Saturday, July 31, 2021

Cuba needs a Pinochet referendum

 


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Back in 1988, General Augusto Pinochet had run Chile for 15 years.  He overthrew President Salvador Allende in 1973 and took over a country in total chaos.  His free market policies turned Chile around and created an economy that was the envy of the developing world.  Unfortunately, he never had the legitimacy of an election.  So he did something strange.  He asked the people if he should continue and they had a "plebiscite."  Pinochet lost and left power.  This is the story:    

Gen. Augusto Pinochet's bid for eight more years in power ended in defeat today, as a united opposition beat him soundly in a presidential plebiscite of Pinochet's own design.

After a long night in which the opposition continued to announce returns showing a 60-percent vote against Pinochet and the government gave out practically no totals at all, a government spokesman announced early this morning that with three-fourths of the vote officially counted, Pinochet was losing with 53 percent of voters rejecting him. There would be no further vote totals until midday, he said.

Later, Interior Minister Sergio Fernandez, who had run Pinochet's campaign, announced that the regime would recognize the results of the vote, which he characterized as still provisional. Because of the democratic process that had transpired, "the great winner is the country," Fernandez said. Pinochet himself made no statement.

Chile said no and Pinochet accepted the verdict.  Let me add that it was time for Pinochet to go as much as I admired his economic accomplishments. As a Chilean told me back in 1988, Pinochet did a good job but it was time to get our democracy back.

Down in Cuba, the situation is ripe for such a plebiscite.  Cubans have never voted in a free and multi-party elections.  Yes, they vote in Cuba but it's a sham because the communist party is the only in the contest.

Biden should call for such a plebiscite with international observers.  It should also say that the U.S. will recognize the winner as the legitimate government and end the embargo immediately.

Will the Castro regime accept the challenge?   No, but let's keep the pressure.

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Happy # 76 Gary Lewis

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We say happy birthday to Gary Lewis who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1945.

His father was Jerry Lewis, one of the superstars of movies and comedy.   


In 1965, Gary formed a band and enjoyed several hits, such as "This diamond ring" a # 1 song.   All together, Gary Lewis and the Playboys had 7 Top 10 hits.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

AG Garland vs Governor Abbott plus a border update with George Rodriguez

AG Garland vs Governor Abbott plus a border update with George Rodriguez 07/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guests: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative......AG Garland vs Governor Abbott.......The border and COVID.....The political impact of the Texas Democrats leaving the state................and other stories.....


Friday’s video: AG Garland vs Governor Abbot


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How do you expect 8.5% and get 6.3%?


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The latest GDP report will not help President Biden's approval numbers. This is the story:   

Gross domestic product – the broadest measure of economic performance -- grew at a 6.5% annual rate during the second quarter, according to an advance estimate released Thursday by the Commerce Department. Analysts surveyed by Refintiv were expecting 8.5% growth. First-quarter GDP was revised down to 6.3% from its previous reading of 6.4%.

The above-trend growth in the second quarter reflected the continued reopening of the U.S. economy and government support via business loans, stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits.     

Thursday’s report offers "more evidence that stimulus provided surprisingly little bang for its buck, with the economy quickly pushing against unexpected supply constraints instead, which have driven inflation higher," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. 

Since the economy reopened businesses have navigated supply-chain issues caused by factories shutting down to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They have also struggled to find workers as extended unemployment benefits have encouraged many to stay home.

The issues have combined to lift core personal consumption expenditures, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation measure, to 3.4% annual growth, the fastest since 1992. 

Really?  Stimulus provided surprisingly little bang for its buck?  Can someone say the Summer of Recovery 2010?  That stimulus didn’t bang either.

First, you send cash to people.  To be honest, we needed to help people and businesses in 2020.   COVID killed a lot of restaurant jobs and those people needed some help.  I think that the Trump plan was people oriented and meant to keep payrolls going.  It was not perfect but it was right.

Second, the Biden follow-up killed the economy.   Did we need to extend their unemployment benefits to keep them at home rather than working at the local restaurant?  No we didn't.   

Now we have people sitting at home rather than working, and mom is screaming every time she buys the groceries.   So we sent cash to people and wonder why inflation is up?

The latest GDP report is going to mean that Democrats running in competitive races will be out of town when President Biden comes to town.


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Happy # 67 Ellis Valentine


Ellis Valentine was born in Arkansas on this day in 1954.   He was drafted by Montreal and broke with them in 1975.    By 1976, he was the every day right fielder.

In the late 1970's, the Montreal Expos had one of the best outfields in modern baseball history.   In fact, you could argue that it was the best in quite some time:   Ellis Valentinefuture Hall of Famer Andre Dawson & Warren Cromartie.

Valentine and teammate Cromartie had 24 assists in 1977.    You simply could not take an extra base on that Expos' outfield!

Valentine survived injuries and retired with a .278 batting average and .288 in 7 seasons in Montreal.

