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The attacks on the NRA are going to backfire big-time

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The other night, CNN promoted a debate about gun control that ended up being an ongoing attack on the NRA, the organization representing those of us who believe that school shootings are a lot more complicated than just talking about guns.

Will it be effective, or will it backfire?

Let me introduce you to Conor Lamb, a Democrat:

Democrat Connor Lamb is holding firm in his belief that Congress doesn’t need to pass stricter gun control laws following the school shooting in Florida, insisting the best way to deter these kinds of horrific events is to enforce the laws on the books.

The stance puts Mr. Lamb in line with President Trump and the candidate’s Republican rival Rick Saccone in the special congressional race here in western Pennsylvania, which is doubling as the first electoral test of post-Florida gun politics. 

Mr. Lamb is a sensible man.  He probably remembers what happened to V.P. Gore in 2000.  Back then, V.P. Gore tried to compete with Bill Bradley during the Democrat primaries over gun control.  It came back to haunt him when he ran against Governor Bush.  It was probably one of the reasons he did not carry Tennessee or Arkansas.  It did not help him in the rural areas in Ohio, either.

This is why it would make a lot more sense for President Trump and Congress to focus on two sensible objectives: securing the schools and making sure there is background information in background checks.

What we saw last night on CNN won’t move the ball forward, but it will probably increase the NRA’s intensity in 2018.

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February 23, 2018 at 7:49 am

Thursday’s video: A good & bad debate about gun control

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February 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

The gun control at the White House & CNN plus George Washington

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We will look at the gun control debate last night at CNN……..and President Trump’s White House meeting………George Washington 1732……………and other stories…..

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Source: The gun control at the White House & CNN plus George Washington 02/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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February 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

It’s official: Fidel had nothing to do with Justin

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Over the last few weeks, the Canadian media have reached an important conclusion:   

In the darker corners of the internet dwells a theory as outlandish as it is compelling: That the real father of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The theory falls apart after only a cursory look at the historical evidence, but it persists for one reason alone: Justin Trudeau’s appearance is strikingly similar to that of the late Cuban dictator.

Preposterous!” Canadian historian Robert Wright told the National Post.  (He also requested that the word ‘preposterous’ be printed in bold and italic).

Wright’s 2007 book, Three Nights in Havana, is an account of the relationship between Castro and Pierre Trudeau.  While the Trudeaus did indeed develop an unusually cozy relationship with the Cuban dictator, Justin Trudeau was already toilet-trained by the time his mother, Margaret Trudeau, first met Castro in 1976. 

“Their biographies just don’t intersect at all,” said Wright.

Like a lot of internet theories, this one will hang around for a while.  They always do.  

The story was made a bit more complicated because of another rumor: Fidel Castro’s son committed suicide and allegedly left a note referring to Mr. Trudeau as his half-brother.

So what do we have here?  We have P.M. Trudeau, who does look like Fidel Castro.  And his parents had a cozy relationship with Fidel Castro and spent time down in Cuba.

The rumor is probably not true, but the physical similarity is obviously there!

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February 22, 2018 at 8:13 am

Wednesday’s video: Too much politics in the gun control debate again

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February 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

The gun control debate, Nixon to China 1972 and other stories

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We will look at the gun control debate after Florida……is it too political?…Nixon in China 1972 and the consequences………….and other stories….

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Source: The gun control debate, Nixon to China 1972 and other stories 02/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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February 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm

How soon before we call it ‘the jobs to China moment’?

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On this day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon made history, and showed some political flexibility, by landing Air Force One in China.  It was the story of the year and one of the most interesting foreign policy decisions of the postwar period, especially because of Nixon’s political past.

Nixon seemed an unlikely candidate to thaw those chilly relations.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he had been a vocal cold warrior and had condemned the Democratic administration of Harry S. Truman for “losing” China to the communists in 1949.

 

President Nixon’s move paved the way for the China of today – in other words, cars instead of bicycles.  Skyscrapers instead of simple buildings.  It also contributed to the outsourcing of thousands of manufacturing jobs – i.e., “Made in China” is everywhere!   

The jury is still out on just how much the U.S. got out of this arrangement.  At the same, most Americans are not old enough to remember Mao or the China that some of us remember as kids.  Back then, it seemed that all Chinese men and women wore the same outfits.  Today, they are as fashionable as anyone in the West.

Nevertheless, as Seth Mandel wrote a couple of years ago, President Nixon left us with a great expression: “any major politician’s rebuke to his ideological compatriots, no matter how superficial, is a ‘Nixon-to-China moment.'”

Some of us are old enough to remember watching the scenes on the evening news.  It’s amazing how China has changed.

Was it the right thing to do?  We are still debating that today.  I just don’t remember anyone back then saying opening up China would turn China into a manufacturing powerhouse with a huge, and expanding, navy.

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February 21, 2018 at 8:32 am