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The Afghanistan speech, Clinton 2016 using post office workers & other stories

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We will look back at President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan…….the Democrats and their KKK past…….and allegation that the Clinton campaign was working with federal bureaucrats……….and other stories….

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Source: The Afghanistan speech, Clinton 2016 using post office workers & other stories 08/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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August 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm

RIP Rafael “Felo” Ramirez, 1923-2017

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My brother and I learned of Rafael “Felo” Ramirez from our parents.   They would tell us stories of pre-Castro Cuban baseball games on the radio.  

Those were the days when Almendares-Habana games were heard passionately across the island.   It was like a Red Sox-Yankees series but with the passion that Cubans added to the game of baseball.        

My mother rooted for La Habana in Ciego de Avila and my father for Almendares in Sagua la Grande.    I can confirm that opposites attract and maybe those night radio broadcasts had something to do with it.

In the 1980’s, I picked up Felo on the radio in Mexico City broadcasting major league baseball games to Latin America.  

Frankly, he was great and brought his conversationalist style to a game that he loved as much as anyone.  

He was behind the Spanish speaking microphone for Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956, Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit in 1972 , and Hank Aaron’s 715th HR in 1974.

We learned today that Felo Ramirez passed away:   

Born in Bayamo, Cuba on June 22, 1923, it didn’t take long for Ramirez to fall in love with baseball. He played second base on a local team during his teens and dreamed of becoming a professional but said he wasn’t good enough.

One day during a game, he spontaneously began calling plays using a friend’s amplifier and microphone.   Ramirez then began his professional radio career at Radio Salas in Havana in 1945 before moving on to call games for teams in Puerto Rico and Venezuela including Cagua Natives, Santurce Crabs, San Juan Senators and Magallanes.

He also called many boxing fights including those of Muhammad Ali.    

In addition to being a play-by-play man, Ramirez shared the microphone with fellow Hall of Fame broadcaster Eloy “Buck” Canel on the “Gillette Cavalcade of Sports,” a show which aired on more than 200 Spanish radio stations all over Latin America.    

As my late father used to say, Felo and baseball on the radio were made for each other.    

In recent years, Felo was the voice of The Miami Marlins.

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August 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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Low on funds again but knee-deep in KKK history

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(My new American Thinker post)

Reality hit the Democrats once again.  In fact, it was like back to back home runs.

First, the Democrats continue to have the money blues, as we see in this report

The Republican National Committee continued a massive fundraising lead in July as its Democratic counterparts hit another low point.

The RNC raised $10.6 million in July, while the Democratic National Committee raised a mere $3.8 million, its lowest July total since 2007, according to the groups’ FEC filings. 

The DNC also added to its debt, which now totals $3.4 million. The RNC carries no debt.   

 

Well, how did that happen?  I thought that the enthusiasm was on the Democrats’ side and they just couldn’t wait for 2018 to roll around.   To be fair, President Trump’s self inflicted wounds are a problem but so far it has not translated into Republicans holding on to their cash.

The second reality check is this campaign to bring down monuments.  

Simply put, what happens when you focus the country on the segregated past?   The answer is that we are reminded that a generation ago it was the Democrats with a KKK membership on their resumes.

Charles Hurt makes this point in his latest post:  

Remind me, again, who was behind all the “violent bigotry” of the Civil War? Oh, yeah, it was Democrats. And who was behind all the vestiges of it over the last century? Democrats.

Mrs. Pelosi knows this, of course, because she worked shoulder-to-shoulder for 23 years beside a retired member of the Ku Klux Klan.

That would, of course, be the “great senator” from the “great state” of West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd, a lifelong Democrat.

As the “Exalted Cyclops” of the KKK, Mr. Byrd recruited more than 100 people to join his chapter and warned in a letter against America becoming “degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Frankly, I’m willing to forgive and forget the late Senator Byrd and his colleagues who voted against The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all other connections between Democrats and segregation.  It’s history to me and does no one any good to attack people who are dead or, even better, who’ve been dead for over 100 years.  

At the same time, it is the Democrats who have chosen to fight this battle.  It seems only fair that we should remind them that most of the people that they are taking down are dead Democrats.

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August 22, 2017 at 7:04 am

A refugee surge in Canada with Brian Lloyd French, author

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Guest: Brian Lloyd French, author…………….we will discuss the refugee situation in Canada………it has put PM Trudeau in a difficult situation …and other stories….

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Source: A refugee surge in Canada with Brian Lloyd French, author 08/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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August 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Afghanistan: President Trump was left a mess

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As you may remember, President Obama surged in Afghanistan back in 2009.    

It was a good idea until he decided to tell the enemy that we’d be leaving by a date certain.   It simply made it difficult for our troops to do what was done in Iraq during that “surge”.  

Eventually, President Obama went back on the withdrawal but the damage was already done.

So Afghanistan is a mess and a change is needed.    My guess is that President Trump will “surge” again but not announce an exit date.   He will also remind us that Afghanistan can not be left alone without giving the terrorists a place to plan their operations, as they did before September 11th.    

Again, there are no pretty options.   Therefore, I’m expecting a bit of a surge and plus a willingness to drop a few more big bombs where we suspect that the terrorists are hiding.

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August 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

1968: The day that the USSR invaded Prague

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August 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Prague 1968 and memories of the old USSR

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August 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm