NEW HAMPSHIRE (Satire from The Borowitz Report)—In a stunning announcement on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that he was dropping out of the Presidential race to focus his energies on tormenting Florida Senator Marco Rubio full-time.
“At the end of the day, running for President was interfering with what I really love, which is making Marco Rubio’s life a living hell,” he said. “Now I can get up every morning and spend all day just doing that.”
Christie said that he had tired of fielding questions about ISIS, immigration, and the economy and having to find some contrived way of answering them with a scathing attack on Rubio. “Don’t get me wrong, I was great at it,” he said. “But it’ll be so much easier to just get out there and start tearing him apart with no pretext whatsoever.”
The New Jersey governor, who plans to bring his message of character assassination to all fifty states, did not indicate how he would finance this mission. “I’ll pay for it myself if I have to,” he said. “If, looking back on my life, I can say that I ground Marco Rubio into the dirt, I will die a happy man.”
Asked what his first stop would be after leaving the campaign trail, Christie said, “I want to reconnect with my family, hug my kids, and tell them what a douche Marco is.”
Facts Prove Obama’s Cuba Policy Counter-Productive
by Mauricio Claver Carone
President Obama announced a new Cuba policy on Dec. 17, 2014. It gave diplomatic recognition to the sole remaining dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere, unilaterally eased U.S. trade and travel restrictions, and commuted the prison sentences of three convicted Cuban spies, including one imprisoned for plotting the murder of three Americans shot-down by Cuban MIGs while flying over the Florida Straits.
When Obama announced his new policy, describing it as “what change looks like,” few believed that the “change” would be for the worse. Yet the policy has clearly proven to be counter-productive. Set aside the policy theories and debates. Instead, look simply at the irrefutable facts since the announcement:
•Political arrests have intensified.
•A new Cuban migration is unfolding.
•The number of “self-employed” workers in Cuba has decreased.
•Internet “connectivity ranking” has dropped.
•U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba have plummeted.
•Religious freedom violations have increased tenfold.
•Castro reneged on the release of political prisoners and visits by international monitors.
•International political and economic pressure on Cuba has eroded.
Supporters of Obama’s policy point to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as a sign of “success” in itself. Yet no progress has been made on pressing diplomatic issues like the extradition of one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, who continues to be harbored by Cuba’s regime, or compensation or return of billions in Americans property confiscated by the regime. To the contrary, we’ve learned that throughout this process of negotiations and “changes” sought by the Obama Administration, that Cuba has had a stolen U.S. Hellfire missile in its possession and refused to return it. To make matters worse, defense experts fearCuba may have shared information about this missile’s technology with nations like North Korea.
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s “talking for the sake of talking” is proving only to be a useful distraction in this country and the world that is allowing the Castro regime to strengthen its political and economic grip over the Cuban people and their future.
A morally bankrupt Canadian family who chose to vacation in the Castro Kingdom ended up being treated like Cubans and they didn’t like their experience at all.
Surprise! Imagine that, such a negative turn of events in one of the world’s most repressive nations! Gee.
What’s this world coming to? Imagine that, Canadians getting the same treatment as Cubans! Holy smokes! Wow!
Where’s apartheid when you really need it, eh?
Ignoble savages, those subhuman Cubans!
From CBC Saskatchewan:
Regina family’s dream vacation in Cuba turns to ‘nightmare’
Members of a Regina family say their dream vacation in Cuba “turned into a nightmare”.
Kelly Morrison, her husband Steve, and their two children, stayed at the Memories Resort in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.
“Everything was great for the first few days,” Kelly Morrison said in a news release. “That all changed, however, last Saturday.”
On the morning of Jan. 30, Morrison opened their hotel room safe and found her wedding rings and money were nowhere to be found. She said about $170 Cdn and 130 Cuban convertible pesos (worth slightly less than $200 Cdn.) was missing.
When Morrison reported it as a theft to the hotel staff, they were told to fill out a report. That’s when Morrison said she was interviewed by the resort’s staff.
