Thursday, August 31, 2017

Houston after the storm with Frank Burke, author & businessman


Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker, joins me for a chat about the future of Houston.........what opportunities does Houston have to rebuild its infrastructure and prevent these floods in the future.............and other stories....

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Maybe the Southern Poverty Law Center was looking for a place that did not have Robert E Lee statues!







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The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has nothing to do with ending poverty or the rule of law, has been in the news lately.     

We just learned that the SPLC has money offshore:      
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.
Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.
Well, isn't that cute?    Wonder if any Democrats will scream like they did with then candidate Mitt Romney or others?

My guess is that the SPLC opened up these accounts because they were looking for places that did not have a single statue of Robert E. Lee.

It begs the question:   Why are they doing this?   Didn't their leadership understand how problematic such investments offshore would be?

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Houston proves it: The race-hustlers are wrong about the US

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Yesterday, I saw an article by Jonah Goldberg.  He related a story about two men helping each other.  It indeed confirmed that Houston revealed the best of America, and he is so right:
And yet, I couldn’t help but notice that there is a “feel good” aspect to the whole catastrophe. 
The best example is the hyper-viral story of two men loading up their boat and driving into the storm. 
CNN’s Ed Lavandera found them under a highway overpass readying the vessel.
“You guys just jumping in to help out?” Lavandera asked.
 
“Yes, sir,” says one of the men.
“What are you going to do?” Lavandera asks him.
“Go try to save some lives.”
That man was African-American. His partner appeared to be Caucasian or maybe Latino. 
But it doesn’t matter at all. 
We don’t know if they’re Republican or Democrat, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, NRA members or fans of gun control. (Though let’s be honest: This is Texas, so we can guess on that one.) All they wanted to do was help. 
While it was a journalistic faux pas not to get the men’s names, it almost made the story more endearing that we didn’t get them, because it reinforced the idea that they were just normal Americans.
My brother lives in South Houston, and he told me about the volunteers, the people going door to door checking on their neighbors.
On top of that, you may have noticed Houston has an black mayor, a Hispanic police chief, a Hispanic fire chief, and several other minorities in positions of leadership.  These three men, and Governor Abbott and President Trump, are all working together to make things happen.
Of course, this is not the U.S. the race-hustlers want you to think of.  They want you to believe that everyone is at each other’s throat and nothing gets done.
That’s not what we see in Houston.  We see people working together for the common good.
The race-hustlers are hurting the country and not helping the Democrats between the coasts.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

President Trump in Texas, approval polls and other stories of the day


We will look at the storm in South Texas.....President Trump and polls..........the Democrats in disarray....................and other stories............ 

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Do polls even matter with President Trump?


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How would you like to be President Macron of France?  Not long ago, Mr. Macron was the darling of the anti-Trumps.  Today, he is down under like Mr. Trump.
Newt Gingrich has an interesting post about polls and today’s world leaders.  It looks as though most of them are underwater, as they like to say in news analysis.
Let’s take a look at the post:
Macron was at 64 percent approval in June. Now, less than two months later, he has fallen to 36 percent….BELOW TRUMP.
How can the elite media explain this collapse?
 
How can the elite media rationalize that their young, moderate, sophisticated technocrat is now below President Trump?
They can’t.
So, they don’t.
However, Macron is not alone. The elite media has also failed to inform viewers that the approval ratings of other world leaders have been recorded at similarly low levels in recent months.
For example, British Prime Minister Theresa May earned a 34 percent satisfaction rate, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a July approval rating of 34.2 percent, and the Democratic Party in the United States received 38 percent approval in June.
All of these approval ratings are lower than President Trump’s – but you don’t see the elite media fighting to break that news story.
Mr. Gingrich is right.  Mr. Trump is down under like a lot of others.
At the same time, what does this mean for President Trump?  Not much, as far as I can see.
President Trump has one thing going for him that makes today’s polls somewhat irrelevant.
First, he’s always beaten the polls.  I was one of those who kept writing here about his negative polls, and look who is sitting in the White House.  So polls and President Trump make great talking points but may not really mean much when people actually cast a ballot.  It raises the question: are the pollsters even reaching Trump voters?  My gut feeling is no.  I can’t prove it, but my senses tell me that Trump voters don’t get calls or talk to pollsters.  It’s the hidden vote that showed up in 2016 to all the experts’ surprise.
Second, President Trump’s greatest ally is a Democratic Party stuck in and consumed by identity politics, from being the party of “transgenders” to sanctuary cities.  According to a recent report by Guy Benson, the Democrats are disconnected from the white working class over culture and the economy.
The problem is more acute when you travel between the coasts.  Call it growing cultural disconnect!
And that’s where their problem is.  They can’t connect with people who like the U.S. and feel that the Democrats don’t.  Or people who believe in traditional values and don’t think the Democrats do.  Or people who are not racists but keep hearing that they are because they disagreed with President Obama’s executive orders, the health care law, or using the EPA to push an anti-manufacturing agenda.
So let me say it again.  The Democrats will need more than Trump-bashing, Civil War monument replacement, and support for sanctuary cities to win back enough seats to change the U.S. House in 2018.  It may all change, but this is how I see it a year before the campaigning starts.
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Forgive me fellow Rangers fans but it'd be cool if the Astros brought a baseball title to Houston in October!



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Viva Houston! Let's celebrate the work of volunteers, churches, police, fire department....we stand with Houston!



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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Texas storms plus left wing violence with George Rodriguez


We will look at the storm in South Texas.....Governor Abbott and the recovery efforts........President Trump in Texas.....What happened to common sense in California.................also the growing evidence of left wing violence....................and other stories......

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Houston flooded and media types talking about Melania's shoes...then they wonder why nobody watches or reads them!



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Jim Brown may have saved the NFL from stupid players......the legendary running back was unhappy and everyone stood up last weekend.



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China? NK shot one over Japan....maybe China doesn't care or can't stop it...At some point, we will have to



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Bozell has a point about the slow death of the GOP...Taken a look at Dems? Stuck & Consumed by identity politics!



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"Blazing Saddles": A movie with no regard for liberal sensitivities.... from those were the days of fun & laughter!



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Did all of California’s common sense move to Texas, too?

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We’ve noticed a lot of California license plates in Texas recently.    
The reason is simple:  Californians are moving to Texas!     
According to a story from 2016, it has the makings of a trend as a my old Korean statistics professor used to say with that thick accent:  
The number of Californians leaving the state and moving to Texas is at its highest level in nearly a decade, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.
According to IRS migration data, which uses individual income tax returns to record year-to-year address changes, over 250,000 California residents moved out of the state between 2013 and 2014, the latest period for which data was available. 
 
We are glad. Who wouldn’t welcome people who want to work and live in your state?
We may see more, specially after reading a story like this:  
A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.
The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. 
The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. 
Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.
“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” 
Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July. 
“This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”
Titled the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex. 
The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Weiner, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.
So in the name of “gender something” we’re going to slap someone with a $1,000 fine?   
I have to believe that there are Democrats in California who see the insanity of this. I understand that it only applies to Long Term Care facilities but what happens next?
Common sense is usually the first thing to go when you get afflicted by “Identity Politics.”   
Maybe I’m right. Maybe common sense indeed moved to Texas and left the state in the hands of people who are out of touch with reality, to say the least.
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Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper: "For whom the bells toll"




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In the late 1930s, Spain was bitterly divided by a Civil War between Franco and "Los Republicanos".    I won't take sides but will recommend "For whom the bell tolls", a movie based on Heminghway's book.   

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were absolutely wonderful:


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"Indiscreet", a 1958 movie with Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant





What happens when you put Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and director Stanley Donen in the same studio?  

The answer is "Indiscreet", a delightful movie from 1958.

The story is sort of like this:    A single woman can't find love.   She meets a man who pretends to be married to avoid commitment.   In the end, the chemistry wins and they fall in love.      
Watch it to get all of the other details.    It is a very nice and elegant movie.  

By the way, you can watch the movie on line here or purchase the DVD here.    



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Ingrid Bergman and "Casablanca"




Want to watch a good movie this weekend?   Try "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  It's a great love story in the early days of World War II:



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Ingrid Bergman: "The Inn of Sixth Happiness"




There are good movies and there is "The inn of the 6th happiness".

I like "true stories" and Ingrid Bergman was fantastic playing the role of Gladys Aylward, the amazing British missionary who went to China about 100 years ago.

My favorite scene is the ending......this is when Gladys moves the children across the mountains.  

Which is the greatest Bergman movie? "Casablanca", a classic indeed.  

I love "The Bells of St Mary's", another uplifting movie where she plays Sister Benedict, a nun who teaches in a school. 

I don't know a lot about movies.  I just love watching good movies that inspire and make me feel better about mankind.

"The Inn" is one of those movies.  The ending will touch you dearly, specially when she finally delivers the children from all of the danger.

Watch the movie.    I guarantee that you will love it:



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Ingrid Bergman and "The Bells of St Mary's"




Thank God for DVD's and the TCM network.
 
A few days ago, I decided to watch a movie and ended up watching one of my all time favorite movies.

"The Bells of St Mary's" is about Ingrid Bergman playing "Sister Benedict" and Bing Crosby as "Father O'Malley". 

