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An FBI raid against President Trump….The left in Latin America……and more

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An FBI raid against President Trump….The left in Latin America…….Olivia Newton John (1948-2022)……….President Ford 1974…….and other stories…

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August 9, 2022 at 12:15 pm

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An FBI raid against President Trump….The left in Latin America……and more

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An FBI raid against President Trump….The left in Latin America…….Olivia Newton John (1948-2022)……….President Ford 1974…….and other stories…

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August 9, 2022 at 10:45 am

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Short honeymoon for the Latin American left

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 (My new American Thinker post)

Am I happy that Latin America elected leftists?   Of course not, but it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Down in Chile, leftist President Gabriel Boric is struggling in the polls.  He is learning that changing a constitution is complicated, especially if your message is divisive and economically risky.   

Over in Colombia, newly sworn in leftist President Gustavo Petro will soon to face reality as well, such as slow economic growth rates, high levels of corruption, entrenched inequality, inadequate health and education services, and poor infrastructure. Add to this a faltering peace process with former insurgents and a history of bad relations with Venezuela and it will get ugly fast.Yes. honeymoons are turning out to be 

short for the Latin American left:     

The experience of Petro’s ideological soulmates in Chile, Peru, and Argentina offer useful lessons. 

The first is to avoid interpreting their recent electoral success as a triumph of socialism or an invitation to repeat the failed state-centric economic policies of the early 2000s. Instead of voting for fresh ideas, Latin Americans have been voting against incumbent governments.

Most of the region’s sitting presidents were conservatives, so a change of guard inevitably means a shift left, a trend which began with Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico in 2018. 

Reasons for discontent abound: living standards are falling, the state is failing to deliver, and the best opportunities are too often reserved for a privileged few. The pandemic exacerbated social tensions.

As a result, presidential honeymoons are short and expectations almost impossibly high. The perils for new leaders are obvious: the presidents of Chile and Peru have seen their approval ratings 

collapse in a matter of months because they disappointed impatient voters. 

In Argentina, the incumbents facing a drubbing at the polls next year are on the left. 

Voters care about results, not ideology.

Yes, governing is tough specially when the elected leaders misread public sentiments.    It turns out that Latin American voters were angry at incumbents, particularly after the 

pandemic.  The left exploited the anger and promised a lot — a lot that they can’t deliver.  

And now the honeymoons are over and the voters are angry with the left for failing to deliver, such as in Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

How long will President Petro’s honeymoon last?  Not long, especially if he listens to the “three amigos” in Lima, Santiago, and Buenos Aires.

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August 9, 2022 at 7:00 am

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The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest:   Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda….China and Taiwan….The 50-50 Senate and a new bill….The migrants in New York City….Liz Cheney vs GOP…..Crime in the city and Democrats….Nixon resigned 1974…and other stories.…..click to listen:

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August 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm

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President Nixon resigned 1974…Wrigley Field night baseball 1988…….and other stories…

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August 8, 2022 at 11:45 am

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The Rev needs to read the 10th Amendment, not the Bible

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 (My new American Thinker post)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen some articles about the Bible and abortion. One of these articles even said something that the Bible does not mention abortion.

It may be true that the Bible does not mention the word abortion.  Honestly, I have not done a word search. It does not mention baseball or soccer either. Nevertheless, lots of fans pray the rosary or thank God when their favorite team is playing.

So Reverend Al Sharpton joined the discussion about it:    

For Sharpton, the choice is not between abortion and no abortion, but “whether they’re going to have a safe abortion. We always had abortions, but we had these back alley, very risky abortions and we’re saying that rather than have people in those situations, they should be able to choose whether or not they want to do, even if it is something that I do not believe in.”

Turning to the religious question, Sharpton claimed, “The Bible, if you’re using this as a religious argument, the Bible is about choice. You can go to heaven or hell. There’s nowhere in the Bible that says you had to go to heaven.”

One hopes that when presenting the question of heaven and hell to his congregation, Sharpton does not go full relativist as he did here. The man who goes around portraying himself as a civil rights leader also failed to realize that owning slaves was also once considered a perfectly normal and legal choice.

Blind to that, Sharpton continued, “So, where do we get this theology of forcing something when the reality is you can’t even Biblically base that. It’s a question of choice. If you are a minister, as I am, you can preach to people to convert them, you do not make laws to compel them.”

The doctrine of free will means that God is not a puppet master. It does not mean that government is forced to embrace the hellish side of the question, especially when it means the rights of a second individual are being taken away.

Yes, at one time owning slaves was a choice.  I don’t know if the reverend got that question.  At one time, we chose legally that women did not have the wisdom to vote.  The Bible does not say anything about women voting either.

The Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade was  about the 10th amendment, the fact that abortion is to be decided by states or voters.  Justice Samuel Alito did not cite the Bible to write the majority opinion.  

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August 8, 2022 at 7:00 am

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A look back at my American Thinker posts of the week….

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August 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

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The Beatles as movie stars?

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It was August 1964, and our family was waiting in Jamaica for our “papers” to fly to the U.S.  Over in downtown Kingston, I saw a big sign about a new movie by The Beatles.  My father did not know who the group was, and we kept walking, doing our errands.

Why didn’t my father know who the band was?  We had just left Cuba, and we never got them in the island.  Think about it.  The world was full of “Beatlemania,” and all we heard was Fidel Castro’s speeches.  Do you understand now why I’m so grateful to my parents for getting us out of that communist island?

Later I learned that The Beatles were suddenly screen stars as well as the top band in the world!  The movie, A Hard Day’s Night, was released in the U.K. in July and in the U.S. in August.  We heard all about their music when we finally landed in the U.S.

As someone said, the movie didn’t have much of a plot, but lots of people paid to see it.  The theaters were full from coast to coast.

The plot was sort of like a day in the life of the group.  We saw The Beatles running around from concerts to studios to interviews, and there was one funny old man (Wilfrid Brambell) playing Paul’s grandfather.

In retrospect, the movie was very funny.  It was full of crazy comedy and some great dialogue that sounds better with age:

In Richard Lester’s kinetic and influential, cinema verite music-video documentary about Beatlemania — the first Beatle film about a “day in the life”:

the opening montage scene of the Beatles being besieged by a stampede of frenzied schoolgirl fans on their travels from their hometown of Liverpool to London to perform in a TV broadcast, and their retreat to a train station

Paul’s meeting and encounter with an unimpressed, middle-aged gentleman (his fictional “Grandfather” John McCartney) (Wilfred Brambell), who was on their London-bound train in the first-class cabin; Paul told John: “He’s very clean” (an oft-repeated line) and described him as “a villain, a real mixer”

the scene in the train compartment when proper, commuting city business-man Johnson (Richard Vernon) complained about their loud radio — with John’s coo-ed line to him as he leaned over: “Give us a kiss!”; Johnson asserted: “I fought the war for your sort” — John impudently joked back: “I’ll bet you’re sorry you won”

the group’s dry, dismissive one-liners when interviewed by the press with nonsensical questions: 

John Lennon’s answer about how he found America: (“Turned left at Greenland”); 

Ringo’s answers to questions: “Are you a mod or a rocker?” “Uh, no, I’m a mocker”; and “What do you call that collar?” “A collar”; 

and George’s answers: “Has success changed your life?” “Yes” and “What would you call that hairstyle you’re wearing?” “Arthur”

Ringo’s solitary misadventures, and “walkabout” wanderings around London as he snapped pictures — into a clothing store, strolling alongside a canal, in a pub; and along the way, the comic scene of Ringo offering his coat to cover muddy puddles for a lady to cross over, only to discover that the third puddle was a deep hole; he was apprehended by police for “wandering abroad, malicious intent, acting in a suspicious manner, conduct liable to cause a breach of the peace — you name it, he’s done it”

I liked it, and I continue to like it a lot!  Maybe life was simpler, or grandfather jokes appeal to me now that I have three of those little ones called grandchildren.

The soundtrack was great, such as the title song “A Hard Day’s Night,” also released as a 45 with “I Should Have Known Better” as the B-side.  There were two great ballads: “And I Love Her” plus the beautiful “If I Fell.”

We remember that there were two L.P.s issued, one for the U.S. and the other for the U.K.  The U.S. version had several George Martin instrumentals, such as “This Boy: Ringo’s Theme.”  As I heard in a George Martin interview, they issued two L.P.s for contractual reasons.

It was really a fun movie and a recess from all the mad stuff on the news.  Catch it, and I’m sure you’ll like it.  We’ll have plenty of time next week to talk about everything else.

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August 7, 2022 at 7:00 am

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Maybe they’ll rename it China News Network

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(My new American Thinker post)

According to news reports, CNN is undergoing a ratings crisis and some profit concerns. This is the story:    

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that CNN’s yearly profitability is expected to decline to $956.8 according to projections from S&P Global Market Intelligence.    

CNN’s annual profits haven’t sunk below $1 billion since 2016, the year Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton in the presidential election and subsequently became a prominent figure in their commentary. “Ratings are down from their Trump-era heights across cable news, but declines at CNN are particularly pronounced,” the Times noted.

CNN viewership is about 639,000 in the prime time hours slot, which is down 27 percent from last year. More people on average watch MSNBC, whose viewership is down 23 percent, and Fox wins over both networks and is up about a percentage point in overall viewers.

Translation:  The bean counters are worried or they don’t have enough beans to count. So the executives are looking to diversify, as they say in business schools. They want to take the brand to China, according to the aforementioned story:      

CNN brought on Chris Marlin, a lawyer with no cable news experience, who suggested “striking advertising deals with major tech companies like Microsoft,” “…selling sponsorships to corporate underwriters,” and “extending CNN’s brand in China.”

To be honest, I don’t care because I don’t watch CNN. The story of CNN is easy to understand. They invested themselves totally in the anti-Trump meme and then the Orange Man left the front pages.  They have no one to hate anymore. They have to report on the Biden presidency and inflation, recession, etc. It was a lot more fun when Jim Acosta was sent to the press conferences to argue with President Trump. “Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end” is what the bean counters are singing over there.

So who knows hat the future holds for the “most trusted name in news.” Maybe the future is in China. If so then all they have to do is make it the China News Network. It all fits so neatly. They can move the headquarters from Atlanta to Peking and put a mask on all their correspondents to fight the pollution or whatever virus is happening over there.

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August 6, 2022 at 7:00 am

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The post-Roe abortion debate with Michael Bargo

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Guest:   Michael Bargo, author and political commentator…..The post-Roe abortion debate with Michael Bargo…..and other stories…..

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August 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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