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President Hayes and how they love him in Paraguay

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Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, Ohio on this day in 1822.

He is one of those post Civil War presidents that we read about in US history class. However, he is well loved down in Paraguay, the small nation of South America!

Pres. Rutherford Hayes was the 19th president of the US and the winner of the 1876 election.

What’s the big deal about that election?   It was hotly contested and settled at the last minute by a congressional commission.  Move over Gore v Bush!

Beyond that, Pres Hayes is one of those presidents that we don’t read a lot about.

Why do they love Pres Hayes in Paraguay, a country way down in South America?

The answer is rather remarkable, according to this AP story:

“Forget Lincoln or Washington. Hayes — a one-term U.S. president who is undistinguished at home — has a holiday, a province, a town, a museum and a soccer team all named in his honor, thanks to an 1878 arbitration in which he handed Paraguay 60 percent of its land.
“If it weren’t for Hayes, Paraguay would have a smaller territory than it has today,” said Salvador Garozzo, director of the municipal museum in the town of Villa Hayes, capital of Presidente Hayes province.”

That’s the rest of the story when it comes to President Hayes.      How can we mention Paraguay without listening to that great song “Recuerdos De Ypacarai”?  There are many versions and I like this one by Trio Los Panchos:


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October 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

A chat with Bob Parks about the Trump campaign 

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Guest:   Bob Parks, conservative activist, joins me for a look at the Trump campaign…….debate # 1……the NY Times story about taxes…….the media vs Trump……what is the state of the race with less than 40 days to go?……………….and other stories of the week…

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Source: A chat with Bob Parks about the Trump campaign 10/04 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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1957: Sputnik and the space race was on!

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On this day in 1957, the USSR put Sputnik in orbit and things were never the same:

“The successful launch of the unmanned satellite Sputnik I by the Soviet Union in October 1957 shocks and frightens many Americans. As the tiny satellite orbited the earth, Americans reacted with dismay that the Soviets could have gotten so far ahead of the supposedly technologically superior United States. There was also fear that with their new invention, the Soviets had gained the upper hand in the arms race. In addition, such a show of technological prowess could only help the USSR in its efforts to achieve closer economic and political relations with third world nations in Africa and Asia.
Democrats scorched the Republican administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower for allowing the United States to fall so far behind the communists. Eisenhower responded by speeding up the U.S. space program, which resulted in the launching of the satelliteExplorer I on January 31, 1958. The “space race” had begun.”

Sputnik also inspired Homer Hickam, a teenager in West Virginia who went on to become a NASA engineer.

I remember watching “October sky” a few years ago.  It was a great movie because there was excitement and drama.

The USSR was first with Sputnik.  However, the US got to the moon first in 1969. The USSR program fell apart in the mid-1960s and never sent a manned mission to the moon.

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October 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

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‘Aqui no’: Not here, say the voters of Colombia

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(My new American Thinker post)

Another country and another group of voters who sent the experts to that place that we can’t say in a family blog.   

Let’s go to Colombia first:

A Colombian peace deal that the president and the country’s largest rebel group had signed just days before was defeated in a referendum on Sunday, leaving the fate of a 52-year war suddenly uncertain.

A narrow margin divided the yes-or-no vote, with 50.2 percent of Colombians rejecting the peace deal and 49.8 percent voting in favor, the government said.

The result was a deep embarrassment for President Juan Manuel Santos. Just last week, Mr. Santos had joined arms with leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, who apologized on national television during a signing ceremony.

The surprise surge by the “no” vote — nearly all major polls had indicated resounding approval — left the country in a dazed uncertainty not seen since Britain voted in June to leave the European Union. And it left the future of rebels who had planned to rejoin Colombia as civilians — indeed, the future of the war itself, which both sides had declared over — unknown.

Both sides vowed they would not go back to fighting.

So what happened in Colombia?   

Let me introduce you to my good friend Daniel Duquenal who lives next door in Venezuela.   I agree with him that President Santos, who was President Uribe’s defense minister, made a huge mistake in bringing Cuba (not an  honest broker) into the middle of these negotiations:

Then came the choice of Havana and Castro’s guidance to negotiate with its allies, the communist FARC. 

If at first there could be a case written for it, if anything to guarantee the discretion that the Cuban jail brought, it soon became clear that Santos was negotiating on the FARC turf, on the FARC mood swings, etc. 

But it got worse. As Venezuela started to unravel fast, that it was one of the garant of the process became a minus. 

Colombians simply could not help but think as to whether an agreement with the FARC, made in Havana under the eyes of Venezuela’s colonial masters, had a Venezuelan like future in store.

Furthermore, what led President Santos to make this deal anyway? Maybe he was looking for a Nobel Peace Prize. Frankly it’s easier to win one of those than to do anything about peace these days. Just ask President Obama!

So the bottom line is that a majority of Colombians saw through this deal. They saw Cuba and Venezuela and said “aqui no” or “not here” Spanish.

Colombia has made amazing progress since the narco wars. The country has a decent economy and they are sick and tired of FARC, a narcoterrorist organization responsible for the murder and chaos of the 1980s. Only an insane person would believe that FARC was serious about forming a government rooted on democratic principles.  

Moral of the history: Don’t assume that voters like peace agreements because they are called so. And more importantly, don’t go to Raul Castro to do anything about improving anyone’s future!

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October 4, 2016 at 6:16 am

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