Thursday, May 19, 2022

A word about May 19





We remember May 19:

Music files:  Estela Raval was born May 19, 1935 in Argentina.   She was the lead vocalist for Los Cinco Latinos, a great Spanish pop group from the 1950's and 1960's.  She died on June 6, 2012.  

Cuban history:  Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.   His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain.    A few years ago, we spoke with  Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, "Jose Marti, a revolutionary life"..........CLICK TO LISTEN!

Rock history:   We say happy birthday to Pete Townshend, who was born in London on this day in 1945.    

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We remember Estela Raval (1935-2012)


As a young boy in Cuba, and later in the US, I remember hearing “Quiereme Siempre” on the radio.  
Estela Raval was born May 19, 1935 in Argentina.   She died on June 6, 2012.   She was the lead vocalist of Los Cinco Latinos, a wonderful group from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  They recorded many Spanish versions of The Platters’ hits, such as “Mi oracion” and other of their own hits like “Quiereme siempre“. 
The Cinco Latinos had great harmonies plus Estela’s very elegant look. 
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May 19, 1895: We remember Jose Marti

Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.   His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain. 

His life was short but very consequential, from writing poetry to articles about Cuban independence to earning the title of "The Apostle of the Republic".

There will be remembrances of Marti’s death in Castro’s enslaved Cuba and among Cuban Americans living in the US.    

My conviction is that Marti’s spirit of freedom for Cuba will be with those of us who want to end this totalitarian regime run by the Castro family. 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday's video: Over a million students missing from public schools and other stories


Wednesday's video: 
Over a million students missing from public schools and other stories

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The Cuellar vs Cisneros runoff is all about the future of the Democrat




(My new American Thinker post)

Down in South Texas, you may be seeing the future of the Democrat Party, i.e. the energetic Left vs whoever centrist is left in the ranks. My friend George Rodriguez, a South Texas political analyst, feels that Cuellar will pull it out somehow. The final first round result was 48.66% for Cuellar and 46.62% for Cisneros.   

The Cisneros campaign is attacking Cuellar all over on radio to TV. Someone is going to win and someone is going to lose but can the Democrat Party recover?  This is from Texas Tribune:   

“The stakes are very high,” said Jose Borjon, a Washington-based lobbyist originally from South Texas who once worked for Cuellar and continues to support him.

“This is a huge deal for Democrats,” he added, suggesting that this race serves as a proxy fight amid a larger divide within the party nationally. “It’s a huge deal for the mood of our country. It’s a huge deal in politics… because it pits progressive policies espoused by Cisneros over more centrist policies espoused by Cuellar.”

What makes this runoff so interesting is that Cuellar and Cisneros are worlds apart on abortion, the border, immigration policies, etc.    

If Cuellar wins, what happens to the Cisneros voters?  Are they going to bottle up their anger at Cuellar and cast a vote for him in the general election?  My guess is that many will stay home or find some independent party, say the Green Party, to support.   

If Cisneros wins, then there is a good chance that this district flips red in a red wave year.

The future of the Democrat Party is at stake down in South Texas.   

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