Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday's show: Democrats and immigration plus other stories of the day




Thursday's video: A few thoughts about the family separation issue

Thursday's video:   A few thoughts about the family separation issue




Finally a UN story that I can get excited about

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We learned that the U.S. is out of the U.N. “Human Rights” Council.    And I say “YES”.  
For years, we’ve watched this so called council make a mockery out of human rights, as Anne Bayefsky pointed out:   
The Human Rights Council was the U.N.’s cure for the Human Rights Commission – presided over by Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya shortly before somebody noticed it lacked credibility.
Other than the name change from “Commission” to “Council,” the other big difference was that when the the commission ended in 2006, its members included China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia, and when the General Assembly elected the members of the new Council, they chose China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia. (No joke.) 
Now among the 47 U.N. states calling the shots on the organization’s top human rights body are such human rights paragons as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Qatar and Venezuela.
Cuba on a Human Rights Council?    Tell that to the thousands of political prisoners!
You have to love President Trump with this move.   He is using our name, and hopefully our money, to point out that this council is a fraud.
Now, here is another idea:   How about getting out of the UN and turning the building into a hotel with a view of the river?   It’d be a smash! 
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Another problem with the UN.........


Remember that US taxpayers pay 20% something of the UN budget and this is how they say "thank you"............."UN poverty report blasting Trump, US for ‘hatred for the poor’ uses data from last year of Obama’s presidency".

It's time to demand more honesty from the UN.    

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Maybe CNN wants its ratings back............



Maybe CNN wants its ratings back..........

Someone over at CNN has finally decided to challenge a Democrat:    "CNN To Dem Senator: Did You Object When Obama Kept Unaccompanied Illegal Kids In Cages?"

It was a good question.   There was not a lot of noise or concern when we saw those photos from 2014-15.    

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June 21, 1940: Future President Nixon married Patricia Ryan


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On this day in 1940, future President Richard Nixon married future First Lady Patricia Ryan.    

Nixon entered politics in 1946 and won a congressional seat.   He quickly jumped to the US Senate in 1940.   

In 1952, General Eisenhower selected Senator Nixon to be his running mate.    As you probably know, the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket won big in 1952 and 1956.   

VP Nixon lost to Senator Kennedy in 1960.   He came back to win in 1968 and was reelected in 1972.  (He carried 49 states and 61% of the popular vote.)    

Pat was with him all the way, from election night victory speeches to resignation in 1974.    

Mrs. Nixon died in 1993 and President Nixon in 1994:






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June 21, 1788: The US Constitution was ratified


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On this day in 1788, New Hampshire was the 9th state ratify the Constitution of the United States.   And so it became the law of the land.  The documented was amended 10 times shortly after or what we now call "The Bill of Rights".




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Happy # 74 to Ray Davies (The Kinks)


We salute one of the real characters of pop music, the one and only Ray Davies of The Kinks.    Davies was born in London on this day in 1944.

As I recall, The Kinks released a greatest hits LP back in 1960s.  It is a must for anyone who loves the sounds of that era.


They were a great band:




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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday's show: The US is out of the UN Human Rights Council, the border families & more



Wednesday's video: The Trump administration pulled out of the UN Human Rights Council





Desperately seeking an issue



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For the record, my family came to the U.S. in 1964. We were not asylum seekers, in the way that the law defines it today. Back then, we were called political refugees or people escaping communism.
In practical terms, it was not very different. We were looking for a better life.
Over the last year, I have visited with many Venezuelans who now live in the Dallas area. Most are intact families. They applied for asylum and got it. I admire their story because of my own Cuban experience.   
It’s great to see that they followed the law. And it just proves  once again that the U.S. is the most generous nation on earth when it comes to helping those who seek asylum.
Like my parents, the Venezuelans are super grateful for the second chance that the U.S. gave them.
So why this story about the separation of families?
The Democrats and the “breaking up families” story comes out on the week that Gallup has some interesting news:  “Satisfaction With U.S. Direction Reaches 12-Year High“!
We have not seen this number since September 2005 under President Bush. 
On the economic front, we see this: “Black and Hispanic Unemployment in America Reach Record Lows“.
So what do you do when people think that the country is heading in the right direction and Hispanic unemployment is down?
The answer is: you manufacture a crisis about children being “ripped” from their mothers’ arms!
Like any rational person, I don’t want to see families separated. However, those seeking asylum have to follow the law.  
It’s a terrible situation and the consequence of the Obama presidency when immigration was just a tool to pander for Hispanic votes. Can you say “DACA” five months before the 2012 reelection?
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Democrat hypocrisy about immigration...........


The Democrats are not interested in voting for DACA or any immigration fix.   

Why?   

Because they do not want US Senate candidates seeking reelection in Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana & West Virginia voting on any immigration law.    

Add to this all of those Democrats running in US House seats in the middle of the country.   

Immigration is an electoral double-edged sword.   It helps Democrats where they don't need help.   It hurts the party where they need to win.

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Let's add Peter Fonda to the list of celebrities caught up in Trump Derangement Syndrome.........


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Let's add Peter Fonda to the list of celebrities caught up in Trump Derangement Syndrome:  "Peter Fonda tweets he wants to 'rip Barron Trump from his mother' and put him in a 'cage with pedophiles'"!

Wonder if any celebrity thought about saying something similar when families were separated under President Obama?   There were quite a few of them but nobody complained.   Should we say "selective indignation" or what?

Furthermore, do these celebrities seriously believe that these comments are going to add voters to their side?

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Ortega failing by the minute


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We've seen reports on Babalu about Nicaragua's problems.   The latest is this:   
The town of Masaya, about 15 miles south of the capital city of Managua, was a bastion of support for Ortega and his Sandinista rebels who overthrew the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979. 
For the past few weeks, Masaya has been controlled by protesters, a warren of citizen-manned roadblocks and barricades, with city hall abandoned and police hunkered down in their barracks.
Those protest leaders now say they don't recognize Ortega's government, which they blame for the deaths of more than 200 people over the past two months. 
Instead, a five-member "junta of national salvation" will govern Masaya, seeking to administer a city, including cleaning up trash and restocking food in a city of blocked streets.
"What we are doing is making it official," Yubrank Suazo, a coordinator of the protest movement in Masaya, said of the new governing commission. 
"In fact, Masaya has not recognized this government for weeks."
This is more confirmation that Ortega has failed by governing with nothing but pompous cliches.     

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1863: West Virginia became the 35th state


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West Virginia became the 35th state on this day in 1863.  
I have driven through the state a couple of times on my way to Maryland:



1965: Remembering the sounds of "Mr Tambourine Man"


On this day in 1965, The Byrds' unique guitars and Bob Dylan's music came together and the result was 'Mr Tambourine Man", one of the most interesting songs of the decade.

Click here for The Byrds and "Mr Tambourine Man":
"Hey Mister Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm goin' to
Hey Mister Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following' you

Take me for a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship
All my senses have been stripped
And my hands can't feel to grip
And my toes too numb to step
Wait only for my boot heels to be wandering'

I'm ready to go anywhere I'm ready for to fade
On to my own parade cast your dancin' spell my way
I promise to go under it

Hey Mister Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm goin' to
Hey Mister Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following' you....."

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Happy birthday to Brian Wilson



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We remember Brian Wilson who was born in California on this day in 1942.     Brian started The Beach Boys with his brothers, Carl and Dennis, plus Mike Love and Al Jardine.   The band was one of the most successful US pop groups of our generation.

Along with Lennon-McCartney and the Gibb brothers, Brian Wilson is also one of my favorite pop music songwriters.

In fact:
"Wilson was the primary songwriter in the Beach Boys, also functioning as the band's main producer, composer, and arranger.

In 1988, Wilson and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which refers to Wilson on its website as "One of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music."

In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine published a list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time, and Wilson was ranked at #52." (Wikipedia)
Brian's work includes "California Girls" and "God only knows".

My favorite one is still "Wouldn't it be nice"!




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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




Tuesday's video: The IG report and Congress


Tuesday's video:   The IG report and Congress

Good news about Colombia’s election

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The first of the two crucial Latin American elections took place on Sunday and the news is good.   
Mr. Duque spoke of mending the fissures which had opened up in Colombia after a divisive election campaign.
But he also said he wants to see changes to the historic but controversial peace deal agreed with Farc rebels in 2016.
Duque beat his left-wing rival, Gustavo Petro, by 12 percentage points.
He received 54% of the vote in Sunday’s run-off election.
The 41-year-old candidate for the Democratic Centre party says he will overhaul the agreement that guaranteed the rebels seats in Congress and allowed them to contest elections.
It’s a good move and a victory for Colombia.
The Duque vote is a rejection of President Juan Manuel Santos’ deal with FARC.   
President-elect Duque was supported by former President Álvaro Uribe, who was one of the peace accord’s toughest critics.   Like Uribe, Duque saw the deal as  soft on FARC terrorists.  Duque does not want to cancel the agreement, but wants to improve it.
Duque is not a miracle worker. He was a much better choice than Gustavo Petro, a leftist singing the same old tired song of distribution and social justice that we’ve seen fail all over.
We wait for Mexico’s elections. So far, the leftist choice looks like a winner there, but let’s see what happens when real people vote.    
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Carole King's "It's too late" was the # 1 song this week in 1971.


We remember Carole King’s “It’s too late”, one of the best songs of the 1970s:
“Carole King began her career in music as a young newlywed and college graduate, working a 9-to-5 shift alongside her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, in Don Kirshner’s songwriting factory, Aldon Music.
It was there, working in a cubicle with a piano, staff paper and tape recorder that she co-wrote her first hit song (the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” 1960), her second and third hit songs (the Drifters’ “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care Of My Baby,” both 1961), her 14th and 17th hit songs (the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” 1963, and Herman’s Hermits’ “Something Tells Me I’m Into Something Good,” 1964) and so on and so forth.
It was not until 10 years after her songwriting breakthrough, however, that Carole King finally fulfilled her long-held dream of having her own hit record as both singer and songwriter.
On June 19, 1971, she earned her first #1 single as a performer with the double-sided hit “It’s Too Late/I Feel The Earth Move.””
The songs came from the LP “Tapestry”.  It ranks # 36 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums.   Carole King went on to have other solo hits in the 1970's and continues to tour around the world:






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Did you hear about Carmen?

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We have not heard from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a few months. She became the face of the anti-Trump brigade out to prove that President Trump did not care about Puerto Rico. Well, Carmen is back and it’s not good:
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.
The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.
As usual, the FBI won’t comment but something must be going on.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if she was involved in obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims?
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We remember Lou Gehrig (1903-41)

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Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 in New York.    We remember him because of the consecutive games streak, i.e. 2,130 games from 1925-39.   
He was also one of the greatest hitters of all time:  .340 batting average, 494 HR,  1,995 RBI in 2,164 games.    He walked 1,508 times for a .447 on base pct!  
Lou died in 1941.




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Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday's show: A chat with Darrell C Hartley about veterans issues



Monday's video: Good news from Colombia


Monday's video:   Good news from Colombia


‘Futbol’ gives Mexicans a bit of relief from reality


Image result for mexico election cartoonsMexico’s upset win over Germany couldn’t have come at a better time for our friends south of the border. In two weeks, Mexico will elect a new president and no one seems happy about anything.  
On Sunday afternoon, about 45 minutes after the game, I got an email about a text gone viral down there.  It translates to something like this:  Hey, the experts said that Germany had a 90% chance of beating Mexico. It is a clear reference to all of the polls showing leftist Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador with a big lead.
Mexico’s problem is that none of the candidates are telling voters to own up and fix their problems. They are blaming this or that but no one is saying that Mexicans have to take ownership of their country and make it better.
Perphaps, the immigration debate is a good example of this. Not one of the politicians is asking a simple question:  Why do so many want to leave our country? What are we doing wrong? Can we succeed as a country when we depend on roofers and landscapers in the U.S. sending dollars south?
Let me be straight: I want Mexico to succeed. I am pro-Mexico. After all, a prosperous Mexico is the best thing that could happen to the U.S.
Sadly, we see tangible evidence that Mexico is the biggest loser in this illegal immigration debate, from murders on the border to dependency on remittances.
On the surface, remittances keep rising, but Mexico is not doing better as Allan Wall has argued for many years:
“The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) did a study of the phenomenon, and according to spokesman Alfonso Sandoval the study determined that remittances in Mexico are not developing the country economically.
Most of the remittance money is spent on groceries or daily expenses, buying fancy vehicles, or remodeling houses. But little of it is being invested in permanent job-generating enterprises. Therefore the regions aren’t advancing economically.
Remittances also encourage some Mexicans not to work, since they can earn more from remittances than working on a Mexican job.” 
Moral of the story: Shut down the border and force Mexico to modernize itself.
Will it be easy? No.
Will it upset the political class and their monopolies like PEMEX? Yes.
In the long run, forcing Mexico to deal with its structural problems is the only way to keep Mexicans home and eventually prosperous. Unfortunately, no one is saying that down in Mexico.
Mexicans have a couple of days to celebrate a big “futbol” victory, but reality will show up as quickly as the 6 A.M. alarm clock every Monday morning.
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Call it Democrats desperately seeking to change the issue.....



