Silvio Canto, Jr. Friday, October 09, 2015 2:00 PM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
We remember that John Lennon was born in Liverpool in 1940. By the 1960s, Lennon was a world wide figure, a premiere songwriter and member of The Beatles. He was killed in 1980 in New York City. The Chronicle recalls John and the Beatles in 1963:If you ever wondered what Baron Frankenstein must have felt like when he realised what a monster he had created, put yourself in the shoes of a small group of journalists (myself among them) who first recognised and publicised a quaintly named recording group now universally acclaimed as The Beatles.Until Saturday night my acquaintance with the Liverpool lads had been that ideal combination of pleasure and power which control of a volume[...]
(My new American Thinker post) Last year, Hillary Clinton published a book about leadership. It was called Hard Choices. This is one of the reviews: To its credit, Clintons memoir is serious, sober and substantive. No fair-minded reader could finish this book and doubt Clintons essential command of the issues, whatever one might think of her solutions for them. She roams widely and delves into war and peace, terrorism and Russia, economic development and womens rights. She knows the players and the history. (Peter Baker, New York Times Book Review) Of course, every candidate for president wants to talk about hard[...]
K T Cat 10/9/2015 6:00:06 AM ... at least partly. I think.Syrian President Bashar Assad doesn't have to kill all of his opposition to win his civil war. If they decide to run away, that's just fine with him. Once German Chancellor Merkel invited everyone over for a prolonged pool party at her place, she created an opportunity for people in lousy situations, particularly Syrians, to get out and go somewhere better.With that safety valve open for his enemies, it changed Assad's calculus and, by extension, Putin's. In addition to all of the other benefits of Russian intervention - primarily displaying America's weakness - it meant that all the Syria / Russia / Iran axis needs to do now is make life sufficiently unbearable for Assad's opposition and they'll[...]
This week, I stayed at a hotel in Long Beach while going to Adobe MAX at the LA Convention Center. Gina Patrina, the GPS system on my phone* told me to drive mostly surface streets to go from Long Beach to downtown in the morning in order to avoid traffic. I lived in LA for a while, but I'd never been in the industrial heart of it. Illuminating.Obligatory snarky commentary about Los Angeles from a San Diegan aside, there were some interesting businesses. However, as I was driving alone, I was only able to get a photo of this one, Lunday-Thagard, a refinery. I liked the shot even though I can't tell you why.I left it large so it might be worth a click. Enjoy* - Oh come on, admit it. You named your GPS system, too, didn't you?
To be fair, the mostly white MSNBC is better than they used to be. (The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being MSNBC) The immediate inspiration for this, though, was, the equally hypocritical gasbag from Flint, who likened a lack of diversity in movies to...apartheid.
The Donald has shown that the public is hungry for a candidate who takes their issues seriously and won't bend to pressure from left-wing media like Fox News. The illegal immigration debate isn't complicated, it is just made so by those who benefit from it whether leftist politicians or business interests that hire the illegals.I used to have a complicated immigration plan. Nobody cared. Here is a simple one that takes me less time to ascertain that no one cares:1. Build a fence.2. Deport illegals who break the law.3. Repeat offenders get hard time.On to the Q and A. In order to help Republican candidates avoid looking like these low-T wussies, I am putting together a handy crib sheet. [...]
Today marks the 76th anniversary of the release of the Wizard of Oz. Mark Steyn marked the occasion of the 75th anniversary as only he is capable, detailing the genesis of the film's hit number, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, embedded below. As a kid, I always loved the Wizard Of Oz, and felt, growing up, I did not live in Kansas, or as Steyn put it: . . . in drab, dusty, cheerless, broken-down black-&-white Kansas. I lived in Oz. The pace of technical innovation in this country was charging ahead starting in the 1960s and Tomorrowland was my favorite themed area of Disneyland. But lately I have been more pessimistic, thinking that the underlying cultural conditions that allowed such technical[...]
As an occupational safety and environmental health professional, I have been following the news of the shooting deaths of Virginia reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward by Vester Lee Flanagan closely.Is there anyway that this tragedy could have been prevented, and are there lessons to be learned for other employers who can then better protect their staffs from senseless violence? As Flanagan was a former employee of Parker and Ward's station, it seems appropriate to consider the possibility.By definition, workplace violence includes:Threatening behaviour - such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.Verbal or written threats - any expression of an intent to inflict harm.Harassment - any[...]
Dear Readers: Silvio Canto, Jr. and I wanted to invite everyone to join us for the 3rd annual Valentine's Day Show on Canto Talk (click HERE 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for the live show or later for the archived podcast).The featured topic will be famous Television and Movie couples. After all the chaos and tragedy, I thought we needed a break from heavy history. We are also inviting listeners to call in with their favorites: 646-478-4933.My #1 Favorite TV Couple: Morticia and Gomez from The Addams Family.The Addams Family started out as a cartoon:The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams Family characters include Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch,[...]
Doo Doo Econ Wednesday, August 05, 2015 5:00 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Do you remember the headlines when Obama apparently declared America a Muslim country on French television? Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers. [...]
It has been a while since writing an entry in this blog. A quick explanation is in order.I have been investigating and accumulating evidence related to the Obama administrations financing, arming and training of Islamic extremists in the middle east. This investigation uncovered the entire Obama Middle East Strategy.Several interviews were with a source who was in the room during many of the highest level meetings during the end of the Bush administration through the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq under the Obama administration. These conversations revealed the Obama administration's middle east strategy, or at least the facade used when talking to American military commanders. The strategy is outright[...]
Every once in a while a piece of legislation is introduced here in California that just completely makes me flip my lid. Now it has happened again. The piece of legislation that is creating more Nanny State and less Manifest Destiny is SB 8 offered by Bob Hertzberg of CA Senate District 18. This bill would tax services offered by small businesses. So just think, the myriad of Vaping and Hooka stores that have cropped in my neighborhood would now have to tax your experience. The small nail shop owner, the hairdresser you have been going to since you were in college, all of these services could potentially be taxed.The worst part of the bill is that Hertzberg actually believes this would enhance the states business[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
*Youre loving this 4-team college football playoff format, arent you? Youve been loving the weekly unveiling of the top 4 teams every Tuesday night that was must-see T.V. for East Coasters and must-listen radio/must-interwebbing for us work-a-daddies on the West Coast, yeah? And you totally ate-up those semi-final games on New Years Day, didnt you? But youre a greedy one, right? We know what youre thinking, you dirty bird: Now, that youve wet your beak on this particular playoff format, youre of the mind that if 4 teams are good, 8 is better. Did we feel you on that?Well, pump the breaks, there, champ.There are certain logistical details within an 8-team format that need to be overcome, the chief[...]
Obama is now using his phone and his pen to release over 5,500 U.S. federal prisoners next month who were indicted and presently doing time on drug and related charges. Ultimately this President's action will not only drastically reduce many prisoner's ...
In the meantime, President Barack Hussein Obama continues to weaken the United States military by destroying morale, getting rid of important weapons system and booting out the most worthy Generals and other pro American military leaders. To make matters ...