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The perils of The Clinton Foundation with Professor Daniel Bonevac

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Guest: Professor Daniel Bonevac, University of Texas………..we will discuss the impact of The Clinton Foundation in our politics………..do these Foundations invite a ‘pay to play’ environment that could end up damaging the integrity of our politics?……..or could such donations compromise a future president?……what about the idea of an ex-President of the US running around the world asking for donations? Mrs Clinton continues to evade the media…..she seems to be running out the clock…………..and other stories of the week………………..

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August 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Hillary Clinton warning

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August 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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1939: The first baseball game on TV

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We take baseball on TV for granted these days. In fact, I’m watching the Rangers play play Cleveland as I write this post.   For much of the 20th century, baseball was a radio game.   Baseball came in the 1960’s and flourished with the advent of cable TV and other media.

So when did “baseball on TV” start? The answer is 1939:

“On this day in 1939, television station W2XBS in New York City broadcasts a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The game, filmed with two cameras, was the first Major League Baseball game ever aired on television.

W2XBS in Manhattan, a trailblazing television station owned by NBC, was the first to broadcast not just baseball, but college and professional football in 1939 and hockey and basketball in 1940. The station’s first foray into baseball broadcasting came in May 1939 when it aired a game between Columbia and Princeton universities from Baker Field in upper Manhattan–using just one camera that was essentially unable to follow the game as well as the naked eye. Three months later for the major league game, a second camera was added in order to better follow the action on the field. The first was placed by the visitor’s dugout down the third base line; the second camera was in the stands directly behind home plate. Newspapers reported that the ball could be seen leaving the pitcher’s hand on the way to home plate some of the time, a dramatic improvement over the first broadcast at Columbia.

Red Barber, the long-time radio voice of the Dodgers, also called the game for the broadcast. In the first game, Reds ace pitcher Bucky Walters flummoxed the Dodgers, holding them to just two hits in a 5-2 win. The Dodgers got their revenge in the second game with a 6-1 victory. In that second game, Dodger pitcher Hugh Casey snagged his ninth win with help from first baseman Dolf Camilli, who hit a two-run game-winning home run, his 22nd of the year, in the second inning.

The game was broadcast from New York City’s Empire State Building, completed just eight years earlier, and could be seen in homes up to 50 miles away.”

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August 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

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1978: “Grease” by Frankie Valli is # 1 this week

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Frankie Valli made his name with The Four Seasons.   After that, he had a couple of # 1 songs:  “Can’t take my eyes off of you” and “My eyes adored you”.    

In the summer of 1978, Frankie was on top of the charts again with “Grease”, the title song from the very popular movie.    

Let me add a footnote about Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, the song’s composer.    It was the 26th week at #1 for a Barry Gibb song in 1978:  “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever,” by the Bee Gees; “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” and “Shadow Dancing,” by Andy Gibb; and “If I Can’t Have You,” by Yvonne Elliman on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.    It was indeed an amazing year for Barry Gibb!

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August 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

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A word about National Dog Day 2016

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We say Happy National Dog Day.   We salute our favorite dog friends today.  

We also remember some of the famous dogs that we grew up watching on TV:

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August 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

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Why didn’t El Chapo create a foundation?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The mob has been in my mind lately.   

First, my friend Bruce Woodhull just wrote another fiction book about a crime family. It will keep you very awake as you sit by the swimming pool this summer.

Second, I had a chance to catch a bit of Godfather II. It was that scene when Michael Corleone got a taste of “pay to play” with the U.S. Senator from Nevada.     

It’s a great scene, especially now that I am reading the AP story about donors and meetings with Secretary of State Clinton.    

According to the story, Secretary Clinton, the wife of the former president traveling all over the world collecting donations, spent a lot of her time talking to people who donated money to the Clinton Foundation.     

Maybe this is why the Middle East is in flames, Chinese is taking over the South China sea, Russia is flying out of Iran, and the whole world is a mess.    

In other words, our Secretary of State spent most her time talking to donors rather than overseeing the world.    

So much for the one about being a very experienced candidate.  Experienced in what? Experienced in granting access to people from countries that throw homosexuals from the roof or deny women the right to drive a car?   

Third, I read that El Chapo wants to go back to the prison that he escaped from. He finds his current cell very dirty. Sorry, but you can’t make up this stuff.

Frankly, El Chapo has to be kicking himself every day that he didn’t create a Foundation to get around all of those laws.  

El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel has been operating creatively around the law for years:

A group working for the Sinaloa cartel, that Portafolio called one of the largest bands of contraband smugglers in the world, “began to realize that if they brought merchandise from one of those countries to which the [tariff waiver] applied [they] could circumvent the” import tariff, Portafolio reported.

“One of the methods they employed was the triangulation of merchandise,” the report continued. “They imported products made in countries with which there was not [free-trade agreement] and they made them pass as if they were made in” a country that did have an agreement.

This method allowed the group, acting on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel, to buy legitimate goods with dirty cash and then resell those goods to turn what appeared to be a legal profit — all while avoiding Colombia’s tariffs on imports.

Eventually, as the article goes on to report, the U.S. federal authorities caught on to the scheme and properties were seized.

El Chapo’s gang could have avoided the whole thing with the creation of a foundation.  They could have put some pretty face up front and collected cash for the purpose of sending glasses for the poor children of Oaxaca and other poor areas in Mexico.   

The foundation could have received billions in the name of charity and made El Chapo and his gang really rich without having to get around free trade agreements or laws.   

it’s too late for El Chapo. Don’t be surprised if one of those smart MBA types working for a cartel tells his boss that The Clinton Foundation is the model for future business.   

After all, who is going to criticize a foundation that distributes glasses for the poor children of Mexico?    

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August 26, 2016 at 6:18 am