Silvio Canto, Jr. Monday, July 25, 2016 10:08 AM "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
In the summer of 1976, Peter Frampton was on top of the musical world. His double LP "Frampton comes alive" was # 1 on Billboard USA. It sold 6 million copies in the US and a lot more elsewhere.Rolling Stone Magazine ranks this LP # 41 in the top 50 "live" albums. Frankly, I'm surprised that it ranks that low considering the album's influence on radio.It featured 3 Top 10 hits: "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do". The last one was 14 minutes long on the LP versionGreat LP and one of those that you should get on CD. Tags: Peter Frampton 1976 To share or post to your site, click on[...]
(My new American Thinker post)The Democrats got an unfriendly welcome the day before their convention. It looks like Wikileaks did it again:The DNC, which is chaired by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has acknowledged that their systems were infiltrated. The party has not commented on specific information released through the hack.According to Wikileaks, which is operated by Julian Assange, the release is part one of a new series it is calling Hillary Leaks.The emails come from the accounts of seven DNC officials: communications director Luis Miranda, national finance director Jordon Kaplan, finance chief of staff Scott Comer, finance director of data and strategic initiatives Daniel[...]
...the bar of high standards. What do these three have in common? Together, I believe they illustrate the difference between plagiarism and allusion. With Melania, the Jayson Blair of presidential candidate's wives, it was clearly plagiarism. Not that it was that big of a deal. No one expected the equivalent of the Gettysburg Address from her. Many people think the unforced error of the kerfluffle which came when the plagiarism came out, with the initial denials from the Trump camp, were largely due to Trump being too cheap to hire a decent speechwriter for her, and the attempt at cover up was just pure Trump.But I read something by Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, and former opera singer:I remember, in the wake of the[...]
K T Cat 7/25/2016 6:52:56 AM ... and I don't mean by giving them weapons.Turkey is now an Islamic dictatorship.Aside: Is that on the right side of history, as the progressives would say? I can't tell. We supported Erdogan during the coup because he was democratically elected, but it looks like those were the last real elections that will be held in Turkey for a long, long time. Was he on the right side of history during the coup and now he's on the wrong side? Inquiring minds want to know.Back to the post: Turkey has a huge number of Islamic refugees and can pick up more any time it wants. It is strategically situated on the traditional invasion route for such people with plenty of avenues into Europe. With practically limitless light infantry at its[...]
K T Cat 7/24/2016 4:13:22 PM ... continues apace. Today, I bought a tray of 6 eggplant of 3 different varieties. I bought them at Home Depot along with a few other things. I walked over to where my wife had parked the car while she shopped at a nearby store. We packed everything in the car and drove off.Everything but the eggplant.By now, it's lying dead on the sidewalk outside of Marshall's. The total number of eggplant that I have killed is up to 10 for the year.
W.C. Varones 7/14/2016 5:53:48 AM Boris Johnson was just named the UK Foreign Secretary. This is going to be awesome. He's like a Nigel Farage understudy.FT:Boris Johnson on . . .Hillary ClintonShes got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital . . . she represents, on the face of it, everything I came into politics to oppose: not just a general desire to raise taxes and nationalise things, but an all-round purse-lipped political correctness.Donald TrumpThe only reason I wouldnt go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.Barack ObamaSome said [his decision to move a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office] was a symbol of the part-Kenyan presidents[...]
Donald Trump will give this speech or an edited version of it. He will win in a landslide, because he genuinely loves this country and is running against an obvious crook whose only goals are money and power for herself. My fellow Americans, On social media and in the press, there have been terrible accusations that I am somehow racist. Really. I know, hard to believe, right? They're accusing me of that. Nothing could be further from the truth. My whole life, I have welcomed people of all races and religions into my businesses, into my campaign, and into my home and family. Bigotry has no place in America and has never had a place in my life. When I say that I want to make America great again,[...]
Hope you are celebrating the birth of the greatest nation today. I like to remember that the nation was not founded in revolution against the concepts and rights afforded British peoples, but to attain the rights the founders were due because they were Englishmen. Even though the language of the Declaration is universalist, its concepts trace a direct lineage to the Magna Carta. When we look at the specific abuses King George is accused of committing, we see that he thwarted the proper functioning of Republican form of government.He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance,[...]
