Monday, December 31, 2018

Monday's show: Cuba 2019 and the challenges ahead for the "revolution"


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Guest: Marcos Nelson Suarez, founder of 'El Hispano' in Dallas.......We will look at Cuba and 60 years of 'revolution'.........and others stories............





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Monday's video: The Democrats will implode in 2019

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Monday's video:  
The Democrats will implode in 2019


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The coming Democratic implosion

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The Cowboys won’t play in the 2019 Super Bowl.  The Rangers are not quite ready for another post season run.  
Nevertheless, here is a prediction that I am very confident about.
Someone said that Doug Schoen, former Clinton advisor and Fox News contributor, told Nancy Pelosi to rein in congresswoman-elect Alejandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Isn’t that like telling LeBron James to shut up and play basketball?   How do you stop AOC from talking when every news outlet wants to invite her to the show?
The complete and total implosion of the Democrats, especially the majority in the House, will be the story of 2019.  It may not be covered that way by CNN and MSNBC, but the towers will start falling soon.
We already see cracks in the so called “women’s march,” a phony parade that should have been called “The march of the anti-Trump women.”  
We hear this:   
Organizers of a Women’s March rally slated for Northern California next month have canceled the event, saying they were concerned that participants would have been “overwhelmingly white.”
In a news release, organizers for the march in Eureka — about 270 miles north of San Francisco — said Friday the “decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march.”
“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” the news release continued.
Too white?
Is that crazy or what?  Isn’t the country 72% white — or at least it was the last time I checked the population figures.   
We will see the implosion over two issues: health care and the mad impulse to get Trump.
On health care, the Democrats are deeply divided between the socialized medicine crowd and a realistic wing that knows we don’t have the money to do it.  Many of this “realist wing” was elected in competitive districts and have a tough reelection waiting for them in 2020.
On “getting Trump,” they will find that impeachment is about “high crimes and misdemeanors,” not defeating Hillary Clinton or appointing conservative judges.
By the fall of 2019, the cracks will be very evident on those two issues and a few others.
The good news is that all of this craziness will convince Michael Bloomberg to run as an independent and that will reelect President Trump in a three-way race.  Bloomberg will be the Teddy Roosevelt of 1912 or Ross Perot of 1992 and President Trump will win 400 Electoral Votes.
So there is one prediction for 2019.
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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday's show: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 12/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...........We will look at the media and President Trump's trip to Iraq.......The Democrats are about to take over the House.........Have we forgotten completely about foreign policy?.........New York City and Happy New Year's celebrations and other stories.....

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Sunday's video: The Kavanaugh confirmation was my story of 2018

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Sunday's video:   
The Kavanaugh confirmation was my story of 2018


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Cuban baseball before it became another tool of the state

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As we hear Senator Rubio call on President Trump to reject the new MLB proposal with the Castro regime, we remember that professional baseball began in Cuba this month in 1878.
This is what Senator Rubio said
“Legality of recent agreement between MLB & Cuban Baseball Federation rests on Obama era ruling that federation not controlled by Cuban govt. This is not just factually incorrect it is a farce & I am working to get it overruled as soon as possible,” he tweeted.
Cuban Baseball Federation not controlled by the communist regime?  What were they thinking during the Obama administration?  Everything in Cuba, and specially baseball, is run by the state.
Back to history, the first professional game was between Habana and Almendares, the two teams that would be great rivals until Castro dissolved the league after the 1960-61 season.
The league had four teams in the 1950s: Habana, Almendares, Marianao, and Cienfuegos.
It was great and passionate baseball.
My parents tell me stories of how they used to pick up the games on radio in the interior of Cuba: Ciego De Avila for my mom and Sagua La Grande for my father.
The good news is that they were huge baseball fans.
The bad news is that my mom was a fan of Habana and my father Almendares.  That’s like Yankees versus Red Sox!  In my parents’ case, baseball opposites indeed attracted: they got married, and three more baseball fans came into the world.
Along the way, many major-leaguers played winter ball in Cuba, from Willie Mays to Brooks Robinson.  It was a great stop for young players looking to crack the major line-up the next season.
Havana was also a AAA franchise, the Havana Sugar Kings in the Cincinnati organization.  Havana played in the International League with other teams in Montreal and Toronto.
We remember Cuban baseball before it became a tool of the communist regime.
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My mother remembers “Sears” in Cuba


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In recent days, we’ve heard about Sears’ financial problems.  In fact, I understand that a new investor may have bought a little more time:    “Sears wins reprieve from liquidation as Chairman Lampert makes last-minute $4.4 billion bid on bankrupt company.”
Let’s hope for the best, specially for the employees who may lose their jobs.
I spoke with my mother today and got a report about that Sears store in La Habana.  It turns out that my mother bought many items there, specially appliances and clothing.  She said that the store was very popular because it treated customers very well.

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The Cubans: The music of Ernesto Lecuona & others with Fernando Hernandez, author

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Guest:  Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".  We will review the career of Ernesto Lecuona, one of the greatest composers of the Spanish speaking world, plus Moises Simons, Rene Touzet among others.....

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Celia Cruz, a Cuban American success story, with Fernando Hernandez

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Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".  We discussed the life and times Celia Cruz, the great Cuban singer known as "La reina de la salsa".

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Martin Dihigo, Cuban American success story



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Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".  We discussed the life and times of Martin Dihigo, Cuban baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame..........

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The story of Desi Arnaz with Fernando Hernandez, author

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Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans", joins us for the story of Desi Arnaz, TV star and executive........

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Roberto Goizueta, a Cuban American story, with Fernando Hernandez, author

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GUEST:  Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".   We will discuss the story of Roberto Goizueta, President, Chairman of the Board,  and Chief Financial Officer of Coca Cola..........

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Happy # 83 Sandy Koufax



We say happy happy birthday to the great Sandy Koufax.

Some of us are old enough to remember Sandy Koufax.  I saw him on TV and specially rushing home from school to watch Koufax break my heart and shut out the Twins in game 7 of the '65 series.

Thanks to the new technology, we've had a chance to revisit many Koufax games that we don't remember or never got to watch.   Frankly, I have never seen a more dominating performance than Koufax's shutout of the NY Yankees in the '63 series.  It rivals Bob Gibson's 17 K's against the Tigers in the '68 series. (I remember running home to watch that Gibson classic too!)

Are we getting older or what?   Believe it or not, Sandy Koufax made his pitching debut many years ago when he pitched two innings of relief in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Braves on June 24, 1955.


Koufax retired after the '66 season at age 31 with 165 wins, 40 shuouts and a 2.76 ERA.   

Koufax had the most dominant 6 seasons in modern history.  From '61 to '66, Koufax went 129-47, with 1,713 strikeouts, 35 shutouts and a 2.19 ERA.

His principles did not allow him to pitch on Jewish Holy days. He did not pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to Yom Kippur.

Well done Sandy Koufax. You were great! Thanks for the memories. I forgive you for breaking my heart one afternoon in October 1965!

And here is a great book that you should read:



Happy # 76 Michael Nesmith


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We remember Michael Nesmith who was born in Houston on this day in 1942.  Most of us remember Nesmith because he was one of The Monkees, the rock group that recorded several hits in the late 1960's.  

Nesmith wrote some of the group's hits, as well as "A different drum" recorded by The Stone Poneys.  After The Monkees, Nesmith had a few solo hits in the 1970's.




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A word about Davy Jones, 1945-2012

We remember Davy Jones who was born in the UK on this day in 1945.

We heard in March 2012 that Davy Jones passed away in Florida

Davy Jones was one of The Monkees, the pop group that had a bunch of hits for a couple of years in the late 1960's. 

