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A look at US-Mexico issues with Allan Wall, blogger

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Guest: Allan Wall, blogger and contributor to, a website about Mexico…….we will discuss the state of US-Mexico relations…..NAFTA…..immigration reform…..the challenge that Central American refugees pose for Mexico……PEMEX……and the next presidential election coming up quickly in July 2018……… other stories…..

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June 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Democrats have money problems too……

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According to news reports, the Democrats are also having a hard time raising money:    

The Democratic National Committee raised nearly $4.3 million in May, making it the organization’s worst May on record for fundraising since 2003, according to newly released Federal Election Commission data.
In May 2003, the Democratic group pulled in $2.7 million. Although 2017 is an off-year for fundraising, the DNC has raised between $4.5 million and $20 million every May in the nearly decade and a half since then.

The low number follows another rough fundraising month in April, in which the group hauled in $4.7 million, making it the worst April of fundraising since 2009.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez has said he intends to double the organization’s budget from $50 million to $100 million this year, a change that will prove difficult if donations continue to remain below average. Perez defended his performance by saying he has only been leading the DNC for a few months now.

“Well again, I got there on March 1. And so, I was the first to say, we have a lot of rebuilding to do,” Perez said on NBC.

Rebuilding?   He has a lot more than that to do!  

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June 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

We remember Pete “Pistol” Maravich (1947-88)

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Pete Maravich was born in Alquippa, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1947.    He was born in a basketball family and accomplished so much on the court:   

3 time 1st Team All American at LSU
Naismith trophy for player of the year – 1970
All time leading NCAA division 1 scorer with 3667 points, average 44.2 points per game
All of his accomplishments were acheived before the 3 point line was introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then NCAA rules
One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Holder of numerous NCAA scoring records and some 26 southeastern conference records
10 years as an NBA player with Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics
Leading scorer in NBA in 76-77 with 31.1 average – 1st team all pro
5 time NBA All Star
Chosen as one of the best players of the 70’s by NBA and media
Chosen as one of the “50 Greatest Players” of all time in 1997
Youngest player to ever be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame
NBA career scoring average of 24.1 points per game
Cited by the hall of fame as “perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history”.    

It’s fair to say that Pete was a better college than NBA player.    

Pete died suddenly in 1988 at 41 during a pick up game.   It was a shock, a real shock.


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June 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

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We remember Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)

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Erich Maria Remarque was born on June 22, 1898 in Osnabruck, Germany.    

He wrote “All quiet on the western front” or arguably the most famous book about World War I:     

Praised as a novel of unyielding realism, All Quiet on the Western Front described in stark detail the physical trauma of war.

Remarque also articulated the numbing frustration and anger of the conscript soldier, sent into battle by government and military leaders for reasons of politics and power that he struggled to understand.

In the words of his protagonist, Paul Baumer: I see how peoples are set against one another and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one anotherI see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring.

Years later, it is still a must read for those trying to understand the story of what we now call World War I.      Barry Jacobsen and I did a series of shows about World War I.      You can hear the show below:

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June 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

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We remember Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

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In the late 1920’s, Anne Morrow met Charles Lindbergh in Mexico City.   Her father, Dwight Morrow, was the US Ambassador to Mexico at the time.   Her life was never the same after meeting Charles:

In 1929 she married Charles Lindbergh. She got her glider pilot’s license in 1930. Their first child was murdered in 1932. She went on to write more than two dozen works. After Charles’ death in 1974, she spent the next 25 years writing and editing her diaries for publication. She died February 7, 2001, in Passumpsic, Vermont.

Anne was a very accomplished writer and woman, as you can see by checking out any of her books.   She was also the mother of 6.    Charles and Anne were indeed the “couple of an age”, as this video points out:


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June 22, 2017 at 9:09 am

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Maybe it’s time to send the pollsters and Dems back to school

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Many years ago, my first boss was a tough guy. He sort of reminded me of a stern defensive coordinator in the face of an NFL player who blew his assignment. His favorite line, and I heard it a few times, was: “Mr. Canto, I think that I’m sending you back to school…”

I never got sent back to school but he made his point. He expected results.     

Maybe it’s time to send the pollsters and the Democrats back to school. To say the least, it’s been a tough year for the party and pollsters.     

For a month, many of us heard that the Georgia special election was too close to call. The RCP average showed a very close race with the Democrat leading in most of the polls. He led by 7 at one point and was 1-2 points ahead until Karen Handel went up by 1 in the last poll.   

To say the least, most of us tuned in expecting to be up all night waiting the results in what was referred to as “a referendum on President Trump.”


Then, everything started to change. As the numbers came, Handel started to build a lead. By 10 PM central time, Mrs. Handel was delivering a victory speech and Mr. Ossoff was desperately putting a happy face on a disaster.

So what happened?     

To be fair, it’s tough to “poll” a district, as a couple of my pollster friends told me over the years.   

Nevertheless, they were wrong again. In fact, 53-47% is better than Mr. Trump’s numbers last November.     

I think that there are several things going on here:     

1)  The modern Democrat Party is so out of touch with reality that it’s frightening, as Barry Casselman wrote in his analysis of the election. How do you nominate a young liberal without any political experience to run in a conservative district? Also, don’t compound your stupidity by finding a guy who does not even live in the district. The party is in deep trouble if they think this is the way to compete in these so called red districts.    

2)  The Democrat candidate was funded by people who thought that they could win by just spending money. Yes, money is important but knocking on doors and presenting positions is more important than speaking in pathetic generalities like the Democrat did. It’s great to say that you want affordable health care for all but voters in these districts would rather hear how you’re going to pay for it.   

3)  Hating Trump will get you those who hate Trump but not much more. The Democrats need a message beyond Trump, as Frank Bruni wrote:  

So a party sorely demoralized in November is demoralized yet again — and left to wonder if the intense anti-Trump passion visible in protests, marches, money and new volunteers isn’t just some theatrical, symbolic, abstract thing.

Yes, maybe they are screaming, protesting, and marching too much. It does get a little boring, and more important, counterproductive over time!

So here we are and this movie has a familiar ending: The Dems win polls and the GOP wins elections.

Maybe we need to send Democrats and pollsters back to school, as my old boss used to say.

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June 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

70% chance that Nate Silver gets the next one wrong

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A few days ago, Nate Silver gave Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff a 70 percent chance of winning.   On election day, Handel won 52-48%.    

We recall that Nate Silver also gave Mrs. Clinton a 70% chance of winning the 2016 presidential election.    

So I predict that Nate has a 70% chance of getting the next election wrong.     

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June 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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