Saturday, March 31, 2018
There are storms, and there is Stormy Daniels.
This is the latest from Daniels:
A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion from Stormy Daniels seeking to depose President Donald Trump and his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen in the case over the adult film actress’s nondisclosure agreement.Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, filed the action in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday asking permission to question Trump for two hours. Avenatti also sought to depose Cohen. According to the filing, Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford but who goes by her stage name, wants Trump to answer questions about their alleged affair and wants Cohen to discuss the reported hush agreement he struck with her.After the motion was struck down by a judge as premature, Avenatti vowed during a CNN interview on Thursday afternoon to re-up the legal maneuver, possibly by the end of the day.“We can refile this motion,” he said. “That’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
So where are we?
In the short run, they will appeal the judge’s decision.
In the long run, this storm will pass.
First, the Trump-Daniels incident occurred when he was a private citizen. By all indications, it was totally voluntary. No one forced anyone to do anything – or, as they say, two consenting adults.
Second, the Republican women who voted for Mr. Trump calculated all of this prior to voting. After all, we got daily stories for weeks before election day about this woman or that woman. No one voted for Mr. Trump thinking he was a perfect husband. At the same time, the women who voted for him were looking for someone to fix the economy and protect their husbands’ jobs.
Third, there is the hypocrisy factor. Did you see any marches calling on President Clinton or Senator Ted Kennedy to resign?
There is no storm here unless something brand-new appears. My guess is that something would have appeared already, especially weeks before the campaign.
Memo to David Hogg's parents: Your son is out of control and now going after Senator McCain.
It'd be wise to bring him home and let him focus on his future. We understand the trauma that David & friends suffered. However, David is being used and needs parental guidance not more talking points from the left.
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We say happy birthday to Shirley Jones who was born in Pennsylvania on this day in 1934. She appeared in lots of films, from "Oklahoma" to "The music man". I guess that most of us remember her as the mom in "The Partridge Family":
We say happy birthday to Herb Alpert, who was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1935.
In the early 1960's, Herb Alpert hit the charts with The Tijuana Brass.
His career included five number one hits & 28 albums that charted on Billboard. They also won 8 Grammy's and sold 70 million albums around the world.
He is also the only artist to hit #1 with an instrumental ("Rise" in 1979) and as a vocalist in “This guy's in love with you" in 1968.
Not bad for a guy whose first hit was called "The lonely bull":
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Friday, March 30, 2018
We will look at the rebellion against sanctuary cities in California...........Stormy is not much of a storm for President Trump unless something new happens.............Facebook has big problems, PR and potentially legal...................President Reagan and the assassination attempt 1981.......Happy # 73 Eric Clapton..........Rangers have a bad day on opening day...................and other stories.............
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Texas Rangers notes: Thank God for the long season! Game 1 and the home team looked flat. Verlander had a lot to do with that! Odor & Gallo need to drop some third base bunts with that awful shift. A bunt single is better than a line drive to a 4th outfielder.— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 30, 2018
Frankly, most Americans could not pass a citizenship test. Therefore, some of our fellow citizens should go back to school and learn a few things:
1) Appreciation of the rule of law. This is what separates the US from Latin America.
2) Basic understanding of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
3) Some knowledge of US history.
Last, but not least, read a bit from The Founding Fathers. You will understand why we have The Bill of Rights.
Vincent van Gogh was born in The Netherlands on this day in 1853.
For some time, I've been meaning to watch this movie. It was finally on late one night this week.
It is Kirk Douglas playing the role of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter.
Douglas does a great job and was nominated for best actor. Anthony Quinn was also great:
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Memo to Pope Francis: Stop talking to your atheist friend & journalist, Eugenio Scalfari.— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 30, 2018
On this day in 1867, Secretary of State Seward signed a treaty with Russia and purchased Alaska for $7 million. It was actually a huge bargain but that's not what they thought back then. So they called it "Seward’s Folly" or "“Seward’s icebox”.
The critics were tough on President Andrew Johnson, too or his “polar bear garden.”
Less than a 100 years later, or 1959, Alaska became a state and nobody is calling the purchase a folly anymore. Can you imagine Soviet missiles pointing at the US from north in Alaska?
Back in the 1980s, we heard about the “contras” of Nicaragua, or rebels fighting the leftist government. For some of us Cubans, “contras” was also a reference to “contra revolucionarios” or what they used call us in Cuba – i.e., opposition to the state.
There is a “contra” or “counter resistance” movement in California over sanctuary cities. The latest to join the contras is Orange County, near Los Angeles. This is from Fox:
Officials in California’s Orange County voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit from the Trump administration fighting the state’s “sanctuary city” laws, hours after the county sheriff’s department anounced its own methods of pushing back against the legislation aimed at protecting illegal immigrants.Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra would not rule out taking action of his own against officials who fight the laws, including the sheriff.“State law is state law. It’s my job to enforce state law and I will do so. We want to make sure that every jurisdiction, including Orange County, understands what state law requires of the people and the subdivisions of the state of California,” Becerra said at a news conference.When asked if that meant an arrest or lawsuit against the sheriff, Becerra responded, “I think I just answered that.”
