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Thursday’s show: Cuba at # 60 plus Russia in Venezuela and other stories

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We will look at the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution……Cuba has horrible economic problems and the regime does not have any answers……..Russia down in Venezuela and gaining access to oil fields……..Happy # 75 Roy White….Radio Music Hall 1932……Bush Tollway 1995….Scotty Moore (1931-2009)…………and other stories…………Click to listen:


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December 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

# 60 as bad as the other 59…..

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Down in Cuba, “lo mismo de siempre”!    “Mas miseria y mas mentiras” or my mother’s favorite description of the regime that destroyed the island that she was born in.

As appointed head of state Diaz-Canel gets ready for the 60th anniversary of what they call “la revolucion”, the regime has little to show for it.

In other words, 60 years of “revolucion” have been great for Castro, Inc. and the party elite who send their wives shopping to Montreal or Mexico City.   

The rest of Cuba lives in a different reality, or a “Special Period” that never stops.

This is the latest from the Cuban economy, according to The Miami Herald:

Cuba’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by slightly more than 1 percent in 2018 but the growth “still does not help the people like what we need,” Díaz-Canel told the National Assembly at year’s end. The government predicted a 1.5 percent GDP growth in 2019, but its figures are not comparable to the rest of the world because Cuba includes spending on health, education and social services.

“Cuba’s productive machinery does not totally collapse, but it also doesn’t create economic progress in the last 30 years,” economist Pavel Vidal wrote in an article published on the digital site, Cuba Posible.

The island has still not recovered from the withering economic crisis in the 1990s known as the Special Period, Vidal added, “but it must be acknowledged that it is a system that has proven to be effective at managing the crisis and avoiding economic collapse, just as it has been ‘effective’ at limiting private initiative, innovation and increases in productivity.

“It is a system that holds the record for the lowest levels of investment in Latin America,” he added.

Díaz-Canel’s recent visits to Russia, China, Vietnam and other Asian countries — with stops in the United Kingdom and France — also did not bring the expected benefits. For 2019, the confirmed foreign investments will account for barely 6.2 percent of all planned investment in the country.

So Diaz-Canel is having trouble selling Cuba to foreign  investors? Wonder why?

Diaz-Canel faces a difficult challenge. You can’t reform Cuba without admitting that the whole system is a failure. You can’t improve the lives of Cubans without dumping the system.

Another “Enero primero” comes and the band will play the usual tunes. My guess is that most Cubans are not paying attention at all.

How much longer can this madness go on? I’ve been wrong before but we are down to the end.

My guess is that the lack of “foreign investment enthusiasm” in Cuba is a sign that most countries know that the end is coming.

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December 27, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Thursday’s video: A couple of Democrats attack The Knights of Columbus

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December 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

So the Democrats now object to the Knights of Columbus?

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The silliness of Democrats grows by the day. Now, a couple of Democrat Senators object to a Trump appointment because of his association to the Knights of Columbus.     

Let’s check the story:       

In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the organization.

“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”

Harris meantime, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined…

“The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members,” Buescher wrote in reply to the queries. “If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”

Prominent Republicans and religious leaders backed Buescher in the face of the questions.

As a member of the KoC, I wonder what charitable cause do the senators want us to shut down?  We do a lot more than speak against abortion or same-sex marriage.  The two lady senators should come to our charitable activities.

This is really another attack on Catholics.  The attacks on Buescher are ridiculous.  

Like me, and millions of others, Mr. Buescher joined the KoC because he is a Catholic man who wanted to be around others with whom he shares values.    

Are these two Democratic senators disqualifying every person who opposes Roe as extreme?  Does that apply to Senator Bob Casey, a pro-life Democrat from Pennsylvania?   Or President Carter, who has spoken against abortion?    By that standard, half of the country, according to polls, would be rejected to any appointment to the federal bench.

I’ve argued over the years that Roe was a terrible opinion.  Once again, we see how Roe has poisoned our political debate by demonizing differences.

Here is my advice to Senators Harris & Hirono:   Call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and involve the Congress and state legislatures.  Let U.S. voters decide whether or not abortion should be legal.

Of course, the two lady senators don’t want that.  They just want another opportunity to raise money on the backs of the so called a “woman’s right to choose”, a right not afforded to the girls aborted.

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December 27, 2018 at 6:15 am