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Archive for February 2018

Wednesday’s video: The presidential election in Mexico

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February 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

A chat about the NRA with Laura Carno

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Guest: Laura Carno, conservative activist and author……….we will discuss the state of the NRA and the criticisms following the South Florida school shooting………..

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Source: A chat about the NRA with Laura Carno 02/28 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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February 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm

You will hear a lot about these Mexicans in 2018

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Over the next few months, the Mexican presidential campaign will hit the front pages.  The vote is in early July.

So let me introduce you to some of the names and the one issue that the winner will face.  The three major players are:

– José Antonio Meade-Kuribrena of the PRI.  This is the party that governed Mexico for over 70 years and the political home of incumbent President Enrique Peña-Nieto.  They are often known as the “partido oficial,” or a cynical reference to their control of the bureaucracy.  They’re the Mexican version of the “Deep State” party. 

– Ricardo Anaya-Cortés of the PAN.  This is a conservative party very popular in the north of Mexico.  A friend of mine calls them “los republicanos mexicanos,” a reference to their ideological similarity to the GOP.  They are often accused of being too close to the Catholic Church and of promoting states’ rights.

– Andrés Manuel López-Obrador of the left-of-center MORENA. 

 

This election, as my friend Allan Wall explained, is unusual because of political coalitions that have brought parties from different corners to support the PAN and MORENA.

One of these three men will be next president of Mexico.

At the moment, López-Obrador is leading in some polls, in large part because he’s been around for a long time.  He was mayor of Mexico City and a candidate in 2006 and 2012 (Consulta Mitofsky poll, AMLO 27.1%, Anaya 22.3%, and Meade 18.0%).

At the moment, it’s too early to tell, but I’d keep an eye on Mr. Meade, because he will have the PRI’s electoral machinery on his side.

Meade and Anaya would be fairly conventional presidents.  López-Obrador promotes himself as the man who will stand up to Trump, but we’re not sure what that really means.  López-Obrador was always opposed to NAFTA, whereas Meade and Anaya support it.

No matter who wins, he will inherit a violent nation, as my friend Patrick Corcoran wrote:

After a three-year rise in murders, 2017 was the most violent year in Mexico’s recent history. 

The more than 29,000 murders registered by the National Public Security System represented a 27 percent jump from 2016, and a nearly 60 percent increase since 2014. 

As is usually the case, organized crime was the chief driver of this wave of bloodshed.

Every conversation I have with Mexican friends or visitors confirms that “inseguridad” or insecurity is issue number one.

PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

 

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February 28, 2018 at 5:52 am

The Supreme Court in the news plus other stories

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We will look at the a couple of Supreme Court items……DACA……and the Janus case over employees and union membership dues…………the Democrat memo raises a few questions……….elections in Mexico will be happening in July…….and other stories…..

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Source: The Supreme Court in the news plus other stories 02/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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February 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday’s video: A word about The Supreme Court

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February 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm

The Democrat memo leaves us with a few questions

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The Democrats are all over the TV shows explaining their “memo” and saying it proves that the GOP-Nunes memo was nothing to speak of. 

Yet the Democrat memo misses the point or the central theme: that people on the Democratic side used intelligence for political reasons.

The memo confirms that the FBI used an opposition research document to go after Carter Page.

It also confirms that the Clinton campaign paid for it.  The memo disputes only the degree to which the bad dossier was used.

It’s like a defense attorney saying his client indeed robbed a bank but did not steal as much money as claimed. 

This is from Monday’s Wall Street Journal editorial:

The Democratic memo devotes considerable space to smearing the hapless Mr. Page, as if he’s some kind of master spy and the Rosetta Stone of the Trump-Russia story.  Yet no one has offered proof that he colluded with the Russians, and he hasn’t been indicted.

Democrats also make much of the fact the FBI started looking into the Trump campaign in July 2016 but didn’t receive “Steele’s reporting” until “mid-September.”  So what?  The issue here is the fairness and honesty of the FISA application in late October (not the investigation), and what matters is that the FBI didn’t move on the FISA application until after it received the dossier.

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The only definitive evidence of political “collusion” so far is that the Clinton campaign paid Mr. Steele to troll his Russian sources for dirt on Donald Trump.  The FBI then used this dirt as a reason to spy on Mr. Page and anyone he was communicating with.  Imagine how the press would be playing this story if the roles were reversed[.]

I think that we know how the press would be playing this if the roles were reversed.  Can you say “Son of Watergate”?

After reading both memos, I come to the conclusion that the Democrats are trying to protect somebody.  Whom?  My guess is President Obama, who probably was convinced that Mrs. Clinton would win and no one would ever hear about this.

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February 27, 2018 at 8:45 am

Monday’s video: A word about the Olympics

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February 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm

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