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Remembering Jose Marti and Cuba’s independence 1902 with Jorge Ponce

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Guest: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American pundit……we will review Jorge’s post about Cuba………..we will remember a couple of important dates from Cuban history: Jose Marti was killed in 1895 and Cuba celebrated its independence in 1902………………plus other stories…..

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Source: Remembering Jose Marti and Cuba’s independence 1902 with Jorge Ponce 05/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Growing up Cuban in the US and hearing about May 20, 1902

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My grandmother had a neat life.  She was born in Cuba (1892) when it was still a Spanish colony.   We would often sit around and hear her stories of Cuba, from the celebrations of May 20, 1902, to hurricanes to many other anecdotes of the island.    She left Cuba and died in the US in 1984.

Today, Cuba celebrates another anniversary of that independence day that my grandmother celebrated as a  little girl.  However, there is little to celebrate in Cuba under communism.

The Castro government will put on a show today and celebrate independence day.   However, I am sure that most Cubans won’t really feel it until this corrupt dictatorship passes on.

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May 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

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We remember Bobby Murcer (1946-2008)

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We remember the late Bobby Murcer born on this day in 1946.

Another Oklahoma kid playing center field for the Yankees?

Bobby Murcer broke with the Yankees in 1965.   He was supposed to replace Mickey Mantle, the first kid from Oklahoma, but that was probably unfair.     

Murcer did have some very good seasons with the Yankees.   In 1971, he hit .331 with 25 HR & 94 RBI.    Overall, he hit 253 HR with 1,043 RBI  for the New York Yankees, San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs.    His 840 RBI were 9th best in the 1970s.   He was a very good player but the Yankees were not.

Murcer was traded for Bobby Bonds after the 1974 season.    He finally played for the Yankees in the 1981 World Series but was not a regular anymore.   

After baseball, Murcer became a very popular broadcaster in the Yankees’ TV booth.

Murcer died in 2008.    He wore “# 1” or the number that most Yankee fans associate with Billy Martin.

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May 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

Is Pelosi lowering expectations?

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Is Representative Pelosi preparing Democrats for the reality that it’s easier to impeach a president in fundraising letters than in the real world? After all, it’d take a congressional majority to bring it to a vote in the House. I’m not even talking about the 67 votes required to convict the president in the Senate.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that key Democrats are calling for calm, specially knowing that Mr. Trump could be seen a victim of their hysteria.

This is extremely interesting:     

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that some House Democrats need to “curb their enthusiasm” over the possibility that President Trump could be impeached.

“I hope some would curb their enthusiasm until we have all of the facts and have confidence that when the American people understand what is there, whether it’s grounds for impeachment or grounds for disappointment, then they’ll know,” Pelosi told reporters.

Grounds for disappointment? I think so.


Mrs. Pelosi is not alone. There are other Democrats lowering the volume too:

When House Democratic leaders hastily called a news conference Wednesday to demonstrate their outrage at President Trump’s latest dramatics, they took great pains to show they were not seeking to railroad him out of the White House.

“No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the sober-minded senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. 

He warned that Democrats should not let their actions “be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means.”

Nullify the election? It’s nice to see that some Democrats are finally recognizing that Mr. Trump won the election.

My guess is that Mr. Mueller will conclude sooner rather than later that there was no collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign. Frankly, I’ve viewed this whole story as a combination of political irresponsibility and journalism malpractice.   

Nevertheless, Mr. Mueller may take this investigation in two very unpleasant directions for Democrats. First, who unmasked U.S. citizens? Second, who leaked?    

The investigation may also take us to more Comey memos, such as any notes that he took about the Clinton email scandal or the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and President Clinton.

Let’s remember that the Clinton independent counsel started in Whitewater and ended up with perjury charges over a relationship with Monica Lewinski.

I think that Representative Pelosi knows that Mr. Mueller is more likely to potentially embarrass Democrats than President Trump. My sense is that she is alerting her side to calm down or face massive disappointment.  

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May 20, 2017 at 6:47 am