Friday, February 27, 2015

'President Rodriguez' on the way to the White House?

For the record, I did not watch the Telemundo interview with President Obama.  Nevertheless, I did read that President Obama said this:
America’s changing population should and will change American politics, President Barack Obama told a Spanish-speaking audience Wednesday.
“At some point there’s going to be a President Rodriguez, or there’s going to be a President Chin. The country is a nation of immigrants, and ultimately, it will reflect who we are, and its politics will reflect who we are,” Obama said during the MSNBC/Telemundo interview, held at Florida International University, in Miami.
Frankly, a President Rubio or President Cruz would be welcomed in my home, but a "President Rodriguez" would be historic indeed.

My hope is that a future "President Rodriguez" would show more respect for the U.S. Constitution than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Let's start with the immigration order (or memo?) that just recently ran into a constitutional challenge from a federal judge in Texas.  Yes, I mean the same "order" or "memo" that President Obama spent five years saying that he did not have the authority to issue.   

Talk about magic.  It was impossible before the election, and then suddenly it was possible after the election.  

We have a word in Spanish for that.  It's not magic (or "magia").  It is "mala fe," or "bad faith."

Second, we just learned today that President Obama will write another "order" (or maybe it will be a memo again) to impose what Senate Democrat majorities could never vote "yes" on:
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
I have never seen this kind of executive overreach before.  This is truly dangerous.  

We are watching a president who wants to do by decree what the Congress will not pass.  That's not the U.S.  That's Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, etc.


Yes, let's hope that a "President Rodriguez" walks into The Oval Office someday soon.  Let's further hope that he does two things that President Obama has not:

1) Sits down and looks to work with the opposition.  It's amazing what can happen when the president is not afraid of working with the other party.

2) Respects the document that he took an oath to defend.

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The latest from Venezuela with Comandante Cazorla




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why should Raúl Castro stop arresting dissidents?

As Rep. Pelosi enjoys a cup of coffee in Cuba, the Castro government arrested 200 dissidents recalling the death of Mr. Zapata, who died 5 years ago.

Mr. Zapata, an Afro-Cuban, was a major dissident who died in a hunger strike in 2010, as recalled by the U.S. State Department:
On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo died following an eleven-week hunger strike. We are deeply saddened to learn of his death, and the U.S. Government extends its heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and supporters. 
Zapata was arrested in 2003 on charges of “contempt for authority.” While in Havana last week, the U.S. delegation for Migration Talks raised Zapata’s incarceration and poor health with Cuban officials and urged them to provide all necessary medical care. 
Mr. Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death highlights the injustice of Cuba's holding more than 200 political prisoners who should now be released without delay[.]

One of the dissidents arrested this week was Berta Soler of "The Ladies in White," a group of women who march every week demanding the release of their husbands, brothers, and sons.


The Obama administration has expressed concern, but it's going to take a lot more than that to stop the Castro regime.  

Unfortunately, the Obama administration broke with previous U.S. presidents who connected the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with changes in the human right record on the island.  Furthermore, the Obama administration punted on every issue and appears in a hurry to do a deal with Cuba and Iran.

We are living in strange times.  Secretary Clinton measures her success by the number of miles that she flew.  President Obama measures his success by the number of deals that he agrees to.  We are indeed living in strange times!   

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Venezuela, Argentina PLUS other US-Latin America stories



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

19 years ago: The Cuban government shot down US citizens over The Florida Straits

(MY NEW AMERICAN THINKER POST)

My opposition to the US-Cuba talks, or better referred to as the Obama-Castro talks, is based on many reasons, from the Cuban government harboring fugitives of US law to confiscating million of dollars from US citizens.   

One big factor is the criminal behavior of the regime, such as working with North Korea to violate a UN resolution. We remind you that a North Korea ship was stopped in the Panama Canal ".... with Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar."

Wonder why the Castro regime is on the State Department terrorist list? It earned it!

Furthermore, it does not get any more criminal than the killing of civilians on a humanitarian mission.