Valentine was part of the Expos who came in second in 1978, 1979 & 1980.  They lost the NLCS to the LA Dodgers in 1981.    In today's game, Montreal would have clinched a wild card spot everyone of those years that they came in second in the NL East.   Who knows what would have happened to that "wild card team" in the NL post season?  

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Happy # 80 Paul Anka, great vocalist and songwriter!


Wonder how many people know that Paul Anka was born in Canada?   He was born on this day in 1941.

Paul is from Ottawa and enjoyed big hits by the time that he was a teenager. 

Anka is one of the few pop artists who had Top 10 songs in the 1950s, 1960's & 1970's!  Who else but Elvis can say that? 

Anka's formula?  Romantic and catchy songs that filled Top 40 play lists in the era of AM radio stations.  I'm sure that lots of our parents have Anka 45's among their belongings and souvenirs.

I learned in the 1970's that Paul Anka composed "My Way" and several TV songs, such as The Tonight Song theme song!  How would you like to collect those royalties?

A few years ago, Paul wrote an autobiography.    He also left us an amazing collection of hit songs, available now on digital.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Trump factor in the 6th plus GDP numbers below expectations

The Trump factor in the 6th plus GDP numbers below expectations 07/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The Trump factor in the special 6th district election.......The border is in disarray......GDP numbers below expectations........The Biden administration incoherent message on masking and vaccine...............and other stories........click to listen:

Thursday’s video: Democrat Cuellar screaming about the border


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Beto on the last page of the metro section?

 


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Like every morning, I picked up my Dallas Morning Newsand found little about the Texan Democrats "visiting" Washington.

In the metro section, they had a story about Representative Philip Cortez rejoining the band.  He flew back and was welcomed by Representative John Turner, the party leader in the Texas House.   

We hear that Cortez went home to negotiate with the majority.  He flew back when he learned that there was nothing to negotiate.

On page 13-B, I did find a story about Beto O'Rourke's latest movement.   My guess is that Beto was not pleased that his story ended up next to the obituaries.

Here is the story from the paper's Austin Bureau:    

Voting rights activists lift page from civil rights movement, launch march in Central Texas.

Let's see how this march turns out.

My guess is that it will attract a crowd, especially once we see the governor's new redistricting proposal.  I'm sure that it will be labeled racist before anyone has actually read it.   It's the kind of thing that happens these days.

Let's hope that the marchers wear masks.  After all, they don't want to go home with more cases of COVID.

And finally, it does not speak well of the cause when the print version places the story on the back page next to the poor souls who left us.  

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A chat with Leslie Eastman & Dawn Wildman about California

A chat with Leslie Eastman & Dawn Wildman about California 07/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection....plus Dawn Wildman..........we will discuss the recall in California...... and other stories....click to listen:


Wednesday’s video: The January 6th hearing travesty


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The January 6th hearing travesty 
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Where are the Texas fugitives?



Every morning, I pick up my Dallas Morning Newsand check the front page.  I can't recall the last time that "The Texas 57" were a headline or front page story.  I don't see them anywhere.   Maybe they are busy Zooming each other in the nation's capital.

President Biden won't see them.  I think that's common sense given that the President is 78 and you don't want him around people who have got COVID.  Nevertheless, the "57" are not happy.  The President spent the entire campaign "Zooming" from his home and now can't find 10 minutes for them.  I can't prove it but maybe the President doesn't care what their tactics.

The latest is that Speaker Dade Phelan signed warrant to apprehend state Rep. Philip Cortez from the Houston area.  I am  not sure how effective this will be but it's today's news.

The "Texas 57" are facing a few realities:

1) Nobody is talking about them.  At the same time, they get more hysterical every time that someone turns on a microphone; and,

2) The U.S. Congress is not helping much, according to this analysis in the Texas Tribune.

Over the past few days, the Texas delegation has met with nearly all the most powerful Democrats in Washington, save for President Joe Biden. But there is not yet clear movement to revive the congressional Democrats’ federal voting legislation.

So what happens now?   Not much.  The House's bill will die in the Senate and few members of Congress want to run the risk of infection.

My guess is that this gang left Texas convinced that voters would build each one a statue in Austin.  Instead, they are now the source of jokes and getting angry at everyone.  It does not get better than the "2021 Bum Steer of the Year".

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Happy # 72 Vida Blue

Vida Rochelle Blue, Jr. was born on this day in 1949 in Louisiana.   

He broke with the A's in 1969 at age 19 and then became the pitching story of 1971:   24-8, a 1.82 ERA, 8 shutouts & 301 Ks.   It earned him a Cy Young Award & MVP!

Overall, he won 209 with 143 complete games and pitched with the A's in the postseason, 1971-75.    

I saw Vida shutout the Orioles in game 3 of the 1974 ALCS, a dominating 2-hit shutout!   He beat Jim Palmer, 1-0 with Sal Bando hitting a home run for the only run of the game.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Biden administration's inconsistent messages & Texas Democrats MIA

The Biden administration's inconsistent messages & Texas Democrats MIA 07/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The Biden administration's inconsistent message on vaccines....The Texas Democrats missing and nobody is talking about them.........Where is Biden on Cuba?.............and other stories........click to listen:

Tuesday’s video: What ever happened to the 57?


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What ever happened to the 57? 
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China to U.S.: Move out of the way

The Chinese are not nice these days, according to news reports:    

A senior Chinese diplomat on Monday bluntly warned the visiting American deputy secretary of state, Wendy R. Sherman, that the Biden administration’s strategy of pursuing both confrontation and cooperation with Beijing was sure to fail.

China’s vice foreign minister, Xie Feng, told Ms. Sherman that the United States’ “competitive, collaborative and adversarial rhetoric” was a “thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China,” according to a summary of Mr. Xie’s comments that the Chinese foreign ministry sent to reporters.     

Ms. Sherman’s meetings offered the latest gauge of the Biden administration’s strategy of stepping up pressure against the Chinese government on several fronts, including human rights and internet hacking, while seeking to work together on global problems like climate change and international health threats. Mr. Xie’s remarks underscored the anger that has been building in China toward the United States, undermining the chances that the approach will work.

In your face, Wendy, or something like that.

The Chinese must feel that this kind of language does not cost them anything.  Maybe they watched that CNN Town Hall Meeting.  Or maybe they saw the incoherent withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Or maybe they expect the Biden administration to focus on climate change rather than growing the U.S. economy.

China has decided that they can take shots at the US without consequence.  Why not?  They allegedly hatched a virus that destroyed the world's economy and killed three million people.   

Wonder what they're thinking in Taiwan about all of this?   I don't know, but I'd be worried if I lived in that island.

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Happy # 79 Bobbie Gentry

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Happy # 72 Maureen Mcgovern

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We say happy birthday to Maureen McGovern who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on this day in 1949.

We remember Maureen for "Morning after" or the theme song of the movie "The Poseidon Adventure".  Remember the one about the cruise ship that flipped  over in the middle of the ocean?

Scary movie and a nice pop song by Maureen McGovern.  

It was the a big hit in the summer of 1973!  She did not have another Top 20 until "Different worlds" in 1979, a song that reminds me of "The love boat" theme song.

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"There's got to be a morning after
If we can hold on through the night
We have a chance to find the sunshine
Let's keep on lookin' for the light

Oh, can't you see the morning after
It's waiting right outside the storm
Why don't we cross the bridge together
And find a place that's safe and warm

It's not too late, we should be giving
Only with love can we climb
It's not too late, not while we're living
Let's put our hands out in time

There's got to be a morning after
We're moving closer to the shore
I know we'll be there by tomorrow
And we'll escape the darkness
We won't be searchin' any more

There's got to be a morning after
(There's got to be a morning after)
There's got to be a morning after..."

Monday, July 26, 2021

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

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 07/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...….Jacki Mason dead at 93..The Biden CNN town hall vs Trump rally.....talk of lockdowns here but protests in France & Australia .......the Cleveland Guardians? Olympics TV audience.....and more stories....click to listen:

Monday’s video: Biden falling


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Biden falling 
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Nobody cares what Sue thinks



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Once again, athletes have found a receptive media for all their political philosophy.  I recall when they got questions about their sport:  "Hey Tom Seaver did you think that the manager was going to take you out of the game when you walked the first batter in the 9th inning?"  Or "Hey Bart Starr did you call that Quarterback sneak in the huddle or on the line"?

Now, they've all become political pundits because they know that there is a microphone waiting for their comments.

The latest is Sue Bird of the WNBA.  In the interest of full disclosure, I don't watch the WNBA and did not know this young woman's name.   Nevertheless, here is Sue the self appointed philosopher:      

Sue Bird and the rest of the WNBA have been at the forefront of social justice protests and during the 2021 season, most players have left the court before the national anthem has played.

Bird and Team USA have no plans to leave the court for the national anthem during Olympic competitions this coming week and the Seattle Storm legend sees no contradiction in it.     

"You are wearing USA jerseys, and it does change the conversation a little bit and what you're representing," Bird told the Associated Press on Saturday. "With that, I don't feel like a hypocrite in any way. Everyone knows where we stand. I don't think it contradicts anything since we're actually doing the work."

Bird and her fellow Olympic teammates have shown unity through their exhibition matches by locking arms before tip-off. Bird was also the U.S. flag bearer during the parade of nations at the opening ceremony in Tokyo.   

She said she believes people know where their stance is on social justice issues.

You really think so, Sue?   WNBA games average 357,000 viewers across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.  It's better than than the 205,000 from 2020 but still a rather small number.  Hallmark, with super traditional movies and no actor pretending to be a philosopher, is at 493,000, so what does that tell you Sue?

It sounds to me that sports fans are sending you and the WNBA a message:  "We don't care!"  And they are going to care even less if you keep thinking that the country cares what you think about this or that.   Don't believe me?  Ask your partners at the NBA.

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