“Rather than an interview, it became an interrogation,” she said. “It was clear they didn’t believe our story. They thought we made up the whole thing.”
Morrison said security staff at the resort then went to their hotel room to search the family’s belongings. The missing items were not found.
According to Morrison, they were then told by the resort staff to leave everything in their rooms, including their passports. The family was moved to another part of the resort.?
After a few hours of waiting, Morrison said the resort told the family they could move back to their room and get their belongings, but only if they withdrew their statement alleging a theft from their safe.
“Obviously, they were only interested in keeping this incident quiet, rather than helping us,” Morrison said. “They refused to believe anyone else was in our room. They even threatened to kick us out of the hotel if we ‘made a scene’ and told other guests about what happened.”
Continue reading HERE to find out how this story ends (bet you can’t guess, eh?)
Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years.
In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, Cuban President Fidel Castro seized the opportunity to launch an assault of his own on internal critics–an offensive that drew little attention from an international community focused on the prospect of war in the Middle East.
On April 2, as U.S. forces neared Baghdad, Cuban reporter and photojournalist Omar Rodríguez Saludes returned to his home in Havana late. There, Cuban police were waiting for him. They searched his house, finding a 2002 New York Times’ article highlighting his work as one of about 100 independent journalists working in the Communist nation. “I remember they shouted with surprise: ‘Look at this!’” says Rodríguez. “For them that was as if they found a bomb.”
Rodríguez was one of 75 journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents arrested in a sweep that became known as Cuba’s “Black Spring.” For Rodríguez and others rounded-up, the arrest was a life-changing event. All would languish in prison for years after show-trials on charges of undermining the government. “This is following Sept. 11th, the world is focused on the U.S. intervention in Iraq,” says Ted Henken, a Latin American studies researcher at Baruch College in New York. “The suspicion is that it was done because no one was paying attention.”….
….Among those jailed at the same time as Rodríguez was Alejandro Gonzaléz Raga. Gonzaléz, who grew up in the central provincial city of Camagüey, had been a rebellious child. His mother was a senior official in the local office of Cuba’s interior ministry, but Gonzaléz frequently skipped school and hid from her when she came looking. “I was always the type of kid who did whatever he felt like,” he says, in an interview with Global Journalist. “I never let anyone burden my freedom.”
Gonzaléz went on to help found the Camagüeyan Press Agency, an independent news outlet, and reported on “things that needed to be published,” he says. His memories of his 2003 arrest are still fresh. “They put me into a police car and never told me why I was arrested until three days later,” he says. “My wife later told me that they went through our house with dogs, inspecting it as if I was a drug dealer.”
His sudden detention was wrenching, and after a trial, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. “You never forget your first day in prison,” he says. “I was in a dark cell with no light and I was the only one in my section that hadn’t murdered someone.”…
What other kind of Cuban news story could one expect on a Sunday?
Marti Noticias reports that scores of agents of the Castro regime descended on an evangelical church this past Friday and demolished it. When members of the church protested, they were savagely beaten and about 200 of them were arrested.
Although the pastor of this church — Alain Toledano — was not present, his wife, who is also a pastor, was beaten and arrested. In addition — since the couple and their two daughters lived on this property — the Castro regime demolished their dwelling and destroyed all their belongings and confiscated all of the construction materials they had purchased legally for the repair of their church.
And you can read Rev. Alain’s and Marilin’s own account of the harassment they have endured HERE (in Spanish)
Religious and political persecution are often linked in the Castro kingdom.
One reason for this phenomenon is the fact that non-Catholic churches are one of the few places where dissidents can congregate and where dissent can be voiced.
Even worse– as the Castro regime sees it — these churches teach children to believe in something other than the sacred so-called Revolution.
To top it off, these non-Catholic churches attract large numbers of Cubans.
And the pastors and and congregants of most of these persecuted evangelical and pentecostal churches are dark-skinned Cubans of African descent.
As the first-world news media refuses to acknowledge the plight of dissenters, so does it refuse to acknowledge that racism is endemic in the Castro Kingdom, despite the fact that its oligarchs are white and over 60% of its population claims to be of African descent.
Imagine how the press would report the demolition of a South African black church by its white rulers back in the days of apartheid. Or how about the demolition of a black church in Alabama by white government officials back in 1965?
Aaaah, but black Cubans are different, you say…. yes, so, so different, so unworthy of attention. They get free medical care, after all.
So it goes…. not all black lives matter in the same way…..
Evangelical Pastor Arrested During Demolition Of A Temple In Santiago De Cuba
Havana, 5 February 2016 – The evangelical pastor Marilin Alayo was arrested today, Friday, during the demolition of a temple in the Abel Santamaria district in Santiago de Cuba, as reported to this newspaper by Pastor Bernardo de Quesada, founder of the Apostolic Move, a Christian movement that separated from the Cuban Council of Churches in 2003.
The demolition comes at a time when the church pastor and Alayo’s husband, Alain Toledano, is traveling in Miami.
Pastor Toledano explained through a message on Facebook that, so far, he has been unable to talk to his wife, who is still being held incommunicado, along with pastors of the network and the local church. “More than 40 of our spiritual children are detained in the school in the municipality of Guama, they were beaten, abused, threatened. The other disciples do not know where they are, there are many people detained and so far we do not know where they are,” he wrote.
The three daughters of the pastor were staying with relatives.
“The intention is not only to demolish the temple, but remove the family property,” says De Quesada.
Liudmila Cedeño, an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), confirmed to 14ymedio that at 5:00 am on Friday a large group of people, among whom were prosecutors, police and officials from the Institute of Physical Planning, proceeded to demolish the temple of the apostolic ministry.
A few months ago, Toledano told Martí Noticias that last 13 October a man who identified himself as an official of the Communist Party of Cuba showed up at the house that serves as the congregation’s temple and informed him that “the Revolution had a Community project” and that the government needed the land.
The pastor claims to be the owner of the house and turned down the offer of an apartment by the authorities. “I said we had no interest in moving anywhere because their objective is to make the church disappear,” he told Martí Noticias.
The official informed him that “the Revolution would not stop its project” and that “one way or another” his family had to leave the land.
A Republican of Cuban descent might be the next president of the U.S.A.
Yikes! Are you serious?
Sort of. Odds are against it. But the odds are getting better.
Much better than the odds of an asteroid crashing into the earth any time soon, anyway. Or the odds of Justin Bieber and Miley Cirus entering monastic life and dedicating the rest of their time on earth to prayer and self-denial.
And certainly much better than the odds of some elderly Jewish-American Socialist becoming president of the U.S.A.
Some in the news media are beginning to deal with the heretofore unthinkable probability of having not just some spic as a president of the United States of America, but the worst kind of spic to boot.
And some of these journalists even go as far as to cite retrograde troglodytes who write for Babalu, who are proud of Cruz and Rubio, alongside ostensibly enlightened Cuban exiles who find Rubio and Cruz “disgusting” and “repugnant.”
Cruz and/or Rubio, eh? Que te parece?
From The Miami Herald:
Republican presidential race could come down to two Cuban Americans
by Patricia Mazzei
For 50 years Cuban exiles have dreamed of the day they would elect one of their own to be president of Cuba.
This year, they might actually see one elected — to be president of the United States.
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both sons of Cuban immigrants, head into Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary as two of the Republican Party’s top contenders for the 2016 nomination. That one of them could win marks an exceptional feat for a community only two generations removed from political exile.
“This race could come down to the two of them,” said former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican backing Jeb Bush for president who was the first Cuban American in the U.S. Senate. “It’s really remarkable.”
Last week, Cruz became the first Hispanic in history to win the Iowa caucuses. Together, he and Rubio took more than half the vote — nearly 51 percent — in a state not known for its ethnic diversity.
Yet there were few headlines proclaiming Cruz’s win and Rubio’s third-place finish as a victory for Latinos.
“Where is the media on this, right?” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday on Fox News. “I mean, this is a big deal.”
It is. But Cruz and Rubio themselves didn’t play it up. They don’t campaign as trailblazing Hispanics.
Their race is white, so they don’t stick out, noted Cristina Garcia, a Cuban-American novelist who lives in California and has explored the diaspora in her fiction.
“Does race go deeper than immigration status? It almost seems like an afterthought [that they’re Latinos]. It they were black Latinos, that would flip everybody out because most of the country doesn’t even know black Latinos exist. So I think, actually, in the American drama, race is still a bigger hurdle,” she said. “They’re white, privileged males, and they don’t speak with an accent. They’re not anybody’s idea of immigrants.”
It’s a long article, so go HERE for more, especially if you want to see a couple of quotes from a Neanderthal knuckle-dragging contributor to Babalu
Some musings on the upcoming Tropical Tarmac Synod in Havana, at which Pope Che and Patriarch Kirill will meet to discuss Catholic/Orthodox relations.
This “historic” meeting is so weird and so shrouded in mystery that it’s impossible to address all of the questions it raises.
For instance: did Kirill really insist on meeting at the airport in Havana and nowhere else? Why Havana? Why the airport? Are they both in such a hurry? One would think that solving a 1,000-year-old schism would require more than a quickly meet-an’-greet at a seedy airport owned and run by an atheist mass-murdering tyrant.
The oddest aspect of this choice of locations is the fact that both religious leaders are visiting Latrine America at the same time, and could have easily picked some other tropical location.
And why are both religious leaders visiting Latrine America at exactly the same time? (Pope Che goes from Havana to Mexico; Patriarch Kirill goes from Havana to a number of Latrine nations).
What does Czar Vladimir Putin have to do with this “historic” Tarmac Synod? Does the fact that Ukraine is largely Catholic have anything to do with these reconciliation talks?
What does Castrogonia’s status as a former Russian colony have to do with this meeting?
Will the Castro brothers be involved in any way? Will Cardinal Jaime Ortega bring the wine, cheese, and crackers out to the airport?
And so on….. But, on another front: what does Patriarch Kirill really want from Pope Che? Or, more to the point, what does Czar Vladimir want from Pope Che?
As it turns out — surprise! — Patriarch Kirill’s close relationship with Czar Vladimir resembles the love affair between King Raul Castro and Cardinal Jaime Ortega.
And — another surprise! — Patriarch Kirill’s friendship with Czar Vladimir has provided the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with many, many special perks.
If you would like to familiarize yourself with Patriarch Kirill in advance of the Tropical Tarmac Synod, read the article below.
Fom Mashable (abridged):
Humble Pope Francis to meet scandalous Russian Orthodox Church leader in Cuba
One is recognized as a humble leader who cares for the poor and has kissed the feet of peasants.
The other has been plagued by scandal and become an object of ridicule because of his luxurious lifestyle, which includes an apparent penchant for pricey ski vacations in Switzerland.
Both are religious leaders.
Next Friday, Feb. 12, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, will hold a historic meeting in Cuba, church officials from both sides said Friday…
…Kirill is a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin and his conservative policies. He once famously called the Russian head of state a “miracle from God” and he has come out in support of Moscow’s military campaign in Syria which he called a “holy war.”
That support has allowed the Russian Orthodox Church to grow exceptionally powerful over the past decade…
… The Russian public was outraged when he was seen wearing a $30,000 watch in a photograph published in 2012. In a failed attempt to hide the timepiece, the Russian Orthodox Church photoshopped it from his wrist, but overlooked its reflection in the shiny table surface below. Embarrassingly, they restored the original photo after being caught by bloggers.
Kirill is also rumored to own a pricey country mansion and a massive yacht. Photographers captured him boarding the vessel last year…
… The Kirill-Francis meeting was years in the works and marks a major development in the Vatican’s long effort to bridge the divisions in Christianity.
Francis will fly to Cuba before continuing to Mexico for a six-day tour of the country. Kirill will arrive on Thursday in Havana to start an 11-day tour of South America.
Francis said last November that he had told Kirill: “I’ll go wherever you want. You call me and I’ll go.”
Castro Mocks the American Outreach
by Elliott Abrams
The efforts of the Obama administration to ‘normalize’ relations with Cuba have been mocked this past week.
The U.S. Southern Command holds an annual regional security conference. For decades one of its main purposes was to protect the region against Cuba, but this time the Obama administration made sure that Cuba was invited to attend. The conference was held at the very end of January.
What did the Cubans do? They sent as their representative a man who spied against the United States and was thrown out of our country. He is Gustavo Machin Gomez, a Cuban spy declared persona non grata in 2002. Now this man was accepted by us to sit with American military officers as a fit person with whom to discuss regional security.
There’s one other thing to consider as one thinks about this invitation. Cuba still holds the Hellfire missile that somehow was sent there, and the regime will not give it back to the United States. The Wall Street Journal has reported that “for more than a year, amid a historic thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, American authorities have tried to get the Cuban government to return the missile….”
Presumably, Cuba is happily sharing what the Journal called “this sensitive military technology” with Russia and other regime allies. The return of the missile was, amazingly enough, not made a condition of ‘normalization’ by the Obama administration in its negotiations with Cuba. And now we see that its return was not even made a condition of inviting Cuba to participate in a regional security conference.
They keep the missile, they send a man thrown out of the United States for spying to our regional security conference, and the Obama administration appears to think all is just swell with the new opening to Cuba. Castro must be wondering if he’s dreaming.
But here’s the nightmare. It seems clear that President Obama wants to cap off his years in office with a visit to Cuba, where he can meet the great Fidel Castro and do some wonderful photo ops. So throughout 2016, we can expect this kowtowing to the Castro regime to continue, and we can expect to see more and more displays of regime contempt for the United States. And meanwhile, the arrests and the beatings of Cubans struggling for democracy and human rights continue, and increase- and they have increased since Mr. Obama signed his deal with the Castro brothers. The price for Mr. Obama’s photo ops would be paid by Cubans struggling for freedom. And that would be an immoral bargain.
Silent prayer might do it. The prayer of quiet, in which one utters no words but simply opens oneself to the divine.
Unfortunately, only advanced mystics — holy people — get to that level. The prayer of quiet is a rare gift, normally unavailable to unholy slugs.
I don’t know what to say, really. A snowstorm allowed me to stay home and sleep late today, and I woke up to this piece of news.
To be honest, I’m feeling a lot like I did fourteen months ago when I cracked my skull in three places. Can’t think straight.
All that my brain can come up with is a disturbing image, a photo of King Raul and King Emeritus Fidel being embraced by a Pope and a Patriarch.
All efforts to reunite the Catholic and Orthodox churches have failed in the past, and the places where attempts were made are remembered as sad, sad locations.
So, why not hold such a historic meeting in Hell, the saddest place of all?
This is nearly apocalyptic. Maybe, maybe, maybe…. this is God’s way of punishing Cubans further….or of performing some astounding miracle…. it’s way too strange.
Punishment seems much more likely than some miracle. Has any other atheist mass-murdering tyrant in human history received such attention from The Vicar of Christ and other church leaders?
Holy ordure. This is beyond comprehension.
Punishment must be the reason. Purgation. Cleansing. Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
From The Washington Post
Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba
MOSCOW — Pope Francis and the leader of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church plan a historic meeting next week in Cuba, officials said Friday, marking the most significant steps ever attempted to heal a schism that has divided Christianity between East and West for nearly 1,000 years.
The meeting — the first between a pope and Russian patriarch — would culminate decades of overtures for closer dialogue. The churches have been formally estranged since the 11th century over issues such as papal authority and, more recently, by disputes over Roman Catholic reach into traditionally Orthodox regions.
