Saturday, February 29, 2020

Blame it on Nancy

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The Democrats are in panic mode, as we read in various news stories about concerns over the Sanders candidacy’s effect down ballot.   
When is someone on the other side going to pin the Sanders’ candidacy on Nancy Pelosi?  She is responsible for this.  It was her weakness as a leader that led the left in the House to take over the party.   
Blame it on Nancy.  She made this nightmare scenario possible, as we see in this editorial:     
After her stunning victory in 2018, Pelosi seemed to be keeping her party on the right path, avoiding capitulation to the far Left. She resisted an ill-founded impeachment effort as long as she felt she could. She fought against attempts by the far-left “Squad” to usurp her speakership, even disparaging their “Green Dream, or whatever they call it.” 
And then Speaker Pelosi lost control of the class, as they say in school.   She cracked on impeachment.  She refused to sit down with President Trump, govern, and put some trophies on the wall for those moderates who made her speaker.  She pleased the left by just attacking President Trump over this and that.
And now she is going to see her majority go down the tubes!
What if Pelosi had stood up to this leftist crowd a year ago and told Sanders that he is not a Democrat?  They’d be in better shape today, to say the least.
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2016 podcast: Love & romance along the ancient Nile

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Friday, February 28, 2020

South Carolina preview and more virus politics plus more

South Carolina preview and more virus politics plus more 02/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

VP Biden looks like the winner in South Carolina....More politics over the virus....What about Bernie Sanders' medical condition?......'Transgender' books in Virginia.......Mr Ed 1948-79.....other stories..........click to listen:



Friday’s video: The politics of the virus.....

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Friday’s video:
The politics of the virus.....
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Chris Wallace is right about Jim Acosta

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The Jim Acosta Show traveled to India this week.  

As usual, the man goes out of his way to be obnoxious and please the one million viewers per hour who watch CNN.  

Acosta’s style is getting on Chris Wallace’s nerves, as he said this week:   

“I was horrified by [Acosta],” Wallace said at a Columbia University event in New York City hosted by the Common Ground Committee on Tuesday night. 
“It’s not our job to get in fights with presidents. It’s not our job to one-up presidents. It’s our job to report on presidents.”
“But to the degree we have responded to his attacks on us with attacks or advocacy in kind, there’s a huge mistake, and I think adds to people questioning the credibility of the media,” the “Fox News Sunday” host said.
Acosta told Trump during a press conference in New Delhi that CNN’s “record on delivering the truth is a lot better” than his “sometimes” after the president broached the topic of a recent report on Russia’s election interference that CNN later walked back.
“I worry that the president’s attacks have given too many straight news reporters — not talking about the opinion page or prime time — an excuse or license to cross the line themselves and become players on the field, and I think that is a huge mistake,” Wallace said. 
“It’s not our role. Our role is to be observers, umpires, fact-checkers, investigators — it’s not to be advocates. It’s not to be opponents.”

Chris Wallace is correct.  I hope that Mr. Wallace understands that Acosta’s act is totally premeditated.

In other words, CNN knows that their shrinking audience wants a reporter who fights Trump.  

Should The White House remove his credentials?  No they should not.  President Trump does a great job of making a fool out of Acosta.  

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We remember Don Ciccone (1946-2016)

We remember Don Ciccone who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1946 and died in 2016.

Don founded The Critters in the 1960's and then worked with The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells.

The Critters had a big hit in 1966 called "Mr. Dieingly Sad".   It was a great pop song, nice lyrics & melody.   

In the 1970's he worked with The Four Seasons in songs like "Who loves you" & "December 1963 Oh what a night", a couple of their big hits.

Don was also the musical director for Tommy James & The Shondells, another very successful group.




