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Terror in Manchester, Trump overseas and other stories

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We will look at the Manchester terrorist attack…..can governments in Europe protect their people anymore…….President Trump doing well overseas, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to the Vatican…….where is the crime in the Russia collusion story…….are Democrats walking back the impeachment talk……..plus Bob Dylan is 76 today……plus other stories…..

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Source: Terror in Manchester, Trump overseas and other stories 05/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

They want to kill us all

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What more do we need to know about these people? Can their intentions be more clear? What else do they have to do? Blow up teen girls at a pop concert?

As Roger Simon wrote:     

If you think what happened in Blighty can’t happen here — 19 killed, 59 injured — you’ll  have to excuse me if I say “You’re out of your bloomin’ mind.” Did you already forget 9/11/2001?  Or the Boston Marathon? Or San Bernardino? Or the Orlando gay bar attack less than a year ago that killed 49?

Oh, yeah.  Seems so long ago, doesn’t it, even that last one? The “new normal.”  We put these things out of our minds the week after to deal with the next trivial Washington scandal or go about our petty lives.  

Our culture lives in a self-destructive willful blindness, refusing to see the obvious even though it happens again and again across the globe.  

Radical Islam, Islamism, or whatever you want to call it has been at war with us since the Twin Towers came down and even well before.  And they have no intention whatsoever of stopping.

Nevertheless we respond in the most perfunctory manner, nattering on about how Islam is a”religion of peace,” criticizing ourselves and others for “Islamophbia,” or dismissing it all as a police matter.

My guess is that we will react decisively in the US.  We’ve had a much more realistic view of terrorism over here.  As a last resort, we believe in self defense and allow some citizens to carry guns and serve as a line of protection.

However, I’m not very optimistic about Europe. For example, Salman Abedi, the alleged terrorist, was known to British authorities prior to the attack. Wonder how that makes any parent feel about the next concert that their teens want to go to? Or the next time that there is a big soccer event? In other words, would you attend a concert in the UK any time soon knowing that  people under the eye of the police will join you for the proceedings?

Most of all, it makes President Trump’s realism about terrorism and uncontrolled immigration really stand out.   

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May 24, 2017 at 7:06 am

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A chat with Leslie Eastman and Dawn Wildman

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Guests: Leslie Eastman and Dawn Wildman……we will hear about the Mom’s March for America that is slated for Sept. 23rd……….see Leslie’s post for full details about the march……..plus other stories, from a gasoline sales tax in California to President Trump in the Middle East……..

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Source: A chat with Leslie Eastman and Dawn Wildman 05/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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May 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

NAFTA back to the table

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Eight years ago, then-senator Obama called for a renegotiation of NAFTA.  We understand that Mr. Obama did it in 2008 to beat up Mrs. Clinton, who had supported the trade agreement.

Nevertheless, this is where we are today:

The Trump administration gave Congress official notice on Thursday that it plans to renegotiate Nafta but provided only the vaguest of hints about modest changes President Trump would seek to an agreement that he has called “the worst trade deal ever.”

In a brief letter to lawmakers, Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed United States trade representative, said the administration aimed to support economic growth and better-paying jobs through unspecified improvements to Nafta that would modernize the 23-year-old agreement. But the notice — a drastically scaled-back version of a draft the administration circulated this year — promised no major modifications of the sort that the president has hinted he will seek.

Mr. Trump had threatened to withdraw completely from the agreement, only to relent in late April when the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other parties to the deal, called and asked him to renegotiate instead. Sonny Perdue, his secretary of agriculture, also presented Mr. Trump with a map illustrating the potential negative consequences for American farmers if the deal were shut down.

 

We will see where it goes from here.

As a supporter of NAFTA, I welcome the review.  After all, 23 years is a long time, and some adjustments may be in order.

On the Mexico side, NAFTA is controversial.

On the one hand, professional and well educated Mexicans love the fact that they can work in all of those multinational companies that headed south.  By the way, I am not talking only about U.S. companies.  Go to San Luis Potosi in central Mexico or Queretaro, about two hours north of Mexico City, and you will see an amazing display of international operations.  These companies are using cheaper labor but rely on very well paid professional Mexicans to work in accounting, quality control, and general management.

On the other hand, talk to small retailers or grocers, and they will tell you that NAFTA, and all of those cheap imports, put them out of business.  They correctly point out that Mexico’s GDP has not kept up with other countries.

So my guess is that a NAFTA renegotiation will get a thumbs-up south of the border.  I remember all of the rhetoric of 1993, or how NAFTA would pull Mexico out of the Third World.  Yes, you can see all of those modern plants all over Mexico, but there is no sense, fair or unfair, that the workers or farmers have benefited at all.

Let the talks begin.  NAFTA is probably going to be a huge topic in Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

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May 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

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Let’s chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay

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Guest: Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay………….the band will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year……over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin America……….you can see some of their performances in YouTube……..plus other stories….

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Source: Let’s chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay 05/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Music Podcasts

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May 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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1455:  “The War of The Roses”…….

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Military history expert Barry Jacobsen reviews England’s ‘War of the Roses’, dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal house of Plantagenent: the Houses of Lancaster and York. Biochemist Leslie Eastman will chime in with a look at the forensic analysis of the remains of the war’s most infamous participants, Richard III, which have made the news recently.

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Source: ENGLAND’S REAL ‘GAME OF THRONES’ 03/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | History Podcasts

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May 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Democrats and three upcoming elections

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Over the next 30 days, we will hear about three elections in Georgia, Montana, and South Carolina.  

The media will likely call them the three most important elections in world history. They will then forget about the results when the Democrats lose!
The Democrats are investing a lot to win, according to news reports:

From Montana to the suburbs of Atlanta, voters are getting a steady diet of commercials from the Democratic candidates that focus on GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without enough protections for those who have preexisting health conditions. 

They’re talking about tax breaks for the middle class and small businesses, blasting their opponents for helping special interests.

It sounds like the old “class warfare” game all over again. I don’t see in this strategy anything that confirms that the party has learned the lessons of the Obama years, or 1,000 seats down!   

 

On ObamaCare, it’s easy to say that the GOP wants to put people with preexisting conditions in danger. Unfortunately for Democrats, it’s the premiums and deductibles that most people are talking about.   

On “tax the rich”, it’s the same old song that simply does not register with all of those small business owners who make up these suburban districts that they are trying to win.

Yes, the “out party” always picks up seats in the off-year elections as the GOP did in 2009 when they won governorships in New Jersey and Virginia.   
In this case, the Democrats are not just “the out” party but rather “the out of touch party“: 

“Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves.”

I don’t usually bet anything, specially since my heart was broken in game six of the 2011 World Series.     

Nevertheless, I feel confident that the GOP will go 3-0 in Georgia, Montana, and South Carolina.

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May 22, 2017 at 6:38 am