Davy was the girls' favorite.  I remember that my sister had Davy Jones posters on her wall.  She was a huge fan of the group's music and their weekly TV series.

The Monkees sold millions of records.   They were actually a pretty good group and I liked many of their songs, too.  However, their success faded as the TV show went off the air.

Davy was the lead vocalist on "Daydream Believer", a # 1 song in December 1967. 

He also sang lead on "A little bit me, a little bit you", another chart topper from March '67 and the second Neil Diamond tune recorded by the group.  (The other was "I'm a believer")




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Happy # 81 Paul Stookey of Peter Paul & Mary

We wish a very happy birthday to Paul Stookey of the legendary folk group, Peter, Paul & Mary:
"In 1961, Stookey was the emcee, comedian and occasional singer at Gaslight, a club in Greenwich Village. One night, he was approached by Albert Grossman, a manager, who asked him if he was interested in joining a new folk trio. He initially said that he wasn't, but afterMary Travers and Peter Yarrow went to his apartment and the three sang together, Peter, Paul and Mary was born."
And the rest is history:


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1967: The Beatles' "Hello goodbye" was # 1 on Billboard USA this week

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The Beatles ended 1967 with "Hello goodbye" as the # 1 song on Billboard USA.....It was also included in the US version of "Magical Mystery Tour"..........in the UK, the film soundtrack was issued in a double EP format..........the B-side was "I am the walrus" and it got some radio airplay............



Saturday, December 29, 2018

Saturday's show: The politics of the shutdown and border issues with George Rodriguez


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The politics of the shutdown and border issues with George Rodriguez 12/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:
Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative and author...........The shutdown will move to next week or the new year........Hispanics and President Trump......The latest issues from the border......The shooting of a police officer by an illegal immigrant in California........and other stories.............



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Cuba singing the ’60th anniversary’ blues

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In a few days. appointed Presidente Miguel Diaz-Canel will oversee the 60th anniversary of what they call “la revolucion”.     
Historians will note that this is the first time that a non-Castro will deliver the big speech.  On the other hand, economists will tell you that the regime has little to show or boast about.
In other words, 60 years of “revolucion” have been great for Castro, Inc. and the party elite who send their wives to shop in Montreal or Mexico City.   
The rest of Cuba lives in a different reality, or a “Special Period” that never stops.    
For those not familiar with Cuba, the regime calls it a “special period” any time there’s unusual economic adversity.   The first “special period” was in the 1970s, then again in the 1990s when the USSR collapsed.  Unfortunately for Cubans, the “special periods” don’t stop!   It’s one after another!
This is the latest from the Cuban economy, according to the Miami Herald:
Cuba’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by slightly more than 1 percent in 2018 but the growth “still does not help the people like what we need,” Díaz-Canel told the National Assembly at year’s end. The government predicted a 1.5 percent GDP growth in 2019, but its figures are not comparable to the rest of the world because Cuba includes spending on health, education and social services.
“Cuba’s productive machinery does not totally collapse, but it also doesn’t create economic progress in the last 30 years,” economist Pavel Vidal wrote in an article published on the digital site, Cuba Posible.
The island has still not recovered from the withering economic crisis in the 1990s known as the Special Period, Vidal added, “but it must be acknowledged that it is a system that has proven to be effective at managing the crisis and avoiding economic collapse, just as it has been ‘effective’ at limiting private initiative, innovation and increases in productivity.
“It is a system that holds the record for the lowest levels of investment in Latin America,” he added.
Díaz-Canel’s recent visits to Russia, China, Vietnam and other Asian countries — with stops in the United Kingdom and France — also did not bring the expected benefits. For 2019, the confirmed foreign investments will account for barely 6.2 percent of all planned investment in the country.
So Presidente Diaz-Canel is having trouble selling Cuba to foreign  investors? Wonder why?  
Diaz-Canel faces a difficult challenge. You can’t reform Cuba without admitting that the whole system is a failure. You can’t improve the lives of Cubans without dumping the system.
My guess is that the lack of “foreign investment enthusiasm” in Cuba is a sign that most countries know that the end is coming.
Another “aniversario” comes and the band will play the usual “revolutionary” tunes about standing up to “el imperialiasmo” — the way they refer to the U.S. 
Based on what they tell me, most Cubans are not paying attention at all.
How much longer can this madness go on? I’ve been wrong before, but we are down to the end.
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We remember Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017

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We remember  Mary Tyler Moore who was born on this day in 1936.   She died in 2017.

We remember her as the wonderful Laura Petrie in "The Dick Van Dyke" then Mary Richards in her own show and finally in the drama "Ordinary lives".

She was great and a big part of our lives:






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Happy # 72: Marianne Faithfull

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Like a few other boys in school, I thought that  Marianne Faithful was really cool.  We remember her as the very pretty British young woman who hung around with Mick Jagger.   

Over the years, I lost track of Marianne, in large part because she stopped singing and her relationship with Mick Jagger did not end well.      

This is "As tears go by", a great song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.




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Friday, December 28, 2018

The shutdown, Cuba, Venezuela & Russia plus other stories


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The shutdown will move to next week or the new year........Hispanics and President Trump......The latest issues from the border.......Cuba at 60.......Venezuela and Putin........and other stories.............


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The shutdown and border issues plus Cuba at 60 and Venezzuela

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The shutdown and border issues with George Rodriguez, conservative activist 12/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Cuba at 60.....Venezuela and Putin......The shutdown will move to next week or the new year........Hispanics and President Trump......The latest issues from the border and other stories....Click to listen:





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Friday's video: The revolution turns 60 in Cuba

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The revolution turns 60 in Cuba






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Vlad in Caracas!

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We know two things about Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro.  Putin loves to navigate in choppy waters and stick it to the U.S.  Maduro is desperately looking for a “sugar daddy”.
We learned that Russia is active down in Venezuela, to say the least:   
In exchange for modest loans and bailouts over the past decade, Russia now owns significant parts of at least five oil fields in Venezuela, which holds the world’s largest reserves, along with 30 years’ worth of future output from two Caribbean natural-gas fields. 
Venezuela also has signed over 49.9 percent of Citgo, its wholly owned company in the United States — including three Gulf Coast refineries and a countrywide web of pipelines — as collateral to Russia’s state-owned Rosneft oil behemoth for a reported $1.5 billion in desperately needed cash. 
Russian advisers are inside the Venezuelan government, helping direct the course of President Nicolás Maduro’s attempts to bring his failing government back from bankruptcy. They helped orchestrate this year’s introduction of a new digital currency, the “Petro,” to keep oil payments flowing while avoiding U.S. sanctions on the country’s dollar transactions.     
Venezuela’s still-formidable defense force, once an exclusively U.S. client, is now equipped with Russian guns, tanks and planes, financed with prepaid oil deliveries to Russian clients. Maduro scoffed last year at President Trump’s public threat to use the U.S. military to bring him down, saying Venezuela, with Russian help, had turned itself into a defensive “fortress.”
When will see Russians walking around Caracas or enjoying the beaches as they did in circa 1961-Cuba?  As my parents used to tell me, the big joke in Cuba back then was about the super “white skin colors” of the new visitors. Cubans were asking each other whether anybody in Russia ever got a suntan.
What’s Putin up to?  What military advantage is there in placing bombers in Venezuela?  Wouldn’t they be taken out within minutes in the event of a crisis?  
What’s Maduro up to?  I spoke with several of my local Venezuelan friends and they don’t see much upside for Maduro.   
First, it’s going to take a lot of cash to bail out Venezuela and I’m not sure that Putin has it or is that generous.
Second, Venezuelans are already furious with the Cuban presence.  What makes you think that they are going to love their new Russian suitors?   At least, they can argue with the Cubans and tell them where to go in “expletive deleted” Spanish.
Third, what about the legal implications of Citgo used as collateral?  Are there investor lawsuits in the future?  
Again, my friends in Venezuela are hoping that this is the opportunity for President Trump to intervene.  I don’t think that will happen but it depends of what Putin’s intentions are.
Putin in Caracas?  Something to keep an eye on.
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Happy # 72 to Bill Lee, a.k.a. "The Spaceman"


The eccentric but very good lefty Bill Lee was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1946.

As a pitcher, he was a rare left hander who could pitch in Fenway Park.   

He pitched most of his career with Boston and finished with Montreal:  119 wins, 3.72 ERA and 72 complete games.

Lee's pitching style was to kill you with a variety of "junk pitches" that had hitters speaking to themselves on the way back to the dugouts.

Off the field, Lee was also "The Spaceman" because of all his famous quotes.   He wasn't Yogi Berra but he had a few:    


"I would change policy, bring back natural grass and nickel beer. 
Baseball is the belly-button of our society. 
Straighten out baseball, and you straighten out the rest of the world."

My biggest memory is game 7 of the 1975 World Series.   He threw one of those junk pitches to Tony Perez and it was the 3-run HR that put Cincinnati back in the game.

He was fun to watch on and off the field.    A baseball character when it was just fun to be a character:


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Happy # 72 Edgar Winter



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Edgar Winter was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this day in 1946.      

According to his official site,  Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group in 1972.   The band had hits like:  "Frankenstein"  and "Free Ride"

Back in the 1970's, he was quite a rocker:






Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cuba at # 60, Dems vs KOC plus Russia in Venezuela and other stories


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We will look at the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution......Cuba has horrible economic problems and the regime does not have any answers.....2 Senate Democrats go after a Trump nominee because he is associated with Knights of Columbus.......Russia down in Venezuela and gaining access to oil fields........Happy # 75 Roy White....Radio Music Hall 1932......Bush Tollway 1995....Scotty Moore (1931-2009)............and other stories...........click to listen:



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Thursday's show: Cuba at # 60, Democrats vs Knights of Columbus plus Russia in Venezuela and other stories


Thursday's show:   
Cuba at # 60, Democrats vs Knights of Columbus plus Russia in Venezuela and other stories





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Thursday's video: 2 Democrats vs Knights of Columbus


Thursday's video:  
2 Democrats vs Knights of Columbus 


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So the Democrats now object to the Knights of Columbus?

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The silliness of Democrats grows by the day. 
Now, a couple of Democrat Senators object to a Trump appointment because of his association to the Knights of Columbus.     
Let’s check the story:       
In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the organization.
“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”
Harris meantime, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined…
“The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members,” Buescher wrote in reply to the queries. “If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”
Prominent Republicans and religious leaders backed Buescher in the face of the questions.
As a member of the KoC, I wonder what charitable cause do the senators want us to shut down?  We do a lot more than speak against abortion or same-sex marriage.  The two lady senators should come to our charitable activities.
This is really another attack on Catholics.  The attacks on Buescher are ridiculous.  
Like me, and millions of others, Mr. Buescher joined the KoC because he is a Catholic man who wanted to be around others with whom he shares values.    
Are these two Democratic senators disqualifying every person who opposes Roe as extreme?  Does that apply to Senator Bob Casey, a pro-life Democrat from Pennsylvania?   Or President Carter, who has spoken against abortion?    By that standard, half of the country, according to polls, would be rejected to any appointment to the federal bench.
I’ve argued over the years that Roe was a terrible opinion.  Once again, we see how Roe has poisoned our political debate by demonizing differences.
Here is my advice to Senators Harris & Hirono:   Call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and involve the Congress and state legislatures.  Let U.S. voters decide whether or not abortion should be legal.
Of course, the two lady senators don’t want that.  They just want another opportunity to raise money on the backs of the so called a “woman’s right to choose”, a right not afforded to the girls aborted.
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