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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 look at the Trump 100 days coverage and the role of the media…..North Korea gets more complicated…..the GOP and Obama Care…..Are the polls underestimating Trump again… does not look the public has much faith in media……..Texas and sanctuary cities………….Colorado, free speech and universities………plus other stories…..

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 04/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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April 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm

1942: “I married a witch”, a political comedy

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How about a 1942 political comedy to offset this crazy political year?   Well, the movie goes like this

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.    

The beautiful witch is Veronica Lake, a good choice.    The movie is very funny.


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April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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Wonder what they thought of Lincoln’s first 100 days?

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April 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

ESPN: No runs, no hits, tons of errors

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ESPN is going through a rough time, from layoffs to a sense that the network has gone a bit lefty in its political orientation.

So what do you do when your network is accused of pandering to the left?  I guess you go out and feature a poem written by a convicted cop-killer hiding in Cuba.

According to news reports:

An ESPN site targeting female sports fans on Thursday removed a poem paying homage to a convicted cop killer after “an oversight in the editorial process” led to the poem being published several days ago, the embattled sports giant told Fox News.

DaMaris Hill’s poem “Revolution” had led the April 25 feature “Five Poets on the New Feminism,” which was produced “in honor of National Poetry month…to reflect on resistance, redefining feminism and movement,” according to a site description. But Hill’s poem opened with the dedication “(for Assata Shakur),” honoring the one-time Black Liberation Army member who has been hiding out in Cuba to avoid finishing a prison term for her murder rap.


“There was an oversight in the editorial process for selecting the poems for the ‘Five Poets on the New Feminism’ feature on espnW,” a spokesperson told Fox News in an email. “Dr. DaMaris Hill is a respected professor and poet, who submitted this poem based upon her personal feelings toward Assata Shakur. While the editors welcomed a contribution from a notable writer and chose it as a reflection of this one poet’s experience, upon further review we have decided it is not an appropriate selection for our site and have removed the piece from the feature.”

Later Thursday, the title of the feature had been changed to “Four Poets on the New Feminism,” Hill’s poem was gone and an editor’s note at the bottom of the page informed readers of the changes.

An oversight in the editorial process?

Seriously, are people that out of touch with reality at ESPN?  All they had to do was google Joanne Chesimard’s name prior to the publication.  They would have learned that Chesimard was convicted of fatally shooting a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, escaped from prison, and fled to Cuba in the 1980s.  Last, but not least, she is on the list of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists.

Again, are these people at ESPN that tone-deaf?

Yesterday, I read of massive downsizing going on at ESPN.  They lost 12 million subscribers over five years!  We are not happy to see people lose their jobs.  At the same time, it’s not very smart to feature a poem from a woman convicted of killing a state trooper.

I wonder if anyone at ESPN is planning to apologize to the state trooper’s family.  In the meantime, the errors keep mounting at the big E!

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April 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

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Happy # 83 Luis Aparicio

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We remember the great Luis Aparicio.    He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on this day in 1934.    

Luis broke with the White Sox in 1956 and was selected AL Rookie of the Year.    He led the AL in stolen bases from 1956 to 1964.      Aparicio played with Baltimore when they won the 1966 World Series and the Chicago White Sox who lost to the LA Dodgers in 1959.

Overall, Aparicio hit .262 with 2,677 hits in 2,599 games.    We remember him for his amazing glove and speed.  

Luis was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.    


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April 29, 2017 at 7:20 am

It’s about the rule of law, not immigration

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Our legislature in Texas took a big step forward in reminding everyone that it’s about the rule of law not immigration.   

It went down along party lines:  

After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas.

The 93-54 vote fell along party lines and came after one of the slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol.

The vote came at 3 a.m. after state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, successfully made what some Democratic members called an unprecedented motion to group all of the remaining amendments — more than 100 — and record them as failed. He said he made that suggestion so members wouldn’t be forced to pull their amendments. The motion passed 114 to 29, with about a third of Democrats approving the measure.


It’s a shame that an issue about enforcing the law should go down along partisan lines but that’s reality.

Nevertheless, the Democrats are completely tone deaf on this issue.    

They have invested themselves in “the sanctuary city” movement. It is a huge political mistake, as we saw recently in a Pew Poll:   

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.

The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.

A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.

That 80% means that there are a lot of Democrats joining in.

Since election night, the Democrat Party has gone mad.   

First, they spent all of their ammunition fighting Neil Gorsuch and lost the 60-vote option in the U.S. Senate.    

Second, they’ve now joined cities violating federal law.

Madness, madness, madness!

Did any Democrat hear the one about when to stop digging?   

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April 29, 2017 at 6:26 am

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1986: Roger Clemens 20 K’s in 9 innings

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It was quite a performance.    I recall hearing about it on ESPN  back then:    

On April 29, 1986, in a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game.

Ten years later, Clemens repeats the feat, the only player in baseball history to do so.

Clemens had quite a career:   354 Wins, 3.12 ERA & 4,672 K’s.     Time will tell whether or not he gets into the Hall of Fame.

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April 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Sanctuary city debate and a few other thoughts about 100 days of Trump

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We will look at the Trump 100 days coverage and the role of the media…..the battle over sanctuary cities…….renegotiate NAFTA…..Taco drafted by Dallas Cowboys…..Mussolini executed 1945…….plus other stories….

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Source: Sanctuary city debate and a few other thoughts about 100 days of Trump 04/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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April 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Welcome President & Sra. Macri of Argentina

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We are very happy that President Macri of Argentina visited President Trump.   In so many ways, Macri represents the new center-right leadership in Latin America.   We should do everything to help him and others like him in the continent.    

Let’s add that the two First Ladies were stunning!

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April 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

1956: # 1 of 586 HR for Frank Robinson

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On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson hit the first of his 586 lifetime home runs.   The pitcher was the Cubs’ Paul Minner in the old Crosley Field in Cincinnati.  

Frank hit 38 in 1956 and was selected NL Rookie of the Year.    He won the NL MVP in 1961 & AL MVP in 1966.    

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April 28, 2017 at 10:00 am