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1918: Romanov family and one of the first brutal acts of communism

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We’ve posted about the crimes of communism on this page.   Let’s remember one of the most horrific cases.

On July 16, 1918, Nicholas, Alexandra, their five children and four servants were ordered to dress and go down to the cellar of the house for a photograph. A few moments later, armed men gunned down the imperial family:

The killing of the Romanovs, on the other hand, was as bloody and ghastly as any mass murder of women and children. The killers fired some 70 bullets point-blank at their 11 victims, who screamed and clasped one another. The room soon filled with smoke and pulverized plaster and the groans of the wounded. In order to finish their work, the Bolsheviks beat the family to death with their rifle butts and stabbed them with their bayonets. The bodies were then dumped into a pit.

The murder of the Romanovs—by all accounts, a happy, loving family that had adjusted to its abdication, reduced circumstances, and imprisonment with good cheer—was a fitting curtain-raiser to what would follow.

The 70 years of Soviet oppression, which fed millions into a maw of death in the name of “history,” were prefigured in the events of that July night, 100 years ago.

Yes, it was a sign of things to come.

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July 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm

July 17, 1980: Reagan’s wonderful nomination speech

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It was the evening of July 17, 1980 and the Mariel boat-lift story was all over the nightly newscasts.

Over in Detroit, Michigan, Ronald Reagan accepted the Republican nomination.

The Reagan-Bush ticket won 41 states in 1980 and 49 states in the 1984 reelection.

During the speech, Mrs. Reagan sat by him and she looked great.

President & Mrs. Ford were in the audience and cheered along with the delegates..

Reagan had considered Ford as VP. It was thankfully shot down as a constitutional nightmare. Eventually, President Ford pushed for George H W Bush to be the VP nominee.

By 1980, President Ford was extremely popular. I guess that 4 years of Pres. Carter will do that to any Republican, specially the one he narrowly defeated in 1976.

Future VP Bush, his 1980 running mate, was by his side, too. Future President George W Bush and Laura were sitting behind his parents.

I don’t know. Is this the first time that 3 future presidents have been on a convention stage? It’d be an interesting research project!

Reagan was at his best that night. He was optimistic and patriotic. I still love this speech so many years later!

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

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July 17, 2018 at 10:15 pm

The Trump-Putin press conference the day after plus a few other stories

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We will look at President Trump and the meeting with President Putin…..It was not a good morning for President Trump but the critics always overreact and throw him a lifesaver………..The young woman from the Bronx is an embarrassment for the Democrats………….DiMaggio streak over at 56……Apollo 11 on the way to the moon this week in 1969…..and others stories………….


Source: The Trump-Putin press conference the day after plus a few other stories 07/17 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Tuesday’s video: President Trump and the Putin press conference

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July 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Trump and his critics..

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Trump and his irrational critics: President Trump made a mistake in the press conference.  I’m positive that he will issue a public correction.  However, the crazy overreaction by his critics will emboldened Trump’s base.  It always does!  Trump’s critics would be better off shutting up whenever he talks or tweets!

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

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July 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

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1979 and the week that gave us ‘malaise’ and ‘disco sucks’

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For many of us, the summer of 1979 was a tough one. It certainly appeared as if President Jimmy Carter was in over his head and radio was saturating us with disco music.

It was no coincidence that two of the most famous days of that summer came 39 years ago this week.

On the political front, we had “the malaise speech” or the speech that left most people dumbfounded.

On July 15, 1979, a frustrated President Carter gave that famous “malaise” speech that probably sank his presidency:     

“The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation.

The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.

The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our Nation and has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else–public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.”

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 Ronald Reagan, the ultimate optimist about the U.S.  The U.S. is not a country of “limits.” It does not seem to like leaders who tell them to “downsize” their dreams.

In other words, the speech did not work.

Then came “disco night” at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago.  By the summer of 1979, disco was here, there, and everywhere. It got to a point that Frankie Avalon recorded a disco version of “Venus” and we heard a disco version of the “I Love Lucy” theme.

On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers were scheduled to play a doubleheader.  The Chisox needed a promotion and they got one by joining forces with Chicago DJ Steve Dahl, one of many rock fans who resented how disco threatened rock ’n’ roll.

The “Disco Demolition” promotion called for fans to blow up disco vinyl 45’s and LP’s between games.

What could possibly go wrong? Everything did, as the Chicago police department will tell you.

It happened one week in 1979.  As for disco, it probably died that night, but, assailed by punk and new wave, it was dying already anyway. 

As for “malaise”, it got worse for President Carter, from the Iran embassy hostages, to the failed rescue, the challenge from Senator Ted Kennedy and the humiliating defeat in 1980.

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July 17, 2018 at 7:13 am