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The Democrats and the "breaking up" families story comes out on the week that Gallup has some interesting news:   "Satisfaction With U.S. Direction Reaches 12-Year High"!

We have not seen this number since September 2005 under President Bush.

On the economic front, we see this: "Black and Hispanic Unemployment in America Reach Record Lows".

So what do you do when people think that the country is heading in the right direction or Hispanic unemployment is down?    

The answer is that you manufacture a crisis about children being "ripped" from their mothers' arms!

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July 2008: Senator Obama is nothing but pompous cliches


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A post from 2008:

Robert Tracinski writes daily commentary at TIADaily.com. He is also the editor of The Intellectual Activist and TIADaily.com.

Over the weekend, Tracinski wrote Obama Wraps Up the Bush Status Quo in Pompous Clichés:
"It is a whole bunch of pompous clichés--stuff like "it falls to us to act with the same sense of purpose and pragmatism as an earlier generation, to join with friends and partners to lead the world anew"--wrapped around the conventional wisdom.
And that's all there ever has been to Barack Obama: symbolism and grandiloquent speeches."
He is just a lot of hot air!

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Maybe this is why so few Democrats showed up in the runoff.............

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Maybe this is why so few Democrats showed up in the runoff.    Look at this story:   
"Even in the close-knit circles of Texas liberals, Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, conjures up a disparate set of opinions — far from the united front the candidate wants to evoke."
In other words, she is not turning on Democrats.    It explains the party's terrible runoff turnout was a month ago:  "Democrats have lowest voter turnout in Texas in nearly 100 years"!

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Happy # 76 to Paul McCartney

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The amazing Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on this day in 1942.
It included “Til there was you”.    The LP did not chart in the US but did very well in the UK.
Eventually, they exploded over here with “I want to hold your hand” in January ’64. Shortly after, “Til there was you” was one of the 12 songs in the legendary “Meet The Beatles“.  
We remember Paul with a great song, originally from “The music man” and Broadway: 



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday's show: North Korea, the IG report , Father's day plus The World Cup 2018



Sunday's video: Happy Father's Day & a word about the World Cup


Sunday's video:  Happy Father's Day & a word about the World Cup


Another Father’s Day and so many kids without fathers around

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As we celebrate Father’s Day, I thank God that I had a mentor in my life, the kind of man who understood what it means to be a father.  Not everyone is so lucky.  So let’s chat about the “father crisis” in many communities in the U.S.
Ten years ago, I cut out this article from the Wall Street Journal paper edition.  I saved it and look at it from time.  It was written by Juan Williams, author and Fox News contributor.  It is “The Tragedy of America’s Disappearing Fathers“:
The extent of the problem is clear.
The nation’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is 38%.
Among white children, 28% are now born to a single mother; among Hispanic children it is 50% and reaches a chilling, disorienting peak of 71% for black children.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly a quarter of America’s white children (22%) do not have any male in their homes; nearly a third (31%) of Hispanic children and over half of black children (56%) are fatherless.
This represents a dramatic shift in American life.
In the early 1960’s, only 2.3% of white children and 24% of black children were born to a single mom.
Having a dad, in short, is now a privilege, a ticket to middle-class status on par with getting into a good college.
Kids suffer without a father, no matter their color or last name.
Father’s Day is here.  Let’s remember a simple truth: we need men to be responsible fathers.
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Happy Fathers Day to my father in heaven


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We say Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc who brought us here years ago.
Looking back, I was very lucky because my father understood the job.
He did not try to be my buddy, although he did take my brother and I to a lot of ball games when were kids.  He bought us hot dogs and ice cream.  He taught us about baseball and a few other things.
A father’s job description is simple: Tell your kids what they don’t want to hear!
I’m grateful that my dad taught me that lesson! My father certainly understood the job description!
Happy Father’s Day to my father in heaven!
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The left's love affair with Pope Francis is probably over......


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I guess that the left's love affair with Pope Francis ended with this headline:   "Abortion is a ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes".

It's good to see Pope Francis take a principled stand on abortion.   

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