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The zika virus spreading to various countries & and other news from Latin America

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“El Caballero de Paris” gives Raul a hug but not cash

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(My new Babalu post)

We’ve seen here in the pages of Babalu that Raul Castro is in Paris.

We’ve also heard that France is very anxious to invest in Cuba.

So why doesn’t France invest in Cuba rather than call on the US to drop the embargo? Nobody is stopping France or any other country from going to Cuba and investing in the island.

Why call for an end to the embargo?

The answer is simple.   France, like so many other countries, are not putting a dime in Cuba after having to restructure, or even forgive, debts.

France wants the US to end the embargo so that the Castro regime has credit lines to purchase French goods and services.

So what really happened in Paris?

Raul got a hug and the kind of military salute that his ego needs.   However, “El Caballero de Paris” did not give him what Castro Inc desperately needs, i.e. dinero!

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February 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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February 3, 1959: The day “the music died”

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In 1972, Don McClean introduced our generation to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in the song “American Pie“.     The “day the music died” was 57 years ago today and a big triple loss for pop music.  
This is how the BBC reported the event:  
“Three young rock ‘n’ roll stars have been killed in a plane crash in the United States.”

Buddy Holly, 22, Jiles P Richardson – known as the Big Bopper – 28, and Ritchie Valens, 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa at 0100 local time.

The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed.

Early reports from the scene suggest the aircraft spun out of control during a light snowstorm.

Only the pilot’s body was found inside the wreckage as the performers were thrown clear on impact.

Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus.

All three were travelling to Moorhead, Minnesota, the next venue in their Winter Dance Party Tour.”

McClean’s tune got me very interested in Buddy Holly, a native of West Texas.

I bought his records. I visited his grave during a business trip to West Texas about 20 years ago. I have followed the creation ofThe Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX.

I wrote a post last year: Remembering Buddy Holly!

I learned that Paul McCartney was also a huge fan of Buddy Holly.    Holly toured England in 1958!

The Beatles recorded Holly’s “Words of Love” in one of their early LPs.   The Rolling Stones recorded “Not fade away”, another of Holly’s songs.

Buddy Holly was only 22 but “…..In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazineranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

You can hear Buddy Holly’s influence in every rock song recorded in the last 50 years. You can specially hear it in garage bands or every 15-year old who has played a rock guitar.

Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in the same plane crash.   They were not as popular as Holly but Valens had incredible potential since he was only 17!

Buddy Holly was all energy on stage. He was a rocker’s rocker!

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February 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The latest from Latin America with Roger Mailhot and Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 

Mark your calendar:   Wednesday 7pm central

Guests: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog…… Roger Mailhot, a Canadian businessman living in Latin America………..we will look at the state of politics and the economy in Peru…..what are they saying about the US election?…..a terrible health crisis in Brazil…..Zika virus shows up in other countries…..a shortage of medical supplies in Venezuela……..Raul Castro in Paris……….Argentina gets a loan to improve reserves…..and other stories from Latin America….. Click to support some of our friends….Click to listen:

Source: The latest from Latin America with Roger Mailhot and Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 02/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts

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February 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Polls and Clinton sweeps The Coin Flip Bowl

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(My new American Thinker post)

Thank God we finally have voters to talk about.  

Once again, we have polls that did not see the results coming.  

To be fair, it is more complicated to do a poll in a caucus state than a primary or general election. I get that!

So why don’t these pollsters report a larger margin of error? Or simply admit that they don’t really know?

Or why doesn’t the media drop the polls and send human beings to the events? None of the pollsters saw the Rubio surge. Yet, people on the ground were saying that something was going on at his rallies.

Iowa also proves that a ground game is necessary. Trump did not have a ground game and Cruz did. It showed on the results!

In the end, Iowa always surprises us. Is this fascinating or what? This is from the Des Moines Register:

In a handful of Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss.

It happened in precinct 2-4 in Ames, where supporters of candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton disputed the results after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings.

As a result of the coin toss, Clinton was awarded an additional delegate, meaning she took five of the precinct’s eight, while Sanders received three.

Similar situations played out at various precincts across the state, but had an extremely small effect on the overall outcome, in which Clinton won 49.9 percent of statewide delegate equivalents, while Sanders won 49.5 percent. The delegates that were decided by coin flips were delegates to the party’s county conventions, of which there are thousands selected across the state from 1,681 separate precincts. They were not the statewide delegate equivalents that are reported in the final results.

Maybe the coin flips did not change the results but deciding results on a coin flip is crazy.  

First, how do “60 caucus participants” disappear? Where did they go? Was there an Iowa basketball game on the TV? Were they afraid of the snow?

Second, how did the Clinton win so many flips? Is that possible?

The Democrats need to look at their caucus proceedings. You don’t decide elections with coin flips!

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February 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

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