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Archive for July 15th, 2018

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

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda……President Trump announced a candidate for The Supreme Court and the response is totally predictable….The Trump-Putin meeting is here days after Mr. Mueller indicts more Russians……..President Trump in Europe………..The Mayor of London has a crime not a Trump problem………In fact, President Trump is in a stronger political situation than the leaders that he met with …..The end of department stores and nostalgia…..President Carter and the ‘malaise speech’ of 1979……….and other stories…………

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July 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

1979: President Carter ‘malaise’ moment

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In the summer of 1979, a frustrated President Carter made that famous “malaise” speech that probably sank his presidency:

“On the evening of July 15, 1979, millions of Americans tuned in to hear Jimmy Carter give themost important speech of his presidency. After sharing some of the criticism he had heard at Camp David — including an unattributed quote from the young governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton — Carter put his own spin on Caddell’s argument. “The solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country,” the president said, asking Americans to join him in adapting to a new age of limits.   
But he also admonished them, “In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does but by what one owns.” Hendrik Hertzberg, who worked on the speech, admits that it “was more like a sermon than a political speech.
It had the themes of confession, redemption, and sacrifice. He was bringing the American people into this spiritual process that he had been through, and presenting them with an opportunity for redemption as well as redeeming himself.”
Though he never used the word — Caddell had in his memo — it became known as Carter’s “malaise” speech.”

Fair or unfair, the speech and the word he didn’t use defined President Carter.  He spoke of a “new age of limits” and that just exposed him to attacks from then Governor Reagan, the ultimate optimist about the US.  The US is not a country of “limits.”  It does not seem to like leaders who tell them to “downsize” their dreams.

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July 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm

July 15, 1964: Goldwater was nominated for president

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About 20 years ago, I saw an interview with the late Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.  He joked that he keeps meeting people who voted for him.  He said that he should ask for a recount.

It was many years ago that the GOP nominated Goldwater for president.   He went on to lose big against President Johnson.  

However, his conservative ideas survived and his influence flourished in the GOP that won 7 of the next 10 presidential elections.

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July 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm

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Sunday’s video: Remember Goldwater 1964

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July 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

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California Democrats “loco” about Kevin De Leon….

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California Democrats are crazy about Kevin De Leon:  “California Dems snub Sen. Dianne Feinstein for longshot rival, in ‘clear-eyed rejection’ of party establishment“.

Feinstein is a liberal but she is one of few adults left in a party totally invested in identity politics.     

On the other hand, Mr. De Leon is just another lefty pushing the party off the edge.

Feinstein will win, according to the polls, but this is just more confirmation that the Democrats are crazy, real crazy.

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July 15, 2018 at 9:30 am

My Spanish abuelo would be horrified by Spain today

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Forgive me, but this is sick beyond sick.  Or as we say, “No tiene palabras,” or no words to describe this.

Like many of you, my ancestors are from Spain or the Old World.  On my father’s side, the first Canto moved to Sagua La Grande in central Cuba in the 1850s.  On my mother’s side, my Abuelo Pedro came to Cuba in the 1920s and settled in Ciego de Avila in eastern Cuba.

Spanish immigrants had a great reputation in Cuba.  The men were tough characters who worked all day and started many businesses.  As far as the women, they were beautiful, family-oriented and kept us doing our homework.  They set the table for much of the prosperity that pre-Castro Cuba enjoyed.

My good guess is that our grandparents must be looking down with dismay at this report from Spain:

After winning Spain’s national beauty contest last month, [Mr.] Ponce will become the first transgender woman [sic: Ponce is a man —ed.] to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.  But [he] is also on a mission to challenge traditional concepts of gender and beauty, as well as to break down what [he] sees as unacceptable barriers in the fashion industry. 

“Having a vagina doesn’t make a woman,” [he] said in an interview.  “Even if many people don’t want to see me as a woman, I clearly belong among them.” 

[Mr.] Ponce, 27, grew up in Pilas, a town in southern Spain where [his] father owned a bar that is now managed by [Ponce’s] elder brother.  Pilas was a conservative place, [he] says, where “there was nobody like me.”  That extended to [his] school, which also set [him] apart, placing [him] in a group of children needing special care, alongside some who were dealing with family breakups or who belonged to the minority Roma community.

Well, what would my abuelo say?  My guess is that it wouldn’t be suitable for publication on this family blog.

Men now women?

Did I tell you that the country’s birth rates are around 1.39, or way under the 2.1 per woman to maintain the population?  Are you surprised, then, to see this headline: “Spain’s population set to drop 11% by 2050“?

Something is sick in Spain, and it’s not the bullfights that the left wants to shut down.

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July 15, 2018 at 7:11 am