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Friday’s video: Apollo 11 and the moon landing

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July 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm

We remember Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

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The amazing Bruce Lee was born in 1940.  He became a legend in the early 1970’s and then suddenly died in 1973.  

Along the way, his movies became hugely popular and continue to over 40 years after his death.   He did not make a lot of movies but they were great indeed.

His story is rather interesting:   

Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon(1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.
Like Hendrix and Morrison, you can identify his face in a heart beat.

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July 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Obama goes to South Africa

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Over time, presidents have chosen locations to give important speeches.  I remember that then-governor Ronald Reagan started his 1980 campaign in an area impacted by the bad economy.  In 2008, then-senator Obama announced his campaign in Springfield, Illinois.

Why South Africa?

I understand that President Obama spoke on the Mandela anniversary.  However, South Africa has serious challenges, from basic human rights to high levels of poverty and violence against women and children.

In fact, I saw this article about what’s also going on in South Africa:

In South Africa, ownership of the land has emerged as the most explosive issue faced by the country’s leaders.

The government has pledged to redistribute land from white farmers to millions of black people who work on it.

But groups representing white farmers say the dispute is inflaming violence in rural areas.

Well, what can you say?  We can say two things:

1. Obama has a bad case of selective indignation.

2. No Democrat running in a competitive election will quote his speech.

Obama is still Obama.

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July 20, 2018 at 6:30 am

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Obama spoke in South Africa Democrats & ICE plus Lopez-Obrador-Trump

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We will look at President Obama’s speech in South Africa…….Democrats and ICE……Could Lopez-Obrador and Mexico come up with a guest worker program……..Happy # 77 Vikki Carr……….and others stories…………

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Source: Obama spoke in South Africa Democrats & ICE plus Lopez-Obrador-Trump 07/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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July 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Thursday’s video: Trump and Lopez-Obrador

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July 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

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Democrats are good at giving speeches but voting “yes or no” is too complicated…..

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Another profile in political cowardice:   “Only 18 Democrats voted for the GOP’s pro-enforcement resolution, while 34 Democrats voted against the resolution and 133 abstained by voting “present” in the hope of minimizing the blowback from ordinary voters or the progressive base.”

They are good at giving speeches but voting “yes or no” is too complicated.  

It is obscene for a member of Congress to vote “present”.  We pay them to vote not to avoid taking positions.

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July 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Taxes and living in a blue state

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Taxes and living in a blue state…….see this headline: “Never short on ideas for things to tax, lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a tax on tap water“! 

By the way, they are calling it a user fee.    My good guess is that the voters of New Jersey won’t buy the “user fee” explanation.

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July 19, 2018 at 11:00 am