Sunday, May 31, 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 05/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......We will review the Flynn shooting....the riots....the collapse of order in Minnesota....Citizens defending themselves and gun control....Trump vs China.....Biden and the VP choices....The US is back in space and that is great.....
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It was like watching a rerun of Baltimore 2014

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Let’s see if you remember this story: the policeman is accused of killing someone, the incidents sparks so-called protests, the mayor cracks and lets the demonstrators get it out of their system, property and businesses burn down, and then the city is never the same.
That was Baltimore 2014.  It sure felt as though I was watching a documentary of that story six years ago.
Why are so many of our cities run by such weak and incompetent leaders?
Former mayor Rudi Giuliani, who did a pretty good job of running New York City, was right on target:
“Progressive Democrats are incapable of keeping their people safe,” he said, “because they have criminal-friendly policies that are pathetic, that are dangerous, and now we are seeing the results not only there [in Minneapolis], but watch the cities that start burning.
“They are all going to be run by so-called progressives, idiot Democrats who let criminals out of jail, who set bail for murderers and encourage exactly this kind of thing.”
Giuliani also said Democrat Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Democrat Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz should resign after Minneapolis officers were driven out of a police precinct that was set ablaze by rioters Thursday night.
“Giving up a police precinct?  The mayor should resign.  Telling police officers to flee a precinct, he should resign and be replaced by somebody who can protect his people,” Giuliani said.  “The governor should resign because he has had four days to protect his people.”
We will see if the good people of Minnesota wise up and do some regime change.
In the meantime, Mayor Frey is blaming “white supremacists,” but the arrests tell a different story.  I guess Mr. Frey had to bring the white supremacist (i.e., it’s Trump’s fault) into the narrative, but the real thugs did not cooperate with his distraction.
It does not matter who set the fires.  The real issue is that the local leadership let them do it.  No one stood up to them, and that’s how the mayor and the governor failed their constituents.
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"Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans" by Allan Ridding


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Back in the mid-1980's, I read "Distant neighbors" and attended a book presentation in Mexico City.       

Of course, US-Mexico relations have changed a lot from the days of President Reagan and President Lopez-Portillo.    Nevertheless, the 20th century history is still relevant.   It will help you understand attitudes on both sides of the border:



Saturday, May 30, 2020

‘Expats’ doing their part in Mexico

8 bodies found in Cancun, Mexico, prompting travel warning
During my time in Mexico, I learned about the huge number of Americans who retire there.  They were a vibrant community who supported each other and made a positive influence in the country.
A few days ago, I read about how a group of “expats” were doing more than talking about the virus.  In other words, they were running food banks and helping people directly.  This is from Janet Blaser:   
One of those people is Guanajuato resident Betsy McNair. Compelled to help those less fortunate — including her working-class neighbors in the community of Marfil where she lives — she thought for a week and then went into action. A background in catering and running restaurant kitchens directed her decision to start a food bank. Phone calls to friends yielded US $300 overnight which grew to $2,000 in two days. Posting on Facebook brought more money and more help.
This is great and very needed in a country fighting the virus.  In fact, I just saw a model that projected 136,000 deaths in Mexico by September 1st.
Just as up here, some of these models have turned out to be wrong.  I don’t know if Mexico will see this level of death.  No matter what, more people are dying of the virus south of the border than the Mexican government is reporting.
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The first "Indy 500" was held in 1911


The Indianapolis 500 is always a real treat.    It's like the Super Bowl in the sense that people get together and watch the race over food and drinks.   It is the only race that I try to catch.

It all got started in 1911 when Ray Harround came in first.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Trump goes after China plus more from Minnesota & what's up with Twitter

Trump goes after China plus more from Minnesota & what's up with Twitter 05/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Minneapolis burning....how was this violence permitted to happen?....The WHO....Hong Kong and China......Trump vs Twitter again......the Biden VP decision after Minnesota......President Kennedy (1917-63)...........
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Friday’s video: The insanity of Minneapolis

 Minneapolis Protests Burst Into Flames (Photos)


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trump vs Tweeter plus Minnesota video & the late Rep Sam Johnson

Trump vs Tweeter plus Minnesota video & the late Rep Sam Johnson 05/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

President Trump vs Tweeter........the terrible video from Minnesota and remarks by Mayor..........the passing of former POW and US House Rep Sam Johnson (1930-2020).....Ian Fleming (1910-64)......
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Thursday’s video: A stupid move by Twitter





