Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The saga of Colin Kaepernick continues.
On the field, he stinks. His 49ers are a disaster and I saw a lot of empty seats in a recent game in San Francisco.
A couple of years ago, he was a young quarterback with quite a future. Today, he looks like a guy who needs a change of scenery and total mental tuneup.
Off the field, Colin Kaepernick is even worse. He continues to speak and speak and make a total fool out of himself.
His remarks about Fidel Castro are no better than what PM Trudeau of Canada and Dr. Jill Stein said of the dictator’s death. This is a bit of Colin on Castro:
“I agree with the investment in education,” Kaepernick said. “I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement with him in helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everyone believes those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”
Memo to Colin: Cubans do not get to read what books they read in school. In other words, history class in Cuba’s schools represents the state’s views. And the health care system is so good that Castro brought in Spanish doctors to care for him.
The Colin story did have a happy turn in Miami last Sunday, as we read in the Miami Herald:
Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso gave the fans in Miami what they wanted Sunday, picking off Colin Kaepernick and making a jarring tackle on the 49ers’ quarterback that preserved a 31-24 Dolphins win.After the game, Alonso, the son of a Cuban immigrant, acknowledged that Kaepernick had caused “bad blood” with comments the San Francisco player had made about Fidel Castro.“Yeah, it matters,” Alonso said Sunday of Kaepernick’s words about Castro, which were made shortly before the former Cuban leader died Friday. The quarterback had appeared reluctant to condemn Castro and offered praise for his efforts in boosting Cuba’s “literacy rate.”“Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him,” Alonso told the Herald’s Armando Salguero, who was the reporter who grilled Kaepernick about Castro last week. Salguero, like Alonso’s father, was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States.With that father, Carlos Alonso, on hand after the game, the linebacker told Salguero, “You two saw what happened in Cuba firsthand. I didn’t. But I do have feelings about it.“So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”
“Muy bueno” Kiko. You did good!
When will the 49ers ownership show some backbone and release him? Colin is hurting the NFL brand and the team. Pro athletes always get in trouble when their political opinions make more headlines than their TD passes!
Better than that, why doesn’t Colin move to Cuba and offer his services to Raul Castro? Cuba has always needed Western fools to carry their water.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tuesday Nov 29: The death of Fidel Castro and other news from Latin America....click to listen....... https://t.co/9Zuuhbqi1w— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 29, 2016
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Back in 2000, we spent 30 days arguing about the election until VP Al Gore finally accepted that George W. Bush had won Florida. In other words, the election night Florida call stood but most of his supporters still think that Mr. Bush stole election. That’s what nasty recounts do! Results don’t usually change and bad feelings just get worse.
It won’t take 30 days in 2016, but the hard feelings will continue.
Our good friend Richard Baehr believes this is all about making Mr. Trump illegitimate, especially in the minds of liberals who just can’t believe how the movie ended at 2 A.M. when Pennsylvania spoiled it. After all, some of them were apparently popping champagne on their way to the Clinton headquarters.
The real problem with recounts is that they don’t change results or explain the sorry state of the Democrat Party. In short, the Democrats are on the verge of irrelevancy, unless you live in a minority district that they win without opposition.
The party is probably going to be in the minority for a while, as Amber Phillips points out in the Washington Post:
November was a tough election cycle for Senate Republicans, who were defending 24 of the 34 seats up for grabs, many in states that Obama won twice.It will basically be the reverse in 2018. Democrats are defending 10 seats in states that Trump won, sometimes by double-digit margins. Midterms are normally kind to the party not in power, but this map shows serious head winds for Democrats.Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) are running for reelection in states that voted for Trump over Clinton by 19 points or more. (In West Virginia, Trump won by 42 points.) If these Democratic-held seats and a few others fall to Republicans in 2018, it’s possible the GOP’s 52-seat majority becomes a 60-seat supermajority.At the very least, it looks likely Republicans will pick up a few seats.More bad news for Democrats: Some political analysts think that if Republicans turn seats in red or red-leaning states, such as West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri, those seats could stay Republican for a long time. Especially if 2016’s presidential election is any indication.My colleague Philip Bump calculated there were 27 counties that had supported the Democratic candidate consistently for at least 40 years that switched to Trump in this year’s election. Those counties were clustered in states such as Indiana and Michigan, where Democrats will be defending Senate seats.
We don’t like writing party obituaries because parties have many lives. After all, have we not been reading for 20 years that demographics would doom the GOP?
Nevertheless, Democrats have problems. They seem to be talking over the heads of most Americans who don’t live in San Francisco or the East coast.
They’ve focused too much on defending abortion rather saving jobs from moving overseas. They would rather fight for same-sex marriage than accept a Nativity scene during the holidays. They would rather say “I don’t want to offend anyone” than Merry Christmas.
They are so invested in political correctness that they speak a foreign language that most Americans can’t understand.
