Monday, November 30, 2020
AG Barr should name a special counsel about 2020Click to watch: pic.twitter.com/9mJwLj62BD— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 30, 2020
Just came across this gem from the University of Texas down in Austin. Please check this out:
The Autonomous Student Network in Austin, Texas, a group that was previously suspended from Twitter after posting private information belonging to supporters of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is now threatening to do the same to incoming University of Texas-Austin freshmen who join conservative student organizations.
"Hey #UT23! Do you wanna be famous? If you join YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas] or Turning Point USA, you just might be. Your name and more could end up on an article like one of these," the group tweeted earlier in June, linking to a page on its website, on which it previously posted the private information, including emails and phone numbers, of Kavanaugh supporters.
"So be sure to make smart choices at #UTOrientation," the group added.
Yes make a smart choice and avoid those young conservatives. Come to us and we'll teach how to hate the country, the flag, and bring down every statue of a white male European.
To their credit, the university heard about it and came down hard on the threats. Good for them.
The larger point is that these leftist groups define diversity as agreeing with them. They do not tolerate dissent and will destroy your reputation if they can get away it.
Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/more_intolerance_from_the_people_who_preach_tolerance.html#ixzz6fH8vKfVO
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In 1875, he published "Tom Sawyer". He followed with "Life on the Mississippi" in 1883 and "Huckleberry Finn" in 1885.
A great American writer. A true American original. He died in 1910.
For years, I have objected to the excessive commercialization of Christmas. I don't like it at all. I hate hearing Christmas music on the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, some of our radio stations go 24/7 Christmas after Thanksgiving. I don't like it.
However, the attack on Christmas is just as crazy.
The US is a Christian majority nation. We were founded under Judeo-Christian traditions.
No one should be offended by "Merry Christmas" or nativity symbols.
I am not upset when I see Jewish symbols related to holidays. I think that it's great that everyone can practice their religion freely.
"Seculars" have gone crazy, from "Under God" in the pledge to this massive attack on Christian symbols.
I am happy that Bill O'Reilly has made a big issue of this. I am happier that Americans are putting pressure on stores to display Christmas symbols.
Again, thanks to Bill O'Reilly for his work.
We remember today one of the great men of the 20th century:
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Surprise, but the U.S. soccer ladies are back for another season or something like that. Frankly, I did not know they were gone in the first place, but that's probably because I don't watch soccer. The ladies now want all of us to know they are really interested in human decency, or so they say:
We wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency.
This is not political, it’s a statement on human rights.
Thank you for telling us that preaching about BLM is not political. Thank you even more for telling us that it's your "duty" to do this. Sorry, but duty is a police officer who protects you and me. Duty is a soldier defending our freedom. Playing soccer is a skill, and these ladies are good at it. But it is not your duty to do anything.
Talk about a bunch of self-appointed virtue-signalers taking themselves way too seriously. I'm sure that millions of people sat around all year just waiting to hear what these ladies had to say about this or anything else.
I think that Lebron and his pals said something like that before the entire country tuned out the NBA.
Good luck with your upcoming games, but don't expect a lot of your fellow citizens to watch you playing.
Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/maybe_the_soccer_ladies_should_check_out_the_nbas_ratings.html#ixzz6fBkSlGGJ
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We remember her book "Little women", a best selling story about the March sisters from 1869. She followed up that successful publication with "Little Men" (1871).
In the 20th century, her book was turned into a very popular movie in 1949 and later in 1994.
"In this new book the reader will discover how in 1930 a Havana bandleader traveled to New York City, recorded a million-copy hit that kicked-started a Cuban music craze throughout the United States.
Science fiction lovers will learn that a Cuban-American was the writer, producer, and story editor of many Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. An author born in 1865 in Brooklyn, New York of Cuban origin began his career at age 12, becoming a prolific boys’ fiction writer earning the nickname the American Jules Verne.
History buffs will enjoy reading about three sisters who became Confederate spies during the Civil War, and thanks to their bravery, a Union warship was captured.
New Yorkers and those who visit the Big Apple will read of the work of a structural engineer, born in Havana of immigrant Lithuanian Jews, who was known as “Mr. New York” for his engineering of the city’s skyscrapers, including the 70-story Trump World Tower.
Read about a surgeon who in 2012 led a team of 150 doctors, nurses, and others in Maryland in the most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed in the world.
