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Too much “identity” in Democrats’ politics these days

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We’ve been talking about “identity politics” for some time.   We’ve seen how “identity politics” has divided Americans and made conversation impossible.

Well, it’s good to see that one Democrat is warning his party about it in a brand new book by Professor Mark Lilla:


In a recent book review by Peter Berkowitz, he summarizes the thesis like this:   

Last November, shortly after the election, he called in the New York Times for fellow liberals to face up to their party’s portion of responsibility for Trump’s victory, which Lilla traced to the rise “identity liberalism.”

His contention that “American liberalism has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing” provoked outrage on the left

Let’s hope that serious Democrats take a little time off from “the resistance” or bringing down monuments, and read this book.     It may help them win a few elections.

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August 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Down goes Macron, down goes Macron

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A few months, I predicted that President Macron’s approvals would drop in a year.    I was wrong:  They’ve dropped in months.    More people disapprove than approve!

According to news reports, President Macron is facing public backlash over “…labor reform, a standoff with the military and cuts to housing assistance.”  

To be fair, governing is hard and France faces serious structural problems, i.e. too many taxes and regulations!

How can you create jobs for young people with such high taxes and regulations?  The simple answer is that you can’t.   

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August 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

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The storm in Texas and a few other thoughts

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We will look at the storm in South Texas, specially the Gulf areas…..more headlines out of the Trump White House……….LBJ was born in 1908 but would he recognize today’s Democrat Party?……..more fights over symbols and history……..

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Source: The storm in Texas and a few other thoughts 08/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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August 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

August 26, 1987: Paul Molitor’s streak ends at 39

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On this day in 1987, Paul Molitor went 0-for-4 and the streak was over:     

Molitor finished the streak with a .415 batting average and raised his batting average from .323 to as high as .370 during it. In the 39 games, he was so efficient that he had a hit in his first or second plate appearances 22 times and went to his last at-bat only three times.
He’d been going for his 40th consecutive game, which would have tied him for the sixth-longest streak of all-time, that one by Ty Cobb in 1911.
“Really, it’s mind-boggling to be named in company like that,” he said. “It’s an honor, and something I’ll always treasure.”

It is still the 7th longest streak and the best since Pete Rose in 1978 and Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

Molitor broke with the Brewers in 1978.   He went on to have a marvelous career:  .306 average, 3,319 hits, & 1,307 RBI.   

He hit .355 for the Brewers in the 1982 World Series and was the 1993 World Series MVP when Toronto beat Philadelphia.

Just a great player and currently the manager of the Minnesota Twins.


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August 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

A stadium full of refugees

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Not long ago, Justin Trudeau was the darling of the PC crowd.   

Today, PM Trudeau has a big mess in his hands and he’s struggling quite a bit.   

Let’s check this from Harriet Alexander:   

Justin Trudeau has sought to tone down the warm welcome he promised to migrants, after arrivals at the Canadian border hit 250 a day, leaving immigration officials struggling to cope with the influx.

The Canadian prime minister tweeted shortly after President Donald Trump announced the halt of the US refugee programme that Canada would still be a haven. 

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” he said   

But since the start of the year more than 11,300 people have crossed into Canada by foot from the US, with the surge due in large part to fears about Mr Trump’s immigration policy.

Canada is on track to record the most refugee claims in a decade.

The majority — around 85 per cent, according to Canadian officials — are from Haiti. In May Mr Trump floated the idea of rescinding a long-standing agreement to allow Haitians to remain in the country, meaning that a possible 58,000 Haitians could be deported in 2018.   

And then 6,000 came and something hit the fan north of the border.     

We are watching a couple of things here:

1) This is a bit reminiscent of then candidate Bill Clinton pandering for Haitian votes in Florida. He hit President Bush hard on the issue in the 1992 campaign and then had to back down when Haitians took him seriously and started “boating” to the U.S. Be careful what you promise because some people may believe it.   

2) PM Trudeau decided to be anti-Trump in the world scene. Unfortunately for PM Trudeau, being anti-Trump on immigration was understood by many as an unconditional welcome sign to Canada.     

So PM Trudeau had to back down just like President Clinton had to do in early 1993.

The moral of the story is that liberals love to pander for votes. Unfortunately, they end up disappointing Haitian refugees desperately looking for a better life or the millions of Mexican-Americans who voted for Senator Obama promising immigration reform.

Be careful voting for a liberal:  He is likely telling you what you want to hear!   

In the meantime, they are not playing baseball where the Expos did for so many years in Montreal!

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August 26, 2017 at 8:12 am

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