Monday, December 22, 2014

George Strait: When It's Christmas Time In Texas


 GEORGE STRAITWHEN IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME IN TEXAS 
"When it's Christmas time in Texas
It's a very special time for me In Texas we'll be swingin'
Around the Christmas tree Dancin' to a Christmas melody
When it's Christmas time in Texas
It might look just like a summer day
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me
When Santa Claus crosses over the border
It'll sound a little different when he sings
Cause he'll hear those twin fiddle's playin'
A Christmas song with a touch of western swing
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me
When it's Christmas time in Texas
I love to hear those Christmas carolers sing
People on the go Children's faces all aglow
Wonderin' what Santa's gonna bring
Grandpa's been chasin' grandma around
Tryin' to catch her neath the misteltoe
Everything is right The lone star shinin' bright
But it's a Texas Christmas to me
When Santa Claus crosses over the border
It'll sound a little different when he sings
Cause he'll hear those twin fiddle's playin'
A Christmas song with a touch of western swing
There may not be snow in San Antonio
But it's a Texas Christmas to me
And here's wishin' you all a merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from Texas and me"








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What does this Cuba Deal do to Compensate U.S. Investors?

My late uncle used to work for a U.S. citizen who had a small manufacturing company in Central Cuba. It employed about 20 Cubans and was typical of many Americans who lived and had companies in the island. 

In other words, not every dollar confiscated by the communists was that of large hotel holdings or infrastructure companies.  On the contrary, there were many American small and medium-sized businesses that employed and trained Cubans. These Americans brought their talents and money to Cuba.

My uncle's employer saw his business closed and confiscated. He was never compensated by the Cuban government.


Who is going to look after all of those Americans now that we plan to lift the embargo?  Maybe someone should ask President Obama the next time he takes questions from the press.

Last year, Leon Neyfakh called on us to remember the issue:
"What’s often forgotten, though, is that the embargo was actually triggered by something concrete: an enormous pile of American assets that Castro seized in the process of nationalizing the Cuban economy.
Some of these assets were the vacation homes and bank accounts of wealthy individuals.
But the bulk of the confiscated property -- originally valued at $1.8 billion, which at 6 percent simple interest translates to nearly $7 billion today -- was sugar factories, mines, oil refineries and other business operations belonging to American corporations, among them the Coca-Cola Co., Exxon and the First National Bank of Boston.
A 2009 article in the Inter-American Law Review described Castro’s nationalization of U.S. assets as the “largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history.”"
It's amazing to me that President Obama did not demand a solution to this pending issue prior to agreeing to any normalization.

Who is going to protect American investors?  It does not look like the Obama administration will do so!

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The week in review with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda


We discussed the shooting of two police officers in New York plus Cuba and the North Korea/Sony story. 

Click below for the show:

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elvis meets President Nixon



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Rubio will win the Cuba debate with Paul

The so-called new Cuba policy has put Senator Rubio on front stage.  He has become the face of the opposition to President Obama's decision to change our approach to Cuba.

On the other side, there is Senator Paul, who supports President Obama's decision.   

Phillip Rucker of The Washington Post sees it as an early sign of 2016 GOP divisions:
The feud is the loudest public dispute so far between potential GOP 2016 candidates and lays bare the divergent world views of traditional hawks — including Rubio and past Republican presidents and nominees — and the emerging, younger libertarian wing represented by Paul.
For decades, Rubio’s position has been the GOP’s natural default. But Paul is testing that convention.  
“Are we still cold warriors or are we entering a brave new world in diplomacy?” Republican strategist John Feehery said. “Rubio’s perspective is we have Cuba, we have North Korea, we need a bold, internationalist, America-led world that fights the bad guys. Rand Paul is taking his father’s position to a new level, which is constructive engagement, but America isn’t really the policeman of the world.”
What's wrong with that picture?  A lot, especially when we are talking about GOP primary voters.

Senator Paul does not understand what Senator Rubio is talking about.  

First, Senator Rubio is talking about promoting freedom rather than being the world's policeman.  There is a huge difference.  

Second, Senator Paul does not understand that his father's foreign policy was largely mocked and ignored in previous primaries.  Like many GOP voters, I threw a pillow at the TV every time Congressman Ron Paul went off on his isolationist rants.   

Senator Paul is wrong on this one.  He is not going to be the party's nominee with such views of the world. 

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Christmas song



THE CHIPMUNKS
THE CHRISTMAS SONG

"All right you Chipmunks! Ready to sing your song?
I'll say we are! Yeah! Let's sing it now!
Okay, Simon? Okay! Okay, Theodore? Okay!
Okay, Alvin? Alvin? Alvin! Okay!
Christmas, Christmas time is near Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last Hurry Christmas, hurry fast
Want a plane that loops the loop Me, I want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait Please Christmas, don't be late.
Okay fellas get ready. That was very good, Simon.
Naturally. Very good Theodore. Ah
Ah, Alvin, you were a little flat, watch it.
Ah, Alvin. Alvin.Alvin! Okay
Want a plane that loops the loop I still want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait Please Christmas, don't be late.
We can hardly stand the wait Please Christmas, don't be late.
Very good, boys Lets sing it again!
Yeah, lets sing it again! 
No, that's enough, lets not overdo it
What do you mean overdo it?
We want to sing it again! Now wait a minute, boys
Why can't we sing it again? Alvin, cut that out Theodore, just a minute.
Simon will you cut that out? Boys...."



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