Thursday, September 30, 2021

The $ 3.5 trillion package and more people coming to the border

The $ 3.5 trillion bus and more people coming to the border 09/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The big $ 3.5 trillion package is a disaster......They should vote for every program as individual proposals....More Haitians coming......The Biden-Afghanistan no win situation......'The Rifleman' 1958.....Happy # 78 Marilyn McCoo...….and other stories.......click to listen:

Thursday’s video: Another crisis at the border?


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Another crisis at the border? 
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General Milley, Nancy is on line 1



 (My new American Thinker post)

The late Ralph Hall, congressman from Texas who started as a Democrat and ended up switching to the GOP, said this of Speaker Nancy Pelosi:    

"When you battle Nancy Pelosi as much as I have, you're bound to get a few wrinkles."

Well, let me add my footnote by saying that when you've seen Nancy Pelosi as much as I have, then you can conclude that she's a nasty woman. 

The General Mark Milley phone calls raise several questions, especially what was he doing talking to Speaker Pelosi.  This is from Matt Margolis:    

Milley also addressed a call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in which she inquired about the process of a nuclear launch. According to Woodward’s book, Pelosi was concerned that Trump might launch a military strike before leaving office. “This is bad, but who knows what he might do?” Pelosi is alleged to have said. “He’s crazy. You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time. So don’t say you don’t know what his state of mind is.”    

According to the book, Milley agreed with her and promised he could stop Trump. “The one thing I can guarantee is that, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I want you to know that -- I want you to know this in your heart of hearts, I can guarantee you 110 percent that the military, use of military power, whether it’s nuclear or a strike in a foreign country of any kind, we’re not going to do anything illegal or crazy,” the book claims he said.

Milley confirmed there was a call from Pelosi but characterized his end of it differently.

“Speaker of the House Pelosi called me to inquire about the president’s ability to launch nuclear weapons. I sought to assure her that nuclear launch is governed by a very specific and deliberate process. She was concerned and made various personal references characterizing [President Trump],” Milley testified. “I explained to her the president is the sole nuclear launch authority and he doesn’t launch them alone and that I am not qualified to determine the mental health of the President of the United States.”

Another "he said'she said" story out of Washington.

No matter what, General Milley had no business taking this call.  He should have told the Speaker to call the President with those concerns.  In other words, the general works for the president not the speaker.

It's possible that Woodward was betrayed by another source.  Nevertheless, this is only going to fuel those concerns that there were people in the government who were trying to undermine a duly elected president.

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Happy # 78 to Marilyn McCoo


Happy birthday Marilyn McCoo, a neat lady who was born in New Jersey on this day in 1943.

Do you remember 'One less bell to answer", "Last night I didn't get to sleep at all" and other great songs by The Fifth Dimension?   

It was Marilyn McCoo as the lead female vocal in some many of the group's hits!   

In the 1970's, Marilyn and her husband Billy Davis Jr had several hits.   In the 1980s, she hosted "Solid Gold" on TV.

Beautiful lady with a beautiful voice!
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Afghan story plus the generals and South Texas

The Afghan story plus the generals and South Texas 09/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

The Afghan story got more complicated after the Generals spoke before Congress......Speaker and General ........Haitians on the border and the Delta pandemic......South Texas rebelling against illegal immigration and 'the whip'.....The Virginia governor's race.......We remember Gene Autrey (1907-88)........and other stories.........click to listen:

Wednesday’s video: Somebody is lying about Afghanistan


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Somebody is lying about Afghanistan 
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Let's segregate like it's '48


 (My new American Thinker post)


I guess that I've gone full circle.   Back in 1964, our family came to the U.S. and there was a lot of talk about the evil of segregation.   That was then, but this is 2021 and segregation is back, according to this news report:   

A university in Washington has created segregated housing specifically for Black students.

Western Washington University has designated the fourth floor of Alma Clark Glass Hall as housing reserved for its "Black Affinity Housing program," becoming the latest school to adopt such a program.

"The program will explore and celebrate the diversity of Black and African American people and culture, with historical and contemporary context," the program website reads, also saying that all "Western students residing in the program help foster a warm and vibrant community supporting social, personal and academic success."

According to the story, this is about George Floyd.

