Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday's show: President Trump & US economy will be the big factors of the 2018 midterms


Tuesday's show: 
President Trump & US economy will be the big factors of the 2018 midterms



Tuesday's video: President Trump and the US economy will be the two big factors in 2018


Tuesday's video: 
President Trump and the US economy will be the two big factors in 2018





32 trillion reasons to reject Ocasio-Cortez



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Over the last week, we’ve seen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young woman who defeated incumbent Democrat Representative Crowley, on TV outlining her socialist fantasies.
A new report ought to force Miss Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Sanders to explain how they will pay for Medicare for all.  According to this report, it will be super-expensive
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. …
“It’s showing that if you are going to go in this direction, it’s going to cost the federal government $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion a year in terms of spending,” said Kenneth Thorpe [a health policy professor at Emory University]. …
“Enacting something like ‘Medicare for all’ would be a transformative change in the size of the federal government,” said Charles Blahous, the study’s author. Blahous was a senior economic adviser to former President George W. Bush and a public trustee of Social Security and Medicare during the Obama administration. …
Responding to the study, Sanders took aim at the Mercatus Center, which receives funding from the conservative Koch brothers.  Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch is on the center’s board.
Play the Koch card!  What else do these people but play this card or that card?
Indeed, the study was paid for the Koch brothers, but that does not mean that the results are wrong. 
The study confirms what we’ve known for years, unless you are a liberal Democrat looking for a talking point.  In other words, doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes would not be enough.
But don’t expect Senator Sanders, or most in the media, to explain how he is going to pay for all of this.
Just another reason to go out and vote this November. 
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Kelly staying after all..........


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Remember when we had stories based on anonymous sources that Kelly would be gone soon?  

It was a done deal or so we heard.

Guess what?  He is staying until 2020:  "John Kelly expected to stay at White House through 2020 election...."

What were all of those stories about?  Who was feeding that nonsense to the media?  

Beware of any story based on anonymous sources.  In other words, be skeptical of the reporter's motives when you see these "headline" stories.

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Trump's approval steady but Iran's currency dropping


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We have a couple of headlines today that may say something about the near future.

Over in Iran, the currency is struggling or it dropped 18% in two days.  

According to the story, the "....rial has been crashing in recent days as the country anxiously awaits the reimposition of full US sanctions, starting on August 6."

Over here, President Trump's approvals are holding steady at 48% at Rasmussen.  By the way, I like Rasmussen because it is based on likely voters and has a good track record.

What does it mean?  Iran's leadership is in trouble and President Trump is holding his support.

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450 dead and counting in Nicaragua


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Calling Hollywood.   Your pal Daniel Ortega is crushing a lot of heads down in Nicaragua:  
"With nearly 450 reported dead from anti-government protests in Nicaragua that broke out in April, Mr. Ortega has adopted the Venezuelan strategy of deploying armed paramilitary gangs to enforce political control in what some U.S. analysts are calling a “pattern of repression.
Pattern of repression?  It'd be nice to see some of Ortega's Hollywood friends criticize the killing down in Nicaragua.

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August 2007: How Elvira and the Mexican flag wavers killed immigration reform


A post from August 2007:

On immigration reform, I have a lot more in common with President Bush and Senator McCain than the "everything is amnesty" crowd. I have argued for years that the US needs a rational program to bring seasonal workers and more skilled ones, such as engineers.

We need them both.

What we don't need is Elvira and the Mexican flag wavers. They destroyed any chance for immigration reform with their arrogance, placards and total disrespect for the US, the nation that gave them work and the opportunity to send their kids to public schools and use city hospitals.

Why? Because Elvira and the flag wavers did not want to understand that we are nation of immigrants, but more importantly, a nation of laws!

Yesterday, Elvira blamed the US for Mexico's plight. (It's all NAFTA's fault!) Then she ranted that our immigration system is broken.

Indeed, our system is broken because Elvira and the flag wavers think that they are above the law.

Eventually, we will have a decent immigration overhaul. It won't happen until Elvira and the flag wavers get out of our TV screens!

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August 2007: Captain Ed has a new look and a great post about Iraq


A post from August 2007:

As I wrote before, Captain Ed is one of my favorite blogs. Today, Captain Ed has a new look and a wonderful post about Iraq:
"Everyone knows what they're thinking. If they get outmanuevered again, the Democrats will catch hell from the activist base of their party and likely wind up losing the House to the Republicans in 2008. They can't afford to work cooperatively with the people Pelosi and Reid have successfully demonized with their voters, or they will look like complete hypocrites. That's the wages of demagoguery, and payday's coming in September." (Democrats Miscalculate On Iraq)
Check the full post!

