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Crime and lawlessness in Chicago with Michael Bargo

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Guest:  Michael Bargo, contributor to American Thinker, author and resident of Chicago, joins me for a chat about the crime and lawlessness in Chicago…… do people cope with so much violence and news of weekend shootings?…….how does it affect other communities…………..and other political stories of the week……..

Click below to listen to the show:

Source: Crime and lawlessness in Chicago with Michael Bargo 09/08 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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1974: The Nixon pardon many years later

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It was President Ford’s biggest and most courageous decision.  

Let’s recall the events of September 8, 1974:

“……President Gerald Ford, who assumed office on the heels of President Richard M. Nixon‘s resignation, pardons his predecessor for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.”

As I recall, it happened on a Sunday morning.   I was leaving mass and headed home to have lunch with my parents when I heard the flash on the radio.  

My parents and I saw the TV coverage as we ate lunch.  My father’s initial reaction was that it made sense but it would be politically difficult with mid-terms 2 months away.   He was prophetic because the Democrats pounded on the pardon and scored big.

President Ford won in the end.  Years later, the JFK Library Foundation presented him its “2001 Profile in Courage Award.”  The award celebrated the fact that President Ford put country over his political ambitions.    

And he did.

We remember that kind of presidential leadership today.  President Ford left politics in 1977 and died in 2006.  The pardon looks better and better with age, and so does the 30-month “accidental” Ford presidency.

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September 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

We remember Patsy Cline (1932-1963)

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Patsy Cline was born on this day in 1932.  She was only 30 when killed in a plane crash in 1963.

In the 1980’s, I discovered “Crazy”, a great country song.   It got me to read and inquire about Patsy’s music.    Today, I’m a big fan of her music. 

She also recorded “I fall to pieces” and several other country hits!

Let’s remember Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, her most memorable hit:


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September 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

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Trump in Mexico: The hysteria continues

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(My new American Thinker post)

In Spanish, we say that someone will pay for the broken dishes, i.e. “pagar los platos rotos.”  It’s sort of like saying that someone will get blame for a bad idea.

We just learned that the person paying “los platos rotos” in Mexico is Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s finance minister.   He will pay the political price, especially now that Mrs. Clinton has left President Pena-Nieto without a Democrat to share the stage with.  My guess is that President Pena-Nieto had hoped to use Mrs. Clinton and gang up on Mr. Trump.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Clinton is not travelling to Mexico and the plan has backfired.

Here is the news from Mexico:

The resignation comes a week after the meeting between Mr. Peña Nieto and Donald J. Trump, which engendered widespread dismay and anger among Mexicans and reportedly divided Mr. Peña Nieto’s cabinet. It was Mr. Videgaray’s idea to invite Mr. Trump, according to several Mexican news media reports, though Mr. Peña Nieto later claimed it was his own.

Mr. Peña Nieto was scheduled to make a statement at 11 a.m. Mexico City time (noon Eastern), and is expected to name José Antonio Meade, Mexico’s social development minister, to replace Mr. Videgaray as finance minister.

So much for reading recently that Mr. Videgaray was a strong ally of President Pena-Nieto!

Mexico’s reaction was hysterical and totally silly.  As Allan Wall reminded us, maybe President Pena-Nieto is hedging his bets and looking ahead to a very different future:

There are signs that the Mexican presidential administration realizes that, and is hedging its bets.

One is the promotion of the Somos Mexicanos program designed to help Mexicans returning to Mexico from the United States.  I last visited Mexico this past June and July.  When entering Mexico, I noticed the Mexican immigration station had been remodeled to include a section for Repatriaciones (repatriations).

Does that mean the Mexican government is expecting larger numbers of Mexicans to return to Mexico?

Allan Wall has a point. I would add a couple of things.

Illegal immigration looks different today than it did years ago.  In other words, most of the people reaching the US are not Mexicans.  They are Central Americans using Mexico as a pathway to the US.  This is creating serious challenges for Mexico, from police resources to immigration court dates.  Frankly, Mexico now faces the difficulty of not knowing who is in the country.

Border lawlessness has infected the Mexican political system.  Cartels are going north and south of the border without consequences.  They bring dollars into Mexico that corrupt the politicians, specially in smaller towns run by cartels.

Trump’s language could have been more polite a year ago.  However, his message of a lawless border is one that the Mexican political class hears and understands quite well.  After all, as Allan Wall wrote in the aforementioned article, have we not heard talk of Mexico building a wall in its southern border?

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September 8, 2016 at 7:09 am