The book also profiles those who serve the less fortunate, including the co-founder of Florida’s largest free clinic serving migrant workers, the working poor, the sick, and families who fall between the cracks of America’s social system.
This is a book that transcends ethnic, national, racial, gender and religious barriers and bears witness to what Cubans, both political refugees and immigrants, have accomplished in a country where liberty and freedom abound.
This is the story of the Cuban-Americans, and the footprints they have left on their path across the United States."
"A few weeks ago I clicked a Facebook ad for luxurious "Boomer Tours" in Cuba. Being somewhat interested in that topic, I clicked a little deeper. I noticed that one of the local guides proudly made a claim to be a personal friend of Che Guevara - who, of course, wasn't exactly a role model for those interested in human rights. Except perhaps for those interested parties that wish to learn how to execute and imprison political opponents and get away with it. A click later I learned that the organizer of the tour is a self-confessed Trotskyist. Which is fine - our society allows anyone to pursue any philosophy they wish. And any party, if it gets a sufficient share of the votes in an election, can receive federal funding for their party. I have many friends within the entire spectrum of philosophical positions - and we get along because we have more in common that we have in differences. Which is the way that democracies act. But it's not exactly that way in Cuba. Down there if you speak up you risk a term of re-education in a resort called Villa Marista. Which ain't five stars. To the organizers' credit, they don't try to hide their beliefs. A click and a Wiki search and it's all there. Cuban propaganda is alive and well, and the internet does set us free. It's easy to discover a bias that a writer of an article might have or, like Yoani Sanchez, to actually blog from Cuba about government abuses of the governed. Lenin described those westerners who support communism as "Useful Idiots" and he would be smiling in his hereafter about this if he hadn't been such an atheist. A few years back, I was encouraged to write a novel as a sequel to one written by a famous friend of mine. We decided that Cuba would be a terrific place in which to place the plot and characters. Since then, I've spent a lot of time in Cuba with lots of Cubans, and I think I have a pretty good understanding of how they live day-to-day, even though I will never have to worry about what I say in public, or whether my family will eat protein at least once this week. When does a revolution stop becoming a revolution and start being recognized as a misguided philosophy with a status present that is an insult to all those who believe in human rights? Lies are a permanent part of life on the Castros' island paradise lost. Younger Cubans have to lie about their opinions of the government, its leadership and their opinion of the United States. Old Cubans lie about Fidel Castro because those lies are the only opinion they've ever been allowed to have. The Cuban politburo lies about everything it does, and just about everything everyone else does; especially the USA. The Castros spew lies constantly but are so absent from reality that they seem to believe them. Fidel has always lied about his form of democracy. It started with his "temporary" suspension of free elections soon after he took power. Lie. While every few years Cubans are forced to go to a ballot box and vote for Socialist Candidate tweedledum or Socialist Candidate tweedledee, this temporary suspension is older than I am, and not likely to really become temporary any time soon. Another great lie is that Cuba is an egalitarian paradise; where all are equal and everyone gets a great education and has tremendous health care. But as in Animal Farm, the pigs are more equal than others. In Habana, for example, loyal Fidelistas, virtually all of Spanish extraction, are rewarded with pleasant accommodations in nicer areas like Vedado and Miramar. Those who unfortunately are not in favour, who are mostly black, live in tenements in Central City on narrow streets filled with rubble that serve as both sewers and playgrounds. There is only way to survive in Cuba. Theft. At least Fidel considers it theft. It's participation in the black market. A typical family stipend is between 10 and 20 dollar equivalents per month. Families are provided with housing (of a sort), a ration booklet that provides rice, beans, potatoes, milk (if you're a pre-schooler) and a few other staples. The ration coupons have some value as they that can be used for items to trade. Sick looking green onions and tiny garlic bulbs can be purchased at markets for a pittance. But meat isn't on the menu and eggs are treated like they are laid by a golden hen. But what a family really has to do to survive is to somehow scrounge for something, anything of value that they can trade. It might be a coupon for a pair of shoes (size 11, men's black). They might be given chintzy curios and mass produced Cuban art to sell to naive turistas. Every month workers in tobacco factories get a box of cigars to smoke (but really to sell to gringos). The young and old share the responsibility to come up with stuff to trade. Grannies dress up in Santarian priestess costumes to have their picture taken by tourists for a fee. Children look for kind foreigners who will give them a buck because they're cute. Some young Cubana's dream of having a child with a rich tourist and, if the Dad has at least some ethical standard, an annuity by way of child support. Yes. There is prostitution. And yes many "northerners" from Canada, Germany, Italy and England conduct the most heinous of all acts of economic imperialism; they travel to Cuba to have sex with young people, mostly girls. White haired Decembers from the north are often seen with dusky Aprils from the South. I try to show my disdain any way I can when I see this. I'm hardly a moralist, but these guys feel rich and handsome in Cuba by throwing ten dollar bills around like man-hole covers and I don't like it. A key source of income for families is to have at least one family member that somehow has access to tourists. They may work in a hotel, restaurant, drive a taxi (legal or illegal), or act as "tour guides". Almost all the official jobs that are tourism related are given to those of the Spanish persuasion. The "tour guides" are almost all black and risk their freedom if they get noticed doing the wrong thing by the wrong people. You will know them by their furtive catch phrases as they pass you in the streets of Old Havana, "Chica, Senor?" "Cigar, Senor?" "Restaurant, Senor?" Trust me. Chances are almost 100% that the cigars are fake, the girl is somebody's daughter who despises her source of income, and the restaurant will be over priced. (Private restaurants - paladares -were the only way to go up to a year or so ago when Fidel started taxing them to death and dropping the prices at government restaurants. He has succeeded in pricing these entrepreneurs out of business. But I'd not be the least bit surprised that even if they're without customers that they are still forced to pay protection money to the boss.) Public Health? Cubans have admirably healthy people at least partly because their lifestyle prohibits them from enjoying the goodies that make us die prematurely. They pretty much can't help but avoid obesity - they can't get their hands on enough food to get fat. Rum, even at a CUC (dollar equivalent) a bottle is really beyond their budget. Drugs? Really, really beyond their budget. They don't die in car accidents because no one has cars (but the few vehicles there do put out an admirably unhealthy quantity of exhaust). Cuba brags about it's low level of infant mortality, and the lack of unhealthy life choices helps this, but so does abortion on demand which isn't reported in any of their stats. And as far as drugs, ordinary Cubans do not have access to any, from Lipitor down to Aspirin. I had a friend die last year - a great musician - who died of a staph infection incurred when he was having his back scoped. But if you're down there doing a documentary, they'll invite you to have a kidney or cornea transplant. Schools are pretty good but all the kids are members of Fidel's version of the Young Pioneers, which was such a rousing success in great democracies like the USSR. Fortunately, around about the time that testicles start dropping and breasts lifting, the political indoctrination of the Communist Party on Cuban youth is forgotten and replaced by a huge desire to have nice clothes and a moto to drive your sweetie around in style. Safety? Cuba is a police state, so tourists are likely as safe there as in, say, the guest lounge in a Canadian penitentiary. There is at least one para-military on every street corner that tourists frequent. So we're safe. The entire Cuban security apparatus, including their neighbourhood spies, are there to protect Cuba from Cubans, not to be a significant factor in fighting Bahia de Cochinos Dos. For locals, nobody has anything so there really isn't very much to steal. But I do have a friend in Havana who runs an organized crime organization, and there is crime. Just not on an Ocean's Eleven scale. Cuba's "friends" in Canada and the USA brag about how well Cuba manages through a fairly regular procession of hurricanes and tropical storms. But they fail to mention that there is very little in property value there to be lost in a killer storm and Cubans are savvy enough to get out of the way of hurricanes. Unlike more wealthy Americans. The big lie, or course, was the first one. Fidel Castro, according to himself and his Bolshie buddy, Che Guevara, took over Cuba to rid it of a torturous tyrant in Fulgenio Batista. To let his people go. But, history does not absolve Fidel, as he predicted in his legal defence when jailed for fomenting rebellion in Santiago de Cuba in 1953. History has proven that he is a whole lot worse than his predecessor. Cubans traded one despot for two; either and both of whom are at least as nasty as their predecessor. First off, Batista was mulatto, not "pur laine" Spanish, and mixed race and black Cubans had lots more opportunities to get ahead under Batista than ever under Fidel. Pictures of the time reveal that Batista's Havana was a true jewel - among the most civilized of all Latin American cities with the highest standard of living and a thriving middle class. The architectural look of the place was spectacular and photos of Cubans on the main shopping street, San Rafael, reveal an eclectic population of well dressed, multi-hued and happy people shopping and having fun. And in terms of treating political opponents badly, Batista only sent Fidel to jail for 3 years for starting a bloody rebellion. Fidel throws drunkards in the slammer for complaining about not having food to eat. And he provides vacations for newspaper journalists who don't appropriately honour him with praise. The next big lie is everything about Commandante Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. And the one after that is the myth of Fidel ever ceding power to his younger and much dumber and meaner brother. But those are tales for another day. Meanwhile, Fidel has a lotta esplainin' to do."
So why go out of your way to shake the hand of the leader of 'the island of lies"?
We know him as C S Lewis, the author of many books like "The Screwtape Letters", "The Chronicles of Narnia", and "The Space Trilogy". The "Narnia" books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Over my 30-something years in Texas, I've learned this:
1) There are lots of tamales consumed in our area between Thanksgiving and Christmas; and,
2) Many Mexicans use "Navidad" to cross the border both ways. It's almost a guarantee that your Mexican friend will ride down to see family this time of the year. I've met people who travel from Illinois and Indiana all the way down to the interior of Mexico.
The warning came Saturday, only days before Thanksgiving, when thousands of travelers typically flock to Mexico's tourist destinations. In the advisory, the CDC said people may increase their chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 by traveling there.
The warning also noted that if people become infected with COVID-19 while traveling abroad, they may be denied re-entry.
"If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 during travel, you might be quarantined and not permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last known exposure," according to the advisory.
Mexico's Ministry of Health reported 1,049,358 confirmed coronavirus cases and 101,926 COVID-19 deaths in the country as of Monday.
The top three global destinations for U.S. travelers this year are in Mexico: Cancun, San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.
"Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since COVID-19 began," according to the Allianz insurance company. "The country's accessibility and safety protocols, such as the restricted capacity at resorts to allow for adequate social distancing, may be helping to drive demand, coupled with the promise of a warm-climate escape."
But in all three of those tourist destinations, there has been a high rate of COVID-19.
What an economic shock to Mexico. By the way, the 101,926 dead figure is interesting, considering that Mexico has a third of our population. Furthermore, I am not sure that such figure is reliable anyway. Everyone that I talk to in Mexico believes that the death figure is higher than the official numbers.
The impact will go beyond tourist locations. The aforementioned people who drive to Mexico bring cash and spend money in their hometowns. They are a source of cash and support for people, although I have never been able to find a dollar figure.
So projected president Biden wants to open the border? Call Dr. Fauci at the CDC!
Guests:We looked back at our first Thanksgiving in the US with 3 fellow Cuban Americans who came here with their families years ago.
TUESDAY: Cuban Americans remember their First Thanksgiving in the US.....Listen in now at http://t.co/owndCnec3l. #BlogTalkRadio
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 27, 2013
An amazing story!
We don't know much about Shakespeare's early life but we can tell you this:
On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Once upon a time, retired Presidents took long walks like President Harry Truman or showed up at baseball games like President George W. Bush. It was seen as "unpresidential" for former presidents to stick their noses in the political arena.
Not so President Obama. He can say anything he wants and the media will not challenge him at all, at least never to his face.
President Obama this week spoke about Hispanics voting for President Trump. He said this:
“… There’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion."
Well, the bit about putting "undocumented workers" in cages is a bit strange coming from the man who built those cages and was given the nickname "deporter in chief".
Not sure what "racist things" President Trump said about Mexicans. He did speak about illegal immigration or crime on the border. Is that racist? Well, it wasn't when a guy named Obama said the same.
So what's up with Obama? He knows that no one will challenge him no matter what he says.
Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/11/obama_wrong_again.html#ixzz6ezhBXCAk
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He died tragically in 1970.
Many people are not aware that Hendrix served in the US Army. After being discharged because of an injury suffered during a parachute jump, he began working as a studio guitarist under the name of Jimmy James.
He found his way to London and created The Jimi Hendrix Experience. He released several best selling LP's in the late 1960's, specially "Electric Ladyland" and his great version of Dylan's "All along the watchtower".
And the rest is musical history! He continues to influence young guitarists today.
The amazing Bruce Lee was born on this day in 1940. He became a legend in the early 1970s and then suddenly died in 1973.
His story is rather interesting:
Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon(1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.Like Hendrix and Morrison, you can identify his face in a heart beat.