1947 and the Dodgers in Havana, Cuba


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As we watch major league teams play the first round of exhibition games, we remember another spring in pre-Castro Havana.
Back in 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers, now in Los Angeles, went to Havana for spring training. It created a lot of excitement in the island, to say the least, as Irv Goldfarb wrote in The Society for American Baseball Research:   
The Dodgers were not totally unfamiliar with Cuba, having previously used Havana’s La Tropical Stadium as their spring training site for the 1941 and ’42 seasons, before Rickey arrived from St. Louis. Wartime travel restrictions, however, ended that experiment. And as early as 1943, Rickey had shown interest in having heralded Cuban Leaguer Silvio Garcia become the first player to test major league baseball’s color barrier.
Of course, Cuba was already familiar with professional baseball, from the Cubans who played in the US and the black stars, like Satchel Paige, who had played in the island.
The Dodgers’ visit brings up another point or the island’s strong economy. The Dodgers had many options for spring training including their site in Florida. They spent that winter in Cuba because the economy could support a major league team even during the spring training period.
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We remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse (1948-79)


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The great talking horse Mr. Ed died in 1979 at age 31.

We grew up watching Mr. Ed, although more have probably seen it on reruns.   It was a great show and the theme was super:
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed Go right to the source and ask the horse,He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse He's always on a steady course, talk to Mr. Ed. People yackety yak on the street and waste the time of day But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is of course unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed."
The shows are now available in DVD.



We remember Frank Malzone (1930-2015)


Frank Malzone was born on this day in the Bronx in 1930.   Eventually, he played for the Boston Red Sox.

Back in the 1950's, Frank was a very good third baseman and showed power:  .274 average, 133 HR & 728 RBI in 1,441 games.   

Frank was one of the inaugural class of inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, in November 1995.




Thursday, February 27, 2020

The politics of the virus plus stopping Sanders & other stories

The politics of the virus plus stopping Sanders & other stories 02/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The politics of a virus and President Trump's news conference.......Stopping Sanders but at what cost.........The Jim Acosta Show and President Trump.......Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011.......other stories............click to listen:


Thursday’s video: Can they stop Sanders?

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Thursday’s video:
Can they stop Sanders?
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Video of the year: Arielle Scarcella took a raft to freedom

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Video of the year: Arielle Scarcella took a raft to freedom:

Over the last months, we’ve posted often about the insanity in the left, from arguing about the number of genders to Trump Derangement Syndrome.
A few days ago, I found this on YouTube.
Like a person escaping an authoritarian regime, Arielle Scarcella built a raft and headed out.  Arielle is not some traditional girl who opposes abortion and believes that marriage is between a man and a woman.  She is as “woke” as they come, or at least she used to be.
This is her video…click to watch!
Arielle objects to much of what she sees, such as arguing about 97 genders, accusations of bigotry if you disagree, and “child drag queens.”
Maybe Arielle is just a publicity-seeker or perhaps a sign of things to come. 
My hope is that some people on her side watch her video and examine the insanity of their movement.
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How low can you go?

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Chubby Checker had dancing in mind when he sang “how low can you go” in that 1962 hit “Limbo rock“.    
Maybe someone won this week’s Democratic debate — or rather, screaming match.  My feeling is that no one really did, at least nobody on that stage.  Give President Trump another win.   
It got really low in Charleston. Watching these people go back and forth was painful.  
Listening to Elizabeth Warren talk about Michael Bloomberg allegedly telling a pregnant woman to “kill it” was the low point of the night for me.  After all, this is the same woman who voted “no earlier in the day for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. Senate.  And she is talking about someone killing babies?
Watching moderators lose control of the night did not help either.
In the end, it was a waste of time as John F. Harris wrote:   
The evening was defined by peevish exchanges, raised voices, feeble attempts at humor, complaints about fairness in being allowed to speak, and extended passages of cross-talk in which moderators utterly lost control of the debate and it was impossible even to understand what was being said. The noise was hardly conducive to a sustained or intelligible argument about whether Sanders is the strongest nominee or the one most representative of the views and temper of the party.The evening offered limited opportunities — were these possibly enough? — for six Democrats not named Sanders to revive their candidacies with last-stand moments to emerge as the main alternative to the self-described democratic socialist for the balance of the nomination contest. 
Yes — a bad night all around.  
So what’s next in this clown show?  We will know more the morning after Super Tuesday but we can say this about the state of the Democrats:
1) This is a miserably unhappy group of people; and,
2) They are going to bring all of that misery and unhappiness to Milwaukee or their convention.
Bad night.  I would have been better off watching a Chubby Checker video.
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2012 post: Remember the guy who ran against President Bush's deficit?