I love it for two reasons:

First, "Sister Benedict" reminds me of all of those wonderful nuns who've dedicated their lives to teaching children all over the world.  

They taught us love, responsibility and regard for our Judeo-Christian traditions.

We are better men and women today because women like Sister Benedict came into our lives.

Second,  the movie is so inspirational at a time when we can all use an alternative to meaningless "hope and change" speeches.

Check it out and you will see what I mean.  I promise that you will love "Sister Benedict": 







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Monday, August 28, 2017

An update about Europe from Joao Cerqueira, author


Guest:  Joao Cerqueira, author.........we will discuss the immigration crisis and threats of terror in Europe.........and other stories........

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Mexico looking beyond Pemex


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For years, Pemex has been one of the biggest sacred cows in the world. It’s no coincidence that the Pemex tower stands in Mexico City for everyone to see.   
For some it is a symbol of the Mexican revolution.   
For many others, it is a symbol of corruption and ineffectiveness. Please add me to this group. 
In recent years, President Pena-Pieto has been trying to reform Pemex. It appears that he may have found a way of going around Pemex’s rigid rules and bringing much necessary foreign investment.
It looks like Mexico’s promising Shale Region is showing the way, according to this interesting article by Jamie Horgan:    
 
Don’t look now, but Mexico is hoping that its recent energy reforms will turn the shale boom from a uniquely American phenomenon into a uniquely North American one. This summer, Mexico opened up onshore blocks of its Burgos basin region, just south of Texas.
To date, the country’s state-owned oil company Pemex has been unable to successfully start commercial production in the basin, in part due to geology but certainly also the result of the company’s lack of expertise in shale. 
Now that Mexico’s oil and gas reserves are being opened up to private (and foreign) companies, there’s an opportunity for firms with the personnel, the experience, the equipment, and the culture necessary to get the country’s shale production up off (or maybe more accurately out of) the ground.
Prior to Mexico’s market reforms, Pemex was in a tailspin. The company was running the Red Queen’s race, spending more money and hiring more personnel while seeing production fall precipitously as fields matured. President Enrique Peña Nieto pushed through unpopular reforms to open Mexico’s struggling oil and gas industry up to competition, and after some fits and starts he’s seen that effort rewarded: on one day in July, there was a “world-class” oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico by a group of private companies, a major increase in the estimated potential of another offshore field, and the successful sale of 21 out of 24 other offshore blocks on auction. 
In other words, there’s a lot of momentum building up in Mexico’s offshore hydrocarbon industry.
Onshore, progress has been slower, but Mexican shale — especially in the Burgos basin — looks to be a winner.     
We hope that it is a winner indeed.   
Mexico is the ultimate underachiever when it comes to energy. It started in the 1930s when President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized foreign oil companies. Unfortunately, Pemex grew over the years into a corrupt enterprise. It is not very good at finding oil, as just about any Mexican will privately admit. Instead, it is a state agency that abuses small companies, hires for purely political reasons and has kept Mexico as an undeveloped country.
As I told a group of Mexicans at a U.S.-Mexico Chamber meeting a few years ago: “Privatize PEMEX and you will quickly run out of hotel rooms in Mexico. In other words, you won’t be to lodge all of the investors looking to invest in Mexico.”    
After my talk, a couple of Mexican businessmen shook my hand and agreed with my assessment. However, one whispered in my ear: “Vaca sagrada, amigo, vaca sagrada”. (In Spanish, sacred cow, my friend, sacred cow)
Hopefully, shale oil will start the crackup of Mexico’s sacred cow. It would be the start of turning Mexico into the economy that most of us believe it should be.    
Of course, it will be hard but shale oil development may just be the light at the end of the tunnel.    
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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



Guest:   Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........we will look at another turbulent week for President Trump.......a pardon for the Sheriff in Arizona......another person leaves the Trump team........is this chaos or is President Trump listening to Chief Of Staff Kelly..........North Korea back with a few missiles this week...........the Democrats and the politics of Confederate symbols plus identity politics...............and other stories...........

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Saturday's show: The storm in Texas and a few other thoughts




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Friday's show: A look at the politics of Washington with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor




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Thursday's show: What happened to those US diplomats in Cuba and other stories of the day.




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Wednesday's show: Lee & ESPN, Trump in Phoenix, the Browns and other stories..



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Tuesday's show: Afghanistan speech, Clinton 2016 & Post Office plus others




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Monday's show: A refugee surge in Canada with Brian Lloyd French




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World War II: The winter of 1942-43, Russia and General Patton.