The election is in November not today

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By the first Tuesday of November, American voters will decide whether to keep President Trump or give former VP Joe Biden a chance.  
Can today’s polls tell us anything?   My guess is no, as we saw in this recent reminder from Scott Rasmussen:    
In May of 2004, while running for reelection, President George W. Bush’s job approval rating was a few points under the 50% mark. Six months later, when the election arrived, his approval numbers had inched just above the 50% mark and he won just over 50% of the vote.
President Barack Obama’s reelection effort followed exactly the same pattern. For most of his first term, Obama’s approval ratings held steady a few points below 50%. Then, in the final six months leading up to the election, his ratings inched up a few points enabling him to win just over 50% of the vote.
Do you remember the polls showing Mitt Romney beating President Obama or the ones showing several candidates beating President Bush?  I do.
On election day, Americans will look at the two men and ask a couple of questions:
1) Which one of these two guys will be better at rebuilding the economy?  
2) Which one of these presidents will be tougher on China?
My prediction is that they will vote for President Trump even if they find his tweet wars with Joe Scarborough as troubling as I do.
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May 28 and Willie Mays


We remember a couple of moments from Willie Mays' career.    

On May 28, 1951, Mays got his major league hit off of Warren Spahn.

On May 28, 1952, Mays went into the US Army.

Mays finished his Hall of Fame career:   .302 average, 660 HR, 1,903 RBI, 338 stolen bases, a .389 on base pct & 3,283 hits.     

Maybe the greatest ever!




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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Trump vs "Morning Joe" & 2020 will be about China and the economy plus more

Trump vs "Morning Joe" & 2020 will be about China and the economy plus more 05/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

President Trump vs 'Morning Joe'........Twitter and fact checking.......The 2020 election will be about rebuilding the US economy and standing up to China..............and other stories......
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Wednesday’s video: Why is President Trump fighting with “Morning Joe”?.





They’ve earned someone like Kayleigh

White House reporter suspected to have coronavirus
In the age of instant news, do we even need a daily White House press briefing?  
The latest from the talking heads club is that some, from Chris Wallace to Jonah Goldberg, find Kayleigh McEnany a little “Indefensible And Grotesque.”
I’ve seen a couple of Kaleigh’s performances and it’s hard to think of her as “grotesque.”   She is self-assured, but grotesque?
After all, this is a group of reporters who ask questions like comparing the pandemic death totals to Vietnam casualties or another blamed the president because someone listened to him in February and died of the virus.   And then there is the CBS lady who took off her mask to play the “Chinese card.”
It’s obvious to me that many in this press corps are political activists, such as Jim Acosta of CNN.  They are confrontational to make news rather than to obtain information for readers and viewers.   They are like the umpire who makes controversial calls just to get his name in the sports pages.
Do you understand now why President Trump is just giving them a taste of their own medicine?  He’s tired of political activists with press passes.
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Excellent movie about Churchill in the 1930s: "Gathering Storm"








Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Chicago and Illinois with Michael Bargo

Chicago and Illinois with Michael Bargo 05/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Michael Bargo, conservative columnist....We will discuss the Mayor of Chicago and churches plus the Illinois Governor's executive orders.......and other stories......
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Tuesday’s video: Biden and black voters.

7 scorching cartoons about Joe Biden's gaffe spectacular 


End of ‘sanctuary’ in Chicago: Armed cops storm black church service

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On Sunday, Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a police raid to shut down a black church’s Sunday services. This is from news reports:  
The pastor of the mostly black congregation, Courtney Lewis, reportedly shut and locked the doors and refused to allow the officers to gain entry to the building, Todd Starnes reported.
Pastor Lewis told Starnes that he felt like he was confronting “the Soviet-style KGB” as the officers pounded on his doors and demanded entry to shut the church down.
“Thankfully, our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago,” Lewis said.
A pastor complaining about Soviet style KGB in Chicago, Illinois in the USA?
Hard to believe but these Democrats are certainly loving this post-pandemic power, aren’t they?
It reminds me of another Chicago story a few years ago.  You may recall that Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant, took refuge in a church in Chicago back in 2007.  As you may recall, even the president of Mexico got involved in the story.  Mexico backed the young mother hiding in a church!  Chicago’s local leadership warned ICE and federal officials from charging into a church.
So the mayor of Chicago tries to shut down a religious service yesterday?  Not long ago, the same city leadership defended a church hiding an illegal immigrant!
I hope that the locals are watching leaders and hold them accountable.
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Monday, May 25, 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 05/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......Memorial Day 2020......The latest from former VP Biden and the black vote....Governor Cuomo and nursing homes....The media and reporting the virus....President Trump and the trip to Michigan....The consequences of staying inside versus opening slowly but surely.......China pushing its weight around......other stories.....
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Is the other side getting desperate?

How low can they go?  Way way low. 
The New York Times has a Sunday front page story remembering the 100,000 dead because of the virus.  You can actually read some of the names such a sharecropper’s son, a new wife, and an auditor.
What is the point of this front-page story?  It shows President Trump playing golf for the first time in quite a while.  Do you recall any outrage when President Obama took a little time off?  Presidents can’t enjoy a little enjoy a little golf?
My initial reaction was anger and outrage.  After all, where is the editorial calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to apologize for the nursing home deaths?
After a cup of coffee and further thought, it’s obvious that the other side is getting desperate.
For example, Beto returned to the front pages with a stupid attack on Governor Greg Abbott.    Nobody takes Beto seriously, but he got his 15 minutes of fame this weekend.
Also, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is playing the “woman card” and claiming that President Trump does not like the fact that three women have prominent positions in the state. She does not mention that a lot of men, and women, are in rebellion against the state’s policies, such as closing medical services but keeping abortion clinics open.
So another day, another stupid Beto tweet and another Democrat woman playing “the woman card.”  These people must be worried about their constituents showing up on election day.
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A word about Hal David's death, great songwriter



Hal David | Songwriters Hall of Fame
Hal David died in 2012. He was born on this day in 1921.   

David, along with Burt Bachrach, wrote some of the most popular songs of the last 60 years:
"Bacharach and David wrote many top 40 hits including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For."
"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic -- conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," 
ASCAP's current president, the songwriter Paul Williams, said in a statement. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs... the backdrop of our lives."
Many lyrics and tunes from Bacharach and David continue to resonate in pop culture, including "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and "I Say A Little Prayer" to "What The World Needs Now Is Love." 
Their music was recorded by legendary singers including The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and their longtime partner Dionne Warwick."
It's hard to pick a song.....let me pick "Close to you" by The Carpenters.

May 25, 1977: "Star Wars" was released

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“Star Wars” opened across the US in 1977.    The characters quickly became known from coast to coast:
Mark Hamill as “Luke Skywalker”, “Han Solo” (Harrison Ford) “Princess Leia” (Carrie Fisher) and “Darth Vader” (James Earl Jones).      
Stars mania began years ago!     Soon, “Star Wars” hit the music charts too. 


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1793: Father Stephen Theodore Badin ordained in the US


On this day in 1793, Father Stephen Theodore Badin was ordained in the US.     He was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.

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Memorial Day 2020


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Memorial Day is a special American holiday.  My guess is that all countries have one day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price, as President Lincoln said.  In the US, we call it Memorial Day and it has a long history. 
Let’s start with the war between the states or The Civil War (1861-65) and “Decoration Day“:    
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Later, it became Memorial Day after World War I and World War II:    
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Looking back today and reading about Decoration Day, I am amazed how our ancestors were willing to decorate the graves of northern and southern soldiers.  It’s a good lesson for those who want to remove statues.  Sometimes the best way to heal is to honor the dead rather than selectively remove them from history.
Remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

"Boots of Spanish leather", a great Dylan song on his birthday






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How do you pick a favorite Bob Dylan song?


It's a hard thing to do. 

However, I recently heard this version of "Boots of Spanish Leather" by Nanci Griffith:


"Oh, I'm sailin' away my own true love,
I'm sailin' away in the morning.
Is there something I can send you from across the sea,
From the place that I'll be landing?
No, there's nothin' you can send me, my own true love,
There's nothin' I wish to be ownin'.
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled,
From across that lonesome ocean.
Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Made of silver or of golden,
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona.
Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean,
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss,
For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'.
That I might be gone a long time
And it's only that I'm askin',
Is there something I can send you to remember me by,
To make your time more easy passin'.
Oh, how can, how can you ask me again,
It only brings me sorrow.
The same thing I want from you today,
I would want again tomorrow.
I got a letter on a lonesome day,
It was from her ship a-sailin',
Saying I don't know when I'll be comin' back again,
It depends on how I'm a-feelin'.
Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way,
I'm sure your mind is roamin'.
I'm sure your heart is not with me,
But with the country to where you're goin'.
So take heed, take heed of the western wind,
Take heed of the stormy weather.
And yes, there's something you can send back to me,
Spanish boots of Spanish leather."

1984: The Tigers and the 35-5 start

The '84 Tigers: Where are they now?

Back in 1984, the Detroit Tigers got off to a 35-5 start.    That's winning 87% of your first 40 games.

The Tigers ended up with 104 wins.   They beat KC in the ALCS and defeated San Diego in 5 games in the World Series.   

Great team.




Saturday, May 23, 2020

Monday’s poll, Tuesday’s poll and so on!