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A post from the 2012 archives

Let's give CBS News a little credit.  They posted some great stores about Fast & Furious a few months ago.  They've been on top of that story, also known as "Obama gave 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels and nobody knows who approved the decision."

Today, they came out with a story about the Obama debt:
"The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush's last day in office, which coincided with President Obama's first day.The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services."
The Obama administration will say that they inherited a deficit. 

It is  true that Pres Bush's last deficit included TARP, or the $700 billion item that was passed by Congress (Obama voted Yes) to address the banking crisis of the fall of 2008.

However, Pres BO's deficits have nothing to do with what he inherited.  They are the result of spending, spending and more spending.  We've spent trillions of dollars and all we have to show for it is Solyndra, a stimulus that did not stimulate as predicted and BO-Care, an open ended entitlement about to blow a hole in our finances.

We know that "jobs" will be a big issue this fall.  However, we need a very serious talk about spending.  We can't go on like this.  At some point, unsustainable actually happens and we are Greece!


We remember this from 2008.  Is Pres BO irresponsible and unpatriotic?  I guess so.





1936: 7-year old Shirley Temple signed a big contract

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On this day in 1936, Shirley Temple got a new contract from 20th Century Fox.   She was guaranteed $50,000 per film for the next 7 years.

Later in her life, she had a diplomatic career.    Shirley Temple Black was named ambassador to Czechoslovakia by President Bush.

She died in 2014.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A horrible Democrat debate in South Carolina and more

A horrible Democrat debate in South Carolina and more 02/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrats had another debate and it was bad......South Carolina looks better for VP Biden.....Super Tuesday looks good for Senator Sanders.........World Trade Center 1993.......Johnny Cash 1932-2003........Fats Domino 1928-2017.........other stories......click to listen:




Wednesday’s video: A bad night for the Democrats....

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Wednesday’s video:
A bad night for the Democrats....
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"Hispanos" will be taken for granted IF they keep voting Democrat

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Last night, we watched a pathetic debate in South Carolina.   

Here in Texas, we see Democrat candidates pandering for Hispanic votes with promises they won't keep and programs we can't afford.


How is giving 70% of their vote for Democrats working out for Hispanics from coast to coast?  Not well!


Let's hope that "hispanos" are more skeptical and demand "results" rather than another round of "5 de Mayo" speeches from the Democrats.


"Hispanos" learned a nasty lesson under President Obama and his Democrat majority of 2009-10.   The Democrats didn't deliver and won't as long as Hispanos "blindly" give them the vote in every election.


It's time to "Hispanos" to flex their electoral muscle by reminding Democrats that they not little robots who blindly vote on election day.  
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

South Carolina & Super Tuesday coming up plus Sanders' past & George Harrison

South Carolina & Super Tuesday coming up plus Sanders' past & George Harrison 02/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

The Democrats get ready for another debate and South Carolina plus Super Tuesday.....who runs out of money first? Sanders and his leftist past.......Ali vs Liston 1964.......George Harrison 1943-2001.........other stories........click to listen:


Tuesday’s video: The pressure is on VP Biden....

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Tuesday’s video:
The pressure is on VP Biden....
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Remember when they were called communists?

The Times They Are a-Changin’ or something like that.  
Over the last few days, a Bernie Sanders video has gone public.  This is the one where he said this about Castro’s Cuba:  
Speaking to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, pointed to social welfare programs introduced under Castro’s regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator’s often repressive human-rights violations against Cubans.“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper.
Let’s not overlook some facts, such as that Cuba had a very high literacy rate before Castro.  In fact, let’s get specific:   
Cuba ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income, third in life expectancy, second in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, first in the number of television sets per inhabitant. The literacy rate, 76%, was the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Many private clinics and hospitals provided services for the poor. Cuba’s income distribution compared favorably with that of other Latin American societies. A thriving middle class held the promise of prosperity and social mobility.
So Bernie does not know Cuba and neither does Anderson Cooper.
Also, did you ever hear Sanders say anything about Castro’s authoritarian rule before?  I have not!
Nevertheless, this is really about the Democrats and how they got to this place.
We are four months away from nominating a man that most Democrats used to call a communist not too many years ago.  
That’s the story.  How did the party end up like this?  Maybe they will figure it out after Sanders drives over the cliff in about eight months.
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2013: Operation Pedro Pan: 50 years later!

We remember Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)


Enrico Caruso was the first tenor of the recording age.

Caruso died in 1921 at the age of 48.   Thankfully, we have his recordings to remember that amazing voice:




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1964: Clay beat Liston for his first heavyweight crown

By February 1964, Cassius Clay was a 22-year old Olympic gold medalist (1960) and looking for first title.   

On this day in 1964, he got it with a technical knockout of Sonny Liston.   

It was the beginning of the legend of Ali.



Monday, February 24, 2020

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 02/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda....The week that Bloomberg joined the debate and Sanders won Nevada...Panic over Sanders on Dem side....Trump building cash reserve for re-election..Trump in India.and other stories.....
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Monday’s video: Freaking out over Sanders....

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Monday’s video:

Freaking out over Sanders....

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1996: Another anniversary of the shooting of the "Brothers to the rescue"

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We remember today the 20th anniversary of the murder of 4 men of the group "Brothers to the rescue".     The men were Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario de la Pena and Armando Alejendre, Jr.     We remember the four men and their families.   
We remind you that President Obama will soon be shaking hands with Raul Castro, the man who ordered a Cuban MIG to shoot down their plane.

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Chris Matthews loses his hardball

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To Trump Derangement Syndrome, the three-year malady that has relegated the left to a world of its own collective insanity, we can add SDS – Sanders Derangement Syndrome, the same form of dementia applied to one of their own, the inimitable Bernie Sanders.   
The first victim of SDS is Chris Matthews, who looks like a man who has lost his famous hardball.
With respect to the Nevada results, this is what he said:   
I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940, and the general, Renault, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says ‘How can it be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.’ 
Wait, it got better.  Check this one out:    
“I’m wondering whether the Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be president,” he said. “That’s maybe too exciting a question to raise. They don’t like Trump at all. Do they want Bernie Sanders to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? I mean, he takes it over, he sets the direction of the future of the party — maybe they’d rather wait four years and put in a Democrat that they like.”
Comparisons to World War II are always stupid and insulting to the thousands who died to fight Hitler and Japan.  After all, we just finished celebrating the 75th anniversary of many of those battles.
Hoping that a Trump victory will lead to rebuilding the Democrats will mean that President Trump will put more judges in the federal judiciary and potentially the Supreme Court.  How is that good for Democrats?
Matthews needs to look at himself in the mirror and see the problem.  The left has spent three years demonizing President Trump and now must deal with all of the hatred and insanity that they’ve unleashed. How long will they do the same with Sanders?
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I’m old enough to remember when Democrats used to call people “communists” for praising left wing dictators.............and a few other thoughts!












Remembering Luis Aguile 1936-2009

We remember that Luis Aguile was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on this day in 1936.   He died in 2009.

Back in the 1960s, our family spent many cold winter nights in Wisconsin listening to "Cuando sali de Cuba".  It always put a tear in my parents' eyes.

