Hispanics buy gasoline, too

We hear that the Biden inflation is hurting the middle class and may be driving Hispanics away.  This is from Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of Job Creators Network:   

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a bombshell article headlined “Consistent Signs of Erosion in Black and Hispanic Support for Biden.” The piece chronicles the ongoing political migration among minorities, especially Hispanics, from Democrats to Republicans. It highlights twelve “high-quality” 2024 election polls that show Biden holds a mere 50% to 40% lead among Hispanic voters. That’s down significantly from the 65% of Hispanics who voted for him in 2020. 

Well, it’s polls, and caution is always advised when jumping to conclusions over them.  However, there are some things going on that are problems for Democrats, and especially the Biden reelection.

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Lucy was funny in Spanish, too

Here’s a pleasant thought for your Sunday: the amazing and hilarious Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, N.Y. on this day in 1911. She died in 1989.

Back in the late 1950s and until Castro expropriated private television stations in the early 1960s, we used to get most U.S. TV shows, but dubbed in Spanish, from “Rin Tin Tin” to “Lassie” to “Perry Mason” and others.  In fact, my first exposure to American football was watching a Disney cartoon of Pluto running with the ball.  I should add that there was a lot of Cuban-produced TV — a shock to leftists who think the island was a “you know what”–hole longing for a Robin Hood to save us from Yankee imperialism.

Personally, I don’t remember watching Lucy and Desi on Cuban TV, but my parents did.  My memories of watching Lucy dubbed in Spanish was watching the show on business trips to Mexico or pre-Chávez Venezuela.  What I found even more interesting is that everybody knew about Lucy, from the receptionist to the manager to the guy on the assembly line.  Mentioning Lucy always brought a chuckle and a good feeling for all.  I once told a friend that Lucy was better known than Mickey Mouse, and it’s true.

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Maybe your abuelas loved Sara Montiel, too

We remember the great Sara Montiel! She was born in Spain on this day in 1928 and died in 2013.

As a kid, I recall my two grandmothers humming “La Violetera,” a song made very popular by Sara Montiel. One sang the song when she was in the kitchen, while the other would look at me and sing this song! It’s one of those “abuela moments” that we all remember. One died in 1970 and buried in Ciego de Avila, my mother’s hometown. My other abuela did leave Cuba and is buried in Texas.

Sara’s career included movies and recordings. And clearly one of the most consequential female stars of the Spanish-speaking world.

Let me dedicate this one to my late “Abuelas.”  I think that they will love my salute to Sarita Montiel.  

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Twitter and Brazil, too?

Did Twitter get involved in another election?  Maybe yes, according to Mr. Musk. Here’s the story:  

Twitter owner Elon Musk said on Saturday he thought it was “possible” that personnel at the social media firm gave preference to left-wing candidates during Brazil’s election this year, without providing evidence.

Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 27, just days before Brazil’s presidential second round runoff vote, when far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro was defeated by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.    

“I’ve seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election,” Musk wrote on Twitter when asked by a user about elections possibly “handled” by the company’s previous management.

“If those tweets are accurate, it’s possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates,” added the billionaire.

Bolsonaro earlier this year hosted Musk at a meeting in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, when he called the U.S. billionaire’s takeover of Twitter a “breath of hope” and dubbed him a “legend of liberty”.

We don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be shocked. First, the left hated Brazil’s sitting President Jair Bolsonaro.  He was often referred to as the Trump of Brazil, or “Tropical Trump.”  We do know that 

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Did all of California’s common sense move to Texas, too?

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We’ve noticed a lot of California license plates in Texas recently.

The reason is simple:  Californians are moving to Texas!

According to a story from 2016, it has the makings of a trend as a my old Korean statistics professor used to say with that thick accent:

The number of Californians leaving the state and moving to Texas is at its highest level in nearly a decade, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service.

According to IRS migration data, which uses individual income tax returns to record year-to-year address changes, over 250,000 California residents moved out of the state between 2013 and 2014, the latest period for which data was available.

We are glad. Who wouldn’t welcome people who want to work and live in your state?

We may see more, specially after reading a story like this:

A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.

The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code.

The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May.

Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?”

Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July.

“This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

Titled the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex.

The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Weiner, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.

So in the name of “gender something” we’re going to slap someone with a $1,000 fine?

I have to believe that there are Democrats in California who see the insanity of this. I understand that it only applies to Long Term Care facilities but what happens next?

Common sense is usually the first thing to go when you get afflicted by “Identity Politics.”

Maybe I’m right. Maybe common sense indeed moved to Texas and left the state in the hands of people who are out of touch with reality, to say the least.

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