Tuesday, August 31, 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 08/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........Afghanistan update and what happens now.....President Biden crashing in public opinion polls....The US Mexico border after Afghanistan....Morale of military today....VP Harris back in town.….and more stories...click to listen:

Tuesday’s video: And now the refugees


Tuesday’s video: 
And now the refugees 
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I thought that everyone wanted to get out of Afghanistan...


(My new American Thinker)

In the interest of full disclosure, I supported leaving a force and air base in Afghanistan.  This is not because I believe in "endless wars" but rather because I believe in "endless terrorism."   In other words, the terrorists get a vote and they usually choose to stay in the business of terrorism.  We may choose to leave but they choose to follow us.

Today, we learned that Americans want out but not the Biden way, as we see in a new poll:   

With fewer than 4 in 10 Americans approving of President Joe Biden's handling of Afghanistan, there is overwhelming bipartisan support for keeping U.S. troops in the country until all Americans and Afghans who aided the United States during the 20-year war have been evacuated, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.

Although President Joe Biden has held firm that all U.S. troops must be out of the country by Tuesday, regardless of whether the evacuation mission at hand is complete, Americans broadly disagree, according to the poll.

Of course.  What American wants to see his country humiliated in this fashion or leave our people behind enemy lines?

Once again, we see how wrong the experts turned out to be.

Add to this picture the depressing scene of an aging president who won't answer questions. The media is asking about a situation that involves the lives of U.S. citizens, Afghan cooperators who are likely to get punished, and women who will be mistreated.  No answer.

Where are the feminists?  Why aren't they calling on President Biden to support the women of Afghanistan? Total silence.

So here we are and most Americans are not happy with where we are.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

The vote integrity law will be signed by Abbott & bad Biden polls

The vote integrity law will be signed by Abbott & bad Biden polls 08/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The vote integrity law should be signed by Governor Abbott soon.....Afghanistan and what's next for President Biden...Bad polls.........Willie Mays # 660 in 1973.......and other stories......click to listen:

Monday's video: What happens to President Biden now?


Monday's video: 
What happens to President Biden now? 
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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Happy # 71 Doug DeCinces (the man who replaced Brooks Robinson)


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Doug DeCinces was born on this day in 1950.   Doug broke with the Orioles in 1973 and became a regular in 1976 replacing Brooks Robinson.   In 1977, DeCinces hit 18 HR and 28 HR the next season,    He was traded to the Angels and hit 30 HR in 1982.    We will always remember him as the man who replaced the legendary Robinson.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Happy # 85 Tony Gonzalez

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Happy # 71 Ron Guidry


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Friday, August 27, 2021

The Supreme Court just pulled Biden out of a hole


(My new American Thinker post)

Another day and another defeat for President Biden in the courts. This is from Adam Shaw:   

The Supreme Court’s ruling late Tuesday, which ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy, marks the latest legal defeat for the administration on the subject of immigration.

In a 6-3 decision, the court denied a request to stop a federal court ruling ordering the administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols – which has become known as "Remain-in-Mexico" – a major 2019 border security program that kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their hearings.

As Howard Cossell would say:  Down goes Biden Down goes Biden.

Opinions aside, there are two big winners from this ruling.

First, the Biden Administration has been pulled out of the hole that they put themselves in months ago.  Opening the border in the middle of a pandemic put many Democrats in electoral risk, such as Representative Henry Cuellar from South Texas.  They will publicly oppose the opinion and pop champagne in private that some order will be restored.

Second, President Lopez-Obrador of Mexico must be happy.  The so called "Remain in Mexico" policy stopped the caravans and kept people in their home countries.  Why walk to the border if you have to remain in Mexico?  These people could not work in Mexico anyway.  Also, the cartels won't have it so easy now that people are less likely to travel.  Why pay a cartel if you can't get into the US?

Thanks to the Supreme Court for bringing some common sense to the chaos on the border.  My guess is that Democrats are privately thankful too.

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Happy # 70 Buddy Bell



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We say happy birthday to Buddy Bell, one of our favorite Texas Rangers, who was born on this day in 1951.

Bell broke with the Indians in 1972 and traded to the Rangers after the 1978 season.    

He enjoyed some great seasons in Texas, 1979-85:  .293 batting average.   In 1989, He came back to Texas and retired here.   I recall watching him on opening day that season.  

Overall, Buddy Bell hit .279 with 2,514 hits in 2,405 games.   He also won 6 Gold Gloves during his time in Texas.    
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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Afghanistan gone wrong and "Remain in Mexico" back on the table

Afghanistan gone wrong and "Remain in Mexico" back on the table 08/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Afghanistan gone wrong.....What happens now?.....'Remain in Mexico' back on the table....The mask mandate in Texas.......first baseball game TV 1939...and other stories........click to listen:

Thursday’s video: The Texas legislature needs to look at the power grid


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I guess we'll go back to talking Three Wise Men on January 6th


 (My new American Thinker post)

As a kid growing up in a Cuban Catholic home, I remember waking up on January 6th and rushing to see gifts the Three Wise Men had left us.  Kids in the U.S. had Santa Claus and we had Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the three men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. 

Last January 6th, some people got out of control and charged the U.S. Capitol.  It was immediately called an "insurrection" and got President Trump impeached.  

So where are we now?   It appears that a lot of people, especially in the news media, have a little explaining to do, as Julie Kelly wrote:    

The Justice Department now seems to be prepping the ground for a major letdown. “The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result,” Reuters reported August 20. Nearly all of the cases, four former and current law enforcement officials said, are “one-offs” while roughly five percent are associated with so-called militia groups.

“FBI investigators did find that cells of protesters, including followers of the far-right Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups, had aimed to break into the Capitol. But they found no evidence that the groups had serious plans about what to do if they made it inside,” the unnamed sources told Reuters.

So something happened but not an effort to overthrow the U.S. government or an insurrection.

Looking back, my gut feeling turned out to be right.  I recall going locally on TV  and saying that I did not think the rioters were Trump supporters.  Why not?  Because violence and chaos were never part of Trump rallies.  Did you ever hear of Trump supporters burning cities or attacking the police?  Secondly, I always wondered about Capitol security.  How could a major U.S. federal building be this unprotected?   What if real terrorists with bombs had actually attacked the Capitol?   

So drop the probe unless we are looking into who decided to leave the Capitol unprotected.

Thank God that we are getting our January 6th back -- the day that brings back so many childhood memories in Cuba.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

A chat with Frank Burke about the media and current events

A chat with Frank Burke about the media and current events 08/25 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author.....We will look at the media and current events.........and other stories.........click to listen:

Wednesday’s video: TheSupreme Court and the border:


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The Supreme Court and the border 
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It depends what the definition of 'stranded' is.....


 (My new American Thinker)

To be fair, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has the worst job in Washington D.C.  She has to explain the unexplainable.   On Monday, she had an exchange with Peter Doocy who is apparently the only reporter with a pulse in that room.  It's hard to believe that these are the same reporters who turned into wolves every time they saw President Trump.  Anyway, back to the exchange:   

Psaki said it was "irresponsible" to say that Americans are stranded in Afghanistan. "I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home." 

Doocy followed up and asked whether "there are no Americans stranded" is the official White House position.

"I'm just calling you out for saying we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan when we have been very clear that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home," Psaki said. "We are going to bring them home and I think that's important for the American public to hear and understand."

Wow.  I thought that Bill Clinton was whispering in Jen's ear.   

Of course they are stranded, or maybe stuck outside the airport.   The definition of stranded is "unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transportation or money."  it sorts of sounds like the situation of Americans or our allies on the other side of the airport.

I think I understand what Miss Psaki is trying to say.  Her message is that the Americans are not stuck there unless we declare that they are helplessly stuck there.   In the meantime, there are God only knows how many Americans who are wondering how they are going to make it to the airport.  Let's hope that they can do it before August 31st because all bets are off after that!

Maybe the Babylon Bee has these people figured out:   "Tired Of Being President, Biden Hangs 'Trump Won' Sign Out Of White House Window."   Yes, the return of the smart people to Washington is not turning out to be what they had planned.  It's like the one stranded is the Biden administration.

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Happy # 75 Rollie Fingers



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We salute Roland Glen Fingers, who was born on this day in 1946 in Ohio.

Rollie Fingers broke with the A's in 1968 and became their closer in 1971.    

Fingers and the A's won the AL West in 1971, The World Series in 1972, 1973 & 1974 and one more division in 1975.

Charlie Finley blew up the team in 1976 and Fingers went to San Diego.   He pitched for Milwaukee in the 1982 World Series.

Fingers saved 341 games and was one of the key reasons for the A's incredible run in the 1970's.  He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1992.
  
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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Americans stranded plus Dems back in Texas & other stories

Americans stranded plus Dems back in Texas & other stories 08/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Afghanistan stranded or not......Democrats back in Texas......Is the media turning on Biden or are trying to recover lost viewers.......Talk about the 25th Amendment is a bit premature.....VP Harris travelling......Happy # 90 Barbara 'I dream of Jeanne' Eden....and other stories.........click to listen:

Tuesday’s video: Stranded or no stranded in Afghanistan


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The 25th Amendment is about physical incapacity, not Biden's incompetence


(My new American Thinker post)

Back in my college days, a fellow student asked the professor about the 25th Amendment and he said something like this:  "What happens if the president suffers a stroke and can't return to the office?  Or is a vegetable?"

We laughed a bit at the vegetable line but got the point.  You can't have the leader of the world incapacitated and connected to a life machine.   

Section 4 addresses the dramatic case of a President who may be unable to fulfill his constitutional role but who cannot or will not step aside. It provides both a decision-maker and a procedure. The initial deciding group is the Vice President and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body that Congress may designate (though Congress has never done so). If this group declares a President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the Vice President immediately becomes Acting President. If and when the President pronounces himself able, the deciding group has four days to disagree. If it does not, the President retakes his powers. But if it does, the Vice President keeps control while Congress quickly meets and makes a decision. The voting rule in these contested cases favors the President; the Vice President continues acting as President only if two-thirds majorities of both chambers agree that the President is unable to serve.

Again, we've never used this before and it will be difficult to get two-third of the Congress to go along unless the medical evidence is overwhelming.  

The problem with President Biden is that he is not really incapacitated.  Yes, he is a bit strange and shows signs of senility, but that's not incapacitated.

Senator Tim Scott is calling on the cabinet to remove the president.  I understand the frustration but President Biden's problems must be resolved by voters.  Making bad decisions, from closing a critical energy pipeline to opening the border, or creating the Afghanistan crisis, will be eventually settled by voters in 2022.

The talk about the 25th is interesting but not realistic at the moment.  

Of course, all bets are off if the first lady steps in to save the president from further humiliation.  Politics aside, it can’t be fun watching your husband do those press conferences. 

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Happy # 61 Cal Ripken

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We say happy birthday to the great Cal Ripken, Jr. who was born in Maryland on this day in 1960.    

He will always be remembered for "the streak" but his career stats are worth recalling:    431 HRs, 1,695 RBI, 3,184 hits, 603 doubles and a .276 average.     Cal was named Rookie of the Year in 1982, American League MVP in 1983 & 1991 and the Hall of Fame in 2007.   And he was a great shortstop to go with it!

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Monday, August 23, 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 08/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...…Afghanistan and the impact on the Biden presidency.....What happens with the war on terror now..............The politics of the Delta and vaccinations......Independent investigation to see the origins of COVID......The Democrats fight internally over the infrastructure bill.........and more stories....click to listen:

Monday’s video: Biden’s message problem


Monday’s video: 
Biden’s message problem 
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'Stand by your man' not something Kamala does well!


(My new American Thinker post)

Former Secretary Clinton set the tone back in 1992:    

"“I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.”

It looks like we are watching Kamala's version of Hillary's line.  Of course, Hillary was talking about standing by her husband the candidate.  Kamala refuses to stand by her man the president.

What do you do when you get tired of standing behind Joe Biden wearing that mask?  Well, you can use your eyes or body language to tell the world that Willie Brown was right about this thing called the vice-presidency.  Or, you can take a fancy plane out of town and tell everybody in Asia that the U.S. is as firm as ever in supporting our allies.  

Well, we will see how this trip goes but the lady Vice President is on her way:   

The vice president is expected to use the trip to communicate U.S. views regarding China's growing power and influence in the region -- including the communist regime’s efforts to take control of the South China Sea.   

Harris' Sunday plans following the long journey were not immediately clear. 

On Monday, she is scheduled to speak by phone with Singapore President Halimah Yacob and participate in a bilateral meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, according to The Associated Press.   Harris and the prime minister are expected to field questions from reporters during a joint news conference, the AP reported.

She is also scheduled to deliver a speech aboard a U.S. combat ship in Singapore, the report said.

We will see how the men and women on that combat ship react.   I'm sure that they are watching their brothers in arms defending the Kabul airport.

To be fair, vice presidents take foreign trips.  VP Harris is not the first.  At the same time, I can't recall the last time that a # 2 had a scheduled visit to the place that everyone is comparing Afghanistan to, i.e. Vietnam.  

I can't believe that they couldn't reschedule this one along the grounds that the VP needs to stay in Washington because there are urgent matters on the agenda.  On the other hand, maybe President Biden was happy to see her go, given how unhappy she looks behind him.

"Stand by your man" not a song on the VP Harris playlist!

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Happy # 90 Barbara "I dream of Jeannie" Eden


I Dream of Jeannie': This Is Barbara Eden Today!We say happy birthday to Barbara Jean Morehead who was born in Tucson, Arizona, on this day in 1931.
We know her as Barbara Eden and “I dream of Jeannie”.    It was on the air for 5 seasons.   What can happen when an astronaut finds a bottle with a pretty woman inside?    Watch the show!
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