Thanks to the late Luis Aguile for that wonderful song!



1996: A deadly weekend for US citizens over international waters


In Miami, and other Cuban American communities across the U.S., we will remember this weekend the anniversary of the shooting of four Cuban-Americans over the Florida Straits. 

It happened in 1996:
Two small planes operated by a Cuban-American group were shot down by Cuban fighters over the waters north of Havana and the four people on board were missing, President Clinton and the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday.Clinton said he had been briefed on “the shooting down Saturday in broad daylight of two American civilian airplanes by Cuban military aircraft.”“I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” Clinton told reporters in Seattle, Washington.The two planes with four people on board were twin-engine Cessna aircraft operated by the group “Brothers to the Rescue,” a Miami-based group of Cuban exiles funded by private donations. The group has flown hundreds of missions to spot Cuban rafters attempting to flee their island nations.Group founder Jose Basulto was on a third plane that escaped the gunfire and returned to Miami.Basulto said all three planes had radioed Cuban air traffic controllers to identify themselves and report their intentions to search international waters for Cuban refugees who may be on rafts.Basulto described seeing two Cuban MiG fighters approach them while they were at least 20 miles north of the Cuban coast, 8 miles into international waters. Shortly after that, he lost radio contact with the other two Cessnas.“I kept calling them both and heard no answer,” Basulto said. “At that time we decided to proceed north and go into the clouds for cover, because we feared that something dreadful had happened.”
In response, President Clinton:
…pledged Monday to work with Congress to pass the so-called Helms-Burton legislation which would tighten the existing U.S. embargo against Cuba.The president said he would ask Congress to permit him to use some of the approximately $100 million in frozen Cuban assets in the U.S. to compensate the families of the four missing Cuban-American pilots and crew members.Clinton also announced additional punitive measures, among them:tighter restrictions on the movement of Cuban officials in the United States; efforts to increase funding to help the U.S. government’s Radio Marti overcome Cuba’s jamming of its broadcasts; suspension of all commercial charter flights between the U.S. and Cuba.
This incident was a low point in U.S.-Cuba relations. The U.S.-registered aircraft were destroyed while looking for rafters in international waters. Cuba had no reason to shoot down planes on a humanitarian mission.   
Furthermore, Cuba has never taken responsibility for this lawless action.    
Nevertheless, a U.S. flag now flies in Cuba, not far from where dissidents continue to be arrested.    
And no one reminded President Obama that Cuba has never fulfilled the requirements that the U.S. Congress imposed after the shooting. Then again, did he ever care about the law?
What happens when a hostile country shoots U.S. citizens on a humanitarian mission? I guess that you reestablish relations and don’t demand accountability.
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bloomberg banking on everyone running out of money

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We can say two things about the Democrats running for president.
First, they are going to hit Bloomberg, and maybe each other, harder than ever.  Some may even call it “desperation.”
Second, Senator Sanders and Mr. Bloomberg may be the only two with any cash in the bank to move on after Super Tuesday.
This is from Politico:
While Sanders started February with nearly $17 million in the bank, according to campaign finance disclosures filed Thursday night, his next closest rival (nonbillionaire class) was Biden, at $7.1 million. Warren was closest to the red, with just $2.3 million left in her account, while Buttigieg ($6.6 million) and Klobuchar ($2.9 million) were in between.
The Wall Street Journal ran a similar story.  They point out that Buttigieg and Biden are sort of MIA on the TV screens — i.e., no money for TV ads in so many big markets like California and Texas.
On the morning after Super Tuesday, we will see a happy Sanders, a Bloomberg with lots of cash, and quite a few others working on their “we are stopping campaign operations” speeches.
Then Bloomberg will tear up Sanders by showing all those “commie” videos and explaining that his numbers don’t add up.  Sanders will fight back, saying Bloomberg wants to buy the election and so on.
The loser will be the Democrats, who will never get reconcile their huge differences.
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