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The Democrats today, Illinois fiscal crisis and a few other thoughts of the day

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We will look at the state of the Democrat Party….where do they go from here…..can they really change given the party’s dependence on donations from left wing groups?………Illinois is on the verge of serious financial problems…….Obama Care and the US Senate……we remember June Cash Carter…….and refer you to my post about violence in Mexico as well as our chat with Allan Wall about the politics south of the border…… other stories…..

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June 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

We remember Stuart Sutcliffe (1940-62)

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Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe was born on this in 1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland.    We remember him as one of the early Beatles.    

Stu, as he was known, was more of an artist than a musician.   Nevertheless, he was a part of the band until his unfortunate death in 1962.  

We believe that it was Stu, with a little help from John, who came up with the name “Beatles”, a reference to Buddy Holly & The Crickets.   I’ve also heard that Stu’s death inspired “In my life”, one of the band’s greatest songs.    Stu’s girffriend, Astrid Kirchherr, was a photographer and responsible for many of the group’s earliest photos, circa Germany 1961-62.


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June 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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We remember June Carter Cash (1929-2003)

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Valerie June Carter was born on June 23, 1929, in Maces Springs, Virginia.    June and her sisters were a popular country music act.  In 1968, June Carter married Johnny Cash and became one of the greatest country duos of all time.    You can see their story in “I walk the line”:


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June 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

A very bad month for Mexico

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Let’s get back to that rather depressing subject of violence south of the border. We learned today that May was a horrible month indeed:    

Mexico registered a record number of murders last month, officials said, underlining the country’s struggles to deal with the horrific violence surrounding the multi-billion-dollar narcotics trade.

There were 2,186 homicides in May, said a report from the National Public Safety System — the highest figure since the country began keeping track 20 years ago.

The deadliest state was Guerrero, in the south, a hotspot in Mexico’s war on drugs where 216 people were killed.

In the western state of Sinaloa — where rival factions have been battling for control of the Sinaloa drug cartel since its kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January — 154 people were killed, the highest number in six years.


Since Mexico first sent the military to fight drug trafficking in 2006, a wave of bloodshed has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing, as rival cartels wage war on each other and the army.

Depressing indeed. By the way, the resort of Acapulco is in the state of the aforementioned Guerrero.   

It’s interesting to see how Mexico has dropped from the news radar in recent weeks. It has been replaced by North Korea, Syria, Russia, and our own fanatical and ridiculous obsession with the Trump-Russia collusion. Yet, I submit that Mexico is undergoing a critical time and we need to sit down and find ways of helping each other.    

What can we do? There aren’t many options but we can start by expanding The Merida Initiative (a.k.a. Plan Mexico) that President Bush approved in 2007. It provided the Mexican armed forces with up-to-date technology to fight the cartels. The bad news is that the cartels have the best of weapons. The good news is that the Mexican Army is willing to fight them, as they’ve been doing since late 2006.

We must also take Central America into consideration. El Salvador is a killing field at the moment and people are leaving to try and make it to the U.S.   
We should discuss how our drug consumption is killing our young people and funding these cartels.    

It’s complicated and very depressing what’s going on south of the border. I was fortunate to live and work in Mexico years ago. Mexico had problems then but nothing like what we see every day on the front pages of newspapers. The daily killings are tearing up the country.

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June 23, 2017 at 6:02 am