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Archive for May 2018

Samantha is rude and ignorant of recent history

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Dear Samantha Bee:   Your choice of words was awful and your knowledge of history is no better.   

Obama & Democrats had all of the votes and did not pass immigration reform or a Dream Act.    On the other hand, President Trump actually put an idea on the table regarding the “dreamers”.

So why are you picking on Ivanka?  Why not the Democrats who failed to keep a campaign promise about immigration? 

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May 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Good looking poll for Senator Cruz & Governor Abbott plus Mexico & Brazil

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We look at a new poll and good news for Senator Cruz & Governor Abbott…..Lopez Obrador and Mexico…..Brazil and calls for a military takeover……Happy # 75 Joe Namath….Happy # 68 Tippy Martinez…..Happy # 88 Clint Eastwood…….and others stories………….

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Source: Good looking poll for Senator Cruz & Governor Abbott plus Mexico & Brazil 05/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 31, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Thursday’s video: Early poll is good news for Senator Cruz and Governor Abbott

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May 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

What can we learn from the old “brasero” program?

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In 1953, Pres. Eisenhower created the “brasero program” because thousands of Mexicans were crossing over and working illegally.

It was killed in 1965 by President Johnson. Looking back, President Johnson made a huge mistake to please the labor unions, as John Fund wrote years ago:

“I’ve written before about how President Eisenhower’s Bracero guest-worker program reduced arrests of illegal aliens at the border from over a million in 1954 to only 45,000 by 1959. 
The number of arrests remained under 100,000 a year until 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson ended the program under pressure from labor unions.”

The “brasero” program worked for two reasons:

1) It established a legal framework for hiring Mexican workers; and,

2) It understood that most Mexicans just wanted to come here to work. They just wanted an opportunity to work, make some dollars and go back home.

Let’s revive a modern version of “brasero”. Give people a chance to come here, work and go back to Mexico with a pocketful of dollars!

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May 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Happy # 80 to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary)

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We remember Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter Paul & Mary.   He was born in New York City on this day in 1938.

We grew up listening to their songs, from “Puff the magic dragon” to “I dig rockn’ roll music”.   They were great and their vocal arrangements second to none.

Mary died in 2009 and I have not kept up with Peter and Paul.   Nevertheless, every once in a while one of their songs comes on the radio and brings back lots of good memories.    

“Puff the magic dragon” is one with Peter on lead vocals.

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May 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

Happy # 75 Joe Namath

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We remember Joe Namath who was born in Beaver Falls. PA, on this day in 1943.

Namath came out of Alabama and was signed by the new AFL.   The league needed big college players to compete with the mature NFL.   They also made Joe the face of the league and appealed to younger fans, and specially women watching on television.

Joe did not disappoint the AFL.   In fact, he won Super Bowl III, or the game that gave the AFL instant credibility.

He was also a very good quarterback:  173 TDs and over 27,000 yards passed.   We remind you that most of these numbers came in his first 5 seasons.   He was hurt a lot after winning that Super Bowl in 1969.

Joe was more than numbers.   He made the AFL and was responsible for the merger in 1970.    Namath is one of my all time favorite quarterbacks!

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May 31, 2018 at 9:45 am

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Happy # 88 to Clint Eastwood

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We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.

Eastwood made his TV debut with “Rawhide” in 1955.   It was a great Western about cattlemen who drove their herds across the Great Plains.   

After that,  he had a huge career in the movies.   Check out this western collection!

You can get the whole series HERE.    

You can hear the classic theme song HERE by Frankie Laine.   It is one of the most popular TV themes ever.

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May 31, 2018 at 9:30 am

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Brazil: Bring back the generals, or something like that

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Not long ago, Brazil was run by a military junta.  Then came a democracy, the expansion of the central government, crony capitalism, and corruption.  All of a sudden, one of the largest-GDP nations in the world looks as dysfunctional as any other.

So what do you do when elected leaders can’t keep the streets safe or give you economic growth?

Some Brazilians are yearning for law and order or “el hombre fuerte,” which is a syndrome all over the pages of Latin American history.

This is an update from Brazil, from The Guardian:

Hundreds of truckers and their supporters had gathered at a gas station on a highway near São Paulo, for a rally in support of a nationwide protest that has brought South America’s biggest economy to its knees.

 

But among the slogans and Brazilian flags were signs not usually seen at strike demonstrations: slung from a nearby overpass were banners calling for “military intervention”, a sign that this shutdown has taken on a political dimension all of its own.

As a nationwide truck strike reaches its 10th day, gas stations have finally begun to receive fuel deliveries and truckers have started drifting back to work – some unwillingly.

But hundreds of demonstrations have continued on highways across Brazil – and many of those still protesting are calling for a return to the rightwing dictatorship that ran Brazil for two sombre decades until 1985.

Look before you leap is my message to Brazilians.

Unlike Chile’s General Augusto Pinochet, a man who made his country the economic envy of the Third World, most Latin American military leaders clean up the streets, crack a few heads, make the trains run on time, and then collapse from corruption or abuse of power.

Or as my late father used to say, they bring “order” and forget “law.”  In other words, order without law is a problem, too.

My good guess is that there won’t be a junta in Brazil’s future.  The country is so messed up that the military wants no part of it, unless things get so out of hand that the military has no choice.

At the same time, you can’t blame the people of Brazil for wanting something better.

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May 31, 2018 at 6:58 am

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Lopez-Obrador moving up in Mexico, Brazil chaos and the Roseanne controversy

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We look at the Roseanne Barr controversy or a lot of nothing about nothing…….New poll shows Lopez-Obrador leading by big margin…….Brazilians call for military takeover…….Lincoln Memorial 1922…..Indianapolis 500 started 1911……Mickey Mantle longest HR in 1956…….and others stories…………

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Source: Lopez-Obrador moving up in Mexico, Brazil chaos and the Roseanne controversy 05/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Some thoughts about Lopez-Obrador & Mexico

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The latest news from Mexico is thatSr. Lopez-Obrador is increasing his lead and referred to as a “Tropical Messiah“.   

As The WSJ wrote today:   

“If Mr. López Obrador is sworn in as president—this time for real—it isn’t entirely clear which man will turn up. 
Many fear it will be the fervent social activist with an authoritarian streak who sees the country divided in two camps, what he calls a “mafia of the powerful” against Mexico’s “good and honest people.” 
Others hope it will be the López Obrador who as Mexico City mayor proved to be a pragmatic manager, joining with telecom magnate Carlos Slim to restore down-at-the-heels neighborhoods.”

Time will tell but it looks likely that LO will be the one sworn in.     I do caution that polls are polls as we learned in the US in 2016!

What does that mean for the people invested in LO’s message?   My guess is that major disenchantment lies ahead and whatever political consequences come with it.

It’s not too late for Mr. Anaya, Mr. Meade & “El Bronco” to consider their options.   It may be good for the country for them to unite and give the Mexican people one real alternative against Mr. LO.

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May 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm