Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Two people in the world", another "doo wop" classic





LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS
TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

"There's just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
They are a boy and girl
Boy meets girl and love begins 
Oh, what a feeling you get from within
Oh, I should know for I'm i-in love
I'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up above
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
They are a boy and girl
Boy meets girl and love begins 
Oh, what a feeling you get from within
Oh, I should know for I'm i-in love 
I'm the boy, you're the girl, all the stars up above
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in love?
Just two kinds of people in the world 
Why can't we fall in lo-lo-lo-love? Lo-ove?"



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Wanted: Transparency in Mexico and Argentina

There are two stories dominating Latin America newspapers these days.  From Mexico City to Buenos Aires, these two stories are consuming interest like nothing I've seen before.

Down in Argentina, the death of Alberto Nisman has become a major scandal for President Cristina Fernandez.  Mr. Nisman was due to speak to the Congress on Monday and shot dead the Sunday before.

Down in Mexico, the disappearance of 43 students has many Mexicans up in arms.  The anger is also rooted on the fears that the cartels have way too much influence over politicians and the law.

What do these two very different cases have in common?

The answer is a lack of transparency in how the two stories have been communicated or explained to the citizens.

In Mexico, the attorney general is facing more and more questions as to how the bodies were disposed of, as explained by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz:
Indeed, the students’ parents reject the government’s theory, and are accusing the government of trying to close the investigation.
The case has generated a great deal of controversy, as there are contradictory statements from witnesses, but lack of definitive forensic evidence.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto declared yesterday, “I’m convinced that we should not remain trapped in this instant, this moment in Mexico’s history, of sorrow, of tragedy and pain. We just can’t dwell here,” which of course is very convenient for him.
For people like myself, the Iguala case shows Mexico as a failed state when it comes to justice and the rule of law – not a country one wants to maintain an open border with.

Down in Argentina, the Fernandez government is fighting allegations that the Iran connection to the 1994 terrorist attack is being covered up, as Andres Oppenheimer posted a day ago:

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman made headlines before his mysterious death last weekend by accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of trying to cover up Iran’s role in the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, but there was another — more important — leader who was at the center of the deceased prosecutor’s probe: Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani.
In several telephone conversations and e-mail exchanges I had with Nisman over the past three years, the prosecutor told me that Rouhani was among the top Iranian officials who had “participated in the decision” to bomb the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The attack left 85 dead and 300 wounded, and was the biggest terrorist bombing in the Western hemisphere before 9/11.
Again, these two incidents point out the importance of transparency and credibility.  Both governments insulted the public's intelligence with quick explanations, such as "suicide" in the case of Mr. Nisman. 

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A look at US-Cuba talks, the latest from Argentina, Mexico and the students........




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Long lonely nights" is another "doo wop" classic




LEE ANDREWS
LONG LONELY NIGHTS

"Long and lonely nights
I cry my eyes out over you Wondering if I did right 
And why you left me
With a broken heart 
Oh, long, long and lonely nights
Oh, how I miss you, my dear
Please, please, come back to me
How I wish you were here
As I go along my lonely way
I visualize your face When I pass through
(Yeah) my doorway What's left for me to face
Oh, long, long and lonely nights
I guess you're never coming home
Long, long and lonely nights Ever since you've been gone
Oh, long, long and lonely nights I guess you're never coming home
Long, long and lonely nights Ever since you've been gone
Please, please, come back to me
You've been gone too long...."


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"The image of a girl" is a super "doo wop" classic tune




THE IMAGE OF A GIRL
THE SAFARIS

"As I lie awake resting from the day
I can hear the clock passing time away
Oh, I couldn't sleep for on my mind
Was the image of the girl I hope to find
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I look straight up at the ceiling above
Thinking of the girl whom I will love
Oh, would it be soon when she exists?
The image of the girl Ive always wished
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh
I twisted and I turned, ooh, trying to sleep
But all I could do was only to weep
For I haven't found that image yet
Of all the girls that I have met
And now the clock is still passing time
And I know someday that she will be mine
And I know shell always bring me love
For shes the image of the girl I love
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh.......

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Is this what we got for 18 months of “serious discussions” with Cuba?

(MY NEW BABALU POST)


My friend Jorge Ponce brought this to my attention in today's show.    Additionally, we just saw this from ABC:
"Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but "if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense.""
Of course, none of this is a shock to those of us who know about the Castros and their criminal enterprises.  
Raul Castro smells a weak President Obama and he will push and push and push to get what he wants.
I do have a question for President Obama:   What exactly did the US and Cuba delegations talk about for 18 months?   Did it occur to anyone that maybe we should discuss outstanding issues like the investments of US citizens in Cuba or the fugitives of US law living in the island?   What's the point of these talks?
As I mentioned earlier, the US team walked into these negotiations without a clue.   Worse than that, they look naive doing business with a thug  like Raul Castro.
Here is today's show with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz and Jorge Ponce:

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Could Mr. Gingrich turn into the Churchill of our time?

We lamented the other day that there is no Churchill around these days, or a statesman who tells us what we don't want to hear about the world.  From Venezuela to Iraq to Iran to Yemen, the world is a mess, but our president would rather talk about sick leave.

I was pleased to read this from my friend Barry Casselman:
In his remarks to the Citizens United Summit in Des Moines a few days ago, former Speaker Newt Gingrich continued to sound the alarm about the growing threat to the U.S. and the world from Islamic terrorism. 
Some have noted that Gingrich, as a senior statesman of his party, is acting as then-senior British leader Winston Churchill did in the mid-1930’s when he warned about the growing Nazi threat to Europe and the world.  (Churchill, then in his mid-60’s, was considered a has-been conservative politician at that time.) 
Gingrich is not running  for president this cycle, but uses his podium eloquently to exhort conservatives to wake up to the increased and unrelenting terroristic activity against the West.
Frankly, Gingrich is perfectly suited for the job.

First, he is a brilliant historian who can connect the current with the past as well as anybody.

Second, he is a conservative but no longer a partisan.  Gingrich is not seeking the presidency anymore or looking for a Cabinet position.  He is finally free to be the wise man the country desperately needs.

We are living in a very dangerous world.  Our inclination to look the other way, or the same thing that we saw in the 1930s when most Americans did not want to see threats, is totally understandable but also very dangerous.  I am confident that Newt will remind us of the danger over and over again!

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1959: The Packers hire Lombardi


We remember today that the Green Bay Packers hired Vince Lombardi as GM and coach:
"On January 28, 1959, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) sign Vince Lombardi to a five-year contract as the team's coach and general manager."
Lombardi inherited a 1-10-1 team but he turned the organization around quickly.   

Green Bay won 3 NFL titles and the first 2 Super Bowls.   Without question, the Packers were the most successful team of the 1960s.   

As a result, the Super Bowl Trophy is named after Coach Lombardi.



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We remember Jose Marti....born on this day 1853





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The political landscape with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Fun is Just Starting in Greece

(MY NEW AMERICAN THINKER POST)


We learned on Sunday night about the big election in Greece:
"Greek voters handed power to a radical leftist party in national elections on Sunday, a popular rebellion against the bitter economic medicine Greece has swallowed for five years and a rebuke of the fellow European countries that prescribed it.
With nearly all votes counted, opposition party Syriza was on track to win about half the seats in Parliament. In the wee hours of the morning, it clinched a coalition deal with a small right-wing party also opposed to Europe’s economic policy to give the two a clear majority."
What happens now?  The answer is not clear, as Mr. Tsipras will quickly find out:
"Now that he has formed a coalition, Mr. Tsipras must quickly determine which of his populist promises he can carry out quickly, setting up a likely showdown with Greece’s European partners -- most notably Germany.
Mr. Tsipras has said he wants to negotiate directly with Ms. Merkel and other European leaders to reduce Greece’s debt burden.
Some officials, however, have characterized Mr. Tsipras’s demands as unrealistic and rife with the potential to drive Greece toward default or even out of the eurozone, the group that shares the currency.
Officials in Germany reacted swiftly, warning Greeks against abandoning their course of overhauls."
The Greek election will not impact Americans directly.   
First, it is a rather small GDP (US$ 250 billion) or about the size of the state of Washington, according to a 2009 study.     
Second, 99% of us do not own bonds or hold accounts in Greek banks.    
Nevertheless, there is "a ghost of Christmas future moment" in this election.
It's like we are watching Mr. Scrooge look into the future.
Greece has one basic problem:  a bloated public sector and the weak politicians who keep voting for benefits to pander for votes. They get reelected by a public sector capable of swinging elections.    
Back in 2012, John Sfakianakis, a Greek economist, wrote a wonderful appraisal of his homeland:
"The expansion of Greece’s huge government sector took decades to create, but its growth in recent years has been particularly striking. 
Public employment grew by fivefold from 1970 through 2009 -- at an annual growth rate of 4 percent, according to a recent academic study by Zafiris Tzannatos and Iannis Monogios. 
Over the same four decades, employment in the private sector increased by only 27 percent -- an annual rate of less than 1 percent."
What happens when you have a public sector growing and expanding, coupled with a private sector shrinking and driving investors outside the country? The answer is Greece, a country so mismanaged that it may take a lot more than an election to fix it.
Again, there is a big lesson for us in the events of Greece.   Weak politicians and a bloated public sector will eventually drive a country or state into the ditch.    

