Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday's show: A chat with Joao Cerqueria, author, about the politics of Europe


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Friday's show:   
A chat with Joao Cerqueria, author, about the politics of Europe








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Friday's video: Obama Care enrollment is down from last year

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Friday's video:     
Obama Care enrollment is down from last year





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The only winner of the GM bailout was Obama 2012


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Back in 2012, the Obama reelection team reminded us that they got Osama bin Laden and saved GM. 
It probably gave Obama Ohio at less than 200,000 votes out of 5 plus million cast.  It did not hurt in Michigan.  It certainly energized the unions to cast ballots for the man who “saved” their jobs.
Yes, they got Osama bin Laden.  But they didn’t really save GM or do the workers any favor on a long-term basis.
Looking back, the GM bailout was a partisan band aid.  I like what Kevin D. Williamson wrote about this:     
What did U.S. taxpayers get for their $11.2 billion bailout of GM? About ten years of business-as-usual, and one very expensive lesson.
Bailouts don’t work…
GM’s sedan business is weak because GM’s sedans are weak: Virtually all of the best-selling sedans in the United States are made by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. 
The lower and middle sections of the market are dominated by Asia, and the high end of the market by Europe: Mercedes, Audi, BMW. GM can’t compete with the Honda Civic at its price point or with the Audi A7 at its price point. 
Consumers like what they like, and they aren’t buying what GM is selling. It isn’t winning in the dino-juice-powered market, in the electric-car market, or in the hybrid market, either: GM is not exactly what you would call a nimble corporation.
So, things are grim for GM.
On the car front, anyway. GM has a much healthier business selling trucks and SUVs, a business that it now will focus its resources on — as it should have done long ago. 
Why didn’t it do that?
With all due respect and concern for the employees out in the cold, GM should have been allowed to go into the bankruptcy courts.   
Yes, I understand that some jobs would have been lost.  However, all that the bailout did was to keep a business going that was going to eventually lay off people.
The GM bailout was a classic case of government picking winners and losers.   
A better solution would have been what they call a managed bankruptcy.  In other words, allow GM to restructure itself, leaving the courtroom as a healthier enterprise more in tune with the reality of the market.  
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We remember Rob Grill (1943-2011)


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If you recall Top 40 AM radio then you probably purchased a few 45's by The Grass Roots.

We remember Rob Grill who was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1943.  He died in 2011.   He was the founder, composer and lead vocalist.

The Grass Roots had a great sound and a dozen Top 40 hits, from "Let's live for today" to "Midnight confessions".



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Happy # 56 Bo Jackson


We remember Bo Jackson who was born on this day in 1962.    I thought that he was one of the most amazing athletes to ever play sports.  

It's a shame that he did not concentrate on baseball.   He would have been a candidate for the Hall of Fame.   He hit 107 HRs & 304 RBIs in 790 games before he got hurt.   

Of course, you could say the same thing about his football career.

Bo was great.   It's also unbelievable that he played his last ball game in August 1994.  

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Nov 30, 1874: Winston Churchill was born!


We remember today one of the great men of the 20th century:


"Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England."   (History)

Churchill was the man at the right time for the UK in World War II.   




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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday's show: The Mueller probe, DACA & the wall plus other stories


Thursday's show:   
The Mueller probe, DACA & the wall plus other stories





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Thursday's video: The GM bailout years later


Thursday's video:   
The GM bailout years later



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A wall plus DACA

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As we move toward 2020, the GOP has to improve its standing with Hispanics, as our friend Richard Baehr wrote here last week.
Let me make this suggestion to President Trump and the GOP: the wall plus DACA!
Negotiate the wall, plus other actions to curb illegal immigration, and legalize the so-called “DREAMers” who meet certain standards.
I like what Donald Graham wrote:
Earlier this year, the president offered to give a chance for legal status not only to nearly 700,000 “dreamers” – those undocumented immigrants [sic] brought to the United States as children – through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but to a million others who were either too young to apply or chose not to.  (I presume that, to get legal status or a path to citizenship, all 1.7 million would have to show, as DACA recipients do, that they have never been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor.)
Why not pass a simple bill: an appropriation for the wall, alongside an eventual path to citizenship for DACA recipients and long-term legal status for the rest?
It sounds like a sensible compromise to me.
President Trump gets the wall and keeps a promise.  The Democrats get DACA. 
Best of all, you do away with a contentious issue that the Democrats keep using against the GOP.
Will it happen?  I’m not sure that it will happen in the lame duck session.
However, the Democrats need to do something in the majority.  They can’t come back in 2020 and say it’s all Trump’s fault.
Also, opposing the wall is going to be a lot more difficult for Democrats after what we’ve seen on the border over the last two weeks. 
Before you tell me I’m calling for amnesty, let me repeat that many of these “DREAMers” are already here.  Many are working and going to school.  It makes no sense to keep them without a legal status any longer.  Obviously, anyone with an additional criminal background will not be approved.
So let’s think: DACA and the wall.  My guess is that most Americans will support that.
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Remember Eric Nadel on the radio?



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Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso: (1925-2015)

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We remember Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso.  He was born in Cuba on this day in 1925.  He died in 2015.
He was a lot more than a baseball player to those of us who love Latin American baseball and the very special contribution of "latinos" in the majors.
Like Jackie Robinson, Miñoso opened the door for all of the great Latin players who won MVP's and other awards these days.
He had a huge impact on Cuban and other Caribbean players who wanted to play in the majors
It was Miñoso who opened the door for Orlando Cepeda, the Alou brothers, Tony Oliva, Juan Marichal, Mike Cuellar, Luis Tiant, Roberto Clemente and so many others who came after.
As a boy growing up in Cuba, it was Miñoso who drew the large crowds and the #1 topic baseball topic.  He played for Marianao and the top player in the Cuban winter leagues.  
We say thank you to Minnie Miñoso.    He was more than a baseball player for his fans in Latin America.

He retired with a .298 average, 186 HR, 1,963 hits & 1,023 RBI in 1,835 games.  He hit .304 in 12 seasons with the White Sox.
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We remember Dick McAuliffe (1939-2016)

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We remember Dick McAuliffe who was born on this day in 1939.   He died in 2016.

McAuliffe was the second baseman in those great Tigers teams of the 1960s, including the 1968 World Series champs & the 1961 team that won 101 games but finished second to New York.

McAuliffe played most of his career with Detroit.   He broke with the Tigers in 1960 and put some great numbers at a time when second basemen did not hit with power:   197 HR & 696 RBI.   His best power year was 1964 with 24 HR.

McAuliffe was recently selected as # 53 in the top 100 Detroit Tigers.

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We remember George Harrison (1943-2001)


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George Harrison died on November 29, 2001.   He had been battling cancer for a few years.

George was part of the group from the early days.  He added a few songs to the group's repertoire over the years but his biggest contribution was playing a great lead guitar and singing background vocals.

He did sing or write some tunes, such as "Something" and "Here comes the sun".









Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday's election: A chat with Richard Baehr Chief Political Correspondent American Thinker


Wednesday's election:   
A chat with Richard Baehr Chief Political Correspondent American Thinker





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Wednesday's video: The wall plus DACA

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Wednesday's video:   
The wall plus DACA






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Now Mexicans are screaming ‘migrants go home’

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My guess is that the people behind the caravan didn’t plan for things to work out this way.  As that Bee Gees’ song goes:  “Oh If I’d only seen that the joke was on me”.
The caravan planners have a few problems:
First, they were not expecting President Trump to take a firm stand and then enforce it;
Second, they didn’t see those anti-caravan marches in Tijuana happening; and most importantly,
Third, they didn’t realize the terrible situation that all of this would put President-elect Andres Lopez-Obrador in.
This is from the New York Times and right on target:  
After more than 15 years of campaigning as a leftist firebrand, Mr. López Obrador must swiftly decide: Will he stand up to Mr. Trump and defend the migrants’ pleas to be allowed into the United States, even if many of their asylum requests will ultimately be rejected? Or will he acquiesce to Mr. Trump’s demands and the economic imperative of good relations with the United States?
“The Mexican government is in a dead-end alley,” said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a professor of international relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 
“López Obrador is facing a baptism of fire, and a dilemma of whether he should maintain his promises of humanitarian policies, or stop the masses of migrants trying to reach the U.S.”
Baptism of fire?  More like a no-win situation.  
The article finishes by saying that Mr. Lopez-Obrador needs to calm things down because they are very heated south of the border.
Here are a couple of things to remember:
Tijuana is in the north of Mexico, or the states that border with the U.S.  This is the home of the PAN, or the right-center party.  
These states are very skeptical of Mexico’s central government.   I recall a Mexican friend in Monterrey saying this:  “Why am I paying taxes so that those people in Mexico have a cheap metro, or subway?”
These Mexicans are more prosperous and closer to the U.S. than the rest of the country.  In other words, the Dallas Cowboys are on TV every Sunday, at home and “la cantina” where men get together for a beer.
This is not the part of the country that elected Lopez-Obrador.  Instead, this is where you find cities like Tijuana and Monterrey with large middle class populations.   Many professionals work for Maquiladoras (foreign companies) or send their kids to U.S. colleges.
Also, it’s impossible for Mexico to defend the caravan.  That will just invite more caravans.  
Finally, Mexico’s political class loves illegal immigration when Mexicans are going north and send remittances to Mexico.  In this case, we are talking about Central Americans, not Mexicans.  What are they sending back?  Nothing!  They don’t even pay a toll when they go through Mexico.
The caravan has blown up in the faces of its framers.  The days of caravans through Mexico are over.
President-elect Lopez-Obrador has to make a decision.   Do I pick a fight with Trump and the Mexican middle class that I can’t win?   Or do I send the Central Americans home?   Hopefully, the incoming president has the common sense to make the right call.
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Final score 2018



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The 2018 election box score


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The final score for 2018 is finally in.
The Democrats won 40 districts or translated to a 16-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a chamber of 435 members.
Over at the US Senate, the GOP picked up 2 seats and now enjoys a 53-47 majority.
The bottom line is that Trump had a better midterm than Reagan in 1982, Clinton in 1994 & Obama in 2010.  By the way, all 3 were re-elected!
The chief consequences of these results is that Trump will get his judges confirmed!  This is going to be very important if another opening happens in the Supreme Court.
I think that both sides can claim some level of victory.  However, the Democrats face the task of moving from “the resistance” to governing.  Let’s see how they handle that responsibility.

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1582: Happy anniversary to William Shakespeare & Anne Hathaway


We don't know much about Shakespeare's early life but we can tell you  this:
On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins.
So happy anniversary to the man who gave us "Romeo and Juliet".



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Happy # 89 to Berry Gordy, the man who started Motown


We remember Berry Gordy who was born in Detroit on this day in 1929.   

In the 1960's, he started Motown and became one of the most important figures in the music business.     Motown was the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, the Contours, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, the Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and a few more.     

An amazing story!



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Happy # 60 Dave Righetti


We say happy birthday to Dave Righetti born in San Jose, California on this day in 1958.

Dave broke with the Yankees in 1979 but did not join the rotation until 1981.   He spent the 1980's with New York saving over 200 games.    

Unfortunately, he missed the pennant teams but did pitch in the 1981 post season when he was also voted AL Rookie of the Year.

On July 4, 1983, Dave pitched a no hitter against the Red Sox.   He was 10-3 at that point and finished 14-8, or his best season as a starter.

He is now the Giants' pitching coach and a part of the team that won The World Series in 2010, 2012 & 2014.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday's show: The caravan & the incoming Mexican president plus other stories


Tuesday's show: The caravan & the incoming Mexican president plus other stories





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Tuesday's video: The caravan and the problems for the new President of Mexico


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Tuesday's video:  
The caravan and the problems for the new President of Mexico


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The Dallas Morning News sings the ‘Beto blues’

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As you may remember, The Dallas Morning News endorsed Representative O’Rourke on the grounds that we need a change of tone in Washington.  In other words, Beto would bring us together!
What has Beto done to bring anyone together?  The answer is nothing, as I wrote here.  How can a man who voted for partial abortion, to abolish ICE, and for socialized medicine bring anyone together?  It sounds to me that Beto was a “party line” representative who never stood up to his leadership.
On Monday, The Dallas Morning News is a bit shocked that their Beto is moving left
So we were surprised and more than a little perplexed to see that O’Rourke’s first big public action following the midterm elections was to weld himself to one of the leading progressives of his party.
This week, he joined with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in signing a letter aimed for the desk of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis over the issue of troops on the border.   
Are you kidding me?   The editorial board at The Dallas Morning News is surprised that a man who voted with Representative Pelosi is now joining forces with Senator Warren?
Can someone check the coffee over at 1954 Commerce Street?   Call it the “cult of Beto” going around.
Beto got very sweet treatment.  After all, did anyone write a story about his father in law?  How can a candidate say that the Trump benefited the wealthy and not a get a question about his father in law?
My guess is that the Beto endorsement resulted in a few subscription cancellations.  I can’t prove it but many of my friends did indeed cancel. 
In the meantime, skip the coffee the next time they call you in for an interview.  You may walk out of the meeting saying that Beto should run for president because only he can bring us together.
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More Trump Derangement Syndrome



