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A chat with Alex Lyda about the situation in Cuba

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Guest:  Alex Lyda, Cuban American who travels to Cuba frequently on business………..

we will discuss Alex’s most recent trip to Cuba and options for US-Cuba relations today…………..

and other stories…

Click to listen: A chat with Alex Lyda about the situation in Cuba 07/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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My 2008 post endorsing Senator McCain for President

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Today, we formally endorse Sen. McCain for president. We hope that you will vote for Sen. McCain on Tuesday. (I did vote early in Texas!)
You can read a long list of endorsements for McCain and Obama. As expected, The NY Times endorsed Obama and The Dallas Morning News endorsed McCain (We recommend John McCain for president).
I like what Charles Krauthammer said in his McCain endorsement:

“Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.?

A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world?

A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?
Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate?

A man who not only has the best instincts, but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?” (McCain for President)   

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July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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We remember Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

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The amazing Bruce Lee was born in 1940.  He became a legend in the early 1970’s and then suddenly died in 1973.  

Along the way, his movies became hugely popular and continue to over 40 years after his death.   He did not make a lot of movies but they were great indeed.

His story is rather interesting:   

Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon(1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.

Like Hendrix and Morrison, you can identify his face in a heart beat.

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July 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

July 20: Happy birthday Tony Oliva, one of the great Cuban hitters in major league history!

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We say happy birthday to Tony Oliva.   He was born in Cuba on July 20, 1940 and escaped to the US in 1961.

He won batting titles in 1964, 1965 and 1971.  Unfortunately, injuries cut short his career in the 1970’s.

He finished with a .304 average, 1917 hits, 220 Hrs & 947 RBI.

What if he had played 2,500 games rather than 1,676?   The answer is 3,000 hits and probably one or two more batting titles.

One of the greatest Cuban players in major league history!

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July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Single-payer in 2018? Not likely, Nancy.

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Over the next week, the GOP will either agree on a proposal for Obamacare repeal or continue on its path to making supporters very angry.  I am as disappointed as anyone that 52 GOP senators cannot agree to repeal and settle their differences later.  It is not where I thought we’d be after so many years of hearing speeches about repealing Obamacare.  I feel let down, to put it mildly.

Nevertheless, there is a popular theory floating around that goes sort of like this:

1) Speaker Pelosi is a sure thing after 2018.

2) A future Democrat House majority will pass a “single-payer” plan because the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare.

I am not a prophet, so let me leave #1 (a Speaker Pelosi) to the voters.  It may happen, but remember that Hillary Clinton was also supposed to win the presidency in 2016.  We know that history is on the side of the opposition in these midterm elections.  So let’s wait and see how it all looks a year from now.  It is too early to tell.


On point #2, the inevitable single-payer if the Democrats win the House, I am not so sure. 

Let’s just look at California, the easiest place in the US to pass a single-payer plan.  Let’s review what happened in the one state where the left wing of the Democratic Party runs everything. 

This is from The Los Angeles Times

A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.

Rendon announced late Friday afternoon that the bill, SB 562 by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would not advance to a policy hearing in his house, dampening the measure’s prospect for swift passage this year. 

“SB 562 was sent to the Assembly woefully incomplete,” Rendon said in a statement. “Even senators who voted for SB 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump Administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation.”

Rendon took pains to note that his action does not kill the bill entirely — because it is the first year of a two-year session, it could be revived next year.

But the move is nonetheless a major setback for legislation that has electrified the Democratic party’s progressive flank.

How did that happen?  How did the most progressive state legislature in the U.S. fail to pass single-payer?  The answer is that “the numbers” had everything to do with it.  The numbers did not add up in California, and the Democrats pulled back the idea.

So what could happen to Speaker Pelosi and the left in 2019?  The numbers won’t add up there, either, and it won’t pass. 

In other words, we are not going to have a single-payer system in the U.S. 

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July 20, 2017 at 6:52 am