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Tuesday’s show: The left and the attacks on conservative Hispanics like Cruz and Rubio

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GUESTS:   George Rodriguez, conservative leader in South Texas, & Michael Prada  Krackow, young conservative activist, join me for a chat about the left and “conservative Hispanics”…….why is the left so vicious in its attacks on Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio…..and the reference to White Cuban Hispanics……are they trying to say that Cubans are not legitimate Hispanics or what?   We will also discuss the latest on the Iran nuclear deal, a word about Brazil and US-Cuban talks…..…..

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/04/01/the-left-and-the-attacks-on-conservative-hispanics-like-cruz-and-rubio

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March 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Did President Obama hear about the Chester family?

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(My new American Thinker post)

Before Castro, there were many Americans who invested and did business in Cuba. I mentioned in an earlier post that my uncle worked for an American who had a manufacturing operation in his hometown. He was one of many who invested in Cuba, created jobs and contributed to the island’s economy.

From President Johnson to President George W. Bush, talks with Cuba never got far because the Castro regime refused to compensate Americans like the Chester family:

Soon after Fidel Castro won control of Cuba in 1959, his government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies.
For Edmund and Enna Chester, the losses included an 80-acre farm, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock, and a brand new Buick that, who knows, may still be plying Havana’s streets.

The confiscation of American property, valued today at $7 billion or more, was wrapped up in the retaliatory back-and-forth that led to the trade embargo, which remains in place. 
In 1996, Congress passed a law insisting Cuba repay Americans for what was taken before the embargo can be lifted.
That demand went unmentioned in President Barack Obama’s December announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would resume diplomatic ties.
Given Cuba’s frail economy, some experts say companies whose property was taken might gladly settle for rights to do business there today and move on.

But a corporation doesn’t hang on to memories the way a family can. 
That’s clear in places like Chester’s 832-square-foot bungalow in Omaha, pitched atop a corner lot that’s mostly slope, where a gold-framed oil portrait of her mother from long ago watches over the yellowing property deed and the worthless stock certificates.
They are reminders that the Cuba that existed before Castro is history. 
But the bitterness over what came after lingers on.


Who speaks for people like the Chesters?  Who is banging on the table demanding that they’d be compensated for the money stolen by the Castro regime? I guess that the answer is not the Obama administration.


Since President Obama announced the talks between Cuba and the U.S., everyone has been asking me:  Is this good for Cuba, Cubans, or Cuban Americans?

I always reply by saying: Is it good for U.S. citizens? The answer is no!

This is not a good deal for U.S. citizens. Nobody is standing up for them, whether it’s the Chesters or the family of the state trooper killed in New Jersey by Joanne Chesimard.

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March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am

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The left in full “freak-out mode” because Rubio & Cruz don’t look or sound “Hispanic”

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Who told the left that Hispanics were all supposed to believe or sound the same way?

The bottom line is that Hispanics in the US are a diversified group of people.   We should respect our differences rather than engage in these attacks against those of us who didn’t buy into “hope and change”.    

Click to read:

http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-left-in-full-freak-out-mode-because.html

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March 31, 2015 at 7:30 am

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Did President Obama hear about the Chester family?

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March 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The latest on US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

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GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to the Babalu blog, joins us for a discussion of US-Cuba talks……...there are still very controversial issues dividing the two nations, such as Joanne Chesimard, the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper and escaped to Cuba…..the Venezuela rift……human rights violations in Cuba…..concerns in the US Congress about normalization with Cuba…….Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/03/30/the-latest-on-us-cuba-talks-with-jorge-ponce

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March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where have all Her emails Gone?

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(My new American Thinker post)

We learned this weekend that Hillary Clinton’s emails were deleted from the server. We also heard this week that the Chinese or Iranians may have them, or so said Bob Woodward.

Frankly, we don’t know whether they are “blowing in the wind”, “lost in space” or sitting in Peking for a convenient leak to a Western journalist. All three are rather frightening!

Here is my bottom line: I am not a lawyer but this whole thing smells “muy feo” as we say in Spanish.   


Second, she decided what is personal and what is private, i.e. the ultimate in Clintonian arrogance!   First, she used a private server for her emails. She irresponsibly exposed her own schedule, even the president’s and the nation’s security. Her obsession with secrecy overrode all other considerations! Is this the kind of personality trait that we want in the Oval Office?


I guess that we are supposed to believe that only personal stuff or “the grandma files” were deleted and all of the “State stuff” was turned over. What happened to Clinton Foundation emails that were personal and public?

We know that the left will get in line behind the “she is a woman victimization” strategy. We will soon hear that no man has ever been attacked like this.

The Democrats should contemplate one big worry: When will those independents say enough is enough?   

I agree with Paul Mirengoff:

Partisan Democrats alone can’t elevate Clinton to the presidency, though. 
The additional voters whose support she needs might well be influenced by a campaign ad that points out (if it’s accurate) that Hillary Clinton had all traces of her emails as Secretary of State wiped out after the State Department rightfully had requested these emails, and at a time when a bipartisan congressional committee was investigating her actions relating to the attack in Benghazi where four Americans were killed by terrorists.

My guess is that a lot of those independents put up with The Bill Clinton Show because unemployment was under 4%, the 401-K’s were doing great and the can was kicked forward on terrorism. The Hillary Clinton Show won’t be so charming, nor she that electable!

As the Wall Street Journal said:

The Clintons didn’t invent crony capitalism. But when it comes to exploiting government for private gain, nobody does it better.

I would add: the Clintons are not the first to stretch the truth but nobody does it better! Again, are these the kind of people we want in the Oval Office? I hope that enough of us say no!

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March 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

1981: The day that President Reagan was shot

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34 years ago (around 2pm CT), I was in Mexico City and walking back to my office across from the US Embassy.

I got to the office and there was “an urgent” message from my mother. 

I tried to call my mom in Texas but she beat me to it. 

My mother was very nervous and said that “Reagan had been shot”.

I tuned “Armed Forces Radio” on my little shortwave radio and I got the latest reports.

We know today that Pres Reagan almost died that day. 

We are very grateful that a Secret Service Agent pushed Reagan into the car and told the driver to go to the nearest hospital.

Pres Reagan survived and enjoyed two successful terms as president.  However, it almost ended prematurely 34 years ago today.

We had a TV at the office and tuned in Frank Reynolds & Sam Donaldson of ABC.  

A few weeks later, Pres Res Reagan gave a speech to Congress.  

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March 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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