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US-Cuba issues, Colombia plus other Latin America stories

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1981: The # 1 song this week was “Bette Davis eyes” by Kim Carnes

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It was a great song, specially for the new video industry gaining popularity in the early 1980s.   Before videos, songs were promoted on the radio or with a short film on TV shows.    In the 1980s, the video became as important as the song, such as we saw with Michael Jackson and “Thriller”.

Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes” was # 1 this week on Billboard USA.

According to songfacts,  Jackie DeShannon wrote the song after watching “Now vogager”, a 1942 movie by Bette Davis:

Jackie recorded the song in 1975 but it didn’t do anything until Kim Carnes released it in 1981:

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May 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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“Oye Clinton”: Every Mexican flag means 1 million new votes for Trump!

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(My new Babalu post)


Once again, we see people carrying Mexican flags at anti-Trump rallies.   It happened in New Mexico.

As my Babalu friends know, I did not support Mr Trump.    I’m still wrestling with the awful choice of Trump and the Clinton he recently said would make a great president.

Nevertheless, the Mexican flags are back and someone in the Clinton camp should take note urgently.

Who do these people think they are? They are entitled to opposing Trump but do they understand how divisive these images are?

Furthermore, what does the Mexican flag mean anyway?  Do these young people know about Mexico’s immigration laws?    

Memo to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Univision and Vicente Fox: Tell your supporters to keep the flags home.     

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.


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May 25, 2016 at 11:30 am

May 25, 1977: “Star Wars” was released

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“Star Wars” opened across the US in 1977.    The characters quickly became known from coast to coast:

Mark Hamill as “Luke Skywalker”, “Han Solo” (Harrison Ford) “Princess Leia” (Carrie Fisher) and “Darth Vader” (James Earl Jones).      

Stars mania began 39 years ago!     Soon, “Star Wars” hit the music charts too:

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May 25, 2016 at 8:25 am

Even ‘Coca Cola’ is missing in the once great city of Caracas

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(My new American Thinker post)

Once upon a time, such as the late 1990s, Caracas was one of the great cities of Latin America.   

It didn’t have tango like Buenos Aires or a carnival like Rio but it had all of the signs of a cosmopolitan modern city. I remember a couple of business trips down there and it was a great city. I recall an Italian restaurant across from the hotel that made you feel like it was the Venezuelans who really invented lasagna and pasta.

That was then and this is now. Like the once-great city of Havana, Caracas is now one gigantic mess.

We just learned from our friend Dr. Carlos Eire that there’s even a shortage of Coca Cola:

As the Normalization Circus continues to gain strength,  the Castronoid colony of Caracastan is going into an ever steeper death spiral.

It seems that  the final unfolding of the Bolivarian Revolution has arrived.

It’s dreadful, as dreadful as dreadful ever gets…. as dreadful as it was in the island nation formerly known as Cuba some fifty-odd years ago.

In that Cuba of long ago it only took about two years to reach the implosion now being experienced by Venezuela.

And in that long-dead Cuba — now known as the Castro Kingdom — the implosion has been going on for over half a century.

Can Venezuela find a way out?  Perhaps.  But only if King Raul’s storm troopers are sent back home immediately

Oh, the wonders of 21st century socialism!

But don’t expect to find many journalists blaming the Venezuelapocalypse on socialism.

No.  All of these calamities are due to falling oil prices, “mismanagement,” and political turmoil caused by those selfish bastards who can’t appreciate socialism.

A few years ago, a Latin American friend went to Cuba and took lots of pictures of Havana. My parents nearly cried as they saw some of the photos of the city. It was like seeing pictures of a son or daughter wasting away and with zero self-esteem.The elegance of Havana was gone. The decadence of communism was all around.

My guess is that many Venezuelans must be having the same reaction.   

Nothing is perfect, but Caracas was one of those cities that you were happy to visit. It had fantastic cuisine and a very modern infrastructure. You could see people working hard but enjoying life as Venezuelans know how to do. Like pre-Castro Cuba, the people were hardworking, elegant, and knew how to throw a party!

Memo to the thousands madly in love with Bernie Sanders: Take a trip to Caracas and you will see what “Sanderismo” looks like.    

And make sure you bring a roll of toilet paper just in case the hotel or your host runs out!

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.    



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May 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

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1935: Babe Ruth hit # 714 or last home run

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Babe Ruth is #3 on the home run list behind Bonds and Aaron.  However, 714 is one of those magic numbers for baseball fans like me.  

714 was the Babe’s career home run totals.   Along with 60 HRS, they were the big baseball numbers that we grew up hearing about.  

Frankly, I never thought that anyone would catch Ruth’s 714.   At the same time, I cheered Aaron all the way, specially after he got to 700 and eventually passed Ruth.

Babe Ruth hit # 714 on this day in 1935.   He was playing for the Boston Braves after being released by the Yankees.    I am not even sure if he played another game for the Braves after hitting this homer.    It’s a shame that he didn’t play his last game as a Yankee.

He died in 1948 from cancer.

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May 25, 2016 at 4:00 am

May 25, 1941: DiMaggio # 11 of 56

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Joe DiMaggio


On May 25, 1941, Joe DiMaggio hit in his 11th consecutive game.     He went 1-for-4 against Hall of Famer Lefty Grove.

During the streak Joe DiMaggio hit .408, and faced four future hall of fame pitchers:  the aforementioned Lefty Grove, Bob Feller,  Hal Newhouser, and Ted Lyons.


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May 25, 2016 at 3:00 am