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Terror in Barcelona & other thoughts with Javier Hurtado-Mira




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Wonder what LBJ would think of the Democratic Party today



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About ten years ago, our family was driving in South Texas, and we a saw a sign about the birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson.
It was a reminder that LBJ was born here.  He was born August 27, 1908 not far from Johnson City, a place that his family had settled.
It was an even bigger reminder of how irrelevant he’s become to the Texas Democratic Party.  
The legend of LBJ is a lost memory in Texas politics.
In 1948, a young LBJ performed a miracle to win the U.S. Senate election.  
 
In 1960, Texas Democrats voted for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket in a controversial election.
In 1976, Texas voted for Carter in another very close contest.  Texas gave then-governor Carter the 26 electoral votes that helped him get to 290 and victory.
What a difference for today’s Democratic Party.
Not long ago, there were Texas Democrats like Senator Lloyd Bentsen, a conservative Democrat.  He defeated then-businessman George H.W. Bush for the U.S. Senate in 1970.  
The history of Democrats in Texas makes for very enjoyable reading, as you can see in this rather lengthy but fascinating history of the party.  I found this part on recent Texas history so important:
Factional infighting in the Democratic party declined during the 1960s. First Johnson’s presidential ambitions and then his presidency dominated Texas politics in that decade. In 1959 the state legislature authorized a measure moving the Democratic primary from July to May and permitting candidates to run simultaneously for two offices, thus allowing Johnson to run for the Senate and the presidency. (This measure, dubbed the LBJ law, also benefited Lloyd Bentsen’s dual run for the vice-presidency and the Senate in 1988.)
Despite efforts by the Democrats of Texas to secure the support of state convention delegates and power within the party machinery, conservative Democrats retained control. Through the work of LBJ and the Viva Kennedy-Viva Johnson clubs, the Democrats narrowly carried Texas in 1960, reversing the direction of the 1952 and 1956 presidential elections in Texas. 
Similarly, the 1961 special election to fill Johnson’s Senate seat had a lasting effect on Democratic party organization in Texas. After Yarborough’s unexpected victory in the 1957 special election, conservative Democrats in the state legislature amended the election laws to require a run-off in special elections when no candidate received at least 50 percent plus one vote. In 1961, within a field of seventy-two candidates, three individuals made a strong claim for the liberal vote, thus dividing liberal strength and opening the way for a runoff between William A. Blakley, the interim senator and a conservative Texas Democrat, and John G. Tower, the only viable Republican candidate in the race. 
Liberal Democrats thought Blakley as conservative as Tower and opted either to “go fishing” during the run-off or support Tower, thinking it would be easier to oust him in 1966 with a more liberal Democratic challenger. Tower, however, easily won his next two reelection bids and eked out a third in 1978. Liberals also hoped that a Republican victory would encourage the development of an effective Republican party in the state and allow moderates and liberals to gain control of the state Democratic party. Indeed, Texas Democrats statewide remained divided between liberals who supported Ralph Yarborough and moderates who backed LBJ. The two factions waged war over the gubernatorial contest in 1962, when John B. Connally, a moderate to conservative Democrat associated with the Johnson wing of the party, was elected. 
As governor, Connally concentrated his efforts on economic development but received criticism from liberals who thought he neglected minorities and the poor. 
The Kennedy assassination on November 22, 1963, which traumatized the citizens of Texas, also deeply shook the state Democratic party since it propelled Johnson into the White House and created the need for a greater degree of accommodation between moderate and liberal Texas Democrats. In the 1964 presidential race Johnson carried his home state with ease. 
In the middle to late 1960s, however, Connally’s iron rule of the State Democratic Executive Committee further weakened the liberal forces within the state Democratic party. 
The results of the 1968 presidential election in Texas also emphasized the sagging fortunes of the Democratic party in Texas, as Hubert Humphrey barely managed to carry the state.
My guess is that most of today’s Texas Democrats do not have a clue of this history or the names mentioned.
Texas Democrats all sound alike today.  There is no ideological diversity as you saw in the state party that produced a man like Lyndon Johnson and others. 
There are no conservative Democrats – just very liberal Democrats who subscribe to the same message of income redistribution and identity politics.  They are Obama Democrats rather than Texas Democrats.
Where are the Texas Democrats calling on the party to be more centrist?  They don’t exist, and that’s why the party is so boring and cannot compete statewide in a dynamic state.
Yes, there is calm in the Democrat ranks – the kind of calm that happens when nothing is going on.
Wonder what LBJ would say of his party today, especially the ones who want to take down symbols of the old South?  
To say the least, LBJ would not recognize his party on another anniversary of his birth in 1908.  
Sadly, most of these liberal Texas Democrats would not identify him, either.
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