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

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Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………the reckoning of Bill Clinton turns into a war in the Democrat Party………….Senator Franken now under investigation……….President Trump and the GOP tax plan….one poll has President Trump at 36% and another at 46%…..what pollster has the right sample?………………who will win in Alabama?…..Gettysburg 1863………..we remember Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers…….and other stories………….

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November 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Sonic attack in Cuba’s political prisons?

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Armando Valladares saw it all in Cuba’s political prisons.  He wrote about it in “Against All Hope,” an international bestseller that should be required reading in any freshman class.

Reinaldo Arenas wrote his story in “Before Night Falls: A Memoir.” 

In both cases, they relate the horrors and torture of Castro’s prisons.  I believe everything because their stories are similar to what my father’s late cousin told me and what many other political prisoners have said.

So is anyone surprised that the Castro regime would use “sonic attacks” on prisoners?  I am not surprised at all.

This is a story from The Daily Signal

 

A group of Cuban exiles and former political prisoners gathered on Capitol HillWednesday to recount human rights abuses that they and their relatives suffered at the hands of the Fidel Castro regime.

In a hearing organized by Freedom House and the Justice Cuba International Commission, survivors told gripping stories about friends and family who were imprisoned, tortured, and killed for resisting communist rule in Havana. 

The tales of two former political prisoners stood out among the heart-wrenching accounts of abuses, if only for their parallels to the strange, unexplained sonic attacks inflicted upon U.S. diplomats in Havana last year. 

Ernesto Diaz Rodriguez and Luis Zuniga, anti-Castro dissidents who were sent to hideous regime prisons, said they were repeatedly subjected to “ultra-sonic” torture over more than 20 years in confinement.  “The methodology consisted of placing large loudspeakers around 4 feet high each … at both ends of the hallway of cells,” Zuniga recalled of his experience in 1979. “Then, they were connected to some sort of electronic device that produced high-pitched sounds.”

“The sounds oscillated from high pitch to very high pitch that almost pieced the eardrums,” he added.

Zuniga went on to describe symptoms from the torture sessions, saying that he began to feel “increasingly uneasy” and “unable to think.” 

Other prisoners suffered debilitating headaches. The brutal punishment lasted for days, he recalled, leading to the suicide of a fellow inmate.

“This torture was kept [up] for days and nights without a respite,” Zuniga said. “It ended when one of the prisoners … hung himself. He died from the torture.”

For the former prisoners and exiles gathered at Wednesday’s hearing, the memories of audio torture were made fresh this summer, when it was revealed that American diplomatic personnel had been subjected to similar treatment over the previous year. 

This story confirms that Cuba’s communist regime was perfectly capable of using this technology against its enemies, or the Cuban political prisoners.

Did they use it against U.S. diplomats?  Did someone give the order to target U.S. diplomats?  We don’t know for sure, but they had the capabilities to do it.

As some have speculated, the attack on U.S. diplomats may have come from a third country.  By the way, North Korea is sending a delegation to Cuba to renew old relations.  Russia has been talking to Cuba, too.  North Korea and Russia were the two countries that immediately came to mind as potential sources of these attacks on U.S. diplomats.

We will wait for the U.S. to present its report on the sonic attack.  Let’s not forget that Castro’s Cuba had lots of experience engaging in these attacks.

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November 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

Cuba and sonic attacks, the Clintons & other stories of the day

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We will look at more of the reckoning of Bill Clinton……….what Democrat will turn on the Clintons next?    Cuba was using “sonic attacks” on Cuban political prisoners, according to some now living in the US……….Gettysburg Address 1863 and the amazing 272 words that defined a country……violence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is totally out of control…….Jerry Jones, owner of Dallas Cowboys, in full war with the NFL and the Commissioner………..how is that going to turn out……………..Sandy Koufax retired at age 32 in 1966………..plus other stories of the day…………

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November 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Deplorables all: The Clintons, Donna, and Kirsten

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We’ve been watching what they call “the reckoning of Bill Clinton.” What we are really seeing is the implosion of a political party that made a pact with the devil and corrupted itself to the core.

It sort of started with Donna Brazille’s book Hacks and her explosive comments about Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. I was listening to a radio interview with Miss Brazile last night and could not help but say: “Donna — why now and not 18 months ago?  What job in a future Clinton White House did you have mind that forced you to say silent?”

