Saturday, October 31, 2020

A bad presidency for everything anonymous

For three years, maybe closer to four, we've read stories based on "anonymous" sources or my favorite "people familiar with the situation."  The net result was a bunch of anti-Trump stories that turned out to be false.  

The latest example may have topped them all.  In other words, a guy pretending to to be familiar with the inner working of the Trump White House wrote a story under the pen name of, you guessed it. "anonymous".

It turned out to be a travesty, as the Washington Examiner editorial pointed out:    

Now that we know that Miles Taylor was the “Anonymous” resistance figure who boasted in a New York Times op-ed that he was working from within the administration to stymie President Trump's agenda, we can dispense with the parlor game of trying to reveal the official’s identity.

The fact that the person whom the New York Times identified as a “senior official” was granted anonymity in itself was an extraordinary breach of standard journalistic practice regarding the use of anonymous sources.   

At the time the oped was published, CNN’s Chris Cillizza assured readers, “That the decision was made to publish it should tell you that this isn't some disgruntled mid-to-upper manager buried in the bureaucracy. This is a genuine high-ranking official. A name most people who follow politics -- and maybe some who don't -- would recognize. The Times simply wouldn't do what it did for anything short of a major figure in Trump world.”

Well, talk about a letdown.  The high-ranking official turned out to be a bureaucrat with little if any proximity to anything called the Trump White House.

Memo to the wise:  Don't trust anything with "Anonymous" in the content.

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We remember Michael Landon (1936-91)

We remember Michael Landon, who was born on this day in 1936 and died in 1991.    Landon was one of the most talented actors or producers of the 20th century, from "Bonanza" to "Little House" to other very successful projects.

Friday, October 30, 2020

The elections next week with Barry Casselman (The Prairie Editor)

The elections next week with Barry Casselman (The Prairie Editor) 10/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor.............We will look at the election.......
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Friday’s video: Just vote and forget the polls


It's time to give Jack Dorsey a haircut and a shave

Watching a bit of Jack Dorsey's appearance before the U.S. Senate left me with a couple of conclusions:

First, Hollywood should contact Mr. Dorsey to play the role of Robinson Crusoe in their next film.  Doesn't billionaire Jack Dorsey have $20 to get a haircut or shave before going public?  At least Robinson Crusoe had been on an island for years.   

Second, I am now more convinced than ever that Twitter and Facebook are in the tank for the Democrats.  They are doing their part to defeat President Trump.

I agree with the New York Post:    

For all their talk of “neutral platforms,” the Big Shots at Big Tech -- Twitter, Facebook and Google -- are running a protection racket. They figure they can dictate what Americans get to see and read, and what other media companies must do to reach the public via those platforms.

It’s a clear threat to a healthy democracy -- and Congress has noticed. On Wednesday, the Senate launched a hearing to investigate “Big Tech’s bad behavior.”

Well, the New York Post understands that bad behavior, don't they?

About ten years ago, I welcomed Facebook and Twitter because it gave people like me an alternative to "Letters to the editor" or calling talk radio.  It gave me a chance to reach like-minded people all over the world.

On one hand, social media has given all of us that opportunity.  Regrettably, the people running these companies have decided to put their bias in display and restrict what you and I can read.

It's time to return Twitter and Facebook to what they are supposed to be, a forum where people can post or delete what they don't want to read.   If not, then blow them up by taking away whatever legal protection they have.

Twitter and Facebook are now a threat to our democracy. 

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Happy # 81 Grace Slick

We say happy birthday to Grace Slick.  She was born Grace Barnett Wing in Illinois.
Somebody to love” was the first big hit by “Jefferson Airplane“, a California band. The lead singer was Gracie Slick.    This band eventually became “Jefferson Starship“.
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Happy # 85 Jim Perry

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We remember Jim Perry, who was born on this day in 1935.

Jim Perry was the other good pitcher in the family.  His brother is Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

Jim broke with the Indians in 1959 and won 18 in his second year.   He was traded to Minnesota in 1963 and that's where he won the 1970 AL Cy Young:  24-12 with a 3.04 ERA.

Perry retired with 215 wins and a 3.45 ERA.   He was a very good pitcher.     

Thursday, October 29, 2020

GDP numbers plus social media censorship

GDP numbers plus social media censorship 10/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The new GDP numbers are great...The Twitter & Facebook story...Early voting mixed results..
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Thursday’s video: Twitter & Facebook are out of control


Nobody got angry when Obama said the same thing

It's getting hard to be a teacher in our public school system, especially when you repeat what Obama once said.  Take a look at this story from Minnesota:   

Charles Glotta, a basketball, tennis and track coach in Fort Zumwalt’s school district, tweeted on October 3, in response to another tweet, “Never should have allowed gay marriage to start with. Marriage is between man and woman, plain and simple,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet.

Glotta was responding to a tweet from actor Jeremy Leroux criticizing the Republican Party for its position on gay marriage.   

As I understand, the teacher responded with an apology.  Apologize for what?  Wonder how many people were actually insulted by what he wrote?

First of all, Teacher Glotta is entitled to an opinion about marriage.  We do have a First Amendment that allows us to opine on issues.  Have teachers now been written out of the Constitution?  Does that mean that teachers can not support Black Lives Matters either?

Most important of all, we are watching precisely what I feared back when the opinion was issued.  Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion denied state legislatures the opportunity to pass such laws.  It also made same-sex marriage a right, thus giving people like Team USA forward Sidney Leroux the high ground to push their agenda.

Going forward, we will see more and more parents "home school" or do whatever it takes to put their kids in private schools.  I heard the other day that our Catholic bishop in North Texas said that every desk is full for this term.  He added that more desks will be available next year as parents with kids in public schools call to ask about enrollment options.

So let the teacher speak his mind.  

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The 2020 election and Halloween with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection

The 2020 election and Halloween with Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection 10/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection.......We will look at the 2020 election and Halloween........
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Wednesday’s video: Biden and more nonsense about the courts


Biden totally confused on court packing

Have you ever seen a man more confused than Joe Biden over answering the court packing question?

First, he was going to tell us after the election.

Then, he said that he'd put together a commission for recommendations.

And now, he is going to rotate the judges.   This is from the New York Post:    

Just hours before the expected Monday evening confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s third conservative nominee to the High Court, Biden was asked if he was open to term limits for justices.

“It’s a lifetime appointment, I’m not going to attempt to change that at all,” Biden said at a campaign stop in Chester, Penn.

But he added, “There is some literature among constitutional scholars about the possibility of going from one court to another court, not just always staying the whole time in the Supreme Court.”

So we are going to move justices from one court to another court?  

Maybe we will trade Justice Clarence Thomas to the 9th in California in exchange for a couple of judges and a judge to be named later?  Or maybe we will send justices down to the appellate courts to work on writing better opinions?

It's insane, to say the least.  The real scandal is that Biden is never challenged after all.  He makes the statement and then takes no questions!

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1886: Another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty

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We remember another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty.   

Lady Liberty, as we affectionately call her, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland.  It is one of the country's great landmarks.     

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Texas vs St. Louis and that painful Game 7 from the 2011 World Series

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Who can forget?   I think that all of us know how David Murphy felt watching the other guys celebrate the last out of the 2011 World Series. 

What was the turning point of game 7?  It was Molina walking on a 3-2 pitch that was simply too close to take.   It kept a rally going and it was over after that.

Don't get me wrong.  I think that the Cardinals won fair and square.  They got the clutch hits and we didn't.  They threw strikes and our guys didn't.  They manufactured runs and we didn't.

It was a bad night for Rangers' fans, specially the agony of Game 6 the night before.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Early voting & the vote in Texas with George Rodriguez

Early voting & the vote in Texas with George Rodriguez 10/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative........early voting in Texas....Trump vs Biden in Texas.....and more to listen:

Tuesday’s video: Senator Collins showed zero political courage


Senator Susan Collins: No "profile in courage"

Two years ago, Senator Susan Collins delivered an amazing speech supporting now Justice Kavanaugh.  It was exactly what the country needed. 

On Monday, she voted against Judge Amy Barrett and missed the opportunity to deliver a real “profile in courage” speech.  

We understand that Senator Collins is fighting for her political life, as we see in this post by Fred Lucas:     
Her opponent, Maine’s Democratic Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, is challenging Collins for voting to confirm Justice Bret Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, backing Trump’s tax cuts and for voting against removing Trump from office in the Senate impeachment trial in February. 

Former President Barack Obama recently did an ad for Gideon, who leads Collins by 4.2% in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. The Cook Political Report ranks the race as a tossup.  
Maybe she will lose, in fact it looks likely.  I'm hoping that she returns to the US Senate because the lady is a great asset to the country.

Nevertheless, it's sad to hear her lousy reason to vote against Judge Barrett.  It would have been better, and perhaps more impressive to her constituents, if Senator Collins had voted for Judge Amy and gone back to the campaign with her head up high.

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We remember President Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Future President Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York on this day in 1858.

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man who ever became president.   He assumed the presidency at 42 after President McKinley was assassinated.   (Kennedy was the youngest elected at 43 in 1960)

In 1906, President Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize.  He brokered a peace treaty between Russia and Japan.   Mr. Roosevelt became the first American ever to win a Nobel Prize in any category.

Overall, a very dynamic president who left his mark in many areas.

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1991 and probably the best game 7 of our generation

As I recall, nobody picked Minnesota and Atlanta to meet in the 1991 World Series.   

The Twins had won in 1987 and came back for another title.   

The Braves had struggled in the 1980's and started their amazing run of 14 consecutive divisional titles under Bobby Cox.

Game 7 featured veteran Jack Morris and young John Smoltz.    

The game was 0-0 after 9 innings.   The Twins finally scored in the bottom of the 10th and won 1-0.

It was a great game and probably one of the very best World Series game ever.

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1970: "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Broadway

It took me a while to accept the idea of a show named "Jesus Christ Superstar" but I eventually did.   

The composers were Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.   

The show was very successful on Broadway.  Later, they made it into a movie.

The soundtrack was very popular but I don't remember any songs other than "I don't know how to love him" by Yvonne Elliman.     It was also recorded later by Helen Reddy.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

I voted for President Trump plus a new Justice and other stories

I voted for President Trump plus a new Justice and other stories 10/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The Trump-Biden campaign and a week to go...My AT post about supporting President Trump 2020....The media and this election...Supreme Court vote and other stories......
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Monday’s video: 
I voted for Trump and hope that you will too....
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Yes, I voted for President Trump in Texas

A few days ago, I voted for President Trump here in Texas.  My vote was about President Trump's accomplishments.  It was an easy decision to make.   (I should add that I was not a Trump supporter in the 2016 primaries.  Nevertheless, he has persuaded me with his actions that he is the right man for the job)

Let me say that President Trump's judicial appointments is my favorite part of his record, from three Justices in the Supreme Court to hundreds in the lower courts.   We will call it The Trump Court and will be his greatest legacy.  If re-elected, The Trump court will be even more consequential.

On the economic front, we had a great economy in March.  I agree with the Las Vegas Review Journal:    

Credit Mr. Trump’s bold tax and regulatory reforms for helping unleash the nation’s entrepreneurial forces. 

And for all the chatter on the left about “economic inequality,” a Federal Reserve report published last week reveals that, under Mr. Trump, “families near the bottom of the income and wealth distributions generally continued to experience substantial gains” between 2016 and 2019. 

The economy under Mr. Trump also produced record low unemployment, particularly for African Americans and Hispanics. 

Expanding opportunity, not progressive prescriptions of wealth redistribution, remains the key to reducing inequality, and Mr. Trump has delivered in that regard.

Yes he has.  It's a wonderful economic record.

Unfortunately, we had to shut it down but the recovery has been steady.  There are still too many people out of work or businesses shut down but we are heading in the right direction.   

Who can take us back to the March 2020 economy?   My money is on President Trump.

On the foreign policy front, he is not loved in Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran, and Putin has a lot of sanctions to deal with.    He wiped out ISIS and just completed another Middle East agreement.   He pulled the U.S. out of the misguided Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Accords.  NATO allies are finally paying up! As for China, it will be the greatest challenge of the second term.

Sadly, it's COVID that dominates our politics.  I don't think that anyone else would have done any better but 220,000 dead is a terrible burden.  

Last but not least, the other side is unacceptable.  I'm not scared by former VP Joe Biden but the crowd around him should worry the heck out of any freedom-loving American.  Add to this that Biden can't put in a whole day at the office and you have to seriously consider the possibility that Senator Harris is likely to be President Harris.

Biden's unwillingness to say "yes or no" on court packing and his ridiculous back and forth on fracking makes him, and the people around him, super dangerous.

So I voted for President Trump and I hope that you will too.

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Happy # 72 Toby Harrah

We say happy # 72 to Toby Harrah, one of the most popular Rangers ever.

Toby Harrah was born on this day in West Virginia and broke with the old Senators before they moved to Texas for the 1972 season.   He was a member of that very first Rangers' team managed by Ted Williams.

As a Ranger, Toby hit .257 over 11 seasons.   His best year was 1977:  27 HR & 87 RBI.   As an Indian, he hit .281 over 5 seasons.     He finished his career in Texas in 1986 after a stop in New York.
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Sunday, October 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 10/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda..........President Trump and VP Biden debate # 2....campaign in full force....the Trump rallies are unbelievable.....Justice Amy Barrett a reality.......early voting explodes....another Middle East deal for President Trump.....and to listen:

Seattle's Democrat mayor: Human rights abuser? LGBTs says yes

Sadly, the once beautiful city of Seattle is now a national joke.  The mayor let thugs run the streets and "occupy" a section of the town.  As expected, people are suing city hall or just packing up their businesses and moving somewhere else.

Now the city's mayor faces more backlash, as we see in this report:

Seattle's LGBTQ Commission demanded Wednesday that the city's first openly lesbian mayor resign.

In a letter, the commission claimed Mayor Jenny Durkan's (D.) resignation is "necessary" to address the "human rights violations that have occurred in our city during her tenure."

The group, which is supposed to advise the mayor and other city officials on policies affecting the gay community, argued that Durkan failed to engage with it in discussions regarding police funding and homelessness.

Jenny Durkan the human rights violator?  Yes, the once darling of the LGBT movement is now a human rights abuser!

Frankly, I agree that Miss Durkan should resign.  She should go because she is a lousy mayor, a woman who put thousands of her citizens in danger by tolerating crime and riots.

Human rights abuses?  Yes — the rights of citizens who play by the rules and pay taxes who were largely ignored by this incompetent mayor named Jenny Durkan.

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We remember The Shah of Iran (1919-80)

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We remember that Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the future Shah of Iran, was born on this day in 1919.

Back in January 1979, The Shah of Iran and family fled Iran.  He had ruled Iran since 1941.   Under The Shah, Iran was a strong ally of the US, specially during The Cold War.

On a democratic scale, the Shah was not Jefferson or Washington.   At the same time, Iran was stable, women were allowed to pursue university degrees and we didn't have to worry about him passing nuclear material to terrorists.

Give me the Shah.   He was not perfect but he was a lot better than what we've known since.   

Moral of the story:   Stability matters, specially when anti-West religious fanatics come into power looking to get a nuclear weapon.

For more on the Shah, see this book below. 
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We remember Bobby Thomson (1923-2010)

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Bobby Thomson was born in Scotland on this day in 1923.   

A few years ago, Bill Katz of URGENT AGENDA alerted me to the passing of Bobby Thomson.    

Thomson was a very good player:   264 HR and one of the NL's best power hitters of the early 1950s! (averaged 102 RBI over a five-year stretch with the Giants from 1949-53)

However, he will always be remembered for hitting the greatest home run in baseball history:  A 1951 NL pennant clinching home run by a Giants team that was 14 games out of first place Brooklyn in June!  And the greatest radio baseball call ever!

Rest in peace Bobby Thomson! You gave us one of the greatest baseball moment ever!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Trump finally got Biden to gaffe....

For months, the Biden campaign was based on not answering questions and keep the media at bay.  

Well, it ended at the debate when he finally had to say something beyond "Trump does not listen to science" or "I will be a president for all Americans."  He also did not hold up well, and Doug Schoen saw it too:   

He struggled to come up with coherent answers to pressing questions from Trump about controversial topics -- such as receiving funds from Russian sources -- other than to issue blanket denials and turning the accusation back onto Trump.

Further, Biden committed a number of gaffes throughout the night, including making a misplaced Hitler reference that confounded pundits across the aisle.

And he probably lost Pennsylvania with his confusing remarks about fracking.

In sports, as in campaigns, there are moments when the momentum changes, i.e. the stolen base that sets up the tying run, the interception that narrows the score!

The momentum changed for two reasons:

First, Biden could not explain anything, from legalizing 11 million people to making a transition to renewable energy; and,

Second, President Trump focused on his successful record and explained it better than ever.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

The Trump-Biden debate and news from Chile plus Beirut 1983

The Trump-Biden debate and news from Chile plus Beirut 1983 10/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The Trump-Biden debate.....Good night for Trump because Biden was finally forced to discuss issues........Chile and the left burning churches...Rangers won the AL pennant 2010.....Beirut 1983......
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Remembering Dwight Yoakam & "A thousand miles from nowhere".......

We say happy # 64 to Dwight Yoakam.  In 1993, he released "This Time", a great country album. It still sounds years later.  It hit # 2 in the country LP charts and 3 hits singles, including "A thousands miles to nowhere."We have a lot of country music in Texas.

Yoakam is one of my favorites because of the guitar rifts!

Yoakam has recorded about 20 albums and charted 30 singles. He was also recognized by CMA for his contributions to promoting country music outside of North America.

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Friday’s video: A good night for Trump


The left is alive and burning in Chile, too

What do Santiago, Chile and Portland, Oregon have in common?  They didn't have anything in common a long time until the radical left and the anarchists started burning everything that they could away with.

Does this sound familiar?  Check this from PanAm post:   
The Communist Party of Chile and its associates have sown among young people the idea that the state has the power to not only govern morality but that it can and should govern and deliver even goods and services.
To be fair, they are not burning churches in Portland.  However, they did go after statues of saints in other cities.  
So what's going on?
We are watching an international movement to destroy the West.  They are not flying airplanes into our buildings anymore, or at least not for a while.  Instead, they have poisoned the young people in universities with ideas that the U.S. is inherently racist and that capitalism only benefits white men.
Sadly, they've succeeded far beyond expectations.  This is what we are seeing in Santiago, Chile, or the most prosperous country in Latin America.
How do we stop it?  It won't be easy because the anarcho-communist radical left are willing to kill you if they can.  The first step is to reelect President Trump and send a message that Americans are fed up with these criminals.
I'm optimistic but also lighting a few candles to my favorite saints.
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We remember Johnny Carson (1925-2005)

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Johnny Carson was born in Nebraska on this day in 1925.    He took over The Tonight Show in the early 1960’s and became an entertainment “fix” for many of us.
My favorite two scenes were Carnac and those exotic animals on the set.  It was great to see Carson’s face when he was holding the little animal.
Carson left a lot of memories, specially watching my father struggle with the punch lines!   
You can get those old shows on DVD.
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1993: Carter wins it for Toronto

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Let’s turn the clock back to 1993 and remember a very happy night in Canada.   Joe Carter hit a walk off HR to win the World Series.  It was the first walk off HR since Mazeroski in 1960.
And yet it was a back to back championships for Toronto.   They beat Atlanta in 1992!




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