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Archive for October 21st, 2014

TUESDAY: Hispanics and 2014 with George Rodriguez from South Texas

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October 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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“Castro Inc”, not the Cuban people, will benefit from lifting the embargo

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Another day and more evidence that lifting the embargo will not help the Cuban people.  However, it would help the Castro mafia running Cuba.

First, let’s go to Professor Jaime Suchlicki:

“If the travel ban is lifted unilaterally now or the embargo is ended by the U.S., what will the U.S. government have to negotiate with a future regime in Cuba and to encourage changes in the island?

These policies could be an important bargaining chip with a future regime willing to provide concessions in the area of political and economic freedoms.”

As Professor Suchlicki  indicates, all of the new business would go to state owned enterprises run by the Castro regime.  Cubans will not benefit directly.  They won’t be allowed to open hotels or restaurants to compete with “Castro Inc”.

Furthermore, we are sending the wrong or rewarding a repressive regime, as The Washington Post posted today:

“The regime’s persecution of dissidents is unceasing; it continues to imprison AmericanAlan Gross on false charges.

While Cuba has toyed with economic liberalization and lifted travel restrictions for some, we see no sign that the Castro brothers are loosening their grip. Fully lifting the embargo now would reward and ratify their intransigence.”

We repeat what we’ve said for years.   Lifting the embargo will help Castro but not the Cuban people.   

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October 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Sorry but why are we hearing from Monica Lewinsky again?

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It happened in 1998 or incredibly 16 years ago.  

I’m sure that all of you remember covering your kids’ ears when the nightly newscast reported about some young woman having “oral sex” with the President of the US in The Oval Office!

Well, she is back and blaming The Drudge Report.

First, I’m OK with Monica starting a new life and moving on.  She’s entitled to a second chance and let’s turn the page.

Second, Monica’s latest rants against Drudge make me angry.   I’m not in the business of defending Drudge.  However, I would like to hear the truth.

Monica should get angry at the people who used her (President Clinton) and then tried to destroy her (Hillary Clinton & The Clinton team).    

Thankfully, Monica did not send that blue dress to the laundry.   Otherwise, she would have bombarded to death by a Clinton team determined to show that it was all her imagination.

Again, the whole thing is over and let it stay in the trash where it belongs.  At the same time, it’s irritating to watch Monica (now 40 years old) rewrite history is such a cynical way.

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October 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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1975, Game 6 and that late night Fisk homerun!

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Game 1 of the 2014 will be played tonight.  

We also remember today the 39th anniversary of Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning home run to win game 6 of the 1975 classic between Boston and Cincinnati:

“On October 21, 1975, Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hits a homer off the left-field pole to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth game of the World Series. The Sox went on to lose the championship, of course.

Still, even 30 years later, the films and photos of Fisk urgently trying to wave the ball into fair territory provide some of the game’s most enduring and exciting images.

As team president Larry Lucchino pointed out, “the appeal of baseball at its best was illustrated that night.””

I stayed up and watched the homer, the celebration, the post game interviews and then hit the pillow to wake up at at 6 am!

The Reds won game 7 the next night!

Game 6 had so much drama, from that 8th inning home run to tie the game, the bottom of the 9th double play to kill a Red Sox rally, the catch in right field, great pitching and that 12th inning homer.

It was great baseball, just great baseball!

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October 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

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KC in 7 games!

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The 2014 World Series starts tonight and it will be a dandy.   

Before I go any further, let me tell you two things that will not happen:

1) KC will not sweep again; and,

2) SF will not win their 3rd series in 4 years.

The KC Royals are the best thing that happened to baseball in years.  They were put together the old-fashioned way, i.e. great player development and smart trades like the one that brought James Shields from Tampa Bay.  

The Royals are further evidence that small market teams can compete if they develop good young talent and spend their money wisely!    Are you listening Toronto?    

The Royals also prove that it’s a team effort.    Are you listening Dodgers & Angels?

Let me be fair.  The SF Giants are also a gem.   They have the best pitching in baseball and should benefit from playing in KC,  another pitcher’s park.

So why KC?  They are on a roll.   This is their year, as we saw when their outfielders caught everything in the last two series.

I wouldn’t be shocked if SF wins in 7.    However, I’m picking KC in 7 games.

Best of all, it will be great baseball to watch!

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October 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

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It’s not the message, it’s the fellow in The Oval Office

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The World Series starts tonight so a little baseball analogy is in order. 

President Obama reminds me of the fellow who keeps letting “fat pitches” go by and misses opportunity after opportunity to get back in the game. He won’t swing at the fat pitches and takes a 3rd strike to kill the rally!  He is not Mr October, as they used to call Reggie Jackson!

It started with the ObamaCare website and the problems related to that.  

What did he do?  Did he address the nation, show outrage and dismiss everyone in the website team?  Did he tell the country that he was responsible for hiring the wrong people?  Did he tell us that we deserved better after spending a billion dollars on a website that wasn’t constructed correctly?

Next, he missed the ball with ISIS, even calling them a “JV team” at one point.  After that, and when ISIS got within miles of the Baghdad Airport, he blamed the intelligence community. Did he accept responsibility and admit mistakes, especially not leaving a force in Iraq?

Finally, we continue to hear that the Ebola crisis is another “messaging” problem. Of course, it’s a lot more than that, as Scott Gotlieb and Tevi Troy indicated today:

“The broad, early assurances from Mr. Obama prove that the best political messages don’t make for good public health.

The public won’t be spooked by an admission that we don’t have all the answers, as long as people sense that they are being spoken to honestly and believe that officials are pursuing key uncertainties.   

The good news is that the CDC is learning from early missteps and adapting its strategy.

As for Mr. Klain, we hope he gives the president better briefings than he apparently gave Joe Biden.”

Once again, this is a president who misses opportunities to lead and be great. 

For example, he could have appointed Dr Ben Carson as Ebola Czar.   He is a respected medical expert, a man of integrity and would have sent a signal that Ebola is about health not politics. Instead, he hired the aforementioned Mr Klain,

The presidency is always about “stuff that happens.” The great ones seize the opportunity and do great things. The bad ones take “strike 3” and get booed by the fans.

Mr Obama is starting to look more and more like the latter.

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October 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

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