Now we have Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York saying that President Clinton should have resigned in 1998, when the scandal exploded.

Okay — I guess that it’s better late than never. However, this whole episode just proves how corrupt the Democrat Party really is.  They are nothing but a bunch of dishonest opportunists who have suddenly discovered that President Clinton was not a very nice gentleman after all.

As for Senator Gillibrand, the hypocrisy is overflowing. She replaced Mrs. Clinton in the U.S. Senate and never refused to have President Clinton campaign on her behalf. In fact, not long ago she praised him for campaigning for her seat.  

Now, she is singing a different tune. Why is that?

The first reason is that it does not cost her anything.  The Clintons are a couple of old folks who won’t matter much in the future. In fact, they may be facing some legal challenges down the road, from uranium sales to the infamous GPS dossier to contributions to the Clinton Foundation.   

The Clintons are toast and Senator Gillibrand has no use for them anymore. She explains her “raw opportunism” along the lines that times have changed.   

Really? When was it acceptable in some other time for a man to drop his pants in front of a White House intern? Or for the president’s wife to lead a campaign to destroy the women who were accusing him over past behavior, way more complicated than inappropriate touching!

Senator Gillibrand and Miss Brazile are two ladies living in a “basket of deplorables,” to use a phrase from not long ago.

Would Miss Brazile have written that book or would Senator Gillibrand be talking about resignation if Mrs. Clinton had won?
The answer is a loud NO. They would have been defending the new Clinton presidency and enjoying whatever benefits, especially Miss Brazile, it would have provided them

Deplorables all, from the Clintons, to Brazile, to Gillibrand, and now Franken!   

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November 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

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Tax reform plus some Democrats turn on the Clintons & other stories of the day

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We will look at the reckoning of former President Clinton and how Democrats are turning on him, such as Senator Gillibrand who now said that he should resigned in 1998………..the GOp is moving forward on tax reform but there are some obstacles in the US Senate……they need to get something done or face a very angry electorate………Senator Franken is now the target of sexual misconduct……there may be more……….the Heidi game in 1968…….plus other stories of the day…….

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November 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Hope Newt is right!

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Maybe there is a reason that tax reform comes along every 30 years! Reforming the tax code is hard because every clause has a godfather and godson, as we Catholics say.

So let’s hope that former speaker Gingrich is right about the differences between the House and Senate GOP:   

As the House and Senate each consider their plans to cut taxes and grow jobs this week, the Left and their friends in the media will try to provoke division by narrowing in on differences between the two chambers’ bills.

However, Americans (including members of Congress) should remember both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act share many of the same attributes, all of which will grow the economy, create jobs, and help Americans keep more of their hard-earned money.   

Well, let’s hope so. The former speaker then goes on to compare the plans and prove how similar they are. I agree with the speaker that both plans want to create jobs and attract business back to the U.S. 

My problem with tax reform in 2017 is that the IRS Code has to be blown up rather than upgraded.   

The entire code is one page after another of incomprehensible rules that a simple small business person like me can not understand.    

This is why I’m disappointed that President Trump did not go “long” and actually call for replacing the current code with a flat tax or even a national sales tax.   

My guess is that most of the country is ready for something bold like that. And President Trump was in the perfect position as a businessman to propose it.

I do hear from my friends that this reform of 2017 is just to placate the GOP base. In fact, they tell me that President Trump will go for a radical proposal after he gets re-elected in 2020!    

Perhaps my friends are right. Frankly, I hope that they are right and they can make 2020 a referendum on the flat tax, no matter who the Democrats nominate.

In the meantime, let’s hope that Speaker Gringrich is right and that the GOP can pass something that President Trump can sign this year or early next year.   

My hope is that tax reform will do two things: fewer brackets for individuals and incentives for money to flow back to the U.S. The first will make people happy. The second will create the kind of economic jolt that will put the GOP in a pretty position in 2018.

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November 17, 2017 at 6:35 am

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The media, Judge Moore and a reckoning of Bill Clinton

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Guest:   Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker, joins me for a chat about the media and the Judge Moore scandal in Alabama………..is it right to write a story based on 38-year old “he said she said” allegations?…………how far should a journalist go?…….many in the media are now going back and remembering that then President Clinton got a free pass on his behavior……..and other stories….

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November 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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