So go ahead and recount. It won’t change the results.
My first advice to the Democrats is to come to terms with reality. Simply put, most Americans would rather talk about jobs than climate change.
My second bit of advice is to remember VP Nixon from 1960. In a mature democracy, the loser should concede and put the nation first. Of course, it starts with the candidate who must tell his or her supporters that the election is over and we have a president-elect.
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Monday, November 28, 2016
Monday Nov 28: A national security checklist for President elect Trump......... https://t.co/eSnqu0t2um— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 28, 2016
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We saw celebrations in Miami but we live in a free country.
We did not see much of anything in Cuba beyond official statements. Cuba is not a free country.
Yoani Sanchez, a blogger in Cuba, described the early hours like this:
“Still many in Havana have not reacted, the streets are empty in my building. Silence,” she added.On that silence, Sanchez reflected: “The silence extends, it is dawn, but the fear is felt in the air. Harsh days are coming.”She also tweeted an image of the television hostess reporting on the event: “An erratic and nervous Tv female voice-over, dressed in black, talks about reactions to Fidel Castro’s death.”Sanchez founded Generación Y, a blog in which she recounts how the life of a Cuban under the Castro regime that is so notorious that she won the Ortega y Gasset award and Maria Moors Cabot award.From her blog was born 14ymedio, the only independent medium that is managed by Cubans, but censored within the island by order of the Government, no Cuban can read it while he is in his country.
Also, we read via Babalu that Cuban secret police abducted the anti-communist artist Danilo Maldonado. His mother told the Diario de Cuba that her son had taken to the streets late Friday to celebrate the death of dictator Fidel Castro.
My guess is that he is not alone. There are probably other examples of young people in the street celebrating Fidel Castro’s death.
The quiet street is primarily due to a call for a nine-day state of mourning announced by the dictatorship.
At the same time, I don’t think that Raul Castro wants people in the streets. I’m sure that dictators have good memories. Every dictator in the world remembers how people in the street and food shortages ended up overthrowing Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.
Cuba is now entering a very dangerous and interesting period.
Raul Castro could go rogue and look for an exit in exchange for lifting the embargo. He could also get harsh and clamp down out of fear.
Time will tell. We will follow daily reports from dissidents.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Sunday Nov 27: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda....click to listen........ https://t.co/bD5EirQvMu— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 27, 2016
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As my late father often said, it was really tough to run into so many people who did not understand the truth of Cuba and Castro.
Over the years, Fidel Castro always found someone to pull him out of the hole.
He benefited from international leftists who hated the U.S. so much that they were willing to believe every lie coming out of Cuba, from health care to education. Not one of these lefties took the time to do a little research and learn that pre-Castro had an excellent private and public health care system. And Cuba’s literacy rates were among the highest in the Third World.
This was Cuba before Castro’s policies destroyed it:
In the 1950’s Cuba was, socially and economically, a relatively advanced country, certainly by Latin American standards and, in some areas, by world standards.Cuba’s infant mortality rate was the best in Latin America — and the 13th lowest in the world.Cuba also had an excellent educational system and impressive literacy rates in the 1950’s.Pre-Castro Cuba ranked third in Latin America in per capita food consumption.Cuba ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world in television sets per capita.Pre-Castro Cuba had 58 daily newspapers of differing political hues and ranked eighth in the world in number of radio stations.Cuba’s infant mortality rate of 32 per 1,000 live births in 1957 was the lowest in Latin America and the 13th lowest in the world, according to UN data. Cuba ranked ahead of France, Belgium, West Germany, Japan, Austria, Italy, and Spain.In 1955, life expectancy in Cuba was among the highest at 63 years of age; compared to 52 in other Latin American countries, 43 in Asia, and 37 in Africa.In terms of physicians and dentists per capita, Cuba in 1957 ranked third in Latin America, behind only Uruguay and Argentina — both of which were more advanced than the United States in this measure. Cuba’s 128 physicians and dentists per 100,000 people in 1957 was the same as the Netherlands, and ahead of the United Kingdom (122 per 100,000 people) and Finland.Cuba has been among the most literate countries in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution, when it ranked fourth.
To be fair, Cuba had problems, and it was people like my parents who turned against Batista. However, poverty, misery, and people leaving in rafts were not among them.
Well, it’s over for Fidel Castro. Maybe we can finally tell the truth about this man and what he did to Cuba and its people.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
In the end, he died like most people do – i.e., old age. No CIA assassination. No overthrow. Just an old man probably connected to a bunch of machines staying alive.
For most of us Cubans, and the ones who grew up here like me, this is a moment when images fly in your head.
First, I recall the morning Batista fled and the expectations. My mother serving us breakfast and my father on the phone talking about the future of Cuba. The phone did not stop ringing. My mother kept bringing my father coffee and offering her opinions as well. The TV was on with constant reports of Cuba. The Voice of America in Spanish on my father’s short wave radio.
