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“Cinco de Mayo” class for those who don’t live in Texas

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My friends outside of Texas will see a lot of TV reports around the theme of “Cinco de Mayo” in the US Southwest.

I love the day because there is Mexican food all over town as well as those little girls dancing in their traditional dresses.

So what’s the big deal about “Cinco de Mayo”? What do we have these parties?

Allan Wall has a good summary for those of us who are not Mexican or studied Mexican history in school:

“Cinco de Mayo, literally “May the 5th,” is the holiday celebrating the Mexican victory over the French army on May the 5th, 1862, at Puebla, east of Mexico City.”

In the U.S., specially in the Southwest, “Cinco de Mayo” has turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, Columbus Day in New York or Polish Day in Chicago.

“Cinco de Mayo” is a Mexican-American celebration. Every year, our parades have gotten bigger and bigger.

As Mr. Wall wrote, “Cinco de Mayo” is a very good day for local retail merchants:

“Cinco de Mayo is also a big beer-drinking day, with Mexican beer brands doing 5-10 percent of their U.S. sales for the occasion.”

So pass the beer, the chips and those wonderful enchiladas.   I’ll catch the Rangers om TV and remind my friends again that “Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

“Cinco de Mayo” is just a fun day to eat Mexican food!

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May 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Obama Care and a few thoughts about ‘Cinco de Mayo’ 

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Guest: George Rodriguez, conservative activist in South Texas……we will react to the GOP House voting to repeal Obama Care….the law is having more and more problems but Democrats propose no solutions………Texas and sanctuary cities…….memories of Cinco de Mayo………..corruption in South Texas………….plus other stories……..

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Source: Obama Care and a few thoughts about ‘Cinco de Mayo’ 05/05 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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1979: “Reunited” by Peaches & Herb # 1 this week

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Herbert Feemster & Linda Greene were “Peaches & Herb”.   They had the # 1 song this week in 1979 or “Reunited”.  

It became one of the best “slow dance” songs of the decade:

 

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May 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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Kentucky Derby: Men & Horses and women & hats

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In the beginning, God created Adam…….then Eve……….eventually Adam bet on horses and Eve showed off her new hat………I like how that turned out!

 

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May 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

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Well, it took him 107 days

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The GOP House just handed President Trump a big win, i.e. the first step to end ObamaCare!   

We understand that it’s not perfect, but it will now go to the U.S. Senate where Democrats will be forced to defend it.    

For weeks, the future of ObamaCare was an argument between GOP members. The result of this is that Senate Democrats got a free ride. No more!   

The House repeal vote coincides with more bad news for what they call the “Affordable Health Care Act.” This is the latest from Virginia:    

Aetna is throwing in the towel in Virginia after suffering big losses in its Obamacare business.

 

The company said Wednesday that it won’t participate in the state’s individual market — either on the Obamacare exchange or outside of it — in 2018. Though it has greatly downsized its participation in Obamacare, Aetna (AET) said it could still lose more than $200 million in its individual market products this year. That’s on top of the nearly $700 billion it’s lost in the three years after the exchanges opened in 2014.

The move means Innovation Health, which Aetna formed through a joint venture with Washington D.C. metro-area insurer Inova in 2012, will also leave the Virginia market. In addition, UnitedHealth (UNH) did not file with the Virginia’s insurance department to offer policies in the state next year.    

The companies’ exit will not leave any Virginia residents without any insurers, but it does mean that 27 counties could have only one choice for 2018, said Katherine Hempstead, a senior adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health care research and grants. 

Six carriers have notified the state that they will participate in the state next year.

So much for affordable health care!

ObamaCare has put many Americans in a worse situation that they were in before. In other words, there are segments of the country with one option or one company to choose from. It is much worse than what we had before where consumers could choose between plans, such as high deductible policies for younger people or others that did not force 60-something women to pay for maternity benefits.    

The end is here. We will soon see the biggest of the Obama legacy items go away, along with all of those executive orders!

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May 5, 2017 at 6:31 am

“Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

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Today, there is a big “Cinco de Mayo” celebration in Dallas and elsewhere.   

So what’s the big deal about “Cinco de Mayo”?
Allan Wall has a good summaryfor those of us who are not Mexican or studied Mexican history in school:

“Cinco de Mayo, literally “May the 5th,” is the holiday celebrating the Mexican victory over the French army on May the 5th, 1862, at Puebla, east of Mexico City.”

In the US, specially in the Southwest, “Cinco de Mayo” has turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, Columbus Day in New York or Polish Day in Chicago.

“Cinco de Mayo” is a Mexican-American celebration.  Every year, our parades have gotten bigger and bigger.

As Mr. Wall writes, “Cinco de Mayo” is a very good day for local retail merchants :

“Cinco de Mayo is also a big beer-drinking day, with Mexican beer brands doing 5-10 percent of their U.S. sales for the occasion.”

I don’t like beer so I guess I’ll stay home and watch the Rangers play on TV.   During the game, I’ll remember that “Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk), (YouTube) and follow me on Twitter.

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May 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

The US has a shortage of automobile mechanics

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As the nation graduates more and more liberal arts students who end up back home with mom and dad, we also tell you that there is a shortage of automobile mechanics.   This is from The New York Times:      

It didn’t take The New York Times to tell us there’s a shortage of automotive technicians. Ringing your car dealer to get an appointment – and being told openings are two weeks out – illustrates the problem. But reporting by the Times’ Norman Mayersohn makes it official.

In the Times’ article – Short on Mechanics, Car Companies Call School Into Session – Mayersohn reports on the shortfall and the increasing complexity of today’s automotive fleet. The story points out that stop-level technicians with master-mechanic status can earn $100,000 a year, and the director of Fiat Chrysler’s Performance Institute says FCA dealers have hired 3,000 mechanics in the past two years – and need yet another 5,000. Overall, the mechanic shortfall at dealerships across the country is conservatively estimated at 25,000 in the next five years.

But there’s a disconnect between those needs and today’s 20-somethings. Quoting Gary Uyematsu, national technical training manager at BMW, there’s “less of a mechanical interest and understanding among young people. They are not hands-on. Mechanics used to start with some gas station experience. Now the experience a person gets working at a gas station is selling slushies.”

Earlier generations also gained skill under a shade tree, keeping their second- or third-hand vehicles running. But even cars that today are 10 or 15 years old are far more reliable.

The shortage of mechanics has been building for decades, and while the advent of EVs might make the oil change obsolete, electronics issues in modern vehicles will more than offset that. Training programs are well established. So if America wants to get working again, we could start with a Snap-on tool set.  

I hope that our high schools are getting the message.   We need a nationwide effort to train more mechanics.     

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May 5, 2017 at 4:30 am