As a veteran of Special Forces (and a keen observer of military affairs) I decided with my unique perspective to wade throughthe 800-plus pages of the Select Committee Report on the Benghazi debacle, which as we all knowcost 5 Americans their lives. It is, as you can imagine, a rather dauntingtask; and far too much material to cover in a single post. So, instead, I will comment on those glaring errors in judgement, actions, and questions remaining as strike me (from a military standpoint) while reading the Report;herein bite-sized parts. Ambassador's residence atthe Diplomatic Mission compund, Benghazi It should bekeep in mind that the initial attack on September 11, 2012 upon the Ambassador's residence at the[...]
When the hijackers crashed those planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on 9/11; President Bush worked to unite the country against the perpetrators. To their credit, the Democratic opposition rallied (for a brief time) behind him.By contrast, after an Islamic terrorist carried out the worst mass shooting in American history President Obama, the Democratic Party, and the American political left have chosen to divide the nation; focusing their fury (and the nation's) not on the enemy trying to kill us. But, instead, on their Republican opposition in Congress, the Republican nominee for President, and the NRA.On any other day, at any other time, all of the above would be fair targets for Democratic fire. But in the wake[...]
BONUS: CALIFORNIA TEA PARTY VOTING RECOMMENDATIONSDear Readers: I am thrilled that California Tea Party Group‘s Dawn Wildman will be able to join Silvio and me for a Canto Talk show reviewing the June 7th California Primary results. Please click HERE for the show (live on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for podcast afterward).During the Primary Beer Caucus the SLOBs (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) held this weekend, we decided that if we were going to offer a California Tea Party Voter's Guide - 2016 Primary edition, that we really needed was 2:CONSERVATIVE: For Californians who continue to remain optimistic that our fellow citizens will someday vote in support of smaller government and fiscal[...]
Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests from the Language Creation Society, who helped establish and develop the fictional tongues that many fantasy and sci-fi fans promote, on Canto Talk this Thursday, May 12, at 10 am Pacific Time (12 Noon Central Time/1 pm Eastern Time). Click HERE to listen live, or after for the archived podcast.Our two guests will be:Sai, a current member of the Board of Directors and founder of the Language Creation Society.Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets, President of the Language Creation SocietyIf you are a fan of Game of Thrones or Star Trek, you have benefited from the society members' creativity and love of the language arts. The LCS has been instrumental in developing Dothraki for[...]
While watching Ted Cruz doing a presser in Arizona at the border of the United States and Mexico, I just shook my head. That is my current reaction to anyone or anything mentioning the border. When two former Mexican presidents thought they would share their foul mouthed expression over Mexico paying for a wall I laughed. Dolia Estevez wrote about the most corrupt people in Mexico and you bet politicians were named, so much for being the beacon of light and truth that they believe they are when speaking of public policies.I think I have finally come up with the best idea for the border wall. Well I dont want to steal credit for the idea, my mother in law Lillian actually thought of this, and its a brilliant. What makes it[...]
A Kinder and Nicer NFL?Are any of you buying the new crisis management public relations campaign by the NFL, Together We Make Football? The NFL has been pushing commercials that make them look like AT&T or Hallmark. Problem is, I dont think many are falling for the new kinder and gentler NFL. The whole reason they have to clean up their act is that there have been so many bad actors in NFL with behavior stretching from bad to criminal that they had no choice but to look like they cared. And rather than really take a look at the behavior and get rid of bad players, they have them do the classic mea culpa like Ray Rice after he beat his fiance unconscious, they go away for a little while either by due process or the NFL[...]
Doo Doo Econ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:08 PM 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.
Once again Americans are facing questions about the definition of a Natural Born Citizen (NBC).This is the simple and indisputable definition: Two citizens who have a child, naturally create a new citizen. This is a Natural Born Citizen.There is absolutely no expert either legal or historical who will argue to the contrary. They may argue to include additional citizens, but this is the core of the definition.Two people who have a child in a location, have a citizen who is native to that land. This is a Native Born Citizen. Thus, terms like "Native American" which imply a location and not an allegiance to a country.A person can be both Natural Born and Native Born, or in the United States we also have Naturalized[...]
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. [...]
Dean 11/11/2015 9:22:09 AM Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece:You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes.If you desire, you can read it[...]
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[...]
Donald Trump, the newly-minted 70-year-old Republican presidential nominee whose controversial relationship with God has often been the stuff of headlines, recommitted his life to the Lord about 10 years ago, according to Gainesville, Georgia Pastor ...
Donald Trump claimed that Indian reservations had fallen under mob control. He secretly paid for more than $1 million in ads that portrayed members of a tribe in Upstate New York as cocaine traffickers and career criminals. And he suggested in testimony ...