Let me add this:
First, this is so refreshing, especially for so many of us who were starting to think that California was lost to the left.
Second, wouldn’t it be nice if A.G. Sessions warned A.G. Becerra not to arrest someone for respecting federal law? A.G. Sessions should warn A.G. Becerra that he will arrest him for promoting the violation of federal law.
Beyond left and right, California is imploding, from homelessness to cracking infrastructure to a bullet train that will never get to its destination to a public pension crisis around the corner. At some point, one has to think California’s Democrats will realize that they are not being well served by the people they voted for.
Most of all, California is waking up, and that’s wonderful.
On March 30, 1981, I was having lunch in Mexico City with a British friend. We walked back to my office and the phone rang. It was my mother calling from Dallas. She said that Pres. Reagan had been shot.
Reagan nearly died. He was clearly affected by the shooting, physically and emotionally.
Lyn Nofziger died a few years ago. It was Nofziger who reassured a stunned nation that the President was OK and recovering.
Looking back, we remember some great Reagan lines:
"Honey, I forgot to duck'' (The President's words to the First Lady)
''Please tell me you're Republicans.'' (The President greets the surgeons)
Reagan survived and went on to have two very successful terms:
Eric Clapton is one of the best "rock guitarists" ever! He was born on this day in 1945.
And he joined the growing list of rockers going 70-something this year!
Clapton's career goes back to The Yardbirds, Cream, and his own solo work.
My favorite Clapton guitar performance is "White Room" recorded by Cream, i.e. Clapton, Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce.
According to Songfacts, Eric Clapton used a Wah-Wah pedal on his guitar. It was great:
Good Friday to all of my friends. This is a good day to sit back and meditate about the meaning of "Holy Week" or "Semana Santa".
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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Down in Cuba, they are partying like it’s October 1962 all over again. It’s enough to make you ask, Nikita Khrushchev, where are you?
According to an industry report, Russia and Cuba are back together, or, as the Turtles would sing, “Happy Together“:
A mixed commission made up of members of both the Russian and Cuban maritime authorities met in Havana recently.A subsequent statement revealed that, as a result, a new master plan for Cuban ports will be drawn up covering the period up to 2030, undertaken in cooperation with both public and private state companies.According to Russia’s Minister of Transport, Maksim Sokolov, experts in the country will study proposals from Cuba as part of a mutual cooperation agreement that exists between them.As part of the same relationship, the commission is analysing Russian proposals to build a world maritime warning and safety system covering the entire Cuban coastline. This would guarantee integration of various maritime communications via both satellite and radio, thereby increasing security, improving navigation, and upgrading rescue capability for those vessels in danger.
What can we say about this new friendship?
First, Putin is not looking to subsidize anyone. Unlike Premier Khrushchev, who saw Cuba as part of the USSR empire, Putin wants to promote Russia’s business interests. Vlad could not care less about Raúl, but he loves expanding his “intelligence” network and placing an antenna 90 miles from the U.S. Remember that they used to have a base in Lourdes.
Second, this new relationship with Russia also shows that Raúl Castro is desperate. Wouldn’t Raúl Castro rather do this deal with a Western country that does not want to reopen an antenna in Cuba? My guess is yes, but no one wants to extend loans that never get repaid.
So the Russians are coming, and it’s not a remake of the old movie.
Back in 2012, the Obama campaign team was hailed for their use of social media. Remember this one from a few weeks after the election? Let's take a look at this one by Michael Scherer:
In the final weeks before Election Day, a scary statistic emerged from the databases at Barack Obama’s Chicago headquarters: half the campaign’s targeted swing-state voters under age 29 had no listed phone number. They lived in the cellular shadows, effectively immune to traditional get-out-the-vote efforts.And everyone thought that the Obama team was really cool! So cool that they re-elected their man!
For a campaign dependent on a big youth turnout, this could have been a crisis. But the Obama team had a solution in place: a Facebook application that will transform the way campaigns are conducted in the future. For supporters, the app appeared to be just another way to digitally connect to the campaign.
But to the Windy City number crunchers, it was a game changer. “I think this will wind up being the most groundbreaking piece of technology developed for this campaign,” says Teddy Goff, the Obama campaign’s digital director.
That’s because the more than 1 million Obama backers who signed up for the app gave the campaign permission to look at their Facebook friend lists. In an instant, the campaign had a way to see the hidden young voters.
Roughly 85% of those without a listed phone number could be found in the uploaded friend lists. What’s more, Facebook offered an ideal way to reach them. “People don’t trust campaigns. They don’t even trust media organizations,” says Goff. “Who do they trust? Their friends.”
This is very sick.....what else can you say: "Planned Parenthood Affiliate Demands Disney Princesses Include Abortion".
We just learned that Rusty Staub passed away. He was born in New Orleans, LA. in 1944.
Rusty broke with the Astros in 1963 and moved to the Expos in 1969. He also played with the Mets, Tigers and one season with the Rangers.
