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December 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Democrats need to confess

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As any Catholic knows, our confessions are twofold. First, you tell the priest your sins, or “recount your tragedies” as we used to say in Catholic school. Second, the priest gives you a little homework, or a few prayers to say to move on.

Well, if the Democrats were confessing then it may go like this: “Father, I am really sorry that I’ve been looking down at all of those religious people or calling them racists if they disagree with Obama, or calling them homophobes if they believe in traditional marriage, or referring to them as fascists because they want the Ten Amendments on the courthouse walls.”

Father may tell them to say a few Hail Marys and Our Fathers.

On a real note, the Democrats have a religion problem, and Democrat Michael Wear is reminding them of it. In an exchange with Emma Green at the Atlantic, Wear said:

Green: Why is it, do you think, that some liberals — and specifically the Democratic Party — have been unwilling to do outreach to people who hold particular kinds of theological points of view?

 

Wear: They think, in some ways wrongly, but in other ways rightly, that it would put constraints around their policy agenda. So, for instance: You could make a case to evangelicals while trying to repeal the Hyde Amendment, [which prohibits federal funding for abortion in most circumstances,] but that’s really difficult. Reaching out to evangelicals doesn’t mean you have to become pro-life. It just means you have to not be so in love with how pro-choice you are, and so opposed to how pro-life we are.

The second thing is that there’s a religious illiteracy problem in the Democratic Party. It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of power in the Democratic Party. They grew up in parts of the country where navigating religion was not important socially and not important to their political careers. This is very different from, like, James Carville in Louisiana in the ’80s. James Carville is not the most religious guy, but he gets religious people — if you didn’t get religious people running Democratic campaigns in the South in the ’80s, you wouldn’t win.

Another reason why they haven’t reached out to evangelicals in 2016 is that, no matter Clinton’s slogan of “Stronger Together,” we have a politics right now that is based on making enemies, and making people afraid.

Mr. Wear is right that our politics is vicious. I don’t know when it actually started but the attacks on Judge Bork in 1987 may be a good starting place.

Nevertheless, I would add a couple of personal observations to the Democrats’ religion problems.

The party is not just preaching separation of church and state, a concept that I support. Instead, they are hysterical about taking God completely out of the public arena.   

How else do you explain these fanatics who want to remove Nativity scenes from public places? Why can’t these people just walk by and go on with their lives?   

Or the insane reaction to having The Ten Commandments on the courthouse wall? What is wrong with a message that tells people not to kill and steal, and to respect their parents? When did that message move to the wrong side of history?

Also, many in the party continue to insult our intelligence referring to abortion as “reproductive rights”. Talk about a corruption of the language!  
Then there is the insane equivalence of illegal and legal immigration.

Yes, the Democrats would be well served to tolerate those of us who disagree with them. It would help if they would stop referring to us as racist, stupid, or whatever other insult they can come up with.

In the meantime, they will continue to lose elections if they don’t confess and change their ways.

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December 31, 2016 at 8:13 am

Religious freedom in the US today

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Guest: Chris Corbett, North Texas conservative……….we will discuss the state of religious freedom in the US, from ‘Merry Christmas’ to school prayer to The Ten Commandments in the public square……………………….

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Source: Religious freedom in the US today 12/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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December 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A little ‘gas anger’ in Mexico

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(My new American Thinker post)

During my four years working in Mexico for a U.S. bank, I recall two interesting reactions when Mexicans visited their friends or family in the U.S.   

The first one is that they were overwhelmed by our interstate highway system. I remember a Mexican friend asking: “Who built the roads”? I explained the history of the interstates and he replied by saying something along the line that it’s nice to see your taxes doing something good.

The second was that they were impressed by the number of gasoline stations and how people actually shopped for price. The reason for this is that in Mexico there is no shopping for gasoline since all of the stations are owned by PEMEX, and they determine the price too.   

“Cambio” or change, is coming to Mexico, as they say.

