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The impact of illegal immigration on illegal immigrants with Michael Bargo

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Guest: Michael Bargo, contributor to American Thinker…….we will discuss the impact of illegal immigration on illegal immigrants……..Michael has been writing about Chicago’s politics for 10 years………author……..and political activist…………………..

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June 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

“Wonderful summer”: The girls loved this very popular summer song!

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This is Robin Ward’s “Wonderful summer”.

It’s a classic summer love song. It is also one of the few summer songs recorded by a female vocalist.

Robin Ward is one of the greatest “one hit wonders” in pop music.

Who was Robin Ward? We don’t know much about her but she did record one of the most “girly” summer songs ever!

And the girls love this song:

 

“I want to thank you for giving me
The most wonderful summer of my life
It was so heavenly
You meant the world to me
And anyone could see that I was so in love
I want to thank you for giving me
The most wonderful summer of my life
I never will forget That summer day we met
You were so shy and yet you stole my heart away
We strolled along the sand Walking hand in hand
Then you kissed me and I knew
That I would love you my whole life through
I want to thank you for giving me
The most wonderful summer of my life
And though it broke my heart
That day we had to part
I’ll always thank you for giving me
The most wonderful summer of my life”

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June 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Why didn’t President Obama meet Cuban dissident Dr. Biscet?

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 2007, then President Bush presented The Medal of Freedom in absentia to the Cuban human rights and democracy activist Oscar Elias Biscet. This week, he was able to place the award on Biscet’s shoulders.  

Good for President Bush!     

Where was President Obama?  Why didn’t President Obama give a minute of his time to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet?

For the record, Dr Biscet is a human rights leader:

Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is a physician, winner of numerous human rights awards, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, which peacefully promotes human rights and the rule of law in Cuba. In reprisal for his human rights activities, Dr. Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison and has been held in some of the harshest conditions experienced by any prisoners in Cuba, including in punishment cells and solitary confinement. This is Dr. Biscet’s second stint in prison. Biscet first ran afoul of the Castro regime in the 1990s, when he investigated Cuban abortion techniques — Cuba has by far the highest abortion rates in the Western Hemisphere — and revealed that numerous infants had been killed after being delivered alive. The report was sent to Fidel Castro with un-official statistics and testimonies from mothers who described the infanticide. Biscet was arrested and served three years in a prison camp after publishing this article condemning abortion. Officially, Biscet was imprisoned for the crime of “disrespect.” After he was released in 2002, Biscet was again arrested, after only a month of freedom, during Cuba’s Black Spring.

Biscet’s prison cell is the stuff of a Victor Hugo nightmare: tiny, filthy, and shared with an almost uncontrollably violent cellmate. He has no windows and hasn’t seen sunlight in weeks. He’s afforded no medicines or toiletries. Other than a 2-hour visit from his wife every two months, he’s permitted no visitors, correspondence, or other reading materials. Currently, Dr. Biscet suffers from chronic gastritis, hypertension and recurring infections and is reportedly losing his eyesight; his poor health has been severely aggravated by unhygienic prison conditions and harsh treatment. At one point, Dr. Biscet was reported to have lost more than 60 pounds while in prison. Nonetheless, he inspires others with his repeated acts of defiance against his persecutors.

Recently, in a letter smuggled from his prison, entitled Civil Disobedience, Biscet urged all Cubans to continue to pray and fast until the government signs the international human rights treaties that have been established by the United Nations. Biscet wrote, “The people of Cuba have been suffering the scorn of a totalitarian tyranny, Communism, throughout four decades. Due to this inhumane treatment whereby the decorum of a people is violated, many Cubans are indignant and have risen up to pray and fast, beseeching the God of the Bible…we must expedite the achievement of these basic rights through civil disobedience and by putting into practice all methods to obtain our humanitarian aim.” Biscet pledged, “Here, in this dark jail where they force me to live, I will be resisting until the freedom of my people is obtained.”

Only this year, five years after his release from prison, was he allowed to travel to the United States.

Dr. Biscet is precisely the kind of human rights leader that President Obama, or any other U.S. president, should be embracing.    

Perhaps President Obama does not want to upset Raul Castro.    

Or maybe Dr. Biscet is politically incorrect: A Cuban black who opposes abortion and the opening to Cuba without demanding something from Castro.

Where is President Obama? He is talking to a lot of people but not a black Cuban human rights leader.

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June 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……we look at the top US-Latin America stories of the week………Brazil continues to deal with the challenges of the Olympics…………and other stories of the week……….Cuba denies a visa to a US House delegation…………the new and expanded Panama Canal is now ready for business………peace in Colombia………….a new report that kidnappings are on the rise in Mexico……..and the latest from Venezuela………..plus other stories of the week…..

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Source: Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

The Governor of Rio fears that Olympics could be a big failure

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(My new American Thinker post)

Anybody out there planning to go to the Olympics? This is not a good headline:

Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure,” because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games.

In an interview with Rio’s O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazilian real ($860 million) payout from the federal government aimed at shoring up state coffers ahead of the Aug. 5-21 event. The funds were allocated last week but have not yet reached the state, and Dornelles warned that without them, police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money.

“How are people going to feel protected in a city without security,” Dornelles was quoted as asking.

“I’m optimistic about the games, but I have to show reality,” he said. “We can have a great Olympics, but if some steps aren’t taken, it can be a big failure.”

And this guy wants tourists to get on a plane and visit Rio?     

On top of everything, from a really juicy political crisis to the zika virus, the police are protesting against the late payment of salaries and a lack of equipment ranging from car fuel to toilet paper.

And these are the police officers that will provide security in Rio?    

It is a terrible shame that things have deteriorated like this. However, this is more than bad luck. Brazil probably wasn’t ready to do World Cup and Olympics in 2014 and 2016. Add to all of this the country’s penchant for corruption and toilet paper may be the last thing that we will have to worry about.

Finally, security is even more critical now than ever because of terrorism. We saw what happened at the Boston Marathon in 2013 where a couple of guys with bombs killed and injured many.   

It’s probably too late to pull the plug but a lot of people, and even some athletes, won’t go. It’s just too much of a risk for people to take. 

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June 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

The latest Supreme Court decisions plus the GOP convention in Cleveland

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June 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Do state legislatures matter anymore?

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(My new American Thinker post)

In a year, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote in overturning state bans on marriage and now safety restrictions on abortion clinics. In other words, Justice Kennedy made same-sex marriage “legal” and found restrictions on abortion clinics “unconstitutional”.

This is odd because Congress never passed a law on abortion or same-sex marriage. What we call the “law of the land” is nothing more than an opinion written by a justice in 1973 and 2015.

Was this country founded to have people governed by justices who overturn the work of state legislatures? I don’t think so, and the 10th Amendment is there for all to read.

In both cases, Justice Kennedy threw out the work of state legislatures. Is that what he thinks of the people? What in the world does Justice Kennedy, or the other four automatic liberal votes, know about “undue process” on getting an abortion? Did they come to Texas and see what these restrictions are?  

So what is the point of having state legislatures? Why not just have the Supreme Court decide everything?   

The Texas abortion clinic rules was about protecting women rather than denying them their “right” to abortion. Dr. Manny Gonzales reacted to the ruling this way:

I never saw the Texas abortion law as a means to restrict services available to women or put limitations on a patient’s right to choose. 

I saw it as a way to ensure that quality standards were being met at the clinics and centers offering this complicated, delicate procedure. 

It seems to me that while we have no trouble in naming the various issues we face in health care, like medical errors, patient injury, lack of transparency and cost of care, every time we put a solution on the table to address a problem, it becomes poisoned by political correctness and marred by biased motivations.

The left is jumping in glee over Justice Kennedy, a Reagan appointment. However, I hope that everyone is sitting back and thinking about the country.

How can you govern a country when a Supreme Court justice reverses what people pass in state legislatures? How much longer before the people in those states say “we’re out of here” because this system does not respect or work for us?  

Last, but not least, it’s time for a governor to say “enough”. I hope that Governor Greg Abbott will say “no” and refuse to obey Justice Kennedy’s opinion. It’s about time that someone reminded the Supreme Court that their opinions are not “the law of the land”.  

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June 28, 2016 at 6:37 am