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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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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 05/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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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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“OK movie” but heck of a good investment

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Let me paraphrase Wolfman Jack and ask you:   Where were you in ’77?
We remember this weekend the 40th anniversary of “Star Wars”.   In my mind, the movie was OK but the return on the investment was really something else, as we see here:   
The original Star Wars film is the third-highest-grossing film of all time, raking in close to $2 billion when adjusted for inflation. That alone would’ve made the original investment a spectacular one……..
Although Gone with the Wind remains the highest-grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation over the 78 years since the film’s first release), no single film can hold a candle to the money-making empire that Star Wars unleashed. 
Spurring at least 10 lucrative sequels and prequels, five TV series, and multiple made-for-TV movies (so far), as well as billions of dollars in books and merchandise, Lucas couldn’t possibly have imagined just how successful his creation would become over the next 40 years.
It was also a marketing bonanza.   Every boy was Luke Skywalker and every girl was Princess Leia:   
The incredible success of Star Wars–it received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide–began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and his studio, 20th Century Fox, months before the movie’s release date. “It wasn’t like a movie opening,” actress Carrie Fisher, who played rebel leader Princess Leia, later told Time magazine. “It was like an earthquake.” Beginning with–in Fisher’s words–“a new order of geeks, enthusiastic young people with sleeping bags,” the anticipation of a revolutionary movie-watching experience spread like wildfire, causing long lines in front of movie theaters across the country and around the world.
By fall, discotheques had young people dancing to a disco version of the theme song by Meco!  By the way, Meco was Domenico Monardo, who once played in the Cadet Band at West Point.
And rest assured that The Force will be with you for a long time:   
But the real money for Disney is in leveraging the Star Wars brand for just about anything it can think of: toys, games, merchandise, cruises, theme park rides, hotels. The list is endless and Disney is pursuing them all. 
There will soon be a Star Wars-themed section of Disneyland and Disney World in California and Florida, where children and adults can spend their days riding Star Wars rides, drinking Star Wars drinks (blue milk, perhaps?), eating Star Wars food, sleeping in Star Wars rooms, and, of course, buying Star Wars swag.
Who would have believed any of this that Memorial Day weekend of 1977?  I certainly didn’t and most of you probably didn’t either.
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May 28, 2017 at 7:00 am

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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 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Another tough night for the resistance

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On the eve of Montana’s election, Chris Cillizza wrote this:  

The current pro-Democratic — or, more accurately, anti-Trump — environment helps on that front in two ways.

It convinces top-tier Democratic recruits that 2018 might be the year for them to run for Congress. And it serves as the tipping point for Republicans teetering on the edge of retirement. 

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement in Florida is one example; she leaves behind an open seat race where Democrats are favored.

The critical question, of course, is what the political environment looks like next November. 


And, as Gonzales and Cook note, that’s impossible to say today. But, as Gonzales rightly adds:

“Time should not be an excuse to ignore the fact that history and the current political dynamic favors Democrats and are good reasons to watch the fight for the House.”

He’s 100% right. The wave looks to be forming. 

Could it fizzle out before it ever comes close to swamping Republicans? 

Of course! 

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep a very close eye on it. 

We should.

And then Montana stepped into the picture and now it’s time to delete “the wave is forming” memo and pull out the one about a “moral victory.”

The so called “resistance” keeps putting everything on the line and then explaining another loss as a moral victory. It happened in Kansas and now in Montana!

After all, isn’t getting 43% of the vote in Montana sort of like a moral victory? Not really, especially after so much effort was put into the campaign.   Furthermore, Montana elected Democrat Senator Tester in 2006 and reelected him in 2012. In other words, a Democrat can win in Montana — but not the one that the Democrats nominated this time around.

So where do the Democrats go from here? How many more moral victories before the people putting up the money get sick of this?

The Democrats’ main problem is that their hatred of Trump has blinded them from reality. They are not really offering anything other than “Trump is evil” or that “the GOP wants to take away your health insurance.”

What’s wrong with that approach? President Trump’s approvals may be low but you still need a candidate who can do more than sing country songs.

To be honest, 2018 could be a huge year for the Democrats. It could also be a big year for the GOP. Frankly, we don’t know yet because there is so much yet to happen.   

In the meantime. get ready for the next one down in Georgia. We will again hear that it’s another big election and that Trump is on the line. If the Democrat pulls out a victory, it will be the most important election in U.S. history since the U.S. Constitution was ratified. If the GOP wins then we will hear about a moral victory and how the GOP underperformed.

If I were a Democrat, I demand a refund of my dues and stop watching CNN!

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May 27, 2017 at 6:16 am

An election in Montana, NATO, John Wayne, Memorial Day & a few other thoughts 

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We look at the Montana special election and another win for the GOP and ‘moral victory’ for Democrats…President Trump and NATO…..Brazil and corruption……..Memorial Day this weekend and a time to remember……John Wayne 1907-1979……… other stories…..

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Source: An election in Montana, NATO, John Wayne, Memorial Day & a few other thoughts 05/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm