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Thursday: A week of riots in Baltimore and a few other thoughts

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April 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm

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“Boys without fathers” and lousy public schools equals Baltimore

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There are two parts to this Baltimore story.

The first one is an incompetent mayor who did not protect the citizens or private property.  In other words, The National Guard should have been on the streets after people were stuck at Orioles Stadium on Saturday night.

There is no room for dithering when mobs are about to torch your city.   It was obvious on Saturday night that Baltimore could burn and burn quickly.    

The mayor failed the people of the city.

The second one is a bit more complicated, or the state of young males in Baltimore and other inner cities.  

This is what Charles Krauthammer said the other night:

“We know what the problems are, essentially there are two problems.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said that the one rule of any society is to socialize its young males and it’s the young males who are out there rioting yesterday and there are two issues in the inner cities.

One is single parenthood and the other is the worst schools on earth.

Of the first, we have no idea how to solve that, of the second, we do.

If you can’t improve the schools, give the kids a choice to go to better schools.

The parents begged to have that opportunity but the teachers unions won’t allow it and thus the Democrats won’t. If you want to do something, let them choose their school.”  

Yes, it’s time to say “Where are the fathers”?  

It’s also time to allow parents in the inner cities to “choose” a school.   The corrupt relationship between the Democrats and the teachers’ union has been devastating for minority children.

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April 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Dear Justices: Don’t pull a Roe v Wade on same sex marriage

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April 30, 2015 at 7:30 am

April 30, 1945: The BBC reports that Hitler is dead

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According to reports, Hitler was shocked when he got reports that Mussolini had been executed in Italy.    Mussolini’s body, along with Clara Petacci, was put on display for Italians.

He did not want the same ending.   

On this day in 1945, he was reported dead by the BBC:

“At 2230 local time a newsreader announced that reports from the Fuhrer’s headquarters said Hitler had “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.

It said he had appointed Grand Admiral Doenitz as his successor.

There followed an announcement by Admiral Doenitz in which he called on the German people to mourn their Fuhrer who, he said, died the death of a hero in the capital of the Reich.

Reports from Washington say US officials are suspicious of the announcement and are certainly not celebrating as yet.”

Later, we learned that it was a suicide.   The body was eventually found along Eva Braun, his wife.  

The European war ended a few weeks later when Germany surrendered.    (Of course, the Pacific side of the war went on until Japan surrendered in September 1945)

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April 30, 2015 at 5:30 am

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April 30, 1961: Willie Mays hit 4 home runs against the Braves

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As far as I’m concerned, Willie Mays is the most complete player in baseball history.   He was the ultimate 5-tool player.   He could do everything well.  He also stayed free of injuries, unlike Mickey Mantle who battled bad knees for his entire career with the Yankees.

Willie Mays had many big games in his glorious career, specially April 30, 1961.    

Mays hit 4 home runs at the old County Stadium in Milwaukee.   He went 4 for 5 with 8 RBIs.   

The Giants beat the Braves, 14-4.     

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April 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Mexico and other US Latin America stories of the week

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GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for our weekly review of US-Latin America stories……the latest about the discontent in Brazil, the murder of Alberto Nisman in Argentina…..

we will also hear from Barnard Thompson, editor of, one of the best websites covering Mexico…..we will ask Mr Thompson about the upcoming mid-term elections in Mexico and President Pena-Nieto’s standing with the public…..the US-Mexico relationship…..

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April 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Hillary Clinton pandering to the left by going against President Clinton’s policies?

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Candidate Hillary Clinton addressed the crisis in Baltimore.   She spoke in generalities but her comments confirm that she’s really scared of a left wing challenge.

It sounded like Hillary Clinton was attacking her husband’s policies from the 1990s.   This is from The Washington Post:

“Tough-on-crime policies that emphasized arrests and convictions for relatively minor offenses have failed the country, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday, leading to overcrowded prisons and too many black men “missing” from their families and communities.

“We need to restore balance to our criminal justice system,” Clinton told an audience at Columbia University in New York.

Calling for an “end to the era of mass incarceration,” Clinton endorsed body cameras for police nationwide to record interactions between officers and potential suspects.

Making her most specific policy proposals since launching her campaign earlier this month, Clinton said it’s time for a nationwide overhaul of what she called misguided and failed policing and prison strategies.

In effect, she was saying that policies put in place when her husband Bill Clinton was president have not worked.

Clinton did not mention her husband or identify exactly which laws and sentencing policies she thought had gone wrong.

But many of those policies grew out of the crackdown on drug crimes and other nonviolent offenses that took place before and during Bill Clinton’s presidency 20 years ago.”

So is this Clinton running against Clinton?   Or is it a case of Clinton not knowing what her husband signed into law?  

My guess is that this is Hillary Clinton pandering to the left.  She is scared to death of a challenge from the left.  

As usual, Hillary Clinton did not take questions from the media.   I guess that she has concluded that “questions from the press” is for the GOP candidates.

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April 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

My Memories of a Different Baltimore

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In the mid-1970s, I went to college in the Baltimore area. I saw the incredible renaissance of Baltimore, from the Inner Harbor to the baseball stadium…..

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April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Don’t blame Republicans…..Baltimore is another exhibit that Democrats are not helping black people

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The Democrats are up to their old tricks…..blaming everything on racism and the GOP.

Unfortunately for them, the truth does not support their latest explanations, as John Nolte explained today:

“Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.

In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.”

The story of Baltimore is the failure of Democrat policies.   It’s time to hold the Democrats responsible and accountable for the despair in Baltimore.

There is no “hope and change” in Baltimore.    The “change we’ve been waiting for” never got to Baltimore.

Finally, President Obama approved a $ 787 billion stimulus in 2009.    Did any of those dollars go to help the city of Baltimore?

It’s time for honest talk rather than the same canard about racism!

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April 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

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My Memories of a Different Baltimore

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