The planned encounter next Friday between Francis and Patriarch Kirill I at Havana’s airport also highlights apparent moves toward greater solidarity amid current worries. Among them: pressures facing ancient Christian communities in the Middle East from militant groups such as the Islamic State.
Even the venue carries significance. Cuba, which once suppressed the Roman Catholic church as a Soviet client state, was picked because the legacy of Christian rifts remains too vivid in Europe, a Russian church official said.
A full reconciliation would require major changes on both sides, but warmer ties sanctioned by the highest authorities would represent one of the biggest modern shifts in the world’s religious landscape.
The Russian Church is by far the largest and most influential in the Orthodox world, which is a patchwork of various churches and patriarchs.
At the planned meeting — scheduled for José Martí International Airport — the two leaders are expected to sign a joint declaration. The details, however, were not immediately disclosed.
Francis will fly to Cuba before traveling on to Mexico for a six-day tour of the country.
Patriarch Kirill is scheduled to arrive next Thursday in Havana for an 11-day tour of South America, which will also include stops in Paraguay, Chile, and Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil….
….Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, a senior Russian church leader, told reporters that the patriarch did not want to meet the pope in Europe because of its links “to the sad history of the division and conflicts between Christians.”
But the patriarch agreed to Cuba, he continued, because of conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere where “an authentic genocide of the Christian population by extremists requires immediate measures and closer cooperation between the Christian churches.”
Cuban opposition group reports 1,414 political arrests in January
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Thursday said that political repression continues to increase on the island, adding that there were at least 1,414 political arrests in January.
The opposition group, the only one to tally incidents of this kind in Cuba, said in its monthly report on political repression that the number of arrests in January was exceeded only last November, when there were 1,447.
The Commission, headed by Elizardo Sanchez, said that, besides the arrests, in January 56 peaceful opposition figures were the victims of physical attacks, three suffered acts of repudiation, there were 68 incidents of harassment and two of vandalism.
According to the Commission, these acts were orchestrated by State Security and other “repressive bodies and parapolice elements” in Cuba, where the government “has been exercising power in an authoritarian manner for 58 years.”
The government, the organization says, is resorting more frequently to prolonged arrests and temporary incarcerations without trial, and these can last for months, as a “policy designed to wear down the opposition members.”
“The number of prisoners is increasing without cessation and in the enormous prison system subhuman and degrading conditions of internment continue to prevail, at the same time that the government continues refusing to accept the cooperation of the International Red Cross and other international NGOs,” the Commission said.
Cuba’s Communist government dismisses most dissidents as “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries.”
Expelled Cuban Spy Led Delegation to U.S. Regional Security Conference
One of the Obama Administration’s latest diplomatic concessions was to invite the Castro regime to participate in an annual Caribbean regional security conference co-sponsored by the U.S. military’s Southern Command.
Instead, the Castro regime keeps adding insult to injury.
As the AP reported, “the Cuban delegation was led by Gustavo Machin Gomez, deputy director general of the U.S. department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Machin Gomez is a Cuban spy who was declared persona non grata and expelled from the United States in 2002.
On April 14th, 2000, Machin was one of nearly two dozen Cuban “diplomats” that violently assaulted a small group of peaceful demonstrators outside the then-Cuban Interests Section (CUBINT) on 16th Street in Washington, D.C.
Machin was expelled from the U.S. in November 2002, pursuant to the Ana Belen Montes case. Montes, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official, was convicted in U.S. federal court for serving as a Cuban agent — the highest level spy ever caught at the Pentagon.
He would later become Cuba’s Ambassador to Pakistan, where he isbelieved to have targeted US counter-terrorism operations in the region.
Another slap in the face of the Obama Administration.
This is definitely worth watching. Follow the link above. Even if you don’t understand French, it’s worth watching. It’s a lot like looking through a microscope. You may not fully understand what’s being said, but the spectacle itself can be mesmerizing.
The video clips are saturated with sarcasm — Daily-Show-style.
At one point, you will get to see the host of the show poking fun at King Raul’s bodyguard (his grandson). You will also get to see Raul reading a menu while Grand Bouffon Hollande greets him, and you’ll also get to hear Raul say “mesibocú” (merci beaucoup)
At another point, a French journalist asks King Raul in Spanish: “When will Cubans be allowed to vote?”
That question led to another exchange, described below (picture above), in which some Castronoid tells that reporter that he deserves to be dead or in prison, and that if he had asked that question in Cuba that would have been his fate (in Cuba, you’d be in prison, you’d be dead!).
From No Pasarán:
Pro-Castro Frenchmen to Journalist (2 Videos): If You’d Behaved That Way in Cuba, “You Would Be in Prison, You Would Be Dead”
This is supposed to be an argument in favor of the Castro brothers and in favor of the Caribbean island’s socialist paradise model?!?!
Members of the rabidly pro-Castro ¡Cuba Si! association tell (warn) a reporter what the consequences would be in Cuba if journalists like him had behaved like his television show had:
“In Cuba… you would be dead!”
There are actually two stories here:
The first story goes as follows: As Raúl Castro pays a visit to France, Cuban state television showed a couple of Frenchmen expressing hearty welcomes to the líder maximo (or to the brother of the líder maximo).
“Bienvenue au président Raul Castro et qu’il revienne le plus souvent possible” (Welcome to president Raul Castro and may he return as soon as possible.)
Strangely enough, it turns out that the two men supposedly representative of the French people seemingly filmed in two widely different locations of Paris (intercut with images of the Champs-Élysées bedecked with Cuban flags, it seems to take place there) happened to be filmed on… opposing sidewalks of… the same street in the 15th arrondissement, 20 meters away from… the Cuban embassy!
(Sounds like Cuban state TV personnel would have no trouble finding work in the mainstream media of the United States and other countries in the West.)
The second story concerns a further report by Canal +, as Le Petit Journal found out (warning: shocker ahead) that the Frenchmen interviewed by Cuban TV turned out to be members of the pro-Castro ¡Cuba si! association.
The journalist proceeded to try to ask them some questions. An aging member of ¡Cuba Si! tells the cameraman of Le Petit Journal‘s Hugo Clément to cut the camera, after which the conversation continues as follows:
• Hugo Clément: We have freedom of the press in this country, Sir; we’re not in Cuba here!
• Moustache: Well, you’re lucky that we’re not in Cuba, you’re lucky!
• Hugo Clément: Otherwise, what would have happened?
• Fellow in the background: They would be in jail!
• Moustache: Don’t provoke, it’s not worth it. Don’t provoke!
• Hugo Clément: Well, you are threatening me, you said I was lucky. Otherwise, what would have happened?
• Fellow in the background: Pff, you would be dead, whaddya think!
Our wonderful friends at the New York Times have once again made sure that their readers get the correct message about Lateeen-ohs and the little box in which they all belong.
After the stunning Iowa victories of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio they immediately found someone to write an op-ed that would put that victory in its proper politically-correct perspective.
In other words, the NYT found someone who would do exactly what we here at Babalu predicted the liberal news media would do: that is, denigrate Cruz and Rubio and expose them as traitors to the Lateeeen-oh population in the U.S.
Journalist Sarah Rumpf noticed this leftist attempt to define the Lateeen-oh box, and mentions Babalu in her sharp-eyed critique of the NYT’s stealthy bigotry.
From Independent Journal:
NYTimes Writer Explains How Latinos Like Cruz And Rubio ‘Should Behave’ But He Forgets One Thing
A New York Times op-ed is revealing the hypocrisy of identity politics on the left with its dismissal of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio’s strong finishes in the Iowa caucuses.
