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Happy birthday Melania Trump

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Happy birthday Melania Trump


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April 26, 2017 at 5:07 pm

I report you decide……

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April 26, 1986: Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl…….Maria Shriver married Arnold Schwarzenegger……I report you decide….

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April 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

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President Trump’s 100 days with Leslie Eastman & Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza 

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Guests: Leslie Eastman, great friend of our show plus Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza, who is a founding member of The Trumpettes!………we will look at the first 100 days, from Gorsuch to North Korea……You can read more here in Leslie’s post………plus other stories like talk of tax reform and a health care plan………..

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Source: President Trump’s 100 days with Leslie Eastman & Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza 04/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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“El Chapo Act”, a brilliant idea from Senator Ted Cruz

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Let’s say “thumb up” to Senator Cruz of Texas.  He wants “El Chapo” to pay for the wall:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act.

The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” (formally named Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.

We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”

El Chapo is not the only one. There are other assets out there that could be seized and applied to the construction of the wall, as our friend Fausta reported:

One cooperator, Juan Carlos Ramirez-Abadia, or “Chupeta,” 54, was a leading supplier of cocaine to Sinaloa and BLO through Colombia’s Norte del Valle cartel. He directed the production of business ledgers and was also prosecuted by Goldbarg. DEA agents helped obtain “the forfeiture of hundreds of millions of dollars” of Ramirez-Abadia’s purported billion-dollar fortune, U.S. authorities said when he was extradited in 2008 and remains under U.S. indictment…

Mayo’s son, Vicente Zambada Niebla, 41, agreed not to contest the forfeiture of nearly $1.4 billion — including cash, real estate, businesses, vehicles and other property — and cooperate with U.S. authorities while pending sentencing of 10 years to life in prison, a federal plea deal made public in 2014 in Chicago showed.

And then there are his relatives, who are living high off the hog.

Back in 2012 the U.S. Treasury Department put financial sanctions on El Chapo’s wife and son.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get started. Who would oppose having “narcos” pay for the wall?

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April 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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1956: “Heartbreak hotel” by Elvis was # 1 this week

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Elvis recorded this song in January 1956 and it became his first # 1 and gold record. “Heartbreak hotel” is one of the greatest rock songs of all time.   It launched Elvis and everything that followed, from more gold records to movies.

I learned later that Chet Atkins played guitar and Floyd Cramer the piano in this recording:


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April 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

Tom, please call Wendy!

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We understand that he later dialed it back a bit. Nevertheless, DNC Chairman Tom Perez sent shock waves through the electorate over the weekend. This is what he said:   

Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Perez’s statement follows the DNC’s controversial embrace of Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, whose years-long history of voting against abortion rights in the state Legislature drew fire from progressives this week. Daily Kos, a liberal website that raises money for lesser-known Democratic candidates, pulled its endorsement of Mello this week after discovering his history on the issue, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country unity tour.


So what do you do if you are pro-life Democrat? I guess that you have to choose between your personal values and the “D” after your name.    

Frankly, Mr. Perez’ remarks are insane, and may reflect the pressure that the party is under to pander to the left.     

It also shows the hypocrisy of the media.    

What would media reports be saying if the GOP chairman had said something the other way,  i.e. the party will only support pro-life candidates?     

We would hear about the GOP taken over by right-wingers and Christians unwilling to accept a different point of view. The GOP would be labeled “intolerant”. Every GOP lawmaker would be asked the question in the media. On the other hand, most of the media has been rather indifferent about Mr. Perez’ remarks.

In the meantime, the politics of this leave you wondering about his political common sense. Is the man that tone deaf?

Mr. Perez should chat with Wendy Davis, the Democrat who lost big in Texas in 2014. The reason, as Michael Barone pointed out, was abortion. I should add that Miss Davis’ position on abortion turned off a lot of Hispanic women in particular.

Who is flying the Democrats’ plane these days? It must be someone who wants to crash rather than land it.

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April 26, 2017 at 7:01 am

April 26, 1865: John Wilkes Booth killed

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April 1865 was a very consequential month is US history.

First, The Civil War ended;

Second, President Lincoln was assassinated; and,

Third, John Wilkes Boothe died on this day;

John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.Twenty-six-year-old Booth was one of the most famous actors in the country when he shot Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on the night of April 14. Booth was a Maryland native and a strong supporter of the Confederacy. As the war entered its final stages, Booth hatched a conspiracy to kidnap the president. He enlisted the aid of several associates, but the opportunity never presented itself. After the surrender of Robert E. Lee‘s Confederate army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, Booth changed the plan to a simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward. Only Lincoln was actually killed, however. Seward was stabbed by Lewis Paine but survived, while the man assigned to kill Johnson did not carry out his assignment.After shooting Lincoln, Booth jumped to the stage below Lincoln’s box seat. He landed hard, breaking his leg, before escaping to a waiting horse behind the theater. Many in the audience recognized Booth, so the army was soon hot on his trail. Booth and his accomplice, David Herold, made their way across the Anacostia River and headed toward southern Maryland. The pair stopped at Dr. Samuel Mudd’s home, and Mudd treated Booth’s leg. This earned Mudd a life sentence in prison when he was implicated as part of the conspiracy, but the sentence was later commuted. Booth found refuge for several days at the home of Thomas A. Jones, a Confederate agent, before securing a boat to row across the Potomac to Virginia.After receiving aid from several Confederate sympathizers, Booth’s luck finally ran out. The countryside was swarming with military units looking for Booth, although few shared information since there was a $20,000 reward. While staying at the farm of Richard Garrett, Federal troops arrived on their search but soon rode on. The unsuspecting Garrett allowed his suspicious guests to sleep in his barn, but he instructed his son to lock the barn from the outside to prevent the strangers from stealing his horses. A tip led the Union soldiers back to the Garrett farm, where they discovered Booth and Herold in the barn. Herold came out, but Booth refused. The building was set on fire to flush Booth, but he was shot while still inside. He lived for three hours before gazing at his hands, muttering “Useless, useless,” as he died.”

It was quite a month!


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April 26, 2017 at 3:30 am

Happy # 70 Amos Otis

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We say happy # 70 to Amos Otis, one of the best players of the 1970s.  

Otis was one of the key pieces of the Kansas City Royals who won the AL West in 1976, 1977, 1978 and finally made it to the World Series in 1980.    They were a very complete team, from George Brett to Frank White to superb pitching.

Otis was a very good outfielder and had great career numbers:  .277 batting average, a very good .343 On Base average, 2,020 hits, 193 HR & 1,007 RBI in 1,998 games.   And he stole 346 bases.

He was an AL All Star 5 times (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1976)  and AL Gold Glove (1971, 1973 & 1974).   

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April 26, 2017 at 2:00 am

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