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Archive for July 2016

The Trump-Clinton contest after the conventions

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Guest: Chris Corbett, North Texas conservative activist………we will look back at the GOP and Democrat conventions………the VP selections, Kaine & Pence………the Clinton vs Trump race heading into the summer………the Sanders factor………the anti-Trump factor…………..and more stories…..

Click here to listen to the show: The Trump-Clinton contest after the conventions 07/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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Olympics? Brazilians are busy with politics!

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(My new American Thinker post)

The Olympics start next Friday.  We trust that everything goes well, although there are many reasons to worry, from crime to infrastructure to even terrorism.  Let’s hope that the accomplishments of the athletes, and nothing else, is the big story from Rio.

On the political front, Brazilians are watching one amazing telenovela.  The latest is about Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil who is now a target of the investigation over bribery at Petrobras, the oil monopoly.

This is from The New York Times:

Lawyers for Mr. da Silva said in a statement that he was innocent of the obstruction charges, saying that he had “never interfered” in the Petrobras investigation.
The charges stem from testimony by Delcídio do Amaral, a former senator in the Workers’ Party who was arrested in November after he was heard in a secret recording describing an elaborate plan for Nestor Cerveró, a former Petrobras executive ensnared in the scandal, to flee Brazil on a private plane.

We will follow the events and see where the trial goes.  In the short run, there are a couple of problems:

1) Lula, as he is known by supporters, was planning to run for president in 2018.  Obviously, his plans will have to wait for the determination of this trial.

2) Brazil’s political system has been exposed as one gigantic case of crony capitalism.

3) All of this political bickering is making Brazilians even more cynical about their politicians.  After all, it wasn’t long ago that Lula was the darling of most citizens, in part because of the economic boom that coincided with his two terms.  Like President Clinton, President Lula had some rather amazing good timing when it came to economic growth.  

Lula’s out of luck.  He now faces real charges of corruption, as well as a public furious with the economic slowdown.

So let’s hope the Olympics goes well, because politics isn’t!

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July 31, 2016 at 6:13 am

Enjoy “National Lipstick Day” with Connie Francis

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It’s true………this is “National Lipstick Day”……….so I guess that women are happy:

And a good day to listen to Connie Francis:

 

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July 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm

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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda……we look at the GOP and Democrat Conventions……….Mrs Clinton and Senator Kaine spoke at the convention…..US flags suddenly appear at the Democrat convention……….emails controversy and who hacked the DNC……….Russia and Mr Trump………the media and the 2016 election….the latest GDP numbers are not good………and other stories of the week………………….

Click to listen: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 07/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Summer 1968: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and best single cover photo ever!

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Let me create a little controversy.

What’s the greatest rock song ever? Is it “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis? or “Hound dog”?

Or something from Chuck Berry, such as “Johnny B Goode”?

I am bias because I did not grow up with Elvis or Chuck Berry.
 
Or is it something from Motown or something closer to my generation?
I did grow up listening to The Rolling Stones. They are still playing although it’s a bit humorous to watch a bunch of grandfathers doing rock.
I love “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, a song that was released as a single in June ’68 with “Child of the moon” as the B-side.
 
It also featured one of the great “45-covers” ever! (see the above picture!). Wonder if anyone still has that sleeve?
 
Surprisingly, it was not not included in the “Beggars’ Banquet” album released in December ’68.
We actually had to wait until “Big Hits, Vol. 2” was released almost 18 months later!
 
I love Keith Richards’ guitar, Mick Jagger’s energetic vocals and some great work from Bill Wyman on bass, the late Brian Jones on second guitar and Charlie Watts on drums.
This is my choice for the best rock song ever!
“Watch it!
I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain, 
But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas! 
But it’s all right. I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash,  
It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!
I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag, 
I was schooled with a strap right across my back, 
But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas! 
But it’s all right, I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 
It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!
I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead. 
I fell down to my feet and I saw they bled. 
I frowned at the crumbs of a crust of bread. 
Yeah, yeah, yeahI was crowned with
a spike right thru my head.But it’s all right now, 
in fact, it’s a gas! But it’s all right, 
I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash, It’s a Gas! Gas! Gas!
Jumping Jack Flash, its a gas…..”

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July 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

July 30, 1966: “Wild thing” by The Troggs was # 1 this week

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“Wild thing” was # 1 this week in The Billboard Top 100.   It is such a simple song but Rolling Stone magazine ranked it # 257 in the Top 500 songs of rock.    

It became the first million seller for The Troggs, an English band that was a bit ahead of its time.     The lead singer was Reg Presley, one of 2 guys named Presley who put a song on the # 1 spot!

 

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July 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

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Mr Kaine: Those GDP ‘numeros son muy malo’

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(My new American Thinker post)

 

We learned that VP nominee Senator Kaine can handle Spanish conversation. He can certainly pander in Spanish. He became the latest Democrat to ask for Hispanic votes by promising immigration reform. The last one was Senator Obama in 2008 — and how did that turn out?

Wonder if he is going to explain the latest GDP numbers in Spanish? My guess is that’s one Spanish speech that we won’t hear. The latest GDP numbers are “malo, horrible, terrible” and whatever other Spanish word that comes to my mind.    

This is from Fox News:

Gross domestic product increased at a 1.2 percent annual rate after rising by a downwardly revised 0.8 percent pace in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said on Friday. 

The economy was previously reported to have grown at a 1.1 percent pace in the first quarter.   

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast GDP growth rising at a 2.6 percent rate in the last quarter.

Once again, the economists were surprised that it was lower than anticipated. Another report and another round of economists who expected a better number. Maybe these are the same economists who’ve been advising Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ draft picks since their last Super Bowl visit in 1996!  

We heard a lot about history made in Philadelphia. Yes, a lot of history was made indeed.   

I think that this is the first that a presidential nominee had GDP numbers like this the day after the speech.

As for Mr. Kaine, I’ll be happy to write his Spanish speech about this economy. He won’t like it, but it will tell Hispanics that their investment in Obama left them with nothing but a broken “si se puede” vinyl record.

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July 30, 2016 at 7:31 am