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The 2016 election and now the FBI with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor

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Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor……..we will look at the state of the 2016 race now that FBI Director Comey has made a very important announcement………….and other thoughts about the 2016 campaign………………

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Source: The 2016 election and now the FBI with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor 10/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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What radio show would Orson Wells do about this election?

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(My new American Thinker post)

On October 30, 1938, millions of Americans had their dinner and sat down to listen to the radio. It turned out to be a rather unusual Halloween night:

Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy “Charlie McCarthy” on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.

Welles introduced his radio play with a spoken introduction, followed by an announcer reading a weather report. Then, seemingly abandoning the storyline, the announcer took listeners to “the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.” …  An announcer broke in to report that “Professor Farrell of the Mount Jenning Observatory” had detected explosions on the planet Mars. Then the dance music came back on, followed by another interruption in which listeners were informed that a large meteor had crashed into a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey.

Soon, an announcer was at the crash site describing a Martian emerging from a large metallic cylinder. “Good heavens,” he declared, “something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now here’s another and another one and another one. They look like tentacles to me … I can see the thing’s body now. It’s large, large as a bear. It glistens like wet leather.” But that face, it… it … ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable…”

The Martians mounted walking war machines and fired “heat-ray” weapons at the puny humans gathered around the crash site. They annihilated a force of 7,000 National Guardsman, and after being attacked by artillery and bombers the Martians released a poisonous gas into the air. Soon “Martian cylinders” landed in Chicago and St. Louis. The radio play was extremely realistic, with Welles employing sophisticated sound effects and his actors doing an excellent job portraying terrified announcers and other characters.

They say that a million people fell for it.

Maybe a 2016 version of Orson Welles could do a radio show about a presidential candidate who used a private server as Secretary of State.    
Then he can tell us about the lady’s assistant who is married to a rather bizarre fellow addicted to sending strange texts to young women.    

And the climax of the story is when the FBI discovers that the bizarre fellow had classified information in his laptop. 

Wonder if any radio producer would buy that story? My guess is that that they would reject it on the grounds that they don’t think any candidate for president would be that stupid.

Orson, where are you when we need you?

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October 31, 2016 at 7:14 am

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………….we will discuss the state of the 2016 after the latest news from the FBI………how damaging is this to the Clinton campaign…………plus the latest from Obama Care premiums across the country………………..The Clintons and corruption is in the news daily with the Wikileaks………and other stories of the week…

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 10/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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We remember John Adams (1735-1826)

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This is what John Adams wrote to Abigail about July 4th:

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

The HBO series is great and you can buy a copy from the link below.

Check it out.

It is a great story about the making of the US.

It is also a great story about a wonderful couple, John and Abigail Adams.

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October 30, 2016 at 7:00 am

Are the Democrats victims of their identity politics?

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Cartoonist Gary Varvel: FBI looks into Hillary's email server

(My new American Thinker post)

God only knows where the new FBI intervention will take us.  I don’t know for sure, but I can safely say it is not the Clintons’ destination of choice. 

Since this private server story broke in 2015, I have asked the same question: how can the Democratic Party allow this woman to get nominated?  Didn’t someone at the party headquarters connect the dots and realize what Mrs. Clinton did?  After all, we are talking about a secretary of state using an unapproved server to conduct the diplomatic business of the U.S. 

So why didn’t a group of senior Democrats go to the Clintons’ residence and quietly call on Mrs. Clinton to drop out?  Remember when a group of GOP senators paid a visit on President Nixon in the summer of 1974 and told him to resign?

Instead, the party circled the wagons and invested itself in a Clinton, or the first female presidency.  Even Senator Sanders, who should have argued the national security risks of a private server, just said he was sick and tired of hearing about the emails. 

Where are the Democrats today? 

First, Mrs. Clinton’s judgment is under the microscope again, from the private server to surrounding herself with people with little regard for national security issues.  Have you seen what they say of Mrs. Clinton in these leaks?  My guess is that Bush 41 or Bush 43 staffers were not speaking that way of their bosses.

Second, the Democrats are now victims of their focus on identity politics:

a) Not one of them had the courage to call out President Obama on Obamacare.  They had to know that the numbers would never add up. 

b) Not one had the courage to call on Mrs. Clinton to drop out over her total disregard for national security.

Why didn’t one Democrat stand up against Obamacare or call on Mrs. Clinton to put country over party?

The answer is identity politics.  They were afraid of criticizing the first black president’s signature legislation or call on the first potential female president to drop out.

Forty-one years ago this month, Bill Lee, who was known as a junk ball pitcher, gave up a three-run home run to Tony Perez in game 7 of the 1975 World Series.  Bill said later that he lived by the junk pitch and would die by the junk pitch.

Let’s paraphrase Lee and say this: the Democrats live by identity politics and will now die by identity politics.

The Democrats put race and gender over common sense and now have to live with high premiums and a candidate no one trusts.

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October 30, 2016 at 6:27 am

The FBI and the 2016 election with Frank Burke, author and businessman

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Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker, joins me for a look at the latest FBI intervention in the 2016 campaign……what does it mean…….is this the October surprise that neither side was expecting………..and other thoughts about the 2016 campaign………………

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Source: The FBI and the 2016 election with Frank Burke, author and businessman 10/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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The Obama administration makes a mockery of U.S. law at the UN

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(My new American Thinker post)

This week, the Obama administration did not show up for the UN vote against the Cuba embargo. It went like this as reported by the New York Times:

Making a bit of history, the United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time in an annual General Assembly condemnation of the half-century-old American trade embargo against Cuba.

The abstention — a break from the “no” vote the United States delegation has always cast — was another important signal by the Obama administration of its intention to fully repair relations with Cuba, including an end to the embargo.

The reconciliation began two years ago when President Obama abandoned the policy of his predecessors to isolate the Castro government in Cuba and moved to restore diplomatic ties with the island nation of 11 million.

The United States and Cuba formally re-established embassies in each other’s capitals in July 2015, ending more than more than five decades of Cold War-era enmity. 

But the embargo, which can only be rescinded by Congress, remains in force.

Yes, the embargo remains in force because it is the law of the land. This is why only Congress can rescind it!

Let’s recall a bit of history about the embargo:

Following the events of 1961–62, economic and diplomatic isolation became the major prongs of U.S. policy toward Cuba. 
This continued even after the Soviet Union’s collapse. 

Washington strengthened the embargo with the 1992 Cuba Democracy Act and 1996 Helms-Burton Act (PDF), which state that the embargo may not be lifted until Cuba holds free and fair elections and transitions to a democratic government that excludes the Castros. (Raúl has said he will leave office in 2018.) 

To be fair, honest people can disagree about the embargo. I’ve had disagreements with other Cubans or Cuban Americans. The disagreements are not generational. In other words, some Cubans of my parents generation believe that the embargo should end and some Cuban Americans like me believe it should stay.

The bottom line is that the Obama administration is mocking U.S. law and the Congress in front of the world.

Why doesn’t President Obama call on Congress to end the embargo? At the same time, why didn’t he demand reforms from Cuba, or the prerequisites required by law to end the embargo? Most of all, why didn’t he call on the Cuban government to settle the claims of U.S. citizens for property stolen years ago?

As a U.S. citizen, I find this astonishing. I find it remarkable that the U.S. government would pander to governments at the UN over Cuba.  

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October 29, 2016 at 7:05 am

The Trump campaign & Wikileaks with Professor Bonevac 

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Guest:   Professor Daniel Bonevac, Professor of University of Texas……………we will review his article about Mr Trump……what’s like to be a conservative professor in today’s university environment…………where is the campaign today with less than two weeks ago………..The Clintons and corruption are back in the news with the Wikileaks………………..Cubs vs Indians in The World Series………..and other stories of the week…

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Source: The Trump campaign & Wikileaks with Professor Bonevac 10/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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WikiLeaks is today’s version of the blue dress that didn’t go to the cleaner!

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(My new American Thinker post)

The younger readers may not remember Monica and the blue dress that she saved in the closet. God only knows what Monica was thinking but it did prove that then President Clinton was lying through his teeth about their “encounter” in the Oval Office. Then President Clinton survived conviction in the U.S. Senate, in large part because unemployment was low and everyone was enjoying the returns on their mutual funds.

Frankly, the Clinton team thought that they get away with it until the blue dress returned to the story.   

Well, something similar has happened to the Clintons in 2016. They tried to get away with it, but this time a “leak” showed them up to be a couple of serial liars.

This week, we learned more about this criminal enterprise headed by a former president and secretary of state. As a Mexican friend told me yesterday, these Clintons are making our politics look clean and honest.

We learned from Wikileaks that there were serious concerns in house about that private server:

Attorneys wondered out loud in questions passed along in a 2015 bombshell email to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign why Clinton inexplicably sent secure documents on a private email server and then further deleted documents without consulting anyone, as such a move “smacks of acting above the law.”

The email, leaked by WikiLeaks as part of its release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s correspondence, dates back to June 21, 2015, and discusses in unusually frank detail the scandalous nature of Clinton’s use of a private email server.

The email contains several questions from other lawyers passed along from Erika Rottenberg, a lawyer with extensive experience in the policy and tech world with ties to the Clinton campaign.

Then there is President Clinton and all of that money, as the New York Times reported:

In another email, Mr. Band wrote that Mr. Clinton had even received gifts from some donors.

The tensions came to a head when Chelsea Clinton helped enlist an outside law firm to audit the Clinton Foundation’s practices. Some interviewees told the audit team that the donors “may have an expectation of quid pro quo benefits in return for gift.” The audit suggested the foundation “ensure that all donors are properly vetted and that no inappropriate quid pro quos are offered to donors in return for contributions.”

The advice proved prescient as Mrs. Clinton faced intense scrutiny about whether donors to the Clinton Foundation had received special access to her State Department or other rewards. In August, the foundation said it would no longer accept foreign donations should Mrs. Clinton win the White House.

Then now we hear that President Obama was, incredibly, communicating with his Secretary of State using a private server and email. Does anyone believe in national security among these people?  After all, there is a very good reason that the president and others use a government email account. It’s called protecting our national security and the many people around the world who provide us information about this or that.

Frankly, this is sick. You can not have a current secretary of state married to a former president who is travelling the world asking for money. It may be legal. It may buy some eyeglasses for kids in Haiti.   

But it is simply unacceptable, especially it was done in secret because they thought that they’d get away with it.

On Monday, I went over to the library and voted for Mr. Trump. Honestly, it was more a vote against Mrs. Clinton. Yes, every day I feel more and more convinced that a Clinton Episode 2 is something that must be avoided at all costs. 

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October 28, 2016 at 6:21 am

Elections in Chile plus other Latin America stories of the week

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog………..we will discuss the recent elections in Chile and a good day for the right and bad day for President Baccalet………Venezuela continues its decline, from bad to worse by the minute………El Chapo is complaining about his cell in Mexico……….Project Veritas…………..and the latest from the US elections, less than 2 weeks away……………

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Source: Elections in Chile plus other Latin America stories of the week 10/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm