Monday, November 30, 2020

AG Barr and 2020 plus Biden's injury and Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

AG Barr and 2020 plus Biden's injury and Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 11/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

AG Barr needs to name a special counsel to look into the 2020 election results and potential irregularities......Open up schools but protect students & teachers.....Mr Biden's injury.....Another bad weekend in Chicago....US Supreme Court hearing case about counting non-citizens in the census......Winston Churchill 1874-1965........
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More intolerance from the people who preach tolerance

Just came across this gem from the University of Texas down in Austin.  Please check this out:     

The Autonomous Student Network in Austin, Texas, a group that was previously suspended from Twitter after posting private information belonging to supporters of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is now threatening to do the same to incoming University of Texas-Austin freshmen who join conservative student organizations. 

"Hey #UT23! Do you wanna be famous? If you join YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas] or Turning Point USA, you just might be. Your name and more could end up on an article like one of these," the group tweeted earlier in June, linking to a page on its website, on which it previously posted the private information, including emails and phone numbers, of Kavanaugh supporters.

"So be sure to make smart choices at #UTOrientation," the group added. 

Yes make a smart choice and avoid those young conservatives.  Come to us and we'll teach how to hate the country, the flag, and bring down every statue of a white male European.

To their credit, the university heard about it and came down hard on the threats.  Good for them.

The larger point is that these leftist groups define diversity as agreeing with them. They do not tolerate dissent and will destroy your reputation if they can get away it.

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The great Churchill fell in love with Cuban cigars in 1895

We remember Winston Churchill was born on this day in 1874.  He passed away in 1965 at age 90.  
Churchill loved Cuban cigars.  We know now that he met his first Cuban cigar during a visit to the island circa 1895.  My late father once told me that the Cuban embassy in London would often deliver Mr. Churchill a complimentary box of cigars.  Furthermore, those long cigars came to be known as “Churchill”.
According to H.P. Klepak, author of “Churchill Comes of Age, Cuba 1895“, the young Churchill spent 18 days in Cuba. 
He was there on loan from the British army to observe colonial Spain’s defense against independence fighters, as Klepak said in an interview
History previously recorded that Churchill saw combat in Cuba and discovered the siesta, which would later help him keep long hours as British prime minister during World War Two.
But Klepak, a former Canadian military officer, argues previous works overlooked how influential the Cuban venture was, including the months of maneuvering Churchill needed to land his assignment.   
With his Cuba experience he became a war correspondent, political analyst, strategist and liaison with a foreign army, all for the first time. His writings start to show legendary humor. He discovers rum and Cuban cigars’ breadth and quality.
Inspired by observations from local historian Lourdes Mendez, Klepak believes he became the first to scrutinize and cross-check the Cuban, British and Spanish archives, discovering for example that Churchill was fired upon by no less than Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez, two of Cuba’s greatest independence leaders.
“Very quickly when I looked at it from a historical perspective it was pretty obvious that this was an amazing story which for some reason had never been told,” Klepak said.
Neat story.  This is also a book that you may want to pick up when you need a break from Speaker Pelosi.  It is another chapter in the amazing life of one of the most important figures of the 20th century.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

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

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 11/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.....Georgia and the US Senate......The recounts and state legislators question results....The GOP and the US House...The GOP and state legislatures...The Biden Cabinet.....Will anyone work for a police force in a blue city?..Happy # 93 Vince Scully....
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Maybe the soccer ladies should check out the NBA's ratings

Surprise, but the U.S. soccer ladies are back for another season or something like that.  Frankly, I did not know they were gone in the first place, but that's probably because I don't watch soccer.  The ladies now want all of us to know they are really interested in human decency, or so they say:

We wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency. 

This is not political, it’s a statement on human rights.

Thank you for telling us that preaching about BLM is not political.  Thank you even more for telling us that it's your "duty" to do this.  Sorry, but duty is a police officer who protects you and me.  Duty is a soldier defending our freedom.  Playing soccer is a skill, and these ladies are good at it.  But it is not your duty to do anything.

