We remember the great Luis Aparicio. He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on this day in 1934.
Luis broke with the White Sox in 1956 and was selected AL Rookie of the Year. He led the AL in stolen bases from 1956 to 1964. Aparicio played with Baltimore when they won the 1966 World Series and the Chicago White Sox who lost to the LA Dodgers in 1959.
Overall, Aparicio hit .262 with 2,677 hits in 2,599 games. We remember him for his amazing glove and speed.
Luis was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) April 29, 2017
Our legislature in Texas took a big step forward in reminding everyone that it’s about the rule of law not immigration.
It went down along party lines:
After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas.
The 93-54 vote fell along party lines and came after one of the slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol.
The vote came at 3 a.m. after state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, successfully made what some Democratic members called an unprecedented motion to group all of the remaining amendments — more than 100 — and record them as failed. He said he made that suggestion so members wouldn’t be forced to pull their amendments. The motion passed 114 to 29, with about a third of Democrats approving the measure.
It’s a shame that an issue about enforcing the law should go down along partisan lines but that’s reality.
Nevertheless, the Democrats are completely tone deaf on this issue.
They have invested themselves in “the sanctuary city” movement. It is a huge political mistake, as we saw recently in a Pew Poll:
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.
The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.
A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
That 80% means that there are a lot of Democrats joining in.
Since election night, the Democrat Party has gone mad.
First, they spent all of their ammunition fighting Neil Gorsuch and lost the 60-vote option in the U.S. Senate.
Second, they’ve now joined cities violating federal law.
Madness, madness, madness!
Did any Democrat hear the one about when to stop digging?
It was quite a performance. I recall hearing about it on ESPN back then:
On April 29, 1986, in a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game.
Ten years later, Clemens repeats the feat, the only player in baseball history to do so.
Clemens had quite a career: 354 Wins, 3.12 ERA & 4,672 K’s. Time will tell whether or not he gets into the Hall of Fame.
We will look at the Trump 100 days coverage and the role of the media…..the battle over sanctuary cities…….renegotiate NAFTA…..Taco drafted by Dallas Cowboys…..Mussolini executed 1945…….plus other stories….
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We are very happy that President Macri of Argentina visited President Trump. In so many ways, Macri represents the new center-right leadership in Latin America. We should do everything to help him and others like him in the continent.
Let’s add that the two First Ladies were stunning!
On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first of his 586 lifetime home runs. The pitcher was the Cubs’ Paul Minner in the old Crosley Field in Cincinnati.
Frank hit 38 in 1956 and was selected NL Rookie of the Year. He won the NL MVP in 1961 & AL MVP in 1966.
On Wednesday night, I had a chat with a good friend and Mexican businessman by phone. He was curious about President Trump and rumors that the U.S. would pull out of NAFTA.
Apparently, the Mexican peso had a bad day with the rumors of a U.S. cancellation. It’s amazing how many media outlets in Mexico overreact to everything that hits the internet about President Trump!
Later, we learned that President Trump has decided to negotiate rather than terminate, as we heard in news reports.
As I explained to my friend in a subsequent call, I support negotiations because it makes sense after 24 years. It is important for all three nations to put their cards on the table and move on or terminate the agreement. Also, a renegotiation may actually show that the original NAFTA worked out rather well for all.
Opposition to NAFTA is huge in Mexico, especially in the agricultural sector. I’ve heard from many Mexicans who despise the way that the agreement was approved in Mexico. And they will tell you that pre-NAFTA GDP growth was stronger, although I am not sure that you can blame all of that on NAFTA. I worked in Mexico in the 1980s, before NAFTA, and there were many protected industries. In other words, it’s easy to have growth when government policies curtail competition. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that Mexico should take a look at NAFTA because it was sold as the key to general prosperity and it has not really worked out that way!
As a supporter, let me say that we made a huge mistake with NAFTA. It should have been submitted to the U.S. Senate as a treaty. It also passed primarily on a party basis in the House (234-200) with the GOP generally supporting it and most Democrats opposing it:
The strongest support in the House came from Republicans, who cast 132 votes for the trade plan and 43 against it.
Among Democrats, 102 voted for the agreement and 156 opposed it. The one independent in Congress voted against the plan.
The Senate vote was 73-26 in favor. Why didn’t we go with the treaty route with 73 votes in favor?
Consequently, we did not get the best deal in 1993. Instead, we got an agreement where a president could call for withdrawal or negotiation. Senator Obama did in 2008 and it was a big part of Mr. Trump’s message in 2016.
A treaty discussion would have recognized the benefits of a North American economic union but it would have slowed up the movement of manufacturing jobs south of the border. Also, a treaty could have included border safety and control of illegal immigration as part of a broad compromise.
So let’s renegotiate NAFTA and do it right this time, as a treaty as the Constitution calls for.