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Trump tweets, tourism down in Cuba and other stories of the day 

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We will discuss the latest from the front pages………..why is President Trump getting into a ‘tweet’ war with TV hosts with very low ratings………makes no sense to me………..it distracts from a very heavy agenda……….Airlines canceling flights to Cuba because interest is down…………’Gone with the wind’ was published in 1936…….and other stories…………………

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June 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm

The Senate Democrats will hide behind the filibuster and not vote “yes or no” on sanctuary cities and Kate’s Law

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June 30, 2017 at 8:07 pm

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Repeal now effective in 12 months..then send health care to the states….and let states create their own plans

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June 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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More flight cancelations to Cuba

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A couple of years ago, many of my local friends were curious about traveling to Cuba. They seemed fascinated by the idea of traveling to an island isolated from reality for 50-plus years. I would often hear this expression: “I want to see it for myself”.

Some of my friends went and others never got to go. However, the ones who went all seem to be singing the same tune: “Beautiful beach, Okay hotel but the Internet does not work and the people are not happy.”

We learned today via the Miami Herald that Southwest Airlines is canceling flights to Cuba:   

The announcement comes less than two weeks since President Donald Trump announced new restrictions on travel to the island. Americans can no longer go on individual people-to-people trips, and are barred from doing businesses with entities that are owned and controlled by Cuba’s military. Exactly how the policy works will depend regulations that have yet to be released.   

However, Southwest stressed that the decision to discontinue its Varadero and Santa Clara flights was due to the challenge of stimulating demand in a new market like Cuba, said spokesman Brad Hawkins in a statement.   

 

“The decision to discontinue these flights is not tied directly to the recent policy announcement, but follows many months of reviewing our performance in the Varadero and Santa Clara markets,” Hawkins said. “Unfortunately, we do not see a pathway to sustainably serving these markets due primarily to the continuing prohibition in U.S. law on tourism to Cuba by American citizens.”

Varadero in particular, a town in the northwestern coast of Cuba, is known for its resorts and pristine beaches — not the cultural, people-to-people experiences in which American travelers are allowed to participate. 

Under rules established under the Barack Obama administration, Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba for “tourism” but must travel under one of 12 approved categories of travel that include family visits, educational and religious activities.

Don’t blame this one on President Trump, the embargo, or even President Obama. This is on Cuba’s leadership, or a country that never got out of 1962.    
Before Castro or communism, Cuba had a highly developed tourism industry. Thousands of visitors went to Cuba to enjoy the beach, or the many historic places like colonial Trinidad, or Havana’s nightlife.     

Contrary to Godfather II, or the worst teacher of Cuban history other than the regime’s propaganda. the island was not run by the Mafia, nor did people run to their boats the night that Batista left, nor were suicide bombers willing to die for the revolution. Yes, there were gambling places and prostitutes. There were also thousands of Americans who went to Cuba for their honeymoons or just to enjoy the place.    

Furthermore, not a single American who went to pre-Castro complained about hot water or lousy hotels. Instead, they stayed at private hotels run by Cuban families who knew how to make tourists happy and return for more.

So the thrill is gone and Americans are not eager to see Cuba. It would be nice if the regime was gone soon so that the island can be restored to the prosperous place that communism destroyed.

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June 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

President Trump….why get into a war of words with TV hosts with low ratings? Save your firepower please.

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June 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm

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Catching a bit of “The man from Laramie”

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June 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Russia, CNN, Trump tweets and other stories of the day

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We will looking at the Trump-CNN rift…….the media has itself to blame because they were too easy on Obama and now too harsh on Trump…….the Russia story may mean that President Obama will have to testify before Congress….the GOP and Obama Care…….more Trump Tweets now against the cast of ‘Morning Joe’……we remember Harmon Killebrew and Henry Mancini…………………..

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Source: Russia, CNN, Trump tweets and other stories of the day 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

The media have themselves to blame

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Yes, it’s true that President Trump is a bit unusual. He tweets. He probably talks too much about “fake news” and counterpunches way beyond proportion.   Trump is Trump and that’s all you can say.    

On the other hand, the media has only itself to blame for its current state of near-collapse, for a couple of reasons:

1) The Obama years may go down as the worst displays of journalism in U.S. history. From “you can keep your own doctor” to “I learned about Fast & Furious from the front page” to “a video caused Benghazi”, most in the media were simply too eager to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt.

For example, did you ever hear a reporter say something like this:    

“Mr. President, did you dismiss somebody when you learned on the front pages that your administration had put 2,000 high-powered rifles in the hands of Mexican cartels… are you not aware that innocent Mexicans have been killed by these weapons… aren’t you terribly served by your senior staff?”

This wasn’t asked about “Fast & Furious” or anything else. It was either a lack of curiosity or something else. It was not the kind of journalism that Americans deserved, especially after what President George W. Bush was put through for eight years of this and that. 

2) Enter President Trump. Since he upset Mrs. Clinton, and all of the experts at the networks, many in the media have been on a rampage to discredit him.    

It is the exact opposite of the Obama years. Again, Mr. Obama was always given the benefit of the doubt. Mr. Trump is second guessed about everything.
So how is all of this working for the country or for the media? Well, it’s not working, as Michael Goodwin wrote:    

Russia, Russia, Russia is a fixation for all the networks, with a new study by the Media Research Center showing 55 percent of Trump coverage on nightly broadcasts was related to the Russia investigation.

That adds up to 353 minutes of airtime since May 17, compared to 47 minutes on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate pact, 29 minutes on the fight against terrorism and 17 minutes on the efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to the Daily Caller’s summary of the study. It said tax reform got a mere 47 seconds of coverage.

Too much coverage is far from the only problem with Russia reporting. Writing for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald shows how reckless CNN, the Washington Post and others have been, and makes two key points.

First, that mistakes are “always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between” Russia and Trump. Second, that all the false stories “involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact.”

He’s right, and I would add another dimension: For all the focus on Russia, the media totally missed a key point. To wit, the Obama administration did nothing about Vladimir Putin’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election even though the White House knew about it for months.

Of course, most media organizations spent eight years cheerleading everything Obama did, and it’s no secret that members of his administration, along with career Democrats, are the anonymous sources feeding the anti-Trump narrative.

Mr. Goodwin is right on. In fact, you don’t have to be a “Trumpista” to see that President Trump is getting a raw deal in contrast to the “butt kissing” that went on with President Obama.

Let’s hope that the media have learned their lesson, especially in light of the latest dismissals of three CNN reporters who got it wrong.

We need an aggressive media. Unfortunately, we don’t have that now.   

Let’s hope that the pendulum can swing back to the middle so that we can trust the media again. We don’t right now, as the latest Gallup Poll tells us!

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June 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

Wednesday and the front page stories with Frank Burke 

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Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker…..will look at the Supreme Court and the travel ban…….the minimum wage law that killed jobs in Seattle……..the Russia story and President Obama……CNN vs Trump is hurting the media………………..

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Source: Wednesday and the front page stories with Frank Burke 06/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Happy # 68 Don Baylor

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June 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

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