

What more do we need to know about these people? Can their intentions be more clear? What else do they have to do? Blow up teen girls at a pop concert?
As Roger Simon wrote:     
If you think what happened in Blighty can’t happen here — 19 killed, 59 injured — you’ll  have to excuse me if I say “You’re out of your bloomin’ mind.” Did you already forget 9/11/2001?  Or the Boston Marathon? Or San Bernardino? Or the Orlando gay bar attack less than a year ago that killed 49?
Oh, yeah.  Seems so long ago, doesn’t it, even that last one? The “new normal.”  We put these things out of our minds the week after to deal with the next trivial Washington scandal or go about our petty lives.  
Our culture lives in a self-destructive willful blindness, refusing to see the obvious even though it happens again and again across the globe.  
Radical Islam, Islamism, or whatever you want to call it has been at war with us since the Twin Towers came down and even well before.  And they have no intention whatsoever of stopping.
Nevertheless we respond in the most perfunctory manner, nattering on about how Islam is a”religion of peace,” criticizing ourselves and others for “Islamophbia,” or dismissing it all as a police matter.
My guess is that we will react decisively in the US.  We’ve had a much more realistic view of terrorism over here.  As a last resort, we believe in self defense and allow some citizens to carry guns and serve as a line of protection.
However, I’m not very optimistic about Europe. For example, Salman Abedi, the alleged terrorist, was known to British authorities prior to the attack. Wonder how that makes any parent feel about the next concert that their teens want to go to? Or the next time that there is a big soccer event? In other words, would you attend a concert in the UK any time soon knowing that  people under the eye of the police will join you for the proceedings?
Most of all, it makes President Trump’s realism about terrorism and uncontrolled immigration really stand out.   
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1935: Phillies vs Reds and the first night game

Most major league games are now played at night, including the post season.    Afternoon baseball is primarily on weekends or opening day.   
The first night game was on this day in 1935:   The Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 before 25,000 happy home team fans!
NIght baseball became a reality in the 1940s.  
The first World Series night game was game 4 in 1971 when the Pirates beat the Orioles.   A few years later, millions watched the 1975 Boston-Cincinnati series.
Most post season games are now under the lights to maximize the TV audience.
The good news about baseball under the lights is that you can tap into prime TV audiences.   The bad news is that a lot of little kids can’t stay up to watch the final innings.    In other words, millions of kids have grown up never seeing the last out of the series.    
Last, but not least, the Cubs did not turn on the lights until 1988!

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1883: Happy birthday to The Brooklyn Bridge

It took 14 years, and sadly 27 lives, but The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.   It connected Brooklyn and New York City.   It was designed by John A. Roebling.
President Chester Arthur, and Governor of New York & future President Grover Cleveland, presided over the ceremony. It was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.

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Happy birthday # 76 Bob Dylan

Today, we remember Bob Dylan's songs.

We also wish Dylan a happy birthday.  He was born in Minnesota on this day in 1941.

Dylan was a prolific songwriter and performer.

Frankly, I like him more as a songwriter but some of his performances were memorable, such as "Mr. Tambourine Man" & "Like a rolling stone".

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A chat with Leslie Eastman and Dawn Wildman

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NAFTA back to the table

Eight years ago, then-senator Obama called for a renegotiation of NAFTA.  We understand that Mr. Obama did it in 2008 to beat up Mrs. Clinton, who had supported the trade agreement.
Nevertheless, this is where we are today:
The Trump administration gave Congress official notice on Thursday that it plans to renegotiate Nafta but provided only the vaguest of hints about modest changes President Trump would seek to an agreement that he has called “the worst trade deal ever.”
In a brief letter to lawmakers, Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed United States trade representative, said the administration aimed to support economic growth and better-paying jobs through unspecified improvements to Nafta that would modernize the 23-year-old agreement. But the notice — a drastically scaled-back version of a draft the administration circulated this year — promised no major modifications of the sort that the president has hinted he will seek.
Mr. Trump had threatened to withdraw completely from the agreement, only to relent in late April when the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other parties to the deal, called and asked him to renegotiate instead. Sonny Perdue, his secretary of agriculture, also presented Mr. Trump with a map illustrating the potential negative consequences for American farmers if the deal were shut down.
We will see where it goes from here.
As a supporter of NAFTA, I welcome the review.  After all, 23 years is a long time, and some adjustments may be in order.
On the Mexico side, NAFTA is controversial.
On the one hand, professional and well educated Mexicans love the fact that they can work in all of those multinational companies that headed south.  By the way, I am not talking only about U.S. companies.  Go to San Luis Potosi in central Mexico or Queretaro, about two hours north of Mexico City, and you will see an amazing display of international operations.  These companies are using cheaper labor but rely on very well paid professional Mexicans to work in accounting, quality control, and general management.
On the other hand, talk to small retailers or grocers, and they will tell you that NAFTA, and all of those cheap imports, put them out of business.  They correctly point out that Mexico’s GDP has not kept up with other countries.
So my guess is that a NAFTA renegotiation will get a thumbs-up south of the border.  I remember all of the rhetoric of 1993, or how NAFTA would pull Mexico out of the Third World.  Yes, you can see all of those modern plants all over Mexico, but there is no sense, fair or unfair, that the workers or farmers have benefited at all.
Let the talks begin.  NAFTA is probably going to be a huge topic in Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.
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We remember Rosemary Clooney (1928-2003)

We remember one of the great voices of American pop music.
Rosemary Clooney was born on this day in 1928:
Rosemary Clooney was born on May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky. She sang and toured with a big band in the 1940s and eventually signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist. Her first No. 1 hit was “Come On-a My House” in 1951. In the 1950s, she starred in White Christmas with Bing Crosby and had her own television show. Clooney was twice married to actor Jose Ferrer and received a lifetime Grammy in 2002. She died of lung cancer in 2002.
Clooney was before my time.   However, her lovely voice and style live on in recordings, TV and movie clips.    One of her big hits was “Hey there”:

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1934: Bonnie & Clyde killed by police

Bonnie & Clyde were killed on this day in 1934:
“Famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed in a police ambush near Sailes, Louisiana. A contingent of officers from Texas and Louisiana set up along the highway, waiting for Bonnie and Clyde to appear, and then unloaded a two-minute fusillade of 167 bullets at their car, killing the criminal couple.”
And the rest is history.       In 1967, Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway were in a movie about "Bonnie & Clyde":

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Let's chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay

Guest: Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay.............the band will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year......over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin can see some of their performances in YouTube.......

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Martha Washington (1731-1802): The first First Lady

Martha Washington died on this day in 1802.    Her husband, President Washington, died 3 years earlier in 1799.
Martha and George were married in 1759.   She was a widow with two children when they married.   The couple did not have their own children.     During the Revolutionary War, she frequently followed him and urged the local women to help feed, clothe and tend to the soldiers.
Overall, Mrs Washington was a private person and loved Mt Vernon, where the couple is buried.    By the way, Mt Vernon is a wonderful place to visit.

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1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born

Do you enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes?  I do.  They are great stories.  

We remember that Mr Doyle was born on this day in 1859:

"Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, a teacher with extraordinary deductive reasoning power. Bell partly inspired Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes years later.
After medical school, Doyle moved to London, where his slow medical practice left him ample free time to write. 
His first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. 
Starting in 1891, a series of Holmes stories appeared in The Strand magazine. Holmes enabled Doyle to leave his medical practice in 1891 and devote himself to writing, but the author soon grew weary of his creation. In The Final Problem, he killed off both Holmes and his nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, only to resuscitate Holmes later due to popular demand. 
In 1902, Doyle was knighted for his work with a field hospital in South Africa. In addition to dozens of Sherlock Holmes stories and several novels, Doyle wrote history, pursued whaling, and engaged in many adventures and athletic endeavors. After his son died in World War I, Doyle became a dedicated spiritualist. 
He died in 1930."
Elementary Dr Watson!

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The Democrats and three upcoming elections

Over the next 30 days, we will hear about three elections in Georgia, Montana, and South Carolina.  
The media will likely call them the three most important elections in world history. They will then forget about the results when the Democrats lose!
The Democrats are investing a lot to win, according to news reports:
From Montana to the suburbs of Atlanta, voters are getting a steady diet of commercials from the Democratic candidates that focus on GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without enough protections for those who have preexisting health conditions. 
They’re talking about tax breaks for the middle class and small businesses, blasting their opponents for helping special interests.
It sounds like the old “class warfare” game all over again. I don’t see in this strategy anything that confirms that the party has learned the lessons of the Obama years, or 1,000 seats down!   
On ObamaCare, it’s easy to say that the GOP wants to put people with preexisting conditions in danger. Unfortunately for Democrats, it’s the premiums and deductibles that most people are talking about.   
On “tax the rich”, it’s the same old song that simply does not register with all of those small business owners who make up these suburban districts that they are trying to win.
Yes, the “out party” always picks up seats in the off-year elections as the GOP did in 2009 when they won governorships in New Jersey and Virginia.   
In this case, the Democrats are not just “the out” party but rather “the out of touch party“: 
“Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves.”
I don’t usually bet anything, specially since my heart was broken in game six of the 2011 World Series.     
Nevertheless, I feel confident that the GOP will go 3-0 in Georgia, Montana, and South Carolina.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

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Hooray for New York’s Hispanic police officers


What was President Obama thinking when he made it possible for Oscar López-Rivera to walk out of prison?  We posted about this in January.
What were they thinking in New York when they celebrated his release in the annual Puerto Rico parade?
Let’s get the story:
Outraged Hispanic police groups are boycotting the Puerto Rican Day Parade next month because the event will celebrate a pardoned terrorist linked to one of the deadliest groups ever to target New York.
The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Rafael Ramos Foundation have pulled out of the June 11 Fifth Avenue march after it was announced that former FALN kingpin Oscar Lòpez Rivera will be honored as a “National Freedom Hero” at the event.
Rivera, 74, had his 70-year sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama in January. He had spent nearly 36 years in prison on conspiracy charges for his ties to the Puerto Rican nationalist group, which was responsible for more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and ’80s – including a 1982 blast at NYPD headquarters that left an officer maimed and a 1975 attack that killed four at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District.
Some sponsors have pulled out.  Goya Foods, one of the great Hispanic business success stories, pulled out.  They refused to contribute $200,000, according to news reports.     
It raises the question: what were the organizers of the parade thinking?  How do you offend police officers this way?
This is another example of the left’s moral bankruptcy.  Leftists will go crazy when some kid dresses up as a taco for Halloween or salutes a Confederate statue but have no trouble honoring a criminal like López-Rivera.
It’s nice to see that some people know the difference between a terrorist and a man wrongfully imprisoned.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Remembering Jose Marti 1895 and Cuban independence 1902 with Jorge Ponce

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Is Pelosi lowering expectations?

Is Representative Pelosi preparing Democrats for the reality that it’s easier to impeach a president in fundraising letters than in the real world? After all, it’d take a congressional majority to bring it to a vote in the House. I’m not even talking about the 67 votes required to convict the president in the Senate.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that key Democrats are calling for calm, specially knowing that Mr. Trump could be seen a victim of their hysteria.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that some House Democrats need to “curb their enthusiasm” over the possibility that President Trump could be impeached.
“I hope some would curb their enthusiasm until we have all of the facts and have confidence that when the American people understand what is there, whether it’s grounds for impeachment or grounds for disappointment, then they’ll know,” Pelosi told reporters.
Grounds for disappointment? I think so.
Mrs. Pelosi is not alone. There are other Democrats lowering the volume too:
When House Democratic leaders hastily called a news conference Wednesday to demonstrate their outrage at President Trump’s latest dramatics, they took great pains to show they were not seeking to railroad him out of the White House.
“No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the sober-minded senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. 
He warned that Democrats should not let their actions “be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means.”
Nullify the election? It’s nice to see that some Democrats are finally recognizing that Mr. Trump won the election.
My guess is that Mr. Mueller will conclude sooner rather than later that there was no collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign. Frankly, I’ve viewed this whole story as a combination of political irresponsibility and journalism malpractice.   
Nevertheless, Mr. Mueller may take this investigation in two very unpleasant directions for Democrats. First, who unmasked U.S. citizens? Second, who leaked?    
The investigation may also take us to more Comey memos, such as any notes that he took about the Clinton email scandal or the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and President Clinton.
Let’s remember that the Clinton independent counsel started in Whitewater and ended up with perjury charges over a relationship with Monica Lewinski.
I think that Representative Pelosi knows that Mr. Mueller is more likely to potentially embarrass Democrats than President Trump. My sense is that she is alerting her side to calm down or face massive disappointment.  
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So Cher is 71 today?

She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California in 1946.   We know her as Cher.    

In the 1960s, Cher and her husband Sonny, had a string of hits as Sonny & Cher.    

The couple moved to TV in the 1970s and then Cher followed that with a very successful solo career.

We hope that she is enjoying # 71.   Frankly, a lot of us can not believe that Cher is 71!

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Happy May 20th to all of my Cuban friends

(My new Babalu post)

Back in 1902, Cuba became an independent country after 400 years as a Spanish colony (1492-1898) and the US occupation (1898-1902).
JM Sierra recalls the moment:
“May 20. Tomás Estrada Palma is sworn in as president, and the Cuban flag is finally allowed to fly over Havana.”
As one of those of us who grew up in the US, I always found May 20 as a great day to learn about Cuba.
My grandmother, who died in 1984, left Cuba and would share her stories often.    She was a young girl on May 20, 1902 and told me a lot about the day.   She remember flags all over and a great sense of optimism every where.
My parents also had their own stories, specially from their school activities.   I recall my mother telling me about the parade in Ciego de Avila.   Her family lived across Parque Marti.
My father had many tales of events in Sagua la Grande.     By the way, this is the first May 20th since my father died last December.   I miss chatting with him about this day.
I learned a lot of Cuba history hearing their memories of May 20.
May 20 is actually bittersweet for many of us.   We remember Independence Day 1902 but understand that Cuba is not free today.
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Cuban Americans and Cuban independence day

(My new American Thinker post)

My grandmother had a neat life.  She was born in Cuba (1892) when it was still a Spanish colony. She recalls the celebrations on May 20, 1902 when Cuba finally became an independent country. She left Cuba and died in the US in 1984.

Today, Cuba celebrates the 112th anniversary of that independence day that my grandmother celebrated as a  little girl.  However, there is little to celebrate in Cuba in the 54th year of communism.

We continue to hear of dissidents being arrested, such as Jorge Luis Perez-Garcia, known as "Antunez".  (Via Babalu)

We heard this from Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a dissident who recently spoke in the US.  He reminded us of Cubans in prison or under harassment by the Castro government via Capitol Hill Cubans:
"Dear friends: since I became an independent blogger and journalist in Cuba, I was told, by the former Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto, and the former director of the Cuban Book Institute, Iroel Sanchez, that I will never publish again in my country. They were both removed from their positions later (Saturn’s law), but the unholy war of the Castros against critical intellectuals goes on and on.

While I talk here, the Havanan novelist Angel Santiesteban languishes a 5-year sentence for a common crime announced to him —by State Security agents— as a punishment for his opinion columns in his blog:Los hijos que nadie quiso /The Children Nobody Wanted.

While I talk here, a journalist from the free-lance agency Hablemos Press / Let’s Talk Press, Calixto Ramon Martinez was kept many months in prison for reporting an outbreak of cholera in Cuba, which still constitutes a serious health risk there, even for tourists, a fact that the Cuban government refuses to recognize in its due importance. Finally he was released without any explanation, documentation of his case, or at least an attempt to give him an apology or indemnify him.

While I talk here, a Catholic Afrocuban young mother and her husband, both peaceful pro-democracy activists, Sonia Garro and Ramon Alejandro Muñoz, have been for two years and two months in several Cuban prisons, subject to physical abuse and isolation periods, just because they protested when they were forbidden to attend the Holy Mass of the Pope Benedict XVI in the Revolution Square of Havana city, in March 2012. Hundreds of human rights activists were then arrested, including me, kidnapped for three days with my girlfriend, apparently accused of attempting to take counter-revolutionary photographs of His Holiness with the Heroic Guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara behind him, in the façade of the mysterious Ministry of Interior where the mass took place.

While I talk here, an American citizen under contract by USAID, Alan Gross, is being held hostage since December 2009 in a Cuban jail, serving a 15-year sentence for charges that included espionage. A Jew himself, he was just helping the Cuban Jewish community to have a ready access to the internet, since the right to independent information is not recognized by my government. In fact, it constitutes a major crime: enemy propaganda, diffusion of negative news, among other brutalities of our actual Penal Code. This was a miserable mafia message thrown to the fair-play face of America: mind your own business, do not dare to try to help the Cuban civic society or you will pay a dirty price too.

Besides, dozens of well-known terrorists have found safe haven to grow old in Cuba and take care of their families and their fortunes, after a whole life devoted to international delinquency, including USA fugitives, ex CIA agents and hit-men associated with dictators and paramilitary bands worldwide."
The Castro government will put on a show today and celebrate independence day.  However, I am sure that most Cubans won't really feel it until this corrupt dictatorship passes on.

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May 20, 1902 (and a few stories from my abuela)

As a kid growing up in the US, our grandmother used to tell us stories of May 20, 1902, or the day that Cuba became an independent country.  

She recalls celebrations, large crowds, Cuban flags all over and a sense of joy in the island.

She died in 1984 and I never recorded her comments.  However, I did speak about her in my book "Cubanos in Wisconsin":

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We remember Desi Arnaz on Cuban Independence Day!

He was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III in 1917 Cuba.

He died in 1986.

He is either known as Desi Arnaz or "Ricky Ricardo", the other half of the "I love Lucy" team.

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball created Desilu, one of the most successful TV studios in history.

Desi was more than a singer or Lucy's funny husband.

He turned out to be a very successful business, perhaps one of the most accomplished businessmen of the 20th century:

"In addition to I Love Lucy, he produced December Bride, The Mothers-in-Law, The Lucy Show, Those Whiting Girls, Our Miss Brooks, The Danny Thomas Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Untouchables, and Star Trek TOS, all top shows in their time, and the 1956 feature film Forever, Darling, in which he and Ball starred.

His foresight in filming and retaining post-broadcast ownership of shows had a huge impact on the future of television syndication (reruns)." (Wikipedia)

So we remember Desi Arnaz. He was funny and a very smart entrepreneur.

Before Desi married Lucy in 1940, he recorded a few songs. This is "Vereda Tropical":





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