Staub retired with a .279 career average, 2,716 hits, 292 HR & 1,466 RBI in 2,951 games.
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The amazing Cy Young was born on this day in 1867.
Young won 511 games, completed 749 with a 2.63 ERA.
One of his better seasons was 1892: 36-12 with a 1.93 ERA, 453 innings pitched and 48 complete games!
Of course, his name is now synonymous with great pitching. The Cy Young Award is given each year to the best pitcher in the AL and NL.
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Baseball 2018:— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 29, 2018
My picks are Yankees, Indians, Astros plus Red Sox vs Angels for wildcard........Houston vs New York for AL pennant......
my picks are Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers plus Braves vs Padres for wildcard........LA vs Chicago for NL.
My World Series is Yankees vs Dodgers.
We remember Denny McLain who was born in Chicago on this day in 1944.
Denny broke with Detroit in 1963. He became a regular in the starting rotation in 1965 and won 108 games over 5 years, including 31-6 in 1968 and 24-9 in 1969. He won The Cy Young Award in 1968 & 1969 plus MVP in 1968.
His career fell apart in 1970 after some gambling allegations and was out of baseball in 1972 at age 28.
McClain won 131 games:
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Guests: Carlos Torres & David Busby join me for preview of the 2018 Texas Rangers.......plus we will make our predictions about the AL & NL divisions & wild card finalists...........
my picks are Yankees, Indians, Astros plus Red Sox vs Angels for wildcard........Houston vs New York for AL pennant......
my picks are Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers plus Braves vs Padres for wildcard........LA vs Chicago for NL.
My World Series is Yankees vs Dodgers............
what happened to the Dallas Stars? The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys look ahead to the 2018 drafts..........Final 4 basketball predictions........and other stories......
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For too long, the Democrats have been dancing around the 2nd Amendment. They want to ban “assault weapons” and want “reasonable gun control measures.” In other words, they want the issue, but they don’t want to do anything about it. They didn’t when they had majorities under President Carter, President Clinton or President Obama!
So let’s thank retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens for being honest about it. Justice Stevens wants to repeal the 2nd Amendment:
In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A..’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform. It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.
So let’s stop talking about “gun rights” or “gun control” and go to the heart of the matter.
It would be very good for the country to have a referendum on the 2nd Amendment. It would be a rare opportunity to settle the issue for good.
Of course, and with all due respect to Justice Stevens, it will never happen. It won’t happen because the Democrats do not have the courage to fight against the 2nd Amendment anywhere except the op-ed pages of the New York Times.
A post from December 2006:
Rick Moran is from Chicago. See OBAMA: THE EMPTY VESSEL:
"Will the empty vessel Obama be able to entice enough voters to place their faith in whatever they want to see and believe about this man?We’re going to find out sooner rather than later, I’m sure."
Let me be honest. I don't remember this or was old enough to check out the Top 10. Nevertheless, the #1 song on this day in 1958 was "Tequila" by The Champs:
"Written on the spot and recorded as an afterthought near the end of a session at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, the song—"Tequila" —hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart on March 17, 1958. It was the Champs' one, and only, pop hit."It is a rock classic. It sounds better with age. My guess is that someone will enjoy this one 100 years from now.
Click to hear "Tequila":
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The Rangers will open the season on Thursday against the World Champs Astros. Elvis Andrus will start at shortstop for the 10th consecutive opening day. Ivan Rodriguez and Michael Young did it 11 times.— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 28, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
In the interest of full disclosure, I voted for Senator Rubio in the Texas primary. By the time we got to Texas, it was down to Cruz, Kasich, Trump, and Rubio. I concluded that he had the best chance to win the presidency. I turned out to be wrong but that was my vote.
Over the last weeks, we’ve seen massive attacks against Senator Rubio at these marches or even the infamous CNN town hall meeting. Remember this:
The wildest moment allowed by Tapper was when Parkland, Florida student Cameron Kasky smeared the Senator by equating him to the shooter that killed 17 of his classmates. And Tapper thanked him for all of it.“I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not,” Kasky spat.After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.
So why Senator Rubio? He didn’t kill the students. He’s been a thoughtful senator. He is not known as an NRA guy. So why the cheap shots on Senator Rubio?
It comes down to a couple of things:
First, Senator Rubio represents a huge threat to the Hispanic left. He speaks and communicates well. He is probably going to be a GOP nominee someday; and,
Second, the Democrats need 70% of the Hispanic vote to win a governorship, the Senate or the presidency. Senator Rubio is the left’s nightmare!
So why did you hear so much about Senator Rubio? Well, he is a political threat and that’s what this is all about.
A post from December 2006:
Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. In fact, we live in a very tough world.
See If 'War Is Not the Answer,' Then What Is? by Larry Elder:
"What of World War II -- a catastrophic conflict resulting in over 50 million military and civilian deaths? Winston Churchill wrote that if France and Britain had taken early action to stop Hitler, the entire war might have been averted. But, again, "preemptive war" is still war, is it not?"
We have to fight wars or the bad guys will win. It's as simple as that!
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