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We remember James Brown (1933-2006)

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James Brown was born May 3, 1933 in North Carolina.   He died in 2006, or many years ago.   I remember seeing this:

“James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died Monday, his agent said. He was 73.”

In the late 1960’s, I was a big fan of James Brown. His legacy is a string of hits and songs!  He was superb on stage, one of the best acts ever.

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May 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Time flies: Mary Hopkin is 67 today

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This is another one for the “time flies” category.

Mary Hopkin turns 67 today and that confirms that time flies and flies very fast.

Mary hit the charts in the summer of 1968 with “Those were the days” and “Goodbye” in early 1969.  

“Once upon a time, there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
Think of all the great things we would do
Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we’d choose We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
Then, the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If, by chance, I’d see you in the tavern,
We’d smile at one another and we’d say
Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we’d choose We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days
Just tonight, I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass, I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me?
Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we’d choose We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days
Through the door, there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh, my friend, we’re older but no wiser
For in our hearts, the dreams are still the same
Those were the days, my friend We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we’d choose We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days…”

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May 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

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We remember Niccolò Machiavelli, who was born on this day in 1469 in Florence.   He was a diplomat and later tortured by his opponents.

“The Prince” is one of the most consequential books of all time:    

Though it was initially a dark period for his career, Machiavelli’s time away from politics gave him the opportunity to read Roman history and to write political treatises, most notably The Prince. The main theme of this short work about monarchal rule and survival is man’s capacity for determining his own destiny in opposition to the power of fate, which has been interpreted as the political philosophy that one may resort to any means in order to establish and preserve total authority. The work has been regarded as a handbook for politicians on the use of ruthless, self-serving cunning, and inspired the term “Machiavellian.” While many believe that the book’s title character, “the prince,” was based upon the infamous Cesare Borgia, some scholars consider it a satire.

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May 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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Trump & GOP, Colbert’s bad joke and the President of Philippines comes to town

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We will look at the political stories of the day……the GOP House continues to struggle with Obama Care………Colbert goes over the top with his ‘joke’ about President Trump……CBS needs to make a statement……..the larger issue is the crazy anger in the left……..there is outrage about the president of Philippines and his ‘human rights’ record…….where was the outrage about President Obama watching a game with Raul Castro……….we remember Mary Hopkin who is 67 today and the career of James Brown 1933-2006…….plus other stories………

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Source: Trump & GOP, Colbert’s bad joke and the President of Philippines comes to town 05/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Repeal and force Senate Democrats to defend it

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Am I the only one who is getting frustrated with all of this? The GOP House continues to debate Obama Care and miss the big picture.

First, the House bill is simply the start of this process; and,

Second, the Senate will amend it anyway, as we read in The Washington Post:

“I would hope it gets changed over there,” Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) told Bloomberg News, echoing other center-right members who explicitly said they were willing to pass the new revision in hopes that the Senate would strip out the harsher provisions.

Even that goal, however, is proving elusive. By late Monday, House leaders had collected more votes than ever but still appeared to be shy of the 216 Republicans they need to pass the measure. They’re stuck between conservatives and moderates, both keenly aware of how they can be attacked on the issue next year.

“If you’re in the House, what you should be thinking now is that if it doesn’t survive, it all comes back to you,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

“I think what they should be focused on is getting the process moving and, frankly, passing the obligation over to the Senate.”

So pass something rather than argue about the perfect repeal bill in the House.

The Obama Care debate should take place in the US Senate where many Democrats are running for reelection. Let them defend the law. These Democrats have had a free ride because no one is asking them about the law. Instead, it’s the GOP arguing about whether or not the proposal will satisfy constituents.

Memo to GOP: Turn the wheels of repealing Obama Care or you will find a lot of unsatisfied constituents.

Pass a simple repeal and then let’s hear from Senate Democrats!

 
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May 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

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