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Archive for September 14th, 2017

Demographics not necessarily destiny…

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September 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Trump & Democrats, Clinton book tour and a few other stories

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We will look at the story that President Trump made a deal about DACA with Democrats…….the President denies the deal and calls for tough enforcement………Mrs. Clinton continues on the ‘what happened’ tour…………Democrats are apparently going ‘single pay’…….a new report in Politico suggests that the attacks on Trump are not sticking…………….and other stories………..

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September 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

We remember Jerry Coleman who played baseball and served in the US Marines

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Jerry Coleman was born on this day in 1924.   He died in 2014. 

Back in 2014, I posted this about the passing of Jerry Coleman:

“”Coleman’s playing career was unspectacular:
His career batting average was .263, he had little power and he played only one season as a regular.
But that one season was impressive: As the Yankees’ everyday second baseman in 1950, he played 153 games, batted .287 and was named the most valuable player in the World Series as the Yankees swept the Phillies.  
As a Marine pilot, he flew in the Pacific during World War II and was recalled to fly during the Korean War.”

Coleman is probably better known to younger fans as the voice of the San Diego Padres and his work on post season radio broadcasts. I also recalled a good book about his life called “An American Journey.”   It’s a fun read and tells the story of a impressive man.

I am not knocking today’s players.  However, there is something about a guy who flew wartime missions and turned the double play!   

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September 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Will Mrs. Maduro’s relatives get 30 years?

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We have a little time this week to catch up with Venezuela, which is back in the news. It looks as if Venezuela’s First Lady may have to visit her nephews in a U.S. jail.   

This is from Reuters:   

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady should serve at least 30 years in prison for their convictions in the United States on drug trafficking charges, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

They said in a filing in federal court in Manhattan that the two men, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, tried to make $20 million through drug trafficking so as to keep their family in power and to “enrich themselves while their countrymen starved in the streets.”

The men are nephews of Cilia Flores, the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

 

I am not shocked that a couple of Mrs. Maduro’s nephews would diversify by going into the drug business. After all, everything else has collapsed in Venezuela.   It’s tough to make an honest living in that country, as we hear from people who have to find creative ways just to find milk for their children.

Maduro naturally blasted the convictions. What’s new about that?

We do give thumbs up here to the DEA and regional support. Somebody passed this info to the DEA and that shows that cooperation is happening with many countries in the region. The tip apparently came from the Dominican Republic but we will never know for sure. Someone obviously knew that the two men were in a particular plane headed for a particular destination.

The whole thing must have been a shock to President and Mrs. Maduro who thought that the DEA was no longer a problem for them.    

We recall that President Hugo Chavez expelled the DEA in 2005. Nevertheless, the DEA indicted two former officials in absentia and followed that with Pedro Luis Martin Olivares, ex-Chief of Finance and anti-drug tsar, Jesus Alfredo Itriago.

As the article points out, the arrests of the First Lady’s nephews show that the DEA has gotten up close and personal. t also shows that someone “tipped” the DEA. My guess is that a few other countries in the region are getting tired of Maduro, too.

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September 14, 2017 at 6:46 am