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Archive for May 1st, 2017

Venezuela and other Latin America stories of the week

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Guests: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog…….Comandante Cazorla from Venezuela……..we will discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, from protests to arrests to economic shortages……Venezuela wants to leave the OAS……..President Trump wants to renegotiate NAFTA……..President Macri of Argentina in the US…… a look at other stories from Latin America…..

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Source: Venezuela and other Latin America stories of the week 05/01 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

1967: Elvis & Priscilla got married

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As I’ve read over the years, it was a bit of shock for most of Elvis’ fans.    In other words, I don’t think that many were aware of their secret courtship.    They met when Elvis was doing his military service in Germany.    It went like this:   

Elvis Presley met Priscilla Beaulieu when she was just 14 years old. He was 10 years older, and already a rock ‘n’ roll superstar. The two married in 1967 after a nearly eight-year courtship. 

Elvis and Priscilla had one daughter, Lisa Marie.   They were divorced in the early 1970’s.   Elvis died in 1977 but there is still great interest in the marriage and anything having to do with his life.


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May 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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Vietnam 1975 and more victims of communism

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It was many years ago that North Vietnamese marched into Saigon in the spring of 1975.   Their victory was followed by concentration camps, political prisons and the death of thousands of pro-US supporters.

In other words, we let them down. We walked away and let a superior North Vietnamese army overrun our friends.

Pres. Nixon wrote a wonderful book in 1985 called “No more Vietnams“. It was a review of the war and the mistakes made along the way.  It should be read by everyone, specially the left that looked the other way when the communists murdered thousands in Vietnam and Cambodia.

It did not have to happen.

The South Vietnamese army fought valiantly but it could not overcome a reality of war: the guy with bigger weapons usually defeats the fellow with a smaller army.

South Vietnam was turned over to communist thugs because the US was weak.

In Jan ’73, Pres. Nixon forced Hanoi to sign a treaty that recognized both countries.

Pres. Nixon inherited a mess from Pres. Johnson. There were 500,000 troops in ’69. We were winning battles but we did not have a policy.

The antiwar left in the US made a lot of noise. They created lots of traffic jams and broke a lot of windows. Yet, they were an electoral failure.

In ’68, the left could not nominate an antiwar candidate. Humphrey, Nixon and Wallace supported the war.

In ’70-72, Pres. Nixon had majorities supporting his policies in Vietnam. In ’72, Nixon won the ultimate referendum on Vietnam—-he carried 49 states and 62% of the popular vote!

Again, the antiwar left made a lot of noise, it broke a lot windows, it created a lot of traffic jams, it yelled a lot of obscenities, but it did not elect anyone to office.

By ’72, Pres. Nixon had reduced the military presence to less than 20,000. He withdrew troops under a very successful program called “Vietnamization”.

Pres. Nixon used massive air power to make his point.

In Dec ’72, Pres. Nixon forced Hanoi to sit down and sign a treaty.

The treaty was respected for much of ’73 and into ’74. Why? Because the North Vietnamese understood that Pres. Nixon would send the B-52s to enforce it.

In fact, the Soviets and Chinese did not think that the North would ever win.

Stephen J. Morris wrote in The New York Times:

“Even Hanoi’s main patron, the Soviet Union, was convinced that a North Vietnamese military victory was highly unlikely.

Evidence from Soviet Communist Party archives suggests that, until 1974, Soviet military intelligence analysts and diplomats never believed that the North Vietnamese would be victorious on the battlefield. Only political and diplomatic efforts could succeed.

Moscow thought that the South Vietnamese government was strong enough to defend itself with a continuation of American logistical support. The former Soviet chargé d’affaires in Hanoi during the 1970’s told me in Moscow in late 1993 that if one looked at the balance of forces, one could not predict that the South would be defeated.Until 1975, Moscow was not only impressed by American military power and political will, it also clearly had no desire to go to war with the United States over Vietnam. But after 1975, Soviet fear of the United States dissipated.”

Unfortunately, we walked away from the people of South Vietnam in ’75. The liberals tied Pres. Ford’s hands and we turned over an entire nation to communist criminals!

We should have supported them. We didn’t.

It was 1975 or many years ago. It still hurts. It hurts that American liberals did not have the courage to support people who were fighting for their freedom.

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May 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Posted in US politics

What happens to labor and the Democrats now?

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Everybody is obsessed with President Trump’s 100 days. Thank God that’s over!  

So let’s move to a story that may actually have electoral consequences! I found this article by Michael Tomasky rather interesting:   

We spent more of our 50 minutes together talking about the Democrats than we did about Trump. He didn’t want to lay into Hillary Clinton personally, but he did point out to me that fact about her doing less well among his members than Obama had, and he had some sharp words for the Democratic message in last year’s campaign — and for Bill Clinton.

“The Democratic Party quite frankly had no coherent economic message,” he said. “Workers have been facing stagnant wages, dropping benefits, and economic security being taken away from them over a 40-year period. Trump said a lot of stuff — hasn’t followed through on it, but said it, and they were willing to take a chance.”

The problems, he said, started under Bill Clinton. 


“I think that was the beginning of the schizophrenic days, when they needed workers’ votes but wanted Wall Street money, so they tried to serve two masters but were successful at neither,” says Trumka.

But didn’t Bill Clinton do a number of good things? I mean, 22 million jobs?

“People still weren’t getting wage increases,” he says. “The economy was still moving away from us.”

And what of Barack Obama?

Slight pause, then: 

“A well-intentioned guy. I think he had a good heart. You have to put him in context. He had a Congress determined not to let him do anything. They spooked him early on…  It’s not like he had a fair chance on the playing field. He could have done more workers, but all in all, he tried.”

Not exactly high praise (he also mentioned his disappointment that Obama didn’t speak more consistently about — or do more to fight — wage stagnation and inequality). So surely, President Trumka, you’re happy with the direction the Democratic Party has taken since November?     

Of course, President Trumka did not talk about the other elephant in the room.

Over the last few years, the Democrat Party has walked away from union members in more ways than wage increases or free trade agreements.

Wonder how many union members are crazy about a party aligned with sanctuary cities? Or the connection between Wall Street and Democrats? Or the fellow with a “good heart” getting $400,000 to give a speech?   

Once upon a time, a Democrat could walk into a union hall and speak the language of the guys there. Do you DNC Chairman Tom Perez can do that? Don’t bet on it!    

We are watching President Trump crack another firewall and union leaders like Mr. Trumka know it!   

Keep an eye on this story developing under the noses of a news media.

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May 1, 2017 at 6:36 am

1991: Nolan Ryan no-hitter # 7

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As they song goes, I heard it on the radio.   Incredibly, the game was not on local TV. 

As I recall, Nolan Ryan was pitching on 4-days rest.  

In the 7th, I got my cassette player ready because it just felt that something good was going to happen that night in Arlington.   And so it did!  I recorded the last two innings with the late Mark Holtz calling the last strike!




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May 1, 2017 at 5:00 am