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Brain dead Democrats and a few other thoughts



We saw a couple of confirmations of just how “brain dead” the Democrats are.
First, it’s Christmas so it’s time to criticize The First Lady and The White House decorations. Frankly, attacking The First Lady over Christmas decorations is just the latest demonstration of Trump Derangement Syndrome. I would rather hear how the new Democrat majority is planning to pay for their health care promises; and
Second, a Democrat  Senator accused the US of using chemical weapons on the border. He quickly deleted the tweet; and . . .
Is everybody brain dead in the Dem party?

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Happy # 40 Jimmy Rollins


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We remember Jimmy Rollins who was born in Oakland, CA, on this day in 1978. 

We remember that Rollins had a 36 game hitting streak to finish 2005.   He carried it into the 2006 season.   It stopped at 38.


Rollins broke with the Phillies in 2000 and became of the best players in the NL:  2007 NL MVP, a .264 average and 2,455 hits in 2,275 games.  He also won 4 Gold Gloves.

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My sister is a year older BUT nobody mentions her age!


Our parents, my brother and I, cousins, daughters, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, friends, acquaintances, people she used to know, current and old neighbors, sales clerks at malls all over the country, the salesmen and saleswomen at shoe stores that she drove crazy over the years, etc......everybody in the world wishes our sister a very happy birthday.

Again, I know that she is younger than me but nobody discusses her age anymore.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday's show: The border & caravan crisis Cuba still very repressive & other stories


Monday's show:   
The border & caravan crisis Cuba still very repressive & other stories





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Monday's video: Castro still dead and Cuba still very repressive


Monday's video:  
Castro still dead and Cuba still very repressive




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Castro still dead, Cuba still repressive

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Two years ago, we heard that Fidel Castro died of whatever.  
Two years later, the dissidents are complaining that they didn’t get the political reform memo.  This is from Briebart:    
Speaking to Breitbart News, leaders of the Cuban counter-revolution – which, contrary to the Aspen Institute analysis, does exist — lament that any opportunity to ease the repression of dissident voices in the country appears to have passed without incident. 
Both Fidel Castro’s death and the substitution of Raúl Castro as the Revolution’s international envoy with loyalist Miguel Díaz-Canel in April have done little for political freedom in the country, they agree.
“The situation in Cuba for dissidents remains very similar to that which we had during Fidel Castro’s life, and in some ways is even worse,” José Daniel Ferrer, the General Coordinator of one of Cuba’s largest dissident groups, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU),” told Breitbart News. 
“The current dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel … takes orders directly from Raúl Castro [and] leaves clear who truly wields power.”
So let me translate: the old boss dies, his brother appoints a successor and nothing changes in Cuba.  Cue the Four Tops: “It’s the same old song”.
The good new for dissidents, and those of us outside who want real reforms, is that the Cuban economy is on unsustainable path.
In other words, there is no USSR out there to bail out the regime or European banks lending money to the regime.  On the contrary, more and more countries are treating Cuba like a nation that can’t pay its debts, i.e. no cash no laundry!
Back in July, President Diaz-Canel lamented that the island’s economy is slowing down and the country faces a liquidity crisis.  The economy grew 1.1% in 2018 after 1.6% the year before.  
Castro is still dead but repression is alive and well.
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I am confused.about this story.......


Confusing.  This is a ABC News headline:  "Mueller report will be 'devastating' for the president".   The story is based on an interview with Professor Alan Dershowitz.

Then you read the story and see this: 
".....although it will have a strong political impact, is unlikely to result in criminal charges."  
So what's devastating about it?

I am confused.

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