Most importantly, no one that morning had a clue of what would happen to Cuba in a few years.
Second, the Bay of Pigs and the Missile Crisis. As my mother would joke later: “¡Nosotros los primeros!” Or loosely translated, we would have been the first ones to go if the missiles were fired. Thankfully, the missiles were not fired, and my mother’s words did not come to pass.
Third, I will always remember the day we left and the look on my mother’s face when the plane took off.
Most of all, we remember how he destroyed Cuba. He came to power when Cuba was a very prosperous island with a growing middle class. It is not that country anymore, as Tim Worstall wrote:
Fidel Castro, the Communist Dictator of Cuba, has died at the age of 90. There have been those, over the decades, who have held him up as some paragon of a new world order, one in which people will not be subservient to either America nor capitalism. The truth is that he visited an economic disaster upon the island nation of Cuba. No, it was not the US, it was not any blockade or embargo, not anything external to Cuba that caused this, it was quite simply the idiocy of the economic policy followed, that socialism, which led to there being near no economic growth at all over the 55 years or so of his rule. What little that did occur happening when the strictest of his rules were relaxed.It is polite, human and common to withhold criticism of the dead in the immediate aftermath of their demise. But leaving 11 million people grossly poorer than they ought to be in the name of a bankrupt ideology is not the stuff of which hagiographic obituaries are made
He promised elections but kept delaying them. They never happened.
He denied that he was communist and locked up people like my dad’s cousin for publicly saying so. A bit later, he declared himself a communist but did not release those who called him one.
In the end, he leaves a poor island with very little hope. He leaves political prisons, families crushed, and empty store shelves.
What happens now? This is a great opportunity for President-Elect Trump to demand some real concessions from the island’s leadership.
Fidel’s death is really the end of communism in Cuba. Raúl is also an old man and probably won’t be around in a few years, either.
Cuba is screaming for change. Let’s hear it and demand real concessions from Raúl Castro.
And please don’t insult the memory of so many by sending a big delegation to his funeral. Stay away and show your respect for the thousands executed by this regime.
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Let’s add Jorge Castaneda, Mexico’s foreign minister (2000 to 2003) and current professor at New York University, to the growing list of Mexicans who are just thinking too much about Trump.
Can we come to our senses, people of Mexico?
Mr. Castenada, who is generally a good guy but talks too much, posted this over at the New York Times:
This year, for the first time since Ronald Reagan assailed the Soviet Union in 1980, an American presidential candidate actively campaigned against another country’s national interests.By threatening to deport all undocumented immigrants, about half of whom are Mexican; to build a wall on the Mexican border; and to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is far more important for Mexico than for the United States, Donald J. Trump made Mexico one of the central issues of the campaign.How should Mexicans respond now that Mr. Trump has been elected?
How should Mexicans respond? They can start by not taking Mr. Castaneda too seriously.
First, candidate Reagan assailed the USSR in 1980 because it was a threat to the U.S., and Mexico. It was only sensible that the man running to be the leader of the free world would campaign against the old Soviet Union. Are you kidding me with that comparison?
Second, deporting undocumented immigrants is what Mexico does every day. Is Mr. Castaneda calling on Mexico to stop enforcing its immigration laws?
Third, building a wall is an option. It is an option that a sovereign country has to defend itself. Hasn’t Mexico spoken of building a “muro” on the Guatemala border?
Fourth, Mr. Trump has not called for ripping up NAFTA. He wants to renegotiate it, again an option for a sovereign country to exercise.
Let’s get real, please.
Mexico and the U.S. have huge mutual interests. I’m sure that Mr. Trump knows that and wants nothing to do with hurting a neighbor with one of the top 20 GDP’s in the world.
At the same time, most of modern Mexico’s problems have nothing to do with the U.S. PEMEX, the national monopoly, was made and corrupted by Mexicans. “El campo”, as Mexicans call their countryside, is inefficient because of politically motivated policies intended to control farmers rather than grow food. It is these farmers’ sons who pack up and leave because there is no future in Mexico.
So my advice to Mr. Castaneda is simple: stop thinking about Trump and start thinking about making Mexico into the economic powerhouse that it can be. Mexico has great resources, a wonderful people but too many “politicos” like Mr. Castaneda who always look north to point fingers.
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Friday, November 25, 2016
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A chat with Don Surber about the 2016 campaign 11/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:
Guest: Don Surber, author of 'Trump the press' and popular blogger, joins me for a discussion of the Trump candidacy and eventual election to the presidency.......Don was one of the first to predict that Trump would win in 2016..........the Trump transition and selections to the Cabinet........