We're Tracking 2020 Polls | FiveThirtyEight
By the way, do news readers do anything but read poll results these days?  It sure feels that way:  Monday’s poll, Tuesday’s poll, Wednesday’s poll and so on.
Well, one poll has been fairly consistent.  I’m talking about the “betting odds” poll showing Trump up 9!
What poll do you believe?  I guess that it depends on who you are voting for.  Polls are like prime time cable news shows.  You like the poll, or the host, that tells you what you want to hear.
All these polls showing former VP Joe Biden beating President Trump are actually a serious burden for Democrats.
How do you replace a guy headed for a landslide?   He is up 11 in one poll and 8 in another!
As we know, these polls are snapshots based on samples.   The methodology is problematic.  Worst of all, how do you take a poll in a country where no one answers the phone?
There is no guarantee that Pres. Trump will be reelected.  
At this point in 1984, President Reagan had slightly over 50% approval and went on to win 49 states and 60% of the popular vote.  Today, President Trump is at 45% and in the range to win reelection.
To paraphrase Gerry and The Pacemakers:   “Don’t let another poll catch you crying”!  Enjoy your weekend and don’t live from poll to poll.
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We remember George Carlin (1937-2008)



The great George Carlin died in 2008 and he was a very funny man.

Back in the days of "8 track tapes", I used to laugh like crazy listening to these guys make fun of our society.

The baseball vs football act was released years ago.  I laughed then and it is still very funny today!


Then there were the famous "7 words" that you couldn't say on TV!


He was funny.


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Bonnie & Clyde: Many decades and people still interested

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In 1967, the “Bonnie and Clyde” movie introduced millions to the couple and their flawed story.
Around Dallas, there is a lot of interest about the anniversary, as recently reported by The Dallas Morning News:
“Seven miles down the road, two crooks died a long time ago.  
For most other criminals, that could have been the end of the story. But Bonnie and Clyde live on. In the imagination of the public, Hollywood, haunted descendants and here on Main Street in this tiny town about an hour east of Shreveport; the legacy of their two-year crime spree endures 80 years after their bloody deaths on May 23, 1934.  
It is here in this northern Louisiana town of 979 that the son of Ted Hinton, a Dallas County deputy who was in the posse that killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, has set up shop to tell the story of how the couple and their gang lived and died. His Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum shows how the two robbed banks and killed people, loved each other and died young.  
Boots Hinton, the son, was born not long before his father helped kill the two outlaws on State Highway 154, which remains remote today.
He said there are two big reasons people latch on to Bonnie and Clyde.  
“One, it’s a love story that would put Romeo and Juliet to shame,” he said.
“The other is guts and bullets — the blood.””
I just hope that people remember that Bonnie & Clyde were actually ruthless killers.  They shot and killed law enforcement officers, as well as innocent people or bystanders.   It’s hard to see anything romantic about that but the young couple still generates a lot of curiosity.
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Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day weekend plus Trump on opening churces and VP Biden's latest gaffe

Memorial Day weekend plus Trump on opening churces and VP Biden's latest gaffe 05/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Remembering Memorial Day.....President Trump and opening up the churches....VP Biden and the 'you ain't black' comments.......FBI Director calls for internal review of Flynn investigation........
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Friday’s video: Remembering Memorial Day and those who paid the ultimate price.....

 Memorial Day community events | Local news | tucson.com


Open up and let us live and produce

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We are gradually reopening in Texas.  It’s a thoughtful, and so far effective, alternative to staying locked indoors.
We can do both.  We can go back to work with some restrictions and protect ourselves from a contagious virus.  We can do it, and it’s time to do it.
According to Scott Rasmussen, the country wants to open:
Sixty percent of voters nationwide believe that all businesses — ALL businesses — should be allowed to re-open if they adopt appropriate social distancing protocols. 
Only 26 percent disagree. 
The reality, of course, is that means everyday Americans will decide what sort of social distancing is appropriate. 
They — not government officials — will make decisions about which businesses are safe enough to visit and which are not. 
I understand how that 61% feels.  I am not a pollster, but these numbers confirm what I am hearing.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve seen more cars on our highways.  Some restaurants are open, and people are eating.  Other places are still doing a lot of ordering business.  We are debating whether or not to return to school, and I hope they do.  We are doing more and more but maintaining a sensible respect for others, such as wearing a mask or keeping a safe distance at the local convenience store.
This lockdown must end, as David Marcus wrote.  He wants New York City looking like New York City again, not a ghost town suitable for that show about the world “after people.”
Memo to some governors: The people are still here, and we are perfectly capable of protecting ourselves.  So open up and let us live and produce.
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2015: Let's chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay

Guest: Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay.............the band will celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2015......over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin America.............

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