Cruz and Rubio, who won first and third in the Iowa GOP caucuses, are both of Cuban-American descent and the children of immigrants. Babalú Blog, a Florida-based conservative Cuban blog celebrated the historic nature of Cruz and Rubio’s Iowa caucus results, noting that the two Cuban-American Senators “got more votes than anyone else (51%) in a state with very few Cubans.” Only 1,226 Iowans — “a mere .0004 percent of the state’s population” — reported Cuban identity on the 2010 U.S. Census.
“This means that in an age of extreme identity politics, something unusual is happening: Cruz and Rubio are attracting voters because of what they say and do rather than because of their ethnicity,” the blog wrote. “God bless America.”
But University of Southern California Professor Robert Suro, in an op-ed published Wednesday evening in the New York Times, doesn’t see the same reasons to celebrate. Suro wrote why he believes Cruz and Rubio’s Iowa victories failed to garner more headlines:
“The answer is not that complicated: Neither Mr. Cruz nor Mr. Rubio meets conventional expectations of how Latino politicians are supposed to behave.”
Suro continued: “Neither of these candidates claims to speak for the Hispanic population or derive a crucial portion of their support from Hispanics, and neither bases much of his political identity on being a Latino. To varying degrees they oppose legalization for unauthorized immigrants, a policy that is central to most organized Latino political interests and that is supported by a great majority of Latino elected officials and Latino voter[s].”
Rubio’s communications director Alex Conant dismissed the Times‘ op-ed as “silliness” and declined to comment further.
Suro’s op-ed reflects a long-running and troubling trend in the mainstream media, committing a very common sin among liberal commentators by assuming that the Democratic Party’s positions on immigration issues are equivalent to Latino-Americans’ positions.
In Castrogonia, misery begins at birth and follows you to the grave.
Since the government controls everything, including funerals, what else could be expected?
The article below highlights some of the painful problems caused by the Castro regime’s absolute power over funerals and burials.
Some of these details are also depicted in the 1995 film “Guantanamera,” which is one of the subtlest, most honest critiques of the so-called Revolution ever to be allowed by the Castro regime. And it’s also very funny.
The plot of the film is based on an old Spanish joke:
“Si me muero en Vigo entierrenme en Barcelona, y si me muero en Barcelona entierrenme en Vigo (If I die in Vigo, bury me in Barcelona, and if I die in Barcelona, bury me in Vigo — at opposite ends of Iberia)
“Pero porque?” (Why?)
“Pa’ joder, pa’ joder a todos…” (To screw everyone…)
The entire film can be viewed HERE (Spanish, no subtitles).
Collapsing Coffins Mar Cuba’s Funerals
As deacon at a Cuban cemetery, Miguel Pons has the difficult task of consoling the bereaved — and calming their anger when the coffins break.
Besides officiating the funeral services at his chapel in Havana’s picturesque Christopher Columbus graveyard, the 61-year-old often has to help shoulder the casket to stop it coming apart with the deceased inside.
Made of weak, green wood and lacking handles, the coffins are a poignant indication of how Cuba’s public funeral service has never recovered from decades of mistrust between the Church and the communist government.
People are fed up.
“I sometimes have to go out and hold the service in the street because the driver tells me, ‘Father, we can’t get the casket out. The corpse is very heavy and I’m afraid the bottom’s going to fall through,'” Pons said.
In Cuba, funerals are provided exclusively, and practically free of charge, by the state. But with a lack of investment and decent coffin wood, it is a scrappy business.
Families who come to bury their loved ones lament that the coffins lack nails or are draped in threadbare cloth, Pons said.
Sometimes, the glass window in the casket comes loose and drops onto the corpse.
“People complain to me. They say, ‘Father, look at this!'” Pons said. “And I say to them, ‘I know it is very painful. But what can we do?'”…
…Except for the lucky few that have a family plot, bodies are buried in common graves, stacked up with strangers.
After two years, the decomposed remains are dug up and relatives are allowed to take away the bones, to keep them in an urn or store them in an ossuary.
“When you exhume the person, you take them away in your box. Then at last they have privacy,” said Pons.