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Honduras elections, GOP tax reform & we remember Winston Churchill & Dick Clark

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We will look at the elections in Honduras……the GOP Senate and tax reform……..the silly reaction to Mrs. Trump and The White House decorations…the sexual misconduct list grows with more men under fire…..we remember PM Winston Churchill and Dick Clark (“American Bandstand”) born on this day……….plus other stories of the day…………

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The war on Melania over Christmas

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Over the last couple of days, First Lady Melania Trump has beautifully welcomed the Christmas season.  Cheers to the president and Mrs. Trump!

Unfortunately, some in the media don’t like it at all, as Debra Haine posted:

Did you know that those exquisite White House Christmas decorations First Lady Melania Trump proudly unveiled yesterday are “spooky,” “spine-chilling,” and “nightmarish” – like scenes from Mordor, Narnia, or The Shining?

It took most of the day yesterday, but by nightfall, the Trump-hating media was able to settle on an unfavorable narrative with which to belittle the newly unveiled decor.

Amazing!  What is the point of getting so worked up over a White House that just dressed up for Christmas?  Have we sunk to this level of silliness? 

According to a Pew study from 2015, Americans celebrate Christmas in huge numbers:

About nine-in-ten Americans (92%) and nearly all Christians (96%) say they celebrate Christmas, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey. 

This is no surprise, but what might be more unexpected is that a big majority (81%) of non-Christians in the U.S. also celebrate Christmas. 

This includes 87% of people with no religion and even about three-quarters of Asian-American Buddhists (76%) and Hindus (73%). 

Roughly a third of U.S. Jews (32%) – many of whom have non-Jewish spouses – said in a 2013 survey that they had a Christmas tree in their homes during the most recent holiday season. 

Among Americans overall, about half (51%) say they celebrate Christmas as more of a religious holiday, while roughly a third (32%) say it is more of a cultural holiday to them personally.

Sounds about right.  My own personal experience confirms that.

So are Americans worked up about the White House saying, “Merry Christmas”?  Not at all, unless you were hoping that First Gentleman Bill Clinton would introduce the Christmas decorations and bake cookies in 2017.

Or maybe there is Melania Derangement Syndrome in the water at some newsrooms in the U.S.

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November 30, 2017 at 7:03 am

Matt Lauer, the Senate GOP & tax reform, Lecuona and a few other thoughts

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We will look at the case of Matt Lauer of NBC, the latest media personality to get fired over sexual misconduct……the GOP Senate and tax reform……..Ernesto Lecuona died in 1963……..Henry Hyde 1924-2007……plus other stories of the day….










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November 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Cokie, Nancy & John

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Over the weekend, Rep. Pelosi went on TV to talk about Rep. John Conyers. 

At the same time, Cokie Roberts of NPR made an amazing statement about the same Rep. Conyers.

Let’s review what Cokie Roberts said:    

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Cokie Roberts made a startling admission: “every female in the press corps knew” to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and has apparently known about this “for years.” 

Conyers has been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and has stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee. 

Despite the allegations against him, major players in the Democratic Party have defended Conyers and will not say that he should resign. Pelosi even referred to the embattled congressman as an “icon.”  

This is what Rep. Pelosi said of Rep. Conyers:     

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Rep. John Conyers as “an icon in our country” on Sunday, after noting he deserves “due process” as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

Wonder if Rep. Pelosi thinks that Judge Roy Moore in Alabama deserves a little due process, too?    

To be honest, my expectations of Rep. Pelosi are so low that anything is possible. In other words, she is a phony feminist who will stand by her man as long he supports abortion and the liberal agenda. No surprise that Rep. Pelosi said what she said.

I am a bit surprised about Cokie Roberts. I am surprised that she, and apparently other female members of the media, were afraid of getting into an elevator with the “Icon.”     

After all, Mrs. Roberts could have broken a huge story over the last few years about “the icon” and his women. It would have been helpful to expose this stuff, or at least that’s what these people always claim to be doing on their jobs.     

So will anone over at NPR call on Mrs. Roberts to resign for protecting a member of Congress? I hope that they do. It would have been good for the young female interns in the Congress to avoid an elevator trip with the “icon.”

Phony feminists both!

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November 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

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The GOP Senate & Tax reform, Alabama plus more

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We will look at the GOP Senate and tax reform…..where are the moderate Democrats?……the election in Alabama…has Moore turned the corner?….some Democrats vs the sisters again…..happy # 88 Berry Gordy, the Motown Man……happy # 59 Dave Rhigetti…….plus other stories of the day….

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November 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Let’s go to war with the Sisters again

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On Monday morning, I drank a quick coffee and watched Professor Alan Dershowitz argue that Dems have to move center if they want to win!    

For the sake of centrist Democrats horrified at the state of their party, I hope that they are watching or listening to the liberal professor in California.

We learned a few days ago that some Democrats are after the Sisters again:  

The Little Sisters of the Poor are heading back to court to defend themselves against the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate to provide contraception, yet again. 

In an unusual political move, Pennsylvania and California sued the Little Sisters, demanding the same group who won at the Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell provide contraceptives in their state. 

In early October, HHS issued a new rule that protects religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor from providing anything like contraception that would violate their religious beliefs. 

In a press release, Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at Becket and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor, said: “Sadly Josh Shapiro and Xavier Becerra [attorneys general in Pennsylvania and California, respectively] think attacking nuns is a way to score political points. These men may think their campaign donors want them to sue nuns, but our guess is most taxpayers disagree. No one needs nuns in order to get contraceptives, and no one needs these guys reigniting the last administration’s divisive and unnecessary culture war.”    

Crazy, and that’s all you can say!

As the article points out, there is a lot of political posturing here, with state attorneys general looking for some donations from Planned Parenthood or perhaps Hollywood.

Once upon a time, most reasonable people of whatever faith would have applauded a group of religious women taking care of the sick. After all, these sisters are taking care of people and often without insurance.   

The ladies are not a threat to anyone, unless you are in the pockets of Planned Parenthood and use these frivolous lawsuits to keep the donations coming.

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November 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

Transgenders and sports competitions with Thomas Monk

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Guest: Thomas Monk, weight lifting enthusiast and follower of Olympic sports……….we will discuss transgenders in weight lifting competitions….and other stories…….

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November 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Who exactly is signing up for ObamaCare?

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We hear about this surge in ObamaCare enrollments.   

The San Francisco Chronicle is even asserting that “the public embrace of the Affordable Care Act amounts to a stark rejection of administration and Republican policy”.   

Maybe we can call it something like the revenge of the AHA.   

The editorial spends a lot of time bashing Trump but it does not say anything about the economic state of the people signing up. In other words, are these AHA policyholders going to pay their own premiums or will they be subsidized in some fashion?    

We don’t know but the answer matters a lot. 

A week ago, the New York Times wrote another article about ObamaCare. It gave us a glimpse about the dilemma of the middle class, or the people who have to pay their own way. This is how they described the state of the AHA:    

The situation here in Charlottesville is an extreme example of a pattern that can be seen in other places around the country. 

The Affordable Care Act is working fairly well for people who receive subsidies in the form of tax credits, said Doug Gray, the executive director of the Virginia Association of Health Plans, which represents insurers. 

But for many others, especially many middle-class families, he said, “the premium is outrageous, and it’s unaffordable.”    

The New York Times is simply stating the case that I hear from friends and acquaintances. In other words, the people subsidized can get a policy whereas the people required to pay can’t afford it.

As I have seen, many people are simply avoiding signing up and hoping that they pay the fine or work out a pay arrangement with the hospital.   

Enrollment surge or not, the premiums are way too expensive.

And that’s the Affordable Health Care for you!

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November 27, 2017 at 7:08 am

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of The Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………..what is happening with the Mueller investigation……….The GOP and the tax bill goes into full gear………Baltimore 3 years after the shooting of Freddie Gray….Moore vs Jones in Alabama………..less babies in the UK and Europe in general…….Casablanca released in 1942……and other stories…………..

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November 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Sorry, lefties, but Pinochet looks better every day

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Augusto Pinochet was born this week in 1914.  He died in 2006.

There are no shades of gray with this man.  People love or hate him.

Many of us remember Pinochet as the man who saved Chile from misguided socialism and created the most successful economy in Latin America.  The left created this villain named Pinochet who tortured people and filled the prisons.  In fact, the real villains who torture are the ones the left has supported or endorsed, such as Che! 

What’s the truth?  He was not “Santo Augusto,” but his legacy is the best economy in Latin America.

Like any dictator, Pinochet had absolute power and reminded his enemies of it every time there was a crackdown or demonstration.


To be fair, Pinochet’s opposition had a huge advantage over dissidents in Cuba like Armando Valladares and the torture chambers of North Korea.

Pinochet was bad, but he allowed the foreign press to cover domestic events.  In other words, major international newspapers had bureaus in Santiago and operated freely in the country.

Let me ask you this: how many times did the international press visit a Cuban or North Korean political prison?

Did the Kremlin allow Western reporters in The Gulag Archipelago?

Some of us are old enough to remember what President Salvador Allende did to Chile.

In the early 1970s, my parents had many Chilean friends.  I remember many dinner table conversations about Chile, Allende, and later Pinochet.

Allende was elected with 36% of the vote in a contest that was eventually settled in the Supreme Court.  He shocked most Chileans by nationalizing the means of production and expropriating foreign-owned industries, banks, corporations, and estates.

By the summer of ’73, Chile was a disaster.  It was pure economic chaos.  To be sure, Allende had gone too far, and most Chileans were scared.

I recall a family friend who came back from Chile and was horrified with the insecurity in his homeland.  He said his countrymen were afraid to walk the streets, and everyone was dumping the national currency for gold or anything not paper-based.  Bartering became a necessity.  Like Cuba, food shortages were common.

In other words, Salvador Allende was not the romantic figure the anti-U.S. left created.  He was an incompetent leader who started a leftist revolution in a country that did not vote for one.

On September 11, 1973, Pinochet overthrew Allende.  Eventually, Allende shot himself!

Pinochet quickly moved to fix the Chilean economy.  In fact, he presided over an economic miracle.  Pinochet inherited triple-digit inflation and left an economy that is the envy of the continent.

Later, he brought in Milton Friedman’s “Chicago Boys.”

They cut spending, privatized public enterprises, provided generous incentives for foreign investors, deregulated the banks, lowered trade barriers, and promoted exports.

It worked.  Chile has been the best economy in Latin America in the last 45 years!  No one disputes that!

Pinochet made mistakes.  However, he accepted a referendum and walked away from power in ’88.

How many dictators have held a referendum and respected the results?

For many years, Chile has had elections, and no one has reversed Pinochet’s economic plan.

The left hated Pinochet.  The left criticized Pinochet for human rights abuses and kept its mouth shut on Fidel Castro’s excesses.  As always, the international left showed its selective indignation on human rights abuses.

In the U.S., Pinochet was criticized by Jesse Jackson and Hollywoodies.  They hated Pinochet because of his connection to Kissinger and Nixon.  As President Nixon wrote in his memoirs, a communist regime like Cuba in South America was an unacceptable alternative.

Make no mistake: Allende was on his way to turn Chile into Cuba, with lots of copper and silver to go with it!

Unfortunately, Jesse and the actors did not show the same concern for Cuban political prisoners.

Like any strong leader, Pinochet leaves a mixed record.  However, I rate him as a positive for Chile.

He gets low marks for “human rights” and very high marks for economic policies.  I would add that many of those anti-Pinochet demonstrations in the streets of Chile were often arranged and calculated for media coverage.

My overall grade is very good!

Latin America has had a lot of bad leaders.  Pinochet was not one of them!

In fact, I argue that Pinochet ranks rather high compared with his contemporaries, such as the aforementioned Fidel and Raúl Castro and the mess that Cuba is today; Mexico’s disastrous populist 1970s under President Echeverria and the corrupt President Lopez-Portillo; Venezuela’s irresponsible President Carlos Andres Perez, who sort of set table for the Hugo Chávez disaster still ongoing; and some of the juntas that governed other South American countries.

In sum, Chile could have done a lot worse than Pinochet!

Again, all things considered, Pinochet left a better Chile than the one he inherited.  And that’s legacy!

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November 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

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