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Archive for June 19th, 2017

Trump and the Cuba policy plus more thoughts about Mueller’s probe

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We will look at President Trump and the Mueller investigation……..Trump and a new policy toward Cuba………Trump sending more troops to Afghanistan…….MS-13 gang remembers and El Salvador…….Lou Gehrig was born on this day in 1903…..plus other stories…..

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June 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Ernesto Lecuona would say today: “Para Cuba no voy”

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Many years ago, Ernesto Lecuona wrote “Para Vigo me voy”, one of his many classic compositions.     It goes like this:

“Vamos a la Conga, ¡Ay, Dios!
Vamos que ya suena el Bongó
Las maracas suenas ya
Y ya repica el timbal
Mi negra vamos detrás
Porque ya la conga no vuelve más
Para Vigo me voy
Mi negra dime adiós
Anda bongosero toca ya
Que estoy medio loco por bailar
Para Vigo me voy, me voy, me voy
Mi negra dime adiós
Mira que la Conga ya se va
Para nunca más volver a sonar
Para Vigo me voy …
Mira que la Conga ya se va
Para nunca más volver a sonar
Para Vigo me voy……….”

Today, we can safely say that American tourists are singing “Para Cuba no voy” or the sad reality of travelling to a country without infrastructure or clean towels.

This is the last report on travelling to Cuba:

When the country was first opened to Americans, there was a huge boost in travel there, but Americans were less interested in travel to Cuba this year than they were in 2016, a survey from insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance found.

Some 76% of the 1,514 respondents said they were not likely to plan a trip to Cuba in 2017 compared to 70% in 2016. Only 2% of those surveyed planned to visit Cuba in the next six months or by the end of 2017, the same as 2016 despite a projected increase in travelers from the country’s ministry of tourism.

It also found that 60% of Americans said “would not like to travel to Cuba” compared to just 58% in 2016.

Although some of these shifts may be expected after the initial flurry of interest, flight trends also suggest demand is lower than initially expected, said Brian Sumers, an airline analyst at travel site Skift. “When the country opened up, just about every U.S. airline was obsessed with getting as many routes into Havana as it possibly could — they thought it was going to be a gravy train,” he said. “Now, as I understand it, a lot of the flights are empty.”

Indeed, the initial excitement about the formerly closed off country gave way to moral dilemmas over food shortages and other problems caused by tourism, as well as disappointment over limited working internet, lower hotel standards, and lack of running water there. The Allianz study found lack of travel infrastructure was a major cause of anxiety about traveling to Cuba for 13% of Americans.

A few days ago, I spoke with a Mexican lady who had just visited Cuba.   She said something that I’ve heard often from visitors to Cuba.   It goes something like this:  “beautiful country but I feel terrible for the Cuban people”.

So we are left with The Lecuona Cuban Boys from happier days:

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June 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Happy # 39 Dirk Nowitzki

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We remember one of our favorite NBA players, the great Dirk Nowitzki of The Dallas Mavericks.    Dirk was born in Würzburg, West Germany.    He started with Dallas in 1999 and has led the team for 18 seasons.      He led the Mavericks to the 2006 Finals and 2011 NBA championship.

He is also a wonderful member of our community.    Dirk passed the 30,000 points marker during the last season.

 

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June 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

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June 19, 1903: Lou Gehrig was born in New York

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Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 in New York.    We remember Lou Gehrig because of the consecutive games streak, i.e. 2,130 games from 1925-39.   

He was also one of the greatest hitters of all time:  .340 batting average, 494 HR,  1.995 RBI in 2,164 games.    He walked 1,508 times for a .447 on base pct!  

Lou died in 1941.

 

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June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

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President & First Lady Taft and the “opening day” pitch

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On this day in 1886, future President Taft married Nellie Herron in Cincinnati.     The future president & First Lady met at a literary meeting.    They say that she was a bit ahead of her time, interested in politics and worked as a private school teacher.    Nellie visited The White House in 1877 and told everyone that she’d love to live there someday.

Taft was elected the 27th president in 1908.    A couple of years later, he started the tradition of the opening day presidential pitch.

 

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June 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

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President Trump has every right to be furious about this investigation

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President Trump has every right to scream very loud about this investigation. I have never seen anything like this since Patrick Fitzgerald went all over the Milky Way looking for someone to indict about anything.   

As for Mr. Comey, it looks for sure had been leaking for months to promote himself at Mr. Trump’s expense. 

So — exactly what are we investigating again? 

First, there is no evidence of any collusion with Russia. Frankly, the idea that Russia impacted our vote is so absurd that it makes me angry that anyone is even peddling the idea. By the way, I am not taking Russia or Putin off the hook. They are, and have been adversaries for a long time. They probably have tried to destabilized our system many times. However, I am not blaming Putin for getting millions of Obama’s 2012 voters to switch to Trump in 2016.

Second, the appointment of an independent counsel seemed like a good idea a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, leaks and the hiring of Clintonitas is troubling. Couldn’t Mr. Mueller find attorneys in the U.S. who did not donate to the Democrat Party? 

Third, all of this stuff about “obstruction of justice” is crazy.   

I  like what James Freeman wrote in the Wall Street Journal:   

As for the idea that Mr. Trump might have obstructed justice, Andy McCarthy and Alan Dershowitz and Michael McConnell have separately explained why this is a big stretch, and Richard Epstein makes the case that if anyone in this drama is vulnerable to a possible obstruction charge, it’s Mr. Comey.

But whatever one believes about the President, the Post reports make Mr. Mueller’s team look like political hacks focused on providing inappropriate leaks from an investigation just barely in progress, rather than professionals who are putting aside their politics to do a public service. 

This is assuming the Post reports are accurate.  

Mr. Mueller has a big challenge. He will have to write a report that a divided nation will accept. So far, he is off to a bad start.   

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June 19, 2017 at 7:26 am