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Archive for November 2017

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