Have you spoken with anyone from Mexico over the holidays? Well, it’s all about gasoline prices south of the border these days, as we can see in this report from Bloomberg:

 

Mexico will raise gasoline prices by as much as 20 percent in January, stoking inflation that’s already running at the fastest pace in almost two years.

A month after the increase is implemented, prices will start to adjust on a daily basis as the government loosens its control of the gasoline market, the Finance Ministry said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. 

January’s increase in unleaded gas will be the biggest since November 1998.

The jump in prices risks pushing up inflation at a time when a slump in the peso has already fueled concern about rising consumer prices and led the central bank to raise interest rates five times this year.

It is a risk Mexico is willing to take as the government gradually lifts controls over gasoline prices to open the fuel market to private development, a move made possible by a landmark energy overhaul in 2013.

Frankly, it had to happen, although I agree that it will hit consumers very hard and drive up the cost of anything that must be transported. The new price will be about 16 pesos a liter, or about 50 pesos a gallon, i,e, about U.S. $3. It could be higher than in the U.S.!

At the same time, Mexico can no longer subsidize gasoline, especially since a lot of it is refined in the U.S.    

Here is a dirty little secret that no politician talks about in Mexico: PEMEX sends oil up here and we send gasoline back to them. It is worth approximately US $15 worth of business to refiners such as Valero, Marathon Petroleum, and Citgo Petroleum. It happens because PEMEX spends too much of its resources on everything rather than drilling or refining.   

Of course, the solution is to privatize PEMEX and put that sacred cow away for good. Unfortunately, “vacas sagradas” or sacred cows have lots of friends in high places, so don’t expect that to happen.   

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December 30, 2016 at 6:40 am

We remember Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

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December 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm

December 1957: Pat Boone’s “April Love” was # 1

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December 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Happy # 70 to Marianne Faithful

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December 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Cuba 2017 , gasoline prices in Mexico & US-Israel rift gets worse

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December 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

2017: ‘Muy malo’ for Cuba

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For 10 years, Raul has benefited a lot from having Fidel around. Fidel always showed up at the big celebrations or wrote a column.

Forget that. It won’t be pretty in 2017, as we see in this report from the AP:

Castro must manage these twin economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition. The 85-year-old general has promised to hand over the office in early 2018 to a successor, widely expected to be Miguel Diaz-Canel, a 56-year-old official with neither the Castro name nor revolutionary credentials. The change will occur without Castro’s older brother Fidel, the revolutionary leader whose largely unseen presence endowed the system he created with historical weight and credibility in the eyes of many Cubans before he died last month at 90.

“Even if those two events hadn’t taken place — Trump’s victory and Fidel’s death — 2017 was going to be a very difficult year for Cuba,” said Cuban economist Omar Everleny Perez, a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo.

Cuba publishes few credible economic statistics, but experts expect the country to end this year with gross domestic product growth of 1 percent or less. It maintained a rate close to 3 percent from 2011-2015.

 

By the way, it’s nice to see an analyst admit that Cuba produces very little credible economic data. This is why so many have been skeptical of health care or literacy gains boasted by Cuba.

Back to the economy.

Indeed, there are tourists but it does not seem to help the Cuban economy. This is because Cubans have very little to gain from these hotels or restaurants where tourists are spending their dollars.   

Add to this the mismanagement of Cuba’s economy and you have profits that end up in the Castro accounts rather than the pockets of the Cuban people.

We are not saying that this is new. Cuba has always been for the benefit of Castro and the gang that protects them. However, this is the first time that they are going to do without a USSR subsidy, EU loans, cheap Venezuela oil, or a U.S. president willing to go around the embargo. 

It will be Raul vs reality in 2017 and the Cuban elites don’t have a clue of what will hit them. There is no one waiting to bail them out anymore.   

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December 29, 2016 at 6:45 am

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Israel and the US after the UN resolution with Richard Baehr

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December 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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