Monday, March 13, 2023

Monday's video: Let's chat about Texas with George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative.....Senator Graham and the dead in Matamoros....President Lopez-Obrador responds............School choice in Texas....and other stories......

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

Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda..........The US-Mexico border and calls for military action....China in the Mideast?......House hearings and journalist sources........Biden's budget.....and other stories.......

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Mexico really needs those 'spring break' dollars

 (My new American Thinker post)

The big fear in Mexico is that American will stay away, or this is what a good friend told me.  Tourism is a big deal south of the border and Americans are the ones that those resorts and hotels were built for.  It's worth $22 billion or about 2% of their GDP.  To be fair, not all that money comes from the U.S., but a huge chunk does.  After all, Cancun and Acapulco are two-hour flights from Dallas or Houston.  

This is why they hate stories like this one at the BBC:    

Authorities in the US state of Texas have advised American citizens not travel to Mexico during the spring break holidays for security reasons.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that drug cartel violence represented a significant threat for anyone crossing into Mexico.

It comes after four Americans were kidnapped shortly after crossing the border last week.

Two of them were murdered, while two were released unharmed.

Three American women who went to Mexico to sell clothes at a market have been missing for more than two weeks.

"Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now," said DPS director Steven McCraw.

"Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time."

We've had warnings like this in the past. However, we've never had a Mexican president say that he is going to work on defeating Republicans in the next election. My guess is that President Andres Lopez-Obrador will walk it back and maybe even apologize or say that he chose the wrong words. Nevertheless, a lot of people heard him say it and may just change their vacation plans.  Mexicans know that they are not the only beach destination in the neighborhood.

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Happy # 84 Neil Sedaka

We say happy birthday to Neil Sedaka who was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1939.

The great Neil Sedaka started a bit before my time.    He was originally interested in classical music but became one of the most successful pop songwriters of the last 50 years.

Sedaka had big hits in the early 1960's or what we call the time between Elvis and The Beatles.  His 45's included "Oh Carol", "Breaking up is hard to do" and "Happy birthday sweet 16".

Like many artists, Sedaka faded in the 1960's. They just couldn't keep up with The Beatles and the so called British Invasion of the US pop charts.

He came back in the mid-1970's when he wrote and recorded "Laughter in the Rain", and "The Immigrant".  Add
 “Love Will Keep Us Together", a No. 1 hit for Captain and Tennille and the best-selling record of 1975.

Great performer, great songwriter!

It's hard to pick a favorite. Sedaka did have a flair for writing very romantic songs.   

His songs are now available in a digital format and they sound great.

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