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Dear Friends:  The always entertaining and informative Silvio Canto Jr., and I will be looking back at President Trump’s first 100 days in office this week.  Please tune in 10 AM PST/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm EST this Wednesday, April 26th for another great Canto Talk show (or download the archived podcast after).

Our guest will be the most glamorous of President Trump’s supporters: Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza, who is a founding member of The Trumpettes! Readers will recall she was featured during our previous show that focused on President Trump’s Inauguration!

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To say the President Trump has been busy these past 100 days would be an understatement of galactic proportions. It will be hard to list all the Obama-repealing, economy-enhancing, America-embracing improvements that our Commander-in-Chief has accomplished in this short span of time.

When I asked Terry what her favorite moment during these 100 days has been, my fellow Eguptophile mentioned President Trump’s negotiations with Egypt’s President Sisi to release an Egyptian-American languishing in jail during Obama’s tenure.

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The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3…that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.

What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion.

Silvo said the appointment of Judge Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was his pick for best presidential act during the first 100! However, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had a key, supporting role by detonating the nuclear option that allowed the confirmation to conclude successfully!

I have many favorite moments, so I will list three themes that I have especially enjoyed during this first phase of Trump’s presidency.

1) President Trump’s epic trolling of the press.

For example, he tweets that he has been “wiretapped” by the Obama Administration. The American press gets hysterical and accuses Trump of being a delusional, paranoid liar that has been a toll of Russia. Several weeks later, after a series of revelations about Trump campaign personnel being targeted by FISA warrants, there is now radio silence of the Trump’s supposed Russia ties.

The most delicious example of trolling this week: President Trump scheduling a massive rally in Pennsylvania while the elite media enjoy their White House Correspondents dinner without a single member of the current administration in attendance.

2) Trump’s targeting of Obama’s legacy projects with the precision of a drone and the power of a MOAB.

While I appreciate that Obamacare and taxes, to be done properly, will not be done with 100 days, it is apparent to be that part of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” plan is to rescind Obama’s legacy whenever and wherever he can.

The most recent example of Trump’s use of “pen and phone” on behalf of Americans is an executive order that undid Obama-era rules related to mining restrictions and land management.

One order Trump will sign this week will expand oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters off the nation’s coast, calling for a “review of the locations available for offshore oil and gas exploration and of certain regulations governing offshore oil and gas exploration.”

Another will order the Interior Department to review national monument designations as part of a broader effort to decrease the amount of land that has been designated as federal land. Once an area is deemed a national monument, it cannot be used for drilling and mining.

3) Trump has replaced Smart Power with Smart Deals (with a side of Kick Ass).

I predict that Obama’s foreign policy will become legendary…for its ineptness. President Trump probably has experience the most success in this area, because there was so much room for improvement.

Syria has been been put on notice, in terms of the likely consequences of continued use of chemical weapons. China is now buying American coal instead of North Korean. Information in now leaking infamous Iran deal, which was founded on lies and bribes.

Please tune in…it’s gonna be YUGE!

Dear Friends: It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk this Tuesday, March 21st at 11 pm Pacific/1 pm Central/2 pm EST to cover “Springtime in California”. Click here for the show, or after for an archived podcast.

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This year, as the special snowflakes are melting, we will review the status of Citizen Activism in this state with Dawn Wildman Director- Coalition for Policy Reform
http://www.cprca.org and  Founder-CA Tea Party Groups Coalition.

California has had a blizzard of special snowflake activity recently:

Dawn’s groups will be awfully busy responding to all the insanity! However, it will make for another interesting show.

Dear Friends: It is my pleasure to be a guest on Silvio Canto’s wonderful Blogtalkradio.com program, Canto Talk, this Valentine’s Day. I will be joined by military history expert Barry Jacobsen to review romance-based myths. So, Click HERE on Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 11 am Pacific Time/ 1 pm Central/ 2 pm Eastern or after for the archived show.

Barry will start the program by reviewing some traditional myths surrounding romance. Then, we will review how they have evolved to take darker characters and transform them into romantic heroes, in a trend I will call “twilighting”.

For example, the vampire began its history in literature as a character more suited for Halloween than Valentine’s Day.

But, in the new Millennium, vampires have been transformed into diamond-skin, chivalrous, heart-throbs.

But that isn’t the only transformation that has been occurring either. For example, the myth of Hades and Persephone has been a staple in literature and history courses.

One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone (Goddess of Spring) and instantly fell in love with her.

Ades (Hades) confided his secret in his brother Zeus, asking for help, so the two of them concocted a plan to trap her. As the girl (Persephone) played with her companions, they caused the ground to split underneath her.

Persephone slipped beneath the Earth and Hades stole her to the Underworld where he made her his wife.

The myth says that Persephone was very unhappy, but after much time, she came to love the cold-blooded Hades and lived happily with him.

However, in the world of fan-fiction, the relationship between Hades and Persephone has been rewritten to be a veritable love-match. Forbidden Fruit: Persephone’s Story by Lady Fael is a good example.

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Then, there are the books that follow in the footsteps of these fan-based works:

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Olympian Confessions: Hades and Persephone by Erin Kinsella depicts Hades as the only Greek God who cares about humanity (despite the lack of worship).  Persephone falls in love with the dark hero, because he is the only one who allows her to have the freedom she craves and the trust she needs.  This version of the myth turns Demeter into a real mommie-dearest figure.

for-the-love-of-hadesIn For the Love of Hades by Sasha Sommers, Hades has to do battle in order to save Persephone (who falls in love with him immediately).  After breaking off an engagement with a king and negotiating with the Fates, she is allowed to join Hades for 6 months each year.

To go with these books, there is also a wealth of fan-art.

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At a time when “50 Shades Darker” is the Valentine’s movie offered by Hollywood, taking a look at the “Twilighting” of myths seems like a fun choice for this year’s show.

I hear it tastes like champagne.

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Dear Friends: As we begin the week that will lead to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, Silvio and I have arranged to interview a wonderful woman who can give us some insights about the man.  So, please join me this Wednesday, Jan. 18th at 10 am PST/noon Central/1:00 pm Eastern Standard time on Canto Talk (click HERE for the live show or for the podcast after).

As with all shows, Egypt will be mentioned. In this case, I will have to lead off the show with Egypt, because that is how I met Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza.  We both share a love of the movie Cleopatra, the 1963 version with Elizabeth Taylor, and are on a Facebook group celebrating the film.

However, she took her passion to the galactic level by designing her entire home in an ancient Egyptian theme…including a private theater that replicates the final scene in the iconic film.

The scene:

The room:

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There is cool. Then, there is having Cleopatra’s tomb as your home theater cool.

After I became Facebook friends with Terry, we discovered we had politics in common.  In this case, our support of Donald J. Trump for President.

Unlike your humble blogger, Terry actually knows Donald Trump. Here is a photo of the two at Mar-a-lago during the New Year’s celebration.

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As I had no dog in the primary race, I formally began my support when he became the GOP nominee. However, she was an early supporter of Trump during his successful primary and general election campaigns.  She was a founding member of the Trumpettes. Hollywood reporter turned bicoastal socialite Toni Holt Kramer explains:

You might wonder how this began. It was September 19th, 2015 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Suzi Goldsmith, myself, Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza and Janet Levy were attending an annual Animal Humane Association event with our dear friend Lois Pope, whose Board we all sit on, called LIFE.

The four of us decided we needed to do something to make sure Donald J. Trump becomes President, so at 7.00 p.m. that evening, The Trumpettes were born.

A little over five months later we have women from California to Florida and across this great country doing what the Trumpettes set out to do, making people, particularly women, aware of what a great President and savior of our country, Donald J. Trump will be.

The ladies were most recently featured in Vanity Fair, in a piece reviewing Trump’s motivation behind purchasing Mar-a-lago and how he developed it.

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“Well, my God, the man is a born winner!” Toni Holt Kramer told me in her grand Palm Beach home. A former Hollywood reporter and the wife of retired car dealer Robert David “Bobby” Kramer, she is the bubbly blonde founder of the Trumpettes, Donald Trump’s most die-hard fans. During the campaign the Trumpettes shouted their allegiance to their hero from sound trucks, and later in the halls of Mar-a-Lago, where they celebrated his victory. “Donald Trump will do whatever it takes to win!” Kramer enthusiastically told me. “People who succeed can’t always be delicate debutantes!”

We will have a lot of fun as we get ready for Friday’s festivities. Please join us!!!

Dear Friends:  It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk today as we look at the post-election news and events that unfolded this day in history in 1963.  As an extra bonus, we will be joined by Captain Capitalism himself…Aaron Clary (who will be discussing his new book).

Please join us at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or with an archived podcast by clicking here

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Silvio and I are big fans of history, so we will spend some time recalling the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:

Crowds of excited people lined the streets and waved to the Kennedys. The car turned off Main Street at Dealey Plaza around 12:30 p.m. As it was passing the Texas School Book Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the plaza.

Bullets struck the president’s neck and head and he slumped over toward Mrs. Kennedy. The governor was also hit in the chest.
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The car sped off to Parkland Memorial Hospital just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President. A Catholic priest was summoned to administer the last rites, and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. Though seriously wounded, Governor Connally would recover.

The president’s body was brought to Love Field and placed on Air Force One. Before the plane took off, a grim-faced Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the tight, crowded compartment and took the oath of office, administered by US District Court Judge Sarah Hughes. The brief ceremony took place at 2:38 p.m.

Less than an hour earlier, police had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository.

Additionally, we will be talking about the history our President-Elect Donald Trump is making. Canto Talk listeners will recall my predictions that Trump had a great chance of winning, because the media was gas-lighting its American audience.

When my super-talented colleague Mary Chastain wrote about the new tone of state Republican party ads, she posted that Hillary Clinton was the most probable winner.

She would be right if the reports we were getting weren’t being offered through a haze of “Gaslight,” a point that conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce has been making often in recent days is that the elite media is manipulating the reports to distort reality to create a very specific outcome (e.g., 3 media organizations have given their employees orders to destroy Trump).

…SUNY Professor Helmut Norpoth, who has accurately predicted election outcomes for the last 5 election based on behavior models, says that Trump has a 87-99% chance of winning. He asserts the polls are bunk.

Based on the available data, I am inclined to agree. The polls are nothing more that the fuel for the gaslight fires.

 
Additionally, we will discussing Trump’s transition process and appointees! We invite you to join us for another historic show.

Dear Reader:  It will be my privilege to be the guest on Canto Talk for our annual Halloween show.  Please join Silvo Canto Jr., and me for an afternoon of scary news and fun traditions on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 12 noon PST/2 pm CT/3 pm EST (click HERE for the show for a podcast afterward).

This year’s special show will feature the website I have been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters…like I did with Venus and Jupiter!

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Black cats spend a longer time in shelters waiting to be adopted.

This is a problem because cats in shelters are stressed, and they are more likely to get sick.

A very common disease for shelter cats is an upper respiratory infection.

Cats who become sick at a shelter are at risk of being euthanized.

The fact that black cats take longer to be adopted puts them at greater risk of dying in the shelter.

Some people think that black cats are unlucky or evil, but this is just a superstition.

In some places like England, Ireland, Scotland and Japan, black cats are considered good luck!

So how did black gets get to be such an iconic symbol of Halloween?

It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire.

After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambience to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters.

And, as always, we will feature the scary news of the day! So tune in for another ghoulishly great show with the diabolically dashing Silvio Canto, Jr.!