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A couple of stories from Monday’s front pages 

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We look back at President Truman and President Ford, who both died on December 26……..two men from the Midwest who became president in unusual circumstances…….the UN vote on Israel has thrown US-Israel relations in disarray………the Obama legacy is now the subject of much conversation……….plus the 12-2 Cowboys keep winning……………………….

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Source: A couple of stories from Monday’s front pages 12/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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December 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

1941: PM Churchill addressed Congress

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UK Prime Minster Winston Churchill addressed the US Congress.   It was 3 weeks after Pearl Harbor.  

PM Churchill spoke in support of President Roosevelt’s proposal that America become the “great arsenal of democracy”.  

In short, US troops headed to Europe.     Speaking of Pearl Harbor, we discussed the events of that day with Barry Jacobsen on the 75th anniversary, or December 7, 2016.


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December 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Posted in World War II

2006: President Ford died in California

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We remember President Ford, who died on this day in 2006.      He died late in the day in California so most of us heard the news the next day.

He was 93 and had been in bad health.    He became president in 1974 after President Nixon resigned.   

This is what Mrs. Ford said of Pres. Ford’s death:

“My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald R. Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, has passed away at 93 years of age. His was a life filled with love of God, his family, and his country.”
By the way, check the
Pres. Ford Library website for more on his life and funeral updates!

And he was my first vote for President in 1976.   

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December 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

1972: President Harry Truman died in Missouri

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We remember that Pres Truman died 40 years ago today

He was the 33rd president of the US and one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century.

Harry Truman became president when Pres Roosevelt died in April ’45.  He faced some huge challenges in Europe and Japan, such as the decision to drop two atomic bombs in Japan.  It was a tough decision but it ended the war.

Pres Truman was elected on his own in 1948 but his second term was very tough, from economic problems to the war in Korea.  He left the presidency with very low approval ratings and was succeeded by the very popular Pres Eisenhower.

Today, we think of Pres Truman as a decisive and strong president.  His legacy gets stronger and stronger with time.  He made decisions and that was his greatest asset.       

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December 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

Posted in US politics

Happy # 69 Carlton Fisk

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We say happy # 69 to Carlton Fisk.     We remember him for that 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.   I saw that live on TV and it was a great moment and game.

Fisk also had a great career:   .269 career batting average, 2,356 hits, 376 HR and 1,330 RBI.

On May 8, 1984 Fisk caught all 25 innings in a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee.    Isn’t that like playing 3 games in one day?   A week later, he hit for the cycle!

His best season was 1985:   37 HR and 105 RBI.

Great catcher and ambassador for the game of baseball.

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December 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

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What about Mexico intervening in the U.S. election?

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in 2006, Mexico had a very contested election. It went on for days. There were massive demonstrations about the results. In fact, president-elect Felipe Calderon had to be brought in through the back door to be sworn before stunned deputies. You can not make this up. It did happen amid what the NY Times headline called “catcalls”!

What would have been the reaction of Mexicans if a U.S. politicians (God forbid a former president) had made a video encouraging voters to go one way or another or calling the results illegitimate?

I know the answer. They would have screamed “intervention” and lots of other things. And they would have been right. No country should meddle in elections.

Now, let’s move to 2016 and all of the charges that Russia elected Donald Trump.    

First, it is interesting that the Democrats claim that Russia interfered in the election and then tell us that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Are they saying that the Russians only intervened in “swing states” like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin?   


Second, where is the Democrats’ outrage about a former president of Mexico making a video before and after the election?

Former President Vicente Fox (a man that I supported in 2000 as an agent of change) just released a video calling Mr. Trump illegitimate. It goes like this:

Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, shares his take on President-elect Donald Trump, and his threat to U.S.-Mexico relations. He says Trump is an “illegitimate president” who “didn’t win the general election.” Presumably, Fox is referring to the popular vote when he says “general election.”

“He’s got too many people against him and they have shown out on the street,” Fox said. 

He continued: “But anyway, in Mexico, we can be rude also. We are strong now. We’re going to defend our people wherever they are. Inside Mexico, or outside Mexico in the United States. We’re not going to let this guy to offend them anymore. To offend the dignity, and to deny the enormous contribution they make to the U.S. economy.”

Isn’t that sweet? “El señor Presidente” Fox needs a class on constitutional law. Maybe he can take one from soon to be retired President Obama, who I understand taught such subjects years ago.

We honestly don’t know just what Russia tried to do with respect to our elections. Let me add that I am not a fan of Mr. Putin and wouldn’t put anything past him. Nevertheless, I doubt that anyone has the ability to fix election systems in 50 states. Even Putin can’t do that.

At the end, Mr. Putin did not make a video but Sr. Fox did. I would love to see one of reporters ask Mrs. Clinton about Mexico’s efforts to influence our election. It would also be a wonderful idea for one of Jorge Ramos’ segments on Univision.

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December 26, 2016 at 6:56 am