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A chat with George Rodriguez about US-Mexico border issues 

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Guest: George Rodriguez, editor of ‘El conservador’ and political activist in South Texas……we will review the border issues and recent revelations about the Obama administration and the US-Mexico border………….plus other stories………. Click the link below to listen: 

Source: A chat with George Rodriguez about US-Mexico border issues 09/17 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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September 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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The Cuba deal was about Obama, not to benefit the US or the Cuban people

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(My new Babalu post)

It was about 22 months ago that President Obama announced a change in US policy toward Cuba.    What do we have for reversing the policy of every president, from John Kennedy to George W Bush?  

What did US citizens get out of this?  

Will they be compensated for the millions of dollars that the regime stole?    It is estimated at $ 7 billion!

Or will Castro be forced to return the killer of a New Jersey state trooper enjoying life in the island for almost 2 decades?    

What did the Cuban people get?  So far nothing!   It’s the same old repression and torture that they’ve had since this corrupt regime took over and destroyed the island.

Indeed, some Americans will get to travel to Cuba and enrich the Castro family.       Overall, this does not look like a good deal for anyone who loves freedom.

The best explanation is at the editorial page of The Washington Post:   

If you think the president’s policy will “empower” the fledgling Cuban private sector, as opposed to the overbearing state, think again. Easy money from expensive visas is a relatively minor example of the regime’s so-far successful efforts to reap direct benefit from the new relationship with the United States. Even more important is the fact that the Cuban armed forces own the country’s dominant tourism companies, and those firms are expanding their role in anticipation of an American influx.  

Who has benefited?    

First, President Obama now has a post presidency story that he can tell anti-US audiences around the world.     He can say that he ended wars, signed a nuclear deal with Iran, closed GITMO and opened relations with Cuba.  It will bring anti-US audiences to their feet but won’t do much to help the US.

Second, the Castro brothers can now remind the world that President Obama is as weak as they come.   In other words, they got everything they wanted without having to make concessions.

What about the Cuban people?   They are now ruled by a dictator who just got a cash infusion from the Obama policy.    

What a disgrace like so much of the Obama foreign policy.

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September 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Anne Bancroft and “Mrs Robinson”

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In 1967, the movie “The Graduate” put Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in the role of “Mrs Robinson” and young Ben Braddock.    You can watch the movie to watch the rest of the story.    It also gave us one of the best songs of the 1960’s by Simon and Garfunkel:

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September 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Happy # 79 to Orlando Cepeda

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We say # 79 to Orlando Cepeda, one of the greatest players from Puerto Rico.  

Cepeda broke with the Giants in 1958 and was NL Rookie of the Year: .312 average, 25 HR & 96 RBI.    He followed that with some great seasons, including leading the NL with 46 HR & 142 RBI in 1961.   Cepeda played with St Louis and was selected as the 1967 NL MVP.

He was traded to Atlanta and finished with Boston in 1974.    

Overall, he hit .297 with 379 HR, 1,365 RBI over 2,124 games.    He was inducted to The Hall of Fame in 1999.


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September 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

Happy 229th to the US Constitution

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We begin today with a “happy 229th birthday” to the US Constitution.

The document, and the governing system it created, was finally put to the test when George Washington was inaugurated in March 1789.     We remember today the document and its history:

“On September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. Beginning on December 7, five states–Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut–ratified it in quick succession. However, other states, especially Massachusetts, opposed the document, as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and lacked constitutional protection of basic political rights, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press.

In February 1788, a compromise was reached under which Massachusetts and other states would agree to ratify the document with the assurance that amendments would be immediately proposed. The Constitution was thus narrowly ratified in Massachusetts, followed by Maryland and South Carolina.

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government under the U.S. Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. In June, Virginia ratified the Constitution, followed by New York in July.

On September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution–the Bill of Rights–and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Rhode Island, which opposed federal control of currency and was critical of compromise on the issue of slavery, resisted ratifying the Constitution until the U.S. government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.

On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island voted by two votes to ratify the document, and the last of the original 13 colonies joined the United States.

Today, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.” (History)

We have operated under that Constitution for 229 years.

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September 17, 2016 at 10:30 am

1955: Brooks Robinson got his first 2 hits

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On this day in 1955,  Brooks Robinson went 2 for 4 in his major league debut against Washington.      He was 18 and would go on to play the next 22 seasons in Baltimore.    Robinson won the 1964 AL MVP and the 1970 World Series MVP.

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September 17, 2016 at 9:30 am

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We remember Hank Williams (1923-1953)

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We remember Hiram King “Hank” Williams, the great country legend.    Williams was born in Alabama and died in West Virginia at age 29.   He was  one of the most influential country singers of the 20th century.


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September 17, 2016 at 9:00 am

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We remember Anne Bancroft (1931-2005)

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Anna Maria Louisa Italiano was born in the Bronx, New York.   Her parents were Italian immigrants.  

We know her as Anne Bancroft, the great movie actress:

“Over the course of her intermittent screen career, Bancroft went on to give acclaimed performances in The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Slender Thread (1965), Young Winston (1972), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), The Elephant Man (1980), To Be or Not to Be (1983), 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) and other movies, but her most famous role would be as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967).”    

It’s hard to pick a favorite but she was fantastic as Lady Churchill in “Young Winston”:


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September 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

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The girl who cried ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ and…

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(My new American Thinker post)

As we learned many years ago in school, there was a young boy who kept crying wolf. The boy kept crying wolf and the villagers came running to his defense. Over and over, they boy would cry wolf but there was not really a wolf  Eventually, the wolf really came but nobody in the village paid attention.  

It sounds a bit like the Clinton campaign of 2016. She keeps crying racism, sexism and every other “ism” but no one seems to care anymore.    

As Howard Kurtz wrote, she is running out of ammunition:

She has called him temperamentally unfit, too dangerous for the Oval Office and ignorant about foreign policy. 

She has said he makes racist statements and that many of his followers are in fact racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and Islamophobic. 

She has said he’s built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. 

She has denigrated his business record, mocked his corporate bankruptcies and accused him of stiffing small contractors.

What else has she got? How do you stage an October surprise if you’ve gone nuclear in July, August and September?

No wonder Democrats are getting nervous.

After all the stuff dumped on Trump by the Hillary camp and the media, he’s tied in the CBS/New York Times poll, trailing by 1 point in a new Fox News poll, and ahead in such crucial states as Florida and Ohio. 

So what should Clinton do now?

What can she do? Frankly, not much. She cried wolf too many times and people just don’t believe her. Calling people racist used to be the worst of slurs.

Today’s Democrats call you racist because they disagree with your politics.   

September has turned out to be a cruel month for Mrs Clinton and the Democrats.    

A month ago, they walked around like the guy with a lottery winner in his pocket:

1) They were going to blow Mr Trump out of the water with millions in TV advertising. As Charles Krauthammer wrote, it did not work. They spent the money and Trump is actually gaining on her. All of those TV ads calling Mr Trump a monster did not work.

2) They thought that Trump would deliver the presidency and the U.S. Senate. Actually, today’s polls are not saying that at all. The GOP is now more confident about keeping the Senate and it’s the Democrats who are nervous about 2016.

To be fair, all of this could change. Trump could go off script and get into a fight with someone other than Mrs. Clinton. We remind you that he has done it before.

At the same time, it could change the other way specially if Mrs. Clinton’s health acts up again.

It’s mid-September and Mr. Trump is the one gaining and Mrs Clinton is the one screaming “racism”, “sexism” and talking about a “basket of deplorables”.    

My guess is that there is a little panic at the Clinton headquarters. Maybe that poll showing Trump getting 19% of the black vote is freaking them out!

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September 17, 2016 at 6:25 am