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Obama and GITMO, the 2016 election and a few other thoughts

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August 16, 2016 at 7:45 pm

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What were you doing on the day that Elvis died?

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Are you 40-plus?  You will probably remember that Elvis died on this day in 1977

It was a shocking story that caught most of us by surprise.  I learned about it driving home from a night class.  They interrupted the baseball game with a flash.

I can still remember watching David Brinkley’s special report that night about his life and death. 

Remember all of those music stations that went “Total Elvis” for several days.

Like any superstar, Elvis’ career had several chapters and phases.  

The first one is the young rocker period.   This is when he burst on the charts with a string of gold records and sales unmatched in history.

The second period was when got drafted in ’59 and served in US Army.  He followed military service with more pop than rock hits such as “It’s now or never” or “Surrender”.    (He also met Priscilla when he was doing his military service in Germany)

The third chapter was all of those silly movies that gave us very few memorable tunes.  

The fourth chapter was the Vegas comeback in 1968, the huge concerts and a string of great songs until his death. 

My favorite chapter was the young rocker days.  He was great and sang with incredible energy.  He was simply fabulous!    

Elvis continues to sell records 39 years ago after his death.   His movies are still favorites on TV.    The legend of Elvis also continues to grow.


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August 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Sanders turned out to be a big fake

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(My new American Thinker post)

Senator Sanders’ socialist nonsense was always followed with the footnote that Sanders was genuine and a true believer, i.e. the crazy leftist uncle in the attic who actually believes that Marxism works if you give it a true chance.    

We’ve learned a couple of things about Mr. Sanders since he endorsed Mrs Clinton:   

1) He threw his supporters under the bus by supporting a candidate who represents everything that he spoke about, from crony capitalism to connections to Wall Street; and,

2) Mr. Sanders likes expensive homes just like the rich folks do. Mr. Sanders just bought his third home and we don’t think that he will be turning any of them into shelters for the homeless or to accommodate refugees from the Middle East. My guess is that he will also take advantage of all of those tax breaks that he ran against during the campaign.

According to NPR, Sanders is turning off a lot of his supporters:

Bernie Sanders may have found a new place to take a break from the political arena after buying a vacation home last week. But some of his former supporters were questioning his socialist authenticity.

Sanders recently purchased a lake-front home in North Hero, Vt., his home state. The $575,000, four-bedroom home includes 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront on the east side of the island, according to the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

The purchase makes this Sanders’ third home, and after the news broke of his recent purchase, the Internet became a breeding ground for complaints.

Socialist authenticity?

In fact, this is how a lot of socialists live, from Cuba to North Korea to the American left, who love public education but send their kids to rich private schools like the Obama, the Clintons, the Kerrys, the Gores and so on.   

I am not surprised that Mr. Sanders would bash rich people in front of fickle students and then buy a huge home to relax. He is actually a lot more typical of rich socialists than his supporters realize. It’s a shame that his supporters had to learn that the whole message was a fraud this way.

As my late father once said after watching a Sanders rally: “At 18 you believe this trash, then you grow up….”

That’s right. Bernie’s home is a teachable moment for the thousands who bought into his distributionist nonsense!

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August 16, 2016 at 7:43 am