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Archive for May 2017

Commotion in Austin over sanctuary city law and a few other thoughts 

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We look at the confrontation at the Texas legislature over ‘sanctuary cities’…….wouldn’t Democrats be better off trying to win elections rather than disrupting legislative sessions? is President Trump shaking up the White House team…..Kathy Griffin’s very ugly joke about President Trump…….Clint Eastwood is 87………Joe Namath is 74………..plus other stories…..

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May 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm

What exactly does CNN have to evaluate about her sick and vile photo? I hope that the Secret Service visits her!

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May 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

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Happy # 67 to Tippy Martinez

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May 31, 2017 at 10:15 am

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Happy # 74 Joe Namath

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May 31, 2017 at 10:14 am

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Happy # 87 to Clint Eastwood

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May 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

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How much more chaos can Brazil take?

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According to Simon Romero, this is how many Brazilians are feeling these days:   

Cartoonish depictions of Brazil’s president are so popular that his office is trying to restrict access to his pictures — so they don’t get turned into lampoons on social media.

Some Brazilians joke that a bold outsider — like Tite, the coach turning around the fortunes of Brazil’s national soccer team — should run the country instead. 

Maybe his star player, Neymar, could become finance minister, they say.

Then there’s the growing chorus of Brazilians who contend that the presidency should be abolished altogether, replaced by citizens making decisions via the instant-messaging service WhatsApp.

 

Once again, Brazil has found itself in upheaval, with President Michel Temer engulfed in a graft scandal that is threatening his presidency. 

Now, amid all the hand-wringing, anger and exasperation, the crisis is bolstering Brazil’s tradition of gallows humor, fueling a mix of satire and existential resignation.

Of course, we understand the anger over a corrupt system that has become Exhibit A of Crony Capitalism and the talk of Latin America. At the same time, can any country survive such cynicism? As the article explains:  

At the core of the humor is a sobering nationwide trend: a declining faith in the nation’s democracy.

Even before the latest scandal exploded this month, support for democracy in Brazil plunged in 2016 to 32 percent from 54 percent the year earlier, according to Latinobarómetro, a Chilean company that surveys political views around Latin America. 

Only Guatemala, where President Otto Pérez Molina was forced to resign because of a fraud scandal, ranked lower, with only 30 percent there supporting democracy.

Again, we understand the anger and cynicism. In other words, the last president was removed. The current president faces a mountain of problems, too. Can an honest politician be found?

As always, I’d like to check with my Brazilian friend for a little context. His attitude is this: “Letting people govern directly via WhatsApp can’t be worse than what we have now.”  At the same time, my friend is hoping for an honest politician instead. He assures me with a grin that his countrymen would probably get into fist fights if they governed by WhatsApp.

Here is a lesson here for the rest of us. Brazilian crony capitalism worked well when the economy was booming and politicians could give away things in exchange for votes. The whole system is now collapsing because the bad economy forced cuts in social programs and exposed the corrupt relationship between the political class, big business and the public sector unions.    

Will Brazil’s political system survive? Probably, but things cannot get any worse before I start looking at other alternative outcomes.

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May 31, 2017 at 8:06 am

President Trump back home, leaks and other thoughts

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President Trump is back in town and it’s time to go back to the domestic agenda, from health care to tax reform……the ‘leakers’ have to be identified and prosecuted……Trump and NATO………Democrats still looking for a message and trying to recruit candidates with military experience for 2018………Brazil and corruptio…………Mantle hit one of the longest home runs on this day in 1956………………..plus other stories…..

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Source: President Trump back home, leaks and other thoughts 05/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 30, 2017 at 11:30 am

President Trump and NATO

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We’ve heard about this for years, i.e. our allies are not carrying their share. I remember when NATO troops went into Afghanistan but only a few countries were willing to put their soldiers on the battlefield.

So it was great to hear a U.S. president tell Europeans, not just the political class in private, that it’s time to act and commit 2% of their GDP to defense.

President Trump’s trip made an impression, as Nile Gardiner wrote:  

On this first overseas tour, President Trump certainly made an indelible impression. In the Middle East, traditional allies will feel reassured that the United States stands with them, especially in reining in Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

In Europe, Trump will probably never be loved, but he is increasingly acknowledged as someone who means business in aggressively advancing US interests, which include strengthening the NATO alliance.

 

In contrast to his predecessor in the White House, President Trump showed no willingness to atone to other world leaders for his country’s actions, and seemed determined to project strength and resolve at a time when American leadership is increasingly being challenged. 

This was not the “leading from behind” approach of the Obama era, but a return to a more traditionally assertive US foreign policy based on clear-cut national interests.

Yes, it was a successful trip and time will tell whether accomplishments will follow.    

However, President Trump faces a huge challenge at home. He flew back to a city where leaks have become a way of life, or certainly a way to embarrass the president and even his conversations with other world leaders.

It would be nice to hear one Democrat step up and remind “the leakers” that they are violating the law and making the U.S., not necessarily President Trump, look bad.

Well done Mr. President. Now, go after the leakers, and fast!

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May 30, 2017 at 7:05 am

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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………President Trump’s trip overseas and NATO…the media and the Trump administration…..terrible leaks are hurting the US…..another special election and another defeat for Democrats………….Memorial Day this weekend and a time to remember……President Kennedy was born 100 years ago today…………….plus other stories….

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May 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

A thought about Memorial Day 2017

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We take a minute from political opinions to remember all of the heroes on Memorial Day.   

In my case, I will remember a young man named Nathan Aguirre who died in Iraq in 2006. 

I know Nathan’s parents. His dad and I are church ushers. His mom is a beautiful person who is now working with other families who lost sons in Iraq.

Nathan Aguirre is a real hero. Remember him and his parents today!

Over the years, we’ve heard many messages on Memorial Day. I like this one from President Bush in 2003:

 

“On Memorial Day, Americans place flags on military graves, walk past a wall of black granite in Washington, D.C., and many families think of a face and voice they miss so much. 

Today, we honor the men and women who have worn the nation’s uniform and were last seen on duty. 

From the battles of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, to the trials of World War, to the struggles that made us a nation, today we recall that liberty is always the achievement of courage.”

Happy Memorial Day and remember the real meaning of this “day off” from work!   

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May 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

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