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A chat with Brian Lloyd French, author

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Guest: Brian Lloyd French, author……..we will look at his book ‘Castro’s last mojito’ and others……..Canada has decided to meet its NATO commitments……Liberals and big cities…..the Paris climate accords………………. … other stories…..

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Source: A chat with Brian Lloyd French, author 06/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

A chat with Brian Lloyd French about “Castro’s last mojito”

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We  will chat with Brian Lloyd French about his new book:   “Castro’s last mojito”:


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June 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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1971: A word about “The Pentagon Papers”

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Let’s call it the “leak of leaks”, one of the most explosive leaks ever.   They became known as “The Pentagon Papers“:    

The New York Times begins to publish sections of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Department of Defense study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

The papers indicated that the American government had been lying to the people for years about the Vietnam War and the papers seriously damaged the credibility of America’s Cold War foreign policy.      

How much impact did this “leak” have on war policy?   Frankly, not much.   Eighteen months later, President Nixon defeated Senator McGovern, the anti-war candidate, in a landslide.     In other words, President Nixon enjoyed public support for the conduct of the war.

Nevertheless, the release of the “Papers” had a huge impact in the political debate.  It clearly showed that our leaders had not always been very transparent about the war or what was going on in the battlefield.


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June 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

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We remember Basil Rathbone (1892-1967)

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Philip St. John Basil Rathbone was born on June 13, 1892, in Johannesburg, South Africa.   His family eventually moved to the UK.      

In 1939, Basil Rathbone made his first Sherlock Holmes film: “The Hound of the Baskervilles“.  

After making the first two Holmes films, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began doing Sherlock Holmes stories on radio. They continued playing Holmes and Watson on radio and in films for seven years.  

Rathbone died in 1967.   He remains my favorite Holmes, along with Bruce as Dr. Watson:


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June 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

“Annabel”: Lucy before Desi

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A few days ago, I caught a bit of this movie:   “The affairs of Annabel” with Lucille Ball.  

The movie is from 1938 or years before Lucille Ball met Desi Arnaz.    It was very funny and it gives us another angle into Lucy’s amazing talents:


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June 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

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The other thing Chancellor Merkel said in Mexico

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We’ve been reading a lot about Chancellor Merkel’s trip to Mexico.  However, are we hearing everything that she said?  This is from her remarks:   

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit Saturday to Mexico spoke out against building walls, saying the construction of physical borders won’t fix problems with immigration.

“Obviously the main reason for people leaving must be addressed on site first, which means putting up walls and cutting oneself off will not solve the problem,” Merkel said, speaking in Mexico City.

“It’s an issue you can study well in the history of China with the (Great) Wall of China, you can study it in the history of the Roman Empire. Essentially, only when great empires have managed to forge sensible relationships with their neighbors and to manage migration has it been a success.”

The main reason for people leaving must be addressed?  Did you hear anything about that in the news coverage?  I didn’t until I actually read her remarks in total.


Not long ago, Mexicans would always talk to me about people going north in the context that Mexico was failing its people.  I had a Mexican friend say it was the shameful reality of corruption and bad policies, like the agrarian policies that have driven so many young men north to work as roofers rather than stay home at the family ranch.  Another Mexican said that “no hay nada bueno” (there is nothing good) about the fact that so many had to go north to look for a better life.  Another said it is incredible that a country so rich in resources cannot take care of its own better.

Unfortunately, the Democrats’ embrace of illegal immigration and sanctuary cities has us talking about U.S. immigration policies rather than those issues that drive people north.  We are letting the Mexican political class get away with simply saying “Trump” rather than dealing with structural issues that make the country unattractive to the young.    

Jens Manuel Krogstad wrote a very interesting analysis recently about Mexicans and the US:

In 2015, 33% of Mexican adults said life in the U.S. is neither better nor worse than life in Mexico, up from 23% who said this in 2007. 

Still, about half of Mexican adults believe life is better in the U.S. and 35% of Mexicans said they would move to the U.S. if they had the opportunity and means to do so, similar shares as in 2009.

As Mrs. Merkel said, let’s address the reasons they are leaving first.  Again, the Democrats have made it easy for Mexico’s political class to skip that and blame everything on the wall, or intolerance, or whatever else is going around.

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June 13, 2017 at 6:23 am