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Nice try, but no Cuban cigar

Last week George sent me a link to a column at PJ Media which advocated the GOP reversing course on the embargo on Cuba as tactic for Hispanic voter outreach. This is novel theory. Novel and laughable. I had to dust off my fisking machine and take apart the author's arguments. Luckily I too am […]

Three facets of Obama’s NSA snooping scandal

There are really three separate issues that are intertwined in the NSA snooping scandal that's unfolding as you read this. The first is the honest public debate we need to have about what we expect the federal government to be doing in order to protect us from terrorist threats. It's easy to claim that anything […]

Irony

Breath-taking perfection. twitter.com/AndyRichter/st… — Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) June 2, 2013  

Rep. Garcia’s (D) Chief of Staff Implicated in Fraud Investigation

Breaking news as reported in the Miami Herald: U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia’s staff chief implicated in ballot scheme The chief of staff resigned after law enforcement raided the homes of two of the congressman’s top aides. BY PATRICIA MAZZEI PMAZZEI@MIAMIHERALD.COM Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated […]

The Cuban Show

I was reading the comments on Enrisco's musings that Alberto posted earlier and came to a startling realization.  The commenter talks about the abdication of personal responsibility as the major disgrace of Cuba's "social experiment."  Social experiment.  Hmmm.  That's really what it is. Today 11 million people live in an antiquated laboratory that's been running […]

Carter Center is MIA on Venezuelan Election Fraud – UPDATED

Last week, Jennifer McCoy the Director of the Americas Center for The Carter Center went to Venezuela to observe that country's presidential election. According to lefty website dailycensored.com just a day before the election McCoy claimed that Venezuela’s electronic voting system was “the most comprehensive (she’s) seen in the world.” In fact she pre-certified the […]

Wisdom from the peanut gallery: Positivism

The Cuban Adjustment Act? -Anonymous When you realize that the only raison d'être for that which they call Revolution was one man's insatiable appetite for power, everything falls into perspective. -versioncorta Curious that nobody asks such a question (openly) about Hitler's actions. -Realpolitik I've sometimes used a similar analogy. When a Swede once told me: […]

Why we shouldn’t abandon Cuba

Today's quote of the day reminded me to post another quote that caught my attention recently. It's from Yoani Sanchez who has been interviewed constantly since she was permitted to leave Cuba a few weeks ago. The quote an answer to a question from Ian Vasquez of the Cato Institute. The translation is mine. Ian […]

Ditto

We already had a quote of the day and thought for the day but I wanted to highlight this quote as well... "I am just ecstatic, I’d have never even dreamed about having a Latin American pope! It’s a miracle to me! I am so happy that there is a man of the New World […]

We send letters

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from old friend, author, and Cuba blogger Luis M. Garcia. In he directed me to a column in the Chicago Tribune entitled: "Americans fear Iran, but there is much to learn from Cuba." I sent a letter to the editor but of course it never saw […]

Rubio must take Plouffe Seriously

Hispanics ‘don’t give a damn’ about Marco Rubio Former Senior White House adviser David Plouffe isn’t impressed with Freshman Senator Marco Rubio R-Fla. – recently dubbed the “Republican Savior” by TIME magazine. In an interview with the New York Times, Plouffe – now freed from his White House shackles – was willing to share his […]

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming…

For this announcement. Daniel Blatt, the Gay Patriot, plans on hosting a brunch for readers in Miami Beach this Sunday, January 20th. For more information visit his blog and click through to the contact info.

Trade with Cuba is not free trade

The Heritage Foundation has published its annual Index of Economic Freedom. Cuba is ranked 176 out of 177 countries in the index. Only North Korea is less free economically than Cuba. This gets to the crux of my argument against the Libertarian view that free trade frees people. Trade with Cuba is not free trade. […]

Ladies in White

Our friend Gyula Nemeth who is an illustrator has created this image for Babalú to use in our postings about the Ladies in White. Gyula is working on some very interesting projects including a book of 365 movie villains and his sports illustrations are wonderful. In the past he's designed illustrations of Celia Cruz and […]

Why plan B should have been plan C

House Speak Boehner's "plan B" for the fiscal cliff went down in flames because he couldn't get enough members of his own caucus to vote for it. This should, if our congressmen had any sense at all, signal the end of Boehner's speakership but they don't so it won't. Immediately after the election it became […]