Friday, March 31, 2023

Friday's podcast: Trump indicted, Mexico fire and the Biden border policy and more


Friday's podcast:    

Trump indicted, Mexico fire and the Biden border policy and more....

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Frida's video: Trump indicted, Mexico fire and the Biden border policy and more


Trump indicted...Mexico fire and the Biden border policy...Brazil and China...LBJ 1968 and other stories...

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Brazil turning Chinese -- I really think so


 (My new American Thinker post)

What could go wrong?  You elect a leftist in Brazil, China comes calling and the U.S. president is too busy with what he calls equity.  Well, the Brazilians sing you a samba called "adeus norte-americano" or goodbye, North American. Yes, nice knowing you and your "Dinheiro" (money) but we are turning "chinês" (chinese). To paraphrase that song from the 1980s, Brazil is turning Chinese -- I really think so.

Well, here is the story:   

The deal, announced Wednesday, will enable China and Brazil to carry out trade and financial transactions directly, exchanging yuan for reais -- or vice versa -- rather than first converting their currencies to the U.S. dollar.    

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) said the new arrangement is expected to "reduce costs" and "promote even greater bilateral trade and facilitate investment." 

China is Brazil’s largest trading partner, accounting for more than a fifth of all imports, followed by the United States, according to the latest figures. China is also Brazil’s largest export market, accounting for more than a third of all exports.     

China overtook the United States as Brazil’s top trading partner in 2009. Today, Brazil is the largest recipient of Chinese investment in Latin America, driven by spending on high-tension electricity transmission lines and oil extraction. 

Officials from both countries reached a preliminary agreement to ditch the U.S. dollar in January and the deal was announced after a high-level China-Brazil business form in Beijing.    

Brazilian President Luiz da Silva, sworn in on January, has moved to strengthen ties with Beijing after a period of rocky relations under his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, who used anti-China rhetoric on the campaign trail and in office. 

"Come on, man…" everything is great.

Down in Argentina, China is learning to tango quickly:  "Argentina and China formalize currency swap deal."

Beyond trade and currency, this is a slap in the face because other countries will see this as China rising and the U.S. falling.  That's exactly the image that China wants to project to the Third World.  In other words, China is the future and Washington is the past.

During the campaign, we were told that the smart people had to replace the crazy Trump.  We needed Biden's experience to work out all these foreign policy issues.  So far, it looks like the only smart people here are the Chinese. 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Wednesday's podcast: A chat with Barry Jacobsen, military historian and US Army veteran


Guest:   Barry Jacobsen, military historian and US Army veteran.....we will discuss the latest on gun control........and other stories.....

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Wednesday's video: A chat with Barry Jacobsen, military historian and US Army veteran


Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and US Army veteran.....we will discuss the latest on gun control........and other stories.....

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NPR now stands for Not Popular Radio

 


(My new American Thinker post)

Best wishes for all of those NPR employees who got their layoff notices.  
 
It's not nice at all to get the word that you are out.  
 
This is the story:   
 
NPR itself confirmed Thursday that it had cut 10% of its workforce on Thursday, impacting roughly 100 employees, adding that it tends to roll back the workforce from 1,200 to an estimated 1,050 employees, the "largest reduction in staff since the 2008 recession."
 
"We literally are fighting to secure the future of NPR at this very moment by restructuring our cost structure. It's that important. It's existential," NPR chief executive John Lansing told NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik.
 
Apparently, ad revenue will drop $30 million in 2023.   
 
Back in the 1980s, I lived and worked in Mexico, and would listen to NPR's "Morning Edition" every morning via Armed Forces Radio on my Radio Shack shortwave radio.  In the evenings, I would catch "All things considered" when I was wrapping up my day or making a few more phone calls.  
 
It was my news source when I was shaving and getting ready for work.  As I recall, they weren't Rush Limbaugh, but as leftists, they weren't crazy.  
 
In other words, I could pick up the bias but it wasn't like today when listening to NPR is like paying for a subscription to a Beto O'Rourke podcast.  
 
How crazy is NPR today?   Not long ago, they broadcast an abortion.  The editor did issue a warning that the audio of a woman while getting a surgical abortion may be disturbing.   Really?   Broadcasting an abortion like a play by play call of a game may be disturbing?
 
 
Are we crazy yet?  So NPR became Not Popular Radio because sane people do not want to listen to an abortion or believe that women can compete with men and keep winning trophies.
 
Good luck NPR, but don't blame the economy for your misfortune.   Your staff has a serious diversity problem and I don't mean race, gender or LGBTQ whatever.


Happy # 79 Denny McLain

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We remember Denny McLain who was born in Chicago on this day in 1944.  

Denny broke with Detroit in 1963.    

He became a regular in the starting rotation in 1965 and won 108 games over 5 years, including 31-6 in 1968 and 24-9 in 1969.     

McLain won The Cy Young Award in 1968 and shared it with Mike Cuellar in 1969.  

His career fell apart in 1970 after some gambling allegations and was out of baseball in 1972 at age 28.    

McClain won 131 games.

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We remember Senator Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005)


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Senator Eugene McCarthy was born in Minnesota on this day in 1916. He died in 2005.

My first memory of Senator McCarthy was 1968, or the year that he shocked the Democrats by doing so well against President Johnson in New Hampshire.

He ran again in 1972 but it was all over by then. McCarthy was "a one-issue" candidate and Vietnam was not a concern in 1972 now that most of the troops were out or coming home.

Some people tried to compare Governor Howard Dean in 2004 to Senator McCarthy.  Not really. I think that McCarthy had more class!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tuesday's podcast: The world is a mess, School shootings, NPR layoffs and other stories


The world is a mess......School shootings......NPR layoffs.......and other stories....

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Tuesday's video: The world is a mess......School shootings......NPR layoffs.......and others


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The world is a mess......School shootings......NPR layoffs.......and others

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It would be nice if Fetterman gave us his predictions for the Phillies....


 (My new American Thinker post)

The defending National League champs will open the season against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.  There is lots of excitement in Pennsylvania about this team and I'm looking forward to catching a game this weekend. 

Wouldn't this be a wonderful opportunity for Senator John Fetterman to tell us he is doing well and wish the Phillies success in 2023?  It wouldn't be a long press conference but it's be nice to know what the newly elected senator is up to these days.  So far, he is today's version of "The Invisible Man," the 1933 movie about a secret experiment that made a man invisible.

It would be nice to see him, as Matt Margolis wrote:    

Fetterman’s staff has reported that he is making good progress in his recovery and is preparing to resume his duties in the U.S. Senate. However, information about his condition has been limited, and attempts by his aides to present the impression that he is still performing his job have been questionable at best.

But the bottom line is that Fetterman has now been at Walter Reed for over a month, and there’s still no timeline for his return. So what’s going on?

“We understand the intense interest in John’s status and especially appreciate the flood of well-wishes,” Fetterman’s communications director, Joe Calvello, said in a statement earlier this week. “However, as we have said, this will be a weeks-long process and while we will be sure to keep folks updated as it progresses, this is all there is to give by way of an update.”

If this update was meant to reassure us that Fetterman would be back to work at the Capitol soon, don’t be fooled. Fetterman’s aides have repeatedly been moving the goalposts on us. Earlier this month, Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, similarly told us that Fetterman was “well on his way to recovery” and would “be back soon.”

At this point, I suspect we’ll hear the same thing about Fetterman’s “progress” in a few weeks, followed by yet another one after that, and another, and another. How much longer are we going to be subjected to this ridiculous farce? Fetterman’s staff must be clueless about his actual condition (or hiding something) because their so-called “updates” have been about as informative as a Magic 8 Ball. It’s like they’re just kicking the can down the road, hoping nobody notices how little they’re actually saying, and avoiding the inevitable.

In the meantime, the farce is giving us its own "Paul is dead" moment.  Remember the rumor that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash and replaced by a double? The latest on the senator is a "body double" story, that there’s someone out there pretending to be the senator.  It’s a crazy but that’s what happens when people don’t see you.

The people of Pennsylvania deserve more than "he'll be back soon." This is why I am suggesting just a simple meeting with the press where he takes a few softball questions about the Phillies and proves that he is actually recovering.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Monday's podcast: The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda



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Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda.....Former Pres. Trump vs DA Bragg.....Trump rally and Gov DeSantis.....Foreign policy messes.....Border mess.........and other stories.....

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Monday's video: School shootings......Where is Senator Fetterman? Colts say goodbye to Baltimore....


School shootings......Where is Senator Fetterman? Colts say goodbye to Baltimore 1984........and other stories.....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Sunday's podcast: Our chat with George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative.....


Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative
.....Trump in Waco.....More dead at the border........and other stories......

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Another border tragedy


(My new American Thinker post)

During the campaign, we often heard that the Biden approach was going to be more humanitarian.  That was then, and this is now, or another story about people found in a truck or train.  This is the story:

Two undocumented immigrants [sic] died Friday afternoon after being trapped inside of a train car a few miles east of Knippa.

There were 15 people trapped inside the car in need of immediate medical attention, according to a statement from the Uvalde Police Department. Five of those individuals were flown to San Antonio hospitals, while five others were sent to area hospitals for treatment.

U.S. Border Patrol was able to reach the group after receiving a call at 3:50 p.m. notifying them that people traveling by rail were "suffocating" inside of a train car

"911 got a call — don't know if it was from a family member or one of the migrants who were locked in the shipping container," Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told Texas Public Radio.

McLaughlin said that the train was locked and baking in the sun on the tracks for three hours.

The initial reports are reminiscent of a tragedy that occurred June 27 in which 53 people died in an abandoned tractor trailer near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The incident was the single deadliest migrant smuggling case in U.S. history, claiming victims who were citizens of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

What an outrage to say the least.

This is what happens when you create an incentive for people to come north unconditionally.  The poor people in that train car probably heard that there was a window to get into the U.S.  So jump on the train because the U.S. is the next stop.

As someone who came here legally with my parents, I find this appalling and as inhumane as it can get.  What is humanitarian about encouraging people to get into trucks and trains and die along the way?

Bring back "Remain in Mexico," because that was the real humanitarian policy.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Saturday's podcast: Trump in Waco.....and other stories..

 


Trump in Waco.....and other stories....

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Saturday's video: Trump in Waco.....and other stories...


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Trump in Waco.....and other stories...

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AMLO takes on the U.S. State Department


 (My new American Thinker post)

This week, Secretary Antony Blinken went before the Congress and answered a question about Mexico.  It went like this:  

Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed Wednesday that he believed parts of Mexico are controlled by the drug cartels and not by the Mexican government. 

Blinken was being questioned by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who held a press conference earlier this month and said he wanted cartels to be labeled terrorist organizations and pressed Congress to authorize the use of military force to destroy Mexican drug labs.   

Graham then asked Blinken if he believed 'that fentanyl coming from Mexico is killing Americans by the tens of thousands.'

'It is. And it’s also killing Mexicans,' Blinken replied.  

And then you  heard a nuclear bomb go off in Mexico.   

By coincidence or because he had prior warning of Blinken's remarks, President Lopez-Obrador unleashed an attack on the Biden administration.  As reported by Keith Dillon of Pulse News Mexico:    

“If you see the report of the little department of the Department of State, it’s a ‘bodrio;’ you’ll have to check the dictionary,” said AMLO on his Wednesday morning conference. According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, “bodrio” means something of very poor quality or badly made.

“It says: According to experts, it is presumed, it is pointed out that there are serious human rights violations,” said López Obrador. “But there is no evidence; the little department of the State Department is slanderous.”

“In Mexico, there is no torture, there are no massacres,” added the federal executive, completely contradicting the fact that massacres are rising under his administration and that the AMLO presidency is well on track to become the most violent administration in Mexico’s recent history. According to data from the daily Mexican newspaper Reforma, there were 306 homicide victims from 42 massacres perpetrated in the first semester of 2022 alone, and 318 pending investigations of human rights violations purportedly committed by members of Mexico’s Armed Forces...     

“The Mexican state has ceased to be the main violator of human rights. In Mexico, freedom of expression is guaranteed, no one is persecuted, no one is repressed, let them not be confused,” concluded López Obrador, ignoring the fact that his administration recently passed a law to fine journalists who criticize the president, that his “Who’s Who in Lies of the Week” segment has continually launched vitriol against members of the press who speak out against AMLO’s initiatives, and that Mexico is consistently one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists to operate in. 

…AMLO then went on to comment on the case of U.S. company Vulcan Materials, whose ship was supposedly forcibly entered by rival company Cemex alongside elements of the Mexican Armed Forces at the Maritime Terminal in Playa del Carmen without notifying Vulcan Materials on March 14 -- actions Blinken and Republican senators alike characterized as having the potential to “very negatively impact” investment from the United States into Mexico.

But from López Obrador’s perspective, Vulcan Materials and its subsidiaries have been committing “ecocide” through their operations, and subsequently called the U.S. outcry against the March 14 port situation as full of “double standards,” alleging U.S. lawmakers only support the environment when it is convenient for them. 

Who knew that Mexico was concerned about "ecocide"?  That's a new one for me.

Nevertheless, talk about Blinken hitting a nerve.  AMLO did not like it one bit.   

Back in the days of President Trump, we had a better relationship between the presidents.  Maybe it's because # 45 got some concessions from AMLO, such as "Remain in Mexico," but kept  human rights off the front pages.    

We move forward remembering all that stuff from the campaign about Joe Biden's experience and how it would facilitate our relations with our neighbors.  

Mean tweets vs sober experience was the word.

So far it's not working.  AMLO is not working with us and doesn't look like he is in the mood to do anything.  

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Happy # 57 Tom Glavine

We say happy birthday to Tom Glavine.    He was born in Concord, Massachusetts on this day in 1966.

Tom broke with the Braves in 1987 and lost 17 games in 1988.   However, his career turned around in 1989 (14-8 & 3.68 ERA).    He became one of the best pitchers in baseball in the 1990's and beyond.

Tom retired with 305 wins, 244 with Atlanta and the rest with the New York Mets.   He was 14-16 in the post season but did pitch very well in the World Series (4-3 with a 2.16 ERA).

Glavine was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Friday's podcast: Lopez-Obrador reacts to State Dept, New York DA update and more


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Lopez-Obrador reacts to Blinken....New York DA update...and other storie...


Lopez-Obrador reacts to Blinken....New York DA update...Drag shows and a Texas college president..........and other stories....

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An adult in charge of a college in Texas


 (My new American Thinker post)

For some time, I've asked the question:  Where are the adults in college administration?  Why are brats running our universities?  Cancelling speakers they disagree with?  Graduating with meaningless degrees that won't translate into a decent career?  A mess, to say the least.

Hello West Texas A&M University president Walter Wendler.  This is the story:   

West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler is drawing ire for canceling a student drag show, arguing that such performances degrade women and are “derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny.”

Students and First Amendment lawyers reject those assertions, calling his comments a mischaracterization of the art form. They also argue that the cancellation violates students’ constitutional rights and a state law that broadly protects free speech on college campuses, potentially setting the university up for a lawsuit.

“Not only is this a gross and abhorrent comparison of two completely different topics, but it is also an extremely distorted and incorrect definition of drag as a culture and form of performance art,” students wrote in an online petition condemning Wendler’s letter and urging him to reinstate the show.

Cheers for Mr. Wendler.  I had no idea that anyone out there regarded a "drag show" as some kind of "performance art." It's one thing to have a good laugh about "Mrs. Doubtfire", the story of a recently divorced father who dresses up as a female housekeeper to interact with his children.  Funny, and no one is offended.  Drag shows are different, especially when they perform in front of innocent children,  By the way, the Texas legislature is debating a law or a $10,000 fine on business owners who host drag shows in front of children. 

Mr. Wendler will get it from every direction: the race card, the homophobic card, the anti-LGBTQ card, etc.  They may even tell us that he was part of the January 6th insurrection.  In the end, he will win because he is right.  It's a shame that we don't have more Wendlers out there.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Thursday's podcast: Trump vs New York DA, USA divorce or separation & Mexico's Lopez-Obrador


Trump vs New York DA........USA divorce or separation......Lopez-Obrador friend or foe....Drag shows and a Texas college president..........and other stories
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Thursday's video: Trump vs New York DA, USA divorce or separation & Mexico's Lopez-Obrador


Trump vs New York DA........USA divorce or separation......Lopez-Obrador friend or foe....Drag shows and a Texas college president..........and other stories....

 
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Irreconcilable differences but no divorce?

 


(My new American Thinker post)


As a colleague once told me about a friend's divorce, the marriage reached a point where it could not be saved and the couple could no longer live in peace together. They call it "irreconcilable differences" and it was obvious to anyone watching that the couple had reached such a point.

Are we there as a country? I wonder, reading what goes on every day.

Over in Los Angeles, a teen is arrested with two stolen guns after threatening the school but DA George Gascon declines to charge. In New York, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has a terrible case of Trump Derangement Syndrome but 'bodegas" are under siege from street criminals.  Who keeps these criminals terrorizing "bodegas"?  The name starts with B and ends G, i.e. Bragg. Disney, the same one that made classics like Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson now goes woke with Strange World.  In school after school, parents learn that their kids are being indoctrinated without their consent.

It's scary for anyone who remembers a different past when we argued with liberals about the minimum wage, not transgenderism. Or they said that abortion should be rare and legal, but not in the late terms of the pregnancy.  

It sure looks like two nations with irreconcilable differences, or the early stages of a divorce. Is there any hope to save this union?  I found this post by Athena Thorne rather good:  

By late last fall, my colleague Mark Tapscott reported that polls showed the relocations are expected to gain momentum: “the trend is going to be accelerating in coming years, and that means the alignments of national politics may well be about to shift big-time.”

As Athena points out, we are not going to see a civil war with a 21st century Gettysburg. What we will see is a gradual realignment instead or people moving to red states looking for more freedom, such as low taxes and school choice.  They will leave behind states and cities decaying and drowning in their excessive taxation, lawless streets, and schools that benefit no one.

President Biden's ESG veto is the latest example that will drive more states to reclaim their sovereignty from Washington.  The veto of a bipartisan bill was met by governors who will not sit idle and tolerate this kind of executive overreach.   

Can we avoid a divorce? Let's hope that we can by having people move to other parts of the country where they recognize the America that they love.

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