What is a Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?
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"Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new poll Monday.
"Matos’ death closes one of the most significant chapters in Cuban history. Matos, a schoolteacher, joined the Castro revolution against Fulgencio Batista and helped provide weapons to rebels by staging supply flights from abroad.
Matos also embodied the widespread disillusion that many Cubans felt toward Castro when it became clear early on that the revolution was turning toward Communism.
In 1961, three years after Batista fled Cuba, Castro openly acknowledged the “Socialist character” of the revolution. But in his autobiographical book, How the Night Arrived, Matos says he began harboring doubts about Castro and the revolution only seven months after Castro took over.“I believe steps have been taken toward establishing a dictatorial government, probably of a Marxist nature,” recalled Matos of his thoughts in 1959 in his book, published in 2002.
Castro ultimately ordered Matos’ arrest and he ended up spending 20 years in prison. In 1979, he was released and quickly flew to Costa Rica, where his wife and children had lived since the 1960s.
The family then resettled in Miami.
After his death Thursday, the family revealed that in a letter he wrote before dying, he says he wants to be buried in Costa Rica.
But the letter also says, according to the family, that he wants to be disinterred and reburied in his Cuban hometown of Yara, about 450 miles southeast of Havana, once democracy reigns on the island."
"He was born Francisco Sánchez Gómez in Algeciras on Dec. 21, 1947, and aspired to play the guitar from childhood after receiving his first lessons from his father. When he was 14, he won an international flamenco competition and shortly thereafter made his first recording, “Los Chiquitos de Algeciras,” with his brother Ramón, who also played guitar. His Gypsy neighborhood inspired his stage name. It was full of children called Paco (short for Francisco), he said, so he was referred to as “the Paco of Lucía,” his mother’s name."RIP Paco de Lucia. Everyone should listen to his version of "Concierto de Aranjuez".
Click here for Wednesday's show with Fausta Wertz and Victor Triay:The Castros and the Chávezes and the Maduros and their apologists never tire — ever. Their opponents must not either, if they can possibly help it.
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— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) February 27, 2014
The Obama administration needs to go the distance and make the case for a constitutional amendment for same sex marriage. They should call on Democrats running in 2014 to adopt such a platform in the upcoming mid-term election.It is highly unusual for the United States attorney general to advise his state counterparts on how and when to refuse to defend state laws. But Mr. Holder said when laws touch on core constitutional issues like equal protection, an attorney general should apply the highest level of scrutiny before reaching a decision on whether to defend it. He said the decision should never be political or based on policy objections.“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” Mr. Holder said.
A LOOK AT TEXAS POLITICS WITH GEORGE RODRIGUEZ FROM SOUTH TEXAS PLUS COMANDANTE CAZORLA FROM VENEZUELA....Listen in now at http://t.co/LhRMJrj6od. #BlogTalkRadio
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) February 26, 2014
The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents - #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back - $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."We understand that President Obama's budget will avoid any tough decisions and kick the can forward, as The Washington Post correctly points out:
"With his party facing a battle to hold its Senate majority in November, Mr. Obama has apparently concluded that the expedient course is to bash Republicans rather than to resist bad policy ideas emanating from his own camp. In so doing, he has abdicated what little leadership on entitlement reform he had shown, making it much more likely that the problem will be left for his successor - contrary to Mr. Obama's repeated assurances, both as a candidate in 2008 and as president."So I guess that # 45 will have to tackle the problem that # 44 just doesn't want to deal with.
"The operation that led to the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was an unusual joint effort carried out by Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials who were down to the wire in a manhunt for the world's most-wanted drug capo, according to a top U.S. law enforcement official.Again, both governments, as well as all of those agents on both sides, deserve a lot of credit for a successful capture.
Guzmán, head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, and an associate were captured at 6:40 a.m. Saturday in a modest yellow and white beachfront hotel in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlán. No shots were fired.
The weeks-long operation that led to his capture involved agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security
Department, as well as U.S. marshals.
The top U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Americans were given less than a month to work closely and on the ground with the Mexican navy to capture the longtime fugitive, whose empire stretched from the streets here in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, throughout North America and to Europe, West Africa, Asia and Australia.
"The Mexican government gave us a set time, and we were right down to the wire - in fact, down to the last day," said the U.S. official. "This couldn't have been more dramatic, but the arrest was a credit to our long working relationship with Mexican marines, who led the operation."
In Mexico City, President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the capture via his Twitter account, and Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karám lauded the work of Mexican authorities, particularly marine commandos. He credited U.S. intelligence for assisting but did not elaborate.
Asked whether U.S. law enforcement officials had assisted on the ground in Mazatlán, a Mexican official said only, "This was a Mexican operation."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Department of Justice had placed a $5 million bounty on Guzmán's head, called the capture a "landmark achievement, and a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States." He said the U.S. government "salutes the government of Mexico, and the professionalism and courage of the Mexican authorities, for this arrest."
Guzmán's arrest, which captivated Mexicans in Ciudad Juárez and throughout the country, was likened to the killing of Osama bin Laden. "El Chapo Captured!" screamed the headline of an afternoon newspaper in Ciudad Juárez."
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— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) February 22, 2014