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President Obama was in Greece and Peru a few days ago. He did not get a friendly welcome from the street according to news reports:
In Lima, Peru for the APEC summit, hundreds of angry protesters greeted his arrival, demonstrating against him and TPP in the city's financial district. Clashes with police erupted.One sign said Salga de Obama, La Bestia Capitalista (Get Out Obama, The Capitalist Beast). Another displaying a skull and crossbones said EL TPP MATA (TPP kills).According to Socialist Left alliance leader Martin Guerra, it "destroys the country's economy, diminishes labor rights, privatize territories and hinders access to basic medical care."
I guess that the Cairo speech, "hope and change" and "si se puede" did nothing for these demonstrations. They hate us just as much as they did when a pro-life cowboy from Texas was traveling on Air Force One.
To be fair to President Obama, these marches have been around for a long time, from VP Nixon in Caracas 1958 to President Reagan accused of starting a war by nuclear freeze nuts in 1983 to President Bush hailed as Hitler in 2003.
So what's new? Well, it was not supposed to happen with Mr. Obama. We never had a president who ran to be popular and loved around the world. It would have been better if he worked to be respected rather than loved!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The Clinton-Trump election, and aftermath, has taken all of the oxygen out of the room. Yet, there are some interesting things happening in the country, from the GOP rout of state legislatures to a move for California to secede.
To be honest, I am not calling for California to leave. However, there are some really good signs that the Golden State and the other 49 are literally two ships going in different directions.
Let’s look at election night:
1) Mr. Trump won with 290 Electoral votes with Michigan’s 16 votes still up in the air. It will probably go to Mr. Trump, closing the books at 306-232; and,
2) In California, Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.5 million votes.
Take California out of the picture, and Mr. Trump wins the popular vote and this big “blue” mark is not on the map.
So beyond election the 2016 results, the Golden State and the other 49 have indeed been travelling in different directions for some time. In other words, the 2010 & 2014 GOP landslides did not reach California either.
The people who want California to secede make a good point:
Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.“We’re doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention,” Evans said.The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S.
California is different, as anyone with a liberal friend in out there will attest to.
It is not the “Pleasant Valley Sunday” that The Monkees sang about years ago. It is now a state that tolerates illegal immigration, defends sanctuary cities, has cities going bankrrupt, faces serious finance issues over public sector pension and leads the nation in people going east, i.e. the middle class who can’t afford to live there anymore!
Will California secede? Probably not.
Nevertheless, people in California should reflect in what they are doing that makes them so different. I don’t think that we’ve ever had a state that so looks different from the Union as today’s California.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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A post election day chat with Leslie Eastman:
Guests: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection, joins me for a chat about about the election and Trump transition..........the reaction from the left is bizarre........we will also hear from our old friend Aaron Clarey who is busy writing posts and books........and more thoughts about an election campaign unlike any other in recent history..........
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In 2009, President & Mrs. Bush landed in Texas after watching his successor get sworn in. His remarks were gracious and very kind about President Obama. He did not say that he’d spend his retirement fighting the new president. Furthermore, love or hate him, he has slept comfortably since leaving office knowing that he put the country first and did the best he could in a very difficult situation.
Well, it does not look like President Obama has anything like that in mind. We just read that he plans to “jump into the fray” to defend his policies against President Trump. Add to all of this, he is not moving anywhere. He will stay in Washington DC, not far from the White House.
Unfortunately for President Obama, and his legacy, history won’t be kind at all. Of course, he will always be the first black president but not much more than that.
ObamaCare is collapsing on its own. Yes, the GOP majority will move to repeal it but that’s a bit like signing the death certificate on a person dead for months.
President Obama’s foreign policy is in total disarray. It’s hard to see anyone defending any of it, except for liberal Democrats from safe seats who just want to oppose President Trump.
The U.S. economy is desperately calling for liberation of Mr. Obama’s regulations. Most of them will be reversed by another executive order. One pen cancels another!
So what exactly is ex-President Obama going to “jump in the fray” for? What U.S. Senate Democrats running for reelection in 2018 are going to show up and follow their leader?
Yes, the fall of the House of Obama is coming and he can spend the rest of his life blaming himself, and no one else, for it. Yes, he made his own bed and now will have to sleep on it for years, as Marc A. Thiessen pointed out:
It’s not just Obama’s executive actions that will soon be reversed. His signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, is headed for repeal — and he has no one to blame but himself.Obama passed his health-care reform without any Republican buy-in or any effort to reach bipartisan consensus.He controlled both houses of Congress, and so he imposed his will over the objection of every single Republican.Now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House, they have no incentive to preserve the law.
Last, but not least, I hope that someone updates his contacts list. It’s a much shorter list of elected Democrats eight years after he walked into the Oval Office.
As Michael Barone pointed out, the party has not been this weak since 1930.
Therefore, President Obama may hear a lot of recorded messages (“this number is no longer in service”) when he calls Democrats from his new home office not far from where he works now.
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