Monday, January 01, 2018

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


Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda........we will look back at Trump year one, from Gorsuch to the attack on Syria to tweets to the collapse of Obama Care to more tweets to tax reform to more tweets.............and look at 2018, a year that could go in very different directions, from North Korea, an infrastructure package to midterm elections............and other stories.....

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Another January 1 to remember the wreck of Cuba

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My father died two years ago.  My mother is now living with my sister.  Nevertheless, there is something eerie about January 1 for Cubans.  My brother, sister, and I would always find a minute to hear another story of that fateful January 1, 1959, when our lives were turned upside-down.  We didn’t dwell in the past, but memories of that day would come up with anecdotes or just simple family stories.
The events of that day are not as depicted in The Godfather II.  People did not rush to their boats.  You didn’t have suicide bombers among the anti-Batista rebels.  Most Cubans spent the early hours on the phone or following the news on radio and TV.  My specific memory is watching my father on the phone and my mom listening to his conversations amid the breakfast she was feeding us.
Cuba became an independent country in 1902.  You can divide the island’s history into two periods: the pre-Castro years and the current regime’s period in power since 1959.
I was born in the last decade of pre-Castro Cuba.  My story is so typical of the other kids born in the 1950s.  We were the grandchildren of immigrants from Spain or elsewhere.  In my father’s case, his family came from Spain in the 1840s and settled in Sagua La Grande, a town in the central part of the island.  On my mother’s side, they came from Asturias, Spain and settled around the island.  They got off the boat with no money and became successful entrepreneurs, from owning a hardware store to managing several coastal restaurants.  All of that was “nationalized” in the name of the revolution.
Our ancestors came to Cuba because it was a prosperous island, an attractive place for Spaniards seeking a better life, for Jewish refugees from Europe, hardworking Asians, and others.   It was a young and vibrant country with hope and a future.  In other words, the island of Cuba attracted people rather than drove its citizens away looking for a future. 
It is really sad to watch Cuba today.  The young escape and look for a better life, preferably in the U.S.  The old get stuck and left behind. 
It is even more painful when you realize that pre-Castro Cuba attracted thousands of immigrants from all over the world, as our friend Dr. Carlos Eire wrote
• Between 1900 and 1930, the first three decades of Cuban independence, about one million immigrants flooded into the island, mostly European, and mostly northern Spaniards.  This population tsunami also included Asians, Levantines, and Jews.  These immigrants doubled the population of the island and changed its complexion, literally.  Tens of thousands of immigrants continued to flow into Cuba every year after that, up to 1958.  Immigration from the U.S. was comparatively slight, but in 1958 there were more Americans living in Cuba than Cubans in the [USA].  Emigration from Cuba was minimal during this half[-]century.
• Rates of immigration as high as this and of emigration as low require a robust and growing economy, and a considerable degree of political stability. 
The regime is still in power, but it is dying minute by minute.  The young look for a raft to get out.  The old just die away.
To wither is to shrivel, fade, decay, or lose the freshness of youth.  Cuba is indeed withering today.

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The 9-7 Cowboys and Jason Garrett will be back




Speaking of those resolutions.............



Iran is back in the news,,,,,,



Our winter on this first day of 2018.....



Jason Witten will be back and that's good!

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Jason Witten will come back.........he finished with 63 catches for 560 yards and five touchdowns in 2017, marking his 14th consecutive season with 60 or more catches......he is not the old Witten but his presence on and off the field can not be overlooked.

The new Republican ad is great but three months too late

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My friend Don Surber makes the case that North Korea is too hungry to fight a war........makes sense.......the last two guys who defected were not fit to fight anything........

The season is over so 4 NFL coaches fired



August 2017: A refugee surge in Canada with Brian Lloyd French, author


Guest:   Brian Lloyd French, author................we will discuss the refugee situation in Canada.........it has put PM Trudeau in a difficult situation ...and other stories..

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A chat about rock and roll with Frank Burke, author and businessman


Guest:  Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker.....we will share some memories about rock music and discuss its impact in our culture, politics and language.........

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A delay in the transition in Cuba plus other stories with Marcos Nelson Suarez


Guest:  Marcos Nelson Suarez, founder of El Hispano News in Dallas, TX........we will discuss the situation in Cuba, from the official delay in the transition from Raul Castro to VP Diaz-Canel......to the state of the island's economy.......the Trump policy shift toward Cuba.........and other stories.............

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Resolution # 2: The Rangers need to add a starting pitcher




2005: Goodbye Mark Messier

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The NHL came back after some 2004 labor pains.   

Sadly, Mark Messier didn't come back. He retired and concluded a wonderful career.

Well done Mark. Best of luck in your next career.

For more on Messier's incredible career, check his stats!

Congratulations to our friend Don Surber..........good year & book.




"The Swamp"........a good book by Eric Bolling..



"Killing England".............a good book by Bill O'Reilly




Remember when there was talk of McCain-Lieberman in 2008?

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Before the banking crisis of October 2008, the presidential election was all about national security.     On one hand, the very experienced Senator McCain and on the other side the very inexperienced Senator Obama.

Prior to the conventions that summer, we heard a lot in about a McCain-Lieberman pairing, a national security ticket of historic proportions.

There were some good reasons for this ticket:

Both men understood the war on terror; and,

McCain and Lieberman understood that we needed a bipartisan effort to attack entitlements.

It never happened but it was a great conversation!





2018 resolution # 1



Happy New Year 2018



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Enjoy your holiday and here are some of my resolutions for 2018:

1) Dear Cowboys:  Get Dez and Dak on the same page or do something else;

2) Dear Rangers: Get a free agent for the starting rotation;

3) Dear Mavericks:  Win 25 games; and, 

4) Dear Stars:  Finish strong and get into the playoffs!

Happy New Year and thank you for reading my blog and listening to the show!

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