Talk about a bunch of self-appointed virtue-signalers taking themselves way too seriously.  I'm sure that millions of people sat around all year just waiting to hear what these ladies had to say about this or anything else.

I think that Lebron and his pals said something like that before the entire country tuned out the NBA.

Good luck with your upcoming games, but don't expect a lot of your fellow citizens to watch you playing.

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"The Cubans" by Fernando Hernandez

Cubans are such great story tellers.  I guess that's because we have so many good stories to tell!
Why is that?  What makes Cubans such good storytellers?

Maybe it's our Spanish heritage or something about the island that just brings out the "storyteller" in all of us.
It is a wonderful collection of stories about Cubans, like you & me, who settled in the US and made something out of ourselves: 
"In this new book the reader will discover how in 1930 a Havana bandleader traveled to New York City, recorded a million-copy hit that kicked-started a Cuban music craze throughout the United States.
Science fiction lovers will learn that a Cuban-American was the writer, producer, and story editor of many Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. An author born in 1865 in Brooklyn, New York of Cuban origin began his career at age 12, becoming a prolific boys’ fiction writer earning the nickname the American Jules Verne.
History buffs will enjoy reading about three sisters who became Confederate spies during the Civil War, and thanks to their bravery, a Union warship was captured.
New Yorkers and those who visit the Big Apple will read of the work of a structural engineer, born in Havana of immigrant Lithuanian Jews, who was known as “Mr. New York” for his engineering of the city’s skyscrapers, including the 70-story Trump World Tower.
Read about a surgeon who in 2012 led a team of 150 doctors, nurses, and others in Maryland in the most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed in the world.
The book also profiles those who serve the less fortunate, including the co-founder of Florida’s largest free clinic serving migrant workers, the working poor, the sick, and families who fall between the cracks of America’s social system.
This is a book that transcends ethnic, national, racial, gender and religious barriers and bears witness to what Cubans, both political refugees and immigrants, have accomplished in a country where liberty and freedom abound.
This is the story of the Cuban-Americans, and the footprints they have left on their path across the United States."
What's the best part of the book?  They are all real CUBANS!    Everyone of these stories is about a CUBANO who beat the odds in the US.
This is a fun book.  It is inspirational.  Some stories will make you laugh, like "las cubanitas" in the US Civil War, and others will touch your heart.
Here is an idea:  Give this book to your kids or grandchildren if you have any.  Tell them that this is what Cuban heritage is all about.  Last, but not least, Fernando has quite a story too.  He was one of the 14,000 Pedro Pan children who came to the US in the early 1960's.
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2015 post: Cubano not Hispano?

How crazy is the left getting?  Chris Matthews of MSNBC recently wondered if Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz are Hispanic. It’s nothing new since most liberals think that minorities are only genuine when they vote Democrat. Ask Justice Thomas or Dr Carson.
Here are a couple of tips for Mr Matthews:
First, the U.S. government defines Hispanic like this:
So, are Cruz and Rubio Hispanic? That’s easy. It’s a blood thing. Look at the definition from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: “A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”
Second, Hispanics come in many colors.   
There are white Hispanics, or the descendants of Spanish and Europeans. My father’s ancestors moved to Cuba in the 1840s from Spain. My mother’s family moved to Cuba from Asturias (the northern province of Spain) in the 1920s. Let me add that Fidel Castro’s father was a Spaniard who stayed in Cuba after the Spanish American War of 1898.
There are black Hispanics who are primarily from Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic and down to Panama. These are the offspring of the slaves who came to the region in the 18th century.   
There are Asian Hispanics too. Chinese immigrants built the railroads in Mexico. The Chinese left their impact. I would suggest looking for a Cuban-Chinese restaurant in Miami or New York.   
Of course, there are many native Americans in such countries as Mexico,  Peru, and Central America. They are the descendants of the great civilization that the Spanish explorers found, such as the Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. 
There is also great diversity when it comes to religion. It’s true that most Hispanics have Catholic roots but there are hundreds of Jewish high schools in Latin America. It’s estimated that 500,000 Jews live in Latin America.
Hispanics in the U.S. are a combination of all of those groups. It’s amazing that “diversity mad” liberals do not understand that.
Unfortunately, the word “Hispanic” has now been given a political meaning. It was only supposed to be a definition of your background, not the way you vote.
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1963: Ernesto Lecuona died and left us a legacy of great songs

He was born on August 6, 1895 in Guanabacoa, near Havana.  

He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Stay home rather than go south


Over my 30-something years in Texas, I've learned this:

1) There are lots of tamales consumed in our area between Thanksgiving and Christmas; and,

2) Many Mexicans use "Navidad" to cross the border both ways.  It's almost a guarantee that your Mexican friend will ride down to see family this time of the year.  I've met people who travel from Illinois and Indiana all the way down to the interior of Mexico.  

Well, 2020 may spoil those plans.  According to the CDC, we need to keep away from Mexico, especially those who are more vulnerable.  It got more specific on the Texarkana Gazette:  

The warning came Saturday, only days before Thanksgiving, when thousands of travelers typically flock to Mexico's tourist destinations. In the advisory, the CDC said people may increase their chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 by traveling there.

The warning also noted that if people become infected with COVID-19 while traveling abroad, they may be denied re-entry.

"If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 during travel, you might be quarantined and not permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last known exposure," according to the advisory.

Mexico's Ministry of Health reported 1,049,358 confirmed coronavirus cases and 101,926 COVID-19 deaths in the country as of Monday.

The top three global destinations for U.S. travelers this year are in Mexico: Cancun, San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.

"Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since COVID-19 began," according to the Allianz insurance company. "The country's accessibility and safety protocols, such as the restricted capacity at resorts to allow for adequate social distancing, may be helping to drive demand, coupled with the promise of a warm-climate escape."

But in all three of those tourist destinations, there has been a high rate of COVID-19.

What an economic shock to Mexico.  By the way, the 101,926 dead figure is interesting, considering that Mexico has a third of our population.  Furthermore, I am not sure that such figure is reliable anyway.  Everyone that I talk to in Mexico believes that the death figure is higher than the official numbers.  

The impact will go beyond tourist locations.  The aforementioned people who drive to Mexico bring cash and spend money in their hometowns.  They are a source of cash and support for people, although I have never been able to find a dollar figure.

So projected president Biden wants to open the border?  Call Dr. Fauci at the CDC!

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Happy # 91 to Berry Gordy, the man who started Motown

In the 1960's, he started Motown and became one of the most important figures in the music business.     Motown was the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, the Contours, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Commodores, the Velvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and a few more.     

An amazing story!

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1582: Happy anniversary to William Shakespeare & Anne Hathaway

We don't know much about Shakespeare's early life but we can tell you  this:
On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins.
So happy anniversary to the man who gave us "Romeo and Juliet".

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Obama wrong again

Once upon a time, retired Presidents took long walks like President Harry Truman or showed up at baseball games like President George W. Bush.  It was seen as "unpresidential" for former presidents to stick their noses in the political arena.  

Not so President Obama.  He can say anything he wants and the media will not challenge him at all, at least never to his face.

President Obama this week spoke about Hispanics voting for President Trump.  He said this:   

“… There’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion."

Well, the bit about putting "undocumented workers" in cages is a bit strange coming from the man who built those cages and was given the nickname "deporter in chief".

Not sure what "racist things" President Trump said about Mexicans.  He did speak about illegal immigration or crime on the border.  Is that racist?  Well, it wasn't when a guy named Obama said the same.

So what's up with Obama?  He knows that no one will challenge him no matter what he says.

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1941: DiMaggio beat Williams for the AL MVP

Image result for ted williams joe dimaggio images
Who should have won the 1941 AL MVP?   

Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak and played for the AL champ Yankees who also won The World Series.   

Ted Williams hit .406 but played for a Boston squad that did not compete for the AL pennant.  

The MVP went to DiMaggio:  291-254 over Williams!

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Charles Schulz (1922-2000), the man who gave us Charlie Brown

Charles Monroe Schulz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on this day in 1922.    He died in 2000.

Schulz created Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang.   

We loved the characters so much that we read his comics, watched them on TV and holiday specials.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wednesday’s video: Happy thanksgiving


No wonder so many in Oregon want out....

We learned that two Oregon counties want out of Oregon.  They want to join Idaho and hang around with people that they can relate to, not public officials who let Portland get trashed every night.

Governor Kate Brown of Oregon is now asking her citizens to snitch on their neighbors if they are spied violating her arbitrary COVID social distancing rules.  
I remember that from Cuba when neighbors were told to spy on neighbors to see if they were buying food in the underground economy.  The regime had issued "ration cards" and it was illegal to buy anything above and beyond the state's weekly supply.  So people went underground and made deals with farmers who sneaked food into the cities after midnight.  As you can imagine, the state rations were inadequate. I remember one night my parents and friends literally splitting all of the meat and vegetables on the dinner table.
Governor Brown is now tougher on people celebrating a family tradition than she was on the terrorists who rioted for more than 100 nights in Portland, as we see in this post:  
Under her Oregon mandate, you can have no more than six people in one home to celebrate Thanksgiving and they cannot represent more than two households. In other words, you'll be forced to choose between aunts, grandparents and nephews. Who will you invite? You'd better decide now.
Wonder if Gov. Brown issued an executive order telling the terrorists that they only terrorize in groups of six?  Or only with terrorists who share the same household?   Or did the governor criticize those who celebrated the Biden victory?
This is madness, and I don't think people will follow these stupid rules.
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Happy # 69 Bucky Dent

Russell Earl O'Dey was born in Florida on this day in 1951.   He ended up as Bucky Dent.

In 1973, Dent broke with the Chicago White Sox.   He hit .260 over 4 seasons as Chicago's shortstop.

From 1977 to '82, he was with the Yankees and that's where he hit one of the most famous HR's in New York-Boston history.    It happened in the 1-game 1978 playoff to determine the AL East champion.

Overall, he played 12 seasons and hit .247.    However, it was that swing at Fenway Park that made him a big hero for the Yankees and forever hated in Boston.

Bucky Dent was a part of the 1978 New York Yankees, one of the most amazing championship teams ever.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving and restrictions & Georgia elections plus Jack Ruby 1963

Thanksgiving and restrictions & Georgia elections plus Jack Ruby 1963 11/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Thanksgiving and Oregon.......US Senate elections in Georgia.....Biden Cabinet looks like Obama's......Emmy for Gov Cuomo and maybe higher taxes for New Yorkers.....A federal judge ruled that citizens can sue Minneapolis over riots.......Jack Ruby 1963......William F Buckley (1925-2008)..........
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The Supreme Court and new House are President Trump's immediate legacy

For the record, I'm hoping that President Trump wins every challenge or the election goes to the House and he wins 26-24.  At the same time, it may not happen unless something changes very fast over the next couple of weeks.

Nevertheless, President Trump accomplished three things that will make it very difficult for a President Biden to govern.

First, the appointments to the Supreme Court.  My guess is that this Court is going to drive the left crazy when President Biden tries to govern by executive orders.

Second, the new conservative women in the House. They are pro-life and hate socialism.  These ladies will drive Nancy Pelosi crazy, especially when her own fragile majority falls apart.   They are a diverse group and confirm another Trump success with minorities, as Liz Peek wrote about Proposition 16 in deep blue California:  

While African Americans might have been swayed by the promise of more access to higher education if admissions were based on race, Hispanics and Asians may have thought that affirmative action programs would work to their detriment.

It is noteworthy that despite every major Latino organization promoting Prop 16, every single majority-Hispanic county voted against it.

Last, and not least, the GOP success in state legislatures will mean that 2022 districts will look different than 2020.  There are many Democrats who will have to decide between a new career or running in a more conservative-friendly district.  

No matter what, Trump leaves behind a stronger and diverse GOP, a better Supreme Court, and a media that will miss him a lot more than they realize.

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2016 post: A cautionary note from John Adams

President John and Mrs. Adams moved into the White House on this day in 1800.    
It was actually still under construction and the Adams had to endure some of the inconveniences of an unfinished home.    

The Adams moved back to Massachusetts after his defeat to Thomas Jefferson. They spent the rest of their lives there until Mr. Adams, as well as Mr. Jefferson, died on July 4, 1826.
John and Abigail Adams left us some great letters, a window to those early days of the Republic. Later, Adams and Jefferson reconciled their differences in a collection of amazing correspondence.
President John Adams left us an important message about living in what they called then the President’s House. He said this in a letter to Mrs. Adams:  
“….he hoped “none but honest and wise men [shall] ever rule under this roof.”” 
Mr. Adams’ message sounds louder today than ever, especially in light of the Clintons and their disregard for the rule of law.
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1963: Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald

On this day in 1963, millions of people watched Jack Ruby, a Dallas businessman, shoot Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged killer of President Kennedy.    Oswald died shortly after.

It happened as the authorities were taking Oswald to another jail.   It also occurred about 48 hours after the assassination of the president.

To say the least, the shooting shocked the nation.  It also opened the door to a ton of conspiracy theories about the president's assassination.  

For the record, I believe that Oswald shot President Kennedy on his own.  I came to that conclusion after reading Gerald Posner's "Case closed" in the 1990's.   

Ruby died of cancer in 1967.  As far as we know, Ruby never changed his story about why he killed Oswald.     Apparently, Ruby did not want Jackie Kennedy to come to a trial.   He took that explanation to his grave.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday’s video: The new GOP is President Trump’s immediate legacy


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

The week in review with Bill Katz the editor of Urgent Agenda 11/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda.........We will look at the latest from recounts and legal challenges........Biden team coming together......More evidence of a big GOP wave....Will Mr Biden ever answer a hard question from the media?....Lock downs in some places....LIFE magazine 1936.......
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Fools rush in: From Obama's Nobel to Cuomo's Emmy

Back in 2009, the "Nobelistas" decided to go full "anti-George W Bush" and awarded the Peace Prize to Barack Obama.   It was so foolish that Nobel secretary Geir Lundestad admitted in 2015 that President Obama failed to achieve what the committee hoped that he would.  Apparently, the "Nobelistas" anticipated that Obama's words and speeches would create a reign of peace all over the world.  Peace didn't happen, so disappointment followed.

A few days ago, we learned that the Emmys decided to go full "anti-Trump" and give Governor Cuomo a special award for his handling of the virus in New York.   

As with Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, no one can understand this one either.  Yesterday, a couple of sons decided to tell us what they think of this award:    

The Arbeeny brothers' father passed away while undergoing rehab in a New York nursing home. Daniel Arbeeny said their family tragically lost a total of five relatives that same week -- four dying from COVID-19; three from nursing home exposure.

“My father was a vivacious 88-year-old man who was still working at 88,” he said. “Very sharp.”    

Peter Arbeeny said Cuomo doesn’t deserve to be praised for his response to the pandemic now that he and his brother are “COVID orphans.”    

“He deserves an Academy Award for directing and creating a horror show in nursing homes,” he said. “His March 25 directive to put positive COVID patients back into nursing homes was done without any science, and thousands of people died. And me and my brother stand before the American people as COVID orphans.”

“The governor needs to own his mistakes," he went on. "He needs to apologize for his mistakes and we need closure and an investigation into this order to protect the most vulnerable."

When the brothers were able to take their father out of the nursing home, Daniel Arbeeny said they witnessed first-hand how “bad” conditions were at the peak of the virus due to lack of support.

Yes, let's show the world how much we hate President Trump by recognizing a man who does not deserve any award at all.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

It was a bloody communist who killed JFK

As a kid in Cuba, I sat with my father and watched Fidel Castro on Cuban TV talk about the Kennedy assassination.  I don't remember what he said, but my dad told me later that Castro was very nervous.  I guess he felt that President Johnson would use the assassination to correct the mistake of the Bay of Pigs.  A few days later, I heard my father and some of his friends say the same thing over a little Cuban coffee and cigars.

It was a tense time in Cuba because the Castro regime was locking up dissidents, such as my father's cousin, Dr. Ignacio Segurola, who spent 14 years in prison without a trial.  My mother told me recently that she was afraid that my own father would be picked up because he refused to take a job with the newly created national bank that replaced all the privately owned banks expropriated (or as they say "nationalized") during that time.

Over time, I've heard all of the conspiracy theories and watched a few documentaries and even that idiotic Oliver Stone JFK movie that came out in 1991.

Can we finally call it?  President JFK was killed by a crazy guy who was hanging around with communists and supporting the Castro dictatorship in Cuba.

Yes, there were angry right-wingers in Dallas.  Some of them behaved poorly.  However, do you think one of these groups would have "contracted" a head case like Oswald to kill anybody?  My guess is that most of these right-wing groups would have given Oswald a bloody lip for his communist ideas if they ever had a chance to run into him. 

A few years ago, James Piereson put a stake in all of the conspiracies, especially the nonsense about right-wingers in Dallas or the "let's get into Vietnam" military industrial complex.

Mr. Piereson tells us about Oswald, the communist who killed the president of the U.S.:

The facts are that President Kennedy was a martyr in the Cold War struggle against communism.  The assassin was a communist and not a bigot or a right-winger.  Oswald defected from the U.S. to the Soviet Union in 1959, vowing when he did so that he could no longer live under a capitalist system.  He returned to the U.S. with his Russian wife in 1962, disappointed with life under Soviet communism but without giving up his Marxist beliefs or his hatred of the U.S.  By 1963, Oswald had transferred his political allegiance to Castro's communist regime in Cuba.

In April 1963, Oswald attempted to shoot Edwin Walker, a retired U.S. Army general, as he sat at a desk in his dining room.  Walker was the head of the Dallas chapter of the John Birch Society and a figure then in the news because of his opposition to school integration and his demand that the Castro regime be overthrown.  The rifle Oswald used in the attempt at Walker's life was the one he used to shoot Kennedy.

Dallas police would not identify Oswald as Walker's would-be assassin until after the assassination of Kennedy, but Oswald, fearful that he would be identified for the Walker shooting, fled Dallas for New Orleans. 

In June 1963 he established a local chapter of Fair Play for Cuba, a national organization dedicated to gaining diplomatic recognition for Castro's regime.  Oswald was filmed by a local television station in New Orleans circulating leaflets on behalf of the Castro government and was jailed briefly following a street altercation with anti-Castro Cubans.  Soon thereafter he appeared on a local television program to debate U.S. policy toward Cuba.

In late September, Oswald left New Orleans to travel to Mexico City in pursuit of a visa that would permit him to travel to Cuba and then to the Soviet Union.  As documented in the Warren Commission Report, he took along a dossier of news clippings on his pro-Castro activities to establish his revolutionary bona fides with personnel at the Cuban and Soviet embassies in the city. 

Oswald returned to Dallas empty-handed after being told that his application would take months to process.  He was still waiting on his application six weeks later when he read that President Kennedy's forthcoming visit to Texas would include a motorcade through downtown Dallas and past the building where he worked.

The assassin's motives for shooting Kennedy were undoubtedly linked to a wish to interfere with the president's campaign to overthrow Castro's government.  After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy pledged to abandon efforts to overthrow Castro's regime by force.  But the war of words between the two governments continued, and so did clandestine plots by the Kennedy administration to eliminate Castro by assassination.

Last, but not least, I have spoken to Cubans living in New Orleans in 1962–63 who got into heated arguments with Oswald over Cuba.  They will attest to the fact that Oswald was a "Castro-loving communist," or exactly the kind of jerk who would kill the president of the U.S.

The right did not kill JFK.  The bloody communist did!

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