Our friends at Capitol Hill Cubans reminded us of what happened on February 24, 19 years ago:
"Nineteen-years later -- justice awaits.
Now, more than ever, as President Obama (in a deal with dictator Raul Castro) recently commuted the life sentence of a Cuban spy, Gerardo Hernandez, who had been convicted for murder conspiracy in this act of terrorism.
Hernandez received a hero's welcome by Castro's regime, while the families of the American victims were denied justice.
Meanwhile, senior Cuban military officials remain indicted in U.S. federal courts and the Castros continue to boast about their ultimate responsibility.
From the final judgment by Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence King in the civil lawsuit against the Castro regime and the Cuban Air Force (FAR):
" The government of Cuba, on February 24th 1996, in outrageous contempt for international law and basic human rights, murdered four human beings in international airspace over the Florida Straits. The victims were Brothers to the Rescue pilots, flying two civilian unarmed planes on a routine humanitarian mission, searching for rafters in the waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys.
As the civilian planes flew over international waters, a Russian built MiG 29 of the Cuban Air Force, without warning, reason, or provocation blasted the defenseless planes out of the sky with sophisticated air-to-air missiles in two separate attacks. The pilots and their aircraft disintegrated in the mid-air explosions following the impact of the missiles. The destruction was so complete that the four bodies were never recovered.""
What was "the crime"? They were flying over international waters looking for rafters and advising the US Coast Guard. It was a humanitarian act that posed no threat to the Cuban regime.

The four victims were: Armando Alejandre Jr. (45 years old), Carlos Alberto Costa (29), Mario Manuel de la Peña (24), and Pablo Morales (29). Three of these men were US citizens and the the 4th was a legal resident.

The US-Cuba talks are supposed to continue later this week. I hope that the Obama team demands accountability for this act. At the very least, they should call on the Castro regime to admit that they shot down civilians over international waters.

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George Harrison, born on this day in 1943




I'D HAVE YOU ANYTIME
"Let me in here,Let me into your heartLet me know you, let me show you  Let me roll it to you
All you see is mine
And I'm glad to hold you in my arms
I'd have you anytime
Let me say it, let me play it
Let me lay it on you
Let me know you, let me show you
Let me grow upon you
All I have is yours
All you see is mine
And I'm glad to hold you in my arms
I'd have you anytime
Let me in here, I know I've been here
Let me into your heart..."



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Alain Castillo remembers a very sad day




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The latest on the US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My new Babalu Blog post: Remembering Luis Aguile 1936-2009



(My new Babalu Blog post)


We remember that Luis Aguile was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on this day in 1936.   He died in 2009.
Back in the 1960s, our family spent many cold winter nights in Wisconsin listening to "Cuando sali de Cuba".  It always put a tear in my parents' eyes.
Thanks to the late Luis Aguile for that wonderful song!


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Why are so many WI workers not paying union dues?

The good news is that Gov. Scott Walker is a formidable presidential candidate.  The bad news is that formidable candidates always draw a lot of media attention, unless your name is Obama, and then you get a pass on issues.

A new Washington Post front-page article discusses the impact that Gov. Walker's policies have had on unions:
Walker had vowed that union power would shrink, workers would be judged on their merits, and local governments would save money. Unions had warned that workers would lose benefits and be forced to take on second jobs or find new careers.
Many of those changes came to pass, but the once-thriving ­public-sector unions were not just shrunken — they were crippled.
Unions representing teachers, professors, trash collectors and other government employees are struggling to stem plummeting membership rolls and retain relevance in the state where they got their start.
Here in King, Magnant and her fellow AFSCME members, workers at a local veterans home, have been knocking on doors on weekends to persuade former members to rejoin. 
Community college professors in Moraine Park, home to a technical college, are reducing dues from $59 to $36 each month. 
And those in Milwaukee are planing a campaign using videos and posters to highlight union principles. 
The theme: ­“Remember.”
Remember what?  Remember the days when members had to join the unions?
Gov. Walker's policies did not force members to leave the union.  All of those former union members left when they had the choice to leave. 

According to a former union member quoted in the article: "The money I’d spend on dues is way more valuable to buy groceries for my family."
Another former union member said that unions are  "just not something I concern myself with."

The moral of the story is that unions survive as long as they require members to pay dues.  Once the members are given a choice, they choose to leave.


Let's not overlook another point about these public-sector unions.  I know a teacher up in Wisconsin who was outraged because her dues were going to only one political party.  In other words, dues to public-sector unions, were nothing but contributions to the Democratic Party. 

And more will leave across the country when they have a choice.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Maduro “le tiene que echar la culpa a alguien” for the mess in Venezuela

(My new Babalu Blog post)


We have seen this movie before:
Second, the government arrests someone to distract the population.
In Cuba, it was the attacks on "El Diario de La Marina", the expropriation of US properties or putting thousands of Cubans in political prisons.  Our parents and grandparents remember that well!
"Venezuela’s turbulent politics appear headed for a new phase of confrontation a day after intelligence agents stormed the offices of the Caracas mayor, Antonio ­Ledezma, seizing the opposition leader for his alleged role in what President Nicolás Maduro called an “endless coup.”  
Ledezma will be indicted on charges of “conspiracy,” according to a statement released by Venezuelan state prosecutors Friday night after the 59-year-old mayor’s appearance at a Caracas tribunal. He was taken directly to the Ramo Verde military jail, the statement said — the same facility where another opposition leader, Leopoldo López, has been imprisoned for the past year.   
In a speech Friday night, Maduro said he would lay out recordings and videos next week in a special broadcast revealing the “gringo intervention in Venezuela” that Ledezma allegedly conspired with. “In Venezuela, no one is untouchable,” he warned."
"Gringo intervention"?   That sounds a lot like the "imperialismo yanki" that our parents heard years ago!
Of course, Mr Ledezma is just the latest distraction.   As you've read in Babalu, Fausta's Blog and Venezuela News & Views, Venezuela has been hit very hard by the decline in oil prices.
Venezuela's corrupt and overweight public bureaucracy requires a very high price of oil to survive.   It won't fly when the commodity drops to $50!
We have seen this movie before.   It will likely get worse down in Caracas before it gets any better.
Finally, where are the governments of Latin America?   It would be nice if other governments in the region would demand the release of Mr. Ledezma.
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The Clintons are always the Clintons

(The new American Thinker post)

Don't expect Hillary Clinton to answer any questions or be visible anytime soon. The Clintons have a new "ethics issue" and even The New York Times can't take it any more:
"According to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal, the ban was dropped after Mrs. Clinton left the administration in 2013, leading to a resumption of donations from foreign governments and agencies to the foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative, which sponsors conferences of world leaders from government, industry and philanthropy. 
Donors have included the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Oman and a Canadian government agency reported to be involved in promoting the Keystone XL pipeline."
I guess that's why she didn't want to answer questions about the Keystone Pipeline a few weeks ago.

It is at least a potential conflict of interest, as Professor Larry Sabato said:
"It's very unwise for Hillary Clinton to be associated with a foundation that is taking millions of dollars from foreign governments. 
This isn't just the appearance of a conflict of interest. It's a real conflict of interest."
Beyond "the conflict of interest", this is a problem for a few reasons.    

First, you can make a good case that the companies donating to the Foundation were also lobbying the State Department, as suggested by news reports:

"Hillary Clinton's ties to large corporations have come under more scrutiny after it was revealed that dozens of companies that have donated millions to her family's foundation also lobbied the State Department during her tenure as secretary of state."
Second, and more damaging to the Clinton candidacy, these reports will enrage the party's left wing.It will put more pressure on someone to challenge Mrs Clinton. It will worry many Democrats that Mrs Clinton is "damaged goods" and won't withstand an attack from the GOP.

Memo to Democrats: the Clintons are the Clintons. Buyer beware! You won't have Ross Perot in 2016 like you did in 1992!

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1945: The Marines at Mt Suribachi


The battle of Iwo Jima was going on 70 years ago this week:  
"On this day, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, the highest point on the island of Iwo Jima and a key strategic point. Later, Marine commanders decide to raise a second, larger flag, an event which an Associated Press photographer captured on film. The resulting photograph became a defining image of the war.  
The amphibious landings of Marines, after severe and relentless bombing of the island, began the morning of February 19, 1945, as the secretary of the navy, James Forrestal, accompanied by journalists, surveyed the scene from a command ship offshore.  
As the Marines made their way onto the island, seven Japanese battalions opened fire on the 9,000 Marines headed for them.  
By that evening, more than 550 Marines were dead and more than 1,800 were wounded."    
Taking the island of Iwo Jima was essential to the Pacific strategy.   The island became an important post for B-29s bombing Japan.

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The week in review with Bill Katz, editor of Urgent Agenda




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