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August 2007: Sanctuary cities should be denied federal funds!


A post from August 2007:

According to the latest Rasmussen:
"Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide favor cutting off federal funds for “sanctuary cities” that offer protection to illegal immigrants." (71% Favor Requiring Foreign Visitors to Carry Universal ID Card)
It makes sense to me. Sanctuary cities promote chaos because they are defying the rule of law.

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August 2007: The fence will stop the flow of guns into Mexico!


A post from August 2007:

The "fence" is very unpopular in Mexico. Yet, what are Mexican politicians doing about the inflow of guns from the US. ('Cop-killer' guns from US seen crossing into Mexico)

It's easy to blame US gun laws or the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution.

It's a lot more complicated to explain how or why the guns go south.

The guns are going in because of corruption and an open border. Also, Mexico has turned into a very violent country.

Mexicans have argued that an open border is good for them, i.e. export people and "remesas".

Yet, the unintended consequence is that an open border is also an avenue for guns to go south.

It may be time to build the fence to keep the guns from crossing the border!


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August 2007: Bad night for Rosie and the 9-11 conspiracies!



A post from August 2007:

The History Channel is usually pretty good. Last night, they were excellent. They put to rest all of the 9-11 conspiracies promoted by the likes of Rosie and others.

Rick Moran has a great summary:
"The documentary took no prisoners as it destroyed almost all of the major conspiracy theories associated with 9/11 while revealing the real motivations of the truthers; that they are part of a political movement driven by raw, unreasoning hatred of George Bush, the American government, and to some extent, America itself." (9/11 TRUTHERS GUT PUNCHED BY HISTORY CHANNEL)
It's amazing what's happened to the American left since VP Gore lost Tennessee in 2000! In simple language, they lost their heads and went crazy!

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We remember Curt Gowdy (1919-2006)

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We remember Curt Gowdy who was born in Wyoming on this day in 1919.

A few days ago, I caught an audio clip of Curt Gowdy doing a World Series game many years ago.    What a treat to hear that voice again!

Most of us grew up watching the NBC Saturday afternoon baseball game of the week and listening to Gowdy's voice.   I recall many World Series games, too.  He was also the voice of Super Bowl I and the famous Heidi game, when NBC cut off the Jets-Raiders game to broadcast the Disney movie.

In '84, Gowdy was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Curt Gowdy died in 2006.   He was a gem calling baseball and football.






Happy # 73 Gary Lewis

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We say happy birthday to Gary Lewis who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1945.

His father was Jerry Lewis, one of the superstars of movies and comedy.   

In 1965, Gary formed a band and enjoyed several hits, such as "This diamond ring" a # 1 song.   All together, Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top 10 hits:


We remember Milton Friedman (1912-2006)



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My guess is that most of you read "Free to choose" or watched the TV series.  Or, maybe you are familiar with Dr Friedman's work in Chile, the story of "The Chicago Boys" who turned that South American country into one of the best economies in the world.

Milton Friedman was born in 1912 and died in 2006.  Rose, his devoted wife, research partner and companion of many years, died in 2009.  They were always together and that was great too.

"I remember asking Milton, a year or so before his death, during one of our semiannual dinners in downtown San Francisco: What can we do to make America more prosperous? "Three things," he replied instantly. "Promote free trade, school choice for all children, and cut government spending."
How much should we cut? "As much as possible.""
Thank you Mr. Friedman!  




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1978: Pete Rose reached # 44


Pete Rose got to # 44, or the second longest streak since Joe DiMaggio got to 56 in 1941.   He singled off of Phil Niekro.      

Willie Keeler had 44 in 1897-98 but foul balls didn't count as strikes.




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July 31, 1990: Nolan Ryan won # 300!


It was the evening of July 31st, 1990, Channel 11 in DFW and we were all watching Nolan Ryan go for # 300!

Where did the years go?   Nolan Ryan won # 300 on his second try in Milwaukee.

As I recall from the TV broadcast, Ryan got a huge ovation when he left the game in the 7th inning.   It was a classy move by the Brewers' fans.
He added no-hitter # 7 to his resume the next season!



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Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday's show: How to pay Medicare for all, name change in Austin and other stories of the day


Monday's show: 
How to pay Medicare for all, name change in Austin and other stories of the day....





Monday's video: The 2018 mid-terms and the latest economic news



Monday's video: 
The 2018 mid-terms and the latest economic news



Another pleasant valley Sunday in the land of liberal silliness



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What do you do when your state is booming and people are moving in in droves?
You can enjoy it or dwell on the past. 
According to news reports, the left-wing island of Austin wants name changes:
Known as both the “father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.
He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”
For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.
Also on the list of locales to possibly be renamed: Pease Park, the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, Barton Springs and 10 streets named for William Barton, the “Daniel Boone of Texas,” who was a slave owner.
To be sure, the identified streets and parks are only suggested for reconsideration.  And the city, Bouldin Creek, Pease Park and the Barton-related landmarks – a group that includes Barton Springs – were included in a lower-tier list of “assets for secondary review” in the report.  Still, the report did identify several streets staff consider related to the Confederacy and worthy of more immediate action.
Can’t wait to hear what Beto thinks of that!  He’ll have a chance to make himself clear when he debates Senator Cruz soon.
Name changes again?  What could go wrong?
First, changing names could confuse future suitors looking to move their companies to Austin.  They may move somewhere else in Texas, and left-wing Austin will lose tax revenue and property taxes.
Second, how out of touch with reality are these people?  Have you ever met anyone in Texas dwelling on what Stephen Austin said about Mexico in 1836?  I have not, and I know a lot of Mexican-Americans.  In fact, most Mexicans that I’ve known in Mexico love Austin, Texas!
So what do we have here?  We have a frustrated bunch of people who hate themselves and the country that they are super-fortunate to be living in.
Move to Cuba!  They don’t have any streets or cities named after Confederates.  They also have a lousy economy and no Starbucks to stage a protest in, and the regime locks you up when you speak your mind!
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August 2008: Our guys are showing their versatility in Iraq!




A post from August 2008:

Bill Kristol has a great article about how our guys in Iraq:
"I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's what impressed me most: the Americans. In particular, the quality and character of the American soldiers and Marines who are fighting there and trying to help rebuild the nation. I don't mean to slight, in some ethnocentric way, the steadfastness and courage of the Iraqi people. But it was meeting and watching the American soldiers at work that I found most interesting." (Inside Iraq)
That's right! Our guys are not getting the credit that they deserve. They are proving to be great warriors, diplomats and nation-builders!

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Remember the one that all politics is local.........


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Once upon a time, the late Democrat Speaker Tip O'Neill said that all politics was local.   

Well, guess who is learning that lesson across the sea:  "Anti-Trump London Mayor Sadiq Khan under fire for 'pathetic' response to crime surge...."

It makes sense.  London is suffering a serious crime wave and the UK political class is distracted with President Trump.  The crime figures are real!

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August 2007: What a crazy night in Baltimore!


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A post from August 2007:

The Texas Rangers have been a major disappointment in 2007. In fact, I can't wait for the post-season so that I can cheer for the Brewers or Twins!

Yesterday, the Rangers played a weird game. They won 30-3. This is not the Cowboys vs Ravens. This is Rangers vs Orioles.

You have to read it to believe it! This is the most runs scored in 100 years! (Most runs in a game) Last, but not least, it was fun listening to Eric Nadel and Victor Rojas call the last 3 runs!

2007 has been a season of frustration compounded by more frustration. Last night, the Rangers, and some pathetic Oriole pitching, gave us a decent memory from an otherwise horrible season!

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1966: "Wild Thing" by The Troggs was # 1 this week



The Troggs were a British band that gave us several hits, such as "With a girl like you",  "Love is all around", specially "Wild thing" from the summer of 1966.     You can hear the song on the radio, as well as sports arenas around the country.



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Happy # 64 Ellis Valentine


Ellis Valentine was born in Arkansas on this day in 1954.   He was drafted by Montreal and broke with the Expos in 1975.    By 1976, he was the every day right fielder.

In the late 1970's, the Montreal Expos had one of the best outfields in modern baseball history.   

In fact, you could argue that it was the best in quite some time:   Ellis Valentine, future Hall of Famer Andre DawsonWarren Cromartie.

Valentine was a good hitter and had a super arm.    Wonder how often we would have seen him today in the very popular "web gems"?   My guess is that a lot!

He and team Cromartie had 24 assists in 1977.    You simply could not take an extra base on that Expos' outfield!

Valentine survived injuries and retired with a .278 batting average and .288 in 7 seasons in Montreal.

Valentine was part of the Expos who came in second in 1978, 1979 & 1980.  They lost the NLCS to the LA Dodgers in 1981.    In today's game, they would have clinched a wild card everyone of those years that they came in second in the NL East.








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Happy # 77 Paul Anka, great vocalist and songwriter!


Wonder how many people know that Paul Anka was born in Canada?   He was born on this day in 1941.

Paul is from Ottawa and enjoyed big hits by the time that he was a teenager. 

He is one of the few pop artists who had Top 10 songs in the 1950s, 1960's & 1970's!  Who else but Elvis can say that? 

His songs were very romantic and catchy. 

They were the kinds of songs that filled Top 40 play lists of AM radio stations.  I'm sure that lots of our parents have Anka 45's among their belongings and souvenirs.

I learned in the 1970's that Paul Anka composed "My Way" and several TV songs, such as The Tonight Song theme song!  How would you like to collect those royalties?

A few years ago, Paul wrote an autobiography.    He also left us an amazing collection of hit songs, available now on digital.








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"In God we trust" signed into law in 1956

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President Eisenhower made it legal in 1956:
"On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak."
It was a good day for the US.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

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


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




Sunday's video: Six new great members of Baseball's Hall of Fame



Sunday's video:  
Six new great members of Baseball's Hall of Fame




The US in one direction Cuba and Venezuela in another

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On Friday, President Trump celebrated some good news from the U.S. economy.  In the last week, a different message is coming from Cuba and Venezuela.
We are watching three countries going in different economic directions: the U.S., Cuba, and Venezuela.  It is a classic case of free markets versus socialism.
Down in Cuba, the message has not changed over the years, as the new president reminded us:
Cuba’s economy grew less than expected in the first half of 2018 and an ongoing liquidity crisis will force fresh belt tightening, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Sunday.
He is proposing constitutional changes.  However, Cuban perestroika won’t work any better than the one we saw in the USSR.
Venezuela is more than falling apart: “Venezuela could eventually have 1 million percent inflation.”
What does that inflation level mean?  It means this: “Venezuela’s currency has lost 99.9997 percent of its value in the past 6½ years.  To put that in perspective, $333,333 worth of bolivars in 2012 would be worth $1 today.”
A failed state?  I think so!
As I recall, a “bolivar,” the currency, was 4.29 to a U.S. dollar back in the 1980s.  It used to be a middle-class country!
On the other hand, we had great news in the U.S.
It was a good day for the U.S. economy; for workers; and, yes, for President Trump.  It is not the same down in Cuba and Venezuela.
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Odor leads Rangers over Astros


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After losing 4 to the A's, including blowing a 10-2 lead in the 7th, the Rangers went into Houston and swept the World Champs.   

Odor led the way with a 5 for 5 night and raising his batting average over .270!   He was hitting under .200 a few weeks ago!

What does it mean?  Not much but it proves that there is talent in this young team.

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1983: Steve Garvey streak ended at 1,207




On this day in 1983, the San Diego Padres were scheduled to play a double header with the Braves.   During the first game, Steve Garvey suffered a dislocated thumb.   He did not play in the second game and his streak of consecutive games ended.

This is what happened:

Garvey was injured attempting to score on a wild pitch by the Braves' Pascual Perez. He was out easily as he tried to beat the throw from the catcher Bruce Benedict to Perez, who was covering the plate.
''Once I slid and was tagged, I felt the thumb go numb,'' Garvey said. ''I knew there was something wrong.'' Garvey was replaced by Kurt Bevacqua. The Braves won the game, 2-1, on Jerry Royster's two-out run-scoring double in the eighth. Garvey, who is 34 years old, signed a five-year, $6.6 million contract as a free agent last December after starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 years. He broke the previous National League record of 1,117 games held by Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs on April 16 in his first game back at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres.
Garvey had not missed a game since Sept. 2, 1975, when the Dodgers played San Francisco. 
Garvey was traded to San Diego at the end of the 1983 season and played in the 1984 World Series.    

He had a great career:   .294 batting average, 2,599 hits, 272 HR & 1,308 RBI.    Garvey was the 1974 NL MVP and came in second in the 1978 vote.

Great player!    Who knows how long his streak would have gone without that unfortunate injury?




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The Doors "Light my fire" was #1 song this week in 1967


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It was one of the best songs of the 1960s and #1 this week in 1967.  

Yes, it was a great single and long version from a very good debut album.  The B-side was "The crystal ship", another good song that got lots of airplay.  

The song transformed The Doors into international pop stars of the 1960's.  

It also started the legend of lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

A year later, or the summer/fall of 1968, Jose Feliciano released a great version that peaked at #3 in the US.







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