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Archive for May 30th, 2016

World War II, episode 2: Appeasement and the outbreak of war

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May 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Memorial Day: I remember young Nathan Aguirre

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Like most of you, I will enjoy a day off, a cheeseburger and watch a little baseball.   At the same time, , I will remember a young man named Nathan Aguirre who died in Iraq.

I know Nathan’s parents. His dad and I were church ushers. His mom is a beautiful person who is now working with other families who’ve lost sons in Iraq.

Nathan Aguirre is a real hero.   Remember him and his parents today!

P.S. You can hear my show  ( CantoTalk  ) or  follow me on Twitter   .

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May 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

“55 days at Peking” is a great movie!

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Once in a while, we have a little free time to catch an old movie.    Today, they are showing “55 days at Peking”.   This is a story based in China during The Boxer Rebellion.   The cast is rather good:

Charlton Heston as Maj. Matt Lewis;  

Ava Gardner as Baroness Natalie Ivanoff; and,  

David Niven as Sir Arthur Robertson.

Again, it is rather good!   


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May 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

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1956: Mantle’s long homerun

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On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.

He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the could have traveled more than 600 feet. 

It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.

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May 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Same Cuba, same Castro regime

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(My new American Thinker post)

Let’s do a quick before and after President Obama normalized relations with Cuba.

Before December 2014, there was a lot of repression in Cuba. Since then, there is still a lot of repression in Cuba. The only difference is the U.S. flag in an embassy in Havana.  

We keep getting these reports from Cuba, as posted over at PanAm Post:

The Cuban police raided the national headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), a civil dissidence group in opposition to Raúl Castro’s administration.

Without giving explanation, security confiscated three computers, two cell phones, a hard drive, passports and other hardware and records.

Arcelio Molina, an activist and owner of the property, told the newspaper Martí Noticias that police also seized the luggage of the youth leader Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, who traveled from Santiago de Cuba to Havana to take a flight to Argentina.

According to Molina, Oliva can’t travel, and has since been arrested.

This is the fourth time this year that state security has raided and confiscated Unpacu’s equipment.

Molina added that what has transpired is a classic “trampling” of citizens’ rights in the country, “where there are no laws or respect for the constitution on the part of the authorities.”

It’s hard to believe that the normalization supporters thought that you could change Cuba by saving the Castro regime. Let’s look at some of the arguments for normalization:   

1) Opening up Cuba will be good for the Cuban people. Really? Is that why they continue to leave? There are now Cubans in Colombia looking to travel to the U.S.

2) Allowing US businesses to operate in Cuba will bring prosperity to the island. The idea is that Cubans would get a taste of capitalism and demand more of it. Really? There is no evidence that the Castro regime is allowing Cubans to play the capitalism game.

So where are we? We are watching the consequences of bailing out a regime and demanding nothing from it.

We are where many of us feared that we’d be!   

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


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May 30, 2016 at 7:12 am