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A great speech!

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President Trump hit one out of the park.    Frankly, I did not know what to expect but we got a great forward looking speech.    

We also got some great images, such as that young widow remembering her husband.    

We also got some rather silly images, such as a bunch of Democrat women dressed in white defending “women’s rights”, i.e. abortion.    

A plus for President Trump and more frustration for Democrats who still don’t understand why they lost so many seats across the land.

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February 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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President Trump and Europe: What challenges does he face?

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Guest: Michael Prada, conservative activist and writer……….we will discuss the challenges that President Trump faces in Europe………..the rise of violence in Germany and Sweeden……….the growth of nationalist parties…….the economic challenges….and talk of more countries looking to get out of the EU………plus a few thought about the first month of President Trump………………

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February 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Schumer in a mess

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According to a new Rasmussen poll, the public wants the GOP and Democrats to work together:    

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 29% of all Likely U.S. Voters think it’s better for the country if Democrats oppose the president in every way possible.

Sixty-three percent (63%) say it’s better for the country if Democrats try to work with the president instead. 

This is very bad news for poor Senator Schumer.   The party at large wants to work with President Trump but a loud minority does not want to.    It’s also a challenge for a dozen or so Democrats seeking reelection in places like Missouri, Montana, Indiana, West Virginia and South Dakota.


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February 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Is Obamacare really suddenly popular?

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The media, in the tank for Democrats, are now peddling a new story.  They want you to believe that Obamacare is suddenly popular.

First, they are showing reports of GOP politicians doing town hall meetings.  Last week, a huge crowd of Obamacare supporters showed up at Senator Cotton’s visit to Arkansas.  They all had the same placards, screamed the same thing, and want you to believe that they’d be victims of an Obamacare repeal.

Not so fast.  There aren’t really that many Democrats in Arkansas.  I’d love to see a residency check.  Or the Democrats should ask for a recount!

Second, they are now back into polls.  Remember the polls that had Hillary Clinton winning 400 electoral votes?

The latest poll is analyzed by our friends at American Spectator:


It will thus be very difficult for anyone capable of critical thinking to believe these very same “news” outlets when they report that a law whose approval numbers have been underwater by double digits for more than six years has suddenly become as popular as Adele. 

It will be likewise difficult for anyone with an IQ exceeding single digits to believe a Democrat polling firm like Public Policy Polling (PPP) when they claim to discover a sudden increase in public esteem for a Democrat-sponsored health “reform” law that has historically been reviled by the electorate.

Yes, the people who told us Mrs. Clinton would win by a landslide are now telling GOP members of Congress not to touch the suddenly popular Obamacare.

To be fair, part of the problem is that the public debate has been more about repealing rather than replacing.  It’s time for the GOP leadership to put something on the table and cut off this nonsense that people will be thrown out of hospitals because they can’t pay or some other dramatic outcome.

Let me agree with the author and add this: any GOP politician in Washington who chickens out and falls for these crappy polls has a lot of explaining to do.   

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February 28, 2017 at 7:05 am

Latin America stories plus politics of immigration with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog………we will look at the big stories from Latin America……………the president of Peru visited President Trump……Rosa Maria Paya in Cuba………..more arrests in Cuba….a runoff in Ecuador is a bit of surprise………Secretary of State in Mexico……immigration raids and protests……… a look back at the Oscars.

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Source: Latin America stories plus politics of immigration with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 02/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

Why is President Trump turning CNN into a victim?

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It’s a bad idea to keep any news organization from press briefings, even though Sean Spicer said that “….there was no intent to exclude specific news organizations”.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration just gave a bunch of media outfits with low ratings, or declining readership, a chance to get a lot of undeserved publicity.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich defended the White House. My take is closer to Dr. Krauthammer, who expressed concern.

I get the point that many in the media are completely irresponsible. At the same time, it looks like most Americans get it too. In the real world, people express their love or hate of a news organization with their TV remotes or subscriptions. In this case, the remote is not flipping to CNN in most households.

Americans are not watching CNN, as the ratings prove:    


Total Viewers (Live +SD)
Total day:   FNC: 2.055 | CNN: 824 | MSNBC: 1.067 | HLN: 224
Primetime: FNC: 3.314 | CNN: 1.141 | MSNBC: 2.034 | HLN: 251

I am not an expert on TV ratings analysis. At the same time, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out which network charges more for their time.    

Based on this weekly sample, FNC (Fox News) is beating CNN by a factor of three in prime time. CNN is behind MSNBC, or the baseball equivalent of losing more games than the ’62 Mets.

CNN is already failing. So why turn them into a victim? I understand the White House’s anger about the coverage and they’d like to always punch back.
But what’s the point of hitting your opponent when the ref is already counting down to ten?   

President Trump should stop taking about the unfair media. He has won the argument. The consumers agree with him.

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February 27, 2017 at 6:21 am

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

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February 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Is Justice Ginsburg talking too much?

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Like a good umpire or referee, a Supreme Court justice should call balls and strikes, not change any rules in the middle of the game, and stay away from reporters.  In other words, if you want to express public opinions, then take off the robe and join the rest of us in the political arena.

This is what Justice Ginsburg said recently:

“We’re not experiencing the best of times,” Ginsburg said Thursday on BBC’s “Newsnight,” though she did not comment directly about the president.

But, the 83-year-old jurist said the public’s resistance to the new administration — on full display at last month’s Women’s March protests — has given her “reason to hope that we will see a better day.”

“A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle; it is the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back,” she told BBC.


“Some terrible things have happened in the United States, but one can only hope that we learn from those bad things,” she added, citing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as an example.

Well, President Trump should call on the nice lady to remove herself from anything that has to do with the Trump administration.

Would you like someone who publicly states such feelings about you sitting on a jury deciding something about your presidency?  I wouldn’t!    

So let me add a couple of things:

Can you imagine the screaming and outrage if a conservative justice – say, Justice Thomas – had said anything like that about President Obama?  We’d be in panic city, with nightly sermons about the independence of the judiciary.  Can you hear Rachel Maddow or Don Lemon?

Secondly, where is the honest liberal who calls out this lady?  I guess the left are so invested in abortion that they will put up with anything as long as the justice votes to keep Roe v. Wade around.     

Resign, Justice Ginsburg, so you can speak freely about everything!

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February 26, 2017 at 6:50 am

Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper: “For whom the bells toll”

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In the late 1930s, Spain was bitterly divided by a Civil War between Franco and “Los Republicanos”. I won’t take sides but will recommend “For whom the bell tolls”, a movie based on Heminghway’s book.

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were absolutely wonderful:


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February 25, 2017 at 9:21 pm

Saturday night thoughts

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February 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm