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Thursday’s show: The Cruz-O’Rourke debate & the march from Central America with George Rodriguez

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Guest:  George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative and author…………We will look at the state of the Cruz-O’Rourke race for the US Senate…….The march from Central America………..and other stories…….

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October 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

1469: Ferdinand married Isabella

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On this day in 1469, Ferdinand married Isabella.    

Years later, they sponsored Columbus’ trip and the rest is history.    Columbus’ discovery of what we now call The New World led to a period of great prosperity and imperial supremacy for Spain.   

In 1492, they ordered all Spanish Jews to convert to Christianity or face expulsion from Spain.  The Muslims were also driven out of Spain during their very consequential reign.  

Ferdinand died in 1516 and Isabella in 1504. 

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October 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm

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We remember the great Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

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Many of us learned of Chuck Berry when we heard The Beatles, Rolling Stones or other British bands record covers of his songs.   

I remember asking the question:  Who is that fellow Berry who wrote “Rock and roll music” or “Carol” or “Reeling and rocking”.

In 1972, I saw Chuck Berry in concert and I became a huge fan.

We remember Chuck Berry who was born in St. Louis on this day in 1926 .    He died in 2017:   

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.
His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.
In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.
Mr. Berry was already well past his teens when he wrote mid-1950s manifestoes like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “School Day.” 

Elvis put rock on the radio but Chuck Berry invented the rock guitar and wrote the songs that every garage band played.    He was awesome and his songs belong in every rock collection.

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October 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm

We remember Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010)

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Like many of you, I grew up watching “Leave it to Beaver”.   I still love the re-runs and watch them whenever I have the time.

Barbara Billingsley, the lady who played Mrs Cleaver or “Beaver’s mom”, was born in 1915 and died after a long illness in October 2010.

Who didn’t love Mrs Cleaver?  She reminded me of my mom and every other mom that I came in touch with during those “growing up” years.

Thanks for all of those wonderful shows that generations will love forever!

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October 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Wednesday’s video: Democrat leaders need to tell supporters to calm down

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October 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Time is not on Beto’s side

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A few hours before the debate, a new poll showed Senator Cruz up by 7. This is the latest poll showing him over 51% and leading between 7-9 points.    

It was clear that Beto O’Rourke came out swinging with well rehearsed “got you” lines.  On the other side, Cruz knew that it was coming and had his own “got you” lines.  

So let’s call it a draw on “got you” lines.

The biggest moment for me was the question about abortion.  I’ve been wondering for some time if someone in the media would ask about it.   To be fair, the question was about Justice Kavanaugh and Roe v Wadebut Senator Cruz turned it immediately about abortion.

In particular, Senator Cruz brought up the issue of partial abortion, or specifically the vote in February banning abortions in the U.S. after 20 weeks.

A recent article in the Ft Worth Telegram pointed out Beto’s abortion problem:  

A friend relayed a recent conversation she had with another friend, a Hispanic woman and social conservative, who was singing the praises of the congressman. When my friend lamented that O’Rourke was not only pro-choice but held an extreme view on abortion (he voted against a 20-week ban), the response was complete surprise. “I didn’t know he supported abortion. They never mention it on Spanish radio.”

They never do.  Abortion, Roe v Wade, reproductive rights or “it’s a woman’s body” are never heard south of Austin.  It’s like Democrats give two speeches, one that mentions abortion and another one that avoids the issue like the plague.

Last night, Senator Cruz hit O’Rourke hit on “partial-birth abortion”. It was very effective.  

My guess is that it gave conservative women another reason to vote early for Senator Cruz.

My second guess is that it hit a lot of Hispanic women hard.  They didn’t like Wendy Davis in 2014 when she was talking about abortion.

Beto’s is rising but not in Texas.  Look for Beto testing the waters in Iowa next year.  Let’s see how that turns out!

The election in Texas is over.

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October 18, 2018 at 8:35 am

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