Well, where do we start?   

Am I the only one who thinks that this is racism?   Everybody did when we came to the U.S. back in the 1960s.  I remember marches calling for the end to segregation and racism.

How does a college get away with it?   Would the liberal state government of Washington tolerate "white housing" to foster a Eurocentric culture?  I think that you know the answer to that.

Last, but not least, I'm all for fostering a warm and vibrant community.  Isn't that what your parents and church are for?  I thought that people went to college to get an education and get a job in an international economy hiring engineers rather than people with "gender studies" degrees.

The country is going insane and college administrators are driving the bus over the cliff.   Where is Dr. Martin Luther King when we really need him?

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Happy # 86 Jerry Lee Lewis


We remember Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the first rockers in rock history.   He was born on this day in 1935 in Louisiana.  In the early days of rock, Lewis recorded with Sun Records, or the same studio that featured a young Elvis.  
His music was raw rock, a killer piano and lots of energy.....

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Happy # 72 to Steve Busby

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Happy birthday Steve Busby who was born in Burbank, CA, on this day in 1949.


Some of us are old enough to remember Steve Busby the pitcher not just the man who called Rangers' games on TV and radio.  


Steve played at USC.    He broke with the Royals in 1972 pitching a complete game against Minnesota.  


In the early 1970's, or before injuries cut short his career, Busby seemed like a man headed for the Hall of Fame:   54 wins over first three full seasons along with 45 complete games and 2 no-hitters before he was 24!


In fact, Sporting News had him on the cover:  "Unlimited future"!


After baseball, Steve became an excellent radio and TV play by play analyst.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A chat about the situation on the border with Allan Wall


A chat about the situation on the border with Allan Wall 09/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Allan Wall.....blogger and columnist......
we will discuss the situation on the US-Mexico border........
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Tuesday’s video: The debt limit debate


Tuesday’s video: 
The debt limit debate 
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Didn’t anyone see the 14,000 Haitians?

 


(My new American Thinker post)

Last week, we had dinner with Mexican friends who said two things about the border crisis. First, they commented that Mexicans are sick and tired of foreigners walking through their country. Second, our friends are not the only ones asking how the Haitians got to the US. After all, it is a “long walk” to go from Guatemala to Del Rio, Texas. I’ve driven in the interior of Mexico and the roads are adequate but it’s still a long distance.

Mexican journalist Javier Garza-Ramos, from Coahuila, a border city, is reporting that many south of the border want to know how it happened:

This is something the governor of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme, would like to know.

“It’s clear the federal government did not make an effort to contain them,” he told me. “Because they were traveling for some time. How did they cross the country? How long were they traveling?” .

To get to Acuña from Mexico City by land, a person must travel through five states. Even though the National Guard polices bus stations, has checkpoints in the highways of Coahuila and has surveillance in railroads, these migrants were not stopped.

Over the past month, migrants came to Acuña and crossed to Del Río, where the Border Patrol caught them and put them in a makeshift camp under the bridge. And yet people kept coming until more than 14,000 migrants were spread out under the bridge and in shelters in Acuña and surrounding towns. A camp of 14,000 people equals almost 10% the population of Acuña and almost half the population of Del Rio. Border agents sorted people, allowing some to apply for asylum and deporting others, eventually dispersing the camp.

How did this happen in a country where “federales” search bus stations for Central Americans going north? To be fair, Mexicans enjoy a lot of freedom but illegal immigrants have always had a hard time evading the authorities. Just talk to any Central American who’s had to endure the interviews and intimidation of Mexican authorities. Young women are especially scared to death of being seen at stores or bus depots. One young woman from El Salvador told me that women avoid talking to give away their accents.

So how did 14,000 black Haitians walk through Mexico? They don’t speak Spanish and they sure look different. There aren’t a lot of black Mexicans.

Who helped them?

Well, someone did and my friends in Mexico fear that criminal elements are behind it all. They charge to move people and probably pay off a few authorities on the walk north.

Some say that Mexico let them go north for two reasons: They can’t stay in Mexico and Haiti won’t take them back. Many of these Haitians came from South America, where they were apparently working, but those countries don’t want them back either.

What does mean to us? Well, what we saw in Del Rio is likely to be repeated somewhere else. More are coming!

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Monday, September 27, 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 09/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.......The Border Patrol the whip and more chaos in the border.....Biden at the UN.....The Democrats and Israel......Crime up in many cities...….and more stories....click to listen:

Monday's video: The Biden administration can not explain Del Río


Monday's video: 
The Biden administration can not explain Del Rio 
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Love those border agents

 


(My new American Thinker post)

We love horses in Texas.  We love law enforcement officers.  And we really like it when law enforcement officers ride on horses.  Heck, we have a museum in Waco for the Lone Ranger, the most famous one on a horse.

This is why there is so much outrage down in South Texas over the infamous "whip" claim, especially since the officer was not using one.

David Marcus tells the story:   

In Del Rio, Texas, this weekend the mood can be described as the quiet after the storm. The mass of migrant humanity under the bridge here has been broom cleaned by the Biden administration. But the place is still shook. 

My cab driver, just minutes after arriving at the tiny airport told me, "Nothing like this has ever happened before. We get people coming across the border, but not 15,000."

The overwhelming thing you realize upon arrival in Del Rio is just how small it actually is. It is a main strip with the usual haunts, a Walmart, and some few dozens of blocks extending out into America until there is almost nothing. 

The town was overwhelmed and the people here appreciate those men on horses:   

What kept the town safe, what kept the situation under control were the border agents from all over the country who swept into Del Rio. Yes, the same ones that Biden and the White House are smearing as racists to cover for their own failures.

We can safely say that no one is happy that the Biden White House decided to play the race card on the Border Patrol agents.  It's an ugly instinct in today's Democrat party.  They blame the police when thugs burn cities and now the men on horses when they tried to protect a small town like this one.

What I'm picking up in conversations with friends and media reports is that border towns are tired of illegal immigration.  Most of these border residents coexist well with their neighbors in Mexico.  Many have relatives on one side or the border.  They celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, and dress up their daughters for "Quinceañeras" with families who live on both sides of the border.   These people are not against immigration but they do hate illegal immigration because it upsets the order of their many communities.

The Biden administration is not getting support down on the border for attacking the agents trying to keep order in their neighborhoods.

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Happy # 481 to the Jesuits!

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The Jesuits have been a significant force in the Catholic faith for a long time.  On this day in 1540, Pope Paul III approved Ignatius’ outline of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit order was born.   Like any group, they are not perfect and there is always room to criticize.  At the same time, their contributions to education must be celebrated.   
Happy anniversary to the Jesuits!
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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Remembering when baseball was fun and not woke


 (My new American Thinker post)

Like many of you, I've spent much of the 2021 season avoiding baseball.  I guess that's my way of saying the commissioner cracked on moving the All Star Game from Atlanta and the pace of the wonderful game has slowed to a crawl.

Some people are even calling for a clock between pitches — an awful idea, but it may take something like that to get pitchers to throw.  On the other hand, 50 years ago, two games took less than 2 hours and 13 minutes, including one that lasted 1 hour and 59 minutes.  Four other games that day took less and 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Another was over in 2 hours and 31.  I remember back then watching a game at the stadium that started a 7 P.M. and getting home to watch the highlights on the local ten-o'clock nightly news.

It does not help that my two favorite teams, the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, will lose 210 games between them.  The Orioles are already at 105, and the Rangers at 98 with 7 to go.  Add the D-Backs from the other league, and it may be the first time that three teams will lose 100 games.

Is this what they call rebuilding?  They charge fans major league prices to watch AAA or AA teams.  Well, there were 7,935 fans at the Texas-Baltimore Friday night game.  It must be high school football!

The "woke" commissioner has a lot on his plate, and changing the Indians to the Guardians is not going to put people in the seats at Jacobs Field, or whatever they call it now.

Let me tell you about one of those baseball moments that you are not likely to see again.  It's like Nolan Ryan's seven no-hitters and 5,714 strikeouts.  Or Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

Jim Palmer and the Orioles made a little history on this day in 1971.  He won his 20th and joined teammates Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, and Pat Dobson as 20-game winners.  Cuellar pitched 292 innings, Palmer and Dobson 282, and McNally 224.

A few days later, the Os swept the A's in the ALCS.  Then they lost to the Pirates in the World Series.

A great moment in baseball history: four 20-game winners in one Orioles staff!

By the way, the O's are probably going to lose 100 games next year, even with the new Guardians in the league.  In the meantime, I will go back to my old baseball cards and hold that Rocky Colavito wearing that wonderful Indians uniform.

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Happy # 73 to Olivia Newton John

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We say happy birthday to Olivia Newton John.  She was born on this day in 1948 in Cambridge, England and moved to Australia at age 5 with her parents.     Olivia reached the US charts in 1971 with "If not for you" a Bob Dylan song.   She had several hits in the 1970's and then became an international sensation with the movie "Grease".    Overall, she sold 100 million records and had 5 # 1 songs on Billboard USA:

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Rev strikes out in Del Rio


 (My new American Thinker post)

As someone said, there is a huge demand for and a very low supply of racism in the land.  In other words, there are lots of people out there looking for racism here, there, and everywhere.

Enter Reverend Al Sharpton.  The Rev decided to look for racism in Texas and found some angry Texans who don't like race hustlers.  This is from South Texas:   

Rev. Al Sharpton was shouted down by protesters while attempting to speak about U.S. Border Patrol's treatment of Haitian migrants and an incident involving its horse patrol unit.

The civil rights advocate was forced to leave the podium at an outdoor press conference in Del Rio Thursday afternoon after speaking for just two minutes and 30 seconds at the podium.     

Sharpton continued with his remarks, though he did not reveal what he had learned during the hour-long tour of the migrant camp, where fewer than 4,000 migrants remained as of Thursday morning compared to 15,000 on Saturday.

"The Trump supporters and the right-wingers can scream all they want," said Sharpton. 

"We gon’ continue to come back. We gon’ stand with our people to make sure that [unintelligble] is treated in one way and one manner. And we intend to come back over and over again. For people to be treated like this in an inhumane way, for people to feel that they can use weaponization of horses to treat human beings..."

It was the South Texas version of the two-minute warning.  It went something like this:   Get out, Sharpton and stop calling us racists.

Sharpton, and some of his fellow race hustlers, decided to use an incident to promote the fantasy that a rider on a horse was whipping a black man running away.   Unfortunately for the race hustlers, the man on the horse was a member of the U.S. Border Patrol and the man running away was an illegal immigrant.  

Yes Rev.  Stay away from Texas.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Reverend Sharpton and the "whip" incident & Governor Beto? plus Redistricting


.Reverend Sharpton and the "whip" incident & Governor Beto? plus Redistricting 09/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics: 

Guests: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative.....Reverend Sharpton and the 'whip' incident......Governor Beto?......Redistricting fight...............and other stories......

Friday's video: The country is not happy with Biden


Friday's video: 
The country is not happy with Biden 
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A strategy or just plain incompetence?


 (My new American Thinker)

Over the last few weeks, I've heard some say that this is a strategy or plan to fill the country with potential Democrat voters.  Maybe that was the plan they were hatching in January, but put me down among those who think that these are just incompetent Bidenistas at work.

According to Pew Research, migrant encounters at U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high:  

The number of monthly encounters had fallen to 16,182 in April 2020, shortly after the coronavirus outbreak forced the closure of the southwestern border and slowed migration across much of the world. But migrant encounters have climbed sharply since then, reaching 199,777 in July, according to the latest data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency that encompasses the Border Patrol.

The July figure is the highest monthly total since March 2000 and far surpasses the peak during the last major wave of migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, which occurred in May 2019. 

That's not a strategy.  That's the kind of incompetence that will bring about a backlash of historic proportions.

Down at the U.S.-Mexico border, you are hearing from all those Hispanic border patrol agents and the elected officials that this is crazy and hurting their communities.  Check out Representative Henry Cuellar, who has a "D" next to his name:   

“My only question is, what are [Border Patrol agents] supposed to do, just stand by and let people go by? If there was any conduct that was done that’s not according to standards, of course that’s going to be looked at...."

Very important.  Mr. Cuellar is a "D" who is living in the storm.  The "D's" in Washington DC are not.

Maybe it was a strategy, but with some rather unexpected consequences, such as a backlash against immigration in general and among Hispanics against the Democrats.

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