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The Monday morning quarterbacks are out in full force!

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It did not take long for the Monday morning quarterbacks to come out and tell us everything that everybody did wrong.  In the end, it won’t change any hearts because the country is polarized and that’s just the way it is.

Michael Goodwin cautions everyone that playing the blame game won’t cure any victim or do much of anything positive.

As Mr. Goodwin points out, there is a lot of blame to go around and the media will gets it full share:   

Most of the big media outlets disgraced themselves by falling for the early lies from China and the World Health Organization about a relatively small number of deaths and the claim the virus was probably not spread by human-to-human contact.

In addition, the media mistakenly likened the coronavirus to the SARS outbreak of 2002, which also started in China and killed about 800 people worldwide. As of Saturday, the coronavirus has killed nearly 64,000 people.

And did you hear any media representatives talking about the virus during the Democrat debates?  Any questions?

So I agree with the aforementioned Mr. Goodwin.  Stop the blame game and do something to help the medical workers fighting this virus.

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April 6, 2020 at 6:55 am

One hell of an April in 1968

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Maybe it’s me, but certain events are frozen in my memory, and I remember them as though it was yesterday.

As I recall, I was reading my brand new The Sporting News, the weekly sports newspaper that we used to read before ESPN or the internet.  My parents had given me a birthday subscription, and I loved rushing to the mailbox to consume every bit of information.

At I read all of the columns, I asked myself the classic pre-season questions: would Yaz and the 1967 Miracle Red Sox repeat?  

Are the Cardinals now a dynasty?

After all, St. Louis had won the World Series in 1964 and 1967 and had Bob Gibson on top of their rotation.

And then the phone rang.  It was my school buddy Harvey with the news that Dr. Martin Luther King had been shot in Memphis.

Then President Johnson spoke to the nation!  By a crazy coincidence, he had just announced days before that he would not be running for re-election in 1968.

Then all hell broke loose.  Cities were burning from coast to coast.  I shared the frustration about Dr. King’s assassination but did not understand what looting businesses had to do with the shooting.  My guess is that all of the chaos boosted Governor Wallace’s campaign, or the “law and order” man that election.

Over the last years, we’ve created a national holiday to remember Dr. King, and his words are heard over and over again.

Nevertheless, I’ve asked myself a simple question: what would Dr. King say of the state of black America today? the collapse of the black family? the black on-black crime? the terrible black Democrat leadership that runs cities like Baltimore and Chicago? the dependence on government programs?

We will never know, but I’ll submit that Dr. King would have mixed emotions.  Yes, lots of progress here and there, but too many problems everywhere.

I can’t believe Dr. King would be very happy looking at the state of black America today.  I’m sure he’d be reminding the “identity politics” Democrats to judge people on their character, not the color of their skin.

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April 5, 2020 at 7:00 am

It takes a thief to make it in Philly

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Once upon a time, Philadelphia was one of our great and elegant cities.  I guess that was before it became another “blue city.”

This is an amazing report about what we often call the City of Brotherly Love: 

Last week, Philadelphia’s police department reported that criminal activity in the first three months of this year increased by double-digit percentages when compared with the same period in 2019 — the most violent year since 2007. 

So far in 2020, property and violent crimes have spiked by 16 percent and 11 percent, respectively, with the largest increases in retail theft — which skyrocketed 59 percent, after district attorney Larry Krasner announced that his office wouldn’t prosecute that crime — and other serious violent offenses, such as aggravated assault, up by 20 percent.  

Normally, this would be a front page story, but the coronavirus seems to be consuming all of the space.

What happens now?

President Trump should use this situation in Philadelphia, the declining population in Baltimore, and the dysfunctional state of Chicago to remind African-Americans that they really have nothing to lose by voting Republican in November.

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April 4, 2020 at 6:41 am

The first economic shock and more coming plus Mexico Coronavirus & more stories

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The first economic shock or 700 thousand jobs lost and 4.4% unemployment…….Mexico and Coronavirus…..Marshall Plan 1948……..other stories………… to listen:

Source: The first economic shock and more coming plus Mexico Coronavirus & more stories 04/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Friday’s video: The first economic jolt hit the US

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April 3, 2020 at 1:56 pm

Are Mexicans tuning out Lopez-Obrador?

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Social media is alive and well these days.  I’ve had several chats with friends and contacts in Mexico and learned this:  Mexicans are scared that President Andres Lopez-Obrador is more into “abrazos” (or embraces) than getting serious about “el Corona” as they call it down there.

The problem is that Mexicans watch a lot of U.S. TV and know everything happening up here.  They also talk constantly with families and friends sitting at home in the U.S.  They hear about our problems and wonder if their president is in denial.

A few days ago, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau told U.S. citizens to go home, if possible. This is from Pulse News Mexico, an English virtual newspaper based in Mexico City:    

More than 2,000 people tuned in to hear the ambassador respond to Covid-19 questions regarding everything from medical coverage to visa extensions.

Addressing each of 16 questions posed by participating U.S. citizens, Landau made it clear that any U.S. citizen, whether tourist or immigrant to Mexico, who did not return immediately to the United States should be “ready to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic here in Mexico.”

“Do not rely on the U.S. government to help you get home,” he said.

“Book a commercial flight while they are available.”

The ambassador also reminded Americans that most U.S. health insurance — including Medicare and Medicaid — do not cover hospitalizations and medical costs outside the United States, and many travel insurances do not include repatriation costs via an air ambulance, which can run into the 100,000s of dollars.

“Go home” is Ambassador Landau’s message.  Let’s hope that they can!

On another front, most of the Mexicans that I’ve chatted are following President Trump’s “stay home order” rather than working.  Many are working from home as well.  Mothers are keeping their kids at home.  Some colleges are on going on line.

My unofficial assessment is that Mexicans know that they have “el problema Corona” even if their president does not.  In fact, a friend here in Dallas who is a strong “AMLO supporter” is disappointed that her president has been so slow.  

Finally, several friends have assured me that Mexico’s official numbers, the 363 cases and 6 deaths reported so far, are not real.

What are Mexico’s numbers?  Nobody knows, but it’s more than reported, or so everyone tells me.

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April 3, 2020 at 6:17 am

The press and the briefings plus China and the virus plus problems at the FBI

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The press vs President Trump…..The politics of the virus is actually helping Trump……..House investigate Trump?…..Biden has an enthusiasm problem…..More than 2/3 want their borders closed…..China and the virus……..What was going on at the FBI?……….other stories………………

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Source: The press and the briefings plus China and the virus plus problems at the FBI 04/02 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

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April 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm