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A few thoughts about Baton Rouge and the GOP convention

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We will look at another police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana……………a few thoughts about the GOP convention…..and my new AT post about how Iraq and race relations are front page news in the last year of his presidency……….and more stories…………. Click the link below to listen:

Source: A few thoughts about Baton Rouge and the GOP convention 07/18 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

1936 and the start of The Spanish Civil War

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The Spanish Civil War broke out on this day in 1936 with a revolt by right-wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco that spread to mainland Spain.    It lasted until 1939.   General Franco stayed in power until his death in 1975…….click for more:

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July 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

Happy # 76 to Joe Torre, a great player and later manager

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Many years ago, I had a Joe Torre baseball card.   I had no idea that he’d go on to become a great major league manager, too.

Joe was born in Brooklyn and made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960………… for more:

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July 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

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July 18, 1969: Chappaquidick and Ted Kennedy

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On July 18, 1969, most Americans were tuned in to Apollo 11’s lunar mission.   

Over in Chappaquiddick, Senator Ted Kennedy was attending a party with friends and campaign workers………… below for more:

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July 18, 2016 at 7:43 am

Iraq and race relations dominate in year eight of Obama

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(My new American Thinker post)

We are counting down to the end of the Obama presidency. Only six months remain.

Wonder who voted for Obama in 2008 thinking that Iraq and race relations would dominate the front pages at the end of his presidency? In other words, this is not what “hope and change” had in store for year eight.    

Over in Iraq, reality is forcing  President Obama to send U.S. troops, even if in a support role as reported by the New York Times:

President Obama will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul, the largest city still controlled by the Islamic State, a deployment intended to capitalize on recent battlefield gains that also illustrates the obstacles that Mr. Obama has faced in trying to wind down America’s wars.

The additional troops, announced here on Monday by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, are the latest escalation of the American military role in Iraq by Mr. Obama, who withdrew the last American soldiers from Iraq at the end of 2011.

On race relations, the situation is even more disastrous. Like many, President Obama reacted irresponsibly to the killing of Michael Brown in Missouri, as Ron Christie wrote:

Turning to the ginned-up cauldron of race that is now Ferguson, the president was once again quick to offer his opinion on local matter on which he knew nothing of the facts at hand. Days following the shooting the president assured the press that he had sent both the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting of Michael Brown. Of particular relevance, Mr. Obama offered:

“Of course, it’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old. His family will never hold Michael in their arms again. And when something like this happens, the local authorities — including the police — have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death, and how they are protecting the people in their communities.”

The circumstances under which Brown lost his life are both heartbreaking and tragic — but not in the manner implied by the president. 

Rather than waiting for local authorities to complete their investigation, the president took sides — particularly with the “his family will never hold Michael in their arms again” line. 

The implication here is that a white police gunned down a young black man in a manner that was irresponsible and opaque.

With race relations, polls tell us that things are really bad. Over in Iraq, U.S. troops will face combat again.   

This is not what they predicted back in 2008!

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July 18, 2016 at 7:41 am