Sunday, April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY and all of the girls with their pretty hats

Hello Easter Sunday Parade


EASTER SUNDAY and all of the girls with their pretty hats......

Perry Como: Easter Parade


"In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it,

you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade! 
I'll be all in clover, and when they look you over
I'll be the proudest fella in the Easter Parade! 
On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us
and you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
and of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade! 
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet
and of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade! "


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Putting a small group of environmentalists over pipeline jobs?

(My new American Thinker)

Another Friday night announcement - the administration has decided to make everybody unhappy and delay the Keystone pipeline again. Fox News reports:
"The administration has faced pressure from both sides of the debate on the pipeline. Republicans largely are united in support of the project, but Democrats are sharply divided.Moderate Democrats, as well as labor unions, are pressing the State Department to give the thumbs-up, calling the project a jobs engine and a way to boost energy security.But environmental interests, and lawmakers allied with them, are strongly opposed -- citing its alleged impact on climate change and possible health risks.   One such environmentalist, California billionaire Tom Steyer, has been vowing to back vulnerable Democrats with big money if they oppose the pipeline.He called the latest announcement "good news on Good Friday for those who oppose Keystone as not being in our nation's best interest.""  
This is another awful decision by a rather incompetent administration.

First, we are insulting Canada, a country that fought with us in Afghanistan. Unlike other NATO allies, the Canadian fought and took casualties.

Second, we are delaying economic activity and job creation at a time when a lot of Americans cannot find work.

Third, the Obama administration has shown us once again that it's all about his contributors, whether we are talking "the evolution" on same sex marriage during the 2012 campaign or building the Keystone pipeline in 2014.

P. S. You can hear my chat with Dr Ileana Johnson, economist & author, about the Keystone Pipeline & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.


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Happy Easter Sunday


This is one biggest days in the Christian calendar, as told by Mark 1:5-7:

"5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him,just as he told you.' "'

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A couple from Ohio leave us a great legacy of love


This is one of those stories that touches your heart.  It is the story of Kenneth & Helen Felumlee:

"They held hands at breakfast, even after 70 years of marriage.

And when Helen Felumlee left this life at the age of 92, her beloved husband followed in her footsteps less than a day later.

“We knew that when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody told the Zanesville Times Recorder in Ohio. “We wanted them to go together, and they did.”

The couple, married as teenagers, were always inseparable, their children said."

They married in early 1944 and passed away a few days ago.

A very neat story.




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"A had not heard this song in a long time moment": "MAC ARTHUR PARK" by Richard Harris



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Someone in Maduro's government must be held responsible for the deaths

(My new American Thinker)

There are talks underway in Venezuela, as reported by The Washington Post:
"Venezuelan opposition leaders began a late-night meeting with President Nicolás Maduro and his cabinet Thursday in a possible first step toward ending two months of anti-government protests and street clashes that have left at least 41 dead.   The meeting was broadcast live on Venezuelan television and radio, at the insistence of the opposition, and was attended by mediators from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and the Vatican. The representative of the Holy See in Venezuela, Aldo Giordano, opened the meeting by reading a written statement from Pope Francis urging both sides to put aside differences and summon the courage to reach an agreement.  Maduro followed, speaking for more than half an hour, and insisted that the encounter was a “dialogue,” not a negotiation. “I’m willing to debate all of the country’s problems,” he said. “But we need to join together in condemning violence as a way to force political change.”  With 11 members of the opposition and 11 members from the government side scheduled to speak, it appeared likely that the meeting would stretch well past midnight. Both sides indicated that future meetings would be required to work out the biggest sticking points between the two sides, especially the fate of jailed protesters. Henrique Capriles, the opposition standard-bearer who narrowly lost to Maduro in last April’s president election, was the most prominent figure on the anti-­government side. While the encounter allowed opposition leaders an unusually open platform to speak directly to a national audience and the president himself, it was also notable for the absence of the opposition’s more hard-line anti-Maduro wing.  That’s the branch that has been in the streets battling national guardsmen and blocking traffic with flaming barricades, and it may be unwilling to heed any agreements that emerge from the talks with Maduro.  María Corina Machado, the congresswoman who has emerged as the most prominent opposition voice in recent weeks after the arrest of fellow anti-Maduro hard-liner Leopoldo ­López, boycotted the event, saying no meeting with the president should be occurring while protesters and opposition leaders remain in jail."
I'm OK with a dialogue but the opposition should demand several things:

1) Who will be held responsible for the deaths?  43 people are dead and that is unacceptable.  Who gave the order to shoot people peacefully protesting?

2) When will the government allow a free press and media?  It's a shame that the world has learned about the atrocities from the people on the streets using social media.  Venezuela must restore the vibrant media that it had years ago.

There are probably other issues but those are my two starting points. 

The Maduro administration has lots of blood in its hands and it's time to demand explanations.

P. S. You can hear my chat with Mr Cazorla in Venezuela here & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.


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RIP: A word about Cheo Feliciano


We just heard that Cheo Feliciano was killed in a traffic accident in Puerto Rico:

"During the 1970s he became a major star of salsa (the name was used by American marketers as a catchall for various Latin rhythms) when he recorded for the New York label Fania. His first solo album, “Cheo,” included songs that became his signatures: “Anacaona” and “Mi Triste Problema.”     

“He was an icon, beloved by the females,” Joe Conzo Sr., a music historian and a longtime friend of Mr. Feliciano, said in an interview on Thursday. “His boleros, they had the women swooning.”"

My introduction to Cheo was the legendary "Quitate tu" by The Fania All Stars.  It was recorded in 1971 and introduced millions to "salsa" or Latin music.

Feliciano went on to a great solo career.  His contributions rank him as one of the all time greats:





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1775: The American revolution begins


Here is a little history lesson from 1775:

"At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town's common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment's hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. 

Suddenly, the "shot heard around the world" was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. 

When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolutionhad begun."   

A year later, they met in Philadelphia and signed the Declaration of Independence.

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