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Update on Iraq, ISIS & the Ebola crisis with Barry Jacobsen.

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October 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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RIP Elizabeth Peña (1959-2014)

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In the movie “The lost city”, a movie about the early days of the communist takeover of Cuba, Elizabeth Peña plays a revolutionary figure who confronts the character played by Andy Garcia.   

Today, we learned that Elizabeth Peña died.   She was only 55, according to an obituary in The New York Times:

“Elizabeth Peña was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Sept. 23, 1959. Her father, Mario, was a Cuban actor, director and playwright, and Ms. Peña spent much of her childhood in Cuba before returning to the United States. She graduated from what is now the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.”

She was a good actress and will be missed.

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October 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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Barone is right: Hispanics are “souring” on Obama & Democrats

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It’s clear that Hispanics had a lot to do with re-electing President Obama:  He got just under 51% of the popular but 72% among Hispanics.    Just do the numbers and it translates into victories for Mr Obama in Florida, Virginia and perhaps Ohio!

What if Gov Romney had received 40% of the Hispanic vote?   He would won a 2004 Bush-like election!

According to Michael Barone, Hispanics are tuning out the Democrats:

“As for immigration, relatively few Hispanics tell pollsters that’s a top issue. They bristle when Republicans make statements that seem contemptuous of immigrants.

But they’ve also noticed that Democrats didn’t pass legislation legalizing illegals when they had the votes.

Historically, the Democratic party has been a collection of out-groups who, when gathered together, make up a majority of the nation.

But each out-group has different interests and priorities. Holding them together is difficult. The Obama Democrats have treated Hispanics as a passive and reliable source of votes.

They have not delivered on issues Hispanics care about and instead have advanced the pet causes of gentry liberals.

The evidence from Colorado, California and Texas suggests Hispanics may be noticing.”

We will see on election day.  My guess is that Hispanic turnout will be low but it won’t be as supportive of Democrats as it was in recent years.

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October 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

1976: “Disco duck” #1 in the US (and 2 weeks later we elected Jimmy Carter)

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Let’s look back at one of the craziest songs of the disco era:

“The job description of a drive-time DJ on local radio back in 1976 was fairly straightforward: take some phone calls, be funny between records, give the call sign several times an hour and greet the public every so often at a local sporting event or auto-dealership opening.

But as satisfying as that routine might have been to the average radio jock back in 1976, it left one ambitious young man named Rick Dees wanting something more.

And so it was that Rick Dees created a novelty record called “Disco Duck,” a song that hit the pop universe with such impeccable timing that it rocketed up the Billboard Hot 100 in the nation’s Bicentennial year, hitting the #1 spot on October 16, 1976.”

And 2 weeks later, we elected Jimmy Carter as the 39th president of the US!  

Is there a connection here?

It was a fun song:



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October 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

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The NY Times is wrong about the Cuba embargo again

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October 16, 2014 at 6:30 am

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