Sunday, May 24, 2015

US-Cuba talks: It looks like a one way street to me

(My new American Thinker post)

We keep hearing that the US and Cuba are making progress on the so called talks.   I guess that it depends on what the meaning "negotiations" or "progress" is.

So far, we've agreed to sit down with the Castro regime.  This is huge because every previous administration, from Kennedy to GW Bush, refused to meet unless certain conditions were met beforehand.

We've removed them from the terrorist list.  This is huge, specially since a couple of ships with illegal weapons have been discovered going to Cuba recently.

Which US demands has Cuba agreed to?   The answer is "nada" or nothing, as reported by Capitol Hill Cubans:
"The road to establishing diplomatic relations has been a unilateral gift bag for the Castro regime.
Castro asks, Obama delivers.

  • Ease sanctions -- check.
  • Prisoner swap -- check.
  • Remove Cuba from state-sponsors of terrorism list -- check.
  • Find Castro a U.S. bank to process payments -- check.
  • Seek to "change" U.S. democracy programs -- check.
  • Skirt U.S. law in the process -- check.
And what has Castro done?
It's infuriating and I don't mean it  as a Cuban American who had a family member in one of Castro's political prisons for 14 years without a trial.

I am angry because we had all of the cards, specially now that Venezuela can no longer subsidize the Castro regime with oil.   Venezuela can't anymore.   Raul Castro is on his knees, without the Caracas subsidy and no country willing to offer them credit anymore.

We didn't have to make a deal for Allan Gross or send back spies sitting in US prisons.    We could have said put Gross on a plane to Miami and we'll call you later.

We could have demanded the unconditional delivery of Joanne Chesimard, the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper.   From President Reagan to President GW Bush we stopped talking whenever Castro refused to release her.   The Obama team keeps talking despite Cuba saying that this issue is off the table.    Sorry but why are we still at the table?

Unfortunately, we've allowed Raul Castro to rant about the embargo and Guantanamo.   In the past, US presidents hung up the phone when Raul or Fidel ranted like that.  Today, we listen to them, as if they are legitimate grievances that we should be sensitive to.

We remind you that this is the same administration negotiating a deal with Iran, a country far more consequential to our national security than Cuba.    

The Obama administration can't negotiate a tough deal with Cuba.   What makes me confident that they can do it with Iran?

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Happy # 74 to Bob Dylan

We remember Bob Dylan's 74th birthday.   

There are two kinds of Dylan songs.   

First, the many performed by other artists, like Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and many others.

Second, the ones that he recorded, such as "Like a rolling stone".   It's very hard to cover this song, although many have tried.   Some songs just sound better when Dylan does them, such as this one:


"Once upon a time you dressed so fine,
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall,"
You thought they were all a'kiddin' you.
You used to laugh about Everybody that was hangin' out.
Now you don't talk so loud,Now you don't seem so proud,
About having to be scrounging your next meal.

How does it feel? How does it feel?
To be without a home? Like a complete unknown?
Like a rolling stone?

Aw, you've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely,
But you know you only used to get "juiced" in it.
Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street,
And now you're gonna have to get used to it.
You say you never compromise
With a mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say, "Do you want to make a deal? 

How does it feel? How does it feel ?
To be on your own? With no direction home ?
A complete unknown? Like a rolling stone ?

Aw, you never turned around to see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns
When they all did tricks for you.
You never understood that it ain't no good,
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you.
You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat.
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at 
After he took from you everything he could steal?

How does it feel? How does it feel?
To have ya' on your own? With no direction home?
Like a complete unknown? Like a rolling stone?

Aw, princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinking, thinking that they've got it made.
Exchanging all precious gifts, 
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe.
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used.
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse.
When you ain't got nothing, you've got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you've got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel? Aw, how does it feel?
To be on your own? With no direction home?
Like a complete unknown? Like a rolling stone?..." 

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We remember Memorial Day: The story of two young soldiers

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

"La tragedia en Caracas": Our friends in Venezuela are dumping "el bolivar"

Like a tragic tele-novela, Venezuela is agony and more agony.   

Frankly, it's painful to watch, specially since many of us have friends down there.  

The latest episode is "el bolivar" or the national currency.  It has turned into a worthless piece of paper after so much inflation and mismanagement:
"Venezuelan currency was trading at around 420 bolivars per dollar Friday afternoon, according to the site. That was down from 300 bolivars per dollar on May 14 and 173 at the start of the year.
Many black market dealers paused transactions until the rate stabilized, but some Venezuelans said they had changed money at the 400 bolivar rate Friday.
It's not immediately clear what triggered the latest bout of panic buying and selling. But for many Venezuelans, who have lost faith in their currency, the dollar is the best way to protect themselves from inflation, which last year hit 68 percent and which economists say has already soared past the triple-digit threshold this year.
A Barclay Capital Inc. report issued Friday pointed to government expansion of the money supply as an underlying cause for inflation. The bank projected the Bolivar could dip as low as 600 to the dollar this year."
Incredible.   Some of us remember when it was 4.29 to the US dollar.  

It is amazing how misguided socialism, combined with charlatans like Chavez and Maduro, can destroy a country and its people.

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Hey media: A very bad week for black lives in Baltimore (and gay rights in the Middle East)

(My new American Thinker post)

Senator Cruz fought back and I hope that other GOP candidates paid attention.

It's about time for the GOP to call out reporters who just want to talk about same sex marriage, birth control pills and "hands up don't shoot".   

In the meantime, ISIS is advancing in the Middle East and throwing homosexuals off the roof to their deaths.  They are determined to exterminate, yes I said exterminate, homosexuals, as we read in news reports:
"In its crusade against homosexuals, the Islamic State is now resorting to sting operations, using jihadists posing as gay men to coax out offenders and execute them."
Over in Baltimore, violence is rampant and black on black crime is out of the control.    Last night, Geraldo Rivera nailed it:  

"Earlier today, Baltimore registered the 100th homicide this year. Baltimore has almost as many homicides as New York. 600,000.  
New York is 8.4 million. 15 times the murder rate of New York. Baltimore is right now.  
It seems that -- I believe the Freddie Gray case will mark the decline into irrelevancy of the modern civil rights movement. It seems that they are only interested, black lives matter.    
Black lives matter only when they're killed by cops, particularly white cops.  
Where is the outrage on the 100th Baltimore citizen who's been shot dead this year? There is none. And I think now you have the cops backing off. Arrests are plummeting. Baltimore will become -- Mark used the term a blood bath. It's a killing zone."

Is the media confronting Democrats about black on black crime?   Will they ask Hillary Clinton about this or simply allow her to float along with her scripted events?

We have serious problems, from the ISIS to crime in our inner cities, but the media is obsessed with same sex marriage.    

Memo to some reporters:   It was a horrible week for "gay rights" over there, as Senator Cruz said.    It was a horrible week for "black lives" over here as Geraldo Rivera said.

It's time to get serious in this country.  

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1934: Bonnie & Clyde killed by police

Bonnie & Clyde were killed on this day in 1934:
"Famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed in a police ambush near Sailes, Louisiana. A contingent of officers from Texas and Louisiana set up along the highway, waiting for Bonnie and Clyde to appear, and then unloaded a two-minute fusillade of 167 bullets at their car, killing the criminal couple."
And the rest is history.

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Happy Memorial Day and a few other thoughts

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The fall of Ramadi, Iraq, Clinton on mute mode and other thoughts

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Why aren't we taking out those flag waving ISIS trucks?

(My new American Thinker post)

We know where President Obama's priorities are.   He sees global warming or climate change as the threat of our times.   Indeed, we have to care for our Earth but President Obama needs to read his daily security briefing more seriously.

By now, ISIS has taken Ramadi and sits 90 miles (i.e. Dallas to Waco) from our US Embassy in Baghdad.   Do any of the "yes we can" screamers surrounding President Obama remember the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81?   A Baghdad hostage crisis would make Tehran look like a PG movie.

They've also entered the city of Palmyra in Syria:

The Islamic State terror group now controls over half of Syrian territory after seizing the village and archaeological site of Palmyra Thursday, activists monitoring Syria's civil war said.Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time.In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control of Palmyra. The capture came after government forces collapsed, "leaving large numbers of dead whose bodies filled the streets," it said.
It will not shock me if we wake up one morning and hear that our embassy is under siege and some US personnel is held hostage.

So what is President Obama waiting for?   What has to happen before President Obama gets in the game?

Let me make a simple suggestion:  Bomb those flag waving trucks!

I'm sure that you've all seen those parades of trucks celebrating and waving those ISIS flags.   

Take them out.   Send ISIS a message that their advances will be met with US force.   Fire missiles from ships in the Mediterranean and use strike planes to deliver a message.

The flag waving trucks are a demonstration of ISIS's advances.   Stop them.  Blow them up with a display of bombs and missiles unseen by these terrorists.

What are you waiting for Mr President?    You can't run out the clock on this one!    

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Elian Gonzalez is back in the news and a few other thoughts

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Elian betrays his mother's sacrifice

On Thanksgiving Day 1999, little Elian Gonzalez was found floating in the Florida Straits.   He had escaped Cuba with his mother, who sadly drowned on the way to freedom.
In mid-2000, the Clinton Administration picked up Elian, reunited him with his father, the same man who walked away from him and his mother years before, and sent them back to Cuba.
It was a shameful performance by the Clinton administration, specially the scene of commandos grabbing the little boy.
Why didn’t President Clinton show this toughness to Al Qaeda sitting in Afghanistan and preparing attacks on the US?
Today, Elian is a young man and a mouthpiece for the dictatorship’s talking points:
“In an ABC News exclusive interview, Elian said his relationship with the former Cuban president is one of friendship.
“I am his friend but above all i consider him my father, my grandfather,” Elian said.
“Fidel, he is an incredible person. Everyone has his own opinion. It is somewhat difficult to refer to Fidel, because everyone thinks of Fidel as a god or those who rejects him call him the devil. But I’ve known one side of Fidel and what I have left to say is he is a normal person. He is a friend. He’s someone you can share with, you can laugh with.””
The problem is that Elian has forgotten, or forced to forget, his mother’s courageous story.
She put him on that boat so that little Elian could live in freedom.  I doubt that Elian’s mother wanted her son to become a propaganda mouthpiece for the dictatorship that she was running away from.
Elian’s mother must be crying in heaven watching what her little boy has turned into!
I hope that Elian comes to terms with the reality that he is chosen a different path than the one that his courageous mother died to give him.

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The Panama Canal story gets more fascinating

(My new American Thinker post)

We don't talk much about Panama lately, except when # 1 favorite son Mariano Rivera retired from the Yankees.   

It's refreshing for a Latin American country these days to make the front pages when one its heroes retires from professional reports.  We have cartel fights in Mexico, a complete mess unfolding in Venezuela, a dysfunctional political system in Argentina, a family scandal in stable Chile, anti-government marches in Brazil, second thoughts about negotiations with the FARC in Colombia, more repression in Cuba and little Central American countries overrun by cartels.

It's an ugly picture in Latin America and then there is a cool story down in Panama.

In fact, things are going well down in Panama and the Canal is the reason why, as we just read in story at Time:
The last time someone dug a trench through the Isthmus of Panama, the result was declared the greatest wonder of its age. It’s being done again–mountains toppled, earth moved by the millions of tons, oceans connected–and the wonder this time is that anyone notices.
The 2015 version of the Canal is fascinating, even for someone like me who does not know a thing about construction or engineering:
The new locks also operate differently. While the old chambers feature miter gates–which open and close like double doors–the new gates, made in Italy, slide in from one side, like a pocket door. The freshwater from the lake above will rush in and out through cavernous, curving culverts that, as workers complete the finishing touches, feel like something from King Solomon’s Mines. Basins next to each lock will store water for a single reuse, reducing freshwater usage by 7% per passage. The same new locks are also being installed on the Atlantic side, but in the midsection of the isthmus all ships will continue to steam along the original waterway, which has been upgraded.
Curves in the famous Culebra Cut, named for the mountain ridge the original canal had to be cut through, are being widened to ease turns for the bigger ships.
Metal communication towers are going up behind the picturesque lighthouses that string the length of the canal, along which 625 new lights are being installed.
Everything is bigger and more efficient–but also a bit less interesting than in the old canal, like a dull I-95 compared with the kicks of Route 66. But superhighways are what the Seven Seas have become. The number of cargo ships worldwide has more than quadrupled over the past 20 years, to 50,000 vessels carrying $13 trillion in goods each year. In a world economy bound together by supply chains–cars to China, sneakers to Houston–sea travel long ago ceased being leisurely. The canal takes reservations months in advance, collecting a 15% booking fee on a toll that often runs to $400,000 but guarantees passage in no less than 18 hours.
The expanded Canal will be great for Houston and other southern ports.

A century ago, the canal was an idea that revolutionized maritime trade and brought the world a bit closer.   It also  cost thousands of lives because of yellow fever and other tropical diseases.   

Today, the same canal, just a little wider, is about to change the world again!

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1955: Chuck Berry and the story of "Maybellene"

Chuck Berry has a very special place in the history of rock.  He is one of the legendary composers and guitarists.     Where would rock be without Chuck Berry?

On this day in 1955, Chuck Berry recorded "Maybellene" and the rest is history:
John Lennon once famously said that “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.'”
That’s how foundational Berry’s contributions were to the music that changed America and the world beginning in the mid-1950s.
Even more than Elvis Presley, who was an incomparable performer, but of other people’s songs, Chuck Berry created the do-it-yourself template that most rock-and-rollers still seek to follow.
If there can be said to be a single day on which his profound influence on the sound and style of rock and roll began, it was this day in 1955, when an unknown Chuck Berry paid his first visit to a recording studio and cut the record that would make him famous: “Maybellene.”
Berry went on to have many more hits.   He also influenced The Beatles and The Rolling Stones of the next generation of rock.    

It all started for Berry with the wonderful "Maybellene":

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Marquette and some of the idiots teaching our kids today

(My new Babalu post)  

We are happy to report that Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has removed the mural honoring the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper.  

This is the same person hiding from US law for years and living in the island with the blessing of the Castro dictatorship.    This is the latest from Milwaukee:  
"Marquette University has removed a mural that celebrated Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI's Most Wanted list under her birth name, Joanne Chesimard.
The mural, which had been on display in the student union's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, was taken down Monday after a suspended professor noticed it on the center's Facebook page."
How did this happen?  What makes a woman who killed a police officer so attractive to the college left?
The answer is a combination of ignorance and disdain for the US.   I don't know what else to say.
Again, thanks to Marquette University for taking down this offensive poster.

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The 113th anniversary of Cuba's independence & US-Latin America stories

Guests:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog....and Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans, Our Footprints Across America", a book about the story of Cubans in the US.......we will look at the 113th anniversary of Cuba's independence and remember some famous Cubans who came to the US..........also, the latest in US-Cuba talks plus a follow up on the events in Venezuela, Argentina and the murder of Mr Nisman, Brazil and the bad economy, Chile and a family scandal plus other stories from US-Latin America.....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

1927 and "The Spirit of St Louis" takes off

It was a rainy morning but Charles Lindbergh took off on his way to crossing the Atlantic:  

"Lindbergh, a daring young airmail pilot, was a dark horse when he entered a competition with a $25,000 payoff to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. He ordered a small monoplane, configured it to his own design, and christened it theSpirit of St. Louis in tribute to his sponsor–the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.   

On May 20, 1927, a rainy morning, he took off from Roosevelt Field, but his monoplane was so loaded down with fuel that it barely cleared the telephone wires at the end of the runway. He flew northeast up the East Coast and as night fell left Newfoundland and headed across the North Atlantic. His greatest challenge was staying awake; he had to hold his eyelids open with his fingers and hallucinated ghosts passing through the cockpit. 

The next afternoon, after flying 3,610 miles in 33 1/2 hours, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget field in Paris, becoming the first pilot to accomplish the solo, nonstop transatlantic crossing. "  

It  must have been one heck of a solo flight!  By the way, I love the movie with Jimmy Stewart playing the role of Lindbergh:

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May 20, 1902 and the 113th anniversary of Cuba's independence

We recall the 113th anniversary of Cuba's independence.

My grandmother was a little girl and told me stories of people walking in the streets and waving flags from the windows.

It was a happy day for a country that had been under Spain's rule (1492-1898) and then occupied by the US until 1902.

Of course, Cuba's history was shattered by the communist takeover of 1959 and the subsequent Castro family dictatorship.

Maybe Cubans can enjoy another independence day from this tyrannical and oppressive regime.

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Wanted: A Democrat who screams "enough" to the Clinton ways

(My new American Thinker post)

Wesley Pruden wrote today that there is panic over at the Dems' corner:
She has already changed her words to match the music of the left on immigration, gay marriage, criminal-justice reform and her ties to Wall Street. Such changes, says Colin Reed, director of the America Rising Political Action Committee, “reinforced all her worst attributes as a candidate and hurt her image among voters of all stripes. [Liberal] voters know that she’s not truly one of them.” Independent voters, on the other hand, “see a desperate politician staking out far-left positions that are outside the mainstream of most Americans.” 
Panic?  disappointment?  she is not one of us?  poll reader? 

When will one of these Democrats, from whatever corner, stand up and say enough to these Clinton games.   

How can a woman with this much secrecy walk into the Oval Office?   Do we really want to spend her first term un packaging all of these gifts from The Foundation to emails to everything that is the Clinton ways.  

Hillary Clinton is an ethical time bomb ticking away and it won't be pretty when it goes off.

Frankly, the country desperately needs for a Democrat to stand up and say that the party deserves more than a coronation, specially the coronation of such a corrupt couple.

Democrats want to talk about income inequality?  The Clintons have traded on their name and offices to make millions!

Democrats want to talk about the working man?  Hillary Clinton is on "mute" about the Asian trade deal.

Democrats want to talk about foreign policy?  Hillary Clinton is again on mute refusing to talk about Libya, her role in the troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Benghazi disaster, etc.

We remember how GOP leaders walked over to President Nixon in the summer of1974 and told him to resign for the good of the country.  It wasn't pretty but sometimes it takes an insider to clean up the mess that the Clintons have put the party in.

So I say again:   I'm looking for a Democrat who will tell the Clintons to step aside and allow the country to have a discussion about the issues we face.      

The Clinton are more than old faces.   They are something that the US does not deserve at this time of conflict abroad and confusion at home.

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