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1970; We remember John Lennon's "Instant Karma"






JOHN LENNON 
INSTANT KARMA

Instant karmas gonna get youGonna knock you right on the headYou better get yourself togetherPretty soon you're gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin to do
Its up to you, yeah you
Instant karmas gonna get youGonna look you right in the faceBetter get yourself together darlin
Join the human race How in the world you gonna see
Laughin at fools like me
Who in the hell do you think you are
A super star Well, right you are Well we all shine onLike the moon and the stars and the sunWell we all shine on Everyone come on
Instant karmas gonna get youGonna knock you off your feetBetter recognize your brothers
Evryone you meet Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you're everywhere Come and get your share
Well we all shine onLike the moon and the stars and the sunYeah we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah
Well we all shine onLike the moon and the stars and the sunYeah we all shine on On and on and on on and on
Well we all shine onLike the moon and the stars and the sunWell we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun...."




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Elections in Greece and what it means for the US and Europe




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Monday, January 26, 2015

This week 1964: "I want to hold your hand" enters the Billboard Top 100




I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND

"Oh yeh, I'll tell you something

I think you'll understand When I'll say that something
I wanna hold your hand I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
Oh please, say to me You'll let me be your man
And please, say to me You'll let me hold your hand
You'll let me hold your hand I wanna hold your hand
And when I touch you I feel happy inside
It's such a feeling that my love
I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide
Yeh, you've got that something I think you'll understand
When I'll say that something I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand I wanna hold your hand
And when I touch you I feel happy inside
It's such a feeling that my love
I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide
Yeh, you've got that something I think you'll understand
When I'll feel that something I wanna hold your hand...."


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A few 'Problemas' with Those US-Cuba Talks

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According to news reports, the U.S.-Cuba teams are talking but not agreeing on a lot of things. The Boston Globe reported this:
"Negotiations between seasoned Cuban diplomats and the highest-level US delegation to visit the island in 35 years failed to produce a single significant agreement — beyond the need for more talks.
As Roberta Jacobson, America’s top diplomat for Latin America, told reporters, ‘‘It’s very hard to say how exactly this will work.’’
The two days of talks were hyped, starting hours after President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that the new engagement effort had ‘‘the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere’’ and provided ‘‘new hope for the future in Cuba.’’
Yet by Friday it appeared negotiators had not advanced Obama’s basic objective: restoring diplomatic ties between the United States and President Raul Castro’s governments.
On Thursday, Jacobson called reestablishing diplomatic ties a ‘‘relatively straightforward process.’’ A day later, her Cuban counterpart suggested a key US demand of unrestricted travel for US diplomats was already being snarled over Washington’s support for dissidents the Cuban government sees as mercenaries trying to dissolve the communist system.
Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for the United States, said US support for dissidents is ‘‘action that isn’t acceptable for Cuba, and they know it.’’
Asked whether Cuba would allow US diplomats to go where they want, she said, ‘‘for Cuba, this consideration is associated with better behavior.’’
At its most fundamental level, the US-Cuba divide comes down to separate visions of where closer ties should lead.
Jacobson said the US goal is a ‘‘free and democratic” Cuba. Vidal outlined a different idea — that of two states with deep differences but no economic or diplomatic restrictions."
The whole thing got a lot more complicated when 3 GOP Senators confronted Attorney General Holder:
A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation.
“As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder.
The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and David Vitter of Louisiana. Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz are Cuban Americans.
The senators demanded information about the number of U.S. criminals currently harbored by the Castro regime and the indictments against the fugitives, as well as Mr. Holder’s legal opinion on the plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
They also demanded an explanation of Mr. Holder’s involvement in the decision to free three convicted Cuban spies, including one convicted of a murder conspiracy, from U.S. prison and transfer them to Cuba.
Mr. Holder’s office did not immediately respond to the letter or an inquiry from The Washington Times about it."
The Obama administration made a couple of amateur mistakes again when it jumped the gun with Cuba.    

First, the U.S. team leader said that their goal is a "free and democratic Cuba". Unfortunately, that's not going to happen as long as the U.S. is the one making concessions to the Castro dictatorship. In other words, the Castro regime smells a weak president and they will not concede on anything, specially if we lift the embargo without significant conditions.   

Second, it was worse than "amateurish" to announce the reestablishment of relations with a country harboring fugitives of U.S. law. Is the Obama administration going to grant amnesty to a woman accused of killing a police officer? or people who are U.S. tax cheats?  or whoever else is sitting in Cuba rather than a U.S. jail?

It hurts to see the U.S. represented like this. It is sad.  

The U.S. is the superpower at these meetings and we should start acting like it. The U.S. has all of the cards, specially negotiating with a "cash-starved" Raul Castro who can't get credit from any country and is about to lose his oil subsidy from Venezuela.
 
In the meantime, the talks are going nowhere. They will continue to go nowhere as long as the Castro side thinks that Obama just wants any deal regardless of whether it's good or bad for the U.S.

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The week in review with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda.




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