Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asked to come to the aid of Cuban dissidents



In an urgent appeal hand-delivered to Secretary Hillary Clinton this afternoon at a recess in the Longworth Building of the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Calzon, Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, asked former Senator and Secretary of State Clinton for her “personal assistance” in convincing the Castro regime to stop its brutal attacks on Cuban dissidents and to grant amnesty to all political prisoners.

The appeal also asked Secretary Clinton to push for the release of three Cubans who have been held incommunicado since Pope Francis’s visit to Cuba. The Cubans gave the Argentine pope a flyer asking for his support for human rights in Cuba.

Having been in the hot seat all day in a congressional hearing about her response to the 9/11/2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Lybia, Mrs. Clinton has yet to respond to this request.


Here’s the text of the hand-delivered letter:

Dear Secretary Clinton:

I am writing to ask for your personal assistance to bring to an end the beatings, abuse, and detentions of Cuban women (the Ladies in White) whose only crime is to attend mass every Sunday at the Santa Rita Church in Havana, dressed in white in an effort to convince General Raul Castro to decree a general amnesty for all Cuban political prisoners. For several months now, these women have been dragged to prison and abused. I am including photographs of this outrage.

We believe, and many members of Cuba’s democratic opposition on the island also believe, that if you and President Obama were to call on General Raul Castro to end these beatings, as well as the use of rapid deployment brigades to abuse dissidents and their families, the use of physical violence against peaceful Cuban demonstrators might be stopped.

I am also writing to request that you urge General Raul Castro to release without further delay three Cubans who dared to approach the Holy Father during his visit to Cuba to give him a flyer asking for his support for human rights on the island. Their names are Zaqueo Baez Guerrero, Ismael Bonet Rene and María Josefa Acón Sardinas. All of them have been held incommunicado at the infamous 100 y Aldabó prison in Havana. They have yet to be presented in court and Amnesty International has called for their release.

At a time when so much is being written about the new relationship between the Cuban government and the United States, we pray that, despite your many responsibilities and the race for the presidency, you will find time to do what you can to help these Cubans who share your devotion to freedom and human rights.

Thank you in advance for your help on this matter.


Frank Calzon

Executive Director, Center for a Free Cuba


Guillermo Fariñas prepares to go on 25th hunger strike to protest increased repression by Castro dynasty


Cuban dissident Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas says that “things have changed for the worse” in Cuba since last December,”because repression has increased” as a result of unilateral concessions granted to the Castro regime by the United States.  In an interview published by ABC Spain.  Fariñas also revealed that he has received “direct death threats from high officials of State Security,” and that such aggressive threats are something new, a result of President Obama’s embrace of the Castro regime.  Even worse, says Fariñas, these recent death threats come directly from the highest levels of the Castro regime.

According to Fariñas, neither Fidel nor Raul Castro are behind this new wave or repression.  The man who is “pulling all the strings” is none other than Raul’s son,  one-eyed General Alejandro Castro Espín, who has assumed de facto control of the Castro Kingdom as head of the Council for the Defense and Security of Cuba. “He is the one who gives all the orders, and the one who has power over all ambassadors.”

King Raul and heir apparent Prince Alejandro
King Raul and heir apparent Prince Alejandro

While Raul’s son runs internal security and international diplomacy and espionage, says Fariñas, the Cuban economy is controlled by Raul’s son-in-law, General Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, who presides over the military council that owns all enterprises on the island.  Tourism, mining, and all businesses in Cuba are in his hands, and all foreign corporations who want to do business with Cuba have to deal with him.

Heir Apparent’s Brothers-in-Law (LosCuñados) : Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas (husband of sister Deborah) and Arturo Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas (brother of Alberto, now known in U.S. as Cuba “expert” and perennial Ph.D. candidate Arturo Lopez-Levy).
Prince Alejandro’s brothers-in-Law: Business Czar Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas (husband of sister Princess Deborah) and Arturo Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas (brother of Alberto, now known in U.S. as Cuba “expert” and perennial Ph.D. candidate Arturo Lopez-Levy).

“They want to turn Cuba into some mixture of Putin’s Russia, Nasser’s Egypt, and China and Vietnam,” says Fariñas.  “They are advancing towards a form of state-run capitalism in which everything will be controlled by those in power or by their children,” perhaps with “some decorative person nominally in charge so no one can accuse them of being a dynasty.”  Despite all efforts to disguise the real facts with cosmetic de jure appointments, charges Fariñas, all de facto power remains in the hands of an absolutist dynasty.  Moreover, according to him, the United States has entrenched the power of this dynasty by turning a blind eye to its repressive tactics and by turning its back on all opponents of the Castro regime.


Fariñas –winner of the Sakharov Prize — also revealed that if repression continues to increase he will go on another hunger strike, even though his health is very frail.  A survivor of 24 previous hunger strikes, including one that lasted for 135 days in 2010,  Fariñas suffers from many ailments as a result of such heroic efforts, and has to take eleven different medications every day.

In this interview,  Fariñas also says that he and other dissidents are trying to unite all opponents of the Castro regime — on the island and abroad — and to create a single movement.

Read the whole interview HERE (in the hegemonic Castilian dialect, otherwise known as “Spanish”).

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The 99th annual dinner raises money for WHCA scholarships and honors the recipients of the organization's journalism awards. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Latrine to the extreme: Rafael Correa challenges critic to a fistfight

Aaaaah!  It can’t get more comical or tragic or Latrine than this.

A Latin American head of state has challenged a man who dared to criticize him to mano-a-mano combat.

Rafael “Macho Man” Correa of Ecuador wins this year’s Maximum Latrine Clown prize.

Runner-ups Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia didn’t even come close.

Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, another contender for the prize, is rumored have challenged Queen Elizabeth of England to a Jell-O wrestling match for possession of the Falkland Islands.  But the rumor — despite its ring of truth  –remains unconfirmed.


From The Washington Post:

Ecuador’s president literally wants to fight a politician who criticized him

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador is a studly man of irreproachable judgment and superlative masculinity, and don’t doubt it, punk, or else.

That pretty much sums up a looming showdown in Ecuador, where opposition lawmaker Andrés Páez this week accepted the president’s challenge to fight him mano-a-mano, saying he was ready “to defend the country with my fists and my life.”

This sort of conflict resolution model sends a dubious message to the impressionable children of Ecuador, sure. But by now every man, woman and child in the country knows better than to mock the president.

He has threatened to put political cartoonists in jail for it, inviting this ribbing from HBO’s John Oliver. In May, Correa halted his motorcade to berate a teenager who flipped him the bird from the sidewalk, punishing the kid with 20 hours of community service. Then there was that time in the middle of a police revolt when Correa ripped open his shirt to expose his bare chest, daring somebody to take a shot.

He is muy, muy macho. Especially on social media.

Continue reading HERE.

Must-see TV: Larry David as Bernie Sanders

Saturday Night Live plays fair by skewering the recent Democratic party’s first presidential primary debate.

Larry David steals the show as Bernie Sanders.

And he does so by channeling the real Bernie, just like the late John Belushi used to channel Joe Cocker.

Larry/Bernie, says, when asked about his position on big banks: “Eeeeeeh!  Not a fan of the banks, they trample the middle class and control Washington…..That’s why you’ve gotta break up the banks into little pieces and then flush the pieces down the toilet so you can never put the banks back together and then you make the bankers pay for college for everyone, and America’s fixed, hey!

And it gets even better as he rolls on….

Shocking! El Sexto still rots in Castro dungeon despite international outcry


The Castro regime has reneged on its promise to free Danilo Maldonado Machado, a.k.a. “El Sexto.”

This behavior seems very predictable to those who know how the Castro regime works, but  surprising or even shocking to those who don’t.

As the U.S. makes concessions and the pope blesses the repressive apartheid state, its behavior worsens.

So, despite promising to release graffiti artists “El Sexto” –who has gone on a hunger strike — the Castro regime continues to hold him in prison.

Those who have inquired into this very common violation of  human rights in Castrogonia keep hitting a wall of silence.

Unfortunately, no comfort can come from saying “told you so” to Amnesty International and all those who expect the Castro regime to behave decently.

The sad truth is that the criminals in Havana have been given a green light to behave even more indecently than usual, with total impunity.

An even sadder truth is the fact that the plight of  “El Sexto” is only a thin wisp of frost on the tip of a colossal 42,426-square-mile iceberg.

If you’re wondering why a metaphorical iceberg should have such precise dimensions, just google “size of Cuba in miles.”

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This young guy “El Sexto” turned me into a pig, and I won’t release him. You can protest all you want, but it will all be in vain.

From Amnesty International

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held

The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

“Committing to release Danilo Maldonado Machado on 15 October only to keep him behind bars for no reason other than speaking his mind and criticising the government is not only cruel but sends a strong message that freedom of expression is not on the Cuban government’s radar,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“Danilo is a prisoner of conscience, deprived of his liberty as punishment for peacefully expressing his opinions. He must be released immediately and unconditionally and not be made to spend another second behind bars.”

Yesterday, prison authorities told Danilo’s mother that he had served his time but that they did not know when he would be set free. Danilo, however, has never been brought before a judge or sentenced.

“Danilo’s story has all the elements of a science fiction novel: fist he was put behind bars under the most ludicrous excuse and then kept there arbitrarily without even being charged. The fact that Cuban authorities continue to play with Danilo and his family is just shocking,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as ‘El Sexto’, was arrested by agents of the political police (Seguridad del Estado) in Havana while travelling in a taxi on 25 December 2014. Officers opened the taxi’s boot and found the two pigs with “Raúl” and “Fidel” painted on their backs. He was accused of “disrespecting the leaders of the Revolution” but never brought to court. Danilo intended to release the pigs at an art show on Christmas Day.


Utopian future dawns for human race: Correct thinking guaranteed by magnets

Transcranial Correctness Machine
Transcranial Correctness Machine

Ay!  We were supposed to have flying cars, but instead, this is what the future brings us: instant political correctness.

Some British scientists have found a way to correct malfunctioning brains and turn everyone into a liberal/progressive/socialist/atheist.

Yes, finally!  Religion and conservative political ideology can be cured, just like any other disease!  The only exception is that this cure is effected with magnets rather than vaccines, medications, or surgery.

Get ready for utopia, brothers and sisters!

Today it’s religion and politics, tomorrow it will be ALL wrong thinking that will be corrected.

In addition, this approach to curing religious beliefs and conservative thinking proves conclusively that the only correct approach to problem solving is that of liberal atheists.


Instant cure for incorrect thinking
Instant cure for incorrect thinking

From Express:

Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God – with MAGNETS

Attitudes towards God and immigrants can be changed by beaming magnetic waves into the brain, scientists have claimed.

A bizarre experiment claims to be able to make Christians no longer believe in God and make Britons open their arms to migrants in experiments some may find a threat to their values.

Scientists looked at how the brain resolves abstract ideological problems.

Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers safely shut down certain groups of neurones in the brains of volunteers.

TMS, which is used to treat depression, involves placing a large electromagnetic coil against the scalp which creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control.

Researchers found the technique radically altered religious perceptions and prejudice.

Belief in God was reduced almost by a third, while participants became 28.5 per cent less bothered by immigration numbers.

Continue reading HERE

Quick!  Get me as many of those machines as we can buy with our trillion-dollar reparations from Obama!
Quick! Get me as many of those machines as we can buy with our trillion-dollar reparations from Obama!

Yet another Castro scam: U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for huge number of Cuban retirees


Castrogonia has one of the lowest birth rates on earth 9.9 births/1,000 population.

This statistic earns Castrogonia a place in the sub-basement of demographics.  It ranks 173 out of 191 nations.

(First place goes to the African nation of Niger, with 49.67/1,000; last place goes to Portugal with 7.90/1,000).

At this rate, which amounts to 1.45 births per woman, the Cuban population cannot ensure its survival.

This extremely low birth rate –which has held steady for many years — also leads to another kind of crisis: right now the Castro Kingdom has a disproportionately old population.

Oh, but worry not: the military junta that runs the country has found a way to deal with this disaster.

Castrogonia is simply shipping as many oldsters as possible to the U.S., where they are instantly eligible for welfare payments, medicaid, and free housing.

So, don’t be too surprised if Smokin’ Graciela and her buddies move to Miami and take up residence in Hialeah.

Bienvenidos! Come 'n get it!
Bienvenidos! Come ‘n get it!

From Investor’s Business Daily:

Castro Regime Unloads Older Cubans on U.S. 

Socialism: After years of touting the putting-people-first humanity of Cuba’s communism, the Castro regime has decided it’s easier to outsource costs for its retirees to the U.S. When did the U.S. become Cuba’s 401(k)?

For years, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul have preached the virtues of socialism over capitalism, claiming his government model was all about prioritizing human needs — above all, in free health care.

As a result of this focus on human needs over, say, war or corporate profits, as the propaganda went, Cuba has more doctors per capita than anyone, and it’s all “free.”

Some, like director Michael Moore, have been easy marks for this claptrap, making a movie called “Sicko” praising Cuba’s system, which Obama administration officials have said was an inspiration for ObamaCare.

But with Cuba so superior to the U.S., why is Castro shipping its vast and growing elderly population to the U.S. for retirement instead of taking care of it itself?

Turns out Uncle Sam is another easy mark for the Castro brothers’ filchings.

A relatively little-noted investigation from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Castro is shipping Cuba’s old to the U.S. in soaring numbers — because the Cuban Adjustment Act entitles them to free housing, free Medicaid, free Supplemental Social Security and even welfare. No matter if they have relatives who can care for them, a free retirement plan is theirs for the taking.

That’s quite an enticement, given that Cuban old-age pensions run about $7 a month, and Cubans live in shambling misery with shortages, ration cards, broken-down transport and long lines. By contrast, the lowest SSI package is about $700 a month.

With free housing, free health care and free spending money added on, Cubans have a retirement plan unlike anything they can imagine in Cuba, all without having contributed a penny.

The Sun-Sentinel found that in Cuba, knowledge of these benefits is widespread. A surge of elderly Cubans coming to the U.S. for benefits has already begun, nearly doubling from 1,460 to 2,685 so far this year. And Castro has encouraged the emigration of the most costly.

It’s part of an overall surge in migration, ever since President Obama announced normalization of relations. Customs and Border Protection data show that from October 2014 to June 2015, 27,296 Cubans entered the U.S. for residency, a 78% rise over last year.

More are coming. Cuba has the hemisphere’s oldest population. The average age is 47, and nearly 24% of the population is above age 55, according to CIA data.

Pa'l carajo con esto. Me voy pa' Miami y me planto en Jayalia!
Pa’l carajo con esto. Me voy pa’ Miami y me planto en Jayalia!


The remnants of Cuba’s Jewish community

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Photos of Cuba’s tiny Jewish community have been published by The Atlantic.

The article that accompanies the photos is very brief and makes no mention of why the 1,500 Jews remaining in Cuba have chosen to stay.  It also makes no mention of the fact that members of this community betrayed Alan Gross.

Take a look HERE.

And if you’d like to see how this tiny remnant is spread out thinly across the entire island, go HERE, to the website for Cuban Jewish communities.


Quote of the day: How being Cuban could help Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Kurt Schlichter has posted some advice for Marco Rubio in an article entitled “How Marco Rubio Might Win Back Us Conservatives.”

Schlichter argues that the only way that Marco Rubio can win back the conservative voters he has alienated (pun intended) is by denouncing his own participation in the illegal immigrant amnesty circus of the so-called Gang of Eight.

Schlichter also proposes that Rubio’s Cuban identity might help him, but not in the way most Americans expect.

Let’s face it – the Cuban thing is good. But that’s not because of the bizarre notion that his being of Cuban descent is going to win over everyone with a remotely Latin surname – having married into a Cuban family, I know that being Cuban may well hurt him with some sub-sets of Hispanicdom. No, the Cuban thing is good because it demonstrates that being a Republican doesn’t mean having to come off like the guy who owned the local Buick dealership back in 1965. And it is part of a powerful and compelling back story. Aspiring American-by-choice immigrants, works hard, and his son runs for president. God bless America.

Funny how immigration went from being an asset to his only real liability. But it’s a huge liability that is going to sink his candidacy if he doesn’t unscrew what he screwed up.

Read the whole thing HERE.

Nightmare on Saw Mill Road: I had the chance to kill Raul Castro, but failed

"Historic" murder weapon
“Historic” murder weapon

Sorry, this is not a news story.

This post is about a nightmare I had last night, after I uploaded that essay about Raul Castro at the United Nations.

It was an awful dream.  Interpret it as you wish.  Dreams are a source of infinite information.

So, I suddenly find myself in a small house, somewhere.  Raul Castro is there, in a narrow hallway, and he is surrounded by bodyguards.

He’s dressed in a black suit, not his military garb.  It looks like the suit he wore at the U. N.

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Why are you trying to kill me?

I feel an uncontrollable urge to kill the bastard, but realize I have no weapons.  So, I grab a suitcase — the only object in the hallway — and I start smashing it against Raul’s head repeatedly, with as much force as I can muster.  The suitcase has a very hard exterior, and it looks like some Samsonite product from the early 1960’s.

Raul acts like all the bullies I fought in real life, back in elementary school in Havana.  He starts whimpering and cowering, trying to block my blows with his hands, weakly.

No matter how hard I hit him with the suitcase, his skull refuses to crack open.  He doesn’t even get a bump on the head — not a single chichón — and blow after blow, he just whimpers, giving me  a pathetic look, like some lamb who doesn’t understand why it’s being slaughtered.  His bodyguards do nothing to stop me, but the suitcase keeps getting flimsier and flimsier, like it’s turning into cardboard.

So, I stop hitting him and run away.  Then his bodyguards begin to pursue me through a cityscape that looks a lot like some of the humbler neighborhoods of Miami.

Before Raul’s thugs can catch me, I wake up.  Surprise!  It was only a dream.  I feel relieved I’m not about to be tortured and killed by Raul’s bodyguards.

It was very, very real.  Hyper-realistic.  You know the kind of dream I’m talking about.  When you wake up, you are astonished that you are in bed and that it was only a dream.

There you have it.  I tried to assassinate Raul with a suitcase from the past, and he escapes unharmed — a single suitcase, which is all that we “historic” exiles were allowed to bring out of Cuba.  The suitcase was dark green, like the skin on some iguanas.

Interpret away, brothers and sisters.  Interpret, if you can or care to do so.

“Thou shalt not kill.”  “Love thine enemies.”  “Pray for your enemies.”   Tough commands.  Very tough.

I need to find a drunken priest, so I can confess my sin of attempted murder, and the sin of feeling such frustration as each blow I delivered to Raul’s head just made the intended murder weapon weaker and weaker.  I failed, and hated myself for failing, not for trying to murder Raul.

Only a drunken priest is likely to understand sins committed in dreams.

Miserere mei, Domine, Cubanus sum.


Frightful insult to reason: King Raul at the U.N.


Some essays need no introduction.

From BPR Bizpac review:

Raul Castro rallies corrupt leaders at United Nations

John R. Smith

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. Cuba’s Castro boys, Raul and Fidel, have caused one of the most corrupt and disastrous failures any country has ever experienced in history. Yet, we are treated recently to Raul’s speech at the United Nations where he criticized the way some of the world’s most successful countries operate. Sort of like the street gang drug dealer criticizing a productive, self-sufficient family.

Raul’s an odd little guy who looks and acts a lot like Tim Conway’s comedy character, Mr. Tudball. This tinhorn banana republic dictator told the U.N. General Assembly that Western nations’ imperialism is the root of all human rights evils in today’s world. On cue, most of the kumbaya African leaders in their funny dictator hats expressed joy at Castro’s “statesmanlike” comments, joining a few Latin American socialist dictators in a standing ovation. Picture a pack of losers at an Occupy Wall Street rally, warmly clapping at the words of some self-important, radical derelict who lives off the donations of socialist billionaires.

What an amusing, living-the-lie performance Castro gave. This hardline communist despot criticized Western nations for “aggression and interference in the internal affairs of (countries) and the ousting of sovereign governments by force.” Pardon me for interrupting, but that is precisely what Raul and drug dealing Bro Fidel did when they forced a bloody, revolutionary coup in Cuba. U.N. functionaries would do well to remember that Raul acted as an executioner during the Cuban revolution, as well as after his brother took power. He was known for his ruthlessness and brutality. Years later, he suggested that his nickname should be “Raúl the Terrible” for his role in hundreds of killings.

But all is forgiven by the U.N. leaders, some of whom are as guilty of crimes as the Castros. Yes, Raul and the U.N. fit together like a hand in a glove, working hard to erode the values that have made America the most successful country in history. In fact, if you want to gauge the true worth of any politician, ask him or her their opinion of the United Nations. The answer will speak volumes about their political core beliefs.

The one thing that Castro was right about in his speech was his charge that the U.N. is merely an “illusion” when it comes to the promises in its charter to promote justice and human rights. But, for Raul, everybody else is wrong except him and his buddies in the Latin American leftist leaders club. Neither the United Nations nor Raul Castro have ever allowed truth to govern their political actions.

Castro is an ugly reminder that evil people still wield destructive power in this world, and that others who claim to be well-intentioned continue to empower them.

Bonus Section:  Photos of normal human beings reacting to the sight of Raul on his U.N. Throne:








Photos of the day: Den of thieves, rapists, and murderers

I had a Center for a Free Cuba conference to attend in Midtown Manhattan and reserved a hotel room on Lexington Avenue and 38th Street, near Grand Central Station.

Little did I know when I made this reservation that I’d only be a few steps away from a doorway to Hell.

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That plaque kept me awake all night.  I had visions of it flying off the brick wall, crashing through my window and slicing off my head.  I bet its edges are sharp enough for that.

On my way to the conference on Monday morning, I went to spit on the plaque, but instead took a photo of something else I hadn’t noticed before:


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Mayor Rudy Giuliani renamed that corner and had the sign installed shortly after the Castro regime murdered  Brothers to the Rescue Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo 1996.

That sign dulled the edges on the plaque, making it pitiable rather than frightful.  It made me realize that the plaque is a hostage, not a symbolic guillotine.

I’ve lost my sense of smell completely — due to my head injury.  Thank God for that.  Even with no sense of smell, I could feel the evil fumes radiating from that building burning my nostrils.

The Cuban flag flying three stories above Lexington Avenue was weeping uncontrolably, a moco tendido, as we Cubans say.

Fifty-six years after it was kidnapped, it’s still being held hostage and raped day in and day out by those who dare to claim it as theirs.  And when they’re not raping it, its captors use it to wipe their demon-possessed asses.

The flag sang a familiar dirge in Spanish and English: “ A su debido tiempo, sus pies resbalarán…. In due time their feet will slip.” (Deuteronomy 32:35)

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