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World War II: A look at the political leaders with Barry Jacobsen

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July 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Happy # 100 Olivia Mary de Havilland

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We say happy # 100 to Olivia De Havilland, one of the great actresses of Hollywood. 

My two favorite roles were Marian in “The adventures of Robin Hood” and Melanie in “Gone with the wind”.    In total, she made many great movies.

Happy # 100……………

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July 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

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July 1, 1863 and the Battle of Gettysburg began

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The Battle of Gettysburg began today in 1863.    It was a brutal battle to say the least:

The largest military conflict in North American history begins this day when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat to Virginia by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

The movie was based on the book “The killer angels“:

In the early 1990s, a great movie was made about the battle.   It was great and so was “Going home” by Mary Fahl from “Gods and Generals:



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July 1, 2016 at 9:30 am

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What law? Obama just goes around the laws he does not like

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(My new American Thinker post)

From ObamaCare to executive orders legalizing illegal immigrants, President Obama has shown us that he does not understand the role of the executive branch under our Constitution.

So let me remind you. This is directly from the U.S. Constitution

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The president is the chief executive officer. He must enforce and obey the laws of the U.S. He does not avoid the ones he dislikes and enforces the ones he likes.    

The U.S. embargo is apparently a law that President Obama does not like. Therefore, he must enforce it or call on Congress to repeal it. On immigration, we see a similar situation. President Obama does not like that Congress has not passed the immigration reform that he likes. So he is going around Congress and running into the Supreme Court.

We just read that a U.S. company is going to run a hotel in Cuba. They are partners with the Cuban government because that’s the only option for a foreign company in Cuba.

I agree with Capitol Hill Cubans:

This week, the agreement between the U.S.-based hotel company, Starwood, and the Cuban military’s tourism entity, Gaviota, was consummated.

Under the deal, Starwood will manage the Hotel Quinta Avenida in Havana for the Cuban military.

First and foremost, this arrangement is clearly inconsistent with U.S. law — it’s illegal and should be challenged as such.

Moreover, it proves Obama has not been forthcoming.

Allowing U.S. companies to partner directly with the most repressive security apparatus in the Western Hemisphere neither “empowers the Cuban people,” nor “promotes their independence from the Cuban authorities.”

It’s simply repulsive.

Obama claims his Cuba policy shows the “Cold War is over” — yet his policy harkens back to the darkest days of the Cold War, when the United States partnered with repressive regimes throughout the hemisphere.

This is indeed a violation of the embargo. Furthermore, what Cuban family or foreign investor had this property stolen from them years ago?  

There are two problems here:

President Obama and many Democrats don’t have the votes to repeal the embargo so they just dance around it with executive orders; and, this new hotel is a joint venture with Castro Inc. and not an enterprise that will make Cuba more prosperous. Two entities will benefit from this deal: The Castro family and Starwood. Cubans may work in the hotel but they will likely be paid by the Cuban government and not allowed to form a union to negotiate with management.

The Obama-Castro deal shows everything that is wrong with this administration. Obama is naive about dictators and shows little respect for the laws of the U.S.

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July 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

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